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Midterm 'Mini-Me': is copying Trump a winning strategy for rightwingers?

Republican candidates are nicknaming opponents and tweeting insults in hopes of riding the president’s coattails to victory

He rails against illegal immigration and bad trade deals, dismisses the Russia investigation as “a witch-hunt”, uses Twitter to hurl insults at his opponent and defends white people’s right to fly the Confederate flag.

No, not Donald Trump. This is Corey Stewart, Republican candidate for the US Senate in Virginia and among a generation of what might be called “mini-Trumps” – politicians who are embracing not only the president’s populist agenda but his wrecking-ball style in the hope of repeating his success at the ballot box.

Copycat tactics ahead of November’s midterm elections include flaunting political incorrectness, courting controversy for its own sake, blasting out inflammatory tweets in upper case, railing against “fake news” in local media, never backing down or saying sorry, trafficking in conspiracy theories and denigrating rivals with tags evocative of “Crooked” Hillary.

“Since Trump currently has 88% approval among Republicans (stronger than any modern president of either party except Bush right after 9/11) it makes sense for candidates in his party to emulate him,” Newt Gingrich, a former House speaker and a prominent Trump supporter, said via email. “If Republicans are willing to fight toe to toe with the left they will win a shocking victory this fall. If they try to appease the media and the elites, they will lose the House.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/05/donald-trump-imitators-us-midterm-elections-2018


So in other words..................the republicans are............. ........... and what they are, they are fake and plastic...................and have nothing.....................



November 2018 cannot get here fast enough......................vote

Venezuela's Nicols Maduro survives apparent assassination attempt

Venezuela's Nicols Maduro survives apparent assassination attempt

Source: The Guardian

President blames Colombia after apparent drone attack during speech in Caracas

Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, has survived an apparent assassination attempt after what officials described as drones armed with explosives detonated overhead during a speech he was making at a military event.

The drones, according to officials, were flown towards Maduro as he addressed soldiers in Caracas on Saturday.

Mid-speech, Maduro and his wife, Cilia Flores, looked up at the sky and winced after hearing the sound of an explosion. The drones did not reach him, officials said, but it was not clear if they were shot down or exploded prematurely. Seven people were injured, the country’s information minister said.

Jorge Rodríguez said: “The investigation clearly reveals [the explosions] came from drone-like devices that carried explosives.”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/04/nicolas-maduros-speech-cut-short-while-soldiers-scatter

Future of unions hangs in the balance with Missouri 'right to work' vote

The voters’ decision will come months after the supreme court dealt a major blow to unions nationwide with Janus ruling

Sandy Hinson works as a janitor in Kansas City, Missouri. A single mother to four children and now a grandmother too, Hinson says she still bakes on the side for extra money to help her get by.

“When I was still raising kids though, oh my God, I used to work three jobs, ironing clothes for people, too,” she said. “That’s why I’m worried about these younger families with right to work. They’ll have to take on another job – and that takes away time from the kids.”

Hinson’s fear is “right-to-work” legislation, which drains unions’ strength by taking away their ability to charge non-union workers for their collective bargaining with employers. Right-to-work laws have been been spreading to states across the US; something which unions say hurts their cause – and that of their workers as they campaign for better wages and safer working conditions.

Now Missouri is next to decide on right-to-work, putting the midwestern state squarely at the center of the country’s debate over the future of its moribund union movement. But the choice on whether the state adopts a right-to-work law rests directly with Missouri’s voters in a special election to be held on Tuesday.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/05/missouri-voters-decide-right-to-work-future-unions-again


I hope there are Paper Ballots and human counters......................after all the scab's like Janus like the benefits but don't believe in 50+1 majority......................after all that would be Democratic, and the scab loving Right to work for less don't believe in worker democracy.............they believe in banks, and investors attacking the workers, look at how Bretton Woods was taken down.....................

Kids to try hacking US election systems in new DNC contest

BY MORGAN GSTALTER - 08/04/18 05:06 PM EDT

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is hosting a competition next week to see if children and teenagers can defend U.S. election systems.

The DNC is partnering with Def Con, a hacking conference in Las Vegas, to host a contest for kids, ages 8 to 16, to see if they can penetrate replicas of the websites used by secretaries of states of publish election results, Wired reported this week.

Cybersecurity expert Brian Markus will design fake websites for 13 different states that are often battleground states during presidential elections.

The young hackers could win $2,500 — $500 from the DNC — if they come up with the best defensive strategy to share with the secretaries of states ahead of November’s midterm elections.

DNC chief technology officer, Raffi Krikorian, told the outlet that he was inspired to come up with the youth initiative after adults were able to hack into flawed voting machines last year.

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/400406-8-year-olds-to-try-hacking-us-election-systems-in-dnc-contest

Maybe after this event...........................we (citizens) should be demanding PAPER BALLOTS and human counting the aformentioned PAPER BALLOTS.......................these "kids" will be able to hack the dummy systems of the so called thirteen sites..................and to the state election official(s) in the Hogan administration in Maryland using a Russian oligarchy backed election machines, what is your recousre to and response.............the machines are safe.............and the paper ballot we have our elections scanned are safe................................. what the fuck.................

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/surprise-maryland--your-election-contractor-has-ties-to-russia/2018/07/22/fbe57058-8c4d-11e8-85ae-511bc1146b0b_story.html?utm_term=.0b9abb2bd951

Airline pilots protest a study on allowing cargo planes to be operated by only one pilot with remote

By HUGO MARTIN AUG 04, 2018 | 6:00 AM

Unions representing nearly 50 commercial airlines have launched a protest against federal legislation to study the idea of putting cargo planes in the hands of only one pilot with the help of remote-control pilots on the ground.

But this dispute includes a big mystery: Officials of pilots unions don’t know who put the language in the Federal Aviation Administration funding bill to study the idea of one pilot per cargo plane or for what reason. The FAA bill sets aside $128.5 million to research the concept, along with other topics of research.

The pilots unions, representing more than 100,000 pilots, say they are opposed to the idea of eliminating a co-pilot from a commercial cargo plane because the task of flying a jet, communicating with air traffic controllers and monitoring weather changes requires two trained pilots.

The unions also say remote-control flying is vulnerable to glitches and computer hackers.

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-travel-briefcase-remote-pilots-20180804-story.html

As someone who had worked in the industry for 25+ years........................this the most stupidest thing I have ever heard of.............sitting at some console on the ground while your buddy is in the air................does not save you money.........I will not get on a plane if there is only one pilot..........................and I want to know who got this language put in the FAA bill.......................and I am going to call my representative that "did Not" read this language, they just signed off on the POS paper...................


Trump threatened punishing tariffs. So far, Canada has shrugged them off.

Canada's trade surplus with the US has actually widened by nearly $1 billion, official figures from Ottawa show.

STEPHANIE GRIFFITH AUG 4, 2018, 4:10 PM

Donald Trump apparently thought Canada would be brought to its knees by the tariffs that Washington summarily slapped on its aluminum and steel exports earlier this year. So far, that’s not the way it’s working out.

In fact, Canadian exports rose 2.5 percent in June to a record $37.1 billion, according to data provided Friday by Statistics Canada, widening Ottawa’s trade surplus with the United States.

The increase in exports, the government agency said, was “mainly on higher exports of passenger cars and light trucks…. As a result, Canada’s trade surplus with the United States widened from $3.3 billion in May to $4.1 billion.”

HuffPost Canada reported that analysts had expected a trade deficit of $2.3 billion, citing a poll by Thomson Reuters Eikon.

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-threatened-punishing-tariffs-so-far-canada-has-shrugged-them-off-0a7af59459ab/

And this traitor is suppose to have degree.....................Canada just told the sexual predator also known as the traitor.............................your fucked up....................take a look at the export numbers there zippy..................

Kris Kobach's gubernatorial campaign reportedly employs 3 white nationalists

Source: Think Progress

There's a reason they were drawn to Kobach's campaign.

REBEKAH ENTRALGO AUG 4, 2018, 2:31 PM

Kris Kobach, the Republican Secretary of State from Kansas, employs three members of a white nationalist group in his campaign for governor, according to a report in the Topeka Capital-Journal.

The newspaper said in an article late Friday that it learned about the extreme political views of the three men from GOP consultants who have worked in Republicans circles in the state.

The men, all in their early 20s, are members of American Heritage Initiative, a sub-group of Identity Evropa, described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a campus-based white supremacy group that builds community from shared racial identity. The SPLC states, members of the group don’t identify as “racists” but rather, “identitarians” interested in preserving Western culture.

According to an expense reports made public this week and reported by the Topeka Capital-Journal, Kurtis Engel, Collin Gustin and Michael Pyles received $1,250 to $3,100 in payments from Kobach’s campaign between June 8 and July 26.

Read more: https://thinkprogress.org/kris-kobachs-gubernatorial-campaign-reportedly-employs-3-white-nationalists-76cdfc2d9325/



Birds of the feather flock together....right Kobach..................what do you have on your application sheet to work for you, let me guess..........................

Past racist acts in white nationalist organization................acceptable member ship....check..........your hired

American Heritage Initiative


Your a POS, Kobach and that asshole standing beside you in the picture is also a fucking traitor ..................FUCK you and your party of traitors,................


November 2018 cannot get here fast enough............................vote

Riding with Native Americans - in pictures

To mark the 150th anniversary of the Fort Laramie peace treaty between the Sioux nation and US government, the Lakota people rode 400 miles from Green Grass in South Dakota, home to their spiritual leader, Arvol Lookinghorse, to Fort Laramie in Wyoming, where the treaty was signed

Stephanie Keith/Reuters

Fri 3 Aug 2018 04.32 EDT


https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/gallery/2018/aug/03/riding-with-the-native-americans-in-pictures

Revelations of suspected spy at US embassy in Moscow could be tip of the iceberg

Intelligence analysts warn that Russian worker believed to have had full access to secret data is unlikely to be an isolated case

Revelations that a suspected Russian mole worked at the US embassy in Moscow for a decade could just be the tip of the iceberg.

This week the Guardian learned that a female Russian national, hired by the secret service, was dismissed after being caught holding regular and unauthorised meetings with the Russian intelligence agency the FSB.

The explosive report that came just hours after an extraordinary joint press conference in Washington by America’s top five national security officials who warned of a “broad and deep” effort by Russia to destabilise American democracy. Yet it is a threat that Donald Trump apparently fails to take seriously.

The suspected Russian spy came under suspicion after a routine security sweep by the state department. But intelligence analysts warned that this is unlikely to be an isolated example.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/03/suspected-russian-spy-us-embassy-moscow-analysis



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