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    2018 Elections The Democratic Party’s 2018 View of Identity Politics Is Confusing, and Thus Appears Cynical and Opportunistic THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL election was the peak, at least thus far, for the tactics of identity politics in U.S. elections. In the Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton’s potential status as the first female candidate was frequently used not only to inspire her supporters but also to shame and malign those who supported other candidates, particularly Bernie Sanders. In February 2016 — at the height of the Clinton-Sanders battle — former Clinton Secretary of State Madeleine Albright introduced Hillary Clinton at a New Hampshire rally by predicting a grim afterlife for female supporters of Sanders, while Clinton and Cory Booker cheered: “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!” she announced. Though Albright apologized in the New York Times for her insensitive phrasing after a backlash ensued, she did reaffirm her central point: “When women are empowered to make decisions, society benefits. They will raise issues, pass bills and put money into projects that men might overlook or oppose.”
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    2018 Elections

    From the article- Following his 2016 presidential campaign, Sanders—who is now far-and-away the most popular politician in the country—repeatedly emphasized the importance of creating a more inclusive party organized around the needs of the poor and working class, not corporate donors. "If the Democratic Party is going to succeed... it's gonna have to open its door to independents," Sanders said in an interview last April. "There are probably more independents in this country than Democrats or Republicans. It's got to open its doors to working people and to young people, create a grassroots party." I agree with this statement. While they should ideally be members of the Democrat party, being so exclusive isn't going to win elections. The Dems should open their door to more than just corporate donors.
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    Racism in Trump's America A year after Patriot Prayer, and it’s leader Joey Gibson, brought in white-nationalist and neo-Nazi speakers for an Alt-Right rally they returned with another rally labeled as a “Free Speech” event. This came one year after the action they held in the same location on June 4th, 2017, where almost four thousand people came out to oppose them. This charade quickly became clear when they showed up with the white-nationalist and misogynist hate-group Proud Boys and attacked journalists, one incident involving a Portland Mercury reporter being shoved and then questioned who she was reporting for. Anti-fascist groups Rose City Antifa, Eugene Antifa, Rash NW, Pacific Northwest Anti-Fascist Workers Collective, and others organized to shut down this rally and prevent white-supremacists and those that give them a cover to organize under from marching in the streets and instilling fear in the at-risk communities that they target. Police struggled to keep Patriot Prayer’s numbers protected which lead to panic and anger from their crowd. After several attempts by Patriot Prayer to march, all of which were prevented by the large coalition of anti-racist activists, Patriot Prayer returned back to Terry Shrunk Plaza and called it a day.
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    ISRAEL MIDDLE EAST NEWS Yemen war: Saudi-backed forces begin assault on Hudaydah port Pro-government forces in Yemen, backed by Saudi Arabia, have begun attacking a key port held by rebel fighters. The coastal city of Hudaydah is where most of the aid arrives for people in Yemen's rebel-held areas. Agencies have warned of a humanitarian catastrophe. About eight million people are at risk of starvation in the war-torn country. Pro-government strikes began after Iranian-backed Houthi rebels ignored a deadline to withdraw by midnight (21:00 GMT on Tuesday). It is the first time the Saudi-led coalition of mostly Gulf states has tried to capture such a well-defended major city in Yemen.
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    ISRAEL MIDDLE EAST NEWS Turkey’s election this month could go down to the wire, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan facing a tougher battle to cement power or even an upset, according to a poll commissioned by Bloomberg. Erdogan can win the presidential vote in the first round on June 24 with 50.8 percent support and get the backing of a majority in parliament, the survey by Foresight Danismanlik of 500 people on June 7-11 found. But a surprise victory for the opposition is also within the margin of error. The key takeaway is that any array of options is possible and the only certainty is that it will be very close. Erdogan and his AK party can’t win alone, and in previous elections they got the support of religious conservatives, free-market liberals or Kurds to govern. Now success hinges on how voters identifying as nationalist cast their ballot, the poll found.
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    TRUMPISM IN CANADA Trump’s tantrums and the world economy The G7 meeting in Quebec Canada was a landmark in many ways. First, there was a clear break in the usual bland unity of purpose and policy expressed at G7 meetings by the leaders of the top seven capitalist countries in the world. Just before the G7 meeting US president Donald Trump had announced a series of protectionist tariff measures against the rest of the G7, including its closest neighbour Canada on the grounds of “national security” – apparently Canada is now a security risk to the US. In doing so, Trump fulfilled his election promises. At the meeting Trump slammed into the other leaders claiming that their governments were imposing ‘unfair’ trading rules on US products and they needed to reduce their surpluses on trade with the US. The other leaders had already responded to the US tariff measures with planned reciprocal tariffs on key US exports and now they replied to Trump’s attacks with arguments and evidence that, on the contrary, it was the US that restricted foreign imported goods and services. And thus the trade war has begun – a war that the major capitalist economies have not engaged in since the 1930s depression and which was supposed to be resolved by international agreements like General Agreement on Tariifs and Trade (GATT), the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the post-war period. Trump has called the WTO the worst possible trade deal and NAFTA the next worst (for America). America had protected European and Japanese capitalist states with its armies and nuclear weapons against the supposed Russian threat and now it was time they paid their way both in defence spending and in ‘fairer’ trade deals. The real irony in this argument by Trump was that then he called for Russia, the supposed enemy, to be restored to a place at the top table – talk about adding insult to injury.
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    America's Gun Culture... FBI agent Chase Bishop charged after backflip shooting An off-duty FBI agent who accidentally shot a man while dancing in a Denver nightclub has been charged with second-degree assault. The agent, named by police as Chase Bishop, was performing a backflip in a nightclub when his gun fell out of his pocket and shot a bystander in the leg. Mr Bishop handed himself in to police on Tuesday and has been charged with second-degree assault. He is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday for a hearing. "Additional charges may be filed based on the results of a pending blood alcohol content analysis," the Denver District Attorney's office said in a statement on Tuesday. An FBI spokeswoman would not comment on the incident "in order to preserve the integrity of the investigation," the Associated Press news agency reported.
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    2018 Elections 'Slap in the Face' to Progressive Outsiders as DNC Adopts Rule Forcing Presidential Candidates to Be Members of Democratic Party "I'm just stunned that the Democratic Party’s rules committee would want to try to make the Democratic Party an exclusive club, for which we want to exclude voters and large segments of the American electorate." "The DNC has learned nothing." That was how the advocacy group People for Bernie reacted to reports late Friday that the rules and bylaws arm of the Democratic National Committee has moved ahead with a new resolution that, according to Yahoo News, would "force candidates in Democratic presidential primaries to state that they are Democrats" and "to 'run and serve' as a member" of the party.
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    TRUMPISM IN EUROPE British and US firms frozen out of €13 billion European Defence Fund Hopes by British defense firms to keep close links with the EU after Brexit were dashed on Wednesday after they were locked out of a new €13 billion European Defence Fund (EDF). Designed to give EU governments greater “strategic autonomy” in defense procurement, the EDF aims to help European defense firms to research and develop indigenous technologies in areas such as cyber security and drone technology. Funds will be released from 2021-2027, including €4.1 billion for research and €8.9 billion for developing military capabilities.
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    AFRICA NEWS South Africa: Unions Demand Further Reform for Public Workers The discussion over public sector wages comes after the National Assembly passed three amendment bills to labor laws on May 29. The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) announced in a press conference Tuesday that it will continue to reject a public sector wage agreement with the country’s Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) for what they call a “savage attack on the living standards of public servants.”
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers Trump Says North Korea Poses No Nuclear Threat, Despite Weapons President Donald Trump declared that North Korea no longer posed a nuclear threat, even though Kim Jong Un hasn’t committed to a timetable for giving up his regime’s weapons. “Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office,” Trump said on Twitter Wednesday shortly after arriving back in Washington from his meetings in Singapore with Kim. “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.”
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    MEXIFORNIA & LEFT COAST NEWS California voters to weigh splitting into three states A billionaire venture capitalist's bid to split California into three separate states has earned a spot on the ballot in November's mid-term elections. If Tim Draper's Cal-3 initiative gets a majority vote, it would trigger a long process to split California into northern, southern and central states. Mr Draper had campaigned unsuccessfully for six years, initially with a plan to divide the state into six new regions. It is the first time in 150 years that this choice is on the state's ballot. Should the proposal become a reality, it would be the first division of a state since West Virginia split off from Virginia in 1863. According to a memo filed on Tuesday by California's Secretary of State, Mr Draper collected more than 402,468 signatures across the state's counties for the proposal. Cal-3 aims to break California into three new states: Northern California, Southern California and California.
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    Whatever happens next, the Trump-Kim summit is a win

    Kim Jong Un actually did threaten Israel so this just shows more of their hypocrisy.
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    *A to Z of Movies*

    Saved by the Belle
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    Top Ten Films of...

    My top 10 of 1947- 1.) Miracle on 34th Street 2.) Out of the Past 3.) Gentleman's Agreement 4.) Monsieur Verdoux 5.) Odd Man Out 6.) the Lady From Shanghai 7.) Secret Beyond the Door... 8.) Black Narcissus 9.) Ghost and Mrs. Muir 10.) Kiss of Death
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    FCC repeals net neutrality. THE FCC'S NET NEUTRALITY RULES ARE DEAD, BUT THE FIGHT ISN'T Federal net neutrality protections are officially dead. Today the Federal Communications Commission's rules barring internet providers from blocking or slowing content, or giving special treatment to certain content, were wiped off the books, following an FCC vote last December. But don't expect to see huge changes right away. First, there are still some rules constraining broadband providers. Several states, including New York and Washington, have passed regulations that ban or discourage internet providers from favoring certain content based on payments from content providers. Comcast, the nation's largest broadband provider, is temporarily forbidden from violating net neutrality under the terms of the government's approval of its 2011 acquisition of NBC Universal; that restriction expires in September. Charter, the second-largest home broadband provider, is required to uphold net neutrality until 2023 under the terms of its acquisition of Time Warner Cable in 2016. Meanwhile, most major internet providers have promisednot to block, throttle, or discriminate against legal content. But net neutrality activists don't want to take the companies at their word. They’re fighting to block the FCC's December decision in both Congress and the courts while also working to pass new state laws.
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    *A to Z of actresses and actors*:)

    Shall, Theo
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    A to Z of Characters

    Florin, Wilhelm played by Gerd Wehr in Ernst Thalmann - Son of his Class
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    Trump and North Korea

    The deal was originally about destroying the test site which was done under supervision from foreign media weeks ago. NK made it very clear they were not going to denuclearize and even so, Trump said there were more meetings to come. It is highly unlikely they were ever going to denuclearize for a hostile foreign power.
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    DNC Trying to Get Rid of Bernie Sanders

    You're the kind of simpleton that also believed the Gulf of Tonkin incident and that Iraq had WMDs. Cry harder, dimwit.
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    DNC Trying to Get Rid of Bernie Sanders

    She was supposed to win and yet she didn't. Awwww.... That's too bad. Better luck next time, pal. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA
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    *A to Z of Movies*

    Geliebte Weiße Maus

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