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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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Paul Ryan: Trump ad linking Democrats to murders is 'not necessarily productive'


12 amazing signs from the Women's March 2018

By Alex Bollinger · Sunday, January 21, 2018

Yesterday, hundreds of thousands of people marched in cities and towns around America in the 2018 Women’s March, a year after the first Women’s March was held.

People marched, chanted, sang, and spoke out for women’s equality. And they made signs.

Marchers posted a lot of the signs to Twitter. Some were funny, some were clever, some were poignant. Some were about sexism, some were about other forms of oppression, and some were directed at the Trump Administration.

Here are 12 memorable signs from yesterday’s protests.


Judging from the number of times I saw this sign posted on Twitter, this little girl won the internet this weekend.




Melissa Etheridge & Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles - Uprising of Love - Women's March L.A. 2018


Watch Bernie mock Trump's insistence the wall as part of budget deal: It made sense in the 15th C..

Watch Bernie Sanders mock Trump’s insistence on his wall as part of budget deal: ‘It made sense back in the 15th century’


Paul Ryan Blames Shutdown On Democrats, Accuses Them of Holding Nation 'Hostage'


BY SUMMER MEZA ON 1/20/18 AT 6:07 PM

House Speaker Paul Ryan placed the blame for the government shutdown squarely on the shoulder of Democrats in an impassioned address to fellow lawmakers on Saturday. Ryan accused Democrats of holding the government “hostage,” and slammed them for refusing to budge, saying it would negatively impact both the military and children dependent on the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

“Senate Democrats shut down this government, and now Senate Democrats need to open this government back up,” said Ryan in the speech. “Stop holding our troops and children’s health insurance hostage.”

A government shutdown went into effect in the early hours of Saturday morning after a federal spending bill failed to pass. The bill was approved by the House, but after some Senate Republicans and most Senate Democrats voted against it, the government ceased some operations until a compromise is reached. The bill would have funded the federal government until February 16.

“Half of the Defense Department’s civilian workforce has been furloughed. Training for Reserves has got to stop. Guardsmen have to be sent home. A number of states are going to run out of money for children’s health insurance,” said Ryan. “And all of this, all of this, is completely unnecessary. But Senate Democrats believe none of it is too high a price to pay for appeasing their political base.”

While Ryan invoked the importance of the military to persuade his colleagues to end the shutdown, a lapse in funding would not actually shut down the military, as it is considered an essential function of the federal government.


Chris Wallace kneecaps Mulvaney for shutdown hypocrisy: 'You supported holding the government...

Chris Wallace kneecaps Mick Mulvaney for shutdown hypocrisy: ‘You supported holding the government hostage’


Dem senator compares negotiating with GOP to convincing kid to do homework

Source: The Hill

BY BRETT SAMUELS - 01/21/18 10:07 AM EST

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) on Sunday compared trying to negotiate with Republicans to convincing his kids to keep doing their homework.

“It’s like Dad comes home at 8 and asks, ‘how you doing on your homework?’ ‘Oh, making progress.’ At 9, ‘how we doing on that homework?’ ‘Making progress… What’s the big deal, it’s not due until tomorrow,” Coons said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Coons said Democrats want a guaranteed "commitment to move forward on all these issues we’ve been talking about” in order to negotiate a bill to reopen the government. "It's overdue," Coons said.


Coons said Democrats want votes on key issues, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), disaster relief and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/369982-dem-senator-compares-stopgap-funding-measures-to-kid-doing-their

1 Son, 4 Overdoses, 6 Hours

Drug deaths draw the most notice, but more addicted people live than die. For
them and their families, life can be a relentless cycle of worry, hope and chaos.


PEMBROKE, N.H. — The first time Patrick Griffin overdosed one afternoon in May, he was still breathing when his father and sister found him on the floor around 1:30. When he came to, he was in a foul mood and began arguing with his father, who was fed up with his son’s heroin and fentanyl habit.

Patrick, 34, feeling morose and nauseous, lashed out. He sliced a love seat with a knife, smashed a glass bowl, kicked and broke a side table and threatened to kill himself. Shortly after 3, he darted into the bathroom, where he shot up and overdosed again. He fell limp, turned blue and lost consciousness. His family called 911. Emergency medical workers revived him with Narcan, the antidote that reverses opioid overdoses.

Throughout the afternoon his parents, who are divorced, tried to persuade Patrick to go into treatment. His father told him he could not live with him anymore, setting off another shouting match. Around 4, Patrick slipped away and shot up a third time. He overdosed again, and emergency workers came back and revived him again. They took him to a hospital, but Patrick checked himself out.

Back at his mother’s house and anxious to stave off withdrawal, he shot up again around 7:30, overdosing a fourth time in just six hours. His mother, frantic, tried pumping his chest, to no avail, and feared he was dead. Rescue workers returned and administered three doses of Narcan to bring him back. At that point, an ambulance took him to the hospital under a police escort and his parents — terrified, angry and wrung out — had him involuntarily admitted.

The torrent of people who have died in the opioid crisis has transfixed and horrified the nation, with overdose now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50.


WH official: Democrats used filibuster on Trump more 'than the rest of history & recorded time'

White House official: Democrats used filibuster on Trump more ‘than the rest of history and recorded time’


McConnell opposes 'nuclear option' in budget debate

Source: The Hill

BY BRETT SAMUELS - 01/21/18 10:07 AM EST

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Sunday expressed opposition to using the so-called “nuclear option” to allow the Senate to pass a long-term budget with 51 votes.

“The Republican Conference opposes changing the rules on legislation,” a spokesman for McConnell said.

President Trump earlier Sunday suggested Republicans should deploy the “nuclear option” if the Senate is unable to come to an agreement to fund the government.

Doing so would allow the party, which holds 51 seats in the Senate, to pass legislation without a single Democratic vote.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/369984-mcconnell-opposes-nuclear-option-in-budget-debate

Durbin: Doing away with the filibuster would be the 'end of the Senate'


Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Sunday dismissed the notion of doing away with the filibuster amid negotiations to end the government shutdown, saying it would be the "end to the Senate" as it is currently known.

"That would be the end of the Senate as it was originally devised and created going back to our founding fathers. We have to acknowledge our respect for the minority, and that is what the Senate tries to do in its composition and procedure," Durbin told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week."

"Let's get this done on a bipartisan basis," he added. "We've produced a bipartisan approach to many of these issues. If the president and the leaders in Congress will sit down with us, we can resolve this quickly."

President Trump in a tweet earlier Sunday urged Senate Republicans to enact the so-called "nuclear option" if the government shutdown drags on and pass a long-term budget with 51 votes.

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