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Name: Don
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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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'I felt guilty': Roy Moore accuser reveals how sex abuse stole her confidence and trust

Source: RawStory




BRAD REED
20 NOV 2017 AT 08:01 ET

Leigh Corfman, who says that Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore molested her when she was just 14 years old, went on NBC’s “Today” on Monday to talk about her experience.

During the interview, Corfman explained how Moore, who was then 32 years old, attempted to seduce her when she was only 14.

“He took me to his home… he basically laid out some blankets on the floor of his living room and proceeded to seduce me,” she said. “He proceeded to remove my clothing, he left the room and came back in wearing his white underwear, and he touched me over my clothing — what was left of it — and he tried to get me to touch him as well.”

Corfman then went on to explain how this interaction with Moore had left her traumatized for years.

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https://twitter.com/TODAYshow/status/932590202895429632
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Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/i-felt-guilty-roy-moore-accuser-reveals-how-sex-abuse-stole-her-confidence-and-trust/

North Korea-aligned hackers branching out into mobile phones: report

Source: The Hill




BY JOE UCHILL - 11/20/17 08:28 AM EST

The Lazarus Group, the North Korea-linked hacking group that famously attacked Sony Pictures in 2014, has made its first efforts to hack mobile phones, according to McAfee researchers.

"[Two weeks ago], the mobile team came to my team with malware targeting South Korea," McAfee Lead Scientist and Principal Engineer Christiaan Beek told The Hill. "It contained artifacts we had seen before."

The malware is transmitted through a tainted version of a Korean-language bible study application. The legitimate version of the app from the Google Play store has been downloaded 1,300 times. It is unclear where victims are downloading the fake version of the app.

Lazarus Group is best known in the United States for catastrophically interrupting business at Sony Pictures in response to the movie "The Interview," which depicted the assassination of Kim Jong Un. The group has also been attributed to destructive attacks on South Korea government systems and, since 2015, a series of digital bank robberies totaling hundreds of millions of dollars.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/361166-north-korea-aligned-hackers-branching-out-into-mobile-phones-report

Conway on Moore: We want the votes to pass tax reform

Source: The Hill




BY BRETT SAMUELS - 11/20/17 08:30 AM EST

White House aide Kellyanne Conway on Monday suggested Alabama voters should support embattled Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore because he would vote for the GOP's tax reform legislation making its way through Congress.

“Doug Jones in Alabama, folks, don’t be fooled. He will be a vote against tax cuts. He is weak on crime, weak on borders. He is strong on raising your taxes. He is terrible for property owners," Conway said on "Fox & Friends."

“So, vote Roy Moore?” host Brian Kilmeade interjected.

“I’m telling you that we want the votes in the Senate to get this tax bill through,” Conway said, calling Jones a “doctrinaire liberal.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/361164-conway-on-moore-we-want-the-votes-to-pass-tax-reform

Trump predicts unemployment rate below 4 percent

Source: The Hill




BY MALLORY SHELBOURNE - 11/20/17 07:34 AM EST

President Trump on Monday predicted that the unemployment rate will dip below 4 percent during his tenure.

“Under President Trump unemployment rate will drop below 4%,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/932578255810498560

Trump often writes optimistic comments about the economy. He also often railed against the economy under former President Barack Obama during his 2016 presidential campaign. Trump’s Monday morning tweet comes after the House last week passed a tax reform bill that includes slashes to the corporate rate.

The Senate is currently working on its own version of tax reform legislation that, unlike the House bill, delays the cut to the corporate rate.


Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/361159-trump-predicts-unemployment-rate-below-4-percent

North Korea: The US will regret 'letting such a depraved and stupid guy occupy the Oval Office'

Source: The Hill




BY AVERY ANAPOL - 11/20/17 07:37 AM EST

North Korea is calling President Trump an “old lunatic” and slamming his recent visit to South Korea as “nonsense.”

“A load of rubbish spouted by the old lunatic Trump during his recent visit to South Korea was a total of all nonsense and paradox so far,” North Korea’s state-run Minju Joson newspaper said in a commentary on Sunday.

The commentary also said that the U.S. would regret “letting such a depraved and stupid guy occupy the Oval Office.”

Trump visited South Korea earlier this month during his 12-day trip to Asia, addressing the South Korean National Assembly and issuing a warning to North Korea.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/361160-north-korea-the-us-will-regret-letting-such-a-depraved-and-stupid-guy

Republicans Learn The Hard Way: You Break Obamacare, You Own It

By ALICE OLLSTEIN Published NOVEMBER 20, 2017 6:00 AM

As his administration has steadily chipped away at the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump has repeatedly insisted that the public will blame the Democratic Party for any health care fallout.

Now, as Republicans in Congress inch towards striking what could be the biggest blow yet to Obamacare—sticking a provision repealing the individual mandate into their tax bill—even some on the right are starting to sweat that the GOP will fully own the issue going forward.

“You can make an argument that Obamacare is falling of its own weight, until we repeal the individual mandate,” a grave-faced Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told reporters in the halls of the Capitol on Thursday. “I hope every Republican knows that when you pass a repeal of the individual mandate, it’s no longer their problem. It becomes our problem.”

A new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation confirms these fears. More than 60 percent of respondents, including a majority of Republicans, in the think tank’s November tracking poll said that Trump and the GOP are “responsible for any problems” with the Affordable Care Act going forward.



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http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/obamacare-pottery-barn-rule

Manafort case may point to strategy against Flynn

A bail filing has clues of how Mueller could charge the former national security adviser over his work benefiting Turkey.

By JOSH GERSTEIN 11/20/2017 05:06 AM EST

What appear to be obscure details in a court filing against Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, may actually provide clues about what’s next for another target in the special counsel’s Russia investigation: former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates were charged late last month with a variety of crimes, including violation of the Foreign Agent Registration Act, or FARA, even though such a charge is rare. A 2016 Justice Department report found only seven FARA prosecutions in about half a century.

Like Manafort, Flynn belatedly registered as a foreign agent after coming under scrutiny by Justice Department prosecutors for activity by his consulting firm. Lawyers tracking the investigation said Flynn is unlikely to be charged with violating FARA unless, as with Manafort, special counsel Robert Mueller feels he can show the former national security adviser broke the rules in especially egregious ways.

“While criminal charges under FARA are not often brought,” the prosecutors wrote in the passage about why Manafort and Gates were charged with violating the statute, “the facts set forth in the indictment indicate the gravity of the violation at issue based on the dollar volume of earning from the violation, its longevity, its maintenance through creation of a sham entity designed to evade FARA’s requirements, and its continuation through lies to the FARA unit.”

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https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/20/paul-manafort-michael-flynn-case-strategy-trump-russia-probe-247643

'Florida is on fire'

'And it’s not a controlled burn,' said one top Democrat of the sex scandals wreaking havoc on Florida politics.

By MARC CAPUTO and MATT DIXON 11/20/2017 05:21 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Democratic Party chairman resigned Friday in shame. A Republican state senator faces possible expulsion for sexual harassment. The state Senate’s top Democratic leader abruptly stepped down after admitting an extramarital affair with a lobbyist.

Even amid the flood of sexual misconduct revelations that have rocked state capitals across the country, the nation’s biggest swing state has lived up to its reputation for political drama and excess over the past month, with major implications for next year’s contested U.S. Senate and gubernatorial elections — and the next presidential race.

“Florida is on fire. And it’s not a controlled burn,” said John Morgan, a major Democratic donor, godfather to the state’s medical-marijuana initiative and wildcard possible candidate for governor. “It was already insane here,” Morgan said. “It’s like Florida just can’t get out of its own way.”

The biggest shock to the system unfolded Friday when the state’s Democratic Party chair, Stephen Bittel, quit after POLITICO Florida reported numerous women and men complained he created an uncomfortable work environment for young women, from leering at them and trying to persuade them to fly on his private plane to using a stress-relieving squeeze-ball shaped like a naked breast.

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https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/20/florida-sex-scandals-248568?lo=ap_a1

Trump Touts Border Wall After Officer Killed At The Southern Border

Source: Talking Points Memo




By CAITLIN MACNEAL Published NOVEMBER 20, 2017 7:26 AM

After a border patrol officer died while working along the United States-Mexico border on Sunday, President Donald Trump responded with a tweet promoting his push for a wall along the southern border.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/932420488642617344

Two agents were injured while responding to unspecified activity along the southern border, and one later died in the hospital on Sunday morning, according to CNN. Following the agent’s death, acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke offered her thoughts and prayers to the agent’s family.

“On behalf of the quarter of a million front line officers and agents of DHS, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Agent Martinez and to the agent who is in serious condition,” she said in a statement.

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Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-border-wall-agent-killed

Puerto Rico Unity March draws demonstrators in rally for disaster aid

Source: The Washington Post




By Faiz Siddiqui and Kelyn Soong November 19 at 4:22 PM

Demonstrators packed the Mall on Sunday for a Unity March in support of disaster relief for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rican flags flapped in the wind as speakers made impassioned pleas for funding and support for Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The hurricane made landfall in September and devastated the U.S. territory of 3.4 million people.

By afternoon, hundreds had amassed in front of the Lincoln Memorial as part of the Unity March for Puerto Rico. Many more had showed up in the morning to march from the U.S. Capitol, down Independence Avenue toward the Lincoln Memorial, as marchers observed attendance in the thousands.

https://twitter.com/KelynSoong/status/932323850968272899
https://twitter.com/KellieMeyerNews/status/932271465088548865

Evelyn Mejil, Sunday’s event organizer, said the demonstration was a powerful display of unity behind the efforts to rebuild Puerto Rico. She said the event came together amid a tense personal struggle; she didn’t hear from her family for two weeks. “It was a combination of frustration, anger, sadness, desperation, anxiety,” Mejil said.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2017/11/19/puerto-rico-unity-march-draws-thousands-to-mall-in-plea-for-disaster-aid
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