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Monday, July 25, 2016

Just weeks after she started preparing opposition research files on Donald Trump's campaign chairman Paul Manafort last spring, Democratic National Committee consultant Alexandra Chalupa got an alarming message when she logged into her personal Yahoo email account.

"Important action required," read a pop-up box from a Yahoo security team that is informally known as "the Paranoids." "We strongly suspect that your account has been the target of state-sponsored actors."

Chalupa -- who had been drafting memos and writing emails about Manafort's connection to pro-Russian political leaders in Ukraine -- quickly alerted top DNC officials. "Since I started digging into Manafort, these messages have been a daily oc­­­­currence on my Yahoo account despite changing my p­­a­ssword often," she wrote in a May 3 email to Luis Miranda, the DNC's communications director, which included an attached screengrab of the image of the Yahoo security warning. read more


Friday, May 13, 2016

The Obama administration is planning to issue a sweeping directive telling every public school district in the country to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity. A letter to school districts will go out Friday, adding to a highly charged debate over transgender rights in the middle of the administration's legal fight with North Carolina over the issue. The declaration -- signed by Justice and Education department officials -- will describe what schools should do to ensure that none of their students are discriminated against. It does not have the force of law, but it contains an implicit threat: Schools that do not abide by the Obama administration's interpretation of the law could face lawsuits or a loss of federal aid. read more


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Hillary Clinton has Nebraska bragging rights. The Democratic presidential frontrunner scored a sweet, albeit symbolic victory tonight in Nebraska, winning the state's Democratic presidential primary. Clinton's win does not invalidate Bernie Sanders' 14-point victory in the state's March 5 caucuses. That result will stand as this year's official Democratic presidential tally in Nebraska, based upon rules passed by the state party. Nebraska Democratic Party officials decided this year to award its delegates based on its caucuses. State law, however, required the party's presidential candidates to be listed on the primary ballot as well. read more


First there was "Little Marco," "Lyin' Ted" and "1 for 38 Kasich." "Crooked Hillary" came soon after. Now, "Crazy Bernie" joins the list of nicknames Donald Trump has given to his political rivals.

Trump tweeted: "Big wins in West Virginia and Nebraska. Get ready for November - Crooked Hillary, who is looking very bad against Crazy Bernie, will lose!"

He added, "I don't want to hit Crazy Bernie Sanders too hard yet because I love watching what he is doing to Crooked Hillary. His time will come!" read more


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Tom Nichols, The Federalist: I have been thinking about Peter Wehner's piece in the New York Times yesterday, in which he talks about the sadness of losing friends over Donald Trump's candidacy. I have not -- yet -- lost any friends over Trump, but it's possible. Unlike Wehner, I am less concerned about it. The Trump campaign is a test of character, and many Americans are failing it. Put another way, if my opposition to Trump is going to cost me friends, then all I can say is: So be it. read more


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#40 Bernie did what Hillary herself once did and I admire him for it, but I wouldn't crow about any of this. What I realized last night is how much Bernie voters love him. I saw it in the tearful eyes of his supporters (I know that feeling because I felt the same way about Obama) and in lfthndthrds heartfelt post:

Thank you Bernie for your influence. Thank you for pulling the politics back to the middle. Thank you for being a spokesperson for the middle class. Thank you for not enriching yourself with spoils off the backs of the middle class. Thank you for finally saying what middle class needed to hear. Thank you for defending education. Thank you for promoting minimum wage. Thank you for being true to your values. And most of all thank you for your hard work at an age when you could have been sipping a fruity drink enjoying your retirement. Thank you.

Sans all the anger this post spoke to me, and I realized it's not that Bernie supporters are the angriest voters, it's that they are the most passionate voters. Bernie surrogate Nina Turner keeps talking about the hurt Bernie supporters feel, and by imagining how I would have felt if Hillary had gotten the nomination in 08, I was able to put myself in their shoes. I didn't hate Hillary (and Bill) the way that some Sanders supporters do, but I really didn't like them and I was pretty angry at them. Hillary's concession speech to Obama and the Clintons subsequent campaigning on his behalf allowed me to forgive them and to remember what I had liked about them (I had voted for both of them in the past).

To Laura and all Bernie supporters on Drudge:

My apologies for saying Sanders supporters are the angriest voters in the Democratic party. Maybe they are, maybe they aren't, and it's easy on here to get a skewed picture of people due to the no holds barred nature of the place, but I don't think anyone would disagree that you are a passionate lot, and there ain't nothing wrong with that. I've been using my head; you've been using our hearts. I get that, but I had forgotten what that was like. Obama was a heart choice for me, Clinton is not.

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