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Partner, father and liberal Democrat. I am a native Michigander living in San Francisco who is a citizen of the world.

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Lady Mornont is My favorite 'Game of Thrones' character.

Moving abroad if Trump or Clinton wins? Not so fast.

The next time you hear people say they'll flee U.S. soil if so-and-so wins the presidential election, ask if they're familiar with the financial life of an expat.

Financial advisors say that, regardless of the reason a person wants to move abroad, it's important to know that laws, tax obligations and banking policies can add complications to your personal finance picture.

"Find out if you will be able to transact financially in the foreign jurisdiction you're looking at," said certified financial planner Kashif Ahmed, founder and president of American Private Wealth. "It's a very serious thing to consider before just picking up and leaving the country."


Peyton Reed Says Wasp Is Not A Supporting Character In Ant-Man And The Wasp

Ant-Man surpassed many people's expectations, which was cemented when it won best comic to film motion picture at the 42nd Saturn Awards. The character earned even more fans when Paul Rudd brought his charm and wit to Captain America: Civil War, almost stealing the show in many regards.

It's a great place to be, and Director Peyton Reed is excited to return for the sequel, titled Ant-Man and the Wasp. The Director wants to make sure people understand that while Rudd is back in the popular role, it is as much about Evangeline Lilly's The Wasp as it is Ant-Man (via Modern Myth Media).

"It’s something we’re excited about. For me as a comic nerd, I always thought of Ant-Man and Wasp as a team and that’s a lot of what the second movie is really about is how they work together, what their personal and professional relationships are like. To show her finally fully formed in this movie is really exciting. We really get to introduce this character into that universe. I mean we’ve introduced the character, but we haven’t seen her with her full power set and everything, so to me she’s not a supporting character in this movie. It’s every bit as much her movie as it is Scott Lang’s."

As to where the duo finds themselves, that's a little tricky, but Reed and company already have a plan in place. Civil War does factor into the plot, but it isn't that different than the previous film.


Carnage is the rumored villain for Spider-Man: Homecoming

Better Call Saul actor Michael Mando has recently been cast in Spider-Man: Homecoming in an unknown role.

What's interesting is that the official Better Caul Saul twitter account tweeted out a congratulations to Michael Mando with the following (via reddit):

"Mando Michael is spectacular at bringing carnage to life in Better Call Saul," the tweet reads.

Obviously the social media managers of Better Call Saul could simply be Spider-Man fans themselves, but it is possible they could be teasing something more, namely Cletus Kasady, the other half of Carnage.

Perhaps Michael Mando will be appearing as Cletus Kasady (or some version of the character) in Spider-Man: Homecoming?

Head of Sony movies, Tom Rothman, recently confirmed they are building a Spider-Man universe and also have further plans to work with Marvel.

Eventually, they will have to introduce new characters and we have yet to see Carnage on the big screen.


Sinn Fein wants a vote on Irish reunification if Britain leaves Europe

There has been much speculation on the knock-on effects of Britain leaving the European Union in other nations.

Leave is leading by more than 700,000 votes after 23 million votes have been counted in Britain’s referendum on its future in Europe at time of writing, and Irish republicans say the vote should be a trigger for a vote on the reunification of Ireland.

Martin McGuinness, the Sinn Fein leader, says Irish people should be given a chance to vote on their future. The Guardian reports:

The former IRA chief-of-staff said that if Britain voted to leave the EU then there was a “democratic imperative” to allow people on the island of Ireland to vote on reunification.

“If Britain votes to leave the European Union then that could have huge implications for the entire island of Ireland and, given all the predictions, would run counter to the democratic wishes of the Irish people,” the Sinn Féin leader said.


I'm calling it for "Leave"

It's winning every region of England that's reported and Scotland is pretty much done.

Ralph Stanley dead at 89.

Just reported on my phone.

The Clinton Campaign Seems To Think Pennsylvania Is In The Bag

Many Democrats take Pennsylvania for granted because it hasn’t voted Republican in a presidential election since 1988. But in 2012, its margin for President Obama was just 5.4 percentage points, equal to his margin in Colorado and less than his margins in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada — all states included in early pro-Clinton ad reservations this year. Moreover, unlike those four states, Pennsylvania has trended toward Republicans over time, thanks to its older, whiter and more working-class electorate.

It’s true that Obama didn’t do much advertising in the state in 2012, but then again, neither did Republicans or the Romney campaign.

To be fair, pro-Clinton strategists aren’t simply throwing darts at the map. The Clinton campaign employs a phalanx of pollsters and targeting experts, and aides hint that its sophisticated data analytics contradict recent public polls depicting a very tight contest in Pennsylvania. Asked directly about its lack of an ad buy, the Clinton campaign declined comment except to confirm that it has placed field staff in the state.

Their decision not to spend in Pennsylvania may yet be vindicated, and of course, the state won’t matter if Clinton is headed for a national blowout win. But there is ample publicly available data to suggest Pennsylvania could be problematic for Clinton in a close national contest.

Since November of 2008, Democrats’ voter registration edge in the Keystone State has shrunk from 14.2 percent to 11.1 percent — a pattern that more closely resembles the rightward cultural shift of West Virginia than the leftward migration of New Jersey. In fact, in 60 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties (save for Philadelphia and six other eastern Pennsylvania counties), the party registration trend over that time has favored Republicans.


So Joe Wilson calling Obama a liar wasn't a "break in decorum"?

Luke Russert is so "concerned" about a breakdown in decorum, six years after Joe Wilson shouted "You Lie" to a sitting president as he addressed Congress and the nation on health care reform. Isn't he a little late to the party?

Clinton to inherit Obama's fundraising list

Hillary Clinton will soon tap into President Obama’s coveted email list, according to party officials.

The long-awaited move, which comes as Clintonites take the reins of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), could inject more money into Clinton’s campaign coffers as she seeks to expand her fundraising advantage over presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

The Obama list has long been seen as a political gold mine for Democrats. Obama’s campaign raked in around $500 million through email and online donations in the 2012 cycle alone, according to media reports.

Allies of the likely Democratic nominee say having the list will help their ability to connect to Obama’s diverse network of donors, though they were also careful to note that Clinton’s own fundraising network is a strong one.

“The best email list is the one you build yourself,” one Clinton ally said. “But it doesn’t hurt. There’s data they can get from that, ways they can clean it up, there’s stuff that can help fill a void. The more resources that they piece together the better.”

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