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On Brexit, Labour is working hard to remain absolutely, certainly, unequivocally…undecided

So far a lack of clarity, and a lack of activity, on Brexit has proved useful for Jeremy Corbyn and his colleagues. Ambiguity offers a helpful excuse on which to build the widest possible coalition of voters who are sympathetic to them for other reasons, and the refusal to endorse any specific outcome maximises the intensity and extent of the Government’s torture on the rack.

How long might the Opposition leader be able to hold out against actually making a decision, though?

There’s a lot of talk of the mounting campaign for him to support a second referendum. Pro-EU campaigners have spent a lot of time (and reportedly quite a lot of money) trying to drive that option onto the agenda via grassroots pressure in local Constituency Labour Parties.

A new push is underway today for exactly that policy, but it has so far proved a bit underwhelming. Just over 70 Labour MPs have backed it – and many of them are precisely the people Corbyn and his advisers really dislike.  Enthusiastic factionalists like Seumas Milne are not very well-disposed towards the idea of forming any kind of consensus with people they believe to be Blairite counter-revolutionaries.

There are definitely voices at the Labour top table who are more sympathetic – Emily Thornberry, for example – but so far the Opposition leader himself has proved resistant, and frontbenchers like Barry Gardiner continue to mount vocal attacks on the concept from the dispatch box. I still think it’s possible he will support a second referendum in theory, but only do so too late to actually have to hold one (see David Cameron’s “cast iron guarantee” of a referendum on Lisbon, which promptly melted once the Treaty had been ratified).

Might he negotiate around May’s proposed deal, to identify a change which could persuade him to lend his support? Again, it’s unlikely; what incentive is there for him to help resolve the Prime Minister’s woes, when he could allow them to continue indefinitely? If anything, he and his colleagues are keen to head off the risk of any form of negotiation being treated seriously. John McDonnell cast doubt on May’s intentions this morning, then Corbyn and others leapt at PMQs on the slightest hint that her offer of talks was not genuine and could not be trusted.

There’s a third possibility: yet more ambiguity, just expressed in new ways. Intriguingly, Helen Lewis of the New Statesman raises the possibility (also mooted by our columnist Henry Newman) that Labour might end up abstaining on some later slightly-altered version of May’s plan. That way they might hope to avoid any blame attached to the deal – and Brexit – itself, but also slip out of any charge of obstructing progress. It would also help to neutralise a separate risk, articulated by the Guardian‘s Pippa Crerar, that the threat of No Deal might in fact persuade enough Labour MPs to vote for May’s proposal at the very last moment. Better to have an uneasy compromise controlled by the leadership than an outright rebellion outside the leader’s control.

As before, there is no sense of urgency emanating from the Opposition front bench. McDonnell is of the view that they will make a decision in the “next few weeks”. There are only 10 weeks until Brexit Day.

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Steve King votes to reprimand Steve King. Or was it a rebuke?

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I’ve previously written about how it might be preferable to simply remove Iowa Congressman Steve King’s committee and caucus memberships rather than reprimanding or censuring him. Turns out that Congress decided to go with the “All of the Above” strategy. As John already discussed, King will not be seated on any committees in the current Congress. That seemed a fairly rigorous punishment, perhaps suitable in response to someone voicing support for white supremacy, but virtually all of the members felt they needed to take the extra step of a formal reprimand.

The only truly surprising vote came from King himself. After railing against the idea of his right to free speech being impinged, the congressman decided to vote in favor of his own reprimand. (NBC News)

The lawmaker, who has a history of offensive remarks about immigrants, himself supported passage of the measure, saying that it was “true” and “just.”

The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution on Tuesday disapproving of racist remarks by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, amid a wave of bipartisan denunciation.

H. Res 41, introduced by Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., says that “the House of Representatives once again rejects White nationalism and White supremacy as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define the people of the United States.”

So in the end, King was officially reprimanded for words he said to a reporter. Granted, they were some pretty bad words, but it remains a disquieting pattern in Congress.

The other question I’ve seen popping up is whether this was actually a formal “Reprimand” or a more general rebuke. (“Rebuke” is the word I’ve seen popping up in most media coverage.) Before the vote, Roll Call published an explainer on the difference between a Censure and a Reprimand, but it doesn’t go into much detail. While some of the wording used in the House resolution may lead to confusion, this was still an official reprimand. The full text of the resolution may be found here.

King’s name only appears once, in the first paragraph, as part of a reference to what he said to the reporter. The bulk of the document is then taken up by “Whereas…” references to quotes from various sources across history dealing with white supremacy, white nationalism and racism. They run the gamut from Lincoln to Reagan, also including references to hate crimes committed by white supremacists. The final “resolved” statement doesn’t mention King, but instead states that “the House of Representatives once again rejects White nationalism and White supremacy.” The word “reprimand” does not appear in the document.

But that’s fairly typical. When Joe Wilson was reprimanded for shouting “you lie” at President Obama during a speech, the text of his reprimand, while much shorter, followed the same pattern. The resolution at the end simply states “That the House of Representatives disapproves of the behavior of the Representative from South Carolina, Mr. Wilson, during the joint session of Congress…”

So disapproval is a reprimand for these purposes. Assuming King’s tongue doesn’t get the better of him, that should be the end of that. But the House resolution has no other impact on him. He’s still free to continue serving and voting. The real damage to his power in Washington will be his removal from the Judiciary Committee. Beyond that, however, his fate remains in the hands of the voters. Keep in mind that after Charlie Rangel was censured in 2010 (the harsher version of this punishment), he went on to continue serving in Congress until 2017.

The post Steve King votes to reprimand Steve King. Or was it a rebuke? appeared first on Hot Air.

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Kim Kardashian’s baby daughter Chicago gets matching Mercedes G-Wagon for her birthday

Chicago West just turned 1 and already she has a better car than most of us!

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Las Vegas Uber driver pummeled by passengers in attack caught on video

Two young men who last week allegedly attacked an Uber driver after the man refused to give the pair a ride were arrested by Las Vegas authorities Tuesday.

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