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Rethinking Federal vs State & Local Governing

A Declaration of Urban Independence Politico Magazine

Futurist and urban planner Richard Florida moved his family to Toronto a decade ago. Stunned by Hillary's loss, the theorist pulled back his new book from his publisher to do some serious soul searching.

His meaty article in Politico taps into my own mindset, one that is a total reversal of previous thinking among progressives on the role of the federal govt vs state and city govt. The idea is conservative -- one that puts key decisions about our urban and rural areas more in the hands of state and local govt.

Presently in America, rural Americans in red states are running the country. While it's great that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Democrats' lawsuit about gerrymandering state districts, the decision could go against Dems. The electoral college is stacked against progressives, urban areas and Democrats generally.

The solution? It could only work if we pack up our money, the disproportionate about of tax dollars blue states send to the federal govt.

Florida argues that states and local govt are much better able to develop effective policies for residents. On the face of it, the total abdication among Dems of civic participation in local and state governing would be a disaster on the front end of a major shift in power and funding to state and local govts.

Yet, if one realization has set in among thinking progressives, it's the understanding that it's our own fault that we've abandoned civic responsibility at a local level. And the centralized federal govt that we over-fund is working against us, especially in a Trump-era.

While white men Dems try to convince us that we should make room for anti-choice, anti-immigrant, pro-gun, anti-everything we stand for disenfranchised white male Republicans, Florida argues that we need a total reassessment of the roles of local, state and federal govt in our lives.

There's serious food for thought in this article and an open door for dialogue that is far more thoughtful than demanding that the solution to Dems problems is firing Nancy Pelosi, now that Hillary Clinton has gone down. A more organic, holistic approach is required. Note, that this is not a Bernie Sanders vision, as Bernie embraces an even more massive federal govt. It does embrace Bernie's argument that progressives must get involved at a local and state level. ~ Anne

Russia In Our Faces News

Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault Washington Post

Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried “eyes only” instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides.

Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race.

But it went further. The intelligence captured Putin’s specific instructions on the operation’s audacious objectives — defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump.

Related: Intelligence officials worry State Dept. going easy on Russia Politico

Netflix's 'Nobody Speak' Documentary Debuts June 23, 2017

The new documentary 'Nobody Speak: Hulk Hogan, Gawker and Trials of a Free Press' previewed in January 2017 at Sundance. The film comes to Netflix Friday, June 23 as a critical statement on the war being waged by President Donald Trump against the press.

Reviewing the film In January 2017, The Hollywood Reporter's John DeFore noted that the film suffers from some structural difficulties, due to the unexpected presidential win by Trump. This criticism is addressed with post-Inauguration footage of Trump's attacks against the media, a relentless attack on media credibility that threatens the Democratic process in America. 

The original focus of Brian Knappenberger's 'Nobody Speak' is the battle between Gawker media and pro wrestling star Hulk Hogan, a case that effectively put Nick Denton's Gawker media out of business, with parts of the company bought by Univision. 

The Hogan sex tapes revealed by Gawker were at the core of a defamation case financed by Trump buddy and Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel. In a grudge match with Denton over Gawker's outing Thiel for being gay nine years earlier, Thiel bankrolled the case to bring Gawker down. 

The film also turns a confrontational eye to prominent Republican billionaire Sheldon Adelson's 2015 purchase of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, as a vehicle for silencing stories he didn't like.  Addressing attacks against the press since Trump was inaugurated as America's president, Knappenberger says:

In the last few months, we've seen quite an uptick in aggravation against the press. And I think essentially what Trump has created is a kind of wave of hostility in some ways. And that has panned out in all sort of things. I mean, we saw Dan Heyman, the West Virginia reporter who was arrested for asking a question of the Health and Human Services secretary, Director Tom Price. We had John Donnelly, the reporter who was pinned against the wall of the FCC for trying to ask a question there.

We had this incredible scenario with Greg Gianforte, when he body-slammed a reporter for doing what, really, a reporter should be doing -- asking a question about the new healthcare law to a then-congressional candidate, now member of congress. And so that was a really, really disturbing act of aggression not just against the press but against the public, really, who has a right to know what their positions are.

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