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"Unfortunately, our office is no stranger to his bullying behavior," Koltun said of Sheriff Clarke.

Another bully. No wonder Trump likes him.

Medical examiner "threatened" by Clarke over jail deaths


Daniel Bice , Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 4:41 p.m. CST December 1, 2016

News: Republican National Convention

(Photo: Robert Deutsch, Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. has been largely silent in public about the deaths of four people at the Milwaukee County Jail since April, even though his office oversees the jail.

But, boy, has Clarke been doing some yelling behind the scenes.

Brian Peterson, Milwaukee County chief medical examiner, said Thursday that the sheriff called him on Oct. 28 and "verbally pummeled" and "threatened" him over information that Peterson's office made public regarding the deaths of two inmates at the jail earlier this year. Peterson said his office followed appropriate protocol in the cases cited by the sheriff.

Even so, Clarke said he would be contacting the state Medical Examining Board to have Peterson sanctioned or his license revoked.

"I haven't been talked to like that since I was probably 5," Peterson said in an interview.

Peterson documented the hostile 20-minute conversation a day later in a lengthy email to Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, Abele's chief of staff and Clarke. The county exec appoints the medical examiner with the consent of the Milwaukee County Board.

Raisa Koltun, Abele's chief of staff, responded to Peterson by saying her office would "obviously have your back" if Clarke followed through with his threat to go to the state medical board. "Unfortunately, our office is no stranger to his bullying behavior," Koltun said of Clarke.


The Obama Administration is PURE CLASS. #WorldAIDSDay

Damon Bethea Retweeted
Girls Really Rule. ‏@girlsreallyrule 3h3 hours ago

The Obama Administration is PURE CLASS. #WorldAIDSDay

P.Ryan Elites in DC should NOT be picking winners & losersthats a recipe for a closed economyfo

Ryan's buddy in WI--Gov Walker and his lacky's give out the same tax credits.

This Ryan tweet was included in the article:

Paul Ryan Verified account

Elites in Washington should NOT be picking winners & losers—that’s a recipe for a closed economy—for cronyism.


“Paul Ryan trashed government deals to help specific companies — until Trump did it” https://thinkprogress.org/paul-ryan-donald-trump-carrier-crony-capitalism-db2db7ce5e69#.zie5ng9ee

Journalist, ThinkProgress. Twitter: @atrupar. Email: arupar@americanprogress.org
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Paul Ryan trashed government deals to help specific companies — until Trump did it

The Carrier deal is exactly the sort of “picking winners and losers” Ryan usually hates.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Alex Brandon

During a press conference on Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) was asked what he thought about the sweetheart deal President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence struck with United Technology to keep about 1,000 Carrier manufacturing jobs in Indiana in exchange for millions of dollars in incentives.

“Well I’m pretty happy that we’re keeping jobs in America, aren’t you?” Ryan said to a reporter, adding that he couldn’t speak to the specifics of the deal, which won’t prevent 1,300 Carrier jobs from relocating to Mexico from Indiana. “I think it’s pretty darn good that people are keeping their jobs in Indiana instead of going to Mexico.”

Ryan’s response was a significant departure from what he’s said in the past about deals like the Carrier one. On Tax Day last year, Ryan released a statement blasting President Obama for allegedly wanting to provide “special carve-outs to his favorite industries.”

“Our tax code should not pick winners and losers,” Ryan wrote on behalf of a “simpler, flatter” tax code. “Our country can’t reach its potential with a tax code that punishes people for reaching their own.”

Ryan reiterated that sentiment in a video clip he shared to Twitter in July.

Even supporters of the Carrier deal acknowledge the approach Trump and Pence have taken is unsustainable.
Scott Paul, president of the advocacy group the Alliance for American Manufacturing, told the New York Times that “Carrier is special because it happened at the right time and the right place and it gained a high profile. But obviously, Donald Trump and Mike Pence can’t intervene every time a plant closes.”


Normally secretive agency reveals it advised Donald Trump to divest

Source: Boston globe

Carolyn Kaster/AP

By Michael D. Shear and Eric Lipton The New York Times December 01, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Office of Government Ethics has informed lawyers for President-elect Donald Trump that only a divestiture of his financial stake in his sprawling real estate business will resolve ethical concerns about conflicts of interest as he assumes the office of the presidency.

The revelation from the normally secretive federal agency came Wednesday in a bizarre series of oddly informal postings on its Twitter account after officials apparently concluded, erroneously, that Trump had committed on his own Twitter account to divesting his assets.

“As we discussed with your counsel, divestiture is the way to resolve these conflicts,” the office wrote on Twitter, revealing legal advice that would normally be confidential and adding in a separate post: “Bravo! Only way to resolve these conflicts of interest is to divest. Good call!”

In fact, Trump had made no such commitment, at least publicly....................

Read more: https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2016/12/01/normally-secretive-agency-reveals-advised-donald-trump-divest/ts8O00tNYClyyG8hdph9uL/story.html?p1=Article_Recommended_ReadMore_Pos11

Tweets are included in article--some of them really are bizarre. What the heck is an Ethics Office doing tweeting comments when they are ones to get any cases regarding Trump????

Also-- come January 2017 --the Director only has one year left to work (in a 5-yr term). Nasty maybe of me but might he be hankering to be appointed for another 5 years???

I missed Last Word last night--Does anyone know if he had a segment on this issue??


In reply to Deanna A.
Lawrence O'Donnell Verified account ‏@Lawrence 11h11 hours ago

.@deanna9012 In sane government the most serious cases are treated most carefully. OGE got reckless with its most serious case ever. Insane.

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In reply to Sari Beth Rosenberg
Lawrence O'Donnell Verified account ‏@Lawrence 11h11 hours ago

.@saribethrose So OGE decided for the 1st time in its history to use sarcasm? And to use it in the most important case in its history?

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In reply to Sari Beth Rosenberg

Lawrence O'Donnell Verified account ‏@Lawrence 11h11 hours ago

.@saribethrose So OGE decided for the 1st time in its history to use sarcasm? And to use it in the most important case in its history?
36 replies 35 retweets 103 likes




OGE is headed by a Director who is appointed to a five-year term by the President.
As noted in the organizational chart and staff directory, in addition to the Office of the Director, OGE is divided into four divisons, guided by senior leadership, that work in concert to carry out OGE's mission.

Senior Leadership
Walter M. Shaub, Jr. Director, U.S. Office of Government Ethics On January 8, 2013, President Obama appointed Mr. Walter M. Shaub, Jr., as Director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE). He was sworn into office January 9, 2013.
Learn more >...............

Udall, Heinrich Ask Obama to Intervene in Pipeline Protests

Source: Roll Call

New Mexico senators concerned about increased violence at protests over Dakota Access pipeline
Posted Dec 1, 2016 12:17 PM

By Christina Flom

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., wrote a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to take action to peacefully resolve the escalating violence occurring between law makers and protestors over the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

U.S. New Mexico Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich appealed Wednesday to President Barack Obama to take action to protect the safety of demonstrators protesting the Dakota Access pipeline.

Udall and Heinrich each wrote to the president citing examples of violence in North Dakota against Standing Rock Sioux Tribe members and demonstrators camping in the area, The Albuquerque Journal reported.

“The current situation at Camp Oceti Sakowin is unsustainable and dangerous to everyone involved,” Heinrich wrote in the letter posted on his website. “I implore you to work with the Corps of Engineers and the Department of Justice to de-escalate the violence at the camp.”

The senators thanked Obama

Read more: http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/udall-heinrich-ask-obama-intervene-pipeline-protests#sthash.DU7a6bvg.dpuf

This is good--to help protect the demonstrators from being hurt.

Thousands of Veterans to Form a Human Shield Around Standing Rock Protestors

Source: nymag.co

December 1, 2016 3:30 a.m.

Thousands of Veterans to Form a Human Shield Around Standing Rock Protestors
By Charley Lanyon

A human shield forms.Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff/Boston Globe via Getty Images

More than 2,000 U.S. veterans are planning to descend on North Dakota this weekend, where they will make a human shield around the protesters there. More than 7,000 people are camped out in a massive months-long demonstration organized by the Standing Rock Sioux in opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which they say threatens tribal lands.

The group, Veterans Stand for Standing Rock, has decided to protect the camp after the federal government called for its evacuation.

While the deadline for the evacuation has passed, both local authorities and the Army Corps of Engineers have confirmed that they have no plans to remove anybody by force, despite an emergency call from the state’s governor on Monday to immediately vacate the camp.

Veterans Stand for Standing Rock is headed by former U.S. Marine Michael Wood Jr. and Wesley Clark Jr., whose father is retired U.S. Army General Wesley Clark......................

Read more: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/12/veterans-to-form-human-shield-around-pipe-line-protestors.html

I hope all stay safe--and warm

pro-tip: keep on the lookout for clues. #HRCintheWild

Having a little fun.

HRC In The Wild
🌲 ‏@HRCintheWild 7h7 hours ago

this is for you. there will be a website in the next few days that tracks some fun stuff. built off YOU. send ideas to info@hrcinthewild.com

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HRC In The Wild
🌲 ‏@HRCintheWild 8h8 hours ago

pro-tip: keep on the lookout for clues. #HRCintheWild

Jill Stein campaign files for recount in Michigan

Source: Detroit Free Press

Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press 3:47 p.m. EST November 30, 2016

(Photo: Christopher Dolan, AP)

LANSING, Mich. — The campaign of Green Party candidate Jill Stein filed a request Wednesday for a recount of nearly 4.8 million ballots cast for president in Michigan.

Mark Brewer, the Michigan-based lawyer representing Stein, arrived at around 1:30 p.m. ET at the Board of Elections with several others representing the campaign. He brought along a check for $973,250, which represents the $125 per precinct that Stein must pay for the recount.

"I and the undersigned members of my slate of electors are aggrieved on account of fraud or mistake in the canvass of the votes by the inspectors of election, and/or the returns made by the inspectors and/or by the Board of County Canvassers and/or by the Board of State Canvassers," Stein said in her request. "I request that all of the precincts and absent voter counting board precincts within the state of Michigan be recounted by hand count."

A recount could begin as soon as Friday in the state's largest 19 counties, followed by the smaller counties, with a goal of finishing the statewide recount by Dec. 10.


Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/11/30/michigan-recount-request/94679068/

Kellyanne Conway tweets and thinks she knows what is best for Democrats!!

Tweets & replies Media

Kellyanne Conway ‏@KellyannePolls 3h3 hours ago

Kellyanne Conway Retweeted Manu Raju

What a relief. I was worried they had learned from the elections & might be competitive and cohesive again.

Kellyanne Conway added,
Manu Raju @mkraju
Pelosi wins. 134-63. Live next on @CNN
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Kellyanne Conway ‏@KellyannePolls 3h3 hours ago

Kellyanne Conway Retweeted Manu Raju

Democrats missed opportunity 2 step away from massive electoral losses (60 seats in House, WH, 1000+ state legislators) & connect w/ workers

Kellyanne Conway added,
Manu Raju @mkraju
Pelosi wins. 134-63. Live next on @CNN
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Trump broke his promise of a 35% tariff if move jobs to Mexico-Instead gives massive tax break to Ca

And now Trump will go to Indiana for a Victory speech1

Trump And Pence Bribe Carrier With Massive Taxpayer-Funded Giveaway To Score PR Win


By Sean Colarossi on Tue, Nov 29th, 2016 at 8:58 pm............................

Donald Trump is expected to visit Indiana on Thursday to announce that he has struck a deal with United Technologies to keep almost 1,000 Carrier jobs in Indiana, CNBC reported.

The president-elect is likely to claim that his great dealmaking skills are responsible for making the agreement happen, but what he won’t say is that United Technologies – Carrier’s parent company – was basically bribed with taxpayer dollars to keep a few hundred jobs in Indiana – and it had nothing to do with Trump himself.


In other words, Pence served up a massive, taxpayer-funded handout to the company in order to score a short-term PR win. Trump will claim victory on Thursday when, really, it was a state-funded handout that convinced Carrier to keep some of its employees in the state.

The deal also represents a huge departure from Trump’s campaign-season rhetoric, when he repeatedly promised to take a tough stance on companies, specifically Carrier which Trump promised to penalize with a 35 percent tariff if they moved operations to Mexico.[/............
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