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Democrats target Libertarian ticket

Source: The Hill

By Jonathan Easley and Ben Kamisar - 09/28/16 06:00 AM EDT

Democrats panicked by third-party candidates drawing support away from Hillary Clinton are ramping up their attacks against Gary Johnson and warning that a vote for a third party is a vote for Donald Trump.

Liberal groups are passing around embarrassing videos of Johnson and running ads against him warning about his positions on issues like climate change that are important to young voters and independents.

The Clinton campaign will rely heavily on Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the coming weeks as it seeks to shore up its deficit among young voters and left-leaning independents who are not energized by her campaign and are considering casting a vote for either Johnson or Green Party nominee Jill Stein.
The Libertarian ticket of Johnson and Bill Weld is running surprisingly strong among young voters — a cog in the Obama coalition that Democrats need to turn out for Clinton if she’s to pull away from Trump.

Whether Clinton reaches those voters could determine the outcome of critical battleground states like Colorado, Nevada and Pennsylvania.


Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/298183-democrats-target-libertarian-ticket

Fox News says 2003 clip shows Trump's Iraq War opposition

Fox News Channel on Tuesday released a 2003 video clip that it says shows Donald Trump doubting the Iraq War effort.

Under the headline, "2003 clip backs up Trump on Iraq War opposition," Fox News posted a clip from "Your World With Neil Cavuto," in which Trump criticizes the George W. Bush for not being decisive.
"Well, he's either got to do something or not do something perhaps, because perhaps he shouldn't be doing it yet," Trump said in 2003. "And perhaps we should be waiting for the United Nations,” he added.


Howard Stern in a 2002 radio interview asked Trump whether he supported invading Iraq.

"Yeah, I guess so," Trump replied. "I wish the first time it was done correctly."

The video clip released Tuesday by Fox News has been blasted on social media, with some pointing out that Trump praised the war effort in subsequent interviews with Cavuto.


Clinton's debate performance spoke to every woman who has had to humor an incompetent man

Updated by Emily Crockett @emilycrockett emily@vox.com Sep 27, 2016, 2:50p

Hillary Clinton debated circles around Donald Trump during Monday night’s presidential debate. She had prepared, coherent answers, while Trump had unprepared, chaotic word salad. She subtly baited him into flying off the handle and loudly interrupting her, while she kept smiling and maintained her cool. It was a masterful performance.

But for many women watching the debate, it was also a frustrating reminder of just how hard Clinton has to work to overcome sexist double standards — and how hard most women have to work every day to do the same.

Maacah Davis, founder of Belladonna Magazine, perfectly captured this frustration in a Facebook post. Davis said that Clinton is “every woman who has ever been challenged by a guy who had no idea what he was talking about” but who still has to “pretend that his opinions and feelings are just as valid as the facts her experience have taught her.”

Maacah Davis

September 26 at 9:48pm ·

I'm not even a Hillary Clinton fan but, as a woman, I am so angry for her. She's having to entertain, campaign against, and possibly lose to, a man who is nowhere close to being her equal. Like, wow. She is currently every woman who has ever been challenged by a guy who had no idea what he was talking about--and she can't just scream "shut up," she can't blow her top like she has every right to. She has to sit here and pretend that his opinions and feelings are just as valid as the facts her experience have taught her. This is literally what frustrates women DAILY, played out on the biggest national stage. This election has reinforced that a guy's ignorance will still be given the same weight as a woman's experience. He can have emotional outbursts that she would be crucified for having. As many problems as I have with her, I recognize that she deserved a more worthy opponent in this election.



First Debate Highlights: That Moment Every Woman Knew What It Felt Like to Be Hillary

I wasn’t going to write about last night’s debate, I really wasn’t. And then I started watching it. My god. Wow. Let me just highlight a few things that stuck out to me. Let’s start with this:

Yep. You read that right. Clinton had five “fleeting interjections” while Trump had three interruptions (successfully grabbing the floor) and twenty-four “fleeting interjections.” Some have argued that that is an undercount, and that Trump actually interrupted Clinton fifty-one times.

Watching Trump talk all over Clinton while she smiled and retained her composure was fascinating, horrifying, and a bit too true-to-life. Not only did he interrupt her constantly, he did something I’m not sure I’ve ever seen done in a presidential debate—he talked over her while she spoke, during her turn, in a sustained manner, essentially carrying on a running commentary while she was speaking. And she just kept going. She never lost her composure. She was steady, she was determined, she was amazing. And every woman who has ever had to coexist in conversation with a less-prepared braggart who thinks he knows more than her knew exactly what it felt like to be Hillary Clinton at that moment.

Oh, and then there’s the part where Clinton pointed out that during the few years we do have access to his tax returns, because they were subject to an investigation, he had paid nothing at all in federal income taxes. Trump interjected, speaking over her momentarily: “That makes me smart.” He later talked about the four bankruptcies his companies have been through in a similar way: “I take advantage of the laws of the nation because I’m running a company. My obligation right now is to do well for myself, my family, my employees, for my companies. And that’s what I do.” In other words, it’s too bad Uncle Sam had to pay his bills. He’s obligated to do whatever he can to take advantage of American laws and American taxpayers.

- See more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/2016/09/first-debate-highlights-that-moment-every-woman-knew-what-it-felt-like-to-be-hillary.html#sthash.hNtugbKs.dpuf

House strikes deal on Flint, potentially ending shutdown threat

Source: The Hill

By Melanie Zanona - 09/27/16 11:29 PM EDT

House leaders have reached a deal to potentially include emergency funding for lead-contaminated communities like Flint, Mich., in a waterways bill in a move that is designed to stave off an election-year government shutdown later this week.

The agreement comes after Senate Democrats and a handful of Republicans blocked a stop-gap spending bill to fund the government past Sept. 30. Democrats opposed the legislation because it lacked Flint aid but included help for Louisiana flood victims.

The House Rules Committee agreed late Tuesday night to allow a floor vote on a bipartisan amendment from Reps. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) and John Moolenar (R-Mich.) that would authorize up to $170 million for communities around the country that are facing a drinking water crisis.

The panel reversed course from a meeting on Monday, when committee lawmakers said they could not waive a budgetary point of order for a $220 million Flint amendment offered by Kildee to the water infrastructure bill.


Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/298201-house-strikes-deal-on-flint-aid-in-water-bill

Team Trump: Debate won’t move needle in race for White House

Source: The Hill

By Niall Stanage - 09/27/16 07:20 PM EDT

Donald Trump aides and supporters on Tuesday defended his debate performance, arguing the GOP presidential nominee made a damaging case against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the first half-hour while beating expectations.

Trump backers generally stopped short of claiming an outright victory, however, and Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill gave his first one-on-one debate performance dim reviews.

The behind-the-scenes takes from Trump backers and Republican lawmakers suggested many in the GOP do not believe their candidate scored much of a victory at Monday night’s encounter at Hofstra University.
Instead, they suggested the debate may not have moved the needle much in the presidential race, despite all the hype around it — and that Trump scored important points early in battleground states such as Pennsylvania and Ohio with his emphasis on the downside of free trade deals.

A Trump aide and two strategists who back the GOP nominee all independently highlighted the exchange on trade.


Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/298178-team-trump-debate-wont-move-needle-in-race-for-white-house

Obama nominates career diplomat as US ambassador to Cuba

Source: Reuters

27 SEP 2016 AT 17:40 ET

President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated career diplomat Jeffrey DeLaurentis to be the first U.S. ambassador to Cuba in more than 50 years.

Obama’s appointment of DeLaurentis, who has been the top American official at the U.S. embassy in Havana since relations with the communist-ruled island were restored last year, sets up what is expected to be a fierce confirmation battle in Congress during a presidential election year.


Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2016/09/obama-nominates-career-diplomat-as-us-ambassador-to-cuba/

When Trump said that not paying taxes ‘makes me smart,’ undecided voters in N.C. gasped

By Mary Jordan September 27 at 4:51 PM

CARY, N.C. — Donald Trump so captured Ron Townley’s attention as “an outsider ready to tear down the system,” just the one who might break the Washington logjam, the doer to build new airports and highways, that he was considering voting for him. But Trump’s response Monday night when Hillary Clinton accused him of not paying a cent of federal tax left Townley appalled.

“That makes me smart,” Trump said, unapologetic and smiling, during the presidential debate, held in Hempstead, N.Y. That comment caused a gasp in the hotel conference room where Townley and five other undecided voters in this ­battleground state were watching the debate.

“That’s offensive. I pay taxes,” said Townley, 52, a program ­director for a local council of governments.

“Another person would be in jail for that,” said Jamilla Hawkins, 33, who was sitting beside him in the Crescent conference room at the Embassy Suites in this city of 150,000 near Raleigh.



Shimon Peres ‘fighting for his life’ while family gathers at Tel Aviv hospital

Source: The Washington Post

JERUSALEM — Shimon Peres, the former president of Israel and a founder of the Jewish state, was described as “fighting for his life” by the Israeli media on Tuesday after the 93-year-old Nobel laureate’s condition deteriorated.

Citing sources close to the family, Israel’s Channel 2 said Peres was in danger of “serious organ failure” two weeks after suffering a massive stroke. His son-in-law and personal physician, Rafi Valden, described Peres’s condition as “extremely serious.”

His family was gathered at his bedside at Tel Aviv’s Sheba Medical Center. He was sedated and breathing with a respirator in the intensive care unit. Peres had appeared to be recuperating until Tuesday’s reversal.

He is one of the last surviving members of the generation of leaders who founded Israel in 1948.


Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/shimon-peres-condition-worsens-family-members-gather-at-bedside/2016/09/27/d98d4918-84c0-11e6-b57d-dd49277af02f_story.html?wpisrc=nl_evening&wpmm=1

No, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Did Not Endorse Trump

Donald Trump boasted Monday night that Immigration and Customs Enforcement had endorsed him. They did not.


09.27.16 1:21 PM ET

Last night in the debate, Donald Trump accidentally accused his favorite federal agency of breaking the law. “I was just endorsed by ICE,” he boasted about two-thirds of the way through the presidential debate, referring to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. “They’ve never endorsed anybody before on immigration. I was just endorsed by ICE. I was just recently endorsed—16,500 Border Patrol agents.”

It would have been a historic endorsement. If it had actually happened. But it didn’t.

“Per the Hatch Act, federal agencies are prohibited from engaging in partisan political activity including the endorsement of any candidate for office,” said ICE spokeswoman Sarah Rodriguez. “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has not and will not endorse any candidate for office.”

So Trump’s statement at the debate wasn’t just false; it was patently ludicrous. ICE is the federal agency responsible for enforcing America’s immigration laws (as its name would suggest). ICE is part of the Department of Homeland Security, and its agents oversee deportations and border enforcement.


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