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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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MSNBC's Katy Tur pounds Trump White House for pushing out 'five and a half lies a day'


WH: Trump Is Happy Women Are Coming Forward, Doesn't Believe His Accusers

Source: Talking Points Memo

By NICOLE LAFOND Published DECEMBER 11, 2017 3:05 PM

The White House said Monday that President Trump wants women to feel comfortable coming forward with allegations of sexual misconduct, but that doesn’t mean he believes every accusation, especially those levied against him.

“As the President said himself, he thinks it’s a good thing that women are coming forward, but he also feels strongly that a mere allegation shouldn’t determine the course and in this case, the President has denied any of these allegations as have eyewitnesses and several reports have shown those eyewitnesses also back up the President’s claims in this process,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “The American people knew this and voted for the President and we feel like we’re ready to move forward in that process.”

In recent weeks, Trump has said he thinks it’s a good thing that more women are coming forward, but he has since backed Alabama Senate Republican candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct toward them when they were teens.

Before the election, Trump was accused by more than a dozen women of sexual harassment and assault. Trump has denied all the claims and called the women liars.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-happy-women-coming-forward-doesnt-believe-them

Ex-Breitbarter calls out GOP hypocrisy on Moore: 'Theyre so concerned with children' - but not...

Ex-Breitbarter calls out GOP hypocrisy on Moore: ‘They’re so concerned with children’ — but not molesters


Sarah Sanders and Jim Acosta battle over 'fake news'


Alabama Senate race hurtles to a dramatic finish

Roy Moore is set to emerge from hiding at a rally with Steve Bannon, as a surprise Fox News poll shows Democrat Doug Jones up by double-digits.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — On the day before voters cast their votes in Alabama's roller-coaster Senate special election, Democrat Doug Jones is enlisting last-minute help from former President Barack Obama, while Republican Roy Moore is expected to emerge from hiding at a final-hour rally with Steve Bannon.

The anticipation surrounding the highest-profile special election in years grew with a surprise poll from Fox News showing Jones ahead by double-digits — defying a slew of other surveys that had Moore clinging to a narrow lead.

While Moore prepped for an evening rally with Bannon, the former White House chief strategist and right-wing provocateur, Jones’ campaign is circulated robocalls from Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden.

The flurry of 11th-hour activity was a fitting conclusion to a race that has captivated the country, with the possibility of Democrats picking off a coveted Senate seat in deep-red territory against a Republican accused of preying on teenagers as a man in his 30s. The contest has exposed some painful rifts in the Republican Party that have yet to heal during Donald Trump's tenure in the White House. But it has also raised questions about Democrats' ability to win over African-American voters without Obama on the ballot, especially in Southern states where tough voter ID laws already make such turnout operations difficult.

Speaking to reporters at Chris Z’s, a diner in Birmingham, on Monday, Jones dismissed the polling discrepancies and tried pivoting back to local matters by saying he cares for polls just as much as Nick Saban and Gus Malzahn, the coaches for the nationally-ranked University of Alabama and Auburn University football teams.


White House calls for immigration reform after NYC terror attack

Source: The Hill

BY JONATHAN EASLEY - 12/11/17 02:43 PM EST

The White House on Monday called on Congress to overhaul the immigration system, saying an attack in New York City is evidence the U.S. needs to strengthen border security.

“This attack underscores the need for Congress to work with the president on immigration reforms that enhance the national security and public safety,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. “We must protect our borders and we must ensure that individuals entering our country are not coming to do harm to people, and we must move to a merit-based immigration system.”

A 27-year-old man from Bangladesh was arrested earlier Monday after he allegedly detonated an improvised bomb near the Port Authority Bus Terminal during rush hour. No one was killed in the attack, but several people were injured.

There is speculation that the suspect was inspired by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), although officials have not confirmed this.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/364310-white-house-calls-for-immigration-reform-after-nyc-terror-attack

Gillibrand, Wyden join calls for Trump to resign over allegations

Source: The Hill

BY AVERY ANAPOL - 12/11/17 02:33 PM EST

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) called Monday for an investigation into the sexual harassment allegations against President Trump.

Wyden tweeted out an article about the news conference earlier Monday where some of the women who accused Trump of sexual harassment or assault recounted their experiences and called for a Congressional investigation into the accusations.


The three women who spoke at the news conference are a fraction of the at least 16 women who have accused Trump of sexual harassment or assault. The White House’s official position is that the women are lying.

Wyden joins a growing chorus of lawmakers urging Trump to step down over the allegations. Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) have all called for Trump to resign following the resignation of Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) over groping allegations.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/364302-gillibrand-wyden-join-calls-for-trump-to-resign-over-allegations

CNN exclusive: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand calls on Trump to resign

By Mick Krever, CNN
Updated 2:48 PM ET, Mon December 11, 2017

(CNN)Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York told CNN on Monday that President Donald Trump should resign over allegations of sexual misconduct.

"President Trump should resign," Gillibrand told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview. "These allegations are credible; they are numerous. I've heard these women's testimony, and many of them are heartbreaking."

If he does not "immediately resign," she said, Congress "should have appropriate investigations of his behavior and hold him accountable."

Responding to UN Ambassador Nikki Haley saying that Trump's accusers "should be heard," Gillibrand said: "Not only should women be heard, but they should be believed."



Condoleezza Rice to Alabama Voters: 'Reject Bigotry, Sexism, and Intolerance'

Source: The Daily Beast

Ahead of tomorrow’s special Senate election in her home state of Alabama, Condoleezza Rice on Monday implored voters to reject Roy Moore—without explicitly naming him. In a statement to AL.com, the Birmingham-born ex-secretary of state called the election between Republican and accused pedophile Moore and Democratic nominee Doug Jones as “one of the most significant in Alabama’s history.” She added: “I encourage you to take a stand for our core principles and for what is right. These critical times require us to come together to reject bigotry, sexism, and intolerance.” While continuing to not name Moore, Rice further swiped at him by telling voters that “It is imperative for Americans to remain focused on our priorities and not give way to side shows and antics. I know that Alabamans need an independent voice in Washington. But we must also insist that our representatives are dignified, decent, and respectful of the values we hold dear.”



Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/condoleezza-rice-on-roy-moore-reject-bigotry-sexism-and-intolerance

Exclusive: Roy Moore campaign distributes "primer" on how to discredit accusers, "fake news"

Source: Vox

Official talking points cite Breitbart, and Moore himself, as proof that sex abuse allegations are made up.

By Brian Resnick@B_resnickbrian@vox.com Updated at Dec 11, 2017, 11:00am EST

A top Roy Moore campaign official is giving staff and volunteers talking points on how to fight back against reports that their candidate had inappropriate relationships and interactions with teenage girls when he was in thirties, according to a document the campaign provided to Vox.

Moore’s deputy campaign manager Hannah Ford sent an email to staff and volunteers urging them to repeat a theme: the liberal media is spreading fake news; the women are lying. (The document is posted in full below.)

“We have prepared a primer that lists the ‘fake news’ put out by four women followed by some of the evidence and responses that has been uncovered and that show the claims to be entirely false,” the document begins.

The evidence that the accusations are untrue chiefly rely Breitbart News, and, at times, the Moore campaign itself. Some of the efforts to discredit the claims attack the character of the accusers.

Read more: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/12/8/16754470/roy-moore-campaign-talking-points-debunk-sexual-allegations

Full document @ link, above

Transgender People Can Enlist in Military Jan. 1, Pentagon Says

Source: Bloomberg

Washington (AP) -- The Pentagon is allowing transgender people to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite President Donald Trump's opposition.

The new policy reflects growing legal pressure on the issue, and the difficult hurdles the federal government would have to cross to enforce Trump's demand to ban transgender individuals from the military. Two federal courts already have ruled against the ban. Potential transgender recruits will have to overcome a lengthy and strict set of physical, medical and mental conditions that make it possible, though difficult, for them to join the armed services.

Maj. David Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman, says the enlistment of transgender recruits will start Jan. 1 and go on amid the legal battles. The Defense Department also is studying the issue.

Eastburn told The Associated Press on Monday that the new guidelines mean the Pentagon can disqualify potential recruits with gender dysphoria, a history of medical treatments associated with gender transition and those who underwent reconstruction. But such recruits are allowed in if a medical provider certifies they've been clinically stable in the preferred sex for 18 months and are free of significant distress or impairment in social, occupational or other important areas.

Read more: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/transgender-people-enlist-military-jan-181029241.html?soc_trk=gcm&soc_src=d2d2ab95-084f-340a-8e4e-6f5012fc5c36&.tsrc=notification-brknews
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