Morning Update August 30th, 2015 (10)


#1 — CBC | Doctor-assisted suicide survey ‘designed to manufacture fear’

A group pushing for a new federal law to govern doctor-assisted suicide is ripping into a federal survey gathering input on the controversial issue, saying its questions are designed to “manufacture fear.”


#2 — CNews | Syncrude oilsands explosion interrupts work; all workers are safe

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — An explosion at a Syncrude oilsands processing site near Fort McMurray has interrupted operations at the facility.


#3 — CTV | Trudeau vows to scrap Conservative citizenship law

Trudeau told Canada’s largest Islamic conference on Saturday that “Liberals believe in a Canada that is united — strong not in spite of its differences, but precisely because of them.”


#4 — Global | Massive Metro Vancouver storm leads to power outages, fallen trees

It’s being called the worst storm to hit the Lower Mainland in a decade.

Strong winds have led to power outages and fallen trees across parts of Metro Vancouver, and approximately 265,000 customers were still without power as of 10:00 p.m.


#5 — Postmedia | Promises, promises: Breaking down the pledge’s Canada’s political parties have made so far

The federal election is still more than six weeks away, but the major parties have already rolled out dozens of promises, directed at everyone from parents to First Nations to social club members. The National Post’s Tristin Hopper reviews the highlights thus far, and crunches the numbers on what these high-minded offerings could buy instead.



#6 — BBC | Japan military legislation changes draw protests

Thousands of people have protested outside of Japan’s parliament against new legislation that would allow the military to deploy overseas.


#7 — CNS | Planned Parenthood Sues Alabama: State Has No Choice But to Fund Us

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Planned Parenthood Southeast on Friday filed a federal lawsuit over Gov. Robert Bentley’s effort to cut off Medicaid payments to the organization’s Alabama clinics.


#8 — Fox | Texas investigators search for motive behind killing of sheriff’s deputy

Texas investigators were trying to determine on Sunday what may have motivated a 30-year-old man accused of ambushing a suburban Houston sheriff’s deputy filling his patrol car with gas in what authorities believe was a targeted killing.


#9 — DM | World’s oldest wooden statue is TWICE as old as the pyramids

A stunning wooden statue pulled from a Russian peat bog 125 years ago has been dated as being 11,000 years old after ‘sensational’ new analysis.


#10 — WT | Planned Parenthood admits it manipulates rules on fetal organ sales to maximize profit

In a letter to Congress intended to defend its practices and attack its hidden-video critics, Planned Parenthood wound up lending credence to accusations that it manipulates rules on selling fetal organs to maximize profit.


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Noonan: America Is So in Play (5)

Donald Trump’s staying power in the polls reflects a change in the electorate only now coming into focus

So, more thoughts on Donald Trump’s candidacy, because I can’t stop being fascinated.

You know the latest numbers. Quinnipiac University’s poll this week has Mr. Trump at a hefty 28% nationally, up from 20% in July. Public Policy Polling has Mr. Trump leading all Republicans in New Hampshire with 35%. A Monmouth University poll has him at 30% in South Carolina, followed 15 points later by Ben Carson.

Here are some things I think are happening.

One is the deepening estrangement between the elites and the non-elites in America. This is the area in which Trumpism flourishes. We’ll talk about that deeper in.

Second, Mr. Trump’s support is not limited to Republicans, not by any means.

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See Also:

#1 — Trump to Sarah Palin: We’re Bringing Back ‘Silent Majority’

#2 — Trump says Clinton aide shared classified info with her husband, Anthony Weiner

#3 — WSJ: Two Factors That May Help Trump Secure GOP Nomination

#4 — 3 Fundraisers Quit Bush Campaign


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Mass Migration: What Is Driving the Balkan Exodus? (5)

More than a third of all asylum-seekers arriving in Germany come from Albania, Kosovo and Serbia. Young, poor and disillusioned with their home countries, they are searching for a better future. But almost none of them will be allowed to stay.

When Visar Krasniqi reached Berlin and saw the famous image on Bernauer Strasse — the one of the soldier jumping over barbed wire into the West — he knew he had arrived. He had entered a different world, one that he wanted to become a part of. What he didn’t yet know was that his dream would come to an end 11 months later, on Oct. 5, 2015. By then, he has to leave, as stipulated in the temporary residence permit he received.

Krasniqi is not a war refugee, nor was he persecuted back home. In fact, he has nothing to fear in his native Kosovo. He says that he ran away from something he considers to be even worse than rockets and Kalashnikovs: hopelessness. Before he left, he promised his sick mother in Pristina that he would become an architect, and he promised his fiancée that they would have a good life together. “I’m a nobody where I come from, but I want to be somebody.”

But it is difficult to be somebody in Kosovo, unless you have influence or are part of the mafia, which is often the same thing. Taken together, the wealth of all parliamentarians in Kosovo is such that each of them could be a millionaire. But Krasniqi works seven days a week as a bartender, and earns just €200 ($220) a month.


Morning & Afternoon Update

#1 — Tsipras urges party to snap into life as polls show dissatisfaction

#2 — Greece supreme court head to lead interim government

#3 — Zombie Factories Stalk the Sputtering Chinese Economy

#4 — Grim crisis within EU borders

#5 — Greek debt crisis: Syriza to win election, polls show

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Mexico Warns Texas on Not Issuing Birth Certificates to Illegals’ Babies

The refusal of some Texas counties to issue birth certificates for children born to undocumented parents could threaten the state’s relationship with Mexico, the Mexican government warns.

The notice comes in a brief filed in support of illegal immigrant parents who are suing Texas after being denied birth certificates for their U.S.-born children – even after providing ID cards, known as “matricula,” issued by the Mexican Consulate, Fox News Latino reports.

The Texas Tribune reports some Texas county registrars won’t accept the consulate-issued identification because it isn’t considered reliable.


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Continetti: Obama Trades Real Security for Spin to Secure His Legacy

The anniversary of the U.S. war against the Islamic State passed with little notice. It was August 7 of last year that President Obama authorized the first airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq, a campaign he expanded a month later to include targets in Syria. So far this month, the president has delivered remarks on the Voting Rights Act, his deal with Iran, the budget, clean energy, and Hurricane Katrina. ISIS? Not a peep.

Obama’s quiet because the war is not going well. Despite the loss of Tikrit earlier this year, the Islamic State’s western boundary is stable, and its eastern boundary now encroaches on Damascus. The president’s air campaign is one of the most limited and desultory America has fought in decades — ranking last in daily averages of strike sorties and bombs dropped. In late July, when the Turks permitted America the use of their air bases to launch attacks on ISIS, a “senior administration official” told the New York Times that the decision was “a game changer.” In the ensuing days the number of airstrikes in Syria actually fell.


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Questions remain about Deloitte audit of Sen. Mike Duffy

OTTAWA—Testimony and emails from the trial of Sen. Mike Duffy suggest the Prime Minister’s Office was invested in the outcome of a Deloitte report into his housing expenses, with the auditing firm still facing questions about the integrity of its investigation.

Deloitte was the forensic accounting firm the Senate hired in 2013 to comb through the expenses that Duffy, Sen. Patrick Brazeau and Mac Harb, who has since resigned from the Senate, claimed for their so-called secondary residences within 100 km of Parliament Hill.

Their findings formed the basis of three separate reports tabled by the Senate standing committee on internal economy, budgets and administration on May 9, 2013, which were nearly identical but for key language admonishing Brazeau and Harb that was missing from the report on Duffy, which also noted he had already repaid $90,172 in housing claims.


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Christine Elliott resigns as MPP for Whitby-Oshawa after losing leadership race

TORONTO – Christine Elliot, the deputy leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives, resigned as a member of the provincial legislature Friday, three months after losing her second bid for the party’s top job.

The MPP for Whitby-Oshawa, who has not been seen around the legislature since losing the leadership race to former Barrie MP Patrick Brown last May, said in a brief statement that her decision to step down was not easy.

“While I put my name forward to lead our party, party members made a different choice,” she said. “I fully respect our members’ decision, and I wish my colleagues and the party every success in the future.”

Brown quickly put out a statement thanking Elliott for her public service.


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Coyne: Spend all that money, Mr. Trudeau? Why and on what?

Let’s get the politics out of the way first. Is Justin Trudeau’s plan to double federal spending on infrastructure and run deficits of $10-billion annually for the next three years, as a Winnipeg Sun headline had it, “POLITICAL SUICIDE”? Not likely.

If deficits were the political hemlock they’re made out to be, Kathleen Wynne, whose political philosophy Trudeau seems to have closely copied, would not be in power. For that matter, neither would Stephen Harper. Both made a policy choice to run large deficits, and both were subsequently re-elected. A taboo is only a taboo until it isn’t.

But that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. No, it won’t “wreck” the economy, as the Conservatives would have you believe — any more than it will it “kick start” the economy, to use verb the Liberals might prefer. Government policies, as a rule, simply don’t have that kind of transformative effect, for good or ill — certainly not in the mild doses the Liberals have in mind, i.e., deficits of one-half of one per cent of gross domestic product.


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Kackley: Slate Wiped Clean in Ferguson in ‘Sweeping Changes’ to Courts

Protesters marching in the streets of Ferguson, Mo., since the death of Michael Brown may have scored a major victory with the announcement of “sweeping changes” to the city’s court system.

“As an activist you are going to stay mad because you are not going to always get all that you want,” Patricia Bynes, the Ferguson Township Democratic committeewoman, told CNN.

“But because of the pushing and the pressure that protesters put on Ferguson, I am considering it a win and a very big win. It’s an olive branch.”

Critics of the city’s administration had long complained of a municipal court system stacked against low-income and especially African-American residents that wielded unchecked power to issue enormous fines and jail time for minor offenses like traffic violations.


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Murphy: Duffy’s a lemon – What are we to do about the economy

The Duffy lemon has been thoroughly squeezed and the pips have squeaked their last. It’s been in the media blender so long — 45 days of trial, months and months of saturation media coverage — that there’s now not even a scent, a mist, of juice left. The pulp has been utterly mashed, even the peel riven to its constituent atoms. When the trial does resume in November it will offer more reminiscence than revelation. This lemon is done.

Of what can really be said of this whole exertion I can offer little beyond tautology. What damage it has done, it has done. But to get the political measure of that damage we must await the rest of the campaign.

This long prologue will have exerted some influence on many voters, that influence contingent on partisanship in some cases, on anger in others. Some have found the great tale of Mr. Duffy’s unconquerable neediness, his zeal to siphon every possible expense that the loosest understanding of either ethics or practice gave him dubious cover to claim, has brought them to a higher anger over politics and especially the Senate than they could earlier have imagined.


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