Devin Nunes’s Fake Oversight

Watching the Senate Intelligence Committee’s world threat hearing last week, it felt like the adults were finally back in town. Republicans and Democrats sat next to each other and spoke politely, in front of the cameras. They agreed that intelligence agencies are vital to America’s national security, not some deep state cabal bent on destroying the Trump administration. Nobody used the word “hoax” or “shithole.” Senators from both parties asked sensible questions about serious threats—including North Korea’s nuclear weapons, China’s espionage activities, and Russia’s past, present, and future efforts to meddle in elections and undermine democracies around the world. Oh sure, there were screwball moments. This is Congress, after all.… Read More

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The Flawed Nationalism of Donald Trump

The astonishing thing about Donald Trump’s response to Robert Mueller’s recent indictments is his inability to recognize that Russia’s interference in the 2016 election is about something bigger than him. Look closely at Trump’s tweets. February 16: “Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President. The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong – no collusion!” February 17: “General McMaster forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians and that the only Collusion was between Russia and Crooked H, the DNC and the Dems. Remember… Read More

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Gun Control Is not Impossible

As the United States tries to recover from the massacre in at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school in Parkland, Florida, a feeling of pessimism is setting in among liberal politicians and pundits about whether gun control legislation is possible. Many Americans who have been following politics have seen this movie before and the ending is usually bleak. The scenes are as predictable as a third-rate Hollywood film. The crisis opens with a devastating shooting at a school in which a mentally disturbed person uses lethal weapons against children. What follows are families grieving before the television cameras, a nation watching in total shock, and a few brave souls who step… Read More

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‘Show Us the Carnage,’ Continued

For recent items about gun massacres, and the public response, please see (starting with most recent): “Only in America” “Show Us the Carnage” “The Empty Rituals of an American Massacre” and before that: “Why the AR-15 Is So Lethal” “The Nature of the AR-15” “Why the AR-15 Was Never Meant to be in Civilian Hands” “More on the Military and Civilian History of the AR-15” and “The Certainty of More Shootings,” from back after the Aurora massacre “Two Dark American Truths from Las Vegas,” with included video. In this installment, readers respond to the proposal in a previous item that the news media should become much less “restrained” and considerate,… Read More

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Ex-workers at Russian ‘troll factory’ trust US indictment

By Naira Davlashayan and Irina Titova | Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — While Russian officials scoff at a U.S. indictment charging 13 Russians with meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, several people who worked at the same St. Petersburg “troll factory” say they think the criminal charges are well-founded. Marat Mindiyarov, a former commenter at the innocuously named Internet Research Agency, says the organization’s Facebook department hired people with excellent English skills to sway U.S. public opinion through an elaborate social media campaign. His own experience at the agency makes him trust the U.S. indictment, Mindiyarov told The Associated Press. “I believe that that’s how it was… Read More

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Trump endorses Romney for US Senate seat

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is endorsing Mitt Romney in Utah’s Senate race, another sign that the two Republicans are burying the hatchet after a fraught relationship. The GOP’s presidential nominee in 2012, Romney announced last week he would seek the nomination to replace retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch. In a tweet Monday night, Trump wrote, “He will make a great Senator and worthy successor to @OrrinHatch, and has my full support and endorsement!” Romney quickly accepted the endorsement via Twitter. .@MittRomney has announced he is running for the Senate from the wonderful State of Utah. He will make a great Senator and worthy successor to @OrrinHatch, and has my… Read More

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Metro Vancouver could see massive turnover of mayors in fall election

At least half of Metro Vancouver’s 21 mayoral seats could be vacant going into this fall’s municipal election, according to many of the region’s mayors. “It’s probably going to be one of the largest turnovers of mayors this region has ever seen,” said New Westminster Mayor Jonathan Coté. “That’ll be a really interesting dynamic.” With eight months to go before the Oct. 20 election — and just under seven before the nomination period begins — six Metro Vancouver mayors have already announced that they will step down or indicated previously that this is their final term: Gregor Robertson (Vancouver), Greg Moore (Port Coquitlam), Ted Schaffer (City of Langley), Nicole Read… Read More

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Complaint: California lawmaker who led #MeToo push invited staffer to play spin the bottle

By Kristine Phillips | Washington Post California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, one of the leading voices behind the #MeToo movement, is facing accusations that she sexually harassed staffers – including one who said she fired him after he refused to play a game of spin the bottle with her. David John Kernick, a former field representative for Garcia, said that the Democratic lawmaker from Bell Gardens, California, approached him after a fundraiser at a whiskey bar in 2014 and suggested that they play spin the bottle in her hotel room, according to a complaint filed Saturday with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Kernick said he was written up… Read More

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Former Vancouver MP Wai Young looks set to run for mayor

Wai Young, the former Conservative member of parliament for Vancouver South, appears ready to announce she’s running for mayor. A letter obtained by Postmedia has “Wai Young for Mayor” at the top and announces a “Spring Fundraising Dinner” slated for March 8 at a restaurant in Chinatown. The letter declares “change is possible — and it starts with you. Change means each of us contributing what we can to support Wai Young for Mayor in 2018. She is proven, effective and compassionate.” The letter touts Young as “a credible and unique leader…who has been a strong community advocate, a successful business owner, a Member of Parliament, and a single mother.”… Read More

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NPA councillor Hector Bremner to seek mayoral nomination in Vancouver

NPA councillor Hector Bremner will seek the mayoral nomination, it was announced Monday. “I’m excited today – with the support of my wife Virginia and two kids Carlo and Gianluca – to confirm that I am seeking the NPA nomination for mayor of our great city Vancouver,” Bremner wrote in a statement shared to Facebook. Bremner was elected to Vancouver city council in a by-election in October, after Vision Vancouver’s Geoff Meggs was lured away from city hall to work as Premier John Horgan’s chief of staff. Bremner joined fellow NPA councillors George Affleck, Elizabeth Ball and Melissa De Genova. Related Vancouver byelection: NPA gains a fourth councillor while four… Read More

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