June 5, 2019

Posted by orrinj at 6:04 PM


Poll shows Biden beating Trump in Texas (CAITLIN OPRYSKO, 06/05/2019, Politico)

A new poll out Wednesday spells danger for President Donald Trump's reelection chances in one of the unlikeliest of places: Texas.

The Quinnipiac University poll shows that Joe Biden would top Trump by four points -- 48 percent to 44 percent -- in a general election matchup there, an outcome the ruby red state hasn't seen in four decades.

Democrats don't need to Texas to beat Donald, just to tie him down defending states that would be unlosable for a Republican.

Posted by orrinj at 1:13 PM


Joe Biden's long evolution on abortion rights still holds surprises (Heidi Przybyla, 6/05/19, NBC News)

As recently as Tuesday, Biden reaffirmed his support for Roe, telling voters in New Hampshire that it is "the law of the land, a woman has a right to choose." He added that if the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade while he was president, he would "push" legislation to keep it legal.

Yet his presidential campaign confirmed to NBC News that Biden still supports the Hyde Amendment, a four-decade-old ban on using federal funds for abortion services, except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the woman.

Posted by orrinj at 12:00 AM


Why Trump now wants talks with Iran: If Tehran blocks the Strait of Hormuz it could send the price of oil soaring and cause a global recession (PEPE ESCOBAR, 6/05/19, Asia Times)

The great Bilderberg secret of 2019 had to do with why, suddenly, the Trump administration has decided that it wants to talk to Iran "with no preconditions".

It all has to do with the Strait of Hormuz. Blocking the Strait could cut off oil and gas from Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Iran - 20% of the world's oil. There has been some debate on whether this could occur - whether the US Fifth Fleet, which is stationed nearby, could stop Tehran doing this and if Iran, which has anti-ship missiles on its territory along the northern border of the Persian Gulf, would go that far.

An American source said a series of studies hit President Trump's desk and caused panic in Washington. These showed that in the case of the Strait of Hormuz being shut down, whatever the reason, Iran has the power to hammer the world financial system, by causing global trade in derivatives to be blown apart.

The Bank for International Settlements said last year that the "notional amount outstanding for derivatives contracts" was $542 trillion, although the gross market value was put at just $12.7 trillion. Others suggest it is $1.2 quadrillion or more.

Tehran has not voiced this "nuclear option" openly. And yet General Qasem Soleimani, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps' Quds Force and a Pentagon bĂȘte noire, evoked it in internal Iranian discussions. The information was duly circulated to France, Britain and Germany, the EU-3 members of the Iran nuclear deal (or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), also causing a panic.

Oil derivative specialists know well that if the flow of energy in the Gulf is blocked it could lead to the price of oil reaching $200 a barrel, or much higher over an extended period. Crashing the derivatives market would create an unprecedented global depression. Trump's former Goldman Sachs Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin should know as much.

And Trump himself seems to have given the game away. He's now on the record essentially saying that Iran has no strategic value to the US. According to the American source: "He really wants a face-saving way to get out of the problem his advisers Bolton and Pompeo got him into. Washington now needs a face-saving way out. Iran is not asking for meetings. The US is."

Posted by orrinj at 12:00 AM


Republicans ready to quash Cuccinelli: The GOP-led Senate is relishing the chance to derail the nomination of Trump's immigration pick. (BURGESS EVERETT and ELIANA JOHNSON, 06/04/2019, Politico)

Ken Cuccinelli has spent years attacking Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans. Now, it's time for payback.

President Donald Trump wants Cuccinelli, who most recently led the anti-establishment Senate Conservatives Fund, to be director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. But there may be nobody in Washington whom McConnell and his allies would take more pleasure in defeating, and the bottom line is Cuccinelli has little chance of getting approved for the job, Republican senators said.