[Hillary] Clinton's stunning loss in Wisconsin was blamed on her failure to campaign in the state, and the depressed turnout was attributed to a lack of enthusiasm for either candidate. ... The impact of Wisconsin's voter ID law received almost no attention. When it did, it was often dismissive. Two days after the election, Talking Points Memo ran a piece by University of California-Irvine law professor Rick Hasen under the headline "Democrats Blame 'Voter Suppression' for Clinton Loss at Their Peril." Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said it was "a load of crap" to claim that the voter ID law had led to lower turnout. ... [I]nterviews with voters, organizers, and election officials reveal that, in Wisconsin and beyond, voter suppression played a much larger role than is commonly understood. read more
Brian Benczkowski, a former aide to Jeff Sessions, will soon be in a position to share information about the grand jury investigation with the president.
On September 28, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved on a party line vote the nomination of Brian Benczkowski to be the head of the Justice Department's criminal division. The vote put President Donald Trump one step closer to installing a potential mole at the department, with the ability to inform him of any wiretaps or significant developments in special counsel Robert Mueller's grand jury investigation into the possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. read more
#MeToo Trends Worldwide After Women Asked To Tweet Their Experiences Of Sexual Assault
Two words are showing victims of sexual assault and harassment that the problem is much larger than many imagine: "me too."
The phrase began trending on Twitter after Alyssa Milano took to the social media site on Sunday with an idea she said was suggested by a friend.
"If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote Me too' as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem," wrote the actress, who starred on Charmed with Rose McGowan, one of the numerous women who recently accused producer Harvey Weinstein of sexually harassing or assaulting her.
Thousands flooded Twitter with their stories and support, including numerous celebrities. read more
The October Kaiser Health Tracking Poll focuses on the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) marketplaces as the November 1st open enrollment period approaches, amidst a period of uncertainty on the future of the individual market. The majority of the public think it is more important for President Trump and Congress to work on legislation to stabilize the marketplaces rather than continue efforts to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law (66 percent vs. 29 percent). There are distinct differences by party with the majority of Democrats (85 percent) and independents (67 percent) saying legislation to stabilize the marketplaces is more important while about half of Republicans (51 percent) say it is more important for lawmakers to continue efforts to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law.
Former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus was interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller's team on Friday, according to his lawyer, William Burck. "Mr. Priebus was voluntarily interviewed by Special Counsel Mueller's team today. He was happy to answer all of their questions," Burck said. The interview was expected as part of Mueller's sprawling Russia-related investigation, and Priebus had been preparing for several weeks, according to people who spoke with him. Priebus didn't immediately return a request for comment Friday afternoon. Mueller's team is expected to interview a number of other current and former White House aides, including former press secretary Sean Spicer, current chief counsel Don McGahn and communications director Hope Hicks. read more