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Senator from New York from January until his assassination in June Kennedy, like his brothers John and Edward , was a prominent member of the Democratic Party and has come to be viewed by some historians as an icon of modern American liberalism. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts , the seventh child of Joseph P. After serving in the U. Naval Reserve as a seaman apprentice from to , Kennedy returned to Harvard University and graduated in He received his law degree from the University of Virginia and was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in He managed his brother John's successful campaign for the U.
The following year, he worked as an assistant counsel to the Senate committee chaired by Senator Joseph McCarthy. He gained national attention as the chief counsel of the Senate Labor Rackets Committee from to , where he publicly challenged Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa over the corrupt practices of the union and authored The Enemy Within , a book about corruption in organized labor.
Kennedy resigned from the committee to conduct his brother's campaign in the presidential election. He was appointed United States Attorney General after the successful election and served as the closest advisor to the President from to His tenure is best known for its advocacy for the civil rights movement , the fight against organized crime and the Mafia , and involvement in U.
After his brother's assassination , he remained in office in the Johnson Administration for several months. In office, Kennedy opposed racial discrimination and U. He was an advocate for issues related to human rights and social justice and formed relationships with Martin Luther King Jr. In , Kennedy became a leading candidate for the Democratic nomination for the presidency by appealing to poor , African American , Hispanic , Catholic and young voters.
Shortly after winning the California primary around midnight on June 5, , Kennedy was mortally wounded when shot with a pistol by Sirhan Sirhan , a year-old Palestinian, allegedly in retaliation for his support of Israel following the Six-Day War. Kennedy died the following day. Sirhan was arrested, tried, and convicted, though Kennedy's assassination, like his brother's , continues to be the subject of widespread analysis and numerous conspiracy theories.
His father was a wealthy businessman and a leading Irish figure in the Democratic Party. After he stepped down as ambassador to the United Kingdom in , Joe Sr. He also urged the younger children to examine and discuss current events in order to propel them to public service. Kennedy's older brother John was often bedridden by illness and, as a result, became a voracious reader. Although he made little effort to get to know his younger brother during his childhood, John would take him for walks  and regale him with the stories of heroes and adventures he had read.
Unlike his older brothers, Kennedy took to heart their mother Rose's agenda for everything to have "a purpose," which included visiting historic sites during family outings, visits to the church during morning walks, and games used to expand vocabulary and math skills.
In September , the Kennedy family moved to Riverdale, Bronx , New York, and two years later, they relocated 5 miles 8. During his childhood, Kennedy spent summers and early autumns  with his family at their home rented in , then purchased in  in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts , and Christmas and Easter holidays at their winter retreat in Palm Beach, Florida , later purchased in He attended Riverdale Country School —a private school for boys—from kindergarten through second grade.
He then attended Bronxville Public School in lower Westchester County from third through fifth grade. He repeated the third grade. She added, "It seemed hard for him to finish his work sometimes. But he was only ten after all. Kennedy would later recall that during childhood he was "going to different schools, always having to make new friends, and that I was very awkward And I didn't mind being alone.
He also decorated his bedroom with pictures of U. He also became an avid stamp collector and once received a handwritten letter from Franklin Roosevelt , who was also a philatelist.
In March , Kennedy sailed to London with his mother and four youngest siblings to join his father who had begun serving as Ambassador to the United Kingdom. He attended the private Gibbs School for Boys in London for seventh grade. In April , he gave his first public speech at the placing of a cornerstone for a youth club in England. According to embassy and newspaper reports, his statements were pencilled in his own hand and were delivered in a "calm and confident" manner.
In September , Kennedy began eighth grade at St. Paul's School , an elite Protestant private preparatory school for boys in Concord, New Hampshire ,  that his father favored. After two months, she took advantage of her ambassador husband's absence from Boston and withdrew Kennedy from St. She enrolled him in Portsmouth Priory School , a Benedictine Catholic boarding school for boys in Portsmouth, Rhode Island , which held daily morning and evening prayers and Mass three times a week, with a High Mass on Sundays.
Kennedy's little boy Bobby" after he introduced his mother to classmates, who made fun of them. He was defensive of his mother, and on one occasion chased a student out of the dormitory after the boy had commented on her appearance. Navy , that he would be visiting his brother "because he might be killed any minute". In letters to her son, Rose urged him to read more and to strengthen his vocabulary.
Father Damian Kearney, who was two classes behind Kennedy, reflected that he "didn't look happy" and that he did not "smile much". According to Father Damian's review of school records, Kennedy was a "poor-to-mediocre student, except for history". In September , Kennedy transferred to his third boarding school, Milton Academy , in Milton, Massachusetts , for eleventh and twelfth grades.
He invited Hackett to join him for Sunday mass. Hackett started accompanying him, and was impressed when Kennedy took it upon himself to fill in for a missing altar boy one Sunday. One of his first relationships was with a girl named Piedy Bailey. The pair was photographed together when he walked her home after chapel on a Sunday night. Bailey was fond of him and remembered him as being "very appealing". She recalled him being funny, "separate, larky; outside the cliques; private all the time".
Soon after he transferred to Milton, he pressed his father to allow him to enlist, as he wanted to catch up to his brothers who were both serving in the military. For this, he was nicknamed "Fella". Most of the school's students had come in eighth or ninth grade and cliques had already been formed. Despite this, his schoolmates would later say the school had no prejudice.
He had an early sense of virtue; he disliked dirty jokes and bullying, once stepping in when an upperclassman tried bothering a younger student. In Kennedy's younger years, his father dubbed him the "runt" of the family and wrote him off.
Close family friend Lem Billings once remarked to Joe Sr. Billings commented that the only similarity between Robert and Joe Sr.
In response, Kennedy developed a tough persona that masked his gentle personality, attempting to appease his father.
Despite his father's disdain, Kennedy continued to seek his approval, requesting that Joe Sr. As a child, Kennedy also strove to meet his mother's expectations to become the most dutiful, religious, affectionate, and obedient of the Kennedy children, but the father and son grew distant.
However, he had the family chauffeur driving him in a Rolls-Royce so that he could make his deliveries. His mother discovered this and the deliveries ceased. Mills wrote, "His parents' conflicting views would be echoed in the opinions of millions of people throughout Bobby's life.
Robert Kennedy was a ruthless opportunist who would stop at nothing to attain his ambitions. Robert Kennedy was America's most compassionate public figure, the only person who could save a divided country. Six weeks before his 18th birthday in He talked of filling his free time by taking classes with other sailors and remarked that "things are the same as usual up here, and me being my usual moody self I get very sad at times.
With others entering combat before him, Kennedy said this made him "feel more and more like a Draft Dodger sic or something".
He was also frustrated with the apparent desire to shirk military responsibility by some of the other V students. Kennedy's brother Joseph P. Robert was most affected by his father's reaction to his eldest son's passing. He appeared completely heartbroken and his peer Fred Garfield commented that Kennedy developed depression and questioned his faith for a short time. After his brother's death, Kennedy gained more attention, moving higher up the family patriarchy.
In September , Kennedy entered Harvard as a junior, having received credit for his time in the V program. His teammates admired his physical courage. He was five feet ten and pounds, which made him too small for college football. Despite this, he was a fearless hitter and once tackled a pound fullback head-on. Wally Flynn, another player, looked up in the huddle after one play to see him crying after he broke his leg. He disregarded the injury and kept playing. Throughout , Kennedy became active in his brother John's campaign for the U.
Representative seat that was vacated by James Curley ; he joined the campaign full-time after his naval discharge. Biographer Schlesinger wrote that the election served as an entry into politics for both Robert and John. He held out some hope after seeing Arabs and Jews working side by side but, in the end, feared that the hatred between the groups was too strong and would lead to a war. Landis , William O.
Kennedy's paper on Yalta , written during his senior year, is deposited in the Law Library's Treasure Trove. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenwich, Connecticut. Kennedy graduated from law school in June and flew with Ethel to Greenwich to stay in his father-in-law's guest house.
The couple's first child, Kathleen , was born on July 4, The brothers rarely interacted until Robert was contacted by Kenny O'Donnell to repair the relationship between John and their father during John's Senate campaign. As a result of this, Joe Sr. In September , he went to San Francisco as a correspondent for the Boston Post to cover the convention that concluded the Treaty of Peace with Japan.
That does not matter. It is the law. In May , he predicted that an African-American "can also achieve the same position that my brother has as President of the United States" over the course of the next thirty to forty years.
Larry Sabato would later write that when RFK's family backed Barack Obama in , they picked a candidate with great differences in upbringing from that of the privileged President Kennedy. Kennedy remained committed to civil rights enforcement to such a degree that he commented in that it seemed to envelop almost every area of his public and private life, from prosecuting corrupt Southern electoral officials to answering late night calls from Coretta Scott King concerning the imprisonment of her husband for demonstrations in Alabama.
He demanded that every area of government begin recruiting realistic levels of black and other ethnic workers, going so far as to criticize Vice President Johnson for his failure to desegregate his own office staff. However, relations between the Kennedys and civil rights activists could be tense, partly due to the administration's decision that a number of complaints which King filed with the Justice Department between and be handled "through negotiation between the city commission and Negro citizens.
Although it has become commonplace to assert the phrase " The Kennedy Administration " or even "President Kennedy" when discussing the legislative and executive support of the civil rights movement, between and a great many of the initiatives that occurred during his tenure were the result of the passion and determination of an emboldened Robert Kennedy, who, through his rapid education in the realities of Southern racism, underwent a thorough conversion of purpose as attorney general.
Asked in an interview in May , "What do you see as the big problem ahead for you, is it crime or internal security? Kennedy played a large role in the response to the Freedom Riders protests. He acted after the Anniston bus bombings to protect the Riders in continuing their journey, sending John Seigenthaler , his administrative assistant, to Alabama to attempt to secure the Riders' safety there. Despite a work rule which allowed a driver to decline an assignment which he regarded as a potentially unsafe one, he persuaded a manager of The Greyhound Corporation to obtain a coach operator who was willing to drive a special bus for the continuance of the Freedom Ride from Birmingham, Alabama, to Montgomery, Alabama, on the circuitous journey to Jackson, Mississippi.
Marshals and National Guard he sent had secured the area. King proceeded to berate Kennedy for "allowing the situation to continue". King later publicly thanked him for dispatching the forces to break up the attack that might otherwise have ended his life. Kennedy's attempts to end the Freedom Rides early were tied to an upcoming summit with Nikita Khrushchev and Charles de Gaulle. He believed the continued international publicity of race riots would tarnish the president heading into international negotiations.
In September , Kennedy sent U. The attorney general had hoped that legal means, along with the escort of U. He also was very concerned there might be a "mini-civil war" between U. Army troops and armed protesters. Ensuing riots during the period of Meredith's admittance resulted in hundreds of injuries and two deaths,  yet Kennedy remained adamant that black students had the right to enjoy the benefits of all levels of the educational system.
At the direction of the president, Kennedy also used the power of federal agencies to influence U. Steel not to institute a price increase. Steel so quickly, then disbanding it after the price increase did not occur. During the Kennedy administration, the federal government carried out its last pre- Furman federal execution of Victor Feguer in Iowa , ,  and Kennedy, as attorney general, represented the government in this case.
In , Kennedy expressed his strong willingness to support a bill then under consideration for the abolition of the death penalty. He also helped develop the strategy during the Cuban Missile Crisis to blockade Cuba instead of initiating a military strike that might have led to nuclear war. He had initially been among the more hawkish members of the administration on matters concerning Cuban insurrectionist aid.
His initial strong support for covert actions in Cuba soon changed to a position of removal from further involvement once he became aware of the CIA's tendency to draw out initiatives, and provide itself with almost unchecked authority in matters of foreign covert operations. Allegations that the Kennedys knew of plans by the CIA to kill Fidel Castro , or approved of such plans, have been debated by historians over the years.
JFK's friend and associate, historian Arthur M. The " Family Jewels " documents, declassified by the CIA in , suggest that before the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the attorney general personally authorized one such assassination attempt.
During the Cuban Missile Crisis, Kennedy proved himself to be a gifted politician with an ability to obtain compromises, tempering aggressive positions of key figures in the hawk camp. The trust the President placed in him on matters of negotiation was such that his role in the crisis is today seen as having been of vital importance in securing a blockade, which averted a full military engagement between the United States and Soviet Russia.
His clandestine meetings with members of the Soviet Government continued to provide a key link to Nikita Khrushchev during even the darkest moments of the Crisis, in which the threat of nuclear strikes was considered a very present reality.
Edgar Hoover called and told him his brother had been shot;  before he could ask any questions, Hoover hung up. Kennedy later said he thought Hoover had enjoyed telling him the news. He ordered the Secret Service to dismantle the Oval Office and cabinet room's secret taping systems. McCone denied it, with Kennedy later telling investigator Walter Sheridan that he asked the director "in a way that he couldn't lie to me, and they [the CIA] hadn't".
RFK remembered their conversation starting with Johnson demonstrating sympathy before the vice president stated his belief that he should be sworn in immediately; RFK opposed the idea since he felt "it would be nice" for President Kennedy's body to return to Washington with the deceased president still being the incumbent.
Guthman recounted Kennedy admitting to him an hour after receiving word of his brother's death that he thought he would be the one "they would get" as opposed to his brother. Kennedy was asked by Democratic Party leaders to introduce a film about his late brother at the party convention.
When he was introduced, the crowd, including party bosses, elected officials, and delegates, applauded thunderously and tearfully for a full 22 minutes before they would let him speak. When [he] shall die Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of heaven so fine That all the world will be in love with night And pay no worship to the garish sun. The ten-month investigation by the Warren Commission of — concluded that the president had been assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald and that Oswald had acted alone.
On September 27, , Kennedy issued a statement through his New York campaign office: He was a malcontent who could not get along here or in the Soviet Union. But I have been briefed on it and I am completely satisfied that the Commission investigated every lead and examined every piece of evidence. The Commission's inquiry was thorough and conscientious. The killing was judged as having a profound impact on Kennedy. Beran assesses the assassination as having moved Kennedy away from reliance on the political system and become more questioning.
In the wake of the assassination of his brother and Lyndon Johnson's ascension to the presidency, with the office of vice president now vacant, Kennedy was viewed favorably as a potential candidate for the position in the presidential election. Several Kennedy partisans called for him to be drafted in tribute to his brother; national polling showing that three of four Democrats were in favor of him as Johnson's running mate. Democratic organizers supported him as a write-in candidate in the New Hampshire primary and 25, Democrats wrote in Kennedy's name in March , only 3, fewer than the number of Democrats who wrote in Johnson's name as their pick for president.
Kennedy discussed the vice presidency with Arthur Schlesinger. Schlesinger thought that he should develop his own political base first, and Kennedy observed that the job "was really based on waiting around for someone to die".
In his first interview after the assassination Kennedy said he was not considering the vice presidency. During this time he said of the coalescing Johnson administration, "It's too early for me to even think about '64, because I don't know whether I want to have any part of these people Despite the fanfare within the Democratic Party, President Johnson was not inclined to have Kennedy on his ticket.
The two men disliked one another intensely, with feelings often described as "mutual contempt" that went back to their first meeting in and had only intensified during JFK's presidency.
During a post-presidency interview with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin , Johnson claimed that Kennedy "acted like he was the custodian of the Kennedy dream" despite Johnson being seen as this after JFK was assassinated, arguing that he had "waited" his turn and Kennedy should have done the same.
Johnson recalled a "tidal wave of letters and memos about how great a vice president Bobby would be" being swept upon him, but knowing that he could not "let it happen" as he viewed the possibility of having Kennedy on the ticket as ensuring that he would never know if he could be elected "on my own".
In July , Johnson issued an official statement ruling out all of his current cabinet members as potential running mates, judging them to be "so valuable In response to this statement, angry letters poured in directed towards both Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird , expressing disappointment at Kennedy being dropped from the field of potential running mates. Nine months after his brother's assassination, Kennedy left the cabinet to run for a seat in the U.
Senate representing New York,  announcing his candidacy on August 22, , two days before that year's Democratic National Convention. He had considered the possibility of running since early spring, but also giving consideration to leaving politics altogether after the plane crash and injury of his brother Ted in June, two months earlier. Positive reception in Europe convinced him to remain in politics.
His opponent in the race was Republican incumbent Kenneth Keating , who attempted to portray Kennedy as an arrogant carpetbagger from Massachusetts. Kennedy drew attention in Congress early on as the brother of President Kennedy, which set him apart from other senators. He drew more than fifty senators as spectators when he delivered a speech in the Senate on nuclear proliferation in June Harris expected not to like Kennedy, the two became allies, Harris even calling them "each other's best friends in the Senate".
Robert saw his brother as a guide on managing within the Senate and the arrangement worked to deepen their relationship. While serving in the Senate, Kennedy advocated gun control. In May he co-sponsored S. Dodd , that would put federal restrictions on mail-order gun sales. Yet their very presence, the ease of their acquisition and the familiarity of their appearance have led to thousands of deaths each year. With the passage of this bill we will begin to meet our responsibilities.
It would save hundreds of thousands of lives in this country and spare thousands of families…grief and heartache…. Kennedy, paved the way for the eventual passage of the Gun Control Act of Kennedy and his staff had employed a cautionary "amendments—only" strategy for his first year in the senate. In and they took more direct legislative action, but were met with increasing resistance from the Johnson administration.
News reported Kennedy's support of the Johnson administration's " Great Society " program through his voting record. On February 8, , Kennedy urged the United States to pledge that it would not be the first country to use nuclear weapons against countries that did not have them noting that China had made the pledge and the Soviet Union indicated it was also willing to do so.
In June , he visited apartheid-era South Africa accompanied by his wife, Ethel, and a few aides. The tour was greeted with international praise at a time when few politicians dared to entangle themselves in the politics of South Africa. He spoke out against the oppression of the native population, and was welcomed by the black population as though he were a visiting head of state.
In an interview with Look magazine he said:. At the University of Natal in Durban , I was told the church to which most of the white population belongs teaches apartheid as a moral necessity. A questioner declared that few churches allow black Africans to pray with the white because the Bible says that is the way it should be, because God created Negroes to serve. What then is our response?
A quote from this address appears on his memorial at Arlington National Cemetery: On January 28, , Kennedy began a ten-day stay in Europe, meeting Harold Wilson in London and advising him to tell President Johnson about his belief that the ongoing Vietnam conflict was wrong. Upon returning to the U. During his years as a senator, he helped to start a successful redevelopment project in poverty-stricken Bedford—Stuyvesant, Brooklyn , in New York City.
Kennedy had difficulty securing support from President Johnson, whose administration was charged by Kennedy as having opposed a "special impact" program meant to bring about the federal progress that he had supported. Kennedy's proposal that Semple claimed would "build more and better low-cost housing in the slums through private enterprise. To them it's all just politics.
He also visited the Mississippi Delta as a member of the Senate committee reviewing the effectiveness of 'War on Poverty' programs, particularly that of the Economic Opportunity Act of Kennedy later engaged in an exchange with Kern County sheriff Leroy Galyen where he criticized the sheriff's deputies for taking photographs of "people on picket lines. As a senator, he was popular among African Americans and other minorities including Native Americans and immigrant groups. He spoke forcefully in favor of what he called the "disaffected",  the impoverished,  and "the excluded",  thereby aligning himself with leaders of the civil rights struggle and social justice campaigners, leading the Democratic party in pursuit of a more aggressive agenda to eliminate perceived discrimination on all levels.
He supported desegregation busing , integration of all public facilities, the Voting Rights Act of , and anti-poverty social programs to increase education, offer opportunities for employment, and provide health care for African Americans. Consistent with President Kennedy's Alliance for Progress , he also placed increasing emphasis on human rights as a central focus of U. The JFK administration had backed U. While Kennedy vigorously supported his brother's earlier efforts, he never publicly advocated commitment of ground troops.
Though bothered by the beginning of the bombing of North Vietnam in February , Kennedy did not wish to appear antipathetic to the president's agenda. In July, after Johnson made a large commitment of American ground forces to Vietnam, Kennedy made multiple calls for a settlement through negotiation.
The next month, John Paul Vann , a lieutenant colonel in the U. Army , wrote that Kennedy "indicat[ed] comprehension of the problems we face", in a letter to the senator. Kennedy wanted to press the Johnson administration to do more, but Heymann insisted that the administration believed the "consequences of sitting down with the Viet Cong" mattered more than the prisoners they were holding captive.
In the early part of , Kennedy traveled to Europe, where he had discussions about Vietnam with leaders and diplomats. A story leaked to the State Department that Kennedy was talking about seeking peace while President Johnson was pursuing the war. Johnson became convinced that Kennedy was undermining his authority. He voiced this during a meeting with Kennedy, who reiterated the interest of the European leaders to pause the bombing while going forward with negotiations; Johnson declined to do so.
He added that the view that Americans were fighting to end communism in Vietnam was "immoral". On February 8, , Kennedy delivered an address in Chicago, Illinois , where he critiqued Saigon "government corruption" and expressed his disagreement with the Johnson administration's stance that the war would determine the future of Asia. Clifford's notes indicate that Kennedy was offering not to enter the ongoing Democratic presidential primary if President Johnson would admit publicly to having been wrong in his war policy and appoint "a group of persons to conduct a study in depth of the issues and come up with a recommended course of action";  Johnson rejected the proposal.
Despite his criticism of the Vietnam War and the South Vietnam government, Kennedy also stated in his campaign brochure that he did not support either a simple withdrawal or a surrender in South Vietnam and favored instead a change in the course of action taken so it would bring an "honorable peace.
In , President Johnson prepared to run for re-election. In January, faced with what was widely considered an unrealistic race against an incumbent president, Kennedy stated that he would not seek the presidency.
The weekend before the New Hampshire primary, Kennedy announced to several aides that he would attempt to persuade McCarthy to withdraw from the race to avoid splitting the antiwar vote, but Senator George McGovern urged Kennedy to wait until after that primary to announce his candidacy.
After much speculation, and reports leaking out about his plans,  and seeing in McCarthy's success that Johnson's hold on the job was not as strong as originally thought, Kennedy declared his candidacy on March 16, , in the Caucus Room of the old Senate office building, the same room where his brother had declared his own candidacy eight years earlier. I run because I am convinced that this country is on a perilous course and because I have such strong feelings about what must be done, and I feel that I'm obliged to do all I can.
McCarthy supporters angrily denounced Kennedy as an opportunist. They believed that McCarthy had taken the most courageous stand by opposing the sitting president of his own party and that his surprising result in New Hampshire had earned him the mantle of being the anti-war candidate. Kennedy's announcement split the anti-war movement in two. Vice President Hubert Humphrey , a champion of the labor unions and a long supporter of civil rights, entered the race with the financial backing and critical endorsement of the party "establishment", including most members of Congress, mayors, governors, "the south", and several major labor unions.
Kennedy ran on a platform of racial and economic justice, non-aggression in foreign policy, decentralization of power, and social change. A crucial element of his campaign was an engagement with the young, whom he identified as being the future of a reinvigorated American society based on partnership and equality.
His policy objectives did not sit well with the business community, where he was viewed as something of a fiscal liability, opposed as they were to the tax increases necessary to fund social programs.
At one of his university speeches Indiana University Medical School , he was asked, "Where are we going to get the money to pay for all these new programs you're proposing? It was this intense and frank mode of dialogue with which he was to continue to engage those whom he viewed as not being traditional allies of Democratic ideals or initiatives. In a speech at the University of Alabama, he argued, "I believe that any who seek high office this year must go before all Americans, not just those who agree with them, but also those who disagree, recognizing that it is not just our supporters, not just those who vote for us, but all Americans who we must lead in the difficult years ahead.
Edgar Hoover's Deputy Clyde Tolson reported as saying, "I hope that someone shoots and kills the son of a bitch. Kennedy's presidential campaign brought out both "great enthusiasm" and anger in people.
His message of change raised hope for some and brought fear to others. Kennedy wanted to be a bridge across the divide of American society. His bid for the presidency saw not only a continuation of the programs he and his brother had undertaken during the president's term in office, but also an extension of Johnson's Great Society. Kennedy visited numerous small towns and made himself available to the masses by participating in long motorcades and street-corner stump speeches, often in troubled inner cities.
He made urban poverty a chief concern of his campaign, which in part led to enormous crowds that would attend his events in poor urban areas or rural parts of Appalachia. The address was the first time Kennedy spoke publicly about his brother's killing. He was described as being the "only white politician to hear only cheers and applause. Kennedy scored a major victory when he won the California primary. In a crowded kitchen passageway, Kennedy turned to his left and shook hands with busboy Juan Romero just as Sirhan Sirhan , a year-old Palestinian,  opened fire with a.
Kennedy was hit three times, and five other people were wounded. George Plimpton , former decathlete Rafer Johnson , and former professional football player Rosey Grier are credited with wrestling Sirhan to the ground after he shot the senator.
Kennedy asked Romero, "Is everybody OK? Despite extensive neurosurgery to remove the bullet and bone fragments from his brain, Kennedy was pronounced dead at 1: PDT on June 6, nearly 26 hours after the shooting. Robert Kennedy's death, like the assassination of his brother, President John F. Kennedy , has been the subject of conspiracy theories. Kennedy's body was returned to Manhattan, where it lay in repose at Saint Patrick's Cathedral from approximately The service was attended by members of the extended Kennedy family, President Lyndon B.
Johnson and his wife Lady Bird Johnson , and members of the Johnson cabinet. My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.
Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world. As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him: I dream things that never were and say why not.
Kennedy's funeral train was pulled by two Penn Central GG1 electric locomotives. The train departed New York at As the vehicles entered the cemetery, people lining the roadway spontaneously lit candles to guide the motorcade to the burial site.
The minute ceremony began at Officials at Arlington National Cemetery said that Kennedy's burial was the only night burial to have taken place at the cemetery. After the president was interred in Arlington Cemetery, the two infants were buried next to him on December 5, , in a private ceremony without publicity. On June 9, President Lyndon B.
Johnson assigned security staff to all U. Secret Service was altered by Congress to include the protection of U. The couple had 11 children; Kathleen b. December , after her father's assassination. His widow, Ethel, and their children continued to live at Hickory Hill after his death. She now lives full-time at the Hyannis Port home. Kennedy was said to be the gentlest and shyest of the family, as well as the least articulate orally.
His mother had a similar concern,  as he was the "smallest and thinnest", but soon afterward, the family discovered "there was no fear of that". Kennedy was teased by his siblings, as in their family it was a norm for humor to be displayed in that fashion. He would turn jokes on himself or remain silent. Even when arguing for a noble cause, his comments could have "a cutting quality".
Although Joe Kennedy's most ambitious dreams centered around Bobby's older brothers, Bobby maintained the code of personal loyalty that seemed to infuse the life of his family.
His competitiveness was admired by his father and elder brothers, while his loyalty bound them more affectionately close. A rather timid child, he was often the target of his father's dominating temperament.
Working on the campaigns of older brother John, he was more involved, passionate, and tenacious than the candidate himself, obsessed with detail, fighting out every battle, and taking workers to task. He had always been closer to John than the other members of the family.
Kennedy's opponents on Capitol Hill maintained that his collegiate magnanimity was sometimes hindered by a tenacious and somewhat impatient manner.
His professional life was dominated by the same attitudes that governed his family life: Schlesinger comments that Kennedy could be both the most ruthlessly diligent and yet generously adaptable of politicians, at once both temperamental and forgiving.
In this he was very much his father's son, lacking truly lasting emotional independence, and yet possessing a great desire to contribute. He lacked the innate self-confidence of his contemporaries yet found a greater self-assurance in the experience of married life, an experience that he stated had given him a base of self-belief from which to continue his efforts in the public arena. Upon hearing yet again the assertion that he was "ruthless", Kennedy once joked to a reporter, "If I find out who has called me ruthless I will destroy him.
I think we all feel that when a witness comes before the United States Senate, he has an obligation to speak frankly and tell the truth. To see people sit in front of us and lie and evade makes me boil inside. But you can't lose your temper; if you do, the witness has gotten the best of you. Attorney Michael O'Donnell wrote, "[Kennedy] offered that most intoxicating of political aphrodisiacs: He was blunt to a fault, and his favorite campaign activity was arguing with college students.
To many, his idealistic opportunism was irresistible. In his earlier life, Kennedy had developed a reputation as the family's attack dog. He was a hostile cross-examiner on Joseph McCarthy's Senate committee; a fixer and leg-breaker as JFK's campaign manager; an unforgiving and merciless cutthroat—his father's son right down to Joseph Kennedy's purported observation that "he hates like me. Kennedy's Catholicism was central to his politics and personal attitude to life and its purpose; he inherited his faith from his family.
He was more religious than his brothers  and approached his duties with a Catholic worldview. Throughout his life, he made reference to his faith, how it informed every area of his life, and how it gave him the strength to re-enter politics following his older brother's assassination. His was not an unresponsive and staid faith, but the faith of a Catholic Radical, perhaps the first successful Catholic Radical in American political history.
In the last years of his life, he also found great solace in the playwrights and poets of ancient Greece, especially the writings of Aeschylus ,  suggested to him by Jacqueline after JFK's death. Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.
Richard Allen, . Kennedy was the first sibling of a president of the United States to serve as U. Biographer Evan Thomas wrote that, at times Kennedy misused his powers by "modern standards", but concluded, "on the whole, even counting his warts, he was a great attorney general. Kennedy has also been praised for his oratorical abilities  and his skill at creating unity.
Palermo of The Huffington Post observed that Kennedy's words "could cut through social boundaries and partisan divides in a way that seems nearly impossible today. Johnston  expressed the view that Kennedy, both in his speeches and actions, was unique in his willingness to take political risks.
That blunt sincerity was said by associates to be authentic; Frank N. Magill wrote that Kennedy's oratorical skills lent their support to minorities and other disenfranchised groups who began seeing him as an ally. Kennedy's assassination was a blow to the optimism for a brighter future that his campaign had brought for many Americans who lived through the turbulent s.
Kennedy's death has been cited as a significant factor in the Democratic Party's loss of the presidential election.
Josh Zeitz of Politico observed, "Bobby Kennedy has since become an American folk hero—the tough, crusading liberal gunned down in the prime of life. Kennedy's and to a lesser extent his older brother's ideas about using government authority to assist less fortunate peoples became central to American liberalism as a tenet of the "Kennedy legacy".
In the months and years after Robert F. Kennedy's death, numerous roads, public schools, and other facilities across the United States have been named in his memory. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights was founded in , with an international award program to recognize human rights activists. The sports stadium D. Came to Portland in and incardinated in Per documents released by Maine AG's office, allegations received in - that Romani had abused at least 3 women in s and s when they were young children.
Peter's in Portland during his entire career. Retired in and died in at age He supervised a known abuser Lawrence Sabatino beginning in and may have failed to report add'l allegations against him. Portland Press Herald 6. Peters Church in Portland, n. Accused of abuse in but authorities found the complaint unfounded. In and again in additional complaints were received. He served as a prison chaplain from to when he retired and moved to Florida. Chaplain from to Albany Times Union 9. In , was working as licensed counselor in Illinois for a healthcare provider.
The health care provider began an investigation. Chicago Archdiocesan Report He played strip poker with 4 youths; also masturbated in front of boys.
Mother of one was given a condo, a car and a job by the diocese in return for not filing charges. Rec'd probated sentence; sent to St. At least 2 civil suits filed. Church finally paid settlements in Sent to Biloxi MS. Worked in nursing home until when placed on leave.
Akron Beacon Journal 1. Given name was Salvador J. Xaverians settled for 75k in early s with a man alleging sexual abuse by Bro. Romanus over a 4-yr period in the s, when the man was a 10 to 13 year-old boy. Abuse reportedly occurred at in a classroom closet at Holy Name of Jesus Elementary School where Romanus worked, in bathhouse locker rooms and swimming pool changing rooms, and under the Coney Island boardwalk.
The alleged victim later told the diocese that he was an altar boy at the parish from grade school until he was a high school freshman. He said Romero gave him gifts and that he and Fr. John Bauer gave him alcohol and talked a lot about masturbation.
Romero was assisting at the time at St. Regis in Oakland, PA. The man said the abuse occurred under the guise of driving lessons, and that Romero fondled and performed oral sex on him. Romero retired in and died in Romero would also take nude pictures of some children. Augustine Catholic Church in Coral Gables in s. Listed as having died in ; diocesan list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation.
Official Catholic Directory shows he was 'absent on leave' , 'retired' on. Accused of abuse of seminarian in Ireland.
Sent to US and accused of abuse of male high school students in Chicago in Sent to Portland OR and abused mids. Suit filed in OR re abuse. Ordination apparently adjusted from to starting in Catholic Directory this was after allegation made. Rondeau admitted in correspondence with a victim that he had sexually abused her and her sister. Writer was about 10 in when abuse started. Omitted in Boston AD database.
Paul, incardinated in New Ulm diocese. Diocese said 2 previous lawsuits settled. Diocese learned of Roney' s conduct in ; sent for evaluation and therapy. Removed from active retirement Two women settled At least 30 accusers, at least 1 as young as age 7. Names from deposition of Rev. Paul - Minneapolis list of " priests and religious brothers who have served or spent time in the archdiocese and have substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor against them. Diocese of New Ulm News Release Diocese of New Ulm Assignment Record.
Another woman filed suit alleging that Rooney had groped and kissed her. Court denied suits and Court of Appeals agreed. The alleged abuse included removing the boy's clothing, touching and fondling the boy's naked buttocks and genitals skin-on-skin, and masturbating on the boy. The Salesians confirmed a monetary settlement had been reached. Detailed BA Assignment Record. Last assignment was as chaplain at the Immaculate Mary Home,a Catholic nursing facility for the elderly, in Northeast Philadelphia.
Archdiocese of Philadelphia Press Release 3. Accused in of abuse of 1 girl from Named in 1 civil suit and in archdiocesan report. Worked in Gallup diocese LA Archdiocesan Report Rosch was removed in because of credible allegations that he abused a teenage boy 20 yrs ago. There was a payment by the Diocese. Rosch claimed only reason that he had been removal was that he fondled a 17 yr old girl when he was 23 and had not yet been ordained.
Diocese denied--said he would not have been removed for this. May have appealed dismissal to Vatican. Albany Times Union Named in CA suit re abuse of 14 yr old boy in early Rose moved back to MN in when allegations of abuse first surfaced. Living in Chicago without ministry since Wausau Daily Herald 9. Name sometimes spelled Rosenkrantz. Sued for abuse in s. Suits claim Archdiocese knew of his history as far back as s but did nothing except transfer him.
Placed on leave in because of multiple allegations of abuse of minors. Dennis Coleman and Rosensteel played sex comedy albums for victim and other boys. Victim refused to join him and other men in sauna at Seminary, so Rosensteel told boy's parents he was bad and needed drugs. An older boy in special Rosensteel group raped victim who said, "this is for Fr.
Boys slept in rectory and went with Fr on trips; all would sleep in underwear, one boy chosen to sleep with Fr. Boys showered with him. Abuse included deep tongue kisses and fondling.
Victim's mother told Msgr. Finn in mids of abuse. Finn kept no record of it. After a 4th victim emerged in , Rosenteel committed suicide. Bishop Adamec said after the death, he might have retired "with some type of ministry. Rosensweig was former chancellor of diocese. He was placed on leave in He retired in Plaintiff had letters he received from Ross. Parents found letters in and confronted Bishop. Ross admitted the abuse. Sent for therapy in and returned to Joliet.
Family found out in that he was still serving. Ross was transferred to Santa Rosa Diocese to serve as prison chaplain. Santa Rosa Diocese finally removed him in after learning of his past allegations. Sentenced to 2 yrs probation and treatment.
Allowed to return to work. Believed to be currently living in St. St Louis Post-Dispatch Born and ordained in Spain as member of Sons of Holy Family. Came to San Diego in and incardinated there in Frequent transfers 1st 3 yrs then spent 16 yrs at St.
Anthony in National City. No specific information found as to actual allegations. Retired to Spain in and died in Police report made, Rossetti suspended and sent for psych eval and treatment.
Rossetti released back to the Diocese of Scranton from New York in Pastor of Annunciation parish in Baldwin City and St. Francis of Assisi in Lapeer. Accused in civil suit of sexually abusing a girl , beginning when the girl was age He wrote her letters, sent flowers, courted her, etc. Girl kept a diary. Placed on leave by diocese in pending investigation. Suit settled under undisclosed terms. Roth was removed from position on a Toronto school board.
Brother for about 20 yrs. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo OH , and as a teacher, guidance counselor and administrator. Filled in at St. Also assigned to schools in UT and Ontario, Canada. Victim was younger brother of a St. Francis de Sales High student. Archdiocese of Detroit East Niagra Post obit Worked in Peoria IL diocese Worked in New Mexico and then returned to Illinois One mother complained to Santa Fe archdiocese in vain.
Rothbauer was removed from active ministry in Suit filed in accusing Rothbauer of sexually abusing a girl starting at age 14 during counseling between , Bishop Mussio allegedly learned of the abuse in and transferred Rothbauer to another parish. Former Vicar General Searles was questioned about Rouelle and other priests in connection with diocese's concern about sexual misconduct allegations. No further information found. Burlington Free Press Accused in in MA of repeatedly hugging a boy and of putting his hands in the boy's pants once in Alleged victim says he was about 11 but he was 15 when Roulier first came to parish.
May also be a third accuser in NH. Letter from Priest who received initial allegation in ; Docs produced by Boston Archdiocese: Rourke was suspended from ministry in for alcohol related medical reasons.
Committed suicide in Diocese became aware of allegations of child abuse against him. On leave of absence and assigned to Archdiocese of Santa Fe. Returned to duty with Tuscon diocese in and , with another leave of absence between those assignments. Named in civil suit which settled in as part of Tucson bankruptcy. Cleveland Plain Dealer Rouse admitted in that he had engaged in sexual misconduct with minors in s. Facts came out in during Rouse's 2nd leave of absence for treatment of alcoholism; the Attorney General's office was notified.
His privileges were removed as well. July article referred to him as a priest on leave from Archdiocese doing graduate work at Washington University in St. Archdiocese of Baltimore 9. Two brothers gave detailed written complaints to the diocese in regarding their abuse by Rovira from late s-early s. Their ages at the time ranged from 9 to early teens. He admitted to abusing one but not the other.
Two other men made complaints in Althought still a priest of Brownsville Diocese as of , Rovira has been living in Mexico since and was an active priest until At ordination, he was part of Rockville Ill.
Worth Star Telegram AP Archdiocese report says 2 accusers with incidents from Accused of abuse in Richmond, Virginia diocese. Originally ordained in Los Angeles Archdiocese. Moved to Virginia As of , Roy at age 92, was living in Spain and suffering from Alzheimers. Also known as Andres Rodriquez. Opinion by Virginia Supreme Court 6.
In accused of abuse of youth from On personal leave at the time but then his privileges were removed. At least two other complaints received. Woman sued him in claiming that Roy was counseling her and her husband and that he entered into homosexual relationship with her husband during the counseling.
Man sued diocese re alleged abuse by Roy and Rev. Raymond Lauzon late 's to Said Roy abused him during trips to Red Sox and took him to Lauzon's home where that priest abused him.
Bangor Daily News Transferred 8 times during first 8 years of priesthood. Joseph Manor until , then left active ministry the same year. In a man in his 60s reported sexual abuse as a boy by Royer. Simon and Jude in West Bethlehem. Philadelphia Archdiocese Assignment Record updated ; Lehighvalleylive Gertrude Church in Windsor.
In he was assistant pastor at St. Also confessed to fondling a year-old seminarian in Colombia previously. Accused in of abuse of a boy in ss. Archdiocese investigators found allegations credible. Name released in after he celebrated public mass. Michael's in Sioux City.
She was at the time and worked at rectory. She companied to Diocese in , he denied allegations and she apparently dropped the matter. Ruba retired in Record of abuse began shortly after ordination. First investigated by police in Arrested on charges involving 12 girls. Criminal charges dropped due to Supreme Court ruling.
Named as 1 on list of top 10 abusive priests in LA Archdiocese with known accusers. Joined Franciscan Order in and was ordained in Articles report that Rudin first appeared in Oregon in at Aumsville.
He left Portland for Arizona in and died in Noted to have one victim, allegedly abused Archdiocese of Indianapolis list Sentenced to one year supended prison term, two years probation, Sent for treatment. Accused of abuse of a young man aged in s after giving him alcohol. Suit dropped by Plaintiff. Diocesan investigation found no proof of charges and Pope's representative to the US agreed with the findings.
Bishops Accused of Abuse Credible allegations received after his death in In Ruffalo was accused by at least 2 men of abusing them when they were boys. Allegedly gave them beer and wine, took them on trips to Las Vegas and molested them. Ruffalo was also accused of stealing from collections.
One man filed civil suit which later settled. Chicago Sun Times John the Baptist school first-grader and continuing through eighth grade. Accused of abuse said to have occurred prior to Included in settlement by Archdiocese. Accused of molesting at least 7 boys. First abuse occurred in Ohio and Michigan and then he moved to Minnesota where he abused six other boys.
Criminal charges were filed in Minnesota in Sentence was 15 yrs probaton and 1 yr. Name first appears on Archdiocese of St. Paul list of accused priests rev Accused of abuse of at least three between and Diocese knew of one allegation in Also named on list of abusers in Orange Diocese.
Named in at least one civil suit. In suit in NM, woman claimed Ruiz started a 'girls club' at church to find victims for sex and that he abused her and others in after taking them on outings and giving them money and presents.
Suit includes charges against Archdiocese of Denver and Franciscans. Ruiz transferred from Albuquerque to Denver in and became head of Hispanic Affairs. Removed and sent out of state for psychological evaluation. Alleged victim did not seek money, and did not retract accusation. In civil suit, a man claimed Rupp abused him several times as a teenager in late 60s-early 70s and that Rupp was alcoholic who had committed sexual improprieties with other members of parish.
Rupp had received counseling for alcoholism but he resigned from assignment and was sent for evaluation and counseling after charges made. Suit dismissed by Court Man filed suit in against Ruppert and Archdiocese.
Ruppert was a counselor and teacher at the time. San Antonio Express News Clement in McLeansboro and St. John Nepomucene in Dahlgren based on allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor alleged to have occurred in Belleville News Democrat 3. Accused of hugging and kissing a child, holding hands with the child, and saying things to the child suggesting they were in a relationship.
Also affiliated with New York archdiocese. Woman came forward in to claim that she was the subject of inappropriate sexual advances and an alleged sexual assault by Russell when she was in high school between and early s.
Russell left active priesthood in and later became Episcopal priest. Springfield diocese found accusation to be credible and told the Episcopal church. Russell left active Episcopal priesthood in Also accused of abuse in New Mexico. Russo was sued in Brooklyn in by one man alleging abuse there in Russo resigned as pastor of his parish in St Petersburg, FL diocese in January, because of "emotional items.
Other victims came forward. Letter by Bishop Lynch, n. Youth became so emotionally upset, particularly after school officials became aware of abuse and refused to remove teacher, that he had to be withdrawn from school.
Rutledge left school in but began teaching at College in PA. Arlington Catholic Herald Accused in two civil suits of molesting minors. Alleged to have abused one boy in Abuse alleged of another boy in by Rutowski and church custodian.
Facilities were restricted to private celebrations of Mass after accusations by one youth. Air Force Chaplain for many years. Left military in after investigation in for sexual misconduct with minor in Mobile, AL. Also left active priesthood. Publicly named as accused in Pled guilty in late to abuse of a 6- year-old boy in fall of in NY.
Luke's, rather than jail, because of "Health. Named in a lawsuit against the diocese in as having repeatedly sexually abused during at St. Great Falls Tribune Same plaintiff also alleges abuse by Fr. Leonard Feeney at O'Dea High. One of these men allege abuse by C. Worked at Briscoe School , Also listed is a Bro D. Worked in Uganda and Kenya where he was well-known soccer coach. Returned to Provincial House in South Bend in When confronted by the diocese, Ryan admitted the allegations were true.
Worked at Briscoe Memorial School in Kent A article says he was also principal of Brother Rice in Michigan in s. Believe this is the Brother D. Ryan who was named as an abuser in law suit in Washington State. Ryan was accused of abuse in Eugene Oregon. The Order acknowledged a single credible allegation that he had touched a high school boy over his clothing.
He was removed from public ministry. He also worked in the Oakland Diocese. Last known location wasSt. Albert's Priory in Oakland. Same individual also alleged abuse by Fr. McBrien once at Joliet Catholic H. On "special assignment" per Catholic Directory. He denied the allegation.
In summer , Vatican said he could not be permanently removed. Ryan, former Vice Chancellor of the archdiocese, was often responsible for receiving complaints about other priests. His personnel file contained memo from late s calling him 'very dangerous and deceptive. In , the victim told his father, who refused to let his other sons become altar boys. The abused boy, previously an excellent student, became troubled and died in a car crash.
Second suit filed by third man re abuse of two in ss. Also other allegations of abuse at Catholic Memorial High School. Voluntary laicization in announced Ryan and two other priests accused of abuse of a youth in late s. Petition alleges that Ryan threatened the plaintiff and his family if he told anyone about the abuse.
Removed from ministry for allegations that he molested boys in s. Previously taught at diocesan high school. Des Moines Register 9. Placed on leave numerous times from through Accused in of abuse of brother and sister in In woman claimed Ryan sexually abused her when she was a teenager in s. She said she told the diocese about it but they didn't suspend him because he had an unblemished record and had not abused boys. She says at least two other victims. Ryan was only active priest named in settlement.
CT Post ; Connecticut Post Assignment Record Compiled by Law Firm. Republicans fear they botched Russia report rollout posted by Artw at 4: US Senate candidate proposes arming homeless people with shotguns If we have to live in a low-budget film, Hobo With A Shotgun may be less existentially depressing than Idiocracy.
HUD advisor is apparently a complete fraud. But since he's a believer in privatization, they didn't bother checking his background at all. The latest issue of Democratic Left , the DSA House publication , is dedicated to Medicare For All and arguing it from a socialist perspective, a labor perspective, a force for empowerment, and how on the ground campaigns will work.
This Is How We Win. They did botch the rollout, I'd say. It was bad politics. All they had to do was say they'd found no evidence of collusion, case closed, Democrats are sore losers who won't let us move on. That was the news cycle they've been working up to for the last year. Claiming the intelligence agencies were wrong, especially because that claim isn't in the report they were releasing, was just stupid.
Yes, they're pathological liars and they're terrified of admitting to any facts that don't cover Trump in glory, which explains why they did it, but it was still dumb as rocks. Undocumented immigrant appointed to statewide post in California: The committee advises the California Student Aid Commission on efforts to increase college access for California students from low-income or underserved communities. Mateo is a courageous, determined and intelligent young woman who at great personal risk has dedicated herself to fight for those seeking their rightful place in this country.
I hope she does well at her new post. GWB is, as of this post, directly and indirectly responsible for many, many, many more innocent deaths than Trump is. The odiousness of his policies was just somewhat masked by the last fumes of the old-school Republican "genteel" racism, sexism, xenophobia, etc.. I miss you guys out in the rest of the site. Arm the Homeless Dec I know one of the formerly young gentlemen involved with this outstanding, visionary prank, and the local media published the prankster's home addresses, resulting in death threats.
Interesting times, as some source once said. Of relevance, however, buried within the article emphasis mine: The New York Times, which also reported last year that Haspel oversaw the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah and another detainee, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, published a second story this week making the same point.
It quoted an unnamed former senior CIA official who said Haspel did not become base chief until late October of According to the Times, she was in charge when al-Nashiri was waterboarded three times. The attention-grabbing headline is "She didn't torture anyone, it wasn't her," but there still seems to be some level of "she did torture another guy" in the mix, so how is that any better?
The Guardian from a few hours ago: Security was almost non-existent, leaving the sites at the mercy of criminal gangs or disenchanted staff looking to supplement their income.
It shows a corrupt intent and the desire to avoid democratic oversight of illegal acts. Federal spousal privilege applies to communications during marriage even after divorce - however, it only applies to communications between husband and wife, not "metadata" and other information, and it can be waived if she's accused herself; she can take immunity to testify to some details that would otherwise be privileged.
Even with the full privilege in place, she's allowed to talk about what he did - who he met with, when he left and when he returned, how much money was spent, who called to ask about him, and so on.
Only talks between the two of them are restricted information, and unless he spent a lot of time talking about "I gotta go see a guy about arranging a Russian money laundering business for daddy," their actual discussions aren't going to be the important bits of evidence. They got married in and have five children. She's had no TIME to be involved in money laundering schemes. About the play sanctions: One gets the sense that some Trumpian calls their Russian handler and says — we need to do something now or it will be too obvious that we are puppets.
The handler promises to get back and calls the Kremlin to figure out something that looks like an appropriate action to ignorant conservatives but does minimal damage in real life. That is then what happens.
Trump decides to remove national security adviser, and others may follow WaPo President Trump has decided to remove H. McMaster as his national security adviser and is actively discussing potential replacements, according to five people with knowledge of the plans, preparing to deliver yet another jolt to the senior ranks of his administration.
Trump is now comfortable with ousting McMaster, with whom he never personally gelled, but is willing to take time executing the move because he wants to ensure both that the three-star Army general is not humiliated and that there is a strong successor lined up, these people said.
It appears that a single pre-announced airstrike was insufficient. President Trump has decided to remove H. McMaster as his national security adviser Funny how this decision happens now. Deranged man-child presidunce begins Saturday night massacre two days early, next on vraknews. Funny how this happens now. Not only does the President of Russia control the President of the United States, he wants everybody to know about it, while maintaining implausible deniablility.
Several candidates have emerged as possible McMaster replacements, including John Bolton, a former U. Kellogg travels with Trump on many domestic trips, in part because the president likes his company and thinks he is fun.
So our best hope of avoiding the all-but-certain war that would come with Bolton in power is that our toddler-in-chief picks his new national security advisor on the criteria of "fun".
I'm never going to get used to being on the same side as Frum and friends And fucking Bill Kristol! I feel like I'm on crazy pills! And fucking Bill Kristol! I feel like I'm on crazy pills For real. The actual torture is more horrifying, but it should have been obvious that "enhanced interrogation" was illegal under the country's treaty obligations, despite the bullshit construction of a category of "unlawful combatants" with no rights.
So ordering the torture videos to be destroyed is willful destruction of evidence of a crime. She is part of a conspiracy with the people who personally committed the horrifying acts. From the Washington Post link above: Also, Trump has sometimes expressed confusion about what agencies and secretaries are in charge of what duties, a senior administration official said. For example, this official said, he has complained to Pruitt about regulatory processes for construction projects, although the EPA is not in charge of the regulations.
The average tenure of a national security advisor is over 2. Running like a well oiled machine! At least this one hasn't actively committed treason I mean, probably. The Trump divorce photo montage Page 6 put together takes a sudden, dark turn at picture The funny thing is, of course, the US isn't the only one tracking these numbers.
Naturally Canada is too and we've come out pretty firmly that the US has a trade surplus with Canada. I keep seeing speculation on Twitter that the DJTJr divorce may be an effort to transfer assets to Vanessa Trump for protection from the investigation, but I haven't yet seen it from people I'd consider legal experts. Can anyone here say whether or not that's a realistic scenario? I'm never going to get used to being on the same side as Frum and friends Don't worry -- I've got enough snide loathing for Frum to cover us all.
He'll sicken you again eventually, I promise. I picked the wrong week to quit taking SSRIs. Mueller is taking down people left and right, you think he wouldn't see through a little fraudulent conveyance? I'll review it and make sure the White House does the right thing. Ignore any smoke you may see coming out of the White House in the next 72 hours. The turbulence is part of a broader potential shake-up under consideration by Trump Yeah, I think we've reached the point where the president says, "oh hey, all these appointed people I can throw them out if they don't do what I want!
However, most politicians and bureaucrats would like their job security to be better than "you're here until you annoy me," so he's going to have problems finding replacements. He has no problems finding cronies, but he's reached a point where he's having trouble finding cronies that can even superficially work with his existing cronies.
The bigotry and entitlement crowd doesn't get along with itself, and once you've removed "get the damn job done" as a reason to cooperate, you get nothing but infighting and drama and news leaks, lots of news leaks. Lamb in the new PA, where he is probably the favorite in the primary, although there are several other folks who were already in.
And Saccone in the new PA, where he has opposition, and can't be considered a favorite. This Dem primary race continues to be hot. Incumbent conservative Dem Lipinski is getting a big donation from the Susan B Anthony fund, which normally backs pro-life Republicans.
He also managed to piss off Obama folks by implying in a flyer that he supported Obama's candidacy he had not.
New ethics complaint against likely GOP candidate Hawley, who seems to be picking up a lot of little dings lately. Inside the battle for Tammy Baldwin's seat. More backstory here , if you've forgotten this tl;dr: Note that the wording of the poll was a bit unusual. Far right wing candidate Ives is out with a poll showing her trailing incumbent gov Rauner by just 7 points. Meanwhile, the Democratic Governors Association is up with an ad trying to help Ives along.
If we have to live in a low-budget film, Hobo With A Shotgun may be less existentially depressing than Idiocracy. Probably less racist, too. Mostly I think they're obviously wrong, but The only one I think is actually plausible is the idea that some Russia-related actor but not the Russian state did it - some oligarch or gangster with reasons of their own You seem to be under the impression that the Russian State, Oligarchy, and Bratva are three distinct things.
I don't see much evidence to support that assumption. Pretty sure splitting assets in divorce isn't putatively fraudulent. Fraudulent conveyance comes in more when somebody gifts all their assets to their kids or to an irrevocable trust because they know they've got a large potential judgment looming, or a bankruptcy.
I mean, unless they're so stupid as to have lots of text messages about how it's just a sham transaction. I look forward to her reconquest of Britain.
While this may be uncontested, it's not simple - there are a lot of assets involved, plus custody of children. It doesn't matter how much the parents agree on who should have custody; the court is obligated to consider what's best for the child.
In most cases, that's "whatever makes both parents happy," but it still takes review. Any debates over schools or visitation stretch out the timeline. Even without that, it means both sides' attorneys and the judge seeing a list of all assets. You don't hide your shady money dealings by listing them in detail for legal review.
They said the strikes accelerated in late , at the same time the Russian interference in the American election was underway. The attackers had compromised some operators in North America and Europe by spring , after President Trump was inaugurated.
In the following months, according to a Department of Homeland Security report issued on Thursday, Russian hackers made their way to machines with access to critical control systems at power plants that were not identified. The hackers never went so far as to sabotage or shut down the computer systems that guide the operations of the plants.
Still, new computer screenshots released by the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday made clear that Russian state hackers had the foothold they would have needed to manipulate or shut down power plants.
Lizbeth Mateo, an attorney and immigrant rights activist, was appointed to an advisory committee that seeks to improve access to college for low-income California students [ I can hear the heads asploding from here. I tweeted a joke about pulling a muscle changing a tampon and he replied asking if I smelled bacon? I expect Lizbeth Mateo is quite competent but that is definitely some trolling by California. Maine House 57 has about 8, people living in it.
It's entirely rural - no downtown, no business district. I support the desire to support her, but there are plenty of other Maine Dems who could use the support, starting with either of the candidates in CD2 or any of the Dem Gov candidates.
So is Trump now firing anyone and everyone just so the Saturday Night Massacre will look somehow less suspicious in comparison? My hope is that she takes some of the surplus money and passes it around to some other candidates she likes. I don't know if that's legal, though. I can't imagine it wouldn't be.
And the fundraiser says "Contribute now to the Lewiston Democratic Party. We'll use every dollar to beat Gibson and his hateful allies. When you have a candidate who's a stunningly good fundraiser, for whatever reason, it's almost always a good idea to take that as far as you can so that the funds raised can benefit many other politicians on the same side. You've got a crazy situation where a Maine Democrat has gone viral and is raising crazy money on the internet; you're not only going to spend her campaign into the stratosphere for that local race, but you're going to get that money to every Democrat in the state facing an uphill battle or contesting a newly-contestable seat -- and not just at the statehouse level, but at the federal level and at the local level, running for city council or mayor or water district manager.
It's going to be a huge boon, and do a lot to "build the bench. Since we're talking about Roman emperors now, can I just express my profound disappointment that the thread title has nothing to do with the Ides of March?
Don't worry -- I've got enough snide loathing for Frum to cover us all. You got that right. David Frum is only doing this for the money. As such beliefs become more widespread, so do divorce and illegitimacy. The proponents of gay marriage can only get what they want by weakening Americans' attachment to the traditional family even more than it has already been weakened.
And as such, these proponents are hastening a process of social dissolution that has already brought misery to untold millions of people, with children suffering most grievously of all. David Frum served as a speechwriter and special assistant to President George W.
He dedicated a huge chunk of his life to building up the far right in Canada, and when things didn't move fast enough for him here he moved to the US and became a speechwriter for W. Now he's rebranded himself as an anti-Trump polemicist. Just because things have gotten so bad doesn't make him good. He is the corporeal manifestation of those who laid the groundwork for Trump's rise.
For him to act surprised, alarmed, or upset is something that genuinely requires the suspension of disbelief. She has more mentions than all three Democratic candidates combined, who all have much higher profiles.
Clearly they're doing it because she is the absolute worst candidate in the race and that's saying something because I would not pee on Rauner if he were on fire, but Ives is still WAY WAY WORSE and that by supporting a horrendous and very public bigot they can fire up the bigots who feel like she's speaking for them AND fire up the anti-bigots who are freaking out that a bigot is getting so much attention and press coverage.
I'm sure Ives's campaign is not involved they are not even a little tech savvy and barely have an online strategy , which makes it all the more frightening that Russian bot farms zeroed in on this horrible bigot and signal boosted her like crazy. I'd be skeptical of claims that they managed to single-handedly boost her to viability as a candidate, but they for sure didn't hurt, and they're for sure giving bigots more outlets and a sense of credibility.
And when the American Big Time slacks off, he comes back to Canada to suck at the teat of the public television and radio he was too good for before and presumably, were he philosophically consistent , should oppose the very existence of. I don't get it. I can only think it's a metaphor so mixed it might as well have been a Madlib.
Somebody talk me down? Guessing it was after this tweet? Do Trump's stooges just walk in and take everything? Pretty sure Mueller is smart enough to have backups.
Well, money isn't everything. It's all in how you spend it. I'm not involved so much on the finance side of things-- I know it does help, a lot. I'm a field hand, and the boots on the ground is what I know. My own race, we got into the runoffs on pure field margin. I say this with zero ego, mind, but pound for pound, my candidate has the best field team working in the country today. And it is hard. It's backbreaking and frequently tedious work.
I spent two full days putting updated stickers on the brochures left on the doorstep with my back bent at a weird angle. And that was kind of a break from my usual routine. Let me tell you about it. I get to work at 8: This involves weird strategy stuff, and actual brainpower. From probably 11am to 4pm, I knock on the doors I've chosen, and hand out literature and try to tell people why my candidate is the best and why they should vote for her, should give up their time to her.
The candidate, too, who has taken care of me better than my own blood family ever has. And every day I come away with a new story, a new connection. I give up a little piece of my heart in every single conversation I have. I get doors shut in my face, a lot, while I'm putting this part of me out there.
But every so often someone responds, tells me something that makes it worth it. From there, I get back to the office and make phone calls to other supporters, other democrats, to get them to knock on doors, for my person. I'm trying to build connections, trying to put a few people in a room together and maybe make friends, give them something they'll remember and take with them that will last past this election. A memory, a sense of doing something, because building these networks is the only thing that gets us through.
Something that will make them show up past just this race. So I call people, trying to invite them behind the curtain, from 5pm to 9pm. Most people doing this, while they're making phone calls, they're making texts at the same time. There's little spaces to breathe, in between, to laugh and joke and throw things at these people going through this with me, to commiserate and revel in this absurd thing that we do, to whistle against the darkness in the possibility of loss. Because every single call and every single text, behind each one of those is someone exhausted down to their soul, fighting for something that they think is worth it.
For a candidate they believe in. For a family that they found. Occasionally they even eat food. Maybe you get some calls you don't like. Maybe you get too many.
Maybe you don't like being texted. Someone reads those replies back. Someone is thankful for every moment you give up to try to make the world a better place.
Someone is reading those texts, those emails, and taking all of it right to the heart. Be kind to them. Really trying not to derail, but genuinely curious - why would the "Related Posts" to this particular post all be Bush threads from November and December of ? Glitch in the matrix, or coding error? Their discretion influences reputation and, thus, their price with current and future clients.
No matter what, however, the women hold the secrets. A tight fitting dress and a judicious shift of the hips can turn powerful men into blubbering fools. Your contract is the time you pay for. If you break this contract, then you pay for it. Daniels is going for the money and more power to her. Had a Dark and Stormy Daniels cocktail tonight. OP here, no idea. I didn't do anything to make that happen, unless it was shared tags?
This is a thing kings do, not elected leaders of a democracy. Goalyeehah, all four of your points jive perfectly with my experiences with friends and acquaintances who work or have worked in the industry, as well.
Mainly in jurisdictions where it's a legal enterprise, yes, but still It's always boggled me when the media portrays these women as fools or worse victims, when they've held enormous power in the same way for, like, millennia. These women are smart, shrewd and honest From February , before all this hit. Oh, and Daniels has already directed 70 films. What does my vagina have to do with directing?
She's smart, funny, and self-deprecating. And she tools on trolls. StormyDaniels Does heaven have a maximum dick-taking number? More importantly, does hell have a minimum? Just want to check that my quota is on track. ScottBayless2 Pretty sure dumb whores go to hell, I don't make the rules. Glad I'm a smart one. You may remember way back when 45 retweeted the leader of Britain First, a bunch of bloody racists. Said leader has recently received a healthy serving of porridge at Her Maj's expense, due to being found guilty of being a bloody racist.
Life inside hasn't gone well for him so far. I commend this cautionary tale to those who are contemplating being bloody racists, are in danger of being retweeted by 45, or as regrettably often both. She's untrollable and really sharp and funny with the responses.
I wonder if these doofuses realize that an adult actress might have some experience being called a whore by frustrated morons before. This tweet by Sarah Sanders on H. McMaster gives rise to 2 possibilities: McMaster - contrary to reports they have a good working relationship and there are no changes at the NSC.
Trump's management style formed in two organizations: Sanders knows what's going on, but is happy to lie about it because that is what Trump wants her to do. From publisher Melville House, this offer is good for a couple more days: He both likes to see McMaster squirm and wants at least a few days of crowing 'fake news, fake news! If there was a president of bad TV drama he'd be the best.
I don't even remember why I'm supposed to hate McMaster, but I assume he's done some shit. Personally, I'm waiting for Zinke to get fired. I have a bunch of half-mast jokes ready to go. Her lawyer indicated this morning on Morning Joe that she has been threatened with physical violence with regard to the Trump lawsuit. He would not comment on whether or not those threats came from the Trump folks.
Avenatti is a really good lawyer according to a lot of disparate sources and I don't think he's talking about threats on Twitter. Also, know lots of folks in the industry and yes, goalyeehah, I have very similar observations.
Because of course, because obviously: WaPo roundup on Trump's plans to I guess fire everyone who even tangentially has government experience and replace them with talking heads poached from cable news posted by halation at 6: The man oozes consideration. Not the first time she's been involved in politics and faced violence as a result: Zinke will never be fired.
He simultaneously epitomizes the abject worship of elite military units and physical force rampant in the Trumpian strain of American culture and not only there, of course , the grifter mindset endemic to the Cernovichian right, and the smirking, sneering desire of contemporary conservatives to "trigger libs" at all times.
He's one of the more perfect crystallizations of this moment in our history I can think of, in fact, and one of the very last characters I can imagine Trump turning on.
Excellent video summary of Fox News's Excellent video of Fox News's Wow, the difference is so black and white. FEMA on Thursday released its strategic plan for It replaces a version issued under former President Barack Obama that repeatedly cited the challenges caused by a changing climate, and the need for FEMA to incorporate those risks into its long-term plans.
This is the obvious consequence of Trump promoting a crypto-climate change denier to head the Agency: Please remember how big these threads get and make the effort not to dig in on sidebar arguments about stuff as much as possible; also maybe like triple check whether "I have a good joke about porn stars" is gonna really go anywhere good. I know the Stormy Daniels stuff is in the news but blowing up catch-all threads by having multiple simultaneous arguments about her and Trump and second-degree arguments about how people are having those original arguments is just gonna take us down a vortex that I have zero interest in spending my Friday navigating.
I've seen a couple of articles saying that WH staffers are more worried about Stormy than Mueller, but I can't figure out why. I imagine it's more relatable to a lot of people. Trump camp colluded with the Russians to rig the election vs. Also, as long as the GOP stands behind Trump he doesn't have to care about any legal repercussions, so even minor damage to his reputation -- especially if it's in an area that could turn voters against him -- is worse than proof of treason.
Using the threat of physical harm to coerce someone into staying quiet should have legal repercussions, if it can be proven. It's certainly something to impeach a President over. But we have lots of those things already. Given Trump's level of hyper-ego and extreme investment in his public image, I'd say there's probably a lot of people at the White House cowering in fear of their boss's response should any intimate, sexual details be made public.
I feel like screaming out the window like a crazy person about how dangerous John Bolton is. It's going to be Bolton and a bunch of yahoos from Fox? I'm sorry, does Mattis have zero influence here? I mean, I'm not saying Mattis is the Supreme Mellower-outer or anything, but I did have the impression that he cares about being good at his job. How can he, wraith-like, float along with this travesty? Like, until he gets his war with Iran? Does he think that this crew of dumb fucks could handle anything like a war with Iran?
Is Mattis, with all his accolades, just like, 'Trump is influenced by Putin cool cool alright. I just don't get it. It's like Comey, with all the damage he caused, has been the only one within the administration or recently of the administration, to call bullshit. And then he gets made a fucking hero, even after he done fucked up in a serious manner. Don't any of these people who have friends who are like, "Seriously, Steve, just quit and burn the place down.
You can sleep on my couch if you lose the house. America's Worst Nightmare Ever posted by angrycat at 7: First elected in , Slaughter became the first woman to chair the powerful House Rules Committee. Candidates can put unlimited amounts of their own money into campaigns. Something I'd love to see a reporter ask Trump Org about: Louise Slaughter was my Representative and an awesome one at that. We are incredibly sad here in Fairport.
It was mentioned in last night's WaPo story. White House officials have grown agitated that Pruitt and his allies are privately pushing for the EPA chief to replace Sessions, a job Pruitt has told people he wants. On Wednesday night, Kelly called Pruitt and told him the president was happy with his performance at EPA and that he did not need to worry about the Justice Department, according to two people familiar with the conversation.
It's just sober discussion without the pretense of a journalistic "view from nowhere. Is the Trump Organization a Racketeering Enterprise? Theresa May and Boris Johnson signaling they may go after oligarch assets in Britain.
The Week, via Reddit. It occurs to me that a public warning gives them warning to move as much of their assets out of the country as possible as fast as possible. Not that one can divest from assets like property that quickly.
If there's a strategy behind making those noises, it might be an attempt to ratchet up pressure Putin by the oligarchs. At least they seem to be contemplating an effective method of retaliation, which is heartening.
Also, what's the legal situation on seizing the assets of private citizens of another country for political purpose? Presuming oligarchs fall under the heading of "private citizen. If it was a declared war, sure. Filing this under "sanctions" is enough? All the replacements are worse people in every way, but one heartening consequence is they may well be worse at keeping their jobs. Not that there's a magic method of placating Trump for long.
John Bolton will have a high-level role in the administration until the day he pisses the president off, quite possibly by agreeing with him on something, or by inadvertently taking up too much of the spotlight. Compared to other authoritarians, Trump isn't just bad at carrying out actual plans, he's at some level hostile to the idea.
He self-sabotages because it gives him a sense of control and also because of general ineptitude, of course. I think most of the difference between the old laughably-high rate of turnover, and the new ludicrously-accelerated one, isn't the nature of the people holding the jobs. It's more about Trump's own discovery of the extent to which he does have a say in things or he's hit the right emotional extremes to no longer care, I'm not sure which.
The people who had thought "He can't just do whatever he wants because, like, someone has to stop him, right? But for whatever reasons they no longer can. And because of this, he's just going to keep firing people or making them want to quit. I could be wrong, we could be looking at semi-stable rule by Bond villains who praised Donald on the TV.
But my instinct is that, while things will stay bad for a solid length of time, they won't stay the same kind of bad for more than a couple months within it. Bolton is another wonderful reminder that the Republican party was chock full of race-baiting halfwit shitlords long before Trump graced the scene. The public warning may be a coded message for Putin et al to knock it off with the snarky comments and conspiracy theories and cracks about 'impotence' and to turn off the social media bots and silence the compromised actors, depending how far down the rabbit hole you want to go.
CBS reporting that Kelly could quit as soon as today, and that Mulvaney is a potential replacement. I grew up in her district more or less, given redistrictings , and she repped it for nearly my entire life thus far. I have not fond memories of my Trumpster parents ranting about her, so you know she's good people; she protected my rights when no one in my family would, and I can never thank her enough for that.
Anyone know if there will be a special election? Unclear if this would replace either or both or neither of Mulvaney's current jobs. Mulroney takes over CoS as well as all other cabinet-level staff positions with exception of Secretary of State.
Secretary of State is filled by Trump himself, who hails the consolidation as a cost cutting measure. You're going to need to link the article, or mark that as fake. It really seems like Trump knows about ten, maybe fifteen people, total, and has to keep shuffling them around.
How long before Vince McMahon joins Linda in the cabinet? I thought May's suggestion that the poison may have come from stocks Russia had lost control of was designed to offer Putin a face-saving story which would spare the UK from taking any real action and hence endangering all that delicious Russian money that's been flooding into London recently.
The fact that Putin declined to take her up on this offer just shows the degree of scorn with which he views May's threats. The UK's a paper tiger on this issue, and he knows it. According to court records, however, he struggled to pay rent and bills while engaging in a series of failed takeovers of gas stations and other ventures in Texas over the past decade.
Jafry has not paid the money. Debt collectors said they had been trying to locate him for years. The BBC is now reporting that the second Russian death is being treated as murder. It's not the second death - the nerve agent victims are still alive, as far as I know - but it may be the fifteenth, as the police have re-opened investigation on 14 previous suspicious deaths of Russians in the UK.
Wow, the New Yorker cover next week. I think I'm going to turn that one face down. US housing department adviser quits amid questions of fraud and inflated biography This administration is a bat-signal for grifters. But man, just reading the biographies of these people, it all just sounds exhausting. Spinning lies so hard, moving around whenever shit catches up with you, lying lying lying nonstop, dealing with lawsuit upon lawsuit I can barely keep my head above water in my normal non-fraudulent job and my real life actual family and the simple paperwork required to open a HELOC.
The CIA denied that it has such a program. The Special Activities Center is now led by a former commando at the agency. He was, according to a source who knows him, a vocal proponent of more aggressive and audacious operations, and he pushed for the use of the SAC to kill terrorists.
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