United States, Britain Join Canada in Bid to Host 2018 WEG
The Justice Department requested a delay after many of its attorneys and support staff were placed on furlough. “This is creating difficulties for the department to perform the functions necessary to support its litigation efforts,” the department said in a court filing. Merging companies usually oppose delays because they make it harder to hold deals together. So it was good news for the airlines when Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly turned down the request in an order issued on Tuesday. A lawyer for the airlines expected the trial to begin as scheduled in late November. “From what the judge said in there, and I think everybody heard, we’re going to trial on November 25,” Richard Parker said after a pretrial hearing. “We are planning on a November 25 trial date.” Parker said a settlement resolving the fight was still possible. “We are interested in a reasonable settlement in this case,” he added. Any settlement would mean asset sales, which in turn would require approval from the judge overseeing American’s emergence from bankruptcy. TEXAS SECURES CONCESSIONS Under the agreement announced on Tuesday, the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport would remain a hub for the combined carrier, whose headquarters would be in Texas. Almost two dozen small Texas airports would continue to get daily service, the Texas attorney general’s office said. Antitrust experts said that losing Texas from the suit was unlikely to affect the Justice Department’s ability to litigate to stop the deal. “The case will proceed without Texas and it will have no impact on the government without the state. I don’t think it will matter one way or another,” said Jonathan Lewis, an antitrust expert with Baker Hostetler. The airlines have defended the deal in court filings, saying it would create $500 million in savings to consumers annually by creating a stronger competitor to Delta Air Lines Inc and United Continental Holdings Inc .
“An Attack on the Governance and the Constitutional Order of the United States”
Thank You! The item has been sent to . The first event to be staged outside Europe was the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington in 2010. Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) announced Oct. 3 that it has received formal expressions of interest from Great Britain, the United States, and Canada to host the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in 2018, after reopening the bidding process on July 1. The United States has identified two potential host citiesWellington, Fla., and Lexington, Ky.and Great Britain will have to confirm the proposed host city with the FEI before the Nov. 15 deadline for bid applicant questionnaires. Canada confirmed its initial bid to host the 2018 games in Bromont/Montreal. However, the FEI Bureau opted not to allocate the games to Canada at its July meeting after the Canadian delegation was unable to provide the full public sector financial support required. As a result, the Bureau reopened the bidding process for 2018, but expressed the hope that Canada would confirm its decision to continue in the bidding process. The bureau said at the time that any follow-up bid from Canada would be evaluated in the same way as other applicants. The bid applicant questionnaires will be reviewed by the FEI Evaluation Commission before the host city candidates are announced on Dec.
But what has to be resisted is any idea that this is government or politics as usual. It is an attack on the governance and the constitutional order of the United States. Right on. But it should be recognized that this “attack on the governance and the constitutional order of the United States” — with Republicans using blackmail to extort powers that the American people have given, in recent elections, to the other major political party– is only the latest in what has virtually been a war against the constitutional order of the United States that has been waged from the right for more than a decade. So how far back does this right-wing war against the American democracy go? I don’t believe the chronicle need go all the way back to Nixon’s crimes in Watergate, which nonetheless struck a blow against the fundamental idea that we are a nation of laws and not of men. Nor would I include the transgressions of Reagan and Co. in the Iran Contra scandal (compounded subsequently by the pardons issued by Bush the First giving a free pass to those in the Reagan administration who’d been convicted of law-breaking), even though these events demonstrated a frightening willingness –that may have been an early symptom of the power grabs to come– to run roughshod over the law and the separation of powers. Perhaps the best place to begin the chronicle of this war on “the governance and constitutional order of the United States” is with the relentless effort by the Republicans, in the age of Gingrich, from the beginning of the Clinton presidency, to find a way to bring that president down, launching one bogus investigation after another until at last they found evidence of marital infidelity, which they proceeded to inflate into a “high crime and misdemeanor” they could use to impeach the President of the United States. Without doubt, however, the history of this war against the American democracy would focus hard on the presidency of George W. Bush. With enough impeachable offenses to fill a book –as several responsible observers demonstrated during that era with books like Elizabeth de la Vega’s UNITED STATES v. GEORGE W. BUSH ET AL.– the Republicans gave us with Bush the most lawless presidency in the history of the nation. Now we are in the era of this anti-democratic party’s scandalous conduct while in opposition, during the Obama presidency– working to delegitimize the president (with birther lies), usurping power through an abuse of the filibuster, unprecedented outright obstructionism to cripple the government the people elected, a persistent disregard of public opinion and election results (except, of course, when those were supportive of the GOP agenda), suppression of voters’ rights at the state level, etc.