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Obama Approval Continues to Climb

Gallup finds President Obama’s approval rate is now 57%, the highest it’s been in nearly four years.



Clinton far ahead in Electoral College race: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Source: Reuters

Sat Oct 22, 2016 | 2:49pm EDT

By Maurice Tamman | NEW YORK

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton maintained her commanding lead in the race to win the Electoral College and claim the U.S. presidency, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project results released on Saturday.

In the last week, there has been little movement. Clinton leads Donald Trump in most of the states that Trump would need should he have a chance to win the minimum 270 votes needed to win. According to the project, she has a better than 95 percent chance of winning, if the election was held this week. The mostly likely outcome would be 326 votes for Clinton to 212 for Trump.

Trump came off his best debate performance of the campaign Wednesday evening but the polling consensus still showed Clinton winning the third and final face-off on prime-time TV. Trump disputes those findings.

And some national polls had the race tightening a wee bit this week though others had Clinton maintaining her solid lead. But the project illustrates that the broader picture remains bleak for Trump with 17 days to go until the Nov. 8 election.


Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-poll-electoral-idUSKCN12M0JR

Trump vows to weaken US media ‘power structure’ if elected

Source: Reuters

22 OCT 2016 AT 17:28 ET

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump promised on Saturday to foil a proposed deal for AT&T to buy Time Warner if he wins the Nov. 8 election, arguing it was an example of a “power structure” rigged against both him and voters.

Trump, whose candidacy has caused ruptures in his party, listed his policy plans for the first 100 days of his presidency in a campaign speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, near the site of a Civil War battlefield and a celebrated address by President Abraham Lincoln. But he also defiantly raised personal grievances, describing how, if elected, he would address them from the White House in a way he said would benefit Americans.

Moments after promising Americans that he represented a hopeful break from the status quo, he promised to sue nearly a dozen women who have come forward in the last two weeks to accuse him of sexual assault, calling them liars. And he added a new threat to his repeated castigation of U.S. media corporations, which he says cover his campaign unfairly to help Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

“They’re trying desperately to suppress my vote and the voice of the American people,” Trump, who often rails against media outlets and journalists covering his events, told supporters in his speech. Trump has not provided evidence for his assertion that the election would be rigged.


Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2016/10/trump-vows-to-weaken-us-media-power-structure-if-elected/

Clinton holds huge ground game advantage over Team Trump

By Reid Wilson and Joe DiSipio - 10/22/16 04:11 PM EDT

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has built a field team in swing-states across the country that is larger than a U.S. Army brigade, giving her a huge advantage over Republican Donald Trump on Election Day.

Between Clinton’s presidential campaign, the Democratic National Committee and state party operations, campaign finance reports show Democrats employ 5,138 staffers across 15 battleground states.

Clinton is funding the army through tens of millions of dollars raised for state Democratic Parties across the country. “Campaigns are won on the ground which is why we invested early to organize and register voters in this historic election,” said Lily Adams, a spokeswoman for Clinton’s campaign.

By contrast, Trump’s campaign, the Republican National Committee and state parties employ just 1,409 staffers in 16 states.

Trump’s campaign has shown little interest in investing in a ground operation.



Breitbart Steps Up War Against Paul Ryan

Breitbart News, a right-wing website closely tied to Donald Trump’s campaign, is escalating its war against Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to new levels with a lead story headlined: “He’s with her: Inside Paul Ryan’s months-long campaign to elect Hillary Clinton president.”



Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer: Hispanic Dems ‘Don’t Get Out And Vote’

Former Arizona governor Jan Brewer declared Friday that Arizona won’t go blue for Hillary Clinton because Hispanic Democrats “don’t vote.”

“They don’t get out and vote. They don’t vote,” she told the Boston Globe when asked if those constituents could help tip the historically conservative state to a Democratic presidential nominee.

Arizona has been trending purple for years, due in large part to the state’s significant Latino population. An Arizona Republic poll released Thursday found Clinton holding a 5-point lead in the state, which was once thought unwinnable for a Democratic presidential candidate.

Nationally, Donald Trump’s rhetoric about Latino immigrants has also helped boost Clinton’s popularity among Latino voters, with one recent Pew Research survey handing her a 39-point advantage over her Republican opponent.



Pence continues to massage Trump’s controversial remarks

Source: Associated Press

SATURDAY, OCT 22, 2016 03:30 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — It’s become a familiar routine for Mike Pence.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says something headline-grabbing, dubious or outright false, and his mild-mannered running mate sets out to refashion the boss’s argument. It’s happening again this week with the campaign’s most fundamental question: whether Trump would accept the legitimacy of election results that make Democrat Hillary Clinton president-elect.

Finding the right balance will prove critical for the Indiana governor in this election and beyond. His aim for the next few weeks is to rally wary Republicans, from evangelical Christians to fiscal hawks, without alienating Trump’s core supporters who distrust the party establishment that Pence still calls home. And should Trump lose, Pence’s delicate, sometimes-impossible dance could leave him as one of the few high-profile Republicans with credibility across competing strands of a fractured party — a position he could occupy with an eye toward the 2020 election.

For now, the Indiana governor must translate Trump’s repeated claims that the electoral system is rigged against him —unsubstantiated statements that leave Republican and Democrats alike fearful that the GOP nominee might undermine a President-elect Clinton by flouting the American tradition of graceful concessions by losing candidates.


Read more: http://www.salon.com/2016/10/22/pence-continues-to-massage-trumps-controversial-remarks/

Hillary Clinton Stays Undefeated Against the Alpha Males

She’s taken the hits, stayed on her feet, and hit back harder, again and again and again.


10.22.16 12:03 AM ET

Hillary Clinton, FiveThirtyEight tells us, is the most dominant debate winner in recent presidential history. They did all that ciphering they do over there and decided she won her three debates by +71, the highest score going back to 2000. She did it by being well prepared, yes. But she also did it, and bigly, by just standing there and taking his crap.

God bless the split screen; as he spoke, I kept my eyes fixed on her face, to see if she flinched when he said she belonged in jail and the rest. Not once. And she proved unflappable again, and even more so, Thursday night at the Al Smith Dinner. He was so obnoxious. He didn’t just cross the line; he crawled into a cannon and catapulted himself over it. She hates Catholics? Really? At a Catholic event? There was hardly a joke to it at all (the embedded joke, such as it was, had to do with emails among Catholic aides, but nothing Clinton had ever said or done). It was awful.

And there she sat, smiling, laughing, cool as you please. People ask why she’s winning, and the usual answer is that Trump is such a catastrophe. And he is, obviously. But I say she’s winning mainly because she’s one tough dame. She’s made of steel. And not Trumpian Chinese steel. And even though she’s going to face a wall of total resistance from Congress if she’s president, I say history tells us not to sell this woman short.

I’ve seen it for years. I’ve covered her on and off for 17 years, when she first went up to New York to run for Senate. All these alpha males were supposed to bury her. First, the tabloid New York media (a metaphorical alpha male) was supposed to eat her alive. And it took some bites out of her, no doubt about that. Especially Murdoch’s Post, and especially in those early months of the race, in 1999, when she kissed Suha Arafat. But in time, she neutralized them. The Post never warmed to her during that campaign, God knows, but the Daily News did (it endorsed her), and she learned how to anticipate the tabs’ rhythms and return their best serves.



Antiabortion activists face headwinds with Clinton leading and Trump stumbling on women’s issues

By Sandhya Somashekhar and Katie Zezima October 21 at 8:08 PM

Antiabortion activists, already experiencing a difficult year, say their movement faces a pivotal moment as another Democrat who staunchly supports abortion rights appears likely to occupy the White House.

First came the death of Antonin Scalia, an ardent ally on the Supreme Court. Then came a stinging defeat before the justices over a sweeping Texas law regulating abortion providers. Now, activists are afraid that Hillary Clinton is headed to victory — and angry that Donald Trump has done his share, they say, to set back a movement that has strived to show sensitivity toward women.

For years, antiabortion activists have succeeded in advancing their agenda in part by not vilifying women. They have portrayed women as sometimes coerced into the procedure — in other words, they are victims as much as their unborn children are. Activists have targeted groups and doctors who perform abortions and have pushed restrictive laws in the name of women’s health.

Trump has not followed that playbook. Earlier this year, he suggested that women who have abortions should be punished, a position he later reversed. His campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said in a recent interview with the New Yorker that the remark was “a great example of him just undoing decades of work where we worked really hard.”

And Wednesday, in a nationally televised debate, he criticized his opponent for wanting women to have access to a procedure in which, he said, doctors “rip the baby out of the womb . . . just prior to the birth” — a crude description of abortions that he claimed occur late in pregnancy.



Taking Trump to court: The evidence against a nasty man

By Ruth Marcus Columnist October 21 at 7:30 PM

Even as the country recoils, justifiably, from the prospect of Donald Trump threatening not to respect the election results, let us not lose sight of the mounting evidence of Trump’s mistreatment of women — and his offensive debate dismissal of their claims.

At the second debate, Trump claimed that his taped boasting about grabbing women without consent was just that — all talk, no action. In the 10 days before the third debate, nine women came forward to dispute that assertion.

So moderator Chris Wallace posed the key question: “Why would so many different women from so many different circumstances over so many different years . . . all make up these stories?” Trump’s response was a characteristically repulsive stew of dishonesty, outright lies, conspiracy theorizing and blame-shifting.

Dishonesty: “Those stories have been largely debunked,” he said. Wrong. Actually, additional corroboration has emerged.


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