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NYC: Comptroller orders audit amid suspicion of voting issues

April 20, 2016
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WAMC Northeast Public Radio [US state media]    

"New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has ordered an audit of the city's Board of Elections after reports that some voters were turned away from poll sites during the state's presidential primary. The agency's executive director dismissed the issues Tuesday, saying few people experienced problems." (04/20/16)

http://wamc.org/post/nyc-comptroller-orders-audit-amid-suspicion-voting-issues  

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NY: Trump, Clinton win primaries

April 20, 2016
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National Public Radio [US state media]    

"Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have won their respective primaries in their home state of New York, according to The Associated Press. In the Republican race, the billionaire real estate mogul had barnstormed the Empire State boasting of his 'New York values' that his chief rival, Ted Cruz, had found himself in hot water for mocking earlier during the campaign. ... Clinton, the state's former senator who now calls New York home, hasn't had a victory since Arizona almost a month ago. But Bernie Sanders' wins in smaller states haven't helped him catch her in the Democratic delegate race ..." (04/19/16)

http://www.npr.org/2016/04/19/474902587/new-york-primary-trump-clinton-hope-for-big-wins-to-solidify-leads  

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America’s two-party system: Too ingrained to change

April 20, 2016
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The American Spectator
by JT Young  

"With half of each party's delegates going to an insurgent, no wonder many have begun speculating that one or both parties could split and America soon experience true multi-party contests. Such musings are provocative, and if realized would produce unprecedented twists, but this problem remains: It won't happen. An American multi-party system is not emerging and not just due to historical precedent. More important is the electoral dynamic that has created -- and will maintain -- our two-party system." (04/19/16)

http://spectator.org/articles/66071/america%E2%80%99s-two-party-system-too-ingrained-change  

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Trump’s plan for making financial black markets great again

April 20, 2016
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JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"Donald Trump's plan to not only build a y-u-u-u-ge wall along the border with Mexico, but make our neighbor to the South pick up the tab for construction (at padded government rates, no doubt) is supposed to be an example of his think-outside-the-box policy genius. And a special genius it is. Trump may have stumbled on an effective scheme for reviving flagging Mexican interest in seeking economic opportunity in the United States. And he seems to have hit on a brilliant stimulus for building underground financial markets." (04/19/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/04/19/trumps-plan-for-making-financial-black-m  

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Let’s hear it for contested conventions

April 19, 2016
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Reason Reason
by Jesse Walker  

"I don't have a candidate in the Republican presidential race, but I do have an outcome to root for. It seems more and more likely that the GOP will begin its convention without a clear-cut nominee, and I hope that is in fact what happens. No matter which clown gets the crown, let him scrap for it in Cleveland." (04/18/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/04/18/lets-hear-it-for-contested-conventions  

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GOP operative sues Trump, Lewandowski for defamation

April 19, 2016
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Politico    

"A veteran Republican operative filed a defamation suit against Donald Trump and his campaign manager in New York on Monday over statements the pair made earlier this year portraying her as a spurned job-seeker with a grudge against the Republican front-runner. The suit, brought in New York County by communications strategist Cheri Jacobus, seeks $4 million in damages as well as unspecified punitive damages and court costs. It alleges that Trump and campaign manager Corey Lewandowski falsely and knowingly impugned her professional reputation in retaliation for her criticisms of Trump's performance as a candidate. The case again casts a cloud of legal trouble over Trump’s campaign just four days after a prosecutor in Florida announced his decision not to pursue a criminal battery case against Lewandowski for an unrelated March incident in which he grabbed Michelle Fields, then a reporter for Breitbart, by the arm." ()4/18/16)

http://www.politico.com/blogs/2016-gop-primary-live-updates-and-results/2016/04/cheri-jacobus-trump-lewandowski-defamation-lawsuit-222103  

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Money means nothing to her

April 18, 2016
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Hillary Clinton made it abundantly clear at last week's Democratic presidential debate, as I explained this weekend at Townhall: large campaign contributions do not influence her in any way. Even a fat $15 million from Wall Street interests to her super PAC -- or $225,000 a pop speeches paid by Goldman Sachs and their ilk -- registers no corrupting effect whatsoever. And those millions deposited in Clinton Foundation accounts from foreign governments? They couldn't possibly sway the steady former Secretary of State. Not even the smallest smidgen. Just like there has never been corruption at the IRS." (04/18/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/04/18/money-means-nothing-to-her/  

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Philippines: Presidential front-runner won’t apologize for rape comment

April 18, 2016
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"He's been called 'Duterte Harry,' after the rule-breaking Clint Eastwood character, and compared to irreverent American presidential hopeful Donald Trump, but now Philippine mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who's running for president of the archipelago nation is being called a 'crazy maniac' for his remark about rape. At a campaign rally last week, less than a month before the May 9 presidential election in the Philippines, the Davao City mayor said that he 'should have been the first' to rape an Australian missionary who was assaulted and killed by prisoners in 1989." (04/18/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2016/0418/Presidential-front-runner-in-Philippines-won-t-apologize-for-rape-comment  

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Is Hillary Clinton above the law?

April 18, 2016
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Ray McGovern Antiwar.com
by Ray McGovern  

"Longtime news anchor for Noticiero Univision, Jorge Ramos, asked Secretary Clinton whether she would quit the presidential race if she were indicted for putting classified information on her private email server. She replied: 'Oh, for goodness sake, it's not going to happen. I'm not even answering that question.' But this is too important an issue to sweep under the rug. It is not only we veteran intelligence professionals who are alarmed at what appears, at best, to be Clinton's carelessness and, at worst, her deliberate attempt to conduct her affairs in complete secrecy, avoiding the strictures of, for example, the Freedom of Information Act, which can give the people and historians access to public records in the future so they can understand how government decisions were made." (04/18/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/mcgovern/2016/04/17/hillary-clinton-law-2/  

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GA: Trump supporters steal American flag, bolt convention after losing delegate fight

April 17, 2016
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution    

"On March 1, Donald Trump finished first in Georgia’s Republican presidential primary with 39 percent of the vote. On Saturday, at gatherings of Republican activists meeting by congressional district, the billionaire may have lost most of the delegates that were supposed to come with that March 7 victory. Across the state, 14 GOP conventions were tasked with electing 42 of the 76 delegates who will go to Cleveland for the July national nominating convention. Each district chose three delegates and three alternates. ... Debbie Dooley, a tea party organizer and Trump ally, was defeated in her delegate bid at the Seventh District gathering. Several Trump supporters soon bolted the convention -- taking the American flag with them." (04/17/16)

http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2016/04/16/donald-trump-gets-outmaneuvered-by-ted-cruz-forces-in-georgia/  

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Obama damns Hillary with faint praise

April 14, 2016
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Andrew P. Napolitano LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano  

"President Barack Obama's recent remarks to my Fox News colleague Chris Wallace about Hillary Clinton's email issues were either Machiavellian or dumb. It is difficult to tell them whether he wants the mountain of evidence of her criminal behavior presented to a federal grand jury or he wants her to succeed him in the White House. He cannot have both." (04/14/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/04/andrew-p-napolitano/damning-hillary/  

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Election 2016: The perils of political welfare

April 14, 2016
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"In 2016, [Gary] Johnson is back for a second run on the Libertarian ticket and is thus far the closest thing to a media darling the party has ever enjoyed. But [his 2012 campaign's] $1.5 million debt remains unpaid. And on April 5, the Federal Election Commission notified Johnson and his campaign that it wants a good chunk of that 2012 welfare check back. It deems more than $330,000 in 'matching funds' to have been improperly spent. The campaign has 30 days to cough up. What was shaping up as a banner year for a credible third party presidential campaign seems to be going south for Gary Johnson -- and for the Libertarian Party, if it nominates him next month at its national convention in Orlando." (04/14/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/5568  

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Sanders to release tax returns, Clinton won’t commit to releasing paid speeches

April 14, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton refuses to commit to releasing the transcripts of paid speeches she gave to Wall Street firms, including Goldman Sachs. The former secretary of state was pressed on the issue Thursday night during a presidential debate in Brooklyn. She said she would release the transcripts when every other candidate does the same. She immediately turned the tables on her opponent, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, calling on him to release his tax returns, something he had previously not committed to doing. 'There is a long standing expectation that everyone running release their tax returns,' she said, noting that she's released 30 years worth. Sanders responded by saying he would release his tax returns from 2014 Friday, April 15, which is traditionally tax day. (Taxes are due on Monday, April 18 this year.)" (04/14/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/sanders-release-tax-returns-clinton-won-t-commit-releasing-paid-n556286  

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Trump is the second most unpopular presidential candidate since 1984

April 14, 2016
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"When Israelis ask me how someone like Donald Trump could be so popular among Americans, I tell them he really isn't very popular. Support from one-third to one-half of Republican primary voters (depending on the state) is not the same as support from Americans in general, most of whom do not like the guy. The latest evidence on that score comes from ABC News/Washington Post poll numbers released today, which indicate that, based on survey results during election years, Trump is the most unpopular presidential candidate in the poll's 32-year history, unless you include former Ku Klux Klan leader (and current Trump supporter) David Duke, who got just 119,000 votes in the 1992 Republican primaries. According to the survey, 67 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of Trump, just two points shy of Duke's record 69 percent in 1992." (04/14/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/04/14/trump-is-the-second-most-unpopular-presi  

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Hey, Democrats, stop gloating — your party is imploding right before your eyes, too

April 14, 2016
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Salon
by Steve Almond  

"The governing narrative of the 2016 Presidential campaign so far has been that GOP is imploding. All it took was the adolescent agitprop of Donald Trump to lay bare the rift between the Party Establishment (i.e. corporate donors) and the Party Base, whose anxieties and prejudices they have been manipulating for decades. There's been a gleeful sense of schadenfreude in the coverage churned out by left-leaning outlets in particular. How lovely it has been to watch the conservative movement's house of cards fall into shambles! The problem, of course, is that Republicans aren’t the only party facing an historic rift." (04/14/16)

http://www.salon.com/2016/04/14/hey_democrats_stop_gloating_your_party_is_imploding_right_before_your_eyes_too/  

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To protect Hillary Clinton, Democrats wage war on their own core Citizens United argument

April 14, 2016
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Glenn Greenwald The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald  

"For years, the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in Citizens United was depicted by Democrats as the root of all political evil. But now, the core argument embraced by the Court's conservatives to justify their ruling has taken center stage in the Democratic primary between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders -- because Clinton supporters, to defend the huge amount of corporate cash on which their candidate is relying, frequently invoke that very same reasoning." (04/14/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/04/14/to-protect-clinton-democrats-wage-war-on-their-own-core-citizens-united-argument/  

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Who should Bernie pick for VP?

April 14, 2016
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OpEdNews
by Rob Kall  

"There is growing discussion about who should be Bernie Sander[s]'s choice for vice president. I have two choices, one obvious the other someone no-one's mentioning, who could be stellar. I discuss possible candidates others have proposed and some I think should be on the table." (04/13/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Who-Should-Bernie-Pick-for-by-Rob-Kall-2016-Vice-Presidential-Candidate_Bernie-Sanders-2016-Presidential-Candidate_Ellison-Keith_Gabbard-Tulsi-160413-456.html  

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Sanders shows support as 40,000 Verizon workers go on strike

April 13, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"Bernie Sanders got a rock star reception Wednesday when he joined some of the nearly 40,000 Verizon workers who walked off their jobs. The Democratic presidential candidate was greeted with cheers when he showed up unexpectedly on the picket line in Brooklyn to show solidarity with striking workers. 'Brothers and sisters, thank you for your courage in standing up for justice against corporate greed,' Sanders said to loud applause." (04/13/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/nearly-40-000-verizon-workers-strike-wednesday-n555141?cid=sm_fb  

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WI: Court ruling opens way for those without ID to get around voter suppression law

April 13, 2016
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel    

"A panel of three federal judges opened up the possibility Tuesday that Wisconsin voters who have great difficulty getting photo IDs could cast ballots without them. The unanimous decision by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals panel keeps the voter ID law in place, but provides a potential way for those who can't get IDs to vote. For now, such people can't vote, and the case now returns to U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman in Milwaukee for further proceedings. The opponents of the voter ID law hope to move quickly. Primaries for Congress and the Legislature are Aug. 9 and the fall election is Nov. 8. Tuesday's ruling is targeted at those who have severe challenges getting photo IDs, such as people whose birth certificates contain errors or are no longer available." (04/13/16)

http://www.jsonline.com/news/court-ruling-opens-way-for-those-without-id-to-vote-b99705675z1-375468971.html  

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NE: Winner-take-all electoral vote measure fails

April 13, 2016
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Lincoln Journal Star    

"A proposal to dump Nebraska's distinctive presidential electoral system and establish a statewide winner-take-all vote was trapped Tuesday by a filibuster and buried by the Legislature. A motion to invoke cloture and bring an end to legislative debate fell one senator short of the 33 votes required to proceed with the bill, failing on a 32-17 count. ... The result is that Nebraska will continue to allocate its five electoral votes by awarding one to the winner in each of the three congressional districts and two to the statewide victor." [editor's note: I wish every state would go to that system - TLK] (04/12/16)

http://journalstar.com/legislature/winner-take-all-electoral-vote-fails/article_f11774ac-74f1-5bf5-a53f-16632a4098e6.html  

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Once, the Clintons favored mass incarceration

April 13, 2016
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Tim Lynch  

"Democrats are not yet ready to unify behind Hillary Clinton. Last week, Bill Clinton got into a row with activists from Black Lives Matter over his 1994 Crime Bill. With criminal justice reform regarded as an urgent priority, that 1994 measure is being held up in Democratic circles as a reason to view the Clintons with suspicion. Back in 1994, it was popular to be 'tough on crime,' so that's where the Clintons positioned themselves. They were not alone. Democratic leaders in the Congress, such as Joe Biden and Charles Schumer, spearheaded the effort to get an anti-crime bill enacted." (04/12/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/once-clintons-favored-mass-incarceration  

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“America first” — the Trump slogan the establishment hates

April 13, 2016
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Yes, yes, I know: foreign policy isn't supposed to figure in presidential elections. Dan Drezner keeps telling us that. And yet I couldn't help but notice that the anti-Trump hysteria hit a high note (or is that a new low?) when he came out with a series of foreign policy pronouncements and started attacking NATO. The hairs on the back of the necks of the foreign policy wonks must've stood at attention when he adopted 'America first' as his campaign slogan." [editor's note: Yes, folks, it's the latest Raimondo Republican man-crush. It will surely end in tears as they all do - TLK] (04/13/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/04/12/america-first-trump-slogan-establishment-hates/  

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Cranks for president

April 13, 2016
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Some of us who think of ourselves as populists -- or just ordinary people, hence 'outsiders' -- are having a hard time this political season. The two most talked-about outsider candidates, billionaire Donald Trump and socialist Bernie Sanders, make for strange populists. A billionaire as a 'man of the people?' Not very plausible. It is his lack of a self-censor, his free-wheeling, stream-of-conscious grade-school-level discourse, that impresses many folks. Definitely not scripted. A socialist as populist? Socialism, long associated with elitists, would put the State into every area of everyday life. Most folks with horse sense resist that." (04/12/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/04/12/cranks-for-president/  

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CO: Sanders wins crucial extra delegate after Democratic mistake went unreported

April 12, 2016
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Russia Today [Russian state media]    

"Bernie Sanders easily won the Colorado caucus in March, but a mistake made by the Democratic Party awarded the Vermont senator one less delegate than he actually earned -- and the party didn't bother telling the Sanders campaign about the error. Originally, it was projected that Sanders -- who won the Democratic caucus against Hillary Clinton by a tally of 60 percent to 40 percent -- would earn 38 delegates compared to Clinton's 28. After tallying Clinton's support from 10 Colorado superdelegates, the former secretary of state tied Sanders 38-38 in delegates." (04/12/16)

https://www.rt.com/usa/339347-sanders-colorado-delegate-mistake/  

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Krugman attacks: The establishment snarls a warning to Sanders

April 12, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Rick Sterling  

"When Republicans are in the White House, Paul Krugman and the NY Times sometimes sound pretty good. But when someone starts seriously and effectively challenging core assumptions and values of our political economic system, the progressive veneer quickly vanishes. This is demonstrated in Paul Krugman's verbal attack on the Bernie Sanders campaign in his 'Sanders Over the Edge' editorial. ... Krugman’s diatribe deserves scrutiny and lampooning. The purpose seems to be to ridicule, threaten and warn Sanders to get back in line. Hopefully progressives will intensify support for Bernie and tell Krugman to get his facts straight." (04/12/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/04/12/krugman-attacks-the-establishment-snarls-a-warning-to-sanders/  

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