Month: October 2016

John Kasich (White Freemason, Zionist) stands by pledge not to vote for Trump

Republican John Kasich is a man of his word.

The Ohio governor, who has pledged not to vote for GOP nominee Donald Trump, voted by absentee ballot Monday and wrote in Sen. John McCain, Kasich spokesman Chris Schrimpf confirmed to The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Schrimpf told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that Kasich voted straight-ticket Republican on his ballot and was comfortable tapping the Arizona senator for his vote.

Kasich ended his own campaign for the GOP nomination in May in an emotional speech in Columbus, Ohio. Kasich said voters had “changed me with the stories of their lives,” and he highlighted some of the most moving moments of his campaign.

The Ohio governor had been intent on staying in the race as the lone alternative to Trump’s candidacy. But he won only his home state and trailed Trump by nearly 900 delegates when he bowed out. On the eve of his exit, the campaign tweeted out a homage to Star Wars, suggesting Kasich was the only hope to defeat Trump and prevent a Hillary Clinton presidency.

As the summer wore on, the Trump and Kasich teams became embroiled in a feud over whether Trump ever seriously wanted Kasich to join the ticket as his vice president amid a swirl of speculation. Kasich, who a year earlier signed a pledge to support the eventual nominee, did not attend the GOP convention, even though he was the governor of the host state.

After the convention, the ill-will continued as Trump said he would “probably” create a political action committee to fund opponents of some of his rivals, such as Kasich.

Three weeks ago, Trump’s lewd comments about women on a 2005 tape apparently sealed the deal for Kasich. He issued a statement saying he would not vote for the GOP nominee.

Trump “is a man I cannot and should not support,” he said. “The actions of the last day are disgusting, but that’s not why I reached this decision. …I will not vote for a nominee who has behaved in a manner that reflects so poorly on our country. Our country deserves better.”

Kasich’s McCain vote won’t count, however. Ohio law requires write-in candidates to file with the secretary of state more than two months before Election Day.

In McCain, Kasich is voting for one of the earliest targets of Trump’s insults. Trump said last summer that McCain, a former prisoner of war and a U.S. senator from Arizona, is “not a war hero” because he was captured.

Kasich also fashioned his primary campaign in New Hampshire after McCain’s town-hall based efforts in 2000 and 2008.

Kasich has continued to travel the country since abandoning his presidential bid, keeping his name in front of voters and campaigning for Republicans in tight congressional races.

No Republican has won the presidency without carrying Ohio since Abraham Lincoln in 1860.

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Zika shrinks mice testicles, damaging fertility

(CNN)If you’re a guy mouse, the news about Zika’s effect on your sex life couldn’t be worse.

Not only did male mice infected with the Zika virus have a tougher time getting females pregnant, their levels of sex hormones crashed, and their testicles shrunk by 90%, possibly permanently, according to new researchby the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Of course, these are mice, not men.
“We undertook this study to understand the consequences of Zika virus infection in males,” said co-senior author Dr. Michael Diamond, associate director of the school’s Center for Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Programs.
“While our study was in mice — and with the caveat that we don’t yet know whether Zika has the same effect in men — it does suggest that men might face low testosterone levels and low sperm counts after Zika infection, affecting their fertility.”
“People often don’t find out that they’re infertile until they try to have children, and that could be years or decades after infection,” added co-senior author Dr. Kelle Moley, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Washington University School of Medicine. “I think it is more likely doctors will start seeing men with symptoms of low testosterone, and they will work backward to make the connection to Zika.”

Zika’s effect on men

It’s well-known that Zika can survive in the testes of some men long after the virus has cleared their blood and urine. One man harbored live virus in his testes for three months, and traces of the RNA that makes up Zika has been found in other men’s sexual organs for up to six months. That’s why both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have told men who have traveled to an area where Zika is active to use condoms for a full six months after exposure.
Not only does Zika live and grow in some men’s testes, but the viral load can continue to climb to a level much higher than was originally found at the time of infection. The question no one can yet answer: What does that do to a man’s sexual organs and performance?
“Of course, a mouse is not human,” said Sujan Shresta, an associate professor at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunization. “But there has to be some aspects of this virus interacting with a mammalian host that we can take away from this type of research.
“The last thing I want to do is scare people, but I can imagine as a scientist if the virus is always replicating, then chances are that it is destroying your sperm,” Shresta added. “Eventually, that person will be infertile, right? And we don’t know right now. We don’t have the data.”
No one knows how many men who get Zika might continue to harbor the virus in their testes. Studies are underway to figure that out.
“You have to have keep in the back of your mind that what’s making it into publications are what are the exceptions, not the rules,” said Dr. John Brooks, a medical epidemiologist at the CDC. “And we don’t yet know with any kind of confidences, as far as I know, what is the average. Where do most people fall?”
“We are just now following people long enough to determine how long the virus can exist and in what proportion of men it can do that,” said Dr. William Schaffner, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. “Is it 1%? 20? We just don’t know.”

Zika’s effect on male mice

It didn’t take long for the Zika virus to wreak havoc in the sexual organs of male mice. Within one week of infection, the virus arrived in the testes. Within two weeks, Sertoli cells were dead or dying, and the testes were already significantly smaller. Sertoli cells, which nourish developing sperm cells, are also responsible for keeping a blood-testes barrier in place to protect those new cells as they grow.
“There is a blood-testes barrier that immune cells don’t normally cross unless something is very wrong,” Diamond said. “And you don’t want them to cross because you don’t want to eliminate germ cells, which are going to propagate the species.”
“There are very few microbes that can cross the barrier that separates the testes from the bloodstream to infect the testes directly,” said Moley, who is also a fertility specialist and director of the university’s Center for Reproductive Health Sciences.
The study found that Zika not only crossed that barrier, it attacked and destroyed the Sertoli cells, which do not regenerate.
At three weeks after infection, according to the study, the male mice’s testicles were one-tenth of their normal size. The organs showed no signs of healing when examined at six weeks, even though the virus had long cleared the bloodstream. Sperm counts and levels of testosterone in the male mice also dropped tenfold.
“We don’t know for certain if the damage is irreversible, but I expect so, because the cells that hold the internal structure in place have been infected and destroyed,” Diamond said.
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Whether any of this damage will also occur in men is unknown, say the researchers, but it’s worth studying in areas of the world with high rates of Zika infection, such as Central and South America.
“Wouldn’t a man notice if his testicles shrank?” Moley asked. “Well, probably. But we don’t really know how the severity in men might compare with the severity in mice. I assume that something is happening to the testes of men, but whether it’s as dramatic as in the mice is hard to say.”
“We don’t know what proportion of infected men get persistently infected or whether shorter-term infections also can have consequences for sperm count and fertility,” Diamond said. “These are things we need to know.”

Trump sticks to attacks, insults, hoping to overtake Clinton

October 31 at 10:51 PM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Donald Trump plunged into his final-week sprint to Election Day Monday decidedly on his terms: unleashing a harsh new attack against Democrat Hillary Clinton in Michigan, a state that hasn’t favored a Republican for president in nearly three decades.

His message was welcomed by supporters, but his location frustrated anxious Republicans who fear their nominee is riding his unorthodox political playbook too long — even as Clinton’s developing email problems offer new political opportunity.

“Her election would mire our government and our country in a constitutional crisis that we cannot afford,” Trump declared in Grand Rapids, pointing to the FBI’s renewed examination of Clinton’s email practices as evidence the former secretary of state might face a criminal trial as president.

National polls show a tightening race. But with more than 23 million ballots already cast through early voting, it’s unclear whether Trump has the time or capacity to dramatically improve his standing over the next week in states like Michigan, where few political professionals in either party expect a Republican victory on Nov. 8.

Clinton, defending herself from the new FBI examination, focused Monday on battleground Ohio, a state Trump’s team concedes he must win.

“There is no case here,” Clinton insisted. “Most people have decided a long time ago what they think about all this.”

Later in the day, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook decried what he called a “blatant double standard” following a CNBC report that FBI Director James Comey opposed releasing details about possible Russian interference in the U.S. election because it was too close to Election Day. Comey issued a letter to congressional leaders on Friday about the FBI’s renewed interest in Clinton’s email.

The AP has not confirmed the CNBC report, and the FBI declined comment Monday.

Amid the attacks and counterattacks, the race for the White House remains at its core a test of a simple question: Will the conventional rules of modern-day campaigns apply to a 2016 election that has been anything but conventional?

For much of the year, Clinton has pounded the airwaves with advertising, assembled an expansive voter data file and constructed a nationwide political organization that dwarfs her opponent’s.

The Democratic presidential nominee and her allies in a dozen battleground states have more than 4,800 people knocking on doors, making phone calls and otherwise working to support her candidacy. Clinton’s numbers, as reported in recent campaign filings, tripled those of Trump and the national and state Republican parties.

The New York businessman over the past year has largely ignored the key components of recent winning campaigns, depending instead on massive rallies and free media coverage to drive his outsider candidacy. This week, he’s devoting his most valuable resource — his time — to states where polls suggest he’s trailing Clinton by significant margins.

Trump had two rallies on Monday in Michigan, a state that last went for a Republican presidential nominee in 1988. The day before, he appeared in New Mexico, which has supported the GOP just once over the last three decades. And on Tuesday, he’s scheduled to appear with running mate Mike Pence in Wisconsin, which hasn’t backed a Republican for president since Ronald Reagan’s re-election in 1984.

“It makes no sense to me,” Republican pollster Frank Luntz said of Trump’s strategy.

Michigan-based Republican operative Saul Anuzis described Michigan as “a creative opportunity” for Trump.

“The demographics in Michigan are perfect for Trump,” Anuzis said of the state’s large white working-class population. “That doesn’t mean he’ll necessarily win here.”

Trump’s campaign hopes that frustrated working-class voters across the Midwest will tip states like Michigan or Wisconsin his way, especially if he benefits from reduced enthusiasm for Clinton in African-American strongholds like Detroit and Milwaukee. New Mexico is seen as a longer shot, with Trump’s hard line immigration stance a harder sell in a state with the nation’s highest percentage of Latino voters.

Adding to Trump’s challenge: Millions have already voted by mail and at polling stations across 37 states. They include critical states such as Florida, Nevada and Colorado, where one third of the expected ballots have already been cast.

The breakdown of those voters by party affiliation, race and other factors point to an advantage for Clinton.

Overall, more than 23 million votes have been cast, far higher than the rate in 2012, according to Associated Press data. That represents nearly 20 percent of the total votes expected nationwide, if turnout is similar to 2012. In all, more than 46 million people — up to 40 percent of the electorate — are expected to vote before Election Day.

In Colorado, Democrats lead Republicans by 3 percentage points in early voting, reversing a trend in the past two elections in which Republicans led in early voting and large numbers of Democrats voted on Election Day.

In swing state Iowa, Republicans trail Democrats in early voting as well, though by a smaller margin than four years ago. Both parties are well behind where they were four years ago.

Meanwhile, some Republicans are skeptical that the FBI’s renewed interest in Clinton’s email will erase the Democrat’s advantage.

“It would take something like an indictment to turn it into a dead heat,” Republican pollster Whit Ayres said.

As for Trump’s charge that a Clinton election might prompt “a constitutional crisis,” the Justice Department’s office of legal counsel said in 1973 that criminally prosecuting a president would unconstitutionally undermine the executive branch. A 2000 memo reached a similar conclusion. Presidents can face civil lawsuits, however.

Donald Trump, Pentagon differ on Mosul fight’s success

Washington (CNN)Pentagon officials said Monday that the campaign to reclaim Mosul was proceeding as planned and that so far anti-ISIS forces in Iraq are succeeding in their fight against the terror group.

The military’s upbeat assessment puts Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in an awkward position. His repeated criticism of the handling of the operation means its success could cast shadows on his argument to be the next commander in chief, while his decision to take on the Pentagon once again highlights the sacred cows he has been willing to slay during his unconventional campaign.
For weeks, Trump has lambasted the coalition effort to re-capture the city of Mosul from ISIS, calling the undertaking a “total disaster” and saying the US and its allies were “bogged-down” there even as defense officials say they are encouraged by the progress being made.
“The campaign is on track and moving forward according to plan,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters Monday.
“There’s no question that counter-ISIL forces continue to have the momentum in this fight,” he added, using the government’s preferred acronym for the terror organization, also known as Daesh.
Yet Trump repeated his critique of the operation on Monday.
“Did we give Mosul enough advanced notice?” he asked rhetorically during a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “Whatever happened to the element of surprise?”
Trump’s view contrasts with the assessment of military officials, who have laid out the reasons why they are discussing some — though not all — elements of the Mosul operation.
And, so far, they can point for back-up to developments on the ground to take back Iraq’s second-largest city and key holdout for ISIS.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter “continues to be encouraged by what he is seeing,” Cook said, describing the campaign as proceeding on schedule.
Cook’s view was also echoed by the US special presidential envoy for the counter-ISIS coalition,Amb. Brett McGurk, while speaking Friday in Rome.
While McGurk acknowledged that the campaign for Mosul “will be a long-term effort,” he said that “every single objective has been met and we continue to move forward.”
On the same day, the military spokesman for the anti-ISIS coalition, US Air Force Col. John Dorrian, went even further.
“They were able to get to those places faster than they anticipated that they would,” he said of local forces. “So, the Iraqis continue to be successful in the engagements against Daesh.”
Because Trump has made a concentrated effort to slam the conduct of the Mosul operation, its success could undermine his claim of superior judgment as commander in chief in the final days before the November 8 election.
Non-incumbent candidates for political office always have to walk a fine line while military operations are ongoing. Typically, this involves commending the troops on fighting on the ground while simultaneously blasting the politicians in charge.
But Trump has shown a readiness to deviate from this political playbook, as he has repeatedly done for others throughout the 2016 campaign.
In contrast, then-Sen. Barack Obama made sure to praise the military even as he was highly critical of the 2007 “surge” in Iraq during the run-up to his own campaign for the presidency.
Obama called George W. Bush’s decision to deploy thousands of more troops as part of a counterinsurgency strategy aimed at reducing violence a “course that will not succeed” during an interview that year with PBS’s Charlie Rose.
Despite slamming the Bush administration, Obama still offered praise for the US troops on the ground, saying they had “performed brilliantly” and calling Gen. David Petraeus, the surge’s architect, an able and competent leader.
Trump’s recent statements on Mosul don’t include these qualifiers of praising the US military officers in charge or the US troops on the ground, though Trump has offered general praise for US troops in other situations.
“Donald Trump is testing lots of what we thought we knew about American politics, including that no one gets elected running against the troops,” said Kori Schake, a former senior Bush official, who has endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016.
Schake, who was one of the 50 Republican national security officials that penned an open-letter slamming Trump earlier this year, argued that the Republican nominee’s comments on Mosul were undercutting morale.
“The particular way he’s done it is bad for morale of American forces as well as the allies bearing the brunt of the fight,” she told CNN.

Trump on Syria: How stupid is our country?

Trump on Syria: How stupid is our country? 01:59
Clinton has been quick to knock Trump for his criticism of the Mosul campaign.
Following his tweet labelling the assault “a disaster,” Clinton told a rally in New Hampshire last week, “He’s basically declaring defeat before the battle has even started. He’s proving to the world what it means to have an unqualified commander-in-chief. It’s not only wrong, it’s dangerous.”
The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
Chief among Trump’s criticisms has been the absence of secrecy from the fight, though most analysts believe that given its size and scope, total secrecy and surprise in an operation like Mosul would be impossible.
Pentagon officials have also noted that because the Iraqis were leading the operation, the timeline and discussion of the assault was determined by the government in Baghdad.
Military officials also pointed out that many aspects of the final attack were indeed kept under wraps.
The former dean of the Army War College, retired Army Col. Jeff McCausland, told The New York Times that the candidate’s assessment was off the mark.
“What this shows is Trump doesn’t know a damn thing about military strategy,” he said.
Trump fired back Wednesday when asked about McCausland’s remarks on ABC.
“You can tell your military expert that I’ll sit down and I’ll teach him a couple of things,” he said.

Pulse nightclub: Chilling 911 tapes capture killer’s voice

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/31/us/orlando-pulse-911-calls/index.html

 

(CNN)Pulse nightclub killer Omar Mateen sounded alternately angry, frazzled, evasive and condescending in nearly 30 minutes of phone conversations with an Orlando police negotiator.

Though transcripts of the calls were already available, a judge decided Monday that audio of the 911 calls should be made public, providing the real-time sounds of a hostage crisis — plus a chilling record of the killer’s voice.
Mateen first made contact with police, calling 911 at 2:35 a.m. to say, “I want to let you know I’m in Orlando and I did the shooting.” When the dispatcher asked his identify, he said, “My name is I pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State.” Then he hung up.
The negotiator stationed at the 911 center then called and got through three times to Mateen, who was inside the nightclub.
Mateen started out repeating phrases in an insistent, almost robotic manner.
When the negotiator asked what was going on, meaning at the nightclub, Mateen replied, “What’s going on is that I feel the pain of the people getting killed in Syria and Iraq,” a subject he returned to repeatedly.
When the officer asked if he’d done something about it, Mateen said he had. The negotiator asked what and Mateen replied: “You already know what I did.”

Dressed for ‘a wedding’

Though he killed 49 people, Mateen never gave his real name — identifying himself as “Islamic soldier” and “soldier of the God” — or talked directly about the violence he inflicted, instead dropping hints while trying to steer the conversation to his grievances.
Omar Mateen

When the negotiator tried to determine if Mateen was wearing a bomb vest, Mateen sarcastically replied that he was dressed “to go out to a wedding.” Later he mocked the officer’s negotiating skills, saying, “So what year did you graduate from the police academy?” and called him “homeboy.”
Anger seeped through when the final call began, with Mateen saying, “You’re annoying me with these phone calls and I don’t really appreciate it.”
Pulse shooter's chilling 911 call transcript released

Pulse shooter’s chilling 911 call transcript released 02:55

‘It’s my turn’

Mateen killed 49 people and wounded more than 50 on June 12 at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando. It was the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
At 2:48 a.m., the negotiator called Mateen for the first time. Identified only as Andy, the officer prodded Mateen to give information about himself, because police didn’t know the identify of the caller or whether he was actually inside the nightclub.
Mateen provided this clue to his motivation: “My homeboy Tamerlan Tsarnaev did his thing on the Boston Marathon, my homeboy (unidentified name) did his thing, OK, so now it’s my turn, OK?”
He told the officer he had a bomb vest and that several vehicles outside had bombs that could “take out a whole city block almost.”
The call lasted nine minutes.

What triggered him?

At 3:03 a.m., police reached him again after calling back several times. In this 16-minute call he provided more of his motivation, saying, “Yo, the airstrike that killed Abu Wahib a few weeks ago … that’s what triggered it, OK?”
Wahib was a top ISIS leader killed in May by a coalition airstrike in Iraq.
The last call, at 3:24 a.m., lasted about three minutes. By this time police had identified the caller and the negotiator addressed him as “Omar.”
The negotiator pressed, saying, “I’m treating you like an adult. We need to stay in constant contact,” and Mateen replied, “No, no, no, no, no, no, no.” The call ended 30 seconds later.
At 5:53 a.m., police shot and killed Mateen, 29, during an operation to free hostages at the club.

More 911 calls

Mateen was a US citizen of Afghan descent who lived in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He was married and worked as a security guard. He entered the club as a customer on the night of June 11 and came back hours later with guns.
Another judicial decision must be made about the Pulse massacre.
News organizations want the city to release 911 calls that may have captured the sound of people dying inside the nightclub, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The city is opposing the release.
The judge said she would listen to the 232 calls before making a decision, the Sentinel reported.

Netanyahu: Clinton and Trump invited me to White House after elections (VERY VERY BAD!!!)

No matter who ends up winning next week’s US presidential election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will be a welcome guest at the White House, announcing on Monday that both major-party candidates had invited him.

Netanyahu’s speech was one of several at the opening meeting of the Knesset’s session that focused on US-Israel relations, or referred to the upcoming election.

“Unlike what the industry of dismay says, our relations with the US are stronger and mightier than ever and will remain that way, because the Americans share our values,” Netanyahu stated.

The prime minister thanked the US for the military aid package it will receive over the next decade.

“This doesn’t mean that there won’t be disagreements sometimes, though I hope they will be rare,” he added.

Netanyahu expressed hope that US President Barack Obama would not push forward a UN Security Council resolution pressuring Israel on settlements and a two-state solution before the president leaves office in January.

“President Obama said in 2011 that peace will not be achieved through UN resolutions, rather it will come from direct negotiations,” the prime minister said. “He was right, and I want to believe that he will not abandon this policy. In any case, Israel will oppose efforts to dictate to us from the outside.”

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union) had a different assessment of US-Israel ties, saying that Netanyahu has destroyed them, endangering Israel.

“You weakened Israel with a brutal, pointless and endless dispute with our greatest friend, the US, which is one of the major components we rely on for our strength in security and diplomacy,” Herzog said to Netanyahu.

“These are essential, true, and special relations, and only someone who has been in decision-making positions realizes how great your failure has been in protecting them.”

Herzog said ties with the US have been so strained that “sometimes it seems like the rope will break and rip, and I am worried that the worst is still ahead.”

President Reuven Rivlin spoke about a weakening of liberal democratic values in the West. A week before the US election, his speech could be seen as a thinly-veiled comment about politics there, though his office said they are about “global trends.”

“In many democratic countries [there is] a sharp increase in the percentage of citizens who do not see themselves duty-bound to the principles of the democratic process,” Rivlin stated. “Today we see citizens of democracies older than ours who are prepared to surrender some of their freedoms for the sake of strong leadership – sometimes demagogic and populist – yet able to establish stability and display strength.”

Rivlin said these ideas, even if they are difficult for some to swallow, still have legitimacy.

“These are value-based positions struggling with the definition of the boundaries, the character and the legitimacy of democracy,” he stated.

Such debates are also taking place in Israel, Rivlin said, where some people are enthusiastically “escaping the comfortable safety of consensus or by the ideological castration of ‘political correctness.’”

Rivlin warned that Israelis should not forget the things that unite them: “Even if we do take off our gloves during fierce internal debate, we must not lose our integrity, our fundamental honesty with regard to ourselves, with regard to others… honorable members of Knesset, we do not have to agree on overly complex values in order to maintain honest, clear and consistent politics that will allow us to provide a more valid response to the needs of Israeli society.”

Similarly, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein warned against the “crumbling” of Israeli society into separate, extreme groups, and lamented recent actions by MKs.

“We must show public responsibility when an elected official cheapens the level and image of the Knesset through his behavior or character; we must express solidarity with national mourning over the passing of an important leader; and we must avoid slandering Israel around the world and in international institutions,” Edelstein stated.

The Knesset speaker called on MKs to take responsibility for their actions and not inspire the public to incite, by holding a respectful discourse.

Also on Monday, the Knesset continued working on the 2017-2018 state budget and economic arrangements bill.

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon presented the budget to the Knesset Finance Committee, and for the first time, MKs were given copies of the bills on flash drives, instead of in boxes of thousands of printed pages.

The budget is expected to go to a first reading on Wednesday, and must pass a final vote by the end of the year, unless the government asks for an extension until March.

Last minute, Sheldon Adelson (Zionist Jew, Kike) flushes Donald Trump (White Freemason, Zionist, White Moron) campaign with cash

WASHINGTON — Without much time to spare, casino magnate and Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson donated to Donald Trump’s campaign for president in a big way on Monday, after having pledged last spring to fund the unconventional candidate’s path to victory.

Coinciding with a visit by Trump to Las Vegas, Adelson – who has long prioritized issues concerning Israel in his political calculations– donated $25 million to his campaign, Fox News reported, describing the billionaire as “going all in on the Republican nominee” just one week before Election Day.

Citing “sources familiar with the donation,” the Fox report also claims Adelson is considering an additional $25 million gift before the week is over. He hopes that Trump’s chances to reach 270 electoral college votes have been revived after FBI director James Comey announced on Friday that the bureau would be searching through new e-mails possibly tied to a closed investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server.

Trump has a narrow path to victory, and has had difficulty attracting Republican mega-donors up until this point in the campaign.

Adelson’s money will be going to a superPAC called Future 45, which has in recent weeks run anti-Clinton ads comparing Clinton to former President Richard Nixon.

In May, Adelson reportedly promised to spend up to $100 million to elect Trump, topping the $93 million he spent in the 2012 cycle to elect former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, according to The New York Times. Prior to his Monday gift, Adelson had only given $10 million to Trump’s efforts.

German guesthouse turns away Jews: ‘Our apartments are not for them’ (VERY VERY GOOD!!!)

 

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/German-guesthouse-turns-away-Israelis-Our-apartments-are-not-for-them-471238

 

A group of Israeli tourists looking for board while planning a trip to Germany next summer were shocked after a guesthouse in the southwestern region of Baden-Württemberg last week urged them to cancel their reservation due to their nationality.

While planning a vacation for next August, the four Israeli families reserved lodging at the Mattenhof guesthouse in the Black Forest town of Zell am Harmersbach, explained one of the party’s members, Igor Tsehansky.

However, shortly after confirming the reservation, the administrators of the guesthouse contacted the Israelis with a slew of messages and notified them that they should cancel the booking.

Tsehansky said that he and his friends received the German-language notice less than week after making the arrangements.

“We don’t Want have Guests from Israel, because our apartments are Not for them [sic]. Please cancel the Booking,” read a Google translated message that Tsehansky posted to Facebook.

In light of the matter, the disgruntled Israeli traveler contacted the Booking.com platform that had facilitated the reservation to complain and request alternative accommodations.

“It took us weeks to find the hotel and we even ordered it a year in advance,” he told Jpost.com on Sunday.

Despite various attempts by the online accommodation booking website to make other accommodations or financial compensation for the Israeli group, the future tourists remained disconcerted by the ordeal.

“Nothing has been resolved,” he said, adding that he plans to file a complaint against the booking company.

While Tsehansky noted that he had successfully booked a separate hotel for another leg of the Germany trip, the issue with the Black Forest lodging represented a “specific incident.”

“At Booking.com, we do not tolerate discrimination of any kind. Period,” a spokesperson from the company told Jpost.com on Monday. “As soon as we were made aware of the comments made by the owner of this property to our customers, we immediately investigated and closed the property on our site.”

“We are now working to find a suitable alternative for the group of customers affected by this incident as quickly as possible,” the Booking.com spokesperson added.

Senior officials push annexation of large West Bank settlement (VERY VERY BAD!!!!)

Senior Israeli government officials on Monday called for the annexation of Ma’ale Adumim, a large West Bank settlement east of Jerusalem, pushing for Israel to ignore the expected furious reactions from allies and foes if it were to enact such a move.

Chief among the officials calling for annexation was Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, a hard-line member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, apparently marking the first time she publicly pushed for the measure since assuming the diplomatic post in May 2015.

“The answer to the international struggle over Jerusalem is applying sovereignty over Ma’ale Adumim, which will guarantee Jerusalem will always remain united and develop,” Hotovely said in Jerusalem at a rally organized by the pro-settlement Yesha Council.

Her comments came as the government mulled a plan to relocate the embattled Amona settlement outpost in the central West Bank to a nearby empty plot of land, a move the Foreign Ministry reportedly warned Sunday could invite a harsh international backlash.

Israel has never made a move to annex land in the West Bank, but Hotovely said that 50 years after the country captured the West Bank in the 1967 Six Day War, it was time for the government to “make a historic decision.”

Israeli settlements are “not a stepson but a firstborn and very important to the people of Israel,” she said. “Neither legal advisers nor international pressure will decide for us what is a fundamental issue.”

The sprawling suburban settlement, home to some 37,000 Israelis spread out over several hills overlooking the Judean desert a 10-minute drive from Jerusalem, is thought by most to be land Israel will retain in any future peace deal with the Palestinians.

View of the Israeli settlement of Ma'ale Adumim, in the West Bank, February 25, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

However, Israeli plans to build there or in the neighboring E1 parcel linking the settlement to the capital regularly draw angry international condemnation as well as internal criticism.

Boosters like Hotovely see Ma’ale Adumim as key to linking Jerusalem to the strategic Jordan Valley, but critics say its location will effectively render a contiguous Palestinians state in the West Bank impossible.

The comments by Hotovely, who has in the past called for the annexation of the entire West Bank, spurred an angry response from Palestine Liberation Organization secretary-general Saeb Erekat.

“What was said is not surprising,” he said regarding Hotovely’s comments, adding that the Israeli government “supports settlements rather than a two-state solution,” as evidenced by home demolitions carried out Monday in the Jordan Valley.

“What this statement does, though,” Erekat told The Times of Israel, “is to reinforce the little respect that Israel has for international law and UN resolutions, the fact that ‘strong statements’ issued by international community has had little effect on Israel’s behaviour, and that it is overdue time for the international community comm to take practical steps in order to end Israel’s colonization, including to ban all settlement products, to divest from all companies profiting from the israeli occupation and recognize the state the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders.”

Welfare Minister Haim Katz (Likud), also participating in the Yesha Council rally, echoed Hotovely’s call for annexation.

“There are those who talk and those who act. We’re on the side of those who act,” Katz said, according to the Walla news website.

The head of the governing coalition, Likud MK David Bitan, said there was no reason why Ma’ale Adumin should not expand via additional housing units. “We will do this despite the international problems and despite American pressure. We don’t have to be afraid at all,” he said.

In July, the US State Department criticized plans for 531 housing units in Ma’ale Adumim, triggering an angry response from Netanyahu.

“With all due respect, it is neither the construction in Jerusalem nor that in Ma’ale Adumim that make peace more remote,” he said at the time. “What prevents peace, first of all, is the constant incitement against the existence of the State of Israel within any borders, and the time has come for all the nations of the world to recognize this simple truth.”

The only way to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is by conducting direct negotiations, Netanyahu added.

“We are ready at all times to hold direct negotiations without preconditions with our neighbors; however, they are not prepared to hold them with us,” he said. “These are the two things that are preventing peace, not a few apartments near the city of Ma’ale Adumim, or several neighborhoods in Jerusalem.”

Clinton has small lead in swing states’ early votes

The numbers among early voters showed a small advantage for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in key swing states, The New York Times reported Sunday.

The “October surprise” caused by FBI Director James Comey’s letter to Congress concerning the discovery of new emails possibly connected to the Clinton investigation may be blunted by the high number of early ballots cast. Across the country more than 20 million people have already voted, including almost a quarter of the electorate in key swing states.

In addition, the strength of feeling for the two candidates means that it is unlikely that voters will be swayed by yet another round of the ongoing email investigation, some pundits believe.

The consensus among the people The Times spoke with in Colorado, Florida and North Carolina was that the latest round of the ongoing Clinton email saga made little difference. Neither Democrats nor Republicans were likely to change their decisions based on Comey’s announcement.

Early ballots are not counted until election day, but in the battleground states of Florida, Colorado, Nevada and North Carolina, early voting appears to favor the Democrats based on the demographics of those who voted.

This combination of images shows Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Roanoke, Virginia on September 24, 2016 and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton September 21, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.(AFP PHOTO / DESK)

In Florida, registered Republicans have a tiny lead of less than 65,000 among mail voters who have returned their ballots, but are behind by over 40,000 in early in-person votes. The gap between the two is dwarfed by the number of early voters with no party affiliation.

The Democratic numbers are boosted by the high percentage of Hispanics who have voted early. Though comprising only 2 percent of registered voters, 12.9% of Hispanics have already voted by mail and 14.2% in early in-person ballots, higher than in the 2012 presidential election.

In North Carolina’s early voting, Democrats led by 43% to the Republicans 31%, but those numbers were lower than the 2012 percentages for Democrats and higher than 2012’s rates for Republicans. The biggest jump in early voting was 36.9% among registered unaffiliated voters. Only 22% of those voting early were black, a lower number than four years ago, which points to a problem for Clinton. But 56% of the votes cast so far were by women, which does not bode well for Trump.

In Colorado slightly more registered Democrats have voted than registered Republicans.

In Nevada Democrats have a large lead, with 44.65% of those who have already voted compared to only 35.69% of Republicans.

The Democrats have worked hard campaigning in the early voting swing states in an attempt to counter any late voter move toward Trump. Clinton’s aides told The Times that the goal was to build up a lead that the Republicans cannot beat even if they have the most ballots cast on election day.

The higher early voting numbers may turn out to be meaningless if they only reflect those who would have voted anyway on election day. The crucial question for both campaigns is whether the early voters are those who can make a difference to the outcome of the election. The Democrats claim that in North Carolina and Nevada there is a higher turnout of Democrats among those who did not vote in non-presidential elections, which they hope will give them the advantage when the final tally comes in.

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