Sunday Open Thread

I hope that you are enjoying this weekend with family and friends.

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  1. rikyrah says:

    Leashes Come Off Wall Street, Gun Sellers, Polluters and More
    MARCH 5, 2017

    WASHINGTON — Telecommunications giants like Verizon and AT&T will not have to take “reasonable measures” to ensure that their customers’ Social Security numbers, web browsing history and other personal information are not stolen or accidentally released.

    Wall Street banks like Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase will not be punished, at least for now, for not collecting extra money from customers to cover potential losses from certain kinds of high-risk trades that helped unleash the 2008 financial crisis.

    And Social Security Administration data will no longer be used to try to block individuals with disabling mental health issues from buying handguns, nor will hunters be banned from using lead-based bullets, which can accidentally poison wildlife, on 150 million acres of federal lands.

    These are just a few of the more than 90 regulations that federal agencies and the Republican-controlled Congress have delayed, suspended or reversed in the month and a half since President Trump took office, according to a tally by The New York Times.

    • rikyrah says:

      JΞSŦΞR ✪ ΔCŦUAL³³º¹‏ @th3j35t3r

      ^^ UPDATE for those who don’t know the connection. Oronov was Bryan Cohen’s father-in-law. Bryan Cohen is brother of Trumps personal lawyer.

  2. rikyrah says:

    He has Russian business partners with ties to PUTIN.

    Kyle Griffin


    House Intel Chmn Devin Nunes says Cmte will investigate whether gov’t was conducting surveillance activities “if the evidence warrants it”.
    12:19 PM – 5 Mar 2017

  3. rikyrah says:

    ”I’m not Nostradamus here’: Man behind Trump’s wiretap claim says he can’t prove Obama did it

    Source: RawStory

    05 MAR 2017 AT 12:38 ET

    Radio host Mark Levin, who sent President Donald Trump into a rage on Twitter after floating a conspiracy theory about wiretaps ordered by President Barack Obama, admitted on Sunday that he had no concrete proof that the former president was involved.

    On his radio show and in a column for Breitbart, Levin called for an investigation into Obamas so-called silent coup against the new president. Without presenting any proof, Levin alleged that Obama personally ordered wiretaps of Trump associates. The evidence is overwhelming, Levin told Fox News host Pete Hegseth on Sunday. This is about the Obama administrations spying.

    Levijn repeating the list of sources offered in his as proof that Obama allegedly ordered the wiretapping of Trumps team. A careful reading of those reports, however, do not back up Levins conspiracy theory.

    Donald Trump is being attacked for (the accusations) he tweeted, Levin said. Donald Trump is the victim, his campaign is the victim, his transition team is the victim, his surrogates are the victim. These are police state tactics. When pressed for details on President Obamas personal involvement, Levin replied, Im not Nostradamus here.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Kat Capps ❄️‏ @KatCapps

    This is a good question. If DHS employees work from home, does that give government right to inspect their homes and personal devices?

  5. rikyrah says:

    Patience Gone, Koch-Backed Groups Will Pressure G.O.P. on Health Repeal
    MARCH 5, 2017

    WASHINGTON — Saying their patience is at an end, conservative activist groups backed by the billionaire Koch brothers and other powerful interests on the right are mobilizing to pressure Republicans to fulfill their promise to swiftly repeal the Affordable Care Act.

    Their message is blunt and unforgiving, with the goal of reawakening some of the most extensive conservative grass-roots networks in the country. It is a reminder that even as Republicans control both the White House and Congress for the first time in a decade, the party’s activist wing remains restless and will not go along passively for the sake of party unity.

    With angry constituents storming town hall-style meetings across the country and demanding that Congress not repeal the law, these new campaigns are a sign of a growing concern on the right that lawmakers might buckle to the pressure.

    “We’ve been patient this year, but it is past time to act and to act decisively,” said Tim Phillips, the president of Americans for Prosperity, which is coordinating the push with other groups across the Kochs’ political network. “Our network has spent more money, more time and more years fighting Obamacare than anything else. And now with the finish line in sight, we cannot allow some folks to pull up and give up.”

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Excerpt from the article linked in the tweet:

      Maine Sen. Susan Collins also went on “Face the Nation” on Sunday to say she had seen no evidence of Trump’s allegations. The Republican senator also sits on the Senate intelligence committee.

      “It would be more helpful if he turned over to the intelligence committee any evidence that he has. What we need to deal with is evidence, not just statements. At this point, I’ve seen no evidence of what he’s alleged,” Collins said.

  6. I love A Change Is Gonna Come but it makes me so sad tho. It brings tears.

    • Liza says:

      Thank you!

      PBO understood that those lost manufacturing jobs which had been the ticket into the middle class since the post WWII economic expansion were not coming back. The replacement jobs are in building an re-building the nation’s infrastructure. The GOP sacrificed the middle class to obstruct the Obama agenda and marginalize the economic recovery after recession that they are 100 percent responsible for.

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  8. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Good Morning, Rikyrah and Everyone.

      I so deeply wish that A Change Is Gonna Come song would not be still necessary to sing today in 2017, but it is. My heart grieves. I so want things to get better and to witness my fellow Black citizens experience social justice and equality and fairness on a DAILY basis. This is my prayer.

      Thank you, Rikyrah, for posting the videos of the song sung by the four different artists. It hits my heart deeply.

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