The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month, contradicting the Saudi government’s claims that he was not involved in the killing, according to people familiar with the matter.
The CIA’s assessment, in which officials have said they have high confidence, is the most definitive to date linking Mohammed to the operation[.]
In reaching its conclusions, the CIA examined multiple sources of intelligence, including a phone call that the prince’s brother Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, had with Khashoggi, according to the people familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the intelligence.
Now, Mr. Whitaker’s appointment is facing a court challenge. The State of Maryland asked a federal judge on Tuesday for an injunction declaring that Mr. Whitaker is not the legitimate acting attorney general as a matter of law, and that the position — and all its powers — instead rightfully belongs to the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein.
Mr. Trump may not “bypass the constitutional and statutory requirements for appointing someone to that office,” the state said in a court filing.
Maryland is asking a judge — Ellen L. Hollander of the Federal District Court for the District of Maryland, a 2010 Obama appointee — to rule on who is the real acting attorney general as part of a lawsuit in which it sued Mr. Sessions in his official capacity. Because Mr. Sessions is no longer the attorney general, the judge must substitute his successor as a defendant in the litigation, so she has to decide who that successor legally is.
It is not entirely clear to me how the state of Maryland establishes standing to bring this lawsuit. Standing is not a problem, however, for three Democratic Senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee who filed a separate lawsuit on Monday. Democratic Senators Challenge Whitaker Appointment in Court:
Three Democratic senators asked a Federal District Court judge on Monday to issue an injunction barring Matthew G. Whitaker from exercising the powers of head of the Justice Department, arguing that President Trump’s installation of Mr. Whitaker as acting attorney general violated the Constitution.
The senators — Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Mazie K. Hirono of Hawaii and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island — sit on the Judiciary Committee, which conducts confirmation hearings for attorney general nominees. They argued that an official who had not been Senate-confirmed could not run the Justice Department, even temporarily.
One clear winner emerged from last week’s elections: voting.
Voting rights and electoral issues were on the ballot in 13 states, and in almost all of them, voters overwhelmingly supported initiatives that expand access to the ballot box and make the right to vote easier to exercise.
In Colorado, Michigan, and Missouri, ballot initiatives aimed at replacing gerrymandering — the redrawing of legislative districts by political incumbents to strengthen their party’s electoral representation — with nonpartisan methods of redistricting all received more than 60% of the vote. Colorado’s proposal to allow independent commissions to handle redistricting garnered over 70%.
Perhaps the most significant victory for voting rights came in Michigan, where two-thirds of voters adopted Proposal 3. Among other provisions, the new law guarantees same-day voter registration, automatic registration at the DMV, and no-excuse absentee voting. Voting has never been easier in one America’s most important swing states.
This bodes well for the millions of Americans who have expressed a newfound interest in democratic participation in recent years.
Hosted by Made in Tucson Market and Historic Fourth Avenue
“Meet Tucson artists, take a peek into their processes, and buy locally-made goods! The Made in Tucson Market will be happening November 25, 2018 on Historic Fourth Avenue. This is going to be an impressive marketplace that reflects the authenticity of Tucson and its makers! Represented, will not only be established designers, but some new emerging artists as well!”
[T]his year’s midterm elections affirmed this much: in Washington, the two parties now speak for dramatically different segments of the American economy.
Republicans represent the smaller, fading segment, with less-educated, more-homogenous work forces reliant on traditional manufacturing, agriculture and resource extraction. Democrats represent the larger, growing one, fueled by finance, professional services and digital innovation in diverse urban areas.
h/t270towin.com – 2018 House Election Interactive Map. Note:A geographic map is deceptive, because there is a lot of “big empty” space in the middle of the country and in the west. A cartogram map weighted for population is more accurate, but one is not yet available for the 2018 congressional election.
Donald Trump carried 2,584 counties across the country, but calculations by scholars at the Brookings Institution showed that the 472 counties Hillary Clinton carried accounted for nearly two-thirds of U.S. economic output.
Now, new Brookings calculations show the same from 2018 House elections. With a few races still undecided, districts won by Democrats account for 61 percent of America’s gross domestic product, districts won by Republicans 38 percent.
Hosted by Coalición de Derechos Humanos “Join us for a fundraiser breakfast to celebrate International Human Rights Day and International Migrants day Panel Speakers include: Amy Juan from The International Indian Treaty Council Isabel Garcia from La Coalición de Derechos … Continue reading →
Pima County Democratic Party will to having a meeting for all precinct committeepersons to elect officers. Saturday, December 15, 10:00 a.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Reorganization meeting, UA ENR2 (Environment & Natural Resources) building, 1064 E. Lowell St. (room N … Continue reading →
What? You are invited to an LGBTQ and ally holiday party, because every family deserves a joyful and affirming holiday! Come celebrate the holidays, our wins of 2018, and the Arizona LGBTQ community with Equality Arizona! Join us for brunch, … Continue reading →
Hosted by American Friends Service Committee – Arizona “To prepare for #ReFramingJusticeDay at the State Capitol, AFSC-AZ is offering a series of workshops in Tucson and Phoenix. This third workshop is designed to provide skills and messaging for talking to … Continue reading →
“On this day we will mourn those we’ve lost, honor their courage and celebrate our unending resilience.” https://www.facebook.com/denim.daytucson/?__tn__=kC-R&eid=ARCRtK7GPybFgNTeBCidiZjiU6aq_47eM3CNvfDwsQH9A0nho0k83UWJWOrD5NgZzd92eQmyqApK9-gK&hc_ref=ARRflJKVMAjCiY-CV-7C56IAV5lcWRB9YuqpRDxixA_sCfK4C7f_dPXhvFPIZ6syQbw&__xts__=68.ARDQ5cVPQ77e1T9PXSorT9kdDhc2e8mB5gVbkrySQfez-9g8O6TbCHKo1pZkGTgJjn4pKzqPfoPOJFx4TorcADqQ7noxo6WYljexoENTnom6wHzBqnFc7KLhespbhBJ7pHxGOY0uOqIzeLs4nxNuPcEI1SqytJ3Plt6FWViJI7isTTEeBC2F1yksZOqVaSBcBmrYTjFEI2EItj27J3iNmEp9wxEuKypGmLA6kHyuRAT59thi4W-8xKTquMP1qgOXSQWMvDQlY4_oTwiJIJBME1_O0bQE0DR0LH7fELGOsbwD3Zm7NVGvV9y_HfUUjNVtST0YTb0ROgfm48X-GckSqnn_bwShare this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailWhatsAppTumblrMorePrintPocketRedditGooglePinterestLike this:Like Loading...
DGT will host the Chair of the Pima County Democratic Party (whomever prevails on Dec. 15). Currently office is being held by Dr. Jo Holt (since Nov. 2015), but she is being challenged by LD 9 activist Alison Jones. The … Continue reading →
Hosted by Tucson Samaritans “Southern Arizona humanitarian, religious and Native American leaders will host a public sundown candlelight vigil beginning at 4 p.m. on International Migrants Day, Dec. 18 at the Tucson cemetery where the remains of hundreds of migrants … Continue reading →
Resolve your active warrants! Justice Court Customer Service Windows: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Tucson City Court Customer Service Windows: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Available Services: – Quash your warrant – Create a payment plan – Reinstate your driver’s … Continue reading →
Celebrate the holiday season with the LD10 Democrats at their new meeting location! https://www.facebook.com/events/1239075322915812/Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailWhatsAppTumblrMorePrintPocketRedditGooglePinterestLike this:Like Loading...
“Every year, we join the national movement to remember our neighbors, friends, and family who have passed away while facing homelessness in the past year. Join us at the Evergreen Cemetery’s county plot to share memories of those who passed, … Continue reading →
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