“White House Sends Jared Kushner To Meet With Top Senators On Improving The Criminal Justice System,” BuzzFeed.
‘Jared Kushner, son-in-law and senior adviser to President Donald Trump, has been dispatched by the White House to discuss criminal justice reform issues with key senators, BuzzFeed News has learned. Kushner met with Sens. Chuck Grassley and Dick Durbin on Capitol Hill Thursday.’
Again, let’s just stop for a second and consider the fact that the person described by himself as “first among equals” in the White House has been given the lead on U.S. relations with Canada, Mexico, China and the Middle East, has also been asked to run a White House Office of American Innovation, and will now also apparently be running point on improving the criminal justice system. This is a person whose prior background suggests no particular competence in any of these areas of government. His only qualification for White House service appears to be that he married well.
Kushner is barely old enough to run for president, has no experience in public service, has never shown any interest in public service, and is set to make decisions and influence policies that will affect all Americans.
Kyle, the Dungeon Master of the group, commissioned this piece for his adventurers as a parting gift. He wanted the real life people portrayed in their character’s get-up and acting in character. Designing the costumes and getting their expressions juuuust right was a lot of fun! So I’ve added some detail shots as well.
Left to right (clockwise): Giro: water Genasi and a cleric of
Vogan. A quiet fellow with a troubled past / Durbin: human monk and drunken master. Never found without a drink in his hands / Shadow:an Arakorka
Rogue. A sinister guy. Likely not to be trusted / Volanir: a Human noble warlock. Finds himself quite the leader. Has a logical mind and calm disposition. / Marcus: Human Cleric of the god of society. Annoys Volanir to no end with his proper and social ways / Pierce: a human bard
who enjoys attention. ‘Go big, or go home’ attitude. / and Kyle: the DM, their evil overlord :)
Senior Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday sought to stave off town-hall protests from their own party, asking Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to reach out and urge activists to redirect their anger at Republicans instead of at moderate Democratic lawmakers.
The request came in a weekly meeting of top Democratic senators, according to a senator in attendance, ahead of a congressional recess next week when lawmakers in both parties are expected to face large crowds stirred in recent weeks by President Trump’s early executive actions and ongoing Republican attempts to revamp the Affordable Care Act.
Over the past two weeks, crowds — and conflict-hungry media crews — have swarmed town halls and protested at congressional offices. Republicans have gotten the brunt of it, with several members escorted by police through lines of shouting protesters, and some caught scrapping or rescheduling public events or leaving out back doors to dodge angry activists.
But protesters have also gathered in blue states, marching to Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer’s home in Brooklyn to demand the obstruction of Trump nominees, and showing up at the offices of safe-seat Democrats to demand that they filibuster Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.
Such stories spurred Democrats to ask Sanders for help, according to Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), who attended the meeting on Tuesday.
“They basically explained to Bernie, it looks like you could be the person that could calm down and make sure their energy and all this enthusiasm is directed in all the right proper channels,” Manchin said. “Bernie has a voice, and if [protesters] want to be active, then direct them to where the problem may be or where they anticipate a problem.”
The intraparty drama puts top party leaders like Schumer (D-N.Y.) in a tricky political position. He can either fully embrace the far left and its rejuvenated activism — and risk alienating moderate lawmakers and voters — or push back too hard against the new activity and anger the party’s base of support.
The request to Sanders came during a meeting with Schumer and a leadership team that stretches the ideological spectrum of his caucus. In addition to Sanders, a self-described socialist, and moderate Manchin, the group included Sens. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), among others.
A quick blurb in Variety, 14 June 1939, about an upcoming radio broadcast on NBC’s Red network to support passage of a refugee aid bill, specifically, a “bill to increase the entry limit on juvenile refugees from Europe.”
Takamine Hideko 高峰秀子 (1924-2010) wearing a “Durbin” in Shufu no tomo 主婦之友 (Housewife’s friend) magazine - The “Durbin” clothing is like a dress with a collar that Mrs. Deanna Durbin wore in the movie “One hundred men and a girl” - Japan - 1939
We’ve got an incredible find here folks! These 2 tins we found contained several rolls of 35mm negatives from the 11th Academy Awards in 1939. Some Hollywood’s greats are in these photos, including Shirley Temple, Bette Davis, Spencer Tracy, Deanna Durbin, director Frank Capra, and even Charlie McCarthy and Edgar Bergen. This is also the year that Walt Disney was given an Oscar for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
[On the bookcase, next to the duck] Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars
(2012) by Paul Ingrassia; American Image (1989) by
Martin W. Sandler; America’s Fascinating Indian Heritage (1990), edited by Reader’s Digest;
The Farmhouse: New Inspiration for the Classic American Home (2004) by Jean Rehkamp Larson
[On the top shelf, left] The Mercenary (1963) by Charles Durbin; Personal Injuries (1999) by Scott Turow; Dreamland (1999) by Kevin Baker
[Second shelf, left] Lord of Misrule (2010) by Jaimy Gordon
Here’s some photos from the Hollywood Canteen, which opened 11 months after the United States entered World War II.
1. Rita Hayworth outside the entrance on Cahuenga Boulevard 2. Canteen co-founder Bette Davis serves coffee 3. Lana Turner, Deanna Durbin, and Marlene Dietrich welcome the 1 millionth visitor. 4. Mickey Rooney takes over the drums.