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Congratulations, House Republicans!

 
 
bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Thu 9 Apr, 2015 03:29 pm
Obama hails best relations with Americas in 'decades'
Source: AFP



Kingston (Jamaica) (AFP) - President Barack Obama said US relations with other countries in the Americas were the best they have been in decades, as he headed to a regional summit in Panama starting Friday.


Ahead of a two-day summit that is expected to see the first substantive meeting between US and Cuban presidents in half a century, Obama said decades of mistrust were easing.

"It's no exaggeration to say that our relationship with the Americas is the best it's been in many decades," the US leader said, in an interview with Spanish news agency EFE.

"The new chapter of engagement that we’ve begun with Cuba has been welcomed across the region and is an historic opportunity to also advance regional cooperation and progress."


Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-hails-best-relations-americas-decades-170846774.html
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MontereyJack
 
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Reply Thu 9 Apr, 2015 04:21 pm
Contrary to joint's post above, it is the GOP, not Democrats, that is on the wrong side of American opoinion

Quote:
WASHINGTON • A majority of Americans believe businesses should not be allowed to refuse services based on their religious beliefs in the wake of controversies in Indiana and Arkansas over gay rights and religious freedom, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Thursday.

The poll, conducted April 6 to 8, also found that 52 percent of Americans support allowing same-sex couples to marry, far more than the 32 percent who oppose it.

The survey results suggest a split over the issue between Americans and some of the politicians who represent them.

The poll found solid opposition to allowing businesses to refuse services or refuse to hire people or groups based on religious beliefs.

Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Fri 10 Apr, 2015 05:39 am
@MontereyJack,
Good to hear, Jack. Glad to know most Americans are not buying into the bigotry of the right.
bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Fri 10 Apr, 2015 06:33 am
@Frank Apisa,
Its getting better each day.
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Fri 10 Apr, 2015 04:08 pm
Why Iran Hawks Can't Be Honest About What They Really Want

Senator Lindsey Graham was for the interim deal with Iran before he was against it.

Sorry, let me back up. In 2013, as a major first step in securing a nuclear deal, Iran and the US, along with other world powers, agreed to an interim deal known as the Joint Plan of Action. The agreement froze Iran's nuclear program and lifted some economic sanctions temporarily, as a hold-over until the countries could reach a final, comprehensive agreement.

As The Hill's Jordan Fabian points out today in a sharp article, at the time Sen. Graham was outraged by the interim deal, saying "you can't trust the Iranians" and pledging that Congress would pass new sanctions, thus violating America's commitment in the interim deal and killing it.

Now, as Fabian notes, Graham suddenly loves the interim deal. He's said the US should not sign a comprehensive final deal with Iran at all, but rather should just stick to the interim agreement for the remainder of President Obama's time in office. The interim deal "has worked pretty well for the world," he said on Face the Nation, but the US should "not do a final deal" until Obama leaves office. In other words, he wants to halt the diplomatic process outright.

Graham's spokesman explained to Fabian that the senator "wasn’t wild about the interim deal when it was announced but it’s looking better in light of what President Obama is now discussing."

If you want to understand Graham's seemingly baffling flip-flop, you need to understand that Iran hawks like Graham believe that Obama is focusing on the wrong issue. The fundamental problem isn't Iran's nuclear program, they believe: it's that the Iranian regime is so fundamentally evil that America's only viable choice is to destroy it outright. But proposing war with Iran is wildly unpopular, so they can’t actually say that. Instead they need to say something else — something less unpopular — that makes a deal impossible.

more...

http://www.vox.com/2015/4/10/8379927/iran-hawks-lindsey-graham
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Fri 22 May, 2015 09:12 am
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v310/Tinkslinks/GOP-Blockage_zps1dd73cb7.jpg
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Sun 24 May, 2015 07:25 am
N.S.A. and Other Matters Leave McConnell’s Senate in Disarray

WASHINGTON — The sleepy United States senators thought they were done voting. But then, around 1 a.m. on the Saturday before Memorial Day, Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky and presidential candidate, marched spryly to the Senate floor to let it be known that, no, he would not agree to extend the federal government’s bulk collection of phone records program. Not even for one day.

With that, Senator Mitch McConnell, a fellow Kentucky Republican who only a few hours before was ebullient with the passage of a major trade package, was reduced to ordering his colleagues back to Washington next Sunday to try again to prevent the act from expiring.

The unexpected legislative collapse on the Senate floor, and Mr. McConnell’s morose departure, pointed up the quandary that has emerged since Republicans took control. They have had successes, like passage of the hard-fought bill that could pave the way to the largest trade agreement in a generation and a bill to give Congress a voice in the Iran nuclear negotiations. And more senators are allowed to try to influence legislation through amendments, which Mr. McConnell’s Democratic predecessor as majority leader, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, prevented.

But as senators raced for the airport on Saturday after a six-week session that ended in disarray, they left behind a wreck of promises made by Mr. McConnell on how a renewed Senate would operate. Mr. McConnell has found himself vexed by Democratic delaying tactics he honed in the minority, five presidential aspirants with their own agendas and a new crop of conservative firebrands demanding their say.

Mr. McConnell promised that his party would instill more discipline, avoiding the last-minute legislative cliffhangers that have long marked Congress and left government workers and the capital markets in a state of constant unease. Instead, he allowed the Senate to depart with a key national security program dangling on the precipice of extinction. Senators also failed again to find a long-term solution for fixing the nation’s crumbling roads.

more...

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/24/us/politics/nsa-and-other-matters-vex-senate-leader-and-leave-disarray.html?_r=0
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Wed 5 Aug, 2015 04:00 pm
3 Top Rand Paul Associates Were Just Indicted
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/08/3-rand-paul-associates-indicted-kent-sorenson

Russ Choma

After years of investigation by the Department of Justice, three top Rand Paul associates, including the senator's nephew-in-law, were indicted for their role in an alleged attempt to buy an influential Iowa state senator's endorsement of Ron Paul during his 2012 presidential campaign. None of these operatives, who served as top Ron Paul campaign aides, are currently on the payroll of Rand Paul's presidential campaign. But two of them—Jesse Benton, who is married to Paul's niece, and John Tate—run pro-Rand Paul super-PACs that have together raised $5 million to support Paul's presidential campaign. The third man indicted, Dimitri Kesari, has served as an aide to both Rand Paul and his father.

Last year, former Iowa state senator Kent Sorenson (R) pleaded guilty to campaign finance charges accusing him of helping to cover up a scheme for the Ron Paul campaign to pay him more than $70,000 to switch his endorsement immediately before the 2012 Iowa caucus, from Michele Bachmann to Ron Paul. Sorenson has been awaiting sentencing pending his cooperation in a further investigation, but it hasn't been clear who on Ron Paul's staff would be caught up in the scandal. At the time Benton served as the campaign's chairman, Tate as the campaign manager, and Kesari as the deputy campaign manager.

All three men were charged with criminal conspiracy and federal charges related to falsification of government records. Tate and Benton face charges of making false statements to federal investigators; Kesari was indicted on one count of obstruction of justice for allegedly trying to persuade Sorenson to deny the scheme when pressed by prosecutors.

According to the indictment, Sorenson negotiated with the Paul aides and eventually met with Kesari in an Iowa restaurant, where the Paul aide passed him a $25,000 check. The check was never cashed, however, and eventually wound up in the hands of an Iowa special prosecutor investigating a possible breach in ethics rules by Sorenson. Under federal law, the campaign could have legally paid Sorenson openly, but Iowa Senate rules prohibit lawmakers from receiving compensation for their endorsements. According to prosecutors, the campaign instead routed the payments through a Maryland audio visual company connected to Kesari's brother. During the course of the Iowa investigation, Sorenson acknowledged receiving $73,000 from the Maryland company, but couldn't explain why that was. Paul campaign records show the campaign paid the Maryland company roughly $82,000. Though Sorenson pleaded guilty to taking the money and lying to investigators about where it came from, his indictment did not name who authorized the payments.

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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Wed 5 Aug, 2015 09:48 pm
Special prosecutor askes W.S.Court to reconsider its decision to end investigation.

Special prosecutor asks high court to reconsider Walker decision (UPDATE)
By: Associated Press August 5, 2015 11:27 am

By SCOTT BAUER
Associated Press
"MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A special prosecutor has asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to reconsider its decision ending an investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s recall campaign, a move that signals he may take the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The state Supreme Court ended the investigation into Walker’s 2012 recall campaign and more than two dozen conservative groups on July 16, saying they had not violated campaign finance laws by working closely together. The ruling was a big win for Walker, coming just days after he officially launched his presidential campaign.
Online court records show Francis Schmitz filed a motion Tuesday with Wisconsin’s highest court to put that decision on hold and reconsider the ruling.
The probe had been on hold for 18 months after the judge overseeing the investigation ruled that no laws had been broken. But the Supreme Court’s 4-2 ruling ended it for good. The court, which is controlled by a majority of conservative justices, broke along ideological lines to find in support of the Walker recall campaign."

http://wislawjournal.com/2015/08/05/special-prosecutor-asks-high-court-to-reconsider-walker-decision/
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Sun 9 Aug, 2015 12:29 am
International Court Judge Says Dick Cheney Will Eventually Be Tried as a War Criminal

Thomas Buergenthal, former judge at the International Court of Justice, said that former Vice President Dick Cheney could possibly be tried as a war criminal before the International Criminal Court (ICC), reported RawStory.

http://www.rawstory.com/2015/07/dick-cheney-should-and-eventually-will-be-tried-as-a-war-criminal-former-international-court-judge/

http://www.ringoffireradio.com/2015/07/international-court-judge-says-dick-cheney-will-eventually-be-tried-as-a-war-criminal/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=socialnetwork
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Sun 9 Aug, 2015 12:33 am
Trump dumped from conservative event in Atlanta over 'inappropriate' comments
Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was dumped from a prime speaking role to an important gathering of conservative activists on Friday for his criticism of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly after a combustible debate performance.

Trump was scheduled to deliver the keynote address on Saturday night at a conference in Atlanta organized by Red State, an influential conservative group.

Red State chief Erick Erickson said he had disinvited Trump from the event because of what he described as "demeaning" remarks about Kelly who was one of three moderators during the first major Republican debate on Thursday night in Cleveland.

"While I have tried to give him great latitude, his remark about Megyn Kelly was a bridge too far," Erickson said, adding he had invited Kelly, one of Fox's highest profile anchors, to attend his conference in Trump's place.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/trump-dumped-conservative-event-atlanta-over-inappropriate-comments-045238667.html
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Sun 9 Aug, 2015 02:41 pm
@bobsal u1553115,
Good to see Trump knocked off his stool.
korkamann
 
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Reply Sun 9 Aug, 2015 03:19 pm
@cicerone imposter,
Quote:

Good to see Trump knocked off his stool.


Well, now that depends on one's perception, Ci. Personally, as a Dem, I have thoroughly enjoyed Trump's clown act which made the Republicans look dysfunctional and the Democrats far removed from such puerile behavior. If, in his anger, trump decides to run as an Independent, the Dems might win 49 out of the 50 states.
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Mon 10 Aug, 2015 04:40 am
@cicerone imposter,
I agree and I hope he takes the GOP nomination in a walk. I'd like him bumped off a bigger stool.
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Tue 11 Aug, 2015 08:18 am
http://images.dailykos.com/images/158652/large/Screen_Shot_2015-08-10_at_4.57.29_PM.png?1439251142
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Tue 11 Aug, 2015 01:21 pm
http://upload.democraticunderground.com/imgs/2015/150811-rick-perry-stops-paying-campaign-staff.jpg
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Tue 11 Aug, 2015 01:34 pm
Breitbart.com Reportedly Paid By Trump For "Fawning Headlines"
Source: Media Matters

BuzzFeed News reported that Breitbart.com may be accepting "financial backing" from GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump in exchange for "fawning headlines," according to sources inside the conservative outlet.

Trump has received mixed reviews following the first GOP primary debate -- though declared one of the winners of the night, mainstream and conservative media alike have condemned his subsequent attacks on Fox News host and debate moderator Megyn Kelly.

Within the conservative media war over Trump, Breitbart.com has consistently taken his side, devoting numerous front page headlines to hyping Trump's excuses that his attacks on Kelly were justified and taken out of context. The outlet has long been giving Trump credit for sparking the debate over illegal immigration after he deemed Mexican immigrants "rapists" and criminals, while the GOP candidate has seemingly gleaned several of his talking points from Breitbart.com, such as the myth of 34 million undocumented immigrants and his notorious birther claims.

Read more: http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/08/10/breitbartcom-reportedly-paid-by-trump-for-fawni/204851
bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Tue 11 Aug, 2015 10:27 pm
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017285580
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hawkeye10
 
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Reply Tue 11 Aug, 2015 11:00 pm
@bobsal u1553115,
Quote:
BuzzFeed News reported that Breitbart.com may be accepting "financial backing" from GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump in exchange for "fawning headlines," according to sources inside the conservative outlet.

wake me if you ever have anything factual to report.
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Wed 12 Aug, 2015 01:57 pm
Hey dumbshit, how about this in particular:

http://upload.democraticunderground.com/imgs/2015/150812-remember-when-the-gop-demanded-that-we-listen-to-the-generals.jpg
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