A 46-year-old woman from California has been arrested and faces charges of intoxication assault after a rollover ejected an 11-year-old girl and a 9-year-old girl from an SUV just before 8 p.m. The crash happened on I-27, two miles north of Plainview.
Source: KCBD News
Out in Aspen, CO, yesterday, the beautiful and talented people were gathered to gently stroke one another during the Aspen Security Forum. One of the panels was this one:
Active Measures: The Kremlin Plan to Beat the West without Firing a Shot
President Trump maintains that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election. Was Vladimir Putin one of them? If so, beyond influencing the American election, is Russia working to undermine the entire Western liberal democratic order? If so, what can and should we do about it?
The panel members were:
Evelyn Farkas, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia
Julia Ioffe, Columnist, The Atlantic
Ned Price, Former Special Assistant for National Security to President Obama
Moderator: Jim Sciutto, Chief National Security Correspondent, CNN
The panel is notable for a few things. First, three of the members were Obama administration officials. Two are identified and the moderator, Jim Sciutto was chief of staff to former Washington governor and Obama’s ambassador to China, Gary Locke. Sciutto and CNN don’t advertise this and Sciutto has scrubbed his State Department gig from his bio.
Julia Ioffe is more famous for this tweet than for anything she has written:
What we had was three Obama administration appointees and a rabid Trump hater talking about Russian meddling in 2016. So it was pretty much as unbiased and interesting as you can get out of DC these days. That makes this all the more amazing:
On October 7, Price noted when the United States government formally attributed the meddling in the election to the most senior levels of the Russian government, the Donald Trump “Access Hollywood” tape was released, and John Podesta’s emails started getting released.
“From October 7th to November 8th, there was a media frenzy on John Podesta’s emails focused on the substance and the content but not the origins,” Price remarked.
Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Evelyn Farkas interjected that on October 7th she had dinner with a member of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and all that person could talk about was the “Access Hollywood” tape.
“The Clinton campaign really emphasized not the October 7th statement but the Access Hollywood tape,” Farkas commented.
“It wasn’t just the statement… and this term is a loaded but the collusion on the part of certain elements in the media and Guccifer 2.0, the Russian cyber persona, who would send scoops to individual reporters and say, ‘hey you should take a look at this,’” Price responded. “And then lo and behold, major media outlets would write on the scoops provided by this Russian intelligence officer.”
CNN’s Sciutto took objection to Price’s accusation that the media colluded with Russia and asked Price to explain what he meant.
Price stood by his claim telling Sciutto to call it, “cooperation, collusion, whatever you want.”
Sciutto pointed out that collusion implies willing corporation.
“At a certain point, you had to have blinders and earmuffs on not to know that Guccifer 2.0 was a Russian intelligence official,” Price responded.
The “Access Hollywood” tape he refers to is the “pu**y grabbing” tape. Price seems to be claiming that the media actually cared about John Podesta’s leaked emails. His second order claim is that to merely mention Podesta’s, and presumably the DNC’s, hacked emails means you are in bed with the Russians. This absurd. Hillary took a bigger lead over Trump after the DNC emails were released and the Podesta emails had no pro-Trump polling effect, to the contrary. In the week after the Podesta emails were released, Clinton gained 5 points.
But it shows what “collusion” really means. Nothing.
Republican leaders and their water carriers want you to think the filibuster is an immovable object blocking conservative legislation. But that’s not true, neither historically nor politically. Beating the filibuster just takes guts and a desire to win.
The filibuster, as designed and implemented, is not a minority veto on legislation. It is merely a delaying tactic. A filibuster can only prevent the passage of a bill when the leadership consents to that. That is, only if the majority leader caves to the filibustering Senators will the filibuster veto, rather than delay, a bill.
Majority leaders rarely wish to look like they’re caving, so they put in a rule to allow themselves to give in without looking like it. This is called the “two-track” system, whereby a majority leader can set aside the filibustered bill and bring another bill up for a vote instead. Since the two track system was implemented, the use of the filibuster has grown as the minority has taken advantage of that displayed weakness.
When Democrat Strom Thurmond filibustered the Civil Rights Act for 24 hours in 1957, or when Republican Ted Cruz filibustered a continuing resolution for 21 hours in 2013, those filibusters did not veto their targeted bills. The filibuster worked as intended: the speakers were able to delay, gain attention, and give the public an opportunity to side for or against the bill. The minority had a chance to win the debate by throwing a road block in front of the leadership.
That’s what the filibuster is good for, and what it’s meant for. Mitch McConnell and the Republicans can bring the filibuster back to that simply by ending use of the two-track system. Tell the Democrats that they can get up and speak, and filibuster any bill, but that as long as they do that, then they are blocking all the business of the Senate. Let them shut down the government in order to filibuster. Make them be the heavies.
The Democrats won’t have the stomach to shut down the government indefinitely. They have less nerve for that than Republicans do, even, because their unionized patrons cannot tolerate it. They need government funneling cash into the coffers of the unions that donate to their campaigns, and when government employees get disgruntled, that threatens their funding.
Take a stand for once in your miserable careers, Senate Republican leaders. Repeal Obamacare, root and branch, like you promised. Be men of your words, or be proven as useless liars.
It was just a matter of time before this happened but I don’t think anybody saw Sean Spicer’s resignation coming so quickly. But Spicer resigned, and now we wait to hear how Trump forcing this move is just another example of his brilliance.
Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned on Friday morning, telling President Trump he vehemently disagreed with the appointment of the New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.
Mr. Trump offered Mr. Scaramucci the job at 10 a.m. The president requested that Mr. Spicer stay on, but Mr. Spicer told Mr. Trump that he believed the appointment was a major mistake, according to person with direct knowledge of the exchange.
It’s not hard to blame Spicer for resigning as a result of the hiring of Scaramucci. He’s a hedge fund and finance person, not a communications person. He has no experience running communications and doing so for the White House requires a particular skill set.
Trump’s hiring of Scaramucci appears to be another move where Trump rewards loyalty over experience and competence.