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I am not big on post mortems.  Living through that 2015 – 2016 campaign season was painful enough one time around. In her Candidate Confessional podcast for HuffPo, Jennifer Palmieri, communications director for Hillary for America,  revisits the difficulty she encountered trying to get the press to buy into the seriousness of the Russian meddling. There is a lesson here, especially for the press.


The most ignored story of the 2016 presidential campaign is the press corps’ unwillingness to focus on Russia’s election meddling before election night, according to one of Hillary Clinton’s former top aides.

After all, the circumstances that led to the accusations of collusion that continue to dog President Donald Trump were visible during the campaign itself. The same Trump associates who are currently being questioned for potential ties to the Kremlin had senior positions on his election team.

But to the eternal frustration of Clinton’s camp, the press never seemed interested in the Russian-meddling angle during the campaign.

In the latest episode of “Candidate Confessional,” Jennifer Palmieri, Clinton’s campaign communications director, recounts how she tried to repeatedly get reporters to write about Russia, to little effect.

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign team was frustrated the press wouldn’t focus on potential Russian meddling in the election until after Election Day.

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Hillary for America’s Communications Director, Jennifer Palmieri, penned this op-ed for the Washington Post.

Democrats can still fight back now. Here’s how.

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Jennifer Palmieri was communications director for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

At the Democratic convention in Philadelphia last summer, Jake Sullivan and I took to our golf carts one afternoon to make the rounds of the television networks’ tents in the parking lot of the Wells Fargo Center. It is standard for presidential campaign staffers to brief networks on what to expect during that night’s session. But on this day, we were on a mission to get the press to focus on something even we found difficult to process: the prospect that Russia had not only hacked and stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee, but that it had done so to help Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton.

Sullivan was Clinton’s policy adviser. He had been Vice President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, a deputy to then-Secretary Clinton at the State Department and a lead negotiator of the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran. He is a widely respected national security expert and, as he does every day, he spoke carefully, without hyperbole. All we had to go on then was what had been reported by the press. We weren’t sure if Russia was doing this to undermine Americans’ faith in our political process or if it was trying to make Trump the next president. But we wanted to raise the alarm.

We did not succeed.

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February 1 was Caucus Day in Iowa. Hillary kicked the day off bright and early on TV.

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She visited her Des Moines HQ

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Thanked Iowans. At the moment there was not a clear winner.

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And she won.

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Then it was on to New Hampshire. She went to Nashua and Manchester.

Former President Bill Clinton hugs his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton after introducing her at a campaign event, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)02-02-16-Z-0202-02-16-Z-15

In Hampton, Dover, and Derry with Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton turns toward former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, right, at a Clinton event in Hampton, N.H., Tuesday Feb. 2, 2016, Clinton's first day in New Hampshire after winning the Iowa Caucus. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)02-02-16-Z-24Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stands with former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords during a campaign stop, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Derry, N.H. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton walks out with former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband astronaut Mark Kelly during a campaign stop, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Derry, N.H. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

CNN Democratic Town Hall in NH.

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MSNBC Democratic Debate in NH

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Democratic fundraiser in Manchester

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Getting Out the Vote in Manchester

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigns with New Hampshire Democratic State Sen. Lou D'Allesandro, left, in a neighborhood in Manchester, N.H., Saturday Feb. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pets a dog while going to door-to-door to greet voters in a neighborhood in Manchester, New Hampshire February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Brian SnyderU.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is greeted by a local resident (L) while canvassing door-to-door to greet voters in a neighborhood in Manchester, New Hampshire February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

A student town hall in Henniker

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, far left, answers questions during a student town hall at New England College in Henniker, N.H., Saturday Feb. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens as she is introduced at New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

GOTV event in Portsmouth

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At a Dunkin Donuts in Manchester

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton meets a family, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at a Dunkin' Donuts in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

When the water crisis hit Flint, MI, Hillary stepped off the campaign trail after having sent an advance team there to look into the problem.  She met with religious leaders and officials.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the House Of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)02-07-16-Z-13

GOTV in Manchester

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GOTV in Hudson

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And off they went to the polls in frozen New Hampshire.  Hillary ran into Carly Fiorina’s husband at one location.

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PBS Debate in Milwaukee

The Democratic debate is in Milwaukee on Thursday.

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At one point Hillary gave Bernie her Carrie-at-the-prom face.

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Town Hall in Denmark, SC.

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The Humphrey-Mondale Dinner at the River Centre in St. Paul, Minnesota

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Getting Out the Caucus in Las Vegas

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets a worker at Harrah's Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada February 13, 2016. REUTERS/David BeckerDemocratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton meets with employees of Harrah's Las Vegas during a visit to the casino, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, second from left, poses for pictures with students of a beauty school, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sits at a table with people at the Gritz Cafe, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)02-13-16-Z-3602-13-16-Z-3702-13-16-Z-0102-13-16-Z-0702-13-16-Z-3502-13-16-Z-3802-13-16-Z-5302-13-16-Z-47

In Colorado for the Democratic Party’s Jefferson Jackson Dinner

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton walks on stage to speak to guests at the Colorado Democrats 83rd Annual Dinner, in Denver, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves to the audience at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Denver, Colorado, United States, February 13, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

GOTC in Nevada once again

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, visits Lee's Sandwiches during a campaign stop Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in red, speaks at an event to meet with young immigrants, or so-called "dreamers," and their families at a campaign office Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, arrives at an event to meet with young immigrants, or "dreamers," at a campaign office Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)02-14-16-Z-07Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton scans for a member of the audience who had asked a question during a women's health discussion Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, in at the University of Nevada in Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes questions during a roundtable on women's health at the University of Nevada, Reno in Reno, Nevada February 15, 2016. REUTERS/James Glover II

At the National Urban League in New York City with civil rights leaders

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton makes remarks as she meets with civil rights leaders at the National Urban League in the Manhattan borough of New York City, February 16, 2016. At left is Marc H. Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League and at right is The Reverend Al Sharpton, Founder and President, National Action Network. REUTERS/Mike Segar02-16-16-Y-0502-16-16-Z-0402-16-16-Z-0602-16-16-Z-07

A speech in Harlem

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With the Mothers of the Movement in Chicago

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, responds to the crowd's applause after an introductory poem by Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland, who was found dead in a Texas jail cell, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, during a campaign stop in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)Mothers and sisters who have lost a family member to violence, stand behind Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a campaign stop, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Visiting the laundry room at Caesar’s Palace at 3 a.m.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to workers in the linen room at Caesar's Palace during a campaign stop in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Jim YoungDemocratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, second from left, speaks with Caesars Palace employee Brana Narancic, left, during a visit to the hotel and casino Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)02-18-16-Z-06

In the Rio employees’ dining room

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton meets with employees of the Rio during a visit to the hotel and casino, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts while meeting with employees of the Rio during a visit to the hotel and casino, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)02-18-16-Z-18

Hotel-hopping in Las Vegas

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, second from left, meets with MGM Grand employees during a visit to the hotel and casino Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes a selfie with an employee of Paris Las Vegas during a visit to the hotel and casino Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, second from left, meets with employees of Paris Las Vegas during a visit to the hotel and casino Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

MSNBC/Telemundo Town Hall in Las Vegas

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Get Out The Caucus rally at the Laborers International Union Hall in Las Vegas

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives at a campaign rally at the Laborers International Union hall in Las Vegas, Nevada February 18, 2016. REUTERS/David Becker02-18-16-Z-0602-18-16-Z-11

Final GOTC events in Nevada

Former President Bill Clinton campaigns for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speak during a women and family roundtable at the College of Southern Nevada in North Las Vegas, Nevada February 19, 2016. REUTERS/David BeckerDemocratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton visits a Youthbuild program Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Las Vegas. Youthbuild helps low-income young people learn construction skills. (AP Photo/John Locher)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to students at Del Sol High School, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton meets workers in the employee dining room at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada February 19, 2016. REUTERS/David Becker02-19-16-Z-0702-19-16-Z-03DSCN3198DSCN3216

And that same night she was off to a rally in Houston.

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After the Nevada victory, CNN ran headers and stories saying Hillary “stole” and “hijacked” the campaign momentum from Bernie Sanders.

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Panel discussion on gun violence in SC

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a rally at the Central Baptist Church in Columbia, S.C., on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, with mothers of victims of gun violence from left Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis, Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontre Hamilton, Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, left, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords with her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, and Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)Lucia McBath, left, mother of Jordan Davis, and Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontre Hamilton, react as Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, talks about her son next to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a rally at the Central Baptist Church in Columbia, S.C., on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, with mothers of victims of gun violence. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall in SC

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Hillary Clinton tours the SC STRONG home for ex-offenders and substance abusers.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (center R) speaks with Jeff Ballard (center L), facilities director for the SC STRONG, and other residents on a tour of the home for ex-offenders and substance abusers on the grounds of the former Charleston Navy Yard in North Charleston, South Carolina February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstU.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (R) speaks with Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg (L) and his wife Sandy (2nd L) as she arrives for a tour of SC STRONG, a home for ex-offenders and substance abusers on the grounds of the former Charleston Navy Yard in North Charleston, South Carolina February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

At the International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1422 in Charleston

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (R) holds hands with a supporter at the International Longshoremen's Association Local 1422 in Charleston, South Carolina February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

At a luncheon held by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at an Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority luncheon in West Columbia, S.C., Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. Seated are AKA officers Kimberly Greene, left, and Sharon Brown Harriott. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

At a “Breaking Down the Barriers” event in Sumter, SC

Six-year-old Kayla Johnson (C) her mother Andrea (L) and friend London Walters (R) react as U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton enters the Garrick-Boykin Human Development Center at Morris College in Sumter, South Carolina, February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Randall HillSix-year-old Kayla Johnson (C) of Sumter, South Carolina, reacts to the announcement of a speaker anticipating the arrival of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at the Garrick-Boykin Human Development Center at Morris College in Sumter, South Carolina, February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Randall HillKaylen Johnson, left, and London Walters, both 6, hold a drawing and take pictures before Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton walks onstage to speak at a campaign event at Morris College in Sumter, S.C., Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)02-24-16-Z-03

At the Williamsburg County Recreation Center in Kingstree, South Carolina

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a town hall style campaign event at the Williamsburg County Recreation Center in Kingstree, S.C., Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)02-25-16-Z-1002-25-16-Z-18

In Myrtle Beach, Mothers Against Violence were prominent at Hillary’s campaign event.

Barbara Hytower (C), holding a photo of her daughter Jamila, stands with other members of the South Carolina Mothers Against Violence before the start of a rally for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, February 25, 2016. Jamila Hytower was murdered in 2006 in Myrtle Beach. REUTERS/Randall Hill02-25-16-Z-0202-25-16-Z-10

At the Cumberland United Methodist Church in Florence, S.C. with Cory Booker and with Dan Gross of the Brady Campaign

U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) (R) introduces U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a town hall meeting for supporters at Cumberland United Methodist Church in Florence, South Carolina February 25, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstDemocratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event at the Cumberland United Methodist Church in Florence, S.C., Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. Left is Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

At the Royal Baptist Church Family Life Center in North Charleston

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, onstage with local officials, speaks at a town hall meeting for supporters at Royal Baptist Church Family Life Center in North Charleston, South Carolina February 25, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A  “Get Out The Vote” concert in support of her at the Music Farm in Charleston with Carlie Wilson

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) joins singer Charlie Wilson on stage during a get-out-the-vote concert in support of her at the Music Farm in Charleston, South Carolina February 25, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst02-25-16-Y-06

With some fellows starting a bachelors’ party in Charleston
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At the Old City Council Chambers in City Hall in Atlanta

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton steps on stage for a campaign event at the Old City Council Chambers in City Hall, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

And Matt Harris was there!!!!

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GOTV rally in Orangeburg, SC

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Primary eve in SC

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, arrive onstage to speak at a "Get Out The Vote Rally" in Columbia, S.C., Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (L-R) campaigns for his wife Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as she rallies with supporters at an outdoor plaza in Columbia, South Carolina February 26, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstFormer U.S. President Bill Clinton (L-R) hugs his wife Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as she rallies with supporters at an outdoor plaza in Columbia, South Carolina February 26, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst02-26-16-Y-21U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes the stage to rally with supporters at an outdoor plaza in Columbia, South Carolina February 26, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstDemocratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a "Get Out The Vote Rally" in Columbia, S.C., Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

GOTV rally in Alabama

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Victory in SC

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Sunday at churches in Memphis

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a church service at the Greater Imani Cathedral of Faith in Memphis, Tennessee, February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstDemocratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis, Tenn., Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

With Tony Goldwyn in Nashville

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (R) stops with actor Tony Goldwyn (C) to greet people at Fido coffee shop in Nashville, Tennessee, February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst02-28-16-Z-24

Sunday night in Arkansas

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And then up to Massachusetts in advance of Super Tuesday 1.0

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton smiles as she is introduced at a campaign event, Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, in Springfield, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton rallies with supporters outside the Old South Meeting Hall in Boston, Massachusetts February 29, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst02-29-16-Y-18

Then, same day, she was down in Virginia with Terry McAuliffe. This is the woman with no stamina?

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Later, a rally in Norfolk

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On TV in February.

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February endorsements: Congressional Black Caucus PAC, San Antonio Express-News, Dallas News, Tampa Bay Times, Harry Reid.

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Over the 12 days prior to New Year’s Day, the tradition here has been to provide a retrospective of the past year. 2016 was a busy year. It was a campaign year.  It began with a lot of hope and celebration. That’s going to make this a painful endeavor down the line. (Please see the note at the bottom of this post.)

In January, the primary campaign, after a holiday hiatus, kicked off 2016 in Derry and Concord, NH.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets members of the Red Star Twirlers, who performed at her campaign town hall meeting, in Derry, New Hampshire January 3, 2016. REUTERS/Brian SnyderDemocratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, takes questions during a town hall campaign event Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Derry, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes a question during a town hall campaign event Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Derry, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Next it was on to IA.  Davenport.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens to her introduction at a campaign event in Davenport, Iowa, January 4, 2016. REUTERS/Jim YoungU.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in Davenport, Iowa, January 4, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

DesMoines and Cedar Rapids

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Osage and Sioux City, and an appearance on Hardball.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton poses for a photo with Cynthia Johnson of Osage, Iowa, during a campaign stop at the Osage Public Safety Center, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Osage, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts to supporters during a campaign stop at the Osage Public Safety Center, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Osage, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton talks with Paul Bodtke of Osage, Iowa during a campaign stop at the Osage Public Safety Center, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Osage, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves to the crowd as she arrives at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim YoungU.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton hugs a woman after her introduction at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim YoungCX_dfhKWwAAPBxM.png large

Council Bluffs

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters during a campaign stop at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)01-05-16-Z-04

Next stop Nevada: Henderson and Las Vegas

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event at a senior community center in Henderson, Nevada January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking01-06-16-Y-04U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton talks to students making lasagna while touring the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas in North Las Vegas, Nevada January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

The Nevada State Democratic Dinner

Supporters of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wave flashing lights at a Democratic fundraising dinner featuring all three candidates in Las Vegas, Nevada January 6, 2016. Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders were also expected to attend. REUTERS/Rick WilkingDemocratic presidential candidates pose on stage before a fundraiser in Las Vegas, Nevada January 6, 2016. Left to right are Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and Bernie Sanders. REUTERS/Rick Wilking TPX IMAGES OF THE DAYDemocratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gestures as she walks on stage at a Democratic fundraising dinner featuring all three candidates in Las Vegas, Nevada January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking TPX IMAGES OF THE DAYDemocratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stands on stage at the Battle Born Battleground First in the West Caucus Dinner, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., holds up the hand of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on stage at the Battle Born Battleground First in the West Caucus Dinner, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, in Las Vegas. Democratic presidential candidate, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is at right. (AP Photo/John Locher)Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, left, and Martin O'Malley, second from left, stand on stage with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., during the Battle Born Battleground First in the West Caucus Dinner, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Hillary launched an outreach to Asian American and Pacific Islanders.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, is welcomed by Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., before addressing Asian American and Pacific Islander supporters in San Gabriel, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Democratic presidential hopeful former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses Asian American and Pacific Islander supporters in San Gabriel, Calif., on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. Clinton traveled to Southern California to rally voters of Asian American and Pacific Islander descent, looking to tap into the nation's fastest growing racial minority. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, middle, is welcomed by Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., at podium, before addressing Asian American and Pacific Islander supporters in San Gabriel, Calif., on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Back to IA.  Davenport

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton shares a laugh with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx during a rally, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Waterloo, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx listens at left, as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Waterloo, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton smiles as she listens to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx speak at a campaign rally Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Waterloo, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)01-11-16-Z-02

The Brown and Black Forum in Des Moines

DES MOINES, IA - JANUARY 11: Journalist Jorge Ramos and democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton (R) pictured onstage during the FUSION presents the Brown & Black Democratic Forum at Drake University on January 11, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for Fusion)01-11-16-Z-0101-11-16-Z-05

Ames, IA
A photograph of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sits in front of an attendee as Clinton speaks during a campaign event at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Jim Clyburn’s Fish Fry

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton hugs Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), left. before she speak to a crowd at the Jim Clyburn Fish Fry, on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at the Charleston Visitor Center in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)Supporters wave signs and shout while they wait for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton to arrive at the Jim Clyburn Fish Fry, on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at the Charleston Visitor Center in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Democratic Debate in Charleston

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Martin Luther King Day in Columbia, SC

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Burlington, IA

Supporters listen to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speak at a campaign event in Burlington, Iowa, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Pzazz! Resort Hotel in Burlington, Iowa, January 20, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

At the Iowa City campus of the University of Iowa with Demi Lovato

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, and musician Demi Lovato acknowledge the cheering crowd at a rally on the campus of University of Iowa Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in Iowa City, Iowa, United States, January 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

In Indianola and Vinton IA

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses supporters during a rally Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Vinton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a rally on the campus of Simpson College Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Indianola, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

In Rochester, NH with Jeanne Shaheen

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Clinton, IA

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In Davenport a “Hard Hats for Hillary” event followed by the Scott County Dems “Red, White, and Blue Banquet.”

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gets a hug from Amari Ogleton, 8, of Milwaukee, Wis., after speaking at the Hard Hats for Hillary event at the Danceland Ballroom in Davenport, Iowa, January 23, 2016. REUTERS/Scott MorganAmari Ogleton, 8, of Milwaukee, Wis., listens as Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during the Hard Hats for Hillary event at the Danceland Ballroom in Davenport, Iowa, January 23, 2016. REUTERS/Scott Morgan01-23-16-Z-13Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton poses for a photograph with members of a color guard after speaking at the Scott County Democrats Red, White and Blue Banquet in Davenport, Iowa, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)01-23-16-Z-0301-23-16-Z-07

Hillary Clinton joined Cory Booker for brunch in Cedar Rapids

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, chats with Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., at Riley's Cafe in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Des Moines, Knoxville, Oskaloosa

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Democratic Presidential Town Hall at Drake University

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Final Get Out the Caucus rallies. Decorah

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Cedar Falls

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Family Fun Center in Adel

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton poses with two supporters and their babies during a campaign stop at the Adel Family Fun Center bowling alley in Adel, Iowa January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Jim BourgU.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign stop at the Family Fun Center in Adel, Iowa January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder01-27-16-Y-18

Every Child Matters Event in Newton

Grinnell College students Sarah McCarthy (L), Mollie Jo Blahunka (C) and Hannah Lundberg pose for a videographer while waiting for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at the Berg Middle School in Newton, Iowa January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Brian SnyderA girl poses for a photograph next to U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a meeting with the group Every Child Matters at the Berg Middle School in Newton, Iowa January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

GOTC in Des Moines

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Dubuque and Davenport

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African American festival in Des Moines

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is joined onstage by her daughter Chelsea (L) during an off-schedule stop at the "I'll Make Me a World in Iowa Celebration Day" in Des Moines, Iowa January 30, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY01-30-16-Z-05

“Get Out the Caucus” rally at Iowa State University in Ames

Chelsea Clinton speaks as her mother U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stands with Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly (R) during a "Get Out to Caucus" rally at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa January 30, 2016. The New York Times's editorial board endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican John Kasich as they seek to become their parties' nominees in the U.S. presidential election, calling Clinton one of the most "deeply qualified presidential candidates in modern history." REUTERS/Brian SnyderU.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to the crowd at a "Get Out to Caucus" rally at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa January 30, 2016. The New York Times's editorial board endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican John Kasich as they seek to become their parties' nominees in the U.S. presidential election, calling Clinton one of the most "deeply qualified presidential candidates in modern history." REUTERS/Brian Snyder01-30-16-Y-63

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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton thanks her daughter Chelsea (L) for introducing her at a campaign event in Carroll, Iowa January 30, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

All the Clintons in Cedar Rapids

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, accompanied by former President Bill Clinton and their daughter Chelsea Clinton, arrives to speak at a rally at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) embraces husband former U.S. President Bill Clinton after being introduced onto the stage during a campaign rally at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa January 30, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees LatifFormer U.S. President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea introduce U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a "Get Out to Caucus" rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa January 30, 2016. REUTERS/Brian SnyderU.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a "Get Out to Caucus" rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa January 30, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Council Bluffs

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, accompanied by her daughter Chelsea Clinton, arrives for a rally at Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Magnolia Mandelko, 5, holds a campaign card as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, speaks at a rally at Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Magnolia Mandelko, 5, excitedly holds a campaign card and a drawing as she waits for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, accompanied by her daughter Chelsea Clinton, to arrive at a rally at Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)01-31-16-Z-0701-31-16-Z-0101-31-16-Z-1401-31-16-Z-11

Last pre-caucus rally in Des Moines

Former President Bill Clinton, accompanied by his daughter Chelsea Clinton, arrive for a Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton rally at Abraham Lincoln High School in Des Moines, Iowa, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters as she arrives at a rally at Abraham Lincoln High School in Des Moines, Iowa, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks as her husband former President Bill Clinton and their daughter Chelsea accompany her at a campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa January 31, 2015. REUTER/Brian SnyderU.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton goes to embrace husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, as daughter Chelsea Clinton looks on during a campaign rally at Abraham Lincoln High School in Des Moines, Iowa January 31, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees LatifU.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton embraces former U.S. President Bill Clinton as daughter Chelsea Clinton looks on during a campaign rally at Abraham Lincoln High School in Des Moines, Iowa January 31, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

On TV in January

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (2nd L) waves with (L-R) comedian Amy Schumer, 5-year-old presidential expert Macey Hensley, television host Ellen Degeneres, and singer Pink during a taping of "The Ellen Degeneres Show" in New York September 8, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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January Endorsements: NARAL, Planned Parenthood, Seafarers Union, Anthony Foxx, Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly, Sybrina Fulton, The Brady Campaign, UFCW (food workers), IATSE (stage managers), U.S. Black Chambers, The Human Rights Campaign,  National Treasury Employees Union, Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, Lilly Ledbetter, The New York Times.

And then we were off to the races.

Here is the archive for January, 2016 >>>>


NOTE: It was after a lot of deliberation that I decided to embark on this project this year. There was so much that was wrong. Even now, pundits deny the degree to which misogyny, sexism, and plain old Clinton Derangement Syndrome (on an international scale) influenced this election, but a review shines a light on the truth. Some of the evolving mythology around the election result is better refuted by pictures rather than a thousand words. So, yes, I decided to do it anyway even though, frankly, it is labor intensive, emotionally draining, and feels like picking at a scab.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Campaign chair, John Podesta, released this statement in support of the letter from electors requesting facts on Russian interference in the presidential election.

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The open letter to James Clapper was penned by Christine Pelosi.

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Bipartisan Electors Ask James Clapper: Release Facts on Outside Interference in U.S. Election

Open Letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper:

We are Electors who were selected by the voters of our states to represent them in the Electoral College on December 19, 2016. We intend to discharge our duties as Electors by ensuring that we select a candidate for president who, as our Founding Fathers envisioned, would be “endowed with the requisite qualifications.” As Electors, we also believe that deliberation is at the heart of democracy itself, not an empty or formalistic task. We do not understand our sole function to be to convene in mid-December, several weeks after Election Day, and summarily cast our votes. To the contrary, the Constitution envisions the Electoral College as a deliberative body that plays a critical role in our system of government — ensuring that the American people elect a president who is constitutionally qualified and fit to serve. Accordingly, to fulfill our role as Electors, we seek an informed and unrestrained opportunity to fulfill our constitutional role leading up to December 19th — that is, the ability to investigate, discuss, and deliberate with our colleagues about whom to vote for in the Electoral College.

We further emphasize Alexander Hamilton’s assertion in Federalist Paper #68 that a core purpose of the Electoral College was to prevent a “desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils.” The United States intelligence community has now concluded with “high confidence” that a foreign power, namely Russia, acted covertly to interfere in the presidential campaign with the intent of promoting Donald Trump’s candidacy. During the campaign Russia actively attempted to influence the election outcome through cyber attacks on our political institutions and a comprehensive propaganda campaign coordinated through Wikileaks and other outlets.

Allegations that Donald Trump was receiving assistance from a hostile foreign power to win the election began months before Election Day. When presented with information that the Russian government was interfering in the election through the course of the campaign, both in private briefings and public assessment, Donald Trump rejected it, refused to condemn it, and continued to accept their help. Donald Trump even made a direct plea to the Russian government to interfere further in the election in a press conference on July 27, saying, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”

According to reports in the Washington Post, New York Times, and other outlets, the United States intelligence community has now concluded definitively that the Russian interference was performed to help Donald Trump get elected, yet even today Mr. Trump is refusing to accept that finding. In response to the reports, the Trump transition office instead released a statement which called into question the validity of United States intelligence findings, and declared the election over despite the Electoral College not yet casting its votes. Trump’s willingness to disregard conclusions made by the intelligence community and his continuing defense of Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin demand close scrutiny and deliberation from the Electoral College.

Separate from Mr. Trump’s own denials of Russian involvement in the election, the confirmed communication between Trump’s aides and those associated with the Russian election interference activity raise serious concerns that must be addressed before we cast our votes. Trump-confidant Roger Stone confirmed during the campaign that he was engaged in back-channel communications with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, responsible for releasing much of the Russian-hacked Democratic communications, and indicated that he was aware of the hacked content prior to its release. Trump foreign policy advisor Carter Page reportedly visited Moscow in July of this year, just prior to the release of hacked DNC communications, during which it was believed he met with the Putin aide in charge of Russian intelligence on the U.S. election. Page returned to Moscow this week where he claimed to be meeting with Russian business and thought leaders.

In addition to Donald Trump and his aides’ conduct, revelations about their further involvement with the Russian government over the course of the campaign demand further investigation, as well as full disclosure of findings from any ongoing or closed investigative efforts:

  • Russian government officials revealed that they had maintained contact with the Trump campaign during the election, and stated that they were familiar with most of the individuals associated with Mr. Trump.
  • Media inquiries into whether the FBI was investigating Donald Trump’s July plea for Russian interference in the election resulted in a “Glomar response” neither confirming nor denying the existence of an investigation, rather than the more typical response of denying the request outright.
  • U.S. intelligence officials reportedly probed Trump foreign policy advisor Carter Page in regard to travel to his Moscow during the campaign.
  • The FBI reportedly began an inquiry into Trump associates following reports of a multi-million dollar business relationship with pro-Putin figures in Ukraine and Russia, and reports of an effort to sway American public opinion in favor of Ukraine’s pro-Putin government.
  • Michael Flynn, Trump campaign aide and the announced incoming National Security Advisor, traveled to Russia in December of 2015 for a gala event celebrating RT, a state-controlled propaganda network, at which he was seated next to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Electors require to know from the intelligence community whether there are ongoing investigations into ties between Donald Trump, his campaign or associates, and Russian government interference in the election, the scope of those investigations, how far those investigations may have reached, and who was involved in those investigations. We further require a briefing on all investigative findings, as these matters directly impact the core factors in our deliberations of whether Mr. Trump is fit to serve as President of the United States.

Additionally, the Electors will separately require from Donald Trump conclusive evidence that he and his staff and advisors did not accept Russian interference, or otherwise collaborate during the campaign, and conclusive disavowal and repudiation of such collaboration and interference going forward.

We hope that the information and actions described in this letter will be provided in an expeditious manner, so that we can fulfill our constitutional duty as Electors.

Signed,

Christine Pelosi (CA)

Micheal Baca (CO)

Anita Bonds (DC)

Courtney Watson (MD)

Dudley Dudley (NH)

Bev Hollingworth (NH)

Terie Norelli (NH)

Carol Shea-Porter (NH)

Clay Pell (RI)

Chris Suprun (TX)

Presidential electors interested in adding their names to this letter should contact ElectoralCollege16@gmail.com.


Joint bipartisan statement from senators calling for an investigation.

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Nancy Pelosi has also issued the call for a bipartisan investigation.

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More on this here.

Bipartisan Anger Grows Over Russian Interference Into U.S. Election

Want to encourage your state electors and elected officials to sign on?  Here are some contact links.

Contact Your Elected Officials

Contact the Electors

 

 

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Calling Team Hillary Clinton!  Recount oversight assistance is needed in Michigan and Wisconsin.

If you are in Michigan, can travel, and have some time you can free up, please go here to sign up to help.

If you are in Wisconsin, can travel, and have some time you can free up, please go here to sign up to help.

Thank you from all of us!

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You are all probably feeling a little bushwhacked from the emotional letdown of the election results and are probably still dealing with some sleep deficits from all the work you put in, but Hillary’s campaign is in need of volunteers to assist with the recount.  It’s important that the campaign be represented. If you have any time or energy left to help out in the following states, here is some contact information.

WISCONSIN
Sign up here:  https://www.hillaryclinton.com/signups/wi-recount-help/

Or Contact the following organizers directly

Searcy for Milwaukee area:  swilliams@wivictory2016.org
Tyler for Kenosha/Racine area:  tjack@wivictory2016.org

Schedule of RECOUNT:
http://county.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/Groups/cntyElectCommission/ScheduleforRecount11-30-16.pdf

A list of locations can be found here: http://elections.wi.gov/elections-voting/recount/2016-presidential/meeting-notices#attachments

The official Recount Manual, published by the Wisconsin Elections Commission, can be found here: http://elections.wi.gov/sites/default/files/publication/65/recount_manual_11_2016_pdf_17034.pdf
Please print out pages 7-13 (Recount Checklist) to take along.

MICHIGAN
Sign up here:  https://www.hillaryclinton.com/signups/mi-recount-help/

The Michigan Recount begins this Friday! All Michigan recount volunteers should attend one of the Recount Observers Training Sessions listed below.

Please RSVP by emailing the Michigan volunteer coordinator:
Keenan Pontoni, at keenanpontoni@gmail.com

Jackson County Training
Location: Meijer Branch Library
Address: 2699 Airport Rd Jackson, MI 49202
Date: Wednesday, November 30th
Time: 6-7:30 PM

Kalamazoo County Training
Location: IBEW Local 131 Hall
Address: 3641 E. Cork Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Date: Wednesday, November 30th
Time: 7:30-9 PM

Macomb County Training
Location: Warren Community Center, Conference Room A
Address: 5460 Arden Ave, Warren, MI 48092
Date: Thursday, December 1st
Time: 12-1:30 PM

Washtenaw County Training
Location: IBEW Local 252 Hall
Address: 7920 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Date: Thursday, December 1st
Time: 6-7:30 PM

Wayne County Training
Location: Northwest Activities Center
Address: 18100 Meyers Rd, Detroit, MI 48235
Date: Thursday, December 1st
Time: 7-8:30 PM

Marquette County Training
Location: Barage Conference Room
Address: 129 W. Barage Ave, Marquette MI 49855
Date: Thursday, December 1st
Time: 7-8:30 PM

Oakland County Training
Location: Baldwin Library
Address: 300 W Merrill St, Birmingham, MI 48009
Date: Thursday, December 1st
Time: 7:30-9 PM

(Still awaiting information on Pennsylvania)

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