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brooklynite's Journal
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October 18, 2019

I'm leaving tonight for two weeks in the Middle East...

Try to keep an eye on the place while I'm gone.

October 18, 2019

Former Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis roasts Donald Trump at the Al Smith Dinner

"I'm not just an overrated general. I’m the world’s greatest overrated general," joked Mattis, who received a standing ovation as he stepped to the dais. "I'm honored to be called that by Donald Trump, because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actor. So I guess I’m the Meryl Streep of generals."

"I earned my spurs on the battlefield; Donald Trump earned his spurs in a letter from a doctor," Mattis said.

“I tried to bring some peace and order to the places with no organized government, chaotic and warring factions, irrational fears, and toxic hatred. It was hard work, but it wasn’t until I started working in Washington, D.C., that I realized how easy I had it overseas in the combat zone.”

“It’s been a year since I’ve left the administration, the recovery process is going well," he joked. "The counselor says I’ll graduate soon. A year according to White House time is about 9,000 hours of executive time or 1,800 holes of golf."

October 17, 2019

MRG Michigan Poll: Peters and James Show Close Race in US Senate Bid

Source: Marketing Resource Group

LANSING, Mich. - A year out from the 2020 election, Gary Peters has a slight edge over his presumed Republican rival, John James, according to a recent poll commissioned and conducted by Marketing Resource Group, LLC.

In a statewide poll of 600 likely voters, the poll showed Senator Gary Peters with 43 percent support and John James with 40 percent support. 17 percent were undecided.

The results of a question measuring the name identification and perception of the candidates showed 75 percent of the voters were aware of Peters with 20 percent having a favorable opinion of him and 15 percent having a negative opinion. 64 percent of the voters were aware of John James with 22 percent having a favorable opinion of him and ten percent negative.

"John James' campaign against Senator Stabenow in 2018 appears to have propelled him into a virtual tie with Senator Peters in 2020," said Tom Shields, MRG's Senior Advisor. "This is certainly shaping up to be one of the closest watched US Senate races in the country next year."

Gary Peters' strongest support comes from Democrats, union households, and those living in Wayne County, Oakland County and the Tri-Cities area of the state. John James' strongest support comes from Republicans, voters over 65 years of age, and those living in Macomb County, Mid-Michigan and Northern Michigan.

The actual wording of the questions related to the US Senate Race, John James, and Gary Peters is below:

[div class"excerpt"]If the election for U.S. Senate was held today, would you vote for John James the Republican or Gary Peters the Democrat?


Vote John James 34.3%

Lean John James 5.3%

Vote Gary Peters 35.8%

Lean Gary Peters 7.2%

Don't know 16.8%

Refused 0.5%

Total John James 40%

Total Gary Peters 43%

Read more: https://www.mrgmi.com/2019/10/17/mrg-michigan-poll-peters-and-james-show-close-race-in-us-senate-bid/

October 17, 2019

Iowa Democratic Party to Propose Updated Delegate Selection Plan for 2020 Iowa Caucuses

Iowa Democratic Party

DES MOINES — Today, the Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) released a proposed updated delegate selection plan for the 2020 Iowa Caucuses that fulfills the party’s goals of increasing voter participation and securely expanding accessibility. Significantly expanding on the existing satellite caucus structure, Iowa Democrats will have the opportunity to caucus during extended hours at a venue other than their assigned precinct location on February 3, 2020.

Keeping with the spirit of the DNC rules and regulations, this proposal will increase participation and make the caucuses more accessible for Iowans who have traditionally been unable to attend their in-person precinct caucus. The Iowa State Central Committee voted unanimously to move forward with the proposal, and it now goes to the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee for review.

“Iowa Democrats have worked incredibly hard to make sure that the 2020 caucuses are the most successful in our state’s history. Organizers, activists and volunteers are preparing for the caucuses earlier than ever before to bring voters into our party, and satellite caucuses will build on that work while increasing accessibility on caucus night,” said IDP Chair Troy Price.

“There are many challenges with developing a new system, especially in such a short period of time. And a satellite caucus system is the best possible solution to build on the great work of caucus organizers and keep focused on our goal of giving more Iowans a voice in our party and building momentum up-and-down the ticket in 2020. We look forward to discussing this proposal with the Rules and Bylaws Committee members.”

About the proposal:

The 2020 satellite caucus proposal will allow for additional caucus locations on February 3 to expand participation for people who cannot attend their in-person precinct caucus.

The IDP will expand the constituency engagement team to ensure the party is reaching communities across the state, as well as accessibility staff to make sure the caucus system works for all Iowans.

Iowa Democrats can apply to hold a satellite site at places like factories, group homes, or community gathering places, to better accommodate people who cannot attend their in-person caucus. This option will be especially useful for shift workers, Iowans with disabilities, Iowans serving overseas, and students.

The IDP will create a special satellite caucus review committee that will review applications and determine approval. The committee members will be appointed by the IDP Chair, and it will be comprised of SCC members who have pledged neutrality in the presidential race.

Just like precinct caucuses, each satellite location will have a trained captain who is charged with overseeing the room, managing volunteers, and reporting the results on caucus night.

The results will be reported using the same method as precinct caucus locations. The satellite caucuses will create one additional county in each Congressional District.
October 17, 2019

Angry commuters drag Extinction Rebellion protesters off trains during London travel disruption

Source: CNN

London commuters dragged climate change protesters off the top of trains on Thursday morning, as clashes broke out between peak-hour passengers and activists who disrupted travel in the British capital.

Protesters from the global environmental movement Extinction Rebellion climbed onto carriages and glued themselves to trains, bringing parts of the city's transport network to a grinding halt.

Demonstrators, who are intent on forcing government action on ecological breakdown, hung a black banner in the east London station of Canning Town that read: "Business as usual = Death."

With trains stopped at the station, angry commuters soon took action into their own hands. Videos on social media showed a large crowd shouting at a protester on top of a train and throwing objects at him, before a commuter grabbed his ankles and dragged him off the roof. The crowd below surged forward into a physical altercation, which ended only after station staff and other passengers intervened.

Read more: https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/17/uk/extinction-rebellion-london-intl-hnk/index.html?utm_source=twCNN&utm_content=2019-10-17T13%3A40%3A04&utm_term=video&utm_medium=social

Pushing for climate change by making mas transit ineffective. And targeting voters rather than the Government. That'll work....
October 17, 2019

Trump keeps pressure on Republican senators as impeachment threatens


President Donald Trump is intensely monitoring his standing among Senate Republicans as Democrats’ impeachment inquiry ramps up, according to senators who have been in contact with the president and White House officials.

And with the microscope on their every move, some in the Republican Conference are taking a more proactive approach to demonstrate their loyalty. For example, take Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), who called up Trump last Friday to let him know that he and his voters have Trump’s back.

“I just felt he needed to hear that Indiana is a state that’s grown more conservative and would epitomize a cross-section of conservatives in the country. And they are behind him wholeheartedly,” Braun said.

Trump is monitoring comments from his GOP colleagues, Braun said, but added that Trump didn’t seem worried about a GOP mutiny over the rapidly unfolding Ukraine scandal: “I sense a feeling of confidence.”
October 17, 2019

Anthony Scaramucci Predicts 20+ Senate Republicans Are About To Turn On Trump

HUffington Post

Anthony Scaramucci says President Donald Trump’s “meltdown” is going to get a whole lot worse.

On Wednesday night, the former White House communications director who was fired after just 10 days on the job said on CNN that Trump was looking at his future “and the future does not look good for him.”

“As more facts unfold about Syria, as more facts unfold about the people that have been arrested recently, and the conjoinment of all those issues over there, it’s going to be devastating for the president,” he said.

Scaramucci also predicted that Republicans in the Senate will soon turn on Trump and force him out.

“The criminal activity will be so great that the GOP, and there will be 20-plus senators who’ll say, ‘OK, I can’t take this anymore,’” he said.

October 17, 2019

Kremlin questions language of 'unusual' Trump letter to Erdogan

Source: Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin on Thursday questioned the tone of a letter sent by U.S. President Donald Trump to his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan, which it called highly unusual for correspondence between heads of state.

The White House on Wednesday released the Oct. 9 letter, in which Trump urged Erdogan: “Don’t be a tough guy” and “Don’t be a fool!”

“You don’t often encounter such language in correspondence between heads of state. It’s a highly unusual letter,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-trump-erdogan-kremlin/kremlin-questions-language-of-unusual-trump-letter-to-erdogan-idUSKBN1WW19R

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