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On MSNBC, Advisor for Clinton Defender Calls Trump 'Sexual Predator'

CNS News - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 19:10

For more, see the cross post at the MRC's NewsBusters blog

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gearing up for another hard-hitting interview

Twitchy - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 19:00

Heads up: Looks like “Jimmy Kimmel Live” will be even more unwatchable than usual this week.

#KimmelinBrooklyn TONIGHT with @IamCardiB @Ocasio2018 & @JBalvin!

— Jimmy Kimmel Live (@JimmyKimmelLive) October 17, 2018

At least Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will have a safe space from all the icky people who want her to justify her absurd policy positions.

Guessing he won’t be asking Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez any questions involving numbers

— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) October 17, 2018

Numbers are hard.

She was promised that no math would be involved. She can just go ahead and list all the freebies she will give out.

— Liz V (@ShoreEJV) October 17, 2018

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Whoops! NYT’s Nick Kristof calls out Mike Pompeo for statement on Saudis and Jamal Khashoggi, trips hard over himself

Twitchy - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 18:38

Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a statement regarding the Saudi government’s handling of the investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi:

POMPEO says Saudis have shown a “serious commitment to determine all the facts and ensure accountability” in Khashoggi case.

— William Gallo (@GalloVOA) October 16, 2018

One could certainly argue that Pompeo’s statement isn’t forceful or decisive enough when it comes to holding Saudi leadership accountable. But New York Times columnist Nick Kristof is not the guy to be making that argument:

This is the kind of absurd-on-its-face propaganda that would embarrass even a North Korean spokesman. It's bad enough that Pompeo is whitewashing a murder; he doesn't need to insult our intelligence.

— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) October 17, 2018

Willing purveyor of propaganda on behalf of murderous regimes says what?

Like taking a photo op around North Korea or calling the Iranian Mullahs moderates

— Mujahed (@kebejay) October 17, 2018

But… you did this with North Korea.

— RBe (@RBPundit) October 17, 2018

He did indeed.

dude: you traveled to North Korea, repeated their talking points…….

— Harry Angstrom (@HarryAngstrom60) October 17, 2018

And not only that, but as Twitchy told you over the weekend, Kristof’s bosses at the New York Times have been selling tickets for reporter-led tours of Saudi Arabia, for the low price of $11,995 per person.

Nick Kristof is in no position to stake out the moral high ground here. Or anywhere.



‘Absolutely AMAZING’: Why is NYT’s Nick Kristof so ‘INCURIOUS’ about this Palestinian ‘protester’?

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Michigan pharmacist refuses medicine to woman having miscarriage (Kristen Jordan Shamus/Detroit Free Press)

Memeorandum - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 18:15

Kristen Jordan Shamus / Detroit Free Press:
Michigan pharmacist refuses medicine to woman having miscarriage  —  High blood pressure took one mom's life.  Excessive bleeding left another with a hysterectomy.  Would long-known safety practices have saved both?  Walbert Castillo, USA TODAY  —  CONNECT

Britain, EU decide to take some time in getting Brexit right

TownHall - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 18:14
BRUSSELS (AP) — Leaders from the European Union and Britain shrugged off a weekend negotiating debacle and previous deadlines Wednesday, giving themselves several more weeks to clinch a friendly divorce deal ahead of their separation.After the E

Treasury employee charged with leaks to BuzzFeed about Trump advisers (Josh Gerstein/Politico)

Memeorandum - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 18:10

Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Treasury employee charged with leaks to BuzzFeed about Trump advisers  —  The senior adviser allegedly leaked financial reports, including information related to Mueller's probe.  —  A senior Treasury Department employee has been arrested for allegedly leaking a large volume …

Opinion Why the Khashoggi Murder Is a Disaster for Israel (Daniel B. Shapiro/Haaretz)

Memeorandum - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 18:10

Daniel B. Shapiro / Haaretz:
Opinion Why the Khashoggi Murder Is a Disaster for Israel  —  The grisly hit-job on Khashoggi has implications far beyond its exposure of the Saudi Crown Prince as brutal and reckless.  In Jerusalem and D.C., they're mourning their whole strategic concept for the Mideast - not least, for countering Iran

Tennessee ordered to stop license suspensions for indigence

TownHall - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 18:09
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge in Nashville has ordered the state to stop suspending the drivers licenses of people who are unable to pay traffic fines and court costs.In an order Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger also instruct

Melania Trump visits babies, moms affected by opioid crisis

TownHall - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 18:06
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — First lady Melania Trump toured a hospital's neonatal care unit Wednesday to learn about the treatment given to newborns suffering from opioid withdrawal, after she was initially delayed by mechanical issues on her plane.Her

The deficit is rising, so Republicans want to cut Social Security and Medicare (Dylan Scott/Vox)

Memeorandum - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 18:05

Dylan Scott / Vox:
The deficit is rising, so Republicans want to cut Social Security and Medicare  —  The GOP agenda is cutting corporate taxes while also cutting government benefits.  —  Republicans have removed all doubt: When it comes to the federal deficit, the problem is Medicare and Social Security …

US Treasury employee arrested, accused of leaking media secret information about suspicious ... (Dan Mangan/CNBC)

Memeorandum - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 18:05

Dan Mangan / CNBC:
US Treasury employee arrested, accused of leaking media secret information about suspicious financial transactions related to Paul Manafort, Russians  — A U.S. Treasury employee has been arrested and charged with leaking to a BuzzFeed News reporter multiple secret reports about suspicious financial transactions.

Smith, Carlos set fear aside as they raised their fists

TownHall - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 18:03
Tommie Smith and John Carlos insist fear was not a factor in their thinking when they reached the medals stand at the Mexico City Olympics.The sprinters, discussing their black-gloved protest at the 1968 Games, said the threats they had received

Trump asks Turkey for audio, video evidence on Khashoggi

TownHall - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 18:02
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has asked Turkey for a recording that could reveal gruesome details of what happened to Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, President Donald Trump said Wednesday. But he's not confirming there is any such recording, as reported

College Football Picks: ACC showcase could be first and last

TownHall - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 18:01
The Atlantic Coast Conference has yet to have a big game this season and might not have another one after Saturday until its conference championship game.No. 16 North Carolina State visits No. 3 Clemson in a matchup of the only remaining unbeate

Bloomberg: Mueller to release “key findings” shortly after the election

Hot Air - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 18:01

Has Robert Mueller finished his probe? Does the timing of a report portend its content? A new Bloomberg report on Robert Mueller’s special counsel probe into Russia collusion sparks a lot of questions, but provides few answers — other than we may finally get an end to this shadow over the Trump administration, one way or another:

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to issue findings on core aspects of his Russia probe soon after the November midterm elections as he faces intensifying pressure to produce more indictments or shut down his investigation, according to two U.S. officials.

Specifically, Mueller is close to rendering judgment on two of the most explosive aspects of his inquiry: whether there were clear incidents of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, and whether the president took any actions that constitute obstruction of justice, according to one of the officials, who asked not to be identified speaking about the investigation.

That doesn’t necessarily mean Mueller’s findings would be made public if he doesn’t secure unsealed indictments. The regulations governing Mueller’s probe stipulate that he can present his findings only to his boss, who is currently Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The regulations give a special counsel’s supervisor some discretion in deciding what is relayed to Congress and what is publicly released.

And … so? We knew that Mueller’s probe was getting closer to the finish line simply on the basis of time. However, we didn’t know where the finish line actually was. In that sense, the Bloomberg report from the famously insular special counsel office is news. Everyone, from Donald Trump on down, has tired of this question and wants to move on with the answers to whatever stage comes next.

Does the timing of a post-election release tell us anything? Some argue that if Mueller had anything on Trump, he’d put it out ahead of the midterms in order to keep voters informed. That, however, ignores Department of Justice guidelines that seriously discourage any reporting close to elections in order to keep the DoJ from being seen as partisan. The fallout from James Comey’s series of public revelations in 2016 would be enough of a reminder to a veteran professional like Mueller of the risk it would create to the credibility of his findings.

Bloomberg’s report even questions whether it means that Mueller has reached firm conclusions on the two biggest issues — collusion and obstruction of justice:

Mueller only recently submitted written questions to Trump’s lawyers regarding potential collusion with Russia, and his team hasn’t yet ruled out seeking an interview with the president, according to one of the U.S. officials. If Trump refused an interview request, Mueller could face the complicated question of whether to seek a grand jury subpoena of the president. The Justice Department has a standing policy that a sitting president can’t be indicted.

Nevertheless, Jodi Schneider thinks that it will wrap things up, thanks to the pressure now coming from both sides to either produce some indictments or shut it down. This looks like a deadline for either, or both:

Don’t forget, too, that the upcoming election doesn’t directly involve or impact Trump, although that’s only from a strictly mechanical standpoint. If Mueller drops indictments immediately after the election against Trump campaign officials for colluding with Russian intelligence, or reports that Trump obstructed justice, Democrats will howl with righteous indignation over Mueller’s refusal to air that while voters could consider it in their midterm choices. Holding onto a nothingburger conclusion until Thanksgiving might irritate Republicans, but they’d have less room to complain.

In that sense, perhaps one could conclude that Mueller would be more likely to wait on releasing a nothingburger than indictments, but don’t bet on it. The issue doesn’t really involve other Republicans, so Mueller can justifiably claim that any release before the midterms would be unjustifiable. If it does indicate wrongdoing on Trump’s part, though, Mueller would want to get that out before (a) he gets canned and (b) it’s too late for Republican challengers in the next primary cycle. Thanksgiving as a deadline makes a lot of sense in that regard.

One last issue: if Mueller’s this close to conclusions on the core issues of his probe, then cashiering Jeff Sessions or Rod Rosenstein makes little sense now. The report is coming in one form or another now no matter what. Trump’s recent vote of confidence in Rosenstein might be a better indicator of what’s coming than the timing of Mueller’s report, assuming Bloomberg’s got it right.

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Fed officials discussed hiking rates to 'restrictive' level

TownHall - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 18:01
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials last month debated how high they would need to raise interest rates to meet their economic goals, with some arguing that they may need to lift rates to a level that would modestly restrain growth.The d

Recordings reveal Khashoggi tortured then dismembered while still alive (Yeni Safak)

Memeorandum - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 18:00

Yeni Safak:
Recordings reveal Khashoggi tortured then dismembered while still alive  —  Khashoggi's fingers were allegedly cut off during the interrogation process before he was decapitated  —  Yeni afak daily has obtained information indicating that there are numerous voice recordings from inside …

In unsealed divorce filings, Rep. Keith Ellison says ex-wife abused him (Twin Cities)

Memeorandum - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 18:00

Twin Cities:
In unsealed divorce filings, Rep. Keith Ellison says ex-wife abused him  —  Keith Ellison's divorce records unsealed Wednesday contain no allegations the Minnesota congressman physically abused his ex-wife, but he said in a 2015 filing that Kim Ellison repeatedly hit him throughout their 25-year marriage.

Official: Deputy shot, suspect killed in Tennessee shooting

TownHall - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 17:55
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An official at a Tennessee sheriff's office says an on-duty deputy has been wounded in a shooting that killed a suspect.Shelby County Sheriff's Lt. Anthony Buckner tells WMC-TV the deputy was shot in the leg outside a Memph

California police: Students baked cookies with human ashes

TownHall - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 17:54
DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — Police say they are investigating a report that a Northern California high school student mixed her cremated grandfather's ashes into homemade cookies and shared them with several classmates.Davis Police Lt. Paul Doroshov on


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