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RandySF's Journal
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May 31, 2018

Trump to pardon Dinesh D'Souza

Coming across my phone. It just gets worse.

May 31, 2018

Trump reportedly said he wants to stop German luxury car imports in the US

President Donald Trump is hoping to block German luxury carmakers from the U.S. market, according to an exclusive report by German magazine WirtschaftsWoche.

Citing several unnamed U.S. and European diplomats, the weekly business magazine reported that Trump told French President Emmanuel Macron last month he would maintain his trade policy with the aim of stopping Mercedes-Benz models from driving down Fifth Avenue in New York. The report didn't give any further details on what policies would be used to effectively ban the premium carmakers.

The report comes less than two weeks after the U.S. Department of Commerce launched an investigation into automobile imports to determine whether they "threaten to impair the national security" of the U.S. That could lead to tariffs of up to 25 percent on the same "national security" grounds used to impose metal imports charges in March.

Europe's autos sector was trading lower shortly after the report was published Thursday, with German automakers leading the losses during mid-morning deals. Shares of Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen were all trading off around 1 percent on the news.


May 31, 2018

Fans Really Want 'Agent Carter' to Replace 'Roseanne' on ABC

This week, social media proved what it can do when it comes to entertainment. ABC found itself canceling Roseanne in the wake of its star’s raciest tweet about Valerie Jarrett, a top aide to President Obama during his White House tenure. Now, fans are pitching the network shows which could fill the gap left by the cancellation, and Marvel fans are going hard for Agent Carter.

Over on Twitter, efforts to revive Agent Carter for a third season have doubled in light of Roseanne’s cancellation. As you can see below, fans around the world are hyping Peggy Carter as the best choice to fill ABC’s sudden gap.

Of course, these efforts are not new by any means. Despite being cancelled after two seasons, Agent Carter has retained a loyal fanbase that remains active online. Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter) has often praised the show’s following and told fans she would do a third season “like a shot” if given the opportunity.

In the past, Atwell did open up about why Agent Carter found itself abandoned after two seasons. The British actress told The AV Club the decision was made by ABC as they wanted to plug Atwell into a more mainstream show.

"It’s a shame the network canceled it and wanted to put me in something more mainstream," Atwell said.

"You know, Marvel didn’t want it to end. There’s lots of online campaigns to bring her back. Fans loved her. I think it was just a network economical thing: 'Let’s put Hayley Atwell in something more mainstream that’s less genre-specific and see if we can get higher ratings.' And unfortunately, that isn’t, as an actor, anything I’ve got control over. But maybe, in small ways, characters like Peggy Carter very slowly pave the way for it to be possible for other female-led narratives to exist."


May 31, 2018

California Primary check in. Did you mail your ballots?

San Francisco County: Ballots completed and returned.

If you plan to vote on Tuesday, did you check your voter registration and verify your polling place? Let's overwhelm the Republicans in this jungle primary.

May 31, 2018

How about some more Obstruction for tonight's entertainment?

Former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe wrote a confidential memo last spring recounting a conversation that offered significant behind-the-scenes details on the firing of James Comey, the New York Times reports.

“In the document, whose contents have not been previously reported, Mr. McCabe described a conversation at the Justice Department with the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, in the chaotic days last May after Mr. Comey’s abrupt firing. Mr. Rosenstein played a key role in the dismissal, writing a memo that rebuked Mr. Comey over his handling of an investigation into Hillary Clinton.”

“But in the meeting at the Justice Department, Mr. Rosenstein added a new detail: He said the president had originally asked him to reference Russia in his memo, the people familiar with the conversation said. Mr. Rosenstein did not elaborate on what Mr. Trump had wanted him to say. To Mr. McCabe, that seemed like possible evidence that Mr. Comey’s firing was actually related to the F.B.I.’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, and that Mr. Rosenstein helped provide a cover story by writing about the Clinton investigation.”


May 30, 2018

God wants me to retire tomorrow with full pay and benefits

It’s still cheaper than a private jet.

May 30, 2018

DHS: Any undocumented parent who is afraid to come forward is an unfit parent

Quoted TODAY in a telephone conference.

May 30, 2018

RI-SEN: Chafee won't run for U.S. Senate, cites poll showing 'uphill climb'

ROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Former U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee will not run for the office he once held after all.

Chafee said in an interview Tuesday morning that he was motivated to consider challenging U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse in a Democratic primary because of his dismay at President Trump’s election in 2016, and the factors that led to it.

But conversations with voters around the state and polling figures dissuaded him from what he once considered a 90 percent certainty.

“The appetite amongst Democrats to debate what went wrong in 2016 wasn’t there to the extent that I would have liked,” Chafee said.

Chafee said he felt the national Democratic Party was unfair to U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, putting its institutional thumb on the scale in favor of Hillary Clinton, who then went on to lose to Trump. But Democrats, Chafee said, would rather look forward, rather than back at 2016.


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