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Clinton Investigation Reveals a Devastating Cover Up


DAILY KOS
MARCH 31, 2016

The FBI investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has entered a new phase. Direct evidence of a cover up has been discovered in her emails.  One member of Clinton’s inner circle, her former hair dresser Patricia Smith, has been granted immunity to testify before the grand jury, where it has been reported by confidential sources, that she will corroborate email evidence that Hillary Clinton’s true hair color is grey, and that, under direct orders from Secretary Clinton, she had been coloring it for years.
It is April 1st somewhere.



Cartoon: Right-wing stuntman

Friday Apr 01, 2016


Ted Cruz is the Republican Party’s last chance to pull their nomination away from Trump, even though his policies and people skills are just as terrible, if not worse. After the bombings in Brussels, Cruz advocated for policing and monitoring of Muslim communities in the US. If that’s better than Trump’s plan to deny Muslims entry into the United States, that’s straining the definition of the word “better.”







Friday Apr 01, 2016


Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke was the officer who shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014. He's been condemned by his department and is awaiting trial for first degree murder, but the police union stillhas his back.
Officer Van Dyke has been charged with first-degree murder and has been suspended without pay while awaiting trial. In the meantime, Van Dyke has been hired by the Fraternal Order of Police union as a janitor, and many people aren’t happy about it.
The head of the FOP, Dean Angelo, confirmed to the Chicago Sun-Times that Van Dyke was working a $12-an-hour job with the union because he couldn’t find work. [...] “We’ve probably had 100 people in no-pay status who we got jobs or hired at the hall. This is nothing new.”
Well, at least they're not giving him a gun. I presume, anyway. Still, the news that the police union still refuses to cut Van Dyke lose—even after the horrific dashcam video of the incident was made public, last November, showing McDonald posing no immediate threat to Van Dyke before being shot 16 times and killed—has been taken by some activists to be yet another insult in a long string of them.
"Not only is it insulting and outrageous, but it is a slap in the face. It is the reason we have this continued breakdown between law enforcement and community," the Rev. Michael L. Pfleger, a community activist in Chicago, told ABC News.
What can we say: a police union making sure that even a suspended officer charged with murder still gets a steady paycheck looks a wee bit crass to some people. Yeah, go figure.




Friday Apr 01, 2016

In Donald Trump news, Donald Trump believes he is being treated unfairly.
“If you answer one question inartfully or incorrectly in some form, or you misunderstood it or you misspoke, it ends up being a big story,” he said. “That doesn’t happen with other people.”
Oh, Donald. Donald, Donald, Donald. You poor, poor man. This defense by the Trumpinator is, of course, in response to Donald Trump opining to MSNBC host Chris Matthews that there should be "some form of punishment" for women who have abortions, which was taken badly by Everybody and resulted in the closest Donald Trump has ever come, in this campaign, to a complete talkback.
Trump endorser and top-notch mattress salesman Dr. Ben Carson's explanation for Trump saying such a thing was the malevolent interviewer didn't let Donald Trump know he'd be asking that question beforehand, and so Donald Trump was caught completely unaware, since Trump was under the previous impression that he could run for president of the United States without anyone ever asking him about abortion rights. Fox News talking summer squash Steve Doocy chalked it up to Donald Trump not being used to having opinions on things and why can't everyone just cut him some slack: "He only became a politician six or seven months ago."
But Trump himself now admits only to misunderstanding the question. He thought Matthews was talking about what the Catholic Church should do with women who have abortions. Because, I guess, he thinks the president gets to decide those things too.

He said that it was an extensive back-and-forth with Mr. Matthews. “I was really talking about his religion,” Mr. Trump said, referring to a point in the exchange where he mentioned the Roman Catholic Church. [...]
Mr. Trump added: “The difference is that if I say something that’s off, if I say something that’s off one way or another, it gets massive publicity. If somebody else does it, nobody cares.”
That's right, kids. Donald Trump has landed his boat on the shores of American politics, planted his gaudy and glittering gold flag, and now claims he and he alone has discovered that giving very bad answers to very important questions will get you talked about in this strange new land. He's a real Columbus, that one.


Friday Apr 01, 2016

In a 3-2 vote Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission expanded affordable broadband to millions of America's low-income families. By including broadband services in Lifeline, a Reagan-era program that provides telephone service to the poor, 40 million people on public assistance can use an existing benefit that provides a $9.25 credit for phone service to help them get online. The FCC estimates that more than 13 million of them have no access now.
At a time when many Americans rely on the Internet to apply for jobs, take educational courses or look up information online, a lack of affordable service prevents the country's poorest from accessing the same opportunities as their wealthier peers, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has said. Thursday's measure to update the subsidy program, known as Lifeline, aims to narrow that gap.
"It's a simple concept: To provide assistance so that low-income Americans can access the dominant communications network of the day," Wheeler said.
The move does not mean poor Americans will pay $9.25 a month for Internet. Rather, the program works by providing a $9.25-a-month credit that can then be applied toward broadband, voice service, or a mix of both.
Republicans on the commission pushed hard, and nearly swayed Democratic commissioner Mignon Clyburn to their side, for a smaller budget for the credits—with cap of $2.0 versus $2.25 billion—and faster required download speeds. That all sounds great—faster internet—but the increase in speeds would have made for an increase in consumer costs, keeping connectivity out of reach for many since they would have to pay out-of-pocket for costs above $9.25/month.


The cap to the program is, of course, the sticking point for Republicans. The $2.25 billion budget is a "soft" limit, allowing the budget to be exceeded if demand required it. House Republicans hate that, and so immediately announced their intention to pass legislation enforcing a legislative cap on the spending along with measures to "protect ratepayers and eliminate waste fraud and abuse." Which ultimately means keeping this benefit out of the hands of as many people as possible.


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