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Trump relentlessly pumps apocalyptic fear of immigrants and lies continuously in desperate ploy to hold GOP House majority in midterms….--former GOP senator and Obama Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel blasts Trump for using troops as “pawns” at the border

--The Don’s hysterical order for troops to shoot migrants who throw rocks is used by Nigerian Army to justify shooting 49 protesters to death

--while Dems and media accuse Russia of “sowing discord”, new poll shows how Trump has divided Americans with attacks on media

--the vitriol, lies and hate have motivated voters, as 18 states report early voting has already exceeded total voting in 2014 midterms

--White House sources say Trump may be ready to fire Interior Secretary Zinke over land deal in Montana and other issues

--over at Treasury, Secretary Mnuchin says he would honor requests for Trump tax returns if Dems win the House

--federal judge in Maryland rejects government effort to delay lawsuit against Trump over Emoluments Clause

--as Trump feeds red meat to his base, the administration announces new sanctions against Iran, as Trump tweets selfie with Game of Thrones theme

--at ConsortiumNews, Patrick Lawrence says that US effort to isolate Iran will probably isolate US

--allies of Julian Assange call emergency huddle, as NY Times discloses 2016 emails between Roger Stone, Steve Bannon and others about releases by WikiLeaks

--Buzzfeed report predicts Mueller will get active after midterms, but it’s just more speculation, coupled with admission that convictions to date don’t prove much

--following Pittsburgh massacre, Facebook allowed ad placement by reporter Sam Biddle that targeted “white genocide conspiracy theory” fans

--Facebook reports earnings, says it wants to scale back News Feed to make more room for photos of cats and fabulous meals

--new jobs report shows unemployment down, and wages starting to inch up, while the 1% rack up record corporate profits

--to prepare for the next Wall Street crash, Federal Reserve rolls back rules for banks that were imposed after 2008 meltdown

--Here’s a list of top 20 political donors this cycle, tilting toward Dems

--top psychiatrist for California prisons blows the whistle on manipulated data delivered to judge overseeing prison healthcare