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Friday, October 28, 2016
DNC asks judge to sanction GOP over Trump's comments

Democrats Ask Judge To Sanction Republicans Over Trump

The DNC accused Republicans in a court filing of violating a longstanding consent decree, which restricts Republicans’ ability to question voters at the polls and prevent those people from casting a ballot.

October 28, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump reacts to balloons, confetti and electronic fireworks as he stands with his son Barron (L) at the conclusion of the final session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

For GOP, Defeat Is Not Enough

The damage to GOP credibility is profound. So the crazy must be rebuked emphatically, refuted in a way that leaves no doubt: We are better than this. That’s what’s best for the nation. Defeat is not enough. Let there be humiliation. Let there be pain.

October 28, 2016

#EndorseThis: Colbert Schools Gingrich On Sexual Assault And “Whoopy Making”

Stephen Colbert realized that Newt Gingrich may not understand the difference between “whoopy-making” and felonious assault.

October 27, 2016
Bill Clinton did not call Obamacare crazy

No, Bill Clinton Did Not Call Obamacare ‘Crazy’

No, Bill Clinton did not call Obamacare “crazy.” Could Obamacare have been better designed? Sure. As they say in politics, a camel is a horse made in committee. But this camel functions a lot better than the wheezing health-coverage beast we had in the pre-Obamacare era. Now that was crazy.

October 27, 2016
Concerns about voter fraud are unfounded. Look at ACORN.

Debunking The ‘Rigged Election’ Horror Story

Trump’s “rigged election” shtick is the product of years of conservative fear mongering about voter fraud and election stealing, and it poses a unique challenge to journalists who want to ensure voter confidence in the election process.

October 26, 2016
Roger Stone

A Revealing Lunch With Legendary Republican Dirty Trickster Roger Stone

Among his greatest hits: Stone takes credit for bringing down Client 9—otherwise known as former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer—by parlaying intel he got from an off-duty prostitute he met in a sex club into an FBI tip about a Democrat who hired hookers and never removed his socks. Before that, he organized the so-called Brooks Brothers riot in the Miami-Dade County clerk’s office that stopped the 2000 election recount and arguably gave America the presidency of George W. Bush

October 26, 2016
questions for donald trump

Trump’s ‘Celebrity Candidate 2016’ Will End — Even Without A Concession Speech

So now “Celebrity Candidate 2016” is about to be canceled. What’s more, there’s no audience for repeat broadcasts after everybody knows who won.

October 26, 2016
Latinos for Trump

Why Trump’s Language Reveals His Racist Attitudes

Trump’s use of the definite article—“the”—in discussing racial and religious minorities, and other historically marginalized groups, tells us all we need to know about how he views them. It’s a rhetorical way of separating “us” from “them,” a clear means of dividing the “regular” white people from all “the others.”

October 25, 2016
Infrastructure, Solar Power, Energy, Oil, Coal, Mitch McConnnell, Koch brothers, politics, environment, Renewable Energy, Froma Harrop

Solar-Power Amendment On Florida’s Ballot A ‘Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing’

The solar-power amendment on Florida’s ballot is a slick, oily fraud. Promoted as a way to expand solar energy and protect residents who want it, Amendment 1 would do just the opposite.

October 25, 2016
Delegates from West Virginia hold signs supporting coal.

Two Clashing Visions Of How America Will Power Its Cars, Homes

How the country decides on Nov. 8 will have far-reaching implications for the price of electricity and gas at the pump, as well as the future of the U.S. energy industry, which employs about 10 million people.

October 25, 2016
Wayne LaPierre's letter to NRA

Wayne LaPierre’s Election Message To The NRA: America Is An Unlivable Hellscape

The leader of the NRA insisted he wasn’t “crazy,” “paranoid,” or “nuts” before ranting to NRA members in an “urgent” video message where he made claims at odds with reality, including claiming that his widely ridiculed prediction that President Obama would come for Americans’ guns “came true.”

October 25, 2016
Democrats may have trouble winning the Senate and House in future elections.

The Democrats’ Bad Map

Republican-led gerrymandering, which has put Democrats at a disadvantage in the House and in many state legislatures. But this overlooks an even bigger problem for their party. More than ever, Democrats are sorting themselves into geographic clusters where many of their votes have been rendered all but superfluous, especially in elections for the Senate and the House.

October 24, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump

Donald Trump Is A Serial Anti-Semite

Trump’s anti-Semitism comes in different shapes and sizes. He verbalizes it, encourages it, enables it, tolerates it, and makes excuses for it. What he doesn’t do is condemn it.

October 24, 2016
Leonard "Roscoe" Newton, 45, who lost his right to vote in Florida before he was old enough to cast a ballot .

In Battleground Florida, Tough Stance On Felons May Sap Votes For Democrats

Florida is the largest of four remaining states that strip all former felons of voting rights, accounting for nearly half of those barred from voting nationally.

October 24, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., May 31, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

5 Right-Wing Outrages This Week

Here are some of the low points of the week from Donald Trump and the rest of the country’s right flank. Attacking Michelle Obama, now that’s low.

October 23, 2016
Republicans to blame for voter ID laws

Republicans Have Long History Of Skewing Election Turnout

Having given up on enlarging their tent to attract more voters, the GOP has settled on a strategy of blocking the franchise for those whom it cannot win over.

October 23, 2016
AT&T-Time Warner deal faces heavy scrutiny in Congress.

AT&T-Time Warner Deal Sparks Calls For Scrutiny In Washington

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are using the AT&T-Time Warner deal to highlight their views on anti-trust and regulatory enforcement.

October 23, 2016
Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway (L) and Paul Manafort, staff of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, speak during a round table discussion on security at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Trump Campaign Manager Acknowledges: ‘We Are Behind’

For the first time, Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway admits that Donald Trump is behind and lagging behind Hillary Clinton in the polls.

October 23, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Ohio

Maybe Donald Trump Should Run For ‘Whiner-In-Chief’

“Why’s everybody always pickin’ on me?” — The Coasters from “Charlie Brown” Donald Trump has a victim mentality. If the term sounds familiar, it’s because it has long been the preferred conservative riposte when black people complain of being strangled by housing discrimination, economic injustice or police brutality. The likes of Bill O’Reilly and Rush […]

October 23, 2016
Trump holds a campaign rally in Cleveland, Ohio

Donald Trump’s Border Wall Falling Flat In Arizona

Asked if a wall would be “an effective barrier or a waste of money,” 47 percent of Arizona residents picked “waste of money” and 34 percent picked “effective barrier”, with the rest picking neither, according to the poll.

October 23, 2016
Hillary Clinton wants to keep guns out of the hands of children

Extremism On Second Amendment Violates Common Sense

Keeping a loaded gun unsecured and within easy reach of a toddler ought to be considered a criminal act of negligence. It’s time to admit that upholding a person’s right to own a gun doesn’t need to conflict with efforts to keep young children’s tiny hands away from pulling triggers.

October 21, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign rally .

Reuters/Ipsos Poll: Half Of Republicans Would Reject Election Result If Clinton Wins

According to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll, only half of Republicans would accept Clinton as their president. If she wins, almost 70 percent said it would be because of vote rigging.

October 21, 2016
Trump fundraising issues

Trump Campaign Cannot Overcome Serious Funding Deficit

Trump’s fundraising deficit has resulted from a series of campaign crises that made wealthy donors reluctant to contribute to his campaign.

October 21, 2016
Prison system

‘13th’ Offers Searing Exposé Of Mass Incarceration Of Black Men

In “13th”, the director of “Selma” draws a line from Appomattox through convict leasing, through lynch law, through the Southern strategy, through mass incarceration, through the commodification of black bodies and black misery by private prison entrepreneurs.

October 21, 2016
Donald Trump listens as Hillary Clinton speaks.

American Democracy Meant To Be Messy, Not Ugly

Donald Trump is the most unconventional candidate to come along in 200 years. We must know by now that Trump means what he says. It’s not over until he says so. So get ready for an Election Day that breaks all the records. It’s bound to be ugly, not messy.

October 21, 2016