Psychopath #Islamics attack #NewYork

 

The FBI and NYPD have launched a terror probe into the deadly incident in which a pickup truck driver fatally mowed down at least six people in downtown Manhattan.

The truck driver who plowed into several people along the West Side bike path shouted “Allahu Akbar” after getting out of his vehicle.

Six people were killed on the bike path.

Source: NYPD investigating downtown carnage as possible terror attack | New York Post

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#JohnKelly wants investigation of #HillaryClinton

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly on Monday brushed aside charges leveled at three Trump campaign aides as part of the special counsel’s investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections, but endorsed a new independent prosecutor to delve into a 2010 uranium company deal.

Kelly said that all of the activities involving former Trump campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, his chief aide Richard W. Gates III and a foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, occurred “long before they ever met Donald Trump or had any association with the campaign.”

Source: White House Chief of Staff John Kelly brushes aside Trump aide charges, wants investigation of Hillary Clinton – LA Times

More from #Hollywood’s sex-perverts

Alec Baldwin made two movies with James Toback — “Seduced and Abandoned,” the 2013 HBO documentary that followed the pair roaming the 2012 Cannes Film Festival pitching a sexually explicit update of “Last Tango in Paris,” and “The Private Life of a Modern Woman,” which premiered last month at the Venice Film Festival. Baldwin has a small role opposite Sienna Miller in the film.

But after the Los Angeles Times published a story in which 38 women alleged that director James Toback had sexually harassed them, Baldwin, who is famously outspoken on social media, remained silent. As more than 300 women contacted The Times with similar stories, while others did the same with other outlets, Baldwin’s only public comment on the allegations surrounding Toback came last Tuesday in a post made from the Twitter account of the ABFoundation, an arts group Baldwin runs with his wife, Hilaria.

Source: Alec Baldwin breaks his silence about James Toback: ‘I never had one conversation with Jimmy about his sex life’ – LA Times

Healthcare premiums continue to crush Californians

As Covered California enters its fifth year, the health insurance exchange is facing challenges both old and new, from rising health premiums to widespread confusion among consumers over how their health plans may change next year.

Most of the 1 million people who receive premium subsidies to buy insurance will likely pay less in 2018, said Covered California’s executive director Peter Lee.

People who have jobs however, will get nailed again. The hundreds of thousands of residents who earn too much to qualify for premium subsidies will likely face major price hikes.

On average, Covered California consumers will see their premiums rise 12.5 percent.

Source: Rising premiums, consumer confusion as Covered California enters 5th year – San Francisco Chronicle

Federal judge says transgenders can stay in the military

It looks like President Trump’s desire to ban transgender military members from serving will not play out well in the federal courts.

A federal court in Washington is barring the president from changing the government’s policy to allow transgender individuals to serve in the military.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly noted that transgender people who sued will most likely win their lawsuits.

Source: Judge bars Trump from reversing military transgender policy – San Francisco Chronicle

Lawmakers move to prevent feckless #PG&E from nailing ratepayers with the cost of wildfires

Four California legislators on Monday said they plan to introduce a bill that would bar electric utilities from passing on to their customers the costs of wildfires caused by the companies’ negligence.

The move comes as investigators are exploring whether Pacific Gas and Electric Co. power lines played a role in starting this month’s Wine Country wildfires, which killed at least 43 people.

San Diego Gas and Electric Co. has already asked state regulators for permission to make its customers pay some of the costs of settling lawsuits triggered by a deadly series of fires in 2007.

“This practice is an outrage,” state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, said in a news release. “Victims of devastating fires and other customers should not be forced to pay for the mistakes made by utilities. It’s time to stop allowing utilities to push the burden of their negligence onto the backs of customers.”

Hill is absolutely correct.

Source: Proposed bill would block utilities from passing wildfire costs to customers – San Francisco Chronicle

California’s transgenders are mostly white and struggling with suicidal impulses

Transgender adults in California have about the same poverty and education levels as people who identify as the gender they were assigned at birth, but they are more likely to be white and to be struggling with suicidal impulses, according to a new UCLA study.

The report, which is being released Tuesday as part of UCLA’s annual California Health Interview Survey, found that there are an estimated 92,000 transgender adults in California, or 0.35 percent of the state’s over-18 population.

UCLA billed the study as the most comprehensive survey of transgender demographics ever conducted in California. In at least one respect, researchers said, its conclusions were not surprising: The finding that 22 percent of transgender people have attempted suicide, compared with 4 percent for adults who identify with their birth-assigned gender, was similar to reports in earlier studies.

Source: Who are California’s transgender adults? New study finds some surprises – San Francisco Chronicle

#CAGop mobilizes bigots to try and overturn ‘sanctuary state’ law

Opponents of California’s recently approved “sanctuary state” measure have launched an effort to overturn the law.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced Monday that a referendum on Senate Bill 54, the controversial law limiting state and local police agencies’ ability to work with federal immigration authorities, has been cleared to gather signatures.

Proponents have until Jan. 3, 2018, to collect signatures from at least 365,880 registered voters. If they are successful, the referendum will appear on the November 2018 ballot, where voters will be asked whether or not to uphold SB 54.

Source: CA ‘sanctuary state’ law could get voter referendum | The Sacramento Bee

The #PoliceState can’t wait to arrest you for legal marijuana use

In just two months, California’s recreational marijuana law takes effect, raising the specter of a possible increase in fatal or injury crashes in which drivers are under the influence of the drug.

It has also led to questions of enforcement, given there currently is no law in place determining how much THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, a person has to have in his or her system to be considered impaired while driving.

With the voter-approved passage last year of Prop. 64 legalizing adult-use marijuana, studies are underway to help determine just how much pot is too much to drive. The Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at UC San Diego received a $1.8 million grant from the state to gather data including levels of marijuana dosage and impairment.

In the meantime, the District Attorney’s office will continue to “aggressively prosecute” all cases of driving while impaired, including those involving marijuana, said Assistant District Attorney Scott Spielman.

“Even though the law has now legalized its recreational use in the state, it’s still a violation of federal law, and it’s illegal to be using marijuana in a motor vehicle and certainly to be impaired and driving a motor vehicle,” he said.

The Police State can’t wait to arrest you.

Source: Law enforcement cautions motorists Prop 64 doesn’t change fact that smoking pot and driving is illegal, dangerous | News | bakersfield.com

Millions of Californians mired in poverty – white elites look the other way

California’s economy is booming. Rich people are cashing in, getting richer and richer by the day. The elites in Silicon Valley and Hollywood couldn’t be happier.

Meanwhile California has the highest rate of poverty of any state. Nearly 8 million Californians lack enough income to meet their basic needs.

Source: California’s poverty rate is stubbornly high | The Sacramento Bee

9th Circuit Court of Appeals to decide if #prostitution should remain illegal

Prostitution has been illegal in California since 1872.

Back then, the original statute referenced “vagrants,” a word lawmakers at the time said included “every lewd and dissolute person, who lives in and about houses of ill-fame, and every common prostitute.”

Since then, the law has been repealed and replaced, leading to the current version that defines prostitution as “any lewd act between persons for money or other consideration.”

Despite the law’s 145-year history, some sex workers say it’s high time California did away with it entirely. Engaging in sexual activity for money isn’t simply the (illegal) choice they’ve made to earn a living. They say it’s their right.

A California case now pending in federal court poses that argument. A sex workers’ advocacy group seeking to decriminalize prostitution is challenging longstanding state law, saying it violates constitutional protections on free speech, freedom of association and due process.

A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard the matter this month.

Source: Will a federal court strike down California’s anti-prostitution law? – The San Diego Union-Tribune

#RobertMueller comes to the rescue, plans to indict only #Republicans

Special prosecutor Robert S. Mueller III had fired a bunker buster, bringing his first indictment in the probe. The identity of the person charged is under seal still and will remain so until the person is arrested, possibly as soon as Monday.

Will it be Paul Manfort, whom prosecutors reportedly all but promised to indict? It will be a long weekend of rampant speculation until the scoop is confirmed.

Source: Week 23: Mueller Bombs Trump’s Big Week – POLITICO Magazine

#Racism is still the #NFL’s biggest problem

NFL players are proposing to meet Monday in Philadelphia with league representatives in the wake of controversial comments made during a recent owners’ meeting by Houston Texans owner Robert McNair.

The meeting would include NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, McNair and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began the players’ protest movement last season and recently filed a grievance accusing teams of colluding to keep him out of the league.

What do all the rich white people who rake in huge profits from the league think about all of this? They aren’t happy.

Source: NFL players invite Goodell, McNair, Kaepernick to meeting

#California #Republicans lead the way in screwing you on #healthcare, #taxes

Need more proof just how pathetic and loathsome California Repubicans really are?

Five months ago, all 14 members of California’s Republican congressional delegation voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, despite angry constituents and projections showing that millions of Californians would lose health coverage.

Now, as Congress debates a tax reform plan, the state’s GOP representatives are again sticking together to move the proposal forward, even as other Republicans from around the country break ranks because it eliminates popular deductions for the state taxes and local taxes that Americans pay.

The Republicans insist that tax reform will be good for the country as a whole — and most taxpayers individually, but Democratic strategists are already planning to use the votes against them, adding it to their attack ad arsenal for the hotly contested 2018 midterms, when several Republican House members are expected to face tough races in swing districts.

Source: California GOP face backlash after tax reform vote

#Republicans want to gut your 401(k) plan – President #Trump says NO!

Republicans want to screw you out of your 401(k) plan.

President Donald Trump has tweeted his opposition to altering the savings and investment plans.

That hasn’t stopped senior lawmakers from his own party — including House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady — have suggested that the tax bill could still include changes to 401(k) plans and other retirement accounts.

Modifying retirement plans would affect around 55 million U.S. workers, including many middle-class Americans.

Source: How could the feds slashing your 401(k) cap affect you?

The economy is booming under President #Trump…and the media hates it

It’s clear that the media, the Democrats, and the Republicans want President Trump, and America, to fail.

Unfortunately the economy isn’t sticking to the anti-Trump script.

President Trump said Saturday that there has been “very little reporting about the GREAT GDP numbers” showing that the economy grew at an annual rate of 3% in the third quarter.

“Best consecutive [quarters] in years!” Trump tweeted.

The Commerce Department reported Friday that the July-September advance in the gross domestic product — the country’s total output of goods and services — followed a 3.1% rise in the second quarter. It marked the first time in three years that growth has hit at least 3% for two consecutive quarters.

In a tweet sent minutes later, Trump thanked President Carter for suggesting during an interview that the news media have been overly critical of Trump.

“I think the media have been harder on Trump than any other president certainly that I’ve known about,” Carter said during the interview with the New York Times published last Saturday. “I think they feel free to claim that Trump is mentally deranged and everything else without hesitation.”

Carter also expressed a desire to work with the Trump administration on diplomatic solutions with North Korea.

Source: Trump laments ‘very little reporting’ on economic growth – LA Times

Women in politics still fear retribution from the men who harass them

It started as a chain of text messages among women complaining about sexism in California’s Capitol, then snowballed into a searing open letter about a culture of sexual harassment in Sacramento, released in mid-October.

The letter was originally signed by 140 women who work in state government and politics, and The Times has been reaching out to them and others to learn more.

Many didn’t want to be interviewed. Others were willing to talk, but not about their personal experiences. Even as the letter sparks a long-awaited public dialogue about sexual harassment, there’s still a pervasive fear about speaking out.

Source: In her own words: Women of California politics tell their stories of sexual harassment and unwanted touching – LA Times

#NIMBY #Leftists are #HighSpeedRail’s biggest problem

The bullet train’s exact route will not be set until environmental impact reports are issued, scheduled for next year. Still, the 30-mile stretch from downtown San Jose to Gilroy is a microcosm of the problems the California High-Speed Rail Authority has encountered up and down the state.

Over the last half-dozen years, the project has been bombarded by a dozen lawsuits and sharp protests — including a 2015 demonstration that drew hundreds to a downtown Los Angeles rail authority board meeting. The pushback has caused extended delays and led to costly political compromises.

Officials have said they are mindful of the project’s impacts and have tried to minimize them, but they have a railroad to build. In lengthy remarks in 2015, rail authority Chairman Dan Richard cited the larger benefits of the bullet train and lamented the effects, adding: “It just comes with the territory.”

Source: Some tough choices — and pushback — along the proposed bullet train route – LA Times

#UCBerkeley student newspaper targets #Jews

Apparently hate sells newspapers at UC Berkeley.

The independent student newspaper had to be told to remove an editorial cartoon from its website that critics including UC Berkeley’s chancellor called anti-semitic.

The depiction of attorney Alan Dershowitz that gave him distorted features and showed him stamping on a Palestinian person, “should not have been published, and we sincerely apologize that it was,” Daily Californian editor-in-chief Karim Doumar wrote in a blog entry posted on the paper’s website on Friday.

The cartoon, which appeared in the paper on Oct. 13, “hearkened to clearly anti-Semitic tropes,” Doumar wrote. Because of that, it has been taken off the website.

Source: UC Berkeley student newspaper removes criticized cartoon – San Francisco Chronicle

Struggling to remain relevant #CarlyFiorina suddenly becomes a harassment victim

She’s made millions, but now all of the sudden she’s a victim.

Carly Fiorina, former chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard Co. and Republican presidential candidate, said she’s faced sexual harassment in both her business and political careers.

“There is a real issue,” Fiorina said in an interview on Bloomberg Radio. “I’ve been subjected to it myself at all levels – at all levels – of a corporation. At all levels of public life and politics as well as in business.”

Nice try.

Source: Fiorina says she was subject to harassment in business, politics | The Sacramento Bee

Sex-perv Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra nailed

A longtime legislative staff member says she was groped by Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra at a public event eight years ago and continues to deal with repercussions of what she feels was an inadequate response by the Legislature.

Bocanegra, a Democrat from Los Angeles who at the time worked as a chief of staff at the Capitol, was disciplined after an external investigation into the “inappropriate and unwelcome physical contact” found it “more likely than not that Mr. Bocanegra engaged in behavior that night which does not meet the Assembly’s expectations for professionalism.” Three years later, he was supported by many of his colleagues as he successfully ran for election in a San Fernando Valley district.

Source: Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra disciplined for groping CA legislative staff | The Sacramento Bee

Exercising your 1st Amendment right could make you an enemy of the state

The FBI counterterrorism division’s identification of a new movement it calls “black identity extremists” is the latest addition to the broadening list of protesters and dissidents the agency puts under the “domestic terrorism” umbrella.

But many national security experts say the designation doesn’t describe a movement at all – let alone a terrorism threat; rather, it’s simply a label that allows the FBI to conduct additional surveillance on “basically anyone who’s black and politically active,” according to Michael German, who left the FBI in 2004 and did undercover domestic terrorism work.

Critics are concerned that increasingly, it appears to be minorities and environmental protesters who are being targeted.

Enjoy your Police State.

Source: Protestors are being labeled as domestic terrorist threats, experts worry | The Sacramento Bee

Republicans threaten Jerry Brown over tax deductions

In his letter to Brown, the eight-term congressman castigated the governor for the state’s high taxes. “I recognize the role of the state and local tax deduction to reduce the tax burden on many Californians,” Issa wrote, “but let’s be clear: it has only become of such importance as a direct result of the tremendous weight that your misguided policies have put on California taxpayers.” In particular, Issa cited the state’s new gas tax law that Brown recently signed. “In terms of truly ‘horrible ideas’ on tax policy, I have to say, this one takes the cake.”

Source: Darrell Issa rebukes California Gov. Jerry Brown on taxes | The Sacramento Bee

#Humiliated #JohnMcCain Admits Giving #FBI #FakeNews #RussiaDossier

Sen. John McCain admitted Wednesday that he gave the FBI a dossier detailing fake claims of a Russian blackmail plot against President-elect Donald Trump.

The Arizona lawmaker, a longtime Trump critic, made the public statement as questions piled up about his alleged role in spreading an unverified and error-riddled document that has been denounced by credible sources as  a complete and total fabrication.

“Late last year, I received sensitive information that has since been made public,” McCain said.

McCain went on to say he delivered the information to the Director of the FBI.

Source: John McCain: I gave Russia blackmail dossier on Trump to FBI | New York Post

#MorningJoe defends sex-perverts who are their “friends”

Clearly the Left is coming around to the idea that defending sex-criminals is OK if their politics is correct. A frightening development for women everywhere.

As we have consistently said, their bigotry is much more subtle, but just as brutal, as the Right’s.

MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski may be easily disgusted by President Trump envisioning blood coming out of her chin or Trump telling then-Access Hollywood host Billy Bush that he can do anything he wants with women — lik “grab ’em by the p–y” — because he’s just so rich and powerful.

But the show’s “friend” Mark Halperin?

Hmmm. He’s a different animal.

Mika softened her voice and sympathetically called him “someone you see around this table very day” and referred to him as “our friend.”

Halperin has resigned from NBC amid allegations that he harassed a number of women while working at ABC. Alleged details are pretty horrific — grabbing breasts, brushing up against female coworkers with erections.

Source: Mika Sure Doesn’t Want To Believe Female | The Daily Caller

#AmericansLoveDrugs

Americans love drugs. They drink them, smoke them, swallow them, snort them, shoot them, slam them, and kill for them.

Now the epidemic of drug overdoses in the U.S. has reached crisis levels, according to newly published data from the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps project.

The following map shows the spread in per-capita drug overdoses from 2002 to 2014, the most recent year for which data is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Source: Drugs in America: Watch the Epidemic Spread | Time.com

Justice Department says I.R.S guilty of screwing Tea Party Groups

The Justice Department settled two lawsuits with conservative groups that claimed the Internal Revenue Service had unfairly scrutinized them during applications for tax-exempt status, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Thursday.

The government agreed to a multimillion-dollar settlement to resolve one lawsuit, which was brought on behalf of 428 groups, said Edward Greim, the lead lawyer for the plaintiffs. The government will not pay damages to the 41 groups in the second lawsuit, but the I.R.S. acknowledged its conduct was wrong.

The settlements were the conclusion of two legal battles that have dogged the I.R.S. since the initial lawsuits were filed after a 2013 treasury inspector general’s audit that found groups with “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their names received more scrutiny over their applications for tax-exempt status. The revelations plunged the I.R.S. into a firestorm that ultimately led to the ouster of its acting commissioner and prompted accusations that the agency was being used as a political weapon by the Obama administration.

Source: The New York Times

 

The police are responsible for #KateSteinle’s death…it’s time they admitted it

The federal ranger whose stolen weapon was used to shoot a woman in San Francisco triggered a chain of events that led to the killing, a defense attorney for the undocumented immigrant charged with the crime argued Thursday.

John Woychowski, a Bureau of Land Management ranger stationed near the border of the U.S. and Mexico, set in motion one of the most controversial killings in San Francisco in recent history, according to defense attorney Matt Gonzalez, when he parked his luxury sports utility vehicle along The Embarcadero the night of June 27, 2015.

In the end, San Francisco’s heartless, brutal, law enforcement cartel owns Ms. Steinle’s death. It’s time they admitted it.

Source: Federal agent describes car break-in that led to the killing of Kate Steinle with stolen duty weapon – by m_barba – October 26, 2017 – The San Francisco Examiner

#WilliamMorris boots sex-perv #BillOReilly

Bill O’Reilly has been dropped by his literary agency.

“We no longer represent Bill O’Reilly for future deals,” William Morris Entertainment announced Thursday. “It is our fiduciary responsibility to service the existing deals we have under contract, but we will not be working with him moving forward.”

O’Reilly spokesman Mark Fabiani said there was no comment “at the moment.” O’Reilly’s publisher, Henry Holt & Company, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. O’Reilly is under a multi-book contract with publisher Holt, including for at least one more “Killing” book. In May, Holt president and publisher Stephen Rubin told the Associated Press that he was “totally committed to Bill, long-term.”

Source: Bill O’Reilly is dropped by literary agency – LA Times

#JeffSessions: You Will Respect My Authoritah!

While speaking at the conservative Heritage Foundation on Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions scolded federal judges who have ruled against or criticized the Trump administration.

“Co-equal branches of government ought to respect one another as co-equal branches,” Sessions said. “As you all know well, some judges have failed to respect our representatives and Congress and the executive branch.”

Sessions singled out the federal judge in Brooklyn who called the Trump administration’s attempt to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program “cruel,” “heartless” and “unacceptable,” according to a New York Times report.

Source: Sessions accuses judges of overreach in Heritage address | TheHill

#KamalaHarries mocks fire victims

With Northern California’s brutal October wildfires nearly contained after burning 245,000 acres, destroying over 8,400 buildings and claiming 42 lives, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California called on her Capitol Hill colleagues on Tuesday to hike funding for wildfire suppression and disaster relief.

Duh? It’s a little late don’t you think Senator? Mocking fire victims in order to score political points isn’t leadership. It’s just pathetic.

Source: California Senator Wants Hike in Wildfire-Suppression Funds

President #Trump mocks #TomSteyer

President Donald Trump is responding to a California billionaire who has vowed to spend at least $10 million in advertising calling for the president’s impeachment.

Trump is using Twitter to call Tom Steyer “wacky & totally unhinged.” He says Steyer “has been fighting me and my Make America Great Again agenda from the beginning,” adding the billionaire environmentalist “never wins elections!”

Steyer recently launched the advertising, which has been running on Fox News and other national outlets, arguing that Trump should be ousted from office. Steyer contends Trump is pushing the U.S. toward a nuclear war, is obstructing justice at the FBI and threatening to shut down news organizations he doesn’t like.

Steyer wants viewers to call their members of Congress and tell them to bring articles of impeachment.

Good luck with that.

Source: Trump responds to California billionaire urging impeachment – Press Telegram

To the dismay of Washington elites, the U.S. economy continues to grow

Bad news for Leftists in Washington who make a living hating the President.

The U.S. economy, as expected, maintained a brisk pace of growth in the third quarter as an increase in inventory investment and a smaller trade deficit offset a hurricane-related slowdown in consumer spending and a decline in construction.

Gross domestic product increased at a 3.0 percent annual rate in the July-September period after expanding at a 3.1 percent pace in the second quarter, the Commerce Department said on Friday.

Source: U.S. economy grows 3 percent in third quarter on inventories, trade

Sonoma County Fire: It was just a matter of time…and everybody knew it

On a hot September night in 1964, 70-mph winds pushed a cascade of flames through the dry vegetation of Mark West Canyon and into the outer edges of Santa Rosa, destroying more than 100 homes and burning 52,000 acres.

Until this month, that blaze, known as the Hanley Fire, was the worst in modern Sonoma County history, and the path it carved was remarkably similar to the one the devastating Tubbs Fire would follow a half century later.

Local officials had long been aware that another tragic wildfire was a possibility. As recently as last spring, a Sonoma County report on potential hazards facing the region cautioned that a fire comparable to the Hanley blaze could cause “catastrophic damage to the county and the city of Santa Rosa.”

Nobody did anything about it.

Source: Sonoma County hazard plan foresaw deadly Wine Country fire – San Francisco Chronicle

Local media consolidation rule could be a thing of the past

The Federal Communications Commission will vote next month to eliminate a decades-old rule designed to preserve media diversity in local markets, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Wednesday.

The move is aimed at supporting economically struggling media outlets in an age of digital consumption. But critics say it will lead to greater media consolidation and the loss of independent voices.

The regulations, passed in 1975, prevent any single company from owning both a full-power TV station in a given market and a daily newspaper at the same time.

“The marketplace is nothing like it was in 1975,” Pai told House lawmakers Wednesday, arguing that the restriction on newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership was outdated. “The FCC’s rules still presume the market is defined by pulp and rabbit ears.”

Source: The FCC plans to roll back some of its biggest rules against media consolidation – The Washington Post

#MaxineWaters says #Putin targeted her, demands #Twitter expose the plot

Just when you thought things couldn’t get more weird.

Rep. Maxine Waters, an outspoken advocate for President Trump’s impeachment, claimed Thursday she was the subject of a Russian social media campaign aimed at removing her from office.

“While I have never publicly discussed it before today, I have been aware for some time that I was targeted by Russian operatives whose interests were aligned with Donald Trump,” Waters said in a letter to Twitter demanding to know the extent to which she has been mentioned by Kremlin-linked bots online and the number of times those tweets have been retweeted.

Source: Maxine Waters says she was targeted by Russian Twitter bots in effort to oust her from office

It looks like feckless #PG&E owns the Wine Country fires

It’s time to face the reality that PG&E doesn’t care if you or your family dies.

They proved it in San Bruno, and they’ve proved it again in the Wine Country.

PG&E violated electricity-grid safety regulations at least 11 times in the North Bay in the years prior to the ferocious wildfires in that region, state audits show.

What’s more, the state Public Utilities Commission’s newly released audits from 2015 and 2016 show that PG&E failed in thousands of instances over a five-year period to conduct timely inspections and work orders required by the state’s regulator in Sonoma and Napa counties.

From August 2010 to September 21, 2015, one PUC document concluded, a total of 3,527 work orders were completed past their scheduled date of corrective action. September 2015 is the last time the state agency audited the utility’s electricity systems in Sonoma and Napa counties, audit records show.

Source: PG&E violated safety rules, was late on thousands of Wine Country electricity inspections and work orders – East Bay Times

Deal-Making (or Vote Trading) in California’s Capitol — Is It Lawful?

By Chris Micheli

We often read about the “wheeling and dealing” among elected officials that occurs in state capitols across this country, even here in California. While some observers refer to it as deal-making and lawful, others claim it is vote trading and improper or even unlawful. So, the question presented is whether there is anything improper or unlawful about either one legislator agreeing to vote for one bill on account of promises that are made to another legislator or the Governor? What is this “deal making” is evidenced by bill language and, on occasion, public statements?

In other words, does the push and pull, the compromises that are inherent in the lawmaking process, become improper or even unlawful when it occurs among elected officials? There is little doubt that an individual outside the Legislature who acts in this manner will be charged criminally.

Historically, the courts have been loath to examine the internal debates and activities of the legislative branch of government. However, with a claim of improper or possible illegal activity, would the courts examine these allegations? A concern raised by observers is that, if elected officials are precluded from negotiating over provisions of bills, what will happen to the legislative process? Will it get bogged down? Moreover, is it impermissible for legislators to secure tangible benefits for their districts? While so-called “pork barrel politics” may appear to some as unseemly, is it illegal?

Every year in the California State Capitol there are legislative “deals” between lawmakers or lawmakers and the Governor. A recent example includes SB 1, SB 132, SB 496, and ACA 5, known collectively as the “transportation funding deal” in early 2017. Since the passage of these measures, there has been private and public debate in and around the Capitol whether such a deal violated any federal or state laws or ethics rules.

The claim of critics is that the governor and legislative leaders promised a billion dollars of state spending for specific local projects in the districts of wavering lawmakers in exchange for their voting for the gas tax increase. One legislator was alleged to have gotten a bill enacting a policy change concerning liability in construction lawsuits. The question raised was whether these negotiations and “side deals” on the transportation funding package amounted to a “quid pro quo” exchange? There were similar claims made during the negotiations concerning the cap-and-trade bills in July.

Let’s take a quick look at federal and state laws that may be applicable in determining an answer to these allegations. First, it does not appear that either of the major federal statutes apply in this case:

The Hobbs Act is found at 18 U.S.C. Section 1951. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, “The Hobbs Act (18 U.S.C. § 1951) prohibits actual or attempted robbery or extortion affecting interstate or foreign commerce. Section 1951 also proscribes conspiracy to commit robbery or extortion without reference to the conspiracy statute at 18 U.S.C. § 371. Although the Hobbs Act was enacted as a statute to combat racketeering in labor-management disputes, the statute is frequently used in connection with cases involving public corruption, commercial disputes, violent criminals and street gangs, and corruption directed at members of labor unions.” There is no allegation that there was actual or attempted robbery or extortion in these legislative negotiations.

The Honest Services Fraud Act is found at 18 U.S.C. Section 1346. The honest services fraud is a crime defined in the federal mail and wire fraud statute which states: “For the purposes of this chapter, the term scheme or artifice to defraud includes a scheme or artifice to deprive another of the intangible right of honest services.” According to Wikpedia, “the statute has been applied by federal prosecutors in cases of public corruption, as well as in cases in which private individuals breached a fiduciary duty to another. In the former, the courts have been divided on the question of whether a state law violation is necessary for honest services fraud to have occurred. The U.S. Supreme Court has interpreted the statute to only cover “fraudulent schemes to deprive another of honest services through bribes or kickbacks supplied by a third party who ha[s] not been deceived”. There does not appear to be any allegation of bribes or kickbacks from a third party being in play in legislative negotiations.

In turning to California law, the state Constitution in Article IV, Section 15 provides: “A person who seeks to influence the vote or action of a member of the Legislature in the member’s legislative capacity by bribery, promise of reward, intimidation, or other dishonest means, or a member of the Legislature so influenced, is guilty of a felony.

The California Constitution specifies “a person” who seeks to influence the vote or action of a legislator. This constitutional provision uses member of the Legislature is three places. Even the legislator who is “so influenced” is guilty of a crime. However, this section appears to be directed at those who are not members of the Legislature and who try to influence legislator in his or her official capacity. If only non-legislators are affected by this provision, then neither the governor’s nor other legislators’ efforts to “influence” another legislator’s vote is covered.

In addition, California Constitution Article VII, Section 8(b) contains the following sentence: The privilege of free suffrage shall be supported by laws regulating elections and prohibiting, under adequate penalties, all undue influence thereon from power, bribery, tumult, or other improper practice.” This provision raises questions of what constitutes “undue influence,” and whether legislative negotiations amount to “power, bribery, or other improper practice”?

In turning to California statutes, bribery is generally defined as an effort to influence a public official in conducting their official work through the use of money or gifts. There are several, specific California Penal Code sections that deal with public officers, employees, and legislative officers.

Penal Code Section 7 provides the following definition of bribery: The word “bribe” signifies anything of value or advantage, present or prospective, or any promise or undertaking to give any, asked, given, or accepted, with a corrupt intent to influence, unlawfully, the person to whom it is given, in his or her action, vote, or opinion, in any public or official capacity.

Note that the law does not require that the bribe is actually made or received to constitute a crime. However, do these legislative negotiations amount to “bribery”? Have the legislators been given something of value? Did the governor or legislative leaders promise something with a “corrupt intent to influence” other legislators? Those are high thresholds and do not appear to be in play with these legislative negotiations.

Also of interest are Penal Code Sections 85 and 86 which deal specifically with bribery by or of legislators and other elected officials. Penal Code Section 85 makes it a felony for any person to give or offer to give a legislator a bribe with a corrupt intent to influence the legislator’s vote in an official matter.

Penal Code Section 85 provides: “Every person who gives or offers to give a bribe to any Member of the Legislature, any member of the legislative body of a city, county, city and county, school district, or other special district, or to another person for the member, or attempts by menace, deceit, suppression of truth, or any corrupt means, to influence a member in giving or withholding his or her vote, or in not attending the house or any committee of which he or she is a member, is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three or four years.”

Penal Code Section 85 also prohibits someone from using corrupt means like menace and deceit to coerce a legislator to give or withhold his vote on an issue. This includes a prohibition against vote trading. Here, again, this section is premised upon giving a bribe to a legislator. It seems highly unlikely that providing funding for a specific legislative district project, for example, would constitute a bribe. Bribery is premised upon the elected official receiving a personal financial benefit.

However, this section has been interpreted to prohibit vote trading. Note that the state’s criminal laws not only outlaw bribery and vote-trading, but also “any attempt by menace, deceit, suppression of truth, or any corrupt means, to influence a member in giving or withholding his or her vote.” This appears to be a broad prohibition.

In addition, using threats or force to compel a public officer to perform an official act could also be prosecuted under Penal Code Section 518, which is California’s extortion law. This section provides: “Extortion is the obtaining of property from another, with his consent, or the obtaining of an official act of a public officer, induced by a wrongful use of force or fear, or under color of official right.” Voting is an official act by a legislator. But is legislative negotiating inducing a vote by wrongful use of fear or under color of an official right?

Similarly, Penal Code Section 86 deals with bribes by legislators and makes it a felony for a legislator to ask, receive or agree to receive something of value with a corrupt intent to influence the legislator’s vote in an official matter. Section 86 also prohibits a legislator from conditioning his or her vote on that of another legislator.

Penal Code Section 86 provides: “Every Member of either house of the Legislature, or any member of the legislative body of a city, county, city and county, school district, or other special district, who asks, receives, or agrees to receive, any bribe, upon any understanding that his or her official vote, opinion, judgment, or action shall be influenced thereby, or shall give, in any particular manner, or upon any particular side of any question or matter upon which he or she may be required to act in his or her official capacity, or gives, or offers or promises to give, any official vote in consideration that another Member of the Legislature, or another member of the legislative body of a city, county, city and county, school district, or other special district shall give this vote either upon the same or another question, is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or four years and, in cases in which no bribe has been actually received, by a restitution fine of not less than four thousand dollars ($4,000) or not more than twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) or, in cases in which a bribe was actually received, by a restitution fine of at least the actual amount of the bribe received or four thousand dollars ($4,000), whichever is greater, or any larger amount of not more than double the amount of any bribe received or twenty thousand dollars ($20,000), whichever is greater.

Again, it appears this Penal Code section deals with bribes and the receipt of personal financial benefit by a legislator. Would the result of these legislative negotiations amount to “bribery”? However, there is a clause in this section that “prohibits a legislator from conditioning his or her vote on that of another legislator.” This implies vote trading with another legislator. In other words, “if you vote for my bill, then I will vote for your bill.” But is this what actually occurred in the transportation funding bill?

Some have raised the point that vote trading occurred because some legislators conditioned their vote for the gas tax increase on the passage of other bills as part of the “deal.” On the other hand, some have argued that, with all of the spending contained in a companion bill, there was not vote trading. But what about a companion bill that is unrelated to the main bill? For example, what if a Labor Code change was part of the transportation funding deal?

There was an interesting U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decision that may shed some insight on this question. The case was Porter v. Bowen and the federal appellate court determined that the First Amendment barred the State of California from closing down the 2000 Nader-Gore vote trading websites. The court ruled that the exchange of political rather than personal benefits rendered the activity protected by the First Amendment, even if the vote exchanges were somehow enforceable. Part of the court’s opinion follows:

Whatever the wisdom of using vote-swapping agreements to communicate these positions, such agreements plainly differ from conventional (and illegal) vote buying, which conveys no message other than the parties’ willingness to exchange votes for money (or some other form of private profit). The Supreme Court held in Brown v. Hartlage, 456 U.S. 45, 55 (1982), that vote buying may be banned “without trenching on any right of association protected by the First Amendment.” Vote swapping, however, is more akin to the candidate’s pledge in Brown to take a pay cut if elected, which the Court concluded was constitutionally protected, than to unprotected vote buying. Like the candidate’s pledge, vote swapping involves a “promise to confer some ultimate benefit on the voter, qua…citizen[ ] or member of the general public”–i.e., another person’s agreement to vote for a particular candidate. Id. at 58-59. And unlike vote buying, vote swapping is not an “illegal exchange for private profit” since the only benefit a vote swapper can receive is a marginally higher probability that his preferred electoral outcome will come to pass. Id. at 55 (emphasis added); cf. Marc Johnandazza, The Other Election Controversy of Y2K: Core First Amendment Values and High-Tech Political Coalitions, 82 Wash. U. L.Q. 143, 221 (2004) (“There can be no…serious assertion, that anyone entered into a vote-swap arrangement for private profit or any other form of enrichment.”).

Both the websites’ vote-swapping mechanisms and the communication and vote swaps that they enabled were therefore constitutionally protected. At their core, they amounted to efforts by politically engaged people to support their preferred candidates and to avoid election results that they feared would contravene the preferences of a majority of voters in closely contested states. Whether or not one agrees with these voters’ tactics, such efforts, when conducted honestly and without money changing hands, are at the heart of the liberty safeguarded by the First Amendment.

Without money changing hands (the traditional definition of bribery), does the First Amendment protect legislative negotiations? In other words, following this Ninth Circuit opinion, do these “side deals” amount to “political benefits,” seemingly protected by the First Amendment, rather than “personal benefits” because they do not accrue to the legislator? Aren’t these legislators looking out for what is best for their districts and constituents?

Chris Micheli is a Principal with the Sacramento governmental relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc. He can be reached at 916-448-3075.

Feckless #Republicans in Congress break from President #Trump’s 401(k) promise

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R) on Wednesday suggested that his upcoming tax bill could force changes to 401(k) plans and other retirement accounts, a move that would buck a promise from President Donald Trump that those accounts would be left alone.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said he would oppose Trump’s vow to protect 401(k) plans.

Hatch is the top tax writer in the Senate, and he and Brady have outsized influence over how the tax legislation comes together. They’re ready to use it to screw you.

Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

Is the #Bush family empire behind the #fakenews #Trump dossier?

The latest Washington gossip swirls around an explosive report from The Washington Post that finally asserted who funded a much-reported fake dossier containing a number of unconfirmed allegations about then-candidate Donald Trump.

The source of funding, according to “people familiar with the matter”? None other than the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign, The Post reported.

The dossier is a set of phony reports alleging that the Russian government gathered “compromising information about Trump,” The Post reported.

Details about its contents were first reported in early January by CNN in their ongoing campaign to attack President Trump and de-stabilize the U.S. Government.

Screenshot 2017-10-26 at 07.13.22Among the allegations made in the dossier, per CNN, are claims that Trump campaign surrogates exchanged information with “intermediaries for the Russian government.”

It was all fake news.

Who compiled the dossier, and who ordered it?

The evidence so far points to a Bush family effort to save hapless Jeb. The project was later turned over to the Clintons after the primary election.

President Trump has been routinely attacked by the Bush family and their ally Arnold Schwarzenegger. The evidence clearly leads points to the Bush-Clinton axis in Washington.

Source: How exactly is the Trump dossier linked to Clinton, Democratic Party? – The San Diego Union-Tribune

The #LATimes pitches in to help Senate Republicans attack President #Trump

The Leftists at the Los Angeles Times hate the President soooo bad, they’ll do anything to attack him. Even ally themselves with Mitch McConnell and his RINO friends in Washington.

According to the Times, Sen. Jeff Flake’s surprise decision against seeking reelection marked a major victory for Stephen K. Bannon and his pirate band of Republicans. But the larger question Wednesday was whether the insurgency will cost the GOP its thin majority on Capitol Hill.

In reality, Mr. Bannon’s continuing success illustrates how out of touch the L.A. Times, and their GOP establishment friends, really are.

Source: The Trump wing of the GOP is winning battles. But will it lose the war to keep the Senate in Republican hands? – LA Times

#Pervert President #Bush offers lame apology to #HeatherLind

Former president George H.W. Bush apologized after actress Heather Lind said he groped her as they posed for a picture at an event a few years ago – and that his wife, Barbara Bush, saw it happen.

In a brief response to the allegations, which Lind detailed in a recent Instagram post that she has since deleted, a spokesman for the 93-year-old former president did not explicitly deny Lind’s account but said in a statement: “President Bush would never – under any circumstance – intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms. Lind.”

Lame.

Source: George H.W. Bush offers second apology after groping allegations | Merced Sun-Star

#PoliceState targets #Spotafriend…cops want to control the apps on your phone

With more than 1 million users, Spotafriend is marketed on the iPhone App Store as “the world’s hottest teen app!”

It allows teens to swipe through photos of others near them. If users on both ends swipe right, it’s a match — allowing them to chat privately.

“Spotafriend is not a teen dating app, it’s the new way to make friends,” its website reads.

But the app, intended for young people between the ages of 13 and 19, comes with potential dangers.

Last month, a 14-year-old girl from Oceanside was a victim of sex crimes committed by someone she met through Spotafriend, authorities said. The suspect turned out to be 21-year-old man. Police said he created a fake profile, posing as a 17-year-old boy.

The case underscores the risks of apps like Spotafriend and sets off alarm bells for Oceanside police.

“It’s very alarming,” said Oceanside police spokesman Tom Bussey. “It’s very easy for kids to get on and talk to each other.”

“All kinds of things can happen,” he added. “You don’t know who’s on the other end.”

Source: Spotafriend: The teen cellphone app police call ‘alarming’ – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Police unions lay down the law….#49ers capitulate

The police unions in American are about to bring the NFL off its knees. And they’re sending the bill to the players.

Amid wide-reaching tensions hovering over the NFL about on-field national anthem protests, the team where everything started is trying to move the conversation beyond the current stalemate by joining forces with a group of big-city police unions.

Thursday, the San Francisco 49ers and representatives of police unions from San Jose, Oakland, New York, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Long Beach and Portland will detail a broad agenda to address police-community acrimony across the country that are at the heart of the ongoing on-field protests that have far transcended the professional ranks.

That agenda is highlighted by a commitment from the 49ers to bankroll the production of a series of public-service announcements to be broadcast nationally to promote better relationships between law-enforcement and residents wary, and weary, of police violence.

Don’t expect the police in America to be less violent. They’re just collecting more booty.

Source: 49ers, police unions unite to ease tension hovering over NFL

Get lost! Disgruntled #Leftists continue to rant at #DianeFeinstein

Of the many huge challenges Kevin de León faces in trying to unseat Dianne Feinstein, the toughest is this: How does the state Senate president say it’s time for the 84-year-old U.S. senator to go without saying she’s old?

The good news for de León is that here in California, there’s no shortage of Democrats who toppled their, ahem, veteran fellow party members. We’ve seen how this can work.

Source: How to say ‘Get lost!’ without saying ‘You’re old!’ – San Francisco Chronicle

President #Trump to issue emergency declaration to help hapless #opioid addicts

Once again, drug loving Americans and their dope peddlers at PhRMA have made things pretty much unbearable in America.

In the absence of any leadership in Congress, the President has decided to take action.

President Trump plans to direct the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday to declare a limited 90-day public health emergency in response to the deadly opioid epidemic, according to senior administration officials.

Administration officials say they hope Congress will provide more funding in a spending bill later this year, though officials would not say how much money the White House is seeking.

“This is an urgent priority for the president,” one senior administration official said Thursday.

Source: Trump to issue limited emergency declaration to combat the opioid epidemic – LA Times

The latest sex-pervert: #MarkHalperin booted by #NBCNews, #MSNBC

Veteran journalist Mark Halperin reportedly will leave his roles at NBC News and MSNBC after five women claimed he sexually harassed them while he was a top ABC News executive.

The coauthor of the best-selling book “Game Change” told CNN on Wednesday night that he’s “deeply sorry” and is taking a “step back” from day-to-day work to deal with the situation.

His statement came after CNN reported allegations that Halperin propositioned, fondled and pushed himself against five women while he was ABC News’ political director.

What a jerk pervert.

Source: Veteran journalist Mark Halperin reportedly out at NBC News, MSNBC after sexual harassment claims – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Sacramento City Council approves homeless gulag

The Sacramento City Council approved a controversial proposal Tuesday night to open a 200-bed winter homeless shelter near Del Paso Boulevard in North Sacramento.

After more than two hours of public testimony and City Council debate, the council voted unanimously to spend $997,000 to lease a warehouse at 1900 Railroad Drive for a shelter that will operate from December to April.

Residents of Woodlake and other North Sacramento neighborhoods have expressed anger at Steinberg and other city officials for clustering two homeless shelters in the area, arguing their part of the city is already impacted by the homeless population. Some residents are also angry that the city has not proposed other shelters throughout the city, especially in affluent neighborhoods such as East Sacramento, Land Park and Curtis Park.

Source: Sacramento City Council debates controversial homeless shelter plan | The Sacramento Bee

Pathetic #JeffFlake: It’s what you’ve come to expect from the #GOP elites in Washington

It’s what you’ve come to expect from Republican elites in Washington.

Sen. Jeff Flake’s decision not to run for reelection opens up a wild race to replace him in a 2018 Arizona contest, yet his departure also comes as bad news to Republican and Democratic challengers already running.

Republican Kelli Ward had counted on taking on a wounded Flake, who has slumped in popularity as he has publicly criticized President Trump in a state that voted for the president in 2016. Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, on the other hand, had counted on facing either Flake or the controversial Ward in a general election, giving Democrats their best opportunity in years to pull the seat into their hands.

Now, Arizona politicians expect a renewed push among Republicans to expand their roster of challengers to Ward, which gives her a tough race in the primary and also may give Sinema a far more complicated path in a general election. In short, the open seat may simultaneously cause problems for both the right wing of the Republican Party and for Democrats.

Source: ‘Phones are blowing up’ in Arizona as Sen. Jeff Flake announces departure, roiling already complicated Senate race – LA Times

#Sexualharassment, retaliation, brutality, they’re part of everyday life in the #SanDiegoFireDepartment

A former firefighter recruit is suing San Diego for discrimination, harassment and retaliation because she was fired last year after speaking up about lewd comments and penis drawings in the Fire Academy locker room.

Nicole Pappas, 31, claims male members of her 2015 recruiting class criticized her weight, commented on her butt and forced her to look at penis drawings by taping them on the wall, emailing them and posting them on social media.

After she described such things during an independent investigation by the city’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Pappas claims the city added a discriminatory requirement that she couldn’t fulfill.

Pappas’s lawsuit is mostly focused on behavior in her academy class, which had 33 men and three women. In addition to making comments and posting penis pictures, some male recruits assaulted her.

Pappas says Fire Department supervisors saw the harassment and did nothing to stop it. She contends one instructor said to a male recruit, in reference to Pappas, “you’re going to let a girl answer the question and get it right before you?”

Source: Female firefighter recruit sues San Diego for sexual harassment, retaliation – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Court: Top Navy lawyer’s tainted SEAL’s San Diego rape case

The Navy’s top lawyer, Vice Adm. James W. Crawford III, engaged in unlawful command influence two years ago, possibly sending an innocent Navy SEAL to prison, according to a special military court ruling handed down Tuesday.

Appointed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces to probe allegations that high-ranking Navy officers illegally tainted the criminal case of Special Warfare Operator Senior Chief Keith E. Barry, Air Force Col. Vance H. Spath determined that the actions of Crawford and others failed to “engender confidence in the process of this case or the military justice system as a whole.”

Source: Court: Top Navy lawyer’s unlawful influence tainted SEAL’s San Diego rape case – The San Diego Union-Tribune

#Obama -#Clinton #Russian uranium deal leaves a mushroom cloud over Washington

The U.S House of Representatives has opened investigations into the Obama administration’s 2010 decision to approve the sale of American uranium mines to a Russian-backed company.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said at a news conference that his panel and the House Oversight Committee would jointly probe the deal, which President Trump has called “the real Russia story.”

The recently exposed 7-year-old uranium deal appears to be the real Russian collusion story in Washington and has all but derailed Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller’s investigation to the 2016 election.

It appears more and more that “Russian interference” the 2016 election came in the form of support for Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Source: House Republicans launch probe into Obama-era uranium deal involving Russian-backed company – LA Times

#HarveyWeinstein sex crimes happen every day in the California Legisalture

The response to sexual harassment allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein has spread to statehouses nationwide, with hundreds of lawmakers, lobbyists and consultants coming forward to say the problem is pervasive in the halls of political power.

While political sex scandals aren’t new, the Weinstein allegations and ensuing #MeToo social media movement have put an intense spotlight on the issue in politics. More women are coming forward with stories, some are naming names and states are making fresh promises of investigations and of legislation.

California has formal written policies for legislative employees on sexual harassment. However the rules are less clear for others who work at  the capitol, including lobbyists and consultants.

In Sacramento, a #MeToo letter circulated last week with signers that included lawmakers, lobbyists, political consultants and legislative staff members. The list has turned into an organized campaign called “We Said Enough.”

In response, humiliated Senators hired an outside law firm on Monday to investigate the claims.

Source: Latest front in Weinstein scandal: Statehouses say ‘me too’ | Merced Sun-Star

President #Trump forces #JeffFlake and #BobCorker to retire

President Trump has forced two loser Republicans to retire from the Senate.

Jeff Flake of Arizona declared he would not be “complicit” with Trump and announced his surprise retirement, while Bob Corker of Tennessee declared the president “debases our nation” with constant untruths and name-calling.

Corker, too, is retiring at the end of his term.

Presidential adviser Steve Bannon, Trump’s ex-strategic adviser, called it all “a monumental victory for the Trump movement,” and Trump himself boasted to staff members that he’d played a role in forcing the senators out.

On Twitter, he called Corker “incompetent,” said he “doesn’t have a clue” and claimed the two-term lawmaker “couldn’t get elected dog catcher in Tennessee.”

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in regard to the impending retirements, “The people both in Tennessee and Arizona supported this president, and I don’t think that the numbers are in the favor of either of those two senators in their states and so I think this was probably the right decision.”

Source: GOP senators blister Trump, reveal party at war with itself | Merced Sun-Star

#LATimes corroborates #AP story about #HillaryClinton #Russian campaign scheme

It’s serious when the Los Angeles Times fingers one of their own. That’s just what happened however.

The Times reports that Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund political research into President Trump that ultimately produced a fake news dossier of allegations about his ties to Russia.

The dossier, which has been derided as “phony stuff,” is a politically motivated collection of salacious claims. It forms the basis of what has become a phony investigation into the President’s campaign by special counsel Robert Mueller — a longtime Clinton ally.

The scheme was brokered by Marc Elias, a lawyer for the Clinton campaign and the DNC, and his law firm of Perkins Coie.

These new revelations hold true the old adage “people who live in glass houses shouldn’t produce fake news.”

Source: Clinton camp helped fund Trump dossier research, source says – LA Times