Jon Stewart will be succeded by South Africa Trevor Noah…

…from the NY Times….

In December, Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian, made his debut as an on-air contributor on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” offering his outsider’s perspective, as a biracial South African, on the United States.

“I never thought I’d be more afraid of police in America than in South Africa,” he said with a smile. “It kind of makes me a little nostalgic for the old days, back home.”

Now, after only three appearances on that Comedy Central show, Mr. Noah has gotten a huge and unexpected promotion. On Monday, Comedy Central announced that Mr. Noah would be the new host of “The Daily Show,” succeeding Mr. Stewart after he steps down later this year.

The network’s selection of Mr. Noah comes less than two months after Mr. Stewart, 52, revealed on Feb. 10 that he was leaving “The Daily Show” after a highly successful 16-year run that transformed the show into authoritative, satirical comedy on current events. (An exact timetable for Mr. Stewart’s departure has not been decided, Comedy Central said.)..

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Russia has a Muslim Jihadi problem just like the West…

…from BloombergBusiness…

The number of Russian nationals fighting alongside Islamic State forces in Syria and Iraq has roughly doubled over the past year, to a range of 1,500 to 1,700, according to recent estimates by the head of Russia’s FSB security agency and by the Kremlin’s envoy to Chechnya. Russian and Western analysts have said that about 1,000 Russian-speaking jihadis took part in an Islamic State assault last year on Iraq’s Anbar province that was led by a fighter known as Omar the Chechen.

That means Russia is now supplying far more jihadis than any country outside the Middle East and North Africa. (France, the biggest European source of fighters, has said that about 900 of its citizens received training in Syria, with about 300 remaining there in 2014.)

Jihadi groups have stepped up recruiting in the historically Muslim North Caucasus region of Russia that includes Chechnya and Dagestan. The region is home to a longstanding bloody insurgency movement whose current leadership has sworn allegiance to the Islamic State and is urging local supporters to go to Syria. “A new team is coming,” the movement’s leader, Ali Abu Muhammad al Dagestani, promised in a message on its website addressed last week to “Mujahid brothers” from the region who have already left….

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Ted Cruz update…A path to legal status for undocumented workers?

It MUST be election time….

Ted Cruz is running for the Presidency and he is doing a time honored political thing….

He’s moving to the Middle…

In the second policy shift in the last week ….

It appears that he’s signalling a softening of his old postion on immigration….

Changing views is something we ALL do…

But Conservative firebrand Cruz IS gonna get grief for moving out from behind the rightwingnut ideology camps views…

Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz’s office on Friday indicated the Texas senator remains open to a path to legal status for undocumented workers, putting him at odds with conservatives who deride such a position as unacceptable “amnesty.”

Cruz opposed the Senate bipartisan immigration bill and its proposed path to citizenship that passed in 2013, but he also indicated to The Texas Tribune that year that he supported giving some undocumented immigrants permission to stay in the country with more limited legal status. He noted that an amendment he had filed to strip the Senate legislation of its citizenship component deliberately “did not change the underlying work permit from the [bill]” that would allow undocumented immigrants to remain in the country without fear of deportation.

Cruz has almost never discussed his support for legalization since then, instead focusing his public statements on passing border security legislation and making changes to the legal immigration system first. In early 2014, he decried a short-lived proposal by House GOP leaders that granted legal status – but not necessarily citizenship – to certain immigrants as “amnesty for those here illegally.”

More, recently Cruz has helped lead the charge in Congress against what he calls Obama’s “illegal executive amnesty” which would grant temporary work permits to undocumented immigrants. He’s even threatening a government shutdown to block the measure…..

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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 3/30/15… Nevada institution Harry Reid announces surprise retirement

Reposted from Daily Kos Elections by Jeff Singer

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks to the media about an immigration reform on Capitol Hill in Washington June 18, 2013.  REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

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Retiring Nevada Democratic Sen. Harry Reid

Leading Off:

NV-Sen: Despite spending the last few months saying he would run for re-election, Democratic Sen. Harry Reid announced on Friday that he would not be on the ballot in 2016. Nevada was already emerging as a major battleground for control of the Senate, and this move won’t change that.

It’s unclear if Reid’s departure will help or hurt his party’s chances at holding this seat. On the one hand, Reid has been quite unpopular for years, and the GOP was looking forward to portraying him as a creature of Washington who had lost touch with his home state. However, even Reid’s enemies conceded that he was a very tough campaigner and that his seniority was an asset to the state. For better or for worse, the new Democratic nominee will have a very different profile than Reid.

Democrats have done well in the Silver State during the last two presidential elections, but neither party can take anything for granted in what is still a swing state. Reid quickly made it clear that he wants former state Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto to succeed him. Masto has yet to say anything about her plans, but Reid says that she “wants to run.”

Team Blue has a few potential contenders, though it’s unlikely many of them would be willing to go toe-to-toe against a Reid-backed candidate like Masto. Rep. Dina Titus quickly announced that she would give “serious thought” toward running. Titus won a tough House race in 2008 and almost hung on during the 2010 GOP wave, so she can definitely make this competitive. Titus defied Reid in 2012 when she ran for the House again and forced the senator’s favored candidate to drop out of the primary. However, this time she’d be risking a safe seat to enter a tough primary and general election, something she may not be keen to do….

Senate:

CA-Sen: Former Republican Rep. David Dreier has occasionally been mentioned as a potential Senate candidate, and his team has claimed that unnamed groups are trying to draft him. It seems like it was all for naught though. On Thursday, Dreier said that he doesn’t plan to run, despite seeing some polls that showed him competitive. That’s not a Shermanesque no, but it’s not like national Republicans are going to make a major effort to convince Dreier to get in.

IL-Sen: The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth will announce on Monday that she will challenge Republican Sen. Mark Kirk. Duckworth is a favorite of national Democrats, and she’s been reportedly raising money in preparation for a statewide run against Kirk. Several other Democrats, including three of her House colleagues, are looking at this seat, and we’ll see if Duckworth’s decision will deter any of them.

IN-Sen: For the first time, Republican Rep. Todd Rokita has confirmed that he’s “weighing” a bid to succeed retiring Sen. Dan Coats. Rokita is a former secretary of state who first won his seat in 2010, and he’d reportedly been considering a run. He joins a long list of Republicans who are looking at the race, but so far, the only announced candidate is Eric Holcomb, Coats’ chief of staff.

MD-Sen: A new pair of articles on the two Democrats vying to succeed retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski showcase some of the difficulties both are facing in their bids for a promotion—difficulties they’ve generally created for themselves. In the National Journal, Alex Brown examines Rep. Donna Edwards’ icy relationship with the Congressional Black Caucus, whose membership has not been eager to line up behind her. It’s not entirely clear why Edwards is on bad terms with the CBC (Brown suggests “poor relationship-building or a refusal to ‘wait her turn’ ” have hurt her), but Rep. Emanuel Cleaver spoke on the record to express his support for another black Maryland Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings, and added that he thinks a majority of the caucus would back him. (Cummings is still weighing a run.)

Meanwhile, Rep. Chris Van Hollen just whiffed on an easy opportunity to shore up his credentials with liberals….

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Political Roundup for March 30th, 2015…Will Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (R) run for the Senate?… Red Racing Horses

by: Greyhound

President:

Cruz: Even Ted Cruz is sounding like he’s going to take a softer line on immigration than people first thought. The Texas Senator says he’s not ruling out a pathway to legal status for illegal immigrants, though he has opposed similar measures in Congress previously. This is quite a shift from Romney’s “Self-deportation” policies in 2012, and the fact that even the candidate running hard right is softening up suggests that Republicans are taking that particular aspect of the 2012 post-mortem to heart.

Rubio: It seems like the junior Senator from Florida is planning on announcing a run for president after all.  Rumors are that he plans to announce April 13th.

Senate:

Banks $: A Number of Wallstreet banks are considering withholding symbolic funding for the Democrat Congressional Committees over Elizabeth Warren’s repeated calls for them to be forcibly broken up. This might be the most tone-deaf effort ever, as it’s doing nothing but giving Warren more credibility with the progressive left that the banks are trying to stifle, most of whom probably didn’t know that the banks were donating to the Democrats to start with.

NV-Sen: Governor Brian Sandoval (R) remains elusive as to whether or not he plans to run for the now-open Nevada Senate Seat. The Governor is massively popular, especially for a swing state, but the unexpected state Republican majorities swept in by the 2014 elections might convince him to stay in Carson City.

Congress:

IL-18: Bobby Schilling, the former Republican Congressman from IL-17, has announced he isn’t going to move to the now-open IL-18. Instead, he endorsed State Senator Darin Lahood, son of the former representative here. LaHood is quickly becoming the consensus candidate for this seat, though his father’s famously moderate record will probably unnerve Conservatives who have no need to settle in this staunchly Republican downstate district.

KY-1: Ed Whitfield (R) is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee over whether or not he improperly used his position to aid in his wife’s lobbying efforts. This has been a long time coming, and relates to a horse-welfare bill backed by the American Humane Legislative Fund, which employs his wife….

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Sen Warren carries her Progressive flag into the House…

In a situation that seems to echo shades of Republican Sen Ted Cruz forays into his parties House internal politics…. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) is going into the US House to lobby against some international trade moves by the President’s White House, Other Democrats and Republicans….

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is meeting with House Democrats in an effort to push back against President Obama’s trade agenda.

The liberal senator met Tuesday with a group of House Democrats before administration officials were to meet with a larger of group of Democrats to discuss the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) process, one of the most controversial issues in two trade deals that the Obama administration is negotiating.

Warren was seeking to push back at administration claims in what was described by one source familiar with the meeting as a “strategy session.”

Backed by labor unions, liberals argue the dispute settlement panels would tilt the playing field for corporations by letting them sidestep judicial systems — including U.S. laws — to pursue their interests through international panels.

But the administration, centrist Democrats and many Republicans argue the panels help protect U.S. jobs by allowing a forum for U.S. businesses to litigate trade disputes internationally.

The meeting with Warren underscores the deep rift between the Democratic base and the administration on trade and highlights Warren’s growing influence in the House among progressive members.

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There is a rising worry by centralist and and establishment Democrats that like Cruz….

Warren may be trying to move things to the left for the party….Establishment Democrats like their establishment Republican ‘s woory that America is NOT a Left or Right country , but somewhere in the middle and going to far to the elft could hurt Democrats as much and going to far to the right has hurt Republicans….

Both parties seem to now have rookie Senator’s trying to use the emdia to derirve power for their agenda’s…

In this case Warren seem ‘s to be fighting against American investor’s getting around US Regulations…and giiving profits atainment legal statnding for foreign countries…

Scott Walker Update…Stay away from the Media…

A old Walker hand says what is apparent….

To keep the Wisconsin Governors rookie mistakes from being reported…The 2016 Presidential candidate is being kept away from camera’s and reporter’s….

Last month, Scott Walker seemed readily available to any reporter who had a question for him. He was basking in the limelight, holding media scrums and granting impromptu interviews.

But in the wake of a few controversial, headline-grabbing quotes about evolution and President Obama’s religion, the Wisconsin governor and likely Republican presidential candidate has put brakes on his media availability, reporters who follow him say.

On Friday, Walker toured the Texas-Mexican border with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. The tour was closed to the press, and Walker did not take part in a media avail afterward. Similarly, Walker visited Greenville, S.C., last weekend but refused to take questions from the media. Of the six likely Republican candidates to visit the state in the last two months, Walker was the only one to pass on the press….

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The ‘Why’ of the Indiana Religious law….

Indiana does NOT have a law AGAINST discrimination against Gays….

A Federal Court just told the state that same-sex marriage have to go on in the state..

Period….

Indiana GOP Governor Mike Pence was asked a direct question yesterday on a TV program if his NEW law would Ok discrimnation against Gays

He would NOT answer it…..

The Indiana law is actually the same as the Federal Law and something in 19 other states….

The Indiana law is so vague that it COULD very well be used by private people, business and others to stop offering the same services that America offers at Rights…Was the passage of the law a way to try get around the Federal Courts ruling?

THAT is the issue….

Indiana became ground zero for the fight over LGBT rights last week when it passed its Religious Freedom Restoration Act, also more commonly known as RFRA. Opponents painted the law as allowing LGBT discrimination. Backers of the bill said the act would protect religious people from having to violate their religious commitments (especially by having to provide services to same-sex couples during a wedding or similar event).

Both sides are overselling the law’s impact, the proverbial case of a fire with more heat than light.

Under different circumstances, Indiana’s new RFRA would not be a controversial expansion of government protection of religious liberty. The law is a virtual copy of the federal RFRA that was enacted 20 years ago with near-unanimous support in Congress. The federal RFRA ensured that government could not burden religious exercise unless it was absolutely necessary.

For years, RFRA was uncontroversial. In 1997, many states passed their own versions of RFRA after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal RFRA did not apply to state and local laws. Like the federal law, these state laws were passed with little opposition and with the support of a broad coalition that included civil rights groups and churches.

So what’s so controversial about Indiana’s RFRA? Timing.

Indiana enacted its law after the federal courts ruled that same-sex marriage was now legal in the Hoosier state. Indiana not only didn’t have same-sex marriage, it didn’t (and still doesn’t) have a law that protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation….

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This morning we have had several Republican Indiana State legislators try to ‘clarify’ what they voted on …..

New York State Budget deal struck…Cuomo feel’s he got what HE wanted….Teacher Eval’s up to the State….

Here’s the times-union Capital Confidentail quick review of the tendtitiove deal…..

New York appears poised to extend its record of on-time budgets into a fifth consecutive year.

While the details were scant, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced a three-way deal on the plan just after 9:30 p.m. Sunday — slightly more than 48 hours ahead of the expiration of the current fiscal year.

Heastie spoke with reporters shortly before the official announcement of the framework agreement, and said the sticky question of who would handle the reform of the teacher evaluation system would be handled by the state Education Department. Teacher tenure will now be available after four years of service, up from the current three years, and will be tied to evaluations.

Cuomo administration officials said those evaluations will be tied to both state testing and observations.

Teachers who pass both requirements will be eligible for highly effective and effective ratings (making them eligible for tenure and bonuses).

Teachers who fail one round of testing evaluations would be eligible for a second round, which, if they pass it, will leave them rated as developing. If the teacher fails that second round, he or she is automatically rated ineffective. The officials said teachers rated ineffective in consecutive years would face termination hearings.

While details of the ethics package in the fiscal plan were not yet fully available, Cuomo insisted that it would include the five categories of fixes he had demanded: increased disclosure of outside income including legal clients, better tracking of “independent expenditure” campaign dollars, pension-stripping for corrupt officials, restricting the personal use of campaign funds and reforming the per-diem system for lawmakers’ expenses….

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Hillary Clinton Update…Backing Israel…

It’s campaign season folks….

The presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee for 2016 really cannot say anything else but express support for the Jewish State….

American Jews vote overwhelmingly for Democrats….

This is a no-brainer….

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told a representative of a group of prominent Jewish leaders on Sunday that she wanted to put the relationship between the United States and Israel back on “constructive footing,” the representative said.

Mrs. Clinton’s comments, made in a phone call to Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, contrasted in tone from recent remarks by members of the Obama administration, who have publicly criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel amid tensions over a nuclear deal with Iran and comments Mr. Netanyahu made in the final days of his re-election campaign this month.

“Secretary Clinton thinks we need to all work together to return the special U.S.-Israel relationship to constructive footing, to get back to basic shared concerns and interests, including a two-state solution pursued through direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians,”

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The Israeli Prime Minister has in fact been walking back his anti-Arab statements of desperation that got him a majority in his countries parliamentary election recently….

Netanyahu is still complaining about the terms of a deal with Iran on a bomb, but he does NOT sit at the negotiating table….

I’m sure Hillary is briefed in on the deal making from the White House….

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How the U.S. got the Arabs to fight their own war…

As we watch the approaching conflict between the Sunni Saudi’s , Egyptian’s and other Middle eastern and North African countries against the Shia Iran leaders

One has to make some observations…..

As one has repeatedly pointed out?

The fight has been set up by American attempts to import something to the Middle East and North Africa that doesn’t work….

Democracy

We have seen how the sweeping out of autocratic leadership in the Middle East and North Africa leaves a vacuum that  political opponents Rush in to fill (The Arab Spring that has proved to be not much if anything )

We have also seen that the U.S. policy makers have overlooked a basic in these area’s….

Religion

The Muslim world has had a push – pull going on for centuries

It is still present today

The ambitious Iranian leadership is seeking thru it’s proxies to extend its influence

That effort cost American lives in Iraq in its post 9/11 efforts there…The same Shia militias that America and NATO fought and neutralized, before leaving,  are now fighting against ISIS

Not for President Obama but for Iran

Iran associated groups have turned up in Lebanon, Syria and Libya these days…

 

Saudi Arabian leaders , THE major U.S. ally for decades have watched as Iran extended it’s grip outside its borders

Looking to the U.S. to provide it cover

But American troops have left the region….

President Obama, at first, declared this a good thing and goal achieved….(Even though he wanted to station about 5,000 troops in Iraq)

The Iraq’s told America, after ‘liverating’ their country to leave…They’d handle things themselves united a feeling of nationalism that NEVER really existed there…

President Obama has resisted sending ‘combat’ troops back to fight the fight again even though the Republican ‘s want to do it again…(Instead there are ‘advisors’ schooling the Army in that country that turned and ran the second the Americans left the place….

 

The Saudi’s find themselves looking at a Shia resurgence all around its borders by Shia (Iranian) groups popping up…And have decided after things have gotten out of hand in Yemen…That they….Along with other Sunni Arab nations must act , and stop waiting for America, which is worried about the Islamic State and NOT much of anything else…..

So NOW, with their American brought and equipped military

and the same mostly American trained Egyptian one

(Egypt tried democracy….they didn’t like it…Obama wisely left things alone)

They have the Arab Sunni nations now warming up to do something unthinkable

fight their own fight against Iran

No, American troops are in the forefront….

Who would dream that America could pull this off without knowing it?