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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

Pelosi Quips On Trump: 'I Don't Think The President Would Be So Petty, Do You?'


Trump Reacts To Cohen Bombshell: He's 'Lying To Reduce His Jail Time!'

Source: Talking Points Memo

By David Taintor

January 18, 2019 10:06 am

President Donald Trump on Friday morning reacted to a bombshell report that said he directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow project.



Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-reacts-to-cohen-bombshell-hes-lying-to-reduce-his-jail-time

Pelosi Postpones Trip After Accusing Trump Of Leaking Private Travel Details

Source: Talking Points Memo

By Summer Concepcion

January 18, 2019 10:16 am

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced Friday that she is postponing her trip to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan in light of President Donald Trump’s move to ground her flight after her request to delay the State of the Union.

Although Pelosi had planned to fly commercially to proceed with the trip to meet with commanders and troops abroad, Pelosi spokesperson Drew Hammill said that “the grave threats caused by the President’s action” led to the delegation’s decision to postpone the trip “so as not to further endanger our troops and security personnel, or the other travelers on the flights.”

Hammill also said the delegation learned Friday morning that the Trump administration “leaked the commercial travel plans” as well.

Read Hammill’s full statement below:

“The United States Congress is a co-equal branch of government in our system of checks and balances. The Congress has a constitutional responsibility to conduct oversight in the war zone where our men and women in uniform are risking their lives every day,” Hammill said. “After President Trump revoked the use of military aircraft to travel to Afghanistan, the delegation was prepared to fly commercially to proceed with this vital trip to meet with our commanders and troops on the front lines.”

“In the middle of the night, the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service provided an updated threat assessment detailing that the President announcing this sensitive travel had significantly increased the danger to the delegation and to the troops, security, and other officials supporting the trip,” continued Hammill. “This morning, we learned that the Administration had leaked the commercial travel plans as well.”

“In light of the grave threats caused by the President’s action, the delegation has decided to postpone the trip so as not to further endanger our troops and security personnel, or the other travelers on the flights,” said Hammill. “Whether here or abroad, the Speaker always thanks our troops, diplomats and intelligence community for their heroism and service. The Speaker commends her colleagues on the delegation, who personally and officially have dedicated their lives to protect and defend the American people.”


Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/pelosi-postpone-overseas-trip-trump-retaliation

Trump loyalists know he committed treason with Putin but 'It's an OK price for the racism': Krugman

Trump loyalists know he committed treason with Putin but ‘It’s an OK price for the racism’: Paul Krugman

18 JAN 2019 AT 09:54 ET

In a series of tweets on Friday morning, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman accused “Trump loyalists” of knowing deep down in their hearts that the president committed treason, but they don’t care because he appeals to their racist instincts.

Taking the measure of the national zeitgeist, the popular New York Times columnist said the steady drumbeat of revelations about the Trump administration — including a bombshell report that claims the president may have suborned perjury — should leave no doubt that the president’s relationship with Russian president Vladimir Putin is treasonous.

But, Krugman asserted, Trump’s biggest fans don’t care.


Krugman then tied Trump’s die-hard supporters to conservatives who have ignored the racism of Rep. Steve King (R-IA) for so long — then acted shocked when the truth came out.



GOP Rep. Jason Smith apologizes for telling Democrats to 'go back to Puerto Rico'

By JENNIFER SCHOLTES, CAITLIN EMMA and SARAH FERRIS 01/17/2019 01:16 PM EST Updated 01/17/2019 09:48 PM EST

Rep. Tony Cárdenas said Thursday night he has accepted an apology from Rep. Jason Smith, who acknowledged he yelled, “Go back to Puerto Rico!” at Democrats during a tense situation on the House floor earlier in the day but denied his remark was racially motivated.

A Smith aide said the Missouri Republican intended the comment as a shot at House Democrats over their 30-member jaunt to Puerto Rico last weekend — an event that got heavy coverage in the conservative media — rather than an attack on a specific lawmaker. But in a week that saw the House overwhelmingly condemn Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King for racist remarks, tensions remain high. And House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said on the floor that Democrats believed it was a slur aimed at Cárdenas.

Cárdenas, a California Democrat of Mexican heritage, said in a statement Thursday night that he was "shocked" to hear Smith's words as he waited to speak on the floor and "often heard those kinds of comments" when he was a kid growing up outside Los Angeles.

Cárdenas said Smith called him a few hours later and "sincerely apologized," agreeing that the two should get to know each other better when Congress returns next week.


Next shutdown victim: School lunches

One rural school district is already rationing fruit and vegetables.

By KIMBERLY HEFLING and BIANCA QUILANTAN 01/17/2019 06:22 PM EST Updated 01/17/2019 07:16 PM EST

Servings of fresh fruits and vegetables are disappearing from school lunch trays in rural Vance County, N.C.

The Prairie Hills school district in Kansas is worried about not being able to feed kids at all.

On top of that, there are thousands of new kids nationwide eligible for free or low-cost school meals because their parents have been furloughed by the federal government.

With the U.S. Department of Agriculture shuttered in the dispute over funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall, school districts across the country could be faced with scraping together emergency funds to feed low-income public schoolchildren if the shutdown continues another two months.

Rural districts with smaller budgets and more limited options to scrimp may be hit especially hard, but even New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned Thursday of a coming crisis for his city’s more than 1 million students.

Under federal school meal programs, school districts typically get paid back by the federal government for the meals they pay up front to give to eligible children. But if the federal funds don’t come in, they aren’t allowed to pull from just any account to make up the shortfall.


The circular firing squad: Mueller targets turn on each other

After Rudy Giuliani's latest comments, it’s everyone for themselves. And it's a prosecutor’s dream for the special counsel.

By DARREN SAMUELSOHN 01/17/2019 08:36 PM EST

Rudy Giuliani sent an unmistakable message Wednesday night: It’s everyone for themselves.

During a CNN interview, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer blurted out that the only person he knows about who didn’t collude with Russia was Trump himself. Although Giuliani tried to walk back his comments on Thursday, the remarks put the sprawling web of people caught up in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe on notice: no one is coming to save you.

“Ya think!!!” one former Trump campaign official wrote to POLITICO when asked if Giuliani was trying to protect the president at the expense of everyone who worked for him.

The Team Trump infighting has been a prosecutor’s dream for Mueller, opening up an ever-widening window into the behind-the-scenes workings of a rookie politician whose campaign has been under investigation for years. The special counsel and federal prosecutors have already benefited from the internal sniping, flipping Trump’s former lawyer, national security adviser and campaign chairman.

Bickering and backstabbing were Trump world trade marks long before the former businessman launched his White House bid, from the real estate mogul’s decades of private business dealings to his years as a reality television star.


Ivanka Trump issues carefully worded denial of BuzzFeed report on Trump Tower Moscow

Source: RawStory

18 JAN 2019 AT 09:27 ET

Ivanka Trump has denied playing a significant role in negotiations of a possible Trump Tower in Moscow in response to a BuzzFeed report about her father allegedly directing attorney Michael Cohen to commit perjury.

The president’s daughter and senior adviser issued a statement through a spokesperson denying the website’s reporting about her involvement in the project, which Cohen has said remained under negotiation for much longer than he had told Congress.

“Ms. Trump did not know about this proposal until after a non-binding letter of intent had been signed, never talked to anyone outside the organization about the proposal, never visited the projected project site and was only minimally involved,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

The website reported that Cohen told special counsel Robert Mueller that he provided details about the Moscow project to the president and his eldest two children, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr.


Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2019/01/ivanka-trump-issues-carefully-worded-denial-buzzfeed-report-trump-tower-moscow/

Gingrich on Fox News: Trump not 'dumb enough' to order Cohen to lie

Trump ducks bombshell BuzzFeed accusations to rage tweet at Nancy Pelosi

Source: RawStory

18 JAN 2019 AT 09:12 ET

A bombshell story published Thursday on BuzzFeed reported that President Donald Trump allegedly instructed his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about a Trump hotel in Moscow.

The president has not yet addressed the allegations. Yet, he did issue an angry tweet at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) this morning.

“Why would Nancy Pelosi leave the Country with other Democrats on a seven day excursion when 800,000 great people are not getting paid,” he wrote. “Also, could somebody please explain to Nancy & her “big donors” in wine country that people working on farms (grapes) will have easy access in!”



Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2019/01/trump-ducks-bombshell-buzzfeed-accusations-rage-tweet-nancy-pelosi/
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