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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

John Legend Curses Out Paul Ryan For Posting Father's Day Video Amidst Border Separations: ...

John Legend Curses Out Paul Ryan For Posting Father’s Day Video Amidst Border Separations: ‘Seriously, F*ck You’

by Aidan McLaughlin | 6:41 pm, June 16th, 2018

Singer John Legend blasted House Speaker Paul Ryan on Saturday after the Wisconsin Republican posted a video to Twitter in celebration of Father’s Day.

Ryan, who is retiring from public office after this year’s midterm elections, posted a video titled “How Becoming a Father Changed My Life” the eve of Father’s day.


Legend, a musician and outspoken political activist, issued a harsh rebuke to the Republican lawmaker in light of the Trump administration policy of separating migrant children from their families at the southern border.



CNBC's John Harwood Rips Trump & GOP For Child Migrant Policy: It's Appealing to White People...

CNBC’s John Harwood Rips Trump and GOP For Child Migrant Policy: It’s Appealing to White People Resisting Diversity

by Aidan McLaughlin | 3:26 pm, June 16th, 2018

CNBC’s John Harwood appeared on MSNBC Saturday morning and ripped President Donald Trump as well as the Republican Party for the current U.S. policy that separates child migrants from their families at the southern border.

“We have a president who is not honest, who lacks a moral sense, who lacks empathy,” Harwood said. “And what he is trying to do is deflect blame for a policy that he has caused to happen.”

Harwood, CNBC’s editor at large, went on to argue that the GOP is appealing to white people who want to resist diversity in the United States. “And to do it while leading a party whose core appeal right now is to white people about resisting cultural and economic changes in the country, that have made the country more diverse,” he added. “The immigration issue has been hot in our politics for more than ten years now. But President Trump has taken it to a level that George W. Bush would find unrecognizable.”

Harwood continued:

“Because the cruelty that is being inflicted by this policy is something that the administration has chosen to do deliberately. And it’s not stopping it, because the core impulse in this party right now is to prevent the United States from becoming more diverse and having more nonwhite people in the country. So he’s speaking for those people. He’s trying to rouse those voters, those white voters in the mid term election to protect the Republican majorities, and he is crashing against the moral sense of others in the country, and we’re going to see how voters sort this out this year. There isn’t going to be a new immigration bill passed on the terms the president is talking about.”


Former CIA Head Compares Trump's Border Separation Policy to Nazi Germany

Source: Mediate

by Aidan McLaughlin | 5:32 pm, June 16th, 2018

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden issued a scathing rebuke of President Donald Trump‘s policy of separating migrant children from their families at the southern border on Saturday.

Hayden, a CNN contributor who served as CIA director under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, posted a photo of the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp on Twitter along with the caption, “Other governments have separated mothers and children.”


The Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their families was first weighed when John Kelly served as the homeland security secretary in March 2017, and proposed the move in order to deter migrants from attempting to illegally cross the border.

The idea has been floated in previous administrations too, but according to the New York Times, “for George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the idea of crying children torn from their parents’ arms was simply too inhumane — and too politically perilous — to embrace as policy.”

Read more: https://www.mediaite.com/online/former-cia-head-compares-trumps-border-separation-policy-to-nazi-germany/

GOP Senate Nominee Corey Stewart's Ties to White Supremacists Run Deeper Than Previously Reported

Source: Mediate

by Caleb Ecarma | 1:01 pm, June 16th, 2018

While Corey Stewart recently disavowed alt-right figure Paul Nehlen and claimed he was not aware of his racist views when he called him his “personal hero,” the Republican Senate nominee’s ties to white supremacists go much deeper than just Nehlen.

Stewart, a member of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors who won the GOP nomination in the Virginia Senate race and received an endorsement from President Donald Trump, held a rally in 2017 with numerous white supremacist activists, has been pictured with racists all over the state of Virginia, and paid a white supremacist family for “fieldwork consulting” and used them as his “bodyguards” while campaigning.

According to information published by the campaign finance transparency initiative VPAP, Stewart’s campaign paid Donna Randall, a neo-Confederate activist who said she attended the white supremacist Unite the Right rally, $50 for “fieldwork consulting” during his failed 2017 gubernatorial run. While it is unclear what consulting work Randall conducted on behalf of the Stewart campaign, her ties to the white supremacist movement are very clear, as she attends neo-Confederate events with her husband George Randall, who is associated with the racist, “southern nationalist” League of the South and was spotted at the Unite the Right rally marching alongside former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke.

The Stewart campaign and the Randalls were contacted by Mediaite for comment, but did not respond in time for publication.

Read more: https://www.mediaite.com/online/gop-senate-nominee-corey-stewarts-ties-to-white-supremacists-run-deeper-than-previously-reported/

This is a big story at Mediate, many, many pics of Stewart and the racists. I think the article may be the biggest and longest article I've ever seen published by Mediate. -- Don

Giuliani: FBI, prosecutors investigating Trump belong in the psych ward

Source: The Hill

BY MORGAN GSTALTER - 06/16/18 07:22 PM EDT

President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani suggested on Saturday that FBI agents and special counsel prosecutors should go to a psychiatric ward instead of investigating Trump.

“Instead of investigating President Trump, they should go to Bellevue,” Giuliani said, referencing the infamous Manhattan psychiatric ward.

“Wackadoodles,” he added, waving his hands by his head with wide eyes.


The former New York mayor made the comments in Staten Island while campaigning for Republican Rep. Dan Donovan, New York-based Spectrum News NY1 reported. Donovan, who has been endorsed by Trump, is currently running a tight reelection race against former Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.).

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/392644-giuliani-fbi-prosecutors-belong-in-the-psych-ward

Family separations could double, says Border Patrol chief in Rio Grande Valley

Source: The Washington Post

By Michael E. Miller
June 16 at 8:52 PM

EDINBURG, TEX. — As outrage mounts over the Trump administration’s separation of hundreds of migrant children from their parents, the person overseeing that zero-tolerance policy on the busiest stretch of the Southwest border said the number of families affected could double.

Manuel Padilla Jr., Border Patrol chief for the Rio Grande Valley, told The Washington Post on Thursday that his agents had separated 568 parents from children as young as 5 since the zero-tolerance policy was announced on April 6. But that figure represented only half the number of parents who could have been prosecuted for entering the country illegally, leaving Border Patrol plenty of room to ramp up family separations.

“We are trying to build to 100 percent prosecution of everybody that is eligible,” he said. “We are not there yet, but that is our intent.”

Padilla’s comments came as angry legislators prepared to visit the Rio Grande Valley Sunday and tour the chief’s facilities.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/family-separations-could-double-says-border-patrol-chief-in-rio-grande-valley/2018/06/16/13cdc042-70ee-11e8-bf86-a2351b5ece99_story.html

Border Patrol chief: Number of migrant family separations could double

BY MORGAN GSTALTER - 06/16/18 08:23 PM EDT

The number of migrant families being separated upon crossing into the U.S. along the Southern border could double, according to a Border Patrol chief for the Rio Grande Valley.

Manuel Padilla Jr., the chief in charge of enforcing the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy along the border's most-traveled segment, told The Washington Post on Saturday that the number will continue to increase as Border Patrol works to ramp up its prosecutions of those who cross into the U.S. illegally.

The Trump administration began implementing its zero-tolerance policy last month, stating that the its goal was to deter future immigrants from attempting to make the journey across Mexico into the U.S. The policy seeks to prosecute those crossing into the U.S. illegally, often leading children to be separated from their parents while they await prosecutorial action.

Since April 6 — when the policy was announced — agents have separated 568 parents in the region, Padilla said. Some of the children apprehended are as young as 5 years old, The Post reported.


Trump Is Making Us Live in His Delusional Reality Show

June 16, 2018 at 9:10 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

Andrew Sullivan: “It seems so long ago now. Almost immediately after Trump took office, the denial of reality began. The president’s and his spokesperson’s insistence that his inauguration crowd was the biggest in history — and certainly bigger than Obama’s — belied what everyone could see with their bare, lyin’ eyes. At the time, I wondered whether the president was psychologically unwell. Three thousand lies later, we have a fuller picture.”

“The president believes what he wants to believe, creates a reality that fits his delusions, and then insists, with extraordinary energy and stamina, that his delusions are the truth. His psychological illness, moreover, is capable of outlasting anyone else’s mental health. Objective reality that contradicts his delusions is discounted as “fake news” propagated by “our country’s greatest enemy,” i.e., reporters. If someone behaved like this in my actual life, if someone kept insisting that the sea was red and the sky green, I’d assume they were a few sandwiches short of a picnic. It’s vital for us to remember this every day: Almost no one else in public life is so openly living in his own disturbed world.”



Theologian: Sanders and evangelicals defending Trump's immigrant kid snatching are ''Pimps of evil'

Theologian rains hell on Sarah Sanders and evangelicals defending Trump’s immigrant kid snatching: ‘Pimps of evil’


For Pruitt, gaining Trump's favor -- and keeping it -- came through fierce allegiance

By Josh Dawsey, Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis
June 16 at 5:39 PM

In the run-up to the decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement last May, President Trump wanted the opinion of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. But when the president’s personal secretary called the EPA, Pruitt wasn’t around.

As it turned out, he was already in the White House, having just ordered the ice cream special in the Mess, where he often dined hoping for just such an opportunity to talk to the president. Once in the Oval Office, Pruitt reinforced Trump’s desire to leave the accord, arguing against other advisers so long that an aide had to bring a cup so his melting ice cream wouldn’t drip onto the presidential rug.

Pruitt’s actions that May day are emblematic of how he has built his relationship with Trump — ingratiating himself personally, extolling the president’s abilities and strongly backing him on policy in meetings and in regular one-on-one conversations. That approach also helps explain how the former Oklahoma attorney general has kept his job amid a bevy of transgressions that are similar to, or worse than, those that have cost other Cabinet officials their positions.

On climate change, Pruitt shares Trump’s skepticism of mainstream science and has offered a reality-TV-style way to make their case: a televised show in which Pruitt would debate a climate scientist. In an effort to support Trump’s trade stance, he devised a plan to impose stricter fuel-efficiency standards on vehicles made by foreign automakers, even though White House lawyers argued it was illegal. And he has suggested he could take a leading role in renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, on the grounds that he could strike a better deal with Mexico than the president’s current advisers.

“The president’s instincts are completely right,” Pruitt frequently remarks in meetings with Trump, according to a former administration official. When Pruitt addresses groups in the Rachel Carson Room — the ornate green room in the administrator’s suite named for the famed environmentalist — he has said more than once, “I really admire the man who owns the hotel across the street.” The room overlooks the Trump International Hotel.


Trump picks budget official to lead consumer bureau, setting up fight in Congress

Source: Politico

By KATY O'DONNELL 06/16/2018 05:09 PM EDT

President Donald Trump selected Kathy Kraninger, a little-known White House budget official, as the next director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, setting up what is likely to be a bruising battle in Congress over the controversial young agency.

Kraninger works under Mick Mulvaney at the Office of Management and Budget. Her surprise selection to head the CFPB — including an unusual Saturday rollout — would ensure that Mulvaney, whose tumultuous six-month tenure as acting director of the bureau has drawn the ire of consumer advocates and Democrats, continues to have influence over the agency created in the wake of the financial crisis.

Any Trump nominee would have to survive a stormy confirmation process to lead the divisive consumer bureau, which was conceived and set up by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass). Republicans have repeatedly tried to defang the watchdog, which they see as a symbol of executive overreach. Democrats see the agency – which is funded by the Federal Reserve and not subject to congressional influence over its budget – as the rare independent bulwark against the reach of big financial firms.


Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/16/trump-consumer-protection-bureau-kathy-kraninger-650388
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