Joe Jervis

Trump: He’s Not Lyin’ Ted Anymore, He’s Beautiful Ted

So this just happened: Before heading to Houston, Texas, on Monday for a rally in support of Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) re-election campaign, President Donald Trump clarified his position on the onetime presidential hopeful. “He’s not ‘Lyin’ Ted anymore. He’s beautiful Ted,” Trump told reporters on the White House’s South Lawn. Trump also said that he calls him Cruz and …

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Thousands Gather For Trump/Cruz Tailgater [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: The “amoral bully” is ready to campaign for the “dishonest politician” as President Donald Trump holds a Houston rally for Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday. The president’s appearance on behalf of Cruz represents a once-unthinkable show of support for Trump’s onetime rival for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and comes as Cruz faces a strong challenge …

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Fox News: Early Voting Turnout Points To Blue Wave

Just out from Fox News: Early voting numbers show a dramatic increase in voter engagement in this year’s midterm elections compared with 2014 totals, and preliminary turnout results in some states are sending Republicans renewed warnings of a so-called “blue wave” just weeks before Election Day. More than 4.3 million Americans have already voted, and results posted over the weekend …

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Democrats Cite 15 Anti-LGBT Actions Under Trump

I don’t often post these kinds of press releases in full, but reminders of all these past and ongoing actions are worth your attention. From the Democratic National Committee:  This weekend, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration has developed a proposal that would legally define gender as based solely on a person’s genitalia at birth, a significant …

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Heritage Foundation Linked To New Anti-Trans Ploy

Peter Montgomery reports at Right Wing Watch: The push by the Department of Health and Human Services to impose a trans-denying definition of “sex” onto federal civil rights law “would essentially eradicate federal recognition” of an estimated 1.4 million transgender Americans, according to the Times story. The effort is being led by Roger Severino, who has taken the anti-LGBT agenda …

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Kushner On Saudis: We’re Still In “Fact-Finding Phase”

CBS News reports: The Trump administration is still in a “fact-finding phase” to discover exactly what happened to Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, said Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. Kushner, who has been a crucial figure in bridging the U.S.-Saudi relationship and relationship with 33-year-old Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in particular, emphasized in a forum with CNN’s …

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FLORIDA: Andrew Gillum +12 In New CNN Poll

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: Andrew Gillum is way ahead and Bill Nelson is leading in the latest big-name poll of Florida voters. But the CNN poll doesn’t mean Democrats should celebrate or Republicans despair. The numbers may not be as good as advertised for Democrats Gillum and Nelson or as bad for Republicans Ron DeSantis or Rick Scott. In …

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Mueller Probes Roger Stone-Wikileaks Connection

The Washington Post reports: In recent weeks, a grand jury in Washington has listened to more than a dozen hours of testimony and FBI technicians have pored over gigabytes of electronic messages as part of the special counsel’s quest to solve one burning mystery: Did longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone — or any other associate of the president — have …

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Trump Preps To Blame GOP Leaders For Midterms Loss

Politico reports: At his rallies, President Donald Trump argues that the midterms are about one person — Donald Trump. “Get out in 2018,” Trump told a crowd in Missouri last month, “because you’re voting for me!” Privately, the president says the exact opposite. According to two people familiar with the conversations, Trump is distancing himself from a potential Republican thumping …

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HOUSTON: Haters Sue Over Drag Queen Story Hour

The Houston Chronicle reports: A crew of anti-gay protesters rallied outside the federal courthouse Friday afternoon, announcing they have sued the Houston Public Library over a city-sponsored Drag Queen Story Hour which they say violates their freedom of religion. The group behind the lawsuit identify themselves as “Christ followers,” taxpayers and card-carrying library patrons. One of those bringing the lawsuit …

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Hawaiian Singer Stuns With Unique Take On Anthem

The Huffington Post reports: Hawaiian singer and musician Willie K. stunned the crowd at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu on Saturday with a stirring new take on the national anthem. Accompanied by his ukulele, he dispensed with the traditional melody and went with his own for “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to the game between the University of Hawaii and University of …

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Trump Blames Dems For “National Emergy” Of Migrant Caravan, Claims “Middle Easterners Are Mixed In”

The Washington Examiner reports: President Trump said Monday that the Democrats are to blame for the caravan of several thousand migrants that’s making its way through Mexico to the southern U.S. border. More than 7,000 migrants broke through Mexico’s southern border and continued on their trek to the United States. Trump said he told the military and U.S. Border Patrol …

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#WontBeErased: Trans Activists To Rally Against Trump

The New York Times reports: Activists in the L.G.B.T. community mobilized a fast and fierce campaign on Sunday to say transgender people cannot be expunged from society, in response to an unreleased Trump administration memo that proposes a strict definition of gender based on a person’s genitalia at birth. The existence of the memo, the administration’s latest effort to roll …

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Kremlin Vows New Nukes If Trump Leaves Treaty

Reuters reports: The Kremlin said on Monday that Russia would be forced to respond in kind if the United States began developing new missiles after quitting a landmark Cold War-era treaty. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that Washington would withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty because Russia was violating the pact, triggering a warning of retaliatory measures from …

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Surveillance Video Shows Saudis Used Body Double

CNN reports: One member of the 15-man team suspected in the death of Jamal Khashoggi dressed up in his clothes and was captured on surveillance cameras around Istanbul on the day the journalist was killed, a senior Turkish official has told CNN. CNN has obtained exclusive law enforcement surveillance footage, part of the Turkish government’s investigation, that appears to show …

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California Dem Sings “Campaign Fight Song” [VIDEO]

From the clip’s description: It has been an amazing journey we have traveled together over the last two years. We have learned together, cried together, laughed together and fought side by side together. Will November 6th be the day that CA-50 is returned to the people? Will our country choose love and equality over hate and fear? I believe we …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Billboard reports: Katy Perry shined in her baby-blue ensemble at Thursday’s amFAR Gala in Los Angeles as she accepted the amFAR Award of Courage. The superstar was recognized along with TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie for their efforts in the global fight against AIDS and HIV. Perry has been a longtime advocate for finding a cure for AIDS/HIV, and her speech …

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ACLU Vows To Sue Over Trump’s Anti-Transgender Plan

Via press release: The Trump administration is reportedly working to dramatically roll-back protections for transgender students and narrow the definitions of sex and gender that courts have increasingly used to provide protections for LGBTQ people. This is an attack on the very lives and existence of transgender people. It is painful, it is hateful, and it will not go unchallenged. …

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Graham: I Feel Used By The Saudi Prince [VIDEO]

Law & Crime reports: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) doubled down on his condemnation of Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman Sunday, recalling his past admiration for the leader by whom he now feels played in light of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. “MBS talks about reforming the country in a way that I liked,” Graham told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo. “I …

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