Political Circus: October 31 – November 6, 2016

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Tuesday is Election Day. Get out and VOTE!

This is a look back at the political circus during the prior week, the last full week of the 2016 election cycle through today.

LATE BREAKING: This afternoon, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey released another letter to congress in which he confirmed that his department had reviewed the emails pertaining to hillary clinton found on a laptop used by disgraced former new york congressman anthony weiner, estranged husband of hillary confidante huma abedin.
Comey stated that he stands by the conclusion he came to in july that there was no criminal wrongdoing by clinton in the use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. Comey wrote that
investigators had workedaround the clockto review all the emails.BASED on our review, we have not changed our conclusions expressed in July.”

Monday, 10/31/2016:

Welcome to the final week of the 2016 Presidential Election!

Or is it?

What happens if the race is thrown from the Electoral College to the US House of Representatives to decide?

What if one or the other of the candidates is indicted?

What if there are disputed results?

A woman in Iowa has been charged after she voted twice in early voting. The woman claims she voted the second time because she was worried her vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would be “flipped” for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Now this is a case of voter fraud.

But then again maybe she was following the advice of Trump, who told a crowd in Colorado on Sunday to vote twice if they think their vote won’t be counted.

Trump also told those in attendance at the rally, “If you go to university center, they’ll give you a new ballot, they’ll void your old ballot. They’ll give you a new ballot, and you can go out and make sure it get’s in. Now in some places, they do that four or five times, but we don’t do that. So by tomorrow, almost everyone will have their new ballots in.” (Updated to reflect unedited remark.)

Trump was found wanting in giving to others as he has claimed.

Down ballot Republicans are breathing easier on keeping control of the House and Senate, playing off the latest revelation that emails have been discovered that may be relevant to the investigation into the use of a private email server while Secretary of State by Clinton.

Trump has found a subject he can talk about and stay on topic – Clinton’s emails.

Libertarian vice presidential candidate Bill Weld called FBI Director James Comey’s revelation to Congress of finding the Abedin emails as “disgraceful” and “unfair” to Clinton.

The Clinton campaign has resurrected the notorious “Daisy Girl” ad from 1964 to take attention off her problems with the email server. (Not sure what it is? Google it.)

Newsweek is reporting that Trump’s companies over the years have also been guilty of destroying emails and records in defiance of court orders. (http://www.newsweek.com/2016/11/11/donald-trump-companies-destroyed-emails-documents-515120.html)

First it was one.

Now it is two times that interim Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile tipped off Clinton about a question when she was prepping to debate with rival Bernie Sanders.

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Clinton close confidante Huma Abedin has been absent from the campaign trail since Comey’s revelation.

#HillaryForPrison is trending on Twitter.

Democrats are pressing Comey to come clean about the relationship between Trump and Russia.

Marijuana is on the ballot once more in nine states, including California and Florida.

Clinton and Trump both remain the most unfavored candidates in history.

It is being reported that the path to 270 elector votes has been closed to Trump.

Do does this mean we may have No Electoral Majority?

As if there is not enough proof that we are witnessing a Reality TV Presidential Election:

AMC Theaters announced on Oct. 24 that it would show CNN’s election night coverage in 50 theaters in the United States — designating a “red” and a “blue” theater in each of 25 cities.

Clinton told supporters today that the FBI had no basis to re-investigate and “no case” over the current hoopla over the discovered emails.

Not happy with the choices for President?

Maybe this is a solution: Voters Only Hope

The weekly: Cornfield Standings

Clinton Headache – The fallout from the revelation that possible new information into the investigation of the use of a private email server by Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State continues to pile up.

Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey is being accused by US Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and others of breaking the law by violating the Hatch Act by notifying Congress of the emails discovered on a computer used by both Clinton confidante Huma Abedin and her estranged husband Anthony Weiner.

Late yesterday, FBI investigators were granted a warrant to begin sifting through the emails found on the shared laptop used by both disgraced former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner and his estranged wife, Huma Abedin, a close confidante and top adviser to Clinton.

Both Republicans and Democrats are calling on Comey to release more information than the vague letter he sent to Congress about the discovery. It is doubtful that will happen before the election just over one week away.

At the daily press conference, White House Press Secretary Josh Ernest said President Barack Obama will neither “defend nor criticize” Comey’s decision to inform Congress about the found emails.

If she objected, why did Attorney General Loretta Lynch not order Comey not to tell Congress?

At the end of the day, if you have the FBI director telling Justice that he has an obligation to tell Congress, there is no way you can direct the FBI to do otherwise,” said one official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.“That’s too fraught. You can’t direct someone to withhold information from Congress. That’s not a prudent way to do things.”

More: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/10/31/clinton-emails-what-we-know/93047060/

Tuesday 11/1/2016:

One week from today Americans, who have not yet cast a ballot, trek to their precinct to decide who will lead the nation for the next four years.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is trying to make the issue Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey, and not her use of a private email server while Secretary of State, after it was revealed that emails passed through the Clinton server and landed on a laptop used by disgraced former Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is staying on script and making the most of the latest in the email scandal that continues to plague Clinton.

The Clinton campaign and Democrats are accusing Comey of sitting on information tying Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russians hacking Democrats.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid wrote Comey a letter directly accusing him of sitting on information about Trump and ties with Russia.

The New York Times today, however, is reporting no clear link between Trump and Russia has been found by the FBI.

Trump avoided paying tens of millions of dollars in personal income taxes during the 1990s using a tax avoidance move his own lawyers argued the IRS would find to be improper, according to documents obtained by The New York Times.

On Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on TBS, President Barack Obama said that gender bias from members of Congress and the public will be rampant if Clinton wins the White House.

Comey told CNBC it was too close to Election Day to say that Russia is trying to meddle in the US election.

A group of computer scientists believe that a Trump server was in communication with a Russian bank.

North Carolina Republican Senator Richard Burr, who is in a tough re-election fight, joked about a “bull’s eye” on Clinton. He has since apologized for the remark.

A federal judge in New Jersey has ordered the Republican National Committee to turn over to the Democratic National Committee any and all agreements, written and verbal, between the RNC and Trump’s campaign regarding voter fraud, ballot security and poll watching.

This is in response to a suit filed by the DNC against the RNC.

The ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll has Trump and Clinton in a virtual tie nationwide.

A white supremacist, who has already been denounced by the Trump campaign, launched a series of robocalls to voters in Utah to disparage #NeverTrump independent Evan McMullin, including falsely stating McMullin is a closet gay.

The stock market’s election year performance between July 31 and Oct. 31 has often accurately predicted the next president — and this year it’s pointing to a victory by Trump, if history is a guide.

Not good news in the Cornfield for Democrats hoping to capture a US Senate seat. One week out, former Democratic Senator Evan Bayh is in a dead heat, 45% to 45%, with Republican Tea Party Congressman Todd Young to replace retiring senior Senator Dan Coats.

Hope grows dim of capturing control of the upper chamber of Congress this cycle.

Good news in the Governor’s race for Democrats as former Democratic Speaker of the Indiana General Assembly John Gregg is besting Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb hoping to replace outgoing Governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence. Gregg is leading 48% to 42%.

In the race for the White House, Trump is besting Clinton in Indiana 50% to 39%. No surprise in the Cornfield.

In the Cornfield, there are two main concerns being discussed: the Supreme Court and free trade agreements taking away jobs.

Clinton Headache – The FBI is using special software to go through a reported 650,000 emails on a laptop used by disgraced former Democratic New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, estranged husband of Clinton confidante Huma Abedin.

The Justice Department has assured members of Congress that the FBI will complete its examination of the emails “as expeditiously as possible.”

It is doubtful more information will be revealed prior to the General Election one week from today.

In other words, there is nothing new to report.

Wednesday 11/2/2016:

Six days.

America’s too-long-running Reality Television Election will be pulling the curtain on the final act in six days.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is turning her message back on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s treatment of women and away from discussing the latest on the scandal involving her use of a private email server while Secretary of State.

Trump is staying on message slamming Clinton on the emails and the skyrocketing cost of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

From the stump, Trump is reminding early voters in some six or seven states they can change their vote in light of the recent revelations about his opponent.

Thanks, but no thanks.

Trump does not want the endorsement of the Klu Klux Klan.

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the Federal Bureau of Investigation posted documents about a controversial pardon in the waning days of the Bill Clinton Administration of financier Marc Rich, whose wife was a major contributor to the Democratic Party.

Question is why with less than a week until the Presidential Election?

Don’t know about the Marc Rich pardon scandal and the FBI investigation which ended without charges in 2005?

Google it.

President Barack Obama is taking it personally that so far black voter turnout in early balloting is not where it was in 2012. The President is appealing to black voters to save his legacy or face losses and rollback of gains made over the years.

The Prez also weighed in on the email scandal. The President seemed to accuse Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey of innuendo, incomplete information and leaks.

Could the President be working up to a Pardon?

On Monday, Trump announced he would call for a “special session” of Congress, if he is elected, specifically to “repeal and replace Obamacare.”

Should someone tell The Donald that Congress will already be in session?

In the 25th round of hacked emails released by Wikileaks from Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta, comes the line that Podesta wrote, “we are going to have to dump all those emails so better do so sooner than later.”

Some say Podesta was talking about destroying the emails. Others believe Podesta was meaning to release the emails.

You decide.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Seminole County, Florida election officials received five stolen and forged absentee ballots.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is in hot water after a tweet from his account with a vulgar term used for Clinton. That tweet is now deleted.

Clinton is smarting today after it was revealed in a new tracking poll that she is eight points behind Trump on the question of honesty.

The tracking polls also find that the two major party candidates are tied up as voters prepare for next Tuesday.

Double the number of people have cast early votes than in 2012 – over 24 million. In key battleground states, Republicans can take heart.

An article in Vanity Fair (http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/11/is-donald-trump-a-manchurian-candidate) is suggesting that Trump may be a “Manchurian Candidate.”

Haven’t seen the movie or know the story?

Google it.

But go for the original – NOT the remake.

It should be noted that for the first time in its more than 100 years of publishing, the magazine endorsed a presidential candidate.

Guess who?

Shaking My Head – A black church in Mississippi was set on fire and vandalized with the words, “Vote Trump.”

This ought not to be.

And how will the weather be for Election Day?

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Thursday 11/3/2016:

Five days.

Legal?

Probably.

Unethical?

Probably not.

Looks bad?

Absolutely.

A new revelation from the hacked emails from Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Chair John Podesta of an exchange between Podesta and a high ranking member of the US Justice Department from a private email account tipping the campaign off to upcoming House of Representative hearings and Freedom of Information Act requests has come to public scrutiny.

After his press secretary said he would not “defend or criticize” Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey for telling Congress about the 650,000 emails found on the laptop used by disgraced former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, estranged husband of Clinton confidante Huma Abedin, that is exactly what President Barack Obama did.

The President, without using Comey’s name or title, said the Administration did not “operate on innuendo.”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump provided some levity on Wednesday as he publicly from the podium spoke out loud to himself to remain “cool” and be “nice.”

Stay on point, Donald. Stay on point. No side tracks.”

Various extremists and militia groups are gearing up for “poll watching” on Election Day.

Melania speaks.

At a campaign rally in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this afternoon, Trump’s better half made an appeal to those vital Republican suburban housewives to lay aside their concerns and vote for her husband on Tuesday.

Since getting panned for lifting some of the words from First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech in 2008, Melania has not been seen on the campaign trail. She has given some interviews.

If she becomes First Lady, Melania plans on taking on cyber bullying.

Many are asking if she has met her tweeting husband.

In one of those Twilight Zone moments, not only did former rival Texas Senator Ted Cruz cast his ballot for Trump, he traveled with GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence to stump for Trump in the Great Lakes region.

Even in the biggest sporting event of the century, politics reared its ugly head as both Clinton and Trump ran ads during Game 7 of the Cubs’ break-of-the-curse, winning World Series over the Indians last night.

Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, who is running for the US Senate from Louisiana, said at a debate at a traditionally black university last night that he does not hate “all” Jews.

How magnanimous of Duke.

Protesters of Duke’s appearance found themselves pepper sprayed by police.

The Libertarian gubernatorial candidate in the Cornfield, Rex Bell, has been hospitalized. Bell is a long shot to win the office in the race against Republican Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb and former Speaker of the Indiana General Assembly Democrat John Gregg.

The New York Times/CBS News poll finds Clinton leading by only three points over Trump nationally.

The ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll has it even closer – two points dividing the two.

No, you cannot tweet in your vote for President – or any other office.

Medical marijuana will not be on the ballot in Arkansas after the State Supreme Court barred allowing the proposition to be put before voters.

The Clintons and Obamas will campaign together in Philadelphia on the eve of the General Election.

Friday 11/4/2016:

Four days.

Melania Trump is being slammed by some for saying she wants to tackle cyber bullying if her husband, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, wins the White House.

While people say it is admirable to want to stop cyber bullying, that Trump is known for his 3 a.m. tweets where he is guilty of the same, has some saying Melania should start with her husband.

The US Justice Department is dispatching monitors to four polling stations in North Carolina.

All hinges on turnout.

At this point in early voting, turnout among black voters has been considerably less than it was in 2012, which could trend poorly for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

GOP vice presidential candidate Mike Pence is in hot water after not saying he would support House Speaker Paul Ryan for another term as Speaker.

Might make for a strained appearance of the two at a rally in Wisconsin on Saturday.

The fourth time, however, when asked if he supports Ryan seeking to remain Speaker, Pence said he does.

A New Jersey federal judge is hearing allegations that Republicans are involved in voter intimidation coordination.

A federal judge in Ohio issued an injunction to the Trump campaign and Roger Stone from harassing or intimidating Ohio voters.

Fox News Bret Baier is having to apologize for wrongly saying the FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation was close to an indictment.

A Trump supporter disrupted a speech by President Barack Obama stumping for Clinton today. The President defended the man’s right to protest and wave his sign supporting Trump.

A US Appeals Court blocked a new Arizona law making it a felony to collect ballots – a win for Democrats.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General said the state is investigating voter registration “irregularities.”

The US State Department has released more than 350 more documents/emails from Clinton’s term as Secretary. Two of those emails have been upgraded “confidential.”

US authorities have issued a warning to New York City, Texas and Virginia about an unspecific threat of attacks by al Qaeda militants around Election Day.

Flyers inserted into a church’s bulletin in California is warning parishioners that voting Democratic is a “mortal sin” because of the party’s platform positions on such things as abortion, immigration, gun control and anti-hate efforts against homophobia and Islamophobia.

Once considered a shoo-in, Democratic Senate candidate Evan Bayh is now in a dead heat against rival Republican Todd Young. Indiana may remain with one Democrat and one Republican Senator.

The latest poll released today actually puts Young up five points over Bayh – 46% to 41%.

Former Arkansas Governor and presidential wannabe Mike Huckabee says that Trump is a “car wreck“, but that Clinton is “worse.”

Sunday, 11/6/2016:

Two days!

America’s first Reality TV Election, running too long, will come to a dramatic end in just two days – or will it?

What a rush last night when Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was grabbed and dashed off the stage at a campaign rally in Reno, Nevada after a shout of “gun” caused a panic. There was no gun.

The man, not a fan, was taken into custody and released. There was no threat. Trump came back to finish his speech.

Turns out the “suspect” was a #NeverTrump Republican.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is filling the days and nights with star-studded rallies trying to get young African-Americans and other Millennials to turn out and cast their votes for her.

Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine accused FBI agents actively working to throw the election Trump’s way.

The GOP second fiddle Mike Pence is trying to turn neighboring Michigan from blue to red like Jesus turning water into wine. That was a miracle and it will take a miracle in the automotive capitol of the world.

Democrats in Arizona are smarting after the US Supreme Court allowed a ban by the state that bars collection of absentee ballots. Voters have to return their own ballots.

The press bus traveling with Kaine was involved in a vehicle accident on Saturday, without injury.

There has been a lot of talk about a “hidden Trump vote.” Now the talk is about a “hidden Clinton vote.”

Tuesday we will know – maybe.

Remember a referendum is on the ballot for Washington DC voters Tuesday on the question of pursuing statehood.

Clinton failed to inform the State Department of a $1 million donation to the Clinton Foundation from the Arab country of Qatar, which may have possibly violated an ethics agreement she made with the Department.

Latinos are voting in higher numbers than ever. Part of this seems to be a backlash against the position of Trump on illegal immigration and disparagement of Mexican-Americans in particular.

With all the concern over hacks this election cycle, cyber security professionals are preparing to swoop in, track and hopefully block anyone attempting a cyber attack aimed at destabilizing the Presidential Election.

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, once thought dead in his re-election bid, is looking like he will keep his seat firmly in Republican hands.

Former Senator Evan Bayh continues to slide in polls in the Cornfield. The chance of picking up a Democratic seat in the Senate is growing slimmer in the Hoosier State.

President Barack Obama took aim at endangered Republican Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, who put a video of the Prez praising Toomey in an ad.

Courage is telling Pennsylvania voters where you stand on the tough issues, not just the easy ones like background checks,” Obama said in the statement. “Pat Toomey won’t tell Pennsylvania voters where he stands on Donald Trump, trying instead to have it both ways by telling different people what he thinks they want to hear. That’s not courage. Voting to shut down the government and against bills to close the terrorist gun loophole isn’t courage. And playing politics with the Supreme Court isn’t courage.”

The final Cornfield Standings.

Remember as you go to the polls on Tuesday: Voters Only Hope.

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

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Mark

Father, grandfather, political pundit - I am Mark Ivy. I am father to two wonderful sons, Dave and Kev, of whom I am very proud;two terrific daughters-in-law, Anna and Hailey; three beautiful granddaughters: Dylan, Alaina and Amelia. On September 2, 2014, I was diagnosed with disseminated histoplasmosis, a fungal infection, discovered by a biopsy of my larynx. The infection is fatal if left untreated. For 2 1/2 years I lived under a death sentence being misdiagnosed with a non-specific bacterial infection which left my right lung a "dried up sponge" and non-functioning. I was aggressively treated for the infection with antifungals. The treatment ended October of 2015 and fortunately did not take two years. I suffer from chronic Horton's Syndrome. The effects vary widely causing various problems. Statistically, Horton's affects only 0.1% of the population. Major depression also attacks me regularly.

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