Tea party and Trump supporters can’t accept people like Jorge Ramos and Barack Obama as Americans

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DAILY KOS

Let’s start with the obvious. Given that the candidate himself has characterized Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists, we can’t be surprised that one of his partisans told Jorge Ramos, the most influential Latino journalist there is, to “get out of my country.” Ramos responded: “This is my country. I’m a U.S. citizen too.”  Clearly thrown by the idea that this man with a Spanish accent might actually be an American, the Trump supporter spluttered: “Well, whatever. No. Univision. No. It’s not about you.”  Ramos, able to form actual sentences in English, calmly replied, “It’s not about you.  It’s about the United States.” It’s not clear whether Trump’s rhetoric exacerbates this kind of bigotry, or simply attracts those who already possess it. Either way, he and his supporters are a perfect match.

At a press conference only a few minutes earlier, Trump himself had dismissed Ramos—and, by extension, his large Latino audience—with the insult: “Go back to Univision.” This was after the journalist asked a question about the candidate’s immigration plan without waiting to be called on. Trump’s insult sounded to many Latinos a lot like: “Go back to Mexico.” Ramos discussed the interaction here.

Beyond this incident, in just the past week or so we saw two brothers—one of whom stated that he was inspired by Mr. Trump—ambush a man they targeted as Latino, leaving him with a broken nose, “battered” arms and chest, and, just for kicks, a face full of urine. Trump, in response, offered that “it would be a shame….I will say that people who are following me are very passionate. They love this country and they want this country to be great again. They are passionate.” Indeed.

Keep reading, and we’ll take a closer look.

An array of hate was on display in the crowd at a recent Trump rally in Alabama, where neo-Confederate activists passed out flyers, a reporter heard a number of “off-color remarks about minorities,” and one especially enthusiastic gentleman couldn’t stop chanting “white power.” Speaking of white power, you remember former KKK grand wizard David Duke, right? He endorsed Trump, declaring that the Donald “understands the real sentiment of America.” By the way, Duke isn’t the only white supremacist, white nationalist, or Neo-Nazi jumping on Trump’s bandwagon. What does Trump say about all these cheeky rapscallions who think he’s the Great White Hope? When asked about Duke’s endorsement, Trump claimed he hadn’t heard of him. He then added, “people like me across the board. Everybody likes me.” Well, not quite everybody.

The hate we’ve been discussing here largely stems from white racial anxiety about our country’s demographic future, an anxiety that, as I’ve written elsewhere, we ignore at our own peril. In terms of electoral politics, these sentiments strongly resemble those that motivate the tea party.

In their extensively researched book, The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism, Vanessa Williamson and Theda Skocpol found that tea party members expressed a significant degree of racial animus, and that their positions on various policies followed. Tea party rhetoric defines Latinos and African-Americans as being outside the national community. Supporters expressed profound resentment over what they saw as government redistributing the wealth of “hard-working” (read: white) Americans to “undeserving” (read: black and brown people) takers. In another article, Skocpol summarized:

[Tea Party members] are overwhelmingly older, white, conservative-minded men and women who fear that “their country” is about to be lost to mass immigration and new extensions of taxpayer-funded social programs (like the Affordable Care Act) for low- and moderate-income working-aged people, many of whom are black or brown. Fiscal conservatism is often said to be the top grassroots Tea Party priority, but Williamson and I did not find this to be true.

Similarly, a study published by Florida State University sociologists in the journal Social Science Research found race-based anger to be a “distinct factor” pushing people to embrace the tea party, a factor that operated “largely independent” from actual ideology. Here’s more from this study:

The Tea Party movement is an outlet for mobilizing and expressing racialized grievances which have been symbolically magnified by the election of the nation’s first black president….The findings suggest that, among conservatives, racial resentment may be a more important determinate of membership in the Tea Party movement than hard-right political values….Conservatives who were more racially resentful were substantially more likely to claim Tea Party movement membership.

Certainly it is possible to say that one wants to “take our country back” without being motivated by racism. As conservative pundit Byron York rightly pointed out, Democrats from Al Gore to John Kerry to Howard Dean all used a version of that phrase during the George W. Bush administration. However, the tea partiers who talk incessantly about taking their country back aren’t just talking about ideology, as the research cited above makes clear. It’s not just the use of those words—it is what’s behind them, the hate we saw expressed in countless other ways by members of the tea party.

Racist anti-Obama signs.

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The above is a compilation of signs from tea party rallies put together by the staff of The Colbert Report. Host Stephen Colbert noted that it took them “almost 15 seconds to put that together.” What they show is much more than a rejection of Barack Obama’s policies. They show both a profound degree of racism, as well as a rejection of Obama as an American. That’s why the tea party embraced birtherism for so long and so loudly. And which prominent individual has clung longest and most loudly to birtherism, right up to the present in fact? Donald Trump.

We didn’t constantly see signs expressing bigotry at Gore, Kerry, or Dean rallies. And that’s the difference. When the tea party talks about taking their country back, it’s about more than politics alone. Likewise, when Donald Trump talks about Mexican immigrants being rapists and criminals in order to gin up anger over undocumented immigrants, it’s about more than just concern regarding the rule of law. That anger—fueled by racial anxiety—is what we saw in the video where a “passionate,” “inspired” Trump supporter clearly saw Jorge Ramos as not American.

This isn’t just one guy, one video, and one insult. It provides another window into the soul of right-wing America, an entity so full of hate that almost any little scratch brings the bile right up and out of its mouth. You can see the hate on that Trump supporter’s face, and you can hear it in his voice. That hate fuels the tea party, and it fuels support for Donald Trump. It is, in fact, the very same hate. That hate may not motivate every single participant in those two movements, but their successes would be impossible without it.

Daily Kos Staff

WHY DOES MSNBC HATE AMERICA? NETWORK EXPANDS ‘MORNING JOE’ TO FOUR EXCRUCIATING HOURS

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CONTEMPTOR

Mediaite’s Joe Concha reported Thursday that MSNBC is getting rid of Jose Diaz-Balart so they can give the morning program an extra hour.

In an exclusive scoop on Thursday, media critic and conservative commentator Joe Concha stated that MSNBC would be giving its morning opinion show, Morning Joe, an additional hour. The program, which already runs three hours each weekday, will now broadcast from 6 AM to 10 AM ET, In order to make room for Morning Joe, MSNBC has decided to kick Jose Diaz-Balart to the curb. Currently, the respected Cuban-American reporter hosts the 9 AM to 11 AM slot on the network.

Over the past few months, MSNBC has been revamping its schedule in order to refocus its network branding away from liberal-based political opinion to more hard news reporting. Since the beginning of this year, we’ve seen shows hosted by Ronan Farrow, Joy Reid, Alex Wagner, Ed Schultz and the young crew of The Cycle get canceled. Last week, Al Sharpton saw his show, PoliticsNation, shuffled off to Sunday morning.  Meanwhile, it has been understood that the only programs that aren’t in danger of being moved or axed are Morning Joe, The Rachel Maddow Show and Hardball with Chris Matthews. 

While MSNBC has said it wants to focus more on hard news, giving a political opinion show like Morning Joe four hours seems to fly in the face of that logic. Same goes with giving Meet the Press host Chuck Todd a one-hour late-afternoon broadcast that will also center mostly on Washington politics. While it appears that there will be slightly more hours devoted to actual news broadcasting than in the past, it seems that more of the focus isn’t on being a news channel, but being a more centrist, perhaps even Republican-friendly, network.

But will this all backfire? Giving a substance-free gabfest like Morning Joe four full hours to allow Joe Scarborough to bloviate endlessly seems like a bad idea on the surface. Especially when you consider that the hosts have decided to jump all the way on the Donald Trump bandwagon, allowing the real estate mogul and whining six-year-old to pop on the program anytime he wants to get free airtime for his campaign and personal brand. (Joe has especially embraced Trump’s anti-Latino rhetoric.) This is made even worse that, in order to get the extra hour to blather on, the network got rid of its most well-known Hispanic personality.

The bad optics of giving a Trump-friendly program more airtime at the behest of a Latino anchor was noted by many after Concha’s article went up.

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Kim Davis Jailed for Contempt in Kentucky Gay Marriage Dispute

Kim Davis, the clerk of Rowan County in Kentucky, after refusing to grant a marriage certificate to Robbie Blankenship and Jesse Cruz on Wednesday | Credit Ty Wright/Getty Images

The obvious question would be….what took so long?  Yet it’s assumed she had to exhaust all her legal options via the Court systems.  Now comes the fun part:  The Go Fund Me  (OR SIMILAR CROWD-SOURCING FUNDING SITES) donations.

The thrice divorced Ms. Davis might benefit from the publicity surrounding her strict morals regarding  “The sanctity of MARRIAGE“.  ks

THE NEW YORK TIMES

ASHLAND, Ky. — A federal judge here on Thursday ordered a defiant county clerk jailed for contempt of court because of her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite a United States Supreme Court ruling.

The clerk, Kim Davis of Rowan County, was sent to jail after a hearing before Judge David L. Bunning of Federal District Court. The contempt finding was another legal defeat for Ms. Davis, who has argued that she should not be forced to issue licenses that conflict with her religious beliefs.

“The court cannot condone the willful disobedience of its lawfully issued order,” Judge Bunning said. “If you give people the opportunity to choose which orders they follow, that’s what potentially causes problems.”

Judge Bunning said Ms. Davis, who is an elected official, would be released once she agreed to comply with his order and issue the marriage licenses.

Ms. Davis tearfully testified that she had not hesitated to stand by her religious views and defy the courts. “I didn’t have to think about it,” she said. “There was no choice there.”

At the hearing, Ms. Davis, an Apostolic Christian, was asked how she defined marriage.

“Marriage is between one man and one woman,” she replied, before a lawyer asked her whether she had “the ability to believe marriage is anything else.”

Ms. Davis offered a terse response: “No.”

Later, one of the women who has unsuccessfully sought a marriage license in Rowan County, April Miller, told Judge Bunning that Ms. Davis’s stand “marginalizes us again.”

Judge Bunning left little doubt about his thinking, and said Ms. Davis’s explanation for disobeying his order was “simply insufficient.”

“It’s not physically impossible for her to issue the licenses,” he said. “She’s choosing not to.”

Lawyers for the couples had asked Judge Bunning to fine Ms. Davis and not send her to jail, but the judge said he thought that a fine would not be enough to prompt the clerk’s compliance.

As marshals led her from the courtroom, Ms. Davis said, “Thank you, judge.”

Thursday’s court ruling was the first since the Supreme Court on Monday turned down Ms. Davis’s appeal of an Aug. 12 ruling by Judge Bunning directing her to issue marriage licenses. The justices’ decision was expected to clear the way for same-sex marriages in Rowan County. But on Tuesday, the clerk and her employees again refused to issue licenses in Morehead, the seat of Rowan County.

Within hours lawyers for the couples who had initially sued Ms. Davis asked Judge Bunning to hold her in contempt.

Supporters and opponents of Ms. Davis gathered outside the federal courthouse here Thursday hours before she was due to appear. One man waved a rainbow flag — a symbol of the gay rights movement — while another clutched a flag that said, “Liberty.”

“We’re supporters of the rule of the law,” said David Wills, a computer programmer from West Virginia who was first in line and said he had arrived at 4 a.m. for a hearing scheduled to begin seven hours later. “It’s just really important to me that people be treated equally, fairly.”

Ms. Davis’s supporters, prepared with an ice chest filled with water, also gathered ahead of a hearing they called critical to protecting religious liberty in Kentucky and elsewhere.

“They’re taking rights away from Christians,” Danny Kinder, a 73-year-old retiree from Morehead, said of the courts. “They’ve overstepped their bounds.”

“I’ve been praying about it, and we just have to turn it over to the Lord,” he said. “She has got to stand for what she believes, and I have to stand for what I believe, and I’m behind her 100 percent.”

Obama Locks Down Democrat Votes Needed for Iran Deal, Breitbart Commenters Go Cuckoo

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Amid the deluge of hate speech, one comment is hidden, awaiting moderation

Check out the photo the goons at Breitbart “News” use for their post on President Obama getting the votes he needs to stop Republican from torpedoing the Iran nuclear deal.

They know exactly how to tweak the raving nutbags in their audience and get them enraged, and sure enough, they’re ranting away like swivel-eyed street corner madmen again. A selection of the bad craziness, conspiracy theories, Bible-pounding and heinous abuse of punctuation follows:

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As I was scrolling down through these deranged comments (currently more than 2000 of them), I noticed one that was hidden, marked, “This comment is being held for moderation” with a link to show it. What in the world could have been so horrific that it needed to be hidden and approved by the Breitbart moderators, in the midst of this tidal wave of pure insanity?

Well, I clicked the link, and here’s that comment. Prepare to be more appalled than you’ve ever been by a Breitbart commenter:

Jesus would have support the Iran deal

GASP! Burn the witch!

Donald Trump isn’t rich because he’s a great investor. He’s rich because his dad was rich.

Donald Trump, amongst stocks | Michael Nagle/Getty Images

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POLICY & POLITICS

“It takes brains to make millions,” according to the slogan of Donald Trump’s board game. “It takes Trump to make billions.” It appears that’s truer than Trump himself might like to admit. A new analysis suggests that Trump would’ve been a billionaire even if he’d never had a career in real estate, and had instead thrown his father’s inheritance into a index fund that tracked the market. His wealth, in other words, isn’t because of his brains. It’s because he’s a Trump.

In an outstanding piece for National Journal, reporter S.V. Dáte notes that in 1974, the real estate empire of Trump’s father, Fred, was worth about $200 million. Trump is one of five siblings, making his stake at that time worth about $40 million. If someone were to invest $40 million in a S&P 500 index in August 1974, reinvest all dividends, not cash out and have to pay capital gains, and pay nothing in investment fees, he’d wind up with about $3.4 billion come August 2015, according to Don’t Quit Your Day Job’s handy S&P calculator. If one factors in dividend taxes and a fee of 0.15 percent — which is triple Vanguard’s actual fee for an exchange-traded S&P 500 fund — the total only falls to $2.3 billion.

It’s hard to nail down Trump’s precise net worth, but Bloomberg currently puts it at $2.9 billion, while Forbes puts it at $4 billion. So he’s worth about as much as he would’ve been if he had taken $40 million from his dad and thrown it into an index fund.

But if you compare Trump’s performance since 1982, when the stock market started to take off after the early-’80s recession, it looks pretty abysmal. Forbes estimated that Trump was worth $200 million that year. If he’d put that money in an index fund that year at a 0.15 percent fee, he’d have $6.3 billion today after dividend taxes, almost certainly more than he actually does. This jibes with analyzes prior to Dáte’s which have found that Trump has underperformed compared with the market since 1988; an AP analysis found that if he’d put his money in an index fund that year, he’d have $13 billion today; the S&P calculator similarly suggested he’d have $11.3 billion, after fees and dividend taxes.

These calculations vary a lot depending on the size of fee you introduce, how much of the investments you take off for living expenses, which exact day of the year you buy the index funds in, etc. If Trump had invested $40 million in an index fund in January 1974, for example, he’d have $500 million less, after fees and dividend taxes, than he would have if he’d invested in August.

But the exact numbers aren’t the point. The point is that after decades of touting his business acumen, his ability to negotiate tough deals and spot good investments, and after spending this entire campaign season arguing that he’s qualified for the presidency based on his skills in the market, Trump nonetheless has an investment record that at best roughly matches and at worst underperforms the market. He did only as well or possibly worse than a retiree with a Vanguard 401(k) did.

That’s not really impressive. Worse, it suggests that his success is almost entirely the result of having inherited money from his father. His own actions might have even cost him money.

Don’t be like Trump. Put your money in low-fee index funds from a company like Vanguard or State Street Capital; Vox’s Tim Lee has a good explainer of how to do this. Other presidential candidates are smart enough to take this approach. Hillary Clinton’s savings are primarily in index funds, including Vanguard’s S&P 500 fund.

Disclosure: I have most of my retirement and other savings in Vanguard mutual funds, and because Vanguard is structured as a cooperative, that technically makes me a Vanguard shareholder.

10 things you need to know today: September 3, 2015

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THE WEEK

1. Obama lines up enough votes to seal Iran deal
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland) announced Wednesday that she would support the Iran nuclear deal, giving President Obama the 34th and final Senate vote he needed to sustain a veto of a Republican-sponsored resolution rejecting the agreement. House and Senate majorities plan to vote against the deal between Iran and six world powers, which requires Tehran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. Congress has until Sept. 17 to act on the deal.

Source: Reuters

2. China announces 300,000-troop cut from People’s Liberation Army
China will reduce its army by 300,000 troops as part of its ongoing effort to modernize its military, President Xi Jinping said Thursdayduring a massive parade of tanks, missiles, and soldiers to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. The trimming of China’s 2.3-million strong armed forces was seen as a bid to show that China poses no expansionist threat. At the same time, five Chinese ships werespotted in international waters off Alaska during President Obama’s visit to the state — the first such sighting in the Bering Sea.

Source: The Associated Press, Voice of America

3. Syrians, including toddler, drown trying to reach Greece
At least 12 people fleeing the war in Syria drowned on Wednesdaytrying to reach the Greek island of Kos. A photograph of one of the victims — 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi — was widely publicized, renewing pressure on leaders over their handling of a growing migration crisis gripping Europe. The boy, his 5-year-old brother Galip, and mother Rehan, 35, died when their boat capsized after leaving Turkey. A relative said Thursday the family tried to emigrate to Canada from the war-torn town of Kobani, but their application was rejected in June.

Source: Reuters

4. Kentucky clerk faces hearing over refusing same-sex marriage licenses
Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis defied a Supreme Court order to start issuing same-sex marriage licenses for a second straight day on Wednesday ahead of a Thursday federal court hearing on whether to hold her in contempt of court. Davis, citing her religious beliefs, stopped issuing marriage licenses — to any couples, gay or straight — in June after the Supreme Court ruled same-sex couples had the right to marry. Lawyers for four couples she denied marriage licenses asked a judge to impose fines to force her to comply.

Source: The New York Times

5. Guatemalan president resigns over fraud scandal
Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina resigned late Wednesdayhours after the attorney general’s office issued a warrant for his arrest in connection with a corruption scandal, his spokesman said. The developments came days after the nation’s congress stripped Perez Molina of his criminal immunity. The fraud scandal involves alleged bribes by business people seeking to avoid customs duties. It has already landed Perez Molina’s former vice president in prison, and led to the resignations of several cabinet members.

Source: CNN

6. Ex-staffer to plead the Fifth regarding Hillary Clinton’s email server
A former Hillary Clinton staffer who helped set up the private email server she used as secretary of state has been called to testify before a congressional committee, and reportedly plans to invoke his Fifth Amendment right to refuse to answer questions. Digital records indicate that the former State Department IT specialist, Bryan Pagliano, set up the server in 2009. The House Select Committee on Benghazi, which is investigating Clinton’s emails, subpoenaed Pagliano last month.

Source: The Washington Post

7. Migrants leave Budapest after train station reopens
Hundreds of migrants in Hungary boarded a train on Thursday bound for a town near the Austrian border after authorities reopened Budapest’s main train station. Earlier, chaos erupted when officials opened the station’s doors after a two-day shutdown, only to tell migrants rushing in that all trains into Western Europe had been canceled. About 3,000 people, many of them refugees from Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East, have been camped outside Keleti station this week, hoping to go on to seek asylum in Germany and other countries.

Source: Reuters, The Associated Press

8. Judge declines to drop charges against 6 Baltimore officers for Freddie Gray’s death
A judge on Wednesday rejected a defense request to drop chargesagainst six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who died after sustaining a spinal injury in police custody. The death was ruled a homicide. The officers’ trial will begin next month; a pretrial hearing on September 10 will decide whether the case should be removed from Baltimore due to its publicity. The case sparked protests and rioting, and helped fuel the Black Lives Matter movement.

Source: Reuters

9. Hulu unveils long-awaited ad-free option
Hulu on Wednesday launched an alternative subscription plan that will let customers stream videos without commercial interruptions, making it more competitive with streaming rivals Netflix and Amazon. Until now, even Hulu’s paid subscribers had to endure multiple commercial breaks, which could not be skipped. The $11.99/month premium service will still serve ads on a select few programs as the result of studio rights held on certain series.

Source: The New York Times

10. Love Bug star Dean Jones dies at 84
Dean Jones, who starred in classic Disney family films such as The Love Bug and That Darn Cat!, has died in Los Angeles of complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 84. Jones was best-known for his role in 1968’s The Love Bug as a struggling racing driver whose fortunes are changed by a Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own. He made 46 films, 10 of them for Disney, and also performed in five Broadway shows and numerous TV shows.

Source: Entertainment Weekly, BBC News

Harold Maass

South Carolina Governor Demands Black Lives Matter Denounce Violent Acts Or Be ‘Tagged’ With Them

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The effort on the Right to disparage the #BlackLivesMatter groups continues…and grows louder. (ks)

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When South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was 10 years old, she watched shop owners in rural South Carolina call the police on her father, an immigrant from India, just because he was wearing a turban. Haley told the story of how this discrimination made her feel shamed and silenced in a speech at the National Press Club in D.C. on Wednesday about “Lessons from a New South,” but she also asserted that such racism has since been largely eradicated from the region.

“A lot of people make the mistake of thinking the South is still like that today. It’s not,” she said, pointing out that an intolerant population would never have elected an Indian-American like her as governor.

What is hurting people of color, Haley told the gathered reporters and pundits Wednesday, is the Black Lives Matter movement.

“Black lives do matter,” she said, “and they have been disgracefully jeopardized by the movement that has laid waste to Ferguson and Baltimore.”

Haley later added during a question and answer session that she understands where the Black Lives Matter is coming from, saying, “People yell when they don’t feel heard” — an echo of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous quote that “a riot is the language of the unheard.” But, she continued, it’s the responsibility of all peaceful Black Lives Matter members to denounce the violent behavior of others, “or else you’re going to get tagged with it.”

As for the movement’s tactic of interrupting presidential candidates in order to have their message heard, Haley said: “You can yell and scream, but that’s not going to get you anywhere.”

Yet the strategy has captured the nation’s attention, pushed major candidates to focus on discrimination and police violence, and won recognition in the Democratic Party platform.

Haley was widely praised and held up as a potential vice presidential candidate after she signed a bill removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse earlier this summer, in the wake of a mass shooting perpetrated by an admirer of the symbol.

She defended that decision Wednesday, saying, “The statehouse belongs to all people and needs to be welcoming to all people. That couldn’t happen with that flag flying.” But she also defended supporters of the Confederate flag, calling them “decent, wonderful people” who “are not racist.”

Yet the flag’s use has never been separate, in its long history, from white supremacy and racial terror. It was only erected at southern statehouses as a response to the Civil Rights Movement in the early 1960s. In the wake of calls across the country this summer to take down the flag and other symbols of the pro-slavery south, some lawmakers and activists who support the flag have rallied to its defense. Some have placed the flag outside King’s former church in Atlanta, Georgia, while others have renewed the call for the South to secede from the United States.

This Saturday, supporters of the Confederate flag plan to rally in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. “It’s time we take the fight to them and show them that we will not go away quietly!” says the Facebook page for the event.

Pope Francis to Pass Through Central Park in Ticketed Event

Pope Francis’ visit to New York City is part of a three-city, five-day trip to the Northeast, his first to the United States. Credit Alberto Pizzoli/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Pope Francis is coming to Central Park, but you will need a ticket to see him.

When the pope travels to New York this month, his visit will include a procession through the western side of the park, the city announced on Tuesday.

New Yorkers must enter a contest for a chance to attend the event.

City officials said there would be “tens of thousands” of tickets available for the procession, which will be held on Sept. 25 around 5 p.m. The pope’s motorcade will travel south from 72nd Street to 60th Street along West Drive in the park.

“The procession through Central Park will give thousands of New Yorkers an opportunity to come face to face with Pope Francis,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “We’re proud to welcome one of the world’s most powerful voices to our great city this month.”

New York State residents can apply for tickets — two per person — on a special website or by calling 311, Thursday to Monday. The city will notify the winners, who will be selected at random, on Sept. 10.

Last week, officials with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York said that they were in “serious discussions” about adding a motorcade route through the park so more people could see the popular pope. His visit to New York is part of a three-city, five-day trip to the Northeast, his first to the United States.

The Central Park procession will take place before a 6 p.m. Mass at Madison Square Garden, city officials said. Earlier in the day, Pope Francis will address the United Nations General Assembly, hold a multireligious service at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum and visit a school in East Harlem, according to a schedule from the archdiocese. Tickets to those events were distributed through the archdiocese and not available to the general public.

On Thursday, Pope Francis will take part in a short procession down Fifth Avenue leading to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where he will hold evening prayers, said Joseph Zwilling, a spokesman for the archdiocese.

Pope Francis will also visit Washington and Philadelphia. The centerpiece event will be a Mass in Philadelphia to conclude the World Meeting of Families, a gathering that could draw more than a million people to the city.

Francis will not be the first pope to appear in Central Park. In 1995, Pope John Paul II said Mass in the park before a crowd of more than 125,000 people.

The archdiocese distributed 118,000 tickets to the park’s Great Lawn for that Mass. At least a few scalpers looked to sell tickets. One New Jersey woman said at the time that she had bought a ticket from a friend of her daughter’s for $50.

Transportation officials in the Northeast have been preparing for delays and crowding on mass transit during Pope Francis’ visit. Along with the United Nations assembly in Manhattan, his trip coincides with a Giants game in East Rutherford, N.J., and several Yankees games in the Bronx.

President Obama Secures Iran Nuclear Deal In Senate, Making Us One Step Closer To Peace

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Thanks to Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland (who will be retiring at the end of the 2016-2017 Congress), President Obama’s historical Iran nuclear deal will survive any negative Senate challenge. Mikulski is the 34th crucial vote, meaning should the Senate pass a resolution against the final deal, they could not override President Obama’s promised veto.

Said Mikulski, the longest serving female Senator in American history:

“Some have suggested we reject this deal and impose unilateral sanctions to force Iran back to the table. But maintaining or stepping up sanctions will only work if the sanction coalition holds together. It’s unclear if the European Union, Russia, China, India and others would continue sanctions if Congress rejects this deal. At best, sanctions would be porous, or limited to unilateral sanctions by the U.S.”

Meaning if the United States screws this up, everything is screwed up. Thanks to Mikulski, the Iran deal takes another step forward in securing diplomatic relations, giving peace a chance, denting Benjamin Netanyahu’s grip on Congress’ throat, and avoiding another war.

Mikulski continued:

“There are also those who have proposed military action as an alternative to end Iran’s nuclear program. But taking military air strikes against Iran would only set the program back for three years. It would not terminate the program. Iran would continue to possess the knowledge of how to build a bomb and could redouble its resolve to obtain a weapon, completely unchecked.”

Next up: find seven more Senators to help filibuster Republican attempts at a disapproval. Senator Bon Corker of Tennessee, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is asking the Democrats not to filibuster, because he wants an up-or-down vote on the resolution. Should the Democrats find those seven more Senators, the resolution would never leave the Senate, and would force the two parties to reach an agreement preferable to the White House.

The options are as follows:

  • Pass the resolution, stop Iran from advancing a nuclear program and lift burdensome sanctions that have crippled their economy.
  • Shoot down the resolution and allow them to continue their nuclear program, which is exactly what Israel and the U.S. don’t want.

How the tables have turned. After years of unparalleled obstruction, the Republicans are asking the Democrats for some leniency. Normally we should promote

cooperation, but when it comes to the future of United States diplomacy in the Middle East, Democrats should not budge an inch.

The majority of the American people want this deal with the Iranians. It’s time Republicans listen to those who aren’t foaming at the mouth for another war.

Ryan Denson

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