What You Need to Know is the Border is about to be totally open! In just a few days we are going to see around 18,000 illegal aliens crossing our border almost daily when title 42 is lifted. The Biden Administration is preparing for them by setting up camps. All the things that come with title 42 lifting are horrendous — sex trafficking, fentanyl, and just lawlessness. Also, Florida Governor, Ron Desantis, just passed a law to punish those who deal fentanyl. It's time to pass more laws that protect us from drugs like fentanyl and to protect our borders! Dinesh D'Souza, author, filmmaker, and host of the Dinesh D'Souza Podcast, talks about his new film 2000 Mules. Dinesh explains how this film is not heavy-handed, it's factual and explains what actually happened around the 2020 elections. Be sure to watch 2000 Mules in a theatre near you! Mike Davis, founder and president of the Internet Accountability Project, shares how A3P Urges Attorney General and House Democrats to Take Immediate Action On Supreme Court Security. Mike explains how the most continuous case decisions will come out at the end of June. He anticipates that the Dobbs decision will come out at the end of June. Check out his work at Article3Project.org. What You Need to Do is watch 2000 Mules that is now out in theaters! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Biden is forcefully condemning domestic terrorism ... just not all of it. House Democrats move to advance a bill designed to surveil and target domestic terrorists. Plus, middle schoolers in Wisconsin are facing sexual harassment allegations over ... pronouns? Today's Sponsors: Take some of your profits from the stock market NOW and SOLIDIFY them with GOLD from Birch Gold. Don't wait for the market to crash! Text WHY to 989898 and protect your future with GOLD. iTarget Pro is a revolutionary system that allows you to dry-fire practice with your actual firearm anytime in the safety and privacy of your own home. Plus, it comes in all the major calibers, so you can stay sharp with almost any firearm. Go to https://ITargetPro.com and save 10% and get free shipping with the offer code NEWS. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Buffalo, NY: Biden - ‘White Supremacy Is a Poison,' in Buffalo, NY speech as he mourns with victims. Calls for Assault Rifle Ban and keeping guns from Mentally Ill people Buffalo.; Here's what Biden should have said.; House Democrats plan to move domestic terrorism bill forward after Buffalo shooting. - TheAHNShow with Michael Imhotep 5-17-22 Support The African History Network through Cash App @ https://cash.app/$TheAHNShow or PayPal @ TheAHNShow@gmail.com or http://www.PayPal.me/TheAHNShow or visit http://www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com and click on the yellow “Donate” button.
Today's program looks at President Biden's calling white supremacy a "poison" to America after the Buffalo, NY mass shooting, House Democrats' bills to ease the infant formula shortage and a House committee hearing on UFO's. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Former President Donald Trump's choice for Pennsylvania governor has won his primary, and his Senate pick is locked in an exceedingly close contest as the former president works to expand his hold on the Republican Party. Trump's late endorsement helped put the already surging far-right state senator Doug Mastriano over the top Tuesday in the GOP governor's primary in one of the nation's premier battleground states. But Mehmet Oz, the celebrity heart surgeon endorsed by Trump, is locked with former hedge fund manager David McCormick in a race that is too early to call. On the Democratic side, progressive Lt. Gov. John Fetterman easily secured his party's Senate nomination. In another of the night's closely watched races, progressive John Fetterman easily won Pennsylvania's Democratic Senate primary, just days after a stroke sent him to the hospital. U.S. Rep. Ted Budd and former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley have won their respective Senate primaries in North Carolina. Budd on Tuesday won the 14-candidate Republican primary over the likes of former Gov. Pat McCrory and U.S. Rep. Mark Walker. Beasley was the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, which 11 people sought. Beasley and Budd will compete in November to succeed retiring Sen. Richard Burr. Former Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek has won the Democratic gubernatorial primary governor, beating state Treasurer Tobias Read in a victory for the party's progressive wing. Russia says that nearly 1,000 Ukrainian troops who doggedly defended a giant steelworks in Mariupol have surrendered. The plant became a symbol of their country's resistance. The announcement Wednesday comes as the battle for the strategic port city appeared all but over. Ukraine ordered the fighters to save their lives and said their mission to tie up Russian forces is now complete. But it has not called the column of soldiers walking out of the plant a surrender. The fighters face an uncertain fate. Ukraine says they hope for a prisoner swap but Russia is vowing to try at least some of them for war crimes. Both Sweden and Finland have applied to join NATO. A new report says decisions by Presidents Donald Trump and Joe Biden to pull all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan were the key factors in the collapse of that nation's military, leading to the Taliban takeover last year. The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol is rejecting a request from the Justice Department for access to the committee's interviews, for now. Rep. Bennie Thompson says the Justice Department made the request as part of its ongoing criminal investigation into the attack. But Thompson, the committee's chairman, said Tuesday it was “premature” for the committee to share its work at this point because the panel's probe is ongoing. The Heat knock off the Celtics, the Magic get the NBA's top draft pick, the Lightning and Avalanche win on ice and Aaron Judge flexes his muscles again. Correspondent Josh Rowntree reports. President Joe Biden mourned with Buffalo's grieving families on Tuesday, then exhorted the nation to reject what he angrily labeled the poison of white supremacy. He said the nation must “reject the lie” of the racist “replacement theory” espoused by the shooter who killed 10 Black people at a supermarket. Biden declared that “evil will not win” in America. “Replacement theory” is the idea that white people are being intentionally replaced by people of color. It's another manifestation of the bigotry Biden vowed to confront while running for president. Biden says it was the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and President Donald Trump's ambivalent reaction that drove him to run. The fall of Mariupol appears at hand as Ukraine is moving to abandon a sprawling steel plant where its soldiers had held out under relentless bombardment for months, which would make it the biggest city to fall into Russian hands. Much of it, though, has been reduced to rubble. Ukraine estimates some 20,000 civilians have been killed in the Russian assault on Mariupol, a city on the Azov Sea that stands between the Russian mainland and the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia seized from Ukraine in 2014. Hundreds of Ukrainian fighters have left the Azovstal steel plant and turned themselves over to Russian hands. House Democrats have unveiled a $28 million emergency spending bill to address the shortage of infant formula in the United States. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, the chair of the House Appropriations Committee, says the bill would help the Food and Drug Administration take important steps to restore the formula supply in a safe and secure manner. U.S. regulators have authorized a COVID-19 vaccine booster for healthy children ages 5 to 11. Everyone 12 and older already was supposed to get one booster dose for the best protection against the newest variants of the coronavirus. There were 1.7 million weddings in 2020, a drop of 17% from the year before. The number of U.S. marriages in 2020 was the lowest recorded since 1963. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an analysis of the data Tuesday. The pandemic threw many marriage plans into disarray with stay-at-home orders and restrictions on large gatherings. The CDC has not yet released data on marriages in 2021. Queen Elizabeth II made a surprise appearance at central London's Paddington station. The 96-year-old monarch has reduced most of her public engagements. But she appeared Tuesday at the train station and beamed as she unveiled a plaque stating she officially opened the Elizabeth line, named in her honor. Prince William says he hopes more soccer players will have the confidence to be open about their sexuality after Jake Daniels became the first active player in the English men's professional game to announce he is gay. Nearly 43,000 people were killed on U.S. roads last year. That's the highest number in 16 years as Americans returned to the highways after the pandemic forced many to stay at home. Traffic deaths rose 10.5% over 2020, the largest percentage increase since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began its fatality data collection in 1975. An outbreak of avian flu is forcing farmers to cull their flocks and leading to concerns about even higher food prices. While it doesn't pose a significant threat to humans, the outbreak is prompting a new wave of some of the same conspiracy theories that emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts who study misinformation say claims that the avian flu is a bioweapon or an elaborate hoax reflect a deepening distrust of the media and scientific experts. For poultry farmers and animal health officials in affected states, however, the flu poses a threat that's all too real for both their animals and their local economies. U.S. retail sales rose 0.9% in April, a solid increase that underscores Americans' ability to keep ramping up spending even as inflation persists at nearly a 40-year high. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the increase was driven by greater sales of cars, electronics, and at restaurants. Even adjusting for inflation, which was 0.3% on a monthly basis in April, sales increased. A handful of U.S. hospitals are facing a financial crisis that officials say was caused by the federal government's rules for pandemic relief money. A trio of hospitals in Alabama, Kansas and New Mexico say they're not getting as much assistance as other hospitals because they're so new they can't prove financial losses from before the pandemic. In rural southwest Alabama, Thomasville Regional Medical Center says it's in danger of closing after just two years. Federal health officials say all three hospitals have gotten some money from the CARES Act, and no health providers are getting all their losses reimbursed. —The Associated Press See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Swift passage of billions in emergency aid for Ukraine is still blocked by Sen. Rand Paul. Megan Mineiro has more details on that and efforts on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue to address the nationwide baby formula shortage, plus two top House Democrats could have to go head to head in a primary.
The US House of Representatives has voted 368-57 to spend $40 billion on a world-threatening proxy war while ordinary Americans struggle to feed themselves and their children. All 57 "no" votes were Republicans. Every member of the small faction of progressive House Democrats popularly known as "The Squad" voted yes. The massive proxy war bill then went to the Senate, where it was stalled with scrutiny not from progressive superstar Bernie Sanders, but from Republican Rand Paul. This is because the left-wing Democrat is a myth, like the good billionaire or the happy open marriage. It's not a real thing; it's just a pleasant fairy tale people tell themselves so they don't have to go through the psychological turmoil of acknowledging that their entire worldview is built on lies. Reading by Tim Foley.
Haris Alic, Congressional Reporter of The Washington Times, joined WMAL's "O'Connor and Company" radio program on Thursday about the House Democrats probing the Commanders. TWEET: https://twitter.com/RealHarisAlic/status/1524483010883731457 House Democrats' probe of Commanders, team owner Dan Snyder blitzed by accusations of political bias For more coverage on the issues that matter to you, visit www.WMAL.com, download the WMAL app or tune in live on WMAL-FM 105.9 FM from 5-9 AM ET. To join the conversation, check us out on Twitter: @WMALDC, @LarryOConnor, @Jgunlock,and @patrickpinkfile. Show website: https://www.wmal.com/oconnor-company/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D NY-8th, Brooklyn and Queens), House Democrats chairman, talks about the Alito draft opinion overturning Roe, the work of the special master in redrawing New York's district maps and the Democrats' outlook for the midterms.
With SCOTUS likely to overturn Roe v. Wade, a Congressman explained what Dems in Congress could do to enshrine reproductive rights into federal law. On Today's Show:U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D NY-8th, Brooklyn and Queens), House Democrats chairman, talks about the Alito draft opinion overturning Roe, and the Democrats' outlook for the midterms.
A new book by New York Times journalists Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns has gotten lots of attention for its revelations about Donald Trump and the Republican Party. And they get into that on this bonus episode of The New Abnormal, but they also tell Molly juicy nuggets about Democratic dysfunction, including texts calling Nancy Pelosi “terrible” and Biden's struggle with Manchin and Sinema. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jackie DeFusco, a reporter for WRIC, is on the show to discuss the House Democrats removing leader Eileen Filler Corn after Del. Don Scott launched a surprised coup. However, the splintered factions were unable to reach consensus on someone to replace her. We also discuss some of the Gov. Youngkin's amendments and vetoes, including new penalties for marijuana possession, cracking down on Delta 8 loopholes, slumlords, limits on insurance companies levying a surcharge on tobacco users, religious expression, and the insane politics of Loudoun County.See more at https://linktr.ee/JacklegMedia. Learn about our sponsor at www.saara.org.
President Joe Biden expressed openness to forgiving some student loan debt in a private meeting with some House Democrats, prompting Senate Republicans to introduce legislation to stop him from doing so by executive action. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill Tuesday that bans the use of nonbinary gender markers on state birth certificates. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Show #1449 Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily, you trusted source of EV information. It's Thursday 28th April, it's Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to. VW SAID TO CONSIDER BUILDING ID. BUZZ, ELECTRIC PICKUP IN THE US - Ever since Volkswagen unveiled the ID. Buzz in early March, the automaker constantly had to answer questions regarding the possibility that the electric van will also be made in the United States. - reports claim that Volkswagen is considering an expansion of its Chattanooga plant in Tennessee. A source close to the matter told Reuters that the automaker plans to build an electric pickup and the ID. Buzz at the new facility. - VW has not confirmed plans for an electric pickup yet, although VW Group CEO Herbert Diess and VW of America CEO Scott Keogh have vaguely hinted at such plans. - The report ties in with another one from Germany's Manager Magazin from earlier today. The publication wrote that Volkswagen was planning to build a second production plant in the US that would increase its annual capacity to up to 600,000 vehicles. - VW Group announced on March 21 that it plans to invest at least $7.1 billion in North America over the next five years. Original Source : https://insideevs.com/news/582632/vw-said-to-consider-building-id-buzz-electric-pickup-us/ VOLKSWAGEN REPORTEDLY CONSIDERING A SECOND US PRODUCTION SITE PLUS NEW BATTERY CELL PLANT - With competitors like Nissan, General Motors, and Ford Motor Co. all manufacturing EVs in the state of Tennessee, it is very quickly becoming a mecca for electrification in the US and could soon be number one, according to the head of the Tennessee Valley Authority. - Current ID.4 production capacity in Chattanooga is expected to be from 100,000 to 120,000 units per year as the automaker adds a third production shift creating about 4,500 jobs. Combined with existing production for VW's Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport, the Chattanooga plant would essentially be maxed out. - The report also states that VW is considering a battery plant near the Chattanooga plant(s) as well. - According to VW exec Scott Keogh, the company's current plan is to source its EV battery cells from SK Innovation at the new $2.6 billion factory it is building in Georgia. In terms of a potential US battery plant, Keogh said VW will need units. Original Source : https://electrek.co/2022/04/29/volkswagen-reportedly-considering-a-second-us-production-site-plus-new-battery-cell-plant/ VOLKSWAGEN & BP LAUNCH PARTNERSHIP TO ROLL-OUT EV FAST CHARGING IN EUROPE - Volkswagen Group and energy giant bp have launched a strategic partnership that will aim to boost the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) across Europe, unveiling the first charger in Dusseldorf, Germany. The partnership aims to rapidly building a fast charging network across Europe by 2024. - The roll-out will feature Volkswagen's Flexpole 150kW charging units, each of which feature two charge points, and an integrated battery storage system. - The Flexpole units can be directly connected to a low voltage grid which removes the requirement for a dedicated substation and costly construction work, while providing fast charging speeds of up to 150kW - The first phase of the roll-out will see up to an additional 4,000 charge points at bp's Aral retail sites in Germany and bp retail sites in the UK over the next 24 months. - bp's charging network will be integrated into Volkswagen, ŠKODA and Seat/Cupra in-car dashboards ensuring drivers can find their nearest charger seamlessly. Original Source : https://www.autofutures.tv/2022/04/28/volkswagen-bp-launch-partnership-to-roll-out-ev-fast-charging-in-europe/ USPS HIT BY CAROLYN MALONEY ON LIMITING ELECTRIC VEHICLE PURCHASES - he U.S. Postal Service used “faulty” assumptions in limiting its purchase of electric mail-delivery trucks in its $6 billion fleet replacement plan, a top House Democrat said Tuesday. - The postal service used a low gas price and assumed higher maintenance costs for an electric vehicle than for gas-powered, said Representative Carolyn Maloney, a New York Democrat who is pushing for the service to buy more battery-powered vehicles. - The service last month said it had doubled, to about 10,000, the number of electric vehicles in its initial order. The trucks will be among 50,000 Next Generation Delivery Vehicles from Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Corp. - Maloney referred to a Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday. The congressional watchdog said the postal service used a gas price that is almost $2 per gallon less than the current national average price of gas. - The Postal Service is moving forward over objections of the Biden administration with its $6 billion plan to purchase as many as 165,000 mail trucks over the next 10 years, with up to 90% of those running on gasoline instead of more climate-friendly batteries. Original Source : https://www.chicagobusiness.com/manufacturing/usps-hit-carolyn-maloney-limiting-electric-vehicle-purchases AMAZON POSTS A LOSS AS ONLINE SHOPPING SLOWS, STOCK TANKS Original Source : https://www.cnet.com/tech/services-and-software/amazon-posts-a-loss-as-online-shopping-slows-stock-tanks/ FORD CUTS 580 U.S. SALARIED, AGENCY WORKERS AS IT RESTRUCTURES FOR EVS Original Source : https://www.cnbc.com/2022/04/28/ford-cuts-580-us-salaried-agency-workers-as-it-restructures-for-evs.html MILITARY EVS ARE A NECESSARY AWAKENING — NOT ‘WOKENESS' Original Source : https://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/3469206-military-evs-are-a-necessary-awakening-not-wokeness/ HERTZ LAYS OUT 17 EUROPEAN ROAD TRIPS PERFECT FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE DRIVERS Original Source : https://www.carscoops.com/2022/04/hertz-lays-out-17-european-road-trips-perfect-for-electric-vehicle-drivers/ RESEARCHERS FIND E-BIKES OUTPACING ELECTRIC CARS SALES IN THE U.S. Original Source : https://www.bicycling.com/news/a39838840/ebikes-are-outpacing-electric-car-sales-in-the-us/ QUESTION OF THE WEEK WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM What cables should or shouldn't come with a new or used EV? 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The GOP-controlled Missouri House voted 103-44 on Thursday to give final approval to legislation providing a one-time economic recovery tax credit for Missourians who paid personal income tax in the state in 2021. Under the bill, anyone filing an individual Missouri personal income tax return would receive a rebate up to $500, while married couples who filed jointly would receive up to a $1,000 credit. House Democrats criticize the bill, saying it wouldn't help the poorest Missourians. State Rep. Sara Walsh (R-Ashland), voted for it, saying the people of Missouri can spend the money better than government. She joined us live on 939 the Eagle's "Wake Up Columbia" to outline the plan. We also asked her about state employee pay:. That's a major issue in Jefferson City, which has more than 14,000 state employees:
Yes, it's a tough-looking midterm, but Democrats can still go on offense! The Downballot takes a deep dive into 10 House districts across the country where Republicans are vulnerable for a variety of reasons, whether due to redistricting, retirements, long-term demographic trends, or plain old GOP infighting. Our tour runs from the eastern tip of Long Island in New York all the way to sunny Southern California, with many stops in between. Co-hosts David Nir and David Beard also investigate Ron DeSantis' turbocharged gerrymander aimed at undermining Black representation; discuss two more Republican Senate primaries where Trump endorsements have made a mess of things; call out a Democrat for running an offensive ad that risks contributing to anti-Asian hatred; and take stock of upcoming elections in France and Australia. Daily Kos' House fundraising slate. Episode transcript.
This article was written by S.D. Wells from Natural News. I did my podcast based on this concept and expanded on what appears to be a potentially viable theory.With midterms on the horizon, several Democrat politicians suddenly have COVID in preparation for promoting MAIL-IN BALLOTSBlame it on partying and voting. Within a week, nearly a dozen House Democrats claim they tested positive for Wuhan Flu after they sat around boozing together mask-less while talking political strategies for the upcoming midterm elections. The rest claim they caught the scamdemic disease while "late night" voting for their next spending (money-laundering) bill. It's all just part of their push for midterm mail-in ballots, so their cohorts can have even the slightest chance of victory, after these last couple years of their absolute dismal performance.Sure, knock back some whiskey sours and come up with a corrupt plan to steal the mid-term elections, maybe by leading by example? See, the lesson is… if you go out and party and vote while drunk, you'll catch a death of a cold… COVID-19 that is. Didn't all of these House Democrats swear up and down they got vaccinated? They sure do have some explaining to do.Political STUNT? Nine House Democrats test positive for COVID at virtually the same time as we turn the corner towards mid-term electionsOh, they are hurting, and not from COVID. Every scamdemic protocol that the Democrats pushed has turned into epic failure, including quarantines, lockdowns, social distancing, masks and especially the beloved clot shots. The economy is in the crapper. Millions have lost their jobs due to force-vaccination mandates. Inflation is skyrocketing daily. So what do House Democrats do about it? They party in Philadelphia at a "retreat" where the party favors must have been PCR-test kits.Other "Hypocrites of the House" spent hours this same week on the floor maskless while voting for their latest money-laundering spending Bill, after preaching to Americans to never take off their masks, even indoors, and be sure to get "fully vaccinated" for COVID, including every booster "recommended" by the CDC. Then they all got on buses and headed to a big party. Surely they weren't wearing masks on the bus either.It's all just smoke and mirrors, like a David Copperfield show. An act. A staged event where a bunch of House Hypocrites "catch deadly COVID" while voting mask-less, to convince the populace they should stay home and vote from there, where it's safe, and then just head to the "drop boxes" with their crates full of votes late at night, when nobody is around to spread the Wuhan Flu (or catch them in the act).The scamdemic rages on… even Kamala "Bad Knees" Harris claims her husband caught Wuhan Flu at the retreatDemocrats want to scare the public just enough to vie for mail-in ballots for every election, but not frustrate everyone too much with other mandates that might ruin Democrat votes for midterms. Surely, after the elections, should they win, every mandate will be put back in place, strictly again, with no exceptions (while the politicians continue to party mask-less).Though fully-vaccinated lawmakers are NOT required to wear a mask, they all seem to be catching COVID anyway, according to their own stories published all over mainstream media. What does that say about the "efficacy" of the so-called "vaccines?" Sounds like if you get the COVID jabs you should be REQUIRED to wear your mask at all times, if we're using real-life situations as proof of the need for precautionary measures.Who says they have COVID from partying and/or late night voting at the House of Horrors? Nancy "Dominion" Pelosi, Representative Madeleine Dean of Pennsylvania, Gerald E. Connolly of Virginia, Peter Welch of Vermont, Zoe Lofgren of California, Kim Schrier of Washington, Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, Jared Golden of Maine, Joe Neguse of Colorado, and Andy Kim of New Jersey. All of this, somehow, within one hour.Nobody is sure how many shots of tequila were swallowed before, during and after the rapid antigen tests the reps took in their hotel rooms. Resident Biden also attended the "retreat," but he somehow tested negative (only three percent of people who take the PCR tests, whether healthy or not, test negative). Jen "illogical" Psaki said EVERY representative at the retreat had been vaccinated. So much for herd theory, huh?This is a huge reminder, if true, that the COVID vaccines do not work at all. The DC elites think they can pull the wool over everyone's eyes, and these staged events are not helping them gain votes for the midterms. Either way, they lose big.Tune your internet to Censored.news for huge swaths of truth news about the upcoming midterms that's being censored from the rest of media as you read this.Sources for this article include:NaturalNews.comTheGatewayPundit.comReuters.comAxios.comSupport your immune system the right way with Dr. Zev Zelenko's brand new Z-DTOX nutraceuticals. Subscribe at endmedicaltyranny.substack.com
West Coast Cookbook & Speakeasy is Now Open! 8am-9am PT/ 11am-Noon ET for our especially special Daily Specials, Metro Shrimp & Grits Thursdays!Starting off in the Bistro Cafe, the party that's accusing their enemies of being literal pedophiles, had to rewrite a bill that would have allowed child marriages to grown ass men in their 60's.Then, on the rest of the menu, in a 5-4 Shadow Docket decision, the Supreme Court reinstated the Trump rule that gutted the Clean Water Act of 1972; Joe Biden signed a sweeping overhaul of the US Postal Service that saved six-days-a-week mail delivery, but Louis DeJoy is still there to monkey-wrench the works; and, House Democrats accused oil companies of price gouging as Americans suffer from ever-increasing gasoline prices during the war in Ukraine.After the break, we move to the Chef's Table where the UN General Assembly is voting today for Russia to be stripped of its seat on the 47-member Human Rights Council; and, Russia said that it made a debt payment in rubles this week, a move that could put the country on a path to an historic default.All that and more, on West Coast Cookbook & Speakeasy with Chef de Cuisine Justice Putnam.Bon Appétit!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~“Everyone in this good city enjoys the full right to pursue his own inclinations in all reasonable and, unreasonable ways.” -- The Daily Picayune, New Orleans, March 5, 1851~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Show Notes & Links: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/4/7/2090560/-West-Coast-Cookbook-amp-Speakeasy-Daily-Special-Metro-Shrimp-amp-Grits-ThursdaysWCC&S Deep Archive:https://archive.org/details/@netroots_radioNetroots Radio Live Player:https://www.netrootsradio.com/
Daniel Turner, energy expert and founder of energy advocacy group Power the Future, joined WMAL's "O'Connor and Company" radio program on Thursday to discuss Wednesday's big oil executive hearing on Capitol Hill and the Biden administration's war on oil. Video: At oil exec hearing: Sen. Ted Cruz says Biden admin has waged a "war on supply and demand." WASHINGTON EXAMINER: Republican senators blast House Democrats for energy hearing. For more coverage on the issues that matter to you, visit www.WMAL.com, download the WMAL app or tune in live on WMAL-FM 105.9 FM from 5-9 AM ET. To join the conversation, check us out on Twitter: @WMALDC, @LarryOConnor, @Jgunlock,and @patrickpinkfile. Show website: https://www.wmal.com/oconnor-company/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
House Democrats have just added to the list of partisan opponents they are determined to defame, bankrupt and otherwise destroy. Their majority yesterday endorsed the January 6th Committee's request for criminal prosecution of two more of President Donald Trump's key subordinates, his Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino and trade adviser Peter Navarro. Others may yet be added to the list that already includes former Trump strategist Steve Bannon and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. Let's get real: January 6th was not an insurrection. The committee investigating it is not legal. The prosecutions they seek are aimed at taking out the Democrats' political targets, not getting to the truth. And, most importantly, the committee is obscuring, not pursuing, evidence that what actually occurred that day was officially-sponsored “direct action” – not an attempt by Trump supporters to overthrow the U.S. government. This is Frank Gaffney. The Secure Freedom Minute - the most interesting, informative and life-saving 60 seconds of your day.
President Biden's administration has imposed new economic sanctions on Russia, which target not just the Russian economy, but also Vladimir Putin's two adult daughters. We learn more about that with Clayton Neville in our correspondent close-up. Later, we'll talk to Joey Garrison, White House correspondent for USA Today. House Democrats on Wednesday accused oil companies of “ripping off the American people” and putting profits before production as Americans suffer from ever-increasing gasoline prices during the war in Ukraine. John Stolnis covers that for us. Prior to the "No Surprises Act", one in five insured Americans who had surgery or visited the ER got a surprise medical bill for the difference between what their insurance will cover and what the provider will charge, often resulting in bills reaching thousands of dollars. Now – six lawsuits have been filed across the country by doctors and hospitals to try to strike down this law. We're going to learn more about this as we're joined by Patricia Kelmar, she's the director of Health Care Campaigns for US Public Interest Research Group. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Rep. Cheri Bustos is leaving Congress at the end of this term. What has she learned from her five terms in the House and—as the former leader of the House Democrats' campaign arm—from the 2020 election? How can Democrats improve their prospects in the 2022 midterms? Sarah gets these answers and more in a candid conversation with the Illinois congresswoman. Show Notes:-Hope from the Heartland: How Democrats Can Better Serve the Midwest by Bringing Rural, Working Class Wisdom to Washington-How Dems Win in Trump Districts-The Sweep: “Tsunami or Ripple? What a Midterm Wave Might Look Like.”
The Postal Service, under pressure from Congress and the Biden administration, is doubling its initial order for electric vehicles as part of its next-generation delivery vehicle fleet. But House and Senate Democrats say USPS is setting the bar too low on electrifying its delivery fleet. Lawmakers propose making electric vehicles most of the new fleet, and they'll pay. Postal officials say it's all more than what USPS can afford on its own. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman has the latest.
Sen. Mitt Romney is having a bipartisan moment. The Utah senator kept everyone in suspense until Monday on how he would vote on Ketanji Brown Jackson's confirmation. He voted against confirming her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit last year, but flipped and will now vote to confirm her to the Supreme Court. Six weeks ago, House Democrats blew up a bipartisan deal on Covid funding when they stripped $15 billion in pandemic relief money from a bill to fund the government. Biden and Democrats scrambled to find a way to pass a stand-alone bill and they needed a GOP partner. Romney stepped in and spent the last month and a half negotiating with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and the White House. They announced a $10 billion deal on Monday. On Tuesday, it fell apart.
The House Energy and Commerce is meeting today with the leadership of BP America, Chevron, Devon Energy, Exxon Mobil, Pioneer Natural Resources and Shell USA. POLITICO's Josh Siegel previews the hearing with Mike Sommers, the president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute. Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO. Mike Sommers is the president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute. Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. Carlos Prieto is an audio producer for POLITICO. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO's audio department.
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Joe Biden orders the release of 1 million barrels of oil a day for the next 6 months to combat high gas prices. House Democrats block bill to make America energy independent. Bidenflation will cost the average family $5200 this year. White House stands behind Joey Puddin Pop's claims about Hunter. The Army has a recruiting problem.
Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and a former White House staffer, was interviewed by the committee investigating the January 6th attacks on Thursday. The investigators are now hoping to have public hearings in May to lay out what they have discovered, though any criminal chargers would have to come from the Justice Department.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and acting congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh.Connect:Email the show at firstname.lastname@example.orgJoin the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Subscribe to the NPR Politics Newsletter.Find and support your local public radio station.
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According to reports, New York City Mayor Eric Adams is considering ending vaccine mandates for athletes and entertainers, while millions of city workers will continue to have to live with the mandate. Buck takes a look at the latest in covid hypocrisy. Plus, one month into Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Buck evaluates the situation on the ground with retired Lt. Col. Jim Carafano. Also, House Democrats are proposing a stimulus check to combat high prices at the pump. National Review's David Harsanyi gives his thoughts on the latest Democratic give-away. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
We have some new laws! In this episode, a brief overview of the government funding law that (finally) funds the government for 2022 and provides money and weapons to Ukraine, a new law that protects drinking water, a new law that slightly reduces the corruption of Puerto Rico's financial oversight board, and a new law that guarantees you rights that corporate contracts have been taking away. Please Support Congressional Dish – Quick Links Contribute monthly or a lump sum via PayPal Support Congressional Dish via Patreon (donations per episode) Send Zelle payments to: Donation@congressionaldish.com Send Venmo payments to: @Jennifer-Briney Send Cash App payments to: $CongressionalDish or Donation@congressionaldish.com Use your bank's online bill pay function to mail contributions to: 5753 Hwy 85 North, Number 4576, Crestview, FL 32536. Please make checks payable to Congressional Dish Thank you for supporting truly independent media! 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Feb 18, 2019. “Informative Motion Regarding Publication and Filing of Final Investigative Report – McKinsey & Company, Inc.” Case: 17-03283-LTS. Forced Arbitration Matt Stoller. Mar 7, 2022. “Monopolies Take a Fifth of Your Wages.” BIG. Laws H.R.2471 - Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022 House Vote Senate Vote Law Outline DIVISION C: DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Title VII: General Provisions Sec. 8139: $300 million from the "Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide" account must be used for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative The money can be used for "salaries and stipends" of Ukraine's military in addition to equipment and support Sec. 8140: Prohibitions against Russia will not be lifted until "the armed forces of the Russian Federation have withdrawn from Crimea, other than armed forces present on military bases" agreed upon by the Russian and Ukrainian governments. Sec. 8141: "None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to provide arms, training or other assistance to the Azov Battalion. DIVISION K - DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FOREIGN OPERATIONS, AND RELATED PROGRAMS Title VII: General Provisions Sec. 7047: "None of the funds appropriated by this Act may be made available for the implementation of any action or policy that recognizes the sovereignty of the Russian Federation over Crimea or other territory in Ukraine." This will end when the Secretary of State certifies that "the Government of Ukraine has reestablished sovereignty over Crimea and other territory in Ukraine under the control of Russian-backed separatists." DIVISION N: UKRAINE SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT Title I: Department of Agriculture $100 million for Food for Peace grants Title III: Department of Defense $195.5 million for US military personnel $213 million for Air Force procurement $5.5 billion for operations and maintenance $3.5 billion of this is for replacing weapons given to Ukraine and for "defense services" and "military eduction and training" provided to the Government of Ukraine. Title VI: Department of State Authorizes $4 billion for direct loans to Ukraine and NATO countries, along with permission to reduce or cancel their obligations to pay us back. Amount provided this way "shall not be considered assistance for the purposes of provisions of law limiting assistance to a country" $2.65 billion to countries housing Ukrainians refugees for emergency food and shelter $1.4 billion for refugees $1.12 billion for Ukraine and "other countries" - Poland and Hungary in particular - that are enacting IMF economic reforms and expanding the private sector $650 million for the "foreign military financing program" for Ukraine "and countries impacted by the situation" $647 million for the "Economic Support Fund" which can be transferred to fund activities "related to public engagement, messaging, and countering disinformation." Expands the emergency powers of the President in 2022 to allow him to provide $3 billion in military equipment, services and money to foreign countries and international organizations, instead of the usual limit of $100 million per year Increases the amount of weapons that are allowed to be exported from $2.05 billion to $3.1 billion $120 million for "Transition Initiatives" H.R.6617 - Further Additional Extending Government Funding Act Law Outline DIVISION A - FURTHERING ADDITIONAL CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2022 Sec. 101: Extends government funding at 2021 levels until March 11, 2022. Allows the Department of Defense to spend their Operations and Maintenance and emergency funds to respond to the Red Hill Bulk Storage Facility spill but caps the spending at $53 million. Adds $250 million to their budget for 2022 to address drinking water contamination caused by the spill. Adds $100 to their budget so they can comply with the Hawaii state order to remove the fuel from the Red Hill facility. H.R.1192 - Puerto Rico Recovery Accuracy in Disclosures Act of 2021 House vote: 429-0 Senate: Unanimous Consent Law Outline Sec 2: Disclosure by Professional Persons Seeking Approval of Compensation Under Section 316 or 317 of PROMESA Requires attorneys, accountants, appraisers, auctioneers, agents, and other professional persons to file a disclosure listing their conflicts of interest with debtors, creditors - or their attorneys and accountants - and the oversight board members, directors, and employees. Failure to file the disclosure, or an incomplete disclosure, will prevent that person from being paid. Being "not a disinterested person" or having an "adverse interest" will also disqualify that person from compensation. This will only apply to cases filed AFTER enactment of this law (January 20, 2022) H.R.4445 - Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 Committee Report House Debate Law Outline Sec. 2: Predispute Arbitration of Disputes Involving Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment. Invalidates predispute arbitration clauses in contracts if the person alleging sexual harassment or sexual assault or a representative of a class action lawsuit elects to go to court instead of use arbitration. This will apply whether the case is to be filed in Federal, Tribal, or State court. The decision over where the case will be heard will be made by a court, not by an arbitrator regardless of what is in the contract. Sec 3: Applicability Will only apply to any dispute or claim that "arises or accrues" on or after the date of enactment. Hearings and Debate House Debate on H.R. 1192: Puerto Rico Recovery Accuracy in Disclosures Act of 2021 February 23, 2022 Highlighted PDF of debate on the house floor Clips 1:19:09 Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon: Representative Velazquez and myself have proposed this bipartisan initiative in the last two congresses having achieved passage in the house during the last session Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX): In response to dire fiscal issues facing Puerto Rico at the time, Congress passed the Puerto Rico oversight management and economic stability Act, or Preska in 2016. That legislation established the financial oversight and management board with control over Puerto Rico's budget laws, financial plans and regulations and the authority to retain professionals to assist the board in executing its responsibilities. Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY): The Puerto Rico recovery accuracy in disclosures act of 2021 or product eliminates a double standard currently facing Puerto Rico. On the US Code and federal bankruptcy procedure. Any conflicts of interest or even the perception of such conflict between those working on the bankruptcy and the debtor there are required to be disclosed. However, a loophole in the current law prevents this requirement from being extended to the people of Puerto Rico. Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC): Most significantly the gap in the 2016 law created a potential for undisclosed compensation terms and undiscovered conflicts of interest visa vi parties and interest for professional serving in Puerto Rico's bankruptcy. Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colon: Learning that someone was involved in businesses of one of the parties in the case only after they are named and working on the case does not create assurance of their commitment to the best interest of Puerto Rico or even managing the depth. Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC): This builds disclosure and oversight requirements increase the likelihood that conflicts of interest will be caught and timely addressed before compensation decisions are made. Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY): While we can have different opinions on how effectively the oversight board is carrying out its mission, one thing should be clear. The island's residents should be entitled to the same rights and protections of any debtor on the mainland. House Debate on H.R.4445 - Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 February 7, 2022 Highlighted PDF of debate on the house floor Clips 9:21 Rep. Michelle Fischbach (R-MN): If H.R. 4445 becomes law contracts will be far less likely to include the option to arbitrate. 10:28 Rep. Michelle Fischbach (R-MN): Why are some in Congress so intent on taking this legislation forward today? For years, Democrats have tried to gut arbitration agreements for all kinds of different claims and plaintiffs. If Democrats had their way, everyone from consumers to civil rights plaintiffs, to those with antitrust claims, to individuals using financial service products and others would not be able to contract in advance to resolve disputes through arbitration. 47:33 Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH): We know that if parties can't agree in advance to arbitrate then they are unlikely to agree to arbitrate after there has been a dispute. As a result, the plaintiff may never get to arbitration. Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility: The Current Crisis, the Response, and the Way Forward House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Readiness January 11, 2022 This hearing conducted oversight into the Navy's maintenance of the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, the Navy's investigation into and response to the November 2021 release of fuel from Red Hill facility impacting drinking water, its impacts on service members and civilians, clean-up and remediation efforts, and next steps forward. Witnesses: Vice Admiral Yancy Lindsey, Commander, Navy Installations Command Rear Admiral Blake Converse, Deputy Command, U.S. Pacific Fleet Rear Admiral John K. Korka, Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Chief of Civil Engineers Rear Admiral Peter Stamatopoulos, Supply Corps, United States Navy, Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command and 49th Chief of Supply Corps Captain Michael McGinnis Pacific Fleet Surgeon, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Clips 9:05 Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA): Why does Red Hill exist in the first place? Even before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States had grown concerned about the vulnerability of above ground fuel storage tanks in 1940. The construction began on the Red Hill bulk fuel storage facility, a one in a kind engineering innovation that secured the fuel from enemy aerial attack. The facility holds 250 million gallons of fuel in 20 steel lined underground tanks encased in concrete. These tanks are connected to three gravity fed pipelines, running two and a half miles to Pearl Harbor fuel appears. However, a statistic less commonly quoted by the DoD is that the facility is also 100 feet above the groundwater aquifer that provides water to the residents of Oahu. Thus, it has always been the responsibility of the military to ensure that these tanks are maintained in a manner that not only protects the wartime fuel supply, but the people have a Oahu water supply 18:45 Rear Admiral Blake Converse: I want to start by saying that the Navy caused this problem, we own it, and we're gonna fix it. 19:45 Rear Admiral Blake Converse: Beginning on November 28, residents of certain neighborhoods on our Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam here in Hawaii in military housing began recording vapors, discoloration and contamination of the water provided by the Navy. The Red Hill shaft well, which sits near the Navy's Red Hill bulk fuel storage facility was immediately suspected to be the source of this contamination as that was the source of the drinking water for those affected neighborhoods. So it was shut down that evening, November 28. And it just remained isolated since that day. Later, samples from the Red Hill shaft well would confirm the presence of petroleum contamination. 39:40 Captain Michael McGinnis: Medical teams have screened over 5900 patients during this event. The vast majority were conducted within the first two weeks of our response. patient's symptoms were consistent with an acute environmental exposure event. patient's symptoms consistent with the following nausea, vomiting, headache, diarrhea, skin or eye irritation. Once patients were removed from the water source, the symptoms rapidly resolved. 42:12 Rear Admiral Blake Converse: Our best information is that this recent spill was due to operator error. 1:31:45 Rep. Kaiali'i Kahele (D-HI): Tanks number three, number four and number 11 have not been inspected for approximately 40 years. So my question to Navy Supply Systems Command is why are these tanks still in operation? And how can you assure this committee and the people of Hawaii that tanks three, four and 11, that have not even been looked at in the last 40 years, are safe to use and meet current API 653 guidelines for bulk fuel storage underground facilities. Rear Admiral Peter Stamatopoulos: Yes, sir. Thank you for the question. Yes, you are correct. There are tanks, as you mentioned, that have been out of periodicity for quite a long time. 1:41:27 Rep. Jackie Speier: Are the commanding officers and our executive officers that are assigned to Red Hill trained in petroleum management? Rear Admiral Peter Stamatopoulos: I'll take that question ma'am. The answer is no. Impact of Continuing Resolutions on the Department of Defense and Services House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Defense January 12, 2022 Witnesses: General David H. Berger, Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps General Charles Q. Brown, Jr., Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force Admiral Michael Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations of the U.S. Navy General Joseph M. Martin, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Mike McCord, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) General John W. Raymond, Chief of Space Operations of the U.S. Space Force Clips 29:51 Mike McCord: First, as I believe you're all aware a full year CR, we reduce our funding level below what we requested and what we believe we need. On the surface at the department level as a whole, the reduction to our accounts would appear to be about a billion dollars below our request, which would be significant. Even if that was the only impact. The actual reduction in practice will be much greater. Because we would have significant funding that's misaligned, trapped or frozen in the wrong places and unusable because we don't have the tools or flexibilities to realign funds on anything like the scam we would need to fix all the problems that the chiefs are going to describe. 30:27 Mike McCord: I know all of you are very familiar with the fact that virtually all military construction projects in each year's budget including the FY 22 budget are new starts that cannot be executed under a CR. 34:00 Mike McCord: The six longest CRs in the history of the Defense Department have all occurred in this last 12 year period. We have turned a 12 month fiscal year into an eight month fiscal year in terms of our ability to initiate new starts and enter contracts. This should be unacceptable and not the new normal. It's hard to see this full impact because or in the inefficiency from looking from outside because the organization has of course adapted to its circumstances just as organisms do. Nobody plans to enter into contracts in the first quarter of a fiscal year now because the odds that we would actually be able to do so are so low. Therefore we in turn, have no significant contract delays to report to you when we're under a CR. 1:44:02 Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI): This is about decreasing domestic spending and increasing defense spending. 1:44:20 **Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN):**This was my effort to quash those who are talking about year long CRs. No one on the Appropriations Committee is, yet you see things in the news. And unfortunately, sir, it's usually from your side of the aisle, and I'll pull it again. And it's a December 1 quote, and I can get you the gentlemen, the person who said it. Republicans should be in favor of a CR until Biden is out of office, so they're not going to talk about a one year CR. That would be the proper Republican thing to do. And anybody saying otherwise is deeply foolish. I know you and I, sir, do not agree with that sentiment. And my my goal here is to educate other members who don't understand the appropriations process as well as you and I, and many other of our colleagues that we serve alongside with. Silenced: How Forced Arbitration Keeps Victims of Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment in the Shadows House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law January 16, 2019 Witnesses: Eliza Dushku, Actor/Producer & Graduate Student Myriam Gilles, Professor of Law, Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Lora Henry, Canton, OH Andowah Newton, New York, NY Sarah Parshall Perry, Legal Fellow, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation Tatiana Spottiswoode, Law Student, Columbia Law School Anna St. John, President and General Counsel, Hamilton Lincoln Law Institute Clips 30:59 Anna St. John: Instead, it's worth considering that taking away the possibility of arbitration for these victims is a top-down, heavy handed approach that denies them the advantages of arbitration as a means of adjudicating their claims. 41:04 Sarah Parshall Perry: Since the 1980s, the progressive leadership of this and the upper chamber has sought to curtail the protections of the Federal Arbitration Act through bills including the Arbitration Fairness Act, Arbitration Fairness for Students Act, Consumer Mobile Fairness Act, Fairness and Nursing Homes Act, Sonsumer Fairness Act, Restoring Statutory Rights and Interests of the States Act, the Forced Arbitration Justice Repeal Act and many, many more. 47:13 Sarah Parshall Perry: arbitration agreements are not mandatory. No one, and the Supreme Court has held, is forced to sign a contract. But curtailing access to arbitration would injure, in the end, the very people that Congress has sought for nearly a century to protect. 54:50 Myriam Gilles: First, the entire regime is shrouded in secrecy. And not just because victims want to keep these issues confidential, which by the way is up to them, right? They should have the autonomy and the choice to decide. But because companies want to keep this stuff under wraps, they want to hide and shield sexual predators, and they don't want their business in the public eye. They don't want to deal with regulators or even with lawsuits. The secrecy here on its own just makes this a terrible way to deal with sexual harassment because it means that victims of sexual violence in the workplace who bravely tried to come forward are prohibited from telling their stories in a public forum. Instead, they're forced into this private process where everything is under wraps and siloed. Right, so this is the second bad thing. Victims can join together, even when their injuries stem from the same wrongdoing, even when they've occurred at the hands of the same perpetrator. Even when the company's tolerance for sexual harassment is structural and pervasive. Victims have to go it alone, never knowing about one another. They have to go into arbitration single file. I don't know where all these statistics are coming from about how great arbitration is how people win it all the time, because the truth is, no one goes into arbitration because it's siloed because it's secret because they don't know about what else is going on in the workplace. The secrecy that blankets these individualized proceedings prevents one victim from ever learning whether others right in the cubicle next to them might have experienced the same, the same tragedies, the same traumas and when vid when survivors are in the dark about cases filed by others in the workplace that makes coming forward that makes being the first person to come forward that much harder. As a corollary, and this is an important corollary, the relief that is available to the individual claimant doesn't prevent the wrongdoer from preying on other women doesn't prevent the predator from having all sorts of misconduct against other women in the workplace. The proceedings are one on one and the relief that arbitrators are allowed by contract to grant is individualized. They can't ever order any changes beyond what can help this one individual that happens to have the courage to come before them. I mean, can you imagine a worse system for dealing with toxic corporate culture because I can't. Third, and I think this is really important and all the survivors who've spoken about this forced arbitration is a system where the employers write the rules, and they pick the arbitral provider. Which means that victims of sexual harassment are shunted into a regime that stacked against them from the get go. First, because the arbitrators economic interest is to be very good to the repeat player employer so that they can be chosen for another arbitration next time. So the repeat player problem has been well documented, and I think it's alive and well in arbitration. And the secrecy protects that. And second, because the employer designs the entire arbitration process, it does so to serve its interests, not the interests of its workers, but its interests which again, are to keep discrimination and harassment under a veil of secrecy and out of the public eye. So given all of these things, given how bad this system is for victims of sexual harassment, it's no wonder that so few ever decide to go into private arbitration. I wouldn't. I think it sounds terrible. 1:04:00 Myriam Gilles: When an arbitration complaint is filed, it's filed in secret. In other words, the only entities that know that the arbitration has even been filed are the the employer, the employer, the complaining employee and the arbitration entity. The AAA or JAMS are one of these arbitration providers. Nobody else knows. Contrast that with court. I go down to the DC District Court today and I file a complaint, that complaint is on the public record. Right. And so as the defendants answer or motion to dismiss all the pleadings, their public litigation in the public court system, it has power, and the power it has is the power of signaling, not only to the defendant that I've sued, but to all similarly situated defendants that this is a wrong. This person has complained about something she's told her story, and she plans to prove it. None of that happens in arbitration from the beginning. It is private throughout the entire proceeding, which is held in a secret location, no public no press. All of it is private. Arbitrators don't write decisions. There are only three states in the union that currently require minimal disclosure of arbitrations pretty redacted and hard to read. If you're a researcher like I am about these issues. Other than that, everything that happens in arbitration is a black box. 1:32:18 Tatiana Spottiswoode: And the forced arbitration is so unfair. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA): I understand you you think forced arbitration is unfair, that's great. Most of the people on that side want to eliminate it for everything not just situations like this. Other representative: will the gentleman yield for a question? Rep. Darrell Issa: I will not. 1:49:15 Myriam Gilles: The FAA was enacted in 1925. But it was enacted so that sophisticated business people could negotiate for arbitration provisions and those provisions would be respected by courts. It was never intended to be imposed via standard form contract. And in fact, if you read the legislative history, if you read the legislation, it accepts and exempts employees. So the idea that the FAA applies to employees is something that was created by a conservative majority of the Supreme Court in 1991, in a case called Circuit City, sorry, first actually was Gilmer and then Circuit City, I can't keep all the bad cases straight. And those are the cases in which the Court interpreted, I would say misinterpreted, the FAA to apply to employees like this. So that now employers can just stick these clauses into job applications, orientation materials, even an innocuous email from HR can include a forced arbitration clause. That was not what the 1925 Congress intended they they'd be rolled, they should be rolling in their in their grades. This is not what they intended. This is what a Supreme Court intent on protecting corporations intended beginning in the 1990s. 2:39:26 Rep. Michelle Fischbach (R-MN): You know what's happened to so many women and others in the workplace is terrible but I really am concerned that by involving the government in these contracts between adults in the area of sexual harassment and assault we're opening a door for more government involvement in other areas of contracts. 2:42:09 Rep. Michelle Fischbach (R-MN): And I would argue that you have you sign it it is not you know even though we use the it's forced arbitration as people are saying it's not really you you have signed something that you have agreed to it. Justice Denied: Forced Arbitration and the Erosion of Our Legal System House Committee on the Judiciary November 16, 2021 Witnesses: Gretchen Carlson, Journalist and Advocate Myriam Gilles, Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Phil Goldberg, Managing Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. Deepak Gupta, Founding Principal, Gupta Wessler PLLC Andrew Pincus, Partner, Mayer Brown L.L.P. Lieutenant Commander Kevin Ziober, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy Reserves Clips 26:35 Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI): You'll hear a different view from me. Eliminating arbitration achieves one thing, it enriches trial attorneys. 29:11 Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI): The AAJ, or American Association for Justice, is the nice sounding name of the plaintiffs attorneys lobbying organization. It also happens to be a huge donor to Democratic candidates, contributing millions of dollars each cycle to their campaigns. 29:52 Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD): Mr. Chairman, point of order. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) What is your point of order? Rep. Jamie Raskin: My question is just can we impute the policy positions that members of the committee take to campaign contributions? Because if so, I think I'd be doing it a lot more frequently. I thought that's something that we don't do. Rep. David Cicilline: It's an excellent point of order, I'm sure Mr. Sensenbrenner didn't intend to communicate that in that way. Rep. Jamie Raskin: We're gonna be hearing a lot more of that in our committee if that's permissible, but I'm just curious. Maybe we can have some research done. Rep. James Sensenbrenner: Will the gentleman yield? Rep. David Cicilline: I think we don't need to engage with you. I this is an important issue with strongly held beliefs on both sides. [crosstalk] 36:00 Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY): We used to have a concept in law. When I went to law school they still taught it called contracts of adhesion where a contract was unenforceable if one party had no choice in entering into it. All of these arbitration clauses almost are contracts of adhesion. You try when you want to get a credit card, try crossing out the fine print if you can find it without the magnifying glass that that says that you will settle all all disputes in arbitration, cross it out, see if you get the credit card. See if you get the bank loans if you get the mortgage. You have no see if you get the car loan, you have no choice. 1:42:00 Gretchen Carlson: arbitration means that you have no way of knowing that anyone else is facing the same thing within the confines of the workplace structure. There's no way to know because the whole process is secret. And as I described during my testimony, if you do muster up the courage to go and complain, and you have an arbitration clause, that's a good day for the company, because no one will ever know anything about your story. The worst ramification of all of this is that the perpetrator gets to stay in the job. And I think one of the reasons that we've seen this cultural revolution that we're experiencing right now is because the American public was actually so angry about hearing about these stories, and they were wondering, why didn't we know about this? And the reason they didn't know about it, is because of forced arbitration. 2:00:30 Deepak Gupta: I've gone back and looked at the history of the act from 1925. People weren't blind to the possibility of abuse. They raised these concerns before this, this committee, in fact, and the and the architects of the legislation were clear, this is about letting businesses have equal bargaining power that want to resolve their disputes out of court, letting them do that, and I have no objection to that. That makes perfect sense. But but the the drafters were clear this is not about foisting this on people who don't consent through, take it or leave it contracts. And in fact, Congress put in a provision section one of the Federal Arbitration Act that says this shall not apply to any class of workers. Remarkably, the Supreme Court has read that language to mean precisely the opposite. And now it can apply to any class of workers. And so so we have just we've strayed so far away from what Congress intended in 1925. And that's why only this body Congress can set things right. 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In a surprising move, House Democrats stripped COVID funding from the omnibus. Now, Speaker Pelosi wants to vote on it in a separate bill. However, both Republicans and Democrats have serious doubts that it will ever see the light of day. Plus, the money they already allocated has been defrauded! Listen to all of the details in this week's Capitol Hill Update. Taxpayers Defrauded of Billions https://eagleforum.org/publications/chr/taxpayers-defrauded-of-billions.html Learn more about Eagle Forum: https://EagleForum.org/ Become an Eagle Forum Member: http://bit.ly/Join-EagleForum PayPal Donate Button: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=Q6VAFDRYKEMHS Join the Eagle Forum email list: https://bit.ly/EagleForumEmail Eagle Forum: 200 W 3rd St., Ste. 502 • Alton, IL 62002 • 618-433-8990 #omnibus #governmentspending #COVIDfunding
This week, Volodymyr Zelenskiy addressed Congress, thanking them for their support so far, but imploring them to do more. He spoke to Joe Biden directly, as it seems it's the White House, not Congress, that is hesitant about provoking Russia further. How the US responds to the war in Ukraine will influence voters at home when midterm elections take place in November. It will be a tough campaign for Biden, and yet many Democrats are retiring from the House instead of fighting for their seat. Jonathan Freedland speaks to one of the Democrats choosing to retire. Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence shares her thoughts on the war in Ukraine, why she chose to leave office, and who in the Republican party worries her the most for 2024.
It's Monday and topics tackled today include...Russia pushes war in Ukraine close to U.S. NATO allies border with air strikes near Poland, meanwhile, negotiations between Ukraine and Russia are on hold after another round of talks from both sides showed some progress of a possible agreement.; House Democrats try to keep it sunny in Philadelphia as they emerge from annual retreat with a sense of optimism that the party is more unified despite chaotic start.; Gas prices stabilized over the weekend but don't get too excited as experts predict that the oil market will push fuel costs even higher.; Ford Motor company has decided to sell and ship vehicles without the chips that power non-safety features as global chip shortage continue.; The White House, Pentagon and State Department have all denied the claims about biological weapons labs in Ukraine.; Tom Brady is back. Brady says he is returning to Tampa Bay Bucs for a 23rd season in the NFL, saying he has unfinished business.; On the subject of sports are you a fan of "March Madness?" And Jack takes your calls on the days News and Hot topics.
President Biden joined a retreat with House Democrats in Philadelphia on Friday to strategize about the party's priorities ahead of what many political watchers say could be a bruising midterm election cycle for them. We'll preview some key races and look at Georgia's transition to a battleground state during the 2020 election campaign. Guests: Melanie Mason, national political correspondent, Los Angeles Times Annie Karni, congressional correspondent, New York Times Greg Bluestein, politics reporter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His forthcoming book is "FLIPPED: How Georgia Turned Purple and Broke the Monopoly on Republican Power."
House Democrats recently went on their annual retreat in Philadelphia to discuss policy initiatives. And with the Democrat’s numbers down in a majority of polls, it would be reasonable to think they would use that time to discuss their message for the upcoming midterm elections. But no. Nancy Pelosi used her speaking time and publicity […]
House Democrats recently went on their annual retreat in Philadelphia to discuss policy initiatives. And with the Democrat's numbers down in a majority of polls, it would be reasonable to think they would use that time to discuss their message for the upcoming midterm elections. But no. Nancy Pelosi used her speaking time and publicity to ban the word "retreat" from the retreat... and even went to the extent of referring to it as the "R-word".
Anna, Jake, and Punchbowl News Managing Editor Heather Caygle talk about where House Democrats stand after their caucus retreat and what they are focused on ahead of the 2022 midterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
We have a corrupt seniority system in our government, headed by Nancy Pelosi and others. Not only do we need term limits, we need age limits! These empowered career politicians abuse the system in many deceptive ways, one of them being done just the other night, as the House Democrats assembled after midnight to push through a one trillion dollar omnibus spending bill, which Republican representatives had no time to prepare for or even show up for to vote. We are broken, but the people are learning. Uncle Joe and his press secretary Jen Snarky are now blaming everything on Vladimir Putin. Look here, look there, just don't look at us. Donald Trump appears on a college student podcast which gets promptly banned (after 4 million views). They are trying to stop the flow of information, but they cannot stop the will of the American people. A new axis of evil has been created between Russia, China, & Iran. Special guest and author Gordon Chang joins Newsmax Daily podcast host Rob Carson to discuss To call in and speak with Rob Carson live on the show, dial 1-800-922-6680 between the hours of 12 Noon and 3:00 pm Eastern Time Monday through Friday… E-mail Rob Carson at : WeWantRob@newsmax.com Looking for Newsmax caps, tees, mugs & more? Check out the Newsmax merchandise shop at : http://nws.mx/shop Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Taliban spokesman says they have drawn a red line in the sand and more on today's CrossPolitic Daily News Brief This is Toby Sumpter. Today is Tuesday, August 24, 2021. CREC Issues Religious Exemption Statement & Sample Letter https://crechurches.org/documents/statements/PMOC-CREC_Religious-Exemption-Statement.pdf Standing in the ancient Christian tradition, committed to the doctrinal standards of our local and denominational constitutions and the supremacy of the Holy Scriptures, the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC) affirms our religion's principles of liberty of conscience, honoring and preserving human life from conception to natural death, as well as the sovereignty of individuals and families in medical and healthcare decision-making. Therefore, we state our unequivocal support for the right of refusal of mandatory medical procedures, whether ordered by a branch of civil government, an employer, or any other institution to which an individual is subject or dependent – in the event that an individual sincerely believes his or her life, health, wellbeing, or morality is potentially threatened by such procedures or products, or in the event that a parent has the same concern for his or her child. We affirm that our Christian religion protects the liberty of individuals and families to refuse any medical procedure or product on the basis of sincerely held concerns for known or unknown side effects, experimental or emergency uses, potential involvement in fetal cell lines whether in development or testing, or medical and/or political corruption or coercion. Therefore, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we defend the rights and responsibilities of our members to research these issues in consultation with their medical providers in order to make responsible medical decisions for themselves, including refusing vaccination or gene therapies on religious grounds. And we hereby call upon all governments, schools, employers, and other institutions to respect these deeply held religious convictions by upholding this religious liberty and/or providing religious exemptions as requested. On Behalf of the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches There's an attached sample letter that can be personalized by a pastor to be written on behalf of parishioners for schools or employers. "Next, I want to tell our homeschool listeners about Classy Artist Box. It is a company created by a Christian art teacher who sends you everything you need to create four art projects each month. You can use their written instructions and video lessons to help guide you through each project. In addition to the four new projects each month, you'll also have access to two and a half years worth of video lessons to enjoy as a member. Each type of subscription will cover a range of art media throughout the year, which means you have your art curricular needs covered. For 30% off of your first subscription order, use code CROSS30. To see more, check out www.ClassyArtistBox.com. Infrastructure Bill Back in the House With Senators https://www.politico.com/news/2021/08/23/sinema-35t-spending-bill-506583 From Politico: Kyrsten Sinema still opposes her party's plans for a $3.5 trillion, party-line spending bill. And she's not up for a negotiation about it. As House Democratic leaders hold back Sinema's own Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill in order to push the Arizona Democrat and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to support a multitrillion-dollar spending bill, Sinema is making it crystal clear that her mind can't be changed. And that applies even as her own legislation becomes a bargaining chip in House Democrats' internal discussions. The $550 billion bipartisan infrastructure bill “is a historic win for our nation's everyday families and employers and, like every proposal, should be considered on its own merits,” said Sinema spokesperson John LaBombard. “Proceedings in the U.S. House will have no impact on Kyrsten's views about what is best for our country - including the fact that she will not support a budget reconciliation bill that costs $3.5 trillion.” It's the latest entrenched position from the first-term moderate, whose resistance to changing the Senate's filibuster rules and to supporting a $3.5 trillion spending bill is enraging progressives. Sinema and Manchin both helped pass Democrats' budget earlier this month, setting up that gargantuan spending bill, but both are resistant to a social spending package that ultimately meets its $3.5 trillion top line mark. Sinema in particular specifically opposes that spending goal, which was devised by Senate Budget Chair Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Senate Democrats need all 50 of their members, including Manchin and Sinema, to pass a filibuster-proof reconciliation spending bill. On Sunday Speaker Nancy Pelosi said her members were still pursuing a bill that costs $3.5 trillion, but are hoping to finance it in part with tax enforcement and tax increases on the wealthy and corporations. Meanwhile, moderates in Pelosi's caucus are declining to back the Senate-passed budget unless Pelosi puts Sinema's Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill up for a vote on the House floor. In statement shortly after Sinema's, Manchin leaned on Pelosi and House leaders to act now on the $550 billion bipartisan infrastructure bill instead of waiting for the Senate to pass a massive spending bill. "It would send a terrible message to the American people if this bipartisan bill is held hostage. I urge my colleagues in the House to move swiftly to get this once in a generation legislation to the President's desk for his signature," Manchin said. Jake Sherman on Twitter: In closed dem meeting, @SpeakerPelosi and @RepKClark are making the case that a vote against the rule that sets up budget vote would be a vote against female priorities — and a vote against women of color. “Women are watching to see what is happening here,” Pelosi said Kyrsten Sinema is also watching, but I doubt she counts as far as Pelosi is concerned. Jake Sherman was Reporting from the House late Monday on Twitter suggesting that there would be an attempt to pass a rule concerning the debate on the infrastructure bill that could include language that would “deem” the bipartisan bill approved. Politics of Sex Conference Play Audio Biden Announces FDA Approval of Pfizer COVID Vaccine https://twitter.com/breaking911/status/1429872489019084802?s=21 Play Audio But Pfizer & the FDA Have Sovereign Immunity https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/16/covid-vaccine-side-effects-compensation-lawsuit.html From CNBC on December 23rd: If you experience severe side effects after getting a Covid vaccine, lawyers tell CNBC there is basically no one to blame in a U.S. court of law. The federal government has granted companies like Pfizer and Moderna immunity from liability if something unintentionally goes wrong with their vaccines. “It is very rare for a blanket immunity law to be passed,” said Rogge Dunn, a Dallas labor and employment attorney. “Pharmaceutical companies typically aren't offered much liability protection under the law.“ You also can't sue the Food and Drug Administration for authorizing a vaccine for emergency use, nor can you hold your employer accountable if they mandate inoculation as a condition of employment. Congress created a fund specifically to help cover lost wages and out-of-pocket medical expenses for people who have been irreparably harmed by a “covered countermeasure,” such as a vaccine. But it is difficult to use and rarely pays. Attorneys say it has compensated less than 6% of the claims filed in the last decade In February, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar invoked the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act. The 2005 law empowers the HHS secretary to provide legal protection to companies making or distributing critical medical supplies, such as vaccines and treatments, unless there's “willful misconduct” by the company. The protection lasts until 2024. That means that for the next four years, these companies “cannot be sued for money damages in court” over injuries related to the administration or use of products to treat or protect against Covid. HHS declined CNBC's request for an interview. Dunn thinks a big reason for the unprecedented protection has to do with the expedited timeline. “When the government said, ‘We want you to develop this four or five times faster than you normally do,' most likely the manufacturers said to the government, ‘We want you, the government, to protect us from multimillion-dollar lawsuits,'” said Dunn. The quickest vaccine ever developed was for mumps. It took four years and was licensed in 1967. Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine was developed and cleared for emergency use in eight months — a fact that has fueled public mistrust of the coronavirus inoculation in the U.S. But drugmakers like Pfizer continue to reassure the public no shortcuts were taken. “This is a vaccine that was developed without cutting corners,” CEO Dr. Albert Bourla said in an interview with CNBC's “Squawk Box” on Monday. “This is a vaccine that is getting approved by all authorities in the world. That should say something.” The legal immunity granted to pharmaceutical companies doesn't just guard them against lawsuits. Dunn said it helps lower the cost of the immunizations. “The government doesn't want people suing the companies making the Covid vaccine. Because then, the manufacturers would probably charge the government a higher price per person per dose,” Dunn explained. Pfizer and Moderna did not return CNBC's request for comment on their legal protections. Is anyone liable? Remember, vaccine manufacturers aren't the ones approving their product for mass distribution. That is the job of the FDA. Which begs the question, can you sue the U.S. government if you have an extraordinarily bad reaction to a vaccine? Again, the answer is no. “You can't sue the FDA for approving or disapproving a drug,” said Dorit Reiss, a professor at the University of California Hastings College of Law. “That's part of its sovereign immunity.” Sovereign immunity came from the king, explains Dunn, referring to British law before the American Revolution. “You couldn't sue the king. So, America has sovereign immunity, and even each state has sovereign immunity.” There are limited exceptions, but Dunn said he doesn't think they provide a viable legal path to hold the federal government responsible for a Covid vaccine injury. Taliban says they are drawing a red line https://news.sky.com/story/afghanistan-taliban-warns-there-will-be-consequences-if-biden-delays-withdrawal-of-us-troops-12388436 Play Audio: 0:00-0:49 Secretary of State Blinken Says America Will Be Asking Taliban Permission https://twitter.com/TrumpStudents/status/1429874831407915015?s=20 Play Audio: 0:00-0:36 Psalm of the Day: To the Word – Isaiah 8 Play Audio Remember you can always find the links to our news stories and these psalms at crosspolitic dot com – just click on the daily news brief and follow the links. This is Toby Sumpter with Crosspolitic News. You can find this and all of our shows at Crosspolitic.com or on our app, which you can download at your favorite app store, just search “Fight Laugh Feast”. 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