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Mueller: "Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Minnesota" were discussed between Manafort and GRU operative Kilimnik.

Give me a fucking break with these pathetic denials and recriminations against Hillary Clinton.

The Russian government interfered in the 2016 election in sweeping and systematic fashion.
— 2nd Sentence of Mueller Report

The Electoral College

While the Electoral College may be hard to eradicate out of existence, The National Popular Vote bill will take effect when enacted into law by states possessing 270 electoral votes (a majority of the 538 electoral votes).  It has been enacted into law in 13 jurisdictions possessing 181 electoral votes, including 4 small jurisdictions (DC, HI, RI, VT), 5 medium-sized states (CO, CT, MD, MA, WA), and 4 big states (CA, IL, NJ, NY).  

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Milwaukee Gets the DNC and the Ghost of 2016

As it is, we know Russian operatives worked to sow chaos in American discourse during 2016, with the aim of getting Trump elected. We know that Russian code was introduced to U.S. voting machines, courtesy of Reality Winner’s sacrifice. But we need to study what happened on Election Night 2016, when states that hadn’t gone Republican in 20 years improbably went red by the same small margin of votes.

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The Essence of Democracy

Idealism leads to denial. I finally understand what realism mixed with idealism yields: Hope. That’s what Barack and Michelle brought. Not “It’s our revolution, they owe us everything.” Hope that we can move forward, together, with cool heads. It’s a different worldview.

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Klobuchar Pushes Wisconsin Myth

It has become some kind of accepted excuse that Hillary’s narrow loss in Wisconsin was the fault of her not visiting the state just before the election. Colbert jokes about it, SNL jokes about it, it has settled as the one thing people seem to grasp went wrong in a confusing election that had more Russian bots than voters.

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Not Another 2016

As we ramp up for another presidential election, we gird ourselves for heated rhetoric, bad media, and disappointments. We embrace all this because we believe in the redemption of voting, of listening to our fellow citizens, and that better days are ahead if we participate in the process our founders set up. It’s part of being a good American.

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