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Since 1995, a year after I was forced into a very early retirement due to Multiple Sclerosis, I have owned and operated a daily newsgathering service out of my home, for a clientele comprised of TV newscasters, Op-Ed columnists, book authors, a national wire-service and some online publications. I post many of the news articles I gather, here on DU. I also post news articles and Op-Eds written/reported/authored by my list of subscribers/clientele.

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Trump leans on small donors as wealthy givers pull back

By Matea Gold and Anu Narayanswamy October 28 at 6:08 PM

A steep drop in support from wealthy donors has left Donald Trump dependent on small-dollar contributors in the final stretch of the 2016 race, creating an acute cash gap that could hurt down-ticket Republicans fighting for their political lives.

Supporters sent the GOP presidential nominee contributions of $200 or less at a faster clip this month than they did in September. But the businessman was still vastly outraised by Democratic rival Hillary Clinton because of tepid backing from those who write big checks, new campaign finance reports show.

The number of six-figure contributions flowing to a joint fundraising committee that benefits the Republican Party fell sharply in the first 19 days of October, with just 34 donors giving $100,000 or more, down from 167 in September. A dozen pro-Trump super PACs together raised just about $2 million. And the candidate himself gave less than $31,000 to his campaign during that period, leaving him nowhere close to the $100 million or more that he has repeatedly claimed he will spend to finance his White House run.

On Friday, Trump scrambled to combat the perception that he was holding back resources, saying he was wiring his campaign $10 million, as the Wall Street Journal first reported. But he also declined to confirm that his donations would end up reaching $100 million, telling Fox News, “We’ll see what’s needed.”



Media Freak Out At FBI Letter, Disregard Facts And Run With GOP's False Description Of Clinton Email

Media Freak Out At FBI Letter, Disregard Facts And Run With GOP's False Description Of Clinton Email Review

Blog ››› October 28, 2016 3:21 PM EDT ››› OLIVER WILLIS

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) claimed that a letter from FBI Director James Comey indicated that the FBI had “reopened” its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state, triggering a media firestorm. But Comey’s letter says no such thing, and according to CBS News, it’s “premature” and “going too far” to say the investigation has been “reopened.”

This afternoon, Comey released a letter to congressional leaders stating, “In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear pertinent to the investigation” and “I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.” Comey noted that he was not sure how long the review will take and the FBI “cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant.”

In other words, all the FBI has announced is that they have found new emails that “appear” related to their investigation and may contain classified information and they are looking at them, but as of yet they don’t even know if the emails are significant.

Rep. Chaffetz, who serves as the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, announced “case reopened” around the time Comey’s letter became public:



Clinton campaign says ‘confident’ FBI conclusion in email probe won’t change

28 OCT 2016 AT 16:04 ET

The chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign said on Friday that the campaign was “confident” the FBI would again recommend against pressing charges against the former secretary of state relating to her use of a private email server once it wraps up the latest leg of its investigation.

“The (FBI) Director owes it to the American people to immediately provide the full details of what he is now examining,” campaign chairman John Podesta said in a statement after the FBI said it was examining new emails for whether they contained classified information.

“We are confident this will not produce any conclusions different from the one the FBI reached in July,” he said.


Anti-Trump Group Files DOJ Complaint Against Comey For ‘Interfering in the Presidential Election’

Source: Mediaite

The Democratic Coalition Against Trump is, as you can guess, an organization dedicated to making sure Donald Trump is never elected to the presidency. If you head to their website — www.keepamericagreat.us — you’ll find a drop-down list of press releases along the site’s top shelf. Hover on that, scroll all the way down, and you’ll learn that today, DCAT filed a DOJ complaint against FBI director James Comey because of his super-vague letter about Hillary Clinton, her emails, and the probe that he’s not actually “reopening.”

We know now that a few emails are under review because they were found while the FBI investigated Anthony Weiner for his sexting. So, the emails were not withheld by Clinton, nor were they found while she was being investigated. They are simply part of another investigation and are being checked now for classification and other things that are much more mundane than Comey’s three paragraphs made it seem to many, especially in the media frenzy that followed the note’s release. That’s why DCAT is filing their complaint. Read what they said about it below:

The Democratic Coalition Against Trump filed a complaint with the Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility on Friday against FBI Director James Comey for interfering in the Presidential election, following the FBI’s decision to open up an investigation into Secretary Clinton’s emails this close to Election Day. Federal employees are forbidden from participating in political activities under the Hatch Act.

Here is a quote from Scott Sworkin, who is DCAT’s senior advisor:

It is absolutely absurd that FBI Director Comey would support Donald Trump like this with only 11 days to go before the election. It is an obvious attack from a lifelong Republican who used to serve in the Bush White House, just to undermine her campaign. Comey needs to focus on stopping terrorists and protecting America, not investigating our soon to be President-Elect Hillary Clinton.


Read more: http://www.mediaite.com/online/anti-trump-group-files-doj-complaint-against-comey-for-interfering-in-the-presidential-election/

Clinton: Trump's Strategy Is The 'Last Refuge Of A Bankrupt Candidate'

Source: Talking Points Memo

Hillary Clinton on Friday slammed Donald Trump's reported strategy of discouraging Democratic turnout in the last weeks of the election as the "last refuge of a bankrupt candidate."

In her speech at an early voting rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Clinton did not address FBI Director James Comey's announcement that his agency was looking into new emails "pertinent to the investigation" of her use of a private email server as secretary of state. Instead, she condemned Trump's "scorched-earth campaign."

"His strategy is to get women to stay home, get young people to stay home, get people of color to stay home," Clinton said. "It's all part of his scorched-earth campaign, the last refuge of a bankrupt candidate, and it goes against everything we stand for in America."

In an interview with Bloomberg Politics published Thursday, an unnamed senior official said that the Trump campaign has "three major voter suppression operations under way” to turn key demographic groups—former supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), young women, and African American voters—against Clinton.


Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/hillary-clinton-trump-is-bankrupt-candidate

Clinton camp calls for FBI to release full details of probe

Source: The Hill

By Mallory Shelbourne - 10/28/16 03:58 PM EDT

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is calling for the FBI to release full details of its new investigation into Clinton’s email server.

"The Director owes it to the American people to immediately provide the full details of what he is now examining. We are confident this will not produce any conclusions different from the one the FBI reached in July," Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said Friday in a statement.

The FBI told Congress earlier Friday that new Clinton emails were under review by the agency.

"FBI Director (James) Comey should immediately provide the American public more information than is contained in the letter he sent to eight Republican committee chairmen. Already, we have seen characterizations that the FBI is 'reopening' an investigation but Comey's words do not match that characterization," Podesta said. "Director Comey's letter refers to emails that have come to light in an unrelated case, but we have no idea what those emails are and the Director himself notes they may not even be significant."


Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/303342-clinton-camp-calls-for-fbi-to-release-full-details-of-probe

New Electoral College Ratings: Texas and North Carolina Shift in Clinton's Favor

Source: Cook Political Report

Less than two weeks before the election, Trump continues to struggle to lock down traditionally Republican states — even Texas and Utah — and lags behind Clinton in key battleground states he would need to win. The third debate didn't alter the trajectory of the race. In fact, the debates proved to be nothing but a drag on Trump as they highlighted his biggest weakness: his temperament.

Last week, we moved seven states towards Clinton. This week, we are moving two additional states in her direction, giving her an advantage of 293 electoral votes — 23 more than required to win.

Clinton has taken a lead in North Carolina, a state where she enjoys a large organizational advantage. The white share of the state's voter rolls has fallen from 71.1 percent to 69.7 percent in the last four years. The most recent polling, a New York Times/Siena poll and a Quinnipiac poll showed her up 7 points and 4 points respectively. North Carolina moves from Toss Up to Lean Democratic.

In a sign of just how poor a position he is in, Trump has failed to build a strong lead in deep red Texas, where the RealClearPolitics average shows him up by four points. Texas's growing Hispanic share, as well as its high share of college-educated whites, are hurting him.


Read more: http://cookpolitical.com/story/10127

2 Women in Florida Facing Election Fraud Charges

Source: LawNewz

by Rachel Stockman | 11:13 am, October 28th, 2016

Two women in Florida are facing election fraud charges in unrelated cases involving illegally marking ballots, and filling out fake voter registration forms. One of the suspects is 74-year-old Gladys Coego, a temporary worker at the Miami-Dade County Elections Department, according to The Miami Herald.


She apparently was in charge of opening envelopes for the completed ballots, and she’s accused of illegally marking some of them in favor of mayoral candidate Raquel Regalado. She’s expected to turn herself into jail Friday morning and is facing two felony counts for illegally marking ballots.

The other case is not related and involves a woman allegedly filling out fake voter-registration forms on behalf of United for Care, which advocates for the legalization of marijuana. The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office told The Miami Herald that they plan to charge Tomike Curgil with five felony counts of submitting false voter-registration information.


Read more: http://lawnewz.com/high-profile/breaking-2-women-arrested-in-florida-for-election-fraud-charges/

Kirk apologizes for questioning Duckworth’s heritage

Source: The Hill

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) on Friday took to Twitter to apologize to his Democratic challenger for questioning her American heritage at a debate the night before.

“Sincere apologies to an American hero, Tammy Duckworth, and gratitude for her family's service,” Kirk wrote.

Mark Kirk ✔

Sincere apologies to an American hero, Tammy Duckworth, and gratitude for her family's service. #ilsen

12:20 PM - 28 Oct 2016
129 Retweets 137 likes

During a debate between the Senate candidates on Thursday, Kirk drew criticism for his reply to Duckworth’s remarks about her family history.

Answering a question on Middle East policy, Duckworth — an Iraq War veteran — detailed her family's military service going back to the American Revolution.


Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/303288-kirk-apologizes-for-questioning-duckworths-heritage

After Successful Pro-Clinton Reunion Show, Will & Grace Might Get Reboot

By Lindsey Ellefson | 11:47 am, October 28th, 2016

In September, the cast and crew of Will & Grace reunited to make a miniature episode that encouraged viewers to #VoteHoney! The episode was very, very clearly in favor of a Hillary Clinton presidency, which is what most would expect from the groundbreaking show that built so many Americans’ understanding of what it meant to be gay in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Even in the comments section here on Mediaite, some people suggested bringing the cast back together for a season, like Full House and Gilmore Girls recently did. Good news: That looks like it might really be happening!

The Hollywood Reporter says that Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, and Sean Hayes are in talks to bring back the show for a 10-episode limited revival. (6.2 million views on an election-themed one-off will usually get a reaction like that out of executives, it’s true.)

Here’s one of the biggest tidbits from the Hollywood Reporter article:

It’s unclear if NBC would air the revival or if the network could get outbid for what is sure to be a pricey series by a streaming giant like deep-pocketed Netflix.


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