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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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Pelosi questions Trump's manhood after confrontational White House meeting

By Mike DeBonis December 11 at 2:59 PM

Moments after returning to Capitol Hill after an Oval Office standoff with President Trump, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi questioned Trump’s manhood and said the border wall was a matter of masculine pride.

“It’s like a manhood thing for him. As if manhood could ever be associated with him. This wall thing,” said the California congresswoman.

Pelosi (D-Calif.) made the remarks in a Democratic caucus committee meeting, which were recounted by an aide present who was not authorized to comment publicly. She told colleagues that she was “trying to be the mom” in the room while Trump and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) bickered about the coming funding showdown.

But she described Trump’s admission during the 17-minute on-camera tete-a-tete that he would be “proud” to shut the government as a political triumph.


Trump attacks Comey for saying Democrats 'have to win' the White House in 2020

Source: Politico

By REBECCA MORIN 12/11/2018 02:28 PM EST

President Donald Trump on Tuesday took a whack at James Comey, after the former FBI director called on Democrats to nominate someone who could unseat the president in 2020.

"James Comey just totally exposed his partisan stance by urging his fellow Democrats to take back the White House in 2020," the president tweeted. "In other words, he is and has been a Democrat. Comey had no right heading the FBI at any time, but especially after his mind exploded!"

It is unclear what the president meant by saying Comey's "mind exploded."

Comey on Sunday night said Democrats "have to win" the White House back from Trump, adding that the midterms turnout this year made him optimistic for the presidential election in 2020.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/11/trump-comey-democrats-win-2020-1057514

McConnell warns against shutdown after fiery White House meeting

Source: The Hill


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday warned that the American people don’t want to see a partial government shutdown and expressed hope it could be avoided hours after President Trump in a meeting with Democratic leaders said he was willing to shut down the government for tougher border security.

“I hope that’s not where we end up. I understand it was a rather spirited meeting,” McConnell told reporters when asked by reporters about Trump’s threat. McConnell later warned that forcing a shutdown would be a political mistake for either side in the battle over funding for a wall on Mexico's border.

“One thing I think is pretty clear no matter who precipitates the government shutdown is the American people don’t like it,” he said.

“I hope that will be a voided and both sides understand that’s not a great way to end what has in my opinion has been the most successful Congress, right of center,” he added.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/420833-mcconnell-warns-against-shutdown-after-fiery-white-house-meeting

Politifact names conspiracies about Parkland students as 2018's 'lie of the year'

BY BRETT SAMUELS - 12/11/18 02:09 PM EST

Politifact on Tuesday declared various false conspiracy theories and smears directed at the survivors of the February shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school as the publication's "lie of the year" for 2018.

The fact-checking website wrote that the false claims circulated about the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School stood out because of how vicious they were.

"In another year of lament about the lack of truth in politics, the attacks against Parkland’s students stand out because of their sheer vitriol," Politifact said in announcing its choice.

"Together, the lies against the Parkland students in the wake of unspeakable tragedy were the most significant falsehoods of 2018. We name them PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year."

The outlet cited a host of conspiracies about some of the survivors, including false claims from far-right personalities and a few politicians that David Hogg and other students were "crisis actors" who did not actually attend the school.


Senators dumbfounded by Trump vow to shut down government


Senior senators on both sides of the aisle where left dumbfounded on Tuesday by President Trump’s fiery threat to partially shut down the government unless he gets the money he wants for a border wall, which is unlikely.

Republican leaders have spent weeks trying to steer the president away from a government shutdown, but all that work went out the window earlier in the day when Trump declared in front of television cameras that he would be “proud” to shut down the government over border security.

“I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck, because the people of this country don’t want criminal and people that have lots of problems and drugs pouring into our country,” Trump told Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) while cameras were still in the room before a scheduled meeting.

“I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it,” Trump said to Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), who was also in the room.

The frank moment left Democratic and Republican leaders stunned.


Trump Administration Won't Back Up President's Terror Claim

Data provided by his own administration shows that the issue is more complex than he implied in pushing for the border wall.

Erin Banco, Lachlan Markay
12.11.18 1:51 PM ET

President Donald Trump on Tuesday cited the recent apprehension of ten suspected terrorists to bolster his case for building a wall along the southern border, implying that a porous border with Mexico is leaving the country vulnerable to national security threats. But the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees security and law enforcement at U.S. borders and ports of entry, was unable to provide data to directly substantiate that claim.

Instead, DHS would only say that it apprehended, on average, ten “known or suspect[ed] terrorists” per day who attempted to enter the country “by air, sea, or land” from October 2017 through September 2018.

“These are individuals that hit against U.S. terror watchlists,” the statement read. “This is in addition to the 17,000 criminals and 3,000 special interest aliens that CBP apprehended at the border last year.”

Asked to clarify whether ten of those recent arrests occurred on the southern border, as the president claimed, DHS simply reiterated its per-day statistic for the year.


Chuck Schumer hilariously roasts Trump to his face for bragging about winning North Dakota

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Tuesday scorched President Donald Trump to his face during a tense Oval Office meeting about funding for the president’s proposed border wall.

After Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi talked about the priorities of the incoming Democratic congressional majority, Trump interrupted her and pointed out that Republicans gained two seats in the Senate this past election.

Schumer then chimed in to point out that the big reason for those gains was Republicans winning in deep-red states where incumbent Democrats faced steep hurdles to reelection.

“When the president brags that he won North Dakota and Indiana, he’s in real trouble,” Schumer joked as Trump stared at him angrily.

“I did!” a defensive Trump replied. “We did win North Dakota and Indiana!”

Watch the video below.




Internet applauds Pelosi and Schumer for making Trump look like 'the pompous, uneducated, empty suit

Internet applauds Pelosi and Schumer for making Trump look like ‘the pompous, uneducated, empty suit he is’

Democratic congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer gave President Donald Trump an earful in the Oval Office — and social media users loved it.

The incoming House Speaker and the Senate Minority leader met Tuesday with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, and the pair of Democratic lawmakers blasted the president for threatening a government shutdown over his proposed border wall.

“If I needed the votes for the wall in the House, I would have them in one session — it would be done,” Trump said. “So go do it,” Pelosi responded.

By the end of the meeting, Schumer had baited the president into bragging: “I am proud to shut down the government for border security.”




Pelosi taunts Trump -- and reveals he rejected her offer to start their meeting with a prayer

'Does he think his supporters are dumb?' Coulter lashes out at Trump for lying about having built...

‘Does he think his supporters are dumb?’ Ann Coulter lashes out at Trump for lying about having built the wall

Estranged Trump supporter Ann Coulter on Tuesday lashed out at President Donald Trump for blatantly lying about having built large sections of his proposed border wall.

On Twitter, Coulter posted a link to a fact-check article from the Washington Post that took the president to task for falsely claiming that much of the wall had already been built.

“The White House failed miserably to achieve its objectives on funding for a border wall, receiving relative peanuts,” the Post wrote of the president’s boasts about the wall earlier this year. “It sought $25 billion but ended up with 5 percent of that. Moreover, the money came with strings attached so that it could be used only for fencing, not the ‘great’ and ‘beautiful wall’ promised by Trump.”

Coulter shared the Post’s assessment and accused Trump of trying to trick his supporters into believing the wall had actually been built.


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