Hmm ... what else was going on Tuesday morning?
That's right, Boehner caved just hours before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's highly politicized speech to Congress. The speech provided a massive distraction in the media?something some reporters, to their credit, noted. And Boehner can probably count on at least some of his far-right critics in the House being too exhausted from all their Netanyahu-induced orgasms to be as loud and frenzied in their outrage as might otherwise have been the case.
Once it became clear that the House's anti-immigrant DHS funding bill couldn't get through the Senate, it was inevitable that Boehner was going to cave. The question was when, and the safe money always seemed to be on "at the last possible moment." Instead, he found a way to bury his surrender under a distraction that he created by intentionally violating established protocol to invite Netanyahu to speak to Congress without having consulted the White House.
This news dump-like timing for Boehner's DHS cave may be the smoothest political move he's made in weeks. Congratulations, Mr. Speaker! (But Netanyahu's speech is over and you still have to get this vote through the House.)
The White House is uncertain what precise details may come out but aides spent Monday frantically mobilizing after Israeli officials said that the prime minister planned to disclose sensitive details of an agreement taking shape in talks between six world powers and Iran, which has entered a delicate final stage.
Concern and anger among American officials about the nature of what Netanyahu might expose heightened already roiling tensions between the two countries. Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned about the damage such revelations might have on the negotiations and President Barack Obama himself attacked Netanyahu's judgment.White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the potential release of this sensitive information "would betray the trust between our allies, and it certainly is inconsistent with the behavior of trusted allies." Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry met Monday with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif in Switzerland. Kerry warned that the release of sensitive information by Netanyahu "would make it more difficult to reach the goal that Israel and others say they share in order to get a good deal."
President Obama is not meeting with Netanyahu on this visit, to avoid the appearance that a meeting would be an attempt by the White House to interfere in the upcoming general election in Israel, on March 17.
Previous secretaries of state, including Colin Powell, have similarly used personal email accounts to conduct official business. And other Republicans, including Mitt Romney and many in the Bush-Cheney administration, have used private accounts or actively sought to hide correspondence. Democrats should expect higher standards, of course, but it's not actually clear that Clinton was trying to hide anything. That, however, is the spin the New York Times took from whichever Republican campaign or committee fed it the story:The story, coming on the heels of recent news accounts criticizing the Clinton Foundation?s handling of foreign donations, could present a challenge for Mrs. Clinton?s fledgling campaign, feeding the perception that she is secretive ? an accusation that has dogged her since her time as first lady.
Way to make it clear that feeding that particular perception is what this is all about. Clinton should certainly continue to do everything possible to ensure that her records are properly preserved, and should offer some explanation of how and why this happened, but the proper context for reading reporting on this is "Republicans push story that furthers narrative they've taken a long time building."
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For years, I've been meaning to do a cartoon on the ridiculous phrase that is "right to work." Unfortunately, Scott Walker has given me an opportunity.
"Right to work" is a classic example of linguistic framing by market fundamentalists. Every time we use it, we invoke their agenda. Personally, I'll take the "right to work for more than peanuts through collective bargaining." Let's call "right to work" what it really is: an attack on the right to unionize.
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Boehner told the caucus that he was outraged by the president's actions, but this was the right decision "for this team and the right one for this country."With DHS funding running out on Friday, the timing on this vote appears to be sooner rather than later: A super PAC tied to Boehner had begun running ads pressuring Republicans who were standing in the way of a clean bill, demanding that any bill the House passed absolutely had to attack President Obama's immigration actions. Now, Boehner is directly challenging these members of his caucus, many of whom have already shown themselves willing to go against him. In short, the Republican civil war is ratcheting up another step.
? MD-Sen: On Monday, five-term Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the longest-tenured woman in congressional history, announced that she would not seek another term in 2016. Mikulski's decision surprised plenty of people, and a number of politicians will be assessing their chances here in the coming days and weeks. Safely blue Maryland has not elected a Republican to the Senate since 1980, when Charles Matthias, the man Mikulski succeeded, won a final term, and most of the action is expected to be in the Democratic primary.
We have a visual guide above of the potential Democratic candidates, created by dreaminonempty. Their names are below, along with any information about their intentions:? Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III
? Rep. Elijah Cummings
? Rep. Donna Edwards
? Former Attorney General and 2014 gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler
? Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz
? Former Del. and 2014 gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur
? U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez
? Rep. John SarbanesIf Chis Van Hollen did get in, he'd start out with about twice as much cash-on-hand as Elijah Cummings, his nearest competitor. But while fellow Rep. John Delaney doesn't have much in the bank, he can self-fund.
? Former Maryland First Lady Kendel Ehrlich
? Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman
? Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford
? Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh
? Del. Kathy SzeligaOne GOP name we can ditch is physician Ben Carson, who quickly announced he would focus on a presidential bid instead.
For a complete run-down on all the names on both sides, check out our Daily Kos Great Mentioner piece here. It's anyone's guess who will be Maryland's next senator, and we're going to be watching all the developments closely here at Daily Kos Elections as things unfold.
Indonesian police have opened fire on peaceful protesters in Jayapura, with at least four gunshot wounds and one death. West Papuan activists and families have been forced to flee to the jungle for safety. Indonesian security forces are conducting scores of raids, sweeps and offensives against West Papuan civilians. The attacks are happening during the visit of National Police Chief General Sutarman with over 200 people arrested across West Papua. Journalists have also been attacked by Indonesian police according to Amnesty International...Read more at San Fransisco Bay Area Indymedia. The Indonesian Police chief says any plans to free Papua from Indonesia won't be tolerated, including Flag raising ceremonies on the West Papuan national Day, December 1st.
Calls for Independence by West Papuans have been made since the sham "Act of Free Choice in 1969". They have suffered a neglected genocide at the hands of the Indonesian military (2004) with continued Repression (2007). Thousands of Papuans took to the streets in 2010 and in 2011 rejecting special autonomy, demanding a referendum on independence. Indonesia plans to build 1,500 km of new roads in the next two years to accelerate ?development', increase military presence, and open up more illegal logging. Three Papuans highlighted the human rights abuses at the APEC meeting in Bali this year by scaling the Australian Consulate?s fence in the dead of night and hand-delivering a personal plea to open the Indonesian province to world scrutiny.
A new academic law and human rights report A slow-motion genocide: Indonesian rule in West Papua (PDF), details the extent of the genocide and abuse of human rights. (Review by Greenleft) Activists have called for Australia to End pragmatic complicity in West Papua in response to comments by new conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Imprisoned Papuan leader Selpius Bobii also responded saying, "We Live In Terror, Mr Abbott".
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Civil society organisations abandoned the COP19 climate change negotiations in Warsaw on mass. Members from Greenpeace, Oxfam, WWF, Actionaid, Friends of the Earth, the International Trade Union Confederation (statement) and 350.org all started leaving the conference at 2pm. This is an unprecedented action, the first time several major civil society groups have staged a mass walkout.
Friends of the Earth International highlighted that the Warsaw Climate Change negotiations were failing, with Tension high in Warsaw talks as G77+China walk out. The role of Australia and reduced ambition of Japan have been widely mentioned. Australia and Canada are seen as the major wreckers, but there has been substantial intransigence from much of the developed world to progressing the negotiations forward on finance, ambition, and a loss and damage mechanism. Poland's Coal Summit has shown the fossil fuel corporatism entwined in this COP with widespread dismay at the coal powered negotiations of COP19 and at UNFCCC official Christiania Figueres who gave the keynote speech at the coal summit
Related: Democracy Now: "Nature Does Not Negotiate": Environmentalists Walk Out of U.N. Climate Summit in Warsaw | "Polluters Talk, We Walk": Civil Society Groups Abandon Warsaw Talks over Inaction on Global Warming | "We Have to Consume Less": Scientists Call For Radical Economic Overhaul to Avert Climate CrisisAnalysis: The Warsaw walkout and the Climate Movement
The weekend of 16th and 17th November saw tens of thousands of people in Canada and Australia out in the streets in over 260 protests against the climate policies of these countries. Australia and Canada are seen as the major wreckers in Warsaw at COP19.
The Saturday protests in Canada occurred from coast to coast to Repulse Bay, Nunavut on the Arctic circle, more than 10,000 people gathered in over 180 events co-ordinated by Defend our Climate. Many protests focussed on stopping further expansion of the Alberta tar sands and pipelines to move the bitumenous oil south to Texas, east through Ontario and Quebec, and west through British Columbia. On Sunday, more than 60,000 people attended climate protests across Australia, protesting the attempt to repeal carbon pricing and clean energy programs by the conservative Government lead by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, elected on 7 September this year, who denied any link between climate change and bushfires as unusually early and intense bushfires raged around Sydney.
Civil Society NGO and local Polish activists also staged a Climate Justice march in Warsaw in association with the COP19 climate change negotiations taking place. Super Typhoon Haiyan set the initial mood at the negotiations with Philippines negotiator Naderev Saño (Yeb Saño) saying "time to take action. We need an emergency climate pathway". There is widespread dismay at the coal powered negotiations in Warsaw with Japan and Australia being particularly singled out.
Related: Australia Indymedia - Tens of Thousands rally for Climate Action across Australia
Authorities of Tacloban City with a population of 220,000 and capital of Leyte province, gave an early estimate that perhaps 10,000 people died from this one city. Many people were surprised by the huge storm surge tidal waves that inundated much of the city. Many smaller coastal villages were also devastated with most buildings destroyed or suffering severe damage. According to the UN Reliefweb report on 14 November the number of affected people has increased to 11.8 million. The official death count from Typhoon Haiyan is currently 4,460 but with numbers still increasing. There were 921,200 people displaced and 243,600 houses destroyed. A total of 2.5 million people are in need of food assistance.
Related: Climate IMC: Typhoon Haiyan: This is a climate crime | Time for turning tears into anger says Walden Bello | Philippine groups demand action on climate finance, loss and damage in Warsaw climate talks | Ejected from COP19 for expressing solidarity to the Philippines | Youth observers expelled from UN climate change talks for Philippines Solidarity | Indybay: Super typhoon Haiyan is climate wake-up call | They destroy We suffer Statement on Yolanda?s AftermathNon-corporate Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts: Waves for Water | Haiyan NYC Relief Project | Doctors without Borders | Oxfam International
Climate Negotiations are over for another year with little progress in Doha by any one's measure as the scientific statements on climate change and the impacts we are already feeling as evidenced in record Arctic melting, and extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy and Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines, and Cyclone Evan in the South Pacific are growing much stronger.
Some of the latest scientific research shows:Sea Level rising 60% faster than IPCC projectionsMethane and CO2 in thawing Arctic permafrost a climate tipping pointCollapse of Siberia's Coastline is Releasing Huge Amounts of CO2Greenland Ice sheet suffers unprecedented surface meltIndian Monsoon more likely to fail as global warming acceleratesSouthern Ocean warming impact on Antarctic Ice Sheet Stability and sea level rise
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