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Democratic Nassau County Exc candidate is using NYC Mayor de Blasio campaign firm…

Democrat Laura Curran is gonna need all the help she can get to beat the ailing , but still alive Nassau County GOP machine….

Outside party circles she is relatively unknown ….

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The Democrat running for Nassau County executive has hired the same team behind Mayor de Blasio’s campaign operation.

Laura Curran hired consulting firm BerlinRosen and ad company AKPD Message + Media for her county executive bid against Republican Jack Martins…

Curran spokesman Philip Shulman said that “in absolutely no way, shape or form” is de Blasio helping with the campaign despite the hiring of some of his best-known consultants. …

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Like Hillary Clinton and others….Jared Kusher and others in Trump White House use private eamil for Govt. Business….

Didn’t Republicans ride all up and down on Hillary Clinton for doing this?

Clinton was at the State Department….

Jared Kushner and other Trump people are working in the White House…..

We have a glaring Double Standard , eh?

Presidential son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has corresponded with other administration officials about White House matters through a private email account set up during the transition last December, part of a larger pattern of Trump administration aides using personal email accounts for government business.

Kushner uses his private account alongside his official White House email account, sometimes trading emails with senior White House officials, outside advisers and others about media coverage, event planning and other subjects, according to four people familiar with the correspondence. POLITICO has seen and verified about two dozen emails.

“Mr. Kushner uses his White House email address to conduct White House business,” Abbe Lowell, a lawyer for Kushner, said in a statement Sunday. “Fewer than 100 emails from January through August were either sent to or returned by Mr. Kushner to colleagues in the White House from his personal email account. These usually forwarded news articles or political commentary and most often occurred when someone initiated the exchange by sending an email to his personal rather than his White House address.”

Aides who have exchanged emails with Kushner on his private account since President Donald Trump took office in January include former chief of staff Reince Priebus, former chief strategist Steve Bannon, National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, and spokesman Josh Raffel, according to emails described to or shown to POLITICO. In some cases, those White House officials have emailed Kushner’s account first, said people familiar with the messages. At times, Bannon and Priebus have also used private email accounts to correspond with Kushner and others.

The decision to set up new, private accounts as Kushner was preparing to enter the White House came in the wake of a bitter election campaign in which Trump routinely excoriated his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for using a personal email account to handle government business when she was secretary of state….

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Anthem Protests Grow to a Nationwide Rebuke of Trump on Football Fields….

They were peaceful on the pro-football sidelines ….

And none supportered Donald Trump’s point of view…

And then the guys went out and played ball….

On three teams, nearly all the football players skipped the national anthem altogether. Dozens of others, from London to Los Angeles, knelt or locked arms on the sidelines, joined by several team owners in a league normally friendly to President Trump. Some of the sport’s biggest stars joined the kind of demonstration they have steadfastly avoided.

It was an unusual, sweeping wave of protest and defiance on the sidelines of the country’s most popular game, generated by Mr. Trump’s stream of calls to fire players who have declined to stand for the national anthem in order to raise awareness of police brutality and racial injustice.

What had been a modest round of anthem demonstrations this season led by a handful of African-American players mushroomed and morphed into a nationwide, diverse rebuke to Mr. Trump, with even some of his staunchest supporters in the N.F.L., including several owners, joining in or condemning Mr. Trump for divisiveness.

Julius Thomas, a Miami Dolphins tight end who had previously stood for the anthem, knelt for it on Sunday with several players.

“To have the president trying to intimidate people — I wanted to send a message that I don’t condone that,” Thomas said, echoing the opinion of most N.F.L. players. “I’m not O.K. with somebody trying to prevent someone from standing up for what they think is important.”

But the acts of defiance received a far more mixed reception from fans, both in the stadiums and on social media, suggesting that what were promoted as acts of unity might have exacerbated a divide and dragged yet another of the country’s institutions into the turbulent cross currents of race and politics…..

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The House wants to redirect the Defense Intelligence Agency back to just helping the troops…

The Defense Departments Intelligence shop has experienced a major case of ‘mission creep’…..

The Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency is in the cross hairs of the House Intelligence Committee, which is aiming for a radical overhaul of the military’s spy arm.

The committee sees it as bloated and ineffective. But how far such an effort would go remains to be seen as several other congressional oversight panels that would have a say are waiting for a fuller assessment to emerge before they sign off on major changes.

The House Intelligence Committee’s report accompanying the fiscal 2018 intelligence authorization bill takes aim at the DIA by calling for the elimination of a handful of missions that are “tangential to the DIA’s core missions and responsibilities” or are “duplicative of functions conducted elsewhere.”

The report lists a handful of offices and missions targeted for elimination, including the Information Review Task Force, the Identity Intelligence Project Office, the Watchlisting Branch, the Counter Threat Finance Branch and the National Intelligence University. Many of those functions would be transferred to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other federal agencies such as the Treasury Department, according to the report.

This year’s recommendations are only the first step in a much broader change being contemplated, said a congressional official familiar with the panel’s work.

The committee is undertaking a comprehensive assessment, asking the DIA and the consumers of its intelligence to conduct self-evaluations and reviews, the official said. Based on those evaluations, the committee expects by next year to overhaul the DIA along the lines of what the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act did to reorganize the Pentagon, said the official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the proposals are still under discussion among the various congressional committees.

The DIA has been assigned missions, both by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, as well as the Pentagon’s undersecretary for intelligence, “that don’t necessarily fit anywhere else,” the official said. On its website, the agency says it has 87 distinctive missions…..

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Democrats will support the Democrat in the Alabama US Senate Special Election….

Nobody expects Democrat Doug Jones to actually beat Roy Moore , who is ahead in the polling for the Republicans in the primary to pick a GOPer to replace Senator Jeff Sessions, who now has the Attorney General job and is isn’t liked very much by his boss Donald Trump…

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But the Democrats will take a crack at things in the VERY Red state….

Sen. Chris Van Hollen believes Democrats will invest in their candidate in the Alabama special election to fill the remaining term of former Sen. Jeff Sessions, President Donald Trump’s attorney general.

And as the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which will fight to retain current and capture new Senate seats in 2018, Van Hollen’s word carries considerable weight.

No one in his party “is kidding themselves how tough politically Alabama has been” for Democrats, Van Hollen, the freshman senator from Maryland who previously served seven terms in the House, told ABC News’ “Powerhouse Politics” podcast Wednesday.

“We all know it’s Alabama. That’s been tough territory for Democrats. … On the other hand, we have a terrific candidate.”

Victory is a long shot for Democratic candidate Doug Jones, the U.S. attorney who gained acclaim for successfully prosecuting two suspects in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church that killed four young girls. Jones secured his party’s nomination by nearly a 50-point margin over his closest opponent in the August primary.

An Alabama Democrat hasn’t served in the Senate for 20 years. And President Trump carried the state by 28 points last November.

Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the race Likely Republican, a downgrade from its previous “Solid Republican” status…..

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Angela Merkel wins a fourth term in Germany….

A strong woman wins again in Germany…

Angela Merkel won a fourth term as chancellor in elections on Sunday, placing her in the front ranks of Germany’s postwar leaders, even as her victory was dimmed by the entry of a far-right party into parliament for the first time in more than 60 years, according to preliminary results.

The far-right party, Alternative for Germany, or AfD, got some 13 percent of the vote — nearly three times the 4.7 percent it received in 2013 — a significant showing of voter anger over immigration and inequality as support for the two main parties sagged from four years ago.

Ms. Merkel and her center-right Christian Democrats won, the center held, but it was weakened. The results made clear that far-right populism — and anxieties over security and national identity — were far from dead in Europe.

They also showed that Germany’s mainstream parties were not immune to the same troubles that have afflicted mainstream parties across the Continent, from Italy to France to Britain.

“We expected a better result, that is clear,” Ms. Merkel said Sunday night. “The good thing is that we will definitely lead the next government.”….

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Senator Cruz…I’m NOT sure on the Graham/Cassidy Repeal bill…..

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This certainly isn’t funny?

But it IS…..

Texas Republican Ted Cruz has joined up with Mike Lee of Utah to express their doubt about voting for the latest attempt to throw out the Obamacare current healthcare program law….

These guys KNOW there isn’t gonna be a repeal …..

Are they maneuvering to save face by asking for stuff to be added to the bill that they KNOW ain’t gonna be?…(And hasn’t been)….

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said on Sunday that he isn’t yet ready to support the latest GOP effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare, increasing uncertainty that Republicans will be able to pass the legislation.

“Right now they don’t have my vote and I don’t think they have [Sen.] Mike Lee‘s (R-Utah) either,” Cruz said at the Texas Tribune Festival.
“Now, I want to be a yes,” he added, indicating a willingness to be won over.
He said that he and Lee sat down with GOP Sens. Bill Cassidy (La.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.) to pitch changes to their legislation, which replaces ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion and healthcare insurance subsidies with federal block grants.
“We said if you take these edits we’re a yes. They took our edits and then a day later they removed our edits,” Cruz added…..

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Germany has a National Election today…..

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Current leader  Angela Merkel is expected to easily win a fouth term….

Germany goes to the polls on 24 September in national elections that will return a new parliament – the Bundestag – and decide whether Angela Merkel remains chancellor for a fourth consecutive term.

Comfortably re-elected in 2013 and the leader of Europe’s largest economy since 2005, “Mutti” or “mummy” Merkel is seen as the ultimate safe pair of hands at home, and as a uniquely powerful stabilising force on the continent – at a time when world political nerves are jangling.

Boosted by a steady economic recovery and alarming developments abroad, in particular the UK’s Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election in the US, her popularity has bounced back after dipping during the 2015 migration crisis.

Hopes in Europe are now high that a Merkel victory – her CDU (Christian Democrat Union) party has a double-digit lead in the polls – could, with France’s reformist president, Emmanuel Macron now installed in the Élysée, usher in far-reaching, and necessary, EU reform….

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Is the Trump’s Sports throw down cover fire for his upcoming Repeal and Alabama loses ?

Mike Allen over at Axios gives a look at how Trump’s people think his stirring the pot about sports teams will steal the spotlight and focus from Trump’s guy losing in the Tuesday specail US Senate election in Alabama AND the second US Senate failed attempt to repeal Obamacare….

Yes, there WILL BE silent protestactions before most of today’s NFL football games and yes the media IS gonna run with these protest vidio’s….

But Trump IS STILL gonna take two loses this week…..

And Robert Mueller is busy these days….

Mike Allen quoted former Clinton advisor Doug Sosnik on what President Trump is trying to accomplish by attacking professional athletes who protest during the national anthem: “One of Trump’s typical moves is to toss a bomb out of nowhere to deflect what is really bothering him, in the hopes that the press will be distracted.”

He added: “There is a good chance that the candidate he endorsed and campaigned for will lose in the Alabama Senate primary. On top of that, it looks like … another failed Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare. So he figures that the shows on Sunday focusing on his fights with professional athletes is more appealing than a discussion about how he is becoming a loser.”

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Why would Senator Murkowski change her mind and vote for a Healthcare Repeal?

She gets virtually NOTHING in return politically…..

And her state gets less…..

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There are plenty of reasons to think she won’t support this bill. Murkowski already took a political risk in July when she voted down the last repeal bill. She was hailed as a hero for it by many in Alaska, too, greeted by hugs and flowers when she went back home. She’s also not up for reelection until 2022, and this photo of her hula-hooping soon after that vote seemed to show a liberated senator living her best life and not looking back.

But there’s a simpler reason, too. It’s just math.

Various experts have already explained why Alaska would lose under the Graham-Cassidy bill.

 Avalere Health, a consulting firm, said the bill would yield an 11 percent loss in federal funding in the state, or $1 billion, between 2020 and 2026. Groups like Kaiser and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities show similar numbers. Even the Centers for Medicare for Medicaid Services, which has the rosiest numbers, shows a negative effect on Alaska.

Murkowski’s governor also opposes the bill, and on Friday, Alaska’s health department unveiled a new report projecting that Graham-Cassidy would mean a 65 percent cut in federal funding for the state by 2026.

Those are terrible numbers, and they’ve left bill supporters desperate to figure out a way to win over Murkowski. One idea that’s been floated is to create a carve-out for the state. In that scenario, the bill would be amended to let Alaska keep Obamacare while it’s repealed for nearly every other state.

Murkowski hasn’t said if she’d bite on something like that. But a longtime Republican operative familiar with the dynamics at play in Alaska said the senator is better off not taking any deal on this bill ― and she likely knows it….

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Mexico gets another aftershock earthquake..This one of a 6.1 Magnitute….

This is the third one after the intial 8.1 one a few weeks ago….

Over 300 people have lost their lives due the Mexcico quakes…..

Mexico has been hit with several strong earthquakes in the last few weeks. 

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck southern Mexico early Saturday, the third to hit the reeling nation over the last two weeks.

The mighty rumbling sparked new panic in a nation rattled by recent natural disasters, as the death toll from another earthquake earlier this week rose to 305.

The U.S. Geological Survey said it was centered a mere 11 miles south of Matias Romero in the Oaxaca state and hit just before 8 a.m. local time. Officials believe it’s likely an aftershock from the powerful 8.1-magnitude earthquake on Sept. 7, in which almost 100 people were killed.

It was strong enough to topple a highway bridge in Ixtaltepec, which was already closed because of damage from the Sept. 7 quake….

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Nate Silver takes the media to task on the 2016 Presidential Election…

……from Nate Silver @ FiveThirtyEight….

The media keeps misinterpreting data — and then blaming the data

You won’t be surprised to learn that I see a lot of similarities between hurricane forecasting and election forecasting — and between the media’s coverage of Irma and its coverage of the 2016 campaign. In recent elections, the media has often overestimated the precision of polling, cherry-picked data and portrayed elections as sure things when that conclusion very much wasn’t supported by polls or other empirical evidence.

As I’ve documented throughout this series, polls and other data did not support the exceptionally high degree of confidence that news organizations such as The New York Times regularly expressed about Hillary Clinton’s chances. (We’ve been using the Times as our case study throughout this series, both because they’re such an important journalistic institution and because their 2016 coverage had so many problems.) On the contrary, the more carefully one looked at the polling, the more reason there was to think that Clinton might not close the deal. In contrast to President Obama, who overperformed in the Electoral College relative to the popular vote in 2012, Clinton’s coalition (which relied heavily on urban, college-educated voters) was poorly configured for the Electoral College. In contrast to 2012, when hardly any voters were undecided between Obama and Mitt Romney, about 14 percent of voters went into the final week of the 2016 campaignundecided about their vote or saying they planned to vote for a third-party candidate. And in contrast to 2012, when polls were exceptionally stable, they were fairly volatile in 2016, with several swings back and forth between Clinton and Trump — including the final major swing of the campaign(after former FBI Director James Comey’s letter to Congress), which favored Trump.

By Election Day, Clinton simply wasn’t all that much of a favorite; she had about a 70 percent chance of winning according to FiveThirtyEight’s forecast, as compared to 30 percent for Trump. Even a 2- or 3-point polling error in Trump’s favor — about as much as polls had missed on average, historically — would likely be enough to tip the Electoral College to him. While many things about the 2016 election were surprising, the fact that Trump narrowly won1 when polls had him narrowly trailing was an utterly routine and unremarkable occurrence. The outcome was well within the “cone of uncertainty,” so to speak.

So if the polls called for caution rather than confidence, why was the media so sure that Clinton would win? I’ve tried to address that question throughout this series of essays — which we’re finally concluding, much to my editor’s delight.2

Probably the most important problem with 2016 coverage was confirmation bias — coupled with what you might call good old-fashioned liberal media bias. Journalists just didn’t believe that someone like Trump could become president, running a populist and at times also nationalist, racist and misogynistic campaign in a country that had twice elected Obama and whose demographics supposedly favored Democrats. So they cherry-picked their way through the data to support their belief, ignoring evidence — such as Clinton’s poor standing in the Midwest — that didn’t fit the narrative.

But the media’s relatively poor grasp of probability and statistics also played a part: It led them to misinterpret polls and polling-based forecasts that could have served as a reality check against their overconfidence in Clinton…..

More and link to the 10 other parts of this Nate Silver look at the 2016 election, media and polling….Here….

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Is Joe Biden getting serious about 2020?

Politico has look at how Biden seems to be planting himself against the idelalism of Bernie Sanders and the exclisionary Donlad Trump…..

Biden has been the altar a few times….

And he’s sat next to the throne…..

2020 will be th last time he can get up at bat…..

And yes….

The guy from Scranton PA IS a natural with the working class white Hillary Clinton lost last November….

And in early polling of actual Democrats right now for the 2020 nomination?

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By criticizing the views of both Berniecrats and Bannonites—and by making a full-throated, clear-eyed declaration of what the alternative should be—Biden is positioning himself as the antidote to populism in all its forms and flavors.

Is he even running for president? We can’t know for sure. But consider the following. He has opened two policy institutes, one at Penn focused on foreign policy, and the other at the University of Delaware with a domestic focus. He has a book coming out in November, and will accompany it with 19-city “American Promise” book tour. He has an “American Possibilities” political action committee. And to borrow the teasing headline from a July profile in the Washington Post, “Joe Biden Still Wants to be President.” If you want the presidency—and if you could enter the field as a front-runner for your party’s presidential nomination—you usually run for it.

If you’re looking for someone who can simultaneously persuade the angry mobs to put away the pitchforks and still bring white working-class voters back into the Democratic fold, perhaps you’ve found your answer in the Pride of Scranton.

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Unlike Clinton….Biden is carving out his OWN way…Which is something he HAS to do to seperate himself from his boss for eight years President Obama…Of cousre that same fact will help him in some places also….
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Who is Kevin Nicholson?

A look at another guy who seems to have ‘adopted’ a party different then he started out with and is ridng the new party wave….

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Kevin Nicholson has a confession to make, if only someone would listen. Standing on a makeshift stage inside a burgundy-colored barn rented by the Republican Party of Outagamie County—two hours north of Milwaukee, just west of Green Bay—the U.S. Senate candidate [ Wisconsin] and unlikely new object of conservative fascination has broken into a biographical speech. But many attendees don’t seem to care. He isn’t unique in receiving this treatment; the audience, buzzing off plates of barbecue and $2 cans of Miller Lite, was just as irreverent toward their own congressman, Mike Gallagher, as well as Leah Vukmir, a state senator and Nicholson’s rival in the Republican primary. With the barn’s metal gates flung upward to welcome August’s evening breath, and clusters of party loyalists chattering in buffet lines and around red-plastic-draped picnic tables, the acoustics are dreadful for a rookie politician hoping to be heard.

But then it happens: Nicholson, a decorated combat veteran and business wunderkind with advanced degrees from Harvard and Dartmouth, begins taming the crowd, one expertly crafted anecdote at a time. He recalls his experience fighting and losing friends in Iraq, as Democrats “lied” about the gains his Marines made. He tells of adventures in academia, where he could “test the assumptions of the elites and the experts to find out what they really don’t know.” He mentions his time as a McKinsey consultant, engineering corporate restructurings around the world, as a segue to denouncing the “garbage” math in Washington on the sustainability of America’s debt. The longer he goes, the quieter his audience gets….

The spell Nicholson has cast over a number of influential Republicans is a source of wonder in Wisconsin these days. Yet people who know him say the explanation isn’t terribly complicated. “He’s a McKinsey consultant. His job is to walk in a room of powerful, wealthy people, blow them away, and get their money,” says one state official who is friendly with Nicholson but obligated to remain neutral in the race. “And he’s very, very good at it.” Another person who spoke on condition of anonymity—a longtime friend of Nicholson’s who is a Democrat, and therefore loath to either hurt or help him with an on-record statement—says none of Nicholson’s early success is surprising. “I’m guessing once he managed somehow to get in front of Dick Uihlein, he just impressed the shit out of him. I’m sure he laid out the case and convinced them he could make it happen,” the friend says. “I’ve seen it—the guy’s fucking incredible. Nobody knows him, and he’s arguably the front-runner for the nomination for U.S. Senate.”

But there’s a glaring flaw in his otherwise immaculate résumé: Kevin Nicholson hasn’t always been a Republican. He was once an aspiring politician and rising star—in the Democratic Party….

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Trump White House staff antsy….

And looking to bail…..

“There will be an exodus from this administration in January,” said one Republican lobbyist, who alone has heard from five officials looking for new gigs. “Everyone says, ‘I just need to stay for one year.’ If you leave before a year, it looks like you are acknowledging that you made a mistake.”

Staffers are already laying the groundwork through networking, lunches, and résumés sent to D.C.-based executive recruiters, so that they can a land new job by the start of 2018. Two headhunters confirmed that they had heard from multiple White House staffers.

“There is no joy in Trumpworld right now,” said one adviser in frequent contact with several staffers. “Working in the White House is supposed to be the peak of your career, but everyone is unhappy, and everyone is fighting everyone else.”

White House political positions are notorious burn-out jobs, with long hours and low pay in a high-stress, competitive environment, regardless of who is president.

“There is always a shake-out period at the beginning with a few people not working out,” said Anita Dunn, former White House communications director for Obama and senior adviser to his presidential campaigns. “But typically, you tend to get turnover at the two-year marks like after a mid-term or election.”….

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Magnitude 5.7 earthquake strikes off the Northern California coast

…from the LA Times….

A shallow magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck beneath the Pacific Ocean off the Northern California coast Friday afternoon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

No tsunami warnings were issued for the coast, according to the National Weather Service.

The temblor occurred at 12:50 p.m. at a depth of 2.5 miles, according to the USGS. Its epicenter was roughly 122 miles west of the historic village of Ferndale on California’s Lost Coast.

There were few indications on social media that the quake was strongly felt, if at all. Neither the Eureka nor Fortuna police departments reported that they felt anything or received reports of damage…..

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