Apple is lobbying to kill bill that would make it easier for normal people to repair iPhones

That’s why lobbying is evil:
A new “Fair Repair Act” bill could make phones and iPhones in particular much easier to repair for normal people, but interestingly, rather than being met with support from Apple, the bill has seen the company oppose it and now evidence has showed up that Apple is investing money to lobby against the bill. The evidence was uncovered by Motherboard and uses public records from New York State’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics.
Proposed by the Digital Right to Repair Coalition, a group of small independent repair shops, the “Fair Repair Act” would require manufacturers to sell replacement parts and tools to the general consumer, it would prevent using “software locks” that limit repairs, and in some cases would require companies to provide repair guides to the public.
You would think that such an initiative would be welcomed by companies, but records in New York State’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics show that Apple, Verizon, Toyota, Lexmark, Caterpillar, and others have invested in lobbying against the Fair Repair Act this year.
Apple is lobbying against the bill in other states as well, but it is New York State’s more detailed disclosure rules that make the lobbying transparent to the public.

NYT: Trump brags to Russians about firing ‘nut job’ Comey

More definitive proof that Trump was attempting to obstruct justice. Everyday we learn of a new damning revelation about the Trump treason/corruption machine:

President Donald Trump bragged to two top Russian officials last week that firing “nut job” FBI Director James Comey eased “great pressure” on him, The New York Times reported Friday.

“I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Trump said, according to the Times. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

Trump’s Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak came one day after Comey was fired.

White House Lawyers consulting experts on Impeachment Proceedings: Report

They know the time is coming soon:

President Trump’s White House counsel has reportedly started looking to experts for information on impeachment proceedings to prepare for the possibility of Trump being forced out of office.

Sources from the White House told CNN Friday that while they believe Trump being unpeached is unlikely, they have started researching the proceedings amid more calls from Democratic lawmakers to impeach the president.

The continued drop of Trump’s approval numbers will make it more likely he will be impeached:

President Donald Trump’s approval rating has dropped to its lowest point since he was inaugurated in January, a new poll has found.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll published Friday found that just 38% of American adults approve of Trump, while 56% disapprove. The remaining 6% said that they had “mixed feelings” about the president.

The survey was taken between May 14 and May 18, a whirlwind period in which Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey and reports of the president’s disclosure of highly-classified information to Russian officials dominated the news cycle.

Bettors are Almost Certain that Trump will be Impeached

It’s a sure thing. Even Trump is probably betting on himself to be impeached:

As news of tumult in the White House continues to shock the world, users on betting sites are growing near certain that the President Donald Trump is headed back to his glass and gold tower.

Based on the most recent influx of bets placed on U.K.-based Ladbrokes, users seem to see a 60% chance that Trump will not last his first term in office, according to Matthew Shaddick, the head of political betting over at Ladbrokes. That’s up from 25% immediately following the November elections.

U.S. Senators seek Lifetime ban on ex-Congress Members Lobbying

This bill must be passed. Just don’t hold your breath. If they can’t get this voted into law then there is no hope for the two-party system whatsoever. I’m just wondering why it wasn’t proposed by Bernie Sanders.

A bipartisan bill introduced on Thursday would prohibit members of the U.S. Congress from ever working as lobbyists after they leave the Senate or House of Representatives.

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House majority leader to colleagues in 2016: “I think Putin pays” Trump

Of course the principles involved will claim they were joking. It wasn’t a joke. He confirmed what many of us suspect: Trump was bought off by the Russians

A month before Donald Trump clinched the Republican nomination, one of his closest allies in Congress – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy – made a politically explosive assertion in a private conversation on Capitol Hill with his fellow GOP leaders: that Trump could be the beneficiary of payments from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” McCarthy, R-Calif., said, according to a recording of the June 15, 2016, exchange, which was listened to and verified by The Washington Post. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is a Californian Republican known in Congress as a fervent defender of Putin and Russia.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., immediately interjected, stopping the conversation from further exploring McCarthy’s assertion, and swore the Republicans present to secrecy.

Bernie Sanders still hasn’t filed his financial disclosures, raising questions about his wealth

Is Sanders a crook? That might explain why he ate out of Hillary’s hand during last year’s presidential campaign:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has missed the May 15 deadline for disclosing his 2016 finances. Senators in the U.S. are required to file disclosures with the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics on a yearly basis.

…The Center for Public Integrity wrote in a 2016 article that Sanders was evading disclosures by working the system during his presidential campaign.

I wonder if this has anything to do with wife. Who is under investigation:

This story broke just today that there was an investigation of financial improprieties under Jane Sanders at Burlington College by the FBI and the Department of Justice. There is no word so far if the investigation is still ongoing.

President Trump’s impeachment called for on House floor by Rep. Al Green

Let’s get this ball rolling. Who’s next to show some courage?

In a fiery speech on the House floor, Rep. Al Green called for President Trump’s impeachment on Wednesday morning.

“It’s a position of conscience for me,” the Texas Democrat said. “This is about what I believe. And this is where I stand. I will not be moved. The president must be impeached.”

…Green became the first Democrat in Congress to start calling for impeachment earlier this week, prior to news breaking that the president reportedly disclosed classified information to Russian officials – and before President Trump asked James Comey to drop the FBI probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, at least according to memos from the now-fired FBI director.

Trump Campaign Had At Least 18 Undisclosed Contacts With Russians, Sources Say

Someone must have a recording of those calls. Right, CIA/NSA?

Michael Flynn and other advisers to Donald Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race, current and former U.S. officials familiar with the exchanges told Reuters.

The previously undisclosed interactions form part of the record now being reviewed by FBI and congressional investigators probing Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election and contacts between Trump’s campaign and Russia.

Six of the previously undisclosed contacts described to Reuters were phone calls between advisers of Russian diplomat Sergey Kislyak and Trump, including Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser, three current and former officials said.

But something better be done soon or the stock market could keep dropping. And that’s what matters most to the 1 percent:

Big falls on US stock markets have dragged down Asian shares over fears the political controversy surrounding President Trump will blunt his ability to deliver tax and regulatory reform.

Terence Crutcher verdict: Tulsa officer Betty Shelby not guilty

But we knew that would be the result all along:

Betty Shelby, the Tulsa police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man last year, was found not guilty of first-degree manslaughter by a jury late Wednesday.
A jury deliberated for nine hours before announcing its verdict.
Shelby, who is white, was charged last September with felony manslaughter in the shooting of Terence Crutcher, 40.

Police said Crutcher failed to obey commands, and Shelby testified she thought Crutcher was reaching for something in his SUV.
The fatal shooting, captured from several angles on video, was one of a number of police shootings of unarmed black men across the United States in recent years that have heightened concerns about possible police misconduct.

Sharia court sentences gay men to public lashing in Indonesia

A Sharia court in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province sentenced two gay men to a public caning Wednesday.
The men, ages 20 and 23, were arrested in March by vigilantes within their community in Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province.
They were subsequently found guilty of violating Aceh’s strict Islamic laws and were sentenced to 85 lashes, according to Evendi, the head of Sharia law enforcement in Banda Aceh.

Source: Sharia court sentences gay couple to caning – CNN.com

Turkish Dictator’s Bodyguards Beat up Protesters…on American Soil

This is what happens when you invite a murderous thug dictator to the United States. But Trump likes tyrants. He wants to be one. Additionally, this behavior raises questions about how Erdogan’s Turkey can be a part of NATO. Maybe your congressperson can explain why. We know what Trump thinks. Although, he campaigned on platform of doing away with NATO:

U.S. Government to Blame for Latest Cyber-Attack

The U.S. government/Pentagon should be defending us. The opposite is actually happening:

A runaway strain of malware hit Windows computers Friday and spread through the weekend, rendering hundreds of thousands of computers around the world more or less useless. The big twist: The virus was made possible by U.S. government hackers at the National Security Agency. But the finger-pointing won’t stop there, and it probably shouldn’t.

Trump will Step Down Before Impeachment

Donald Trump
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Trump is a coward. So when it becomes clear that impeachment is likely he will turn tail and run. The Donald never expected to be President. And he doesn’t have an ideology to motivate him to fight it out. He will willingly abandon his supporters/voters if it serves his own interest.

This means Republicans in Congress will have to step up and urge the president to leave office. And what will serve as an incentive for the GOP? Vice President Pence. The former conservative Congressman is someone who is acceptable to the GOP. Don’t be surprised if efforts are already under way to show Trump the door. It might even require Pence to urge the President to step down. There is plenty of dirt on Trump that can be used by Republicans to force his hand.

It’s just a matter of finding the right excuse. Trump will make up something. He’s good at that. Or I could suggest something. Why don’t you claim that your family is being threatened. And you fear for their safety.

George Stephanopoulos Opens GMA With Monologue: Comey Memos Are ‘Modern Equivalent of Nixon’s Tapes’

George Stephanopoulos opened up Good Morning America on Wednesday with a blistering monologue recapping everything we’ve seen in the still unfolding saga of James Comey.

For Stephanopoulos, memos kept by Comey documenting his conversations with President Donald Trump were likely a turning point.

The former Clinton White House Communications Director said the memos would come out and might very well prove to be the “modern equivalent of Nixon’s tapes.”

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Jeffrey Toobin On Trump-Comey Chat: ‘Obstruction Of Justice’

Toobin is one of the most well known constitutional scholars:

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin is continuing to make strong statements about President Donald Trump’s meeting with fired FBI director James Comey.

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that the president asked Comey to end the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The bombshell accusation is based on a memo Comey reportedly wrote shortly after the meeting. If true, Toobin says, it presents a very simple legal case against Trump.

“Three words — obstruction of justice,” Toobin said Tuesday to Wolf Blitzer on The Situation Room.

He explained further: “Telling the FBI director to close down an investigation of your senior campaign adviser for his activities during your campaign for president, if that’s true, that is obstruction of justice.”

Bernie Sanders on Trump Impeachment: “I’m not There at This Point”

During a CNN Townhall Bernie Sanders said he was not calling for the impeachment of President Trump. On whether an investigation will lead to grounds for impeachment: “maybe it will, maybe it won’t.”

That was a typical politician answer. At this point the moral and legal case against Donald Trump is overwhelming. Sanders said Trump lies all the time. He also admitted he was disturbed by recent revelations surrounding the releasing of classified information by Trump in meetings with Russian diplomats at the White House. What more evidence do you need, Bernie?

Another independent Senator thinks there is a case to be made for impeachment:

Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) said Tuesday that impeachment of President Donald Trump is a growing possibility, if reports are true that he asked former FBI Director James Comey to end the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
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McCain: Trump scandals reaching ‘Watergate size and scale’

Little by little Republicans in Congress are going to come around to the idea impeachment for Trump. Many of them never liked the fake Republican in the first place. McCain, in particular, wants revenge for what The Donald said about him during the presidential campaign last year:

Arizona Sen. John McCain (R) reportedly said Tuesday that scandals within President Trump’s administration are reaching a “Watergate size and scale.”

Some Republicans just pretend not to know:

I want to begin by asking you about a story that The New York Times has just posted about a memo, a contemporaneous memo that former FBI Director James Comey wrote after a meeting with the president on the day that Michael Flynn resigned as national security adviser.

He quotes the president as asking him to let the investigation into Flynn go: “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go.”

He interprets it, Mr. Comey interprets it as asking for an FBI investigation not to go forward.

Do you have any reaction to this?

SEN. JAMES RISCH, R-Idaho: Haven’t seen it. Don’t know anything about it. Haven’t read it. And before I comment on it, I want a lot more — I would want to know a lot more about it than what I do. But thanks for asking.

Robert Reich: Trump won’t be Impeached until Republicans believe their jobs are in Danger

There is truth to this argument:

The question is no longer whether there are grounds to impeach Donald Trump. It is when enough Republicans will put their loyalty to America ahead of their loyalty to their party.

Trump’s statements last week about his firing of former FBI director James Comey provide ample evidence that Trump engaged in an obstruction of justice – a major charge in impeachment proceedings brought against Richard M. Nixon and Bill Clinton.

Laurence Tribe: Trump must be Impeached


Laurence Tribe is one of the most distinguished constitutional law professors in America:

The time has come for Congress to launch an impeachment investigation of President Trump for obstruction of justice.

…Now the country is faced with a president whose conduct strongly suggests that he poses a danger to our system of government.Ample reasons existed to worry about this president, and to ponder the extraordinary remedy of impeachment, even before he fired FBI Director James B. Comey and shockingly admitted on national television that the action was provoked by the FBI’s intensifying investigation into his campaign’s ties with Russia.

Even without getting to the bottom of what Trump dismissed as “this Russia thing,” impeachable offenses could theoretically have been charged from the outset of this presidency. One important example is Trump’s brazen defiance of the foreign emoluments clause, which is designed to prevent foreign powers from pressuring U.S. officials to stray from undivided loyalty to the United States. Political reality made impeachment and removal on that and other grounds seem premature.

No longer. To wait for the results of the multiple investigations underway is to risk tying our nation’s fate to the whims of an authoritarian leader.

When Protests Are Powerful, the Powerful Punish Protest

It is activism is what and will save America. We must resist or we will end up in chains:

One has to wonder why those in power are so worried about protest. Giant mega-corporations have all the money and influence. Corporate allies and henchmen dominate our legislatures and government offices. It would seem they have all the power. So why punish protest — why not just ignore it?

Because protest works. Even in the face of massive wealth and political influence, protest has the ability to change the conversation, to educate the public, change facts on the ground, and mobilize opposition.

Global cyber attack fuels concern about U.S. vulnerability disclosures

Just like before 9-11, the U.S. government is useless in defending the American people:

A global cyber attack on Friday renewed concerns about whether the U.S. National Security Agency and other countries’ intelligence services too often hoard software vulnerabilities for offensive purposes, rather than quickly alerting technology companies to such flaws.

Hacking tools believed to belong to the NSA that were leaked online last month appear to be the root cause of a major cyber attack unfurling throughout Europe and beyond, security researchers said, stoking fears that the spy agency’s powerful cyber weapons had been stolen and repurposed by hackers with nefarious goals.

Some cyber security experts and privacy advocates said the massive attack reflected a flawed approach by the United States to dedicate more cyber resources to offence rather than defence, a practice they argued makes the internet less secure.

Pope Francis says he will stand up to Donald Trump on immigration and climate change

At least someone is willing to take him on. The Democrats are obviously too weak and corrupt to do it:

Pope Francis has said he will be “sincere” with Donald Trump over their sharp differences on subjects such as immigration and climate change.

The Pontiff, who is due to hold his first meeting with the US President at the Vatican later this month, said he would keep an open mind and not pass judgement on Mr Trump until first listening to his views.

DNC Labor Lawsuit: How Can Democrats #Fightfor15 When They Pay Less than $10?

The DNC fraud lawsuit isn’t the only class action filed against the party. On November 9, 2016, DNC campaign groundgame worker Bethany Katz filed suit in Federal District Court in Philadelphia alleging that the DNC had failed to pay overtime to her and other non-exempt employees.

Labor law attorneys Justin Swidler and Richard Swartz filed the suit on behalf of Katz and 6 other plaintiffs from states ranging from Arizona to Missouri. The DNC and each state party organization is named in the suit which is filed under provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938.

Source: DNC Labor Lawsuit: How Can Democrats #Fightfor15 When They Pay Less than $10?

Trump is Guilty of Obstruction of Justice by Firing then Threatening Comey

Now we have the legal basis by which we can impeach Donald Trump. And he has only himself to blame. It’s all because of his big mouth:

Donald Trump warned ousted FBI Director James Comey on Friday not to talk to the media, a highly unusual move that prompted fresh charges the president is trying to silence the man who led an investigation into possible collusion between Trump’s election campaign and Russia.

On Twitter, Trump appeared to suggest that if Comey gave his version of contacts between them, the administration might produce tapes of conversations, although it was not clear if such tapes exist. The veiled threat added to the storm over Trump’s abrupt firing of Comey on Tuesday.

Critics have assailed Trump for dismissing the FBI chief just as the agency is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, and possible Moscow ties to the Trump presidential campaign.

The New York Times reported the president asked Comey in January to pledge loyalty to him and that Comey refused to do so. Such a request would undermine the standing of the FBI chief as an independent law enforcer and further fuelled charges that Trump has overstepped the norms of his office.

“James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Trump said in a string of Twitter posts on Friday.

Trump’s expected pick for top USDA scientist is not a scientist

The USDA’s research section studies everything from climate change to nutrition. Under the 2008 Farm Bill, its leader is supposed to serve as the agency’s “chief scientist” and be chosen “from among distinguished scientists with specialized or significant experience in agricultural research, education, and economics.”

But Sam Clovis – who, according to sources with knowledge of the appointment and members of the agriculture trade press, is President Trump’s pick to oversee the section — appears to have no such credentials.

Source: BUSTED: Trump’s expected pick for top USDA scientist is not a scientist