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Fraud Squad - ready to stop voter fraud!

Also worth watching is:

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Michelle Obama is giving another historic speech

Not sure where she is - Arizona? - but she is hitting another one out of the park!

Hitting Trump on how he doesn't people as what they are. Trumps vision "grounded in hopelessness and despair" - CNN banner right now.

No link - live on CNN. MSNBC had cut away from it.

ETA - now CNN cut away also. And the speech was in Arizona.

Hugh Hewitt brought up Norm Coleman and Dino Rossi

And talked about the elections they lost as if those were not legitimate.

I wasn't familiar with those two so I looked them up:

Both elections were contested and had a lot of contentious fighting over ballots. In both cases, ballots that had been 'lost' (Washington, 2004) or rejected (Minnesota, 2008) made the difference in the results. Neither election was illegitimate - though they might have been if those ballots had not been rediscovered or not found to be acceptable.

If this is what the Republicans consider to be 'rigged' elections, then the Democratic Party needs to be on alert. Allowing ballots to be lost as in Washington state - when absentee ballots were rejected because the signatures on the applications for them had not been scanned into the system for comparison - or not included in a recount of a close election because of questionable rejections is voter suppression.

The part the Republicans don't like about those two elections is that once all legitimate ballots were counted, the Democrats won. If the suppression of hundreds of absentee ballots in each state had been allowed, the Republicans would have won.

Every eligible voter should be allowed to vote and every ballot cast should be counted. Otherwise our elections are not legitimate!

Hugh Hewitt - "Donald went 14 out of 15 rounds"

"But he hit himself in the head and knocked himself out."

Just now on MSNBC.

Donald Trump said, "I've never bee so ashamed of this country."

Why aren't conservatives dragging him over the coals the way they did Michelle Obama in 2008 when she said, "For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback"?

After don't both statements equate some level of disappointment in the US? Of course, Michelle Obama's statement was in the context that she was proud that so many people were turning out to vote - but that is not the way the right wing twisted it.

On the other hand, Donald Trump has been saying for over a year now that they US is no longer great, that everything is wrong and now he's come right out and said he was ashamed of the country. Shouldn't that merit much more condemnation than Michelle Obama's pride in the voter turnout?

Why is the right wing ignoring Trump's claim - because he is THEIR candidate and nothing he has done or will do can be wrong in their deluded minds.

MSNBC just showed a new campaign ad from Clinton - The Final Meltdown!

With clips from news sources talking about the meltdown with Trump and the GOP, using music from"The Final Countdown" but with lyrics, "The Final Meltdown."

No link to a video. It's not on the Clinton YouTube channel yet. Probably not on MSNBC since it was just aired and had just been released.

Thanks to jberryhill:

Rasmussen just polled me - presidential race

Aside from who I was going to vote for in the presidential race - four way question - they wanted to know how I felt about the economy, if I owned a business, and if I had investments.

I'm in Florida, hope I help turn their next poll results BLUE!

A couple of notes about the Trump tax return from personal experience

Although I am not sure the losses were under the same rules - the time I am familiar with was in 1982, a lot earlier than Trump's 1995 return - here is my personal experience with carry back/forward rules:

In 1982 my husband and I had several small businesses. Although they were doing OK some things happened that threatened our cash flow. Ronald Reagan's IRS tightened the rules on writing off losses from "hobby" businesses against other income. The Florida state legislature passed a anti-paraphernalia law. A couple we had thought were friends stole a chunk of money from us.

My horse breeding business had been holding even but without right offs I could not maintain it. One of our major businesses was a head shop - while we joined the suit against the paraphernalia law, we could not afford to be arrested over the situation. Another business shared the store front and if we closed the head shop, it could not pay the rent. We lost money on the business that the "friends" stole money from us.

We had a third party company do an audit of our entire financial situation. The advice - close down the horse breeding business, close the head shop and any other business we did not want to personally work in full time. The second business in the store front could stay open if we didn't have any employees and if we were willing to work six days a week - it might have made a profit of $15,000a year. That was Plan A.

Plan B was to close all the businesses, sell off most of my broodmares and keep some personal horses, carry back our losses and get a big fat check from the IRS - enough money to restore our cash flow and take a breather while we though what to do next.

This was a no brainer - we got the advice in late November, had "Going out of Business" sales at the stores, bought out the lease on the store front, shut down our other businesses, and started selling mares. By December 31st we were no longer in business. I only had a few horses of my own. (A year or so later I began boarding other peoples' horses and that business continued until about 2000. I bred my horses as a hobby but not as a business.)

According to what one of the accountants told my husband the rules under which we could carry back the losses had been passed to benefit Ross Perot. Looking back at the history, EDS had lost a lot of money in the 1970s but when Ross Perot sold it about 1979 it was worth about a half billion dollars. Perot lobbied Congress to pass the carry forward provision. That meant when he sold the company, he could write off a lot of his gain in the sale of the company against his previous losses.

I don't know if this claim is true - it's too far back to find easily on the internet. When my husband heard the story,the sale of EDS was only a few years back, though, so the accountant could have been very aware of story.

Right now on CNN - Trump Foundation to CEASE solicitations per NY AC

No link, live now on CNN, Jim Acosta reporting.

NY AG orders Trump Foundation to cease solicitations. Cease & desist order!

Edited to add:

State Attorney General Orders Trump Foundation to Cease Raising Money in New York


The office of New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has issued a “notice of violation” to Donald J. Trump’s foundation, ordering it to immediately stop soliciting donations in New York.

The letter, which was sent on Friday and released on Monday morning by Mr. Schneiderman’s office, said that its charities bureau had determined that the Donald J. Trump Foundation had been fund-raising in New York this year when it was not registered to do so under state law.

“The Trump Foundation must immediately cease soliciting contributions or engaging in any other fund-raising activities in New York,” wrote James Sheehan, the chief of the charities bureau.

Mr. Trump’s foundation has come under increasing scrutiny amid questions about his fulfillment of large charitable pledges and his lack of financial support in recent years.

More: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/04/us/politics/trump-foundation-money.html

Florida Dems file election complaint against Donald Trump in Pam Bondi deal

Scott Powers

Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant filed a complaint Thursday with the Florida Elections Commission charging Donald Trump violated Florida law with his $25,000 donation to a committee supporting the re-election of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

The complaint does not charge Bondi with any wrongdoing. And it doesn’t delve into the relationship between Trump and Bondi. Rather, it deals with what happened later as the money moved around.

The elections charge against Trump involves his 2013 Trump Foundation’s $25,000 donation to And Justice For All, a now-closed electioneering communications organization. The donation came as Bondi’s office was reviewing complaints against his Trump University. Bondi’s office decided not to investigate the complaints or join a lawsuit pursued by New York’s attorney general.

Democrats have characterized the donation as a bribe from Trump to Bondi to dissuade any investigation of Trump University. Trump and Bondi have both denied it.
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