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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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Bernie Sanders: US would never recover from 'stain' of deporting 'dreamers'

Source: The Hill


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Sunday that the United States would never recover from the “stain” of deporting young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children who are often called "dreamers."

During a Sunday show interview, Sanders said their deportations would be “one of the ugliest stains” in American history. “If we allow Trump to get away with what he did and that is repeal the executive order on DACA, and if these 800,000 people, young people, are subjected to deportation, this will be one of the ugliest stains in the history of the United States,” Sanders told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The Vermont lawmaker’s remarks come as the Democratic Party, which Sanders caucuses with, pushes for a legislative fix to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. President Trump said last year he would rescind the program, which shielded immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children from deportation, but provided Congress with a window of time to craft a legislative fix for them.

That legislation was part of talks to fund the government. The Senate failed to reach a deal over a short-term funding bill by a midnight deadline on Saturday, leading to the government shutdown.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/369983-bernie-sanders-us-will-never-recover-from-stain-of-deporting-dreamers

Trump's Copying ISIS, Says London Mayor

Source: Newsweek Magazine


BY TOM PORTER ON 1/21/18 AT 9:12 AM

London mayor Sadiq Khan has compared the anti-Muslim rhetoric used by President Donald Trump to the divisive rhetoric of militant group Islamic State (ISIS.)

Khan, who has clashed previously with the U.S. president, told The Intercept that the language used by Trump was “very similar to the rhetoric used by so-called Isis/Daesh.”

The first Muslim mayor of a major western capital, Khan said that ISIS wanted to provoke Islamophobic attacks in a bid to divide communities. They want a backlash against proud Muslims, proud westerners,” he said. “We are in danger of amplifying the narrative that Daesh/so-called ISIS have about a ‘clash of civilizations,’ ‘the West hates us,’ by some of the language that Donald Trump has used," Khan said.

"He is, if you like, repeating what so-called ISIS/Daesh are saying: ‘The West and Islam are irreconcilable.’ ‘You can’t be a proud American and a proud Muslim.’”

Read more: http://www.newsweek.com/trumps-divisive-rhetoric-isis-says-london-mayor-sadiq-khan-786222

Trump's budget chief says shutdown could last more than a week

Source: The Hill

BY ALICIA COHN - 01/21/18 09:24 AM EST

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on Fox News Sunday predicted the government shutdown could last more than a week.

“I think Democrats want to see the president give the State of the Union under a shutdown,” he said on "Fox News Sunday."

Mulvaney said Democrats want to hurt President Trump by keeping the government closed.

However, he also said negotiations are continuing on ending the shutdown and “there’s a chance it gets solved before Monday.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/finance/369978-trumps-budget-chief-says-shutdown-could-last-more-than-a-week

Mulvaney on Republican opposition to funding bill: ‘What does it matter?’

White House Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney on Sunday argued that it makes no difference that some GOP senators oppose a bill to fund the government because it needs Democratic support.

“Until you have at least nine Democrats, we cannot open the government. Short of nine, what difference does it make? Without Democrats, the government is not opening,” Mulvaney said, pressed on "Fox News Sunday" about the lack of GOP unity backing a recent funding bill.

Four Republican senators voted against the GOP bill to fund the government. It failed to pass the Senate on Friday night, leading to a partial government shutdown.

Five Democrats voted for the bill, but Mulvaney argued that Democrats are responsible for the shutdown because they haven't shown more bipartisan support.



Mulvaney: Trump wants a fix to DACA


White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that President Trump wants to find a fix for recipients Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“The president is absolutely interested and wants to get DACA fixed,” Mulvaney told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The Obama-era program, which shields immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children from deportation, has been at the center of negotiations over a short-term spending bill between lawmakers, as Democrats push for protections for the so-called "dreamers." President Trump said last year that he would rescind the program, but provided Congress with a window of time to craft a legislative fix.

Mulvaney said on Sunday that Trump has been “actively engaged” in trying to “avert the shutdown," adding that Republicans will need Democratic support to re-open the government.


Poll finds public optimistic about the economy, critical of Trump, split on issues

By Dan Balz and Scott Clement January 21 at 12:01 AM

Americans have reached a split-screen assessment of the state of the country at the end of President Trump’s first year in office, expressing the most positive views about the economy in nearly two decades while giving Trump historically low approval, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News survey.

This stark contrast between perceptions of the economy and assessments of the president continue a pattern that has existed since Trump was sworn in a year ago, that of a president whose personal actions and behavior have stirred controversy and created a political distraction in the face of steady growth, low unemployment and record gains in the stock market.

How voters weigh those two views will have a decided impact on the upcoming midterm elections. Democrats, who see an opportunity take back control of the House and have a possible although uphill path to control of the Senate, will seek to make the November elections about Trump. Republicans hope perceptions of the economy will influence enough voters to hold down their expected losses enough to protect that House majority.


The public is evenly divided overall and deeply split along partisan lines on three major policy initiatives of the Trump presidency — the federal crackdown on undocumented immigrants, a reduction in federal regulations on businesses, and an effort to reduce the size of the federal workforce. More than 4 in 10 support those policies, and an almost-identical percentage oppose them. But the level of support is slightly higher than Trump’s approval rating, meaning that some Americans — particularly Democrats — who disapprove of the president support those policies.

On two of the biggest policy debates of the first year of Trump’s presidency — health care and taxes — the public comes down in opposition to the direction pursued by the administration and congressional Republicans. A majority (57 percent) say the continuation of the Affordable Care Act is a good thing, in essence an expression of relief that Republicans failed to repeal Obamacare as they had long promised to do.


EXCLUSIVE. #ReleaseTheMemo? Source Says Only A Matter Of Time

Could a controversial memo allegedly describing abuses by the intelligence community get released? “It’s only a matter of time,” a Republican leadership aide said.

01.20.18 10:30 PM ET

House Republicans are moving in the direction of releasing a controversial memo produced by Rep. Devin Nunes and the majority staff of the House intelligence committee.

Nothing is close to being finalized, and the memo’s release is far from guaranteed. But a House Republican leadership aide told The Daily Beast that its release is very likely.

“It’s only a matter of time,” he said.

News of the memo’s existence spawned the hashtag #releasethememo. Wikileaks and Edward Snowden tweeted the hashtag, calling for the memo’s release.

The memo purports to describe abuses by the intelligence community that impact President Donald Trump. On Thursday morning, members of the House intelligence committee voted –– along party lines –– to make the memo available to all members of the House. More than 150 House members have read the memo since then. It is housed in the Secure Compartmented Information Facility the committee uses, in the basement of the Capitol Building.

Nunes’ staff wrote the memo based on top secret intelligence that the FBI showed to a tiny number representatives and staff. Nunes and Rep. Adam Schiff, the committee’s top Democrat, are among the members who have seen that intelligence.

Unsurprisingly, Nunes and Schiff hold diametrically different views as to what that underlying intelligence means. Nunes and his team say it is evidence of grave abuses by the intelligence community; Schiff and the other Democrats on the committee released a statement calling it “a misleading set of talking points attacking the FBI.”


California Governor Denies Parole for Manson Follower Leslie Van Houten

Source: Associated Press

Gov. Brown said in his decision that despite Van Houten saying at her parole hearing that she accepts full responsibility for her crimes, she still lays too much of the blame on Manson

By Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The governor of California once again denied parole Friday for Leslie Van Houten, the youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson who blamed herself at her parole hearing for letting him control her life.

Gov. Jerry Brown said in his decision that Van Houten still lays too much of the blame on Manson, who died two months ago at 83.

Brown acknowledged that Van Houten’s youth at the time of the crime, her more than four decades as a model prisoner and her abuse at the hands of Manson make it worth considering her release. “However,” he wrote in his decision “these factors are outweighed by negative factors that demonstrate she remains unsuitable for parole.”

The 68-year-old Van Houten is serving life for the murders of wealthy grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, when Van Houten was 19. They were stabbed a day after other Manson followers killed pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four other people in Los Angeles.

Read more: https://www.snopes.com/2018/01/20/california-governor-denies-parole-manson-follower-leslie-van-houten/

Donald Trump Talks Government Shutdown, Sep 20 2013


Russian Networks Pushing #ReleaseTheMemo Meme

Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence operations are pushing a conservative meme related to the investigation of Russian election interference, researchers say.

By Associated Press 19 January 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence operations are pushing a conservative meme related to the investigation of Russian election interference, researchers say.

The purported Russian activity involves the hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo, a reference to a secret congressional report about President Donald Trump’s allegations that he was wiretapped by the Obama administration. A group that tracks Russian-linked social media influence campaigns says the volume of Russian-related #ReleaseTheMemo traffic represents the most coordinated such effort since their website launched in early August.

“I’ve never seen any single hashtag that has had this amount of activity behind it,” said Bret Schafer, an analyst who helps runs the Hamilton 68 dashboard , a project with the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund. It tracks about 600 accounts that it says are tied to Russian-sponsored influence and disinformation campaigns; most of those accounts were promoting the same meme Friday.


The underlying #ReleaseTheMemo drama started Thursday after Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican, revealed a brief report produced by Republican staff dealing with Trump’s wiretapping allegations. The report stems from a lengthy investigation House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes conducted into the alleged surveillance of Trump transition aides and the revealing of names — or “unmasking” — of Trump aides in classified reports.


New Trump ad calls Democrats 'complicit' in all murders by illegal immigrants

Source: The Hill

BY JOSH DELK - 01/20/18 05:39 PM EST

The Trump campaign released a new ad spot on Saturday calling Democrats "complicit" in all murders by immigrants in the country illegally, following the opposition of Democratic senators to a short-term spending bill, which resulted in a federal government shutdown on Friday.

"President Trump is right — build the wall, deport criminals, stop illegal immigration now," the ad says, showing clips of Democratic Minority Leaders Sen. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) "Democrats who stand in our way will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants."

The campaign forwarded the video ad, titled "Complicit" on the first anniversary of Trump's inauguration, after most Senate Democrats voted against the spending patch because Republicans would not offer to include legislation protecting thousands of immigrants brought to the country illegally as children from deportation.

Trump faulted Democrats for the shutdown early on Saturday, saying the party wants "unchecked illegal immigration."

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/369952-new-trump-ad-calls-democrats-complicit-in-all-murders-by-illegal


NRSC targets red-state Dems over shutdown


The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) on Saturday announced a Facebook ad campaign going after red-state Democrats over the government shutdown.

The auto-play ads will be geo-targeted on Facebook to the home states of the 10 Senate Democrats up for reelection this year in states carried by President Trump in 2016. The ads will run for the duration of the government shutdown.

“Senate Democrats shut down the government for purely political reasons, but their partisan games will have real consequences for our troops, children and senior citizens,” NRSC communications director Katie Martin said in a statement. “The Schumer Shutdown threatens health insurance for 8.9 million children and cuts off funding for critical national security and domestic programs, and voters will hold red state Democrats accountable in November.”

The ads are targeting Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Tammy Baldwin (Wis.), Jon Tester (Mont.), Bob Casey Jr. (Pa.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Bill Nelson (Fla.) and Sherrod Brown (Ohio).


Rep. Meehan denies harassing former aide amid settlement, loses House ethics seat

By ELANA SCHOR 01/20/2018 04:16 PM EST

Rep. Pat Meehan (R-Pa.) on Saturday lost his seat on the House ethics committee even as he denied charges that he harassed a former aide with whom he confidentially settled a workplace misconduct claim using funds from his congressional office budget.

Meehan's settlement with his former aide, first reported by The New York Times, comes as the House prepares for an expected vote as soon as this month on a bipartisan bill that would prevent members from using their office budgets to settle harassment claims.

The reported settlement also comes weeks after a leading prospect to challenge Meehan — a top Democratic target in this year's midterm elections — stepped back from the campaign amid sexual misconduct allegations of his own.

Meehan spokesman John Elizandro said by email Saturday that the fourth-term GOP lawmaker "denies the allegations" lodged by his former aide, who charged that the work environment became hostile after she declined more than one expression of romantic interest from Meehan.

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