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Wisconsin was the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment. Explore the key moments.

Wisconsin was the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment. Explore the key moments.


Republicans' rendezvous with reality -- their plan is to cut Social Security

By Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.), Opinion Contributor — 08/02/19 10:05 AM EDT

Republicans' rendezvous with reality — their plan is to cut Social Security


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Let’s be real. Social Security benefits will be cut by 20 percent in 2035 unless Congress acts, according to Social Security Chief Actuary Steve Goss. The Social Security 2100 Act, co-sponsored by 210 Members of the House of Representatives, not only prevents those devastating cuts but also expands benefits across the board, improves the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) and cuts taxes for millions of workers. Last week, House Ways and Means Committee ranking members Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) criticized the Social Security 2100 Act, claiming it is too expensive. They also declared that they would like to work with Democrats on a long-term solution to Social Security. However, for the eight years the Republicans controlled both chambers of Congress, they did nothing to address the looming 20 percent across-the-board benefits cut in 2035. For those eight years, not only did they never work with us, but they would not even hold a hearing on legislative proposals to improve Social Security’s solvency. The hard truth of the matter is that Republicans want to cut Social Security, and doing nothing achieves their goal.

With 10,000 baby boomers becoming eligible for Social Security every day, we must act now. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.) laid it out very well during last week’s Ways and Means Committee hearing: To make Social Security sustainably solvent, we can either raise revenue (as the Social Security 2100 Act does gradually over time in a commonsense way) or cut benefits.

Poll after poll shows that Americans are willing to pay a little bit more for proposals such as the Social Security 2100 Act in order to strengthen Social Security. This has BIPARTISAN support among Americans. The problem is Republicans in Congress are ideologically opposed and have taken a pledge not to raise revenue. This is not where the American people are!

The Social Security 2100 Act provides a solution to strengthen and protect Social Security moving forward into the next century. The Act enhances benefits, adjusts the COLA to reflect seniors’ needs, cuts taxes for almost 12 million seniors and ensures no one who has worked their whole life will retire into poverty.

Further, it’s paid for in a commonsense way that strengthens Social Security, making it solvent beyond 75 years. This is the solution working people need because doing nothing is not an option. It’s a de facto plan for automatic cuts!................................

Video recording of suspect being apprehended near Cielo Vista Mall and Walmart location in El Paso

Only One police officer with him at corner after getting out of car. No drama.

Video recording of suspect being apprehended near Cielo Vista Mall and Walmart location in El Paso, TX.

#BREAKING #Walmart #TX
#ElPaso #Texas #CieloVistaMall #shooting #massshooting #activeshooter #GunControlNow #ElPasoShooting


foreign policy; Trump's coalition of one--The image says it all............

President Donald Trump believes that other countries take advantage of U.S. resources and generosity. | Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

foreign policy
Trump’s coalition of one


The president has yet to get serious buy-in from other countries for an operation to protect oil tankers sailing past Iran.


08/02/2019 05:04 AM EDT

George H.W. Bush led a coalition of some three dozen countries that kicked Saddam Hussein’s Iraq out of Kuwait in 1991.

George W. Bush had his “coalition of the willing” behind the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.

But so far, Donald Trump’s coalition to protect oil tankers from alleged Iranian aggression appears to have just one member — the United States.

The British have demurred, the French are noncommittal and the Germans on Wednesday flat out said no. They’re all still smarting from the president’s exit from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which they say is partly responsible for Tehran’s suspected bellicose behavior. They’re also worried that aligning with the U.S. on such an initiative could drag them into a war with Iran. Those concerns have only risen this week after Trump imposed sanctions on Iran’s foreign minister.

“Clearly, a military operation in the Gulf would increase exponentially the potential triggers for a confrontation with Iran,” Nathalie Tocci, special adviser to European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, said via email. “So long as [Europeans] see a chance of freedom of navigation being secured through dialogue and diplomacy with Iran, they will opt for this route.”

“Other governments aren’t sure where the U.S. is trying to take them,” added Jon Alterman, a Middle East analyst in Washington. “They think that aligning with the U.S. incurs risk without providing security.” ................................................

A Birmingham Police officer faked a shooting for 'stolen valor,' his chief says

What makes people do such stupid things?

A Birmingham Police officer faked a shooting for 'stolen valor,' his chief says


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By Paul P. Murphy, CNN

Updated 3:28 PM ET, Fri August 2, 2019

(CNN)A Birmingham, Alabama, police officer radioed for help, with the sound of gunfire in the background. His chief says it was a hoax and an attempt at "stolen valor."

Officer Keith Buchanan was arrested Thursday after police said he faked a call for help and injuries while on duty last month. Birmingham Police said he was charged with false reporting, criminal mischief and discharging a firearm in city limits.

Buchanan had already been relieved of duty, Police Chief Patrick Smith said, and every case he handled is now under review.
The officer was patrolling a rural road near Tarrant about 1 a.m. July 21. He radioed in to report that he was making a traffic stop, CNN affiliate WVTM reported.

Then, "Buchanan put out a help call with shots being fired in the background," Smith said Thursday. "For approximately 30 minutes, our communications dispatchers were unable to reach him."
He was reprimanded for filing false police reports in 2015 and 2016, according to an AL.com report that cited records from the Jefferson County Personnel Board. The board has not responded to CNN's request to review the records........................

Officer Keith Buchanan was arrested and charged on Thursday.

Trump asylum ban is illegal, federal judge rules

Source: CNN

Updated 4:52 PM ET, Fri August 2, 2019

Washington (CNN)A federal judge in the District of Columbia on Friday threw out a Trump administration policy barring migrants who illegally crossed the border from seeking asylum, finding that it violated the Immigration and Nationality Act.

The administration's policy, signed last November, aimed to temporarily bar migrants who illegally cross into the US through the southern border from seeking asylum outside of official ports of entry.

"[A]liens have a statutory right to seek asylum regardless of whether they enter the United States at a designated port of entry, and defendants may not extinguish that statutory right by regulation or proclamation," wrote District Judge Randolph Moss, an Obama appointee.
Late last year, a federal judge in California blocked Trump's asylum ban and the Supreme Court later upheld the judge's order.

"Today's decision is a big deal for what it portends -- that the administration's new asylum policy is likely to be wiped off the books," said Steve Vladeck, CNN Supreme Court analyst and professor at the University of Texas School of Law. "But its practical impact will be more modest, because the policy was already on hold thanks to a nationwide injunction against it from a California court -- one that the Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, refused to stay last December."

Last December, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the four liberal justices in the 5-4 ruling.
Trump's asylum ban is part of a concerted effort by the administration to tighten asylum amid a record influx of children and families crossing the southern border. ................................

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/02/politics/trump-asylum-ban-ruling/index.html

We needed some good news.

#LeningradLindsey trending #1! I've never had a hashtag hit like this. Where's my book deal & talk s

I just heard Brian William used this nickname. I have been busy most of day and was not aware of it.
Mitch is having a cow over the nickname #MoscowMitch.

Hoping Lindsey will also with his new nickname!! LOVE IT!!

#LeningradLindsey trending #1! I’ve never had a hashtag hit like this. Where’s my book deal & talk show? #HireTara





New Hampshire Republicans tell Trump's ex-campaign manager to stay out of their Senate race

Source: raw story

Published 44 mins ago on August 1, 2019

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told NBC News that he is “seriously considering” a run against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and he will reportedly discuss the matter with the president in the coming days.

But Republicans in New Hampshire are not happy with the idea. According to The Daily Beast, Republicans in the state are urging him not to go through with it. One GOP official said “He is as much of a shadow of the president as you can find. That will hurt us down ballot,” while another said “It would certainly give more ammunition to Jeanne Shaheen.”

Though New Hampshire is traditionally a swing state, it is not expected to be terribly competitive in 2020, as Trump is massively unpopular there — the latest Morning Consult tracker shows him underwater there by 22 points. Consequently, the Senate race is unlikely to be competitive either — there were whispers that Gov. Chris Sununu would jump into the race, but he ruled it out.
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Lewandowski, who ran the Trump campaign prior to Paul Manafort, gained national attention for manhandling a conservative reporter, for which he was charged with battery (those charges were later dropped). He has been a frequent defender of the president on national television..........................................................

Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2019/08/new-hampshire-republicans-tell-trumps-ex-campaign-manager-to-stay-the-hell-out-of-their-senate-race/

Pelosi tells Trump to ask his 'slum lord' son-in-law Kushner about the 'rodent infestations' in his

Source: TPM

Published 1 hour ago on August 1, 2019 By Brad Reed

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday struck back at President Donald Trump for his recent attacks on the city of Baltimore, which the president described as “dangerous” and “filthy.”

Via CNN’s Manu Raju, Pelosi said that Trump “doesn’t know what he’s talking about” when it comes to Baltimore and suggested that he “ask his son-in-law, who’s a slumlord there, if he wants to talk about rodent infestations” in the city.

Earlier this week, the Associated Press reported that residents at buildings owned by Kushner’s family real estate firm have been regularly complaining about “mold, bedbugs, leaks… and plenty of mice.”

Dezmond James, a Baltimore resident who has lived in one of the Kushner-owned buildings for the past four years, said the company is unresponsive to residents’ complaints..........................................

Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2019/08/pelosi-tells-trump-to-ask-his-slum-lord-son-in-law-kushner-about-the-rodent-infestations-in-his-baltimore-properties/


Ted Lieu: This is a shockingly bad poll for an incumbent Trump: does not clear 39% support in Texas

ICYMI like I did.

So early for polls--but hope this trend continues.

Ted Lieu
This is a shockingly bad poll for an incumbent President. @realDonaldTrump
does not clear 39% support in Texas regardless of who the Democratic candidate is.

thinks 2020 will be like 2016. I don't think so.

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