Posts Tagged ‘ elections ’

Bill Clinton slams ObamaCare: “It’s the craziest thing in the world”

October 4, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"Former President Bill Clinton steamrolled President Obama's signature healthcare law as 'the craziest thing in the world.' At a rally on Monday in Flint, Mich., Clinton blasted the core principles of ObamaCare as unworkable as he pitched a new system that would allow people to buy into Medicare or Medicaid. ... Clinton's remarks while campaigning for his wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, run in direct contrast to her previous promises to build on ObamaCare. While acknowledging problems like rising drug costs, Hillary Clinton has largely embraced the healthcare law and criticized her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, for his repeated promise to repeal the law. Bill Clinton, whose own attempts at broad healthcare reform failed during his presidency in the 1990s, suggested on Monday that he supported an entirely new approach." (10/04/16)

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/299130-bill-clinton-slams-obamacare  

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Left-wing panic over Gary Johnson, part 1

October 4, 2016
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Leftists are in a full-blown panic over Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. I've never seen anything like it. After ignoring the LP candidate for president for years, suddenly there is a spate of op-eds and editorials from all over the mainstream press feverishly coming out against Johnson and exhorting young people to vote for Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton instead. Why the panic? The reason is that an increasing number of young people are rejecting both Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump and supporting Johnson. Even worse for the Clinton and her leftist supporters, Johnson is pulling more votes from Clinton than Trump." (10/03/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/10/03/lefts-panic-gary-johnson-part-1/  

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Two things that don’t really bother me about Trump, two things that do

October 4, 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  

"The US embargo on Cuba is an evil law which has helped keep the tyrannical Castro regime in power for half a century. Anyone who violates it is doing a heroic deed, striking a blow for freedom and for the Cuban people. Unfortunately, Trump is inconsistent on this point. He recently stated an intention to 'cancel' the progress US president Barack Obama has made toward opening up relations between the US and Cuba." (10/03/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/7857  

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Even with Johnson’s gaffes, he remains the sanest choice for president over Trump or Clinton

October 3, 2016
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Palm Beach Free Press
by Karl Dickey  

"[W]hile both Clinton and Trump have a large amount of baggage, Johnson seems the sanest choice of the three presidential candidates who will be on the ballot in all 50 states in November's general election. But many Americans remain fearful to vote Johnson as they feel they may be 'wasting' their vote." (10/02/16)

https://palmbeachfreepress.com/2016/10/02/even-with-johnsons-gaffs-he-remains-the-sanest-choice-for-president-over-trump-or-clinton/  

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No candidate for homeschoolers

October 3, 2016
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Matthew Hennessey  

"Neither major presidential candidate has made homeschooling an issue during the campaign. Most of my fellow homeschoolers interpret this as a good sign. We know from bitter experience that it's best to be ignored. Without a candidate to back, however, homeschoolers are feeling anxious about the future. What will become of us?" (10/03/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/no-candidate-for-homeschoolers/  

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Breakfast with Bill Weld

October 3, 2016
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Molly Ball The Atlantic
by Molly Ball  

"The question that always haunts third-party tickets is whether they will play spoiler to one of the major parties. This year, the Libertarians were initially assumed to be a problem for the Republicans: The ticket consists, after all, of two former Republican governors, Weld and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. For the many GOP voters repulsed by Trump, the Libertarians could be an appealing alternative. But Johnson and Weld also appear to be drawing votes from Clinton, particularly from young people who prefer their live-and-let-live idealism to her baggage-laden wonkery. This is not the way Weld thinks it ought to be. He believes Clinton is wrong on policy, particularly fiscal and military matters -- but Trump is unthinkable." (10/03/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/10/breakfast-with-bill-weld/502592/  

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Supporters defend Trump as “genius” with taxes

October 3, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Donald Trump's campaign, reeling Sunday after a report that the business mogul may not have paid taxes for as many as 18 years after declaring a $916 million loss on his 1995 returns, mounted a vigorous defense by calling the revelation proof of the Republican presidential nominee's 'genius.' A New York Times report late Saturday showed how Trump had used byzantine tax laws to cancel out income taxes after his real estate and casino empire nearly collapsed in the early 1990s, and the Times calculated that the resulting deductions may have allowed him to pay no federal income taxes for 18 years." [editor's note: Since the tax code is written by politicians, it will always benefit members of the political class, including the politically connected wealthy; seems kind of silly to expect Trump in particular to have rejected that benefit - TLK] (10/02/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-supporters-defend-gop-nominee-as-a-genius-with-taxes/2016/10/02/dc28080a-88a5-11e6-b24f-a7f89eb68887_story.html  

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Has Gary Johnson plateaued in his bid for president?

September 29, 2016
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Palm Beach Free Press
by Karl Dickey  

"While Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson was progressing in the polls, it would appear he may have reached a ceiling. His national polling is now averaging between 8 to 10 percent. Johnson has been polling above 15 percent in several states; however, has not been able to bring those same numbers to the national stage. Johnson was on a trajectory to reach past 15 percent until recent behaviors have not gone over well. Though they are all clearly his own doing, they strangely have all happened on MSNBC." (09/29/16)

https://palmbeachfreepress.com/2016/09/29/has-gary-johnson-plateued-in-his-bid-for-president/  

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Perry announces limited presidential write-in campaign

September 29, 2016
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Independent Political Report    

"Due to the numerous instances of the Libertarian Party Presidential ticket running in opposition to the LP Platform, including supporting limitations of the 2nd Amendment rights of people on secret lists, new forms of taxation, and statements against freedom of association, [Libertarian Party of New Hampshire chairman Darryl W.] Perry decided to file declarations of intent to be a write-in candidate in a handful of states where a slate of electors is not required. The laws in another eight states claim all write-in votes are valid. Meaning that on November 8, 2016, voters in 17 states (AL, AK, DE, IA, ID, KS, MT, NE, NH, NJ, OR, PA, RI, VT, WA, WV, WY) plus DC, will have the ability to cast a vote – albeit a write-in – for an actual libertarian, Darryl W. Perry." (09/29/16)

http://independentpoliticalreport.com/2016/09/darryl-w-perry-announces-limited-presidential-write-in-campaign/  

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Roll Call: “The deficit debate has disappeared”

September 28, 2016
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Ryan McMaken Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken  

"The DC consensus is strongly in favor of unimpeded federal spending. Nevertheless, the Republicans have long kept up the ruse that they're in favor of balancing the budget, cutting the deficit and engaging in 'limited' government. Some have kept up the spending even while cutting taxes. This has only led to back-door tax increases. But that has changed this election. Don't worry, the Republicans haven't decided to actually start cutting the budget after years of lying about it. No, what's different this year is that the Party's presidential nominee -- and hence, much of the Party -- isn't even pretending to be in favor of any real budget cutting or budget balancing." (09/28/16)

https://mises.org/blog/roll-call-deficit-debate-has-disappeared  

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Why Cuban-Americans are voting differently this presidential election

September 28, 2016
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Jose Azel PanAm Post
by Jose Azel  

"Historically, the Cuban-American community has been considered a political monolith, voting mostly in support of the Republican Party, at least at the national level. To the extent that this has been true, it has been most applicable to the early exile community we now call the historicos. The origins of this early exile support for the Republican Party can be reasonably traced to U.S. foreign policy, and to President Eisenhower's robust anti-communist posture. Eisenhower and his Republican Party's anti-Castro stance were followed by the cannibalization of the Bay of Pigs invasion plans under the Democratic leadership of President Kennedy and the resulting failure of the invasion. ... This year, all presidential candidates favor a continuation of the U.S.-Cuba policy advanced by President Obama. Their philosophical underpinnings and tone may differ, but all the candidates support the rapprochement with the Cuban regime." (09/27/16)

https://panampost.com/jose-azel/2016/09/27/why-cuban-americans-are-voting-differently-this-presidential-election/  

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FL: Kaine cries crocodile tears at site of massacre made possible by policies he supports

September 27, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Hillary Clinton's running mate Tim Kaine made an emotional visit to the Pulse nightclub, the site of the Orlando massacre, Monday along with former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was gravely injured in a 2011 shooting. ... As the visit ended, a visibly emotional Kaine walked up to reporters. He cried as he whispered into the camera. 'This is a weird thing to say but I always hoped that the Virginia Tech one would be the worst one ever ... as bad as that was, I hoped that nothing would ever eclipse it but, such as life we got work to do so,' said an emotional Kaine." (09/26/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/tim-kaine-makes-emotional-visit-orlando-massacre-site/story?id=42374413  

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How did we end up with such unpopular candidates?

September 27, 2016
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Peter Van Buren The American Conservative
by Peter Van Buren  

"You hear the expression 'lesser of two evils' when people talk about how they will vote in November. Poll after poll shows a growing number of voters saying they will vote negatively -- they're against Hillary, so they'll hold their nose and vote Trump, and vice versa. It is also likely a large number of discontented voters will simply stay home on Election Day. Both candidates are among the most unpopular and least trusted in American history. One of them will end up in the White House. How did we get here? Why are the only two mainstream candidates left standing Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump?" (09/27/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/how-did-we-end-up-with-such-unpopular-candidates/  

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Iran: Ahmadinejad won’t seek to return to presidency

September 27, 2016
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New York Times    

"An adviser to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's former hard-line president, says the politician won't seek re-election [sic] in next year's presidential vote after apparently being discouraged by the country's supreme leader. Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency quoted Ali Akbar Javanfekr on Tuesday as saying Ahmadinejad sent a letter to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei saying he wouldn't seek the presidency again." (09/27/16)

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/09/27/world/middleeast/ap-ml-iran-ahmadinejad.html  

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Spain: Regional elections boost Rajoy but political deadlock unlikely to end

September 27, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"The results of regional elections in Galicia and the Basque country look unlikely to yield a solution to the political paralysis that has left Spain in the hands of a caretaker government for the past nine months. But Sunday's polls have bolstered the position of the acting prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, after his People's party (PP) cruised to an absolute majority in his home region of Galicia. They have also inflicted severe damage on Pedro Sanchez, the leader of the socialist PSOE party, whom many blame for the enduring deadlock that has beset Spain following two inconclusive general elections." (09/26/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/26/spains-regional-elections-boost-rajoy-but-political-deadlock-unlikely-to-end  

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The real threat to the Constitution is Trump

September 27, 2016
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Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"Many people in his party have repudiated Trump's comments on race, immigration, Vladimir Putin and more. But among those who support him, there is one decisive, last-resort justification: Trump would appoint conservative Supreme Court justices who would uphold the Constitution, and Hillary Clinton would not. What makes them so sure? If there is anything clear from his tweets and speeches, it's that he has no more regard for the Constitution than he does for the creditors he stiffed in his many bankruptcies." (09/26/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/09/26/the-real-threat-to-the-constitution-is-t  

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No, really, Clinton will be very hawkish as president

September 26, 2016
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Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"Stephen Walt isn't persuaded that Hillary Clinton will be as hawkish a president as her record suggests .... Clinton would be unwise to pursue an even more activist and militarized foreign policy agenda as president, but Walt and I agree about this because we generally view that sort of foreign policy as dangerous and contrary to American interests anyway. It does seem foolish for any president to want to do the things that Clinton thinks the U.S. should do, but that is not a reason to think it won't happen." (09/26/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/no-really-clinton-will-be-very-hawkish-as-president/  

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Switzerland: Voters support more intrusive surveillance state

September 26, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Swiss voters have approved a new surveillance law, after the government argued that security services needed enhanced powers in an increasingly volatile world. The proposed law won 65.5% support, final results on Sunday showed. Switzerland's police and intelligence agencies have had limited investigative tools compared with other developed countries. Phone tapping and email surveillance were previously banned, regardless of circumstance. The government insisted it was not aiming to set up a vast data-gathering apparatus, similar to the one developed by the US National Security Agency that came into the public eye in part through the revelations of former contractor Edward Snowden." (09/25/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/25/switzerland-votes-in-favour-of-greater-surveillance  

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Going to school on the Electoral College

September 26, 2016
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Darryl W Perry Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry  

"It seems that every four years people need a reminder about the Electoral College and how the President is actually elected. On election day, if you vote in the Presidential election, you will not actually cast a ballot for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson, Jill Stein or any other candidate for President. You will cast a vote for a slate of Electors." [text, Flash audio, or MP3] (09/25/16)

http://fpp.cc/going-to-school-on-the-electoral-college/  

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Johnson: I would pardon Snowden

September 25, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"The Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson on Saturday said he would pardon the former National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden in an interview with the Texas Tribune. 'Based on what I know about Edward Snowden, I would pardon Edward Snowden,' Johnson said." (09/24/16)

http://origin-nyi.thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/297606-gary-johnson-i-would-pardon-snowden-based-on-what-i-know  

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Nicaragua: Opposition abandons presidential race citing lack of funding

September 21, 2016
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PanAm Post PanAm Post    

"Nicaragua's Independent Liberal Party presidential candidate has dropped out. Pedro Reyes, who was running against incumbent Daniel Ortega, cut his candidacy short on Monday citing a lack of financing. Reyes also said the decision was a PR move intended to bolster popularity for his party." (09/21/16)

https://panampost.com/elena-toledo/2016/09/21/opposition-abandons-race-in-nicaragua-over-low-popularity-and-lack-of-financing/  

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Top Ron Paul aides avoid prison in campaign bribery case

September 21, 2016
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Louisville Courier-Journal    

"Former Ron Paul campaign aides Jesse Benton and John Tate were both sentenced to two years probation Tuesday afternoon in a federal courthouse in Des Moines. They are two of the three former campaign workers convicted in a plot to make hidden payments to an Iowa state senator to secure his endorsement for Paul during the 2012 Iowa Caucus. Benton was Paul's campaign chairman in 2012. Tate was the campaign manager. The two men will each pay a $10,000 fine and serve six months home confinement. Prosecutors had sought 27 months in federal prison." (09/20/16)

http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/2016/09/20/ron-paul-aides-facing-prison-time/90734522/  

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There’s no debate

September 21, 2016
posted by

OpEdNews
by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship  

"Let's call the whole thing off. Not the election, although if we only had a magic reset button we could pretend this sorry spectacle never happened and start all over. No, we mean the presidential debates -- which, if the present format and moderators remain as they are, threaten an effect on democracy more like Leopold and Loeb than Lincoln and Douglas. " (09/20/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/There-s-No-Debate-by-Bill-Moyers-Debate_Issues_Journalism_Media-160920-489.html  

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Scrutiny of Trump Foundation deepens

September 21, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"Donald Trump's campaign is grappling with new allegations that the GOP nominee used his charitable foundation to pay personal expenses. On Tuesday, The Washington Post published tax and legal documents alleging Trump's foundation spent $258,000 to settle lawsuits that involved Trump's for-profit businesses. The latest allegation comes after Trump's foundation was found to have made an improper $25,000 donation to a group supporting Florida's Attorney General Pam Bondi (R). That donation came at the same time her office was considering whether to investigate a fraud lawsuit against Trump University. The Republican also reportedly used foundation money to buy two portraits of himself. The scrutiny of Trump’s foundation is deepening at a time when Hillary Clinton is facing allegations from Republicans that the Clinton Foundation was running a corrupt 'pay-to-play' operation while she was secretary of State. The issue could come up during Monday's first presidential debate." (09/20/16)

http://origin-nyi.thehill.com/homenews/campaign/296914-scrutiny-of-trump-foundation-deepens  

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Trumpism is the symptom of a gravely ill Constitution

September 21, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Garrett Epps  

"In less than two months, the American experiment in constitutional self-government may hit the wall of history. Even if the disaster of a Trump presidency is averted, this fall's presidential campaign suggests that the United States Constitution is gravely, perhaps terminally, ill. Trumpism is the symptom, not the cause, of the malaise. I think we have for some time been living in the post-Constitution era. America's fundamental law remains and will remain important as a source of litigation. But the nation seems to have turned away from a search of values in the Constitution, regarding it instead as a set of annoying rules." (09/20/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/09/trumpism-is-the-symptom-of-a-gravely-ill-constitution/500831/  

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