Though Boston Mayor Thomas Menino condemned Rolling Stone for giving Dzhokhar Tsarnaev “celebrity treatment” and chains like Walgreens, CVS, and Stop & Shop refused to sell the issue with his dreamy self-portrait on the cover, Adweek reports that based on data from 1,420 retailers from July 19 to July 29, sales were more than double the magazine’s average sales for the previous year. Only 5 percent of the magazine’s total circulation comes from retail sales, but it appears magazine buyers weren’t as outraged as the denizens of Twitter – or perhaps thousands of people heeded the irrational call to buy the issue just to burnit.
Mississippi GOP Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith says suppressing student voters is a “great idea,” her campaign says it was a joke
A video released Thursday shows U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith talking about making voting “a little more difficult” for some people. Her campaign quickly said she was “obviously” joking.
The 18-second video, which has poor quality, begins abruptly. “And then they remind me, that there’s a lot of liberal folks in those other schools who that maybe we don’t want to vote,” Hyde-Smith, a Republican, appears to say to a group of supporters, as several people speak over her the same time. “Maybe we want to make it just a little more difficult. So I think that’s a great idea.”
The Justice Department is preparing to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and is increasingly optimistic it will be able to get him into a U.S. courtroom, according to people in Washington familiar with the matter.
Over the past year, U.S. prosecutors have discussed several types of charges they could potentially bring against Mr. Assange, the people said. Mr. Assange has lived in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since receiving political asylum from the South American country in 2012.
So, can you just fill me in on what the hell is going on in Florida at the moment?
Both the Senate and gubernatorial races, where Republicans led on Election Night, qualified for machine recounts (which rarely change much). After much confusion, some county election board dysfunction, and a frenzy of legal maneuvering, the machine recount has been completed (with one county not finishing on time), and the gubernatorial race is not meeting the threshold for a hand recount. So that one’s probably done, though Andrew Gillum hasn’t conceded yet. The hand recount could reveal some machine errors, mainly involving ballots where votes for the Senate weren’t counted at all. That’s what Bill Nelson is counting on.
The deadline for the hand recount is Sunday.
is there any sense of whether democrat bill nelson has a legitimate shot here? wouldn’t there need to be a pretty massive error for him to prevail in the end?
He’s down by 12,000 votes, and there are reportedly as many as 118,000 ballots that could be scrutinized in the hand recount. There are also a few thousand provisional ballots rejected for mismatched signatures where voters are being given a couple of days to establish their identity. So it’s possible, but not all that likely.There’s also always the potential for more litigation. Being an election lawyer is pretty lucrative in Florida.
and one issue is whether the strange disparity between the number of gubernatorial votes and the number of senatorial votes in broward county is due to a machine error or simply poor ballot design, correct?
Yes, it’s an “undercount” that will be at the center of the hand recount.
One theory, though, is that Broward’s ballot design led a lot of voters to miss the Senate race entirely, and if that’s what happened, there’s no remedy. Amazing these things don’t get caught before elections happen.
It’s reminiscent of the famous “butterfly ballot” in 2000 in Palm Beach County, which led to a bumper crop of votes for Pat Buchanan.
and truly incredible given the history here
(to be fair to broward in 2018, the ballot design I Saw was not nearly as convoluted as the butterfly one)
This whole saga, like that of 2000, is an ongoing testament to the folly of letting local government run elections.
amid the legal wrangling, rick scott and marco rubio have both alleged, dangerously, that democrats were trying to “steal” this election. do you think this kind of rhetoric has had any real effect on the proceedings since election night?
It’s kept the pressure up, and set the foundation for louder complaints and litigation if the results change. But I think this is really more about pre-spinning future elections and countering chronic Democratic claims that Republicans are suppressing the vote. When GOPers hear the word “suppress,” they start yelling “fraud.”
so that’s why the GOP has been so aggressive even though they’re likely to win both marquee races in the end?
That’s my guess. Taking a page from POTUS, they are poisoning the ground in advance of 2020, trying to undermine any and all election fairness arguments.
meanwhile, we just learned that Broward County missed its machine recount deadline by two minutes, and the state will use its original results instead.
Wha?? Jesus wept.
but does the machine count matter now that they’re doing a manual one anyway?
The manual one is based on the machine one. It only deals with “overcounts” and “undercounts.” That’s unless Broward’s discovered some weird calculation error.
Wouldn’t that be a kick in the teeth.
I’m trying to process what that means.
Hell, nobody really understands this, but they don’t recount every ballot by hand–just the overcount-undercount. The machine recount sets the baseline.
Trump administration considers move that would undoubtedly cause international uproar
The White House is looking for ways to remove an enemy of Turkish President Recep Erdogan from the U.S. in order to placate Turkey over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to two senior U.S. officials and two other people briefed on the requests.
Trump administration officials last month asked federal law enforcement agencies to examine legal ways of removing exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen in an attempt to persuade Erdogan to ease pressure on the Saudi government, the four sources said.
Career officials at the agencies pushed back on the White House requests, the U.S. officials and people briefed on the requests said.
“At first there were eye rolls, but once they realized it was a serious request, the career guys were furious,” said a senior U.S. official involved in the process.
Fascinating overheard remarks from Mitch McConnell
Thread. Friend of a professional contact was having breakfast this morning, and told him some of a conversation he said he overheard Sen. Mitch McConnell having nearby. (He told my contact that McConnell was not speaking particularly quietly, he was not trying to eavesdrop). 1/
Zuckerberg tries to explain himself to reporters, employees after bombshell NYT expose
Zuckerberg stumbles over Soros question. “The intention was not to attack an individual,” he said, but to call attention to the fact that a group presenting itself as a spontaneous grassroots effort “was in fact funded by—err—uhh—was not in fact a spontaneous grassroots effort.”
GOP Sen Susan Collins says she’ll continue to urge Mitch McConnell to allow a vote on legislation shielding Bob Mueller’s probe, but she won’t join Jeff Flake in refusing to vote for Trump judicial picks until it happens.
On December 4, 2017, the disappearance of Professor Rahile Dawut, an eminent scholar of the Uyghur ethnic minority which she herself belongs to, sent quiet shockwaves among her students and colleagues around the world. On that day she had packed her bags for a flight to Beijing from Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where the majority of Uyghurs live, and has not been seen since. Presumably she is being held in detention. The cryptic text messages a colleague sent regarding what happened did not provide many details. They ended with the message, “I am going to delete my VPN [virtual private network, for communicating behind the Chinese firewall] and never use it again. So please if you care about people here, stop asking questions.”
Ohio Republicans kept a supermajority in the legislature despite getting less than half the votes
These are two fresh examples of how skillfully gerrymandered legislative districts can sway the balance of power - especially when one party is in full control of drawing the maps as was the case for the current districts.
Funny story, but also a sign of the NRA’s money troubles
According to NRA insiders, the austerity campaign has been led by Josh Powell, the group’s executive director for general operations. The coffee cuts, sources say, are part of Powell’s effort to overhaul the organization’s budget to make up for lost revenue. Powell, sources say, is scrutinizing every expense and contract with the help of the group’s new treasurer, Craig Spray.
When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, there were 15 border walls around the world. History had supposedly come to an end, jealous nationalisms were consigned to the past, and the world was becoming “flat.”
Instead, the 21st century has seen a proliferation of border walls, with 77 carving up the earth today.
Their power is often more symbolic than it is concrete. Not just bulwarks to preserve the order of the state—to keep the barbarians at bay—these walls loom as evidence of the apocalypse beyond, proving that the order of the state is what stands between us and chaos.
Trump’s tax cut includes a provision that will slowly increase taxes
The tax law enacted last year lowered tax rates and reduced tax burdens for most households in 2018. It also required the IRS to switch to a different, slower-moving measure of inflation to adjust a variety of tax-code features for rising prices.
The standard deduction, tax brackets and other items will still increase most years, but now they will usually climb more slowly than they would have under the old formula.
The EPA is rushing to open a mine that is still poisoning Idaho’s water
So far, much of the metals pouring down from Silver Valley has settled innocuously on the bottom of the lake, undiffused in the overlying water. But the pollution is a ticking time bomb. Coeur d’Alene’s rapid development is loading the lake with nutrients from septic systems, lawn runoff, and logging activity, among other sources. Nutrients promote plant growth, which depletes the water’s oxygen supply. When the water becomes sufficiently anoxic—depleted of saturated oxygen—the metals will dissolve and flux upward into the water column, turning the lake into a toxic sink of liquefied arsenic, cadmium, lead, and zinc.
Just when you thought this story couldn’t get any stranger…
A New Jersey couple accused of scamming a homeless good Samaritan out of hundreds of thousands of dollars as part of an online fundraiser that went viral a year ago had initially conspired with him to concoct a “fictitious story,” prosecutors allege.