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Georgia governor’s corruption shocker: Right-winger’s shady get-rich scheme could be wildest GOP scandal – Salon.com

My favorite bit from the article …

The meeting was described as “contentious” and “hostile,” and Graham has said that Deal left no doubt he wanted the $1.7 million for title inspectors restored to the state budget, justifying the move in part by speculating that if left to the free market, “illegal aliens” might end up getting the work. Despite the pressure, Graham refused to budge.

via Georgia governor’s corruption shocker: Right-winger’s shady get-rich scheme could be wildest GOP scandal – Salon.com.

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If GOP Loses Next Week, Cue the Crack Up – The Daily Beast

According to all the polling averages that political junkies have been obsessively checking for months, next Tuesday should be a breeze for the GOP.Seven, eight, nine, ten Senate seats are swinging their way, which would give Republicans control of the upper chamber for the first time since 2006.But what if, somehow, the polls are wrong? Six Senate seats is a lot, after all. And with seven days to go until the election, any number of factors could go against the GOP, allowing the Democrats to retain control, if by the slimmest of margins. What happens then?When asked about that scenario, one top GOP fundraiser, who has raised money for Mitt Romney and a host of Republican congressional candidates over the last several election cycles simply paused for several seconds, as if time was needed to merely wrap one’s head around such a dire outcome.“It would be an unbelievable disaster. The party would be devastated. The fundraising would dry-up. It would just become suddenly non-existent.”

via If GOP Loses Next Week, Cue the Crack Up – The Daily Beast.

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Independent Eliot Cutler just helped Democrats in the Maine governor’s race. Sort of. – The Washington Post

Democrats have long believed that if independent Eliot Cutler wasnt on the ballot, theyd have a great shot at unseating unpopular Maine Gov. Paul LePage R. Well, Cutlers not leaving the race. But hes doing the next best thing for Democratic nominee Mike Michaud: Encouraging supporters to “vote their conscience” and bluntly acknowledging that he is a long shot.“If you don’t think that I can win, and you want to vote strategically, do that,” Cutler said Wednesday, according to the Bangor Daily News. “But Id be grateful for your support.”Cutlers message is this: Im not dropping out, but lets face it, I probably wont win — so understand that when you cast your ballot. Its a message that could prompt some supporters to consider voting for Michaud instead.

via Independent Eliot Cutler just helped Democrats in the Maine governor’s race. Sort of. – The Washington Post.

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First Four-Month Government Surplus In Years – Business Insider

he U.S. government posted a net surplus over a four-month period for the first time since 2007 in the March-June, according to the latest monthly Treasury statement. For June, the surplus totaled $71 billion. That actually fell short of expectations of a surplus of $80 billion.Still, Washington is now on pace to record the lowest annual deficit since 2008, with a fiscal year to date deficit of $366 billion. Thats 28% less than the shortfall recorded in the same period last year, according to Marketwatch, thanks mostly to increased revenue.

via First Four-Month Government Surplus In Years – Business Insider.

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White House Hit With What Appears To Be Sustained Cyberattack

WASHINGTON — The White House computer network has been hit by what appears to be a sustained cyberattack, administration sources told HuffPost.The White House — or the Executive Office of the President EOP — regularly gets hit with hapless cyberattacks from all corners of the web, but the one revealed Tuesday, said people familiar with the situation, has been much more significant in duration and strength, putting the system on the fritz for nearly two weeks, if not longer.A White House official confirmed on Tuesday that the White House had “identified activity of concern on the unclassified EOP network.” Network outages are not uncommon in the White House, but they typically last no more than a few hours. For the system to be damaged for days on end indicates an attack of significant strength.

via White House Hit With What Appears To Be Sustained Cyberattack.

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Early Voting Trends Suggest Democrats Are Resisting GOP Voter Suppression Tactics in North Carolina and Florida Pensito Review

Early voting is underway in North Carolina, ground zero for the worst of the tea-party GOP’s voter suppression tactics, and early reports suggest that Democratic voters are coming out in force:Early voting started at a fast clip, with nearly 300,000 votes cast at one-stop sites in the first four days, according to the State Board of Elections.… A new controversial law chopped seven days off the early voting period, shortening it to 10 days.More than twice as many voters cast ballots in the first four days of early voting compared to the first four days of the last midterm election in 2010. The total through Sunday was about 20,000 short of the 2010 early voting total after eight days, according to state Elections Board data…

via Early Voting Trends Suggest Democrats Are Resisting GOP Voter Suppression Tactics in North Carolina and Florida Pensito Review.

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“A Modest Proposal for the Dissolution of the United States of America” — Now Available on Kindle and Nook!

Hello all — the book I wrote in the last 2 months is now available on the Kindle bookstore (only 99¢!), and will be on Nook tomorrow and iBooks soon. It is titled “A Modest Proposal for the Dissolution of the United States of America: How the Reagan Revolution Destroyed Us, and How to Salvage What Remains.”  Please enjoy it.

I don’t imagine that you would all agree with my conclusions, but I hope that you will at least consider what I wrote. Please tell anyone you know who might be interested. Updates and corrections to the text will be uploaded as quickly as is possible.  Any constructive criticisms or corrections are welcome!  ShawnML2@me.com.

Thank you!

Nook Store …

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-modest-proposal-for-the-dissolution-of-the-united-states-of-america-shawn-lynch/1120637759?ean=2940150380875&itm=1&usri=2940150380875

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