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Sean Hannity Offers To Send Obamas To Canada, Kenya Or Indonesia -- If They Don't Come Back

Huffingon Post Politics - Tue, 2016-10-25 23:15

Right-wing commentator Sean Hannity offered to send President Barack Obama and his family to Canada, Kenya or Indonesia ― but only if they don’t come back.

Earlier this week, White House press secretary Josh Earnest declined to respond to a satirical report out of Canada claiming Obama would move there if GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump won the election. 

I will charter Donald Trump’s plane if he’ll let me, and I will charter it to the country of your choice,” Hannity said in comments posted online by Media Matters.

Then he added: 

“You want to go to Canada? I’ll pay for you to go to Canada. You want to go to Kenya? I’ll pay for you to go to Kenya. Jakarta, where you went to school back in the day, you can go back there. Anywhere you want to go. I’ll put the finest food ― caviar, champagne, you name it. I have one stipulation: You can’t come back.”

Hannity also made the same offer to “any Hollywood liberal that swears they’re gonna leave too.” 

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repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from
entering the U.S.

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Trump Loyalists Planned Voter Intimidation Using Fake ID Badges, Fake Exit Polling -- Until HuffPost Asked Them About It

Huffingon Post Politics - Tue, 2016-10-25 23:03

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Vote Protectors, the anti-voter-fraud group hosted by Donald Trump ally and political dirty trickster Roger Stone, plans to send volunteers to monitor polling places in nine cities with high minority populations on Election Day, Stone said last week. Untrained poll-watchers have intimidated voters in previous elections. But Vote Protectors is going further than its predecessors.

Stone’s group created an official-looking ID badge for its volunteers to wear, and its volunteers planned to videotape voters and conduct fake “exit polls,” efforts that election experts say risks intimidating and confusing voters. Or at least that’s what the group was planning to do before The Huffington Post asked Stone about it on Tuesday. The controversial Trump ally, long known for his bare-knuckled political tactics, said that key proposals on his group’s websites were there without his knowledge, and assured HuffPost that he would operate within the confines of election law.

Stone had initially refused to explain just how Vote Protectors planned to accomplish its goals. So on Monday, The Huffington Post responded to the group’s request for additional volunteers to work as “Exit Pollers and Citizen Journalists.”

Once registered, HuffPost used the site’s “I.D. Badge Generator” to create this badge, which could pass for an official credential to people unfamiliar with polling signage and rules.

HuffPost also created a few more badges, like the one below. There was nothing to keep us from creating unlimited ID badges.

Vote Protectors’ volunteers “commit to go out in November and post their YouTube and Periscope streams to the [Vote Protectors] website, organized by state and district, as well as enter actual exit poll survey responses,” the group’s “members only” page reads.

To help volunteers broadcast their videos directly to the web, Vote Protectors offers detailed instructions on how to load livestream video software onto a smartphone and how to post videos to the Vote Protectors site.

By contrast, there appears to be very little information on how Vote Protectors are supposed to conduct “exit polls.” The video below, illustrating how to get started as a volunteer with the group, contains little information on how to conduct exit polls but plenty of information on how to stream videos of voters to the web. 

Still, anyone registered as a volunteer with Vote Protectors can tally up votes at any time, for Trump or any other candidate, in what the site calls its “exit poll.” HuffPost accidentally logged two votes for Trump on Monday, visible below, despite having never entered an electoral precinct, and using a fake name. 

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Reached for comment on Tuesday, Stone told HuffPost he was “working with StopTheSteal.com to conduct exit polls for the purpose of comparing the results to the actual reported results on a precinct by precinct basis.” He noted that this effort “is independent of the Trump campaign,” adding, “I don’t know what their election day plans are.”

When HuffPost asked Stone specifically about the badges and the videotaping, however, he became defensive. “I know nothing about badges or videotaping,” he wrote, adding, “Where do you get this from?”

Even before Stone responded, the “I.D. Badge Generator” page had been removed from the Vote Protectors website. When HuffPost sent Stone images from the site showing the instructions for badges and livestreams, Stone did not respond.

A few hours later, Stone emailed HuffPost. “I have ordered them taken down. Bad idea, as is video taping. First I have heard of it. I am only interested in a valid, scientifically conducted exit poll.” Stone later noted that Vote Protectors was collaborating with his group, Stop the Steal, but he said they were not one and the same.

Stone said that unlike the model currently run by Vote Protectors, his group would “ask each poll worker to sign a sworn affidavit that the information they turn in for tabulation is true based on interviews.”

These affidavits, Stone told radio host Alex Jones Tuesday, could then be used by the Trump campaign to contest the election results.

The goal of Vote Protectors is to crack down on what Trump and his supporters call “voter fraud,” a statistically nonexistent phenomenon that the nominee has nonetheless used to whip up fear among his supporters and delegitimize the coming presidential election.

Trump and Stone appear to be of like minds when it comes to deploying citizens to the polls on Election Day to watch other citizens vote. Trump regularly encourages his mostly white supporters to stand guard on Election Day at polling stations in areas where the population is largely made up of minorities and “watch” the polls.

“You’ve got to go out, and you’ve got to get your friends, and you’ve got to get everyone you know,” Trump recently told a rally in Pennsylvania, “and you’ve got to watch your polling booths. I hear too many bad stories, and we can’t lose an election because of, you know what I’m talking about.”

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The idea that Trump, who in some polls trails Democrat Hillary Clinton by double digits, might lose the presidential election because of voter fraud is incredibly far-fetched. Still, he has peddled false theories about how the election will be “stolen” from him because the American voting system is “rigged.” And his calls to his supporters to watch certain polling locations has left election watchdogs increasingly on edge.

For Danielle Lang, the deputy director of voting rights at the nonprofit Campaign Legal Center, the Vote Protectors’ emphasis on posting livestream video of voters to the internet is especially disturbing. “It’s inherently intimidating and an invasion of privacy” to videotape private citizens at the polls without their consent, Lang told HuffPost. “When that’s being livestreamed to the internet, it amplifies the potentially intimidating aspect of it, and violates a sense of security and privacy people have a right to enjoy at the polls.”

Lang noted that while each state has different rules about how many feet from a polling place political groups and campaign workers can set up, “Objectively, intimidating voters is unlawful, no matter where you do it.”

But intimidating voters is precisely what 61-year-old Trump supporter Steve Webb of Ohio plans to do. Webb said he plans to patrol his local polling stations to look for, “Well, it’s called racial profiling. Mexicans. Syrians. People who can’t speak American,” he told The Boston Globe. “I’m going to go right up behind them. I’ll do everything legally. I want to see if they are accountable. I’m not going to do anything illegal. I’m going to make them a little bit nervous.”

So far, the Vote Protectors appear to have recruited just a few hundred volunteers. But Stone told HuffPost that volunteers are being recruited “from several sources,” and Stone seems to have ramped up his pitch for new recruits in recent days.

“We’re going to have to assess the situation immediately after the election, and make a presentation to Donald Trump of exactly what we have found, [with] sworn affidavits from each of the volunteers,” Stone told Jones Tuesday, during the third hour of Jones’ radio broadcast.

“What we need right now, more than anything, is people,” Stone said. “We will train you, we will assign you, and we will help you through the process, but we … need an army of InfoWars warriors to help us with this project,” he said, referring to Jones’ conspiracy website, Infowars.com.

“They have George Soros and his millions,” Stone said. “We have the blood sweat and toil of the American people.”

Note: If someone is interfering, or attempting to interfere, with your right to vote, or with anyone else’s right to vote, this may be voter intimidation, and a violation of federal law. Please report any such activity to poll workers inside your polling station, and for additional information, call Election Protection, a nationwide network of voting rights lawyers, at 1-866-OUR-VOTE for English or 1-888-Ve-Y-VOTA for Spanish.

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Newt Gingrich Defends Donald Trump By Accusing Megyn Kelly Of Being Obsessed With Sex

Huffingon Post Politics - Tue, 2016-10-25 23:00

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) accused Fox News host Megyn Kelly of being “fascinated by sex” on Tuesday, after snapping at her for asking about the women who have accused Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump of sexual assault.

The exchange on “The Kelly File” was a snapshot of how the Trump campaign is attempting to spin allegations of sexual assault by more than a dozen accusers against their candidate. First: deny them. Next: lash out at the questioner for asking. Finally: pivot to former President Bill Clinton.

Gingrich ran through the routine in short order. He said he was “sick and tired of people like” Kelly using the words “sexual predator” for Trump, who was caught on a 2005 tape bragging how he uses his fame to kiss women or grope them without consent, but now says it was simply “locker room talk.”

Kelly, who has clashed with Trump in the past, said she wasn’t saying she knew for certain whether Trump was a sexual predator ― although she noted that he did say he “likes to grab women by the genitals and kiss them against their will.” But she said it’s her obligation as a journalist to cover the allegations. 

That’s when Gingrich went off.

“You are fascinated with sex and you don’t care about public policy,” Gingrich said. “That’s what I get out of watching you tonight.”

“I’m not fascinating by sex, but I am fascinated by the protection of women and understanding what we’re getting in the Oval Office,” Kelly replied.

Wow. pic.twitter.com/fUhQnWvB93

— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) October 26, 2016

Gingrich, who seconds earlier was complaining that Kelly talked about sexual assault allegations rather than public policy, then brought up allegations against Bill Clinton, the husband of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Kelly said her program had covered Bill Clinton’s past and the allegations against him extensively. 

“But he’s not on the ticket,” she said. “And the polls also show that the American public is less interested in the deeds of Hillary Clinton’s husband than they are in the deeds of the man who asks us to make him president, Donald Trump.”

Kelly ended her interview with a jab at Gingrich.

“We’re going to have to leave it at that,” she said, “and you can take your anger issues and spend some time working on them, Mr. Speaker.”

“You too,” Gingrich replied.

The Trump campaign was apparently pleased with Gingrich’s performance ― campaign social media director Dan Scavino tweeted that the former speaker “destroyed” Kelly.

.@NewtGingrich just destroyed @MegynKelly. Shows she is totally biased against Mr. Trump & not very smart. Mr. Trump has long known!!

— Dan Scavino Jr. (@DanScavino) October 26, 2016

.@MegynKelly made a total fool out of herself tonight- attacking @realDonaldTrump. Watch what happens to her after this election is over.

— Dan Scavino Jr. (@DanScavino) October 26, 2016

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repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from
entering the U.S.

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Adele Endorses Hillary Clinton During Miami Concert

Huffingon Post Politics - Tue, 2016-10-25 22:44

The presidential election may be only two weeks away, but that didn’t stop Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton from making a surprise appearance at Adele’s Miami concert Tuesday night. And good thing she did ― Adele took a moment between songs to announce her support for Clinton’s campaign.

“I am English, but what happens in America affects me too,” Adele told the audience, according to a Clinton campaign aide. She added: “Don’t vote for him. ... I can’t vote, but I am 100 percent for Hillary Clinton. I love her, she’s amazing.”

NBC’s Adam Kuperstein caught the moment Adele told fans not to vote for Republican nominee Donald Trump in the video below:

Adele with Hillary Clinton in attendance at Miami concert: "Don't vote for him!" @AAarena #Adele (via Aaron Resnick) pic.twitter.com/cAJCokgSvW

— Adam Kuperstein (@AdamNBC6) October 26, 2016

Unclear if Adele knows HRC is in the audience tonight. If so, she hasn't mentioned it and HRC has no plans to go on stage, per an aide.

— Monica Alba (@albamonica) October 26, 2016

It’s unclear whether Adele knew Clinton was in the audience. Still, the singer likely is aware that the Democratic nominee is a fan.

During a March interview with SiriusXM, Clinton said she was a big Adele fan. “That is my go-to voice, she added.

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Defeating This GOP Congressman Proves Not So Easy, Even In Anti-Trump Territory

Huffingon Post Politics - Tue, 2016-10-25 21:44

BRIGHTON, Colo. ― Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) has tried harder than most congressional Republicans to distance himself from Donald Trump.

In August, he put out an ad saying he didn’t like the GOP presidential nominee. This month, he called for Trump to step aside. And last week, he said he may not vote for president at all, because he won’t support Trump or Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

It’s good politics in Coffman’s Denver-area district, where he’s worked over the past several years to craft a Latino-friendly, reasonably moderate image at odds with Trump’s virulently anti-unauthorized immigrant boasts.

The question is, will it will work?

Coffman will have to pull off a tough feat to survive his Democratic challenger, state Sen. Morgan Carroll. He’ll have to outperform Clinton, who may well win his district by double digits at the top of the ticket.

Coffman, who’s been in the House since 2009, is neck and neck with Carroll, according to private polling conducted by Carroll’s campaign. Polls show Clinton trouncing Trump in the district by double digits, according to a Democratic source, meaning Coffman needs a significant number of Clinton voters to split their tickets and vote for him as well. He would need to do that in a place where Trump’s sagging standing seemed most likely to doom down-ballot Republicans: a suburban swing district with a large Latino population.

The craziest thing is, Coffman might pull it off.

“The district itself has moved in a lot of ways, but Coffman’s brand is almost completely distinct from all of the changes that are happening demographically and politically within the district,” a national GOP operative told The Huffington Post, declining to comment by name.

Coffman has beaten the top of the ticket before. He won in 2012, even though President Barack Obama defeated GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney by 5 points, 52 percent to 47 percent. Coffman won that year by 2 points.

But 2016 is different. This year, there’s Trump.  

It is this ugly and this toxic because he is in greater jeopardy of losing this seat than he’s ever been before and they know it.
Morgan Carroll

For all of his disavowals of the GOP nominee, Coffman has given Democrats plenty of ammunition to tie him to Trump. Last week, in a debate with Carroll hosted by 9News, Coffman fielded a question about his 2012 comments on Obama’s birthplace ― relevant because of Trump’s long history of birtherism.

Coffman said at a private fundraiser that year that he didn’t “know whether Barack Obama was born in the United States of America ... in his heart, he’s not an American.” Coffman apologized for the comments, but the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has packaged the tape into a commercial suggesting Coffman is no different than Trump.

Coffman acknowledged at the debate that he made the statement “at one time.”

“Assumed it wasn’t public,” Coffman said. “I was wrong for making the statement, I said so. But to somehow infer in any way that it had an influence on Donald Trump is absolutely ridiculous.”

Coffman was asked at the debate whether Trump’s statements about groping women made him a sexual predator. “I don’t know,” Coffman answered, even though it was that 2005 hot-mic recording that led Coffman to call for Trump to step aside.

Democrats also have hit Coffman for his comments about deportation, a hot-button issue in the 20-percent Latino district. Coffman said he thinks the U.S. ought to toughen immigration enforcement ― a Trump mainstay ― but he also supports allowing certain undocumented immigrants to obtain legal status.

Immigration has been a particularly important piece of Coffman’s political evolution. His predecessor was former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), an immigration hawk and fringe precursor candidate to Trump who ran for president in 2008 by promising to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. The district changed after the 2010 census, and Coffman, who once championed similar positions, switched gears as thousands more Latinos became his constituents.

It was then that Coffman announced his support for legal status for undocumented immigrants and a path to citizenship for those who came to the U.S. as children, often called Dreamers. He’s voted against his party on certain measures related to immigration ― such as a bill to strip deportation relief from Dreamers ― but he also joined fellow Republicans in a lawsuit against Obama’s broader deportation relief.

Coffman’s most recent pro-unauthorized immigrant move, a bill introduced in June that would allow certain Dreamers to move toward citizenship, was dismissed as merely a “symbolic gesture” by the pro-reform group United We Dream.

It’s unclear whether Latino voters buy Coffman’s shift on immigration ― and whether they’ll hold him accountable for his earlier positions.

Carroll spokesman Drew Godinich told HuffPost that Coffman’s supposed shift doesn’t amount to much.

“He’s come out and said that he’s evolved away from this position and certainly the rhetoric and stuff his campaign puts out would suggest that, but when you actually look at the record in Congress, the evolution is not necessarily there,” Godinich said.

Coffman has alienated at least one Republican as well ― Tancredo, whom he replaced in Congress. Tancredo wrote in Breitbart News that he hoped Coffman’s “duplicitous attack” on Trump would not win him another term.

“Coffman has gone through so many ‘soul searching’ political transformations it is becoming apparent to all that the only angst he feels is from the fear of no longer being CONGRESSMAN Coffman,” Tancredo wrote.

Meanwhile, Coffman and fellow conservatives have have gone after Carroll as too liberal for the district. Americans for Prosperity, the conservative political advocacy group funded by the Koch brothers, didn’t endorse Coffman, but the group is working against Carroll through door-knocking and phone-banking. It’s the only House race in the general election in which the organization is expressly advocating, chosen because Carroll has “a long track record of far-left policies” and because it’s a close race where the group may make a difference, said Michael Fields, Americans for Prosperity’s Colorado director.

Coffman spokeswoman Cinamon Watson said Carroll “has proven herself to be blindly partisan,” while Coffman’s comments on Trump show he’s willing to stand up to both parties.

“Morgan Carroll said she trusts Hillary and is running to get Hillary’s back,” Watson said in an email. “Mike Coffman’s got Colorado’s back.”

In August, Coffman released an ad promising to “stand up” to Trump. He even learned to speak Spanish and produced a version of the ad in Spanish. But he’s struggled throughout the year with how to handle his party’s presidential nominee ― first by refusing to say whether he would support Trump, and now by saying he may not vote for president at all.

Carroll has been considerably more willing to align herself with the top of her party’s ticket and with fellow Democrats. She’s been joined on the campaign trail by Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.). House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) traveled to Colorado to raise funds for Carroll’s campaign. On Monday, Carroll was endorsed by Obama, who called her “the kind of tough and smart leader who will build on all we’ve accomplished and take our nation forward.”

At a volunteer event in Brighton last week, Carroll smiled when she saw a cardboard cutout of the president wearing a Morgan Carroll shirt.

“President Barack Obama’s wearing my T-shirt!” Carroll said. She said her campaign needs a “resounding, crushing, absolutely annihilating victory” to send a message that Trump’s policies are unacceptable, and to elect a Congress that would work with Clinton.

Coffman’s fear of losing the election, she said, is fueling desperate attacks against her. 

“There’s a saying, you know, about ‘a drowning man kicks the hardest,’” Carroll said. “It is this ugly and this toxic because he is in greater jeopardy of losing this seat than he’s ever been before and they know it.”

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repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from
entering the U.S.

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Donald Trump's Latest Scare Tactic: Claiming Clinton Will Cut Social Security And Medicare

Huffingon Post Politics - Tue, 2016-10-25 21:06

Donald Trump claimed Tuesday that Hillary Clinton will cut Social Security and Medicare benefits, despite her clear promises not to do so.

“We are going to save Social Security,” the Republican presidential nominee told supporters at a campaign rally in Tallahassee, Florida. “She is going to cut your Social Security and your Medicare.”

Trump has made the accusation before, including at a rally in Pennsylvania earlier this month.

As early as February, Clinton pledged not to cut Social Security benefits. She also promised to enhance benefits for certain vulnerable groups. The Democratic presidential nominee said at the third presidential debate that to close the program’s funding gap and finance benefit increases, she would ask wealthy Americans, including herself, to pay more into the program.

Clinton also has never indicated she would cut Medicare benefits. She says she plans to reduce Medicare’s costs by empowering it to negotiate drug prices with the pharmaceutical companies, according to her campaign website

Stephen Miller, a Trump campaign policy adviser, pointed to Clinton’s comments in a private speech to bankers in 2013, in which she called the Simpson-Bowles reform proposal of 2010 “the right framework.”

“That is her private, real position as opposed to her public position,” Miller said.

The comments from her speech were disclosed in the hacked emails of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta published by Wikileaks earlier this month.

The Simpson-Bowles plan indeed proposed significant Social Security and Medicare cuts. In the speech, however, Clinton declined to state her view on specific benefit cuts, instead embracing the overall structure of the Simpson-Bowles recommendations.

Clinton went on to explain what she meant by the “right framework.” “We have to restrain spending, we have to have adequate revenues, and we have to incentivize growth. It’s a three-part formula,” she said. “The specifics can be negotiated depending upon whether we’re acting in good faith or not.”

The Clinton campaign declined to comment on the meaning of Clinton’s remarks, saying the campaign refuses to verify the authenticity of the hacked emails. The campaign instead referred HuffPost to fact-checks by CNN and FactCheck.org claiming the allegation was false, as well as to progressive leaders’ comments praising Clinton as a champion of Social Security and Medicare.

Trump has promised that he would protect Social Security and Medicare but has not provided any substantive proposals for avoiding cuts. In the third debate, he balked at a question about whether he’d consider a so-called grand bargain to reform Social Security and Medicare that combined benefit cuts favored by conservatives with tax increases preferred by liberals. Instead, Trump vaguely suggested that he would improve the programs’ finances by growing the economy through tax cuts and repealing Obamacare.

Growing the economy can improve Social Security’s solvency, but there are no credible projections in which economic growth alone is enough to close the program’s funding gap. 

And as Clinton noted during the third debate, Trump’s plan to repeal Obamacare, which extended Medicare’s lifespan through reforms that saved some $800 billion, would hurt Medicare’s finances.

In the past, Trump has claimed he could close Social Security’s funding gap by cracking down on waste, fraud and abuse. In reality, the rate of overpayment in the program is far too low to generate the savings needed to address its financial shortfall. 

Of course, it’s possible Trump is uninterested in coming up with plausible plans to fix Social Security and Medicare’s finances because he actually plans to cut benefits himself. In a 2011 interview, he endorsed the idea of reducing benefits but said politicians should avoid admitting their plans to do so due to the unpopularity of cuts.

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Clinton and Trump's Foreign Policies Share Common Principles

Huffingon Post Politics - Tue, 2016-10-25 20:52

By Tania F. Cohen

From the embers of an election season rife with negativity rises an unlikely phoenix: reminders of the potential for bipartisanship in U.S. politics. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton's proposals for fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and their beliefs that ISIL presents a greater threat to American security than Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are strikingly similar. Consequently, they each prioritize defeating the terrorist organization over a political transition in Syria. Clinton and Trump also believe that nuclear weapons are the world's greatest threat, although their proposed strategies for fighting that threat differ significantly. The similarity in their stances--and in the case of fighting ISIL, in their strategies for accomplishing those objectives--reminds us that bipartisanship in policy-making, for which establishing common ground and compromise are key, is possible.

From their central point of agreement on the threat that ISIL poses, both Clinton and Trump favor establishing no-fly zones in Syria, increasing air strikes, and fighting ISIL through a coalition of Western and Arab countries. Additionally, they have expressed interest in working with Kurds in the region and noted the importance of fighting digital radicalization and extremism. There is no doubt that a President Trump approach to fighting ISIL would look very different from a President Clinton approach, even if these approaches incorporated the same basic policies. But the resemblance between policy proposals is not insignificant and demonstrates the potential for further compromise between parties.

Unlike their proposals for fighting ISIL, Clinton and Trump's policy proposals for combatting nuclear threats differ significantly. Clinton supports the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known colloquially as the Iran nuclear deal. She has proposed using the Iran nuclear deal as a model to restrict North Korea's nuclear program. In contrast, Trump's proposed nuclear strategy is unclear. He has vacillated in his answers about whether he would change the United States' policy on "first use" of nuclear weapons, an issue on which Clinton did not take a stance when it was mentioned during the first presidential debate. On North Korea, Trump has implied that he would try to have China exert its influence over Kim Jong Un to end North Korea's nuclear ambitions, but has not provided details. Similarly, he strongly criticizes the Iran nuclear deal, but has not shared his alternative proposal other than saying he would be willing to walk away from the negotiating table. Despite their differences in specific policies on this issue, the candidates' shared belief about the significance of the global nuclear threat reminds us that there is often more similarity in candidates' beliefs than expected, even if their strategies for accomplishing those goals differ.

Although the differences in policy between the candidates on these issues are significant, they do not dilute the similarities in proposed strategy or belief that exist. Their simple existence demonstrates the potential for bipartisanship in politics, even during an election cycle as toxic as the 2016 presidential election. Bipartisanship is a willingness to engage substantively with people who hold different political beliefs and compromise for the greater good. Politicians may implement and rationalize their conclusions differently, even if the conclusions themselves are similar, but acknowledging that they have a common goal of defending American interests--and may even agree on how to accomplish that goal--is crucial to repairing our gridlocked political system. The similarities between Trump and Clinton when discussing how to fight ISIL and the threat posed by nuclear weapons are important reminders that repairing our system is possible--that it should encourage politicians at all levels to seek compromise, especially when it seems impossible.

If Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton can propose similar solutions to some of the most controversial foreign policy issues, other politicians can find spheres of agreement, too, and with effort, cultivate those spheres to reduce the gridlock that has pervaded our government in recent memory.

Tania F. Cohen is employed by the American Society of International Law and is a Campaigns Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. Her interests include domestic civic engagement, refugee and migration policy, and the influence of history on contemporary policy development and foreign relations. Any views expressed are those of the author and not those of the American Society of International Law.

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Solartab is back with a more powerful (and waterproof) solar tablet charger

TreeHugger Science-Tech - Tue, 2016-10-25 19:21
The newest version of this solar charger & battery is lighter and offers a more powerful solar panel, and includes dual USB ports and a USB-C port.

Harvard 3D prints a heart-on-a-chip (video)

TreeHugger Science-Tech - Tue, 2016-10-25 10:52
The sensor-filled organ will allow scientists to solve medical mysteries without animal testing.

Lincoln's Ghost Has Surprising Response To Donald Trump's Gettysburg Speech

Huffingon Post Politics - Tue, 2016-10-25 05:31

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton may now be ignoring Donald Trump in the run up to the presidential election.

But the “ghost” of former President Abraham Lincoln still has something to say about the current GOP nominee. The specter of the Republican Party’s first president made a spooky appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Monday.

And he gave a surprising reaction to Trump’s speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on Saturday — the same town where Lincoln gave his celebrated Civil War address.

Trump was supposed to have been using the platform to lay out what he’d do in his first 100 days if elected president. Instead, he opted to threaten to sue his sexual assault accusers.

“It reminded me of my address,” Lincoln’s ghost exclaimed to an astonished Colbert, before claiming that his advisers actually made him tone his first draft down.

Find out what Lincoln’s ghost had to say in the clip above.

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Surprising Strength For Donald Trump In This Democratic City

Huffingon Post Politics - Tue, 2016-10-25 04:04

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. ― If Donald Trump manages to eke out a victory in the fiercely contested swing state of Nevada, it will be thanks in part to this sun-blasted Las Vegas suburb, one of the communities hit hardest by America’s most recent housing crash.

The Republican nominee’s grip on certain segments of the populace seems to have grown here, even as his standing has weakened elsewhere in the state and country. Hours before the final presidential debate last week, four paid canvassers knocking on doors for Hillary Clinton confronted just that.

Though registered Democrats significantly outnumber Republicans in the area, all four Clinton canvassers said they’re finding increasing support for Trump.

It’s not just door knocks that suggest that Trump has gained ground here. Donation patterns tell a similar story. In both 2008 and 2012, about twice as many residents in the area donated to Democratic presidential campaigns than to Republicans. This year, more residents are giving overall ― and they’ve donated to Trump by a ratio of 5-to-1.

We need a little chaos, to shake things up.

The appeal of Trump in these parts offers one of the best illustrations of how the recession altered modern electoral politics. President Barack Obama may have stabilized the housing market and sparked a modest economic turnaround. But progress has been uneven. And frustrations have boiled over.

The housing market in North Las Vegas, Nevada’s fourth-largest city, has recovered since 2011, when one of its zip codes had more foreclosures than any other in America. Yet it is increasingly beset by squatters living in still-vacant properties. Local police received more than twice as many squatter-related calls last year than in 2012.

And according to the canvassers, election tensions are running especially high.

Ashley, a 20-year-old working for the local Democratic Party, said an older man became enraged when she put campaign materials on his door. “He was like, ‘Don’t leave this on my property! That’s trespassing. I’ll call the police on you!’ Then he went and opened his garage door and flashed a gun.”

Another young canvasser, Kia, said a woman chased her after she left a flyer. “She threw it at me, she tried to push me and she told me she was going kick my ass.” (The canvassers I spoke with said they were afraid to give their last names.) 

The Clinton campaign has sent its highest-powered surrogates to North Las Vegas in recent weeks, including Obama and former President Bill Clinton. Following Wednesday’s debate, Hillary Clinton made a surprise stop to address a rally at the city’s largest park.

At that same park, earlier in the day, I chatted with Kyle Chirnside, an audio engineer who self-identified as a conspiracy theorist and former punk-rock anarchist. We watched his 2-year-old daughter frolic around the playground.

“I didn’t like the policy that Secretary Clinton put in place about the foreclosures with the banks, the deals that she made with the banks,” he said. “I thought that was kind of abrupt because it left a lot of people without houses.”

(It’s unclear what policy he was referring to, as Clinton did not play a significant role in any housing legislation that passed while she was in the Senate.)

Chirnside was coy about which candidate he supported. But he said he’s rooting for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and questioned why Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has been “silenced” in recent months. (I mentioned that Sanders has actually been on the campaign trail supporting Clinton.)

“I’ll vote for anything that brings about chaos at this point,”Chirnside concluded. “We need a little chaos, to shake things up.”

Elsewhere, I met Shannon Barton, a real estate agent who said he’d previously backed Obama. “I feel Hillary’s a crook. I’m a registered Democrat. I will not vote for Hillary. I’ll vote for Trump, someone different, just because of all the lies she’s done.”

Barton said he felt locals were primarily concerned about the economy, though he acknowledged he was doing well himself. “The housing market’s actually gone up. It’s pretty stable. I’ve had the best year of my career this year.”

Nevada voters gave Barack Obama a striking 12-point win in 2008, though his margin of victory dropped to 6 points in 2012. State polls this year have shown a consistently tight presidential race, with Clinton currently enjoying a modest lead.

Many of the Clinton supporters I talked to in North Las Vegas sounded like Contreal Lyles, 44, a truck driver, and Julia Lyles, 42, his wife and dispatcher.

It’s true, the economic recovery has been slower than they’d like, but things are unquestionably on the mend, they said. Yes, Obamacare’s been too pricey, but it’s a step in the right direction. And Clinton might not be their ideal candidate, but she’s grown on them, and the alternative is unacceptable.

“We have two sons in the Air Force,” Julia Lyles shared as she gazed at her younger son playing basketball nearby, explaining why she could never vote for Trump. “We’re going to have war if he gets in.”

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Deepak Chopra Breaks Down Everything That's Spiritually Wrong With Donald Trump

Huffingon Post Politics - Tue, 2016-10-25 03:52

Deepak Chopra is clearly not in awe of Donald Trump’s aura.

The spiritual leader told Conan O’Brien that the GOP nominee thinks “with his penis” and is “incapable of moving beyond the emotional development of a 3-year-old” on Monday.

“His reptilian brain is on overdrive,” said Chopra. “His energy is blocked.”

Chopra later described Trump as being “incapable of being centered” and as having “no insight, no intuition, no creativity, no vision, no capacity to offer hope, trust, stability or compassion.” 

“I see resentment, grievances, fear, hostility, guilt, shame and even depression,” he added, before suggesting that Trump may also have “very poor self-esteem.”

Check it out in the clip above.

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Samantha Bee Shreds Donald Trump Over His Debate Abortion Comments

Huffingon Post Politics - Tue, 2016-10-25 03:08

Samantha Bee showed Donald Trump her nasty side on Monday.

The “Full Frontal” host spent more than 10 glorious minutes shredding the GOP nominee’s third presidential debate performance — and in particular his comments on so-called partial birth abortions.

Partial birth abortions aren’t a thing,” Bee screamed into a megaphone to get her point across.

She first took aim at last Wednesday’s debate moderator, Chris Wallace, who seemingly confused partial birth abortions with late term ones when bringing up the issue with the candidates early on in the contest.

“It’s a non-medical term the National Right to Life committee made up in the ’90s for a procedure that was outlawed in 2003 by the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act,” Bee explained.

She then said Trump must have confused abortions in general with “bear attacks,” following his assertion that doctors can “take a baby and rip the baby out of the womb in the ninth month, on the final day.”

Check out Bee’s monologue on Trump’s abortion comments in the clip above, and see her rail against his performance as a whole below:

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Obama Should Exonerate Ethel Rosenberg, a Victim of Red Scare Repression

Huffingon Post Politics - Tue, 2016-10-25 01:29
Along with the Haymarket and Sacco and Vanzetti trials, the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg during the McCarthy-era stands as among the gravest miscarriages of justice in American history.

In the last few months, the Rosenberg family has amassed over 13,000 signatures (http://www.rfc.org/ethel) calling on President Obama to issue an executive proclamation nullifying the guilty verdict for Ethel modeled after what Governor Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts did on the 50th anniversary of Sacco and Vanzetti.

The Rosenberg trial, Ethel's grand-daughter Jennifer Meeropol said in an interview last week, was a "farce" in which "government prosecutors manufactured evidence, using my grandmother as leverage against her husband, thinking he would cooperate with authorities [and name some fellow co-conspirators]. However, it didn't work out that way and the bluff was called."

According to Jennifer, the kind of tactics used by government prosecutors "cannot be allowed to stand in a functioning criminal justice system and democracy," giving urgency to the petition. "The manipulation of evidence for political purposes," Ethel's son Robert Meeropol said, "is incompatible with a free society and reflective more of totalitarian justice systems."

The Meeropols' campaign to exonerate Ethel Rosenberg has gained momentum following a 60 Minutes broadcast on October 16th which Robert called "a breakthrough" in allowing the family to present its side of the story on national network television. The shows' producers, he said, did a great deal of research and "a really good job of summarizing details in the case that have come out over decades."

The petition was first conceived following the release in July, 2015 of grand jury testimony from David Greenglass, Ethel's brother, confirming Ethel's innocence.

The transcripts show that Greenglass, the main prosecutorial witness who worked for the army weapons lab at Los Alamos, changed his story about Ethel having typewritten David's handwritten notes that accompanied a sketch of a cross-section of the atomic bomb and having persuaded his wife Ruth to recruit him into a spy ring led by Julius in order to protect Ruth from prosecution.

Ethel's only crime it appears was to protect her husband. She was never given a code name, and according to KGB agent Alexander Feklisov, "never worked for us," a fact the U.S. government knew.

On 60 Minutes, historian Ronald Radosh suggested Ethel may have been "an accessory to spying by helping [to] identify people, urging people to be recruited, suggesting that her own brother be recruited," in short "aiding and abetting those who are spying."

Robert Meeropol believes, however, that Radosh said nothing "to contradict our claims about the trial and [in essence] says he knows better than the KGB. He relies on fourth or fifth hand snippets of information based on a report allegedly given by Julius Rosenberg to some KGB agent translated into Russian and then encrypted, decrypted, and hand-copied that was found in the Soviet archive which was only open briefly. There is no independent verification of the accuracy of the report and none of the information was presented at Ethel's trial and [it] would not be admissible in court today....if the allegations weren't so serious, the evidence presented by Radosh would be laughable."

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were a young Jewish couple living on the lower East Side of Manhattan who like many of their generation gravitated to leftist and communist ideals because they had experienced the harshness of the capitalist system during the Great Depression, and as Robert put it, "wanted to make the world a better place."

Described by the New York Times as a "little woman with soft and pleasant features" Ethel, Robert said, "saw people being thrown in the streets and evicted, and it was the communists helping the people to get their homes back.... They were heroic." She became a dedicated political activist who organized strikes before her 20th birthday and also sponsored blood drives and knit socks for soldiers on the front fighting against fascism during World War II.

Julius shared his wife's political commitments while working as an Army Signal Corps engineer, testifying at his trial that the Soviet government had improved "the lot of the underdog...made a lot of progress in eliminating illiteracy, built up a lot of resources [such as dams]... and contributed a major share in destroying the Hitler beast who killed six million of my co-religionists [Jews]."

Julius' main reason for collaborating with the Soviets was to help defeat the Nazi army. He gave Russian agents information on technology used for the development of jet fighters, radars and detonators, however nothing directly on the atomic bomb as declassified VENONA transcriptions of KGB files confirm.

A supposed meeting in September 1945 with Greenglass involving Ethel could not have occurred as Julius had been suspended from all ongoing activities because the KGB feared the U.S. had discovered his spying.

In December 1945, Greenglass through his wife Ruth provided the Russians crudely drawn sketches of a cross-section of the bomb related to high explosive lenses, though these were considered by experts to be "unimpressive," to display "naïve misunderstandings," and to disclose "ludicrously little" about a complex program Greenglass was minor to. (Holding a low-grade security clearance, he only had a high school degree and had failed eight classes at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute).

In June 1961, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover declared: "Who, in all good conscience could say that Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the spies who delivered the secret of the atomic bomb into the hands of the Soviets, should have been spared when their treachery caused the shadow of annihilation to fall upon all of the world's people."

The evidence from the case, however, shows these comments to be untrue, like with the preposterous claim of Judge Irving Kaufman that the Rosenberg's caused the "communist aggression in Korea, with resultant casualties exceeding 50,000" and of Dwight Eisenhower that by "immeasurably increasing the chances of atomic war, the Rosenberg's may have condemned to death tens of millions of innocent people all over the world."

Robert Meeropol points out that the main reason the feds went after Julius was because he was the "recruiter who got others involved [in giving information to the Soviets]." Julius was "the idealistic head of a politically generated group who remained true to his beliefs...He was asked to turn in all his comrades, which he refused to do."

Robert says that as a child of the 1960s, he does not have the same politics as his father and recognizes his parents made some mistakes. However, he can understand why they would believe the government was "lying about Stalin when they were clearly lying about what the communists were doing in the United States."

Though he might have been personally upset, Robert feels the case could have been settled if Julius was given "maybe five or ten" years in prison instead of the death penalty. The bias of the trial was epitomized by the fact that Ray Cohn, the assistant district attorney and an aide to Joseph McCarthy, discussed the case with Judge Irving Kaufman by phone from the courthouse lobby.

Robert and his older brother Michael were raised by supporters of the Rosenberg's, Anne and Abel Meeropol, and in 1990 founded the Rosenberg Fund for Children, a non-profit organization now run by Jennifer, which has awarded over $6 million in helping the children of political activists facing legal problems. (http://www.rfc.org/aboutus)

Currently, the Fund is assisting children of organizers with OUR WALMART (a labor rights group) in California who were fired after protesting working conditions at the retailer; a young Black Lives Matter activist in Massachusetts who was repeatedly targeted for arrest and harassment by police; and children in a family that has received death threats and whose family dog was poisoned as a result of the parents working to protect and restore a river basin in Louisiana.

The Meeropol's experience gives them keen insights into the contradictions of American democracy, which in theory "wants everyone to participate in it," but deals rather harshly, as Robert points out, with those "who take on entrenched interests, oppose racial discrimination and militarized police forces and take on the multi-national corporations that are destroying our planet."

Robert added that "when someone sticks their head out above the crowd and powerful forces want to lop it off, we [Rosenberg Fund for Children] come to their aid...One goal [of the foundation] is to encourage ordinary people with family concerns to keep engaging in society."

The petition to exonerate Ethel fits well with the Rosenberg Fund's mission. Its importance is magnified in a political climate where the Democratic Party presidential candidate accuses the Republican candidate of being a Russian agent and where the Republican has proposed reinstituting loyalty oaths and was mentored by the Rosenberg's prosecutor, Roy Cohn.

In our interview, Jennifer cited a speech by President Obama repudiating calls to ban Muslim immigrants in which Obama acknowledged we "had gone through moments in history when we acted out of fear," saying this was a "shameful part of our history."

The act of exonerating Ethel would help transcend this shameful past, and is something valuable Obama can do before he exits the presidential stage.

Jeremy Kuzmarov teaches at the University of Tulsa and is author of Modernizing Repression: Police Training and Nation Building in the American Century (Massachusetts, 2012). For a well-researched account of the Rosenberg case, see Walter and Miriam Schneir, Final Verdict: What Really Happened in the Rosenberg Case (Melville House, 2010).

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President Obama Absolutely Destroys Donald Trump In Priceless 'Mean Tweets' Response

Huffingon Post Politics - Tue, 2016-10-25 00:57

President Barack Obama returned to “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Monday night, and that means it’s time for another presidential edition of “Mean Tweets.” 

That’s the segment in where celebs ― or, in this case, the president ― read some of the nastiest things said about them on Twitter.

Naturally, no list of “Mean Tweets” about Obama would be complete without one from Republican presidential candidate/Twitter addict Donald Trump

Watch in the clip above as the president finally delivers a response. 

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Glenn Beck Says Trump Is A 'Frightening' Sociopath

Huffingon Post Politics - Mon, 2016-10-24 23:49

Glenn Beck made his disdain for GOP nominee Donald Trump clear earlier this month, when he suggested voting for Democrat Hillary Clinton could be a “moral, ethical choice.” Now, the conservative pundit has gone even further, saying that Trump’s behavior seems “possibly sociopathic.”

In an interview with Charlie Rose on Tuesday, Beck said he thought Trump was a sociopath because of his lack of empathy for others.

“Have you seen him, during the last year and a half, truly feel for someone that couldn’t help him?” Beck asked. “Truly connect on a human level and say, ‘This has made me stop. This has made me think. I’m deeply sorry for what I have said?’”

“Frightening,” he added.

Beck has been part of the conservative anti-Trump movement. He told Vice that he even considered voting for Clinton, but ultimately “can’t do it.” 

“I think Donald Trump is so unstable ― so dangerous ― that it has crossed my mind,” Beck said.

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Hillary Clinton Made Trump's Iconic Hats Great Again

Huffingon Post Politics - Mon, 2016-10-24 22:37

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has a long history of peddling conspiracy theories: Climate change is a hoax, vaccines cause autism, President Barack Obama is a Muslim and was not born in the United States, the presidential election is rigged ― the list goes on. 

Now, thanks to Democrat Hillary Clinton, Trump and his most strident supporters can be better protected from their own paranoia.

In a post to Twitter Monday evening, Clinton introduced the “Trump Tin Foil Hat” ― a “stylish update” to his famous “Make America Great Again” caps.

In honor of Trump's relentless pursuit of any conspiracy theory, presenting a stylish update to his famous hats: https://t.co/Ei9uHCD6a0 pic.twitter.com/HDdVoMf60F

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 25, 2016

The Twitter post links to Clinton’s website, where her campaign provides a step-by-step guide to making your own conspiracy headwear. 

“Donald Trump is a man on a mission: he’ll get to the bottom of any theory, no matter how far-out it may seem,” the cutout reads. “This morning, he claimed pollsters are manipulating the polls to show him losing.” 

Major story that the Dems are making up phony polls in order to suppress the the Trump . We are going to WIN!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2016

We are winning and the press is refusing to report it. Don't let them fool you- get out and vote! #DrainTheSwamp on November 8th!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2016

The instructions list several other bogus conspiracies championed by Trump ― that Clinton and Obama founded ISIS, that Sen. Ted Cruz’s father played a role in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and that thousands in New Jersey celebrated the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 

“In fact, if we elected Donald Trump,” the cutout reads, “we could have a president dedicated to the truth: where is Elvis? Where did we film the moon landing?” 

The new caps, the Clinton campaign added, will ensure Trump can “continue his quest for knowledge without any ... intrusion.”

The tin-foil hat that has come to symbolize paranoia and belief in conspiracy theories originated in a 1927 science-fiction novel that suggested foil would block mind control, according to a 2013 article in Business Insider. It doesn’t work, a 2005 MIT study found.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S. 

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Return Undesired

Huffingon Post Politics - Mon, 2016-10-24 22:13

"Return Undesired."

Piles upon piles of pebbles line the block that stretches in front of me. Each one fuses with the next, reaching onwards until stopped forcefully by towering trees that line the forest's edge. The little rocks are stripped of description, just like my grandfather and the thousands who slept upon straw mats atop those stones not so long ago. They, too, had to subsist by blending into the next, their humanity reduced to numbers as the arms that bore those digits were forced through camp after camp. Each time, they were one step closer to death. These people straddled the line between survival and an existence that barely resembled life.

23. The square slab of cement marks the row where Jakob slept for three months as the war neared its end, where he lay awake among piles of bodies crammed into bunkers and where he wolfed down whatever meager scrap he was given in order to awake again. I trace the outline of 23, my fingers brushing this tangible concrete connection to him. Tiny bumps protrude from the surface. The cement refuses to be completely smooth, each miniscule bump claiming its space in the universe, unwilling to conform.

I never knew that he lived in block 23. I didn't know that his daily task was to dig tunnels or that he was herded to the Alps as winter descended upon the world and hope crept eastwards in the form of Allied trucks. Then, wind probably raged and snowflakes obscured the sky, shielding prisoners and captives alike. Today, a vast blue sky blankets my three friends, Bernd and me.

Bernd: the guide who I met today but who voluntarily began mapping out my grandfather's murky past before I set foot in Dachau. Jakob scarcely spoke about his time in concentration camps during his life. Berndt has physically handed me maps and dates, routes and figures: the puzzle pieces that construct an identity my father could not fully unravel while his father lived, nor throughout the 25 years that have marked his absence.

Face-to-face with row 23, I choose to believe that one's identity can evolve but cannot vanish. Violence, terror and fear can crumple someone's sense of self. But even such demons cannot completely erode it. Souls cannot disappear, but perhaps may become lost for a time until allowed to exist freely. Experiences do not erase us, but they can break and form us again.

As stones crunch under my footsteps, I am overcome by the unlikelihood of Jakob's survival. Statistically, he should not have made it. So many chances of death shaped his daily life -- more chances than the few that engendered his endurance. As a result, here I am.

Inside the museum, Bernd explains that each prisoner's file was meticulously documented and sorted within the room in which we stood. Every single prisoner walked upon these bricks. Unlucky files were marked with "RU."

"Return Undesired." Jakob's documentation made it clear that his survival was unquestionably undesired.

Even when humanity closes its eyes, identity is the interminable matter that endures, hidden in cellars and masked by skinny bones, kept alive by some burst of tenacity that allows me to walk this earth. Every number reminds me that my existence is a function of grit and luck, that I am meant to demand positive change from the world and to implement it, and that I have an obligation to make my life one lived well.

"Never again" is carved everywhere on these grounds. It is scratched into rocks and etched upon plaques. Every person's return to his or her home upon this earth should be desired.

~ ~ ~

Bernd studied history long before he began offering tours at Dachau. He has visited concentration camps and Holocaust museums all over the world and served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the German military post World War II. Dachau's story remains close to him.

As we continue to walk, Bernd speaks. Before Europe descended into chaos, German Jews had been granted a fleeting chance to exit Germany. Thousands flocked to Switzerland, where their safety was initially less uncertain. Switzerland soon grew overwhelmed with refugees who quickly comprised over ten percent of the population. Shortly thereafter, the neutral country closed its borders. Though cruel on the surface, Bernd defended this act as self-preservation: by accepting more refugees, Switzerland might trigger Nazi aggression and become increasingly susceptible to invasion.

Images flit through my mind of Syrian refugees paddling across the seas of Europe. Of headlines splattered across newspapers announcing certain nations had secured their borders to limit the influx of people pouring in, clinging to a single tattered string of hope. Of children who fled their homes in Darfur and Rwanda. A single grating voice shouts over crowds, ringing in my head.

"We're going to build a wall."

"They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists."

"A total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States."

Bernd explained how Hitler slowly and deliberately tested the bounds of his power, stretching the will of man. One month, Jews could not use typewriters. The next month, they could not use public bathrooms. Bernd emphasized that Hitler never established death camps in Germany; these dark places were relegated to others' backyards instead. Hitler had insisted that Germany "was not ready."

Bernd presented a Nazi propaganda poster picturing a well-dressed man with bulging muscles. He is pictured hoisting a bar above his head with two physically disabled men sitting on top. Nazism emphasized the conception that people with developmental or cognitive disabilities represented dead weight on the economy, failing to contribute while continuing to take the fruits of others' dogged labor. In Hitler's world, the burdens of the weak depended on the strong man's might. And this needed fixing.

I wish I could say that today's world is more forgiving.

Bernd tells us that hundreds of German students regularly visit Dachau. Visits to concentration camps comprise a mandatory component of the German curriculum. Germany has been forced to hold a magnifying glass to its blemishes.

On the contrary, America holds a foggy mirror to our scars. When American students learn about slavery, we absorb one succinct textbook chapter summarizing hundreds of years of captivity. Our lessons are quick to contextualize and excuse our story. We grow up learning that ownership of human beings and waving a confederate flag were a part of the times -- now retrospectively condemnable.

Forcing my grandfather into tunnels to dig trenches while extinguishing his mother, father and four brothers was the contextual fabric of his time. This is now retrospectively condemnable.

Unlike South Africa, America has not conducted any type of Truth and Reconciliation Commission to process our atrocities. As a nation, we are not good at delivering apologies because apologies demand acknowledgement and accountability. Our society relentlessly tries not to look back -- as though Genesis 19:26 has warned that we, too, will become pillars of salt. But each racial protest and fatal shooting reminds us that we cannot flee our shadow.

Selective memories make for a selective history, penned and primed by those who have a seat at the table. History teachers seldom emphasize that the US government forced Japanese-Americans into internment camps as Axis powers herded Jews into cattle cars. We are quick to forget that Franklin Delano Roosevelt turned away the MS St. Louis, which held over 900 Jewish refugees, under the justification that refugees threatened national security. He sent them back to Europe as American troops fought through Europe's ravaged battlefields. I wonder if it is easier to be blind in one's own backyard.

Each day, I remember my ongoing disappointment in the world's failed commitment to "never again."

My friends and I approach the memorial's exit as Bernd turns towards us. "You are the future," he says suddenly, punctuating the afternoon's quiet stillness. His eyes roam ours, searching deeply. "You must make sure it never happens again." No matter how many times I hear these words, their visceral impact never lessens.

"In Germany, we do not understand Donald Trump's attitude," Bernd says. His words hang in the still September air. Throughout the afternoon Bernd had shared his insights and knowledge freely, but he had not yet offered unsolicited opinions. "We do not understand how Americans permit his racist comments and plans."

His brows are knit tightly, his voice flat and his conviction matter-of-fact. "This has happened before. We are deeply concerned. We have seen this before."

Each tour of Dachau reminds Bernd that racism can crumple fragile souls and wash over their resolve. To this graying veteran, the parallel between Trump's rhetoric and his nation's past is obvious. The foreshadowing is simple and the warning incontrovertible.

On the way out, we walk past a boy who is about seven or eight years old. He tugs on his father's coat. "I don't understand, Dad. Why did Hitler do all of this?" the boy asks. A long pause lingers, with no response. The boy repeats his question.

The father kneels, facing the boy. "Because he could, son," he answers in a crumpled voice. "No one stopped him. They let him do it."

Dachau tries desperately to never let humanity forget that bigotry triumphs when fear means turning the other cheek and looking away. When self-preservation tramples compassion and leaves appeasement in its wake. When people grow complacent and choose not to care.

We have seen this before.

~ ~ ~

15 days lie in front of us.

As votes roll in on November 8th, everyone's life will change. Americans. Foreigners. Students. Women. Jews, Christians, Muslims and Hindus. Immigrants. Union workers and millionaires. The outcome of November 8th could irrevocably unravel our world order, regardless of the political party to which anyone traditionally belonged. Chaos and fear mongering know no boundaries. In 15 days, we are all presented with the opportunity to play a role in our future, to not be complacent and to care: in the form of a ballot.

At least one urgent connection to November 8th exists within each of us. Think on a large scale in broad terms. Perhaps you want a steady economy with consistent job growth, or think that greenhouse gas reductions need to be curbed as climate change accelerates, or remain steadfast in your conviction that America's criminal justice system needs reform.

We also can think intimately, bringing issues close to home. Perhaps piles of college loans weigh upon your conscience because your parents have sacrificed their lifestyles to open doors for you. Maybe you have a friend who was sexually assaulted and want to know that our nation's leader does not regard her as an object to be fondled by men as they please. Or you want to rest assured that your brother -- the lovable boy whose brain works differently and who struggles to function independently -- will not be mocked by the leader of our country because of the way he looks or acts.

Everyone must turn inwards, search deeply and find that individual anchor.

If you fear you are not educated enough to cast a vote, then search the Internet. People are willing to travel for hours to hike a mountain although the breathtaking view at the top is temporary. They spend hours waiting in line at the Apple store to purchase the newest phone. College students trek to the regional Consulate for the visa required to study abroad. We choose to invest time when we deem that the result warrants our effort. There is no excuse for failing to dedicate the time in order to weigh in on a decision that will dictate the remainder of your life.

If you choose not to cast a ballot and simply let the cards unfold, you forfeit your right to criticize our political system for the next eight years. You can no longer comment on social issues about which you are passionate or complain about financial policies that burden your life. You should not critique laws, pass judgment on your political representatives over lunch or write impassioned editorials.

If you do not vote, you become complicit in a cycle of indifference. Elie Wiesel reminds us that the opposite of love is not hate; it's indifference. We have seen indifference before. We have watched people stand aside without enough courage to communicate and act upon their mercy. We know what happens.

My grandfather and the thousands beside him in block 23 would have traded their skin and bones to cry out before their world began tumbling and humanity eroded. They would have given anything to have just one voice to shout their collective suffering before lives disappeared. It feels so futile -- so wasteful -- when people willingly silence their voices with uncast ballots. Thousands, millions and billions of voices.

Bernd reminds us: we have seen this before.

In 15 days, you will be able to cast a ballot. I beg you to care about something that connects you to November 8th.

Because when people stop caring, the world falls. And millions vanish.

Never again should anyone's existence or return be undesired.

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Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton: Grope. Nope. Vote.

Huffingon Post Politics - Mon, 2016-10-24 22:07

Can Donald Trump get any worse? Well, yes! If you begin to bash our first lady, Michelle Obama--a model citizen of our country. It has become clear that tolerance accounts from voters are now on a negative when it comes to Donald Trump's latest indiscretion. Our First Lady Michelle Obama is using Donald's example, as a call to ALL men to finally learn that women are in charge of their own bodies. Women get to choose those that want them to touch their bodies. She has given a profound speech highlighting the pain that Trump's comments about women have caused her and his refusal to promise to accept the results of the election. As if her presence was not eloquent enough, she didn't even mention his name! Brilliant!

This election has brought us to a place we never thought was possible for this country. I can't help but see the enormous benefit unfolding out of this national tragedy. For instance, a very dear friend of mine, Karena Virgina, called me to share that Donald Trump had touched her inappropriately. She asked me if she should say anything? There is a lot of shame that women experience after being touched inappropriately by others. She did nothing wrong and was hurt by another simply for being a woman. After careful consideration, and speaking to her family, she went into meditation and came forth with the #couragetospeakup about being groped by Donald Trump.

Speaking up takes a lot of courage because there is the shame of living with this secret and having to disclose it. Although there was backlash from her family, it paled in comparison to the support of women and men from around the world. We are now realizing how this one person has become a huge game changer in ways that we could never have imagined. We are now birthing women who have the #couragetospeakup and share that it's not okay to touch a woman without her permission. Thanks to Donald, the voices of women are being heard loud and clear as we find some element of sanity out of this unprecedented, unpredictable, unimaginable, and transformative presidential election.

In a strange way, Americans are bonding more than ever. This election has brought to the surface hidden wounds that needed healing in America. I have sat in gatherings with friends in their homes to watch the debate. It wasn't until the last one that I realized how much this election has brought so many together. We have started to deeply engage in conversations that generally were no longer taking place. The conversation about values and virtues, about what is appropriate and inappropriate behavior, had long been missing from our culture. For whatever it´s worth, the scars we inherit from this election will lead us to a deeper and more spiritual sense of what it means to be a soul, a child of God, and how we can respectfully accept our differences and still get along with each other.

Here are a few realizations I have gained from this election:

1) For women to voice without shame that they have been violated whether by thought, word, or deed.
2) That a woman can actually reveal she is very intelligent and qualified and that she always was. Women can implement extraordinary change, if given the chance to be educated and work hard.
3) That demeaning a global platform for the sake of theater or celebrity status can actually encourage a nation, world, or even families to sit together and teach their children higher values.
4) That being rude and disrespectful only attracts a negative energy towards you, and everyone loves to be liked.
5) Last, but not least, God must be laughing or crying, wondering, " What did I do when I created these kids!"

As if groping ladies without their consent was not appalling enough, attacking the First Lady Michelle Obama, who has a favorable rating of 64% is the equivalent of shredding any chance of being president out the door. Donald Trump has created his wall of shame and has managed to trap himself in it. He was right however that he did not have to pay a cent for it. Insult by insult, brick by brick of outrageous commentary, the world now wishes to send good wishes and pure feelings to both these candidates who by far has had to endure one of the most if not, the most grueling presidential campaign ever!

This video says so much as to where we are as a nation!

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Why Trump Will In The End Be Defeated By A Woman

Huffingon Post Politics - Mon, 2016-10-24 22:05

As November 8 and the end of presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump nears, the political heat is rising. In a battle of extremely low standards, there is one element that seems to be playing a significant role on the final decision of the American people.

Past incidents from Trump's life--along with statements he made and allegations against him--helped shape a profile that can only be summarized as fundamentally misogynistic and sexist. This, especially when Trump's opponent is a woman, may be the determining factor in the final result. And we can, of course, consider Hillary Clinton having the de facto support of female American voters.

The truth is though, that the November 8, race may be close, contrary to the opinion polls results. And that's because Hillary has a lot of dirty deeds attributed to her, a lot of situations that upset public opinion and repel a lot of people from supporting her. These include mishandling classiffied information as Secretary of State, her close relations with certain financial interests, and support of the sex scandal-tarnished past of her husband and former U.S president. I dare say that Hillary Clinton is the only possible candidate which could potentially lose to such a bad opponent as Donald Trump.

The Obamas may prove to be the most vital support for Hillary and the Democratic Party. After a successful eight-year Obama administration, the powerful couple is a significant ally for Clinton's race and especially Michelle Obama.

But let's examine what would happen in case of a Trump victory. Some may say there's little chance of this, yet it is still possible. What policies his administration would follow and what consequences these would have not only for U.S but for the rest of the world is as unpredictable as he is. Many of us, however, are certain of one thing: these will be disastrous on all levels.

Thinking ahead to four years from now, November 2020, and the next presidential elections to which a huge part of the electorate will obviously pin their hopes and await to see the defeat of Donald Trump who, four years earlier, had beat Hillary Clinton. At that time, millions of people will await the end of a catastrophic four-year Trump administration. Who will be the right candidate to take him down?

Only one name comes to mind: Michelle Obama.

The First Lady has everything necessary. Indisputable moral values. An untarnished image as a mother and a wife that she's not afraid to step outside the box and play with the urban rules. Also an important factor is that she seems so approachable to the ordinary person. And, of course, she will have at her side a man who, in the years to come, will be recognized as one of of the greatest American presidents of all time. Let's talk a bit about this.

During the eight years of the Obama administration, unemployment has dropped to the lowest levels since the Great Crash of 1929. Barack Obama managed to reduce the number of homeless people in U.S. by about 20 per cent and finally offered social secure services for the weaker citizens. He also managed to close the gap between upper and middle classes. Moreover, in foreign policy, he managed to resolve diplomatic issues that had been pending for years (Cuba, Iran). This and much more are making Trump's motto "Make America Great Again" sounds like the biggest lie.

Returning to Michelle Obama and the scenario that I am outlining, her strongest argument will be the continuation of her husband's legacy. Of course, anyone can understand that she will have the de facto support of certain social groups as the Afro-American community and women. But most of all, she will have something that Hillary lacks: reliability and trustworthiness.

In any case, Donald eventually will lose to a woman--either Hillary Clinton on November 7, 2016, or Michelle Obama four years from now. I guess that's his fate.

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