A Lot of Young Republicans left Roy Moore ….

While the headlines point to the stunning black Democratic vote support for Doug Jones last night?

Something else also happened….

Doug Jones, the Democrat?

Carried a good amount of the young Republicans in a Red State….

Uh, Oh?

Young Republicans who remain have largely embraced Trump-style Republicanism — but they also look increasingly unlike their nonpartisan peers.

The Republican Party’s struggles with young voters have existed for the past decade. After running nearly even with young voters in the 2000 election and losing them by a relatively modest margin in the 2004 election, Republicans have since then earned pitifully low shares of the youth vote.

Many once-Republican young people left the party, and many young people who might have considered themselves Republicans in the past are simply electing to stay independent. In the most recent Harvard Institute of Politics poll of Americans under 30, only 22 percent identified as Republican. The largest affiliation category was independent, at 39 percent. Research by NBC has confirmed that young voters increasingly see no need to identify with either party and are unsure if either one — but again, especially the Republican Party — cares about them. Only 6 percent of millennials in the NBC study said that they strongly approved of the job President Trump is doing (and 46 percent strongly disapproved).

In the Trump era, young voters may be walking away from the parties themselves, but they are voting quite like Democrats. (The Virginia governor’s race is an excellent example.)

Many Republicans are not terribly concerned about this issue. They point to strong support for Mr. Trump among young Republicans to suggest that all is well, ignoring that the remaining young Republicans are light-years away from their peers these days in terms of political attitudes.

It is true that young Republicans who have stayed in the party are mostly in favor of the president: The Harvard poll found that 66 percent of them approved of the job Mr. Trump was doing. That’s lower than the president’s approval among Republicans over all, but it’s still a significant majority….

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Republicans NOW begin to worry about next years midterm elections…

Sure Roy Mooree was a weak off the wall candidate in yesterday’s Alabama US Senate election…

But?

He WAS running in Ruby Red Alabama, right?

Didn’t Trump and even Romeny win there?

Didin’t Jeff Sessions OWN the seat, before went off to Washington?

Hmmmm?

Maybe it has become apparent to the Grand Ole party types that their effort to take America back 50 years isn’t going as well as they think ?

The GOP establishment types have been pushed to back of the train…That  train  has gone off the tracks firts in Virginia….Now in Alabama…Where else will it slide in future elections?

The bad signs are beginning to appear in the places Republicans should be the strongest…

Even in Alabama, a state he won by 28 percentage points, Trump was unable to ease his candidate over the finish line. Exit polls Tuesday indicated one reason: Voters even in this heavily Republican state were closely split between approval and disapproval of Trump.

That’s an ominous sign for Republicans heading into the midterm election. The key races next year will take place in states that are far less favorable to Trump than Alabama.

Related to Trump’s broad unpopularity is the fact that his party is fractured. Those divisions began with the primary battle, which the president’s former chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, who strongly backed Moore, helped turn into a referendum on the party’s Senate leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

The splits only deepened after the Washington Post published accusations that Moore had fondled and kissed girls as young as 14 when he was a local prosecutor in his 30s.

The Republican National Committee and the party’s Senate campaign committee pulled its backing from Moore after the Post story. When Trump, urged on by Bannon, decided to endorse Moore, the national committee returned to support him. The Senate committee declined to follow suit.

On election night, Moore’s chief strategist, Dean Young, took off not against Jones or even the typical targets, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco and Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York, but against McConnell….

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Half of voters say sexual misconduct reports against Trump are believable …Poll

Donald Trump’s hands issue’s are back….

Half of voters find sexual misconduct accusations against President Donald Trump to be credible, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted against the backdrop of a national discussion on sexual harassment.

Fifty percent of registered voters think the allegations against Trump are credible, more than the 29 percent who think they are not credible. The remaining 21 percent of voters don’t know if the allegations are credible.

Trump, during last year’s presidential campaign, was accused of sexual abuse or harassment by more than a dozen women — some of whom have resurfaced in recent days in hopes that a renewed focus on sexual harassment would lead their claims to gain more traction. Six Democratic senators have seized on those allegations this week, calling on Trump to resign.

Trump has denied their claims, both through the White House press office and on his widely read Twitter account, tweeting that they are “false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met. FAKE NEWS!”…

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His adopted party lawmakers  continue to run interference for him….

House oversight committee chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) has referred allegations that President Donald Trump sexually assaulted women to the Justice Department, rebuffing a request from House Democrats that his committee investigate the claims.

“This Committee, nor any other Committee of Congress, does not, and cannot, prosecute crimes. This is true for many reasons but especially true in crimes of this serious nature,” he wrote in a reply to Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.), who gathered signatures from Democratic colleagues calling for the investigation.

“Those alleging sexual assault or criminal sexual conduct deserve to be interviewed by law enforcement professionals, and charging decisions should be made by prosecutors based on the quantum and quality of the admissible and provable evidence,” the former prosecutor continued….

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Steve Bannon the ‘Loser’?

The Republican flamethrower has a problem….

His fire is all but gone right now….

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The Republican he cheered for lost to a Democrat in Alabama….

And he got his buddy the President to take a second hit there…

Not a good look…

Republicans members of Congress and conservative media are united in blaming one person for their party’s loss in the deep red state of Alabama Tuesday night: Steve Bannon.

In a scathing editorial published late Tuesday evening, the Wall Street Journal ignited the revolt, declaring that “Bannon is for losers.”

The Alabama result shows that Mr. Bannon cares less about conservative policy victories than he does personal king-making,” the editorial board wrote. “He wants to depose Mitch McConnell as Majority Leader even if it costs Republicans Senate control. GOP voters, take note: Mr. Bannon is for losers.”   

Rep. Pete King (R-NY) lashed out on Twitter early Wednesday morning, encouraging his fellow Republicans to “DUMP Steve Bannon.”…

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Payback IS a Bitch, eh?

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House Democrats won’t ok another stopgap Budget Bill…

House Democrat’s signal they will join their Senate party members in demanding action of several things that Republicans have put off in hopes of not dealing with altogether or cutting….

The Budget Bill has to have 60 votes in the Senate meaning the Democrats must go along with the overall final bill…

Even the just passed Defense bill MUST have clearance form the budget bill, or it is moot due to budget cuts requirments that must go into effect if they are not overruled ina new budget agreement…

Democrats will not support another clean continuing resolution that would allow Republicans to continue shirking their governing responsibilities, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said Tuesday.

Hoyer named several “must pass” bills Republicans have yet to get through Congress, including reauthorizations of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the National Flood Insurance program, as well as the next disaster supplemental and legislation providing a path to legal status for young undocumented immigrants impacted by the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“There’s no more time to get these things done,” Hoyer said. Republicans “are not going to bludgeon us into ignoring issues just because they ignore issues,” the Maryland Democrat said. “And they think they have the votes. We’ll see.”

The two-week CR Congress passed last week expires Dec. 22. While 14 House Democrats voted for that CR, Hoyer said they would not have helped Republicans pass it if the GOP didn’t have the votes.

Senate Democrats helped get that CR through their chamber, but Hoyer said Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer has said they won’t support another stopgap measure….

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The ‘Alt-Right’ and its Parallel Internet….

I know nothing about this….

But the New York Times does….

In recent months, as sites like YouTube, Twitter and Facebook have cracked down on hate speech and barred several high-profile conservative users, the alt-right made a declaration of technological independence from Silicon Valley. Hard-right activists vowed to createtheir own versions of these digital services, on which all views would be welcome, no matter how crude or incendiary.

More than a dozen “alt-tech” companies have now emerged, each promising a refuge from political correctness and censorship. There is Gab, a kind of alt-Twitter social network that began last year, whose early adopters included prominent figures like Milo Yiannopoulos and Andrew Anglin, the founder of the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer website. There is WrongThink (alt-Facebook), PewTube (alt-YouTube), Voat (alt-Reddit), Infogalactic (alt-Wikipedia) and GoyFundMe (alt-Kickstarter). There is even WASP.love, a dating site for white nationalists and others “wishing to preserve their heritage.”

Recently, I spent several days testing a number of these alt-tech services. I created accounts, explored their features and interfaces, and interviewed users of each site about their experiences. (With my wife’s permission, I even created a WASP.love profile and advertised myself as a New York journalist looking to interview lovelorn white supremacists. Oddly, I got no takers.)

What I found on these sites was more pitiful than fear-inspiring. Sure, some alt-tech platforms were filled with upsetting examples of Nazi imagery and bigoted garbage. But most were ghost towns, with few active users and no obvious supervision. As technology products, many are second- or third-rate, with long load times, broken links and frequent error messages. A few had been taken offline altogether….

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Trump’s legal team defending him….Update…Probe the probers?

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The Washington Post does a piece on the group of lawyers representing President Trump against the investigation being carried out against him by Robert Mueller’s lawyers and investigators from the FBI, IRS and other federal agencies….

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and his team of a dozen-plus lawyers and investigators have proven stealthy in their wide-ranging Russia probe. They have surprised the White House with one indictment after another, and summoned President Trump’s confidants for lengthy interviews. In the case of former campaign chairman Paul Manafort alone, court filings show, they have collected more than 400,000 documents and 36 electronic devices.

Mueller and his deputies are, in the fearful word of some Trump loyalists, “killers.”

Trump’s response, by contrast, is being directed by John M. Dowd, the president’s personal lawyer retired from a large firm who works essentially as a one-man band, and Ty Cobb, a White House lawyer who works out of a small office in the West Wing basement, near the cafeteria where staffers get lunch.

Dowd and Cobb, along with attorney Jay Sekulow, serve not only as Trump’s lawyers but also as his strategists, publicists, therapists — and, based on Dowd’s claim that he wrote a controversial presidential tweet, ghostwriters….

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Update….

Laugh of the Month!

President Trump’s legal team believes Attorney General Jeff Session’s Justice Department and the FBI — more than special counsel Robert Mueller himself — are to blame for what they see as a witch hunt.

The result: They want an additional special counsel named to investigate the investigators…

Trump lawyers’ strategy: Cooperate with Mueller, and insist publicly they have nothing to hide, and expect the president to be fully cleared early in the new year.

  • Behind the curtain: Trump’s non-legal aides seem way more nervous, and some tell me that they assume the end will be neither near nor pleasant….

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The GOP tax cut bill effort slows….

Ya KNEW this was coming….

Rewriting the nation’s tax law has not be done in decades…..

It isn’t gonna be easy yo get it done this time either….

The whole thing rests on just a few Republican Senator ‘s…..And ALSO the Democrats….

The final Senate bill got passed with promises that GOP Majority leader Mitch McConnell made that won’t/can’t be done with the GOP House….

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So the critical few Republican Senator’s will have decide what they are gonna do….

In addition?

There are things in the tax bill that are attached to the budget bill that comes back around in two weeks that Democrats HAVE TO support to fund the government….

All this means that the House and Senate have a VERY narrow path to tip-toe thru to get the votes they need….

And right now?

Things do NOT look promising for the tax bill…

The GOPer’s WANT the tax bill….

They MUST pass a spending bill….

Oh, yea….The polling on the tax bill is uniformly NEGATIVE by Americans…

“What we’re missing in the process is virtually the entirety of the process,” said Edward D. Kleinbard, a former chief of staff at the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation and now a professor at USC’s Gould School of Law.

Republicans, he said, are “voting for an ideology rather than a tax legislation.”

At one point it seemed the tax bill, after passing the Senate in the early hours of Dec. 2, might be quickly rushed for a House vote. But that momentum has slipped some, as staff and lawmakers, take a second look, making sure the final product is one Republicans can support. Polls so far have found most Americans don’t approve of the bill.

Leaders have little margin for error; they can lose only about 20 Republican votes in the House and no more than two in the Senate, and still be able to pass the bill along party lines.

A Christmas vote would give Republicans a legislative high note to end Trump’s first year in office.

“The desperation is palpable,” said Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who continues to raise concerns about the tax treatment of pass-through businesses, and whose vote is not guaranteed.

As the final bill takes shape, GOP leaders must balance the votes of centrists, such as Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), whose support is contingent on healthcare votes to ease the tax bill’s repeal of the Obamacare requirement that all Americans have insurance, with deficit hawks such as Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who opposed the earlier version for adding too much to the deficit.

Though GOP leaders say the tax cuts will pay for themselves through economic growth, the Joint Committee on Taxation has concluded that both versions would add about $1 trillion to the deficit, even after accounting for expected growth.

A Treasury report Monday sought to assure lawmakers that the cost of the $1.5-trillion package would be more than paid for by future economic growth. But the one-page report was widely criticized because it relied heavily on separate and as-of-yet unannounced future initiatives for infrastructure development and welfare reform.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) called the report “fake math.”

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) comes under attack from Trump for comments about his past sexual misconduct….

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The Senator from New York led the call against Democratic Senator  All Franken to resign for stuff he says he might have done and stuff he doesn’t remember …..

We ALL have seen a listing and video’s of misconduct that Donald Trump has done a boasted about…

Gillibrand has mentioned that Trump should be held to the same standard as Franken and should step down….and several of his accusers had a presser yesterday to bring the issue back ….

That after the Trump sexual miscount thing went away with his election win….

Trump has as usual, gone after anyone,  Gillibrand this time,  for going after him…

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is not backing down from her efforts to hold President Trump accountable for the accusations of sexual misconduct against him.

After Trump tweeted calling the senator names and suggesting that Gillibrand was once willing to “do anything” for campaign contributions from him, Gillibrand responded with a simple message: “You cannot silence me.”

Gillibrand has become a prominent force in combatting sexual harassment and assault in Washington in recent weeks. She, along with Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), introduced legislation last month that would overhaul the way Congress handles sexual harassment complaints. She was the first to call on her colleague, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), to resign after weeks of mounting allegations against him. On Monday, she called on Trump to resign the same day three of his accusers came forward to shed new light on their claims of sexual misconduct against the President….

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Fifty-Plus Female Democratic Lawmakers Urge Investigation Into Trump Allegations

More than 50 female Democratic lawmakers on Monday asked leaders in the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to open an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against President Donald Trump.

In a letter to Chairman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings of Maryland, 59 lawmakers from the Democratic Women’s Working Group (DWWG) said the president’s own comments “appear to back up the allegations.”

“At least 17 women have publicly accused the President of sexual misconduct,” the letter reads. “Natasha Stoynoff recounted how the President pushed her against a wall and forced his tongue down her throat. Jill Harth described how the President attempted to get up her dress. Kristin Anderson detailed how the President touched her genitals through her underwear….

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Alabama Special US Senate Election Open Thread….

Here’s the place to comment on the race for who will succeed Jeff Sessions in the US Senate seat in Alabama….

Roy Moore, the off the wall former judge , who got canned a few times for crazy stuff SHOULD win this because ?…Well, it’s Alabama, a Red State …But as his antics have been exposed nationally including his past trysts with High School age girls ?…He’s had issue’s..

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The race is voted on solely in Alabama , but it HAS been nationalized with Democrat Doug Jones receiving tons of money and support from outside the state…(Trump for Moore….Obama for Jones)

The polling has been all over the place and the pundits have come down to admitting that the winner will be decided by the number of people who actually vote…Trump IS still very popular in the state and is trying to over shadow Moore as a reason for Republicans to vote….

The MORE people who do vote?

The better the chances are for Democratic Doug Jones….

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Mueller and Congress WILL probaly end up talking to Steve Bannon……

The Mueller people are interviewing most of the Trump campaign and White House staff, so has the Congressional committee’s….

It is a given that Steve Bannon will be called in for some questioning….

The guy says he doesn’t have a lawyer, eh?

He better have a good memory…

President Donald Trump’s former White House chief strategist and campaign chief executive played critical roles in episodes that have become central to Mueller’s probe as well as to multiple Hill investigations.

Bannon was a key bystander when Trump decided to fire national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty earlier this month to lying to federal investigators about his contacts with foreign officials. He was among those Trump consulted before firing FBI Director James Comey, whose dismissal prompted Mueller’s appointment — a decision Bannon subsequently described to “60 Minutes” as the biggest mistake “in modern political history.”

And during the campaign, Bannon was the one who offered the introduction to data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica, whose CEO has since acknowledged trying to coordinate with WikiLeaks on the release of emails from Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state.

Yet Bannon hasn’t faced anywhere near the degree of public scrutiny in connection to the probe as others in Trump’s inner circle, including son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner — who was recently interviewed by Mueller’s team — or Donald Trump Jr., who was interviewed on Capitol Hill last week about his own Russian connections.

People close to Bannon, who left the White House in August and returned to his former perch as head of Breitbart News, say he’s told them he doesn’t have a lawyer and isn’t worried about potential exposure. But others say it’s inevitable he’ll be called in as a witness in the ongoing investigations. He has not been publicly accused of any wrongdoing or named as a target of the investigations….

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Breaking…Fox poll shows Democrat Doug Jones with a TEN POINT lead over Republican Roy Moore in Alabama Senate Race…

Oh Snap!….

This poll was done from Dec 7th to the 10th….

It’s results point to observations reported over the last week by several pundit’s that question the polling samples that have been done by smaller outfits….

In addition?

It has become apparent that Jones is gaining support among black and young white higher educated voters thru out the state….

The Democratic vote is united…The Republican vote seems split….

Roy Moore has NOT been out campaigning and adding Donald Trump to the equation maybe told after the vote as a mistake…

The actual vote tomorrow is anyone’s guess….But Democrats have to be in a better mood going into the vote….

Now we’ll see who actually votes…

Democrat Doug Jones holds a 10-point lead over Republican Roy Moore among likely voters in deep red Alabama.

Greater party loyalty plus higher interest in the election among Democrats combined with more enthusiasm among Jones supporters gives him the advantage in the race to fill the U.S. senate seat previously held by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

That’s according to a Fox News Poll of Alabama voters conducted Thursday through Sunday using traditional polling techniques, including a list-based probability sample with both landlines and cellphones.

Jones receives 50 percent to Moore’s 40 percent, with 1-in-10 undecided (8 percent) or supporting another candidate (2 percent) — which could make a difference Tuesday.  That’s even truer with such an unconventional election with unconventional candidates.

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This race’s uniqueness is significant.  It is impossible to know who will show up to vote in a special election to fill a seat in the middle of a term in an off-year.  And it’s December, a time when people expect to be going to the shopping mall, not the voting booth.

On top of that, accusations of sexual misconduct against Moore emerged November 9.  That’s just a month before the December 12 election.  Since then, he has repeatedly denied the allegations, and after the GOP initially pulled its support, the party ultimately backed Moore.

By a 6-point margin, Alabama voters believe the allegations against Moore are true (39-33 percent).  They were more evenly divided last month, believing the accusations by just 1 point (38-37 percent).  About one quarter, 27 percent, feel it is too soon to say or have no opinion.

Among Republicans, 13 percent believe the accusations are true, 60 percent say they aren’t, and 26 percent are unsure.  In November, it was 13-62 percent (26 percent unsure)….

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This IS a Fox News poll folks….(The Fox News Poll is conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R).)

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Donald Trump’s sexual misconduct acusser’s to hold presser and demand Congressional probe…

Following in the footsteps of the resignations of 3 US Congressmen so far….

Several of the woman who have accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct are demanding a public review of his behavior….

While this topic was front and center during last years Presidential campaign?…It has gone away…A full blown media event is sure to put this back on page 1 of media outlets….

via twitter…

NEW: Women who have publicly accused President Trump of sexual harassment and assault will speak at a news conference, hosted by , Monday at 10:30 a.m. ET. The women are calling for an investigation by Congress of sexual misconduct by the president.

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Small pipe bomb goes of by Port Auth Bus Term in NYC…Minor injuries…Suspect caught ..

A small pipe bomb went off near the Port Authority Bus Terminal on Monday, and the suspect was immediately taken into custody, police sources said.

The blast happened in an underground subway passage just 200 feet from the terminal at West 42nd St. and Eighth Ave., the sources said.

Port Authority cops immediately arrested the suspect, who was injured in the explosion. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital and is expected to survive, sources said.

Four people in total were wounded at the scene, the FDNY confirmed, all of whom have non-life-threatening injuries. …

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ premiere kicks off with cheers…

The latest movie about the ‘Force’ and Luke Skywalker appears to be every much of a hit the other movies in the series has been…

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It’s World  Premier was in Hollywood on Dec. 9 th before a crowd of 2,200 in Hollywood …The release date for the movie is Friday Dec. 15…..

Luke Skywalker is back to Star Wars in triumphant style.

Mark Hamill was the featured attraction at the world premiere for Star Wars: The Last Jedi Saturday night, the last star to be introduced to the stage of the Shrine Auditorium by writer-director Rian Johnson.

Also from the premiere: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Raves dominate in first Twitter reactions

Hamill hammed with his entrance, popping his collar in front of the wildly cheering crowd of 2,200, before swanning to his spot onstage with fellow actors Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Benicio del Toro and John Boyega.

More: Love for Leia (and Carrie Fisher) could push ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ to a $200M opening

This was even before the theater lights dropped to see Hamill performing Luke Skywalker’s dramatic and full return to the beloved sci-fi franchise. Hamill briefly appeared at the end of 2015’s The Force Awakens.

Formal reviews for The Last Jedi have been embargoed before the Dec.15 opening. But the film received wild applause and exclamation from audience members in key moments, including the first time the robed Skywalker appeared onscreen…..

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Alabama works to deny black residents the chance to vote….

Talking Points Memo shines the light on how the state seems to going out of its way make voting availabe to it’s balck and poor white residents….

Those who though America would change after 8 years of a mixed race President in the White House?

You ARE wrong….

What happens when a state with a tough voter ID law suddenly makes it much harder for minorities to get driver’s licenses? We are about to find out in Alabama.

Facing a budget crisis, Alabama has shuttered 31 driver’s license offices, many of them in counties with a high proportion of black residents. Coming after the state recently put into effect a tougher voter ID law, the closures will cut off access — particularly for minorities — to one of the few types of IDs accepted.

According to a tally by AL.com columnist John Archibald, eight of the 10 Alabama counties with the highest percentage of non-white registered voters saw their driver’s license offices closed.

“Every single county in which blacks make up more than 75 percent of registered voters will see their driver license office closed. Every one,” Archibald wrote.

Archibald also noted that many of the counties where offices were closed also leaned Democrat….

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