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Friday, August 26, 2016

When Donald Trump claimed, "the election's going to be rigged," he wasn't entirely wrong. But the threat was not, as Trump warned, from Americans committing the crime of "voting many, many times." What's far more likely to undermine democracy in November is the culmination of a decade-long Republican effort to disenfranchise voters under the guise of battling voter fraud. The latest tool: Election officials in more than two dozen states have compiled lists of citizens whom they allege could be registered in more than one state – thus potentially able to cast multiple ballots – and eligible to be purged from the voter rolls.

Trump has a long history of outsourcing a variety of his products and has acknowledged doing so. When asked during a Republican primary debate in Miami why voters should trust that Trump "will run the country differently from how you run your businesses," he answered: "Because nobody knows the system better than me. … I'm a businessman. These are laws. These are regulations. These are rules. We're allowed to do it. … I'm the one that knows how to change it."

Trump also encouraged outsourcing to students of Trump University, the now-defunct program that is under litigation over allegations of fraud. In a 2005 post titled "Outsourcing Creates Jobs in the Long Run," Trump wrote that sending work outside your company "is not always a terrible thing."

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A new wave of Turkish tanks rolled into northern Syria on Thursday as the military extended its fight to drive Islamic State away from the border and deter advances by American-backed Kurdish forces. With U.S. support, the Turkish military solidified its hold on the Syrian border town of Jarablus and looked to push further south in its biggest ground operation in Syria since the conflict erupted more than five years ago. Read more

One of the country's most outspoken elected officials, Maine Gov. Paul LePage, left a bizarre and threatening voicemail for a Democratic state lawmaker he thought called him racist, calling Rep. Drew Gattine a "socialist cocksucker."

"Mr. Gattine, this is Gov. Paul Richard LePage," a recording of the message begins. "I would like to talk to you about your comments about my being a racist, you cocksucker."

"I want to talk to you. I want you to prove that I'm a racist. I've spent my life helping black people and you little son-of-a-bitch, socialist cocksucker," the governor continued. "You … I need you to, just friggin. I want you to record this and make it public because I am after you. Thank you."

France's top administrative court has overturned a town burkini ban amid shock and anger worldwide after some Muslim women were ordered to remove body-concealing garments on French Riviera beaches.

The ruling by the Council of State Friday specifically concerns a ban in the Riviera town of Villeneuve-Loubet, but the binding decision is expected to set a legal precedent for all the 30 or so French resort municipalities that have issued similar decrees.

Lawyers for two human rights groups challenged the legality of the ban to the top court, saying the orders infringe basic freedoms and that mayors have overstepped their powers by telling women what to wear on beaches.

Mayors had cited concern about public order after deadly Islamic extremist attacks this summer, and many officials have argued that burkinis oppress women.

Donald Trump is suggesting that if he wins the presidential election, he is going to imprison Hillary Clinton, because, "everyone knows she's guilty."

During an interview on CBS's Face The Nation, Trump said, "I would have my attorney general look at it because everyone knows that she's guilty. Now I would say this, she's guilty but I would let my attorney general make that determination. Maybe they would disagree."

Drew Pinsky's six-year-old HLN show, "Dr. Drew On Call," has been canceled by CNN, effective Sept. 22.

In a statement, CNN executive vice president Ken Jautz said he and Pinsky "have mutually agreed to air the final episode of his show on September 22″ but gave no specific reason for the cancellation.

CNN Money, in its reporting of the announcement, connected it to a broader shakeup at HLN, including the end of Nancy Grace's flamboyant show devoted to criminal court cases.

But the decision came eight days after Pinsky's comments on a radio show on Aug. 17 questioning the health and medical care of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president. After looking at bits and pieces of Clinton's health-care records she made public in 2015, he said he was "gravely concerned not just about her health, but her health care." Read more

A new poll conducted completely after Donald Trump's third campaign shakeup shows him losing to rival Hillary Clinton by double digits, with an overwhelming majority of voters calling on the Republican presidential candidate to release his tax returns.

Quinnipiac's new national poll shows Clinton ahead of Trump, 51 to 41, an eight-point jump since June.

Furthermore, 74 percent of all voters tell Quinnipiac that Trump should release his tax returns publicly, including 62 percent of Republicans.

WASHINGTON (Gray DC) As prescription drug prices continue to climb, some older Americans appear to be seeking an alternative to mainstream medicine, medical marijuana.

"We are seeing patients that are reporting that they are finding a medication that is meeting their needs where other medications did not," said Steph Sherer with Americans for Safe Access.

Sherer says she's encouraged to see new research published by the journal, Health Affairs. It found the number of prescriptions for painkillers dipped dramatically in states where medical marijuana is legal.

"We know that a lot of our pain patients discover when they start using cannabis not only are they able to treat the pain without as much opioids, but they also have a clarity in their life that they didn't have before," Sherer said.

The study also shows fewer prescriptions resulted in about $165 million in Medicare savings in 2013, but some experts say that figure is misleading. Read more

Award-winning Norwegian design studio Hareide Design has released new renderings for a concept yacht.

Its name, the 108m, refers to its 108-meter-long "mono hull." To differentiate itself on the crowded superyacht scene, the boat includes a garden, a "beach" area, two pools, and a double-story "Grand Hall" with an enormous floor-to-ceiling window.

Clinton's "new economy" was based in the neoclassical economics including the denial of class warfare, a fantasy reinforced by the end of the Cold War and our installation of a puppet regime in Russia. Meanwhile, the neoliberal cadre were turning Eastern Europe into a neo-feudal colony of Wall Street where the life expectancy of Russian men dropped by four years. The same thing is happening today in the USA. The reality was the Clinton era under Greenspan & Rubin was nothing but a series of bubbles.

But by the end of 2000, the delusion stopped working and the Democrats were facing the prospect of responsibility for an economic downturn. It would be much easier to blame it on the neocons and their village idiot puppet President?

Given the role Goldman Sachs played in the Clinton Treasury, we can lay the responsibility at the feet of one policy pivot, which in turn was caused by Monica Lewinsky. (Andrew Stewart) Read more

Warren Hinckle, the flamboyant editor who made Ramparts magazine a powerful national voice for the radical left in the 1960s and later by championing the work of Hunter S. Thompson and helping introduce the no-holds-barred reporting style known as gonzo journalism, died on Thursday. He was 77. The cause was complications of pneumonia.

Ramparts was a small-circulation quarterly for liberal Roman Catholics when Mr. Hinckle began writing for and promoting it in the early 1960s. A born provocateur with a keen sense of public relations, he took over as the executive editor in 1964 and immediately set about transforming Ramparts from a sleepy intellectual journal to a slickly produced, crusading political magazine that galvanized the American left.

With cover art and eye-catching headlines reminiscent of mainstream magazines like Esquire, Ramparts aimed to deliver "a bomb in every issue," as Time magazine once put it.

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When Mr. Trump portrays America's cities as hellholes of runaway crime and social collapse, what on earth is he talking about? Urban life is one of the things that has gone right with America. In fact, it has gone so right that those of us who remember the bad old days still find it hard to believe.

Basically, American cities are as safe as they've ever been.

So what is all of this about? The same thing everything in the Trump campaign is about: race.

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After signaling that his position on immigration is "to be determined" and that it could "soften," Donald Trump did an amazing thing -- what amounts to almost a full about-face on the principal issue that has driven his campaign.

Trump indicated in a town hall with Fox News' Sean Hannity, which aired Wednesday night, that he would be in favor of a path to legalization for immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

"No citizenship," he said. But he added, "Let me go a step further -- they'll pay back-taxes; they have to pay taxes; there's no amnesty, as such, there's no amnesty, but we work with them." Read more

The Pentagon has said a US Navy vessel fired three shots to warn an Iranian military boat off in the Gulf.

Spokesman Peter Cook said it was one of several incidents of Iranian vessels harassing US ships in the past week.

Mr Cook said the intention of the Iranian ships was unclear but their behaviour was unacceptable, as the boats were in international waters.

But Iran's Defence Minister, General Hosein Dehghan, said the US ships were in Iranian waters.

He said his forces would warn or confront any foreign ship that entered his country's waters.

American patrol ship the USS Squall fired three warning shots after an Iranian craft approached it head on, coming within 200 yards (180m) before turning away, the Pentagon says.

The shots, fired from a 50-calibre gun, caused the Iranian vessel to turn away, the spokesman added.

A group of researchers has published a study in the journal Elementa in which they describe various biophysical simulation models that compare 10 eating patterns: the vegan diet, two vegetarian diets (one that includes dairy, the other dairy and eggs), four omnivorous diets (with varying degrees of vegetarian influence), one low in fats and sugars, and one similar to modern American dietary patterns. Read more

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