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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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Kushner's Influence Wanes in the White House

November 21, 2017 at 6:07 pm EST By Taegan Goddard

Gabriel Sherman: “It’s perhaps hard to remember now, but it wasn’t long ago when Trump handed Kushner a comically broad portfolio that included plans to reinvent government, reform the V.A., end the opioid epidemic, run point on China, and solve Middle East peace. But since his appointment, according to sources, Kelly has tried to shrink Kushner’s responsibilities to focus primarily on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And even that brief appears to be creating tensions between Kushner and Kelly.”

“According to two Republicans who have spoken with Trump, the president has also been frustrated with Kushner’s political advice, including his encouragement to back losing Alabama G.O.P. candidate Luther Strange and to fire F.B.I. Director James Comey, which Kushner denies. (For what it’s worth, Kushner’s choice of Strange prevented Trump from the embarrassment of inadvertently supporting Roy Moore.) Trump, according to three people who’ve spoken to him, has advocated for Jared and Ivanka to return to New York in part because they are being damaged by negative press.”

Said one source close to Kushner: “He keeps pressuring them to go.”



Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski announces support for repealing individual mandate...

Source: The Washington Post

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski announces support for repealing individual mandate, a potential boost to tax overhaul

By Damian Paletta November 21 at 10:01 PM

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said she would support repealing the Affordable Care Act’s individual insurance mandate, giving a potential boost to the Republican effort to pass a massive tax cut package next week.

“I believe that the federal government should not force anyone to buy something they do not wish to buy, in order to avoid being taxed,” Murkowski wrote in an opinion piece published Tuesday by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Senate Republicans’ plan to rewrite the tax code includes a provision to repeal the individual mandate, a part of the 2010 health-care law that requires almost all Americans to have some form of health insurance or pay a fine.

Murkowski was careful, however, to stop short of saying she would vote for the Senate GOP tax plan. She instead focused the entire op-ed on her views about the Affordable Care Act, emphasizing how Alaskans had paid $21 million in penalties under the law in 2014 and 2015 for failing to purchase health insurance. She wrote that “eliminating this tax would allow Alaskans to have greater control over their money and health care decisions.”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2017/11/21/republican-sen-lisa-murkowski-announces-support-for-repealing-individual-mandate-a-potential-boost-to-tax-overhaul

DIGNIFIED. President Trump Retweets Rant About Hillary Clinton's 'Corrupt Ass'

Source: The Daily Beast

President Trump on Wednesday morning followed up his abuse of LaVar Ball—the father of a UCLA basketball player, who refused to thank him for his son’s return from China—by retweeting a comment that referenced Hillary Clinton’s “corrupt ass.” In response to Trump’s outburst, Joey Mannarino wrote: “The ungratefulness is something I’ve never seen before. If you get someone’s son out of prison, he should be grateful to you! Period. I don’t care. If Hillary got my kid out of prison, as much as I hate the woman, I’d thank her corrupt ass!”



Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/president-trump-retweets-tirade-on-hillary-clintons-corrupt-ass

Republican Women in Alabama Begin to Turn on Roy Moore

Source: The Daily Beast

The GOP Senate candidate was always divisive. Now he’s grown toxic.

11.22.17 5:00 AM ET

ANNISTON, Alabama—B.L. Shirley is a Republican woman from a Republican county who always—always—votes Republican. And yet, on a windy, grey morning last weekend, the Talladega, Alabama, retiree found herself in, of all places, a Democrat’s campaign office, wondering just what she could do to defeat the GOP candidate running for a seat in the U.S. Senate from her state.

“Roy Moore,” she said, when asked why she would go canvassing for Democrat Doug Jones before the special election on Dec. 12. “I think Roy Moore is an impostor. I am a Christian and I don’t want to be counted in his camp. He’s a divisive person.”

If Jones is to pull off a victory, it will be because women like Shirley knocked on doors, called neighbors, and worked to convince otherwise skeptical voters that his opponent is fundamentally unfit for the office he’s seeking. A few weeks ago, that seemed like a tall order. As the election nears, it no longer appears quite so improbable.

Allegations that Moore routinely pursued teenage girls and in some cases assaulted them when he was a single man in his thirties have caused Republican voters in Alabama to reassess their options. Some have decided to rally around the nominee. But others have recoiled, leaving Moore in real risk of losing his attempt to take over the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/republican-women-in-alabama-begin-to-turn-on-roy-moore

Lebanese prime minister pulls back resignation, but political crisis not over

Source: The Washington Post

By Louisa Loveluck and Suzan Haidamous November 22 at 6:52 AM

BEIRUT — Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri on Wednesday suspended his shock resignation delivered weeks earlier from Saudi Arabia, marking a stunning return to Beirut after weeks of speculation over his freedom of movement.

Hariri’s Nov. 4 announcement from Riyadh blindsided political allies and foes alike, and stoked regional tensions amid suggestions that he had been coerced by his Saudi allies.

Saudi Arabia strongly objects to a political power-sharing arrangement in Lebanon that gives a voice to powerful Hezbollah, a group backed by Saudi rival Iran. Some believed Hariri was caught up as a pawn in Saudi efforts to curb Iranian influence in the region.

While the Lebanese premier blamed his decision on Iran, foes and allies from across the political spectrum pointed the finger at Riyadh, whose assertive crown prince has stepped up pressures against perceived opponents at home and around the Middle East.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/lebanon-prime-minister-home-after-strange-resignation-but-political-crisis-not-over/2017/11/22/360a7e86-cf0c-11e7-a87b-47f14b73162a_story.html

WH military personnel removed amid investigation into contacts with foreign women during Asia trip

Source: The Washington Post

White House military personnel removed amid investigation into contacts with foreign women during Trump’s Asia trip

By Carol D. Leonnig, Dan Lamothe and Julie Tate November 21 at 7:42 PM

Three military personnel have been reassigned from their White House jobs amid allegations that they had improper contact with foreign women while traveling with President Trump on his recent trip to Asia, according to officials familiar with the situation.

The service members all worked for the White House Communications Agency, a specialized military unit that helps provide the president, vice president, Secret Service and other officials with secure communications.

The military is scrutinizing three Army noncommissioned officers who allegedly broke curfew during Trump’s trip to Vietnam this month, officials said.

Mark Wright, a spokesman for the Defense Department, confirmed that the Pentagon is examining the behavior of personnel during the visit to Vietnam.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/white-house-military-personnel-removed-amid-investigations-into-contacts-with-foreign-women-during-trumps-asia-trip/2017/11/21/3ae47736-cef3-11e7-9d3a-bcbe2af58c3a_story.html

House Ethics panel announces probe of Conyers

Source: The Hill

BY CRISTINA MARCOS - 11/21/17 04:25 PM EST

The House Ethics Committee said Tuesday that it has begun an investigation of sexual harassment allegations against Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.).

A BuzzFeed News report revealed that Conyers settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 with a former staffer who alleged she was fired because she didn't succumb to his sexual advances.

Former staffers also alleged that Conyers made unwanted sexual advances toward his female aides, touched them inappropriately, used congressional resources to transport women with whom he was suspected of having affairs, and complained that a female staffer because she was "too old" and wanted to dismiss her.

“The Committee is aware of public allegations that Representative John Conyers, Jr. may have engaged in sexual harassment of members of its staff, discriminated against certain staff on the basis of age, and used official resources for impermissible personal purposes,” Ethics Committee Chairwoman Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) and ranking Democrat Ted Deutch (Fla.) said in a joint statement.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/361441-house-ethics-panel-announces-probe-of-rep-conyers

Far-right activist offered $10,000 for documents in Conyers case: report

BY BRETT SAMUELS - 11/21/17 03:47 PM EST

A far-right activist offered to pay $10,000 for documents implicating Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) in a string of sexual harassment allegations and a financial settlement with one accuser, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Mike Cernovich, a Trump supporter who has previously encouraged conspiracy theories such as “Pizzagate,” provided the documents to BuzzFeed News, which said it then independently confirmed the authenticity of the documents.

Cernovich said in a series of now-deleted tweets last week that he would pay “$10,000 for the details of these settelements. Cash or Bitcoin or check or whatever you want.”

Cernovich declined to say whether he in fact paid anyone, and BuzzFeed did not return a request for comment on whether it was aware of the offer, the newspaper reported.


Why BuzzFeed teamed with a far-right figure to break the John Conyers scandal

By Paul Farhi November 21 at 1:25 PM

Journalism can make for strange bedfellows. Case in point: BuzzFeed and Mike Cernovich.

Cernovich — a controversial far-right figure who has promoted blatantly false conspiracy theories, such as the discredited “Pizzagate” hoax — was the source of a big BuzzFeed scoop Monday night. The popular news and features website reported that legendary liberal Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) made repeated sexual advances toward female staffers and secretly reached a financial settlement with one accuser. The story was based largely on documents and affidavits supplied by Cernovich to BuzzFeed’s reporters.

The BuzzFeed-Cernovich collaboration is odd, to say the least — something like Michael Moore dropping damning info about President Trump to Fox News. Even that doesn’t quite capture the jagged journalistic history of Cernovich, whom “60 Minutes” described earlier this year in a story about fake news as “a magnet for readers with a taste for stories with no basis in fact.”

The partnership appears to have come with a hidden facet: Cernovich seems to have acquired the congressional documents after offering to pay $10,000 for them.The offer was made in a series of now-deleted tweets last week. “I will pay $10,000 for the details of these settlements. Cash or Bitcoin or check or whatever you want,“ he tweeted.

Cernovich declined Tuesday to say whether he actually paid anyone; he also said he didn’t know whether BuzzFeed knew about his offer. (BuzzFeed didn’t immediately return a request for comment on that element of the arrangement.)


Sarah Palin Appeals Dismissal of Her Lawsuit Against the NY Times


New York Attorney General investigating false 'net neutrality' comments to FCC

Source: Reuters


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New York State Attorney Eric Schneiderman on Tuesday said he has been investigating for six months who posted significant numbers of fake comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission in its review of net neutrality rules.

The FCC got more than 22 million comments during its review and several researchers found evidence that significant numbers of submissions were fake.

Schneiderman said Tuesday the “FCC has refused multiple requests for crucial evidence.” The FCC did not immediately comment.

On Tuesday FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposed reversing the Obama era net neutrality rules.


Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-internet-probe/new-york-attorney-general-investigating-false-net-neutrality-comments-to-fcc-idUSKBN1DL2EW
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