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Flynn could be next,

The charges, which include “conspiracy against the United States," "conspiracy to launder money," and "false and misleading statements," among others, were unsealed on Monday morning. They come barely five months after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special prosecutor. And they're not expected to be the last. In addition to Manafort and Gates, Mueller’s team is also believed to have sufficient information to indict Mike Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser.


Tweet of the Day


NJ-GOV: Murphy Leads Guadagno by 16 Points

Boston, MA – The new Emerson College poll in New Jersey finds the Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy leading the Republican candidate, Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, by 16 points – 47% to 31%. This margin represents an improvement for Murphy, who led Guadagno by a smaller 11-point margin in the last Emerson College poll of the state on October 2. The poll consisted of a mixed mode online and IVR sample and has a margin of error of +/- 4.2%.

Murphy’s favorability rating – 36% favorable/30% unfavorable – is stronger than Guadagno’s – 27%/42% - though both are maintaining high “neutral/no opinion” numbers – 32% and 26%, respectively – indicating that, with less than two weeks until the election, many voters still need more information about the gubernatorial candidates.

One potential benefit for Murphy is the consistently sinking popularity of current New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (19% favorable/ 73% unfavorable) and an unpopular President. The poll finds Trump with an approval rating of 36% in New Jersey, down 3 points from 39% in our last poll earlier this month.


GOP lawmaker once held a knife to Boehner's throat

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) once pinned former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) against a wall and held a knife to his throat during a heated debate about earmarks.

John Boehner told Politico about the incident in a new profile published Sunday. The former speaker described his difficulties in banning earmarks, or measures that funded projects in lawmaker’s home districts.

Boehner said that Young once pinned him against a wall in the House during an argument over earmarks, and that Young held a 10-inch knife to Boehner’s throat.
Boehner responded by staring Young in the eyes and saying, “F--- you.”

Young confirmed the account as “mostly true” to Politico, but pointed out that he and Boehner later became such good friends that Boehner was the best man at his wedding.

This isn’t the first time Young has been reported as brandishing a knife in the House; he reportedly pulled out a knife on the House floor in 1988 when a lawmaker introduced a bill that would have restricted logging in Alaska.


Everyone should read this tweet from George Takei before tomorrow.


Sgt. La David Johnson died going BACK into the kill zone to save comrades

-Sgt. La David Johnson was in an armed pick-up truck when the ambush started
-His vehicle was in front of the Land Cruiser carrying Sgt. Bryan C. Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, Sgt. La David Johnson and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright
-Johnson and his vehicle escaped the fire of 50 ISIS militants but then went back
-They were trying to save the other four US men when they were all struck
-Sgt. La.'s body was eventually given back to Nigerien troops by a village elder
-That same village elder is suspected of stalling the troops before the ambush
-The October 3 attack in Tongo Tongo, Niger, has been shrouded in secrecy
-Sgt. Johnson's widow revealed this week that she still did not know how he died
-The new details were revealed on Friday by an unnamed US official
-Questions remain over why the lightly armed unit of just 42 soldiers was sent on a dangerous mission to capture an ISIS target with so few men and weapons
-The official revealed the men were meant to have back-up but it could not go with them at the last minute
-Instead of being called back to base, they were told to proceed with the mission


VA-GOV: Absentee voting will easily surpass 2013


VA-GOV: Some good news from Dems in battleground FairFax County


The Owner of the Houston Texans NFL Team Called Players 'Inmates.'

A meeting Saturday night among Houston Texans players concluded with a decision to stage a major protest during the National Anthem at Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. The decision was triggered by Texans owner Robert McNair’s comment, made with regard to ongoing player protests, that “we can’t have the inmates running the prison.”

McNair has since apologized repeatedly for the comments, which were originally reported by ESPN. Players told ESPN today that as many as two-thirds of the team’s players will kneel during the national anthem, the gesture at the center of the protest firestorm. Players said they would not remove their team’s insignia or walk out of the game, two possibilities that had been floated earlier.

Referring to players as “inmates” was a particularly controversial moment for McNair, given the context of the protests. Beginning with quarterback Colin Kaepernick last year, players across the league have knelt during the anthem to draw attention to police brutality and racial oppression of African-Americans – oppression which some argue includes the disproportionate rate at which they are incarcerated in U.S. prisons.

McNair’s comments were made in the midst of intense efforts by owners to reach an agreement with players over the protests, and now appear to have seriously undermined those efforts. The protests have owners shaken because they have come along with a downward trend in the league’s TV ratings and are reportedly threatening to alienate major sponsors.


Patriotism's never looked so trashy,

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