Exactly Which Jobs is The Donald Going to ‘Bring Back From China and Mexico’???

by databob – Is anyone else just plain sick and tired of listening to our wanna-be Dear Leader prattle on about…. well, just about anything? Yeah, I thought so. High up on his list of ‘I’m gonna’s’ is that he — and he alone — is going to bring jobs back from Mexico and China. Now, I’m all in favor of jobs, and I’m sure you are too, and this looks pretty good on the surface. Like everything else from the tRump, this claim is totally free of detailed policy or process, and of course the media has been either uninterested in finding out how he’s going to do this, or unable to pin him down. So what the hell is he talking about, and is it even possible? First, let’s look at overall, manufacturing and IT average wages in 3 countries:* AVERAGE MONTHLY WAGE COUNTRY AVG WAGE AVG MFG WAGE AVG IT...

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Transcending the Clinton-Sanders Debate: On the Middle East and US Foreign Policy

by Ramzy Baroud – As US liberals and some leftists are pulling up their sleeves in anticipation of a prolonged battle for the Democratic Party Presidential nomination, the tussle becomes particularly ugly whenever the candidates’ foreign policy agendas are evoked. Of the two main contenders, Hilary Clinton is the obvious target. She is an interventionist, uncompromisingly, and her term as Secretary of State (2009-2013) is a testament to her role in sustaining the country’s foreign policy agenda under George W. Bush (as a Senator, she had voted for the Iraq war in 2002) and advocating regime change in her own right. Her aggressive foreign policy hit rock bottom in her infamous statement upon learning of the news that Libyan leader, Muammer Gaddafi, was captured and killed in a most savage way. “We came; we saw; he died,” Clinton rejoiced during a TV interview, once the news of Gaddafi’s grisly murder was announced on...

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Does Anybody Believe the FBI Isn’t Out to Defeat Encryption?

by Scott Shackford – The talking points insist this Apple case is an isolated incident. Evidence suggests otherwise FBI Director James Comey starts his defense of their effort to force Apple to help them break into the iPhone of San Bernardino terrorist and killer Syed Farook with a sentence that is that is extremely hard to take seriously: “The San Bernardino litigation isn’t about trying to set a precedent or send any kind of message.” That’s from a Sunday contribution on the Lawfare blog, focusing on the same talking points we’ve been hearing from the feds since a judge last week ordered Apple to take some actions that would make it easier for the FBI to brute force the passcode into Farook’s phone. Comey insists that what the FBI is asking for is very narrow and is not about breaking encryption or creating a “master key” to force back doors into...

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Donald Trump Repeatedly Refuses to Disavow Support From Former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke

by Peter Suderman – Over the course of his campaign, Donald Trump has managed to attracted openly racist supporters, including, most recently, David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan (KKK) grand wizard who declared last week that voting against Trump would be “treason to your heritage.” So how does Trump feel about Duke’s endorsement? Asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper whether he would disavow Duke’s endorsement and the KKK, the GOP repeatedly declined to do, saying, instead, that he just didn’t know much about David Duke. Here’s what Trump said: I don’t know anything about David Duke, OK? I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So I don’t know. I mean, I don’t know — did he endorse me or what’s going on? Because I know nothing about David Duke. I know nothing about white supremacists. And so you’re asking me a question that I’m supposed to...

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Texas Academics Told to Avoid ‘Sensitive Topics’ to Prevent Angering Armed Students

by Peter Van Buren – Here’s another swanky benefit of our out-of-control gun culture: university professors should be aware that their students might shoot them. The Texas state legislature voted last year to allow students to carry concealed handguns into classrooms, dorms, just about anywhere on campus, a practice with roots to when Socrates taught Aristotle. If students packing seems like a bad idea to you, imagine how you’d feel if you were a professor. There’s nothing quite like the free exchange of ideas when everyone is armed in math class. How about armed Texans in classes that teach Arabic, or Islamic Studies, or Hebrew, or evolution? Some good times ahead. The academic chilling effect seems pretty obvious. One wonders how many brilliant teachers will move to campuses in less-armed states, and how many researchers will avoid Texas for creating an academic environment incompatible with academics. It is possible that overall...

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On This Day, Feb 29, 1940 – McDaniel Wins Oscar

On February 29, 1940, Gone with the Wind is honored with eight Oscars by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. An epic Southern romance set during the hard times of the Civil War, the movie swept the prestigious Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Cinematography, Art Direction, Film Editing, and Actress categories. However, the most momentous award that night undoubtedly went to Hattie McDaniel for her portrayal of “Mammy,” a housemaid and former slave. McDaniel, who won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award, was the first African-American actress or actor ever to be honored with an Oscar. Born in Wichita, Kansas, in 1895, McDaniel demonstrated her talents as a singer and actress while growing up in Denver, Colorado. She left school while a teenager to become a performer in several traveling minstrel groups and in 1924 became one of the first African-American women to sing on U.S. radio....

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What’s Really at Stake in the Apple Encryption Debate

by Julia Angwin – The government has never been allowed to create a “backdoor” to encrypted devices. Now, it’s trying to force Apple to build one The FBI’s much-discussed request to Apple can seem innocuous: Help us extract six weeks of encrypted data from the locked iPhone of Syed Farook, an employee of San Bernardino health department who spearheaded an attack that killed 14 people. Most people believe Apple should comply. But the FBI is demanding a lot more than the data on a single phone. It has obtained a court order requiring Apple to build custom surveillance software for the FBI – which computer security expert Dan Guido cleverly dubs an FBiOS. Once that software exists, it is inevitable that other law enforcement agencies will approach Apple seeking to get it to use the FBiOS to unlock iPhones in other investigations. Already, Apple says it has received U.S. court orders,...

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Corporate Feeding Frenzy Begins As Canada Prepares to Legalize Marijuana

by Th0rn – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals were recently elected in part on the promise to legalize marijuana — not just medical marijuana but marijuana for recreational use. As the day when they plan to introduce the relevant legislation draws near, both corporations and governments are smelling not just smoke in the air, but the sweet, sweet scent of huge amounts of money to be made: Canada’s biggest drugstore chain is exploring the possibility of getting into medical-marijuana sales in a move that would dramatically alter the landscape of the new industry, bringing one of the country’s best-known retailers into the business if the strategy went ahead. Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. has held multiple meetings and phone conversations with licensed medical-marijuana producers across Canada over the past year about carrying a variety of brands in their drugstores, according to people involved in those conversations. The chain, which has more...

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WOW! What a Powerful Speech by Hillary (VIDEO)

by Scandalous One – There was something different about Hillary’s speech tonight. It was powerful, it was riveting, it spoke to the nation’s conscience. I am hardly moved to tears by a politician, but Hillary had me tearing up at points throughout her speech — especially in the closing moments when she recalled the names of the mothers of the young black men who lost their lives due to racial injustice in America. This is the Hillary that critics don’t want to acknowledge. But this is the Hillary that core supporters always knew existed. A woman with strong conviction, who understands the pain of some of the most vulnerable in society. Hillary has found her voice and America is listening.   Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos

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Snyder’s Advisers Knew Flint Water Was Toxic

by Nika Knight – New emails reveal that top advisers knew about problems with Flint water as far back as 2014, reinvigorating calls that ‘the Governor must resign’ Reigniting calls for Rick Snyder’s resignation, emails released Friday reveal that advisers to the Michigan governor knew that Flint’s water was toxic as far back as October 2014. “My Mom is a City resident. Nice to know she’s drinking water with elevated chlorine levels and fecal coliform,” the governor’s chief legal counsel said in an email sent just three weeks before the Republican governor’s re-election, according to the Detroit Free Press. After examining over 500 emails released by the governor’s office, the Detroit News reported that “wo top advisers to Gov. Rick Snyder urged switching Flint back to Detroit’s water system in October 2014, after General Motors Co. said the city’s heavily chlorinated river water was rusting engine parts.” “There’s no reasonable person who...

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Former Attorney General Eric Holder Comes Out In Favor Of Marijuana Rescheduling

by AARON RUPAR – In a newly published PBS “Frontline” interview, former Attorney General Eric Holder comes out in support of reclassifying marijuana from a Schedule I substance — a classification reserved for dangerous drugs that have no medical use — into a less restrictive category. “I certainly think it ought to be rescheduled,” Holder says. “You know, we treat marijuana in the same way that we treat heroin now, and that clearly is not appropriate.” That statement goes a bit further than Holder’s comments on marijuana when he was attorney general. In September 2014, he said rescheduling the drug is “something that I think we need to ask ourselves, and use science as the basis for making that determination.” But the current scheduling scheme as specified by the Controlled Substances Act is far from scientific. Marijuana falls under Schedule I, while highly addictive and potent drugs such as cocaine, opium poppy,...

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Donald Trump Says He “Can’t” Release His Tax Returns. But It Looks More Like He Just Won’t.

by Peter Suderman – Donald Trump says he “can’t” release his tax returns because he’s being audited. But there’s not actually any legal restriction on doing so. Trump has come under pressure recently to release his personal tax data after former GOP nominee Mitt Romney began suggesting that there might be a “bombshell” lurking in the information, and that Trump might have something to hide. That’s pretty ironic, given that questions about Romney’s tax returns dogged him throughout the 2012 presidential election, especially after Harry Reid said he’d heard from an unnamed source that Romney didn’t pay any taxes at all. This, of course, turned out not to be true. What Romney is doing to Trump, in other words, looks a lot like what Reid did to Romney. But Romney has forced Trump to respond. At last night’s GOP debate, Trump was asked about whether he’d release his returns. Trump said...

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Trump May Have To Take A Break From Campaigning To Handle Fraud Case Against Trump University

by CASEY QUINLAN – GOP frontrunner Donald Trump might have to take a break from the campaign trail to deal with a civil case alleging that Trump University committed fraud against its students. The case may require Donald Trump’s presence as a witness this spring, though a trial date has not yet been scheduled, Yahoo Politics first reported. If the trial happens in May, it could gum up Trump’s schedule, Yahoo explained — that’s the same month that primaries are held in Nebraska, West Virginia, Oregon, Washington, and there are many important primary dates in early June. The “university,” which first began operating in 2005 and no longer exists, was not accredited and did not have a campus. It also did not give students degrees. Instead, students went to the website and bought expensive CDs and DVDs; some of them paid as much as $35,000 for their Trump University education. There...

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An Historic Attempt To Kill Roe v. Wade May Backfire Spectacularly On The Anti-Choice Right

by IAN MILLHISER – It was supposed to be an epic battle over the fate of Roe v. Wade. Next week, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a challenge to Texas’s ambitious anti-abortion law HB2. If this law is upheld — a very real possibility in a conservative Supreme Court — Roe v. Wade would have most likely remained alive in name only. States would gain sweeping new power to shut down abortion clinics, so long as they dressed up the laws they enacted to end access to abortion as health regulations. Except that opponents of abortion no longer have the fifth vote they need to gut Roe. Justice Antonin Scalia’s death means that Roe shall live at least another year. Whether it survives past next year, however, could very well be decided by whoever gets to fill Scalia’s seat. The Masterminds HB2 is...

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Telecom Company Gets The F*ck Out Of Georgia After Lawmakers Legalize Discrimination

by John Prager – Georgia lawmakers’ recent decision to “protect the First amendment” by legalizing anti-LGBT discrimination has cost numerous citizens their jobs as a telecom company responded to the news by getting the f*ck out of Dodge. The New Civil Rights Movement reports that 373K, Inc. announced “it’s time to relocate” after the passage of the First Amendment Defense Act, HB 757. “We are very saddened by the Georgia Senate which passed #HB757 also known as #FADA,” the company announced via Twitter. The sweeping legislation would protect anyone who chooses to discriminate against the LGBT community, interracial couples, single mothers, divorced individuals, people having sex outside of marriage, and more. One Georgia lawmaker even proudly admitted the legislation would protect the Ku Klux Klan’s agenda. In a letter prior to the bill’s passage, Americans United for Separation of Church and state Legislative Director Maggie Garrett urged lawmakers to oppose the horrific...

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The Most Disappointing Thing About Chris Christie’s Endorsement Of Donald Trump

by AARON RUPAR – In a somewhat surprising development, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) endorsed Donald Trump for president on Friday. “There is no one who is better prepared to provide America with the strong leadership that it needs both at home and around the world, than Donald Trump,” Christie said at a news conference. “He is, looking at the five people on that stage last night , the clear standout, and the person who will do exactly what needs to be done to make America a leader around the world again.” About five years ago, Christie made news for vehemently defending his decision to appoint a Muslim judge, Sohail Mohammed, to a state bench. Mohammed defended Muslims who were wrongly accused in the wake of the September 11 attacks, which some conservatives suggested made him an unqualified candidate. Christie made clear he was “disgusted” by the “ignorance...

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Republicans Rebuked for Utter ‘Perversion of Constitutional Duties’

by Andrea Germanos – Scores of organizations representing a wide range of interests have denounced Republican obstructionism on a Supreme Court nominee, writing to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Republican members on Friday that its “unprecedented and destructive” decision represents “a dereliction of constitutional duty.” The letter (pdf) to committee chair Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and the other GOP members follows the body’s letter earlier this week declaring, “This committee will not hold hearings on any Supreme Court nominee until after our next president is sworn in on Jan. 20, 2017,” and stating that doing so was executing their “constitutional authority.” But such a claim, the 82 groups, which include Common Cause, Defenders of Wildlife, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the NAACP, write, “is a clear perversion of your constitutional duties as understood by almost every scholarly authority on the topic and by most Americans.” Their...

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On This Day, Feb 27, 1973,Lakota activists sieze Wounded Knee

1801 – The city of Washington, DC, was placed under congressional jurisdiction.  1827 – New Orleans held its first Mardi Gras celebration.  1861 – In Warsaw, Russian troops fired on a crowd protesting Russian rule over Poland. Five protesting marchers were killed in the incident.  1896 – The Charlotte Observer published a picture of an X-ray photograph made by Dr. H.L. Smith. The photograph showed a perfect picture of all the bones of a hand and a bullet that Smith had placed between the third and fourth fingers in the palm.  1900 – In South Africa, the British received an unconditional surrender from Boer Gen. Piet Cronje at Paardeberg.  1922 – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the 19th Amendment that guaranteed women the right to vote.  1933 – The Reichstag, Germany’s parliament building in Berlin, was set afire. The Nazis accused Communist for the fire.  1939 – The U.S. Supreme Court outlawed sit-down strikes. ...

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A Several Source Roundup of the GOP Debate

by GEORGIA LOGOTHETIS – We begin the GOP’s 10th debate roundup with Philip Elliott and Zeke Miller’s analysis at TIME on last night’s Republican debate brawl: Donald Trump’s history in business and politics is pocked with bankruptcies and fraud allegations, illegal immigrants on his payroll and donations to Democrats from his checkbooks. All were used against him during Thursday night’s debate, but it’s entirely possible none of it mattered. Trump has comfortable leads in the polls heading toward Super Tuesday, just five days away, and his campaign so far has weathered all kinds of bad news. After months of leading the pack, Trump seems immune to those who would challenge him on positions and statements that, for anyone else, should have proved disqualifying. It made for a remarkable night of television, but might once again prove that the typical rules of politics do no matter in a year when a former...

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Utah Is One Step Closer To Ending Death Penalty

by CARIMAH TOWNES – Nearly one year after Utah reauthorized the use of firing squads to execute death row inmates, Republicans lawmakers there are now trying to end the death penalty altogether. On Tuesday night, a Republican-led Senate committee passed a bill to take capital punishment off the table for people convicted for homicide. The Utah Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee passed S.B. 189, which was sponsored by Sen. Stephen Urquhart (R), by a vote of 5-2. Three Republicans and two Democrats supported the bill. According to Urquhart, who previously voted in favor of reinstating the firing squad, death penalty cases are riddled with errors, and wrongful convictions happen all of the time. The appeals process also comes with a high price tag for the state. “Government shouldn’t be in the business of killing. It’s not our place. It’s wrong for us to assume that because we...

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