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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

'Prepared for war': As Mueller moves to finalize obstruction report, Trump's allies ready for ...

‘Prepared for war’: As Mueller moves to finalize obstruction report, Trump’s allies ready for political battle

By Carol D. Leonnig and Robert Costa
June 16 at 2:06 PM

President Trump’s lawyers and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III are hurtling toward a showdown over a year-long investigation into the president’s conduct, with Mueller pushing to write up his findings by summer’s end and Trump’s lawyers strategizing how to rebut a report that could spur impeachment hearings.

The confrontation is coming to a head as Trump and his allies ratchet up their attacks on the special counsel probe, seizing on a report released Thursday by the Justice Department’s inspector general that castigated FBI officials for their conduct during the 2016 Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, said that he planned to use the inspector general’s conclusions to undermine Mueller, suggesting he may ask Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a second special counsel to examine the current probe.

“We want to see if we can have the investigation and special counsel declared illegal and unauthorized,” Giuliani said in an interview Friday.


California Appeals Court Reinstates Right-To-Die Law

Source: Talking Points Memo/AP

By JOHN ROGERS | June 16, 2018 11:51 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A state appeals court has reinstated — at least for now — California’s law allowing terminally ill people to end their lives.

The Fourth District Court of Appeals in Riverside issued an immediate stay Friday putting the End of Life Option back into effect. The court also gave opponents of its decision until July 2 to file objections. The law allows adults to obtain a prescription for life-ending drugs if a doctor has determined that they have six months or less to live.

Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia declared the law unconstitutional last month, stating that it had been adopted illegally because lawmakers passed it during a special Legislative session called to address other matters.

Ottolia didn’t address the issue of whether it’s proper for people to end their lives.

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/california-appeals-court-right-to-die-law

Nunes: FBI Agents Leaked Clinton Info to Me

Nunes: FBI Agents Leaked Clinton Info to Me

By Josh Marshall | June 15, 2018 4:56 pm

In light of the fact that the Inspector General’s report ignored the questions about anti-Clinton bias in the FBI’s New York field office and questions about whether Comey’s actions were driven by fears of leaks from that same office, this seems highly relevant. Last night on Fox News, Rep. Devin Nunes explained that in late September 2016, “good FBI agents” came to him and told him they’d found the Weiner laptop with Huma Abedin’s emails with Secretary Clinton.


Note that the reference to late September 2016 makes it clear that the agents in question basically went to Nunes and other Capitol Hill Republicans immediately after they found the laptop.



Stephen Miller brags about policy ripping immigrant kids away from parents: It was a simple decision

16 JUN 2018 AT 12:27 ET

Controversial White House advisor Stephen Miller bragged about President Donald Trump’s new policy of child separation as a “simple decision” during a West Wing interview with The New York Times.

“No nation can have the policy that whole classes of people are immune from immigration law or enforcement,” Miller told The Times. “It was a simple decision by the administration to have a zero tolerance policy for illegal entry, period,” he claimed. “The message is that no one is exempt from immigration law.”

In May, New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay identified Miller as the leader of a White House faction intentionally inflicting harm.

“Let’s be clear, though, immigration has been an issue, a difficult one, a thorny one for the administration, but some of the stuff we’re seeing, the cruelty, is intentional,” Gay argued. “You know, this is a ‘Stephen Miller faction.’ That’s what’s happening.”

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) reached a similar conclusion. “This is not a zero tolerance policy, this is a zero humanity policy, and we can’t let it go on,” Merkley suggested. “Ripping children out of their parents’ arms to inflict harm on the child to influence the parents is unacceptable.”



Just the Fear of a Trade War Is Straining the Global Economy

Source: The New York Times

By Peter S. Goodman, Ian Austen and Elisabeth Malkin
June 16, 2018

LONDON — Only a few months ago, the global economy appeared to be humming, with all major nations growing in unison. Now, the world’s fortunes are imperiled by an unfolding trade war.

As the Trump administration imposes tariffs on allies and rivals alike, provoking broad retaliation, global commerce is suffering disruption, flashing signs of strains that could hamper economic growth. The latest escalation came on Friday, when President Trump announced fresh tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods, prompting swift retribution from Beijing.

As the conflict broadens, shipments are slowing at ports and airfreight terminals around the world. Prices for crucial raw materials are rising. At factories from Germany to Mexico, orders are being cut and investments delayed. American farmers are losing sales as trading partners hit back with duties of their own.

Workers in a Canadian steel mill scrambled to recall rail cars headed to the United States border after Mr. Trump this month slapped tariffs on imported metals. A Seattle customer soon canceled an order.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/16/business/tariffs-trade-war.html

Afghan government extends cease-fire with Taliban as fighters join civilians to celebrate Eid

Source: The Washington Post

By Pamela Constable
June 16 at 11:10 AM

HERAT, Afghanistan — President Ashraf Ghani ordered an extension Saturday of the cease-fire with Taliban insurgents, offered to provide medical treatment to injured Taliban fighters and announced that 46 Taliban prisoners had been released Friday as a sign of official goodwill.

Speaking from his palace in a solemn and serene tone, Ghani said his government was ready for “any kind of peace and any kind of talks,” and that he would be willing to discuss all Taliban concerns, including “the future role of international troops” in the country.

Ghani’s dramatic announcement aimed to build on the extraordinary success of the cease-fire’s first day Friday, in which thousands of Taliban fighters poured into cities and towns across the country and joined local civilians and security officials in celebrating the Eid holiday following the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

But even as the president spoke, the positive momentum of Friday’s events was undercut by a bombing in eastern Nangahar province, near a meeting of Taliban and local officials leaving 10 people dead and injured. No group claimed the attack, but there were unconfirmed reports that the bomb was attached to a Taliban military vehicle.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/afghan-government-extends-cease-fire-with-taliban-as-fighters-join-civilians-to-celebrate-eid/2018/06/16/a3fcecce-7170-11e8-b4d8-eaf78d4c544c_story.html

Trump rips Democrats over MS-13 'slaughter' in weekly address

Source: The Hill

BY JOHN BOWDEN - 06/16/18 10:53 AM EDT

President Trump attacked Democrats in Congress over immigration in his weekly address Saturday, blaming the party for refusing to close "loopholes" that allow gang members including MS-13 members into the United States.

In the video message, Trump singled out House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), accusing her of trying to "protect" MS-13 members who he again described as "animals" in his remarks.

"MS-13 gang members are truly, and you’ve heard me say it, animals – and yet Nancy Pelosi and Washington Democrats continue to protect them and to push for open borders," Trump said.

"The record is plain: Washington Democrats voted against Kate’s Law, they voted against legislation to deport gang members, and they voted for Sanctuary Cities where these violent criminals hide," Trump continued. "Democrats in Congress have opposed every measure that would close these immigration loopholes and bring the slaughter to an end."

Read more: http://thehill.com/latino/392608-trump-rips-democrats-over-ms-13-slaughter-in-weekly-address

Cardinal Dolan hits Sessions' use of the Bible to defend family separation...

Source: The Hill

Cardinal Dolan hits Sessions' use of the Bible to defend family separation: There's 'no Bible passage' that would justify it

BY AVERY ANAPOL - 06/16/18 10:47 AM EDT

Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Friday fired back at Attorney General Jeff Sessions for using the Bible to defend the Trump administration’s policy of separating families at the border.

The Archbishop of New York issued a harsh rebuke of the policy, telling CNN’s Chris Cuomo that it is “un-American.”

“I don't think we should obey a law that goes against what God intends that you would take a baby, a child, from their mom,” he said. “I mean, that's just unjust. That's unbiblical. That’s un-American. There could be no bible passage that would justify that.”

“God’s law trumps man’s law,” Dolan added.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/392605-cardinal-dolan-hits-sessions-use-of-the-bible-to-defend-family

A Breath of Bad Air: Cost of the Trump Environmental Agenda May Lead to 80K Extra Deaths per Decade

June 12, 2018
David Cutler, PhD1; Francesca Dominici, PhD2

JAMA. 2018;319(22):2261-2262. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.7351

President Donald Trump and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt have pledged to reexamine landmark environmental policies and to repeal regulations. In their view, excessive regulations are harming US industry, and thus reducing regulation will be good for business. As Donald Trump has said, seemingly without irony, “We are going to get rid of the regulations that are just destroying us. You can’t breathe—you cannot breathe.”

As has become apparent, however, it is the changes Trump is proposing that are likely to make breathing more difficult. A central feature of his agenda is environmental damage: making the air dirtier and exposing people to more toxic chemicals. The beneficiaries, in contrast, will be a relatively few well-connected companies.

The Trump Agenda

In pursuit of its wide-ranging environmental agenda, the administration has already reversed or proposed to reverse more than 60 environmental rules. The full extent of the effects on health has not been tabulated and is hard to quantify, but guesses can be made for some of the larger ones (see the Table).

The largest health consequences are likely to come through changes in air quality. The Trump administration has announced its intention to repeal the Clean Power Plan rule, President Barack Obama’s signature policy on climate change. The rule provides for the EPA to assign each state a goal for limiting emissions from existing power plants and gives the states latitude in meeting those goals, such as switching from coal to natural gas or building new wind or solar farms. Based on the regulatory impact analysis done by the EPA when the rule was implemented (as well as otheranalyses), repealing the rule would lead to an estimated 36 000 deaths each decade and nearly 630 000 cases of respiratory infection in children alone.


United Methodist Church urges Sessions to halt migrant family separations

Source: The Hill

BY LUIS SANCHEZ - 06/16/18 10:34 AM EDT

The United Methodist Church this week criticized the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the Trump administration immigration policies of separating migrant families and denying asylum to those fleeing domestic abuse and gang violence. The church also specifically called on attorney general Jeff Sessions— who is a United Methodist — to “immediately reverse these decisions.”

In a statement written by Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, the church’s general secretary, the Methodist denomination argued that the policies are “antithetical to the teachings of Christ” and criticized the Trump administration for using the Bible to justify the policies.

“Jesus is our way, our truth, our life. The Christ we follow would have no part in ripping children from their mothers’ arms or shunning those fleeing violence. It is unimaginable that faith leaders even have to say that these policies are antithetical to the teachings of Christ,” Henry-Crowe wrote.

Henry-Crowe noted that the administration used the Christian text of Paul’s Letter to the Romans to justify their policies but said they missed the parts that stress the need to be hospitable to strangers and to “love your neighbor as yourself.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/392601-methodist-church-hits-doj-over-immigration-policy


A shocking violation of the spirit of the Gospel

In recent weeks, we have watched with horror at the implementation of policies from the Department of Justice regarding the treatment of people migrating to the United States.

Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe June 15, 2018

In early May, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a “zero tolerance” policy resulting in de facto family separation: children are immediately removed from their parents as they are apprehended after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. And three days ago, the Attorney General also announced a policy reversing protections for asylum seekers fleeing domestic abuse and gang violence. Neither threat of violence is now considered grounds for asylum.

Furthermore — and in response to the ardent opposition from a wide array of faith communities — the officials responsible for these policies have recently used Christian scripture to justify their actions.

To argue that these policies are consistent with Christian teaching is unsound, a flawed interpretation, and a shocking violation of the spirit of the Gospel.

Administration officials have used the Christian text of Paul’s Letter to the Romans — his first and weightiest epistle — to justify their actions. The ethical teachings of Romans 12-16 describe that consecrated Christian life requires the duties of love and hospitality. The commandment in Chapter 13 to “be subject to the governing authorities” is bracketed by preceding and following passages containing the command to “love.”

Earlier verses detail what love looks like:

Let love be genuine, hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord…extend hospitality to strangers. (Romans 12: 9-11, 13 NRSV, emphasis added)

Subsequent verses further clarify the centrality of love and its comprehensive nature, stating that all the

commandment[s] are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law. (Romans 13: 9-10 NRSV, emphasis added)

We are reminded by Paul that love is the way.

Jesus is our way, our truth, our life. The Christ we follow would have no part in ripping children from their mothers’ arms or shunning those fleeing violence. It is unimaginable that faith leaders even have to say that these policies are antithetical to the teachings of Christ.

Christian sacred texts should never be used to justify policies that oppress or harm children and families.

Those using the Bible to justify these horrific policies, should also read the prophet Isaiah:

Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless. (Isaiah 10: 1-3 NIV)

The Trump Administration implemented these policies. They have the power to stop these horrific actions. Join me in calling on the Department of Justice, and especially on our fellow United Methodist, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, to immediately reverse these decisions.

When you reach out, be sure to share with them the Social Principles of our United Methodist Church, which uphold the rights of immigrants, oppose family separation, and demand protections for women, children and men from violence.

U.S. Department of Justice
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