Nebraska's billionaire governor couldn't preserve the death penalty through the law, so now he's buying a ballot initiative

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Nebraska's hereditary billionaire GOP governor Pete Ricketts is furious that the state legislature keeps overriding his vetos -- that is, the elected lawmakers pass laws, he tries to block them, and they overturn him -- so he's made an election issue of the state's dormant death penalty, spending $400K to put it on the state ballot next week. Read the rest

Leading DNS experts say they've found a secret dedicated link between Trump and a giant Russian bank

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After the DNC hack, security experts began playing close attention to the security of servers associated with the Trump campaign, on the assumption that if the Democrats had been targeted, the Republicans would be, too. Read the rest

After North Carolina Republicans banned cities selling internet, a town decided to give it away instead

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North Carolina is one of many states in which telcoms lobbyists have gotten the state house to ban towns and cities from selling high-speed internet to the public -- even in places where the cable/phone duopoly refuses to supply broadband. Read the rest

New York Times devotes a 2-page spread to "The 281 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter"

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The 281 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter: A Complete List [Jasmine C. Lee and Kevin Quealy/New York Times] Read the rest

Downticket Republican candidates threaten libel suits over TV spots tying them to Trump

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Five Republican Congressional candidates -- Reps. Bob Dold (R-Ill.), Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), David Jolly (R-Fla.), John Katko (R-N.Y.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) -- have threatened broadcasters with libel suits over Democratic campaign ads that tie the men to their own party's presidential candidate, millionaire Donald J Trump. Read the rest

Texas county commissioner candidate's election ad is pretty great

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Gerald Daugherty, a Republican county commissioner in the Austin-area Travis County, has produced one of the best ad-spots of the season, depicting him as a politics-obsessed public servant whose long-suffering, side-eyeing wife can't wait for him to be re-elected so she won't have to listen to him drone on about how much he wants to help people and fix things in the county. Read the rest

Donald Trump's super PAC promised a Chinese millionaire access, influence in exchange for a secret $2 million donation

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Reporters posing as representatives of a Chinese tycoon approached Trump and Clinton PACs and offered them $2 million; only the Giuliani and Trump, Junior-backed Great America PAC agreed, and moreover, assured the fake Chinese benefactor that the origin of the contribution would be covered up and that he would have influence with Trump after the election. Read the rest

Trump vs Trump: the fourth debate

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I wouldn't vote for either of these jokers. Read the rest

VERIFIED Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook's association with Peter Thiel

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Update: According to The Verge, Facebook has verified the authenticity of the screenshot below.

In what appears to be an internal Facebook post, Zuckerberg defends his company's ongoing association with Peter Thiel -- Facebook investor/board member and major donor to white-supremacist/pro-rape presidential candidate Donald Trump. Read the rest

Howard Stern won't release Trump tapes

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Despite his support for Trump opponent Hillary Clinton, radio shock jock will not release the recordings of old radio broadcasts he made with Trump in which Trump made offensive sexual remarks, because "it would be a betrayal" to encourage their use in political campaigning. Read the rest

Matt Taibbi on Trump's "fury and failure"

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Matt Taibbi (previously), the best, angriest Rolling Stone writer today, turns in the definitive column on Trump's death-spiral as the mercurial millionaire realizes that he isn't going to win, and starts to lash out. Read the rest

Arizona Republic editor responds to death threats following Clinton endorsement

For the first time in more than 125 years, the Arizona Republic endorsed a Democrat: Hillary Clinton. Some of the paper's readers responded with death threats -- and worse. Editor Mi-Ai Parrish's response is as classy a civics lesson as you could ask for. Read the rest

A rape survivor on Trump's "Locker Room Talk"

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I was sexually assaulted twice in college. It's not a secret, but I don't like to talk about it unless I feel I should. Now, I feel I must.

What it's like to register to vote in states with voter suppression law

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Leroy Switlick, a 67-year-old visually impaired man who has voted in every election for the last 40 years may not get to vote this year, because he lives in Wisconsin, where Republican governor Scott Walker passed a voter-suppression law that requires people like Switkick, who've never traveled and never held a driver's license, to show photo ID (like a passport or driver's license) to vote, and the DMV has failed in its duty to issue him a non-driver ID. Read the rest

Sen Mitch McConnell blames Obama for bill that Obama vetoed and McConnell repeatedly voted for

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Congress has overridden Obama's repeated veto for the "Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act," which allows US citizens to sue the Saudi government over its alleged complicity in the 9/11 attacks -- and which may allow people in other countries hamed by actions sponsored by the US government sue the US in those countries' courts. Read the rest

Lin-Manuel Miranda makes a one-act musical out of a single run-on Trump sentence

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It's got a catchy beat, I could dance to it! (And Peggy!) Read the rest

Twitterbot catalogs every face in Donald Trump's crowds, looking for humanity

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Weird twitterbot herder Shardcore writes, "@everytrumpette draws from the large corpus of photographs of the attendees of Trump rallies. A face detection algorithm identifies a member of the crowd, and then zooms in. Who are these people? How can they not only accept, but openly embrace an ideology of hate? This bot examines them, one by one, to try and see the humanity." Read the rest

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