October 5, 2018

Posted by orrinj at 1:59 PM

WHEN FOX NEWS IS OVER YOUR HEAD...:

Why is Lindsey Graham acting like this? (Ben Terris,  October 5, 2018, Washington Post)

Shortly after Trump was elected, he invited Graham to the White House for a chat. They ate lunch with Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and national security adviser H.R. McMaster, beside a flat-screen television tuned to Fox News.

Graham said the president had wanted to get his thoughts on national security, the subject that Graham considers his specialty. So, he told the president his two biggest concerns were Iran and North Korea, at which point, the television started showing archived footage of North Korean missile launches. The president, Graham said, worried that this was happening in real time.

"That's old footage, old footage!" Graham said he told him, laughing now at the memory.

Posted by orrinj at 4:19 AM

NOW ADD FREE TRADE, IMMIGRATION AND A PEACE DIVIDEND AND YOU'RE TALKING:

US unemployment rate falls to 49-year low of 3.7 percent (CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, 10/05/18, AP)

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent in September, the lowest level since December 1969, as the longest streak of hiring on record has put millions of Americans back to work since the Great Recession. [...]

Even with unemployment at a historic low, average hourly pay increased just 2.8 percent from a year earlier, one tick below the yearly gain in August.

Posted by orrinj at 4:05 AM

DONALD WHO?:

Special Report: The Trump trap - Republicans duck president in key House races (Peter Eisler, Jason Lange, Sharon Bernstein, Tim Reid, 10/05/18, Reuters) 

Leonard Lance is a Republican congressman seeking re-election in a Republican district. But he has little to say about the Republican president.

Lance's campaign website, which outlines his positions on immigration, taxes and other hot issues, offers no statement of support for President Donald Trump.

On his Twitter and Facebook accounts, Lance has offered no plaudits this year for the president. When he does reference Trump, he's more likely to note their differences. He's co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to restrict the president's power to impose tariffs on imports and to require reunification of immigrant children and parents separated after being caught crossing the southern border. He's also touted his support for gun control. [...]

Among 56 House battleground districts, the Republican nominees in 19 - more than a third - have offered no support for Trump on their campaign websites or on campaign Twitter and Facebook posts made this year, a Reuters analysis shows. 

Posted by orrinj at 4:00 AM

TAKE THAT AS AN ADMISSION:

Trump mocks Al Franken for resigning quickly over sexual misconduct claims amid Kavanaugh controversy (Maggie Haberman, Emily Cochrane, 10/05/18, The Independent)

President Donald Trump mocked former Senator Al Franken on Thursday for folding "like a wet rag" and quickly resigning last year in the face of sexual misconduct allegations - an extraordinary statement as the president's Supreme Court nominee nears a vote in a confirmation process rocked by such accusations.

Posted by orrinj at 4:00 AM

STEP ASIDE, ELIZABETH:

Eight-year-old Swedish-American girl pulls pre-Viking era sword from lake (Catherine Edwards, 4 October 2018, The Local)

"It's not every day that one steps on a sword in the lake!" Mikael Nordström from Jönköpings Läns Museum said when explaining the significance of the find.

But that's exactly what happened to Saga Vanecek, who found the relic at the Vidöstern lake in Tånnö, Småland earlier this summer.