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America's 2018 mid-term elections…


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« Reply #25 on: October 05, 2018, 02:11:28 pm »



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from The Washington Post…

Trump says it's not his fault if Republicans lose the House

In a wide-ranging interview with the Associated Press, the president
also said his former attorney Michael Cohen was “lying” under oath.


By FELICIA SONMEZ | 7:21PM EDT — Tuesday, October 16, 2018

President Donald J. Trump listens to a question during an interview with the Associated Press in the Oval Office on Tuesday. — Photograph: Evan Vucci/Associated Press.
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PRESIDENT TRUMP said on Tuesday that it's not his fault if Republicans lose control of the House in this year's mid-terms, weeks after he told supporters to “pretend I'm on the ballot” in November.

Trump made the comments in a wide-ranging interview with the Associated Press.

“I don't believe anybody has ever had this kind of impact,” Trump told the Associated Press, defending his efforts to rally support for candidates across the country. He has headlined four “Make America Great Again” rallies in each of the past two weeks, and he's holding three more this week.

Earlier this month, at a rally in Southaven, Mississippi, Trump urged supporters to go to the polls, telling the crowd, “Pretend I'm on the ballot.”

Trump's remarks come as Republicans' prospects of maintaining control of the House appear increasingly dim.

In the Associated Press interview, Trump also accused Michael Cohen, his former personal attorney, of lying when he testified that Trump directed him to pay off two women who had alleged affairs with the then-candidate.

Cohen pleaded guilty in August to eight violations of banking, tax and campaign finance law. As he has done previously, Trump played down his relationship with Cohen in the Associated Press interview, calling his former long-time attorney “a PR person who did small legal work” and saying it was “very sad” that Cohen had struck a plea deal with prosecutors.

Cohen, who recently switched his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat, said in a Sunday tweet that the November 6 mid-terms “might be the most important vote in our lifetime.”


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Felicia Sonmez is a national political reporter at The Washington Post covering breaking news from the White House, Congress and the campaign trail. Previously, she spent more than four years in Beijing, where she worked first as a correspondent for Agence France Presse and later as the editor of The Wall Street Journal's China Real Time Report. She also spent a year in advanced Chinese language study as a Blakemore Freeman Fellow at Tsinghua University. From 2010 to 2013, she reported on national politics for TheWashington Post, starting as a writer for The Fix and going on to cover Congress, the 2012 presidential campaign and the early days of President Barack Obama's second term. She began her career teaching English in Beijing and has also covered U.S. politics for the Asahi Shimbun and National Journal's The Hotline. She speaks fluent Chinese, Japanese and Spanish.

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« Reply #28 on: October 23, 2018, 04:51:00 pm »

if people all vote they wont lose haha
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« Reply #30 on: November 02, 2018, 05:13:59 pm »


When the going gets tough for Trump's mob, true-to-form they start pushing the “nasty” & “hate” buttons.



from The Seattle Times…

An unholy alliance stirs up a toxic brew of hate

Right wing media distortions help inflame violent extremists.

By DAVID HORSEY | 11:05AM PDT — Wednesday, October 31, 2018



THE horrific mass murder of 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue and the mail bombs sent to several Democratic Party leaders, including ex-presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, were the deranged acts of single individuals with warped, deluded views of the world. However, it is not going too far to say that these men's delusions were likely multiplied by the irresponsible mix of paranoia, rage, fear and conspiratorial thinking that is broadcast day after day by the right wing media.

Typical of this was the assertion by several Fox News analysts that the letter bombs were a hoax perpetrated by liberals. Some, but not all, of these so-called “conservative” pundits retracted that assertion once the FBI arrested a suspect in Florida. That suspect, Cesar Sayoc, turned out to be a devoted consumer of right wing “fake news”, as evidenced by the propaganda plastered all over the windows of his van and the content of his social media posts. He acted alone, but Sayoc is just one of millions of Americans who have adopted a distorted, dark view of American life and politics after immersing themselves in the lies and distortions being fed them by the likes of Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Alex Jones.


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Yep … “righties” (and Trump & his deplorables mob) are vermin who need to be wiped off the face of the earth for the good of mankind.



from The Seattle Times…

Rossi/Schrier attack ads have us reaching for the remote

Rossi/Schrier congressional race is awash in ubiquitous attack ads.

By DAVID HORSEY | 3:06PM EDT — Thursday, November 01, 2018



IUNDATED by a flood of out-of-state political cash, the 8th Congressional District campaign between Republican Dino Rossi and Democrat Kim Schrier is producing a tsunami of nasty attack ads on local TV.

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from The Washington Post…

Trump ratchets up racially divisive messages in a bid
to rally support in the mid-terms


The president’s push in the final days before the election is dominated by anti-immigrant
rhetoric about a migrant caravan slowly making its way north through Mexico.


By PHILIP RUCKER and FELICIA SONMEZ | 9:44PM EDT — Thursday, November 01, 2018

President Donald J. Trump speaks at a rally at the Columbia Regional Airport in Columbia, Missouri, on Thursday, November 1. — Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters.
President Donald J. Trump speaks at a rally at the Columbia Regional Airport in Columbia, Missouri, on Thursday, November 1. — Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters.

COLUMBIA, MISSOURI — President Trump, joined by many Republican candidates, is dramatically escalating his efforts to take advantage of racial divisions and cultural fears in the final days of the mid-term campaign, part of an overt attempt to rally white supporters to the polls and preserve the GOP's congressional majorities.

On Thursday, Trump ratcheted up the anti-immigrant rhetoric that has been the centerpiece of his mid-term push by portraying a slow-moving migrant caravan, consisting mostly of families traveling on foot through Mexico, as a dangerous “invasion” and suggesting that if any migrants throw rocks they could be shot by the troops that he has deployed at the border. The president also vowed to take action next week to construct “massive tent cities” aimed at holding migrants indefinitely and making it more difficult for them to remain in the country.

“If you don't want America to be over-run by masses of illegal aliens and giant caravans, you better vote Republican,” Trump said at a rally here on Thursday evening.

The remarks capped weeks of incendiary rhetoric from Trump, and they come just five days after a gunman reportedly steeped in anti-Jewish conspiracy theories about the migrant caravan slaughtered 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue in what is believed to be the worst anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history.

Trump has repeatedly cast the migrants as “bad thugs” and criminals while asserting without evidence that the caravan contains “unknown Middle Easterners” — apparently meant to suggest there are terrorists mixed in with the families fleeing violence in Honduras and other Central American nations and seeking asylum in the United States. The president also said on Wednesday that he “wouldn't be surprised” if liberal donor George Soros had funded the migrant groups — echoing the conspiracy theory that is thought to have influenced the accused Pittsburgh shooter.

Trump questioned again at Thursday night's rally whether it was really “just by accident” that the caravans were forming.

“Somebody was involved, not on our side of the ledger,” Trump told the crowd. “Somebody was involved, and then somebody else told him, ‘You made a big mistake’.”

He also called birthright citizenship a “crazy, lunatic policy,” warning that it could allow people such as “a dictator who we hate and who’s against us” to have a baby on American soil, and “congratulations, your son or daughter is now an American citizen.”

Many of Trump's Republican acolytes, from Connecticut to California, have followed his lead in the use of inflammatory messages, including an ad branding a minority Democratic candidate as a national security threat and a mailer visually depicting a Jewish Democrat as a crazed person with a wad of money in his hand.

Trump and his supporters argue that the media and the president’s political opponents call racism or anti-Semitism where none exists as a way to demean him and divide Americans. At a campaign rally on Wednesday night in Estero, Florida, Trump sought to link his supporters to the accusations.

“We have forcefully condemned hatred, bigotry, racism and prejudice in all of its ugly forms, but the media doesn't want you to hear your story,” Trump said. “It's not my story. It's your story. And that's why 33 percent of the people in this country believe the fake news is, in fact — and I hate to say this — in fact, the enemy of the people.”

Meanwhile, an online campaign video personally promoted by Trump this week was denounced by Democrats and some Republicans on Thursday as toxic or even racist.

The footage focuses on Luis Bracamontes, a twice-deported Mexican immigrant who was given a death sentence in April for killing two California law enforcement officers in 2014. The recording portrays him as the face of the current migrant caravan, when in fact he has been in prison for four years.

The 53-second video is filled with audible expletives and shows Bracamontes smiling as he declares, “I killed f--king cops.” With a shaved head, a mustache and long chin hair, Bracamontes shows no remorse for his crimes and vows, “I'm going to kill more cops soon.”

Trump shared the video on Wednesday afternoon with his 55.5 million followers on Twitter, and it remained pinned atop his Twitter page the next day. As of late Thursday afternoon, the video had been viewed 3.5 million times.

Ohio Governor John Kasich (Republican), a potential 2020 challenger to the president, said Trump crossed a new Rubicon by posting the video.

“We all go through periods where we're in a tough race and we've got to figure out what we should do, but at some point there's just an ethical line that you should not cross, and I think it's been crossed here,” Kasich said in an interview. “This latest ad is an all-time low. It's a terrible ad, it's designed to frighten people and it's wrong.”

Representative Bennie Thompson (Democrat-Missouri) sounded a similar note, saying in a statement on Thursday that Trump and Republicans “are so desperate to distract voters from their failures on everything from health care to foreign policy, they have sunk to new lows with hateful rhetoric and racist campaign ads.”

Five days from Election Day, the video underscored the dilemma facing Democrats as they work to calibrate their response to the president's increasingly incendiary language on race and immigration.

Democratic strategist Donna Brazile said leaders of her party have two schools of thought about Trump's video and his caravan rhetoric in general. She said they fear that reacting to it only allows the president to dictate the terms of the debate and “spread the toxins into the bloodstream of the electorate,” but that the tone is so appalling — especially coming from the president himself — that they feel compelled to speak out.

“Trump has opened up a whole new playbook to sow discord and to weaponize hate,” Brazile said. “Everyone has seen low politics. We've all done low politics. But Lee Atwater would be shocked at the vitriol we're seeing today — and, man, Lee was scrappy. This is virulent. It's bone-chilling. It's like a toxin.”

Atwater, who died in 1991, was a Republican consultant who was known for crafting culturally divisive messages.

Representative David N. Cicilline (Democrat-Rhode Island) described the video as a “horribly racist” attempt by Trump to “prey on people's fears and lack of information about how the immigration system works.”

Some conservatives, meanwhile, cheered the president for ramping up his focus on an issue that helped push him to victory in 2016. “The clip of convicted cop murderer Luis Bracamontes laughing in a California court is something every American should see,” Fox News host Laura Ingraham wrote in a tweet.


President Donald J. Trump in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on Thursday. — Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.
President Donald J. Trump in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on Thursday. — Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.

Republican strategists say Trump's immigration push is helping the party here in Missouri, where state Attorney General Josh Hawley is trying to unseat Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill. Race has been a sensitive issue in the state, which was rocked by unrest in 2014 after an unarmed 18-year-old African American man was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

Ahead of his rally here on Thursday in Columbia, the speakers blared “We Are The World”, Michael Jackson's ode to peace and inclusiveness. Several white supporters interviewed at the event rejected the notion that the president is racially divisive — and they said they resented the very suggestion.

“He's not a racist president and I'm not a racist,” said Meredith Leon, 65, a retired small-business owner from Columbia. “We want law and order and justice for all people. I'm fed up with everything being race, race, race. Fed up!”

David Ewing, 59, a farmer in Tebbetts, Missouri, said he supports Trump's immigration agenda “100 percent.”

“I don't think he's racist,” Ewing said. “It's just the far left trying to do anything they can to stop him. I ignore them, really.”

As Trump has intensified his rhetoric, a growing number of Republican candidates across the country have followed suit. Some feature graphic anti-immigrant messages and images in their campaign ads, while others have been accused of inciting anti-Semitic or anti-Muslim sentiment.

In Tennessee, a recent ad for Republican Senate nominee Marsha Blackburn features footage of the caravan and warns that it includes “gang members, known criminals, people from the Middle East, possibly even terrorists.” The ad also slams Blackburn’s Democratic opponent, Phil Bredesen, for stating that the caravan is “not a threat to our security.”

An ad released on Thursday by Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner features ominous music along with footage of the caravan. “A dangerous caravan of illegals careens to the border, two more behind it, and liberal Tom Wolf is laying out the welcome mat,” the ad declares, referring to the state's Democratic governor.

A Facebook ad being run by the campaign of Representative Rob Woodall (Republican-Georgia) features a photo of three heavily tattooed Latino men with the message, “I will protect Georgia from violent criminal gangs.”

And in California, the campaign of Representative Duncan D. Hunter (Republican-California), who has been indicted on charges of alleged misuse of campaign funds, has called his opponent, Ammar Campa-Najjar, a “national security threat” with “close family connections” to Islamist militant groups. The 29-year-old Democrat's grandfather, who died 16 years before he was born, was a key planner of the 1972 attack on Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics. Campa-Najjar has condemned the attack.

“Instead of making an affirmative case for his own record, he's trying to disparage the character of a fellow American,” Campa-Najjar said in an interview. “I think that speaks volumes about his policy record.”

The messaging has filtered down to local races as well. In Connecticut, a mailer recently sent out by Republican state Senate nominee Ed Charamut's campaign depicts Democrat Matthew Lesser as holding a wad of money with a crazed look in his eyes. Lesser is Jewish, and the ad has been denounced for promoting anti-Semitic stereotypes.

After first defending the ad, Charamut's campaign later issued an apology to Lesser, acknowledging that “the imagery could be interpreted as anti-Semitic.”

Some candidates who have long made inflammatory remarks on immigration and race have found themselves facing a backlash in recent days. Representative Steve King (Republican-Iowa), who met in August with representatives of a far-right Austrian party and declared that “Western civilization is on the decline,” was publicly rebuked on Tuesday by Representative Steve Stivers (Republican-Ohio), the head of the National Republican Congressional Committee. King, who previously retweeted a self-described “Nazi sympathizer” and endorsed a Toronto mayoral candidate who appeared on a neo-Nazi podcast, has also seen companies such as Land O'Lakes withdraw their support for his campaign.

Trump's rhetoric also has prompted outrage from a handful of lawmakers from his party, particularly those who are departing Congress or are in Democratic-leaning districts. Republican leadership has largely remained silent.

Senator Jeff Flake (Republican-Arizona), a frequent critic of Trump who is retiring at the end of his current term, said in a tweet on Thursday that the ad featuring Bracamontes was “sickening” and that “Republicans everywhere should denounce it.”

Representative Carlos Curbelo (Republican-Florida), whose district was won by Hillary Clinton by 16 points in 2016, said on CNN that while he hadn't seen the ad, it was “definitely part of a divide-and-conquer strategy that a lot of politicians, including the president, have used successfully in the past.”

“I hope this doesn't work,” Curbelo said. “I hope that type of strategy starts failing in our country, but that's up to the American people.”


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Felicia Sonmez reported from Washington D.C. Sean Sullivan, Matt Viser and Eli Rosenberg in Washington contributed to this report.

Philip Rucker is the White House Bureau Chief for The Washington Post. He previously has covered Congress, the Obama White House, and the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns. Rucker also is a Political Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. He joined The Post in 2005 as a local news reporter.

Felicia Sonmez is a national political reporter at The Washington Post covering breaking news from the White House, Congress and the campaign trail. Previously, she spent more than four years in Beijing, where she worked first as a correspondent for Agence France Presse and later as the editor of The Wall Street Journal's China Real Time Report. She also spent a year in advanced Chinese language study as a Blakemore Freeman Fellow at Tsinghua University. From 2010 to 2013, she reported on national politics for TheWashington Post, starting as a writer for The Fix and going on to cover Congress, the 2012 presidential campaign and the early days of President Barack Obama's second term. She began her career teaching English in Beijing and has also covered U.S. politics for the Asahi Shimbun and National Journal's The Hotline. She speaks fluent Chinese, Japanese and Spanish.

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« Reply #33 on: November 02, 2018, 10:17:34 pm »

cough cough fake news propaganda lets try the race card for the millionth time

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his efforts to take advantage of racial divisions and cultural fears in the final days of the mid-term campaign, part of an overt attempt to rally white supporters to the polls and preserve the GOP's congressional majorities.

thats what he ran on keeping them out lmao

let the owner of the washington post look after them and feed them he is after all he is the richest man in the world
haha hes a rich commie bastid


the invaders are coming, they want free stuff,the dirty commies sent them to try and fuck up the midterms.
trump is sending in the army
build the wall build the wall
otherwise lets just leave all our doors unlocked and let them all come here and live in our houses
eat all our food,
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« Reply #34 on: November 03, 2018, 02:03:27 am »


The invaders have already infested America (and Australia and New Zealand).

They're the spawn of whitie boat-people who gatecrashed without first getting visas from the ethnic people already living there.

Hang on, isn't that what those Honduras people are doing? Exactly what whitie did before them?

So unless whitie are prepared to fuck-off back to the shitholes in Europe and Britain they came from, then they have no moral right to criticise others for likewise moving to thier country.
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you are a commie self hating=white moron dumb fuck



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It's excellent news that RECORD numbers of young people are registering and voting early in the mid-term elections.

And as most young people have more liberal views, that should be good for shoving one right up the clacker of that stupid moron Donald J. Trump aka President Dumb.
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from the print edition of the Los Angeles Times…

Early voters surge to polls

Many have already cast ballots, suggesting a record turnout.

By EVAN HALPER and MAYA SWEEDLER | Saturday, November 03, 2018

People cast ballots on Thursday at an early-voting center at UC Irvine, ahead of election day on Tuesday. — Photograph: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times.
People cast ballots on Thursday at an early-voting center at UC Irvine, ahead of election day on Tuesday. — Photograph: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times.

WASHINGTON D.C. — Voters across the country have been crowding into polling places and mailing in ballots in numbers rarely seen in an off-year election, pointing toward a possible record turnout for Tuesday's contest and leaving operatives from across the political spectrum trying to read tea leaves to figure out what it means.

In some states, more people are on track to cast ballots in early voting than in the entire election in 2014. In Texas, one such state, hundreds of thousands of new voters have already participated. Democrats hope that surge indicates that their Senate candidate, Representative Beto O'Rourke, may be succeeding in mobilizing a crucial demographic.

But Republicans are also energized, turning out in larger numbers than Democrats so far in Florida, for example, where a cliffhanger of a race for governor features a Trump acolyte competing against an unabashed progressive who would be the state's first African American governor.

The picture in California is more status quo. The state has at least half a dozen hotly contested congressional districts, which could play a big role in whether Democrats take back a majority in the U.S. House. But in the remaining districts, the lack of a close race at the top of the ticket is holding down turnout, said Paul Mitchell, vice president of Political Data, which compiles voter data in the state.

California was one of the country's pioneers in widespread early voting, and at this point, a large majority of voters get their ballots in the mail and either send them back or drop them at a polling station. Some three million ballots had been cast in the state by Friday.

Nationwide, as early voting was coming to a close in many states on Friday, more than 30 million ballots had already been cast. Turnout is hitting a pace closer to what's typically seen in presidential elections. It has the potential to be the highest in an off-year election since 1966.

“When you look at some of these states, the numbers are eye-popping,” said Michael McDonald, a political science professor at the University of Florida and one of the country's leading experts on voting patterns.

Mid-term elections typically draw far fewer voters than presidential contests. In 2016, about 60% of voting-eligible Americans cast ballots, according to McDonald's compilations of state data. In 2014, only 37% voted — the lowest turnout in years. The trends so far indicate that close to half of those eligible will vote this time, McDonald estimates.

Because Democrats rely heavily on the votes of younger people and minorities, who are less consistent about voting than are older whites, their candidates usually benefit from a higher turnout.

As a result, Democrats hope that the numbers so far point to their much-ballyhooed blue wave, but they are reluctant to say as much. Misinterpretation of early-voting trends in 2016 helped land egg on a lot of faces after Donald Trump's surprise victory.

Early-voting figures can easily mislead. States release a trove of data about who the voters are — information on their party affiliations, voting history, age and so on. But no one knows for which candidate those voters cast a ballot. Nor can anyone be sure whether people who vote early are simply the same voters who would have otherwise shown up on election day.

In Texas, both O'Rourke and incumbent Senator Ted Cruz suggested the state's huge early turnout would boost their campaigns. Texas is still a deeply conservative place, and more voters coming to the polls can only mean more support for him, Cruz suggested in a CBS60 Minutes” segment released on Friday.

O'Rourke said much the same on the show: “The more people who show up, the better we do.”

The results on Tuesday will reveal who is right. But one thing is clear: The numbers already are Texas-sized.

If current trends hold, some 3 million more people will vote this year in Texas than did during the last mid-term, in 2014, said Tom Bonier, chief executive of TargetSmart, a Democratic data firm closely tracking early voting. “That's amazing,” Bonier said.

The state is also drawing first-time voters to the polls. Already, Bonier said, more than 300,000 people who were eligible to vote in the 2016 presidential election but did not show up that year have cast ballots in Texas.

“Texas is leading the way by a long shot in first-time voting,” Bonier said. “It is not nearly as much a factor in other states.”

In California's seven most competitive districts — all currently held by Republicans — registered GOP voters have returned ballots at a slightly higher clip than registered Democrats. Of the approximately 530,000 ballots returned, almost 193,000 came from registered Republicans, compared with 177,000 from registered Democrats, according to Political Data.

How that translates into votes, however, remains a big question. Democrats expect to pick up votes in suburban districts from a significant number of Republicans whose party affiliation does not necessarily signal loyalty or approval of President Trump.

Turnout is trending highest in the four competitive House districts in Orange County and north Los Angeles County. And there has been an uptick in younger, independent voters in coastal counties who didn't participate in the primary. That's likely a good sign for Democrats, Mitchell said. Such voters tend to be progressive.

California is not the only state where younger voters are hitting the polls in force. In Georgia, voters younger than 30 have been casting early ballots at quadruple the rate they did in 2014. In Texas and Nevada, voting by young people is up fivefold. The rate is triple in Arizona, according to TargetSmart.

In Nevada, Democrats have built a small but persistent statewide lead in early votes, said Jon Ralston of the Nevada Independent, who closely tracks the state's vote.

Some bellwether districts in the Midwest also have provided encouraging signs for Democrats. One is Iowa's 1st Congressional District, located in a swing region where voting analysts first started to notice a migration toward the GOP as early ballots were cast in the 2016 election.

Now, registered Democrats are showing back up in force. The party balance is 10 points more favorable to Democrats than it was at this point in 2016, McDonald said.

“These are huge changes,” he added. “It signals enthusiasm among Democrats and that Republicans are not as engaged in these key swing districts they will need.”

The shift evident in early-voting patterns in such districts could have broader implications for several competitive governors races in the Midwest, where Democrats are mounting strong challenges in states now controlled by Republicans, McDonald added.

But he noted that in other parts of the country, Republicans are making a strong showing of their own.

In Florida, for example, registered Republicans continued to edge out Democrats in early voting through Friday. The trend is consistent with Florida's early-voting patterns from past years, and Democratic vote counters point out that the GOP advantage has shrunk compared with 2014.

Overall, the most either side can tell is what has consistently been true of Florida since 2000: The statewide contests are likely to be very close.


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• Evan Halper writes about a broad range of policy issues out of Washington D.C. for the Los Angeles Times, with particular emphasis on how Washington regulates, agitates and very often miscalculates in its dealings with California. Before heading east, he was the L.A. Times bureau chief in Sacramento, where he spent a decade untangling California's epic budget mess and political dysfunction.

• Maya Sweedler is a freelance journalist who writes for a large number of publications, including the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Muckrake and Yale News. She is based in Los Angeles.

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from The Seattle Times…

Tuesday's election is a referendum on Trump

In Washington, as in every state, Tuesday's election is a referendum on Trump.

By DAVID HORSEY | 1:25PM PDT — Friday, November 02, 2018



MORE THAN any mid-term election in memory, the vote on Tuesday will be an indirect referendum on the president. Donald Trump has certainly been campaigning as if he believes his political future is at stake, barnstorming even in congressional districts where he is not always enthusiastically welcomed by the local candidate.

His opponents know their only realistic chance to curb Trump's excesses is to win a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives. As a result, races in local districts have been driven by national political calculations and a huge influx of outside money.


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the far left are ever hopefull
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« Reply #40 on: November 05, 2018, 12:44:13 pm »


There isn't a single person in that photograph who isn't a stupid, mentally-retarded fuckwit…




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« Reply #41 on: November 05, 2018, 06:42:26 pm »

everyone there is not like you

most are good

you're a hate filled nasty little white baby

why is your mind so vile?

must be what communism has done for you

you are a bad gift that keeps on giving

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« Reply #42 on: November 05, 2018, 09:10:34 pm »


Trump-supporters are so fucked-in-the-head that they are too dumb to even comprehend they are fucked-in-the-head.

There's even one of them in Woodville, New Zealand.

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commies should be lined up to face a firing squad

they really are worthless weeds that suck arse  Grin
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Yep, if the Democrats take the house of Congress, then the real SORE LOSER nasty shit from Trump will really begin.

That would destroy America … and the rest of the world would be able to rejoice greatly and praise Trump for burning his evil, fucked-up country to the ground.




from The Washington Post…

Trump won't be a loser. The worst is yet to come.

The president will do almost anything to avoid being labeled what he hates most: a loser.

By RICHARD COHEN | 5:22PM EDT — Monday, November 05, 2018

Could President Donald J. Trump potentially be America's 21st century Emperor Nero who will burn the country before relinquishing power?
Could President Donald J. Trump potentially be America's 21st century Emperor Nero who will burn the country before relinquishing power?

WHATEVER the outcome of the mid-term elections, this we already know: President Trump will do anything to win. He will exaggerate. He will lie. He will smear his opponents. He will stoke racism, white nationalism and fear of immigration, and he will do any of these things because his entire ideology comes down to this: He will not be a loser. The worst is yet to come.

America is about to enter the most dangerous period in its 242-year-old history. Soon we will know if the House of Representatives has been captured by a justifiably vengeful Democratic Party seeking to block Trump at every turn, and possibly impeach him. The president will fight back, not recognizing any distinction between his political survival and that of the nation.

Just look at what Trump has done recently in an attempt to retain GOP control of Congress: He abused his power as commander in chief by sending troops to the Mexican border. He concocted a threat to national security by falsely characterizing a march of several thousand desperate Central Americans — many of them women and children — as an “invasion” of criminals and, in the words of his sycophants at Fox News, carriers of diseases not seen since the Black Death of the Middle Ages.

Mining the same theme — anti-immigrant sentiment — the president asserted that he had the right to revoke a provision of the Constitution that grants citizenship to anyone born in the United States. This is called “birthright citizenship,” and it has been the law of the land since 1868. The 14th Amendment was intended to guarantee citizenship to former slaves — not an issue anymore, I grant you, but still the law. It cannot be revoked by executive order.

Things will only get worse with a Democratic Congress. If it blocks Trump's more egregious initiatives, and at the same time opens numerous investigations, there is no telling what Trump will do. Neither precedence nor propriety will contain him. Unless the Democrats win big, and thereby send a cautionary message to the GOP, senate Republicans — more interested in their own political survival than that of the nation — will continue to constitute the Cowards Caucus.

How will Trump react if cornered? Certainly not in a mature, statesman-like fashion. More likely, he will be on a permanent rolling boil. He will obsess about impeachment and about being defeated for a second term. He would then go down as a one-term president, becoming the one thing he cannot abide: a loser. He will do anything to avoid that outcome.

As we have learned since Trump's election, a president has vast powers, but they are not monarchical. The courts have constrained Trump. So has what he thinks of as the “deep state.” In matters of war, however, the president is supreme. Not since World War II has Congress bothered to actually declare war. Since then, it has left that up to presidential discretion.

But this president has no discretion. If he's in political trouble, he may well provoke or create or blunder into a military crisis as a way of uniting the country. Initially, this can work: George W. Bush, the most hapless of presidents, had an approval rating of 90 percent after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. (He wound up dipping to 25 percent just before leaving office.) Trump, of course, has done something similar by fixing bayonets on the Mexican border, preparing for what he called an invasion, and conflating shoeless migrants with ruthless Central American gangs.

Soon, the president will rid himself of obstinate aides who might thwart him. Gary Cohn and H.R. McMaster are already gone. Yes men are on the way. Yet, Jim Mattis remains at the Pentagon. He's a stabilizing influence, but he is not beloved by Trump, and he is not at all liked by national security adviser John Bolton and Bolton's deputy. Mattis has told friends he has no intention of leaving. But ultimately he will, and then Trump, like the brat running Saudi Arabia, will be free to do as he pleases.

An American Nero is on the throne. He would set fire to his Rome before relinquishing power. The Republican Party is inhabited by the spirit of Know-Nothingism. It has not merely lost its traditional base, it has lost its mind. A dangerous period is approaching, and only a new leader can save us. He or she is already here. Look in the mirror — and vote.


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Richard Cohen writes a weekly political column for The Washington Post. He also contributes to the PostPartisan blog. Cohen joined The Post in 1968 as a reporter and covered night police, city hall, education, state government and national politics. As the paper's chief Maryland correspondent, he was one of two reporters who broke the story of the investigation of former Vice President Agnew. In 1976, he began writing a column that ran on the front of the Metro section. His columns have appeared on the op-ed page of The Post since 1984. He is the author, with Jules Witcover, of A Heartbeat Away: The Investigation and Resignation of Spiro T. Agnew (1974). He has received the Sigma Delta Chi and Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild Awards for his investigative reporting.

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Trump and his mob are filthy racist trash & evil vermin…



from The Washington Post…

EDITORIAL: All the ugliness of the Trump campaign
is on display in Georgia


The president says Stacey Abrams is not qualified, but what he really means is she is not white.

By THE WASHINGTON POST EDITORIAL BOARD | 7:46PM EDT — Monday, November 05, 2018

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks at the Longshoremen Union Hall during a “Get Out The Vote” rally in Savannah, Georgia. — Photograph: Alyssa Pointer/Associated Press.
Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks at the Longshoremen Union Hall during a “Get Out The Vote” rally
in Savannah, Georgia. — Photograph: Alyssa Pointer/Associated Press.


THE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN for governor in Georgia has been marked by dehumanizing immigrant phobia, invidious vote suppression, conspiratorial accusations about Democratic vote tampering, and racism. In other words, it shows in microcosm the direction President Trump would take the GOP. We hope voters, whether Republican, Democrat or independent, in Georgia or beyond, repudiate this ugliness on Tuesday.

We lack the space and time to recite every vile attack against Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams. Mr. Trump on said Sunday that she would turn Georgia “into a giant sanctuary city for criminal aliens” as Democrats moved to “impose socialism and totally erase America’s borders.” Neither Ms. Abrams nor any other notable Democrat has proposed anything like this. These are lies, far outside the bounds of normal political hyperbole.

The president also said last Thursday that Ms. Abrams “is not qualified to be the governor of Georgia.” Ms. Abrams graduated from Yale Law School and worked her way up to become minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, a position she held for six years. She is not only more qualified than her opponent to be governor, she is more qualified than Mr. Trump to be president. What absence of qualification could Mr. Trump possibly have been referring to, other than that she is not white?

Meanwhile, the Trump-endorsed GOP gubernatorial candidate, Brian Kemp, Georgia's current secretary of state, won his primary election by showing off his gun collection and promising to round up “criminal” immigrants in the back of his truck. This, he said, makes him “a politically incorrect conservative.” No, it makes him a demagogue eager to take advantage of voter fears and prejudices. It is more than possible — though not in Trump-world — to oppose immigration without demonizing the millions of honest, hard-working immigrants who live among us.

Over the weekend, Mr. Kemp announced that his current office, which is responsible for managing state elections, launched an investigation into the Democratic Party of Georgia for an alleged attempt to breach the state's voting systems. The secretary of state's office provided the public no evidence, while reporters obtained emails suggesting Democrats were actually involved in raising concerns about a potential cyber vulnerability. Mr. Kemp appears to be abusing his position to advance anti-Democrat conspiracy theories.

This would be in keeping with Republican strategy nationwide of using fears of voter fraud — which is imaginary — as an excuse to make voting harder. Georgia has some of the country's most restrictive voting laws. Registrations that do not exactly match other government databases are put on hold and marked for eventual purging. A missed hyphen or alternate name spelling is enough. The Associated Press found that minority voters were disproportionately affected. The state's voter-ID requirements are also severe.

Republicans could have chosen to campaign on issues: tax cuts, deregulation, the whittling away of Obamacare. Instead, they opted for fearmongering and deck-stacking. That suggests that Mr. Kemp and the other Trump lap dogs around the country have little faith in the value or popularity of the policies they would impose.


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