Friday, October 19, 2018

Trump appointee tapped days ago to run Interior Department’s watchdog office resigns amid controversy

The Saudis have confirmed on state television that journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, CNN has learned.

Saudi authorities’ assessment of how Jamal was killed: “discussions that took place between citizen Jamal Khashoggi & the persons who met him during his presence at the consulate in Istanbul led to a fight & quarrel by hands, which caused his death.”

BREAKING: 18 Saudi nationals detained in death of Khashoggi, @clarissaward reporting on @CNNSitRoom right now.

Wim Laven arrived to his Georgia polling site unsure of voter suppression allegations. Then he waited 2 hours in the sun; saw one person in line treated for heat exhaustion; watched a 2nd collapse, yet refuse to be taken to the hospital so he could vote.

Hey, everyone. This is important. In a Friday news dump, the Justice Department just issued a document saying Putin's information war on America "continues to this day" and is targeting the 2018 midterms. Please read and pass on.

WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange sues the government of Ecuador and says he has been cut off from the world at the country's UK embassy, where he's been holed up since 2012

President Reagan negotiated the INF Treaty because he knew “a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.” If President Trump withdraws from INF first so Russia can justify its noncompliance, he is betraying NATO and Europe to do Putin’s bidding.

NEW: The most shocking moments of the new Russia indictment—from promoting conspiracy theorists to "fake Rubio"

Look at the process Native voters living on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota have to go through just to vote in the midterm election. This is if they have transportation. On another Rez in ND, polling locations have been closed.

Justice Neil Gorsuch’s Speech to Catholic Group Closed to the Media

The U.S. accused a Russian woman Friday of a sweeping effort to sway American public opinion through social media in the first federal case alleging foreign interference in the 2018 midterm election.

Michael Cohen: "Listen, here's my recommendation. Grab your family, grab your friends, grab your neighbors, and get to the poll, because if not, you are going to have another two or another six years of this craziness”

We've never been in this dire a place in terms of ethics and criminality. But unless we want to be the generation that said that was OK, we have to cry foul.

Seventy-eight congressional districts will determine whether or not we flip the House in three weeks. Find out if you live in one—then recruit your friends and neighbors to make a plan to vote:

REMINDER: US intelligence gave the Trump WH advanced warning -- based on detailed TS/SI SIGINT from #NSA -- that Riyadh was planning to do something very unpleasant to Jamal Khashoggi.

Paul Manafort appears in court in a wheelchair. Attorney Kevin Downing says "there are significant issues with Mr. Manafort's health right now that have to do with his confinement." Wants him sentenced as soon as possible so he can be moved.

BREAKING / NBC NEWS: A Russian woman, Elena Alekaseevna Khusyaynova, has been indicted for trying to meddle in the 2018 Midterm elections, according to court papers. She allegedly works for Yevgeny Prigozhin, also known as "Putin's chef."

By 2040, US projected to tumble to 64th place for life expectancy, behind China, a shaming national failure

How a disgraced Republican fundraiser is exposing Qatar’s shadowy lobbying offensive

How Republicans could (barely) hang on to the House

JUST IN: Freedom Caucus chair calls on Rosenstein to resign "immediately"

CNN's Jim @Acosta explains how Trump’s rallies evokes violent mob — calling it a ’cause and effect’ syndrome

Hey, @realDonaldTrump. Remember when you threw a big party at the White House with @HouseGOP, celebrating them passing their bill to gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions? The American people sure do

Haley breaks with Trump: "In America, our political opponents are not evil

Your administration is literally backing a lawsuit to end protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

BREAKING: Three former secretaries of Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s said in a letter that they won’t be voting for him in the coming election Because his “focus was not on meeting his obligations to the public but to advancing his own political career."

"Mr. Kushner has argued that the outrage over Mr. Khashoggi’s disappearance and possible killing will pass, just as it did after other Saudi errors like the kidnapping of the prime minister of Lebanon and the killing of a busload of children in Yemen..."

We've never been in this dire a place in terms of ethics and criminality. But unless we want to be the generation that said that was OK, we have to cry foul.

Another Trumpocratic technique: Lie about the numbers and move them to the opposite side of the ledger

Putin: US has "certain responsibility" for missing Saudi journalist

What did U.S. spy agencies know about threats on Khashoggi — and when?

This is a real radio ad currently running in Arkansas in support of Republican Congressman French Hill on radio stations targeted to the African American community. I don't even have words to describe it.

ABC News: Speaking exclusively and on condition of anonymity to ABC News, the Turkish official claimed the recording was played in meetings in Turkey on Wednesday, and that Pompeo was given a transcript of the recordings

Trump was apparently more instrumental than previously known in scrapping plans to move the FBI HQ, according to internal government emails released by House Dems. The decision could have financial benefits for Trump, whose own hotel is a block away.

Here's the video of Trump on Greg Gianforte body slamming Ben Jacobs: "Any guy that can do a body slam, he's my kind of guy."

Pump and Trump


Democrat Beto O'Rourke starts #TexasTownHall answering a question on family separations: "First, we can ensure that never again is another child taken from another parent coming here to seek asylum. Two, we can insist immediately that every single one of those kids is reunited"

Meanwhile in Putin's Russia: @novaya_gazeta, the country's last remaining independent newspaper receives funeral flowers and a sheep head with a 'traitor' note next to them, targeting the paper's reporter for an investigation on Russia's war in Syria

There are a lot of reasons to vote Democratic on November 6, but taking away the Republicans’ ability to use their majority to obstruct justice should be pretty high on the list.

Gazette opinion: Restore civility, elect Williams to U.S. House

Early voting in Georgia, days 1, 2 and 3 this year versus 2014 midterms...

Are Saudi Arabia Blackmailing Trump Over Donald Jr and Jared Kushner? – patribotics

Guardian US editor John Mulholland: The president "applauded the assault on an American journalist ... To celebrate an attack on a journalist who was simply doing his job is an attack on the first amendment by someone who has taken an oath to defend it."

Wow. A Project Veritas "employee" who posed as an intern for the McCaskill campaign and recorded her also had access to voter info, campaign says

Conservatives mount a whisper campaign smearing Khashoggi in defense of Trump

Representative Steve King is an embarrassment to the Republican party.