Saturday, December 7, 2019

Haters For Hire

Meet Bernie's bigots:
In a statement Friday, Matt Brooks, president of the Republican Jewish Coalition, said the remarks were a problem for Sanders’ campaign and called for Gordon to be fired.

“Sanders’ campaign already has an image problem in the Jewish community, after he proposed withholding military aid to Israel and appointed Linda Sarsour as a campaign surrogate. This latest incident just confirms that Sanders’ problems run deep,” Brooks commented.

Friday afternoon, campaign spokesman Mike Casca told CNN that Gordon was “no longer with the campaign and we wish him the best.”

Gordon’s Twitter account was deactivated that same afternoon, according to the Beacon.

However, the report also noted that “Linda Sarsour, an anti-Israel activist who recently compared Zionists to white supremacists, remains with the Sanders campaign.”
There are more than enough bigots on the left to go around...

Cute, They Are Not

I have a bad feeling about this:
According to data from Newswhip provided to Axios, the famous character from Disney+'s Star Wars series "The Mandalorian" is driving nearly twice as many average social media interactions on news stories pertaining to the character as any 2020 Democrat.

Axios stated that this data matters a lot and it should worry the 2020 race's late entrants: former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. The data suggested that while both new candidates staked their runs on the idea that voters would "hungrily embrace" fresh faces to shake up the race, they're not exactly capturing the public's attention compared to Baby Yoda.
Mando wouldn't take them...

Up The Amazon

Now she loves them:
Last summer, Ocasio-Cortez waged war against Amazon after the retail giant struck a deal with the state of New York to open a second headquarters in New York City, which would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, in exchange for $3 billion in state and local subsidies. Ultimately, Amazon backed out of the deal.

However, it was reported Friday that Amazon was leasing a 335,000-square-foot office space in Manhattan that is set to bring more than 1,500 jobs into the city.

Ocasio-Cortez celebrated the news on Twitter.

"Won’t you look at that: Amazon is coming to NYC anyway - *without* requiring the public to finance shady deals, helipad handouts for Jeff Bezos, & corporate giveaways," Ocasio-Cortez said. "Maybe the Trump admin should focus more on cutting public assistance to billionaires instead of poor families."

She also posted a picture of herself sitting on the couch with the caption: "Me waiting on the haters to apologize after we were proven right on Amazon and saved the public billions."
Was that before or after she wanted them to leave?

Back In The USA

Welcome home:
Brian Hook, the U.S. special representative for Iran, accompanied the Iranian scientist to Switzerland to make the exchange and will return with Wang, a U.S. official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The swap took place in Zurich and Hook and Wang are now en route to Landstuhl in Germany where Wang will be examined by doctors, the official said. Hook is expected to return to the U.S. from Germany alone, as Wang is expected to be evaluated for several days.

“After more than three years of being held prisoner in Iran, Xiyue Wang is returning to the United States,” President Trump said in a statement released by the White House on Saturday. “The highest priority of the United States is the safety and well-being of its citizens. Freeing Americans held captive is of vital importance to my Administration, and we will continue to work hard to bring home all our citizens wrongfully held captive overseas.”
Home for the holidays...

Friday, December 6, 2019

King Michael

Don't question the boss:
Bloomberg News announced last month that it would not investigate the Democratic presidential candidates after its owner, Bloomberg, jumped into the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
The outlet has long avoided probing him and said it would continue to do so as he seeks the nomination. To level the playing field, Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait said the newsroom would also not investigate the other Democratic presidential candidates.
But, Micklethwait said Bloomberg News would continue to investigate the Trump administration "as the government of the day."
That decision prompted a furious protest from the Trump campaign which announced on Monday that it will not credential Bloomberg News reporters for its events until the policy is rescinded.
"The decision by Bloomberg News to formalize preferential reporting policies is troubling and wrong," Brad Parscale, Trump's 2020 campaign manager, said in a statement.
Bloomberg News reporters have been torn about how their outlet is handling the fact that its owner is running for president.
Some Bloomberg News reporters have expressed optimism to CNN Business. Others have said they're concerned.
"[It's] everybody's nightmare come true," one reporter told CNN Business.
Shut up and take your paycheck, he said...

Conspiracy Theory

The conspiracy made him do it?
At one court appearance, Mr. Comello scrawled on his hand a symbol and phrases associated with the far-right conspiracy theory, “QAnon.”

Now, Mr. Comello’s paranoia is being litigated in a Staten Island court, where he is charged with the murder of Mr. Cali, known as Franky Boy. His lawyer has taken the first steps in a legal battle that hinges on a question made for the internet age: At what point does belief in a far-right conspiracy theory make you legally insane?

How the crime’s three major components — an aimless drifter from Staten Island, the underboss of the Gambino crime family and a far-right internet conspiracy theory — collided on a dark street in Todt Hill has perplexed law enforcement officials and mob watchers alike.
The CIA might now, but they'd have to kill you...

Fast Approval

Why are so many drugs getting approved?
“It isn’t that we changed our policies and are saying we are going to approve drugs faster,” said Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, who joined the agency under President Ronald Reagan. “The difference now is we are going to see more of those because of the science. If there are people out there with no options and they have terrible diseases, we are going to get those drugs to them as fast as feasible.”

But even as drugmakers, investors and patients cheer on the agency’s pace, patient-safety advocates argue that speed comes at a price. Studies show medicines approved on a faster time line are more likely to have safety problems emerge after they become broadly available, while other treatments offer fewer benefits than anticipated.
If you want drugs, the FDA's got 'em...