Opinions on Gun Policy and the 2016 Campaign

Most Clinton, Trump backers favor stricter background checks For the past several years, large majorities of both Democrats and Republicans have favored making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks. Today, this proposal draws support from 90% of registered voters who back Hillary Clinton and 75% of voters who back Donald Trump. The latest national survey by Pew Research Center, conducted August 9-16 among 2,010 adults, including 1,567 registered voters, also finds broad support among both candidates’ backers for other gun policy proposals, including barring people on federal watch lists from purchasing guns. Other proposals are much more divisive, however. For instance, about twice as many Clinton supporters as Trump backers favor a ban on assault-style weapons (74% vs. 34%) and the differences are about as large in views of a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips (75% vs. 34%). Moreover, the gap in how candidates’...

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The First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Is Complete

by Samantha Page – The 30-megawatt project is set to be operational in November The country’s first offshore wind farm is complete and set to start putting electricity on the grid by November, the developer announced last week. The five-turbine, 30-megawatt Block Island Wind Farm — providing enough electricity to power roughly 18,000 homes for a year — is not going to overhaul the state’s electricity supply, but it is a powerful step forward for Rhode Island and for the country. That’s because the electricity sector produces roughly a third of U.S. emissions. If the country wants to meet its emissions reduction goals as part of a global effort to curb climate change, transitioning from fossil fuel-powered electricity generation to clean resources such as wind is critical to that effort. In addition, the cost of wind energy has decreased dramatically, making it one of the most cost-effective means of electricity generation. Calling the project’s completion...

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That Time The President Of Mexico Compared Donald Trump To Hitler

by Judd Legum – Awkward On Tuesday night, Donald Trump announced that he would be making a last minute trip to Mexico to visit with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. Trump made the announcement, naturally, on Twitter. Donald J. Trump ✔@realDonaldTrump I have accepted the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto, of Mexico, and look very much forward to meeting him tomorrow. 10:33 PM – 30 Aug 2016 The Mexican government has also confirmed the meeting, which will be private. Presidencia México ✔@PresidenciaMX El Señor @realDonaldTrump ha aceptado esta invitación y se reunirá mañana en privado con el Presidente @EPN. 10:38 PM – 30 Aug 2016 The meeting could also be a bit awkward. In a March interview with Excelsior, a Mexico City newspaper, Nieto compared Trump with Hitler and Mussolini. There have been episodes in human history, unfortunately, where these expressions of this strident rhetoric have only led to very...

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New Research Shows Just How Harmful Ohio’s Abortion Law Was

by Alex Zielinski – A new study of Ohio’s 2011 restrictive abortion law has verified what many state abortion advocates suspected for years: Instead of protecting women’s health, as the law promised, it put women’s health at greater risk. This law relied on federal drug standards from 2000 to inform 2011 instructions and dosage for the abortion pill mifepristone. Even though new research found that these outdated rules were no longer the safest for women, conservative Ohio lawmakers pushed the law forward. This law also made abortions more complicated and expensive to obtain. The study, published on Tuesday by University of California, San Francisco researchers, found that Ohio women who got an abortion after the 2011 law went into place were three times more likely to need extra health care during or after the procedure. “I was expecting an increase in negative outcomes, but certainly not three-fold,” said Ushma Upadhyay, the...

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ISIL Spokesman Adnani ‘Killed in Syria’s Aleppo’

ISIL-linked website says Adnani, the group’s main spokesman, was killed while monitoring operations in Aleppo province The main spokesman for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) armed group, Abu Mohamed al-Adnani, has been killed in the Syrian province of Aleppo, according to an ISIL-linked website. Amaq, the ISIL-affiliated media outlet, said on Tuesday that Adnani was killed while monitoring military operations in Aleppo. Inside Story – Can air strikes alone defeat ISIL? Adnani, described as ISIL’s second most senior leader, has been one of the group’s longest-serving figures. The details of Adnani’s reported death remain unclear. Al Jazeera’s Patty Culhane, reporting from Washington DC, said there was no immediate comment or confirmation from US officials of his death. “Sources within the Pentagon are being fairly cryptic when it comes to reports that Adnani is in fact dead,” she said. “What they will say is that the US-led coalition...

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State That Exposed 6 Million Voters’ Private Data Says It Doesn’t Need Election Security Aid

by Alice Ollstein – Georgia’s aging, paperless voting machines have been called a “sitting duck” for hackers. Six million Georgia voters had reams of personal information exposed by a data breach in Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office earlier this year. Yet Kemp is refusing an offer from the Department of Homeland Security to help shore up the cyber-security of the state’s vulnerable voting machines. Instead, he accused the federal government of attempting to “subvert the Constitution to achieve the goal of federalizing elections under the guise of security.” He said the state is capable of handling its own election security, and opined a hack is “not probable at all.” Less than a year ago, Kemp’s office accidentally mailed out a dozen discs containing the private information of more than six million Georgia voters, including Social Security numbers, birth dates, and driver’s license numbers. At the time, Kemp told state...

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Donald Trump is Touchy, Touchy, Touchy About his Net Worth—and not Going to Show his Taxes

by Mark Sumner – Like most bullies, Donald Trump loves to dish out the hate—and the little, loony, crooked, lying nicknames. He’s also pretty keen on the sarcasm when it comes to inviting another nation to mangle our election or calling President Obama the “founder of ISIS.” Also, like most bullies, Trump can’t take even the slightest sign of slight pointed in his direction without boiling into furious response. But there’s one spot on Trump’s orange hide that’s so amazingly sensitive, even not touching it can elicit yelps. As in this interview between Trump and the business team at the Washington Post. Robert O’Harrow: I’m going to put it to you directly. You are not transparent on your finances. How do you account for that? What do you expect people to do about your lack of transparency? Donald Trump: What are you — ? So you think I’m worth $3 billion or $4 billion? You don’t think...

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Is The Department Of Education’s Work On Campus Sexual Assault In Danger?

by Casey Quinlan – Over the past several years, Title IX — the federal statute that protects students from gender-based harassment — has become an important tool for campus activists to hold their colleges accountable when it comes to the way administrators are responding to cases of sexual assault and harassment. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights currently has 246 open investigations into 195 colleges and universities to examine the way they have handled sexual assault cases brought by students. But Republican lawmakers and universities have long been critical of this aspect of Title IX enforcement, saying that the government is overstepping its authority on college campuses. Most of these criticisms have been overblown. But new developments in a case regarding how Title IX should be interpreted regarding the rights of transgender students turns the opposition into more than hot air. Now, the U.S. Department of Education’s ability to enforce this law might...

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BUSTED: Donald Trump Protected Known Cocaine Trafficker (VIDEO)

by Stephen D Foster Jr – Republicans like Maine Governor Paul LePage like to scare people with stories of black drug dealers corrupting our communities, but their own presidential nominee once went to great lengths to make sure a convicted cocaine trafficker received a light prison sentence. In 1985, Joseph Weichselbaum was indicted for drug trafficking. But while the drug dealers under him were sentenced to serve 20 years in prison, Weichselbaum only had to serve 18 months because Donald Trump stepped in as a friend and apparently pulled some strings, according to Trump biographer David Cay Johnston. During an appearance on CNN on Saturday, Johnston told host Mike Smerconish all about how Trump met this cocaine trafficking creep, housed him, and protected him from getting the punishment he deserved. “Donald got his personal helicopter and the one for his casinos from a convicted felon who turned out to be...

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Juno Space Probe Makes Closest Approach to Jupiter

NASA says space probe orbiting the “king of our solar system” has flown closer to the planet than any other spacecraft After leaving Earth more than five years ago, the space probe orbiting Jupiter has flown closer to the planet than any other spacecraft before, according to the US space agency. The space probe, named Juno, “soared close to the cloud tops of Jupiter this morning,” NASA announced on Saturday on its official Twitter page, adding that scientists were awaiting results from the unmanned spacecraft. Juno mission: NASA probe successfully enters Jupiter’s orbit In a statement released on Thursday, the agency had said Juno would be about 4,200km above Jupiter’s clouds and traveling at 208,000 kilometers per hour with respect to the planet. “This is our first opportunity to really take a close-up look at the king of our solar system and begin to figure out how he works,” Scott Bolton, head of...

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Stop Pretending Anthony Weiner Is A Clinton Campaign Story

by Judd Legum – It’s about sex There is no doubt that Anthony Weiner, a former congressman and candidate for mayor of New York City, is a public figure. He’s courted attention even after resigning from Congress with magazine profiles and a feature-length documentary. And the fact that Weiner was again involved in sexting women over the internet, including one picture that included his child, is news. It’s the type of news that makes for great tabloid covers and easy cable news segments. New York Post  ✔@nypost EXCLUSIVE: Anthony Weiner sexted a busty brunette while his son was in bed with him http://nyp.st/2bPSB3b  10:14 PM – 28 Aug 2016 But this story about a former congressman engaged in more unseemly conduct over the internet is not campaign news. Other than his spouse, Clinton adviser Huma Abedin, Weiner has no connection to the Clinton campaign. And it is Weiner, not Abedin, who is...

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Donald Trump Keeps Lying About Crime In America. This Is The Truth

by Aaron Rupar – Repeating something again and again doesn’t make it true For weeks now, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been harping on how crime is allegedly “out of control” in American cities. On Monday morning, he reiterated the talking point as part of his ongoing pitch to African-American voters: Donald J. Trump  ✔@realDonaldTrump Look how bad it is getting! How much more crime, how many more shootings, will it take for African-Americans and Latinos to vote Trump=SAFE! 9:02 AM – 29 Aug 2016  Donald J. Trump  ✔@realDonaldTrump Inner-city crime is reaching record levels. African-Americans will vote for Trump because they know I will stop the slaughter going on! 9:09 AM – 29 Aug 2016 Trump didn’t cite any evidence to support the point he’s trying to make. But his claim that crime is at “record levels” in the inner-city or elsewhere is false. Violent crime in America’s cities...

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Don’t Underestimate How Much Steve Bannon Can Damage Hillary Clinton

by Miles Mogulescu – Working in the film business, I briefly met the Donald Trump Republican presidential campaign’s new CEO, Steve Bannon, during the 1990s when he was a Hollywood investment banker. As one producer whom Bannon helped raise capital for told me, even back then he was an angry, racist, egregiously aggressive, and inappropriately temperamental character. Bannon was also whip smart with a sophisticated understanding of how the media works. Inside the liberal bubble, Democrats may be taking Bannon’s appointment to help run Trump’s campaign as a something of a joke. But, at their peril, they underestimate Bannon’s ability to harm Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee. Bannon was one of the early Harvard MBA-type financial pirates who realized that Wall Street money could be tapped to finance film and television, often with disastrous results for the investors but with great results for the Hollywood studios and the...

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Stanford Rapist Scheduled to be Released Friday, Three Months Early—on ‘Good Behavior’

by Leslie Salzillo – Brock Turner, the infamous Stanford rapist who is convicted this year of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster is scheduled to be released from a county jail on Friday, September 2. The former Stanford University student and Olympic hopeful is reportedly getting out three months early—on “good behavior.” This will not sit well with many around the world who were already outraged that Turner, 19, only received a six months sentence in the country jail, when the crime of rape calls for over ten years prison time. The case received worldwide attention after Turner’s rape victim published the letter to her rapist, which she read to him in court. That letter went viral and millions, all the way up to Vice President Biden, reacted to her powerful words. The woman is known only as “Emily Doe.” Santa Clara Judge Aaron Persky, who presided over the case and who gave the lenient sentence has received almost as much ridicule as...

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Libyan Forces Make Final Push to Retake Sirte from ISIL

Dozens of fighters loyal to UN-backed government killed in clashes with ISIL as the “final battle for Sirte” begins Forces loyal to Libya’s UN-backed government have pushed into the last areas of Sirte held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as they press a months-long offensive to retake the coastal city from the armed group’s fighters. Sunday’s advance saw fighters loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) “enter the last areas held by Daesh in Sirte: district number one and district number three”, a government spokesman said, according to the AFP news agency. Daesh is an Arabic acronym for ISIL, which is also known as ISIS. “The final battle for Sirte has started,” Reda Issa said, adding that about 1,000 fighters allied with the GNA were taking part in the offensive. In a statement on its Facebook page, the city’s field hospital said 34 pro-GNA...

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Trump’s Idea of ‘Law and Order’ Hasn’t Changed Since 1989—Including Racism and Violence

by Mark Sumner – In 1989, a 28-year-old woman was chased down, raped, and brutally beaten in New York’s Central Park. The assault left her in a coma with a fractured skull. She wasn’t expected to live. When she eventually woke from her coma two weeks later, she had no memory of her assault. She was an investment banker at Salomon Brothers, with a Yale degree and a promising career. She was white. On the night of the incident, a large number of teenagers were in the park, several of them suspected gang members. A number of beatings and robberies that occurred that night were attributed to this group. Shortly after the discovery of the unconscious woman, police apprehended four black and one hispanic teenager who had been in the area, held them for hours with neither parents nor lawyers present, and eventually convinced all of them to confess not only to the other assaults, but some level of...

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Florida Prosecutor Smears Mother Of Murder Victim Because She Opposes The Death Penalty

by Carimah Townes – This week, one of the deadliest prosecutors in the country accused a murder victim’s mother of not grieving appropriately. State Attorney Angela Corey of Jacksonville, Florida took to the airwaves to say the mother, who opposes the death penalty for her child’s killer, is “more interested in publicity than actually grieving for her daughter.” As early as February, Darlene Farah of Jacksonville has pushed for a life sentence instead of death for James Rhodes, a 24-year-old black man who murdered her daughter. Farah’s fought Corey tooth and nail to keep Rhodes alive, and asked lawmakers to require a unanimous jury decision before carrying out an execution. But according to the state attorney, Farah is doing all of this out of self-interest. “It is a constitutional duty to consult with the victim, but the victim does not tell the state attorney what sentence should be imposed in any...

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Trump Campaign Hopes for Reverse ‘Bradley Effect’

by Jon Perr – When it comes to its electoral strategy, it’s not often that a presidential campaign gives the game away so easily. This week, new Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway did it twice. Last Sunday, she personally confirmed that Donald Trump’s laughable outreach to black voters wasn’t intended for African Americans at all. “I live in a white community,” Conway explained, “I’m white. I was very moved by his comment.” Just three days later, she insisted her losing candidate was actually winning, all thanks to what she branded “the hidden Trump voter in the country.” Claiming their numbers are “very significant,” Ms. Conway suggested the campaign’s “Undercover Trump Voter” project would help these appalled or ashamed suburban whites overcome the social stigma of publicly backing the irredeemably racist Republican nominee: “Donald Trump performs consistently better in online polling where a human being is not talking to another human being about...

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Is 49ers’ QB Colin Kaepernick Right To Sit During the National Anthem?

by Nick Gillespie – Refuses to honor flag of a country he says “oppresses black people and people of color.” Colin Kaepernick, who plays quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, refused to stand during the playing of the national anthem at a pre-season game. In case anyone missed his intent, Kaepernick clarified it after the game: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” Although it encourages players to do so, the NFL doesn’t require them to stand during the playing of the anthem. Kaepernick’s protest has drawn...

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Governor Of Maine Says People Of Color Are ‘The Enemy,’ Implies They Should Be Shot

by Casey Quinlan – In a Friday press conference following his homophobic remarks about a state lawmaker, Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) called people of color and people of Hispanic origin “the enemy” and implied they should be shot. “A bad guy is a bad guy. I don’t care what color he is. When you go to war, if you know the enemy, the enemy dresses in red and you dress in blue, you shoot at red,” he said. “You shoot the enemy. You try to identify the enemy. And the enemy right now, the overwhelming majority of people coming in are people of color or people of Hispanic origin.” The governor has offered a veritable potpourri of racist and homophobic remarks over the years. In his voicemail to state Rep. Drew Gattine (D) on Thursday, in an apparent attempt to convince people that he is not a racist, he said,...

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