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Gillibrand 2020: My Bad

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) has been more than willing to denounce her past positions on guns and immigration as wrong and hurtful in a series of interviews. The 2020 presidential candidate is one of the most liberal members of the Senate, but she’s called herself “wrong,” “callous,” “embarrassed,” and “ashamed” over her past views when she was a more moderate member of Congress. Gillibrand represented an upstate New York district in the U.S. House from 2007 to 2009, and, as a member of the Blue Dog Democrats, held heretical views to the modern Democratic Party on illegal immigration and guns. She sported an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association, an organization she now denounces and proudly holds an “F” rating from, and she opposed amnesty and driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants, called for increased funding for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement—she now calls for ICE’s abolishment—and supported English being the country’s official language CNN anchor Jake Tapper asked Gillibrand Sunday if President Donald Trump is racist, was she racist back then for holding views so similar to his on immigration? “They certainly weren’t empathetic, and they were not kind, and I did not think about suffering in other people’s lives,” Gillibrand said. “I was not fighting for other people’s kids the same way I was fighting for my own,” she added. On “The Rachel Maddow Show” last week, Gillibrand said...

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Federal Reserve Confesses Sole Responsibility For All Recessions

Authored by David Haggith via The Great Recession blog, In a surprisingly candid admission, two former Federal Reserve chairs have stated that the Federal Reserve alone is responsible for creating all recessions in the United States. First, former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke said that Expansions don’t die of old age. They get murdered. – MarketWatch To clarify this statement, former Chair Janet Yellen placed the murder weapon in the Fed’s hands: Two things usually end them… One is financial imbalances, and the other is the Fed. Think that through, and you quickly realize that both of those things are the Fed. Is there anyone left standing who would not say the Fed’s quantitative easing in the past decade was the biggest cause of financial imbalances all over the world in history? Moreover, whose profligate monetary policies led to the Great Financial Crisis that gave us the Great Recession? So, the Fed loads the gun with financial causes and then pulls the trigger. In fact, I think it would be hard to find a major financial imbalance in the US that the Fed did not have a hand in creating or, at least, enabling. Therefore, if those are the only two causes, then it is always the Federal Reserve that causes recessions by its own admission. And, yet, those Fed dons look so pleased with themselves. Yellen went on to say that when...

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Iran Ready To “Eliminate Israel From The Earth”; IDF Trolls Tehran Over Twitter

The head of Iran’s air force said on Monday that the Islamic Republic’s pilots are looking forward to facing Israel, and will “eliminate it from earth” after Israeli airstrikes on alleged Iranian targets inside Syria killed 11 people, including four Syrian soldiers.  Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh, commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) made the comments to the Young Journalist Club news agency following Israel’s strike on munition storage facilities within Damascus International Airport, a military training camp and an Iranian intelligence site, according to The Independent.  “The young people in the air force are fully ready and impatient to confront the Zionist regime and eliminate it from the Earth,” said Nasirzadeh. Israel claims it launched the strikes in retaliation for a surface-to-surface rocket fired on Sunday by Iran’s Quds Force from within Syria at a ski resort in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, which was intercepted by Israeli air defenses.  “That’s a civilian site and there were civilians there,” said Israeli army spokesman Lt. General Jonathan Conricus Monday morning, adding “We saw that as an unacceptable attack by Iranian troops, not proxies in Syria.”  “In addition to that, the area from which the Iranians fired their missile is an area we have been promised that the Iranians would not be present in. We know it was not done in the spur of the moment, it was a premeditated attack.” The...

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We Need A Martin Luther King Day Of Truth

Authored by Edward Curtin via OffGuardian.com, As Martin Luther King’s birthday is celebrated with a national holiday, his death day disappears down the memory hole. Across the country – in response to the King Holiday and Service Act passed by Congress and signed by Bill Clinton in 1994 – people will be encouraged to make the day one of service. Such service does not include King’s commitment to protest a decadent system of racial and economic injustice or non-violently resist the U.S. warfare state that he called “the greatest purveyor of violence on earth.” Government sponsored service is cultural neo-liberalism at its finest, the promotion of individualism at the expense of a mass movement for radical institutional change. “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous,” warned Dr. King, “than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” How true those words. For the government that honors Dr. King with a national holiday killed him. This is the suppressed truth behind the highly promoted day of service. It is what you are not supposed to know. It is what Thomas Merton, as quoted by James W. Douglass, called The Unspeakable: It is the void that contradicts everything that is spoken even before the words are said; the void that gets into the language of public and officials declarations at the very moment when they are pronounced, and makes them ring dead with the hollowness of...

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Inspector Warner, Ranking Member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Doesn’t Know

Sen. Mark Warner (D., Va.) still has a lot to uncover in regards to the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. “That is news to me. And that is big news,” exclaimed Warner, the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, about the revelation that then-candidate Donald Trump might have in negotiations with Russian officials on a possible Trump Tower in Moscow until October or November 2016. “It was news to us on the Senate Intelligence Committee as well,” Warner revealed when he was asked about Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort sharing polling data with a Ukrainian official with ties to Russia. Warner and his colleagues on the intelligence committee have investigated Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. They interviewed numerous witnesses, including Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son. In July 2018, the committee released a report indicating agreement with the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered to help Trump win. Since then, the committee’s investigation has been mostly dormant. This has not stopped Warner from appearing on cable news to share what he just learned from watching the news or to answer “I don’t know” to reporters’ questions. The post Inspector Warner, Ranking Member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Doesn’t Know appeared first on Washington Free...

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