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09 февраля, 15:00

SO MUCH LOSING, THEY’RE GONNA GET TIRED OF LOSING: WaPo: Can Democrats get used to all the losing …

SO MUCH LOSING, THEY’RE GONNA GET TIRED OF LOSING: WaPo: Can Democrats get used to all the losing that lies ahead? President Trump has promised so much winning that people will get tired of it. But for Democrats, the question is whether they can stomach the amount of losing they’re in store for. Despite the […]

08 февраля, 19:22

RFK's son to run for Illinois governor

CHICAGO — Chris Kennedy, son of the late Robert F. Kennedy, has announced he's running for Illinois governor, ending months of speculation. "We can do better," Kennedy said in a video statement announcing his candidacy Wednesday.Kennedy is running against Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who has been engaged in an epic fight with the state legislature, which has left the state without a budget for 19 months.Kennedy has increased his public profile since last spring and has publicly discussed the possibility of running for governor.

08 февраля, 14:04

Records show how Air Force nominee skirted lobbying restrictions

Wilson, who left Congress in 2009 and went to work the same month for Lockheed subsidiary Sandia Corp., says she didn't lobby herself.

08 февраля, 04:23

Trump Repeats Huge Lie About The U.S. Murder Rate

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); President Donald Trump revived his thoroughly debunked lie about U.S. crime on Tuesday, claiming the national murder rate is nearing a 50-year high. “The murder rate is the highest it’s been in ... 45 to 47 years,” Trump told a White House gathering of county sheriffs from across the country. “I used to say that in a speech and everybody was surprised, because the press doesn’t tell it like it is.” Trump has repeatedly claimed crime is worse than the reality. During the campaign, he frequently said crime is out of control. Since his election, he’s said the murder rate is the highest in 45 years. Last month, he falsely said Philadelphia’s murder rate had increased when it actually declined. Recent FBI data shows the U.S. murder rate near its lowest in decades, with 5 homicides per 100,000 people in 2015. (Data for 2016 hasn’t been released.) A 2011 report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, which analyzes FBI crime data, shows the U.S. murder rate peaked in 1960 at 10.2 homicides per 100,000, dipping to 7.9 per 100,000 in 1984, and rising again in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The homicide rate hit 9.3 per 100,000 in 1994, before plummeting to 4.8 per 100,000 in 2010. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway defended Trump’s new false statement in an interview Tuesday on CNN. “I think he is relying upon data, perhaps for a particular area,” Conway told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “I don’t know who gave him that data.” The White House did not immediately return requests for additional comment. It’s possible Trump is confusing the overall murder rate with the percentage increase from 2014 to 2015. The 2015 rate showed the biggest one-year jump since 1971, roughly 11 percent. Rising violence in 10 major cities, including Chicago, Houston and Washington, accounted for one-third of the 2015 gain. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, the murder rate jumped 14 percent in the 30 largest U.S. cities from 2015 to 2016, with Chicago accounting for 44 percent of the increase. The jump doesn’t indicate a national crime wave, according to experts. “While there were 471 more murders in large cities in 2015 than 2014, more than half (260) of that increase occurred in just three cities: Baltimore, Washington and Chicago,” the Brennan Center’s Ames Grawert and James Cullen wrote in March. “Until we have more information, then, warnings of a ‘new nationwide crime wave’ are premature by several years and more than a few percentage points.” Trump has frequently pointed to Chicago violence in recent appearances. Last month, the president tweeted he would “send in the Feds” if “carnage” in the city didn’t decrease. In Tuesday’s session with sheriffs, Trump spoke of “so sad a situation” in Chicago. He hasn’t detailed any plans to allocate more federal resources for stomping out crime in the city. Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) said he would welcome help. “Send more FBI, DEA, ATF agents,” Emanuel said during a news conference last week. “We don’t have to talk about it anymore. Just send them.” How will Trump’s first 100 days impact you? Sign up for our weekly newsletter and get breaking updates on Trump’s presidency by messaging us here. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=588a5050e4b0024605fe924e,5862a733e4b0eb5864873b2a,5615dba5e4b0082030a12809 -- 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.

01 февраля, 18:29

Let's Help Workers With A Green Jobs Program

President Donald Trump is right about one thing: we need a jobs program. I worked for Rahm Emanuel's Greencorps Chicago Youth while a graduate student. Greencorps was a jobs program that offered education, mentoring and practical work experience. What we did at Greencorps was amazing. We taught young people from Chicago about environmental engineering, climate change, urban agriculture and sustainability. Our flagship program trained disadvantaged Chicagoans for green jobs. The youth program mirrored this effort by placing our students in internships in Chicago's emerging green economy. What we were doing was admittedly small-scale but impactful. With the resources we now have to address climate change, we can train Americans to make money in what will be a worldwide clean energy infrastructure boom. It would be foolish not to do so. Not only would continued investment in energy advance basic science, but I think a scaled-up green jobs program could do wonders by putting marginalized people back to work, retraining others on the technology of the future and advancing a new wave of innovation. We could make America the world leader in the world economy's most profitable sector, energy, while enhancing our national energy security. The United States currently has all the technology it needs to plan for and then transcend the twilight of the fossil fuel energy economy. Now innovators are advancing clean energy and pollution mitigation technology at a rapid pace. But we need to speed it up. According to McKinsey, "By 2040, (renewables') US market share could be 18 percent, up from 13 percent in 2013." When the world is expected to surpass 25 percent renewable sourcing in 2018, we are laggards. Yet innovative scientists are currently making progress on one of the most difficult aspects of engineering a new energy economy, the storage problem. McKinsey reports, "The European Union is testing a project in Ireland in which a motorized flywheel can harness surplus energy from the grid, store it in turbines, and then release it on demand. The US Department of Energy's famous innovation lab, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, is funding a dozen storage-related projects. It is not far-fetched to believe these efforts will discover a variety of cost-effective solutions. The demand for time-shifted energy storage, according to McKinsey, could grow ten times by 2050; that kind of potential attracts innovation." In addition to directing more research dollars toward solving these hard problems, the incoming administration can go big on a green jobs program for everyday workers. We need to jump-start clean energy by enacting more feed-in tariffs, renewable portfolios and job training programs. All of these efforts will produce jobs quickly, and the jobs will last. Playing it safe on a green jobs effort is neither safe ecologically nor smart economically and will look bad in hindsight. In an article for Newsweek a few years ago, Bill Clinton wrote about the transformational nature of technology. He wrote, "When I was president, the economy benefited because information technology penetrated every aspect of American life. More than one-quarter of our job growth and one-third of our income growth came from that. Now the obvious candidate for that role today is changing the way we produce and use energy." Think Progress reported on some of Clinton's tangible, shovel-ready ideas: "Building retrofits have huge job-creating potential; a recent report suggests 'retrofitting 40% of the US building stock will create over 600,000 jobs by 2020.' This estimate is very similar to that of President Clinton (retrofitting the entire building stock will create 1,000,000 jobs)." Providing a robust jobs program could stimulate many millions more jobs in an energy sector that could add trillions of dollars of profit with clean tech. As Robert Browning wrote: "Man must pass from old to new, From what once seemed good, to what now Proves best; How could man have progression otherwise?" -- 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.

31 января, 20:32

A GOOD START: Trump Halted $181 Billion in Regulatory Costs on First Day in Office. “On day one i…

A GOOD START: Trump Halted $181 Billion in Regulatory Costs on First Day in Office. “On day one in office, President Trump’s Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, signed a memo to all executive agencies imposing a regulatory moratorium,” wrote Sam Batkins, director of regulatory policy for the American Action Forum. “This may sound like an […]

30 января, 16:14

FAKE NEWS: Disappearing people to secret prisons? Hey, this is Donald Trump’s DHS, not Rahm …

FAKE NEWS: Disappearing people to secret prisons? Hey, this is Donald Trump’s DHS, not Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago Police Department. “Chicago police covertly detained more than 7,000 people at a secret interrogation warehouse straight out of a Bond movie — more than double the amount of prisoners originally believed to be held and grilled there, according […]

30 января, 04:39

Rauner sees 'serious concerns' with Trump's travel ban

CHICAGO — Amid criticism that he was silent while chaos erupted at area airports over the weekend, Gov. Bruce Rauner said on Sunday that “serious concerns” exist over President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, saying those concerns should be addressed in court.Rauner also said he opposed any ban that targeted a specific religion, but the carefully worded statement fell short of a full embrace or full rebuke of Trump’s policy. Instead, Rauner said he would like to see a “balance” of addressing national security concerns while remaining welcoming to immigrants. His remarks came as Democrats and labor groups blasted the Republican governor for attending a summit in Palm Springs, California, sponsored by Charles and David Koch even as protesters showed up in droves at O’Hare Airport, shutting down an area outside the international terminal at one point. While Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, state Attorney General Lisa Madigan and state Comptroller Susana Mendoza (all of whom are Democrats) repudiated Trump’s action on Saturday, Rauner’s office did not respond to a request for comment. On Sunday, however, his office released this statement: “Governor Rauner has always said we need to balance our tradition as a nation welcoming of immigrants and refugees with legitimate national security concerns to keep Americans safe from terrorism. The governor has been supportive of tightening the vetting process for Syrian refugees because of ISIS attempts to infiltrate refugee flows — but he's opposed to immigration bans that target any specific religion. "Serious concerns about the executive order have been raised. We urge swift resolution of these concerns through the courts to ensure we are a nation that is both secure and welcoming of immigrants and refugees.”In 2015, Rauner asked the White House to temporarily ban Syrian refugees from settling in Illinois. Rauner also asked the White House for “vetting information” regarding refugees seeking settlement in Illinois, according to the governor’s office, which added that the White House denied both of the requests. The Illinois Federation of Teachers blasted Rauner this weekend.“While children, refugees, and green card holders are being detained at our airports and Illinois is still without a budget, Bruce Rauner is one of only three Governors strategizing with the Koch brothers at a Palm Spring resort,” IFT President Dan Montgomery said in a statement.

29 января, 05:24

Protesters and lawyers scramble in response to Trump refugee order

The rush to respond added to the confusion spurred by the far-reaching executive order Trump signed on Friday.

29 января, 02:09

To deflect future blame, Trump is creating the enemy within

Ten years ago mentioning Hitler and the Nazis in a political debate was considered hyperbolic and in poor taste. And rightly so. Today, it has become almost passé. No less than the President of the United States has accused the American intelligence agencies of behaving as if they were in Nazi Germany over "fake news leaks" in a tweet, for example. And yet it seems that Mr Trump seems more determined than anybody to make comparisons to Nazi Germany apposite in the 21st Century. One of the executive orders he has signed in his frenzied first week in office was to require his administration to, "on a weekly basis, make public a comprehensive list of criminal actions committed by aliens and any jurisdiction that ignored or otherwise failed to honor any detainers with respect to such aliens." So then: drill into the heads of the public the association between immigration and crime, ignoring context, such as the fact that immigrants are noticeably less likely to commit crimes and have lower rates of incarceration than native US citizens. Bully any local or state jurisdiction that refuses to indulge your fantasy by threatening to name and shame them - and, I presume before long, accuse them of being "un-American" and "un-patriotic". And lay the ground for scapegoating these "criminals" and their "traitor", "liberal" accomplices for any of your domestic policy failures on crime, social cohesion, and public order. So far, so good, but this is rather closer to Putin than Hitler. Not to worry, Mr Trump has us covered: increase the number of detention centres, for these "threats to national security", so we can fit all "illegals" in, irrespective of whether they are dangerous criminals or just kids trying to get an education. Mr Trump was elected to the Office of President by promising the sun and the moon to a vast cohort of Americans that have been left behind by globalisation and who feel their very identities are under attack from a relentless "liberal culture war" to strip them of their "masculinity" and their conservative values. These people feel that they have been robbed of everything, and that only Mr Trump can rebuild America into a country where they can belong, by taking a hammer to "liberal economics" and liberal cultural sensibilities. They expect the maverick businessman to "shake things up". The problem is that Mr Trump has little to no interest in the wellbeing of his base. He wants their electoral support, sure, but in a post-fact world and with a base that is clinically resistant to facts and evidence after decades of indoctrination from Fox News and conservative talk radio, their wellbeing and their political support bear almost no correlation. What is actually important is Mr Trump's image as the "man of the people", the man who has their back. He will fail to deliver what he has promised. That much is certain. This is something his team knows, and something he himself knows and is not too troubled by. But for that failure to not affect his image, and thus the support of his base, any responsibility for those failures must be deflected away from his administration and towards... well, anyone else will do. But his base are already inclined to blame immigrants and liberals for everything, so those two groups will do just fine as scapegoats. When the inner city "carnage" Mr Trump described in his inauguration speech slips out of his deranged mind and into our streets because he is fanning the flames of a new race war in America, that will be "immigrant criminal gangs", and "weak Democrat local government" like Chicago's Rahm Emanuel. When another loner goes on a shooting spree and he just happens to be from a Muslim background, that will be all American Muslims. And everything that cannot be pinned on any "foreign" American, can easily be pinned on China. Brace yourselves for the best presidency, and it will be tremendous, because our President will never do anything wrong, and even though everyone is out to get him, he will put America first - and he will successfully run a business empire in parallel too! -- 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.

28 января, 03:31

Act Of War

Before the Twitter war between President Trump & Mexican President Nieto that concluded with their meeting being cancelled, the New York Times & former Mexican Foreign Secretary Castaneda war-gamed how Mexico could punish the USA for exiting NAFTA. Castaneda said “let’s see if his wall keeps the terrorists out, because we won’t” and former Mexican Ambassador to the US, Sarukhan echoed Rahm Emanuel saying “never let a crisis go to waste”. And while former Mexican government officials suggest using terrorists, drug cartels and crises to keep the US under their global structure, the current Mexican President spoke of using the 50 Mexican consulates to defy & resist American immigration law. That’s the context for the Twitter spat. Follow David on Twitter - https://twitter.com/libertytarian Help us spread the word about the liberty movement, we're reaching millions help us reach millions more. Share the free live video feed link with your friends & family: http://www.infowars.com/show Follow Alex on TWITTER - https://twitter.com/RealAlexJones Like Alex on FACEBOOK - https://www.facebook.com/AlexanderEmerickJones Infowars on G+ - https://plus.google.com/+infowars/ :Web: http://www.infowars.com/ http://www.prisonplanet.com/ http://www.infowars.net/ :Subscribe and share your login with 20 friends: http://www.prisonplanet.tv http://www.InfowarsNews.com Visit http://www.InfowarsLife.com to get the products Alex Jones and his family trust, while supporting the growth of our expanding media operation. [http://bit.ly/2dhnhbS] Biome Defense™ [http://bit.ly/2bnEj91] Bio-True Selenium™ [http://bit.ly/1WYw8jp] Vitamin Mineral Fusion™ [http://bit.ly/1QYBNBv] Joint Formula™ [http://bit.ly/1nNuR3r] Anthroplex™ [http://bit.ly/1ljfWfJ] Living Defense™ [http://bit.ly/1Iobcj2] Deep Cleanse™ [http://bit.ly/1DsyQ6i] Knockout™ [http://bit.ly/1Kr1yfz] Brain Force™ [http://bit.ly/1R5gsqk] Liver Shield™ [http://bit.ly/1cOwQix] ProstaGuard™ [http://bit.ly/1mnchEz3] Child Ease™ [http://bit.ly/1xs9F6t] WinterSunD3™ [http://bit.ly/1L3gDSO] Ancient Defense™ [http://bit.ly/1EHbA6E] Secret-12™ [http://bit.ly/1txsOge] Oxy Powder™ [http://bit.ly/1s6cphV] Occu Power™ [http://bit.ly/1rGOLsG] DNA Force™ [http://bit.ly/1nIngBb] X2 Survival Shield™ [http://bit.ly/1kaXxKL] Super Female Vitality™ [http://bit.ly/1mhAKCO] Lung Cleanse™ [http://bit.ly/1mGbikx] Silver-Bullet - Colloidal Silver™ [http://bit.ly/1xcoUfo] Super Male Vitality™ [http://bit.ly/1z5BCP9] Survival Shield - Nascent Iodine™ [http://bit.ly/1o4sQtc] Patriot Blend 100% Organic Coffee™ [http://bit.ly/1iVL6HB] Immune Support 100% Organic Coffee™ All available at - http://www.infowarsshop.com/ INFOWARS HEALTH - START GETTING HEALTHY BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE - http://www.infowarshealth.com/ Newsletter Sign up / Infowars Underground Insider : http://www.infowars.com/newsletter The Alex Jones Show © copyright, Free Speech Systems .LLC 1995 - 2017 All Rights Reserved. May use for fair use and educational purposes

26 января, 18:41

RAHM EMANUEL’S CHICAGO: 6 Shot at Gun Violence Victim’s Memorial. Meanwhile, John Kass says that …

RAHM EMANUEL’S CHICAGO: 6 Shot at Gun Violence Victim’s Memorial. Meanwhile, John Kass says that Donald Trump has “turned Mayor Rahm Emanuel into a sympathetic figure.” We’ll see.

26 января, 13:07

Democrats launch scorched-earth strategy against Trump

'They were entitled to a grace period and they blew it,' says one governor. 'It’s been worse than I could have imagined, the first few days.'

26 января, 03:16

Rahm vows Chicago will remain immigrant sanctuary

SPRINGFIELD — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel vowed on Wednesday that Chicago would remain a sanctuary city after President Donald Trump issued executive orders taking aim at illegal immigration. “I want to be clear: We're going to stay a sanctuary city,” Emanuel said. Trump's executive orders would triple resources for immigration enforcement and withhold federal funding to sanctuary cities. “We are going to get the bad ones out, the criminals,” Trump said Wednesday. “The day is over when they can stay in our country and wreak havoc.” Asked about the threat of a federal funding cutoff, Emanuel instead referred to a controversial tweet that Trump sent out a day earlier, in which he pledged to “send in the feds” if the mayor couldn’t get homicides under control in the city. "I'm going to take the president's offer to give us resources, and that's what I'm going to focus on and hopefully we'll see that," Emanuel said. The mayor said he would be against deploying the National Guard, if that was what Trump intended to offer. He also made clear he’d welcome more resources from federal law enforcement, including the FBI or ATF.Alderman Roderick T. Sawyer, chair of the Chicago City Council's Black Caucus, invited Trump to go beyond rhetoric through Twitter and commit resources. “If President Trump is serious about ending the violence problem in Chicago and other cities across this country, he needs to put his money where his mouth — or Twitter account — is,” Sawyer said. “The threat to militarize our communities will be met with the same spirit of fierce resistance as efforts to increase ‘stop-and-frisk,’ register and ban Muslims, and deport millions of immigrants. We remain committed to working with all levels of government to fight for resources for our communities — but not at the cost of our civil liberties or our very democracy.”White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters that the president was interested in having a dialogue with Emanuel over Chicago’s violence.

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26 января, 01:53

After The March On Washington, What About A March On Tom Price's District?

"But like California’s recent experience with water, will this weekend’s movement honor Rahm Emanuel’s famous quip: “Never let a serious crisis go to waste”. Will the water – in this case, the emotions that fueled the protests – get captured and put to future use?"

25 января, 22:03

High-Profile Progressives Can Literally Drive Trump Bananas

Here's a known fact: President Donald Trump has a very, very fragile ego. There is no limit to his butthurt when challenged or mocked, and if you have a large platform, you're in a unique position to chip away at whatever shred of sanity he has left. Consider these points: White House sources recently told The Washington Post that Trump became "visibly enraged" after learning the Women's March dwarfed the crowd at his inauguration and that his joyful mood turned into "flashes of anger" less than 24-hours after he took office. It's also very clear Alec Baldwin has lodged himself under Donald Trump's thin skin, and he's only just getting started. Baldwin's portrayal of Trump on Saturday Night Live is not only awe-inspiring and hysterical, it's the perfect vehicle to showcase much-needed resistance, and most importantly, it drives Trump mad. We all know it drives him mad because he takes the bait and angry-tweets about it every time. When Congressman John Lewis said he would be boycotting the 2017 inauguration ceremony because Trump's presidency is "illegitimate," Trump responded with another childish tweet saying the civil rights icon was "...all talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!" Examples of Trump's petty, immature hissy-fits are all over the Internet, and they provide everyone with a glimpse into the kind of prodding that really eats at him. He desperately believes he's entitled to respect, and when he's mocked, ridiculed or challenged, he has a measurable, negative public reaction. If his reaction is private, there are always White House sources ready to spill the beans. Imagine if ten or twenty high-profile liberals make a daily effort to pick on him. He won't be able to control his rage and that could lead to his ultimate demise. Whether it's in the form of mocking or unrelenting insistence that his presidency is illegitimate, high-profile personalities hold the key to his undoing. A small, petty man on the inside, Trump behaves like a big, angry schoolyard bully who feels empowered when he brandishes his big stick. However, like all bullies, when he's challenged by ballsy dissenters, he crumbles like a stale taco bowl. This tactic is not about being mean; it is about giving the bully a taste of his own medicine and crippling his limited ability to focus. The key is to hit him with one thing per day - give or take. It could be a tweet or a Facebook post, or a video. It's about picking one subject that will drive him bananas and then staying on message. It might also be in addition to any kind of legislative pushback or resistance. The sole purpose of this mission would be to get under his skin - much like Baldwin so brilliantly does on SNL, or when Trump was heavily pushing the birther rumor, Bill Maher demanded he provide his birth certificate to prove he isn't part orangutan. Senators Al Franken (D-MN) Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Corey Booker (D-NJ), California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are great examples of government officials who can relentlessly troll Trump on a daily basis - whether it's about policy, unconstitutional actions or simply reminding him that his position is not legitimate. Trump and his team provide us with more than enough mock-worthy material to work with, and that makes the task easy! George Clooney, Rosie O'Donnell, Rose McGowan, Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda, Bill Maher and George Takei all have the unique ability to get under his skin with a simple comment on social media - and their fans will make sure Trump sees all of it. He does love Twitter, you know. Most of the personalities mentioned have already been outspoken, but I'm suggesting a daily and unrelenting campaign. Whether it's about civil rights, a piece of legislation, or something as silly as his hair, I am calling on our famous, beloved personalities who can, and in my humble opinion should, make the most of their power to help save our wounded democracy and bring down the man who refuses to say one negative thing about his bestie, Vladmir Putin. Like Kimberley A. Johnson on Facebook HERE or follow her HERE. Books: Peyton's Choice (teen abortion), American Woman The Poll Dance, The Virgin Diaries. Twitter: @AuthorKimberley -- 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.

25 января, 13:41

Emanuel's war of words escalates with Trump

SPRINGFIELD -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel found himself at the center of a loathe triangle this week as he attacked President Donald Trump and Gov. Bruce Rauner and was in turn attacked by both Republicans, who blasted the mayor for presiding over a violence-torn city.By Tuesday night, Trump was threatening to “send in the feds” if Emanuel couldn’t control city violence and Rauner, through a spokesperson, essentially told the mayor to get his “murder capital” under control.The political sparring captured headlines and dominated chatter in Springfield Tuesday evening, threatening to overshadow the Illinois governor’s third State of the State address today. Trump threatened in a tweet on Tuesday evening to send in federal assistance if Emanuel didn’t get Chicago violence under control. "If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible 'carnage' going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!" the president tweeted.The tweet followed reports on Monday that Chicago violence was not slowing so far this year, with 40 murders in 22 days. It also followed screaming headlines in Chicago on Tuesday morning after Emanuel seemed to lecture Trump on his fixation with the size of his inaugural crowd. “You didn’t get elected to debate the crowd size at your inaugural,” Emanuel said on Monday. “You got elected to make sure that people have a job, that the economy continues to grow, people have security as it relates to their kids’ education. It wasn’t about your crowd size. It was about their lives and their jobs.” A Rauner spokesperson also took aim at Emanuel after the mayor blasted the governor -- an old fishing buddy -- during an interview on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight.” Emanuel criticized Rauner, saying the Republican governor failed to propose a balanced budget since he took office in 2015 and accused him of standing in the way of progress. “We’re the only state without a budget. Now the last time I checked, the governorship has responsibilities. You have a responsibility to offer a balanced budget,” Emanuel told WTTW host Paris Schutz. “What I don’t support is what the governor has done. The state of Illinois is rudderless under Rauner. You’re the governor. If I went two weeks without a budget, would you be blaming Ald. Carrie Austin, the chair of the budget committee, or me?”Emanuel questioned why the state’s chief executive has vetoed and is threatening to veto compromise pension legislation benefiting Chicago that received overwhelming majorities in both houses. Emanuel also accused Rauner from walking away from the bargaining table, failing to reach out to House Speaker Mike Madigan on a corporate tax proposal and for treating Chicago students and taxpayers like “second class citizens.”“The governor is treating the kids of Chicago as if they’re not part of the state. And he’s treating taxpayers as if they’re second class citizens,” Emanuel said. “What is he doing? Rather than making progress, he is standing in the way. I think he has taken these rigid ideological positions, a rigid style, and Springfield and now Illinois have ground to a halt because of the approach he’s had.” Rauner’s office fired back in a statement. “A partisan rant coming from Madigan's mayor is unhelpful to progress in Springfield,” spokeswoman Catherine Kelly said in a statement. “Madigan’s mayor should focus less on alliteration and more on getting his murder capital city under control.”

25 января, 06:23

What's Causing Chicago’s Homicide Spike?

President Trump is vowing to “send in the Feds,” but researchers aren’t convinced they understand the rise, or how to stop it.

25 января, 05:47

Trump threatens to 'send in the Feds' to Chicago

President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that he would dispatch federal authorities to Chicago if they didn't address violence in the city, which he described as "horrible 'carnage.'""If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible "carnage" going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!" the president tweeted Tuesday. It was not clear if he meant federal law-enforcement authorities or federal troops.Trump's comments seemingly cite a Chicago Tribune report from Monday that said 228 people had been shot in the city so far in 2017, a 5.5 percent increase from the same time period last year. The 42 homicides, as he noted, increased by 24 percent from the 34 reported to this point in 2016. Trump has repeatedly spoken out against Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's handling of violence within the city, often alluding to potential federal intervention. But Trump's comments Tuesday serve as his strongest rebuke yet since being sworn in to the presidency last Friday.Earlier this month Trump said of Emanuel and violence in Chicago: "If Mayor can't do it, he must ask for Federal helpChicago murder rate is record setting - 4,331 shooting victims with 762 murders in 2016. If Mayor can't do it he must ask for Federal help!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2017The newly minted president also continued his war of words against CNN on Tuesday night by taunting the network for being bested by Fox News in terms of inaugural viewership. "Congratulations to [Fox News] for being number one in inauguration ratings," Trump said in a partially-congratulatory tweet. "They were many times higher than FAKE NEWS [CNN] - public is smart!"Congratulations to @FoxNews for being number one in inauguration ratings. They were many times higher than FAKE NEWS @CNN - public is smart!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017€

23 января, 19:01

The Democratic Establishment Figured Out What Went Wrong. They're Still Working On What's Next.

WASHINGTON ― It was a good time for this particular crowd to stay out of D.C. Had the vote counts gone a little differently in three Midwestern counties on Nov. 8, the 120 or so Democratic Party donors gathered at a golf resort outside of Miami this weekend would have been feting each other in the nation’s capital. Instead, they were taking in somber lectures about the electoral catastrophe the party had just suffered, and grappling with the way forward. It was a gathering of what Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) railed against during his presidential campaign as “the establishment.” The conference, organized by longtime Clinton family operative David Brock, was dominated by Clintonfolk. Jon Cowan, president of the ardently centrist Third Way think tank, was among the most prominent panelists, alongside Hillary Clinton confidante Maya Harris, “Morning Joe” regular Harold Ford and even embattled Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.   But the overwhelming analysis emanating from Brockapalooza was essentially a haute couture Berniecrat gripe: The Democratic Party has been writing off way too much of the electorate by assuming it doesn’t need ― or can’t win ― the votes of working-class people. “I think there’s a sense that some portion of the Democratic Party shares the blame for what happened,” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman told reporters. “The Democrats acquiesced in many ways to policies making people’s lives worse.” He was referring obliquely to the legacy of former President Bill Clinton ― deregulating high finance, gutting welfare, feeding mass incarceration ― which leaders of a party ostensibly devoted to empowering the powerless have been reluctant to acknowledge. “How many bankers went to jail?” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), the sole senator to endorse Sanders in the Democratic primary, asked the crowd on Saturday morning in reference to the 2008 financial crisis. “None,” he concluded.  There were real disagreements about the right course of action. But speaker after speaker said the party’s reliance on demographic trends had made it complacent on matters of economic justice. This had cost Democrats not just the presidency, but governorships and hundreds of state legislature seats across the country. “The Democratic coalition lives in the economy, all right?” former Bill Clinton campaign manager James Carville told reporters. “The idea that somehow it’s only white working-class people that live in an economy …  blacks, Hispanics, unmarried women, gay people ― they’re like everybody else.” Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, a group dedicated to electing pro-abortion rights women to office, generally defended the Democratic record. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by some 3 million, and Democrats gained ground in both the House and Senate in a year that should have been rough on Democrats. But she also said the party needed to “go into these rural communities, particularly in the Rust Belt, and at times reintroduce ourselves.” Schriock said EMILY’s List would “go deep” into the ballot, recruiting candidates down to the school board level. It was a tacit acknowledgement that party strategists had needlessly neglected many communities. This should generally be obvious. Exit polls and vote counts have shown that white working-class voters went for Donald Trump en masse, while brown working-class voters didn’t show up for Clinton. Still, many Democratic partisans maintain that the party’s electoral troubles are due exclusively to interference by FBI Director James Comey and Russian leader Vladimir Putin. That didn’t seem to be winning over many of the attendees at Brock’s confab. “It’s like blaming the refs for a bad call at the buzzer,” one attendee told The Huffington Post. “Why was it a 1-point game?” Just about everybody willing to talk to reporters at Brock’s retreat touted the valor of both the Democratic Party and “the progressive movement.” Given the progressive wing of the party’s skepticism toward big donors and corporate economics, it’s not obvious that the organizations purporting to lead the “movement” really understand where the energy of that movement lives. But they wanted to be part of it. It is, at least in the era of Trump, a good brand. Still, aside from better voter outreach strategies, speakers didn’t offer much. Many seemed to hope that Trump’s terribleness will galvanize supporters with different interests, making it easier to forge a grassroots-oriented resistance. “You do tend to forget the minor things that divided you when you realize you’re facing World War II,” Schneiderman said. You do tend to forget the minor things that divided you when you realize you’re facing World War II. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman And so far that seems to be the case. Millions of people rallied for women’s marches around the world on Saturday, generating enthusiasm and solidarity among Trump critics. But at some point Democrats will need something other than “Trump is bad!” if they want to build a lasting majority. Even Brock, one of the few diehard defenders of the party’s approach at his own conference, acknowledged that trashing Trump’s unfitness just didn’t work. But even when Democrats weren’t just pointing a finger at Trump in 2016, their message was essentially defensive, rather than proactive. “America is already great!” was just the most obvious manifestation. Democrats were extolled to protect Barack Obama’s legacy, even as they were warned not to expect much more from their next leader. Since Trump's election, Democrats from Sanders to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) are everywhere fighting to preserve existing programs rather than presenting an explanation for why things are hard for families and what should be done to make things better. Millions of people would be worse off without Planned Parenthood or Social Security or Medicare or Obamacare. But they also want to know why their sister just lost her job and why they haven’t received a raise in 12 years. It’s a mistake to equate 2016 with the promised land, even if Trump ravages the social safety net in 2017. There are a few ideas circulating among Democrats designed to present a forward-looking agenda that maintains the party’s existing commitments to working families. But like the candidates vying to chair the Democratic National Committee, Democratic leaders playing to big donors this weekend seemed content to reach out to state and local parties, then wait and see. We’ll see how that goes. -- 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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