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Sen. Harris asks Kavanaugh if he discussed the Mueller investigation with law firm tied to Trump




Senator Harris just found and showed that this "guy" this federalist "guy" basically committed perjury and tide him up in knots, and that he warned him about his answer...........................that he tried to dodge, she knows the answer and I think that we the public demand to know who he spoke too..................and as for Mike Lee from Utah...............

Can anyone find the exchange that Kamala Harris had with this federalist 'guy" about him

speaking to some people at the law firm concerning the Mueller investigation........................I have tried, and can not find it.................it is in my opinion really important, she knows something and she got him to lie again.........................Thanks

McConnell recesses Senate amid Kavanaugh hearings

Source: The Hill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) recessed the Senate on Thursday after Republicans warned that Democrats could try to use arcane procedure to stop Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court hearing.

McConnell asked that the Senate be recessed “subject to the call of the chair”—meaning they will come back into session later Thursday, if only to formally adjourn for the day.

McConnell didn’t give any guidance when he made the move about why he was making the request or when the Senate would come back into session.

“I ask that the Senate stand in recess subject to the call of the chairman,” McConnell said from the Senate floor.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/405417-mcconnell-recesses-senate-amid-kavanaugh-hearings

Mets' Todd Frazier admits using rubber ball to fool umpire over catch

Third baseman used ball he found in stands to claim catch
‘Sometimes you’ve got to act out a little bit’

After an awful first-half of the season, the New York Mets have had a respectable few months, topped off by a series win at the Los Angeles Dodgers this week. Although it turns out of those wins may have been helped along by underhand methods.

During the Mets’ Monday win over the Dodgers, Todd Frazier took a spectacular catch, diving into the stands to snag a foul ball and keeping hold of it despite tumbling over the barrier. However, the ball Frazier emerged with wasn’t the ball that had been hit by the Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo – it was a rubber ball that he had grabbed after losing hold of the original one.

Some Dodgers fans noticed the deception and tried to get the third base umpire’s attention, so Frazier decided it was time to escape the scene of the crime.

“I was trying to get out of there as quick as possible,” Frazier said on Wednesday. “I saw someone pointing at the right ball and I was like, ‘All right, I’m just going to have to play this off.’ I got in the dugout and was telling people I was flabbergasted that I even got away with it.”

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/sep/06/new-york-mets-todd-frazier-rubber-ball-catch-umpire-la-dodgers


'I Am What's At Stake': Kavanaugh Protesters Continue Steady Stream Of Disruptions

By Ashraf Khalil
September 6, 2018 6:52 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s sort of a coordinated dance, but the performers are an organized group of protesters and a dozen or so uniformed Capitol Police officers. And the stage is this week’s Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.


One by one, the protesters, many wearing T-shirts that say “I am what’s at stake,” interrupt the proceedings by shouting slogans like “You’re making a mockery of democracy!” or “Senators: Do your jobs and stop this hearing!” The police then warn that he or she will be arrested for any further disruptions. Minutes later, the person shouts again and is hustled out a side door.

Then another person repeats the process.

Eventually, the back two rows of the hearing room, which are reserved for the public, are empty, and another 20 or so visitors are escorted in from a line outside. They wait for their turn to shout and be arrested.

Overall, 70 people were arrested Tuesday and charged with disorderly conduct on the first day of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. The second day of hearings on Wednesday was marked by the same sort of shout-and-arrest pattern.

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/i-am-what-is-at-stake-kavanaugh-protesters-continue-steady-stream-of-disruptions

Watch your wallets -- the next crash is coming

ROBERT REICH - COMMENTARY
03 SEP 2018 AT 07:45 ET

September 15 will mark the tenth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers and near meltdown of Wall Street, followed by the Great Recession.

Since hitting bottom in 2009, the economy has grown steadily, the stock market has soared, and corporate profits have ballooned.


But most Americans are still living in the shadow of the Great Recession. More have jobs, to be sure. But they haven’t seen any rise in their wages, adjusted for inflation.

Many are worse off due to the escalating costs of housing, healthcare, and education. And the value of whatever assets they own is less than in 2007.

Last year, about 40 percent of American families struggled to meet at least one basic need – food, health care, housing or utilities, according to an Urban Institute survey.

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/watch-wallets-next-crash-coming/

The Supremes v. the Unions

Recent rulings expose the high court’s anti-worker bias.

by Bill Blum

August 1, 2018

Toward the end of the oral argument in a pivotal labor case before the U.S. Supreme Court last February, Justice Sonia Sotomayor made a comment that cut to the heart of the matter.

“You’re basically arguing, do away with unions,” Sotomayor said.

The case, Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31, concerns the right of public-employee unions to collect fees from nonunion workers. The plaintiff, Mark Janus, is an Illinois state public employee who refuses to join AFSCME, which acts as the bargaining agent for rank-and-file employees in his department, and objects to having “fair-share” fees deducted from his monthly paychecks.

Sotomayor’s remark was directed to Janus’s attorney William Messenger. It echoed the concerns of progressive activists across the country, who say the case poses an existential threat to public-sector unions, which rely on fair-share fees from nonmembers to defray the costs of collective bargaining and contract administration.

Messenger, a staff lawyer for the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation and member of the conservative Federalist Society, hemmed a bit at the justice’s bluntness, but he stuck to the central position he had advanced in his argument and briefs: that the case was about the First Amendment. He insisted that Americans have not only an affirmative right to speak but also a passive right not to be compelled to speak. And making nonunion public employees pay fees to a union, he and others contend, amounts to compelled speech.

https://progressive.org/magazine/the-supremes-v-unions/


Its just fine and dandy for corporations to give money to attack workers and call it free speech but when a majority of workers vote have there voices to be used in a collective voice and exercise their free speech, the minority of one voice "Janus" says ........................nope

-snip-

“You’re basically arguing, do away with unions,” Sotomayor said."



Celebrating Labor Day

By Jim Hightower

August 29, 2018

Workers of America, rejoice!

As our nation of working stiffs celebrates Labor Day with backyard cookouts, an afternoon at the beach, rounds of golf, special sales at the mall or simply kicking back in a La-Z-Boy and doing several rounds of 12-ounce elbow bends, we can all take comfort in the happy news that our economy is whizzing! Yes, corporate economists exult that our US of A is enjoying the second-longest economic expansion on record; profits are off the charts; job creation continues to surge; wages are rising; and consumers are racking up record levels of purchases. What's not to like about all that?

Two things. First, the economists' claim about wage growth is a sham, covering up the shame that top corporate executives and major shareholders are grabbing nearly all of the economic gains produced by America's entire workforce. The so-called nominal wage (i.e. the sum that workers see on their paychecks) has risen only 2.7 percent in the past year, a very mediocre result for the 82 percent of the labor force that is non-managerial worker bees.

Second, that nominal wage is not the worker's real wage, for it doesn't take into account the very real fact that consumer-price increases eat up the buying power of people's paychecks. Indeed, while nominal wages are up 2.7 percent in recent months, the price of everything from gasoline to groceries is up by 2.9 percent, effectively slapping working families with a wage cut. Sure, the economy is whizzing — those at the top of it are whizzing on the working class.

So all the rejoicing this Labor Day is coming from the gated ZIP codes of the rich. For example, in the same year that workers took a pay cut, the CEOs of America's 350 largest corporations had an 18 percent jump in their pay, hauling in an average of $18.9 million each. In a lifetime of labor, the typical American worker would not be paid as much as those honchos took in one year. Those few are getting rich enough to air-condition hell — and I think they'd better be pooling their money for that project.

https://www.creators.com/read/jim-hightower/08/18/celebrating-labor-day

Ex-Watergate prosecutor: We need to question legitimacy of Trump's presidency

Source: Raw Story

BOB BRIGHAM 22 AUG 2018 AT 12:18 ET

Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Ackerman explained to MSNBC’s Ali Velshi on Wednesday how the guilty pleas by longtime Donald Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen has brought into question the legitimacy of the current president.

Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson pointed out that Cohen’s guilty pleas beg the age-old question, “What did the president know and when did he know it?”


“Because Michael Cohen has said, ‘No, I didn’t do this on my own, this was not a rogue mission, this was President Trump telling me, yes, let’s try and pay these people off to influence the election,’ that’s the moment where we have liability for the president,” Levinson noted.

“That is the moment in which the legitimacy of this presidency comes into question,” Velshi noted. “Some crime that may have resulted in the president gaining this presidency, that speaks to the legitimacy of this presidency, the legitimacy of this presidency came under great pressure last night.”

“Of course,” Ackerman replied. “This is what its all about.”

“You’ve got him now involved as a co-conspirator with Michael Cohen, this is not some simple campaign violation,” he concluded.

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/ex-watergate-prosecutor-need-question-legitimacy-trumps-presidency/



Ex-Watergate prosecutor: We need to question legitimacy of Trump's presidency

Source: Raw Story

BOB BRIGHAM 22 AUG 2018 AT 12:18 ET

Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Ackerman explained to MSNBC’s Ali Velshi on Wednesday how the guilty pleas by longtime Donald Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen has brought into question the legitimacy of the current president.

Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson pointed out that Cohen’s guilty pleas beg the age-old question, “What did the president know and when did he know it?”


“Because Michael Cohen has said, ‘No, I didn’t do this on my own, this was not a rogue mission, this was President Trump telling me, yes, let’s try and pay these people off to influence the election,’ that’s the moment where we have liability for the president,” Levinson noted.

“That is the moment in which the legitimacy of this presidency comes into question,” Velshi noted. “Some crime that may have resulted in the president gaining this presidency, that speaks to the legitimacy of this presidency, the legitimacy of this presidency came under great pressure last night.”

“Of course,” Ackerman replied. “This is what its all about.”

“You’ve got him now involved as a co-conspirator with Michael Cohen, this is not some simple campaign violation,” he concluded.

Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/ex-watergate-prosecutor-need-question-legitimacy-trumps-presidency/
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