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What would it take to restore the Fairness Doctrine?

Would Dems in the House support that?

As we hope for a takeover of the Senate in 2020, would there be enough support?

FOX has nearly destroyed the country. Something must be done to demand truth on the people's airwaves.

Guardian 3/6 Russian parliament outlaws online disrespect of govt: 15 days in jail for offenders

You know Trump will want this, too.


Russia’s parliament has approved a controversial law that allows courts to jail people for online “disrespect” of government or state officials, including the president, Vladimir Putin.

The law, which critics say is reminiscent of Soviet-era legislation used to target political dissidents, stipulates fines of up to 100,000 roubles (£1,155) for “indecent” online posts that demonstrate a “blatant disrespect for society, the country, Russia’s official state symbols, the constitution, or the authorities”.
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Repeat offenders can be hit with fines of up to twice this sum, or 15 days behind bars.

Alexander Verkhovsky, the head of the Moscow-based Sova Centre, which monitors abuse of anti-extremism legislation, said people could face prosecution for online comments such as “Putin is a bastard”, or jokes about parliament. Others expressed concern that the law was so vaguely worded that almost any online criticism of the authorities, including satirical memes, could be construed as “disrespect”.

“Soon we’ll be telling jokes about the authorities in whispers in the kitchen,” Sergey Shvakin, a Moscow-based lawyer, wrote on Facebook.

more at link

2013 When Senate Dems passed an Immigration Bill but Boehner refused to allow by House

"June 2013: Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, 68-32

Backed by Democrats and 14 Republicans, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act passed the Senate on a 68-32 vote on June 27, 2013.

The bill directed the Secretary of Homeland Security to submit two reports on border security strategy, including one on where fencing, infrastructure and technology should be used; authorized the use of the National Guard to help secure the border; called for an increase in the number of Border Patrol agents at the southern border, and other border security measures.

It also included provisions to allow immigrants in the country illegally to adjust their immigration status, if they met certain criteria.

"The bipartisan bill that passed today was a compromise … Today, the Senate did its job. It’s now up to the House to do the same," said then-President Barack Obama.

But House Republicans again opposed the Senate immigration proposal, arguing that border security needed to be addressed first before legalizing the status of millions of immigrants.

"I’ve made it clear and I’ll make it clear again, the House does not intend to take up the Senate bill," then-House Speaker John Boehner said July 2013. "The House is going to do its own job in developing an immigration bill."

He reiterated his position in November 2013: "The idea that we’re going to take up a 1,300-page bill that no one had ever read, which is what the Senate did, is not going to happen in the House," Boehner said. "And frankly, I’ll make clear we have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill."



Trumpers are pushing the notion that Dems themselves killed that bill. "Get your facts straight; the Senate leader was Harry Reid (D-NV) and he stopped it from coming to the floor not the Republicans and you said it was a bipartisan bill so put the Blame where it belongs with the Democrats" -- seen on FB feed of a friend, written by his Trump-humping contact.

I want establishment Republicans to be asked what their red line is for TRUMP.

Remaining establishment Republicans, most of whom are hiding. People who may have worked in the Bush administration, or in business, or in government or the military. People who are aghast at his buffoonery and corruption and ignorance and who see the extreme peril in his ways.

What is the red line that will trigger establishment resistance to him?

Is there nothing? Are there no patriots? No one in love with the Constitution?

I must be using the search function wrong.

More than once, I have searched to see if a story has already been posted. Nothing comes up via the search feature, and so I post the story. A few minutes later, I see that someone already has posted it a while earlier, and replies have established it.

Why didn't that turn up in my search?

From Walter Dellinger, a strong, smart suggestion re: Dem use of time in hearings.


What do you think about Ken Dilanian (NBC) saying on The Beat that the left needs to...

......fall back from Conspiracy Theories regarding Trump and Russia????

He added that no proof has been discovered.

WTH? What is a news reporter doing speaking like that??

He is suspect already for being the one constantly telling us that Mueller is nearly done.

Did anyone else see that?

What Russian state TV is saying about blowout of Korean summit

An interesting speculation -- that Kim sees Trump weakness at home and fears that Trump's successor might not honor whatever Trump has promised him...


Daily Mail: Gambino mob heir predicts Michael Cohen will be whacked in prison


An heir to the Gambino crime family has issued a stark warning to Michael Cohen, predicting that President Donald Trump's former personal attorney may face retaliation behind bars over his Congressional testimony.

'A message for Michael Cohen: He better keep his mouth shut,' Giovanni Gambino told DailyMail.com on Wednesday morning, blasting Trump's former fixer shortly before he publicly testified.

Giovanni, the 43-year-old son of late Sicilian mob boss Francesco 'Ciccio' Gambino and cousin to infamous crime boss Carlo Gambino, speculated that Cohen's withering testimony could have harsh consequences.

more at link............

Some Dem needs to ask Cohen if Don Jr. ever had one of his phones.

.....implication is that Jr. took it to Prague.
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