Monthly Archives: June 2018

Bad location

Zahed Tajeddin fulfilled his dream of buying a home in the old town of Aleppo but then the war came – and amid the bombs the old house was turned into a hospital.

J.K Rowling Delivers Strong Message To ‘Cool’ Guy Who Called Theresa May A ‘Whore’

Accio feminism.

J.K. Rowling doesn?t have time for liberal men who hurl misogynistic insults at women ? except to put them in their place.

On Thursday, British Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap election that was thought to be an easy victory for her. It wasn?t. May?s Conservative Party lost seats to Jeremy Corbyn?s Labour Party, prompting Corbyn to tell May to resign.

She didn?t. The election results left Britain with a so-called hung Parliament. The minority government then struck a deal with the smaller Democratic Union Party in order to maintain leadership. 

Not everyone was pleased with this outcome.

According to Rowling, a liberal man she follows, and has always liked, called May a ?whore? on Twitter. So the British author promptly unfollowed the man and tweeted her explanation for doing so:

Though Rowling?s response is powerful, it isn?t 100 percent perfect. While ?whore? can be used as a slur, some people have taken issue with Rowling?s claim that ?comparing a woman with a prostitute? is inherently offensive.

Perhaps Rowling, like the man she unfollowed, can take these criticisms and grow from them.

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Democratic Leaders Must Push For Impeachment Sooner Rather Than Later

Originally published at RobertReich.org.

Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) is already drafting articles of impeachment related to Trump?s firing of FBI Director James Comey, believing there?s enough evidence of Trump?s obstruction of justice to begin an impeachment inquiry (not to mention Trump?s blatant violation of the Constitution?s emoluments clause by profiting off his presidency, and much else).

But Democratic leaders are pushing back, warning there aren?t enough facts to justify an impeachment inquiry at this point, and, in any event, such an inquiry would politicize ongoing congressional investigations. 

Baloney. 

Historically, the three previous impeachment inquiries in the House (involving presidents Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton) rested on less evidence of obstruction of justice than is already publicly known about Trump.

Comey?s testimony to Congress is itself more than enough ? confirming that Trump demanded Comey?s loyalty, asked Comey to stop investigating Michael Flynn, repeatedly told Comey the FBI investigation was a ?cloud? on his presidency, and asked Comey to declare publicly that Trump wasn?t an object of the investigation.

In addition, we have Trump?s interview with Lester Holt on NBC and Trump?s subsequent meeting with Russian officials in the Oval Office. In both instances, Trump connected his firing of Comey with the Russian investigation.

Also, bear in mind the obstructions of justice that caused the House to impeach previous presidents concerned issues far less serious than Trump?s possible collusion with a foreign power to win the election.

Democratic leaders say they don?t want to talk about impeachment now because they?re worried about politicizing the current congressional investigations, which aren?t impeachment inquiries. Hello? Republicans have already politicized them. 

The real reason Democratic leaders don?t want to seek an impeachment now is they know there?s zero chance that Republicans… would support such a move.

The real reason Democratic leaders don?t want to seek an impeachment now is they know there?s zero chance that Republicans, who now control both houses of Congress, would support such a move. So why engage in a purely symbolic gesture? 

Democratic leaders figure that between now and the midterm elections there will be even more revelations from non-partisan sources ? future testimony by Trump operatives like Michael Flynn and Roger Stone, early reports from Special Counsel Robert Mueller?s investigation, and leaks to the press ? that will build the case, and fuel more public outrage. 

That outrage will give Democrats a strong chance of taking back the House and maybe even the Senate. Then they?ll really impeach Trump.

I can?t argue with the political logic of Democratic leaders. And if their strategy will lead to Trump?s ouster sooner than any other way, I?m all for it.

But here?s the problem. It?s not clear America can wait for the midterm elections, followed by what?s likely to be a long and drawn-out impeachment investigation, followed by a trial in the Senate. (Note that none of the presidents listed above was ever convicted by the Senate and thrown out of office.) 

With each passing day, Donald Trump becomes a greater danger to America and the world. We don?t have time. 

The advantage of introducing a bill of impeachment now ? even attempting to do so ? is that such an action might itself galvanize the vast majority of Americans who want Trump out of office. It could mobilize and energize people around the most important immediate issue facing the country. 

Never underestimate the power of a public aroused to action. It is worth recalling that Nixon resigned of his own accord before the House had even voted out an impeachment resolution. The American public demanded it. 

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