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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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Joe diGenova...People Should Buy Guns...America is In 'Civil War': 'It's Going to be Total War'

Joe diGenova Suggests People Should Buy Guns Because America is In ‘Civil War’: ‘It’s Going to be Total War’

by Ken Meyer | Feb 22nd, 2019, 9:47 am

Former prosecutor and Fox News regular Joe diGenova had a moment on Thursday where he said America is careening toward “civil war,” suggesting people grab their guns before country presumably dissolves into a lawless free-for-all.

DiGenova joined Laura Ingraham on her latest podcast, where she bemoaned how the news about arrested Coast Guard lieutenant Christopher Hasson takes oxygen away from Jussie Smollett and the troubles in Virginia’s state government. This became the basis for a segment from Ingraham’s Fox show later in the evening.

When Ingraham asked diGenova for his thoughts on whether there’s a connection between Hasson and President Donald Trump, he grumbled about Virginia’s leaders “getting a pass” because of the decreasing media focus on them. Soon enough, diGenova went all out and declared “We are in a civil war in this country.”

“There’s two standards of justice, one for Democrats one for Republicans. The press is all Democrat, all liberal, all progressive, all left – they hate Republicans, they hate Trump. So the suggestion that there’s ever going to be civil discourse in this country for the foreseeable future in this country is over. It’s not going to be. It’s going to be total war. And as I say to my friends, I do two things – I vote and I buy guns.”


The Daily 202: Will supporting reparations become a new litmus test for Democrats in 2020?

Emphasis appears in the original article -- Don


By James Hohmann
February 22 at 10:05 AM

THE BIG IDEA: Barack Obama opposed reparations for the descendants of slavery when he ran for president. He warned the NAACP in 2007 that they would be used as “an excuse for some to say we’ve paid our debt and to avoid the much harder work” of enforcing anti-discrimination laws, improving public education, rehabilitating young men coming out of prisons and lifting people out of poverty.

In 2016, neither Hillary Clinton nor Bernie Sanders supported reparations for the black community as a redress for slavery. Even as he promised a revolution of democratic socialism that would include tuition-free college and Medicare-for-all, Sanders said paying reparations to African Americans was a bridge too far. “First of all, its likelihood of getting through Congress is nil,” he said. “Second of all, I think it would be very divisive.”

But this is not your father’s Democratic Party, and it’s not 2016 anymore.

Four declared Democratic presidential candidates have signaled support for some form of reparations to specifically benefit African Americans: Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Julián Castro and Marianne Williamson
. This puts more pressure on the rest of the crowded field to endorse race-conscious policies and could provide fresh fodder for President Trump to portray his 2020 challengers as outside the mainstream.

In the modern political sense, the term “reparations” is a little like “socialism.” It means very different things to different people, and the devil is in the details. Many think of direct cash payments to African Americans when they hear the word. Others think more broadly of investments that are specifically made by the government to lift communities of color. What one person calls reparations someone else might just describe as strengthening the social safety net. The fact that candidates are willing to use the term at all after generations of Democratic standard-bearers have seemed allergic to it reflects a sea change.


Here's What Beto Could Unleash on Trump

He almost beat Ted Cruz. Could he take down Donald Trump? Inside the radical campaign strategy of Beto O’Rourke.

By SASHA ISSENBERG February 22, 2019

Sasha Issenberg is the author of several books, including The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns.

AUSTIN, Texas—With rain hammering outside, Zack Malitz stood in a warehouse space lit by strands of bistro lights and began to reveal the campaign strategy of Beto O’Rourke in exacting detail. Malitz, who was the field director of O’Rourke’s Senate campaign, is a tall 30-year-old with thick glasses and a haircut that over the course of an election season can drift inexorably toward mopheadedness. He laid out the exact numbers of potential voters the campaign believed it should try to reach, how many of those voters had a cellphone contact available, and—with a bit of arithmetic—a critical sum that would drive the campaign's final push: the exact figure of volunteer phone-bank shifts he believed would be necessary to win the state.

This kind of granular campaign information is normally considered top secret, the kind of thing strategists guard behind passwords and fire underlings upon suspicion of leaking. If Malitz’s talk had resided in an encrypted PowerPoint presentation on a private server, it would have amounted to a creditable haul for a shift at the WikiLeaks home office. And if O’Rourke mounts a challenge to Donald Trump in 2020, that presentation may offer the purest encapsulation of how he might do it.

Yet Malitz was sharing it publicly, to hundreds of people who had seen an online call for supporters and decided to show up that day. It was September 15, less than two months before the Senate election, and nearly 2,000 people had registered for the stop on the campaign’s Plan to Win tour. More than 800 had ultimately traveled, through a rainstorm to a part of East Austin not known for available public parking, to attend.

“The plan to win is actually pretty simple,” Malitz said at the outset, his voice echoing from a handheld microphone. “Build a voter contact machine that enables thousands of volunteers in every single one of Texas’ 254 counties to have conversations with more voters across the state than any campaign in Texas history.”

For Democrats, that history was dismal. Malitz reminded his audience that the most recent presidential candidate to carry the state was Jimmy Carter, in 1976, and that no Democrat has won statewide office since 1994—the party’s longest losing streak in any state in the country. No Democrat running for Senate has come within even 10 percentage points of defeating an incumbent Republican in four decades. To construct a different fate in a midterm election, O’Rourke’s campaign would need to conjure 1 million votes from outside the current pool of active voters—in essence, create an entirely new electorate within the state’s borders.


White House 'looking into' Alexander Acosta's prosecution in billionaire pedophile case

Source: Politico

By REBECCA MORIN 02/22/2019 09:54 AM EST

The White House is "looking into" a decade-old Florida case in which Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, then a federal prosecutor, potentially violated the law by keeping underage female victims of billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein in the dark about his plea deal to avoid federal prosecution.

"We’re looking into the matter, I’m not aware of any changes on that front," press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters when asked whether President Donald Trump's confidence in Acosta has changed.

She added: "My understanding is that’s a very complicated case ... but that they made the best possible decision and deal they could have gotten at that time."

U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Marra on Thursday ruled that federal prosecutors broke the law by failing to keep Epstein's victims adequately informed about the billionaire's plea deal, and he mentioned numerous times Acosta's direct involvement in the 2008 case. Acosta was the U.S. attorney for Southern Florida at the time.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/02/22/alexander-acosta-jeffrey-epstein-1179958

Meet The Lone US Attorney Leading Trump's Non-Citizen Voting Crusade

By Allegra Kirkland
February 22, 2019 6:00 am

There’s nothing to suggest that non-citizen voting was ever a pet interest of Bobby Higdon’s.

During the almost quarter-century he spent as a federal prosecutor in North Carolina, Higdon’s main priority was drug crimes. In his subsequent brief stint in private practice at a Raleigh firm, he focused on white collar criminal defense. But since becoming U.S. attorney for the Eastern District in September 2017, Higdon has led the crusade against non-citizen voting. No other U.S. attorney in the country has been as aggressive in pursuing non-citizen voting cases.

Rather than unearthing mass, intentional ballot fraud by undocumented immigrants, Higdon has turned up fewer than two dozen cases in which poll-worker or voter misunderstanding or error caused someone to vote who shouldn’t have done so.

North Carolina attorneys and voting rights advocates told TPM they’re dismayed that prosecutorial resources are being devoted to this non-issue. But there’s no simple explanation for why Higdon, among all 93 U.S. attorneys in the country, has been at the vanguard on non-citizen voting.

“Bobby has always been a diehard, unapologetic conservative Republican and proud of it,” a former assistant U.S. attorney who worked alongside Higdon in the Western District told TPM. “He also doesn’t care whether what he’s doing is popular or not. He feels very committed to using the power of the US attorney’s office in an aggressive way if he feels it is the ‘right’ thing to do.”

Higdon, the attorney added, favors a “scorched-earth” approach to prosecutions and sees the world through a “very stark political lens”: “It’s good/bad, black/white.”


Jussie Smollett's 'Empire' Character Booted From Final Episodes Of Season

February 22, 2019 10:38 am

CHICAGO (AP) — The producers of the TV show “Empire” said Friday that Jussie Smollett’s character will be removed from the final two episodes of this season “to avoid further disruption on set” after Smollett was accused of faking a racist, anti-gay attack on himself in Chicago.

“While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out. We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of ‘Jamal’ from the final two episodes of the season,” ”Empire” executive producers Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo and Dennis Hammer said in a written statement. “Empire” is filmed in Chicago.

Prosecutors charged Smollett late Wednesday with felony disorderly conduct — the charge that is used for filing a false police report. He turned himself in to police Thursday and was jailed until an afternoon court appearance.

Prosecutors say Smollett gave detailed instructions to the accomplices who helped him stage the attack in January, including telling them specific slurs to yell, urging them to shout “MAGA country” and even pointing out a surveillance camera that he thought would record the beating.



Ex-Trump campaign official calls him 'un-American' and says his supporters were 'taken for fools'

Donny Deutsch presses reporter to name names in Epstein scandal -- and drops some big hints

Trump continues ranting 'witch hunt must end' -- even as Mueller reportedly nears probe's completion

Source: RawStory

President Donald Trump insisted investigators would find no evidence of collusion, even as special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly neared completion of his Russia probe.

The White House reportedly expects Mueller to turn in his report any day now to newly confirmed attorney general William Barr, and the president tweeted out an all-caps denial of wrongdoing during the 2016 election involving Russian interference.

“Highly respected Senator Richard Burr, head of Senate Intelligence, said, after interviewing over 200 witnesses and studying over 2 million pages of documents, ‘WE HAVE FOUND NO COLLUSION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA,'” Trump tweeted. “The Witch Hunt, so bad for our Country, must end!”



Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2019/02/trump-continues-ranting-witch-hunt-must-end-even-mueller-reportedly-nears-probes-completion/

'Pathological liar' Sarah Sanders blasted after insisting Trump has never encouraged violence

22 FEB 2019 AT 10:12 ET

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday insisted that President Donald Trump has never encouraged violence, despite having a long history of doing just that.

“I certainly don’t think that the president, at any point, has done anything but condemn violence,” Sanders said while talking with reporters on the White House lawn. “In fact, every single time something like this happens, the president is typically one of the first people to condemn the violence.”


What Sanders said, however, is flatly false.

In 2015, Trump said that a protester at one of his rallies “maybe should have been roughed up” after he was punched by a Trump supporter.

In 2016, Trump encouraged supporters to “knock the crap out of” protesters at one of his rallies while promising to pay for their legal fees.

In 2018, Trump praised a Republican lawmaker who admitted to body slamming a reporter.

more (Twitter responses to Sanders' assertion)
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