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Trump goes to court to block people who criticize him on Twitter

Lisa Needham -
March 27, 2019

The DOJ is defending Trump's right to block people, even as they agree that he uses Twitter to make official government proclamations.

Donald Trump can dish it out, but he can't take it. Which is why he blocks people on Twitter.

And he's so sensitive about his right to do so that he's got the Department of Justice representing him at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Trump's desperately hoping that the court will overturn a lower court decision that has prevented him from blocking critics since May 2018.

Given the questions from the three-judge panel at the Second Circuit on Tuesday, things don't look good for Trump's gaining his right to remain thin-skinned.

Back in 2017, seven people that Trump blocked on Twitter, along with the Knight First Amendment Institute, sued to force him to unblock them, arguing that Trump's Twitter feed was an official government channel.


Now that he has the BARR asshole at DOJ.......................hold on, this traitor cannot take criticism.....................

Your a fucking fraud with no principles or character and I have my rights to call you a disgrace ..................................... ,

Ocasio-Cortez shreds GOP for doing nothing while the Midwest drowns

Oliver Willis -
March 27, 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gave a blistering speech that shamed Republicans for dismissing the real harms of climate change to ordinary Americans.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) slammed a Republican congressman for dishonestly claiming that it's "elitist" to combat climate change — when poor and middle-class kids are the ones most hurt when lawmakers fail to act on environmental issues.

The exchange happened on Tuesday during a hearing of the House Financial Services Committee.

"The Green New Deal is one that if you are a rich liberal from maybe New York or California, it sounds great, because you can afford to retrofit your home or build a new home that has zero emissions, that is energy efficient, affordable and safe," said Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI).

Ocasio-Cortez immediately took Duffy to task for denying reality and insulting vulnerable communities — from her constituents in the Bronx struggling with asthma, to farmers in the Midwest struggling with historic floods.


This leadership...........................

Collins 'Vehemently' Disagrees With DOJ Attempt To Strike Down All Of Obamacare

Hey Collins what do you think and how do you think Gorsuch, Thomas and Kavanaugh will vote on this issue....................you do realize that in Ohio, they just gutted Planned Parenthood, right, the same courts that your helping to pack with non -qualified Federalist Society assholes right, and the two illegal assholes that you "HELPED" placed on the court bench, with your vote .................and now your coming out of the wood work again to have it both ways..........................you voted for the chief asshole at the DOJ his name is Barr, how long do you think he will last since Trump basically got his dance on conspiracy 4 page fucking ruling summary report. Since, he (Barr) came out and said that this is wrong what his boss is saying....................someone in the agency made that / this decision (twit)..................this is going to turn into another trump gets pissed off BS at a cabinet asshole, that you confirmed for more deflection...........and the public gets more narcissistic malignant psychopathic BS ........from a traitor, that you Collins have been enabling along with Moscow Mitch....................

November 3, 2020 cannot get here fast enough.........................

U.S. Supreme Court safeguards investor-protection laws

Source: Reuters

Supreme Court
March 27, 2019 / 10:19 AM / Updated 41 minutes ago
Andrew Chung

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court safeguarded investor-protection laws on Wednesday by refusing to further narrow the scope of who can be held liable for securities fraud, upholding a lower court ruling against a New York investment banker banned from the industry by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The justices, in a 6-2 ruling, upheld a U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decision siding with the SEC. The appeals court agreed with the SEC’s findings that Francis Lorenzo was liable in a scheme to defraud investors by sending misleading emails about a financially troubled company even though he did not personally write the fraudulent statements contained in the messages.

Writing on behalf of the court, liberal Justice Stephen Breyer said perpetrators of securities fraud could escape liability if the law were interpreted narrowly.

“Congress intended to root out all manner of fraud in the securities industry. And it gave to the commission the tools to accomplish that job,” Breyer wrote.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-sec/us-supreme-court-safeguards-investor-protection-laws-idUSKCN1R81K4

And then there is Thomas and Gorsuch, basically saying that ignorance is just fine, then there is and Kavanaugh and when he ruled when was on the appeals court.......................

Time to Impeach.....................

Wilbur Ross Dodges Appearance At Senate Hearing On Commerce Budget

Source: Talking Points Memo

By Tierney Sneed
March 27, 2019 11:24 am

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has declined an invitation to testifying in front of a Senate Appropriations subcommittee about the Trump administration’s budget proposal, the top Democrat on the subcommittee said Wednesday.

Ross’ refusal to testify before the lawmakers comes after he was grilled earlier this month by House lawmakers on his decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Two federals judges have ruled that Ross’ move was illegal and the Supreme Court is now reviewing it.

It was during last year’s round of budget hearings that Ross repeatedly made misleading claims about who was behind the push to add the question, which stands to discourage immigrant participation on the survey.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the top Democrat on the subcommittee that Ross was invited come before, said that his refusal to testify was a “shame.”

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/wilbur-ross-dodges-appearance-at-senate-hearing-on-commerce-budget

Hey Ross you can run and hide but you will be asked one more time, and then it will come from within the House committee......................your still a launder of Russian money from your days at Cyrus Bank.....................your still compromised................................

November 3, 2020 cannot get here fast enough........................

EU cannot betray 'increasing majority' who want UK to remain, says Tusk

Donald Tusk: EU cannot betray increasing majority wishing to remain – video

Donald Tusk has issued a rallying call to the “increasing majority” of British people who want to cancel Brexit and stay in the EU.

In a stirring intervention, the European council president has praised those who marched on the streets of London and the millions who are petitioning the government to revoke article 50.

Speaking to the European parliament, Tusk reprimanded those who voiced concerns about a potential lengthy extension to article 50 in the event of the Commons rejecting the withdrawal agreement again this week.

Tusk said: “Let me make one personal remark to the members of this parliament. Before the European council, I said that we should be open to a long extension if the UK wishes to rethink its Brexit strategy, which would of course mean the UK’s participation in the European parliament elections. And then there were voices saying that this would be harmful or inconvenient to some of you.


Ukraine's ultra-right increasingly visible as election nears


KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — As Ukraine’s presidential election draws near, its ultranationalist groups are becoming increasingly visible, posing a dilemma for the West.

Thousands of far-right activists marched to incumbent President Petro Poroshenko’s administration headquarters earlier this month, chanting about alleged corruption and throwing funeral-style bouquets and toy pigs to symbolize the embezzlement of state funds. Ultranationalists have also gone to campaign rallies where they fight with police and heckle Poroshenko, who is running for a second five-year term in the March 31 presidential election. And earlier this month, the ambassadors of the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations sent a letter to the Interior Ministry voicing concern about the ultra-right’s assertive posturing ahead of Sunday’s presidential vote.

The protests reflect the growing presence of far-right groups in Ukraine and their power in shaping the nation’s political agenda, leaving the West in a quandary. On the one hand, the ultranationalists have played a key role in fighting Russia-backed separatist rebels in the east and are now challenging government corruption. On the other, they are pushing with increasing boldness for changes that go against traditional democratic ideals.

In a series of violent actions that underline their strength, right-wing radicals in recent years have assaulted gatherings by LGBT and women’s rights activists, attacked Roma encampments around the country, derailed a lecture on the history of the Holocaust and brawled with pro-Russia veterans. The ultra-right groups also have a strict, military-style structure, and many of their members have battlefield experience from years of fighting in the east.


Major revamp planned for FAA's oversight process


America’s standing as the model for aviation-safety regulation will be on trial as congressional hearings begin into the Federal Aviation Administration’s oversight of Boeing before and after two deadly crashes of its best-selling airliner.

The Senate aviation subcommittee is scheduled to hear testimony Wednesday from the acting head of the FAA, the Transportation Department inspector general, who is leading a review of the FAA and Boeing, and the nation’s top transportation safety investigator.

Inspector General Calvin Scovel III is expected to reveal plans to significantly revamp the FAA’s oversight of airplane construction this summer and discuss his office’s findings of management weaknesses with a number of the agency’s oversight processes over the years.

“While revamping FAA’s oversight process will be an important step, continued management attention will be key to ensure the agency identifies and monitors the highest-risk areas of aircraft certification,” Scovel wrote in his prepared remarks obtained by The Associated Press.


Tlingit Code Talkers feted in Alaska for World War II role


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Army veteran Richard Bean Sr. took his wartime secret to the grave, dying a hero without anyone knowing about it for decades.

Now, Bean and four other long-deceased Alaska Natives are being hailed in their home state this month for their lifesaving efforts as servicemen.

During World War II, they made good use of the Tlingit language they were forbidden to speak as schoolchildren in their southeast Alaska villages. They used their native language to help the military outsmart the Japanese with codes they could not break, as did their more well-known peers, the Navajo Code Talkers.

It’s a long way from the days of the men’s youth, when their language was suppressed by missionaries and teachers trying to “civilize” them, said Rosita Worl, president of the Sealaska Heritage Institute, a Juneau nonprofit aimed at preserving and enhancing the cultures of southeast Alaska’s Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian tribes. Punishments for students who spoke their language included having their mouths washed out with soap and their hands struck with rulers, according to Worl.



In 2013, Congress recognized the Code Talkers from 33 tribes, including the Tlingit men, who were posthumously awarded silver medals. Sheakley also received a Congressional Gold Medal on behalf of the entire Tlingit tribe.

Given the national honors, former Alaska state Rep. and Tlingit Vietnam veteran Bill Thomas thought state recognition would soon follow.

“I just waited and waited and waited,” Thomas said. “I finally said, ‘Hey, it’s time to pay tribute to these men.’”

State lawmakers agreed when Thomas pushed for the idea along with the Sealaska Heritage Institute. Earlier this month, legislators passed a formal citation honoring the Tlingit Code Talkers. State flags were flown at half-staff and later presented to the men’s families.

The now-celebrated role the men played in history was a stunning discovery for the family of George Lewis Jr.

His son, Ray Lewis, was born after the war and never even knew his father was in the military. There are no military records in the family to even indicate what branch the elder Lewis served in, he said.

It was a great honor to learn his father was part of such important work.

“I’m very proud of it,” Ray Lewis said. “My father was instrumental in saving a lot of lives out there.”

Centene to buy WellCare for $15B creating ACA powerhouse

Source: Associated Press

By TOM MURPHY an hour ago

Centene is spending more than $15 billion on rival WellCare to dive deeper into government-funded health coverage in the same week that President Donald Trump’s administration renewed its attack on the Affordable Care Act.

The insurer said Wednesday that its cash-and-stock deal to buy WellCare will create an insurer that manages Medicaid coverage for more than 12 million people and covers several million more in the federal government’s Medicare program for people age 65 and older.

The deal comes after the administration attacked the ACA in court Monday, saying that former President Barack Obama’s health care law should be declared unconstitutional after Congress repealed one part of it — unpopular fines on people who remain uninsured. The 2010 Affordable Care Act expanded coverage to millions of people by creating individual insurance exchanges and increasing Medicaid enrollment in several states.

Centene Corp., based in St. Louis, has built its business around Medicaid, the state and federally funded program for people who are poor or disabled, and also has expanded aggressively on the exchanges.

Read more: https://apnews.com/f9b111d19e634b1b8ebe7916fb672764

Think about this for one minute this for profit insurer is going to buy another for profit insurer, to make a buck off Medicaid recipients from the federal tax payer system to manage Medicaid....................what the fuck is CMS doing with that lobbyist running that government agency......................making a buck off the taxpayers.

This "deal" really shows why health care costs are going up........................this is just outrageous, health care should not be to make "stock" go up for investors on the backs of people that are sick or disabled ...........................

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