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Daily News Digest September 16, 2018

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So, to spell this all out, Kavanaugh believes that the way to determine whether the Constitution protects a particular unenumerated right is to apply the test the Supreme Court laid out in Glucksberg. And the judge also thinks that “even a first-year law student could tell you” that Roe is inconsistent with Glucksberg.

Beto O’Rourke is "a combination, in my opinion, of former President Barack Obama and Robert Kennedy," former DeSoto Mayor Carl Sherman.

President Trump accused special counsel Robert Mueller on Saturday of hurting his and Republican candidates' approval ratings, again characterizing the special counsel's investigation as a "witch hunt."

But the burger dinners have stopped. Interviews with more than a dozen White House, congressional and current and former Defense Department officials over the past six weeks paint a portrait of a president who has soured on his defense secretary, weary of unfavorable comparisons to Mr. Mattis as the adult in the room, and increasingly concerned that he is a Democrat at heart.

President Donald Trump plans to proceed with duties on roughly $200 billion more worth in Chinese goods as soon as Monday, a senior administration official confirmed Saturday, escalating what has already become a protracted trade battle between the world’s two largest economies.

Daily News Digest September 15, 2018

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Nelson is scheduled to perform alongside Joe Ely, Carrie Rodriguez, Tameca Jones and Nelson's sons, Lukas and Micah Nelson.

The scheme was to tie Tymoshenko to antisemitism through association. Manafort got “a senior Israeli government official to issue a written statement publicizing this story.” That’s a reference to a statement from then-Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, a hardliner who is now defense minister, as noted by journalist Noga Tarnopolsky. The story was published by Ben Shapiro at Breitbart, as first reported by The Guardian’s Luke Harding. Manafort, “with secret advance knowledge of that Israeli statement,” bragged as he shopped it around the U.S., “I have someone pushing it on the NY Post. Bada bing bada boom.”

In Washington, D.C., the GOP’s staunchest fiscal conservatives have a history of fighting emergency spending bills that aren’t fully paid for with corresponding cuts to others programs. An ideological standoff prompted a delay in passing aid after Superstorm Sandy ravaged parts of New York and New Jersey in 2012.

Trump has used the regional dis before, calling the family of another ex-wife, Marla Maples, “dumb Southerners” and “hillbillies,” as one reporter recalled. Last week, the longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone trashed Sessions as an “insubordinate hillbilly” — expressing a double dose of hick hatred.

Wexner, who said he’s been a Republican since college, added that he is now an independent, before saying that he “won’t support this nonsense in the Republican Party” anymore.

Daily News Digest September 14, 2018

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"I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court," Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, said in a statement. "That individual strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision," she said.

"I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities," she added.

Democrats on the committee, expected to oppose the judge, used a rule that allowed them to keep Kavanaugh’s nomination on hold for another week. A vote to move the nomination to the floor is expected to take place on Sept. 20. 

The President of the United States is not fit to hold the office. Every day the Republican majorities in Congress and his infotainment apparatchiks at Fox News prop him up is another day of disgrace for the nation. The president does not care what happens to most anyone, a function of what is one of the clearest cases of malignant narcissism—bordering on what's been called "radical solipsism"—ever seen in a public official. But he particularly does not care what happens to black and brown people, whom he thinks are, at best, hangers-on to the American experience and should just be happy they're allowed to stay.

By the end of business on Wednesday, Nike would close at $83 a share, an all-time high for the company

The Trump administration this summer quietly redirected $200 million from all over the Department of Homeland Security to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, despite repeated congressional warnings of ICE's "lack of fiscal discipline" and "unsustainable" spending.

Daily News Digest September 13, 2018

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The group bills itself as nonpartisan. Its advisory board includes Ned Price, a former spokesman for the National Security Council; Max Bergmann, who leads the Center for American Progress’ Moscow Project; Elizabeth Wydra of the Constitutional Accountability Center; Austin Evers, executive director of American Oversight); Public Citizen vice president of legislative affairs Lisa Gilbert; and Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights president Vanita Gupta.

 CNBC reported him saying that it would take him “twenty minutes” to name all of the Trump officials he met with.

When asked to name names: “First, I’m never going to do that,” he said. “And second, the list is so long that I’m not going to be able to go through it in 20 minutes.”

The cyclist who was fired from her job last fall after flipping off President Trump's motorcade is running for local office in Virginia. Juli Briskman announced Wednesday she will seek a seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in 2019.

The new data was reported to members of Congress, who shared it with The Times. It shows that despite the Trump administration’s efforts to discourage Central American migrants, roughly the same number of children are crossing the border as in years past. The big difference, said those familiar with the shelter system, is that red tape and fear brought on by stricter immigration enforcement have discouraged relatives and family friends from coming forward to sponsor children.

Daily News Digest September 12, 2018

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Added Doug Jones. Confirmation vote scheduled for September 20, 2018 

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Seven of the separated children in Chicago still haven’t been reunited with their families.

One of them, a 12-year-old boy named Erick — in custody nearly four months after immigration officials took him from his father — became so depressed that he was admitted to a psychiatric hospital for a week, diagnosed with adjustment disorder, according to the records.

That is how Ms. Taracena and her two children wound up in this valley wedged between the Siskiyou and Cascade mountains, known for its Shakespeare festival, vineyards, pear orchards, and large community of retirees.

They are living with a cousin and her three young children in a two-bedroom mobile home in Talent, a working-class town with many immigrants who work in agriculture, construction and hospitality sectors of nearby Ashland and Medford.

The big picture: The budget deficit is widening in a big way. In the first 11 months of the fiscal year, the deficit was $895 billion, which is $222 billion more than the previous year. Outlays have climbed 7% while revenue rose 1%.

It’s unclear why Korkmaz was subpoenaed. One of Mueller’s targets in his investigation was former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The ProPublica article highlighted connections between Flynn’s lobbying for Turkey and Turkish businessmen in the same orbit as Korkmaz.

“Have you ever sought treatment for a gambling addiction?” Whitehouse asks pointedly as part of a series of questions submitted this week about Kavanaugh’s unexplained personal debts.

In 2016, Kavanaugh reported credit card and personal loan debts of between $60,000 and $200,000. The Trump White House said these debts were the result of Kavanaugh buying baseball tickets for friends who later paid him back, as well as some spending on home improvements.

Daily News Digest September 11, 2018

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Added Doug Jones. Confirmation vote scheduled for September 20, 2018 

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Jones

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The Trump administration is poised to roll back existing regulations on methane gas as early as this week, the New York Times reported Monday.

The proposal would weaken an Obama-era requirement that companies must monitor and repair any methane leaks, according to documents the Times reviewed. The new rule is anticipated to allow for far more air pollution and leaks of the gas.

"We have reprinted six times for a total of seven to meet extraordinary demand -- that will put one million books in print before we've even gone on sale," a Simon & Schuster spokesperson told CNN.

While South Carolina’s governor ordered a mandatory evacuation of the state’s coast, North Carolina allowed local leaders to make the call.

Democrats, however, will likely delay the vote until next week, which they are allowed to do under committee rules. The nomination is expected to be reported out of committee along party lines. This timeline will likely set up a full Senate confirmation vote on Kavanaugh the week of Sept. 24.

Daily News Digest September 10, 2018

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As of the NHC's advisory issued at 11 a.m. EST Sunday, Hurricane Florence's center will move over the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday, and it will get to the southeastern U.S. coast on Thursday. According to aircraft data, its maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 mph. "Florence is forecast to rapidly strengthen to a major hurricane by Monday, and is expected to remain an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday," the advisory says.

This has come at considerable cost to his reputation. As a prosecutor, Giuliani was the sheriff of Wall Street and the bane of organized crime. As mayor, he was the law-and-order leader who kicked “squeegee men” off the streets of New York. Now he’s a talking head spouting nonsense on cable news. But this version of Giuliani isn’t new; Trump has merely tapped into tendencies that have been evident all along. 

The conservatives had been trying to find Francis’s weak spot for years, and they finally found it through Carlo Maria Viganò, the Vatican’s former papal nuncio to the United States, who is no fan of Francis. He penned adamning 11-page testimonial in which he said he had long ago told the pope all about American Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who stands accused of years of inappropriate behavior with seminarians. Rumors that had been swirling around clerical circles for years portraying McCarrick's New Jersey beach house as a sort of Playboy Mansion for young gay clergy. 

Stull, a former food lobbyist who wrote a wine blog under the pseudonym “Vino Vixen,” is part of an informal network of political appointees who five State Department officials say constitute a parallel power structure in the State Department to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which seeks to inject the president’s domestic policy agenda into foreign affairs.

Many in the network are linked to Stephen Miller, an influential senior advisor to the president who oversees the Domestic Policy Council at the White House. They include Andrew Veprek, a foreign service officer who served under Miller in White House; John Zadrozny, another former Miller aide who now works in State’s policy planning bureau; and Bethany Kozma at the U.S. Agency for International Development. Kozma has injected politics into traditional technical deliberations, seeking, for instance, to remove any reference to issues such as reproductive rights and gender from United Nations resolutions, according to several officials.

Former Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore has dropped his lawsuit accusing a number of groups and individuals of defaming him with campaign ads against him.

Daily News Digest September 9, 2018

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Why it matters: The similarities between Watergate and the Trump presidency are becoming more and more clear. "The White House seethes with intrigue and backstabbing as aides hunt for the anonymous Deep (state) Throat among them. A president feels besieged by tormentors — Bob Woodward is driving him crazy — so he tends his version of an enemies list, wondering aloud if he should rid himself of his attorney general or the special prosecutor or both," AP's Cal Woodard and Nancy Benac write.

Sanders called the bill, which would require large employers to repay the government for the cost of the aid, the Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies Act — or the Stop BEZOS Act, for short. Sanders spent the summer browbeating the company and claiming many of its warehouse workers rely on food stamps and Medicaid. Last week, he asked Amazon employees to share their on-the-job "horror stories."

A roaring wildfire that shut down a stretch of a major interstate near the California-Oregon border exploded in size as crews on Saturday scrambled to prevent flames from reaching rural communities.

Kaylee Foster was crowned homecoming queen of Ocean Springs High School before Friday night’s football game.

She then put on her football uniform and later kicked the winning extra point to lead her team to a 13-12 victory over George County High School, local news outlets reported.

Customs and Border Protection announced Friday it would take public input via email through Nov. 6, a news release states. Comments, questions, or concerns can be emailed to CBP at commentsenv@cbp.dhs.gov. 

Daily News Digest September 8, 2018

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Although it was not visible throughout much of the speech, Linfesty was proudly sporting a sticker for the Democratic Socialists of America—the political organization that includes many of the upstart leftist candidates currently challenging Democratic lawmakers for their seats.

“I am part of the Democratic Socialists of America,” Linfesty said, “but I identify as a social democrat, like Bernie Sanders or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.”

Senators on the Judiciary Committee are likely to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation on Sept. 20 with a vote by the full Senate the following week. 

According to one person familiar with the list, one person being scrutinized is Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman. One former West Wing official said that Huntsman had three strikes against him: he served in the Barack Obama administration, he was very close with John McCain, and he has political ambitions of his own. (A White House spokesperson said there is no 12-person list.)

If eventually carried out, Trump’s latest threat could result in tariffs on all Chinese goods entering the United States, an unprecedented escalation of his trade war with China.

The U.S. in July began imposing tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese industrial imports as Trump moved to confront Beijing over a range of policies that have long vexed American leaders.

Daily News Digest September 7, 2018

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"The Constitution provides for a procedure whenever the vice president and senior officials think the President can't do his job. It does not provide that senior officials go around the president — take documents off his desk, write anonymous op-eds... Every one of these officials have sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States. It's time for them to do their job,” 

The charge filed against Thomas is a felony and alleges that on May 31 he submitted a falsified document to state or county election officials.

The maneuver is almost certain to land the administration back in court, where U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee, who oversees the agreement, has rejected attempts to extend the amount of time migrant children can be held in immigration jails beyond the limit of 20 days. The new rules would lift those restrictions and allow the government to detain migrant children until their cases have been fully adjudicated.

These are documents that Republicans had marked "Committee Confindential", but show Kavanaugh is being less than truthful in his Senate testimony.

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All the docs listed with links

“Kavanaugh referred to birth control ― something more than 95 percent of women use in their lifetime ― as an ‘abortion-inducing drug,’ which is not just flat-out wrong, but is anti-woman, anti-science propaganda,” Laguens told HuffPost. “Women have every reason to believe their health and their lives are at stake.”

Reynolds was peerless in terms of box office receipts, named one of Hollywood’s top 10 moneymakers every year from 1973 to 1984, and ranked number one on that list from 1978 to 1982 (only Bing Crosby had a similar five-year streak in the 1940s). But in films like White Lightning (1973), The Longest Yard (1974), Smokey and the Bandit (1977), Hooper (1978), and The Cannonball Run (1981), Reynolds played suave, fearless, carefree heroes, who all felt practically interchangeable. He would occasionally branch into more unusual material, like Alan J. Pakula’s excellent romantic comedy Starting Over or the hit musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. However, by and large, he stuck to what he knew.

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