Political Circus: October 24 – 30, 2016

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Between now and election day, November 8, a look back at the political circus during the prior week. This is the last full week coming up of the 2016 election cycle.

Monday, 10/24/2016:

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has hit 50% in the latest ABC News poll as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has sunk to 38%.

The CNN/ORC Poll of Polls of four major polls has Clinton with a nine-point lead today.

Can Trump recover with only two weeks until Election Day?

What’s this?!

A new poll out today have the two major candidates tied at 41% each.

The Hill reports:

The Investor’s Business Daily/TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence Tracking Poll — once called the the most accurate poll of the 2012 election by pollster Nate Silver — gives both Clinton and Trump 41 percent support apiece in a four-way race.

Both Clinton is being cautious about the proposed merger of AT&T and Time Warner, saying many questions need answered.

Trump is against the deal.

Trump has claimed the women coming out saying he made unwanted sexual advances were orchestrated by the Clinton campaign.

Now hacked emails indicate that the former Miss Universe accusation was months in the making. That email was sent to Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta in December, 2015, outlining the complaints against Trump.

As the race becomes more vicious, the all important Millennials are getting turned off and tuning out of the election.

What happens if Millennials stay home?

This is worth a read: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-millennials-idUSKCN12O1X8

Those hacked emails reveal that the Clinton campaign thought that Clinton could make her use of a private email server and her destroying emails go away by turning the issue into a joke.

Looks like the joke is on Clinton.

Trump’s “nasty woman” comment at the final debate has been turned into a battle cry by female supporters of Clinton as they embrace the term.

OOPs!

Eric Trump and his wife posed for a pic with a young woman sporting a shirt that read, “Latinas Contra Trump“. Eric did not realize she was not a fan, but her shirt noted she was against Trump.

More from the hacked emails reveal that even Clinton’s campaign staff have been having trouble trying to figure out what the candidate’s “vision” is for America and the future.

Key black Congressmen are urging Clinton to let go of some of her war chest and invest in the black campaigns if she wants a friendly Congress.

Tuesday 10/25/2016:

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren made it clear that the presidential contest is one between the genders as she campaigned with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Monday.

Talking directly to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Warren said, “Well I’ve got news for you, Donald Trump. Women have had it with guys like you. And nasty women have really had it with guys like you. And on November 8, we nasty women are going to march our nasty feet to cast our nasty votes to get you out of our lives forever.”

To watch Clinton going after down ballot candidates to help her get legislation passed and to listen to a lot of the national media, the race is over.

Clinton has won the Electoral College and there is no need to get out and vote.

Oh?

You don’t agree?

The latest CNN/ORC poll released last evening has Clinton losing ground and Trump gaining. The race now is Clinton 49% and Trump 44%.

Trump Tower Live – the beginning of Trump TV?

The Donald launched a nightly broadcast on Facebook last night. It is pure advertisement for the campaign, but is set up like a news cast.

Trump surrogate and host last night, Boris Epshteyn said that the program “has nothing to do with Trump TV. It has everything to do with making sure our supporters get out to vote.”

You decide.

The double-digit increase in health insurance rates is being praised as a blessing by Republicans coming two weeks from the Presidential Election. Trump is already making hay of the White House admitting to the impact on people’s wallets.

Could this be a game changer?

Many may recall I spoke out about this on CNN with Randi Kay four years ago! (http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/ireports/2012/06/25/irpt-ivy-health-sot.cnn)

Bad optics: The FBI assistant director in charge of the investigation into the private server used by Clinton while she was Secretary of State is married to a woman, who unsuccessfully ran for the Virginia House of Burgess. The candidate received a $500,000 campaign contribution from a group associated with long-time Clinton ally, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.

This happened long before the investigation and no wrongdoing. It is the optics sure do not look good.

Pennsylvania’s Republican Party has filed a lawsuit claiming the state’s poll watcher law is unconstitutional.

A federal court suspended Michigan’s ban on ballot selfies.

Fearing a lawsuit, the American Bar Association has nixed a report which calls Trump a “libel bully.”

Leaked emails reveal an intense interest on diversity in the make-up of the Clinton campaign prior to her current run for office: “four ‘POC,’ or people of color, four women ‘assuming COO is a white woman’ and six white men.” So, the email says, that is “33% diverse, 33% women, 50% white men.”

By the way, all the talk by Clinton on equal pay between men and women, information from the Clinton Foundation reveals back in 2013: the median salary of the highest paid men at the foundation was $346,106, while the median salary of the highest paid women was $185,386 — roughly a $160,000 difference.

A new survey says that 54% of Democrats say their party is united compared to only 4% of Republicans who feel that way.

Wednesday 10/26/2016:

In a hacked email, the woman heading the transition team for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton bluntly stated why she believes Clinton and company did not get out in front of the use of a private email server while Secretary of State:

They wanted to get away with it.”

How stupid does the former First Lady think the American people are?

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is trying to pivot from women accusing him of sexual assault by hitting hard on the 22% average increase expected for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s Marketplace Exchange.

Can he stick with it?

Where can you take selfies with your ballot?

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Happy 69th Birthday, Hillary Clinton!

Which states can change who leads the Senate?

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The states colored purple are which ones may likely change.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio appears to be sailing to re-election with a 10-point lead over his Democratic opponent.

OOPs!

Former Indiana Democratic Senator Evan Bayh missed over 75 percent of his Senate Armed Services Committee hearings while he was a member between 2003 and 2011, BuzzFeed News reports.

Even the day of the Iraq invasion.

Bayh is in a tight race to go back to the Senate from here in the Cornfield against Republican Todd Young.

Trump made a pitstop today for the grand opening of his new hotel in Washington DC before heading to North Carolina.

The national press corps is making much ado about nothing by Trump’s pause.

By 28% nationally those under 30 prefer Clinton to Trump.

You can tell that GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence is from the Cornfield. Last night, like trying to herd cows to the barn in the evening, Pence told Republicans it is “time to come home.”

Trump has cutoff fundraising for the Republican National Party while Clinton is directing big donors to give to Senate races instead of her.

The Republican National Committee is sinking $25 million to save seven Senate seats.

In early voting and absentee balloting nearly 9 million votes have been cast to-date.

Released today, a USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll revealed concern by 51% of voters about violence breaking out on Election Day.

Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz says he and fellow GOP lawmakers are prepared for years of investigation into a President Hillary Clinton.

Even before we get to Day One, we’ve got two years’ worth of material already lined up. She has four years of history at the State Department, and it ain’t good,” Chaffetz said.

How soon will we see Vice President Joe Biden and Trump climb into the ring at a WWE event?

Stating the obvious, Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine quipped, “Other than supervising attorneys on occasion, this will be the first time I’ve had a female boss.”

That Clinton laugh that seems so contrived and at times more like a cackle, Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta referred to as Clinton’s “authentic weirdness.”

Someone took a sledgehammer to Trump’s star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

Thursday 10/27/2016:

Contrary to the narrative over the past week, the presidential election is not yet over.

The latest poll from Fox News showed that the big lead of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been whittled away to only three points.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is still in the thick of it all and closing and topping Clinton in key battleground states.

Hacked emails show that even Chelsea Clinton found something unseemly in her father, the former Prez and husband of the Dems wannabe, and the Clinton Foundation both receiving money for speeches from the same sources.

Trump said this morning that wife, Melania, will be out giving speeches as the race winds down. The last time she spoke was at the Republican National Convention.

Former presidential hopeful and Texas Senator Ted Cruz is hinting that if there is a Clinton win come November that vacant Supreme Court seat may remain vacant indefinitely until there is a Republican President.

The Democratic National Committee is suing the Republican National Committee for not putting an effective muzzle on Trump and his statements about a “rigged” system and election. Specifically, the DNC is asking that the RNC be stopped from putting poll watchers at some ballot stations.

The concern is voter intimidation.

Some GOP lawmakers are heeding Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence’s moose call to come home. Although not endorsing Trump, some Republican Congresspersons are now saying they will vote for Trump.

Win or lose, Clinton will be watching election returns in New York’s Javitz Convention Center which boasts a real glass ceiling.

A voting machine in Bryan County, Georgia has been removed from service after complaints the machine was “flipping” some presidential votes.

A second day of Woman Power as First Lady Michelle Obama joined Clinton at Wake Forest, North Carolina for a rally this afternoon.

What is a pollster to do when people are refusing to take their calls?

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the idea that his country is trying to influence the American presidential election is “mythical and fictitious.”

A suspect has been arrested for taking a sledgehammer to Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star.

Some are worried of another “Revolutionary War” if Trump loses and Clinton wins the White House.

She may campaign as an avowed far-left liberal, but the portfolio of Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein paints a different picture.

I have long since thrown in the towel on the Democratic and Republican parties because they are really a front group for the 1 percent, for predatory banks, fossil fuel giants and war profiteers,” Stein told CNN back in April.

Check out the details of Stein’s money (and I don’t mean Ben Stein’s Money): http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/10/26/jill-stein-s-ideology-says-one-thing-her-investment-portfolio-says-another.html

Do what?

Trump finding common ground with liberal film maker Michael Moore?

I agree, @MMFlint- To all Americans, I see you & I hear you. I am your voice. Vote to #DrainTheSwamp w/ me on 11/8, Trump tweeted.

This came after Moore said Trump would win because working class Americans are sick of the Washington establishment.

Friday 10/28/2016:

It was a scary 10 seconds for Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence and people on board his private jet last night when the plane skidded off the runway while landing in New York City, New York at LaGuardia.

The plane came to rest in the grass feet from the highway.

Call off the election?

That is what Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump jokingly said during a rally last night. He added to hand the election to him since his rival, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, is proposing such “bad policies.”

If #NeverTrump independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin takes the State of Utah could he and the other 3rd party candidates deny both Trump and Clinton an Electoral College win?

If so, would we end up with Voters Only Hope?

Turn-out is more vital than ever during this election cycle.

Will Clinton and the media suggesting she has the election sewn up play into Trump’s hands, keeping her voters home?

Republican Senator Mark Kirk did himself no favors in a debate last night with rival Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth in a slurring comment about her Thailand heritage after she noted her family had a long, distinguished military service dating back to the Revolutionary War.

Duckworth’s father traces his lineage back to the founding of the nation. Her mother is of Thai heritage. Duckworth was born in Thailand.

Duckworth also lost her legs while serving in Iraq.

The Illinois Senate seat is a likely pick-up in the Democrats quest to regain control of the US Senate. After last night’s quip by Kirk, that seems even more likely.

Scuttlebutt has it that Vice President Joe Biden is under consideration to be Secretary of State if Clinton becomes President.

Have you seen Trump’s appeal to Indian-Americans where he even speaks in Hindi?

Catch it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/10/27/trump-speaks-hindi-with-a-new-york-accent-in-a-new-campaign-ad/

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is launching a new investigation into the emails sent and received by Clinton while Secretary of State with her private email server. The investigation is coming after the discovery of new emails.

Could this be the October surprise the Trump campaign has been praying for?

Trump is pouncing immediately on the news of the probe into Clinton and her emails.

A man was arrested for wearing a red Trump hat and “deplorables” shirt to cast his vote in Texas. He was arrested after refusing to turn his shirt inside out. He did remove the hat. In many states it is illegal to promote a candidate within 100 feet of a polling station.

A Virginia man was arrested for voter registration fraud after filling out phony applications for an advocacy group in Alexandria, Virginia.

Two Florida women have been charged with voter fraud. One was charged with voter registration fraud filling out bogus forms. The other woman is accused of tampering with absentee ballots.

Clinton Headache – Utah Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz tweeted this morning:

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Ouch!

FBI Director James Comey wrote in a letter to Congress that “in connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation … I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan is calling for the end of classified briefings for Clinton in light of the new probe.

This is a breaking story.

LATE BREAKING NEWS!: The emails in question were found in the FBI investigation into sexting allegations with a 15-year-old minor girl against former Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner, who is estranged from Clinton confidante Huma Adedin.

At this time: http://www.businessinsider.com/fbi-re-opening-investigation-into-hillary-private-e-mail-server-2016-10

Sunday, 10/30/2016:

The last act in the Great American Soap Opera has begun.

The fat lady is prepping to take the stage, but she has not yet begun to sing.

This is the final week of one of the most unusual Presidential Elections in history.

Was the revelation of possible new emails pertinent to the FBI investigation of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while Secretary of State the surprise that will put Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in the White House?

Could the surge of #NeverTrump independent Evan McMullin in Utah and the 5% in national polls of Libertarian Gary Johnson throw the Electoral College into disarray handing no one with the necessary 270 votes to become President?

If No Electoral College Majority, Then What?

Nearly 14 million people have already voted in early and absentee voting. More than half of those votes are in key battleground states.

An ABC/Washington Post daily tracking poll has the race for the Oval Office neck-and-neck today with Clinton holding a tenuous 1-point lead over Trump.

OOPs!

The Cornfield’s own Indiana Secretary of State has been on a tear to root out voter fraud and corruption. She is tasked with certifying all registered voters are eligible to vote.

Now comes the revelation that nearly 1,500 people are on the roll of voters who registered before 1910. In other words these voters are all over 120 years old and most likely dead, but still on the books as certified eligible voters.

A Trump supporter who heckled the press corps at a rally by shouting, “Jew SA” instead of “USA” like all the other supporters was condemned by Trump Campaign Manager KellyAnne Conway on CNN‘s State of the Union this morning. Conway stated that had she been there and heard the man, he would have been removed from the rally.

Uh-Oh!

A black Trump supporter was asked to leave because he was labeled a Democratic-plant paid to disrupt a Trump rally. Trump even called him a “thug” from the podium.

The man says he would still vote Trump.

American University Professor Allen J. Lichtman, who has accurately predicted the winner of every presidential election since 1984, is predicting a Trump win.

Read his rationale: https://www.yahoo.com/news/professor-whos-correctly-called-every-presidential-election-since-1984-predicts-trump-will-win-202136418.html

In Warren County, Ohio the local Democratic Party headquarters was the site of someone dumping a truckload of manure. The same thing happened at the same site back in 2012. No one was ever arrested or found to be the culprit.

Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta told CNN‘s Jake Tapper this morning that Clinton “learns from her mistakes” whereas Trump keeps repeating the same over and over.

Melania Trump, who has not campaigned, will speak at a rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Thursday. Trump is trying to turn the blue state his way.

Not happy with the choices for President?

Maybe this is a solution: Voters Only Hope

The weekly: Cornfield Standings

Clinton’s Email Server Problem – On Friday FBI Director James Comey announced the discovery of emails on a computer in the possession of disgraced former New York Congressman and estranged husband of top Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton confidante, Huma Abedin, Anthony Weiner, which appear to be pertinent to the investigation of the private email server used while Clinton was Secretary of State.

Here is how Comey explain it to his staff at the FBI:

This morning I sent a letter to Congress in connection with the Secretary Clinton email investigation. Yesterday, the investigative team briefed me on their recommendation with respect to seeking access to emails that have recently been found in an unrelated case. Because those emails appear to be pertinent to our investigation, I agreed that we should take appropriate steps to obtain and review them.

Of course, we don’t ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations, but here I feel an obligation to do so given that I testified repeatedly in recent months that our investigation was completed. I also think it would be misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record.

At the same time, however, given that we don’t know the significance of this newly discovered collection of emails, I don’t want to create a misleading impression. In trying to strike that balance, in a brief letter and in the middle of an election season, there is significant risk of being misunderstood, but I wanted you to hear directly from me about it.”

It has now been revealed that the warrant to actually read the newly discovered emails has not yet been obtained. What is exactly in the emails or whether these are duplicates of emails already investigated is not yet known.

Republicans are praising Comey. Democrats are demonizing Comey.

All camps, including third parties, are calling on Comey to release more and detailed information before the November 8 election day.

We have also learned that top officials, including US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, asked Comey not to inform Congress of the new emails this close to the election.

The revelation is in direct opposition to standing policy to not make any such announcements of a political nature within 60 days of an election.

This just in: FBI agents have been aware of the emails for weeks, but just informed Comey on Thursday.

Thoughts on the new FBI revelation: Pardon Me?

Tune in next week for the final Political Circus.

Look for a new feature starting on Sunday, November 13 – Politics Roundup.

Cornfield Standings: 9 Days Out

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As of today there are 9 days until the November 8th General Election. This election may be one of the most crucial in decades.

Not only do we have a host of local and state elections occurring, but the both the US House of Representatives and US Senate face either retaining Republican control or either or both turning over to the Democrats.

Then there is the change in guard in the nation’s two highest offices – the President and the Vice President. Who wins the election for the Oval Office will also impact the direction of the US Supreme court for generations.

Each Saturday between now and Election Day, I will show where the top state and national candidates rate as far as getting my vote.

From the President to Governor to Senator and Representative, you can see how I am leaning from week to week.

President:

  • Libertarian Gary Johnson – 0 Ear of Corn
  • Republican Donald Trump – 0 Ears of Corn
  • Democrat Hillary Clinton – 0 Ears of Corn
  • Green Party Jill Stein – 0 Ears of Corn
  • Independent Evan McMullin – 0 Ears of Corn
  • Write-in Myself – 4 Ears of Corn (Voters Only Hope)

US Senator:

  • Democrat Evan Bayh – 4 Ears of Corn (Why Bayh)
  • Republican Todd Young – 0 Ears of Corn

8th District Congressional Representative:

  • Republican Dr. Larry Buschon – 4 Ears of Corn
  • Democrat Ron Drake – 0 Ears of Corn

Indiana Governor:

  • Democrat John Gregg – 4 Ears of Corn
  • Republican Eric Holcomb – 0 Ears of Corn

This does not mean between now and November 8 my mind can’t be changed. This is just how I am leaning at this point in time.

From the Cornfield, that’s how I view the races.

How are you leaning in your state and national elections?

Pardon Me?

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Last weekend America was laughing as Saturday Night Live spoofed Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump over her use of a private email server while Clinton was Secretary of State.

In the skit, Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin said that Hillary as being played by Kate McKinnon bumped into him on the way to the third and final debate and politely said, “Pardon me.”

Not missing a beat The Donald replied, “Maybe we should wait until I am in the Oval Office.”

No matter your political persuasion it was hard not to laugh.

This weekend the scandal has turned from joke into serious once again after FBI Director James Comey informed Congress the probe into what he said was a “closed” case was being reopened after discovering new emails.

Those emails are reported to have been found on a laptop jointly used by disgraced former Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner. Weiner is the estranged husband of Clinton confidante Huma Adedin.

The emails were discovered as the FBI investigated charges that Weiner was sexting with a 15-year-old girl.

There only 11 days until America decides whether Clinton or Trump wins the White House. May millions have already voted.

President Barack Obama is on the campaign trail actively seeking to leave his job to Clinton.

The President has also been on a campaign of commuting prison sentences with a high to-date of 872 sentences, the most since the Administration of Woodrow Wilson.

This brings up a question as I sit here in the Cornfield this October evening:

Will the President pardon Clinton to ensure a victory on November 8, rather than allow the FBI continue and his Justice Department indict his chosen successor?

From the Cornfield, something for everyone to mull as people prepare for the Halloween holiday weekend.

Will it be trick or treat for American voters?

Political Circus: October 17 – 23

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Between now and election day, November 8, a look back at the political circus during the prior week.

Monday, 10/17/2016:

No let up in the charge that the presidential election is being rigged to keep Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from winning, according to the man himself.

But even his running mate, Mike Pence, is pushing back.

There is no proof of electoral rigging.

I do agree that some in the media – not all – are letting their bias show.

There are those reporters holding to journalistic ethics.

The national press corps is coming under fire for what Trump claims is overt bias by reporters against him.

In the latest CNN Poll of Polls, which averaged four major polls, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has a an eight point lead over Trump, 47% to 39%.

In new battleground state polls from Nevada, Ohio and North Carolina – a dead heat in Nevada and North Carolina with Clinton having a one-point advantage. In Ohio, Trump is up four over Clinton.

This is all a week after the election was declared over following the release of a video and audio of lewd and lascivious talk by Trump.

In a first, Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine delivered an entire campaign speech in Spanish over the weekend.

Speaking to a Spanish congregation Sunday, Kaine said, while encouraging the people in the pews to vote, “When I lived in Honduras it was during a military government — a dictatorship — and no one could vote during that time. I’m thankful that this church is working to get people registered.”

The staff of the Arizona Republic continue to receive death threats after the paper’s endorsement of Clinton over Trump.

This ought not to be.

Quid pro quo – Not so, says the State Department and FBI about a back-and-forth revealed in a Freedom of Information request.

In that exchange between then Under Secretary Patrick Kennedy and the FBI, there appears to be a request for changing the classification of emails on the Clinton email server from Top Secret and downgraded. The FBI asked for more posts for agents around the world.

You decide.

Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted, who oversees elections, calls Trump’s claims of the election system being rigged as “irresponsible.” Citing appointments to the Supreme Court by the next President, Husted will, however, vote for Trump on November 8.

Will there be a Trump TV after the election?

Trump son-in-law, husband of Ivanka, Jared Kushner, has reportedly approached LionTree Advisors about doing just that, according to The Financial Times.

By the way noticed this from The Washington Post:

According to the Republican nominee for president, his opponents were “on the verge of maybe perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history.” In an ad, his campaign warned of “nationwide voter fraud” that could swing the election. His running mate worried, in a fundraising letter, that “leftist groups” were trying to “steal the election.”

The candidate was not Donald Trump. It was Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who in the final weeks of the 2008 presidential election embraced the theory that ACORN, a community organizing group previously embraced by Democrats and Republicans, was helping to rig the election for Barack Obama by filing fake voter registration forms.

Interesting…

Clinton is desperately courting the Millennial vote to make sure she wins the White House.

Problem is the young folk most likely will sit out the race since Uncle Bernie is not available.

That’s too bad considering that a new poll reveals Millennials prefer Clinton 3 to 1 over Trump.

The third and final Presidential Debate is Wednesday at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Not happy with the choices for President?

Maybe this is a solution: Voters Only Hope

Tuesday 10/18/2016:

Melania, wife of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, sat down with CNN‘s Anderson Cooper to defend her husband.

Though condemning Trump’s comments on the video, Melania brushed off the conversation as “boy talk.”

The maybe First Lady said that her husband was “egged on” to make his lewd and lascivious comments about women and sexual assault by former NBC personality Billy Bush, an Access Hollywood host at the time, in that 2005 video.

No, Melania, Bush is not to blame – the buck stops with The Donald.

Mrs. Trump was doing her Tammy Wynette or was it a Hillary Clinton version of “Stand By Your Man” in sitting down with Cooper.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton continues to stay out-of-sight, off the campaign trail, except to do fundraisers and meet with celebrities.

Of course, this means no pesky questions being posed to Clinton about the eyebrow raising information coming out of the hacked emails of her campaign chairman John Podesta and Freedom of Information access to documents less than favorable to her.

Utah Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz is calling for a congressional investigation into the “quid pro quo” revelation from a Freedom of Information request which found the FBI and State Department apparently bargaining over reclassifying a document on Clinton’s private email server in exchange for more FBI posts around the world.

Neither request ended up being honored by State nor the FBI.

The Scholastic Children’s Book poll has correctly selected the winner of the presidential race since 1964. This time around, the students said that Clinton will be President.

Arizona Senator and 2008 GOP presidential nominee John McCain is locked in a real race this time around.

Yesterday McCain said that if Clinton becomes President he will block any of her nominees to the Supreme Court.

What do Chelsea Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Michelle Obama along with $2 million have in common?

All are spending time in reliably red state Arizona trying to turn it to Hillary blue.

Drain the Washington swamp” is how Trump is labeling his call for term limits on members of Congress.

Trump also said he will ban Executive Branch officials from lobbying for five years after leaving the White House if he is elected.

Out of one billion votes between 2000 and 2014, only 31 cases of voter fraud were uncovered.

Think about it.

Of course even one case is unacceptable.

OOPs!

USA Today is reporting that at least 12 companies used Clinton fundraisers as opportunities to lobby the State Department (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/10/17/hillary-clinton-foundation-donors-lobbyists-state-department/92285652/)

For what it is worth, an interesting read about journalists and campaign contributions: https://www.publicintegrity.org/2016/10/17/20330/journalists-shower-hillary-clinton-campaign-cash

GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence today visited the burned-out facility that was a North Carolina GOP office, but firebombed on Sunday. Pence called the incident “political terrorism.”

Stinky situation – a Democratic National Committee campaign bus was caught dumping human waste on the side of the road in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

The DNC has apologized.

From the Rose Garden, standing next to the Italian Prime Minister, President Barack Obama told Trump to “stop whining.”

I’d invite Mr. Trump to stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes,” the Prez said.

How unhappy are voters with the choices for President?

Apparently, young Americans are beyond dispirited.

An opinion poll found nearly one in four said they would rather have a giant meteor destroy the Earth than see Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in the White House.

University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Center for Public Opinion conducted the poll alongside Odyssey Millennials.

This is not good news for Trump and team:

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The third and final Presidential Debate is tomorrow evening at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kickoff is 9 p.m. once more.

Wednesday 10/19/2016:

Ready to rumble!

No holds barred!

No subject off limits!

The final Presidential Debate gets underway at 9 p.m. (ET) from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada.

In a first, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace will moderate.

Topics are supposed to include immigration, the economy, the Supreme Court, foreign hot spots, “fitness” to be president, and the national debt.

Get the tarps and ponchos ready for all the blood splatter.

In the right corner is newcomer Republican Donald Trump.

In the left corner is veteran Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Where is your money placed?

Wait!

Was Trump right that Democratic activists came to his campaign events to purposely incite violence?

That seems to be the case after an edited video came out from a disgraced GOP videographer.

Clinton’s team denies the allegation.

The Democratic National Committee denies supporting the activity of the Democratic operative involved in the video, but still fired him.

The conversations in the video are being excused as “bar talk” by some.

In most polls, Clinton has a double-digit lead. A poll released today puts Clinton at nine points ahead of Trump.

Can Trump score a knockout tonight and recover?

Remember last debate when the families of the candidates shook hands even though the two on the stage did not?

Tonight that won’t happen. The Clinton campaign does not want an awkward moment.

Whether Clinton and Trump will shake hands before coming out fighting is not known.

Ecuador (the Latin American country has endorsed Clinton by the way) gave this explanation for cutting off internet access to Julian Assange, slowing down the hacked emails being poured out from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta on Wikileaks:

The government of Ecuador respects the principle of non-intervention in the affairs of other countries.”

Will Russia get the message?

Guests at tonight’s debate:

Malik Obama for Trump (yes, half-brother of the President) as well as Pat Smith, the mother of one of those brave Americans killed in Benghazi, Libya.

Mark Cuban (again!) and Republican billionaire HP CEO Meg Whitman for Clinton.

More than 2.1 million votes have been cast in early voting. Of that number, 1.6 million are votes in battleground states.

In an interview with CNN‘s Wolf Blitzer today, Podesta refused to deny the accuracy of the leaked emails from his account.

What’s the old saying?

Silence is consent.

Trump’s proposal for a constitutional amendment to limit terms for Congress would be six years for Representatives and 12 years for Senators. That is three terms for the House and two for the upper chamber.

Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein tweeted, “Independents now outnumber Democrats & Republicans – yet there hasn’t been an independent in the #debates in 24 years. #OpenDebates.”

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson said he was not smoking wacky tobacky at the time of his “Aleppo moment.”

Don’t expect Wallace to fact-check the debaters in real time. Wallace says that is not his job.

If people say, ‘it was a great debate and I don’t remember you being there,’ I will have done my job,” Wallace told Fox News.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio cautioned Republicans to be careful using the hacked emails because “tomorrow it could be us.”

Election stress disorder is on the rise as crisis centers field a growing number of calls.

Thursday 10/20/2016:

Last night’s big event from my perspective: Final Debate Another Draw.

Finally there was some actual discussion of the issues that matter this election cycle during last night final Presidential Debate.

There were clear differences of policy revealed in classic Republican/Democrat ideological divide.

Then personalities got in the way.

You’re a puppet.”

No, you’re the puppet.”

Am not.”

Am too.”

Give me a break!

Today instead of discussing differences on abortion, gun control, taxes, job creation, foreign entanglements, appointments to the Supreme Court, the talk is all about not pledging to accept the election results, “bad hombres” and “nasty woman.”

Those hoping for civility were disappointed when before and after the debate the wannabes did not shake hands.

By the way, big kudos to Chris Wallace, who was the moderator last night. Wallace showed what a consummate professional is like and one others should emulate.

Today, Trump opened a campaign rally in Ohio by pledging he would indeed accept the results of the election – “if I win.”

Over 70 million people tuned in to the final debate.

How different are Clinton and Trump supporters?

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Check this out from Pew Research: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/10/20/6-charts-that-show-where-clinton-and-trump-supporters-differ/

Both Clinton and Trump are headed to the Alfred E. Smith charity dinner tonight.

Traditionally candidates poke fun at each other, but with the rancor this season, not  so sure it will be all fun.

Oh, no he didn’t!

Yes, he did.

Donald Trump Jr. said that if his Dad wins the presidency it would be a step down from where he is in the business world.

Down ballot Republicans are seething over Trump’s refusal to stand up and promise to accept the results of the election. Incumbents and hopefuls are worried Trump may cost them votes come November 8.

Even loony Maine Governor Paul LePage thinks Trump needs to make the pledge on the election results.

LePage said in words to the effect that The Donald needs to get over himself.

Did Clinton violate national security by saying that launch officers, in charge of the US nuclear arsenal, have only four minutes to react to an order from the President to push the button?

The military is not happy. No clear answer has been provided yet.

Friday 10/21/2016:

Some chuckled.

Some groaned.

Some booed.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary got the chance to face-off against other one night after their last debate at the Alfred E. Smith dinner last night to raise money for Catholic Charities work with disadvantaged youth in New York.

Traditionally the night is filled with self-deprecating jokes and roasting each other.

There was more roast, some would say burn, than introspection last night.

The candidates did, however, shake hands.

The two were also amiable with one another in a private chat shared with the public by their host, the New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

After the little prayer, Mr. Trump turned to Secretary Clinton and said, ‘You are one tough and talented woman,'” Dolan said. “He said, ‘This has been a good experience, this whole campaign, as tough as it’s been.'”

Clinton then returned the compliment.

She said to him, ‘Donald, whatever happens, we need to work together afterward,'” Dolan said.

The White House released a statement yesterday on the peaceful transfer of power to the new President, whomever is elected on November 8:

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Trump’s political director is stepping back for “personal reasons” with only days left in the campaign.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is getting blow back from Republican lawmakers. A movement is generating to oust Ryan during the lame duck session.

Three states (Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana) turned down requests from Russia to monitor the upcoming election.

The US State Department already told the Russians, “Thanks, but no thanks.”

Trump is pouring another $100 million into his flailing campaign.

An Associated Press survey of early voting found the Democrats doing well in Florida and North Carolina, but Republicans holding their own in Iowa and Ohio.

We have a surprise in store for @TimKaine and @DonnaBrazile,” Wikileaks tweeted.

What could it be????

Kaine, of course, is the Democratic vice presidential candidate while Brazile is the interim Democratic National Committee chair.

The nation’s “toughest” sheriff, Joe Arpaio, may be out of a job after 38 years. He is behind in the polls running up to the election by almost 15 points.

Looks like New Hampshire may send a Democrat to the Senate replacing the current Republican. Kelly Ayotte is in big trouble as Governor Maggie Hassan has an eight-point advantage.

Same thing here in the Cornfield with Evan Bayh besting Tea Party conservative Todd Young in the polls.

Still smarting from the 2000 election, which many Democrats think was stolen by Ralph Nader’s third party bid, there is a concern about voters going for other presidential wannabes – Libertarian Gary Johnson or Green Party Dr. Jill Stein.

A deep-pocketed environmental group aligned with Hillary Clinton will blanket 1.1 million households in battleground states with mailers warning millennials that a vote for a third-party candidate only helps Donald Trump, the group told NBC News.

Sunday, 10/23/2016:

Is it over?

Recent polls seem to indicate that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is running 6.2 points ahead in the Real Clear Politics average of polls.

But one poll, which has the best percentage of predicting the presidency in the last few elections cycles (2004, 2008,2012) with more accurate numbers, the IBD poll (Investors Business Daily) has Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump besting Clinton by two points.

Imagine that.

Will the polls be off as much as they were with the Brexit vote earlier this year when the pollsters said Brexit would go down to defeat then defied the predictions and won?

Trump gave a solid speech outlining what he plans to accomplish within his first 100 days in office if he wins the presidency.

But all the press corps is talking about today is the first five to 10 minutes of the speech at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania out of 42 minutes when Trump denied allegations of unwanted sexual advances and threatening to sue his accusers.

Getting his first major newspaper endorsement, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which was bought last year by casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, put its money on a Trump win.

A “Pantsuits for Hillary” flash mob broke out in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.

About Wikileaks threat of a surprise for Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, Kaine said, “I would say it would not be my norm. I do have a temper so, I mean, I imagine I’ve got an email or two out there that people might find unusual.”

Thinking she was at a Trump rally, a drunk, 32-year-old woman in Amherst, Wisconsin, smeared 30 cars with peanut butter. It was a meeting of conservationists. She now faces disorderly conduct charges.

After several days absent, Clinton is back on the campaign trail. Today she was in North Carolina urging black voters to vote early.

Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway admitted today the Trump Train is behind schedule and may not arrive at the depot on time on NBC‘s Meet the Press.

Let me tell you something: You go out on the road with Donald Trump, this election doesn’t feel over,” Conway said on CNN‘s State of the Union.

What he’s saying is he wants to reserve all options and if there is grounds for a recount I will exercise my options,” Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus said on CBSFace the Nation about Trump’s talk of a “rigged” election process.

…If it’s a close election — look, if you lose by 200 votes in Florida are you going to concede on election night if you’re at 260 electoral votes?” Priebus asked.

Speaking of not accepting results, here are the three times in US history a candidate did not accept the results of an election immediately:

a. George W. Bush vs. Al Gore (2000)
b. Samuel J. Tilden vs. Rutherford B. Hayes (1876)
c. John F. Kennedy vs. Richard Nixon (R) (1960)

After the Supreme Court ruling, Gore conceded to Bush. Following a deal behind closed doors, Hayes emerged the winner. Nixon, smarting, finally gave in for “the good of the country.”

Not happy with the choices for President?

Maybe this is a solution: Voters Only Hope

The weekly: Cornfield Standings

Tune in next week for another Political Circus.

Cornfield Standings: 16 Days Out

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As of today there are 16 days until the November 8th General Election. This election may be one of the most crucial in decades.

Not only do we have a host of local and state elections occurring, but the both the US House of Representatives and US Senate face either retaining Republican control or either or both turning over to the Democrats.

Then there is the change in guard in the nation’s two highest offices – the President and the Vice President. Who wins the election for the Oval Office will also impact the direction of the US Supreme court for generations.

Each Saturday between now and Election Day, I will show where the top state and national candidates rate as far as getting my vote.

From the President to Governor to Senator and Representative, you can see how I am leaning from week to week.

President:

  • Libertarian Gary Johnson – 0 Ear of Corn
  • Republican Donald Trump – 0 Ears of Corn
  • Democrat Hillary Clinton – 0 Ears of Corn
  • Green Party Jill Stein – 0 Ears of Corn
  • Independent Evan McMullin – 0 Ears of Corn
  • Write-in Myself – 4 Ears of Corn (Voters Only Hope)

US Senator:

  • Democrat Evan Bayh – 4 Ears of Corn (Why Bayh)
  • Republican Todd Young – 0 Ears of Corn

8th District Congressional Representative:

  • Republican Dr. Larry Buschon – 4 Ears of Corn
  • Democrat Ron Drake – 0 Ears of Corn

Indiana Governor:

  • Democrat John Gregg – 4 Ears of Corn
  • Republican Eric Holcomb – 0 Ears of Corn

This does not mean between now and November my mind can’t be changed. This is just how I am leaning at this point in time.

From the Cornfield, that’s how I view the races.

How are you leaning in your state and national elections?

Final Debate Another Draw

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As I sit here this rainy morning in the Cornfield parsing through the stalks, the shucks and husks on harvested fields, I reflect on last night’s third and final Presidential Debate.

Did either Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton add to their total of votes to be cast for them to be President of the United States?

I do not believe so.

Did either solidify their base?

Yes, both did.

Were the 8-10% of undecided voters swayed one way or the other?

Not really.

To me that looks like for the third time in a row, the debate outcome was a draw.

Yes, I know the pundits and the CNN/ORC poll (which is skewed Democratic) gave the win to Clinton. Based on performance, I can see this. But I look at whether minds were changed – not how the candidate met the norms of debate.

I also realize that focus groups of undecided voters seemed to buck the pundits and favor Trump. In the CNN group, 10 undecided said they were more likely to vote for Trump versus half that number, five, who said Clinton was more to their liking.

But the proof as they say is in the pudding. That taste will not come until November 8.

The change in the polls since the last debate has not been because of how Clinton or Trump did in facing off, but rather events that have occurred in between debates – the emails being published by Wikileaks, the Access Hollywood video, the women accusers.

Then there is what is making headlines this morning.

It is not that the candidates actually were substantive for a change talking the issues. Rather the conversation is that Trump did not say he will accept the result of the election.

Social media is going off over Trump calling Clinton a “nasty woman.” Social media is also ablaze and incensed over the term, “bad hombres.”

From the Cornfield, Americans last chance to see the two major presidential wannabes go head-to-head, toe-to-toe and neither side won the voters that matter – undecideds.

Political Circus: October 10 – 16

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Between now and election day, November 8, a look back at the political circus during the prior week.

Monday, 10/10/2016:

The second of three Presidential Debates took place at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri last night.

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Both Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton did what they needed to do to keep the state of the race where it is, but not much more.

My take: Second Debate Another Draw

A CNN/ORC poll, skewed toward Democrats, of debate watchers gave the night to Clinton 57% to Trump 34%.

I think the market declared it a draw and has no more clue after debate then before, at least not in watching the S&P futures,” said JJ Kinahan, chief strategist at TD Ameritrade.

The defections have stopped for the moment by Republican elected officials following Trump’s performance in the debate.

A conference call of Republican lawmakers this morning kept the party faithful in line, but also provided cover to do what is necessary to keep their majority in the US House of Representatives.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, however, told lawmakers he would no longer defend Trump. Ryan also will not campaign with Trump.

The Republican National Committee are scheduled to talk at 5 p.m. today.

Will the party stop spending resources to get Trump elected President?

Prior to last night’s debate, Trump held a press conference seated with four women from the past – Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey, and Kathy Shelton, all but Shelton have accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual assault. The fourth was a 12-year-old rape victim at the time (1970s), whom Clinton was defense attorney for her attacker.

GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence became enmeshed in a Wow! moment last night when Trump said he and Pence had not talked about Syria. Trump went on to say he did not agree with Pence on his position and comments on coming to the aid of the Syrian people in Aleppo, Syria.

In what came across as a joke to me, others found sinister when Trump said that Clinton would be in jail if he were President.

Trump prefaced this by announcing that if elected he would “instruct” his Attorney General to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton and her use of a private email server while Secretary of State.

As a point-of-fact, a President can suggest to an AG a special prosecutor, but cannot order or instruct it be done.

Clinton had heads spinning over her explanation of why she said to an audience of bankers that there is a public position and a private position, which was revealed by hacked emails from her campaign manager John Podesta.

Clinton said she had just watched the movie “Lincoln” and how the 16th President had to cajole members of Congress to pass the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.

OK…

Does that clear it up for you on being duplicitous?

Prior to last night’s debate, an ABC poll said 43% of Americans think Trump should drop out of the race for the White House.

Trump owned up to using the nearly $1 billion loss he claimed on his taxes in 1995 as a deduction to not pay personal federal income taxes for a number of years.

Clinton keeps saying she would target the head of the Islamic State if she is elected.

Does this mean that President Barack Obama is not going after the would-be caliph?

Russia and Syria should be investigated for war crimes, Clinton said last night.

Trump said that Aleppo has already fallen. The GOP wannabe also wrongly stated that the Syrian regime and Russia are going after the Islamic State.

In response to a voter question, Clinton and Trump actually addressed the issue of the Supreme Court last night.

Clinton wants a Justice who will overturn Citizen United, strengthen voting rights and uphold Roe V Wade and marriage equality.

Trump wants a Justice cut from the same cloth of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. He pointed to the list of 20 possible jurists he has put out already.

Pence told CNN today that he is sticking with Trump contrary to the rumors that he is ready to abandon ship. The Indianapolis Star, the Governor’s home newspaper, reports Pence is keeping his options open privately.

A poll from NBC News/Wall Street conducted Saturday and Sunday before the debate has Clinton with double-digit lead 46% to 35% for Trump.

The number of viewers dropped about 10 million from the first debate, but then NBC did not preempt Sunday Night Football for last night’s debate.

For those wondering about talking time, according to CNN, Trump spoke 40 minutes and 10 seconds. Clinton spoke 39 minutes and 5 seconds.

In other words virtually tied.

Following last night’s debate many may see the election as I do:

Voters Face Dilemma

The third and final Presidential Debate is nine days away on October 19 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Tuesday 10/11/2016:

The Wrath of Khan,” no not the Star Trek movie, but the father of an American war hero who was slain on the battlefield.

Khazir Khan is back criticizing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for saying during Sunday night’s debate that if he had been President at the time, Khan’s son would not have been killed in battle.

Fighting back, fellow billionaire Warren Buffet is recoiling against Trump’s charge during the debate that he paid no income taxes. Buffet, unlike Trump, released his tax returns.

Buffett said he had paid federal taxes every year since 1944, and that in 2015 he paid $1,845,577 in federal income tax on $11,563,931 in adjusted gross income, donating more than $2.8 billion to charity without taking deductions.

House Speaker Republican Paul Ryan told members of his caucus to do what they have to do to be re-elected and keep control of the House of Representatives – even if it meant cutting ties with Trump.

The GOP defections have slowed, but continue.

Trump has declared war on Ryan. Yet Ryan has not withdrawn his endorsement of Trump.

Ryan is being pragmatic and doing what he can as Speaker to ensure the Republicans keep control of the House.

I wrote about all of this back in February: An American Revolution

With Trump continuing to sink in the polls, recall I wrote this in July of 2015: Trump Effect – Or How to Throw an Election

Trump tweeted today that the “shackles” are off so he can run his campaign the way he wants.

It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to,” Trump said.

I’m going to make three, four, five stops a day,” Trump said. “I may be limping across that finish line, but we’re going to get across that finish line.”

Does this make sense?

Trump fired his Virginia campaign manager for staging a protest in Washington DC outside the Republican National Committee office on Monday while Chairman Reince Priebus was on a conference calls with committee members to reaffirm support for Trump.

That fired Trump supporter is still a strong advocate for Trump as he told CNN today.

While Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has to contend with more hacked emails being leaked.

The third batch of emails was released by Wikileaks of emails hacked from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

The Clinton campaign has been in contact with the US Justice Department about the emails and how to handle the growing scandal.

Florida voters were given one extra day to register – tomorrow – over the protest of Governor Rick Scott by a federal judge. The plaintiffs wanted an extra week.

Will early voting hand Clinton the election before November 8?

It could happen.

In response to his running mate’s lewd comments released over the weekend, GOP vice presidential candidate Mike Pence said, “The other part of my faith is I believe in grace. I’ve received it. I believe in it. I believe in forgiveness, and we are called to forgive as we have been forgiven.”

The numbers are in: 66.5 million tuned into the debate on Sunday night.

That is a drop of about 18 million views from those who watched the first debate. Then again NBC did not air the debate, but stuck with Sunday Night Football.

About that “locker room talk“: Voters Face Dilemma

My take: Second Debate Another Draw.

Wednesday 10/12/2016:

Your vote really, really, really matters.”

That was former Vice President and 2000 Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore to voters in Florida on Tuesday as he attempted to rouse Millennials to turn out and vote for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Gore was brought in to focus on climate change, which surveys reveal is a major concern of Millennials.

In spite of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s statements from the past biting him in the back side, the election is not a given for Clinton.

It all depends on turnout of the vote.

Trump is continuing his war with the Republican Party – especially the elected leadership of the party.

Clinton is deflecting and ignoring hacked emails insinuating collusion with the US Department of Justice and favorable treatment and access by the US State Department while she was Secretary of State for “Friends of Bill“, donors to the Clinton Foundation.

Accusations swirl that Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin and coordinating attacks on Clinton.

Trump campaign manager KellyAnne Conway told Republican lawmakers today on supporting or not supporting Trump, “enough pussyfooting around.”

Most believe the wording was intentional.

Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott 0 – Clinton Campaign & Democrats 2.

As I noted yesterday, Democrats wanted an extra week to register voters in Florida due to Hurricane Matthew, but only received one day. Today, however, the same judge who granted the extension ordered another extension to make it a full week over the protest of Scott.

Trump picked up two point after Sunday night’s debate.

Clinton is no longer 11 points ahead, but only nine, 46% to 37%, per NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Leaked emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta reveal that Clinton picked Tim Kaine to be her running mate back in July, 2015.

After a woman at a rally in Newton, Iowa said if Clinton wins, she is ready for an actual revolution, GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence responded, “Don’t say that.”

A poll of Utah voters reveal that #NeverTrump independent candidate Evan McMullin pulling 22% of the voter versus Clinton and Trump each with 26%.

Now some 33 states have asked assistance from the FBI over concerns their election systems may be hacked.

Today it was revealed an election vendor in Florida was hacked.

Trump stands by his call for a return of the death penalty in New York and his position against the now exonerated Central Park 5, who were accused erroneously of rape.

Podesta claims the Trump campaign was given a heads up about the hacks of the Democratic National Committee and other Democratic targets of Russian hackers.

Twenty-six percent of Republican governors and members of Congress are refusing to endorse Trump, according to a survey by USA Today.

According to NBC News, some half a million votes have already been cast in the presidential race.

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Did interim Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile leak a question to the Clinton campaign prior to a town hall back in March before Clinton squared off against Bernie Sanders?

Emails reveal a slur against Catholics by a top Clinton aide.

A Catholic group demands resignation.

From an email exchange from 2011:

Friggin’ Murdoch baptized his kids in Jordan where John the Baptist baptized Jesus,” John Halpin at the progressive think tank Center for American Progress wrote. “Many of the most powerful elements of the conservative movement are all Catholic (many converts) from the SC and think tanks to the media and social groups. It’s an amazing bastardization of the faith. They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy.”

I imagine they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion,” Clinton’s communications director Jennifer Palmieri responded. “Their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals.”

OOPs!

Make sure you get out and vote,” Trump told supporters on Tuesday at rally in Florida. “November 28th.”

Uh, Donald, the election is on November 8th, not 28th.

Thursday 10/13/2016:

More than words?

Several women are accusing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump of unwanted advances, which went beyond “locker room talk.”

Trump is also coming under fire for saying during a Florida rally, that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton “has to go to jail.”

The election is boiling down to a gender war.

Trump may not be getting the feminist or metrosexual, urbane male vote, but he may have a lock on the bubba, jock vote and conservative women who cannot stomach Clinton.

He said he never touched them. Several shes said yes, he did.

The GOP presidential wannabe denies all charges.

The women who are talking say the only reason they are doing so is because Trump denied ever acting upon his words.

Clinton and her campaign continue to deflect that the hacked emails coming out almost daily on Wikileaks were stolen. People should ignore the content and focus on the fact the emails were purloined and result of a crime being made public.

Last night several CNN reporters and anchors stopped saying, “hacked” about the emails, and began referring to them as “stolen,” feeding into the Clinton story line.

First Lady Michelle Obama at a rally for Clinton in New Hampshire today said that Trump was guilty of violating basic human decency with his rhetoric and actions about women.

She went on to accuse Trump of being a bad role model for boys about what it is to be a man.

Strong men do not need to put down women to be powerful,” the FLOTUS said.

The First Lady went on to note that women have “all the power we need” to win the election. She stressed this was an election of women versus men, of men who cherish women.

Trump supporters are starting to make the case to vote for the reality television star to ensure the Supreme Court does not turn decidedly left.

At a rally in Florida, Trump focused on the hacked emails and the content showing an apparent link to special interest influence on the Clinton campaign and links with the media.

Trump said this election would be last chance to save the nation.

Also being lashed out at was what Trump is now calling the “corporate media.”

Uncle Bernie Sanders is giving Clinton a pass on the hacked emails saying, “The job of the progressive movement is to look forward not backward. No matter what Secretary Clinton may have said years ago behind closed doors…

But was that not a big part of Sanders campaign against Clinton during the primaries?

Politico reports the exact same wording in a question from TV One host to Clinton during a debate with Sanders in March as the same as in an email from interim Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile.

Why in the world is the Trump campaign pulling out of Virginia?

The hacked emails reveal a plan by the Clinton campaign to go after “needy Latinos.”

Needy Latinos,” Clinton campaign chariman John Podesta urged Clinton in a 2015 email to call former Energy Secretary Fedrico Pena, who is “close to committing but carrying some baggage,” and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, “notwithstanding the fact that he can be a dick.”

In an interview with a Serbian magazine, Trump issued an apology to the Balkan nation for the bombing of the country during the Administration of President Bill Clinton.

The bombing of Serbs, who were our allies in both world wars, was a big mistake,” Trump told the Serbian weekly magazine Nedeljnik for an article published on its website Thursday. “Serbians are very good people. Unfortunately, the Clinton administration caused them a lot of harm, but also throughout the Balkans, which they made a mess out of.

Not happy with the choices for President?

Maybe this is a solution: Voters Only Hope

Friday 10/14/2016:

Men give it up.

As First Lady Michelle Obama said on Thursday, women have the votes.

Women have the power.

When it comes to Red State‘s Eric Erickson and his ilk, time to go back to the caves for suggesting repeal of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

That is one genie that will not be going back in the bottle.

Get over it.

This does not mean the election is over – but if this continues as a battle between men and women – men lose.

From the woodwork – seems now one woman after another is suddenly revealing allegations of unwanted sexual attention from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

The question now becomes if Republicans can keep majority control in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

The House will probably remain GOP, but the Senate is a real toss-up.

Trump is losing over his personal foibles.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is winning as the public and media give only passing reference to her publicly known policy positions which are contrary to what she tells voters – open borders, open trade, one big hemispheric trade zone.

In a speech to supporters in North Carolina today, Trump provided wiggle room to those accusing him of sexual assault by saying the stories were “in almost all cases, nonsense.”

How none of this came out during the primary season is almost beyond belief.

How none of this never came out in the tabloids over the years is also bending credulity.

Do not misconstrue what I am writing. I am not defending Trump, nor am I a supporter of his nor of Clinton.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is sticking to his position of campaigning to maintain control of the House and presenting the GOP plan for the nation. Ryan is not mentioning nor defending Trump.

Trump was not mention nor did the subject of the scandals surrounding him come up during a question and answer between Ryan and college Republican students today in Madison, Wisconsin.

Billy Bush, at the center of the controversial remarks released over last weekend by Trump, is not going quietly nor gently into the dark night as NBC attempts to get rid of him.

The National Republican Senatorial Campaign has dropped Trump’s name from fundraising emails.

Clinton in a written deposition, as part of lawsuit by JudicialWatch over the use of a private email server while Secretary of State, denies knowing if she was ever told that use was a violation of or conflicted with federal record-keeping laws.

Vice President Joe Biden said that former President Bill Clinton’s sexual hijinx “shouldn’t matter” during the current election cycle.

Clinton is claiming Trump “stalked” her during last Sunday night’s debate in an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

One Georgia county has had voter registration extended due to Hurricane Matthew while Democrats in North Carolina go to court to extend registration in their state.

Hacked emails reveal the Clinton campaign prepared for questions about the dalliances of former Prez Bill.

Other emails reveal that the Clinton campaign in 2008 did in fact consider polling voters about rumors involving then-Sen. Barack Obama’s cocaine use and about his late father’s Muslim faith.

What did the Clinton 2008 campaign consider?

* 1 Obama was the only candidate at a recent event not to cover his heart during the national anthem and he has stopped wearing an American flag pin.
* 2 Obama benefited from a land deal from a contributor who has been indicted for corruption.
* 3 Obama would personally negotiate with the leaders of terrorist nations like Iran and North Korea without preconditions.
* 4 Obama voted against allowing people to use handguns to defend themselves against intruders.
* 5 Obama plans to raise taxes by 180 (one hundred and eighty) billion dollars a year to pay for his government-run health care plan
* 6 Obama voted repeatedly against emergency funding bills for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
* 7 Obama’s father was a Muslim and Obama grew up among Muslims in the world’s most populous Islamic country.
* 8 Obama is ranked as one of the ten most liberal members of the Senate because of his support of issues like gay adoption.
* 13 Obama voted against requiring medical care for aborted fetuses who survive the procedure.
* 14 Obama supports giving driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.
* 15 Obama described his former use of cocaine as using “a little blow.”

(Reference: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/10/14/leaked-emails-clinton-allies-pondered-polling-in-2008-on-rumors-about-obamas-cocaine-use-his-fathers-muslim-faith/)

Sunday, 10/16/2016:

Rigged, I tell ya. It’s rigged!

That’s the line of defense coming out of the mouth of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as woman after woman is suddenly recalling acts of sexual misconduct.

No, I agree with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, the election is not rigged.
Is the timing questionable?

Absolutely.

Then there are those hacked emails, which the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will neither confirm or deny authenticity.

Nothing to see hear. Move along. These were stolen – so ignore the content.

The latest ABC/Washington Post poll shows a statistical tie between Clinton and Trump.

What is going on here?

Last weekend everyone said Trump was toast.
The 47%-43% race is at the same numbers as prior to the party conventions in July.

That poll has noted that 2/3 of voters were not swayed by the obscene locker room talk video released a week ago of Trump.

The latest Electoral College poll has Clinton in a blowout 118 votes over Trump.

Hacked emails reveal that Clinton believes that environmentalists should “get a life.”

The Clinton campaign is pushing back on the emails being released by saying: “What did Trump know, and when did he know it?” asks a Clinton campaign essay that argues both circumstances should be seen as “effort[s] to steal private campaign documents in order to influence an election.”

Looking ahead to Wednesday’s third and final Presidential Debate, Trump told supporters yesterday: Athletes, they make them take a drug test, right? I think we should take a drug test prior to the debate,” he said to cheers at a campaign rally. “Why don’t we do that? We should take a drug test, prior — because I don’t know what’s going on with her, but at the beginning of her last debate, she was all pumped up at the beginning, and at the end it was like, ‘Oh, take me down.’

At a fundraiser, Clinton talked about how “painful” the election was and went on to say: I take absolutely no satisfaction in what is happening on the other side with my opponent. I am not at all happy about that, because it hurts my country. It hurts our democracy. It sends terrible messages to so many people here at home and around the world.”

The leaks also uncovered $1 million offered to the Clinton Foundation by Qatar for five minutes of time with former President Bill Clinton.
Pay to play?

Scuttlebutt has it that former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg is hankering to be Secretary of State in a Clinton Administration.

Trump surrogate and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is doing his imitation of one of the monkeys with his “see no evil” routine saying about Trump’s female accusers, the assaults “couldn’t possibly have happened.”

The Clinton campaign tried unsuccessfully to move back the Illinois primary this election season, according to hacked emails: The overall goal is to move the IL primary out of mid-March, where they are currently a lifeline to a moderate Republican candidate after the mostly southern Super Tuesday,” Mook wrote. “IL was a key early win for (GOP presidential candidate Mitt) Romney” in 2012.

Clinton and staff thought the private email server scandal would blow over a weekend and be the end of it.

They were wrong.

Goal would be to cauterize this just enough so it plays out over the weekend and dies in the short term.”

Not happy with the choices for President?

Maybe this is a solution: Voters Only Hope

Tune in next week for another Political Circus.

Cornfield Standings: 23 Days Out

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As of today there are 23 days until the November 8th General Election. This election may be one of the most crucial in decades.

Not only do we have a host of local and state elections occurring, but the both the US House of Representatives and US Senate face either retaining Republican control or either or both turning over to the Democrats.

Then there is the change in guard in the nation’s two highest offices – the President and the Vice President. Who wins the election for the Oval Office will also impact the direction of the US Supreme court for generations.

Each Saturday between now and Election Day, I will show where the top state and national candidates rate as far as getting my vote.

From the President to Governor to Senator and Representative, you can see how I am leaning from week to week.

President:

  • Libertarian Gary Johnson – 0 Ear of Corn
  • Republican Donald Trump – 0 Ears of Corn
  • Democrat Hillary Clinton – 0 Ears of Corn
  • Green Party Jill Stein – 0 Ears of Corn
  • Write-in Myself – 4 Ears of Corn (Voters Only Hope)

US Senator:

  • Democrat Evan Bayh – 4 Ears of Corn (Why Bayh)
  • Republican Todd Young – 0 Ears of Corn

8th District Congressional Representative:

  • Republican Dr. Larry Buschon – 4 Ears of Corn
  • Democrat Ron Drake – 0 Ears of Corn

Indiana Governor:

  • Democrat John Gregg – 4 Ears of Corn
  • Republican Eric Holcomb – 0 Ears of Corn

This does not mean between now and November my mind can’t be changed. This is just how I am leaning at this point in time.

From the Cornfield, that’s how I view the races.

How are you leaning in your state and national elections?

Voters Only Hope

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In less than four weeks, Americans will choose whom they wish to occupy the Oval Office for the next four years.

What are American voters to do?

Topping the choices are the two most disliked nominees in the history of American politics – Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. One or the other is expected to become the next President of the United States.

But what if the voters decide not to hand either candidate the crown?

It can be done.

What if rather than holding our noses and voting for the person we dislike less or throwing away our vote on either the Libertarian Gary Johnson, the Greens Jill Stein or the real long shot #NeverTrump Evan McMullin, the voters rebel and do as I suggested in last Saturday’s Cornfield Standings and write-in their own name or anyone’s name to be President?

What if by doing so, neither Trump nor Clinton has an Electoral College majority, throwing the election into the US House of Representatives to decide?

We could actually get a Mike Pence or Tim Kaine presidency.

We could get a Paul Ryan or Corey Booker presidency.

Americans would get a do-over and not be  stuck with a choice between two people Americans do not want.

But do American voters have the courage to reject these candidates?

From the Cornfield, voters only hope this election cycle is to cast a ballot for anyone, but Clinton or Trump.

Second Debate Another Draw

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That was some debate last night between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Though, I must admit, as the night wore on, it became rather boring.

The highlight of the night for me was the very end. No, not because it was over, but the final question and the responses from the two presidential wannabes.

The question was to name one thing that each found admirable in the other.

Clinton commended Trump on his children. She noted she may disagree with almost everything Trump says and stands for, but that his children and how they are spoke well for Trump as their father.

For Trump, it was the fact that Clinton never backs down. Trump said she was a fighter that kept going rather than backing down even though he disagrees with much of what she is fighting for.

This to me was the best part of the entire second Presidential Debate.

Yet, when all was said and done, to me this second debate was another draw between the two candidates.

Both Clinton and Trump said what they needed to say to keep their supporters. But neither of the two said anything to pull more voters into their tent.

This last month of the election cycle is still open to a win or draw when the votes are cast on November 8.

The CNN/ORC poll of debate watchers scored a win for Clinton. The network admitted as it does each time that the poll is skewed in favor of the Democratic nominee.

Watching the entire debate, what I found interesting is that though it was a town hall format, the audience participation was minimal. There was also little to no interaction by the presidential office seekers with the people who asked questions.

Trump stopped the defection following his lewd and lascivious remarks revealed over the weekend.

Clinton stood her ground and did not allow women who accused her husband, former President Bill, of sexual assault seated in the audience to rattle her.

Both candidates said the words that rang true to their supporters.

Both stumbled over chinks in their armor.

Clinton had trouble answering accusations on use of a private email server and revelations of a public and private view.

Trump had trouble in his apology for his remarks bragging about sexual assaults on women.

Yet when all was said and done, both candidates were standing at the end of the night with their base in tact.

From the Cornfield, Trump did better this time around. Clinton was so-so, but solid.

At the end of the night, no significant change in who is voting for whom.

The undecided remain undecided.