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Name: Don
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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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More Americans disapprove of Kavanaugh's confirmation than support it, new poll shows

Source: The Washington Post

By Robert Barnes andEmily Guskin October 12 at 1:00 PM

More Americans disapprove of Brett M. Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court than approve, and a narrow majority says congressional investigation of the new justice should not end with his elevation to the court, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The Senate’s 50-to-48 vote last week to approve the 53-year-old Kavanaugh’s lifetime appointment was the closest on a Supreme Court justice since the 1880s, and the poll shows the public’s reaction was almost as divided. It also suggests the tumultuous battle over his nomination could harm the court’s reputation as the nonpartisan branch of government.

The survey, conducted during Kavanaugh’s first week on the bench, shows that 43 percent of Americans believe the court’s rulings will be more politically motivated with President Trump’s second nominee on the court, compared to 10 percent who said they will be less political. To 39 percent of the public, Kavanaugh’s presence will make no difference in the degree of partisanship.

Asked how the Kavanaugh debate would impact their midterm vote, slightly more say it makes them more inclined to support Democrats for Congress than Republicans. Women say the episode draws them toward Democrats over Republicans by a 16-point margin, while men are more evenly split.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/more-americans-disapprove-of-kavanaughs-confirmation-than-support-it-new-poll-shows/2018/10/12/18dbf872-cd93-11e8-a3e6-44daa3d35ede_story.html

Kavanaugh Not Popular In Middle America

October 12, 2018 at 9:00 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

First Read: “For all of the talk and evidence of how the fight over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has fired up voters in the reddest of red states, our three NBC/Marist polls this week of Nevada, Minnesota and Wisconsin show that he’s not popular with the middle of the country.”

“What’s more, independent voters in all three states break for the candidate opposing Kavanaugh — 36% to 32% in Nevada; 47% to 22% in Minnesota; and 41% to 28% in Wisconsin.”



Trump May Not Be Crazy, But the Rest of Us Are Getting There Fast

Psychologists’ couches are filling up as Americans seek relief from Trump Anxiety Disorder.

By JOHN F. HARRIS and SARAH ZIMMERMAN October 12, 2018

CNN before love-making is not his idea of a turn-on. But she can hardly turn it off—engrossed as she is in the latest unnerving gyrations of Washington.

Who else to blame but Donald Trump? A president who excites hot feelings in many quarters has cooled them considerably in the bedroom of a Philadelphia couple, who sought counseling in part because the agitated state of American politics was causing strain in their marriage.

The couple’s story was relayed to POLITICO by their therapist on condition of anonymity. But their travails, according to national surveys and interviews with mental health professionals, are not as anomalous as one might suppose. Even when symptoms are not sexual in nature, there is abundant evidence that Trump and his daily uproars are galloping into the inner life of millions of Americans.

During normal times, therapists say, their sessions deal with familiar themes: relationships, self-esteem, everyday coping. Current events don’t usually invade. But numerous counselors said Trump and his convulsive effect on America’s national conversation is giving politics a prominence on the psychologist’s couch not seen since the months after 9/11—another moment in which events were frightening in a way that had widespread emotional consequences.

Empirical data bolsters the anecdotal reports from practitioners. The American Psychiatric Association in a May survey found that 39 percent of people said their anxiety level had risen over the previous year—and 56 percent were either “extremely anxious” or “somewhat anxious about “the impact of politics on daily life.” A 2017 study found two-thirds of Americans’ see the nation’s future as a “very or somewhat significant source of stress.”


New Forecast Sees Democrats Winning 229 House Seats

October 12, 2018 at 10:31 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

Harry Enten: “My best estimate gives the Democrats a 23-seat majority in the House. That means they win 229 seats. However, the margin of error is wide enough that they could end up with 205 seats, short of a majority, or 262 seats, well more than needed for a majority.”



Candidate Quits After Comments on Shooting Survivors

October 12, 2018 at 11:06 am EDT By Taegan Goddard Leave a Comment

Steven Baleshiski (R), a legislative candidate in Connecticut who made harsh comments about Parkland High shooting victims, quit his race after losing town committee backing, the Hartford Courant reports.

Said Baleshiski: “I’m not supposed to speak ill of David Hogg because he is a ‘survivor.’ Apparently if you survive horrific events, that makes the stupidity spewing out of your mouth above reproach. I disagree. Hogg can burn in hell, I don’t care what he survived. Survivors who wage war on my country are my enemies.”

Republicans hope to find a new candidate.



Trump: 'Everyone Wants' Ivanka to Replace Nikki Haley, But I Hear 'Chants of Nepotism'

Source: Mediate

by Ken Meyer | Oct 12th, 2018, 10:17 am

In his daily Twitter missive, President Trump expressed his pleasure with all the recent speculation about whether he’ll replace Nikki Haley with his daughter.

Ever since Haley confirmed her imminent departure from her position as Ambassador to the United Nations, media figures and political observers have noted the possibility that the president will try to have Ivanka Trump take Haley’s place. The First Daughter said this week that she will not become Haley’s successor, though speculation still remains.

As such, the president tweeted today about how “everyone wants” Ivanka to take the job, though he predicts “the chants of Nepotism” if he were to go down that road.


Indeed, Trump predicted nepotism accusations earlier this week, even as he said his daughter would’ve been “dynamite” as UN ambassador.


Read more: https://www.mediaite.com/online/trump-everyone-wants-ivanka-to-replace-nikki-haley-but-i-hear-chants-of-nepotism/

Beto O'Rourke Announces Biggest Fundraising Haul For a Senate Candidate in History

Source: Mediate

by Joe DePaolo | Oct 12th, 2018, 10:06 am

Beto O’Rourke, the man who is trying to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), will have an insane amount of cash at his disposal in the campaign’s closing weeks.

The O’Rourke campaign announced Friday that the candidate brought in $38.1 million in the third quarter — a total which absolutely smashes the previous record for biggest quarter from a Senate hopeful in history.

You just raised a record-breaking $38.1 million in three months. From 802,836 contributions. No PACs, no special interests, no corporations. All people, all the time, everywhere, every single day. pic.twitter.com/IDMFNFwezB

— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) October 12, 2018

O’Rourke claims the money came entirely from 802,836 unique contributions. “No PACs, no special interests, no corporations,” O’Rourke wrote on Twitter.

Read more: https://www.mediaite.com/online/beto-orourke-announces-biggest-fundraising-haul-for-a-senate-candidate-in-history/

Anderson Cooper: Trump chose Kanye over victims

Michelle Obama is Dem rock star many wish would run for president


The most popular Democrat in the country is about to go on a highly-anticipated book tour that is likely to remind the country of her political muscle.

Michelle Obama will talk to large crowds in arenas that hold rock concerts and NBA games. She’ll appear all over the media, and sell more books, in all likelihood, than prospective 2020 candidates Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

But the former first lady is decidedly not running for president.

“Absolutely not,” she said in a Thursday interview on the “Today Show” before a large crowd of fans. “I have never wanted to be a politician. It's one of those things that nothing has changed in me to make me want to run for elected office.”

Unlike some politicians, there's no swaying the former first lady, Obama allies say.


CNN: White House aides were 'hugely embarrassed' by Trump/Kanye visit

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