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After KY Gov's Slam, ProPublica Hits Back: 'Actually, We Believe In Evidence'

By Nicole Lafond
December 13, 2018 9:11 am

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) was OUTRAGED when he learned that ProPublica would be supporting investigative journalism at a local newspaper over the course of the next year and posted a befuddling video on Wednesday evening attacking The Courier-Journal and ProPublica’s funding model, complete with a dig at billionaire donor George Soros.

ProPublica — which launched a new program to help support investigative journalism at 14 different newsrooms around the U.S. this year — shot back late Wednesday, by listing their Pulitzer wins, clarifying their funding model and pointing out the Courier-Journal’s coverage of Bevin’s unethical behavior.

“You called us a ‘biased, left-wing organization.’ Actually we believe in evidence. Hard, indisputable evidence. Carefully gathered and precisely told,” ProPublica tweeted.


Fuck this asshole he's nothing more than a libertarian fascist ........................I think I will donate to ProPublica.................

Giuliani Urges Mueller To 'Write The Goddamned' Report Already

Source: Talking Points Memo

By Kate Riga
December 13, 2018 10:01 am
In an unprompted phone call, Rudy Giuliani vented his frustrations after Michael Cohen’s sentencing to Yahoo News in a colorful tirade.

“Our strategy is … to do everything we can to try to convince Mueller to wrap the damn thing up, and if he’s got anything, show us,” Giuliani told Yahoo News. “If he doesn’t have anything, you know, write your report, tell us what you have, and we’ll deal with it. He can’t prosecute [Trump]. All he can do is write a report about him, so write the goddamned thing and get it over with now.”

Giuliani then turned his lasers to the just-sentenced Cohen, who will serve three years in prison for crimes including lying to Congress and tax evasion.

“Cohen is a completely dishonorable person. … I’ve never heard of a lawyer that tape-recorded their client without the client’s permission, and I’ve known some pretty scummy lawyers,” Giuliani said. “You don’t exist very long in the legal profession if you go around taping your client.”

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/giuliani-write-the-goddamned-report

Feel the pressure there dude.....................feel the walls closing in......................feel the New AG of New York coming smelling around, think that 400 million rip off the state tax base is funny....................do you think your client lied on his deposition questions forms that took him over a year to fill out...........................your "guy" asshole is knee deep in shit.................

We are coming jerk off.....................we are coming...................and now he's throwing hissy fits because we took over the house, with a majority of them being woman....................

November 3, 2020 cannot get here fast enough.......................

Report: Trump Cancels White House Holiday Party For The Press

By Nicole Lafond
December 13, 2018 10:20 am

President Donald Trump cancelled the annual White House holiday party for members of the media, Fox News’ Howard Kurtz reported Thursday.

The White House has not announced or confirmed the cancellation, according to Kurtz and a spokesperson did not immediately return TPM’s request for comment.

Trump and the first lady hosted the party last year, but broke with the decade-old tradition of posing for photos with guests.

The White House is set to host a variety of other holiday parties this year and some media members who are “generally favorable to Trump” have been invited to those events, in Kurtz’s words.

The move is hardly surprising given Trump’s contentious relationship with the press that has only heightened in recent weeks after the White House stripped CNN correspondent Jim Acosta of his press credentials and CNN sued the White House over the ban.


Maybe everyone should send him size sheets for orange jump suits in Christmas Cards, and wishing them well..................

Judge Tosses Lawsuit Of GOP Maine Rep. Who Lost Election By Ranked-Choice

Source: Talking Points Memo

December 13, 2018 10:04 am

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A federal judge rejected a lawsuit Thursday by a Republican incumbent from Maine who lost the nation’s first congressional election held under a candidate-ranking system.

Democrat Jared Golden defeated Bruce Poliquin in the November contest, which allowed voters to rank up to four candidates. Poliquin won the most votes but failed to get a majority. Votes cast for two trailing candidates were then reassigned to voters’ second choices, which swung the election to Golden.

Poliquin then filed a lawsuit alleging that the new balloting system, also called ranked choice, violated the U.S. Constitution.

He asked Judge Lance Walker either to declare him the winner or order a second election for the 2nd Congressional District. But Walker, a recent appointee by Republican President Donald Trump, did neither.

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/judge-dismiss-lawsuit-bruce-poliquin-maine-ranked-choice

How Trump And DeVos Encourage Education Ripoffs

David Cay Johnston
December 13, 2018 4:26 am

Reprinted with permission from DCReport.

The Trump Administration hid a study documenting financial abuse of students by some banks working hands-in-glove with colleges, the latest example of how instead of “draining the swamp” Donald Trump is turning official Washington into a paradise for swamp monsters.

The suppressed fee gouging report was made by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or CFPB.

Students attending colleges which have marketing agreements with banks and other financial institutions paid much higher overdraft and account fees than students at schools with no such deals, the study found.

“Wells Fargo charged students the most of all those with college campus marketing agreements—an average of $46.99 per account per year, while banks without such deals charged students an average of $11.93 in fees,” Kate Berry of American Banker reported.



In a form of what is apparently a legal kickback, 116 colleges were paid $16.7 million by banks and credit unions to promote financial accounts in 2017, deals designed to capture young customers whose financial resources would be expected to grow over time. PNC Bank paid colleges $7.6 million, U.S. Bank paid $3.2 million and Wells Fargo paid $2.1 million.

Significantly, lower fees were paid by students at the 457 colleges which did not get kickbacks. The estimated 839,000 students at colleges without marketing agreements paid $11.93 on average in fees, compared with $36.52 for the 482,000 students who used accounts at colleges with marketing agreements.

These fees differences indicate there is no enforcement of a 2015 Obama era rule by the Education Department requiring colleges to exercise reasonable diligence to make sure that under marketing agreements with banks students pay fees “consistent with or below prevailing market rates.”

This just pisses me off to no end......................I really want her and that asshole Mulvaney,the bankers and others to be brought into a hearing.............and explain this shit.............................these fucking libertarian assholes from the James Buchanan school of bullshit libertarian values such as the Kochs and Devo's attack on public education ...................

Two killed in accident at Antarctic research station

Source: The Guardian

Technicians from US contractor had been working on fire-suppression system at the McMurdo scientific outpost on Ross Island

Two fire technicians at a US scientific station in Antarctica have died after being found unconscious, according to the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The two technicians had been working on a fire-suppression system at McMurdo station on Ross Island, the foundation said on Wednesday. It said they were found on the floor by a helicopter pilot who had landed after spotting what appeared to be smoke from the building.

Both were taken from the building and given CPR. One died at the scene. The other was flown to a clinic and pronounced dead shortly after. It happened on Tuesday eastern US time at a generator building that powers a radio transmitter near the McMurdo station.

They were employed by a Virginia-based subcontractor, PAE , which provides logistical support to the US Antartica program that is managed by the foundation. NSF said it was not immediately releasing any personal information about the pair. The deaths were under investigation and would be reviewed by a panel convened by the foundation.

NSF spokesman Peter West said the deaths were not being treated as suspicious.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/12/antarctica-two-technicians-dead-mcmurdo-station-ross-island

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Not just Hill interns: Public office pays so little, it's the realm of the rich and retired

"Part-time" state legislators, school board members, and even mayors struggle to make ends meets with elected positions that pay a pittance.

DEC 13, 2018, 8:00 AM

When Arnie Arnesen was elected to the New Hampshire state House of Representatives in 1984, she was 31 years old and pregnant. “I couldn’t afford infant daycare,” she remembers, “so I showed up and breastfed on the floor of the House.”

Her district was well northwest of the state capitol, so the combination of the commute and her legislative duties kept her more than a little busy: “How do you have a job where you’re traveling down to Concord — an hour and a half each way, three days a week — and think you could have a life? I took it as an opportunity even though it was a financial liability.”

For her hard work, Arnesen received a $100 salary from the state’s treasury — per year.

The state’s lawmakers have never gotten a pay raise. Since 1889, the New Hampshire constitution has set the salary for its state legislators at $200 per two-year term (about $5,500 in today’s money). “When they put the $200 in the constitution,” Arnesen said, “that was half the average wage of a New Hampshire worker. It reflected a reasonable salary, but that’s never changed. And the question is why not? They don’t want young people [or] diversity.” The result, she says, is that over her four terms in the House and in the decades since, the state legislature has been almost exclusively “made up of the rich, the retired, and the remunerated — because they don’t need the cash.”

Last month, after becoming the youngest woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress, Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) opened up to the New York Times about the financial challenges she was facing as a newly-elected but not-yet-sworn-in lawmaker. With meager savings and no income until January, she found she was unable to even rent an apartment in Washington, D.C. “There are many little ways in which our electoral system isn’t even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead,” she tweeted. For her transparency, she faced a firestorm of conservative mockery.


What struck me is that IT costs between 2 to 5 million to gain access to a federal office.......................fuck you john roberts and your Citizen United bull shit..............................

Trevor Noah is Proud of Donald Trump.............Finally

They don't care': Facebook fact-checking in disarray as journalists push to cut ties

Journalists paid to help fix Facebook’s fake news problem say they have lost trust in the platform

Journalists working as fact-checkers for Facebook have pushed to end a controversial media partnership with the social network, saying the company has ignored their concerns and failed to use their expertise to combat misinformation.

Current and former Facebook fact-checkers told the Guardian that the tech platform’s collaboration with outside reporters has produced minimal results and that they’ve lost trust in Facebook, which has repeatedly refused to release meaningful data about the impacts of their work. Some said Facebook’s hiring of a PR firm that used an antisemitic narrative to discredit critics – fueling the same kind of propaganda fact-checkers regularly debunk – should be a deal-breaker.

“They’ve essentially used us for crisis PR,” said Brooke Binkowski, former managing editor of Snopes, a fact-checking site that has partnered with Facebook for two years. “They’re not taking anything seriously. They are more interested in making themselves look good and passing the buck … They clearly don’t care.”

Facebook began building its partnerships with news outlets after the 2016 presidential election, during which fake stories and political propaganda reached hundreds of millions of users on the platform. The goal was to rely on journalists to flag false news and limit its spread, but research and anecdotal evidence have repeatedly suggested that the debunking work has struggled to make a difference.

Facebook now has more than 40 media partners across the globe, including the Associated Press, PolitiFact and the Weekly Standard, and has said false news on the platform is “trending downward”.


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