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The Republican Nominee, Astonishingly, Has Given Up Fundraising for the Ticket and Party He Leads

The Republican Nominee, Astonishingly, Has Given Up Fundraising for the Ticket and Party He Leads
The Washington Post snagged this astonishing, sign of the times scoop Tuesday night: Donald Trump, the Republican candidate for president and de facto leader of the party, and his campaign have stopped fundraising for the RNC. In fact, Trump Victory, the joint fundraising committee for the party and the campaign, held its last formal fundraiser on Oct. 19, nearly three weeks before the election, the campaign’s national finance chairman, Steven Mnuchin, told the Post. “We’ve kind of wound down,” Mnuchin said in reference to formal fundraisers. “But the online fundraising continues to be strong.” (Update, 11:45 p.m.: The Trump campaign issued this statement from spokesman Jason Miller in response to the reporting on its fundraising, “All fundraising, large and small including our Victory effort, will continue through the end of the election.”)

Just, kinda, wound down? Wound down trying to win? It seems pretty clear, if it wasn’t clear already, that both sides—the GOP and the Trump campaign—have given up on each other. Trump never appeared to care about building a governing majority, or governing in general, so it doesn’t seem like much of a shock that raising money for the GOP party apparatus wasn’t his bag. And, in fairness to Trump, his entire campaign was based on sticking it to the party apparatus, so giving big sums of money to Trump wasn't exactly traditional GOP donors' bag either. In the end, the big ticket fundraisers also likely wound down because there weren't many more funds to raise. Either way, from a party perspective, this could be a (the latest?) death knell, certainly for Trump, but likely for many Republican candidates in tight races up and down the ballot.

“The consequences of halting major fundraisers will compound the challenges facing a candidate and a party already straining to match Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s much larger and better-financed operation,” the Post notes. “Unlike Clinton, who has an extensive turnout operation of her own, Trump and many other GOP candidates down the ballot are relying heavily on the Republican National Committee to bring voters to the polls.”

By contrast, the Clinton campaign has 41 fundraising events lined up between now and Election Day, accord to the Post.* Hillary Clinton’s last fundraising gig will be Tuesday night, but the campaign still has dozens and dozens more lined up featuring other high-profile surrogates. Clinton has also been reportedly weighing her strategic options when it comes to redirecting funds to bolster Democratic candidates in tight races. Obama has also been on the road trying to take advantage of the GOP's top of the ticket weakness to pick off some congressional districts and Senate races that weren't considered winnable previously.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Wed Oct 26, 2016, 12:48 AM (11 replies)

New record for fusion: Giant leap in pursuit of clean energy

New record for fusion: Giant leap in pursuit of clean energy

On Sept. 30, at 9:25 p.m. EDT, scientists and engineers at MIT's Plasma Science and Fusion Center made a leap forward in the pursuit of clean energy. The team set a new world record for plasma pressure in the Institute's Alcator C-Mod tokamak nuclear fusion reactor. Plasma pressure is the key ingredient to producing energy from nuclear fusion, and MIT's new result achieves over 2 atmospheres of pressure for the first time.
Alcator leader and senior research scientist Earl Marmar will present the results at the International Atomic Energy Agency Fusion Energy Conference, in Kyoto, Japan, on Oct. 17.

Nuclear fusion has the potential to produce nearly unlimited supplies of clean, safe, carbon-free energy. Fusion is the same process that powers the sun, and it can be realized in reactors that simulate the conditions of ultrahot miniature "stars" of plasma -- superheated gas -- that are contained within a magnetic field.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Sat Oct 22, 2016, 11:37 PM (9 replies)

We scored the town hall debate and Hillary Clinton won (LA Times Clinton Wins)

We scored the town hall debate and Hillary Clinton won
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced off again on Sunday for the second presidential debate. To help us determine who prevailed we enlisted the help of three of our political writers and columnists to act as judges. Each judge scored every round with a win, lose or draw. And each declared a winner at the end. Follow our debate coverage on Trail Guide.

The LA Times has been a bit critical of Clinton in the past.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Sun Oct 9, 2016, 11:53 PM (0 replies)

Beer Company Develops Edible Six-Pack Rings That Feed, Rather Than Kill, Marine Life

Beer Company Develops Edible Six-Pack Rings That Feed, Rather Than Kill, Marine Life
A craft beer company and an ad agency brewed up a brilliant idea to save marine life if six-pack rings end up in the ocean. Are you aware that 80% of the plastic humans throw away ends up in the oceans? The sad reality is made worse when one learns that, as a result, billions of pounds of plastic are now swirling in convergences in the seas. In fact, 40% of earth’s total ocean mass is now covered by plastic.
According to Greenpeace, approximately 70% of Seabirds and 80% of Sea Turtles are now ingesting plastic. As a result,1,000,000 birds and 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles are dying each year.

One of the major contributors to this epidemic are the seemingly harmless six-pack rings found around cans of soda and beer. Because the rings have little value, consumers nonchalantly throw them into the trash without any regard for marine life. Now, 99% of seabirds are expected to have plastic in their guts by the year 2050. This is unacceptable, and a Florida-based brewery agrees.

Saw this at Facebook. Now, if we can make all plastics biodegradable and edible.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Tue Oct 4, 2016, 04:50 PM (3 replies)

Trump is drinking a lot if water. He is Rubioesque.

Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Mon Sep 26, 2016, 10:13 PM (6 replies)


Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Mon Sep 26, 2016, 09:41 PM (2 replies)

Jesus Feck, man, quit talking about your money. It is not what you have done for you.

Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Mon Sep 26, 2016, 09:39 PM (0 replies)

Trump is Raging Bullshit!

Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Mon Sep 26, 2016, 09:23 PM (1 replies)

The Health Care Reform Proposals of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

The Health Care Reform Proposals of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
As president, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would take the nation down distinctly different paths on health care. In this post, we summarize the health reform proposals of each candidate, and—drawing on new estimates by Christine Eibner and colleagues at RAND Health—compare the proposals’ implications for the total number of people with insurance coverage, people’s out-of-pocket health care costs, and the federal budget.

RAND’s analysis is based on publicly available health care proposals on the candidates’ websites. Where these proposals lacked sufficient clarity for modeling, RAND sought additional information from the campaigns. When answers were not forthcoming, or did not fully resolve questions, RAND made reasonable assumptions that were reviewed and critiqued by independent experts. RAND modeled only those proposals for which it had adequate detail and technical capacity.

The Starting Point

As a starting point, Clinton and Trump propose dramatically different approaches to the Affordable Care Act (ACA): Clinton would maintain the ACA and Trump would repeal it. In estimating the impact of Trump’s proposal, RAND assumes a full repeal of the law including insurance subsidies, expanded eligibility for Medicaid, and individual market reforms such as bans against preexisting condition exclusions. RAND also assumes that repeal would eliminate the ACA’s financing mechanisms such as its Medicare payment reforms and taxes on health plans and medical devices. Consequently, RAND estimates that compared to maintaining the ACA as is, repeal would cause nearly 20 million people to lose their insurance in 2018, increase average premium and out-of-pocket costs for people who buy insurance on their own, and increase the federal deficit. Trump’s repeal of the ACA would increase the federal deficit because the loss of savings from the law’s Medicare reforms and revenues from fees and taxes would be greater than savings from the elimination of insurance subsidies and the Medicaid expansion.

This is the best discussion of the differing views on health care that I have seen. I Pefer Clinton's.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Mon Sep 26, 2016, 06:38 PM (0 replies)

'New York Times' Editor: 'We Owed It To Our Readers' To Call Trump Claims Lie

'New York Times' Editor: 'We Owed It To Our Readers' To Call Trump Claims Lie
The New York Times recently published a story that examined the way that Donald Trump's presidential campaign promoted his tax plan. Trump had offered a big tax break to businesses, and his campaign told a leading business group he supported the tax break. He got their endorsement. Then his campaign told independent budget analysts he was against the same tax break.

The New York Times called this a lie — specifically, "the trillion-dollar lie."

The Times is using that word "lie" often in its coverage of Donald Trump, and Dean Baquet, the paper's executive editor, explains why on NPR's Morning Edition.

I heard this interview this morning. The interview spent more time discussing Trump's lie concerning birtherism, and it highlights the different editorial policies of NPR and the New York Times.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Thu Sep 22, 2016, 12:09 PM (18 replies)
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