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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Clinton: The Money to Help Americans Pay Their Bills 'Should Come From Those Who Have It'




CNSNews.com) - "We have to change the tax system so that it is fairer," Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday. To her, that means taking more money from the rich and spending it on other people's college tuition, child care, and paid family leave.

"There are things we can do that will relieve the burdens on middle-class families, and the money should come from those who have it," Clinton told a gathering in Marshalltown, Iowa, Wednesday.

"I will raise your incomes, I will not raise middle-class taxes," Clinton promised.

"I do not think it is right -- (she was interrupted by applause) -- to be going to people who suffered because of the Republican recession and asking for you to help us make the investments for the future. I want you to take advantage of them, but I want to go where the money is, and the money is at the top, and that's where we need to be shifting our tax system."

In addition to closing tax "loopholes," Clinton endorsed the "Buffett rule," which says anyone who makes $1 million should have to pay a 30 percent effective tax rate.

"And then I want to go further, Clinton said. "I want to impose what I call a fair share surcharge on incomes of $5 million or more. Now, there aren't very many of those, but there's a lot of money there because I want to use that money to make college affordable.

"I want to use that money to invest in clean energy. I want to use that money to move toward paid family leave so that families get more support to be able to do their work at home and take care of their families. I want to use that money to help bring down the cost of child care, which in some states is as expensive as college tuition.

"There are things we can do that will relieve the burdens on middle-class families, and the money should come from those who have it.

She continued: "Now, people say to me, 'Well, how are we ever going to get that done?' Well, I do have a political strategy. I've seen a little bit of this in the last 20-plus years. There are not that many people who make $5 million or more in America, and I think we can make a very clear case.

Mr. Congressman over there (she was addressing State Rep. Mark Smith), are you in favor of clean energy and affordable college? Are you in favor of early childhood education and the way we're going to get it is to tax the two people in your district who make more than $5 million? Or are you going to deny that to the 350,000 people who live in your district?

"We're going to make a very tough case about why we have to make the tax code fairer. You know, you can talk about it, but I have a plan to do it. Not just a plan on the substance, but a political plan, because I want you to know what I aim to do for you and what it will cost you. And I want everybody to be able to look at that and make your own judgment."
http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/susan-jones/clinton-money-help-americans-pay-their-bills-should-come-those-who-have-it

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

- Donald Trump Offers to Debate Ted Cruz in Canada

Donald Trump Offers to Debate Ted Cruz in Canada

Donald Trump Offers to Debate Ted Cruz in Canada

Donald Trump Offers to Debate Ted Cruz in Canada

Donald Trump Offers to Debate Ted Cruz in Canada

Donald Trump Offers to Debate Ted Cruz in Canada


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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Vermont police could be allowed to search drivers’ phones without a warrant to look for evidence of texting

 Senator Bernie Sanders (Brookings Institution/Flickr)


Police in Vermont may soon be allowed to scroll through motorists’ cell phones without a warrant to search for evidence of texting while driving.

A 2014 state law bans the use of hand-held devices while driving, but one lawmaker wants to strengthen the statute by giving police broader powers during traffic stops, reported the Burlington Free Press.

State Rep. Martin LaLonde (D-South Burlington) introduced H.527, but the lawmaker admits that he hasn’t “really thought about” what might constitute probable cause for the warrantless searches.
“Essentially, it’s ‘show me your text log,’” he said.

LaLonde said he doesn’t want his bill to allow officers to take a driver’s phone and rummage through the device in their squad car — but critics of the measure say there’s little to stop police from doing just that.

The bill is an amendment to the ban enacted two years ago, which covers all “portable electronic devices.”

Critics say LaLonde’s bill would allow police to search tablets and laptops, in addition to phones, without obtaining a warrant during traffic stops.

LaLonde said he hoped the measure would “thread the needle” between enforcing the ban and protecting privacy.

Studies have shown that distracted driving may be more dangerous than drunken driving, and LaLonde said his measure is intended to crack down on that “activity” — regardless of whether the distraction is a phone or a tablet.

The bill assumes that drivers automatically consent to warrantless searches of their electronic devices simply by driving on Vermont roads — but several recent court cases suggest LaLonde’s measure faces constitutional hurdles, reported Vermont Public Radio.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Chimel v. California that officers may perform warrantless searches during an arrest to protect material evidence or their own safety, but that standard doesn’t appear to apply a driver stopped on suspicion of texting while driving.

The court also ruled in Missouri v. McNeely that police must obtain a warrant for a blood test for drivers who are lawfully arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
That ruling suggests that drivers do not waive all their constitutional rights when they hit the road.
Chief Justice John Roberts also found in Riley v. California that smart phones “hold for many Americans the privacies of life” — and he suggested that privacy should be protected by the U.S. Constitution.

“The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the information any less worthy of the protection for which the Founders fought,” Roberts ruled in that case.
http://www.rawstory.com/2016/01/vermont-police-could-be-allowed-to-search-drivers-phones-without-a-warrant-to-look-for-evidence-of-texting/
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Monday, January 18, 2016

2016 Republican Presidential Nomination Poll Tracker

Iowa Republican Caucus Quinnipiac Jan 05, 16 - Jan 10, 16
Donald Trump 31%
Ted Cruz 29%
Marco Rubio 15%
Ben Carson 7%
Chris Christie 4%
Jeb Bush 3%
Mike Huckabee 3%
Rand Paul 2%
John Kasich 2%
Rick Santorum 1%
Carly Fiorina 1%
Scott Walker 0%
Bobby Jindal 0%
George Pataki 0%
Lindsey Graham 0%
Congressional Job Approval CBS News/NY Times Jan 07, 16 - Jan 10, 16
Approve +60 15%
Disapprove 75%
2016 Democratic Presidential Nomination IBD/TIPP Tracking Jan 04, 16 - Jan 08, 16
Hillary Clinton 43%
Bernie Sanders 39%
Martin O'Malley 2%
Lincoln Chafee 0%
Joe Biden 0%
Jim Webb 0%
General Election: Hillary vs. Trump Rasmussen Reports Dec 22, 15 - Dec 29, 15
Hillary Clinton +1 37%
Donald Trump 36%
Florida Republican Primary Florida Times/Union Dec 16, 15 - Dec 16, 15
Donald Trump 30%
Ted Cruz 20%
Marco Rubio 15%
Jeb Bush 13%
Ben Carson 8%
Chris Christie 6%
Rand Paul 3%
Carly Fiorina 3%
John Kasich 1%
Rick Santorum 0%
Scott Walker 0%
Mike Huckabee 0%
Bobby Jindal 0%
George Pataki 0%
Lindsey Graham 0%
South Carolina Democratic Primary Fox News Dec 05, 15 - Dec 08, 15
Hillary Clinton 65%
Bernie Sanders 21%
Martin O'Malley 3%
Lincoln Chafee 0%
Joe Biden 0%
Jim Webb 0%
South Carolina Republican Primary Fox News Dec 05, 15 - Dec 08, 15
Donald Trump 35%
Ben Carson 15%
Ted Cruz 14%
Marco Rubio 14%
Jeb Bush 5%
Rand Paul 2%
Chris Christie 2%
Lindsey Graham 2%
Rick Santorum 1%
Mike Huckabee 1%
Carly Fiorina 1%
John Kasich 1%
Scott Walker 0%
Bobby Jindal 0%
George Pataki 0%
North Carolina Democratic Primary PPP (D) Dec 05, 15 - Dec 07, 15
Hillary Clinton 60%
Bernie Sanders 21%
Elizabeth Warren 0%
Lincoln Chafee 0%
Joe Biden 0%
Jim Webb 0%
Martin O'Malley 0%
North Carolina Republican Primary PPP (D) Dec 05, 15 - Dec 07, 15
Donald Trump 33%
Ted Cruz 16%
Ben Carson 14%
Marco Rubio 14%
Jeb Bush 5%
Chris Christie 4%
John Kasich 3%
Rand Paul 2%
Mike Huckabee 2%
Carly Fiorina 2%
Rick Santorum 1%
Lindsey Graham 1%
Scott Walker 0%
Bobby Jindal 0%
George Pataki 0%
General Election: Bush vs. Clinton Marist Nov 15, 15 - Dec 02, 15
Jeb Bush +4 45%
Hillary Clinton 49%
Florida Democratic Primary UNF Oct 14, 15 - Nov 19, 15
Hillary Clinton 55%
Bernie Sanders 16%
Lincoln Chafee 0%
Joe Biden 0%
Jim Webb 0%
Martin O'Malley 0%
Georgia Republican Primary Fox 5/Morris News Nov 06, 15 - Nov 13, 15
Rick Santorum 0%
Scott Walker 0%
Ted Cruz 14%
Ben Carson 26%
Rand Paul 1%
Jeb Bush 8%
Mike Huckabee 2%
Marco Rubio 9%
Bobby Jindal 0%
Chris Christie 4%
George Pataki 0%
Carly Fiorina 6%
John Kasich 2%
Donald Trump 24%
Greg Gilmore 0%
Nevada Democratic Caucus CNN/Opinion Research Oct 03, 15 - Oct 10, 15
Hillary Clinton 50%
Bernie Sanders 34%
Joe Biden 12%
Elizabeth Warren 0%
Lincoln Chafee 0%
Jim Webb 0%
Martin O'Malley 0%
Virginia Democratic Primary CNU Sep 29, 15 - Oct 08, 15
Hillary Clinton 40%
Joe Biden 23%
Bernie Sanders 23%
Jim Webb 5%
Martin O'Malley 2%
Elizabeth Warren 0%
Lincoln Chafee 0%
Virginia Republican Primary CNU Sep 29, 15 - Oct 08, 15
Donald Trump 23%
Ben Carson 17%
Marco Rubio 14%
Carly Fiorina 13%
Jeb Bush 9%
Ted Cruz 5%
Chris Christie 4%
Mike Huckabee 3%
Rand Paul 2%
John Kasich 2%
Rick Santorum 0%
Scott Walker 0%
Bobby Jindal 0%
George Pataki 0%
Lindsey Graham 0%
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