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President Obama has been emphatically warning Americans about the dangers of a Trump presidency. But these warnings divert attention from a much darker reality. His Justice Department is in fact pushing the law in a direction that will enable the next president to declare war against any “terrorist” group or nation without the consent of Congress.This reality is clear from the Department’s response to a lawsuit challenging the legality of Obama’s war against the Islamic State.In 1973, Congress passed the War Powers Resolution over President Richard Nixon’s veto. It represented the culmination of a national effort to prevent future presidents […]

Wed, Aug 24, 2016
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

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Donald Trump has upended much of what we thought we knew about U.S. electoral politics. Maybe Republican voters aren’t as conservative as we thought. Maybe candidates can make seemingly crazy statements without harming their prospects. Those were both lessons we learned from the Republican primaries. But the general election has gone more according to script, and Trump hasn’t upended that most basic feature of general elections, the map.As politics has become more polarized, the electoral map has changed very little from election to election. But because Trump is such an unusual candidate, it seemed possible there would be states in […]

Wed, Aug 24, 2016
Source: Five Thirty Eight – Politics

Federal agencies don’t have a uniform definition of sexual assault, and that has led to dramatically different estimates on the frequency of sexual violence in the United States, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Because agencies have different definitions of rape, government estimates for cases of sexual assault and violence can vary widely. In 2011, for instance, different federal agency estimates ranged from 244,190 cases of rape or sexual-assault victimizations to 1.92 million victims of rape or attempted rape. The agencies also do not make it clear to the public how they define sexual assault. That’s a […]

Wed, Aug 24, 2016
Source: Mother Jones – Politics

The Clinton Foundation, a big organization that has led to big political headaches for Bill and Hillary Clinton, plans to spin off its international work if Hillary is elected president. […]

Wed, Aug 24, 2016
Source: NPR Politics

Donald Trump has been changing his tone toward African-Americans and Latinos in recent days. He’s been speaking in mostly white communities, but on Wednesday he’ll speak in mostly black Jackson, Miss. […]

Wed, Aug 24, 2016
Source: NPR Politics

Do Donald Trump’s comments about regret signal a new phase in the phenomenon? They might as easily be heard as a variation on what Trump has sounded from the beginning: Same song, different verse. […]

Wed, Aug 24, 2016
Source: NPR Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump held out the possibility on Tuesday of a softening of his hardline position on illegal immigration, a move that could help move him to the political center but hurt him with his most ardent supporters.

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Tue, Aug 23, 2016
Source: Reuters Politics

DENVER (Reuters) – Kansas on Tuesday asked a U.S. appeals court to reinstate rules requiring proof of U.S. citizenship from people registering to vote, the latest political battle over stringent identification laws enacted in Republican-led states ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

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Tue, Aug 23, 2016
Source: Reuters Politics

In central Pennsylvania, a farm family, the CEO of a small paper mill and a student at Penn State University — all Trump supporters — weigh in on the candidate’s claim of potential voter fraud. […]

Tue, Aug 23, 2016
Source: NPR Politics

Here’s the case against the Clinton Foundation, in a nutshell: If Bill and Chelsea Clinton are leading a powerful private philanthropy while Hillary Clinton holds a high-ranking government post, it is guaranteed to create at least the appearance of donations to the foundation in return for access to the government.Conscious of this danger, the Obama administration extracted an agreement from the foundation to disclose its donors, as a prerequisite for Hillary Clinton becoming secretary of state. That disclosure does not seem to have prevented potential conflicts of interest—but it does undergird two important stories Tuesday.The Washington Post, using emails revealed […]

Tue, Aug 23, 2016
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

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It must have been a slow day at CNN. Trump didn’t say or do or tweet anything insane today. No new conspiracy theories or emails to talk about. So what did those intrepid journalists do? Send a camera to record Mike Pence’s haircut. Yes,a haircut is apparently breaking news.
Let me set the scene for you. Mike Pence gets a phone call from Reince that they desperately need to show that the GOP are “every man” and therefore he needs to take one for the team and go out and mingle with the common folk. But to make it even […]

Wed, Aug 24, 2016
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Mike's Blog Round Up

Today we say welcome back to our longtime friend His Vorpal Sword who has returned to blogging and we say goodbye to Gawker.
Badtux the Snarky Penguin offers a suggestion.
Infidel753 reminds us that there are more of us than there are of them. Phew! (Also happy 10th blog-o-versary!)
PoliticsUSA proves to us that sometimes there are second acts in American Politics. Wish there weren’t.
His Vorpal Sword will not miss Gawker, and presents a master-class in journalism ethics.
Bonus Track: Nick Denton gives all of us bloggers an object-lesson in hubris if not How Things Work as the last post ever at Gawker. […]

Wed, Aug 24, 2016
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

OMG, grab your kids and hide because it’s the rise of the lesbian farmers and they are coming for you, rural America!
Rush Limbaugh has found another oen of Obama’s secret plans to destroy America with and it starts with infiltrating the agriculture sector.

I mean, it’s pretty obvious that once Obama locks up the farmers in FEMA camps, he’s going to need to repopulate the farms with political loyalists, or else the cities will have food shortages. That’s where the lesbians come in. By the time Hillary Clinton is running for her fourth term, red America will have been completely liquidated, […]

Wed, Aug 24, 2016
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

In this web extra, Full Frontal asks Trump supporters “when WAS America great?”
The answers may surprise you! Or probably not.
Open thread below….

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Tue, Aug 23, 2016
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Confronting death with music, determination, and grace, too.It’s hard to think of a band that embodies Canada more than The Tragically Hip. They write about our small towns, about our strange little histories, about love and politics and nature and culture and everything in between. There are even two guys named Gordon — anecdotally agreed to be the most Canadian name — in the band. They’ve played together for 33 years, released 16 albums, won more than a dozen awards and sold out stadiums in Canada year after year after year. Outside of their home country, most people don’t know […]

Tue, Aug 23, 2016
Source: Upworthy – Blog

How sibling reading time can make a huge difference in their education.Often, our brothers and sisters become our first peer group sort of by default.For some of us, sibling relationships are the longest relationships we’ll ever experience. And by interacting with our siblings early on, we learn social skills, like how to manage conflicts (anyone else fight over who gets to sleep next to mom?), how to play, how to share, how to navigate the world, and even how to read.
Photo taken at the Salinas Valley Grows Readers event. Image by Read to Me Project, used with permission.
In fact, […]

Tue, Aug 23, 2016
Source: Upworthy – Blog

Matt Yglesias speaks truth to power today:

When Twitter goes bankrupt and people need to blog again, the world will be a better place. https://t.co/UPTWpzWqcy
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) August 23, 2016

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve cut off a conversation on Twitter with something like “Signing off now. Twitter is a horrible place to discuss anything more complicated than a cookie.” And it is! People try endlessly to turn it into something it isn’t, and the result is that I routinely get told to go take a look at some “epic tweetstorm” or other that “must be Storified.” […]

Tue, Aug 23, 2016
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

We need to do better.”I’m sorry.””I wish I could have been different. I won’t disappoint you anymore.””I wish I could’ve been better…””I love you.”If those were the very last texts you read from a family member or friend — a loved one who didn’t feel as though they could truly be themselves — how would that make you feel?That’s one question posed in a new PSA from nonprofit Mythic Bridge, a group that uses filmmaking to empower at-risk youth. The organization’s “Change the Script” campaign aims to shed light on the issue of LGBTQ youth suicide — a silent crisis […]

Tue, Aug 23, 2016
Source: Upworthy – Blog

We need to do better.”I’m sorry.””I wish I could have been different. I won’t disappoint you anymore.””I wish I could’ve been better…””I love you.”If those were the very last texts you read from a family member or friend — a loved one who didn’t feel as though they could truly be themselves — how would that make you feel?That’s one question posed in a new PSA from nonprofit Mythic Bridge, a group that uses filmmaking to empower at-risk youth. The organization’s “Change the Script” campaign aims to shed light on the issue of LGBTQ youth suicide — a silent crisis […]

Tue, Aug 23, 2016
Source: Upworthy – Blog

Here is the Wall Street Journal today:

Donald Trump Courts Black Vote While Avoiding African-American Communities

Donald Trump for the last week has been asking for support from African-American voters who have long backed Democrats, but his campaign has for months rebuffed invitations from supporters for the Republican presidential nominee to appear before black audiences.

….Michael Steele, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, said he has passed along requests from historically black colleges for Mr. Trump to speak….“You don’t go to a white community to talk about black folks. Hello, it doesn’t make sense.”

Ms. Manigault,1 who was appointed to her position […]

Tue, Aug 23, 2016
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Elections News

While pundits are tearing their clothes over an AP story showing almost 3% of meetings that Hillary Clinton held at the State Department involved people who had donated to the Clinton Foundation—so long as you extend the list to people who were involved in other charitable groups which donated to the foundation, and you limit your data to just a subset of Hillary’s time as Secretary of State. Which is frankly not shocking at all, no matter how much froth is produced over it.

The Clinton Foundation hasn’t put one penny in the pockets of either Bill or Hillary Clinton. […]

Wed, Aug 24, 2016
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Leading Off:

● MO-Sen, MO-Gov: Monmouth takes a look at Missouri’s Senate and gubernatorial contests and finds a wide gap between the two. Republican Sen. Roy Blunt leads his Democratic opponent, Secretary of State Jason Kander, by a 48-43 margin, but in the governor’s race, Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster has a sizable 51-40 advantage over Republican Eric Greitens, a retired Navy SEAL.

Interestingly, this same sample finds the presidential race splitting the middle, with Donald Trump clinging to a bare 44-43 edge on Hillary Clinton. While that’s a big departure from Mitt Romney’s 54-44 victory in Missouri four years ago, several […]

Wed, Aug 24, 2016
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Welcome to the Daily Kos Elections Live Digest, your liveblog of all of today’s campaign news.

Please note: This is a 2016 Democratic presidential primary-free zone. […]

Wed, Aug 24, 2016
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Back in May, Fox News’ Chris Wallace pressed Republican Gov. Pat McCrory on his support for North Carolina’s anti-LGBT HB2, which requires individuals to use restrooms in government buildings that correspond with the sex shown on their birth certificates rather than the gender they identify with. Wallace asked McCrory how many people had “been convicted of using transgender protections to commit crimes in bathrooms” in the last five years. McCrory admitted none had.

Wallace then wondered why, “if there’s not a case of transgender people going in and molesting little girls,” McCrory wouldn’t simply “let it go” and stop defending the […]

Tue, Aug 23, 2016
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Donald Trump is less-liked by voters than other Republican office-seekers. Hillary Clinton’s national polling lead seems to have settled at around 6…
Read more: Donald Trump, Elections 2016, Hillary Clinton, Republican Party, 2016 Polling, Politics News

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Tue, Aug 23, 2016
Source: Pollster.com

Weeks after the party conventions, Donald Trump’s deficit in both national and state-level polls shows no sign of abating. While there’s still tim…
Read more: Pollster Analysis, Huffpost Yougov Poll, Politics News

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Mon, Aug 22, 2016
Source: Pollster.com

More voters trust Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump on nearly every key issue ― a feat not achieved by any candidate in recent elections, according …
Read more: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Election 2016, Polls, New Polling, Voting Issue, Politics News

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Mon, Aug 22, 2016
Source: Pollster.com

Huffington Post Pollster does not include the USC/LA Times poll in their general election polling trend, but RealClearPolitics does. And, today, Augus…
Read more: Elections 2016, 2016 Polling, Pollster, USC/LA Times Poll, Politics News

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Mon, Aug 22, 2016
Source: Pollster.com

International News

Nine Nigerian banks are suspended from foreign currency trading for not paying a total of $2bn owed to the government, a central bank source tells the BBC. […]

Wed, Aug 24, 2016
Source: BBC – Africa

Senegal international Henri Saivet joins French side St Etienne on a season-long loan from Newcastle United. […]

Wed, Aug 24, 2016
Source: BBC – Africa

A magnitude-6.8 earthquake has struck Maynamar, and was felt as far away as Thailand and India.The quake struck near Chauk, at a depth of 52 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said.Reports from the region are preliminary and the extent of damage and the number of casualties are unknown at this time.This is a developing story and we’ll update it as we learn more. […]

Wed, Aug 24, 2016
Source: The Atlantic – International

What we know:—A magnitude-6 earthquake in central Italy has killed at least 38 people Wednesday. Dozens more are missing.—Ten people died in the villages of Arquata and Pescara del Tronto in the Marche region; 28 in Accumoli and Amatrice, which are in Lazio.Italian authorities say a magnitude-6 earthquake in the central part of the country has killed at least 38 people. Dozens more are missing in the quake that struck in the early hour of Wednesday morning.The death toll so far is confined to four villages: Arquata and Pescara del Tronto (10 dead), which are in Marche, and Accumoli and […]

Wed, Aug 24, 2016
Source: The Atlantic – International

One-month-old conjoined twins who were evacuated from a besieged rebel-held suburb of Syria’s capital Damascus have died, a medical charity says. […]

Wed, Aug 24, 2016
Source: BBC – Middle East

South Africa’s rand falls against the dollar as rumours persist that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan could be arrested imminently. […]

Wed, Aug 24, 2016
Source: BBC – Africa

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is “interested” in Manchester City’s Wilfried Bony following injuries to Andy Carroll and Andre Ayew. […]

Wed, Aug 24, 2016
Source: BBC – Africa

Owen Smith says if he is elected Labour leader, the party would block invoking Article 50 in Parliament unless any Brexit deal was put to the electorate. […]

Wed, Aug 24, 2016
Source: BBC – Europe

After 25 years of independence, how do Ukrainians see themselves? […]

Wed, Aug 24, 2016
Source: BBC – Europe

NEWS BRIEF Dags and wowsers rejoice: Australia’s official lexicon is getting an update.Publishers released a new version of the Australian National Dictionary in a ceremony at the Australian Parliament in Canberra on Tuesday, adding more than 6,000 slang words and phrases to the country’s compendium of its colorful English dialect.The Sydney Morning Herald has more:
With no comprehensive update in 28 years, the new edition of the dictionary takes in phrases whose eras have probably come and gone, such as Hawkespeak (“a prolix style of public speaking ascribed to Prime Minister Bob Hawke”).

But it also includes a number of words perhaps […]

Tue, Aug 23, 2016
Source: The Atlantic – International

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