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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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Pelosi picks up support from progressives, incoming freshmen

Source: CNN

By Ashley Killough and Manu Raju, CNN

Updated 4:42 PM ET, Fri November 16, 2018

Washington (CNN)A letter that's being circulated on Capitol Hill reveals multiple incoming freshmen -- who were largely noncommittal on the House speaker race during their campaigns --- will in fact support Nancy Pelosi.

The letter, obtained by CNN, is still being circulated and so far includes 61 signatures from women incumbents and members-elect. It comes as Pelosi is shoring up support from the progressive base this week with endorsements from large and powerful groups, as well as prominent progressives in Congress — a move that will put pressure on wayward Democrats to back her bid.

MoveOn, Indivisible and Tax March were among the progressive groups that threw their support behind Pelosi on Thursday and Friday, soon after she met with the Congressional Progressive Caucus. All told, 34 outside groups have backed the California Democrat. Also this week, a group of 100 LGBTQ advocates and leaders endorsed Pelosi in a letter.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a co-chair of the progressive caucus along with Rep. Mark Pocan, earlier this week would not say whom she's supporting, but she is listed on the women's letter in support of Pelosi.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/16/politics/pelosi-progressive-groups/index.html

Below are all the freshmen on the list:

Angie Craig of Minnesota

Madeleine Dean of Pennsylvania

Sylvia Garcia of Texas
Katie Hill of California

Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona

Veronica Escobar of Texas

Deb Haaland of New Mexico

Ilhan Omar of Minnesota

Kim Schrier of Washington

Donna Shalala of Florida

Lori Trahan of Massachusetts

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell of Florida

Jennifer Wexton of Virginia

Notably absent from the list are progressive incoming freshmen like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jahana Hayes of Connecticut.

Trump legal team balks at Mueller's questions on post-2016 election activity

Source: CNN

By Pamela Brown, CNN

Updated 4:15 PM ET, Fri November 16, 2018

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump and his legal team have taken issue with some of the questions from special counsel Robert Mueller that cover the transition period after the 2016 election, believing it could be off limits under executive privilege as they pertain to the presidency, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.

The source would not explicitly say whether the President answered those questions other than to say that there are "responses" to all of the questions that were asked.

Trump's lawyers had previously made the case to Mueller's team that the President would only answer questions related to collusion about events that took place before the 2016 election.

In an interview with The Washington Post Thursday, the President's attorney Rudy Giuliani alluded to the sticking point with the questions, saying, "There are some that create more issues for us legally than others."

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/16/politics/donald-trump-legal-team-mueller-questions-transition/index.html

House Republicans ready subpoenas for James Comey, Loretta Lynch

Source: CNN

By Manu Raju and Jeremy Herb, CNN

Updated 4:26 PM ET, Fri November 16, 2018

(CNN) - The Republican-led House Judiciary Committee, in its final days in power, is planning to issue subpoenas to former FBI Director James Comey and President Barack Obama's attorney general Loretta Lynch, according to a source with knowledge of the subpoenas.

The source said the committee chairman, Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, plans to issue the subpoenas on Monday for Comey to appear for a closed-door deposition on November 29 and for Lynch to appear on December 5. The interviews are part of the House Republican investigation into the FBI's handling of the Clinton email probe and the Russia investigation.

Comey's lawyer, David Kelley, told CNN on Friday that, "We have not heard from them since October 1 when we advised the Committees (Judiciary and Oversight and Reform) that, while we respectfully declined their invitation for a closed door interview, we would welcome the opportunity to testify in a public hearing." Comey has previously rejected the committee's request for him to appear privately before the GOP-led inquiry, saying he would rather testify publicly instead.

Rep. Jerry Nadler, the Democrat who is expected to chair the panel next year, railed against the move.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/16/politics/james-comey-loretta-lynch-subpoena/index.html

MSNBC reporter mocks 'Never Nancy' movement: 'They're face planting into a rock'

Politico reporter Jake Sherman laughed a little bit Friday afternoon describing the scene outside Nancy Pelosi’s DC office, saying the so-called “Never Nancy” movement brewing among some Democrats seemed to be “face planting.”

“New members keep coming out of the office sounding at least open to supporting Pelosi,” Sherman said, from just a few feet from her office. “There’s rumors that a letter from about 18 members who are not going to vote for Pelosi is gonna come out, but we’re here on a Friday afternoon before the Thanksgiving recess and it looks like they’re face planting into rock.”


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Kellyanne Conway sees her husband's anti-Trump interviews as a violation of their marriage

Kellyanne Conway is angry about her husband’s public criticisms of Donald Trump, and sees them as a violation of their marriage, said interviewer Ben Terris in a Friday appearance on CNN.

Terris, who interviewed the couple earlier this year for the Washington Post, said “I’m sure she’s not happy,” when asked how Kellyanne might respond to her husband’s recent podcast appearance, in which he called the Trump administration “a dumpster fire”.


Judge Orders DC Neo-Nazi To Jail While He Awaits Trial

Source: Talking Points Memo

By Tierney Sneed

November 16, 2018 3:23 pm

A federal magistrate judge in D.C. ordered Friday that Jeffrey Clark, a neo-Nazi who praised the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter, remain in detention while he awaits trial on charges of illegal gun possession.

Magistrate Judge Michael Harvey said that he did not find that Clark was a flight risk — as prosecutors had argued — but agreed with prosecutors that he was a threat to the public.

Clark pleaded not guilty to the two charges through his public defender, David Bos.

Bos had argued that he should be allowed to return to the home in the Bloomingdale neighborhood where he lives with his father and be placed under high intensity supervision.

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/judge-orders-dc-neo-nazi-to-jail-while-he-awaits-trial

Trump Admits Mistake: 'I Should Have' Gone to Arlington on Veterans Day

Source: Mediate

by Joe DePaolo | Nov 16th, 2018, 3:42 pm


Speaking with Chris Wallace in an interview which will air this weekend on Fox News Sunday, the president said that he should have attended a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day.

“I should have done that,” Trump said. “I was extremely busy on calls for the country, we did a lot of calling as you know.”

Wallace pressed Trump. “But this is Veterans Day,” the Fox News host said.

“I could have done that,” Trump replied. “As you know I just left the day before the American Cemetery and I probably think — and that was one where it was raining as hard as you can imagine and I made a speech at the American Cemetery the day before. And I probably, you know, in retrospect, I should have. And I did last year, and I will virtually every year. But we had come in very late at night and I had just left, literally, the American Cemetery in Paris. And I really probably assumed that was fine and I was extremely busy because of affairs of state — doing other things.”

Read more: https://www.mediaite.com/online/trump-admits-mistake-i-should-have-gone-to-arlington-on-veterans-day/

Trump's battle to destroy the Mueller investigation is officially doomed

By Paul Waldman
Opinion writer

November 16 at 2:26 PM

President Trump’s long struggle to destroy Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into the Russia scandal is officially over.

The president himself might not quite realize it yet, and he probably doesn’t understand why it happened. But he has lost that conflict, and the reason is simple: His attempts to fight Mueller were so ham-handed and so public that it made it impossible for him and his administration to shut Mueller down.

The president is simply incapable of subtlety and judges everything by how it plays out in the media. But in this case, the more attention he drew to his rage at Mueller, the greater the consequences of moving against Mueller became. And now it’s too late.

Look, for example, at the way he handled Attorney General Jeff Sessions. It was precisely because Trump complained publicly so many times that he was livid with Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia probe — which made it clear that he wanted Sessions to oversee it so Sessions could shut it down — that it became impossible to fire Sessions before the midterm elections. Those public statements created a situation where firing Sessions would create a backlash from Republican senators and a huge media scandal, since Trump himself had all but said it would be for the purpose of obstructing justice.

It was July 2017, sixteen months ago, when Trump told the New York Times that if he had known Sessions would recuse himself from the Russia investigation he never never would have hired him. But it was that very statement that made it so much harder to do what what he wanted and fire Sessions. So months passed while Mueller was diligently working away — amassing evidence, turning witnesses and handing down indictments — and Trump could fire Sessions only after the midterms were over.


HHS official vows to pursue research 'alternatives' to aborted fetal tissue

Source: Politico

By DAN DIAMOND and ADAM CANCRYN 11/16/2018 01:50 PM EST Updated 11/16/2018 02:40 PM EST

An HHS official told a key conservative lawmaker Friday the agency seeks to end the use of fetal tissue in taxpayer-funded research if it can find “adequate alternatives” — advancing the agenda of anti-abortion groups who decry the use of tissue derived from elective abortions for biomedical research.

Brett Giroir, the HHS assistant secretary of health, sent a letter to GOP Rep. Mark Meadows (N.C.) — the anti-abortion leader of the Freedom Caucus — describing the agency's plan to move forward on alternatives to fetal tissue. The National Institutes of Health currently funds more than $100 million in research that draws on fetal tissue.

In the letter, Giroir — one of the top officials involved in the agency's ongoing review of fetal tissue research — says that HHS is “fully committed to prioritizing, expanding, and accelerating efforts to develop and implement the use of these alternatives.” He also portrays HHS as "pro-life and pro-science" under the Trump administration and says the agency did too little to find alternatives to fetal tissue under previous administrations. Parts of the letter were shared with POLITICO by a source.

Scientists are alarmed by the efforts by anti-abortion groups to stymie such research, maintaining there are few alternatives to fetal tissue, which has been instrumental in developing vaccines and in researching how the Zika virus affects the brains of fetuses in utero, as well as exploring treatments for those afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s. They say the tissue would otherwise be discarded, and safeguards have been in place to ensure it is obtained and used ethically.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/16/hhs-official-abortion-tissue-alternatives-978007

House Ethics Committee sanctions Mark Meadows, Ruben Kihuen

Source: Politico

By JOHN BRESNAHAN 11/16/2018 02:41 PM EST

The House Ethics Committee has formally sanctioned two members — GOP Rep. Mark Meadows (N.C.) and Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen (Nev.) — over sexual harassment-related allegations.

Meadows was found to have violated House rules "by failing to take appropriate steps to ensure that his House office was free from discrimination and any perception of discrimination." This case grew out of an investigation into Meadows' former chief of staff, Kenny West. Meadows kept West on his payroll even after learning of credible harassment allegations against the former aide. Meadows will have to pay more than $40,000 to cover the cost of West's salary.

Kihuen, who announced his retirement as the #MeToo movement swept Capitol Hill last year, was found to have "made persistent and unwanted advances towards women who were required to interact with him as part of their professional responsibilities."

Both lawmakers were reproved by the Ethics Committee.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/16/house-ethics-committee-sanctions-meadows-kihuen-997339

The last sentence of the article is Politico bragging they were the first to report the allegations.
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