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Why are people giving Jill Stein millions of dollars for an election recount?

Source: Washington Post, by David Weigel

On Wednesday afternoon, near the start of one of the year's final news droughts, former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein announced a new campaign: to pay for recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Maine. The news went first to the journalist Greg Palast, then on Stein's Facebook page, then in an interview with the Russian propaganda channel RT.


More Clinton fans see this as a waste of time — at best. Someone was going to tap into mounting liberal anger that — for the second time this century — a Democrat has lost the presidency while winning the popular vote. But Democrats can't believe that the someone was Stein. In all three of the contested states, Stein campaigned for votes; in Michigan and Wisconsin, her total was greater than the gap between Clinton and Trump.

For Democrats, Stein's role in the campaign resurrects some of the worst aspects of the campaign. It directs liberal anger toward a hopeless goal. It feeds into a Russian story line promoted on RT — that American democracy is awfully flimsy, considering that the country claims to lead the world. And it helps a third party that can split Democratic votes. On Thursday afternoon, a few Democrats suggested that people reaching for their credit cards in anger were ignoring an actual, achievable cause.

Louisiana's low-profile Senate runoff, in which Democrat-turned-Republican John Kennedy is heavily favored, takes place on Dec. 10. Foster Campbell, the populist Democrat who made the runoff, has raised just $1,461,752 — or less than half as much as the recount campaign raised in a day.

Read it at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/11/24/why-are-people-giving-jill-stein-millions-of-dollars-for-an-election-recount/?hpid=hp_hp-cards_hp-card-politics%3Ahomepage%2Fcard

Happy Thanksgiving Day! Enjoying the parades?


This about sums it up, doesn't it?

Hillary has moved on.

So should we.

Get you a good book and enjoy the holidays.


It was never about bringing back coal mining jobs.

"Grinch Gone Wild!" - now Dec 1 overtime rule on hold?

US court blocks overtime expansion pay rule for 4 million

A federal court on Tuesday blocked implementation of a rule imposed by President Barack Obama's administration that would have made an estimated 4 million more higher-earning workers across the country eligible for overtime pay starting Dec. 1.

The Department of Labor had no immediate comment on the order on Tuesday.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez said after the original lawsuit was filed in September that he was confident in the legality of the rule, calling the lawsuit a partisan and obstructionist tactic. He noted that overtime protections have receded over the years. They applied to 62 percent of U.S. full-time salaried workers in 1975 and just 7 percent today.

"The overtime rule is designed to restore the intent of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the crown jewel of worker protections in the United States," Perez said in September. "I look forward to vigorously defending our efforts to give more hardworking people a meaningful chance to get by."


CNN finally explained!

America is about to become one big Alabama


Source: Alabama Political Reporter, by Josh Moon


That’s right, prepare for America to be a gigantic version of Alabama when this whole thing is over.

Already, president-elect Trump has begun staffing his White House team with some of the biggest racists, misogynists and bigots working in politics today.


Because here in Alabama, we’ve been governed by people just like that since the day the state was founded. And since that first day, those people have set about turning Alabama into a state our own governor described as last in everything good, first in everything bad.


Let me give you an example: Alabama’s former Speaker of the House once complained in an email about ethics laws he had helped pass, as he was also discussing ways to subvert those laws legally, as he was also subverting those laws illegally. All because he simply couldn’t afford to live on the measly $200,000-plus annual salary he was earning.

This is the level of stupid that’s about to go national.


In Alabama, we have seen all sorts of stupid bills presented and passed simply to ward off the newest urban legend in Crazy Conservative Town.

We’ve stopped the U.N. gun ban, which wasn’t a thing. We stopped President Obama from passing gun laws that he had never proposed. This past election we actually voted on a constitutional amendment making the state “right to work,” even though it already is. And we’ve ensured more Christian rights that were never in danger than I can count.


They won’t create a better economy, because conservative policies that move higher tax burdens to the middle class and poor have never – not once in the entire history of this country – produced a better economy.

They won’t make the water or air cleaner. They won’t do anything about the very real issue of climate change. They won’t protect anyone different from them from anything, and will routinely classify discrimination complaints as “whining.” And they won’t do anything to address the long-term issues affecting education.

So, buckle up, America, it’s gonna be bumpy.


Read it all at: http://www.alreporter.com/america-is-about-to-become-one-big-alabama/

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Obama loyalists plot Trump resistance

Alumni of the Obama White House spent days mourning Trump's win. Now they're ready to fight.

Source: Politico, by Sarah Wheaton

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. There’d be a wave election to sweep away Trump’s divisive rhetoric and Republican obstruction all at once. The people who have spent the last decade sweating it out for Obama – in many cases most of their adult lives – could finally lead normal lives, his legacy safely in the hands of the first woman president.

The talks are all early, but a few broad themes have emerged. One is protecting the people most targeted by Trump’s policies and rhetoric. How to block a deportation force, for example? Could Vice President Joe Biden leads an anti-domestic violence campaign? Then there are the Obama policies that are most at-risk: the health law, his climate regulation. Finally, with Democratic ranks decimated not only at the federal level, but in statehouses as well, there’s a significant new emphasis on supporting alumni who are considering running for office.

Over the past 10 years, Obama alumni have spread throughout the government, the advocacy world, and influential parts of the private sector, including at Google and Facebook. That means there’s a lot diverse talent to harness.

“The president is committed to staying in touch with this group with some regularity in the months and years ahead,” Obama’s former campaign manager David Plouffe told OFA members on the call. In fact, Plouffe added, after the disastrous election results, “We’ll have to do it a little more frequently.”

Obama is still a powerful force for the generation that grew up working for him.

“He’s our Jesus Christ. We’re crazy,” said Jaff, not without self-awareness. “It’s 10 years later, and we’re still obsessed.”

Read it at: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/obama-loyalists-trump-resistance-231642

Now, where were we before we were so rudely interrupted?

AP's No. 2, 3, 4, 5 all got beat.

There are only two unbeaten teams in the Top 25 now, and one of them is Western Michigan.

No. 25 Troy University (my wife's alma mater and son's present school) took a loss Thursday night, so I guess there is only one Alabama team left in the hunt for a National Championship.

I don't know.

National Championship last year. Half that team drafted into the NFL. Freshman quarterback?

Sure looks like a rebuilding year! Saban is an adequate recruiter.

Watch out 2017-2018!!!!

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