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Steve King caught on tape referring to immigrants as “dirt” coming from Mexico

This racist bottom feeder need to be expelled from Congress.  Steve King’s racist hate has no business where laws are made.

Last week, Adam Rubenstein visited Iowa to report on Steve King’s re-election effort. He filed several pieces from there, including one that reported on comments King made before a small meeting with voters in Webster City. The headline of that article was: “ Did Steve King Just Refer to Immigrants as ‘Dirt?’” In the story, Adam reported on a jocular exchange King had with a supporter, in which King says that if he wants to grow spicy jalapenos, he’ll have to import dirt from Mexico. When King laughs at his comment, an attendee interjects, saying the dirt from Mexico is already “on the way.” King agrees, saying, “there’s plenty of dirt” coming from Mexico, the West Coast and other places, too. “This is the most dirt we’ve ever seen.” Adam transcribed and printed the entire exchange as part of his article.

King wasn’t happy. His son, Jeff, who also serves as his campaign manager, called and insisted that his father had been misquoted, and accused Adam of fabrication. I told him that his father was quoted accurately and explained that while we would not be emailing him the recording, we reserved the right to post the audio.

On Friday and Saturday, Congressman King sent several tweets criticizing THE WEEKLY STANDARD, claiming we knowingly posted false information and suggesting we weren’t releasing the audio because it doesn’t exist. “You heard it directly from Jeff King and chose to defend your junk yard dog. You refused to release the tape,” he wrote. He later added: “Just release the full tape. Leftists lies exist without original sources because they are false and manufactured accusations. Weekly Standard is transitioning into ‘Antifa News.’”

King’s claims are false.

Here is the audio. The exchange, as transcribed, starts at about the 20-second mark. King is quoted accurately throughout.

So, King claimed our reporter lied. He didn’t. He claimed we didn’t have a recording. We do. He insisted we refused to release the audio. Untrue. It’s worth remembering these things as you evaluate the credibility of the claim from King—a man with a history of bigoted comments and a recent obsession with the “caravan” of immigrants traveling through Mexico to the United States—that he wasn’t talking about immigrants when he joked about “dirt” on its way to the U.S. from Mexico.

White House is LYING to smear Jim Acosta: Video of WH aide bum rushing Acosta

The White House said late Wednesday it has revoked press credentials for CNN reporter Jim Acosta, following a combative back and forth between Acosta and President Donald Trump at a press conference earlier in the day.

At one point, a female White House staffer tried to take the microphone away from Acosta, who said “pardon me, ma’am” as he held onto it while he attempted to ask Trump another question.

“As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Wednesday night.

White House is LYING to smear @Acosta. Here is video of WH aide bum rushing Acosta. She PUT her hands on him!pic.twitter.com/7xcWHYApow

— 3ChicsPolitico (@3ChicsPolitico) November 8, 2018

“We will . . . never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern…” Sanders said. “This conduct is absolutely unacceptable. . . . The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, it‘s an example of their outrageous disregard for everyone, including young women, who work in this Administration.”

“This is a lie,” Acosta responded in a tweet. The above video appears to support him, as it does not appear that he placed his hands on the aide.

Revoking the “hard pass,” as it is known, effectively bans Acosta from the White House unless supervised.

Acosta found out when he was turned away by White House security Wednesday night before a scheduled live shot.

“I’ve just been denied entrance to the WH,” Acosta tweeted. “Secret Service just informed me I cannot enter the WH grounds for my 8pm hit.”

Tuesday Open Thread | ELECTION DAY


44 Tells the Truth…did you listen last time? I did.

“The character of our nation is on the ballot,” says former President Obama at a rally for Democrats in Chicago. https://t.co/vxxMsZVnzG pic.twitter.com/iv3MpEVkTr

— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) November 4, 2018

My dad is 62. Fam from Deep South Georgia, Colquitt. He remembers visiting and using the green book. He remembers segregated bathrooms. He remembers hiding in cornfields from the klan while my Grest Grandma Kate held a lamp, sawed off shotgun to protect the farm. My DAD. I’m 33. https://t.co/IQJO5zApK9

— Lil Uzi Streetfighter (@LRels) November 4, 2018

As Dem Leader, I led the fight for Medicaid expansion and opposed efforts to privatize public schools. When HOPE was threatened, I helped save it—then worked with Gov. Deal to pass criminal justice reform. I am ready to lead Georgia forward as #GAGov. https://t.co/0zqDEnv3w2

— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 5, 2018

Good news in North Dakota thanks to dedicated activists. https://t.co/U1TkN4sN8g

— ACLU 🗳 (@ACLU) November 1, 2018

Democratic House candidate MJ Hegar from Texas responded to her Republican opponent comparing her campaign to a war with an ad saying he doesn’t know “shit” about war. pic.twitter.com/38U8l5Ftog

— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 3, 2018



My message to black folks is this: We get one day a year to deliver a figurative fuck you to white supremacists, to corporations, to Main St and Wall St and all the forces working in concert to keep us disenfranchised. There is NO love. So let your anger out in the voting booth.

— Cyrus McQueen (@CyrusMMcQueen) November 4, 2018

Monday Open Thread | Election Eve

SG2 did such a wonderful job outlining the struggles of the Black community and voting.

Tomorrow, we have elections. Elections that will determine the future of this country.

It really is past Democrat and Republican. It’s about do you believe in this country and want to fight for it, or are you traitors. We have one political party that continues to show itself being anti small ‘ d’ democratic, at every turn. They have no problem with the graft, the illegality, the immorality that reeks from every pore of this White House. They have no problem with a President who incites hate at every turn, because, hey, they have their tax cuts. They don’t care about America losing its standing in the world, because, hey, they can get Roe v Wade overturned. We have seen, clearly, without any hesitation, that everything they said they stood for, was a complete and utter sham. There is no low that they won’t excuse, including treason against this country.

Nobody is saying that the Democrats are perfect – what political party is..

But, I can say without hesitation, what they are FOR

They are for Protecting the American Social Safety net

They are for Science and the belief in science

They are for a woman’s right to choose

They are for your access to healthcare

They are for your voting rights

They are for you having the best opportunity to thrive

They are for living in peace with your neighbors

They are for a government for the people, and not the grifters

They are for a humane immigration policy

They are for equal protection under the law

There’s got to be something in this list that is important to you.

So, get out and vote. Your life DOES depend on it.

You have SEEN what the Republicans want to do. You have seen their natural tendencies. How can that NOT terrify you?

Vote. And, take 5 friends to vote.

Voting Rights | Martyrs For The Right To Vote

From about 1900 to 1965, most African Americans were not allowed to vote in the South. This was especially true in the Deep South: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina.

White people in power used many methods to keep African Americans from voting. Some of these methods also prevented poor white people from voting.

Ways People Were Kept From Voting

1) Violence: Blacks who tried to vote were threatened, beaten, and killed. Their families were also harmed. Sometimes their homes were burned down. Often, they lost their jobs or were thrown off their farms.

Whites used violence to intimidate blacks and prevent them from even thinking about voting. Still, some blacks passed the requirements to vote and took the risk. Some whites used violence to punish those “uppity” people and show other blacks what would happen to them if they voted.

2) Literacy tests: Today almost all adults can read. One hundred years ago, however, many people – black and white – were illiterate. Most illiterate people were not allowed to vote. A few were allowed if they could understand what was read to them. White officials usually claimed that whites could understand what was read. They said blacks could not understand it, even if they could.

3) Property tests: In the South one hundred years ago, many states allowed only property owners to vote. Many blacks and whites had no property and could not vote.

4) Grandfather clause: People who could not read and owned no property were allowed to vote if their fathers or grandfathers had voted before 1867. Of course, practically no blacks could vote before 1867, so the grandfather clause worked only for whites.

5) All-white primary elections

6) Purges: From time to time, white officials purged the voting rolls. That means they took people’s names off the official lists of voters.

7) Former prisoners: People who had gone to prison were often not allowed to vote. Blacks were very often arrested on trumped-up charges or for minor offenses.

8) Poll taxes: In Southern states, people had to pay a tax to vote. The taxes were about $25 to $50 dollars in today’s money. Many people had extremely low incomes and could not afford this tax.  This poll tax applied to all people who wanted to vote – black and white.  There were ways for whites to get around other laws, but not around the poll tax.  Many poor whites could not vote because of the poll tax.

NYT reporter: Georgia Sec of State purging black voters using registration system struck down by courts

New York Times national politics reporter Astead Herndon told MSNBC in a Wednesday interview that Brian Kemp, Georgia’s Secretary of State and GOP candidate for governor, was using a discredited voter registration system that had been previously struck down by the courts to purge black voters ahead of the 2016 elections. Kemp’s office has failed to process 53,000 ‘pending’ voter registration applications, most belonging to black voters.

“Seventy percent of the folks on that ‘pending’ list are black voters,” said Herndon, explaining that Kemp’s refusal to process the forms is hurting Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams, whose strategy relies on “motivating new voters and infrequent voters to really change the scope of what the electorate looks like in Georgia.”

But Abrams strategy hit a roadblock.

“It’s coming up against Brian Kemp who has been using this system called Exact Match, which has been previously challenged and was struck down,” said Herndon. “But then the Georgia state House and Senate put it into law.”

Herndon explained how Kemp, who despite running for office also controls the voter registration process, is using the system to block African Americans from voting.

“If there’s any little tiny difference between what is the registration form, whether it’s someone’s government I.D., a hyphen, a data entry problem, misplaced address, that person goes on that ‘pending’ list,” he said.

Herndon added that there was “so much discrepancy between election workers from county to county”, and that they should be permitted to vote with proper I.D.

“The problem is because there’s these auxiliary lists, the main lists, some people have been told once you get there, ‘you’re not on the main list so you have to go home’,” Herndon said. “Election advocates say just the basic voter I.D. laws disenfranchise folks in rural communities.”

“Kemp and his office tied to shut down some polling locations in majority black area earlier this year,” he added. “So it’s not just Exact Match and the question of I.Ds that’s coming up, it’s the whole scope of issues that’s been happening for a number of years in Georgia.”

Thursday Open Thread | The Magnitsky Act triggered over Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance

BREAKING NEWS: “Senators Leahy, Menendez, Corker & Graham have triggered the Magnitsky Act over Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance. The Trump administration must determine if Jamal Khasshoggi was a victim of killing, torture or gross violation of human rights. If yes, then automatic sanctions on the Saudis”.

The crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, ordered an operation to lure Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia from his home in Virginia and then detain him, according to U.S. intelligence intercepts of Saudi officials discussing the plan.

The intelligence, described by U.S. officials familiar with it, is another piece of evidence implicating the Saudi regime in Khashoggi’s disappearance last week after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Turkish officials say that a Saudi security team lay in wait for the journalist and killed him.

Khashoggi was a prominent critic of the Saudi government and Mohammed in particular. Several of Khashoggi’s friends said that over the past four months, senior Saudi officials close to the crown prince had called Khashoggi to offer him protection, and even a high-level job working for the government, if he returned to his home country.

Khashoggi, however, was skeptical of the offers. He told one friend that the Saudi government would never make good on its promises not to harm him.

“He said: ‘Are you kidding? I don’t trust them one bit,’ ” said Khaled Saffuri, an Arab American political activist, recounting a conversation he had with Khashoggi in May, moments after Khashoggi had received a call from Saud al-Qahtani, an adviser to the royal court.

The intelligence pointing to a plan to detain Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia has fueled speculation by officials and analysts in multiple countries that what transpired at the consulate was a backup plan to capture Khashoggi that may have gone wrong.

A former U.S. intelligence official — who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive matter — noted that the details of the operation, which involved sending two teams totaling 15 men, in two private aircraft arriving and departing Turkey at different times, bore the hallmarks of a “rendition,” in which someone is extra­legally removed from one country and deposited for interrogation in another.

But Turkish officials have concluded that whatever the intent of the operation, Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate. Investigators have not found his body, but Turkish officials have released video surveillance footage of Khashoggi entering the consulate on the afternoon of Oct. 2. There is no footage that shows him leaving, they said.

The intelligence about Saudi Arabia’s earlier plans to detain Khashoggi have raised questions about whether the Trump administration should have warned the journalist that he might be in danger.

Intelligence agencies have a “duty to warn” people who might be kidnapped, seriously injured or killed, according to a directive signed in 2015. The obligation applies regardless of whether the person is a U.S. citizen. Khashoggi was a U.S. resident.

Friday Open Thread | Thank You, Dr. Blasey Ford

It could not have been easy. But, you did it. You were poised, believable and brave. You said that you felt that you had to do your civic duty, and with this country’s eyes on you, you did it. I respect your courage. You had your say. You said your peace, and I know that I am not the only woman grateful to you for going on the record.


Just some thoughts from the Twitter Universe:

Senate Republicans brought in a female prosecutor to question Christine Blasey Ford. They sidelined her shortly after she started questioning Brett Kavanaugh. She was never heard from again. https://t.co/nLLft3CQF0

— POLITICO (@politico) September 28, 2018

“Our prosecutor realized he’s guilty.” https://t.co/FFUCBl2xuJ

— Elizabeth Rogers (@ahumorlessfem) September 28, 2018

I think that what I’m witnessing are the protestations of patriarchy and privilege. It whines and it rages when it is threatened with being denied that to which it is owed, as birthright and gender benefit. And how dare a woman be the impediment. #KavanaghHearing

— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) September 27, 2018

And now there are four woman. If this appointment wasn’t a white guy- like them- he’d be toast already.
I still want to know who mysteriously paid off Kavanaugh’s debts. It’s relevant because most of his Republican supports seem compromised by the Russians.

— Vicki Sando (@SandoVicki) September 26, 2018

If this man gets on the Court, he’ll carry with him a vendetta against the left that will make Antonin Scalia look like Obi-Wan Kenobi.

— Bearded Stoner (@beardedstoner) September 27, 2018

Nobody in politics honestly believes Sotomayor would have been confirmed if she’d appeared before the judiciary committee and spouted angry, barely coherent conspiratorial attacks Republicans.

That we’re in a holding pattern on Kavanaugh after today says so, so much.

— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) September 28, 2018

Just wanted to remind everyone before I go to bed that we’re expending this much energy trying to prevent a rapist from a lifetime bench appointment because the “unlikable” woman had the nerve to want to be president after the black guy did it and white dudes almost went extinct.

— Travon Free (@Travon) September 27, 2018