The BRAD BLOG Because it's not about Right or Left, it's about Right and Wrong! 2017-11-22T02:19:52Z Copyright 2017 WordPress Brad Friedman <![CDATA['No Difference Between Democrats and Republicans'? Seriously?!: 'BradCast' 11/21/2017]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=12381 2017-11-22T02:19:52Z 2017-11-22T02:19:52Z BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Virginia Alabama Rights And Freedoms Accountability Dept. of Justice U.S. Senate Barack Obama Net Neutrality Democrats Republicans FCC Haiti KPFK Donald Trump Climate change Election 2016 IRS/Taxes BradCast Electric vehicles Africa Tesla Roy Moore Steve Mnuchin Election 2017 Gary Cohn Doug Jones On today's BradCast: If you're still clinging to the idea that elections don't really matter and the incredibly lazy assertion that "there's no difference between the two major parties", today's show may help you reassess those ill-considered, self-defeating, knee-jerk notions. [Audio link to show is posted below.]

First up, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, explains why he believes it would be better to have an accused child molester, Alabama's Republican U.S. Senate nominee, Roy Moore, in the U.S. Senate, than to see the Democratic candidate Doug Jones elected on December 12. His argument today that Moore "totally denies" the charges of sexual improprieties with teenagers as young as 14 (sourced to more than 30 people) is part of his Administration's desperate attempt to pass their massive tax cuts for the rich, at all costs, through a very slim GOP majority in the U.S. Senate. That majority would get slimmer still if Jones is elected. So bring on the pedophiles!

We're joined today by SETH HANLON, President Obama's former Special Assistant for Economic and Tax Policy, to explain how the GOP's proposed tax scheme is being rushed through the Senate during the holidays, in hopes that voters don't notice that it will actually raise taxes for some 82 million middle-income Americans, while keeping permanent tax cuts in place for the wealthy. And, as bad as that sounds, other provisions are even worse and will result in an increase of $1.5 trillion to the federal deficit, the loss of health care coverage for some 13 million Americans, and an immediate $25 billion cut to Medicare, among other nightmares.

"The number one thing" that people need to known about this bill, Hanlon tells me, "is that this thing is happening now. This bill could be law by the end of next week. It might take longer than that, but they are trying to jam it through the Senate, which is the key to all this, next week. There are reasons why they are doing that so fast. Sunlight's the best disinfectant and they do not want people to scrutinize this bill to find out what's in it, to understand the ramifications. So they are trying to get it through as fast as they possibly can."

"If you want to see what's really happening with this bill, you look at what's permanent in it. A lot of it is just temporary, but there's really only three parts that are permanent. Number 1 is a massive tax cut for corporations. Number 2 is a hidden tax increase on basically every single American household. Number 3 is an attack on the Affordable Care Act. They're repealing a key part of Obamacare, the ACA, and it's been estimated to result in 13 million without health insurance, and premiums increasing for people who buy them through marketplaces by 10 percent."

"This is a permanent tax cut for corporations, paid for with a permanent tax increase on individuals and by fewer people having health care," Hanlon, now a Senior Fellow at Center for American Progress, explains. He also speaks to whether the ACA provision is included only as a bargaining chip, whether the Obama Administration used similar tactics to get legislation through Congress, and whether there is any evidence that tax cuts of this sort "pay for themselves", as Trump's Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (pictured above with his new wife and new money) and his Economic Policy Adviser Gary Cohn, among others, have asserted in the desperate effort to pass what would be the only major legislation to be adopted under Trump during his first year of office.

But, if all of that doesn't underscore the difference between Republicans, who support the scheme, and Democrats who virulently oppose it, Trump's Chair of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, announced today that the FCC's 3 to 2 Republican majority will vote next month to kill landmark Net Neutrality protections instituted during the Obama Administration. We explain what that means, and how it is likely to result in higher prices for customers and content providers (like BradBlog.com and The BradCast) and slower Internet speeds for sites and consumers who don't pay up tolls to Internet provider behemoths like AT&T and Comcast for access to the "fast lane" on the information super-highway. It will be, as one of the two Democratic commissioners on the FCC said in a statement today, a "green light to our nation's largest broadband providers to engage in anti-consumer practices, including blocking, slowing down traffic, and paid prioritization of online applications and services."

Also today, Trump's DHS announced their intention to deport tens of thousands of Haitians who came to the U.S. legally after the devastating 2010 earthquake (along with their U.S. born citizen children?), and an Obama appointed federal judge has permanently blocked the Trump DoJ's attempt to unlawfully withhold federal funding to so-called "sanctuary cities".

Finally, Desi Doyen joins us for the latest Green News Report with very cool news for electric vehicle fans and some encouraging news for breathers and voters alike in Virginia (which, once again, underscores that, yes, elections matter and yes, there is a difference between the two major parties, whether you like it or not.) And we've also got some good news for endangered elephants, but some bad news for endangered lions in today's report...

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]]> Desi Doyen <![CDATA['Green News Report' - November 21, 2017]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=12380 2017-11-21T19:20:33Z 2017-11-21T19:20:33Z Virginia United Nations Environment Nebraska Green News South Dakota Donald Trump Coal Oil Wind Solar Climate change Keystone XL eminent domain Electric vehicles Africa Tesla Paris Agreement

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Nebraska greenlights controversial Keystone XL pipeline --- but it still may not get built; Virginia moves to cut emissions 30 percent by 2030; Trump withdraws plan to lift ban on importing elephant body parts; PLUS: Elon Musk unveils breakthrough all-electric, long haul semi-truck... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): New study reaches a stunning conclusion about the cost of solar and wind energy; Battered by extreme weather, Americans are more worried about climate change; Whitefish halts work early in Puerto Rico over non-payment; Head of Puerto Rico's utility resigns; Antarctic glacier's rough belly exposed; New science of climate change impacts on agriculture implies higher social cost of carbon; Growing gas glut threatens West Texas oil boom; Panel's approval of off-shore drilling bill imperils ban off Florida; Global energy storage market to double 6 times by 2030... PLUS: How politics and bad decisions starved NY's subway system... and much, MUCH more! ...

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    Brad Friedman <![CDATA[DoJ Sues to Block One Media Mega-Merger, as FCC Paves Path for Another: 'BradCast' 11/20/2017]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=12379 2017-11-21T02:31:05Z 2017-11-21T02:31:05Z CNN Mainstream Corporate Media BRAD BLOG Media Appearance North Korea Journalist Intimidation Mainstream Media Failure Dept. of Justice Republicans Nebraska FCC South Dakota KPFK Donald Trump Nuclear power Oil Keystone XL BradCast Sinclair Broadcasting AT&T Time-Warner Tribune Media On today's BradCast: Apparently, the mega-merger of non-wingnut media corporations is bad for consumers and competition, according to Trump's U.S. Department of Justice. But the mega-merger of right-wing media goliaths is just fine, according to Trump's FCC --- even if they must roll back decades of rules (and change the way math works) to maintain local media ownership of newspaper and TV stations in order to do it. [Audio link to show follows below.]

    Today, just minutes before airtime, the U.S. Dept. of Justice announced their lawsuit to try and block the proposed $85 billion mega-merger between AT&T and Time-Warner, claiming the takeover would "substantially lessen competition" and result in "higher prices and less innovation for millions of Americans." While that might normally be encouraging and long-overdue anti-trust news from a U.S. Administration, the Trump Administration's war on CNN (whose parent company is owned by Time-Warner) and a separate move by Trump's FCC Chairman Ajit Pai late last week, gutting decades-old regulations that prevented companies from buying up local TV and newspaper outlets in the same market, makes the DoJ's claims a bit difficult to accept at face value.

    Joining us today is DANA FLOBERG, policy analyst at the non-partisan media watchdog FreePress.net, to explain how the FCC's vote last week to kill those rules threatens independent media and local news competition and seems to contradict the Administration's response to to the AT&T/Time-Warner merger, even as it paves the way for another planned mega-merger between the far right-wing Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media. That merger, along with the FCC's disturbing actions last week, with little publiclity and no public comment period, would allow Sinclair to reach some 72% of American viewers in an unprecedented takeover of as many as all of the local TV news outlets in your home town, eventually!

    Floberg tells me her organization favors blocking the deal between AT&T and Time-Warner, but she remains "concerned on Trump's saber-rattling" with CNN as part of the Administration's objection to the deal. She says that merger must be blocked becaus "it's the right thing to do for Americans, not to suit Trump's personal vendetta."

    As to last week's vote to overturn decades of local media consolidation regulations, she details what the new rules will allow, and explains how the FCC's Pai has "been rushing all these changes so they're in place by the time they have to approve the merger" between Sinclair and Tribune Media. In the bargain, as she discussed in a recent article at Free Press, Pai's argument that the consolidation of local media by huge corporations is needed to help struggling newspaper outlets doesn't meet the smell test. "They've already used the argument that 'consolidation will invigorate' local markets," she says, "and it hasn't worked". Sinclair is "already the largest broadcaster in the U.S.," she warns and the "first thing they do" after buying up stations "is they close newsrooms."

    Then, Desi Doyen joins us to explain the decision made by by Nebraska's Public Service Commission on Monday to adopt an alternate route for the long-sought, controversial KeystoneXL Pipeline, just days after more than 200,000 gallons of dirty tar-sands crude from Canada spilled out of the original Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota.

    Also today, Trump ratchets up his war-mongering with North Korea, this time by declaring them to be a state-sponsor of terrorism. And, one of his top generals explained over the weekend how Americans needn't worry, because he'd never facilitate an "illegal" war or nuclear launch by Trump. (Feel better? I don't.)

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    ]]> Ernest A. Canning <![CDATA[Pelosi's Misguided Anti-Impeachment Calculus]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=12366 2017-11-18T22:44:05Z 2017-11-18T22:44:05Z California Iraq War Election 2008 Accountability U.S. House Barack Obama Democrats Nancy Pelosi Bush Legacy Donald Trump Noam Chomsky Election 2016 Mike Pence Election 2018 Tom Steyer Earlier this month, billionaire Democratic Party donor Tom Steyer unleashed his $10 million nationwide "Need To Impeach" campaign (1-minute video ad is posted below). He recently purchased another $10 million in ad time, bringing the campaign total to $20 million.

    In targeting Donald Trump for accountability, according to the Los Angeles Times, Steyer "raised the ire of both President Trump and the president's Democratic nemesis, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi."

    "The president," the Times reported, "lashed out at Steyer in a tweet, deriding him as 'wacky & totally unhinged'." Trump also appears to have managed to convince Fox "News" to stop running the ad on his favorite channel, which claimed it was banning the spot "due to the strong negative reaction...by our viewers."

    Trump's distain for the ad is understandable. Pelosi's opposition, however, while consistent with her historical record, should be regarded as unacceptable.

    Avoiding real accountability for this President --- and calling on others in her party to do the same --- is deeply flawed and misguided political calculus, calling to mind the admonition of Edmund Burke: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing".

    In this case, impeachment is needed to preserve the rule of law and prevent a humanitarian catastrophe. Contrary to Pelosi's calculations, it is both a necessity and good political strategy...

    'Elite consensus'

    One troubling element of Pelosi's opposition to impeachment is that, rather than open a public debate on the substantive validity of Steyer's campaign, the House Minority Leader has done so largely behind closed doors. The Times cites her objections as coming during a "closed door" meeting with "Democratic leaders", where she "expressed her displeasure" by complaining that Steyer's ad "could distract from tangible Democratic efforts to stifle Trump's Washington agenda."

    Noam Chomsky astutely observed: "The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum." Elsewhere, Chomsky refers to what falls within this dictated range of acceptable discourse as the "elite consensus".

    At the very beginning of its article, the L.A. Times sets forth that "elite consensus" with their comparison of the collective hackles raised by both the Republican President and the Democratic House leader. The implication is that if these two competing, elected elites are both offended by the ad, Steyer's call for impeachment should, perhaps, be summarily dismissed as "hyper-charged partisan" hyperbole. In avoiding the validity of Steyer's actual message and questioning his motivation --- the paper argues that it "has stirred speculation over whether Steyer might launch a bid for office in California" --- the ad's message is further discredited.

    On the other hand, the Times fails to even question Pelosi's assertion in that closed door conversation that Trump would "self-impeach". That position absolves her caucus of what Pelosi apparently sees as a "controversial" mandate given exclusively to the House of Representatives for those rare instances where the survival of our republic, and perhaps, in this instance, humanity's survival is threatened.

    Unfortunately, this is not the first time the California Democrat has placed political calculations of what is expedient before Presidential accountability and the preservation of the rule of law.

    Pelosi's wishful thinking ("self-impeachment") calls to mind a basic political truth, long ago recognized by the former slave, Frederick Douglass: "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will."

    Clear and present danger

    Perhaps the most disturbing point at the center of both Pelosi's behind closed doors objections and the L.A. Times' cavalier dismissal of impeachment, is that neither examines the substantive urgency for Trump's removal from office.

    In addition to the Team Trump/Russia probe, there are already multiple grounds for impeachment. These include, but are not limited to, abuse of power; "withholding appropriated funding 'for the purpose of destroying authorized programs'" (e.g., withholding subsidies as part of an effort to sabotage the Affordable Care Act); violations of the U.S. Constitution's Emoluments clause; Trump's use of his office as a vehicle for self-enrichment; and an egregious breach of the Presidential duty to protect the lives of American citizens in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

    Yet, none of those serious grounds for impeachment capture the urgency behind Steyer's plea to "tell your member of Congress that they have a moral responsibility to stop doing what's political and start doing what's right."

    The dissembling sociopath in the White House, according to 27 of this nation's top psychiatrists and mental health professionals, represents a clear and present danger not only to democracy and the rule of law but also to the very survival of humanity. Indeed, Trump may have already brought the world to the brink of a nuclear war.

    It is this existential threat to humanity's survival, be it from nuclear annihilation ("fire and fury)" or the more subtle, if insidious, threat posed by climate science denial, that materially distinguishes what is occurring now from 2007, when then House Speaker Pelosi was also criticized for taking impeachment "off the table."

    Then, as now, Pelosi placed political calculus before the rule of law with her decision to take impeachment off the table for Democrats during the George W. Bush regime. That decision, coupled with the Obama Administration's subsequent failure to prosecute the Bush/Cheney cabal for war crimes --- their initiation of a war of aggression in Iraq and torture policies, among them --- provided a foundation of Presidential impunity under which the current occupant of the White House seeks to destroy every Constitutional roadblock to unchecked executive power and every liberty guaranteed by our constitution.

    In avoiding accountability then, both Pelosi and Obama paved the way for the nightmare that now confronts us now.

    Nonetheless, whatever else may be said of the Bush/Cheney cabal's abhorrent and illegal practices (e.g., extraordinary rendition and CIA black sites), none of these carried with them the existential threat to end all life on this planet.

    Bad politics

    Pelosi's 2007 decision to take impeachment off the table preceded the 2008 election of President Obama and Democratic majorities in both Houses of Congress. But that doesn't mean that Pelosi's 2007 political calculus was a causal factor that contributed to the 2008 Democratic electoral success.

    There were a multitude of reasons, unrelated to Pelosi's 2007 decision against impeachment, that resulted in the Democratic wave of 2008.

    For starters, one year before Pelosi took impeachment off the table, in 2006, the American electorate had already grown weary of "Congressional misconduct and the war in Iraq". They voted at that time to end 12-years of uninterrupted Republican control of the House.

    Moreover, by November 2008, the economy was in free-fall as the result of Wall Street's fraudulent schemes. Jobs were evaporating at the fastest rate since 1974. That, coupled with exposure of the lies that had led us into the Iraq war, so tarnished the Republican label that Bush's approval rating plummeted to 34%. Cheney's plunged to a "staggeringly low 13%". The electorate was desperate for Obama's "hope and change". Democrats in both Houses of Congress rode yet another wave on the coattails of his winning message.

    Unfortunately, even with corporate-money compromised Democrats in power in the White House and Congress, meaningful "change" proved elusive.

    Operating within the narrow confines of the "elite consensus" these past eight years, the Democratic Party Leadership cost Democrats the Presidency, both Houses of Congress and over 1,000 state legislative seats.

    Pelosi's concern that impeachment would now detract from Democratic opposition to Trump's agenda provides a classic example of what economist Bruce Bartlett, a Republican-turned-Independent, derided as a profound weakness in Democratic Party strategy. "The party doesn't really stand for anything other than opposition to the GOP." What he sees as lacking is "muscular Democrat[s] with the courage of their convictions."

    One of the cornerstones of a democratic society is a commitment to the rule of law. There can be no better way for the Democratic Party to demonstrate such a commitment, than by wholeheartedly supporting the impeachment of Donald J. Trump. By doing so, the party would truly be displaying the courage of its convictions.

    Litmus test?

    The L.A. Times' article reveals that Pelosi and other establishment Democrats have expressed a concern that impeachment, like Medicare-for-All, could become a litmus test for Democratic Party candidates. Yet, the decision as to what does or does not become a litmus test is not one that is left to party "leadership".

    It seems a safe bet that Congressional Republicans will not join with their six Democratic colleagues, who, last week, defied Pelosi by introducing Articles of Impeachment in the U.S. House.

    Given the threat to both the rule of law and our survival, citizens have every right to consider whether impeachment of both Trump and Mike Pence should not only become a central issue of the 2018 election, but also whether it should be treated as a litmus test for Democratic Party candidates. Indeed, there's an increasing probability that rank-and-file Democrats will apply that litmus test. As of August, 72% of Democrats (up from 58% in February) want to see Donald Trump impeached and removed from office.

    The "elite consensus" may be to avoid impeachment. The consensus of Democratic voters, however, is just the opposite.

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    Ernest A. Canning is a retired attorney, author, Vietnam Veteran (4th Infantry, Central Highlands 1968) and a Senior Advisor to Veterans For Bernie. He has been a member of the California state bar since 1977. In addition to a juris doctor, he has received both undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science. Follow him on twitter: @cann4ing


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    Brad Friedman <![CDATA[Of Pipelines, Tax Cuts, and Corrupt Trump Appointments: 'BradCast' 11/17/2017]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=12376 2017-11-18T02:17:52Z 2017-11-18T02:17:52Z Fox 'News' BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Alabama Accountability U.S. Senate Health Care Democrats Republicans Nebraska Chuck Grassley South Dakota EPA KPFK Donald Trump Coal Federalist Society DHS Oil Ted Deutch IRS/Taxes Keystone XL BradCast Race Orrin Hatch Roy Moore Election 2018 Doug Jones MSHA Sherrod Brown On today's BradCast: It's astonishing how many GOP policies, practices and nominees must be pushed through by force, scheming, lying and the breaking of norms and traditions. If any of the stuff they are pushing was actually popular and sought by voters, it doesn't seem like the strong-arm tactics would be necessary. But... [Audio link to show follows below.]

    Among the stories covered on today's show:

    • Nebraska law disallows state officials from considering Thursday's massive Keystone Pipeline tarsands oil spill in South Dakota in their upcoming decision on permits to build the even larger and more dangerous KeystoneXL Pipeline expansion in Nebraska;
    • Things are getting ugly in the U.S. Senate Finance Committee as the GOP attempts to ram through massive, unpopular tax cuts for the rich before the Thanksgiving break;
    • Even Fox "News" now finds Alabama's GOP U.S. Senate nominee Roy Moore to be in trouble with voters before the December 12 special election, following growing allegations of sexual assault on minors;
    • The U.S. Senate Judiciary Chair does away with 100-year old "blue slip" tradition in order to ram through more of Trump's lifetime appointments to the federal bench;
    • Those appointees, a new analysis finds, are almost exclusively white and male;
    • They're also "not qualified", dishonest and racist, as investigative journalists have recently discovered;
    • So are Trump's appointees to other areas of the federal government, more of whom were forced to resign in disgrace this week;
    • In other "Filling the Swamp" news, Trump continues to spin the revolving door with Big Pharma exec nominated to head Health and Human Services (HHS), a Big Coal exec gets rammed through the Senate to head the office of Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), but one wildly inappropriate appointee to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may actually get blocked...by Senate Republicans! What are the odds? Well, we'll believe it when --- and if --- we actually see it...

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    ]]> Brad Friedman <![CDATA[Recall Effort Underway for GA Sec. of State Brian Kemp After Election Disasters, 'Server Wipe': 'BradCast' 11/16/2017]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=12375 2017-11-17T02:05:31Z 2017-11-17T02:05:31Z Diebold/Premier Election Irregularities Election Reform New Jersey Georgia BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Alaska Alabama Rights And Freedoms Paper Ballots Legislation Accountability U.S. House U.S. Senate France Voter Registration Democrats Republicans Nebraska South Dakota KPFK Oil Climate change Election 2016 IRS/Taxes Keystone XL BradCast Roy Moore Election 2017 Jon Ossoff Karen Handel Brian Kemp Bob Menendez Doug Jones On today's BradCast, we head back to Georgia on today's show, to cover the recall effort that is now under way against the state's top election official. But first... [Audio link to show follow below.]

    We've got a lot of breaking news as we go to air, including a new spill of some 210,00 gallons of dirty tar sands oil in South Dakota on the Keystone Pipeline. Details were scarce as we went to air, and that number is based on pipeline owner TransCanada's own estimate, but the new spill is likely to affect Nebraska's upcoming decision on the proposed route for TransCanada's controversial KeystoneXL pipeline, which was previously rejected by President Obama, but later approved by President Trump.

    The Republican tax cut plan narrowly passed today in the U.S. House on a nearly-party line vote. The scheme, according to non-partisan analysts, would add $1.5 trillion to the national deficit and cut taxes for corporations and the wealthy, while actually resulting in a tax increase for many low- and middle-income Americans. Passage of the unpopular measure is still far from certain, meanwhile, in the U.S. Senate.

    Also today, a mistrial was declared in the federal bribery trial against New Jersey's Democratic US Senator Bob Menendez, after the jury was found to be hopelessly deadlocked, with 10 jurors insisting on full acquittal on all charges and two favoring conviction.

    The situation for Senate Republicans has not improved following allegations of sexual assault on several teenagers by Roy Moore, Alabama's GOP nominee for next month's US Senate Special Election. An internal GOP poll, according to Politico, finds Moore's numbers tanking against Democratic challenger Doug Jones since the charges came to light. Moore had been up by 16 points in the poll last month. He is now said to be trailing Jones by 12!

    And, next door in Georgia, following a massive, covered-up security breach on the state's election server last year, a US House Special Election with questionable results earlier this year in GA's 6th Congressional District, a multi-partisan lawsuit filed to challenge those results and force the state to move away from its wildly-hackable, 100% unverifiable, 15-year old Diebold touch-screen voting systems, and recent blockbuster news revealing that the election server in question was "wiped clean" in the middle of the lawsuit (which the Republican state AG's office now refuses to defend), an official recall petition effort is now underway to demand the removal from office of GA's Republican Sec. of State Brian Kemp.

    We're joined today by JOHN ZIEGLER, chair of A Voice for All Georgia, the organization heading up a herculean effort to gather the more than 778,000 signatures of registered GA voters that are required to trigger a recall election (which, he tells me, would be run on the very same 100% unverifiable touch-screen voting systems at the heart of this entire mess!)

    Ziegler explains why his group has launched the effort, the obstacles created by the state for successfully obtaining what would be the first recall anywhere in the country of a sitting Sec. of State, and how folks both inside and out of Georgia can help with what HuffPo recently described as "The Biggest Story Nobody's Talking About".

    "Kemp and other individuals associated with him have mislabeled our group," Ziegler tells me. "A Voice For All Georgia is a non-partisan group. We have Democrats, we have Republicans, we have Constitutionalists, we have Tea Party members, we have independents. The thing I found very refreshing is that we all share the same common goal, we want to have a secure vote, and we want to have a fair vote, and we want to make sure that all votes count.

    "Whether it's gender, ethnicity, religion, values, or beliefs, we all have different opinions, but we've all united together to believe that there should be [a] secure vote, which, in our opinion is to have paper ballots and to have it hand-counted," he says.

    Finally, Desi Doyen joins us for a very busy Green News Report, and an update on Thursday's Keystone Pipeline oil spill...

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    ]]> Desi Doyen <![CDATA['Green News Report' - November 16, 2017]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=12374 2017-11-16T19:05:46Z 2017-11-16T19:05:46Z Alaska New Mexico United Nations Environment France Republicans Green News Natural gas Coal Oil Climate change China India Paris Agreement Arctic Dept. of Interior Public lands Emmanuel Macron

    IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Alaska's pristine National Wildlife Refuge now one step closer to oil drilling; African-Americans bear the brunt of U.S. fossil fuel pollution; Global carbon dioxide emissions are increasing for the first time in years; PLUS: France will cover U.S. funding responsibilities for U.N. climate science... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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    IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Here’s a road map for solving 3 of the world’s biggest problems; 15,000 scientists warn it will soon be too late to avoid climate catastrophe; At U.N. climate conference, treading lightly around the Americans; Trump reverses ban on trophies from elephant hunts in Zimbabwe; GOP senators come out against Trump EPA toxic chemicals nominee; Documents show undisclosed EPA health concerns on fracking chemicals; Arkema documents show planning, mechanical failures led to chemical fires after Hurricane Harvey; Hundreds of dams in Texas could fail in worst-case flood; Plastics found in stomachs of deepest sea creatures; Virginia plans to join RGGI to cut emissions; Climate change and drought drove ISIS recruiting in Iraq... PLUS: Conservatives probably can’t be persuaded on climate change. So now what?... and much, MUCH more! ...

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    Brad Friedman <![CDATA[US Senate Holds Chilling Hearing on Presidential Use of Nukes: 'BradCast' 11/15/2017]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=12373 2017-11-16T02:30:36Z 2017-11-16T02:30:36Z California BRAD BLOG Media Appearance National Security Alabama U.S. Constitution North Korea Accountability U.S. Senate Democrats Republicans Rush Limbaugh KPFK Donald Trump Nuclear power NRA/Gun Violence Oklahoma BradCast Chris Murphy Roy Moore Bob Corker Election 2017 On today's BradCast, more good news for Dems, more bad news for Republicans, and more disturbing news for all Americans --- and the world. [Audio link to show follows below.]

    We start today with the encouraging news for Democrats, as a 26-year old lesbian candidate for state Senate in deep "red" Oklahoma has unseated yet another Republican in a special election this week. It's the third time a state Senate seat has been flipped by Dems in OK since a 24-year old woman became the youngest chair of a state Democratic Party last year.

    Speaking of trouble for Republicans, we've also got the latest on the Roy Moore mess in Alabama, as President Trump, also accused of sexual assault by multiple women before his own election last year, has frustrated fellow Republicans by failing to speak out in the matter, following bombshell allegations that Moore assaulted a number of teenagers, as young as 14 years old, while serving as a 32-year old prosecutor. But Moore and his supporters are fighting back today, as is his wildly embarassing attorney. A robocall falsely claiming to be from a reporter at the Washington Post (which originally broke the initial allegations against Moore last week) has reportedly been circulating in Alabama, in advance of the December 12 election, claiming to be offering money in exchange for new allegations against the far Rightwing GOP nominee for US Senate. And, far Rightwing radio propagandist Rush Limbaugh has come up with a very novel defense for the accused GOP child molester at the same time.

    Also today, more news on the mass shooting at and near an elementary school in Northern California that killed 5 and wounded 10 others on Tuesday. Many new questions have surfaced about why the shooter, a local man with a criminal record and anger management issues, was able to purchase and then retain semi-automatic weapons even after recent encounters with police including domestic violence complaints and being charged with stabbing a neighbor. But, at least the mass killer wasn't Muslim, so NRA-bribed Republicans can begin ignoring yet another domestic mass shooting immediately.

    Then, as concerns continue to grow worldwide over Donald Trump's saber rattling with North Korea and his access to nuclear weapons, the U.S. Senate held a hearing this week to discuss Presidential authority to wage war and launch nuclear weapons without anyone having the ability to prevent him from doing so, if he chooses.

    Longtime nuclear weapons policy analyst STEPHEN SCHWARTZ of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies joins us to discuss what, if anything, was accomplished at the Senate hearing, the first on the topic since 1976, and what, if anything, can (or should) be done to restore a more sane use-of-nukes policy in the only nuclear-armed nation in the world which rests sole decision-making power on whether to use such weapons with one single person. That person, currently being Donald J. Trump, has raised many worries from Democrats and Republicans in Congress alike. Whether they're willing or able to do anything about it, however, is a different matter, as we also discuss today.

    "The reality of the situation is that you're putting enormous power in the hands of one person," Schwartz, tells me, detailing how, short of "mass insubordination" by military leadership, even they would be unable to prevent such an event if Trump ordered it. And, he explains, even objections on legal or Constitutional grounds by military leadership might be insufficient to prevent disaster in the "at most 15 minutes, perhaps, as little as five or ten" during which a President would have to make a decision about how to respond in the event of an apparent incoming attack.

    You'll want to tune in for this conversation, if only to hear the explanation of how the nuclear "football", at all times within reach of any American President since the Cold War, actually works. Schwartz, the former longtime Executive Director and Publisher of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (keepers of the infamous "Doomsday Clock") also suggests several ways in which we could improve (or, help Trump-proof) the current dangerous system to help avoid "what could be a life-ending, a world-ending decision"...

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    ]]> Brad Friedman <![CDATA[Ready to Step Up? It's 'National Run for Office Day'!: 'BradCast' 11/14/2017]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=12372 2017-11-15T02:21:54Z 2017-11-15T02:21:54Z California Pennsylvania New Jersey BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Virginia Alabama United Nations U.S. House Environment Hillary Clinton U.S. Senate Democrats Republicans Michael Bloomberg Jeff Sessions EPA KPFK Donald Trump Climate change NRA/Gun Violence Election 2016 BradCast Gavin Newsom Puerto Rico Paris Agreement Roy Moore Mike Pence Election 2018 Election 2017 On today's BradCast: Have you ever considered running for office? If so, and if you're a progressive, you probably couldn't come up with a better year to it than in the upcoming 2018 mid-term elections! And my guest on today's show says he'd love to help you do it! [Audio link to show follows below.]

    But, first up today: It was another day in America, so another mass shooting. We cover today's breaking news out of Northern California where 4 were killed and 10 shot by a gunman who was eventually shot by police in a very rural and economically depressed part of the state. The shooter reportedly fired, sometimes randomly, at some seven different scenes and targeted an elementary school before he was finally taken down. While still officially unidentified as of airtime, the gunman is said to have had a history of domestic violence and neighbors who complained that he was threatening and had recently been heard firing off large magazines of gunfire in recent days. Despite his record, however, he was somehow able to legally obtain the semi-automatic rifle and two hand guns found with him after he was killed.

    Republican elected officials who represent the area offered "prayers", as usual, in the wake of this latest shooting. Democratic Gubernatorial hopefuls in the state vowed to take action to help curb American's continuing gun epidemic.

    In not-unrelated news, it happens to be "National Run for Office Day", as declared by a host of progressive organizations. To help celebrate, we're joined today by ROSS MORALES ROCKETTO, co-founder of Run for Something, a national progressive organization dedicated to helping first- and second-time progressive grassroots candidates --- particularly millennials, women and people of color --- step up and run for state and local offices.

    The group, "born of the tears of the 2016 election", hopes to run more than 1,000 candidates across the country next year, for everything from state representative to city council to local library boards and Boards of Education. They also saw at least 32 of their endorsed candidates win races in last week's 2017 off-year elections, including a number of stunning underdog Democratic victories by first time candidates against long-entrenched Republican office holders.

    Rocketto explains how and why he formed the group along with a former Hillary Clinton Campaign staffer; how they determine which candidates to endorse and help; what is needed to run and win a successful grassroots progressive campaign; and how you --- yes, YOU! --- may wish to consider visiting their webpage and getting started to run for something yourself in 2018!

    "What we're really trying to do is recruit and support the next generation of progressive Democrats running down-ticket," he tells me. "We think that 2018, for example, is going to be the year of the down-ballot candidates. We know that only 5% of state legislators across the country are millennial, and the millennial generation is going to be the largest voting bloc in the next set of presidential elections. That's what we're setting out to do specifically in 2018."

    "We've been hearing from people all across the country that in this particular moment, they want to make a difference in their communities. And, honestly, one of the best ways and the most effective ways to make a difference in your community is to run for office locally," Rocketto says. "The things that impacts people's lives the most on a day-to -day basis tend to be at that local level. And that's what's been so powerful about the stories that we hear from our candidates that are running."

    He goes on to cite stories of some of them, like 22-year old Heather Ward in Pennsylvania, who ran and won last week for school board "in a district that is largely Republican" to become the youngest ever to serve on the board, and transgender candidate Danica Roem who unseated a virulent homophobe in Virginia's House of Delegates. We also discuss other progressive groups similarly working to recruit grassroots candidates, like Bernie Sanders' Our Revolution, which supported a 30-year old Marine vet Lee Carter, who unseated the GOP House Majority Whip in Virginia while running as a Democratic Socialist.

    Also on today's program: Late updates on Alabama's disastrous GOP nominee for U.S. Senate, Roy Moore following new allegations yesterday of a violent sexual assault against a minor; Several hearings held today in the U.S. House and Senate; and Desi Doyen joins us for the latest Green News Report...

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