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Name: Chris Bastian
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The People's Party's Brain Trust...

They apparently held a convention this weekend to decide if they should form a new political party. I wonder what their decision was?

Dr. Cornel West
Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. Author of 20 books and commentator on CNN. Bernie 2020 surrogate and co-host of the Tight Rope Podcast

Sen. Nina Turner
National co-chair of the Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign. Host of the Hello Somebody Podcast. Former President of Our Revolution. Served Ohio in the state senate and Cleveland in the city council. Former professor of African American history

Marianne Williamson
Author, spiritual leader, activist, Democratic presidential candidate in 2020. Has written 13 books and multiple NYT bestsellers. Co-founder of the Peace Alliance.

Sen. Mike Gravel
Former U.S. Senator from Alaska. Democratic Presidential Candidate in 2020 and 2008. Read the Pentagon Papers into the public record. Founder of The National Citizens Initiative for Democracy, for direct democracy in America.

Gov. Jesse Ventura
Former governor of Minnesota and host of The World According to Jesse

Even odds?

Princeton Election Consortium

Betting markets used to favor Biden over Trump. But in the days after the Democratic and Republican conventions, the markets now report 50-50 odds, a toss-up. Is that a realistic assessment?

Based on polling metrics, the data so far don’t support this shift at all. It seems that bettors are factoring in “pre-poll” possibilities such as difficulties in voter access in a way that helps Trump; or “post-poll” disruption such as post-election unrest arising from a slow count, eventually leading to an Electoral College outcome that doesn’t match true state-by-state voter intent. We must do everything we can to guard against these threats to democracy.

But today, let me put that aside. Ignoring the factors above, what would it take for conditions to suggest a true even-odds Presidential election, assuming the election is held without major incident? Based on polls only, here are some thresholds to watch for:

Biden Meta-Margin at 0.0%
Biden ahead in national popular vote by less than 2.5%
Democrats lead generic Congressional ballot by less than 3%
Trump job approval rises to 45%

Joe Biden with a spring in his step...


OMG! Biden is TANKING in the betting markets!

It's obvious that MICHAEL BLOOMBERG is going to be our nominee...

If you look at predictions from British gambling site Betfair, the Democratic primary has a new top-tier candidate: Mike Bloomberg. His odds of winning the Democratic nomination shot up suddenly in the middle of this week, and on February 14 he briefly passed Bernie Sanders — who has won the popular vote in the two states that have voted so far and is leading in national polls — as the candidate likeliest to win the nomination and likeliest (behind Trump) to be our next president. At the peak on Valentine’s Day, bettors on Betfair gave Bloomberg a 34.5 percent chance of winning the nomination.


The things people find to worry about here.....

Justice Dept. Never Fully Examined Trump's Ties to Russia, Ex-Officials Say

Source: New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department secretly took steps in 2017 to narrow the investigation into Russian election interference and any links to the Trump campaign, according to former law enforcement officials, keeping investigators from completing an examination of President Trump’s decades-long personal and business ties to Russia.

The special counsel who finished the investigation, Robert S. Mueller III, secured three dozen indictments and convictions of some top Trump advisers, and he produced a report that outlined Russia’s wide-ranging operations to help get Mr. Trump elected and the president’s efforts to impede the inquiry.

But law enforcement officials never fully investigated Mr. Trump’s own relationship with Russia, even though some career F.B.I. counterintelligence investigators thought his ties posed such a national security threat that they took the extraordinary step of opening an inquiry into them. Within days, the former deputy attorney general Rod J. Rosenstein curtailed the investigation without telling the bureau, all but ensuring it would go nowhere.

A bipartisan report by the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee released this month came the closest to an examination of the president’s links to Russia. Senators depicted extensive ties between Trump associates and Russia, identified a close associate of a former Trump campaign chairman as a Russian intelligence officer and outlined how allegations about Mr. Trump’s encounters with women during trips to Moscow could be used to compromise him. But the senators acknowledged they lacked access to the full picture, particularly any insight into Mr. Trump’s finances.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/30/us/politics/trump-russia-justice-department.html

Pelosi, Biden slam Scalise for doctored video that altered activist's words

Source: The Hill

Top Democrats sharply criticized a senior House Republican on Sunday after he shared a video that included a clip apparently doctored to insert words into an activist's question to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden that were never actually said.

Former Vice President Joe Biden (D), the 2020 Democratic nominee, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called on House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) to take down a video that Twitter flagged earlier Sunday as containing "manipulated media."

The video contains a clip of an interview with Biden and activist Ady Barkan – who uses a computerized artificial voice due to his ALS – in which Barkan asks if Biden can "agree that we can redirect some of the funding” from law enforcement to mental health and social services, to which Biden agrees.


"This video is doctored — and a flagrant attempt to spread misinformation at the expense of a man who uses assistive technology. It should be removed. Now," Biden wrote.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/house/514361-pelosi-biden-slam-scalise-for-video-that-doctored-activists-words

The New York Times is ditching TV listings after 81 years


New York (CNN Business)The New York Times has included TV listings in its newspaper since 1939, but that's about to change.

Sunday is the final day that the paper will include daily TV listings in its print editions. The TV grid in the paper was paired with a "What's on TV column."The New York Times has included only the grid in its New York City edition for several years now, according to the paper.

In January 1945, the paper included four TV listings (this was way before cable), and in March 1988, the TV listings began appearing in print form in the paper, with almost 40 channels listed for readers.

In 2006, the paper discontinued its TV section and moved the TV listings to the Art & Leisure section.

Canceling TV listings was a long time coming: It comes at a time when streaming is taking over the entertainment world, leaving traditional TV in the dust. And for traditional TV viewers, apps, on-screen listings and the internet have long since made print listings obsolete.

BREAKING (CBS): Biden going to Pennsylvania tomorrow


Biden condemns violence on all sides after deadly Portland shooting

Source: Axios

Democratic nominee Joe Biden issued a statement unequivocally condemning violence on all sides after a man was fatally shot Saturday night during a clash between supporters of President Trump and anti-racism protesters.

Why it matters: As Biden prepares to address civil unrest this week, he is looking to set a marker for Trump and put the burden on him to speak to all sides on an issue that is roiling America and the presidential campaign.

The Trump campaign has sought to paint Biden as unwilling to condemn the violent protests that have unfolded in places like Portland and Kenosha, despite the former vice president having done so several times.

In the wake of a flood of tweets and retweets by Trump that defended aggressive actions by his supporters in Portland, Biden demanded that the president help "lower the temperature."

Read more: https://www.axios.com/biden-trump-condemns-portland-violence-861488d0-6f9b-4a6a-8f94-6f18c9a05381.html

Statement by Joe Biden on violence in Portland

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