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23 июня, 18:41

Is Chicago the New Silicon Valley? Rahm Emanuel Thinks So

Speaking at Techweek Chicago's latest "Growth Summit" on Thursday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel described a side of the Windy City that non-residents might not be familiar with--a growing hotbed of innovation in the tech industry.

21 июня, 00:45

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: A Faceossoff in Georgia

Georgians head to the polls to vote in a special election between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel.

20 июня, 01:41

Georgia Special Election Seen As Last, Best Chance To Stop Trumpcare

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON ― Health care reform activists have grown dour as signs from Capitol Hill suggest increasing chances for the passage of legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. Faced with a once seemingly far-fetched possibility, they have begun pinning their hopes on an external event that would effectively apply the brakes to the legislative process. Tuesday presents their best chance of that. The special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District is already one of the most hotly contested and absurdly expensive contests in congressional history. Now, those hoping to put off Obamacare’s demise are gearing up to use a potential win by the Democratic nominee, Jon Ossoff, as a means of spooking recalcitrant Republicans into inaction. “It could at least give them pause that there will be a bigger backlash than they even thought and that they should rethink this huge bill,” is how one top health care reform advocate put it. With Senate Republicans reportedly planning to vote on their health care bill as early as next week, opponents see few other options than to convince moderate Republicans to balk. Senate Democrats have planned various parliamentary and procedural maneuvers to slow down the legislative process. But, ultimately, there is little, if anything, they can do to stop a vote. Already, operatives are planning a summer-long campaign to apply additional pressure on lawmakers who remain on the fence about the Republican-authored bill, which would dramatically scale back Medicaid coverage and introduce market-based reforms that could weaken protections for vulnerable health care consumers. But those efforts would come after the bill passes the Senate and goes to a conference committee with the House, which has already passed a version. By the time a bill gets to a conference committee, it has tremendous momentum toward final passage.  In general, these operatives have grown fearful that increasing noise about investigations into President Donald Trump’s potential obstruction of justice and campaign ties to Russia has consigned the issue of Obamacare to second billing. Impassioned congressional town hall events that marked consideration of the House bill in the spring are drawing notably less media coverage as reporters have grown consumed by Trump’s legal troubles. An Ossoff victory could upend the narrative, injecting fresh political drama into an issue that Republican leadership has moved from the spotlight, and requiring those leaders to ponder whether they’re gambling their congressional majority by forcing their caucus to own a potential toxic health care overhaul. “I think it will be very significant,” said longtime Democratic strategist Anita Dunn. “They are already being asked to vote for a highly unpopular bill that will adversely affect their own voters ― who thought that was a good idea anyway? ... Tangible electoral defeat will mean at a minimum no Senate vote before July 4.”   But there is no guarantee that Ossoff will emerge victorious in the neck-and-neck suburban Atlanta race. (Democrats remain mixed about his prospects.) And even were he to win, it’s not entirely clear that Republicans would react by running away from their Obamacare overhaul. In interviews with HuffPost, House aides and GOP strategists predicted that lawmakers might actually move in the opposite direction if Ossoff wins, arguing that it would be inaction ― not flirtation with a deeply unpopular health care bill ― that would doom Republican nominee Karen Handel. “It should serve to clarify the minds of the conference that if they don’t start producing results, they are in trouble,” said John Feehery, a top aide to former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.). It should serve to clarify the minds of the conference that if they don’t start producing results, they are in trouble. John Feehery, a top aide to former Speaker Dennis Hastert. Feehery’s theory has historical precedent. Back in early 2010, Scott Brown’s surprise Senate win in the Massachusetts special election to replace Ted Kennedy nearly derailed Obamacare’s passage. Then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel encouraged President Barack Obama at the time to downsize his legislative ambitions and turn his attention toward economic measures. But Obama and Democratic congressional leaders chose, instead, to redouble efforts, convincing just enough reluctant liberals in the House to stomach the Senate-authored bill. Seven years later, House Republicans could face a similar dynamic: the loss of a symbolic seat (Georgia’s 6th District was previously held by Trump’s secretary of health and human services, Tom Price) and swallowing a legislative product that the Senate produced. Should it come to that, leadership will have to make a lobbying effort as concerted as Obama’s. “This is the moment,” one well-connected GOP lobbyist said of the task facing Republican leaders should Ossoff win. “If they don’t all get on the same page, they will all hang separately.” Aides insist that they’re ready to make that case, encouraging members to address health care head-on and make prodigious fundraising efforts in anticipation of a difficult election cycle. But the climate could be even trickier than the one facing Democrats in 2010. Though Handel has said that health care hasn’t been a hotly debated topic ― Democratic advertising efforts have focused on other fronts ― it is clear that the Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill hangs over elections in Georgia and elsewhere. A recent poll from the Atlanta Journal Constitution showed that more than 80 percent of likely voters in the district said that the issue of health care was an “extremely important” or “very important.” That same poll found that just one in four respondents approve of the GOP plan. One Democratic operative working on the Georgia race expressed shock that focus groups showed that people knew intricacies of the legislation and that the Congressional Budget Office analysis showed 24 million people losing coverage over the course of a decade because of it. It’s not just the polling and the focus groups, either. One Democratic lawmaker said that the party was simultaneously befuddled and thrilled when Trump reportedly referred to the House health care bill as “mean.” That comment, more than a win in Georgia, could be used as a political cudgel against Republicans in 2018, the lawmaker said. “The ads write themselves,” the Democrat said. Want more updates from Sam Stein? Sign up for his newsletter, Spam Stein, here. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

18 июня, 22:40

Happy Fathers Day! We've Got Some Wood To Chuck

Via Global Macro Monitor, The last words my father spoke to me before he died in 1996 was, [“Gregor], somebody is going to have to do something to help the poor.” Fast forward to 2017.   Never has the wealth gap in America been so wide.  This creates the initial conditions for a very uncertain and potentially unstable and explosive political and economic future. I just woke up, for example, to see these two articles juxatposed on my news aggregator. Why does America have so many hungry kids? – CNN Summer in the Hamptons: Oysters, Rosé, and Helicopter Noise?  – WSJ One article is about how 13 million American children go to bed hungry every night and the other is about the 1 percenters, who are now taking helicopters to their Hampton summer homes to avoid traffic.   What in the hell is happening to our country? Average wealth has increased over the past 50 years, but it has not grown equally for all groups. Between 1963 and 2013, families near the bottom of the wealth distribution (those at the 10th percentile) went from having no wealth on average to being about $2,000 in debt, those in the middle roughly doubled their wealth—mostly between 1963 and 1983, families near the top (at the 90th percentile) saw their wealth quadruple, and the wealth of those at the 99th percentile—in other words, those wealthier than 99 percent of all families—grew sixfold.  – Urban Institute The current data is much worse as the above doesn’t take into account the massive runup in asset prices over the past 3 1/2 years. Philanthropic 1-Percenters, But…….. I know many 1 percenters who are great and generous people and give so much in an effort reduce poverty.   Paul Tudor Jones’ Robin Hood Foundation, for example, is God’s work.    Though they make a difference in many individual lives, these good works can only go so far and only make just a small dent in the problem of our vanishing middle class and increasing American poverty rate. It’s the policies, Stupid! The kumbaya moment Congress is now experiencing after the shooting of its Republican congressional members last week now needs to be translated into action. Policy changes are imperative if we are going to really — first, we must decide if we want to — make a change.   It’s time to move away from the ugly and tired dialectic of “tax cuts for the rich and government help for the poor.”   Everything must change. Creative public policy and a change of thinking are the only hope, comrades. Here is one example, The United States exports more food than any other country in the world. So why do families with children have trouble getting enough food in such a prosperous nation?   “The non-politcal answer, to me, is greed and government,” Stallings said.   “There’s too many government health restrictions that force restaurants to throw away food” instead of donating it to the needy. “It’s also greed: We’re not helping our neighbors.”   -Bryan Stallings,  CNN Wow!  We trash 40 percent of the food we produce. Lessons From The Godfather Special interests will surely stand in the way of the much needed new policy thinking/making, including from reforming education to allowing restaurants to donate their food to the needy, for example.   So how do we deal with them? Take a lesson from the Godfather and mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, when he was Chief of Staff for President Obama and negotiating the bailout of the auto companies.   Some in the bailout group raised concerns about pushback from the United Auto Workers. To which the Godfather replied, F$*K the UAW  – Rahm Emanuel  To which we say, F$*K the Special Interests   – Global Macro Monitor My God, we are talking about hungry children, for Pete’s sake.

16 июня, 20:24

BLM Chicago Files Lawsuit Demanding Federal Oversight Of Police

Lawyers on behalf of Black Lives Matter Chicago and other community groups filed a lawsuit against the city Wednesday demanding a push for police reform. Five months after the Department of Justice released a report detailing systematic racism and a “pervasive cover-up culture” among officers, the 132-page complaint, obtained by the Chicago Tribune, is calling for strict federal oversight of the nation’s second-largest police force. It demands an end to “abusive policies and practices undergirding the alleged constitutional and state law violations.” “Absent federal court supervision, nothing will improve,” the lawsuit says. “It is clear that federal court intervention is essential to end the historical and on-going pattern and practice of excessive force by police officers in Chicago.” The complaint accuses individual current officers for excessive force against the plaintiffs.  It also cites examples from the department’s past, including the troubling “shoot to kill” orders during the 1968 Democratic National Convention and the 1969 killing of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton.  “This is the community stepping up when the government refuses to act and when it has long been clear that the city is incapable of acting on its own,” lead attorney Craig Futterman told The Associated Press.  The city of Chicago and 15 individual officers are named as defendants in the lawsuit.  On Wednesday, Black Lives Matter issued a statement about the lawsuit on Facebook, calling out the Chicago Police Department for the way they’ve handled past cases involving black people, including Laquan McDonald, Pierre Loury and Rekia Boyd.  “Our leadership doesn’t move unless protests fill the street, bodies fill the morgue, and the wealthy are affected. We have to press harder,” the statement reads. “We need the consent decree and a comprehensive federal order to oversee Chicago policing with an independent monitor ... not AG Jeff Sessions or Mayor Emanuel.” Just days before the lawsuit was filed, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel backed away from an agreement he made under the Obama administration to have a federal judge monitor the department’s reform efforts. He requested the DOJ appoint an independent monitor instead.  When the Chicago Tribune asked Emanuel about the lawsuit, he failed to respond to the question, but said, “I know what we have to do” in regard to police reform, accountability and transparency.  Despite what the mayor wants, the lawsuit seeks federal enforcement. Futterman told the Tribune that they are open to Emanuel agreeing to work with the plaintiffs on a consent decree monitored by the court. “He wants a dance partner? He’s got one,” Futterman said. “If he’s serious about ending police civil rights abuses in Chicago, he will agree — as he already did before — to binding court oversight and enforcement.” A hearing date for this case has been set for Wednesday. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

10 июня, 02:36

Trump DOJ And Chicago May Reach A Police Reform Deal With ‘No Teeth’

CHICAGO ― After several bruising years for the Chicago police and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, heightened by the fatal shooting of teenager Laquan McDonald by an officer, allegations of a City Hall cover-up and a damning Justice Department probe, the city is poised to begin its police reform efforts. But now there are serious doubts about whether a toothless plan can address the deep problems. News trickled out of city hall last week that Emanuel planned to seek a “memorandum of understanding,” rather than an enforceable consent decree, as part of an effort to remedy the widespread unconstitutional practices the Justice Department identified in a report released just before Trump’s inauguration. The sweeping federal report, issued after the biggest investigation of a city police department in Justice Department history, concluded that reform efforts in Chicago were “not likely to be successful” without a consent decree and independent monitoring. The city has not yet established a timeline for an independent monitor. “At this point, there’s still ongoing discussions between ourselves and the DOJ,” Walter Katz, Emanuel’s chief liaison with the CPD, told HuffPost. Katz noted that the city has already undertaken some reform efforts, including revamped police rules on use of force, an expanded bodycam program and a planned Civilian Office of Police Accountability, set to open in September. Success will be defined by “substantial compliance with the agreement,” Katz said, adding that prior consent decrees and memorandums of understanding have been effective for measuring compliance. High tensions over crime and policing in the city were aggravated with the November 2015 release of a police dashcam video that showed a more than year-old incident of an officer shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times as the teen walked away. The video contradicted the narrative by police that McDonald had been imminently threatening officers, and the legal fight to keep the tape under wraps prompted critics to accuse Emanuel of intentionally covering up the video until after his reelection, a charge he has denied. The officer who shot McDonald is awaiting trial on multiple charges, including first-degree murder. When the Civil Rights Division’s report came out on Jan. 13, the Justice Department and Emanuel’s administration announced they had reached an agreement in principle, a two-page document in which both parties committed to “negotiate in good faith to reach a comprehensive settlement in the form of a consent decree.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions does not believe in police consent decrees. Shortly after his Feb. 8 confirmation, Sessions conceded he hadn’t read the Chicago report but called it “anecdotal.” Sessions separately suggested that such binding legal agreements amounted to “harmful federal intrusion” that could “cost more lives by handcuffing the police instead of the criminals.” The Trump administration also attempted to back out of a firm agreement with the city of Baltimore. After a federal judge approved the Baltimore deal over DOJ’s objections, Sessions issued a statement saying he had “grave concerns” that the “rushed” agreement “will reduce the lawful powers of the police department and result in a less safe city.  Theoretically, the Trump DOJ is bound by the previous agreement to work in “good faith” toward a consent decree with Chicago. But Adam Collins, a spokesman for Emanuel, noted the stark ideological differences between the Obama-era DOJ and the department under President Donald Trump.   “Obviously there’s a different administration in D.C. right now that has a different attitude on consent decrees,” Collins said. “The public comments from the DOJ are very clear about their attitudes about how it relates to consent decrees and that they don’t believe they’re a good model.” Nevertheless, Collins said Police Supt. Eddie Johnson “has been clear that the city of Chicago is on the road to reform.”  Vanita Gupta, the former head of the Civil Rights Division, says that commitment isn’t enough. Gupta, who now heads the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, told HuffPost that Chicago has seen “over and over again” that deals without court enforcement mechanisms don’t work. The memorandum of agreement will “become yet another set of recommendations for the Chicago Police Department that will have no teeth.” “History has demonstrated that memoranda of agreement, which are not court-enforceable, are not robust enough to remedy longstanding problems,” Gupta said. Gupta noted that, even with the new administration, the agreement signed in January had “not been publicly disavowed by either party” and that both sides had recognized “the gravity and scope of the constitutional violations required a court-enforced agreement.” Gupta said it is “absolutely critical” that the career Civil Rights Division officials who investigated the Chicago Police Department “find that whatever agreement is reached will actually remedy the serious findings” the report brought to light. Groups like the ACLU of Illinois concur with Gupta’s concerns, slamming the memorandum of agreement as a “half-measure” that will not amount to meaningful change. “This proposal is a non-starter for anyone committed to real reform of Chicago’s broken system of policing,” Karen Sheley, director of the ACLU of Illinois Police Practices Project, said in a statement. “The City is proposing to sign a set of promises with a DOJ that is hostile to real police reform.” A spokesman for ACLU of Illinois said that it had not yet determined if they would go to court over the city’s decision but that it would “continue to talk with other advocates and consider all options.”  function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Chicago was the last police department to undergo an investigation into its “patterns or practices” in the Obama-era Justice Department. The number of DOJ-enforced consent decrees grew under Obama’s tenure compared with his most recent Republican and Democratic predecessors. From the start of Obama’s first term in 2009 to the conclusion of his second term this year, 14 police departments — including Seattle; Cleveland; Ferguson, Missouri; and Puerto Rico ― agreed to consent decrees. By contrast, only three consent decrees each were reached in Bill Clinton’s and George W. Bush’s two-term administrations. While consent decrees have been welcomed by police reform advocates, they’re often oppose by police unions as burdensome and restrictive. Since consent decrees are effectively lawsuits brought by the Justice Department against the city to ensure reform measures are implanted, the agreements can also come as huge expenses to taxpayers. Sessions himself hit on the cost in his statement following the approval of the Baltimore consent decree, saying the deal would force the city to fund a “highly-paid monitor to govern every detail of how the Baltimore Police Department functions for the foreseeable future.” But in Chicago, a lack of police reform has already taken a massive financial toll: Since 2004, the city has paid out roughly $662 million for police misconduct in the form of multimillion-dollar settlements, legal fees and other penalties. City Hall is standing by the decision as its option for achieving the badly needed overhaul. Collins cited Washington as an example the city views as a case study on successful police reform achieved without a consent decree. “It’s a model that’s worked in other cities,” Collins added, noting that D.C.’s former police chief Charles Ramsey — a former CPD official who now serves as an adviser on reform for the police department ― “spoke highly” of the process. Emanuel aide Katz said he was confident the city’s efforts will be successful because the city, its police and its residents want the same basic outcome. “What we’re focused on is the fact that people want to live in a community that is safe,” Katz said.  The ACLU’s Sheley expressed doubt that anything short of a consent decree would make a difference. She noted in a statement that the kind of agreement Chicago is pursuing “could not be enforced by the monitor, by the community or by anyone else ― since it is not planned to be overseen by a federal court.” “The only real path to police reform in Chicago is through a consent decree overseen by a federal judge,” Sheley added.  “That is what the City committed to when the DOJ completed its scathing report in January.”  Gupta also believes that Chicago’s proposal will fall short of implementing the necessary reform. “There is no political solution that will fix the problems that the career Justice Department team found. Congress gave career lawyers at the Justice Department the mandate to remedy patterns and practices of unconstitutional policing when found,” Gupta said. “It is their judgment that matters and that has not changed.” A Justice Department spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.  Kim Bellware reported from Chicago and Ryan Reilly reported from Washington, D.C. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

08 июня, 12:14

White-collar lawyers see opportunity in Trump scandals

More than a dozen attorneys and crisis communications specialists have started working for Trump associates touched by the unfolding Russia probes, according to a POLITICO tally.

08 июня, 01:20

West Wing aides fearful of directly attacking Comey

The White House has outsourced its counter-messaging effort during Comey’s testimony, as aides try to avoid more personal legal risk.

07 июня, 12:15

White House lawyers face a Clinton-era legal trap in Russia probe

In Whitewater, communications with government attorneys were subject to review by special counsel — something Trump may avoid now by relying on his own lawyer.

02 июня, 12:07

Trump’s tweets ‘a gold mine’ for Mueller probe

The president's running public commentary gives investigators real-time insight into the intent behind his actions – and could create problems for him or his aides.

02 июня, 02:10

Trump’s nationalism wins out again

'This will wake people up,’ Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says after Trump’s climate decision.

28 мая, 23:39

CNN anchor presses Rahm Emanuel to say whether he wants Hillary Clinton to run in 2020

CNN's Dana Bash pushed Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Sunday to answer whether he wanted...

28 мая, 19:35

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Casts Doubt On Democratic Sweep In 2018

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who in 2006 helped Democrats capture their first House majority in 12 years, on Sunday cast doubt on the party’s chances of reclaiming the chamber again next year. “It took us a long time to get this low. It ain’t going to happen in 2018,” the former White House chief of staff during President Barack Obama’s first term said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Take a chill pill, man. This is ― you got to be in this for the long haul,” he said. Along with Republican Donald Trump’s surprise victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton last November, Democrats suffered significant losses across the political board during Obama’s eight years in office. Republicans took back the House in 2010 ― just two years after Obama’s first election ― and have held it easily since then. The GOP, after also losing a Senate majority in 2006, won it back in 2014 and held it last November. Between 2008 and 2016, meanwhile, Democrats lost close to 1,000 seats in state legislatures. “You’re not going to solve” the party’s decline in 2018, said Emanuel, who is up for re-election in 2019. “The Republicans didn’t do what they did with just one election cycle. You have to have a long horizon, obviously, and work towards that, electing people at the local level, state houses, into Congress.” Turning around “years of eroding Democratic support” in local races won’t happen “entirely in just one cycle,” Emanuel warned. “Do I think we’re going to have a good year in 2018? Yes,” Emanuel said. “Do I think everything’s going to be solved in a single cycle? That’s not how we got here, and it’s not going to be how we get out.” Emanuel was a House member from Illinois and head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee when the party seized the chamber’s majority for the first time since 1994. Discontent with then-President George W. Bush’s administration and the war in Iraq played a large role in the Democratic showing, but Emanuel’s candidate recruitment efforts also received credit. Democrats have been hoping to show signs of a comeback in various elections this year. but so far the party has yet to score a signature win.  On Thursday, Republican Greg Gianforte ― despite being charged with misdemeanor assault of a reporter on the eve of the election ― defeated Democrat Rob Quist in a special election for the Montana’s sole House seat. Earlier this month in Omaha, Nebraska, Democrat Heath Mello failed to unseat Republican Mayor Jean Stothert. In April, progressive Democrat James Thompson ran well in special election for an open House seat in heavily Republican Kansas, but still lost. The Republicans didn’t do what they did with just one election cycle. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel In April, Democrat Jon Ossoff fell less than two percentage points shy of an outright win in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. The seat was vacated by Republican Tom Price to become Health and Human Services Department secretary under Trump and was and that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich occupied for years. The high-profile race, flooded with money by both parties, is scheduled for a runoff election on June 20. An Ossoff win over Republican Karen Handel would re-energize Democrat and potentially boost the party’s prospects in 2018. Progressives, many aligned with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), blame Democratic Party stalwarts for neglecting down-ballot races outside coastal liberal strongholds. “It seems clear that Gianforte’s massive edge in early funding allowed him to attack Quist’s character viciously before there were sufficient funds for Quist to respond to the vitriol,” Jeff Hauser, a veteran progressive strategist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research’s Revolving Door Project, told HuffPost ahead of the Montana election.   -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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28 мая, 19:03

Rahm Emanuel on Democratic problems: 'You're not going to solve it in 2018'

Emanuel, one of the architects of the Democrats' 2006 success, says the party's long-term problems today run far deeper than whether it can win back the House next year.

23 мая, 12:07

Eric Garcetti isn’t running for president (wink, wink)

But the Los Angeles mayor sure sounds like a man who wants to.

23 мая, 01:10

Nation So Sad It's Cheered Up By A Sphere

Like what you read below? Sign up for HUFFPOST HILL and get a cheeky dose of political news every evening! President Trump was provided relief from a tumultuous trip abroad when he got to play with a globe that made his hands look as big as Eurasia. Speaking of hands, and maybe it’s just our wild imagination, but has anyone given any thought to the idea that the country is being run through Melania Trump’s hands? And the president’s budget includes very steep cuts to the social safety net. To all of you who will be roasting your boot on a spit over an oil drum fire in 2020, take comfort: The president saved a few dollars on the F-35. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Monday, May 22nd, 2017: BORED TRUMP NOW JUST GINNING UP HIS OWN CONTROVERSIES - We’re all gonna die.  Marina Fang: “President Donald Trump on Monday denied that he mentioned Israel at the Oval Office meeting where he reportedly leaked classified information to Russian officials, seemingly referring to reports that Israel was the source of that information. ‘Just so you understand, I never mentioned the word or the name “Israel.” Never mentioned it during that conversation,’ Trump said during an appearance with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem as part of his first foreign trip as president. The president was referring to reports that Israel was the source of classified information he disclosed to Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and ambassador Sergei Kislyak during an Oval Office meeting on May 10.  ‘They were all saying I did. So you had another story wrong,’ he said, pointing at reporters in the room. ‘Never mentioned the word “Israel.”’ It was never reported, however, that Trump told the Russians that Israel was the source of the information.” [HuffPost] FLOTUS don’t want no POTUS. Jared Kushner must be so stressed right now, via Politico reporter Annie Karni’s pool report: “Recently, Trump has said that he believes peace in the Middle East is ‘not as difficult as people have thought.’ On Monday night, he said, ‘I’ve heard it’s one of the toughest deals of all.’ And he sounded a little more tempered in his confidence: ‘But I have a feeling we’re  going to get there eventually,’ he said. ‘I hope.’” FLYNN TAKING THE FIFTH - Whew, one less instance of drama for Mitch McConnell to worry about. Amanda Terkel: “Former national security adviser Michael Flynn will not cooperate with a Senate intelligence committee investigation, invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination Monday to avoid turning over documents lawmakers have subpoenaed related to his interactions with Russian officials. Flynn resigned in February, after it was revealed that he lied about whether he had substantive contacts with the Russian ambassador before President Donald Trump took office. In a letter to the leaders of the Senate intelligence committee posted by the Associated Press, Flynn’s lawyer said that without ‘assurances against unfair prosecution,’ he would ‘respectfully decline your request for an interview and for the production of documents.’” [HuffPost] This Flynn character may not be entirely on the up-and-up. “Michael Flynn appears to have lied to Pentagon officials about payments he received from Russians when he was interviewed in 2016 for a renewal of his security clearance, according to a document obtained by the top Democrat on the House oversight committee. In a letter released Monday evening by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the congressman details a document that reveals Flynn told investigators he was paid by ‘U.S. companies’ when he traveled to Russia and dined with Russian President Vladimir Putin.” [HuffPost’s Laura Barrón-López] James Comey’s testimony on his firing and the Russia investigation has been postponed, House oversight committee chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) announced on Twitter. OK, MAYBE THERE WILL BE PEOPLE DYING IN THE STREETS, PT. 623,005, 541 - Arthur Delaney: “The Trump administration will unveil its 2018 budget on Tuesday, likely including big-league cuts to social programs in order to pay for more guns and bombs. The first thing to know about Trump’s budget ― or any president’s budget ― is that most of the proposals it contains stand little chance of becoming law. Instead, the president’s budget is a wish list that marks the beginning of a process in which Congress ultimately decides how to set spending levels. Trump reportedly wants to boost military spending and pay for it with big cuts to safety net programs like Medicaid and food stamps, along with cuts to dozens of smaller items like the Community Development Block Grant. Republicans are unlikely to go along, since they have struggled mightily to agree on cuts to health insurance subsidies this year. But Bob Greenstein, director of the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, said the party’s love of tax cuts could motivate them to consider all options.”  [HuffPost] Haircut: Bernie Sanders (h/t Haley Byrd). Like HuffPost Hill? Then order Eliot’s book, The Beltway Bible: A Totally Serious A-Z Guide To Our No-Good, Corrupt, Incompetent, Terrible, Depressing, and Sometimes Hilarious Government Does somebody keep forwarding you this newsletter? Get your own copy. It’s free! Sign up here. Send tips/stories/photos/events/fundraisers/job movement/juicy miscellanea to [email protected] Follow us on Twitter - @HuffPostHill COURT RULES AGAINST GOP DRAWN DISTRICTS - Cristian Farias: “In a long-awaited decision, the Supreme Court agreed on Monday with a lower court ruling that found that Republican lawmakers in North Carolina drew two congressional districts with improper racial considerations in mind. The ruling is the latest attempt by the justices to clarify the standard for what counts as unconstitutional racial gerrymandering — the push by lawmakers, especially in the South, to draw district lines based on the racial demographics of a specific area. ‘The Constitution entrusts States with the job of designing congressional districts,’ wrote Justice Elena Kagan in the 5-to-3 decision. ‘But it also imposes an important constraint: A State may not use race as the predominant factor in drawing district lines unless it has a compelling reason.’” [HuffPost] The sinkhole that formed in front of Mar-a-Lago is almost too easy a target for jokes. CITY ON A HILL UPDATE - Your tired, poor huddled masses yearning to be free can crash on our futon for a couple of nights... maybe. Elise Foley: “Tens of thousands of Haitians who had already been granted temporary reprieve to stay in the U.S. will be allowed to remain for an additional six months, but they should use that time to ‘get their affairs in order,’ a Trump administration official said Monday. The Department of Homeland Security had until Tuesday to decide whether to extend temporary protected status, or TPS, for roughly 58,700 Haitians, who have been approved to remain in the U.S. following a devastating 2010 earthquake in their native country.” [HuffPost] TRUMP STILL THREATENING TO SABOTAGE OBAMACARE - But he’s not doing it today. Jeffrey Young: “In a filing to a federal appeals court Monday, the Justice Department and lawyers representing House Republicans have requested another 90-day delay in the proceedings from a case challenging the legality of payments made to health insurers serving low-income customers…. Without that money, insurers would face major financial losses because the law mandates they offer these discounts whether they get paid back or not. Insurers received about $7 billion in these payments last year. Many states would allow health insurance companies to exit the Obamacare markets this year, leaving their policyholders with no coverage. Moreover, if Trump makes clear the cost-sharing payments won’t be made in the future, health insurance companies would have a strong disincentive to participate in the exchanges next year, leaving consumers with fewer, or possibly no, choices.” [HuffPost] CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LITTLE GUY - [area liberals nervously making sure Ruth Bader Ginsburg is getting enough antioxidants in her diet]. Paul Blumenthal: “Newly minted Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch showed his hand on Monday on where he will likely stand on cases that would increase the amount of power held by large political donors. As the Supreme Court declined to hear a major campaign finance case that could have led to the lifting of campaign contribution limits to political parties, Gorsuch joined Justice Clarence Thomas in an unwritten dissent. That means Gorsuch and Thomas wanted the court to hear the case, and likely wanted to vote to overturn yet another limit on big money in politics. The case, Republican Party of Louisiana v. Federal Election Commission, challenged contribution limits placed on state-level political parties by the 2002 McCain-Feingold reform law. These are the limits on ‘soft money,’ unlimited contributions to the parties for supposedly non-electoral activities, imposed in the wake of scandals related to both how the money was raised and how it was spent.” [HuffPost] The thankfully brief story of the D.C. bar that wanted to introduce a “Pill Cosby” drink to its menu. DEMOCRATS GRIPPED WITH RAHM-BASED NOSTALGIA - To defeat a short-fingered vulgarian, sometimes you need a vulgar man with one shortened finger. Edward-Isaac Dovere and Gabriel Debenedetti: “Democrats see the same ugly storm forming for Republicans that delivered them the majority 11 years ago, and they’re digging out the blueprint. The party is vastly expanding the number of districts it plans to contest, recruiting veterans and business owners to compete in conservative terrain as it did back then. Three senior House Democrats are soon heading to Chicago to seek advice from Rahm Emanuel, the party’s 2006 master strategist. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has been tutoring members on the party’s campaign efforts that year…. Emanuel has been in touch regularly with Democratic leaders in Washington, holding frequent strategy phone calls with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York.” [Politico] BECAUSE YOU’VE READ THIS FAR - Here’s yet another puppy doing battle with a doorstop. TRUMP ISN’T THE ONLY ONE ON A #MAGA TRIP ABROAD - How come there are never “belligerent ferry passenger asked to disembark” or “irate monorail rider forced to alight” stories? Avi Selk: “Like some bizarre parody of a Trump rally, a belligerent man in a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat was booted off a plane in Shanghai Sunday — defiantly waving as a crowd of passengers jeered in the terminal: ‘Lock him up! Lock him up!’ It’s unclear whether Chinese police did jail the man or who he was. As others on the United Airlines flight described it, he started arguing before he stepped onto the plane. ‘Obviously, the hat provoked some of the stuff,’ said Alexis Zimmerman, who was flying back to Newark from a business trip.” [WaPo] COMFORT FOOD - Dogs try to make sense of fidget spinners. - The winning submissions from the first-ever “Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.” - An infographic showing all the colors of Mr. Rogers’ cardigans. TWITTERAMA @emmaroller: The Orb and the Obelisk have revealed themselves, as it was foretold. Now we wait for the third Dark Talisman to emerge. @historyinflicks:  Straightforward from here:1 impeach Trump2 steal orb3 fall under maddening spell of orb4 orb devours every human soul5 President Hatch @jephjacobs: Child: do you remember when Trump touched the Orb? Me: Yes. None of us realized what it would- Orb Police: HAIL ORB Me & child: hail orb Got something to add? 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22 мая, 12:11

Paging Rahm: House Dems revive 2006 playbook for 2018

The party is reviving the strategy it used the last time it took the House 11 years ago, but a lot has changed since then.

16 мая, 12:22

‘America’s reliability is now in question’

Chicago’s mayor thinks his party is too focused on Trump’s antics, at the expense of aiming an economic message at the middle class.

14 мая, 14:10

The Kennedy Democrats don't want

The latest Kennedy to run for office is discovering the storied family name isn't enough anymore.

10 мая, 01:59

California takes center stage in battle for House majority

Democrats and Republicans are pouring manpower and money into the state ahead of the 2018 midterms.

21 марта 2016, 13:00

«Черный дом»: фильм о коррупции, запрещенный в США

Фильм «Черный дом», раскрывающий коррупционные схемы Госдепа США и лично Барака Обамы, был запрещен к показу как минимум на территории США. Однако картина все же стала доступна для массовой аудитории. По мнению изначально опубликовавшего его Дмитрия Пучкова, фильм должны посмотреть как за рубежом, так и в России. И для того, чтобы сделать картину более доступной, журнал «Политическая Россия» публикует фильм «Черный дом» с собственным дублированным переводом.

20 декабря 2015, 11:46

Scofield: Предвыборная кампания в США

Президент РФ Владимир Путин после большой пресс-конференции заявил журналистам: «Он [Дональд Трамп] яркий очень человек, талантливый, без всяких сомнений. Не наше дело определять его достоинства, это дело избирателей США, но он абсолютный лидер президентской гонки.