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Trump 'Named Winner of Golf Championship He Didn't Play In'


Trump ‘Named Winner of Golf Championship He Didn't Play In’
Reuters / Henry Nicholls

The victory list on Donald Trump's locker at Palm Beach undeniably looks impressive: the gold plaques commemorate his championship triumphs in 1999, 2001, 2009, 2012, 2013, and the recently-added 2018. But there appears to be a problem with the new plaque which claims he was the 2018 men's club champion—because he didn't play in the tournament. Golf magazine reports Trump was actually awarded the title of co-champion as part of a clubhouse joke after the real winner, businessmen Ted Virtue, gambled his championship in a round with Trump after the tournament was long over. Trump—an alleged serial golf cheat—reportedly proposed a nine-hole winner-takes-the-title challenge match with Virtue which, would you believe, he won. He is then reported to have said something along the lines of: “This isn’t fair—we’ll be co-champions.” But Trump appears to have been so proud of his ‘win’ that a plaque was added to his championship roll-call on his locker stating: “2018 — Men's Club Champion.” It's just as well he doesn't have more important things to occupy his mind with.

Posted by babylonsister | Mon Mar 11, 2019, 08:56 AM (32 replies)

Fox News Host Jeanine Pirro Attacks Rep. Ilhan Omar for Wearing Hijab


Fox News Host Jeanine Pirro Attacks Rep. Ilhan Omar for Wearing Hijab
She (wrongly) claims the congresswoman’s head covering is “antithetical to the U.S. Constitution”
By Peter Wade

Fox News’s Jeanine Pirro is trying to use Islamophobia to make Americans fear Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). In the opening segment of her show Saturday night, the fear-mongering former judge tried to connect Omar’s hijab to sharia law, which she said is “antithetical to the U.S. Constitution.”

Omar has recently been under attack for making anti-Israel remarks, which many have conflated with anti-Semitism. She also apologized for a tweet that evoked an anti-Semitic trope. But Fox News and other conservative media have been all too happy to misconstrue her remarks to paint Omar as anti-American because she does not unequivocally support the Israeli state. And they’ve been using anti-Muslim stereotypes to do it.

Pirro told her audience: “This is not who your party is. Your party is not anti-Israel, she is. Think about this. She is not getting this anti-Israel sentiment doctrine from the Democrat Party. So if it’s not rooted in the party, where is she getting it from? Think about it. Omar wears a hijab, which according to the Quran, 33:59, tells women to cover so they won’t molested. Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to sharia law, which is antithetical to the U.S. Constitution?”
This type of Islamophobia is not new, but it has ramped up ever since 9/11. As NBC News reported, anti-sharia law legislation has been introduced in 43 states in the U.S. just since 2010, despite the fact that none of these places are at risk of sharia law being implemented. And sharia law is not what many Americans have been led to believe it is. As law professor Asifa Quraishi-Landes wrote in the Washington Post, “Sharia is not a book of statutes or judicial precedent imposed by a government, and it’s not a set of regulations adjudicated in court. Rather, it is a body of Koran-based guidance that points Muslims toward living an Islamic life.”

But, sadly, the facts don’t matter on Fox News. All this drummed-up “fear” of sharia law is nothing but a statement to Muslims: you are not welcome here.

Which is exactly Pirro’s point: to her and the viewers of Fox News, Islam is antithetical to America. And therefore, according to Pirro’s logic, Rep. Omar is antithetical to America. It’s disgusting and, frankly, Pirro’s view is the one that is against the Constitution, whose First Amendment protects the right of Americans to worship freely.

Posted by babylonsister | Sun Mar 10, 2019, 06:38 PM (5 replies)

Democratic Senators Surprisingly Open to Sanders


Democratic Senators Surprisingly Open to Sanders
March 10, 2019 at 9:09 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

Politico: “Senate Democrats say they’re increasingly open to getting behind Bernie Sanders if he appears the strongest candidate a year from now. And there’s no whiff of an effort to try and deny him the nomination, according to interviews with more than 20 Democratic senators.”

“It’s not that the Democratic Caucus is rallying behind him; most of them would prefer a more mainstream nominee, even if they’re unwilling to say it at this point. But they’re giving Sanders props for what he’s accomplished, and say if he’s able to win the nomination, more power to him.”
Posted by babylonsister | Sun Mar 10, 2019, 04:27 PM (68 replies)

ICE officials under review for social media posts suggesting Rep. Ilhan Omar took 'terrorism classes

The hate is disgustingly palpable.

ICE officials under review for social media posts suggesting Rep. Ilhan Omar took 'terrorism classes'
Jessica SchladebeckContact ReporterNew York Daily News

A pair of high-ranking U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are under review after they shared and liked social media posts promoting unfounded conspiracy theories regarding Rep. Ilhan Omar and immigration.

One recent post shared on LinkedIn by senior ICE agent Leslie Derewonko and “liked” by Jerry Templet, who is the second-in-command of Homeland Security investigations in San Francisco, described the Minnesota Democrat as a “Trojan horse” who came to the United States because of a “refugee outbreak” under former President Obama.

“And this what America represents?” Derewonko added in his caption.

The post, verified by Buzzfeed News, also suggested Omar, who is a Muslim, once admitted to taking “terrorism classes.”

“Hell just make her the Director of National Security, obviously she not only took TERRORIST classes, she sat in class WITH THEM,” Derewonko wrote in a post, screen-grabbed by ABC News. “Here’s a question to all you Intelligence Spooks types… WHO THE HELL VETTED HER TO COME INTO THIS COUNTRY, and better yet, WHO THE HELL VETTED HER AS A CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE?”

Derewonko has also used LinkedIn to comment on posts suggesting the so-called migrant caravans, which sparked controversy in 2018, were part of an Election Day “false flag” and that it was part of the UN’s “invading force.”


Posted by babylonsister | Sun Mar 10, 2019, 09:38 AM (3 replies)

A 'Beat Trump' Fervor Produces Big Crowds


A ‘Beat Trump’ Fervor Produces Big Crowds

March 9, 2019 at 7:17 am EST By Taegan Goddard

New York Times: “As the already large presidential field grows by the week, the enthusiasm that propelled Democrats to a decisive takeover of the House in the midterms is still surging, driving crowd sizes and intensity typically seen in the days before the first caucuses and primaries, not a year ahead of them. Powered by an almost desperate yearning to oust President Trump, and galvanized by the most diverse field in presidential primary history, Democrats are packing into gymnasiums, churches and exhibition halls to hear candidates speak — even if they are far from committed to supporting the candidate they are showing up to see.”

“The populist message many of the candidates have on offer is resonating: From Northern California to Council Bluffs to the Brooklyn streets where Mr. Sanders was raised, voters are delighting in the calls to spurn big donors, the policies to fight wealth inequality and the promises of relief from college debt and steep medical bills.”
Posted by babylonsister | Sat Mar 9, 2019, 03:46 PM (3 replies)

Huge Victory for ACLU in Family Separation Lawsuit

Posted on Sat, Mar 9th, 2019 by Leo Vidal
Huge Victory for ACLU in Family Separation Lawsuit

The Washington Post is reporting this morning that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has won a huge lawsuit against the Trump administration in federal court.

U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw has ruled that potentially thousands of migrant families who were separated at the southern border under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy may now be added to an existing class-action lawsuit.

Last year Sabraw ordered the administration to reunite over 2,800 migrant children who were separated from their families at the border. That order applied to those separated after June 26, 2018.

But Sabraw’s new court order holds that his decision applies to those detained much earlier — as early as July 1, 2017.

The surprising ruling from Sabraw came after he became aware of reports that families were separated long before the “zero tolerance” policy was officially announced in April of last year by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

In announcing his decision, Sabraw wrote:

“The hallmark of a civilized society is measured by how it treats its people and those within its borders. That Defendants may have to change course and undertake additional effort to address these issues does not render modification of the class definition unfair; it only serves to underscore the unquestionable importance of the effort and why it is necessary (and worthwhile).”

The court’s decision will allow thousands more families to join the class-action lawsuit. In addition, Sabraw scheduled a hearing for later this month in which he will determine if the Trump administration must identify the additional family members and reunite them all. He said:

“The Court has an obligation to resolve that question, especially for parents who may have been deported without their children, and although it may be burdensome, it clearly can be done.”


Posted by babylonsister | Sat Mar 9, 2019, 09:35 AM (10 replies)

Senior Republican Says Democrats Are Unlikely to Get Access to Evidence from Mueller Probe

Posted on Fri, Mar 8th, 2019 by Reuters
Senior Republican Says Democrats Are Unlikely to Get Access to Evidence from Mueller Probe
By David Morgan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s Justice Department is unlikely to grant Democrats in Congress access to underlying evidence from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, a top congressional Republican said on Friday.

If Representative Doug Collins is right, Democratic-led congressional committees that have launched their own probes of Trump may be stuck with a Mueller investigation report that serves more as a general guidebook than a detailed roadmap of Russian interference and any Trump campaign collusion.

Democrats, who control the House of Representatives, want congressional investigators to have access to Mueller’s grand jury evidence and other information from the probe, fearing that Attorney General William Barr could release only a summary of Mueller’s report.

But Collins, the senior Republican on the House Judiciary Committee who met with Barr last week, told reporters that he expects any effort by Democrats to obtain such data from the Justice Department to end up in court, unless Mueller finds that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

“They have never released it, and we don’t expect that to happen again now,” said Collins.

The Mueller report, Washington’s most eagerly anticipated tome in years, is expected soon. Barr must decide what to do with it, a major test for the new Justice Department chief.


Posted by babylonsister | Sat Mar 9, 2019, 08:26 AM (3 replies)

Republicans Are So Corrupt That They're Celebrating Mitch McConnell Obstructing Anti-Corruption Bill


Posted on Fri, Mar 8th, 2019 by Jason Easley
Republicans Are So Corrupt That They’re Celebrating Mitch McConnell Obstructing Anti-Corruption Bill

Republican corruption has reached the point where they are actively celebrating the fact that Mitch McConnell will obstruct an anti-corruption bill.

Check out this video released by the NRCC:
To Republicans, being anti-corruption is not the same as socialism, even though corruption is the common enemy of both capitalism and democracy, which are two systems that Republicans used to believe in.

The Republican Party has become so corrupt that they are celebrating the obstruction of the anti-corruption bill. H.R. 1 also gets rid of dark money, which is the lifeblood of the Republican Party and protects voting rights at a time when Republicans can only win elections in some parts of the country by making it more difficult to vote.

Ronald Reagan’s Republican Party believed in democracy and were dedicated fighters against the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Donald Trump’s Republican Party is potentially infiltrated by Russia, and actively undermines democracy at home and abroad.

The Republican Party has been remade in the image of Donald Trump, where anyone enforces the law is bad, and corruption is good.
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Mar 8, 2019, 09:56 PM (3 replies)

'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett indicted on 16 felony counts by grand jury


'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett indicted on 16 felony counts by grand jury
Smollett was charged last month with felony disorderly conduct for the allegedly false report he made with Chicago police in January.
March 8, 2019, 4:49 PM EST
By Doha Madani

"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett has been indicted by a grand jury in Chicago on 16 felony counts after allegedly lying to police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime.

Smollett was charged last month with felony disorderly conduct for the allegedly false report he made with Chicago police on Jan. 29, according to the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. In it, he claimed he was assaulted by two masked men who hurled racist and homophobic slurs.

The actor, 36, who is black and gay, also said his attackers poured what he believed was bleach over him and put a noose around his neck.

Smollett and his attorneys have denied the allegations against him.

This is a developing story.
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Mar 8, 2019, 06:37 PM (10 replies)

Starting in 2021, Americans will need a visa to travel to EU

Starting in 2021, Americans will need a visa to travel to EU
By Rafael Bernal - 03/08/19 12:54 PM EST

The European Union announced Friday it will require a visa for Americans traveling to Europe as of 2021.

U.S. nationals crossing the pond will need a passport and a credit or debit card to apply for a European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) permit that will allow them to visit Europe for less than 90 days.

Previously, Americans had been exempt from visa requirements when traveling to EU nations.

The ETIAS system is similar to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) system the United States uses for countries in the Visa Waiver Program, which covers all EU countries except for Cyprus, Poland, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania.

ETIAS and ESTA don't require consular interviews nor the same degree of background checks as regular visas, but do require a payment and registration prior to travel.


Posted by babylonsister | Fri Mar 8, 2019, 05:53 PM (4 replies)
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