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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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Pelosi seizes on anti-corruption message against GOP

Source: The Hill

BY MELANIE ZANONA - 08/14/18 06:00 AM EDT

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) is moving full steam ahead on a Democratic strategy to paint the GOP as corrupt ahead of the midterm elections, a case that got new legs after the arrest of Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) on insider trading charges last week.

Pelosi has decided to make ethics a core pillar of House Democrats’ push for the majority this fall, seizing on Collins’s arrest in a way she hasn’t done with past GOP scandals involving Trump administration officials.

But with Collins, a sitting member of Congress and Trump's earliest congressional backer, Pelosi believes that Democrats have a ripe opportunity to draw a connection between the president and House Republicans who are on the ballot this November.

While it’s unclear whether the message will resonate with voters amid a seemingly never-ending stream of Trump controversies, Pelosi, who deployed a similar strategy in the 2006 midterms, which first handed her the Speakership, is going all-in on the idea ahead of November.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/401670-dems-seize-on-anti-corruption-message-against-gop

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson explodes at Trump calling a black woman a dog: 'How dare he!'

Morning Joe warns Trump's 'dog' slur against Omarosa is right out of the Nazi playbook


Meet with Mueller already, Mr. President - The Washington Post Editorial Board

By Editorial Board
August 13 at 8:07 PM

RUDOLPH W. GIULIANI, President Trump’s lawyer, told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published Sunday that Mr. Trump would not sit down with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III if the meeting would fall after Sept. 1, “because we’re not going to be the ones to interfere with the election.” We would accuse Mr. Giuliani of moving the goal posts, except that Mr. Trump’s lawyers have never clearly pledged that the president would meet with Mr. Mueller at any time. Just last week they suggested Mr. Trump would take questions about collusion but not obstruction of justice.

This silly game has gone on far too long. The country was attacked. Mr. Mueller is trying to determine what happened. The president should be eager to help the country learn and move on. Instead, his lawyers have spent the summer hemming and hawing about the right circumstances for an interview.

This summer has brought increasingly dire reminders that Russia interfered with the 2016 U.S. election and that it intends to continue meddling in the country’s democracy. Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats said in July that “warning lights are blinking red” about Kremlin cyber-efforts to meddle in the midterm elections. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) revealed last month that Russians targeted her computer systems for hacking. The president’s senior national security staff stood at the White House lectern on Aug. 2 to inform the country that Russian election interference is a substantial, continuing threat that they take seriously. The message from the nation’s best-informed senior officials was clear, even if, later that evening, Mr. Trump complained that the Russia “hoax” was hurting his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Meanwhile, questions continue to mount about interactions between the Trump team and Russians in 2016. Mr. Trump last week offered his clearest admission yet that a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between his senior staff and a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer was aimed at obtaining damaging information about Hillary Clinton — information that his staff was told was part of a Russian government plot to help Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump later dictated a false statement about the purpose of the meeting. He also, in May 2017, fired FBI D irector James B. Comey in an apparent effort to curtail the Russia probe.

If Mr. Trump has done nothing wrong and intends to tell the truth, he should welcome Mr. Mueller’s questioning and do everything possible to hasten the special counsel’s final report. Yet , Mr. Giuliani raised the possibility of the Trump side instead preparing its own report to counter whatever Mr. Mueller releases. The effort to create a he-said, he-said situation only heightens the impression that the president has reason to fear the truth. To help dispel that impression, he should answer Mr. Mueller’s questions, and soon.



By overturning ballot initiatives, more lawmakers are rejecting the will of their voters

The Daily 202: By overturning ballot initiatives, more lawmakers are rejecting the will of their voters

By Joan E. Greve
August 14 at 8:17 AM

THE BIG IDEA: In June, D.C. voters made a surprising but decisive choice. By a 12-point margin, the District approved raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour for restaurant workers and others who earn tips.

Less than 24 hours later, at least one council member was already trying to overturn the decision made by voters. “It’s not really the will of the people; it happens to be the will of the 17 percent of people who showed up and voted,” said Councilman Jack Evans.

Now seven of the council’s 13 members, plus the mayor, have sided with lobbyists for the restaurant industry and endorsed a plan to disregard Initiative 77. They worry that eateries will go out of business because of higher labor costs and rising prices if the measure goes into effect.

The fight here reflects a national trend in which state lawmakers of both parties are persistently working to overturn decisions made by voters at the ballot box.

The strategy of putting policy questions directly to voters has become more popular in recent years. (In 2016, some 76 initiatives appeared on ballots across the country. That’s the highest number in a decade.)

So have attacks on the results. In the past two years alone, legislators have filed more than 100 bills across 24 states aimed at reversing ballot measures, according to the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, which focuses on advancing progressive priorities through ballot initiatives.


Ex-Trump Aide Seb Gorka is Giving Out Fake Fox News Business Cards

by Caleb Ecarma | Aug 13th, 2018, 6:07 pm

President Donald Trump’s former aide Sebastian Gorka is giving out phony Fox News business cards, Mediaite has learned.

Gorka, who was fired from his nebulous role at the White House late last year, has been giving out business cards that include his personal information, like his Gmail address and cell phone number — as well as a poorly edited and outdated Fox News logo.

Behold, Gorka’s homemade card:

“Sebastian Gorka Ph.D.,” the card reads. (Gorka goes by “Doctor Gorka” on Fox News, where he serves as a contributor).

When compared to a real, current Fox News business card, Gorka’s does not pass a cross examination test.

As one can see, a real card includes Fox News’ current logo, which adds the “Channel” part of the company’s name and features searchlights on only one side of the logo instead of both.

Mediaite was informed about Gorka’s custom made stationary by a reporter working for a prestige print publication who was given a card by the pro-Trump pundit and noticed that it was not a legitimate Fox News card.

Fox News and Gorka were contacted for comment on this story, but neither responded in time for publication.


Nemeses: The Rise of the Trumping Anti-Trumps - By Josh Marshall

By Josh Marshall | August 13, 2018 8:36 pm

Evolutionary biology is dragooned into the political culture these days for all sorts of bad ends. But if we’re candid with ourselves we will grant that one place where it provides a highly instructive analog is in explaining how Trump intrusion into the political ecosystem has created a niche opening for operators like Michael Avenatti and Omarosa Manigault-Newman.

The idea that Michael Avenatti could be the Democrats presidential nominee in 2020 is inane and ridiculous. But I don’t discount the cachet he holds for many Democrats. Democrats have seen Trump chew through political opponents and defy political gravity for three years straight. They want someone who can stop that. Avenatti, playing a fairly weak hand, has managed to embarrass the President day after day for months. He outmaneuvers him. He’s inflicted immense damage on him. It remains unclear whether Avenatti pushed forward the firestorm that engulfed Michael Cohen and then spread to the President or simply brought into the open something that was already afoot but out of view. Regardless, the punches have been fast and relentless. They connected again and again.

You see something similar with Omarosa, even though she is a far, far less credible and creditable figure. She now seems likely to dribble out new tapes for days or weeks. First Kelly. Then Trump. Now, reportedly, Ivanka and Jared. The tape of Trump she released today was like kryptonite. Because it shows something far more damaging for Trump than being a racist or an idiot or a liar. It shows him as a comical wuss. He pretends he didn’t know she was being fired. He didn’t support it. In his own tape recorded words he shows he doesn’t have the guts to stand up or stand behind what happened. He looks like a coward and a liar and a fool. How many more of these tapes does she have? Who knows? Keeping us guessing is part of the routine.

The fact that Manigault is herself a con-artist and a grifter barely matters since her tapes speak for themselves. Her lack of character is also hardly a defense since her absurd behavior is as much an indictment of Trump, who hired her, as it is of her. She happily served as the President’s racism heat-shield through the Charlottesville disgrace and much else. Now she accuses him of being a racist and a misogynist. That is no doubt true. But it is a bold and audacious and shameless claim coming from her since it is no more clear today than it was when she happily worked for him. But no matter. None of her nonsense or hypocrisy slows her down because she doesn’t follow rules. She moves fast and inflicts what damage she can. Her lack of scruples and credibility – all but universally conceded – is almost an advantage inasmuch as it takes what are in her universe irrelevant factors off the table. It simplifies things, eliminates distractions.

I explored some of these possibilities with Trump himself back in August 2015, considering analogies to military innovations in battlefield mobility and the so-called OODA Loops of military theorist John Boyd to understand Trump’s ability to command media, escape damage and tear apart opponents. This was half tongue-in-cheek but half not. They are more applicable to Trump’s command of media and political cycles than you might think. Today, much as Trump did in the 2015/2016 political cycle, these new contenders combine speed with either less conventional or less scrupulous gambits, often both, to get inside the decision-making process of their adversaries, in this case Trump and his toadies.

Avenatti and Manigault both have the adaptive skills of the Trump Era. They employ versions of his tactics. They have openings because of the scorched earth he has left in his wake.



Trump Hits Back at 'Crazed, Crying Lowlife' Omarosa, Celebrates 'Quickly Firing that Dog!'

Source: Mediate

by Ken Meyer | Aug 14th, 2018, 7:53 am

Donald Trump is back on the presidential Twitter machine and going after Omarosa Manigault-Newman once again.

Trump has been on an online warpath against his former Apprentice favorite ever since she launched her media tour to promote her new book against the president. Now he’s calling her “a crazed, crying lowlife” and a “dog” who deserved to get fired by chief of staff John Kelly.


Interesting, thanks to Manigault-Newman’s tapes, we know Trump wasn’t aware of Kelly’s move to fire her at first, and Trump said “I don’t love you leaving at all” at the time. Trump also used his morning tweets to declare that Robert Mueller‘s investigation should be shut down because of Peter Strzok.

Strzok was fired from the FBI yesterday after months of intrigue from his anti-Trump sentiments. To this end, Trump cited Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton to say that Strzok and other FBI officials should be put under investigation, and Mueller’s probe should be shut down due to Strzok’s previous involvement with it.


Read more: https://www.mediaite.com/online/trump-lights-up-crazed-crying-lowlife-omarosa-praises-john-kelly-for-quickly-firing-that-dog/

Black caucus chairman opposes DNC plan to weaken superdelegate influence

Source: Politico

By DAVID SIDERS 08/14/2018 07:31 AM EDT

Intensifying a dispute over superdelegates ahead of a Democratic National Committee meeting next week, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond on Monday urged committee members to oppose a plan to weaken superdelegates’ influence in the presidential nominating process.

In a letter to DNC Chairman Tom Perez, Richmond (D-La.) said the proposal would “disenfranchise elected officials” who serve as superdelegates.

“There should be enough room in the process to include the perspective of local party activists and officials, and Members of Congress,” Richmond wrote. “One group should not be harmed at the expense of the other.”

He added, “to add insult to injury, it appears that this is a solution in search of a problem. Unelected delegates have never gone against the will of primary voters in picking Democratic presidential nominees.”

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/14/dnc-super-delegates-cedric-richmond-776345

Kudlow: Economy will help GOP keep its grip on House

By BEN WHITE 08/14/2018 05:31 AM EDT

NEW YORK — Larry Kudlow, President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, says Republicans will hold the House this fall and the economy will be a big reason why.

“These are very good times and the midterms will be a report card on that,” Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, said in an interview, dismissing concerns that relatively flat wages and a soaring deficit will cut into enthusiasm for the economy.

“The confidence indices are telling a very important story, and POTUS is polling in the low to mid fifties on the economy,” Kudlow said just before returning to the White House after some time off. “The great blue wall has crashed. I think GOP will lose seats but keep the House.”

Republicans are counting on faster growth and a low jobless rate to help them hold off expected Democratic gains in swing districts where Trump polls poorly. Democrats need a net gain of 23 seats to retake the House.

But so far, the economy has not played a major role in special elections, with Republican candidates talking more about guns, immigration and other hot-button social issues while painting Democrats as liberal extremists.

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