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A tiny New Hampshire town retakes a tradition: voting at midnight

Source: Boston Globe

MILLSFIELD, N.H.—It was all over in 4 minutes and 20 seconds.

The 14 voters of Millsfield cast their ballots at midnight. Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton won. And for the first time in 56 years, Millsfield voters again became among the first of the first in the nation to vote for president.

The voters who gathered in this wood-paneled bar aren’t the only ones who cast ballots while most of New Hampshire slept. Just up the road, in Dixville Notch, nine people voted at midnight, as they have for decades. And further south, in Hart’s Location—an actual incorporated town, unlike its midnight voting sisters—voters cast their ballots, too.

Read more: http://www.boston.com/news/local/new-hampshire/2016/02/09/tiny-new-hampshire-town-retakes-tradition-voting-midnight/S5qA6W88TALbsuPUrT6BvJ/story.html

And the winner is . . . Clinton

NPR: Trump and Sanders "may as well be speaking from the same script"

What Do Sanders And Trump Have In Common? More Than You Think
Updated February 8, 20168:00 AM ET

"The similarities are striking"


More from the report: "Trump and Sanders are both channeling anger," and spectators at their events share a "feeling that the system is rigged" and that there's "too much money in politics." Both candidates "speak to voters insecurities and disgust with the present system."

No transcript yet but there's usually one up in a few hours.

Note on the Clintons and Haiti: Aristide was toppled twice and returned to Haiti twice. Guess what?

He was first toppled in 1991, under Bush I, then returned to Haiti in 1994, under Clinton (Bill). He served again as president from 1994-96.

Jean-Bertrand Aristide meets Bill Clinton in the Oval Office, October 14, 1994.

Aristide was elected president again in 2001, and in 2004 he was again toppled in a coup and forcibly removed to Africa -- under Bush II.

He returned a second time to Haiti in 2011 -- when Hillary was SOS.

The suggestion that the Clintons had anything to do with the removal of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haiti's first democratically elected president, is deceptive and misleading.


Wages Rise as U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls Below 5%

Source: New York Times

Is the American worker finally getting a raise?

After years of scant real gains despite steadily falling unemployment and healthy hiring, wages picked up significantly last month, a sign the job market could be tightening enough to force companies to pay more to attract and retain employees.

The half a percentage point increase in average hourly earnings in January was the brightest spot in a generally positive Labor Department report on Friday, which showed job creation slowing from the white-hot pace of late 2015 even as the unemployment rate fell to an eight-year low of 4.9 percent.

The last six months were the best extended period for employee paychecks since the recovery began six-and-a-half years ago.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/06/business/economy/jobs-report-unemployment-january-fed-interest-rates.html

Harriet Christian phone home . . .

We all laughed when she went off the deep end in 2008 but she was real. Apparently she worked as a waitress in NYC and died two years ago:

On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, we lost Harriet Christian, a lifelong and outspoken champion of equal rights. I came to know her after her honest outburst at the Democratic National Convention’s Rules and Bylaws Committee was captured on video and picked up by major media outlets. Hundreds of us had traveled to DC to picket and protest the committee’s slanted meeting that would decide the fate of millions of citizens’ votes in Michigan and Florida.


Yes, she was a hopeless PUMA, but she believed in her candidate, and that counts for something in this crazy system. So here's to you Harriet Christian.

NPR: razor thin win for Hillary, 50.1 - 49.2%

Mara Liason says 83% of precints reporting; it's not an official call but she sounds pretty confident


CURRENT STATUS - Iowa Republican Caucuses
AS OF FEB. 1, 2016, 10:28 p.m. EST SOURCE: AP
CURRENT STATUS -Iowa Democratic Caucuses
AS OF FEB. 1, 2016, 10:28 p.m. EST
84.3% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING (1,417 OF 1,681)
Hillary Clinton 582 50.1%
Bernie Sanders 572 49.2%

Martin O’Malley 7 0.6%
Uncommitted 1 0.1%
Other 0 0.0%


NPR: Dem caucus goers skewing female (55%) and born before 1970 (over 45)

by lots. That's Hillary territory by a wide margin. Stay tuned!

Live link (showing Cruz beating Trump incidentally with 24%, but no Dem results up yet): https://elections.npr.org/

Role reversal: Hillary OUTDRAWS Sanders -- 1,500 to 1,000 -- last night in Davenport.

Per NPR hourly news. Fancy that!

p.s. audio link to story:

Iowa Update: Republicans And Democrats Race To Reach Supporters
Updated January 30, 20168:25 AM ET


"I hope I was able to help them."

That's what Hillary will say to reporters at the close of House hearing #1,864 on President Clinton's e-mail server in December 2024


"The establishment" = Social Security, SSI, VA, Medicare/Medicaid, ACA, GA, EEOC, FDA, SNAP, HUD,

FDIC, AFDC, support for labor unions, support for LGBT and reproductive rights, FTC, FDA, FDC, and many other federally operated or regulated services and programs including, yes, the banking and finance sectors in addition to the mil-intel operations which, as objectionably massive as they are, have grown less so in the current Democratic administration.

That's a lot of moving parts to coordinate, which is not a game for amateurs or "deciders" who delegate day-to-day operations to a power-mad minister who can handle them. President Obama may not be the best delegater but that's partly why we're on the cusp of an economic expansion that not even FOX and CNN will be able to ignore: low oil prices, low interest rates, new industries, TPP (which will create new jobs in those new industries), and reduced military expenditures are eventually going to produce a widely-felt recovery that the next administration will likely get credit for -- as long as they don't blow it.

I don't think Hillary will blow it, but I don't know of any other candidate on either side who is up to the task.
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