Trump Campaign Caught Lying About Roger Ailes

by Judd Legum – Sweating the small stuff. Trump and his campaign engage in a lot of big lies. They claim, falsely, repeatedly, that he can’t release his tax returns, opposed the Iraq war and “ended birtherism.” But even more revealing of Trump’s relationship with the truth are the small lies. The obvious lies about things that are much less consequential. They demonstrate not an elaborate plan to mislead the public but a simple contempt for the truth. Take for example Roger Ailes, the former CEO of Fox News who was ousted from his job in July after numerous women accused him of sexual harassment. In August, the New York Times reported that Ailes, who has a storied career as a right-wing political operative, would be assisting Trump in preparations for the presidential debates. This was a bit unseemly in light of the allegations that freed up Ailes’ time, but hardly surprising....

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Trump Digs in on Why Refusing to Pay Taxes Makes Him ‘Smart’ (VIDEOS)

by Bryce Covert – The difference a few words can make. At the first presidential debate earlier this week, Republican nominee Donald Trump seemed to admit that he doesn’t pay anything in federal income taxes. But he’s spent the days since lying about what he said. Speculating about why Trump has refused to release his tax returns during the debate, Democratic rival Hillary Clinton said, “Maybe he doesn’t want the american people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he’s paid nothing in federal taxes.” She noted that when Trump was made to hand over tax returns over the years, “they showed he didn’t pay any income tax.” Trump broke in to say, “That makes me smart.” But since then, he’s tried to pretend that that’s not what he said. When CNN’s Dana Bash quoted his own statement back to him hours after the debate, he told her, “No, I didn’t...

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Nevada Voters are Taking on the NRA Because Republican Lawmakers Won’t

by Kira Lerner – A ballot initiative to expand background checks has become a bitter battle. Wearing “Buck the NRA” pins and “Moms Demand Action” t-shirts, roughly a dozen volunteers on Tuesday called their neighbors to encourage them to stand up to the gun lobby. The National Rifle Association, one of the country’s most powerful special interest groups, has notoriously held firm control of Congress and state legislatures for decades, shutting down frequent proposals for gun safety legislation. But across Nevada, there are signs this tight grip may be loosening — both literal yard signs and more subtle ones, too. The Silver State has one of the highest rates of gun violence in the country. Nevada’s gun suicide rate is the fifth highest across the country, and it has the eighth-highest rate of gun murders of women. Yet when the state legislature recently tried to pass a bill to expand background checks, the effort...

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Should Prison Really Be the American Way?

by REBECCA GORDON – Our society seems less concerned about those who are in prison and perhaps shouldn’t be, than about those who are not in prison and ought to be. You’ve heard of distracted driving? It causes quite a few auto accidents and it’s illegal in a majority of states. Well, this year, a brave New Jersey state senator, a Democrat, took on the pernicious problem of distracted walking. Faced with the fact that some people can’t tear themselves away from their smartphones long enough to get across a street in safety, Pamela Lampitt of Camden, New Jersey, proposed a law making it a crime to cross a street while texting. Violators would face a fine, and repeat violators up to 15 days in jail. Similar measures, says The Washington Post, have been proposed (though not passed) in Arkansas, Nevada and New York. This May, a bill on the subject made...

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Nation Ready to Finally End ‘Detrimental and Deeply Unjust’ Hyde Amendment

by Deirdre Fulton – ‘In the nearly 40 years since Hyde was first passed, how many woman have been pushed into back alleys because of it? How many women were pushed further into poverty?’ Reproductive rights advocates nationwide are taking part in a week of action against the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funding for abortion services and particularly hurts low-income women and women of color. Friday marks the 40th anniversary of the anti-choice amendment, and in an op-ed on Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) recalled its legacy: You can imagine my frustration with the Hyde Amendment, which made the legal right to abortion essentially meaningless for poor women and women of color by stripping it out of their insurance coverage. I am proud to say that we fought tooth-and-nail against the Hyde Amendment, but unfortunately we could not stop it. In the nearly 40 years since Hyde was first...

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That ‘Basket of Deplorables’ Clinton Mentioned? This is What She was Talking About

by Aaron Rupar – 21 percent of Trump supporters think white people don’t have enough influence. Weeks after Hillary Clinton notoriously said that half of opponent Donald Trump’s supporters could be placed into a “basket of deplorables,” a new poll reinforces the point she was making. According to a Langer Research Associates survey, 38 percent of Trump supporters think minorities have too much influence in American society. Despite the fact that white men constitute 80 percent of Congress while only comprising 31 percent of the country’s population, the survey found that 21 percent of Trump supporters actually think white people don’t have enough influence. On the other hand, 67 percent of Clinton supporters think minorities have too little influence, and just seven percent think whites don’t have enough. Trump and Clinton supporters also diverge in their views on how much power women currently have in America. Twenty-one percent of Trump supporters...

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Donald Trump and the Return of Seditious Libel

by Richard Tofel – In 1733, New York printer John Peter Zenger began publishing the eighth newspaper in the American colonies, and the first willing to venture criticism of the government. The New-York Weekly Journal was the second paper in a city of 10,000 or so people, 1700 of them slaves. As we are reminded in Richard Kluger’s comprehensive new book, “Indelible Ink,” the first full-length account of Zenger’s travails, by 1735, Zenger (and the likely editor of his paper, James Alexander) had so offended Britain’s royal governor of New York and New Jersey, William Cosby, that Cosby brought suit against Zenger for seditious libel—the crime of criticizing the government. Under the law then in effect in Britain and its colonies, truth was not a defense to this charge. The leading legal treatise of the day explained that “since the greater appearance there is of truth in any malicious invective, so...

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On This Day, Sept 30, 1955 – James Dean Dies

On this day in 1955, movie star James Dean dies at age 24 in a car crash on a California highway. Dean was driving his Porsche 550 Spyder, nicknamed “Little Bastard,” headed to a car race in Salinas, California, with his mechanic Rolf Wuetherich, when they were involved in a head-on collision with a car driven by a 23-year-old college student named Donald Turnaspeed. Dean was taken to Paso Robles War Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:59 p.m. Wuetherich, who was thrown from the car, survived the accident and Turnaspeed escaped with minor injuries. No charges were ever filed against him. James Byron Dean was born February 8, 1931, in Marion, Indiana. He studied drama at the University of California, Los Angeles, before moving to New York City, where he appeared in plays and TV shows and took classes at the Actors Studio with legendary acting...

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The NRA Has Some Advice For Victims Of Domestic Abuse: Get A Gun

by mikethegunguy – In their endless and uncompromising quest to make sure that all Americans understand the risks of gun ownership (read: there are no risks,) the NRA has just announced a partnership with the gun blog Bearing Arms, to help celebrate Domestic Violence Awareness Month which takes place every October and even rates a Presidential Proclamation issued by the guy who has finally been granted American citizenship by Donald Trump. THE NRA has been tirelessly promoting gun sales to women ever since they discovered that most of the guns that were scooped up since the Kenyan entered the White House were bought by the same old, white men.  And the problem with the white-man market is that as a percentage of people living in the United States, it’s not getting any larger, which means that at a certain point gun sales will begin to lag. In fact, the most recent...

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United States Close to Suspending Talks with Russia Over Syria

by Esther Yu Hsi Lee – “We are on the verge of suspending the discussion.” The United States is “on the verge” of suspending talks with Russia following a series of deadly attacks in Aleppo that most recently struck two hospitals and killed hundreds of people, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday. The United States has “no notion or indication of seriousness of purpose,” Kerry said in a discussion with The Atlantic’s Editor-in-Chief Steve Clemons in a Washington Ideas Forum event. The Secretary of State said that the bombing of Aleppo was an “inexcusable” situation that is “beyond the pale” and requires a political solution. “We are on the verge of suspending the discussion because it’s irrational in the context in the kind of bombing taking place to be sitting there and trying to take things seriously,” Kerry said. “There’s no notion or indication of the...

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Trump Illegally Violated Embargo Against Cuba, Putting Money In ‘Killer’ Fidel Castro’s Hands

by Stephen D Foster Jr – The “law and order candidate” broke the law again. Donald Trump recently declared that he would reverse President Obama’s deal with Cuba to reopen diplomatic relations between our two nations after 50 years. “All of the concessions that Barack Obama has granted the Castro regime were done with executive order, which means the next president can reverse them,” Trump said earlier this month. “And that is what I will do unless the Castro regime meets our demands.” Those demands include freeing political prisoners and expanding religious liberty. That’s funny, because the Republican nominee certainly didn’t give a shit about either of those things when he violated the United States embargo against Cuba back in 1998. A Newsweek investigation revealed: A company controlled by Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, secretly conducted business in Communist Cuba during Fidel Castro’s presidency despite strict American trade bans...

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President Obama Rips Sexist, Fat Shaming Trump A New One (AUDIO)

by Wendy Gittleson – Monday night’s presidential debate showed a stark contrast between two personalities. One was calm and cool, even under stress and the other was a bloviating braggart who couldn’t maintain his temper. On top of those “qualities,” Donald Trump is sexist and he proved it Monday night when Hillary Clinton brought up Trump’s record of fat shaming a former Miss Universe. President Obama, as the father of two girls and the husband of a strong woman, was having none of that. “One of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest — he loves beauty contests, supporting them and hanging around them — and he called this woman ‘Miss Piggy,’ then he called her ‘Miss Housekeeping’ because she was Latina,” Clinton said Monday toward the end of the debate, as she ran through a list of things Trump has said about women. “Donald,...

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Robert Reich On This Election Is A Must Hear

by Dave Johnson – I listened to this on a walk, and it is a must, must, must listen podcast. You will be informed and entertained. Robert Reich, speaking Tuesday at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco: “The Oddest Presidential Election in Living Memory” From the website: Tue, Sep 27 2016 – 6:30pm Robert Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley; Former Secretary of Labor; Author, Saving Capitalism Holly Kernan, Executive Editor for News, KQED—Moderator In the midst of an unpredictable presidential election, get insight from a veteran political figure who knows Washington inside and out. Time magazine named Reich one of the 10 most effective cabinet secretaries of the 20th century. He is a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine and chairman of Common Cause. Come hear his provocative thoughts on the presidential election and the future of America.   This work is licensed under a...

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Jewish Elders Warn Their Grandchildren: Vote For Hillary, ‘We’ve Seen This Before’ (VIDEO)

by Ryan Denson – This election will ask us to choose one of the following: an overqualified, dignified woman, or a fascist, xenophobic billionaire. The woman, Hillary Clinton, has dedicated her life to fighting for the rights and dignities of all, while the man, Donald Trump, has fought only for himself and his pockets. One group that tends to vote Democrat – but has been leaning a little more towards the right recently – are Jewish people. In 2008, 78 percent of Jewish Americans voted for President Obama, as did 74 percent in 2012. This year is different. Instead of facing off against John McCain or Mitt Romney, the Democrats are facing off against the definition of fascism and xenophobia. And they have a message to their grandchildren: vote for Hillary Clinton. Why? Because they’ve seen this before. In a video titled “A Message From Grandma & Grandpa: We’ve Seen This Before,”...

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Support for Death Penalty Lowest in More Than Four Decades

by BAXTER OLIPHANT – As the Supreme Court prepares to hear the first of two death penalty cases in this year’s term, the share of Americans who support the death penalty for people convicted of murder is now at its lowest point in more than four decades. Only about half of Americans (49%) now favor the death penalty for people convicted of murder, while 42% oppose it. Support has dropped 7 percentage points since March 2015, from 56%. Public support for capital punishment peaked in the mid-1990s, when eight-in-ten Americans (80% in 1994) favored the death penalty and fewer than two-in-ten were opposed (16%). Opposition to the death penalty is now the highest it has been since 1972. Though support for the death penalty has declined across most groups, a Pew Research Center survey conducted Aug. 23-Sept. 2 among 1,201 adults finds that most Republicans continue to largely favor its use in...

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On This Day, Sept 29, 1982 – The Tylenol Murders

On this day in 1982, a sick 12-year-old girl in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, unwittingly takes an Extra-Strength Tylenol capsule laced with cyanide poison and dies later that day. She would be one of seven people to die suddenly after taking the popular over-the-counter medication, as the so-called Tylenol murders spread fear across America. The victims, all from the Chicago area, ranged in age from 12 to 35 and included three members of the same family. Johnson & Johnson, the maker of Tylenol, launched a massive recall of its product and offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or people responsible. Investigators soon determined that the tainted Tylenol capsules hadn’t been tampered with at the factories where they were produced. This meant that someone had taken the bottles from store shelves, laced them with poison and then returned them to grocery stores and...

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Biographer Says Trump Might Not Actually Be A Billionaire: ‘He Just Makes It Up’ (VIDEO)

by Vera – Donald Trump’s lies are catching up to him one by one, and the latest person to call him out is Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and biographer David Cay Johnston. Some of you may not know who Johnston is, but he is the author behind The Making of Donald Trump – so he knows quite a bit about who the erratic business mogul is and isn’t. In a newly released video, Johnston claims that there is absolutely no proof that Trump is the billionaire he says he is – adding another layer of deceit and fraud to Trump’s already horrendous track record. The clip was published by Business Insider, where Johnston goes through Trump’s bragging claims and compares them to the actual data on the business mogul’s court records and bank filings. For example, Johnston says that last year, Trump said his net worth was $8.7 billion, $10 billion, $11 billion and higher, “even though...

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Two Very Different Economic Realities on Display

by REBECCA VALLAS – The candidates painted clashing visions for the economy. As NBC’s Lester Holt noted in his opening question: “There are two economic realities in America today.” And boy were they on display in last night’s debate. Donald Trump, the candidate who has said in the past that wages in this country are “too high,” didn’t mince words, bragging openly about paying nothing in taxes, about rooting for the housing crisis as an opportunity to profit from foreclosure, and about doubling down on the failed theory of trickle-down economics through a tax plan promising massive giveaways to the wealthy and corporations. The Republican presidential nominee’s plan cuts taxes for his own family by as much as $4 billion, while essentially ignoring low- and middle-income families(and reducing revenue by some $6 trillion, which experts note would likely cost the economy millions of jobs and plunge the nation back into recession)....

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Time for Congress to Stop Hollering at CEOs and Take Action

by Robert Reich – Last week, Congress engaged in a bipartisan barrage of CEO bashing. The Senate Banking Committee assailed Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf for pushing employees to create as many as two million bogus bank and credit card accounts without customer’s consent – making customers pay overdraft and late fees on accounts they never knew they had. Louisiana Republican David Vitter pressed Stumpf on when he knew about the wrongdoing. “In 2011, about 1,000 employees were fired over this,” said Vitter, incredulously, “and you were never told about that?” Meanwhile, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform criticized Mylan Pharmaceutical’s CEO Heather Bresch for raising the price of its Epipen, an emergency allergy treatment, by 500 percent – forcing customers to pay $608 for a two-pack that had cost $100 in 2009. Noting that Mylan had sought legislation to increase the number of patients who receive prescriptions for EpiPens, Representative...

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What The Mainstream Media Isn’t Telling You About The Election, And Why It’s Bad For Trump

by Ryan Denson – The mainstream media is having a field day. They are predicting doom and gloom for the Democrats while simultaneously praising Donald Trump for acting “presidential” (apparently, not being racist is now the lowest bar on the list of requirements). In fact, mainstream media is so drunk on its ratings due to Trump that they are effectively calling the election a tie. While multiple polls have Hillary Clinton ahead by five, six or even seven points, cable news networks and print publications are hyping up several polls that have her leading by a dismal 2 points, which are within the margin of error. In their view, the country is “split” and it could be anyone’s race. This notion has certainly frightened Democrats, as it would any person whose preferred candidate looks vulnerable. Nobody likes to lose. But here’s why that’s wrong. It’s no secret that non-white voters prefer...

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The Complicated Legacy of Shimon Peres

by Evelyn Anne Crunden – Shimon Peres, the ninth president of Israel, died on Wednesday in Tel Aviv at the age of 93, following a massive stroke. The passing of the Polish-born Peres, who also served as prime minister twice, has been met with mixed emotions around the world. Throughout his career, Peres worked for two seemingly opposite goals: growing Israel’s defense operations, while also playing an active part in peace-building efforts like the Oslo Accords, for which he shared the Nobel Peace Prize. The left-leaning Israeli publication Haaretz offered perhaps the best analysis of Peres, acknowledging his dueling roles: as military man and peace advocate, as settlement proponent and settlement naysayer, as an aging senior statesman but as a mistrusted opportunist. To say that these contradictions are not all true of Peres is to offer an unfinished account of his legacy. Acknowledging these discrepancies, however, is proving hard for American...

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MH17: Missile Fired from Russia-Backed Rebel Area

Prosecutors say evidence shows Malaysian jet brought down from area controlled by Ukraine rebels supported by Moscow. A Malaysian airliner shot down in eastern Ukraine was hit by a missile launched from an area controlled by Russia-backed rebels and the delivery system then retreated back into Russian territory, investigators said on Wednesday. The findings challenge Russia’s suggestion that Malaysia Airlines flight 17 – en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in July 2014 – was brought down by the Ukrainian military. All 298 people on board, most of them Dutch citizens, were killed. The prosecutors cannot file charges but victims’ relatives have been seeking details of who shot the plane down in the hope it might lead eventually to prosecutions. The incident led to a sharp rise in East-West tensions. Ukraine town holds memorial for MH17 victims “The investigators made it very clear that what they’ve made public to...

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The 9/11 Families Deserve Their Day in Court Against Saudi Arabia

by Robert Naiman, Truthout | Op-Ed – This week the House and Senate are expected to vote on whether to override the president’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terror Act (JASTA). JASTA would allow 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia over allegations Saudi officials were linked to the 9/11 attacks. The bill makes no judgment about Saudi Arabia’s responsibility for the 9/11 attacks. It just removes Saudi Arabia’s immunity from lawsuit over support for terrorist attacks on US soil. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both support the bill. Under current US law, Americans can sue Iran for terrorism in US courts, but they can’t sue Saudi Arabia for terrorism in US courts, because Iran is on the State Department’s “state sponsor of terror” list and Saudi Arabia is not. The State Department is allowed to take “broader US foreign policy interests” besides concern about support for terrorism into...

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Trump Achieves New Personal Best in Debate: A Lie Every 2.65 Minutes

by Joan McCarter – Donald Trump went for the liar’s gold in Monday’s debate, and scored. Last week he clocked an impressive rate of lying at one falsehood every 3.25 minutes of his public speeches, interviews, and tweets. He blew that record out of the water on Monday night. According to the Toronto Star’s count, he had 34 lies in roughly 90 minutes. Doing the math on that, it’s a lie every 2.65 minutes. That’s pretty damned impressive, in a really bad, non-presidential kind of way. But still. It helps that he racked up three alone in the discussion of whether or not he supported the invasion of Iraq (he did). There were two on his taxes: “you don’t learn that much from tax returns,” and “as soon as the audit’s finished, it will be released” (he’s also not releasing returns that aren’t under audit). Two of the lies were about his...

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Trump Has Been Sued Repeatedly For Disabilities Violations At His Properties

by April Hamlin – Throughout the past 19 years, Donald Trump has been sued no less than eight times for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act at his various properties, and has done his best to drag out these cases for as long as possible. In addition, a federal inspection at one of his properties also turned up multiple ADA violations. Five of the cases ended in a settlement and two others were resolved in consent decrees that required Trump to make modifications to the properties to bring them into compliance with the ADA. One ended when both sides requested the case be dismissed and another was brought to a close in a bankruptcy. Christine Da Silva, a Trump Hotels spokeswoman, claims that Trump works very hard and spends lots of money to make sure his buildings are accessible to people with disabilities. “It is the policy at all of...

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Trump’s Fear Mongering and Racist Lies about Crime in America

by Josie Duffy Rice – Over the past few months, Donald Trump has blustered on and on about violent crime, promoting the false narrative that crime in America is vastly out of control and only getting worse.  It’s another Trump lie, a misleading story he tells to stoke fear as he crowns himself the “law-and-order” candidate. Unsurprisingly, he repeated those three words over and over again last night. From the debate: Secretary Clinton doesn’t want to use a couple of words and that’s law and order. And we need law and order. If we don’t have it, we’re not going to have a country. And when I look at what’s going on in Charlotte, the city I love, the city where I have investments, when I look at what’s going on throughout various parts of our country, whether it’s…I can keep naming them all day long — we need law and order in our country.  We have...

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Chris Christie ‘Laughed’ When Told of Bridge Plot, Top Official Testifies

by Nika Knight – Witness in “Bridgegate” hearing testifies that New Jersey governor was pleased to learn of bridge lane closures, part of revenge plot to punish mayor who didn’t endorse Christie, while they were happening. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was told about the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane closures during a 9/11 memorial ceremony the week the closures were happening—and laughed when he heard the news. That’s according to testimony in federal court from David Wildstein, the man who orchestrated the closings in his former role as interstate capital projects director for Port Authority, during a hearing on Tuesday. The closures caused catastrophic traffic delays, and emails between the Republican governor’s staffers revealed that they were part of a revenge plot to punish the mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey, for not endorsing Christie’s candidacy for governor. During the trial that began that began earlier this month, local outlet...

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Judge Orders Voter Suppressor Kris Kobach to Explain Why he Should not be Held in Contempt

by Kira Lerner – The Kansas secretary of state has continues to deny voter registrations without proof of citizenship. A federal judge on Monday ordered Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to appear at a hearing where he’ll have to explain why he shouldn’t be held in contempt for failing to register eligible voters who haven’t provided proof of citizenship. In a hearing on Friday, the notorious voter suppressor will have to explain why he is not complying with a May court injunction requiring his state to register all eligible citizens who apply at the Department of Motor Vehicles, regardless of whether they can provide a proof of citizenship document. Kobach has suspended or cancelled more than 30,000 would-be voters’ registrations because they were unable to provide proof of citizenship when they registered to vote at the DMV. After the federal judge ruled against Kobach in May, the American Civil Liberties...

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Giuliani Already Trying To Float Excuses For Trump To Weasel Out Of Future Debates

by Shannon Barber – Anyone watching Monday night’s highly charged presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump knows that Hillary cleaned Trump’s clock. Of course, Trump’s ego will never let him admit that he lost to Hillary, so his surrogates are already being deployed all over the place to spin his embarrassingly terrible debate performance into something positive. The verbal gymnastics there are astounding, but of course these people are Donald Trump surrogates, so they are used to spinning faster than the head of the girl in The Exorcist. One Trump surrogate, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, is taking things a step further, though, and trying to float the idea that Trump should refuse to do future debates with Hillary. Of course, this is just a cowardly move because of Trump’s abysmal performance. But Giuliani is the Trump Spinner-in-Chief, and instead decided to blame the fact that NBC...

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On This Day, Sept. 28, 1995 – PLO and Israel Transfer West Bank, Gaza Control

1995 – Yasser Arafat of the PLO and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed an accord that finally transferred control of the West Bank. The Olso Accord of 1993 provided for the creation of a Palestinian interim self-government, the Palestinian National Authority (PNA). The Palestinian Authority would have responsibility for the administration of the territory under its control. The Accords also called for the withdrawal of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) from parts of the Gaza Strip and West Bank. It was anticipated that this arrangement would last for a five-year interim period during which a permanent agreement would be negotiated (beginning no later than May 1996). Remaining issues such as Jerusalem, Palestinian refugees, Israeli settlements, security and borders would be part of the “permanent status negotiations” during this period. 1066 – England was invaded by William the Conqueror who claimed the English throne. 1781 – During the Revolutionary War, American...

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ACLU Urges Mass. Court to Vacate 24,000 Drug Cases Based on Tainted Lab Evidence

by C.J. Ciaramella – Annie Dookhan tainted an estimated one in six drug cases in Massachusetts over a nine-year period. The ACLU says all those cases should be thrown out. A single bad chemist corrupted an estimated one in six drug convictions in Massachusetts between 2003 and 2012, throwing the state’s legal system into havoc. The only way to properly fix it, the American Civil Liberties Union argued in a brief to the state’s high court on Friday, is to vacate thousands of convictions based on her work. The ACLU is asking the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to vacate more than 24,000 drug convictions based on tainted evidence from one of the biggest drug lab scandals in the country. When state chemist Annie Dookhan pled guilty in 2012 to falsifying positive results in thousands of drug samples over a nine-year period, it set off a massive review of possibly compromised cases,...

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Wells Fargo’s Predatory Practices Are More Than Petty Frauds

by Deena Zaidi, Truthout | Op-Ed – In the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, would-be reformers of Wall Street have largely focused on the problems with letting big financial institutions mix commercial banking with investment banking. But the most recent banking scandal — the revelation that Wells Fargo employees created millions of fake accounts for their customers in order to meet their sales targets — is a reminder that big banks have an enormous drive to misbehave, even within the strict realm of traditional banking activities. Big banks like Wells Fargo will continue to behave badly so long as they are allowed to quietly settle such “massive frauds” by paying fines that sound huge to ordinary people but in actuality are trivial to the banks. Wells Fargo is not the only big bank plagued by scandals. Other leading banks, such as JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup and...

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Trump Praises Egypt’s Autocratic President, says they have a lot of ‘Chemistry’

by Adrienne Mahsa Varkiani – Just days after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump sat down with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, he called him a “fantastic guy.” “I thought it was very productive,” Trump said in an interview on Fox News on Wednesday, after being asked about his meeting with Sisi in New York on Monday, on the sidelines of the U.N. Summit for Refugees and Migrants. “He’s a fantastic guy. He took control of Egypt, and he really took control of it, and I thought it was a great meeting. We met for a long time, actually. We had a long meeting, and got along. There was a good chemistry there.” Trump went on to praise Sisi as someone who took control of the “tremendous problem” of terrorists in Egypt. “I’ll tell you, he took control of the country, he has gotten the terrorists out and wiped them out, and...

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Every Bat Sh*t Crazy Thing That Came Out Of Trump’s Mouth In The First Debate

by April Hamlin – Donald Trump spent Monday night making a total ass out of himself in the first presidential debate. We were all waiting to see just what would happen tonight, and it was quite the spectacle. From lies to self-incrimination, watching the GOP nominee’s performance was the equivalent of one facepalm after another. So here you go, a complete list of every batshit crazy thing that came out of Donald Trump’s mouth during the first presidential debate: “There’s nobody in our government to fight them , and we have a very good fight, and we have a winning fight.”   “They’re using our country as a piggy bank to rebuild China and many other countries are doing the same thing.”   “We have to stop these countries from stealing our companies.”   “Our country’s in deep trouble.  We don’t know what we’re doing with devaluations… Especially when it comes to China, they’re...

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This was the Most Important Moment of the First Presidential Debate (VIDEO)

by Judd Legum – The moment. In 90 minutes, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were able to cover a lot of ground. From the economy to racism to Iraq to criminal justice, the candidates sparred on the stage for the first time. But the lasting impact of the debate come from a few moments that persist in the public consciousness long after most of the debate is forgotten. In Tuesday night’s debate, that moment came during a discussion of Trump’s tax returns. Trump is the first candidate in 40 years who refuses to release his returns. Clinton suggested that Trump wasn’t releasing them because the returns would show he paid no taxes at all. Clinton noted a couple of older returns from the 1980s, that were disclosed through casino regulators, showed he paid no taxes. “That makes me smart,” Trump replied. Notably, Trump doesn’t deny that his returns would show he paid...

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Paul LePage’s Binder Full of Drug Dealers is Mostly White People After All

by Alan Pyke – The part about keeping a binder was true. The rest, not so much. Flagrantly racist off-hand remarks to the public are something of a hobby for Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R). But at a meeting in August, LePage alloyed his blanket pronouncements with a hard number, claiming that more than 90 percent of those arrested for selling drugs in his state this year are black or latino. That’s not true, according to the personal binder LePage maintained on drug arrests, which was obtained and published by the Portland Press-Herald on Monday. More than half of the mugshots in LePage’s binder are of white people. The three-ring binder is made up of cut-and-pasted reports from communications staffers and police employees describing drug cases going back to the start of this year. There are 142 named arrestees or suspects in the 148-page document. There is no accompanying photograph for almost...

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Critical Flint Aid Held Hostage as Congressional Showdown Looms

by Deirdre Fulton – “Have Congressional Republicans forgotten about Flint? Or maybe it’s that they just don’t really care.” Even as Flint residents continue to struggle to provide clean drinking water for their families, Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate appear to be thumbing their noses at the Michigan city, excluding Flint assistance from a must-pass spending bill ahead of (yet another) congressional recess. “Have Congressional Republicans forgotten about Flint?” The Flint Journal wrote in an editorial on Monday. “Or maybe it’s that they just don’t really care.” News outlets reported late last week that the Senate’s proposed Continuing Resolution (CR)—a short-term funding agreement that would keep the government operating after the current budget expires on October 1—did not include emergency funding for the beleaguered community that has been grappling with a long-term lead-contamination crisis. The proposal did include flood assistance for states such as Louisiana and Maryland. House Speaker...

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Is Trump’s Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway Completely Out of Her Mind?

by mdm4039 – At first glance Kellyanne Conway would seem like a modern day success story. She is a lawyer who clerked for a judge out of law school in the nation’s capital. She spent four years as an adjunct professor at a law school.  She co-authored a book. These achievements would be enough for most to rest comfortably on their laurels in the sanctuary of the upper-middle class  rewarded with  prestige from  peers and one’s community alike.  Kellyanne, however, was just getting started. She then worked for Luntz polling company, a right-wing pollster who gave us such imaginative misnomers  as the “Death Tax” as a substitute for the more benign sounding inheritance tax in order to make the tax appear completely sinister when in actuality it falls on a minuscule percentage of only the very wealthy.  Conway then founded her own polling firm. There she did work for several notable politicians on the right including Ronald Reagan...

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U.N. Report: Police Killings Of Black Men In U.S. Is ‘Human Rights Crisis’ Reminiscent Of Lynching

by April Hamlin – The epidemic of black men being killed at the hands of police officers in America has not gone unnoticed on the international stage. According to a report by a United Nations working group, which will be debated at the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday, this situation constitutes a full-blown “human rights crisis” that is reminiscent of the days of lynchings. “Contemporary police killings and the trauma that they create are reminiscent of the past racial terror of lynching,” said the report by the U.N. Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent. The U.N. report draws a stark comparison between modern day fatal shootings at the hands of law enforcement and the lynchings of blacks that swept the nation in the 19th and 20th centuries. The report comes as racial tensions in America have boiled over yet again in the wake of more deadly shootings that...

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On This Day, Sept. 27, 1973 – VP Spiro T. Agnew Vows Not to Resign

1973 – U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew said he would not resign after he pled “no contest” to a charge of tax evasion. He did resign on October 10th. In 1973, Agnew was investigated by the United States Attorney’s office for the District of Maryland, on charges of extortion, tax fraud, bribery, and conspiracy. He was charged with having accepted bribes totaling more than $100,000 while holding office as Baltimore County Executive, Governor of Maryland, and later Vice President. On October 10 that same year, Agnew was allowed to plead no contest to a single charge that he had failed to report $29,500 of income received in 1967, with the condition that he resign the office of Vice President. Nixon later replaced Agnew by appointing House Minority Leader Gerald Ford to the office of Vice President. Agnew was the second Vice President in United States history to resign, the...

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Doctors In Canada Get The Green Light To Prescribe Heroin

by JULIE FIDLER – Meanwhile, the DEA won’t even legalize medical cannabis across the U.S. Medical marijuana is legal in about half of the United States, and the DEA missed its chance to legalize it on the national level when it passed on rescheduling marijuana this past summer. But in Canada, doctors have been given the green light to prescribe heroin to severely addicted patients. Are we living in a parallel universe or something? New rules that went into effect last week allow doctors in Canada to apply to Health Canada – the nation’s health department – for access to medical-grade heroin to prescribe to specific patients. The government-run Special Access Program approves the requests on a case-by-case basis. The medical-grade heroin – called diacetylmorphine – can only be prescribed to severe addicts for whom most other treatments have failed. The new regulations state: “Having access to diacetylmorphine will provide...

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Eight-Year-Old Gives Her Hot Meal To A Homeless Man, Then 2 Weeks Later This Happens

by Amanda Froelich – Thanks to an eight-year-old’s generous heart, an estranged homeless man may soon reconnect with his family. Ella Scott had no idea her kindness would ripple out and affect millions when she offered a homeless man her dinner of steak and potatoes, but that’s exactly what happened. The video (below) shows the kind activist noticing a homeless man on the street as she and her father, Eddie Scott, dined at the Lallapalooza restaurant in Monterey, California. With little hesitation, she asked her father if she could give her meal to the man who looked hungry. Of course, her father said yes. Soon after, he uploaded the video to Facebook which has been shared over 40 million times. Eddie told the press: “Ella has always had a big heart. Whenever we pass homeless people on the street, she always asks me for money to give to them.” The...

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Attention, Lester Holt: Hillary Campaign Releases 19 Page List of Fact-Checked Trump Lies

by Oliver Tiger – FoxSpews Senior Talking Head Chris Wallace has made it clear he will not be fact-checking anyone at the last Presidential debate… and Donald Trump approves that message: LARRY KING (HOST): Chris Wallace of Fox News is going to moderate the final debate. He says he doesn’t believe it’s his job to be the truth squad, that it’s up to the candidates to catch each other. Do you think the moderator should have facts at hands and correct the guest? DONALD TRUMP: Well, I don’t know. I can tell you, Chris Wallace is a professional. He’s very, very good at what he does. And you know, I can understand him saying that but yeah, I think — I think that the candidates should police themselves. And as we all know, The Donald is an absolute EXPERT at policing himself. He’s certainly an expert at policing Hillary Clinton, calling her a...

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President Obama Hammers Trump For Claiming Black People Are Worse Off Today

by Stephen D Foster Jr – Donald Trump thinks African-Americans are worse off now than they have ever been, and President Obama just took him to the woodshed for it. During a rally, Trump declared that “African-American communities are absolutely in the worst shape than they’ve ever been in before.” The assertion suggests that slavery was a picnic for black people and that Jim Crow was heaven on earth. But President Obama set Trump straight during an interview with Good Morning America at the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture. “You know, I think even most 8-year-olds’ll tell you that whole slavery thing wasn’t very good for black people,” Obama told Robin Roberts. “Jim Crow wasn’t very good for black people. What we have to do is use our history to propel us to make more progress in the future.” Here’s the video via ABC President Obama also slammed...

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Call for Emergency UN Meeting Amid Regime Assault in Syria

US, UK and France demand Security Council meeting to discuss violence in Aleppo that has left 200 dead in a week. The US, Britain and France have called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the escalating violence in Syria’s second city of Aleppo in the wake of a rising civilian death toll and impending humanitarian crisis. The latest step comes as Syrian government forces, backed by Moscow, have heavily bombed rebel-held areas of Aleppo killing nearly 200 people since Wednesday. The UN says nearly two million civilians are left without water in the embattled northern city after government bombardments damaged a pumping station and rebels shut down another in retaliation. Intense air strikes toppled buildings and killed at least 91 civilians in Aleppo on Saturday, two days after the Syrian army announced an offensive to retake the rebel-held east of the city. Mainstream rebel...

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Questions Remain as Police Release Footage of Fatal Charlotte Shooting

by Andrea Germanos – Release of dash cam and body cam footage follows days of protests and demands for footage to be made public. Following days of demonstrations, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on Saturday released footage of the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott. The release of dashboard camera and body camera footage came just one day after NBC released footage from Scott’s wife, Rakeyia Scott, of the fatal encounter last Tuesday. Scott’s family has asserted that he was unarmed; police say he had a gun, and on Saturday also “released photos of a pistol and ankle holster recovered at the scene,” CNN reports. In the footage from Rakeyia Scott, she is heard saying, “He doesn’t have a gun.” Police officers can be heard saying, “Drop the gun.” Justin Bamberg, who represents the Scott family, said at news conference Saturday, “You can’t clearly identify what, if anything, is in his hand.”...

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On This Day, Sept. 26, 1960 – Nixon and Kennedy Square Off on TV

1960 – The first televised debate between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy took place in Chicago, IL. The Kennedy-Nixon debates not only had a major impact on the election’s outcome, but ushered in a new era in which crafting a public image and taking advantage of media exposure became essential ingredients of a successful political campaign. They also heralded the central role television has continued to play in the democratic process. Nixon took a major hit in August when a reporter asked President Dwight D. Eisenhower to name some of his vice president’s contributions. Exhausted and irritated after a long press conference, Eisenhower replied, “If you give me a week, I might think of one. I don’t remember.” (While the remark was intended as a self-deprecating reference to the president’s own mental fatigue, the Democrats promptly used it in a television commercial that ended with...

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Trump to Fossil Fuel Execs: ‘You Will Like Me So Much’

by Andrea Germanos – Republican presidential candidate’s comments at industry conference show he “would be a belligerent catalyst of catastrophic climate change if he were elected president.” The same day as a new report highlighted the carbon emissions calamity that would accompany new fossil fuel extraction, Donald Trump promised an audience of fossil fuel executives that is the very agenda he would pursue if elected to the White House. “Oh, you will like me so much,” the Republican presidential candidate said in his address to the Shale Insight conference in Pittsburgh on Thursday. He promised to lift regulations, open up more federal lands for fossil fuel extraction—including coal and fracking—and ease the way for new fossil fuel infrastructure projects including pipelines. Trump said he would get rid of “all unnecessary regulations, and a temporary moratorium on new regulations not compelled by Congress or public safety.” He also called anti-coal regulations...

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New York Times Strongly Endorses Hillary Clinton, Praising her ‘Intellect, Experience, and Courage’

by David Nir – With just over six weeks to go before Election Day, the New York Times editorial board has issued a powerful endorsement of Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president, and there’s nothing half-hearted or subtle about it: In any normal election year, we’d compare the two presidential candidates side by side on the issues. But this is not a normal election year. A comparison like that would be an empty exercise in a race where one candidate — our choice, Hillary Clinton — has a record of service and a raft of pragmatic ideas, and the other, Donald Trump, discloses nothing concrete about himself or his plans while promising the moon and offering the stars on layaway. But, says the Times, their endorsement carries a deeper purpose: But this endorsement would also be an empty exercise if it merely affirmed the choice of Clinton supporters. We’re aiming instead to persuade...

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What Trump’s Youngstown Problem Says About Campaign 2016

by JOHN RUSSO AND SHERRY LINKON – It might take more than calling out blatant racism to derail the Trump train. Because of its potential for producing crossover Democratic votes for him in this year’s presidential race, Republican nominee Donald Trump has been paying a lot of attention to Youngstown, Ohio this year. This week, the old mill town gave him the kind of attention he didn’t want. The quick resignation of local Trump campaign chair Kathy Miller, after a series of jaw dropping remarks in an interview with The Guardian — including her opinion that racism did not exist until President Barack Obama took office — and the Trump campaign’s immediate decision to replace her with a Youngstown African-American talk show host suggest that maybe the blunt-spoken billionaire isn’t as enthusiastic about political incorrectness as he purports to be. Trump’s campaign has encouraged people like Miller to claim their racism...

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The Economic Impacts of Removing Unauthorized Immigrant Workers

by Ryan Edwards and Francesc Ortega – In every state and in every industry across the United States, immigrants—authorized and unauthorized—are contributing to the U.S. economy. Immigrant labor and entrepreneurship are believed to be powerful forces of economic revitalization for communities struggling with population decline. Estimates suggest that the total number of unauthorized immigrants currently residing in the United States is approximately 11.3 million, or about 3.5 percent of the total 2015 resident population of 324.4 million. Of those 11.3 million, we estimate that 7 million are workers. What is the economic contribution of these unauthorized workers? What would the nation stand to lose in terms of production and income if these workers were removed and returned to their home countries? The main findings of this report are as follows: A policy of mass deportation would immediately reduce the nation’s GDP by 1.4 percent, and ultimately by 2.6 percent, and reduce cumulative...

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On This Day, Sept. 25, 1957 – The Little Rock Nine Enter School

1957 – 300 U.S. Army troops stood guard as nine black students were escorted to class at Central High School in Little Rock, AR. The Little Rock Nine were a group of African American students enrolled in Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Their enrollment was followed by the Little Rock Crisis, in which the students were initially prevented from entering the racially segregated school by Orval Faubus, the Governor of Arkansas and unruly white mobs. They then attended after the intervention of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The NAACP had registered nine black students to attend the previously all-white Little Rock Central High, selected on the criteria of excellent grades and attendance. The nicknamed “Little Rock Nine” consisted of Ernest Green (b. 1941), Elizabeth Eckford (b. 1941), Jefferson Thomas (1942–2010), Terrence Roberts (b. 1941), Carlotta Walls LaNier (b. 1942), Minnijean Brown (b. 1941), Gloria Ray Karlmark (b. 1942),...

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Feds Investigating Trump Advisor’s Meeting with Russian Officials

by Aaron Rupar – Harry Reid wrote the FBI, demanding action. U.S. law enforcement is looking into Donald Trump foreign policy advisor Carter Page’s meetings with high-ranking Russian officials this summer, Yahoo’s Michael Isikoff reports. Page, who Trump said was one of his five foreign policy advisors last March, is suspected of communicating with “senior Russian officials” about “the possible lifting of economic sanctions” if Trump becomes president, Yahoo reports, citing “multiple sources who have been briefed on the issue.” One of the officials Page allegedly met with, Igor Diveykin, is “believed by U.S. officials to have responsibility for intelligence collected by Russian agencies about the U.S. election.” Russia is widely believed to be behind high-profile computer hacks that appear timed to influence the presidential election. ThinkProgress obtained a letter from Sen. Harry Reid to the FBI, dated August 27, demanding an investigation into Page’s contacts with the Russians. Reid’s letter refers...

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Donald Trump Even Cheats at Golf—for $1,000,000

by Mark Sumner – Donald Trump took money from the supposedly charitable Trump Foundation and used it to pay his own legal bills. That sounds bad enough. And in fact, it’s illegal. But how did Trump get those legal bills? It’s Donald Trump drilled down to his essence. It’s 200-proof Trumpism. It’s cheating at golf. The country club calamity arose in August 2010, after Martin Greenberg, the CEO of Sterling Commodities Corp., hit a hole-in-one on the 13th hole while playing in a for-charity tournament at the Trump National Golf Club, Westchester, in Briarcliff Manor, New York. Under the rules of the competition, Greenberg was entitled to a $1 million prize. This kind of payout, where a golfer drops some cash into a pot then takes a single shot at a million dollars, is a common feature of charity tournaments. The odds of winning are long, and clubs can purchase insurance against the rare chance of it happening for...

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Where Are The Issues?

by Dave Johnson – You know those TV segments where they go out and ask regular Americans things like “Who is the Vice President?” and “Should we allow immigration from New Mexico?”, and the people-on-the-street give answers like, “What’s a Vice President?” and “I think we should send all the Muslims back to New Mexico”? Apparently the people working in America’s “news” media would do even worse if forced to answer similar questions. Corporate Media Not Covering Issues America’s news media used to cover actual news and felt a responsibility to provide information to citizens in a democracy. Now, they don’t. Journalism professionals once took pride in explaining complicated issues to the public, digging out corporate fraud, creating informative documentaries and helping prepare people to make informed decisions in our elections. But like so much else in our country, our news media has been corporatized. The citizens journalism used to serve...

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Trump’s Tax Plan Penalizes Single Parents

by Harry Stein – Even with recent changes, Donald Trump’s new tax plan is still a huge giveaway to the rich. But there may be one loser in particular: single parents. Despite his claim that everyone will get a tax cut, under Trump’s tax plan, some single parents would see their taxes go up by more than $1,000. Trump is raising taxes in three ways. First, Trump gets rid of the head of household filing status, which is currently available to single parents and some other unmarried taxpayers who care for another person. Under current law, filing as a head of household reduces someone’s tax bill by lowering the amount of their income that is subject to taxes. It does this by giving them a larger standard deduction than single filers. The standard deduction is a tax deduction set at a fixed amount available to taxpayers who do not itemize deductions...

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Previewing the First Presidential Debate

by Georgia Logothetis – Let’s begin with Paul Krugman at The New York Times who takes on Donald Trump’s “lying game”: Here’s what we can be fairly sure will happen in Monday’s presidential debate: Donald Trump will lie repeatedly and grotesquely, on a variety of subjects. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton might say a couple of untrue things. Or she might not. Here’s what we don’t know: Will the moderators step in when Mr. Trump delivers one of his well-known, often reiterated falsehoods? If he claims, yet again, to have opposed the Iraq war from the beginning — which he didn’t — will he be called on it? If he claims to have renounced birtherism years ago, will the moderators note that he was still at it just a few months ago? (In fact, he already seems to be walking back his admission last week that President Obama was indeed born in America.) If...

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Court Says Ohio’s Voter Purge is Illegal, But Will Rolls Be Restored in Time for Election?

by Lauren McCauley – Ohio’s policy is said to be the most aggressive in the nation with more than 2 million registered voters removed since 2011. In a decision said to be a “big deal” for voters in a crucial swing state, a federal court on Friday declared that Ohio’s practice of purging millions of registered citizens from its rolls is in violation of national voting laws. The order reverses a lower court ruling, which favored Secretary of State Jon Husted. In Friday’s opinion (pdf), District Judge George C. Smith declared that “Ohio’s Supplemental Process violates Section 8, subsection (b)(2) of the .” Ohio’s “purge” is said to be the most aggressive in the nation, removing more voters over a five-year period than any other state. Since 2011, more than 2 million voters have been purged. According to Husted’s office, from...

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Solar Just Hit its Lowest Price Ever

by Samantha Page – Oil-rich Abu Dhabi is planning a massive solar project. Transitioning to clean energy is the single most important thing we can do to avoid the catastrophic effects of climate change. Luckily for us, clean energy keeps getting cheaper. This week saw the lowest-ever bid for electricity from a proposed solar plant, worldwide. A proposed development in Abu Dhabi will sell its electricity for 2.42 cents a kilowatt-hour (kWh). The bid answered a request for proposals from the state electric company for a 350-megawatt (MW) solar plant. For context, the average price per kWh for residential electricity in the United States — from all sources — is 12.73 cents. Wholesale prices for electricity can vary dramatically, but a set of record-low bids last summer for solar in Austin were around 4 cents per kWh. A 350 MW plant provides enough electricity to power about 57,000 average U.S. homes. For years, solar prices have...

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School Lunch Worker Forced to Throw Away Student’s Hot Meal Decides to Quit

by Casey Quinlan – “As a Christian, I have an issue with this.” Under a new policy introduced earlier this year, the Canon-McMillan school district in Pennsylvania bars cafeteria workers from serving students a hot meal if their families owe the school more than $25. That’s why, when a little boy in one of the district’s elementary school went over his credit limit, lunchroom staffer Stacy Koltiska was forced to toss his meal in the trash. Instead, according to district policy, Koltiska was supposed to offer the boy two slices of white bread and cold slice of cheese. After this incident, Koltiska — who worked for the district for two years — decided to quit. She says she resigned out of “moral obligation.” “There’s enough wealth in this world that no child should go hungry, especially in school. To me this is just wrong.” “As a Christian, I have an issue with this. It’s sinful and shameful...

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Trump Finally Asked about His Foundation Scandal, Descends into Complete Incoherence

by Judd Legum – The Art Of The Self-Deal. The Donald J. Trump foundation is supposed to be a charity. But reporting by the Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold has revealed that it frequently acted as Trump’s personal piggy bank. Charities are prohibited from making political contributions or self-dealing. Trump, however, used his foundation’s cash to make an illegal $25,000 donation to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Through his foundation he also purchased two large portraits of himself for $30,000 and a Tim Tebow helmet for for $12,000. Trump spent another $120,000 from the foundation to purchase a luxury trip to France, including a dinner with actor Salma Hayek. (An aide told BuzzFeed he never went on the trip.) The latest report detailed $250,000 in foundation assets Trump used to settle legal disputes involving his for-profit business ventures. Trump has not held a press conference since July. But he was finally asked about the...

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I Ask the Question Again of “Moderate” Whites: What Would You Have Black People do?

by Chitown Kev – “I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.“Letter From a Birmingham Jail” April...

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The Case for Pardoning Edward Snowden (VIDEO)

by Nick Gillespie & Meredith Bragg – Edward Snowden is possibly “the most influential whistle-blower of our generation,” says Trevor Timm, the executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. Earlier this week, Timm joined with representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch to formally ask President Obama to pardon the former NSA contractor who brought to light bombshell revelations about mass surveillance in the U.S. The campaign to request a presidential pardon was timed with the release of the new Oliver Stone biopic, Snowden. “It’s certainly an outside chance that he is going to get pardoned, but I think it’s something Obama can and will consider,” Timm said during an interview with Reason’s Nick Gillespie. He continued: As he’s winding down his presidency, is probably looking at his legacy. And one of the most disappointing aspects of his presidency has been his...

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On This Day, Spet. 23, 1952 – Richard Nixon Delivers the Checkers Speech

1952 – Richard Nixon gave his “Checkers Speech”. At the time he was a candidate for vice-president. The Checkers speech or Fund speech was an address made on September 23, 1952 by the Republican vice presidential candidate, California Senator Richard Nixon. Nixon had been accused of improprieties relating to a fund established by his backers to reimburse him for his political expenses. With his place on the Republican ticket in doubt, he flew to Los Angeles and delivered a half-hour television address in which he defended himself, attacked his opponents, and urged the audience to contact the Republican National Committee (RNC) to tell it whether he should remain on the ticket. During the speech, he stated that regardless of what anyone said, he intended to keep one gift: a black-and-white dog who had been named Checkers by the Nixon children, thus giving the address its popular name. Nixon’s speech...

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In Charlotte, National Guard Descends on Community Seeking Justice and Answers

by Lauren McCauley – Demonstrators in Charlotte, NC confront riot police for a second night after the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott. The National Guard and State Highway Patrol were deployed Thursday morning in uptown Charlotte after another night of demonstrations captured the community’s grief and outrage over the recent police killing of Keith Lamont Scott. Scott’s family said they are seeking answers as well as justice and on Thursday they are expecting to watch a video depicting his shooting death. Both the ACLU and the local chapter of the NAACP asked for that footage to be made public after police claimed the 43-year-old, father of seven was armed and “posed an imminent deadly threat” while he waited at his child’s bus stop—directly contradicting the family, who said he did not possess a gun. “After listening to remarks made by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Putney…we have more questions than answers about...

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“Indifferent to Yemen’s Misery,” Senate Approves Massive Saudi Arms Deal

by Nika Knight – A bipartisan resolution to block the $1.15 billion weapons sale failed 71-27. The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to dismiss a bipartisan bill that would have blocked a massive $1.15 billion weapons shipment to Saudi Arabia, to the dismay of peace groups and rights advocates who have called on the U.S. to end its support for the brutal Saudi bombing campaign in Yemen. The bipartisan resolution to block the weapons sale failed 71-27, with two senators not voting. During the floor debate, many of those in favor of the weapons sale echoed Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who declared: “This is a sale that benefits us.” Although even Corker admitted Saudi Arabia is not a “perfect ally” and that many civilians had been killed in Yemen, he argued that the massive sale of new weapons should be approved because it will benefit the U.S. economically. Corker further...

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Trump’s Latest Campaign Promise May Be His Most Horrible One Yet

by John Prager – Donald Trump is, well, deplorable. He’s suggested building a wall to keep invading hordes of brown-skinned “rapists” and “drug dealers” from charging into the country, gotten on board with creating a national registry for Muslims like Hitler did with the Jews, forcing said Muslims to wear special identification badges, and even rounding them up into modern-day concentration camps as a “temporary measure.” He’s even suggested outright murdering the families of terrorists abroad: “The other thing with the terrorists is you have to take out their families, when you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives, don’t kid yourself. When they say they don’t care about their lives, you have to take out their families.”  But he’s not satisfied with slaughtering innocents to get to terrorists overseas, He also wants to bring that idea home. In a statement on the bombings...

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Texas Defied a Court’s Voting Rights Order, and the Court’s not Happy

by Ian Millhiser – PRO TIP: Don’t do what Texas did. Texas violated a court order intended to preserve voting rights. And it got caught. Earlier this month, the Justice Department informed a federal court that Texas is violating a recent court order that sought to keep the state from disenfranchising voters. After an appeals court struck down the state’s voter ID law, a common form of voter suppression favored by conservative lawmakers, the state agreed to be bound by an order that would permit voters to cast a ballot in the 2016 election if they “cannot reasonably obtain” photo ID. Despite this order, Texas published press releases, voter education materials, and training manuals for poll workers that effectively stated that a voter without ID cannot vote unless it is literally impossible for that voter to obtain a photo ID. Thus, for example, a voter who had to make multiple day long...

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The Clinton Foundation Shows Off The Goods—And Wow, Are They Good

 by Mark Sumner – While the Donald J Trump Foundation is daily melting down into a quagmire of political payoffs, illegal transactions, and astonishing acts of greed, the Clinton Foundation has been doing it’s paperwork. … as questions swirl about Trump’s own Foundation, thanks to a series of investigative articles in The Washington Post that reveal Trump uses almost none of his own money to make donations, the Initiative’s annual meeting is an apt time for the Clintons to show off just how much good their Foundation has actually done. And boy, did Bill bring the receipts. … 3,600: That’s how many public commitments the Initiative’s attendees have made on stage over the last 12 years. 435 million: That’s how many people those commitments have helped. 52 million: That’s how many children have received access to education as a result of those commitments. 114 million: That’s how many people can drink clean water because of...

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The Media Reaches Critical Mass on Trump

by NEAL GABLER – Is the tide turning? The words “lie” and “liar” are beginning to turn up in New York Times and Washington Post headlines about the GOP nominee. If you sniff around media blogs, which is part of my job, you know that something momentous may have happened last Saturday: The mainstream media finally came out of hiding and called Donald Trump what he is — a liar. And not just any old mainstream media, but the gray lady herself: The New York Times. The mainstream media finally came out of hiding and called Donald Trump what he is — a liar. The headline of national political reporter Jonathan Martin’s front-page “news analysis,” as it was labeled, was “Trump Drops False ‘Birther’ Theory, But Floats a New One: Clinton Started It,” although in another edition it was headed more pointedly, “Trump Gives Up a Lie But Refuses to Repent.”...

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Facing Tough Re-Election, Sheriff Joe Says He’s Still Investigating Obama’s Birth Certificate

by Ryan Denson – Even though Donald Trump (sort of) dropped the ‘birther’ issue, there’s one pro-Trump surrogate who – in the tightest re-election fight of his life – is still pledging to continue his investigation into President Obama’s birth certificate. Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was recently recommended for criminal court due to the continuation of racial profiling and perjury, told a group of Tea Party activists that he is certain Barack Obama’s birth certificate is forged and will do everything he can to prove it: “I’m not going to give up, and we’re looking into it. I don’t know how it’s going to turn out. I don’t care where he’s from. We are looking at a forged document. Period. I had nothing to do with Trump on the birth certificate. We did it on our own, because of you guys.” The room of 200 or so activists were of course energized by Arpaio’s pledge...

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Foreign Diplomats Scared Sh*tless Over The Idea Of A President Trump

by Shannon Barber – As we know, the final United Nations General Assembly of President Obama’s presidency is occurring in New York City this week. That gave diplomats from around the world to weigh in on this year’s very strange presidential election. Many seem rather rattled about the idea of a Donald Trump presidency, while others merely poked fun at Trump’s buffoonery. One diplomat mocked Trump, saying, “he’s a clown.” Another said, “He’s nuts.” Yet another said that Trump is an “untrustworthy egomaniacal equivocator.” Well, it’s too bad so many American citizens can’t see these traits in Trump. An Ipsos poll that polled foreign ambassadors who are currently working in America has 60 percent of these people saying they would vote for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton if they were citizens, while only 7 percent would hop on the Trump Train. That in and of itself is very telling. Dennis Jett, who...

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On This Day, Sept. 22, 1961 – JFK Signs Act Establishing the Peace Corps

1961 – President John F. Kennedy signed a congressional act that established the Peace Corps. The Peace Corps program was an outgrowth of the Cold War. President Kennedy pointed out that the Soviet Union “had hundreds of men and women, scientists, physicists, teachers, engineers, doctors, and nurses . . . prepared to spend their lives abroad in the service of world communism.” The United States had no such program, and Kennedy wanted to involve Americans more actively in the cause of global democracy, peace, development, and freedom. A few days after he took office, Kennedy asked his brother-in-law, R. Sargent Shriver, to direct a Peace Corps Task Force. Shriver was known for his ability to identify and motivate creative, visionary leaders, and he led the group to quickly shape the organization. After a month of intense dialogue and debate among task force members, Shriver outlined seven steps to forming the Peace...

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Protests, Injuries Follow North Carolina Police Shooting of Disabled Black Man

by Thandisizwe Chimurenga – Keith Lamont Scott was sitting in a car, reading a book, when he was shot four times by undercover police in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Tuesday afternoon. Family members and witnesses say Scott, who was disabled, was waiting for a school bus to drop one of his sons off when police encountered him. The police version of what happens disputes that, of course. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said they were at The Village at College Downs apartment complex to deliver an outstanding warrant, when they saw Scott exit a vehicle with a weapon and then get back into the vehicle. As the officers approached Scott, they say he exited the vehicle a second time with a weapon in his hand. That’s when one of the officers yelled “Gun!” and fired his service weapon at Scott, hitting him several times. Scott was taken to the Carolinas Medical Center where he died. He...

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There’s No Debate

by BILL MOYERS AND MICHAEL WINSHIP – Let’s call the whole thing off. Not the election, although if we only had a magic reset button we could pretend this sorry spectacle never happened and start all over. No, we mean the presidential debates — which, if the present format and moderators remain as they are, threaten an effect on democracy more like Leopold and Loeb than Lincoln and Douglas. We had a humiliating sneak preview Sept. 7, when NBC’s celebrity interviewer Matt Lauer hosted a one-hour “Commander-in-Chief Forum” in which Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump spoke with Lauer from the same stage but in separate interviews. The event was supposed to be about defense and veterans issues, yet to everyone’s bewilderment (except the Trump camp, which must have been cheering out of camera range that Lauer was playing their song), Lauer seemed to think Clinton’s emails were worthy of more questions...

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