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538.com has Hillary down in Fl. by almost 4 points

I am very worried about Fl. I live in Broward County, the most democratic county in the state. I see more pro Trump bumper stickers, lawn signs, and people waving signs on street corners then I do for Hillary. Of course this is my own subjective impression, and it could be that Trump supporters just make more noise then sane people.

I don't have much hope for NC because of all the voter suppression. So it all comes down to NV and NH. NH is Bernie's backyard, I hope he spends the next 3 days there.

Does anyone know what's happening in NH?

I thought Hillary had a lock on 272 electoral votes. but according to the Huff Post NH is suddenly in play. I thought only NV, FL, and NC are up for grabs. I don't have much hope for NC because of all the voter suppression. And with NV and FL to close to call, NH is critical.


Huff Post: Black Voter Turnout So Far Is Not Good For Hillary Clinton"

"North Carolina is seeing fewer black voters casting their ballots early this year, The New York Times reports. They accounted for just 22 percent of early voters as of Monday, compared to 27.3 percent of early voters in 2012.....In North Carolina, Republican lawmakers and officials have engaged in a concerted effort to reduce turnout among African-Americans.....In Florida, black voter turnout is down from 25 percent at this point in 2012 to 16 percent now. However, Latino turnout is up ― as of Monday morning, it was already at 97 percent of the 2012 early voting total ― and more than 60 percent of that group is expected to vote for Clinton."


How powerful is the Budget Committee?

We know that Bernie will chair the Budget Committee, so I was wondering how much power that role actually has. So I looked up the Budget Committee on Wikipedia and found this

...responsible for drafting Congress's annual budget plan and monitoring action on the budget.... has jurisdiction over the Congressional Budget Office.

The Finance Committee.... has legislative jurisdiction in the areas of taxes, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and some other entitlements. The Appropriations Committee has legislative jurisdiction over appropriations bills, which provide funding for government programs.

While the budget resolution prepared by the Budget Committee sets out a broad blueprint for the Congress.... these other Committees prepare the legislation that actually enacts specific tax and spending policies

This sounds like the Budget Committee makes recommendations and maintains records, but lacks the power to actually make decisions. Is the Budget Committee merely a bookkeeper, or is there more to it?

Trump meets Ralph Kramden


The one thing Hillary can do to earn my full support


McConnell on Trump's NATO remark: "a rookie mistake"

I guess there is nothing wrong with having a rookie in the oval office.


WASHINGTON Alarm and condemnation erupted Thursday from European capitals, the White House and leaders of Donald Trump's own party after the Republican presidential nominee suggested the United States might abandon its NATO military commitments if he were elected president.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who backed Trump at the party's national convention only two days earlier, said he totally disagreed with the statement but was willing to "chalk it up to a rookie mistake."

McConnell called NATO "the most successful military alliance in the history of the world," in a Facebook interview with The New York Times.

Jeff Merkley for VP

Huff Post: Progressive Democratic Senator Emerges As The Man Sanders Supporters Want To Be VP

Why isn't Merkley on the short list?

It's just not true. HRC is qualified, but is not the most qualified ever.

Richard Nixon; the only president to have served as a congressman, senator, and vice-president before being elected. Al Gore should have been the second (LBJ doesn't count since he wasn't elected).

Buchanan; 10 years a congressman, 10 years a senator, 4 years ambassador to Russia, 4 years as ambassador to England, 4 years secretary of state.

Martin Van Buren; senator, governor of New York, ambassador to England, Secretary of State, Vice-President.
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