North Korea’s Kim ‘blinks’ again……

After a continuing pissing match between North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, and Donald Trump?

The North Korea leader has blinked for the second time….

He started off by saying he could strike at America….

After Trump and media reported this and acknowledged that the North Korea’s where test launching intercontinental  ballistic missiles….

Trump countered with threats to go after North Korea….

Knowledgable sources pointed out such a move by the US would result in MASS casualties for North and South Korea and would result in large America combat deaths also…

Trump , in his normal dealings with issue ‘s escalated HIS threats…

That while the US was quietly talking to China and yes…The North Korean’s…..(US military leaders at first played down a war action..but with Trump beating HIS chest and Kim’s first blink?…They joined the threat thing)

The North Korea’s blinked the first time by switching their target to Guam…..

Now the North Korea leader has said he’ll wait on there why his people put together ‘plans’….

North Korea appeared on Tuesday to pause its threat to launch ballistic missiles toward Guam, saying it would wait to assess “the foolish and stupid conduct” of the United States before carrying the launchings out.

The statement came as the United States and South Korea were preparing to conduct joint military exercises on the Korean Peninsula and surrounding waters starting on Monday, despite North Korea’s vehement opposition to such drills.

In response to threats from President Trump, North Korea’s military announced last week that by mid-August, it would submit a plan to Kim Jong-un, the country’s leader, for launching four ballistic missiles into waters around Guam, the United States territory that is home to American military bases.

On Monday, Mr. Kim reviewed the plan while visiting the command of the Strategic Force of the Korean People’s Army but said he would wait a bit before telling the military to proceed with the missile launchings, the state news media reported on Tuesday.

“He said that the U.S. imperialists caught the noose around their necks due to their reckless military confrontation racket, adding that they would watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees,” said the report from the Korean Central News Agency…


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Trump FINALLY disavows the White Power/Nazi groups action ….

It Only took him 48 hours….

President Trump denounced the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis by name Monday and announced that the Justice Department has launched a civil rights investigation into the killing of a counterprotester at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville over the weekend as he sought to tamp down mounting criticism of his initial response to the violence.

“Anyone who acted criminally in this weekend’s racist violence, you will be held accountable,” Trump said in brief remarks to reporters in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, where he returned after a week of vacation in Bedminster, N.J. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms the egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence. It has no place in America.”

Trump added: “Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to all that we hold dear as a nation.”

The statement came two days after he failed to specifically condemn the white supremacist rally after a woman was killed and as many as 19 wounded by a driver who reportedly espoused racist and pro-Nazi sentiments and had taken part in the “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville…..


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Michael Bennett sits during the National Anthem one day after ex-Seahawks teammate Marshawn Lynch did the same

QB  Colin Kaepernick gets company …..

Not surprising in lieu of the action’s in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend…

Michael Bennett sat during the National Anthem prior to the Seahawks’ preseason game Sunday.

Michael Bennett sat during the National Anthem prior to the Seahawks’ preseason game Sunday.


Michael Bennett is taking a stand, by sitting down.

The Seattle Seahawks defensive end followed Colin Kaepernick’s and Marshawn Lynch’s lead by sitting on the Seahawks’ bench during the National Anthem prior to the team’s preseason game Sunday night.

Bennett sat down with a towel over his shoulders while the rest of the team stood up in front of the team’s bench. A number of Seahawks players also locked arms.

Bennett said while he has respect for the military, he wants to raise awareness of social injustice and racism that is still prevalent in the United States, he told reporters after the Seahawks’ preseason win over the Chargers.

Marshawn Lynch sits during National Anthem before preseason game

“First of all I want people to understand that I love the military,” Bennett said, via ESPN. “My father’s in the military. I love hot dogs like any other American. I love football like any other American. But I don’t love segregation. I don’t love riots or oppression…..


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Trump Attacks Merck CEO Frazier for His Quitting Advisory Panel because of his failure to disavow White Power violence…

Merck Chief Executive Officer Kenneth Frazier IS Black.

Donald Trump does NOT like people who do NOT see things his way….And he does NOT hesitate to go on twitter to say so….

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Trump on twitter….

Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council,he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!

President Trump is facing heated criticism over not publicly condemning white nationalists for inciting this weekend’s bloody confrontation in Charlottesville, Va., but on Monday he criticized the head of Merck pharmaceuticals for quitting a federal panel in protest of Mr. Trump’s equivocal response to the violence.

Merck’s chief executive, Kenneth C. Frazier, resigned from the president’s American Manufacturing Council on Monday, saying he objected to the president’s statement on Saturday blaming violence that left one woman dead on “many sides.”

“America’s leaders must honor our fundamental views by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal,” Mr. Frazier said in a tweet announcing he was stepping down from the panel. Mr. Frazier is one of just a handful of black chief executives of a Fortune 500 company.

Less than hour later, Mr. Trump, responded on social media as he departed his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., for a day trip back to Washington…..



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Anti-Trump Independents as a Third party?

Fed up with Trump co-opting the Republicans and fed up with Democrats?

A Centrist Party group third party get together is in the works….

(The piece points to this being a majority disenchanted GOPer thing….)

The independents are banding together.

That is, 13 independent candidates who feel they don’t fit in the Republican Party in the age of Donald Trump are joining forces with a few registered Democrats, all looking at runs for governor and Senate in 2018. The plan is to create shared infrastructure and funding for a slate of campaigns around the country, in the hopes of making this more than the latest go-nowhere whining about how awful the two-party system is.

But with a historically unpopular Republican president in the White House and a Democratic Party in epic disarray, they think this is actually their moment.

On Friday, leaning hard into the symbolism of declaring their independence, the group—put together by the Centrist Project, founded by Charles Wheelan, an academic at Dartmouth—will meet at the Union League in downtown Philadelphia for a weekend-long mini-convention. They’ll get briefings on campaign mechanics and polling. They’ll get a rundown on potential staff hires and interested donors. A member of En Marche, French President Emmanuel Macron’s party, will do a briefing on how a party that didn’t exist a year ago won the presidency and now a majority in the National Assembly. Two prominent former Republican operatives—Matthew Dowd, chief strategist for George W. Bush’s 2004 campaign, and Reed Galen, who worked on both Bush campaigns and was John McCain’s 2008 deputy campaign manager—will weigh in with advice.

The model, they hope: Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, a lifelong Republican who quit the party two months before the 2014 election, picked a Democrat as his lieutenant governor/running mate, and squeaked out a win against the Republican incumbent. Walker recently announced he’s running for reelection, and he says he never looked back at his decision to leave the GOP—and that was before Trump split the party with a working-class message and heretical stances on entitlement programs, trade and basic decorum….



The mention of France’s Macron is a bad example..His  numbers have dropped from 65% approval to 36%…..

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US Atty Gen. Sessions on Virginia car ramming a crowd….“Domestic terrorism in our statute,”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks as Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats listens during an event at the Justice Department Aug. 4, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Sessions.…The former Alabama US Senator , who has had trouble with civil rights groups the past,  has put FBI agents and Department of Justice investigators on the Virginia White Power violent incident case….

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Monday that the “evil attack” in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend meets the legal definition of an act of domestic terrorism, an early declaration in an investigation after a car plowed into a crowd of protesters.

“It does meet the definition of domestic terrorism in our statute,” Mr. Sessions said on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” referring to a fatal attack on Saturday when a vehicle drove into a crowd protesting white nationalists, killing one woman and injuring others. A 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged by Virginia authorities with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and failing to stop at the scene of a crash that resulted in a death.

“You can be sure we will charge and advance the investigation toward the most serious charges that can be brought because this is unequivocally an unacceptable evil attack,” Mr. Sessions said, adding that terrorism and civil rights investigators were working on the case.

Mr. Sessions appeared on several morning news shows on Monday, condemning the violent demonstrations over the removal of a Confederate monument and defending President Trump’s response….



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The clues about Climate Change are right there….

A Washington Post reporter spends off time out in the North West….

And notices the evident changes in the weather , climate and the land….

This city known for its rain just went a record-breaking 55 days without any.

The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport had not measured any precipitation since June 18 until the wee hours of Sunday morning, when it drizzled. Barely. Some sprinkles also allowed Portland to break its own 57-day dry streak.

Climate change is leading to more extreme weather, and no other region has experienced that so much over the last year as the Pacific Northwest. Seattle got 44.9 inches of rain between Oct. 1 and April 30, the wettest such period ever. That means, even with the record dry streak, 2017 remains above normal for rainfall.

America faces many grave challenges. The horrifying events in Charlottesville this weekend highlighted several, including racism and the enduring stain of America’s original sin. (Much more on that below.) Climate change is another.

Burn bans are in effect, and signs warn of extreme fire danger. Local TV stations are extensively covering the poor air quality. And there are widespread concerns that wildfires around the region might lead to smoky skies during next week’s solar eclipse.

— Fires happen every summer, but they’ve been getting worse in these parts. “Wildfires in the western half of the United States, including Oregon, have been burning hotter, faster and twice as large over the last 30 years and a good heap of the blame belongs to climate change brought on by humans,” The Oregonian reported last October, citing a study by the University of Idaho and Columbia University. The researchers found that “rising temperatures due to climate change have increased fire activity and burned an additional 16,000 square miles, an area larger than the state of Maryland, that otherwise would have gone unscorched.”

“Since 1984, about 4 percent of the land in Oregon has burned per decade. The changing climate is likely to more than double the area in the Northwest burned by forest fires during an average year by the end of the 21st century,”….


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Right leaning Breitbart blames the police for Virginia White Power demo violence?

The piece on the site quotes a left leaning blog’s[ ProPublica] obscure criticism of the Charlottesville Police and the Virginia governor as reasons to blame the police and government NOT the white power group for the violence and 3 deaths…

….’While they undoubtedly dispute ProPublica’s characterization of who was responsible for most of the violence at the official rally, multiple Unite the Right participants who agreed to be interviewed by Breitbart News were themselves largely in agreement about the failings of the policing strategy.

One man, who was vacationing in the United States from Finland, arrived with one of the last waves to get into Emancipation Park before the event was shut down. From his perspective, “these two groups of very polarly opposed political and social and moral views were forced into conflict” by policing tactics. He recounted his experience to Breitbart News:

I was expecting to enter a peaceful protest to protect this monument and part of United States history from utter and total rewriting. I entered with people from the United States who were aware there were going to be counter-protesters. They promised to keep me safe, which they did. But what happened was, the police force, which should have kept the protesting parties separate, in fact funneled the right-wing protesters, the people defending the monument, right into Antifa, [making them run] a gauntlet of Antifa to the monument … Then – I don’t know the details of it – on dubious legal grounds, [the police] declared the gathering of right-wing protesters unlawful. We were forced to leave the venue and run another gauntlet.

Similar accounts were given by two self-described Alt-Right activists in their mid-20s who came from the Midwest for the rally. Unlike the Finnish man above, the pair were with one of the first waves to get to Emancipation Park. They asked to be identified by the pseudonyms “George” and “Sean.”

“We’re seeing [projectiles] being thrown back and forth. The police seemed almost to misdirect people, sending them to the wrong side of the park so they would have to go through the crowd [of leftists],” George told Breitbart News, describing the progression into chaos.

The pair claimed that their pleas to police that Unite the Right participants, especially the featured speakers, were gravely endangered by running the “gauntlet” fell on deaf ears. “What was weird was that the police started forming a shield wall moving on to us, forcing us out onto this narrow staircase where we were right in front of Antifa,” George said of the scene as the rally was being dispersed.

Another Midwestern rally-goer, “Andrew,” in his early thirties, also came to the park with one of the early waves. His primary goal, he claims, was to stay out of the fray and capture video of the happenings. He spoke to Breitbart News about his own impressions of the policing:

We were told by police to walk around the perimeter, past one of the two parks where [the counter-protesters] had a permit to rally. Antifa came out and they started following us down a dead end where the police would not let us through to go to Lee Park, so we had to go back through the lines of [counter-protesters] … at that point a giant melee broke out. It’s hard to say who started it or how it started. It seemed to be some of the Black Lives Matter activists got in our faces and started assaulting us and the natural response was self-defense … What I didn’t expect was the inability or the refusal of the police department to respond to threats…..



From the same piece Breitbart above was this direct report of white power supporters violence….It starts off  the Propublica piece…

…”There was nothing haphazard about the violence that erupted today in this bucolic town in Virginia’s heartland. At about 10 a.m. today, at one of countless such confrontations, an angry mob of white supremacists formed a battle line across from a group of counter-protesters, many of them older and gray-haired, who had gathered near a church parking lot. On command from their leader, the young men charged and pummeled their ideological foes with abandon. One woman was hurled to the pavement, and the blood from her bruised head was instantly visible.’….


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One ticket sold in Illinois for the $393 Mega Millions Jackpot…


I didn’t win?

The sole jackpot winner in Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing bought the lucky ticket worth as much as $393 million at a barbecue restaurant in suburban Chicago, the multistate lottery operator said on its website.

This is the largest Mega Millions jackpot in almost a year and is the fifth-largest prize in the game’s 15-year history, according to the website, which did not identify the winner.

In an unusual coincidence, the jackpots in the two biggest U.S. lotteries – Mega Millions and Powerball – had topped $300 million at the same time. With the current Powerball jackpot at $356 million, attention now turns to that lottery’s next drawing on Saturday evening.

The winning numbers on Friday’s jackpot ticket, sold at Nick’s Barbecue in Palos Heights, Illinois, were 23, 33, 53, 56 and 58 and the Mega Ball was 6.

The jackpot is only the fourth to be won this year, with the grand price climbing steadily since David Trapp won $61 million in California on April 28….


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State Insurance official’s move to shore up Obamacare…

With Congress unable to do much of anything and Trump talking about letting the whole healthcare program fall apart?

State insurance commissioners are using every tool at their disposal to keep insurers and other insurance program stakeholders  able to continue providing reasonable insurance to their citizens….

Insurance commissioners are working with providers, advocates and insurance companies to help keep the system running, but it’s an uphill climb.

Insurers are skittish and pleading for certainty from Washington. They want assurances that they will continue to receive cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments from the federal government, which total about $7 billion this year. Those payments reimburse insurers for providing discounted insurance to low-income ObamaCare enrollees.

They also want assurances that the administration will enforce the mandate requiring people to have insurance or pay a penalty.

States don’t have a lot of options, but some officials are actively trying to make sure the public is shielded as much as possible from the consequences if Trump follows through on his promise to let ObamaCare “implode.”

“In general there’s not a whole lot they can do, because states don’t have any more information about what the Trump administration is doing than insurance companies,” said Cynthia Cox of the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Some states are letting plans file multiple sets of rates to account for the uncertainty. The strategy can work, Cox said, if all insurers are on the same page.

“The concern is that one company assumes the worst case scenario and adds 40 percentage points on for uncertainty, and another assumes the best case and prices significantly lower,” Cox said.

The administration has been sending mixed signals about whether it will take the dramatic step of ending payments to insurers. The CSRs have been paid on a monthly basis, but the administration has not promised that will continue….



A failure of the Healthcare Law would saddle  states will HUGE holes in their budget’s…And tens of millions left out of healthcare coverage….

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Democrats and the Media are Trump’s ‘Enemy ‘ campaign type ad….

Donald Trump ‘s surprise success in campaigning  by attacking his opposition is being tested in running against Democrats and the Media now….

With his polling numbers on the decline and his inability to refrain from making ‘off the cuff gaffs’?

Would campaign ads help?

President Donald Trump’s campaign on Sunday released a 30-second TV spot attacking Democrats and the media as “enemies” who are “obstructing” Trump’s agenda.

“Democrats, obstructing. The media, attacking our President. Career politicians, standing in the way of success. But President Trump’s plan is working,” a narrator says in voiceover over a series of headshots.

The narrator cites employment and stock market data and touts “the strongest military in decades” as proof of Trump’s alleged success.

“The President’s enemies don’t want him to succeed,” the voiceover continues, over a collage of reporters’ faces. “But Americans are saying let President Trump do his job.”

The Trump campaign said the ad will air nationally and online but did not specify the size of the ad buy or how long it will run….



I’m NOT gonna run the ad for free like Trump’s people got the media to do during the campaign, which saved Trump a boat load of money, eh?

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Elizabeth Warren as a ‘ Brand’ takes off….

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She is a one woman merchandising storm including Prayer candles. Action figures. Temporary tattoos. Coloring books. and more….

“Elizabeth Warren is an increasingly popular brand that people want to associate with,” said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. “She’s the Apple of politics.”

It’s impossible to know the true size of the Warren merchandising-industrial complex. The bulk of it exists beyond the senator’s control on sites like online marketplace Etsy. And her campaign, which hosts its own online store, declined to disclose the exact amount of money it raises from merchandise sales.

But it’s safe to say no other senator has anything like it.

Warren’s campaign store has expanded beyond traditional political fare such as buttons, bumper stickers, tote bags and t-shirts to offer a line of products that capitalize on the “Nevertheless, she persisted” meme spawned by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s much-publicized admonishment of Warren on the Senate floor earlier this year…..



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Yes….The Republicans ARE trying to undo just about EVERYTHING America’s first Black President touched….

No one has quite said the above so bluntly….

But a The Atlantic piece does….

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The area’s of Civil Rights, Immigration , Healthcare, Defense, Law , Social Social services and other things ?….Republicans have tried to erase the moves to advance  into the 21st Century that America’s first Black (Mixed race) President put into place….

They want to go back to the ‘good ole day’ when white males ran things and everyone else was subservient to their wishes….The more the media talked about the changes in American demographics?…The more scared some became of a Clinton woman countinuing Obama’s changes ….

Yesterdays White Power Protests and the violence IS a walk back in time that Donald Trump winked at during the campaign….There will be more.…And Trump made sure NOT to single out his support among the white power groups even as those in his party have come forward against them….

Maybe they can choke on their efforts?

Southern Redemption had been led by white Democrats and their paramilitary allies, but crucial to their decisive victory was the willingness of the Republican Party to abandon blacks in the South to their fate. “Many Northern Republicans also hoped to use the crisis to jettison a Reconstruction policy they believed had failed,” wrote historian Eric Foner in Reconstruction. “The freedmen, insisted former Ohio Gov. Jacob D. Cox, must moderate their ‘new kindled ambition’ for political influence and recognize that they lacked whites’ ‘hereditary faculty of self government.’ Ulysses S. Grant, who had sent federal troops into the South to suppress the Ku Klux Klan, privately concluded that the 15th Amendment, adopted to protect the freedmen’s right to vote, had been a ‘mistake.’”

House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Wednesday that “this needs to be a time of redemption, not a time of recrimination.” But however hopefully the speaker meant it, the idea that America needs to be redeemed, like the notion that it needs to be made great again, rests on the notion that something has gone horribly wrong.

The notion that Trump’s victory, and the perception that society must be “redeemed” has nothing to do with a racist backlash might be comforting, but it flies in the face of available statistical evidence.

A Reuters survey in June found Trump supporters were more likely than Clinton supporters to see blacks as ‘criminal,’ ‘unintelligent,’ ‘lazy’ and ‘violent,’” though Clinton supporters were certainly not immune to those prejudices. Analysis by the RAND Corporation’ Presidential Election Panel Survey found that “Trump performs best among Americans who express more resentment toward African Americans and immigrants and who tend to evaluate whites more favorably than minority groups.” And even those Trump voters who did not approve of his remarks and policy proposals aimed at blacks, Muslims, and Latinos did not find them disqualifying.

The election of Donald Trump, and the complete dominance of the Republican Party both in the federal government and in the states, may usher in a new era of Redemption, one which could see the seemingly astounding racial progress of having a black president relegated to little more than symbolism.

The federal government currently protects people’s ability to find a home, to make a living, to cast a ballot, to worship freely, to drink clean water and breathe clean air. A Trump administration can leave these rights unprotected for the people most vulnerable to having them denied because of the color of their skin or their faith, before having to ask Congress for a single vote on legislation.

The conservative backlash against Obama limited much of his agenda after the first two years to things that could be achieved by the executive branch. Trump can easily reverse these steps, beginning, as Bloomberg reports, with Obama’s extension of relief from deportation to undocumented immigrants. That will affect some 750,000 people. Trump can shift deportation priorities so that undocumented immigrants previously considered a low priority for deportation––mothers with U.S. citizen children, for example––no longer will be. That proposed ban on Muslim immigration? He won’t even need Congress.

The entire civil-rights enforcement apparatus of the federal government will be under the control of a candidate who campaigned on using the power of the state against religious and ethnic minorities, proposing to ban Muslim immigration, establish a “deportation force” to purge the country of America’s largely Latino population of undocumented immigrants, and establish “national stop and frisk,” a policy that has targeted black communities. The Obama administration’s aggressive enforcement of anti-discrimination law in housing, employment, and voting is likely to suffer. The Obama era saw an unprecedented rise in the Justice Department’s efforts to combat racial discrimination in local policing. Trump campaigned with the explicit support of unions representing law enforcement, and on “giving power back to the police.”….



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For some undoucumented immigrants…Yes….Self Deportation….

Quietly,  below the radar,  Donald Trump’s promise to send undocumented immigrant men, women and children in America has worked….Immigration and Customs agents have stepped up raids from the lull durning President Obama’s last year in office….

With Trump putting the Ban issue on the front pages, the media has covered the actions against those staying illegally in this country also….

While some places around the country have stronger enforcement actions then others ?

The word is out….

The NY Times does a piece on  a family in Iowa who only know what it is to be American’s….But have chosen to leave this place on their own free will (self deportation) rather than be shipped back after being detained by the US Government and shipped back under duress….

Her American journey was waning, and she had little left to lose.

Her husband, Jesús Canseco-Rodriguez, was already gone — deported to Mexico in 2015. Ms. Rivera had jettisoned their apartment and sold off what the family had built here in Hampton: their small business power-washing hog barns, Mr. Canseco’s work truck, their furniture

Now, at this tense juncture for immigrants and their adoptive hometowns across the conservative swaths of rural America, Ms. Rivera planned to sever one last tie. She was returning to Mexico — and to her husband — with Steven, 13 years old and American-born.

Some politicians call it “self-deportation.” She called it her family’s only hope of being together.

The heartland is freckled with Hamptons and Ediths. In small agricultural towns that supported President Trump by 20-point margins, residents are now seeing an immigration crackdown ripple through the families that have helped revive their downtown squares and transform their economies.

In Hampton, Latinos make up 51 percent of the elementary-school rosters and sit in the next pews over at the bilingual Easter Mass.

Like Ms. Rivera, many are weighing whether to stay, hide or leave altogether.

As she angled her gray Camry north, farms and silos whipping by under a sunny spring sky, Ms. Rivera scrolled through memories and fears as if they were pictures on her phone. The apartment by the golf course where she used to chase Steven through the grass. The curling prairie trails where they walked after school. The quiet blacktops where she went jogging.

Agriculture is a mainstay of the economy in and around Hampton.CreditTim Gruber for The New York Times

“I love the days like today,” she said.

But the future scared her. She worried about her family’s safety in their home state of Veracruz, where gangs slaughter rivals and civilians alike. How would they earn a living on their tiny, remote ranch? How would Steven adjust to a country he had visited just once, last summer? Would she ever see her American friends — or America — again?

And when their departure date finally arrived, could she bring herself to get on that Delta flight and leave?

The most indelible American stories are often road trips of one kind or another, whether they end at Plymouth Rock or in Hampton, Iowa. Ms. Rivera’s first journey whisked her away from her poor home in southern Mexico when she was 14, across the Arizona border illegally, to join relatives looking for jobs in North Carolina. Another road trip brought her to Iowa with her husband and child, then a toddler.

In the decade the family spent in Hampton, they drove to Minneapolis, where her husband played first base in the Liga Latina de Béisbol, and where young Steven began, as one friend said, to “breathe baseball.” They drove to horse races and to a water park in Des Moines…..

After Mr. Canseco’s arrest in 2015 on charges of illegally re-entering the country, there were trips to jail and to a federal courthouse.

Now, one final road trip waited: The drive from Hampton to a 5:45 a.m. flight out of Des Moines. The itinerary: Atlanta to Mexico City to Veracruz, and the start of an uncertain new life.

“I don’t know how we’re going to provide everything,” Ms. Rivera said. “It’s no work, no opportunities there.”

“I’m afraid at how she’s going to face all this,” Mr. Canseco said in a telephone interview from Mexico. “You can’t imagine how different it is.”…


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Chuck Schumer….Sure It’s getting better between me and Mitch….

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With the Republican leadership finally coming to understand that they can’t get much done on their own (Democrats 2009?)…..They have begun to turn back how things should be in the Congress….

Working together sometimes ….

Schumer even seems to be making a pitch to get Trump’s ear on trade (and drive a wedge between Trump and the Republicans)….

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) says that relationships between Democrats and Republicans in Congress are improving, but said he feels the White House has not done enough to support lawmakers.

“We are actually working together in a pretty good way,” Schumer told radio host John Catsimatidis in an interview that aired Sunday. “I think this will happen more and more and more.”

“Our Republican friends, I think, want to work with us. I think sometimes the president gets in the way of that. But I think you are going to see us working together more and more,” he repeated. “I have even gotten [Sen. Mitch McConnell] to laugh at my jokes.”

Schumer pointed at U.S. trade policy with China as one issue that could bridge the gap between Democrats in Congress and the Trump administration.

The New York Democrat even remarked that he was “closer” to Trump on the issue than he was to former Presidents Obama or George W. Bush…..



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Netroots 2017….The Democratic internal struggle continues?


Sen. Elizabeth Warren got a warm response for a rousing speech in Atlanta at Netroots Nation 2017 Saturday.

And she didn’t say fight among yourselves.

The senator from Massachusetts gave a rousing, upbeat, 31-minute speech in Atlanta at Netroots Nation Saturday morning. You can watch it all here starting at 47:00. Or you can read it all below. Any transcription errors are mine.

Before i begin, i want to say a word about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, DACA.

The fights that we fight for, they matter. In 2012, because of the persistence of many of you in this room, 800,000 young men and women were protected from deportation. Because of you, because of your work, and because of DACA, dreamers who are as American as you are promised a chance to work and a chance to live without fear of being ripped away from family and friends. And, at the home most of them know, the chance to build a future.

And now, President Trump will make a decision on DACA. Dreamers’ future hangs in the balance. This Tuesday, August 15, people are mobilizing to protect dreamers. So, Let’s not sit back. Let’s stand together and say, President Trump, let dreamers stay! They are our friends, our family, and our future. Give dreamers the chance to fill their dream. That is what we want to do. [Strong applause]  Yeah. You bet. Yeah.

These fights matter, these fights matter, and that is why it is good to be back at a Netroots Nation. i love it. Thank you Mary and Eric and thank you Arshad and thank you the entire Netroots Nation’s team for bringing us together again…..


Warren’s party, locked out of power in Washington and most of the country, has spent 2017 opposing Trump while also fighting about what it really stands for. Both trends were on display at Netroots, as huddles over how to block Republican bills alternated with protests of Democrats who were seen to be belittling black candidates, LGBT rights or Native Americans.

The evidence from Atlanta suggested that Democrats might march into 2017 and 2018 elections still arguing about how to win — without dividing the party.

The high-profile problems of the Democratic National Committee were part of that discussion, but the larger focus was about what progressives were building outside the party, untainted by the Democratic brand. Just as the tea party complemented the work of the Obama-era GOP, progressives want to build organizations, national and hyperlocal, to turn out voters who might be turned off by Democrats.


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