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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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Donald Trump is the perfect Republican. A party built on lies has found a liar to lead them

JANUARY 19, 2019 1:00PM (UTC)

It’s hard to put your finger on the foundational lie of the modern Republican Party, there are so many contenders. But I would date it back to Ronald Reagan and the lie of supply side economics. Remember that whopper? Even George Bush the First called it “voodoo economics” before he embraced it. The idea that lowering taxes would raise revenue was as close to a perfect Republican lie as there ever was. It simultaneously lined the pockets of the wealthy, “starved the beast” of government (in the immortal words of Grover Norquist), and laid the groundwork to attack the so-called “entitlements” of Social Security and Medicare as the culprits when the deficit inevitably blew up. That the arguments for lowering taxes were spurious if not entirely fact free was just icing on the cake.

The only thing Republicans have learned from Donald Trump is that they no longer have to lie strategically. They don’t need a rationale behind a lie. Trump has taught them that all lies, all the time is the way to go. They didn’t even bother trying to defend the Trump/Ryan tax cuts of 2017 with lies about increased revenues and lowered deficits. They just sat back and threw money at their rich donors and let Trump sign the tax cuts into law, and then of course immediately went after Social Security and Medicare for blowing up the deficit.

They’ve been looking for a professional liar like Donald Trump to lead them for decades. Remember how they turned on George Bush the First when he went back on his pledge of no new taxes? Bush had the gall to actually take stuff like the budget and the deficit into account when he raised taxes half way through his term. That was it for Bush. Enough Republicans stayed home on election day in 1992 that Bill Clinton turned Bush into a one-term president.

The arrival of Slick Willie in White House opened the door for the lie that was the Whitewater investigation. Whitewater begat an early embrace by the Republican Party of far-right conspiracy mongers who floated the story that White House aide Vince Foster had been murdered by the Clintons. Foster committed suicide by shooting himself in the mouth, but that wasn’t good enough for loons like Republican Congressman Dan Burton of Indiana, who shot a watermelon in his own backyard to prove that the FBI didn’t know anything about investigating a murder.

It wasn’t far from Dan Burton’s theories about the Clintons murdering Vince Foster to the lie that Hillary Clinton was running a pedophile sex ring out of a Washington D.C. pizza place. Shades of Whitewater, they managed to spend a couple of years and about $8 million investigating Hillary for Benghazi. It’s not really necessary to go into all the lies they floated because pretty much all they did was yell “Benghazi! Benghazi!” and that was all the evidence they needed that somehow Clinton was responsible for a terrorist attack on a State Department outpost in Libya. Even Trey Gowdy’s own committee’s report had to admit there was nothing to the charges. But that didn’t stop them from using “Benghazi” as a battle cry against Clinton during her 2016 run for president.


Trump posts panicky Twitter warning the stock market will crash if Democrats dare to impeach him

Source: RawStory

19 JAN 2019 AT 08:02 ET

President Donald Trump kept up his frantic tweeting on Saturday morning by touting the economy before warning Americans they will see the stock market crash if Democrats dare impeach him.

Writing on Twitter, Trump warned, “The Economy is one of the best in our history, with unemployment at a 50 year low, and the Stock Market ready to again break a record (set by us many times) – & all you heard yesterday, based on a phony story, was Impeachment. You want to see a Stock Market Crash, Impeach Trump!”



Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2019/01/trump-posts-panicky-twitter-warning-stock-market-will-crash-democrats-dare-impeach/

Activists: Chechen Authorities Order Families to Kill LGBT Family Members, Also Pay Ransoms

Source: The Daily Beast

According to campaigners, families in Chechnya are being ordered to kill their LGBT relatives, with authorities also demanding money for the release of detained LGBT relatives.

Anna Nemtsova
01.18.19 10:50 PM ET

Russian campaigners have told The Daily Beast that Chechen authorities have ordered people to kill LGBT members of their own families, and have demanded ransoms for the release of detained LGBT relatives.

According to reports, at least 40 people have been arrested in the last two to three weeks, many of them tortured, in a new crackdown against LGBT people in Chechnya. Two gay men have reportedly died following torture.

“Chechen authorities demanded that relatives punish their gay family members by executing them,” one of the St. Petersburg volunteers for the Russian LGBT Network, who did not wish to be named, told The Daily Beast. “Several people who managed to escape have been raped with police clubs and tortured with electricity.”

The detentions were reportedly carried out by law enforcement officers in the southern city of Argun.

Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/activists-chechen-authorities-demand-families-kill-lgbt-family-members-also-pay-ransoms?ref=home

Trump, Pence address March for Life, vow to support opponents of abortion rights

Source: NBC News

The president promises to veto legislation that "weakens the protection of human life" at Friday's rally.

Jan. 19, 2019, 6:30 AM EST

By Linda Givetash

President Donald Trump addressed anti-abortion protesters in Washington, and vowed to veto legislation that "weakens the protection of human life."

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence attended the annual March for Life led by opponents of abortion rights in Washington on Friday. It took place a day ahead of the Women's March that has been marred by controversy.

The president didn't attend in person but spoke to the crowd via video.

"This is a movement founded on love and grounded in the nobility and dignity of every human life," he said. "As president, I will always defend the first right in our Declaration of Independence, the right to life."

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-pence-address-march-life-vow-support-opponents-abortion-rights-n960546?cid=public-rss_20190119

Government shutdown having a 'rippling effect on the community' as businesses, families adjust


The hundreds of thousands of federal workers who are either furloughed or working without pay are not the only ones reeling from the partial government shutdown.

Kings Floyd, who suffers from muscular dystrophy and epilepsy, is a federal worker who has been furloughed. That stop in pay meant she could not afford both her epilepsy medication and electric bill.

So she said she went without her medication for several days -- a gap that made it tough for her to function. She felt disoriented and even fell. And, without income, she couldn't afford to pay the personal care attendants who rotate through and help her with daily tasks.

“These are five women in the D.C. community who are relying on me as a part-time income, and I’m saying, ‘Oh, I’m sorry. I can’t pay you,’” she said.


Donald Trump to speak with families of four Americans killed in Syria

Source: USA Today

David Jackson, USA TODAY Published 7:28 a.m. ET Jan. 19, 2019 | Updated 7:36 a.m. ET Jan. 19, 2019

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Saturday he is traveling to a Dover, Delaware, military base to meet with relatives of four U.S. service members killed in an attack in Syria.

"Will be leaving for Dover to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!" Trump tweeted. He did not provide further details.

The Department of Defense identified three of the Americans killed in the Wednesday attack by a suicide bomber: Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37, of Boynton Beach, Florida; Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon M. Kent, 35, of upstate New York; and civilian Scott A. Wirtz of St. Louis, Missouri.

The Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack, which came less than a month after Trump declared victory over ISIS and announced a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria.

Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/01/19/donald-trump-speak-families-four-americans-killed-syria/2623769002/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=usatodaycomwashington-topstories

Beto O'Rourke's road trip drives home his message

His musings might be mocked but he’s generating a torrent of media coverage.

By DAVID SIDERS 01/19/2019 06:54 AM EST

Beto O’Rourke is five states into his stream-of-consciousness road trip across the American Southwest, unaccompanied as he drops into a small-town diner for cobbler, washes his face in a lake and journals about the need to “clear my head.”

All of which is unfolding as the rest of the Democratic presidential field has broken into a sprint — Elizabeth Warren to New Hampshire, Kirsten Gillibrand to Iowa, and Bernie Sanders and Cory Booker to South Carolina.

O’Rourke’s potential rivals are courting donors, assembling staffs and scurrying to early primary states, while the former Texas congressman is at the Pancake House in Liberal, Kansas, some 500 miles from Des Moines.

His absence from the fray has been noted — and his introspective writing style has been mocked. But amid much snickering, there is also evidence to suggest that if he does run for president, it could help him politically, advancing his off-beat brand.

“Beto is able to drive his own message," said Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign manager. In a political environment where “the person is the message,” Mook said, “what makes him snacky for [the media] inevitably makes him refreshing and different for voters ... The press writes about what Beto decides to do on his own, not in the context of Trump. That's a big deal."


Why Trump Can't Make Deals

January 19, 2019 at 12:39 am EST By Taegan Goddard

Los Angeles Times: “As Trump reaches the halfway mark of his term on Sunday, he has left a trail of negotiating partners from both chambers of Congress, both political parties and countries around the world feeling double-crossed and even lied to.”

“The result is that the president who campaigned as the world’s best deal-maker, vowing that he alone could fix Washington’s dysfunction, has been stymied as he looks for achievements before facing the voters again. Two years in, the man who built a political reputation as a guy who tells it like it is has lost the essential ingredients to closing deals: credibility and trust.”



Democrats Propose to Add $1 Billion in Border Spending

Source: PoliticalWire

January 19, 2019 at 7:56 am EST By Taegan Goddard

“House Democrats have added more than $1 billion in border-related spending to a package of funding bills that would reopen most of the government, even as President Trump said he would have a ‘major announcement’ on Saturday about the border and the shutdown stalemate,” the New York Times reports.

“Both sides’ actions were the first indications of possible movement over the shutdown after a week of inertia and harsh words between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Mr. Trump.”

“The proposal to include more spending on border measures is scheduled for a vote next week… The plan reflects a shift in strategy by congressional Democrats, who have maintained that they would not give the president a counterproposal until he drops his insistence on a wall and signs legislation to reopen the government.”


Read more: https://politicalwire.com/2019/01/19/democrats-propose-to-add-1-billion-in-border-spending/

BuzzFeed Issues Statement Backing Jason Leopold After CNN Publishes Story Examining His Past...

BuzzFeed Issues Statement Backing Jason Leopold After CNN Publishes Story Examining His Past Reporting


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