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  • In Georgia, two Trumps exist across urban, rural divide

    01/16/2017 9:44:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Aiken Standard ^ | January 16, 2017 | Bill Barrow, The Associated Press
    LULA, Ga. — Patti Thomas owns a flower shop in the north Georgia town of Lula. Xavier Bryant runs an independent pharmacy just outside Atlanta. Looking toward the inauguration of an entrepreneur as president, the two share this expectation: Donald Trump will be good for business. "He's already proven he can turn things around," the 52-year-old Thomas said, crediting Trump with Ford Motor Co.'s recent announcement that it would scrap a planned Mexico plant while expanding in Michigan. "Just his business enthusiasm, we've been lacking that." "My intuition," the 33-year-old Bryant agrees, "is telling me that small business owners will...
  • John Lewis 'a saint,' Andrew Young tells Trump in surprise phone call

    01/16/2017 4:08:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Tennessean | January 16, 2017 | Jason Gonzales
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/davidson%20/2017/01/16/john-lewis-saint-andrew-young-tells-trump-surprise-phone-call/96509990/
  • John Lewis, Donald Trump Is The Legitimate President Of The United States

    01/15/2017 10:03:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Post News Group ^ | January 15, 2017 | Zennie Abraham
    John Lewis, the famed Democratic Georgia Representative and civil rights leader, said that President-Elect Donald Trump is not a legitimate President. As much as I would like to reverse the clock and change the outcome of the election, everytime I think about that, I am reminded in my memory of how we, Democrats, failed to really come together under one unifying message.A lot of us were ignored by those in the DNC who achieved power-positions. Even long-time credentialed bloggers like me (Zennie Abraham, Zennie62.com, Zennie62 on YouTube) were ignored by the Clinton-controlled DNC brass, and left out of covering the...
  • [FLASHBACK] Trump’s Deficient Ground-Game

    01/15/2017 2:01:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Outside the Beltway ^ | October 1, 2016 | Steven L. Taylor
    An interesting piece from the PBS Newshour, The Trump campaign has a ground-game problem: As the presidential election marathon breaks into a final sprint, the Trump campaign faces a jaw-dropping gap in the ground game: Hillary Clinton currently has more than three times the number of campaign offices in critical states than does Donald Trump. Those figures include both Trump offices and Republican National Committee victory offices, as confirmed by the Trump campaign. The contrast is a test for the conventional campaign model and points to the candidates’ stark differences in methods. Clinton is cleaving to the data-driven, on-the-ground machine...
  • Trump Supporter Looks Ahead to New Administration (Asian-Americans for Trump)

    01/10/2017 5:12:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Rafu Shimpo ^ | January 9, 2017 | Matthew Ormseth
    Where many Asian Americans saw an exclusionist whose views on immigration evoked past injustices, Lisa Shin saw a pragmatist unafraid of addressing national security issues head-on, and whose economic savvy could create jobs and return America to the fore of the global economy. Shin, the daughter of South Korean immigrants, was one of President-elect Donald Trump’s most vocal advocates among the Asian American community during the election, and was invited to speak at the Republican National Convention earlier this year. Shin’s father came to the U.S. to study mechanical engineering, and her parents became naturalized citizens shortly after. Her father...
  • Illinois Congressman: Poverty Plays A Large Role In Chicago Gun Violence

    01/08/2017 5:28:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | January 7, 2017 | Staff
    Congressman Danny Davis is a Democrat representing Illinois's 7th District, which includes some Chicago neighborhoods hardest hit by gun violence. His own grandson was shot and killed last November. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: We hear now from Congressman Danny Davis. He's represented the 7th Congressional District since 1996, but gun violence is not just an abstract concept to him. His 15-year-old grandson Javon was killed in a dispute over borrowed clothing last November, and Congressman Davis delivered the eulogy. He was kind enough to host us in his offices on Capitol Hill. Congressman, thank you so much for speaking with us...
  • Obama and Clinton loyalists grapple with Trump recession (May have to find real jobs)

    01/07/2017 2:48:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 7, 2017 | Sarah Wheaton
    Trump’s unexpected win has Democrats coping with a vastly smaller job market for their skills. The job market is about to get even more crowded for Washington Democrats, as thousands of Obama appointees join the hundreds of Clinton campaign staffers looking for employment. There’s rarely been less demand for their services....
  • Indian-Americans to celebrate Trump’s inauguration with a ball

    01/07/2017 1:35:22 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Hindustan Times ^ | January 7, 2017 | The Press Trust of India
    Eminent Indian-Americans from across America are gearing to celebrate inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the US with a presidential ball along with other Asian American community on January 19. The only presidential inaugural ball of its kind, among others, would also felicitate Indian-Americans who have been nominated by Trump to key positions in his administration. Prominent among them being South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who has been nominated to the position of US Ambassador to the United Nations, which is a Cabinet level post. “Asian Pacific American Presidential Inaugural Gala 2017” being organised by Trump-Pence Asian...
  • Why one side of Puget Sound became Trump country in 2016

    01/05/2017 6:36:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    KUOW-FM ^ | January 4, 2017 | David Hyde
    When you first hit the road from Seattle on your way to Mason County there are lots of signs that the economy is buzzing, like construction cranes, shiny new buildings and hybrid cars. But when you wind around past Olympia into Mason County, you're more likely to see a pickup truck with a gun rack than a Prius. And the average wage in Mason in 2015 was about half as much as in King County. The political contrast is also dramatic. Whereas Seattle is Hillary Country, in Mason County voters bolted on a 13-point swing from Barack Obama in 2012...
  • New York Councilman Hunts for Anti-Trump Staffer As Democrats Plan Resistance

    01/04/2017 12:25:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Jewish Forward ^ | January 4, 2017 | Daniel J. Solomon
    Brad Lander is a city councilman in New York. But that’s not preventing him from setting his sights nationally, as he casts about for a new staffer who will take the fight to President-elect Donald Trump. According to the job posting, the Brooklyn Democrat is looking for a communications director to “resist the threats of the Trump regime to American democratic values and vulnerable constituencies.” Other responsibilities include more ho-hum tasks such as organizing press conferences and talking to reporters. Lander, who is Jewish and represents a swath of northern Brooklyn including Park Slope, has been out front since the...
  • Can the Democrats Win Back Trump Voters?

    01/03/2017 11:00:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Newsweek ^ | January 3, 2017 | Neil Buchanan
    As we face the new year and the realities of politics in a post-Obama world, the Democrats understandably feel the need to act as if some things are still normal. That is, even if they suspect that Donald Trump and the Republicans will soon turn the U.S. into a one-party state in all but name, the Democrats need to avoid admitting as much—to themselves or anyone else—to prevent their fears from become a self-fulfilling prophecy. This means that, in the hope of being able to win elections in the future, Democrats are trying to think through the various reasons that...
  • Blue-state lawmakers want to keep Trump off 2020 ballot unless he releases tax returns

    01/03/2017 2:37:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | January 3, 2017 | Fenit Nirappil
    Lawmakers in several deep-blue states want to require presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the ballot in those states, a sharp rebuke of President-elect Donald Trump's ongoing refusal to make his tax records public. A pair of Maryland Democrats on Tuesday announced they would introduce a bill mandating the release of five years of tax returns, mirroring similar proposals in New York, Massachusetts, California and Maine. If approved, the proposals could keep Trump from appearing on some ballots in 2020 if he continues breaking with the decades-long tradition of financial transparency and decides to...
  • Democrats' Trump Nightmare Could Get Significantly Worse in 2018 — One Look at This Map Shows Why

    01/03/2017 12:52:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Inddependent Journal Review ^ | January 3, 2017 | Jason Howerton
    If Democrats were hoping for an epic rebound in 2018, similar to the stunning tea party wave of 2010, they could end up being very, very disappointed. There are 33 Senate seats up for reelection in 2018 — and just eight are held by Republicans....
  • Former Dem Staffer: There’s A ‘Religious Illiteracy’ Problem In The Party

    01/01/2017 2:50:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 30, 2016 | Amber Randall
    The Democratic Party has a “religious illiteracy” problem that prevents them from reaching out to evangelicals, according to a former Democratic staffer. Michael Wear, a former Obama White House staffer, explained three reasons why the Democratic Party fails to reach out to evangelical voters or voters with different theologies. Wear, speaking with The Atlantic, pointed out that many young Democrats don’t know how to discuss or deal with religious topics. This “illiteracy” contributes to why Democrats fail to reach out to evangelicals, Wear explained. “It’s tied to the demographics of the country: More 20- and 30-year-olds are taking positions of...
  • 9 times the media attacked Trump supporters

    12/31/2016 11:45:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 31, 2016 | Eddie Scarry
    There probably isn't one particular thing that paved the way for a billionaire businessman-turned-reality TV star with no government experience to become the next president of the United States. But reporters and political commentators took turns pointing to nearly every possible lead to explain what "created" Donald Trump: the Tea Party, CNN, talk radio, the Republican Party and the Left, among them. Perhaps most notable was the blame placed on voters for exercising their right to select the next leader. Here are nine times, in no particular order, the national media blamed the voters for Trump's rise to the White...
  • Stein pushes Justice Dept. for investigation of electoral system

    12/24/2016 4:42:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 24, 2016 | Brooke Seipel
    Jill Stein is continuing her push to investigate the integrity of the U.S. electoral system, with lawyers for the former Green Party presidential candidate asking Attorney General Loretta Lynch to probe the issue. "We write to urge the Department of Justice to launch an investigation into the integrity of our nation’s election system generally, and our nation’s voting machines specifically, based on the information we discovered in the course of this representation," reads the letter from Stein's counsel dated Friday. "The attempted recount process has uncovered that voting machines relied on in these states and across the country are prone...
  • Cataloguing How Clinton Lost: Ignoring Sanders people's labor, data, and insights

    12/23/2016 3:04:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 20, 2016 | T. Becket Adams
    A thousand explanations have emerged since Election Day of how Hillary Clinton lost. The Russians and the FBI, two popular culprits, may have contributed in their own way to her defeat, but Clinton's own campaign deserves tons of blame. Since Election Day, remarkable reports have come out, alleging jaw-dropping errors by Clinton's team. We're trying to keep a running tally. The latest in the growing list of Clinton's reported campaign mistakes involves her chief primary rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and his supporters. Here's the gist: Clinton's campaign reportedly ignored advice and counsel from Sanders' people during the general election,...
  • Why Hillary Clinton is still losing supporters

    12/23/2016 1:53:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The New York Post ^ | December 21, 2016 | Salena Zito
    ROCKVILLE, Md. — Democrats’ belief that new information revealed after Donald Trump’s election — as when the reports of Russian interference spurred calls on the left for a revote or, failing that, for “faithless” electors to abandon Trump — would change voters’ minds has taken another hit. A Pew Research survey Wednesday showed a whopping 97 percent of all voters would cast the exact same vote they did on Election Day, including 99 percent of Trump voters and 96 percent of Clinton voters. As with the recount that saw Clinton lose votes and the Electoral College vote that saw her...
  • The Delegitimization Of Donald Trump

    12/20/2016 3:08:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | December 20, 2016 | David Catanese, Senior Politics Writer
    In a typical year, Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign would go down as one of the most startlingly deficient endeavors in political history. But a postliminary campaign by Clinton allies to shape why the heavily favored and first major party female nominee lost to an eccentric billionaire reality television star is already bending the storyline in their favor through a concerted media offensive meant to undermine the president-elect, his tactics and the ultimate outcome. The Clinton campaign's stunning and largely unforeseen loss has only hardened its own resolve to win the post-mortem of how it happened. In the six weeks...
  • Jeb Bush emerges post-Trump and offers conservatives a way forward (Please clap)

    12/19/2016 3:00:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 19, 2016 | Bernie Quigley
    I was well impressed with former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) after a magazine profile appeared on him when he first entered the run for the GOP nomination for president. Not so much impressed by his accomplishments, although they were his own and they were formidable; I was impressed by his quiet manner and how he would do the evening cooking at his house and how he became a Catholic to keep his family whole as his wife was Catholic and he was raised otherwise. My Anglo-Irish grandmother had done the same thing. I saw these things as reaching to the...
  • Trump Within Reach of Electoral College Win

    12/19/2016 1:01:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 19, 2016 | Stephen Ohlemacher, The Associated Press
    There were many protesters but few faithless electors as Donald Trump appeared to cruise toward 270 votes in the Electoral College on Monday — ensuring he will become America's 45th president. Even one of Trump's fiercest Republican rivals, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, said it was time to get behind the president-elect. "We want unity, we want love," Kasich said as Ohio's electors voted to back Trump at a statehouse ceremony....
  • GOP electors targeted with $500K ad buy in final anti-Trump push

    12/17/2016 1:40:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    USA Today | December 17, 2016 | Heidi M Przybyla
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/12/17/gop-electors-targeted-500k-ad-buy-final-anti-trump-push/95562336/
  • Hillary Donors Could Have Fed 6 Million Hungry Children For A Year With Wasted Campaign Money

    12/16/2016 7:38:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 16, 2016 | Peter Hasson, associate editor
    Supporters of Hillary Clinton could have fed more than six million hungry children for a year with the money they poured into Clinton’s failed presidential campaign. The New York Post reported Friday that Hillary Clinton and her supporters spent a record $1.2 billion in their unsuccessful efforts to get Hillary into the White House. That’s enough to feed roughly 6.5 million hungry children for a year, according to figures from the World Food Programme....
  • Hillary: Russian hack an attempt to ‘undermine our democracy’

    12/16/2016 6:23:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 16, 2016 | John Sexton
    Hillary Clinton spoke to a group of donors in Manhattan Thursday and offered them, as an explanation for her loss, two factors. One was the letter from FBI Director Comey in the final weeks of the election. The other was Russian hacking of Democratic groups, which she said was an attempt to “undermine our democracy.” From the NY Times: “Swing-state voters made their decisions in the final days breaking against me because of the F.B.I. letter from Director Comey,” she said. The Russians, she said, sought to “undermine our democracy” through cyberattacks on Democratic targets… “This is not just an...
  • Questions raised about résumé of anti-Trump 'faithless elector' (Chris Suprun of Texas)

    12/16/2016 2:14:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    USA Today | December 16, 2016 | Mary Troyan
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/12/16/questions-raised-rsum-anti-trump-faithless-elector/95521638/
  • Democrats: Let’s delay the electoral college vote

    12/15/2016 7:11:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 15, 2016 | John Sexton
    The latest twist in Democrats’ campaign to undermine the electoral college has been bubbling up for about a week now. Yesterday, Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia posted a statement on his Facebook page saying the electoral college vote, scheduled to take place Monday, should be delayed: Recent, credible intelligence reports suggest a concerted effort by a foreign power to interfere in the outcome of our presidential election. I believe that Electors should be given all information relevant to this interference before they make their decisions and before they cast their votes. Congress must take whatever action is necessary to protect...
  • Alaska woman sues to block electors from voting for Trump

    12/15/2016 11:13:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | December 15, 2016 | Mark Thiessen, The Associated Press
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Hillary Clinton supporter from Anchorage is suing Alaska's three members of the Electoral College, claiming their anticipated votes for President-elect Donald Trump next Monday will violate her constitutional rights. Janice Park's lawsuit will be heard Thursday in federal court in Anchorage. It claims that since Clinton is winning the overall nationwide popular vote, her vote for Clinton will not be counted as a full vote since Trump will likely win the electoral college process. She claims this will deprive her of her Fifth Amendment rights of equal protection and the principal of one person, one...
  • Trump in Hershey: Crowd waits outside in bitter cold

    12/15/2016 10:13:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    WGAL-TV ^ | December 15, 2016 | Hannah McDonald
    Final preparations are underway for President-elect Donald Trump's visit to Hershey today as part of his "thank you" tour. (TWEET-AT-LINK) As News 8's Hannah McDonald reports, the cold weather is having an effect on guests who are waiting outside the Giant Center. Vice president-elect Mike Pence is also listed on the schedule. The "USA Thank You Tour" event at the Giant Center begins at 7 p.m.
  • Colorado elections chief: Rogue electors could face perjury charge

    12/14/2016 6:52:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 14, 2016 | Kyle Cheney
    Colorado’s election chief is warning that presidential electors who vote for someone other than Hillary Clinton — the state's popular vote winner — could face a perjury charge. The warning from Secretary of State Wayne Williams, a Republican, increases the peril for a group of Colorado’s Democratic presidential electors who have signaled they may reject Clinton as part of a long-shot national strategy to block the election of Donald Trump. They were already facing the prospect of an election law violation that carries the potential for a small fine and a year of jail time. Williams told POLITICO in a...
  • What Jill Stein’s Recount Effort Actually Accomplished

    12/14/2016 6:34:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | December 13, 2016 | Daniel Marans
    Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein’s attempts to recount the election results in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania are now over. Although Stein only secured a complete recount in Wisconsin, she is claiming to have won a victory for voters by exposing weaknesses in the voting system. In fact, Stein’s greatest service may have been to validate the Wisconsin results ― and thus demonstrate that voting irregularities did not tip the election in Donald Trump’s favor. “I’d like to think that the public appreciates that as a result of the examinations that occurred, that the results were not corrupted in any...
  • Hillary Clinton Blew Millions on States Already Wrapped Up to Deny Trump Popular Vote

    12/14/2016 3:37:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Wrap ^ | December 14, 2016 | Brian Flood
    Politico reports a “fear that Trump would win the popular vote while losing the electoral vote” Hillary Clinton spent millions of dollars to attract voters in Chicago and New Orleans — despite having their respective states locked up — to keep Donald Trump from winning the popular vote, according to Politico. Politico’s Edward-Isaac Dovere published a lengthy piece on Wednesday titled, “How Clinton lost Michigan – and blew the election,” that details how the Clinton campaign ignored the crucial battleground state of Michigan and focused on states that didn’t have a chance of impacting the Electoral College over fears that...
  • Full-page ads urge GOP electors not to vote for Trump

    12/14/2016 2:38:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 14, 2016 | Jennifer Calfas
    Full-page ads created by a Democratic activist are urging Electoral College members to vote against President-elect Donald Trump on Monday. The ads, which began running in newspapers across the country Wednesday, are funded by Daniel Brezenoff, who made a Change.org petition urging electors not to vote for Trump. He told Politico the ad is not aimed at choosing Clinton or a specific Republican alternative to Trump but intended to inspire electors to use their own judgment before voting. “There are times in the life of a nation when extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary measures,” the ad reads. “Now is such...
  • Number of electors demanding intelligence briefing jumps to 40 after Podesta endorsement (Update)

    12/13/2016 7:51:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 13, 2016 | John Sexton
    Monday Allahpundit noted the letter from a group of electors demanding a briefing from the Director of National Intelligence on Russian involvement in the election. At the time there were 10 signatories to the letter, 9 of whom were Democrats. Today, after Clinton adviser John Podesta said he supported giving electors a briefing, the number of signatories has jumped to 40. But still there is only one Republican on the list, faithless elector Chris Suprun from Texas. Politico reports that there are a few notable names on the list but some of the biggest names who could join the effort...
  • Hillary Clinton Lost. Get Over It And Stop Blaming Russia, WikiLeaks And ‘Fake’ News

    12/13/2016 4:59:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | December 13, 2016 | H.A. Goodman
    Stop blaming WikiLeaks. Stop blaming Russia. Stop citing a secret CIA report, especially since The New York Times published an article on October 31, 2016 titled Investigating Donald Trump, F.B.I. Sees No Clear Link to Russia: Law enforcement officials say that none of the investigations so far have found any conclusive or direct link between Mr. Trump and the Russian government. And even the hacking into Democratic emails, F.B.I. and intelligence officials now believe, was aimed at disrupting the presidential election rather than electing Mr. Trump. Therefore, the FBI has already contradicted the CIA on its Russian conspiracy theories. Was...
  • RNC keeps close tabs on Electoral College vote

    12/13/2016 10:08:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 13, 2016 | Kyle Cheney
    The Republican National Committee is overseeing an expansive whip operation designed to lock down Donald Trump’s Electoral College majority and ensure that the 306 Republican electors cast their votes for the president-elect. Two RNC sources familiar with the effort said the committee — with the assistance of state Republican parties and the Trump campaign — have been in touch with most of the GOP electors multiple times, and has concluded that only one is a risk to cast a vote against Trump on Dec. 19, when the Electoral College meets. The RNC’s elector head count, the sources emphasized, is standard...
  • Breaking: Federal judge dismissed Stein recount demand for PA

    12/12/2016 12:14:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 12, 2016 | Ed Morrissey
    And then there was only Wisconsin. As widely expected, US District Court Judge Paul S. Diamond denied a demand from Jill Stein to order a statewide recount in Pennsylvania. Time had run out on that option, Diamond ruled, and he did not want to “disenfranchise some six million Pennsylvania voters.” A federal judge rejected a Green Party-backed request to recount paper ballots in Pennsylvania’s presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump, and scan some counties’ election systems for signs of hacking. So far, no publication of the order has emerged, but this outcome was all but certain on Friday. The...
  • Why the Democrats don't need an overhaul

    12/11/2016 5:59:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | December 11, 2016 | David Greenberg
    Until Nov. 8, everyone talked as if the presidential election would hinge on smallest incident: a killer ad, a fatal gaffe, an October surprise. But now, in the emerging conventional wisdom, tactics are suddenly deemed unimportant, as we rush to propound big theories about What It All Means. We now hear that Donald Trump’s victory — which he is calling, preposterously, a landslide — was the result of the grand tide of history, a thundering declaration of Vox Populi: Identity politics is dead. Populism is ascendant. #WhiteWorkersMatter. The people want change. The Democratic Party, without question, has lessons to learn...
  • Right to the end, Trump campaign spent less than Clinton's

    12/08/2016 9:21:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | December 8, 2016 | Julie Bykowicz And Chad Day, The Associated Press
    Donald Trump's campaign spent about $94 million in its final push for the White House, according to new fundraising reports filed Thursday. The Republican continued his campaign-long trend of spending far less than Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Her campaign blew through almost $132 million in its closing weeks, according to reports filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission. The latest reports cover Oct. 20 through Nov. 28. Over the course of the primary and general elections, the Trump campaign raised about $340 million. That included $66 million that the billionaire businessman contributed from his own pocket. The Clinton campaign, which...
  • 'Rogue' GOP Elector Says Others Will Join in Opposing Trump

    12/08/2016 2:43:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 8, 2016 | Robin Gradison
    Meet one of the real 538 electors, Christopher Suprun a Republican from Texas. Suprun has decided to vote for someone other than Donald Trump when he casts his electoral college vote later this month. He believes other electors are right there with him. "At this point there are people who have reached out to me. Again it wouldn’t be my place to name who they are," he said, though he indicated he was talking about Republican electors. "I am confident in saying, at this point," he continued,"I don’t think I will be the only one voting for someone other than...
  • I'm a Democrat but I've gotta admit it's now Trump 2, Dems 0

    12/07/2016 6:43:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Fox News Opinion ^ | December 6, 2016 | Bryan Dean Wright
    Following President-elect Trump's surprise phone call on Friday with the Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, the response has been predictable if not disheartening. Academics in D.C. this morning are claiming that, “Trump…doesn’t have clue.” An expert at the University of California added that the call was “impulsive.” Regrettably, my Democratic Party pushed back too. By its measure, Trump demonstrated his “incompetence” and threatened our national security. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) went so far as to say that Trump’s actions might push the nation into war with China. What academics and my party don’t understand is that he’s not interested in starting...
  • Trump's favorability surges one month after election

    12/06/2016 7:53:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 6, 2016 | Gabby Morrongiello
    President-elect Trump's favorability rating has increased significantly since his victory last month, and most voters now believe the incoming Republican president will deliver on his promises to reform healthcare and other issues, a new poll shows. Forty-five percent of voters in the latest George Washington University battleground poll said they have a positive opinion of the president-elect, marking a 9-point increase from mid-October. The percentage of voters who continue to view Trump negatively has declined 12 percentage points – 61 to 49 percent – in the same period. Defeated Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, who recently joined the Green Party-led...
  • Hillary Clinton Loses 18,422 Votes in Day 3 of Wisconsin Recount

    12/05/2016 11:38:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    State Of The Nation ^ | December 4, 2016 | Higgins News Network
    In the Wisconsin Day 3 Recount Update 18,422 votes for Hillary Clinton were erased resulting in a 15,133 vote net increase for Donald Trump. Trump won Wisconsin by over 22,000 votes in Wisconsin but thanks to Jill Stein a recount is currently underway. So far the recount has made little news because, as Heavy reported at the end of day 2 of the recount, the net vote in Wisconsin had only changed by 3 votes. However, the Wisconsin Board of Elections just posted updated recount results for Day 3 on their recount update page and today’s net changes are much...
  • Group Sues to Demand Florida Election Recount

    12/05/2016 11:03:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Miami New Times ^ | December 5, 2016 | Jerry Iannelli
    Protect Our Elections, a liberal-leaning group based in Washington, D.C., says more than 160,000 votes in Florida weren't counted during last month's presidential election. The group claims each of those votes matters a great deal because Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton by 112,911 votes in the Sunshine State. Trump won by roughly 1.5 percent, a margin high enough to avoid the state's automatic-recount provisions. But last Friday, Protect Our Elections sued the state to contest the election, possibly throwing President-elect Trump's transition into an even greater state of turmoil. For the past 30 days, failed Green Party candidate Jill Stein...
  • Lawyers offer free support to electors who want to oppose Trump

    12/05/2016 10:28:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Week ^ | December 5, 2016 | Catherine Garcia
    Any member of the Electoral College who wants to vote against Donald Trump but would violate state law by doing so has the support of a Harvard University law professor and a California-based law firm. Larry Lessig has started "The Electors Trust" in order to give free counsel to electors through the firm Durie Tangri. Lessig said his group will also give electors guaranteed anonymity so they can determine if there are enough electors set on keeping Trump from winning the presidency. "It makes no sense to be elector number five who comes out against Trump," Lessig told Politico. "But...
  • Faithless electors group in contact with Clinton allies

    12/05/2016 4:00:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 5, 2016 | John Sexton
    The group of Democratic electors who are trying to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president have been in contact with Clinton allies. Politico reports: Advocates of the long-shot bid to turn the Electoral College against Donald Trump have been in contact with close allies of Hillary Clinton, according to multiple sources familiar with the discussions, but the Clinton camp — and Clinton herself — have declined to weigh in on the merits of the plan… In a sign of the sensitivity of the issue, former Clinton campaign officials declined repeated requests to comment on the Electoral College effort. DNC officials...
  • Jill Stein Demands Donald Trump End ‘Intimidation’ Against Vote Recount Efforts

    12/05/2016 12:46:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | December 5, 2016 | Madina Toure
    Dr. Jill Stein, along with her campaign staff and fellow Green Partiers, came all the way to Trump Tower this morning to blast his “anti-verification campaign” and tell him to stop spreading false information her recount efforts in three swing states. Early Monday morning, the Stein campaign announced that a federal judge in Michigan granted the campaign’s emergency request to immediately start the statewide recount. On Nov. 28, the campaign said Pennsylvanian voters filed recount requests in more than 260 precincts across the state and two days ago that it would file for emergency relief in federal court to demand...
  • The Election Is Really, Really Over Now — And Donald Trump Is The Winner

    12/03/2016 5:46:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Buzz Feed News ^ | December 3, 2016 | Chris Geidner
    Pennsylvania court on Saturday accepted the Green Party’s request to end its case seeking a statewide recount — a move that ends any remaining doubt, however slight, about whether Donald Trump is the victor in the 2016 presidential race. Most — including Hillary Clinton’s campaign — expected Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s recount efforts in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin not to change the result in any of those states. The reality, however, was that the election results would not have changed unless the recounts shifted the states to Clinton in all of those states. With Pennsylvania off the table,...
  • Ballot recount on hold after objection filed by Republican Party (Michigan)

    12/03/2016 3:15:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Petoskey News-Review ^ | December 2, 2016 | Matt Mikus
    County clerks across the state were preparing to start a recount on Friday of the ballots casted in Michigan for the President of the United States. But the count may wait to begin until Tuesday, if it happens at all. After a recount request was filed by Green Party candidate Jill Stein on Wednesday, representatives of the campaign for President-Elect Donald Trump filed an objection to the recount Thursday afternoon, according to a press release from the Michigan Secretary of State office. Michigan Republican Party spokesperson Sarah Anderson confirmed that the party planned to file an objection to the recount...
  • 'Mnuchin played key role in Aab Ki baar Trump Sarkar campaign' (1.7 million more votes)

    12/01/2016 11:54:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Business Standard ^ | December 1, 2016 | The Press Trust of India
    Steven Mnuchin, US President- elect Donald Trump's pick for Treasury Secretary, played a key role in organising the 'Aab Ki baar Trump Sarkar' ad campaign close to the election, a Republican Hindu organisation said. Indian-American Shalabh Kumar, founder and president of the Republican Hindu Coalition (RHC), met with Trump in July at the residence of Mnuchin in Southampton, New York where he discussed his vision for the campaign. "Trump agreed to participate," RHC said in a statement. Kumar, who played a leading role in mobilising Hindus for Trump has been appointed to the Transition Finance and Inauguration teams, the media...
  • Obama: Trump had a 20 percent chance of winning

    11/30/2016 12:45:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 29, 2016 | Jordan Fabian
    President Obama says he wasn’t all that surprised by Donald Trump’s upset victory in the presidential election. “So I think the odds of Donald Trump winning were always around 20 percent,” Obama said in a Rolling Stone interview published Tuesday. “That [doesn't] seem like a lot, but one out of five is not that unusual. It's not a miracle." Obama spoke to the magazine’s publisher, Jann Wenner, the day after Election Day, when the level of shock at the White House seemed very high. Dozens of stunned staffers, many of whom had tears in their eyes, stood in the Rose...