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Monday, June 26, 2017
2016 presidential campaign
Scott Adams on How Trump won

To Defeat ‘Disgusting Donald,’ We Must Understand How He Won

Republicans have long known that repetition and other basic marketing tactics were effective in politics. But cartoonist Scott Adams argues Trump took this a step further with something he calls “the linguistic kill shot,” which is a fancy way to explain why he called Hillary Clinton “Crooked Hillary” and mocked Jeb Bush as “low energy.”

These “kill shots” had to be visual concepts that hadn’t been heard in politics before. It’s also known as “name calling,” which is why Democrats discounted and avoided such pettiness. But it’s also effective because “every time you looked at the candidate being described you would look for confirmation bias.”

January 15, 2017
John Oliver and Jon Stewart confront Trump rise

#EndorseThis: John Oliver And Jon Stewart Confront The Rise Of Trump

When interviewer Charlie Rose mentions “draining the swamp,” Jon Stewart cuts him off: “McConnell and Ryan, those guys are the swamp.”

December 29, 2016
Trump can be ever so polite to his paragon Putin

That Rude, Crude Trump Is Ever So Polite — To Putin, His Paragon

What exactly do Trump voters think they’re getting out of the Russian connection? Most simply don’t care. They’ve basically chosen party over country. They dislike Americans who vote Democratic far more than Putin, a distant figure. And most are too busy gloating and rationalizing Trump’s boasts to worry about the Kremlin’s arm lock on the White House.

December 21, 2016
Jill Stein vows court fight for Pennsylvania recount

Stein Vows To Pursue Pennsylvania Recount In Court

Stein’s Green Party campaign said it will file for emergency relief in the Pennsylvania effort in federal court on Monday, “demanding a statewide recount on constitutional grounds.”

December 4, 2016
Trump, Intelligence Briefings

On A Wave Of Anger, Trump Defeats Clinton And Republicans Sweep

A Reuters/Ipsos national Election Day poll offered some clues to the outcome. It found Clinton underperformed expectations with women, winning their vote by only about 7 percent, similar to Obama when he won re-election in 2012.

November 9, 2016
Voters mark their ballots on Election Day in Las Vegas, NV - home to major Democratic ground force

Early Exit Poll Indicates Superiority Of Clinton Ground Forces

More than twice as many voters told exit pollsters they had been reached by the Clinton campaign as had been reached by the Trump campaign.

November 8, 2016
Your favorite TV stars explain, obscenely and in song, why you must vote.

#EndorseThis: HOLY SH*T, You’ve Got To Vote!

This anthemic get-out-the-vote video — created by Rachel Bloom and packed with fellow stars — charmed us with its blunt messaging and parodic style. But be warned. It’s NSFW!

November 7, 2016
Clinton backed recount effort

Clinton Leads Trump By Five Points In Washington Post-ABC News Tracking Poll

Clinton holds a five-point lead over Trump in the latest Washington Post-ABC Tracking Poll, increasing her margin by two points in two days.

November 6, 2016

Why FiveThirtyEight’s Prediction Model May Be Inflating Trump’s Chances

If Trump loses Nevada, based on early voting numbers, Silver says he wins in only nine percent of scenarios. That’s a far cry from the 35 percent mark he reached in FiveThirtyEight’s latest estimate.

November 6, 2016
Clinton, Comey,

FBI Probing Fake Documents Distributed To Damage Clinton Campaign

Two weeks ago Roger Stone, a Trump adviser and Republican operative, linked to a copy of the fake document on Twitter, writing, “If this is real: OMG!!”

November 3, 2016
Clinton boards campaign plane on October 29, 2016

Moments After Learning Of Comey Letter, Clinton Was Calm And Cool

Her aides broke the news to Clinton when her plane landed in Cedar Rapids. If what they said troubled her, she was determined not to show it as she stepped onto the tarmac.

October 30, 2016
Most Americans believe Russia is hacking Democrats to influence US election

Poll: Most Americans (And Most Republicans) Say Russia Is Hacking Democrats

Most American adults – 62 percent of Democrats and 48 percent of Republicans – think Putin is supporting Trump for the White House, the poll found.

October 28, 2016
Hillary Clinton at debate

New Poll: Democracy Corps Says Clinton Boasts ‘Commanding’ 12-Point Lead

Most national polls now show the Democrat with a substantial lead. The ABC News tracking poll, second most accurate in 2012, also places Clinton at 50 percent and Trump at 38 percent.

October 26, 2016

Trump’s ‘Rigged Election’ Remarks Are ‘A Gift To Dictators,’ Say Africans

“Donald Trump is a gift to all tin-pot dictators on the African continent. He is giving currency and legitimacy to rigging because if it can exist in America, it can exist anywhere,” said an opposition leader in Zimbabwe.

October 21, 2016

After Turbulent Week, Trump Still Complaining Of ‘Rigged Election’

“This election is being rigged by the media pushing false and unsubstantiated charges, and outright lies, in order to elect Crooked Hillary!” Trump said in a Twitter post.

October 16, 2016

U.S. Formally Accuses Russian Hackers Of Launching Political Cyber Attacks

“These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the U.S. election process,” the joint agency statement said. “However, we are not now in a position to attribute this activity to the Russian Government.”

October 7, 2016
Trump loves his rallies

Deplorable Cowards: How Donald Trump Supporters Attack Journalists

In his tweet, since deleted, Mike mentioned my seizures and included a small video. It contained images of Pepe the Frog, a cartoon character identified by the Anti-Defamation League as a hate symbol.

October 7, 2016
trump defensive

How To Decode Mike Pence’s Misogyny (And Why It Matters)

No one yet knows the true dimensions of the 2016 electorate (the people who actually cast a ballot on Election Day). But we do know that women historically vote in greater numbers than men.

October 6, 2016
Trump's executive actions

Trump Backs Off Fulsome Praise Of Russia’s Putin After Debate

“I don’t love [Putin], I don’t hate. We’ll see how it works. We’ll see,” Trump told supporters during a campaign stop in the swing state of Nevada.

October 5, 2016
A combination photo shows Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump (L) in Palm Beach, Florida and Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (R) in Miami, Florida at their respective Super Tuesday primaries campaign events on March 1, 2016. REUTERS/Scott Audette (L), Javier Galeano (R)

Trump Doubles Monthly Campaign Fundraising, Lags Clinton

The primary Super PAC supporting Trump, Great America PAC, reported raising $1.4 million in May – accounting for most of the $2.5 million the group has raised this year. The PAC had $500,971 cash remaining at the beginning of June.

June 21, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Savannah Center in Cincinnati

Under Fire, Trump Seeks Breakthrough In Republican Primaries

Donald Trump could take a giant step on Tuesday toward securing the Republican presidential nomination if he wins the Florida and Ohio primaries.

March 15, 2016
An anti-Trump protester holds his protest sign outside a rally for Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump in Cleveland

Liberal Groups Urge Non-Violent Movement To Stop Trump

“This is a five-alarm fire for our democracy.”

March 15, 2016
Barry Goldwater Confessions of a Republican ad still

Endorse This: Confessions Of A Republican

A prescient video from 1964 could be used today on the Republican party.

March 14, 2016