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'Death sentence': butterfly sanctuary to be bulldozed for Trump's border wall

More than 200 species make their homes at America’s most diverse sanctuary, but construction through the reserve could begin in February

On any given day at the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, visitors can to see more than 60 varieties of butterflies. In the spring and fall, monarchs and other species can blanket the center’s 100 acres of subtropical bushlands that extend from the visitor center to to the banks of the Rio Grande river, where their property, and US sovereignty, end.

“It’s like something from Fantasia,” said the center’s director, Marianna Wright. “When you walk you have to cover your mouth so you don’t suck in a butterfly.”

Today the most diverse butterfly sanctuary in the country, and other protected areas in the lower Rio Grande Valley along the US-Mexico border, are under threat. Last week, the US supreme court issued a ruling allowing the Trump administration to waive 28 federal laws, including the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Air Act, and begin construction on 33 new miles of border wall in the heart of the valley – and right through the butterfly center.

“Environmental tourism contributes more than $450m to Hidalgo and Starr counties,” said Wright, referring to the adjacent counties in the valley. “Many of the properties people choose to visit to see birds, butterflies and threatened and endangered species are all going to be behind the border wall. For us, the economic impact is potentially catastrophic.”


Jared And Ivanka Poised To Profit From Developer Tax Cut They Pushed

December 12, 2018 7:19 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — At an Oval Office gathering earlier this year, President Donald Trump began touting his administration’s new real estate investment program, which offers massive tax breaks to developers who invest in downtrodden American communities. He then turned to one of the plan’s strongest supporters.

“Ivanka, would you like to say something?” Trump asked his daughter. “You’ve been pushing this very hard.”

The Opportunity Zone program promoted by Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner — both senior White House advisers — could also benefit them financially, an Associated Press investigation found.

Government watchdogs say the case underscores the ethical minefield they created two years ago when they became two of the closest advisers to the president without divesting from their extensive real estate investments.

Trump and Kushner jointly own a big stake in a real estate investment firm, Cadre, that recently announced it is launching a series of Opportunity Zone funds that seek to build major projects under the program from Miami to Los Angeles. Separately, the couple owns interests in at least 13 properties held by Kushner’s family firm that could qualify for the tax breaks because they are in Opportunity Zones in New Jersey, New York and Maryland — all of which, a study found, were already coming back.

Six of the Kushner Cos. buildings are in New York City’s Brooklyn Heights area, with views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline, where a five-bedroom apartment recently listed for $8 million. Two more are in the beach town of Long Branch, N.J., where some oceanfront condos within steps of a white-tablecloth Italian restaurant and a Lululemon yoga shop list for as much as $2.7 million.

There’s no evidence the couple had a hand in selecting any of the nation’s 8,700 Opportunity Zones, and the company has not indicated it plans to seek tax breaks under the new program. But the Kushners could profit even if they don’t do anything — by potentially benefiting from a recent surge in Opportunity Zone property values amid a gold rush of interest from developers and investors.


I really do hate criminal enterprises.......................And after all is said and done I hope that the american public demands and gets that they forfeit everything from the crime syndicate...........And I really can't wait for them to have to testify in hearings.........................and fuck that executive privilege bull shit...they are all traitors every fucking last one of them...........................

Ohio Senate passes 'heartbeat bill,' hoping abortion ban will be used to overturn Roe

Source: Think Progress

"We literally crafted this legislation to be the arrow in the heart of Roe v. Wade."

DEC 12, 2018, 3:57 PM

The anti-abortion movement has become more emboldened since the Trump administration was able to appoint two Supreme Court justices, paving the way for the new conservative federal bench to potentially overturn Roe v. Wade.

Indeed, in an 18-13 vote Wednesday, the Ohio Senate passed the so-called "heartbeat bill," banning abortions after providers can detect a fetal heartbeat -- which could be as early as six weeks, before many people even know they're pregnant.

The House first passed the "heartbeat bill" in November, but a Senate committee amended the measure to clarify that officials would not be required to use a trans-vaginal ultrasound to detect the heartbeat. Providers could instead use an abdominal ultrasound, which detects the fetal heartbeat a few weeks later, usually around 11 weeks. Either way, the bill is a clear attempt by Ohio lawmakers to ban abortions before the fetus is viable. When talking about a fetus, the word "heartbeat" isn't medically accurate, as it's not a fully formed heart.

The measure now heads back to the House before heading to the desk of Gov. John Kasich (R). Kasich vetoed the measure before in 2016, but the lame-duck legislature is unfazed. Legislators have enough votes to override a veto, and they could always vote on the bill again next year after Gov.-elect Mike DeWine (R) takes office, as he said he supports the ban.

Read more: https://thinkprogress.org/ohio-senate-passes-heartbeat-bill-hoping-abortion-ban-will-be-used-to-overturn-roe-b3cd3940513f/

While the state faces a crises in it's GM manufacturing base, communities that will be in crises in the very near future, because of the 1.5 trillion tax cut....................these assholes don't even give shit about the people that are alive now and their heartbeats .....................

Korean border troops verify removal of each other's posts

Source: AP News

INSIDE THE DEMILITARIZED ZONE (AP) — Dozens of North and South Korean soldiers crossed over the world’s most heavily armed border Wednesday as they inspected the sites of their rival’s front-line guard posts to verify they’d been removed, part of inter-Korean engagement efforts that come amid stalled U.S.-North Korea nuclear disarmament talks.

Soldiers from the two Koreas exchanged cigarettes and chatted as they inspected the dismantlement or disarmament of 22 guard posts — 11 from each country — inside the Demilitarized Zone that forms their 248-kilometer (155-mile) -long, 4-kilometer (2.5-mile) -wide border.

The inspections Wednesday were mostly symbolic — the removals will leave South Korea with about 50 other DMZ posts and North Korea with 150, according to defense experts in South Korea — but they mark an extraordinary change in ties from last year, when North Korea tested a series of increasingly powerful weapons and threatened Seoul and Washington with war.

A small group of journalists was allowed to enter the zone to watch a South Korean team leave for a North Korean guard post Wednesday morning and a North Korean team come to a South Korean guard post later in the day.

Read more: https://www.apnews.com/955d1db2ad1b4788b77d00d5a56bc273

Michigan GOP Advances Bill That Toughens Ballot Drive Requirements

Source: Talking Points Memo

December 12, 2018 3:57 pm

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans moved Wednesday to curtail ballot initiatives by advancing a measure limiting how many signatures could come from any one region of the state, the latest proposal assailed by critics as an unconstitutional, lame-duck power grab from incoming Democratic officeholders or voters.

The House Elections and Ethics Committee passed the bill 6-3 along party lines on a day when hundreds of protesters again demonstrated at the Capitol. The new legislation could clear the Republican-led House later Wednesday before moving to the GOP-controlled Senate.

Republican lawmakers are trying to make it harder to mount ballot drives after voters last month legalized marijuana for recreational use, overhauled the process of redrawing district lines that the GOP dominated in recent decades and expanded voting options.

The move also comes a week after they maneuvered to significantly scale back minimum wage and paid sick time laws that began as ballot initiatives. At the behest of the business lobby, the Legislature preemptively adopted the wage and leave measures before the election, rather than let them go to a public vote, so it would be easier to change them after — an unprecedented strategy that is sure to spark lawsuits if Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signs the bills. GOP legislators also have advanced Wisconsin-like bills that would strip or dilute the powers of Democrats taking over the governor, attorney general and secretary of state offices.

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/michigan-gop-advance-ballot-drive-requirement-bill

And if anyone thinks these assholes aren't fucking fascist libertarian assholes..........

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

Trump Energy Adviser Sprints Away From Amy Goodman's Questions On Climate

By Matt Shuham
December 12, 2018 4:04 pm
He’s running.

Wells Griffith, the Republican consultant and President Donald Trump’s international energy and climate adviser, spent several minutes running away from Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman on Tuesday, as the journalist sought to ask Griffith basic questions about climate change and the President’s denials of climate science.

Griffith made global headlines Monday when he was laughed at while hosting the United States’ only public event at this year’s global climate change conference in Poland — one promoting fossil fuel use.

After the planned disruption Monday, Griffith scolded protesters. “All too often, we can’t have an open and honest discussion about the realities,” he said, before returning to prepared remarks.

But the next day, the Trump adviser seemed unwilling to engage in an “open and honest discussion” about the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, or about its refusal to “welcome” — along with Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait — a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, to the frustration of climate scientists and attendee nations eager to address the effects of climate change.


WE are coming asshole..........................you can run, but you can't hide from a Congressional hearing......................WE are coming...................chickenshit....................

Good on Amy Goodman....................

GOP's minority leader Kevin McCarthy doesn't want to be called 'minority leader'

12 DEC 2018 AT 13:52 ET

As Congress prepares for the Democratic majority to take over, some Republicans may be having a tough time relinquishing power.

ABC News reporter Tim Calahan reported Wednesday that Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) asked him to refer to his position as “Republican leader.”

Calahan reportedly shot back that the public is more familiar with the official terminology of “minority leader.


The tweets nail it....................

UK Disarray: May To Face Vote To Oust Her Amid Brexit Chaos

Source: Talking Points Memo

December 12, 2018 8:22 am

LONDON (AP) — A no-confidence vote in British Prime Minister Theresa May Wednesday threw U.K. politics deeper into crisis and Brexit further into doubt.

May vowed to fight for the leadership of her party and the country “with everything I’ve got” after opponents who have been circling for weeks finally got the numbers they needed to spark a vote among Conservative Party lawmakers.

The threat to May has been building as pro-Brexit lawmakers within the Conservative Party grew increasingly frustrated with May’s conduct of Brexit and the divorce deal she has agreed with the European Union.

The challenge throws Britain’s already rocky path out of the EU, which it is due to leave in March, into further chaos and comes days after May postponed a vote to approve the divorce deal to avoid all-but-certain defeat.


Justice Secretary David Gauke said: “I think it’s vital for the country that she wins tonight.”

He said that if May lost, “I don’t think we will be leaving the European Union on the 29th of March.”

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/world-news/theresa-may-no-confidence-vote-tory-brexit-uk

Hey Gauke, did you by some chance, talk to the workers in the Airbus plants what they think of Brexit, or for that matter Airbus for example, and did you by chance have a discussion with the air carrier FLYBE, what they think of your Brexit plan...................I bet you one donut that you didn't.................not once did you speak with them..................Did you by chance also speak with the owners of the airlines in your country that are foreign players that hold stock and bonds in the airlines......................I bet you didn't.................your Brexit model of bull shit is just that..........................right wing fascist bull shit.......................and you really need to adjust your ....................

Your gross domestic product (GDP) is going to fall....................and then your right wing shit and May's and your right wing Tory party will say that it's the people on social programs fault.................................correct..................

Breaking News Today w/ Stephanie Ruhle 9AM Dec 12, 2018

Maria Butina's boyfriend claimed he set up Trump-Russia NRA "conduit" as campaign funds flowed

Source: Salon

Republican operative Paul Erickson claimed in an email he’d set up a private Russia-GOP channel through the NRA

DECEMBER 12, 2018 12:00PM (UTC)

Admitted Russian spy Maria Butina’s Republican operative boyfriend wrote in private communications that he was involved in setting up a “very private line of communication” between Russia and the Trump campaign using the National Rifle Association as a “conduit.”

Butina, a 30-year-old Russian gun rights activist, worked for years to cultivate relationships within Republican and NRA circles. She was charged with working as an agent of the Russian government earlier this year and on Monday agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy charges and cooperate with prosecutors.

In her plea deal, Butina admitted that she and “US Person 1,” who is longtime Republican operative Paul Erickson, “agreed and conspired, with a Russian government official,” whose description matches Russian banker and close Putin ally Alexander Torshin, for Butina to “act in the United States under the direction of Russian Official without prior notification to the Attorney General,” ABC News reported.

Under Torshin’s direction, the document said, Butina “sought to establish unofficial lines of communication with Americans having power and influence over U.S. politics.”

Read more: https://www.salon.com/2018/12/12/maria-butinas-boyfriend-claimed-he-set-up-trump-russia-nra-conduit-as-campaign-funds-flowed/

A fucking traitor....................end of story

And as for the NRA........................they need to be stripped of there 501(c) tag, they operate under, and then run around hiding behind the second amendment..............................fucking traitors.......................nothing more and nothing less....................enabling fucking traitors....................

Bring there asses into Congressional hearings.................January 3, 2019..................

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