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NAZI Richard Spencer in Florida

Members of the Virginia National Guard on the 
pedestrian mall in Charlottesville, Virginia, following violence at the 
Unite the Right rally, August 12, 2017. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Members of the Virginia National Guard on the pedestrian mall in Charlottesville, Virginia, following violence at the Unite the Right rally, August 12, 2017. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Law Enforcement Aided by Rick Scott Declaring State of Emergency Ahead of Richard Spencer Event

By Lori Rozsa and Susan Svrluga, The Washington Post
17 October 17

lorida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Monday in anticipation of a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer at the University of Florida.
Scott (R) warned in an executive order that a “threat of a potential emergency is imminent” in Alachua County, where the public university is located.
The order was intended to help with law enforcement agencies’ response to rallies planned for Thursday, the governor said in a news release. University of Florida officials said Monday afternoon that the order was not made in response to any specific heightened threat.
Spencer led hundreds of torch-bearing white supremacists, white nationalists and others on a march chanting, “You will not replace us” and “Jews will not replace us” at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in August. The group fought briefly with counterprotesters, and violence worsened the following day when a man drove a car into a crowd of people protesting a planned “Unite the Right” rally, killing a woman and injuring others.
A state of emergency was declared in Virginia after that violence.
In the days afterward, the University of Florida told Spencer he could not hold an event he had planned on campus. After his supporters and a lawyer questioned that decision on First Amendment grounds, the school allowed Spencer to schedule his speech and question-and-answer session for Thursday.
University officials have done extensive planning for the event and said they intend to spend $500,000 on security.
The governor’s executive order will allow local law enforcement officials to work with state and other agencies. Scott is also activating the Florida National Guard to help if needed.
“This worries me. I don’t get it,” Spencer said about Scott’s order. “I hope he’s doing this with good intentions.”
He said the order won’t change his plans. “I’m going to play ball,” Spencer said. “My people are in constant contact with security. We’re moving forward in good faith.”
Spencer said his followers won’t instigate violence. If altercations occur, he said, it will be because somebody else starts it.
“It’s these antifa groups,” Spencer said, referring to the anti-fascist movement. “They’re thugs. Nasty, nasty people.”
And he tweeted.
The University of Virginia was not well prepared for the march through its campus, according to a report released by the school last month.
Cameron Padgett, who has helped organize Spencer’s efforts to speak on college campuses, posted a video on social media in response to the governor’s executive order and explaining ticketing for the event Thursday.  VIDEO ON LINK 

Scott said in a statement that he has been in constant contact with the Alachua County sheriff, who requested the order to ensure county and local law enforcement agencies have every available resource.
The governor called it an additional step to ensure that the University of Florida and Gainesville are prepared and that safety is maintained.
“We live in a country where everyone has the right to voice their opinion,” Scott said. “However, we have zero tolerance for violence, and public safety is always our number one priority.”
Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell said she had sought the declaration because of uncertainty surrounding what law enforcement will encounter.
The sheriff said she and the governor spoke several times over the weekend. “I pitched it to him and that it would help us a great deal to have that latitude,” Darnell said.
That includes allowing her to purchase more equipment quickly. Darnell said she wants to get more radios so all of the agencies involved — from campus police to the National Guard — can communicate.
“We have looked at what happened in Charlottesville and Berkeley,” Darnell said, referring to events in Virginia and at the University of California at Berkeley. “We’re not being alarmist. But we want to be prepared. ”

Trump Could Remake Judiciary for '40 years' - With Controversial Picks

President Trump shakes hands with Judge Neil 
Gorsuch after nominating him to the U.S. Supreme Court during a ceremony 
in the East Room of the White House. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
President Trump shakes hands with Judge Neil Gorsuch after nominating him to the U.S. Supreme Court during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump Could Remake Judiciary for '40 years' - With Controversial Picks

By Seung Min Kim, Politico
17 October 17

Senate Republicans are rallying behind Trump’s judicial nominees, including those considered unqualified or with explosive views.

resident Donald Trump has nominated 50 candidates to lifetime appointments to the federal bench — including a man who asserted transgender children were evidence of “Satan’s plan,” one deemed unqualified by the American Bar Association and a handful of prolific bloggers.
And the GOP has unanimously stuck by Trump’s judges. Senate Republicans have cleared judicial nominees at a comparatively rapid clip this year — even as the conservative base has complained they’re not moving fast enough — and are planning to pick up the pace even more in the coming months.
Among the more eyebrow-raising judges is Charles Goodwin, who has been nominated to the federal bench in Oklahoma. He is the first judicial nominee since 2006 to earn a “not qualified” label from the American Bar Association, which has screened judicial candidates since the 1950s.
But both of his Republican home-state senators, James Lankford and Jim Inhofe, say they’re still confident Goodwin is adequately qualified to serve on the bench and dismissed the ABA’s findings.
“He’s been a very solid jurist,” Lankford said. “We’re trying to find out the whys [of the ABA rating]. Of course, they’re very secretive about the process and why they make the decisions they do.”
Inhofe added: “I personally really vetted him well and took this very seriously. There’s got to be some reason for [the ABA ratings] that I don’t understand.”
The defense underscores Republicans’ commitment to remaking the federal judiciary for generations to come, even as the Senate GOP and Trump have butted heads on other issues and struggled to carry out their broader legislative agenda.
“The judge story is an untold story,” Trump said Monday at a news conference with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “When you think about it, Mitch and I were saying, that has consequences 40 years out, depending on the age of the judge, but 40 years out.”
No Republican senator has voted against Trump’s judicial nominees so far this year, either in committee or in confirmation votes on the floor.
The Senate has confirmed seven judges, including four to the powerful appellate courts and Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. In comparison, Barack Obama had just three judges confirmed, including Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, at this point during his first year in office.
Even at the committee level, Republicans have been moving more quickly to fill the judicial vacancies.
As of Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will have held confirmation hearings for 26 district and circuit court nominees. At this point in Obama’s presidency, 14 of those nominees had hearings, according to Christopher Kang, who worked on nominations in the Obama White House.
Trump came into office with not just an open Supreme Court seat but a historic number of vacancies on the federal bench, thanks in major part to McConnell’s dramatic slowdown of judicial confirmations in the final two years of Obama’s presidency.
Trump’s slate of judicial nominees has enthralled the right.
“We are thrilled with the nominees that we have been seeing coming out of this administration,” said Carrie Severino, the chief counsel of the conservative advocacy group Judicial Crisis Network. “It’s an issue that unites Republicans of all stripes.”
Severino’s group is pressuring the GOP-led Senate to more expeditiously confirm judges and has been privately communicating with McConnell’s aides about the issue since threatening to wage an ad campaign against the majority leader last week.
Soon after, McConnell reiterated his desire to do away with the century-old “blue slip” tradition, in which senators can exercise veto power over judges nominated from their home states. He stressed that stance at the White House Monday, saying blue slips for appellate picks should “simply be a notification of how you intend to vote.” Otherwise, he added, Democratic senators could “blackball” a large portion of Trump’s circuit court nominees.
Democrats dismiss conservative complaints that the Senate is moving at a plodding pace on judicial nominations.
“The only fact conservatives can honestly cite is the high number of vacancies — but that is immediately undercut because Republicans are the ones who created it by confirming only 22 judges last Congress, the fewest since President Truman, including only two circuit judges,” Kang said.
Democrats and outside liberal groups have mounted a campaign to derail a slew of those candidates, particularly nominees who they say have shown a hostility to the rights of minorities.
Chief among their targets is Jeff Mateer, nominated to a federal judgeship in Texas, who in a past speech referred to transgender children as proof of “Satan’s plan.” Mateer, according to comments unearthed by CNN, has also implied that the 2015 Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage is “disgusting” and could lead to polygamy or bestiality.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has said he still stands by Mateer’s nomination. But Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) has publicly voiced some concerns, particularly that Mateer didn’t disclose the contents of those speeches before he and Cruz ultimately recommended that he be nominated.
“That’s a big problem,” Cornyn told Politico earlier this month. “That may not be the only problem, but that’s a big problem.”
The second-ranking Senate Republican said he is sympathetic to Mateer’s right to speak freely, particularly if some of his personal views stem from his religious convictions.
“But the problem is, for me, is the failure to disclose the information up front so we can then talk about that,” Cornyn said. “We want to make sure, fundamentally, everybody has access to fair and equal justice and it’s important that, notwithstanding the opinions that people may have about various subjects, that they separate that from what their job as a judge would be.”
A White House spokeswoman pointed to Trump’s comments on Monday when asked whether the administration still supports the nominations of Mateer and Goodwin.
But Severino defended them, calling the ABA a “liberal special interest group” and calling the campaign against Mateer “part of the same witch hunt” waged against Amy Coney Barrett, a 7th Circuit nominee whose traditional Roman Catholic faith had come under scrutiny from Democratic senators.
And other Senate Republicans have signaled concerns about previous nominees only to support them in the end. John Bush was confirmed to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this year, even as he came under tough questioning from Republicans about his political blog posts.
Among his commentary: That slavery and abortion were the “two greatest tragedies in our country” and “relied on similar reasoning and activist justices,” and linking to a conservative site that spread conspiracy theories about Obama’s birthplace. GOP Sens. Thom Tillis of North Carolina and John Kennedy of Louisiana made clear they weren’t pleased with Bush’s writings, but they ultimately supported Bush, and he was confirmed on a 51-47 party-line vote in July.
Another nominee with a penchant for blogging is likely to face pointed questions from Democrats on the Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing on Tuesday. Brett Talley, who has been nominated to a federal judgeship in Alabama, wrote a handful of blog posts with pointed views on gun rights, including an item that urged readers to join the National Rifle Association and calling gun control legislation rolled out in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in 2012 the “greatest attack on our constitutional freedoms in our lifetime.”
Democrats have few tools left at their disposal to stop confirmation of these lifetime appointments, after voting to eliminate the 60-vote threshold for nearly all nominations four years ago and watching Republicans eliminate the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees earlier this year. Still, they’re working to mount whatever protest they can.
“I think the very questionable caliber of President Trump’s judicial nominees demonstrates his contempt for the rule of law and the quality of the American judiciary,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a member of the Judiciary Committee. “It’s a pattern that emerges clearly from his public statements and through his nominees that he puts politics first in catering to the far right and quality eighth or ninth, if at all.”

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Trump Keeps Getting Mad When He Finds Out What His Policies Actually Do

Donald Trump. (photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Donald Trump. (photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Trump Keeps Getting Mad When He Finds Out What His Policies Actually Do

By Eric Levitz, New York Magazine
17 October 17

ere in the Fake News Media, we spend a lot of time documenting all the ways in which Donald Trump’s “populism” is a lie. (The president isn’t a self-made titan of business so much as a trust-fund kidturned con artist; his administration isn’t pro-worker, only pro-boss; far from “draining the swamp,” he’s flooding it with raw sewage.)
But there is one sense in which Trump is genuinely a man of the people — or, more precisely, of a certain subsegment of said people: Like millions of ordinary Americans, Donald Trump watches a lot of Fox News, but isn’t really interested in politics.
No occupant of the Oval Office has ever shared the average person’s disinterest in policy, parliamentary procedure, and the rudiments of American civics to the extent that Trump does. He is America’s first “low-information voter” president.
This was surely one source of his appeal on the campaign trail. The candidate spoke about politics like a regular Joe. Which is to say, like someone who doesn’t know much about politics but heard (or misheard) an outrageous thing about “Obummer” on Hannity last night. Jeb Bush read white papers, gave speeches at D.C. think tanks. Donald Trump watched Fox & Friends and shouted at his television. The billionaire might live in material conditions more opulent than his supporters could ever imagine. But unlike every other candidate in the GOP primary, in one small — but real and visceral — sense, Trump and the Republican base lived in the same world.
But if blithe ignorance about politics and mindless faith in the claims of right-wing pundits worked for Trump as a candidate, they’ve proven less effective for him as a president.
Specifically, the fact that Trump is too lazy and disinterested to craft (or even read) his own policy proposals has led him to outsource his agenda to congressional Republicans. And the fact that he gets most of his news from the GOP’s propaganda network has led him to assume that the party’s talking points bear some resemblance to political reality.
So, when Paul Ryan wanted Trump to start his presidency with Obamacare repeal, he said yes. After all, Obamacare was a disaster. It was collapsing. Everyone hated it! And the Republicans in Congress had been waiting seven years to replace it with something really terrific, and patient-centered, and freedom-enhancing. It would take a few days — weeks, tops — and the people would love it.
“I thought that when I won I would go to the Oval Office, sit down at my desk, and there would be a health-care bill on my desk — to be honest,” Trump said in September. “It hasn’t worked out that way.”
Instead, Trump spent his entire “honeymoon” period (such as it was) shouting from the sidelines as Ryan and Mitch McConnell tried and failed to pass the most unpopular pieces of legislation in modern American history — bills that would break every substantive promise Trump had made to his voters on health care — over and over again.
Eventually, condemnation of Trumpcare became so widespread and pervasive, even low-information voters began to understand what it actually did — and, thus, so did the president. In a meeting with Senate Republicans, Trump expressed his displeasure at how “mean” the House health-care bill was.
Now, weeks after introducing “his” tax-cut plan, Trump is starting to learn what it actually does — and he’s not happy. In Fox News’ telling, Trump’s plan would cut taxes on the middle class, do little for the rich, close special-interest loopholes, and then pay for itself by generating higher economic growth.
In reality, the plan is a giant giveaway to the wealthy, financed by deficit spending and closing loopholes that are used by a little special interest group called “the upper-middle class.”
That last fact is finally starting to reach people who don’t pay much attention to politics. Or so this report from Bloomberg suggests:
Months after the White House proposed ending a tax break for people in high-tax states, President Donald Trump grew angry when he learned that the change would hurt some middle-income taxpayers, according to two people familiar with his thinking.
Trump’s concerns led him to say this week that “we’ll be adjusting” the tax-overhaul framework, the people said — but it’s not clear how he and congressional leaders would make up for the revenue that would be lost without ballooning the deficit or torpedoing support for the plan.
Meanwhile, the president’s (understandable) assumption that there must be some empirical basis for the GOP’s belief that tax cuts pay for themselves led him to make a fool of himself in an interview with Forbes’s Randall Lane:
Lane: So it’s a massive tax cut, but then that runs against your pledge to not increase the deficit because you can’t, you know.
Trump: No, because, no, because a tax cut will spur growth.
Lane: Yes, that is true, and there is dynamic scoring.
Trump: The growth, the growth will be so much that it’ll be —
Lane: Yes, but history has shown that you can’t just cut. It does spur growth, but it won’t pay for itself. History has shown that.
Trump: Well, history has also shown the opposite. I mean, you’ve had it both ways. It has shown both ways.
Lane: Which time have you been able to cut and out of growth cut —
Trump: Well, during Reagan, during Reagan, during his cuts, he — tremendous growth.
Lane: It spurred growth, but it also ballooned the deficit.
To be sure, it’s possible that Trump isn’t as na├»ve as he appears. The mogul has spent most of his life pursuing schemes to enrich himself at the expense of people he’d duped into admiring him. It wouldn’t be at all surprising were he to consciously use his influence over tax policy to perform the same trick.
Further, Trump is perfectly capable of pursuing politically toxic policies at his own volition. Congressional Republicans didn’t force Trump to cancel the Affordable Care Act’s cost-sharing reductions (even if they did give him the power to), he took that initiative himself — ostensibly, out of the delusional belief that doing so would force Democrats to negotiate over Obamacare repeal.
And yet, if Trump got his policy advice from health-care economists — instead of Fox & Friends — he would know that canceling these subsidies is unlikely to “implode” Obamacare, even if that were a politically wise thing to do.
Further, it seems doubtful that Trump would have agreed to begin his presidency by pushing trillion-dollar Medicaid cuts — instead of, say, a popular infrastructure bill that would have affirmed his status as a builder and deal-maker — if he’d followed politics closely enough to understand the substance of Paul Ryan’s health-care vision.
Similarly, if the president understood all the intricacies of tax policy, he’d almost certainly prefer a giant, temporary, deficit-financed tax cut to a less popular — but more permanent — plan to raise taxes on middle-class families for the sake of cutting them on corporations. Donald Trump doesn’t care about incentives for investment, or what tax policy will look like in ten years. He wants to make himself richer, while juicing short-term economic growth to make himself more popular.
But like the millions of low-information voters who elected him, Trump was duped by Fox News. And now he and, to a lesser extent, they are growing disillusioned with his presidency.

Pope Francis Says Link Between Climate Change and Hunger Is Undeniable

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Climate change and human conflict drive food insecurity 
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Pope Francis Says Link Between Climate Change and Hunger Is Undeniable

By Andrew McMaster, Global Citizen
17 October 17

peaking at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on World Food Day, Pope Francis addressed the need for governments around the world to acknowledge that climate change and migration were leading to increases in world hunger.
Francis received a standing ovation after a stirring speech in which he said all three issues were interrelated and require immediate attention.
"We are called to propose a change in lifestyle and the use of resources," Francis told the audience. "We cannot make do by saying 'someone else will do it.'"
The Catholic leader's words came on the heels of a recent UN report that showed an increase in people suffering from chronic hunger on account of climate change-related disasters and conflicts.
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For the first time in over a century, the number of chronically hungry people increased, rising by 38 million people between 2015 and 2016. The UN report noted that 815 million people fit the definition for chronic hunger in 2016, comprising about 11 percent of the world's population.
At the heart of this rise are climate change and human conflict, both of which drive food insecurity in poverty-stricken communities around the globe.
The Pope called on leaders to take immediate and cooperative efforts to reduce resource consumption and waste creation.
Greed and negligence on a planet with limited resources was harming the world's poorest people, Francis said. He warned against understanding these problems through the lens of pity, noting that pity "is limited to emergency aid."
Instead, Francis proposed an integrative solution based on love, solidarity and fraternity. Love is a powerful tool for good Francis said, because it "inspires justice and is essential to bring about a just social order."
In a visceral reminder to world leaders on just how devastating the effects of climate change and conflict caused migration can be, Francis commemorated his visit to the FAO by unveiling a marble statue of three-year old Alan Kurdi, a Syrian-Kurdish migrant who was found dead on the shores of Greece in 2015.
The statue depicts an angel wailing above the boy's corpse. The Vatican said the piece represents represents the tragedy of human migration.

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