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Roundup of Recent News from all over (5/21/2019

21 May 2019 at 9:36:13 PM

Now that Game of Thrones is over (and I wasn't thrilled with the ending), waiting with anticipation to see "His Dark Materials" on HBO. I read the trilogy by Phillip Pullman and it was great

Newsboypicture at right from The Way We Were on reddit

From Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Quarterback

“I love the show and it was a great 10 years … but no,” he said. “You come down to the end and Tyrion says the person with the best story is Bran? Who, by the way, three episodes ago said he wasn’t Bran Stark anymore. No, Jon had a better story. Daenerys had a better story. Arya had a better story, Sansa had a better story, Tyrion had a better story, Varys had a better story. Bronn, lot better story. Jaime, better story. Cersei, probably better story. Any Baratheon … probably better story.”

“I think Daenerys probably should have been on the Throne,” he said. Of course, he also had a theory he was happy to share. “If Bran, the Three-Eyed Raven, who’s all about the health of the realm … let’s think about what he did: He basically wanted the throne the whole time because he’s the one who told the Starks, knowing that Sansa would tell Tyrion, knowing Tyrion would talk to Varys, knowing they’d scheme for Daenerys’ death, knowing that would piss her off, which led her to be the mad queen. So he, the entire time set this whole thing up? And at the end he goes, ‘Oh, I don’t want to be king, but why’d I travel all this time to be here?’ ”

This is horrible. Already public schools are becoming armed camps. At some point in the future, I may do some open records requests about the emergency shooter drills, *resource* officers in the schools, guns in safes, etc, Now, the Texas Lege has passed a bill to give teachers more access to guns in the classroom. If I had children in school, I'd pull them out and home school. 

Creighton said the bill would not force school districts to implement a marshal program but would give them the flexibility to decide how many marshals they want to appoint should they choose to participate. Advocacy groups, though, are wary of increasing the number of guns in Texas classrooms and have long sounded the alarm about the disparate impacts of the potential new state law.

“If we put an unlimited number of guns in our schools, we’re only creating an unlimited number of potential mistakes that could harm our children,” said Hilary Whitfield, volunteer leader with the Texas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Federal appeals court refused to block a grand jury subpoena for testimony by Roger Stone associate Andrew Miller. Probably off to SCOTUS next 

Mueller’s Russia investigation is over, but the special counsel’s office turned over Miller’s case to the U.S. attorney’s office for the District, which has said his testimony is still needed.

Stone has pleaded not guilty and faces trial in November on Mueller charges of lying to Congress and obstructing justice about his efforts to learn about the hacked emails.

New Transcripts Say That Trump Crafted Michael Cohen’s Lies More Closely Than Was Previously Known 

The transcripts contain startling accounts of the Trump family and their attorneys shaping Cohen’s lies. Cohen said that Sekulow reviewed the statement that Cohen intended to submit to Congress in 2017, and told Cohen to say the negotiations for the Moscow tower ended earlier than they truly did. Sekulow reportedly instructed Cohen to change the date to January 2016, long before Trump became the Republican frontrunner — despite text messages and emails showing that the deal extended at least into that summer. Cohen also said that the president reviewed his statement before he submitted it to Congress.

“Mr. Sekulow said that he spoke to the client and that, you know, the client likes it and that it’s good,” Cohen testified.

He also alleged that someone from the Trump Organization withheld a critical email from Congress showing Cohen spoke with the assistant to Dmitry Peskov, a spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Judge orders public release of Michael Cohen warrants

Cohen was formerly President Donald Trump's personal attorney, the executive vice president of the Trump Organization and the national deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee. He began serving a three-year prison sentence this month for financial crimes, campaign finance violations and lying to Congress.
Cohen, once a Trump loyalist, implicated the President in a hush money scheme when he pleaded guilty in federal court last year. He admitted that "in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office," he had kept information that would have harmed Trump from becoming public during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Cohen made or helped orchestrate payments that were designed to silence women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump years before his 2016 bid.
In April 2018, the FBI raided Cohen's New York office, hotel room and residence and seized information that included documents related to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, who claims she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006. Trump denies having such an encounter with Daniels.

New York lawmakers pass bill aimed at weakening Trump's pardon power

New York state lawmakers passed a measure Tuesday that would allow prosecutors to pursue state charges against certain individuals even if they have received a presidential pardon, a move seen as a direct shot at President Donald Trump.

New York's state Assembly passed the measure — which creates a narrow exception in the state's double-jeopardy law — by a 90-52 vote. New York law currently prohibits the state from prosecuting a person who has already been tried for the same crime by the federal government. The bill would make it easier for prosecutors in certain circumstances to pursue a case against someone who has received a presidential pardon for the federal conviction.

The exception would allow state prosecutors to open or advance investigations into any pardoned individual who served in a president's administration, worked directly or indirectly to advance their campaign or transition, or worked at a non-profit or business controlled by the president and whose alleged criminal activity took place in New York state. The exception also allows for investigations to be opened or continued into anyone who was pardoned for the president's benefit.

Ben Carson has no idea what REO is, asks if it's "OREO"

New Proposal Would Let Companies Further Screw You Over With Terms of Service 

A collection of unelected lawyers [from the American Law Institute] this week is quietly pushing a new proposal that could dramatically erode your legal rights, leaving you at the mercy of giant corporations eager to protect themselves from accountability. Occasionally, this coalition (including all the members of the Supreme Court) meets to create "restatements," effectively an abridged synopsis or reference guide for the latest established precedents and legal trends. While restatements themselves aren't legally binding, they're very influential and often help shape judicial opinions. Seven years ago, the ALI began pondering a new restatement governing consumer contracts -- and your legal rights as a consumer. Today, the ALI meets to vote on the approval of this latest restatement. But a long line of legal experts have been blasting the group's updated language governing consumer contracts. 

Specifically, they noted that the updated draft language proclaims that consumers would not need to read a contract to be bound by its terms. The draft states as long as consumers received "reasonable notice" and had "reasonable opportunity to review" it, the contract would be legally binding. Under this model, consumers wouldn't need to even understand the contract to be bound by it, a problem given data suggests such agreements are often incomprehensible to the average user. The language was problematic enough to result in a letter this week by 23 state attorneys general, criticizing the ALI's proposal as a major threat to consumer rights.
"To call boilerplate language that consumers never read (or if they did read, could not understand) a 'contract' simply has the effect of locking consumers in to terms that are likely to be stacked against them," John Bergmayer, Senior Counsel at consumer group Public Knowledge, said in an email. 

GOP Senator Says Trump’s Trade War Has Farmers On ‘Verge Of Financial Collapse’

On Wednesday, Purdue announced that an estimated $20 billion in trade assistance would be given to farmers to help ease their strain, similar to last year’s $12 billion in relief. But Moran argued that isn’t a sustainable solution, noting that producers have been told not to expect further payouts.

“This inherent unpredictability of ad hoc disaster assistance underlies the strong preference of farmers and ranchers for markets to sell their livestock and crops instead of government payments,” he said.

Ooops. Trump doesn't want to make e-verify the law, probably because he hires undocumented workers for his own business.  


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