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Louisiana teacher handcuffed forcibly after asking questions at board meeting

This is just wrong in so many ways---------------like you have no first amendment protections, no fourth or fifth amendment protections

Jason Westin is a Democratic candidate for the TX07 House of Representatives.

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Maine Sec. Of State Wants Restraining Order For Voter Commission Data

Source: Talking Points Memo

Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, one of four Democrats on President Donald Trump’s disbanded “election integrity” commission, filed for a temporary restraining order Tuesday to preserve his access to information a federal judge previously ruled he was improperly denied, and to deny access to the commission’s findings to the Department of Homeland Security.

Despite a judge’s order in December that the commission — which Trump dissolved earlier this month, citing lawsuits and states’ refusal to hand over voters’ information — must share its records with Dunlap, Justice Department lawyers said last week that Dunlap is not entitled to the records because the commission no longer exists.

Trump started the commission after baselessly claiming that massive voter fraud cost him the popular vote in 2016, and the White House said upon announcing the commission’s dissolution that its findings would be shared with DHS.

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/maine-secretary-of-state-dunlap-restraining-order-voter-fraud-commission-data


Protesters project 'F--- Trump' on stadium at college football national championship

'The Supreme Court Case That Could Overturn the Heart of the New Deal

January 4, 2017

And though the Court will rule before July, hardly anyone has noticed it.

As the Supreme Court gets back to work this Friday, January 5, media coverage of its potentially momentous 2017-2018 term has focused on several high-profile cases that deal with gerrymandering, cell phone privacy, religiously cloaked anti-gay discrimination, and the future of public-employee unions. But one sleeper has received less attention than it deserves. Argued on October 2, this case could strip foundational safeguards in place for over 80 years, essential to ensuring millions of low-wage and non-union workers of their right to fair pay, job security, workplace safety, nondiscrimination, and other guarantees protected by state and federal law. The case gives the Roberts Court, with its newly reconstituted 5-4 conservative majority, a chance to escalate its pro-corporate activism to levels unmatched even by the famously anti-regulatory pre-New Deal Court of a century ago. If the Court reaches the result sought by business advocates, this would, as elaborated by two Seton Hall professors in a 2014 law review article, “effectively end the labor laws.”

The corporate litigants, joined by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Trump Department of Justice, claim that the once-obscure 1925 Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) empowers employers to require employees, as a condition of employment, to channel all disputes into arbitration proceedings on an individual, one-on-one basis, barring any form of joint or class effort in any forum. This result would override what courts have repeatedly called the “core protection” of the 1932 Norris-LaGuardia Act (Norris-LaGuardia) and the 1935 National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)—that employees, whether represented by a union or not, may by right engage in “concerted activities for the purpose of … mutual aid or protection.”

Regardless of whether the Chamber and its allies get what they are asking for in the pending case, progressives must face up to some hard questions: How could the nation have descended to the point that judicial erasure of explicit provisions structuring employer-employee relations is now possible? How were corporate strategists able to steadily advance—and keep below the radar of the press, progressive political leaders, and the millions of affected workers and families—this multi-decade litigation campaign that teed up such an upheaval? Going forward, what realistically can be done to secure, and if necessary restore, the statutory design for workers’ economic security and equity that hard-line business forces would have the Court shred?


Building on such efforts, progressive leaders can connect the dots between courtroom battles that, like the pending wage theft cases, put foundational legal remedies against corporate law-breaking on the chopping block, and broader political struggle against policies that worsen inequality. Progressive leaders just need to include the courts in the picture they are painting of conservatives’ political agenda—right alongside tax cuts for the rich and diminished income health care guarantees.

Conservatives’ politicization of the judicial branch, especially the Supreme Court, is no secret. What is a secret, though one hiding in plain sight, is that this agenda involves tilting not only the scales of justice but the rewards of the economy toward large corporations and away from consumers, workers, retirees, and others dependent on those corporations. It is up to progressive leaders to bring that secret out in the open, and lay the groundwork for rolling back the radical judicial nullification of essential legal protections that corporate advocates have engineered, and remain hell-bent to extend.


This issue should be one that should be front and center in the party, every time democrats come out to hold a "news conference" these three cases should be mentioned, 80 years of protection of the worker can and will more than likely be crushed, all one has to do is remember this scene of absolute BS answer of a nominee now sitting on the bench

Senate Dems demand release of Fusion GPS interview

Source: The Hill

Two Democratic senators are calling on the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee to release the transcript of its meeting with the CEO of the research firm that produced the controversial dossier about President Trump.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), who sit on the committee, asked Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in a letter to release the full transcript of Fusion GPS CEO Glenn Simpson’s August interview.

“The American people deserve the facts. There is simply no reason to keep the Simpson testimony (or other testimony before our committee for that matter) hidden while this distraction goes on,” the senators said in the letter, which is dated Jan. 7.

The lawmakers cite “selective leaks” and attacks leveled against Simpson as they made their case for the transcript’s release.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/367927-senate-dems-demand-release-of-fusion-gps-interview

Graham: I no longer think Trump is a race-baiting religious bigot

Source: The Hill

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), on Monday, said he no longer believes President Trump is a "xenophobic, race-baiting religious bigot," despite using those words to describe Trump during the 2016 campaign.

"He ran against 17 Republicans and crushed us all. He ran against the Clinton machine and won. So all I can say is you can say anything you want to say about the guy. I said he was a xenophobic, race-baiting, religious bigot. I ran out of things to say. He won,” Graham said on “The View.”

When pressed by the show's hosts whether he still thought that about Trump, Graham responded: "No, I don't think he's a xenophobic, race-baiting, religious bigot — as president."

During the 2016 campaign, Graham called Trump “a kook,” “crazy” and “unfit for office.” He backed Jeb Bush during the Republican primary and said he ultimately cast his vote for independent Evan McMullin.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/367925-graham-i-no-longer-think-trump-is-a-race-baiting-religious-bigot

Hey Graham, you are an idiot, yes you are, a complete unabashed idiot>

Did you by chance see that the sexual predator and TRAITOR that you grovel over now, wants 18 billion to build a wall -------------------your just about at the front of the line of completely kissing this: racist, xenophobic, homophobic, traitors ass, you really have no shame...............


"I want to help him where I can because there's a lot on this man's plate, and we should all want to help him," Graham said last month on CBS."

He playes golf...................and your his partner....................

Trump is now dangerous that makes his mental health a matter of public interest Bandy Lee

Eight months ago, a group of us put our concerns into a book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President. It became an instant bestseller, depleting bookstores within days. We thus discovered that our endeavours resonated with the public.

While we keep within the letter of the Goldwater rule – which prohibits psychiatrists from diagnosing public figures without a personal examination and without consent – there is still a lot that mental health professionals can tell before the public reaches awareness. These come from observations of a person’s patterns of responses, of media appearances over time, and from reports of those close to him. Indeed, we know far more about Trump in this regard than many, if not most, of our patients. Nevertheless, the personal health of a public figure is her private affair – until, that is, it becomes a threat to public health.

To make a diagnosis one needs all the relevant information – including, I believe, a personal interview. But to assess dangerousness, one only needs enough information to raise alarms. It is about the situation rather than the person. The same person may not be a danger in a different situation, while a diagnosis stays with the person.


Come Monday - Jimmy Buffett

Companies that announced big bonuses after GOP tax cut are now laying off their workers

At least two major companies that publicly announced large bonuses for their employees after the passage of a massive GOP-led tax overhaul — which represented a windfall for wealthy Americans and big corporations — quietly laid off hundreds of workers at the same time.

Comcast laid off more than 500 sales employees right before Christmas, according to documents reviewed by media outlets including the Philadelphia Enquirer, Philly.com, and the Daily News. The documents were confirmed by at least one former Comcast employee who was not identified in the press.

AT&T is also in the process of laying off thousands of employees, according to the Communication Workers of America (CWA) union, which represents AT&T workers. CWA filed a lawsuit against the company claiming that some of those layoffs are needless, and that the timing of the terminations — just two weeks before Christmas — represents “an extraordinary act of corporate cruelty.”

Both telecommunications giants struck a very different tone in the aftermath of the tax bill that was rushed through Congress last month.


Just wait for the next few cycles in the weekly jobs reports.....................hey republican Congress, and the sexual predator

November 2018 cannot get here fast enough....................no matter what kind of shenanigans you try to pull

We are coming........................

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