Eric Holder on Rod Rosenstein, Working with Uber, and Prosecuting Bankers
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.”
Microsoft co-founder and Seahawks owner dead at 65
Cherokee Nation pushes back on Elizabeth Warren’s ancestry claims
An impressive milestone for NYC
New York may be the city that never sleeps — but for once, it’s not the sound of gunfire keeping us awake.
The five boroughs didn’t see a single reported shooting for all of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, marking the first city weekend free of gunplay since 1993, officials said Monday.
“I really don’t remember a weekend that no one was shot in the entire city,” the NYPD’s chief of department, Terence Monahan — on the job since 1982 — told The Post. “It’s a different city.”
This is a weird thing to say, even for the president
A modern-day schism in Russia
In the biggest rift in modern Orthodox history, the Russian Orthodox Church has cut all ties with the Constantinople Patriarchate, effectively splitting from it after it granted independence to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
NYPD likely to charge members of far-right group after melee on Friday
NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said Monday that police believe they have evidence to charge members of the right-wing group Proud Boys and three protesters with counts of rioting or attempted assault. The brawl between them erupted around the corner from the Metropolitan Republican Club after a speech there by Proud Boys leader Gavin McInnes.
Video showed Proud Boys and associates walking out of the club, then rushing to fight with protestors after what appears to be a bottle was thrown their direction, according to police. The video shows Proud Boys beating people on the street while shouting homophobic slurs. Photojournalist Sandi Bachom filmed several men as they kicked and punched people who laid on the ground.
A plausible path forward on Khashoggi
Devastating news for Brett Kavanaugh
Beer drinkers might pay more and find less of their favorite beverage as climate change comes for barley. Scientists expect that extreme droughts and heat waves will become more frequent and intense in the regions that grow the grain.
Many farmers are already adapting to the slowly warming planet—with advanced plant breeding techniques to create more drought-resistant grains, for example, and by using more efficient irrigation systems to conserve water—but a new study out today in the journal Nature Plants says that many regions won’t be able to cope with the arid conditions of the future. The work was done by a group of researchers in China along with Steven J. Davis, an environmental scientist at the University of California Irvine.
A possible major development in the Khashoggi case
Florida area that sustained worst damage from Hurricane Michael continues to struggle
Fox lands job guarding henhouse
Former congressman David Jolly’s new baby checklist: build crib, buy diapers, leave the Republican Party
This won’t shock a lot of people who have seen former U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Belleair Bluffs, on MSNBC and CNN all the time criticizing President Donald Trump, but he has left the Republican Party. He and wife Laura quietly registered under no-party affiliation weeks ago, Jolly said, spurred in large part by the pending birth of a daughter for whom they wanted to set an example and not be part of of the Trump party.
“It’s also just a personal rejection of partisanship. It’s a very comfortable place for us to be,” said Jolly, who had initially vowed to stay in the GOP and try to help steer it back to traditional conservatism.
What happened to Khashoggi? Saudi King Salman and Turkish President Erdogan say they’re on the case
State-run news agencies in both Saudi Arabia and Turkey acknowledged Sunday night’s call [between the two leaders].
Turkey said Erdogan “stressed forming a joint working group to probe the case.”
Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, said King Salman thanked Erdogan “for welcoming the kingdom’s proposal” for forming the working group.
The king also said Turkey and Saudi Arabia enjoy close relations and “that no one will get to undermine the strength of this relationship.”
Trump is living rent-free in Democrats’ heads
As Democrats look toward a presidential primary that will begin in earnest approximately 11 seconds after the midterms, candidates should be ready for a new reality, and the media for a new challenge.
The reality is that the most important pundit, commentator, and great mentioner of the 2020 primary will be President Donald Trump.
And the challenge for the media will be whether or not to let him dominate the Democratic primary.
Democratic voters got an early sense of this when they woke up Monday morning to a slickly-produced video from Elizabeth Warren about her DNA. The first 19 words in the video are spoken, sneeringly, by Donald Trump. The rest of the video answers a question Donald Trump raised, takes a piece of bait he’d laid out and Warren furiously, seeing no other option, took as a symbol of her willingness to “fight.” The video is, most of all, the strongest Democratic candidate, thinking first of how to win the Democratic nomination, engaging entirely on absurd, racist terms laid out by the president of the United States.
Report: Myanmar military brass used Facebook to justify ethnic cleansing
They posed as fans of pop stars and national heroes as they flooded Facebook with their hatred. One said Islam was a global threat to Buddhism. Another shared a false story about the rape of a Buddhist woman by a Muslim man.
The Facebook posts were not from everyday internet users. Instead, they were from Myanmar military personnel who turned the social network into a tool for ethnic cleansing, according to former military officials, researchers and civilian officials in the country.
The Myanmar military were the prime operatives behind a systematic campaign on Facebook that stretched back half a decade and that targeted the country’s mostly Muslim Rohingya minority group, the people said. The military exploited Facebook’s wide reach in Myanmar, where it is so broadly used that many of the country’s 18 million internet users confuse the Silicon Valley social media platform with the internet. Human rights groups blame the anti-Rohingya propaganda for inciting murders, rapes and the largest forced human migration in recent history.
It’s been a long way down for Sears
Sears, the once-dominant retail chain that changed how Americans shopped and lived, has filed for bankruptcy.
The 132-year-old company has been struggling for several years and is drowning in debt. The final straw was a $134 million debt payment due Monday that it could not afford.
Sears Holdings (SHLD), the parent company of Sears and Kmart, is among dozens of prominent retailers to declare bankruptcy in the era of Amazon (AMZN).
Could superhawk Tom Cotton be the next Secretary of Defense?
Sen. Tom Cotton, the 41-year-old Arkansas Republican who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on airland, was on Trump’s shortlist for defense secretary back in 2016, before the president ultimately settled on Mattis. The two-time combat veteran won a seat in the House of Representatives in 2012 as part of the Tea Party movement and is well known for his hawkish views—he is on record supporting waterboarding and regime change in Iran.
Among the downsides of a Cotton appointment: The Republican Party would have to give up an important chairmanship and seat in the Senate.
The president also has his eye on David McCormick, a West Point grad, combat veteran, and co-CEO of the global macro investment firm Bridgewater Associates, according to one administration source. McCormick, who served as undersecretary of the treasury for international affairs in the George W. Bush administration, is deeply entrenched in Trumpland, running in the same social circles as first daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, the source said. He is also the fiancé of Dina Powell, Trump’s former deputy national security advisor for strategy and one of the leading candidates to replace U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.
New York City’s astonishing number of homeless students
Tonight, about one out of every 10 students in New York City will sleep in a homeless shelter or in the homes of relatives. That’s more children than at any other time since city records have been kept. In the morning, those same children will fan out across the city to go to school, some crossing multiple boroughs to get there.
Last year, the number of city students in temporary housing topped 100,000 children for the third consecutive year, according to state data released Monday by Advocates for Children of New York, a group that provides legal and advocacy services for needy students.
Those students are the most vulnerable victims of homelessness, an issue that has dogged Mayor Bill de Blasio since he took office in 2014. But as the number of homeless children continues to swell, there hasn’t been a significant increase in public or private dollars spent to support these students.
A growing humanitarian crisis exacerbated by Saudi Arabia and the U.S.
A tangible way Medicaid expansion helps people
Low-income people in states that expanded Medicaid under ObamaCare were less likely to forgo needed medical care due to costs than those living in states that did not expand Medicaid, according to a new study.
The study from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, finds that 20 percent of low-income people in non-Medicaid expansion states did not get needed medical care in the past 12 months due of costs. That figure was less than half as much, 9 percent, in states that did expand the program.
Very reminiscent of his comments on Russian hacking
China enforces extreme new national-anthem law
In America, the refusal by some NFL players to stand for the national anthem touched off a roiling, years-long national debate about racial injustice, patriotism and freedom of expression.
In China, a 21-year old woman accused of “disrespecting” the national anthem sparked an immediate and draconian reaction: She was jailed.
Shanghai police said this weekend they punished Yang Kaili, one of China’s most followed online celebrities, with five days of “administrative detention” after she bumbled through the first line of the Chinese national anthem while wearing fuzzy moose ears and waving her arms cartoonishly during a live stream.
Australian Senate narrowly votes down anti-white racism bill
The Australian Senate has narrowly voted down a motion condemning “anti-white racism”, despite government senators voting for the controversial statement echoing alt-right rhetoric.
On Monday the Senate voted 31 to 28 to reject a motion put by Pauline Hanson – the leader of the anti-immigrant nativist One Nation party – which acknowledged the “deplorable rise of anti-white racism and attacks on Western civilisation” and “it is OK to be white”.
Trump emphasizes that Khashoggi is not a U.S. citizen
A profile of Newt Gingrich, the patient zero of our rancorous political moment
But few figures in modern history have done more than Gingrich to lay the groundwork for Trump’s rise. During his two decades in Congress, he pioneered a style of partisan combat—replete with name-calling, conspiracy theories, and strategic obstructionism—that poisoned America’s political culture and plunged Washington into permanent dysfunction. Gingrich’s career can perhaps be best understood as a grand exercise in devolution—an effort to strip American politics of the civilizing traits it had developed over time and return it to its most primal essence.
When I ask him how he views his legacy, Gingrich takes me on a tour of a Western world gripped by crisis. In Washington, chaos reigns as institutional authority crumbles. Throughout America, right-wing Trumpites and left-wing resisters are treating midterm races like calamitous fronts in a civil war that must be won at all costs. And in Europe, populist revolts are wreaking havoc in capitals across the Continent.
Twenty-five years after engineering the Republican Revolution, Gingrich can draw a direct line from his work in Congress to the upheaval now taking place around the globe. But as he surveys the wreckage of the modern political landscape, he is not regretful. He’s gleeful.
“The old order is dying,” he tells me. “Almost everywhere you have freedom, you have a very deep discontent that the system isn’t working.”
Warren’s aggressive strategy
Warren releases DNA test, hoping to defuse Native American issue
Senator Elizabeth Warren has released a DNA test that provides “strong evidence’’ she had a Native American in her family tree dating back 6 to 10 generations, an unprecedented move by one of the top possible contenders for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president.
Warren, whose claims to Native American blood have been mocked by President Trump and other Republicans, provided the test results to the Globe on Sunday in an effort to defuse questions about her ancestry that have persisted for years. She planned an elaborate rollout Monday of the results as she aimed for widespread attention.
The analysis of Warren’s DNA was done by Carlos D. Bustamante, a Stanford University professor and expert in the field who won a 2010 MacArthur fellowship, also known as a genius grant, for his work on tracking population migration via DNA analysis.
He concluded that “the vast majority” of Warren’s ancestry is European, but he added that “the results strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor.”
Senator Elizabeth Warren is fighting back against Trump’s “Pocahontas” attacks by releasing a DNA test that shows “strong evidence’’ that she had a Native American ancestor
Sears files for bankruptcy but CEO Eddie Lampert will be just fine
Sears remains a publicly traded company, but Mr. Lampert exerts an enormous amount of control. Mr. Lampert is the chairman and chief executive and his hedge fund ESL Investments is the largest shareholder and a major lender.
He orchestrated a series of deals that generated cash for Sears in the near term, but stripped out many of the company’s most valuable assets — often selling them to companies that he also has a stake in.
Sears’ shares, which topped $120 as recently as 2007, closed on Friday at 40.7 cents.
Sears spun off Lands’ End, the preppy clothing brand, into a separate company, which Mr. Lampert’s hedge fund took a large stake in. Lands’ End market value now dwarfs that of Sears.
In 2015, Sears sold off stores worth $2.7 billion to a real estate company called Seritage. Mr. Lampert is a big investor in that company as well as its chairman. Seritage is converting many of the best locations into luxury offices, restaurants and apartments.
Republican group stands with the Proud Boys, contradicts itself
“We want to foster civil discussion, but never endorse violence. Gavin’s talk on Friday night, while at times was politically incorrect and a bit edgy, was certainly not inciting violence.”
This painting is hanging in the White House
Biden leads way-too-early 2020 Democratic primary poll
Sen. David Perdue gets testy with a constituent
It’s not every day that a senator snatches a cell phone out of someone’s hands.
But on Saturday, Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), did exactly that, according to video posted of the encounter and accounts from individuals at the scene.
Perdue was on the campus of Georgia Tech to campaign for Republican gubernatorial nominee Brian Kemp, who has come under fire this past week following a report that some 53,000 voter registrations were on hold, nearly 70 percent of which reportedly belonged to African-American voters
Just don’t throw any paper towels
In the wake of Jamal Khashoggi’s suspected murder, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has a new nickname
Julian Assange can post again
Ecuador has restored partial internet access to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who took refuge in the country’s London Embassy more than six years ago, WikiLeaks and an Assange lawyer said separately on Sunday.
The move comes nearly six months after the Ecuadorean government suspended Assange’s communications in March, after he discussed issues on social media that could damage the country’s diplomatic relations, including a diplomatic crisis between London and Moscow as well as Catalonian separatism.
A final warning from Stephen Hawking
In short, the advent of super-intelligent AI would be either the best or the worst thing ever to happen to humanity. The real risk with AI isn’t malice, but competence. A super-intelligent AI will be extremely good at accomplishing its goals, and if those goals aren’t aligned with ours we’re in trouble. You’re probably not an evil ant-hater who steps on ants out of malice, but if you’re in charge of a hydroelectric green-energy project and there’s an anthill in the region to be flooded, too bad for the ants. Let’s not place humanity in the position of those ants.
When in-laws break the law
The fog of trade war
They don’t know who is the final decision-maker. Of course, presumably, the president would take the final decision. But who is playing what role? Sometimes it could be very confusing.
Governor Cuomo is calling for an investigation of Friday’s Proud Boys violence in Manhattan; here’s a thread about the bizarre assassination reenactment that preceded it
Hillary Clinton rejects post-MeToo logic that Bill should have resigned over Lewinsky
The former secretary of state said she disagrees with those who now say he should have stepped down.
“In retrospect, do you think Bill should’ve resigned in the wake of the Monica Lewinsky scandal?” correspondent Tony Dokoupil asked.
“Absolutely not,” Clinton said.
“It wasn’t an abuse of power?”
A prominent Saudi activist admits she has lost hope in the possibility of reform
If you too can leave with what’s left from your sanity and dignity, please do. Don’t fight the system, don’t have hopes, don’t speak up, don’t dream, don’t breath, just leave. Leave, live, and build a home away from home.
Hurricane Michael victims face long lines for food and water in Florida panhandle, some forced to scavenge in damaged stores
Trump picks his next general counsel, who will be responsible for fending off Congressional investigations should Democrats retake the House
President Trump has chosen conservative Catholic activist and longtime Washington commercial lawyer Pat Cipollone as his next White House counsel to replace Donald McGahn, according to two people familiar with Trump’s decision. Trump told Cipollone of his selection last week, they said.
Cipollone, who practices commercial litigation at Stein Mitchell Cipollone Beato & Missner, is well liked and respected among Trump’s personal lawyers and had been informally advising them since at least June on the special-counsel probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
A three-minute reunion at the border after 15 years apart
If you ever wanted to email, text, or call the 20 million people who make up Trump’s base, get out your credit card
[A newly formed Virginia-based company called Excelsior Strategies] is offering the chance to email Mr. Trump’s supporters at a rate of $35 per 1,000 addresses — or more if the renter also wants to push posts into the Facebook timelines of supporters — according to interviews and marketing emails obtained by The New York Times.
The firm has also explored the possibility of clients’ being able to send text messages directly to the phones of Mr. Trump’s supporters, according to the marketing emails and interviews.
Those contacts could be of tremendous benefit to Republican candidates or political groups around the country seeking to capitalize on their base’s enthusiasm for the president.
“It may look funny, but harming our historic monuments and public property is no laughing matter.”
When your natural wisdom needs a boost
Freed American pastor Andrew Brunson goes from Turkish prison to Trump photo op
Report: Khashoggi’s Apple Watch was recording as Saudi assassination squad killed him
The new claim published by the Sabah newspaper, through which Turkish security officials have leaked much information about the case, puts more pressure on Saudi Arabia to explain what happened to [the prominent Saudi journalist] … Authorities recovered the audio from Khashoggi’s iPhone and his iCloud account, the newspaper said. The journalist had given his phones to his fiancée before entering the consulate.
The newspaper also alleged Saudi officials tried to delete the recordings first by incorrectly guessing Khashoggi’s PIN on the watch, then later using the journalist’s finger. However, Apple Watches do not have a fingerprint ID unlock function like iPhones. The newspaper did not address that in its report.
Hurricane Michael’s death toll is up to 18 and will undoubtedly climb much higher
The blue wave vs. the red tide
October polls: Democrats mostly doing better than we thought in Clinton-won areas and Republicans better than we thought in Trump-won areas. Could be Kavanaugh…but it could also be the same “base homecoming” we’ve seen in the final weeks of pretty much every election in the past decade.
This is awful for Senate Democrats, who need to win every Clinton state + 11 Trump states for control. But it also probably limits upper gains for House Democrats, since 47/69 competitive seats are [in Trump-won congressional districts]. Democrats still clear faves for control, but maybe not 79% as @FiveThirtyEight says.