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Some Good News For Dems For A Change: Trump Could Cost GOP A Ton Of State Legislatures

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Democrats are finally paying attention to state politics. 

Over the past few years, major donors, national Democrats, the White House and state officials have begun organizing to win back state houses that have been dominated by Republicans since 2010. 

And even as the presidential race tightens nationally, Democrats are increasingly confident the party will be able flip a significant number of state legislative chambers, riding a wave of disgust with GOP nominee Donald Trump. At least 14 state House or Senate chambers are well within reach, according to a Democratic memo circulated this week.

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My Vote

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I am late weighing in on this election—late in more ways than one. Monday brought my ninety-sixth birthday, and, come November, I will be casting my nineteenth ballot in a Presidential election. My first came in 1944, when I voted for a fourth term for Franklin Delano Roosevelt, my Commander-in-Chief, with a mail-in ballot from the Central Pacific, where I was a sergeant in the Army Air Force. It was a thrilling moment for me, but not as significant as my vote on November 8th this year, the most important one of my lifetime. My country faces a danger unmatched in our history since the Cuban missile crisis, in 1962, or perhaps since 1943, when the Axis powers held most of Continental Europe, and Imperial Japan controlled the Pacific rim, from the Aleutians to the Solomon Islands, with the outcome of that war still unknown.

The first debate impends, and the odds that Donald Trump may be elected President appear to be narrowing. I will cast my own vote for Hillary Clinton with alacrity and confidence. From the beginning, her life has been devoted to public service and to improving the lives of children and the disadvantaged. She is intelligent, strong, profoundly informed, and extraordinarily experienced in the challenges and risks of our lurching, restlessly altering world and wholly committed to the global commonality. Her well-established connections to minorities may bring some better understanding of our urban and suburban police crisis. I have wished at times that she would be less impatient or distant when questions arrive about her past actions and mistakes, but I see no evidence to support the deep-rooted suspicions that often surround her. I don’t much like the high-level moneyed introductions and contacts surrounding the Clinton Foundation, but cannot find the slightest evidence that any of this has led to something much worse—that she or anyone has illegally profited or that any legislation tilted because of it. Nothing connects or makes sense; it beats me. Ms. Clinton will make a strong and resolute President—at last, a female leader of our own—and, in the end, perhaps a unifying one.

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Video Shows Police Fatally Shooting Keith Scott Despite Wife’s Pleas

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A video released to NBC News shows the moment when police in Charlotte, North Carolina, shot Keith Scott.

In the video, which lasts two minutes and 12 seconds, Scott’s wife pleads with an officer not to fire his weapon. At the same time, the officer is pointing a gun in Scott’s direction, screaming at him to “drop the gun.”

“Don’t shoot him, he has no weapon,” Rakeyia Scott says several times. She tells the officers that her husband has a TBI, or a traumatic brain injury, and then assures them, “He’s not gonna do anything, he just took his medicine.”

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Trump used $258,000 from his charity to settle legal problems

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Donald Trump spent more than a quarter-million dollars from his charitable foundation to settle lawsuits that involved the billionaire’s for-profit businesses, according to interviews and a review of legal documents.

Those cases, which together used $258,000 from Trump’s charity, were among four newly documented expenditures in which Trump may have violated laws against “self-dealing” — which prohibit nonprofit leaders from using charity money to benefit themselves or their businesses.

In one case, from 2007, Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club faced $120,000 in unpaid fines from the town of Palm Beach, Fla., resulting from a dispute over the height of a flagpole.

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forjamesflagpole1After the settlement, Trump put a slightly smaller flag farther from the road and mounted it on a 70-foot pole as seen in this Nov. 1, 2015, photo. (Rosalind Helderman/The Washington Post)

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For The Never Trump Movement, An Existential Question: What Now?

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For the group of Republicans who steadfastly refuse to ever support Donald Trump, these past few weeks have been bewildering. Hillary Clinton’s drop in the polls has sparked a classic bout of Democratic paranoia ― described by the more stoic members of the party as “bedwetting.” But unlike campaign cycles past, the #NeverTrumpers can take little joy in their opposition’s distress.

Instead, they’ve been left to watch as a candidate they abhor gains on one they detest. They’ve long since accepted the approaching political apocalypse. It’s now less clear which apocalypse they’re getting.

“Either outcome is bad for the country,” said Rory Cooper, a GOP strategist who has worked with former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, among others. “So the freak-out is built in. I’ve already been freaking out for a year and a half now.”

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George H.W. Bush to vote for Hillary Clinton

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Former President George H.W. Bush is bucking his party’s presidential nominee and plans to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, according to a member of another famous political family, the Kennedys.

Bush, 92, had intended to stay silent on the White House race between Clinton and Donald Trump, a sign in and of itself of his distaste for the GOP nominee. But his preference for the wife of his own successor, President Bill Clinton, nonetheless became known to a wider audience thanks to Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend, the former Maryland lieutenant governor and daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy.

On Monday, Townsend posted a picture on her Facebook page shaking hands next to the former president and this caption: “The President told me he’s voting for Hillary!!”

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All ‘Star Wars’ Films Are Heading to TBS & TNT, With a Marathon Airing Soon

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Jonesing for a “Star Wars” movie marathon you can watch at home on the basic cable you’re already paying for? Help you we can. Yes. Mmm. Sure, you could just hit play on your own collections, if you own them, but there’s a simple joy in turning on the boob tube and seeing something pop up that you actually wanted to watch. It’s almost quaint in the 21st Century.

Today the droids you were looking for announced a licensing agreement between Turner, Disney, and 20th Century Fox, giving Turner exclusive cable rights to all of the “Star Wars” movies — from the three OGs to the prequels to the new set and even spin-offs like “Rogue One.”

Entertainment Weekly shared a statement from Turner exec Deborah K. Bradley, saying, “Through this deal, TNT and TBS will be the exclusive basic cable home of one of the most iconic, enduring and valuable movie franchises of all time, giving viewers the chance to watch this amazing collection from the very beginning.”

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