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Morning Digest: Club for Growth, which spent millions to stop Trump, takes on 'anti-Trump' GOPer

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Lead
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Morning Digest: Club for Growth, which spent millions to stop Trump, takes on 'anti-Trump' GOPer

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● NY-27: The radical anti-tax Club for Growth is spending a total of $32,000 on ads on Fox News and local conservative talk radio on spots arguing that GOP state Sen. Chris Jacobs didn’t support Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in 2016. Campaign Action The TV commercial utilizes a clip of a reporter asking Jacobs if he supported Trump’s candidacy and Jacobs responding, “I am 100% focused on my campaign. I’m running for state office.” The GOP nominee for this still unscheduled special election will be chosen by county party leaders rather than primary voters, so the Club’s media campaign is aimed at persuading this small but important group not to pick Jacobs. This isn’t the first time this year that the Club has implemented this type of strategy. In March, just before party delegates were to meet and select their special election nominee for Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District, the group spent $16,000 on targeted mailers and an opposition research packet targeting state Rep. Jeff Wheeland. Wheeland, citing negative attacks, ended up removing his name from consideration just before the party assembly began. However, while the Club is relying on New York GOP leaders’ love of Trump to knock out another opponent, neither they nor Jacobs actually showed any enthusiasm about him in 2016. During the primaries, the Club spent millions on ads declaring, “There’s nothing conservative about giving money to the Clintons. There’s nothing conservative about Donald Trump.” As recently as the fall of that year, the Club’s then-spokesperson, Doug Sachtleben, still used his private account to tweet that his party’s nominee was “petty,” “thin-skinned,” and “like a teenage boy.” However, the Club quickly embraced Trump after the election and never looked back.

Brian Klaas: Trump has «exposed the weakness of American democracy» — but there's hope

Author of «The Despot's Apprentice» on Trump's «existential threat» to democracy and the growing risk of violence
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Brian Klaas: Trump has «exposed the weakness of American democracy» — but there's hope

Author of «The Despot's Apprentice» on Trump's «existential threat» to democracy and the growing risk of violence

Trump and Rudy just got nailed: Bill Taylor unveils the whole sleazy Ukraine scheme

Acting Ukraine ambassador's Capitol Hill testimony blows the lid off Trump's conspiracy — and hints at much more
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Trump and Rudy just got nailed: Bill Taylor unveils the whole sleazy Ukraine scheme

Acting Ukraine ambassador's Capitol Hill testimony blows the lid off Trump's conspiracy — and hints at much more

Chris Pratt labeled misogynist online after poking fun at his wife’s cooking skill

Hollywood star Chris Pratt was accused of “shaming” his wife and called a sexist online after he shared a story about his spouse accidentally burning a bagel. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Chris Pratt labeled misogynist online after poking fun at his wife’s cooking skill

Hollywood star Chris Pratt was accused of “shaming” his wife and called a sexist online after he shared a story about his spouse accidentally burning a bagel. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russian military police move to Syrian-Turkish border as first phase of Erdogan-Putin deal

A column of Russian military police has crossed the river Euphrates and started moving towards Syrian-Turkish border, Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed on Wednesday. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Russian military police move to Syrian-Turkish border as first phase of Erdogan-Putin deal

A column of Russian military police has crossed the river Euphrates and started moving towards Syrian-Turkish border, Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed on Wednesday. Read Full Article at RT.com

'Rest in peace, your work is done': Athletics world reacts to paralympian Marieke Vervoort's death by euthanasia

Tributes are pouring in following the death of Belgian paralympian Marieke Vervoort, who chose to end her own life through euthanasia at the age of 40 after battling an incurable degenerative disease. Read Full Article at RT.com
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'Rest in peace, your work is done': Athletics world reacts to paralympian Marieke Vervoort's death by euthanasia

Tributes are pouring in following the death of Belgian paralympian Marieke Vervoort, who chose to end her own life through euthanasia at the age of 40 after battling an incurable degenerative disease. Read Full Article at RT.com

Cartoon: GOP therapy for Syria

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Cartoon: GOP therapy for Syria

Pre-order my new book, We Should Improve Society Somewhat, out March 2020 from Clover Press. ​​​​​​Featuring 184 pages of my best comics from the Trump era and an introduction from Tom Tomorrow.

‘Deep state controls social media to control you’: Kim Dotcom slams Twitter for 'shadowbanning' pro-Assange tweets

Tech entrepreneur and activist Kim Dotcom has once again blasted Twitter for shadowbanning his tweets, this time in reference to the plight of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who is fighting US extradition. Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘Deep state controls social media to control you’: Kim Dotcom slams Twitter for 'shadowbanning' pro-Assange tweets

Tech entrepreneur and activist Kim Dotcom has once again blasted Twitter for shadowbanning his tweets, this time in reference to the plight of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who is fighting US extradition. Read Full Article at RT.com

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: The explosive Bill Taylor testimony drops, raising abuse of power

WaPo: U.S. envoy says he was told release of Ukraine aid was contingent on public declaration to investigate Bidens, 2016 election “Amb. Sondland also told me that he now recognized that he had made a mistake by earlier telling the Ukrainian officials t
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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: The explosive Bill Taylor testimony drops, raising abuse of power

WaPo: U.S. envoy says he was told release of Ukraine aid was contingent on public declaration to investigate Bidens, 2016 election “Amb. Sondland also told me that he now recognized that he had made a mistake by earlier telling the Ukrainian officials to whom he spoke that a White House meeting with President Zelensky was dependent on a public announcement of investigations — in fact, Amb. Sondland said, ‘everything’ was dependent on such an announcement, including security assistance,’” Taylor told House investigators… “He drew a very specific direct line from President Trump to the withholding of foreign aid and the refusal of a meeting,” between Trump and the new Ukrainian leader, Wasserman Schultz said, “directly related to both insisting on Zelensky publicly say that he’ll have an investigation, that they will investigate.” xI just read Ambassador Taylor’s lengthy opening statement. Devastating.— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) October 22, 2019 xThe more I review the Taylor statement, the more punched in the gut I feel.This is the biggest scandal in US history. The president undermined an ally's very survival so he could blackmail that foreign nation into interfering with our election.No scandal comes close to this.— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) October 22, 2019

China releases new photo of mystery ‘Moon glass’ and it’s… something (PHOTOS)

China has shared a new image of the mystery substance on the lunar surface which has puzzled the scientific community for several weeks. Read Full Article at RT.com
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China releases new photo of mystery ‘Moon glass’ and it’s… something (PHOTOS)

China has shared a new image of the mystery substance on the lunar surface which has puzzled the scientific community for several weeks. Read Full Article at RT.com

‘Traditional dress?’ Pakistani singer blows up Indian social media with SUICIDE VEST photo

A provocative photo of Pakistani singer Rabi Peerzada, which shows her wearing a mock suicide vest, sparked outrage in India, where users accused her of encouraging terrorism. She, however, sees it in a different way. Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘Traditional dress?’ Pakistani singer blows up Indian social media with SUICIDE VEST photo

A provocative photo of Pakistani singer Rabi Peerzada, which shows her wearing a mock suicide vest, sparked outrage in India, where users accused her of encouraging terrorism. She, however, sees it in a different way. Read Full Article at RT.com

India plans to launch LARGEST facial recognition system to target criminals as country’s murder rate drops to lowest in DECADES

The homicide rate in India is the lowest it has been since the early 1960s, the new data shows. The government wants to curb it even more by installing a country-wide facial ID system to track “crime patterns.” Read Full Article at RT.com
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India plans to launch LARGEST facial recognition system to target criminals as country’s murder rate drops to lowest in DECADES

The homicide rate in India is the lowest it has been since the early 1960s, the new data shows. The government wants to curb it even more by installing a country-wide facial ID system to track “crime patterns.” Read Full Article at RT.com

Russia & Ethiopia agree cooperation on peaceful use of nuclear energy

An intergovernmental agreement for cooperation on peaceful use of nuclear energy has been signed by Moscow and Addis Ababa, according to the Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Russia & Ethiopia agree cooperation on peaceful use of nuclear energy

An intergovernmental agreement for cooperation on peaceful use of nuclear energy has been signed by Moscow and Addis Ababa, according to the Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom. Read Full Article at RT.com

Siege underway at museum in Frejus, France, armed police on scene

The French SWAT team, RAID, has taken up position outside a museum in southern France after a man barricaded himself inside. It’s not known if he is armed or has any hostages trapped inside with him. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Siege underway at museum in Frejus, France, armed police on scene

The French SWAT team, RAID, has taken up position outside a museum in southern France after a man barricaded himself inside. It’s not known if he is armed or has any hostages trapped inside with him. Read Full Article at RT.com

Freezing cold, hard work, path to God: Russian Orthodox channel looking for brave souls for monastery reality show

A Russian TV channel is looking for a dozen volunteers, who will spend a month in winter at a secluded island Orthodox monastery, where they will live a life of novices as part of a new reality show. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Freezing cold, hard work, path to God: Russian Orthodox channel looking for brave souls for monastery reality show

A Russian TV channel is looking for a dozen volunteers, who will spend a month in winter at a secluded island Orthodox monastery, where they will live a life of novices as part of a new reality show. Read Full Article at RT.com

Controversial Hong Kong extradition bill officially WITHDRAWN after 20 weeks of protests & rioting

Hong Kong authorities officially withdrew the extradition bill that has sparked months-long massive protests and violent riots across the city. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Controversial Hong Kong extradition bill officially WITHDRAWN after 20 weeks of protests & rioting

Hong Kong authorities officially withdrew the extradition bill that has sparked months-long massive protests and violent riots across the city. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russia ‘filling the gap’ left by retreating US under Putin-Erdogan deal on Syria

With the US disentangling itself from Syria and effectively leaving Kurds at the mercy of Ankara, Moscow has filled the gap, cementing its position in the region with a ‘historic’ deal, analysts told RT. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Russia ‘filling the gap’ left by retreating US under Putin-Erdogan deal on Syria

With the US disentangling itself from Syria and effectively leaving Kurds at the mercy of Ankara, Moscow has filled the gap, cementing its position in the region with a ‘historic’ deal, analysts told RT. Read Full Article at RT.com

Misogynist museums? New study says galleries are lacking in female animal exhibits

Nature exhibits in museums are ‘biased’ toward male animals and that’s bad for science, argue the authors of a new study suggesting human ‘sexism’ carries over to the animal kingdom. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Misogynist museums? New study says galleries are lacking in female animal exhibits

Nature exhibits in museums are ‘biased’ toward male animals and that’s bad for science, argue the authors of a new study suggesting human ‘sexism’ carries over to the animal kingdom. Read Full Article at RT.com

HUD Secretary Ben Carson warns ‘political correctness’ will ‘DESTROY' the US (VIDEO)

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson took aim at “political correctness” at a contentious committee hearing, warning the impulse to control speech and expression would “destroy” the country. Read Full Article at RT.com
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HUD Secretary Ben Carson warns ‘political correctness’ will ‘DESTROY' the US (VIDEO)

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson took aim at “political correctness” at a contentious committee hearing, warning the impulse to control speech and expression would “destroy” the country. Read Full Article at RT.com

Open thread for night owls. Berwick: 'Stop fearmongering about Medicare for All'

Pediatrician Donald M. Berwick, president emeritus and senior fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, is a lecturer and former faculty member at the Harvard Medical School and was administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services i
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Open thread for night owls. Berwick: 'Stop fearmongering about Medicare for All'

Pediatrician Donald M. Berwick, president emeritus and senior fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, is a lecturer and former faculty member at the Harvard Medical School and was administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the Obama administration. At USA Today he writes—Stop fearmongering about 'Medicare for All.' Most families would pay less for better care: With costs rising painfully, insurance companies denying care and nearly 30 million people still uninsured, America desperately needs an honest health policy discussion. That’s why it has been so disappointing over the past several weeks to watch multiple candidates parrot right-wing attacks on «Medicare for All,» like claiming that it will greatly increase spending on health care or ringing alarms about raising taxes on the middle class. The truth is the opposite: Medicare for All would sharply reduce overall spending on health care. It can be thoughtfully designed to reduce total costs for the vast majority of American families, while improving the quality of the care they get. Over my career, I have witnessed the problems with our health care system firsthand. As a pediatrician, I have seen how our fragmented, expensive system hurts children and families. As a researcher at Harvard Medical School, I have studied the causes of waste and overspending in our system. And as President Barack Obama’s head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, I led the existing Medicare system and helped stand up Obamacare. [...] Framing this debate by fearmongering over “higher taxes” ignores that this money is already coming out of American families’ pockets. Right now, these costs actually amount to a regressive tax that every family pays no matter whether their wage-earner is a CEO or a secretary. We can discuss whether a Medicare for All program that uses our money to fund Medicare instead of financing private insurance companies is a good idea. But it is deeply misleading to pretend that this shift is an increase in family health care costs. It is not. And no one should buy the myth that Medicare for All represents a “government takeover of health care.” It does not. Medicare for All is about paying for care, not providing it. [...] TOP COMMENTS QUOTATION «There are frightening implications for the future of our country if we do not impeach the president of the United States ... If we fail to impeach, we have donned and left unpunished a course of conduct totally inconsistent with reasonable expectations of the American people. The people of the United States are entitled to assume that their president is telling the truth. The pattern of misrepresentation and half-truths that emerges from our investigation reveals a presidential policy cynically based on the premise that the truth itself is negotiable.»                 ~~Rep. M. Caldwell Butler, July 24, 1974 (Butler was a Republican from Virginia, and after making those remarks, he stated that he would vote to impeach Richard Nixon.) TWEET OF THE DAY xI’ll have what Grandma Winnie is having. Happy 100 yrs of awesomeness GW and we’re gonna make your wish come true. ❤️⭕️❌ pic.twitter.com/uBwadV7Osm— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) October 22, 2019 BLAST FROM THE PAST At Daily Kos on this date in 2010—An update from the front:  The war in Afghanistan? Not going all that well. The war on drugs? Um, move along please. The war on poverty? Are we still even fighting that one? But don't despair. There is a battlefront where there's been significant progress—the war on reality. In case you think that the general Tea Party lunatic positions on taxes, health care, and Aqua Buddha have distracted them from the battle lines of this engagement, Southern Fried Science has compiled a series of Tea Party statements where candidates and supporters reaffirm their allegiance to non-science. Whether it's O'Donnell's fury over mice with human brains, Sharron Angle's angle on the «hoax» of global warming, or the near universal disdain on the right for evolution, the Tea Party has not surrendered one inch to research and reason. The editors of the journal Nature have declared that The anti-science strain pervading the right wing in the United States is the last thing the country needs in a time of economic challenge. ... The [Tea Party] movement is also averse to science-based regulation, which it sees as an excuse for intrusive government. LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: A teen pageant creeper, a military #dotard & a rambling dick walk into a bar. Bartender says, “The usual, Mr. Trump?” Spanish gov’t targets American caught with his nuts in a Catalan flag. Switzerland calls a referendum do-over, saying voters had faulty info. x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!)

Extinction Rebellion protests cost police £37m, more than double spent combating violent crime in London each year

The climate change protest movement, Extinction Rebellion (XR), have cost the London Metropolitan police £37 million ($47.8m) so far this year, dwarfing the amount of money pumped into tackling violent crime in the capital. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Extinction Rebellion protests cost police £37m, more than double spent combating violent crime in London each year

The climate change protest movement, Extinction Rebellion (XR), have cost the London Metropolitan police £37 million ($47.8m) so far this year, dwarfing the amount of money pumped into tackling violent crime in the capital. Read Full Article at RT.com

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