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More talk of the Grand Ole Party walking away from it’s nominee…

Donald Trump IS a hot mess….

It does appear that all by himself ?

He is working to make sure Hillary Clinton becomes the first American Woman President….

So far?

He’s doing fine at it….

Some Party leaders are now talking about jumping ship on Trump and trying to work on their own state races….

“He can’t simply continue to preach to the choir and think he’s going to put together a coalition that will win the White House,” said Ryan Williams, a party strategist and former aide to 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney. “He’s essentially guaranteeing that he will lose by refusing to clean up his mistakes and stop committing future ones.”

The mistakes do keep coming.

Trump this past week stuck by a patently false claim that President Barack Obama founded the Islamic State group. The candidate made an off-handed remark about Clinton that was widely condemned by critics as an invitation to violence. He even acknowledged that losing might not be so bad.

“I’ll just keep doing the same thing I’m doing right now,” he told CNBC on Thursday. “And at the end it’s either going to work or I’m going to you know, I’m going to have a very, very nice, long vacation.”

All of it, to some Republicans, should lead the party to give up on its nominee.

More than 100 GOP officials, including at least six former members of Congress and more than 20 former staffers at the Republican National Committee, have signed a letter asking the party chairman, Reince Priebus, to stop helping Trump’s campaign.

They call the New York real estate mogul a threat to the party and to the nation. They want the RNC to take resources now helping Trump and shift them to vulnerable GOP candidates for House and Senate.

The letter follows a steady stream of recent defections from Republican elected officials and longtime strategists who vow never to support Trump. They want party leaders to acknowledge that backing his White House bid is a waste of time and money.

“They’re going to do it sooner or later. They might as well do it sooner to have more impact,” said former Minnesota Rep. Vin Weber, one of the Republicans to sign the letter to Priebus.

Senior Republicans in Washington and in some of the most contested states have discussed a scenario in which the party scales back its presidential focus in states that don’t feature top races for Senate. They could abandon a state such as Virginia, for example, and focus more on a state such as Indiana, where Democrat Evan Bayh is trying to make a Senate comeback.

That’s according to several Republican officials in Washington and states that would be affected, including Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. They spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity to outline private discussions….

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Some Life Insurance policy premium rates are climbing…

A combination of low interest rates and other factors have Insurance companies around the world starting to charge their insurance holders more for their coverage….

Some people simply cannot afford to continue their polices…

Some of them stop…..

And sometimes this allows the insurance companies to keep the money of those who give up their long held policies…

Around the world, life insurers are wrestling with existential questions. Interest rates are near zero, and in some places have turned negative — unprecedented until recent years. It is contributing to a crisis moment for a business once considered a bedrock of financial stability and an industry that supports the retirement of millions.

In particular, companies that sell policies that run for decades, like life and long-term care insurance, face a twofold challenge: how to fund policies that were sold back when their actuaries couldn’t envision a world of interest rates below 8 percent, and what to sell now, when those same actuaries can’t envision an appreciable rise in rates anytime soon.

People who bought universal life policies in the 1980s and 1990s — some of which guaranteed annual returns of 4 percent or more — are seeing their premiums soar.

It has precipitated about a dozen lawsuits against insurers, some seeking class-action status. Many of the lawsuits claim that the insurers are raising their rates to force people to drop their policies entirely, often when they are too old to buy replacements. A canceled policy means an insurer gets to keep years of premiums without facing a future death-benefit payout.

Low interest rates are a big part of this new pressure on insurers; their earnings are being squeezed. But in recent years insurers have also undertaken various financial maneuvers to pay dividends to their shareholders despite their low earnings. Now, some say, policyholders like the Cooks are having to pay for that.

While the Federal Reserve bumped up short-term interest rates late last year, yields in the bond market continue to remain at depressed levels. In recent weeks, the yield on the 10-year Treasury note slid to a record low of 1.358 percent.

Very low interest rates cut both ways. They are good for home buyers and corporate borrowers, who can get cheap loans.

But for life insurers — where more than three-quarters of the industry’s $6.4 trillion in invested assets are parked in bonds — low rates like these can be calamitous….

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The above linked piece from the NY Times sounds like an ad for increased interest rates from the Federal Reserve….

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Things keep going sideways behind the scene at FOX News…

The number of women alleging sexual harassment IS climbing…..

When the anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a bombshell lawsuit accusing the Fox News chairman Roger Ailes of sexual harassment, Fox’s corporate masters moved fast.

A major law firm was hired to investigate. Two weeks later, Mr. Ailes was gone, ousted from the network he ran for two decades. Rupert Murdoch stepped in as chairman, sending a clear message: This is a fresh start.

But the grim tales about life under Mr. Ailes keep coming. More women have come forward — the latest was a former daytime host, Andrea Tantaros — describing a culture of intimidation and misogyny, and telling of settlements they received to leave the network. Some of Mr. Ailes’s top deputies who remain in charge at Fox News have been accused of aiding his behavior. Inside the newsroom, employees are still on edge about what new stories might surface and which executives could be ensnared.

If the Murdoch family wanted to leap ahead of this scandal, it is now at risk of falling behind. Some people at Fox News are asking if meaningful change can occur inside a workplace still stocked with loyalists to Mr. Ailes. “People are waiting to see,” one staff member said.

Leaders at 21st Century Fox, eager to contain the fallout from Mr. Ailes’s departure — and keep the profitable news network humming during a ratings-magnet election — have remained quiet amid the new accusations.

The company is also facing scrutiny over whether it knew, or should have known, about Mr. Ailes’s alleged behavior….

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The word ‘scandal’ is overused about Hillary Clinton…

…..the word scandal is overused especially by folks who don’t like the Clinton family. In my view the word scandal is associated with some type of formal charge by a law enforcement agency — and not simply because someone has the ability to begin an investigation.

How many years has it been and how many investigations?

The word scandal is almost as overused as the word corrupt is regarding Hillary.

Just yesterday there was a flurry of “pearl clutching” by the media over the email exchanges between folks at the State Department and the Clinton Foundation. Rudy Giuliani was on television last night actually screaming at Chris Matthews that if he were still a prosecutor he would have Hillary indicted immediately for racketeering. Turns out the calls were about a potential meeting that never took place and a recommendation of a person for a job at State (and the person didn’t get a job). So, two emails to a State Department employee from a personal friend at the Foundation back in 2009 about a potential meeting with an Ambassador to discuss the Lebanese elections and about a job opening become a “scandal!” So racketeering charges for two emails with no outcome.

So, in terms of the “degrees of difficulty” in getting someone indicted for something illegal that they may or may not have done is an interesting question.

No, Trump could never be indicted for his comments suggesting violence against Hillary Clinton by 2nd Amendment fans. I don’t even know how that would go since Trump would only say, “I was talking about political action.” But, Hillary has never been indicted for anything, ever, in all the years she has been investigated by the Congressional Committees or their Special Prosecutors.

What next? An investigation of who makes her pant suits?

She has done some silly stupid things in the past. But if you had been investigated for things you did before you even came into public office/the public arena for almost 30 years you might look stupid too.

Hillary and Bill’s only crime is that they are too secretive and play it too cute at times – they approach everything like lawyers. They also have a difficult relationship with the press, in fact I can tell you first hand that they are disliked by the Washington press corps. Hopefully she will have a good well like press secretary to smooth this over. But DC elites have always considered the Clinton’s outsiders (just read one of Maureen Dowd’s columns) and that isn’t going to change.

I find Hillary haters fall into two groups. Those who hate her because she is a Clinton, and are incapable of believing that they ever got to the White House; and, those that simply don’t like Hillary because they don’t like powerful women. Either way they are all too willing to believe anything bad anyone has to say about Hillary — anything……

Keith…..

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Clinton to release her 2015 Tax returns shortly….

Donald Trump will probably NEVER release his….

He has said he’s afraid to…..

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will release her 2015 tax returns “in the coming days,” and as soon as Friday, a person close to Mrs. Clinton said Thursday.

In addition, her running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, and his wife, Anne Holton, will release 10 years of their returns.

The move is meant, in part, to put pressure on opponent Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, who hasn’t released any of his tax returns, defying a decades-old tradition. He has said he will do so when an audit is complete, suggesting the matter is out of his hands, though experts say he and his lawyers can influence the timing.

Democrats have speculated that the returns could prove embarrassing to Mr. Trump in some way, perhaps by showing he is not as wealthy as he says.

So far, Mrs. Clinton has posted her returns back to 2007 on her campaign website. She and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, released earlier returns when he was governor of Arkansas and then president….

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The 2016 Olympic Games begin in Rio…

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games opening ceremony (all times local):

11:39 p.m.

Brazil formally opens the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games after years of political turmoil, recession and environmental crisis.

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11:35 p.m.

Brazilian sailing Olympian Robert Scheidt has taken the athletes’ oath, on behalf of all competitors at the Rio Games.

The oath reads: ‘‘In the name of all the competitors I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, committing ourselves to a sport without doping and without drugs, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honor of our teams.’’

Also, Martinho Nobre took a similar oath on behalf of all judges who will oversee competition in Rio over the next two-plus weeks, and Adriana Santos recited an oath for all the coaches involved in these games.

The oath has been taken by an athlete before every Olympics since 1920. Past oath-takers include the American grandfather-grandson duo of speedskater Jack Shea (1932, in his native Lake Placid) and skeleton competitor Jimmy Shea (2002, before the Salt Lake Games). The Sheas are part of the first family with three generations of Olympians, and both Jack Shea and Jimmy Shea won gold medals after taking the oath.

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11:30 p.m.

Brazil’s Interim President has been booed as he spoke to help open the Rio Games.

Michel Temer spoke for only a few seconds, and as he sat back down he was roundly booed by many of the 60,000 or so fans inside Maracana Stadium for the opening ceremony on Friday night.

A short blast of fireworks followed Temer’s remarks, in part to drown out the booing.

Temer took over following the suspension in May of President Dilma Rousseff on impeachment charges. Rousseff was not at the opening ceremony.

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11:20 p.m.

In the U.S., NBC is facing social media criticism for its decision to delay the broadcast of the Olympic opening ceremony so it can be shown in prime time in all time zones.

Frequent commercial breaks including eight within the first 65 minutes of the ceremony also proved frustrating for time-shifting viewers accustomed to fast-forwarding through ads.

NBC began its telecasting of the festivities an hour after they begin in Rio on Friday night. On the U.S. West Coast, the telecast of the opening ceremony wasn’t set to start for another hour.

NBC also didn’t start streaming the event through its app or Olympics website until the television coverage began, and streamers had to authenticate their account with a cable or satellite service.

The network usually plays a cat-and-mouse game to prevent other websites from streaming the event. It remains to be seen how successful it will be…..

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Top Image….JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images

Bottom Image…Jeremy Lee/REUTERS

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GOP Women and the problems with their party….

Thre name GOP women have walked away from their party due to Donald Trump….

Mary Matlin, Christie Todd Whitman and now Meg  Whitman

But they aren’t the only women in the party that are having problems with Donald Trump and the males in their party……

Respect is something Republican women are fiercely debating after Donald Trump — who some critics have branded a misogynist — officially accepted the GOP presidential nomination in Cleveland last month. The business mogul has repeatedly described women he dislikes (Megyn Kelly, Rosie O’Donnell, Arianna Huffington and Bette Midler among them) as “slobs,” “dogs” and “grotesque.”

In more than a dozen interviews, Republican women generally shrugged their shoulders at Trump’s comments. And polling shows the race for women voters is very close, though Trump has a large lead with men.

“Many of us wish he had not said some things,” said Rep. Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.) recently. “My hope is that we’re going to see a change of tone and a change of demeanor.”

“But,” she added, “when you’ve worked like I have in male-dominated environments for years, you many times push comments like that aside.”

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) speaks during a news conference following a Senate Republican policy luncheon in Washington in January 2015. (Andrew Harnik for The Washington Post)

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia has met with Trump and said she doesn’t think he’s a misogynist. But she told the business executive that “the intensity with which women are going to support you is going to be influenced by the way you talk about women and address their issues.”

“I don’t think it’s the first time he’s ever heard it,” Capito said. “And I’m not sure how great an impact it made.”

Trump’s candidacy only deepens the difficulties for Republican women in Washington, whether in Congress, the lobbying world or political campaigns. Unlike their Democratic counterparts, Republican women have struggled to make lasting gains in leadership positions over the past decade….

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Trump campaign having serious issues?

Politicalwire is reporting serious problems within the whatever is the Trump campaign….

….twitter….

Taegan Goddard ‏@politicalwire
Meanwhile, Trump is laying the groundwork to explain why he lost

Taegan Goddard ‏@politicalwire
Whoa… “Republican lawmakers and strategists have begun to entertain abandoning Trump en masse.”

John Harwood
‏@JohnJHarwood
longtime ally of Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager: “Manafort not challenging Trump anymore. Mailing it in. Staff suicidal.”

Taegan Goddard
Ali Vitali ‏@alivitali  Daytona Beach Shores, FL
Ali Vitali Retweeted John Harwood
A Trump campaign source, in reax to this, tells me “it’s all true” and “way worse than people realize.”

The NY Times and The Hill are reporting that Trump’s handling of the Khan’s situation has strained relations almost to the breaking point with the GOP….

In Mr. Trump’s five-day confrontation with a military family, Republicans have found the most agonizing test yet of their relationship with a candidate who has flouted political conventions around religion, race, gender and now military service. Republican strategists who once imagined Mr. Trump could be brought under control in a general election all but openly acknowledged this week that that prospect had vanished.

Mr. Trump’s advisers have impressed upon him for days that his clash with the Khans was counterproductive, urging him instead to show deference to them and train his attacks on Mrs. Clinton, people close to the campaign said. Emissaries from the Trump campaign who spoke with Republican lawmakers and party officials in Washington were given the same bracing assessment. A few Republicans in Washington even suggested that Mr. Trump should apologize to the Khans.

Mr. Trump has instead gone in the opposite direction…

More from the NY Times….

Trump is enduring one of his roughest stretches of the election cycle. Republicans believe his wounds are self-inflicted.

The campaign has been embroiled in controversy after spending days publicly sparring with the Muslim parents of a slain U.S. soldier because of Trump’s insistence on hitting back at his detractors rather than letting criticism go.

That fight earned him the rebuke of veterans groups and GOP leaders on Capitol Hill. It has renewed fears among Republicans up for election that Trump will lead them to electoral disaster in November. And it has given new fodder to critics who have called Trump erratic and unfit for office, as President Obama did on Tuesday….

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Clinton raises $90Million in July…..

Another indication that the Democrats had a BETTER Convention than the Republicans….

Clinton is running a organized national campaign…Donald Trump is holding presser’s….

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign says it took in nearly $90 million in July, giving her the best fundraising haul so far.

“We came out of the Democratic National Convention with our party united and our supporters energized for the final 98 days of this campaign,” campaign manager Robby Mook said in a statement Tuesday.

“Our goal for the next 98 days is take the remarkable outpouring of support we saw as Hillary Clinton took the stage in Philadelphia and build on our efforts to organize and mobilize millions of voters to elect progressive candidates up and down the ballot in November.”
Clinton’s campaign said it’s entering August with $58 million on hand. The average donation for July was $44, and 54 percent of its donations from last month came from new contributors.

The campaign said its best 24-hour online fundraising period came between 8 p.m. July 28 and 8 p.m. July 29 — during and immediately after Clinton’s formal acceptance of the Democratic presidential nomination….

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Should the Secret Service extend its campaign protection to email?

…form Defense One….

“When you are running for president up and through [Republican National Committee] and DNC conventions, there are a lot of physical protections put in place for the potential president, however, on the cyber side we have not caught up in that world yet,” Tony Cole, global government chief technology officer for cyber forensics firm FireEye, told Nextgov.

Last month, FireEye corroborated a report by DNC contractor CrowdStrike that Russian intelligence groups cracked the DNC network. Cole said could not comment on whether FireEye is assisting in the investigation or its clients.

The major threat actors this election, however, definitely are nation states with political agendas, Cole said.

 

“With world events taking place today, I would say probably Russia is the biggest concern in that area, in my opinion,” he said. “We are not aware that North Korea is a player in this area, trying to impact policy.” Cole also said some Middle Eastern countries and China also would have the capabilities to spy on politically sensitive data.

Potentially, attackers can manipulate data in a way that can physically hurt a candidate, Cole said.

Maybe a hacker “actually goes after a candidate, whoever their doctor is and changes their blood type” in the patient records system, he said.

Right now, until there is some type of specific intrusion, like the alleged DNC hack, there is not much the government specifically does to help prevent hack attacks against presidential nominees, Cole said.

The Secret Service, in most situations, “does not secure the computer systems” of political organizations, nor does it “secure the computer systems of individuals, to include protectees,” like major presidential candidates, according to a legal summary the Secret Service provided Nextgov.

That said, Secret Service spokeswoman Nicole Mainor relayed in an email that the agency “plays a significant law enforcement role in ensuring that candidates are aware of a range of vulnerabilities – ranging from physical protection to cybersecurity…..”

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Open Tread for July 31, 2016…Trump showboats…Clinton campaigns…

This weekend Hillary Clinton is one a bus tour…..

Campaigning with her husband and VP pick Senator Tim Kaine IN PENNSYLVANIA ….(Clinton leads in Pa. by 4.4% pts in the RCP average and leads in Ohio by .8% up from being tied there and Trump has never led in the average in Ohio )

Donald Trump i hera has taken the weekend off…

Hillary Clinton will be in Ohio tomorrow….

Winding westward through Pennsylvania, with plans to cross into Ohio late Saturday, Mrs. Clinton has emerged from the party’s four-day showcase to pitch herself, at least in part, to voters with a history of antipathy toward Democrats.

Her first stop on Saturday was here in Cambria County, where Mitt Romney won 58 percent of the vote in 2012. It is the type of heavily white region where Mr. Trump must run up significant margins of victory if he hopes to win the state, which is seen as central to his electoral success.

And later on Saturday, Mrs. Clinton received a boost in Pittsburgh from Mark Cuban, the billionaire businessman and the owner of the Dallas Mavericks — and the type of independent-minded, extrapolitical figure the campaign hopes will appeal to even Mrs. Clinton’s skeptics.

Mr. Cuban, who was born in Pittsburgh, took immediate glee in ridiculing Mr. Trump: He began by saying hello to him in Russian, a nod to the recent hacking of Democratic computer systems, which federal officials have attributed to Russia’s intelligence services.

He compared Mr. Trump’s show “The Apprentice” unfavorably to his own (“Shark Tank”) and observed that Mr. Trump was not an entirely self-made success.

“You don’t ask daddy for a small loan of $1 million,” he said.

For Mrs. Clinton, who recently received another prominent billionaire’s imprimatur with the endorsement Michael R. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, Mr. Cuban provides another wealthy foil to Mr. Trump.

She described Mr. Cuban as someone who treated his workers well, suggesting that wealth alone should not be demonized.

“He shared,” she said. “He shared the benefits with everybody who helped him be a success.”

Mr. Cuban had put it more succinctly: “If I party, everybody parties.”

Earlier in the day, Mrs. Clinton said, as she often does, that Mr. Obama does not get the credit he deserves for managing the financial turmoil he inherited. She has highlighted success stories at some of the sites she has visited — like a toy factory in Hatfield, Pa., that has created jobs — while reminding crowds that she is not satisfied.

“We are visiting places that prove what Americans can do,” Mrs. Clinton said in Johnstown, reminding the crowd of her father’s roots in Scranton, Pa.

She went on to tease Mr. Trump for manufacturing Trump-branded products outside the United States, pointing out that her husband, seated behind her, was wearing a shirt made in Reading, Pa.

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DNC and Clinton campaign computers hacked by the Russians…

If this is confirmed?

One wonders how far will the Russians go to support a Trump Presidency?

Computer systems used by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign were hacked in an attack that appears to have come from Russia’s intelligence services, a federal law enforcement official said on Friday.

The apparent breach, coming after the disclosure last month that the Democratic National Committee’s computer system had been compromised, escalates an international episode in which Clinton campaign officials have suggested that Russia might be trying to sway the outcome of the election.

Mrs. Clinton’s campaign said in a statement that intruders had gained access to an analytics program used by the campaign and maintained by the national committee, but it said that it did not believe that the campaign’s own internal computer systems had been compromised.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the fund-raising arm for House Democrats, also said on Friday that its systems had been hacked. Together, the databases of the national committee and the House organization contain some of the party’s most sensitive communications and voter and financial data.

Meredith Kelly, a spokeswoman for the congressional committee, said that after it discovered the breach, “we immediately took action and engaged with CrowdStrike, a leading forensic investigator, to assist us in addressing this incident.”

The attack on the congressional committee’s system appears to have come from an entity known as “Fancy Bear,” which is connected to the G.R.U., the Russian military intelligence service, according to an official involved in the forensic investigation.

The same arm of Russia’s intelligence operation was also implicated in the attack on the national committee, in which it gained access to opposition research on Republicans, including the party’s presidential nominee, Donald J. Trump.

“It’s the same adversary,” the official involved in the forensic investigation said. “These are sophisticated actors.”

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North Carolina Voter ID law halted…

As with other efforts around the country by Republicans to limit voters chances to vote..

The Federal Courts have invalidated those actions , sometimes going so far as to calling them racially motivated…

A federal appeals court has struck down North Carolina’s voter identification law, holding that it was “passed with racially discriminatory intent.”

The ruling also invalidated limits the same state law placed in 2013 on early voting, same-day registration, out-of-precinct voting, and preregistration.

The three judges assigned to the case — all Democratic appointees — were unanimous that the Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature violated the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act three years ago by enacting the measure requiring voters to show certain types of photo ID at the polls.

“The record makes clear that the historical origin of the challenged provisions in this statute is not the innocuous back-and-forth of routine partisan struggle that the State suggests and that the district court accepted,”

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Facebook could owe the IRS Billions….

Seems that the IRS has been on their case for over 5 years for moving things around to evade paying your government taxes owed…
Facebook disclosed on Thursday that it could owe billions due to an IRS investigation into the way it moved assets to an Irish subsidiary to avoid higher taxes.

The IRS tax penalty could total $3 billion to $5 billion, plus interest, according to a Facebook filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. If so, Facebook says the penalty could have a “material adverse impact” on its financial position.

The tax issue was first disclosed publicly three weeks ago when the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit forcing Facebook to comply with the ongoing IRS investigation. No figures were provided at the time for possible penalties.

The investigation dates back to 2010 when Facebook shifted the rights for its worldwide business, excluding the U.S. and Canada, to Facebook Ireland as part of a complex maneuver to reduce its tax payments….

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Apple Computer sales drop…..

The Aplle computer company seems to have flooded the market with their iPhones with new model’s that basicly operate the same as the last few years model’s…

Andriod smartphone’s on the other hand HAVE added major improvements and reliability ….

Apple has a computer company has taken a backseat to Apple as phone company ….In addition?

The company now has branched out to more non-core enterprises (Apple -Pay, Driverless cars, a monster new HQ buildng, etc.) with all the money it has to spend…

Apple today announced financial results for the third fiscal quarter (second calendar quarter) of 2016. For the quarter, Apple posted revenue of $42.4 billion and net quarterly profit of $7.8 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $49.6 billion and net quarterly profit of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. As expected, the results represent the second consecutive year-over-year declines in quarterly revenue and iPhone sales.

Gross margin for the quarter was 38 percent compared to 39.7 percent in the year-ago quarter, with international sales accounting for 63 percent of revenue. Apple also declared a quarterly dividend payment of $0.57 per share, payable on August 11 to shareholders of record as of August 8. The company currently holds $231.5 billion in cash and marketable securities, partially offset by $68.9 billion in long-term debt.

Apple sold 40.4 million iPhones during the quarter, down from 47.5 million a year earlier, while Mac sales were 4.25 million units, down from from 4.8 million units in the year-ago quarter. iPad sales were also down once again, falling to 9.95 million from 10.9 million….

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After Hillary wins…What job does Bill Clinton get?

The NY Times poses a very important question….

As they point out….

Bill Clinton tends to get himself in trouble if he isn’t looked over…or isn’t busy….

If Hillary Clinton wins the presidency, Bill Clinton will not become a regular at cabinet meetings, his wife’s advisers say. He will not be invited into the Situation Room. He will step away from his family’s foundation work and may not even have an office in the West Wing, given the undesirable optics of a former president and husband looking over the shoulder of the first female commander in chief.

But the steps that Clinton aides are planning to shape his new life do little to address a potentially thornier problem: Historically, when Mr. Clinton does not have a job to do, he gets into trouble.

It was during the government shutdown in 1995 that Mr. Clinton began his affair with Monica Lewinsky. It was in the early years after he left the White House that his friendships with wealthy playboys became tabloid fodder. Sidelined by Mrs. Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, Mr. Clinton went rogue and started lashing out at Barack Obama. More recently, his dinner with the businessman Mark Cuban and his tarmac encounter with Attorney General Loretta Lynch were reminders that when Mr. Clinton has time on his hands, he can create dangerous distractions for his wife.

“He loves getting involved in things — no one loves policy and politics more than Bill Clinton,” said Mickey Kantor, a longtime friend and secretary of commerce under Mr. Clinton. “He loves, and needs, to have a purpose.”

Putting Mr. Clinton to good use, while containing his less helpful impulses, would be a major test for Mrs. Clinton as president, given the spotlight and pressure they would be under and her limited ability in the past to rein in his excesses….

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