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 …

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 …

‘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 …

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 …

Donors To $22 Million Crowd-Funded Border Wall Wonder Where It Is

Donald Trump’s border wall are hitting social media with concerns about a lack of progress. The When he failed to raise the full amount, he said he was stopping the GoFundMe campaign, and vowed to refund the money and  In a March interview with “start breaking ground” in April. He told the New York Times in January that ground-breaking would begin within “ The Daily Beast reported Friday that there’s Kolfage slammed the article on his “We Build the Wall” and personal Facebook page — but provided no details about the project.  Screen Shot/Brian Kolfage Facebook  NBC reported that Facebook had previously  “My personal issues have nothing to do with building the wall,” Kolfage told NBC at the time. He was also …

10 Years Of Trump’s Tax Information Released By New York Times

Donald Trump’s tax filings from 1985 to 1994 show that he had accumulated more than a billion dollars in business losses over the course of the decade, according to newly revealed tax information In the 10-year stretch, Trump racked up nearly $1.2 billion in core business losses, according to the Times’ analysis of the president’s federal income tax information from those years. The loss paints what the Times called a bleak picture of Trump’s businesses, which he has always touted as successful. Democrats over the release of his federal The newspaper noted that it did not obtain Trump’s actual tax returns, and the information it did obtain covers an earlier period of the president’s business career. The Times did get …

Congress Is Failing

WASHINGTON — As House Democrats dither over moving forward with impeachment in a divided government and Senate Republicans are satisfied confirming judges rather than passing legislation, a pressing question is emerging: What the hell is war-making powers Trump and his Cabinet are taking ‘defiance of Congress to a level we have not seen before.’ American Enterprise Institute scholar Norman Ornstein While Democrats in the House certainly aren’t lining up behind Trump, they also aren’t lining up against him. Impeachment efforts in the House have been relegated to a few Democrats on a quixotic mission, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has effectively . Special counsel Robert Mueller declined to make a prosecutorial judgment on Trump and multiple examples of his potential …

Anita Hill slams Biden in op-ed, claims Dem might have slowed #MeToo by decades

Former Vice President Joe Biden,left, served as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991 when Anita Hill, right, testified allegations of sexual misconduct by then-Supreme Court nominee Judge Clarence Thomas.(Associated Press) Biden officially announced his bid for the 2020 presidency in April. During a private phone call with Hill beforehand, he reportedly expressed regret over how she was treated during the Thomas confirmation hearings but fell short of apologizing for his own actions. “Sexual violence is a national crisis that requires a national solution. We miss that point if we end the discussion at whether I should forgive Mr. Biden,” Hill continued in her piece. “This crisis calls for all leaders to step up and say: ‘The healing from sexual …

Arizona Lawmakers Liken Porn To Poison, Declare It A Public Health Crisis

In a 16-13 vote, the Arizona State Senate “Pornography is a crisis leading to a broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts,” the The measure, first introduced by Rep. Michelle Udall (R), also states that pornography normalizes violence against women and children, in addition to “increasing the demand for sex trafficking, prostitution and child pornography.” State Sen. Sylvia Allen (R) said porn is the “root problem” of many other issues facing society today.  told Arizona Central. said the bill will have zero impact during her response on the Senate floor.  Although pornography often depicts sexual violence, it does have its benefits. Porn is often used as a safe and accessible tool for people to test out different fantasies and …

Davidson: Tories face Brexit ‘wake-up call’

The Conservatives lost more than 1,300 seats in the council election and Labour 81 as the Liberal Democrats, Greens and independents surged across England. Tories call for unity after election drubbing Tories lose more than 1,300 councillors May: ‘Voters want Brexit to be resolved’ The two major UK parties have been locked in talks aimed at finding a way forward on Brexit for the past month, but it is not clear how much progress has been made. Speaking at the Scottish Conservative conference in Aberdeen, Ms Davidson said the solution lay in finding a compromise that respects the result of the EU referendum. She told delegates: “The solution doesn’t lie in the trenches of one extreme or another – of …

MP withdraws support for PM over veterans

He said the government had been consulting on changing the existing system. Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Mercer said the government had “singularly failed to act for four years and I am simply not prepare to put up with it any more”. “There is nothing loyal about watching the car go over the cliff and not doing anything about it,” he added. In his letter the former Army officer and member of the Commons Defence Committee, said: “As you know, the historical prosecution of our servicemen and women is a matter that is personally offensive to me. “Many are my friends; and I am from their tribe.” BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said the Conservative Party can …