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Dirty Work.............Steely Dan...........1972

Flint's death toll could be nearly ten times higher than the official count

A new report argues more than 100 people may have died, but a trial targeting the state health department head has been postponed.

E.A. CRUNDEN JUL 26, 2018, 10:21 AM

A new investigation by PBS Frontline has found that contaminated water in Flint, Michigan may have killed almost ten times the number of people as the official count currently indicates, through a rare form of pneumonia.

The news coincides with a delay in the trial against the head of the state’s health department to determine whether he is guilty of involuntary manslaughter and other felony charges relating to the water crisis.

A decision was initially expected to come Wednesday but instead District Court Judge David Goggins delayed issuing a decision in the case against Director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Nick Lyon until August 20.

According to Michigan Radio, defense attorney John Bursch said that Goggins had asked both the prosecution and the defense to further address lingering questions in the case. “One thing he asked us to focus on specifically was the gross negligence aspect of the manslaughter charges,” Bursch said.

https://thinkprogress.org/flint-death-toll-water-crisis-24214fd12a81/

White House offers inane defense for barring CNN reporter from public event

Source: Think Progress

"You ask her if we ever used the word 'ban.'"

AARON RUPAR JUL 26, 2018, 11:13 AM

On Thursday morning, incoming White House Communications Director Bill Shine defended the Trump administration’s decision to bar CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins from a public event at the White House by making a fuss over the exact language he used during the meeting in which he informed Collins of his decision.

During a brief interaction with reporters, the former Fox News executive admonished reporters to ask Collins “if we ever used the word ‘ban.'”

“What word would you use, Bill?” a reporter asked him.

“When you ask her if we ever used the word ‘ban,’ then I will answer that question,” Shine replied. “You ask her — focus now — you ask her if we ever used the word ‘ban.'”

Read more: https://thinkprogress.org/bill-shine-defends-white-house-ban-kaitlan-collins-cnn-0cb0d930aa92/



Hey Shine did you see what your boss said at the VFW meeting...................the Orwellian comments..............you sound just like what he said at that event and what you are are saying now..................




November 2018 cannot get here fast enough................vote



Is this Rockefeller heir the 2nd unnamed American who helped Maria Butina infiltrate the NRA?

Is reclusive George O'Neill the second unnamed American in last week's NRA-Russia indictment?

CASEY MICHEL
JUL 26, 2018, 10:10 AM

Twelve days after Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th American president, a small group of Russian and American figures huddled at the ritzy Bistro Bis restaurant on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

On one side of the table, according to a TIME piece from March 2017, sat a gaggle of prominent Americans. There was Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) — “Putin’s favorite congressman,” as he’s known — and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY). There was Paul Erickson, the GOP lobbyist now accused of helping Russian nationals infiltrate the National Rifle Association (NRA). There was an editor from The National Interest, and even, as Bloomberg reported, a Hollywood director.

On the other side of the table sat their Russian guests. It’s unclear how many were in attendance, although one report noted that “current and former Russian officials” joined in the four-hour feast.

Two of the Russian nationals present that night, however, have become familiar names in the past few months, and are now tied to the clearest attempt yet seen at Russian infiltration of American social conservatives: Alexander Torshin, who has since been sanctioned by the U.S., and Maria Butina, the subject of a recent DOJ indictment for infiltrating the NRA to further Russia’s interests.

https://thinkprogress.org/george-oneill-maria-butina-and-the-russia-nra-scandal-afb79da4ef9a/


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And that may yet be the case. But between his writings and recommendations, as well as his willingness to host unregistered Russian agents and Russian officials who would later be sanctioned — all under the guise helping Trump’s “bold peace initiative” — O’Neill’s potential role in Butina’s and Torshin’s operations prompts a new slew of questions.

Nor did O’Neill’s efforts apparently end with last year’s dinner. As the Rockefeller scion wrote to a reporter last year inquiring about the February 2017 dinner, “I plan to continue these private interactions.”




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Judge Lets Lawsuit Challenging Census Citizenship Question Move Forward

Source: Talking Points Memo

By Tierney Sneed | July 26, 2018 10:05 am

A federal judge in New York on Thursday allowed a lawsuit challenging the addition of a citizenship question to the Census to move forward. U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman’s decision rejected the Trump administration’s request to dismiss the lawsuit, which was brought by numerous states and localities.

The judge said that the court has jurisdiction to review Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s decision to add the question, rejecting the administration’s arguments that Ross could be insulated from judicial review.

Furman said that while Ross indeed had the authority under the Constitution to add the question, the judge concluded that the exercise of that authority in this particular case may have violated the challengers’ constitutional rights.

At this stage of the proceedings, Furman is required to assume the challengers’ allegations are true, and he must draw any inference from those allegations in the challengers’ favor. In doing so on Thursday, Furman said that the challengers “plausibly allege that Secretary Ross’s decision to reinstate the citizenship question on the 2020 census was motivated by discriminatory animus and that its application will result in a discriminatory effect. ”

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/judge-allows-citizenship-question-lawsuit-proceed



Ross and his boss really are evil........................

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These six species are about to be sacrificed for the oil and gas industry

Republicans in the western United States have been trying to whittle away the Endangered Species Act (ESA) since Donald Trump took office, and their efforts reached a crescendo last week with help from the White House. The Trump administration has proposed significant changes to its enforcement of the bedrock environmental law. Under the new rules, wildlife managers would limit protections for species designated as “threatened” (a level below endangered), consider the economic costs prior to defending a species and de-emphasize long-term threats such as climate change.

The administration’s action follows bills and budget riders from congressional Republicans that would, among other things, in effect remove protections for gray wolves in the lower 48 states, exempt the controversial greater sage-grouse from an ESA listing for 10 years, and increase state involvement in conservation decisions. The flurry of measures is an attempt to change the law, long seen as oppressive to oil and gas interests, while the GOP controls Congress and the White House.

“It’s a window of opportunity they appear to see,” said John Freemuth, a Boise State University professor who studies public land policy. “They don’t necessarily have a lot of facts on their side. The idea that somehow the Endangered Species Act has hurt the economy is a pretty [broad] argument. It’s probably benefited western economies through tourism and the value of protected areas.”

Those who study the ESA agree that reforms are needed: the bill was signed into law in 1973 and last reauthorized in 1992. But the current proposals on the table are unlikely to solve the problems experts identify.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/26/endangered-species-act-gray-wolf-oil-gas-industry




The problem is fucking greed................if wildlife had "Voice" do you think they would put humans on list for extermination for being fucking stupid..................I don't know, but I think they nature" is a lot smarter that humans, humans are really stupid................

unfucking believable

'Congress has never heard a voice like mine': Native American woman seeks to make history

Deb Haaland, the former New Mexico state Democratic party chair who is seeking to make history as the first Native American woman elected to Congress, had just one question before running: could she win?

Yes, she thought, she absolutely could.

“As a 35th-generation New Mexican, I felt I had a lot at stake,” Haaland said in an interview at a coffee shop near the US Capitol in Washington. “So I decided to run.”

Haaland is a citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna tribe and one of a record number of Native American women running for office this year. None have served in Congress – and the possibility of a landmark election is galvanizing voters in New Mexico.

“Congress has never heard a voice like mine,” Haaland says in a campaign ad that emphasizes her working-class background and progressive platform.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/26/deb-haaland-native-american-woman-first-elected-congress

Please donate:

https://debforcongress.com/

Gun control activist wins Dem nomination in Georgia, will face anti-choice Republican this November

McBath was national spokesperson for a Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
JOSH ISRAEL
JUL 25, 2018, 9:01 AM

Lucia “Lucy” McBath was a longtime flight attendant who became a powerful spokesperson for actions to stop gun violence after her 17-year-old son was murdered. Tuesday night, she won the Democratic nomination for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District in a run-off. The 2016 VH1 Dear Mama “Mother of the Year” will face first-term Rep. Karen Handel, a Republican best known for her push to defund Planned Parenthood when she was an executive at the Susan G. Komen foundation, and who narrowly won a 2017 special election for the seat.

McBath became one of the “Mothers of The Movement” after her son Jordan Davis was killed in Florida in 2012 by a man who objected to the music he was playing in his car. The gunman initially avoided conviction after citing the state’s Stand Your Ground law. McBath became a national spokesperson for Everytown for Gun Safety and for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, urging legislative solutions to the problem.

Frustrated by Donald Trump’s empty, broken promise to take action on guns after the Parkland mass school shooting and inspired by the student survivors’ activism, she decided to run for Congress.

Her work on gun violence made her a top priority for the movement: The Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund invested more than $1.2 million in independent expenditures to support her candidacy.

McBath is one of a growing number of women first-time candidates — and women of color — who will be on the ballot in November. In the other Georgia Democratic runoff for a House seat on Tuesday, another woman — professor Carolyn Bourdeaux — won the nomination to take on Republican Rep. Rob Woodall.

https://thinkprogress.org/georgia-dems-nominate-lucy-mcbath-gun-control-activist-77d0681de18c/

Please donate to these two woman.................

https://lucyforcongress.com/

https://www.carolyn4congress.com/


November 2018 cannot get here fast enough........................vote

Today Pompass is going to be questioned about the treason summit in Helsinki

I think if I was on that committee, the first question(s) I would ask, .........

Do you know what was said?

Do you think the members of this committee should be able to speak withe the translator?

Do you know if the sexual predator committed treason?

Do you know if the sexual predator can be blackmailed?

Do you know if the sexual predator gave any information that was classified, because he gave information to a Russian(s) spy in the white House before on a situation of an agent in the Middle East, in relation to Syria?

Why are you still working in the White House....................?




November 2018 cannot get here fast enough....................vote8

Hey Media stop fawning over shrinking Republican party...............

https://crooksandliars.com/2018/07/hey-media-stop-obsessing-over-shrinking


When I saw this segment ......................it was brilliant................


I do like Lawrence O'Donnell............... a lot.......


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