CIA chief Pompeo considered to replace Tillerson | Senior Democrat says time for Pelosi to go
By Robert Schroeder, MarketWatch
Democrats plan to give Weinstein's donations to charity
Advisers to President Donald Trump are floating the idea of replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Axios reported Friday.
"We're told that Trump is quite comfortable with Pompeo," the story says (https://www.axios.com/cia-director-pompeo-considered-to-replace-tillerson-2493643532.html). The same piece says that Trump's relationship with Tillerson is "broken beyond repair," according to unnamed insiders. Earlier this week, Tillerson insisted (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/tillerson-called-trump-a-moron-and-had-to-be-talked-out-of-resigning-nbc-reports-2017-10-04) he and Trump are on the same page on foreign policy, but did not deny calling the president a "moron" at a Pentagon meeting in July.
Done with Pelosi: Rep. Linda Sanchez of California says it's time for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and two top lieutenants to prepare to step down and make way for the next generation of lawmakers. The Washington Post says (https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/top-house-democrat-i-think-its-time-for-nancy-pelosi-and-her-leadership-team-to-go/2017/10/05/0df09a86-a9e4-11e7-b3aa-c0e2e1d41e38_story.html?utm_term=.70a3f9c3718f) the comments by Sanchez, the fifth-ranking House Democrat, are the most explicit by a senior congressional Democrat about Pelosi's political future. Pelosi faced a stronger-than-anticipated challenge to her leadership post last fall after Democrats failed to take back the House.
"I do think it's time to pass a torch to a new generation of leaders, and I want to be a part of that transition," Sanchez said in an interview. She also said House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland and House Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn of South Carolina should prepare to step down.
Democrats to give away Weinstein donations:The New York Times reports (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/06/us/politics/democrats-harvey-weinstein.html) congressional Democrats began to give away some of the thousands of dollars in campaign contributions they have received from Harvey Weinstein, moving to distance themselves from the Hollywood producer after revelations he reached at least eight settlements with women accusing him of sexual harassment. Sens. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Martin Heinrich of New Mexico and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts each said they would transfer money to charity in amounts equal to donations they'd received from Weinstein. The donations ranged from $5,600 to $5,000. Other Democratic lawmakers were expected to follow suit Friday, the Times said.
See:As Harvey Weinstein is accused of 'decades' of sexual harassment, why such lawsuits haven't fallen since the 1990s (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-havent-sexual-harassment-suits-fallen-since-the-1990s-2017-03-01).
Who encouraged Trump's Twitter habit? President Trump's first wife, Ivana, tells CBS in an interview airing Sunday that it was she who encouraged her ex-husband to use Twitter to bypass the media.
"I said, 'I think you should tweet. It's a new way, a new technology,'" she said in a "CBS Sunday Morning" interview scheduled to air this weekend. Politico has more on Trump's ex-wife (http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/05/ivana-trump-president-twitter-habit-243492), who said, "And if you want to get your words across rightly, without telling the New York Times, which is going to twist every single word of yours, this is how you get your message out."
Others, meanwhile, are urging Trump to ease up. "Now is the time for President Trump to stop his insulting tweets," Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, wrote in an op-ed for El Nuevo Dia (https://www.elnuevodia.com/opinion/columnas/trumplesstweetsmorehelp-columna-2363277/). His piece was about aiding Puerto Rico.
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