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Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: Five Thirty Eight – Politics

The polls are tightening and the freak-out is beginning. With hours to go before the first presidential debate, FiveThirtyEight’s polls-plus forecast gives former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just a 53.4 percent chance of winning the election. It’s the closest the race has been since the elections site unveiled its model in June. The “bedwetting cometh,” tweeted New York Times political reporter Jonathan Martin.

But Democrats have been here before. In 2012, President Barack Obama held a modest but consistent lead over Republican nominee Mitt Romney heading into the first debate, only to uncharacteristically collapse. Within a few days, the lead […]

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: Mother Jones – Politics

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Democrat Hillary Clinton has pulled ahead of Republican rival Donald Trump in the traditional battleground state of Florida, strengthening her position in the race for the White House, the Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project showed ahead of the pair’s first presidential debate on Monday night.

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Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: Reuters Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic Senator Mark Warner on Monday asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether Yahoo and its senior executives fulfilled obligations to inform investors and the public about a hacking attack affecting 500 million user accounts.

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Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: Reuters Politics

It’s well-established that Donald Trump’s campaign doesn’t do most of the things a traditional political team does. There’s scarcely any policy, weak fundraising, and no ground game. But in one classic area of political positioning, the Trump team has proven it is historically great at one classic tactic: expectations setting.With a few hours to go before the first presidential debate, it’s hard to see what the Republican nominee could do to avoid the meeting being judged at least a tie. Through a combination of months of campaigning, leaks about his debate prep, and aggressive working of the referees, Trump has […]

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

Last month, Maine Gov. Paul LePage came under fire for claiming 90 percent of the state’s out-of-state drug dealers are either black or Latino—an assertion the Republican governor said he could support with a 148-page binder he kept that cataloged mugshots and police reports for the alleged drug dealers. The remarks were widely condemned as racist, and contributed to mounting calls from both sides of the political aisle for LePage to step down from office.

On Monday, after much pressure, the contents of the embattled governor’s binder were finally released to the public. A cursory look at the material appears […]

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: Mother Jones – Politics

Trump UniversityIn 2005, Donald Trump launched a for-profit educational course company that promised to teach students the secrets of real estate success. He called it Trump University, despite the fact that the school had no official charter and thus was not a university in the eyes of the law. In 2011, the New York state attorney general began investigating the business for engaging in illegal practices. Trump University is no longer in operation, but there are two class-action lawsuits pending against it alleging racketeering, false advertising and elder financial abuse.The Spin-Off Controversies: Judge Curiel: In the early summer, Trump questioned […]

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: Five Thirty Eight – Politics

Jobs, income and the economyWhen President Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. was in the midst of the worst recession since before World War II. Now, barring a sudden meltdown in the next four months, the next president will inherit an economy that is greatly improved by almost any measure. But the recovery has been disappointingly slow, particularly when it comes to Americans’ wallets. That leaves Obama — and by extension Hillary Clinton — open to criticism. View both candidates’ economic promises with skepticism, though — presidents can influence the economy, but they can’t control it. — Ben CasselmanWhen […]

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: Five Thirty Eight – Politics

Someday, they’ll write an opera about the relationship between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. But for now, we’ll have to make do with the news that the Texas senator, one of the most notable holdouts in the Republican Party, has decide to endorse the GOP presidential nominee.“After many months of careful consideration, of prayer and searching my own conscience, I have decided that on Election Day, I will vote for the Republican nominee, Donald Trump,” he wrote on Facebook. “I’ve made this decision for two reasons. First, last year, I promised to support the Republican nominee. And I intend to […]

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

On Monday, the FBI released its annual report on crime, and a hailstorm of divergent opinions will likely follow. In cities with over one million residents violent crime is up three percent, but alarms will probably sound about the 10.8 percent increase in murders. One group, the Brennan Center for Justice, which analyzed crime data for 2015 and 2016 for the 30 largest cities in the country, has already placed the blame for that particular figure at the foot of three major cities: Baltimore, Chicago, and Houston. Chicago’s spike of 234 murders alone constitutes nearly half of the additional murders […]

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

Featured News

Blogosphere

I’m always intrigued by polls that produce truly inexplicable results, and today we get one from Pew. They asked Trump supporters how they’d feel if Trump won. Most would be happy, but 11 percent would be disappointed or even angry. Among Clinton supporters, 7 percent would be disappointed if she won.

Now, when you get out to the end of the homo sapiens bell curve, there’s no telling what you’re dealing with. These folks might not be the sharpest pencils in the box. Still, I wonder what they’re thinking? That they’re just congenitally disappointed and will stay that way no matter […]

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

While being interviewed by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer about tonight’s first presidential debate, RNC head Reince Priebus claimed that Donald Trump hosting fourteen season finales of his reality TV show has prepared him for tonight’s debate.
Of all the sophomoric statements Priebus has made, this ranks up there with the best of them.
Wolf Blitzer began the interview by asking about Trump’s preparation, “Give us some insight into Trump’s debate preparation, process, what’s he been doing?”
Priebus replied, “…he’s studying and he’s preparing and they’re going through hypotheticals and what scenarios might come up.”
He continued, “He’s very comfortable, he did a great […]

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

The FBI has now reported that murders in the United States increased 10.8% from 2014 to 2015, the largest percentage increase since 1971, thus reversing the progress made since 2009 to put the total number of annual US murders back at 15,696.
The increases in murders were concentrated in the inner-cities, specifically Baltimore, Washington DC, Chicago, Houston, and Milwaukee. Chicago, Houston, and Baltimore have already been cited by the Brennan Center for Justice as having double digit increases in murders. Most of the cities cited by the FBI as having increases have large African-American populations, which is why the FBI data […]

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: Fire Dog Lake – Blog

Guards at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama, staged a work strike for the first time in the history of the Alabama Department Of Corrections, according to the Free Alabama Movement (FAM).
In an audio message published by the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, prisoner Kinetic Justice Amun said that on Sept 24 at 6:00, virtually no officers reported to work. He said only the deputy commissioner, wardens, some captains and a few other staff came. Kinetic said the commissioner was passing out food trays and the warden was pushing the cart.
“I can’t believe this,” Kinetic says on the recording. “They […]

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: Fire Dog Lake – Blog

Over at the Corner, Patrick Brennan suggests that political journalists are lousy at fact checking, and debate moderators shouldn’t try to do it in real time. There’s a case to be made for this, but he sure picks a weird example:

Liberal Twitter was all a-huff about how the [debate] commissioner cites the unemployment rate as an area where the facts are up for debate — har har, they say, you know there literally is an official unemployment rate the government publishes, right?

Except anyone smart saying this is being remarkably coy: People of good faith and serious economic training debate about […]

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Nazi Youth, Trump Flags Side-By-Side At Pennsylvania Fair

Did somebody say, “deplorables”?
A vendor at the Bloomsburg Fair in central Pennsylvania displayed a “Donald Trump – Make America Great Again” flag adjacent to a replica of the Hitler Youth Flag. A photo of the display was published widely on social media this weekend.
The vendor also displayed the Confederate flag along with a bumper sticker that said “AIDS cures f*gs.”
Some of the responses from locals on Facebook:
…a friend of mine from high school, just shared this image. This picture was taken at the Bloomsburg Fair in Bloomsburg, PA, the next town over from […]

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

The ludicrous idea that “Democrats want to take your guns” has made gun manufacturers and their surrogates like the NRA very wealthy.
Calling for common sense gun control measures is not a plan to take your guns away, but facts do not matter to conservatives: see “presidential campaign, Donald Trump.”
The NRA just released a new ad which essentially blames Hillary Clinton for your murder at the hands of a home invasion.
The ad is fearmongering fantasy at its pinnacle.
I’ll set the scene. A woman is sleeping – we see a darkened outline of someone passing her window – glass […]

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

The FBI reported today that the murder rate in the US was up 11 percent in 2015. That’s a pretty big jump, and I don’t want to minimize it. Before we panic too much, however, it’s worth noting that the overall violent crime rate was up only 3 percent. The absolute number of murders is fairly small, which means that it tends to be more volatile than the overall violent crime rate.

If you’re wondering how I’ll make a connection to lead, here it is: this is probably a sign that we’re now firmly in a post-lead crime era. Thanks to […]

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

An upcoming Chicagoland SWAT training and arms expo for police officers from across Illinois will feature a talk by far-right national security “expert” Sebastian Gorka — an anti-Muslim extremist who argues that the United States is a “Christian nation” and boosted the presidential campaign of Donald Trump while having taken payments from the GOP candidate.
Gorka’s invitation to speak at the Illinois Tactical Officers Association (ITOA) conference, slated to take place in mid October, is raising concern among human rights campaigners, who say the engagement underscores the “toxic racism and Islamophobia” on display at the event.
“Sebastian [Gorka’s] entire career is largely […]

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: Truthout.org – Blog

We now know what John Oliver was doing while he was “off” for several weeks: he was investigating the “scandals” surrounding Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
His explanation of Hillary’s e-mails is as complete and understandable as anything on television, ever. And it truly puts to shame cable news, who has literally had months to “cover” this story, but can never find more than 90 seconds to breathe innuendo and repeat talking points from Trump supporters.
It only takes about 20 minutes to gain a complete understanding of both candidates and their financial dealings, and that includes the […]

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Elections News

When future historians check our etched rock records for clues as to how civilization collapsed, let those records show that a decent percentage of blame could be traced personally to that most hackish of political hacks, Reince Preibus.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Priebus how Trump had prepared for Monday night’s face-off at Hofstra University in Long Island.
“Studying, preparing, going through hypotheticals and what scenarios might come up, but he’s very comfortable,” the RNC chair replied. “He did a great job in our primary debates. He’s also been through, what, 14 seasons, season finales. He will be prepared. He’s always showed up […]

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Donald Trump has a problem remembering the man he listed as a foreign policy adviser.

Donald Trump, a man who once boasted having “the world’s greatest memory,” has suddenly forgotten the role that was to be played by a controversial businessman he named to help guide his foreign policy. …

Back in March, in a recorded meeting with The Washington Post editorial board, Trump named Page as one of five members of his foreign policy team. …

In July he was spotted at a Moscow law school giving a speech, and Yahoo News reported Friday that during the same trip, Page may have […]

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Goal Thermometer

GOP House candidate Mark Assini, who is seeking to unseat Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter in New York’s 25th district, had some very pointed opinions about LGBTQ Americans back when gays were still being kicked out of the military and Republicans were threatening a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. In other words, back when expressing animus toward this oppressed minority was still, not only acceptable, but politically expedient in many parts of the country. But Republican Assini really took being antigay to the next level. Brian Sharp writes:

The uproar relates to editor’s notes written in response to reader responses to his […]

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

With many in the media all too ready to declare Donald Trump the debate winner if he doesn’t completely melt down on the stage, the Clinton campaign is out with a video (watch it below) giving voters some key Trump lies to watch for.

1.“I was always against the war in Iraq.”

2. “I would have stayed out of Libya, yeah.”

3. “I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering.”

4. “She’s pledged to create totally open borders for the United States.”

5. “President Obama, he […]

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Typically the candidate leading before the debates wins the election. The race is getting closer nationally and in critical states. And most Americans…
Read more: Donald Trump, Elections 2016, Hillary Clinton, 2016 Polling, Presidential Debates, Politics News

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Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: Pollster.com

Early voting has started in a number of states and we’re getting the first hard data on actual voters. So, it is time to start digging into the data …
Read more: 2016 Election, Early Voting, North Carolina, Maine, Iowa, Polling, Pollster Analysis, Politics News

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Sun, Sep 25, 2016
Source: Pollster.com

Last weekend’s bombing in New York City set off another wave of discussions about how fears of terrorism could affect the 2016 election ― but it d…
Read more: Pollster Analysis, Huffpost Yougov Poll, Politics News

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Fri, Sep 23, 2016
Source: Pollster.com

Donald Trump is not viewed as civil or compassionate by a large majority of American voters. There’s not much evidence for a “shy Trump” vote. A…
Read more: Donald Trump, Elections 2016, Hillary Clinton, 2016 Polling, Deplorables, Politics News

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Fri, Sep 23, 2016
Source: Pollster.com

International News

US President Barack Obama expresses deep concern about the “sickening bloodshed” in rebel-held parts of Aleppo, amid an assault by Syrian government forces. […]

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: BBC – Middle East

As the fighting in Syria rages on, the BBC’s Panorama has been following the lives of residents in Aleppo. […]

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: BBC – Middle East

It’s starting to feel like my favorite time of year once more—the autumnal equinox took place last week, marking the end of summer and the start of fall across the Northern Hemisphere. Autumn is the season of harvests, festivals, migrations, winter preparations, and of course, spectacular foliage. Across the north, people are just beginning to feel a crisp chill in the evening air, leaves are splashing mountainsides with bright color, apples and pumpkins are being gathered, and animals are on the move. Collected here are some early images from this year’s autumn—more will come later as the season unfolds. […]

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: The Atlantic – International

Police have begun excavation work on the Greek island of Kos in a new search for Ben Needham who went missing there in 1991. […]

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: BBC – Europe

It is only by the greatest good luck that we are not this month mourning dozens of victims of mass-casualty terrorism in New York, Jew Jersey, and Minnesota. There was no Chelsea massacre in September 2016, no St. Cloud slaughter, to join the sad toll: Orlando, June 2016; San Bernardino, December 2015; Chattanooga, July 2015; Boston, April 2013; Fort Hood, November 2009.Perhaps because they failed to generate fear and sorrow, the Chelsea attempt and the St. Cloud attack succeeded in generating lively controversy. Chelsea, St. Cloud, Orlando, San Bernardino, Chattanooga, Fort Hood—they seem to form a pattern, but do they? […]

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: The Atlantic – International

Retired Canadian-Iranian lecturer Homa Hoodfar has been released from prison on “humanitarian grounds”, Iranian state media report. […]

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: BBC – Middle East

NEWS BRIEF Gabon’s Constitutional Court upheld President Ali Bongo’s victory in the country’s contested presidential election, rejecting opposition leader Jean Ping’s challenge that the results were rigged.
Aujourd’hui je suis Président de la République Gabonaise, je suis le Président de tous les Gabonais et je souhaite rassembler #DirectABO
— Ali Bongo Ondimba (@PresidentABO) September 24, 2016“Today I am President of the Gabonese Republic, I am the President of all Gabonese and I wish [the country] to come together,” Bongo said.As we previously reported, last month’s presidential election in the West African country came under international scrutiny last month when Bongo, the son […]

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: The Atlantic – International

NEWS BRIEF The bombing in Syria’s largest city, Aleppo, worsened over the weekend with hundreds dead and wounded, and in response the UN Security Council called an emergency meeting Sunday that showed how divisive political talks have become: the British ambassador accused Russia and Syria of war crimes; the Russian ambassador said Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad had showed “admirable restraint”; and the U.S. ambassador left in protest.The situation in Aleppo has quickly deteriorated ever since a short-lived cease-fire ended last week. A U.S. bombing mission struck Syrian government forces (the U.S. claimed the bombs were meant for Islamic State militants). […]

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: The Atlantic – International

As Syria’s government tries to recapture all of Aleppo, we ask why are children are so badly affected in the battle for the northern city. […]

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: BBC – Middle East

Nigeria’s international players say they understand their federations financial woes and understand they may have to wait for their playing bonuses. […]

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: BBC – Africa

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