Very fine scientists on both sides

My uncle was a great professor at MIT for many years. Dr. John Trump. And I didn’t talk to him about this particular subject, but I have a natural instinct for science, and I will say that you have scientists on both sides of the picture.

President Trump to the Associated Press
After Trump Threat, Honduras and Guatemala Try to Stop Migrant Caravan
They’re not having much luck.

Netflix keeps adding subscribers

Netflix turned in much stronger results for the third quarter of 2018 than anticipated, sending the streaming powerhouse’s stock climbing in after-hours trading.

During Q3, Netflix netted 1.09 million new streaming subs in the U.S. and 5.87 million internationally. That’s compared with the company’s forecast of 650,000 domestic net adds and 4.35 million overseas for the September quarter — a more conservative outlook than analysts’ previous estimates.

Beto O’Rourke owes Trump royalties

Sen. Cruz is not going to be honest with you. He’s dishonest. It’s why the president called him Lyin’ Ted, and it’s why the nickname stuck. Because it’s true.

Ted Cruz is hit with a familiar attack at the final debate with Beto O’Rourke

The audio of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder sounds horrifying

The recording indicates how Mr. Khashoggi was killed in the office of the Saudi consul general, Mohammad al-Otaibi, minutes after he walked into the consulate building on Oct. 2, said people familiar with the matter. Mr. Khashoggi wasn’t interrogated, the people said. Instead, he was beaten up, drugged and killed by Saudi operatives who had flown in from Riyadh earlier in the day, the people said.

Then, on the recording, a voice can be heard inviting the consul to leave the room, the people familiar with the matter said. The voice of a man Turkish authorities identified as Saudi forensic specialist Salah Al Tabiqi can be heard recommending other people present to listen to some music while he dismembered Mr. Khashoggi’s body, the people said.

Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro is (“likely”) running

“I’m likely to do it. I have a strong vision for the country. I believe that our country’s going in the wrong direction and that it needs new leadership. I’ll make a final decision after November, but I’m inclined to do it.”

Rolling Stone

It’s unclear what he said, and to whom

Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott resigned Tuesday over unspecified inappropriate comments, complicating what was already a difficult re-election fight for Gov. Bill Walker.

Mallott, in his resignation letter, said his decision was “compelled by inappropriate comments I made that placed a person whom I respect and revere in a position of vulnerability.”

the national interest
the national interest
Trump Calls the Saudis As Innocent As Brett Kavanaugh
“Here we go again with you know you’re guilty until proven innocent,” Trump says. “We just went through that with Justice Kavanaugh.”
2018 midterms
2018 midterms
Trump Says It Won’t Be His Fault If Republicans Lose Midterms
The president will certainly take the credit if his party wins. If they don’t — well, it was the congressional GOP’s fault, or maybe illegal voting.
2018 midterms
2018 midterms
Dave Brat Takes Pelosi-Bashing to Its Apotheosis Against Anti-Pelosi Opponent
Democrat Abigail Spanberger had to remind her Republican opponent of her name after he mentioned Pelosi 21 times in a debate.

Casualties from Hurricane Michael rise, and could soar much higher

The death toll from Hurricane Michael rose to at least 29 on Tuesday as crews scoured debris for hundreds of people reported missing in the Florida Panhandle, nearly a week after the storm flattened whole communities.

The Brett Kavanaugh of countries?

BREAKING: President Trump tells AP that Saudi Arabia being blamed for missing journalist is another case of 'guilty until proven innocent'

A mark of Democrats’ fundraising prowess this year

Perhaps most staggering: Dem challengers outraised GOP incumbents in 38 House seats @CookPolitical currently rates as Likely or Solid R.

Markets are having a much better week than last

BREAKING: Stocks surge, erasing some of their big losses from last week; Dow Jones industrials climb 546 points, or 2 percent.

Famous Nevada brothel owner dies after spending birthday with bizarre cast of characters

Prominent Nevada brothel owner and Assembly candidate Dennis Hof has died, his campaign manager tweeted on Tuesday, just days after his 72nd birthday…

Less than 24 hours ago, Hof celebrated his birthday along with pornographic actor Ron Jeremy, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist.

“The birthday party was last night at the Pahrump Nugget,” Wehrly said. “From what I understand, it was fine.”

2018 midterms
2018 midterms
Brian Kemp’s Fake Crusade for Election Integrity in Georgia
He claims he’s fighting fraud. But the Republican secretary of state is actually disenfranchising voters while ignoring real infrastructure problems.

Khashoggi’s apparent death galvanizes anti-Saudi lawmakers in Congress

“I’m hearing, on both sides of the aisle, a questioning of the Saudi relationship, more so after the Khashoggi incident than after 9/11,” said Rep. Ro Khanna, a Democrat from California who has been highly critical of the Saudi war in Yemen. “It’s the final straw that has broken the U.S.-Saudi relationship.”

Last week, 11 Democratic and 11 Republican senators sent Trump a letter invoking the Global Magnitsky Act, a 2016 law that requires the president to make a determination about whether to sanction human rights violators. All but one member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee signed the letter, which directs Trump not to spare “the highest ranking officials in the Government of Saudi Arabia.” (Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., was the sole committee member who did not sign the letter; he has, however, indicated that he’ll be pushing to stop U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia.)

In an interview with “Fox and Friends” on Tuesday morning, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham — one of the signatories of the letter, and historically one of the kingdom’s strongest defenders in Washington — called for the crown prince’s removal and said he would “sanction the hell out of Saudi Arabia.”

2018 midterms
2018 midterms
Beware of Preelection Polling Spin
The presentation of a CNBC poll shows how hazy data can be distorted into misleading indicators of where the election is headed.

Trump continues to lay groundwork for giving Saudi Arabia a pass

NEW: @POTUS tells @trish_regan in interview to air tonight on Fox Biz re Khashoggi: "It depends whether or not the King or the Crown Prince knew about it in my opinion, number one what happened but whether or not they knew about it. If they knew about it, that would be bad.”

Turkey gives Washington Post passport images of men it says were involved in Khashoggi’s killing

Photo: Via the Washington Post
2018 midterms
2018 midterms
Even The GOP’s ‘Popular’ Health Care Ideas Are Politically Toxic
Scott Walker is refusing to impose work requirements on Medicaid until after voters go to the polls.

Ryan Zinke may be able to rest a little easier tonight

The White House appears to be replacing the agency watchdog at the Interior Department who is in the midst of two investigations into Secretary Ryan Zinke, drawing criticism from government oversight groups.

In an internal email sent last Friday, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced to his staff that after just seven months at the agency, the assistant secretary for administration, Suzanne Israel Tufts, was moving over to the Interior Department to be the acting inspector general. Acting inspectors general do not need Senate confirmation.

But the internal announcement came as news to the Interior Department IG’s office, which said in a statement to NBC News, “The Office of Inspector General has received no official communication about any leadership changes.”

Trump wants desperately to believe Saudi spin on Khashoggi

Just spoke with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia who totally denied any knowledge of what took place in their Turkish Consulate. He was with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo...

A brief history of Trump’s derisive words about women’s looks

Trump on Stormy Daniels: "Horseface."

On Carly Fiorina: "Look at that face. ... Would anyone vote for that?”

On Jessica Leeds: "She would not be my first choice -- that I can tell you."

On Mika Brzezinski: "Bleeding badly from a facelift."

On Alicia Machado: "Miss Piggy."

Trump administration worries if Khashoggi’s death will hurt its demonization of Iran

White House officials are worried that the apparent killing of the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and Saudi Arabia’s changing account of his fate, could derail a major showdown with Iran and jeopardize plans to enlist Saudi help to avoid disrupting the oil market.

Officials said the dilemma comes at a terrible moment for the Trump administration, which will reimpose harsh sanctions against Tehran on Nov. 4, with the intent of cutting off all Iranian oil exports.

But to make the strategy work, the administration is counting on its relationship with the Saudis to keep oil flowing, and to work together on a new policy to contain Iran in the Gulf. If it moves forward, the Saudis would probably see a significant increase in oil revenues at exactly the moment Congress is talking about sanctioning the kingdom.

Heidi Heitkamp makes a bad mistake with campaign ad

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp apologized Tuesday for misidentifying victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse and rape who were listed in a recent North Dakota newspaper ad aimed at her opponent.

The Democrat, who is facing a tough race for re-election, said in a statement that she had recently learned that several of the women named in the ad either hadn’t authorized it or are not survivors of abuse.

“I deeply regret this mistake and we are in the process of issuing a retraction, personally apologizing to each of the people impacted by this and taking the necessary steps to ensure this never happens again,” Heitkamp’s statement said.

The NBA Now Feels Like the Future, and the NFL the Past
But it was not, at all, destined to work out that way. How one decision by then-newbie commissioner Adam Silver changed the course of sports history.

Ecuador tells Julian Assange he must clean his bathroom, take care of cat

Ecuador has laid out a stringent new set of house rules for Julian Assange, warning the whistleblower to avoid online comments about political issues – and ordering him to clean his bathroom and take better care of his cat, or risk losing his pet.

… Assange was told to take charge of the “well-being, food, hygiene and proper care” of his pet cat, in the memo written in Spanish and first published on the Ecuadorian Código Vidrio website.

It warned that if the WikiLeaks founder did not take care of the pet, it would be given to someone else or handed in to an animal refuge.

tech boot camp
tech boot camp
The Best Running App Around Doesn’t Cost a Thing
We tested four popular fitness apps — Strava, MapMyRun, Runkeeper, Nike+ Run Club — to find the best option around.
tech boot camp
tech boot camp
9 iOS Shortcuts to Make Your Life Easier (and Troll Your Friends)
With great macro power comes great responsibility.

Georgia governor candidate accused of voter suppression faces new lawsuit

A new lawsuit was filed late Monday against Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the state elections board and the Gwinnett County elections board over what advocates called the “excessive rejection of mail ballots because of voters’ innocent errors and discrepancies.”

The suit, filed in United States District Court in Atlanta on behalf of five plaintiffs and underwritten by the Coalition for Good Governance, asks a judge to order that all rejected absentee ballots and ballot applications be reviewed by state and local officials. The filing comes amid media reports, including those by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, that found Gwinnett County was throwing out a disproportionate number of such ballots.

President refers to Stormy Daniels as “horseface”

“Federal Judge throws out Stormy Danials lawsuit versus Trump. Trump is entitled to full legal fees.” @FoxNews Great, now I can go after Horseface and her 3rd rate lawyer in the Great State of Texas. She will confirm the letter she signed! She knows nothing about me, a total con!
Paul Allen Turned Microsoft Into a Colossus
After convincing high-school friend Bill Gates to drop out of college and start a software company called Micro-Soft, Allen helped change the world.

Odds watch: 538 says Dems have 85 percent chance of winning House, highest yet

Chance Democrats win control (84.6%)

What’s Kentuckian for “chutzpah?”

(Bloomberg) -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the U.S. budget deficit is "disturbing" and spending on entitlement programs must be addressed by both Republicans and Democrats.

Mike Pompeo (cheerily) meets with Mohammad bin Salman to talk Khashoggi

Photo: Leah Millis/AFP/Getty Images

Warren’s DNA test backfired, a commenter believes

Warren was a fool to take the DNA test. Just as Trump’s ridicule of ‘Pocahontas’ is absurd. Warren’s test proves nothing except her attempt to refute Trump’s scorn. Despite her other qualifications, Warren cannot escape the Pocahontas label, it reduces her to a cartoon. It is as damaging to her as was the ‘brain washing’ of George Romney in 1967-68, and doomed his presidential chances before he even got started. Warren is wounded and will not recover, IMHO.

the national interest
the national interest
Media Congratulates Trump for Spreading Lie About Elizabeth Warren
Trump’s bullying works because reporters care more about whether it works than whether it’s true.

Report: American hit squad assassinated key figures in Yemen

The revelations that a Middle East monarchy hired Americans to carry out assassinations comes at a moment when the world is focused on the alleged murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi Arabia, an autocratic regime that has close ties to both the US and the UAE. (The Saudi Embassy in the US did not respond to a request for comment. Riyadh has denied it killed Khashoggi, though news reports suggest it is considering blaming his death on a botched interrogation.)

Golan said that during his company’s months-long engagement in Yemen, his team was responsible for a number of the war’s high-profile assassinations, though he declined to specify which ones. He argued that the US needs an assassination program similar to the model he deployed. “I just want there to be a debate,” he said. “Maybe I’m a monster. Maybe I should be in jail. Maybe I’m a bad guy. But I’m right.”

Trump threatens Honduras

The United States has strongly informed the President of Honduras that if the large Caravan of people heading to the U.S. is not stopped and brought back to Honduras, no more money or aid will be given to Honduras, effective immediately!
what's past is prologue
what's past is prologue
The Ghosts of the ’68 Election Still Haunt Our Politics
The “backlash” politics of crime and race, an unpopular war, a divided Democratic Party — they are all still with us.
Can a New Book on ‘Intuitionism’ Explain America’s Political Crisis?
Enchanted America explores what makes certain voters believe conspiracy theories and ignore plain evidence.

Once-safe Republican Congressman who was indicted looks to be in close race

NEW YORK -- 27th CD
Chris Collins (R) 46%
Nate McMurray (D) 43%
(Spectrum News/Siena College, LV, 10/6-11/18)

The Trump plan to bail out coal companies isn’t going so well

One of the Trump administration’s major efforts to prop up ailing coal companies has run aground in the White House, a setback to an industry that had hoped for a major resurgence after Donald Trump won the presidency.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry has spent more than a year pushing various plans that would invoke national security to force power companies to keep their economically struggling coal plants running — a goal in line with Trump’s frequent pledges to revive what he calls “beautiful, clean coal.”

But the White House has shelved the plan amid opposition from the president’s own advisers on the National Security Council and National Economic Council, according to four people with knowledge of the discussions.

This felt inevitable

Pocahontas (the bad version), sometimes referred to as Elizabeth Warren, is getting slammed. She took a bogus DNA test and it showed that she may be 1/1024, far less than the average American. Now Cherokee Nation denies her, “DNA test is useless.” Even they don’t want her. Phony!
2018 midterms
2018 midterms
Millennials Need to Start Voting Before the Gerontocracy Kills Us All
Young voters are less racist, and better informed about climate change, than their elders are. But only 35 percent of them plan to vote this fall.

Another Republican candidate comes down with Obamacare-related amnesia

Helluva line from Arizona GOP Senate candidate Martha McSally tonight: “We cannot go back to where we were before Obamacare, where people were one diagnosis away from going bankrupt.”

She voted for the AHCA, which repealed Obamacare.

The Arizona Senate debate between Republican Martha McSally and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema got a tad heated

Near the end of the hour-long debate, McSally attacked Sinema over the comments from a radio show in 2003, reported earlier this week by CNN. The host made a hypothetical comment about joining the Taliban, to which Sinema responded: “I don’t care if you want to do that, go ahead.”

McSally demanded an apology, accusing her fellow congresswoman of saying “it’s okay to commit treason.” Sinema didn’t respond to the attack or explain her past comments, instead accusing McSally of running a negative campaign by using “ridiculous attacks, and trying to smear my campaign.”

Mattis says Trump told him his job is “100 percent” safe, though he mused about his exit on national TV

Mattis said Trump gave him this assurance during a phone call while Mattis was flying from Washington to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on Tuesday. A few hours earlier, Mattis told reporters traveling with him that he and Trump had never discussed the possibility of Mattis leaving the Pentagon job.

Mattis initially was responding to reporters’ questions about Trump’s comments on CBS’ “60 Minutes” Sunday that Mattis “may leave” his administration and that he thinks the retired Marine Corps general is “sort of a Democrat.”

Will Corporate America Dump Saudi Arabia Over Khashoggi?
Trump may not want to punish them, but CEOs risk alienating customers, investors, and employees if they are seen as condoning the regime’s actions.

Stick to Farmers Only

New: A new dating app aimed at Trump supporters leaked its entire user database — on launch day.

Who’s the unhinged mob, again?

Members of Patriot Prayer, a group of right-wing provocateurs from Vancouver, brought a cache of loaded firearms to the top of a parking garage in downtown Portland prior to the group’s August 4th protest.

In an afternoon press conference regarding the latest’s Patriot Prayer rally, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Assistant Chief Ryan Lee explained that before the August protest kicked off, officers found a number of people standing on the roof of a parking garage above with loaded guns. The garage was directly above where the afternoon protest was expected to take place.

The firearms were confiscated and the people were “redirected,” Lee said. They all had permits to carry a concealed weapon. None of them were arrested or charged

2020 election
2020 election
Trump Has Already Raised More Than $100 Million for 2020
Democrats have a lot of catching up to do.

Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas are doing what they were designed to do

Breaking: 4,109 have lost Medicaid coverage in Arkansas due to new work reporting requirements. 2 month total = 8,462 who are likely uninsured and are locked out until 1/1.

Facebook clamps down on voter misinformation

As part of our ongoing efforts to prevent people from misusing Facebook during elections, we’re broadening our policies against voter suppression — action that is designed to deter or prevent people from voting. These updates were designed to address new types of abuse that we’re seeing online.

We already prohibit offers to buy or sell votes as well as misrepresentations about the dates, locations, times and qualifications for casting a ballot. …

Last month, we extended this policy further and are now banning misrepresentations about how to vote, such as claims that you can vote by text message, and statements about whether a vote will be counted. (e.g. “If you voted in the primary, your vote in the general election won’t count.”) We’ve also recently introduced a new reporting option on Facebook so that people can let us know if they see voting information that may be incorrect, and have set up dedicated reporting channels for state election authorities so that they can do the same.

Pastor Andrew Brunson’s Release Reveals Trump’s Religious Freedom Priorities
Freeing the American pastor imprisoned in Turkey became a cause among the Christian right, and another way for Trump to prove himself to Evangelicals.

It’s a dirty job

But hours before the Turkish forensic team arrived, journalists photographed a cleaning crew entering the consulate, hauling buckets, mops and what appeared to be bottles of cleaning solution. When the Turkish investigators entered the consulate, some wearing white protective gear, they “smelled chemicals had been used,” according to two officials in contact with the investigators.  

“They are trying to make fun of us and our willingness to cooperate,” one of the officials said.  

A solid idea

Ole Miss should rename the school after Ida B. Wells-Barnett, an idea championed by many people, including students and faculty members from the department of history as well as the school of journalism. Wells-Barnett’s great-granddaughter, Michelle Duster, also approves of the idea. “It would be a fitting honor for the journalism school at the University of Mississippi to be renamed after my great-grandmother Ida B. Wells,” she wrote on her website.

Thoughts and prayers

“I can’t really go to a lot of restaurants anymore because I get yelled at. I don’t feel threatened, but having someone scream, ‘F–k you!’ at a restaurant, it just wrecks your meal.”

Fox News host Tucker Carlson explains why he hasn’t been eating out much lately
what's past is prologue
what's past is prologue
When Senate and House Elections Go in Different Directions
Democrats making House gains and Republicans Senate gains is not unprecedented, but with ticket-splitting declining, it may not happen again soon.
suspicious package
suspicious package
Suspicious Letter Sent to Senator Susan Collins’s Home in Maine
Local authorities and the FBI are investigating.
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