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Obama To Take On Redistricting In Post-Presidency Project With Eric Holder

Obama To Take On Redistricting In Post-Presidency Project With Eric Holder

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/obama-holder-gerrymandering-project

TPM LIVEWIRE OCTOBER 17, 2016, 12:04 PM EDT

After he leaves the White House, President Obama will make a major priority of his post-presidency political activity working with a campaign being spearheaded by former Attorney General Eric Holder that will focus on redistricting reform, a major elections issue that has allowed Republicans to trounce Democrats in state houses and in the U.S. House of Representatives.

According to a Politico report Monday, Holder will serve as chair of a new umbrella group called the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which will bring together national and state-level Democratic political groups, as well as unions and progressive organizations. The group will mobilize around elections in the years to come that will determine who gets to draw the districting maps after the 2020 census which will be in place for the following decade of elections. The White House has worked closely on launching the campaign, and the President strongly backed the choice of Holder as its chair, Politico said.

“American voters deserve fair maps that represent our diverse communities—and we need a coordinated strategy to make that happen,” Holder said, according to Politico. “This unprecedented new effort will ensure Democrats have a seat at the table to create fairer maps after 2020."

Obama's involvement will be most focused at the state-legislative level, White House political director David Simas told Politico.

The Tea Party wave of elections in 2010 gave Republicans outsized influence over redistricting after the last census, which tilted the electoral map significantly in their favor. . . .

Gerrymandering is also commonly blamed for the dysfunction in the national legislature, as Republican representatives are often more worried about a primary challenge to their right rather than a Democrat running against them for their seat. . . .

Posted by ColemanMaskell | Tue Oct 18, 2016, 08:01 PM (7 replies)

538: Democrats 73% chance of winning control of the Senate

http://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2016-election-forecast/senate/?ex_cid=2016-forecast

538 Polls-Plus forecast

Who will win the Senate?

Chance of winning control
Democrats
73.8%

Republicans
26.2%
Posted by ColemanMaskell | Mon Oct 17, 2016, 11:10 PM (11 replies)

Trump's son-in-law held talks to set up Trump TV network

(from Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-trump-tv-idUSKBN12H1F2

POLITICS | Mon Oct 17, 2016 | 7:20pm EDT
Trump's son-in-law held talks to set up Trump TV network

Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, informally approached LionTree Advisors Chief Executive Aryeh Bourkoff about setting up a Trump TV network after the U.S. presidential election, but the investment bank does not want to be involved, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Kushner contacted Bourkoff, one of the media industry's top dealmakers, in the past few months, but there have been no further conversations, the source said on Monday. The source asked not to be identified because the discussions were private.

There was no reason given for LionTree's reluctance to participate in the process.

The Financial Times first reported the LionTree talks earlier on Monday, citing sources.(on.ft.com/2dIbnrX)

Trump, the Republican U.S. presidential nominee, told the Washington Post last month he had "no interest in a media company" and that reports he was considering setting up one were "a false rumor."
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Also on Huffington Post:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-tv-venture_us_5804d13fe4b0e8c198a8f3cb

and also some other outlets -- The Huffington Post article is pretty good.
Posted by ColemanMaskell | Mon Oct 17, 2016, 10:29 PM (4 replies)

Bernie Sanders knocks a Pharma company's stock down 15% with one tweet?

So it says:

Bernie Sanders IMPLODES Stock Of Drug Company With One DEFIANT Tweet (IMAGE)
By Tyler - October 15, 2016

http://bipartisanreport.com/2016/10/15/bernie-sanders-implodes-stock-of-drug-company-with-one-defiant-tweet-image/

Bernie Sanders might have lost the Democratic nomination, but he is still using his political appeal to hold drug corporations accountable for their greed. On Friday, the Vermont senator focused his anger on Ariad Pharmaectuals and, with a single Tweet, caused the company’s stock to fall by nearly 15 percent. In terms of dollars, the company lost nearly 400 million dollars.

The tweet in question was an article discussing Ariad Pharmectuals price gouging.

Drug corporations' greed is unbelievable. Ariad has raised the price of a leukemia drug to almost $199,000 a year. https://t.co/EB4nEPxP2G
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) October 14, 2016

Ariad makes a drug called Iclusig which is used to treat leukemia. Since the beginning of this year, they’ve raised the drug’s price four times resulting in a cumulative 27 percent increase in the drug’s price. As a result of these increases, the drug now costs $16,560 a month or nearly $199,000 a year.

Posted by ColemanMaskell | Sun Oct 16, 2016, 01:24 PM (0 replies)

abcnews: Controversial Dakota Access Pipeline Case Back in Court

Controversial Dakota Access Pipeline Case Back in Court
By CATHERINE THORBECKE
Oct 5, 2016, 4:37 PM ET
http://abcnews.go.com/US/controversial-dakota-access-pipeline-case-back-court/story?id=42585486

Judge Grants Partial Stop on North Dakota Pipeline Work

The saga over a $3.7 billion crude oil pipeline that has pitted Native American groups against big oil was back in court today.

At stake is whether the Dakota Access Pipeline will be allowed to traverse what many Native American groups say are sacred ancestral lands.

The case has garnered national attention and hundreds of people are still camped out in protest of the pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's reservation in North Dakota.

The tribe and the pipeline company are awaiting a ruling, which could come as early as this afternoon, from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which oversaw the appeal being heard today to seek a temporary restraining order against the pipeline's construction.

Today's hearing is part of a legal battle that has continued for months. In the process, it has united Native American groups and environmental activists from across the country, growing into one of the biggest Native American demonstrations in decades.

Even President Obama weighed in on the movement last week at the White House Tribal Nations Conference, telling a crowd featuring more than 500 Native American leaders, “I know many of you have come together, across tribes and across the country, to support the community at Standing Rock and together you’re making your voices heard.”

The fight to block the pipeline began in July, when the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sued to block the pipeline, arguing they were never meaningfully consulted before construction began. The tribe added that the pipeline ran through what they deemed to be culturally sacred sites and presented a danger to the reservation's water supply.

The pipeline company and the Corps argued in court documents that they followed a standard review process.

The CEO of Energy Transfer, the Texas-based company building the pipeline, denied the tribe's allegations in an internal memo to staff, previously provided to ABC News by the company when asked for comment on the issue last month.

Energy Transfer CEO Kelcy Warren wrote that "concerns about the pipeline’s impact on the local water supply are unfounded," and that "multiple archaeological studies conducted with state historic preservation offices found no sacred items along the route."

Energy Transfer did not immediately respond to ABC News' request today for further comment.

A federal judge denied the tribe's request to temporarily halt construction of the pipeline last month, but the Department of Justice, Department of the Army, and Department of the Interior intervened in an unprecedented manner with a joint statement requesting "that the pipeline company voluntarily pause all construction activity within 20 miles east or west of Lake Oahe."

Tribal leaders viewed the joint statement from the three federal agencies as a temporary victory, but still appealed the judge's ruling in order to make the request for a "voluntary pause" an enforceable court order, bringing them back to court today.

Posted by ColemanMaskell | Thu Oct 6, 2016, 07:52 PM (3 replies)

Native Americans Need Hillary to Actually Be An Ally Against the Dakota Access Pipeline

Native Americans Need Hillary to Actually Be An Ally Against the Dakota Access Pipeline
Published on Thursday, October 06, 2016
by
Common Dreams


http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/10/06/native-americans-need-hillary-actually-be-ally-against-dakota-access-pipeline

. . .
Hillary has not given Native Americans many reasons to vote for her, but Trump has given us many reasons not to vote for him. Still, that will not be enough to bring Native people out in droves.

Just like any community, she needs to provide a reason to vote for her, not just against Trump. She has not provided that reason. Hillary Clinton can give Native Americans that opportunity — she can reach out a hand of allyship to us. She can show that she won’t follow in the footsteps of previous presidents who have broken hundreds of treaties and spilled the blood of so many of our brothers and sisters.

We are rising up. We are calling for change. The Dakota Access Pipeline is the biggest unity moment for Native Americans in 140 years.

Hillary’s not Bernie or Barack; she’s not someone Indian Country has gotten excited about. Yet. But she could be. With a firm stance on the Dakota Access Pipeline and treaty rights generally, she could win enthusiastic support.
Hillary Clinton has an opportunity to ally with Native Americans, to join us in a historic moment of unity, a stand for our very humanity. The question now is, will she?

Posted by ColemanMaskell | Thu Oct 6, 2016, 07:06 PM (3 replies)

Clinton’s Lead Over Trump With Millennials Jumps To 32 Points As Post-Debate Surge Grows

Clinton’s Lead Over Trump With Millennials Jumps To 32 Points As Post-Debate Surge Grows
By Jason Easley on Mon, Oct 3rd, 2016 at 12:12 pm

A new poll shows that Clinton has gained 7 points since the debate and seen her lead over Trump with millennials quadruple to 32 points.

http://www.politicususa.com/2016/10/03/clintons-lead-trump-millennials-jumps-32-points-post-debate-surge-grows.html

A new poll shows that Clinton has gained 7 points since the debate and seen her lead over Trump with millennials quadruple to 32 points.

The Politico/Morning Consult survey of likely voters found that the election has shifted from a pre-debate 39%-38% Trump lead to a 42%-36% Clinton advantage.

Morning Consult reported on their poll:

Clinton’s surge has been largely driven by her boost among independents. Before the debate, Trump led Clinton by 12 points (35 percent to 23 percent) among independents, but over the weekend, she narrowed that margin to 5 points (30 percent to 25 percent). She also retains a 9-point advantage among women, whereas Trump is pulling even with Clinton among men.
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This week also appears to have been decisive for millennial voters. One of the more common story lines of the 2016 presidential campaign trail is that the Democratic nominee has struggled to engage young voters, and before the debate she led Trump by 8 points among voters age 18 to 29. But following the debate, that lead has ballooned to 32 points. She is the top choice for 51 percent of millennials, compared with 19 percent who back Trump.
. . . etc etc . . .
Posted by ColemanMaskell | Wed Oct 5, 2016, 11:02 AM (10 replies)

Trump Killed ‘Rust Belt’ Steel and Aluminum Manufacturing Jobs in Secret Chinese Deals

Trump Killed ‘Rust Belt’ Steel and Aluminum Manufacturing Jobs in Secret Chinese Deals
By Rmuse on Tue, Oct 4th, 2016 at 10:00 am
Trump stiffed American steel workers by directing untold millions to China whose trade practices helped decimate the once-powerful industrial center of America.

http://www.politicususa.com/2016/10/04/trump-killed-rust-belt-steel-aluminum-manufacturing-jobs-secret-chinese-deals.html

*The following is an opinion column by R Muse*

Donald Trump has spent no small amount of time lying to American manufacturing workers in the so-called “Rust Belt” and promising to bring back their jobs that he claims were lost to international trade deals. It may sound good on the surface, but like every other utterance out of Trump’s mouth it is a lie and he is a flaming hypocrite. Trump particularly singles out China for his fake wrath and accuses them of everything untoward under the Sun including stealing American jobs.

What Trump never revealed to workers in the steel and aluminum manufacturing industry is that they likely don’t have jobs in part because he abandoned using American made steel and aluminum in his construction projects and secretly dealt with the Chinese through a maze of offshore “businesses” to conceal his tactics – tactics designed to enrich Donald J. Trump at the expense of American workers.

Although not a “bombshell” story like the revelation that Trump “likely” hasn’t paid taxes for at least 18 years, it is big news that Trump took extraordinary measures to, as Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald wrote:

“Stiff American steel workers on his own construction projects for years, choosing to deprive untold millions of dollars from four key electoral swing states and instead directing it to China – the country whose trade practices helped decimate the once-powerful industrial center of the United States.”

According to a Newsweek investigation, in “at least two of Trump’s last three construction projects” he purchased both aluminum and steel from China instead of American manufacturers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan. . . .
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Posted by ColemanMaskell | Wed Oct 5, 2016, 10:19 AM (6 replies)

White Women Rise Up And Power Hillary Clinton To A Commanding Lead In Pennsylvania

White Women Rise Up And Power Hillary Clinton To A Commanding Lead In Pennsylvania
By Jason Easley on Tue, Oct 4th, 2016 at 2:18 pm
Two new polls of Pennsylvania released today reveal that the Democratic candidate is leading by 9-10 points, but most telling is that Clinton is being powered by white women who are rejecting Trump's candidacy.

http://www.politicususa.com/2016/10/04/white-women-rise-power-hillary-clinton-commanding-lead-pennsylvania.html

Two new polls of Pennsylvania released today reveal that the Democratic candidate is leading by 9-10 points, but most telling is that Clinton is being powered by white women who are rejecting Trump’s candidacy.

After a Franklin and Marshall College poll showed Hillary Clinton leading Pennsylvania by nine points, a Monmouth University poll revealed that Clinton is leading the state by ten. Clinton has crossed the important fifty percent support threshold and now leads Trump 50%-40% with 5% support for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, and 2% for the Green Party’s Jill Stein.

According to Monmouth University, “The Republican nominee’s support has slipped among white voters in the Keystone State, who are now divided 46% for Clinton and 45% for Trump. In August, they gave Trump a 48% to 39% edge. This is mainly driven by a swing among white women – who currently support Clinton by a 55% to 35% margin. Just over a month ago, they were divided at 46% for Clinton and 45% for Trump. White men continue to back Trump – 57% to 35% for Clinton – compared with 50% to 32% in late August.”

Posted by ColemanMaskell | Wed Oct 5, 2016, 10:13 AM (12 replies)

Hours Before VP Debate, Trump Melts Down And Blames Hillary Clinton For His Tax Cheating

*** NOT satire *** NOT SATIRE *** NOT SATIRE !!! ***

Hours Before VP Debate, Trump Melts Down And Blames Hillary Clinton For His Tax Cheating

By Jason Easley on Tue, Oct 4th, 2016 at 6:59 pm
Donald Trump has a new excuse for why he didn't pay taxes for decades. At a rally in Arizona, Trump claimed that his tax dodging is all Hillary Clinton's fault.

http://www.politicususa.com/2016/10/04/hours-vp-debate-trump-melts-blames-hillary-clinton-tax-cheating.html



Donald Trump has a new excuse for why he didn’t pay taxes for decades. At a rally in Arizona, Trump claimed that his tax dodging is all Hillary Clinton’s fault.

(If you want to see Trump's quoted text click on link -- it's embedded as a picture)
Posted by ColemanMaskell | Wed Oct 5, 2016, 10:06 AM (6 replies)
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