INTELLIGENCE, SECRECY & POWER (ISP) – N. 729, 15 November 2018

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FRONT PAGE – MIDTERM ROUT OF TRUMP, CALIFORNIA CAMP FIRE DISASTER, MIGRANT CARAVAN

World Media – Synthesis Based on the Analysis of All 1 November 2018 to 15 November 2018 Entries

Major topics and events of the first fortnight of November include the following:

BEST (by theme and in chronological order)

TRUMP
2 Nov – Trump’s EPA concludes communities don’t have the right to know about potentially toxic emissions
3 Nov – Trump said military should shoot rock-throwing migrants. Officials disagree
4 Nov – US midterm elections: Trump humiliated after Pentagon denies request for border troops
5 Nov – DOJ’s Civil Rights Division has not filed a single Voting Rights Act case since Trump took office
6 Nov – Trump’s Top Anti-Immigrant Officials Are Trying to Rig the Census
7 Nov – Trump Faces Blitz of Investigations from House Democrats
8 Nov – CNN’s Jim Acosta has press pass suspended by White House, Sarah Sanders announces
9 Nov – Trump’s illegal attorney general – Here’s the deal: President Trump’s appointment of Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general is unconstitutional

MIDTERMS
6 Nov – Trump’s GOP Braces for Midwest Massacre
7 Nov – Democrats have won control of the House of Representatives
7 Nov – Why Nevada voters elected a dead brothel owner
7 Nov – Brian Kemp and His Staff Caught in a String of Falsehoods
7 Nov – Brian Kemp’s lead for Georgia governor may be smaller than the number of voters he suppressed
8 Nov – Colorado – [Jared] Polis defeated incumbent Republican Walker Stapleton to become the first openly gay man elected governor in the US
11 Nov – Midterm elections 2018: Dana Rohrabacher, Russia’s favorite congressman, loses
11 Nov – Florida Begins Vote Recounts in Senate and Governor’s Races

EXTREME RIGHT – RACISM
5 Nov – It’s 2018 and Abolishing Slavery Is on the Ballot in Colorado
7 Nov – In Texas, It’s Easier to Carry a Gun than Cast a Ballot
7 Nov – Iowa Rep. Steve King Says He Hopes Supreme Court Justices Sotomayor and Kagan ‘Will Elope to Cuba’
8 Nov – Wealthy white people in Atlanta suburb tried to secede from their black-led town. They failed.
12 Nov – Mississippi senator [Cindy Hyde-Smith], whose runoff opponent is black, jokes about ‘public hanging’
13 Nov – A Black Security Guard Was Killed By Police As He Tried To Stop A Shooting
13 Nov – Police Fatally Shoot Black Security Guard Who Detained Suspected Shooter

UK
13 Nov – UK PM May stares into Brexit abyss as domestic opposition mounts
14 Nov – Brexit and Suez: A tale of two Tory fiascos – Suez war was indisputably a fiasco, an act of imperial madness. So is Brexit
14 Nov – UK and EU Finally Agree On Brexit Text, But It’s Already Getting Slammed
15 Nov – Alarm Over Talks to Implant UK Employees With Microchips

GOP POLITICS
5 Nov – Supreme Court Rejects Net Neutrality Appeal
9 Nov – Acting Attorney General Sat on Board of Company Accused of Bilking Customers
14 Nov – In a stunning move, Melania Trump calls for ouster of a top national security aide [Mira Ricardel]

NRA
2 Nov – GOP congresswoman [Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY)]: No need for more gun violence research, the NRA has us covered
5 Nov – Bearing F’s From the NRA, Some Democrats Are Campaigning Openly on Guns
14 Nov – Doctors Revolt after NRA Tells Them to ‘Stay in Their Lane’ on Gun Policy

BRAZIL
2 Nov – Brazil’s Bolsonaro wants Israel embassy moved to Jerusalem
2 Nov – Financial Press Cheers Election of Fascist in Brazil

DIVERS
1 Nov – Google employees worldwide are walking out today to protest handling of sexual misconduct
7 Nov – Facebook Admits It Was Used to Incite Violence in Myanmar
9 Nov – Financial Times Journalist Denied Entry into Hong Kong
10 Nov – Pentagon launched new classified operation [Yukon Journey] to support Saudi coalition in Yemen
10 Nov – Hundreds of thousands evacuate as California wildfires turn deadly
12 Nov – Israel – A covert mission apparently went awry on Sunday, leaving an Israeli lieutenant colonel and at least seven Palestinians dead and setting off a flurry of rocket fire and airstrikes
13 Nov – Cost of Botched Gaza Spy Mission? Israel’s Back on Brink of War
13 Nov – Facebook Failed to Police How Its Partners Handled User Data
13 Nov – Taliban Slaughter Elite Afghan Troops, and a ‘Safe’ District Is Falling
15 Nov – ACLU Reveals CIA Tested Anxiety Drug as 9/11 Interrogation Tool
15 Nov – The Global Extinction Rebellion Begins

The best quotes of the fist fortnight of November include the following:

2 Nov – Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY): The National Rifle Association already has done all the research on gun violence we need.
5 Nov – It’s 2018 and Abolishing Slavery Is on the Ballot in Colorado /Mother Jones
7 Nov – In Texas, It’s Easier to Carry a Gun Than Cast a Ballot /WhoWhatWhy
8 Nov – Acting AG Matthew Whitaker “is on record as being more interested in propping up Trump than in upholding the rule of law”

The major topics of the previous issue of “Intelligence, Secrecy & Power” (ISP, n. 728, 31 October 2018) were: Trump (474X), Saudi (174X, the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul), US (164X), Elections (95X, Midterm Elections), Pittsburgh (68X, mass killing in the Tree of Life Synagogue), Caravan (64X, Migrant caravan heading toward the US border), Bombs (44X, pipe bombs sent by post to Democrats) and Nuclear (32X, Trumps wants to nullify the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty).

Since the N. 700 issue of “Intelligence, Secrecy & Power” (ISP), we furnish systematic descriptive statistics for each issue. Based on the Word Count below of this issue, and at a very general level, the major topics of this 729 issue for the first fortnight of November 2018 are: Trump (356X), US (196X), House (145X, largely House of Representatives), Democrats (144X), Election (110x, largely Midterm Elections), Senate (87X), California (80X, largely Camp Fire disaster), and Republican (69X).

WORD COUNT

TRUMP 356
– TRUMP S 87
US 196
– AMERICAN 48
– AMERICANS 22
– AMERICA 21
– UNITED STATES 20
HOUSE 145
– THE HOUSE 47
– WHITE HOUSE 38
– CONTROL OF THE HOUSE 15
DEMOCRATS 144
– DEMOCRATIC 60
– DEMOCRAT 32
ELECTION 110
– ELECTIONS 84
– MIDTERM 69
– MIDTERM ELECTIONS 47
– MIDTERMS 40
SENATE 87
– SENATE RACE 27
CALIFORNIA 80
AMAZON 73
SAUDI 72
– SAUDI ARABIA 22
VOTERS 70
– VOTING 46
– VOTER 33
REPUBLICAN 69
– REPUBLICANS 66
– GOP 64
FLORIDA 66
WOMEN 59
RACE 56
UN 50
– UNITED NATIONS 15
CHINA 46
FIRE 44
– CAMP FIRE 15
KHASHOGGI 43
– JAMAL KHASHOGGI 18
WHITAKER 42
– ATTORNEY GENERAL 42
– ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL 18
– MATTHEW WHITAKER 15
GEORGIA 42
BORDER 38
SHOOTING 37
GOOGLE 36
NEW YORK 35
BLACK 34
YEMEN 33
MUELLER 33
VIRGINIA 31
WASHINGTON 30
CARAVAN 30
– MIGRANTS 28
– MIGRANT CARAVAN 16
SANCTIONS 29
TEXAS 28
BREXIT 27
KEMP 27
– BRIAN KEMP 17
PITTSBURGH 27
MEXICO 26
FACEBOOK 25
IRAN 25
ARIZONA 23
FRANCE 23
SESSIONS 22
MACRON 22
RUSSIA 21
SYNAGOGUE 20
MIGRANT 20
SCOTT 20
SUPREME COURT 20
LION AIR 15
BETO O ROURKE 14
HYDE SMITH 14
JEFF SESSIONS 13
STACEY ABRAMS 13

[thanks to http://www.dcode.fr/compteur-expressions%5D

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 729, 15 November 2018

THE LENGTHIEST 1-15 NOVEMBER 2018 ENTRIES

7 NOVEMBER 2018

The big storylines after last night’s elections /ThinkProgress The dust has nearly settled after last night’s midterm elections, and Democrats are back in control of the House of Representatives after making huge gains across the country. Several candidates will make history when they’re sworn into office in January, including the first two Muslim women, the first two Native American lawmakers, and a record number of women overall. A handful of Donald Trump’s biggest allies in the House are now unemployed. And even some Republican winners might have a tough time staying in their jobs (and out of prison) for the next two years. But Congress isn’t the only place where progressives made big gains. Democrats gained control of the governor’s mansion in states like Michigan, Wisconsin (bye, Scott Walker!), Nevada, and even Kansas, while ballot measures on the minimum wage, voting rights for felons, non-discrimination protections for the transgender community, and legalized marijuana passed with overwhelming support in some unlikely places. Here’s everything that went down on Election Night 2018.

*WHAT DEMOCRATS WON /Progress Report As you can tell from President Trump’s hissy fit this afternoon, Democrats made significant gains in yesterday’s midterm elections. Here are just a few key victories: Women won last night. A record number of women will serve in the US House next year. There were multiple “firsts” for female elected officials, including the first Muslim women and first Native American women elected to the US Congress. Both Massachusetts and Connecticut elected their respective states’ first black female representatives. Congress – Democrats took control of the House of Representatives, ending the era of total Republican control and unchecked corruption—not a moment too soon. Nearly 30 House seats flipped from Republican to Democratic control (and more are expected to flip). Governorships/State Legislatures 7 governorships flipped from red to blue. Democrats took control of 7 state legislative chambers. At least 350 state legislative seats flipped to Democratic control. Ballot Initiatives 3 red states voted to expand Medicaid, bringing health care access to an additional 300,000 Americans. In a major victory, Florida’s Amendment 4 passed last night. It will restore voting rights to people with prior felony convictions. In Massachusetts, voters upheld nondiscrimination protections for transgender people in public spaces. 2 states voted to raise the minimum wage (AR, MO). Ballot measures passed in ME, MD, MT, NJ, NM, GA, and RI will culminate in nearly $900 million in education funding. Multiple states passed anti-corruption measures around lobbying, ethics, and campaign finance.

8 NOVEMBER 2018

**The Wednesday afternoon massacre – Just hours after the polls closed, President Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions /Popular Information Trump has had it in for Sessions ever since March 2017, when Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation. That decision, in turn, led to the appointment of Robert Mueller. Trump’s move, which has been telegraphed for months, is an apparent effort to curtail Mueller’s investigation just as it reaches a critical stage. Mueller is expected to either issue additional indictments or produce a report, which the Justice Department will have to decide whether or not to make public. Trump announced that Sessions would be replaced, on a temporary basis, by Matthew G. Whitaker, Sessions’ chief of staff. According to Bloomberg, Trump has removed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein from his role overseeing Mueller’s investigation. Whitaker is now in charge. If that report is accurate, Whitaker will be able to block Mueller from issuing any indictments Whitaker believes are outside Mueller’s purview. The move is reminiscent of the Saturday Night Massacre, when President Richard Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliott Richardson to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox. Richardson refused and resigned. Then Nixon issued the same directive to Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus, who also refused and resigned. In the end, Solicitor General Robert Bork fired Cox.

THE 7 WORST REPUBLICAN LOSERS [Gov. Scott Walker (WI), Secretary of State Kris Kobach (KS), Sen. Dean Heller (NV), Rep. Jason Lewis (MN-02), Rep. John Faso (NY-19), Rep. Dave Brat (VA-07), Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48)] /Progress Report
Across the country, GOP candidates ran on Trump’s messages of dishonesty, hatred, division, and fear. For some, their records and lies caught up with them. We learned that voters really don’t enjoy being lied to—and they really don’t like it when you try to rip away their health care. Here are seven of the GOP’s worst midterm losers: Gov. Scott Walker (WI) Goodbye, (almost former) Governor Scott Walker. No one will miss you. There’s been no bigger enemy of unions, teachers, and working people than Walker. Walker repeatedly lied about protecting people with pre-existing conditions and is currently suing to rip those protections away from Wisconsinites. Secretary of State Kris Kobach (KS) Kobach lost his bid for Kansas governor. He’s a nationally-renowned architect of racist policies of all kinds. Best known as the champion of Trump’s absurd voter fraud narrative, Kobach headed up last year’s sham voter fraud commission. Sen. Dean Heller (NV) Senator Dean Heller was unseated by NV Rep. Jacky Rosen. After his millionaire donors threatened him, Heller flip-flopped from his phony emotional stand against ACA repeal and abandoned Nevadans by voting for it anyway. Rep. Jason Lewis (MN-02) Lewis lost to businesswoman Angie Craig. Lewis is a documented homophobe and racist. He also lamented not being able to call women “sluts” anymore. Rep. John Faso (NY-19) Faso was defeated by Antonio Delgado, against whom Faso repeatedly ran racist ads. Faso has been publicly called out for breaking promises to his constituents, specifically promises not to vote to repeal the ACA. Rep. Dave Brat (VA-07) Brat lost to former CIA operative Abigail Spanberger, whom he disgustingly tried to tie to terrorism (and who gave one of the great debate closing statements of the cycle). He is yet another GOPer who lied about protecting pre-existing conditions, claimed that the #GOPTaxScam was fully paid for, and told inmates living with addiction that he’s been having a worse time than them. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48) Though the race hasn’t officially been called, it’s not looking good for Dana Rohrabacher, who was acting like a Putin asset before Trump made it cool. The GOP Congressman voted 9 times to overturn protections for people with pre-existing conditions—and then lied directly to his constituents’ faces.

9 NOVEMBER 2018

*TRUMP’S ILLEGAL ATTORNEY GENERAL – Here’s the deal: President Trump’s appointment of Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general is unconstitutional /Progress Report Attorney General is a Senate-confirmed position requiring the “advice and consent” of the Senate on each nominee. It’s necessary, especially in a presidency full of corruption and nepotism, to put a check on a president’s ability to appoint his cronies to the nation’s highest law enforcement positions. Matt Whitaker was never confirmed for the role, or any other role under Trump where Trump could use a special law to appoint him, and likely wouldn’t be were he to be formally nominated now (which Trump wisely doesn’t appear to be planning to do). Beyond unconstitutionality, Whitaker is supremely unqualified to be acting attorney general of the United States. His lone real qualification appears to be that he is an outspoken opponent of the Mueller investigation that he will now be overseeing. Not only did Trump appoint a walking manifestation of obstruction of justice, he then stood in front of the media and claimed that he doesn’t even know Whitaker. That’s funny, considering Trump told his friends at Fox & Friends the opposite in October: “I can tell you Matt Whitaker is a great guy. I know Matt Whitaker.”

14 NOVEMBER 2018

**The case to expel white supremacist Steve King from Congress /ThinkProgress Rep. Steve King (R-IA) should be expelled from Congress. The noted white supremacist, who also happens to be a Republican congressman, makes no effort to hide his racism. In addition to his very long history of offensive conduct, King actively follows Twitter accounts “belonging to unabashed white supremacists, including Blair Cottrell, a violent Australian activist who’s called for hanging a picture of Adolf Hitler in every classroom; Stefan Molyneux, a Canadian alt-right vlogger who thinks whites are more intelligent than blacks; and an anonymous Twitter user (with only 334 followers) using the handle @DiezNewAge, who regularly tweets out anti-Semitic and anti-black messages,” according to HuffPost. With Donald Trump sitting in the White House, King’s re-election to a ninth term in Congress last week is just further proof that racism is now a feature of the Republican party rather than a bug. Democrats, with their new House majority, could move to expel arguably the most vile American politician from Congress, and give the GOP an opportunity to save some dignity in the process.

15 NOVEMBER 2018

*Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) [“willing to attend a lynching”] received a $5000 contribution from Google on November 13 /Popular Information Google corporate responsibility – A dull campaign finance report quietly filed on Tuesday by the campaign of Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) [“willing to attend a lynching”} reveals a different side of the company. According to the document, first reported in Popular Information, Hyde-Smith received a $5000 contribution from Google on November 13. Google regularly donates money to members of both parties. But two weeks prior, Hyde-Smith stood in front of a small crowd on a sunny day in Tupelo, Mississippi and “joked” about her willingness to attend a lynching. “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row,” Hyde-Smith said, referring to a cattle rancher who asked her to speak at the event. The crowd laughed and applauded. Her remarks went unnoticed. Then, on November 11, a video of Hyde-Smith’s comment was posted on Twitter. Hyde-Smith continued to downplay the incident, refusing to apologize and insisting her quip on lynchings did not have any “negative connotation.” In a statement to Popular Information, Google claimed it donated to Hyde-Smith on November 2, before anyone was aware of her lynching comments. This contribution was made on November 2nd before Senator Hyde-Smith’s remarks became public on November 11th. While we support candidates who promote pro-growth policies for business and technology, we do not condone these remarks and would not have made such a contribution had we known about them. There are a couple of issues with Google’s statement. Within 20 days of an election, federal regulations require any contribution of $1000 or more to be reported within 48 hours. That means if Hyde-Smith really received Google’s contribution on November 2, the Hyde-Smith campaign filed a false FEC report.

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