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Pelosi Statement on the Release of Brittney Griner


Pelosi Statement on the Release of Brittney Griner
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Biden Administration successfully secured the release of Brittney Griner from Russian custody:

“Congress and the Country are overjoyed to learn that, thanks to the committed and focused leadership of President Biden, Brittney Griner is finally free. Today, our hearts are with her dear wife, Cherelle, and the entire Griner family as their beloved Brittney is safely on her way back to America and will be home for the holidays.

“For nearly ten long months, Brittney Griner suffered unthinkable trauma as she was wrongfully imprisoned by the Russian government. Putin’s cruelty against Brittney – and his monstrous actions against Ukraine – are staggering reminders of his brazen contempt for human rights, human dignity and the rule of law.

“President Biden, Secretary Blinken and the many hard-working national security professionals are to be commended for their tireless, steadfast work to bring Brittney home. I want to also commend Congressman Greg Stanton of Arizona for his persistence in helping secure her release. Congress stands firmly with the Administration as they continue working to secure the release of Paul Whelan and other Americans unjustly detained in Russia.”
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Thu Dec 8, 2022, 10:56 AM (16 replies)

Ultra-rightwing @FDRLST giving Mark Elias credit for one of the three reasons we won Georgia


Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Thu Dec 8, 2022, 02:03 AM (8 replies)

Leaked Kremlin poll shows 55% of Russians want to see negotiations with Ukraine to end the war

Putin's Ukranian war is becoming unpopular in Russia. At some point, Putin will have to either end this war or face the consequences

Support for the war in Ukraine has reportedly plunged within Russia, per leaked internal polling data commissioned by the Kremlin and obtained by the independent, Latvia-based outlet Meduza.

The survey, conducted by Russia's Federal Protective Service (FSO), found that 55% of Russians favor peace talks with Ukraine. This represents a massive shift from an FSO poll in July that found just 32% of Russians favored talks, according to Meduza's reporting. The polling, which Meduza said was designated by the Kremlin for "internal use only," also showed a major drop in support for the continuing the war among Russians between July (57%) and November (25%).

Meduza noted that FSO's polling did not waver significantly from publicly available data from the independent Levada Center, which conducted a survey that found 57% of Russians on some level supported beginning negotiations with Ukraine. Meanwhile, Levada found only 27% expressed support for continuing the war.

Russia's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine has been devastating to the Russian military and seen Moscow isolated both economically and politically, but publicly criticizing the war that the Kremlin insists is merely a "special military operation" could land Russians behind bars.
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Wed Dec 7, 2022, 09:32 PM (13 replies)

U.S. intel chief says Russia is using up ammunition in Ukraine faster than it can replace it

Putin is using his stockpiles

Russian forces in Ukraine are burning through ammunition faster than the country’s defense industry can replace it, U.S. National Intelligence Director Avril Haines said Saturday.

Russia is using up ammunition “quite quickly,” prompting Moscow to look to other countries for help, including North Korea, Haines told NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell at a panel at the Reagan Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California.

Asked how fast Russia was using up ammunition, Haines said: “I don’t think I can give you precise numbers in this forum. But quite quickly. I mean, it’s really pretty extraordinary.”

She added: “And our own sense is that they are not capable of indigenously producing what they are expending at this stage.

So that is going to be a challenge.”

The Pentagon said last month that Russia is firing off a staggering 20,000 artillery rounds a day, even as it has suffered a series of setbacks on the battlefield. Echoing previous statements from Biden administration officials, Haines said that Russia was using up precision munitions even faster than its conventional ammunition.
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Wed Dec 7, 2022, 08:58 PM (4 replies)

Mike Luckovich-Herding cats

Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Wed Dec 7, 2022, 08:20 PM (4 replies)

San Francisco bars police from using killer robots, reversing recent vote

In theory, deadly force is only justified to save the life of the officer or other persons. Absent the need to save a life, deadly force should not be used

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to bar police from using robots to kill, in a striking reversal that comes just a week after it gave law enforcement that right in a limited number of situations.

The board had received widespread criticism after voting Nov. 29 to approve a police proposal authorizing law enforcement to deploy remote-controlled, ground-based robots to use deadly force when there is “imminent” risk to life and alternative measures to subdue the threat do not work.....

San Francisco’s police department acquired robots between 2010 and 2017, which they said were primarily used during situations involving explosives or those requiring officers to keep distance while securing a site. They currently are not equipped to use lethal force.

The department said that only a small number of high-ranking officials were authorized to deploy robots that could use lethal force. Police Chief William Scott had said that it would be used only as a “last resort option.”
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Wed Dec 7, 2022, 08:16 PM (3 replies)

Insurers force change on police departments long resistant to it

I was wondering when this would happen. I kept seeing large settlements in lawsuits due to police actions and was wondering when the insurance companies would start stepping in. It is nice to see that insurance companies are forcing some police departments to stop acting recklessly

Undeterred, St. Ann Police Chief Aaron Jimenez stood behind the high-octane pursuits and doubled down on the department’s decades-old motto: “St. Ann will chase you until the wheels fall off.”

Then, an otherwise silent stakeholder stepped in. The St. Louis Area Insurance Trust risk pool — which provided liability coverage to the city of St. Ann and the police department — threatened to cancel coverage if the department didn’t impose restrictions on its use of police chases. City officials shopped around for alternative coverage but soon learned that costs would nearly double if they did not agree to their insurer’s demands.

Jimenez’s attitude swiftly shifted: In 2019, 18 months after the chase that left Cox permanently disabled, the chief and his 48-member department agreed to ban high-speed pursuits for traffic infractions and minor, nonviolent crimes.

“I didn’t really have a choice,” Jimenez said in an interview. “If I didn’t do it, the insurance rates were going to go way up. I was going to have to lose 10 officers to pay for it.”

Where community activists, use-of-force victims and city officials have failed to persuade police departments to change dangerous and sometimes deadly policing practices, insurers are successfully dictating changes to tactics and policies, mostly at small to medium-size departments throughout the nation.
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Wed Dec 7, 2022, 07:59 PM (2 replies)

Mike Luckovich-You got competition. TFG keeps delivering for Democrats

Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Wed Dec 7, 2022, 07:31 PM (2 replies)

No, limiting the Hunter Biden laptop story didn't cost Trump the election

Musk and the GOP assholes are pushing some bizarre claim about Hunter Biden that makes no sense to sane people

One of the indefensible assertions that’s reemerged in recent days is that social media companies’ efforts to limit sharing of a New York Post story in October 2020 cost Donald Trump that year’s presidential election.

This is a long-standing claim, made newly salient with new Twitter owner Elon Musk’s release last week of internal documents about the decision to impose that limit. His intent was to suggest that pre-him Twitter was a place where conservative arguments were unfairly censored. But others, like former president Donald Trump, have gone further, suggesting that this action alone led to Joe Biden’s 2020 victory.

There’s no reason to believe this is true......

In other words, in polling terms, there was no statistical difference in how people might have changed their vote after learning jobs numbers versus the claims about Biden and China. Were those jobs numbers muffled by Twitter? Instead of thinking this poll shows how the Hunter Biden story could have changed the election, it’s safer to view it as simply measuring how likely people are to say they would have changed their minds for nearly any reason.

All of this is beside the point of this debate. The point of the debate is, instead, to cast “elites” in the media and technology as inherently oppositional to Republican candidates, meaning, in 2020, Trump. This is a visceral argument, not a rational one, so pointing out that there’s no evidentiary basis for the claim is fighting the wrong fight.
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Wed Dec 7, 2022, 11:19 AM (1 replies)

Second gentleman Doug Emhoff to convene antisemitism roundtable at the White House this week

This looks a needed event

Second gentleman Doug Emhoff – the first Jewish person in his position – will convene an antisemitism roundtable Wednesday at the White House, Emhoff’s office tells CNN.

Planning for the event was underway for weeks, but White House aides said that it’s taken on extra significance now following a series of antisemitic comments from the rapper Kanye West, who now goes by Ye, as well as the revelation that former President Donald Trump hosted West along with White nationalist and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes at a dinner at his Mar-a-Lago estate in late November.

“Literally every single day it gets worse,” Emhoff said on Friday, appearing at an event in Washington last week where he described himself as “in pain.”

“Jews in our generation didn’t experience this level of antisemitism at all,” he added. “Like with so many issues, we thought that it was behind us.”

Emhoff, joined by domestic policy advisor Susan Rice, director of public engagement Keisha Lance Bottoms and administration special envoy to combat antisemitism Deborah Lipstadt, will bring together leaders of 13 different Jewish groups from the Anti-Defamation League to Jewish on Campus and several religious organizations.
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Tue Dec 6, 2022, 09:56 PM (3 replies)
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