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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.

Journal Archives

MSNBC immediately fact-checks Trump's latest attempt to distance himself from Paul Manafort

Worst-case scenario for House GOP is 70-seat wipeout

BY REID WILSON - 08/17/18 11:40 AM EDT

Democratic enthusiasm and a GOP malaise surrounding President Trump have set the stage for a potentially devastating midterm election for the House Republican majority.

In a series of special elections mostly in reliably GOP districts, Democratic candidates have routinely outperformed Hillary Clinton’s share of the vote from 2016.

At the same time, Republican candidates have underperformed President Trump's vote share in all but two special elections.

If that pattern holds in November, the worst-case scenario for the GOP is a truly historic wipeout of as many as 72 House seats, according to The Hill’s analysis of special election results and congressional and presidential returns from 2016.

That would mark the deepest decline for either party in a single election cycle since Harry Truman ran against the "Do Nothing Congress" in 1948.


Turkish Court Refuses to Release U.S. Pastor Andrew Brunson

Source: Bloomberg News

By Onur Ant and Baris Balci
August 17, 2018, 8:23 AM EDT

Appeals court in Izmir rejects bid from cleric’s lawyer

Brunson is at heart of spat with U.S. roiling Turkish markets

A Turkish appeals court rejected U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson’s bid for freedom, setting the stage for a new round of sanctions by the Trump administration.

Brunson’s lawyer Ismail Cem Halavurt told Bloomberg via text message that he might appeal the decision. The American has been held for nearly two years over what Turkey says was his role in a failed coup.

The lira weakened after the ruling and was trading 5.2 percent lower at 6.1500 per dollar at 3:16 p.m. in Istanbul.


Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-17/turkish-court-refuses-to-release-u-s-pastor-andrew-brunson

Woman calls police on man trying to get into his own car

Updated: 9:04 PM CDT Aug 16, 2018

Nick Bohr

A man recorded a woman calling the police Tuesday to report he was breaking into a car -- except the car was his.

Corvontae Davis, of Oak Creek, said he was simply getting change from his car to feed a parking meter when he was suddenly labeled a thief.

Davis narrated his encounter with the woman Tuesday at St. Paul Avenue and Milwaukee Street, near the Milwaukee Public Market.

"I was getting ready to put money in a meter or whatever, and she has nothing else better to do and asked me if I was breaking into my car," Davis said on video.

Davis told WISN 12 News the woman said she was calling police.

"I hit unlock, but it wouldn't open, so I went around to the other side and opened the door after hitting unlock. And by that time, I hear this lady shouting, screaming, 'Dude, why are you breaking into that car? Whose car is that? Does it belong to you?’” Davis said.

Davis waited for police to arrive figuring it'd look bad if he left. They quickly verified the car was his, but by then, the woman was gone. He's convinced this was more than a case of "See something say something."

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We Know Trump Is Guilty. We're Having a Hard Time Admitting It

By Josh Marshall | August 17, 2018 10:35 am

The greatest conceit in public life today is the notion that we don’t already know President Trump is guilty. Guilty of what? Conspiring, by whatever level of directness, with a foreign power to win the Presidency and then continuing to cater to that foreign power either as payback for the assistance or out of fear of being exposed. In other words, collusion, a national betrayal that may break some statute laws but which far transcends them and isn’t in the past but is rather on-going.

It’s true that as a matter of courtroom, reasonable doubt legal proof we don’t yet know this. Or at least, we in the public don’t have all the necessary evidence. It’s possible that critical details are in the hands of the Special Counsel’s office or somewhere in the Intelligence apparatus. But that’s not really the point. These aren’t questions of criminal law. They might become questions of criminal law. But they’re not there yet. They are now simply political questions, meant in the sense that the country must make decisions about President Trump’s conduct and and whether he can be trusted with the truly vast powers of the Presidency.

The relevant concept is consciousness of guilt. We have all the evidence about various contacts between the Russian government and its cut-outs and the Trump campaign. We know about the Trump Tower meeting. We know about the meetings with George Papadopoulos. We know about Michael Flynn’s immediate move to start managing the payoffs to the Russia within hours of President Trump’s surprise win. We know there was ‘collusion’; we don’t know how high it went or just what Trump’s role was. Somehow we’re expected to believe that Trump himself was never informed about any of these actions. And that’s there’s no more to be uncovered in a truly unfettered public investigation. That’s a fascinating cat and mouse game. It will be fascinating to cover as a news story. It doesn’t matter for understanding what happened.

Here is where consciousness of guilt becomes so straightforward. From the very beginning the President has used every power at his disposal to stop investigations into what happened. He tried to end the investigation into Michael Flynn. He demanded loyalty and protection from the head of the FBI. He fired the head of the FBI because of the Russia probe. He told us it was about the Russia probe. He tried to fire Robert Mueller. He tried to bully Jeff Sessions into resigning so it would be easier to neutralize the investigation. He has been at more or less constant war with the FBI and the Intelligence Community. He openly dangles pardons to thwart the investigation. According to a Washington Post article published today, he’s now pushing ahead with revoking the security clearances of various former officials who were tied to the origins of the Russia investigation. He now says it’s about the Russia probe. In ordinary life, such flagrant and on-going efforts to prevent the truth from coming out are a clear sign of guilt. We rightly demand a higher standard before the criminal law because that is about taking away someone’s liberty. That’s not the case here. We’re only talking about taking away or restrain the power we have given him to use on our behalf.

In Joe Klein’s roman å clef Primary Colors, the Bill Clinton character ‘Jack Stanton’ is forced to submit to a paternity test. It’s negative. He’s not the father. But then it emerges that Stanton submitted someone else’s blood. As the dialog between the characters explains, that doesn’t mean Stanton is the father. The key aide actually thinks he’s probably not. But he switched the blood sample because he wasn’t sure he wasn’t. Which was crystal clear evidence that he had the affair. That’s what mattered.


Manafort Judge Will Consider Unsealing Some Of The Records In Virginia Case

Source: Talking Points Memo

By Alice Ollstein | August 17, 2018 10:08 am

The federal judge in Virginia overseeing the trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort signaled Friday that he is amenable to unsealing some of the records in the case that media organizations are seeking.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis said his intention is eventually to unseal everything except for a few names and medical details.

“I made it clear at the time that these matters would not be permanently under seal. I don’t do things to keep from being scrutinized and criticized,” Ellis said.

Ellis said he will hold a hearing on the matter Friday afternoon. Media organizations were seeking to intervene in the case to obtain access to the sealed records.

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/manafort-judge-will-consider-unsealing-some-of-the-records-in-the-case

Trump: 'It's Very Sad What They've Done To Paul Manafort'

Source: Talking Points Memo

By Nicole Lafond | August 17, 2018 11:04 am

President Donald Trump on Friday expressed sympathy for his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort while a jury at a federal court in Virginia deliberates the case.

“I don’t talk about that now,” Trump said from the South Lawn when asked an inaudible question about Manafort. “I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad. When you look at what’s going on there, I think it’s a very sad day for our country. He worked for me for a very short period of time. And you know what? He happens to be a very good person. I think it’s very sad what they’ve done to Paul Manafort.”

The jury is currently deliberating whether Manafort is guilty of financial fraud crimes related to his use of foreign bank accounts.



Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-very-sad-manafort

Judge Rules That Mistake In Trump NDA Makes It Void, Could Apply To Others

Source: Talking Points Memo

By Kate Riga | August 17, 2018 10:05 am

Judge Arlene Bluth of the New York State Supreme Court ruled Thursday that errors in the wording of a nondisclosure agreement between President Donald Trump’s team and a former campaign staffer make it much smaller in scope, thus not preventing the case from going to open court, according to a Thursday Yahoo News report.

The initial lawsuit was filed by Jessica Denson, a former campaign aide who said that she experienced “harassment and sexual discrimination” while working on the 2016 bid. Per Yahoo, she is suing for $25 million for being subjected to “severe and pervasive slander, aggravated harassment, attempted theft, cyberbullying, and sexual discrimination and harassment” at the hands of staffers including Camilo Sandoval, her supervisor then and the current acting chief information officer at the VA.

Campaign lawyers countered by demanding $1.5 million in damages, alleging that she broke the signed agreement by publishing “confidential information and disparaging statements.” They then moved to take the case to private arbitration, claiming that she agreed to that when she signed the contract. As opposed to a normal trial, records from arbitration can be sealed. Bluth ruled that, due to various wording errors and incorrect phrasing in the NDA, it did not prevent Denson from taking her case public.

This could have far-ranging effects, as the NDA Denson signed seems to be similar to the one Trump uses in the White House and at the Trump Organization, along with his campaign. The ruling could be especially topical, as the Trump administration is currently trying to silence former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman by claiming that she violated the terms of the NDA.


Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/judge-rules-that-mistake-in-trump-nda-makes-it-void-could-apply-to-others

Trump Rails Against Andrew Cuomo: 'I Have Already MADE America Great Again'

Source: Mediate

by Ken Meyer | Aug 17th, 2018, 10:38 am

Once again, Donald Trump is hammering away at Andrew Cuomo.

The New York governor has been getting a lot of grief lately for saying America “was never that great” in a questionable attempt to flip the script on the president’s “Make America Great Again” slogan. Trump has been ripping Cuomo for this over the last few days, and after he finished complaining about his military parade getting cancelled for being too expensive, he found time to get in some more shots at the governor.


So yeah, don’t expect them to kiss and make up any time soon.


Read more: https://www.mediaite.com/online/trump-rails-against-andrew-cuomo-i-have-already-made-america-great-again/

Kellyanne Conway to WH Press Corps: 'Why is Everybody So Obsessed with the President?'

by Colby Hall | Aug 17th, 2018, 9:27 am


A gaggle of White House press reporters caught White House Senior Advisor Kellyanne Conway entering the West Wing this morning and predictably peppered her with many questions of the news of the day.

How did Ms. Conway respond to questions a the press corps with a sole purpose to cover the President of the United States?

“Why is everybody so obsessed with the President of the United States that they can’t even begin or finish a sentence without mentioning his name five times.” In case her odd incredulity of the questions was lost, she added “It’s kind of weird.”

A skeptic might find it kind of weird that she takes issue with reporters doing their jobs, but others may find her obfuscation and “best defense is a good offense” approach to be a refreshingly candid play to the base.

Watch the clip above, courtesy of CSPAN.


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