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Тимоти Майкл Кейн
20 апреля, 20:41

Omaha Mayoral Candidate Under Fire For Anti-Choice Past Vows To Protect Reproductive Rights

The Democratic candidate for mayor of Omaha, Nebraska, told The Huffington Post on Thursday that if elected, he “would never do anything to restrict access to reproductive health care.” The statement comes as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and the Democratic National Committee are under fire for embracing Heath Mello, who is trying to unseat the Republican mayor of Omaha and has previously pushed through anti-choice legislation. Mello co-sponsored a bill in 2009 to require women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion, a move that national groups appeared to be unaware of until just now. Rewire reports further: Mello is a sponsor of the final version of a 20-week abortion ban approved by the governor in 2010, and cast anti-choice votes in favor of requiring physicians to be physically present for an abortion in order to impede access to telemedicine abortion care, and a law banning insurance plans in the state from covering abortions. He was endorsed in 2010 by anti-choice group Nebraska Right to Life. The primary has already passed, so there is no longer the opportunity to back a competing Democrat. Daily Kos, a liberal website that has led fundraising efforts for lesser-known Democrats buoyed by the backlash to President Donald Trump, endorsed the former Democratic state senator last week. Thousands of dollars quickly poured into his campaign coffers as progressive activists homed in on the May 5 election as the latest opportunity to poke Trump in the eye. But the publication pulled its endorsement just a week later, after learning about Mello’s opposition to abortion rights. “We were particularly surprised to learn [Mello is anti-abortion rights] because Mello had earned a 100 percent approval rating from Planned Parenthood of Nebraska in 2015,” Daily Kos political director David Nir wrote in a post explaining the decision. “However, as soon as we learned this information, we withdrew our endorsement, because this legislation clearly runs contrary to Daily Kos’ deepest values, including our support for women’s reproductive rights and our staunch opposition to laws that in any way impede women’s access to reproductive health care.”  The actions today by the DNC to embrace and support a candidate for office who will strip women — one of the most critical constituencies for the party — of our basic rights and freedom is not only disappointing, it is politically stupid. NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue went after Mello on Wednesday, before the Kos decision, and slammed the DNC for adding him to its cross-country “Come Together, Fight Back” voter engagement tour. “The actions today by the DNC to embrace and support a candidate for office who will strip women — one of the most critical constituencies for the party — of our basic rights and freedom is not only disappointing, it is politically stupid,” Hogue said in a statement. Prior to Daily Kos’ announcement, Mello’s campaign pointed to his support for Planned Parenthood, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act when asked about his message for pro-choice progressive voters in the city. And he does not pretend to be a dyed-in-the-wool leftist, noting that he enjoys the backing of both Sanders and centrists like former Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), for whom Mello once worked. “In his most recent term in the legislature, Heath Mello voted 100% with Planned Parenthood Voters of Nebraska,” Mello campaign manager Paige Hutchinson said in a statement. “Heath also supported fighting sex trafficking, reproductive health care for sexual assault survivors, expanding funding for family planning services, expanding Medicaid for low-income working adults, and providing universal prenatal care for all women. He has fought against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and fought against defunding Planned Parenthood.” He confirmed in his statement that he is personally opposed to abortion rights in general. “While my faith guides my personal views, as Mayor I would never do anything to restrict access to reproductive health care,” he said in a statement. It’s unclear if that distinction will help him regain the support of groups that have moved against him. It aligns with the position of some Democrats like Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who have expressed personal opposition to abortion rights but have promised not to legislate based on those views. Mello, however, has already legislated based on those views and is now pledging not to do so again.  Mello is challenging two-term Republican incumbent Jean Stothert, who received just two percentage points more than him in an April 4 nonpartisan jungle primary. Stothert opposes abortion rights. That close race drew the attention of national progressives, not least because Hillary Clinton defeated Trump in Omaha, 51 to 43 percent. Yet Mello’s turn of fortunes with grassroots liberals may ultimately have little impact on his electoral chances next month. One the one hand, he apparently hopes to channel the energy of Democrats and other voters upset by Trump’s policies, emphasizing his support for the Affordable Care Act and being welcoming to refugees and other immigrants. At the same time, he is mostly campaigning on bread-and-butter municipal issues like filling potholes, improving housing affordability, making Omaha more walkable and attracting development to the city.  The biggest threat to women’s reproductive rights is the relentless Republican attacks on women’s health care, including legal, accessible abortion services. DNC Chair Tom Perez What’s more, the national Democratic Party continues to embrace Mello. Sanders and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), deputy chair of the DNC, are due to speak at a rally for Mello and other Nebraska Democratic candidates on Thursday evening. Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb, who sits on the board of Our Revolution and backed Sanders during the primary, told the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that Mello’s abortion views were not disqualifying. “Voters know he’s pro-life but we have a lot of pro-life Democrats in our state,” Kleeb said. “It’s not the single issue people vote on anymore.” DNC Chair Tom Perez also defended the party’s support for Mello in a statement Thursday. “Our job at the DNC is to help Democrats who have garnered support from voters in their community cross the finish line and win ― from school board to Senate,” Perez said. “The biggest threat to women’s reproductive rights is the relentless Republican attacks on women’s health care, including legal, accessible abortion services. And I won’t let anyone get in the way of our fight to protect a woman’s right to choose.” -- 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.

19 апреля, 00:20

Dems show surprising strength at start of brutal 2018 midterm

Vulnerable senators raked in big bucks in the first three months of the year.

14 апреля, 01:07

How Donald Trump Blew Up the Virginia Governor’s Race

The Democratic primary was teed up for Ralph Northam, then he got a surprise opponent who wants to make it a referendum on the soul of the party.

09 апреля, 18:58

Kaine: Trump should have asked Congress to authorize Syria airstrikes

Sen. Tim Kaine said Sunday the Trump administration should have sought congressional approval for Thursday's airstrikes against Syria. “I’m a strong supporter that the U.S. should take action to protect humanitarian causes, like the ban on chemical weapons,” the Virginia Democrat said on NBC’s "Meet the Press." “Where I differ from this administration, and I took the same position with respect to President Obama, we are a nation that’s not supposed to take military action, start war, without a plan that’s presented to and approved by Congress.” “We don’t have a system where the president gets to launch missiles against anyone they want to,” Kaine said.Despite a White House briefing on Friday, the senator said Congress still has no sense of whether the Trump administration has a strategic plan to deal with Syria. “We don’t know whether it’s limited or whether there’s more,” he said. Kaine also pushed back on an apparent shift in administration policy that now embraces “regime change” to remove Syrian President Bashar Assad from power.“I don’t think the U.S. policy towards any country ought to be we’re going to change out your leaders,” Kaine explained. “Neither regime change nor a full-on unauthorized war against Syria is what we should be doing.”

08 апреля, 03:39

Congress Loves The Syria Strike. But Senators Can't Say Why Trump Thinks It's Legal.

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 ― Here’s a not-so-reassuring thought about President Donald Trump’s strikes against Syria: Even though most members of Congress praised him for punishing Bashar Assad, none of them actually knew the legal and constitutional rationale that supported the action. And few of them seemed especially concerned about what a president already criticized for chaos and impulsiveness might use that power to do next. Asked what constitutional and legal authority the president used to fire 59 $1 million Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airport  ― and whether he was concerned how Trump might use that authority in the future ― Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) ducked. “I think the president had the authority to do what he he did,” McConnell said, without elaboration. “And I’m glad he did it.” The No. 2 Republican in the Senate, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, was similarly pleased that Trump retaliated for an alleged chemical bombing this week that killed dozens of civilians. But when he was asked for the U.S. rationale, Cornyn showed why McConnell may have declined to elaborate. “I’ll tell you there is a desire to see what authority that the administration is claiming to operate under so far ― whether it’s based on his powers as commander-in-chief under Article II to deal with the national security interest, or to defend the interest of the United States, or whether there’s more,” Cornyn told reporters after a briefing from Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Other senators who supported the strikes weren’t worried about the authority issues. “I’ll let the international lawyers look at the details of how they view it,” said Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska). Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) said it’s open to interpretation if Trump had legal authority. “It can be argued on both sides,” Tester told reporters. “I think we need an [Authorization for the Use of Military Force] that actually addresses this issue. We don’t have one right now.” Some senators had their own ideas for why they believe the administration was acting legally. Some reasoned the strike was permitted under the 2001 AUMF that Congress passed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, although that was aimed at al Qaeda and its affiliates, not the Syrian government. Others said Trump is authorized to take such a step under Article II the Constitution, which grants the president his commander-in-chief military powers. “I believe the president does have inherent authority. I think the president should be able to act,” said Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “The president is commander-in-chief,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). “It’s the same rationale that Ronald Reagan used after there was a bombing of a bar, a disco in Berlin, and he struck Libya. This is not the first time a president of the United States has acted militarily in response to a crisis, and a necessity for us to react.” If there was no clear agreement on what authorized Trump’s attack, there was an even greater divergence of opinion on what comes next, or what the Trump’s undefined authority might allow him to do in Syria, or perhaps North Korea or Ukraine. “I can’t parse that,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), who backed Trump’s attack. “That’s a big and complicated question, and not one that I can elaborate.” Many senators did warn that Trump should get a new AUMF from Congress, although there was also little agreement in defining what should be authorized. McConnell said any authorization should let Trump do more. “If the president can think up some AUMF that he thinks that strengthens his hand, I’d be happy to take a look at it,” McConnell told reporters. The Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Bob Corker (Tenn.), said Trump does need a new authorization if he wants to act much further against Assad, and he suggested it should be detailed. “If it’s going to be something much more extensive, that would need certainly a lot more consultation and an understanding of what the endgame is, which we haven’t had in prior AUMFs,” Corker said. Corker said he expected the administration to outline the basis for its authority when Dunford briefed senators, but no explanation was offered. Senators leaving the briefing said Vice President MIke Pence would detail the rationale in coming days. Nevertheless, like other supporters of the action, Corker was not worried that Trump might go off the rails. “I don’t think you’re seeing the beginnings of some willy-nilly effort. That’s not what’s happening here,” Corker said. While there seemed to be little cohesion among the supporters of the strikes regarding all those troublesome details, opponents had a very clear tale to tell. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) was adamant that Trump can’t launch such attacks simply because he’s the president, and that the 2001 AUMF in no way covers a massive missile launch against a sovereign government. “The Article II powers, by longstanding clear interpretation, allow the president to take unilateral action to defend the United States against an imminent threat. There’s no suggestion that this was the case,” Kaine said. “The reason that you have a process that Congress has to declare first is to stop a president from just feeling like he can do whatever he wants,” Kaine continued. “The president has already, in 75 days, conducted the first ground operations in Yemen, the first ground operations in Syria and now air attacks in Syria. At the beginning of an administration, it’s time to get it right or it’s going to race away from us and we’ll regret it.” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who warned that bombing Syria would not be legal just hours before Trump did it, said Americans should be very concerned about what the president will do next. “If the president gets away with taking this action against the Syrian regime without a congressional vote, there is no end to the executive power over the military affairs,” Murphy said. “If you don’t need authorization to strike a foreign government with no imminent threat to the United States, then when will Congress ever have to weigh in on military action overseas? I think this is a turning-point moment for the role of Congress setting foreign affairs.” Jennifer Bendery contributed reporting. -- 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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07 апреля, 20:32

Kaine: 'You start a war with Syria, you got to get Congress on board'

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) expressed frustration one day after President Trump authorized a missile strike against Syria without seeking the approval of Congress.

07 апреля, 17:41

Trump’s Support From Democrats on Syria

Opposition leaders have criticized the president’s approval process, but not his military action itself.

07 апреля, 13:21

Trump launches Syria flip-flops

The president isn't the only one who changed his stance on Syria.

07 апреля, 07:07

The Fight Against the Islamic State Just Got Harder

Initial thoughts on the Trump administration’s new front in the Syrian war

07 апреля, 07:07

The Fight Against the Islamic State Just Got Harder

Initial thoughts on the Trump administration’s new front in the Syrian war

07 апреля, 06:59

Only A Handful Of Lawmakers Bother To Question Trump's Strike On Syria

As news unfolded about President Donald Trump’s decision to launch the first direct U.S. attack on the Syrian government, many lawmakers raised questions about the president’s ability to do so without congressional authorization. Few, however, questioned the wisdom of the strikes themselves.  Among those opposed to bombing Syria was Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), an outspoken opponent of intervention abroad.  Our prior interventions in this region have done nothing to make us safer and Syria will be no different.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) April 7, 2017 Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), who met with Syrian President Bashar Assad in January, said Trump “acted recklessly.”  “It angers and saddens me that President Trump has taken the advice of war hawks and escalated our illegal regime change war to overthrow the Syrian government,” Gabbard said in a statement. “This escalation is short-sighted and will lead to more dead civilians, more refugees, the strengthening of al-Qaeda and other terrorists, and a possible nuclear war between the United States and Russia.” Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) also questioned the intentions of the strike. Have we still not learned from the disasters in Iraq and Libya? Now Syria? Every time we have attacked since 2001, terrorism has spread.— Ro Khanna (@RoKhannaUSA) April 7, 2017  As did Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.).  What is the strategy here? What is our end goal? Why did we have to strike today? This is not how you conduct a military strike. https://t.co/owJc9Nz8GC— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) April 7, 2017 Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) pointed out that while Trump said his strike was motivated by civilian casualties in a Syrian chemical attack this week, he’s also pushed for banning Syrian refugees from entering the U.S.   So @POTUS cares enough about the Syrian people to launch 50 Tomahawks but not enough to let the victims of Assad find refuge & freedom here.— Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) April 7, 2017 Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) also called out Trump’s hypocrisy: .@realDonaldTrump There's clear hypocrisy in that you will condemn Assad's crimes but won't allow his victims to seek asylum in our country.— Bonnie WatsonColeman (@RepBonnie) April 7, 2017 Most critics, however, seemed more concerned with the process Trump employed to carry out the strikes, and not the attacks themselves.   Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who was the lone member of Congress to vote against the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, the sweeping war justification still in use today, described the strike as an “act of war.”  This is an act of war. Congress needs to come back into session & hold a debate. Anything less is an abdication of our responsibility. https://t.co/GvHML3ByeI— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) April 7, 2017 “Assad is a brutal dictator who must be held accountable for his actions,” said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who was Hillary Clinton’s running mate in the 2016 election. “But President Trump has launched a military strike against Syria without a vote of Congress. The Constitution says war must be declared by Congress. I voted for military action against Syria in 2013 when Donald Trump was advocating that America turn its back on Assad’s atrocities. Congress will work with the President, but his failure to seek Congressional approval is unlawful.” Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said he was “encouraged” by Trump’s strike against the Assad regime, but “gravely concerned that the United States is engaging further militarily in Syria without a well-thought-out, comprehensive plan.” “Frankly, the President’s actions today generate more questions than answers,” Coons added. “The question now is what the consequences and reactions will be, and what are the President’s strategic and long-range goals and plans with respect to U.S. involvement in Syria?” said Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee. “The Administration is also going to have to set out the legal justification for tonight’s action and any future military operations against the Assad regime as part of its consultations with Congress.” Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) also pointed to the role of Congress.  My statement on tonight's military strikes in Syria: pic.twitter.com/q99kWULpKg— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) April 7, 2017 Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) highlighted a 2013 tweet by Trump. #bigmistake pic.twitter.com/u3xFXrTR6m— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) April 7, 2017 Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), also raised concerns over the lack of congressional authorization: Airstrikes are an act of war. Atrocities in Syria cannot justify departure from Constitution, which vests in Congress power to commence war.— Justin Amash (@justinamash) April 7, 2017     Of course, the strikes drew unqualified praise from many Republicans, including Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.), two of the upper chamber’s most hawkish members. “Unlike the previous administration, President Trump confronted a pivotal moment in Syria and took action. For that, he deserves the support of the American people,” McCain and Graham said in a joint statement. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) praised the action as “appropriate and just.” But other Republicans offered concern about the authorization issue. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, said he supported the strike, but asked that the administration communicate more with Congress on future actions. “As we move forward, it will be important for the administration to engage with Congress and clearly communicate its full strategy to the American people,” Corker said. “Assad was warned, repeatedly, by the U.S. and the U.N. that the intentional targeting of innocent men, women and children is intolerable,” said House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.). “Now Assad has been caught red-handed carrying out another abhorrent chemical attack, and the administration has taken a measured response. Moving ahead, the administration must work with Congress and lay out clear policy goals for Syria and the region.”  Some key Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), offered remarks strikingly similar to their GOP colleagues. They praised the decision to strike, but said any further action must be brought before Congress. “Making sure Assad knows that when he commits such despicable atrocities he will pay a price is the right thing to do,” Schumer said. “It is incumbent on the Trump administration to come up with a strategy and consult with Congress before implementing it.”  Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) suggested the public should be consulted if Trump plans to escalate military involvement.    My statement on tonight's U.S. missile strikes in Syria pic.twitter.com/nLcHq6jS01— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) April 7, 2017 Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised the attack as “a clear signal that the United States will stand up for internationally accepted norms and rules against the use of chemical weapons.” “However, and I cannot emphasize this enough, any longer-term or larger military operation in Syria by the Trump administration will need to be done in consultation with the Congress,” Cardin said.  Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) tweeted his support. I support the admin’s strike on the air base that launched the chemical attack. I hope this teaches Assad not to use chemical weapons again.— Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) April 7, 2017 -- 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.

07 апреля, 05:07

A Polarized Political Response to Trump's Syria Strike

Some politicians applauded the president’s swift action, while others raised questions about its legal basis, or labeled it unconstitutional.

06 апреля, 02:24

Americans Persecuted By Egypt Regime Watch As Trump Embraces It

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 ― When 29-year-old Egyptian-American Mohamed Soltan tells his story, he says Egyptian authorities first shot him in the arm, and then beat him with batons and belts. Locking him in a windowless room, they encouraged him to commit suicide, occasionally slipping razor blades inside his cell. The authoritarian Arab government still has at least seven other Americans in their prisons, he says. But President Donald Trump’s “America First” administration hasn’t punished the boss of Egypt’s security forces, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Instead, Trump this week hosted el-Sissi at the White House, effectively rewarding him, American victims’ families and rights activists say. “I’m very disappointed,” Soltan told the Huffington Post Tuesday, after Trump held a congenial Monday summit with el-Sissi. “Honestly, el-Sissi got more PR out of this White House visit than any PR or lobbying contract he could have gotten.” Up to 20 Americans have been jailed as part of the Egyptian president’s surge of repression since he seized power in a 2013 military coup. They share the prisons with an estimated 60,000 political prisoners and dozens of journalists. The Trump team has embraced el-Sissi ― granting him the White House photo-ops that President Barack Obama never did and classifying humans rights concerns as a matter for private talks. Advocates believe the U.S.’ increasingly warm approach to Egypt will only encourage el-Sissi to continue or even worsen his crackdown. “I can only imagine what folks in prison in Egypt are bracing themselves for and the level of repression that will happen in the upcoming months. This has a real human cost,” Soltan said. Soltan’s father remains in prison, sentenced to death for his role in the opposition Muslim Brotherhood movement. (Soltan said he does not share his father’s views; he rejects the idea that Egyptians must be classified in binary terms, as either as pro-Sissi or pro-Brotherhood.)  Soltan was first arrested for live-tweeting a 2013 protest. He was released in May 2015, and he told HuffPost he is using media attention around el-Sissi’s ongoing U.S. tour to boost public outrage over those in jail. “People don’t know... that tax dollars are going to an authoritarian regime holding our American citizens,” Soltan said. Working with fellow activists, he arranged for 2,500 posters to be plastered around the capital and created a display van that would advertise statements from groups like Human Rights Watch. Other Americans with imprisoned loved ones are more circumspect, hoping that staying quiet will encourage the regime to soften. Aya Hijazi, an aid worker who created the non-profit Baladi, has been in jail for nearly three years. Her case has gained a high profile since lawmakers and the Obama administration began publicly speaking of her detention last year. But her family does not currently want to talk to the media. “Right now, the family’s primary concern is Aya and her well-being, and they remain optimistic, as Aya remains optimistic, that given the lack of evidence presented against her, that she will be acquitted on [April 16],” said Wade McMullen, an attorney with the nonprofit Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights who is representing the family. The family already experienced a setback last month, when a Cairo court unexpectedly postponed its verdict. Some in the rights community worried that Egyptian authorities were delaying Hijazi’s release, so they could use her as a bargaining chip in the meeting with Trump. For them, it’s important to avoid alienating Trump’s team or pressing the Egyptian regime so intensely that it finds it embarrassing to offer any clemency. “We have confidence that Aya’s case is being prioritized at the highest levels of the U.S. government,” McMullen said Tuesday. “President el-Sissi received a very warm welcome here at the White House yesterday, and I would suspect that for a warm relationship to continue, he could not keep jailing American citizens.”   Relatives of three other prisoners who have previously avoided publicity are becoming more vocal, avoiding direct critique of el-Sissi while placing a great deal of hope in Trump. They made a joint appeal to him prior to the visit, echoing his campaign trail rhetoric. “Egypt is counting on America to be weak. We are counting on you to show America’s strength,” they wrote, according to a copy of the letter provided to HuffPost. The White House did not respond to a request for comment on the letter, potential communications with the three families or a Reuters report saying that Trump avoided speaking on Hejazi’s case to el-Sissi. “Trump could simply ask Egypt to release him,” Dr. Nagwa El Kordy, a signatory to the letter, told HuffPost. Her son, 23-year-old Ahmed, has been imprisoned since August 2013. He was arrested and is being tried along with several hundred other defendants. Once a student at the German University in Cairo, Ahmed is now being denied due process, his family said. Eman Kassim, another signatory, said her 52-year-old brother Mustafa is becoming weak and ill in jail. “They gave him the worst food… not healthy for him, not healthy for anybody. Imagine, if somebody has a health problem,” she told HuffPost. Her brother is a diabetes and heart disease patient. He was arrested on Aug. 14, 2013 while he was participating in sit-in protests against the coup at Rabaa Square in Cairo. More than 1,150 demonstrators died that day after police and army forces began to attack them, Human Rights Watch later reported. “He has the rights of any American,” Kassim said. “There’s no response, nothing on Capitol Hill. Everything stays the same. We wish that President Trump does something for him, as an American citizen and as a human being. He didn’t do anything wrong. He didn’t harm anyone.” Eighteen-year-old Ahmed Hassan is in Egypt’s jails too. He was arrested in December 2016 for protesting his uncle’s arrest. Then 17, he was placed in a jail cell with more than 20 adults, the letter stated. Soltan, who lives in Virginia, believes vocal, visible pressure is essential for any relief.  “With the el-Sissi regime, only public and private negative pressure works. I am living proof of that,” he said, citing social media campaigns and frequent statements his supporters made while he was in jail. Soltan criticized the idea of discussing human rights behind closed doors, something he said former Secretary of State John Kerry has tried since the coup to little effect. In addition to his Washington campaign highlighting el-Sissi’s repression, he has launched a video project about the prison issue and written extensively about his own experience, most recently in the Washington Post. ”We’re using me as a success story that has worked in the past,” Soltan said. “How can we do that for thousands of others who are unjustly detained, to give a voice to them?” A bipartisan group of powerful lawmakers shares his view. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have criticized el-Sissi’s crackdown on civil society, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) joined five Democrats in signing an April 3 letter organized by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) that calls for Hijazi’s release and questions el-Sissi’s behavior. El-Sissi’s reception in Congress on Tuesday was reportedly far cooler than what he received at the White House on Monday. And on Wednesday evening, the night before the general-turned-president is scheduled to leave the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown, another rebuke awaits: Soltan is organizing a sit-in. He calls it his “send-off.” -- 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.

05 апреля, 02:12

2016 contenders carve out their place in Trump's Washington

From Bernie Sanders to Marco Rubio, the failed White House hopefuls are looking to shape the 2018 elections and beyond.

04 апреля, 17:04

Bernie Sanders Endorses Tom Perriello In Virginia's Gubernatorial Race

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 ― Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) endorsed Tom Perriello for governor of Virginia on Tuesday, calling him a “committed progressive” who will stand up to President Donald Trump and the Republican Party agenda. “Tom is committed to fighting the rigged economy and income inequality. He was the first major statewide candidate in Virginia to run on a $15 minimum wage and the first to say two years of community college should be tuition-free,” Sanders said in a statement, ticking off Perriello’s campaign platform. Perriello was elected to Congress in 2008 and was an ally of then-newly elected President Barack Obama. He lost his seat in 2010 amid a GOP resurgence after tough votes on the stimulus package, cap-and-trade legislation and the Affordable Care Act. “At a time when the Trump administration and congressional Republicans are fighting to destroy the Affordable Care Act, Tom is one who fought hard for its passage when he was a member of Congress. He is a committed progressive who will stand up for working families in Richmond,” Sanders said. Leading Virginia Democrats, including Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, have endorsed Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam in the race. Perriello has the support of former top aides to Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, including Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. Sanders emerged as the leader of the Democratic Party’s progressive wing in the 2016 presidential election. His backing ought to give Perriello a fundraising boost. The Democratic primary to replace McAuliffe, who is limited to one term under Virginia law, is scheduled to take place on June 13. -- 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.

03 апреля, 04:15

Here's How Every Senate Democrat Plans To Vote On Neil Gorsuch

WASHINGTON ― When Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch gets his Senate confirmation vote this week, he’ll need eight Democrats to vote with Republicans in order to reach the 60 votes he needs to clear a filibuster. It’s not looking great for him. There are 52 Republicans and 48 Democrats (including the two independents who caucus with them). Democrats are, by and large, vowing to filibuster Gorsuch and demanding that President Donald Trump put forward a more mainstream pick. But Republicans are signaling that if they can’t get the 60 votes they need, they’ll retaliate by changing the rules so it only takes 51 votes to advance a Supreme Court nominee ― a prospect that’s bumming out senators in both parties who love their institution and its rules. If Republicans get the 60 votes they need to clear the filibuster, it only takes 51 votes to confirm Gorsuch after that. Here’s where every Democrat stands on joining the filibuster against Gorsuch. We’ll update the list as more Democrats announce how they’ll vote. It takes 41 Democrats to block Gorsuch. JOINING FILIBUSTER (38) Sen. Tammy Baldwin (Wis.) Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.) Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio) Sen. Maria Cantwell (Wash.) Sen. Tom Carper (Del.) Sen. Bob Casey (Pa.) Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.) Sen. Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.) Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) Sen. Al Franken (Minn.) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.) Sen. Maggie Hassan (N.H.) Sen. Martin Heinrich (N.M.) Sen. Mazie Hirono (Hawaii) Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) Sen. Ed Markey (Mass.) Sen. Claire McCaskill (Mo.) Sen. Jeff Merkley (Ore.) Sen. Chris Murphy (Conn.) Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.) Sen. Bill Nelson (Fla.) Sen. Gary Peters (Mich.) Sen. Jack Reed (R.I.) Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii) Sen. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.) Sen. Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) Sen. Jon Tester (Mont.) Sen. Tom Udall (N.M.) Sen. Chris Van Hollen (Md.) Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.) VOTING WITH REPUBLICANS TO END FILIBUSTER (3) Sen. Joe Donnelly (Ind.) Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) HAVEN’T SAID (5) Sen. Michael Bennet (Colo.) Sen. Chris Coons (Del.) Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) Sen. Bob Menendez (N.J.) Sen. Mark Warner (Va.) SQUISHY (2)* Sen. Ben Cardin (Md.) Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.)  *These senators have hinted that they’ll vote with Republicans to end the filibuster, but then vote against Gorsuch’s confirmation. But they’re still mostly ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. -- 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.

03 апреля, 02:00

How Democrats intend to vote on the Gorsuch filibuster

Republicans needed eight Democrats to join them in order to break an expected filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. On Monday, the GOP fell short, when 41 Democrats went on record in support of a filibuster.Republican senators are expected to respond later this week by triggering the so-called "nuclear option" to change Senate rules in order to get Gorsuch confirmed.There are 48 Democratic votes — 46 Democrats plus Angus King and Bernie Sanders, who are independents but caucus with the party.All 52 Republicans are set to vote for Gorsuch.Here are how the Democratic votes are lining up to date on a filibuster:Will vote to break Democratic filibuster (4):Michael Bennet (Colo.)Joe Donnelly (Ind.)Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.)Joe Manchin (W.Va.)Will join a Democratic filibuster (41):Tammy Baldwin (Wis.)Richard Blumenthal (Conn.)Cory Booker (N.J.)Sherrod Brown (Ohio)Maria Cantwell (Wash.)Tom Carper (Del.)Bob Casey (Pa.)Chris Coons (Del.)Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.)Tammy Duckworth (Ill.)Dick Durbin (Ill.)Al Franken (Minn.)Dianne Feinstein (Calif.)Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.)Kamala Harris (Calif.)Maggie Hassan (N.H.)Martin Heinrich (N.M.)Mazie Hirono (Hawaii)Tim Kaine (Va.)Amy Klobuchar (Minn.)Patrick Leahy (Vt.)Ed Markey (Mass.)Claire McCaskill (Mo.)Jeff Merkley (Ore.)Chris Murphy (Conn.)Patty Murray (Wash.)Bill Nelson (Fla.)Gary Peters (Mich.)Jack Reed (R.I.)Bernie Sanders (Vt.)Brian Schatz (Hawaii)Chuck Schumer (N.Y.)Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.)Debbie Stabenow (Mich.)Jon Tester (Mont.)Tom Udall (N.M.)Chris Van Hollen (Md.)Mark Warner (Va.)Elizabeth Warren (Mass.)Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.)Ron Wyden (Ore.)Undecided (3)Ben Cardin (Md.)Angus King (Maine) Robert Menendez (N.J.)

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