Campaign Action Kidnapper-in-chief Donald Trump continued to—surprise!—lie in his defense of his administration’s barbaric “zero tolerance” policy that kidnapped thousands of migrant children from parents at the southern border, claiming in that hot mess of a 60 Minutes interview that the policy «was ... the same as the Obama law. You know, Obama had the same thing.» That, friends, is bullshit. For the millionth time, this was a policy authorized by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen, and a policy so universally reviled not just here, but around the world, that Trump was forced to walk it back in an Oval Office publicity stunt. It was all smoke and mirrors, because family separation remains a crisis. Now administration officials are reportedly thinking of reviving this policy that was supposedly rescinded but never really went away, with Trump declining to confirm anything to 60 Minutes host Leslie Stahl, saying that “you can't say yes or no. What I can say is this: There are consequences from coming into a country, namely our country, illegally." But apparently no consequences to continuing to violate a federal judge’s reunification order. In reality, what he’s really looking at is Republicans having nothing else to run on this November except anti-immigrant fearmongering orchestrated by the ghoulish Stephen Miller. Plus, for these low-lives, reviving family separation—or at least putting out the idea of reviving family separation—isn’t just election strategy to rile up the base, Trump officials like Miller would do it because they like the misery of tearing brown kids from their screaming mothers. Trump also used this interview to defend family separation as a deterrent, claiming that “when you allow the parents to stay together … then what happens is people are gonna pour into our country.” More lies, because, for one, “family detention and separation don’t deter migrants from coming,” Vox’s Dara Lind reports.
In-person early voting begins today in Georgia, but not everyone who is eligible to vote will have access to the ballot box. This is because Republican Secretary of State and current candidate for governor, Brian Kemp, has been overseeing a massive plan to suppress the votes of black and brown Georgians over the past few years. Just last week, in fact, a lawsuit against Kemp was filed by several civil rights organizations after placing 53,000 voter registrations “on hold”—80 percent of which belong to people who are black, Latino and Asian-American. Since this story has become public, Kemp consistently denies any wrongdoing and wants us to believe there’s nothing fishy happening here. Of course, he’s lying. But his fellow Republican and U.S. Senator from Georgia, David Perdue, takes a different approach altogether. Perdue not only refuses to answer questions about this from his constituents, he actually became violent with one of them while campaigning on the Georgia Tech campus this weekend. xToday @sendavidperdue visited Tech to campaign for Kemp. A student tried asking a simple question about @BrianKempGA 's racist scheme to threaten voter registrations from black people, but before he could even finish the question, Perdue stole his phone. pic.twitter.com/K0iffU57Di— YDSA Georgia Tech (@YDSAGT) October 13, 2018 GET OUT THE VOTE for Democrats. Just click here, enter your zip code, choose the event that works best for you, and RSVP to attend. Double your impact: Can you chip in $3 to help Stacey Abrams overcome voter suppression dirty tricks in Georgia?
Journalists are finally catching on to the fact that all those voters they obsessed over in the Rust Belt, the so-called Trump Democrats, are poised to deliver some lethal blows to Republicans next month at the polls. As we noted last week, the GOP has a real top-of-ticket problem in states like Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Michigan where GOP gubernatorial candidates are either solidly behind or even getting trounced. Even Republican incumbents who have a shot at re-election are encountering headwinds, such as Wisconsin's Scott Walker and, not exactly Rust Belt, but Iowa's Kim Reynolds. Democratic Senate incumbents also appear to be handily cruising to re-election in the region, including Michigan's Debbie Stabenow, Ohio's Sherrod Brown, Pennsylvania's Bob Casey, and Wisconsin's Tammy Baldwin. The Washington Post writes of four Rust Belt states: If current polling averages hold, Democrats will maintain all their Senate seats in those states, pick up a handful of House seats and, in some cases, retake the governors’ mansions. GOP consultant John Brabender said the «false assumption» after 2016 was that "a Trump voter from the 2016 election was necessarily a Republican voter.” It also brings into question whether a one-time Trump voter is a forever Trump voter. Maybe, but maybe not. Wisconsin Sen. Baldwin told the Post that what happened in 2016 was more about low turnout than it actually was about some sort of new Trump coalition. “The story in Wisconsin in ’16 was actually a drop in voter participation that was unanticipated,” Baldwin said. “I have seen in the past two years, especially among issues that are deeply personal like health care, people realizing what’s at stake and they’ve been active and organizing. They are saying, ‘No more sitting on the sidelines.’ ” Want to help Democrats vote but unsure how? Try this: click here, enter your zip code, and RSVP for a volunteer shift. Double your impact! Please give $3 today to the effort to win back the House AND Senate!
Today’s comic by Tom Tomorrow is The crisis: • What you may have missed on Sunday Kos … The leak of Dr. Ford's letter wasn't by Feinstein or Dems—it was most likely the White House, by Frank Vyan Walton Laquan McDonald matters. So does the positive change his murder has sparked, by Ian Reifowitz International Elections Digest: Brazil poised to elect far-right president who praises dictatorship, by Daily Kos Elections Is the Blue Wave in the bag? Keep the Houston Oilers and Buffalo Bills in mind, by Egberto Willies Donald Trump is America’s tax cheater-in-chief, by Jon Perr It's not about impeachment, it's about the rule of law, by Laurence Lewis Why it's so hard to break the cycle of homelessness: An interview with Cincinnati Lytle camp members, by David Akadjian 2018 voting gender gap is becoming an abyss, by Sher Watts Spooner Don't want to be called a bigot, don't be a bigot, by Mark E Andersen Dear Colin Kaepernick, #TakeAKnee—then stand up and lead your supporters to the polls, by Denise Oliver Velez • New Jersey attorney general wants to know why Florida gets exempted from Trump regime’s offshore drilling plans: Earlier this year, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced that more than 90 percent of federal offshore land would be opened up for oil drilling. While states can bar drilling up to three miles offshore, after that the federal government is in charge of the waters and sea bed beneath. But the same day he announced that he met with Florida Gov. Rick Scott and subsequently announced that the Sunshine State would be exempt from offshore drilling. New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal wanted to know why Florida received this special treatment, so he has sued the US Department of the Interior (DOI) for failing to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking more information about why the Florida was exempted but no other state was. • In obliterated Mexico Beach, one house specially built to withstand hurricanes succeeded amazingly. It’s surrounded by utter devastation. MIDDAY TWEET xNatives are killed in police encounters at a higher rate than any other racial or ethnic group and yet we are continually left out of conversations about police brutality.— #dearnonnatives (@dearnonnatives) October 15, 2018 • Nafeez Ahmed—The U.N. alarming climate report wasn’t alarmist enough: In an essay for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Molina along with Veerabhadran Ramanathan, a professor of climate sciences at the University of California, San Diego, and Durwood J. Zaelke, president of the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development in Washington DC, explain that climate change is not worsening in a simple, linear fashion, but rather by compounding and accelerating: “Adding 50 percent more warming to reach 1.5 degrees won’t simply increase impacts by the same percentage—bad as that would be. Instead, it risks setting up feedbacks that could fall like dangerous dominos, fundamentally destabilizing the planet.” The IPCC “fails to adequately warn leaders” about six climate tipping points that work in this way. One of the more well-known such tipping points is Arctic sea ice, which could disappear in the summer in just 15 years, according to the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme’s Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic report. The ice acts as a reflector of heat back into the atmosphere, so the more it melts, the more the Arctic waters absorb heat. • 18 inches deep in Norwegian farmland, ground-penetrating radar finds a well-preserved Viking ship burial: The find was described as “incredibly exciting” by Knut Paasche, an expert on Viking ships at Niku. The researchers worked with motorised high-resolution ground-penetrating radar developed by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology in Austria. • Latino drivers angered over being stopped on the I-5 for drug searches. The Los Angeles Times first reported Oct. 4 how the majority of searches involved Latinos. Now there is a follow-up: A Times analysis of more than 9,000 stops found that 69% of drivers stopped by the Domestic Highway Enforcement Team from 2012 through the end of last year were Latino and that two-thirds of them had their vehicles searched — a rate far higher than motorists of other racial and ethnic groups. “It could have been [a white driver] in the right lane, a Latino in the middle and another white guy on the left, and they’d stop the Latino,” Salguero, 48, said of the sheriff’s team. “That’s racism.” Sheriff’s officials have denied racial profiling and insisted the deputies base their stops only on a person’s driving and other impartial factors. On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin reminds us there's an election coming. Trump hands the Middle East to Jared, and the Sauds are killing people like it's free. Republicans pine for the segregated days of yore, back before politics was invented. Boom! 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A leading Russian politician may have just revealed the biggest Russian military secret. Or just invented a non-existent weapon system while ranting about how powerful the country is during a political talk show. Read Full Article at RT.com
In a lengthy interview broadcast on Sunday evening, Leslie Stahl presented Donald Trump a long series of questions. Though she occasionally got answers—many of them unrelated to what was asked—and many of those answers were deeply laced with equal parts ignorance and arrogance, the most horrifying part of the whole event was how familiar it all seemed. 60 Minutes with Donald Trump seemed much like every other minute with Donald Trump. And that’s a problem. In all the questions she asked, Stahl discovered … nothing, really. Trump hates the press. We knew that. Trump is ready to claim that he knows more about science than the scientists. We knew that. He says he understands the military better than his generals. We knew that. When pressed on any issue he resorts to attacking the “unfairness” of the press rather than provide a straight answer. We knew that. Though the interview did serve as a reminder of Trump’s readiness to pretend to knowledge he doesn’t have, his utter inability to admit the truth even when caught in an obvious lie, and his horrifying incoherence in attempting to describe even the simplest facets of policy, there was perhaps just one moment that broke through. Pressed beyond multiple repetitions of whining about the media’s meanness, Trump declared “I’m president, and you’re not.” Besides being the only, regrettably, truthful thing said during the interview, the phrasing adopted the self-serving arrogance of a first-season Saturday Night Live in-joke. Then and now, it was a statement meant to dismiss all questions by declaring a post-Papal level of infallibility. The only difference is that when Chevy Chase said it, it was funny. Besides the reliable level of lies, the most notable thing about Trump’s responses was just how empty they were. The press is unfair… somehow. Politicians are deceptive … in some way. Negotiations with other countries are hard … sometimes. The level of detail behind any of Trump’s statements was such that all of the facts revealed in the interview could be inscribed on the head of a pen. With a crayon. The worst thing about Trump’s 60 Minutes interview was that it showed how statements that in the past would have resulted in 60 Minutes reporters following up, cracking down, and ultimately confronting someone who was shamefacedly forced to admit their lies, simply … went past. Trump’s lies and exaggerations have become so vast and commonplace that Stahl barely blinked at blatantly untrue declarations again and again. Trump didn’t just pass one enormous lie and misstatement after another, he made them boring.
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The Russian government is working on the details of a de-dollarization plan announced earlier in October. The program’s key point is to make it more profitable for key Russian exporters to use rubles instead of dollars. Read Full Article at RT.com
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