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Polls this week have shown Hillary Clinton in a very strong position for the Democratic nomination — not surprising given her successes at the Democratic debate two weeks ago, and then last week’s arguably even more crucial 11-hour congressional hearing on Benghazi.

In a new NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll released Friday, Clinton has 50 percent support, followed by Bernie Sanders at 30 percent, and only 1 percent for Martin O’Malley.

In the previous poll from two weeks earlier, Clinton had 45 percent, Sanders 31 percent, and Vice President Joe Biden had 10 percent, since the poll had been conducted before he announced that he wouldn’t be running. Thus, we might be able to infer that Biden’s support has largely reverted over to Clinton, with her as the logical heir of the Obama administration.

In addition, the Reuters/Ipsos poll released Wednesday showed that among Democrats, Clinton has 53 percent — passing above the 50 percent mark — with Sanders way back at 33 percent, and then Martin O’Malley with a mere 2 percent.

Among self-identified Republicans, Donald Trump holds a narrow edge of 29 percent over Carson with 27 percent. They are followed way back by Jeb at 9 percent, Rubio 6 percent, and Cruz with 5 percent.

This followed the major buzz earlier this week when the CBS/New York Times poll had Carson edging Trump for first place, with 26 percent to The Donald’s 22 percent, followed by Rubio at 8 percent, plus 4 percent each for Bush and Carly Fiorina.

After this week’s own Republican debate — with its widely panned performance from Jeb Bush, and some new buzz for both Rubio and Cruz — let’s wait and see what the polls say next week.

Photo: U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the “Carroll County Democratic Committee’s Annual Grover Cleveland Dinner” at the Attitash Mountain Resort in Bartlett, New Hampshire, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Katherine Taylor

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)


Twitter has restricted access to a tweet posted Monday by Rep. Matt Gaetz, in which the Florida Republican called for what commenters described as extrajudicial killings of protesters.

"Now that we clearly see Antifa as terrorists, can we hunt them down like we do those in the Middle East?" Gaetz tweeted, joining Donald Trump and other Republicans in blaming anti-fascists for the violence across the country at protests over the death of George Floyd.

Floyd, an unarmed black man, died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for eight minutes, even as Floyd said he could not breathe. Autopsies have found that Floyd died of asphyxia.While Gaetz's tweet is still up, users have to click on it to see its contents. It's covered by a box that reads, "This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public's interest for the Tweet to remain accessible."

Democratic lawmakers called out Gaetz in response to the tweet and urged Twitter to remove it from the social media platform.

"Take the Gaetz tweet down right now @twitter. RIGHT NOW," Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) tweeted Monday night. "The survivors of mass shootings are lighting up my phone. They are scared to death this will inspire someone to start shooting into a crowd tonight. They are right."

After Twitter took action against his tweet, Gaetz said, "Their warning is my badge of honor."

"Antifa is a terrorist organization, encouraging riots that hurt Americans. Our government should hunt them down. Twitter should stop enabling them. I'll keep saying it," Gaetz said in a tweet that he pinned to the top of his profile page.

Donald Trump has demanded that the antifa movement be labeled a domestic terrorist organization.

However, as factcheck.org noted, "There is no such official federal designation for domestic terrorism organizations." Even if such a designation existed, the site said, it would be "difficult or questionable" to categorize antifa in that manner because it is not an organized group with a hierarchy and leadership.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.