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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On This Day, Aug 31, 1980 – Gdansk Shipyard Strike Comes to an End

1980 – Poland’s Solidarity labor movement was born with an agreement signed in Gdansk that ended a 17-day strike. Established in September of 1980 at the Gdansk shipyards, Solidarity was an independent labour union instrumental in the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union, and the primary catalyst that would transform Poland from a repressive communist satellite to the EU member democracy it is today. The Solidarity movement received international attention, spreading anti-communist ideas and inspiring political action throughout the rest of the Communist Bloc, and its influence in the eventual fall of communism in Central and Eastern Europe cannot be understated or dismissed. Solidarity’s cohesion and initial success, like that of other dissident movements, was not created overnight, nor the result of any specific event or grievance. Rather, the emergence of Solidarity as a political force in Poland was spurred by governmental and economic difficulties that had continued to...

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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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On This Day, Aug. 30, 1965 – Thurgood Marshall Becomes First Black on Supreme Court

  1965 – Thurgood Marshall was confirmed by the Senate as a Supreme Court justice. Marshall was the first black justice to sit on the Supreme Court. Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993) was a U.S. Supreme Court justice and civil rights advocate. Marshall earned an important place in American history on the basis of two accomplishments. First, as legal counsel for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), he guided the litigation that destroyed the legal underpinnings of Jim Crow segregation. Second, as an associate justice of the Supreme Court – the nation’s first black justice – he crafted a distinctive jurisprudence marked by uncompromising liberalism, unusual attentiveness to practical considerations beyond the formalities of law, and an indefatigable willingness to dissent. Marshall was an outspoken liberal on a court dominated by conservatives. In his twenty-four year tenure, he voted to uphold gender and racial affirmative action policies in every...

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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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AP Editor Admits Tweet On Clinton Foundation Was ‘Sloppy’ And Wrong, Still Won’t Delete It

by Judd Legum – ‘We abhor inaccuracies, carelessness, bias or distortions.’ After years of investigation, Freedom of Information Act requests and lawsuits, the Associated Press obtained two years of Hillary Clinton’s schedules from her tenure as Secretary of State. It culminated with this tweet on their findings: The Associated Press ✔@AP BREAKING: AP analysis: More than half those who met Clinton as Cabinet secretary gave money to Clinton Foundation. 3:24 PM – 23 Aug 2016 There was one problem: This tweet is completely inaccurate. The AP analysis includes only 154 meetings. It excludes all meetings with domestic and foreign government officials — the people who a Secretary of State spends most of her time meeting. Clinton actually participated in over 1700 meetings as secretary of state during that time period. That means, in truth, fewer than 5% of Clinton’s meetings as Secretary of State were with Clinton Foundation donors. (The AP’s story also...

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On This Day, Aug. 29, 1966 – The Beatles Play Their Last Concert

1966 – The Beatles ended their fourth American tour at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA. It turned out that the show was their last public concert. Although they made an unannounced live appearance in January 1969 on the rooftop of the Apple building, The Beatles’ final live concert took place on 29 August 1966 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The Park’s capacity was 42,500, but only 25,000 tickets were sold, leaving large sections of unsold seats. Fans paid between $4.50 and $6.50 for tickets, and The Beatles’ fee was around $90,000. The show’s promoter was local company Tempo Productions. The Beatles took 65% of the gross, the city of San Francisco took 15% of paid admissions and were given 50 free tickets. This arrangement, coupled with low ticket sales and other unexpected expenses resulted in a financial loss for Tempo Productions. The compère was ‘Emperor’ Gene...

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Founder Of Bush Institute Endorses Hillary Clinton – Even He’s With Her Now

by April Hamlin – Former President George W. Bush’s Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy joined the ranks of an ever-growing list of Republicans who find themselves backing the Democratic nominee when he announced on Monday that he is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president. Speaking with MSNBC on Monday night, James Glassman, who also happens to be the founding director of the George W. Bush Institute at the former president’s library in Dallas, officially announced he was backing Clinton and hailed her as “by far the superior candidate.” “She has the experience. She’s got the character. She has the values,” Glassman said. “She is the kind of candidate I support and that, as I say, millions of republicans are supporting.” Glassman may be the highest ranking Republican to decide that he would have to be batshit crazy to support Donald Trump, but he is far from alone. He joins a growing number of other...

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AP Defends Their Attack on Clinton Foundation by Compounding the Error

by Mark Sumner – The Associated Press has noticed that some people have taken issue with their Tuesday article which maintained “many donors” of the Clinton Foundation met with her at the State Department, and implied the 84 donors who met with Clinton over the course her four years as Secretary of State were in a privileged position. It’s not that there wasn’t good information in the AP report, which ultimately shows no wrongdoing. It’s that the lede of the story went beyond click-bait, and into the realm of “controversy bait.” The way the story was structured wasn’t just deceptive, the data was filtered, the presentation distorted, and facts that didn’t fit the narrative were selectively omitted in order to create “scandal” out of, if not nothing, then very thin air. Now the AP has issued a statement defending their article, but that statement has its own problems. It focused on Mrs. Clinton’s meetings and calls involving people outside government who...

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Solar Delivers Cheapest Electricity ‘Ever, Anywhere, By Any Technology’

by Joe Romm – Half the price of coal Chile has just contracted for the cheapest unsubsidized power plant in the world, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) reports. In last week’s energy auction, Chile accepted a bid from Spanish developer Solarpack Corp. Tecnologica for 120 megawatts of solar at the stunning price of $29.10 per megawatt-hour (2.91 cents per kilowatt-hour or kwh). This beats the 2.99 cents/kwh bid Dubai received recently for 800 megawatts. For context, the average residential price for electricity in the United States is 12 cents per kilowatt-hour. “Solar power delivers cheapest unsubsidised electricity ever, anywhere, by any technology,” BNEF Chair Michael Liebreich said on Twitter after this contract was announced. Carlos Finat, head of the Chilean Renewable Energies Association (ACERA) told Bloomberg that the auction is “a strong warning sign that the energy business continues on the transition path to renewable power and that companies should adapt quickly...

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Donald Trump’s Tweet About The Murder Of Dwyane Wade’s Cousin Was Bad. The Associated Press’ Tweet Was Worse

by Judd Legum – Nykea Aldridge, the cousin of NBA superstar Dwyane Wade, was shot dead in Chicago on Friday while pushing her baby in a stroller. Donald Trump seized on the tragedy with a self-congratulatory tweet, claiming the murder validated his world view and proved African-Americans should vote for him. Donald J. Trump ✔@realDonaldTrump Dwyane Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP! 12:26 PM – 27 Aug 2016 In one sense, Trump’s tweet is horrible. Using a murder of a young mother as a jumping off point for a self-congratulatory tweet that ends with “VOTE TRUMP!” is not within most people’s definition of basic decency. But in another sense, Trump’s tweet is expected and even banal. Trump doesn’t have much of a traditional campaign apparatus. Instead, he’s relied on making outrageous statements to generate free...

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Trump Uses Fatal Shooting Of Chicago Woman To Boast About His Own Campaign

by Bryce Covert – On Friday afternoon, Nykea Aldridge, who was the cousin of basketball star Dwyane Wade, was shot and killed while pushing her baby in a stroller. By Saturday morning, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was using the incident as proof of his campaign’s future success. Donald J. Trump  ✔@realDonaldTrump Dwyane Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP! 12:26 PM – 27 Aug 2016 Without taking a moment to express sympathy for the family, Trump said in his tweet, “Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!” Trump deleted the original tweet, which misspelled Wade’s name, but Tweeted the same message again later in the day with the correct spelling. DWade  ✔@DwyaneWade My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO...

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Anti-Gay Pastor Who Cheered Killing Of Pulse Victims Just Got Arrested For Child Molestation

by Stephen D Foster Jr – This hypocrite just got his ass handed to him by karma. Ken Adkins is an anti-gay “Christian” pastor in Georgia who cheered when a gunman killed nearly 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando,Florida this past June. The nation was horrified by the mass shooting, but many so called conservative “Christians” were very pleased. Adkins himself wrote on Twitter that the victims deserved to be killed. “I don’t see none of them as victims,” he wrote. “I see them as getting what they deserve!!” His tweet received wide condemnation but that didn’t bother the 56-year-old “man of God.” He simply continued preaching hate to his congregations. But now karma is biting Adkins in the ass for doing something that conservative “Christians” often falsely accuse gay people of doing. On Friday, Adkins turned himself in to police after he was accused of molesting a child...

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On This Day, Aug. 28, 1963 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Tells America ‘I Have a Dream’

1963 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his “I Have a Dream” speech at a civil rights rally in Washington, DC. More than 200,000 people attended. King, a Baptist minister, was a driving force in the push for racial equality in the 1950’s and the 1960’s. In 1963, King and his staff focused on Birmingham, Alabama. They marched and protested non-violently, raising the ire of local officials who sicced water cannon and police dogs on the marchers, whose ranks included teenagers and children. The bad publicity and break-down of business forced the white leaders of Birmingham to concede to some anti-segregation demands. Thrust into the national spotlight in Birmingham, where he was arrested and jailed, King helped organize a massive march on Washington, DC, on August 28, 1963. His partners in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom included other religious leaders, labor leaders, and black organizers....

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Hey Conservatives, You Might Want To STFU About ‘Klansman’ Robert Byrd And Clinton

by John Prager – This might shock you, but in their clumsy and pathetic efforts to smear Hillary Clinton as a Ku Klux Klan supporter because she considered Democratic Senator Robert Byrd a “friend and mentor,” conservatives leave out a lot of relevant information. Clinton’s opponent in the 2016 presidential race, Donald J. Trump, is pretty much the “KKKandidate.” Not only do white supremacists hang on his every word as he promises to build a wall to keep brown people he calls “rapists” and “murderers” out of the country and to force Muslims to wear special little badges to identify them (not to mention the national Muslim registry and concentration camps), but he has been endorsed by numerous KKK members, both past and present. This, of course, includes David Duke, who is no longer a member of the Klan but is involved with white supremacist group, the NAAWP: the National Association for...

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Trump Plays Dumb About His Advisor’s Widely Decried Call For Hillary Clinton’s Execution

by Aaron Rupar – Trump called Al Baldasaro “a very fine person.” During an interview with a New Hampshire television station on Thursday, Donald Trump characterized Al Baldasaro — a campaign adviser who said “Hillary Clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason” last month because of the way she handled the Benghazi attack — as “a very fine person.” Trump also said he wasn’t familiar with Baldasaro’s incendiary remarks, which were extensively covered by many media outlets at the time. Asked whether he condones his veterans adviser’s remarks, which included calling Clinton a “piece of garbage,” Trump said, “Well, I didn’t know that but he’s a very fine person. He is a person that loves the military and loves the veterans.” Pressed again for a reaction to Baldasaro’s call for Clinton to be executed, Trump reiterated, “I don’t know what he said.” Though Baldasaro’s comments were widely denounced and triggered a...

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Chicago Police Dept. Points Out Two Huge Flaws In Trump’s Chicago Violence Lies

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Paul LePage Spews Racism, Calls Khan a “Con Man,” Curses at Legislator in Voice Mail

by maineiac – Maine’s Gov. Paul LePage is such a big Trump supporter that he’s introduced him twice at Maine rallies. His own daughter is running the Trump campaign in Maine. In the last few days, LePage has lost it. He told a conservative shock jock that Mr. Khan is a “con artist.” Then he went back to his racist comments about drug dealers and yelled at reporters. Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday fiercely defended comments he made about race and drug dealers at a town hall meeting Wednesday in North Berwick, where he said he keeps a binder of photographs of drug dealers arrested in Maine and that more than 90 percent of them are black or Hispanic. In a tense exchange with two reporters outside his State House office, LePage said: “Let me tell you something: Black people come up the highway and they kill Mainers. You ought to look into...

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On This Day, Aug. 27, 1990 – Stevie Ray Vaughn Dies in Helicopter Crash

  1990 – Stevie Ray Vaughn and three members of Eric Clapton’s band were killed in a helicopter crash in Wisconsin. The helicopter, owned by Omni Flight Helicopters Inc., crashed into a hill shortly after midnight after taking off in dense fog, said Bill Bruce, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board. Mr. Vaughan is perhaps best known for his album, ”Couldn’t Stand the Weather,” released in 1984. In 1985 Mr. Vaughan shared a Grammy Award with other musicians for the Album, ‘‘Blues Explosion,” in the traditional blues category. He also won a Grammy Award this year in the contemporary category, for his album, ”In Step.” Air crashes have killed several prominent rock performers over the years, including Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, Otis Redding, Jim Croce and Ricky Nelson.   1660 – The books of John Milton were burned in London due to his attacks on King Charles...

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So let me get this straight…

by ElisMad – This is probably not the place to get real answers to my questions, but I really do have questions that only Republicans, especially Trump supporters, can answer. I suspect that just as some of us occasionally scan conservative sites to see what they’re thinking, some of them do the same. So here we go. The NRA, not to mention numerous extremely wealthy people, have literally given billions of dollars directly to Republican politicians, not to mention other goodies of varying kinds. Everybody knows they do it for access, and more importantly votes. And it demonstrably works.  The fact is, even most gun owners approve of the idea of universal background checks to try to keep new guns away from criminals and people on terror watch lists, but it takes extreme measures to even get Republicans to hold a vote in congress. Clearly, they are not representing their voters in...

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Clinton’s Comprehensive Takedown of Trump’s Racism

by Georgia Logothetis – Hillary Clinton took on Donald Trump’s racism with surgical precision yesterday in a powerful speech (you can read the full transcript here). Here is Matt Flegenheimer’s write-up at The New York Times: In a 31-minute address, building to a controlled simmer, Mrs. Clinton did everything but call Mr. Trump a racist outright — saying he had promoted “racist lie” after “racist lie,” pushed conspiracy theories with “racist undertones” and heartened racists across the country by submitting to an “emerging racist ideology known as the alt-right.” With Mr. Trump’s rise, Mrs. Clinton has often struck a have-you-no-sense-of-decency theme in her critiques — warning sternly and repeatedly that the arc of his candidacy transcended standard political attack. But her effort on Thursday was remarkable for its exhaustive accounting of Mr. Trump’s controversial racial history in business and in his presidential campaign.  Hillary Clinton  ✔@HillaryClinton Trump’s bigoted rhetoric and policy...

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Exhibit A – Drumpf Shows Why Business-People Make Lousy Politicians

by Freadom – In the mid ‘90’s “Chancy Inc.” was imploding. Almost daily, the charismatic and mercurial founder announced new and bolder plans to dig us out of the multi-million dollar hole we were in. Senior executives were quietly bailing for more stable climes. Investors were asking if the situation could be righted or if the company should be scuttled. Sloppiness and overconfidence were the root causes of our problems. When things turned sour short-term fixes only made things worse. As an analyst I was asked to review the financial projections for our biggest new product. It took less than a day to tease out the hubris. Making the first year’s revenue projection would require selling to 100% of the target market. It was a mystery who would be left to buy in the second year.(1) We were in turnaround. I see lots of conflicting coverage about the Drumpf campaign shake...

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On This Day, August 26, 1968 – Protesters, Police Clash as Democratic Convention Starts

1968 – As the Democratic National Convention gets underway in Chicago, thousands of antiwar demonstrators take to Chicago’s streets to protest the Vietnam War and its support by the top Democratic presidential candidate, Vice President Hubert Humphrey. During the four-day convention, the most violent in U.S. history, police and National Guardsmen clashed with protesters outside the International Amphitheater, and hundreds of people, including innocent bystanders, were beaten by the Chicago police. The violence even spilled into the convention hall, as guards roughed up delegates and members of the press, including CBS News correspondent Mike Wallace, who was punched in the face. On August 29, Humphrey secured the nomination and the convention ended. In the convention’s aftermath, a federal commission investigating the convention described one of the confrontations as a “police riot” and blamed Chicago Mayor Richard Daley for inciting his police to violence. Nevertheless, eight political radicals – the...

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13-Year-Old Physicist Has A Mindblowing Theory On God [Must Watch]

by Amanda Froelich – This young man’s theories on the universe are sure to inspire deep contemplation… Remember the name Max Loughan, for you’ll likely hear it again and again in the years to come. The 13-year-old physicist is known for his eloquent theories on God, the universe, and the bible, and his lessons  are sure to inspire some deep contemplation on life’s big questions. Not only did Loughan invent a free Tesla-inspired energy device using a coffee tin, spoon and wire (all of which cost him $15), he has developed some intriguing ideas on the universe. In the video below, he shares his latest theory on God, and it’s sure to touch your heart.  Loughan says, “As cheesy as this sounds, from day one on this planet, I knew I was put here for a reason. And that reason is to invent and to bring the future. My true...

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Republicans Just can’t Quit Trump, Unless They’re Willing to Quit Being Republicans

by Mark Sumner – As much as they would like to, Republicans can’t leave Trump behind. Sen. Kelly Ayotte has often found herself in a familiar spot with Donald Trump: Keeping her distance. But in this fiercely independent state, Ayotte is gambling that voters might reward her for rebuking her own party’s nominee. She has criticized Trump and will not endorse him — yet still plans to vote for the billionaire in November. He’s terrible! He’s untrustworthy! And I’ll vote to put him in the world’s most powerful position! Ayotte is not the only one squeezed by paradox. Can’t quit Trump is a problem that’s universal for Republican candidates. Call it the August awakening. Republicans are realizing Trump’s “general election” pivot isn’t coming and the damage he is doing is worse than expected. … But, for as tough it is for Republicans stuck in their support of Trump, the road to November doesn’t look much...

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Donald Trump Isn’t Really Reaching Out To African-Americans

by Terrance Heath – Contrary to recent headlines, Donald Trump isn’t reaching out to African-Americans. He isn’t even talking to us. He’s talking past us, and saying exactly what his alt-right base wants to hear him saying to black folks. Donald Trump is telling African-Americans that our biggest problems are simply the result of listening to the wrong white people. As Isaiah Poole wrote in, “Donald Trump’s Most Racist Speech Ever,” Trump stood in front of an all-white audience in the 95-percent-white suburb of West Bend, Wis., called for “law and order,” and denounced the “war on police,” even as the death of another black man in a police-involved shooting caused unrest in Milwaukee, just 25 miles away. Trump feigned concern for African-Americans, and repeated well-worn Republican rhetoric, that African-Americans have been taken advantage of by Democrats. Speaking in Dimondale, Mich., the predominantly white suburb of Lansing, Trump again stood...

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“Clinton’s e-mail ‘scandals’ are pure fiction”

by VTGenie – I’m fairly sure that when William Shakespeare penned the phrase “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing,” he did not have in mind the constant cycle of scandals that envelop Bill and Hillary Clinton. But the phrase easily applies. These are the opening sentences of a Boston Globe opinion piece that made my morning. In example after example, author Michael Cohen clarifies that the Clinton Foundation emails do not, in fact, suggest any wrongdoing. In fact, just the opposite: The scandal here seems to be that people who gave money to the Clinton Foundation had e-mails sent to the Clinton State Department requesting favors that were repeatedly denied. The now well-known example is illustrative: • In 2009, Clinton Foundation “top honcho” Doug Band reaches out to Clinton’s assistant at the State Department, Huma Abedin. • The goal: to “put a Nigerian businessman of Lebanese descent named Gilbert Chagoury – who had donated to the...

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Report Shows Post-9/11 NYPD Spying on Muslims to Be ‘Highly Irregular’

by Deirdre Fulton – NYPD was “often non-compliant with a number of the rules” protecting lawful political and religious activity In the wake of 9/11, New York City police repeatedly violated safeguards meant to protect lawful political and religious activities from unwarranted surveillance, according to the department’s own inspector general. A report (pdf) from the New York Police Department (NYPD)’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG), released Tuesday, found the department to be “often non-compliant with a number of the rules” by failing to secure proper authorization or extensions for investigations of political activity, particularly those involving Muslims. The probe examined a sample of all closed cases between 2010 and 2015, some of which were opened as far back as 2004. More than 95 percent of the cases, according to the document, involved Muslims or political activity associated with Islam. “For example,” the review reads, “when applying for permission to use...

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Held 14 Years Without Charge, CIA Torture ‘Guinea Pig’ Abu Zubaydah Asks for Freedom

by Lauren McCauley – Zubaydah was the CIA’s first captive after 9/11 and was accused of being one of the highest ranking leaders of al Qaeda, though that claim has been officially recanted After 14 years of being held without charge, Guantánamo prisoner Abu Zubaydah, who was subject to brutal torture and is known as the “guinea pig” for the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) “enhanced interrogation program,” made his first appearance on Tuesday before the Periodic Review Board and requested to be set free. In a statement (pdf) read by his personal representative, he explained how he “initially believe that he did not have any chance or hope to be released” but has “come to believe that he might have a chance to leave Guantánamo.” Further, Zubaydah “expressed a desire to be reunited with his family and begin the process of recovering from injuries he sustained during his capture.” Among other...

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On This Day, Aug. 25, 1916 – Congress Establishes the National Park Service

1916 – The National Park Service was established as part of the Department of the Interior. By 1916, the Interior Department was responsible for 14 national parks and 21 national monuments but had no organization to manage them. Interior secretaries had asked the Army to detail troops to Yellowstone and the California parks for this purpose. There military engineers and cavalrymen developed park roads and buildings, enforced regulations against hunting, grazing, timber cutting, and vandalism, and did their best to serve the visiting public. Civilian appointees superintended the other parks, while the monuments received minimal custody. Hetch Hetchy highlighted the institutional weakness of the park movement. While utilitarian conservation had become well represented in government by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Forest and Reclamation services, no comparable bureau spoke for park preservation in Washington. Crusading for a national parks bureau, Chicago businessman Stephen T. Mather and Horace M....

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Justin Trudeau, The Tragically Hip Politician

by samsoneyes –   There is a fine line between showing empathy and exploiting tragedy. Our politicians dance over it with increasing clumsiness. We live in a less dignified age. Of that, there can be little doubt. Pass by a middle or high school in North America and you will witness something unimaginable twenty years before: people hugging. Not in grief or team joy or ardour, but as a way of saying hello. And goodbye. You could call it a public display of affection except, it’s not clear whether it’s always affectionate or simply, what one does. To say this is less dignified seems perjorative. Perhaps there is a different kind of dignity in all this embracing. Dignified or not, it is certainly less restrained, less formal and less remote. One barrier that existed among westerners has fallen. Whether it implies the collapse of other barriers, or is simply a new...

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Hillary Crushes Trump On Kimmel, Will Draw On Elementary School Experience To Debate Him (VIDEO)

by Stephen D Foster Jr – Hillary Clinton appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday night and absolutely killed it. Jimmy Kimmel has spent a lot of time on his show mocking Donald Trump, so it was only natural for him to talk to the Democratic nominee about him. The first segment of the interview was dedicated entirely to discussing the imploding Republican nominee. Right after Hillary sat down Kimmel remarked that the crowd was cheering quite enthusiastically for the “co-founder of ISIS,” which drew laughter from the former Secretary of State, who replied that the claim was one of the crazier things that Trump has said during his campaign. And with all the ridiculous things Trump has said on the campaign trail, Kimmel asked if she gets upset. “I don’t get upset anymore,” Clinton said, “because I’d be upset all the time.” Hillary pointed out that Trump’s rhetoric is...

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Up-And-Coming Musician Plays Next To Homeless People To Help Them Raise Money

by Brianna Acuesta – He’s using his biggest talent to help others Chris Leamy, an up-and-coming musician, has written songs for big artists and even has his own distribution deal with Sony, with whom he will release his first music video soon. With all this promise of fame, Leamy also uses his musical abilities to help others less fortunate than himself, which has sparked a campaign called #HePlaysForMe. It all started when he was coming home late on the subway and a homeless woman, who was panhandling at the time, said that this would be much easier if she had a guitar and could play music like Leamy. She explained that those performing on the streets often earn more money from passersby than homeless people asking for money. Leamy decided that weekend that he would start playing alongside homeless people and that all of the money he earned during that session...

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Sheldon Adelson Not Backing Trump After All

by Dale Cohen – Like most people I assumed that Sheldon Adelson was backing Donald Trump. He supposedly promised he would do so. But NBC reports today that he has not given any money to the Trump campaign. Recent news reports had not mentioned Adelson as a contributor and indicated only one major donor, a hedge fund manager named Robert Mercer. NBC said as follows: Adelson, whose top political priority is the security of Israel, attended the Republican National Convention in July. He was prepared to support Trump after the convention, but the candidate’s tumultuous post-convention stretch revived concerns, according to a Republican with knowledge of Adelson’s political activity. It is possible that Adelson may eventually cave in and give money to Trump, but I doubt it. His number one priority is Israel, and Trump is not reliable on that issue. Even though the Republican platform is emphatic in support of Israel,...

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Why a Single-Payer Healthcare System is Inevitable

by Robert Reich – The best argument for a single-payer health plan is the recent decision by giant health insurer Aetna to bail out next year from 11 of the 15 states where it sells Obamacare plans.Aetna’s decision follows similar moves by UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s largest health insurer, and by Humana, another one of the giants. All claim they’re not making enough money because too many people with serious health problems are using the Obamacare exchanges, and not enough healthy people are signing up. The problem isn’t Obamacare per se. It lies in the structure of private markets for health insurance – which creates powerful incentives to avoid sick people and attract healthy ones. Obamacare is just making this structural problem more obvious. In a nutshell, the more sick people and the fewer healthy people a private for-profit insurer attracts, the less competitive that insurer becomes relative to other insurers...

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Newt Gingrich’s Super PAC Tries To Bail Out John McCain’s (R) Doomed Campaign

by poopdogcomedy – Good luck with that: When Republican voters in Arizona receive a robocall this week featuring former House Speaker Newt Gingrich endorsing Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), they’ll hear just another example of how super PACs and political candidates take advantage of the loose system of regulations designed to prevent them from coordinating with each other. The robocall comes from Arizona Grassroots Action, a super PAC formed solely to re-elect the 79-year-old senator to a sixth term ― but the audio of Gingrich’s endorsement was actually recorded and posted online by McCain’s official campaign. Super PACs are political committees that can accept unlimited contributions from corporations, unions or individuals so long as they remain independent from political campaigns or parties that they support. This supposed independence has been called into question ever since 2010, the year super PACs were legalized. It is now fairly common practice for super PACs to...

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If Trump’s New Immigration Plan Sounds Familiar, That’s Because Obama Is Already Enforcing It

by Esther Yu Hsi Lee – Donald Trump has built his presidential campaign around harsh rhetoric toward immigrants — referring to people who cross the border as “rapists,” pledging to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, and promising to round up millions of undocumented immigrants for deportation. But Trump is now attempting to moderate his position, going back on some of his more hardline stances. During an interview with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly on Monday night, the candidate struck a dramatically different tone, promising to implement a “humane” immigration policy that’s essentially exactly what the Obama administration is already doing. Trump told O’Reilly that he would enforce “existing” federal immigration laws, promising to deport “gang members,” “killers,” and “a lot of bad people,” while allowing other people to “go through the process.” “The first thing we’re gonna do, if and when I win, is we’re gonna get rid of...

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Reagan’s Former IRS Chief Counsel and Bush Sr. IRS Commissioner: “What is Trump Hiding?”

by First Amendment – Pretty strong and damning commentary here from former IRS commissioner Fred Goldberg, who served under the Reagan and Bush Sr. administrations. finance.yahoo.com/… He explains, even under an audit, nothing prevents us from releasing our returns. In this case, this joker is aspiring to be President and we have every right to know how he comports himself financially. nothing prevents us as taxpayers from choosing to release our tax returns — and those who aspire for the highest public office have done so for decades. Ouch! I think we all know Trump is hiding something, but when a former IRS official is suspicious that’s a huge red flag. As a citizen and voter, I want to take a look because I will learn something important about this man who would be president. Inevitably, his refusal to release his returns raises a question: What is Trump hiding? He won’t even do the simplest thing and...

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Fox News Is Collapsing Like A House Of Cards As Andrea Tantaros Names Bill O’Reilly In Lawsuit

by Stephen D Foster Jr – The women of Fox News are sick and tired of putting up with the sexist bullshit of their male colleagues and bosses. After Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes it became clear that sexism and misogyny ran deeper within the company than anyone realized. As it turns out, it went way beyond on-air comments made by male anchors like Bill O’Reilly. Once Megyn Kelly backed Carlson up, Ailes was up a creek without a paddle and was soon ousted from his position. The scandal rocked the conservative network as former female reporters came forward to tell their own stories of non-stop harassment that turned the workplace into a personal hell. And now Carlson is not the only one filing a lawsuit. Andrea Tantaros has as well. Tantaros filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court on Monday hammering the...

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Federal Court Slashes ‘Golden Week’ Of Early Voting In Ohio

by Alice Ollstein – The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a crushing ruling on Tuesday for Ohio’s Democratic Party, which has been fighting to restore early voting days in the crucial swing state ahead of this November’s election. A federal district court ordered the state in May to restore the early voting days eliminated over the last few years by the Republican-controlled legislature, calling the cuts “unconstitutional” and “unenforceable.” Tuesday’s 2–1 appellate court ruling overturns that decision, and will allow Ohio to cut what is known as “Golden Week” — the time when residents can register and vote on the same day. The two judges on the panel who ruled for Ohio’s early voting cuts — both George W. Bush appointees — said they did so because courts should give deference to states in deciding how to run their elections instead of being “micromanagers.” They argued that even without Golden Week, Ohio’s early voting policy is...

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On This Day, August 24, 79 – Mount Vesuvius Eruption Buries Pompeii

After centuries of dormancy, Mount Vesuvius erupts in southern Italy, devastating the prosperous Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and killing thousands. The cities, buried under a thick layer of volcanic material and mud, were never rebuilt and largely forgotten in the course of history. In the 18th century, Pompeii and Herculaneum were rediscovered and excavated, providing an unprecedented archaeological record of the everyday life of an ancient civilization, startlingly preserved in sudden death.The ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum thrived near the base of Mount Vesuvius at the Bay of Naples. In the time of the early Roman Empire, 20,000 people lived in Pompeii, including merchants, manufacturers, and farmers who exploited the rich soil of the region with numerous vineyards and orchards. None suspected that the black fertile earth was the legacy of earlier eruptions of Mount Vesuvius. Herculaneum was a city of 5,000 and a favorite summer...

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Report Shows Whopping $8.8 Trillion Climate Tab Being Left for Next Generation

by Lauren McCauley – Compounded by the costs associated with ‘new inequality economy,’ today’s millennials will face an unsustainable burden “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children,” is an oft-quoted proverb, frequently used to explain the importance of environmental preservation. Unsaid, however, is how much it will impact the next generation if the Earth is bequeathed in a lesser state. Environmental campaigners NextGen Climate and public policy group Demos published a new study that attempts to quantify the true cost of not addressing climate change to the millennial generation and their children. The Price Tag of Being Young: Climate Change and Millennials’ Economic Future (pdf) compares some of the high costs millennials will face in the “new inequality economy”—such as student debt, child care costs, stagnant wages, as well as financial and job insecurity—against the fiscal impacts of unmitigated global warming. “The fact...

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Donald Trump is a Con Artist, Playing his Supporters for Fools

by Laurence Lewis – Donald Trump speaks to the irrational fears of millions of Americans. That these fears are not based on facts is irrelevant to the people who hold them. And they do hold them. They feel them. They cling to them. Many have access to objective information that would debunk their fears, if objective information was relevant to them, but clearly it is not. They will live their fears, and they don’t want to be dissuaded from it. They want politicians to address their fears with an unthinking presumption that they are valid. Donald Trump does exactly that. Not because he shares those fears or cares about the people who hold them, but because he can exploit those fears to manipulate the people who hold them to serve his own personal purposes. Trump wants people to believe that Islamic terrorists are lurking in the shadows, that Democrats are sympathetic...

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American Women Are Still Dying in Childbirth at Alarming Rates

by BECCA ANDREWS – A new study finds Texas women are most at risk, and raises questions about how restrictive abortion laws have affected mortality in the state In dramatic contrast to the rest of the developed world, the rate of women dying because of complications with pregnancy or childbirth rose in the United States by 27 percent between 2000 and 2014. During the same time period, according to a study that will be published in the September issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 157 other countries reported a decrease in their maternal mortality rates. Maternal mortality is defined as death while pregnant or within 42 days of being pregnant because of causes related to that pregnancy. The report covers 50 states and the District of Columbia, but researchers described the lack of comprehensive data surrounding maternal mortality as an “international embarrassment.” The lead researcher, editor-in-chief of Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, with researchers from Boston...

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‘Ultimate Trump Loyalist’ Roger Stone Joins Chorus Calling For Trump’s Tax Records

by Alice Ollstein – The general election is mere weeks away, and GOP nominee Donald Trump is still refusing to release his tax records. His political opponents, members of Congress, and even some fellow Republicans have hammered Trump for this lack of transparency, saying his refusal implies he has “something to hide” and could hurt both his candidacy and the Republican Party. But an unexpected voice joined this chorus on Monday: devout Trump ally and campaign insider Roger Stone. “I think he should release his tax returns immediately,” Stone told Miami radio host Fernand Amandi on Monday. “Wow,” responded Amandi, clearly expecting more push-back. “There it is. Roger Stone just said it, folks.”                                             CREDIT: BuzzFeed Amandi’s surprise is justified. Stone is a self-described “true Trump loyalist” — a political adviser and confidante...

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Florida Republican Has An Insane Meltdown After Being Called Out In Interview: ‘Go F*** Yourself!’

by Vera – Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent, is trying to run for Congress again, but he might have a hard time if word of his insane temper gets out. Bongino had lost a Maryland Senate election four years ago and a congressional election in the same state two years after that, but Bongino refused to give up. This time, the GOPer is trying to get elected in Florida’s 19th district – which he doesn’t even live in. In fact, Bongino’s residence is actually on the opposite side of Florida. This strange strategy came into question in an interview with Politico reporter Marc Caputo, and quickly went downhill as Caputo tried to ask the innocent question of just why Bongino would be running for Congress in a district that is nowhere near his home. Bongino did what basically any Republican does when they’re exposed and called out – he had an...

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What the Media Doesn’t Know About the Clinton Foundation Could Fill a Warehouse

by Frank Vyan Walton – Sometimes it’s just plain embarrassing.  Sorry, I mean stupifying how much the media doesn’t know about what they’re talking about.  I mean, they’re supposed to know.  They’re supposed to have a clue, but there times when they really really don’t.  One of those times was just the other day as CNN’s Dana Bash attempted to grill ClintonFoundation spokesman campaign manager Robby Mook on the announcement that if Hillary Clinton wins the Presidency that the Foundation will reject all foreign donations and also that Bill Clinton will not make any foreign speeches during her administration. Her initial question betrays just how much she doesn’t know. Bash: If it’s not ok for the Foundation to accept foreign donations while she is President, why was it Ok while she was Secretary of State? First of all, Hillary Clinton was not a participant in the Clinton Foundation while she was Secretary of State. In fact...

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Federal Judge Blocks Obama Administration From Protecting Transgender Kids

by Zack Ford – Anti-LGBT judge issues anti-LGBT ruling just in time for school to start Surprising nobody, a federal judge in Texas issued an injunction Sunday barring the federal government from enforcing its guidelines protecting transgender kids in schools. The injunction was a response to a lawsuit filed by Texas and about a dozen other states challenging guidance issued by the Departments of Education and Justice earlier this year. The guidance stated that Title IX’s nondiscrimination protections on the basis of “sex” protect transgender students in accordance with their gender identity, such that they must be allowed to use the bathrooms and play on sports teams that match their gender. Texas Transgender Injunction (8-21) facilities which match their gender identity rather than their biological sex.3 Plaintiffs claim that on May 13, 2016…www.scribd.com Judge Reed O’Connor, a George W. Bush appointee whose anti-LGBT reputation precedes him, concluded Sunday that Texas had a...

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Fmr. Romney Campaign Chair Breaks Ranks, Gives Full-Throated Endorsement Of Clinton

by Shannon Barber – Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been openly critical of Donald Trump, and of the Republican Party’s continued support of the bombastic billionaire for president. Now, one of his former campaign operatives has written a stunning op-ed in which he roundly trashed Donald Trump and gave a rather glowing endorsement of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. That man is David Nierenberg, Romney’s former finance chair. The piece appeared on CNBC’s website. Nierenberg says of Hillary Clinton: “Hillary Clinton knows her stuff. She is emotionally mature and centered. She respects and enjoys working with people from all backgrounds.  She has the diplomatic skills needed to break the gridlock in Washington and lead our country well. America needs a steady hand on the tiller.” Despite being a Republican with ties to Mitt Romney dating back to 2006, Nierenberg had this to say about his party’s current standard-bearer: “Trump is the most...

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Forbes: NABE Economy Experts Choose Hillary Clinton 4:1 Over Trump to Handle U.S. Economy

by Leslie Salzillo – Prominent financial news group Forbes reported on Monday that a survey by economy experts who work for businesses, trade associations and government agencies across the country are “flatly” rejecting Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. The majority of NABE members (55%) feel former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would do the best job managing the U.S. economy. Trump received just 14% of the votes by 414 members. NABE director and survey chair LaVaughn Henry states that one of the most overwhelming reasons these conservative-to-moderate business economists chose Hillary over Trump is due to her “definitive plan” that has been out there for months — opposed to, “Just trust me.” Another prominent reason for NABE’s opposition to Trump is his stated plan to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants. On immigration, just 8% of respondents said they favor deportation of all undocumented immigrants (a keystone Trump policy); 80%, meanwhile, said they believe the government should expand visa programs, like the H-1B program, for high-skilled workers, and...

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On This Day, Aug 23, 1939 – The Hitler-Stalin Pact

On this day in 1939, Germany and the Soviet Union sign a non-aggression pact, stunning the world, given their diametrically opposed ideologies. But the dictators were, despite appearances, both playing to their own political needs. After Nazi Germany’s invasion of Czechoslovakia, Britain had to decide to what extent it would intervene should Hitler continue German expansion. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, at first indifferent to Hitler’s capture of the Sudetenland, the German-speaking area of Czechoslovakia, suddenly snapped to life when Poland became threatened. He made it plain that Britain would be obliged to come to the aid of Poland in the event of German invasion. But he wanted, and needed, an ally. The only power large enough to stop Hitler, and with a vested interest in doing so, was the Soviet Union. But Stalin was cool to Britain after its effort to create a political alliance with Britain and France...

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Louisiana Flood Relief Worker Rips Donald Trump For Doing Nothing To Help Victims

by Stephen D Foster Jr – All Donald Trump did is unload some play-doh for a photo-op in flood ravaged Louisiana instead of doing anything tangible to help. And he just got shredded for it. Trump traveled to the state this week in order to boast that he somehow cares about the flood victims because President Obama and Hillary Clinton have yet to make the trip down. However, that’s only because Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards asked them not to come because first responders are still rescuing people and their arrival would only divert effort and resources away from those who need it. Trump, however, doesn’t care about anyone but himself so he visited anyway. Edwards said that Trump is welcome but he has to volunteer or write a check to help victims. But Trump barely did anything at all, and he certainly didn’t write a check. Neva Butkus is...

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Disgusted With Sky-High Drug Prices, California Voters Take On Big Pharma

by Fran Quigley, Truthout | News Analysis –   Enormous public frustration with the skyrocketing prices of essential medicines in the US has not yet led to any meaningful reform. But a historic initiative on the November ballot in California, championed by health care and consumer advocates and fiercely opposed by multinational drug corporations, may finally rein in Big Pharma. It is hard to overstate the level of dysfunction in the US medicines system. The headline-producing greed of “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli was just the most dramatic example of a pharmaceutical industry whose patent monopolies grant it immunity from market forces while its political clout shields it from government regulation. Taking full advantage of taxpayer-funded research, drug corporations make record profits, even by Fortune 500 standards, and pay their CEOs as much as $180 million a year. Those corporations spend far more on incessant marketing to consumers and physicians than they...

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Here’s why Democrats Might Need a 7 or 8 Point Popular Vote Margin to Take Back the House this Fall

by Stephen Wolf – At the moment, Hillary Clinton maintains a strong 8-point lead over Donald Trump in national polls. Meanwhile, Democrats have a good chance of gaining the four seats they would need to regain control of the Senate chamber if Clinton wins, since a Vice President Tim Kaine would be able to break ties. But while election analysts of all stripes have long viewed the battles both for the presidency and Senate as competitive, many have assumed that the fight over the House of Representatives would not be—at least until Trump’s unique toxicity began testing that proposition. So why have prognosticators generally been down on the Democrats’ chances of gaining the 30 seats they’d need to wrest the speaker’s gavel away from Paul Ryan? That’s what we’ll explore. Congressional district lines are one of the most important reasons. Despite recent court-ordered redistricting in Florida, Virginia, and North Carolina, 224 congressional districts voted...

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Giuliani: Clinton Is Winning Because Media Ignores Conspiracy About Her Health (VIDEO)

by Josh Israel – Key Trump surrogate doubles down on widely-debunked smear Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R), who has become a prominent surrogate for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, went on Fox News Sunday to defend his candidate. Asked why Hillary Clinton appears to be ahead in every national and key state poll, Giuliani suggested that it was because the biased media has not adequately focused on her health. Giuliani was referencing a widely-debunked conspiracy theory that has been making its way around right-wing websites and has recently become a talking point for the Trump campaign: because Hillary Clinton has been photographed near pillows and with stools, she must be in failing health. A Trump spokeswoman even falsely claimed this week that Clinton suffers from dysphasia, a neurological disorder marked by severe language deterioration. “She hardly appeared this week. I don’t know where she was,” he began. He...

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On This Day, Aug 22, 1989 – Nolan Ryan Registers 5,000th Strikeout

On this day in 1989, Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers becomes the first pitcher in major league history to register 5,000 career strikeouts. Ryan would go on to rack up a total of 5,714 strikeouts, over 1,500 more than his closest competition. Lynn Nolan Ryan, Jr. was born January 31, 1947, in Refugio, Texas and raised in Alvin, southeast of Houston. As a high school sophomore, he was scouted by Red Murff of the New York Mets. Ryan’s coach regaled Murff with tales of the young pitcher’s intimidating fastballs, so powerful they had broken catchers’ bones. Murff was impressed–his report said Ryan had the “best arm I’ve ever seen in my life.” Nolan joined the Mets in 1968, and was soon a highly regarded fireballer. In what is often pointed to as one of the most short-sighted moves in baseball history, the Mets traded Ryan to the Angels...

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NYT: “In Maze of Trump’s Empire, $650 Million in Debt”

by igualdad – The New York Times has conducted an investigation into Trump’s convoluted business dealings that include over 500 Limited Liability Corporations, complex loan structures, and secret investment partners.  It should be noted that while Trump has filed the required FEC report, this form is not designed to capture the complexity of a financial portfolio such as Trump’s. “For instance, they have boxes once a certain number is reached that simply state $50 million or more.” Many disparities between Trump’s claims and others’ findings exist. For example, Trump has stated his net worth to be in the 10 billion dollar range while other entities, such as the Wall Street Journal and Forbes have estimated it to be in the 1-4 billion dollar range. Other discrepancies with his report of debt load have been found further muddying the waters on Trump’s financial ties. Both known and unknown financial ties raise serious ethical concerns. In Maze...

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Texas Halts Execution of Man Who did not Kill Anyone

Jeffrey Wood’s execution stayed on the ground that psychiatrist who provided expert opinion was later discredited The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has halted an execution planned for next week of a man convicted as an accomplice to a murder he did not commit, a case that raised questions about how the state applies the death penalty. Jeffrey Wood, 43, was scheduled to be executed on August 24 by lethal injection. He was convicted of taking part in a 1996 convenience-store robbery during which Kriss Keeran, the store clerk, was fatally shot. In its decision, the appeals court asked a lower court to review his sentence and claims from Wood’s lawyer that it was obtained in violation of due process because it was based on false testimony and false scientific evidence. Wood’s lawyer questioned a witness for the prosecution, Dr James Grigson, a forensic psychiatrist who told a court in the 1990s Wood...

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