That's Vladimir Putin, along with Russia's propaganda arm RT (Russia Today), a channel shown across cable-and-satellite networks in the US and worldwide, and funded directly from Moscow.
The fawning between Putin and the Donald is public, and mutual. On Sunday's Meet the Press in December, Trump boasted to Chuck Todd, Putin "called me brilliant. He said very nice things about me. I mean, I accept it." Then the Republican then-future nominee returned the compliment to President Putin: "He's a strong leader. And I'm not going to be politically correct. He's got an 80% of approval rating done by pollsters .... And it would be very nice if we got along with Russia, Chuck."
The Leningradian Candidate
It goes far beyond mutual admiration. Trump employs and consults with top advisors who hold mysterious ties to Moscow. And Donald and son Donald, Jr. have flown to Russia multiple times trying to launch mega-hotel projects.
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TRUMP: 'Hillary Clinton accepted $58,000 in jewelry from the government of Brunei when she was secretary of state -- plus millions more for her foundation. The sultan of Brunei has pushed oppressive Sharia law.'
"THE FACTS: Clinton is not sporting Brunei bling.
"In September 2012, she accepted a $58,000 jewelry set with gold, sapphire and diamond earrings, a necklace and bracelet, given by the queen of Brunei when Clinton visited for meetings and to inaugurate an English-language training program, according to the Federal Register. The gift was not to her, but to the United States.
"Federal law prohibits officials from keeping such gifts unless they pay the estimated value to the U.S. government. According to the State Department's protocol office, Clinton chose not to buy the jewelry, and instead turned it over to the General Services Administration -- the standard procedure for most gifts from foreign leaders.
"It's true that Brunei is an Islamic nation that observes Sharia law and has been widely criticized for its human rights record, particularly when it comes to gays and lesbians."
But gift exchanges are standard practice. As with almost all gifts to all officials, the Federal Register notice says "non-acceptance would cause embarrassment to donor and U.S. government."
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Reuters has the story.
Is it better late than never, for Donald Trump, Mr. Second Amendment? So far, Republican members of Congress, including Speaker Paul Ryan, have blocked Democratic efforts to get anything like this done. Speaker Ryan has literally gaveled the Democratic congressmen out-of-order this week for moving to put this out on the floor of the House.
Two days ago, on Monday, Hillary Clinton and President Obama spoke out on the recent massacre in Orlando, Florida, and pushed for common-sense restrictions to keep guns out of the hands of persons deemed too dangerous to fly.
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Dear David Cameron,
You recently claimed that certain forms of modern communication cannot be allowed to happen in private. I wanted to let you know that writing was invented over five thousand years ago and speaking, privately or publicly, predates writing by hundreds of thousands of years. There is nothing modern about private communication. What is modern, are high literacy rates and the Internet. High literacy rates mean people communicate though writing much more than they used to. The Internet facilitates written communication, identifies the communicators, and due to the nature of writing, keeps a record of it.
This gives governments the ability to monitor their citizen's communication on mass for the first time. Ever.
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IOWA polls are open to 9:00.
If you're young or you're old, and not yet registered - note that any Iowa potential voter can register and vote even on Election Day. If you reside in Iowa and are a US citizen you need to select from one of these documents in order to Register: - a photo ID that is current and contains an expiration date that is either:
an out-of-state driver's license or non-driver card (for proof of identity),
or an Iowa driver's license,
or student ID from an Iowa high school or Iowa college,
or employer ID card,
US military card,
or US passport.
If the document above does not show your current Iowa address then you can use one of these documents to prove your address in Iowa: cell phone bill or utility bill, residential lease, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document.
If you don't have these documents to demonstrate your identity / residency, another registered voter from your precinct can attest for you. You and the attester will both sign written oaths to accomplish this.
Polls stay open TIL 9 pm, in IOWA
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For NORTH CAROLINA, Early Voting is available through Saturday 11/1, until 1 p.m. at many sites, each county. Check the link to list below [a couple of centers close at noon].
Bank your vote ahead at one of the vote centers in your county – so you don't get caught up in the "precinct shuffle" (disqualifying shenanigans) that can happen on Election Day.
Click to reach the interactive map, and List of early voting sites, with hours.
The printed list is organized by county, and the order is semi-alphabetical, not fully alphabetized. (Some Brunswick and Mecklenburg come lower than Yancy, at the bottom, for example).
During early voting, you can vote at ANY early vote center in your county. This is an advantage: it can be better than on Election Day, where if election officials switch or move your precinct assignment (sometimes there are different precincts at different tables in the same building for voting), they will disqualify your vote for voting in the "wrong precinct".
So I recommend early voting.
1 thing you need to know.
ID: It's not needed in 2014 in No. Carolina. But poll worker in 2014 will ask about it anyway.
In 2014, the poll worker will ask you for ID, but this year you can say, I didn't bring ID, and you can vote anyway in 2014. This is important! So know the rules, and the bureaucratic procedure you'll encounter!
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In Georgia -- Friday was the last day to request an absentee ballot -- at the County Registrar's office -- or to head to an Early vote center to cast an early in-person vote. For in-person voting or early voting in Georgia, a strict voter photo ID rule applies. Some counties have Early voting open Friday, see list of early voting sites, and hours, here.
To return an absentee ballot to the County Registrar, if you already supplied identifying info when you registered, you generally don't need to supply ID documents again.
[List of County Registrars can be found here].
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- - North Carolina
- - Georgia
- - Colorado
ID in North Carolina will be asked for, but does not need to be shown until the 2016 election, except for some 1st-time voters whose identifying information wasn't verified with registration.
The early voting advantage is this -- you can vote at any center in your county during the early vote period to have your vote counted. Votes will not be disqualified for being "out of precinct."
GEORGIA. In a few places you can find the locations for early voting. I've found a list here
[ www.gavotes.org/early-votin g-locations ] – with dates and hours for Bibb County, Chatham, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Dougherty, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Muscogee, and Richmond.
The list shows some with Sunday (10/26) early voting, at some of the locations in >> Chatham County, Clayton, DeKalb, Fulton, and Richmond.
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Click below to see link to interactive map, with hours.
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One of the biggest tournaments of the year is coming, The Masters in Augusta. When it comes to the Masters odds, there are a few favorite contenders that despite all the uncertainty continue to shine and stand above the rest of the pack. Let us take a quick look at who is favored to win. Regardless of whether or not you are Masters betting, the picks below will cover all likely contenders.
1. The Old Champion
A few years ago, figuring out the masters odds would have been as simple as saying a single name, Tiger Woods. When at the top of his game, Tiger Woods played with unmatched skill and determination, claiming many wins across Golf. In recent years, he has fallen out of favor as other golfers have risen to challenge the sport.
2. A Younger Alternative
Where as Tiger Woods shined much earlier, Phil Mickelson has made a much more recent splash with consecutive golf wins. Combining creativity on the fairway with some truly remarkable and memorable shots, Phil Mickelson has made his way onto this list of possible 2014 winners. However, like Tiger Woods, Mickelson has fallen flat over the past few years but his talents keep him in the running. We have a new star rising, Rory McIlroy is favorite to win The Masters 2014.
3. One Striving for Recognition
Sometimes, things never work out. This has happened in gold a lot, where truly skilled players never seem to catch their break and bring home a Masters. Out of the list of potential 2014 Masters odds, only Rory Mcllroy comes close to unseating both Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, despite never having won a Masters before. With years of experience and bad luck, 2014 may be the year that Rory McIlroy breaks away from the others to secure a magnificent win. When it comes to Masters Odds, other people surely think so.
The above three golfers represent the top picks for the 2014 Masters. Between the three of them is a significant amount of skill and determination, sure to make this upcoming game both exciting and challenging. Until then, good luck placing your bets and may the best person win!
Check out the current masters betting odds to see who is the favorite right now.
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In May, the Des Moines based National Pork Producers Council (NPCC) contacted governor Christie and instructed him to not let the bill become law. The bill to ban the inhumane caging of pregnant sows passed the New Jersey legislature overwhelmingly in the spring, by votes of 60 - 5 in the Assembly and 29 - 4 in the state Senate.
The 2' x 7' cages for breeding sows are too narrow to permit the animals to turn around freely. They are widely regarded as inhumane confinement. Supporting the assembly and Senate vote, a survey of New Jerseyans (Mason-Dixie) has 91% in favor of ending the practice, 4% opposed.
Christie vetoed the bill in June. Two months later, he vetoed 3 gun-control measures, one he had first proposed himself — after the lobby group Pro-Gun New Hampshire sent warnings they were watching him on these bills. (More info on the gun vetoes here.)
Increasingly, Christie will govern with an eye to Iowa and New Hampshire, instead of his own state interests.
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