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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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Republicans may be about to steal an election in Georgia

By Paul Waldman
Opinion writer

October 11 at 12:27 PM

Correction: An earlier version of this blog post misstated the location of Shelby County, Ala. This version has been updated.

It isn’t often you get to watch an election being stolen in real time, but that might be what is happening right now in Georgia.

When it comes to the nationwide, comprehensive, carefully planned Republican effort to suppress the votes of people who are likely to vote Democratic, particularly racial minorities, there is a menu of techniques Republicans employ — voter ID laws, voter purges, limiting early voting, closing polling places in heavily minority neighborhoods, and racial and partisan gerrymandering. But what Brian Kemp is doing right now is truly unique.

Kemp, the Republican nominee for governor, is locked in an extremely tight race with Democrat Stacey Abrams. He also happens to be the secretary of state, the official in charge of all elections in Georgia. You might expect him to step down or recuse himself from overseeing his own election in the interest of fairness and public confidence that the fix is not in, but that’s not how Republicans do things. Kemp isn’t just overseeing the process, he’s apparently also doing everything he can to keep as many Democrats as possible from the polls in November.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2018/10/11/republicans-may-be-about-to-steal-an-election-in-georgia/

Dow drops nearly 550 points, sending its two-day loss total to nearly 1,400 points

Source: The Washington Post


By Taylor Telford, Anna Fifield and Gerry Shih October 11 at 4:03 PM

U.S. markets suffered deeper losses Thursday, following on a global rout as investors lost their nerve over rising U.S. interest rates and fresh worries about an economic slowdown.

Concerns about U.S.-China ties weighed heavily, too. U.S. markets rebounded briefly after it was announced that President Trump would meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping at next month’s G-20 summit in Buenos Aires to discuss the intensifying trade conflict.

The Dow Jones industrial average ended the day down 2.1 percent, or 546 points, pushing the two day loss to nearly 1,400 points. The broad-index Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index was off 2 percent. The tech-heavy Nasdaq notched its second day of trouble with a 1.3 percent loss.

The markets landed in the red despite a government report that showed consumer prices rose less than expected last month. U.S. consumer prices rose 0.1 percent in September, following a 0.2 percent increase in August.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/markets-across-asia-open-down-sharply-following-wall-st-tumble/2018/10/10/ef1e5422-ccc9-11e8-920f-dd52e1ae4570_story.html



Wall St. Extends Drop Into Sixth Day After Global Sell-Off

By Alexandra Stevenson, Jack Ewing and Matt Phillips
Oct. 11, 2018

Wall Street tumbled again on Thursday, as choppy trading gave way to broad-based stock declines late in the afternoon.

Investors are contending with multiple concerns, including rising borrowing costs that could dampen economic growth and growing tensions between Beijing and Washington. Worries about rising interest rates eased briefly early in the day after a report showing muted inflation helped send yields on government bonds lower.

But jitters emerged again in the afternoon, when declines in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index began to gather pace. Shortly before 3 p.m. the broad index was again down more than 2 percent. That was on top of a 3.3 percent decline the day before. The S. & P. 500, the market benchmark, closed lower on Thursday, its sixth straight daily decline.

“The global economy and markets are in a delicate situation,” said Carsten Brzeski, chief economist at ING Bank in Frankfurt. “While the status quo is still good, risks are increasing.”

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/11/business/stock-market-global.html

Washington Post reporter: Kanye's meeting with Trump was 'just sad' -- and a distraction

Conservative shreds Trump's Kanye stunt 'A man who's clearly not OK & a president ready to exploit..

Conservative shreds Trump’s Kanye stunt on CNN: ‘A man who’s clearly not OK and a president ready to exploit it’

Scoop: Michael Cohen is now a registered Democrat

Source: Axios



Jonathan Swan

48 mins ago

Michael Cohen, President Trump's former attorney who until June served as the Republican Party’s deputy finance chair, today changed his party registration from Republican to Democrat, according to a knowledgeable source.

Between the lines: Cohen went online around noon to the Albany-based New York State board of elections to make the change, according to the source. The move fits a pattern of Cohen publicly breaking from the man for whom he once said he’d take “a bullet.”

Keep in mind that Cohen has been signaling his break with Trump for months now, after Trump didn't lift a finger to defend him from charges of campaign finance violations over Cohen's payments of hush money to keep two women quiet about their affairs with Trump.

In his guilty plea in August, Cohen implicated Trump by suggesting that the then-presidential candidate directed him to keep the affairs quiet.




Read more: https://www.axios.com/michael-cohen-becomes-democrat-a73c59a5-2000-4f8f-b4d5-29d66deda15c.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twsocialshare&utm_campaign=organic

Drone footage captures devastation in Mexico Beach, Florida following Hurricane Michael

Video Released of White Man Shooting at 14-Year-Old Black Teen Who Asked for Directions

Video of 53-year-old Jeffrey Ziegler attempting to shoot 14-year-old Brennan Walker, a black teen who approached the man’s front door to ask for directions last April, was released Thursday in the midst of Ziegler’s trial for attempted murder. The video footage shows Walker approaching the front door and standing outside before suddenly sprinting away. Ziegler emerges seconds later, attempts to fire, then steadies himself and fires a shot before returning inside his home. Ziegler has repeatedly insisted that he slipped and accidentally fired on Walker. As The Daily Beast previously reported, Ziegler also claims that his wife believed Walker was trying to break in—despite Walker doing nothing more than patiently standing at the door.

“I got to the house, and I knocked on the lady’s door. Then she started yelling at me and she was like, ‘Why are you trying to break into my house?’ I was trying to explain to her that I was trying to get directions to Rochester High,” Walker told Fox2 at the time. “And she kept yelling at me. Then the guy came downstairs, and he grabbed the gun, I saw it and started to run. And that’s when I heard the gunshot.” The Oakland Press notes that the video could cast “serious doubt” in the minds of jurors, who viewed the video Wednesday. That’s what happened to Detective Shawn Pace, who testified that “When I saw that video, my thought process switched...I knew which direction I had to go. I was shocked.” After viewing it a second time, he said, he was “charged up, because I was offended by what I had seen.” The trial is expected to conclude Friday.

https://twitter.com/sahluwal/status/1050197904474791937

READ IT AT THE OAKLAND PRESS

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https://www.thedailybeast.com/video-released-of-white-man-shooting-at-14-year-old-black-teen-who-asked-for-directions?ref=home

Trump-loving conspiracy nuts think JFK Jr is still alive -- and is secretly attending Trump rallies




Trump supporter Vince Fusca, left, and a QAnon supporter, right (Photo via Twitter).


BRAD REED
11 OCT 2018 AT 14:02 ET

QAnon, a subset of Trump supporters known for spouting wild conspiracy theories about global pedophile rings, now believe that John F. Kennedy Jr., who died in a plane crash in 1999, is still alive and secretly attending Trump rallies.

Travis View, who follows and frequently comments on developments within the QAnon community, notes that many QAnon followers were particularly excited this week to see Pennsylvania Trump supporter Vincent Fusca show up at one of the president’s rallies.

The reason this caused such excitement, View explains, is that QAnon supporters believe that Fusca is actually JFK Jr., as documented by the tweets below.







NBC News reporter Ben Collins notes that the theory about Vincet Fusca being JFK Jr. has taken off like wildfire on YouTube, where typing in “JFK Jr.” will result in autocomplete results that include Fusca as one of the top choices. Additionally, searching for only JFK Jr. on YouTube turns up a slew of QAnon conspiracy videos.

https://twitter.com/oneunderscore__/status/1050420755597590528

One video linking Fusca to JFK Jr. has more than 110,000 views so far — and others that show up in search results have also racked up tens of thousands of views.

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/10/trump-loving-conspiracy-nuts-think-jfk-jr-still-alive-secretly-attending-trump-rallies/

Facebook purged over 800 accounts and pages pushing political messages for profit

Source: The Washington Post



By Elizabeth Dwoskin and

Tony Romm October 11 at 2:00 PM

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said on Thursday that it has purged more than 800 U.S publishers and accounts for flooding users with politically oriented content that violated the company’s spam policies, a move that could reignite accusations of political censorship.

The accounts and pages, with names such as Reasonable People Unite and Reverb Press, were probably domestic actors using clickbait headlines and other spammy tactics to drive users to websites where they could target them with ads, the company said. Some had hundreds of thousands of followers and expressed a range of political viewpoints, including a page that billed itself as “the first publication to endorse President Donald J. Trump.” They did not appear to have ties to Russia, company officials said.

Facebook said it was not removing the publishers and accounts because of the type of content they posted, but because of the behaviors they engaged in, including spamming Facebook groups with identical pieces of content and using fake profiles.

“Today, we’re removing 559 Pages and 251 accounts that have consistently broken our rules against spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior,” the company said in a blog post. “People will only share on Facebook if they feel safe and trust the connections they make here.”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2018/10/11/facebook-purged-over-accounts-pages-pushing-political-messages-profit/



Made and Distributed in the U.S.A.: Online Disinformation


A screenshot of Right Wing News’s Facebook page.

By Sheera Frenkel
Oct. 11, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — When Christine Blasey Ford testified before Congress last month about Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual assault, an online news site called Right Wing News sprang into action on Facebook.

The conservative site, run by the blogger John Hawkins, had created a series of new Facebook pages and accounts over the last year under many different names, according to Facebook.

After Dr. Blasey testified, Right Wing News posted several false stories about her — including the suggestion that her lawyers were being bribed by Democrats — and then used the network of Facebook pages and accounts to share the pieces so that they proliferated online quickly, social media researchers said.

The result was a real-time spreading of disinformation started by Americans, for Americans.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/11/technology/fake-news-online-disinformation.html

In Bold Prediction, Avenatti Claims He Knows When Don Jr. Will Be Indicted


by Ronn Blitzer | 11:11 am, October 11th, 2018

The feud between Michael Avenatti and Donald Trump Jr. keeps heating up, at least on Avenatti’s end. Continuing a recent trend of going after the president’s son on social media, the attorney made a bold prediction Thursday morning about Trump Jr.’s future. It wasn’t positive.

“Donald Trump Jr. will be indicted before his birthday on 12-31-18,” Avenatti said in a tweet.

https://twitter.com/MichaelAvenatti/status/1050373253619806209

This is in line with his comment earlier in the week, when he implied that Don Jr. may find himself in federal prison, telling him to “Buckle up Buttercup.”

How sure is Avenatti that this will happen? Very. He’s telling naysayers to look at his track record this year, mainly referring to his case where he represents adult film star Stormy Daniels against Michael Cohen and President Donald Trump. Since the lawsuit over Daniels’ hush agreement began, Avenatti has pressured his opponents in media appearances, resulting in Trump and his legal team stumbling over themselves with contradicting stories regarding the $130,000 Daniels received to keep quiet about allegations that she had an affair with Trump in 2006. Avenatti also published financial data about Cohen and transactions he made, months before the former Trump attorney pleaded guilty to charges including tax fraud and campaign finance violations.

The recent comments directed towards Trump Jr. came after the president’s son tweeted about disgraced politician Anthony Weiner possibly being released from prison early. He jokingly tweeted that we could see an Avenatti/Weiner ticket in 2020, referencing Avenatti’s recent exploration of a possible run at the White House. Avenatti responded that Trump Jr. shouldn’t joke about people in federal prison, since he may be going there himself.

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https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/avenatti-claims-donald-trump-jr-will-be-indicted-and-he-knows-when/
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