Michelle Obama's passport leaked in new hack blamed on Russia

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An image identified as a scanned copy of U.S. first lady Michelle Obama’s passport was published online today by "DC Leaks," along with personal emails associated with a man identified as a “low-level White House staffer who worked with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.”

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What has Trump lied about today, chart edition, Sept 22

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Part of an ongoing series by weird chart-maker Scott Bateman; link to today's edition. Read the rest

Trump, David Duke agree on the need for police to stop and frisk more black people

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Trump's outreach efforts to the black community are dissolving almost as soon as they began, melted under his loud insistence that black people should be stopped and frisked more often by police.

As Mr. King, the retired boxing promoter, sought to explain how society unfairly categorizes African-Americans, he referred to a “dancing and sliding and gliding nigger,” before quickly correcting himself. “I mean Negro,” he said as Mr. Trump looked on a few feet behind him, grinning.

Mr. Trump described his enthusiasm for stop-and-frisk during a town hall-style discussion, also in Cleveland Heights, after a voter pressed him on how he would reduce violence in black communities. “One of the things I’d do,” he said, “is I would do stop-and-frisk. I think you have to. We did it in New York, it worked incredibly well and you have to be proactive.”

The largely white audience erupted into applause.

In reality, violent crime is lower than it ever has been. But so is the visibility of black people—and the injustices to which they are subjected. Naturally, Trump has friends in low places when it comes to doubling down on racist policing.

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Idiocracy is coming back to theaters in time for election

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In the ten years since Idiocracy came out, the film has become more and more of a documentary, so to mark the anniversary, it's coming back to theaters before the presidential election.

Here's President Camacho's State of the Union address:

Here's a great interview from the Alex Jones Show with Mike Judge, which discusses Idiocracy and the weird rollout it got from the studio.

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What has Trump lied about today, chart edition, Sept 21

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Part of an ongoing series by weird chart-maker Scott Bateman; link to today's edition. Read the rest

George H.W. Bush to "vote for Hillary Clinton"

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Politico reports that Kathleen Hartington Kennedy overheard George H.W. Bush saying he's voting for Hillary Clinton instead of party candidate Donald Trump.

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!!”

In a telephone interview, Townsend said she met with the former president in Maine earlier today, where she said he made his preference known that he was voting for a Democrat. “That’s what he said,” she told POLITICO.

The republican and 41th President evidently has no liking for the millionaire TV star and real estate tycoon, but declined to confirm Kennedy's claim to Politico's Darren Samuelsohn.

The report comes--tellingly, perhaps!--a day after Republican National Committee chairman Rince Priebus publicly threatened Republican candidates who refuse to vote for Trump. Read the rest

Beatles Remix Tee: Elizabeth & Hillary & Ruth & Michelle!

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Kyle from Bumperactive writes, "The Texas Democratic Party has released an amazing new t-shirt celebrating four of the strong women at the forefront of the national party: Elizabeth & Hillary & Ruth & Michelle!" The iconic portrait series is, of course, a remix of photographer Richard Avedon's classic psychedelic portraits of The Beatles. Whether or not you find it mind-bending that one of America's two major parties embraces powerful female voices in leadership roles across all branches of government, this tee is a trip to the future! Read the rest

Broadcasters should time-delay presidential debates, allowing them to mute any outright lies

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Dan Gillmor writes: "Time for journalists to declare a boycott on bullshit. Start with muting the sound when Trump lies during the debate." Read the rest

Futurama's Zapp Brannigan reads things Donald Trump has said

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Intergalactic blowhard Zapp Brannigan reading Trump quotations sounds slightly less ridiculous that Trump saying them. Billy West has a hilarious series of videos where he reads actual Trump statements in Brannigan's voice.

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How Obama's female staff amplified each other to ensure women got heard

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Obama's inaugural White House staff was drawn from his campaign staff, who were mostly dudes, and the women among the newcomers felt that they were getting ignored or talked over in meetings. Read the rest

Trump "plans" to make Peter Thiel a supreme court judge

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Billionaire trumpkin Peter Thiel's got a law degree and pays lawyers a lot of money to destroy his enemies, so who better to occupy the vacant spot on the Supreme Court of the United States?

Donald Trump has made it clear he will nominate Peter Thiel to the Supreme Court if he wins the presidency, Thiel has told friends, according to a source close to the PayPal co-founder.

Trump “deeply loves Peter Thiel,” and people in the real estate mogul’s inner circle are talking about Thiel as a Supreme Court nominee, a separate source close to Trump told The Huffington Post. That source, who has not spoken to Trump directly about Thiel being nominated to the Court, cautioned that Trump’s offers often fail to materialize in real life.

It’s not clear whether Trump has indeed offered to nominate Thiel ― only that Thiel has said Trump would nominate him and that Trump’s team has discussed Thiel as a possible nominee. Both sources requested anonymity, given that Trump and Thiel have each demonstrated a willingness to seek revenge against parties they feel have wronged them. In Thiel’s case, he secretly financed lawsuits against Gawker.com with the intention of destroying the publication. He succeeded, and his role in the assault was only revealed in the final stages.

Thiel got rich building PayPal and went on to more success as a venture capitalist.

A conservative who occasionally affects the hamfisted libertarianism of people nerdy enough to read one long book when they are a child (but not nerdy enough for it to have been Anarchy, State and Utopia), Thiel complained about women getting the vote, believes that democracy and freedom are incompatible, thinks Lord of the Rings is a parable about economic freedom as the source of human happiness, yet finds taxpayers' money an excellent lining for his own pockets. Read the rest

Clinton medical info released after pneumonia, doc says 'fit to serve.' On Oz, Trump weighs in at 267 lbs.

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Today was health record day in the 2016 US presidential campaign news cycle. After an embarrassing round of press involving Hillary Clinton's pneumonia diagnosis, the Democratic nominee's team released some medical reports. Dr. Lisa Bardack says "she is in excellent mental condition," and is “healthy and fit to serve as president.”

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Watch President Obama become the first U.S. president to visit Laos

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The White House released a video of Barack Obama making history as the first U.S. president to visit Laos. Reflecting on his visit, Obama explains: Read the rest

Newsweek: Trump's financial conflicts of interest 'A National Security Nightmare'

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“If he wins, his many overseas deals would create a national security nightmare.” That's the tease for the cover story in this week's edition of Newsweek, which contains a bombshell Kurt Eichenwald report detailing presidential candidate Donald Trump's financial conflicts of interest.

“HOW THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION'S FOREIGN BUSINESS TIES COULD UPEND U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY” is a must-read. Eichenwald is also digging into other sensitive information regarding Trump's medical history.

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Donald Trump used $20K worth of charitable donations to buy a 6' tall painting of Donald Trump

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The Donald J Trump Foundation raised a lot of other peoples' money and spent it on things that benefited Trump, while allowing the Republican presidential candidate to falsely claim to have made enormous, public spirited donations. Read the rest

Using card tricks to find the truth about Trump

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Magicpeacelove writes, "Magician Ben Seidman wields his cards with elan to nail down the facts about why Trump would be such a great leader." Read the rest

Clinton apologizes after calling half of Trump's supporters "deplorable"

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A day after describing half of Donald Trump's supporters as "deplorables," Hillary Clinton is apologizing, reports the BBC.

US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has apologised for calling half of Donald Trump's supporters "deplorable" people. But the Democrat launched a furious attack on her Republican opponent and promised to keep fighting "bigotry and racist rhetoric". Mr Trump had responded by saying the comment was "insulting" to "millions of amazing, hard working people". Opinion polls suggest Mr Trump is gaining on Mrs Clinton.

It's a plain fact that many of Trump's supporters are racist, sexist and homophobic, that his campaign has energized the support of white nationalist groups in particular. One in five of his followers think the emancipation of the slaves was a mistake.

Here's what she said:

To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call 'the basket of deplorables.' Right?" the Democratic presidential nominee told donors at the event. "Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it. And unfortunately, there are people like that and he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people, now have 11 million. He tweets and retweets offensive, hateful, mean-spirited rhetoric."

American media, particularly major newspapers and television news, cultivate the false balance that's required to make insulting these people a political misstep, and the false equivalence to cast it all as a horse race between two equally undesirable nags.

But equivocating like this after a moment of plain speaking is an exemplary Hillary mistake:

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