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These are the key states Hillary for America is targeting for voter registration and commitments to vote for Hillary:

Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio,  Pennsylvania, Virginia, and  Wisconsin.

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The campaign has an online tool to help you find your Facebook friends in these states and a message you can copy and send them to be sure they know how crucial their votes are.  The message includes a link for registering or checking voter registration.

So if you need to work off some nervous energy tonight while you watch the RNC take this nomination to the point of no return, you can log into Facebook, copy the message, and start sending your message to friends instead of biting your nails, picking your cuticles, or whatever other nervous habit you indulge in when people are driving you around the bend.

 

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Hillary received this important endorsement yesterday.

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker Endorses Hillary Clinton

Published July 20, 2016

TAHLEQUAH – Prior to next week’s Democratic Party Convention in Philadelphia, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker endorsed Hillary Clinton to become president of the United States.

The Cherokee Nation is one of America’s largest American Indian tribes.

Citing her commitment to tribal nations, Baker says in his endorsement:

“Secretary Clinton understands Indian people must have a seat at the table with federal officials in the development of federal policies affecting our communities.”

Below is a text of his endorsement:

An endorsement for Hillary Clinton for President of the United States

Hillary Clinton is our best choice to serve as President of the United States. Having served in the roles of Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and the sometime under-appreciated role of First Lady, she has unprecedented experience in international and domestic policy, which includes tribal sovereignty. As the elected leader of the largest tribal government in America, that level of experience is invaluable to Indian Country.

Principal Chief Bill John Baker

Hillary Clinton will continue the legacy of meaningful government to government consultations between tribal nations and the United States established by Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, and will build on that foundation. She truly grasps the federal trust responsibility to our tribal nations, while being empathetic to the problems facing Indian Country.

Secretary Clinton has heard the call of tribal leaders and will take action on the issues most important to our people. She will ensure the issues facing the First Americans will not be the last to be addressed.

I had the pleasure of attending a tribal leaders meeting at the White House many years ago when I served on the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council and it was then First Lady Hillary Clinton who led our discussion. This was an historic moment, as there was direct engagement between tribal leaders and the White House like never before in modern history. She promised a true government-to-government relationship and a real partnership to address our unique needs and the result of that meeting was Executive Order 13175 on tribal consultation that was issued by President Clinton.  Secretary Clinton understands Indian people must have a seat at the table with federal officials in the development of federal policies affecting our communities.

She has been a vocal and visionary leader for tribal citizens as a supporter of the Violence Against Women Act, tribal colleges, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act and the UN’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Secretary Clinton is the most qualified candidate to be president because she understands that our brightest future lies in strong relationships, especially as we strive to bring equality and economic development to Indian Country. History teaches us that failure to include the voices of tribal leaders leads to devastating results for Indian people. This dialogue is critical to productive federal-tribal relationships.

As President, Hillary Clinton will continue an active dialogue with tribal governments.  She will focus a progressive agenda on the needs of our youth, our women, our veterans, our natural resources and access to quality health care for our people for generations.

I hope you join me in supporting Hillary Clinton as this race moves forward, as she is the best equipped and most experienced person in the race to become our next commander-in-chief.

 

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There is no dearth of kennel imagery at the Republican National Convention.  There are plenty of “dog-whistle” remarks. Last night, in the post mortem of Ted Cruz’s speech, a commentator said, “Its not like he killed a puppy!” Cruz himself, in refusing to endorse Trump,  has said he will not be a ‘servile puppy dog.’

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If you have the general impression that the Grand Old Party is going to the dogs, however, you need look no further than the nominee himself whose running mate told the convention last night that we do not abandon our friends just before the candidate himself told the New York Times, well … not exactly.

In an interview with David E. Sanger and Maggie Haberman, Trump said he might, as president, not honor NATO commitments if nations have not ‘fulfilled their obligations to us.’  Foreign policy experts and even members of his own party are reeling.

Jeffrey Goldberg, in The Atlantic, takes the issue one step beyond, likening Trump to Vladimir Putin.

It’s Official: Hillary Clinton Is Running Against Vladimir Putin

Fulfilling what might be the Russian autocrat’s dearest wish, Trump has openly questioned whether the U.S. should keep its commitments to NATO.

Jeffrey Goldberg

The Republican nominee for president, Donald J. Trump, has chosen this week to unmask himself as a de facto agent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, a KGB-trained dictator who seeks to rebuild the Soviet empire by undermining the free nations of Europe, marginalizing NATO, and ending America’s reign as the world’s sole superpower.

I am not suggesting that Donald Trump is employed by Putin—though his campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was for many years on the payroll of the Putin-backed former president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych. I am arguing that Trump’s understanding of America’s role in the world aligns with Russia’s geostrategic interests; that his critique of American democracy is in accord with the Kremlin’s critique of American democracy; and that he shares numerous ideological and dispositional proclivities with Putin—for one thing, an obsession with the sort of “strength” often associated with dictators. Trump is making it clear that, as president, he would allow Russia to advance its hegemonic interests across Europe and the Middle East. His election would immediately trigger a wave of global instability—much worse than anything we are seeing today—because America’s allies understand that Trump would likely dismantle the post-World War II U.S.-created international order. Many of these countries, feeling abandoned, would likely pursue nuclear weapons programs on their own, leading to a nightmare of proliferation.

Trump’s sympathy for Putin has not been a secret. Trump said he would “get along very well” with Putin, and he has pleased Putin by expressing a comprehensive lack of interest in the future of Ukraine, the domination of which is a core Putinist principle. The Trump movement also agrees with Putin that U.S. democracy is fatally flawed. A Trump adviser, Carter Page, recently denounced—to a Moscow audience—America’s “often-hypocritical focus on democratization, inequality, corruption and regime change.” Earlier this week, Trump’s operatives watered down the Republican Party’s national-security platform position on Ukraine, removing a promise to help the Ukrainians receive lethal aid in their battle to remain free of Russian control.

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When your only character witnesses are your own kids and the rest of the support speeches at the convention must rely on demonizing your opponent rather than advancing your image, you have a problem.  When foreign policy experts align you with our arch adversary, one for whom you have expressed a certain admiration, it should render you radioactive.

It is high time for the media to start holding a magnifying glass over Donald Trump.  There has been a lot of screaming about Hillary: three emails with little embedded (c)s and a server that was more secure that the government servers, persistent lies about what she did and said during and after the attacks in Benghazi.

When Donald Trump entertains the notion of compromising NATO, the golden fleece of the 20th century, an alliance that kept the world safe in the wake of two  world wars, he endangers national security.  When he says something is going on and we need to find out what, he is correct.  Something is going on … with him.  We may not know what, exactly, but it is very clear that he is in no way qualified or predisposed to lead the free world.

It should not be difficult to figure out what to do.

We put Hillary Clinton’s resume side by side with Donald Trump’s. The contrast couldn’t be starker.

1997: Trump ponders Miss Universe swimsuit sizes. Hillary gets health insurance for 8 million kids.

Statement From Jake Sullivan On Trump’s NATO Comments

HFA Senior Policy Adviser Jake Sullivan released the following statement on Donald Trump’s latest comments about NATO and his view of America’s role in the world:

“Tonight, Mike Pence said Donald Trump would stand with our allies. Tonight, Donald Trump flatly contradicted him.

For decades, the United States has given an ironclad guarantee to our NATO allies: we will come to their defense if they are attacked, just as they came to our defense after 9/11. Donald Trump was asked if he would honor that guarantee. He said… maybe, maybe not.

Ronald Reagan would be ashamed. Harry Truman would be ashamed. Republicans, Democrats and Independents who help build NATO into the most successful military alliance in history would all come to the same conclusion: Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit and fundamentally ill-prepared to be our Commander in Chief.

The President is supposed to be the leader of the free world. Donald Trump apparently doesn’t even believe in the free world.

Over the course of this campaign, Trump has displayed a bizarre and occasionally obsequious fascination with Russia’s strongman, Vladimir Putin. And he has the policy positions – and advisors – to match. Just this week, we learned that the Trump campaign went to great lengths to remove a plank from the GOP platform about aid to Ukraine that would have offended Putin, bucking a strongly held position within his own party. Previously, he celebrated the Brexit vote, and in turn, casually predicted the disintegration of Europe. And now, he won’t even commit to protecting our NATO allies against a Russian invasion. It is fair to assume that Vladimir Putin is rooting for a Trump presidency.

More broadly, Trump has apparently decided that America lacks the moral authority to advance our interests and values around the world. He has adopted the logic and positions of China, Russia, and Iran. And there will be plenty of time in the days ahead to address his strategy to strengthen our coalition against ISIS, which apparently can be summed up in one word, ‘meetings.’

The choice in this election is clear. Hillary Clinton will defend our allies. She will protect our people. And she will uphold a bipartisan tradition of American foreign policy that has made us the greatest force for peace, progress, and prosperity the world has ever known.”

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Yesterday, day three of an already bizarre convention snubbed by all but one of the living past nominees and other big GOP names, played out in a way most Hollywood producers would reject as too crazy a concept.

The runner-up, Ted Cruz, gave a speech in which everyone expected him to endorse the candidate, but he did not.  Instead he urged his fellow Republicans to vote their consciences.  Hillary Clinton liked that line.

Trump entered the room just as Cruz was wrapping up his remarks, and Cruz was booed off stage in Showtime at the Apollo fashion. Newt Gingrich then came on and tried to twist Cruz’s words or lack of them like a pretzel.

Both Newt and Trump’s running mate Mike Pence engaged in the compulsory Hillary-bashing based on lies.

The backdrop to all of this:

-A day that began with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce endorsing the Democratic candidate on morning TV smack in the middle of the Republican quadrennial presidential nominating event and condemning their candidate in no uncertain terms.  Read the endorsement here >>>>

-The incoherent statement from a Trump advisor calling Hillary “the Jane Fonda of the Viet Nam” and calling for her execution for treason. This the morning after Chris Christie roused chants of “lock her up” from conventioneers.  The advisor is under Secret Service investigation.

-An evening that began with a live band serenading delegates with Sweet Caroline.

Never really thought that the decay in democracy would happen to the music of Neil Diamond.

-The detritus in the aftermath of Melania Trump’s Tuesday night speech.  I haven’t mentioned the purloined paragraphs here.  Until yesterday, there was a mist around how the passages came to appear on Mrs. Trump’s teleprompter. Finally,  Meredith McIver, a Trump organization staff writer, owned up to writing the piece based on ideas Melania read to her from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech during a phone call.  Aside from the obvious: the accusations of plagiarism (it was – no attribution was included), the denial (at first it was not clear that she knew she was reading someone else’s words), the equivocation (she said she wrote it herself with as little help as possible),  there is the small matter of Ms. McIver’s employer. She offered to resign and the resignation was rejected, but resign from where?  Ms. McIver is not employed by the campaign and therein may lie an FEC violation.

Melania Trump Speech Appears To Be An Illegal Campaign Contribution

Ethics watchdogs suggest that’s another oops for the Trump campaign.

07/20/2016

CLEVELAND ― The revelation that Donald Trump’s business staff writer Meredith McIver wrote the partly plagiarized speech given by Melania Trump on Monday night raises questions about whether his campaign is illegally commingling corporate and campaign resources.

McIver does not appear to have any official role in the presidential campaign. Her letter acknowledging her role in the speech debacle appeared on corporate letterhead from the Trump Organization. And she is not listed as being paid by the Trump campaign on any available reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Corporations are banned from donating directly or through in-kind services to political campaigns. McIver could have volunteered her services, but her offer to resign from the Trump Organization suggests that she was acting within her job responsibilities. (Donald Trump rejected that offer.)

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Meanwhile, hardly a speaker takes the stage in Cleveland without bashing Hillary.  One of the memes is that laws do not apply to her the same way that they do to everyone else, the reverse of James Comey’s statement before the House Oversight Committee.  Actually, that meme befits Trump and his campaign more accurately.

Who knows what to expect tonight? We’ve seen some crazy conventionsJohn Avlon, on the ground in Cleveland, files from a gloomy perspective.
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Hillary Clinton Statement on the Passing of Rep. Mark Takai

Hillary Clinton released the following statement after learning about the passing of Congressman Mark Takai:

“The loss of Congressman Mark Takai will be felt keenly from Washington to Honolulu. Mark was everything a public servant should be. He spent his entire life in service of his state and his country–from the Hawaii Army National Guard to the Hawaii State House to the House of Representatives–fighting to make sure veterans and their families are supported, supporting ambitious steps to protect his state and our planet from the perils of climate change, and championing the rights of Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian communities. I am grateful to Mark for his friendship and deeply honored to have earned his support. My thoughts and prayers are with Mark’s family and friends, and especially with his wife Sami and his children Matthew and Kaila.”

Hillary was in Las Vegas on Tuesday.  She spoke at the AFSCME convention and also attended a voter registration event at UNITE HERE which endorsed her.

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In Las Vegas, UNITE HERE Endorses Hillary Clinton

At a voter registration event in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton thanked UNITE HERE for their endorsement and reiterated her commitment to fighting for working families as president, repealing the Cadillac Tax, and passing comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship. Pointing to Trump’s history of battling against unionization at his Las Vegas hotel, Clinton pledged to build an economy that works for everyone—not just those at the top

Clinton also highlighted a new voter registration drive to get more than 3 million Americans to register or commit to vote in this November’s election. She featured an online voter registration tool in both English and Spanish, and encouraged supporters to volunteer for a voter registration shift.

Clinton’s remarks, as transcribed, are below: “Wow, didn’t Celia do a great job?  Let’s give her another round of applause. I am so excited to be here with all of you, and to have this endorsement of such a diverse group of hardworking people who are the backbone of our economy, not only here in Las Vegas and Nevada, but across the United States. And I promise you that I will be your champion in the White House.

I want to endorse someone you know well because you also worked to elect him, to nominate him.  That is Ruben Kihuen.  I’ve got to say, Ruben is someone who I admire and like so much.  You’ve got to get him elected to Congress so he and I can work together in 2017.

I want to thank Ivana and Ted and […] and all of the officers and everyone who is here, because this is an important moment for my campaign.  We are going to work together to turn back the tide – the tide of negativity, the tide of violence and bigotry and bullying.  I know that Donald Trump fought against you at his Las Vegas hotel.  I was with you twice in front of the property on a picket line. Because I believe we have got to recognize that unions have helped to build the strongest middle class in the history of the world. I have supported your efforts here and in Atlantic City.  I was there about a week and a half ago, visiting another picket line, in front of another property that Trump used to own and the new owners are refusing to recognize the union.

This is no way, my friends, to grow the economy, to give people a chance to have their own dreams fulfilled – and I know Las Vegas is full of dreamers. Whether you’re working in a hotel on the strip or whether you’re in some other role and job, you expect when you make a contract with somebody, that they fulfill it, right?  You expect, under our law, when you win an election to unionize, they negotiate.  But that’s not Donald Trump’s way.  He not only refuses to negotiate with you, he actually refuses to pay bills of businesses that provide services and goods for his properties. He stiffs – he stiffs small businesses, contractors, workers too.  Why, just here in Las Vegas, he refused to pay $400,000 to a local drapery company. Somebody who had a contract and thought, “Okay, I’ve got a contract.  I’m going to provide the draperies,” and when the time came after the work was done, and Trump and his officials said, “No, we’re not going to pay you.”  So that small company had to close their factory.

I got to tell you, this is par for the course.  Even I have been surprised.  This goes way beyond politics, where you criticize somebody.  That’s fair game.  But his record of exploiting people, of mistreating them by refusing to pay up, whether you’re a union worker with UNITE HERE, you’re a small businessperson, you’re an investor – it doesn’t matter to him.  He’s going to try to avoid paying what he should.  Now, he thinks that’s smart business.  I think it’s disgraceful. And you can hear what they’re saying.  I don’t know if any of you subjected yourselves to watching the Republican convention last night.  This is a very smart group of people.  Well, you didn’t miss anything.  They don’t have a single idea about how to put people to work – how to grow incomes, improve education or health care.  Not a single idea.  Their ideas are all about turn the clock back, stop the progress we’ve made.

Well, I’ll tell you what, I want to make the biggest investment in new jobs since World War II.  I want to get incomes rising again. I want to make college debt-free for all of you […].  I want to help you if you’ve got student debt to pay it back at a lower rate […] I want to rewrite the rules so that companies actually share their profits with employees. It’s time we end them shipping off jobs and profits overseas.  I want to make sure that the corporations and the super-rich in particular pay their fair share of taxes, and that means I’m the only candidate who ran for president this time who said over and over and over again, I will not raise taxes on the middle class.

And we are going to work to change our policies to support the way families live and the jobs they do in the 21st century.  And that includes why I’ve called on Congress to repeal the Cadillac tax on your health benefits. But I got to be clear with you.  We can’t do any of this unless we win. It doesn’t do us any good being here in July, applauding and yelling about Donald Trump and his terrible ideas if we don’t get out and win.

Yesterday our campaign launched a nationwide drive to register 3 million more people (applause) who we will ask to commit to vote in November.  We are having over 500 registration events just this week across America.  We are creating an online, one place to go, voter registration tool in both English and Spanish. We are having labor mobilization weekends starting in August because I know there’s nobody, nobody, better at organizing and mobilizing than Unite Here. I am going to fight for every vote in this state, in every part of this state.  And with your help, we are going to win this state in November.

So here is what I ask of you.  Please, get others to sign up for voter registration.  Come to one of our offices here in Clark County, across Nevada.  Bring friends.  Bring five friends.  And here’s what I want you to tell your friends.  We are hiring people. We are hiring people to work on this registration effort.  If you know somebody who’s interested or you are interested, go to HillaryClinton.com/jobs because we’re not leaving anything to chance.

I was thinking about coming back out here for today, and I was remembering all of the great times that I had here in Las Vegas.  And yeah, what happens in Vegas. But also, I was thinking about all the people who helped in the caucus, all the people who were there on the front lines, working so hard.  (Applause.)  I was thinking about all the hotels that I visited, all of the back of the house cafeterias and workrooms that I visited.  And I was thinking of coming here to this training facility and seeing the pride on people’s faces as you learn your trade.  I was so touched because what I’ve seen here are hard-working people, people who do their very best to get ahead and stay ahead.  You deserve an economy that works for everybody, not just those at the top, and you deserve a government that works for everybody, not just those at the top.

So we’re proud of this.  In America, whether you’ve been here 10 generations or 10 weeks, in America we don’t tear each other down.  We lift each other up. In America, we don’t build walls.  We build bridges. In America, we work together because we know we are stronger together, just like all of you know.  In this union, you are stronger together.  I want everybody in America to know.  Let’s pull together.  Let’s set forth.  I journey to the future with confidence and optimism.  Let’s make sure we bring everybody along.

That is what is at stake in this election.  With your help, we’re going to win this state.  We’re going to win the election in November.  And then we’re going to go on and work to make the future […]”

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If I had a dollar for every time over almost eight years that I have heard Hillary Clinton explain, in so many countries as well as here at home, that we have regular, peaceful transitions of power in this country, I would give every dollar to Hillary for America.

Most recently, she made what has become a boilerplate remark of hers about our democracy when she appeared with President Obama in Charlotte.

Some of you might remember, that he and I competed against each other as hard as we could back in 2008. But when it was over, I was proud to endorse him and campaign for him.

And I’ll never forget when he called me the Sunday after the election, asking me to come to Chicago. It turned out he wanted me to be Secretary of State, and I don’t think anybody saw that coming – especially me.

And as I travelled on behalf of our country, a lot of people around the world asked how President Obama and I could work so well together after being such fierce competitors. In some places, the person who loses an election gets exiled or executed, not asked to be Secretary of State.

But President Obama asked me to serve, and I accepted. You know why? We both love our country.

That is how democracy is supposed to work. We just celebrated 240 years of independence. In America, we put common interest before self-interest. We stand together because we know we’re stronger together.

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So it it especially jarring and disconcerting to hear crowds at the Republican Convention in Cleveland chanting “Lock her up.!”  Really?

The Republican convention’s fixation on locking up Hillary Clinton is really disturbing

CLEVELAND — It’s pretty disturbing to hear a large crowd at a major party convention repeatedly call for the jailing of the leader of the other major party.

And I’ve heard that happen again and again at the Republican convention so far, as the clear favorite chant of the attendees is: “Lock her up! Lock her up! Lock her up!”

It’s not just the crowd. Three speakers at the podium on the first day of the convention called for Hillary Clinton to be jailed.

And Chris Christie’s speech on day two, while nominally a critique of Clinton’s foreign policy judgment, was framed as a “prosecution” of Clinton in which he repeatedly asked the crowd whether she was “guilty” or “not guilty.”

Naturally, the crowd interrupted Christie four times with the “lock her up” chant. Indeed, the idea of sentencing Clinton to prison has been the only thing that’s really excited the crowd so far on this listless second day.

To me, all this seemed like a new crossing of a line and an ugly degradation of a norm in American politics.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Speaks at the Old State House in Springfield, Ill., July 13, 2016.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Speaks at the Old State House in Springfield, Ill., July 13, 2016.
Photo by Andrew Harnik/AP

The GOP’s preoccupation with imprisoning Clinton isn’t normal

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At any major party’s national convention, partisans aren’t going to use kid gloves when going after the other party’s nominee. It stands to reason that when Republicans target Hillary Clinton in Cleveland this week, they’re going to use every possible line of attack they can think of. It’s just how the game is played.
But Vox’s Andrew Prokop picked up on GOP messaging from the first night of the Republican National Convention that goes much further than anything Americans are accustomed to.
One of the most striking recurring suggestions of the Republican convention’s first day was that Hillary Clinton should be sent to prison.
During retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s speech, the delegates began to chant, “Lock her up! Lock her up! Lock her up!” Soon, Flynn agreed, saying, “Lock her up, that’s right! It’s unbelievable!”
After noting some other speakers who called for Clinton’s imprisonment, Prokop’s piece added, “To me, all this seemed like a new crossing of a line and an ugly degradation of a norm in American politics.”
He’s not the only who thought so. Independent Journal Review’s Justin Green, a conservative journalist, added, “Plagiarism is bad, but it’s remarkable that the headline news today isn’t that speakers at the RNC called for jailing the opposing nominee.”
It’s no small detail. In the American tradition, partisans will blast rivals on every front, but voters are not accustomed to hearing calls for the incarceration of the other party’s presidential candidate.

We stand as the role model of bloodless transition for all the world.  It is beyond not normal.  Steve Schmidt, on MSNBC tonight, called it “Banana Republican” right after I remarked that I had never seen anything like this in this country.

No.  This is not normal.  It is not what we do. It is not how we act. It is not who we are.  We are better than this.
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