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Broken beer bottles sit in a cage after participants took part in "Glassphemy!", a project from artist and developer David Belt, on May 20, 2010, in Brooklyn, New York. “Glassphemy!,” is billed as a psychological recycling experiment, in which people stand on a high and a low platform set on each end of a 20-foot-by-30-foot clear box, with high walls made of steel and bulletproof glass. Those on the higher platform take empty glass bottles and throw them at their compatriots across the way protected by a bulletproof glass. The bottles smash at the tempo of artfully designed lights flash. The idea is to make recycling a more direct, visceral experience and to purge some of New York aggression simultaneously. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
At about 4 a.m. on Saturday, Miguel Jiminez and a friend were thrown out of a Flatbush Avenue restaurant near Beverley Road, prompting a physical fight between the two. After taking a punch, Jiminez “fell onto a sidewalk littered with broken bottles and slashed his right bicep open,” according to the New York Post. Instead of stopping to tend to the injury, Jiminez started chasing after his buddy. He eventually collapsed and was taken to Kings County Hospital, where he died from blood loss and became yet another argument against toughing itout.
President Donald Trump will meet with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi — who is on his short list be his next attorney general — while he vacations at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach for Thanksgiving next week, according to a source close to the president.
Bondi, Florida’s first female attorney general, is finishing her second term. She is not legally allowed to run again, and has been mentioned as a possible administration appointee since Trump became president last year.
Three sources said Trump is seriously considering Bondi for the job.
Seven plaintiffs sue Dartmouth for ignoring alleged sexual misconduct of three professors involved in a “predators’ club”
One of the plaintiffs, Kristina Rapuano, alleges that professor Paul Whalen in March 2014 forced himself upon her and put his hands down her pants when she visited his office. About a year later, she attended a conference with Kelley and alleges that he got her drunk and raped her. The lawsuit does not say whether she went to the police.
After the assault, she alleges professor William Kelley kept pressing her for sexual favors. When Rapuano finally rebuffed him, she said Kelley became hostile, stopped providing her with academic guidance and attempted to undermine her research by sharing it with colleagues.
The end also appears near for Senator Bill Nelson’s recount hopes in Florida
Behind Gov. Rick Scott by an unofficial 12,603 Nelson needed to snare a majority of the thousands of undervotes and overvotes spit out by vote tabulating machines during an automatic machine recount that ended Thursday. In particular, he needed to do well in heavily Democratic Broward County, where 30,447 ballots were deemed to be “undervotes” left uncounted by machines because voters failed to follow directions or simply didn’t vote.
Nelson’s campaign hoped the large number of undervotes was machine-related. But there was so little work to do Friday in Broward’s Lauderhill elections headquarters that teams of volunteers were done in less than two hours and stopped working before the lunch catering arrived.
Montana Court rules neo-Nazis cannot harass woman on First Amendment grounds
The case against a Neo-Nazi publisher can proceed to trial on accusations he called for a “troll storm” against a Jewish woman, a federal judge ruled.
Claims by Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin that the First Amendment protected his speech were not enough to dismiss the case at this point, the judge said.
The troll storm began after a dispute between Gersh and fellow Whitefish resident Sherry Spencer. Spencer is the mother of white nationalist Richard Spencer. Gersh became a target for hate after contacting tenants of a building owned by Sherry Spencer, warning them about possible protests over Richard Spencer’s views.
Maria Butina, an alleged Russian agent who cozied up to the NRA, might seek a plea deal
A gun-rights activist accused of being a Russian agent is negotiating a “potential resolution” to her criminal case, federal prosecutors and her lawyers said Friday.
Butina was arrested over the summer and later indicted on charges of conspiracy and acting as an unregistered foreign agent.
Prosecutors say she used her status as a student as a cover to infiltrate the National Rifle Association and other American political organizations associated with the Republican Party during the 2016 campaign and after President Donald Trump’s election.
House Ethics Committee sanctions Republican Mark Meadows and Democrat Ruben Kihuen for allegations related to sexual harassment
Meadows was found to have violated House rules “by failing to take appropriate steps to ensure that his House office was free from discrimination and any perception of discrimination.” This case grew out of an investigation into Meadows’ former chief of staff, Kenny West. Meadows kept West on his payroll even after learning of credible harassment allegations against the former aide.
Kihuen, who announced his retirement as the #MeToo movement swept Capitol Hill last year, was found to have “made persistent and unwanted advances towards women who were required to interact with him as part of their professional responsibilities.”
Both lawmakers were reproved by the bipartisan Ethics Committee, the least serious form of punishment it can mete out.
With the air quality index at 316, spending the day outside in Sacramento is like smoking over half a pack of cigarettes.
Stacey Abrams ends bid to become Georgia’s governor
“I acknowledge that former Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be certified as the victor in the 2018 gubernatorial election, but to watch an elected official who claims to represent the people in this state baldly pin his hopes for election on the suppression of the people’s democratic right to vote has been truly appalling.”
Week one of the El Chapo trial included testimony on six-figure bribes and the murder of a Roman Catholic Cardinal
Jesús Zambada, whose brother was once considered one of the cartel’s leaders, said during his second day on the witness stand in Brooklyn that Guzmán once directed him to give $100,000, along with a hug, to a general in the state of Guerrero.
Zambada – a 57-year-old trained accountant who was arrested in 2008 and is still in US custody – was the first of several cooperators expected to give jurors an inside look at a cartel with a legendary lust for drugs, cash and violence.
Two groups that are focused on gun control, Giffords and Everytown for Gun Safety, spent at least $37 million at the state and federal level in the midterms, compared with at least $20 million by the N.R.A. The figures are incomplete, because some of the spending done by such groups is not required to be disclosed, but all sides agreed that the N.R.A. was outspent, stemming a trend of financial dominance for the N.R.A. going back years.
Trump wants a coal lobbyist to continue to run the EPA
A veteran on Capitol Hill, Andrew Wheeler worked from 1995 to 2009 as a staffer for Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, a fervent denier of man-made climate change, and then for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
Wheeler later worked as a lobbyist, including for coal giant Murray Energy Corp., which pushed hard at the outset of the Trump administration for coal-friendly policies from the EPA and other agencies.
The grandson of a coal miner, Wheeler told staffers in his first days as the agency’s acting head this summer that he was proud of his roots in coal country. In the acting role, Wheeler has a reputation as a more open and cordial boss for employees than Scott Pruitt was, and a more methodical steward of Mr. Trump’s deregulatory mission.
Mourners hold an absentee funeral for Khashoggi in Turkey
Photo: A man holds a poster showing a picture of Jamal Khashoggi after taking part in an absence prayer held after Friday pray at Fatih Mosque on November 16, 2018 in Istanbul Turkey. Khashoggi was killed on October 2, 2018 after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to finalize papers for his marriage, sparking a weeks long investigation and creating diplomatic tension between, Turkey, the U.S and Saudi Arabia. His body is still yet to be recovered. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
A poignant cautionary tale about the internet and the perils of popularity
In my office, I have a coffee mug from Stanich’s in Portland, Oregon. Under the restaurant name, it says “Great hamburgers since 1949.” The mug was given to me by Steve Stanich on the day I told him that, after eating 330 burgers during a 30-city search, I was naming Stanich’s cheeseburger the best burger in America. That same day, we filmed a short video to announce my pick. On camera, Stanich cried as he talked about how proud his parents would be. After the shoot, he handed me the mug, visibly moved. “My parents are thanking you from the grave,” he said, shaking my hand vigorously. When I left, I felt light and happy. I’d done a good thing.
Five months later, in a story in The Oregonian, restaurant critic Michael Russell detailed how Stanich’s had been forced to shut down. In the article, Steve Stanich called my burger award a curse, “the worst thing that’s ever happened to us.” He told a story about the country music singer Tim McGraw showing up one day, and not being able to serve him because there was a five hour wait for a burger. On January 2, 2018, Stanich shut down the restaurant for what he called a “two week deep cleaning.” Ten months later, Stanich’s is still closed. Now when I look at the Stanich’s mug in my office, I no longer feel light and happy. I feel like I’ve done a bad thing.
Does the Democratic campaign to oust Nancy Pelosi make any sense?
a group of about 20 democrats is threatening to withhold support for nancy pelosi in her bid for house speaker, a position she held last time the party was in power. some are freshman who campaigned with the explicit promise that they wouldn’t support heri; others are congressional veterans who appear to want more centrist leadership. is there any good reason to oust pelosi, who is widely regarded as one of the most effective speakers of the modern era?
I may have tipped my hand on my own views with the wording of that question…
She does have high negatives based on years of attacks, and those can be used against Democrats in House elections
I’d say those attacks work almost entirely because pelosi is female (and secondarily from San Francisco). So there would be some benefit to replacing her with a fresh, non-attacked face, especially a white male one (for Democrats in red districts).
But they’ll just attack the new person regardless, and the next speaker’s negatives will approach Pelosi levels pretty quickly, I expect.
the anti-Pelosi argument calls for swapping out your caucus leader every few years just to force the opponent to start from scratch personally demonizing a new name. I don’t think it’s a very good strategy over all.
hence my overall take: http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/03/nancy-pelosi-is-good-at-her-job-and-she-should-keep-it.html?gtm=bottom>m=bottom
I do think a young, fresh face – that doesn’t hail from a coastal, liberal city – would have political benefits for the party, in theory.
I agree there is some benefit to the new name/face
I’m not sure that I see a more compelling replacement (who would have the votes necessary to succeed her)
Marcia Fudge, who has been named as a possible challenger, will not be more popular
She is also a woman and is African-American, making her even easier to pair with Democrats in red districts.
the Pelosi attacks are all about culture and identity
I do think there’s a case for breaking with convention/seniority and making someone like Beto speaker
yeah, that’d be perfect. But he seems less than interested
but, realistically, i think Pelosi is an outstanding legislative tactician.
years of watching Republicans screw up votes has only made her look better
how much will that matter in a context of divided government?
(which I’d say is the context we’re most likely to be in through 2022)
good point – not much. This will matter a lot if Democrats win the presidency, though
still gotta get that senate tho
seems to me a lot of the opposing politicians, when asked about why they’re opposing pelosi, speak in vague terms about “needing a change,” and not much else
right, ben, because the reasons I gave above are, I think, the *real* reasons some of them oppose her, and they’re too pathetic to be articulated in public
liberal twitter likes to ask why schumer was resoundingly re-elected to his leadership post with none of this drama
despite drawing the scorn of progressives quite a bit over the last year
“my constituents are easily frightened of a powerful woman” is not an argument you can make in public
so do you think it’s mostly about sexism, the contrast between how these two leaders are currently being treated by some colleagues?
she is not a very good public speaker. Halting and cliche-bound. But I doubt her image has much to do with that, or anything. I do think it’s about sex (and geography, a bit.)
To me, one of the acid tests of leadership occured in 2010 after the Scott Brown election freaked the party out about health care
Lots and lots of Democrats lost their heads and wanted to give up. Two who didn’t were Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi
and this spanned the ideological breadth of the party, from its centrists to its most progressive members
it was a test of “can you calmly assess reality?”
As for the distinction between Pelosi and Schumer – I feel like Senators might be generally less interested in leadership fights than House members?
yeah, that could be
You have 2 factions opposed to pelosi
the right faction, which is about the attack ads. And that’s a function of gender. Schumer is not as scary in attack ads because he’s a white guy
then there’s the left faction, and the Senate doesn’t have the same kind of progressive faction because it has larger voting units that don’t produce left-wing factional politicians very easily (Bernie being maybe the closest thing.)
it’s odd, though, because we just had an election where democrats did extremely well in the House
despite all the ads!
True, though many of those Dems felt compelled to oppose Pelosi
so it did sting
A final point on that issue, though–
In general I am very pragmatic, and I think if Pelosi’s image is causing real harm to the liberal agenda you should probably chuck her. But there are some real moral problems with giving in to sexism.
That’s worthy of consideration, I think.
Yes a white male speaker would be less of a political liability in swing districts, but that should at minimum make us a little queasy.
the case for scrapping schumer does seem much stronger
given his failure to demonstrate any special talents for the duties of his post
I miss harry reid
A photo from Sacramento illustrates how bad air quality is in Northern California, thanks to wildfires
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All the president’s spin
People are not being told that the Republican Party is on track to pick up two seats in the U.S. Senate, and epic victory: 53 to 47. The Fake News Media only wants to speak of the House, were the Midterm results were better than other sitting Presidents.
Jim Antle on a case he sees as a test for gun rights activists
Yet the cold resignation in the witness’s account originates in the experiences of many African Americans. There is a burgeoning number of cases in which the police conduct that results in a dead black man is at least highly questionable.
So too is the relative silence of gun rights groups when these situations entail law-abiding black gun owners’ interactions with law enforcement. The most prominent example is Philando Castile, a valid gun permit holder who was slain despite informing police officers he was armed. The National Rifle Association faced questions about its handling of the incident—not least from its own members.
Wildfires have turned Northern California’s air into the worst in the world
The Bay Area’s already fetid, wildfire-choked air continued to register “very unhealthy” levels of particulate matter throughout the region Friday morning, following public health warnings and mass closures of schools, universities, businesses — even San Francisco’s fabled cable cars were pulled off the hills.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was hospitalized with broken ribs just last week, joins fellow justices at the White House for Trump’s ceremony awarding the Medal of Freedom to Scalia, among others. Trump tells her he’s glad she’s feeling better.