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How Bill Kristol Briefly Blew Up The 2016 Presidential Race With A Single Tweet

The Weekly Standard editor wanted a #NeverTrump candidate. And he nearly got one.

 


jul 19, 12:45
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Senate Intelligence Committee Denies Immunity To Michael Flynn In Russia Probe






WASHINGTON ― Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, once one of President Donald Trump’s strongest supporters and then his national security adviser, is scrambling to save himself from prosecution in exchange for telling Congress what he knows about Russia’s involvement in the 2016 elections. And to do so, he has hired a lawyer who has been a vocal opponent of Trump.


“General Flynn

, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit,” Flynn’s lawyer, Robert Kelner, said in a statement on Thursday evening.


Trump fired Flynn in February, after he admitted he had indeed had a conversation in December with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak ― despite previously denying he’d had any contact with Russian officials before Trump took office.


Flynn told the FBI and congressional officials that he would be willing to testify in their investigations into Russia’s involvement in the elections if he could receive immunity from prosecution, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.


NBC reported Friday that the Senate Intelligence Committee turned down Flynn’s request for immunity, telling Kelner it was “wildly preliminary” and “not on the table” at this time. The Huffington Post confirmed the report with a Senate staffer. The committee declined to comment.


Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, put out a statement Friday saying his panel was still considering the offer. 


“[W]e should first acknowledge what a grave and momentous step it is for a former National Security Advisor to the President of the United States to ask for immunity from prosecution,” he said. “We will be discussing the matter with our counterparts on the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Department of Justice. While Mr. Flynn’s testimony is of great interest to our committee, we are also deeply mindful of the interests of the Department of Justice in the matter.”


Kelner tried to tamp down speculation that Flynn might have done something that opens him up to charges, saying in his statement, “No reasonable person, who has the benefit of advice from counsel, would submit to questioning in such a highly politicized,

without assurances against unfair prosecution.”


Flynn’s hiring of Kelner is

. Kelner was an outspoken opponent of Trump during the campaign, questioning his campaign’s ties to Russia, among other matters. 






















Trump tweeted Friday morning that he supports Flynn asking for immunity, also calling the investigation a “witch hunt.” 






House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) took issue with the president’s tweet, telling Fox News that he doesn’t understand why Flynn would want immunity.


“No, I don’t think it’s a witch hunt,” Chaffetz said. “Look, it’s very mysterious to me, though, why all of a sudden General Flynn is suddenly out there saying he wants immunity. A, I don’t think Congress should give him immunity. If there’s an open investigation by the FBI, that should not happen. I also don’t believe ... the president should be weighing in on this. They’re the ones that actually would prosecute something.”


In the past, Trump has been more critical of immunity, telling supporters, “If you’re not guilty of a crime, what do you need immunity for?” 






The White House has encouraged the congressional investigations, saying they should also investigate Trump’s baseless claim that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the campaign. Even though FBI Director James Comey told the House Intelligence Committee there is no evidence to support Trump’s wiretapping allegation, chair Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) later said he saw evidence that Trump transition officials had been caught inadvertently in surveillance operations targeting suspected foreign spies.


Nunes received this information ― which he has not shared with his fellow committee members ― on White House grounds, and reports reveal that White House officials provided him with the materials.


With growing accusations that Nunes is openly colluding with the White House on the investigation, attention has shifted to the Senate Intelligence Committee, which started its hearings this week and has promised to be bipartisan.


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mar 31, 19:48
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Anti-Abortion Women's Marchers Head Back To Washington






Women against abortion are descending on Washington, D.C., for another march on Friday. For those among them who identify as feminists, it’s a chance to stake out their identity in the era of President Donald Trump


The March for Life, an annual demonstration against abortion scheduled near the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, kicks off in the capital Friday morning at the Washington Monument and heads toward the Capitol. Some of the women going to this week’s march also attended the Women’s March on Washington or one of its sister marches last weekend ― despite its organizers making “open access to safe, legal, affordable abortion” part of its platform and removing an anti-abortion group as an official partner of the march.  


Women attending both marches told The Huffington Post that their interactions at last week’s demonstration were mostly positive and that they hope to carry that sense of unity over to the March for Life. But given Trump’s history of derogatory comments about women, it will be hard to keep discussion of him out of a protest they view as pro-women. 


Lisa Twigg of Spotsylvania, Pennsylvania, the social media coordinator for the anti-abortion group Life Matters Journal, marched in the D.C. Women’s March wearing a sweatshirt reading “This is what a pro-life feminist looks like.” She’s participating in the March for Life and expects Trump will factor into many women’s protests.



“I hope this march will perhaps get him to respect women more and work with prolifers to provide non-violent choices for women in need of reproductive care,” she said over email.


“I hope to see many prolifers to be calling on him to be compassionate and caring towards women in crisis just as I will be doing,” she continued.


Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa of Dallas is the founder and president of New Wave Feminists, the group that Women’s March organizers removed as an official partner. She went to last week’s event anyway and will march again on Friday.


“I found [Trump’s] past misogyny incredibly disturbing,” she told HuffPost. She marched with signs describing torture, war and the death penalty as not being pro-life and had an “overwhelmingly positive” reception from other women despite their disagreements on reproductive rights.


In anti-abortion circles, she said, taking a stand against Trump has led to some tension ― even though Trump’s position on the practice changed by the day leading up to the election. 


“I wouldn’t say I was excluded, but there is definitely a lot of animosity about the fact that I was a #NeverTrumper,” she said. She expects Trump to be part of the conversation during Friday’s march but hopes everyone can find common ground. 


“I’m already seeing a lot of red [Make America Great Again] hats out here, so I’m sure Trump will come up,” she said. “But I look at everything not as a chance to argue politics but rather an opportunity for open dialogue about creating a better culture for all of us.”


Terrisa Bukovinac, the West Coast coordinator for Secular Pro-Life and president of Pro-Life Future of San Francisco, hopes for similar unity at Friday’s march. She attended the Women’s March in San Francisco last weekend wearing a “This is what a pro-life feminist looks like” shirt and carrying a sign that read: “Atheist, feminist and pro-life. Humans for all humans.” She said she felt welcomed by the vast majority of the crowd.



She attended a San Francisco march against abortion earlier that day and didn’t feel that Trump’s presidency affected its tone.


“The consensus of the pro-life movement overall is very skeptical about Trump, but hopeful,” she said.


“There’s some of us that are a little more concerned than others, but I would say as a whole, the pro-life movement is concerned solely with ending abortion, and Trump being a little bit incoherent on the topic is not really part of that conversation.”


She’s attending the D.C. March for Life for the first time this year and expects there may be some more focus on Trump. His vice president, Mike Pence, and counselor, Kellyanne Conway, are scheduled to speak at the rally. 


“There’s going to be people that are conservative, people that are liberal, but the main focus of the movement is to end abortion,” she said. “So everybody for the most part in the pro-life movement is looking to unite on that factor. They know that we can’t end the practice of abortion in the United States with just conservatives. We can’t end it with just liberals. We need everyone to care about this issue.” 

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jan 27, 00:38
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Did James Comey Cost Hillary Clinton The Election? We Asked The Late-Deciding Voters.


For months, as the election wound down to its bitter conclusion, Leonard Rainey of Louisiana struggled over which presidential candidate he’d support.


In the past, the choice would have been simple. Rainey, 33, leans Republican. He voted for Mitt Romney in 2012. But like others this cycle, he found the idea of backing GOP nominee Donald Trump repugnant, matched only by the nausea that accompanied the thought of pulling the lever for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.


He entertained sitting out the election. But, as he said, “you don’t have a right to bitch if you don’t vote.” So he pored over the news in search of guidance. It became overwhelming. Each WikiLeaks revelation was a new micro-drama; every Trump debate performance an eye-opener.


“His mouth doesn’t fucking stop,” he said after the second one.


By the final week, the continuous revelations and conspiracy theories surrounding Clinton were taking a toll. Rainey had heard something about Clinton’s ties to a pedophilia ring ― a hoax that led an armed man to fire shots in a D.C.-based pizzeria. He found Clinton Foundation ties to the Saudis and Qatari government disturbing.


The night before Election Day, Rainey kept worrying about how a President Trump might navigate a complex international standoff. He woke up wondering if Clinton was the right choice. But in the end, he voted for Trump anyway ― an uninspired, rote contribution to American democracy.


“You could have put up anybody else against him,” Rainey said. “But they just picked a bad candidate.”


There is little disagreement that voters like Rainey ― the “late deciders” ― were ultimately responsible for Trump’s election. But a month and a half after his victory, an argument persists over why they voted the way they did. Clinton’s defenders blame FBI Director James Comey, who opened up a new investigation into Clinton-related emails 10 days before the election, only to close it a week later. Clinton’s critics say a campaign that was outworked and outsmarted in the Rust Belt states is merely in denial.


In interviews with a number of late deciding voters ― found through various social media networks ― a less elegant explanation emerges. Comey was a factor for some but not others, and even then, it’s not clear how decisive his letters were. For many voters, random, often arbitrary moments from the campaign proved motivating in often unexpected ways. That Clinton left herself vulnerable to their whims is the story of the election as much as the eleventh-hour pronouncement from the FBI director.


“That was not the nail in the coffin,” Rainey said of Comey. “It was the throwing of gas on a fire. ... Ultimately, there was too much baggage with her.”



The Clinton campaign’s argument that Comey decided the election is based on simple math. Data shows that the majority of voters who made up their minds during the last week of the election broke for Trump ― and in significant numbers. Comey’s dual announcements were the major revelation of the week; ergo, he must have changed the course of the election.


This isn’t just a public posture, either. In a private conference call two days after the vote, Clinton’s campaign staff told surrogates that internal data showed voters unfavorable to either candidate broke heavily towards Trump “by a 20 to 30 percent margin.”   


One of those voters was Steven Hernandez. A teacher in Pennsylvania, Hernandez described himself as a libertarian-leaning Republican who “despised Trump for most of my life.” During the GOP primaries, he supported Carly Fiorina and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). And when those two dropped out, he joined the ranks of #NeverTrump Republicans.


And yet, on Nov. 8, he went with Trump ― the final act of months of political self-reflection.


Initially, Hernandez saw Clinton as a pragmatist. He wasn’t particularly disturbed by the emails, hacked and publicized on WikiLeaks, from her campaign chief John Podesta. Even Clinton’s use of a private email account didn’t bother him much.


What turned him, gradually, was the relentless criticism of Trump. Hernandez felt sympathy for the man as Clinton and the media aggressively harped on allegations of sexual assault, including ones Hernandez viewed as unfounded. The agitation he initially experienced when Trump casually skated through controversies turned into begrudging respect for his perseverance. By the time Comey’s letter announcing a new investigation of Clinton came out, he was already leaning toward the GOP nominee. 


“The letter itself didn’t phase me or move me either way on Clinton. But her reaction to it kind of solidified it,” Hernandez said. “If I wanted to say when I knew for sure, it was when they started attacking Comey for doing his job in the weekend prior to the election.”


Adam Shutt, a 35-year-old civil engineer from Muscatine, Iowa, was another Republican whose mind was unsettled through the campaign’s final week. But unlike Hernandez, Schutt flirted with supporting former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson (R) before ultimately backing Trump.  


Trump had not been his first choice during the primary, he said, “or even my fifth.” And much of the general election confirmed his ambivalence. As late as his lunch break on Election Day, Schutt planned to vote for Johnson. Ultimately, however, he went with party allegiance. “I figured if I’m going to vote for a guy a little bit off the wall, I might as well vote Trump,” he explained.



I figured if I’m going to vote for a guy a little bit off the wall, I might as well vote Trump.
Adam Shutt, a 35-year-old civil engineer from Muscatine, Iowa


Comey’s letter, Shutt conceded, may have played a small, subliminal role in helping make up his mind; not because he was shocked by the content but because it motivated him toward a certain outcome. “Most of the undecideds I know weren’t deciding between Trump and Hillary. They were weighing the imperfection of the two versus the reality of dealing with the other in office,” Schutt said. “So, many of us ‘principled’ people decided to vote Trump just to stop Hillary.”


The late-deciding voters breaking for Trump weren’t just Republicans. Andrew Bagley, 40, a diehard supporter of both President Barack Obama and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he found Trump’s every utterance “abhorrent.” But he voted for him anyway, even as gay family members expressed fear to him that Trump would treat them “as second-class citizens.”  


It wasn’t Comey’s letter that convinced him. It was foreign policy.


“I think Trump is far less likely to get us involved in endless war in the Middle East,” Bagley, a native of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, said. “And the thing to me that is most important is not getting into unnecessary wars. Trump might be more likely to press the nuclear button than Hillary. But I put the chances of a nuclear war at 0.00001 percent. I put chances of a war in the Middle East with Hillary at nearly 100 percent.”



Among the theories the Clinton campaign held during the election was that college-educated Republicans would be so repulsed by the prospect of a Trump presidency that many would cast a vote to prevent it from happening. Polling reinforced this idea. These were the voters most likely to swing from one candidate to another in response to a major controversy (the Billy Bush tapes, for example).


Yet what caught the Clinton campaign off guard was both how many of these voters would ultimately hold their nose and vote for Trump anyway (compelled by Comey or not) and how many of them would drift away from Trump but not necessarily toward Clinton.


Dustin Mooney, 27, of Orlando, Florida, fell into the latter category. He had voted for Mitt Romney in 2012 and was prepared to cross the aisle to back Clinton four years later. He was bothered by her arrogance ― as if, he put it, “the American people were a speed bump to get to her ultimate objective.” But he liked her foreign policy views and pegged her as a moderate on domestic issues.


Trump, meanwhile, was a non-starter. “I knew I wasn’t going to vote for him as soon as he won the nomination,” Mooney, an account manager, said.


But as the election neared, the accumulation of negative Clinton stories became ineluctable. Comey’s letter was a part of it. But by that point, Mooney’s opinion of Clinton’s email use was firm. Anyone not of her stature, he’d concluded, would have been punished to some degree.


On election day, Mooney was so torn about what to do that filled out his ballot backwards ― checking off the local races and saving the presidential contest for last. When it came time to cast that ballot, he wrote in Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan’s name.


“Quite frankly, going into the election, I thought [Clinton] was going to win pretty handedly,” he explained. “My calculus would certainly have changed if I thought there was a bigger chance that Trump was going to win. But it was hard for me to wrap my head around that outcome based on the polling.” 



My calculus would have certainly have changed if I thought there was a bigger chance that Trump was going to win.
Dustin Mooney, 27, of Orlando, Florida


Michelle Hart, of Orange County, California, also had the resume of a fence-sitting Republican whom the Clinton campaign thought it could pry from Trump. Hart had worked in politics for years ― with California Republicans ranging from Gov. Pete Wilson to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ― and cast her first vote in 1992 for George H.W. Bush. But she exhibited political independence, too, backing California Democrat Dianne Feinstein for the Senate and supporting Obama’s 2008 campaign.


More importantly, Hart didn’t want to vote for Trump. She was shocked he had even decided to run. But she couldn’t bring herself to back Clinton, either. The allure of seeing a woman president was outweighed by her philosophical disagreements with Clinton. At weekly “girl dinners,” she said she’d find herself trying to rationalize voting in discomforting ways.


“I thought, ‘Do I dance with the devil I know or don’t?’” Hart recalled. “And I realized I’m calling them both ‘devil.’”


The Comey letter didn’t bother Hart. And, indeed, the night before the election, she found herself considering a vote for Clinton after being inspired by first lady Michelle Obama’s introductory remarks at a rally in Philadelphia. But then Clinton came onstage and delivered a milquetoast speech that seemed, to Hart, to lack any passion. The next day, she wrote in Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) as her choice for president.


“It was absolutely the toughest vote I had to cast,” she said.



Hart says she has no regrets about her vote. And why should she? California went overwhelmingly to Clinton. One ballot for Kasich there did not make a difference.


But for some of the other late deciders who went to Trump or avoided Clinton, there seems to be a creeping sense of guilt. Shutt, of Iowa, said he wished Trump would abandon the campaign-like rhetoric he’s carried over to the transition. “He hasn’t blown anything up yet,” he said of the president-elect. “But that’s a pretty low bar, I know.”


Mooney, of Florida, said that if he had his vote back now, he’d probably support Clinton rather than Ryan. He didn’t expect Trump to win when he wrote the speaker’s name on his ballot.


“In my eyes, he had to pull a royal straight flush to win,” he said. “And he did! He drew the river card.”


And while Bagley said he didn’t want his vote back ― at least not yet ― he was open to the possibility that Trump’s presidency would prove damaging in ways similar to, if not greater than, what he worried about with Clinton.


“Do I regret that he won? At the moment, no,” he said. “He hasn’t taken office yet. But in a year or two, I might. It’s kind of like Brexit. No one is going to know if it is the right choice or not till five years down the road.”


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dec 27 16, 16:32
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Basket Of Adorables: Critics Cheer As Trump Blocks Them On Twitter

Tweets may be Donald Trump’s mangled version of a presidential fireside chat, but he doesn’t want everyone reading what he writes — or, more importantly, responding, especially if the comments are negative. So he is blocking a growing number of critics from his Twitter account.


Several Americans denied access to messages direct from the president-elect’s fingers are accepting their tweet-less Trump fates as a badge of honor — or at least an opportunity for lots of snide comments — at #blockedbyTrump


“Ha ha ha really he has time for this shit? @realDonaldTrump don’t you have stuff to read up on like the Constitution??” one Tweeter wonders.


Another hopes everyone un-follows Trump so he’ll be forced to speak to the press to get his messages out. 



Ha ha ha really he has time for this shit? @realDonaldTrump don't you have stuff to read up on like the Constitution??#blockedbytrump

— NOYB (@fbtvlvsme)




I got blocked by Trump

nailed it

— Guzma (@DatBoiGuzma)




All I want for xmas is to be #BlockedByTrump - perfect for us in the majority who voted against @realDonaldTrump #NotMyPresidentElect

— peterkirn (@peterkirn)




HAHA!!! I'VE BEEN BLOCKED BY TRUMP!!! I'VE BEEN BLOCKED BY TRUMP!!!! HAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

— Shizzlacher (@Shizzlacher)




.@Granniegal @BRios82 I literally have a Badge of Honor for it #BlockedByTrump #TrumpSoWeak #NeverTrump pic.twitter.com/0is1YSp3AD

— Tara RODHAM Dublin (@taradublinrocks)



Not all of the blocking has occurred since Trump’s presidential campaign. Several tweeters have been blocked for years, including one who noted that he was blocked after suing Trump University. Trump recently agreed to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits accusing the operation of fraud.


And not everyone is chuckling about being shut out of messages from a president-elect who recently called for national unity and promised to represent all Americans.


“It makes me laugh in a way that’s not funny,” freelance writer Heather Spohr, 37, told the Los Angeles Times. “I can’t see the tweets of the president-elect. He’s going to be my president. It’s absurd.” Spohr was blocked after she tweeted that Trump was “repulsive” because of his feud with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, whom he referred to as a “bimbo.”


“The president should speak to all Americans directly and not filter people out,” New York University presidential historian Timothy Naftali told the L.A. Times. “Are people blocked from watching television or listening to radio when a president gives an address?”



Am (obv) blocked by Trump. Could some kindly soul screengrab me what the madman's been saying this past 24hrs or so?

— John Niven (@NivenJ1)




@TheView i am a citizen and i was blocked by @realDonaldTrump. Am i still a citizen of the US? My people have been here since 1660's.

— Susan Vaughn (@65f2bbbdb8dd465)




I have been BLOCKED by Donald Trump. Propaganda as a Fascist tool starts with controling the narrative. @realDonaldTrump allows no dissent.

— BookDragon (@daBookdragon)




@pennyroo_ you are not missing nothing but a loud loud lying racist crybaby

— Kimberly Carter (@Teezboo)



No one knows how many people have been blocked from Trump’s account. He still has 16.3 million followers.


As for President Barack Obama, White House Assistant Press Secretary Patrick Rodenbush

 last year when a critic complained that he had been shut out that “nobody is or has ever been blocked from the @POTUS twitter account.”



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dec 3 16, 05:51
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Latinos Share The Moving And Inspiring Reasons They Voted

Latinos flexed their muscle at the ballot box during early voting in states like Florida and Nevada, pointing to a possible surge in turnout at the polls on Election Day.


While it’s still unknown how much of an impact the Latino vote will have on Tuesday’s results, HuffPost Latino Voices wanted to know more about what inspired members of our community to exercise their right to vote. 


We

and any photos with the hashtags #ThisLatinoVotedBecause and #ThisLatinaVotedBecause. The response was not only overwhelming but inspiring. 


Take a look at some of the most powerful reasons these Latinos decided to vote on Election Day. But grab a box of tissues first, you’ll need it! 


 



#ThisLatinaVotedBecause too many of my family & friends can't vote for the president of the country that controls their government. #PR

— Tatiana Figueroa (@MSauciana)




#ThisLatinaVotedBecause my skin color doesn't make me less American. My parents accents doesn't make them less American.This is OUR home ✊ ♥ https://t.co/wrwp1fN5z5

— Karla Lara (@karlamlara)




#ThisLatinoVotedBecause i absolutely REFUSE to let someone whose campaign is defined by degrading latinxs/other minorities run the US ✊

— elijah (@erod47)




#ThisLatinaVotedBecause my mom overcame 35 yrs of racism to become a citizen and be able to step into the booth for the very first time. pic.twitter.com/DAkxGor8qY

— Steph (@yostephrivas)




#thislatinavotedbecause the day her 7 year old kid came from school crying & asking if this was his country broke her heart.

— Ines Cardona (@ines411)




#ThisLatinaVotedBecause my daughter deserves a president who sees as much potential in her as I do.

— Sonnet 87 (@sonnet87dc)




#ThisLatinaVotedBecause I fiercely believe in the power the immigrant community harnessed to make our democracy a more perfect union.

— Anna Castro (@apcastro16)




#ThisLatinaVotedBecause although my father came to this country illegally, he is neither a murderer or a rapist. He is a leader and a HERO. pic.twitter.com/G9HrSmRZTJ

— Stephanie J (@Stefunny_Briana)




#ThisLatinaVotedBecause her vote represents the voice of thousands who don't have the right to vote, but give back to this county everyday.

— Mayra Vega-Manriquez (@Latinaedtalk)




#ThisLatinaVotedBecause her grandparents didn't escape communism for her not to relish in her right to democracy ❤️

— dietcokemami (@janelysanchez)




#ThisLatinoVotedBecause sadly, my two boys will grow up in a world where people will treat them unfairly or worse que dios los proteja

— John Verdejo (@JohnVerdejo)




#ThisLatinoVotedBecause his family came to America and helped make it Great.#UnidosVencimos, right @DefineAmerican? pic.twitter.com/5soIPrpT8d

— He Who Cooks (@Chef_Gregorio)




#ThisLatinoVotedBecause I refuse to be outcast, marginalized and told I am not worthy! Minorities are the backbone of this country

— lauren elizabeth (@lalalaauuren)




#ThisLatinoVotedBecause I refuse 2 have 2 explain my patriotism or place of birth 2 anyone that doesn't think I look like I speak "American"

— Lawrence Runner (@lawrence_runner)




#ThisLatinoVotedBecause I don't want someone who can't be trusted with his own Twitter to have access to launch codes. and he's an asshole

— John Garcia (@jpgarcia210)




#ThisLatinaVotedBecause These are my Grandparents (Lupe & Jose) they worked EVERY SINGLE DAY! #SiSePuede pic.twitter.com/oYmKuByoug

— Kathryn Lara (@kathrynlara34)




#ThisLatinoVotedBecause I refuse to let old white people who think the '50s were a time when America was great to decide MY future

— ♡gabrielle meredith♡ (@gabriellem1995)




#ThisLatinaVotedBecause Even though I was born here my family members were born here we are treated like illegal immigrants. #ElectionDay

— Jenn (@jennicake)




#ThisLatinaVotedBecause my parents became US citizens and take their right to vote very seriously; I owe it to them to do the same pic.twitter.com/UkwgLX3kwA

— Cristina Moreno (@cris_everyday)




#ThisLatinoVotedBecause it's my right and it's my duty. I even wore the uniform to defend that inalienable right for everyone. #NeverTrump

— BadHombre4NastyWoman (@canonShooter617)




#ThisLatinaVotedBecause our people are humble, hard workers and we need to speak up and defend those that don't have a voice.

— ♡Tati♡ (@valerraayyy)




#ThisLatinaVotedBecause My vote is for her because most of her life she was treated like and told she was a second class citizen. pic.twitter.com/s8wpTy63to

— Solymar (@1phototeach)




#ThisLatinaVotedBecause my grandfathers, father, cousins and uncles all fought for this country only to still be considered immigrants

— Isabelle (@bellecs)




#ThisLatinaVotedBecause some of those she loves, cannot.

— Yessica (@yoyeska)




#ThisLatinaVotedBecause You don't get to insult us, denigrate us, and belittle us and expect that you will win. #ImWitHer #ForAllPRicans pic.twitter.com/Y7yWNIDAxv

— J. (@JelmarieMR)




#thislatinovotedbecause @HillaryClinton will fight for immigrants, women, LGBT, refugees, and Latino rights! https://t.co/rzjeuo0uA7 pic.twitter.com/VosToXSbLl

— Luis F. Mancheno (@LuisFMancheno)




#ThisLatinaVotedBecause my abuela gave her hard work to this country but was never eligible to vote here. I voted for her & all noncitizens

— Karen González (@_karenjgonzalez)




#ThisLatinaVotedBecause a man who riles up violence against MY people, can't just lose. He has to be SHUT. DOWN. #ThatMexicanThing ❤️

— panicdote (@panicdote)




#ThisLatinaVotedBecause of the future of this right here... #ImWithHer pic.twitter.com/YE8BHRQMY7

— TiaGaga916 (@TiaGaga916)




#thislatinavotedbecause Today we test the idea that NOBODY goes in the White House without the Latino vote. https://t.co/aQ5REuwm8W

— Ines Cardona (@ines411)




#ThisLatinaVotedBecause so many of my undocumented friends can't & their safety is on the line. pic.twitter.com/jMrIqS0gRE

— Alida Garcia (@leedsgarcia)




#ThisLatinaVotedBecause living in this country my parents didn't always have the representation they deserved. https://t.co/yF0AR2t8Wb

— DEESAA (@kadeesaa)




#ThisLatinoVotedBecause our family is built on the hope of diversity, respect, hard work, and strength pic.twitter.com/JmMtXLDzIp

— kim hoyos (@kim_hoyos)




#ThisLatinaVotedBecause they're still trying to keep us from voting. voter suppression is real

— Destiny Lopez (@Destiny_Lopez16)




#ThisLatinaVotedBecause while none of the candidates are ideal, I refuse to let a racist, ignorant misogynist blatantly offend my community.

— nasty woman. (@Kat_DGAF)




Still with all the feels, my nasty women & bad hombres making me proud!#ThisLatinaVotedBecause this is a #TacoTuesday unlike any other pic.twitter.com/mkr1C6ygQl

— Ann Abuse (@AnnAbuse37)




#ThisLatinaVotedBecause there are populations in the United States that would simply not survive a Trump presidency.

— tina too turnt (@uhohitscristina)




I voted for my mom. For every single mother coming to this country for a better life. #ThisLatinaVotedBecause

— Kay (@KaytheBrave)




#ThisLatinaVotedBecause it is my duty as a citizen. America is great already, w/ great leadership we can even make it better. #imwithher pic.twitter.com/5cIWEVdaIs

— Ximena Delgado (@xadsf)


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nov 9 16, 00:20
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Hey, Melania Trump, Have You Met Your Husband?




Melania Trump doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to public speaking. Her speech Thursday at a Pennsylvania campaign rally ― her first solo event of the election cycle ― didn’t go swimmingly either.


The wife of Donald Trump talked about her childhood in Slovenia, her advocacy for women and children, and, most notably, bullying. She said that if she became first lady, “one of [her] main focuses” would be online bullying ― because social media, “like anything that is powerful, it can have a bad side.”


If you’re choking on your tea right now, wait until you read what Twitter had to say about this anti-bullying stance, which Melania’s notoriously vitriolic husband doesn’t seem to share. 



Hey @MELANIATRUMP here is bully for you to deal with https://t.co/wn8TTyunK9

— Hercules Mulligan (@johnvmoore)




Hey, @MELANIATRUMP...meet one of the biggest bullies on here, your husband @realDonaldTrump. Start with him, will ya? https://t.co/Cz4NIO9a9Q

— Sportsgal00 ⚽️⚽️⚽️ (@SportsGal00)




Hey @MELANIATRUMP maybe this is a coded message to the nation to not elect your husband? If so, kudos I guess. https://t.co/v6wWQewUy6

— b!X Frankonis (@theonetruebix)




Hey @MELANIATRUMP have you actually met @realDonaldTrump ? He is the very definition of a bully. Seriously, girl.

— The David (@KingDavidnDFW)




hey @MELANIATRUMP your husband sexually assaults women & his administration supports conversion therapy, which tortures LGBTQ+ youth, so... https://t.co/zDMqrXeHmE

— 5 days til election (@tyleroakley)




Hey @MELANIATRUMP , have you read your husband's tweets? #cyberbullying #NeverTrump

— Kay (@louisa_faux)




Hey @MELANIATRUMP ...maybe you should start teaching the biggest child of all...@realDonaldTrump "American values" before you preach to USA

— Deb K (@quipgirl)




OMG, is Melania really talking about bullying on social media? Does she not read her husband's tweets?

— Maria Cardona (@MariaTCardona)




Hey @MELANIATRUMP it starts by shutting down @realDonaldTrump 's twitter account... https://t.co/CVQiiTWTgJ

— Michael Kossart (@kossart)




Hey @MELANIATRUMP want to stop social media bullying? Take @realDonaldTrump 's phone away. Problem solved! Kettle meet pot!

— Sean Hazen (@seanhazen)




Hey @MELANIATRUMP you should really speak to your husband and his followers about being "too mean and rough".

— Bad Ombre (@thebotanophile)




For future reference, Melania Trump could also check out The New York Times’ list of people, places and things her husband has insulted on Twitter.


Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims ― 1.6 billion members of an entire religion ― from entering the U.S.



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nov 3 16, 23:38
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Radio Host Hugh Hewitt 'Inclined' To Vote For Donald Trump After Urging Him To Drop Out


In another sign that Donald Trump’s standing among Republicans appears to be improving, conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt said he was “inclined” to vote for the GOP nominee on Wednesday ― less than a month after calling on Trump to withdraw from the race.


“I wait on events. I’ve been surprised so much in this race,” Hewitt said during an interview with MSNBC. “I don’t have to cast my absentee [ballot] for another four or five days. I’m inclined to cast my vote for Donald Trump, but I have to wait and see what happens in this.”


Last month, after Trump was heard boasting about sexually predatory behavior in a 2005 conversation with former “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush, Hewitt joined a chorus of Republicans calling on the real estate mogul to drop out of the race “for the benefit of the country, the party and his family.”



For the benefit of the country, the party and his family, and for his own good, @realDonaldTrump should withdraw. More and worse oppo coming

— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt)



So what changed for Hewitt? Trump’s poll numbers ability to stay on message, of course.


“I like the way he has run the campaign in the last few weeks, I think it’s been much more disciplined,” the radio host told MSNBC. “He gave a great speech on Obamacare yesterday. He promised a special session to repeal it.”


Hewitt initially opposed Trump in the GOP primary, associating himself with the #NeverTrump movement. But he later endorsed Trump after he clinched the Republican presidential nomination over the summer, citing the prospect of Hillary Clinton-appointed Supreme Court justices.  


Hewitt later explained his revised stance by citing the FBI’s investigation of Clinton’s private e-mail server and noted, “Facts change.”



I did. He didn't. Now it's @realdonaldtrump v a Dem nominee under two active @FBI investigations. Facts change. https://t.co/E2qyqCzG8c

— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt)



Hewitt isn’t alone in his waffling. A number of Republicans tied themselves in knots over Trump’s candidacy in the wake of the “Access Hollywood” tape revelations. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the first congressman who unendorsed Trump because he couldn’t look his 15-year-old daughter in the eye, appeared on several television networks pronouncing his disgust with the lewd comments. Recently, Chaffetz announced he would be voting for Trump after all.



I will not defend or endorse @realDonaldTrump, but I am voting for him. HRC is that bad. HRC is bad for the USA.

— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse)



Other politicians who re-endorsed Trump include Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) and Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.).

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly
incites
political violence
and is a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-911_565b1950e4b08e945feb7326"> style="font-weight: 400;">serial liar, href="http://www.huffingtonpost
.com/entry/9-outrageous-things-donald-trump-has-said-about-latinos_55e483a1e4b0c818f618904b"> style="font-weight: 400;">rampant xenophobe,
racist, style="font-weight: 400;">misogynist and href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-birther_us_57e31b1be4b0e80b1ba04348?7i5ir4bn4b1emi"> >birther who has
repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from
entering the U.S.

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nov 3 16, 01:41
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A Long List Of All The People And Things Donald Trump Has Threatened To Sue Since Running For President




Donald Trump sat down with a local television station in Florida at the weekend and turned to one of his favorite topics: Lawsuits. And, particularly, how hard it is to win them against the press.


“In England, you have a good chance of winning,” the GOP presidential nominee said. “They have a system where you can actually sue if somebody says something wrong. Our press is allowed to say whatever they want and they can get away with it.”


The press are far from alone, though, on Trump’s list of lawsuit targets he finds out of reach. Lately, he’s taken to threatening every woman who comes forward with an allegation that he sexually assaulted them. Trump uses the threat of a lawsuit more than any other politician in recent history as a tactic against his opponents, or anyone else who he feels has wronged him, though he’s rarely followed through on it.


Below is a partial list that we hope to make comprehensive of folks who Trump has threatened to sue since he ran for president. If you’ve been on the receiving end of a threat, or know of somebody or a group who was, email me at ryan@huffingtonpost.com and we’ll add it to the list. 


Meanwhile, enjoy this fabulous Trump clock, which counts the amount of time since he last threatened to sue anybody. 


 


The New York Times


Trump said he was going to sue the Times for publishing details about his tax returns. Lawyers laughed off the threat, and he never followed up on it.


America


If he loses the election and feels he was wronged, Trump has vowed to sue. 


Women who accuse him of sexual assault


Trump used his address in Gettysburg over the weekend to say that one of his first acts as president will be to sue all of the many women who are accusing him publicly of sexual assault or harassment. The threat is unlikely to be acted upon, but it serves to intimidate other women from coming forward. It doesn’t appear to be working, as new women who say he assaulted them emerge nearly every day.  


Ted Cruz


Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was not a natural born citizen, Trump argued, and therefore ineligible to run for president. Trump suggested he’d sue to keep him off the ballot.


The Republican National Committee


Trump warned officials at the RNC they would be “in default of their pledge” if they didn’t step in and tell Cruz to play nice with him. He also threatened to sue the RNC over delegate allocation in the state, because he’d been outmaneuvered on the ground by opponents.


Tony Schwartz


The author of the “Art of the Deal” told the New Yorker Trump is a cretin who shouldn’t get anywhere near the White House. Trump threatened to sue.


The Washington Post


At a rally in February, Trump turned to his favorite topic: The media. “If I become president, oh, do they have problems. They’re gonna have such problems,” Trump said of The New York Times, before speaking in more general terms.


“One of the things I’m gonna do…is I’m gonna open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money. We’re gonna open up those libel laws,” he said. “So that when The New York Times writes a hit piece which is a total disgrace, or when The Washington Post … writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money, instead of having no chance of winning because they’re totally protected.”


People Magazine 


It was actually Melania Trump who threatened People, but her husband would no doubt be along for the ride.  


An anti-Trump T-Shirt Maker


Trump sent a cease-and-desist letter to a company producing t-shirts that made fun of Trump.


A British student nightclub


This month, a couple of mates put together a poster depicting Trump as a scary joker. He didn’t laugh, and threatened to sue.


Univision


“I’m right now suing Univision for $500 million,” Trump said in July 2015, attacking a Telemundo reporter. He filed the lawsuit after Univision dropped his beauty pageants in response to his remarks about Mexicans being rapists, which Univision said “destroyed the value” of the brand. They settled for undisclosed terms.


Jose Andres


He sued the celebrity chef for cutting ties with him in the wake of Trump’s Mexican rapist comments.


Club For Growth


The conservative group tried to galvanize the #NeverTrump movement with a million dollars worth of ads against him during the GOP primary. He’ll see you in court, Club For Growth. (Actually, no he won’t.)


A British Artist


Ilmore Gore’s sketch of Trump with a tiny penis earned her a different kind of legal threat. He didn’t order a takedown, but rather said he wanted a piece of the action if the artwork sold.


The Associated Press


For a story he didn’t like.


John Kasich



Watch Kasich squirm --- if he is not truthful in his negative ads I will sue him just for fun!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)



The Huffington Post and Rolling Stone


I had forgotten about this one, and when I stumbled on it, was surprised to realize I had actually replied in real time to it. As I recall, he was tweeting about us in the middle of NCAA basketball.



As dishonest as @RollingStone is I say @HuffingtonPost is worse. Neither has much money - sue them and put them out of business!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)




.@realDonaldTrump @RollingStone @HuffingtonPost Shouldn't you be watching basketball? Give it a rest, guy.

— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim)



 


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Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly
incites
political violence
and is a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-911_565b1950e4b08e945feb7326"> style="font-weight: 400;">serial liar, href="http://www.huffingtonpost
.com/entry/9-outrageous-things-donald-trump-has-said-about-latinos_55e483a1e4b0c818f618904b"> style="font-weight: 400;">rampant xenophobe,
racist, style="font-weight: 400;">misogynist and href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-stephen-colbert-birther_56022a33e4b00310edf92f7a"> >birther who has
repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from
entering the U.S.

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oct 26 16, 15:24
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Olivia Wilde And Jason Sudeikis Welcome Baby Girl With Instagram Too Cute For Words


Olivia Wilde announced the arrival of her second child with actor Jason Sudeikis on Saturday. According to an Instagram so adorable you might consider procreating, their family’s newest addition is a baby girl named Daisy. 


Wilde actually gave birth four days prior, on Tuesday, Oct. 11, People magazine reports, but kept the surprise until the weekend.


This couple previously welcomed now 2-year-old Otis Alexander in 2014. 


“There goes the neighborhood. Daisy Josephine Sudeikis. Born, like a boss, on#internationaldayofthegirl. ❤️,” Wilde captioned the sweet photo of Daisy in a green onesie. 






This announcement means Wilde has officially mastered the social media pregnancy game. Seriously, have you seen how she let the world know she was expecting back in April? A black and white photo of herself and son Otis holding their bellies ― or “baby bumps” ― side by side. 






The couple kept the sex of the new baby under wraps for weeks after the post, until the actress sneakily revealed she was having a girl while bashing Trump in a single tweet. Coolest mom ever, right? 



As someone who is about to have a daughter, this hits me deep in my core. #NeverTrump https://t.co/BIG4J0mkM6

— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde)



Wilde and Sudeikis have been dating for five years and got engaged in 2013, but have yet to officially tie the knot. In fact, during an interview with Andy Cohen on “Watch What Happens Live,” Sudeikis said he refuses to wed Wilde until “weed is legal in every state.”


Lighters up and congrats to the happy family. 


The Huffington Post has reached out to the couple’s representatives and will update this post accordingly.

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