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Boris Johnson may physically resemble The Donald.

But it's Nigel Farage who is Don the Con's political soulmate, make no mistake.

Nigel has obviously never read How to Make Friends and Influence People. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_to_Win_Friends_and_Influence_People

But he certainly could write a book called, "How to Make Enemies for Your Country." Nice one, Nigel. Not.

Nigel Farage's post-Brexit speech to the European Parliament – full transcript

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/nigel-farage-brexit-speech-european-parliament-full-transcript-text-a7107036.html



Philip Pullman on the 1,000 causes of Brexit

The dog-whistle call of Nigel Farage’s racism and the lies of Boris Johnson are the final act of a tragedy that began 70 years ago

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jun/25/philip-pullman-on-the-1000-causes-of-brexit?CMP=fb_gu

... There is our country’s post-imperial reluctance to let go of the idea that we are a great nation, combined with our post-second-world-war delusion that we were still a great power. That was why we refused the chance to join the European Coal and Steel Community in 1951, and our infatuation with our own greatness was sufficiently undamaged by Suez in 1956 to make us refuse to join the EEC when that got going with the Treaty of Rome in 1958. If we’d committed ourselves to Europe early, with everyone else, we’d now have a much deeper understanding of our real relationship to the continent, namely that we belong there.

Then there was General de Gaulle’s double “Non” in 1963 and 1967, which kept us out when we finally thought it might be a good idea to join. Goodness knows what the source of his hostility was, but it wouldn’t be at all surprising if his notoriously prickly character was still harbouring some ancient resentment from his treatment by this country during the war.

But if we’d had the chance to join early, we could have had a much greater influence on the way the European project developed, and we’d feel much more at home in it now. Instead, we were bewitched (some of our leaders still are) by the fantasy of the “special relationship”, invented by Winston Churchill and entirely ignored by the other party to it, the US. Caught up in the glamour of this imaginary nonsense, toadying, deluded, we’ve been facing the wrong way for the past 70 years.
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But the most immediate cause of the disaster this country suffered last night was the flippant, careless, irresponsible way David Cameron tried to buy off the right wing of his own party by offering them a referendum. I don’t think that device should have any place at all in a parliamentary democracy: it slips far too easily into a sort of raucous populism. We elect MPs so that they can have the time and the resources to make important decisions. That’s what they should do.

But then, if we had a properly thought-out constitution instead of a cobwebbed, rotten, diseased and decaying mess of a patched-up, cobbled-together, bloated, corrupted, leaking and stinking hulk, we wouldn’t have come to this point anyway. We desperately need fundamental change. But who can bring us that now?


Hillary Clinton Says Republicans Have Created A ‘Paralyzed’ Congress

http://fortune.com/2016/06/27/hillary-clinton-republicans-congress/

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton chastised Republican lawmakers on Sunday for a “paralyzed” Congress, saying they’ve fueled populist anger by refusing to “do their job.”

Clinton ticked off a list of items that GOP congressional leaders have refused to schedule for a vote. They include a proposed immigration overhaul, holding confirmation hearings to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, and strengthening background checks and banning firearms sales to people on the government no-fly list.

Her remarks come as voter unrest has fueled the outsider candidacies of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, as well as her Democratic primary opponent, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

“Leaders in Congress refuse to act on a wide range of issues that really matter to American working families,” Clinton said during an address to the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis.

Democrats' Benghazi report calls compound security 'woefully inadequate'

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jun/27/benghazi-report-clinton-security-inadequate

Democrats on the House Benghazi panel said in a report on Monday that security at the Libya facility the night of 11 September 2012 was “woefully inadequate”, but former secretary of state Hillary Clinton never personally denied any requests from diplomats for additional protection.

The panel’s five Democrats said after a two-year investigation that the military could not have done anything differently on the night of the attacks to save the lives of four Americans killed in Libya. US ambassador Chris Stevens died in one of the two assaults that night at the US outpost and CIA annex.

Democrats’ release of their own report heightened the partisanship of the inquiry, which has been marked by accusations of Obama administration stonewalling and finger-pointing. Republicans on the panel missed a self-imposed deadline to issue a report “before summer”, but the Democrats’ move in issuing their report could spur the GOP’s final product.
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The Democrats said they regretted that their 344-page report was not bipartisan, but said Republicans left them little choice after conducting “one of the longest and most partisan congressional investigations in history”.

FOLLOW LIVE: Hillary Clinton holds public event at Union Terminal

http://www.wcpo.com/news/political/local-politics/follow-live-hillary-clinton-holds-public-event-at-union-terminal

CINCINNATI -- Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is holding one public event during her stay in Cincinnati. The event -- held Monday at Union Terminal -- will be Clinton's first with possible Vice President pick Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

On Sunday, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley held a private fundraising event for Clinton at his home.

Follow the event in our live blog below, giving you the latest updates from our reporters in the field. (The blog may take a few seconds to load).



Cosmopolitan.com Readers Think Hillary Clinton Has the Attributes Necessary to Be President

​"You can look at Hillary's record and see what she's accomplished, how she's voted — politics is an industry, and she knows how it works​."

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a60544/cosmopolitan-election-survey-candidate-attributes/

... A new survey of Cosmopolitan.com readers, conducted in partnership with John Della Volpe, CEO of SocialSphere and director of polling at the Harvard Institute for Politics, reveals that many young women are unconvinced by Trump's claims that his business acumen will serve the country better than Clinton's extensive political record — and most agree that Clinton, not Trump, has the qualities necessary to succeed as president.

The survey of nearly 1,200 women between the ages of 18 and 34 who said they are highly likely to vote in the upcoming election, selected randomly from among Cosmopolitan.com newsletter subscribers, shows that while 63 percent of likely voters say Clinton's political experience is a net positive, 64 percent view Trump's lack of experience as a net negative.

Sixty-six percent of likely voters in the survey said that if the election were held today, they would vote for Clinton, while 25 percent said they would vote for Trump, and 9 percent were undecided. Political independents — who constituted 51 percent of likely voters — also exhibited strong support for Clinton, with 63 percent saying they would vote for her if the election were held today.

The findings revealed deep skepticism and anxiety among Cosmopolitan.com readers about Trump's ability to govern. For likely voters like Rachel Wakser, 30, a quality assurance analyst living in Texas, Clinton's imperfections as a candidate were balanced by her decades of experience in politics, as First Lady, Secretary of State, and New York senator. "You can look at Hillary's record and see what she's accomplished, how she's voted — politics is an industry, and she knows how it works," Wakser, who is supporting Clinton, said. "What does Trump have? A record as a reality TV star and a businessman. How is he going to be able to get anything done? He's a very skilled negotiator, as he likes to remind us, but this isn't business. It's our lives and our country."

I am SOOOO pissed at someone

that I am ready to burst.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/12512219728

Not at the OP poster, nor at the OP itself, but at the supreme arrogance demonstrated by the subject of the OP.

Color me not surprised. Let. Us. All. Just. Forget. About. Him. Forever.





Native Americans Turn Focus Inward for Political Empowerment

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/native-americans-turn-focus-political-empowerment-40126911

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The Native vote could be especially crucial in Democrat Denise Juneau's bid to become the first American Indian woman in Congress. Juneau, the state's two-term superintendent of schools, is one of nine Native Americans running for Congress, from North Dakota to Arizona. They include two incumbents: Reps. Tom Cole and Markwayne Mullin, both Republicans from Oklahoma.

By most accounts, Juneau will need strong Native American voter turnout to boost her chances of defeating the incumbent, Rep. Ryan Zinke.
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Native Americans weren't given the right to vote until 1924, when the U.S. government granted them citizenship. Even then, states erected obstacles that kept American Indians from the political process. Montana, for one, passed a law decreeing that only property taxpayers could vote. That meant Indians who lived on reservations, and were therefore not subject to state property taxes, had no access to the ballot box. At one time, the state barred polling places on tribal lands.

"Back in the day, there were all these voter suppression laws in place, and now we're just realizing how important it is for us to vote," said Dustin Monroe, who is Blackfeet and Assiniboine and founded Native Generational Change, a Missoula-based group that has registered and mobilized scores of new Native voters.

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Go Denise Juneau! https://denisejuneau.com/

O'Malley calls for unity among South Dakota Democrats

http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/politics/2016/06/24/omalley-calls-unity-among-south-dakota-democrats/86355434/

This is a lesson in what it means to support the Dem nominee and to campaign on her behalf. Bravo Martin O'Malley!

Martin O’Malley made a stop in Sioux Falls Friday.

O’Malley, former governor of Maryland and former presidential candidate in the 2016 election, spoke at the South Dakota Democratic Convention June 24 for one of his stops across the nation.

He spoke in support of Hillary Clinton, the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party for the 2016 presidential election.

The Argus Leader was able to ask O’Malley a few questions about his message to South Dakotans and uniting the Democratic Party behind Clinton.


It's a nice interview with Governor O'Malley and I particularly like what he said about the Dems running a 50-state strategy. He is out there supporting not only Hillary but Dem candidates at the state levels. He is a team player all the way!

Super PAC to benefit Russ Feingold, Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin; Feingold says he's still opposed

http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/govt-and-politics/election-matters/super-pac-to-benefit-russ-feingold-hillary-clinton-in-wisconsin/article_99bc5c6a-95b6-5618-b9d8-086a9f1acec8.html

That's OK, Russ! You don't have to like it, but WE want you to win!

Democratic former Sen. Russ Feingold says he still doesn't believe in super PACs. But he's about to start receiving support from one, whether he likes it or not.

The national campaign group For Our Future announced on Friday that it will work in Wisconsin to elect Democratic candidates in 2016 and beyond. The group has two arms: a super PAC and a non-profit issue advocacy group.

Wisconsin is one of five states to see action from the group backed by billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, his company NextGen Climate and four labor groups: the AFL-CIO, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association.

The Wisconsin operation will work to elect Feingold, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and 8th Congressional District candidate Tom Nelson, and will target a handful of state legislative races as well.
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