Unable To Gain Traction, Lindsey Graham Outlines Why Trump Is So Bad For The Republican Party Brand

by KAY STEIGER – In an appearance on CNN, Republican presidential candidate and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham explained his rival Donald Trump’s appeal among primary voters as something actually bad for the party. In response to a CNN host asking Graham about the New York businessman outpolling him by 26 points in his own state, he challenged him directly, “Come to South Carolina and I’ll beat his brains out. I know my state. This is a silly season in politics.” Graham appeared frustrated himself by the Monmouth University poll numbers released on Tuesday, which showed Trump solidly in first place at 30 percent. Graham, who has struggled to gain much traction in the race, gained just 4 percent support among likely Republican voters in South Carolina. But Graham raised some concerns about the narrowing electorate appeal that have bubbling among the Republican establishment since their pounding in the 2008...

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Father Of Slain Journalist Publicly Shames Lawmakers For Opposing Sensible Gun Reforms

by IGOR VOLSKY & VICTORIA FLEISCHER – After his daughter, WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker, was gunned down on live television, Andy Parker announced that he will devote himself to preventing gun violence. During multiple TV appearances and in a Washington Post op-ed published on Sunday, Parker promises to “focus our attention on the legislators who are responsible for America’s criminally weak gun laws; laws that facilitate the access dangerous individuals have to firearms on a daily basis.” An estimated 32 people die every day in the United States as a result of gun violence and during Alison Parker’s lifetime, more than 765,000 people lost their lives to guns. With those figures in mind, Parker took to the Post to single out House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Virginia state Sens. John S. Edwards (D) and William M. Stanley Jr. (R), for actively resisting gun safety measures. “Goodlatte has...

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Senator Tammy Baldwin Endorses Hillary Clinton

by TobyRocksSoHard – Senator Tammy Baldwin made history in 2012 when she was elected as the first openly gay Senator in United States history and the first woman to represent Wisconsin in the US Senate. On election night, she said that she didn’t run to make history, but to make a difference. She is hoping to make history and a difference for Wisconsin and the United States once again by announcing her support for Hillary Clinton to become the first woman President, releasing a joint op-ed on the revolving door between Washington and Wall Street and stumping for her in Iowa today. Baldwin is currently in Dubuque, Iowa speaking to folks about the importance of caucusing for Hillary Clinton. Dubuque is right in the corner of Iowa that borders the southwest corner of Wisconsin. Clinton and Baldwin penned an op-ed on the Huffington Post about restoring trust in Government by closing...

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Judge Shuts Down Kris Kobach’s Attempt To Disenfranchise Voters In Kansas Elections

by KIRA LERNER – A Kansas judge last week dealt a blow to Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s voter suppression efforts, denying his attempt to end a lawsuit challenging the state’s two-tier voter registration system that requires voters to provide proof of citizenship to vote in state races. The lawsuit challenges the state’s dual voter registration system. Kobach crafted the system, which the judge said was beyond his authority, after he pushed a law through the legislature in 2013 to require voters to provide proof-of-citizenship documents when they register to vote for the first time or after moving to Kansas. The state denied voters who used the federal voter registration form and failed to provide their passport, birth certificate or other documentation from participating in state and local elections, and the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit on behalf of state voters shut out from the political process. Micah Kubic, executive...

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Petition Demanding Arrest Of Netanyahu For War Crimes Nearing 100,000 Signatures

by John Vibes – In the UK, a petition has been circulating, calling for the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu upon his next trip to London. However, David Cameron and representatives of the UK government have said that they will not arrest him because he has diplomatic immunity. Regardless of the government’s unwillingness to cooperate with the petition, the volume of signatures shows that a growing number of people are beginning to recognize the war crimes that the Israeli government and military is participating in. So far, the petition has gathered over 80,000 signatures of UK citizens who demand that the Israeli PM be detained when he enters the country. According to Damian Moran, the petition’s creator, Netanyahu is obviously guilty of war crimes, and according to international law the government should be able to detain him whether or not he has diplomatic immunity. “It is a clear message to...

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Ben Carson Blames Hollywood, Not Police, For Troubles In Black Urban Communities

by KIRA LERNER & LAUREL RAYMOND – Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is not a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. He has called the group silly and divisive, saying “of course all lives matter” and that focusing on police violence against African Americans is missing the real problems with our inner cities. In an op-ed in USA Today  the only African American presidential candidate outlined the “real sources of hopelessness” he believes the movement should address. He said the group is misdirecting our anger “at politically convenient targets, not real culprits” — including the recent film Straight Outta Compton. “Let’s confront the entertainment industry that lines its pockets by glamorizing a life where black men are thugs and our women are trash,” Carson says in the op-ed. “Let’s tell them we plan to start talking with our wallets.” He continues, saying that “glorifying violence and equating prison time...

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Clinton ‘Can Be Beaten’ as Sanders Shows New Surge in Iowa

by Jon Queally – Clinton’s favorables drop to lowest point yet in key state as populist message of the U.S. senator from Vermont continues to attract new supporters Matching trends previously seen in New Hampshire, a new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll released Saturday shows that Sen. Bernie Sanders is trending upwards in the key early primary state as he closes the gap with Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. As the Register reports: Liberal revolutionary Bernie Sanders, riding an updraft of insurgent passion in Iowa, has closed to within 7 points of Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential race. She’s the first choice of 37 percent of likely Democratic caucusgoers; he’s the pick for 30 percent, according to a new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll. But Clinton has lost a third of her supporters since May, a trajectory that if sustained puts her at risk of losing again in Iowa, the...

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Iran Deal Gathers Support From Two More in Senate, Five More in House. Republicans Focus on Optics

by Meteor Blades – Over the past three days, Sens. Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Tom Carper of Delaware joined the other Democratic senators who support the Iran nuclear agreement. That brings to 31 the number of senators standing behind President Obama on the deal that six world powers negotiated with the Islamic Republic to curtail its nuclear program in exchange for easing of sanctions.That’s just three short of what’s needed to sustain a presidential veto of any Republican-initiated resolution of disapproval of the agreement. Two Democrats—Chuck Schumer and Bob Menendez—have declared their opposition. Merkley’s and Carper’s support leaves 13 Democratic senators still undeclared. At least one more supporter is expected to announce support for the agreement this week, and it wouldn’t be surprising if several did. The Obama administration has in the past week been lobbying to get 41 senators to support the agreement. That’s what’s needed to filibuster any...

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Outrage Follows Death of Young Black Man, Jailed for Stealing $5 of Snacks

by Deirdre Fulton – Jamycheal Mitchell’s family said they believed he starved to death after refusing meals and medication at the jail Heartbreak swelled on Friday afternoon after the news broke that a mentally ill black man from Virginia died in a jail cell on August 19 after spending four months behind bars for allegedly stealing a bottle of Mountain Dew, a Snickers bar, and a Zebra Cake worth a total of $5 from a 7-Eleven. Response on social media reflected growing public awareness—and outrage—about the overlapping scourges of institutionalized racism, a dysfunctional criminal justice system, and a troubling gap in mental health care for the disadvantaged. According to news reports, 24-year-old Jamycheal Mitchell was arrested by police on April 22 in Portsmouth, Virginia, the same day that one of the city’s officers fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old named William Chapman in a Walmart parking lot. After spending almost three...

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Aid Groups to World Leaders: Time to Force Israel to Lift Blockade on Gaza

by Sarah Lazare – ‘We urge you to take action to press for an end to these restrictions now, so that families are lifted out of the rubble and homes, schools, and hospitals can be built.’ Over 150,000 people and dozens of humanitarian organizations say it is time for world leaders to force Israel to lift the blockade on Gaza and allow its residents to recover from last year’s 50-day military onslaught, in what the groups are saying is the largest global appeal of its kind. Released Wednesday, the anniversary of the formal ceasefire, the call notes: “Not one of the 19,000 homes that were bombed and destroyed has been fully rebuilt.” “e are calling on you to press Israel to end the blockade and to immediately remove wood, steel bars, cement, aggregates, and other essential construction materials from the list of items restricted from entering the Gaza Strip,” reads the...

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Beyond Abortion and Equal Pay: Survey Highlights Wide Scope of “Women’s Issues”

by Deirdre Fulton – ‘Women do not lead single-issue lives,’ says Ms. Foundation president on Women’s Equality Day Presidential candidates who think “women’s issues” are limited to abortion rights and equal pay are sorely mistaken, according to the results of a new survey released by the Ms. Foundation for Women. “This survey tells us that policymakers, community leaders, and movements must change the way we approach problems and issues,” said Ms. Foundation president and CEO Teresa C. Younger. “Women do not lead single-issue lives. For instance, access to birth control and abortion is impacted by income level, racial and cultural bias, gender discrimination and immigrant status. We must implement policies and build movements that address the totality of women’s lives, rather than creating a patchwork of silos.” The survey results were publicized Wednesday to coincide with Women’s Equality Day, the national holiday commemorating passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution....

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Hillary Clinton Compares Anti-Abortion Republicans To Terrorists

by ALICE OLLSTEIN – In a speech in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday, Hillary Clinton issued her strongest defense yet of a woman’s access to reproductive health care including abortions. After calling out former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich by name for their campaign promises to ban all abortions with no exceptions for rape, incest or the life of the mother, Clinton continued: “Now extreme views on women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups, we expect that from people who don’t want to live in the modern world, but it’s a little hard to take coming from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States.” Telling the cheering crowd, “We are going forward; we are not going back,” Clinton then challenged her Republican opponents who’ve been calling for defunding Planned Parenthood to look in the eye the Americans that...

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These 16 Quotes Explain Why Trump Will Be The Republican Candidate

by John Prager – Donald Trump is awful — exactly the sort of person he would describe as a “loser” if he possessed some modicum of self-awareness. Trump is exactly the sort of person who unapologetically aggrandizes himself among white supremacists, who believes in spite of facts and logic that the twice-elected President of the United States is not a United States citizen. Trump has earned his spot as the GOP frontrunner in the traditional manner — by preying on the insecurities, fears, and prejudices of a scientifically-proven low-IQ base. The billionaire’s campaign began as what seemed to be a parody of the ridiculous levels to which the Republican party has managed to sink, but quickly grew into one of the most horrific movements our nation has seen since burrito night at the Limbaugh household. Trump’s popularity — especially with white supremacists — is driven largely by his demonization of “illegals,”...

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Firefighters From Half A World Away Summoned To Help Put out America’s Wildfires

By CHARLES TOPHER, Addicting Info – Huge tracts of California, Washington and Oregon are burning, with no end in sight. That is the grim reality facing firefighters battling blazes in the west with every weapon in their arsenals. With no “season ending event” in the weather forecast, help has been summoned from around the globe. Since 2000, Australia and New Zealand have been a part of a cooperative that will send 71 of its firefighters, some of the best and most experienced in the world, to help battle fires in the west. The United States and Canada have a reciprocal agreement in force that sends equipment and personnel across the northern border in both directions during times of trouble. Canada is currently in a similar situation with wildfires. Previously, Addicting Info reported that Canada was lending the U.S. CL-415 Waterbomber planes due to GOP budget cuts. While we were unable to verify that story, we most certainly can...

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Senate Committee OKs Bill Written By H&R Block To Make Doing Your Taxes More Complicated

by JAMESON PARKER – If there is one thing in the world more frustrating than sitting down to do your taxes, it’s knowing that there are people in this world who are actively working to make the job as difficult as can be so that you will find it all but impossible to do it on your own. You might recognize them as the people at H&R Block and TurboTax. Tax preparation companies have been adamant about keeping the veil of maddening confusion surrounding the tax process. They bank on it. Literally. Each year fed up Americans spend billions of dollars on tax help from companies like H&R Block and Intuit(the company which owns TurboTax). And the confusion and complexity waste more than just dollars and cents. Each year, Americans spend about 6.1 billion hours working on filing their taxes. The system has gotten so out of hand that it may be one of the...

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Trump is Global Journalism’s American Junk Food

by Christian Christensen – He’s everywhere. Spray-tanned face and white teeth exploding through the front pages of newspapers and magazines. Implausible hair mesmerizing on Twitter and Facebook. Comments on female journalists and illegal Mexican immigrants echoing across the ether. It is likely that Donald Trump will be nothing more than an ephemeral political phenomenon, but he is still a phenomenon. Politically divisive at home, Trump unifies internationally. My utterly subjective sense is that he is the American many global citizens have been waiting for since the end of the George W. Bush presidency: an American the world can look at and ridicule, a symbol of US arrogance and anti-intellectualism. Paul Thomas of the New Zealand Herald put this view best when he wrote that, “Trump personifies everything the rest of the world despises about America: casual racism, crass materialism, relentless self-aggrandizement, vulgarity on an epic scale. He is the Ugly American...

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NRA Suing Seattle For Having The Audacity To Take Action Against Gun Violence

by SARAH – Gun violence in the United States is an epidemic. And while people who love to claim they’re “law-abiding” citizens and shouldn’t dare be given any restrictions on firearms, there are those in this nation who wish to cause harm. So, thinking pragmatically, Seattle, Washington, implemented a “gun violence tax.” The tax is set up to help offset the amount of money the taxpayers of Seattle pay every year in gun related injuries, as well as researching gun violence data. According to Seattle.gov: “Under the gun violence tax, firearms dealers would pay $25 for every firearm sold and $0.05 for every round of ammunition sold. The City Budget Office estimates the gun violence tax will raise between $300,000 and $500,000 a year.” City Council President, Tim Burgess, said: “Gun violence is a public health epidemic, but we can alleviate it with focused research and prevention funded by this...

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Anti-Birth Control Employers Keep Losing In Federal Court, But They’re Still Free To Violate The Law

by IAN MILLHISER – Maybe Hobby Lobby won’t be as big of a deal as we thought it would be. As a matter of legal doctrine, the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby was an earthquake, holding that business owners could use their own religious beliefs to limit their employees’ rights. As a practical matter, however, its real impact is still up in the air. So far, every single federal appeals court to consider the question has approved current Obama administration birth control rules that accommodate religious objectors while still ensuring that most employees have access to birth control. That includes an opinion by Judge Jerry Smith, one of the most conservative federal judges in the country. Yet, despite this winning streak, women who work for the litigants in these cases could be forgiven if they thought that they were the big losers in court. Last month, for...

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Worldwide Condemnation as Egypt Whisks Al-Jazeera Journalists to Prison

by Jon Queally – ‘We consider them to be prisoners of conscience, jailed solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression,’ says Amnesty International Outrage and condemnation were the reactions inside a Cairo courtroom and across the world on Saturday after three Al-Jazeera journalists were sentenced to at least three years in prison by an Egyptian judge. Canadian national Mohammed Fahmy, Australian journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed were convicted of “spreading false news” and acting on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood, the political party which was ousted in a military-supported coup in 2013 and which the current government, led by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, has now branded a “terrorist” organization. Though Greste was deported back to Australia in February, both Fahmy and Mohamed (who was given an additional six months compared to his western colleagues) were in court when the ruling was handed down and were immediately...

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These 45 Horrible GOP Quotes Show Why No Woman Should Vote Republican — EVER

by JOHN PRAGER – Republicans are absolutely clueless about anything that has a vagina — which explains high divorce rates in “Red” areas of the country. It’s almost like the sun cannot rise and set without a conservative saying something awful and/or scientifically illiterate about women. This is an issue that, oddly, persists across both sexes among our frenemies on the right. The GOP has recently been trying to abolish the “anti-woman” stigma the party has earned time and time again with seemingly helpful efforts to make “The Pill” an over-the-counter medication, though the disdain for females is still readily apparent when one considers that this is intended to distract from their attempts to deprive women of numerous health care needs — like the inclusion of contraception under health care plans and safe, reasonable access to abortions if a woman chooses to have one. And if a woman is raped —...

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