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Why Transgender Candidates Don't Win Elections



      This is a lengthy piece, but an important one that needs to get more exposure. Please you Yaberzers who are on Twitter and Facebook, if you could share this.

      This has to happen if we're to be a truly democratic country.

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      Senate Just Took A Step To End Our Support By Passing S.J. Res 7


          The US Senate is ending support for the war in Yemen.

          For years, the US has helped Saudi Arabia bomb Yemen. Thousands of civilians have died in airstrikes. Thousands more have starved to death. And America has been complicit.

          But the Senate just took a step to end our support by passing S.J. Res 7, which I proudly co-sponsored. pic.twitter.com/J3bvpo1apu

          — Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) March 13, 2019

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          Is It A Bad Time To Be Allied With America? Has America Met Its Match?


              New Zealand is feeling some pain, but does America care? America doesn't even care about its own farmers, New Zealand is "way over there..."

              The Americans are going to make a deal with China, eventually, and somewhat normalize their relations. But what about America's puppets: Canada, Australia, and NZ? When their master steps back, What bargaining chip do they have to normalize their damaged relation with China? In the end, NZ, Australia and Canada will be thrown away as pieces of trash by the US, and be left alone to face the wrath of China, who does not forget, nor forgive. We have already seen China's biggest commodity trader refusing to buy Australian coal; there are reports of every single container of Australian and New Zealand exports to China being inspected, slowing down the process through customs. Is America doing anything at all to reduce Oceania's pain? No! Trump's America First really couldn't care less about the well-being of their dogs. It's America First, NOT 5 Eyes first, NOT NATO first. So again, why is New Zealand sacrificing their own economic well-being just because the US told them to? Has New Zealand elected a traitor into office?


              It's very foolish to take side..!!!! That's the problem of these leaders NOT thoroughly understanding the economic and political costs...!! Example when Canada takes side, it got thrown under the bus by its ally, the US..!! Where you think Australia and NZ will land when it's thrown by its ally US ???


              "Rules-based order" - this is code for US unilateralism. Jacinda Ardern has no foresight, it's a shame we lack any real leadership right now. We need to break free of being a client of the US. Their demands outweigh the benefits.


              Independent foreign Policy....lol New Zealand is nothing but a Vassal slave state to the US imperialist agenda. China is gonna be a superpower and Asia affects their foreign policy. The 5 eyes which includes Australia and New Zealand with the USA, Britain, and Canada are all part of this World Domination Agenda! lol She's just a useful TOOL! NPC lol


              New Zealand and Australia, the best is to mind their own business and stop following America, troublemaker around the world. China is now the rising power and that’s where businesses are, take this opportunity to benefit your countries, like the Huawei’s 5G. Stop listening to America fear-mongering without any proof of spying. America is trying to sabotage the rise of China, America can’t do it on its own, thus seeks the help of "5 Eyes," the Caucasian countries. If New Zealand and Australia follow America’s path, they’ll be left far behind, while other countries benefit thru 5G. Note that recently (Mar. 11, 2019) America has threatened Germany with ostracism, should Germany attempt or continue to do business with Huawei. It's an ages old threat: "You're White, aren't you?!" It's also a subtle reminder that America has no intention, ever, of actually joining the world's people as co-equals.

              [MN note: Australia and New Zealand combined population size: 30 million including Aussie Aborigine and NZ Maori. Combined, it's a little larger than population of Syria.]


              Feb. 18, 2019 Q+A with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern – NZ-China relations

              Jacinda Ardern talks about New Zealand’s relationship with China

              "The West has lost the art of sharing power," says Kishore Mahbubani

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              Canada Grounds Boeing 737 MAX 8


                  BREAKING: Under Pressure, Trump Orders Boeing 737 Max 8 Immediately Grounded

                  Canada Grounds Boeing 737 Max 8

                  Joins most of the world's aviation nations,

                  leaving the U.S. the only major holdout

                  By Ray Cunneff

                  March 13, 2019

                  Yesterday, the entire European Union not only grounded the 737 Max 8 but denied it overflight rights in their collective airspace, as aircraft have actually been ordered in several instances to return to their points of origin while in mid-flight.

                  Today, Canada followed suit, joining most of the world in grounding this airplane until the cause of two deadly, nearly identical, crashes within five months can be determined.

                  The world is taking this aviation risk very seriously while Boeing and Trump's FAA are conspiring to downplay the danger to the flying public and presumably protect Boeing stock from further damage.

                  The New York Times published a story on Monday claiming that Boeing and the FAA had decided flight crews did not need to be informed about the change to the flight control system (MCAS) on Boeing's 737 Max 8 aircraft at least in part to minimize the costs of retraining pilots.

                  Aviation experts already suspect that the culprit in both Sunday's crash in Ethiopia and the Lion Air crash in Indonesia last October is a new system on the Max 8 called the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS. It was designed to counteract a shift in the aircraft's center of gravity due to bigger, more fuel-efficient engines that increase the potential for the nose to pitch up after take-off and cause the engines to stall.

                  The danger for pilots unfamiliar with the system is to be surprised in the middle of busy takeoff check list when the system automatically pushes the nose down. The crash site in Ethiopia shows a deep crater where the aircraft nosed into to the ground at high speed.

                  Obama's FAA chief Ray LaHood pointedly suggested that Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao (Mitch McConnell's wife) has the authority to overrule the FAA and ground the entire fleet, but she instead chose to take a Max 8 flight from Austin, Texas on Tuesday to demonstrate her confidence in the aircraft.

                  On a conference call with reporters, Chao said she wants "people to be assured that we take these accidents very seriously, we are reviewing them very carefully, and I have asked the FAA deputy administrator to continue to monitor this situation and report up to the Office of the Secretary and me personally on the latest developments.”

                  Cynics have claimed that it will take another similar crash and loss of life in the United States before the U.S. authorities will feel compelled to take any action apart from further investigation. And it has since been revealed that Boeing had planned to install a software fix for the MCAS stall-avoidance system in January, but its implementation was delayed by the 35-day government shutdown earlier this year.

                  189 people died in the Lion Air crash on October 29, 2018 in Indonesia and 157 people died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday. Both crashed within minutes of takeoff in clear weather, both flight crews struggled to gain control of their aircraft, and both planes pitched nose-downward several times before final impact.


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                  GOP Seizes On Pelosi's Position On Impeachment


                      Speaker Pelosi has many very strong leadership character traits. For some reason though, she is very uncomfortable with the responsibility of Congress to impeach a president. I am with her all the way when she takes the position that a president should not be impeached based on politics. I am also with her when she says a president should not, NOT be impeached based on politics.

                      People who are thinking politically are calculating that Pelosi is being politically astute for backing off on impeaching Trump, and that may or may not be the case. The problem with it is that it is a political calculus that ignores one of the most sacred responsibilities Congress has. It is a false equivalency to compare Bill Clinton with Trump, in ANY way.

                      Yes, Democrats can abdicate their responsibility to impeach a criminal president, and leave it up to voters to impeach him at the ballot box. However, the precedent that sets is that presidents should not be impeached for committing crimes. That they are above the law.

                      There is one thing you can ALWAYS be certain of, and that is if republicans are agreeing with you about something, it is not the right thing to do. Republicans don't know exactly how to react to Pelosi. They don't know if they should praise her for being smart, or praise her for not being smart. What they are certain of, is that they LOVE her position on this.


                      Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the Washington Post that President Trump is not "worth" impeachment, for now. Republicans are seizing on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) comments pumping the brakes on impeaching President Trump — and their reaction could exacerbate Democratic tensions on the issue.

                      Some supporters of the president argue that Pelosi's comments, in a Washington Post interview, are tantamount to admitting there is insufficient evidence to launch impeachment proceedings.

                      Other pro-Trump voices give Pelosi grudging praise for — as they see it — acknowledging the political reality that an impeachment effort could easily backfire on Democrats, much as the GOP drive against then-President Clinton harmed congressional Republicans in the 1990s.

                      "I think she is aware of the political mistake it would be to go after Trump," said Barry Bennett, who served as a senior adviser to Trump's 2016 campaign. "There is no way the Senate is going to do anything and [Democrats] would look like a bunch of left-wing extremists."

                      Another Trump supporter, Brad Blakeman, picked up on Pelosi's comment to the Post that impeachment would divide the country and "he's just not worth it."

                      "When the leader of the Democratic Party states that it's not worth it, it's not worth it," said Blakeman, who was a member of the senior staff in President George W. Bush's White House. "It's not because she's giving him a pass. It's because there are no high crimes and misdemeanors. They are just deflated that there's nothing there."

                      The fact that Pelosi's words were met with such a warm welcome from pro-Trump quarters will only add to Democratic unease.

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                      Joe Biden/Kamala Harris: 2020


                          A Missouri strategist I know says that for him the strongest Dem ticket right now for his purposes would be Biden/Harris.

                          East Coast/West Coast.




                          A strong moderate leaning right/a strong moderate leaning left.

                          Both quick witted and sharp tongued.

                          YOUR THOUGHTS?

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                          U.S. Immigration Agency To Close Its Overseas Offices


                              WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration is planning to close the U.S. immigration agency's overseas locations, according to current and former officials and an internal memo, in a move affecting offices that currently handle family visa requests, international adoptions and other tasks.

                              The move is the latest from an administration that has worked to limit both legal and illegal immigration since Trump took office in January 2017, including cuts to the U.S. refugee program and heightened vetting of U.S. visa applications.

                              U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Francis Cissna, in an email message to agency employees, announced plans for closure of the international field offices. The plans called for shifting those duties to U.S.-based agency offices and American consulates and embassies abroad.

                              The agency, part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, currently operates 23 offices overseas, scattered across Latin America, Europe and Asia, according to the agency's website.

                              The agency offices carry out services including: helping American citizens who want to bring relatives to the United States; processing refugee applications; enabling overseas citizenship applications; and assisting Americans who want to adopt foreign children, according to its website.

                              The international offices can also process naturalizations of U.S. military service members who are not already U.S. citizens. USCIS officers abroad also look for fraud in visa applications and provide technical immigration advice to other U.S. government officials.

                              On Monday, senior USCIS officials told employees within its Refugee Asylum and International Operations division that the agency had decided to close its overseas posts, one current and one former official said. The closures will happen over the next year and some of the offices' tasks likely will be shifted to the State Department, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

                              "Change can be difficult and can cause consternation," Cissna wrote, but said the agency is committed to implementing "as smooth a transition as possible."

                              In places where USCIS does not have overseas posts, the State Department already carries out some of its duties, such as replacing green cards for American legal permanent residents who have lost theirs.

                              International USCIS staff provide support to U.S. officials who travel abroad to interview refugee applicants.

                              'PULLING UP THE DRAWBRIDGE'

                              The administration has put in place new barriers for asylum seekers, barred citizens of several Muslim-majority countries from traveling to the United States and pushed new rules that would make it harder for low-income immigrants to become legal permanent American residents.

                              Advocates expressed concern that the move to close down overseas offices would create additional roadbocks for vulnerable applicants.

                              "They are doing an across-the-board effort to dismantle the capacity of this country to process refugees and immigrants legally," said Mark Hetfield, president of the U.S. refugee assistance organization HIAS. "It is not consistent with what President Trump said in the State of the Union (address), which is that he wants immigrants to come here, that he wants them to come here legally."

                              "This is another example of the administration pulling up the drawbridge," Hetfield added.

                              Leon Rodriguez, USCIS director under Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, said the shift may have been aimed at cutting costs and that most duties now performed internationally by USCIS likely will be delegated to U.S. consulates abroad.

                              "Symbolically it is retreating from an international presence," Rodriguez said.

                              Agency spokeswoman Jessica Collins said by email: "As we have internally shared, USCIS is in preliminary discussions to consider shifting its international USCIS office workloads to USCIS domestic offices in the United States and, where practicable, to U.S. embassies and consulates abroad."

                              "The goal of any such shift would be to maximize USCIS resources that could then be reallocated, in part, to backlog reduction efforts," Collins said.

                              The agency will work closely with the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security "to ensure no interruption in the provision of immigration services to affected applicants and petitioners," Collins added.

                              USCIS has in the past decided to close individual offices based on demand for its services. The agency previously announced that its Moscow field office will permanently close at the end of this month, citing a "significant decrease in workload."


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