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Courtney Kube NBC: "Americans are being closed in from all sides" in Syria

Andrea Mitchell ✔ @mitchellreports

.@ckubeNBC: "Americans are being closed in from all sides at these several bases that they have in the northern part of Syria. That's the real concern here-At a certain point many of those locations will be surrounded and Americans will be stuck in the middle." #AMRstaff

12:15 PM - Oct 14, 2019

Andrea Mitchell ✔ @mitchellreports

.@ckubeNBC: "The Trump admin made it clear the US will not fight Turkey in this conflict. You would have Americans who are sitting there, while they have the right of self-defense, they haven't been given authority to fight back if they're caught in middle of conflict." #AMRstaff

12:16 PM - Oct 14, 2019

Andrea Mitchell ✔ @mitchellreports

Moving nukes in Turkey, @ckubeNBC, "The Turks are very careful about watching U.S. as they move on/off that base. They wouldn't be able to do it in secret. They would have to notify Turkey & Turkey wouldn't want that to happen. That's a strategic deterrence for them." #AMRstaff

12:19 PM - Oct 14, 2019

Andrea Mitchell ✔ @mitchellreports

.@ckubeNBC: "If in fact the U.S. were to decide to take those nukes out, you should look at that as a full withdrawal of U.S. military from Turkey." #AMRstaff

12:20 PM - Oct 14, 2019

Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Oct 14, 2019, 12:19 PM (16 replies)

London police arrest protester dressed as broccoli

Reuters Top News ✔ @Reuters

London police arrest protester dressed as broccoli

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11:50 AM - Oct 14, 2019

Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Oct 14, 2019, 11:57 AM (11 replies)

"As is required of her, Dr. Hill is now complying with the subpoena and answering questions."

Geoff Bennett ✔ @GeoffRBennett

A congressional source tells @AlexNBCNews that Fiona Hill was subpoenaed “in light of attempts by the White House to direct witnesses not to cooperate.” Source adds: “As is required of her, Dr. Hill is now complying with the subpoena and answering questions.

11:30 AM - Oct 14, 2019

Good to hear she's complying and answering questions - hope the answers are truthful...
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Oct 14, 2019, 11:36 AM (9 replies)

Disturbing video creator met with Trump in Oval Office in July

JM Rieger ✔ @RiegerReport

"The video … appeared to be shared to YouTube in 2018 on a channel that posts similar pro-Trump content … The site’s creator, a user known by his Internet handle, Carpe Donktum, scored an Oval Office meeting in July with Trump, who reportedly welcomed him as a ‘genius.'"

The Washington Post ✔ @washingtonpost

Fake video of Trump massacring media shown at his Miami resort draws backlash https://wapo.st/2IOjXXT

10:48 AM - Oct 14, 2019

Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Oct 14, 2019, 11:25 AM (12 replies)

Trump Followed His Gut on Syria. Calamity Came Fast.


All the warnings were there. But President Trump’s reliance on his instincts, and his relationships, led him to ignore the consequences of a move that has emboldened Russia, Iran and the Islamic State.

Turkish troops and Turkish-backed Syrian fighters on Saturday near the border town of Ras al-Ain, during their assault on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria.CreditCreditNazeer Al-Khatib/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

By David E. Sanger

Oct. 14, 2019, 9:29 a.m. ET

President Trump’s acquiescence to Turkey’s move to send troops deep inside Syrian territory has in only one week’s time turned into a bloody carnage, forced the abandonment of a successful five-year-long American project to keep the peace on a volatile border, and given an unanticipated victory to four American adversaries: Russia, Iran, the Syrian government and the Islamic State.

Rarely has a presidential decision resulted so immediately in what his own party leaders have described as disastrous consequences for American allies and interests. How this decision happened — springing from an “off-script moment” with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, in the words of a senior American diplomat — likely will be debated for years by historians, Middle East experts and conspiracy theorists.

But this much already is clear: Mr. Trump ignored months of warnings from his advisers about what calamities likely would ensue if he followed his instincts to pull back from Syria and abandon America’s longtime allies, the Kurds. He had no Plan B, other than to leave. The only surprise is how swiftly it all collapsed around the president and his depleted, inexperienced foreign policy team.

Day after day, they have been caught off-guard, offering up differing explanations of what Mr. Trump said to Mr. Erdogan, how the United States and its allies might respond, and even whether Turkey remains an American ally. For a while Mr. Trump said he acted because the Islamic State was already defeated, and because he was committed to terminating “endless wars” by pulling American troops out of the Middle East. By the end of the week he added 2,000 — to Saudi Arabia.

One day he was inviting Mr. Erdogan to visit the White House; the next he was threatening to “totally destroy and obliterate” Turkey’s economy if it crossed a line that he never defined.


Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Oct 14, 2019, 11:12 AM (8 replies)

Gaetz kicked out of House Intel committee meeting since he's not actually on it

Geoff Bennett ✔ @GeoffRBennett

Gaetz is talking to reporters now, after being kicked out of the deposition since he's not on Intel, Oversight or Foreign Affairs. Gaetz is making the case that he should have been allowed in since he's on the Judiciary Committee

Geoff Bennett ✔ @GeoffRBennett

NBC spotted the following members enter the Fiona Hill deposition:

Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA)
Denny Heck (D-WA)
Harley Rouda (D-CA)

Jim Jordan (R-OH)
Lee Zeldin (R-NY)
Scott Perry (R-PA)
Matt Gaetz (R-FL)

10:53 AM - Oct 14, 2019

Alex Moe ✔ @AlexNBCNews

Rep Gaetz is not on Intel or Oversight or Foreign Affairs Cmte and was kicked out of the deposition. Argues that he is on Judiciary and his committee has jurisdiction on impeachment and should have been let in.

10:51 AM - Oct 14, 2019
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Oct 14, 2019, 10:55 AM (41 replies)

Philip Bump: We're watching Trump's distortion of reality on Ukraine in real time


By Philip Bump

Oct. 14, 2019 at 10:41 a.m. EDT

The timeline isn’t complicated. Responding to news reports about President Trump’s interactions with Ukraine’s president, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced that her party was initiating an impeachment inquiry in the House. The following day, Sept. 25, the White House released a rough transcript of Trump’s call with President Volodymyr Zelensky, which demonstrated that Trump had, in fact, asked Zelensky to investigate former vice president Joe Biden. The next day, the White House released the complaint written by an intelligence community whistleblower that contextualized Trump’s requests in the broader context of how the president and his attorney Rudolph Giuliani were trying to get Ukraine to act against Biden.

It’s proven to be difficult for Trump to argue that his actions were appropriate. Instead, he and his allies have tried to argue around the edges, criticizing how the whistleblower filed his complaint or how the Democrats are conducting the impeachment probe instead of defending Trump’s actions on the merit.

In recent days, Trump has gone further, misrepresenting how Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) came to criticize Trump’s call with Zelensky. It’s a remarkable glimpse at how Trump tries to shift reality in front of our eyes, but also a good example of how hard it can be to suss out the line between a mistake and a lie.

On Sept. 26, the day after the rough transcript was released, Schiff offered a paraphrase of its contents during a hearing of the House Intelligence Committee, of which he serves as chair. The paraphrasing cast Trump’s call in a deliberately negative light, with CNN’s fact-checker Daniel Dale writing that Schiff “did make it easy for viewers to get confused” about what Trump had actually said.

In short order, Trump seized on Schiff’s depiction of the call as problematic to the point of criminality. This is standard operating procedure for a guy who spent decades in New York real estate, inflating everything to its extreme. But over time, as Dale noted on Sunday, it also led Trump to reorder history to try to make Schiff look even more dishonest than Trump’s misrepresentations.

Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Oct 14, 2019, 10:47 AM (1 replies)

Trump spells Steve Doocy's name wrong in a tweet

Juliet Huddy @JulietHuddyTV

You spelled Steve's name wrong. Good grief.

Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump

Will be looking into the Scott Hapgood case, and the Island of Anguilla. Something looks and sounds very wrong. I know Anguilla will want to see this case be properly and justly resolved! @foxandfriends @SteveDucey @ainsleyearhardt

10:17 AM - Oct 14, 2019

Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Oct 14, 2019, 10:27 AM (4 replies)

Tiedrich: "imagine if a video that showed President Email Lady shooting journalists..."

Jeff Tiedrich @itsJeffTiedrich

imagine if a video that showed President Email Lady shooting journalists was played at the shitty golf resort where she wanted to profit off the next G7 meeting. the wingnut outrage-industrial complex would shit so many bricks that the earth would be knocked off its fucking axis

10:14 AM - Oct 14, 2019

Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Oct 14, 2019, 10:20 AM (9 replies)

40 Years Ago Today; National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights


The National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights was a large political rally that took place in Washington, D.C., US on October 14, 1979. The first such march on Washington, it drew between 75,000 and 125,000 gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people, and straight allies to demand equal civil rights and urge the passage of protective civil rights legislation.

History and Planning
The first major attempt at organizing a national gay and lesbian march on Washington occurred Thanksgiving Weekend 1973 in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. The National Gay Mobilizing Committee for a March on Washington (NGMC), organized by Jeff Graubart, attempted to coordinate a coalition of extant LGBT organizations to plan a March on Washington. Early efforts were met with resistance from local and national LGBT organizations, and plans for a march were ultimately postponed.

The next organization attempt was to occur in Minneapolis the weekend of November 17–19, 1978. A steering committee was created to prepare for the Minneapolis conference, and it identified a primary goal of the march as transforming the gay movement from local to national. However, the committee was dissolved in October 1978 due to internal dissent. Harvey Milk, who had been on the Minneapolis steering committee, took up the reins to continue march organization, and had secured support from local DC groups who had previously dissented before he was assassinated by Dan White. Milk's assassination served as a catalyst and a touchstone for organizers, who next planned a conference in Philadelphia February 23–25, 1979. One male and one female delegate was invited from known lesbian and gay organizations, and the attendees set forth to address three primary questions. First, whether or not a march should take place. Second, what the organizational structure of the march should be. And third, the platform of the march. An initial debate between marching in 1979 and 1980 sprung up, but 1979 was settled upon as it fell on the ten-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Once these issues were settled and issues of female and minority representation were handled, the conference set forth five demands that would serve as the platform for the march. The participants chose to focus on single-issue politics so as not to dilute the message of a united lesbian and gay community. The final organizational push occurred at a conference at the University of Houston campus July 6–8, 1979.

The National Steering Committee, with mandated gender parity and 25% representation of People of Color, was selected by community meetings throughout the country. Policy/Overview and Administrative Committees were established to guide the work and decisions between Steering Committee meetings. The National Office was set up in New York City with Joyce Hunter and Steven Ault as National Coordinators.

Joe Smenyak of New York City initially drafted Five Demands, later amended by the conference delegates.

Pass a comprehensive lesbian/gay rights bill in Congress

Issue a presidential executive order banning discrimination based on sexual orientation in the federal government, the military, and federally contracted private employment

Repeal all anti-lesbian/gay laws

End discrimination in lesbian-mother and gay-father custody cases

Protect lesbian and gay youth from any laws which are used to discriminate, oppress, and/or harass them in their homes, schools, jobs, and social environments

Activities and speakers
The march served to nationalize the gay movement, which had previously been focused on local struggles. This spirit is invoked in the closing paragraph of the welcome program of the march, written by Allen Young.

"Today in the capital of America, we are all here, the almost liberated and the slightly repressed; the butch, the femme and everything in-between; the androgynous; the monogamous and the promiscuous; the masturbators and the fellators and the tribadists; men in dresses and women in neckties; those who bite and those who cuddle; celebates[sic] and pederasts; diesel dykes and nelly queens; amazons and size queens, Yellow, Black, Brown, White, and Red; the shorthaired and the long, the fat and the thin; the nude and the prude; the beauties and the beasts; the studs and the duds; the communes, the couples, and the singles; pubescents and the octogenarians. Yes, we are all here! We are everywhere! Welcome to the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights!"

The march began at 4th Street and the National Mall, turned left onto Pennsylvania Avenue, proceeded northwest towards the White House, turned left onto 15th Street, right onto E Street, left onto 17th Street and ended in a rally between the Washington Monument and the Reflecting Pool. The march was led by the Salsa Soul Sisters, who carried the official march banner. It was also broadcast live on multiple National Public Radio affiliates throughout the US. Speakers and artists who spoke at the main rally included Harry Britt, Charlotte Bunch, Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky, Flo Kennedy, Morris Kight, Audre Lorde, Leonard Matlovich, Kate Millett, Troy Perry, Eleanor Smeal, First PFLAG President Adele Starr, and Congressman Ted Weiss. Mayor Marion Barry gave a welcome to the marchers on behalf of the city of Washington, DC.

Jok Church and Adam Ciesielski recorded a documentary vinyl LP of the main speeches at the event. The recording includes the voices of Robin Tyler, Steve Ault, Tom Robinson, Lucia Valeska, Allen Ginsberg, Arlie Scott, Richard Ashworth, Florynce Kennedy, Charles Law, Mary Watkins & Company, Kate Millet, Reverend Troy Perry, and people on the Gay Freedom Train. Adam Ciesielski is credited for the photos. The record was released by Magnus Records of Sacramento, California in association with Alternate Publishing. Houston LGBT History (.org) holds an online recording of the record.

In addition to the march itself, the organizers arranged three days of workshops featuring artistic events, strategy sessions, focus groups on specific issues of women and minorities within the LGBT community, consciousness raising, local organization, religion and other issues. The Monday after the march was organized as a "Constituent Lobbying Day" in which over 500 participants attempted to contact every member of Congress to express support for gay-rights legislation. The participants successfully met with fifty senators and more than 150 house members.

Organizations supporting the march included Lambda Legal Defense Fund, the National Coalition of Black Lesbians and Gays, the National Gay Task Force (who had withheld their endorsement until only a month prior to the march), and the National Organization for Women.


Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Oct 14, 2019, 09:49 AM (1 replies)
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