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Florida's swing voters shrug off Trump impeachment: 'I'm not driven by it'

In Florida’s renowned I-4 corridor, as everywhere else across the country, the all-consuming spectacle of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is playing out on every television station, on radio and online.

But in this place where millions of swing voters provide one of the nation’s most authentic barometers of any White House hopeful’s political standing, there is evidence that the impeachment proceedings are not resonating with the electorate in a way both sides might have hoped.

A Guardian study of a cross-section of central Florida voters – Democratic and Republican; retired and working; white, black and Hispanic; US-born and immigrant – revealed attitudes ranging mostly from indifference to moderate engagement. That matters here: the I-4 corridor is the “swing state within a swing state” and where the battle for Florida will be fought in 2020’s election.

Even among those residents who say they are following developments closely, many believe the outcome is a foregone conclusion, or that the partisan and rancorous nature of events in the US Senate will switch people off to the significance of the occasion.

“I’m following it to a certain extent, I’d say it’s important but I’m certainly not overwhelmed by it, I’m not driven by it,” said Mike Banks, 52, a property manager from Orlando, which sits in the middle of the corridor which tracks the 132-mile east-west interstate 4 from Daytona Beach to St Petersburg.

Banks, who says he is an independent voter, backed Trump in the 2016 election, but is undecided who to vote for in November. His choice, he insists, won’t be influenced by the impeachment trial.


Republicans push to weaken court that caught them rigging elections

Two years ago, Pennsylvania’s supreme court dealt a blow to state Republicans when it said they had unconstitutionally rigged congressional elections in the state. Republicans fumed and threatened to impeach four of the justices, but the map was redrawn, and voters elected an even split of Democrats and Republicans to Congress in 2018. Now, Republicans are weaponizing a new tactic – a move that seems designed to increase their power on the state’s highest court.

The Republican proposal overhauls the way that court justices are elected in a state that can swing both red and blue. The justices on the court, where Democrats hold a 5-2 majority, are currently appointed through statewide elections, but the new plan would make it so the justices are elected from districts throughout the state. The change would probably hurt Democratic candidates – four of the current justices are from the Pittsburgh area and one is from Philadelphia, both urban areas that tend to skew blue.

If the proposal is successful, it could offer a roadmap for Republicans elsewhere to undermine state courts. That’s significant after last year’s supreme court decision that determined federal courts couldn’t stop gerrymandering – the partisan redistricting of state maps – but that nothing stopped state courts from acting. State courts responded swiftly: a state court in North Carolina followed Pennsylvania and struck down electoral districts as unconstitutional gerrymanders there. And a slew of gerrymandering lawsuits are expected when districts are next redrawn in 2021.

“With the Pennsylvania supreme court having struck down the general assembly’s gerrymandering, the general assembly is now clearly trying to gerrymander the Pennsylvania supreme court itself,” said Daniel Jacobson, an attorney who helped represent the plaintiffs in the gerrymandering case. “It only goes to show the lengths that the general assembly leaders will go when they feel that their grip on power is threatened.”


They really are fascists..................there are no other words to describe them....................

Revealed: top official did special favors on guns for NRA at interior department

Powerful gun lobby group has used connections in Trump administration to influence decisions, messages show

In the fall of 2017, a National Rifle Association lobbyist named Benjamin Cassidy left his job at the influential gun group. His next stop: a top position at the US interior department, which oversees hundreds of millions of acres of federal land across the country.

Once in office, it didn’t take Cassidy long to use his new government gig to provide his longtime NRA colleagues with special access to the powerful federal agency, as revealed by previously unreleased communications obtained by the Guardian.

The messages underscore the potent influence that industry lobbyists and conservative organizations enjoy at a government agency where many key leaders are former lobbyists and conservative activists themselves. The NRA has made the most of this dynamic during the Trump presidency, leveraging its connections to shape policy outcomes and personnel decisions at the interior department.

In 2017, for instance, Susan LaPierre, a prominent NRA member and the wife of NRA leader Wayne LaPierre, was appointed by the head of the interior department to the board of the National Parks Foundation, a congressionally chartered organization that supports park programs.



Target shooting in the Sonoran Desert national monument in Arizona is controversial – it has damaged archeological artifacts, destroyed saguaro cacti, and harmed other natural and cultural resources.

Recce replied with an NRA plan to leave more of the monument open to target shooting.

In the weeks that followed, Cassidy kept Recce updated on the progress of that target-shooting plan and others, including a proposal to restrict target shooting on public lands in Utah, which the NRA opposed.

Victims' bodies still at New Orleans Hard Rock Hotel months after collapse

Source: The Guardian

Wind blows tarp off one of two bodies amid ruins
Unstable building to be imploded in March

Three months after the partial collapse of the Hard Rock hotel construction site on the tip of New Orleans’s historic French Quarter, a macabre reminder of the tragedy that claimed three lives was visible to passersby this week.

Among the collapsed building’s twisted remains and rubble, the dangling legs of a wedged corpse were revealed to the public after a tarpaulin sheet covering the body was blown away by wind.

The gruesome sight came as city officials are scrambling to dismantle the 18-storey, 350-room hotel, which remains an eyesore and still holds the trapped remains of two workers, Quinnyon Wimberly and José Ponce Arreola.

After images of the exposed corpse provoked outrage on social media, city firefighters installed a new tarp on Wednesday afternoon. As of Thursday morning the covering remained intact, as police maintained a heavy presence around the collapsed building.

The mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell, urged members of the public and the media not to photograph or share images of the body.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jan/23/new-orleans-hard-rock-hotel-body-collapse


are you fucking serious........................

Trump's impeachment lawyers 'tending toward conspiracy theories' says Schumer - live trial updates


And Ernst and Cotton are laughing.................the same two enabling traitors that sent a letter to Iran................did they think people would forget..............................don't think so......................

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

U.S. regulator to announce enforcement actions against former Wells Fargo executives: sources

Source: Reuters


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One of Wells Fargo & Co’s (WFC.N) top regulators plans to announce enforcement actions against as many as 10 individuals in relation to the bank’s sales practices scandal as soon as Thursday, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) actions will target a “breadth” of individuals, including former executives, for their role in the scandal that erupted three years ago, a second person with knowledge of the discussions said. The actions may result in monetary penalties against the individuals and bans from working for OCC-regulated banks, one of the sources said.

Wells Fargo declined to comment. A spokesman for the OCC did not immediately provide comment.

The OCC actions would mark the first time a federal government agency has sought to punish individuals for their roles in the San Francisco-based lender’s scandal, instead of just the institution.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-wells-fargo-regulator-charges/u-s-regulator-to-announce-enforcement-actions-against-former-wells-fargo-executives-sources-idUSKBN1ZM2M2



Greta rejects U.S. Treasury chief's degree dig in latest climate clash


Balazs Koranyi, Alessandra Galloni

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Greta Thunberg on Thursday she should study economics, a jibe which prompted the climate activist to say she did not need a degree to know the world was not meeting its climate targets.

Asked about Thunberg’s previous calls to divest from fossil fuels, Mnuchin told a news briefing in Davos: “Is she the chief economist? I’m confused ... After she goes and studies economics in college, she can come back and explain that to us.”

Mnuchin lists a bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale University on his LinkedIn social network profile.

Earlier in the week U.S. President Donald Trump and Thunberg sparred indirectly at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort. After Trump said the United States had committed to joining the one trillion tree initiative, Thunberg retorted that fixing the climate crisis was not only about trees.

Thunberg, who has taken a year off school to advocate action on climate change, hit back on Twitter, saying it did not take a degree to know the world was not meeting its climate targets.


And then the "guy" fucking the whole planet says.................................in his saddest mind fuck............. .

Before leaving Davos, Trump seemed to extend an olive branch, saying he wished he had seen Thunberg speak.


an 21, 2020 • 01:00
Take a look at the full trailer for As Fast as Her, a Blackhawks Originals feature on Chicago native and Olympic gold medalist Kendall Coyne.


Kendall Coyne's connection to the Chicago Blackhawks began earnestly when she proudly wore No. 7 on her jersey as a nod to Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Chelios.

"Obviously, growing up in Palos Heights, I have been a Blackhawks fan my entire life," said Coyne, 27, who won a gold medal in the 2018 Winter Olympics. "When I was a kid, the Blackhawks games were not on TV, so my parents would bring my brother and me to watch the Blackhawks play. The stadium didn't look like it does today. We would sit in the 300 section and we would actually play shinny hockey, then watch the game, then get back to our shinny hockey game.

"When I started playing (organized team hockey), I was No. 7 for Chris Chelios for most of my career. And my parents ... I am so fortunate that they took the time and effort to drive me down to the United Center and allow us to watch those games. Because otherwise I wasn't watching hockey. I was only playing it. I wanted to be Chris Chelios for a big chunk of my career until I met Cammi (Granato)."


The Wandering Senators: Are Lawmakers Allowed To Roam About During Trial?

By Kate Riga
January 23, 2020 1:06 p.m.

Reporters present at the impeachment trial in the Senate have noticed a whole host of lawmakers wandering in and out of the chamber during the lengthy days, which earlier this week stretched on until 2 a.m. ET.

A tally from freelance reporter Michael McAuliff during Wednesday’s proceeding:

Michael McAuliff

Just counted 21 empty seats on the GOP side of the Senate, 2 on the Dem side, a couple hours into Schiff's presentation. Some are just stretching their legs, but most are not in the chamber. Some of them have been out of there for a while.

The observations raise two issues: one of legality and one of optics.

Is It Allowed?
Nothing in the official Senate impeachment rules forbids it. The rules, dating from March 2, 1868, make little mention of the chamber at all, except to determine that the doors to the Senate should be left open, unless the members are in deliberations.

Senate leaders Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) circulated their own guidance ahead of the trial, where they made passing mention of the attendance expectations.



Meanwhile, some of those who may have the most to lose by being sequestered stayed securely in place for the duration on Wednesday. According to CNN, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), both running for President, stayed in the chamber for the entirety of the proceedings. They were reportedly joined by Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Susan Collins (R-ME), two of the most scrutinized lawmakers due to their past willingness to vote with Democrats.

Mnuchin Attacks Greta Thunberg, Says She Needs To Study Economics

Source: Talking Points Memo

By Cristina Cabrera

January 23, 2020 10:53 a.m.

The 17-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg truly seems to be getting under the Trump administration's skin.

On Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin took a shot at the teen during a press conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland after she pleaded with world leaders to stop investing in fossil fuels.

"Is she the chief economist? Who is she? I'm confused," Mnuchin joked.

"After she goes to college and studies economics in college, she can come back and explain that to us," he added.

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/mnuchin-attacks-greta-thunberg-says-she-needs-to-study-economics


First................... Mnuchin your an ass.........................

Second................You made millions .......................kicking human out of there homes.....................during the wall street scam

Third...................Did you by some fucking chance look at how much the taxpayers of this country will be hit with the burden of reinforcing the sea wall at the Naval Base in Norfolk Virginia because of the sea raising......................a 17 year old young adult has figured that out and that cost...............................you fucking idiot, did you fall asleep while attending Harvard.........................

November 3 2020 cannot get here fast enough
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