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Old 03-08-2018, 12:49 PM   #976 (permalink)
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Jeff Sessions Has a Huge Conflict of Interest in a Federal Bribery Case—and It Keeps Getting Worse
https://www.motherjones.com/politics...getting-worse/

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As Alabama’s junior senator, Jeff Sessions was far more involved than previously known in helping two of his top contributors derail a federal environmental cleanup effort, according to records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by Mother Jones and the Project on Government Oversight. The stalled cleanup is now at the center of a federal bribery case spearheaded by the Justice Department, posing a serious conflict of interest for Sessions, who is now attorney general. Yet there is no indication that Sessions has taken any steps to recuse himself from this matter.
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One of the most powerful allies Balch and Drummond had in their corner was then-Sen. Jeff Sessions, a Republican who has particularly closes ties to both firms, which ranked second and third, respectively, as his biggest sources of campaign contributions over the course of his Senate career. Now, as attorney general, Sessions is ultimately overseeing the ongoing bribery case, which not only involves two of his top contributors but an environmental cleanup effort in which he directly intervened as Alabama’s junior senator.
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Abstinence-only education making a comeback under Trump | TheHill

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So far, the administration has encouraged organizations applying for Title X federal family planning funds to include in their programs a “meaningful emphasis” on “the benefits of avoiding sex” when communicating with adolescents and to use programs that don’t “normalize sexual risk behaviors.”
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And HHS officials last year cut short federal grants for organizations participating in former President Obama’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, which supporters of abstinence-only education have said is ineffective.

All of those policy changes were overseen by Valerie Huber, an HHS official who had been the president of Ascend, a group previously called the National Abstinence Education Association.
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Led by Huber’s Ascend, abstinence-only education has over the past few years been rebranded as “sexual risk avoidance education,” an approach proponents say mirrors other public health models that encourage the avoidance of a risk, like cigarette use.

These changes were reflected in a spending deal Congress passed in February. The $75 million Title V abstinence-only program was renamed “sexual risk avoidance education” (SRAE) and included new requirements that organizations receiving funding emphasize and prioritize the message that waiting until marriage to have sex is the best action.

While the programs still have to teach contraception, they can’t distribute it or demonstrate how it’s used.

Funding in recent years for these programs has also crept up, rising from $55 million to $85 million in fiscal year 2016.

And in a long-term spending deal likely to be approved later this month, the Senate has recommended a $10 million increase for a competitive grant for entities teaching SRAE, which would bring the total to $25 million.

Proponents of abstinence-only education are still pushing for more changes at HHS and through Congress.

Ascend and other proponents of SRAE want to boost funding even more for these programs and for other agencies, like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to help “normalize sexual delay.”

They hope HHS redirects the $101 million in funding for Obama’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program to abstinence-only programs, something that can be done through a funding opportunity announcement, which is expected in the coming months.
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Myself and my daughter are living proof that abstinence only DOES NOT WORK! It's called rape you fucking idiots! Then again, according to y'all, rape doesn't exist.

All white Eurocentric males need to die horrible deaths. Immediately.
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Encouraging behaviours that lower risk (harm reduction) IS preferable most of the time .... but only when there is a realistic option better than the one being done. Take smoking for example, if you can offer some safer alternative (be it vaping with a nonrisky juice or just some hobby) that is preferable. It does not have to be the PERFECT solution, just better than what the current status is.

Now take sleeping around. Got news for them, outside of a few asexuals the majority of people (like teens) WILL boink, probably with multiple partners over time. In that case the realistic harm reduction strategy is safer sex, usually condoms or some other barrier.

Hoping people will not have sex and disregarding something that is 99.9999999...% effective is the definition of letting the perfect become the enemy of the good.
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So, right now the following stories are in the news cycle:
  • Trump's lawyer may be disbarred for coercing a porn star into making a false statement about Trump's affair with her.
  • Kellyanne Conway has broken the law by violating he hatch act and most likely won't face consequences for it.
  • Jeff Sessions has a conflict of interest in a bribery case.
  • Trump himself influenced witnesses in the Mueller investigation.

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So, right now the following stories are in the news cycle:
  • Trump's lawyer may be disbarred for coercing a porn star into making a false statement about Trump's affair with her.
  • Kellyanne Conway has broken the law by violating he hatch act and most likely won't face consequences for it.
  • Jeff Sessions has a conflict of interest in a bribery case.
  • Trump himself influenced witnesses in the Mueller investigation.

Holy shit.
Nothing about the upcoming Han Solo movie? WHERE ARE OUR PRIORITIES, PEOPLE?
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Encouraging behaviours that lower risk (harm reduction) IS preferable most of the time .... but only when there is a realistic option better than the one being done. Take smoking for example, if you can offer some safer alternative (be it vaping with a nonrisky juice or just some hobby) that is preferable. It does not have to be the PERFECT solution, just better than what the current status is.

Now take sleeping around. Got news for them, outside of a few asexuals the majority of people (like teens) WILL boink, probably with multiple partners over time. In that case the realistic harm reduction strategy is safer sex, usually condoms or some other barrier.

Hoping people will not have sex and disregarding something that is 99.9999999...% effective is the definition of letting the perfect become the enemy of the good.
If these abstinence-only folks were actually interested in reducing the spread of STDs and the number of child pregnancies, they'd promote masturbation as a safe alternative to sexual intercourse.

They should consider hosting dildo raffles in their churches.
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Priorities!

It is still Black Panther's run and Wrinkle in Time starts tomorrow (already reserved my tix for Saturday).
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What the ...

Encouraging behaviours that lower risk (harm reduction) IS preferable most of the time .... but only when there is a realistic option better than the one being done. Take smoking for example, if you can offer some safer alternative (be it vaping with a nonrisky juice or just some hobby) that is preferable. It does not have to be the PERFECT solution, just better than what the current status is.

Now take sleeping around. Got news for them, outside of a few asexuals the majority of people (like teens) WILL boink, probably with multiple partners over time. In that case the realistic harm reduction strategy is safer sex, usually condoms or some other barrier.

Hoping people will not have sex and disregarding something that is 99.9999999...% effective is the definition of letting the perfect become the enemy of the good.
They cut funds from Obama's Teen Pregnancy Prevention program last year. This year they intend to redirect the money to themselves.

I smell graft.

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All of those policy changes were overseen by Valerie Huber, an HHS official who had been the president of Ascend, a group previously called the National Abstinence Education Association.
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In keeping with the rest of the Trump/Putin web, here's a detailed look at how Miss Universe came to Moscow in the first place, as convoluted and tangled as you'd expect, starting with an aspiring Elvis of Azerbaijan, whose father had made billions in luxury developments. In fact, it's a long excerpt from a forthcoming book, "Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump".

https://www.motherjones.com/politics...chael-isikoff/

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By late afternoon, Trump’s anxiety was palpable. There had been no word. He kept asking if anybody had heard from Putin. Then Agalarov’s phone rang. “Mr. Peskov would like to speak to Mr. Trump,” Agalarov said.

Trump and Peskov spoke for a few minutes. Afterward, Trump recounted the conversation to Goldstone. Peskov, he said, was apologetic. Putin very much wanted to meet Trump. But there was a problem nobody had anticipated: a Moscow traffic jam. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands were in town, and Putin was obligated to meet them at the Kremlin. But the royal couple had gotten stuck in traffic and was late, making it impossible for the Russian president to find time for Trump. Nor would he be able to attend the Miss Universe pageant that evening.

Putin wanted to make amends, though. Peskov conveyed an invitation for Trump to attend the upcoming Olympics, where perhaps he and Putin could then meet. He also told Trump that Putin would be sending a high-level emissary to the evening’s event—Vladimir Kozhin, a senior Putin aide. And, Peskov told Trump, Putin had a gift for him.
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Trump was finally on his way in Russia. And shortly after the Miss Universe event, Agalarov’s daughter showed up at the Miss Universe office in New York City bearing a gift for Trump from Putin. It was a black lacquered box. Inside was a sealed letter from the Russian autocrat. What the letter said has never been revealed.
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Trump Accepts North Korea’s Invitation to Discuss Its Nuclear Program | NYTimes

Any chance he could be arrested and imprisoned by the NK regime, when he goes over there?

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Any chance he could be arrested and imprisoned by the NK regime, when he goes over there?

Please?
Didn't he just recently publicly state that he admires how Kim Jong Un came to power and that he wants to try the whole "president for life thing" here in the US? If anything I am thinking these two egomaniacs will be best buds.
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For years Kim has been requesting direct bilateral talks with the US instead or meeting with regional powers and the US. Kim just got a major concession from Trump without committing to anything. Just the meeting elevates his domestic and regional stature.
In fairness, this might end up being the one major accomplishment everyone else will have a hard time denying. Might not; too early to tell.

Not meeting with Kim because of an appearance of his stature really seems to me like it has been a childish, egotistical move on past administrations. If it ended with him ending his nuclear programs, why should one mark in favor of his regional stature matter?
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They knew it wouldn't end that way. It still won't. Kim isn't about to give up his nukes. It matters because he is a megalomaniac, which is a mental illness.
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Jennifer Rubin, in the Washington Post, offers an analysis of what might go wrong here. (spoiler alert: a lot).

Basically, we've got a meeting between Kim Jong Un and and someone whose lawyers don't trust him to talk to Mueller without incriminating himself and who blabbed top secret info from Israel to the Russian ambassador because he couldn't resist boasting.

Furthermore, this is at a time when there's no high-level expertise on North Korea left in the State Department, but maybe that doesn't matter because #45 can't be bothered to read intelligence briefings anyway.

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I can see what North Korea get out of this -- recognition as a regional superpower, armed with nukes. I don't, though, see what the USA gets out of, since Kim has made it clear so many times that he doesn't regard the nukes as negotiable.
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