Monthly Archive: September 2019

Senate Confirms Eugene Scalia as Trump’s New Labor Secretary

The Republican-led Senate on Thursday confirmed lawyer Eugene Scalia, a son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, as President Donald Trump’s new labor secretary.The Senate voted along party lines, 53-44, to approve Scalia’s nomination. Republicans said his background in labor and employment law made him qualified for the post. Democrats said Scalia fought for corporations and against workers and was the wrong candidate for the Cabinet post.Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said he received more than 30 letters of support for Scalia from small-business owners, workers, former career lawyers at the Labor Department, where Scalia once worked, and more.”It is important for the Department of Labor to create an environment to help employers and employees succeed in today’s rapidly changing workplace,” said Alexander, R-Tenn.Scalia spent the bulk of his career as a partner in the Washington office of the Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher firm, where he rang up a string of victories in court cases on behalf of business interests challenging labor and financial regulations. He also served for a year as the Labor Department’s top lawyer during the George W. Bush administration.”The president has sent us a corporate lawyer who’s fought over and over to stop workplace protections, to undermine worker safety, to depress workers’ wages over and over and over again,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.The AFL-CIO opposed the nomination, calling Scalia a union-busting lawyer who has eroded labor rights and consumer protections.”We will not forget this betrayal by the Trump administration, and we will never stop fighting to ensure all working people have the safety protections on the job they deserve,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.Business interests viewed Scalia as a sturdy opponent of government overreach and backed his nomination.FreedomWorks, a conservative group that helped launch the tea party movement, said Scalia’s confirmation “is a victory in the fight against outdated, burdensome workplace regulations that neither protect employees nor encourage job and wage growth.”Scalia becomes the seventh former lobbyist to hold a Cabinet-level post in the Trump administration.On his financial disclosure form filed with the Office of Government Ethics, Scalia listed 49 clients who paid him $5,000 or more for legal services, including e-cigarette manufacturer Juul Labs, Facebook, Ford, Walmart and Bank of America.Disclosure records show Scalia was registered in 2010 and 2011 to lobby for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Trump’s previous labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, resigned in July after renewed criticism for his handling of a 2008 secret plea deal with financier Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein was found dead last month in his cell at a federal jail in Manhattan after his July arrest on sex trafficking charges.Deputy Labor Secretary Pat Pizzella has been serving as acting secretary. 



Ukraine’s Leader: We Can’t Be Ordered to Investigate Biden

Ukraine’s president says his country can’t be pressured into opening an investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden or his son.And both Ukraine and rival Russia are pushing back at the White House for releasing a transcript of a private phone call between U.S. President Donald Trump and another world leader.President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is trying to contain damage at home and abroad after the world learned last week that Trump pushed him to “look into” Biden and his son Hunter, who served on the board of a troubled Ukrainian gas company.FILE – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, right, and his son Hunter point to some faces in the crowd as they walk down Pennsylvania Avenue following the inauguration ceremony of President Barack Obama in Washington, Jan. 20, 2009.”We cannot be ordered to do anything. We are an independent country,” Zelenskiy told reporters Monday during a visit to a Ukrainian military base, when asked about Trump’s request.”We are open, we are ready to investigate, but it has nothing to do with me. Our independent law enforcement agencies are ready to investigate any violations of the law,” he said. He didn’t elaborate on what could trigger an eventual probe.The Ukrainian president reiterated his criticism of the White House decision to release a rough transcript of the July phone call in which Trump discussed the Bidens with Zelenskiy. The call sparked a Congressional impeachment inquiry now dominating the U.S. political landscape.Test for ZelenskiyZelenskiy said Ukraine would probably not release its own transcript of the call, because “there are certain nuances and things that I think would be wrong to publish.”The Kremlin — accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. election in Trump’s favor — appears to agree.Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said Monday that transcripts of calls between him and Trump can only be published by mutual accord. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that “diplomatic practice doesn’t envisage such publications.”The political furor over the Trump-Zelenskiy call has come as a severe test for Zelenskiy, a comedian who promised to uproot Ukraine’s endemic corruption and end fighting with Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine’s east. The transcript portrays Zelenskiy as flattering Trump and trying to stay in his good graces.A top Ukrainian presidential adviser, Andriy Yermak, insisted that Ukraine wants to maintain good relations with both Democrats and Republicans, and doesn’t want to get tangled up in U.S. political tensions.”What is happening there is internal U.S. political doings, and we will not take part in this in any way,” he said on Ukraine’s 1+1 television Sunday night.He noted that Ukraine wants to retain good relations with both sides because it needs U.S. support — no matter who is in charge of the White House or Congress.”We see the U.S. as our friend, our strategic partner,” he said.Meeting with GiulianiYermak met with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani earlier this year, as Giuliani pressed Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.FILE – President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani speaks to reporter’s on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, May 30, 2018.Zelenskiy sought to play down the situation involving Biden and his son’s activities in Ukraine, calling it just one of many similar cases he discusses with foreign leaders.The head of Ukraine’s Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office said last week that Ukrainian authorities have not yet seen information that would signal possible wrongdoing by Biden or his son or a reason to question them.Meanwhile, Zelenskiy sought Monday to show he is taking control of his domestic political problems by firing his national security chief, Oleksandr Danilyuk. The move came after infighting among camps in Ukraine’s power structures.



У поліції почали розслідування через стрілянину з участю п’яного патрульного у Полтаві

У поліції повідомили про призначення службового розслідування за фактом стрілянини з кількома постраждалими 29 вересня ввечері у Полтаві двох чоловіків у стані алкогольного сп’яніння, одним із яких виявився працівник батальйону патрульної служби особливого призначення «Полтава».

«29 вересня між 21-ю та 22-ю годиною у Полтаві двоє чоловіків, перебуваючи в стані алкогольного сп’яніння, завдали тілесні ушкодження кільком громадянам. Подія сталася у Подільському районі біля одного із житлових будинків на вулиці Небесної Сотні… У ході роботи слідчо-оперативної групи встановлено, що одним із фігурантів конфлікту є працівник батальйону патрульної служби особливого призначення «Полтава». У зв’язку з цим, матеріали досудового розслідування скеровуються до теруправління ДБР», – повідомив керівник поліції Полтавщини Андрій Замахін.

Він зазначив, що після завершення службового розслідування буде ухвалене рішення про доцільність перебування причетної до інциденту особи в органах поліції.

Координатор освітньої програми розвитку для випускників «Українська академія лідерства» Роман Тичківський на сторінці у Facebook повідомив, що серед потерпілих в цьому інциденті є двоє неповнолітніх учасників програми. Тичківський від імені академії закликав правоохоронні органи «захистити потерпілих від ймовірного тиску зі сторони нападників та провести справедливе розслідування».

У поліції Полтавської області повідомили, що відкрили справу за статтями про умисне легке і умисне тяжке ушкодження.



GOP Congressman Blasts as ‘Repugnant’ Trump Civil War Tweet

A Republican congressman is slamming as “beyond repugnant” President Donald Trump’s tweet of a conservative pastor’s comment that removing Trump from office would provoke a “civil war-like fracture” in America.
 
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a former Air Force pilot who represents an Illinois district Trump won in 2016, tweeted Sunday, “I have visited nations ravaged by civil war. … I have never imagined such a quote to be repeated by a President. This is beyond repugnant.”
 
Trump had tweeted a comment from the Rev. Robert Jeffress, pastor of the Southern Baptist megachurch First Baptist Dallas. On “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday, Jeffress said, “If the Democrats are successful in removing the president from office, it will cause a civil war-like fracture in this nation from which our country will never heal.”



Cory Booker Says he Hit his $1.7M Campaign Fundraising Goal

Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker says he’s hit the $1.7 million fundraising goal he set for his campaign about a week ago, ensuring he has enough money to continue his White House bid.Booker says on his website he’s “proud of this grassroots team — thank you.”
The New Jersey senator had said on Sept. 21 that if he failed to raise the money by Monday he’d end his 2020 bid. The plea prompted support from politicians including former rival New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand  and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who hopped on an all-staff phone call Sunday to encourage Booker’s team.
 
Booker’s campaign manager said the money would go toward ballot access and hiring staff, among other things.
 
Booker raised $4.5 million during the second quarter but spent nearly $1 million more than that.  



Фігуранта справи про вбивство Бузини обрали членом Ради громадського контролю НАБУ

Фігуранта справи про вбивство журналіста Олеся Бузини Андрія Медведька обрали членом Ради громадського контролю Національного антикорупційного бюро України. Відповідні результати рейтингового інтернет-голосування, яке відбулося 23 вересня, оприлюднила пресслужба НАБУ.

Медведько представляє громадську організацію «Спілка ветеранів війни з Росією». Він отримав 3 902 голоси.

Іншим членом Ради громадського контролю НАБУ став Іван Ясинський (4 854 голоси).

Бузину вбили 16 квітня 2015 року в Києві у дворі багатоквартирного будинку, в якому він жив. 18 червня 2015 року за підозрою у вбивстві затримали Андрія Медведька й Дениса Поліщука. Їх арештували. У грудні 2015 року Печерський райсуд Києва змінив запобіжний захід для них на домашній арешт.

Обидва не визнають своєї провини. Адвокати Медведька й Поліщука заявляли про фальсифікацію ДНК-експертизи в цій справі і про алібі обвинувачених.

Їм загрожує від 10 до 15 років позбавлення волі або довічне ув’язнення за обвинуваченням в умисному вбивстві й незаконному зберіганні зброї.

У серпні 2018 року Шевченківський районний суд Києва визначив п’ять присяжних для розгляду справи про вбивство Бузини.

Наразі судовий розгляд справи триває.



Медіарух закликає Зеленського відреагувати на перешкоджання роботі журналістів з боку Мендель

Медіарух «Медіа за усвідомлений вибір» створений у лютому 2019 року



History Shows Impeachment Battles Risky and Unpredictable

President Donald Trump made history this past week, but not the kind he had hoped for. Trump is now the fourth U.S. president to become the subject of an impeachment inquiry, the U.S. constitutional process whereby Congress may remove a president from office.But if history is any guide, both sides should take note that the politics of impeachment are complicated and risky, and the eventual outcome and fallout are often hard to predict.What is clear from the past several days is that Donald Trump is now fully engaged in a battle to save his presidency.“What these guys are doing, Democrats, are doing to this country is a disgrace and it shouldn’t be allowed,” Trump told reporters Thursday. “There should be a way of stopping it. Maybe legally through the courts.”U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a bilateral meeting with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on the sidelines of the 74th session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Sept. 25, 2019.Ukraine callTrump has rejected a charge from Democrats that he abused the powers of his office by seeking Ukraine’s help to find damaging information about one of his Democratic rivals, former vice president Joe Biden.Democrats point to a whistleblower complaint that detailed Trump’s attempt to get help from Ukraine and alleged White House efforts to cover it up.Democrat Adam Schiff chairs the House Intelligence Committee.“And if as alleged, and if as this record of the call already indicates, the president was instead of faithfully executing his office, was using that office as leverage to obtain dirt, have another country manufacture dirt on his opponent, it is hard to imagine a more fundamental abuse of that office,” Schiff said.For the most part, Republicans continue to back the president, including Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.“I think people will find this to be overreach,” he said. “I think people will believe this is just revenge.”Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, speaks to reporters, May 21, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington.A few Republicans have expressed various levels of concern. Utah Senator Mitt Romney, one of the few Republicans with a reputation of occasionally being critical of the president, said the summary of the phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president was “deeply troubling.”Uncertain impactThe political impact of an impeachment battle during a presidential election campaign is hard to predict, especially on some of the president’s supporters.“Are they then going to rally behind the president? That is certainly what Trump is banking on,” University of Illinois analyst William Howell told Associated Press Television. “He is going to do everything he can to elicit that kind of response by members of his own party.”Trump did some musing about a possible impeachment during the Russia probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller. Late last year, the president told Reuters that he was not concerned about impeachment.“I think that the people would revolt if that happened,” he said.Some Democratic strategists predict the impeachment battle could weaken Trump’s case for re-election, even if the effort falls short of forcing him out of office.FILE – Official White House photo from the Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr’s report on President Clinton, showing the president and Monica Lewinsky at the White House, Nov. 17, 1995.Complicated historyMany Democrats are no doubt mindful of what happened with the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998.Clinton lied about and tried to cover up his affair with intern Monica Lewinsky, which led to his impeachment by the House.Clinton remained in office after a Senate trial in which he was acquitted.Clinton and Andrew Johnson are the only two U.S. presidents to have been impeached. Johnson survived his own Senate trial in 1868.In the aftermath of the Clinton impeachment, Republicans lost five House seats in the 1998 midterm elections.University of Virginia expert Larry Sabato said that amounted to a political backlash over the impeachment effort.“Given the fact that the Republicans took a wounded Bill Clinton and made him almost invulnerable for the rest of his term, it should serve as a warning to Democrats,” he said.Republicans may have paid a price for the Clinton impeachment in 1998, but two years later, Democrat Al Gore was defeated in the 2000 presidential election by Republican George W. Bush. Many experts believe the hangover from the Clinton scandal hurt Gore and may have cost him the presidency.In 1974, Congress began impeachment proceedings against President Richard Nixon over the Watergate scandal. Nixon left office when it became clear that he would likely not survive an impeachment trial in the Senate.Divided publicPublic opinion polls show voters remain sharply divided over whether to move ahead with an impeachment inquiry of Trump, though recent surveys have shown an uptick in support for the idea.A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll found that 49 percent of those surveyed favor the impeachment inquiry, while 46 percent oppose it.A POLITICO/Morning Consult poll found 43% in favor of starting the impeachment process, and 43% opposed. Support for impeachment was up 7 points from a previous poll conducted last week.And a new Huffington Post/YouGov survey showed 47% now support impeaching Trump and removing him from office, while 39% are opposed.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky attends a news conference with members of the Senate Republican Leadership, Sept. 24, 2019.Senate obstacleThe biggest obstacle facing the Democratic impeachment effort of Trump is the Republican-controlled Senate.Republicans control the Senate by a margin of 53 to 47, and that includes two independents who usually vote with Democrats. That means Democrats would have to bring over at least 20 Republican senators in any impeachment trial in order to get a conviction and remove the president from office. So far, that seems like a long shot.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has vowed to keep Democrats focused on the Ukraine matter in the impeachment inquiry, rather than include a host of other issues related to the president that have come up previously. Pelosi did not give a timeline for the inquiry.“They will take the time that they need, and we won’t have the calendar be the arbiter,” she said.What comes next for President Trump and the country is not entirely clear, but both sides appear to be preparing for a long and divisive political battle with an uncertain outcome, just as the 2020 presidential campaign begins to heat up.



МВС: поліцейський упродовж 5 годин спілкувався на даху з хлопчиною, який хотів зістрибнути

У Києві поліцейський упродовж п’яти годин спілкувався на даху з чоловіком, який хотів зістрибнути, повідомило Міністерство внутрішніх справ України.

За даними відомства, у ніч на 30 вересня невідомий заліз на дах будівлі на майдані Незалежності в Києві та погрожував скоїти самогубство.

«Поліцейський Олексій Оленін протягом 5-х годин сидів на слизькому даху. Потім він спустився звідти разом з тим хлопчиною. Він його врятував», – розповіли в МВС.

Про стан чоловіка, який заявляв про наміри скоїти самогубство, міністерство не повідомляє.




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