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In the News:

0) A message from the publisher
1) UK: High Court rules government cannot trigger Article 50 (Brexit) without parliamentary approval
2) Iraq: Regime, Islamic State forces battle on streets of Mosul
3) AP sources: FBI agents sought Clinton Foundation probe
4) Afghanistan: 26 civilians dead after raid on Taliban
5) Venezuela: Military to control medicine supply in public hospitals
6) Chatter grows that Ryan could step down
7) Study: Smoking “causes hundreds of DNA changes”
8) Study: Smoking weed may sharpen night vision
9) Hundreds of operations canceled after malware hacks hospitals systems
10) Email review in Clinton case by Election Day unlikely
11) Snowden calls for Montreal police chief to resign
12) Philippines: Rebel leader emerges from hiding to meet Duterte
13) Report: Podesta was wary of sending intel over Clinton server
14) Colombia to limit Venezuelans crossing border to buy food over security concerns
15) Asia: ACT cancels test scores after leak of essay question
16) GOP & Dems down to the wire for control of the Senate
17) France: Extortionists recommend that HSBC be extorted from for helping people avoid extortion
18) Egypt devalues currency, floats pound to meet IMF demand
19) 19-year-old teenage hacker behind DDoS-for-hire service pleads guilty
20) CA: Evil local politicians move to continue war on citizens
21) SC: Idiot educrats suspend nine students for possession of “happy crack” sugary concoction
22) Saudi Arabia: Regime sentences man to 15 years for supporting executed cleric
23) Gawker’s shell rewards malicious litigants Thiel, Bollea with $31 million payout
24) Afghanistan: Two occupation troops killed
25) SpaceX fueling proposal sparks concern for NASA advisory panel

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Twenty years of dictatorial democracy?
27) Wikileaks and the Podesta emails: Two things
28) J Edgar Comey
29) Article 50: Down with this legal coup against the masses
30) Washington’s meddling in foreign elections
31) Does the FBI think Russia hacked Weiner’s computer?
32) The Jason Stapleton Program, 11/03/16
33) Police still getting surplus Army gear, and using it at Standing Rock
34) Time for an ACLU shift on campaign finance?
35) If only elections were shorter
36) Let the kids work
37) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 11/03/16
38) This election is about school funding & democratic control of education
39) Paris, an exercise in climate rainmaking
40) Peter Kadzik: What more will Wikileaks reveal about the DOJ’s Clinton mole?
41) The way forward for progressives
42) The 2016 election is destroying the facade of objectivity
43) Hillary Clinton does not stand for women if she doesn’t stand for Bitcoin
44) The early voter gets remorse
45) Turkey and the next war
46) Pirate Parties and transparent politics: Iceland’s experiment
47) Truly, madly, deeply state
48) Small post about small happenings
49) It takes a village to raise a subsidy
50) Government pension plans are headed for disaster
51) Are we special?
52) On boring conformists and right-wing recusants
53) How the elite thrive with terrorism
54) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/03/16
55) Free Talk Live, 11/02/16

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0)  A message from the publisher

Dear readers,

I didn’t want to do a beginning-of-the-month “web-only” edition so soon after the last one (the 24th of October), so I didn’t. Here’s your full lid of news and commentary, as usual …

… but I expect you know how this goes, seeing as how we’re about to wrap up our 14th year as RRND (and 25 years by descent from Freedom News Daily and Libernet!):

I try to take the fundraising fairly easy (one, at most two, mentions per month) for most of the year, but in November and December I beat the drum just a quite a bit harder.

We ARE a reader-supported publication and the Thanksgiving/Anniversary/Christmas season seems like a good time to emphasize that and to ask those of you who value RRND/FND to return some value for value. We don’t eat much, but we DO eat … and we like to eat even more, and maybe do some traveling and gift shopping, this time of year.

Across our various editions and platforms, I reckon we reach about 5,000 readers each day. Expecting to knock down an average of a buck per reader in the time between now and the end of 2016 doesn’t seem like it should be a tall order, but experience says it is. Nonetheless, that’s the goal I’m setting: $5k over the course of November and December. Even if I don’t deserve it, Lee and Steve do 🙂

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In addition to hitting you up for money, I have some plans for cool stuff moving in the OTHER direction between now and our 14th anniversary on December 23. So you might want to keep a closer eye on our content for the next few weeks.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in liberty,
Tom Knapp
Publisher
Rational Review News Digest / Freedom News Daily

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1) UK: High Court rules government cannot trigger Article 50 (Brexit) without parliamentary approval
Source: Telegraph [UK]

“The High Court has ruled that the Government does not have power to trigger Article 50 without parliamentary approval and a vote from MPs. Campaigners have won their battle over Theresa May’s decision to use the royal prerogative in her Brexit strategy to start the process of leaving the European Union. The government have said they will appeal the decision in the Supreme Court.” (11/03/16)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/03/high-court-to-rule-on-brexit-legal-battle-and-theresa-mays-decis/

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2) Iraq: Regime, Islamic State forces battle on streets of Mosul
Source: CNN

Iraqi forces have entered ISIS-held Mosul for the first time in more than two years and are battling ISIS militants on the front line, defense officials told CNN. Iraqi Ministry of Defense spokesman Brig. Gen. Tahsin Ibrahim told CNN that units of the 9th Armored Division had entered the city on Thursday, adding that troops had stormed the neighborhood of al Intisar in the east. … Officials had warned that entering Mosul would likely trigger the fiercest fighting yet, and that the battle is expected to be fought ‘street to street,’ or even ‘house to house.'” (11/03/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/03/middleeast/mosul-offensive-iraq-troops-in/

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3) AP sources: FBI agents sought Clinton Foundation probe
Source: Washington Post

“FBI agents seeking an investigation into the Clinton Foundation made a presentation to Justice Department lawyers about the allegations they wanted to pursue, but public corruption prosecutors did not want to partner with them based on concerns about the strength of the information they received, two people familiar with the matter said Thursday. The meeting at the Justice Department took place in February and reflected the conflicting views of prosecutors and investigators, according to two individuals who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations within the government.” (11/03/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/ap-sources-fbi-agents-sought-clinton-foundation-probe/2016/11/03/9cc5203a-a204-11e6-8864-6f892cad0865_story.html

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4) Afghanistan: 26 civilians dead after raid on Taliban
Source: Roanoke Times World

“A joint U.S.-Afghan raid Thursday against the Taliban involving NATO airstrikes left 26 civilians and three Afghan troops dead, and two U.S. soldiers were killed in a separate incident, Western and local officials said, as investigators worked to determine what went wrong. The Americans killed and four other U.S. troops wounded were among military advisers helping Afghan troops, rare combat casualties for Western forces who handed over the task of securing Afghanistan to local troops some two years ago.” (11/03/16)

http://www.roanoke.com/news/wire_headlines/civilians-dead-after-afghan-raid-on-taliban/article_f729af9f-b76f-56ec-9dc2-4edc7b934a32.html

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5) Venezuela: Military to control medicine supply in public hospitals
Source: PanAm Post

“The distribution of medicine in Venezuela is not the responsibility of the military. Defense Minister of Venezuela Vladimir Padrino Lopez announced Wednesday, November 2 that the country’s National Armed Forces is now responsible for the distribution of medicines and surgical supplies to all public hospitals.” (11/03/16)

https://panampost.com/karina-martin/2016/11/03/venezuelan-military-to-control-medicine-supply-in-public-hospitals/

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6) Chatter grows that Ryan could step down
Source: The Hill

“Chatter is growing louder on Capitol Hill that Paul Ryan’s days as Speaker are numbered. Four House Republicans, including a senior lawmaker close to leadership, told The Hill they expect Ryan to step down after Tuesday’s elections, arguing that he faces a daunting path to the 218 votes he needs to win a full two-year term leading the House GOP. Aides to the Wisconsin Republican insist he isn’t going anywhere and that he’s completely focused right now on protecting the GOP’s majority in the lower chamber.”

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/304245-chatter-grows-that-ryan-could-step-down

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7) Study: Smoking “causes hundreds of DNA changes”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Smoking leaves an ‘archaeological record’ of the hundreds of DNA mutations it causes, scientists have discovered. Having sequenced thousands of tumour genomes, they found a 20-a-day smoker would rack up an average of 150 mutations in every lung cell each year. The changes are permanent, and persist even if someone gives up smoking. Researchers say analysing tumour DNA may help explain the underlying causes of other cancers. Pamela Pugh, 69, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2013. She started smoking aged 17 and quit in her early 50s. But she said: ‘Even though I gave up many years ago, the effects of smoking caught up with me.'” (11/03/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-37849000

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8) Study: Smoking weed may sharpen night vision
Source: Smell the Truth

“A study published in the journal eLife suggests that using cannabis may improve night vision, reports the Guardian. Experts from both Canadian and American universities examined the effects of marijuana on tadpoles by applying a synthetic cannabinoid to their eye tissue. Researchers found that particular retinal cells became more sensitive to light, improving the rate at which eyes respond to both dark and light images. ‘We didn’t believe what we were seeing — exactly the opposite of what we expected,’ said the study’s senior author Ed Ruthazer, a neurologist expert from the Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University, to the Montreal Gazette. The study was based on pharmacologist M. E. West’s observations made in the early 1990s on Jamaican fishermen, which he believes smoking marijuana gave them ‘an uncanny ability to see in the dark.'” [editor’s note: Even Bob Marley knew it was good for treating glaucoma; every day we find something of value in cannabis – SAT] (11/02/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/11/02/smoking-weed-may-sharpen-night-vision-study-finds

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9) Hundreds of operations canceled after malware hacks hospitals systems
Source: The Hacker News

“Computer viruses do not discriminate. They are not just hacking your email and online banking accounts anymore. Computer viruses do not distinguish between a personal computer or a hospital machine delivering therapy to patients — and the results could prove deadly. Cyber attacks on hospitals have emerged as a significant cyber security risk in 2016, which not only threaten highly sensitive information but also potentially harm the very lives of those being protected.” (11/03/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/11/hospital-cyber-attack-virus.html

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10) Email review in Clinton case by Election Day unlikely
Source: USA Today

“The prospect that the FBI could conclude its review of newly discovered emails by Election Day is increasingly unlikely, as authorities determine whether the thousands of communications linked to a top Hillary Clinton aide could alter the findings of a previously closed inquiry into the former secretary of State’s handling of classified information, an official familiar with matter said Thursday. Authorities also are not close enough to come forward with preliminary findings or meaningful updates on the ongoing process, said the official, who is not authorized to comment publicly. From the outset of the unusual review (triggered by the tranche of emails found in a separate investigation into former New York congressman Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin), authorities cautioned that it was not very likely that a conclusion could be reached before voters go to the polls next Tuesday.” [editor’s note: Well, DUH! Teflon HIllary will skate as usual – SAT] (11/03/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/11/03/fbi-hillary-clinton-email-investigation/93246096

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11) Snowden calls for Montreal police chief to resign
Source: CTV [Canada]

“Former NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden says Montreal’s chief of police should resign, following the revelation that journalists were placed under police surveillance to determine possible media leaks in the department. ‘This … is a radical attack on the operations of the free press,’ Snowden told a packed auditorium at McGill University. Snowden appeared via video link from Moscow, where he remains in exile after leaking classified NSA documents back in 2013.” (11/03/16)

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/snowden-calls-for-montreal-police-chief-to-resign-1.3144099

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12) Philippines: Rebel leader emerges from hiding to meet Duterte
Source: Rochester Post-Bulletin

“A Muslim rebel leader has come out of three years of hiding in the southern Philippines to meet the president who reached out to him as part of efforts to tame a decades-long Muslim rebellion. Duterte spoke on nationwide TV to announce the rebel leader’s presence in his palace in Manila. Misuari’s group signed a 1996 peace deal with the government but his rebels continued to stage periodic uprisings, including a 2013 siege of several southern villages that left more than 200 people dead and prompted the government to criminally charge Misuari.” (11/03/16)

http://www.postbulletin.com/news/world/philippine-rebel-leader-emerges-from-hiding-to-meet-duterte/article_8e6d8587-26e6-5e45-abf5-94dc8e11b29d.html

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13) Report: Podesta was wary of sending intel over Clinton server
Source: Fox News

“John Podesta was willing to discuss sensitive information with future boss Hillary Clinton while he worked for President Obama and she was a private citizen in August 2014 — but he knew better than to send the intel over Clinton’s private server from his Gmail account, emails released Thursday by WikiLeaks show. In the exchange, Clinton, who had resigned as secretary of state 18 months earlier, asked then-Obama counselor Podesta if he knew who was responsible for an Aug. 18 airstrike in Tripoli, in which unidentified bombers blew up an Islamist-controlled arms depot in the Libyan capital. ‘Yes and interesting but not for this channel,’ Podesta replied in the Aug. 19, 2014 message to Clinton’s hrod17@clintonemail.com account.” (11/03/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/11/03/not-for-this-channel-podesta-was-wary-sending-intel-over-clinton-server.html

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14) Colombia to limit Venezuelans crossing border to buy food over security concerns
Source: PanAm Post

“Colombian authorities announced that Venezuelans crossing the border will need a passport starting Monday, November 7. Local media reported on an avalanche of Venezuelan crossing the border daily near Cúcuta, which has caused chaos, disorder and security problems to the point that authorities saw it as necessary to implement a rule for passports.” (11/03/16)

https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2016/11/03/colombia-to-limit-venezuelans-crossing-border-to-buy-food-over-security-concerns/

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15) Asia: ACT cancels test scores after leak of essay question
Source: Reuters

“Students in Asia have been notified that their scores on the writing section of last month’s ACT college-entrance exam are being canceled, in the latest example of how standardized test makers are struggling to contain an international epidemic of cheating. The incident comes just months after ACT Inc, the Iowa-based nonprofit that operates the test, was forced to cancel its exam for all takers in South Korea and Hong Kong. That incident, in June, marked the first time the high-stakes exam was canceled for an entire country. ACT spokesman Ed Colby declined to say how many students were affected by the October score cancellations, which he said involved test centers in Asia and Oceania. He described the incident as the result of ‘a compromise in the testing process’ and said the affected students ‘amounted to only a small portion of examinees in the region.'” (11/03/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-college-testing-act-exclusive-idUSKBN12Y2NM

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16) GOP & Dems down to the wire for control of the Senate
Source: Raw Story

“In an election year with such drama surrounding the US presidential campaign, less attention has been paid to the US Senate and House of Representatives elections. But whoever wins, their presidency will be shaped by the relationship with Congress — and that depends heavily on which party runs its two houses. The US political system tends to produce ‘divided government’ in which the White House and Congress are controlled by opposing parties. This has reached a new extreme during the Obama years, which have been characterised by intense gridlock. Coupled with the highly polarised nature of the current party system, this era of divided government has seen the legislative process fraught with protracted episodes of partisan brinkmanship.” (11/03/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/11/republicans-and-democrats-go-down-to-the-wire-for-control-of-the-senate

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17) France: Extortionists recommend that HSBC be extorted from for helping people avoid extortion
Source: MarketWatch

“French prosecutors recommended that HSBC Holdings PLC should stand trial for allegedly helping people evade taxes in France, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday. If French judges decide to follow prosecutors’ advice, HSBC could stand trial in Paris in the first half of next year. The judges could also dismiss the case. Prosecutors began investigating HSBC in 2014 as part of a widening probe into whether the bank helped recruit customers in France, possibly breaching laws authorizing only French-registered lenders to sign up customers in the country. The investigation also examined whether the bank was complicit in laundering the proceeds of any tax evasion.” (11/03/16)

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/hsbc-should-face-fraud-trial-french-prosectors-2016-11-03

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18) Egypt devalues currency, floats pound to meet IMF demand
Source: Toronto Star [Canada]

“Egypt devalued its currency by 48 per cent on Thursday and announced the pound would be allowed to float — measures that meet a key demand by the International Monetary Fund in exchange for a $12 billion loan over three years to overhaul the country’s ailing economy. The devaluation pegged the Egyptian pound at 13 to the dollar, up from 8.8 pounds on the official market.” (11/03/16)

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/11/03/egypt-devalues-currency-floats-pound-to-meet-imf-demand.html

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19) 19-year-old teenage hacker behind DDoS-for-hire service pleads guilty
Source: The Hacker News

“Due to the worldwide promotion of Mirai botnet that knocked down half of the Internet last Friday, hackers and even script kiddies have started creating their own botnet networks by hacking millions of IoT devices and selling them as DDoS-for-hire service to overwhelm targets with data. A 19-year-old student from Hertford has pled guilty to running one such DDoS-for-hire service that shortly became one of the most popular DDoS booter tools in the market to conduct distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.” (11/03/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/11/titanium-stresser-ddos-tool.html

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20) CA: Evil local politicians move to continue war on citizens
Source: Orange County Register

“Worried that California might legalize recreational marijuana, the state’s third-largest city by population has voted to ban pot sales ahead of Tuesday’s election. San Jose isn’t alone in scrambling to block the possible effects of Proposition 64, which would legalize pot but also allow local bans on sales. Dozens of cities and counties from tiny Blue Lake in the heart of Northern California’s pot-growing mecca to National City near the Mexico border have either imposed or are contemplating tough restrictions on recreational marijuana sales and cultivation. However, under Prop. 64, which is winning in polls, local governments would not be able to prohibit people 21 and older from having up to six marijuana plants for personal use and possessing up to an ounce of pot.” [editor’s note: Of course it is not the “cities” pulling this sh*t; it’s the politicians who live as parasites on the people of said cities – TLK] (11/03/16)

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/cities-734144-marijuana-city.html

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21) SC: Idiot educrats suspend nine students for possession of “happy crack” sugary concoction
Source: Charleston Post and Courier

“Ever heard of ‘happy crack?’ It’s a mix of sugar and Kool-Aid, and it can get you suspended in Dorchester School District 2. Officials at Eagle Nest Elementary suspended nine students after catching them with the saccharine powder last week, according to district spokeswoman Pat Raynor. District policy JICH states that ‘look-alike substances or substances that mimic the effect of drugs will be treated as illegal substances.’ Raynor said the rule is based on state law and is not unique to the district.” (11/03/16)

http://www.postandcourier.com/news/happy-crack-sugary-concoction-gets-students-suspended-in-dorchester-district/article_38609ece-a125-11e6-bf3a-d387f6432ba7.html

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22) Saudi Arabia: Regime sentences man to 15 years for supporting executed cleric
Source: NDTV [India]

“A court in Riyadh has sentenced a Saudi national to 15 years in prison for supporting executed Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, local media reported on Thursday. Nimr and three other members of the kingdom’s minority Shiite community were among 47 people convicted of terrorism and executed on a single day in January. … Al-Riyadh newspaper did not name the convicted man, who it said took part ‘in rallies and marches’ in the Shiite-dominated Gulf coast district of Qatif. He was also convicted of ‘chanting anti-state slogans and sympathising with the deceased Nimr,’ as well as helping to block roads and burn tyres, it said.” (11/03/16)

http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/saudi-man-gets-15-years-for-shiite-cleric-support-nimr-al-nimr-1620906

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23) Gawker’s shell rewards malicious litigants Thiel, Bollea with $31 million payout
Source: The Himalayan Times [Nepal]

“The shell of Gawker has settled with [Terry Bollea, aka] Hulk Hogan for $31 million, ending a years-long fight that led to the media company’s bankruptcy, the shutdown of Gawker.com and the sale of Gawker’s other sites to Spanish-language broadcaster Univision. Gawker founder Nick Denton in a Wednesday blog post said that the ‘saga is over.’ The invasion-of-privacy case, which revolved around a sex tape posted on Gawker.com, resulted in a $140 million verdict won by the former professional wrestler in a Florida court. It became even more notorious when it emerged that Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel had secretly bankrolled the suit. Thiel was outed as gay by a Gawker-owned website in 2007.” (11/03/16)

http://thehimalayantimes.com/entertainment/gawkers-shell-settles-hulk-hogan-31-million/

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24) Afghanistan: Two occupation troops killed
Source: Toledo Blade

“Two U.S. service members were killed today battling Taliban insurgents in northern Afghanistan alongside local troops, NATO said, rare combat deaths for American forces who largely handed over securing the war-torn nation to Afghan troops some two years ago. Local officials later said they were investigating claims that civilians also were killed in the fighting, possibly in a retaliatory airstrike. NATO described the Americans killed and two other Americans wounded in the assault as being part of ‘a train, advise and assist mission’ in Afghanistan’s Kunduz province.” (11/03/16)

http://www.toledoblade.com/World/2016/11/03/NATO-says-2-US-service-members-killed-in-Afghanistan.html

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25) SpaceX fueling proposal sparks concern for NASA advisory panel
Source: Fox News

“An eight-person group called the International Space Station Advisory Committee is reportedly apprehensive about a SpaceX proposal to fuel rockets while astronauts are present. SpaceX and Boeing have contracts with NASA to eventually fly astronauts up to the International Space Station, but SpaceX was rocked by a powerful explosion that destroyed one of its unmanned rockets on the launchpad while it was being fueled on Sept. 1. ‘This is a hazardous operation,’ the committee’s chairman and a former astronaut, Thomas Stafford, said on Monday in a conference call, according to Reuters; Stafford also pointed out that ‘nobody is ever near the pad when they fuel a booster.'” (11/02/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/11/02/spacex-fueling-proposal-sparks-concern-for-nasa-advisory-panel.html

***** Everybody Has An Opinion *****

26) Twenty years of dictatorial democracy?
Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“The 2016 election campaign is mortifying millions of Americans in part because the presidency has become far more dangerous in recent times. Since 9/11, we have lived in a perpetual emergency which supposedly justifies routinely ignoring the law and Constitution. And both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have signaled that power grabs will proliferate in the next four years. Politicians talk as if voting magically protects the rights of everyone within a 50 mile radius of the polling booth. But the ballots Americans have cast in presidential elections since 2000 did nothing to constrain the commander-in-chief.” (11/03/16)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2016/11/02/wash-times-20-years-of-dictatorial-democracy/

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27) Wikileaks and the Podesta emails: Two things
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“As final voting in the 2016 US presidential election approaches, questions continue to swirl around Wikileaks and its release of an email archive copied from the personal files of John Podesta, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair. It would be impossible, in the space of a single column, to fully consider the content and implications of those emails. There are, however, two relevant questions which those interested in the matter should carefully consider. First, are the emails authentic and unaltered? … Secondly, is the Podesta email hack an attempt by Vladimir Putin to affect the election?” (11/03/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/8257

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28) J Edgar Comey
Source: Reason
by Andrew P Napolitano

“One of the most dangerous tendencies of big government is the generation of a police state — wherein laws, rules and procedures are primarily written and can often be bent to aid law enforcement when it is encroaching on our personal freedoms. We saw a terrifying example of that last week when FBI Director James Comey behaved as if he were his most infamous predecessor, J. Edgar Hoover.” (11/03/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/11/03/j-edgar-comey

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29) Article 50: Down with this legal coup against the masses
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“Today’s High Court ruling that Article 50 should not be triggered by the government but rather must be mulled over and decided on by MPs is being presented as a mere technical decision. It’s just about ins and outs. It’s about practicalities, not politics. It’s about the ‘procedure and policy’ of how we leave the EU, says one of the filthy-rich claimants who took this Brexitphobic court action. They really must believe their own propaganda about us Brexit-backing plebs being ‘low information’ (Forbes) and ‘ignoramuses’ (Richard Dawkins) if they think we’re going to buy this. We aren’t. This court action, and the glee it’s being greeted with by media and political haters of Brexit, is 100 per cent political, to its core. It’s motivated far less by a love for legally clean procedure than by a naked disdain for ordinary people and our democratic authority. It’s not a blow for box-ticking; it’s a blow against what we the people said in the ballot box on 23 June.” (11/03/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/article-50-down-with-this-legal-coup-against-the-masses-high-court/

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30) Washington’s meddling in foreign elections
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“As U.S. officials continue to accuse Russia of meddling with the U.S. presidential election, an accusation that they have provided no evidence whatsoever to support, let’s review some of the U.S. government’s history of meddling with elections in other countries.” (11/03/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/11/03/washingtons-meddling-foreign-elections/

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31) Does the FBI think Russia hacked Weiner’s computer?
Source: Reuters
by Peter Van Buren

“There are many reasons why Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey could be interested in the Hillary Clinton-Huma Abedin emails on Anthony Weiner’s home computer. The majority of those reasons for Comey’s involvement have been laid out across the media spectrum. But there may be another reason. Since we are spending so much of this election cycle on the Russians, let’s think like Russian intelligence officers. What if this is not partisan? What if Comey is looking for spies? Professional intelligence officers do not risk international incidents to play the equivalent of pranks on nation states, say by embarrassing the Democratic National Committee with leaked documents months before an election. That’s Wikileaks-level stuff. No, when you want to rig an election, you rig an election. Have a look at the way the CIA historically manipulated elections — assassinations, massive demonstrations, paid off protesters and journalists, serious stuff directly affecting leaders and votes.” (11/02/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-fbi-weiner-emails-commentary-idUSKBN12X23I

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32) The Jason Stapleton Program, 11/03/16
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“It’s as though this election was tailor made for libertarians. People are hungry for a change. They’re tired of being lied to, tired of being taxed to death, tired of being regulated out of a job and tired of hearing news stories about American wars around the world. Unfortunately, when delegates at the Libertarian convention had the chance to nominate a candidate who would promote and articulate our values and principles they decided instead to pick two former Republicans who’s only firm conviction seemed to be geared toward drug legalization.” [various formats] (11/03/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/we-blew-it-how-libertarians-squandered-their-greatest-opportunity/

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33) Police still getting surplus Army gear, and using it at Standing Rock
Source: In These Times
by Seth Kershner

“Last Thursday, hundreds of police and sheriff’s deputies from eight states moved in to break up an encampment of demonstrators seeking to block construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline near Cannonball, N.D. Hours of livestream and images from the scene show police officers driving massive armored vehicles and brandishing assault rifles. They also used pepper spray, rubber bullets and Tasers on demonstrators and pursued them in ATVs. By the end of the day, more than 141 people had been arrested. They later reported being locked up in what appeared to be dog kennels. ‘It goes back to concentration camp days,’ Mekasi Camp-Horinek, a Ponca tribe member who was among those detained, told the Los Angeles Times.” (11/02/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19586/police-are-still-getting-surplus-military-gearand-theyre-using-it-to-crack

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34) Time for an ACLU shift on campaign finance?
Source: The American Prospect
by Eliza Newlin Carney

“Now that Georgetown constitutional law professor David Cole has been named the American Civil Liberties Union’s next national legal director, his April article in The Atlantic on ‘How to Reverse Citizens United’ delivers a second punch. Cole’s article gives campaign-finance reform advocates a blueprint for how to overturn the Supreme Court’s controversial 2010 ruling to deregulate campaign spending, which has ushered in a flood of secret big money unseen since Watergate, and has fueled mounting public anger over political corruption. Yet Cole’s new employer sided squarely with the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. FEC, arguing as it has in a string of cases going all the way back to Buckley v. Valeo in 1976 that limits on political spending trample on the First Amendment. So what gives? Is the ACLU suddenly changing its campaign-finance position? Or has Cole had a change of heart?” [editor’s note: Every time people bring up the alleged need to “overturn CU” I remind them it was about a movie Hillary objected to – SAT] (11/03/16)

http://prospect.org/article/time-aclu-shift-campaign-finance

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35) If only elections were shorter
Source: USA Today
by Warren H Cohn

“Our elections are far too long. Comparing them with everyday life, it seems that they are actually making voters less decisive. If elections were only a month or two, voters would have to pay attention, do their research, and make a quick, yet informed, decision. The 24/7 news cycle, played out over months, generates too much information that doesn’t help voters. Who can pay attention to details and hang on every word a candidate says for 18 months? If elections were shorter, candidates would be required to state their positions about specific issues. They would have to lay out their plans and be more direct about them, which would make us more informed voters. If the election cycle were shorter, the FBI would have had to come out with a decision (and stick to it) on Hillary Clinton and her emails. And voters might not have nominated Donald Trump had he been required to make quick ‘support’ or ‘don’t support’ decisions on important national and foreign policy issues.” (11/03/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/11/02/elections-2016-presidential-campaign-editorials-debates/93202568

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36) Let the kids work
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“A century ago, we invented a system that imagined children as civic soldiers. Kids bolted to chairs with absolutely no skin in the game have abstract ‘information’ pounded into their heads by tax-paid instructors who teach from state-approved books. We push these kids through the system and deny them any chance to realize their human value in gainful employment in a community of productivity and real learning. Then we tell them to scrape together $100,000 for yet another degree that will somehow gain them entry into the workforce, but all these demoralized and cynical kids end up with is an empty CV and 15 years of debt. Then we look at pictures of newspaper boys from 1905 and say, ‘Oh how sad that these kids had jobs. We are so much more humane now!'” (11/03/16)

https://fee.org/articles/let-the-kids-work/

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37) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 11/03/16
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“In Revolutionary Dissent: How the Founding Generation Created the Freedom of Speech, New York University journalism professor Stephen D. Solomon chronicles how early Americans such as Paul Revere, James Madison, Alexander McDougall, and others fought seditious libel laws and developed their understanding of the right to freedom of speech along the way. We sit down with Professor Solomon in today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast to discuss his new book.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/03/16)

https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-nyu-professor-stephen-solomons-revolutionary-dissent/

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38) This election is about school funding & democratic control of education
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“If you’re one of those voters who’s been frustrated by the lack of media coverage of serious policy issues in this year’s presidential election, you can look down ballot for meaningful debates on meatier topics in a number of other races. The news outlet Vox provides a video review of the important down-ballot races highlighting issues in play such as women’s reproductive rights, labor, taxes, government spending, heath care, minimum wages, gun control and marijuana legalization. Its review of state judicial races touches on the impact courts have on critical issues such as marriage equality, green energy, and abortion. But for some reason, Vox completely ignores education. This is stupid.” [editor’s note: He is correct, though for the wrong reasons and with the wrong conclusions; end Common Core and the DOE! – SAT] (11/03/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20161103/this-election-is-about-school-funding-democratic-control-of-education

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39) Paris, an exercise in climate rainmaking
Source: Cato Institute
by Patrick J Michaels

“Accompanied by hosannas and jubilation, on Friday, Nov. 4, the United Nations’ Paris agreement on climate change goes into effect. It’s the real deal. At least according to Texas Tech climate modeler Kathryn Hayhoe, who told the Associated Press it is ‘a moment of bright hope in the increasingly discouraging landscape of climate science.’ What all this has to do with climate science is a mystery, because, upon examination, the Paris agreement is a tinkling cymbal of climatic meaninglessness. More accurately, ex-NASA chief climatologist James Hansen got it, when he called Paris ‘a fraud’ soon after it was finalized last December.” (11/03/16)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/paris-exercise-climate-rainmaking

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40) Peter Kadzik: What more will Wikileaks reveal about the DOJ’s Clinton mole?
Source: OpEdNews
by Charlie Grapski

“This week Wikileaks released a potential bombshell in the Podesta Emails when it revealed that a top Department of Justice Official, with a long and close personal history with John Podesta, the chairman of the Clinton Campaign, was providing the campaign with advance internal information about the series of investigations into Clinton. … So what more may the Wikileaks Podesta Emails tell us about Kadzik’s role as a mole leaking information, if not influencing the investigations, on behalf of Bill and Hillary Clinton?” (11/03/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Peter-Kadzik-What-More-Wi-by-Charlie-Grapski-Clinton-Campaign_Clinton-Cash_Clinton-Foundation_Clinton-Transcripts-161103-269.html

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41) The way forward for progressives
Source: The New Republic
by K Sabeel Rahman

“As the 2016 election lurches to its conclusion, it is increasingly clear that the tumults of the last year will continue to shape American politics for some time to come, regardless of the final outcome on November 8. Most distressingly, the right-wing, exclusionary populism activated by Donald Trump’s appeals to economic grievance and racial animus will continue to pose a challenge for ideals of inclusion across lines of race, gender, and sexual orientation. But the clashes of the spring campaign between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton over inequality and economic policy—and the powerful impact of social movements like Black Lives Matter—have also created a major shift in the terms of debate within liberal and progressive circles. These battles cast into relief the deeper challenges that 21st century progressive politics will have to address.” (11/02/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/138325/way-forward-progressives

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42) The 2016 election is destroying the facade of objectivity
Source: The Libertarian Institute
by Eric Schuler

“When it comes to politics and government, objectivity doesn’t really exist. This isn’t the fault of corrupt politicians; it’s just the nature of the business. Indeed, the Founding Fathers even took this notion for granted. That’s why they endeavored to design a system of government where ambition was made to check ambition. They understood that government would not always and everywhere be populated by saintly individuals acting dutifully in the public interest. But while our government is predicated on this idea — that government actors will not always be impartial and objective — we do not always remember it. Many Americans are inclined to believe that US governing institutions really are objective.” (11/03/16)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/the-2016-election-is-destroying-the-facade-of-objectivity/

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43) Hillary Clinton does not stand for women if she doesn’t stand for Bitcoin
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Elizabeth McCauley

“Just this past week, Wikileaks revealed Hillary Clinton’s decision to avoid accepting donations in Bitcoin for her presidential campaign. This leak came on the heels of the Clinton Campaign’s announcement of an Initiative on Technology & Innovation where she used the phrase ‘public service blockchain applications,’ in her proposal. So why would this self-proclaimed ‘pro-women’ candidate reject a technology that can and already is transforming the lives of women globally?” (11/03/16)

https://news.bitcoin.com/hillary-clinton-women-bitcoin/

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44) The early voter gets remorse
Source: The American Spectator
by Debra J Saunders

“As I write this, more than 27 million Americans already have voted in the Nov. 8 election. California voters can submit their ballots 30 days before Election Day. Minnesotans can vote 46 days out — starting Sept. 23, i.e., before the first of the three general election presidential debates. Many early voters cast their ballots before recent revelations about Donald Trump’s treatment of women and Hillary Clinton’s wayward emails, so there have to be voters who regret their choice. If Democrats and Republicans had known their actions in the primary election would produce the worst top-two nominees imaginable, then this general election might not be so ugly. I’ve talked to people who voted early just to get the whole dirty business over with.” (11/03/16)

http://spectator.org/the-early-voter-gets-remorse/

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45) Turkey and the next war
Source: The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi

“The aim to assert some form of regional dominance is a reversal of Turkey’s former foreign policy, which stressed friendly relations with all its neighbors. One might further suggest that the July coup let the genie out of the bottle, fully liberating Erdogan from whatever restraints he believed himself to be under and giving him an opportunity to rewrite the country’s constitution to enhance and perpetuate his own power, a process that is now well underway. Many reasonably question whether NATO should exist at all after the demise of the Soviet Union, but including Turkey as a member raises some very serious concerns due to Article 5 of the Washington Treaty (which created the alliance). This provision requires all members to respond to a military threat against any member state as a ‘collective defense.'” (11/03/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/turkey-and-the-next-war/

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46) Pirate Parties and transparent politics: Iceland’s experiment
Source: CounterPunch
by Binoy KampMark

“Getting transparency advocates into parliament and assemblies has proven to be a great challenge in modern politics. Iceland has led on that point, giving the world political punditry much to discuss in the good fortunes of the four-year old Pirate Party. Hackitivist politics, in other words, is slowly becoming a parliamentary platform, though it remains a murmur in most states. In the weekend elections, the party led by ‘poetician’ and WikiLeaks activist Birgitta Jonsdottir came in third in what will be a complex patchwork of governing parties. Suggestions that it would storm into the top tier were misplaced, but this could hardly detract from what was a remarkable achievement.” (11/03/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/11/03/pirate-parties-and-transparent-politics-icelands-experiment/

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47) Truly, madly, deeply state
Source: Unqualified Offerings
by Thoreau

“I don’t believe the tightening polls. I believe that Clinton will win. But let’s say I’m wrong. I see essentially four scenarios for the Deep State …” (11/03/16)

http://highclearing.com/index.php/archives/2016/11/03/19333

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48) Small post about small happenings
Source: Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe

“As I dumpster dive through the post office recycling box this election season, I note a curious thing. Although the glossy political flyers have been sliding in fast and thick, I haven’t seen a single one sent by a candidate him- or herself or by a ‘Committee to Elect …’ a candidate. It’s all been from PACS. And nearly all against somebody, not for anybody. In many races, even big ones, there’s been not a single bit of mail. But oddly, in one state-house brawl that I’d have considered quite obscure, the flyers have been … well, flying.” (11/02/16)

http://www.clairewolfe.com/blog/2016/11/02/small-post-about-small-happenings/

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49) It takes a village to raise a subsidy
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Graham Renz

“The Cardinals recently announced plans to move forward with a second phase of development at Ballpark Village, an entertainment district directly adjacent to Busch Stadium. This phase of development is seeking, just like the first phase sought and received, tens of millions of dollars in public subsidies. The team is asking city officials to impose an additional 1% sales tax on Ballpark Village to help fund the second phase of development. This tax is estimated to generate $16 million. But why does a project like Ballpark Village, which by many accounts is doing quite well — albeit at the expense of other businesses — need yet another subsidy? Is there a good reason why ordinary Saint Louisans should cough up more of their cash just so a successful business can expand? In short, no — there is no good reason. All the subsidy does is increase the profits of a hugely wealthy corporation.” (11/02/16)

http://showmeinstitute.org/blog/subsidies/it-takes-village-raise-subsidy

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50) Government pension plans are headed for disaster
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Robert Fellner

“The combined debt held by U.S. public pension plans will top $1.7 trillion next year, according to a just-released report from Moody’s Investors Services. This ‘pension tsunami’ has already forced towns like Stockton, California and Detroit, Michigan into bankruptcy. Perhaps no government mismanaged their pension as badly as Puerto Rico, where a $43 billion pension debt forced the commonwealth to seek protection from the federal government after having defaulted on its obligations to bondholders — a default which is expected to spread to retirees in the form of benefit cuts.” (11/03/16)

https://mises.org/blog/government-pension-plans-are-headed-disaster

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51) Are we special?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘Cringe-worthy,’ said Kyle Clark, co-anchor of 9NEWS in Denver. He was mocking the 10-foot tall, carved, wooden Trojan Horse replica that Amendment 71 opponents are wheeling around the Rocky Mountain State. Clark admits that Amendment 71 ‘would make it harder to change Colorado’s constitution,’ but doesn’t seem to have any clue just how much harder. ‘Those opponents with their Trojan Horse want to paint 71 as a sneaky power grab by big money interests from out of state,’ Clark continued. ‘Funny, though, when you find out who paid for their horse.’ Wait … this is BIG: Who paid for the horse? ‘It’s an in-kind contribution from Citizens in Charge Foundation.'” (11/03/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/11/03/are-we-special/

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52) On boring conformists and right-wing recusants
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Keir Martland

“James Delingpole’s recent article in The Spectator about the Right’s minority-status at Cambridge is absolutely correct. Yet the Left’s worst trait is its tendency to see itself as an embattled minority when in fact leftists are the new Establishment. Since the Left is the Establishment, the Left ‘sets the culture’ — a particularly authoritarian phrase used by the Women’s Officer at Clare (according to ‘The Tab’) when talking about compulsory sessions at the start of Fresher’s Week. Dissent from the leftist Groupthink is not punished by throwing people out of helicopters, but by ostracism and other forms of non-violent opprobrium whose aims are to shut down debate and narrow the Overton Window.” (11/03/16)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/11/03/on-boring-conformists-and-right-wing-recusants/

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53) How the elite thrive with terrorism
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Paul Rosenberg, in his web-zine Free-Man’s Perspective, recently published an article asking, ‘Could the Elite Survive without Terrorism?’ and answered it ‘No’ from the point of view that terrorists are a telegenic ‘enemy of the state’ which justifies the existence and the power of the elites: the 1% which control most nations, especially those of the West, the FedGov, and many (if not all) of the Fifty States. But I think he missed a very important point. … The elites are the primary USERS of terrorism.” (11/02/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9967

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54) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/03/16
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“MWD, Cash Newmann, Jeremy HizenBipCoin and Lousander Feen get droned by God, then come back strong to discuss flute-playing Nazi skinhead druids who make love to trees at Devo concerts, (and their spiritual grandchildren, Ecosexuals), New Feen cryptocurrency BipCoin gets its first press (in CoinTelegraph), ‘Is the Chinese government mining BipCoin?’ Michael yells on the air for the first time ever but commits no blasphemy, 1981 album by Brian Eno and David Byrne My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, (with Bomb producer Bill Laswell on bass guitar), why you should care about the 3rd Amendment as much as the 2nd and First, Lou lives in a Portable Beast, How Monero is cool and solid but its logo looks like a hockey team or a bank, and why ‘at least Hitler made the trains run on time and killed the creator of Esperanto.'” [various formats] (11/03/16)

http://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=13018

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55) Free Talk Live, 11/02/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Murdoch Pizgatti joins us from Don’t Comply — Was he hacked by the federal government? :: Dad Screwed Over by Goodyear :: Cops Shot in Des Moines :: PA Commonwealth :: Canadian Border Crossing Search :: ‘Libertarian’ Vice Presidential Candidate Bill Weld Endorses Hillary Clinton :: Voting and Complaining :: Monetizing Activism :: Blind Voting :: False Vote Splitting Accusations. [Flash audio or MP3] (11/02/16)

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