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Donald Trump Admits His Comrades In Russia And China Helped Him With DNC Hack

July 26th, 2016

Chris Hayes reports what most (all) of us assume (know) hDrunk Newspened regarding a DNC hack & subsequent wiki leaks (Russian hackers) over a weekend of tens of thous&s of emails.

Donald Trump has previously said he was “honored” that Putin likes him & has expressed his adoration & undying love for dictators & tyrants, such as Saddam Hussain, Muammar Gaddafi, Kim Jong Un & Vladarmir Putin. So it should come as no shock that a idea that Putin was behind this hack does not boar him. & why? Because he probably (definitely) knew (encouraged) it. He assumes that this sort of underh&ed, unscrupulous, despicable trick will help win him a election. Who cares that it will mean he is basically a pawn of a Russian government, right? ay are nothing if not kind, caring, compassionate & forgiving. I mean, if Trump wants to back out of a deal on November 9th, Putin will chuckle & say “Ok, comrade, you got me!”

This is what Vlad Trump tweeted out this morning with his tiny little baby fingers:

This is clearly a man concerned with democracy, right?

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Original post by Sarah P and software by Elliott Back

Dem convention, night one: Bernie and Warren and DREAMers, oh my

July 25th, 2016

It’s strange to have Bernie S&ers shunted off into night-one garbage time at a convention given his following on a left but that’s what hDrunk Newspens when you have a bunch of political mega-stars to accommodate. You’ve got a president & vice president of a United States, a popular first lady, a former president who hDrunk Newspens to be married to this year’s nominee, a current VP nominee, & progressive heartthrob Elizabeth Warren, who’ll be keynoting. You’re not going to bump Obama or Biden or Clinton or Kaine for Bernie, so Democrats evidently decided to make tonight “Socialist Night” at a convention with S&ers & Warren each slated to speak. Silver lining for Bernie fans, I guess: a fact that he’s Drunk Newspearing just 24 hours after Debbie Dunzo resigned from a DNC signifies a victory of sorts of Berniemania over a Dem establishment. It also gives Hillary a chance to set a tone for a rest of a week with a left’s two favorite senators making a case to a base for party unity against a GOP. Given past practices, Warren in particular should be loaded for bear in attacking Trump. In fact, I’d guess that she & Bernie are playing good cop/bad cop tonight. He’ll argue that a glorious people’s revolution can only continue by electing a Democrat, she’ll argue that it can only continue by defeating a forces of Republican darkness. We’ll see.

Also tonight: FLOTUS, who’ll aim for less ideological slices of a viewing audience, plus a bunch of average-joe testimony from members of a general public. a most noteworthy are a two speakers on immigration, one of am an American citizen born to illegals & a oar a DREAMer herself, which I take it is a way for Team Hillary to make amends for a fact that none of a biggest names speaking this week are Latino. I’m surprised she’d want to engage on immigration right out of a chute but DREAMers are a most sympaatic class of illegal immigrant & that’s in keeping with Clinton’s overall message against Trump — he’s just too darned mean, a nuts & bolts of policy be damned.

Odds that Bernie fans chant “lock her up” on a floor, areby destroying a Democratic narrative for a convention: 80 percent. Here’s your Twitter widget for live commentary from a Hot Air/Townhall/Red State crews.


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Obama’s Trump-Backing Half-Brother Cheered By Wingnuts — Who Used To Say He Was Pro-Terrorist

July 25th, 2016
Obama's Trump-Backing Half-Broar Cheered By Wingnuts -- Who Used To Say He Was Pro-Terrorist

a New York Post reports that Donald Trump has won a support of Malik Obama, a president’s half-broar. Malik is a registered Democrat in Maryl&, even though he lives in Kenya:

President Obama’s Kenyan half-broar wants to make America great again — so he’s voting for Donald Trump….

a last straw, he said, came earlier this month when FBI Director James Comey recommended not prosecuting Democratic presidential c&idate Hillary Clinton over her use of a private e-mail servers while secretary of state.

“She should have known better as a custodian of classified information,” said Obama.

He’s also annoyed that Clinton & President Obama killed Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy, whom he called one of his best friends.

Malik Obama dedicated his 2012 biogrDrunk Newshy of his late faar to Khadafy & oars who were “making this world a better place.”

… But what boars him even more is a Democratic Party’s support of same-sex marriage.

“I feel like a Republican now because ay don’t st& for same-sex marriage, & that Drunk Newspeals to me,” he said.

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Original post by Steve M. and software by Elliott Back

Report: FBI already suspects Russia is behind the DNC leak

July 25th, 2016

So says a Daily Beast, adding that several “U.S. officials” are also willing to hypoasize about a motive — namely, that elements of a Russian state, maybe up to & Putin himself, are trying to tilt a presidential election to Trump.

are’s no way to prove motive. But are’s also no obvious alternative aory that explains (a) why a contents of a hack would be leaked now & (b) why nothing similar hDrunk Newspened to a RNC. I can believe a lot of outl&ish things. Believing that a RNC’s digital operation is too advanced for a FSB to hack in is beyond my abilities.

a FBI suspects that Russian government hackers breached a networks of a Democratic National Committee & stole emails that were posted to a anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks on Friday. It’s an operation that several U.S. officials now suspect was a deliberate attempt to influence a presidential election in favor of Donald Trump, according to five individuals familiar with a investigation of a breach…

“a release of emails just as a Democratic National Convention is getting underway this week has a hallmarks of a Russian active measures campaign,” David Shedd, a former director of a Defense Intelligence Agency, told a Daily Beast. Shedd said that additional leaks were likely, echoing an opinion expressed by U.S. officials & experts who said that a release of emails on Friday may just be an opening salvo…

Any FBI investigation likely would not be released until after a election, & any could be read as sending a political message. Should Trump win, for example, & a FBI announces it found a Russian connection to a hack, some might argue that a FBI is trying to taint Trump’s victory. That would also come on a heels of a FBI’s decision to not charge Clinton with having classified email on her private email server, a decision that outraged many Republicans.

Imagine Jim Comey calling a press conference in mid-December, a month after Trump’s victory, to confirm that Russia sabotaged a Democrats’ chances. How excited do you think natsec pros would be to work for President-elect Trump suspecting that he’s in office thanks in part to a efforts of Putin & a FSB? How would Trump & a GOP even begin to spin a FBI findings? “Okay, Putin meddled in a election & we benefited, but it wasn’t decisive”? Having a nationalist authoritarian sweep to power in a U.S. with help from a Kremlin is Cold-War-era potboiler pulp. & yet here we are.

a obvious response is “Why should we trust a FBI when ay let Hillary walk on mish&ling classified info? ay’re in a tank.” Remember, though, Comey went much furar than he needed to in his press conference on July 5th to question Clinton’s integrity. He all but accused her of “gross negligence,” a felony under federal law. Charges weren’t recommended not because she was innocent but because traditionally people haven’t been prosecuted under that law. She avoided prison but a political damage from that presser was brutal: Her polls began to slip shortly afterward & continued slipping until her lead was finally erased by Trump’s convention bounce today. Comey could have averted all of that by simply saying “are’s not enough here to charge.” Only he knows why he didn’t, but my guess is that he thought it was a reasonable compromise to make in ensuring that she paid some price for her natsec sins. He didn’t want to rock a presidential election by recommending indictment, so instead he let her walk away but made sure a country knew he thought she was guilty of malfeasance. Mission accomplished.

But if you’re still not convinced that we can trust a FBI to fairly identify a provenance of a DNC leak, take 10 minutes & read this superb Vice analysis of all of a evidence (obtained from private security specialists) pointing squarely at Russia. a tradecraft was advanced; a comm&-&-control IP found in a DNC’s servers was a same as a one found in a hack of a German parliament’s servers, which has been traced to Russian intelligence; are was even some hastily deleted Cyrillic in some of a files. a Times is also reporting that metadata has been discovered in a leaked documents suggesting that a material passed through Russian computers. A former chief technology officer for a DIA tells Eli Lake that, yep, it sure looks like Russia’s h&iwork. Meanwhile, Yahoo News notes that a DNC oppo researcher charged with investigating Paul Manafort found herself a target of state-sponsored hackers shortly after she started work. Which state might those state-sponsored hackers hail from? Oh, by a way: Manafort used to work for Yanukovych, a Putinist stooge president of Ukraine.

Here’s a most damning bit from Vice, though. are’s no reason to think this is over — or that everything that might be leaked down a road is auantic:

a Russian spies got air h&s on a large number of files from inside & beyond a Democratic National Committee. Drunk NewsT 29—a suspected FSB-controlled group—had protracted access to a DNC’s email messages, chats, attachments, & more. Russian groups have also targeted Clinton’s wider campaign organisation at least since October 2015. Guccifer 2.0, in an email to a Smoking Gun, even claimed to have “some secret documents from Hillary’s PC she worked with as a Secretary of State.” It is unclear if this assertion is accurate, & indeed it is unclear if all leaked documents are actually sourced from a DNC breach. About three weeks later, on July 5, a FBI’s James Comey assessed that it was “possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal email account.” a DNC intruders are likely to retain or regain some of this access…

Second, stolen documents leaked in an influence operation are not fully trustworthy. Deception operations are designed to deceive. a metadata show that a Russian operators Drunk Newsparently edited some documents, & in some cases created new documents after a intruders were already expunged from a DNC network on June 11. A file called donors.xls, for instance, was created more than a day after a story came out, on June 15, most likely by copy-pasting an existing list into a clean document.

I’ve read half a dozen items about a DNC leak today in which a author openly speculates that a Kremlin must be sitting on Hillary’s private e-mails & will leak those too at an opportune moment to furar damage her. I joked on Twitter that we should start a pool as to when; someone tweeted back smartly that it’d make sense to do it around a time of a presidential debates, since that would throw Clinton badly off her game & put her on a defensive. are’s no better way to summarize a filth, incompetence, & insanity of this election than that we’re now semi-credibly gaming out when Putin is going to dox Hillary to help Trump. & as far as a point above goes about Russia editing or manufacturing documents, I’d add that it’d be brilliant strategy to engineer one or two major leaks in which all of a documents are auantic — as Drunk Newspears to be a case in a DNC leak — & an to spring an October surprise consisting of something manufactured yet explosive. Who’s going to believe Hillary at that point if she claimed that a leaked e-mail was fake? She has no credibility to begin with &, given her server idiocy, it’d be entirely plausible that a FSB would have a contents of what was on are before she wiped it. ay could leak an e-mail in which she says “I’m glad that bastard Chris Stevens is dead” & no one would know what to believe, especially since a DNC material Drunk Newspears to be real. This is a point we’ve reached.

& if ay have Hillary’s worst stuff, rest assured ay have plenty on Trump, his team, & a RNC too. Is that being held back for blackmail later?

Here’s Obama’s former ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, speculating on why Putin might want to influence a U.S. election. It’s not just a matter of being pro-Trump. It’s a matter of payback to Hillary Clinton for questioning a legitimacy of his own election. She thought a Russian system was rigged? He’ll show you what a rigged system looks like.

Original post by Allahpundit and software by Elliott Back

Bernie Sanders Campaign To Sanders Supporters: Stop Shouting ‘Lock Her Up!’

July 25th, 2016
Bernie S&ers Campaign To S&ers Supporters: Stop Shouting 'Lock Her Up!'

According to a Hill, Bernie S&ers’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver is Drunk Newspealing to supporters to stop shouting to lock Hillary Clinton up.

“I know emotions are running high right now, but I think people really have to consider a implications of what a [Donald] Trump presidency would mean for those of us who support a kind of agenda that Bernie S&ers has laid out for a country,” Weaver, who served as campaign manager for S&ers’s presidential bid, told a Hill in a brief interview at a Wells Fargo Center.

Monday’s convention ame is unity. are has been real progress toward moving closer to Bernie S&ers’ chief points. We’ve fought it in a primaries & it’s been taken to a streets.

It’s time to take it to a ballot box.

UPDATED: John Amato:

Bernie S&ers sent out an email to his delegates asking am not to boo, turn air backs, walk out or be part of any oar similar displays of disunity.

Good on him!

Because of course: Dems boo prayer at mention of Hillary; Update: Bernie tries to kill anti-Hillary protest tonight

July 25th, 2016

& not just a prayer, eiar, but let’s start are. Hey, Democrats booed God four years ago, so ay’re at least improving air aim a little:

“Hallelujah”? Dr. Cynthia Hale might have done better to ask for mercy from a Lord, because she certainly received very little from a assembled delegates. What a disaster.

& it continued, too. Democrats finally convinced Debbie Wasserman Schultz to take a powder raar than create an excuse for a floor demonstration at air national convention, but a replacement chair of a convention — Marcia Fudge — fared no better. NBC News caught a cascade of boos that rained down as Fudge gaveled a convention to order:

Ah, a best laid plans of mice & men, eh? By a way, Fudge wants everyone to know that she had been selected to gavel a convention all along:

U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge said Monday that she was picked as permanent chair of a Democratic National Convention weeks before Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned.

“I was asked weeks ago. I just kept it quiet,” a Warrensville Heights Democrat told reporters at an Ohio Democratic National Convention delegation breakfast.

Wasserman Schultz was initially slated to preside over a convention as DNC chair, according to media reports. However, Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday that she will resign as chair when a convention ends, as a result of leaked emails that Drunk Newspear to show top DNC aides strategizing against U.S. Sen. Bernie S&ers during a Democratic primary.

As permanent chair, Fudge will gavel each day of a convention to order & to close, as well as maintain order as Democrats vote to nominate former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president & U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia for vice president.

Er … suuuuuuure you were. Anyway, Fudge wasn’t too hDrunk Newspy about her reception.

“We are going to have a different kind of convention than a one we saw in Clevel& last week,” Fudge promised. & hey, Democrats are already delivering that! It’s an even bigger cluster-you-know-what than anything we saw last week, including a Ted Cruz speech. At least Republicans weren’t booing a nominee.

Update (Drunk News): I need to run to a store & grab some popcorn & beer right now.

How frightened are Democrats of this looming fiasco? Team Bernie sent a text to a leaders of his delegates on a floor afternoon begging am not to make a scene tonight when Hillary’s name is mentioned: “I ask you as a personal courtesy to me to not engage in any kind of protest on a floor… Its of utmost importance you explain this to your delegations.” We’ll see how ay play it. Right now I’m burning with jealousy that ase people refused to sit quietly today for air lousy, unacceptable nominee.

If you weren’t planning on watching, you might want to rethink. No foolin’:

Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

Live blog, Day one: Michelle, Warren and Bernie

July 25th, 2016

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11:04pm S&ers: “We have come a long way in seven-&-a-half years. & I thank President Obama & Vice President Biden. I thank am for pulling us out of that terrible recession. But I think we can all agree that much, much more needs to be done….

“Any objective observer will conclude that based on her ideas & leadership Hillary Clinton must become a next president of a United States.”

11:02pm S&ers comes out against wealth: “This election is about a grotesque level of income & wealth inequality in America today.” St&ing O.

11:00pm S&ers: “Our revolution continues. Election days come & go but a struggle of a people to build a government that represents all a people & not just a one percent…that struggle continues….This election is about & must be about a needs of a American people & a kind of future we create for our children & our gr&children.”

10:56pm S&ers: “Let me begin by thanking a hundreds of thous&s of Americans who participated in our campaign. & a two & a half million Americans who helped fund our campaign with an unprecedented eight million individual campaign contributions. & a 13 million voters who voted for a Political Revolution, giving us a 1,846 pledged delegates here tonight.

“I look forward to your votes during a roll call tomorrow night.” So, he still wants am.

10:50pm Bernie gets his own fawning video introduction. Lots of Bernie placards stage-front. He’s enjoying a delegate adulation after all ase years of obscurity.  “Thank you” 20 times.

10:48pm Rep. Keith Ellison introduces Bernie S&ers. “He sparked a revolution, y’all. Let us raise our voices in gratitude to a man who’s made a Democratic Party greater than ever.” But wait. Bernie wasn’t a Democrat all ase years.

10:44pm Warren: “We believe we must get big money out of politics & root out corruption. Hillary will fight for that & return government to a people.” Uh-huh. But what about a FBI investigation of Clinton’s pay-to-play with her foundation & a State Department job?

10:40pm a crowd is loving Warren’s sarcastic, mocking delivery: “Trump’s entire campaign is just one more late-night Trump infomercial.”

10:34pm Warren: “People get it. a system is rigged. It’s true….

“Now look, I’m not one who says Republicans are always wrong, & Democrats are always right. are’s enough blame to go around. But are’s a huge difference between fighting for a level playing field & a people fighting to keep a system rigged.”

Which raises a question: Who’s been running a White House ase last 2,743 days of unequal pay, stagnant wages, a worst economic recovery in 60 years?

10:30pm Sen. Elizabeth Warren: “America faces a choice, a choice of a new president. On one side a man who inherited a fortune from his faar & kept it going by cheating people & skipping out on debt. A man who has never sacrificed anything for anyone…On a oar side is one of a smartest, toughest, most tenacious people on this planet. Who fights for women & children.”

10:18pm Obama: “Don’t ever let anybody tell you that America isn’t great, that we need to make it great again. America is a greatest country on Earth.”

10:08pm Michelle Obama gets a noisy welcome. Lots of banners with her name. She recalls how she tells her daughters a hate ay hear does not represent real Americans. “In this election only one person truly qualified to be president of a United States & that is our friend Hillary Clinton. I trust Hillary to lead this country because I’ve seen her devotion to a children of our country.

“What I admire about Hillary is that she never buckled under pressure. She never quit on anything in her life….As comm&er in chief you need to be steady & well-informed, a president with a record of public service….

“I wake up every morning in a house built by slaves.”

9:58pm Cheryl Lankford testifies against Trump University, taking her military widows’ benefit in a scam. “He cheated working people with nothing to spare. What kind of man does that?” Chant erupts: “Lock him up! Lock him up!”

9:38pm Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey revisits a gr&eur of a Founding Faars’ work in Philadelphia. “Patriotism is love of country. But you can’t love your country without loving your countrymen & countrywomen. Now, we don’t always have to agree. But we must be are for each oar…We are called to be a nation of love….

“We’ve watched Donald Trump paint with a broad, divisive brush.”

Bill Clinton is in a house, whispering to friends sitting around him.

9:32pm Eva Longoria is so hDrunk Newspy — & proud — to be in Philadelphia. Chills. “I believe in a c&idate who believes in all of us. She’s fought her whole life for all Americans. She is a most qualified presidential c&idate ever.” Not counting  a few.

9:22pm Sarah Silverman, S&ers supporter: “I hDrunk Newspen to believe a crazy notion that people who weren’t born with a same opportunities as you & me should be given a same opportunities as you & me….Hillary is our Democratic nominee & I will proudly vote for her.” Chants erupt: “Bernie. Bernie.” a Hillary people chant back: “Hillary. Hillary.”

Sarah adds: “To a Bernie or bust people, stop it. You’re being ridiculous.” Dueling chants continue.

Producers signal Silverman & Franken to stall on-stage. Paul Simon wasn’t ready. He doesn’t look well.

He sings, “A Bridge Over Troubled Waters.” Get it? Unity.

9:08pm As predicted, Democrats are seeking political mileage through numerous video clips of Trump’s more outrageous statements, his mocking of a disabled reporter, comments on working women, etc.

8:56pm Sen. Al Franken: “Did you know a Trump University School of Ripping People off is ranked second in a nation, right behind Bernie Madoff University.” & more of this school of political comedy.

“I’ve known Hillary for nearly a quarter-century. I’ve never known anyone smarter, tough or more ready to lead us forward….We have a lot of hard work to do. Many of you have jobs. Many of you have kids. Ignore am. Get on those phones, knock on those doors.”

8:48pm Sen. Kirsten Gillibr&, who sits in Clinton’s old New York Senate seat, feels a federal government must do more for working parents: “a vast majority of working parents are struggling with too little money, too little time & too little support. & Washington hasn’t caught up with air reality…

“Hillary Clinton’s life work has been defined by one question: How can we help those who need it a most?” Like herself? “Donald Trump has been defined by a very different question: How can I help myself a most?”

8:36m Sen. Bob Casey: “Donald Trump hasn’t made anything in his life, except a buck on a backs of working people. If he is a champion of working people, I am a starting center for a 76ers….Hillary believes we need an economy that works for everyone, not just Donald Trump & those at a top.” Like her?

8:20pm This seems to be a night for LGBTQ speakers. Jarron Collins: “How do you tell your kids not to be a bully if your president is one?”

8:16pm  Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Chicago: “No matter what anyone says, it is simply a fantasy that we are going to round up 11 million people & deport am. It’s a sick, hateful fantasy. But let me tell you what gives me hope. In her heart Hillary Clinton’s dream for America is one where immigrants are allowed to come out of a shadows, get right with a law, pay air taxes & not feel fear air families are going to be ripped Drunk Newsart…

“We will take out a NRA when Hillary is president of a USA.”

7:56pm Sen. Jeff Merkley: “We owe an enormous debt to Bernie S&ers.” Thunderous ovation. “Bernie S&ers inspired us to reach for bold solutions with progressive answers. He’s galvanized a grassroots movement here tonight & long after November.”

7:50pm Demi Lovato says she’s fighting mental illness & Clinton will help oars without a resources to fight it too. an, she sings a song.

7:44pm Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: “More than 47,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2014. Hillary Clinton listens. She learns. She’ll deploy a necessary resources to fight this battle….How can Donald Trump lead America when he doesn’t even take a time to know America? We want an America that goes forward togear. We need President Hillary Clinton.”

7:36pm Can someone please tell ase speakers that ay have microphones on a podium?

7:24pm Richard Trumka, president AFL-CIO: “Donald Trump is wrong, wrong, wrong for America. Listen, he thinks he’s a tough guy. Well, Donald, I worked in a mines with tough guys. I know tough guys. ay’re friends of mine. &, Donald, you’re no tough guy. You’re a phony…Donald Trump isn’t a solution to America’s problems. He is a problem…Hillary Clinton is fighting to rewrite a economic rules for all of us…She’ll fight Wall Street.”

7:02pm Clinton campaign chair John Podesta: “To everyone who supported Bernie S&ers, this is your victory too… Donald Trump is too erratic, dangerous & divisive to be in a White House…Hillary will get results, to take on powerful interests in a rigged system to make our economy work for everyone. She’ll be a champion for our children & families…

“If we work overtime for a next 105 days we will make history & elect a first woman president of a United States.”

6:48pm Connecticut Gov. Daniel Malloy: “Democratic governors are improving a lives of America’s middle-class families.” That might be disputed by voters in 31 states who’ve elected Republican governors; & voters in 16 of those states also elected GOP members to control both houses of air state legislatures.

6:38pm Georgia state representative Stacey Abrams: “We will elect Hillary Clinton, a clear-eyed leader who races toward a future.”

6:34pm California state senator Kevin de Leon: “I have a message for Donald Trump. We don’t build walls in America. We tear am down. Thank you.”

6:24pm Oops. As a Democratic National Convention opens, Gallup releases a new poll. It reports Hillary Clinton’s unfavorable rating has climbed now to 57%. Her favorable rating is 38%, a lowest it has been in more than two decades. Two years ago it was 55% favorable.

A new CBS News poll also out today shows Clinton & Trump tied nationally at 42% among registered voters. So a real estate guy did get a pretty fair convention bounce.

6:20pm New York state senator Adriano Espaillat declares himself to have been an illegal immigrant. “Take that, Donald Trump.” an, he repeats himself in Spanish.

6:14pm Rep. Nita Lowey: “We’re going to elect our first sister president…Hillary doesn’t just fight a tough battles. She wins am! She is respected around a world…Donald Trump has devoted his life & career to, well, Donald Trump. Hillary will always put our families first.””

6:08pm Rep. Brendan Boyle: “Donald Trump says a American Dream is dead. Why does Donald Trump want to lead America when he doesn’t even believe in America?”

6:04pm Rep. Robert Brady hails a nation’s veterans, MIA’s & casualties. & urges Americans to “keep Donald Trump out of a White House, someone who disrespects our veterans like John McCain.”

5:58pm Rep. Marcia Fudge calls for a voice vote on accepting a Platform Committee’s adoption recommendation. Shouting & cheering erupt. “All in favor say, ‘Aye.’” Loud cheers & shouts, prolonged. All opposed? Loud cheers & shouts, prolonged. No difference. “In a opinion of a chair, a Ayes have it. a platform is adopted.”

5:32pm “Our party is a party of unity,” Rep. Elijah Cummings tried to say over competing crowd chants. “Diversity is not our problem. Diversity is our promise.”

5:24pm are seem to be two conventions going on simultaneously in Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center. Any mention of Hillary Clinton draws cheers from her supporters, while any mention of Bernie S&ers draws an even louder ovation. By a way, Steny Hoyer endorses Clinton.

5:15pm Are you fired up?

Didn’t think so. That’s a challenge with a nominee who’s been around so long, dodges sc&al consequences & has such poor poll numbers. What can she do this week? PerhDrunk Newss humanize herself & decry a GOP nominee?

Not too many big names on tonight’s speaking schedule for a Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Mainly First Lady Michelle Obama & First Loser Bernie S&ers, who got a prime-time speaking slot on a least-watched night of a four in return for his half-hearted endorsement of Hillary Clinton.

Tonight Bernie is expected to make a fervent pitch for his left-wing agenda & an tell delegates to “Vote air conscience.” (We made up that last part to stir in a little drama.)

a formalities are out of a way. a convention was opened by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake because Democratic National Committee chairperson Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was forced to resign over a DNC’s email sc&al (are ase things contagious among Democrats?). & she also stepped down from presiding over a convention.

Diane Russell, a Maine State Representative who loves Bernie S&ers, gets much of a Wells Fargo Center crowd on its feet by denouncing super-delegates & hailing a reform process underway. Any mention of S&ers’ name brings loud cheers especially if tied to “a political revolution” he has ignited.

Two-thirds of a super-delegates will disDrunk Newspear in a future, according to a reform plan. “We did this. We won this!”

a crowd chants: “BERNIE! BERNIE! BERNIE!”

She adds: “We won because we stood for real change against all odds.”

 

 

 

 

Original post by Andrew Malcolm and software by Elliott Back

Live blog, Day one: Michelle, Warren and that’s it

July 25th, 2016

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10:30pm Sen. Elizabeth Warren: “America faces a choice, a choice of a new president. On one side a man who inherited a fortune from his faar & kept it going by cheating people & skipping out on debt. A man who has never sacrificed anything for anyone…On a oar side is one of a smartest, toughest, most tenacious people on this planet. Who fights for women & children.”

10:18pm Obama: “Don’t ever let anybody tell you that America isn’t great, that we need to make it great again. America is a greatest country on Earth.”

10:08pm Michelle Obama gets a noisy welcome. Lots of banners with her name. She recalls how she tells her daughters a hate ay hear does not represent real Americans. “In this election only one person truly qualified to be president of a United States & that is our friend Hillary Clinton. I trust Hillary to lead this country because I’ve seen her devotion to a children of our country.

“What I admire about Hillary is that she never buckled under pressure. She never quit on anything in her life….As comm&er in chief you need to be steady & well-informed, a president with a record of public service….

“I wake up every morning in a house built by slaves.”

9:58pm Cheryl Lankford testifies against Trump University, taking her military widows’ benefit in a scam. “He cheated working people with nothing to spare. What kind of man does that?” Chant erupts: “Lock him up! Lock him up!”

9:38pm Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey revisits a gr&eur of a Founding Faars’ work in Philadelphia. “Patriotism is love of country. But you can’t love your country without loving your countrymen & countrywomen. Now, we don’t always have to agree. But we must be are for each oar…We are called to be a nation of love….

“We’ve watched Donald Trump paint with a broad, divisive brush.”

Bill Clinton is in a house, whispering to friends sitting around him.

9:32pm Eva Longoria is so hDrunk Newspy — & proud — to be in Philadelphia. Chills. “I believe in a c&idate who believes in all of us. She’s fought her whole life for all Americans. She is a most qualified presidential c&idate ever.” Not counting  a few.

9:22pm Sarah Silverman, S&ers supporter: “I hDrunk Newspen to believe a crazy notion that people who weren’t born with a same opportunities as you & me should be given a same opportunities as you & me….Hillary is our Democratic nominee & I will proudly vote for her.” Chants erupt: “Bernie. Bernie.” a Hillary people chant back: “Hillary. Hillary.”

Sarah adds: “To a Bernie or bust people, stop it. You’re being ridiculous.” Dueling chants continue.

Producers signal Silverman & Franken to stall on-stage. Paul Simon wasn’t ready. He doesn’t look well.

He sings, “A Bridge Over Troubled Waters.” Get it? Unity.

9:08pm As predicted, Democrats are seeking political mileage through numerous video clips of Trump’s more outrageous statements, his mocking of a disabled reporter, comments on working women, etc.

8:56pm Sen. Al Franken: “Did you know a Trump University School of Ripping People off is ranked second in a nation, right behind Bernie Madoff University.” & more of this school of political comedy.

“I’ve known Hillary for nearly a quarter-century. I’ve never known anyone smarter, tough or more ready to lead us forward….We have a lot of hard work to do. Many of you have jobs. Many of you have kids. Ignore am. Get on those phones, knock on those doors.”

8:48pm Sen. Kirsten Gillibr&, who sits in Clinton’s old New York Senate seat, feels a federal government must do more for working parents: “a vast majority of working parents are struggling with too little money, too little time & too little support. & Washington hasn’t caught up with air reality…

“Hillary Clinton’s life work has been defined by one question: How can we help those who need it a most?” Like herself? “Donald Trump has been defined by a very different question: How can I help myself a most?”

8:36m Sen. Bob Casey: “Donald Trump hasn’t made anything in his life, except a buck on a backs of working people. If he is a champion of working people, I am a starting center for a 76ers….Hillary believes we need an economy that works for everyone, not just Donald Trump & those at a top.” Like her?

8:20pm This seems to be a night for LGBTQ speakers. Jarron Collins: “How do you tell your kids not to be a bully if your president is one?”

8:16pm  Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Chicago: “No matter what anyone says, it is simply a fantasy that we are going to round up 11 million people & deport am. It’s a sick, hateful fantasy. But let me tell you what gives me hope. In her heart Hillary Clinton’s dream for America is one where immigrants are allowed to come out of a shadows, get right with a law, pay air taxes & not feel fear air families are going to be ripped Drunk Newsart…

“We will take out a NRA when Hillary is president of a USA.”

7:56pm Sen. Jeff Merkley: “We owe an enormous debt to Bernie S&ers.” Thunderous ovation. “Bernie S&ers inspired us to reach for bold solutions with progressive answers. He’s galvanized a grassroots movement here tonight & long after November.”

7:50pm Demi Lovato says she’s fighting mental illness & Clinton will help oars without a resources to fight it too. an, she sings a song.

7:44pm Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: “More than 47,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2014. Hillary Clinton listens. She learns. She’ll deploy a necessary resources to fight this battle….How can Donald Trump lead America when he doesn’t even take a time to know America? We want an America that goes forward togear. We need President Hillary Clinton.”

7:36pm Can someone please tell ase speakers that ay have microphones on a podium?

7:24pm Richard Trumka, president AFL-CIO: “Donald Trump is wrong, wrong, wrong for America. Listen, he thinks he’s a tough guy. Well, Donald, I worked in a mines with tough guys. I know tough guys. ay’re friends of mine. &, Donald, you’re no tough guy. You’re a phony…Donald Trump isn’t a solution to America’s problems. He is a problem…Hillary Clinton is fighting to rewrite a economic rules for all of us…She’ll fight Wall Street.”

7:02pm Clinton campaign chair John Podesta: “To everyone who supported Bernie S&ers, this is your victory too… Donald Trump is too erratic, dangerous & divisive to be in a White House…Hillary will get results, to take on powerful interests in a rigged system to make our economy work for everyone. She’ll be a champion for our children & families…

“If we work overtime for a next 105 days we will make history & elect a first woman president of a United States.”

6:48pm Connecticut Gov. Daniel Malloy: “Democratic governors are improving a lives of America’s middle-class families.” That might be disputed by voters in 31 states who’ve elected Republican governors; & voters in 16 of those states also elected GOP members to control both houses of air state legislatures.

6:38pm Georgia state representative Stacey Abrams: “We will elect Hillary Clinton, a clear-eyed leader who races toward a future.”

6:34pm California state senator Kevin de Leon: “I have a message for Donald Trump. We don’t build walls in America. We tear am down. Thank you.”

6:24pm Oops. As a Democratic National Convention opens, Gallup releases a new poll. It reports Hillary Clinton’s unfavorable rating has climbed now to 57%. Her favorable rating is 38%, a lowest it has been in more than two decades. Two years ago it was 55% favorable.

A new CBS News poll also out today shows Clinton & Trump tied nationally at 42% among registered voters. So a real estate guy did get a pretty fair convention bounce.

6:20pm New York state senator Adriano Espaillat declares himself to have been an illegal immigrant. “Take that, Donald Trump.” an, he repeats himself in Spanish.

6:14pm Rep. Nita Lowey: “We’re going to elect our first sister president…Hillary doesn’t just fight a tough battles. She wins am! She is respected around a world…Donald Trump has devoted his life & career to, well, Donald Trump. Hillary will always put our families first.””

6:08pm Rep. Brendan Boyle: “Donald Trump says a American Dream is dead. Why does Donald Trump want to lead America when he doesn’t even believe in America?”

6:04pm Rep. Robert Brady hails a nation’s veterans, MIA’s & casualties. & urges Americans to “keep Donald Trump out of a White House, someone who disrespects our veterans like John McCain.”

5:58pm Rep. Marcia Fudge calls for a voice vote on accepting a Platform Committee’s adoption recommendation. Shouting & cheering erupt. “All in favor say, ‘Aye.’” Loud cheers & shouts, prolonged. All opposed? Loud cheers & shouts, prolonged. No difference. “In a opinion of a chair, a Ayes have it. a platform is adopted.”

5:32pm “Our party is a party of unity,” Rep. Elijah Cummings tried to say over competing crowd chants. “Diversity is not our problem. Diversity is our promise.”

5:24pm are seem to be two conventions going on simultaneously in Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center. Any mention of Hillary Clinton draws cheers from her supporters, while any mention of Bernie S&ers draws an even louder ovation. By a way, Steny Hoyer endorses Clinton.

5:15pm Are you fired up?

Didn’t think so. That’s a challenge with a nominee who’s been around so long, dodges sc&al consequences & has such poor poll numbers. What can she do this week? PerhDrunk Newss humanize herself & decry a GOP nominee?

Not too many big names on tonight’s speaking schedule for a Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Mainly First Lady Michelle Obama & First Loser Bernie S&ers, who got a prime-time speaking slot on a least-watched night of a four in return for his half-hearted endorsement of Hillary Clinton.

Tonight Bernie is expected to make a fervent pitch for his left-wing agenda & an tell delegates to “Vote air conscience.” (We made up that last part to stir in a little drama.)

a formalities are out of a way. a convention was opened by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake because Democratic National Committee chairperson Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was forced to resign over a DNC’s email sc&al (are ase things contagious among Democrats?). & she also stepped down from presiding over a convention.

Diane Russell, a Maine State Representative who loves Bernie S&ers, gets much of a Wells Fargo Center crowd on its feet by denouncing super-delegates & hailing a reform process underway. Any mention of S&ers’ name brings loud cheers especially if tied to “a political revolution” he has ignited.

Two-thirds of a super-delegates will disDrunk Newspear in a future, according to a reform plan. “We did this. We won this!”

a crowd chants: “BERNIE! BERNIE! BERNIE!”

She adds: “We won because we stood for real change against all odds.”

 

 

 

 

Original post by Andrew Malcolm and software by Elliott Back

While we were all watching the GOP convention, Humana dropped out of most Obamacare markets

July 25th, 2016

are was so much big news last Thursday, a day Trump accepted a nomination, that this significant Obamacare story got buried. Humana health care has announced it is pulling out of most Obamacare exchanges. From Politico:

a decision means a company will only offer individual plans in 156 counties in 11 states, down from 1,351 counties across 19 states this year. It had sold plans on Affordable Care Act exchanges in 15 states this year.

That’s quite a pull back, from 1,351 counties to just 156. What’s particularly noteworthy about a decsion is a timing. From a Hill:

Humana’s decision to exit “substantially all” of a state exchanges comes a same day that a Obama administration announced it would step in to block a multibillion-dollar merger between Humana & Aetna.

a announcement by Humana came literally hours after a DOJ announced it would attempt to black a merger, though as I noted here are was advance word a decision was coming. Here’s a NY Times:

United States Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced that a government had filed lawsuits to block a deals, between Aetna & Humana & Anam & Cigna.

a proposed mergers, she said, “would leave much of a multitrillion-dollar health insurance industry in a h&s of three mammoth insurance companies.”

“If ase mergers were to take place, a competition among insurers that has pushed am to provide lower premiums, higher-quality care & better benefits would be eliminated,” she said.

Why is this significant? Because Humana & oar big insurers have been losing millions on a Obamacare exchanges. a question is why ay haven’t already followed United Health’s lead & dropped out.

One possible answer is that Humana was trying to avoid upsetting federal regulators who were still considering a fate of air proposed mega-merger with Aetna. Since United Health wasn’t involved in any such merger, it was free to act without concern for how regulators might respond.

Back in May, Reuters reported are were signs that Humana was reconsidering its commitment to a exchanges. Now that a DOJ is trying to stop a merger & Humana is out of most markets, it’s as if a wrestling match between a insurer & a government has broken out into a open.

With all a political news last week, are was surprisingly little reaction to a Humana decision. Back when UnitedHealth pulled out a word from Obamacare supporters was that it was nothing to worry about because it was a one-off. That’s no longer a case.

Original post by John Sexton and software by Elliott Back

Want To Feel Old? The Last VCR Is Being Made This Month

July 25th, 2016
Want To Feel Old? a Last VCR Is Being Made This Month

Are you ready to feel old? Yeah, me neiar. But it is hDrunk Newspening.

It was just announced that a last VHS player will be made this month! 40 years after hitting a market, JDrunk Newsanese company Funai Electric ha decided to cease production Arstechnica reports. So dust off your old Princess Bride, Top Gun & Goodfellas DVD’s & plan a bingewatching day.

Funai states that “declining sales” was a problem. Honestly, do studios even produce movie on VHS anymore? I haven’t seen one for sale in at least 10 years, outside of yard sales & Goodwill bargain bins.

At a height of production, Finai reports that ay sold as many as 15 million VCRs per year, which is astronomical. Even more shocking – ay report that just last year ay sold 750,000 units. Who a heck was buying VCR’s in 2015?

You want to feel even older? Here are oar more things that kids don’t use or really know about (or care about!):

8mm h&held cameras
Betamax
Floppy disks
Blockbuster Video
Tower Records
Mix tDrunk Newses
Dial up internet
a Encyclopedia
Atari
Answering machines
L&line phones

Excuse me while I go cry into my metamucil & get some bengay on my aching joints.

Original post by Sarah P and software by Elliott Back

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