Are the use of nooses as symbols of intimidation rising in the workplace? Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) data says that reports of racism and discrimination are on the rise. Their data does not speak to nooses, particularly. Still, it is disturbing to peruse newspaper reports to learn that at purportedly “woke” workplaces and supposedly liberal campuses, racists or fools (or both) are using nooses as symbols of racist intimidation, just as they were a century ago.
Some of the places that have had recent noose incidents include Stanford University, the University of Alabama, the University of Illinois and Duke University. In September, two climate change activists appeared at the supposedly progressive University of Wisconsin wearing nooses. The protesters say they were modeling their behavior after seeing them used in a European climate change protest. Nonsense. If these protesters grew up in the United States, they ought to have known what nooses mean. Chancellor Rebecca Blank responded appropriately, “Nooses are an offensive symbol, with deep impacts to our students, faculty, staff and community. Their use to amplify any issue is misguided, hurtful and contrary to UW-Madison’s values of civility, respect and inclusion.”
Bananas were found hanging from strings in the form of nooses at American University after Taylor Dumpson was installed as the first African American president of the student government. The bananas were marked with the letters AKA, which happens to be Dumpson’s sorority. While the perpetrators were never identified, some people decided to take the hate to another level, identifying Dumpson in the racist rag, The Daily Stormer. Andrew Anglin, the publisher of The Daily Stormer, encouraged his readers to “troll storm” Dumpson and she got so many racist emails, messages and threats that she feared for her life. Her grades fell and she ended up dropping a minor. Of course, the University made all the usual noise about rejecting racism. They couldn’t find the perpetrators of the noose incident.
Taylor Dumpson got her victory this year, though. In August 2019, a judge awarded her more than $700,000 for punitive damages, compensatory damages and attorney fees. Most folks who are the receiving end of noose intimidation don’t experience such a victory. Employees at UPS, who filed a lawsuit earlier this year, have yet to receive satisfaction. Nooses show up on construction sites (San Francisco), shipyards, offices and in public places like courthouses and municipal buildings. And the nooses are used not just to intimidate individuals, but also to remind communities that racism continues to thrive.
Part of the reason it seems to thrive is because the leadership of our nation has openly embraced racism. While he has not yet used nooses, he doesn’t mind his supporters showing up at his rallies brandishing the symbols of the confederacy. Indeed, he embraced the neo-Nazi hoodlums whose actions in Charlottesville, Virginia, cause the death of Heather Heyer. And the man who has a long history of wallowing in racist mud recently opined that he feels “lynched” by the Congressional inquiry to his outrageous behavior, which includes pressuring the Ukrainian president to investigate his political opponent, repeatedly violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution and withdrawing troops from Syria, leaving our Kurd allies unprotected.
When 45 uses the term “lynching,” he is attempting to minimize the terrorist roots of lynching in the United States. More than 4000 people died from lynching in this country and their lynchings didn’t happen at the hands of a congressional committee, but at the end of ropes. Many were burned alive. After they died, their bodies were first used for sport (some bodies were found with hundreds of bullets in them). Then, their remains were used as keepsakes when racist observers of lynching fought for souvenirs — a finger, a tooth, or whatever they could keep as a gruesome reminder of their white supremacy.
Nooses have no place in a civilized society, nor does the casual mention of lynching. While Mr. Trump did not create the racism manifest in nooses and lynching, he has undoubtedly unleashed its expression. I would say that 45 should be ashamed, but his outrageous acts and his insensitive rhetoric suggest that he actually has no shame.
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Fall marks the beginning of flu season in Washington, D.C., a highly contagious time of year that can be fueled by kids’ school activities, Thanksgiving feasts, crowded shopping malls, holiday family gatherings and New Year celebrations — all hotbeds for the spreading of germs. That’s not to say anyone should avoid these wonderful activities, but knowing the basics about this infectious disease and how it is spread can be key to protecting yourself and your family.
Because the flu is all around us, everyday prevention is important. Try to get into the habit of washing your hands regularly and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. You should especially be careful when coming into unavoidable contact with sick people, and if you do get the flu, early treatment can make a positive difference.
The flu spreads easily and quickly, but here are some answers to common flu questions that can empower you to stay healthy:
How is the flu spread? People with the flu can spread it to others up to about six feet away. The virus is spread mainly by droplets made when people cough, sneeze or talk.
Why should I get a flu shot? The flu vaccine is the best way to prevent getting the flu. It helps prevent flu related complications that can turn deadly and it helps protect vulnerable people around you whose life may be at risk if they catch the flu, including babies who are too young to get the vaccine, young children, older adults and people with chronic health conditions like diabetes, COPD and heart disease. In fact, the CDC recommends getting vaccinated even if you’ve already had the flu, because it’s possible you’ll catch and spread a different form of the virus later in the season.
When should I get the flu shot? The best time to get the flu shot is early in the season, such as before the end of October. The flu shot is available now. If you don’t have a regular doctor or nurse, you can typically get a flu vaccine at a health department, pharmacy, urgent care clinic or at your school/work.
Should everyone get the flu shot? According to the CDC, if you are over six months, it is recommended you get the annual flu vaccine, with rare exceptions. If you have life-threatening allergies to the vaccine or any ingredients in it, you cannot get the flu vaccine. If you are not feeling well, please consult a physician before getting the vaccine.
Once I get the flu shot, am I immediately safe? You are still vulnerable to catching the flu immediately after getting the flu vaccine, so it is important to exercise precaution. It takes about two weeks after the vaccination for antibodies that protect against the flu to develop in the body, so it is important to get vaccinated early to give your body time to build immunity. Children who need two doses of vaccine to be protected should start the vaccination process sooner because the two doses must be given at least four weeks apart.
Is it just a cold or do I have the flu? The flu is typically more severe and comes on faster than a cold. People who get the flu suffer from symptoms including fever, chills, cough, sore throat, congestion, muscle aches, headaches and fatigue. A cold is a milder respiratory illness than the flu. While cold symptoms can make you feel bad for a few days, flu symptoms can make you feel miserable for a multiple days and weeks.
What do I do if I catch the flu? Stay at home, rest, limit contact with people, cover your mouth when you cough and wash your hands often. You may want to consider wearing a mask around anyone you live with while you are sick. Your fever should be gone for at least 24 hours, before easing back into your routine. You should be able to keep your fever under control with an over-the-counter fever reducer. For children who are too young for cold medications, consider using a nasal bulb, saline spray or even taking them into a bathroom with a steamy shower to clear mucus.
When are people with the flu contagious? Most adults are contagious 24-48 hours before symptoms start and up to five to seven days after becoming sick. Children may pass the virus for longer than seven days.
When should I go to the doctor? If you are in a high-risk group for flu complications or are experiencing severe symptoms, you should visit your physician immediately. People with high risk from the flu include older adults (65 and up), children, pregnant women and people with serious health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease. Emergency warning signs include difficulty breathing, pain in the chest, sudden dizziness, vomiting, excessive fever and confusion.
Are there medicines for the flu? Flu antiviral drugs can be prescribed by doctors, who usually recommend them if you are showing severe symptoms or have a high risk of complications. These drugs can lessen symptoms and shorten the time you’re sick by one or two days.
Lewis is the medical director at Amerigroup D.C.
Halloween back in the 1960s rivaled the popularity of Christmas Day among children like me who lived in my tree-lined neighborhood located on Detroit’s Westside. Our costumes were far from the elaborate kinds that have become commonplace in the 21st century but for me, being a ghost, a vampire or Frankenstein was just fine. What mattered most was a constant flow of candy showered on us as we shouted, “trick or treat.”
After making our rounds, the children in my community would gather at a specially-chosen porch to review our collected goodies and make a few, hotly-debated trades. Then, with adult supervision, we’d make our way to the street where we’d jump into a huge pile of leaves — already raked and stacked high. Eventually, someone’s parent would light a match so we could watch the leaves burn — a pungent smell overtaking the air and tickling our noses as the embers drifted up, up and away.
Then, almost without warning, something changed — or perhaps more accurately, people changed.
In the aftermath of the assassinations of Kennedy and King, the murders of Malcolm, Medgar and presidential hopeful Bobby Kennedy and the demise of flower children and love fests, adults seemed to become more angry, hateful and more inclined to hurt those around them — even children like me.
It was no longer safe to go trick-or-treating — not with people lacing candy with poison and putting razor blades and stick pins in shiny, red apples. Children were harassed or even kidnapped while walking formerly-safe avenues that had once been the traditional pathways traveled by little boys and girls during their annual candy collecting excursions.
And so, Halloween became a memory from my childhood — an experience that I could only describe for the generations of children who would come after me.
Years later, as I entered the decades of my 30s, 40s and then my 50s, I realized that the beloved holiday of my youth had become a celebration that adults, not children, looked forward to and for which they — that is, we — prepared with great fanfare. Candy had given way to alcoholic beverages and brownies replete with samplings of “Mary Jane.” Simple, homemade costumes had been replaced by far more elaborate and expensive trappings.
Meanwhile, children, for whom Halloween had traditionally been such an annual day of excitement, anticipation and loads of fun, have been eliminated from the equation, becoming an afterthought in the majority of America’s cities and suburbs — both large or small.
Looking back over the years of my youth, I can’t help but remember how often I longed to be bigger than I was, older than I was — thus, free to engage in the many mysterious activities that were forbidden fruit for desirous children like me. But now, with more wisdom and experience — provided with the elusive bite of the “apple” on more than one occasion — I sometimes wish I could have those days back to relive just one more time.
As for annual holidays like Halloween, it appears that in our exuberance to shed the ways of our parents and grandparents, we have ushered in a new age, changing the parameters that defined such yearly festivities — and not for the better.
We have “advanced” as a nation to a point where our children can no longer safely frolic freely along the streets of their neighborhoods in their quest for chocolate bars or sweet-and-sour melon balls.
Sorry kids. Halloween now belongs to adults — some eager to become children again.
But for many adults, Halloween has been snatched away from children’s possession because in their hatred of “the other” and their determination to secure selfish whims, they refuse to allow our youth to relish in and enjoy their few years of innocence.
Donald Trump’s use of the term “lynching” to describe the ongoing impeachment inquiry in the House naturally sparked bipartisan outrage.
The president and his shameless apologist, South Carolina’s Sen. Lindsey Graham, defended the use of the word, with Graham calling the investigation a “lynching in every sense.”
Surely Graham, who comes from a state that, the Equal Justice Initiative reports, lynched 187 Black people between 1877 and 1950, should know better. He was a member of the Senate when it voted unanimously in December to make lynching a federal crime, calling it “the ultimate expression of racism in the U.S.” and classifying it as a hate crime.
Trump’s casual use of the word is an indication of the sad reality that America has largely failed to address the role of racial terror and violence in our history, and its legacy in distorting our criminal justice system. The myths of Black criminality that were used to justify racial terror have never been adequately confronted and are reflected in the unprecedented — and still racially skewed — mass incarceration in America.
To this day, no Congress has passed, and no president has signed into law, a bill to outlaw lynching as a federal hate crime.
Trump defended himself, saying that lynching is a “word that many Democrats have used.” That’s true, but that only reinforces the need to confront the truth of the past. Lynching — and racial terror — was used purposefully after the Civil War in the former states of the Confederacy to reimpose racial subordination and segregation.
In its compelling report, “Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror,” the Equal Justice Initiative compiled records of 4,075 “racial terror lynchings” of African Americans in 12 states of the South from the post-Civil War Reconstruction era to World War II. The report shows that “terror lynchings in the American South were not isolated hate crimes committed by rogue vigilantes. Lynching was targeted racial violence at the core of a systematic campaign of terror perpetrated in furtherance of an unjust social order.”
Whatever complaints Republicans may have about an impeachment hearing convened in Congress under its constitutional authority, it surely is not a lynching.
Lynching in the South was not done by fringes of the society taking the law in their own hands. It was often organized by the community’s most prominent people and condoned by officials. Lynchings were often gruesome public spectacles, with victims tortured and murdered in front of picnicking spectators. Their intent was not simply to terrorize Blacks, but to reinforce among whites the myth that Blacks were sub-human.
They were not about controlling crime, but about racial control. Their perpetrators were celebrated, not prosecuted. The Equal Justice Initiative reports that only 1 percent of those committing lynchings were convicted of a criminal offense after 1900. Racial terror in the South succeeded in reestablishing white rule and Black subordination after the Civil War. With whites in control of the criminal justice system, lynching became less prevalent, with mass incarceration and capital punishment taking its place.
Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative has led the effort to create a process for remembering and confronting this shameful past and understanding its legacies in our present. He notes that communities across the South have memorials to the leaders of the Confederacy and of the Klan, but have failed to memorialize the innocent victims of racial terror. The contrast with countries like Germany and even South Africa that have sought to learn from the horrors of their history is dramatic.
For 100 years, the NAACP campaigned to make lynching a federal crime, initially in the hope that federal intervention would bring the perpetrators to justice, and finally as an expression of truth-telling. The efforts were always blocked by filibusters organized by Southern senators. In 2005, the Senate passed a resolution apologizing to the victims of lynching for their failure to pass anti-lynching legislation. In 2018, the Senate finally unanimously passed anti-lynching legislation for the first time.
In June of this year, the House Judiciary Committee put forth HR 35, the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act, for a vote before the House.
Trump’s egregious comment provides the occasion for truth-telling. The House and the Senate should finally act together to put the anti-lynching bill on the president’s desk for his signature, and join in a national teach-in, perhaps a joint session of the Congress, to educate Americans about the reality of lynching and the lies it spread that still need to be dispelled.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) demanded the media reveal the identity of the whistleblower whose complaint prompted the ongoing impeachment inquiry while onstage with President Donald Trump on Monday evening.
Trump was in Lexington, Kentucky, to hold a rally ahead of Tuesday’s gubernatorial election, in which Republican Gov. Matt Bevin is seeking a second term. But the president also used the event to launch yet another defense of his behavior and attack the Democratic leaders spearheading the House probe into his call with the leader of Ukraine earlier this year.
When the president brought Paul on stage, the senator peddled unfounded claims about former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Paul also took aim at the whistleblower, who remains anonymous, echoing Republican calls for the intelligence worker’s identity to be revealed.
“We also now know the name of the whistleblower. The whistleblower needs to come forward as a material witness because he worked for Joe Biden at the same time Hunter Biden was getting money from corrupt oligarchs,” Paul said. “I say tonight to the media, do your job and print his name.”
The whistleblower’s complaint focused on Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. During the discussion, Trump demanded that Zelensky investigate the Bidens in exchange for political favors and military aid. Many current and former administration officials have since corroborated that account, and the White House released a summary of the call showing as much.
Neither Biden has been accused of any formal wrongdoing.
Trump, who has demanded he be able to face the whistleblower and denied the existence of a quid pro quo, seemed slightly taken aback — but pleased — by Paul’s ferocity on Monday.
“Wow, that was excellent,” the president said. “Thank you.”
The Whistleblower gave false information & dealt with corrupt politician Schiff. He must be brought forward to testify. Written answers not acceptable! Where is the 2nd Whistleblower? He disappeared after I released the transcript. Does he even exist? Where is the informant? Con!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2019
Paul doubled down on his comments in a tweet shortly after the rally, saying he called “on Congress to have the courage to immediately subpoena both Hunter Biden and the whistleblower!”
I call on Congress to have the courage to immediately subpoena both Hunter Biden and the whistleblower!
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) November 5, 2019
Several GOP Senators have been amping up their efforts to reveal the whistleblower’s identity, despite efforts by the person’s attorneys to keep it secret. Various conservative media outlets have been sharing an unverified name they believe is the whistleblower, but there has been no outside confirmation.
The whistleblower’s lawyers have said their client would be willing to answer Republicans’ questions under oath as long as lawmakers didn’t ask for any identifying information.
Trump and Paul were also joined by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Both Kentucky senators have closed ranks around the president even amidst the ongoing inquiry and a barrage of damaging testimony from current and former administration officials.
The House voted to formalize the impeachment inquiry last Thursday amid Republican calls that the probe was being conducted in secret.
The U.S. has several major whistleblower laws on the books meant to protect such people from retaliation, and the intelligence community inspector general and director of national security are prohibited from revealing whistleblowers’ names. But those provisions generally do not prohibit Trump or his allies from seeking out — or disclosing — the whistleblower’s identity.
Some Republicans have expressed support for the whistleblower in the midst of the ongoing probe. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who helped author whistleblower protection laws, said Monday it was “strictly” up to the person whether or not they reveal their identity.
“All I want to do is make sure the law is followed. A person like me that has advocated for whistleblowers for a long period of time, including this whistleblower, I want maximum protection for whistleblowers,” Grassley said. “The law protects the whistleblower.”
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Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano says President Donald Trump could receive some news from the Supreme Court just before the holidays ― and it might not be a “merry Christmas.”
Trump plans to appeal a ruling this week that ordered his accounting firm to comply with a grand jury subpoena to give his tax returns to prosecutors in New York. Napolitano said that appeal would go first to Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in an attempt to stay the decision, then possibly to the full Supreme Court.
“If the Supreme Court were to hear this, I think they would hear it on an emergency basis, meaning before Christmas,” he said. “They know how important this is.”
Napolitano also laid out the arguments in the ruling that might not fill Trump with holiday cheer. First, the appeals court ruled against Trump’s argument that he was immune from criminal prosecution because the case wasn’t a criminal prosecution. It’s an investigation into payments by the Trump Organization to adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, both of whom said they had affairs with the president and were paid to keep quiet.
“No one is immune from the government investigating their behavior,” Napolitano said in a clip posted online by Raw Story.
The court also ruled that the subpoena doesn’t place any burden on Trump as president because it’s not aimed at him. It’s directed at his accounting firm. The federal appeals court, Napolitano said, ruled that the subpoena “doesn’t require him to do anything that might be disruptive of his job as president.”
See his full explanation ― and his prediction of the timeline ― below:
In a separate appearance on the network, Napolitano said that if New York prosecutors obtained Trump’s tax returns and found evidence of a crime, the courts would be in uncharted legal waters.
He told Neil Cavuto:
“If District Attorney (Cy) Vance persuades a grand jury that Donald Trump ― the private citizen before he was president ― committed a crime and he should be indicted, then we’re in virgin territory ― that has never been resolved by any court whatsoever.”
Donald Trump on Monday faced a barrage of criticism after he promoted his son Donald Trump Jr.’s new book on Twitter.
The president hailed “Triggered: How The Left Thrives On Hate And Wants To Silence Us” as “great.” “I highly recommend for ALL to read,” he wrote.
My son, @DonaldJTrumpJr is coming out with a new book, “Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us” – available tomorrow, November 5th! A great new book that I highly recommend for ALL to read. Go order it today!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2019
A review in Britain’s Guardian newspaper, however, has described the book ― published by Center Street Books ― as “one-eyed, loose with the facts and a crude attack on the left. In short, it’s like his dad – and it might work.”
Many critics speculated as to whether Trump had actually read the book he was hyping to his 66.5 million followers (he famously eschews reading) and suggested he was helping his family profit from his presidency.
Pity, the publisher didn’t go with its working title. “grifted,” b/c buying this book is like purchasing snake oil to cure what ails you. https://t.co/oMBXmW3PHl
— Voyage Around My Dad, Harry Leslie Smith (@Harryslaststand) November 4, 2019
I bet this is a good read.
*looks to camera* https://t.co/Np0euX71oS
— Dan Rebellato (@DanRebellato) November 4, 2019
Grifter in Chief https://t.co/2FUgXcEScx
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) November 4, 2019
Good luck coloring within the lines. https://t.co/cb1Hu0nd4F
— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) November 5, 2019
5 CFR § 2635.702 – Use of public office for private gain.
Or does that only apply to non politicians? That’s the problem with you all. Government employees are held to higher standards than you politicians who have zero accountability and are at the bottom of the barrel.
— Steven Baumann 🇺🇸🇨🇦🇬🇱 (@StevenDJBaumann) November 5, 2019
Trump treats ethic and conduct violations like eating Lay’s chips. Can’t violate just one.
— Alicia M. 🌊❄ (@ShopgirlAlic) November 5, 2019
What was your favorite part? Please be specific. https://t.co/MNKPLIZUcP
— Freddie Campion (@FreddieCampion) November 4, 2019
How’s that for using the office of the presidency as a ad for the family business, just wait and we can see press conferences when he tell world leaders to stay at his hotel… oh wait he tried that… perhaps he’ll tell us all about his steaks or dc hotel…
— Erv Portman (@ervportman4wake) November 5, 2019
IT’S A PICTURE BOOK……. pic.twitter.com/LhXLxnb64a
— Angelina Woodward (@WoodwardWoodw11) November 4, 2019
Guy who doesn’t read endorses book by guy who doesn’t write.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) November 5, 2019
Donald Trump’s priorities:
1. Helping his family profit off the Presidency.
3. Golf. https://t.co/MNYnYlPnF8
— Steve Bullock (@GovernorBullock) November 4, 2019
Do hope that is not being sold on Amazon, Donald, that company that “does great damage to tax paying retailers.” oh wait….. Your son is helping to…. https://t.co/BGl0nchC7M
— Chris Doyle (@Doylech) November 4, 2019
Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover. https://t.co/L1jImh2y1M
— rjbrennan (@rjbrennan) November 4, 2019
You obviously have no clue what ethics means, sir.
Hey, @OfficeGovEthics, what are you guys doing these days? pic.twitter.com/WsYHkwe1LS
— Hispanic Citizen (@US_Latino) November 4, 2019
Nah… this tweet isn’t crossing any lines… #Trump
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) November 4, 2019
Office of Government Ethics-
2635.702 Use of public office for private gain.
“An employee shall not use his public office for his own private gain, for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the private gain of relatives.”
— NightShade 🖲 (@NightShade31415) November 5, 2019
I didn’t know your amoebic spawn could write fiction. Spoiler: He can’t and didn’t write this. Also, isn’t this a violation of the emoluments clause? #ImpeachandRemoveTrumpNow #LockThemUp #TrumpCrimeSyndicate #TrumpCrimeFamily
— Lesley Abravanel🆘 (@lesleyabravanel) November 4, 2019
You forgot to say “I hereby order,” Dear Leader https://t.co/ZARPJEOY2i
— Brooks Sherman (@byobrooks) November 4, 2019
Says the guy who is triggered by pretty much everything … like 30 times a day https://t.co/pDzSkyHwlr
— Clemens Wergin (@clemenswergin) November 4, 2019
Anyone got the odds that Trump Sr actually reads this thing? https://t.co/6OKgq6kD3P
— Pep Rosenfeld (@peprosenfeld) November 4, 2019
‘Nepotism: How the Trumps thrive on hate and profit off division.’ https://t.co/diyUMA9QN1
— Khaled Diab (@DiabolicalIdea) November 4, 2019
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lev Parnas, an indicted Ukrainian-American businessman who has ties to President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is now prepared to comply with requests for records and testimony from congressional impeachment investigators, his lawyer told Reuters on Monday.
Parnas, who helped Giuliani look for dirt on Trump’s political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, is a key figure in the impeachment inquiry that is examining whether Trump abused his office for personal political gain.
His apparent decision to now work with the congressional committees represents a change of heart. Parnas rebuffed a request from three House of Representatives committees last month to provide documents and testimony.
“We will honor and not avoid the committee’s requests to the extent they are legally proper, while scrupulously protecting Mr Parnas’ privileges including that of the Fifth Amendment,” said the lawyer, Joseph Bondy, referring to his client’s constitutional right to avoid self-incrimination.
His previous lawyer, John Dowd, wrote to the committees in early October complaining that their requests for documents were “overly broad and unduly burdensome.”
Parnas pleaded not guilty in Manhattan federal court last month to being part of a scheme that used a shell company to donate money to a pro-Trump election committee and illegally raise money for a former congressman as part of an effort to have the president remove the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.
The indictment does not address the issues involved in the impeachment inquiry.
Parnas would be a crucial witness if he were to cooperate. He has said he played a key role in connecting Giuliani to Ukrainian officials during Giuliani’s investigation into Biden and his son Hunter.
Trump’s request to Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in a July 25 phone call to investigate the Bidens was at the heart of a whistleblower complaint by an intelligence officer that sparked the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry on Sept. 24.
(Reporting By Aram Roston, editing by Ross Colvin and Howard Goller)
Anthony Scaramucci warned President Donald Trump that his Republican allies in the Senate may not be on his side for much longer.
Scaramucci, who was fired after just 10 days as White House communications director in 2017, said on CNN that it comes down to numbers. Specifically, poll numbers.
Scaramucci predicted that Senate Republicans would abandon Trump when support for impeachment and removal passed 60 percent.
“Assuming that [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell has one more term left as a ‘senator,’ I don’t think he’s going to want to be in the minority,” Scaramucci said. “I think he will jettison President Trump the minute those differentials start to happen. And they are moving, they’ve moved 6 points in the last month.”
That number will only rise as the impeachment process moves into public hearings.
“And I think the bad news is yet to come for the president,” Scaramucci said. ”We’re just getting started.”
That’ll lead to another swing in the numbers.
’When this thing gets into the low 60s,” he said, whistling for emphasis, “these guys are gone.”
Scaramucci remained a Trump defender for nearly a year after being ousted from the White House. But over the summer, he turned on his old boss and vowed to work against Trump’s reelection.
See his full CNN interview below:
During the past 20 years, I have attended numerous annual conferences hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).
CBCF’s 49th Annual Legislative Conference was held, as always, in D.C. from Sept. 11-15, while ASALH’s 104th conference was held this year in Charleston, S.C. from Oct. 2-6. During two days, CBCF presented over 100 workshops, panels and sessions; ASALH, in its three days featured over 200 of the same. The panels, workshops and sessions provided an opportunity for registrants to attend and participate in the discussion and analyzing of a significant number of education, economic, political issues in small settings.
There was also opportunity for registrants to attend two town hall sessions at CBCF’s conferences and two plenary sessions at the ASALH event. The CBCF town hall sessions were “400 Years: Our Legacy, Our Possibilities” and “The Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys.” ASALH’s plenary sessions were “Moving, Marking and Making the Beat: A Century of African American Migration” and “400 Years of Perseverance: Stolen From Africa But Making Black Lives Matter.”
Which brings me to what I consider the continuous and major flaws of all their conferences that I have attended through the years. Both present way too many panels, workshops and sessions and a glaringly insufficient number of town hall and plenary sessions. Registrants at both conferences are Black folk, with skills and expertise in a wide variety of educational, economic, political and cultural arenas. Throughout the year they probably have opportunities to meet and discuss issues with others in their field. That’s why when they attend the national conferences hosted by CBCF and ASALH, there should be an opportunity to attend numerous town hall and plenary sessions during which issues are analyzed and discussed that go beyond their particular field of study.
For instance, there should be sessions that provide information and guidelines on how Black folks can more effectively use their collective economic resources to promote and protect their interests in this basically white supremacist society. They can also do the same when subjects such as Pan-Africanism as a force that can assist in blocking the continents of Asia, Europe and North America from exploiting Africa’s wealth in minerals; also guidelines on dealing with advances in science and technology, traveling to visit Africa, South America and the Caribbean. Also on confronting health issues that challenge Black communities. There can be a town hall or plenary session to introduce all registrants to Black, historical warriors who may not be known to them, warriors such as Mary Elizabeth Bowser, who for two years spied for the Union Army in the Confederate White House.
More town halls and plenary sessions such as those mentioned and others would make the CBCF and ASALH conferences even more valuable than they are now. It would have been valuable if either or both conferences had included town halls and plenary sessions on our economic, cultural, educational, psychological and political conditions after 400 years.