Daily Archives: February 25, 2018

The dicey Korean situation

The Korean War began on June 25, 1950 when North Korea launched an invasion of South Korea. After the engaged forces seesawed up and down the peninsula, it concluded in a military stalemate on July 27, 1953. An armistice agreement ended the fighting, no final peace treaty has ever been signed. A heavily fortified line running along the 38th parallel continues to divide the countries of North and South Korea. In South Korea today, approximately 10 million people live in the range of the North’s massive border concentration of artillery and other weapons.

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Guns in America community forum at the Loft Cinema

Guns in America: Where Do We Go From Here community forum

at Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. on Monday Feb. 26, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

“In the aftermath of yet another school shooting – this one taking 17 lives – please join Ward 6 Tucson City Council member Steve Kozachik for what is sadly a timely, and yet necessary renewed conversation about gun control in America. Kozachik, along with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense have invited U.K. photojournalist Jamie Hunter to come and share his thoughts. Hunter visited multiple locations around the U.S. documenting all sides of the gun control issue. His presentation is titled “Guns in America – where do you go from here?” Following Hunter’s photo presentation we will open the forum for questions and comments from the audience. The event is free and open to all.”

https://loftcinema.org/film/guns-in-america-where-do-you-go-from-here/

“Organizer of Guns in America: Where Do You Go From Here: Local gun violence prevention groups. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, GVPAZ (Gun Violence Prevention Arizona) , & GGW.”

Democratic Memo rebutting Nunes Memo released, Trump suggests his AG investigate his political opponents in retaliation

The House Intelligence Committee released a heavily redacted Democratic memorandum (.pdf) on Saturday rebutting Republican claims that top F.B.I. and Justice Department officials had abused their powers in spying on a former Trump campaign aide.

The New York Times reports, 2 Weeks After Trump Blocked It, Democrats’ Rebuttal of G.O.P. Memo Is Released (paragraphs reordered for greater clarity):

The Democratic memo amounted to a forceful rebuttal to the president’s portrayal of the Russia inquiry as a “witch hunt” being perpetrated by politically biased leaders of the F.B.I. and the Justice Department.

The Democratic memo underwent days of review by top law enforcement officials after the president blocked its outright release two weeks ago, with the White House counsel warning that the document “contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages.” On Saturday afternoon, after weeks of haggling over redactions, the department returned the document to the committee so it could make it public.

The release was expected to be the final volley, at least for now, in a bitter partisan fight over surveillance that has driven deep fissures through the once-bipartisan Intelligence Committee.

For weeks, instead of focusing its full energy on investigating an attack on the American democratic system, the committee has been pulled into a furious effort by Mr. Trump and his allies to sow doubts about the integrity of the special counsel inquiry and the agencies conducting it.

The newfound animosity toward the F.B.I. among ostensibly law-and-order Republicans was reflected this past week at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where speakers like Wayne LaPierre, the head of the National Rifle Association, attacked what they called its “rogue leadership.”

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Political Calendar: Week of February 25, 2018

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Political Calendar for the Week of February 25, 2018:

Candidate Forum: Meet the Democratic Candidates for CD 2

Sunday, February 25, 1:30 p.m.: Candidate Forum: Meet the Democratic Candidates for CD 2, at the Quail Creek Ballroom, 2055 E. Quail Crossing Blvd., Green Valley. Candidates are: Matt Heinz, Ann Kirkpatrick, Billy Kovacs, Mary Matiella, Barbara Sherry and Bruce Wheeler. Cosponsored by alliance4action, Democrstic Club of Quail Creek, and Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area.

Sunday, February 25, 3:00 p.m.: Marana Democrats meeting, at the Continental Reserve Plaza, 8333 N. Silverbell Road, Tucson. For more information please contact Buddy Gill at maranadems@gmail.com or (408) 806-2036.

Sunday, February 25, 8:00 p.m.: Laughing Liberally Tucson returns to lampoon the national, state and local political scene. Come out and enjoy Tucson’s best and brightest comics as we try our best to save democracy…one laugh at a time. it’s FUN… it’s FREE… New Location: The Flycatcher, 340 E 6th Street (at 4th Avenue), Tucson. Usually the last Sunday every month.

Monday, February 26, Noon: Democrats of Greater Tucson luncheon, Dragon’s View Restaurant (400 N. Bonita, South of St. Mary’s Road between the Freeway and Grande Avenue, turn South at Furr’s Cafeteria). New price: buffet lunch is $10.00 cash, $12 credit; just a drink is $3.50. (Updated) Featured speaker is Mark Manoil, Democratic candidate for Treasurer.  Next Week: Andres Cano, candidate for LD 3 House.

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Cartoon of The Week

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