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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Donald Trump poses "extreme dangers" to the United States and the world, journalist and co-founding editor of The Intercept Glenn Greenwald says in a new interview published at Slate.

But to stop the GOP presidential nominee from getting elected, "U.S. media and U.S. elites" must take a lesson from the recent Brexit debacle, he warns -- and bending over backwards to link Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin isn't the right approach. read more


There's a good reason people don't throw themselves out of airplanes without parachutes or wingsuits, and that's because it rarely ends well. Skydiver Luke Aikins will be hoping that tomorrow is one of the rare occasions where that's not the case, as he jumps 'chute- and 'suit-less from 25,000 ft (7,620 m).
The stunt, which is going by the name of "Heaven Sent," is said to be a first-of-its-kind. It will be the pinnacle of a 26-year career for the 42-year-old Aikins and will set a world record for the highest jump without a parachute or wingsuit. read more


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Hillary Clinton's Friday night announcement of Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia as her vice-presidential running mate stirred immediate disappointment and outrage among the progressive wing of her party and the army of supporters inspired by Bernie Sanders' historic and visionary campaign.
Reporting in recent days increasingly signaled that Kaine was Clinton's top choice, but the official announcement confirmed the worst fears of progressives who warned such a pick would be taken as "a pronounced middle finger" to the millions who voted for Sanders during the primary season. read more


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A familiar visitor has returned to the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign: her cough. It had been taking a time out from the campaign, but yesterday, at the AFSCME Convention in Las Vegas (the holist of holies for Democrats), coughs interrupted her speech:

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

So what do we know about likely turnout in 2016? The Pew Research Center has just released a comprehensive study of this year's electoral terrain that sheds a great deal of light on this question.
80 percent of respondents say they have thought "quite a lot" about the election.
85 percent report that they are following the news about the presidential candidates
74 percent believe that when it comes to important issues facing the country, it "really matters" who wins the election.
60 percent say that they are more interested in politics than they were four years ago.

These four trends apply to both political parties, with Republicans enjoying slightly higher shares overall.
It also poses a puzzle. read more


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