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Obama Did What He Had to Do

William Saletan's piece in Slate on Obama's handling of Russia is fair and definitely worth the read.

There’s plenty to second-guess in Obama’s management of this episode. But the idea that he failed because Trump won is wrong. Obama’s job wasn’t to prevent the election of a particular person, even one as awful as Trump. Obama’s job was to preserve the country. That meant protecting the integrity of our elections and public faith in them, which he did, to the extent possible after Russia had already hacked into the Democratic National Committee and spread misinformation. The next task—exposing the full extent of Russia’s interference, punishing it, and deterring future attacks—is up to Trump. If he fails, the responsibility to hold him accountable falls to Congress. And if Congress fails, the job of electing a new, more patriotic legislature falls to voters.

According to the U.S. intelligence community’s Jan. 6 assessment, Vladimir Putin’s long-term goal in directing the interference campaign was to “undermine public faith in the US democratic process.” Obama responded accordingly. “We set out from a first-order principle that required us to defend the integrity of the vote,” Obama’s former chief of staff, Denis McDonough, told the Post. Russia’s hacks and leaks were bad, but corruption of voter rolls and election tallies would be far worse. So the Obama administration focused on alerting state officials, fortifying cyberdefenses, and privately threatening Russia with retaliation.


When it Comes to the Poor, No Lives Matter

Body Count: No Lives Matter

Warning: full of salty language but definitely worth the view. Ice-T's group. I hope songs like this are the beginning of a trend during the Trump era in which punk bands get up off the their asses and write some good music. It has been awhile since I've listened to a punk/rock album that's had any depth to it.

Igor Panarin runs through my head

I remember reading about Panarin, a Russian academic (as he's described), after the '08 election and thought he was nuts. He predicted a Soviet-like collapse would take place by 2010. Clearly, that didn't happen but this article from the WSJ back then resonates a better today. Some of the details, like "The California Republic" being under Chinese control, are a bit absurd:

As if Things Weren't Bad Enough, Russian Professor Predicts End of U.S.

He based the forecast on classified data supplied to him by FAPSI analysts, he says. He predicts that economic, financial and demographic trends will provoke a political and social crisis in the U.S. When the going gets tough, he says, wealthier states will withhold funds from the federal government and effectively secede from the union. Social unrest up to and including a civil war will follow. The U.S. will then split along ethnic lines, and foreign powers will move in.


I've a feeling Russia has been working on this kind of outcome for awhile now

New York Times Brutally Subtweets Trump With Hitler Biography Review

In Michiko Kakutani’s recent review of a new Adolf Hitler biography, she doesn’t once mention Donald Trump, the Republican Party, or the current election.

At least not in so many words.

As many New York Times readers have noticed, Kakutani’s synopsis of Volker Ullrich’s Hitler: Ascent 1889–1939 instead makes it impossible not to draw your own chilling parallels between the rise of the Nazi dictator and the current ascendancy of Trump.


The book review can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/28/books/hitler-ascent-volker-ullrich.html?action=click&contentCollection=books

Hitler was often described as an egomaniac who “only loved himself” — a narcissist with a taste for self-dramatization and what Mr. Ullrich calls a “characteristic fondness for superlatives.” His manic speeches and penchant for taking all-or-nothing risks raised questions about his capacity for self-control, even his sanity. But Mr. Ullrich underscores Hitler’s shrewdness as a politician — with a “keen eye for the strengths and weaknesses of other people” and an ability to “instantaneously analyze and exploit situations.”

• Hitler was known, among colleagues, for a “bottomless mendacity” that would later be magnified by a slick propaganda machine that used the latest technology (radio, gramophone records, film) to spread his message. A former finance minister wrote that Hitler “was so thoroughly untruthful that he could no longer recognize the difference between lies and truth” and editors of one edition of “Mein Kampf” described it as a “swamp of lies, distortions, innuendoes, half-truths and real facts.”

I Wrote That I Despised Hillary Clinton. Today, I Want To Publicly Take It Back.

By Isaac Saul

When Hillary Clinton became the presumptive Democratic nominee, I was distraught. Months before I had written about her on Huffington Post, explaining that I despised her not for her gender — as some of her supporters accused — but for her hawkishness, her center-left policies, her husband’s crime bill that incarcerated so many people of color, her support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and her inability to get progressive on climate change policy.

I’ve spent almost every waking hour of every day following this election, reading about Hillary, Donald Trump, both parties’ platforms, and the under-qualified Libertarian and Green Party candidates running. During these months of obsessing over my choice, I’ve watched my position slowly shift. I’ve felt myself start advocating for Hillary more than advocating a vote against Trump, culminating in last night’s debate when she finally, totally, completely won me over.


Here is his original article: http://www.democraticunderground.com/12511881934

He's a little late, but he's here. Interesting read

Hillary's Schedule.

Does anyone know how far rallies are scheduled in advance? I was trying to find her next rally but there aren't any on her schedule. Not that the schedule is empty, there are just no rallies on it. Any info would be great.

WATCH LIVE: Clinton Holds Roundtable In Orlando At 1:15 PM ET

Source: TPM

Hillary Clinton will hold a roundtable campaign event in Orlando, Florida, on Friday at 1:15 p.m. ET.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/watch-live-clinton-roundtable-orlando

Apologies if this is the wrong place for this, I wasn't sure where to post a live feed.

Obamacare Enrollments Surpass 1 Million

Source: Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- More than two months after Obamacare's ugly debut, the number of Americans using the system is starting to grow: Nearly 1.2 million people are on track to have health coverage in place next year from the law's health insurance exchanges, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday.

From Oct. 1 through Nov. 30, almost 365,000 people enrolled into private health insurance via the federal and state marketplaces and more than 803,000 were deemed eligible for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program, according to the department.

The federally run exchanges in more than 30 states accounted for 137,000 of the enrollments in private coverage, and the remaining states signed up 227,000. About 1.9 million more people had been determined eligible for coverage through the marketplaces, but hadn't yet chosen a health plan. The new data don't include an apparent flurry of enrollments in the early days of December.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/11/obamacare-enrollment_n_4421797.html

Obama Gun Control Proposals Unveiled, Marking Biggest Legislative Effort In A Generation

Source: Huffington Post

The proposal, which comes at the end of a month-long review process spearheaded by Vice President Joe Biden, is broken down into four key subsections: law enforcement, the availability of dangerous firearms and ammunition, school safety and mental health.

In an effort to touch on all four of those elements, the president recommended requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales; reinstating the assault weapons ban; restoring a 10-round limit on ammunition magazines; eliminating armor-piercing bullets; providing mental health services in schools; allocating funds to hire more police officers; and instituting a federal gun trafficking statute, among other policies. The cost of the package, senior officials estimated, would be roughly $500 million, some of which could come from already budgeted funds.

The approach is so sweeping that what would have otherwise been a headline-grabbing announcement received second billing. The president on Wednesday will nominate Byron Todd Jones, the acting director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, to take over the post permanently.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/16/obama-gun-control-proposals_n_2486919.html

So in other words: "Hey, NRA: Shove your dated ideas where the sun don't shine"
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