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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday named senior policy adviser Brian Hook as special representative for Iran.

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Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

A military parade requested by U.S. President Donald Trump could cost more than $90 million, a U.S. official said, citing provisional planning figures.

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Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

Democrats in the U.S. Senate on Thursday said they were prepared to sue the National Archives if it does not honor their request for information on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

U.S. Senate Republicans on Thursday sought to correct a section of President Donald Trump’s tax overhaul that threatened to prevent sexual harassment victims from claiming a tax deduction for the legal costs they incur while pursuing their cases.

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Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

One Republican senator described President Trump’s decision as “very much like a banana republic kind of thing,” but many other Republicans supported the move.(Image credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images) […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

Omarosa Manigault Newman has provided recordings on which nervous aides discuss how to cover for something hideous that they believe Trump has uttered.And we hardly need question whether the N-word is the one at issue. What would that hideous utterance have been if not the word currently treated as the most taboo in the English language? In an episode of the Dick Van Dyke Show, Rob and Laura Petrie were chilled that their son Richie had used a “bad word” that the script must leave unspoken given the public standards of the era. It is clear, however, that the word […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

“I’m here as an undocumented immigrant with no papers, no green card, no passport, and no legal documents, but I am still a citizen of this country,” says Jose Antonio Vargas in a new video filmed at the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival.

Vargas, an accomplished journalist whose work has garnered him a Pulitzer Prize, was smuggled into the U.S. at age 12 by his Filipino mother. Although he was raised by his grandparents, who were naturalized citizens, Vargas was never granted American citizenship. In a 2011 essay in The New York Times Magazine, Vargas revealed his status as undocumented. Ever since, […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

We’ve been publishing election models for more than 10 years now, and FiveThirtyEight’s 2018 House model is probably the most work we’ve ever put into one of them. That’s mostly because it just uses a lot of data. We collected data for all 435 congressional districts in every House race since 1998, and we’ve left few stones unturned, researching everything from how changes in district boundary lines could affect incumbents in Pennsylvania to how ranked-choice voting could change outcomes in Maine.
Not all of that detail is apparent upon launch. You can see the topline national numbers, as well as a […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Five Thirty Eight – Politics

How do you like your House forecast?
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Forecasting the race for the House
Published Aug. 16, 2018 at 11:00 AM
7 in 10
Chance Democrats win control (70.4%)
3 in 10
Chance Republicans keep control (29.6%)
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Breakdown of seats byparty

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267 D168 R
247 D188 R
227 D208 R
227 R208 D
247 R188 D
80% chance Democrats gain 13 to 55 seats
80% chance Democrats gain 13 to […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Five Thirty Eight – Politics

America’s Founding Fathers, after breaking free from monarchical subjugation, were determined to construct a government of checks and balances on absolute concentrated power. So they created a federal system that differentiated between state and national control, as well as three branches of government with distinct powers and responsibilities that had to answer to one another. But, not satisfied that that was enough, they added 10 amendments to the Constitution. And in the very first of those amendments, they established what has become an insurance policy for the continued health of the republic: a free press. As a working journalist, I […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

Featured News

Blogosphere

A little over one week after the deadliest incidence of recorded violence of prison violence in the United States a quarter century, a coalition of prisoners, including representatives from the human rights organization Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, announced a national prison strike.
The prisoner-led strike is scheduled to launch on August 21st, which is the 47th anniversary of the death of Black Panther prison organizer and political theorist George Jackson. It will continue until September 9th, the 47th anniversary of the Attica Rebellion.
On May 4, I released an interview with prisoners from South Carolina, including multiple representatives from Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, in […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Fire Dog Lake – Blog

(*in my Oprah voice) YOU get a tape! And YOU get a tape! And YOU get a tape! YOU GET A TAPE!!!!!!!
Oh, dear. Omarosa released the fourth recording she talked about in her book, “Unhinged,” and it was a doozy for several reasons.
1. It’s of a Trump family member: Lara (soulless Barbie wedded to chinless douche spawn Eric Trump.)
2. Said Spawn-in-Law is caught on tape offering a bribe to Omarosa for her silence.
3. It is further corroboration that the claims in Omarosa’s book are true, shoring up her credibility on that front.
Ms. Managault Neumann (a friend quipped the most shocking […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

EPI has an interesting piece today about the growth of CEO pay. It’s the usual story: depending on how you measure it, CEO pay used to be about 20x worker pay, while today it’s 200-300x higher. But I was more curious about something else. CEO pay in recent decades has been tied to stock grants as a way of “paying for performance.” So how does CEO pay compare to the stock market?
Since I’m lazy I just averaged EPI’s two measurements to produce a single trendline. Here it is:
In theory, CEO pay ought to follow the stock market under a pay-for-performance […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Trump Tells WSJ He Revoked Brennan's Clearance Over Russian 'Rigged Witch Hunt'

Donald Trump’s remarks to the Wall Street Journal about his reasons for revoking John Brennan’s security clearance are not even close to what Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the press yesterday.
Aaron Blake writes:
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal posted late Wednesday, President Trump once again gave away the ballgame when it comes to his efforts to affect the probe and tear down its leaders (both current and former). He confessed that his true motivation for revoking former CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance was the “rigged witch hunt” that Brennan once “led.”
“I call it the rigged witch hunt; [it] […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Improving On Kimberly Guilfoyle's Cutesy Name For Don Junior (Eww!)

Squiggy Trump? Page Six tells us the lovey-doves nicknames that Sguiggy and his ersatz Bellatrix Lestrange, Kimberly Guilfoyle, have for each other:
We’re told the former Fox News host addressed the presidential offspring as Junior Mint (seemingly a reference to his bank account, although insiders claimed it has nothing to do with money).
Apparently Don Jr. calls her — somewhat less inventively — Pooh Bear.

Jeebus, Junior Mint. Squiggy cannot escape Comrade Trump even in the sack? Pooh Bear? The mind boggles how that one came about.

Don Jr = Jr MintDon Sr = Impeach Mint Eric = Disappoint MintMelania = Non-Disclosure […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Kellyanne Conway Tries To Be 'Anonymous Source' Attacking Her Husband

In a shady move that’s almost humorous, Trump’s former campaign manager and White House advisor try to con a Washington Post reporter to make-believe complaints against her husband’s anti-Trump rhetoric were not coming from her but by a “person familiar with their relationship.”
I kid you not.
It’s been no secret that George Conway is not a fan of Donald Trump. He has written articles against Trump about Robert Mueller and constantly retweets articles that refute many of his bogus claims.

Interesting analogy. Likewise, what if a CEO routinely made false and misleading statements about himself, the company, and results, […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Donald Trump wants to loosen the Volcker Rule, which regulates whose money banks can gamble with, but it turns out that even Wall Street doesn’t want him to do this:
“I can’t imagine this aspect of the proposal being preferable to the original and current Volcker 1.0 regime,” said Gregg Rozansky, a senior vice president at the Bank Policy Institute, an industry trade group representing the nation’s largest banks. “It could raise prices for student loans, credit cards or auto loans,” he added.
This comes on the heels of the auto industry asking Trump to back off on his repeal of Obama’s […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

As you probably know, President Obama put in place higher mileage standards for new cars before he left office. President Trump, naturally, wants to get rid of them. This requires a report demonstrating that the Obama standards would be bad, so he ordered OMB Director Mick Mulvaney to produce one.¹ Mick saluted and scurried off to carry out his boss’s order with the help of the Department of Transportation, which is conveniently run by Elaine Chao, the wife of Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell.
Today the EPA made public an … um … assessment of the report that it wrote a […]

Wed, Aug 15, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

One of the impressive things about Donald Trump is his creativity in taking revenge on people. I mean, who else would have gotten the idea of using the presidential pardon power this way? And yet, it’s right there in the Constitution. He could write “Donald Trump Jr. is pardoned for everything” on a White House napkin and that’s all it takes.
Likewise, the president does have the power to remove someone’s security clearance, but I don’t think that even Richard Nixon ever came up with the idea of using it to get back at any of his enemies. But Trump has. […]

Wed, Aug 15, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center informed the city of Pittsburgh that it would shut down a low-income neighborhood’s hospital if its plan for expansion was not approved.
Thirty-nine hospitals and more than 600 doctors offices and outpatient clinics throughout Pennsylvania are operated by UPMC.
According the the City of Pittsburgh Mayor’s Office, UPMC made it clear Mercy Hospital would close without the expansion.
“It was really discouraging to see our government fold under the pressure of a bully,” Summer Lee, a state representative candidate in the Pittsburgh area, said. “Because of the money and jobs UPMC has, just the threat of closing […]

Wed, Aug 15, 2018
Source: Fire Dog Lake – Blog

Elections News

Goal Thermometer

Wow: At a recent debate ahead of Arizona’s Aug. 28 Republican primary for secretary of state, businessman Steve Gaynor advocated for banning the printing of ballots and other election materials in Spanish, arguing that they should only be in English. Furthermore, Gaynor called for repealing the 1975 amendment to the federal Voting Rights Act that, thanks to a history of discrimination by many states—including Arizona itself—requires jurisdictions with large populations of non-English speakers to provide election materials in voters’ native languages.

Given that record of discrimination in a state that’s one-quarter Latino or Native American, it’s astonishing that a candidate would […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Republican Rep. Will Hurd is losing the fundraising game to Gina Ortiz Jones, the Daily Kos-endorsed Filipina-American former Air Force Intelligence officer running for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District. So he’s decided to start lying about the money Jones is raising.

“When you raise more money from Massachusetts than you do from Texas, that is not a good indication of your broad-based support,” Hurd said of Jones.

More money from Massachusetts, a far-away state with less than 7 million residents, than from Texas, the state the race is located in with more than 28 million residents? Whoa, if true … but […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Goal Thermometer

One of the sneakiest sagas in state politics has been unfolding for years in the New York state Senate, where turncoat “Democrats” broke with their party in 2012 to hand power to Senate Republicans, giving the minority GOP control of the chamber. This cabal called itself the Independent Democratic Conference, or the IDC, but don’t let the “Democratic” in the name fool you.

These deceivers turned their back on their party and on progressive values, and for years the Republican-IDC alliance blocked legislation to establish a state DREAM Act, measures to protect access to abortion and no-copay birth control, implement early […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Welcome to the Daily Kos Elections Live Digest, your liveblog of all of today’s campaign news.

Please note: The Live Digest is a 2016 and 2020 Democratic presidential primary-free space. It’s also an elections-only zone. If you’d like to discuss policy, please visit the latest Daily Kos Elections policy open thread.

Sign up here to receive the Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest in your inbox each weekday. And click here for our race ratings for every Senate, gubernatorial, and House contest in 2018.

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Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

International News

The head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops also plans to seek a wider Vatican investigations into abuse allegations against former Washington archbishop Theodore McCarrick. […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Washington Post – World

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his Chilean counterpart have signed an agreement pledging closer cooperation in combating cyber threats. […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Washington Post – World

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says his senior military assistant, Navy Vice Adm. Craig Faller, will be nominated to serve as the next head of U.S. Southern Command. […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Washington Post – World

Russia has warned that the latest U.S. sanctions against a Russian company accused by Washington of breaching international restrictions on North Korea could undermine denuclearization talks with Pyongyang. […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Washington Post – World

Earlier this month, Facebook announced it had detected and shut down more than 30 Russia-linked fake pages created as part of a campaign to influence the U.S. midterm elections. In case there was any doubt, Russia’s effort to influence American politics continues.The Russian government has one overriding objective with regard to the United States: to weaken America so that it loses its will and ability to counter Russian objectives, including establishing a sphere of influence in eastern Europe. To that end, the Kremlin actively exploits and deepens political, cultural, economic, racial, and other societal rifts in America. If Americans are […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – International

Walter Iooss. Jr. / Getty

The legendary soul singer, pianist, and performer Aretha Franklin passed away on Thursday, surrounded by family and friends, at the age of 76. The Queen of Soul will be remembered for countless songs and performances throughout her life, and is eloquently memorialized here by our own Spencer Kornhaber. Below, a collection of images of Franklin’s amazing career, spanning the past five decades.
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Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – International

It’s no secret Steve Bannon has his sights set on Europe. The former White House chief strategist announced last month that he would be moving to Brussels to start a new movement—a think tank called The Movement—to support Europe’s right-wing populist parties ahead of the European Parliament’s elections next spring. His goal, Bannon told the Daily Beast at the time, is to create a “supergroup” of united right-wing populist lawmakers within the chamber—a feat that will require the involvement of at least 25 lawmakers representing at least seven European Union member states.But Europe’s right-wing populist parties may not share his […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – International

China has reportedly begun deploying flocks of drones disguised as birds to surveil its citizens. The drones have wings that flap so realistically they’re difficult to distinguish from actual birds. In fact, animals on the ground often can’t make the distinction, and even real birds in the sky sometimes fly alongside the drones. The robotic birds can mimic 90 percent of the movements of their biological counterparts, and they’re also very quiet, which helps them avoid detection.The operation’s codename is “Dove”—but there’s reason to doubt whether these machines come in peace. Yang Wenqing, a member of the team behind Dove, […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – International

The Justice Ministry announces says 45 Gaddafi-era militiamen will be executed for 2011 killings. […]

Wed, Aug 15, 2018
Source: BBC – Middle East

South Africa is gripped by the mysterious death of an ex-policeman who exposed an alleged paedophile ring in the former regime. […]

Wed, Aug 15, 2018
Source: BBC – Africa

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