German port a battleground for EU’s fragile political center

Support for the Social Democrats has ebbed dramatically across Germany in recent years, but nowhere is its fate more closely watched than in the city-state of Bremen, of which Bremerhaven is a part. The Social Democrats have dominated the proud port’s political scene since the end of World War II, winning 19 straight elections and governing it for 73 years. That run could end on May 26, when voters in Germany cast ballots for the European Parliament and those in Bremen also hold a state election. A poor result in both elections could hasten the end of the Social Democrats’ fractious coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Union bloc in Germany’s national legislature and further reduce the center-left’s overall influence …

Trump ‘deserves’ Khashoggi treatment, Maher guest Fran Lebowitz says before backpedaling

Author Fran Lebowitz spoke some harsh words about President Trump on Friday night during an appearance on Bill Maher’s weekly late-night show. (Getty Images) CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP “You know, everyone’s too, too, too, too … ” Maher told the panel. “I mean, it’s a live show. You really don’t want to see the president dismembered by the Saudis. I don’t like Donald Trump either. … but no matter who the president is, we don’t want physical harm.” “I don’t like Donald Trump either. … but no matter who the president is, we don’t want physical harm.” — Bill Maher, “Real Time” host “I did not mean that and I regret saying it. I regret that everyone misinterpreted …

Trump to Congress: Its None of Your Business if I Break the Law

Donald Trump thinks Congress has as much clout as a potted plant. William Consovoy, According to Cosovoys Kafkaesque syllogism, Congress is barred from investigating the president because that is a proper function of law enforcement, not Congress, and in turn, law enforcement may not investigate President Trump because he is immune from prosecution. Confused? Thats the point. Its a theory After the court hearing, our constitutional democracy stands at the precipice of being transformed into an updated version of ancient Rome, helmed by a leader who demands unaccountability for himself and tribute from the rest of us. As for Congress in this script, think part rubber stamp, part tax collector, and part tourist attraction. Who cares if the Constitution gives …

AP Explains: US sanctions on Huawei bite, but who gets hurt?

Here’s a look at what’s behind the dispute and what it means. ___ WHAT’S THIS ABOUT? Last week, the U.S. Commerce Department placed Huawei its so-called Entity List , effectively barring U.S. firms from selling it technology without government approval. Google said it would continue to support existing Huawei smartphones but future devices will not have its flagship apps and services, including maps, Gmail and search. Only basic services would be available, making Huawei phones less desirable. Separately, Huawei is the world’s leading provider of networking equipment, but it relies on U.S. components including computer chips. About a third of Huawei’s suppliers are American. ___ WHY PUNISH HUAWEI? The U.S. defense and intelligence communities have long accused Huawei of being …

5G Networks Could Throw Weather Forecasting Into Chaos

If you had a choice between a better, faster cell phone signal and an accurate weather forecast, which would you pick? That’s the question facing federal officials as they decide whether to auction off more of the wireless spectrum or heed meteorologists who say that such a move could throw US weather forecasting into chaos. On Capitol Hill Thursday, NOAA’s acting chief, Neil Jacobs, said that interference from 5G wireless phones could reduce the accuracy of forecasts by 30 percent. That's equivalent, he said, to the quality of weather predictions four decades ago. “If you look back in time to see when our forecast scale was roughly 30 percent less than today, it was 1980,” Jacobs told the House Subcommittee …

‘Real chance’ Scotland can stay in EU – Sturgeon

She has also said she wants another referendum on Scottish independence within the next two years if the UK leaves the EU. Among the manifesto’s key pledges are: Working with other parties across the UK to “stop Brexit” Backing another EU referendum with Remain as an option Offering a choice for Scotland to become an independent, European nation Supporting Article 50 being revoked if the only alternative is a no-deal Brexit Speaking at the manifesto launch in Glasgow, Ms Sturgeon urged voters to back the SNP in order to “send the powerful message that Scotland is for Europe”. She added: “We can stand up for Scotland’s right to be heard, and we can proclaim our determination to remain a European …

Depth of Field: In Alabama, The Handmaid’s Tale Is a Haunting Metaphor

The year is 2019. It is a time of chasmic divides. Republican rule has taken hold in America. The land aches from unrest. In the Deep South, once a province of notorious racial and social subjugation, history again flirts with twisted judgement. On Tuesday, 25 state senators—all of whom were white men, and who, like clowns at the circus, bear names like Del Marsh, Shay Shelnutt, and James "Jabo" Waggoner with mischievous, cowardly grins—voted to all but ban abortion in Alabama. Their bill makes no exceptions for rape or incest, and it punishes doctors who perform the procedure with life in prison. Governor Kay Ivey signed it into law the very next day, and effectively transformed the Heart of Dixie …

Democrats Like Pete Buttigieg Who Ignore Identity Politics Are Surrendering Ground to White Supremacists

As the 2020 Democratic field fills with moderate white male candidates, were again hearing the The End of Identity Liberalism. The reality is, there is no such thing as identity politics; the work of ending racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, and other forces of hate is just plain politics. Thats because throughout our countrys history, especially in the last century, conservative political leaders have succeeded in advancing an agenda that widens the gap of economic inequality in part by exploiting the prejudices and fears of low-income white voters, justifying their bigotry in an arbitrary sense of white pride. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Corporations profit off racism. It’s time for us to stand up to them | Rashad Robinson

We must prevent corporations from writing the exploitation of black and brown labor into the law in permanent ink I am often asked to name the civil rights issue of our time. As the head of one of the countrys largest racial justice organizations, I travel the country a lot and I get to hear from a lot of different people. This question always comes up. Yet, it is hard to accept the premise of the question because there isnt much difference between the most important racial justice issue of our time, and the most important racial justice issue of all time. At any given moment in American history, the prevailing forces of racial inequity have remained the same. Our …

How Hillary Clintons Press Secretary Self-Radicalized and Became a Resistance Leader

Brian Fallon was once one of the most sought after operatives in Democratic politics: a brass knuckle brawler with experience at the highest levels of government, a cellphone filled with the top journalists in town, and a reputation for being preternaturally on message. Most offices would have died to hire him. But that was before he decided to devote his career to making the courts more progressiveand to doing so with little care for who he pissed off along the way. Now, many top Democrats cant stand him. I get two varieties of responses, Fallon said of the reception his judicial advocacy gets among his Democratic brethren on the Hill. Obviously, some of these Democratic senators that weve been not …

How does Twitter chatter warp our thinking about what’s popular and important?

Phoenix, Arizona (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. Donie’s big picture point We hear almost every week now about Facebook removing sets of pages and accounts that were deceptive and disguised. Often these pages have been active for years, with hundreds of thousands of followers. It makes you wonder, how much of the discourse of the past decade — so much of it dictated by what is “trending” or what people are talking about online — has been shaped by inauthentic accounts? Like a police drug bust photo op… The Information’s Nick Wingfield adds: “It is devilishly difficult for Facebook to root out this kind …

Alice Rivlin, first woman to lead White House budget office, dies at age 88

Washington (CNN)Alice Rivlin, the first leader of the Congressional Budget Office and the first female director of the White House budget office, died at age 88, The Brookings Institution said Tuesday. “Above all, she forged a commitment to providing objective, nonpartisan information to help the Congress make effective budget and economic policy,” Hall said. “And her commitment to high-quality analysis, well thought out and clearly presented, continues to be a guiding principle of CBO.” As Brookings noted, Rivlin worked in three separate presidential administrations and was the founding director of the CBO, a nonpartisan office whose analyses of proposed legislation sets the terms for Washington policy debates. She went on to become the director of the White House Office of …

Tomi Lahren Weighed In On Alabama’s Abortion Ban In A Way That Has Everyone Surprised

Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images Tomi Lahren’s Comments On Alabama’s Abortion Ban Might Surprise You By Chelsea Stewart 3 min ago The world is talking about Alabama’s new abortion law. While the measure, which prohibits almost all abortions in the state, has received praise from anti-abortion advocates, it’s drawn rebuke from abortion rights supporters. Even some conservatives aren’t happy with the measure, like political commentator Tomi Lahren — and no, I’m not kidding. Tomi Lahren’s comments on Alabama’s abortion law say that it is “too restrictive.” The comments came a day after Alabama’s Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed the bill, known as the Human Life Protection Act, into law. It bans abortion in almost all instances, including in cases of …

15 Ex-Racists Describe The Exact Moment Their Viewpoints Changed

By Markus Spiske By Markus Spiske 1. “Actually interacting with the people I supposedly hated.” 2. “I come from a family of racists. They spoke of other (than whites) races using ethnic slurs as common as commenting on the weather. When I was about 5, my older brother and i went into the local bakery to pick up an order for our mom who was waiting in the car. A black boy was in front of us in line. This was something i hadn’t often seen and i said very loudly to my brother, ‘look it’s a [n-word]!’ Over 40 years later, I have a very diverse friend group, but still feel shame on how I made that boy feel …

Twitter Is Divided Over A Debate On Washing Your Legs In The Shower

These Tweets About Washing Your Legs In The Shower Have Twitter Divided By Chelsea Stewart 3 days ago It’s good to see the world debating the important things in life. No, not politics, silly. It’s a debate about leg washing. After a Twitter user posed a question on the topic, the social media platform erupted into a back-and-forth that may make you question everything. These tweets about washing your legs in the shower show that people are seriously divided on the issue. It started on May 9 with a simple question posed by a Twitter user who goes by the name Conor Arpwel: Do you wash your legs when you take a shower? Nearly 700,000 have taken the poll, as …

Maybe Youll Never Be The Same After An Abusive Relationship And Maybe Thats Okay

Natalia Vela Updated May 14, 2019 By Jack Antal Hiding my favorite benzodiazepines – Xanax and Klonopin – in lipstick tubes and vitamin bottles, the false calm they’d bestow upon me and then the fog. How hard it was to stay away from single-edge razor blades and sharper things. The constant hunger. The trash always in need to be taken out, full to the brim with empty glass bottles of one thing or another. Our dog sensing the hurricane brewing in the pit of my stomach, licking my hands, my legs, my face, knowing the imminent deluge was a dangerous thing; more anxious than me, maybe. Never sleeping before 3 in the morning and always waking up before 8. My …