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Dems Defend Rep. Lewis as Hero After Trump Slams Civil Rights Icon as No Action


"Several Democrats rallied behind Rep. John Lewis on Saturday as an "American hero" and revered civil rights champion after Donald Trump slammed him as "all talk, talk, talk" ahead of the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Republicans stayed mostly silent amid the back and forth — the latest to highlight Trump's willingness to take on anyone, from war heroes to celebrities, whom he believes slighted him. But challenging Lewis, a top leader of the 1963 March on Washington, could end up pushing more Democrats to skip Friday's presidential inauguration in protest."

Above link to nbc article has numerous tweets by Pelosi and other Dems

Trump Says China Should Keep Drone They Agreed to Give Back

Source: ABC News

"President-elect Donald Trump said tonight that China should keep the U.S. Navy underwater drone that had been seized in international waters in the South China Sea. The Pentagon said Saturday that China agreed to return the drone.

"We should tell China that we don't want the drone they stole back.- let them keep it!" Trump tweeted this evening.

The incident had sparked a diplomatic protest from the United States demanding the return of the drone, which is used for oceanographic research.

China Agrees to Give Back US Underwater Drone Seized in South China Sea
Before it was revealed that China would return the drone to the United States, Trump took to Twitter to call the drone seizure an "unprecedented act."

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-china-drone-agreed-give-back/story?id=44261236&cid=clicksource_4380645_1_hero_headlines_bsq_hed

Pipeline Spills 176,000 Gallons of Oil Into Creek 150 Miles From Dakota Access Protests

Source: NBC News

"A pipeline leak has spilled tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil into a North Dakota creek roughly two and a half hours from Cannon Ball, where protesters are camped out in opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline.

Members of the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes, as well as environmentalists from around the country, have fought the pipeline project on the grounds that it crosses beneath a lake that provides drinking water to native Americans. They say the route beneath Lake Oahe puts the water source in jeopardy and would destroy sacred land.

North Dakota officials estimate more than 176,000 gallons of crude oil leaked from the Belle Fourche Pipeline into the Ash Coulee Creek. State environmental scientist Bill Suess says a landowner discovered the spill on Dec. 5 near the city of Belfield, which is roughly 150 miles from the epicenter of the Dakota Access pipeline protest camps."

It's not yet clear why electronic monitoring equipment didn't detect the leak, Owen told the Asssociated Press.
Owen said the pipeline was shut down immediately after the leak was discovered. The pipeline is buried on a hill near Ash Coulee creek, and the "hillside sloughed," which may have ruptured the line, she said."

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/dakota-pipeline-protests/pipeline-spills-176-000-gallons-oil-creek-150-miles-dakota-n695111

New article on NBC online breaking news:"CIA concludes Russia Mounted Operation to help Trump win"


"The CIA has concluded that Russia mounted a covert intelligence operation to influence the U.S. election in an effort to help Donald Trump win, a congressional official knowledgeable on the matter told NBC News.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper briefed senators on the latest intelligence in a closed-door meeting last week, and he described the latest findings on the intentions of the Russian government with regard to the hacks and other interference in the U.S. presidential election, according to the official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the intelligence.

A Washington Post report published online Friday night first described how the intelligence community has reached a "consensus" that Russia intervened in the presidential election to help Trump win — not just try to sow chaos and undermine the electoral process. The New York Times confirmed the story, as has NBC News."

Rest of article goes into complete detail about Harry Reid's statements regarding Comey

"Court Hacking Comes to North Carolina"- Repubs considering stacking NC Supreme Court

"Having lost its narrow majority on the North Carolina Supreme Court through a free and fair election, the Republican-controlled General Assembly is reportedly considering tilting the court’s balance back by adding two seats and filling them with Republicans, which could have major implications for litigation over redistricting and the gubernatorial election.

Such an attempt to thwart the will of the people would be disgraceful—political hackery, rather than ordinary politics, let alone political leadership. Voices of reason in both parties should reject any such “court-hacking” plan.

Last week, North Carolina voters chose Wake County Superior Court Judge Mike Morgan, a Democrat, over incumbent Justice Bob Edmunds, a Republican, for the single open seat on the state Supreme Court. The result wasn’t particularly close: Morgan won by more than nine percentage points.

Within days, reports began to emerge from Raleigh that the General Assembly is considering expanding the court by two seats during a special session to deal with Hurricane Matthew relief. If this were done quickly enough, scheming Republicans apparently believe Gov. Pat McCrory could fill those seats, allowing Republicans to retain a court majority despite the election results. (It is not crystal clear, however, whether the governor would have the power to make the appointments, or whether judicial elections would have to held.)"

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article115979233.html

Repub shenanigans in NC never end. We can only hope recount goes smoothly giving Cooper clear win for Governor.

ABC just interviewed Trump rally guy who got beaten up (had no gun)- he is Repub- supports Hillary

He was well-spoken, says he was ambushed and not being disruptive other than his sign 'Repubs against Trump'. Says he is registered Repub who donated and voted Hillary and he believes Trump is too dangerous for country and she is best hope to stop Trump.

States he has no connection to Hillary Campaign and was not paid or encouraged by anyone to attend rally.

ABC also did great job saying that Trump mischaracterized Obama's statements reacting in Dem rally to older Trump protestor, ABC showing side by side Obama's diplomatic statements downplaying the protestor, with Trump's lying rantings about Obama's reaction

NBC Nightly News currently covering Trump's Enquirer affair scandal, Melania's illegal work

Good coverage explaining Wall St Journal and Associated Press as source of these stories

Also the surge in Hispanic voters and the Clinton superior GOTV efforts

Their coverage is overwhelmingly positive for Hillary. ABC and CBS news have football right now.

Who Broke Politics? Latest Nov 4 Editorial by Paul Krugman in NY Times


"As far as anyone can tell, Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House — and the leader of what’s left of the Republican establishment — isn’t racist or authoritarian. He is, however, doing all he can to make a racist authoritarian the most powerful man in the world. Why? Because then he could privatize Medicare and slash taxes on the wealthy.
And that, in brief, tells you what has happened to the Republican Party, and to America.

This has been an election in which almost every week sees some longstanding norm in U.S. political life get broken. We now have a major-party candidate who refuses to release his tax returns, despite huge questions about his business dealings. He constantly repeats claims that are totally false, like his assertion that crime is at record highs (it’s actually just a bit off historic lows). He stands condemned by his own words as a sexual predator. And there’s much, much more.

Any one of these things would in the past have been considered disqualifying in a presidential candidate. But leading Republicans just shrug. And they celebrated when James Comey, the director of the F.B.I., broke with policy to lay a heavy thumb on the election scales; if Hillary Clinton wins nonetheless, they have made it clear that they will try to block any Supreme Court nomination, and there’s already talk of impeachment hearings. About what? They’ll find something."

What was the purpose of this assault on the implicit rules and understandings that we need to make democracy work? Well, when Newt Gingrich shut down the government in 1995, he was trying to, guess what, privatize Medicare. The rage against Bill Clinton partly reflected the fact that he raised taxes modestly on the wealthy.
In other words, Republican leaders have spent the past couple of decades doing exactly what the likes of Mr. Ryan are doing now: trashing democratic norms in pursuit of economic benefits for their donor class."

ABC World News David Muir said HRC 47% to DJT 43% so she's got the momentum in their polling

North Carolina counties must restore voters to rolls, judge rules

Source: CNN

(CNN)A federal judge in North Carolina granted a preliminary injunction to the NAACP on Friday, holding that residents whose voter registrations were canceled in recent months because of a so-called "individual challenge law" must have their voter registration restored.

The ruling could affect thousands of voters.

"The court concludes that the balance of the equities and public interest factors weigh decidedly in favor of protecting eligible voters who are being removed from the voter rolls," wrote Loretta Biggs of the US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/04/politics/north-carolina-naacp-voter-registration/index.html

Great news- just breaking, here is additional just added to this CNNarticle:

Kim Westbrook Strach, the executive director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections, issued a statement Friday afternoon saying her office "is working quickly to establish the procedures necessary to comply with the court order between now and Election Day."
Civil Rights groups praised the ruling that comes in a the key swing state just four days before Election Day.
"The judge's order today ensures that voters improperly challenged in three North Carolina counties will be restored to the voter rolls before Election Day," said Allison Riggs, Senior Attorney for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice.
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