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Misty Watercolor Memories Of The Tea Party Movement

How quickly the so-called "paper of record" forgets.
By Steve M.

As far as I can tell, Jeremy Peters of The New York Times really believes this:

In the late summer of 2009, as the recession-ravaged economy bled half a million jobs a month, the country seemed to lose its mind....

Organizers convened mass gatherings across the country called “tea parties,” and they had a specific set of demands: Stop President Barack Obama’s health care law; tame the national deficit; and don’t let the government decide which parts of the economy are worth rescuing.

Ten years since that summer of rage, the ideas that animated the Tea Party movement have been largely abandoned by Republicans under President Trump. Trillion-dollar deficits are back and on track to keep growing. The Affordable Care Act has never been repealed, and Republicans concede it may never be....

But [the Tea Party] continues to define the country today. It ignited a revival of the politics of outrage and mistrust in government, breathing new life into the populist passions that continue to threaten the stability of both political parties. Even if the Tea Party’s ideas are dead, its attitude lives on.

https://crooksandliars.com/2019/08/misty-watercolor-memories-tea-party

Veterans rip Trump for 'abominable and unpatriotic' new rule attacking military families

By Oliver Willis -
August 29, 2019

'The stress and strain that this is causing military families is a cruelty that one would never expect from a commander in chief.'

Veterans and military advocacy organizations are slamming the Trump administration for sudden changes to immigration rules announced Wednesday that children of government and military employees living overseas are not considered to be "residing in the United States" for the purpose of acquiring citizenship.

The change is "an abominable and anti-patriotic position for the Trump Administration to take," said Will Goodwin, an Army veteran and Director of Government Relations for the group VoteVets, in a statement.

"Tonight, there's someone likely on patrol in a war zone, or at an embassy, who is scared to death that their child is no longer a citizen, just because they were born overseas. There are military families sitting at the kitchen table, trying to figure out how this might affect their child's benefits. The stress and strain that this is causing military families is a cruelty that one would never expect from a commander in chief."

Andy Blevins, executive director of Modern Military Association of America — a group of LGBTQ service members, military spouses, veterans, their families — called the change "preposterous" and "truly beyond reasonable."

https://shareblue.com/veterans-rip-trump-for-abominable-and-unpatriotic-new-rule-attacking-military-families/


I don't know about anyone else on this issue, but coming from a military family and having a brother born in Japan, a sister born in Germany........................I think that asshole Stephen Miller and this "commander and thief" of being a traitor (lets not forget that he had Russian spies dancing around in the oval office) should come and explain themselves in a House hearing........................................on the issue of their citizenship and the 320 rule:

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/travel-legal-considerations/us-citizenship/Child-Citizenship-2000-Sections-320-322-INA.html

...............................this just irks me to know end..........................

GOP lawmakers are quitting at a 'stunning' pace rather than serve under Trump -- here are the numbers

Published 1 min ago on August 29, 2019

By Tom Boggioni

During a “Reality Check” segment on CNN’s “New Day,” contributor John Avlon highlighted the exodus of GOP House members who have chosen to step down and not run for re-election under Donald Trump, calling the sheer number of them “stunning.”

Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, Avlon hearkened back to the departure of former House Majority Leader Paul Ryan (R-WI) that was a harbinger of more departures to come.

“If you look around Congress lately, a surprisingly large number of Republicans who were there before Donald Trump became president are no longer serving. So what is causing that?” host Berman said by way of introducing Avlon.

According to Avlon, “We talk a lot about Republicans who, come hell or high water, have latched onto Donald Trump and will hold on no matter what he says or does. But there is a counter-trend: an exodus away from the party of Trump.”

https://www.rawstory.com/2019/08/gop-lawmakers-are-quitting-at-a-stunning-pace-rather-than-serve-under-trump-here-are-the-numbers/

Two things came to mind when reading this article:

One: most of these people are going to go and do the Ryan thingy..................become a lobbyist after screwing people for years with there libertarian BS......................

Two: when the article says that the sexual predator and traitor has a 88% approval with the base, this tells me that if there are 100 people being asked and his "base" is 34% ie; out of 100, then 88% approval out of of the 34% doesn't mean shit-------------------he is a loser.............................

The Guardian view on proroguing parliament: an affront to democracy

The prime minister’s action might adhere to the letter of the law but in spirit it is an act of wanton constitutional vandalism

Boris Johnson has written many dishonest things in his life, but few as consequential as the letter sent on Wednesday to MPs explaining his decision to seek a prorogation of parliament. The prime minister says that a new Commons session is needed to enact a “bold and ambitious legislative agenda”. To that end the current session must be closed. His plan envisages a Queen’s speech in the middle of October

No one is fooled, although government ministers make fools of themselves by parroting their leader’s line. Prorogation is a device to silence parliament during a critical period approaching the 31 October Brexit deadline. Mr Johnson cannot be sure of majority support in the Commons for a withdrawal agreement and he would certainly not have the numbers for leaving the EU without one. So he wants to dispense with legislative scrutiny altogether.

The chosen method for pursuing that goal observes the letter of the law, but in spirit it is revolutionary and dangerous. John Bercow, the Commons speaker, calls it a “constitutional outrage” and opposition MPs have decried what they see as a full-frontal assault on British democracy. At the intemperate end of the rhetorical spectrum (amplified on social media), Mr Johnson’s move is decried as a “coup” and a step down the slippery slope towards dictatorship.

Hyperbole is inevitable at times of political stress and it is true that Mr Johnson is pushing the UK into a constitutional crisis. But to properly assess the gravity of the situation it helps also to keep it in perspective. This is a cynical, premeditated blow against the principle of parliamentary democracy but it is not a total subversion of the constitutional order on a par with a military putsch. The prime minister is exhibiting the irresponsible arrogance of which he has long been known capable. But he is also operating within the technical parameters of what the British political system allows in all its archaic peculiarity.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/28/the-guardian-view-on-proroguing-parliament-an-affront-to-democracy

The Guardian view on proroguing parliament: an affront to democracy

Boris Johnson has written many dishonest things in his life, but few as consequential as the letter sent on Wednesday to MPs explaining his decision to seek a prorogation of parliament. The prime minister says that a new Commons session is needed to enact a “bold and ambitious legislative agenda”. To that end the current session must be closed. His plan envisages a Queen’s speech in the middle of October.

No one is fooled, although government ministers make fools of themselves by parroting their leader’s line. Prorogation is a device to silence parliament during a critical period approaching the 31 October Brexit deadline. Mr Johnson cannot be sure of majority support in the Commons for a withdrawal agreement and he would certainly not have the numbers for leaving the EU without one. So he wants to dispense with legislative scrutiny altogether.
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The chosen method for pursuing that goal observes the letter of the law, but in spirit it is revolutionary and dangerous. John Bercow, the Commons speaker, calls it a “constitutional outrage” and opposition MPs have decried what they see as a full-frontal assault on British democracy. At the intemperate end of the rhetorical spectrum (amplified on social media), Mr Johnson’s move is decried as a “coup” and a step down the slippery slope towards dictatorship.

Hyperbole is inevitable at times of political stress and it is true that Mr Johnson is pushing the UK into a constitutional crisis. But to properly assess the gravity of the situation it helps also to keep it in perspective. This is a cynical, premeditated blow against the principle of parliamentary democracy but it is not a total subversion of the constitutional order on a par with a military putsch. The prime minister is exhibiting the irresponsible arrogance of which he has long been known capable. But he is also operating within the technical parameters of what the British political system allows in all its archaic peculiarity.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/28/the-guardian-view-on-proroguing-parliament-an-affront-to-democracy

How Satellites and Telescopes are Tracking the Effects of Global Change, Down to the Millimeter Read

NASA and other research agencies bring are bringing new tools to the science of geodesy.
By Alexandra Witze
Air & Space Magazine

In the Davis Mountains of far west Texas, at the University of Texas McDonald Observatory, astronomers spend their nights peering at the stars through some of the world’s most powerful telescopes. Soon they’ll be adding a more down-to-Earth job. Within sight of the giant domes, NASA is installing a sprawling network of equipment to help researchers study planetary change.

Last July, engineers achieved first light on a towering radio antenna, 12 meters across, that watches for signals flashing from cosmic beacons called quasars located in the distant universe. Nearby, scientists have set up new global-positioning-system stations—tripods topped with bulbous heads that communicate with GPS satellites to determine their precise location on Earth’s surface. On a neighboring mountain, technicians plan to build a powerful laser system that can zap a beam of light up to a satellite, then clock how quickly it reflects back to Earth. Together, all this high-tech equipment will allow scientists to pinpoint individual spots of ground at McDonald Observatory to within millimeters.

Similar activities are going on all over the world. NASA is helping to upgrade Earth-measuring observatories from Tahiti to South Africa. By linking the McDonald measurements with the others, researchers aim to better understand how Earth’s shape, rotation, and gravity change over time.

Called geodesy, this field of science underlies almost every aspect of modern life, whether it’s using Google Maps to find the nearest coffee shop or determining how sea level is rising as the planet warms. “You would never think that navigating your car is dependent on our measurements of distant quasars,” says Stephen Merkowitz, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, who manages the agency’s Space Geodesy Project. “But it is.”

https://www.airspacemag.com/airspacemag/how-measure-planet-180972957/

Over 200 U.S. footwear companies urge Trump to scrap proposed tariff hike

Source: Reuters

Business News
August 28, 2019 / 11:13 AM / Updated 10 minutes ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 200 U.S. footwear companies on Wednesday urged U.S. President Donald Trump to cancel proposed higher tariffs on Chinese imports that take effect beginning next month, calling them hidden taxes that will jack up consumer prices.

“Imposing tariffs in September on the majority of all footwear products from China - including nearly every type of leather shoe - will make it impossible for hardworking American individuals and families to escape the harm that comes from these tax increases,” the companies wrote in a letter to Trump.

While tariffs on some Chinese imports will be delayed until Dec. 15, the majority of footwear lines face an added 15% tariff on Sept. 1, the letter said. That comes on top of tariffs that already average 11% and reach 67% on some shoes, it added.

“This added 15% tax will cost U.S. footwear consumers an additional $4 billion every year,” the letter said, citing an estimate by the Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA) trade group, which spearheaded the letter.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-china-footwear/over-200-u-s-footwear-companies-urge-trump-to-scrap-proposed-tariff-hike-idUSKCN1VI1VQ



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Just in time for school............................














U.S. trade agency affirms Trump's extra 5% tariff hike on Chinese goods

Source: Reuters

Business News
August 28, 2019 / 10:12 AM / Updated 6 minutes ago

David Lawder 3 Min Read

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Trade Representative’s office on Wednesday reaffirmed President Donald Trump’s plans to impose an additional 5% tariff on a list of $300 billion of Chinese imports starting on Sept. 1 and Dec. 15.

The USTR said in an official notice that on Sept 1, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency will begin collecting a 15% tariff on a portion of the list that contains over $125 billion of targeted goods from China, including smartwatches, Bluetooth headphones, flat panel televisions and footwear.

A 15% tariff will be levied on the remainder of the list, which includes cellphones, laptop computers, toys and clothing, from Dec. 15, the agency said in the Federal Register filing.

The Trump administration had previously planned to impose a lower 10% tariff on the $300 billion of imports, which represents nearly all the remaining U.S. imports from China yet to be hit with punitive U.S. tariffs.



Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-china-tariffs/u-s-trade-agency-affirms-trumps-extra-5-tariff-hike-on-chinese-goods-idUSKCN1VI1PG



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I truly believe that he is doing this to deflect the Deutche Bank issue.....................

Explainer: U.S. dollar intervention: What would it take?

Business News
August 28, 2019 / 11:31 AM / Updated 9 minutes ago

Saqib Iqbal Ahmed 7 Min Read

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The strength of the U.S. dollar has long been a thorn in President Donald Trump’s side. That has put the almost unthinkable scenario of currency intervention up for debate in global foreign exchange circles.

Forcibly halting the U.S. dollar’s strength would be a drastic step, not deployed in more than three decades.

The last big concerted effort to weaken the dollar was after the Plaza Accord in 1985 when five of the largest industrialized countries agreed to act to bring down the value of the dollar.

Most recent FX interventions by policymakers in developed economies have been to address currencies getting out of whack from historical exchange rates or to counter disorderly markets.

Analysts agree that while the possibility of a unilateral intervention in currency market by the United States is low it is not completely unthinkable.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-forex-dollar-intervention-explainer/explainer-u-s-dollar-intervention-what-would-it-take-idUSKCN1VI1XJ?il=0

The country has "guy" that more than likely did not attend any classes at Wharton.......................and if he gets his tiny fingers in this intervention, while he wants to make buck off his properties...............that are going bankrupt ................................

United Airlines moving its Boeing 737 MAX jets to short-term storage in Arizona

Source: Reuters

Business News
August 28, 2019 / 8:28 AM / Updated 27 minutes ago

Tracy Rucinski 2 Min Read

CHICAGO (Reuters) - United Airlines (UAL.O) is starting to move its 14 Boeing 737 MAX jets to short-term storage in Phoenix, Arizona, which has better weather for stored aircraft and where it will be easier to prepare them for commercial flight again, the carrier said on Wednesday.

Boeing Co’s (BA.N) 737 MAX fleet was grounded worldwide in March after two fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that killed a total of 346 people within five months.

The aircraft maker is working on a fix for the software at the center of both crashes and is aiming to get the jet back in the air as soon as October, Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg told Reuters on Tuesday.

Once the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration approves the new software and pilot training, airlines will have to upload the software changes and run a series of maintenance checks on the jets before flying them again with passengers.



Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-united-arlns-boeing/united-airlines-moving-its-boeing-737-max-jets-to-short-term-storage-in-arizona-idUSKCN1VI1G0
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