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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

Rick Gates Still Cooperating With Mueller


Kanye: Hillary Clinton Slogan Didn't Work For Me 'As A Guy'

By Nicole Lafond

October 11, 2018 1:26 pm

During a visit to the Oval Office on Thursday, musician Kanye West explained why he couldn’t support the Hillary Clinton campaign: “I’m with her” slogan didn’t make him feel “like a guy that could play catch with his son.”



MSNBC's Ali Velshi Sums Up Kanye Rant: 'Wowwww'

By David Taintor

October 11, 2018 1:39 pm

MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi succinctly summed up Kanye West’s extended Oval Office rant: “Wowwww. That was bonkers.”




Gillum Warns Florida TV Stations To Stop Running 'Maliciously False' GOP Ad

Source: Talking Points Memo

By Allegra Kirkland

October 11, 2018 11:57 am

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum on Thursday demanded that Florida TV stations stop broadcasting a “maliciously false” attack ad put out by the state Republican Party, warning that further broadcast of the ad would be intentionally defamatory.

In a cease-and-desist letter, lawyers for the Gillum campaign claims the ad was approved by his GOP opponent Rep. Ron DeSantis and makes “demonstrably false” claims. The 30-second spot focuses on an ongoing FBI public corruption investigation into the city government in Tallahassee, where Gillum serves as mayor.

“Andrew Gillum is running for Governor and also from the FBI,” the ad, which is cut through with images of police tape, states. It ends with a line saying Gillum is “not just radical, but corrupt.”

Gillum’s attorney writes that the candidate is neither the subject of the probe nor received any anonymous payments from anyone, as suggested.

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/gillum-cease-desist-florida-gop-ad-fbi

Trump Brings Up Saudi Journalist's Citizenship Status When Asked About Sanctions

Source: Talking Points Memo

By Nicole Lafond

October 11, 2018 12:32 pm

President Donald Trump on Thursday continued to push back on any talk of sanctions against Saudi Arabia over what happened to missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“Again this took place in Turkey and to the best of our knowledge, Khashoggi is not a United States citizen, is that right? He’s a permanent resident. We don’t like it, and we don’t like it even a little bit,” he said, before adding that he didn’t want to prevent “$110 billion from being spent in this country,” referencing the U.S. arms deal with Saudi Arabia.



Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-citizenship-status-saudi-journalist

Evidence Coming Into View

By Josh Marshall

October 11, 2018 12:17 pm

President Trump is extremely opposed to sanctions against Saudi Arabia …




House GOP Hardliners Push Sessions To Ramp Up Non-Citizen Voting Prosecutions

Source: Talking Points Memo

By Tierney Sneed

October 11, 2018 1:04 pm

About two dozen conservative members of Congress wrote Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday urging him to “dedicate all resources reasonable and necessary” to investigate and prosecute voter fraud and “other illegality.”

Their letter zeroed in on non-citizen voter registration and raised concerns about so-called “sanctuary” cities, which the House Republicans said were “ripe for widespread participation by noncitizens in our elections.”

Voter fraud is extremely rare, numerous studies have shown. Having mostly won battles to expand voter ID laws, supporters of election restrictions have turned their focus to the registration rolls and specifically to claims that they are teeming with non-citizens. Those advocates have struggled to prove claims of mass non-citizen voting in court, and when non-citizens are found to be registered, they often made it to the rolls unknowingly and by administrative mistake.

In enflaming fears about noncitizen voter registration, conservatives have pushed for voter purges that stand to remove eligible voters from the rolls as well.

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/house-gop-hardliners-push-sessions-to-ramp-up-non-citizen-voting-prosecutions

Trump Defends Charges He's Encouraged Violence, Says Eric Holder 'Better Be Careful...

Source: Mediate

Trump Defends Charges He’s Encouraged Violence, Says Eric Holder ‘Better Be Careful What He’s Wishing For’

by Joe DePaolo | Oct 11th, 2018, 8:43 am


In a phone interview with Fox & Friends Thursday, the president made his remark after video of Holder’s comment was played. “He better be careful what he’s wishing for,” Trump said. “That I can tell you. He better be careful for what he’s wishing for. That’s a disgusting statement for him to make.”

Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy asked Trump what he meant. The president didn’t elaborate much further — only launching into a general defense against charges he encouraged violence at rallies.

“For him to make a statement like that is a very dangerous statement,” Trump said. “You know, they talk about us. We are exactly the opposite. The rallies where they send people — I heard somebody yesterday, on your show actually, talking about my rallies — and my rallies are really calm, and well-run, and packed with people. We don’t have problems at our rallies.

“But they used to send in — they don’t do it anymore, they haven’t, maybe they’ll try starting again — but they used to send in protesters, paid protesters. The Democrats, and [George] Soros, and they came from all over. And we’d have protesters. And, I would say this, that it wasn’t so successful for those protesters. But they have to be careful with the rhetoric because it is very dangerous what Holder says.”

Read more: https://www.mediaite.com/online/trump-defends-charges-hes-encouraged-violence-says-eric-holder-better-be-careful-what-hes-wishing-for/

Trump Claims Being President Has Cost Him $2-3 Billion: It's Worth It, 'I've Done a Great Job'

Source: Mediate

by Caleb Howe | Oct 11th, 2018, 9:36 am

On Fox and Friends on Thursday, President Trump was on air by phone for an extended interview covering several topics, which included at one point, naturally, his own wealth. Answering Brian Kilmeade about whether being President is worth the trouble, Trump said the job has probably cost him billions of dollars. Kilmeade prefaced his question with a litany of the president’s woes, including the recent New York Times report on his taxes his friends and associates facing jail, and so on.

“Mr. President, big picture question, when you look at the scrutiny on your personal finances, and the taxes go back to your dad, when you see your lawyer that has to cut deals and the National Enquirer buddy of yours has to cut deals, CFO of your company has got immunity, and you see pressure of family is under and 50% of the country doesn’t like you, and 50% will do anything for you,” said Kilmeadem, “do you ever say why do I need this, why did I do this?”

Trump responded by stating a monetary cost, and saying that the monetary cost was worth it due to how great he is. “Well it certainly– you know, I’ll tell you what. I’ll bet you it cost me– you know, I see these people say ‘Trump gets rich being president’, I’ll bet you I’ve lost billions of dollars. It cost me billions, I said to one of my friends, a very wealthy friend, I bet it cost me 2 or $3 billion, it is worth every penny of it,” said Trump. “I don’t need the money, and it is worth every penny because I’m doing so much for the country. I mean what I’ve done in terms of costs, what I’ve done in terms of the military. We’re rebuilding the military, very shortly we’re gonna have the strongest military we’ve ever had.”

“Yes it’s nasty, it’s vicious, it’s incredible, the false reporting is so incredible, but honestly I’m doing a great job,” he said.

Trump explained to his favorite hosts that the proof of his great job is in the number of people who attend his rallies.

Read more: https://www.mediaite.com/tv/trump-claims-being-president-has-cost-him-2-3-billion-its-worth-it-ive-done-a-great-job/

Hoyer eyes majority leader post in next Congress

The Maryland Democrat, however, still dreams of wielding the speaker's gavel someday.


Steny Hoyer wants to be House majority leader next year. Very badly.

Hoyer — who came to Congress when Ronald Reagan was a brand-new president — is hoping that Democrats win on election night and return him to the No. 2 House job, a post he last held eight years ago.

Hoyer is also confident Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California can assemble the votes necessary to become speaker, despite calls from some Democrats to replace her. But if for some reason Pelosi doesn’t become speaker, Hoyer will run to lead House Democrats, according to lawmakers and aides familiar with the Maryland Democrat's plans. Hoyer will never challenge Pelosi for speaker. However, if the job is open, he’ll run for it.

For all the talk about 2018 being a change election, the next session of Congress could be deja vu for the troika of Democratic leaders. Pelosi, 78, Hoyer, 79, and Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn, 78, led the Democratic Caucus in 2010 when the tea party unceremoniously swept them out of power. Right now, that‘s what the Democratic lineup looks likely to be in the 116th Congress.

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