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We're 4 days out, and there are reports of racist/misogynistic/antisemitic threats, violence, and vandalism all over the country, even in liberal strongholds.  Children are engaging in racist taunts in school.

Steve Bannon is being floated as the new Chief of Staff, and he's set up a meeting with Marion Le Pen, who is the niece of Marine Le Pen.

The Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Trump, and we know there's a Trump segment in the FBI that colluded with Giuliani to force Comey to release the letter about a renewed email investigation.

Kris Kobach, who created Arizona's "brown people must show us your papers" law and who, as Kansas Secretary of State, has defied court orders on voting rights, is joining the Trump transition team.

Trump has no interest in being president, which means one of his inner circle will exercise power - I assume that person will be Bannon. Who will handpick judges to fill the slots that the GOP blocked Obama from filling. Just before the new voting restrictions kick in.  If you think he doesn't have a stable of very respectable, very qualified, secret white supremacists in mind, I have a bridge to sell you.

John Yoo - who defended Bush's torture program - is being invited to meet with Trump's transition team. One of the names for the new head of the CIA was an architect of that program.

This is real.  And it gets worse from here.
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Which means I may or may not be offline for a while.  I can't really deal with this.
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Today it's faithless electors and the SEPTA strike oh my god this is killing me.

ETA: And hey, a new Wikileaks dump of DNC emails.
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(in case you were unaware, Thiel was speaking in support of Donald Trump.  Thiel bankrolled Hogan's suit against Gawker, which bankrupted the company.  He did it in retaliation for having been outed by Gawker). 
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If you pay attention to the business news, you may have noticed that Twitter isn't doing too well - its stock price and user base are stagnant.  It's been trying to find a corporate acquirer, and in particular, was in talks with Salesforce.  But a couple of days ago, Salesforce announced it was walking away.  And now there's this:
Twitter trolls were part of the reason why Salesforce walked away from a deal

[A]ccording to CNBC's "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer, Salesforce was turned off by a more fundamental problem that's been hurting Twitter for years: trolls.

"What's happened is, a lot of the bidders are looking at people with lots of followers and seeing the hatred," Cramer said on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street," citing a recent conversation with Benioff. "I know that the haters reduce the value of the company...I know that Salesforce was very concerned about this notion."
It's actually heartening to see that Twitter's failure to address harassment is now impacting the bottom line. Gives me a kind of renewed faith in capitalism.
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that the GOP didn't just nominate a political neophyte, but possibly the actual worst person in the country

Unreal

Oct. 12th, 2016 05:59 pm
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Two Women Say Donald Trump Touched Them Inappropriately


More than three decades ago, when she was a traveling businesswoman at a paper company, [Jessica] Leeds said, she sat beside Mr. Trump in the first-class cabin of a flight to New York. They had never met before.

About 45 minutes after takeoff, she recalled, Mr. Trump lifted the armrest and began to touch her.

According to Ms. Leeds, Mr. Trump grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt.

“He was like an octopus,” she said. “His hands were everywhere.”

She fled to the back of the plane. “It was an assault,” she said.

....

[Rachel] Crooks was a 22-year-old receptionist at Bayrock Group, a real estate investment and development company in Trump Tower in Manhattan, when she encountered Mr. Trump outside an elevator in the building one morning in 2005.

Aware that her company did business with Mr. Trump, she turned and introduced herself. They shook hands, but Mr. Trump would not let go, she said. Instead, he began kissing her cheeks. Then, she said, he “kissed me directly on the mouth.”

It didn’t feel like an accident, she said. It felt like a violation.

“It was so inappropriate,” Ms. Crooks recalled in an interview. “I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that.”

...

In a phone interview on Tuesday night, a highly agitated Mr. Trump denied every one of the women’s claims.

“None of this ever took place,” said Mr. Trump, who began shouting at The Times reporter who was questioning him. He said that The Times was making up the allegations to hurt him and that he would sue the news organization if it reported them.

“You are a disgusting human being,” he told the reporter as she questioned him about the women’s claims.

Asked whether he had ever done any of the kissing or groping that he had described on the recording, Mr. Trump was once again insistent: “I don’t do it. I don’t do it. It was locker room talk.”

There's video of Leeds's interview at the link.  Worth watching.
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Balloon Juice has collected a bunch.

It is an insult that we all have to pretend that somehow there's a contest between Clinton and this loon.

It is terrifying that the GOP is still actively working to get him elected - up to and including massive voter suppression.
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From a legal-mystery standpoint, it's fairly by-the-numbers. But I am excited to see a woman play the maverick-operates-on-her-own-rules-because-she's-just-that-good character. The last time I saw it attempted was Dana Delaney in Body of Proof, where she was basically a Dr. House-like medical examiner, but they couldn't quite commit to her being just as obnoxious as House, so they had to soften her.

Also, they're 'shipping her with Eddie Cahill and I've always had soft spot for Eddie Cahill. Which means, I have no hope for the actual plots, but I am interested to see where they're going with the characters.

Also, they've got a Hillary Clinton analog who looks like she'll be appropriately complex and ruthless.

BTW, I am in love with Pitch, so that's a thing.  And I didn't even realize it was the Saved by the Bell dude under that beard.  I feel very old.
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when I return it's like 10 new horri-mazing things. I will not survive until November.
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 Wisconsin Is Systematically Failing to Provide the Photo IDs Required to Vote in November
Nine percent of registered voters in Wisconsin don’t have a valid voter-ID and many are still struggling to get the documents they need to vote in November. It appears that Wisconsin is violating multiple court orders by not promptly giving eligible citizens free IDs or certificates for voting. This is particularly concerning since early voting began this week in cities like Madison and Milwaukee and thousands of Wisconsinites are casting ballots.

QOTD

Sep. 29th, 2016 04:41 am
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Republicans in Denial That the Debate Exposed Donald Trump As Unfit for Office
So Trump, according to the people trying to help him win, is unable to pick good staff, manage his time, follow advice, or even accept the connection between preparing for an event and succeeding at it. Republicans have so internalized Trump’s wild unsuitability for the presidency that they have decided to treat these facts as mere hurdles to overcome on the path to the presidency. But why are they trying to help him win in the first place?
It really is extraordinary. By every measure Trump is revealing that he cannot be rehabilitated - and half of his platform is anathema to conservatives. Their continued support for him is ... well, disappointing does not begin to cover it. The only bright spot is that so far, even solidly Republican newspapers have refused to endorse him.
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This May Be The Most Horrible Thing That Donald Trump Believes
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has offered a litany of racist comments, which it turns out may be rooted in his deeper belief in the inherent superiority of some people ― and not others.

The Frontline documentary “The Choice,” which premiered this week on PBS, reveals that Trump agrees with the dangerous and abusive theory of eugenics.

Trump’s father instilled in him the idea that their family’s success was genetic, according to Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio. “The family subscribes to a racehorse theory of human development,” D’Antonio says in the documentary. “They believe that there are superior people and that if you put together the genes of a superior woman and a superior man, you get a superior offspring.”

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