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Rove accuses Obama of Nixonian ‘enemies list’

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Karl Rove is hitting back at President Barack Obama for calling out political groups that are influencing the midterm elections without disclosing their donors.

President George W. Bush’s former senior adviser went as far as to suggest that Obama was using President Richard Nixon’s tactics and developing an “enemies list.”

Obama took on Karl Rove by name Thursday at a campaign event in Illinois for Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias. “Right here in Illinois, in this Senate race, two groups funded and advised by Karl Rove have outspent the Democratic Party two to one in an attempt to beat Alexi,” said Obama.

Seventy-five percent of a recent $4 million ad buy by groups created by Rove were funded by undisclosed donors.

“The president is completely inaccurate,” Rove told Fox News’ Bret Baier Sunday.

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“I am helping raise money for these groups,” he said. “The difference between helping raise money and funding these groups — the president left the implication at a speech on Thursday and this speech that I’m somehow taking a check out of my pocket and putting millions into these groups. I’m absolutely helping them. I am doing everything I possibly can to raise money for them.”

Rove attempted to direct viewers to the American Crossroads website where they can contribute but was quickly cut off by Baier.

“They are tossing out these baseless charges,” Rove said, defending groups that fund ads against Democratic candidates.

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“The president of the United States accused the Chamber of Commerce, and the Democratic National Committee in its new ad accuses Ed Gillespie and I of a criminal violation of our law by getting foreign money and spending it on American political campaigns, and they have not one shred of evidence to back up that baseless lie. This is a desperate and I think disturbing trend by the president of the United States to tar his political adversaries with some kind of enemies list, with being unrestrained by any facts or evidence whatsoever,” he said.

Sam Stein at The Huffington Post noted:

There is a obvious element of chutzpah when a political operative defined by his use of dirty tricks accuses his opponents of the same. And perhaps, underneath the veneer of shock and anger, Rove is admiring the work the White House has done in turning a report on the Chamber’s funding into partisan red meat.

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The fact remains, however, that a resolution to the debate is fairly obvious. Simply disclosing the names of who is donating to each of these institutions would clear the air and validate either Rove or the White House. But with a campaign finance law stuck in congressional limbo and hordes of potential donations at stake in this election, transparency has instead been replaced by innuendo.

“Have these people no shame?” asked Rove. “Does the president of the United States have such little regard for the office he holds that he goes out there and makes these kind of baseless charges against his political enemies? This is just beyond the pale. How dare the president do this?”

This video is from Fox’s Fox News Sunday, broadcast Oct. 10, 2010.

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In rebuke to Trump, US Congress blocks Saudi arms sales

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The US House voted Wednesday to block $8.1 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia and other allies, a rebuke of Donald Trump that will likely lead to a veto by the president.

Lawmakers, many of whom are outraged with the kingdom over Riyadh's role in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year, approved three resolutions that would prevent the controversial sales announced under emergency measures earlier this year by Trump.

The resolutions blocking the sales have already cleared the US Senate, and now go to the White House, where Trump is expected to issue a veto, the third of his presidency.

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Six officials at Southwest Key, nonprofit running migrant child shelters, earned more than $1 million in 2017

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The Texas-based group's former chief executive made $3.6 million that year.

Six high-ranking employees at a nonprofit organization housing thousands of migrant children for the federal government made at least $1 million for their work in 2017, according to tax filings released Tuesday.

The tax records show that Juan Sanchez, founder of Southwest Key Programs, the Texas-based nonprofit, earned $3.6 million in total compensation that year, which The Washington Post reported last week. They also showed that other prominent employees — including the group’s chief financial officer, who earned more than $2.4 million — were earning substantial, seven-figure salaries at the nonprofit.

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‘Pure and simple evil’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Mika destroy Trump’s ‘racist and illegal’ taunts against Omar

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski warned that President Donald Trump's attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) were both illegal and racist -- as well as an incitement to violence.

The "Morning Joe" co-hosts were appalled by the crowd's reaction -- chanting "send her back" -- to Trump attacks at a Greensboro, North Carolina, rally.

"Republicans shamed themselves by not calling racism, racism," Scarborough said. "I saw some people actually write columns that used to be respected trying to excuse the president's language and saying it's not racist, but the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency that Donald Trump oversees that enforces laws against discrimination, specifically outlined such language that the president used last night and that his crowd used last night as an example of bias."

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