Jim Carrey’s latest artwork – If there’s a hell…..

Now an innocent seven-year-old girl has died of medical neglect because of Trump’s sadism at the border. If there’s a Hell…

December 14, 2018

Claire McCaskill Says There Are ‘Too Many Embarrassing Uncles’ in Senate

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December 15, 2018

The Senate ‘puts the ‘fun’ in ‘dysfunction”

Claire McCaskill Says There Are ‘Too Many Embarrassing Uncles’ in Senate in Farewell Remarks

Claire McCaskill Says There Are 'Too Many Embarrassing Uncles' in Senate in Farewell Remarks

Some seriously tough love from Sen. Claire McCaskill as she prepares to leave office: '[The Senate] just doesn't work as well as it used to.'

Posted by NowThis Election on Friday, December 14, 2018

7-year-old immigrant girl dies after Border Patrol arrest

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7-year-old immigrant girl dies after Border Patrol arrest
Associated Press        December 14, 2018

Wisconsin Republicans couldn’t accept that Scott Walker lost an election

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December 14, 2018

Wisconsin Republicans couldn’t accept that Scott Walker lost an election.

So they did this. And he just signed it into law.

Wisconsin Republicans Are Trying to Strip Power From Newly Elected Democrats

Wisconsin Republicans couldn't accept that Scott Walker lost an election.So they did this. And he just signed it into law.

Posted by VICE News on Friday, December 14, 2018

Scott Walker Signs Wisconsin GOP’s Massive Power Grab Into Law

Trump says GM shift to electric vehicles is ‘not going to work’

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Trump says GM shift to electric vehicles is ‘not going to work’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday said General Motors’ decision to shift much of its focus to electric vehicles will not succeed, and he asserted a new trade deal will make it harder for the company to move work to other countries.

GM last year said it planned to launch 20 new electric vehicles by 2023 as it faces rising regulatory requirements for zero-emission vehicles in China and elsewhere.

The largest U.S. automaker has come under enormous criticism in Washington after it announced on Nov. 26 plans to close four plants in the United States and cut up to 15,000 jobs in North America.

Trump questioned GM CEO Mary Barra’s business strategy in an interview with Fox News. “They’ve changed the whole model of General Motors. They’ve gone to all-electric. All-electric is not going to work … It’s wonderful to have it as a percentage of your cars, but going into this model that she’s doing I think is a mistake,” Trump said.

Barra was on Capitol Hill for two days of meetings last week to discuss the company’s decision with angry lawmakers from states where plants are closing. “To tell me a couple weeks before Christmas that’s she’s going to close in Ohio and Michigan — not acceptable to me,” Trump said.

Trump has repeatedly said GM should reverse a decision to close an assembly plant in northeast Ohio, an area potentially crucial in the 2020 presidential election. “Ohio is going to replace those jobs in like two minutes,” Trump said. “She’s either going to open fast, or somebody else is going to go in.”

GM shares fell 1.4 percent in trading Thursday.

Asked to respond, GM said it timed its job cut announcement so employees could accept open jobs at other plants.

“We continue to produce great vehicles today for our customers while taking steps toward our vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion,” GM said.

Trump suggested that a new free trade deal with Mexico and Canada makes it “very uncomfortable” for GM to build cars outside the United States.

“I don’t like that General Motors does that … General Motors is not going to be treated well,” he said without elaborating.

Trump signed a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada on Nov. 30 to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, but that deal has not been approved by the U.S. Congress.

The deal boosts the North American content requirements for vehicles to be traded tariff free and requires a significant percentage of vehicles to be made by workers earning at least $16 an hour.

Some Democrats argue the trade deal may need changes to deter GM and other automakers from continuing significant production in Mexico. GM is not backing off its plans to build the new Chevrolet Blazer SUV in Mexico.

Reporting by David Shepardson and Lisa Lambert

The Border Wall Is Going to Be an Environmental Disaster

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The Border Wall Is Going to Be an Environmental Disaster

Luke Darby             December 13, 2018
The Border Wall Is Going to Be an Environmental Disaster
The Supreme Court has decided that the Trump administration can ignore more than two dozen public health and environmental laws to build the wall faster.

Donald Trump made it clear earlier this week that he was willing to wage all out war on the U.S. government if that’s what it takes to get them to give him money to pay for his border wall, his biggest vanity project since whatever last garish building he slapped his name on. While he hasn’t managed to wrest funding from either Congress or Mexico, the administration has already started moving forward with private land seizures. They’ve also, it turns out, been quietly exempting themselves from environmental and public health laws in the hopes of speeding up construction.

According to The Guardian, the most diverse butterfly sanctuary in the country, the 100-acre National Butterfly Center in Missions, TX, is in the way of Trump’s wall. Normally, the federal government wouldn’t be allowed to cut through and demolish sections of the sanctuary, but the Supreme Court ruled last week that the administration had the right to waive 28 laws that would otherwise have prevented or slowed construction. Now, it’s likely to be bulldozed.

A small sample of the laws that the Court decided the Trump administration doesn’t have to follow include: the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Solid Waste Disposal Act, and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. This seems extreme, but it’s now common Republican ideology that laws and regulations that protect the environment and public health are overly burdensome obstacles for businesses, and it should be up to the free market to determine who does and doesn’t have access to things like drinking water.

But there’s an even more insidious aspect to how and where portions of the wall will be built. From the Guardian:

“This is not just that they will drive ocelots to extinction,” said [Scott Nicol, co-chair of the Sierra Club Borderland team], referring to the critically endangered wild cat found in the Rio Grande Valley. “Families trying to come into this country will be pushed into the desert to die.”

“Border walls are death sentences for wildlife and humans alike,” said Amanda Munro of the Southwest Environmental Center, an organization that works to restore and protect native wildlife and habitats. “They block wild animals from accessing the food, water and mates they need to survive. They weaken genetic diversity, fragment habitat, and trap animals in deadly floods. At the same time, they drive desperate asylum seekers to risk their lives in the unforgiving desert.”

That’s the point, or course. Trump is a fan of using punishing deterrents, and has admitted himself that his family separation policy was designed to horrify immigrants into not trying to enter the U.S. And the Border Patrol has long had an unofficial stance that it’s preferable for people to die crossing the desert than to make it across and be arrested, as shown by video evidence of officers destroying water left throughout the border region to keep migrants from dying of dehydration.

If the administration is willing to so casually engage in atrocities at the border, it should come as no surprise that they’re fine with ignoring laws meant to keep both people and the environment safe and healthy.

Betsy DeVosto forced to cancel $150 M in student loan debt after losing court battle

Thomas Barrabi                  December 14, 2018

The U.S. Department of Education will cancel $150 million in student loans after a judge dismissed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ bid to block an Obama-era rule on the matter.

The debt forgiveness applies to about 15,000 student borrowers who were eligible for “closed school” loan discharges. Roughly half of the canceled debt belongs to students who attended Corinthian Colleges, a chain of for-profit schools that shuttered in April 2015, with the remaining debt tied to students who attended schools that closed from 2013 to 2018.

“On Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, we will begin emailing borrowers to inform them that the company that handles billing and other services related to their federal student loans will discharge some or all of the borrower’s loans within the next 30–90 days,” the department said in a press release.

DeVos had sought to block efforts to cancel debts for students who attended schools that closed or the Corinthian Colleges, which were accused of providing inflated job placement statistics to lure attendees. A group of 18 states and Washington, D.C., successfully challenged DeVos’ effort, and a judge ordered the loan discharges to proceed last September.

DeVos had argued that the Obama-era mandate made it too easy for students to escape their debt, at the expense of colleges and taxpayers, Politico reported.

Federal officials fined Corinthian Colleges $30 million over the misleading statistics in April 2015. The for-profit chain closed shortly thereafter.

The Trump tax cuts are putting America in a hole

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The Trump tax cuts are putting America in a hole

Rick Newman            December 12, 2018

Why Trump’s Wall is a Dumb Idea

Robert Reich
Why Trump’s Wall is a Dumb Idea
December 11, 2018

Trump has once again threatened to shut down the federal government over funding for his proposed border wall. Here’s why Democrats shouldn’t vote for one penny to build this monument to stupidity. What do you think?

Why Trump's Wall is a Dumb Idea

Trump has once again threatened to shut down the federal government over funding for his proposed border wall. Here's why Democrats shouldn't vote for one penny to build this monument to stupidity. What do you think?

Posted by Robert Reich on Tuesday, December 11, 2018