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Plummeting in the polls, a desperate Trump resorts to parroting Russian propaganda

Down the rabbit hole…

In the Up-Is-Down world of American politics today, we are witnessing an unprecedented shift in Republican alliances. Once the bitter foes of Russian communists, Republicans, led by their presidential nominee, are now using Russian talking points in an attempt to smear Democratic President Barack Obama and presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. As his poll number continue to sink like a rock in water, yesterday Trump claimed that Obama and Clinton are the founder and cofounder of ISIS, the Islamic terrorist group that is spreading their violence and mayhem across the globe.

“Our government isn’t giving us good protection.…

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Trump’s biggest fans would also be some of Trump’s worst victims

Trump’s biggest fans would also be some of Trump’s worst victims

I’ve spent the last week attempting to develop some empathy for Donald Trump’s diehard supporters.

Given what we’ve learned from the Department of Justice report about the racial bias in Baltimore Police Department, seeking the legitimate grievances of a movement that’s bent on deporting and immiserating millions feels like a luxury — a luxury I know that I can only afford because I was lucky enough to be born into a life of the sort of privileges that make empathy affordable.

But we can’t be just content to beat Trump. We have to shame him into infamy, along with all the other risible elements of the right-wing conspiracy sewer he has elevated. …

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Seth’s story: Honoring his authentic self

Seth’s story: Honoring his authentic self

After decades of living as the Mormon Church, his family and society expected him to, this transgender man is finally living his truth.

This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here.

Seth Carwyn grew up Mormon, living under the strict rules of the faith that were followed by his family. He adhered to the religion’s tenets into adulthood, but there was something that kept nagging at him — something he didn’t know how to reconcile.

As early as the age of two, Seth knew he identified as male, even though he was assigned female at birth.…

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VIDEO: Donald Trump suggests assassinating Hillary Clinton as option to stop her from appointing Supreme Court justices

VIDEO: Donald Trump suggests assassinating Hillary Clinton as option to stop her from appointing Supreme Court justices

I knew Donald Trump couldn’t go more than a few days without saying something outrageous. Today it was to suggest that one way to stop Hillary Clinton from appointing Supreme Court justices if she becomes president is by assassinating her:

Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know, but… but I’ll tell ya what, that will be a horrible day.

Watch:

If there are any historians out there who can recall a time when a candidate for a major political party suggested the assassination of their rival if they win, would you please let me know?…

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Donald Trump makes news in Detroit by not deviating from his teleprompter

Donald Trump makes news in Detroit by not deviating from his teleprompter

Donald Trump’s visit to Detroit yesterday seems to have made news largely because he didn’t say anything outrageous and wasn’t goaded into lashing out at over a dozen protesters who interrupted his speech. He stood quietly during each outburst then said, “Thank you”, as if he were to be commended for not telling the crowd to beat the daylights out of the protesters. It was an uncharacteristic show of self-restraint that turned his teleprompter-aided speech into a lackluster, low-energy appeal to upper class, wealthy Americans. As Mark Sumner put it at Daily Kos, “Trump appeared to be observing a competitive ping pong match as he apparently looked back and forth between a pair of teleprompter screens, observing each side of the room for a paragraph at the time.…

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REMINDER: Donald Trump thinks Detroit autoworkers make too much money and their companies should have gone bankrupt

REMINDER: Donald Trump thinks Detroit autoworkers make too much money and their companies should have gone bankrupt

Donald Trump is in Michigan today, sharing his two-dimensional worldview at the Detroit Economic Club. As Trump returns to the Motor City, it’s worth recalling just how little he thinks of Detroit, Michigan autoworkers, and the companies that employ them.

First, who can forget what Trump said the last time he was here. He essentially told Michigan autoworkers, “You make too much money“:

He said U.S. automakers could shift production away from Michigan to communities where autoworkers would make less. “You can go to different parts of the United States and then ultimately you’d do full-circle — you’ll come back to Michigan because those guys are going to want their jobs back even if it is less,” Trump said.…

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Show us your taxes or pay for your own Secret Service protection

Show us your taxes or pay for your own Secret Service protection

If elected president, would Donald Trump defend our NATO allies if attacked as we’re obligated to by Article 5 of the NATO treaty?

“If they fulfill their obligations to us, the answer is yes,” the GOP nominee said last month.

Trump complained about our allies not meeting their financial obligations and questioning our need to protect him. Certainly, he’d hold himself to same obligation.

Trump is the first major party presidential nominee in generations who won’t release his tax returns. He won’t release them, he says, because they’re being audited, though he could. He won’t release returns from 2008 and before which he admits are not being audited because they’re “linked.”

Now he says that he won’t release his returns because they cost Mitt Romney the presidency, a theory that no other analyst seems to share and directly contradicts Trump’s general argument that Romney lost because he “choked.”

What we do know about Trump’s taxes from the returns we’ve seen is that he often  paid as little as no — zero — taxes.…

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Two Michigan for-profit charter schools being held accountable for breaking the law

Two Michigan for-profit charter schools being held accountable for breaking the law

Hallelujah

It’s no secret that the for-profit charter school industry is like the Wild West when it comes to being able to do just about anything they want. Michigan is one of the most permissive states in the country when it comes to oversight of charter schools and there are miscreants out there taking full advantage of that in order to maximize the flow of tax dollars directed into their bank accounts.

This week, however, a couple of them are finally being held accountable, a rare but important step.

First, there’s Detroit Community Schools, an Orwellian-named run by former criminals that was called out in a scathing floor speech by Democratic State Rep.

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REMINDER: Republicans were trying to steal this election and the courts stopped them

REMINDER: Republicans were trying to steal this election and the courts stopped them

The most openly racist GOP nominee ever is spewing the right’s most racist lies to attack voting rights

The last few weeks has seen a series of victories for voting rights like we haven’t seen since 2012 — the last time the GOP tried to sway a presidential election by placing unnecessary burdens on voting.

The Nation’s Ari Berman explains:

In the past 10 days, courts have issued six major decisions against GOP-backed voting restrictions in five different states.

On Friday, an array of new voting restrictions were struck down in North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Kansas. This followed rulings the previous week softening voter ID laws in Texas and Wisconsin and striking down Michigan’s ban on straight-ticket voting.…

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After hearing today, federal Court of Appeals will decide on the constitutionality of Michigan’s Emergency Manager law

After hearing today, federal Court of Appeals will decide on the constitutionality of Michigan’s Emergency Manager law

Over two years ago, a federal judge swept aside multiple delay tactics by the administration of Gov. Rick Snyder and allowed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law to move forward. The wheels of justice turn slowly but they do, indeed, turn and today arguments were heard on the case, Phillips v. Snyder, before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. At question is whether the disparate impact of Public Act 436 on racial minorities makes it in violation of the U.S. Constitution. The plaintiffs argue that Public Act 436 discriminates on the basis of income and race, deprives thousands of Michigan citizens of their fundamental right to vote, freedom of speech and association, and violates the Voting Rights Act of 1965.…

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It’s time we judge Donald Trump by the people he hires

It’s time we judge Donald Trump by the people he hires

The most unqualified person to run for president or vice president in recent memory prior to Donald Trump was obviously Sarah Palin. However, unlike Sarah Palin, Trump has never held an elected position in government of any kind. So, being the mayor of Wasilla, Alaska puts Palin ahead of Trump which is saying a LOT.

Because of this, we have little to go on when judging his suitability to run the entire country. And we can’t really judge him on his business acumen given his multiple bankruptcies and the fact that Atlantic City, New Jersey now has an Emergency Manager, largely thanks to Trump’s failures there.…

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