Country house – Chateau De Villesavin 41 http://chateau-de-villesavin-41.com/ Mon, 01 Aug 2022 20:41:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://chateau-de-villesavin-41.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-43.png Country house – Chateau De Villesavin 41 http://chateau-de-villesavin-41.com/ 32 32 Guatemalan journalist known for his investigations still imprisoned | app https://chateau-de-villesavin-41.com/guatemalan-journalist-known-for-his-investigations-still-imprisoned-app/ Mon, 01 Aug 2022 20:07:53 +0000 https://chateau-de-villesavin-41.com/guatemalan-journalist-known-for-his-investigations-still-imprisoned-app/ GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — An award-winning Guatemalan journalist jailed on alleged money laundering charges that government critics have denounced as a pressure tactic has already suffered consequences for his work. In 2003, government agents searched the home of José Rubén Zamora Marroquin and threatened him with death after he wrote a column suggesting that former […]]]>

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — An award-winning Guatemalan journalist jailed on alleged money laundering charges that government critics have denounced as a pressure tactic has already suffered consequences for his work.

In 2003, government agents searched the home of José Rubén Zamora Marroquin and threatened him with death after he wrote a column suggesting that former dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt, then congress president, was leading a government parallel.

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Explore Ireland’s heritage of lighthouses and other architectural gems https://chateau-de-villesavin-41.com/explore-irelands-heritage-of-lighthouses-and-other-architectural-gems/ Sun, 31 Jul 2022 03:31:38 +0000 https://chateau-de-villesavin-41.com/explore-irelands-heritage-of-lighthouses-and-other-architectural-gems/ Ireland’s Emerald Isle is famous for its lush green landscapes, thanks to its location at the western tip of Europe. The Atlantic that beats its west coast has shaped it into rugged landscapes, especially in the southwest where five peninsulas jut into the Atlantic Ocean. Former Chief of Kinsale, Co. Cork, Signature Point, IrelandGeorge Karbus/Failte […]]]>

Ireland’s Emerald Isle is famous for its lush green landscapes, thanks to its location at the western tip of Europe. The Atlantic that beats its west coast has shaped it into rugged landscapes, especially in the southwest where five peninsulas jut into the Atlantic Ocean.

Former Chief of Kinsale, Co. Cork, Signature Point, IrelandGeorge Karbus/Failte Ireland

And in the days when ships arrived from the New World at the mercy of gusts and winds, they had to be warned of rocks and shoals, so this coast has many lighthouses, some of which are iconic landmarks. But long before the discovery of the New World, Celts and Druids populated Ireland in an age of paganism and nature worship. Evidence of this is widespread in prehistoric tombs and stone circles.

An Irish odyssey begins

On my recent road trip to Ireland where I drove the Nissan Leaf, a fully electric car, I decided that in addition to the landscapes of counties Cork and Kerry, I would also explore the architectural wonders of the region.

Since leaving Dublin, my first stop was at the Killashee Hotel in Naas, Co. Kildare, about 45 km south-west of Dublin. This region is known as the Old East of Ireland. In fact, just 600 meters north of the hotel is archaeological evidence of an Iron Age site including a well and ring fort. The foundation building of the Killashee Hotel dates back to 1861 when the Moore family, descendants of the Earls of Drogheda, commissioned Thomas Turner to design a country house. At this time, the architect Turner was at the height of his career and was regularly commissioned by wealthier members of society. Killashee House is essentially a Victorian Jacobean hunting lodge. During the century and a half of its existence, it served as a private residence, a preparatory school for boys belonging to the nuns of La Sainte Union, a French order, and it was planned to be used as a prison for women when the order wanted to sell the estate to the government. However, a group of concerned parents bought it on the condition that it continue to be run by the Sisters of La Sainte with the support of the board of directors.

Killashee House was sold to its current owners in 1998 and has since operated as a hotel.

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The plot of climate activists to shake liberal politicians https://chateau-de-villesavin-41.com/the-plot-of-climate-activists-to-shake-liberal-politicians/ Wed, 27 Jul 2022 17:33:00 +0000 https://chateau-de-villesavin-41.com/the-plot-of-climate-activists-to-shake-liberal-politicians/ Jennifer Falcon, a climate and Indigenous rights organizer in San Antonio, Texas, constantly worries about the impacts of climate change on her community, such as water restrictions and a possible power grid collapse. She thinks Democrats have “wasted two years” trying to convince Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia to follow through on their […]]]>

Jennifer Falcon, a climate and Indigenous rights organizer in San Antonio, Texas, constantly worries about the impacts of climate change on her community, such as water restrictions and a possible power grid collapse.

She thinks Democrats have “wasted two years” trying to convince Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia to follow through on their plans to tackle climate change. Negotiations have failed and she is tired of waiting.

“It got us nowhere,” Falcon said in an interview this week. “We must face this moment with the urgency it deserves.”

Falcon is working with a coalition of climate activists in hopes of disrupting the annual Congressional baseball game in Washington tomorrow night. If politicians have “failed to tackle climate change” ahead of the game, “we will shut it down,” protest organizers wrote on their “Now or never” website.

The protest scheduled for tomorrow’s baseball game will be one of many climate protests targeting people who have traditionally been their political allies in recent weeks, as organizers grow increasingly frustrated with the Democrats’ failure to deliver on their promises in climate legislation.

This summer has been bad for climate hawks — the U.S. Supreme Court limited the administration’s ability to regulate greenhouse gases as Manchin refused to give Democrats the slim majority they needed to clean energy legislation.

Climate organizers – embittered by recent events and worried that Democrats will lose control of one or both houses of Congress next year – plan to continue protests until lawmakers pass the policies needed to curtail emissions significantly.

Some are ready to get arrested, anger Democrats and make people squirm for their attention.

“We need to show up everywhere and make everyone uncomfortable until they take action to fix this,” Falcon said. “I think you’re going to see a huge escalation, and I think you’re going to see more people join the movement.”

Occupying the ring road, Schumer’s office

On July 4, climate protesters sat on the ring road, blocking traffic outside Washington. Climate organizers demonstrated outside the home of White House chief of staff Ron Klain and separately at President Joe Biden’s beach house in Delaware last weekend. House staffers were arrested Monday by Capitol police for demonstrating to demand climate action in the office of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.).

Climate activists have also gained attention overseas. In Italy last week, environmental activists glued their hands to Sandro Botticelli’s famous ‘Primavera’ painting in a gallery in Florence.

Critics, including Democrats and Republicans, questioned activists’ tactics as protests escalated.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who was seriously injured in a politically motivated shooting during a 2017 practice ahead of that year’s Congressional baseball game, called “a absolutely shameful that radical leftists are targeting a unifying charity event to disrupt as a way to promote their extreme cost-raising agenda for hard-working families across the country.

Protest organizers at the baseball game expect hundreds of protesters at the event. They declined to share their specific plans to disrupt play, but said it would be disciplined and non-violent.

“The real violence in this baseball game is done by Congress, Manchin, his Republican allies, and all members of Congress who are not taking action on climate change, thereby dooming millions of people to die. and millions of other livelihoods to destroy,” said Dan Sherrell, a protest organizer at the baseball game.

Tomorrow’s protest will be an “act of civil disobedience in the same tradition as the lunch counter sit-ins of the Civil Rights era,” Sherrell said.

Protesters got a comeback on Twitter over the weekend when they traveled from New York with their children to demonstrate outside Klain’s home in Chevy Chase, Maryland. They dressed their children up as firefighters and urged the Biden administration to declare a national climate emergency.

“One really good thing progressive funders could do is stop pumping money into organizations whose primary function is to generate bad press for Democrats and help Republicans win elections,” said journalist Matthew Yglesias. wrote on Twitter after the demonstration in front of Klain’s house.

The climate group wrote on Twitter that they backed Biden in 2020 because of his climate promises and saw it as their duty to hold Biden and Klain accountable.

“To think that people shouldn’t hold their elected officials accountable for keeping their own campaign promises – to me that’s a radical position,” said Liat Olenick, an organizer with Climate Families NYC who protested outside Klain’s home. last weekend, in an interview.

She and other organizers “don’t want to go to DC and go to the White House chief of staff on a 95-degree Saturday,” she said. “We do it because we feel we have to do it for the survival of our families and for the survival of our communities.”

Those who criticize protesters’ tactics are “trying to distract from the problem at hand,” said David Sirota, co-writer of the Netflix film “Don’t Look Up” and former aide to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt. ) (climate wire, January 11). “I think they don’t want a climate movement that makes people in power uncomfortable.”

An effective strategy?

Using tactics such as blocking traffic will attract attention but could ultimately hurt the cause of activists, said a Democratic congressional staffer who spoke candidly about the political tactics.

It won’t help the activists’ political agenda to “grossly get in the way of average people”, the staffer said. “Don’t put them in a traffic jam, which by the way increases emissions.”

Paul Bledsoe, a former Clinton White House climate aide who now works at the Progressive Policy Institute, urged activists to focus their time and energy on ousting Republicans and electing large Democratic majorities to Congress so they can adopt climate legislation.

“It’s just not an effective strategy,” he said of the recent protests. “Why Klain or Biden or Schumer is the target seems completely wrong,” he said. “These are the people who pushed a climate agenda.”

Vincent Vertuccio, who is also organizing the protest at the baseball game, said it was time for a new approach on climate.

“The way DC does things — we’ve been doing it for quite a while,” said Vertuccio, a 19-year-old political science student at George Washington University.

“We’re in this very narrow window to take climate action on the scale we need,” he said, adding that Democrats may not have a “trifecta” controlling the White House and both chambers. of Congress “probably for another decade, and we just can’t afford to waste this opportunity.

Political insiders in Washington don’t “understand the angst that’s going on in this country, especially with the younger generations,” said RL Miller, president and co-founder of the group Climate Hawks Vote, which is co-sponsoring the protest at the baseball game.

“No one under 30 or 35 doubts climate change is coming for them, and they’re all ready to scream in frustration,” she said. “I think these protests are sensible responses to an insane situation.”

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Hulu does not run political ads on major issues in the Democratic midterm campaigns https://chateau-de-villesavin-41.com/hulu-does-not-run-political-ads-on-major-issues-in-the-democratic-midterm-campaigns/ Tue, 26 Jul 2022 04:28:16 +0000 https://chateau-de-villesavin-41.com/hulu-does-not-run-political-ads-on-major-issues-in-the-democratic-midterm-campaigns/ Comment this story Comment Disney-backed streaming service Hulu is refusing to run political ads on central themes of the Democratic midterm campaigns, including abortion and guns, angering candidates and party leaders. The streaming service popular among young voters, which has a policy against airing content deemed controversial, is like other digital providers in that it […]]]>

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Disney-backed streaming service Hulu is refusing to run political ads on central themes of the Democratic midterm campaigns, including abortion and guns, angering candidates and party leaders.

The streaming service popular among young voters, which has a policy against airing content deemed controversial, is like other digital providers in that it is not bound by the Communications Act 1934, a law that requires television networks to provide politicians with equal access to the airwaves.

The Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and the Democratic Governors Association attempted to buy joint abortion and gun ads with Hulu on July 15, as well as identical placements on a Disney-affiliated ABC affiliate in Philadelphia and on the company’s ESPN cable sports channel. The Hulu commercials never aired, unlike the others.

“Hulu’s censorship of the truth is outrageous, offensive, and another step down a dangerous path for our country,” the three committees’ executive directors, Christie Roberts, Tim Persico and Noam Lee, said in a statement provided to the Washington Post. “Voters have a right to know the facts about MAGA’s Republican agenda on issues like abortion — and Hulu is doing the American people a huge disservice by preventing voters from learning the truth about the tally of the GOP or refusing to allow these issues to even be discussed. ”

The party committees join a growing list of Democratic candidates who have had spots mentioning gun violence, abortion or political violence rejected by Hulu.

Suraj Patel, a Democratic candidate for Congress from New York, posted a protest letter, first reported by Jezebel, to Disney CEO Bob Chapek and Hulu President Joe Earley complaining that a representative of Hulu had told his campaign that there was an “unwritten Hulu policy”. who deemed the subjects of one of his advertisements too “sensitive” for the platform. The ad in question mentioned Republican successes on abortion, climate change and gun violence, while showing footage of the violence from the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.

“Failing to address these topics in my campaign announcement is failing to address the most important issues facing the United States,” Patel wrote. “Your ban on mobilization messages has a perverse effect on democracy.”

Patel said in an interview on Sunday that the ad was cleared to run after editing it, replacing the word “climate change” with “democracy” and replacing images of violence at the US Capitol with images of the former President Donald Trump. He did not receive a response from Chapek or Earley, he said.

“This policy has incredible implications for people nationwide, both voters and candidates,” Patel said. “You need to communicate with young voters about the media they watch. The cable is not where they look.

Hulu contacted Patel’s campaign on Monday afternoon, after this story was initially published that morning, to say that his original ad would be accepted, including the January 6 violence footage.

“I want to thank Hulu for connecting Americans with the most pressing issues of our time,” Patel said in a statement after the approval. “Sometimes a simple conversation can change things.”

A person familiar with Hulu policies, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters, said the decision to approve Patel’s ad was made before Monday, although she did not immediately communicated to his campaign. This person said the company does not publicly disclose its advertising guidelines, but does prohibit advertising that takes a position on a controversial issue, whether or not it is political advertising. Ads are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, with changes sometimes recommended to advertisers.

In recent months, the company has reassessed its policy implementation to give candidates greater flexibility in explaining their positions, the person said.

“We welcome job postings from candidates that reference these topics,” this person said of abortion and gun violence. “It has to be in context.”

Disney and Hulu declined through a spokesperson a request for comment.

Blocked ads do not use violent or discordant images. A spot lists statistics on the harms of gun violence and criticizes Republican efforts to block more gun regulations. The other warns that Republicans are trying to “snatch” access to abortion without exception for rape, incest or the lives of those who are pregnant.

Disney faced a distinct backlash from employees earlier this year after company leaders declined to make a public statement opposing a Republican bill in Florida that banned teachers from discussing sexual orientation or gender identity with young students. Chapek then backtracked, apologized to his workers, criticized the Republican measure and froze campaign contributions in Florida.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (right) responded by signing a bill to strip Disney World of its special tax status near Orlando.

“It’s really problematic that a company has been so synonymous with parents of young children to speak out against the Parents’ Rights Bill,” DeSantis said.

Tracking firm Kantar Media predicts $7.8 billion will be spent on political advertising for the 2022 election season, including about $1.2 billion for over-the-top and connected television spending, a category that includes ads served through streaming services and set-top boxes. like Roku. Streaming spending, according to Kantar, is “the new darling of politics.”

But streaming services have proven more difficult for political buyers to negotiate. Disney has told advertisers that political and alcohol ads will not be accepted on Disney Plus, a separate streaming service, when it launches an ad-supported version later this year. Netflix announced this month that it was developing an ad-supported version with Microsoft, although the company did not elaborate on its advertising policies.

Democratic concerns about Hulu’s advertising policies have been exacerbated by the company’s vague and sometimes contradictory communications with ad buyers. Three days after placing the ad buy, the three Democratic committees were notified by Hulu through a provider that the delay was “content-related,” according to a person familiar with the events, who also spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the internal process. .

The following day, Democrats scheduled a call with Hulu to discuss the issue, but Hulu officials canceled the call just as it was about to begin, suggesting over email that they reschedule “more late in the day,” the person said. Hulu officials did not communicate further that day.

A lawyer for the Democratic committees sent two emails and called twice the next day, in an attempt to restart the discussions, without receiving a response, the person said. The next day, Thursday, Lance Delaney, account manager in Disney advertising sales, emailed to say, “We have received creative approval,” only to follow up a few hours later with a message stating “This message was sent in error.”

Patel’s campaign received a similar message from a Hulu representative on Thursday, asking him to resubmit the original ad. He said the Hulu executive suggested that “they were having some kind of meeting and the standards were changing.” The next day, Patel said, the campaign was told the original ad would still not be running. On Monday he found out it would work.

This isn’t the first time Democrats have been angered by digital vendors refusing their ads. During the 2020 campaign cycle, Priorities USA Action and Color of Change PAC, two independent liberal groups, had ads rejected by Hulu, Google and Verizon that showed clips of police beating protesters during protests this summer against the police brutality.

“Anti-violence content policies were clearly put in place for good reasons, but we are not living in reasonable times,” Jenn Stowe, deputy executive director of Priorities USA, said in a statement at the time.

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Charles Spencer shares jaw-dropping photo of Althorp House after dramatic fire https://chateau-de-villesavin-41.com/charles-spencer-shares-jaw-dropping-photo-of-althorp-house-after-dramatic-fire/ Fri, 22 Jul 2022 17:34:17 +0000 https://chateau-de-villesavin-41.com/charles-spencer-shares-jaw-dropping-photo-of-althorp-house-after-dramatic-fire/ July 22, 2022 – 6:34 p.m. GMT Matthew Moore Charles Spencer had to deal with a fire on the grounds of Althorp House, and now he has shared a photo of the property after the fire Charles Spencer regularly delights fans with a glimpse into his life at Althorp House, and his last […]]]>





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Charles Spencer regularly delights fans with a glimpse into his life at Althorp House, and his last photo took their breath away.

SEE: Earl Charles Spencer shares chilling photo of Princess Diana’s former home

The Earl shared a beautiful photo of the house that wouldn’t be out of place in an art gallery. The the panoramic image captured the house in all its glory with a breathtaking purple sky, which was covered in many clouds, adding an ethereal quality. The image had been taken in low light as evidenced by the lights being on inside the property.

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WATCH: Karen Spencer films dramatic fire at Althorp House

In a simple caption, the father-of-seven wrote: “Fresh July evening air, at @althorphouse.

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WATCH: Earl Charles Spencer captures a rare magical moment at Althorp House

Fans were blown away by the sensational image shared, as one simply said, “So adorable”, while a second posted: “Gorgeous”, and a third added: “The purple sky is beautiful!

A fourth enthuses:Beautiful photo, beautiful sky and colors…” and a fifth commented: “Spectacular color and effect…”

The Earl shared a great photo of the property

However, a few followers were left confused by Charles’ use of the word ‘cool’ as they believed the UK was experiencing a heat wave.

As temperatures soared across the country, the heatwave only lasted from Monday to Tuesday.

MORE: Charles Spencer marks his sister Princess Diana’s birthday with a poignant photo

MORE: Charles Spencer’s wife Karen’s sentimental engagement ring belonged to Princess Diana’s family

But the heatwave caused drama on the grounds of Althorp House when a fire broke out.

‘Fire in one of our fields today,’ Charles’ wife Karen wrote alongside a clip of the blaze, then the next slide read: ‘Firefighters and crew ‘Althorp were amazing, all under control now.”

The property is the childhood home of Princess Diana

The second video showed firefighters approaching a garden hose to fight the outbreak.

READ: Charles Spencer’s wife Karen’s true feelings about Earl’s ‘damaged’ former marriages

MORE: Why Charles Spencer and his wife Karen will be celebrating a very special weekend

It’s clear that quick action was key to stopping the wildfire from spreading – and thankfully it appears minimal damage was done.

The Grade I listed property comprises 90 bedrooms including a lounge, which is a large hallway and a picture gallery. One of the main highlights is the house’s large library, and as such it’s often featured on the property’s official Instagram account.

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White House insiders will talk about Trump’s actions on January 6 https://chateau-de-villesavin-41.com/white-house-insiders-will-talk-about-trumps-actions-on-january-6/ Thu, 21 Jul 2022 04:18:41 +0000 https://chateau-de-villesavin-41.com/white-house-insiders-will-talk-about-trumps-actions-on-january-6/ WASHINGTON (AP) — Matthew Pottinger was a journalist in China, concerned about the country’s slide into authoritarianism, when he decided — at age 31 — to enlist in the U.S. Marines after the invasion of Iraq. “Our form of government is not inevitable,” Pottinger recalled in an interview two years ago with the Ronald Reagan […]]]>

WASHINGTON (AP) — Matthew Pottinger was a journalist in China, concerned about the country’s slide into authoritarianism, when he decided — at age 31 — to enlist in the U.S. Marines after the invasion of Iraq.

“Our form of government is not inevitable,” Pottinger recalled in an interview two years ago with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. “And that shouldn’t be taken for granted. But it is a form of government that is definitely worth fighting for.

When he first donned his military uniform, Pottinger had no way of knowing how close to home this battle for democracy would be. He became deputy national security adviser to President Donald Trump, and he resigned after the Jan. 6 attack that tried to stop the peaceful transfer of power to President Joe Biden.

On Thursday, he will be one of the key witnesses in a prime-time hearing of the House Select Committee investigating the attack. The other is Sarah Matthews, who resigned as deputy press officer the same day.

Pottinger and Matthews will join Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to Mark Meadows, Trump’s last chief of staff, in the exclusive club of Trump White House insiders who have appeared publicly. Their appearances stand in stark contrast to the cadre of Trump loyalists who have tried to defy committee subpoenas, remained silent or continued to dismiss the findings of the inquiry.

Full details of what Pottinger and Matthews will share on Thursday have been kept under wraps, but the hearing is expected to focus on what Trump did — and didn’t do — as his supporters stormed the US Capitol and disrupted the inauguration ceremony. certification of the election. .

About three hours passed between Trump’s speech at a rally near the White House and his release of a video calling the rioters “very special” but asking them to “go home now.”

Pottinger, 49, and Matthews, 27, may be able to shed some light on what was happening behind the scenes as Trump resisted calls from family, aides and Republicans to condemn the riot and urge people to leave the building.

As a member of the press office, Matthews was aware of the debates over what the White House and Trump should say publicly during the riot and what other aides advised. And although Pottinger focuses on foreign policy, his position puts him at the crossroads of national security issues.

Whatever they saw that day, they decided to step down, helping to start an exodus that included other White House staffers and various Cabinet officials.

“These are people who believed in the work they were doing, but didn’t believe in stolen elections,” said Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., a member of the select committee.

Luria added, “It’s just a key part of telling the story of this day, because we’ll be hearing from people who were in the White House, what they observed, what their reactions were.”

Alyssa Farah Griffin, the former White House director of strategic communications, said Pottinger and Matthews could make powerful witnesses, not least because of their very different backgrounds.

Pottinger, Griffin said, is someone with “enormous credibility,” who is “highly respected in the national security space” and not seen as overtly political. Matthews, on the other hand, is “a tried and true Republican” who worked for Trump’s reelection campaign and was handpicked to join the White House.

“I think their testimony will be incredibly compelling and carry a lot of weight,” said Griffin, who supported the committee’s work and discussed Matthews’ testimony with her.

Matthews began working for Republicans on Capitol Hill as an intern while still a student at Kent State University in Ohio. She was so eager to start a career in Washington that she moved to the city for her first job a month before graduation, missing her final weeks of college and completing her last online classes, it said. – she told her alma mater in an interview. two years ago.

Matthews was hired as deputy press secretary for Trump’s re-election campaign and brought to the White House by press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. She worked in the West Wing area known as the “upper press”, placing her closer to the Oval Office than others in her office.

Sometimes she joined Trump for media interviews, but most of the time she answered questions from reporters and helped prepare for White House briefings.

When Matthews stepped down on Jan. 6, she released a statement saying she was “deeply disturbed by what I saw today.” On the anniversary of the bombing, she called it “one of the darkest days in American history.”

“Make no mistake, the events of the 6th were a coup attempt, a term we would use if they had happened in any other country, and former President Trump did not managed to meet the moment,” she tweeted.

Pottinger did not release a statement when he resigned Jan. 6, but he discussed the decision in previous closed-door testimony before the committee.

While the riot was in progress, Pottinger said, a staffer brought him a printout of a tweet from Trump accusing Vice President Mike Pence of not having “the courage to do what should have been done.” ” to cancel the election.

“I read that tweet and made the decision to resign at that time,” Pottinger said. “That’s when I knew I was leaving that day once I read that tweet.”

Pottinger took a much more circuitous route to the White House than Matthews.

Her father, John Stanley Pottinger, served as Assistant Attorney General under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. He studied China in college, then moved to the country to work as a reporter for Reuters and the Wall Street Journal.

But in 2005, he joined the Marines. Explaining his unusual decision, Pottinger wrote an essay saying that “living in China also shows you what an undemocratic country can do to its citizens”.

Qualifying at 31 was not easy. He wrote that he was out of breath after running for five minutes and could only do a half pull-up. But by the time he passed his fitness test, he could do 13 pull-ups and run 3 miles in under 21 minutes.

Pottinger deployed to Iraq as an intelligence officer, and he later worked in Afghanistan with US Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. At the time, Flynn was a respected military leader, not the conspiracy theorist he has become today.

They ended up writing a report criticizing military intelligence efforts in Afghanistan. Years later, after Trump was elected, Flynn invited Pottinger to join him on the National Security Council. Flynn didn’t last long – he was kicked out after just over three weeks because of his obfuscations about his conversations with the Russian Ambassador to the United States – but Pottinger stayed.

He was promoted to deputy national security adviser in 2019. Pottinger focused on Asia during his tenure in the Trump administration and helped shape a more aggressive stance toward China, one rooted in his own experiences. journalist in the country.

He is now Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Hoover Institution and Chairman of the China Program at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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Colvin reported from New York. Associated Press writer Mary Clare Jalonick contributed to this report.

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Report from Vice President Kamala Harris’ Meeting with New Jersey State Legislators on Reproductive Rights https://chateau-de-villesavin-41.com/report-from-vice-president-kamala-harris-meeting-with-new-jersey-state-legislators-on-reproductive-rights/ Tue, 19 Jul 2022 02:48:06 +0000 https://chateau-de-villesavin-41.com/report-from-vice-president-kamala-harris-meeting-with-new-jersey-state-legislators-on-reproductive-rights/ Today, Vice President Kamala Harris called together more than 20 New Jersey state legislators, local leaders, and advocates who are fighting on the front lines to protect reproductive rights. Today’s meeting in Atlantic City, New Jersey follows engagements on reproductive rights the Vice President held with health care providers, religious leaders, constitutional law experts and […]]]>

Today, Vice President Kamala Harris called together more than 20 New Jersey state legislators, local leaders, and advocates who are fighting on the front lines to protect reproductive rights. Today’s meeting in Atlantic City, New Jersey follows engagements on reproductive rights the Vice President held with health care providers, religious leaders, constitutional law experts and in privacy, attorneys, state attorneys general, and other state legislators. The vice president summoned state lawmakers to the White House on July 8, 2022; in Orlando, Florida on July 14, 2022; and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 16, 2022.

The Vice President thanked state lawmakers for their work in protecting access to abortion, highlighting legislation passed so far to codify the right to abortion, provide funding to support health care services reproductive health and protect providers and privacy. The Vice President also thanked leaders for continuing their actions to protect access to care, including passing additional legislation. She also encouraged lawmakers to seek ways to support and coordinate with lawmakers in other states as part of a broad coalition to protect abortion access.

Participants discussed how people don’t need to give up their own beliefs to agree that the government shouldn’t interfere with women’s decisions about their own bodies. They agreed that everyone deserves to have access to health care and stressed the importance of keeping equity at the center of the conversation. Leaders also discussed the need to improve maternal health care systems across New Jersey and the country, noting the connection between maternal health care and reproductive health care. The Vice President told state lawmakers, local leaders and advocates that she looks forward to continuing to work together to protect reproductive rights and freedoms.

Speakers

  • Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin
  • New Jersey Senate Majority Leader Teresa Ruiz
  • Mila Jasey, Congresswoman from New Jersey
  • Roslyn Rogers Collins, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey
  • Alejandra Sorto, campaign strategist for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey
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Castell Prydydd in Abergavenny up for sale for £1.7m https://chateau-de-villesavin-41.com/castell-prydydd-in-abergavenny-up-for-sale-for-1-7m/ Sun, 17 Jul 2022 03:00:00 +0000 https://chateau-de-villesavin-41.com/castell-prydydd-in-abergavenny-up-for-sale-for-1-7m/ Well, the Grade II listed Castell Prydydd Farmhouse could be the next home for you at a guide price of £1,750,000. Nestled into the slopes of the Blorenge mountain, the country house is set in 11 acres of land and enjoys spectacular, unspoilt views – plus there are a few more surprises. Approaching the stone […]]]>

Well, the Grade II listed Castell Prydydd Farmhouse could be the next home for you at a guide price of £1,750,000.

Nestled into the slopes of the Blorenge mountain, the country house is set in 11 acres of land and enjoys spectacular, unspoilt views – plus there are a few more surprises.

Approaching the stone house with characterful windows, double fronted exterior and wooden porch, there is a scenic driveway, lawns and walled orchard.

Entering the house through a large hall with slate flooring, there are a number of impressive rooms downstairs. The room is so large that it actually serves as a games room for the current owners.

The hall with slate floor

The 30 foot living room includes the original stone fireplace housing a multi-fuel fire, patio doors and a large dining area enjoying views across the land towards Sugar Loaf Mountain.

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The magnificent living room

The heart of the house is a beautiful and stylish kitchen which has been fitted in bespoke hand painted units by Robinson and Cornish under polished black granite work surfaces and slate flooring.

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The kitchen with French doors opening onto the French garden

As well as an Aga town gas oven and chilled water unit, it has a host of built-in appliances. The kitchen also offers ample dining space and has patio doors leading out to the formal gardens.

In addition to utility and cloakroom space, the main floor includes access to a coveted refrigerated pantry/wine cellar.

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The dining room

For those who love the original features, this house is full of beams and oak flooring.

The master bedroom includes a dressing room and a luxurious en-suite bathroom with two sinks, a large bath and a walk-in shower.

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One of the bathrooms

There are two further double bedrooms, one with a full bathroom and a nicely appointed shower room.

The extremely versatile second floor offers an expansive, flexible space, currently used as a guest suite, which includes a 30ft family room with a wood A-frame, office, double bedroom and well-appointed bathroom. On this level there is also another double bedroom.

In the grounds of the property there are more surprises with grazing paddocks with post and rail fencing. These have been used for both grazing and horses illustrating the flexibility of the property both as an equestrian facility (there is a fully enclosed household at the entrance to the property) and simply as a stunning home of rural countryside.

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The paddock

In addition to the main house is a separate adjacent stone equestrian complex with stables, tack room, kitchen and storage.

Above the stables is a spacious independent annex with a lounge, double bedroom, shower room and fitted kitchen/breakfast room providing fully independent accommodation. It’s a great addition with vacation rental potential or multi-generational use.

Castell Prydydd is on the market with Christie Residential, Abergavenny.

To view the property or request more information, call 01873 603000.

To view the property on Rightmore click here

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‘A wave of change’: Black activists hail shift in gun violence debate | Gun control in the United States https://chateau-de-villesavin-41.com/a-wave-of-change-black-activists-hail-shift-in-gun-violence-debate-gun-control-in-the-united-states/ Fri, 15 Jul 2022 10:01:00 +0000 https://chateau-de-villesavin-41.com/a-wave-of-change-black-activists-hail-shift-in-gun-violence-debate-gun-control-in-the-united-states/ In 2013, a month after the shooting at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, a group of black pastors and other activists went to the Obama White House to urge the administration to do more to prevent violence. army in communities of color. Obama had just released his post-Newtown gun violence prevention plan, which included no […]]]>

In 2013, a month after the shooting at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, a group of black pastors and other activists went to the Obama White House to urge the administration to do more to prevent violence. army in communities of color.

Obama had just released his post-Newtown gun violence prevention plan, which included no funding for community violence prevention efforts and made no mention of the disparate impact of gun violence on black Americans. .

When clergy expressed frustration with the White House’s lack of response, an Obama staffer told them there was no nationwide support to fight the violence. urban armed force and that the political will of the Americans was centered on “the question of armed violence which affected the suburbs”. areas – schools where white children were killed”.

Some of those same black pastors who visited the White House in 2013 were invited back for a ceremony on the South Lawn earlier this week.

Congress had finally passed a modest set of compromises on gun violence prevention following another school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. This time, community violence prevention efforts were fully on the agenda, with Congress approving $250 million to fund violence switches and other community efforts.

Joe Biden signs the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, a gun safety bill, on June 25. Photography: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

“It’s a full circle moment,” said Pastor Michael McBride, national director of the Live Free campaign, which works to reduce gun violence and mass incarceration. McBride was one of the clergy who publicly expressed disappointment with the Obama administration, including then-Vice President Joe Biden, after Newtown.

Democrats and some Republicans were now prepared to spend federal dollars on “targeted interventions and resources to those most at risk of being shot and shot,” McBride said.

And the $250 million in federal funding for community programs was desperately needed, he added: “Many violence-stopping programs in cities are typically funded seasonally or unevenly, and certainly not at the magnitude of the problem.”

Biden’s speech at the South Lawn ceremony touting the country’s progress in preventing gun violence was cut short by an objection from Manuel Oliver, who lost his 17-year-old son, Joaquin Oliver, in the shooting. Parkland School in Florida in 2018, and who insisted that more needs to be done.

“Partial Victories”

For many violence prevention activists, struggles against the continuing crisis of gun violence were weighed against the value of marking the fact that they had made progress. Some activists who have worked for decades on the issue have said they have seen noteworthy shifts in political rhetoric and action from the White House.

The Reverend Jeff Brown, a Boston-based minister who was one of the collaborators in the “Boston Miracle,” a successful effort to reduce gun homicides in the 1990s, was also present at the event on Monday, and said it was good “to feel that I hope you know, we’re heard”.

It had been “abject disappointment” for Brown in 2013 that the nation’s first African-American president had, he said, ignored calls for more action and funding to prevent everyday gun violence.

Federal funding for community violence interventions in the post-Uvalde violence prevention compromise bill that Congress passed, the bipartisan Safer Communities Act, was “just the beginning,” said said Brown, and “the honest truth is that we really need more.”

In his speeches on gun violence, Biden, a longtime policing propellant, now sometimes stresses the importance of work to prevent violence switches, many of whom are formerly incarcerated or have other justice system involvements. criminal in their past.

Hearing the President of the United States legitimize the contributions of violence interrupters is powerful, said Teny Gross, a longtime anti-violence intervention advocate who directs the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago.

Eddie Bocagnegra, who worked for years as an outreach worker on the streets of Chicago, became a senior adviser to Biden’s Justice Department, an appointment that recognizes the expertise of violence prevention workers in the field with backgrounds. deep ties to the community.

“These are waves of change,” Gross said.

A man wearing a blue March for Our Lives shirt stands in front of a microphone surrounded by a crowd of people.  The White House is visible across the street in the background.
Trevon Bosley, with March For Our Lives, joins gun violence survivors and advocates, in calling on Joe Biden to do more to prevent gun violence. Photograph: Alex Brandon/AP

Supporters say the changes they’ve begun to see in the gun debate are bigger than the Biden administration. Over the past decade, McBride said, organizers have pushed well-funded national gun control groups, often led by wealthier white activists, to raise awareness of community intervention programs, not simply to fight for new gun laws. They have also attempted to gain allies in law enforcement and to convince some police officers that civilian response programs can benefit public safety.

McBride said there is progress in reframing the debate from a “crime and punishment framework” to a “public health framework,” which is no longer as focused on defining violence as a matter of “personal moral incompetence”.

At the same time, advocates said, the past few months have been tough for anyone working in gun violence prevention. Gun sales have soared during the pandemic. Between two brutal mass shootings, a conservative-dominated Supreme Court dramatically expanded the scope of gun rights, in a ruling that is expected to eviscerate existing gun control regulations.

Gross, who runs a violence response organization in Chicago, says he feels like the sorcerer’s apprentice in Disney’s Fantasia: the small strides they make are overwhelmed by a situation that has spiraled out of control.

During the 4th of July weekend in Chicago, the daughter of one of his staff members was shot, several staff members were shot for several days, and then, on the 4th of July itself, there was a mass shooting targeting a parade in Highland Park that left seven dead and 30 others injured.

“We are drowning in gunfire,” Gross said.

Still, Gross said, it was important to take a moment to recognize the progress organizers have made, over years of meetings in church basements, knocking on doors and flying from town to town across the country. country.

“Organizing — people power — always works, even if there are partial victories,” McBride said.

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President Biden names 22nd set of judicial nominees https://chateau-de-villesavin-41.com/president-biden-names-22nd-set-of-judicial-nominees/ Wed, 13 Jul 2022 20:18:08 +0000 https://chateau-de-villesavin-41.com/president-biden-names-22nd-set-of-judicial-nominees/ The President announces six new federal judicial nominees, all of whom are extraordinarily qualified, experienced and dedicated to the rule of law and our Constitution. These choices also continue to deliver on the President’s promise to ensure that national courts reflect the diversity that is one of our greatest assets as a country, both in […]]]>

The President announces six new federal judicial nominees, all of whom are extraordinarily qualified, experienced and dedicated to the rule of law and our Constitution.

These choices also continue to deliver on the President’s promise to ensure that national courts reflect the diversity that is one of our greatest assets as a country, both in terms of personal and professional backgrounds.

For example, if confirmed, this list would include:

  • The first Hispanic judge to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • The first Hispanic judge to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • The first openly LGBTQ Article III judge to sit in the state of Virginia

This is President Biden’s twenty-second round of nominations for federal judicial office and his ninth slate of nominations in 2022, bringing the number of announced federal judicial nominees to 118.

President Biden has spent decades strengthening the federal judiciary, which is why he continues to move quickly to fill judicial vacancies. And he won the highest number of lower-court justices confirmed for the first year of a presidency since the Kennedy administration.

District Court Press Biographies

  1. Judge Margaret R. Guzman: United States District Court nominee for the District of Massachusetts

Judge Margaret R. Guzman has served as a judge in Ayer District Court in Middlesex County, Massachusetts since 2017. From 2009 to 2017, she served as a judge in the Massachusetts District Court. From 2005 to 2009, Judge Guzman was a solo practitioner. Previously, she served as a public advocate for the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services from 1992 to 2005. Justice Guzman received her JD from Boston University School of Law in 1992 and her BA from Clark University, with honors, in 1989.

  1. Kymberly Evanson: United States District Court nominee for the Western District of Washington

Kymberly Evanson is a partner at Pacifica Law Group in Seattle, Washington, where she has worked since 2011. Ms. Evanson was an associate attorney at K&L Gates in Seattle, Washington from 2009 to 2011. She served as legal assistant to Judge Emmet Sullivan. in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia from 2007 to 2008. Ms. Evanson received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 2007 and her BA from Seattle University in 1999.

  1. Jamal Whitehead: United States District Court nominee for the Western District of Washington

Jamal Whitehead is a shareholder of Schroeter Goldmark & ​​Bender in Seattle, Washington, where he has worked since 2016. From 2014 to 2016, Mr. Whitehead served as Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington. From 2010 to 2014, he was senior prosecutor at the Seattle Field Office of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Whitehead worked as an associate at Garvey Schubert Barer (now Foster Garvey) in Seattle, Washington. He received his JD from Seattle University School of Law in 2007 and his BA from the University of Washington in 2004.

  1. Judge Robert Stewart Ballou: Nominee for United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Justice Robert Stewart Ballou has served as the U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Virginia since 2011. Prior to joining the bench, Justice Ballou was a partner at Johnson, Ayers & Matthews in Roanoke, Virginia, where he served from 1992 to 2011. From 1988 to 1991, Judge Ballou was a partner at Christian, Barton, Epps, Brent & Chappell in Richmond, Virginia. Judge Ballou served as a law clerk to Judge Peter Beer in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana from 1987 to 1988. Judge Ballou received his JD in 1987 and his BA in 1984, both from the ‘University of Virginia.

  1. Jamar K. Walker: Candidate for United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Jamar K. Walker has served as Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia since 2015. From 2012 to 2015, Mr. Walker was a partner at Covington & Burling in Washington, DC. He served as a law clerk to Judge Raymond A. Jackson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia from 2011 to 2012. Mr. Walker received his BA from the University of Virginia in 2008 and his JD from the ‘University of Virginia. Faculty of Law in 2011.

  1. Jorge Alberto Rodriguez: nominee for United States District Court for the Northern District of New York

Jorge Alberto Rodriguez has served as an assistant attorney general in the New York Attorney General’s Office since 2014. Mr. Rodriguez was a partner at Deily & Glastetter in Albany from 2010 to 2014 and at Mahoney & Keane in New York from 2005 to 2010. He received his JD in 2004 and his BA in 2000, both from Vanderbilt University.

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