How Trump Became a Fake Champion of Mexican Labor Rights (Of All Things) – The American Prospect

Trump’s NAFTA stance creates the illusion that he supports unions. Some even imagine that since NAFTA is nominally reciprocal, Mexico or Canada working with the U.S. labor movement could lodge complaints against union-busting in the U.S.

Don’t hold your breath. The add-on bill singles out Mexico for enforcement. No inspectors from Canada or Mexico can monitor practices in the U.S., though in principle complaints are allowed.

But Trump’s is the most anti-union Labor Department on record. His labor secretaries have systematically dismantled the Obama administration’s efforts to restore labor rights.

When it comes to trade unionism, the new NAFTA is mostly about optics and election-year posturing. If we want labor rights, that will take a new administration.

via How Trump Became a Fake Champion of Mexican Labor Rights (Of All Things) – The American Prospect

Trump Slammed For Insisting ‘Killer’ Real Estate Jews Will Back Him To Save Their Wealth | HuffPost Canada

He added: “Even if you don’t like me; some of you don’t. Some of you I don’t like at all, actually. And you’re going to be my biggest supporters because you’ll be out of business in about 15 minutes if they [Democrats] get” the presidency.

Progressive Jewish advocacy group J Street tweeted that Trump is “incapable of addressing Jewish audiences without dipping into the deep well of anti-Semitic tropes that shape his worldview.”

via Trump Slammed For Insisting ‘Killer’ Real Estate Jews Will Back Him To Save Their Wealth | HuffPost Canada

The case for impeachment | Editorial

With reluctance, we conclude the U.S. House of Representatives has enough reason to justify the impeachment of President Donald Trump. We harbor no illusions that the president’s impeachment by the House will lead to his removal from office by the Senate. But we hope the impeachment process and a trial in the Senate will give voters a more complete picture of Trump’s conduct, because they will deliver the ultimate judgment on his performance in November.

The House Judiciary Committee wisely limited the impeachment charges to abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. They focus exclusively on Trump’s actions regarding Ukraine and his efforts to undermine the House’s impeachment inquiry. The fundamental facts presented by the House through witness testimony and documents are not in dispute by the president or his key supporters.

via The case for impeachment | Editorial

As Mitch McConnell vows to co-ordinate the trial with Donald Trumps’ White House I wonder just how deep the democracy of the USA has been infiltrated by the Putin team!

IG report release: Justice Department watchdog releases report on origins of Russia investigation today – live updates – CBS News

No finding of political bias in FBI decision to conduct investigation
The report does not find the FBI showed political bias in the investigation:

“We did not find any documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the FBI’s decision to conduct these operations… no evidence that the FBI attempted to place any CHSs within the Trump Campaign…”

The report finds that the FBI investigation, also known as “Crossfire Hurricane,” opened in July 2016 was justified and properly predicated.

via IG report release: Justice Department watchdog releases report on origins of Russia investigation today – live updates – CBS News

Segarini: Workin’ the Bars…and a GREAT video tribute to one of Canada’s most charismatic Record Industry Icons. | Segarini: Don’t Believe a Word I Say

The Nickelodeon

Great venue, great sound. Saw so many good shows here I still miss the place. Became a club for Ronnie Hawkins to play at every night, and is now the beautiful upstairs live music venue for the Hard Rock Café called Club 279. The Nick was owned by the same guys who owned the Hotel California. They always put a case of beer and a bottle of Jack in the dressing rooms of both venues. Most of the bars back then were good about taking care of the bands. We also had a manager that fought for us when it came to things like that. He once gave Godovitz and I t-shirts with his number on them. “Don’t talk to anyone if you fuck up, just tell them to call me. If you talk, you’ll just screw things up worse. You guys are a pain in the ass.” Love ya, Blue.

via Segarini: Workin’ the Bars…and a GREAT video tribute to one of Canada’s most charismatic Record Industry Icons. | Segarini: Don’t Believe a Word I Say

Breaking down Trump’s post-NATO hot spots – POLITICO (And Climate)

As Trump sucked up oxygen at the NATO proceedings in London, much of the world’s policy elite (from 195 countries) was in Madrid, Spain, working out how to implement the Paris Climate Agreement, which Trump has abandoned.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi even jetted to Madrid to tell the world that the United States hasn’t left the Paris deal, only its federal government. Indeed, many American states and mayors raced to boost their own climate action plans after Trump announced his intention to leave the Paris agreement more than two years ago.

Still, Trump continues to be a pariah among climate officials on the world stage, the only major world leader not committed to implementing the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

via Breaking down Trump’s post-NATO hot spots – POLITICO