Maggie Haberman of the New York Times: "he planned to vote for Hillary Clinton for president as he condemned her rival, Donald J. Trump, at an event on Long Island.... Mr. Powell went on to praise Mrs. Clinton for her skills as a leader and her experience.... The comments were a change from Mr. Powell’s tone in hacked emails from his inbox that were made public in September. In the emails, Mr. Powell criticized Mr. Trump but also expressed bitterness at Mrs. Clinton for repeatedly pointing to Mr. Powell’s email habits to explain away her own use of a private email server while she ran the State Department." -- CW, the Republican former secretary of state, said on Tuesday that
More Lies. Guess Who?. 'I can say that all of my employees are having a tremendous problem with Obamacare,' Trump said. 'What they're going through with their health care is horrible because of Obamacare, so we'll repeal it and replace it.'
seemed to misunderstand how the Affordable Care Act works, telling his interviewers that 'I don’t much use Obamacare, I must be honest with you, because it is so bad for the people and they can’t afford it.' But employer-provided health care is wholly separate from Obamacare insurance, which is designed to offer health plans to Americans who do not get insurance from their job. Trump said of Obamacare, 'We don’t use it. So you know, when they interviewed those people, they’re happy with their health coverage.'” CW: That is, even after the Doral manager corrected him about the type of policies the resort's employees have, Trump still had no fucking idea what he was talking about. Also, how hilarious is it that after "testifying" a few minutes earlier to his employees' horrible suffering under ObamaCare, Trump said his employees were "happy with their health coverage," which I guess we can hereinafter describe as TrumpyCare.In a telephone interview with Fox News shortly after his Doral event Tuesday morning, Trump
are having a 'tremendous problem' with health plans they don’t actually have. Trump himself doesn’t make much use of a health plan that he also doesn’t have. And all of this is a 'disaster' for the American people. Confused? Don’t worry. So is Mr. Trump.... Addressing [the] challenges [healthcare coverage still has] will require a robust understanding of multiple health care markets, how they interact with a slew of government programs, and how the law can be tweaked without setting off new problems with scary names like an 'adverse selection death spiral.' Meanwhile, Donald Trump does not appear to know the first thing about how Obamacare works." -- CWDonald Trump’s employees
are still fighting over voting laws and whether voters have been adequately informed about an array of changing and sometimes complex rules. An unprecedented number of states have put stricter election laws in place since the last presidential race. And in several cases, those laws were overturned by the courts or are still caught up in litigation, creating the potential for widespread confusion. In some states, such as North Carolina, the rules in place during the primary races have changed for the general election. A federal court in Texas has ordered the state to reissue voter education materials that were misleading to residents. And in the Texas county that includes Fort Worth, voting rights advocates pointed to an email from Republican officials warning election workers in 'Democrat-controlled' polling locations 'to make sure OUR VOTER ID LAW IS FOLLOWED.'” -- CWTwo weeks from Election Day, a number of battleground states
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Jeet Heer of the New Republic: The "Republican electorate is joined by growing ranks of conservative politicians, pundits, and intellectuals [who are] all increasingly willing to say that the existing American political system is hopelessly flawed and needs to be rolled back to the days before blacks and women could vote. On the most obvious level, this can be seen in moves by Republican governors all over America to make voting more difficult, through stringent voting ID laws, new hurdles to registration, and the curtailment of early-voting options. Equally significant has been the gutting of key provisions of the Voting Rights Act by conservative Supreme Court justices in the 2013 Shelby Country v. Holder ruling.... Trump’s anti-democratic rhetoric — and the eagerness of so many good, white patriotic Americans to cheer it and believe it — is a symptom of the larger trend on the political right toward doubting the legitimacy of the American system." Read on. -- CW
... CW: You know you miss him already.
insisted that the e-mails and text messages were at times a 'totally poor choice of words,' but were written quickly as banter amid what she thought was a legitimate traffic study at the bridge. She also contradicted the testimony of several prosecution witnesses.... Kelly said she went to [Gov. Chris] Christie a second and third time after the lane closures were put in play and [Fort Lee Mayor MarK] Sokolich suggested in messages to [then-Port Authority deputy director Bill] Baroni and to representatives of her office that he believed he was a victim of retribution. The governor told her to let [Port Authority employee David] Wildstein handle it, she said." -- CW ...n terse and often testy questioning, prosecutors Tuesday challenged Bridget Anne Kelly's explanations for the incriminating emails that pulled her into the 2013 lane closure scandal at the George Washington Bridge. By turns defiant and at times near tears, Kelly