Inside a Putin-controlled think tank's plan to... - A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters‚Äô faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former U.S. officials told Reuters. From Nony
TrumpVictory Tour First Of Its Kind Since Hitlers Nuremberg Rallies - With presidential elections occurring only once every four years, it can be difficult to remember exactly what the normal course of events looks like between election day and inauguration day. In this case, it‚Äôs been eight full years since we‚Äôve witnessed a change in the occupant of the White House, making it even harder to recall all the ins and outs of the transfer of power. From Nony
Half of Detroit votes may be ineligible for recount - One-third of precincts in Wayne County could be disqualified from an unprecedented statewide recount of presidential election results because of problems with ballots.Michigan‚Äôs largest county voted overwhelmingly for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, but officials couldn‚Äôt reconcile vote totals for 610 of 1,680 precincts during a countywide canvass of vote results late last month. From Nony
Lawsuit filed to force Florida recount - Yesterday a federally registered nonprofit election entity launched a fundraiser to cover the court costs of a lawsuit it intended to file in the name of forcing a statewide recount in the narrowly decided state of Florida. The attorney fees were fully crowdfunded within a matter of hours. From Popper
Trump and Obama spoke by phone Saturday - President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump have spoken periodically about various transition issues, a Trump aide said Sunday.Beyond their face-to-face meeting on Nov. 10, "they've been talking regularly on any number of issues," Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said on NBC's Meet The Press. That includes a Saturday phone call that lasted 40-45 minutes, she said From Nony
Experts Urge Hillary Clinton to Challenge Election Results - Hillary Clinton is being urged by a group of prominent computer scientists and election lawyers to call for a recount in three swing states won by Donald Trump, New York has learned. The group, which includes voting-rights attorney John Bonifaz and J. Alex Halderman, the director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, believes they‚Äôve found persuasive evidence that results in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania may have been manipulated or hacked. The group is so far not speaking on the record about their findings and is focused on lobbying the Clinton team in private. From Nony
Inside Donald Trumps Last Stand: An Anxious Nominee Seeks Assurance - The New York Times - Donald J. Trump is not sleeping much these days.Aboard his gold-plated jumbo jet, the Republican nominee does not like to rest or be alone with his thoughts, insisting that aides stay up and keep talking to him. He prefers the soothing, whispery voice of his son-in-law.He requires constant assurance that his candidacy is on track. ‚ÄúLook at that crowd!‚ÄĚ he exclaimed a few days ago as he flew across Florida, turning to his young press secretary as a TV tuned to Fox News showed images of what he claimed were thousands of people waiting for him on the ground below.
What a weak cowardly man. His huge ego will not accept defeat ... From Nony
The new Post-ABC poll shows just how badly Donald Trump blew his convention - The Washington Post - Conventions are not complicated things. They are a few nights' worth of free media attention, during which each political party can make its best case to voters for the general election. There's lots of ceremony and far, far too many speakers, but at the end of the day, it's just one long ad for a candidate ‚ÄĒ and, essentially, the only time during the campaign when this happens. From Nony
Donald Trump Hired Me As An Attorney. Please Don't Support Him For President. - I like authenticity, especially as compared to survey-tested or heavily spun. I am prepared to let a candidate say something that I don‚Äôt completely agree with and still support him or her. I think the need to be politically correct has gone too far. I also think the media often hypes and slants stories to the point of being untruthful. From Nony
Melania Trump's Website, Biography Have Disappeared From The Internet - The professional website of Melania Trump, wife of the Republican presidential nominee, has apparently been deleted from the internet as of Wednesday afternoon.The disappearance of Trump‚Äôs elaborate website comes just days after news outlets, including The Huffington Post, raised serious questions about whether she actually earned an undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Ljubljana, which is in Trump‚Äôs native Slovenia. Her online biography claimed she had, but a book about her life published earlier this year says she left the university after one year so she could pursue a modeling career. From Nony
Did Donald Trump Commit Treason? - NBC News - According to Merriam-Webster, visits to its dictionary website to look up the word "treason" spiked 76 percent after Donald Trump's comments Wednesday about Russia and Hillary Clinton's emails."They probably have her 33,000 e-mails that she lost and deleted," he said. "If Russia or China or any other country has those emails, I mean, to be honest with you, I'd love to see them."Many have wondered, if he was urging a foreign country to hack into the computers of a U.S. political candidate, was he committing a crime? From Nony
Trump's Financial Report? That's Rich - Bloomberg View - By any measure, Trump is a really rich dude. But his fixation on ceaselessly tossing out sky-high figures displays a routine neediness that‚Äôs cause for concern in a candidate for the presidency. It also is something you don't see in a long line of wealthy businesspeople stretching from Rockefeller and Buffett through Gates and Zuckerberg -- all of whom chose to do other things than brag about their riches.‚ÄúA fellow asked me that once and I said, ‚ÄėI don‚Äôt know,‚ÄĚ Nelson Bunker Hunt once told a congressional panel grilling him about his net worth. ‚ÄúBut I do know people who know how much they are worth generally aren‚Äôt worth much.‚ÄĚ From Nony
China Warns U.S. After Trump Wins Nevada Caucus - China warned the United States on Wednesday not to adopt punitive currency policies that could disrupt U.S.-China relations after Donald Trump‚Äôs win in the Nevada caucus.Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters in Beijing that ‚Äúwe are following with interest the U.S. presidential election.‚ÄĚ From Nony
RNC Strips National Review of Debate Hosting Gig After Cover Story Attacking Trump - ABC News - "Donald Trump is a menace to American conservatism who would take the work of generations and trample it underfoot in behalf of a populism as heedless and crude as the Donald himself,‚ÄĚ National Review‚Äôs cover story out Friday reads.Trump says, though, that the GOP is beginning to accept him. "I think they are warming up. I want to be honest, I have received so many phone calls from people that you would call 'establishment,' from people -- generally speaking, conservative Republicans that want to come in our team,‚ÄĚ Trump added. From Nony
Conservatives pen anti-Trump manifesto | TheHill - Conservative authors are banding together to publish a manifesto Friday denouncing the ideas of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump.Leading conservatives including Erick Erickson, William Kristol and Yuval Levin have written essays for a special issue of National Review to be published Friday, The New York Times reports. From Nony
Terrorists Feature Trump In Recruitment Clip [VIDEO] - Joe.My.God. - An al Qaeda affiliate has apparently released a new recruitment video, telling Muslims in America that the country has a long history of racism and discrimination and will turn on its Muslim community. The video purportedly by Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab uses historic civil rights era footage of firebrand Malcolm X and audio of 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump to label the United States a racist society. From Nony
Kochs Demand Walker Return Nine Hundred Million Dollars - The New Yorker - ust minutes after the Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker dropped out of the Republican Presidential race, the billionaire Koch brothers demanded that he return the nine hundred million dollars they had allocated to his campaign.For the Koch brothers, who purchased Walker earlier this year, the demand for a full cash refund reflected how badly their relationship with the formerly promising candidate had deteriorated.
Low Information Voters (Azprick?) - I understand that most people pay little attention to politics. If they vote, those people are called ďlow information votersĒ. But there are other people that arenít exactly ďlow informationĒ, they are more like ďwrong informationĒ. They think they know things, but those things are just plain wrong.
Jeb Bush's 9/11 problem - According to those who were there, a certain amount of discomfort ensued. Bush, who has appeared as limp as overcooked spaghetti on the campaign trail, visibly stiffened. From Nony
Great US-Canada Wall? GOP presidential candidate wants barrier to keep Canadian threat out %u2014 RT USA - The US-Canadian border has become an issue in the 2016 US presidential campaign, as prominent Republican candidate Scott Walker entertained the idea of building a great wall between the two allied countries, which share the longest border in the world.The comment was made during a talk-show interview with Walker, who said that building a northern wall could be worth looking into to secure the US from illegal migration.
More to stop people from leaving the USA after he gets elected From Nony
Missouri Woman Finds Donald Trump's Face in Her Butter† - Like a miracle, except, you know, more of a dark omen of our certain and inexorable doom: a Missouri woman told a local news station that she awoke one morning and popped the lid off a tub of butter, only to find that it contained the face of Donald Trump. Evidently Jesus has fled and will not be appearing in anybody‚Äôs foodstuffs until this godforsaken election is over. From Nony
Donald Trump pulls clear of competition post debate - Donald Trump has won his party's trust on top issues more than any other Republican presidential candidate, and now stands as the clear leader in the race for the GOP nomination, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. From Nony
Republicans want 10-year-old girls to give birth to 'rape' babies - Godís purpose for women in the Bible is childbearing. Martin Luther, who brought us the concept of ďsola scrituraĒ meaning Christianity based solely on the authority of the Bible, had this to say: ďWomen should remain at home, sit still, keep house and bear and bring up children. If a woman grows weary and, at last, dies from childbearing, it matters not. Let her die from bearing; she is there to do it.Ē He drew his scripturally informed opinion from the biblical record broadly but most specifically from the words of Paulís letter to Timothy: ďWomen will be saved through childbearingĖif they continue in faith, love and holiness with proprietyĒ (1 Tm. 2:15).
Donald Trump: I whine until I win - Washington (CNN)Donald Trump's plans to make America great again are going to include a lot of whining.Trump on Tuesday morning in an interview on CNN's "New Day" proclaimed that he is "the most fabulous whiner" when confronted with an opinion piece that criticized him using the same label. From Nony
Hank For Senate - Friends, we live in troubled times - there's no doubting that. We hear all about friends and neighbors - people just like you and me - who are struggling to make ends meet. Unemployment has touched us all in some way, and we all suffer for it. I hear a lot of new and crazy ideas on how to fix things - spend more money, give more handouts, start new programs, and so on. What people don't realize is that we don't need some new crazy way of doing something to fix our problems. Afterall, the problems we face now have been faced by Americans since this great land was founded. Right now we need to fall back on time-tested solutions, not social theory. As I've traveled throughout the Commonwealth I've seen real people with real problems, not guinea pigs for a politician's experiments. From Nony
Donald Trump Would Consider Tapping Sarah Palin For Future Trump Administration | Right Wing Watch - Yesterday, Donald Trump appeared on ďThe Palin Update,Ē a show dedicated to all things Palin. After Trump hailed Palin as a ďtough and smartĒ leader who bravely stood up to ďdisgusting lies,Ē host Kevin Scholla asked the GOP presidential candidate, ďIf there is a Trump administration, could you see picking up the phone, giving the governor a call and picking her brain on some things, or perhaps having her along in some official capacity.Ē From Nony
Exclusive: Trump threatens third-party run - Donald Trump says the chances that he will launch a third-party White House run will ďabsolutelyĒ increase if the Republican National Committee is unfair to him during the 2016 primary season. From Nony
Guess who the Tea Party wants to primary John McCain? Go on, guess - Tea Partiers ‚ÄĒ by which I mean the Most Patriotic American People Whoever Lived And That Includes the Founding Fathers Who Didn‚Äôt Make Guns The First Amendment Because They Were RINO‚Äôs ‚ÄĒ are not happy with Arizona Senator and President in Exile John McCain at all. They don‚Äôt like John McCain, probably because he isn‚Äôt on TV enough yelling about illegal President Thugbama, and definitely because he hangs out too much with that maybe-homosexual boy from South Carolina. You know the one I‚Äôm talking about. Yeah, that guy. From Nony
BREAKING: Top Clinton Donor Confirms Hillary Will Run in 2016 - According to Greek Reporter, a ďclose friend and top political donorĒ to the Clintons is now saying that former President Bill Clinton confirmed to him that Hillary Clinton will be running for President in 2016.
Angelo Tsakopoulos, a major real estate developer in California, made the announcement at a private event last weekend, possibly putting an end to years of guessing and speculation on whether or not Clinton would make another run for the Oval Office. Tsakopoulous is no stranger to the inner workings of politics ó according to Greek Reporter, he raised more than a million dollars for the 2008 Clinton campaign and his daughter is currently serving as the Ambassador to Hungary. Any future Clinton campaigns would undoubtedly involved his family and, according to him:
ďMy daughter will continue serving as an Ambassador for the next three months, and then she will return to the U.S. to help elect Hillary [as] President.Ē From Popper
Why Republicans want Mitt Romney to take a hike - Romney is still in shock over his loss, and wants to keep on "rehashing why he didn't win" ó blaming the voters, not his campaign ó while Republicans are clearly trying to "move on as quickly as possible from an election that badly exposed their weaknesses," says Chris Cillizza at The Washington Post. And since Romney embodies just about everything his party is trying to ditch ó namely, "the stereotype that it is of, by, and for white, affluent men " ó you can't blame the GOP for telling its failed nominee: "Thanks for playing. Now go away." The problem for Republicans is that "Romney has no motivation to toe the party line now," and no incentive to shut up. From Popper
Mitt Romney's Facebook friends dropping like flies - The Washington Post reported Friday that Romney's Facebook page was losing 593 friends per hour. The Post also reported that a web site, DisappearingRomney.com, was created with a sole purpose of tracking the free fall of friends. From Nony
Pundit Press: What Luck! Obama Won Dozens of Cleveland Districts with 100% of the Vote - President Obama must have run a great campaign considering the tremendous numbers he put up in numerous big cities. Over in Philadelphia, he was lucky enough to get 90% percent turnout in some districts with over 99% of the vote.In Cleveland, in some districts he did even better with an astounding 100% of the vote in dozens of locations. For example, in Cleveland's Fifth Ward, Mr. Obama won districts E, F, and G 1,337 to Mitt Romney's... 0. And in case you're wondering, Gary Johnson received more votes than Mr. Romney.Well, maybe that's just a fluke. In the Ninth Ward, Mr. Obama won districts D-G with a paltry total of 1,740 to... 3. Hey, at least Romney got .2% of the vote!
Here we go ... the first accusations of fraud .... YAWN how boring. From Nony
Romney Pollster: We Wont8Let Our Campaign Be Dictated By Fact-Checkers - For the past month, the Republican campaign has been hammering President Obama over cutting out work requirements for welfare. The Romney campaign has been rebutted by many fact-checking organizations over inaccuracies in the claim, and during a panel discussion today, Romney pollster Neil Newhouse responded to the criticism, saying, ďWeíre not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.Ē
$11 million donation tied to Koch brothers; Calif. agency alleges 'money laundering' - Ending a mystery that captivated the run-up to Election Day, the Arizona group behind an anonymous $11 million donation revealed under court order Monday that the shadowy donation was laundered through two groups, including one tied to David and Charles Koch, the billionaire brothers who have played a huge role in spreading anonymous political cash around the country. From Nony
The End of America as We Knew It - We‚Äôre finally done. No more debates, no more speeches, no more ads, no more polls. Now you‚ÄĒyou Americans‚ÄĒwill vote (or not) and this long, national nightmare will finally be over.It‚Äôs been an ugly trudge from the midterms to now. Die-hard American politicos‚ÄĒthe ones who were looking forward to a good fight full of big ideas‚ÄĒmust be really bummed out. Mark Shields and David Brooks are, and they‚Äôre generally the nicest guys in the business. They‚Äôre both discouraged by the smallness, the small-mindedness of both of these presidential campaigns. And they‚Äôre right. From Nony
Ľ Presidential Identifying Information Web Policy - Sunday's New York Times included a story about how the presidential campaigns are making extensive use of third-party web trackers. In response to privacy concerns, ‚Äú[o]fficials with both campaigns emphasize[d] that [tracking] data collection is ‚Äėanonymous.‚Äô‚ÄĚ1 From Anawaram
2012 Election Detailed in Bible Codes - Bible codes discovered and published between 2008 and last spring provide vivid sketches of the current presidential race, according to mathematician R. Edwin Sherman, Director of Bible Code Digest. One found in 2010 by Nathan Jacobi, Ph.D., reads like a critique of Obama's performance in the first debate: From Nony
UPDATED: Retired NSA Analyst Proves GOP Is Stealing Elections - hy is Mitt Romney so confident?
In states where the winner will be decided by less than 10%, of the vote he already knows he will win. This is no tinfoil hat conspiracy. Itís a maths problem. And mathematics showed changes in actual raw voting data that had no statistical correlation other than programmable computer fraud. This computer fraud resulted in votes being flipped from Democrat to Republican in every federal, senatorial, congressional and gubernatorial election since 2008 (thus far) and in the 2012 primary contests from other Republicans to Mitt Romney. From Popper
BBC poll: Rest of world favours Obama - An average of 50% favoured Mr Obama, with 9% for Mr Romney, in the survey of 21,797 people in 21 countries.
Only Pakistan's respondents said they would prefer to see Mr Romney win November's election. From Popper
Pro-Romney Firm's Purchase Of Voting Machine Company Raises Alarms - A private equity company run by fervent supporters of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney bought the third-largest voting machine company in the country last July, raising concerns about the appearance of impropriety, if not the possibility of impropriety itself. From Popper
Virginia Sheriff Investigating GOP Tie To Trashed Voter Forms - A Virgina sheriff confirmed to TPM on Thursday that his office is investigating whether a man seen tossing completed voter registration forms into a dumpster is connected to the state Republican Party.Rockingham County Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson (R) said his office may make an announcement about the case as soon as Thursday afternoon depending up the outcome of interviews conducted earlier in the day. From Nony
Soup kitchen operator blasts Ryan photo op: %u2018He did nothing%u2019 | The Raw Story - The operator of a soup kitchen in northwestern Ohio blasted the Romney campaign on Monday after vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and his family were photographed cleaning dishes on the premises.Antal, president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society in Youngstown, told the Washington Post that the Romney campaign did not ask for permission before entering the soup kitchen. He said he worried his faith-based apolitical organization could lose funding if it appeared the charity favored one of the political candidates.‚ÄúIt‚Äôs strictly in our bylaws not to do it,‚ÄĚ Antal explained. ‚ÄúThey showed up there, and they did not have permission. They got one of the volunteers to open up the doors.‚ÄĚ‚ÄúThe photo-op they did wasn‚Äôt even accurate,‚ÄĚ he added. ‚ÄúHe did nothing. He just came in here to get his picture taken at the dining hall.‚ÄĚ From Nony
Reporters barred from covering Paul Ryan exchange with homeless Ohioans - Paul Ryan visited a soup kitchen here Saturday on his way to the airport, but by the time the GOP vice presidential nominee and his family had arrived shortly before noon, the grits, sausage and doughnuts had been served, the hall was empty of patrons and the volunteers appeared to have already cleaned up.When Ryan did talk to some men who appeared to be homeless, as he did when he left the venue, reporters were not allowed to listen in on the exchange. From Nony
With Dreams From My Real Father, Have Obama Haters Hit Rock Bottom? - So this is what itís come to.
After four years of invective, four years during which the right has called President Obama a traitor, a communist, a fraud, an affirmative-action case, a terrorist-sympathizer, and a tyrant, its shrillest voices have been reduced to the most primal insult of all. They are calling Obamaís mother a whore.
Guess the republicans are getting desperate From Nony
Networks, AP cancel exit polls in 19 states - Breaking from two decades of tradition, this year‚Äôs election exit poll is set to include surveys of voters in 31 states, not all 50 as it has for the past five presidential elections, according to multiple people involved in the planning. From Nony
Vote counting company tied to Romney - The ties of Hart Intercivic to Romney fund-raisers and Bain alumni should cause concern in the Obama re-election campaign. So, should the mysterious Spanish owned company, Scytl, with a U.S operation that seems to be an front. From Nony
Panic sets in over Romney's struggles - If Romney does lose, judging by the fury already erupting from his conservative critics, I foresee the factions exchanging fusillades of ‚ÄúI told you so.‚ÄĚOne side will blame the loss on Romney‚Äôs turning too conservative in his rhetoric for even conservatives to believe. The other will blame Romney for failing to sound conservative enough.Conservative columnist Peggy Noonan, a Ronald Reagan speechwriter, spoke for many when she blogged, ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs time to admit the Romney campaign is an incompetent one. It‚Äôs not big, it‚Äôs not brave, it‚Äôs not thoughtfully tackling great issues. ... An intervention is in order. ‚ÄėMitt, this isn‚Äôt working.‚Äô ‚ÄĚ From Nony
Catholic bishop: Voting for Obama jeopardizes the eternal salvation of your own soul - A Catholic bishop from Springfield, Illinois is warning that the stakes for the 2012 election are even higher than most people think because voting for President Barack Obama could damn ďyou own soulĒ to hell.
In a column and video posted by the official newspaper of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and obtained by Right Wing Watch on Wednesday, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki called out the Democratic Party for temporarily removing God from their platform, supporting abortion and recognizing that ďgay rights are human rights.Ē
Wonder what the Pope has to say about all this! From Nony
Mitt Romney Bronzer Tutorial - YouTube - If you didn't see Mitt Romney looking like a bronzed hunk during a TV interview for Spanish-language channel Univision on Wednesday, I'm sorry. But here I try to re-create his signature, "I'm tan just like you" look! From Nony
Mitt Romney releases 2011 tax returns, paid $1.9m in taxes on $13.7m in income - Mitt Romney released a wealth of new information on Friday afternoon about his personal health and his financial holdings, capping a politically difficult week by returning the campaign to a topic that has dogged the candidacy of the Republican presidential nominee.In addition to releasing his 2011 tax returns, Romney also provided a 20-year snapshot of his tax returns, an attempt to provide a deeper view of his wealth and to try and illustrate to voters that he has been paying taxes during most of his adult life. From Nony
Mitt Romney is paying ... too much in taxes? - In 2011, Romney earned $14 million, mostly from investments that are taxed at a lower, preferential rate. He also gave a very large amount of money to charity‚ÄĒmore than $4 million. So, thanks to the charitable deduction in the tax code, he was technically allowed to reduce the amount of income subject to the income tax even further.The trouble is, if Romney did that, he would have ended up paying less than 13 percent of his income in federal taxes (back-of-the-envelope calculations suggest the amount would have likely been somewhere around 9 to 11 percent). That would have conflicted with his statement in August that he has paid at least 13 percent the past ten years. So Romney opted to limit his charitable deduction to just $2.25 million, essentially agreeing to pay the government more in taxes than he needed to. In the end, Romney had an effective federal tax rate of 14.1 percent.There‚Äôs nothing wrong with voluntarily donating a bit more to reduce the federal deficit. Although there is this awkward quote from Romney during a primary debate in January: ‚ÄúI pay all the taxes that are legally required and not a dollar more,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt think you want someone as the candidate for president who pays more taxes than he owes.‚ÄĚ From Nony
Mitt Romney 'Dyed His Face Brown' to Appeal to Latino Voters - Mitt Romney currently trails President Obama among registered Latino voters by nearly 40%, and getting caught saying things like "it would be helpful to be Latino" certainly isn't helping.But has it gotten so bad that Romney is now resorting to "brownface" in order to make himself more appealing to Univision viewers? Democratic Underground has looked at the photo above from last night's "presidential forum" and concluded that, yes, Romney definitely "dyed his face brown." From Nony
Ad War Update: The Ad Election - As of early September 2008, we had seen 832,291 spots representing all political advertising on local broadcast TV for the 2008 cycle up until that point, with an ultimate total of 2.29 million by Election Night. In other words, by this point in the cycle, we were 36% of the way there.As of early this month, we have seen 1.3 million ad occurrences for all political advertising on local spot TV. If we're 36% of the way there once again, that means we have another 2.3 million ad occurrences left to air in less than two months for an ultimate total of 3.6 million. That's about 43,000 spot occurrences per day for the rest of the election cycle, give or take a few. From Nony
Obama expands lead in three tracking polls - Maybe President Obama is getting a bit of a convention bounce after all.The president's lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney has expanded in three daily tracking polls since his convention ended in Charlotte on Thursday night.The Gallup tracking poll has Obama up 49%-45%.Reuters/Ipsos gives the president a 47%-43% lead.And Scott Rasmussen has Obama ahead of Romney, 46%-44%. From Nony
The GOP's Convention Bounce - [T]he one eventuality we probably can take off the table is the notion that Mr. Romney would emerge from his convention with unmistakable momentum, as Ronald Reagan did in 1980 or Bill Clinton did in 1992. His bounce may turn out to be ‚Äújust fine‚ÄĚ once we see a few more polls, and how the numbers move after Charlotte. But Mr. Obama is unlikely to make it easy for Mr. Romney. From Nony
Mitt Romney: A yacht named 'Cracker Bay' and a Cayman Islands registry - She told the conventioneers and television viewers that Mitt was not much different from the average hard-working American. She made no apologies for the wealth his business savvy had brought home for the family.What is ironic about the party aboard the yacht Cracker Bay is that no average, hard-working American could dream of being invited to partake of the fine wine and food prepared for Romney's guests earlier today.According to ABC News The Blotter, the Cracker Bay is owned by Gary Morse, a Florida developer. ABC News also reports that the Cracker Bay is registered in the Cayman Islands.
GOP convention style: photos of the elephant hats, patriotic boots, and leis. - Slate Magazine - he Republican National Convention presents an unusual stylistic opportunity for delegates and other attendees. Men and women who usually avoid headwear may spend all day in a massive elephant or cheese hat. It is an opportunity to wear the dozens of party pins or patriotic jewely one has collected over the years, all at once. Check out these Magnum photos from the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. All photos by Richard Kalvar/Magnum Photos for Slate. From Nony
Romney wants church donations private - Mitt Romney says in a new interview that one of the reasons he's distressed about disclosing his tax returns is that everyone sees how much money he and his wife, Ann, have donated to his Mormon church, and that's a number he wants to keep private.
2012 Electoral Map - The Intrade Forecast 08/23/2012 - The map below is based on data from the Intrade prediction market, where individuals place wagers on the outcome of the 2012 Presidential election in each state. The states remaining dark gray have no betting data currently available. The darker the shade of blue or red, the more likely that the Democrat or Republican will carry the state. Wagering is on party victory, but the presumptive nominees are Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Hover over any state for details. From Nony
Ohio Limits Early Voting In Democratic Counties, Expands In Republican Counties - Ohio has introduced a new tactic in their broader attempts to make it even harder for Democratic voters to get to the polls this year. Early voting stations in Ohioís heavily Democratic counties will only be open between 8 am and 5 pm, while Republican counties have expanded their hours to allow voting on nights and weekends. From Popper
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan: Back to the Failed Top-Down Policies - Paul Ryan is the mastermind behind the extreme GOP budget plan. It's a plan Mitt Romney endorses.But what does that budget mean for America? The GOP budget plan hurts seniors, it hurts middle-class families, and it hurts students. All to pay for tax cuts for those at the top..Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan: back to the failed top-down policies that crashed our economy. From Nony
Romney to announce Wisconsin's Paul Ryan as VP pick Saturday : Wi-elections - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has picked Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate, according to a Republican with knowledge of the development.They will appear together Saturday in Norfolk, Va., at the start of a four-state bus tour to introduce the newly minted GOP ticket to the nation. From Nony
Blood Money: Romney Started Bain Capital With Money From Families Tied To Death - The death squads committed atrocities on such a mass scale for so small a country that their killing spree sparked international condemnation. From 1979 to 1992, some 75,000 people were killed in the Salvadoran civil war, according to the United Nations. In 1982, two years before Romney began raising money from the oligarchs, El Salvador's independent Human Rights Commission reported that, of the 35,000 civilians killed, "most" died at the hands of death squads. A United Nations truth commission concluded in 1993 that 85 percent of the acts of violence were perpetrated by the right, while the left-wing Farabundo MartŪ National Liberation Front, which was supported by the Cuban government, was responsible for 5 percent.
When The Huffington Post asked the Romney campaign about Bain Capital accepting funds from families tied to death squads, a spokeswoman forwarded a 1999 Salt Lake Tribune article to explain the campaign's position on the matter. She declined to comment further. From Popper
Fox News poll: Obama's lead grows as Romney's support slips | Fox News - Mitt Romney has had a tough couple of weeks on the campaign trail -- and it shows in the latest Fox News poll. After a barrage of campaign ads, negative news coverage of his overseas trip and ongoing talk about his tax returns, Romney‚Äôs favorable rating and standing in the trial ballot have declined. As a result, President Obama has opened his biggest lead since Romney became the presumptive Republican nominee.
WOW, and a FoxNews poll too ... guess his lead must be even bigger than they tell ... From Nony
Mitt Romney confirms he would end US wind power subsidies - Mitt Romney looks set to declare war on America's wind energy industry, further emphasising the dividing line between the presumptive Republican presidential candidate and President Barack Obama on energy issues.
Romney's campaign confirmed this week he wants to end long-standing tax credits for wind farm projects when the incentives come up for review later this year. From Popper
Romney Photo Spurs Domestic Abuse Incident - Suspicious that his live-in girlfriend was planning an affair, a Tennessee man confronted the woman after spotting a photo of an unknown guy on her Facebook page, according to a police report. From Nony
40 Economists Say The GOP Has Abandoned Economic Reality - A survey of forty economists from across the ideological and partisan spectrum has concluded that on some of its most cherished issues, the Republican Party has simply taken leave of economic reality. For instance, economists Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers noted that one of the results from the survey ó run by the University of Chicagoís Booth School of Business, which is hardly known for a left-wing slant ó is an overwhelming agreement that the 2009 Recovery Act (i.e. the stimulus) brought down unemployment. From Popper
Mitt Romney's Crazy Religious Beliefs - He believes that Jesus Christ is Satan's brother. He believes that God lives near a planet called "Kolob. "He believes in baptizing dead people. He believes that Jesus is married to a goddess wife. He believes that The Garden of Eden was in Missouri. He believes that it was impossible for Negroes to go to Heaven before 1978. He believes that Jesus has children from his wife or wives. He believes that he is going to become a god. He believes he will own his own personal planet after he dies. He believes the real Christian God is not eternal but rather that He was once a man on some other planet besides Earth! He believes he needs to wear magical underwear created by Mormons and he is never to take it off unless he is bathing. He believes it is a sin to drink anything containing caffeine. And that even includes True American drinks like Coca-Cola! He believes children between the ages of 18-21 should wear name badges, ride bicycles and always smile.
'17 Angry Old White Men' Buying The Nation - Perhaps Republicans want to shield a handful of billionaires willing to contribute nine figures to sway a close presidential election. ... If this flood of outside money continues, the day after the election 17 angry old white men will wake up and realize they just bought the country. That's a sad commentary. From Nony
NAACP Official: Romney 'Flew In' His Own Blacks to Cheer NAACP Speech - The revelation was made on MSNBC‚Äôs ‚ÄúEd Show‚ÄĚ by Hilary Shelton, Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy and the Director of the Washington Bureau of the NAACP, who said Romney flew in black conservatives to stand up at the end of his speech, allowing Romney to claim he got a standing ovation.‚ÄúI spoke with a number of African-American leaders after the event and they said, you know a lot of folks don‚Äôt want to say they‚Äôre not going to be voting for Barack Obama, but they‚Äôre disappointed in his lack of policies to improve our schools,‚ÄĚ Romney said in an appearance on Fox, where he said he expected to get booed by the crowd and he also claimed he got a standing ovation. ‚ÄúDisappointed in urban policies, disappointed in the economy. 14.4% rate of unemployment among African-Americans today. The president has not been able to get the job done. People want to see someone who can get the economy going, so I expect to get African-American votes.‚ÄĚ From Nony
Romney flew in people to provide applause at NAACP speech - Governor Mitt Romney 'flew in' non-NAACP people to provide a cheering section for him when he spoke before the NAACP in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday. Romney brought about twenty black 'applauders' into the room. (MSNBC) Add new comment From Nony
Trump: Obama will start Iran war to win election - Donald Trump is again predicting President Obama will start a war with Iran solely to help his chances of getting re-elected this November.The billionaire developer made his forecast both on the Internet and television Tuesday, initially tweeting: ‚ÄúJust as I predicted, Barack Obama is preparing a possible attack on Iran right before November.‚ÄĚ ,br>Only on World Net Daily LOL From Nony
The Daily Bell - Colonel Douglas Macgregor on Two Failed Wars and Why He Supports Ron Paul for President - Colonel (ret) Douglas Macgregor is a decorated combat veteran, the author of four books. He is also Executive Vice President of Burke-Macgregor Group LLC, a consulting and intellectual capital brokerage firm based in Reston, Virginia. Macgregor was commissioned in the US Army in 1976 after one year at the Virginia Military Institute and four years at West Point. Macgregor has testified as an expert witness on national security issues before the House Armed Services Committee and the House Foreign Relations Committee. He is a supporter of Ron Paul (R-Tex) and a spokesperson for veterans' groups that are organizing marches and demonstrations on behalf of Republican candidate for president, Ron Paul. From Nony
Nobel Winner Stiglitz Sees More Recession Odds in Romney - The Romney plan is going to slow down the economy, worsen the jobs deficit and significantly increase the likelihood of a recession,‚ÄĚ said Stiglitz, who served as chairman of President Bill Clinton‚Äôs Council of Economic Advisers from 1995 to 1997.
Want unemployment and rising prices? VOTE REPUBLICAN From Nony
The Insane Scenario Unfolding Before Our Eyes - As expected, Mitt Romney has had a field day with today‚Äôs dismal jobs report. In an interview with CNBC, the Republican nominee went to town on President Obama. Here are a few choice quotes: From Nony
Fox's Anti-Obama Attack Ad Is Nearly $100,000 In Free Advertising For GOP - The four minute anti-Obama attack ad aired by Fox News this morning was the equivalent of $96,000 of free advertising for the Republican Party. Sources confirm to Media Matters that at the current rate of $6,000 for a 30-second ad on Fox and Friends, the cost of airing two four-minute attack ads would cost an outside group $96,000*. Fox News aired their ad at 6:45 a.m. and 8:07 a.m. during that program.
Fox is also promoting the ad at the top of their Fox Nation website as "Must-See Fox Video." From Popper
Judge says groups can't shield campaign donors - The Federal Election Commission overstepped its bounds in allowing groups that fund certain election ads to keep their financiers anonymous, a federal judge has ruled.U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson's ruling Friday could pave the way to requiring groups that spend money on electioneering communications - ads that don't expressly advocate for or against a candidate running for federal office - to disclose their donors. From Nony
POLL: Women Voters Abandon GOP In Key Battleground States - President Obama has emerged with an impressive lead in swing states around the country ó thanks to women voters abandoning the GOP in droves, according to a new USA Today/Gallup poll showing President Obama leading among women voters in the top dozen battleground states by a whopping 18 points ó greater than the 12-point gender gap he won with in 2008.
One month ago, the same poll showed Mitt Romney leading the president by 2 percentage points; but Sunday, the newest poll gave Obama a 9-point lead, 51 percent to 42 percent. The change, the poll indicates, comes from women: From Popper
Secret Video: Newt Gingrichís Creepy Wife Grooming Him Like a Circus Walrus - As John Edwards learned the hard way, the camera is always on. It was certainly on in the bowels of Fox News' dark tower last November as failed presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's icy wife-bot Callista prepared him for an interview with Bill O'Reilly. She brushed him like a horse, sprayed him like Cher, and locked down his hair with dead-eyed precision. Then O'Reilly said he looked like Justin Bieber. Burn. From Popper
Christians: Don't Vote, Pray Instead! - Just a friendly reminder to our godly brethren. Since prayer is so powerful and effective, it should be used to further Godís cause in America. So donít vote; pray! From Nony
Santorum: ďIf Total Abstinence Seems Unreasonable, Try Dry HumpingĒ - ďI know how hard it is to wait. Trust me, I know. However, it is worth the wait in the end when you meet that special someone you are meant to be with for the rest of your life. Abstinence only is the best way to prevent unwanted pregnancy and diseases from spreading. However Iím hip, I know a thing or two about hormones. Thatís why you should know that if total abstinence seems unreasonable, you could and should try dry humping. That way no penetration is occurring, sexual urges are being satisfied, and no one has to lose their virginity or become pregnant at an age they arenít prepared for. Iíve always been an advocate for abstinence only, but in all honesty this is the next best thing.Ē From Popper
Birthers want proof that Mitt Romney was born in America - No, you read that right. You might think birthers are crazy conspiracy theorists, but you can't say they're inconsistent. The fringe group of politicians and concerned voters who have long dogged President Obama for "proof" that he is a natural born citizen are now targeting Mitt Romney. They demand that the California Secretary of State produce evidence that Mitt is eligible to run for president. One birther explains that Romney's citizenship is up for debate because his dad was born in Mexico. Thats right, Mitt Romney's father was born in the Mexican colony that Mitt's great-grandfather founded after fleeing the United States so he could stay married to Romney's four great-grandmothers. Let's all just let that sink in for a moment. From Popper
Cartoon Dogs Against Romney - Back in 1983, Mitt Romney tied their crated family dog, Seamus, to the roof of a car and drove 12 hours from Boston to a vacation home in Canada. As bad decisions from your past often do when youíre running for president, the story has resurfaced and drawn an incredible amount of attention from his GOP opponents and animal rights groups, such as Dogs Against Romney. From Popper
Santorum Comments & Outlandish Statements - Rick Santorum is no stranger to out-there remarks, but his 2008 comments that ‚ÄėSatan has his sights‚Äô on Americans even turned Republican die-hards like Rush Limbaugh and Chris Christie against him. For the second time, The Daily Beast rounds up ten more of Santorum‚Äôs craziest comments. From Nony
The GOP is obsessed with women's bodies - Whatís the matter with the Republicans? Okay, donít snicker Ė what isnít the matter with them. But itís a serious question. Republicans havenít always been completely crazy; they used to talk about the economy, jobs and other things that matter to the U.S. electorate. But now, Republicans seem entirely obsessed with womenís bodies. As Americans struggle through the toughest time in decades, the GOP is fixated on birth control, abortion and vaginas. From Nony
Republicans Losing on Birth Control as 77% in Poll Spurn Debate - Bloomberg - Americans overwhelmingly regard the debate over President Barack Obama‚Äôs policy on employer-provided contraceptive coverage as a matter of women‚Äôs health, not religious freedom, rejecting Republicans‚Äô rationale for opposing the rule. More than three-quarters say the topic shouldn‚Äôt even be a part of the U.S. political debate. From Nony
SANTORUM EXPOSED - The reason Social Security is in big trouble is we don't have enough workers to support the retirees. A third of all the young people in America are not in America today because of abortion, because one in three pregnancies end in abortion From Nony
Before you can join the Laurens County Republican Party in South Carolina and get on the primary ballot, they ask that you pledge that youíve never ever had pre-marital sex ó and that you will never ever look at porn again. From Popper
People Aren't Smart Enough for Democracy to Flourish - For example, if people lack expertise on tax reform, it is very difficult for them to identify the candidates who are actual experts. They simply lack the mental tools needed to make meaningful judgments From cw
Bill Maher makes $1 million donation to Obama super PAC - A surprise donation Thursday from comedian Bill Maher made a Super PAC supporting President Obama $1 million richer.
The promise of the big check came during a live performance of Maher's stand-up show, CrazyStupidPolitics. Maher tweeted later that the donation to Priorities USA Action had been a surprise to Yahoo!, which broadcast the show.
"I would like to announce tonight a donation to the Obama super PAC which has the very unfortunate tongue-twister name Priorities USA Action. I know, it was named by Borat," Maher joked. From Popper
Romney burning through cash in tight GOP primary - Romney's presidential campaign and the super PAC supporting him pulled in $13.1 million in January, but spent $32.7 million in the same month -- an astounding burn rate more than double any of his rivals' campaigns or super PACs. The filings also show Romney's fundraising operation is struggling to pick up momentum, seeing a minimal surge in cash after his big New Hampshire win and a plunge after his South Carolina loss.
SPending millions for a job that only pays a couple of hundred thousands ... insanity. From Nony
--Popper White House hopeful Rick Santorum lags behind both his 2012 competitors and wealthy Americans in general when it comes to charitable giving, according to tax documents.
Santorum gave $81,500 to charity over the past four years, or 2.2% of the more than $3.6 million in total income he earned since leaving the Senate, the documents showed. From Popper
--Popper Assuming Marianne Gingrichís allegations are true, Newt Gingrich reacted to news of his own wrongdoing by attempting to justify his deplorable behavior (asking for an ďopen marriageĒ after heís already cheating) and then proceeding to continue down that path anyway (dumping Marianne for Callista). While most would be repelled by such actions, Dr. Keith Ablow of Fox Newsí ďMedical A-TeamĒ believes Gingrichís personal choices would not negatively impact his performance as president. In fact, Ablow arguesí that Gingrichí ability to attract so many women is a sign that the rest of the country will fall for him too: From Popper
Conservative activists scrambling for a strategy to block Romney - A near-panic has taken hold among some core conservative activists, who are now scrambling to devise a strategy to deny Mitt Romney the Republican presidential nomination.Many of these activists see South Carolina‚Äôs primary on Jan. 21 as their last best hope of stopping Romney by consolidating in a united front against him. But many acknowledge that they have yet to figure out which of the remaining conservative rivals to rally behind and which should get out. From Nony
Jon Huntsman can save the party of Obama-hate from itself - It is not unfair to call the GOP the party whose main tenet is a near-clinical and -obsessive hatred of the president of the United States that is far outside the tradition and mainstream of American democracy.It is a hallmark of a party that has lost its way that its candidates compete not for whose ideas can shape the nation, but for whose antipathy and contempt and scorn and ridicule and derision for the president of the United States is greater than the antipathy, contempt, scorn, ridicule and derision of the president the United States from the other candidates. From Nony
Ron Paul surprises party establishment by winning Idaho GOP straw poll in Garden City | Idaho Politics | Idaho Statesman - Despite a speech from U.S. Sen. Jim Risch backing Mitt Romney, Rep. Ron Paul won Fridayís pay-to-play vote. Paulís surrogate was Washington state Rep. Matt Shea of Spokane Valley.How strong a win? The former Libertarian got 43 percent (173 votes) to the former Massachusetts governorís 34 percent (135). Trailing them were Newt Gingrich with 12 percent (47 votes), Rick Santorum at 10 percent (40) and Jon Huntsman with 1 percent (4). A total of 399 people from across Idaho participated. Rick Perry's campaign asked not to be included on the straw poll ballot. From Nony
Michele Bachmann drops out of GOP race - what will God say? - Iowa -- In the wake of a disappointing finish in Tuesday's Iowa caucuses, Rep. Michele Bachmann announced Wednesday that she is suspending her campaign for president."Last night, the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice, and so I have decided to stand aside," she said at a hastily-arranged news conference here. From Nony
Fox Is Fair, Balanced, Loquacious: The Ticker - Bloomberg - The standard objection to Fox News is that the network's on-air personalities are biased. A better complaint may be that they talk too much.A certain level of blabber is necessary on television, of course -- not to mention in opinion-writing -- and until recently it would have been hard to say that Fox News was any better or worse on that score than anyplace else. Now, thanks to Eric Ostermeier, a political scientist at University of Minnesota who measured the speaking time during this year's Republican presidential debates, we can say with precision: Fox News people are precisely 40.1 percent more talkative than anchors at the other networks. From Nony
CNN Poll: Obama gains strength in 2012 matchups - President Barack Obama's numbers are on the rise in two important indicators of his reelection chances, according to a new national survey.A CNN/ORC International Poll out Tuesday indicates the president's margins have increased against five possible Republican presidential challengers in hypothetical general election matchups and that Obama's approval rating is up five points since mid-November. From Nony
--Popper Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain says that he was shocked when God told him to run for president.
ďBefore President Obama took office, I never even conceived or thought of running for president,Ē Cain told a group of Young Republicans in South Carolina Saturday. ďIt was only after he took office and I saw his arrogant disregard for the American people that I know that I had to do what I could do. Ö That when I prayed and prayed and prayed. Iím a man of faith. I had to do a lot of praying for this one.Ē From Popper
Rick Perry forgets which agency he wants to scrap in Republican debate disaster - Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry's campaign is facing meltdown after one of the most humiliating debate performances in recent US political history.His chances of securing the Republican nomination slipped after one painful minute in which he could not recall the name of a government department he is planning to kill off.
California moves national popular vote close - California Gov. Jerry Brown last week signed a bill designed to fix our broken presidential election system and guarantee the White House to the winner of the national popular vote.Grounded in state powers, the National Popular Vote plan for president commits participating states to award their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It can be activated only after its adoption in states that together have enough electoral votes to guarantee the outcome ‚Äď meaning states representing at least 270 of the 538 electoral votes. From cw