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Farmgirl1961's Journal
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September 24, 2016

Court Rejects Ohio's System for Removing Voters from Rolls

In the latest court victory for voting rights, a federal appeals panel on Friday ruled against Ohio's controversial procedure for removing inactive voters from the rolls. The decision could give a modest boost to Hillary Clinton in a crucial swing state.

By 2-1, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit reversed a lower court ruling that had upheld Ohio's procedure. The appeals court did not explicitly order a stop to the system, but sent the case back to the lower court to decide on a remedy.

At issue was Ohio's "Supplemental Procedure," in which voters are removed from the rolls if they haven't voted in the last three national elections — including midterms — or in any state or local elections in between, and then don't respond to a letter asking them to confirm their address. It could lead to someone who voted in the historic 2008 presidential election, but sat out 2012 and all of the non-presidential elections in the interim, being removed, even if they planned to vote this fall.


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September 24, 2016

Trump team builds 'psychological profile' of Clinton for debate Read more: http://www.politico.com/

The GOP nominee and his team are taking a more sophisticated approach to debate preparation than previously known.

Donald Trump’s team has created a detailed analysis of Hillary Clinton’s debate style — including her body language and verbal tics — with the goal of helping the GOP nominee exploit weaknesses during Monday’s debate, according to three sources familiar with Trump’s preparations.
The “psychological profile,” as the analysis is being called, is based on a statistical analysis of videos from 16 years' worth of Clinton’s debates, dating back to her 2000 campaign for Senate in New York, according to the operatives. They said it was assembled with assistance from a political data firm called Cambridge Analytica that specializes in “psychographic” modeling of voters and donors, and that Trump’s top advisers have been pleased with the results.



Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/trump-builds-clinton-profile-debate-228578#ixzz4L7yVFq3p

September 23, 2016

Donald Trump’s Properties Were Sued At Least Eight Times For Disabilities Violations

No surprises here. The more of this shit we can get out in the opened and covered, the better. I know, the die-hard Trump supporters won't give a rats patootie about it, but some of those "undecideds" or "leaning Trump" might -- just might take a second look at this horrible man.


At least eight times over the last 19 years, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s properties have been subject to lawsuits for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act, court records show. Additionally, a federal inspection found ADA violations at one of his properties.


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September 23, 2016

Omarosa Manigault: ‘Every Critic, Every Detractor, Will Have To Bow Down To President Trump’

“It is the ultimate revenge to become the most powerful man in the universe.”

Trump is a sick, twisted, demented bastard.

Donald Trump’s director of African-American outreach has an ominous warning for all who dared to criticize the Republican presidential nominee: Soon, they will have to bow down to “the most powerful man in the universe.”



September 23, 2016

Palmer Luckey: The Facebook Near Billionaire Secretly Funding Trump’s Meme Machine

Palmer Luckey—founder of Oculus—is funding a Trump group that circulates dirty memes about Hillary Clinton.

A Silicon Valley titan is putting money behind an unofficial Donald Trump group dedicated to “shitposting” and circulating Internet memes maligning Hillary Clinton.

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey financially backed a pro-Trump political organization called Nimble America, a self-described “social welfare 501(c)4 non-profit” in support of the Republican nominee.
Luckey sold his virtual reality company Oculus to Facebook for $2 billion in 2014, and Forbes estimates his current net worth to be $700 million. The 24-year-old told The Daily Beast that he had used the pseudonym “NimbleRichMan” on Reddit with a password given him to by the organization’s founders.

Nimble America says it’s dedicated to proving that “shitposting is powerful and meme magic is real,” according to the company’s introductory statement, and has taken credit for a billboard its founders say was posted outside of Pittsburgh with a cartoonishly large image of Clinton’s face alongside the words “Too Big to Jail.”



All I can say is that Palmer Luckey is one HUGE SHITPOST.

September 23, 2016

60 Reasons to vote FOR Hillary Clinton

I'm sure there are plenty more than 60 reasons to vote for Hillary Clinton, but this read comes from Kevin Drum with Mother Jones, via Daily Kos (with some slight modifications).


We have a superb candidate with an unmatched record of accomplishment and leadership, and an impressive set of policy positions. The case for voting FOR Hillary Clinton is compelling, and now is that time we have to get that message out.


60 Reasons to vote FOR Hillary Clinton

(not just against Donald Trump)

In 1995, despite strong pressure from diplomats and White House aides to remain low key, she went to China and said, "Human rights are women's rights, and women's rights are human rights."

She worked her heart out for health care reform in 1993.

She supports the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), and wants to expand and improve it, including the addition of a public insurance option.

She supports increasing the federal minimum wage to $12 per hour.

She supported comprehensive immigration reform in 2007 and continues to support it.

She was a prime mover behind the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997, and was a key figure in finding compromises that allowed it to pass after partisan bickering nearly sank it.


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September 22, 2016

This from Huffington Post: Dems Hijack IRS Impeachment Hearing With Skittles And Trump Taxes

While I saw this a day or so ago, I didn't read it until today. It's a good read.

WASHINGTON ― House Republican leaders managed to derail a House floor vote last week on impeaching the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, but Donald Trump may wish they also squashed a hearing Wednesday on whether or not impeachment was a good idea.

That’s because Democrats hijacked the hearing with Commissioner John Koskinen when they got their chance to speak, and managed to skewer Trump’s refusal to release his taxes.

One Democrat, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), elevated the exercise to A-level trolling by opening his round of questions while munching on a bag of Skittles in a reminder of Donald Trump Jr.’s recent gaffe about Syrian refugees and the likelihood that they “would kill you.”

But that was just pointed mockery.

The larger point was to turn a hearing that Democrats deemed a political stunt into a display that instead raised the serious issue of the Republican presidential nominee’s refusal to disclose his taxes.

All presidential nominees since the 1970s have released their tax returns, but Trump says he cannot unveil his because they are being audited by the IRS.

Plenty of pundits have called the excuse phony, so Democrats decided to nail it down with Koskinen.

Although the commissioner refused repeatedly to get into specific talks about Trump, Democrats got him to make the general point.

“Is there anything that would prohibit someone from releasing tax returns, if they want to, because they’re under audit?” Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) asked.

“No,” Koskinen answered.



September 22, 2016

Trump’s self-dealing scam to raid the U.S. Treasury

Courtesy of Daily Kos:

David Farenthold of the Washington Post on Tuesday broke a huge story about the rampant wrong-doing at the Trump Foundation. Donald Trump, Farenthold revealed, "spent more than a quarter-million dollars from his charitable foundation to settle lawsuits that involved the billionaire's for-profit businesses."

But if the Republican nominee's "self-dealing" as president of the Trump Foundation likely violated the law, the real estate magnate is trying to perpetrate a much larger scam to enrich himself at the expense of American taxpayers. And this other Trump con, a trillion-dollar shell game with the U.S. tax code, is utterly dishonest but completely legal.

Here's how the scheme works. Last week, Donald Trump unveiled the third version of his tax plan in under a year and the second in just the last six weeks. The biggest change from August was the decision to seemingly abandon his proposed 15 percent corporate tax rate for "partnerships, limited liability companies and other businesses known as pass-throughs." But as the New York Times documented on September 16, that announcement represented "Conflicting Policy From Trump: To Keep, and Remove, Tax Cut."


But Trump's misdirection wouldn't just cost the United States Treasury an estimated $1.5 trillion over the next decade. Keeping that pass-through payday for plutocrats would also redirect millions of dollars from Uncle Sam to Donald J. Trump and family—every year.



September 21, 2016

This from the Daily Beast: Team Hillary Recruits ‘West Wing’ Cast to Campaign in Ohio

On Wednesday afternoon, the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign announced that cast members from The West Wing—Aaron Sorkin’s acclaimed NBC series about a fictional Democratic administration and a beloved liberal president—will campaign for the Democratic nominee in Ohio on Saturday and Sunday.


Martin Sheen, who portrayed President Jed Bartlet in the show, was left off the announcement, though he was included in a picture tweeted out by Clinton campaign aide Ian Sams about how the West Wing “gang is getting back together” for Hillary.

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