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Sen. Ben Sasse walks to the Senate chamber for a series of roll call votes regarding the 2018 buget on Capitol Hill on Oct. 18, 2017.

Them doesn’t read like a campaign book — there’s no humble-bragging about accomplishments. Sasse instead focuses on building relationships, but doesn’t go deep enough or propose tangible solutions.(Image credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) […]

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., released a DNA analysis to clarify questions about her Native American heritage, something President Trump commonly mocks. Warren is considering a 2020 presidential bid.

With a possible 2020 presidential run looming, Sen. Elizabeth Warren released results of a DNA test that found she is primarily of European descent, but likely had a Native American ancestor. (Image credit: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) […]

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren has released a DNA test that shows “strong evidence” she has Native-American heritage, rebutting President Donald Trump’s ridicule of her as “fake Pocahontas” while she signals a possible 2020 presidential run.

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Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

President Trump in the Oval Office of the White House earlier this month.

The president sat down with CBS’ 60 Minutes for the first time since entering the White House. In the wide-ranging interview, he also discussed his views on NATO and Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.(Image credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP) […]

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

For most of this year, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona has run what has been viewed widely as one of the best races in the nation. But with less than a month to go to Election Day, there are doubts whether she can make it across the finish line.

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Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

Now that he’s officially taken his seat on the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh has no obvious reason to care what you think. Neither does Sonia Sotomayor, or Samuel Alito, or Ruth Bader Ginsburg. They and their colleagues are justices for life,1 which should in theory give them the freedom to write unpopular opinions.
But Supreme Court history shows that’s not always how it works. In the past, the justices have appeared to bend to popular opinion, in addition to being reined in by other branches of government when they deviate dramatically from the mainstream. That history has a lot to tell […]

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: Five Thirty Eight – Politics

As the days drag on with no word from Jamal Khashoggi, the missing Saudi journalist allegedly killed by a Saudi assassination squad, the question shifts from “What happened to Khashoggi?” to “What will America do about it?”On Sunday, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, the number three Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, appeared on three separate news programs to argue for accountability if it proves true that Saudi operatives “went medieval on him.”“I believe the Trump administration will do something. The president has said that,” Rubio said on CNN’s State of the Union. “But, if he doesn’t, Congress […]

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

Nikki Haley came to the Oval Office last week to announce she’s leaving her post as U.N. ambassador by year’s end. White House counsel Don McGahn is on his way out. Everyone’s guessing how long the beleaguered Jeff Sessions will last after the midterms, with speculation rampant about who would replace him as attorney general. Some theorized that Haley resigned so she could fill South Carolina’s Senate seat once Lindsey Graham replaced Sessions, leading Graham to proclaim “zero interest” in a cabinet position.Now there’s another top job in question: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. In a contentious 60 Minutes interview that […]

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

Both parties have a lot at stake this November. Democrats say their survival is on the line. While for President Trump and his GOP allies in Congress, the prize is to stay in power and stay relevant. […]

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

Newt Gingrich is an important man, a man of refined tastes, accustomed to a certain lifestyle, and so when he visits the zoo, he does not merely stand with all the other patrons to look at the tortoises—he goes inside the tank.To hear more feature stories, see our full list or get the Audm iPhone app. On this particular afternoon in late March, the former speaker of the House can be found shuffling giddily around a damp, 90‑degree enclosure at the Philadelphia Zoo—a rumpled suit draped over his elephantine frame, plastic booties wrapped around his feet—as he tickles and strokes […]

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

Featured News

Blogosphere

Democrats Must Expand The Supreme Court

“Because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell straight-out stole the seat vacated by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia early in 2016, a seat that should have been filled by President Barack Obama’s nominee (Merrick Garland), liberals are unlikely to control the Court for at least another couple of decades,” Klarman writes. “As has been frequently noted, recently appointed Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh were nominated to the Court by a president who lost the popular vote by nearly three million votes, and were then confirmed by a majority of senators who represented minorities of the American population.”

Klarman endorses an […]

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Duncan Hunter is the guy who, indicted for campaign finance violations that include (allegedly) hotel rooms with five different “individuals”

Uh-oh, looks like Duncan Hunter cheated on his wife with “five separate individuals,” and used campaign cash to do so.He financed his extramarital affairs with donors’ cash. Can’t wait to see him blame his wife for this ordeal, too. https://t.co/vacNz28vEV
— Lauren Werner 🗽 (@LaurenWern) September 6, 2018

…threw his wife under the bus as the person who handled his finances while he attended to congressional business.
Then he told reporters to “leave my wife out of it!”
Then […]

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Midday open thread below…

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Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

During a rally on July 5th, Trump mocked Elizabeth Warren and said he’d give her $1 million if she took a DNA test to prove her Native American heritage. Now that she has done so, he denied he ever made the offer.
At his Montana campaign rally last year, Trump brutally mocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren, repeatedly calling her Pocahontas and told his minions if he was debating her that he’d pay her one million dollars to take a DNA test to prove if she had any Native American blood in her veins.
“You know those little kits they sell on television for […]

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

This is not the first time Donald Trump has said something like this:
STAHL: You go out and you go to Mississippi….And you mimicked Professor Blasey Ford. You mimicked her.
TRUMP: Had I not made that speech, we would not have won. I was just saying she didn’t seem to know anything.
….STAHL: Do you think you treated her with respect?
TRUMP: I think so, yeah. I did.
STAHL: But you seem to be saying that she lied.
TRUMP: You know what? I’m not gonna get into it because we won. It doesn’t matter. We won.
Compare and contrast with Trump’s working motto:
People will just believe you. […]

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

How this works: These forecasts are based on 50,000 simulations of the rest of the season. Elo ratings — which power the pure Elo forecast — are a measure of team strength based on head-to-head results, margin of victory and quality of opponent. Our CARMELO forecast doesn’t account for wins and losses; it is based entirely on our »
Design and development by Jay Boice, Rachael Dottle, Ella Koeze and Gus Wezerek. Statistical model by Nate Silver. Additional contributions by Neil Paine. Illustration by Elias Stein. […]

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: Five Thirty Eight – Nate Silver Blog

It is Hilbert’s turn at stardom this week, and he obliged by jumping onto one of the new cabinets in our closet. As you can see, he was seriously contemplating a jump to the next level, something he’s successfully done before, but this time he didn’t have the energy. Instead he just himself plonked down and rolled over, displaying his magnificent belly for a nice tummy rub. And really, there’s nothing on the top shelf worth jumping after. No cat food, anyway.
And now, if you’ll look up a bit and demonstrate a wee bit more energy than Hilbert, you’ll see […]

Fri, Oct 12, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

A new ABC poll conducted by Langer Research Associates confirms the huge gender gap in Republicans’ handling of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation:
Only 35 percent of women approve of Kavanaugh’s confirmation, 13 points behind men. And 58 percent want Congress to continue investigating him, 11 points more than men. These aren’t the biggest gender differences ever recorded on a political issue, but they’re pretty big, especially for something that’s opened a lot of raw wounds just a month before an election.
And I want to repeat something I alluded to a few days ago: Democrats shouldn’t be afraid to use this issue […]

Fri, Oct 12, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Those brutal Dodd-Frank bank regulations just keep tearing into Wall Street profits:
JPMorgan Chase & Co. said Friday that third-quarter profit jumped 24% as the bank’s consumer business helped it overcome weaker trading. Shares rose about 1% in morning trading after the results were announced. The bank reported a profit of $8.38 billion, or $2.34 a share. Analysts polled by Refinitiv had expected earnings of $2.25 a share.
David Lazarus reports that the financial industry’s whining in the midst of record profits is widespread:
The American Bankers Assn. has been running TV commercials patting various lawmakers on the back for supporting “much-needed regulatory […]

Fri, Oct 12, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Kim Wilson speaks with formerly incarcerated activist Kempis “Ghani” Songster about the black liberation group MOVE in the second part of episode 29. (Listen to Part 1 here).
MOVE’s Philadelphia home was bombed by a police helicopter in 1985. The attack killed eleven people—including five children—and resulted in the destruction of 65 houses in the neighborhood. There were only two survivors.
Ghani and Kim also talk about plans to rename Osage Avenue (the street where police attacked MOVE) for Mayor Wilson Goode—Philadelphia’s first black mayor, who designated the organization as a terrorist group and who pushed for the police attack.
Support our show […]

Thu, Oct 11, 2018
Source: Fire Dog Lake – Blog

Elections News

With Election Day three weeks away, we’re rolling out our newest tool to help keep tabs on the large playing field that will determine control of the House: a spreadsheet that sums up the independent expenditures made to date by the four largest groups involved in House races. With this data, you can see which contests the major players think are competitive, and how much money they’ve devoted to each one, so far.

Before diving in, there several important things to be aware of:

This sheet only covers expenditures made by the DCCC, the House Majority PAC, the NRCC, and the Congressional […]

Mon, Oct 15, 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 a place to discuss elections, not policy.

Follow the links for our 2018 race ratings for every Senate, gubernatorial, and House contest. And sign up here to receive the Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest in your inbox each weekday. […]

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

One way to look at what needs to happen, for Democrats to gain a majority in the Senate, is that they absolutely need to win one of the seats that we at Daily Kos Elections (and most other prognosticators as well) consider to be “Lean Republican”: North Dakota, Tennessee, or Texas. You can think of any of those as the “51st seat,” in other words, the one that gets them barely over the top. A 50-50 split would be inadequate with a Republican vice-president acting as a tiebreaker (well, unless, one Republican Senator decides to take a page from Jim […]

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Our race ratings: Senate | Governor | House

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar.

Leading Off

● Statehouse Action: Because there’s more on the ballot on Nov. 6 than statewide and federal elections, check out our 2018 state legislative chamber ratings! We’ve got answers to all your burning questions.

How many majorities will Democrats pick up? (Smart money’s on five.)
Where’s Team Blue playing defense? (Not many places tbh.)
Why aren’t we talking about number of seats […]

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

International News

As relations are tested after the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, what is at stake? […]

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: BBC – Middle East

Xaver Boston ran a prostitution ring as he served as an Army Reserve military police officer, prosecutors said. […]

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: Washington Post – World

Donald Trump’s tangles with America’s traditional friends—on trade, military spending, handshaking—are well-known. But on Sunday, in an interview with 60 Minutes, the American president distilled his revolutionary view of the country’s alliances in Europe, Asia, and North America, which have formed the foundation for U.S. foreign policy for decades, to its essence. Asked by Lesley Stahl about the tariffs he’s threatened to impose on allies such as Canada, Japan, and the European Union, Trump responded, “I mean, what’s an ally?”American leaders have long clashed with allies. Yet Trump is unique in casting these allies not as occasionally problematic partners, but […]

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – International

The Russian Orthodox Church says it’s severing ties with the leader of the worldwide Orthodox community after his decision to grant Ukrainian clerics independence from the Moscow Patriarchate […]

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: Washington Post – World

A media report says that Ecuador has formally ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to steer clear of topics that could harm its diplomatic interests […]

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: Washington Post – World

Lebanese security officials say clashes between rival Palestinian factions in a refugee camp in southern Lebanon wounded at least six people […]

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: Washington Post – World

Abdul Hamid Youssef describes how he lost his wife, his twins and other family members in a chemical attack. […]

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: BBC – Middle East

Angela Merkel’s position as Germany’s chancellor could be endangered by poor regional election results. […]

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: BBC – Europe

Mounir al-Motassadek is deported to Morocco after 15 years in prison for his part in 9/11. […]

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: BBC – Europe

The prime minister calls for “cool heads” as the UK and the EU search for a deal ahead of a key summit. […]

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Source: BBC – Europe

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