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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.

Journal Archives

Trump discovers the nuclear issue is vulnerable to a mistake

By Tom Toles April 24 at 12:58 PM


She REALLY didn't want to hold his hand...


Dow plummets 550 points on rising rates and uncertain forecasts from industrials

By Thomas Heath April 24 at 1:58 PM

The Dow Jones industrial average slipped more than 2 percent — 550 points — in afternoon trading as a key U.S. government bond yield hit 3 percent for the first time in more than four years and several major companies signaled difficult times ahead.

Traders have been worried that the rising yield of long-term government bonds may mean higher rates for consumers and companies and a period of falling stock prices.

The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite also showed sharp losses — both dropping more than 1.6 percent.

Oil prices, which had recently hit highs not seen since late 2014, pulled back slightly.


Accused Toronto Killer Praised Woman-Hating Mass Murderer Moments Before Attack

Moments before allegedly killing 10 people in a van attack, Alek Minassian, 25, posted online about “supreme gentleman Elliot Rodger,” the woman-hating mass murderer.

04.24.18 12:07 PM ET

The man suspected of mowing down pedestrians in a bloody rampage Monday in Toronto expressed his support—just moments before the attack—for a mass murderer who became a hero of the fringe men’s rights movement.

“The Incel Rebellion has already begun! We will overthrow all Chads and Stacys! All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!” Alek Minassian reportedly wrote on Facebook shortly before plowing a vehicle through pedestrians, killing 10 people and wounding another 15.

A Facebook official confirmed the authenticity of Minassian’s post to The Daily Beast on Tuesday and noted that his account has been removed from the social media site.

Elliot Rodger killed six people during a 2014 shooting spree in Isla Vista, California, after planning his anti-women revenge rampage for more than a year. The 22-year-old called himself an “incel,” or an involuntary celibate, a phrase invoked by men’s rights activists who feel rejected by women.

Rodger killed himself at the conclusion of his attack, leaving behind a 137-page manifesto that described how he felt shunned by women and sought revenge. He had also reportedly showed an interest in Nazis and had conducted internet searches about how to “silently kill” with a knife.


SCOTUS Conservatives Show Little Issue With Texas' Delay Tactics In Voting Rights Case

By Tierney Sneed | April 24, 2018 1:22 pm

No matter what the Supreme Court does with the Texas redistricting case it heard Tuesday, Texas Republicans have already won, in a way, in how they have been able to drag out the litigation over their 2011 state legislative and U.S. congressional map.

The conservative faction of the Supreme Court — whose questioning was dominated by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito — signaled that it had no problem with the most recent round of delay tactics Texas employed to get the case back in front of the high court for a second time.

The case is called Abbott v. Perez, and it stems from multiple challenges to the legislative maps Texas drew after the 2010 Census. One question the Supreme Court examined was whether this was even the proper juncture for it to intervene. A three-judge district court in San Antonio has issued multiple rulings finding the maps discriminatory against Latino and African American voters, but had not yet completed the remedy stage when Texas successfully sought a stay in the case from Justice Samuel Alito.

The liberals on the court stressed that intervening now would open the doors for any case to seek Supreme Court review without a final ruling or a formal preliminary injunction.


Trump Dodges Question After Calling Kim Jong Un 'Very Honorable'

Source: Talking Points Memo

By Caitlin MacNeal | April 24, 2018 1:33 pm

During a press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday afternoon, President Donald Trump ignored a question about his comment earlier in the day describing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as “very open” and “very honorable.”

A reporter asked what Trump meant when he described the dictator as “honorable,” and in response Trump offered a defense of his negotiations with North Korea ahead of a face-to-face meeting with Kim Jong Un. “I hope that we will be able to deal in a very open and honorable fashion with North Korea,” he said, rather than addressing calling Kim Jong Un himself “open” and “honorable.”

Trump disputed claims that he has already made concessions to North Korea and said that he would like to see denuclearization by the isolated country. Then, after a long tangent about China and his trade policies, Trump said that he cannot predict what will come of talks with North Korea, again failing to answer the original question.

“So the end result is we’ll see. Maybe good things will happen, and maybe we’re all wasting a lot of time, but hopefully it will be good for everybody concerned,” Trump said.


Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-dodges-question-kin-jong-un-honorable

Arizona Senate Blocked From Keeping McCain's Seat Off Ballot If He Resigns

By Associated Press | April 24, 2018 9:57 am

PHOENIX (AP) — Republicans who control the Arizona Senate were prevented from ensuring that ailing Sen. John McCain’s seat isn’t on the November ballot if he leaves office.

Minority Democrats voted as a block on Monday against the measure, preventing an emergency clause from being tacked onto legislation changing how members of Congress who die or resign are replaced.

McCain has brain cancer and has been recovering in Arizona since December. He was hospitalized for an intestinal infection on April 15. His wife posted on Twitter that the senator was home Monday at his family ranch near Sedona.

Senate vacancies are filled by a governor’s appointee, with the seat on the next general election ballot. Current law says his seat would be on this year’s ballot if he leaves office by May 30.

— The legislation is House Bill 2538



Koch Network Re-Evaluates Midterm Strategy

April 24, 2018 at 9:18 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

“The network of groups affiliated with billionaire conservative donors Charles and David Koch are taking a new look at which Republican candidates to support this year,” The Hill reports.

“The groups still plan to spend up to $400 million on politics and policies this election cycle, but they’re deeply frustrated by what they view as the GOP’s refusal to take up major legislation ahead of the midterm election.”

“Some of the network’s donors privately tell us that the House majority looks like a lost cause, potentially accelerating the movement of money toward protecting the Senate majority.”



Comey's Book Outselling Other Recent Political Books

April 24, 2018 at 10:50 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

Former FBI director James Comey’s book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, “has dominated headlines for more than a week, and became an instant blockbuster, selling more than 600,000 copies in all formats during its first week on sale,” the New York Times reports.

“The early sales figures for Mr. Comey’s book dwarfed other recent political best sellers. Hillary Clinton’s memoir, What Happened, sold more than 300,000 copies in all formats in its first week on sale. And Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff’s explosive look inside the Trump White House, sold around 200,000 hardcover copies in its first full week on sale.”



Trump: Kim Jong Un Has Been 'Open' And 'Honorable' Ahead Of Meeting (VIDEO)

Source: Talking Points Memo

By Caitlin MacNeal | April 24, 2018 12:13 pm

President Donald Trump on Tuesday afternoon said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been “honorable” during discussions ahead of a meeting between the two countries about North Korea’s nuclear program.

“He really has been very open and, I think, very honorable from everything we’re seeing,” Trump said, adding that he knows North Korea has made a lot of promises in the past.

Watch the clip of Trump via MSNBC:



Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-kim-jong-un-open-honorable
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