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Bernie Sanders: Alabama Republicans are 'cowards' trying to 'suppress' vote

"Republican cowards all across the country, including Alabama, are very clearly trying to win elections by suppressing the vote and making it harder for low-income people, minorities, young people and seniors to vote. That has to change. Anyone 18 years of age or older should be automatically registered to vote,"
Sanders said in a statement he tweeted Sunday.

At 100, woman still working 11 hours a day, 6 days a week

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Felimina Rotundo works 11 hours day, six days a week at a Buffalo laundromat and says she has no plans to quit working even though she turned 100 two months ago.

She tells WGRZ-TV that she got her first job at 15 during the Great Depression and has been working ever since.

Rotundo works from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. washing clothes and handling dry cleaning at the College Laundry Shoppe. She says she hasn't considered retirement and will continue working as long as her health is good.


She says too many people retire too soon. Her advice to her peers: "Get out and do some work."


CBC Uses Legos to Cover Canadian Elections

During overnight after-the-vote coverage of the Canadian elections, the CBC went old school to show how the vote broke down among the four leading parties: the liberals, the conservatives, the NDP and the greens. The CBC talked with Dave Meslin, who speaks on issues of democracy and who used Legos to show how the national vote should reflect–but proabably won’t–via a proportional system the make up of the new Canadian parliament. Plus it’s Legos!

To be fair, the CBC used the traditional pie charts and bar graphs throughout the night, but as far as we could tell, no holograms.


Media Matters Sends Select Committee Members Copies Of - THE BENGHAZI HOAX

President Bradley Beychok: "Put An End To The Lies" From Fox News And The Right-Wing Media

Today Media Matters for America will deliver printed copies of The Benghazi Hoax, our book comprehensively debunking the worst right-wing lies surrounding the 2012 attacks, to members of the House Select Committee on Benghazi in advance of their October 22 hearing with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In a letter to the members, Media Matters president Bradley Beychok notes that the committee has been exposed by the Republican Party as "a partisan stunt intended to damage" Clinton, and calls on them to "help squelch the untruths and put an end to the lies and perpetual misinformation that Fox News and other right-wing media have disseminated about the attacks for several years."

The letter in full:

Dear Committee Member:

During an appearance on Fox News' Hannity on September 29, Representative Kevin McCarthy -- then House Speaker-in-Waiting -- displayed a level of candor that is rarely seen in politics. McCarthy publicly exposed the House Select Committee on Benghazi, on which you serve, for what it is: a partisan stunt intended to damage former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The fallout was swift. McCarthy is no longer in line to be Speaker of the House. A former Benghazi committee staffer corroborated McCarthy's words, saying the "partisan investigation" had shifted its focus almost exclusively to Clinton. Just last week, in a stunning turn of events, a second GOP congressman, Richard Hanna, also corroborated McCarthy's statements, telling a radio interviewer that McCarthy "had it right to begin with" and that there was a "big part of this investigation that was designed to go after people and an individual, Hillary Clinton."

In the three years since the attack on the U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, conservative media have relentlessly advanced a series of phony scandals implicating the Obama administration in the attack and alleging some sort of cover-up.

In advance of Secretary Clinton's anticipated testimony before the committee on October 22, I am writing to provide you with an updated copy of Media Matters for America's book, The Benghazi Hoax. It is a comprehensive guide to the most common smears and lies about the attack in Benghazi and how the administration responded.

Just this weekend, Representative Elijah Cummings, the ranking member of the select committee on which you serve, debunked the right-wing media claim that Hillary Clinton compromised national security by revealing the name of a CIA source in an email sent from her private account. The false claim -- which originated with Republican members of your committee -- landed squarely in the conservative press, exposing the right-wing echo chamber between conservative politicians and a conservative media that pushes misinformation devoid of the facts.

Which is why, in light of the tomes of misinformation that have muddled the media coverage of the investigations into the attacks on Benghazi, Media Matters for America hopes that by providing you this primer we can count on you to be equipped with the facts prior to Secretary Clinton's appearance before the committee.

We hope we can count on you to help squelch the untruths and put an end to the lies and perpetual misinformation that Fox News and other right-wing media have disseminated about the attacks for several years.


Bradley Beychok

President, Media Matters for America


Benghazi Hearings Cancelled After Clinton Drops Out of Race


WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Washington was in turmoil on Tuesday morning as a House select committee abruptly cancelled its Benghazi hearings shortly after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that she was withdrawing from the Presidential race.


“As you know, we have been preparing for this week’s hearings for months,” Gowdy said. “However, after meeting with fellow committee members over the past four minutes, we’ve come to the conclusion that we know all we need to know about Benghazi.”

Gowdy flatly denied that the decision to cancel the long-awaited Benghazi hearings had anything to do with Clinton’s sudden departure from the race. “We wish her well in whatever her future endeavors may be,” he said.

But shortly after Gowdy’s announcement, Clinton called an impromptu press conference at 9:13 to announce that she was jumping back into the race. “I was just trying to prove a point,” she told reporters, before heading off to campaign stops in Iowa and New Hampshire.


A brilliant profile of Donald Trump, featuring this splendid tidbit:

‘I have made myself very rich,’ Trump says (over and over again).
‘I would make this country very rich.’ That’s why he should be president.

much more here:

Rush Limbaugh Laments That "You're Never Gonna Be Able To, Figuratively, Hit The Girl"

RUSH LIMBAUGH: So the Republicans will praise for her cervix-- Democrats will praise her for her cervix, and Republicans will ask innocuous questions in order to not be blamed for beating up on her. See, that's the main reason Republicans don't do anything. It's because they don't want the Democrats and the media accusing them of hitting the girl. I don't care how much feminism advances, not a thing is going to change in that regard. You're never gonna be able to, figuratively, hit the girl. In other words, the girl is never going to be able to be treated just like a guy. You can hit the guy. You can hit the guy. You can say, "you know, that guy hasn't paid his taxes in ten years. And that guy, when he was president of the company, and an employee's wife died, that guy didn't care. That guy, he put his dog on the roof of the family station wagon for a vaca--." Can't say that about Hillary. Can't say that about the girl. The Republicans, even if we had advanced to this mythical place of total equality, the Republicans still wouldn't go after Hillary for fear-- out of fear of what the Democrats on the committee will say about them and what the media will say. They'll be afraid of igniting the war on women meme. They will be afraid of angering the independents.

Republican Healthcare Plan

Tweety Praises Trump For Going After Bush for 9/11 - Dems ‘Never Had the Stones’

Matthews Praises Trump for Going After Bush on 9/11: Dems ‘Never Had the Stones’
by Josh Feldman | 8:44 pm, October 19th, 2015

Chris Matthews opened tonight’s Hardball by practically applauding Donald Trump for going after George W. Bush over 9/11, something he said Democrats “never had the stones” to do.

Matthews said Trump finally argued what everyone has been yearning to say for years: Bush “didn’t keep us safe”and 9/11 is a pretty huge reason why. He claimed for years the Bushes and their allies said it just wasn’t proper to question whether the administration didn’t do its due diligence in keeping the nation safe leading up to 9/11.


He continued, “The Democrats never had the stones to go out and challenge George W… because they probably felt that would be un-nice. Trump isn’t un-nice, he’s willing to be tough.”

Video & more:

George Bush shocks GOP donors as he unleashes wrath on Ted Cruz for ‘sucking up’ to Trump

“I just don’t like the guy,” Bush said Sunday night, according to conversations with more than half a dozen donors who attended the event.

One donor in the room said the former president had been offering mostly anodyne accounts of how the Bush family network views the current campaign and charming off-the-cuff jokes, until he launched into Cruz.

“I was like, ‘Holy sh-t, did he just say that?’” the donor said. “I remember looking around and seeing that other people were also looking around surprised.”

“The tenor of what he said about the other candidates was really pretty pleasant,” another donor said. “Until he got to Cruz.”


“He said he found it ‘opportunistic’ that Cruz was sucking up to Trump and just expecting all of his support to come to him in the end,” that donor added.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/10/jeb-bush-george-bush-donors-ted-cruz-214933#ixzz3p6uQtYg7

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