Here we go again, maybe. Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images It’s the week of Thanksgiving Day, but it feels like Groundhog Day in Washington. With the midterm elections over (except for a couple of unresolved House races), a lame-duck session of Congress will deal with what feels like a very old issue: the president’s threat to veto an appropriations measure and trigger a (partial) government shutdown if he doesn’t get his way on border wall funding. Politico has the latest scoop: With a partial government shutdown potentially two weeks away, Democrats and Republicans are dug in, each side upping its demands and vowing not to buckle to the other.President Donald Trump is pressuring Republicans to obtain at least $5 billion for his border wall, far more than what Senate Democrats are prepared to give. Democrats in turn are considering pushes for legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller and the elimination of a citizenship question from the next … [Read more...] about Yet Again, Trump Threatens Government Shutdown Over His Precious Wall
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President Trump made a commitment last month to reduce wildfire danger across the West, rolling out an ambitious, if uncertain, executive order that demands more aggressive management of the nation’s forests. The order, which calls for a big boost in logging, grows out of the president’s repeated claims that the deadly fire season in California last year was due to the state’s failure to tame its overgrown woodlands. The week that Trump visited the ruins of the Camp Fire in Butte County, he even threatened to halt disaster funding if the state didn’t “remedy” the situation. As it turns out, the more immediate risk to forest health and fire prevention is probably not California, but the monthlong shutdown of the federal government. Even as it came to an end Friday, the president’s impasse with Congress over funding for his border wall hamstrung the nation’s largest land-management agencies long enough to slow Trump’s forest … [Read more...] about Wildfire prevention: Can California make up ground lost to shutdown?
The House of Representatives voted 240-179 to pass H.R. 266 — Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. The measure now heads to the US Senate for consideration. READ MORE: If Trump Ran Democrat, He'd Be Most-Loved White Prez Since Clinton — Pastor This comes after, on Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted 240-188 to pass the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act. © AFP 2019 / SAUL LOEBTrump Says Closer to Declaring National Emergency to Enable Border Wall ConstructionThe President Donald Trump's administration said it would veto each spending bill the House passes that fails to address the border security needs the administration is requesting. Senate Republican leaders have backed Trump and are likely to reject the latest bill. Currently, Trump is requesting $5.7 billion for the construction of a wall on the US border … [Read more...] about US House Passes Bill to Fund Interior Department, EPA Amid Gov’t Shutdown
November 20, 2019 08:21 Amnesty International says Iranian security forces have killed at least 106 people in nationwide anti-government protests since Friday, four times the death toll of Iran's last mass protests two years ago.In a Tuesday interview with VOA Persian, the London-based rights group's Iran researcher, Raha Bahreini, said Amnesty determined that security forces killed 106 protesters based on eyewitness accounts, social media videos and reports of exiled Iranian human rights activists.An Amnesty press release said it recorded fatalities of protesters in 21 towns and cities, with the highest numbers of deaths occurring in five western cities: Kermanshah, Javanroud, Bandar-e Mahshahr and its suburbs, Mariwan and Behbahan.VOA Persian has independently confirmed the killings of at least seven protesters in shootings by Iranian security forces on Saturday.Iranian state media have said several people were killed, including at least one security force member in the … [Read more...] about Rights Group: 106 Killed in Iran’s Crackdown on Anti-Government Protests
(CNN)Iranians are still offline, three days after the government pulled the plug on the internet amid nationwide anti-government protests. Experts say the shutdown is an attempt by the government to stop the flow of information and quash the demonstrations. David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, told CNN that the blackout makes it "harder for people to organize, harder for people to protest." "The impact is extraordinarily disproportionate because (it makes) it almost impossible for people to communicate with one another on the ground (and) with friends and family overseas and impossible for people to get information," Kaye said. Iran's minister of telecommunications Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi said that the government had ordered the cutoff on Saturday and promised that it would return "soon," state broadcaster Press TV reported Monday. "Internet will return to the life of the Iranian people soon and … [Read more...] about The ‘internet as we know it’ is off in Iran. Here’s why this shutdown is different
One could be forgiven for dismissing Cardi B’s call to arms over the government shutdown as opportunism. But only if one knew next to nothing about Cardi B. advertisement advertisement Cardi B just posted this on Instagram #CardiB2020 pic.twitter.com/zg4prRUfdG — jordan (@JordanUhl) January 16, 2019 Wednesday’s Instagram video, in which the artist likens 2019 America to a hellhole, did indeed coincide with the release date for Cardi’s latest music video. However, I would refer anyone who doubts her sincerity in decrying the prolonged and pointless government shutdown to the many other political statements the Bronx-born performer has made over the years. Rest assured, they are all pieces of an intact ideology. Even before she made a goofy video for VH1’s Love and Hip-Hop pledging to run for president in 2016, Cardi B had a powerful message for her fans. During that year’s primary elections, in the face of suffocating Trump chatter, she … [Read more...] about Your definitive guide to Cardi B’s political awakening