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:sunglasses: 34.5 % ❤ 0.8 % :thumbsup: 7.6 % 😯 2.5 % :grinning: 42 % 🧥 3.4 % 🙏 1.7 % 😟 3.4 % :cry: 3.4 % :shit: 0.8 %
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By Samanfur
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Newspeak writ large. Developing story:
Trump claims he 'never meant' Mexico would directly pay for border wall despite repeatedly saying it

Donald Trump has claimed that his repeated promises that Mexico would pay for a wall on US southern border he "obviously never meant Mexico would write a cheque".
 
By Biggus Robbus
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If you are flying into America at the moment the air traffic controllers guiding your flight in the US are not being paid.

Also as it is tax season Trump has forced furloughed IRS workers back to work unpaid because he knows how unpopular not getting those tax returns would be.
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By Samanfur
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The right-wing media continues its best efforts to monster that "uppity" brown woman:
Monica Crowley: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a “monster” that Democrats won't be able to control

When a Monica Crowley op-ed with the headline “Newly Elected and Too Big for Her Britches” appeared in the Washington Times this week, it wasn’t hard to guess who the far-right journalist was referring to. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was sworn into Congress on January 3, has been the subject of countless attack pieces on right-wing websites. And sure enough, AOC is the one Crowley goes after in her op-ed, which expresses her disdain not only for the 29-year-old congresswoman, but the Millennial generation in general.

Ocasio-Cortez, as she sees it, is a prime example of what Crowley calls Tall Poppy Syndrome. Crowley explains, “Tall Poppy Syndrome occurs when someone gets cut down to size after becoming too big for her britches, too important too fast, too superior to those around her. The tall poppy must be pruned back, lest she think she can easily dominate her peers. She must be taught a lesson.”

And Crowley goes about trying to teach Ocasio-Cortez a lesson, employing an abundance of anti-Millennial imagery to make her point
One older liberal Crowley doesn’t quote in her op-ed is veteran economist and New York Times economist Paul Krugman. On Twitter, the 65-year-old Krugman addressed GOP disdain for Ocasio-Cortez when he posted that Republicans’ “insecurity in the face of a bright, charismatic woman of color is spectacular. I particularly like the constant claims that she’s stupid when, let’s face it, the average GOP House member knows as much about policy as the average house pet.”
 
By Samanfur
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In which the US government comes up with another way to potentially kill people.
Trump administration quietly changes definition of "domestic violence" and "sexual assault"

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“The previous definition included critical components of the phenomenon that experts recognize as domestic abuse — a pattern of deliberate behavior, the dynamics of power and control, and behaviors that encompass physical or sexual violence as well as forms of emotional, economic, or psychological abuse,” Nanasi explained.

But the Trump Justice Department’s definition only considers physical harm that constitutes a felony or misdemeanor to be domestic violence, meaning that other forms of domestic violence like psychological abuse and manipulation no longer fall under the DOJ’s definition.

“This makes no sense for an office charged with funding and implementing solutions to the problem of domestic violence rather than merely prosecuting individual abusers,” Nanasi wrote.

At the same time, the OVW also changed its definition of “sexual assault” to similarly focus on the criminal justice aspects.

The new definition says “the term ‘sexual assault’ means any nonconsensual sexual act proscribed by Federal, tribal, or State law, including when the victim lacks capacity to consent.”

The previous definition was more expansive: “Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape.”
 
By MisterMuncher
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That's insidious and very unpleasant, and not in the least surprising. They want to roll back the definition of DV to "nothing till the neighbours see a second black eye". See also the large number of states that consider non-consensual sex without violence or threat of violence not to be rape as long as the victim and perp are married or cohabiting. The message to abusers really couldn't be clearer.

Remember. One of the clearest prior indicators of a spree killer or multiple murderer is violence against a partner. Thus, sensible voices in the States thought about maybe keeping guns out of their hands. The reasons this hasn't happened are quite diverse, but it's not insignificant that this would reduce the number of armed police by a THIRD nationally, and up to 80% in places.
 
By lord_kobel
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Ocasio-Cortez, as she sees it, is a prime example of what Crowley calls Tall Poppy Syndrome. Crowley explains, “Tall Poppy Syndrome occurs when someone gets cut down to size after becoming too big for her britches, too important too fast, too superior to those around her. The tall poppy must be pruned back, lest she think she can easily dominate her peers. She must be taught a lesson.”
Isn't Tall Poppy Syndrome about unfairly hurting someone because they're too good? How is that meant to be a bad thing about AOC?
 
By MisterMuncher
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lord_kobel wrote:
Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:10 am
Ocasio-Cortez, as she sees it, is a prime example of what Crowley calls Tall Poppy Syndrome. Crowley explains, “Tall Poppy Syndrome occurs when someone gets cut down to size after becoming too big for her britches, too important too fast, too superior to those around her. The tall poppy must be pruned back, lest she think she can easily dominate her peers. She must be taught a lesson.”
Isn't Tall Poppy Syndrome about unfairly hurting someone because they're too good? How is that meant to be a bad thing about AOC?
Because he's dancing around what he actually means. AOC is "uppity", and that's why she has to be slapped down. It doesn't matter if she's right, wrong or indifferent, she's female and brown, so there's at least one kitchen she needs to get back into. Plus ça change.
 
By The Weeping Angel
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So the great dealmaker has caved in.

https://www.vox.com/2019/1/25/18197510/ ... down-trump
The president has blinked.

“I am very proud to announce today that we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government,” Trump said, while announcing that he had agreed to a three-week short-term spending bill that would reopen the government — one that doesn’t contain wall money.

The legislation would fund the government through February 15, on the condition that lawmakers continue negotiations on border security and Trump’s border wall demands once the shutdown is over. This is essentially House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s demand, and a very similar bill to the one that failed in the Senate on Thursday.

Trump couldn’t help but boost his own position, though. “As everyone knows, I have a very powerful alternative but I didn’t want to use it at this time,” he said, likely referring to his plan to declare a national emergency and pull other funding for his wall, something he did not do and got a lot of pushback from the right for considering.
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You beat me to it, Arrer :)

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