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The official White House talking point on Donald Trump’s attacks on peaceful protest during the national anthem at NFL games became clear within moments of press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders starting to take questions at Monday’s press briefing. Does Trump regret the divisiveness of attacking football players as sons of bitches who should be fired?

This isn’t about the president being against anyone, this is about the president and millions of Americans being for something. Being for honoring our flag, honoring our national anthem, and honoring the men and women who fought to defend it.

No, Trump does not regret calling athletes sons of bitches for daring to protest. And mentioned nowhere in Sanders’ talking point? The Constitution, which guarantees the right to freedom of speech. Did the president go too far?

It’s always appropriate for the president of the United States to defend our flag, to defend the national anthem, and to defend the men and women who fought and died to defend it.

That “it’s always appropriate” line is one Sanders repeated. In translation: “It’s always appropriate for the president of the United States to defend our flag, even at the cost of shitting on the Constitution.” Always appropriate, even when we’re talking about vulgar insults directed at people for peaceful protest: 

Q: Does the president believe that there are very fine people who kneeled yesterday watching those games or are they all SOBs?

A: I think you’re trying to conflate different things here. Look, we certainly respect the rights that people have, but I think we also need to focus, again, this isn’t about the president being against something, this is about the president being for something.

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Puerto Rico is literally drowning in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. CNN reports there’s a "humanitarian crisis" in the making, Vox says "hysteria is starting to spread,” and the Washington Post adds that "running out of supplies, parts of Puerto Rico near desperation."

People are literally writing chalk messages in the streets that can be read during flyovers: "S.O.S We need water/food!!"

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This heartbreaking message is from our flyover of #PuntaSantiago. #Humacao #PuertoRico needs a bigger response, & it needs it now. pic.twitter.com/8d7UH4vw7Q

— NYU Primatology (@nyuprimatology) September 25, 2017

It's an apocalyptic scenario that demands an emergency response, including the mobilization of U.S. Navy resources to help Puerto Rico's residents weather the fallout, as Hillary Clinton noted.

And how exactly is the GOP-controlled Congress meeting the needs of American citizens in dire need of help in Puerto Rico?

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Today’s comic by Tom Tomorrow is Parables involving cliffs: What you missed on Sunday Kos: Environmentalists on plan to shrink national monuments: See you in court, by Sher Watts Spooner The Caribbean, the U.S., and how their past and present are intertwined, by Denise Oliver Velez What will happen when Paul Manafort, the first likely Russia domino, finally falls, by Frank Vyan Walton Will flooding in the conservative community change its residents' point of view, by Egberto Willies The GOP's Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill is a killer scam, by Jon Perr Data science and you: Hype, hope or just plain creepy, by DarkSyde If government doesn't make decisions on your health care, for-profit insurances executives will, by Ian Reifowitz John McCain on his brain cancer:

U.S. Sen. John McCain says doctors have given him a “very poor prognosis” as he battles brain cancer. [...]

McCain says he has “feelings sometimes of fear of what happens,” but counters that with gratitude for having lived “had a great life.”

He adds: “it’s not that you’re leaving, it’s that you — that you stayed.”

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The front page #OTD in 1957. Eisenhower sends troops to Little Rock to enforce school integration. pic.twitter.com/7efQlruAdq

— New York Times OTD (@OnThisDayNYT) September 25, 2017

Good Lord, what a petty little puke:

Visitors to the New Hampshire Statehouse hoping to see former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen’s portrait currently have to use their imaginations – the painting is blocked by a potted tree in the reception area outside the governor’s office. [...]

Reardon said Republican Gov. Chris Sununu’s chief of staff told her the tree had to be in that specific spot, as did Shaheen’s portrait, because “they’re hung in chronological order.”

But that logic doesn’t track. The portrait closest to Shaheen’s depicts Gov. Hugh Gallen, a Democrat who was elected in 1978 and was followed by three Republicans before Shaheen took office.

Good:

Anthony Weiner got 21 months of hard time.

The disgraced pol, appearing gaunt and grim, was sentenced Monday by Judge Denise Cote for sending sick messages to a 15-year-old.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: The weekend roundup, with Greg Dworkin & Armando. The Earth wasn’t destroyed, but nearly as bad, Donald Trump was the president. So he fought with pro athletes, abandoned Puerto Rico, and left Zombie Trumpcare still knocking around. What a bum.

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Donald Trump doesn’t care about the National Anthem. He doesn’t care about the flag. The man who railed against Gold Star families, sneered at Prisoners of War, and developed the world’s most convenient set of bone spurs doesn’t give one damn about the red, white and blue—he prefers gold. What’s really driving Trump’s rally speech, press event, and 15 tweet (and counting) attack on NFL protesters is something else entirely.

There was an age—and it feels like generations ago, but really it was early 2014—when Donald J. Trump was thought to be all talk—and with good reason. Perpetually he threatened to bring his showy, bulldozing style somewhere it wasn’t especially welcome. Time and time again, though, something would come up and intervene.

But this time it was for real. No more false starts. Advisor Michael Cohen told the papers, “There’s nobody more serious than Donald Trump.” He was, after years of hoopla, going to follow through. He was finally going to ... bid for the Buffalo Bills.

In the list of things that concern Donald Trump, national pride is somewhere a million items down. Above that comes every perceived slight in his life. Trump went on to make a claim that he bid a billion dollars for the Bills. Which may or may not be true. What’s certain is that he lost out to Terry Pegula, a beneficiary of the natural gas fracking boom who had the advantage of being able to produce actual cash and not just an IOU from an oligarch. Trump was left with the same solace then that he has now—complaining about it on Twitter:

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Even though I refused to pay a ridiculous price for the Buffalo Bills, I would have produced a winner. Now that won’t happen.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2014

And, of course, this wasn’t the only time the NFL embarrassed Trump. There was also the wonderfully awful case of the USFL and the New Jersey Generals.

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Well, Republicans moved on from an earlier plan to have a hearing for Graham-Cassidy at which only Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy spoke. So there’s that. But the final list of witnesses for the hearing, to be held at 2 PM ET, contains some doozies.

In the credit where credit is due, or possibly the buckling to pressure category, Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono, who faces kidney cancer, will testify. So will a lobbyist for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network—one of the many medical groups opposing the bill

But the frothy one, Rick Santorum, failed senator, and failed presidential candidate? Okayyyy. 

And check this witness out: Dennis Smith was a Medicaid head under George W. Bush. 

Smith served for a time as secretary of Wisconsin Health Services under Gov. Scott Walker. That experience turned into a hot news story in Wisconsin, including allegations of an affair between Smith and an aide (he denied it) and an attempted murder charge filed against the husband of the female aide. He left in 2013 for a job with a Washington law firm. 

Now he’s a “Senior Advisor for Medicaid and Health Care Reform” in Arkansas. So: George W. Bush, lobbyist (translation of “Washington law firm”), Wisconsin under Scott Walker, Arkansas.

For that matter, yes, his name is on the bill, but let’s not forget that a senior Republican aide told Axios that “If there was an oral exam on the contents of the proposal, graded on a generous curve, only two Republicans could pass it. And one of them isn't Lindsey Graham.”

The hearing is drawing plenty of interest:

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This is wild: Hundreds of people are in line for the Graham-Cassidy Hearing at 2pm. It snakes from Dirksen Senate Office Building into Hart: pic.twitter.com/8nFFRImCsd

— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) September 25, 2017

Look for the Republicans involved to lie—Bill Cassidy especially is known for lying about his healthcare plans. Watch it here.

Call your senators at (202) 224-3121 and tell them to vote NO on any Obamacare repeal bill. Call before the hearing, call during the hearing, call after the hearing. Just call (202) 224-3121 and tell your senator NO. (After you call, please tell us how it went.)

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.@SenateFinance Ds asked for a bigger room for the Graham-Cassidy hearing. Rs refused. There are 100s in line & just a couple dozen seats.

— Alice Ollstein (@AliceOllstein) September 25, 2017

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There's no other way to read comments from Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert and Donald Trump Monday about Sen. John McCain than to say this: Republicans apparently can't get rid of a man who signed up to give his life for this country and is now battling brain cancer fast enough.

Whatever one might think about Sen. McCain's politics, he's spent his entire life in service to this country, but Gohmert wants a recall vote so he can be replaced with a robot Republican who will vote in favor of the Graham-Cassidy healthcare repeal. (Helpful side note: Recalls of federal elected officials have never been allowed by the courts. You’d think a member of Congress might know this.) McCain announced Friday that he could not "in good conscience" vote for the GOP's rushed hatchet job on the Affordable Care Act. Roll Call writes:

Rep. Louie Gohmert believes Arizona Sen. John McCain should be recalled while he battles brain cancer and so that the GOP can replace him with someone who will support the party's latest effort to repeal the 2010 health care law.

“Nothing inhibits recovery from cancer like stress,” the Texas Republican told “Fox & Friends” on Monday morning. “I think Arizona could help him, and us. Recall him, let him fight successfully this terrible cancer, and let’s get someone in here who will keep the word he gave last year.”

Gohmert's comments came amid McCain's announcement that his doctors had given him a "very poor prognosis."

Trump, perhaps not mentally agile enough to at least feign concern for McCain, went ahead and threw him under the bus in a Monday radio interview with the Alabama-based "Rick & Bubba Show."

"You can call it what you want, but that's the only reason we don't have it, because of John McCain," Trump said of multiple GOP attempts to repeal the ACA. [...]

"Without John McCain, we already have the health care," Trump said on the radio program.

Wow. This is apparently acceptable behavior now—pondering aloud that if they could just get the guy with cancer out of the way, they could pass a truly shitty piece of legislation that will strip health care from millions and do untold more damage to our healthcare system. It's jaw dropping.

Monday, Sep 25, 2017 · 7:16:57 PM +00:00 · Kerry Eleveld

UPDATE: Naturally, Gohmert doesn’t have a clue what’s actually in the U.S. Constitution: “The United States Constitution does not provide for recall of any federally elected official.”

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Another Republican healthcare bill, another set of terrible polling numbers. This time around, it’s the Graham-Cassidy bill and, according to a CBS News poll, 52 percent of Americans disapprove, while just 20 percent approve. Even among Republicans, the plan to slash Medicaid funding and gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions falls short of majority support. Also:

Of the 32 percent of people polled who said they believed the bill would impact them personally, most -- 25 percent -- said they thought it would hurt them. Only seven percent of Americans think the bill would help them personally.

Most people don't yet realize how the bill might affect them personally, but it would. It’s amazing how quickly a healthy person can become a person with a pre-existing condition who’s bumping up against annual or lifetime caps on coverage. But basically nobody thinks this bill will help them, even as Republicans twist senatorial arms, offer bribes to states with undecided senators, and generally do everything possible to pass it before their September 30 deadline.

We haven’t won the battle to save health care yet. Republicans are STILL pushing to repeal Obamacare before September 30. Call your senators at (202) 224-3121 and urge them to vote “NO” on any repeal bill. (After you call, please tell us how it went.)

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Donald Trump spent the weekend on Twitter ranting about black athletes and their supposed disrespect of the country, national anthem and flag. Always quick to incite chaos, drama and controversy, this is the modus operandi of Trump as a politician—repeatedly accusing people of color for diminishing America’s greatness. 

Of course, this isn’t a new tactic. Whenever people of color, especially black people, shine a light on the injustice that is so deeply woven into the fabric of America, there are scores of white people who try to silence them. Much of white America wants black people to shut up, smile and be grateful that it tolerates our existence—even though they have done everything to make that existence as miserable as possible. This was true for the civil rights movement as much as it’s true today. The very same peaceful protests of the 1960s that Americans look back on with such admiration were deeply criticized at the time. What’s telling is that, even though several decades have passed, the argument people are using today to discourage protest about racial injustice is the very same argument they used in the 1960s. 

A Gallup poll taken in 1964, shortly after the 1963 March on Washington, found that 74 percent of Americans believed that “mass demonstrations by Negroes” would “hurt the Negro’s cause for racial equality.”

Another Gallup poll in October 1964 found that 73 percent of Americans believed that “Negroes should stop their demonstrating now that they have made their point.”

And here’s what folks are saying today: 

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btw, Trump wants you to kneel--because it divides the nation, with him and the flag on the same side. Don't give him the attention he wants. https://t.co/ic5Vc9oGyB

— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 23, 2017

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This may be unpopular but it is a political reality:Every NFL player refusing to stand for the national anthem helps Trump politically.

— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) September 24, 2017
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It can be hard to accept that Jared Kushner is actually a government official, but he’s genuinely slotted in as a White House “senior adviser.” Which means that Kushner has clearance. Which means that his electronic communications should be following those picky rules about the use of personal accounts.

Presidential son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has corresponded with other administration officials about White House matters through a private email account set up during the transition last December, part of a larger pattern of Trump administration aides using personal email accounts for government business.

That “part of a larger pattern” shows how much Trump actually cares about this issue. While “Lock her up!” continues to be a popular chant at Trump rallies, no one ever seems to get to Why, Is there a reason they want to lock up Hillary Clinton? Maybe it was because she ...

Used both a private email account and an official email address to communicate with other government officials.

Oh wait. That’s Kushner. But that’s okay. Because Trump has a new hate-target.

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Trump adviser tells me POTUS is "winning the cultural war... just made millionaire sport athletes his new HRC."

— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) September 25, 2017

Of course, America should continue to hate powerful women, but that doesn’t mean there’s not also room to hate successful black people.

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Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and local officials are describing “apocalyptic” conditions.

Without power and communications in much of the island, millions of people, including city leaders and first responders, have been cut off from the world since Maria hit Wednesday. Authorities flew over the island Saturday, and were stunned by what they saw. No cellphones, water or power. Roads completely washed away and others blocked by debris, isolating residents.

And while Donald Trump spent his weekend on Twitter, complaining about sports figures trying to draw attention to police brutality, Puerto Rico residents are desperate for rescue and aid. Politico reporter Colin Wilhelm was able to get through to Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, who said they aren’t getting the aid they’ve requested:

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Spoke to Puerto Rico's governor earlier tonight. He said the island's yet to receive all search & rescue & humanitarian aid its requested.

— Colin Wilhelm (@colinwilhelm) September 25, 2017

Seeing how desperate the situation is, Hillary Clinton took to Twitter to plea for Trump to intervene and order the USNS Comfort, a mobile medical facility, to reach the island. 

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President Trump, Sec. Mattis, and DOD should send the Navy, including the USNS Comfort, to Puerto Rico now. These are American citizens. https://t.co/J2FVg4II0n

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 24, 2017

The USNS Comfort was designed for provide mobile surgical hospital service and acute medical care in disaster or humanitarian relief.

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Donald Trump took a break on Sunday from attacking black athletes over a silent, peaceful protest waged against racism to claim that “this has nothing to do with race.” No, really, he said that:

“This has nothing to do with race,” he said. “I’ve never said anything about race. This has nothing to do with race or anything else. This has to do with respect for our country, and respect for our flag.”

It’s not just the fact that—as so many people have observed, torch-wielding neo-Nazis include “many fine people,” according to Trump, while kneeling football players are “sons of bitches” that makes this about race. It’s not just the fact that the anthem protest is about race and has been from the beginning. It’s also, as Philip Bump reminds us, that Donald Trump’s campaign was built around race from the beginning:

In addition to his explicit racial arguments (starting with his disparagement of immigrants from Mexico), Trump repeatedly insisted that he would stand behind and defend America’s police — leveraging hostility to Black Lives Matter for his own purposes.

At the same time, Trump warned of spiking crime rates, at one point retweeting a racially loaded — and wildly inaccurate — image arguing that most white people who were murdered were victims of black people. By August 2016, after the Republican convention, a Post-ABC poll found that 60 percent of Americans thought Trump was biased against women and minorities — including 20 percent of people who planned to vote for him. In August of this year, Fox News asked a similar question, with more than half of the country and 15 percent of Republicans saying he doesn’t respect racial minorities.

Trump again highlighted the racial divide he’s trying to stoke on Monday morning with a tweet lauding the patriotism of NASCAR drivers. About that …

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Donald Trump has not mentioned Puerto Rico since the day after Hurricane Maria brutally scourged the US territory. After making a trip to Alabama to call any athlete who takes part in peaceful protest a “son of a bitch” who should be fired, Trump doubled, tripled … pentadekaled down on that point by tweeting 15 times about his NFL hate. He’s also slipped in half a dozen mentions of the health care bill and even managed to talk about how nice the White House looks.

But three and a half million Americans, many of whom are without shelter, struggling to find clean water and food, who are living about without power, lacking communications with relatives, and still searching for loved ones they haven’t seen since before the storm—that doesn’t merit a word. Trump isn’t alone in his disdain and neglect. The grand total of time all five Sunday morning talk shows devoted to Puerto Rico as they gathered the great and the good to cover the issues of the day was less than one minute. 

At least one person does seem to be paying attention.

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President Trump, Sec. Mattis, and DOD should send the Navy, including the USNS Comfort, to Puerto Rico now. These are American citizens. https://t.co/J2FVg4II0n

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 24, 2017

Unfortunately, that person can’t order that ship into position—or order any of the thousands of steps that should have been taken to assist even before the storm struck.

Maria was a disaster. The aftermath of the storm is a crisis that’s rolling toward catastrophe as Donald Trump demonstrates a callous disregard for human life and a disdain for Americans outside the reach of his wall.

GPS Spoofing Attacks

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Wired has a story about a possible GPS spoofing attack by Russia:

After trawling through AIS data from recent years, evidence of spoofing becomes clear. Goward says GPS data has placed ships at three different airports and there have been other interesting anomalies. "We would find very large oil tankers who could travel at the maximum speed at 15 knots," says Goward, who was formerly director for Marine Transportation Systems at the US Coast Guard. "Their AIS, which is powered by GPS, would be saying they had sped up to 60 to 65 knots for an hour and then suddenly stopped. They had done that several times."

All of the evidence from the Black Sea points towards a co-ordinated attempt to disrupt GPS. A recently published report from NRK found that 24 vessels appeared at Gelendzhik airport around the same time as the Atria. When contacted, a US Coast Guard representative refused to comment on the incident, saying any GPS disruption that warranted further investigation would be passed onto the Department of Defence.

"It looks like a sophisticated attack, by somebody who knew what they were doing and were just testing the system," Bonenberg says. Humphreys told NRK it "strongly" looks like a spoofing incident. Fire Eye's Brubaker, agreed, saying the activity looked intentional. Goward is also confident that GPS were purposely disrupted. "What this case shows us is there are entities out there that are willing and eager to disrupt satellite navigation systems for whatever reason and they can do it over a fairly large area and in a sophisticated way," he says. "They're not just broadcasting a stronger signal and denying service this is worse they're providing hazardously misleading information."

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Hours after Sen. Susan Collins said it was “very difficult for me to envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill,” Republican leadership released a new version of the Graham-Cassidy Affordable Care Act repeal bill trying to bribe Collins and other undecided or opposed Republicans.

The Cassidy-Graham legislation would overhaul the ACA by lumping together the current law's spending on insurance subsidies and expanded Medicaid and redistributing it to states in the form of block grants. Alaska would get 3 percent more funding between 2020 and 2026 than under current law, and Maine would get 43 percent more funding during that time period, according to a summary obtained by The Post.

Topher Spiro of the Center for American Progress issued a caution on the numbers being reported, though:

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1: Last night Graham/Cassidy released their own state estimates. Even they show Alaska and West Virginia still losing federal funding!!!

— Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) September 25, 2017

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4: First, and most obvious, ANY numbers released by Graham/Cassidy should be treated with great skepticism. They've been misleading before.

— Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) September 25, 2017

Additionally, Jonathan Cohn reports that protections for pre-existing conditions would be weakened even more than in the previous version of the bill:

Under the newly revised bill, states would have an even easier time junking rules that prohibit insurers from charging higher premiums to people with cancer, diabetes, or other medical conditions. They could also waive existing rules limiting out-of-pocket expenses, or setting minimum levels of coverage.

To do this, state officials wouldn’t even have to apply for a formal waiver. All they would have to do is file a plan explaining their proposal, and why officials believe it would provide “adequate and affordable” coverage for people with prior medical problems.

That should be a giant red flag for any Republican senator who’s unsure of their vote—even if the bill sends extra money to their state as a bribe for their vote. Funding aside (and that’s a big aside), this bill will destroy a lot of lives.

Keep hitting those phone lines. Call your senators at (202) 224-3121 and tell them YOU ARE WATCHING! (After you call, please tell us how it went.)

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WA-08: Will the fourth time be the charm? Republican state Sen. Dino Rossi announced on Thursday that he'll make his fourth bid for higher office next year, this time to succeed retiring GOP Rep. Dave Reichert in the 8th Congressional District. About four-fifths of the district covers the outer suburbs on the eastern edge of the greater Seattle-Tacoma area, while the other one-fifth includes more rural territory east of the Cascades. Rossi is a commercial real estate developer who has served in the state Senate on and off again since his initial 1996 victory, with his most recent stint following an appointment last year to replace a Republican incumbent who died.​

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​Rossi was Team Red's nominee for Senate in 2010 and governor in 2008 and 2004, but lost all three times in heavily contested races. His first bid for governor was for an open seat against Democrat Christine Gregoire, which saw him fall shy by just 129 votes after an ugly and drawn-out recount during which Rossi had unsuccessfully fought for a new election to take place. He lost their 2008 rematch by 53-47, but considerably outran John McCain's 57-40 defeat in that year's presidential race. Rossi then challenged longtime Democratic Sen. Patty Murray in 2010, but fell short of victory by 52-48.

Although Rossi failed to win at the statewide level in those three contests, he carried the 8th District each time, including a solid 55-45 edge over Murray here in 2010. This seat backed Hillary Clinton 48-45 and Obama by 50-48 in 2012, but it's no stranger to supporting down-ballot Republicans like Rossi. For instance, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee lost it by 54-46 last year even as he was winning statewide by that same margin. Rossi will consequently be a formidable candidate if he ends up as the GOP's standard-bearer.

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From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE…

Unnecessary Censorship

As long as there have been books, there have been meddlers trying to ban them, and American meddlers are among the most obnoxious, Jesus-freaked, and delicate-fee-fee’d in the civilized world. There were 323 cases of attempted book banning in 2016 (over 11,600 over the last 35 years), which is why an important group has designated this Banned Books Week:

The Banned Books Week Coalition is a national alliance of diverse organizations joined by a commitment to increase awareness of the annual celebration of the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries.

The Coalition seeks to engage various communities and inspire participation in Banned Books Week through education, advocacy, and the creation of programming about the problem of book censorship. The 2017 celebration will be held September 24 - September 30.

For this year’s celebration, the coalition of organizations that sponsors Banned Books Week will emphasize the importance of the First Amendment, which guarantees our inherent right to read.

The top 5 banned books last year were (cue the sound of conservative Christians grinding their teeth): This One Summer written by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, Drama by Raina Telgemeier, George by Alex Gino, I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel, Jazz Jennings, and Shelagh McNicholas, and Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan. Kudos to you all, you’re definitely worth reading.

So far the Dotard administration hasn’t called for any book bannings or burnings. But give it time…it’s early.

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Yes, The Donald was a raving lunatic this weekend. No, I don’t believe he’s actually smart enough to try to distract us from anything with his idiocy. I mostly believe what George Takei believes on this score:

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Trump isn't starting this NFL fight to distract us. He's doing it to distract himself. He hates policy, diplomacy. This is his comfort zone.

— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) September 24, 2017

Anyway, this is week 36 of The Presidential Apprentice, and, well, the man’s not learning. Meanwhile, the Trump-Russia heat is still on, and rising. We’ll catch up with the weekend’s shenanigans, of course. And then we’ll get down to business.

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If you are calling your Senators to vote no on the Grassidy health bill, remind them to work on this:

WaPo:

‘If anyone can hear us … help.’ Puerto Rico’s mayors describe widespread devastation from Hurricane Maria

A janitor stopped [San Juan mayor] Cruz with a request on Friday: “Tell the world we’re here,” he said, Cruz recounted. “Tell everyone we’re fighting. Tell everyone that can listen that we are going to make it.”

With her voice faltering, Cruz echoed that cry: “If anyone can hear us . . . help.”

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Humanitarian disaster unfolding: Millions of Americans w/o power, potable water. Now our most urgent crisis. What's the plan WH? Congress? https://t.co/Sz4aXUhMQt

— Atul Gawande (@Atul_Gawande) September 24, 2017

Here’s a round-up of some of the protests, including the Steelers staying in the locker room and some Dolphins wearing “black T-shirts supporting free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick during pregame warm-ups”.

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The underlying cleavage in American politics is revealing itself: hierarchy, punishment, social control. Not big govt/small gov. https://t.co/6QmUn4SIl9

— Julia Azari (@julia_azari) September 24, 2017

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Central fault line in US politics (& life) is between those optimistic about racial/cultural/eco change & those who feel threatened https://t.co/zbAeSX85Lh

— Ronald Brownstein (@RonBrownstein) September 24, 2017
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From time-to-time you, the fans, email TORn about events of interest to other fans of J.R.R. Tolkien and/or Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. As a service to our readers, we decided to created this new feature: a listing of upcoming events to keep everyone apprised of where they can hook-up and commiserate with other fans, learn a thing or two, or just plain enjoy the fandom that we’ve all come to know and love.  From Howard Shore concerts in Paris, to fan get-togethers in Kentucky and South Carolina, to exhibitions in Staffordshire, U.K., it’s all listed here! The list will be updated periodically as past events drop off and future events are added. If you know of an upcoming event, please let us know either in the comments section of this story, or by emailing spymaster@theonering.net. – TORn, ‘Together in Tolkien’

 

September 27 to October 1, 2017Harrodsburg, KY, U.S.A: A Long Expected Party.

This unique even is held at the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, which is located in the heart of the Bluegrass Region near Harrodsburg, Kentucky. This Tolkien-themed convention includes classes, panels, workshops, banquets and activities, with many activities being held outdoors.  This year’s panelists feature well-known Tolkien scholars Dr. Amy H. Sturgis and Dr. Michael D.C. Drout. For more information: http://alep-ky.us/index.html

 

Now through November 11, 2017Tamworth, Staffordshire, U.K.: J.R.R. Tolkien in Staffordshire exhibition

From The Tolkien Society website: The exhibition focuses on the time Tolkien spent in Staffordshire during the First World War. Visitors will be able to explore the writings, poetry, and artwork Tolkien wrote in the county, as well as learn more about life for soldiers in Staffordshire during the Great War. Copies of original artwork, of domestic scenes and landscapes drawn by Tolkien in 1918 in Staffordshire, will be on display as will photographs specially loaned by the Tolkien Estate and Bodleian Library. For more information: https://www.tolkiensociety.org/events/j-r-r-tolkien-in-staffordshire-exhibition/

 

September 29 & 30, 2017Geneva, Switzerland: The Return of the King Live to Projection – Howard Shore’s Academy Award®-winning Score performed live to the epic motion picture by symphony orchestra, chorus and soloists

From howardshore.com: the climactic chapter in Howard Shore’s music for The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King gathers all that has come before and sets it charging relentlessly towards conclusion. Each character theme, each cultural style, every motif associated with the precepts of Tolkien’s work must reach the destination set before it in the previous two scores. For more information and to buy tickets: http://osr.ch/programme-billetterie/saison/2017-2018/le-seigneur-des-anneaux/2692

 

October 5 to 8, 2017 New York, NY, U.S.A.: New York Comic Con – Alas, TORn won’t have an official presence at NYCC this year. However, SideShow will have a booth sure to have something for LOTR fans, and our friend, and talented Tolkien artist, Donato Giancola will be appearing. For more information: http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/

 

October 7, 2017Paris, France: The Music of Howard Shore – featuring The Hobbit: Four movements for Symphony Orchestra, and music from The Lord of the Rings – special guest: Howard Shore

From howardshore.com: A one-of-a-kind evening: an audience with the Academy Award-winning composer Howard Shore. Orchestre National d’Île de France celebrates the outstanding career and achievements of a true icon, with performances of his best-known scores and live interviews with the composer from the stage. Audiences will thrill to the music from his legendary scores to The Lord of the Rings trilogy and music from The Hobbit with scores from his films: The Aviator, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Silence of the Lambs, and many more. International star ZAZ will be joining the evening performing “Cœur volant” from Hugo. This is an epic evening filled with amazing music and the composer’s own insights. A unique experience not to be missed! For more information: http://www.howardshore.com/the-music-of-howard-shore-paris/

 

October 21, 2017  – Hull, U.K.:  Hull University Tolkien Centenary Day – From The Tolkien Society website: The Dennison Centre at the University of Hull will be hosting a day of talks and historical reconstructions to commemorate the time spent in 1917 by J.R.R. Tolkien at what was then the Brooklands Military Hospital during World War I. The Tolkien Day (free of charge) will be based around the theme of Tolkien and the Great War, and include talks (in the morning) by Michael Flowers and Tom Shippey. For more information: https://www.tolkiensociety.org/events/hull-university-tolkien-centenary-day-2017/

 

 

 

November 9 to 10, 2017 Greenville, SC, U.S.A.: Celebrate Tolkien conference – From the conference website:  You are invited to attend the first annual Celebration of JRR Tolkien at the enchanting Old Cigar Warehouse in Greenville, South Carolina on November 9-10, 2017. This event will feature presentations by some of the world’s leading Tolkien experts, artists, performers, and authors of our day. The presentations are not the only part of the celebration. Also join us for a pipe smoking competition, Hobbit games, and Middle Earth themed food and music. For more information: https://www.celebratetolkien.com/#about

 

November 12, 2017 London, U.K.: A Celebration of the Music from Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Live in Concert with Symphony Orchestra and Choir

They are the most beloved and recognisable big and small screen creations of all time – let alone just in the world of the Fantasy genre – and now, for the first time, the music of Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit will be celebrated in a one-off concert at the London Palladium. For more information and to purchase tickets: rutive.co.uk

 

November 14, 2017 to January 6, 2018Leek, Staffordshire, U.K.: J.R.R. Tolkien in Staffordshire exhibition

From The Tolkien Society website: The exhibition focuses on the time Tolkien spent in Staffordshire during the First World War. Visitors will be able to explore the writings, poetry, and artwork Tolkien wrote in the county, as well as learn more about life for soldiers in Staffordshire during the Great War. Copies of original artwork, of domestic scenes and landscapes drawn by Tolkien in 1918 in Staffordshire, will be on display as will photographs specially loaned by the Tolkien Estate and Bodleian Library. For more information: https://www.tolkiensociety.org/events/j-r-r-tolkien-in-staffordshire-exhibition/

 

December 2, 2017  Prague, Czech Republic & Lisbon Portugal: The Return of the King live to projection

– Howard Shore’s Academy Award®-winning Score performed live to the epic motion picture by symphony orchestra, chorus and soloists

From howardshore.com: the climactic chapter in Howard Shore’s music for The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King gathers all that has come before and sets it charging relentlessly towards conclusion. Each character theme, each cultural style, every motif associated with the precepts of Tolkien’s work must reach the destination set before it in the previous two scores. For more information: http://www.howardshore.com/works/concerts/the-return-of-the-king-live-to-projection/

 

January 3, 2018  – Tolkien Toast (world-wide – google or visit the Tolkien Society webpage for celebrations near you, or plan your own)! From The Tolkien Society website: Each year on 3 January, the Tolkien Society encourages Tolkien fans from across the world to celebrate the Professor’s birthday with a simple toast-drinking ceremony. At 9pm your local time, simply raise a glass and toast the birthday of this much loved author. The toast is simply: The Professor!

All you need to do is stand, raise a glass of your choice of drink (not necessarily alcoholic), and say the words “The Professor” before taking a sip (or swig, if that’s more appropriate for your drink). Sit and enjoy the rest of your drink. For more information: https://www.tolkiensociety.org/society/events/toast/

 

January 9, 2018 to March 3, 2018Marquis Drive Visitor’s Center, U.K.: J.R.R. Tolkien in Staffordshire exhibition

From The Tolkien Society website: The exhibition focuses on the time Tolkien spent in Staffordshire during the First World War. Visitors will be able to explore the writings, poetry, and artwork Tolkien wrote in the county, as well as learn more about life for soldiers in Staffordshire during the Great War. Copies of original artwork, of domestic scenes and landscapes drawn by Tolkien in 1918 in Staffordshire, will be on display as will photographs specially loaned by the Tolkien Estate and Bodleian Library. For more information: https://www.tolkiensociety.org/events/j-r-r-tolkien-in-staffordshire-exhibition/

 

January 16 to 24, 2018 Poland tour: The Fellowship of the Ring Live to projection

– Howard Shore’s Academy Award®-winning Score performed live to the epic motion picture by symphony orchestra, chorus and soloists

From howardshore.com: composer Howard Shore brings J.R.R. Tolkien’s literary imagination to vivid life with his Academy®- and Grammy® Award-winning score to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Shore’s music expresses Peter Jackson’s film as an immense symphonic work—a uniquely developed vision drawn from centuries of stylistic tendencies. For more information: http://royalconcert.pl/

 

February 9 to 25, 2018Phoenix, AZ, U.S.A. – The Hobbit play: Valley Youth Theater in Phoenix will feature The Hobbit as part of their 2017-2018 season.

From the VYT website:; Bilbo, one of the most conservative of all Hobbits, is asked to leave his large, roomy and very dry home in the ground in order to set off as chief robber in an attempt to recover an important treasure. It’s the last thing that any sensitive Hobbit would want to do, but great benefit eventually results—not only for Bilbo but for all of the Hobbits who inhabit Middle Earth—and the hearts of those children and adults who continue to enjoy this kind of magic. Based on the classic by J.R.R. Tolkien, adapted by Patricia Gray. For more information: http://www.vyt.com/shows/the-hobbit/

March 6, 2018 to April 21, 2018Chasewater County Park, Staffordshire, U.K.: J.R.R. Tolkien in Staffordshire exhibition

From The Tolkien Society website: The exhibition focuses on the time Tolkien spent in Staffordshire during the First World War. Visitors will be able to explore the writings, poetry, and artwork Tolkien wrote in the county, as well as learn more about life for soldiers in Staffordshire during the Great War. Copies of original artwork, of domestic scenes and landscapes drawn by Tolkien in 1918 in Staffordshire, will be on display as will photographs specially loaned by the Tolkien Estate and Bodleian Library. For more information: https://www.tolkiensociety.org/events/j-r-r-tolkien-in-staffordshire-exhibition/

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