Hillary Clinton

DNC files broad lawsuit over Russian meddling in 2016 election

They even threw in Julian Assange for good measure:

The Democratic National Committee has sued Russia, President Donald Trump’s campaign, WikiLeaks and others on Friday, alleging a broad conspiracy to influence the 2016 presidential election. The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Manhattan, said “the Trump campaign and its agents gleefully welcomed Russia’s help,” which involved releasing hacked emails and spreading misinformation on social media.

“During the 2016 presidential campaign, Russia launched an all-out assault on our democracy, and it found a willing and active partner in Donald Trump’s campaign,” Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement. “This constituted an act of unprecedented treachery.” Trump is not one of the people being sued by the Democrats, but the lawsuit does name Donald J. Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner and Roger Stone, among others.

Before we start "feeling the Bern" over this lawsuit (I.E. whatever the DNC does is wrong and somehow connected to corporate oligarchs), this is "exactly" what needs to be done. Why? Because civil actions generate literally hours of depositions, questions asked and answered, and even one tiny tid-bit of (currently missing) information may be what brings down this house of marked cards. So please, if you see somebody ranting and/or raving about the DNC wasting time or resources pursuing this, try not to spread the disease.

The media is still getting it wrong about Hillary

The myth of her dishonesty is alive and kicking:

Trump was a much more prolific liar, but his lies were, by comparison, benign: boastful exaggerations, hyperbole about issues, times when he simply didn’t know what he was talking about.

Clinton’s lies were about serious matters – about classified materials on emails, about Benghazi, and the things she had said in speeches on Wall Street that were different from things she said to voters. People didn’t trust her, and she kept giving them reasons not to trust her.

The author is the former Editor of Char-O's editorial page and a novelist, much lauded for both. But his attempt to convince readers Trump's victory does not herald an upsurge in racism, and that it's merely a rejection of his flawed opponent, is both naive and embarrassing. Clinton did not lie about classified e-mails, but Republicans on the House panel "investigating" her surely did. And for this guy to even mention Benghazi proves his information sources were tainted beyond recovery. After thousands of hours of posturing, the Benghazi Committee produced zero (nada, nothing) evidence of wrongdoing on her part. But that doesn't fit the narrative of "there is no racism, it was Clinton's fault" this man set out to prove in his little essay. By far, the biggest loser in this election was (and apparently still is) the truth.

More fodder for the anti-Clinton crusaders

Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't:

Former President Bill Clinton will be in Raleigh on Friday, but he’ll be here for meetings and fundraisers that aren’t open to the public. A post on Hillary Clinton’s campaign website on Wednesday said Bill Clinton planned to “discuss the pipeline from college to full-time employment.” The post didn’t include further details but provided a link for supporters to sign up to attend.

The post was deleted Wednesday night. A Clinton campaign spokesman said Thursday that the visit from Bill Clinton would be “for fundraising events and political meetings.”

In the wake of all the complaints about Bubba being on the front pages of newspapers during the Convention, why should we be surprised (or upset) when he takes a behind-the-curtains profile? I realize the really juicy stories are released around close of business on Friday, but come on.

DNC Day 1: A report from the streets of Philly

After attending the Democratic National Conventions in 2008 and 2012, I was not able to go and represent BlueNC this year. Fortunately, my good friend, Elayne DeMaria, the founder of DownTicketDems.com is there and is willing to send pictures and some stories from the field.

If you have never been, the convention week features festivals, concerts, seminars, meetings, receptions, and parties. All of this happens before, during, and after the main event.

Bystanders crash Sen. Bob Rucho's attempt to crash Clinton rally in Charlotte

Bob Rucho

Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Meck, did his best to crash the Hillary Clinton rally held in Charlotte today, but two innocent bystanders crashed his party. Well...one innocent bystander...the other is MCDP 1st Vice Chair and volunteer extraordinaire Jane Whitley. Jane's one of those people that when something needs to be done, there she is. Today, something needed to be done.

I'ma let her tell the story.

If you had any doubt NC is a 2016 battleground state...

You can put those doubts to rest:

Hillary Clinton is bringing her presidential campaign to North Carolina this month. The presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee will be in Raleigh on June 21 to discuss her vision for America, her campaign announced Saturday afternoon.

Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, plans to be in North Carolina on Tuesday for a campaign rally in Greensboro.

And so it begins. Between this fight for the purple and all the downballot races, including a likely new record for US Senate spending, the television commercials, robocalls, and hyperbolic mailers are going to be pounding us for the next five months. What can mere bloggers do to alter this big-money barrage? If you see something wonky (not right), provide whatever evidence you can find to debunk it. Something outrageous printed on a mailer? Scan it, share it. Just as we don't have the luxury to blow up the establishment and hope a gingerbread house is built to replace it, we don't have the luxury to assume somebody else, like maybe our newly-minted Politifact site, will uncover/discover Republican lies. I won't promise you'll be successful, but I will promise you will become more knowledgeable about the issues in question.

Step aside, brothers

With all due respect to my fellow white men, it's time for us to gracefully bow out of trying to run things. The world in 2016 is a freaking horror show, and white men are unarguably the source of so much that is wrong.

In case you haven't noticed, white men have been calling the shots for 7,000 years or so, and look where it's gotten us. A planet on the brink of collapse. And a political environment that is indistinguishable from an open sewer.

Women may not be better at leading the world, but they sure as hell cannot be worse. Step aside, brothers.

Family adds "Don't vote for Hillary" to father's obituary

Move aside Florida, North Carolina idiots are getting jealous of your notoriety:

A North Carolina man's obituary asked two things of friends and family: instead of sending flowers for the funeral, give the money to charity. And don't vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016.

Upright's daughter, Jill McLain, said the rock-ribbed Republican was passionate about politics. She says that recollection prompted his family to ask obituary readers to reject Clinton's presidential bid. Mike Upright said his deceased father voiced his opinions regularly.

Good job, you've just succeeded in making your dead father seem like an asshole to tens of thousands of people he never met. What's next, a Jeb Bush yardsign on his grave?

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