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Vermont's Christine Hallquist becomes first transgender person nominated for gov

(CNN) Christine Hallquist's bid to become the country's first transgender governor will clear a historic hurdle on Tuesday.

Hallquist will be the first transgender gubernatorial nominee for a major political party, CNN projects, a breakthrough of both substantial and symbolic importance for LGBTQ Americans, in particular the trans community, which has for so long been shut out of the highest levels of elected office.


Randy "Ironstache" Bryce wins Democratic nomination to flip Paul Ryan's House seat

(Vox) Democrats in House Speaker Paul Ryan’s Wisconsin district have decided: They want Randy “Ironstache” Bryce to try to flip the seat blue.

Bryce, the populist ironworker and union organizer who goes by the nickname “Ironstache,” beat out Cathy Myers, a school board member and teacher, in the district’s bitter Democratic primary battle Tuesday. The race was called with 68 percent of precincts reporting; Bryce led by more than 20 points. He will face Republican Bryan Steil, a well-known local business executive with Ryan’s endorsement, in November.


'You want me to put that face on the twenty-dollar bill?': Omarosa claims Trump slammed the idea of

(Business Insider) Former White House adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman claims in her new book that President Donald Trump balked at the idea of putting abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.

In "Unhinged," Manigault Newman describes the deliberation over a new figure on the twenty-dollar bill. She wrote that Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin told her, "it's not something I'm focused on at the moment."

Manigault Newman wrote that she then pushed the decision to Trump, who reportedly replied, "You want me to put that face on the twenty-dollar bill?"


Omarosa: DeVos said black college students lack the 'capacity to understand' her agenda

(Politico) Education Secretary Betsy DeVos allegedly said the students who booed her May 2017 commencement speech at a historically black college didn't have the "capacity to understand" what she wants to accomplish, according to the tell-all book by former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman.

Manigault Newman describes DeVos' comments during a conversation with her after the May address at Florida's Bethune-Cookman University as "meaning, all those black students were too stupid to understand her agenda."


Auntee Maxine on Paul Manafort trial

Maxine Waters

Can you believe Federal Savings Bank's CEO forced through a $16 million loan for Paul "Money Laundering" Manafort all because the CEO wanted to be in Trump's swamp cabinet? How many small businesses could have benefitted from those funds?

12:10 PM - Aug 14, 2018

Miles Archer

Dan Rather:

Dan Rather

...In other news, the Twitter feed of the President of the United States this morning was unhinged, undemocratic, a breach of decorum and sanity, with dog whistles of misogyny and racism... well I guess that really isn't news.

10:46 AM - 14 Aug 2018


John Kelly shut it down aid to Puerto Rico

(NBC News) Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman says in her new book that White House chief of staff John Kelly shut down her attempts to get aid for Puerto Rico after it was devastated by Hurricane Maria — and he accused the island government of trying to exploit the tragedy to get money from Washington.

She also writes that Kelly and President Donald Trump "referred to Puerto Ricans with derogatory terms many times."


Trump slams Sessions as not a 'real' attorney general

(Politico) President Donald Trump wrote online Tuesday that Jeff Sessions is not a “real” attorney general, heaping fresh blame onto him for the Russia investigation that has served as a drag on Trump's time in the White House.

It was the latest attack from Trump, who has long harassed Sessions for recusing himself from the Justice Department’s probe into whether Trump campaign officials colluded with the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 election. On Saturday, the president accused Sessions of being “scared stiff” and “missing in action.”


Fact Checker: President Trump has made 4,229 false or misleading claims in 558 days

(WaPo) Because of summer vacation schedules, we had fallen a month behind in updating The Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president.

It turns out that’s when the president decided to turn on the spigots of false and misleading claims. As of day 558, he’s made 4,229 Trumpian claims — an increase of 978 in just two months. That’s an overall average of nearly 7.6 claims a day.


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