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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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Fusion GPS co-founder spurns House GOP subpoena

By KYLE CHENEY 10/11/2018 05:41 PM EDT

Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of Fusion GPS — the firm that commissioned a now-infamous anti-Trump dossier — intends to assert his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to decline a subpoena issued by the House Judiciary Committee.

Simpson will invoke his "rights not to testify under the First and Fifth Amendments," his lawyers said in a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), who had subpoenaed Simpson to appear in a closed-door deposition on Oct. 16.

"This Committee’s inquiry is not designed to discover the truth. The obvious — and at times explicitly stated — goal of this Committee is to discredit and otherwise damage witnesses to Russia’s interference in the 2016 election," the lawyers wrote, "all as part of an effort to protect a President who has sought to placate and curry favor with a hostile foreign power and who demands that the Justice Department stop investigating him."

The move by Simpson to reject the subpoena is sure to escalate a bitter and politically explosive confrontation just weeks before the midterm elections. Goodlatte has sought Simpson's testimony, along with a list of high-profile former FBI and Justice Department officials, as part of a Republican investigation into allegations that anti-Trump bias in the bureau led officials to ratchet up their probe of the Trump campaign and downplay the investigation of Hillary Clinton's email server.

Democrats have argued that there's been no evidence that anti-Trump sentiment affected either probe and that Republicans are pursuing the allegations as part of an effort to undermine the ongoing investigation of Trump's inner circle.

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https://www.politico.com/story/2018/10/11/fusion-gps-gop-subpoena-895347

Judge orders partial release of Watergate 'road map'


By JOSH GERSTEIN 10/11/2018 09:45 PM EDT

A federal judge has ordered the partial release of a Watergate report that fueled an impeachment drive against President Richard Nixon and could serve as a precedent for a similar effort aimed at President Donald Trump.

Chief U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell granted a request Thursday to unseal a large chunk of the so-called road map that a federal grand jury in Washington sent to the House Judiciary Committee in early 1974.

The transmission to Congress more than four decades ago included a bare-bones summary of evidence from various witnesses, as well as supporting documents contained in a bulging olive-colored briefcase that prosecutors gave Judge John Sirica. The information detailed what the grand jury discovered about the Watergate break-in and Nixon’s involvement in subsequent efforts to cover it up.

Howell acted at the request of Geoffrey Shepard, a California lawyer who served as a member of Nixon’s defense team during the legal showdown over Watergate. In 2011, when others moved to unseal Nixon’s grand jury testimony, Shepard asked that other information about the grand jury’s activities be made public.

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https://www.politico.com/story/2018/10/11/watergate-report-donald-trump-896046

Donald Trump just had his second-most-dishonest week in office: 129 false claims


By DANIEL DALEWashington Bureau Chief

Thu., Oct. 11, 2018

WASHINGTON—Donald Trump had his second-most-dishonest week as president last week, capping an extended run of egregious lying.

Trump had four campaign rallies and a press conference, giving himself ample time to say inaccurate things. He made 129 false claims in all, just shy of his one-week record of 133, which he set in August.

Trump also made 69 false claims the week prior. For September, he made 268 false claims, tied with June for third-most of any month. Trump’s record is 321 for August, followed by 280 for July. In other words, all four of the last four months have been in his four most dishonest.

Among the most egregious lies last week were his lies about someone else’s lying.

Trump repeatedly attacked Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who was found in 2010 to have falsely claimed he served in Vietnam rather than accurately saying he served in the Marine Corps Reserve in the United States during the Vietnam War. Attempting to exaggerate how big of a liar Blumenthal is, Trump invented an entire series of his own lies – falsely insisting Blumenthal, whom he nicknamed “Da Nang Richard” and “Da Nang Dick,” had not only claimed to have been in Vietnam but that Blumenthal claimed to have said there were “bullets going left and right over my shoulders and they’re hitting my men,” that he went “to the rescue” of dying soldiers, and that he specifically served in Da Nang. None of this happened.

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https://www.thestar.com/news/world/analysis/2018/10/11/donald-trump-just-had-his-second-most-dishonest-week-in-office-129-false-claims.html

Clinton and Pelosi take star turn -- in GOP attack ads


‘If you are a Republican — man, woman, child or house plant — you are genetically predisposed to detest Nancy Pelosi, and Hillary is not far behind.’

By NATASHA KORECKI 10/12/2018 05:07 AM EDT

Republicans will face a massive gender gap at the polls this November, but they’re still betting big on an ad strategy that demonizes two of the most recognizable women in American politics.

Over the last 30 days, close to 100 Republican-funded TV spots casting Hillary Clinton, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — or both — as villains have aired more than 34,000 times, according to data compiled for POLITICO by Advertising Analytics. In three battleground Senate races alone — Indiana, Missouri and West Virginia — ads featuring Pelosi or Clinton blanketed TV screens, running more than 1,100 times in each state.

All told, Republican campaigns or affiliated groups sank $28.4 million into the Clinton and Pelosi messaging over the last month.

“It’s all about energizing the Republican base,” said Republican strategist Ana Navarro. “If you are a Republican — man, woman, child or house plant — you are genetically predisposed to detest Nancy Pelosi, and Hillary is not far behind.”

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https://www.politico.com/story/2018/10/12/clinton-pelosi-2018-attack-ads-896050

Survey: Number of Children Not Vaccinated Has Quadrupled Since 2001

Source: The Daily Beast



Tens of thousands of young children in the U.S. have purposely not been vaccinated against potentially life-threatening diseases, a trend that health officials say has grown in recent years. A survey cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday found that an estimated 100,000 children born in 2015 and 2016 had received no vaccinations as of 2017. That figure made up 1.3 percent of children born in those years and is a fourfold increase from the 0.3 percent of children without vaccinations found in a 2001 survey. Health experts have said growing misconceptions about the safety of vaccines may be behind the increase in children not receiving vaccines. Amanda Cohn, a senior adviser for vaccines at the CDC, told the Associated Press: “This is pretty concerning. It’s something we need to understand better—and reduce.”

READ IT AT AP

Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/survey-number-of-children-not-vaccinated-has-quadrupled-since-2001?ref=home

Men's Rights Organizations: Kavanaugh Hearing Turned Us Into Heroes

Donations and membership applications have been soaring since the Supreme Court justice was accused of sexual assault.

Emily Shugerman
10.12.18 4:46 AM ET

The Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process was a gift for men’s rights groups, sparking interest from those who saw the Supreme Court justice—and not his female accusers—as the real victim in the ordeal.

Organizations and advocates told The Daily Beast they saw a surge in donations and membership applications in the weeks after Christine Blasey Ford and two other women accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

Paul Elam, president of the men’s rights website A Voice for Men—who once declared that women who get drunk and make out with men are “begging” to be raped—said traffic to his site soared after Ford went public with her allegations.

The site posted numerous articles about the professor—referring to her as “rape liar Christine Blasey Ford” and accusing Republicans of “coddl[ing] her hunky dory ass”—and Elam said donations spiked on the day Ford gave her testimony. (Though not enough, apparently: Elam wrote a blog post earlier this week asking for donations to keep the site online.)

The activist identified the hearing as a kind of tipping point for men concerned about the expansion of survivors’ rights.

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https://www.thedailybeast.com/mens-rights-organizations-kavanaugh-hearing-turned-us-into-heroes?ref=home

NRA Endorses Kanye West's Second Amendment Defense



The official Twitter account for the National Rifle Association has come out in favor of the comments Kanye West made about guns during his Oval Office sit-down with President Donald Trump on Thursday. Wearing his “Make America Great Again” hat, the rapper said, “The problem is illegal guns. Illegal guns is the problem, not legal guns. We have the right to bear arms.” Posting the clip on Twitter, the NRA wrote that its “nearly six million members are glad to see a celebrity who gets it, and who is willing to stand with” the Second Amendment. Earlier this year, West tweeted a photo of Parkland shooting survivor and gun-rights activist Emma Gonzalez with the words “my hero.”

https://twitter.com/NRA/status/1050444994677547009

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https://www.thedailybeast.com/nra-endorses-kanye-wests-second-amendment-defense

Kanye West Storms D.C. Apple Store, Gives 'Keynote Speech' on Table, Says He's Leaving for Africa


by Tamar Auber | Oct 11th, 2018, 6:16 pm

Hours after Kanye West gave a 10-minute monologue in the Oval Office and had lunch with President Donald Trump, he apparently stormed an Apple Store in the Washington D.C. neighborhood of Georgetown, climbed on top of a table and gave yet another speech… before declaring he’s leaving for Africa.

Jack Jenkins, national reporter for Religion News Service was there when it happened. According to Jenkins’ account, West busted into a Washington DC Apple Store Thursday afternoon and asked to give a keynote speech before climbing on a table. It is not actually clear if his table climb was approved by Apple Store staff or if he just did it regardless.

https://twitter.com/jackmjenkins/status/1050487679647911937

Then, according to Jenkins, West announced he made a hat for Trump that says “Make America Great” sans the “again” — and that Trump wore it. He explained the “again” part hurts black people.

https://twitter.com/jackmjenkins/status/1050488613891387398

On his way out the door, Jenkins reported that West said that he’s going to Africa.

https://twitter.com/jackmjenkins/status/1050488735421345798

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https://www.mediaite.com/trump/kanye-west-storms-d-c-apple-store-gives-keynote-speech-on-table-says-hes-leaving-for-africa/

Hillary Fires Back at Trump Claims She Colluded: 'You Asked Russia to Hack Me on National Television

Source: Mediate



Hillary Clinton Fires Back at Trump Claims She Colluded: ‘You Asked Russia to Hack Me on National Television’

by Amy Russo | Oct 11th, 2018, 5:29 pm

After President Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of colluding with Russians to sabotage the 2016 election during his Pennsylvania rally, the former first lady defended herself using his favorite medium.

“Seriously, you asked Russia to hack me on national television,” Clinton tweeted Thursday afternoon, less than 24 hours following the commander in chief’s speech the night before. Her post was in reference to an NBC News article recapping Trump’s unsubstantiated claims.

https://twitter.com/HillaryClinton/status/1050479523660218368

Without evidence, Trump not only accused Clinton of engaging in a conspiracy, but her party as well.

“There was collusion between Hillary, the Democrats and Russia,” he told the crowd, which had again wheeled out its signature “lock her up” chant.

Read more: https://www.mediaite.com/online/hillary-clinton-fires-back-at-trump-claims-she-colluded-you-asked-russia-to-hack-me-on-national-television/

Michael updates: At least 6 killed by storm in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina

Source: The Washington Post




By Mark Berman, Antonia Noori Farzan, Eli Rosenberg andJ. Freedom du Lac October 11 at 4:47 PM

Tropical Storm Michael continues to march through the Southeast, still packing powerful winds and flood-causing rains. Michael made landfall in the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday as a “potentially catastrophic” Category 4 hurricane — the strongest on record to hit the area — and charged north through Georgia and into the Carolinas, wreaking havoc and causing emergencies. In the storm’s wake lay crushed and flooded buildings, shattered lives and at least six deaths, a number that officials worry could rise.

4:47 p.m.: At least 6 deaths in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina linked to storm, officials say

Authorities said Thursday they have linked at least six deaths in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina to the storm, a toll officials have worried could rise as search and rescue efforts continue.

In Florida, the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office reported four deaths related to the storm. A spokeswoman said that one man was killed when a tree crashed through the roof of his home in Greensboro. The sheriff’s office said that it also had three other “storm-related fatalities following Hurricane Michael,” although it did not immediately release further information about what happened beyond saying that all four deaths were “in relation to or occurred during the storm.”

Gadsden, a county in northwest Florida not far from Tallahassee, took a direct shot from Michael as it churned northward on Wednesday.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/10/11/hurricane-michael-live-updates-powerful-storm-clobbers-the-southeast/
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