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Name: Don
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Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
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Current location: Greenfield, MA
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About Me

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

'We're one bad email away' from proving House GOP is guilty of obstructing justice: Senator

https://twitter.com/Isikoff/status/1087422437581639680

Bernie Sanders Goes There: 'We Have a President of the United States Who is a Racist'

Source: Mediaite



by Colby Hall | Jan 21st, 2019, 12:58 pm

During a speech honoring Martin Luther King Jr., possible 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) called President Donald Trump a racist. Sanders was speaking at a King Day town hall held in Zion Baptist Church in Columbia, SC.

In plain words, the Independent Senator said “today we talk about justice and today we talk about racism. And I must tell you, it gives me no pleasure to tell you that we now have a president of the United States who is a racist.”

This echoes similar statements Sanders made in November of 2018 during a speech to the National Action Network, a nonprofit group founded by Rev. Al Sharpton. Then, Sanders said “But we must be honest and straight-forward and say that we have a president who is a racist, a president who is a sexist. A president who is a homophobe. A president who is a xenophobe and a president who is a religious bigot. And it gives me no joy to tell you that.”



Read more: https://www.mediaite.com/tv/bernie-sanders-goes-there-we-have-a-president-of-the-united-states-who-is-a-racist/



video @ link, above

Trump and Pence Spend 'About a Minute or Two' at MLK Memorial After Media Criticism

Source: The New Civil Rights Movement



By DAVID BADASHJANUARY 21, 201911:31 AM

President Donald Trump, after criticism over doing nothing to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has just made a surprise visit to the King Memorial in Washington, D.C. He was accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence.

https://twitter.com/CBSNews/status/1087383770582474753

Reuters' Jeff Mason reports the visit lasted "about a minute or two." Trump did not make a speech.

https://twitter.com/jeffmason1/status/1087383245279428609

NCRM reported earlier Monday that for the second year in a row, and unlike all his predecessors since Martin Luther King, Jr. Day became an official federal holiday, had nothing planned to lead by example in observing the day.

Previous presidents have honored Dr. King by framing the day as a national day of service," as President Barack Obama called it. All volunteered, at places like schools and senior centers.

Trump used his presidential proclamation as a campaign opportunity to brag about what he sees as his successes for the Black community.

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Read more: https://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/2019/01/watch-trump-and-pence-make-surprise-visit-to-mlk-memorial-after-media-criticism/

Trump voters now blame him for the government shutdown

By Matt Viser January 21 at 11:00 AM

MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. — Two years ago, Jeff Daudert was fed up with politics. He wanted to shake up the status quo. He didn’t mind sending a message to the establishment — and, frankly, he liked the idea of a disruptive president. But the 49-year-old retired Navy reservist has had some second thoughts.

“What the [expletive] were we thinking?” he asked the other night inside a Walmart here, in an area of blue-collar suburban Detroit that helped deliver Trump the presidency.

While Trump’s relationship with much of his base remains strong, two years after his inauguration his ties are fraying with voters like Daudert, the kind who voted in droves for Trump in 2016 in key pockets throughout the industrial Midwest and flipped previously Democratic states to him. The shutdown fight, as it has played out over the past month, is further eroding his support among voters who like the idea of beefing up border security, but not enough to close the government.

Many here, even those who still support Trump, say they hold him most responsible. They recite his comment from the Oval Office that he would be “proud to shut down the government.” When he said it, they listened.

“It’s silly. It’s destructive,” Daudert said, adding that all he knows about 2020 is that he won’t be supporting Trump. “I was certainly for the anti-status quo. … I’ll be more status quo next time.”

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-voters-now-blame-him-for-the-government-shutdown/2019/01/20/416051de-1b55-11e9-9ebf-c5fed1b7a081_story.html

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Another version of this article has been published by Alternet News (no paywall):

‘What the f*ck were we thinking?’: Even Trump’s most hardcore supporters are turning on him over the shutdown debacle

https://www.alternet.org/2019/01/what-the-fck-were-we-thinking-even-trumps-most-hardcore-supporters-are-turning-on-him-over-the-shutdown-debacle/

Trump Crows About Manufacturing Job Growth, Swipes at Obama: 'I Guess I Found the MAGIC WAND'

Source: Mediaite



by Joe DePaolo | Jan 21st, 2019, 10:44 am

President Donald Trump is crowing over statistics showing manufacturing adding more jobs last year than in any other over the past two decades — and he’s taking a swipe at his predecessor in the process.

In a Monday morning tweet, Trump boasted about the manufacturing job numbers — which, according to CNBC, were the highest since 1997 — and also jabbed at former President Barack Obama.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1087369882344349697

“He just says, ‘Well, I’m going to negotiate a better deal.’ Well, how exactly are you going to negotiate that?” Obama said. “What magic wand do you have? And usually the answer is, he doesn’t have an answer.”

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Read more: https://www.mediaite.com/online/trump-crows-about-manufacturing-job-growth-swipes-at-obama-i-guess-i-found-the-magic-wand/

France fines Google nearly $57 million for first major violation of new European privacy regime

Source: The Washington Post



By Tony Romm January 21 at 10:30 AM

Google has been fined nearly $57 million by French regulators for violating Europe’s tough new data-privacy rules, marking the first major penalty brought against a U.S. tech giant since the region-wide regulations took effect last year.

France’s top data-privacy agency, known as the CNIL, said Monday that Google failed to fully disclose to users how their personal information is collected and what happens to it. Google also did not properly obtain users’ consent for the purpose of showing them personalized ads, the watchdog agency said.

Together, French regulators said Google’s business practices had run afoul of the General Data Protection Regulation. Implemented in 2018, the sweeping new privacy rules have set a global standard that has forced Google and its tech peers in Silicon Valley to rethink their data-collection practices or risk sky-high fines.

Despite Google’s changes, the CNIL said in a statement that “the infringements observed deprive the users of essential guarantees regarding processing operations that can reveal important parts of their private life since they are based on a huge amount of data, a wide variety of services and almost unlimited possible combinations.”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/france-fines-google-nearly-57-million-for-first-major-violation-of-new-european-privacy-regime/2019/01/21/89e7ee08-1d8f-11e9-a759-2b8541bbbe20_story.html

Report: Senate Intel Committee Subpoenas Roger Stone Associate Corsi

Source: Talking Points Memo



By Allegra Kirkland

January 21, 2019 9:38 am

The Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi, his attorney, Larry Klayman, told The Hill on Friday.

The committee asked for both an interview and documents from the Roger Stone associate in a subpoena received Thursday, according to Klayman.

Corsi is a “birther”-promoting conservative commentator who came under scrutiny in the Russia investigation for comments he made suggesting he had advance knowledge that Wikileaks planned to release hacked Democratic emails in the summer of 2016. Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch, is best known for filing frivolous lawsuits against political figures and government agencies.

Klayman told The Hill that he plans to fight the “overly broad” subpoena, calling it the latest example of the “continued harassment” the committee has directed towards his client.

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/senate-intelligence-committee-subpoenas-jerome-corsi

Watch this young boy explain the importance of Martin Luther King's life & death

Scores of Afghan troops killed in suicide bombing claimed by Taliban

Source: The Washington Post



By Pamela Constable January 21 at 9:41 AM

KABUL — Scores of Afghan security forces were killed Monday when a suicide bomber in a Humvee rammed a training compound of the national intelligence agency in Wardak Province, officials there said. The Taliban insurgents immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Security officials in Kabul speaking on the condition of anonymity, told news agencies that the death toll could reach higher than 120, with a large number wounded.

The massive bombing destroyed most of the building in the provincial capital where about 150 counterinsurgency troops are based, officials there said. The bombing was followed by gunmen who entered the compound in a truck and began shooting.

The attack followed an equally brazen Taliban assault Sunday on a government convoy in Logar province, in which the provincial governor barely escaped and eight of his bodyguards were killed.

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Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/scores-of-afghan-troops-killed-in-suicide-bombing-claimed-by-taliban/2019/01/21/bdc3e2de-1d87-11e9-9145-3f74070bbdb9_story.html

Exclusive excerpt: Chris Christie says Trump hired "riffraff"


Mike Allen 1 hour ago

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican, writes in his forthcoming memoir — "Let Me Finish," out Jan. 29 — that President Trump filled his administration with "riffraff" instead of canny players who could help him overcome his impulses and shaky grasp of how government works.

Donald so urgently needed the right people around him and a solid structure in place. ... Far too often, he’s found himself saddled with the riffraff. ...

Instead of high-quality, vetted appointees for key administration posts, he got the Russian lackey and future federal felon Michael Flynn as national security adviser. He got the greedy and inexperienced Scott Pruitt as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

He got the high-flying Tom Price as health and human services secretary. He got the not-ready-for-prime-time Jeff Sessions as attorney general, promptly recusing himself from the Justice Department’s Russian-collusion probe. He got a stranger named Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. ...

He got the Apprentice show loser Omarosa Manigault in whatever Omarosa’s job purported to be. (I never could figure that one out.) ... Too few Kellyanne Conways. A boatload of Sebastian Gorkas. Too few Steven Mnuchins.


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https://www.axios.com/chris-christie-book-donald-trump-riffraff-2feb9a54-8fd7-4283-9277-420ceb704016.html

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