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Laura Ingraham Calls Time's Person Of The Year Pick 'Transparently Self-Serving'

By Nicole Lafond
December 12, 2018 8:42 am

Fox News host Laura Ingraham had an odd target for ire on Tuesday evening: Time Magazine.

During her show’s opening segment, Ingraham scolded the magazine for choosing journalists who have been targeted, arrested or killed as their “Person of the Year,” calling the decision “transparently self-serving.”


“Of course, we love objective journalists, and the targeting of reporters because they are doing their jobs is despicable, but isn’t there something transparently self-serving about journalists giving awards to other journalists?”

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/ingraham-time-magazine-person-year-self-serving

First and foremost Laura , can I call you Laura..................your one sick person, and being given a format to basically diss journalists which you are not..............says everything...................this man and other journalist have died to get information to people to understand that it is truthful.

You on the other hand are pissed off that you were not on the front cover of Time, because they don' allow propagandist on the cover, that are vile and full of right wing shit and hate........................I guess you forgot to mention that his two kids were American Citizens...................

Here is a fact witch.....................52 Journalists Killed
in 2018 / Motive Confirmed.........................52 Journalists Killed in 2018 / Motive Confirmed ( MOTIVE CONFIRMED)

https://cpj.org/data/killed/2018/?status=Killed&motiveConfirmed%5B%5D=Confirmed&type%5B%5D=Journalist&start_year=2018&end_year=2018&group_by=location

Judge Poised To Hand Down Sentence For Michael Cohen

By Allegra Kirkland
December 12, 2018 6:00 am

A federal judge in Manhattan set to determine Michael Cohen’s fate on Wednesday has been presented with two starkly different assessments of Cohen’s conduct.


Attorneys for President Trump’s former lawyer have painted Cohen as a well-intentioned, loyal family man who got caught up in criminal activity as he sought to advance the interests of a boss he revered. Federal prosecutors from the Southern District of New York (SDNY) have portrayed Cohen as a greedy, self-interested con man with a wanton disregard for the law.

All eyes will be on the Daniel Patrick Moynihan federal courthouse at 11 a.m. ET when U.S. District Judge William Pauley explains how he squares these two depictions of Cohen—and hands down his sentence.

Cohen has pleaded guilty to an array of federal crimes, including tax evasion, campaign finance violations and lying to Congress about his contacts with Russian officials. He faces the prospect of years beyond bars.

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/michael-cohen-set-sentenced-judge-manhattan

Sex-trafficking victim Cyntoia Brown's 51-year prison sentence exposes holes in the justice system

In Tennessee alone, more than 180 people are serving life without parole for crimes committed as a child.

KAY WICKER
DEC 12, 2018, 8:00 AM

The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Cyntoia Brown, a sex-trafficking victim who was convicted of first-degree murder and aggravated robbery when she was 16 years old, must serve 51 years in prison before she is eligible for parole.

Brown was convicted in 2006 for the murder of 43-year-old Johnny Allen, a man who had hired her as a sex worker when she was a teenager. After Allen drove Brown to his home, she allegedly resisted his advances. At one point, Brown claimed she thought Allen was reaching for a gun to kill her and pulled a gun out of her bag instead, shooting and killing him.

Prosecutors claimed Brown had gone with Allen in order to rob him. Her lawyers argued that Brown, a runaway who had been raped, abused, and forced into prostitution by a man named “Kut Throat,” was acting out of self defense.

Brown was subsequently charged with one count of first degree premeditated murder, one count of first degree felony murder, and one count of “especially aggravated robbery.” She was tried as an adult and convicted two years later.

Brown’s story is not unique. In her home state of Tennessee, she’s one of at least 183 people serving life without parole for crimes committed as a child. It is estimated that there are around 2,100 people serving out sentences without parole for crimes committed as juveniles nationwide, according to The Sentencing Project, a D.C.-based nonprofit that advocates for a fair and effective criminal justice system.

https://thinkprogress.org/sex-trafficking-victim-cyntoia-browns-51-year-prison-sentence-similar-cases/

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Since Brown was convicted, thirty-four states have passed safe harbor laws, which prevent children caught up in sex-trafficking from being charged for any crimes committed that were tied to their experience. Though Brown will not benefit from such a law, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has said his office is currently reviewing her case and is considering whether to grant her clemency.

Brett Kavanaugh's Court begins its inevitable power grab with Kisor v. Wilkie

We're going to miss judicial restraint now that it is gone.

IAN MILLHISER
DEC 12, 2018, 8:00 AM

The Supreme Court took two important actions on Monday, one which received a raft of high-profile coverage, and another that was barely noticed outside of the legal press. Together, these two actions offer a window into how the Court’s new Republican majority is likely to operate in the near future — slowly on hot button issues that will shine a spotlight on the Court’s conservatism, but much faster on the wonkier, more-difficult-to-understand issues that matter most to the conservative Federalist Society.

The biggest news out of the Court on Monday, at least if you judge by the number of headlines it produced, was the Court’s decision not to hear two lawsuits involving red states’ efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. Much of the reporting on these cases inflates their significance, but the fact that neither Chief Justice Roberts nor Brett Kavanaugh agreed to hear these cases suggests that they “want to give the nation some time to forget about how Kavanaugh got his current job before they declare outright war on reproductive choice.”

The most important news, however, was the Court’s announcement that it will hear Kisor v. Wilkie, a case asking the Court to transfer power from the executive branch to the judiciary. Kisor is likely to be the first of many such cases, and the Court’s decision to hear this case so quickly after Kavanaugh’s confirmation suggests that the Court plans to consolidate power quite rapidly.

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t’s not hard to guess why conservatives on the Supreme Court and in the Federalist Society are so eager to see judicial forbearance doctrines fall. Again, the question these doctrines resolve is not what should our nation’s policies be. It is who should get to make that decision. Forbearance doctrines place power in democratically elected branches that will be controlled by Democrats at least some of the time. Overruling those doctrines shifts power to a Supreme Court that’s likely to be controlled by Republicans for the foreseeable future.

In a world without Chevron and Auer, Democratic administrations will have to seek permission from the Supreme Court’s Republicans every time an agency wants to take regulatory action. Republican administrations, meanwhile are much more likely to get a pass.

The impact of a Supreme Court veto over agency action, moreover, is compounded by the fact that the United States can barely still be described as a democratic republic. Trump is president right now because the Electoral College effectively counts votes cast by rural whites as more important than votes cast by more diverse residents of urban states. Recent elections notwithstanding, gerrymandering remains a yoke around the neck of Democratic House candidates. The malapportioned Senate treats every voter from blood red Wyoming as 67-times more important than a voter from blue California.

A Supreme Court veto over agencies means that Republicans will be able to promulgate new regulations if they only control the White House, but Democrats may be unable to govern unless they somehow manage to capture the presidency and both houses of Congress.

https://thinkprogress.org/brett-kavanaughs-court-threatens-auer-deference-80f4b3e3169d/

All one has to envision is what is going on in Wisconsin and Michigan right now...................voters wanted change, the criminal gang in the two mentioned states said FUCK YOU Voters...........................in this case the Federalist Society is saying FUCK YOU ............................this is why these right wing fascists judges that are being nominated and being confirmed by an asshole and his counsel in the white house should be annulled.......................after all he his from the very beginning of his rein of terror on this country a person that committed a felony.............................

Sarah Sanders hides from press even after Trump is accused of a felony

By Oliver Willis - December 11, 2018

The White House has not held a press briefing in two weeks, avoiding accountability on a host of scandals.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the White House press operation have not held a briefing with reporters for two weeks, even as new information emerges showing Trump in the center of crimes.

The last briefing given at the White House was on November 27. Since the G-20 meeting that ended on December 1, Trump has not made any foreign trips or otherwise been involved in events that would precipitate cancelling a briefing.

Usually the White House doesn’t hold briefings on days when Trump will be appearing publicly for a speech, rally, or signing ceremony. But on December 3, the schedule said Trump had his intelligence briefing and had a meeting with the HUD Secretary — but there was no press briefing. On December 10, when the only scheduled event was a Trump lunch with Mike Pence, there was no press briefing.

The White House has stayed away from cameras and questions from reporters that might require substantive or even honest answers.

In the meantime, more and more information has emerged about Trump and the likelihood that he broke the law.

By not holding a press briefing, the White House has avoided being held accountable as multiple stories and developments have emerged:

https://shareblue.com/sarah-huckabee-sanders-hides-from-press-trump-felony/

The Arctic has lost 2.6 million reindeer over the past 20 years

The Arctic is changing — fast. That’s bad news for reindeer and caribou.
By Brian Resnick@B_resnickbrian@vox.com Dec 11, 2018, 10:00am EST

Warning: This story may be upsetting to children who believe in Santa Claus.

Reindeer are perhaps best recognized by their magnificent antlers, the largest of any deer species in proportion to their bodies. They’re also notable for their epic thousand-mile journeys every year in search of food, in herds of 100,000 or more.

And they’re supremely important to the Arctic ecosystem as a source of food and livelihood for local people, and because of their power to reshape vegetation by grazing.

But the populations of reindeer, a.k.a. caribou, near the North Pole have been declining dramatically in recent years. Since the mid-1990s, the size of reindeer and caribou herds has declined by 56 percent.

That’s a drop from an estimated 4.7 million animals to 2.1 million, a loss of 2.6 million.

“Five herds,” out of 22 monitored “in the Alaska-Canada region, have declined more than 90 percent and show no sign of recovery,” according to the latest Arctic Report Card from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, out Tuesday. “Some herds have all-time record low populations since reliable record keeping began.”

Herds have lost hundreds of thousands of individuals, as measured by aerial photography of herds and counts in areas where caribou give birth. And their declines affect not just the landscape but the people who depend on it. The report explains that the declining number of animals are “a threat to the food security and culture of indigenous people who have depended on the herds.“

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/12/11/18134411/christmas-reindeer-north-pole-populations-decline-agu-arctic-report-card


I don't know about you..........................but I really want the species of this world to survive.....................this is just sad

Fox News Auditions Would-Be White House Chief Of Staff

December 12, 2018 3:27 am
Matt Gertz

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

Fox News is emerging as a key venue for selecting the next White House chief of staff, with potential candidates like Fox contributor and former Trump aide David Bossie and their supporters pitching directly to President Donald Trump through the network’s programming, which he frequently watches.

Bossie appeared on Tuesday’s edition of Fox & Friends to discuss reports that he is in the running for the position, talking up his chemistry with the president and drawing an endorsement from co-host Brian Kilmeade.

Bossie is a right-wing operative with a history of employing dirty tricks and smears against Democrats. His “filthy” tactics drew condemnations from the late President George H.W. Bush and then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich and led to his forced resignation as top investigator for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee after he was caught doctoring transcripts. After spending years running the right-wing political advocacy group Citizens United, Bossie worked as Trump’s deputy campaign manager in 2016.

He joined Fox News as a contributor in February 2017, using that platform to offer boilerplate defenses of Trump that were indistinguishable from official White House statements. This past summer, Fox apologized and reportedly suspended Bossie for two weeks after he made a racist comment on air.

http://www.nationalmemo.com/fox-news-auditions-would-be-white-house-chief-of-staff/

Another racist POS...........................coming from the Russian endorsed trump tv talking heads are all in cloud nine, that organization really should be shut down, Murdoch has caused more damage in more countries, and his wife has ties to the communist in China go fucking figure...............................

GOP quest to shrink food stamps thwarted as 'clean' Farm Bill passes Senate

The food stamps program has always had work requirements.

ALAN PYKE
DEC 11, 2018, 7:47 PM

The Senate approved a new five-year Farm Bill on Tuesday that does not impose the additional, stricter conditions for food assistance that conservative politicians have sought for years.

The vote tees up the second straight defeat for hard-liners on the right who want to make the government’s meager Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) even less generous. The prior Farm Bill fight came much closer to the doomsday scenario long feared among advocates for the poor and working class, as the House briefly broke the decades-old link between food assistance policy and farm aid policy. In the end, though, the outcome was much the same then as it is this winter: a modest bill that largely renews existing policy.

In each case, Republicans wanted to change eligibility rules for SNAP — commonly known as food stamps — in order to shrink enrollment over the coming years. The conservative movement typically portrays their policy preference as common-sense moderacy, explaining that it’s only fair that a food aid program require enrollees to work.

But the food stamps program already has work requirements. Republicans just want to raise those bars — and make it harder or even impossible for state administrators to temporarily waive work rules when economic conditions tighten and jobs are hard to find.

Such temporary easing of work rules for able-bodied adults without dependents — ABAWDS in food policy wonk parlance — is still likely to face new restrictions even after legislative Republicans caved again on their preferred statutory changes. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has promised to use his regulatory authority to constrict the process by which states seek such ABAWDS waivers in the future.

https://thinkprogress.org/farm-bill-senate-food-assistance-conservatives-a6d5801c130c/

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“This legislation is a win for the 46 million people across the United States served by the Feeding America network, as well as our nation’s growers and producers,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot of the national food bank network Feeding America. “For the millions of children, seniors, veterans and families who rely on the program for crucial nutrition assistance, this delivers welcome peace of mind.”


What does it take to become Trump's chief of staff? Jared and Ivanka's approval.

The president's daughter and son-in-law have huge influence over the selection process, which is bad news for some hopefuls.

By GABBY ORR 12/12/2018 05:09 AM EST

President Donald Trump will weigh several criteria as he searches for his next chief of staff, including loyalty, political skills and management experience. But there’s one thing any potential hire must do: win the approval of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

Trump’s son-in-law and daughter, who are also White House advisers, want a political ally in the chief of staff job, and they are using their unrivaled influence to ensure they get one, according to seven former and current White House officials.

Those sources described a search process steered by the president — “He’s just calling around to friends,” as one Republican close to the White House put it — but carefully regulated by his family as Trump works to replace his outgoing chief of staff, John Kelly.

Their influence could dim the chances of some candidates for the post, White House aides and allies say, including one of Trump’s favorites — Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who is not close with the thirtysomething couple. They are also opposed to the prospect of former Trump deputy campaign manager David Bossie taking on the role. It’s also an obstacle for former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who put Kushner’s father behind bars as a federal prosecutor in New Jersey.

Among Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s top choices is Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, whom they view as extremely loyal. Mnuchin is said to be uninterested in the often-thankless job of Trump’s staff chief, however.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/12/trump-white-house-chief-of-staff-search-ivanka-jared-1059163



This two fucking twits shouldn't be in charge of anything, they should be in fucking jail.................

If early vote totals were leaked, NC GOP says new election in NC's 9th is a must

Source: Charlotte Observer

The chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party said if early vote totals in Bladen County were leaked before Election Day, “this fact alone would likely require a new election” in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District.

The Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer reported Monday that early voting totals from Bladen County may have been leaked. Documents released by the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement show that early voting tabulations were run several days before the Nov. 6 election in Bladen County. A witness who signed that vote tabulation wrote in a sworn affidavit that the totals were “viewed by officials at the one-stop site who were not judges.”

“This action by election officials would be a fundamental violation of the sense of fair play, honesty, and integrity that the Republican Party stands for. We can never tolerate the state putting its thumb on the scale. The people involved in this must be held accountable and should it be true, this fact alone would likely require a new election,” Robin Hayes, the NC GOP’s chairman, in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.

Read more: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article222949325.html#storylink=latest_side
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