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"sheldon whitehouse" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"Yeah we'll be a theater okay so this capture now of on top of regulatory capture Capture just explain if you will some of the results of that and why they're crippling us. Well one of the results. I wrote a paper that backstopped all of this just not making this all up off the top my head. We looked at all the supreme court decisions that were decided. Five to four with all of the republicans on one side the winning side of the five to four and it turned out under chief justice roberts over seventy two of them which is a lot of supreme court decisions and when we looked at the seventy two of them we noticed that the five to four partisan decisions have one other feature which was there was a pretty obvious republican donor interest. That anybody with the least political sense could figure out was in fact a republican donor interest. And then the really telling fact was that of the seventy two five to four partisan republican decisions with a republican donor interest. In the case they won them seventy two zero it throw a few bones to the other side try to cover their tracks seventy two zero and then they ran up the scored at eighty after my article. Joe it's eighty two nothing route for big republican donor interest and we kinda slept through of the eighty five. Four decisions are republican sessions. Yuck eighty two eighty zapped quite a score quite a score. Yeah and some of them are big ones that everybody knows you know like shelby county. Oh boy undid the recurrence provision citizens united that let unlimited corporate money into politics There are some famous stinkers like that. But when you're up to eighty you're gotta go well past the famous stinkers and you gotta start looking at patterns. And what they're out to do and how they're doing it. And what their targets are. Why the same side always needs to win Just the pattern itself of eighty five to four partisan decisions. Eighty two zero.
"sheldon whitehouse" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"Turnstile through which the last three supreme court justices came extremely rare in the world to have a private organization. Become the turnstile for access to a country's supreme court extremely problematic when that turnstile at the same time that it's providing that service is also accepting massive anonymous donations. The idea that there is no link between massive anonymous donations. And who gets through. The turnstile is naive in the extreme and goes against all evidence of human conduct and nature. But that's what we've done. Some other country did this. We'd probably like laugh at them. And send memos saying you really need to clean up your act ghettos. Well we know ourselves. What the feral society does is advanced hundred percenters. So you can't depart from what the federalist society doctrines and the starts in law school and if you're a good boy or girl you get a clerkship and then after your clerkship your prestigious clerkship you go to a prestigious i e very high paying law firm and then if you decide oh i wanna be a federal judge then they steer you there and of course trump pledged to only pick people. Supreme court who were approved by the federal society were listed by the federalist society. That's why i always thought it was funny. Like do you remember. Lindsey graham and gorsuch was going like have you met president trump. Did you meet him before. You're no. I had met him before my my interview if he had said to. You i want you to overturn roe v. Wade what would you have said. And he said. I would have stood up and walked out that door. Remember that not. Because he wasn't out to overturn roe. V wade because that would have been very bad manners of trump gorsuch sensibilities and. I kick myself a lot for not going like you're a smart guy. You voice wanted to be a supreme court justice really you would have been walked out of the room instead of saying i'm as president. I would suggest that you look who sent me. I mean how you need to finish the rest of the sentence. I would have stood up. Walked out of the room gone immediately. See leonard leo. Who runs the court packing scheme. The federal society told him you know the president went too far. Could you please let megan know. The white house counsel countered on on this stuff. But you can't make me say it. In the oval office. For pete's sake. I had to stand up and get my point is he was lying. First of all the president wouldn't ask him that 'cause as dumb as president is known he would have no and they asked conybeare that to Did you ever talk to the president. About roe v wade. No i did not. Well you don't have to society picked you know they were. They were prepacked prefect on that issue. You don't eat the make it over in the law. That's why lindsay's question was dishonest. And while mike gorsuch is answer was dishonest acting. That was a little bit of drama. That was pretty..
"sheldon whitehouse" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"Excited about today's podcast with rhode island senator sheldon whitehouse. And this time. I mean it. I served with sheldon on the judiciary committee and really got to know him as a brilliant legal mind as a politician in the best sense and as a friend. I think. I know you're going to enjoy this one. Because he really knows what he's talking about sheldon was. Us attorney for rhode island For he became senator. He wrote a book a few years ago captured. And it's about the capture of our government especially the regulatory agencies by corporate interests I think people know there is a revolving door in dc is. It's bad The pattern is of course people serve in a A regulatory agency say the fcc and they make a favorable decision for say oh comcast then lo and behold a few months later They've got a nice high paying job in philadelphia working for comcast or they don't have to move To philadelphia from dc they can stay in dc put out their shingle as a lobbyist. I saw some ugly and this is democratic administration. i saw guy Adamant age sable. And say i came lobbyists and during a regulatory matter that i was very One side a very involved in. I eventually won. But this took a longtime. This fellow was paid by a huge corporation on Who side. I was not He was paid not to lobby for the company's physician before the agency that had but to stay on the sidelines in other words This big corporation paid him a lot of money not to do anything as we say. Minnesota most be nice in this podcast. We turn our tensions to the federal courts. And it's very ugly very disturbing story but One that. I think you'd be really glad you listened to So we will turn to Sheldon whitehouse in a couple minutes. But i wanted to tell you about An experience. I had here in new york city in manhattan on the subway At may times of day is just a lot faster to get around new york city on on the subway is also less expensive. And i like the subway so After recording the interview with shelton. I got on the subway times square. Forty second street took the express going back up to seventy second street and the it was a little crowded That time of day and got on..
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse Is a Leftist Attack Dog yet Defends All-White Beach Club
"And so, Sheldon Outhouse henceforth. Long tradition of Rhode Island of these white all White Bailey's beach clubs, and you know what? Minimal attention today by the big media. Minimum. Minimal. They're always looking for reasons to go after Trump. But here they have a guy they've got him. The name it even works. White House. He only goes into White House is this guy? It's unbelievable. But they don't want to hurt him. He's an attack dog for the left. He favors abortion on demand He favors open borders. He favors all the stuff that you know you got a favor in order to be a crackpot, unhinged leftist. So I want to give a hat tip to go local prov because they uncovered this. Of course not the Washington compost in the next limes. No, no, no. They wouldn't dare to look at Outhouse. Cut eight Go back in 2017. You had expressed concerns about the membership of the All White Bailey speech club said that you hoped it would become more diverse. Now your family spend members. Your wife is one of the largest shareholders. Has there been any traction and are there any minority members of the club now I think the people who are running the place we're still working on that. And I'm sorry. It hasn't happened yet. Do you have concerns and Danny? She just said your wife is a major shareholder in the club. That's interesting. His wife, not the two of them his wife as a major shareholder, so he knows this is sleazy. He knows politically, It's a bad thing. So the wife, he puts the wife well, She's a major shareholder. I I just wish that hasn't happened. I wish you what? Well, what about your wife? You jerk.
Investigations Continue as Questions About the Capitol Riot Remain Unanswered
"There are still a lot of questions about other individuals involved in the attack on the as well as the organization and planning behind it fbi's investigating whether foreign governments groups are individuals may have funded extremists who helped plan and execute the january six attack fbi sources telling nbc news that the bureau is examining payments of five hundred thousand dollars in bitcoin apparently by french national two key figures and groups in the alt-right before the riot kind of weird also know the fbi collected thousands of phone and electronic records connected to people at the scene of the rioting including many records from the members of congress and staff members. Who were there. That day. Senator sheldon whitehouse and several fellow. Democrats have called for senate ethics committee. Look into the behavior of the republican colleagues. Tech josh hawley. In relation to the events of january six and today democratic congressman. Eric swallow of california actually filed a lawsuit. And it's the second lawsuit on this on these actions. This lawsuit accuses former president. Donald trump his son. Donald trump junior republic rudy giuliani republican congressman mo brooks of alabama of violating federal civil rights law and local incitement laws with their speeches at that rally near the white house in the morning of january six lawsuit. Alleges the capital attack was quote a direct and foreseeable consequence the defendants false incendiary allegations of fraud and theft and indirect presponse. The defendants calls for violence. Gerstein is a senior legal affairs reporter at politico where he has been covering the arrest of trump appointing federico klein and he joins me now. Josh i saw this story and obviously this guy was like particularly high up the state department but it i read the story. I thought he had left. He was working there right like until the end of the trump term. That's right chris. I was told. He tendered his resignation on january nineteenth. So that's two weeks after the storming of the capital and it became effective a couple of days later. So i guess he was wandering around at foggy bottom knowing full well that he had taken part as the video appears to depict in this assault on the nation's capital on the congress. Tell us a little more about this individual. So he's forty two years old He served in the marine corps in iraq. According to his mother. I haven't been able to determine much in terms of a work history. He had a couple jobs on capitol hill about fifteen twenty years ago as an intern briefly working for the house. Small business committee but he seems to have sort of potted around to different Different kinds of posts before fetching up at the trump campaign in twenty sixteen. There are pictures on his facebook page showing him a working at trump tower. I believe on election night in two thousand sixteen with a couple of other young men there and then he managed to turn that into a political appointee job at the state department in this special assistant a position. Exactly what he did. There is also a little murky. I have to say. I spoke to a number of people last night. Who worked in this department at the state department office at the state department and a lot of them didn't know him or said they'd only met him briefly he seems to have ended up an office that handled brazilian and what they call the southern cone affairs. I think those are the andes countries and somebody told me he was eventually transferred a believe it or not chris to the freedom of information act office which is not usually the career trajectory. Most people in government are looking for this quote from his mother. Cecelia klein saying that fred's politics burn a little hot. She said i've never known him to violate the law. I believe is. He said he was on the mall that day. I don't have any neural. Ever ask him unless he tells me where where he was after he was on the mall.
Federico Klein Arrested: what we know about the Capitol riot
"We now know that in the mall that stormed the capital on january six pushing into the building in fighting. The police was at least one trump political appointee an active employee of the trump state department on that day. His name is federico klein. That's his picture there. He's forty two years old. He was until his resignation on january. Twenty first of this year a special assistant in the bureau of western hemisphere affairs klein entered trump's orbit tech analyst on the two thousand sixteen campaign he then joined the state department as a staff assistant with the trump transition team. According the fbi affidavit as of january sixth the day that this all went down insurrection. Klein also had an active top secret. Security clearance that same sixteen page f. b. i. Affidavit published today by the new york times reveals. That klein was present in some of the most grisly violent odd setting scenes at the capitol on january six. This image captured by surveillance. cameras shows. Climb in the red maga- hat along with other members of that insurrectionist mob entering a tunnel that leads to the doors the capitol building. You might remember. The police were stationed at the entrance. Desperately trying to use their bodies to keep them about body camera footage shows. That klein himself pushed his way to the front of the crowd. That is the trump administration official in the mob pushing his way to the front of the crowd physically and verbally engaging with officers attempting to stop the invasion it also captured klein violently shoving a riot shield towards the officers pushing it in between doors so they couldn't be closed. Federico klein continued to fight to breach the police line and enter the building. According to the affidavit until an officer deployed a chemical irritant spray also identified client in this publicly posted video from january. Sixth the trump administration official. Who still official. When you're seeing him here you'll see him in the center your screen and the red cap dark green jacket with his back to us. You may recognize that we've shown you pieces of the seen before because in the scene the mob violently tries to break through the police line at the entrance the building and you will hear climb it trump administration official encouraging members of the mob to come forward as reinforcements. I i i. A mob violently attempting to invade the capital. Stop the peaceful transfer of power. And that man frederick climb according to the fbi seen. They're on camera saying we need fresh people to help with the invasion on the day he's still working for the state department later on that same video. The fbi notes that we see further violent action from climb. You can see on the right side of your screen here pushing and shoving with the mob trying to break down the line police. Blocking the doorway the capitol right up against the officers right jailed. And he's visible again just a few minutes later. Struggling with officers pushing back with the shield is they keep trying to disperse the rioters attempting to stop the peaceful transfer of power sign was arrested yesterday. Charged with multiple felonies including assault on police officers interfering with police during civil disorder and obstruction of an official proceeding. New brief court appearance today conducted by phone. He was advised at two of the six charges. He's facing carry a maximum sentence of twenty years in prison. The fbi found interested federico klein thanks in part to tip from the public and the included his photo in a seeking information list posted online. They were able to verify identity and details about his actions through social media and videos like the ones we just showed you but there are still a lot of questions about other individuals involved in the attack on the as well as the organization and planning behind it fbi's investigating whether foreign governments groups are individuals may have funded extremists who helped plan and execute the january six attack fbi sources telling nbc news that the bureau is examining payments of five hundred thousand dollars in bitcoin apparently by french national two key figures and groups in the alt-right before the riot kind of weird also know the fbi collected thousands of phone and electronic records connected to people at the scene of the rioting including many records from the members of congress and staff members. Who were there. That day. Senator sheldon whitehouse and several fellow. Democrats have called for senate ethics committee. Look into the behavior of the republican colleagues. Tech josh hawley. In relation to the events of january six and today democratic congressman. Eric swallow of california actually filed a lawsuit. And it's the second lawsuit on this on these actions. This lawsuit accuses former president. Donald trump his son. Donald trump junior republic rudy giuliani republican congressman mo brooks of alabama of violating federal civil rights law and local incitement laws with their speeches at that rally near the white house in the morning of january six lawsuit. Alleges the capital attack was quote a direct and foreseeable consequence the defendants false incendiary allegations of fraud and theft and indirect presponse. The defendants calls for violence.
Senate Democrats File Ethics Complaint Against Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley After Capitol Riot
"Several Senate Democrats are asking the ethics committee to investigate Republican senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley in order to quote fully understand their role in the January six insurrection seven Senate Democrats including Rhode Island Sheldon Whitehouse Tina Smith of Minnesota and Connecticut's Richard Blumenthal have asked the chair of the Senate ethics committee to investigate Texas senator Ted Cruz and Missouri's Josh Hawley to see if they fail to put loyalty to the highest moral principles and to country above loyalty to person's party or government department the Democrats say a cloud of uncertainty will hang over them and over this body until the complaint is resolved Holly and cruise let objections in the Senate the president Joe Biden's victory even though such claims had led to threats of violence all the calls the effort a flagrant attempt to exact partisan revenge a cruise spokesperson calls the actions frivolous ethics complaints timid wire Washington
"I have no agenda": Amy Coney Barrett refuses to speculate on political issues in Senate hearings
"Yesterday to directly questioned President Trump's Supreme Court nominee. On the first day of direct questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Cockney Barrett. Refused to commit to rule in any particular way should she be confirmed to the nation's highest court. She also stressed that no one within the Trump administration, including the president has asked her to. I have had no conversation with the president or any of his staff. On how I might rule in that case in round one senators are allotted 30 minutes and at least one of them, Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse didn't ask a single question, instead calling into question the donors and organizations now supporting barrettes. Nomination confirmation hearings continue Today, Eli Lilly is
"sheldon whitehouse" Discussed on Climate 2020
"Back in March Congress passed the cares at it sent two hundred ninety billion dollars directly to Americans and it created a loan program for company struggling to meet payroll. It was sold as a lifeline for unemployed people and small businesses suffering from the pandemic but it also turned into a back door bailout for oil companies. Bloomberg News reported that three dozen large oil and gas companies made out with billions of dollars in government tax benefits corporates like marathon petroleum. An oil refiner worth nearly a hundred billion dollars. Marathon is at the front lines of attacking climate policy. The company is still funding climate denial groups and lobbying against any kind of federal action in January. A group of Democrats in the Senate asked marathons corporate shareholders to pressure the company on climate that included Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. But not even Senator. Whitehouse realized the extent of the bailout for companies like marathon until it was too late. I didn't know it existed until I saw the I report on it. By the time we actually got built text. We had half an hour before the vote. So in a decent world with coronavirus pandemic and an economy in freefall as people had to shelter in place you would have thought that the better angels of our nature would have come forward and we would have rallied around projects legislation programs that really helped people so under the premise of helping struggling. Americans out of Work Senate majority leader. Mcconnell helped push a tax provision giving one hundred thirty five billion dollars in tax benefits to the top one percent of tax payers plus a couple billion more dollars to oil companies that included four hundred and eleven million for Marathon Petroleum Mitch. Mcconnell thinks differently and he saw an angle knowing that nobody was going to get a good look at this and really did a huge good. GimMe to the oil and gas industry. Who was just dealing and the idea that he took this opportunity. Just shows.
Young Republicans: The new climate activists? Maybe.
"Know the polling says young Republicans want climate action. But it's the public shift from party leaders that I just find hard to believe. The Republicans have ridiculed climate science installed climate action for more than a decade. Do you believe these new messages from party leaders for real yes definitely. I think this is real. The question is to what effect clearly something new is happening. I've had a number of conversations with folks who work on the hill who all say the same thing that Republicans are talking really differently about this issue behind closed doors fewer and fewer of them are rejecting the science. And they're feeling real public pressure to talk about it. We're GONNA hear about why later on in the show and now this is playing out publicly. So you've got Republican leadership saying they're gonNA put together this package of bills to address emissions and there is of course a lot of skepticism which you address but there's no doubt there's a shift happening both in private and in public. Yeah you know. I've got some strong feelings on on this which I'm happy to share. But first let's hear from a reporter. Who spent a lot of time figuring out what's up with? Republicans on the issue of climate. Change Amy harder is a climate and energy reporter with axios. She's been covering the issue for well over a decade at the National Journal Than The Wall Street Journal and now at Axios. She broke the story of the new Republican climate. Push and our co host. Jeff Nesbit sat down with amy to unpack it so it it does feel like there has been a shift. I mean you know you talk to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. He says that he has private conversations with Republican. Senators all the but there's been a public shift for Republicans On climate fairly recently. Are you seeing that in your reporting? Well we're starting to see them. I've described it as coming back in from the cold because this isn't where the Republican Party has always been so you're seeing them number one acknowledge that climate change is a real problem That deserves some sort of response now. There's a huge debate about how big that response should be. But in general You're not seeing comments from lawmakers particularly in the House that are really out there on left field when it comes to the science. I recently sat down with three top. Republicans House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Congressman Graves of Louisiana. I'm in Congressman Westerman A Republican from Arkansas Ed. There was this interesting Exchange Between Westerman and graves when Western said something that didn't really fit with the scientific consensus of climate change. I immediately saw graves jump in and clarify so. There is a very acute concern within the Republican Party. That at the very least they don't want to fight the science and this is of course a long ways away from where Democrats and a lot of the public and corporations are but nonetheless it is a shift to stop fighting the science. So let's let's let's dive into that a little bit. What's in those new proposals from some of the house? Republicans I would say there's three main components of the Republicans plan which is to be introduced over the coming weeks and months the first one has to do with capturing carbon emissions from variety of sources. So that can be by planting more trees in in theory that would capture more carbon the other tube Parts of this plan include a ramping up clean. Energy Technologies and clean energy technology exports so giving special tax treatment to companies that export clean energy important here to note that the definition of clean energy is of course very much in the eye of the beholder. Republicans are in Wide Agreement. That NATURAL GAS. Which is the cleanest burning fossil fuel but still very much a fossil fuel with the climate impact? That counts is clean energy so expediting pipelines for example to move natural gas as part of their clean energy plan. Which a lot of Democrats and many in environmentalists would take issue with and then the third pillar is actually not directly related to climate change but more focused on plastic pollution And so this would give foreign aid to countries in Asia and Africa which is actually where most of the most polluted rivers are with plastic. The climate angle is that oil natural gas at the bedrock aplastic. So there's that connection So those those are the three main components and I've pressed McCarthy in Western and graves on this asking them if they have some sort of goal reduction goal of emissions at they hope to achieve the the answer to that is no that they sort of reject. This idea graves used the term arbitrary targets. I think most experts say having some sort of goal is good for trying to achieve any sort of outcome. I think time will tell. The devil is in the details to see if they can really say that they'll be any sort of concrete reduction of emissions with these policies. Which is of course the whole goal. So what so? What are you seeing learning behind the scenes that that that might explain? What's driving this chain change? Why is this happening now? I think one really compelling arguments that Republicans are being receptive to. Is this idea of course that it all comes down to politics that they've been given a polling that shows younger. Republican voters are really not liking. How their leaders are disavowing? The science they want their Republican leaders to at the very least acknowledged the science and put forward a range of relatively moderate policies. And so I think that's really driving them and and people often say they're just doing this for political purposes and that seems like a throwaway line but in fact compared to where we were a decade ago. I think it's quite significant. That Republicans see climate has not acting on climate change as a political liability. And that's an incredibly important shifts because the politics do need to shift when it comes to climate change if there's ever going to be big policy so what's what's the reaction to these proposals I within the Republican caucus but then also among their colleagues on the democratic side. Stephanie been all over the map. You have some environmentalists and Democrats that think that this is just another way to deny science another way to keep stonewalling big action and then you have other Democrats. I think con- Congressman. Paul Tonko is a good example Democrat from New York. They see this movement as not enough but definitely better than nothing and a big shift from a few years ago. I interviewed Jason Grandma. The president of the bipartisan Policy Center. Who has been integral in a lot of these debates and while he described the big emphasis on trees as quote aggressive gardening he also applauded the Republicans for making this shift. What Jason Grandma also said is that Democrats environmentalists should not chide these Republicans for not doing enough yet because it's a process and although it certainly not moving fast enough for some for some critics that it's certainly moving so what what is climate looked like as a voting issue in two thousand twenty and beyond and will that have an impact on the Republican. Party's outlook on this issue. So I posted a question recently to Frank Luntz. Many people may know him as Well known Republican pollster so. I posed the question to him about are these Republican policies about trees and plastic and clean energy technologies. Is that going to be enough to convince voters? And he says while trees are great. Voters are going to want more and I'll be interested to see if that's the case. I think you'll have a positive impact from not denying the science but I think as climate change becomes a worse problem. I do think there'll be a call to do more however also note that so far to date. We have not seen voters around the world support big climate policies. And so. That's what I've called the big climate disconnect and. I think that's something that's an open question. Voters say. They're concerned about climate change. But do they really support the big policies? That would actually make a difference and I think the answer to that is is. We don't know
Senate Democrats call for gun legislation debate
"Laws Democrats to to the U. S. house for for roughly five hours last night calling for debate on gun control legislation there senator Sheldon Whitehouse that an overwhelming majority of Americans support expanding federal background checks to cover private sales and close the gun show loophole the national rifle association spent thirty million dollars. supporting president trump. no wonder they can undo all of our work with a simple phone call to the oval office earlier in the day Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said had said he's waiting on direction from the president
"sheldon whitehouse" Discussed on 1170 The Answer
"Now, which one is this show, Sheldon Whitehouse. He's just laughable with yet some spot icus music. I don't I don't know what spot music is. Dr gorka. Yes this Barry. The reason why they chose those two is because they are the kid in may of liberals that are just fake human beings. I want the country to see that these people are just masquerading as as liberals, but they, but they aren't they? I Sheldon Whitehouse is a disgusting individual his behavior during the cavenaugh hearings his capacity just to lie. I mean, he he and Adam Schiff, I think must hold the records for the most lie said on Capitol Hill. Barry that this is a superb ticket Sheldon black house. But what is it blackhead? You said blackhead Sheldon Whitehouse with a VP spot. Icus? Cory Booker perfect for that. You get a signed copy of my new book why we fight defeating America's enemies with Nepali. Stay on the line. Barry will get your address, and we will ship that to you. Wow. That is a first entry. And it's a doozy. Can you beat berry? Who would you like to run for president? Whether you're a Republican or whether you're a democrat. I wanna hear your ticket. Not the circus of the next seventy people who are going to eat each other in the next two years. But who do you want to be the democrat nominee, whether you're Republican or whether you're democrat, call us eight.
What We Learned From William Barr's Confirmation Hearing
"General nominee William bar appears to be on a smooth path to confirmation after today's Senate hearing the second and final day of bars confirmation hearing featured witnesses arguing for and against the nominee. Former attorney general Mike Casey called bar experienced and well qualified to lead the Justice department in the next couple of weeks at judiciary committee is expected to vote on whether to recommend bars confirmation to the full Senate. Meanwhile, former Virginia attorney general Cancun Cinelli believes bar did do. Great job. Frankly, if you just talk in terms of pure performance, he did spectacularly I mean. Even cheesy Olympic jokes, even the Russian judges thought he did. Okay. Diane Feinstein and Cory Booker, and Sheldon Whitehouse or saying good things about your performance. They're not saying, well, I'll vote for him. But to get anything that positive out of the other side is impressive. And look he was an impressive choice to begin with. It's kind of hard to argue with someone who's already been attorney general, nobody's saying isn't qualified etc. It comes down to politics for these votes. But yesterday was a lot of substance, and he did really very well, very impressive. It matters of substance. How do you think he handled questions about the mole our investigation in his role in it? Should he become attorney general from the perspective of getting through the Senate? I'll be tactical for a moment. He hit him out of the park. Cuccia Nellie was speaking there on C span
An Island Crusader Takes On The Big Brands Behind Plastic Waste
"A tide of plastic waste is contaminating the oceans. And in a congressional hearing Senator Sheldon Whitehouse named major culprits over fifty percent of the plastic waste in the oceans comes from just five countries, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Sri Lanka NPR science. Correspondent Christopher Joyce. Went to one of those countries the Philippines to see how bad it is Manila it sprawls along the coast of Manila Bay. Shantytown sit in the shadow of new high rises and mega shopping malls, people here have more money than they used to. So they're buying more stuff from fancy soaps to important coffee in fast food, all which is wrapped in plastic packaging. A lot of that plastic ends up in the bay. There's an island in the bay that's kind of like a doormat for that floating. Plastic. I went to take a look it's not far from shore. We're on a Bunka, which is a Filipino vote. Wouldn't vote about twenty long creepy by. I could see lots of mangrove trees, the islands could be a place for a resort except that what looks like Spanish moss hanging from the branches. Isn't it's plastic bags. On the way out there. You look along the shore at just one all mine, plastic debris. To get a sure we walk on a little catwalk me, Dan Boone held together with plastic tie underneath it. It's. Classic perplex. Hello. The variety of stuff leading around is amazing shoes bottles, syringes, even motorcycle films. It's impossible to tell exactly where all this stuff comes from. The clearly a lot of it comes from the neighborhood surrounding Manila Bay. Some of those neighborhoods trying to stop the flow of plastic into the bay. Visit who long do hot? Good morning told people the local government is now requiring residents to actually pick through their trash and segregate out the plastic. So the community can deal with it. The woman pushes her trash carts who had paid and series of allies and along with her is a monitor from the neighborhood government. My name isse Danya Daleas, Akita speaking through a translator. So the policies that no segregation election so collection is free. But the household need to segregate their race food waste goes in one bag metals paper glass in another in two bags for plastic recyclable and nonrecyclable if residents don't comply with all this. They pay a fine. I offense by bonded vessels. Second offense one thousand and third going to Jane even jail for nuts. Separating plastic from your trash. There are hundreds of official neighborhoods in this huge city who long do hot is one of just sixteen now require residents to segregate plastic from their garbage. Is it enough? I asked the town secretary need to Yano you think it's going to work. I mean, it's. Like a soon. Nami aplastic. Now do not own. Well, sometimes I get mad as a community. We do our part to clean up the waste and educate people about the environment and in the beginning people call rate, but then they go back to their old ways. And it makes me sad. But even when people do do their best where does that plastic go? That's where it gets complicated. Some plastic bottles gets recycled. But then there are the sachets plastic packets that contain a single portion of soap or coffee your shampoo, that's how corporations like Unilever and Nestle market consumer goods in Asia. And most of these Shays cannot be recycled that rankles froylan. Greta he's with an environmental group mother earth foundation, which has sponsored the neighborhood cleanups. The problem is that for most of these companies, they feel they're responsible to their product ends the moment, they sell it. He says there's a reason us. Sachets end up in the ocean, and the Philippines, independent waste workers collect plastic and sell it to recyclers. But if it can't be recycled like, those Shays, it has no value doctoral waste Mercker, can you actually earned from this big collecting it. So they don't collect it groti has spent seventeen years looking for ways to get rid of plastic waste in our realizes that Filipinos can't dig out of this alone. Most packaging comes from just a few big companies. He says it's time they take more responsibility companies dumping all of this new products and packaging that is beyond their capacity to manage you earned from this in and you expect all of us to then magically just solve it for you. You can't just magically get rid of something that is permanent that doesn't degrade. It just keeps piling up. Remember that visited walking toward the beach plastic underfoot? I stopped to look at a huge pile of burlap bags stuffed with plastic waste a team of workers collected that waste one day's work. And yet they barely make dent. It's relentless and it buries itself in the sand and becomes permanent. Kick the stand aside. And there's a plastic tile. There's four or five straws Sanders, a half of a plastic bag and mixed in with coconuts and mangrove seeds. You know, it's just it gives you the feeling that you can't ever catch up. That's why many people throughout southeast Asia are now saying enough cleaning up isn't going to fix this. They want to take the fight to the corporations that create the plastic in the first place. Christopher Joyce NPR news.
"sheldon whitehouse" Discussed on The Beat with Ari Melber
"Roger stone pleading the fifth he is refusing to provide documents the Senate Judiciary committee, and I'm about to speak with a member of that committee. Senator Whitehouse the backbone is that stone won't talk to investigators. But he still will talk in public on TV and radio, you can see these appearances have actually become more frequent as Muller has closed in. But he's explains it is quote, I have no choice but to punch back and use every available for them to do. So here he is on Laura Ingraham's radio show today. I think in America when people cues you publicly of wrongdoing and your silent there's an immediate assumption that you're guilty of something. I think it's incumbent on you to get out there and defend yourself, and he has that right? Of course, defending himself there with Laura Ingraham all over the media, but some of this, and this is in addition to his right to do it could open them up to more exposure. I'm going to assert my amendment rights is a better way to put. Founding it sound Democrats. Uh-huh. Come facing, a pretty bleak Christmas because the financial cost of this Laura is just ability. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse was I mentioned is on the judiciary committee your view of this standoff, and Roger stone asserting what he says is every American's right? We'll the judiciary committee has a very poor record of issuing subpoenas to push back on phony assertions of privilege of one kind or another. So the place where I suspect. This lands is over at special counsel would surprise me. If the mother investigation, we're not looking at Roger stone, given his centrality to a lot of these. And if stone is making the same fifth amendment assertions to special counsel that he's now made to our judiciary committee, then I suspect they're going to litigate that because mere possession of documents doesn't give a first amendment protection to them. And I think he's dramatically overstated his first amendment rights here. So I would expect that this will continue the Muller investigation. For some time while they sort through how to get access to documents from an important witness like him. So you don't expect the Republicans run the committee in the Senate to put force behind this request from Senator Feinstein have you seen judiciary subcommittee yet judiciary subpoena yet from the committee. I have not I see I see your turning Socratic on me. Now, I think the house may very well decide to take a look into this. Because now they can't issue subpoenas and try to get to the bottom of this. But I think there are a lot of holes in this assertion of his fifth amendment privilege. It is Senator I want to play for your now since it is rather curious the way that some of the ways that Mr. stone is is making his public tour during a time when there's been more and more that's come out from him. And well as others about him lying to congress through Mr. Coursey and Randy critic was saying he lied about the back channel the WikiLeaks. Here was his discussion of what you referenced Muller getting in touch with stone, which allegedly has. It happened yet. Take a look. Have you had any contact with Robert Muller or his prosecutors? We have not none at all. That's correct doesn't that does that suggest to you that you actually are a target usually these speak with the witnesses, I suggest nothing at all. I again, where is the crime? I engaged in politics. Given the number of people that have been hauled before the grand jury that testify about Mr. stone. Do you think he's wrong in that claim there? I don't even know if he's truthful, I don't have any reason to believe a word that he says, so I would be hard pressed to speculate. I do think we learned a few things from the Flynn sentencing memoranda. Unidentified today, though, they said that the investigation is ongoing. So all this talk about it, wrapping up soon doesn't seem to be very well supported the blackout that you keep showing of the redaction of everything about the criminal investigation suggests that this is the criminal investigation that we don't know is out there yet. Because you try to minimize what you redact, and there's no point minimizing say Cohen's name if that were relevant here because people already know their criminal investigations to him. Just so we understand prospect that there's a whole new criminal investigation..
"sheldon whitehouse" Discussed on The Young Turks
"The office of government ethics the power to do more oversight enforcement and put in stricter lobbying registration requirements. That's threat, all these. But that's a good example, the devils really in the details stricter lobbying requirements. Okay. We'll specifically what it is. And we we don't know yet. We will know once we have the actual text of the the Bill create a new ethical code for the US supreme court ensuring all branches of government impacted by the law that could mean many different things. And I honestly don't know what this point I'm assuming it has something to do with conflicts of interest, potentially spurred by Cavanaugh who seems like one of the most blatantly political people to get on the supreme court and sometime, but then you also mentioned voting rights, and that's a big part of this as well, creating new national automatic voter registration that asks voters to. Opt out rather than opt in insuring more people will be signed up to vote early voting and online voting would also be promoted that is the way it should already be in terms of automatic. Guess obviously should make it as easy as possible restoring the Voting Rights Act prohibiting voter roll purging scenes timely considering what's going on the best for years. But especially these midterm elections. We saw an incredible amount of that specifically in Georgia as well and also beefing up election security, which we'd use to so very big areas, it's complex multifaceted as I said, it is possible that as you implied some of this might be broken out into individual bills. I find it difficult to imagine that many of the Democrats in the house will be against the. So it seems like it'll be pretty easy to pass most components of this Ellison house. And he does keep her caucus. And we've talked about this John air tight, right? It'd be she she gets very few people leaving and that's part of her success. Especially in these last two years, not when she was speaker. But these last two years since Trump has been president. And this seems like one of the bills where she's gonna be able to do that. Because there's something in here for everyone. A lot of them were drawn up with the assistance of senators, Sheldon Whitehouse and Amy klobuchar. Ours names in there, you know, making you think oh, maybe the Senate the Senate at. But again online voting I'm a dissenter on that. I think that was a typo in that in the article at first because there was a correction it they met online voter registration. So they came back. Okay. Good. Such about registration. Yeah. It is version voting and they came back and correct. Yeah. Yeah. I mean, you can you can mail in your vote wanted Email in your visit to things that happened. When when even so follow your mailed-in didn't vote. You can't. I mean there too many things I I'm skeptical of all night. Well, we're we're a long we're not there yet. We can't without a paper. Ballot. We're screwed when when you can vote in person on a machine than didn't work out. So why would it work out if you can do it at home on a machine? Hours that. That's a that's that's great. But if you're doing it very quickly, and that vote is going to be compromise. Because it's online and people can't monitor that than it does. Then I'd rather wait in line for saying that there's something better than people can't though that's the thing they start. It's all bad. Because of course, the problems are all I think you get in new problems. Neither of them Instagram story in your phone. Opt out. Have actually have that yet. Question for you, guys. Look, they can't actually pass can pass it. But they can't make it law. They can't really dictate the agenda. They can dictate hopefully the conversation, and it looks like they're gonna start doing that from day one while also stopping Donald Trump from accomplishing most of the horrendous things that he'd like to do what I wonder is over the next two years when they have their next chance of getting more actual political power. The ability to actually pass bills make them law getting the Republicans on the record on these issues making them vote against these things potentially other bills. What is a strategy that you think can generate the most momentum for them going into twenty teen what can actually help twenty twenty sorry..
"sheldon whitehouse" Discussed on MSNBC Morning Joe
"It is really hard to look at this without seeing that sort of disparity I asked to Michael Steele, the former RNC chair if he thought these attacks on Pelosi were gendered and t- responded to me that he quite frankly. I thought that you know, people at the end of the day do have a problem with women in positions of power. Group of Senate Democrats have launched a legal challenge against President Trump's appointment of Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general senators, Richard Blumenthal, maisy Hirono and Sheldon Whitehouse filed their lawsuit in Washington DC. They argue the move by the president violates the constitution because Whitaker has not been confirmed by the Senate. The lawsuit marks the third legal action challenging Whitaker's appointment in less than a week. All three are seeking a federal court to rule that deputy attorney general rod Rosenstein is the legal and constitutional successor to former attorney general Jeff Sessions. Hey, Sam Stein. And this is your reporting in the Daily Beast about this lawsuit. Brought by the Senator so what we have here, and let's get really down the weed series. You've got the appointments clause versus the vacancies reform act, which is the debate here between whether or not there should be appointment. There should be consented confirmation for this. Or if the president has the right under this bacon sees for two hundred ten days to appoint whomever. He wants without Senate confirmation. I could feel the viewers letting the channel right? No, no, no, no, this stuff, the appointments clause versus the vacancy. Reforming? The basic gist is is there was met would occur appointed unconstitutionally because senators did not get to weigh in on this under the vacancies format. You can put someone in a position for up to two hundred and ten days. But the question is is can you do that for a principal officer someone who reports directly to the president which met would aggress acting AG? Would do the senators argued that? No, you can't it's argument that George Conway and you'll cocktail did produce in their New York Times up at arguing that this appointment was unconstitutional. The question they're going to have to confront. I'm no lawyer the question, I think they'll have to confront I should say is whether they have standing standing is. Can you prove that you were affected adversely by this appointment in these senators, we'll say, yeah? Well, our constitutional rights to advise it. Consent were violated by this the president circumvented he went around us, and therefore Matt Whitaker cannot serve in this position. This will go to a court, obviously, the judge. I don't know how he or she will rule on the matter. But inevitably it will not inevitably it could very well get kicked up to the supreme court where they will have to decide whether Matt Winker could actually be in that position where he's overseeing the molar pope without any Senate confirmation whatsoever. So Microsoft, let me bring you in here. Let's get get an overview of where we are in the molar investigation. A lot of ground noise. We don't know how much signal is is getting through give us if you can't give us just a quick thirty thousand foot look at where the best Gus is. We're the molar investigation is right now. So despite all the noise around Whitaker the investigations still being overseen by rod Rosenstein and RAs nines deputy Eddo Callahan. They are still, you know, the people that are overseeing..
Senate Dems file lawsuit against Matthew Whitaker's appointment
"Democratic senators, Richard Blumenthal, Sheldon Whitehouse in Razi Hirono, follow lawsuit. Monday to block, President Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney. General the senators argue that Whitaker's appointment is in violation of the constitution.
"sheldon whitehouse" Discussed on The Dan Bongino Show
"I'm still getting over this whole thing for this. We've been roller coaster for me the whole day. I sat he riveted to television the entire day. Lindsay, Graham, I just. With your brother. I mean, Lindsey, Graham, for all of our disagreements over immigration policy, you know the romance that define men's careers women's do. And Lindsey, Graham just tore it up. It was. They took the floor back from the independent prosecutor was up there asking the questions which I thought was a good idea. They were losing control the hearing and Lindsey, Graham after that powerful opening statement delivered just a explosive volcanic response to the Democrats that I think change the tide of the whole hearing. The Democrats had nowhere to go after that. No one laid a hand on cavenaugh. After that, matter of fact, not only not lay a hand on cabinet, frankly, humiliated themselves. Democrats. Now on the democrat side. Sheldon Whitehouse, Sheldon Whitehouse on the Democrats completely humiliated himself. I'm not kidding. When I tell you that his questions were about farting games in highschool. I not a joke. There were judging the efficacy of supreme court nominees career based on highschool entries where they had to resort to talking about male, flatulence. I'm not kidding. Joe. I know you saw it. It was. It was one of the most is this for real. It was one of those white live in the United States anymore. Like is this really happening? Is this what the country's come to. Sheldon whitehouse. I don't. I don't know how you get your reputation back after slinging to such new lows to start destroying this man in front of his family based on high school yearbook questions, just. Utterly absurd. Cory Booker Spartacus. Spartak has just wrapped a few minutes ago Spartacus. His Spartacus breaking news is at Brad Kavanagh had a beer after football practice. I don't know what Spartacus was up to Cory Booker. What he was trying to get to he rattled on for five minutes kept saying, you had a question. Never asked the question once and got cabinet. Oh Michio. This is bad that he had a beer after football practice. That was so Spartacus by the way is fun as fundraising solicitations for his twenty twenty presidential campaign probably correspondingly followed immediately after his questioning was done. It was quite pathetic. One of the saddest things I've seen, we had dick Durbin in a fiery exchange back and forth in one of the more epic moments I've seen up on the hill in my time ever trying to nail cavenaugh down. Cavanagh is crystal clear. Absolutely. Crystal clear that he is innocent. He is innocent. They kept asking about it FBI. Investigation, they know damn, well, he can't order has no authorization to do. I've already told you multiple times. They don't do criminal background checks. They do criminal history, background checks, cavenaugh adequately described with the f. b. i. would do. And he's right. They would take three, oh twos or summary statements from witnesses and they would pass them onto the committee who would in turn. Judge the the truthfulness of said statements. Here's the catch. They already have those statements. Durbin was having a sign, the papers, old, man, he will hand it wasn't happening because he wasn't going to go down that road at all. He was not going to do it. Yeah, they were completely ineffective. They did not lay a glove on him. I want to add here that this was a conversation not everybody keeps saying. I don't like a lot of the conversation on Twitter. I'm. You know what I'd like to dislike. It's a relevant. I'm just for the purposes of this. I keep hearing on Twitter. Oh, this was designed to convince one guy, Jeff flake or Susan Collins folks. It wasn't, you know where I stand on that, but this is not the moment right now for me to hit them, they I don't want to dissuade. I think they know what to do right now. I don't have any inside knowledge of that. I just think that was a powerful hearing. I'm, but I disagree wholeheartedly that that was an effort to convince one or two senators. Ladies and gentlemen, I'll tell you this and I'm gonna leave it with this and I'll let you roll. I promise Joe, we do by ten minutes..
"sheldon whitehouse" Discussed on The Beat with Ari Melber
"Sheldon Whitehouse is here live after a quite a day Senator within these hearings this week. Have you seen anything that you view as disqualifying for judge Cavanaugh to be elevated to the supreme court? Well, he certainly hasn't lifted any the clouds of doubt about his candidacy particularly that he's being sent there as the president specifically said to overturn Roe versus Wade, and second that he's being sent there to protect the president from ongoing criminal investigations, saying those, you've been pushing hard questions, and we're looking at footage there as the testimony continues on row since you mentioned it, do you think he is misleading your committee when he says it's a super precedent a based on what the new Email reveals? I think he's being very coy and doing his very best to leave himself room to move to overrule Roe. There is a, it's hard to pin him down on terms. But if you again with precedent and then improve to precedent on precedent and then go to. Law and then finally go to correctly, decided settled law. That's kind of how the spectrum goes. And he won't say that Roe was correctly. Decided he will say that Brown versus board of education is practically decided he'll say that other cases are correctly decided, but he leaves himself that window to overrule Roe, and he has been very slick about dodging around that. Let's we direct because these things can get rather convoluted Senator. Are you saying that he is avoiding committing to upholding Roe because that would ultimately be perjury before the Senate, if he then overturned Roe and made it on the court? Well, I think he's more trying to avoid that in order to give senators like Senator Murkowski Senator Collins, some room to believe that he will protect row and that they could be surprised later on when he doesn't. Do you think he has assured Senator Collins in any meaningful way that he is pro choice? Because the balance of what's happened this week. And you just went through some of it seems to suggest more that he is pro-life, which would make sense because the president committed to only appointing pro-life justices. Yeah. Well, the question, whether he's pro choice and whether he's pro-life kinda runs beside the question of how he will treat Roe versus Wade as president. And he is gone as far as to say that it is settled law, but he is also said in that particular Email that you mentioned that several law can be overturned all the time by the court. So the magic words that you're looking for that he's really committed to defending. A particular precedent are that it is correctly decided settled law and he has not been willing to say that, so he's leaving himself the opening to go back and overrule Roe versus way. Sometimes pressure. That's suspicious. Sometime I hope you'll forgive me Senator. Sometimes I say I say pro choice because when we get into what's correctly decided in the day, it was decided it's too close to law school and too far from the plain language. But I know what you mean. I want to turn the other. The other point that you have been pressing and a lot of Americans are concerned about and the dovetails with the ongoing scandal about people inside the Trump administration saying they are concerned about his fitness for office, which of course matches whether they were crimes, committed office, take a listen to Senator coons who pressed as you did on these Muller issues today. I'm interested in your understanding of the constitution and whether or not it prohibits restrictions on the president's ability to fire a special prosecutor at will, the supreme court said, and so you're asking my views, my views are, but the president says, in other words, I follow the present. Does that concern you? Why can't current appeals court judge simply say that obviously, the president cannot fire the prosecutor investigating him without cause. It would be good if he could say that, but he didn't. And that's, I think part of the problem he comes to us with a record that runs from him saying that you can't indict a sitting president and hypothesizing that United States. I, it's Nixon. The subpoena of the president case was wrongly decided to then in front of us saying that United States versus Nixon is one of the great four cases of history, and it's really hard to.
Apple is creating an online portal for law enforcement data requests
"Apple's making it easier to work with law enforcement more making it easier for law enforcement to work without bowl. Seeing that says, the Cupertino company is expanding its digital forensics training for thirties. It's also streamlining or modernizing the process for requesting information on individuals on the training. The p. says, apple will put online training for beliefs that mirrors training apple currently offers to police in person. The company site says, the move will assist apple and training a larger number of law enforcement agencies and officers globally, and ensure that our companies and formation and guidance can be updated to reflect the rapidly changing data landscape as for the streamlining of data requests seen that says, the company is also working on a portal set to be operational by the end of twenty eighteen where law enforcement officials can submit and track requests for data and let her on the issue. To Rhode Island, democratic Senator, Sheldon Whitehouse, apple stress that it's committed to protecting the security and privacy of its users. The company went on to say that the work it does to assist investigations upholds that fundamental commitment.
"sheldon whitehouse" Discussed on Stay Tuned with Preet
"So one enterprising young activist high school student decided what the hell i'm going to run for governor that jack bergesen a 16yearold democrat from wichita he formed exploratory committee and launched his gubernatorial candidacy soon thereafter it seemed like a bunch of other kids cut the political bug as well and five of his peers have done the same does it give you a sense of 16yearold bergesen since platform this is what he said recently quote allow me to clear up a misconception i am not running for governor as a stunt or a gag i'm running for governor because of the minimum wage worker that has to work three jobs just to get by i am running because our education system has been lagging behind other states i'm running to get money out of politics but most importantly i am running to get as many people involved in politics as possible close quote so look i don't know a whole lot about these kids in their platforms and i think experience obviously is important but so is integrity and russian in willingness to serve i can vote in kansas but i want to applaud these kids efforts and wish them luck because service to your community is one of the most important things you can do well that's it for this episode of stay tuned thanks again to my guest sheldon whitehouse and thank you for listening if you like the show rate and review with an apple podcast thanks again for all the kind reviews the past few weeks means a lot send me your questions about news in politics tweet them to me at preap aurora even better give me a call at six six nine two four seven seven three three eight at six six nine two four.
"sheldon whitehouse" Discussed on Stay Tuned with Preet
"My guest this week sheldon whitehouse senator from rhode island and a member of the senate judiciary committee we're gonna talk about oh i don't know everything there's a lot going on that's coming up stay tuned stay tuned with pre is supported by betterment when it comes to investing you've likely had a couple of options you could do it yourself or you could handed off to an investment manager who beginning commissions for selling you certain funds now there's a better way betterment is a fiduciary which means they put your interests first not their own for one low transparent fee betterment manages your money for you and invests it tax efficiently and for a limited time you can get up to one year managed free more at betterment dot com slash pre betterment rethink what your money can do stay tuned with pre is supported by ziprecruiter hiring every business needs great people and a better way to find them something better than posting your job online and just praying for the right people to see it ziprecruiter has revolutionized hiring their technology finds great candidates for you it learns what you're looking for identifies people with the right experience and invites them to apply to your job right now my listeners can try it for free at ziprecruiter dot com slash pre that's ziprecruiter dot com slash preat senator sheldon whitehouse thank you so much for being on the program pre bra great to be on your press so we are we are recording actually in washington dc we are on the sixth floor of the hart senate office building in its caused me to become a little bit nostalgic i used to work in this building a few floors down where we first met we did in our staffing then ordinary mortals senator chuck schumer it's now now now leader the leader you call here leader calm leader schumer he likes to be called dear leader actually right is he gonna plan a military parental say.
"sheldon whitehouse" Discussed on Stay Tuned with Preet
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"sheldon whitehouse" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"Who me something something protect the next election after russia attacked the last one take your suggestion interesting point you can tell from the way senator sheldon whitehouse question the attorney general today that he has he at least doesn't seem satisfied with the response he's been getting from attorney general sessions and the department of justice on this issue about whether russia is doing it again for the 2018 election did he in fact get any satisfaction from the attorney general today joining us now with senator sheldon whitehouse democrat of rhode island is on the judiciary committee who questioned the attorney general's today senator thank you so much for your time i really appreciate you being here my pleasure you were pressuring the the attorney general there in that exchange about whether or not the department of justice is doing anything to try to head off any future russian influence in future american elections did you ask him not because you know the justice department isn't working on that or was that was that news the way he came back to you today no i was asking that because i have found no sign of there being any interest within the department of justice in addressing this problem legislatively which is weird because we've had a great number of very public hearings with a lot of people including administration officials making this very plain warning that they're coming out of again and we've had a lot of testimony about the types of things that we could do to close up.
"sheldon whitehouse" Discussed on Fresh Air
"As sheldon whitehouse say a democratic senator from rhode island said to me what you see then is the sort of the the agenda items of the coakes or moving up one by one and the things they complained about about trump are being jettisoned is one of the things they complained about about trump nationalism yes i mean and so in particular some of the trade deals they were against and in particular one of the things that they objected to most strenuously was an idea that the trump administration was pushing early on along with paul ryan which was to impose a border adjustment tax this was going to be a tax on items that are imported into america and the aim of it was to try to get americans to buy more american goods and try to get american companies to manufacturers to use american produced you know items and what happened was the coakes just attacked it with their entire machinery they have a great political machine and thirty six states and um and they went out it and eventually trump abandoned it and and so that border adjustment tax is gone and in its place we've got this new kind of tax reform proposal which since it doesn't include new taxes such as the border adjustment taxes it instead is projecting a tremendous deficit one and a half trillion dollars over the next ten years did the coq brothers have a role in pulling out of the paris climate accord.
"sheldon whitehouse" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"You you referenced the the dossier on what the dossier says about how if there was a quidproquo here it appears to have been or it's it was it was supposed to have been described in the dossier as having been about russia wanting sanctions relief we had marco's unball on the show last night and legendary investigative reporter reuters seven sheldon whitehouse is on the judiciary committee in the senate told him for peace this week that when it comes to the dossier a good deal of the information and it remains unproven but none of it has been disproven and some of it has been proven true when he said none of it has been disproven that caught my eye because i think a lot of people assume that parts of the dossier have been disproven can i ask him what you make of senator white house assessment there if you share that well i certainly share the view that there are parts of the dossier that have been corroborated seem credible other other parts of the dossier that were trying to determine the are the true are they not true and still other parts of the dossier i think we're not even close to being able to confirm or reject so i think at a literal sense that's true i don't think we can disprove parts of the dossier yet but there's a lot of work that remains to be done and frankly that's where we ought to have at least part of our focus it shouldn't be on trying to discredit the messenger but rather find out how much of this dossier is accurate and and that's really what we're trying to accomplish the chairman of your committee the intelligence committee who said he was stepping aside from the russia investigation devon newness signed off on subpoenas this week or sometime not this week signed off sometimes recent sometime recently we found out this week subpoenas targeting the firm that was behind the dossier targeting fusion gps there's been some confusion as to whether or not that was his subpoena that he unilaterally decided to issue even though he hasn't been participating in the investigation thus far there's been some conflicting reports as to whether you were consulted on that subpoena or weather even other members of the committee on the republican side were committed were consulted on that what can you tell us about that.
"sheldon whitehouse" Discussed on First Mondays
"I'm not gonna make i think i am a galeano got got us must do that day here so i i'm i'm supportive of the group i support limited government and free market economics i don't support honorable leadership eto i can't i can't get behind all the pillars of the fund for america i like academic programs but fellowship i mean get out of here no thank you your fell so art of what else is going on so did you see this um john mccain and senator sheldon whitehouse on john mccain republican of arizona and show them one white house a democrat of rhode island a jointly filed an amicus brief in the partisan germany in case go versus taking the position that partisan gerrymandering is unconstitutional did see that and i thought that that was calm you know there there're a bunch of a you know our friend adam lip tack was reporting that actually a number of prominent republicans um uh john mccain being pro the most prominent there were many others had filed various briefs because the deadline for these mucus briefs to sort of ruled in and so they're a bunch of republicans who filed these things and i think the reason that it's important is it provides a sense of i i don't wanna say cover but a sense that this is not obscure you know blue team verses red team kind of issue which is i think essential if you're hoping for the votes of justice kennedy or chief justice don't you think your other good did you notice that there is an update to that a separate brief on that included a signatories a republican representatives mark meadows and walter jones hooligans of north carolina uh it turns out that they didn't mean to sign it i think they thought it was like.