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Open thread for night owls: White supremacists, neo-Nazis continue to flock to Trump campaign

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:01:15 +0000

The Los Angeles Times explores the influx of white supremacists and neo-Nazis into the Donald Trump campaign: Members are showing up at his rallies, knocking on doors to get out the vote and organizing debate-watching parties. [...] “Before Trump, our identity ideas, national ideas, they had no place to go,” said Richard Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think tank based in Arlington, Va. Not since Southern segregationist George Wallace’s failed presidential bids in 1968 and 1972 have white nationalists been so motivated to participate in a presidential election. [...] “Trump had me at ‘build a wall,’” [Daily Stormer editor] Anglin said. “Virtually every alt-right Nazi I know is volunteering for the Trump campaign.” Forty days remain until the election. Click here to make sure you're registered to vote. And while you're at it, make sure your family and friends are registered, too. HIGH IMPACT STORIES • TOP COMMENTS  TWEET OF THE DAY xw/ each new revelation, hard to not laugh at how press put Clinton Foundation thru hell for 18 mos for being a landmark charitable org. https://t.co/Mc2jrbRz8S— Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) September 30, 2016 BLAST FROM THE PAST At Daily Kos on this date in 2008—Bush Supporters of the Far Right: Cries from the Lake of Fire: This is the world of the Republican Party, split open like a rotting pumpkin. Crime after crime after crime being investigated, all revolving around the Republican money machine. Every seed connected by the strands of money they share between them. Barely-laundered campaign money passed in the palm of every flabby handshake. Every player in boldface, underlined print in the Rolodex of every other. And still, this same bottom-tier world of flag-waving supporters still obsessed over an extramarital sex act, but offended to the point of sad, blustering threats at the notion that crimes by gilded and worshipped Republicans are really still crimes. On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin rounds up polling news, Trump/Cuba news, and Trump/Hitler news. Armando comments on Trump/Cuba, and the Hoboken train wreck. New contributor Paula Writer discusses NPR’s live debate fact-checking model. x Embedded Content YouTube | iTunes | LibSyn | Support the show: Patreon; PayPal; PayPal Subscription [...]



Politico publishes silliest 'both-sides' article of the 2016 presidential cycle. Good god, why?

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 02:31:10 +0000

This Politico effort may be the most egregious ode to both sides-ism to yet be produced this election cycle. Subtitled “Trump and Clinton feed the rigged-election charge to their peril,” it provides next to no justification for the and Clinton premise. It directly compares Donald Trump's campaign website assertions that "Crooked Hillary" is "Rigging This Election," his own suppositions of the same, and Alex Jones/Roger Stone-peddled lunacies not to equivalent Clinton theories, but to the American government's own intelligence suspicions of Russian hacking.

And the maddening thing is, it's by and large a good, well-written story. It reads exactly as if the reporter turned in a piece on the Trump-peddled notion that our entire election system might be too crooked to trust come November, only to have some mewling editor refuse to run it unless and until he wedged in some comparable claim about Hillary Clinton—no matter how silly or tenuous. It's almost satirical.

Trump’s campaign website is recruiting poll watchers to “Help Me Stop Crooked Hillary From Rigging This Election!” [...]

Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, has also repeatedly stoked supporters’ skepticism of the voting system’s integrity, telling a Georgia woman at a recent town hall that her concern about a fraudulent election was “well-founded.”

On the other hand, when it comes to whether or not Russian hackers are probing U.S. government and campaign sites, it's not even the Clinton campaign making the charges. Russian tech efforts to "troll" other countries by leaking—or, more often, inventing—embarrassing information, not for the purposes of destabilizing those countries so much as to cause minor humiliations for those governments, have been well known for years.

Which, again, results in an article that shoots down its own premise.

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Trump should try new defense on Cuba scandal: Why pick on me? Cheney pulled this kind of sh*t too

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:29:50 +0000

Throughout history, there have always been prominent people who assume that certain laws shouldn’t and don’t apply to them. Americans aren’t different in this regard. Whether it’s ignoring conventions against torture, violating anti-trust statutes, or evading trade embargos, a few heavyweights figure they just aren’t included in prohibitions supposedly meant for everybody. And since they are rarely punished beyond a tsk-tsk or laughable fine for their violations, who can argue that their view of being above it all is inaccurate?

Now that Kurt Eichenwald has exposed Donald Trump in regards to the Cuban embargo, it’s worth recalling that another powerful Republican violated U.S. embargos, too. And he had absolutely no regrets about it. That fellow is Dick Cheney, the former vice president, who as CEO of Halliburton didn’t like the sanctions against Iran and Libya and other nations. And he got around them through sketchy shenanigans that violated the spirit and sometimes the letter of those laws.

During Cheney's tenure at Haliburton, for example, the company carried out business with Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Iraq, Libya, Iran, and Nigeria even though the U.S. had imposed sanctions on them. Cheney lobbied fiercely for eliminating the sanctions, even as his company quietly did business with them. Some of this business was clearly illegal, and Halliburton was fined for it. Other business was merely shady. 

In July 2000, the same month Cheney picked himself to be the GOP’s vice presidential nominee, he was asked whether Halliburton or its subsidaries were trying to do business illegally with Iraq. He denied this, noting that as CEO, he had imposed a policy of having nothing to do with Iraq. This claim was an outright fabrication. Halliburton subsidiaries sold more than $73 million in oil-production parts to Iraq under sanction. In 2000, Cheney’s last year at Halliburton, his compensation at the company was $20 million, after taxes.

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Review of a new biography of Hitler has many people thinking of ... someone else

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:12:00 +0000

Sometimes a review of a Hitler biography is just a review of a Hitler biography—and sometimes not. On Tuesday, the New York Times book reviews covered a new volume on the rise of Hitler. Funny thing is, though the Times review mentions no one except historical figures, people have been reading more into the review. xThis is the definition of shade because she never even mentions Trump's name--she doesn't have to:https://t.co/buXl99FlZf— Alex Frank (@alexgfrank) September 28, 2016 Why would anyone draw connections to Trump from the review? Well, here are some highlights. Hitler was often described as an egomaniac who “only loved himself” — a narcissist with a taste for self-dramatization and what Mr. Ullrich calls a “characteristic fondness for superlatives.” His manic speeches and penchant for taking all-or-nothing risks raised questions about his capacity for self-control, even his sanity. … Hitler was known, among colleagues, for a “bottomless mendacity” that would later be magnified by a slick propaganda machine that used the latest technology (radio, gramophone records, film) to spread his message. A former finance minister wrote that Hitler “was so thoroughly untruthful that he could no longer recognize the difference between lies and truth” and editors of one edition of “Mein Kampf” described it as a “swamp of lies, distortions, innuendoes, half-truths and real facts.” We’re talking about Hitler. So don’t go getting any wrong ideas. But hey, let’s read some more … Does Donald Trump scare you so much that you want to vote early? Request an absentee ballot by clicking here. [...]



Thursday Trump Dump: You may need to take breaks to get through this one, America

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:11:17 +0000

It is day one million and five in the neverending slog that is the Donald Trump campaign for the presidency. It seems only yesterday that "The Donald" slowly descended from his golden tower escalator to enter the race, slowly, majestically, like the larva of some otherworldly insect peeking out from the solid gold multistory apple that it had made its home. And then a bunch of other things happened and, long story short, some say the living will envy the dead.

On with, and you may want to take one last deep breath here, today's Donald Trump news.

• Today's big new revelation about Donald Trump was the news that he violated U.S. law by conducting business in Cuba during the American trade embargo. The campaign excuses were immediate and numerous, with campaign manager first confirming that yes he did do that, but only a little and golly it sure was a long time ago, then a more official set of campaign talking points that also did not deny that Trump did indeed violate the law but instead (1) insulted the reporter reporting it, (2) repeated the point that golly it was sure a long time ago, and (3) something something Clinton bad.

So here's where we're at. The Republican candidate for president isn't denying that he violated American laws against doing business in Castro's Cuba, and all of Republicandom is currently engaged in a brief moment of silence until someone comes up with a plausible-sounding reason why Republicans are anti-Cuban-embargo now. Just another day in Trumpland.

It really isn't even decent fodder for comedy anymore; there doesn't seem to be a single area of Trump's financial dealings untainted by a Trump push to be just as crooked as he thought he could possibly get away with, and then just be a little more crooked than that. He appears to have escaped from a rough draft of a Sinclair Lewis book.

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The Donald Trump campaign and Donald Trump: A duet

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:38:49 +0000

Katy Tur was nice enough to share the Trump campaign's talking points for the day. Meanwhile, there have been other sources reflecting Donald Trump’s own words. So … one and two and, take it away campaign!

Mr. Trump has spent his career promoting women. His campaign manager is a strong and impressive woman.

Impressive. Show us how, Mr. Trump:

"My wife, Ivana, is a brilliant manager. I will pay her $1 a year and all the dresses she can buy!" According to Vanity Fair, after the conference, Ivana called her friends crying and asked, "How can Donald humiliate me this way?"

Humiliation. Can you dig it, campaign?

Mr. Trump has never treated women the way Hillary Clinton and her husband did when they actively worked to destroy Bill’s accusers.

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Daily Kos Elections 2016 forecast: Senate numbers jump thanks to North Carolina

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:32:32 +0000

One question that we get a lot about our forecast model (and that wasn’t answered as part of our model Q&A that we had a few weeks ago) tends to come from people who look at our map first and start counting electoral votes from there. Take the map above, which you can find on our presidential forecast homepage: It has 273 electoral votes in the “Lean Democratic" category or better banked for Hillary Clinton, in the states that are various shades of blue. That's a win, but it’s sort of the bare minimum, only narrowly clearing 270. That map hasn’t changed much over the last month (if you look back to when we unveiled it on Sept. 9, the only difference among the key swing states was that Nevada was shaded gray).

What causes confusion is that each day we also show a projected electoral vote margin. You can see it in the ticker at the top of the page: On Thursday, it gave 288 EVs to Clinton and just 250 to Donald Trump. The same problem also pops up a lot in our Senate forecast (though not today, as we’ll discuss shortly … which is good news!). Many days, the number of races that show the Democrat with better than 50-50 odds would add up to only 49 seats, and yet we'd be showing a projected result of 50 seats for Team Blue, which makes all the difference in terms of a majority. So why the difference?

What’s happening is that we’re looking at the full range of possible results, and the number we show at the top of the page is the median result of all the thousands of simulations we run. In other words, 50 percent of all of our simulations will end up with more electoral votes than, say, 288, while 50 percent of all of our simulations even up with fewer than 288. It’s not simply what you get when you look at each state individually, and then total up which ones have better than 50 percent odds and which ones have worse.

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Donald Trump was sued for racial discrimination in the 1970s and he's lying about it now

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:43:50 +0000

Donald Trump was not at his most convincing—even in a pretty unconvincing debate—when he said it was no big deal that he and his father had been sued by the Justice Department for racial discrimination in the 1970s because “I settled that lawsuit with no admission of guilt.” Oh, you didn’t admit guilt, eh? But that’s not the only problem with his answer, which the Washington Post’s fact checker has awarded four Pinocchios. 

Trump made two key points: the “no admission of guilt” thing and that “we, along with many, many other companies throughout the country—it was a federal lawsuit—were sued.” In reality:

… the suit was squarely aimed at the Trumps and their company; it was titled: United States of America v. Fred C. Trump, Donald Trump and Trump Management, Inc.

As far as admission of guilt, the point was to change the Trumps’ behavior and get them to rent to black people, because they really were egregious discriminators:

According to Kranish and Fisher, the Justice Department lawsuit was “one of the most significant racial bias cases of the era.” It was based on evidence gathered by testers for the New York City Human Rights Commission, who documented that black people were told no apartments were available in Trump properties while white testers at the same time were immediately offered apartments. In a sampling of 10 Trump buildings, only 1 to 3.5 percent of the occupants were minorities, making it one of the strongest cases the Justice Department had ever seen for violations of the Fair Housing Act.

Trump fought the suit, tried to counter-sue, and finally settled, only to wind up back in court because he and his father weren’t complying with the terms of the settlement. So “no admission of guilt” boils down to “really damn guilty, but not admitting it.” And “we, along with many, many other companies … were sued” boils down to United States of America v. Fred C. Trump, Donald Trump and Trump Management, Inc. 

The man lies. In this case, he lies about his record of racial discrimination. And that’s particularly relevant when you consider the racist campaign he’s running. Donald Trump has both racist words and racist deeds to his name, and there’s every reason to believe President Trump would back racist laws.

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Republican gun club raffles AR-15, ammo—and picture of Hillary

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:54:04 +0000

It’s not as if they’re advocating that anyone shoot a presidential candidate.

A North Carolina gun rights group plans to raffle off an AR-15 rifle, 1,000 rounds of ammunition and a picture of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“Of course, we won’t tell you what to do with the photo,” Grass Roots North Carolina stated on the page created to promote the raffle. “But when we ran a picture of Hillary on the front of our newsletter, we heard it was very popular at the range.”

Jokes about shooting someone in the face are the best jokes. Still, you guys need to be subtle, like Donald Trump.

“If she gets to pick her judges ― nothing you can do, folks. Although, the Second Amendment people. Maybe there is. I don’t know.” 

The ever-fragile second amendment always needs more ammo. Hey, Mr. Peabody, tune the Wayback Machine for 2011, if you please ...

A top official with the National Rifle Association said Friday that President Obama will move to “destroy” gun rights and “erase” the Second Amendment if he is re-elected in November. …

“All that first term, lip service to gun owners is just part of a massive Obama conspiracy to deceive voters and hide his true intentions to destroy the Second Amendment during his second term,” he said. …

It’s not as if Republican candidates and gun groups gang up at every election to scare the good ol’ boys with scary tales of the oogey-boogey gun grabber. 

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CNN solves its Corey Lewandowski problem: It's fine now, the Trump campaign's paid him in advance!

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:20:09 +0000

Finally, a bit of good news for CNN; the network will no longer have to face the awkward charge that one of their premiere pro-Trump commenters is also on the Trump payroll! This is not because the Trump campaign decided to stop paying him, mind you; they just decided to send him the remainder of his campaign payments in advance.

Former Donald Trump campaign manager and now CNN contributor Corey Lewandowski is no longer receiving monthly severance payments from the campaign. Instead, the campaign paid off the remainder of his contract in one lump sum, said a CNN executive with knowledge of the situation, and confirmed by the campaign.

At least one red flag is raised here: I don't think I've ever heard any story, ever, of Donald Trump paying someone the money he owed them in advance. I'm fairly certain that it goes against the laws of thermodynamics.

But no, that is indeed what happened, sez folks. And yes, it appears that the reason the Trump campaign decided to pay Corey Lewandowski through the rest of the year in advance is so Corey Lewandowski could more easily continue to go on CNN and say flattering things about Donald Trump without the "distractions" of those prior disclosures.

"Corey came to CNN and let us know that he and the campaign came to an agreement that his severance payment would be paid out to avoid future distractions. Corey and the campaign came to a private decision, he made us aware and we reported it," the CNN source said.

Problem solved! I'm no longer getting paid a monthly check by the campaign I am going on television to promote to viewers! I got paid a lump sum in advance by the campaign I am going on television to promote to viewers!

Seriously, though, the Donald Trump campaign paid somebody ... in advance. We're through the looking glass now, people. Ye gods, what will happen next.

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Supreme Court vacancy watch Day 228: Oops

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:24:10 +0000

It's Thursday, September 29, and Day 228 since Justice Antonin Scalia died and Mitch McConnell decided no nominee would get any Senate attention: No meetings, no hearings, no votes. It's also Day 197 since Merrick Garland was nominated by President Obama to fill that vacancy. 

It's all over but the gloating about having done the bare minimum to keep the government's light on until November 14. Well, gloating and regrets over the thing they did yesterday that now maybe they should reconsider. 

U.S. lawmakers on Thursday expressed doubts about Sept. 11 legislation they forced on President Barack Obama, saying the new law allowing lawsuits against Saudi Arabia could be narrowed to ease concerns about its effect on Americans abroad.

A day after a rare overwhelming rejection of a presidential veto, the first during Obama's eight years in the White House, the Republican leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives opened the door to fixing the law as they blamed Obama, a Democrat, for not consulting them adequately.

"I do think is worth further discussing," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters, acknowledging that there could be "potential consequences" of the "Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act," known as JASTA.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Congress might have to "fix" the legislation to protect U.S. service members in particular.

So, there's that. As White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says, it's "a pretty classic case of rapid onset buyer's remorse." The law, which provides an exception to the legal principle of sovereign immunity in cases of terrorism on U.S. soil, could increase tension with Saudi Arabia which is already heightened over the Iran nuclear agreement. And it might be a slightly cavalier thing to do to the law surrounding sovereign immunity. But they'll think about all that later. 

That and how to fund the government after December 9, the last day of funding in the continuing resolution that passed last night and the president signed today. And whether or not to do anything about that Supreme Court vacancy. And hell, maybe even a replacement plan for Obamacare. But we'll all be lucky if they manage just that government funding bit.

Can you chip in $3 to each of these candidates to end Mitch McConnell's Senate leadership? 

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A debate recap from the alternate right-wing universe

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:59:32 +0000

Okay, this is fucking hilarious. Let’s start with the headline:

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That was a thing. Really. Right wingers had convinced themselves that Hillary Clinton had one step in the grave. You don’t believe me, watch this

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Cartoon: Defective microphone

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:44:22 +0000

I found the problem with Donald Trump’s microphone, it is defective. And has no “OFF” switch.

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Beyond coalition politics as usual: Five questions with 215 People's Alliance's Bryan Mercer

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:11:13 +0000

Bryan Mercer is a steering committee member of 215 People’s Alliance. He is executive director of Media Mobilizing Project, which uses strategic media and communications to strengthen and connect communities organizing for their human rights. Bryan also works on media policy advocacy as a board member of the Media Action Grassroots Network.

Can you tell us a little bit about your organization and how it was formed?

215 People's Alliance was founded by leaders in community and labor organizing throughout the Philadelphia region looking to go beyond coalition politics as usual. We recognized that too often labor organizing doesn’t talk about what’s happening outside the workplace and community organizing is too often confined to issue silos. We know that taking to the streets is as important as using the ballot box. And that movements need to connect across our issue based work to struggle for a working people's agenda that addresses the whole needs of our city and region.

We are launching our first campaign to deepen democracy in working people’s lives, starting with a call for local democratic control of Philadelphia’s schools. This means an end to Philadelphia's School Reform Commission and the creation of an elected school board for the residents of Philadelphia. For the past 15 years Philly's children have been victim to a state-controlled body of appointed bureaucrats who have presided over the divestment and dismantling of our public schools. The School Reform Commission has closed over 24 schools since 2013 and has left teachers more than 1,000 days without a contract. It wasn’t until this very school year that students had access to a nurse and a counselor in every school.

People have long said enough is enough when it comes to the School Reform Commission. We are leading the Our City Our Schools campaign to finally get rid of the commission so that students, teachers, parents and community can be a part of real democracy for our schools. To do this we’re building a broad coalition of education justice groups who know that community control is essential for quality education alongside progressive labor unions who understand that education is a top issue for their members and the communities they serve.  

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Intel says 'high confidence' Russia behind DNC hack, Trump says 400-pound dude, or maybe his kid

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:19:22 +0000

The intelligence community is pretty darned sure that Russia is behind the hacks on the Democratic National Committee and into some state elections operations. 

The question, debated at multiple meetings at the White House, is how aggressively to respond to the Russian operation. Publicly naming and shaming the Russians and describing what the intelligence community knows about their activities would help Americans understand and respond prudently to any disruptions that might take place between now and the close of the polls. Senior Justice Department officials have argued in favor of calling out the Russians, and that position has been echoed forcefully outside of government by lawmakers and former top national-security officials from both political parties.

Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. The President and several of his closest national-security advisers are concerned about the danger of a confrontation in the new and ungoverned world of cyberspace, and they argue that while the U.S. has powerful offensive and defensive capabilities there, an escalating confrontation carries significant risks. National Security Council officials warn that our critical infrastructure–including the electricity grid, transportation sector and energy networks–is vulnerable to first strikes; others say attacks on private companies, stock exchanges and the media could affect the economy. Senior intelligence officials even worry about Russia exposing U.S. espionage operations in retaliation. And while U.S. officials have “high confidence” that Russia is behind what they describe as a major influence operation, senior U.S. officials tell TIME, their evidence would not yet stand up in court.

So intelligence has "high confidence" that it's Russia. Or, you know, it could be Donald Trump's 400-pound hacker sitting on his bed. Or China. Or maybe even Donald Trump's 10-year-old son, Barron, though that part is kind of hazy, since maybe the kid is supposed to be fighting off the hackers. 

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Democrat Jay Sidie connects Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder to toxic Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:40:23 +0000

A few weeks ago, Democrat Jay Sidie released a poll that initially showed him losing to Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder 49-37 in Kansas’ 3rd District, but with one very persuasive argument for voters in this suburban Kansas City seat. The poll gave Republican Gov. Sam Brownback a horrific 18-70 approval rating, and the memo argued that, when respondents heard negative information about both candidates, "including attacks tying Sidie to Nancy Pelosi and linking Yoder to Gov. Brownback," Sidie moves into a 44-40 lead.  For years, Brownback has radically slashed the state budget, and his cuts to education have been particularly brutal. It’s gotten so bad that last month, local Republican primary voters revolted against Brownback’s self-described “experiment” and ousted several of his allies in the state legislature in the GOP primary. Sidie is now testing out his strategy of tying Yoder to Brownback in his first ad of the race. Sidie tells the audience that “earlier this year, I wasn’t sure if there’d be a school for my daughters to go back to.” He then argues that Yoder was “the architect of Sam Brownback’s radical plan to cut education to pay for corporate tax breaks.” Sidie concludes that, “I’m a small businessman, not a politician. But I’d do anything to protect my daughters’ future.” Yoder wasted absolutely no time responding with his own spot. The narrator claims that Sidie actually “skipped every school funding vote here in Kansas.” (Sidie’s not an elected official; Yoder is referring to ballot measure elections.) Interestingly, Yoder released his own poll in August giving himself a massive 53-36 lead over his challenger. However, the fact that Yoder immediately had an ad on this very topic ready to go is a good indication that, despite what his poll showed, he believes this issue could cause him problems if he doesn’t deal with it properly. Let's send this Sam Brownback ally packing. Please chip in $3 to Jay Sidie today. Election Day is fast approaching, and we need all hands on deck. With the PCCC and Daily Kos, no matter where you live, you can call key voters in districts where progressive Democrats are in tight races. Click here to get started. [...]



Trump isn't saying he doesn't pay taxes, but 'that's the kind of thinking we need in our country'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:47:00 +0000

Donald Trump is still insisting he didn't say what he clearly said in Monday night's debate, that not paying any taxes "makes me smart." On Bill O'Reilly's show Wednesday night he again said he never said what 100 million people heard, but if he had said it, boy, that's just what the country needs.

"I never said I didn't pay taxes," Trump maintained. "[Hillary Clinton] said, 'Maybe you didn't pay taxes.' And I said, 'Well, that would make me smart,' because tax is a big payment. But a lot of people say, 'That's the kind of thinking that I want running this nation.'

"Some people loved that statement, and other people didn't. But the fact is that I think people are looking at it like maybe that's the kind of person we need. ... I think that's the kind of thinking we need in our country."

"I'm not saying it. Other people are saying it." The record does show that for the handful of recent Trump returns that are public, he paid very little to nothing in taxes. That's, like, a fact. And the ears of 100 million people, the transcript, and the video of Monday's debate all show Trump saying "That makes me smart" to the charge that he does not pay taxes. "Makes" not "would make." 

And what in the hell kind of national leader cares so little about his country that he refuses to pay to keep it going? But, hey, it's worked for his business so far, and his Foundation, so why not. He still has his "empire" even though he refused to pay a lot of the people who built it for him, and he still has the Trump Foundation, even though he himself isn't putting any money into it. So why wouldn't he get away with it as president?

But to all the people who might be thinking "that's the kind of thinking we need in our country," aren't you supposed to be the patriots?

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Seven amazing examples why being #WithHer is more than just being anti-Trump

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:41:54 +0000

Election Day is closer than you think—early voting has already started in some states, including crucial swing states like Iowa and Wisconsin.

Getting Out The Vote for Hillary and Democrats up and down the ballot is the most important thing you can do now. But the cornucopia of lies and conspiracy theories coming out from Trump’s team—and with the news media slow to fact check Trump and his surrogates—it can be hard for some folks to feel excited about this election.

So, here are seven stories about Hillary Clinton that cut through the lies and spin:

These are stories that show who Hillary is and what kind of president she’ll be. Please, share them with friends and relatives who aren’t sure for whom to vote or are considering not voting at all.

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Spinning away Trump's Cuba dealings. He didn't do it, and even if he did, it was too long ago!

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:31:09 +0000

Here are the leaked talking points sent out to Donald Trump surrogates to fight back against the bombshell story that the candidate spent money exploring business opportunities in Cuba in contravention to U.S. law.

1. These manufactured reports from a totally discredited reporter are pathetic.

Shoot the messenger. Got it!

2. The Clinton Spin Machine and their allies in the media are getting desperate, and it’s pretty sad that they have to go back 10, 20, or even 30 years to try to attack Mr. Trump.

Wait, didn’t we just hear how the story is false? So if it’s false, who cares if it was 10-30 years ago? Or are they saying, “if you don’t buy our first line of bullshit, try this one on for size”!

On the other hand, it’s nice to see they’re going to drop the whole “Bill Clinton cheated” line because it would be pretty sad to have to go back 20 years to attack Hillary. Right?

3. Can you imagine if MSNBC dedicated even five minutes to a story on how the Clintons made all their money by selling access and rewarding their special interest donors? 

The combined might of the NY Times and other media couldn’t dig up a single instance of self-dealing, all of which was well covered everywhere, including MSNBC. The difference isn’t lack of effort, the difference is that in once case, the target was guilty, in the other, she wasn’t.

Who would’ve thought Republicans would nominate someone so cozy with Russia and Cuba?

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New York attorney general expands investigation of Donald Trump Foundation

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:47:37 +0000

Donald Trump took $100,000 out of his foundation and gave it to a political group trying to stop the re-election of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Bad news for Trump, it wasn't enough.

The New York attorney general's investigation of the Donald J. Trump Foundation appears to have broadened to include new allegations of self-dealing by Trump that surfaced after the probe began, TPM has learned.

The “self-dealing” is primarily associated with how Donald Trump used foundation money to pay his own bills.

Donald Trump spent more than a quarter-million dollars from his charitable foundation to settle lawsuits that involved the billionaire’s for-profit businesses, according to interviews and a review of legal documents.

The self-dealing even included paying off a lawsuit Donald Trump acquired by trying to cheat someone at a charity golf tournament. 

The investigation by the New York attorney general also includes looking into gifts Trump has purchased for himself using foundation funds, including a signed football helmet and at least two giant portraits of Trump.

Self-dealing -- or the use of a charity's money to the personal benefit of one of its operators -- is a major no-no in charity world, and a violation of both state law in New York, where the Trump Foundation is registered, and IRS regulations, according to legal and tax experts.

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Hillary Clinton campaigns in Iowa as early voting starts

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:02:39 +0000

With early voting starting in Iowa on September 29, Hillary Clinton headed to the state, holding a rally with an estimated 1,500 supporters. Clinton’s speech touched on local issues like flooding as well as running through some of the key issues raised in the debate. But Clinton wasn’t just there to talk:

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Early voting is a crucial part of any Democratic strategy for victory in Iowa, and Iowa Starting Line reports that so far, Democrats have less of an early voting lead than in 2012. Some of that may be because of a new strategy intended to make the most of resources by shifting some absentee ballot requests closer to the election. New strategy notwithstanding, it is nerve-racking to see numbers lagging not just 2012 but 2014. Clearly, though, the Clinton campaign is making early voting a priority with this visit to Iowa.

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N.D. militarized police push back Water Protectors with armored vehicles, tear gas and rifles

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:24:50 +0000

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Regardless of where our Water Protectors travel in North Dakota to conduct a peaceful prayer event against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline that threatens the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s drinking water, you would think that they wouldn’t be met with armored vehicles and assault rifles. But they were.

Ever since North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard to protect the pipeline, our Water Protectors don’t know what they’ll face. They have been pushed back by private security guards armed with attack dogs and pepper spray. Some were bitten and sprayed as a newly reported ancestral burial site was deliberately bulldozed to destroy evidence. 

Wednesday, September 28, the Water Protectors’ caravan was met with armored vehicles, helicopters dropping tear gas and police armed with military-style rifles.

Video shows that as the resisters are confronted, the militarized force starts locking and loading their weapons. Our people immediately raise their hands in unison and yell that they are not armed, that they are praying! The arrests begin, tear gas goes off and one videographer flees to get his footage out. Twenty-one are arrested.

Thomas H. Joseph II’s video account is below the fold:

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Midday open thread: 13,000 texts and three reasons to vote for Hillary Clinton

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:11:19 +0000

Vivek Viswanathan, a policy advisor at Hillary for America who focuses on college affordability and student debt, will be hosting a live Q & A here on Daily Kos at 10 AM PT/1 PM ET on Monday, October 3. He graduated with a B.A. in history from Harvard, an M.Phil. in historical studies from the University of Cambridge, and J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Stanford. In addition to all those degrees, he's had the opportunity to team up with Michelle Kwan to make a video explaining Hillary's college affordability plan. Please bring your questions Monday and join us! Today’s comic by Ruben Bolling is News of the times: Trump bends reality to will:  Way to go C-SPAN. A Washington, D.C., bartender got 13,000 texts and hundreds of calls after C-SPAN mistakenly put her number on screen as a way to weigh in on the presidential debate: Many have been riddled with the same toxic sexism and racism of Trump's campaign. "I was taken aback by a lot of comments," Diaz says. She largely didn't respond and make the flow of messages even worse, though a couple of times she sent back #VoteTripp. x.@NewYorker out with early look of their next cover, "Miss Congeniality", by Barry Blitt: pic.twitter.com/OXxPwsPH4v— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 29, 2016 Three cheers for our post-racist society: A white student at East Tennessee State University was arrested and charged with civil rights intimidation on Wednesday after showing up to a campus Black Lives Matter protest wearing a gorilla mask and handing out bananas to African American students. Tristan Rettke, a freshman at the university, also carried a rope and a burlap sack painted with the Confederate flag and a marijuana leaf, according to WCYB. Three reasons to vote for Hillary Clinton that have nothing to do with Hillary Clinton. “May I pile on the reasons why even the most bitter Sanders supporter should vote for Clinton,” Thomas Geoghegan writes. “Forget the Supreme Court—it's too obvious.” On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin rounds up polling news, Trump/Cuba news, and Trump/Hitler news. Armando comments on Trump/Cuba, and the Hoboken train wreck. New contributor Paula Writer discusses NPR’s live debate fact-checking model. x Embedded Content  YouTube | iTunes | LibSyn | Support the show: Patreon; PayPal; PayPal Subscription [...]



New ads introduce two strong Democratic female candidates in Michigan and Pennsylvania

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:31:27 +0000

If you don't know much about Michigan's Suzanna Shkreli and Pennsylvania's Christina Hartman, no problem. Both candidates have strong new "This is who I am" ads up.

Shkreli's ad focuses on her work as a prosecutor in the Child Protection Unit. "When children are in danger, you can't be afraid to take on tough fights. There's too much at stake," she says, promising to take on corporate lobbyists in Congress. Shkreli closes the ad with "I'm not afraid of a tough fight."

Shkreli and Hartman, both Daily Kos endorsees, were recently moved into the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Red to Blue program.

In Hartman's ad, she talks about the “big responsibility" of having a seat at the table. Nowhere is that more true than in Pennsylvania, where no women currently represent the state in the House.

"It's something that other people raise to me all the time," said Christina Hartman, a 39-year-old human-rights advocate and Democrat from Lancaster battling State Sen. Lloyd Smucker for an open House seat there. "They often single out Pennsylvania, not just for the lack of women in the delegation but for the classic old boys' network."

Watch both ads below.

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Elizabeth Warren: 'There's no ambiguity here,' Clinton opposes TPP, has a 'progressive agenda'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:13:49 +0000

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) did not allow NBC's Chuck Todd to implicate that Hillary Clinton was anything but opposed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership when he questioned her about what conventional wisdom says is the part of the debate Donald Trump didn't whiff—on trade deals. Stressing that Clinton is running  on "the most progressive agenda in history," Warren told Todd she had no concerns on trade.

“She was quite explicit once the TPP came out that this is not the deal, and she has said that she will block it if she is president of the United States.,” Warren said. “There's no ambiguity here. She has been absolutely explicit about it, and we've got it — you got it on tape, you got it on video multiple, multiple times.” […]

Warren, who shares in Clinton and Trump’s opposition to the deal, blasted Trump for having “no ideas on trade” and demanded he elaborate on his proposals.

“Trump is good at fulminating. He's good at waving his hands and raising his voice, but he has no fundamental idea. He just kind of does this magic. Oh, well I'm going to negotiate a better deal,” she said, mimicking the Republican nominee. “Better deal how? What exactly is your idea, Donald Trump, for trying to do better trade for the United States? There's just no there there with him.”

Warren did a nice job there of addressing the implicit bit of projection there on Todd's part, the suggestion that Clinton says what she doesn't mean or changes positions back and forth as the audience demands. Nope, Warren emphasized, "you got it on video, multiple, multiple times." There is no equivalency here, she stressed, when it comes to the candidates' consistency in messaging or in policy.

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New polls confirm: Planned Parenthood is very popular, and Republicans oppose it at their own risk

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:52:48 +0000

Led by none other than Mike Pence, Republicans have for years bashed their heads into the stone wall that is Planned Parenthood. The GOP's never-ending jihad to dismantle this singularly important healthcare provider for women has been spectacularly unsuccessful, and there's a good reason for it: Planned Parenthood is very popular with voters, and now we have some new data showing us just how popular it is—and how dangerous it is for politicians to attack it. On Thursday—almost exactly a year after congressional Republicans tried to shut down the federal government in order to defund Planned Parenthood—the century-old non-profit women's clinic released a batch of polls in key Senate battlegrounds conducted by Public Policy Polling, and the results are very consistent. Not only do respondents universally have strongly positive views of Planned Parenthood, in every state, they say they're less likely to vote for Republican Senate candidates who support defunding it. Here's how the numbers break down: In North Carolina, 66 percent say they have a positive view of Planned Parenthood to just 30 percent who hold a negative opinion. By a 56-38 margin, these same voters say they're less likely to vote for GOP Sen. Richard Burr due to his support for defunding PP. In Nevada, it's 65-32 in favor of PP, and voters are less likely to support pro-defunding GOP Rep. Joe Heck by a 49-42 spread. In New Hampshire, voters like Planned Parenthood by a 63-34 margin, and they're less apt to back GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who of course also has voted to defund, by a 49-38 margin. And in Pennsylvania, the positive feelings about Planned Parenthood run at a 60-34 clip, while voters say they're less inclined to vote for GOP Sen. Pat Toomey, one of the most fanatic proponents of defunding, by a 53-35 margin. Please donate $1 to each of these Daily Kos-endorsed Democratic women to help them protect Planned Parenthood. [...]



Obama gives 600,000 workers paid sick leave ... but Trump could take it away

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:10:45 +0000

President Obama signed an executive order last September giving paid sick leave to workers on federal contracts. Now, that’s taking the next step toward becoming a reality as the Department of Labor has finalized the rule governing the policy, which will cover new contracts starting January 1, 2017. Obama told Slate that:

Coming to work sick is bad for employees, co-workers, and customers alike. No one wants a colleague coming in and getting you sick. No one wants to be served by a waiter who’s under the weather. I’d much rather go to a restaurant knowing that if a chef or waiter is sick they have the choice to stay home without losing their paycheck.

That’s why it’s so important that this new rule becomes final today. It will give additional paid sick leave to more than 1.1 million federal contract workers in the first five years, including nearly 600,000 who currently receive no paid sick leave at all.

But just as importantly, this rule means that the federal government is putting our money where our mouth is. We know that providing at least seven paid sick days a year to our contracted workforce will give us the best value for taxpayer dollars and is good for workers and business alike. That’s the same decision that companies large and small throughout the country have made, and we hope our leading by example will convince others to do the same.

Expanding sick leave isn’t all. The Obama administration is also taking the next step toward tracking pay data that could show if employers are discriminating on the basis of gender, race, or ethnicity.

But the thing about executive actions is that the next president can undo them. Look at the date on that paid sick leave order: January 1, 2017. If Donald Trump is elected, he could quickly reverse Obama’s advance. That’s one more reason why, however unlikely it is that Trump will be elected, we have to work to be sure there’s absolutely no chance of it.

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Trump, Conway whines 'It's not nice' that Hillary's 'in Trump's words' ads make him look very weak

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:37:56 +0000

Three days after the debate Trump and his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, continue to whine about everything under the sun as it relates to the debate. The microphone wasn’t right, maybe a conspiracy there, Lester Holt “was great” but then again he wasn’t. It is enough to give one victimhood whiplash.  

Donald Trump, the sore loser

The two issues with the most incessant and long-lasting whining from Team Trump are Hillary’s “not nice” ads against Trump, and they continue to smear Alicia Machado, Miss Universe who is now a voting US citizen, with nasty innuendo and attacks.

As a result of the debate aftermath Donald Trump looks more like a sniffling whiner playing the “oh, woe is me” victim card than a decisive leader who can be trusted to stand up to international dictators and terrorists.

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Trump's campaign manager confirms that he broke the law by seeking investments in Cuba

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:42:22 +0000

This morning, reports emerged that Donald Trump illegally did business in Castro's Cuba.  A company controlled by Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, secretly conducted business in communist Cuba during Fidel Castro’s presidency despite strict American trade bans that made such undertakings illegal, according to interviews with former Trump executives, internal company records and court filings. Not surprisingly, Trump surrogates have been confronted by this story today, and no one has been more vigorous in her defense of Donald Trump than campaign manager Kellyanne Conway. Read the entire story. It starts out with a screaming headline, as it usually does, that he did business in Cuba. And it turns out that he decided not to invest there. They paid money, as I understand, in 1998 — and we’re not supposed to talk about many years ago when it comes to the Clintons. Yeah. Who knows what the Clintons were up to in 1998? Anyway, there’s just one little problem with Conway saying that Donald Trump spent money looking for investments in Cuba but decided not to buy. xThat's a bad answer. It's illegal to invest in Cuba and it was illegal to spend $$ in Cuba to look at investments. This confirms the story. https://t.co/LH7pP5KJPR— Armando (@armandodkos) September 29, 2016 Are you a member of MoveOn? No matter where you live, help defeat Donald Trump and take back the Senate by texting MoveOn members in swing states to knock on doors where they live. Thursday, Sep 29, 2016 · 7:06:08 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner xObtained from a source, here are the Trump surrogate talking points on report of Cuba business dealings... pic.twitter.com/tTz6gkpPAQ— Kyle Blaine (@kyletblaine) September 29, 2016 If you can’t read the tiny text, the points say: These manufactured reports from a totally discredited reporter are pathetic. Kurt Eichewald sourced 90% of the report from company documents. The Clinton Spin Machine and their allies in the media are getting desperate, and it’s pretty sad tha they have to go back 10, 20, or even 30 years to try and attack Mr. Trump. It’s 18 years … and considering that nearly every talking point the Trump campaign has used since the debate has involved Bill Clinton’s affairs in the 1980s and 1990s … yeah. Can you imagine if MSNBC dedicated even five minutes for a story on how the Clintons made their money by selling access and rewarding their special interest donors? Well, every penny the Clintons have made for 30+ years is public because they released their taxes. And do you really want to add up how many minutes were spent talking about Clinton Foundation only to find there was no scandal involved? [...]



Democrat Denise Juneau's historic run for Montana's congressional seat

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:51:40 +0000

Democrat Denise Juneau is running against the odds for Montana's at-large congressional seat, but she's making headway. A Daily Kos endorsee, Juneau caught the eye of the DCCC this spring when the organization moved her race from an “Emerging District” to its “Red to Blue” program. Her election would be historic, making her the first female American Indian—Mandan Hidatsa, to be exact—to serve in Congress as well as Montana's first openly gay representative. MTV's Jaime Fuller has a great profile of Juneau, writing that in some ways her bid against Rep. Ryan Zinke maps the dynamics of the presidential race itself. Montana was always going to give its three Electoral College votes to Donald Trump, which means Juneau never had a chance of climbing Hillary Clinton’s coattails. That doesn’t mean this long-shot race hasn’t earned some out-of-state attention. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is intrigued enough by what’s happening in Montana that it’s added the Juneau-Zinke contest to its list of Red to Blue target races. Both candidates have been fundraising like mad. And the race, despite its local flavor, shares enough notes with the presidential election that the national contest’s brutality has started to rub off on its forgotten younger sibling. Juneau’s victory, like Clinton’s, would be historic. Not only would she be the first American Indian woman to serve in Congress, she’d be the first openly gay person to serve Montana in Congress and the first woman to win a House seat in the state since 1940. But she’s going to have to beat an incumbent who talks a lot like Trump — and has proved similarly resilient — to get there. Zinke, a former Navy SEAL, is one of the few politicians who was willing to be seen speaking onstage at the Republican National Convention, and went so far as to say he’d be willing to be Trump’s vice-president. The GOP seems prepared to defend the seat with some national flair if necessary; Representative Trey Gowdy, the chair of the House Benghazi Committee, already campaigned with Zinke in August. Zinke was vying to be Trump’s VP—need we say more? Can you pitch in $6 to help Denise Juneau make history and turn the House blue? Frustrated you don't live in a swing state? No matter where you live, MoveOn has a great way for you to get involved where it matters most. Check it out! [...]



Trump campaign is all in on rehashing 1990s-era attacks

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:03:41 +0000

How do you defend yourself against having called a young woman “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping” and forced her to work out in front of reporters? Easy, if you’re Donald Trump: you send your surrogates out to talk about Bill Clinton’s past infidelities. Official campaign talking points went out on Wednesday telling surrogates how to bring up decades-old stories about something the current candidate’s husband did that were fully aired at the time. Just to be clear, this is the trajectory: Trump makes a big point during the debate of how he could attack Clinton over her husband’s past behavior, but won’t. He does a lot of bragging about how he didn’t do it. His son commends his courage for not doing it. And then his campaign sends out talking points to surrogates about exactly how to talk about why what Bill Clinton did in the 1980s and 1990s is relevant to Hillary Clinton being elected president in 2016. Many of Trump’s supporters are totally on board, too.  “The fact that we are bringing back someone who disgraced the country is a problem,” Bonnie Peters told BuzzFeed News about former president Bill Clinton, who would serve as first gentleman. “He isn’t worthy of the White House.” Says a supporter of someone whose entire campaign platform involves disgracing the country. Standing in earshot, Ken G., who declined to share his last name, added that bringing up Bill’s affairs are “as fair game as Hillary’s comments about Trump calling Rosie O’Donnell a fat pig. Why is that fair game?” Gosh, I don’t know. Because the person running for president said that, vs. the candidate’s husband? Because it’s not just Rosie O’Donnell, it’s how Trump treats all women—or at least the ones who aren’t lingerie models? Because every time the subject of how Trump treats women comes up, he starts talking about Rosie O’Donnell, which suggests a certain lack of impulse control?  Most of all, it’s 2016. It’s ridiculous that Republicans are still rehashing the 1990s. Can you chip in $3 to help Hillary Clinton fight this nonsense? We will only stop Donald Trump and take back the Senate if everyone votes. Click here to register yourself and others to vote by SMS-text message, or text DAILYKOS to 384-387 to get started. [...]



Daily Kos Elections 2016 forecast: Now we have a page for every state!

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:27:37 +0000

Daily Kos Elections is pleased to roll out an important new feature for our 2016 election forecast model: a page for each state! We’d been displaying day-to-day trendlines for Hillary Clinton’​s overall odds, as well as the median number of electoral votes for each candidate churned out by our simulations, and you could also see the percentage odds for both sides in each state.

But to understand how the various parts and pieces of the model add up to the totals that you see on the front page, you need more—and we’re giving you more. You can now click through and get more information about each moving part within the model (i.e., each state), which we hope will make the model itself feel more transparent.

To get there, start with the model’s President 2016 page, and look at the “chance of winning each state” graphic in the left column, which shows all the states ranked in order of most likely to go blue to most likely to go red. (We informally call this list the “totem pole.”) Try clicking on any of the states in the totem pole; when you do, now you’ll go to the individual page for that state.

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Florida GOP goes off the deep end with conspiracy theory about 'Hillary's earpiece'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:49:44 +0000

Florida, we need to talk.  xWas @HillaryClinton wearing an earpiece during last night’s presidential forum? Check it out: https://t.co/xO3cCdgaCe #sayfie— Florida GOP (@FloridaGOP) September 8, 2016 That's your Republican party, linking to Infowars. Alex Jones' place. The guy who talks about the massacre at Sandy Hook being a hoax, the Oklahoma City bombing a "false flag," 9/11 being an inside job, and how the government is putting stuff in kids' juice boxes to make them gay. Oh, and he also wanted Trump to say in the debate that Hillary Clinton is guilty of treason and should be in prison and say "a lot of women end up getting the death penalty, Hillary." So that guy. You don't even need Politifact to weigh in on one of his conspiracy theories, but if it helps, here you go. Actually, Marco Rubio, we should be talking to you. You might be kind of distracted now, with that whole illegal Cuba business involving your presidential candidate. I mean, that's kind of a problem in Florida, no? But maybe you should take a bit of time out of your day to have a talk with your state party leaders. They need an intervention. Are you a member of MoveOn? No matter where you live, help defeat Donald Trump and take back the Senate by texting MoveOn members in swing states to knock on doors where they live. [...]



Trump claims he barely knew Alicia Machado and also saved her job

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:48:49 +0000

Donald Trump is still talking about former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, and what he’s saying is still not “I’m sorry.” Trump talked to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Wednesday night, and tried to make himself out to be the hero who stepped in to defend Machado, despite barely even having met her:

"I’ll bet you if you put up and added up all the time I spoke to her, it was probably less than five minutes," he said. “I had nothing to do with this person, but they wanted to fire her. I saved her job because I said, 'That’s gonna be ruinous.' And I’ve done that with a number of the young ladies, where I saved their job."

“I had nothing to do with” the young woman I forced to work out in front of a room full of reporters. “All the time I spoke to her, it was probably less than five minutes”—against the series of detailed stories Machado has told about her interactions with Trump.

But about Trump’s claim that “I’ve done that with a number of the young ladies, where I saved their job." The Los Angeles Times has an interesting story about the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, and specifically about allegations in a labor lawsuit.

"I had witnessed Donald Trump tell managers many times while he was visiting the club that restaurant hostesses were 'not pretty enough' and that they should be fired and replaced with more attractive women,” Hayley Strozier, who was director of catering at the club until 2008, said in a sworn declaration. 

Initially, Trump gave this command “almost every time” he visited, Strozier said. Managers eventually changed employee schedules “so that the most attractive women were scheduled to work when Mr. Trump was scheduled to be at the club," she said.

Doesn’t that sound a little more like Donald Trump than “I saved her job”? Also, women who served Trump got creeped on, with one woman saying he made her “uncomfortable” with “inappropriate” behavior. And this is all from a lawsuit about meal and rest breaks, not harassment or discrimination!

So, yeah. Trump’s treatment of Alicia Machado—as she reports it—is well in line with how he’s treated other women who work for him. Like the creeping misogynist boor he is.

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Google conspiracy theory shows where Trump is getting his news

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:39:16 +0000

At his Wednesday night rally, Donald Trump made one of his frequent complaints about the media not devoting enough attention to Hillary’s awfulness. But this time, he got pretty specific.

"Google search engine was suppressing the bad news about Hillary Clinton," Trump said, apparently referring to Google searches during the first presidential debate on Monday night.

Conspiracy theories about Google aren’t new, but the idea that they tilt search results was thoroughly debunked months ago. So just where would Trump get the idea to bring this up now?

Trump didn't cite a source to back up his claim, but the most recent report alleging this came from Sputnik News, a Russian state-owned news agency.

A state-owned Russian news agency spreading conspiracy theories? Why would anyone credit such an accusation? You would have to be crazy to treat something like that seriously.

Conservative news outlets, including Breitbart News, whose chairman became Trump's campaign CEO last month, linked to the report.
The Google CT wasn’t just in Trump’s rambling off-the-cuff remarks. It was baked into the TelePrompTer Trump portion of the program. But why shouldn’t Trump be getting his news from Russian sources? He’s been making news for them.
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Cartoon: News of the times: Trump bends reality to will

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:51:15 +0000

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Morning Digest: Two weeks before early voting, it sure looks like the GOP is ignoring Paul Babeu

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:01:23 +0000

Leading Off: ● AZ-01: On behalf of the DCCC, Global Strategies Group is out with a poll giving Democrat Tom O'Halleran a 45-38 lead over Republican Paul Babeu. This sample has Hillary Clinton leading 46-43 in this open northern Arizona seat. Romney carried the district 50-48 and polls consistently show Donald Trump doing worse in Arizona, so the presidential result is plausible. 2012 Democratic Senate nominee Richard Carmona also won this seat 49-46 while he was losing statewide 49-46, so Clinton could very well take this district even if she doesn't carry Arizona. An unreleased GSG poll from August also showed O'Halleran leading by 7 points (the actual toplines were not included in the memo). However, the poll says that while Babeu consolidated Republican voters in the ensuing month, he lost ground with independents. This is the first poll we've seen here, and we'll see if Babeu or his allies respond with their own numbers. But interestingly, it doesn't appear that GOP outside groups have reserved any airtime in this seat. According to our House reservations chart, DCCC and House Majority PAC have reserved a total of almost $3 million here, but the NRCC and Congressional Leadership Fund don't seem to have booked a dime. In mid-August, O'Halleran held a $472,000 to $116,000 cash-on-hand lead, so it's even more notable that Team Red seems to be leaving Babeu to fend for himself right now. Early voting, which is very popular in Arizona, begins Oct. 12, so the clock is ticking. It's very possible that Team Red has just decided that Babeu is not a good investment. As we've noted before, Babeu has a long list of scandals next to his name. Most seriously, a home video emerged a few months ago showing Babeu bragging about the abusive "discipline" he dished out to students at a school for at-risk youth he once ran in Massachusetts—after Babeu had long insisted he knew nothing about the mistreatment. The DCCC began airing ads against Babeu on this awful story in early September, while national Republicans have yet to adequately respond. We'll see if Team Red gets involved here, but with early voting starting soon, they really can't procrastinate much longer if they actually want to aid Babeu. [...]



Donald Trump allegedly did illegal business in Cuba

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:01:58 +0000

Well, this is awkward.

A company controlled by Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, secretly conducted business in communist Cuba during Fidel Castro’s presidency despite strict American trade bans that made such undertakings illegal, according to interviews with former Trump executives, internal company records and court filings.

… with Trump’s knowledge, executives funneled the cash for the Cuba trip through an American consulting firm called Seven Arrows Investment and Development Corporation. Once the business consultants traveled to the island and incurred the expenses for the venture, Seven Arrows instructed senior officers with Trump’s company—then called Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts—how to make it appear legal by linking it after-the-fact to a charitable effort.

Shady dealings, fake charitable giving … yep, sounds like a Trump operation.

The Trump campaign had no comment on the report. Not even to call someone fat. 

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Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:31:29 +0000

Another busy week, and another mountain of unread articles! The optimist in me sees boundless opportunity for wide-ranging and informative shows to close out the week! The realist in me knows that Donald Trump, Jr. will probably get caught tweeting a fart joke, and we’ll be rounding up Ye Olde Hot Takkes upon it. To be honest, I’m not sure which I’d enjoy more. Listen LIVE right here at 9:00 AM ET! Oh, right! It’s probably time to craft a new shtick for this middle part, here. This is the bit where I remind you that we need your help in order to make a living at this. If the show is something you enjoy, or just want people to think it is, why not pitch in and keep alive our hopes of one day fully justifying to our families the time we spend on it?* You can make a one-time donation, or subscribe via PayPal or Patreon to provide ongoing, monthly support! Not sold yet? How about a FREE SAMPLE of our show, in convenient YouTube format? Like what you see? Why? It’s just a logo! How about what you hear? Well, then, consider subscribing to our YouTube channel! Our goal is to have so many of you listen to the show each day via YouTube, that we’ll then punish you by running ads at the beginning, in exchange for even more money, but from other people’s wallets! x YouTube Video YouTube | iTunes | LibSyn | Support the show: Patreon; PayPal; PayPal Subscription David Waldman welcomes you to Lifestyles of the Rich, Famous and Not Squandering Money on Your Infrastructure. For the next debate Donald plans to have less champagne wishes and caviar dreams, but more thinking. Whose shoulder will Roger Ailes cry on, then? Greg Dworkin feels good polling numbers heading our way, just relax and let the number counters count them up. Here’s some numbers to tide you over: It took The Arizona Republic 125 years to find a Democrat to endorse. The debate had over 80 million viewers. It took 15 minutes to pick a winner. 8 in 10 agree Donald’s the loser. The 5 takeaways. So, Donald trickled down, is Hillary shimmying up? She is looking good, but she definitely needs to wake up some sleepy voters. Meanwhile, Chris Christie, who is toast, is becoming a star, and so is Pepe. Joan McCarter lets us know that just because Donald Trump is stealing all of the limelight doesn’t mean those knuckleheads in DC aren’t up to something. Actually, they’re not up to much. The government has three more days of funding, counting today, so will Paul Ryan hero up, by doing a little for Flint, MI? David and Joan talk veto override. (Thanks again to Scott Anderson for the show summary!) Need more info on how to listen? Find it below the fold. [...]



Cheers and Jeers: Thursday

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:16:02 +0000

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Things I Learned from Republicans in September Open your hinged skull hatch and prepare to receive this month's load: Christians are like the passengers on Flight 93 trying to stop the 9/11 hijackers. (Gary Bauer) The federal government caused the recent floods in Louisiana with a secret "weather weapon" as part of an ongoing effort to control the nation's food supply. (Radio host Steve Quayle) Making jokes at the expense of the mentally impaired is hilarious. (Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert) Liberals started the civil war to protect slavery. (Arizona Rep. Trent Franks) Racism didn’t exist until Barack Obama became president. (Former Ohio Trump campaign chair for Mahoning County Kathy Miller) If Hillary Clinton wins, the United States of America will formally surrender to ISIS within one year (Texas Rep. Pete Olson) Not paying taxes makes you smart. (Donald Trump) Witches and demonic forces are advising the senior leadership of the federal government.  (Family Research Council senior fellow Robert Maginnis) If you don’t stand for the national anthem, you should be lined up against the wall and shot by the U.S. military. (Alabama Pastor Allen Joyner) There aren’t enough women dying during childbirth these days. (Trump 'pro-life adviser' Marjorie Dannenfelser) 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is an ISIS sympathizer. (Iowa Rep. Steve King) And the most amazing thing I learned from a Republican this month: President Obama played a big part in the success of the attacks of September 11, 2001, because he was hardly ever in the oval office and was on vacation too much, and we should get to the bottom of that. (Ohio Trump voter via The Daily Show) Please update your brain lobes accordingly. Cheers and Jeers starts below the fold... [Swoosh!!] RIGHTNOW! [Gong!!] [...]



Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Another day of anti-Semitism and incompetence from Trump scampaign

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:14:49 +0000

Morning Consult with the first post-debate poll and a 4 point swing to Hillary (3 point lead): Political analysts were quick to declare victory for Hillary Clinton after the Democratic nominee’s first debate with Donald Trump on Monday night, and a new Politico/Morning Consult poll shows roughly half of likely voters agree with that assessment. According to the survey of likely voters conducted immediately after the debate at Hofstra University, 49 percent of respondents said Clinton won the first bout with her GOP foe. About one-fourth (26 percent) thought the New York businessman edged the former secretary of State, and about the same percentage (25 percent) were undecided… But the impact of Monday’s debate is still small. Just 9 percent of voters said the debate changed their minds about who they will be voting for, while about eight out of 10 said it wouldn’t matter. Before the debate, Trump led Clinton by 1 point in the four-way race with Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein. But Clinton now leads Trump by 3 points (41 percent to 38 percent), and in a head-to-head scenario, she leads by 4 points (45 percent to 41 percent). Ipsos/Reuters has a +4 HRC head to head (up from a tie last week, but no change immediately after the debate) with two sampled days post debate (unusual release for them). We also have Echalon +5, Times Picayune +5, PPP +4. Not bad numbers (winning by 5 is aka “winning”), but wait a few days to see whether there is a real change, then we can argue if it’s noise, the debates, or just reversion to the mean.  But wait! PPP will have five swing states out today (PA,CO, VA, NC, FL), all worth watching. xMake it 7 polls for Clinton. The story is pretty consistent, even though they vary slightly in whether it's debate viewers, followers, etc. pic.twitter.com/0Cpd6rHx69— Steve Koczela (@skoczela) September 28, 2016 [...]



Open thread for night owls: 'From Dunderhead to Demogogue'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03:01:19 +0000

In the New York Times, Michiko Kakutani reviews Volker Ullrich’s new book examining Adolf Hitler’s remarkable rise from “pathetic dunderhead” to infamous figure. The short, striking piece is worth reading in full. Mr. Ullrich, like other biographers, provides vivid insight into some factors that helped turn a “Munich rabble-rouser” — regarded by many as a self-obsessed “clown” with a strangely “scattershot, impulsive style” — into “the lord and master of the German Reich.” • Hitler was often described as an egomaniac who “only loved himself” — a narcissist with a taste for self-dramatization and what Mr. Ullrich calls a “characteristic fondness for superlatives.” His manic speeches and penchant for taking all-or-nothing risks raised questions about his capacity for self-control, even his sanity. [...] • Hitler was known, among colleagues, for a “bottomless mendacity” that would later be magnified by a slick propaganda machine that used the latest technology (radio, gramophone records, film) to spread his message. A former finance minister wrote that Hitler “was so thoroughly untruthful that he could no longer recognize the difference between lies and truth” and editors of one edition of “Mein Kampf” described it as a “swamp of lies, distortions, innuendoes, half-truths and real facts.” [...] • Hitler increasingly presented himself in messianic terms, promising “to lead Germany to a new era of national greatness,” though he was typically vague about his actual plans. He often harked back to a golden age for the country, Mr. Ullrich says, the better “to paint the present day in hues that were all the darker. Everywhere you looked now, there was only decline and decay.” Forty-one days remain until the election. Click here to make sure you're registered to vote. And while you're at it, make sure your family and friends are registered, too. HIGH IMPACT STORIES • TOP COMMENTS  TWEET OF THE DAY xTrump, Bannon, Giuliani, Gingrich, and Ailes want to talk about affairs.That's it. That's the joke.— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) September 28, 2016 BLAST FROM THE PAST At Daily Kos on this date in 2007—Resolution Condemning Limbaugh to be Introduced on Monday: It appears that Representative (and Senate candidate) Mark Udall will be introducing a resolution on Monday which would seek to condemn Rush Limbaugh's obscene attack on the integrity and patriotism of American service members. I wouldn't expect this resolution to pass, as I don't expect many -- if any -- Republicans to vote for it. But from my perspective, the point of this resolution isn't to receive a majority vote, or even really to condemn Limbaugh.  After all, a great number of us in the Democratic Party don't believe that the United States Congress should be in the business of "condemning" the speech of American citizens. As I see it, the point of this exerci[...]



University of Vermont raises, then loses, then again raises a Black Lives Matter flag

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:01:11 +0000

The week of Sept. 19 was a rough one. There was the release of video showing the murder of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa; the murder of Keith Scott in Charlotte, and the days of protests that followed; the indictment of a Tulsa police officer for manslaughter in Crutcher’s death; and the death of a Charlotte protestor and the conflicting stories of who killed him. So, in a general statement of solidarity, the student government association along with the University of Vermont’s administration hoisted a flag. Three little words in white writing on a black background: Black Lives Matter. The flag was raised alongside the American flag and the state flag of Vermont. The purpose was:

“ ...to show support for those “struggling with the violence and search for justice in this country.”

Sophomore Akilah Ho-Young could hardly contain her excitement.

“I wanted to cry when I saw this,” Ho-Young said in a Sept. 22 Facebook post that included a picture of the Black Lives Matter flag flying outside the student center, alongside the American and state flags.

“My body filled with lots of joy to know that my predominantly white university is paying tribute to the deaths in the black community,” she said. “It’s the littlest thing that just means so much to me!”

Not surprisingly, the flag’s appearance on campus generated a lot of hateration. Also not surprisingly, the flag disappeared a few days after its appearance:

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A 'how-to' guide for rape

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:42:31 +0000

Rape culture is real. So real, in fact, anyone who wants to learn “how to rape” can. Not via a YouTube video, mind you, but via an online community, with real word practicum and field trips. The community are “pickup” artists. These men “pick up” women—meet them and attempt to sleep with them. Some are real suave and debonair and understand that “no means no.” But there are others who specialize in getting around that technicality. They wait for bars to close and they “pick up” women they think may be too intoxicated to deny consent or give itwhich of course means rape—and later, they “blog” about their experience. That’s how one rape victim was able to get the details and names of her three rapists: she read about it on the internet.

The woman was raped in 2013 and her rapists were charged in 2015. Two of the men pled guilty; Jonas Dick has been sentenced to eight years in prison and the other, Jason Berlin, is awaiting sentencing. A third man, Alex Smith who maintained that the sex was consensual, was found guilty earlier this month and will be sentenced in October. 

The woman in this case, given the name of “Claire” to protect her identity, took matters into her own hands several weeks after the assault when it became clear that the police weren’t making any headway. Police and prosecutors say it is harder to investigate and prosecute rape cases involving intoxication or unconsciousness. Lots of people have unreliable memories; an incident as trauma-inducing as sexual assault may be crystal clear in the minds of some victims while in others it may be suppressed. Intoxication or unconsciousness during the actual incident added to the equation sometimes means a victim’s account may not be seen as reliable. But in Claire’s case, it appears the good old “college try” had not even been done. The police hadn’t been to the apartment where the rape occurred to investigate; they had no search warrant for the premises; no attempt at finding any evidence was undertaken; they hadn’t interviewed any of the neighbors or the alleged perpetrators.

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What makes a place special to Donald Trump?

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:17:41 +0000

When you think of your favorite places, the cities you’d love to visit again and again, what comes to mind? Do you have friends there? Family you see all too rarely? Maybe there’s a restaurant that serves of the best pizza you ever ate. A museum that has that painting. An energy you’ve never found anywhere else.

Maybe it’s simply a lovely place.

But for Donald Trump, being attached to a city has another connotation. Here’s what he said at Monday night’s debate:

You need a better community, you know, relation. You don't have good community relations in Chicago. It's terrible. I have property there. It's terrible what's going on in Chicago. ...

And when I look at what's going on in Charlotte, a city I love, a city where I have investments, when I look at what's going on throughout various parts of our country, whether it's -- I mean, I can just keep naming them all day long -- we need law and order in our country. [emphasis added]

“I have property there.” “A city where I have investments.” And Trump’s call for “law and order” is attached to that ownership of property.

It sort of says everything you need to know about Donald Trump. And what it says … is kind of sad.


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Wednesday Trump Dump: 'It's hard to be unhappy when we're doing so well'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:11:22 +0000

We continue the long, slow slog that is our daily roundup of Donald Trump campaign news. When we began this feature, it was a response to a Republican campaign that was bleeding so much negative news in any given day that no one blog could contain it all. Now? Now it is a death march. A slow, plodding trudge through fields flooded waist-high with bile and tangerine-colored spray tan, as we look up to a darkened sky and long for the sweet release of— Oh, right, we've got news to cover! Well let's just get to that, then. • In the wake of a presidential debate performance that was Really Not Good, Trump's inner circle is said to be in a justifiable panic over how their candidate will get through the next two. News reports are ablaze with leaks from Trump staffers as to how they want to better prepare their candidate for the next debates. • What's absent from those reports is any indication the candidate himself will go along with the plans for more rigorous debate practice next time around. Trump, in fact, specificially denies reports that his staff is alarmed. "Hard to be unhappy when we are doing so well." • The Trump campaign is emphatically denying suspicions that their candidate has a cold after a debate performance that saw Trump sniffling through many of his answers. This is just bizarre behavior, at this point: You can't admit the man ever gets sick? Is he running for the presidency of North Korea now? • What is getting a lot of mention from the candidate himself—and, notably, a host of his topmost surrogates—is the notion that Clinton getting under Trump's skin at the first debate has now justified Trump attacking Clinton for her "husband's indiscretions", meaning the Monica Lewinsky affair. How this precisely is intended to help Trump is an open question; not only is Trump a thrice-married admitted adulterer, but he's surrounded himself with advocates that range from recently-fired-for-decades-of-sexual-harassment (Ailes) to the infamous Gingrich and Giuliani. [...]



Star of new ad for Missouri Republican made rape jokes on Facebook, called Muslims 'goat humpers'

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:47:47 +0000

When you're an inexperienced candidate whose main qualifications are raising huge sums of money from sketchballs and blowing shit up on camera, you're bound to make mistakes. But this screwup is particularly awful, even for Missouri Republican Eric Greitens. The image above was shared on the Facebook page of Army veteran Robert Murphy, who stars in Greitens' newest TV ad as the grizzly voiced narrator of a diatribe against Democrat Chris Koster, Greitens' opponent in this November’s race for governor. But Murphy's social media preferences pretty much ensure that now he, rather than Koster, is going to be the story. And that ghastly "rape" meme was far from the only revolting piece of garbage Murphy's posted recently: Other memes Murphy has re-posted in the past year announce, "No to gun control, Yes to Muslim control," and decry having to fear offending "some 7th Century Islamic goat humpers." Several other memes falsely allege Obama is a Muslim who wasn't born in the United States, including one showing Obama's face on a "wanted" poster with the words: "Missing from Kenya." Greitens' campaign responded by carping that "Robert Murphy fought for the media's right to write dumb gotcha stories, and for his own free speech right to say things that aren't politically correct, even things others, including Eric, don't agree with," which is the same thing as saying, "We don't really care that our surrogate trivialized rape." But as Kevin McDermott of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch notes, that kind of attitude didn't exactly help another Missouri Republican—a guy you all know named Todd Akin. [...]



Union launches boycott of Trump businesses over his refusal to make a deal with his own workers

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:42:04 +0000

Workers at the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas voted to unionize last December, but management has been waging a fierce battle against them, retaliating against workers who exercised their legal rights, trying to get the union vote thrown out, and now, refusing to negotiate a contract with the union. That’s pushed the Culinary Workers Union, which represents the Trump workers, to call for a boycott of Trump's properties, including hotels, restaurants, and golf courses:

The boycott will be supported by the AFL-CIO, a federation of 56 unions that represent some 12 million workers around the country, according to Bethany Khan, a Culinary Workers Union spokeswoman. She said it will involve properties that Trump “owns, has invested in, or has partnered with.”

“Other unions can respect [the] boycott and not deliver goods or pass the picket line,” Khan told HuffPost in an email.

Boycotts are never a strategy of first resort—they take serious effort and planning, and these are people’s livelihoods we’re talking about. But the union feels that in this case it’s merited. 

Interesting, isn’t it, how the candidate who keeps talking about how great he is at making deals won’t even (have his people) sit down at the table to bargain with these workers? It says something about the contempt Trump has for actual working people, all his faux populism notwithstanding.

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Deborah Ross fires back hard against GOP claims she opposed North Carolina's sex offender registry

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:26:57 +0000

Well, we knew this would happen—it was only a question of when: Republicans have finally started attacking Democratic Senate candidate Deborah Ross in earnest over her advocacy as head of the North Carolina ACLU, a post she left 14 years ago. In particular, new ads from both GOP Sen. Richard Burr and the Senate Leadership Fund slam Ross for a memo she wrote in the mid-1990s raising questions about the state's sex offender registry. Burr's spot features a Marine Corps veteran and rape survivor who says Ross "wants to protect sexual predators over victims." The SLF ad, meanwhile, castigates Ross for putting her "left-wing ideas ahead of our families' safety" and claims Ross "repeatedly objected to making the sex-offender database publicly available." Those certainly seem like they could be devastating lines of attack, but at least we know that Ross was completely prepared for this day. In a very effective response ad, Ross features former state Sen. Fountain Odom, who identifies himself as "the sponsor of the law creating the sex-offender registry," and adds that "Deborah Ross helped me," praising her for making the law stronger. Odom blasts Burr for "flat-out lying" about Ross's views and slams the senator for voting "against funding the federal sex-offender registry." Ross wisely focuses on the work she did on behalf of the law and avoids repeating the GOP’s attacks against her, and Odom's emphatic, sincere delivery, combined with his soft drawl, make him a perfect messenger. The question, of course, is which message voters hear more—and which they wind up believing. In a recent piece in the National Journal written just before these new ads came out, Andrea Drusch observed that "the sex offender registry hasn't been the weapon that Republicans had hoped," at least not yet, and she suggests that the full-throated support of guys like Fountain is part of the reason why. One unnamed Republican operative claims there's more material on Ross from her time at the ACLU that hasn't been deployed yet, but let's see if this initial salvo gains traction first. Polls show a tight race, and the GOP is getting desperate. Please chip in $3 for Deborah Ross today. 41 days remain until the election. Click here to make sure you’re registered to vote. And while you’re at it, make sure your family and friends are registered too. [...]



NRA gears up to drop $1 million-plus attacking Cortez Masto in Nevada

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:21:45 +0000

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The National Rifle Association is trying to sway the Nevada Senate race to replace Sen. Harry Reid with the GOP's Joe Heck, via a new ad urging voters to "defend your freedom." The gun lobby clearly doesn’t like the way Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto, a Daily Kos endorsee, has voted on gun issues. Wesley Juhl writes:

The ad draws a connection between Cortez Masto and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who the ad says voted for gun control and anti-gun judges. The NRA is spending more than $1 million to run the 30-second ad in Reno and Las Vegas from Tuesday to Monday.

The gun rights advocacy group grades lawmakers on their records on gun issues and gives Cortez Masto an “F” rating, an NRA spokeswoman said. The group endorsed Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Heck, whom it gave an “A” ranking.

If there’s anyone we don’t want in the Senate, it’s a candidate backed by NRA money. The gun lobby should never dictate our gun policies because with them, it’s always money over safety. If you can stomach it, watch the ad below.

Please contribute $3 to help turn the Senate blue and give common-sense gun laws a chance. 

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