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Since 1995, a year after I was forced into a very early retirement due to Multiple Sclerosis, I have owned and operated a daily newsgathering service out of my home, for a clientele comprised of TV newscasters, Op-Ed columnists, book authors, a national wire-service and some online publications. I post many of the news articles I gather, here on DU. I also post news articles and Op-Eds written/reported/authored by my list of subscribers/clientele.

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GOP split as banks take on gun industry

Source: Politico

It's a conundrum that puts free-market principles at odds with gun rights, and Republicans across the board are genuinely split.

By ZACHARY WARMBRODT 04/22/2018 07:10 AM EDT

Major banks are cutting off business with the gun industry, roiling Republicans who want to respect the financial decisions of private institutions while still showing their unyielding support of the Second Amendment.

Some Republicans, enraged at moves by Citigroup and Bank of America to distance themselves from some retailers and gun manufacturers, have called on government agencies to cancel contracts with the banks and defer deregulation proposals that would benefit them. But other Republicans want to keep their hands off, saying lenders are free to decide who they do business with.

It's a conundrum that puts the free-market principles at odds with gun rights, and Republicans across the board are genuinely split over how to react to moves by some of the biggest financial institutions in the country.

"I'm not writing a law that says you can't do it — I just think it's dumb and it's dangerous waters," Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.) said. "I have a pretty high bar before I'm going to go in and tell the private sector what they should and shouldn't be doing."

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/22/banks-guns-industry-gop-split-544739

Top Iranian diplomat: Options if US pulls out of nuclear accord are 'not pleasant'

Source: The Hill

BY KYLE BALLUCK - 04/22/18 09:00 AM EDT

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tehran has "many options" if the U.S. pulls out of a nuclear agreement, adding that those options are "not pleasant."

“The reason that President Trump has not withdrawn from the deal over the past 15 months in spite of the fact that he did not like the deal has been the fact that everybody has advised the administration that this is not a bilateral agreement between Iran and the United States and withdrawing from it would be seen by the international community as an indication that the United States is not a reliable partner," Zarif said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“Iran has many options and those options are not pleasant,” he said, adding that Iran's "nuclear activities" are ready to be resumed at a "much greater speed." Zarif also said there is no reason for Iran to remain in the agreement with other western powers if the accord's benefits “start to diminish.”

He added that Iran would not accept an agreement between the U.S. and its allies to address some of Trump’s concerns. Trump, who came into office vowing to tear up the “worst deal ever negotiated,” has set a May 12 deadline to improve the accord.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/384306-top-iranian-diplomat-options-if-us-pulls-out-of-nuclear-accord-are

Mexico's EU trade deal lands a punch on Trump

Source: Politico-Europe

Accord with Brussels comes as Washington squeezes Latin American country in NAFTA talks.

By HANS VON DER BURCHARD AND CHRISTIAN OLIVER 4/21/18, 10:40 PM CET Updated 4/22/18, 11:30 AM CET

Mexico delivered a defiant political riposte to U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday by agreeing a trade deal with the EU.

Trump’s push to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement helped catalyze Mexico’s talks with Brussels over the past year, as the Latin American country sought to diversify away from dependence on an increasingly hostile U.S. Diplomats said that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mexican President Enrique Peńa Nieto had given instructions that negotiators should attempt to seal an agreement before Sunday’s opening ceremony of the Hannover Messe, a major trade fair in Germany, where both will be present. Mexico is the partner country of the event this year.

The deal is a major upgrade of an original accord struck in 2000, which covered basic goods and machinery. The new pact will branch out into sectors such as finance, e-commerce and agriculture.

Peńa Nieto said the agreement “confirms us as priority partners of one of the most important economic blocs in the world.”

Read more: https://www.politico.eu/article/mexicos-eu-trade-deal-lands-a-punch-on-trump/

French president to call for American 'militarism'

Source: Politico

By IAN KULLGREN 04/22/2018 10:03 AM EDT

French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday he will call for continued U.S. military intervention in Syria before a joint session of Congress this week.

“I will will advocate for militarism in front of the Congress,” Macron said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.“

Macron is scheduled to visit Washington this week in the first official state visit of the Trump presidency. In an interview with Chris Wallace at the presidential palace in Paris, Macron said he has a “special relationship“ with President Donald Trump, describing them both as political outsiders.

“Both of us are probably the maverick of the systems on both sides,” Macron said. “President Trump’s election was unexpected in your country and probably my election was unexpected in my country.”

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/22/macron-france-syria-congress-545090

Never mind Fox. Trump's most reliable media mouthpiece is now Christian TV.

Church of The Donald

Never mind Fox. Trump’s most reliable media mouthpiece is now Christian TV.

By RUTH GRAHAM May/June 2018

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — The Music City campus of the Trinity Broadcasting Network is about a half-hour drive from Music City itself, in a placid Nashville suburb on a bend in the Cumberland River where the main road through town is called the Johnny Cash Parkway. TBN, America’s largest Christian television network, acquired the complex in 1994 after the death of country singer Conway Twitty, who had operated it as a sprawling tourist attraction he called Twitty City. Last year, TBN renovated Twitty’s personal auditorium, leveling the floor, adding large neon signs and a faux-brick backdrop under the original Corinthian columns. The resulting TV set looks like an urban streetscape framed by a Greek temple.

On a February night, in his large office just above the auditorium, the network’s biggest star is making last-minute plans for what’s shaping up to be a busy evening. First, Mike Huckabee fields some logistics for dinner at his nearby condo, where he will host three couples who won the privilege in a charity auction. He takes a call from the actor Jon Voight, who tells Huckabee he is free to do an interview about Israel. (Huckabee leaves the next day for Jerusalem, where TBN opened another studio a few years ago.) He checks with one of his producers about an old “Laugh-In” clip Huckabee had requested. “We aren’t paying $6,500 for it, good gosh!” he laughs when he hears the cost of the snippet. “Did they point a gun at your head and wear a ski mask when you asked that?” (They decide not to use it.)

Two hours later, Huckabee walks onto a stage in front of more than 200 people and kicks off a taping of his hourlong cable show. For nearly all of its 45-year history, Trinity’s programming had been strictly religious, a mix of evangelical preachers, gospel music and a flagship talk show called “Praise the Lord” (now just “Praise”). But Huckabee’s show is saturated with politics. The former two-term governor of Arkansas and one-time Iowa caucus winner opens with a disquisition on the Fourth Amendment (“Our system is designed to make sure the government is your servant”) leading into a pre-taped interview with Senator Rand Paul. It’s followed by an appearance by Kayleigh McEnany, the Republican National Committee spokeswoman and a frequent campaign surrogate for Donald Trump. The crowd roars with laughter when Huckabee promises he won’t go on for as long as Nancy Pelosi, a reference to her recent filibuster-style speech on the House floor. “Can you imagine Nancy Pelosi for eight hours?” he asks, chuckling. “NO!” the audience shouts back.

When “Huckabee” made its debut on TBN last fall, it immediately became the network’s highest-rated show, with more than a million viewers for a typical episode. Unlike every other show the network has produced, it is overtly political and squarely focused on current events. It has a variety component, with musical guests and comedians, and Huckabee occasionally breaks out his own bass guitar on stage. But in its six months on the air, Huckabee has also interviewed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump-defending Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, anti-abortion activist Serrin Foster and former Senator Joe Lieberman. The very first guest on his very first show, last October, was President Trump.

A generation ago—even a few years ago—this would have been unthinkable. Christian TV was largely the province of preachers, musicians, faith healers and a series of televangelism scandals. Politicians were leery of getting too close. To establishment evangelicals, not to mention the rest of America, Christian TV was hokey at best, and disreputable at worst.


Corker: Miscalculations with Russia 'could lead us to a very bad place'



Roy Moore Fundraising Off Pulitzer WaPo Won For Reporting On His Accusers

By Kate Riga | April 20, 2018 1:56 pm

Former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is raising money for his legal defense fund by using the Washington Post’s recent Pulitzer Prize win for investigative journalism—which the paper won for its reporting on Moore’s alleged past of sexual misconduct.

“The Washington Post just won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for their lies and slander against me and my family,” a fundraising email sent on Friday read. “Meanwhile, I’m being sued for standing up and defending myself and my family from the ruthless lies and attacks.”

The email goes on to ask the recipients to donate money to assist Moore in his “fight against the forces of evil.”

Leigh Corfman filed a defamation suit against Moore in January, after he attempted to discredit her accusations aired during his failed campaign that he sexually touched her when she was 14.



Perez: Confident DNC will get a jury trial in lawsuit

Source: The Hill


Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman Tom Perez said on Sunday that he is confident the committee will get a jury trial in its lawsuit against the Trump campaign, Russia, and WikiLeaks over alleged election interference.

"I'm confident we will get a jury trial," Perez told NBC's Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press."

"I want to make sure we send a very clear signal," he said. "This was an assault on our democracy and we have to protect that."
"I'm punching back not only for my colleagues, I'm punching back for democracy."

Perez's comments come after the DNC announced last week it was suing Russia, the Trump campaign, and WikiLeaks over alleged Russian election meddling, saying the three actors worked to help President Trump win the 2016 election.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/384321-perez-confident-dnc-will-get-a-jury-trial-in-lawsuit

'Is that Texas tough?': CNN panel mocks Cruz for sucking up to Trump now that he's in a tough race


Trump Touts 'Daily Mail' Editor Saying Republicans Botched Messaging Over Comey Memos

by Ken Meyer | 7:32 pm, April 21st, 2018

He’s not putting down the phone. President Donald Trump is back on the Twitter machine for at least the third time today. Trump spent a good portion of Saturday bashing James Comey over his newly-released memos, but curiously, now it seems the president is bashing Republicans for messing up the PR opportunity in the aftermath of the former FBI director’s notes being released from Congress.

Trump retweeted Daily Mail editor David Martosko after he made this observation about the memo release.

Putting aside the note about “collusion,” Trump decided to circulate a tweet saying that Comey’s memos boost the credibility of his claims that the president asked him to investigate the Fusion GPS dossier. This comes a day after Trump slammed Comey and called him a liar.

The timing of the Martosko retweet is rather interesting, considering he defended New York Times‘ Maggie Haberman earlier today after Trump personally attacked her this morning.


The Daily Mail reporter was reportedly considered in the running for White House press secretary when Trump assumed office in 2017.


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