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Democrats Need To Play Offense On The Infrastructure Bill

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 08:12
Democrats Need To Play Offense On The Infrastructure Bill

If you read this Axios story on Sunday, you could almost hear the sound of Lucy teeing up the football:

At last month's St. Patrick's Day lunch in the Capitol, President Trump told Richard Neal, the powerful Democratic chairman of the House's tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, that he wants to spend close to $2 trillion on infrastructure, according to two sources to whom Neal recounted his conversation.

...A former senior White House official told me that on infrastructure, Trump's instincts are much closer to Elizabeth Warren's than they are to his tight-fisted acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

... Trump meets on Tuesday with Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to discuss infrastructure.... Democrats still take these meetings — in fact, Pelosi requested this one — because they know that, left to his own devices, Trump would happily spend a ton of federal money on infrastructure. (It's his own party that won't let him.)

The dirty secret — which multiple senior White House officials have confirmed to me — is that Trump hates the infrastructure plan his own White House released last year....

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Mike's Blog Round Up

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 08:01
Mike's Blog Round Up

Blue Jersey: New Jersey’s budget is still struggling to recover from Chris Christie’s budget-busting tax cuts.

No More Mister Nice Blog: Trump’s “Sleepy Joe” nickname for Joe Biden is all about raising doubts about a Democratic opponent’s health—again.

Lance Mannion: Just a reminder that “No Drama Obama” was a feature, not a bug.

Center for Public Integrity: Six percent. That’s how much of the Trump-GOP tax cut windfall for the wealthy went to workers in 2018.

Speaking of which, your quote of the day:
"Over 80 percent of business taxes is borne by the worker.” (Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, selling the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” August 21, 2017.)

Guest blogging Mike's Blog Round Up this week is Jon Perr from Perrspectives. Send your tips, recommendations, comments and angst to mbru AT crooksandliars DOT com.

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HomeList ports watchOS’ List View-based Home screen to iOS

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 08:00

With HomeList, all of your Home screen's app icons become easier to access by way of an Apple Watch-inspired launcher.
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Morning Digest: Stacey Abrams won't run for Georgia's Senate seat, dashing Democratic hopes

Daily Kos - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 08:00

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar.

Leading Off

GA-Sen: On Tuesday, 2018 Georgia gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams announced that she would not challenge GOP Sen. David Perdue.

National Democrats tried hard to recruit Abrams, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer even designated her to give the party's response to Donald Trump's State of the Union. However, Abrams said this week that she wanted an executive role, and that the Senate is "not the role that best suits those needs." Abrams is still considering a 2020 presidential bid or a 2022 rematch against GOP Gov. Brian Kemp.

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A number of Peach State Democrats had been considering running for the Senate if Abrams sat the contest out, and one is already making her move. Former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson formed an exploratory committee in early April, and she said right after Abrams’ announcement that she would reveal her Senate plans on Wednesday. Tomlinson also filed paperwork with the FEC on Tuesday, so there isn’t much suspense about what she’ll decide to do.

Jon Ossoff, who was the Democratic nominee in the ultra-expensive 2017 special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, has also said over the last few months that he was keeping his Senate options open should Abrams pass. Sarah Riggs Amico, who lost the 2018 race for lieutenant governor 51.6-48.4, has also been mentioned for months as a possible candidate, and she publicly expressed interest for the first time on Tuesday. Amico is the executive chair of the logistics and trucking firm Jack Cooper.

We might see even more Democrats eye this race now that Abrams isn’t running. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that allies of 2014 nominee Michelle Nunn are encouraging her to seek a rematch against Perdue, though there’s no word on her interest. Nunn ran a competitive race last time in an awful political climate for Democrats and lost 53-45.

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Julian Assange Gets Almost a Year in UK Prison For Skipping Bail

Slashdot - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 08:00
Julian Assange has been sentenced to just under a year in a UK prison on Wednesday after he was found guilty of violating his bail conditions when he entered Ecuador's London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden in 2012. From a report: "You had a choice and the course of action you chose was to commit an offense," Judge Deborah Taylor said. "You've not surrendered willingly ... you would not have come voluntarily before the court," she added, before handing down an "imprisonment of 50 weeks." Assange was wanted in Sweden for questioning over sexual assault and rape allegations. He faces a separate hearing on possible extradition to the United States over a computer hacking conspiracy charge on Thursday. Charges relating to his bail were formally laid at Westminster Magistrates' Court on April 11, hours after the 47-year-old's nearly seven-year sanctuary within Ecuador's central London embassy came to an abrupt and dramatic end.

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Comment: Five reasons AAPL has climbed sharply in pre-market trading, pushing close to $1T again

9to5Mac - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 07:54

Wall Street was happy with Apple’s earnings report yesterday, despite it revealing a steep fall in revenue from iPhone sales. Pre-market trading shows AAPL at $211 at the time of writing, more than 5% up on yesterday’s close. That sees the stock heading back toward a trillion dollar market cap again.

iPhone sales were down 17% year-on-year in revenue terms. But there are five reasons why the market was happy by what it saw and heard yesterday …

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Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday

Daily Kos - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 07:50

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE…

Wednesday Wandy Wainbow

I swear, when historians write the epitaph of the disastrous Trump years, Randy Rainbow’s musical slam-dunks need to be among the sources they rely on for their research. At their core, they’re near-real-time musical bon mots that document the atrocities and, as a bonus, leave a joyful earworm ricocheting around your tympanic cavity. With Bill Barr’s testimony (or, we predict, more like a scorching) on deck for today in the Senate, the timing of his latest couldn’t be better... 

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And if I may say, whoever coordinated the leaking of the Mueller letter the night before the morning of Barr’s Senate hearing: Bravo. 

Cheers and Jeers starts below the fold...[Swoosh!!] RIGHTNOW! [Gong!!]

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Cartoon: Thoughts and prayers

Daily Kos - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 07:50

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WiCellSwitcher helps your iPhone conserve battery and reduce data usage

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 07:30

Why keep your cellular radio turned on when you're connected to a Wi-Fi network? This new jailbreak tweak manages your internet connections automatically to maximize battery life and mitigate data usage.
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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Biden gets his bump, Barr gets his head handed to him by Mueller

Daily Kos - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 07:30

We’ll get to Joe Biden, but first this:

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Why Is Trump's Campaign Manager Taking Big Bucks For Foreign Speeches?

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 07:29
Why Is Trump's Campaign Manager Taking Big Bucks For Foreign Speeches?

One of the more remarkable things about Team Trump, as an enterprise, is that there doesn't appear to be a single person in it who gives even a passing thought to what we once labeled "ethics." Whether it is an artifact of Trump's attachment to B- and C-tier conservative thinkers or intentional selection on his part is unclear, but the trend is relentless.

Now we learn that Trump's current campaign manager, as in, the one running his 2020 campaign as we speak, has been taking cash for paid speeches to foreign groups. The Washington Post reports that the already sketchy Brad Parscale was given an undisclosed sum for a speech to "Romanian politicians and policy elites" only one day before special counsel Robert Mueller submitted his report on, among other things, 2016 Trump campaign shenanigans.

No, this is not typical. The Post quotes various People With Ethics to explain how unusual it is, but in general, the top managers of presidential campaigns do not take paid side gigs making themselves available to foreign "policy elites" because it looks extremely terribly bad to be collecting cash payments from foreign groups with keen reasons to want to sway U.S. policy in their favor. It looks like access-selling, because it is access-selling.

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Apple will debut Washington, D.C.’s restored Carnegie Library on May 11th

9to5Mac - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 07:26

Washington, D.C.’s historic Carnegie Library has a new lease on life. Following painstaking months of restoration and renovation, Apple and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. will reopen the building’s doors on May 11th at 10:00 A.M. The restored library will house Apple’s second store in D.C. as well as the Kiplinger Research Library and historical society exhibit space.

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Students are introduced to the possibilities of the medical field

Medina Gazette - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 07:13
MEDINA — The future of medicine came to the Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital on Tuesday and it was not a fancy new piece of equipment or groundbreaking procedure that took center stage.
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Students are introduced to the possibilities of the medical field

Medina Gazette - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 07:13
MEDINA — The future of medicine came to the Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital on Tuesday and it was not a fancy new piece of equipment or groundbreaking procedure that took center stage.
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NEXUS, Sustainable Medina County debate emissions

Medina Gazette - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 07:13
Sustainable Medina County, a grassroots organization that opposes the NEXUS pipeline and compressor station, used recent Earth Day festivities as the backdrop to screen a video the organization said shows invisible air pollution at the Wadsworth Compressor Station.
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NEXUS, Sustainable Medina County debate emissions

Medina Gazette - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 07:13
Sustainable Medina County, a grassroots organization that opposes the NEXUS pipeline and compressor station, used recent Earth Day festivities as the backdrop to screen a video the organization said shows invisible air pollution at the Wadsworth Compressor Station.
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Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9 AM ET!

Daily Kos - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 07:00

Happy May!

It’s Wednesday, and there’s still some mead left, so we’re off to a pretty good start. Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter are slated to stop by, unless either of them have to single-handedly kill the Night King. But as far as I know, their schedules are clear.

Good thing, too, because it’s nutty out there.

Listen right here at 9:00 AM ET!

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So if you’re a podcast listener, please consider downloading the RadioPublic app on your Android or iOS phone. Yes, you can still download directly from their site, or listen to the player embedded here at Daily Kos. But it’s listens in their app that count toward payment. And get this: listen to just three episodes in their app, and we earn a one-time, $1 “loyal listener” bonus.

Nothing changes on our end. It’s still Greg Dworkin, Joan McCarter, and even Armando. Plus also, me. And you! As always, we still want your voice on the air with us. Sit down with your smart phone or other electronic recording device and send us your stories and commentary to share with the audience. There’s no easier way to try your hand at podcasting, without all the hassle!

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OK everyone, David Waldman saw Game of Thrones, you can share your spoilers now. Donald Trump can finally ask “why didn’t the dragons just fly over and dump water on them all?” Hey, but not Endgame though! Let David gain the satisfaction of finding Howard on his own. Back to The Scourge of the Dotard King: Battle of the Subpoenas. Trump can’t stop lying, even in federal lawsuit filings. Eric Trump throws his drunken sister under the bus. David points out that they keep rebooting this story every 15 years or so. Actually, the Republican war on democracy is never-ending. Remember back in 2016, when Trump inexplicably showed interest in Michigan and Wisconsin? This year, Donald and campaign manager Brad Parscale are interested in New Hampshire, Nevada and Colorado… Then there’s the Maryland elections company bought by a Russian oligarch close to Putin. Maryland ditched the election servers tied to the Russian oligarch. Now, the company with the Russian investment no longer owns the firm. Armando likes Joe Biden’s Trump is Evil and Must Be Stopped!” argument, and the strategy of coming out for impeachment when Trump blocks the investigations spurred by the Mueller report. There have been few impeachments, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to learn by studying them. Meanwhile, Republican trolls, agents provocateur, smear merchants, and mercenary dicks Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl can’t resist attempting to manufacture a homophobic scandal around Pete Buttigieg, even though it’s still 9 months to the primaries. A growing number of university students from Saudi Arabia flee the U.S. after being charged with rape and manslaughter. And now for the world’s saddest cage match with the world’s happiest outcome, Jared Kushner and Stephen Miller are about to throw down.

Thanks to Scott Anderson for the show summary! Please help me pay him more! Need more info on how to listen? Find it below the fold.
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Travel in style with this waterproof, sleek commuter bag

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 07:00

This Urban 21 Commuter Bag allows you to commute and travel in unparalleled style by offering everything from a waterproof exterior to supreme organization, and it’s currently available for over 20% off at just $185.
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Apple Pay Netherlands: Dutch bank ING confirms it’s ‘coming soon’

9to5Mac - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 06:57

Dutch bank ING has confirmed that Apple Pay is coming to the Netherlands ‘soon.’ The announcement was made on the company’s website.

Coming soon. Yes! ING is introducing Apple Pay.

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Wednesday Morning Open Thread: Dance Like Everybody Is Watching… in AWE!

Balloon Juice - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 04:23


(For the Hamilstans: Yes, in the replies, ‘Lin-Manuel Miranda’ is a strong choice)
 


Wait… Bill Barr, professional Clenisgate leaker and Baylor rape promoter, had any ‘credibility’ left to flush?

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