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Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) listens to answers during a testimony while sitting on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee in Washington February 14, 2013.  U.S. lawmakers pressed financial regulators on Thursday on their efforts to cr
Politico's nothingburger story on Warren's ISDS is an undisguised hit piece.
Politico seems to be confused about the meaning of hypocrisy. Thursday, it offered up a 31-paragraph hit piece on Sen. Elizabeth Warren founded on her participation in a trade arbitration process 15 years ago that she has now made a centerpiece of her opposition to fast-track trade legislation.

Warren is one of the leaders of the effort to block passage of fast-track legislation—known formally as Trade Promotion Authority. This would authorize the president to negotiate trade agreements and present them to Congress for an up or down vote with no amendments allowed. Supporters say this is essential to complete trade agreements. Critics say TPA undermines democratic controls.

A key element of Warren's (and others') fast-tracking opposition is the presence in the Trans-Pacific Partnership draft agreement of what is called investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). This allows a corporation to seek damages via arbitration tribunals when they feel their bottom line is being harmed by government regulations they deem to be unfair. Several existing trade agreements, including the North American Free Trade Agreement, contain these arrangements.

But the Politico piece makes a big, big deal out of the fact that, a decade and a half ago, Warren was paid $200 to $400 an hour as an expert witness on bankruptcy in the case of a Canadian funeral home operator, the Loewen Group, that sought $725 million from the U.S. government under NAFTA. The implication is that there is a disconnect (if not something downright unethical) between the fact she accepted payment for participating in process she now decries as violating U.S. sovereignty with "rigged, pseudo-courts."

But Warren's participation in the Loewen Group arbitration was not unlike that of any expert witness in any case. The ISDS process exists and, thus, the United States has no choice except to be involved if a corporation goes after it. Just as any defense lawyer must work within the system as it actually operates, not the one he or she would like to have in place, Warren provided expertise that, arguably, helped the United States defeat the Loewen Group's claim. Nine paragraphs in, after the authors' implications of hypocrisy are well-seated, we get a what's-the-big-deal statement from Warren's office and this:

Ted Posner, a specialist in international arbitration cases and a former George W. Bush administration trade official, argued that Warren’s involvement in the 2000 case was an “interesting tidbit” but ultimately not relevant.

“I really don’t see any connection between her provision of expert advice to the government in Loewen and her position on ISDS in her current capacity as a U.S. senator,” said Posner, who is a partner at the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. “The advice she gave in Loewen was in her capacity as an expert on U.S. bankruptcy law. She was not acting as an expert on ISDS.”

Ultimately not relevant, indeed. Just a potshot. Way off the mark.
Josh Duggar, Executive Director of the Family Research Council Action, speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa August 9, 2014. The pro-family Iowa organization is hosting the event in conjunction with national partners Family Research Council Action and Citizens United. REUTERS/Brian Frank?(UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS) - RTR41TNC
Josh Duggar speaks at the Family Leadership Summit
By now, the story is everywhere. Reality TV son Josh Duggar has had to step down as executive director of Family Research Council Action and apologize for having molested several underage girls, including his own sisters, when he himself was 14 years old. The fact that Josh Duggar was 14 years old at the time weighs heavily with me, and I think should with all of us. The question is how his family—especially 19 Kids and Counting patriarch Jim Bob Duggar—responded to Josh's actions at the time and took steps to ensure that his pattern of sexual abuse wouldn't continue, and what the family learned from the experience as they went on to become national figures. The answer to the first question appears to be "badly and inadequately," and the answer to the second appears to be "not much."

When they realized that their oldest son was molesting younger girls, sometimes while they slept, the adult Duggars disciplined him. When it continued:

Jim Bob then “met with the elders of his church and told them what was going on.” No one alerted the police or any other law enforcement agency. Instead they decided to send Josh to a “program [that] consisted of hard physical work and counseling. James said that [redacted, Josh] was in the program from March 17, 2003 until July 17, 2003.”

He said the program was a “Christian program.” Michelle Duggar later admitted to police that Josh did not receive counseling and instead had been sent during that time to a family friend who was in the home remodeling business.

Jim Bob and church elders subsequently took Josh to a state trooper for a "very stern talk," but didn't officially report the incidents. When police were later tipped off, the statute of limitations had expired. So Josh never faced legal trouble and he never got counseling.

These are people who hold themselves up, and who are held up on television, as models of sexual morality. For many observers it was clear before now that Duggar morality is founded on repression, but this adds secrecy and total lack of accountability to that score. Most importantly, it's clear that none of them—not Jim Bob, Michelle, or Josh—developed any compassion or hesitation about condemning others as a result of this.

Josh Duggar's career has been more or less as a spokesman for bigotry. It's obvious he didn't learn the lesson that he, as a child molester, was not in a position to judge others for their loving, consensual, adult relationships. So it may be worth asking if he learned the lesson that he shouldn't sexually assault people—true, his parents didn't even try to teach him not to judge others, but it doesn't seem like they tried all that hard to turn him away from his predatory behavior, either.

For what it's worth, Mike Huckabee, who the Duggars endorsed and campaigned for in the 2008 Republican presidential primary, is standing by Josh. Then again, even without a valued endorsement on the line, Huckabee has ample reason to want the things fine young Christian men do as teens to be erased from memory.

  • Today's comic by Mark Fiore is Jeb Bush and Brotherly Love:
    Cartoon by Mark Fiore -- Jeb Bush and Brotherly Love
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    • The perils of trying to define 'an accurate pollster,' by Steve Singiser
    • $15 minimum wage in L.A. is great. But it was only necessary because a Democratic Congress blew it, by Ian Reifowitz
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  • States of death: As you may have seen earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control has produced a map showing the most distinctive cause of death by state. Mother Jones magazine has translated that into plain English:
    To make the map [...] Francis P. Boscoe and Eva Pradhan, both at the New York State Department of Health, took data from 2001 to 2010 and calculated state rates of death for each of the 113 causes tracked by the CDC. They then divided those answers by the national rates of death for those specific causes. As Tech Times pointed out, the most distinctive cause doesn't necessarily mean high numbers. Rather, the map shows a cause of death for each state that occurs at higher rates than in the rest of the country.
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  • 57-year-old former Democratic lawmaker will marry receptionist with whom he had sex when she was a minor:
    A former Virginia Democratic lawmaker who became a pariah in the state legislature after a sex scandal involving a teenage receptionist has announced that he plans to marry the woman, a day after he acknowledged fathering her 9-week-old baby.

    Joseph D. Morrissey, 57, told a news conference on Thursday that the woman, Myrna Pride, gave birth to their baby about a week before she turned 19. She is still employed at his law office, he said.

  • Huckabee stands behind guy who says CIA is concealing the location of the Ark of the Covenent: Rabbi Harry Moskoff, who calls himself the "Jewish Indiana Jones," believes he knows the location of the ark, which was reputedly the vessel in which the stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments said to be personally inscribed by God for Moses to impose on the Hebrews. He thinks it's buried in what was once the courtyard of the rebuilt Jewish Temple, which stood on the Temple Mount until 70 CE, when the Romans destroyed it. The al-Aqsa mosque has stood in one form or another on the site since 705 CE.
    Moskoff's's theories go beyond the ark's location. He claims that the CIA is "interested" in his "findings" and that the spy agency has interfered with archeological digs to prevent the discovery of biblical artifacts. Why would the spy service do this? Because the unearthing of such items, including the ark, would strengthen Israel's claim to disputed territory.

    So is a top-secret US agency conspiring to hide the Ark of the Covenant and other biblical evidence from the rest of the world for covert geopolitical motives? If elected president, will Huckabee undo this CIA cover-up and also reveal the ark and its godly power to all?

  • Only intelligence officers get to watch Bin Laden hideout porn: We've gotten to see a partial list of reading material of what U.S. officials say was found in the Pakistani compound of Osama bin Laden. But some of the stuff is out of bounds to the horny and merely curious.
    [T]he Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which released the files on Wednesday, has not released all the material found in the compound. In fact, there's a rather notorious stash that the U.S. government apparently doesn't want you to see: a cache of pornography.
  • DeSmogBlog reports on investigating Keystone XL builder's operations:
    A month after revealing that TransCanada is under a compliance review for the Keystone 1 Pipeline, the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) disclosed it is also investigating the operations of Keystone XL's southern route, renamed the Gulf Coast Pipeline when the project was split in half.

    The results of these investigations could play a part in President Obama's final decision on the Keystone XL permit that TransCanada needs to complete its Keystone pipeline network. According to the State Department’s website, one of the factors the KXL presidential permit review process focuses on is compliance with relevant federal regulations.

  • Team Blackness discussed protest of 10 topless women blocking Market Street in San Francisco as part of a day of action to "end state violence against all black women and girls." Using the hashtag #SayHerName and organized by BlackOUT Collective, the idea was to put a name and a face to those who have died by the hands of the police. Also discussed were new developments in the Freddie Gray case, gay adoptions and the GOP, and banning LGBT conversion therapy.
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  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show: Duggar! Greg Dworkin on ACA entrenchment, GOP debate issues, ABIM and O'Reilly in denial again. NYT reporter swipes at Hillary. Kansas ups its punish-the-poor game. Fight for $15 gets its due. Self-driving cars might not necessarily kill us all.

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a roundtable discussion about childcare during a campaign stop in Chicago, Illinois, United States, May 20, 2015.    REUTERS/Jim Young  
Heavens! Is that Hillary with some "everyday Americans"? BLASPHEMY!
The same day I lauded Hillary Clinton for (mostly) ignoring the Beltway Media, we get this tweet, from the supposedly "liberal" New York Times:
In Iowa, Queen Hillary and the Everyday Americans of the Round Table distribute alms to the clamoring press.
Way to confirm my thesis, jackass. It's not just the venom directed at Clinton herself, but at the notion that actual regular Americans have any say in the process. In the mind of Horowitz and his beltway pals, those Americans are usurping his god-given right to dictate the terms of the presidential debate. Fuck that shit.

That's why there's zero reason for ANY presidential candidate to speak to these horserace Betlway media assholes. Rather, in this era of extreme polarization, one in which the "persuadable" are few and far between, candidates should focus on talking to their core supporters, energizing them and giving them a reason to turn out and vote.

For Republicans, that means a lot of time on Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. Unlucky for them, that stuff isn't particularly popular with the broader American mainstream, but hey, it works in the off-year elections.

And we, as Americans, get a better idea about where those Republicans actually stand on the issues than anything a horserace reporter could give us. I mean, it was Fox News that got Jeb Bush to admit that he'd be no different than his brother in Iraq! Oops for him, and kudos to Fox for showing that Jeb is so pathetic that he couldn't even handle that softball of a question. Compare that to racist Mark Halperin asking Ted Cruz his favorite Cuban food. ...

For Democrats, that means talking to Latinos via Univision, to black radio, to LGBT magazines, to Asian newspapers, to genuinely liberal media outlets. And, of course, it means talking directly to supporters via email, Facebook, Twitter, other rising social media outlets, and even in person (gasp!). Those are the people who matter to Hillary's presidential bid, and that of every other Democrat on the ballot next November.

The Beltway hacks may not like this end-run around them, but so what? We may ultimately fail to learn whether a candidate wears boxers or briefs, but ultimately, "everyday Americans" are better served as a result.

Bernie Sanders at a house meeting in Manchester, NH, May 2, 2015.
Bernie poses for a selfie with a supporter in Manchester, NH, May 2.
Sen. Bernie Sanders will make his presidential primary campaign official Tuesday, May 26, with a public kick-off on the shores of Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont's Waterfront Park. Attendees will be treated to free ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s and entertained by Mango Jam, a Vermont-based Zydeco/Cajun band. Jerry Greenfield, who with Ben Cohen founded the Vermont-based ice cream company, has endorsed Sanders.

The senator said:

"My hometown of Burlington and the people of Vermont have a special place in my heart. There is nowhere else in the world where I would hold an event this important.

"In Vermont, I have learned that focusing on important issues and not engaging in negative campaigns is what people want. I have learned that grassroots campaigning—holding town meetings, knocking on doors, face-to-face discussions—is more important than money in winning elections. That is what I have done in Vermont and that is the lesson I will take with me around the country on this national campaign.

"The formal kickoff will set the stage for the campaign to come," Sanders continued. "I will lay out an 'Agenda for America' which addresses the major crises we face and a vision of a government which works for all of our people and not just the billionaire class."

On Wednesday, Sanders called Kinsey, a park ranger in Florida, to thank him for the $10 he contributed to the campaign, making him the 100,000th donor since fund-raising began. The campaign has raised more than $4 million since the beginning of May.

Sanders will head out on Wednesday, May 27, for campaign stops in New Hampshire and then head to eastern Iowa on Friday. Events there will include Davenport, Muscatine, an event in Cedar County, and one in Iowa City, home of the University of Iowa.

For everyone who is thinking, like BrooklynBadBoy, that Sanders should buy a comb, here's some 44-year-old proof that you're wasting your time:

From the Burlington, Vermont, Free Press, Nov. 24, 1971:

Bernie Sanders, age 30, 1971.
Bernie Sanders, age 30, 1971.
Bernard Sanders, 30, announces he is running for the U.S. Senate in the special election following the death of Sen. Winston Prouty, R-Vt. Sanders describes himself as a carpenter who has worked with "disturbed children." Asked why he was running, Sanders says, "What the two major parties are saying is irrelevant regarding the problems facing this country. ... A democracy is made up of people, and they are not making the decisions. The concentration of power makes the average man feel irrelevant; this results in apathy. As for my qualifications, I am not a politician."
U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum greets patrons at the New Beginnings Restaurant in Kentwood, Michigan, February 28, 2012.  REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
The announcement that Fox News will be limiting the first Republican primary debates to the ten candidates with the highest polling average at the time is not sitting well with candidates who are pretty sure they won't be making even that generous cut.
Likely presidential hopeful Rick Santorum criticized Fox News on Thursday for instituting what he described as "arbitrary" debate criteria. [...]

"The idea that a national poll has any relationship to the viability of a candidate -- ask Rudy Giuliani that, ask Phil Gramm that," the former Pennsylvania senator told National Journal after a speech at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City.

He may have a point. After all, he won Iowa last time around and nobody, not even Rick Santorum, thought he was a viable national candidate!
Santorum said he was "probably the best person to comment on this," because he had only 4 percent in national polls in January 2012, and won the Iowa caucuses anyway. "I don't know if I was last in the polls, but I was pretty close to last," he said.
That's the spirit. We can't just have the top ten candidates up on that stage, Fox, we need the ridiculous, absurd, insulting, absolutely batshit crazy candidates up there too. Because when Iowa rolls around, they're the ones most likely to win.
U.S. President Barack Obama (R), flanked by Secretary of State John Kerry, delivers remarks to reporters at the top of a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington May 21, 2015.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX1E0KN
The official Republican talking point on Iraq and the extremist group known as ISIS is that everything would be peachy if only President Obama had continued the policies of George W. Bush. Except not the policy where Bush negotiated a withdrawal timeline and Obama stuck with it. The policy where Bush would have ignored that plan and continued occupying Iraq if he darn well felt like it.

All of this, not just the part where Rick Santorum advocates "bomb[ing] them back to the 7th century," is ridiculous, yet Obama remained characteristically calm and polite in answering some of those claims in an interview with Jeffrey Toobin. "I’m very clear on the lessons of Iraq," Obama said. "I think it was a mistake for us to go in in the first place, despite the incredible efforts that were made by our men and women in uniform."

But, he argued, at some point Iraq has to find its own way:

I know that there are some in Republican quarters who have suggested that I’ve overlearned the mistake of Iraq, and that, in fact, just because the 2003 invasion did not go well doesn’t argue that we shouldn’t go back in. And one lesson that I think is important to draw from what happened is that if the Iraqis themselves are not willing or capable to arrive at the political accommodations necessary to govern, if they are not willing to fight for the security of their country, we cannot do that for them. We can be effective allies. [...]

But we can’t do it for them, and one of the central flaws I think of the decision back in 2003 was the sense that if we simply went in and deposed a dictator, or simply went in and cleared out the bad guys, that somehow peace and prosperity would automatically emerge, and that lesson we should have learned a long time ago. And so the really important question moving forward is: How do we find effective partners—not just in Iraq, but in Syria, and in Yemen, and in Libya—that we can work with, and how do we create the international coalition and atmosphere in which people across sectarian lines are willing to compromise and are willing to work together in order to provide the next generation a fighting chance for a better future?

Gee, rejecting permanent occupation, letting other countries govern themselves, trying to be an ally rather than a conqueror, and trying to build coalitions. How dare he have an answer that doesn't start with bombs and end with massive troop commitments?
Screenshot of Tweet showing Chris Murphy's Senate floor appearance with poster.
That's Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) on the Senate floor Thursday, summing up the Republican plan for the millions of Americans who could lose health insurance with the Supreme Court's King v. Burwell decision. Nailed it.
U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to reporters after a roundtable campaign event with small businesses in Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States, May 19, 2015.    REUTERS/Jim Young   - RTX1DOLO
Anyway, this is the polite version of the face I made when reading this article.
New York Times reporters really aren't bothering to hide their loathing of Hillary Clinton anymore, to the point where the next logical step is for the newspaper to adopt the mottoes "fair and balanced" or "we report, you decide." Here's how one Times reporter tweeted his latest article:
In Iowa, Queen Hillary and the Everyday Americans of the Round Table distribute alms to the clamoring press.
Yeahhhh, Queen Hillary. "We report, you decide!" As for the article itself ...
Unlike in 2008, when Mrs. Clinton’s regal bearing was brought low by Barack Obama’s insurgent campaign, there is no one to force her out of her Rose Garden. Neither Bernie Sanders, the socialist senator from Vermont, nor Martin O’Malley, the former governor of Maryland, has applied significant pressure on her. That leaves the news media as her only real opponent so far on the way to the Democratic presidential nomination, and while it may not be great for an educated populace or the furtherance of American democracy, it makes all the political sense in the world for Mrs. Clinton to ignore them, too.
"That leaves the news media as her only real opponent so far." It's a horrible premise, as Jay Rosen among others has made clear. But boy is it ever a premise Jason Horowitz does his best to live out in an article with personal animus oozing from under every line. Here's how Horowitz describes Clinton taking press questions, as they'd been endlessly whining she was not doing:
“Tell me — tell me something I don’t know,” she said, almost musically, as she snapped her head to the left in a Janet Jackson-era dance move. “Ha, ha, ha, ha.”

The smile on Mrs. Clinton’s face slowly faded as she nodded and replied and obfuscated in response to the half-dozen questions asked of her.

Later in the piece, "She seems less a presidential candidate than a historical figure, magically animated from a wax museum to claim what is rightfully hers." So, Janet Jackson-era dance moves and a historical figure magically animated from a wax museum—she's old! To claim what is rightfully hers—Queen Hillary, so entitled! How dare she be a strong presidential candidate when we, the press, don't like her?

The entitlement here is on the part of the press, claiming a role in politics that does not belong to it by any reasonable read of the role of the press, with reporters insisting that their inane questions and picayune obsessions are what's important in this race. Insisting that, rather than covering Bernie Sanders' campaign as seriously as they're covering the campaigns of Republicans with lower polling numbers than Sanders, the right way to cover the Democratic primary is by dismissing Sanders and setting themselves up as Clinton's true opposition. It's disgraceful.


Fri May 22, 2015 at 07:00 AM PDT

Cartoon: Jeb Bush and Brotherly Love

by Mark Fiore

Reposted from Comics by Barbara Morrill

Jeb Bush has performed a valuable service with his recent missteps and flubs, he’s reminded the world of the baggage he willingly carries. I’m not tarring him with the same brush as George W. Bush just because they are brothers. Jeb has voluntarily staffed his foreign policy team with 17 people from his brother’s administration. (This is out of a foreign policy team of 21, mind you.)

Sure, the dynasty thing is bad enough and it’s the same Bush family as before—but whether Jeb is a Bush or not, he deserves to be pilloried for putting people like Paul Wolfowitz in places where they might have an impact on, you know, foreign policy. (It boggles my mind Wolfowitz is actually showing his face in public, never mind appearing on cable news and advising another Bush.)  

Besides Wolfie, there are loads of other people on Jeb’s list of advisers—people like Porter Goss, who gets a bone-chilling shout out in this week’s Frontline piece. (Right after the 43 minute mark.) While the run up to the Iraq war may seem like a long time ago and a president or two away, Jeb is actively bringing these guys back.  

These inept hawks are the ones who took this country to war on a lie and actively contributed to the deaths of thousands of United States servicemen and women and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens. And remember, this was not just about "faulty intelligence," the George W. Bush administration (many of who are now in Jeb Bush’s circle of advisers), knowingly used false intelligence to make the case for an unnecessary war. It’s important to remember the recent past so we don’t put the same criminals and idiots in power again. Fortunately, things aren’t looking too good for Jeb right now, but the campaign has barely begun. Enjoy the cartoon, like, comment and all that other good stuff—and be sure to check out the links behind the cartoon.

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Photo of Rep. Jackie Speier posing with poster of sage grouse armed with rocket-propelled grenade launcher.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) was not impressed.
The House passed the National Defense Authorization Act this week, and while much of the attention was on the anti-immigration aspects of the legislation, Republican lawmakers also hit the administration on the Endangered Species Act and the endangered sage grouse.
But a Republican maneuver on the $612 billion military bill to block the Interior Department from adding the bird to the endangered species list has set off a major congressional skirmish that has spilled over into Western states, where the sage grouse is revered, and among environmental groups that fear a steady erosion of the Endangered Species Act. […]

House Republicans, in advance of a legal deadline for final determination of the sage grouse status, have gone at it in several forms, most recently in the military bill. There they argued that giving the bird special status would put military training operations in peril because the birds’ habitat—which stretches across an array of Western training areas—would be essentially off limits. […]

House Democrats were not amused by these efforts. Armed with a large poster of the lesser prairie chicken wielding a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, Representative Jackie Speier, Democrat of California, accused Republicans of treating the birds as "a sort of feathery sleeper cell."

That's the excuse for adding this prohibition to the bill, but it's not reality.
Management of the bird has not "resulted in unacceptable limits on our military readiness activities," said Mark E. Wright, a Defense Department spokesman.

"Because we have already undertaken these actions voluntarily, and expect to need to manage for the sage grouse indefinitely, we do not believe the listing decision—regardless of the outcome—will affect our mission activities to any great degree," he said.

Who is really opposed to the listing, of course, is the oil and gas industry. Sage grouse habitat is also drilling and fracking ground. Groups like the Western Energy Alliance, the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance have been lobbying hard to prevent this listing, and they and their member organizations "are among the top donors to election campaigns of major players in Congress who have pushed legislation that would block Interior’s actions." Of course.
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