HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home

Enter Discussion Forums

245,953 user registrations and 76,471,275 posts since 2001

The Left Column


Email shows effort to give Trump campaign WikiLeaks documents

(CNN) Candidate Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr. and others in the Trump Organization received an email in September 2016 offering a decryption key and website address for hacked WikiLeaks documents, according to an email provided to congressional investigators.

The September 4 email was sent during the final stretch of the 2016 presidential race -- two months after the hacked emails of the Democratic National Committee were made public and one month before WikiLeaks began leaking the contents of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's hacked emails.

The email came less than three weeks before WikiLeaks itself messaged Trump Jr. and began an exchange of direct messages on Twitter. Trump Jr. told investigators he had no recollection of the September email.


Barack Obama compares Trump to the rise of Hitler and says US democracy could 'fall apart very quick

(Daily Mail) Barack Obama appeared to compare Donald Trump's presidency to Hitler's rise to power during a speech in Chicago on Tuesday.

The former president was speaking at an event thrown by the Economic Club of Chicago at a Hilton hotel when he made the remarks.

Without mentioning the current president, Obama told the gathered audience of 1,800: 'We have to tend to this garden of democracy or else things could fall apart quickly.


John Lewis won't attend civil rights museum opening due to Trump presence

(The Hill) Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) announced Thursday he won’t attend the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum on Saturday because President Trump will be there.

“President Trump’s attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum," Lewis said in a statement.

Jose Garcia

Cook Political Report shifts Tennessee Senate race to toss-up

(The Hill) The Cook Political Report, a top nonpartisan election handicapper, changed its election rating for Tennessee’s Senate race to a toss-up following former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) launching his bid for the seat.

Bredesen, who served as the last Democratic governor of the state, was a top recruit for Democrats in the race to replace Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), a President Trump surrogate-turned-critic who won’t seek reelection in 2018.

Bredesen won his first term as governor in 2002 and handily won reelection in 2006 with 69 percent of the vote, winning every county in Tennessee.


Trump thought it was ‘low class’ for Pence to bring pets to VP residence

(The Hill) An adviser to President Trump reportedly said Trump was “embarrassed” by the Pence family’s desire to bring their pets with them to Washington, D.C.

The adviser told The Atlantic Trump told his secretary that he thought it was “low class” for the Pences to bring their pets to the Naval Observatory.


Jones mocks Moore for "prancing around on a stage in a cowboy suit"

(The Hill) Democratic Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones on Monday took a swipe at his GOP opponent, mocking Roy Moore for pulling out a gun while on stage at a September rally.

“I’m a supporter of the Second Amendment. When you see me with a gun, folks, I’ll be climbing in and out of a deer stand or a turkey blind, not prancing around on a stage in a cowboy suit,” Jones said during a speech.


Dems warn GOP: We're prepared for class war

(McClatchy) Democrats are ready to embrace a class war — and blame Republicans for starting it.

The GOP’s controversial dual effort to revamp the health care system and tax code has convinced Democrats they should bluntly assail Republicans as the defenders of out-of-touch plutocrats, a message party operatives have already begun to poll-test, include in attacks ads, and use against vulnerable incumbents even before Saturday’s passage of the Senate GOP bill. And rather than wince at the inevitable retorts that the party is trying to instigate a class war, leading party strategists say they welcome the attack — confident the GOP’s legislative priorities make them a more likely culprit in the public’s mind.

“If Democrats are worried about class war, well, the Republicans started it,” said John Lapp, a veteran Democratic strategist. “And bring it on.” Quipped one party operative: “If we’re eating the rich, they bit first.”

Around DU

Good Reads

General Discussion



Latest Breaking News

3 women who have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct speak out

3 min ago - Three of the women accusing him of sexual misconduct appeared Monday on Megyn Kelly TODAY to share their experiences with Trump. "It was heartbreaking last year. We're private citizens and for us to put ourselves out there to try and show Amer ... (Today/NBC)

Supreme Court refuses to hear LGBT workplace discrimination case

17 min ago - BY LYDIA WHEELER - 12/11/17 09:56 AM EST The Supreme Court refused Monday to hear a case challenging whether sex discrimination protections in employment extend to sexual orientation. The justices denied an appeal from a Georgia woman who claims ... (The Hill)

Biden records robo-call for Jones

21 min ago - By GABRIEL DEBENEDETTI 12/11/2017 08:55 AM EST BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Joe Biden is swooping back into the Alabama special Senate election on Monday with a robo-call on behalf of Democrat Doug Jones, a Democrat close to Biden told POLITICO. In additi ... (Politico)

Celebrity Chef Mario Batali Will 'Step Away' From Company After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

30 min ago - Mario Batali is stepping away from his company after four women alleged that the chef touched them inappropriately, according to a report. The website Eater reported that the allegations date back at least two decades and come from four women in the ... (Time)

New York City explosion: Live updates

52 min ago - What we know now What happened: A man wearing a homemade device attempted to set it off at Port Authority bus terminal near Times Square this morning. It either malfunctioned or didn't go off as planned, according to one NYPD source. The suspect: One ... (cnn)

First on CNN: Obama tells Alabama voters to reject Roy Moore

1 hr ago - Former President Barack Obama is adding his voice to the Alabama Senate race, imploring voters to go to the polls Tuesday to reject the candidacy of Roy Moore as part of an aggressive effort by Democrats to try and counter President Donald Trump's fu ... (CNN)

Huntingtons breakthrough may stop disease

1 hr ago - By James Gallagher Health and science correspondent, BBC News 15 minutes ago The defect that causes the neurodegenerative disease Huntington's has been corrected in patients for the first time, the BBC has learned. An experimental drug, injected in ... (BBC News)

Details Emerge About Accusations Against Ashbrook

1 hr ago - Tirades directed at young women in the studio. Name calling and belittling critiques of show ideas during meetings. Creepy sex talk, hugs and back or neck rubs after a dressing down. Thats the pattern of alleged abuse described by 11 mostly young wom ... (WBUR)

France to name winners of anti-Trump climate change grants

1 hr ago - Several U.S.-based climate scientists are about to hit the jackpot, as French President Emmanuel Macron prepares to award them multi-year, all-expenses-paid grants to relocate to France. The "Make Our Planet Great Again" grants are part o ... (AP via ABC)

Republicans fret over tax bill's unpopularity

1 hr ago - BY ALEXANDER BOLTON AND NAOMI JAGODA - 12/11/17 06:00 AM EST Republican lawmakers are concerned about how their tax bill is being viewed by the public and say they need to do a better job of selling it to middle-class and low-income voters. A C ... (The Hill)

CBS ODonnell reports on sexual misconduct at Air Force

1 hr ago - By David Bauder | AP December 11 at 8:33 AM NEW YORK — One reason for the steeliness in Norah O’Donnell’s demeanor the morning after the sexual misconduct accusations against former “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Charlie Rose were revealed ... (Washington Post)

EXCLUSIVE. 18 crucial days: What did the president know and when did he know it?

1 hr ago - NEWS DEC 11 2017, 5:56 AM ET by CAROL E. LEE and JULIA AINSLEY WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller is trying to piece together what happened inside the White House over a critical 18-day period that began when senior officials were told ... (NBC News)

Saudi Arabia to Allow Movie Theaters After 35-Year Ban

1 hr ago - By Alan Cowell Dec. 11, 2017 LONDON — In the latest in a series of gestures toward modernization that would once have seemed improbable, Saudi Arabia announced on Monday that it would allow commercial movie theaters to open for the first time in mor ... (New York Times)

Baby milk maker orders global recall over salmonella fears

1 hr ago - By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PARIS — Dec 11, 2017, 7:41 AM ET Baby milk maker Lactalis and French authorities have ordered a global recall of millions of products over fears of salmonella bacteria contamination. The French company, one of the largest da ... (ABC News)

Iran's foreign minister warns Europe away from 'unreliability' of the U.S.

1 hr ago - By LOUIS NELSON 12/11/2017 07:34 AM EST Iran’s foreign minister blamed the Trump administration in an op-ed published Sunday for “tantrums” on issues related to foreign policy, calling on European nations not to follow the lead of the U.S. when i ... (Politico)

Report: Mueller focusing on obstruction of justice around Flynn

1 hr ago - Robert Mueller and his team are focusing on the days after White House officials were told Michael Flynn was vulnerable to Russian blackmail, NBC News' Carol Lee and Julia Ainsley report, citing "two people familiar with Mueller's investigation& ... (Axios)

Putin makes first visit to Syria, lauds victory over ISIS and announces withdrawals

1 hr ago - By Andrew Roth December 11 at 7:09 AM MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday made a surprise visit to Russia’s Khmeimim air base in Syria, announcing an imminent drawdown of Russian forces in the wake of his declaration of victory in i ... (The Washington Post)

Trump's Accusers to Demand Probe at Monday Press Conference

2 hrs ago - Several women who have accused President Trump of sexual harassment and assault will call for a congressional investigation into the allegations at a press conference Monday. A press release from Brave New Films late Sunday said the women will sha ... (The Daily Beast)

Explosion Reported Near Port Authority in New York City

2 hrs ago - Officials are responding to an explosion in Midtown Manhattan in the Port Authority area Monday morning, New York City officials confirmed to NBC News. The explosion took place near 42nd Street and 8th Avenue, according to the officials. Multiple am ... (NBC New York)

Roy Moore in 2011: Getting rid of amendments after 10th would 'eliminate many problems'

2 hrs ago - (CNN)Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore appeared on a conspiracy-driven radio show twice in 2011, where he told the hosts in an interview that getting rid of constitutional amendments after the Tenth Amendment would 'eliminate many problems ... (CNN)

EU tells Netanyahu no support for Trump's Jerusalem move

5 hrs ago - DECEMBER 11, 2017 / 4:10 AM BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday urged the European Union to follow U.S. President Donald Trump’s lead and recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but EU ministers shook their head ... (Reuters)

Army's rape of Rohingya women sweeping, methodical: AP

5 hrs ago - The rape of Rohingya women by Myanmar's security forces has been sweeping and methodical, the Associated Press news agency found in interviews with 29 women and girls who fled to neighbouring Bangladesh. The sexual assault survivors from several ref ... (Al Jazeera)

Pence's older brother retiring as Cummins executive

7 hrs ago - One of Vice President Mike Pence’s older brothers is retiring as an executive with southern Indiana-based engine maker Cummins Inc. Sixty-year-old Ed Pence is the vice president of strategic initiatives for Cummins and says his final day will be at ... (Fox 59)

Former (MN) Gov. Arne Carlson says Franken should remain in Senate until legal process done

10 hrs ago - Former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson came to Sen. Al Franken’s defense Sunday when he posted a commentary to his blog that said he is “deeply troubled by the resignation of Al Franken and the complete absence of anything resembling due process.” Carls ... (StarTribune)

U.N. official: Alabama's poverty, sewage crisis 'very uncommon in First World'

11 hrs ago - By Ray Downs Dec. 10, 2017 at 8:01 PM Dec. 10 (UPI) -- A United Nations official investigating poverty in the United States visited Alabama last week and said the poverty and sewage system there is some of the worst he has seen in the developed w ... (UPI)

FBI email: Sessions wasn't required to disclose foreign contacts for security clearance

11 hrs ago - A newly released document shows that the FBI told an aide to Attorney General Jeff Sessions that Sessions wasn't required to disclose foreign contacts that occurred in the course of carrying out his government duties when he was a senator. The FBI e ... (MSN/CNN)

Roy Moore campaign casts Alabama race as referendum on Trump

13 hrs ago - DECEMBER 10, 2017 / 4:41 PM / UPDATED 2 HOURS AGO Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The campaign of Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for U.S. senator in Alabama who has been accused of sexual misconduct, appealed on Sunday to President Don ... (Reuters)

Exclusive: Philippines defied experts' advice in pursuing dengue immunization program

13 hrs ago - #WORLD NEWS DECEMBER 10, 2017 / 12:53 PM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO Tom Allard, Karen Lema MANILA (Reuters) - As she announced in January 2016 that the Philippines would immunize one million children with a new dengue vaccine, the nation’s then health ... (Reuters)

Venezuela opposition banned from running in 2018 election

13 hrs ago - Venezuela's president, Nicolas Maduro, says the country's main opposition parties are banned from taking part in next year's presidential election. He said only parties which took part in Sunday's mayoral polls would be able to contest the presidenc ... (BBC)

Trump should resign over sexual harassment allegations, Booker says

14 hrs ago - By Alexandra Jaffe Dec 10, 2017 MONTGOMERY, Ala. — New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker called on President Donald Trump to resign Saturday night over the allegations of sexual harassment that have dogged him since the presidential campaign. ... (vice.com)