Friday, September 20, 2019
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‘The politics will follow’: Flight attendant union leader talks climate change and workers’ power

The Association of Flight Attendants has been at the progressive labor front lines the past few years, using their organizing strength to fight against Donald Trump’s racist immigration bans. Sara Nelson, the International President of the AFA-CWA,...
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Slovenian Artist Erects 26′ Statue of drumpf So He Can Burn It to the...

An artist in Melania’s home country of Slovenia has built a 26’ tall statue of der Groppenfuhrer so he can burn it on Halloween, if a local farmer doesn’t bulldoze it with his tractor...
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Putin Plays the Piano and Trump Sings Him Tender Love Song On Russian TV

They say that the cheated upon lover is always the last to know and that may be the case with Donald Trump. Apparently the Trump-Putin bromance is as big a joke in Russia as it is here in the U.S. and the only one who doesn’t know that is Trump. And bear in mind how he always talks about how “America is respected again in the world,” since he’s been in office. Right. The Hill: A Kremlin-backed TV station ran a mashup of President Trump‘s speeches this week in which the U.S. leader is made to appear like he is singing the song “Señorita” in an apparent attempt to mock the president’s overtures to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The mashup features clips from Trump’s speeches that are edited so he appears to say the words or sounds that make up the lyrics of the song by Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes. It is set to “Señorita’s” tune and also includes a clip of Putin playing the piano. The clip aired on the Russian “60 Minutes” program on the country’s Channel 1. It only includes the first two verses of the song, whose lyrics include, “I love it when you call me Señorita/ I wish I could pretend I didn’t need ya/ But every touch is ooh-la-la-la/ It’s true la-la-la/ Ooh I should be running/ Ooh you keep me coming/ For ya,” according to a song lyrics website. The song starts at 1:06. Sorry the clip’s in Russian, but Newsweek reports that the panel is discussing Trump’s comments at the G-7 conference about inviting Putin to next year’s summit, and that the Russian TV host laughed at the clip and called it “absolutely beautiful.” We concur.
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This day in Brexit: Parties go to court over charges that Johnson ‘misled the...

For Americans used to seeing stories in which some clearly over-the-top action of Donald Trump ends up running into the wall of a federal courtroom, this story may sound familiar. On Thursday, the lord...

Netanyahu Frantically Phoned Trump At WH To Shortstop Zarif Visit In France, b/c Trump-Iran...

Yet another comical scene in the farce that is Trump-era American politics: the Prime Minister of Israel heard that his nemesis, the Foreign Minister of Iran was heading for a meeting at the G-7. He feared that Donald Trump would take a meeting with Javad Zarif, at the behest of Emmanuel Macron, who has made no bones about the fact that his ultimate goal is to broker a meeting between Trump and Hassan Rhouani, and this could have been the first step. No way Benjamin Netanyahu was going to stand for that. He frantically telephoned the White House — and Trump wouldn’t take his call. Then Netanyahu had his office phone a number of senior advisers to Trump (Jared, maybe?) and still Trump didn’t pick up the phone. Axios: Between the lines: The Israelis were worried that Trump — who loves making a deal and relishes the drama of an unconventional meeting (think Kim Jong-un) — would let French President Emmanuel Macron talk him into holding an unscheduled meeting with Zarif. The Israelis feared that a Zarif meeting could have made Trump more likely to agree to a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani — leading to a showy summit and a long, open-ended diplomatic process that would take the pressure off of the Iranian regime. Why it matters: Netanyahu’s urgent attempts to get Trump on the phone showed the deep nervousness in Israel about possible renewed talks between the U.S. and Iran. Netanyahu saw Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal as a signature foreign policy achievement — and one that remains essential to Israel’s security. Any loosening of Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign on Iran could create tension with America’s closest ally in the Middle East. And don’t lose sight of the fact that the same weekend as G-7, Netanyahu launched an airstrike over it’s northern border into Syria, purportedly to knock out an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps special unit that, according to Israeli officials, was plotting drone attacks against Israeli targets. Pundits were quick to point out that the fact that Netanyahu may have really been trying to look good ahead of Israel’s September election, could have been a motivating factor for the maneuver. Netanyahu ultimately spoke with Vice President Mike Pence and Pompeo. What we’re hearing: U.S. officials said Trump decided not to meet Zarif regardless of Netanyahu’s messages, and they told the Israelis of Trump’s decision on Sunday. They said when Trump finished his G7 meetings that day, administration officials asked the Israelis if they wanted to connect the call with Netanyahu, but there was no need because Trump had already decided not to hold the meeting. Senior Israeli officials said that although Trump didn’t meet Zarif, they think direct talks between the U.S. and Iran are just a matter of time – and not a lot of time. The Israeli officials said they are concerned that a meeting between Trump and Rouhani could take place as soon as the UN general assembly opens in New York at the end of September. Netanyahu is not pleased with these new developments, as he undoubtedly told Pompeo and Pence, the Mutt and Jeff of foreign affairs, along with Mr. Lego Batman, Mnuchin, who was also in attendance at G-7. This isn’t over. Watch for Netanyahu to do everything he can to block a […]
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‘Just the Beginning’: Massive Protests in UK as Thousands Flood Streets to #StoptheCoup

Many thousands of people took to the streets across the United Kingdom on Wednesday evening—including crowds in central London who surrounded the Palace of Westminster—demanding the end of efforts to suspend Parliament launched earlier...
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As Tropical Storm Dorian barrels toward Puerto Rico, Trump takes money from FEMA and...

Tropical Storm Dorian is moving toward Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands carrying winds of 60 mph and should bring those winds and torrential rain to both U.S. territories later today. Even though the...
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‘This Is a Coup’: Warnings of Ploy to Ram Through No-Deal Brexit as Boris...

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday announced plans to suspend the U.K. Parliament, a move lawmakers and commentators condemned as a flagrant abuse of power aimed at forcing an exit from the European...

Does Trump’s “diplomacy” have Israel in its sights?

How many times do I have to say it? God, I love it when they eat their young! I believe that the operative phrase is a falling out among thieves, and when you look at the corruption scandals that both Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu are facing, there may never have been a more appropriate phrase uttered. Axios is reporting that the Israeli government is suddenly very concerned at the prospect of an upcoming US-Iran summit. You can lay this one at the feet of French President Emanuel Macron, who is beginning to look more and more like the leader of the free world. Macron was widely criticized for inviting the Iranian Foreign Minister to pop in for a visit at the G-7 conference, a move that was seen as an optics “stunt” that fell flat on its face. But in his press conference, Trump acknowledged prior knowledge of the visit, and softened his tone on Iran, agreeing that a summit was possible. In his own press conference Macron hammered home the point, stating that western leaders hoped to have the two sides together within a few weeks time. This is a potentially disastrous development for Netanyahu, who has a runoff election coming up in just about three weeks. It’s a potential game changer for a couple of reasons. For one, Israeli relations with Washington haven’t been at this low of a point in a long time. Democrats are still stone pissed at Netanyahu for going behind President Obama’s back by accepting then Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to address a joint session of congress without Obama’s approval. And Jewish Americans are pissed at Trump for slandering them with a charge of divided loyalties, as well as Netanyahu for setting it up by agreeing to bar representatives Taib and Omar from visiting Israel. Some Israelis are also blaming Netanyahu for giving the appearance of being a Trump stooge. It’s just as bad in Israel, and the core reason is Netanyahu’s cozy relationship with Trump. Trump is far more popular in Israel than he is in the US, and the reason is that Netanyahu has repeatedly touted Trump as the salvation of Israel, and their staunchest ally and supporter. If Macron and Merkel are able to work a little magic, and set up a summit between the US and Iran, or even a high level meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Iranian Foreign Minister in the next three weeks, it could be the kiss-of-death for Netanyahu, with Israelis of all stripes feeling that Benji Baby led them down the primrose path to a place of weaker national security. Benjamin Netanyahu made the same basic mistake that GOP idjits like Reince Priebus, Paul Ryan, and Mitch McConnell made. Mainly, that because Trump is an imbecile, he’d be easy to manipulate and control. But that logic was based on the assumption that Trump shared a common ideology with them. But when you take that line with a man whose only allegiance is to himself, then you really shouldn’t be surprised when you find yourself locked in a cage with the Tasmanian Devil.

The New York Times admits that Trump lied over and over at the G-7—then...

Admittedly, it can be difficult to tell if Donald Trump is merely lying or is completely detached from reality. One thing is clear: This dilemma is not a concern for Trump. He simply says what he wants to...

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