Posts Tagged ‘ Election 2016 ’

Election 2016: Union Leader breaks with 100-year tradition, endorses Gary Johnson

September 15, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"The conservative New Hampshire Union Leader, the daily newspaper in Manchester, broke with a 100-year tradition of backing Republicans Wednesday by endorsing Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson for president. The endorsement, written by publisher Joseph W. McQuaid comes as Trump is set to visit New Hampshire on Thursday." (09/14/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/14/politics/gary-johnson-joe-mcquaid-union-leader-new-hampshire/  

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Why Gary Johnson isn’t in the debates

September 15, 2016
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"The 15 percent rule that is going to prevent Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson from participating in the presidential debates is so flagrantly ludicrous that it doesn't even pass a smell test. That's the rule that the Commission on Presidential Debates has established for determining whether a presidential candidate will be invited to participate in the debates. It states that only those candidates who have reached 15 percent in five public opinion polls in which people are asked who they plan to vote for." (09/15/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/09/15/gary-johnson-isnt-debates/  

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The Jason Stapleton Program, 09/14/16

September 15, 2016
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The Jason Stapleton Program The Jason Stapleton Program
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"It is my great honor to welcome Constitution Party Nominee Darrell Castle to the show today. We've had the chance to talk with several third party nominee's over the last year, and I think this will be another insightful discussion." [various formats] (09/14/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/constitution-party-nominee-darrell-castle-answers-questions/  

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Trump’s scam charity

September 14, 2016
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Rod Dreher The American Conservative
by Rod Dreher  

"The Trump Foundation is a scam, and a scam keeping in character with how Donald Trump runs his moneymaking schemes." (09/14/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/trump-scam-charity/  

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Gary Johnson finally gets some media attention

September 14, 2016
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Randall Holcombe Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe  

"I am amazed at the lack of media attention Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party candidate for president, has received. He's polling at about 10%, and despite the huge negative perception many voters have of Clinton and Trump, the media rarely notes that Johnson is a relatively popular alternative. ... But this past week Johnson did get media attention, when in an interview he didn't know what Aleppo is. Interesting that a candidate who's polling around 10% gets no media attention until he's caught in a gaffe, causing the media to jump on him. Considering his lack of media attention so far, this recent attention may actually help him, in that people will perceive that the media is taking his candidacy seriously." (09/13/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/09/13/gary-johnson-finally-gets-some-media-attention/  

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WikiLeaks to dump Assange’s medical records in challenge to Trump, Clinton

September 14, 2016
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Politico    

"WikiLeaks is upping the ante in its transparency test for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. 'In 24h we will release 30 pages of our editor (Julian Assange)'s medical records as part 1 of our transparency challenge to Clinton & Trump,' the organization tweeted Tuesday." (09/13/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/wikileaks-julian-assange-medical-records-228109  

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Zambia: Lungu sworn in as president amid poll-rigging allegations

September 13, 2016
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Deutsche Welle Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

Zambia has sworn in President Edgar Lungu amidst protests by the opposition, claiming that the polls were rigged. Tough challenges await the new leader in a country that has been deeply divided along tribal lines. ... Lungu's Patriotic Front (PF) party was declared winner of the poll with 50.3 percent defeating opposition candidate Hakainde Hichilema who polled 47.63 percent of the votes cast. Despite claims by the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) that the August 11 polls were a fraud, the Constitutional Court ruled in favor of the incumbent." (09/13/16)

http://www.dw.com/en/zambias-edgar-lungu-sworn-in-as-president/a-19546297  

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Trump plans would worsen immigration problems

September 13, 2016
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Cato Institute
by Tim Lynch  

"Donald Trump recently proposed the creation of a new Deportation Task Force that will target millions of people in the United States. Trump wants voters to think they will reap the benefits of his plan while the citizens of Mexico will shoulder all of the costs, such as paying for a new wall. But his plan will actually have spillover effects on Americans by exacerbating problems that plague our legal system." (09/12/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/trump-plans-would-worsen-immigration-problems  

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How Trump ended the ObamaCare debate

September 12, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by David Frum  

"Trump feels no obligation to ideological consistency or budgetary coherence. So he can deal with the danger with a sequence of gimmicks: denounce Obamacare, promise to replace it with something better and cheaper, offer no specifics at all about what that something is, worry not even a little that the promise to improve Obamacare conflicts with the scant details of the policy he supposedly offers, and then ... avoid the whole subject of health care to the maximum extent possible. That solution will not be available, however, to the Republicans who follow Donald Trump. Assuming he loses the presidency (which seems a safe assumption) Republicans will not regain an opportunity to reform health care their way until 2021. By that time, the Affordable Care Act will have been the law of the land for eight years. Its defects will be more visible than ever. The expectations generated by the act will be more entrenched than ever, too." (09/12/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/09/health-care-debate-2021/499589/  

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Time for Hillary Clinton to end her campaign

September 12, 2016
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OpEdNews
by Michael Collins  

"While we can't be sure that Clinton will be unable to serve, we are sure of two things. Clinton has some health problems that caused her to collapse and that seem fairly serious. At a time when health questions were escalating, she simply had to walk to her car. Clinton was unable to keep it together for even a short walk to her car without collapsing. Should her collapse today cause her to withdraw her candidacy? The answer is clearly yes. Immediately after her collapse, Clinton proxies flew into action. A Democratic Member of Congress from New York told CNN that the memorial service was indeed a sweltering event. A CNN talking head endorsed this. The obvious question is how many other people leaving the event collapsed after a short walk to their car, a cab, or the subway?" (09/12/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Time-for-Hillary-Clinton-t-by-Michael-Collins-2016-Elections_911_Clinton-Collapse_Clinton-Concussion-160912-959.html  

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Austria: Regime postpones presidential vote as ballots come unglued

September 12, 2016
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Bloomberg    

"Austria's presidential election rerun, scheduled after a court ruled votes weren't counted properly, can't be held as planned on Oct. 2 because of postal-ballot envelopes that don't seal properly. Parliamentary leaders agreed in a meeting with Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka on Monday to reschedule the vote for Dec. 4, the Austrian Press Agency reported. The government couldn't guarantee a sound election because of the defective envelopes, Sobotka told journalists earlier at a press conference in Vienna." (09/12/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-12/austria-seeks-to-postpone-presidential-vote-on-ballot-problems  

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Election 2016: Clinton hides pneumonia diagnosis, collapses at 9/11 event, cancels trip

September 12, 2016
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Fox News    

"Hillary Clinton canceled plans to visit California on Monday and Tuesday and instead will rest at her home in Chappaqua, N.Y. following a medical episode that caused her to stagger and faint Sunday at a 9/11 commemoration ceremony, her campaign said. The Democratic presidential nominee fell on her way into her van and had to be helped by her security, according to witnesses and video of her leaving. A law enforcement source told Fox News that she 'clearly (was) having some type of medical episode.' Clinton's doctor revealed later that she had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday." (09/12/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/09/12/clinton-cancels-west-coast-visit-to-rest-after-health-episode.html  

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Clinton: “I regret” noticing character of Trump’s supporters

September 11, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Hillary Clinton was on cleanup duty Saturday after saying at a fundraiser the previous night that half of Donald Trump's supporters, which numbered 13.3 million in the Republican primaries, fall into the 'basket of deplorables.' 'Last night I was 'grossly generalistic,' and that's never a good idea,' she said in a statement. 'I regret saying 'half' -- that was wrong.'" [editor's note: True, true. 90% sounds a lot more realistic. Her supporters, too - TLK] (09/10/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/09/10/clinton-trump-supporters-deplorable/90182922/  

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I don’t know what a leppo is either

September 10, 2016
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"The serious-looking, grave-faced MSNBC journalists were shocked, absolutely shocked, that Johnson didn't know what a leppo is. The one who asked him the question proceeded to inform him that Aleppo is a city in Syria, which he said is 'the epicenter of the refugee crisis.' Cute. A nice little journalistic trick. But in its own way also quite juvenile and quite idiotic. In fact, one can easily imagine those serious-looking, grave-faced MSNBC journalists planning this silly ambush. I'll bet that when they were planning the interview, they were absolutely giggling with delight when one of them very likely suggested, 'Let's ask him what he would do about a leppo, and when he responds by saying that he doesn't know what a leppo is, we'll make him look really dumb when we point out that we're actually referring to Aleppo.'" (09/09/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/09/09/dont-know-leppo-either/  

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Facebook co-founder donates $20 million to defeat Trump

September 10, 2016
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Politico    

"A co-founder of Facebook is shelling out $20 million to help Hillary Clinton and the Democrats in this year's elections. Dustin Moskovitz, who co-founded Facebook with Mark Zuckerberg and went on to found Asana, explained in a post on Medium that his decision to use 'large amounts of money' was 'not easy,' but that 'this cycle is different.' ... He said the Republicans and their nominee, Donald Trump, are running on 'a zero-sum vision, stressing a false contest between their constituency and the rest of the world.' The Democrats, in contrast, are 'running on a vision of optimism, pragmatism, inclusiveness and mutual benefit,' he writes." [hat tip -- Jerry McGovern] [editor's note: Well, he got the half about the Republicans right, anyway; on the Democrats, he's laughably wrong - TLK] (09/09/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/dustin-moskovitz-facebook-2016-donation-227931  

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Election 2016: It’s a presidential campaign, not a geography quiz

September 10, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"My gut feeling is that the average American will come down on [Gary] Johnson's side of this teapot tempest, for two reasons. First, most Americans likely know little if anything about Aleppo and don't care to, so they can probably sympathize. Johnson's foreign policy focus as a presidential candidate is 'big picture.' He wants the US to stop militarily intervening everywhere around the world at the drop of a hat. He doesn't have to know the name of every city in the world to know that he doesn't want to bomb them. Secondly, the question was transparently framed as an ambush." (09/09/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/7522  

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Official: Johnson/Weld to appear on all 50 state ballots

September 10, 2016
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The Libertarian Republic Libertarian Republic    

"Earlier today, the Libertarian ticket of Gary Johnson and William Weld achieved ballot access in Rhode Island. The feat is important in that it marks the first time since 1996 that any third-party ticket will appear on all 50 state ballots (plus the District of Columbia). Twenty years ago, both the Reform Party ticket of Ross Perot and Pat Choate, as well as the Libertarian ticket of Harry Browne and Jo Jorgensen, appeared in all 50 states. Though the Libertarians accomplished universal ballot access with Browne as the nominee again in 2000, L. Neil Smith instead appeared as the party’s presidential candidate in Arizona."

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/johnson-weld-50-states/  

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Palestine: Court postpones municipal election

September 8, 2016
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Hastings Tribune    

"The Palestinian high court on Thursday postponed municipal elections that had been set for next month, putting on hold what would have been the first real test of political support for archrivals Hamas and Fatah in a decade. ... The court decided to postpone the vote in the West Bank and Gaza Strip until at least Dec. 21, when it is to hear two appeals .... The Oct. 8 vote would have been the first contest at the ballot box between Fatah and archrival Hamas, an Islamic militant group, since their territorial split in 2007." (09/08/16)

http://www.hastingstribune.com/palestinian-court-postpones-next-month-s-municipal-election/article_becc2cb7-0559-5efc-8ab0-6d3742d8528d.html  

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It is undemocratic to exclude me and Gary Johnson from presidential debates

September 8, 2016
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Jill Stein OpEdNews
by Dr. Jill Stein  

"Presidential debates should be an opportunity for the American people to decide the direction of our nation. But since 1987, everything about the debates has been predetermined by the party bosses who run Washington. Consider that 76% of Americans want the presidential debates to include Gary Johnson and me. Yet the phony Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) is trying to rob voters of the open debates they want. The CPD is actually a private corporation that refuses to disclose its current funders or sponsors. The Democratic and Republican National Committees both select its leaders. The CPD literally excludes the 50% of voters who reject their parties." (09/07/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/It-is-undemocratic-to-excl-by-Jill-Stein-Issues_Presidential-Candidates_Presidential-Debates-160907-876.html  

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Clinton, Trump try to BS veterans in forum appearances

September 8, 2016
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New York Times    

"Hillary Clinton defended her support for military intervention in Libya and the nuclear deal with Iran in a television forum on Wednesday, but flatly ruled out sending American troops to Iraq. Mrs. Clinton also denied again that she had been careless with classified information as secretary of state, arguing that it was her 'rock steadiness' that made her the better choice for president. ... After Mrs. Clinton’s appearance, Mr. Trump attacked the foreign policy of the Obama administration, which he called 'the dumbest foreign policy' he had ever seen. The leadership of the military, Mr. Trump said, had been 'reduced to rubble.' He also repeated the false claim that he had been against the war in Iraq from the beginning." (09/07/16)

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/08/us/politics/hillary-clinton-donald-trump-national-security.html  

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Google is STILL rigging searches for Hillary Clinton

September 7, 2016
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Seton Motley Heartland Institute
by Seton Motley  

"[N]o Valley institution has been more proactively Leftist -- than mammoth, monster Google. The Venn diagram between the company and the Barack Obama Administration -- is one circle evenly, perfectly laid over another. And the policy rewards from the administration for Google's support and fealty -- are great, and continuing to grow. But most of these Google gifts are the result of unilateral administration power grabs -- and thus ephemeral. They can (and should) all be unilaterally undone by the next administration. Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton has promised to keep in place the ones to which she's spoken -- most vocally, most importantly the awful Network Neutrality. So Google is a big Clinton fan -- and wants to see her succeed Obama. So they've been rigging their searches to her benefit -- more specifically, hiding damaging search results. This became a thing in June." (09/06/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/09/google-is-still-rigging-searches-for-hillary-clinton/  

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Johnson snags his first newspaper endorsement

September 5, 2016
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson won his first newspaper endorsement from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, which labeled him a man of 'integrity,' 'apparently normal ego' and of 'trustworthy character.' ... The Times-Dispatch supported Mitt Romney in 2012 and John McCain in 2008." (09/05/16)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/trailguide/la-na-trailguide-updates-gary-johnson-snags-his-first-newspaper-1473082963-htmlstory.html  

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Germany: Merkel takes blame for vote defeat, but holds course

September 5, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Chancellor Angela Merkel took responsibility for her party's election defeat in the German state where she has her political base, but strongly defended her migrant policy on Monday even as she vowed to win back voters' trust. A year before an expected national election, a nationalist, anti-immigration party's second-place finish Sunday ahead of Merkel's conservatives was a jolt that will likely increase tensions in Germany's governing coalition. However, the result didn't pose any immediate threat to Merkel, 62, Germany's leader since 2005." (09/05/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/germany-vice-chancellor-criticizes-merkel-after-election/2016/09/05/b88f6eae-734e-11e6-9781-49e591781754_story.html  

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Gabon: Opposition leader says one killed, many wounded after disputed vote

September 1, 2016
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Ynetnews [Israel]    

"Gabon opposition leader Jean Ping said on Thursday one person was killed and many wounded when the presidential guard and police attacked his party's headquarters overnight after an election narrowly won by President Ali Bongo. Ping called for international assistance to protect the population of the oil-producing state and said Saturday's election was stolen by Bongo, who was declared the winner on Wednesday. The result gives the president a further seven years in power in the country of 1.8 million people. Bongo took power in 2009 on the death of his father, who had ruled for 42 years." (08/31/16)

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4849034,00.html  

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Let Gary Johnson debate Clinton and Trump

September 1, 2016
posted by

Michael D. Tanner Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner  

"We are now less than a month from the first presidential debate, but several questions remain to be decided. Will Donald Trump show up? Who will be the moderator? And, perhaps most important, will there be three podiums on the stage or just two? Given that 57 percent of voters say they feel dissatisfied with a choice between Clinton and Trump, one might think that debate organizers would be eager to include a credible third-party candidate in the mix. A former two-term governor who will likely be on the ballot in all 50 states and is running in double digits in many polls would fit that criteria. But unless something changes over the next few weeks, it seems likely that the candidate who fits that description will not be invited." (08/31/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/let-gary-johnson-debate-clinton-trump-read  

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