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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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Safety Concerns Grow as Inmates Are Guarded by Teachers and Secretaries

Source: The New York Times

By Danielle Ivory and Caitlin Dickerson
June 17, 2018

BIG SPRING, Tex. — On a recent rainy day, more than 400 sex offenders, gang members and other inmates at the federal prison in this West Texas town weathered the storm by crowding into a three-story building.

Two guards were on duty. One was a uniformed correctional officer, the other a health worker in civilian clothes pitching in because there were not enough regular officers.

Outside, along the security fences surrounding the sprawling prison campus, a worker who normally offers counseling to inmates patrolled in a vehicle, armed with three weapons. And in a unit reserved for the most dangerous inmates, a clerk from the commissary policed the corridors.

The staffing scramble at Big Spring is playing out at federal prisons across the country. As the Trump administration has curtailed hiring in its quest to reduce the size of the government, some prisons are so pressed for guards that they regularly compel teachers, nurses, secretaries and other support staff to step in.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/17/us/prisons-safety-substitute-guards.html

Avenatti pounds 'fascist' Stephen Miller for writing immigrant child detention policy -- and...

Attorney Avenatti pounds ‘fascist’ Stephen Miller for writing immigrant child detention policy — and vows legal action

17 JUN 2018 AT 11:56 ET

Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels, took to Twitter on Sunday morning to offer the services of his law firm to help the families who have been ripped apart by the immigration policies of President Donald Trump’s administration, resulting in children being held separately in detention camps.

Along the way, he took a shot at Trump policy adviser Stephen Miller, who bragged about being behind the detentions.

Avenatti, who later called into AM Joy on MSNBC to expand on his plans, tweeted: “If anyone knows of a parent that has had their child taken from them at the border and not returned, please have them contact me as I am entering this fight. This outrageous conduct must be brought to an immediate end. #Basta”

He later took his shot at Miller.

“Stephen Miller: Congrats, the separation policy that you sold to your boss Mr. Trump will result in images that will crater you both. We will ensure you will never escape them. In your fascist zeal, you forgot that mothers are mothers first, regardless of their politics. #Basta,” he wrote.

You can see the tweets below:




FBI agent removed from Russia probe for anti-Trump texts says he's willing to testify...

Source: The Washington Post

FBI agent removed from Russia probe for anti-Trump texts says he's willing to testify before Congress

By Matt Zapotosky
June 17 at 3:19 PM

The FBI agent who was removed from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election for sending anti-Trump texts intends to testify before the House Judiciary Committee and any other congressional committee that asks, his attorney said in a letter made public Sunday.

Peter Strzok, who was singled out in a recent Justice Department inspector general report for the politically charged messages, would be willing to testify without immunity, and he would not invoke his Fifth Amendment rights in response to any question, his attorney, Aitan Goelman, said in an interview Sunday. Strzok has become a special target of President Trump, who has used the texts to question the Russia investigation.

Goelman said Strzok "wants the chance to clear his name and tell his story."

"He thinks that his position, character and actions have all been misrepresented and caricatured, and he wants an opportunity to remedy that," the lawyer said.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/fbi-agent-removed-from-russia-probe-for-anti-trump-texts-says-hes-willing-to-testify-before-congress/2018/06/17/8d144160-7256-11e8-805c-4b67019fcfe4_story.html

A father's perspective: Raising a black son in America


Bannon on migrant family separation: Zero tolerance doesn't have to be justified



Trump says WaPo staffers should strike: 'We would get rid of Fake News for an extended period...

Source: The Hill

Trump says WaPo staffers should strike: 'We would get rid of Fake News for an extended period of time


President Trump said that Washington Post employees should go on strike in a tweet Sunday morning, saying the move means “we would get rid of Fake News for an extended period of time.”

“Washington Post employees want to go on strike because Bezos isn’t paying them enough. I think a really long strike would be a great idea,” Trump tweeted. “Employees would get more money and we would get rid of Fake News for an extended period of time!” He also floated his past inaccurate claim that the Post is a “registered lobbyist.”


His tweet came shortly after The Post reported that former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone met with a Russian during the 2016 campaign who offered dirt on Hillary Clinton in exchange for $2 million.

More than 400 Washington Post employees signed an open letter to newspaper owner and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Thursday, calling his current offer of a $10 pay raise and no changes to retirement benefits “unfair.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/media/392666-trump-says-wapo-staffers-should-strike-we-would-get-rid-of-fake-news-for-an

Trump's go-to excuse

Mike Allen1 hour ago

Last week's cover of Der Spiegel, the German news magazine, shows a smug President Trump — backed by Russia's Vladimir Putin, China's Xi Jinping and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan — and proclaims "Das Zeitalter der Autokraten," the age of the autocrats.

Why it matters: It's a common enough perception of Trump. So his description of North Korea's Kim Jong-un to Fox News' Steve Doocy on Friday got lots of coverage.

"Hey, he’s the head of a country. And I mean he is the strong head. ... He speaks and his people sit up at attention. [Pointing to the West Wing.] I want my people to do the same."

Asked about the comment a few minutes later during his first-ever gaggle on the North Lawn, Trump said: "I’m kidding. You don’t understand sarcasm. Who are you with? Wait, wait, who are you with? Who are you with? ... You’re with CNN! Hey, you are the worst."

Rewind some tape, and you find that this White House has used the "just kidding — you don't get it" response before:


Trump rips 'Fake News' for reports of concessions to North Korea

Source: The Hill

BY BRETT SAMUELS - 06/17/18 08:59 AM EDT

President Trump on Sunday took aim at the media for its critical coverage of his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"Funny how the Fake News, in a coordinated effort with each other, likes to say I gave sooo much to North Korea because I 'met,'" Trump tweeted.


Trump held a summit with Kim last Tuesday in Singapore, marking the first time a sitting U.S. president and sitting leader of North Korea met face-to-face.


Trump in a subsequent tweet on Sunday that the deal "is being praised and celebrated all over Asia."


Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/392661-trump-rips-fake-news-for-reports-of-concessions-to-north-korea

Giuliani: 'I doubt' Trump knew Roger Stone met with Russian during 2016 campaign

Source: The Hill

BY BRETT SAMUELS - 06/17/18 09:25 AM EDT

Rudy Giuliani said Sunday he doubts President Trump knew that his longtime adviser, Roger Stone, met during the 2016 campaign with a Russian man who offered dirt on Hillary Clinton.

“I doubt it. I certainly didn’t know about it. It’s news to me,” the president’s lawyer said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“It seems to me, however, whatever the differing recollections about this, it sort of gets resolved that Stone did nothing about it,” he continued. “He came to the conclusion, according to The (Washington) Post that it was a waste of time.”

“I can’t imagine anything got back to the then presidential candidate that was of any substance,” he added.


Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/392664-giuliani-i-doubt-trump-knew-roger-stone-met-with-russian-during-2016

Russian State TV Boasts 'Crimea Is Ours, Trump Is Ours!'

Source: The National Memo

Caroline Orr

June 17, 2018 3:50 am

Russian state TV is celebrating after seeing the recent report that Trump told G7 leaders that Crimea belongs to Russia because the people there speak Russian.

Trump’s statement, which parrots the Kremlin’s talking points on Crimea, was widely interpreted in Russia as an official declaration by the U.S. that Russia was justified when they illegally invaded Crimea and annexed it from Ukraine.

The ignorant proclamation made by Trump was quickly turned into propaganda and touted by Russian state TV hosts Olga Skabeeva and Evgeny Popov, who triumphantly reported on the remarks Friday.

“Krym nash, Trump nash!” Skabeeva declared to the audience, which in English means “Crimea is ours, Trump is ours!”


Read more: http://www.nationalmemo.com/russian-state-tv-boasts-crimea-is-ours-trump-is-ours/
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