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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

Avenatti Says He's Still Considering 2020 Bid During New Hampshire Visit

By Rob Wolfe | August 20, 2018 6:53 am

GREENFIELD, N.H. (AP) — An attorney who has bedeviled President Donald Trump during the past year over his personal relationships and immigration policies made a presidential pitch of his own to Democratic voters in New Hampshire on Sunday.

Michael Avenatti, who represents adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her case against Trump, told the Hillsborough County Democrats that he was considering matching Trump’s confrontational style with his own pugilistic brand in a 2020 presidential run.

“When they go low, we hit harder,” Avenatti said, modifying a former first lady Michelle Obama slogan.

Avenatti acknowledged that some of the roughly 200 voters at the outdoor barbecue might be thinking, “What is some porn lawyer doing here today?” But, he added, “As you all know, these are anything but usual times.”

Democrats today, he said, are fighting for “nothing short of the survival of our republic.”


Bannon: GOP Would Lose House If Election Were Held Today

By CATHERINE LUCEY | August 20, 2018 6:46 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Steve Bannon has a dire warning for Republicans — rally around President Donald Trump.

During a Sunday interview with The Associated Press, the former chief strategist to Trump said he believes the GOP would lose 35 to 40 seats in the House if the election were held today, thereby ceding their majority to Democrats he’s convinced will pursue impeachment.

He argued there’s still time to turn that around and is launching a group, Citizens of the American Republic, to pitch the election as a vote to protect Trump from that outcome.

“You can’t look at this as a midterm and you can’t run it out of the traditional Republican playbook. If you do that, you’re going to get smoked,” said Bannon, arguing that Republicans must redouble efforts against motivated Democrats.


US Rejects Request To Trade Pastor For Relief From Fines Against Turkish Bank

Source: Talking Points Memo

By Nicole Lafond | August 20, 2018 9:11 am

President Donald Trump’s administration rejected a request from Turkey to swap the U.S. pastor it has jailed on terrorism charges in exchange for relief from billions of dollars in U.S. fines against a major Turkish bank, The Wall Street Journal reported.

According to a senior White House official who spoke to the WSJ, the U.S. said it was unwilling to negotiate any other deals until the pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been on house arrest in Turkey for a year and a half, is released.

“A real NATO ally wouldn’t have arrested Brunson in the first place,” the senior White House official told WSJ.

Turkish officials have accused Brunson — whose release has become a rallying point for Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and evangelical Christians across the U.S. — of abetting those responsible for a failed military coup in July 2016. The Trump administration has asked Turkey for the release of Brunson, as well as other citizens being held on terrorism charges and three Turkish nationals who work for the U.S. government.

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/us-rejects-request-trade-pastor-bank-fine-relief

Pope Francis: 'No effort must be spared' to tackle Catholic Church's abuses

Source: The Washington Post

By Chico Harlan, Bureau chief
August 20 at 8:51 AM

DUBLIN — Pope Francis said in a letter released Monday by the Vatican that the Catholic Church has not dealt properly with “crimes” against children and needs to prevent sexual abuses from being “covered up and perpetuated.”

“We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them,” Francis wrote.

The 2,000-word letter addressed to the “People of God” marks one of Francis’s most direct attempts to address the painful abuse cases that have eroded the Roman Catholic Church’s credibility and prompted sharp calls from inside and outside the church for improved accountability.

Francis did not lay out any concrete steps the Vatican would take, but he acknowledged that systemic change is needed.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/pope-no-effort-to-be-spared-to-tackle-catholic-churchs-abuses/2018/08/20/cdd9d47a-a466-11e8-a656-943eefab5daf_story.html

Giuliani Clarifies 'Truth Isn't Truth' Comment: 'Not Meant as a Pontification on Moral Theology'

by Colby Hall | Aug 20th, 2018, 8:08 am

President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani raised the nation’s eyebrows yesterday when during an impassioned debate with Meet the Press host Chuck Todd, he proclaimed “truth isn’t truth!” Given Trump’s past comments that “what you are seeing and what you are reading is not what’s happening” and Kellyanne Conway’s infamous “alternative facts” comment, many laid into this administration’s obvious obfuscation of objectivity as a last tactic in a lowing political war over the Mueller investigation.

This morning, the former New York Mayor cleaned up his Sunday morning comment with a tweet that clarified the intended meaning of his comment:


Despite the awkward turn of phrase of “truth isn’t truth,” reasonable viewers of the Meet the Press segment should have understood immediately what Giuliani had intended as he made clear that the former FBI Director James Comey and Donald Trump have diametrically opposed accounts of an alleged Oval Office conversation in which Trump asked Comey to “go easy” on former NSA Director Michael Flynn, an issue that lies at the heart of any potential charge of presidential obstruction of justice.

Or as Giuliani tweeted, he was referencing “the classic ‘he said, she said’ puzzle.”



Nancy Pelosi Mocks GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy for Not Knowing How Twitter Works

by Tamar Auber | Aug 19th, 2018, 9:31 pm

On Sunday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi mocked House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy for not knowing how Twitter works.

On August 17, amid growing talk of conservative censorship on social media outlets, McCarthy posted this:


That prompted Pelosi or a member of her social media team to suggest that maybe before crying censorship, the GOP leader should adjust his Twitter settings.


It did not end there.

In response to Pelosi’s mockery, McCarthy took to Twitter to claim, “Once again Nancy has no idea what is going on.”



Detained Dads: ICE Re-Separated Our Families as Punishment

Source: The Daily Beast

‘It’s unjust,’ one father said, after being separated from his son for a second time. ‘Please, whatever authority you have, please help us.’

08.20.18 5:09 AM ET

Attorneys for more than a dozen immigrant fathers currently being held at a Texas detention center say their clients were re-separated from their children last week as punishment for protesting their treatment at the hands of the government.

In a conference call organized by Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), three of those men and one boy told reporters that the unexplained re-separation was a terrifying indicator that their court-ordered reunification can be ended at any time, and for any reason.

“I could not imagine being separated from my child again, without being able to say goodbye,” one father said tearfully in Spanish, through an interpreter. “It was as if we were criminals.”

The incident began around midday on Wednesday, when armed officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement began arresting fathers currently detained at the Karnes Family Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas. The Karnes facility currently houses roughly 630 immigrant men and their sons who were separated under the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy, before being reunited by order of a federal judge.

Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/detained-dads-ice-re-separated-our-families-as-punishment?ref=home

Trump Opens Fire on 'Discredited' Mueller and His 'Thugs': 'National Disgrace!'

Source: Mediate

by Aidan McLaughlin | Aug 20th, 2018, 7:38 am

President Donald Trump kicked off Monday morning with a Twitter attack aimed at Robert Mueller, referring to the special counsel as “Disgraced and discredited,” and his investigators as “Angry Democrat Thugs.”

“Disgraced and discredited Bob Mueller and his whole group of Angry Democrat Thugs spent over 30 hours with the White House Councel [sic], only with my approval, for purposes of transparency,” he wrote.

Trump continued: “Anybody needing that much time when they know there is no Russian Collusion is just someone….


Trump also curiously misspelled “counsel,” which he did on Sunday as well. He eventually deleted the tweet and posted again with the word corrected.


Read more: https://www.mediaite.com/online/trump-opens-fire-on-disgraced-and-discredited-robert-mueller-and-his-thugs/

Shots fired at gate of US Embassy in Turkey; no one hurt

Source: Associated Press

38 minutes ago

ISTANBUL (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Turkey was shot at from a moving car before dawn on Monday, an attack that came during heightened tensions between the two NATO allies.

There were no casualties and no claim of responsibility for the fleeting attack, in which three of the six bullets that were fired hit the embassy gate and a reinforced window.

“We can confirm a security incident took place at the U.S. Embassy early this morning. We have no reports of any injuries and we are investigating the details” embassy spokesman David Gainer said. He thanked Turkish police for their “rapid response.”

Turkish officials, who are locked in a trade and diplomatic dispute with the United States, condemned the shooting in Ankara, the capital.

Read more: https://www.apnews.com/a1c746d0ba3c4496b425a650bb9d4149/Shots-fired-at-gate-of-US-Embassy-in-Turkey,-but-no-one-hurt

Report: Asia Argento Paid Her Own Sexual-Assault Accuser $380,000

Source: The Daily Beast

Asia Argento, the Italian actress and director who became a leading voice in the #MeToo movement after accusing Harvey Weinstein of assault, paid a young actor $380,000 after he accused her of sexually assaulting him while he was underage, according to The New York Times. Jimmy Bennett said he was 17 and Argento 37 when she allegedly assaulted him in a motel room in 2013, years after they had played mother and son in The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things. Argento reportedly paid Bennett the money after his lawyer sent her lawyer a “notice of intent” saying the aftermath of the “sexual battery” traumatized Bennett, affected his work and income, and endangered his mental health. Argento’s boyfriend, the chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain, also a leading voice in the #MeToo movement after she came forward with accusations against Weinstein, died in June by suicide.



Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/report-asia-argento-paid-her-own-sexual-assault-accuser-dollar380000?ref=home
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