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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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Teacher who recounted Trump aide eating glue as a child is suspended


OCT 11, 2018 | 10:55 PM

A teacher who recounted how a senior aide to President Trump ate glue as a third-grader is in trouble with her employers.

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has placed veteran teacher Nikki Fiske on “home assignment” while it decides what to do, if anything, about disclosures she made about a young Stephen Miller.

Miller, 33, has grown up to be a senior advisor to Trump. But his prospects did not appear so promising to Fiske when Miller was a student in her classroom at Franklin Elementary School.

“Do you remember that character in Peanuts, the one called Pig Pen, with the dust cloud and crumbs flying all around him? That was Stephen Miller at 8,” Fiske recounted in an article posted Wednesday by the Hollywood Reporter. “I was always trying to get him to clean up his desk — he always had stuff mashed up in there.”

And there was a problem with glue.


Turkish court orders release of U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson

Source: The Washington Post

By Erin Cunningham October 12 at 9:35 AM

ALIAGA, Turkey — A Turkish court convicted American pastor Andrew Brunson of aiding terrorism on Friday but sentenced him to just time served and ordered his immediate release.

The case of the evangelical preacher caught up in Turkey’s post-coup security sweep had garnered the attention of the highest levels of the American administration and become a sore point in the two countries’ relations.

Brunson’s trial had resumed Friday in western Turkey, where he headed a small evangelical congregation, just hours after U.S. officials said that a deal had been reached with Turkish authorities to secure his release.

Brunson, 50, has been held for two years on what he and the Trump administration said were false terrorism- and espionage-related charges. Prosecutors accused the pastor of being linked both to Kurdish separatists and the U.S.-based Muslim cleric Turkish authorities say orchestrated a failed coup attempt in 2016.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/turkish-court-orders-release-of-us-pastor-andrew-brunson/2018/10/12/a793df78-ccbf-11e8-ad0a-0e01efba3cc1_story.html

Handmaid's Tale? Trump Administration Curbs Access To Birth Control

Sarah Okeson

October 12, 2018 2:33 am

Trump health officials plan to rewrite guidelines for a federally funded family planning program to make it harder for low-income women to obtain birth control.

The 32-page proposed regulation mentions contraception three times aside from the footnotes and proposes removing the requirement that family planning services be medically approved, saying it could cause confusion.

“Medical doctors and professional organizations can differ on which methods of health care they approve, including different methods of family planning,” said the regulation prepared under abstinence advocate Valerie Huber, now a senior policy adviser at Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services.

“This policy is straight out of The Handmaid’s Tale,” said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Trump said at an anti-abortion gala sponsored by Susan B. Anthony List that the new rule would “prohibit Title X funding from going to any clinic that performs abortions.”


Hurricane Michael aftermath: Death toll spikes after five storm-related fatalities reported in Va.

Source: The Washington Post

Hurricane Michael aftermath: Death toll spikes after five storm-related fatalities reported in Virginia

By J. Freedom du Lac, Mark Berman and Eli Rosenberg October 12 at 7:26 AM

Hurricane Michael is no more. The violent storm, which ripped through the Southeast, leaving a trail of death and destruction from Florida to Virginia, finally moved off the coast, over the Atlantic Ocean overnight. It is now known as Post-Tropical Cyclone Michael.

Michael made landfall in the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane — the strongest on record to hit the area — and charged north through Georgia and into the Carolinas and Virginia, wreaking havoc and causing emergencies. In the storm’s wake lay crushed and flooded buildings, shattered lives and at least 11 deaths, a number that officials worry could rise.

7:26 a.m.: Five storm-related deaths reported in Virginia

A sobering bulletin from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management:


The known death toll from Michael now stands at 11.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/10/12/hurricane-michael-updates-cleanup-and-recovery-in-the-aftermath-of-a-deadly-storm/

Friction Grows Between Admin, Congress About Writer's Disappearance

By DEB RIECHMANN and Jonathan Lemire

October 12, 2018 7:05 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sword dancers. Gleaming palaces. Military jets streaming red, white and blue trails.

President Donald Trump soaked up the grandeur of Saudi Arabia on his first foreign stop as president last year and envisioned huge benefits for the United States in building closer ties with the repressive and oil-rich desert kingdom.

Now, the White House relationship with Riyadh is imperiled over the mysterious disappearance of a Saudi writer, and the situation is creating friction between the Trump administration and members of Congress demanding to know if the columnist for The Washington Post was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

Trump said he has talked to officials at the highest level of the kingdom and is “demanding everything” to explain how Jamal Khashoggi, an activist who had been critical of Saudi leaders, vanished after he walked into the consulate in Istanbul to get documents he needed to get married.

Turkish authorities claim Khashoggi, who resided in the United States, was killed by members of an elite Saudi “assassination squad.” The kingdom describes the allegation as “baseless.” But if Saudi Arabia is found to be complicit in his disappearance or death, the warm U.S.-Saudi relationship — and even hopes for Middle East peace — could be upended.

Trump has backed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ambitious campaign to modernize the conservative kingdom and its economy. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who exchanges phone and text messages with the young crown prince, was instrumental in last year’s deal to sell $110 billion in U.S. weapons to the kingdom.


Morning Joe hammers Trump for putting personal wealth ahead of US security: 'He doesn't give a damn'

Expert says Trump likely knew of Saudi plot to kill Washington Post journalist

Don Lemon Slams Kanye's Oval Office 'Minstrel Show,' Says Rapper's Mom 'Rolling Over in Her Grave'

Don Lemon Slams Kanye’s Oval Office ‘Minstrel Show,’ Says Rapper’s Mom ‘Rolling Over in Her Grave’

by Amy Russo | Oct 11th, 2018, 8:23 pm

CNN’s Don Lemon tore into Kanye West‘s Oval Office meeting with President Donald Trump, incensed by what he called an embarrassment to the African American community and America itself.

“What I saw was a minstrel show today,” Lemon said Thursday during an interview with his colleagues at the network. “Him in front of all these white people, mostly with people, embarrassing himself and embarrassing Americans, but mostly African Americans because every one of them is sitting either at home or with their phones, watching this, cringing. I couldn’t even watch it. I had to turn the television off because it was so hard to watch.”

Earlier in the day, West had lunch with the president just after appearing in front of a room full of reporters in the Oval Office. Rather than participating in photo ops at the White House, Lemon said the rapper should address his mental health, imploring those who know him to “grab him, snatch him up and get Kanye together because Kanye needs help.” Then, Lemon then took issue with those who sent cameras to the event.

“This has nothing to do with being liberal or a conservative,” he said. “This has to do with honesty. And we have to stop pretending, sitting here on these CNN panels or whatever network panels, and pretending like this is normal and let’s have this conversation about Kanye West. Who cares? Why are you sending cameras to the Oval Office for Kanye West?”

Near the end of his remarks, Lemon said the artist changed after the death of his mother, remarking his mom would have been disturbed by his behavior and “is rolling over in her grave.”

In a final suggestion to West, Lemon said, “Kanye, back away from the cameras, go get some help.”




Steve Cortes Confronts Don Lemon For ‘Embarrassing’ Remarks on Kanye West: ‘Could You Be Any More Condescending?’

by Joseph A. Wulfsohn | Oct 12th, 2018, 1:54 am

On Thursday night, CNN pro-Trump commentator Steve Cortes took Don Lemon to task for his coverage of Kanye West and his visit to the White House.

Earlier in the day, Lemon slammed Kanye West’s meeting with President Donald Trump, calling it a “minstrel show” and insisted that West’s dead mother is “rolling in her grave.”

Well, Cortes let him have it.

“You know, Don, you said this meeting was embarrassing. I think quite frankly what’s embarrassing is the condescension you’ve shown to Kanye West, someone who I think is a brave, independent thinker, a creative genius,” Cortes told Lemon. “Does he speak in a different vernacular? Of course he does like a lot of artists. It’s one I don’t always understand but I do understand he’s a great thinker. And for you and a lot of guests to dismiss him as a “token negro” and question his mental stability when you’re not doctors, you haven’t examined him, I think is really unfortunate. And it’s an example unfortunately that is all too common on the left which is liberal- when a minority doesn’t tow the party line, they are vilified and dismissed.”

Lemon countered by noting that the person who called Kanye West a “token negro” for the Trump administration, CNN commentator Tara Setmayer, is a “conservative.”


Trump Hints He's Got Dirt on Gary Cohn

October 11, 2018 at 8:08 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard

When asked on Fox News if he thought former economic adviser Gary Cohn was a major source for Bob Woodward’s bestselling book Fear: Trump in the White House, President Trump replied that he “could very well have been.”

Then he hinted that he’s got dirt on Cohn: “I can tell stories about him like you wouldn’t believe.”



Ross now recalls conversations with Bannon, Sessions about citizenship

By TED HESSON 10/11/2018 05:31 PM EDT

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross now recalls conversations with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and Attorney General Jeff Sessions about adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, according to a court document filed Thursday.

The recollection is the latest twist in litigation over the Trump administration’s decision to ask about citizenship in the decennial census.

The administration contends it needs citizenship information to better protect the rights of minority voters, but opponents argue it will depress the count in immigrant households, which will result in fewer federal dollars and diminished political power.

A Manhattan-based federal judge in September ordered Ross deposed to answer questions related to the intent of the citizenship question, but Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg temporarily froze the order Tuesday following an emergency request from the Justice Department.

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