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Pell trial journalist Melissa Davey AMA on the trial.

AMA with Melissa Davey

I am Melissa Davey, Melbourne Bureau Chief of Guardian Australia and one of a few journalists worldwide who sat through the entirety of the trial of Cardinal George Pell, including the committal hearing, mistrial and retrial. I also covered his evidence before Australia's child sexual abuse royal commission in 2016 live for four days straight. I have been covering issues like child sexual abuse, family violence and royal commissions for several years now, and the podcast I made on the child abuse royal commission with my colleagues Miles Martignoni and David Marr, 'The Reckoning', won two New York Festival awards. We've have now made 'The Reckoning Part 2' about the Pell case. We'll make the final episode after the appeal.

​Since the suppression order lifted on the Pell trials and my stories were published, I have been overwhelmed by the level of interest in the case, especially questions around the court process and the facts. I think it's important for journalists to make this court process as transparent and comprehensible as possible, so here I am to answer any of your questions. There is a huge appetite for dispassionate, clear reporting on this somewhat complicated story, and I've found the engagement from readers so interesting. As many of you will be aware there has been a significant backlash to the conviction led by Catholic news websites worldwide and some of the conservative press here in Australia. Let's talk about that too.

Well worth reading. Appalling horsehit still going on giving these monsters protection.

Howsabout we not play this like it is fortnite?

We have great candidates.

Respect all of them. Respect all of their supporters. Decline engaging in gotcha drama.

Discuss issues and policy differences. Respectfully.
Beat the neo-fascist gop.

There is a lot at stake here.

Christian conquest of the Americas killed 50 million people

and caused a significant change in global climate.

Widely reported over the last few weeks.
For example: 50 million deaths in the New World drove cooling in the Little Ice Age

Has Sanders photo bombed Abrams rebuttal yet?

Fucking Fabilous News Dump Friday.

Offhand can’t recall a better one.

All in all, it's just a stupid prick who wants his wall.

America's Most and Least Popular Senators


Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), a vocal Trump critic, finished at the bottom in his last quarter in office.

Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was the most popular senator for the 11th time in a row.

Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) saw 10-point drops in their net approval, the worst in the chamber

The latest rankings – based on surveys of 416,853 registered voters across the country conducted Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2018 (see methodology here) – found McConnell’s net approval increased 10 percentage points since the third quarter of 2018, with 38 percent of Kentucky voters approving of his job performance and 47 percent disapproving. The fourth quarter marks McConnell’s best showing since the second quarter of 2017 as he prepares for an expected re-election campaign in 2020. (Net approval is the share of voters who approve of a senator minus the share of voters who disapprove. Approval and disapproval figures are rounded.)

Einstein's last words on gods.

The word God is for me nothing but the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of venerable but still rather primitive legends.

No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can (for me) change anything about this.

The God Letter. 1954.

The technical legal term for Mannafort's situation

is “totally and irrevocably fucked”.

Democrats need a bold agenda. Here's what they should do in the first 100 days of Congress.

Specifically, during the first 100 days, Congress must pass a legislative agenda that includes:

Increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour and indexing it to median wage growth thereafter.

A path toward Medicare-for-all. The Medicare-for-all bill widely supported in the Senate has a four-year phase-in period on the way to guaranteeing health care for every man, woman and child. Over the first year, it would lower the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 55, cover dental, hearing and vision care for seniors, provide health care to every young person in the United States and lower the cost of prescription drugs.

Bold action to combat climate change.

Fixing our broken criminal-justice system.

Comprehensive immigration reform

Progressive tax reform

A $1 trillion infrastructure plan

Lowering the price of prescription drugs.

Making public colleges and universities tuition-free and substantially reducing student debt.

Expanding Social Security.

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