Pierre Delecto: Mitt Romney’s secret online alter-ego for eight years

Romney is revealed to have kept up a secret Twitter account, mildly criticizing Trump and politely defending himself On Capitol Hill, he is Mitt Romney, the clean-shaven senator from Utah. But on Twitter, with a virtual pencil moustache and perhaps a cape, he becomes Pierre Delecto. In a weekend interview in at Slate, Romney was revealed to have kept up a secret online presence for eight years, since the time of his run for president against Barack Obama. Though he lurked anonymously online, the Mormon church elder did not morph into a troll or any other species of virtual rogue. Pierre Delectos Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Second official reportedly considering whistleblower complaint against Trump

Intelligence official was interviewed by watchdog to corroborate initial complaint about Trumps dealings with Ukraine, report says A second intelligence official is reportedly considering filing a whistleblower complaint about Donald Trumps dealings with Ukraine as the Democrats impeachment investigation into the president and his administration continues to escalate. The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, also failed to meet a subpoena deadline to turn over documents related to the investigation, as House Democrats broadened their subpoena request to the White House, demanding documents after the executive branch ignored requests to provide them voluntarily. At the heart of the impeachment inquiry is a whistleblower complaint outlining Trumps efforts to pressure the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, to launch a corruption investigation against …

Kamala Harris might be surging but her record will soon catch up with her | Bhaskar Sunkara

A leftward moving party is hungry for change. Just like Joe Biden, Kamala Harris past will prove to be a liability writes Bhaskar Sunkara The first pair of Democratic presidential primary debates showed how wide open the field is. Former vice-president Joe Biden came in with a comfortable lead, but stumbled during the debates and has one poll, shes now within two points of him. Joe Biden had a couple things going for him: he was connected to a popular Obama administration and he is still widely perceived as being electable. For stalwart Democratic voters, preventing a second term for Trump and an ever-rightward moving Republican party is a key priority. Biden might have stood out with his relatively conservative …

Democratic candidates fail to challenge opponents or convey scope of climate crisis in debate

Presidential hopefuls mostly reiterated campaign talking points and policy proposals during seven minutes on climate discussion The first Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday night spent around seven minutes on a discussion around climate change, exceeding the total time spent on the crisis during all of the 2016 general election debates. Climate change is expected to feature more in the 2020 election than ever before, as experts offer unsparing warnings that the escalating crisis will extensive plan could save Miami, the coastal Florida city watching as oceans creep inward, increasing inland real estate costs and exacerbating flooding. Current science shows that even a significant global effort to stall rising temperatures would not prevent the huge carbon emissions must halveby 2030 to …

The Impeachers review: Andrew Johnson and the men who nearly trumped him

Brenda Wineapple has written a book entirely right for its moment, a history of the perils and politics of impeachment Brenda Wineapples new book was surely timed for this moment. Working with the support of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2016 and 2017, her research predated the Mueller investigation. But in some quarters, the tantalising thought of a third impeachment of a president was already in the air. Her book, therefore, is not merely the story of a trial (and likely associated corruption), engrossing though that is. It is also the story of how a nation torn by civil war and grieving the memory of Abraham Lincoln took a very different turn during the presidency …

Golden escalator ride: the surreal day Trump kicked off his bid for president

On 16 June 2015, the then mogul announced his White House run. Four years on, reporters who covered that Trump Tower speech recall the lies and bombast that now define his presidency Given everything that has happened in the past four years, its not a huge surprise to learn that the first words of Donald Trumps 2016 presidential campaign were a lie. Four years ago, on 16 June 2015, after Trump had slowly descended a golden escalator to the basement of his eponymous New York tower, he clambered on to a makeshift stage and began his announcement speech. Wow. Woah. That is some group of people. Thousands! covered the campaign launch for Reuters news agency. That kind of frenetic energy …

Iran-US tensions are reaching new heights and neither is likely to blink

Long-term standoff threatens to turn into crisis after alleged sabotage of two Saudi tankers A festering four-year war, crippling sanctions, threats to maritime oil trade and a US naval battlegroup steaming for the Persian Gulf. Such developments were troubling enough, before two his signature nuclear deal for kickstarting Irans adventurism. While Obamas gestures were hardly seen in Tehran as trust-building measures and did nothing to slow a regional consolidation, Irans ascendancy started before him and has continued since. Members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard arrive for a ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in February 2019. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA Tehrans view has been rather different. It views the US as a capricious actor whose presence and …