• Germany: Merkel Unveils Government's Multibillion Climate Protection Plan [While Trump Announces New Sanctions Against Iran (WHO HAVEN'T DONE A THING THEY'RE ACCUSED OF...)]
    The German government unveiled its climate protection plan until 2030 in Berlin on Friday at a presentation taking place against the backdrop of massive protests on the issue across the globe.

    The programme would see around 54 billion euros ($59 billion) allocated to climate protection projects until 2023.

    "As a scientist, I can say that what impresses me, is when Greta Thunberg says: "Unite behind the science." We're not doing something ideological here. We are doing something for which there is massive evidence that we have to act against it. Those who ignore this scientific evidence saying "We're going to make it somehow" are not acting with awareness of the future, which we did," said Merkel.

    The climate action plan will reportedly include 70 different projects and monitoring missions regarding construction, traffic and agriculture.

    M/S German Chancellor Angela M-Video ID: 20190920 045
    #GDR #ChancellrMerkel #UniteBehindThe Science #GlobalClimateStrike #GretaThunberg #FridaysForFuture #GNDBernie2020
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    Germany: Merkel Unveils Government's Multibillion Climate Protection Plan [While Trump Announces New Sanctions Against Iran (WHO HAVEN'T DONE A THING THEY'RE ACCUSED OF...)] The German government unveiled its climate protection plan until 2030 in Berlin on Friday at a presentation taking place against the backdrop of massive protests on the issue across the globe. The programme would see around 54 billion euros ($59 billion) allocated to climate protection projects until 2023. "As a scientist, I can say that what impresses me, is when Greta Thunberg says: "Unite behind the science." We're not doing something ideological here. We are doing something for which there is massive evidence that we have to act against it. Those who ignore this scientific evidence saying "We're going to make it somehow" are not acting with awareness of the future, which we did," said Merkel. The climate action plan will reportedly include 70 different projects and monitoring missions regarding construction, traffic and agriculture. M/S German Chancellor Angela M-Video ID: 20190920 045 #GDR #ChancellrMerkel #UniteBehindThe Science #GlobalClimateStrike #GretaThunberg #FridaysForFuture #GNDBernie2020 https://youtu.be/yUGYUbbQn9o Ruptly 9/20/19
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  • 'Total Massacre' as U.S. Drone Strike Kills 30 Farmers in Afghanistan
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/19/total-massacre-us-drone-strike-kills-30-farmers-afghanistan
    Eoin Higgins, staff writer

    A U.S. drone attack killed 30 pine nut farmers and wounded at least 40 others in Afghanistan Wednesday night, the latest killing of innocent civilians by American forces as the "war on terror" enters its 19th year.

    The farmers had just finished work and were sitting by a fire when the strike happened, according to tribal elder Malik Rahat Gul.

    "Some of us managed to escape, some were injured, but many were killed," said farm laborer Juma Gul.

    Reuters reported that there may be more farmers missing:

    Haidar Khan, who owns the pine nut fields, said about 150 workers were there for harvesting, with some still missing as well as the confirmed dead and injured.

    A survivor of the drone strike said about 200 laborers were sleeping in five tents pitched near the farm when the attack happened.

    In a statement, Colonel Sonny Leggett, the spokesman for the U.S. campaign in Afghanistan, said the attack was aimed at "Da’esh (IS) terrorists in Nangarhar" province.

    "We are aware of allegations of the death of non-combatants and are working with local officials to determine the facts," said Leggett.

    However, Leggett said, the blame for the massacre is squarely on IS and the Taliban—not U.S. forces.

    "We are fighting in a complex environment against those who intentionally kill and hide behind civilians, as well as use dishonest claims of noncombatant casualties as propaganda weapons," Leggett said.

    Human rights group Amnesty International, in a statement, said that the strike was "unacceptable and suggests a shocking disregard for civilian life."

    "U.S. forces in Afghanistan must ensure that all possible precautions are taken to avoid civilian casualties in military operations," said Amnesty.

    In a tweet, journalist Emran Feroz said his reporting from the region indicates that the reality of U.S. policy with respect to attacks in Nangarhar is different than Leggett's claims.

    "Seems that recent drone strikes in Nangarhar's Khogyani district ended in a total massacre killing far more than 30 civilians," said Feroz. "When I visited Khogyani in 2017, locals told us that drone strikes against farmers and other civilians are taking place regularly."

    Rita Siemion, the director of National Security Advocacy at Human Rights First, told Common Dreams that the U.S. military cannot allow strikes to kill innocent civilians.

    "Mistakes can happen, but this strike is part of a pattern that suggests that there are serious flaws in the Pentagon's targeting processes that need to be addressed," said Siemion. "Knowingly using a process that fails to adequately distinguish between civilians and combatants would violate the laws of war and be detrimental to the overall mission."

    In a tweet, The Intercept's Mehdi Hasan noted just how little attention the massacre perpetrated by the U.S. military was likely to receive.

    Amnesty International said bombing "suggests a shocking disregard for civilian life."

    MSNBC host Chris Hayes tweeted Thursday that Americans should pay attention to the attack and try to put themselves in Afghan shoes.

    "It is so easy to read this and be upset or shake your head and still see it as an abstraction," said Hayes. "But take a second to play through a missile from, say, Iran landing in Iowa and killing 30 farmers and what that would do to domestic politics."
    'Total Massacre' as U.S. Drone Strike Kills 30 Farmers in Afghanistan https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/19/total-massacre-us-drone-strike-kills-30-farmers-afghanistan Eoin Higgins, staff writer A U.S. drone attack killed 30 pine nut farmers and wounded at least 40 others in Afghanistan Wednesday night, the latest killing of innocent civilians by American forces as the "war on terror" enters its 19th year. The farmers had just finished work and were sitting by a fire when the strike happened, according to tribal elder Malik Rahat Gul. "Some of us managed to escape, some were injured, but many were killed," said farm laborer Juma Gul. Reuters reported that there may be more farmers missing: Haidar Khan, who owns the pine nut fields, said about 150 workers were there for harvesting, with some still missing as well as the confirmed dead and injured. A survivor of the drone strike said about 200 laborers were sleeping in five tents pitched near the farm when the attack happened. In a statement, Colonel Sonny Leggett, the spokesman for the U.S. campaign in Afghanistan, said the attack was aimed at "Da’esh (IS) terrorists in Nangarhar" province. "We are aware of allegations of the death of non-combatants and are working with local officials to determine the facts," said Leggett. However, Leggett said, the blame for the massacre is squarely on IS and the Taliban—not U.S. forces. "We are fighting in a complex environment against those who intentionally kill and hide behind civilians, as well as use dishonest claims of noncombatant casualties as propaganda weapons," Leggett said. Human rights group Amnesty International, in a statement, said that the strike was "unacceptable and suggests a shocking disregard for civilian life." "U.S. forces in Afghanistan must ensure that all possible precautions are taken to avoid civilian casualties in military operations," said Amnesty. In a tweet, journalist Emran Feroz said his reporting from the region indicates that the reality of U.S. policy with respect to attacks in Nangarhar is different than Leggett's claims. "Seems that recent drone strikes in Nangarhar's Khogyani district ended in a total massacre killing far more than 30 civilians," said Feroz. "When I visited Khogyani in 2017, locals told us that drone strikes against farmers and other civilians are taking place regularly." Rita Siemion, the director of National Security Advocacy at Human Rights First, told Common Dreams that the U.S. military cannot allow strikes to kill innocent civilians. "Mistakes can happen, but this strike is part of a pattern that suggests that there are serious flaws in the Pentagon's targeting processes that need to be addressed," said Siemion. "Knowingly using a process that fails to adequately distinguish between civilians and combatants would violate the laws of war and be detrimental to the overall mission." In a tweet, The Intercept's Mehdi Hasan noted just how little attention the massacre perpetrated by the U.S. military was likely to receive. Amnesty International said bombing "suggests a shocking disregard for civilian life." MSNBC host Chris Hayes tweeted Thursday that Americans should pay attention to the attack and try to put themselves in Afghan shoes. "It is so easy to read this and be upset or shake your head and still see it as an abstraction," said Hayes. "But take a second to play through a missile from, say, Iran landing in Iowa and killing 30 farmers and what that would do to domestic politics."
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  • So-Called "Limited" Nuclear War Would Actually Be Very Bad and Kill Tens of Millions, Warns New Report
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/17/so-called-limited-nuclear-war-would-actually-be-very-bad-and-kill-tens-millions
    Eoin Higgins, staff writer

    Even a limited nuclear war would be catastrophic and kill millions, a new study finds, despite the belief of the Pentagon that the U.S. military could effectively and safely use nuclear weapons in a conflict.

    The report, which Princeton University's Science and Global Security Lab presents in video form, affirms the position of anti-nuclear war activists that no use of nuclear weapons is sensible—or safe.

    "This terrifying new video shows how just one tactical nuke can trigger a U.S.-Russian war that kills tens of millions," Daryl G. Kimball, the director of the Arms Control Association, said in a tweet. "We urgently need sensible action to reduce and eliminate nuclear risk."

    Reaction to the video of the lab's findings emphasized the importance of the information, especially in a world where the U.S. military is considering using nuclear weapons as part of its conventional war strategy.

    "The whole world needs to see this video," tweeted John Hallam, a campaigner at Australia's People for Nuclear Disarmament.

    Watch the video: [https://youtu.be/2jy3JU-ORpo]

    The lab developed the scenario after the Pentagon published, and shortly thereafter removed, a new draft of the Doctrine for Joint Nuclear Operations (pdf) on June 11.

    As Common Dreams reported at the time, the document raised questions from observers and antiwar advocates concerned over the hubris of the Pentagon to assume it could win a nuclear war.

    That document, combined with the scrapping of arms control treaties, led the researchers to develop testing for a scenario wherein the U.S. and Russia engage in a limited conflict.

    The results point to a devastating cost in lives in short order.

    "It is estimated that there would be more than 90 million people dead and injured within the first few hours of the conflict," the site reads.

    The scenario envisions a back and forth between the U.S. and Russia. The conflict begins with Russia striking the border of Germany and Poland in an effort to dissuade NATO aggression—but the reaction from the U.S. is to strike Kaliningrad, Russia's small territory on the Baltic Sea. From there, things get worse as both countries launch ever-increasing barrages of bombs at one another. Within hours, over 34 million people are dead and over 57 million are injured, to say nothing of the ongoing effects from radiation and nuclear winter.

    The study is "based on independent assessments of current U.S. and Russian force postures, nuclear war plans, and nuclear weapons targets," according to the lab.

    "It uses extensive data sets of the nuclear weapons currently deployed, weapon yields, and possible targets for particular weapons, as well as the order of battle estimating which weapons go to which targets in which order in which phase of the war to show the evolution of the nuclear conflict from tactical, to strategic to city-targeting phases," the lab's summary reads.
    So-Called "Limited" Nuclear War Would Actually Be Very Bad and Kill Tens of Millions, Warns New Report https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/17/so-called-limited-nuclear-war-would-actually-be-very-bad-and-kill-tens-millions Eoin Higgins, staff writer Even a limited nuclear war would be catastrophic and kill millions, a new study finds, despite the belief of the Pentagon that the U.S. military could effectively and safely use nuclear weapons in a conflict. The report, which Princeton University's Science and Global Security Lab presents in video form, affirms the position of anti-nuclear war activists that no use of nuclear weapons is sensible—or safe. "This terrifying new video shows how just one tactical nuke can trigger a U.S.-Russian war that kills tens of millions," Daryl G. Kimball, the director of the Arms Control Association, said in a tweet. "We urgently need sensible action to reduce and eliminate nuclear risk." Reaction to the video of the lab's findings emphasized the importance of the information, especially in a world where the U.S. military is considering using nuclear weapons as part of its conventional war strategy. "The whole world needs to see this video," tweeted John Hallam, a campaigner at Australia's People for Nuclear Disarmament. Watch the video: [https://youtu.be/2jy3JU-ORpo] The lab developed the scenario after the Pentagon published, and shortly thereafter removed, a new draft of the Doctrine for Joint Nuclear Operations (pdf) on June 11. As Common Dreams reported at the time, the document raised questions from observers and antiwar advocates concerned over the hubris of the Pentagon to assume it could win a nuclear war. That document, combined with the scrapping of arms control treaties, led the researchers to develop testing for a scenario wherein the U.S. and Russia engage in a limited conflict. The results point to a devastating cost in lives in short order. "It is estimated that there would be more than 90 million people dead and injured within the first few hours of the conflict," the site reads. The scenario envisions a back and forth between the U.S. and Russia. The conflict begins with Russia striking the border of Germany and Poland in an effort to dissuade NATO aggression—but the reaction from the U.S. is to strike Kaliningrad, Russia's small territory on the Baltic Sea. From there, things get worse as both countries launch ever-increasing barrages of bombs at one another. Within hours, over 34 million people are dead and over 57 million are injured, to say nothing of the ongoing effects from radiation and nuclear winter. The study is "based on independent assessments of current U.S. and Russian force postures, nuclear war plans, and nuclear weapons targets," according to the lab. "It uses extensive data sets of the nuclear weapons currently deployed, weapon yields, and possible targets for particular weapons, as well as the order of battle estimating which weapons go to which targets in which order in which phase of the war to show the evolution of the nuclear conflict from tactical, to strategic to city-targeting phases," the lab's summary reads.
    So-Called "Limited" Nuclear War Would Actually Be Very Bad and Kill Tens of Millions, Warns New Report
    "We urgently need sensible action to reduce and eliminate nuclear risk."
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  • Campaign Collapse Coming? Key Donors Reportedly Unimpressed By Performance Of Kamala Harris In Last Debate

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/09/campaign-collapse-coming-key-donors-reportedly-unimpressed-by-performance-of-kamala-harris-in-last-debate/
    Campaign Collapse Coming? Key Donors Reportedly Unimpressed By Performance Of Kamala Harris In Last Debate https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/09/campaign-collapse-coming-key-donors-reportedly-unimpressed-by-performance-of-kamala-harris-in-last-debate/
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    https://needtoknow.news/2019/09/220300-public-school-teachers-reported-physical-attacks-by-students-in-2015-2016-school-year-so-california-bans-public-schools-from-suspending-troublemakers/
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  • "Exactly What I've Hoped For": 100+ Education Leaders Voice Support for Sanders K-12 Plan
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/10/exactly-what-ive-hoped-100-education-leaders-voice-support-sanders-k-12-plan
    Jessica Corbett, staff writer

    More than 100 national education leaders are publicly backing 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders' plan to reform the American school system, his campaign announced Tuesday.

    Unveiled in May, the Thurgood Marshall Plan for Public Education calls for "a transformative investment in our children, our teachers, and our schools, and a fundamental re-thinking of the unjust and inequitable funding of our public education system."

    "No president or presidential candidate has offered a proposal so bold and sweeping, which directly addresses the fiscal starving of American public education at the same time that the federal government got into the business of regulating, mandating, and controlling the nation's schools and classrooms," declared Diane Ravitch, former U.S. assistant secretary of education and research professor at New York University.

    Sanders aims to address "the serious crisis in our education system by reducing racial and economic segregation in our public school system, attracting the best and the brightest educational professionals to teach in our classrooms, and reestablishing a positive learning environment for students in our K-12 schools," according to his campaign.

    "Bernie's strong and ethical education platform is exactly what I've hoped for," Jonathan Kozol, a National Book Award recipient and activist for public schools and racial equality, said Tuesday. "His courageous and unqualified support for racial integration of our public schools sets him apart from the timid and equivocating centrists who have put unprincipled consensus ahead of social justice in the primary campaigns."

    The White House hopeful's public education proposal has 10 key goals:

    Combating Racial Discrimination and School Segregation
    End the Unaccountable Profit-Motive of Charter Schools
    Equitable Funding for Public Schools
    Strengthen the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
    Give Teachers a Much-Deserved Raise and Empower them to Teach
    Expand After-School/Summer Education Programs
    Universal School Meals
    Community Schools
    School Infrastructure
    Make Schools a Safe and Inclusive Place for All

    Part of Sanders' education plan includes banning new for-profit charter schools. As Common Dreams reported earlier this year, he was the first candidate in the Democratic primary race to take that position.

    "Ninety percent of parents in this country send their kids to public schools, and they want those public schools to be a top priority," Randi Weingarten, president of American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and another backer of Sanders' plan, said Tuesday. "That's why Sen. Sanders' plan to invest in public schools and provide real accountability over private alternatives is vitally important."

    Weingarten, Ravitch, and Kozol were joined by dozens of other education leaders, union organizers, school reform groups, and college professors who endorsed Sanders' platform—as students and educators across the country kick off a new school year.

    Other supporters of the plan included Noam Chomsky, professor emeritus of linguistics at MIT; Abdul El-Sayed, former executive director of the Detroit Health Department; Adolph Reed Jr., professor emeritus of political science the the University of Pennsylvania; Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research; and Cornel West, professor of the practice of public philosophy at Harvard University and professor emeritus at Princeton University.
    "Exactly What I've Hoped For": 100+ Education Leaders Voice Support for Sanders K-12 Plan https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/10/exactly-what-ive-hoped-100-education-leaders-voice-support-sanders-k-12-plan Jessica Corbett, staff writer More than 100 national education leaders are publicly backing 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders' plan to reform the American school system, his campaign announced Tuesday. Unveiled in May, the Thurgood Marshall Plan for Public Education calls for "a transformative investment in our children, our teachers, and our schools, and a fundamental re-thinking of the unjust and inequitable funding of our public education system." "No president or presidential candidate has offered a proposal so bold and sweeping, which directly addresses the fiscal starving of American public education at the same time that the federal government got into the business of regulating, mandating, and controlling the nation's schools and classrooms," declared Diane Ravitch, former U.S. assistant secretary of education and research professor at New York University. Sanders aims to address "the serious crisis in our education system by reducing racial and economic segregation in our public school system, attracting the best and the brightest educational professionals to teach in our classrooms, and reestablishing a positive learning environment for students in our K-12 schools," according to his campaign. "Bernie's strong and ethical education platform is exactly what I've hoped for," Jonathan Kozol, a National Book Award recipient and activist for public schools and racial equality, said Tuesday. "His courageous and unqualified support for racial integration of our public schools sets him apart from the timid and equivocating centrists who have put unprincipled consensus ahead of social justice in the primary campaigns." The White House hopeful's public education proposal has 10 key goals: Combating Racial Discrimination and School Segregation End the Unaccountable Profit-Motive of Charter Schools Equitable Funding for Public Schools Strengthen the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Give Teachers a Much-Deserved Raise and Empower them to Teach Expand After-School/Summer Education Programs Universal School Meals Community Schools School Infrastructure Make Schools a Safe and Inclusive Place for All Part of Sanders' education plan includes banning new for-profit charter schools. As Common Dreams reported earlier this year, he was the first candidate in the Democratic primary race to take that position. "Ninety percent of parents in this country send their kids to public schools, and they want those public schools to be a top priority," Randi Weingarten, president of American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and another backer of Sanders' plan, said Tuesday. "That's why Sen. Sanders' plan to invest in public schools and provide real accountability over private alternatives is vitally important." Weingarten, Ravitch, and Kozol were joined by dozens of other education leaders, union organizers, school reform groups, and college professors who endorsed Sanders' platform—as students and educators across the country kick off a new school year. Other supporters of the plan included Noam Chomsky, professor emeritus of linguistics at MIT; Abdul El-Sayed, former executive director of the Detroit Health Department; Adolph Reed Jr., professor emeritus of political science the the University of Pennsylvania; Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research; and Cornel West, professor of the practice of public philosophy at Harvard University and professor emeritus at Princeton University.
    "Exactly What I've Hoped For": 100+ Education Leaders Voice Support for Sanders K-12 Plan
    "No president or presidential candidate has offered a proposal so bold and sweeping."
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  • NED Strikes Again: How Neocon Money is Funding Hong Kong Protests
    Before the Hong Kong protests erupted, NED President Gershman called China a “resurgent despotic regime tightening repression internally and expanding its power globally,” claiming that “democracy is under threat” and we must “come to its defense.”

    Since 2014, the year of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Protests, the NED has (officially) poured over $29 million into the island city or the mainland in order to “identify new avenues for democracy and political reform.” That’s according to the NED’s website.

    But as the organization has already formally identified the Chinese government as despotic and a threat to democracy, this means that the money is, de facto, supporting groups to undermine that government. And as MintPress has reported, much of the money went to the very groups that organized the latest protests.
    #HongKongProtests #NeoconMoney #MnarMuhawesh #MintPressNews
    https://youtu.be/fTIoAV8RfHU
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    NED Strikes Again: How Neocon Money is Funding Hong Kong Protests Before the Hong Kong protests erupted, NED President Gershman called China a “resurgent despotic regime tightening repression internally and expanding its power globally,” claiming that “democracy is under threat” and we must “come to its defense.” Since 2014, the year of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Protests, the NED has (officially) poured over $29 million into the island city or the mainland in order to “identify new avenues for democracy and political reform.” That’s according to the NED’s website. But as the organization has already formally identified the Chinese government as despotic and a threat to democracy, this means that the money is, de facto, supporting groups to undermine that government. And as MintPress has reported, much of the money went to the very groups that organized the latest protests. #HongKongProtests #NeoconMoney #MnarMuhawesh #MintPressNews https://youtu.be/fTIoAV8RfHU Mint Press News 9/10/19
    NED Strikes Again: How Neocon Money is Funding Hong Kong Protests
    Before the Hong Kong protests erupted, NED President Gershman called China a “resurgent despotic regime tightening repression internally and expanding its po...
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  • Trump STEALS Public Funds For His Resort
    In early Spring of this year, an Air National Guard crew made a routine trip from the U.S. to Kuwait to deliver supplies.

    What wasn’t routine was where the crew stopped along the way: President Donald Trump’s Turnberry resort, about 50 miles outside Glasgow, Scotland.

    Since April, the House Oversight Committee has been investigating why the crew on the C-17 military transport plane made the unusual stay — both en route to the Middle East and on the way back — at the luxury waterside resort, according to several people familiar with the incident. But they have yet to receive any answers from the Pentagon.

    The inquiry is part of a broader, previously unreported probe into U.S. military expenditures at and around the Trump property in Scotland.

    According to a letter the panel sent to the Pentagon in June, the military has spent $11 million on fuel at the Prestwick Airport — the closest airport to Trump Turnberry — since October 2017, fuel that would be cheaper if purchased at a U.S. military base.

    The letter also cites a Guardian report that the airport provided cut-rate rooms and free rounds of golf at Turnberry for U.S. military members.
    #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TurnberryTrump #TYTNetwork #TrumpCorruption #JohnIadarola #BrookeThomas #GrandTheftTrump
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    The Damage Report 9/9/19
    Trump STEALS Public Funds For His Resort In early Spring of this year, an Air National Guard crew made a routine trip from the U.S. to Kuwait to deliver supplies. What wasn’t routine was where the crew stopped along the way: President Donald Trump’s Turnberry resort, about 50 miles outside Glasgow, Scotland. Since April, the House Oversight Committee has been investigating why the crew on the C-17 military transport plane made the unusual stay — both en route to the Middle East and on the way back — at the luxury waterside resort, according to several people familiar with the incident. But they have yet to receive any answers from the Pentagon. The inquiry is part of a broader, previously unreported probe into U.S. military expenditures at and around the Trump property in Scotland. According to a letter the panel sent to the Pentagon in June, the military has spent $11 million on fuel at the Prestwick Airport — the closest airport to Trump Turnberry — since October 2017, fuel that would be cheaper if purchased at a U.S. military base. The letter also cites a Guardian report that the airport provided cut-rate rooms and free rounds of golf at Turnberry for U.S. military members. #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TurnberryTrump #TYTNetwork #TrumpCorruption #JohnIadarola #BrookeThomas #GrandTheftTrump https://youtu.be/8kz9pfxcfms The Damage Report 9/9/19
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    Trump steals public funds for one of his properties. John Iadarola and Brooke Thomas break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook...
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  • 'Hell No,' Say Progressives, After GOP Sen. Joni Ernst Suggests Cutting Social Security 'Behind Closed Doors'
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/06/hell-no-say-progressives-after-gop-sen-joni-ernst-suggests-cutting-social-security
    Jake Johnson, staff writer

    Republican Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa is under fire after telling a town hall audience last weekend that members of Congress should negotiate changes to Social Security "behind closed doors" in order to dodge scrutiny from the media and advocacy groups.

    Ernst, who is running for reelection in 2020, complained to the crowd gathered in Estherville, Iowa that "the minute you say we need to address Social Security, the media is hammering you, the opposing party is hammering you—there goes granny over a cliff."

    Lawmakers should therefore meet in secret to avoid "being scrutinized by this group or the other," said the Iowa Republican.

    Ernst did not recommend specific changes to Social Security during her town hall appearance, but the senator has in the past suggested privatization of the widely popular program as "one solution."

    A video of Ernst's remarks was posted on Youtube Tuesday by the Democratic super PAC American Bridge, and the comments quickly generated outrage on social media.

    https://youtu.be/K8bUe9y34Ic

    Nancy Altman, president of progressive advocacy group Social Security Works, wrote Friday that Ernst "said out loud what Republican politicians usually only talk about in secret meetings with their billionaire donors: the GOP wants to cut our earned Social Security benefits—and they want to do it behind closed doors so that they don't have to pay the political price."

    Altman said any changes Congress makes to Social Security should expand the program's benefits, and the improvements should be made in public.

    "All of us who have a stake in Social Security—which is every one of us—should insist that those seeking our vote tell us if they support expanding or cutting Social Security," wrote Altman. "If they refuse to tell us, if they ramble on about their desire to 'save' or 'fix' or 'strengthen' Social Security in secret, we should draw the obvious inference: They want to cut Social Security."

    SocialSecurityWorks ✔ @SSWorks
    Hell no, Joni!
    No matter how hard you try to hide behind closed doors, the American people will be watching - and we won't let you cut our earned Social Security benefits. https://twitter.com/sahilkapur/status/1169654436513361920

    Sahil Kapur ✔ @sahilkapur
    Joni Ernst says members of Congress "need to sit down behind closed doors so we’re not being scrutinized by this group or the other" and discuss how to fix Social Security.

    She wants it "sooner rather than later."https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8bUe9y34Ic&feature=youtu.be

    First reported: https://iowastartingline.com/2019/09/04/ernst-need-to-sit-down-behind-closed-doors-for-social-security-fix/
    12:01 PM - Sep 5, 2019

    Ernst's comments came as President Donald Trump is reportedly considering cuts to Social Security and Medicare as a possible "second-term project."

    As the Washington Post reported in July, Trump ordered his aides to "prepare for sweeping budget cuts if he wins a second term in the White House."

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate who in February introduced legislation to expand Social Security by hiking taxes on the rich, said Friday that he has "some bad news" for Republicans who want to gut Social Security in secret.

    "We're not going to cut Social Security benefits," Sanders tweeted. "We're going to expand them.
    'Hell No,' Say Progressives, After GOP Sen. Joni Ernst Suggests Cutting Social Security 'Behind Closed Doors' https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/06/hell-no-say-progressives-after-gop-sen-joni-ernst-suggests-cutting-social-security Jake Johnson, staff writer Republican Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa is under fire after telling a town hall audience last weekend that members of Congress should negotiate changes to Social Security "behind closed doors" in order to dodge scrutiny from the media and advocacy groups. Ernst, who is running for reelection in 2020, complained to the crowd gathered in Estherville, Iowa that "the minute you say we need to address Social Security, the media is hammering you, the opposing party is hammering you—there goes granny over a cliff." Lawmakers should therefore meet in secret to avoid "being scrutinized by this group or the other," said the Iowa Republican. Ernst did not recommend specific changes to Social Security during her town hall appearance, but the senator has in the past suggested privatization of the widely popular program as "one solution." A video of Ernst's remarks was posted on Youtube Tuesday by the Democratic super PAC American Bridge, and the comments quickly generated outrage on social media. https://youtu.be/K8bUe9y34Ic Nancy Altman, president of progressive advocacy group Social Security Works, wrote Friday that Ernst "said out loud what Republican politicians usually only talk about in secret meetings with their billionaire donors: the GOP wants to cut our earned Social Security benefits—and they want to do it behind closed doors so that they don't have to pay the political price." Altman said any changes Congress makes to Social Security should expand the program's benefits, and the improvements should be made in public. "All of us who have a stake in Social Security—which is every one of us—should insist that those seeking our vote tell us if they support expanding or cutting Social Security," wrote Altman. "If they refuse to tell us, if they ramble on about their desire to 'save' or 'fix' or 'strengthen' Social Security in secret, we should draw the obvious inference: They want to cut Social Security." SocialSecurityWorks ✔ @SSWorks Hell no, Joni! No matter how hard you try to hide behind closed doors, the American people will be watching - and we won't let you cut our earned Social Security benefits. https://twitter.com/sahilkapur/status/1169654436513361920 … Sahil Kapur ✔ @sahilkapur Joni Ernst says members of Congress "need to sit down behind closed doors so we’re not being scrutinized by this group or the other" and discuss how to fix Social Security. She wants it "sooner rather than later."https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8bUe9y34Ic&feature=youtu.be … First reported: https://iowastartingline.com/2019/09/04/ernst-need-to-sit-down-behind-closed-doors-for-social-security-fix/ … 12:01 PM - Sep 5, 2019 Ernst's comments came as President Donald Trump is reportedly considering cuts to Social Security and Medicare as a possible "second-term project." As the Washington Post reported in July, Trump ordered his aides to "prepare for sweeping budget cuts if he wins a second term in the White House." Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate who in February introduced legislation to expand Social Security by hiking taxes on the rich, said Friday that he has "some bad news" for Republicans who want to gut Social Security in secret. "We're not going to cut Social Security benefits," Sanders tweeted. "We're going to expand them.
    'Hell No,' Say Progressives, After GOP Sen. Joni Ernst Suggests Cutting Social Security 'Behind Closed Doors'
    "No matter how hard you try to hide, the American people will be watching—and we won't let you cut our earned Social Security benefits."
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