Friday Open Thread | National Walkout Day in Pictures

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76 Responses to Friday Open Thread | National Walkout Day in Pictures

  1. Breaking News

    Jeff Sessions fires FMR FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe

  2. rikyrah says:

    Georgia GOP pushes elimination of Sunday voting to suppress black turnout
    The proposal would also shorten voting hours in Atlanta.
    MAR 16, 2018, 1:56 PM

    Georgia Republicans are advancing a bill through the state legislature that would suppress African-American turnout by eliminating Sunday voting and cutting the hours that polls are open in Atlanta.

    The bill, SB 363, would force polls in the majority African American city of Atlanta to close an hour earlier — 7 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. — and would eliminate early voting on the Sunday before Election Day. That Sunday is often a high-turnout day for African American voters because of Souls to the Polls events that encourage people to cast ballots early after attending church.

    The proposal passed the state House Governmental Affairs Committee Wednesday with the majority Republicans voting in favor and all five Democrats, who have said the legislation is designed to suppress voter turnout, in opposition.

    The text of the bill limits voting to just one weekend day before an election, but under current state law, any election with state or federal candidates must allow voting on a Saturday, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

    Georgia Republicans have opposed Sunday voting since at least 2014, when DeKalb County (home to Atlanta) extended early voting to include the Sunday before Election Day. One polling location that year was at a popular local shopping mall.

  3. Ametia says:

    Mueller is peeling back the layers of Trump’s finances
    There’s so much shady stuff in his history it’s hard to grasp it all.

  4. Ametia says:

    Today’s photo gallery is simply STELLAR, SG2.

    Thank you!

  5. rikyrah says:

    #tdih 1960 College students marched to protest segregation in Orangeburg, SC. Police beat & tear-gas them; fire dep’t attacks w/freezing water from high-pressure hoses; 400 protesters & others who offered food & blankets are arrested. Read:

    — Zinn Ed Project (@ZinnEdProject) March 16, 2018

  6. rikyrah says:

    Hey young world! Are you a girl between the ages of 13-17 on a mission to lead, innovate, and serve? Submit your application for the annual BLACK GIRLS LEAD! Summer Leadership Intensive being held in NYC from July 29-August 4, 2018. Visit on 3/19 for info.


  7. rikyrah says:


    Glushkov, the Russian expat found dead in London a few days ago, was murdered by strangulation.

    Investigation is run not by the homicide squad, but by the counter-terrorism unit.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Mueller subpoenas Trump Org, Democrats point to Russian bank deal

    Rep. Eric Swalwell talks with Rachel Maddow about evidence House Intel Democrats say they’ve seen that shows the Trump Organization negotiating a deal with a sanctioned Russian bank during the election season.

  9. rikyrah says:

    New sanctions reveal Russian hacking of US energy infrastructure

    Nicole Perlroth, cybersecurity reporter for The New York Times, talks with Rachel Maddow about new details of Russia’s efforts to hack vital U.S. infrastructure accompanying new sanctions on Russia

  10. rikyrah says:

    Trump skips Russian sanctions law, meekly echoes Mueller instead

    Rachel Maddow reports on new U.S. sanctions on Russia, the first action against Russia by the Trump administration, but instead of implementing the sanctions passed into law by Congress, the Trump administration instead copied Robert Mueller’s list of indicted Russian hackers.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Mueller demands Russia documents from Trump Organization: NYT

    Rachel Maddow relays a report by The New York Times that Robert Mueller has sent a subpoena to the Trump Organization for Russia-related documents over a time that extends to before Donald Trump declared his candidacy.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Carson, Mnuchin give Trump reasons to keep firing cabinet members

    Rachel Maddow looks at how Donald Trump secretaries Ben Carson and Steven Mnuchin are garnering the kind of embarrassing scandal headlines that seem likely to draw the ax-wielding attention of Donald Trump.

  13. rikyrah says:

    BREAKING: House Democrats say a whistle blower has come forward with claims the State Dept. was targeting career employees who aren’t “supportive” of Trump’s agenda

  14. rikyrah says:


    They were the same, remember?
    That’s what they told us…


    How Jeff Sessions Is Sneaking Trump Allies Into Key DOJ Positions That Normally Require Senate Confirmation

    MARCH 14, 201811:02 AM

    From investigating money laundering to enforcing America’s drug laws, U.S. attorneys possess a considerable amount of discretion in how to allocate the Department of Justice’s scarce law enforcement resources. Each of the 93 U.S. attorneys has the ability to make prosecutions of various federal statutes more or less likely and sentencing for any violations more or less draconian.

    Because U.S. attorneys hold so much power, it makes sense that the Senate has the role of confirming or rejecting presidential appointments to the position. Without that check, the U.S. attorney offices could just become another arm of the executive branch.

    That nearly happened during the Bush administration when Attorney General Alberto Gonzales attempted to purge attorneys seen as not sufficiently loyal to the president.

    Like so much today, what ailed the rule of law under Bush is returning in even more virulent fashion under Donald J. Trump. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is abusing a little-used statute in an unprecedented way that is leading to an end run around the Senate’s advice and consent authority with respect to U.S. attorneys. Given what we know about the ongoing investigations into the president and Trump’s authoritarian instincts, this is a frightening and dangerous development.

    In 2007, Congress responded the U.S. attorney scandal by amending the statute governing U.S. attorney appointments to clarify that there were limits on the appointment of interim U.S. attorneys. But under that amended statute (28 U.S.C. Section 546), the attorney general still has nearly unlimited discretion in selecting interim U.S. attorneys to serve for up to 120 days.

    There are other Trump-related entanglements that prosecutors in these districts have been dealing with as well.
    That level of discretion is at odds with the problem of executive branch overreach the statute sought to limit and a series of actions on this front by Sessions require vastly more scrutiny and skepticism than they have received thus far. On March 10, 2017, Sessions summarily fired 46 U.S. attorneys, including most dramatically U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara. Under the Vacancies Act, the career figures who took over those offices could serve for 300 days on that acting basis. Flash forward the start of this year, when on Jan. 3, the Justice Department announced the appointment of 17 interim U.S. attorneys to replace acting officials whose time had run out.

    The 17 interim appointments were nearly exclusively from states with at least one Democratic senator. This is notable because, historically, senators are accorded the ability to block Senate Judiciary Committee votes for U.S. attorney nominees from their home states as part of the “blue slip” process.

    Due to the potential legal exposure of Donald Trump, the Trump Organization, Jared Kushner, and the Kushner family business in the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, and New Jersey, those interim appointments are the most obviously troubling.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Lips pursed

    Donald Trump and John Kelly Reach Truce
    White House chief of staff had made cryptic comments suggesting he may have been the next senior adviser to step down

  16. rikyrah says:

    The new cover of the New Yorker: “Exposed”

    — Axios (@axios) March 16, 2018

  17. rikyrah says:

    SCOOP: US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is creating a new internal oversight division to more closely monitor the adjudicators who process immigration applictions, internal documents show

    — Nick Miroff (@NickMiroff) March 16, 2018

  18. rikyrah says:

    New race ratings changes in 10 districts.

    Subscribers can read the full overview here:

    — CookPoliticalReport (@CookPolitical) March 16, 2018

  19. rikyrah says:

    The Koch Brothers Tried to Spread Fake News in Black Churches. It Did Not Go Well.
    “God didn’t put me on this earth to pimp death for profit.”
    KENYA DOWNSMAR. 16, 2018 6:00 AM

    Rev. Paul Wilson fastens enough buttons on his jacket to stay warm on a chilly fall afternoon but still keep his clergy collar visible. He’s whipping up a crowd of demonstrators in downtown Richmond, Virginia, where they’re waiting to make a short march from Richmond’s Capitol Square Bell Tower to the nearby National Theatre. His eyes covered by sunglasses, and his head by a newsboy hat, Wilson speaks to the assembled about their Christian responsibility to protect the planet.

    They’ve gathered for the Water Is Life Rally & Concert, an event to protest the proposed construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The development, a joint venture between several energy companies (including Richmond-based Dominion Energy), would carry natural gas 600 miles from West Virginia to North Carolina.

    The pipeline’s proposed route runs directly between Union Hill and Union Grove Baptist churches, the two parishes where Wilson serves as pastor in rural Buckingham County, 70 miles south of Richmond. The proposed site for the pipeline’s 54,000-horsepower, gas-fired compressor station is also set to be built right between them.

    Wilson fears the station could put his congregation and the surrounding community at risk of a range of ailments, especially asthma, because those living near natural gas facilities often suffer from chronic respiratory problems.

    “God gave man dominion over the earth, but not permission to destroy it,” Wilson later tells me as we discuss the pipeline over coffee at a diner in a suburb north of Richmond.


    As a sea of hands waved through the air as eyes closed in prayer, what many in the crowd didn’t know was that they were the target of a massive propaganda campaign. One of the event’s sponsors was a fossil-fuel advocacy group called Fueling US Forward, an outfit supported by Koch Industries, the petrochemicals, paper, and wood product conglomeratefounded by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch.

    The gospel program was designed to highlight the benefits of oil and natural gas production and its essential role in the American way of life. During a break in the music, a panel discussion unfolded about skyrocketing utility costs. The lobbyists and businesspeople on the panel presented a greater reliance on fossil fuels—billed as cheap, reliable energy sources—as the fix. Later, a surprise giveaway netted four lucky attendees the opportunity to have their power bills paid for them.

    The event was one big bait and switch, according to environmental experts and local activists. Come for the gospel music, then listen to us praise the everlasting goodness of oil and gas. Supporting this sort of pro-oil-and-gas agenda sprinkled over the songs of praise, they say, would only worsen the pollution and coastal flooding that come with climate change, hazards that usually hit Virginia’s black residents the hardest.

    “The tactic was tasteless and racist, plain and simple,” says Kendyl Crawford, the Sierra Club of Richmond’s conservation program coordinator. “It’s exploiting the ignorance many communities have about climate change.”

    Rev. Wilson likens that gospel concert to the Biblical story of Judas accepting 30 pieces of silver to betray Jesus. Like many African Americans in Virginia, he initially didn’t connect environmental policy with what he calls the “institutional racism”—think racial profiling, lack of economic opportunity, etc.— that can plague black communities nationwide. Now he considers “the sea level rising or the air quality in the cities” another existential threat.

    So in response to the Koch brothers’ attempt to sway their flocks, Wilson and others affiliated with black churches in Virginia have channeled their outrage into a new calling: climate advocacy. For Wilson, environmentalism has become a biblical mission.

    “The climate is changing,” he says. “And it’s black folk in Virginia who will lose the most.”


    In the months after the gospel concert, the backlash bubbled slowly through neighborhoods, led mostly by community activists and clergy like Rev. Harris. It picked up steam following the Times article. Ultimately, Fueling US Forward’s strategy of influencing one of the black community’s most sacred institutions—the church—would prove to be folly.

    Within environmental advocacy circles, Harris says, there was an increased urgency to tell neighborhood leaders that the concert was part of a public relations campaign for oil and gas interests. The campaign had the unintended effect of rallying the Richmond black community against the Kochs and their goals.

    Revs. Harris and Wilson now regularly tell their congregations how the fossil fuel industry harms low-income communities and people of color. Sea-level rise on Virginia’s coast has put low-lying cities in the Hampton Roads area, including Norfolk and Newport News—both of which are more than 40 percent black— at risk of extreme flooding. A hurricane during high tide could see entire neighborhoods populated primarily by African Americans and the poor swallowed up by the Chesapeake Bay.

  20. Ametia says:
    • Liza says:

      Yeah, Friday is a good day for the reality show presidency to drop a bomb. Then msm can fret over it all weekend.

      F*** these clowns.


  21. rikyrah says:

    If this had happened during 44’s Administration, there’d be all sorts of think pieces asking why didn’t he do something?

    But, now? Crickets.



    31,000 Toys ‘R’ Us employees: No job and no severance
    Chris Isidore

    The news that Toys “R” Us is closing might conjure up wistful childhood memories for shoppers. But for the chain’s 31,000 U.S. employees, it means they’re out of a job.

    Many employees told CNN the shutdown caught them by surprise, even though the chain filed for bankruptcy back in September, and said in January that it would close nearly 200 locations.

    “When they announced 182 stores closing and my store wasn’t on the list, I thought I’d be OK,” said one Florida employee who spoke to CNN.

    That employee, a 39-year old mother of three boys, said she’s worked at the store for 12 years and hoped to remain there until her youngest, now 8 years old, was grown.

    “They loved it,” she said. “Whenever they came to the store, they never wanted to leave.”

    Mass layoffs are usually softened with a severance package, but Toys “R” Us employees won’t get any because of bankruptcy laws. They will get benefits such as health insurance and matching 401(k) payments from the company.

    • Liza says:

      I’m looking at this and thinking that this should never happen in this country. We’ve been building these overhead crosswalks for decades and we are world class builders and engineers.

      So I read the article linked in the tweet…

      “Robert Bea, a professor of engineering and construction management at the University of California, Berkeley, said it was too early to know exactly what happened, but the decision to use what the bridge builders called an “innovative installation” was risky, especially because the bridge spanned a heavily traveled thoroughfare.”

      “”Innovations take a design firm into an area where they don’t have applicable experience, and then we have another unexpected failure on our hands,” Bea said after reviewing the bridge’s design and photos of the collapse.”

      And this…

      The main companies behind the $14.2 million construction project have faced questions about their past work, and one was fined in 2012 when a 90-ton (80-metric ton) section of a bridge collapsed in Virginia.

      Munilla Construction Management, or MCM, the Miami-based construction management firm that won the bridge contract, took its website down Thursday. But an archived version featured a news release touting the project with FIGG Bridge Engineers, a Tallahassee firm.

      But FIGG was fined in 2012 after a 90-ton (80-metric ton) section of a bridge it was building in Virginia crashed onto railroad tracks below, causing minor injuries to several workers. The citation from the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry said FIGG did not properly inspect a girder and had not obtained written consent from its manufacturer before modifying it, according to a story in The Virginian-Pilot.

      Court documents show that MCM was accused of substandard work in a lawsuit filed earlier this month. The suit said a worker at Fort Lauderdale International Airport, where the company is working on an expansion, was injured when a makeshift MCM-built bridge collapsed under his weight.

      The suit accused the company of employing “incompetent, inexperienced, unskilled or careless employees” at the job site.

    • Liza says:

      And all of the above makes me wonder who “Munilla Construction Management” is buddies with to be awarded this contract despite their record. Or was it just the lowest bid?

  22. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone 😄😄😄

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Good Morning, Rikyrah.

      SG2’s great post today on the student walkout has a photo of a student with a sign that asks a question that needs an answer NOW:

      “Tell me what ANYONE needs an AR-15 for (other than murdering others)…”

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