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  • Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9 AM ET!
    by David Waldman on July 17, 2019 at 11:00 am

    It’s Wednesday, but it’s one of those Wednesdays when Joan McCarter can’t make it. Which is too bad, for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that it was… a helluva day on Capitol Hill yesterday. But Greg Dworkin was just as intrigued and enthralled with yesterday’s procedural performances, and he’s already reserved time to ask (and maybe even answer) some of the questions about what went on in the House. So, would you like to know what happened and why? Well, maybe I’ll tell you. But first, what’s your ethnicity? Listen right here at 9:00 AM ET! PODCAST LISTENERS: There’s a new podcast platform in town, and the big news is: this one pays! RadioPublic pays podcast producers at $20 CPM for listens on their native app (available for iPhones & Androids), financed by pre- and post-roll ads they insert. Not a bad way to support the show, with somebody else’s money! So if you’re a podcast listener, please consider downloading the RadioPublic app on your Android or iOS phone. Yes, you can still download directly from their site, or listen to the player embedded here at Daily Kos. But it’s listens in their app that count toward payment. And get this: listen to just three episodes in their app, and we earn a one-time, $1 “loyal listener” bonus. Nothing changes on our end. It’s still Greg Dworkin, Joan McCarter, and even Armando. Plus also, me. And you! As always, we still want your voice on the air with us. Sit down with your smart phone or other electronic recording device and send us your stories and commentary to share with the audience. There’s no easier way to try your hand at podcasting, without all the hassle! Of course there’s no substitute for having your support via Patreon, or one-time contributions via Square Cash. (And hey, if you want a cool trick for donating sorta-kinda cost free, get their cash.me app and use this share code to get $5 in your account (plus $5 in mine) when you send your first $5 (to anyone)! For now, how about one on the house? Here’s what we did on our last show: x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!) So here we are, living in a world where Donald Trump’s racism is tracked LIVE on TV, and his deplorability to appeal to his basket of voters seems somehow clever, if not laudable to some. This is a stupid reality to find ourselves in, but at least we have KITM and David Waldman in this stupid timeline for a couple of hours of non-stupid: The Justice Department says Kellyanne Conway is absolutely immune from compelled congressional testimony. They’re getting away with it, so who’s the dummy here? Impeachment is one of a few issues progressives have become un-arrayed with from Democratic leadership. Armando caught Uncle Joe on Morning Joe hoping to come off as Onion Joe, but unfortunately, our Joe is turning out to be Sleepy Joe. Julian Assange turned an embassy into a command post for election meddling, and probably forfeited his apartment deposit. Italy’s far right brings a missle to a ballot fight. Maybe we won’t be as rowdy…. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders share some politics, but find little need to share much else. Thanks to Scott Anderson for the show summary! Please help me pay him more! Need more info on how to listen? Find it below the fold. Ways to Listen to Kagro in the Morning: Your options to listen LIVE: click right HERE go to NetrootsRadio.com and click on the embedded player or direct link there iPad and iPhone users can download the SHOUTCast Radio app for your mobile device & search for “Netroots Radio” download the Stitcher app and search for “Netroots Radio” to find the live stream there (Don’t forget to use the DAILYKOS promo code when you sign up!) for Android: try either the “StreamFurious” or “TuneIn” apps Blackberry users, see this guide by idbecrazyif for a VLC player, right click on the banker VLC player screen, select open network and copy the link address and drop it in the URL entry field (thanks to windsong01 for the instructions on that one) Find us on TalkStreamLive And here’s a new tip: If the player hiccups or drops the audio between the shows, just go ahead and stop and restart it, and things should go smoothly after that. 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  • Open thread for night owls. Want to talk? Iran says U.S. should first stop arming Saudis
    by Meteor Blades on July 17, 2019 at 3:00 am

    Jake Johnson at Common Dreams writes—If Trump Wants to 'Talk About Our Missiles,' Says Iranian Foreign Minister, US Must Stop Pouring Theirs Into Middle East: Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Monday that if President Donald Trump truly wants to engage in good-faith negotiations over Iran's ballistic missile program, his administration must stop selling tens of billions of dollars in weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and other U.S. allies in the Middle East. Zarif, who is in New York on United Nations business, told NBC's Lester Holt that the influx of American weapons is "making our region ready to explode." "If you want to discuss ballistic missiles, then we need to discuss the amount of weapons that are sold to our region," said Zarif. "Last year, Iran spent $16 billion altogether on its military. We have a 82 million population... The United Arab Emirates, with a million population, spent $22 billion. Saudi Arabia—with less than half of our population—spent $67 billion, most of them are American [arms]." "So if they want to talk about our missiles," Zarif added, "they need first to stop selling all these weapons, including missiles, to our region." [...] "It is the United States that left the bargaining table, and they're always welcome to return," said Zarif, who described the Trump administration's sanctions as a form of warfare "whose main target is not military personnel, but civilians." [...] Indivisible’s list of Resistance Events & Groups TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES QUOTATION “We believe that we invent symbols. The truth is that they invent us; we are their creatures, shaped by their hard, defining edges.”                 ~~Gene Wolfe, Shadow & Claw (1994) TWEET OF THE DAY xI am not interested in a photo op at an Amazon warehouse. I am calling for Labor Department inspectors to come in, unannounced, and do thorough investigations of the facilities where hundreds of workers have told me about horrendous conditions and abuse. https://t.co/OE76mJcjjs— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) July 16, 2019 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2004—Coalition of the Shrinking: Bush started with 32 nations in his 'coalition"—the vast majority which failed to provide anything more than moral support. (Only the UK and Australia provided forces for the invasion.) But of those 32, four have already left. Spain, Honduras, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. Four more are in the process of leaving—Philippines, Thailand, Norway and New Zealand. Several other nations have pledged to increase their troop levels—South Korea, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Through it all, the US is struggling to keep the whole effort from falling apart.   Australia's pledge to increase its commitment will bring its troop strength to 880 -- fewer than half the 2,000 troops it had during the war. And only about 250 are in Iraq, with the rest in air and naval support positions nearby, Australian envoys say. For Australia and some other countries, increases are mainly meant to enhance security for their own troops, embassies and personnel. LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Conway ignores her subpoena. Barr/Ross contempt vote pushed back for Trump racism condemnation. Assange ran election interference. European right-wing weapons smuggling. Netroots nuance. Armando on Trump coverage, Biden's latest interview. x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!) […]

  • Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens dead at 99
    by Meteor Blades on July 17, 2019 at 2:40 am

    Here’s the news as told by The New York Times: John Paul Stevens, whose 35 years on the United States Supreme Court transformed him, improbably, from a Republican antitrust lawyer to the outspoken leader of the court’s liberal wing, died Tuesday at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 99. The cause was complications from a stroke he suffered the day before, the Supreme Court announced in a statement. When he retired in 2010 at the age of 90, Justice Stevens was the second-oldest and the second-longest-serving justice ever to sit on the court. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. was about eight months older when he retired in 1932, and William O. Douglas had served 36 years (1939-75). Justice Stevens had spent much of his service on the court in the shadow of more readily definable colleagues when he emerged as a central figure during a crucial period of the court’s history: The last phase of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist’s tenure and the early years under Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. More discussion in KoNko’s post here. […]

  • The Daily Kos Elections team discussed all the key downballot races at Netroots Nation. Watch here!
    by Jeff Singer on July 17, 2019 at 2:30 am

    At this year’s Netroots Nation conference in Philadelphia, PA, the members of the Daily Kos Elections team joined forces with our buddies at Sister District and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee to answer questions from attendees about all of the key downballot races coming up in 2019 and 2020. While the presidential election gets a ton of attention, these contests are just as crucial for ensuring Democrats can win back power and pass progressive priorities into law. We skipped all the PowerPoints and jumped directly to Q&A so that we could address the issues most important to our fellow activists. Watch the entire panel below! x Facebook Content […]

  • Alabama company invited to White House has history of customer complaints and OSHA violation charges
    by Karen L Freund on July 17, 2019 at 1:30 am

    Tanner, Alabama-based Redline Steel was the company that was invited to represent the state at the recent “Made in America Product Showcase” held at the White House on July 15. The company was founded in 2015 by Colin Wayne Erwin, described breathlessly by Forbes magazine in January last year as “a 28-year-old millionaire from Huntsville, Alabama and the CEO of Redline Steel. He is a high-school dropout and military combat veteran who was injured by an enemy rocket attack in Afghanistan. He is also a former male fitness cover model, social media savant, and he has built a multi-million-dollar industrial manufacturing business in only 18 months. Did I mention he is on his third Ferrari?” Forbes reported then that the company, the founder of which prefers to be called Colin Wayne, “[by] any definition ... has been a rapid success. Now only 18 months in operation, Redline has done over $11 million in revenue. Demand for his product has him on back order, and Redline is on track to do $30 million in 2018.” While Redline Steel’s Facebook and Twitter feeds are full of glowing customer reviews, as of this writing, the most recent of those date back to 2018. Perhaps the company is just too busy to update those specific sites; its Instagram is full of more recent photos, including a selfie Wayne took with Donald Trump yesterday. But perhaps the company’s B- rating from the Better Business Bureau, with which it is not accredited, is more illuminating of problems that probably did not come up during the selfie session at the White House. The BBB page for the company notes that it “has a pattern of complaints concerning late delivery of products and problems contacting customer service,” a pattern that had caused the bureau to issue a public alert regarding Redline at the end of 2017. Local media began reporting at the end of last year about “irate” customers posting online and contacting the BBB about the problems they were having with Redline. In February, Huntsville TV station WHNT reported, “Since WHNT News 19 began covering this story in December, we've contacted Redline Steel several times, in hopes of hearing what they've been doing to address complaints. This week, management agreed to their first on-camera interview with WHNT News 19 on the subject. After agreeing to reschedule from Thursday to Friday, we went to the plant and were told the owner was sick, nobody from the company would go on camera, and we weren't allowed access to the factory floor.” In March, the station followed up: “This week, WHNT News 19 contacted Redline Steel owners asking for comment. They told us, 'we're not doing interviews, you're not allowed in, you can talk with our attorney.'” Currently, Redline Steel’s Better Business Bureau profile lists 1,107 complaints, the latest filed on June 22. Meanwhile, Huntsville ABC TV affiliate WAAY reported on July 12 that Redline’s facility in Tanner has been accused of having unsafe work conditions: The letter from Alabama's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, was sent to WAAY 31 by a man who claims to be a former employee. It's dated July 11th and in it, OSHA says it received complaints about potential workplace hazards. Among them are temperatures reaching over 100 degrees due to no proper ventilation inside the warehouse, extension cords being chained together to provide power to equipment and having no access to first aid supplies or safety stations, such as an eye wash, readily available. The letter states OSHA doesn't intend to conduct an investigation just yet. Instead, it's asking Redline Steel to look into the claims and to report back. By all appearances, Redline Steel is a company tailor-made to appeal to Donald Trump. […]

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