mardi 31 janvier 2017
lundi 30 janvier 2017
Pour rire un peu dans un contexte lourd...
"“This is a stolen seat. This is the first time a Senate majority has stolen a seat,” Merkley said in an interview. “We will use every lever in our power to stop this.”
It’s a move that will prompt a massive partisan battle over Trump’s nominee and could lead to an unraveling of the Senate rules if Merkley is able to get 41 Democrats to join him in a filibuster. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) also reminded her Twitter followers on Sunday night that Supreme Court nominees can still be blocked by the Senate minority, unlike all other executive and judicial nominees."
"In the past 115 years, the average time for Senate confirmation/rejection has been 41 days, but the process has required an average of 73 days since the Nixon administration. The Senate refused to schedule hearings for Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee for Scalia’s seat. His nomination, which automatically ended when the 115th Congress was sworn in on Jan. 3, lasted a record 293 days."
"Canada’s warm embrace of Syrian refugees has won the country accolades at home and abroad, but is not without its domestic opponents. A survey in Ontario last summer found that while there was widespread support for accepting the refugees, only a third of respondents had a positive impression of Islam, and more than half felt its mainstream doctrines promoted violence.
Anti-Muslim incidents have been on the rise in Canada, with several minor incidents reported in Quebec during the past year.%% A Montreal mosque and a Sept-Îles Muslim community center were slightly damaged in separate arson attempts in December, and the head of the Association of Muslims and Arabs for a Secular Quebec received online death threats the month before.
The increasing tension led a member of Parliament, Iqra Khalid, to put forward a motion in the national House of Commons in December calling on the government to condemn Islamophobia and request a study on how the government could combat the trend. The motion will probably be voted on when the House returns to session this week."
Caricature de RJ MATSON, ROLL CALL
Dans un contexte américain, le petit bout de phrase au bas de la caricature est généralement emprunté à un discours de Franklin D. Roosevelt qui affirmait dans son premier discours d'investiture que "We have nothing to fear but fear itself". On retrouve également cette même phrase au début du roman "To kill a mocking bird" (premier chapitre).
Caricature de DAVID FITZSIMMONS, THE ARIZONA STAR
Donald Trump n'a bien sûr pas publié tous ces "tweets", mais n'est-ce par effrayant d'imaginer qu'il aurait bien pu le faire?
dimanche 29 janvier 2017
samedi 28 janvier 2017
"When Democrats were writing the Affordable Care Act seven years ago, their primary goal was to provide health insurance to more people, an ambition that the Obama administration went to great lengths to fulfill as it enrolled millions of people in Medicaid or private health plans.
Now, as Republicans try to devise a replacement for the law, they have set a nearly impossible standard for themselves: They have promised that none of the 20 million people who gained coverage through the Affordable Care Act will lose it if the law is repealed, even as they lift its mandates and penalties, pull back the tax increases that pay for it and pledge to enact a new program that will be cheaper for taxpayers and consumers."
vendredi 27 janvier 2017
"In October 2016, 54% of registered voters said the U.S. does not have a responsibility to accept refugees from Syria, while 41% said it does. There was a wide partisan gap on this measure, with 87% of Trump supporters saying the U.S. doesn’t have a responsibility to accept Syrians, compared with only 27% of Clinton supporters who said the same. U.S. public opinion polls from previous decades show Americans have consistently opposed admitting large numbers of refugees from countries where people are fleeing war and oppression."
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/01/27/key-facts-about-refugees-to-the-u-s/responsibility to accept Syrians, compared with only 27% of Clinton supporters who said the same. U.S. public opinion polls from previous decades show Americans have consistently opposed admitting large numbers of refugees from countries where people are fleeing war and oppression."
Trump et le vote frauduleux: une stratégie pour discréditer les institutions démocratiques américains
"Voting in our country has never been easy, and unfortunately it has never been guaranteed for everyone. But through the work of brave civil rights leaders, some of whom died for the cause, by the early 2000s we were at a point where most, but still not all, people who wanted to vote could do so.
That’s when the GOP started going backward on voting rights. Today, it’s not that some GOP strategists don’t want black people, for example, to vote because they’re black — it’s just that they don’t want them to vote because they don’t usually vote for Republicans. Over the past decade, these efforts have gained momentum. Extreme voter photo-identification laws started popping up all over the country. In nearly every case, they reduced voter turnout."
"The president has promised from the very beginning of his campaign that the border wall would be paid for not by U.S. taxpayers but by the Mexican government. Peña Nieto has been unflinching in his response, insisting at every turn that under no circumstances will Mexico pay for the wall. As a means of extracting payment, White House press secretary Sean Spicer suggested Thursday that the U.S. might levy a 20 percent tax on all Mexican imports, though he later pulled back that assertion.
Such a move would require the U.S. to back out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a trade deal that Trump railed against on the campaign trail and has pledged either to renegotiate or to leave entirely. Extricating the U.S. from NAFTA could have severe economic consequences, threatening continent-wide supply chains fostered by North American free trade over the past 23 years and with them, the millions of American jobs that depend on exporting goods to Canada and Mexico.
Imposing such an import on Mexican goods, the Times noted, could create a shortage of fresh fruits and vegetables in American grocery stores and drive up the price of many other consumer goods made in Mexico. Ultimately, the Times’ editorial board wrote, “a tax on Mexican imports would be paid by American consumers and businesses that buy those goods. Americans would pay for the wall, not Mexicans.”
jeudi 26 janvier 2017
"Just a small circle of officials at the Department of Health and Human Services knew about the executive action starting to unwind Obamacare, and only less than two hours before it was released. Key members of Congress weren’t consulted either, according to several members. And at a conference in Philadelphia, GOP legislators say they had no idea whether some of the executive orders would contrast with existing laws — because they hadn't reviewed them.
The breakneck pace of Trump’s executive actions might please his supporters, but critics are questioning whether the documents are being rushed through without the necessary review from agency experts and lawmakers who will bear the burden of actually carrying them out. For example, there are legal questions on how the country can force companies building pipelines to use materials manufactured domestically, which might not be available or which could violate trade treaty obligations. There’s also the question of whether the federal government can take billions from cities who don’t comply with immigration enforcement actions: Legal experts said it was unclear."
Caricature de RICK MCKEE, THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE
mercredi 25 janvier 2017
lundi 23 janvier 2017
Chronique dans "Québec aujurd'hui" sur les ondes de BLVD 102,1: retour sur l'assermentation de Donald avec deux étudiants du Cégep Garneau.