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San Francisco State University grad (Psychology).

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Troubling op-ed in Trump in-law's newspaper calls for FBI crackdown on anti-Trump protests

Alternet
(via Raw Story)
December 6, 2016


Jared Kushner's newspaper, the New York Observer, ran an op-ed last week that called for an FBI crackdown on the anti-Trump protests that have swept the nation, Alternet reports.

Kushner, who is Donald trump's son-in-law and married to Ivanka, bought the Observer in 2006.
Just last week, the paper was described as the "propaganda arm of the Trump administration" by Mediaite contributor Justin Bargona.

The Observor op-ed, written by Austin Bay - a former U.S. Army Reserve colonel and current adjunct professor at the University of Texas in Austin - calls on FBI Director james Comey to investigate "the violence and political thuggery that continue to mar the presidential election's aftermath."

This includes a crackdown on protests and a thorough investigation into whether protest efforts "have ties to organizations demanding vote recounts."

More:
http://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/troubling-op-ed-in-trump-in-laws-newspaper-calls-for-fbi-crackdown-on-anti-trump-protests/

Best nickname for Trump? (POLL)

This has been done before on DU.

(From 12/5/2016)
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10028333925

(from June 19, 2016)
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10027925799


(If none of the listed choices appeals to you, post your favorite one)




Stand With Rep Cummings: Investigate Trump's Massive Web of Potential Corruption

Credo Action Petition
December 6, 2016


Donald Trump is a lifelong scam artist who has used his fame to swindle people out of their hard-earned money.
Now he appears to be planning to use the presidency of the United States to line his own pockets - putting all of us at risk.

No one knows the full extent of Trump's foreign financial and business entanglements because of his unprecedented secrecy and refusal to release his tax returns.

Government ethics experts have already said Trump is poised to violate the Constitution by personally profiting from the presidency.
On top of it all, we still do not know whether he is indebted to foreign interests that would give them influence over the Commander in Chief.

For years, House Republicans spent millions investigating Secretary Hillary Clinton in what one Republican leader later admitted was an attempt to score partisan points.

Now, Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) is leading House Democrats in calling on the Republican Chair of the House Oversight Committee to investigate the real, dangerous and growing potential of a Trump presidency.

Stand with Rep. Cummings:
Investigate Trump's massive web of potential corruption.

Read more and view Petition:
http://act.credoaction.com/sign/trump_cummings_corruption


(Nearly 200,000 people have already signed the petition - they want to get 250,000 signatures before submitting it)

STOP TRUMP: Tell Democrats to protect Medicare Now (PETITION)

Democracy for America
December 5, 2016


Donald Trump and Paul Ryan are planning to privatize and cut Medicare and Medicaid - and this could happen as soon as this spring.

Make no mistake: The threat is real - But we can beat it!
In 2005, George W. Bush and the Republican Congress tried to privatize and cut Social Security.
Progressives beat them in part by rallying Democrats to unite and strongly oppose those plans.

The first step in protecting Medicare and Medicaid is to insist that every Democrat in Congress oppose any attempt to privatize or cut the program.
We must protect seniors who depend on Medicare.

It is time to begin a mass mobilization of the American people to oppose Donald Trump and his hateful, destructive agenda.
One piece of that work is demanding Democrats unite against any attack on Medicare.
Will you join the movement?

Tell Congressional Democrats:
"You Must Oppose Any Attempt To Privatize Medicare or Medicaid"

Sign petition:
http://act.democracyforamerica.com/sign/stop_trump_medicare/

Trump supporters cruelly troll Facebook page of woman missing in tragic Oakland fire

Raw Story
December 5, 2016


Some of Donald Trump's supporters are taking their trolling to a new level.
After a fire at an Oakland, CA warehouse over the weekend killed at least 36 people, many are trying to locate and identify their missing loved ones.

People shared information about their missing loved ones to a Facebook page called "Memorial Page for Oakland Fire," asking for any information on their whereabouts.

Anne Mendiola's sister, Jennifer, who goes by Alana Kane, has been missing since the fire on Friday night, but that didn't stop Trump supporters from trolling her Facebook posts.

A person named Emily Warren wrote:
"Karma! All these anti-TRUMP anarchists are burning in HELL, quite literally Id say."
Warren's comment has since been removed.

More:
http://rawstory.com/2016/12/trump-supporters-cruelly-troll-facebook-page-of-woman-missing-in-tragic-oakland-fire/

Do you think Democrats should block any of Trump's Supreme Court nominees?

Progressive Turnout Project
December 4, 2016

ONE-CLICK INSTANT POLL


For nearly a year, Republicans in the Senate refused to confirm President Obama's Supreme Court nominee.

Now, the task of nominating a ninth Supreme Court Justice falls to Donald Trump.

Undoubtedly, he will nominate an extremist.

So we need to know what you think.

Do you think Democrats should BLOCK any of Trump's Supreme Court nominees?

Take the poll yourself:
http://go.turnoutpac.org/Confirm-Supreme-Court-Nominee



(Of course, this poll assumes that Mitch McConnell will ALLOW "Democrats to block any of Trump's Supreme Court nominees," which, imo, is a big assumption)

Tell Michigan AG Bill Schuette to stop playing games & let the recount begin (PETITION)

Democracy For America
December 3, 2016

Sign the Petition: Tell Michigan AG Bill Schuette to Stop Playing Games and Let the Recount Begin


Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has asked the Michigan State Supreme Court to preemptively shut down any attempt at a presidential recount.
This kind of partisan influence in what should be a neutral and routine verification of the election results is absolutely unacceptable - and it is dangerous to our democracy.

The margin of victory in Michigan was only 10,000 votes.
With a race this close, a recount is necessary to give voters confidence in the stated results.

We need to let Schuette know RIGHT NOW that we will not let his attempt to derail this perfectly legal recount stand.

Sign petition at:
http://act.democracyforamerica.com/sign/MI_presidential_recount/

Trump to appoint Medicare privatizer as Secretary of Health & Human Services (PETITION)

Social Security Works.org
November 29, 2016

Nobody voted on November 8th to destroy Medicare, but Donald Trump and his colleagues in the Republican Party are taking their opportunity at unified government as an opportunity to declare war on Medicare.

Let's not forget: Both Trump and Hillary Clinton ran on protecting Medicare, over the objections of Republicans like Speaker Ryan.

This morning, President-elect Donald Trump announced that he will appoint House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Price as his Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Within minutes, Speaker Paul Ryan praised the selection saying
"Price is the absolute perfect choice for HHS Secretary."
Ryan must be downright giddy over this appointment since Price has been a consistent ally in their fight to dismantle Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

Earlier this month Price confirmed Republicans' commitment to destroy Medicare through a parliamentary procedure called reconcilation
If successful, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and Tom Price could bypass a Democratic filibuster to destroy Medicare - forcing seniors to pay out-of-pocket for private health insurance plans.

As HHS Secretary, Price will oversee a $1 trillion budget, including Medicare and Medicaid, which affect over 100 million Americans.

STAND WITH SOCIAL SECURITY WORKS AND SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS IN TELLING CONGRESS:
"NO ONE VOTED TO DESTROY MEDICARE"


Sign the Petition: "No One Voted To Destroy Medicare"

(Petition reads as follows)
"On November 8th, the American people did not vote to destroy Medicare
Your crusade to gut our earned benefits and turn Medicare into a voucher program will force seniors to pay more out of pocket, hurting low and middle income families while enriching the health insurance industry.
We demand that you immediately halt your plans to destroy Medicare and instead maintain President-elect Trump's pledge to preserve Medicare and Social Security."
http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/6405/p/dia/action3/common/public/

(Click on 1st link under the heading CURRENT ACTIONS
"No One Voted To Destroy Medicare")

Should Jill Stein ask for a "risk-limiting" audit?

From a November 18, 2016 article:
"USA Today: Still Time For An Election Audit"

Computers counted the vast majority of the 130 million votes cast in this year's election.
Did human error, computer glitches, hacking or other problems change the outcome?
About 25 percent of voters used machines that do not generate a paper trail.
Any hacking, glitches or other errors that affected their votes could be undetectable.
But the other 75 percent of the vote, including the key states of Michigan and Wisconsin, could be double-checked in various ways.

A full manual recount of the paper records would be definitive, but that's unnecessarily difficult, expensive and time-consuming if the results are actually right.

There's an easier way.

A "risk-limiting" audit is an audit that manually examines a random sample of the ballots in a way that has a large chance of detecting and correcting incorrect results.
If the reported winner of a contest really won, a risk-limiting audit generally needs to examine only a small fraction of the ballots.
But if the reported winner actually lost, a risk-limiting audit has a large chance of indicating that a full hand count is needed to set the record straight.

Risk-limiting audits are a crucial check on election integrity and accuracy even when elections are not controversial and margins are wide.
They have been endorsed by the Presidential Commission on Election Administration and many organizations concerned with election integrity.
Colorado law requires risk-limiting audits in 2017, and California law requires them for deploying some new voting systems.

There is no federal law mandating election audits.
A number of states perform some kind of audit, but our research shows those audits have little or no chance of detecting and correcting erroneous results.
To audit this election effectively will require immediate legal action.

More: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10028290706

Why does James Comey still have a job?

Daily Kos
November 28, 2016


When James Comey decided to issue his extraordinary letter to Congress just eleven days before the election, his baseless intrusion was unprecedented and immeasurable.
It was not just a violation of rules for both the FBI and the Justice Department, but a direct F-U to Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, President Obama and the democratic process.
It was enough that people from both parties were astonished by Comey's actions.

Senate Minority Leader harry Reid (D-NV), charged Comey with violating federal law prohibiting federal officials from engaging in political activities, in a message to Comey Sunday.

It's absolutely clear, from the moment he made his already staggering partisan decision to usurp the role of the Justice Department during the summer and administer a finger-shaking rebuke to Secretary Clinton while admitting that no crime had been committed, that James Comey was more concerned about his own PR than about genuine justice.

It's November 28, the election is over.

Why does James Comey still have a job?

Read entire article:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/11/28/1604811/-Why-does-James-Comey-still-have-a-job
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