Thursday, October 27, 2016

No, Donald Trump, There's No Voter Fraud In Texas

Republican Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he's hearing about rampant voter fraud at the polls in Texas.

In the end, it turns out one voter didn't know how to review their own ballot.

Even the Tarrant County Republican chairman didn't buy into the Trumpster's hyperbole.

From Politico:

According to Snopes, “Reports are not flooding in from across Texas about vote switching.”

“Although rumors of ‘vote switching’ in Texas are rampant, we found only one case in which a report was investigated, and it was found to be unsubstantiated,” the rumor researching website said.

The Republican presidential nominee is likely referring to an allegation from a woman who posted on Facebook this week that she voted for Republicans up and down the ballot, though the summary of her votes showed that the Hillary Clinton-Tim Kaine ticket was checked, too.

“I tried to go back and change and could not get it to work,” the woman, who voted in Texas, said. “I asked for help from one of the workers and she couldn't get it to go back either. It took a second election person to get the machine to where I could correct the vote to a straight ticket.”

The woman urged voters to “double check your selections before you cast your vote!”

According to election officials, however, the problem was likely a “voter error,” not a sign of election rigging.

Tim O’Hare, chair of the Tarrant County Republican Party, told a local CBS affiliate that voters are inadvertently changing their votes by incorrectly turning the machine’s wheel to change the page.

“We don’t think there’s fraud inside the machine or software glitches,” he said.

Commercial Highlights Transgender Stress Using Public Bathrooms

This simple but effective deodorant commercial explains the stress most transgender women experience every time they use a public bathroom.

Kudos to Secret for getting this right.

Most conversations about "bathroom rights" center on innocent young girls encountering a trans woman in a bathroom and not knowing how they'll respond.

This spot gives us a peek from the other side of the encounter.

Pennsylvania: Hillary Clinton Leads By +7

Democrat Hillary Clinton continues to hold a solid 7 point lead in the battleground state of Pennsylvania according to the latest Siena College poll, conducted for The New York Times’ “Upshot."

The survey indicates Clinton ahead of Trump 46% - 39%.

Libertarian Gary Johnson is down in the single digits with 6%, and Green Party nominee Jill Stein lags at 3%.

The poll was conducted Oct. 23-25.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

New AP/GfK Polls Shows Hillary Clinton With 14 Point Lead

The Associated Press is reporting results of a new national Associated Press-GfK poll giving Democrat Hillary Clinton a huge lead over Republican Donald Trump.

Overall, the poll shows Clinton leading Trump nationally by a staggering 14 percentage points among likely voters, 51-37. While that is one of her largest margins among recent national surveys, most show the former secretary of state with a substantial national lead over the billionaire businessman.

The AP-GfK poll finds that Clinton has secured the support of 90 percent of likely Democratic voters, and also has the backing of 15 percent of more moderate Republicans. Just 79 percent of all Republicans surveyed say they are voting for their party's nominee.

With voting already underway in 37 states, Trump's opportunities to overtake Clinton are quickly evaporating — and voters appear to know it. The AP-GfK poll found that 74 percent of likely voters believe Clinton will win, up from 63 percent in September.

To be fair and to show you how widely these things can swing, a new Fox News poll shows Clinton only THREE points ahead of Trump - 44% / 41% respectively.

So, it's wise to take all these polls with a grain of salt. I suggest looking at an averaging of good polls like you get at FiveThirtyEight.

USA Today/Suffolk University Poll: Hillary Clinton Leads Trump By 9 Points

The latest USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll shows Democrat Hillary Clinton has a 9 point lead over her Republican challenger, Donald Trump.

Here's the numbers breakdown: Clinton 47%, Trump 38%, Gary Johnson 4% and Jill Stein 2%.

USA Today notes that, as historically happens, the third party support has dropped sharply as Election Day grows closer.

RealClearPolitics currently shows Clinton with an average 5 point lead over Trump.

FiveThirtyEight shows Clinton currently has an 84% chance of winning the White House.

Megyn Kelly Slaps Back At Newt Gingrich

In a raucous back and forth between Fox News' Megyn Kelly and serial adulterer Newt Gingrich last night, Gingrich demanded that Kelly call Bill Clinton a "sexual predator" and informed her she was "fascinated with sex."

From NPR:

"You are fascinated with sex, and you don't care about public policy," Gingrich said.

Kelly replied, "Me, really?"

Gingrich: "That's what I get out of watching you tonight."

Kelly: "You know what, Mr. Speaker? I'm not fascinated by sex, but I am fascinated by the protection of women and understanding what we're getting in the oval office ... "

Gingrich then brought up former President Bill Clinton, saying he will be "back in the East Wing [of the White House], because, after all, you are worried about sexual predators," an apparent reference to Clinton's affair with intern Monica Lewinsky, which led to impeachment charges against Clinton while Gingrich was speaker.

Gingrich challenged Kelly. "I just want to hear you use the words 'Bill Clinton, sexual predator.' I dare you. Say 'Bill Clinton, sexual predator.' "

Kelly responded that her program had covered allegations against the former president, before adding that "he's not on the ticket."

Kelly then noted that the program was running out of time. "We're going to have to leave it at that, and you can take your anger issues and spend some time working on them, Mr. Speaker. Thanks for being here."

Watch the heated exchange below:

Nevada: Democrats Have 24K Lead After 4 Days Of Early Voting

After four days of early voting in Nevada, the Secretary of State website shows Democrats opening a wide lead in voting.

When you combine in-person voting with returned mail-in ballots, the Democrats come in with 104,305 statewide.

The Republicans are down by 24,585 ballots with 79,720 registered GOPers getting their votes in so far.

Campaign Ad: "Example"

In what could very well be Hillary Clinton's closing argument in her run for the White House, the Clinton campaign released this new spot,  narrated by Morgan Freeman and titled "Example," highlighting the candidates' differences in tone, temperament and readiness to lead the United States.

The question posed is, which candidate is "knowledgeable and steady," and which is "unprepared and reckless?"

Chris Cuomo To Rudy Giuliani: "You're In Trumpland"

Rudy Giuliani is like a pig in shit as he conflates and obfuscates any and all possible conspiracy theories concerning Hillary Clinton in this interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo.

He's clearly living for all the attention he's getting as a Trump surrogate.

From Mediaite:

“I mean Rudy! I have looked up to you my entire life because you’re so accurate,” said Cuomo as the exchange got heated. “And all of a sudden you’re in Trumpland, and the facts are all over the place.” As Giuliani dug deeper into the rabbit hole to make his case, Cuomo asserted, “You’re not even close to connecting anything yet. You’re not close.”

Giuliani pivoted at one point to slam Cuomo and, presumably, CNN for their treatment of the GOP nominee, saying “You guys are so darn unfair to Trump!” Cuomo appeared incredulous with just how loose and fast Giuliani has become when it comes to the facts of a case.

Lady Gaga Joins James Corden For Carpool Karaoke

Lady Gaga, who only recently received her drivers license, is the latest superstar to join in the James Corden’s "The Late Late Show" Carpool Karaoke fun.

Along the way, the way the duo sing through Gaga classics like ”Perfect Illusion”, “Edge of Glory”, “Bad Romance”, “Born This Way”, “Poker Face”, and “Million Reasons”.

The banter includes her upcoming appearance at the Super Bowl, the story behind writing the lyrics of “Bad Romance”, her famous collection of Michael Jackson’s clothing, even a parade of her past costumes including the "meat dress."

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

News Round-Up: October 25, 2016

Pita Taufatofua

Some news stories you may have missed:

• Tonagan Olympian Pita Taufatofua is still dancing in our dreams.

• Sen. Marco Rubio booed off the stage by Hispanic crowd at a campaign stop in Orlando, Florida.

• Professional d*ck Sean Hannity promises to fly Obama and family to Kenya on the condition they "can't come back."

• The Cook Political Report predicts Democrats will regain control of the U.S. Senate by picking up 5-7 seats this election cycle.

• In a blow to the RNC, the Trump campaign says it's done with high-dollar fundraising events. "We've kind of wound down."

The Real O'Neals "Kenny" gets ready to celebrate his first Halloween as an openly gay teen - "The Gay Super Bowl!"

Ellen's Hunky "Fool-Proof" Method Of Predicting World Series Champs

The World Series is coming up, so Ellen turned to her foolproof (and shirtless) method to predict the winner. Will it be the Chicago Cubs or the Cleveland Indians?

Just for the record - I'm pulling for the Cubs. Give me an underdog and great costumes :)

Campaign Ad: "My Name Is Mae Wiggins"

From Mediaite:

Meet Mae Wiggins. She is a woman of color who was told by the Trump Corporation that there were no apartments available for her to rent. When she took her suspicions that they were lying to her over to the New York Human Rights Commission, they sent a white couple, per the standard practice of the time, to the property only to learn that there were, in fact, vacancies and the white couple was more than welcome to rent one of the units.

Among the many shocking claims in Hillary Clinton‘s latest ad, which features Wiggins, viewers learn that after Donald Trump took over the business from his father, Trump personnel were instructed to write a “C” for “colored” on the housing application of any non-white prospective tenant. That came from Elyse Goldweber, an attorney on the Justice Department’s eventual case against Trump. A New York Times piece from August revealed that Trump’s father, Fred Trump, simply dealt with applications from people of color by instructing his staff to put them in a drawer and leave them there.

Colin Powell Will Vote For Hillary Clinton, Calls Trump "National Disgrace"

Former Secretaries of State Colin Powell & Hillary Clinton

The Daily Beast shares that former Secretary of State Colin Powell has announced he will be voting for Democrat (and former Secretary of State) Hillary Clinton in this year's presidential race.

The former George W. Bush cabinet member spoke at a luncheon on Long Island and, according to Newsday reporter Robert Brodsky, told attendees that Republican nominee Donald Trump “insults us every day” and is “selling people a bill of goods,” and so he will cast his vote for fellow ex-secretary Clinton. Powell has previously resisted declaring his support for either candidate, but has chided Trump as a “national disgrace.”

Reporter Robert Brodsky of New York Newsday first broke the news:

Sean Hayes: I'm "Ashamed And Embarrassed" I Stayed In The Closet So Long

Will & Grace star Sean Hayes told the crowd at the Legacy Awards this past Sunday night, presented by Los Angeles LGBT film festival Outfest, that he has regrets about not coming out sooner.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

“[The press release] said that I took the stereotypical gay sissy and made him human, lovable, flawed and real. While this may be true, I think you should’ve led with flawed because at the time, I was a young closeted actor having his first taste of a little success and unfortunately, in my mind, my lucky break was inextricably tied to me thinking that I had to stay in the closet in order to keep moving forward,” Hayes said, receiving his award from longtime friend Dax Shepard, who was equal parts genuine and hilarious. “Looking back at my choice to stay silent, I am ashamed and embarrassed. What was I thinking? As If any of you had any doubts. I mean, right, could a straight actor ever do this…?”

“When it comes to nights like tonight and honors like this, I’m consumed with what I didn’t do. I know I should’ve come out sooner and I’m sorry for that. Especially when I think about the possibility that I might have made a difference in someone’s life. I would probably be able to sleep a lot better than I do if I had acted sooner, but such is life. We learn our lessons only when we are ready.”

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