Seattle Democrats Embroiled in Controversy
Progressive Army – The King County (Seattle area) Democrats had a reorganizational meeting on Sunday, which sparked controversy when 36th District State Rep. Noel Frame publicly accused chair candidate Majid Al-Bahadli of assaulting her, just before the election for the chair was conducted. The alleged assault occurred at the Democratic National Convention, where Frame and Al-Bahadli got into a public altercation in the ADA section.
Frame accused Al-Bahadli of being aggressive, intimidating, and of physically assaulting her when he removed her phone from her hand. According to numerous witnesses in the ADA section, Al-Bahadli may have been behaving passionately in tone, but Frame was the one being aggressive by telling the people in the ADA section to stop booing and “shoving her phone” in people’s faces, including Al-Bahadli (which prompted him to remove her phone from her).
Former Astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn Died, Aged 95
NBC – On December 8, former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn died. Glenn was hospitalized last week and was with family until his death. Glenn flew combat missions in both World War II and the Korean War before the space program began. In 1962, he became the first American to orbit the Earth. He later served as a U.S. Senator for four terms.
Trump Nominates Andy Puzder for Labor Secretary
USA Today – Preparing to make public appearances Thursday in Ohio and Iowa, President-elect Donald Trump nominated restaurant chain executive Andy Puzder to be Labor secretary.
“Andy will fight to make American workers safer and more prosperous by enforcing fair occupational safety standards and ensuring workers receive the benefits they deserve, and he will save small businesses from the crushing burdens of unnecessary regulations that are stunting job growth and suppressing wages,” Trump said.
Puzder said he and Trump believe “that the right government policies can result in more jobs and better wages for the American worker.”
Puzder — the CEO of CKE Restaurants, which owns the fast food restaurants Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s — also worked as a Trump campaign adviser and is a major critic of what he calls unnecessary federal regulations, including a proposed hike in the federal minimum wage.
Pentagon Criticizes Colin Kaepernick in Pearl Harbor Tweet
The Intercept – The head of the U.S. Pacific Command decided for some reason that Wednesday’s commemoration of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago was the right moment to take a swipe at San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
“You can bet that the men and women we honor today — and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago — never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our national anthem being played,” Adm. Harry Harris asserted.
Kaepernick has famously been sitting or kneeling during the pre-game playing of the anthem since August because, he’s said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” (He is righter than you know.)
The Department of Defense twitter account then tweeted the video of Harris’s comments, with the text “#PACOM Commander: Pearl Harbor vets ‘never took a knee. never failed to stand’ during National Anthem.”
At some point after that, the Defense Department deleted the tweet, although it still can be seen via archive.org.
Trump to Remain Executive Producer on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’
NY Post – Donald Trump isn’t giving up his TV interests just to be president of the United States.
The former reality star will remain executive producer of “Celebrity Apprentice” and continue receiving royalties from a show he hosted for more than a decade, Variety reported Thursday.
The value of those royalties is not public, though the paper said they’re likely in the low five-figure range for each show that airs. The former reality star will remain executive producer of “Celebrity Apprentice” and continue receiving royalties from a show he hosted for more than a decade, Variety reported Thursday.
Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks pointed out that the President-Elect helped create the hit program.
“Mr. Trump has a big stake in the show and conceived of it with Mark Burnett,” she said. “Additional details regarding his business interests will be shared December 15th.”
Trump is planning a press conference on that date to explain how he’ll deal with his extensive business holdings.
Ohio Passes Extreme Anti-Abortion Law
US Uncut – The legislature in Ohio passed the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the country on December 6th. The controversial “heartbeat” bill bans abortions in the state from the moment a heartbeat of a fetus can be detected – in most cases as early as six weeks of pregnancy.
This law does provide for access to abortion if the life of the mother is in danger, yet there are no provisions for rape and incest. Under this bill, Ohio doctors that perform abortions after the sixth week will be charged with a fifth-degree felony.
The ACLU of Ohio plans to fight this if Ohio governor John Kasich signs it into law.