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Rounding up links while watching Madam Secretary October 5, 2016

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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I always forget how much the Vice Presidential debates are 90% about the VP candidates talking up their running mates.

The first question should’ve been “tell us why you’re proud to be running with [POTUS candidate].” Get all their talking points out of the way, then move on to “tell us why, if the president is incapacitated, you’re qualified to step in.”

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Trump stuff:

“…if you worked at a Trump casino, you were nearly 40 percent more likely to lose your job than if you worked at one of the others. […] In head-to-head competition – with the same businesses in the same place and time, facing the same challenges – Trump’s casinos performed worse, on average, than their peers at creating sustainable jobs.”

Donald Trump spent more than a quarter-million dollars from his charitable foundation to settle lawsuits that involved the billionaire’s for-profit businesses, according to interviews and a review of legal documents.” Remind me why this isn’t disqualifying?

A company controlled by Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, secretly conducted business in Communist Cuba during Fidel Castro’s presidency despite strict American trade bans that made such undertakings illegal, according to interviews with former Trump executives, internal company records and court filings.” Or this?

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Double standards:

If Republicans were truly concerned with transparency, strengthening FOIA, and preserving federal records, they would be attempting to recover Secretary Powell’s emails from AOL, but they have taken no steps to do so despite the fact that this period — including the run-up to the Iraq War — was critical to our nation’s history.”

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Clinton stuff:

The hit count on that post with a roundup of HRC’s policy positions has reached Over Nine Thousand. Mostly on the strength of an early reblog by Diane Duane. I was mostly just hoping it would get through to a few people before getting lost in the general sea of political discourse, and then, yowza.

Clinton has traveled the world advocating a better life for women in places where that concept wasn’t even on the radar. She’s pushed for paternity leave here in the United States, and became a symbol of women’s rights and women’s progress everywhere. Looking at Secretary Clinton and reading about her accomplishments, it’s tough to think that it was just 100 years ago the U.S. elected the first woman to Congress. That 100 years later, she’s our first female candidate for president to win a primary.”

“In June 2010, as the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) notes, Secretary Clinton’s State Department began allowing transgender people to change passport gender markers with a physician’s certification that they had received ‘appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition.’ For the first time, sex reassignment surgery (SRS) was not required to make the correction.”

And I’ll let Bernie have the last word:

“I ran as a third-party candidate. I’m the longest-serving independent in the history of the United States Congress. I know more about third-party politics than anyone else in the Congress, okay? And if people want to run as third-party candidates, God bless them! Run for Congress. Run for governor. Run for state legislature. When we’re talking about president of the United States, in my own personal view, this is not time for a protest vote. This is time to elect Hillary Clinton and then work after the election to mobilize millions of people to make sure she can be the most progressive president she can be.”

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