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The following list of candidates are Democratic incumbents or challengers that need our support. and the URL to sign up to help with this final push in the campaigns.

Weekly News October 15-21, 2018

The following list of candidates are Democratic incumbents or challengers that need our support. and the URL to sign up to help with this final push in the campaigns.

  1. Heidi Heitcamp (ND) (Currently behind in polls with 48.1%)
  2. Bill Nelson (FL) (currently leading in polls with 51%)
  3. Claire McCaskill (MO) (currently leading in polls with 49.2%)
  4. Joe Donnelly (IN) (currently leading in polls with 51.3%)
  5. John Tester (MT) (currently leading in polls with 52%)
  6. Joe Manchin (WV) (currently leading in polls with 52.9%) (I may link to his campaign website tomorrow, but today I am still pissed at him).
  7. Tammy Baldwin (WI) (currently leading in polls with 56.7%)
  8. Sherrod Brown (OH) (currently leading in polls with 55.7%)
  9. Jackie Rosen (NV) (currently leading in polls with 48.9% - against incumbent (R) Dean Heller)
  10. Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) (currently leading in polls with 50.0%)
  11. Beto O'Rourke (TX) (Currently behind in polls with 47.3%)

This Week's Headlines: 
10/15/2018

The analysis on the Massachusetts Democrat was done by Stanford University professor Carlos D. Bustamante, The Boston Globe reported Monday. He concluded Warren’s ancestry is mostly European but says “the results strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor.”

10/15/2018

The email, titled “meeting”, featured a photo of a tabby cat wearing a blue Cookie Monster outfit and holding a plate of choc-chip biscuits, beneath the title “cat pyjama-jam”.

10/15/2018

The relationship between the court and the rest of us is well-studied by historians and political scientists. And several studies do suggest that the justices respond to public opinion. For example, Peter Enns, a political science professor at Cornell University, found that the court’s ideological tilt tracks with public opinion over time. “We can’t get inside their minds and understand how they’re weighing the potential public reaction,” he said. “But when the public’s perspective is more liberal, we consistently see more liberal Supreme Court decisions, and the reverse is true when the public mood is more conservative. It’s hard to believe that’s just a coincidence.”

10/15/2018

In short, his sit-down interview with 60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl revealed the president of the United States to be grossly dishonest, woefully ill-informed, and congenitally incapable of admitting error or demonstrating any kind of moral or intellectual growth.

10/17/2018

What he wanted to say, according to Strother, was that the episode that had triggered Hart’s withdrawal from the race, which became known as the Monkey Business affair, had been not bad luck but a trap. The sequence of events was confusing at the time and is widely misremembered now. 

10/17/2018

But an eight-month investigation by ProPublica and WNYC reveals that the post-millennium Trump business model is different from what has been previously reported. The Trumps were typically way more than mere licensors or bystanders in their often-troubled deals. They were deeply involved in these projects. They helped mislead investors and buyers — and they profited handsomely from it.

10/17/2018

“Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior-level FinCEN employee, betrayed her position of trust by repeatedly disclosing highly sensitive information contained in Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) to an individual not authorized to receive them.  SARs, which are filed confidentially by banks and other financial institutions to alert law enforcement to potentially illegal transactions, are not public documents, and it is an independent federal crime to disclose them outside of one’s official duties.  We hope today’s charges remind those in positions of trust within government agencies that the unlawful sharing of sensitive documents will not be tolerated and will be met with swift justice by this Office.”

10/18/2018

The magic number for Democrats is 24: that is, they need to pick up, on net, 24 seats from Republicans to cement a House majority.

Currently, there are not yet that many individual contests in which Democrats are believed to have a solid advantage over GOP candidates. If we exclude toss-up contests and look only at how many races are at least leaning toward flipping, the Cook Political Report currently has Democrats favored to gain 15 seats on net. FiveThirtyEight has them clearly favored to net around 22, which would be agonizingly close.

10/18/2018

But it turns out reporters and politicians are not very good at understanding genetics. So we will set the record straight, after reviewing the results in detail and consulting with genetics experts.

10/19/2018

Now, discontent and infighting have taken hold at the Justice Department, in part because Mr. Sessions was so determined to carry out that transformation that he ignored dissent, at times putting the Trump administration on track to lose in court and prompting high-level departures, according to interviews over several months with two dozen current and former career department lawyers who worked under Mr. Sessions. Most asked not to be named for fear of retribution.

Kavanaugh has a Past that not just Dr. Ford Remembers

I first ran across a Tweet from this person, and then a Facebook post - both since deleted. This person went to school with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and knew Brett Kavanaugh and his friend - Judge. Her recollections of this time are important to the conversation we are having about a Supreme Court Nominee. 

There is little doubt left that this incident happened, and the fact that Kavanaugh has to lie about it instead of owning up to his deplorable behaviour shows a serious lack of integrity.

Space Force?

Asteroids

So, Donald wants a SPACE FORCE. Remarks yesterday by 45's #1 sidekick (His VP) would seem to indicate that Donald thinks he can militarize space.

"As President Trump has said, in his words, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space — we must have American dominance in space. And so we will," Pence said. "Space is, in his words, a war-fighting domain just like land and air and sea."

"Look, up in the sky! It's..."

Sure, the Baby Trump Blimp isn't likely to fly above the White House any time soon - airspace restrictions and all that - but, it can be fun to imagine the reaction.

 

Enjoy!

This Week's Headlines: 

Two Florida Republicans and possibly a third — Rep. Brian Mast — play starring roles in the indictment, although none is named.

Unlike President Donald Trump‘s former political adviser Roger Stone and political operative Aaron Nevins, Mast’s identity is the least certain of any of the Florida Republicans hinted at in the indictment. The indictment released Friday details how a dozen Russian military officers used an online persona called “Guccifer 2.0” to disseminate information they stole from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic National Committee, which was led at the time by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.).

No doubt, the President will be excited to visit. After buying the property for more than sixty million dollars, he then spent a reported hundred and fifty million pounds—about two hundred million dollars total—remaking the site, adding a new course, rehabbing an old one, and fixing up the lodgings. It is possible, though, that he will have some harsh words for his staff. The Turnberry has been losing an astonishing amount of money, including twenty-three million dollars in 2016. The Trump Organization argued that these losses were the result of being closed for several months for repair. However, revenue for the months it was open were so low—about $1.5 million per month—that it is hard to understand how the property will ever become profitable, let alone so successful that it will pay back nearly three hundred million dollars in investment and losses.

Just What Is "Breitbarting"?

Though O'Keefe styles himself in following the tradition of the muckrakers of a century ago, the purpose of breitbarting is quite different. Instead of exposing corruption, the purpose of brietbarting is to present the appearance of corruption. This is what O'Keefe, with diminishing success, tries to do. This was what made Breitbart famous before his untimely death.

Some thoughts on Social Media

Social Media plays a large part in our lives, allowing us to connect and share with people all over the world. It has also become a major source of stress in the Age of Trump.

Facebook (and Twitter to a degree) are our virtual living rooms. You invite people in to visit, not to argue or cause chaos. You are not obligated to "be nice" to people that come on your Facebook page and cause chaos, the same way you are not obligated to "be nice" to people that come into your living room and cause chaos.

From Alexander Woollcott to "Fake News"

Fake News

Editor's Note: Originally published 1-1-2017. Bumped for relevance by Roxy

Where does today’s ‘fake news’ come from?

There is no simple answer, but part of it can be traced to the development of journalistic practices and ethics over the course of the 20th century, strictures that the purveyors of ‘fake news’ turn on their heads thanks to technological innovations giving them the ability to make their publications look like real news venues for very little money.

Today's Republican Party is the #ActiveShooter of American politics

Today's Republican Party is the #ActiveShooter of American politics

Crossposted to Medium and Daily Kos.

Now, more than ever before, today’s Republican Party represents the #ActiveShooter in American politics.

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