NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: People board an Amtrak train at Penn Station on February 8, 2011 in New York City. Amtrak, a government-owned corporation, has joined up with New Jersey’s two U.S. senators to propose a new rail link to New York City under the Hudson River. The “Gateway Project”, which was formally proposed on Monday, would include two tunnels under the Hudson River and increase the train traffic under the river from 62 trains per day to 92 and cost an estimated $13.5 billion. This plan is looked at as an alternative after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie killed another rail link plan last year after he deemed it too costly to New Jersey residents. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Photo: Spencer Platt/2011 Getty Images
Finally, finally, finally, journalistic attention is being paid to a crucial human-rights violation: The New York Times reports that Amtrak’s WiFi network is spotty, and sometimes train riders are left clutching little more than a pathetic, 3G-equipped iPhone from which to tweet— nay, to issue “silent, hash-tagged screams” — about their deprivation, when they’re lucky enough to be near a cellular tower, that is. Our thoughts are with you, braveones.
Jill Biden is being very direct about her husband’s appeal
.@DrBiden: “..So yes your candidate might be better on, I don’t know, healthcare than Joe is, but you’ve got to look at who’s going to win this election and maybe you have to swallow a little bit and say ok I personally like so and so better but your bottom line has to be that…
It’s not just Russia trying to manipulate world events on the social networks
Twitter Inc. found and deleted hundreds of accounts it said China used to undermine the Hong Kong protest movement and calls for political change.
The company said it took down 936 accounts that originated within China and attempted to manipulate perspectives on the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. Facebook Inc., acting on a tip from Twitter, said it also found a similar Chinese government-backed operation on its social network, with five fake accounts, seven pages and three groups.
Planned Parenthood will withdraw from Title X, the federal family planning program, rather than comply with a new Trump administration rule that restricts what health providers can say about abortion, the organization said on Monday.
The move could affect more than 1.5 million low-income women who rely on Planned Parenthood for services like birth control, pregnancy tests and screening for sexually transmitted diseases. Planned Parenthood serves about 40 percent of the four million patients under Title X. In some rural communities, Planned Parenthood is the only provider of such services.
“Like anyone who’s been honest with themselves, I know I have made mistakes,” Elizabeth Warren tells a Native American forum in Iowa. “I am sorry for harm I have caused. I have listened, and I have learned. A lot.”
A big day for the Garner family, the NYPD, and de Blasio
New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill is holding a 12:30p press conference where it is expected he will announce his final decision regarding officer Daniel Pantaleo’s future with the NYPD, according to multiple law enforcement officials.
Jay Inslee, the climate candidate, is not polling well enough to make CNN’s climate debate
Nine Democratic candidates for president have qualified for next month’s Climate Crisis Town Hall, which will air exclusively on CNN platforms, and eight of them have said they will participate.
CNN is devoting the evening of Sept. 4 to the climate crisis. Eight of the Democratic candidates have accepted CNN’s invitation to discuss this critically important issue: former Vice President Joe Biden; Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey; South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas; Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont; Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts; and businessman Andrew Yang.
Citing a scheduling conflict, Sen. Kamala Harris of California declined CNN’s invitation.
Anthony Scaramucci is a highly unstable “nut job” who was with other candidates in the primary who got shellaced, and then unfortunately wheedled his way into my campaign. I barely knew him until his 11 days of gross incompetence-made a fool of himself, bad on TV. Abused staff,..
We suspect Trump would have been far less upset if he got some of that inauguration money
Tom Barrack and Donald Trump have been friends and confidants for more than three decades — the two men are so close, for instance, that Barrack comforted Trump during the funeral of his father, Fred.
But the intimate relationship between the wealthy California investor and the president has fractured so badly that the two no longer speak, current and former White House officials say.
The key issue driving the two men apart: Barrack’s role as chairman of the president’s 2017 inauguration fund, which is under investigation by prosecutors.
Trump was “really upset” to read reports about Barrack’s role in allegedly making it easy for some foreigners and others to try to spend money to get access to Trump and his inner circle and whether some of the inauguration money was misspent, according to a senior administration official.
“The president was really surprised to read all about the inauguration and who was trying to buy access and how, because the president doesn’t get any of that money,” said the official.
A gross detail from Jeffrey Epstein’s brief time in jail
A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility’s store: two pairs of small women’s panties, size 5.
It was just one of thousands of dollars of purchases made by the disgraced financier while in jail after pleading guilty in 2008 to soliciting a minor for sex, according to a purchase log. (His top purchase was single-serve cups of coffee, of which he bought more than 800 in 13 months.) But the panties raise questions about why a childless male inmate, accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14, would be allowed to buy female undergarments so small that they wouldn’t fit an average-sized adult woman.
The only constituent who attended Steve King’s town hall on Saturday was a 20-year-old Democrat nursing a hangover
[University of Northern Iowa student Jessica Birch] had planned on just sitting in the back of the room. When King entered, he walked back to her to greet her, then she moved herself up to a closer row as he approached the podium.
“It was very awkward, it was a very weird thing,” Birch explained. “Part of me wanted to leave, but it would be rude to leave, and the Midwestern part of me couldn’t do that. I feel bad for him a bit. But then part of me was really, really angry because other Democrats didn’t show up. I kind of let stuff he said slide, on stuff like abortion and health care, because I don’t want to get in an argument with him. I already know you’re wrong. Let’s talk about things I actually care about.” …
In telling her friends last night about her experience with King, others suggested Birch should have yelled at him.
“It’s so easy to say that, being the only person in the room is different,” Birch noted.
Once the hour-long forum was finished, King’s staff encouraged her to get a photo with the congressman.
“I politely declined, mostly because I plan to run for office and I don’t need a picture of Steve King and I shaking hands in the future,” she said.
[Elizabeth] Warren’s efforts to make amends and rebuild her relationships with the Native American community in the months since have gone far beyond [her] apologies, according to CNN’s interviews with almost a dozen people. They have included private meetings with tribal leaders, seeking counsel from Native Americans friends, and, on Friday, the release of a set of ambitious policy plans aimed at helping Native people. …
[OJ Seamans, a co-executive director of the nonpartisan Four Directions group], said among the 2020 White House candidates, Warren was easily at the “forefront” of advocating for Indian Country.
“We are not the general population. We are nations within a nation, and in order to address our needs, it has to be addressed differently. And she does that,” he said. …
Rion Ramirez, the chairman of the DNC’s Native American Caucus, said Warren’s campaign was the first one to commit to the Detroit roundtable with tribal leaders. (Sens. Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg, were also among the candidates who participated.) Native leaders met with each candidate for about 40 minutes to an hour, Ramirez said, and he recalled that the issue of Warren’s family ancestry did not come up during her session. He had enthusiastic praise for the senator’s work on tribal issues.
“We haven’t been included in so much and she has been actively out there doing outreach and engaging for a long time now,” Ramirez said. “So that’s something that’s fundamentally different from the other candidates.”