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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.

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MT Dem Wants Gianforte Probed Over Whether He Lied About Reporter Attack

Source: Associated Press

By Matt Volz | May 24, 2018 11:38 am

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The head of the Montana Democratic Party on Thursday asked for a congressional ethics investigation into whether Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte lied to the police and the public when he assaulted a reporter last year.

The request by the party’s executive director, Nancy Keenan, comes exactly one year after Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs said Gianforte “body slammed” him for asking a question the day before Gianforte won a special election for Montana’s only U.S. House seat.

Gianforte eventually pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and said Jacobs did nothing wrong. But Gianforte initially told police that Jacobs instigated the attack, and his campaign spokesman at the time, Shane Scanlon, released a statement saying the same thing.

Keenan said Thursday that Gianforte has never owned up to lying to the police or the public, and he has never been held accountable for those statements.

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/ethics-complaint-gianforte-reporter-attack

Mueller Filing: Probe Is Ongoing With 'Multiple Lines Of Non-Public Inquiry'

Mueller Filing: Probe Is Ongoing With ‘Multiple Lines Of Non-Public Inquiry’

By Tierney Sneed | May 24, 2018 10:33 am

Special Counsel Robert Mueller stressed that his investigation into Russian election meddling was ongoing and consisted of “multiple lines of non-public inquiry,” in a court filing Wednesday evening in a lawsuit brought by media companies seeking the release of certain records related to the probe.

“Many aspects of the investigation are factually and legally interconnected: they involve overlapping courses of conduct, relationships, and events, and they rely on similar sources, methods, and techniques,” the special counsel said. “The investigation is not complete and its details remain non-public.”

The Associated Press, CNN, New York Times, Washington Post and Politico are suing for the unsealing of various types of warrants used in the special counsel’s investigation, as well as sealed court documents specific to the case of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was indicted last fall.

“The fact that certain charges have been brought does not imply that the Special Counsel’s investigation into the assigned matters is closed,” Mueller said, arguing against the release of the records. “Nor does it imply that the search warrant materials could be unsealed at this time without creating a serious risk of jeopardizing the ongoing and interconnected aspects of the investigation.”


Kelly Will Now Attend Both DOJ Briefings On FBI Informant

By Kate Riga | May 24, 2018 10:43 am

In another change to the DOJ briefings about the FBI informant President Donald Trump claims infiltrated his campaign, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will now be in attendance ensuring that Trump has a representative in on the proceedings, according to a Wednesday Politico report.

Per Politico, the White House previously asserted specifically that no members of Trump’s staff would be invited to the briefings. Kelly brokered one briefing originally, though backlash from excluded Democrats prompted the creation of a second.

For the first briefing, Kelly, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats will brief Reps. Devin Nunes (R-CA), and Trey Gowdy (R-SC).

The same group will then brief the Gang of Eight—congressional leaders from both parties in addition to top members of House and Senate Intelligence committees—and Nunes and Gowdy again.

Both meetings are scheduled for Thursday afternoon.



Stacey Abrams, Democrats' newest Southern hope, looks to Virginia, Alabama for path to victory in GA

Stacey Abrams, Democrats’ newest Southern hope, looks to Virginia, Alabama for path to victory in Georgia

By Michael Scherer and Vanessa Williams
May 23 at 8:30 PM

The newest hope for a Democratic resurgence in the Deep South, Stacey Abrams, won her party’s nomination for governor of Georgia this week in a walk — with a 53-point margin, a massive voter turnout and a campaign victory speech that recalled the optimism of Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign.

Her next challenge is to figure out how to do what Obama never could: win statewide in Georgia, a red state that Democrats have long hoped to lure into their column.

Party strategists are hoping she can follow in the footsteps of two recent Democratic winners, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama, who succeeded by appealing to suburban Republicans disaffected by President Trump and energizing minority voters in the Democratic base. But she will attempt that feat without two big advantages they enjoyed: In Northam’s case, the blue tilt of Virginia, and in Jones’s, the accusations against his GOP opponent of sexual contact with teenagers when he was an adult.

“Creating a buzz during the primary is awesome, but you cannot stop there,” said Jones, who is scheduled to address the Georgia Democratic Party on Thursday, where he hoped to meet Abrams. “You have to roll past Democrats to make the case that you will be the candidate for all people.”


House Democrats look to hire Parkland students to work on gun violence issues

Source: NBC News

Lawmakers would bring students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to Capitol Hill for the summer.

by Alex Moe / May.24.2018 / 8:00 AM ET

WASHINGTON — Student survivors of gun violence descended on Washington en masse earlier this year during the massive March for Our Lives on March 24. Now some lawmakers would like to bring them back for an entire summer.

House Democrats are inviting students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida — who survived a mass school shooting in February — to come intern in their offices, working on gun violence prevention.

“We think it would be a great experience for them to be on the Hill to see exactly how things operate — or doesn’t, to some degree — but also to have time with these very special young people that have experienced something that none of us ever want to have experienced and I think we can learn from each other,” House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley, who is helping lead the effort, told NBC News.

Crowley, D-N.Y., is joining with House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., and Reps. Ted Deutch, D-Fla. and Mike Thompson, D-Calif., in sending a letter to their Democratic colleagues Thursday encouraging members to open their offices to Parkland students.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/house-democrats-look-hire-parkland-students-work-gun-violence-issues-n876961

China scolds U.S. for withdrawing invite to naval drills

Source: Reuters

MAY 24, 2018 / 3:57 AM / UPDATED 3 HOURS AGO

Ben Blanchard

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s Defence Ministry expressed regret on Thursday after the United States withdrew an invitation to China to attend a major U.S.-hosted naval drill, saying that closing the door does not promote mutual trust and cooperation.

The Rim of the Pacific exercise, known as RIMPAC and previously attended by China, is billed as the world’s largest international maritime exercise and held every two years in Hawaii in June and July.

RIMPAC enabled the armed forces of the world’s two largest economies to directly engage with each other. It was viewed by both countries as a way to ease tensions and reduce the risk of miscalculation should they meet under less friendly circumstances.

The Pentagon said the withdrawal of the invitation was in response to what it sees as Beijing’s militarization of islands in the disputed South China Sea, a strategic waterway claimed in large part by Beijing.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-china-military-exercise-ties/china-scolds-u-s-for-withdrawing-invite-to-naval-drills-idUSKCN1IP12I?il=0

Trump: 'Great' people at FBI 'starting to speak out against Comey, McCabe'

Source: The Hill


President Trump claimed on Thursday that people working at the FBI were starting to speak out against former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.


t wasn't completely clear from Trump's tweet what he was referring to, though the Daily Caller reported on Tuesday that various FBI agents wanted Congress to subpoena them so they could talk about problems at the bureau under Comey and McCabe.

However, other members of the intelligence community have hit back against Trump's claims, including his argument that the FBI had a spy embedded in his campaign for political purposes.

Several media reports have zeroed in on a Cambridge professor who acted as an informant in contacting three of Trump's campaign advisers to look into possible ties with Russia.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/389149-trump-great-people-at-fbi-starting-to-speak-out-against-comey-mccabe

A Border Patrol Agent Shot And Killed A Migrant Woman In Texas

Source: Buzzfeed News

US Customs and Border Protection said the agent shot the woman after being attacked by a group of migrants.

Posted on May 24, 2018, at 12:19 a.m.

Adolfo Flores
BuzzFeed News Reporter

A Border Patrol agent shot and killed a migrant woman in Rio Bravo, Texas, Wednesday, according to officials with US Customs and Border Protection.

The agent was responding to a report of illegal activity near a culvert and was attacked by the migrants with "blunt objects" after he tried to detain them, CBP said in a news release. The agent shot a female migrant in the head during the encounter.

The agent then gave the woman CPR until emergency responders arrived, but she later died from her injury. The other migrants fled the scene after the shot was fired and three were later detained by other agents, CBP said.

"I heard a Border Patrol agent screaming 'See what happens? See what you caused?'" Martinez told BuzzFeed News.

Read more: https://www.buzzfeed.com/adolfoflores/border-patrol-agent-shot-killed-migrant-woman-in?utm_term=.fxaAvv48G#.wl8JLLdBr

Service Members Guarding U.S. Nuclear Missiles Part Of LSD Drug Ring

Source: Associated Press

By ROBERT BURNS | May 24, 2018 7:21 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — One airman said he felt paranoia. Another marveled at the vibrant colors. A third admitted, “I absolutely just loved altering my mind.”

Meet service members entrusted with guarding nuclear missiles that are among the most powerful in America’s arsenal. Air Force records obtained by The Associated Press show they bought, distributed and used the hallucinogen LSD and other mind-altering illegal drugs as part of a ring that operated undetected for months on a highly secure military base in Wyoming. After investigators closed in, one airman deserted to Mexico.

“Although this sounds like something from a movie, it isn’t,” said Capt. Charles Grimsley, the lead prosecutor of one of several courts-martial.

A slip up on social media by one airman enabled investigators to crack the drug ring at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in March 2016, details of which are reported here for the first time. Fourteen airmen were disciplined. Six of them were convicted in courts-martial of LSD use or distribution or both.

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/service-members-guarding-us-nuclear-missiles-part-of-lsd-drug-ring

Deep State Conspiracy? Mike Pompeo Doesn't Believe It

Tommy Christopher
May 24, 2018 4:12 am

Trump’s minions are willing to go pretty far to support his lies. But that doesn’t always extend to doing so under oath, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo showed Wednesday.

At a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) pressed Pompeo about Trump’s latest unhinged Twitter declarations.

“He said there is a ‘criminal deep state.’ And as you know, Representative Nunes has said he’s also going to investigate the state department,” Lieu said. “Do you believe there is a criminal deep state at the State Department?”

Pompeo said he hadn’t seen the comments, but he was clear as to his thoughts on the matter.

“I don’t believe there is a deep state at the State Department,” he stated. And when Lieu asked if Pompeo, a former CIA director, believed his colleagues at that agency were “part of the ‘criminal deep state,’” the secretary again repudiated the notion.

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