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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) campaigned with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Monday, arguing that women "have had it" with Republican nominee Donald Trump's misogyny.

Speaking at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, Warren sharply criticized Trump's boasts about sexually assaulting women, his disparaging remarks about women's appearances, and other sexist comments he's made over the years.

"Donald Trump aggressively disrespects more than half the human beings in this country," Warren said. "He thinks that because he has money, that he can call women fat pigs and bimbos. He thinks that because he is a celebrity that he can rate women's bodies from one to 10. He thinks that because he has a mouth full of Tic-Tacs, he can force himself on any women within groping distance."

"Well I've got news for you, Donald Trump. Women have had it with guys like you. And nasty women have really had it with guys like you," Warren continued. read more

Monday, October 24, 2016

Saying a candidate supports Trump is basically defamation, they argue. read more

Paul Krugman, New York Times: The presidential campaign is entering its final weeks, and unless the polls are completely off, Donald Trump has very little chance of winning -- only 7 percent, according to the Times' Upshot model. ... Everyone who endorsed Trump in the past owns him now; it's far too late to get a refund. And voters should realize that voting for any Trump endorser is, in effect, a vote for Trumpism, whatever happens at the top of the ticket. First of all, nobody who was paying attention can honestly claim to have learned anything new about Trump in the last few weeks. So any politicians who try after the election to distance themselves from the Trump phenomenon -- or even unendorse in these remaining few days -- have already failed the character test. They knew who he was all along, they knew that this was a man who should never, ever hold any kind of responsible position, let alone become president. Yet they refused to speak out against his candidacy as long as he had a chance of winning -- that is, they supported him when it mattered, and only distanced themselves when it didn't. That's a huge moral failure, and deserves to be remembered as such. read more

As the sun dropped behind the tree line at the Knob Creek Gun Range, the crowd of 8,500 began pressing forward against the fence that separated them from the objects of their fascination. The mostly white, mostly male spectators had traveled from all over to watch what Knob Creek has become famous for, its Saturday night machine gun shoot.

And while regulars to the machine gun shoot are still likely to vote for Trump, the ones we spoke to were not blind to his sinking poll numbers and had come to terms with the idea that the battle, still three weeks away, was already over.

"Trump can't win," said Steve, who wouldn't give his last name because he didn't want his house blown up (who he was afraid of wasn't clear).

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Although the death penalty is still considered constitutional by the Supreme Court, Americans' appetite for this barbaric practice diminishes with each passing year.

The signs of capital punishment's impending demise are all around.

For the first time in nearly half a century, less than half of Americans said they support the death penalty. While that proportion has been going down for years, the loss of majority support is an important marker against state-sanctioned killing.

At the same time, executions and new death sentences are at historic lows, and each year they go lower.

While capital punishment is used rarely and only in some places, only a definitive ruling from the Supreme Court will ensure its total elimination.

The death penalty has escaped abolition before, but there are no longer any excuses: The nation has evolved past it, and it is long past time for the court to send this morally abhorrent practice to its oblivion.


Some back ground (from Wikipedia) on the case.

On February 5, 2002, Lindh was indicted by a federal grand jury on ten charges:

Conspiracy to murder US citizens or US nationals
Two counts of providing material support and resources to terrorist organizations
One count of supplying services to the Taliban
Conspiracy to contribute services to Al Qaeda
Contributing services to Al Qaeda
Conspiracy to supply services to the Taliban
Using and carrying firearms and destructive devices during crimes of violence

If convicted of these charges, Lindh could have received up to three life sentences and 90 additional years in prison. On February 13, 2002, he pleaded not guilty to all 10 charges. The court scheduled an evidence suppression hearing, at which Lindh would have been able to testify about the details of the torture to which he claimed he was subjected. The government faced the problem that a key piece of evidence – Lindh's confession – might be excluded from evidence as having been forced under duress (i.e. torture).

Michael Chertoff, then-head of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, then directed the prosecutors to offer Lindh a plea bargain. Lindh could plead guilty to two charges: supplying services to the Taliban (50 U.S.C. § 1705(b), 18 U.S.C. § 2, 31 C.F.R. 545.204, and 31 C.F.R. 545.206a) and carrying an explosive during the commission of a felony (18 U.S.C. § 844(h)(2)). He would have to consent to a gag order that would prevent him from making any public statements on the matter for the duration of his 20-year sentence, and he would have to drop any claims that he had been mistreated or tortured by U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan and aboard two military ships during December 2001 and January 2002. In return, all other charges would be dropped. The gag order was said to be at the request of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

Lindh accepted this offer. On July 15, 2002, he entered his plea of guilty to the two remaining charges. The judge asked Lindh to say, in his own words, what he was admitting to: "I plead guilty. I provided my services as a soldier to the Taliban last year from about August to December. In the course of doing so, I carried a rifle and two grenades. I did so knowingly and willingly knowing that it was illegal." Lindh said that he "went to Afghanistan with the intention of fighting against terrorism and oppression," fighting for the suffering of ordinary people at the hands of the Northern Alliance. On October 4, 2002, Judge T.S. Ellis, III formally imposed the sentence: 20 years without possibility of parole.

The government invoked the Son of Sam law and informed Lindh that any and all profits made from book deals or any movies about Lindh's experience would be automatically transferred to the federal government. Lindh, his family, his relatives, his associates and his friends will be unable to profit financially from his crimes and/or experiences. Lindh's attorney, James Brosnahan, said Lindh would be eligible for release in 17 years, with good behavior. This is because, although there is no parole under federal law, his sentence could be reduced by 15 percent, or three years, for good behavior. Lindh agreed to cooperate "fully, truthfully and completely" with both military intelligence and law enforcement agencies in the terrorism investigation.

Lindh has a projected release date of May 23, 2019.

Polls: Clinton, Trump separated by 3 points in Florida, Texas

Hillary Clinton has a 3-point lead in Florida, according to a new poll, while Donald Trump is ahead by the same margin in Texas, according to new polls of the key battleground states.

Clinton has a 46 to 43 percent lead over Trump in the Sunshine State in the CBS News Battleground Tracker poll released Sunday morning, which is identical to Trump's 46 to 43 percent lead over the Democratic nominee in Texas, a traditional red state.

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