alternet.orgPro-Trump Congressman Self Destructs With Racist Conspiracy Theory About George Soros Paying Honduran MigrantsRep. Matt Gaetz suggested a caravan of Honduran refugees was paid by George Soros to disrupt the U.S. election. And he only went further off the rails when challenged. President Donald Trump is waiting in trepidation as a caravan of some 4,000 Honduran migrants and refugees, many of them children, approach the U.S./Mexico border while fleeing violence and instability in their home country.But to many of his supporters, like Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), something far more sinister is going on.
alternet.orgHere Are the Insidious Origins of Trump's Favorite CatchphrasesTrump is in love with dictators; their “enemies of the people” are his enemies too. There is a long tradition in American politics of presidents copying from the speeches of others, stealing their ideas, recycling their rhetoric. Think of Kennedy’s famed cri de coeur in his inaugural address: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country,” taken from Khalil Gibran’s book “The New Frontier,” published 36 years before Kennedy took office. Gibran wrote, “Are you a politician asking what your country can do for you, or a zealous one asking what you can do for your country?”
alternet.orgHere's How Activists Raised a Stunning $100,000 in 70 Minutes to Defeat Native American Voter Suppression in North DakotaDaily Kos set up a donation page to fund the effort to help Native American voters update their tribal IDs to vote. Democrats' most vulnerable Senate seat up for re-election this year, by far, is Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's seat in North Dakota, who faces a challenge from GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer.1
alternet.orgTrump Humiliated As Seventh Property Votes to Remove His Name From the BuildingTrump Place in Manhattan will drop its Trump signage, by a vote of its residents. In yet another blow to President Donald Trump's reputation, the residents of a condo tower at 200 Riverside Boulevard in Manhattan, known as "Trump Place," have successfully removed the "Trump" signage from their building:
alternet.orgRod Rosenstein Delivers a Forceful Rebuttal to Trump and Other Critics of the Russia Probe in New InterviewTrump has repeatedly called the investigation a "witch hunt." Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offered a direct repudiation in a new interview for those who attack and denigrate the work of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team on the Russia investigation. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Rosenstein said the investigation has been "appropriate and independent" — a stark contrast to opponents who say it is a corrupt and biased attempt to attack President Donald Trump.
alternet.orgThese 5 Senators Are Demanding Answers About Jamal Khashoggi's Disappearance — Here's WhyThe Trump administration's botched response has been shameful. When it comes to the shocking disappearance of veteran Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi—who was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2—Saudi Arabia’s government can’t keep its story straight. First, King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a.k.a. MBS, insisted that Khashoggi freely left the Consulate on October 2 and that he wasn’t harmed in any way. But they didn’t offer a shred of evidence to back up that claim.
alternet.orgTrump's White House Counsel Don McGahn Leaves the Administration in an Abrupt Departure: ReportMcGahn has reportedly cooperated extensively as a witness for Robert Mueller. President Donald Trump's White House Counsel Don McGahn had his final day at his post Wednesday, according to a New York Times report citing two anonymous sources.McGahn's departure had been prefigured back in August when Trump tweeted that the top White House lawyer would be leaving the administration in the fall. No official date had been announced for his last day. Trump has said he will be replaced by lawyer Pat Cipollone.
alternet.org'A License to Kill': Conservative Writer Argues Trump Is Empowering Dictators Abroad — Here's How"This is a good time to be a dictator — and a dangerous time to be a dissident." Why would Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, at a crucial time in his assent, risk it all with a precarious scheme to murder a critical journalist — as multiple reports suggest he has?Perhaps he thought he could get away with it. After all, President Donald Trump has given him every reason to think he could.That's what Max Boot, conservative commentator for the Washington Post, argued in a new column Wednesday.
alternet.orgChief Justice John Roberts Tries to Convince the Nation that US Supreme Court Is Still Legitimate"Now the court has from time to time erred, and erred greatly," he admitted. The confirmation of a clearly hyper-partisan and unqualified justice to the Supreme Court has forced Chief Justice John Roberts to publicly address the issue, and assure the nation that even with Brett Kavanaugh on the court, it will not be just another arm of the Republican party.
alternet.orgScandal-Plagued Trump Cabinet Member Just Replaced His Department's Inspector General with a Political AppointeeTrump's Cabinet has already seen stunning levels of corruption. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is plagued by scandals — facing about a dozen different investigations of his conduct — but he may have found a solution to his oversight woes: replacing the person investigating him with a political stooge.
alternet.orgKhashoggi Murder Reveals Unpleasant Truths About the Saudi Regime — And Its Enablers in Trump's White HouseIs anyone still surprised when he shames us? The apparent murder and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributing columnist and U.S. resident, should force Americans to confront unpleasant truths about the Saudi regime -- and its enablers in the White House.Let's understand first that there is nothing truly unusual about the Khashoggi crime, except for its location in a consulate on foreign soil. Putting dissidents to death is what they do in Saudi Arabia, where the favored means of execution is beheading by sword (in much the same style as ISIS, not coincidentally).
alternet.orgSenior Trump Administration Official Was Just Arrested for Allegedly Leaking Info on Key Russia Probe TargetsShe appears to have leaked reports to BuzzFeed News. Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior official in the Treasury Department, has been arrested and faces criminal charges for leaking confidential reports related to several key figures in the Russia investigation, Justice Department officials revealed Wednesday.U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman explained:
alternet.orgGOP Senator Pushed VA to Use Unproven 'Brainwave Frequency' Treatment Marketed by a Company with Ties to His OfficeThe Trump administration has welcomed experimental procedures for veterans’ mental health, even though doctors urge caution. Sen. Dean Heller, a Nevada Republican, pushed doctors at the Veterans Affairs medical center in Reno to adopt an experimental mental health treatment marketed by a company with ties to his office.On a Friday night last December in his Reno office, Heller, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, introduced VA officials to representatives from a health care startup called CereCare. The company markets an “off-label” method of treating addiction and post-traumatic stress, using electromagnetic brain stimulation.
alternet.orgThese Are the Gritty Details of the Murder of Jamal KhashoggiHe was tortured and murdered by members of a 15-person hit squad sent from Riyadh and his body was dismembered with a bone saw after the killing. The government of Saudi Arabia, including King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a.k.a. MBS, continues to deny allegations by Turkish government officials in connection with the disappearance of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi—who was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.
alternet.orgHere's What the Killing of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Reveals About Trump and the SaudisWhy let a little murder get in the way Of business? The one thing we can conclude from the Saudi involvement in the death of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi in its Turkish embassy is that this is one of those we-don’t-believe-anyone moments.We don’t believe the Saudis, the White House, or even the various senators who think they finally have discovered a safe way to disagree with the president, who seems to be going out of his way to proclaim the innocence of the Saudi Crown Prince.
alternet.orgFBI Investigating If Manhattan DA Who Refused to Prosecute Ivanka and Trump Jr Took Bribes: ReportCy Vance Jr. overruled his own prosecutors to clear the Trump children. The Manhattan district attorney’s office is being investigated for closing cases against the wealthy and powerful after getting big campaign donations, the New York Daily News reports.According to the report, the FBI is looking at whether Cy Vance Jr. and his staff dropped high-profile cases after “lawyers for the well-connected subjects made donations.”
alternet.orgBombshell Report Details Rick Scott's Massive Conflicts of Interest: His 'Blind Trust' Isn't Really BlindRick Scott has put his investments into a "blind trust" to avoid the appearance that he's using his office for financial gain. But that blind trust has loopholes. As reporters have uncovered a steady stream of ethically questionable investment holdings by Florida governor and GOP Senate candidate Rick Scott that appear to have been affected by decisions made by the state government, he has stuck to a singular refrain: there is no conflict of interest because his investments are in a "blind trust."