Showing posts with label Politics-USA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Politics-USA. Show all posts

January 7, 2017

This is Twisted When Russia Accuses The US of Destroying Democracy

Introduction from the Publisher:
First I need to write this: LOL! When the Munster truck of fighting and destroying democracies around the world wether is Germany, France or those nations that were prior subjugated to USSR, now Russia. A man that cannot be taken out of power {Putin} except by a coup is now protecting democracies by hacking them and intervening in their election such as Croatia, Georgia and others surrounding their mainland or as far as the Netherlands, South America and now clearly in the United States. 

Some smart person once said, “Nations get the government they deserve.”  That is for any government wether is a democracy or a Putin styled Aristocracy. After all, Putin cannot be taken out of power but he was voted into power just like Chancellor Hitler and President elect Trump. The reason I include Trump’s name together with Putin is because of the mutual bond and respect they have both publicly announced for each other.

What ever happens in the US with this new president is because he was lawfully admitted into power. 
Plenty of reasons to keep him out of power legally. Those opportunities were seen as undemocratic and would risk damaging the democracy of the US. Do you believe that? It’s ok to believe it, it’s a democracy, a very weak one according to the people putting Trump in power. We will see what was worse, the medicine to avoid a big catastrophic crisis or the big catastrophic crisis of a man serving as President who is got his attention on mainly one person, like it has always been, himself.

As a nation we deserve this government because we allowed it to be,  even if we did not vote for this man. Power in this government is spread out to Congress which is the tool the framers of the constitution elected to have as a peaceful viaduct to change the power between presidents. We also vote for congress and can unseat those that follow their party and not the nation. 

May be Im wrong but I feel responsible as an american because there is no place safe enough for me to go and hide now. Have to stay put and see what happens. Still we need to know that we are not powerless as a nation and have more power that either political party. We can stand up and halt what is going on anytime we feel like standing up to the ruling party and asked for the solutions set forth on the constitution that already has been violated many times by this president elect even before taking office. He has usurped the constitutionally elected President by by-passing his office and making presidential decisions and making calls he is not in power to do yet. 

 That should mean something to someone. Lets not wait for the press to tell us what to do because the press is a commercial institution just like Ford, Toyota and all the others he has bullied and shut off the game .  This is because they look for profit.  No president has been better for the main media than Trump, ever. This is because he is a twenty-four hour tweeting, talking, yelling machine. That type of people Im told (psychopaths) don’t even sleep.

This is the end of the first week of January, let’s buckled up and be brave and let’s not give our power like the Russians did to Putin.  We have a strong constitution giving us the tool to deal with any psychopath President as long as we don’t drink the cool-aide our selves.


A top Russian lawmaker accused the Obama administration Saturday of undermining US democracy, saying Republicans had more trust in Russian President Vladimir Putin than in the Democrats.

Alexey Pushkov's assertions in a series of tweets come in the wake of a US intelligence report pinpointing Russia and its leader as the culprit behind the hacking in the US presidential election.

Russia has consistently denied any interference in the election.

Pushkov, a Russian senator and former chairman of the parliamentary foreign relations committee, first tweeted early Saturday, "The Democratic process in the United States is undermined not by Russia, but by the Obama administration and the media which supported (Hillary) Clinton against (Donald) Trump. The threat to democracy is the United States.”

He then tweeted, "The head of the US Ministry of Defense accused Putin of bad relations between USA and Russia. Obama undertook a course to isolate and to undermine the positions of Russia and blame Putin. Complete nonsense.”

As he had done earlier in the week, Pushkov also compared US hacking allegations against Russia to claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction in 2003, later blamed on faulty intelligence, posting that "all accusations against Russia are based on 'confidence' and assumptions. The US (was) just as confident of the WMDs (then-Iraqi President Saddam) Hussein had.”{{Same talking points as the President elect!}}

In his latest tweet, issued Saturday afternoon, Pushkov said that Republicans trusted Putin more than they did the Democratic Party.
Translated, like the others, from Russian, it read: "Obama dismayed: Republicans trust Putin more than the Democrats. This is the ‘merit' of the Democrats and one of the results of Obama's presidency."
Report: Putin ordered ‘influence campaign'

The US intelligence report, which was commissioned by President Barack Obama, was the first official, full and public accounting by the US intelligence community of its assessment of Russian cyberhacking activities during the 2016 campaign and the motivations behind that hacking.

It found that Putin "ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election" and that the Russian President and his government "developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump."
Trump has resisted the US intelligence community’s conclusions that Russia was responsible for the hacking and that it aimed to help his campaign.

The President-elect, who was briefed on the report Friday by top US intelligence and law enforcement officials, said he had “a constructive meeting" but declined to agree publicly with their conclusions.

Instead, Trump stressed that "there was absolutely no effect on the (election) outcome whatsoever," which the US intelligence community asserted in its report it was not in a position to assess.
Trump did acknowledge in his statement the possibility that Russia could have been behind the hack, though he named China as well as a persistent cyberhacker.

Report: Cyberhacking likely to continue

The US intelligence community also warned in its report Friday that Moscow would likely continue to pursue cyberhacking campaigns to influence future elections.
“Moscow will apply lessons learned from its Putin-ordered campaign aimed at the US presidential election to future influence efforts worldwide, including against US allies and their election processes," it assessed.

The 17 US intelligence agencies first concluded in October that Russian intelligence, directed by the most senior Russian officials, orchestrated the hacking of Democratic Party organizations.
But since then, the US intelligence community said it had gathered additional information to make assessments of the motivations behind the cyberhacking operations: that the effort was aimed at undermining the US democratic process, hurting Clinton and helping Trump in the election.

CNN's Sebastian Shukla reported from Moscow, and Laura Smith-Spark wrote from London. CNN’s Jeremy Diamond contributed to this report.

 Laura Smith-Spark and Sebastian Shukla, CNN

November 22, 2016

American Business Response to Trump’s Candidacy

 The reality of Donald Trump's election to the U.S. presidency has reached every corner of the globe and economy -- including the corner offices of U.S. companies. In the aftermath, corporations and their CEOs grappled with how to respond. Some sent carefully worded letters of congratulations and calls for unity and commitments to diversity, urging employees to "put our differences aside," as J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon wrote to his employees. Or to remind them that "our company is open to all ... regardless of what they look like, where they come from, how they worship or who they love," as Apple CEO Tim Cook told workers. Others opened up about how unprepared they were for the result: Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said in a New York Times conference that "if you were to look at our game board of all the possible outcomes of the election, this one wasn't even on the sheet."
Plenty see opportunity -- last week, the president of Business Roundtable, John Engler, told OnLeadership "they awakened a week ago and said, 'Wow, what was not possible is possible.' " And some have even had advice for Trump. General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt said in a CNBC interview last week: "I think what the president will learn is that as he travels the world, trade deals give him power…. If the president of the United States travels around the world and has nothing to offer from a standpoint of economic connection, you lose half of your negotiating power. This guy is a negotiator, he's a dealmaker. So I think let's just wait and see what he does."
Meanwhile, the still explosive emotions from a darkly divided campaign are prompting calls for boycotts from consumers over comments made by the CEOs or other executives of PepsiCoNew Balance and Grubhub. Then of course, there's the extremely successful Broadway production "Hamilton: An American Musical," which some Trump supporters are calling to boycott after an uproar over the weekend about a cast member's remarks to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who was in the audience. (Pence said he "wasn't offended" by the remarks, yet President-elect Trump took time out of his busy schedule to tweet several times that the cast should "apologize.")
Meanwhile, in a kind of reverse-protest, Starbucks found itself ensnared in a campaign by Trump supporters to buy coffee there and have baristas write "Trump" on their cups after a video surfaced of an employee refusing to do so. The coffee giant, in a statement, called it a "fun ritual," yet said "rarely has it been abused or taken advantage of. We hope and trust that our customers will continue to honor that tradition. We don’t require our partners to write or call out names."
 * A scramble to assess the dangers of President-elect Donald Trump's global business empire (The Washington Post)
* Obama reckons with a Trump presidency (The New Yorker)
* The nearly invisible president-elect: Trump's work keeps him mostly out of view (The Washington Post)
* A leadership historian on the U.S. presidential election (The Harvard Business Review)
* Donald Trump elected president: The historians' verdict (BBC History)
* Reince Priebus, normalizer in chief (The New York Times)
* Donald Trump’s binder full of white men (The Washington Post)

November 7, 2016

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October 30, 2016

Answers to Questions About the Comey-Wiener Emails

Most breaking news stories, especially ones based on law-enforcement sources, tend to be contradictory, confusing or incomplete. That’s because reporters are chasing for scraps of information, which may or may not be right depending on the quality of the sourcing. It usually takes a few days — or weeks — for a complete and accurate picture to emerge.

[This Posting is from the Washington Post]

FBI Director James B. Comey’s announcement Friday that new emails had been found that might be relevant to the Hillary Clinton investigation is a good example. His letter to Congress was cryptic, forcing reporters to scramble for additional explanation. The announcement came 11 days before a highly charged presidential election, leading to political spin on both sides.

Here are answers to some key questions. We will update this as additional, credible information emerges.

I haven’t paid much attention to the news. What happened?

The FBI announced in July that it had completed its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state, concluding that although she and her aides were “extremely careless” with the handling of classified information, there was no case for criminal prosecution. In large part, Comey said, no prosecutor could bring a case because the FBI could not find evidence that indicated “clearly intentional and willful mishandling of classified information.”

As part of that probe, Comey said, the agency had examined every possible work-related email it could find, including reconstructing fragments of emails found on an abandoned server. On Friday, Oct. 28, Comey sent a letter to Congress saying additional emails that might be relevant to the investigation had been found.

What do we know about the new emails?

Not much. In fact, it does not appear as if the FBI has yet examined them in depth. Comey, in his letter, said the new emails “appear to be pertinent” to the earlier investigation. He also added the FBI “cannot yet assess whether the material may or may not be significant,” including whether the emails contained classified information.

Translation: Once the FBI examines the emails, it may discover these are emails that have already been reviewed in the earlier probe. Alternatively, these could be fresh emails that had been missed in the first investigation. Even then, they may or may not have classified information.

How many emails are there?

There is no precise number, but news reports have said there are more than 1,000. It is unclear whether that number means actual email chains or individual emails.

How did these emails get discovered?

Law enforcement sources have told reporters that the emails were found on a computer that belonged to former congressman Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) and his estranged wife, Huma Abedin, who had been Clinton’s deputy chief of staff at the State Department. The computer had been seized as part of an underage sexting investigation of Weiner, conducted by prosecutors in the Southern District of New York.

The prosecutors investigating Weiner obviously had not been part of the Clinton probe, but apparently once they found State Department emails on the computer, they notified FBI headquarters. Now the investigators who had been part of the Clinton probe will need to comb through the emails found on the computer to determine whether there is anything new in them.

News organizations have reported conflicting information about the nature of the emails. They apparently include some Clinton-Abedin exchanges, but even that has not been confirmed.

How would State Department emails end up on Abedin’s computer?

Abedin had previously told the FBI that when Clinton requested a printout of an email, she would send it to one of two personal accounts because it was too clunky to use the State Department’s system. She told the FBI that she also had maintained an email account for support of Weiner’s campaign activities. It is unclear whether these emails were on an account that had not been disclosed to the FBI or if (and how) they ended up on the hard drive of the computer. Abedin has previously testified that she turned over to her attorneys all devices that she believed contained government work: two laptops, a BlackBerry and some files in her apartment.

What’s the legal risk for Clinton?

Recall that Comey said that the FBI could not find evidence of “clearly intentional and willful mishandling of classified information.” If it turns out that the emails had been previously reviewed, there would be no liability for Clinton. Even previously undisclosed emails, especially ones not in Clinton’s possession, would not necessarily change that calculation.

The earlier investigation also focused on Clinton’s closest aides, so Abedin may face new scrutiny if it turns out that she stored classified information on a personal computer. When Abedin left the State Department, she signed a form, known as OF-109, saying she had turned over all classified information.

There are different levels of classification. About 2,000 emails in the Clinton probe were not classified when they were sent, but were “up-classified” to the low-level “confidential” classification after a review by intelligence agencies. But, Comey had said, “110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received,” including eight that were deemed Top Secret. In any case, government officials are supposed to know whether they are in possession of classified information, whether or not it is clearly marked.

Was the investigation “reopened” as Republicans claim?

This is a bit of a semantic dispute. The investigation had not been officially closed, but it had certainly been completed. Comey’s letter was intended to alert Congress that information had been found (the emails on the computer) and the FBI needed to assess whether they are relevant. If it turns out these emails had been previously examined, the FBI would then determine they were not relevant. But if the emails actually had not been discovered in the initial investigation, then the FBI would make it active again.

In any case, from a political perspective, the email issue is “reopened” for Clinton.

Did Comey only write to Republicans as Clinton claimed?

In a news conference, Clinton faulted the FBI for “sending this kind of letter that is only going originally to Republican members of the House.”

That’s wrong. Comey addressed the letter to the Republican chairmen of the relevant committees, but he cc’ed the ranking Democrats on the second page. A Clinton spokesman said she misspoke, having focused on the first page of the letter.

Did Comey have to issue this letter now?

That’s a judgment call. Comey, a Republican, was appointed three years ago by President Obama to a 10-year term, so in theory he is immune from political considerations.

Comey came under heavy criticism from Republicans for having cleared Clinton in the first place — and Democrats were angry that he issued a lengthy statement at the conclusion of the probe, criticizing Clinton and her aides. (His news conference at the time was considered by some as a departure from the norm.)

The Justice Department advised him not to make this new information public so close to the election, saying it was against government policy. But if he did not make it public, the information may still have leaked, especially as prosecutors would need court permission to use information seized in the Weiner probe in a separate investigation. In his letter, he referenced the fact that he had testified that the probe into Clinton’s email server had been completed, and he wanted to update his testimony. 

October 27, 2016

Surprisingly Christie is given No$Money to Trump’s Campaign

 Christie helped raise more than $100,000 in bundled donations for Bush in 1999. Bush named him U.S. Attorney for New Jersey in 2001. If Bush was Clinton She would be in Jail for a quid pro quo

Donald Trump's biggest New Jersey supporters — including Gov. Chris Christie — aren't putting their money where their mouths are.
Despite becoming the first vanquished presidential candidate to endorse Trumpin February and serving as his transition planning chief since May, Christie has yet to donate to Trump's 2016 campaign, according to the Federal Election Commission filings that cover donations up to Oct. 1. 
In the past, the governor has donated the maximum allowed under law to GOP presidential candidates, including $2,500 to Mitt Romney's 2012 White House bid and $2,000 to George W. Bush's 2004 reelection effort.
Christie also helped raise more than $100,000 in bundled donations for Bush in 1999. Bush named him U.S. Attorney for New Jersey in 2001.
A spokesman for Christie declined to comment on whether the governor has given any money to Trump.
First Lady Mary Pat Christie, who gave the maximum allowable donation to Romney's 2012 bid as well as her husband's 2016 run, hasn't donated to Trump in 2016 either, records show. 
The governor's brother, Todd Christie, a multimillionaire Wall Street investment banker who was named one of  the Trump campaign's 15 New Jersey "victory finance chairs" last July, also appears not to have donated to Trump's campaign, according to the FEC database.
Todd Christie has donated hefty sums to presidential candidates and other Republican campaign committees that have higher donation limits, including $50,000 during Romney's 2012 presidential bid and $75,000 when John McCain ran in 2008.
Calls and emails to Todd Christie were not immediately returned.
William Palatucci, who is general counsel to the Trump transition and a longtime adviser to the to governor, has in the past given the maximum allowed amount to Christie's presidential campaign, Romney's 2012 bid, Rudy Giuliani's 2008 campaign, and Bush's reelection bid in 2004.
But Palatucci hasn't given anything to Trump this cycle, according to the FEC database.
Palatucci did not return a call or an email seeking comment.
A spokeswoman for the FEC, Judy Ingram, noted that donations recorded in the FEC database were current up to Oct. 1, and cautioned that Christie and others may have given Trump a donation of less than $200, which is not legally required to be reported by the presidential campaign.
In August, Christie held a $5,000-a-head fundraiser in Bernards for Trump's transition.
In May, Trump hosted a fundraiser to help Christie retire his 2016 campaign debt.
On Wednesday, Trump told CNN he plans to spend at least an additional $40 million of his own money on his campaign, to which he has given nearly $60 million since the beginning of the 2016 contest.
The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday. 
"Our governor did not give any money to Trump?" asked Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-Bergen), who donated $1,000 to Christie and then $250 to John Kasich after the New Jersey governor dropped out. "I find that hard to believe."
In October 2015, State Sen. Mike Doherty (R-Warren) became the first New Jersey lawmaker to endorse Trump. And in July 2016, Doherty gave $1,000 to Trump's campaign.
By the FEC's measure, Doherty's $1,000 check was the largest single donation Trump received from a state official in New Jersey.
State Sen. Joseph Pennacchio (R-Morris), an outspoken Trump supporter, in May gave $850 to the New Jersey State Republican Committee, but said he hasn't written a check for Trump.
His own campaign gave $1,000 to Christie's presidential bid last year, the most it's allowed to give to a federal candidate in an election cycle, and so it can't give to Trump.
Pennacchio isn't barred from giving his own money to Trump, but he noted he's still smarting from debts from his failed U.S. Senate bid in 2008 and a Congressional run in 1994.
"I owe myself an awful lot of money from past federal adventures," Pennachio said.
He also said in this campaign, money isn't everything. 
"There are two things that matter in elections: People and money," he added. "Given my choice, I'd always prefer more people than money."
State Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen), who is frequently seen at public events wearing a Trump campaign baseball cap, gave $500 to John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, and another $500 to the Republican National Committee that same year.
He doesn't show up in the FEC database as a Trump donor in 2016, but he said that's because he's given two $100 donations to the mogul's 2016 White House bid, a donation level that is not required to be listed.  
Cardinale said that Trump's willingness to largely self-finance his campaign in the primaries may be hurting him in the general election, especially since "New Jersey is something of a piggy bank" for presidential campaigns.
Assemblyman Robert Auth (R-Bergen) another Trump supporter, hasn’t donated to Trump so far this year, records show. The way you show support in politics is to help a campaign monetarily but you don’t see this on Trump’s men. All is oral. I mean vocal. as source
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October 26, 2016

Marco Rubio Gets Boos in Orlando by Puerto Rican Crowd

Marco Rubio at Calle Orange, a street festival in downtown Orlando, Fla., on Sunday.
Adrian Florido/NPR
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio got booed off a stage in Orlando on Sunday by a crowd that was overwhelmingly Latino.
It happened at Calle Orange, a street festival in downtown Orlando geared toward the city's large Puerto Rican community. The icy reception was an indication of the challenges that Rubio, a Republican of Cuban heritage, has faced in locking down support from Latinos in Florida as the state's Latino electorate has begun to shift to the left.

Crowd Boos As Rubio Speaks

Some Latinos, including several people in the crowd, have expressed anger over his endorsement of Donald Trump, who kicked off his presidential campaign last year by disparaging Mexican immigrants.
At first, there was no visible hostility toward Rubio when he arrived at the festival on Sunday. He was greeted by a group of volunteers wearing Rubio campaign T-shirts and playing Plena, a rhythmic style of music native to Ponce, Puerto Rico. The musicians accompanied Rubio as he and his aides walked toward the stage. He stopped for selfies along the way.
But when he took the stage, there was a spattering of boos from the crowd. When the emcee introduced the senator, they grew louder.
"I'm going to introduce a man who represents Latinos, no matter where you're from," the emcee boomed in Spanish. The boos grew louder still. "Ladies and gentlemen, the senator for the state of Florida, a Latino like you and me ... his name is Marco Rubio! Applaud!"
Instead, the boos rained down on the senator, drowning out what appeared to be a handful of supporters in the crowd.
"Thank you for having me today," Rubio said, also in Spanish. "I want you to enjoy this day. We're not going to talk about politics today. Thank God for this beautiful day, and for our freedom, our democracy, our vote and our country. God bless you all, thank you very much."

Then he left the stage, to more boos.
His appearance at Calle Orange seemed to be an embarrassing miscalculation for Rubio, who is locked in a tight race for re-election against his Democratic challenger, Rep. Patrick Murphy. The most recent CBS News/YouGov poll of the race showed them tied among Florida Hispanics at 40 percent.
As Rubio left the stage, I asked him twice why he thought the crowd had reacted negatively, but he ignored my questions. Rubio's campaign defended his appearance at the festival in an email, calling it "very positive" overall:
"Marco kept his remarks short at the request of the hosts since it was not intended to be a political gathering. Marco has worked hard on behalf of the Puerto Rican community — from leading efforts to help Puerto Rico out of its financial crisis, to awarding the Borinqueneers with the Congressional Gold Medal, and making student loans more affordable. If re-elected, he will continue to fight for the best interest of Florida's Hispanic community."
Those in the crowd, however, were eager to give their take.
"Latinos might have differences amongst each other, but we're also united as one," said Angel Marin, a retired Army sergeant of Puerto Rican descent who said he has voted for both Democrats and Republicans. He said he resented Rubio for his endorsement of Trump.
"And when we have someone like Trump, who hits our Mexican brothers, our Latino brothers, then you jump on that bandwagon after all that stuff he says not only about you personally ... as a Latino, you're a freaking sellout. I would not vote for him if they paid me."
Musicians play at last weekend's Calle Orange festival in Orlando.
Adrian Florido/NPR
"He's from the party of Trump," Gretchen Valentin, who lives in Orlando, said in Spanish. She characterized her feelings toward Rubio as more distaste than dislike. Valentin moved to Florida from Puerto Rico 15 years ago, but said this election would be her first time voting. "I've never belonged to any political party, but this year, I'm inclined toward the Democrats. The little I've seen of Trump and the Republicans and how hard they've made it for immigrants has left me unconvinced with them."
To a certain extent, the tough crowd may have been a function of the fact that unlike in Rubio's hometown of Miami, home to the state's largest number of Republican Hispanics, Latino voters in the Orlando area — who are overwhelmingly Puerto Rican— trend heavily Democratic.
But it also points to the difficulty the GOP has had in hanging on to Latino support statewide. Ten years ago, there were more Latinos registered as Republicans in Florida than were registered as Democrats. Today, that has flipped. And that's not just because of the thousands of Puerto Ricans who have left the island and settled in Central Florida in recent years. Young Cuban-Americans are also trending Democratic.
Florida also has large populations of Venezuelans and Colombians.
Rubio's Spanish-language outreach in the current campaign has showcased his understanding of differences between all of these groups. In one radio ad now airing on Spanish-language stations, Rubio voices support for people he says have been oppressed in Cuba, for sanctions against Venezuela's socialist government, and for a resolution to the decades-old war in Colombia.
At the festival in Orlando, the musicians singing pro-Rubio slogans to the rhythm of Plena made his campaign sound like Puerto Rico.
The only problem for him was that most of the Puerto Ricans in the crowd didn’t buy it.

October 14, 2016

Michelle’s Speech: “These Allegations Have shaken Me to my Core”

First Lady Michelle Obama starred in a defining moment of the presidential race Thursday, delivering a stinging and emotional condemnation of Donald Trump’s behavior toward women that framed the election as no longer about ideology, but human decency.

Obama put aside her standard stump speech to express disgust and outrage with Trump’s lewd boasts about forcing himself on women, which multiple women accuse him of acting on. She said Trump’s behavior “has shaken me to my core.”

“I can’t believe I am saying that a candidate for president of the United States has actually bragged about sexually assaulting women,” Obama told the crowd. “I cannot stop thinking about this.” She spoke forcefully about the hurtful impact the GOP nominee’s talk has generally on American women, who still find themselves regularly subjected to humiliating and unwanted advances.

During the address, Obama distinguished herself as perhaps the most effective voice at this moment on Hillary Clinton’s deep bench of surrogates. The speech from the popular first lady underscored her mastery of the bully pulpit, even as she nears the end of two terms in an administration where she often avoided the rough and tumble of politics to focus her efforts on less controversial policy issues such as healthy eating. 

“This is not normal,” Obama said, without once naming Trump, as is her usual practice. “This is not politics as usual. This is disgraceful. This is intolerable."

In the New Hampshire address, Obama framed the election as a crucial moment for the history of women – not only because the first female nominee of a major party is on the ballot, but also because they can send a message that Trump’s attitudes and behavior toward woman are unacceptable in modern society.

"The men in my life do not talk about women like this,” Obama said. “Strong men, men who are truly role models, don’t need to put down women for themselves to feel powerful."

“This is not something we can sweep under the rug as just another disturbing footnote in a sad election,” she said. “This was a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behavior. … We cannot endure this or expose our children to this any longer, not for another minute, let alone for four years.

“Now is the time for all of us to stand up and say, enough is enough. This has got to stop right now.”
The framing of Obama’s speech added to the political challenges Trump already faced. Clinton’s Twitter account was abuzz with quotes from it while Obama spoke, and Clinton herself mentioned the address during a brief exchange with volunteers in San Francisco that was opened to the news media.

"If you haven't seen it, I hope you will,” Clinton said. “She not only made a compelling and strong case about the stakes in the election, but about who we are as Americans.”

Trump, taking the stage at a rally in Florida moments after Obama finished her address, argued he is the victim.  

“These vicious claims about me of inappropriate conduct with women are totally and absolutely false,” Trump said, suggesting the Clinton campaign was involved in orchestrating the allegations. “The Clintons know it, and they know it very well. These claims are all fabricated. They're pure fiction, and they're outright lies.”
Trump then attacked his accusers. “These events never, ever happened and the people who said them meekly fully understand,” he said, vowing that he will publicly present “substantial evidence” that refutes the accusations. “You take a look at these people, you study these people, and you'll understand also.”

Trump appeared to allude to the looks of one of his accusers. “Take a look at her. Take a look at her words. You tell me what you think,” Trump said. “I don’t think so.”

Trump also lit into the media outlets that published the stories of his accusers.

But Trump’s attacking of several the women who say he groped or kissed them against their could prove a tough sell with voters. It risked amplifying Michelle Obama’s central point: that Trump is a candidate who belittles real concerns women have about sexual assault.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz argued that Trump faces a conundrum as the GOP nominee tries to dispute the portrait of him Michelle Obama is presenting on the campaign trail.

Lashing out at her, Schultz predicted, would only hurt Trump more.

“I can’t think of a bolder way for Donald Trump to lose even more standing than he already has,” Schultz said.

October 11, 2016

Latest polls for Clinton vs. Trump in key swing states [Oct 10 wk]

As the poll shows (wk of Oct.10) Clinton is ahead in 6 out of seven swing states. The exception is Iowa. The graph is interactive, you need to hover your cursor over the graph to get more information. The numbers are not frozen so if there was to be another poll this week, those numbers would change to represent the latest.

We show these particular states because if Trump cannot win on those states he wont be able to win the election. Because Clinton is ahead on the national polls of all likely voters she needs to win 3 or so of those to have the election. Swing states are the ones in which you can’t predict how they vote as in being democrat, republican or independent.  The average poll is one that takes all the polls and mathematically gets the average, this is consider very accurate because it takes into account all national polls for november’s Presidential election.  

October 6, 2016

Weld breaks with Running Mate Will Work Against Trump

As some presumably small portion of Americans sat through a dull debate between the Republican and Democratic vice-presidential nominees on Tuesday night, a far more interesting drama was unfolding within the Libertarian ticket. VP candidate Bill Weld told the Boston Globe that he plans to focus on attacking Donald Trump for the remainder of the campaign — essentially admitting that running mate Gary Johnson can not become president.*

Trump has Weld’s “full attention,” he explained, because his agenda is so terrible it’s “in a class by itself.” “I think Mr. Trump’s proposals in the foreign policy area, including nuclear proliferation, tariffs, and free trade, would be so hurtful, domestically and in the world, that he has my full attention,” Weld said.

Apparently he avoided acknowledging that his new mission amounts to working to make Hillary Clinton president. He pointed out that he disagrees with Clinton on fiscal and military issues, though last week on MSNBC he said he’s “not sure anybody is more qualified than Hillary Clinton to be president of the United States.”
Gary Johnson Can’t Name Single World Leader in Self-Described ‘Aleppo Moment’
It’s unusual for a candidate to admit defeat five weeks before the election, even though Johnson is at just 7.4 percent nationally in the Real Clear Politics polling average. However, Weld’s move doesn’t exactly constitute “going rogue,” since earlier in the day Johnson admitted in a CNN interview, “I guess I wasn’t meant to be president.” The Libertarian nominee was trying to argue that his lack of foreign-policy knowledge is an asset five days after he was unable to name a world leader he admires. Johnson described that as another “Aleppo moment,” referring to a previous gaffe in which he failed to recognize the name of the besieged Syrian city.

The gaffes led many to say Weld should be at the top of the ticket, and Weld strategists reportedly looked into the possibility of doing that, only to be shot down by Johnson.

Weld insists that he’s not abandoning Johnson, and that his running mate is fully in support of his strategy shift. “I have had in mind all along trying to get the Donald into third place, and with some tugging and hauling, we might get there,” he said.

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