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Trump Credits The Faithful For "Abolition Of Civil Rights"


      Trump's Off-Script Gaffe

      At The National Prayer Breakfast

      A Freudian Slip?

      Yes, it appears that Trump actually said this at today's National Prayer Breakfast, crediting people of faith for "the abolition of civil rights". While we may take some measure of comfort in assuming he meant to say "the abolition of slavery" as well as for "civil rights", Trump didn't catch himself when he read it off the teleprompter and hasn't personally corrected it since (as far as we know).

      The White House later issued a statement of what he was supposed to say.


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      And The Purpose Of This Is What Exactly?


          To say we here in Oregon lead the nation making this permissable?

          Go to work high and not be held accountable - ever. In any occupation? Make it a law that employers can't even ask?

          In Oregon isn't worth prioritizing making that law - in 2019. I can think of many occupations where whether you are high or not - doesn't matter. But I can also think of sooooooo many where whether you are high or not - 100 percent matters - and the public if they are dependent upon you performing your job duties - has no right to inquire when or if you are ever high on the job - absent needing to be impaired for "medical" reasons - of course...


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          Is Blackface Some Kind Of Rite Of Passage In Virginia?


              The political, racial, sexual, social chaos in the Commonwealth of Virginia just got even worse.

              First it was Democrat Governor Ralph Northam admitting, then (sort of) denying he was one of the two people in his 1984 medical school yearbook, one in blackface, the other in KKK robes. Then he offered his Michael Jackson alternative, but was dissuaded by his wife from demonstrating the "moonwalk". And six days later, he is still refusing calls to resign.

              Then it was black Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax being accused by black college professor Vanessa Tyson, of a 2004 sexual assault, whose account former prosecutor-now presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), also black, found "credible" and worthy of investigation, raising awkward questions whether Dem's would offer the same full-throated support to Tyson as they did to the Brett Kavanaugh accuser, white college professor Christine Blasey Ford?

              Then it was Virginia's Attorney General, Democrat Mark Herring, who volunteered that he once also wore blackface when he dressed up as a rapper for a party decades ago.

              Now we learn that Virginia's Republican Senate majority leader, Tommy Norment, who had obtained his position by a flip of a coin, served as editor of the Virginia Military Institute’s 1968 yearbook that contained numerous blackface images as well as racial and ethnic slurs.


              All of this would seem to beg the question is blackface and racism some kind of 'rite of passage' for young men in Virginia?

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              Virginia Republican edited

              yearbook with racist images

              AP Photo/Steve Helber

              Virginia State Sen. Tommy Norment (left) speaks with then-Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam at the Capitol in Richmond in 2014.

              Norment was the managing editor of Virginia Military Institute's 1968 yearbook, which featured racist images.




              A Republican Virginia state senator oversaw a yearbook at the Virginia Military Institute that included racist images and slurs, adding him to the list of scandal-plagued Virginia politicians that has thrust the normally decorous state capital Richmond into a state of tumult.

              State Sen. Tommy Norment, a Republican who represents much of the area north of Newport News, Virginia, served as managing editor of the 1968 yearbook, which featured images of blackface and Confederate battle flags, and referred to Asian-American and African-American students with racist slurs, including the n-word.

              The Virginian-Pilot first reported the yearbook's contents.

              The revelation comes as the commonwealth's Democratic leadership is reeling over past racist conduct and an allegation of sexual assault.

              Gov. Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook page featured a photo of two students dressed in Ku Klux Klan robes and blackface. Northam initially apologized for the image, but backpedaled during a news conference Saturday where he denied being in the photo. He did, however, admit to wearing blackface in a separate incident to imitate Michael Jackson. Northam also attended VMI as an undergraduate, where his yearbook labels him with the slur "coonman."

              Northam has faced calls for his resignation, but has resisted giving up his position.

              Days after Northam's blackface scandal emerged, allegations of sexual assault surfaced against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who would be next in line for governor if Northam resigned. Fairfax has denied those allegations and suggested that could be politically motivated. The Washington Post, in a report published this week, said it had investigated the allegations against Fairfax but could not find evidence to corroborate either his version of events or his accuser's.

              Though unlikely, if both were to resign, that would leave Democratic Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring to ascend to the governorship. But Herring also admitted to and apologized Wednesday for wearing blackface at a party in college, prompting calls for his resignation.

              When asked about his role in editing the VMI yearbook, Norment deflected and said, “the only thing I’m talking about today is the budget,” the Virginian-Pilot reported.

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              Abortion = Murder According To Bible?


                  I have a question that someone on Yabberz may be able to answer. In a conversation on Yabberz with Tom Lowe about abortion, he assured me that the Bible states that abortion is wrong. I know that the Bible does not approve of abortion but--to my knowledge, at least--nowhere in the Bible is abortion treated as the murder of innocent babies. I know that many American Christians (including, for example, one of my sisters) do think that abortion is murder, and they are all entitled to hold and express that opinion (but not to impose it on others).

                  My question, for any Christian or person knowledgeable about Christians, is just this: Are there any places in the Bible, Old Testament or New, that state that abortion is murder? (I'll happily debate this if anyone wants, but I promise not to debate if you don't want to debate.)


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                  Green New Deal Fights Climate Change, Injustice - The Push-Back Begins


                      A somewhat revised, more phased, plan to fight climate change has been released known as the "Green New Deal", which calls for a massive government investment in clean, renewable, zero-emission energy along with a steady reduction in the U.S. reliance on oil, gas and coal.

                      The proposal also addresses economic and racial injustice with calls for universal healthcare, affordable higher education, and a more equitable tax structure that benefits the middle class, people of color, "migrant communities, deindustrialized communities, depopulated rural communities, the poor, low-income workers, women, the elderly, the unhoused, people with disabilities, and youth”.

                      Needless to say, the push-back from fossil fuel interests has already begun, the first salvo targeting youthful inexperience of some of its proponents as ranging from unrealistic to impossible. But the ultimate counter-attack will almost certainly focus on the cost and conservative abhorrence of any big government investment program that resembles FDR's original New Deal.

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                      'Green New Deal' lands in the Capitol

                      The climate and economic plan backed by progressives and

                      several Democratic presidential hopefuls calls for "massive"

                      government action "on a scale not seen since World War II."

                      Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

                      Achieving many of the goals would depend on a "massive investment program" from the federal government,

                      according to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's office, though it did not call for a carbon tax.




                      Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey(D-Mass.) released a blueprint for a Green New Deal on Thursday urging a "10-year national mobilization" for a speedy shift away from fossil fuels and calling for national health care coverage and job guarantees in a sweeping bid to remake the U.S. economy.

                      The burgeoning left-wing faction within the Democratic Party quickly persuaded several 2020 White House contenders to sign onto the Green New Deal’s tenets in a bid to push climate change and the broad economic platform up the ladder of party priorities.

                      Declared candidates Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) are all co-sponsoring the resolution, as are likely contenders Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), according to their offices. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has previously endorsed the concept of a Green New Deal, but her office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether she would cosponsor the resolution.

                      The 14-page, non-binding resolution from Ocasio-Cortez and Markey is an attempt to add substance to the proposals that have fired up a wave of new activists who are planning to barnstorm lawmakers' offices in the Capitol in the coming days — and to set an agenda for the Democrats in the 2020 election.

                      “[A] new national, social, industrial, and economic mobilization on a scale not seen since World War II and the New Deal era is a historic opportunity ... to create millions of good, high-wage jobs in the United States; to provide unprecedented levels of prosperity and economic security for all people of the United States; and to counteract systemic injustices," the resolution, which was shared with POLITICO, states.

                      As POLITICO previously reported, the plan seeks to transition the U.S. to a 100 percent clean energy system without specifically calling for an end to fossil fuels, stating that it aims for "net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers." It also calls for creating "millions of good, high-wage jobs" and pledges "to promote justice and equity" across all communities within 10 years.

                      Those targets reflect the message from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report last fall that warned governments must cut global greenhouse gas emissions 45 percent below 2010 levels by 2030 to achieve "net-zero" emissions by mid-century to avoid 1.5-degree Celsius global temperature rise.

                      The Sunrise Movement, the youth-led climate group at the heart of the Green New Deal push, is planning hundreds of Senate and House office visits Feb. 11 and 12 to prod lawmakers into signing onto the resolution by Feb. 26.

                      Ocasio-Cortez's office said in a press release that the freshman lawmaker would soon begin to "fully flesh out the projects involved in the Green New Deal" and work with colleagues to identify legislation that could fit into a "comprehensive plan."

                      The resolution advocates for eliminating fossil fuels pollution and greenhouse gas emissions "as much as technologically feasible" in agriculture and transportation, two of the major sources of climate change gases.

                      Under the plan, the electricity system would run entirely on "clean, renewable, and zero-emission sources," the resolution states. It envisions new investments in public transportation, improving building energy efficiency, clean manufacturing and green infrastructure. Investments would prioritize communities that "may otherwise struggle with the transition away from greenhouse gas intensive industries" while also ensuring room for "high-paying union jobs" that include prevailing wages and protect collective bargaining rights. It also pushes to "stop the transfer of jobs and pollution overseas."

                      Achieving many of the goals would depend on a "massive investment program" from the federal government, according to Ocasio-Cortez's office, though it did not call for a carbon tax. Several environmental groups as well as center-right organizations and economists have advocated for such a tax, and Ocasio-Cortez's office said the "door is not closed for market-based incentives."

                      "We will finance the investments for the Green New Deal the same way we paid for the original New Deal, World War II, the bank bailouts, tax cuts for the rich, and decades of war — with public money appropriated by Congress," the release said. "Further, government can take an equity stake in Green New Deal projects so the public gets a return on its investment."

                      Critics have hammered the massive spending called for by the plan in recent weeks. Potential presidential candidate and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has backed the idea of a Green New Deal, said recently that some of the plan's promises are "pie in the sky," while Republicans have slammed the concept as unworkable.

                      At a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on Wednesday, Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) criticized what he saw as the youthful folly of new members proposing unrealistic plans in the new Congress with the support of more senior lawmakers.

                      "I guess I can understand if someone who has not a lot of life experience and they’re proposing something that’s extremely unrealistic — well, impossible. Impossible. But what I don’t understand is adults, grown-ups who are older and more mature are also advocating something that is impossible, and I see that in some of the presidential contenders,” he said.

                      But some of those Democratic contenders cheered as the resolution neared its release.

                      "Excited that @SenMarkey, my former colleague, & @AOC are starting a conversation in Congress on #GreenNewDeal and thrilled this movement (and groups like @sunrisemvmt) has forced climate action onto the agenda," Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D), who has pledged to make climate change central to his White House bid, tweeted Wednesday.

                      The resolution includes key changes from the first proposal that Ocasio-Cortez presented in November when she and dozens of activists stormed now-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Capitol Hill office. Those changes appear designed to make the Green New Deal more palatable to moderates and labor unions that are key Democratic backers.

                      Chiefly, the resolution calls for relying on “clean, renewable, zero-emission sources,” which is a departure from the 100 percent renewable pledge Ocasio-Cortez initially championed. The change reflects concerns from labor groups, including those that have members who work in the nuclear energy industry. Ocasio-Cortez's office also didn't rule out carbon capture and storage technology as a means of enabling the continued use of fossil fuels, though they would prefer steps like reforestation and said that carbon capture technology "to date has not proven effective."

                      The wording reflects that many communities revolve around fossil fuel economies and will need more time to adjust to a transition, a concern that Democratic lawmakers in the Congressional Progressive Caucus had previously raised. Provisions in the resolution such as the need to obtain consent from indigenous peoples on all decisions that affect their land — similar to First Nations in Canada — are also designed to be bulwarks against extraction.

                      Those assurances, however, are unlikely to please everyone.

                      “Our climate crisis requires that we stand up to the fossil fuel industry and ramp down our fossil fuel production, not allow it to continue its planned expansion,” David Turnbull, a spokesperson with Oil Change International, said in a statement.


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                      Opinion: A Sea Of White At State Of The Union Offered A Vision Of Hope

                          SOTU women
                          Photo: Signe Wilkinson / Philadelphia Daily News


                          Many of us who were brave enough (or masochistic enough) to watch and suffer through Trump’s long winded State of the Union speech were pleased to see how Speaker Pelosi conducted herself, and we were filled with a sense of hope and inspiration when we looked out at a sea of white reminding us that there are people who are on our side, and that these women in white are among them.


                          President Trump opened his second State of the Union address Tuesday night with a call for unity and then proceeded to describe a state that was anything but unified. The disappointing tone of the president’s remarks didn’t obscure however one of the evening’s highlights — a sweeping view of the 116th Congress, with 100 new members and the most female congressional legislators in history.

                          The Democratic legislators, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, wore white in honor of the suffragettes who won the vote for women 100 years ago. The view of the diverse women in that sea of white captured what is different about this Congress and this moment in history — a visible presence in the Capitol and hopefully persuasive voices in congressional committees shaping policies that affect the everyday lives of all Americans.

                          The president mentioned a litany of issues clearly selected to appease his political base (late-term abortion, illegal immigration and the need for a border wall to protect the nation). He spoke out against anti-Semitism but neglected to recognize the issues of gun violence, health care (except for uttering the phrase “pre-existing conditions’) and the environment (and, I might add, Speaker Pelosi, as protocol suggests).

                          He tried to de-legitimize the Mueller probe of his campaign associates as “a partisan investigation” — a not-so-veiled threat to the Democrats.

                          What we didn’t hear was a word of what the White House plans to do on border security to avoid another shutdown before the Feb. 15 deadline. The annual address thought of as about delivering confidence about our nation to the American people left us wondering this year what comes next.

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                          It's A New Day In Washington D.C.


                              The hornet's nest has officially been stirred up. Democrats have waited two years for this, and they're wasting little time in investigating Donald Trump. He's reportedly furious. But this goes beyond the White House. Democrats are investigating guns, voting right, and dark money. And that was just Wednesday.

                              It’s A New Day; Democrats Begin Oversight Hearings, Investigations Into Trump Finances

                              WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 05: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) ahead of the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol Building on February 5, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump's second State of the Union address was postponed one week due to the partial government shutdown. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

                              The New Democratic-controlled House is beginning to spread its wings. And after being in the minority for the first two years of the Trump administration, they have a lot to say, and more importantly perhaps, a lot to ask.

                              The biggest news comes from Democratic Representative Adam Schiff who announced he would be looking into Donald Trump’s finances. Trump called Schiff a “political hack” and said the investigation amounts to “presidential harassment.”

                              I can understand why the idea of meaningful oversight terrifies the President. Several of his close associates are going to jail, others await trial, and criminal investigations continue.

                              We’re going to do our job and won’t be distracted or intimidated by threats or attacks.

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                              From Politico:

                              “On Wednesday, House Intelligence Chairman Schiff (D-Calif.) announced the parameters of his committee’s revived Russia investigation, which he said would “go beyond” Russian interference in the 2016 election and include whether Trump or his associates “have sought to influence U.S. government policy in service of foreign interests” and “whether any foreign actor has sought to compromise or holds leverage, financial or otherwise, over Donald Trump, his family, his business, or his associates.”

                              From the New York Times:

                              “The House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday began a broad inquiry into whether Russia and other foreign powers may be exercising influence over President Trump, acting only hours after a defiant Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared that the House would not be cowed by the president’s “all-out threat” to drop its investigations of his administration.
                              “Other committees were zeroing in on similarly sensitive oversight targets. On Thursday, Democrats will begin their quest to secure the president’s long-suppressed tax returns. The chairman of the Judiciary Committee readied a subpoena for the acting attorney general, Matthew G. Whitaker, in case he tried to avoid Democratic questioning. And a House Appropriations subcommittee chairwoman began an inquiry into administration rule-bending during the 35-day partial government shutdown.”

                              And those are just the beginning. One of the big issues for Democrats has been voting rights and yesterday, Elijah Cummings, the new chairman of the House Oversight Committee, gave us a taste of what the next two years will be like. This is a must-watch.

                              .@RepCummings is on fire. Stop whatever you're doing and watch this.

                              “One year ago today, on my mother’s dying bed at 92 years old — a former sharecropper — her last words were: Do. Not. Let. Them. Take. Our. Votes. Away. From. Us.”

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                              Meanwhile, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was questioning witnesses on dark money and politics.

                              And for the first time since 2011, a hearing was held in Congress on guns.

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