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Kentucky may just have elected a Democrat governor. Virginia won the state legislature. Mississippi had its first competitive governor's race in years. The Republican won but the fact there was competition is telling. This voting season may portend the immediate future. Seems more and more people have had enough. Also, the economy is not as good as the administration claims. The economy never recovered as good as the stats were saying under Obama and now with Trump. 

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Trump won Pennsylvania by 40k votes. According to the person below, Penna has 1 million more Democrats than Republicans. What politics has come down to as the interviewee says is Republicans are the 'minority' party and do two things get the vote out: demonize the opposition to get the base out and enact laws, etc, that reduces Democrat turn out. The Democrats just try and get people out. In the Penna elections there were actually record turn out for Republicans but it didn't matter, Dems simply have numbers. Also, it wasn't traditional Dems that were winning, they were left of the current establishment. Very interesting. 

 

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7 minutes ago, buffalo_bill said:

My heart, oh Steve, jumps with joy. Although it is early days to hope for the obvious.

The problem BB is this. Can you truly trust a nation that has enough people who not only elected but are still (3 years later with all what we know) zealously supporting him? 

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Almost off topic, but I see the Cambodian Government is using American Republican tactics to combat the (presumably reasonable) opposition. Reasoned debate? no - shouting down.

The Aljazeera has footage of the Cambodian Ambassador striding around the (not his) press conference, shouting and shutting down, any hope to hear, what the press conference was called for. And I thought it was just Americans that started shouting when they didn't get their way...

'You shut up': Cambodian ambassador ambushes press conference

Back on Topic, I expect the Republicans will be doing a lot more shouting in America, because it's definitely not going their way.

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Trump wanted Attorney General William Barr to hold a press conference to say that Trump didn't break any laws during his July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. ...a request that Barr eventually declined. (Washington Post / New York Times / CNN)

Intelligence officials want CIA director Gina Haspel to weigh in on the CIA whistleblower whose complaint is now at the center of the House impeachment inquiry. Haspel has so far avoided making any statements about the whistleblower or the complaint, as has Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire. Former CIA director John Brennan called on leaders in the intelligence community to push back both publicly and privately against attempts by GOP lawmakers and administration officials to unmask and punish the whistleblower...(NBC News)

Ukrainian-American businessman Lev Parnas received $500,000 from a Long Island attorney so he could pay Rudy Giuliani to help pressure the Ukrainian government to launch investigations into Trump's political opponents. Charles Gucciardo, a Republican donor and Trump supporter, gave the money to Lev Parnas as part of a deal that would make Gucciardo an investor in Parnas' company, Fraud Guarantee. Parnas then gave the money to Giuliani's firm in October 2018, which cemented the relationship between Parnas and Giuliani. Giuliani and Parnas would then go on to become a critical part of the campaign to pressure the Zelensky administration to publicly investigate Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, and the 2016 election. Parnas' company, Fraud Guarantee, was presented as a bulwark against the risk of being defrauded, but the company never had any official customers and Giuliani never engaged in any public marketing for it. Giuliani is currently under federal investigation for possible foreign lobbying violations, and Parnas has been indicted for alleged campaign finance and foreign money-laundering violations. (New York Times)  

And Parnas has volunteered to testify against Trump in the Impeachment proceedings, because Trump said he didn't know Parnas, despite many photos of them together... ahem... https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/04/nyregion/lev-parnas-giuliani-associate.html

 

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