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Sacha Baron Cohen’s ADL Conference Keynote Address Takes Facebook & Social Media To Task For Propagating Hate

“The greatest propaganda machine in history.” [Editor’s Note: Actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen delivered a brilliant assessment of the threat and role of social media in the propagation of hate and intolerance at an  Anti-Defamation League (ADL) dinner. In particular, he took Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg to task for the role of Facebook in spreading hate worldwide, which he described as “the greatest propaganda machine in history”. Going beyond criticism, Cohen made some very useful suggestions for fixes. — Mark L. Taylor] Anti-Defamation League (11/21/19) Thank you, Jonathan, for your very kind words.  Thank you, ADL, for this recognition and your work…


The ‘Audacity Of Nope’ — Actually, Barack, We Do Need To Tear Down The System

By John Atcheson Common Dreams (11/21/19) There are two ways to practice politics: you can either follow polls or shape them.  For four decades now, Democrats have been poll followers, and Republicans have been poll shapers. Recently, President Obama urged the Democrats to continue being poll followers, saying, “The average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it.”  The evidence suggests he’s wrong about that, but even if he isn’t, Democrats need to change the mind of the average American, not be led by it. Here’s why. “The system” was designed by and for corporate America and…


Russia Monitor: A Week Of The Best & The Worst Of The Worst

“You Can’t Argue With Stupid; You Can’t Argue With The Party of Stupid’ — Daniel Peak ***** “Nope, not at all, doesn’t give a shit about Ukraine.” (Only cared about the) “big stuff that matters to [Trump], like this Biden investigation that Giuliani is pushing.” — Trump EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland. By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (11/25/19) The Democrats performed a master class of Impeachment Hearings against Trump and his pack of bumbling Trumpsters this past week. It was a proud moment at a time of great national dishonor. In the process the Party of Trump was revealed to be…


A Good Start: Impeachment Next Steps

Every fact witness had amazing moments. By Tom Crofton The Commoner Call (11/25/19) The testimony of professional foreign service officers in the Trump Impeachment Investigation has been stunning. Setting aside for a moment the truth that they are operating in an unnecessarily destructive, cold-war clash of economic empires, they are proof that our country has very skilled and dedicated people overseas representing the policies of our country. The fact that political hacks are guiding them, and working next to them, is the sad reality of our times, when incompetence, self-service, and intentional sabotage are now prerequisites for political positions in…


Nepotism Giveaways: Hunter Biden? What About ‘Special Assistant To The President’ Andrew Giuliani

But his father’s centrality to the Ukraine scandal could put it all in jeopardy. By Elaina Potter The Atlantic (11/18/19) It’s hard to turn on cable news or scroll through Twitter these days without catching the name “Giuliani.” Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, is a central character in the House’s impeachment inquiry. Meanwhile, Rudy’s third wife, Judith Giuliani, has commanded her own headlines as she’s aired details of the couple’s contentious, ongoing divorce proceedings. Scarcely mentioned, however, is Andrew Giuliani—the former New York mayor’s 31-year-old son—who works in the White House. Rudy Giuliani told me his son’s hire…


China’s Brutal Treatment Of Uighur Minority

Weekend Edition Saturday / NPR (11/23/19) NPR’s Scott Simon talks with researcher Bahram Sintash about China’s treatment of Uighurs. A million have been imprisoned in camps, and Sintash reports that thousands of mosques have been destroyed. Link to Audio ***** Opinion: Why You Should Think About Uighurs Next Time You Put Shoes On By Scott Simon Weekend Edition Saturday / NPR (11/23/19) The forced imprisonment of more than a million Muslim Uighurs in detention camps in the Xinjiang region of western China may make Americans feel outrage and sadness. But many may just shrug and ask, “what does that have…


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Chris Hedges: How To (Maybe) Save The Planet & Ourselves

“The corrupt system is going to kill us all unless we rise up.” By Chris Hedges TruthDig (11/18/19) If you read only one book this year, it should be Roger Hallam’s “Common Sense for the 21st Century: Only Nonviolent Rebellion Can Now Stop Climate Breakdown and Social Collapse.” Hallam’s lucid and concise book, which echoes Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense,” says what many of us now know to be true but do not say: If we do not replace the ruling elites soon we are finished as a species. It is a cogent, well-argued case for global rebellion—the only form of resistance…


Malignant Narcissism & Brittle Grandiosity On Full Display: “Deep inside, Donald Trump is a very empty and sad person”

He has said things such as “I’m the chosen one.” It is malignant narcissism and grandiosity, which has become more extreme. … All  these things are becoming dramatically worse. By Chauncey Devaga Salon (11/18/19) …Dr. John Gartner is a psychologist, psychoanalyst and former professor at the Johns Hopkins University Medical School. Gartner is also the founder of the Duty to Warn PAC, an organization working to raise awareness about the danger to the United States and the world posed by Donald Trump. Gartner was a contributor to the 2017 bestseller “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental…


Russia Monitor: Ambassador Gordon Sondland — Finally — Tells All

“I know that members of this committee have frequently framed these complicated issues in the form of a simple question: Was there a ‘quid pro quo?’ With regard to the requested White House call and White House meeting, the answer is yes.” — US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland’s prepared statement ahead of 11/20/19 testimony before House Intelligence Impeachment hearings. By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (11/21/19) Dear Fellow Readers, I am writing this Wednesday evening before Thursday morning distribution. The testimony of Ambassador Sondland is certainly the most damning to date for Trump; meanwhile, House Intelligence Chair…



Icky, Sticky & Secretive: Who’s Behind Dems’ New $75 Million Ad Campaign?

The campaign is run by Acronym, a dark money group, but here are some clues as to who’s funding it. [Editor’s Note: Money + Secrecy = Who Owns The Party. — Mark L. Taylor] By Alex Kotch Sludge (11/6/19) Veterans of the Obama campaigns are launching a $75 million digital ad effort to counter President Donald Trump’s dominance of online advertising and viral misinformation. Acronym, a “dark money” nonprofit, and its affiliated super PAC, Pacronym, plan to boost Democratic candidates and the party’s image in five 2020 battleground states: Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. On Monday, the groups announced a…


The Secret List Of Convicted Cops

Reveal / Center For Investigative Reporting (11/9/19) When police officers misbehave, why does it often remain a secret? We follow Robert Lewis, a reporter with the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley, as he tries to report on a secret list of police officers with criminal convictions. What begins as a simple story becomes a collaboration with dozens of reporters across California, from McClatchy, the USA Today Network, MediaNews Group and Voice of San Diego. Next, Nikka Singh of “Snap Judgment” brings us the story of one officer who has been able to stay employed at a series of police…


Cashing In On Murder, Mayhem & Profit Making: Women CEO’s Of Top Weapons Manufactures Cash In On International Murder & Mayhem

“This is the diversity of the ruling class. This is what the ruling class does to let us think there has been progress.” By Mark L. Taylor The Commoner Call (11/21/19) Jimmy Dore (10/23) and his panel of comedians take on a recent Fortune magazine feature celebrating the rise of women executives to lead American war profiteering corporations, beginning with Lockheed Martin’s CEO Maryliyn Hewson, who began her work life as an ambitious teen dishing up ice cream at her hometown Dairy Queen and now markets weapons of indiscriminate mass destruction used to maul, main and murder families around the…


What The SCOTUS Move Means For The Sandy Hook Lawsuit — And The Firearms Industry

Gun companies could potentially be exposed to a “flood of lawsuits across the country.” By Olivia Li The Trace (11/12/19) On November 12, the Supreme Court declined to hear Remington’s challenge to a lawsuit by families of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. The gunmaker appealed to the nation’s highest court after the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled in March that family members of nine Sandy Hook victims could go to trial against Remington, the maker of the rifle used in the attack, and several other defendants in the gun industry. The Supreme Court’s decision to decline the case allows…


Collapse Of The Information Ecosystem Poses Immediate, Profound Risks For Us All

The collapse of the information ecosystem has already wreaked havoc on our political systems. By Lydia Polgreen The Guardian (11/19/19) For the last few years, scientists have argued that we’re living through a distinctly new geological age. They call it the Anthropocene: a new age characterized by humanity’s profound impact on Earth itself as evidenced by pollution, mass extinction and climate change. We are currently facing a new systemic collapse, one that has built far more swiftly but poses potent risks for all of humanity: the collapse of the information ecosystem. We see it play out every day with the viral spread of…


The Guardian View On Prince Andrew: Entitled, Obtuse & Shamefully Silent Over Epstein’s Victims

A man rendered incapable by privilege of normal processes of discernment, moral judgment and empathy. Editorial The Guardian (11/17/19) There was a moment towards the end of Emily Maitlis’s extraordinary interview with Prince Andrew when she was unable to conceal her astonishment at what she was hearing. Did he, Ms Maitlis had asked, feel any sense of shame at his association with the convicted child sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein? “Do I regret that he [Epstein] has quite obviously conducted himself in a manner unbecoming? Yes,” was the prince’s reply. “Unbecoming?” said Ms Maitlis incredulously. “He was a sex offender.” It was an…


The Collapse Of The American Empire?

    The Agenda (9/12/18) The Agenda welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges, who over the past decade and a half has made his name as a columnist, activist and author. He’s been a vociferous public critic of presidents on both sides of the American political spectrum, and his latest book, ‘America, the Farewell Tour,’ is nothing short of a full-throated throttling of the political, social, and cultural state of his country. Link to 27-Minute Video


Notably Quotable: “It’s like showing up at the nursing home at daybreak to find your elderly uncle running pantsless across the courtyard…”

“It’s like showing up at the nursing home at daybreak to find your elderly uncle running pantsless across the courtyard and cursing loudly about the cafeteria food, as worried attendants tried to catch him. You’re stunned, amused, and embarrassed all at the same time. Only your uncle probably wouldn’t do it every single day, his words aren’t broadcast to the public, and he doesn’t have to lead the US government once he puts his pants on.” — Phillip Rucker, Book by ‘Anonymous’ describes Trump as cruel, inept and a danger to the nation [11/7] ***** “Sweet mother of God. Sondland is…


Russia Monitor: Which One Wins? National Shame Or Pride

“House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) decided to read the tweet aloud and give Yovanovitch a chance to respond. She said she found the effect of Trump’s words “very intimidating.”” — Trump tweeting witness intimidation aimed at former Ukraine Ambassador Yovanovitch during her testimony. ***** “The most profound threat to democracy today is not from Russia … The most grave threat to the life and health of our democracy comes from within, from a president without ethical compass. Without an understanding of or devotion to our Constitution.” — House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) ***** “As glorious as…


Left Twitter Responds With Viral #TooFarLeft Hashtag After Obama Tells Wealthy Donors Democrats Need To Tamp Down Progressive Ambitions

“I launched the #TooFarLeft tag, because I’ve had it with Republicans, media elites, and corporate Dems enabling fascists while denigrating those who seek economic and social justice as ‘too far left.’  I’d like to ONCE hear them complain America is too far right.” By Jon Queally Common Dreams (11/16/19) If you want to see the hashtag #TooFarLeft go viral, just get a former world leader—perferably one who is a Democrat—to denounce Left Twitter. After it was reported Friday that former U.S. President Barack Obama told a room full of “wealthy liberal” Democratic Party donors that voters ultimately won’t go for candidates offering…


Senate Dems Join GOP To Back ‘Automatic Austerity’ Bill That Will Lead To Gutting Social Programs, Hamstring Needed Reform & Investment

By Jake Johnson Common Dreams (11/14/19) A handful of Senate Democrats joined forces with Republicans last week to advance sweeping budget legislation that would establish an “automatic deficit-reduction process” that could trigger trillions of dollars in cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, and other social programs—and potentially hobble the agenda of the next president. The Bipartisan Congressional Budget Reform Act (S.2765), authored by Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), passed out of the Senate Budget Committee on November 6. The legislation is co-sponsored by five members of the Senate Democratic caucus: Whitehouse, Mark Warner (Va.), Tim Kaine (Va.), Chris Coons (Del.),…


INJUSTICE: When Justice Depends Solely On The Size Of Your Pocketbook

The ‘Justice’ mosaic on the inside of the dome of the Wisconsin State Capitol. “It’s a beautiful system for sucking money out of the people who can least afford it.”   Southern Poverty Law Center (10/5/19) Tella Barnett fears she’ll end up behind bars again if she gets behind on her payments. She’s one of thousands of people in Alabama who pay to stay out of prison. One day last March, she paid a $30 monitoring fee as well as a $40 supervision fee. She paid $40 in drug testing fees and $30 in “rescheduling fees.” “Oh, my goodness, I can barely…


Vowing To Take On The ‘Greedy, Corrupt Donor Class,’ Young Turks Founder Cenk Uygur Announces Congressional Bid

“I’m going to fight to get money out of politics, and I’m going to call it like it is. You know what campaign donations are from big corporations and lobbyists? Bribes.” [Editor’s Note: I sent off a contribution to Cenk’s campaign and urge you to do the same. Progressives must support progressives stepping up to run for office. -We must counter the stranglehold of corporations on our elections. – Mark L. Taylor] By Jake Johnson Commoner Dream (11/15/19) Cenk Uygur, host and founder of the online progressive news show The Young Turks, announced late Thursday that he is running for the California congressional…


‘Mother Nature Does A Mic Drop’: Venice City Council Chamber Floods Minutes After Members Vote Down Climate Crisis Amendment

The Venice city council chambers flooded Wednesday evening after a vote on the climate crisis. (Photo: Andrea Zanoni/Facebook) By Eion Higgins Common Dreams (11/14/19) It seemed like divine intervention—or at least the hand of Gaia. Minutes after the Venetian city council voted down a resolution addressing the climate crisis Wednesday, the council chambers were filled with water for the first time in history, the result of unprecedented flooding in the city due to the highest tides in 50 years. “Mother Nature does a mic drop,” tweeted software developer Denis Õstir. As Common Dreams reported, Venice is currently suffering through intense flooding that…


Right Wing Religion Round-Up: Trump’s Right-Wing Christian Lawyer Ordered Lies That Landed Trump’s Former Fixer In Prison: MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch

By Travis Getty The Raw Story (11/15/19) MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch warned President Donald Trump’s associates to ignore advice from the president’s attorneys, because they’ve already landed someone in prison. The “Morning Joe” contributor revealed that Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow, a religious right media figure, has already gotten former Trump Organization attorney Michael Cohen sent to prison to protect the president. “I’m going to give them the number, it’s 1-800-Otisville, and they should all call Michael,” said Deutsch, a friend of Cohen’s. “None of these people are going to tell anything but the truth. By the way, the lie (Cohen)…


Musician Bobi Wine Taking Courageous Stand Against Brutal Ugandan Dictator Museveni

Morning Edition / WBUR (1/15/19) NPR’s Scott Simon reconnects with Ugandan musician and activist Bobi Wine, who continues to protest President Yoweri Museveni’s rule. Wine is now planning to run against him in 2021. Link To 6-Minute Audio Kasukali Keeko ? By H.E Bobi Wine: Link To 3+-Minute Video   UGANDA ZUKUKA BY HE.BOBI WINE & NUBIAN LI: 4+-Minute Video


Sierra Leone: The Terrible Price & Loss For Refugees Having To Return Home

  Assignment / BBC (11/14/19) Fatmata, Jamilatu and Alimamy all see themselves as failures. They’re young Sierra Leoneans who risked everything for the sake of a better life in Europe. Along the way, they were imprisoned and enslaved. They saw friends die. Eventually, they gave up. Now, they’re home again – facing the devastating consequences of what they did to their families before they left, actions that have left them ostracised by their nearest and dearest. Who will help them to survive back home? Can they rebuild their lives, and achieve any reconciliation with their parents? And if they can’t,…


Israel Is Killing Children Asleep In Their Homes. Humans. Not Numbers. Again.

By Abby Zimet Common Dreams (11/14/19) The reign of terror, which we help fund, goes on. In the last two days of airstrikes over the open-air prison that is Gaza, where two million beleaguered people, almost half of them children, are packed and trapped, Israel has killed at least 34 Palestinians and injured more than 111. Many of the victims were children. The dead included eight members of the Sawarkah family – three adults, five kids – killed around midnight as they slept in their house.  The only survivor of the slaughter of the Sawarkahs was a month-old girl named Marah; her mother, father, aunt and siblings were all buried…


Exposing Jeffrey Epstein’s International Sex Trafficking Ring

Epstein’s death in one of the most secure jails in America ended the possibility of a trial that would have involved prominent figures. [Editor’s Note: It is important to not lose track of the Jeffrey Epstein story. His connections and relationships with the wealthy and corrupt political elite is clearly an ongoing threat to those running the show. — Mark L. Taylor] Associated Press (11/ WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors offered a plea deal to two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein on the night of his death, but the officers have declined the offer, people familiar with the…


Study Finds Twitter Attacks On Rep. Ilhan Omar Are ‘manufactured outrage’ Of A Surprisingly Few Accounts & Bots

A majority of 90,000 hateful Islamaphobic tweets originated from fewer than a dozen accounts, but were retweeted to prominence by bots. By Tom Crann & Megan Burks MPR (11/8/19) President Trump has made criticism of Minnesota U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar a prominent part of his rallies. He’s also targeted her on Twitter, prompting others to do the same. But a study out this week details how a small group of bad actors started that tweet storm long before Omar was on the president’s radar. And the study’s authors are calling for Twitter to do more than ban paid political ads, as it announced last week. They say this unpaid messaging actually may be more damaging. “To…


Russia Monitor: Two Ukraine Stories And One Massive Scandal

“You can’t promote principled anti-corruption action without pissing off corrupt people.” — Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent, House Impeachment Hearing (11/13/19) By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (11/14/19) Dear Fellow Readers, Yesterday, was an auspicious day. It was not a good day for Trump. Wednesday was the first day of the House Impeachment hearings against Trump, but even that should be in the context of the entire day. Trump long-time associate Roger Stone’s trial jury heard closing arguments with the prosecution portraying Stone as a serial liar. Stone is charged with seven counts of obstruction, witness tampering and lying to the…


Silencing Citizens: ‘Highly Disturbing’ Pentagon Document Shows US Military Surveilling Groups Protesting Family Separation

  [Editor’s Note: While violent right wing nationalist and fascist groups run about pretty much unimpeded — and even sometimes aided — by law enforcement, we have the government tracking human rights groups trying to assist abused migrant children. Any doubt about what kind of government we have? — Mark L. Taylor] By Jake Johnson Common Dreams (11/11/19) The U.S. military is reportedly surveilling rights groups and activists engaged in peaceful protests against both President Donald Trump’s border wall and the separation of migrant children from their families at the southern border. According to an internal Pentagon document obtained by Ken Klippenstein of The Young…


Inside ‘The Corporate Coup D’Etat’ That’s Created A New, Brutally Unjust Gilded Age

“They are just looting and stealing as fast as they can as everything collapses.” — Author Chris Hedges, interviewed in The Corporate Coup D’Etat.   [Editor’s Note: Film producer Jeff Cohen has pointed advice for democrats in 2020 regarding the party’s timid, go-slow, incremental ever corporate-friendly posture. Advice, that if ignored could well assure Trump victory in 2020. — Mark L. Taylor] Status Coup (7/20/19) Status Coup’s Jordan Chariton speaks with Jeff Cohen, the founder of FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting) and executive producer of the film “The Corporate Coup D’Etat’.” Link to 19-Minute Video (Commoner Call art by Mark…


Trump Adviser Stephen Miller’s Affinity For Virulent White Nationalism Revealed In Leaked Emails

  By Michael Edison Hayden Southern Poverty Law Center (11/12/19) In the run-up to the 2016 election, White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller promoted white nationalist literature, pushed racist immigration stories and obsessed over the loss of Confederate symbols after Dylann Roof’s murderous rampage, according to leaked emails reviewed by Hatewatch. The emails, which Miller sent to the conservative website Breitbart News in 2015 and 2016, showcase the extremist, anti-immigrant ideology that undergirds the policies he has helped create as an architect of Donald Trump’s presidency. These policies include reportedly setting arrest quotas for undocumented immigrants, an executive order effectively…


Evangelical Foster Mom Challenges Religious Right On Hypocrisy Regarding Govt. Abuse Of Migrant Children

By Rachel Martin Morning Edition / NPR (11/12/19) NPR’s Rachel Martin talks to Gena Thomas about how she helped a five-year-old girl from Honduras reunite with her mother. Thomas is the author of: Separated by the Border. Link To 7-Minute Audio (Commoner call cartoon for Mark L. Taylor, 2019. Open source and free for non-derivative use with link to www.thecommonercall.org ) ***** U.S. Held Nearly 70,000 Migrant Children In Government Lock-Up In 2019 “There was despair everywhere.” By Christopher Sherman, Martha Mendoza & Garance Burke Associated Press (11/12/19) COMAYAGUA, Honduras (AP) — The 3-year-old girl traveled for weeks cradled in her father’s…


Why Is Tulsi Gabbard Paying This Obscure Consultant Big Bucks?

By Nick Grube Honolulu Civil Beat (9/9/19) STEHEKIN, Wash. — Deep in the Washington state wilderness, a highly paid political consultant is raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars from U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s presidential campaign. It’s the kind of money usually spent on national name-brand political operatives with bustling offices and large staffs based in Washington, D.C., or New York. But few people in the business have ever heard of Kris Robinson, the owner of Northwest Digital, a web design and internet marketing firm working for Gabbard’s campaign. His company address is a P.O. box here in Stehekin, a…


Illegal Pot Cultivated By Cartels In America’s Public Forests Are Poisoning Land, Water & Wildlife

  Morning Edition / NPR (11/12/19) Water and wildlife in the nation’s public forests are slowly being poisoned by insecticides and other chemicals used in illegal marijuana operations, say forest police and researchers. They warn that the potential environmental damage could last generations. Many of the grows are the work of highly organized drug cartels, who take advantage of the forests’ thick canopy to help hide their operation. Some sites can go undetected for years. “The true crime here is the fact that they’re killing off basically America’s public lands, killing off the wildlife, killing off our water,” says Kevin…


John Nichols: Trump & Ag. Secretary Perdue Couldn’t Care Less About Rural Wisconsin

To win the votes they need in rural areas, Democrats need a platform as bold as what Warren and Sanders propose. By John Nichols Cap Times (10/8/19) Donald Trump’s secretary of agriculture came to Wisconsin last week to deliver the message that things are far worse for Wisconsin’s struggling dairy farmers than they knew. Speaking to reporters at the World Dairy Expo, Sonny Perdue expressed doubts about whether family farmers can survive in an industry where the factory farms favored by Perdue’s agribusiness associates are taking over. “In America, the big get bigger and the small go out. I don’t…


The More Joe Biden Stumbles, The More Corporate Establishment Democrats Freak Out

At this point, the shaky Biden for President campaign appears to be the only realistic hope for those who want a defender of corporate greed at the top of the Democratic ticket next year. By Norman Solomon Reader Supported News (10/14/19) The Democratic Party’s most powerful donors are running out of options in the presidential race. Their warhorse Joe Biden is stumbling, while the other corporate-minded candidates lag far behind. For party elites, with less than four months to go before voting starts in caucuses and primaries, 2020 looks like Biden or bust. A key problem for the Democratic establishment is that…


Notably Quotable: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but…”

  “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” — Martin Luther King ***** “I say to my colleague, I would be glad to have the person who started it all come in and testify. “President Trump is welcome to take a seat right there.” — Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), Room erupts in laughter as Democrat Peter Welch destroys Jim Jordan during impeachment hearing ***** “Mexican Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said investigators found more than 200 .223 caliber bullet casings manufactured by American gunmaker Remington at the scene.” —  Agence France-Presse, Mexico probes…