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Anti-Vietnam War Activist Tom Hayden Dies

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:49:46 -0400

The famed American anti-war activist Tom Hayden has died in his home in Santa Monica, California, after a lengthy illness. He was 76. Hayden became an activist during his time at the University of Michigan, where he helped to found Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). He was a member of the Chicago Seven charged with conspiracy over anti-Vietnam war protests in 1968 and eventually acquitted. Hayden later served in the California state assembly and Senate for nearly two decades. He was married to actress Jane Fonda from 1973 and 1990. Mother Jones editor Clara Jeffery said, "Tom Hayden lived a cinematically full life; any one of these chapters worth a biopic."(image)

U.S. Warship in South China Sea

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 21:33:27 -0400

A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer, the USS Decatur, sailed through the South China Sea on Friday in a freedom of navigation operation intended to send a blunt message to China. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the point was to let China know that it cannot "unlawfully restrict the navigation rights, freedoms and lawful uses of the sea that the United States and all states are entitled to exercise under international law."(image)

Hillary Holds Huge Ground Game Advantage

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 20:45:22 -0400

Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign has built a field team in swing-states across the country that is larger than a U.S. Army brigade, giving her a huge advantage over Republican Donald Trump on Election Day. Between Clinton's presidential campaign, the Democratic National Committee and state party operations, campaign finance reports show Democrats employ 5,138 staffers across 15 battleground states. By contrast, Trump's campaign, the Republican National Committee and state parties employ just 1,409 staffers in 16 states. Trump's campaign has shown little interest in investing in a ground operation.(image)

What We Learn From Hillary's Paid Speeches

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 20:02:14 -0400

John Cassidy, The New Yorker: The real value of the WikiLeaks documents is one the hackers may not have intended. The documents, particularly the speech extracts, portray Hillary Clinton as she is: a hard-headed centrist who believes that electoral politics inevitably involve making compromises, dealing with powerful interest groups, and, where necessary, amending unpopular policy positions. Addressing a General Electric Global Leadership Meeting in January, 2014, she said, "I mean, politics is like sausage being made. It is unsavory, and it always has been that way, but we usually end up where we need to be." Answering a question in March, 2014, at an event organized by Xerox, she said that the country needs two "sensible, moderate, pragmatic parties." These sentiments won't win over many [Bernie] Sanders supporters. But they might actually reassure moderate Democrats, independents, and even some Trump-loathing Republicans who are thinking about crossing party lines.(image)

'Weird Al' Auto-Tunes the 3rd Presidential Debate

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 17:30:28 -0400

Anyone who grew up in the 1990s has a soft spot in their heart for the musical comedy of "Weird Al" Yankovic. Weird Al and YouTube sensation Schmoyoho, who specialize in auto-tuning just about anything, have teamed up for "Bad Hombres and Nasty Women," a recreation of the third presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.(image)

AT&T to Buy Time Warner for $85 Billion

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 17:29:40 -0400

AT&T and Time Warner have agreed to an $85 billion deal -- one of the biggest media tie-ups ever. he move, announced Saturday evening, will help AT&T expand beyond wireless and Internet service into programming. Time Warner is the parent of CNN, TNT, HBO the Warner Bros. studio, and other channels and websites. The deal will be subject to a review by government regulators that could take more than a year to complete.(image)

Reuters: Clinton Far Ahead in Electoral College

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 15:32:30 -0400

Hillary Clinton maintained her commanding lead in the race to win the Electoral College and claim the U.S. presidency, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project results released on Saturday. In the last week, there has been little movement. Clinton leads Donald Trump in most of the states that Trump would need should he have a chance to win the minimum 270 votes needed to win. According to the project, she has a better than 95 percent chance of winning, if the election was held this week. The mostly likely outcome would be 326 votes for Clinton to 212 for Trump.(image)

Kellyanne: Trump Willing to Do Another Debate

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 14:32:22 -0400

Donald Trump's campaign manager says the GOP presidential nominee is willing to do another debate against Hillary Clinton. "The debates are a very unique opportunity for all of America to see these candidates side by side. And I wish there were more debates," Kellyanne Conway said in an interview with John Catsimatidis on Sunday. Trump and Clinton appeared in their third and final scheduled debate Oct. 19 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The Democratic nominee later mocked as "comedy" Trump's claim that he won the last debate.(image)

Early Voting Shows Upsurge of Women

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:30:58 -0400

For much of his campaign, Donald Trump has done more to repel voting women than he has to win them over. Now mounting evidence suggests they are already punishing him for it at the ballot box. In three crucial battlegrounds -- North Carolina, Florida and Georgia -- women are casting early ballots in disproportionate numbers. And in North Carolina, a must-win state for Trump with detailed early voting data available, it's clear that Democratic women have been particularly motivated to turn out or turn ballots in. In North Carolina, 87,000 Democratic women have already moved to cast early ballots compared with just 60,000 Republican women, according to data shared with Politico by J. Michael Bitzer, an expert on North Carolina's early vote at Catawba College. Men in the state, meanwhile, are closely divided: 50,000 Republicans and 52,000 Democrats have voted.(image)

David Duke Qualifies for Louisiana Senate Debate

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:33:40 -0400

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke has qualified for a televised debate in Louisiana's Senate race after a new poll showed him drawing 5 percent of the vote. Duke, a white supremacist, announced he was running late this summer, saying GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump had inspired him and drawn more followers to his cause. Other Republicans in the state have disavowed him and the Republican National Committee and Louisiana GOP explored booting him out of the party. Duke has had little presence on the campaign trail and has raised little money so far.(image)

Impact of Fukushima Accident on Marine Life

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:31:14 -0400

Five years ago, the largest single release of human-made radioactive discharge to the marine environment resulted from an accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. Approximately 80 percent of the fallout happened over the Pacific Ocean. Jordi Vives i Batlle of the Belgian Nuclear Research Center explores the environmental consequences in the marine environment of the accident in an article published in the October issue of Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management. He outlines the status of current research about the impact of the fallout on plant and animal life and what remains to be done as the radioactivity continues to spread. His article is part of a series of invited commentaries from international experts on "Lessons Learned and Consequences of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident, 5 Years Later."(image)

Brexit Could Create World's Largest Tobacco Company

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:46:32 -0400

British American Tobacco has announced its bid to take over US-based tobacco company Reynolds American. Without Brexit, the bid would likely not have been suggested. For multinationals like BAT that receive most of their profit in foreign currencies, the weak pound means business is booming. The merger will give BAT access to luxury US brands, such as Camel, that are in high demand in such countries as Turkey and Russia, and unite the two companies' efforts in the high-growth sector of so-called e-cigarettes.(image)

Poll: Hillary 50%, Trump 38%

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:51:52 -0400

Hillary Clinton has vaulted to a double-digit advantage in the inaugural ABC News 2016 election tracking poll, boosted by broad disapproval of Donald Trump on two controversial issues: His treatment of women and his reluctance to endorse the election's legitimacy. Likely voters by a vast 69-24 percent disapprove of Trump's response to questions about his treatment of women. After a series of allegations of past sexual misconduct, the poll finds that some women who'd initially given him the benefit of the doubt have since moved away. All told, Clinton leads Trump by 12 percentage points among likely voters, 50 to 38 percent, in the national survey, her highest support and his lowest to date in ABC News and ABC News/Washington Post polls. Gary Johnson has 5 percent support, Jill Stein 2 percent.(image)

Nobel Member Calls Dylan Snub 'Arrogant'

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:31:01 -0400

Bob Dylan's failure to acknowledge his Nobel Prize in literature is "impolite and arrogant", according to a member of the body that awards it. The 75-year-old singer was named the shock winner of the prize last week. But all efforts by the Swedish Academy to contact him have failed, and he has not acknowledged the win in public. Academy member Per Wastberg told Swedish television: "He is who he is," adding that there was little surprise Dylan had ignored the news. "We were aware that he can be difficult and that he does not like appearances when he stands alone on the stage," he told Sweden's Dagens Nyheter newspaper in a separate interview. A reference to the prize was removed from Dylan's website last week.(image)