Clinton Refers to Herself as "Future President" When Wishing Herself a Happy Birthday

Hillary Clinton turned 69 today, so her Twitter account wished herself a happy birthday along with a photo of herself as a child. And even though the election is just under two weeks away, she’s already declared herself the winner, apparently.

In a separate tweet, her account encourages people to find out what she was doing the year they were born. 

Ironically, abortion radical Clinton was named chair of the board of The Children's Defense fund the year I was born. 

Jay Z to Host ‘Get Out the Vote’ Concert for Hillary

Rapper and producer Jay Z will soon be hosting a ‘Get Out the Vote’ concert for Hillary Clinton in Cleveland, Ohio. The concert is said to be a last-ditch effort to mobilize young voters in an important battleground state.

The Clinton campaign released statement saying, “Jay Z will be joined at the concert by special guests to encourage unity, and urge Ohioans to support Clinton by voting early or on Election Day,” according to BuzzFeed.

The concert is set to take place on Friday, November 4 - just four days before the election. 

This isn't the first time Jay Z has gotten political. In 2008 and 2012, he publicized his support for Barack Obama. And in 2012, he put on a similar event, along with Bruce Springsteen, in Columbus for President Obama’s re-election campaign. Obama even spoke at the event. 

Jay Z and his wife Beyoncé endorsed Clinton earlier this year. 

According to BuzzFeed and the Daily Mail, Lebron James might also make an appearance during the concert. He, too, has endorsed Clinton. 

The Clinton campaign website is currently offering a sign-up for free tickets, which will be allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

While Clinton hits the campaign trail denouncing Trump for his lewd comments about women, she has apparently forgotten that Jay Z built his business on derogatory lyrics. The rapper sings songs like “B****** and Sisters” or “That’s My B**ch,” which he performed with Kanye West - another Clinton supporter.  Jay Z’s song “99 Problems” features the words “b**ch,” “hoes” and the N-word. And who could forget the classy song “P***y”? 

If you’re going to say you’re a champion of women, using Jay Z to appeal to voters seems more than a bit hypocritical. 

Watch Live: Clinton Holds Rally in Tampa

This Woman Had An Unusual Excuse For Why She Stole 40 Trump Signs

A Maine woman had a rather unorthodox excuse for why she stole 40 Donald Trump signs: she thought there were just too many of them. Betta Stothart, of Falmouth, Maine, wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post where she describes how seeing the 40+ Trump signs in her hometown caused her to "snap" and "become unhinged" and then steal them with two of her friends. Stothart claims the presence of the numerous Trump signs was disrupting the "equilibrium" of the community, which is one of Maine's richest. She also said that she felt "assaulted" by the amount of signs.

The escapade was not premeditated: We simply jumped into my Jetta wagon, drove down to the strip and got to work. In all, it took less than 20 minutes. We grabbed about 40 signs and threw them in the hatchback. I hadn’t really thought about what I would do with the signs; I just wanted them gone. At the time, we believed we were doing the right thing. There were so many Trump signs up and down our main drag — it was destroying all sense of equilibrium in our community.

But the Falmouth police happened to spot us as we were preparing to leave the scene of the crime. The officer was kind, informing us that we had stolen someone else’s personal property, which had not really entered into my mind while I was doing it. He took the signs and sent us home.

Stothat also asserts that she didn't realize stealing signs actually constituted a crime and that the signs were someone's property. Under Maine law, Stothat is actually subject to a $250 fine--per sign.

Although a supporter of Hillary Clinton (with her own yard sign to boot), Stothat says that she's actually not all that political. In an article about the theft published in the Portland Press Herald, Stothat says that she intends on apologizing to the chairman of the Making Maine Great Again PAC, which purchased the signs.

Stothat isn't the only Trump sign thief in the Pine Tree State. Also in mid-October, someone stole several signs that were planted by the marsh in the town of Scarborough.

This is absurd. While there are a lot of political signs everywhere, as far as I know no laws have been broken and they are allowed to be where they were planted. To say that an abundance of signs is an "assault" is laughable at best and is offensive to people who have actually been victims of assault. A person does not have the right to take property that does not belong to them, and if this were any other kind of theft, the criminal probably wouldn't be permitted to publish a smug op-ed in a major newspaper attempting to explain away their actions.

People need to grow up.

Obama: I Have Nothing to Do With Obamacare Rate Increases

Earlier this week the White House announced Obamacare premiums across the country will increase yet again this year, despite President Obama promising the law would save families $2500 per year back in 2010. In Arizona, rate increases of 116 percent are expected, while other states brace for hikes of at least 25 percent.

But despite making a laundry list of promises about decreased costs thanks to the "Affordable" Care Act, all of which have been broken, President Obama isn't taking responsibility for the healthcare takeover he once bragged about. In fact, he's saying he has nothing to do with the current rate crisis. 

"A lot of the times, they [media] just report 'premium increases' and everybody thinks 'wow, my insurance rates are going up, it must be Obama's fault,'" Obama said late last week during a speech in Miami. "I had nothing to do with that."

Just last week, Obama compared the collapsing Obamacare system to exploding Samsung 7 phones. 

I'll leave you with this, a montage of Obama making it clear why people might believe rate increases are his responsibility. 

Wikileaks Emails Show Clinton Aides Not Thrilled About Using Racially Charged Shooting For Hillary Gun Essay

In February, Marie Claire was set to publish a series of data points and essays about women and guns in America, which included pieces from campus carry advocate Amanda Collins, Carly Fiorina, and how the NRA is rebranding by bringing more women into the fold. It also included a piece from Hillary Clinton.

As Wikileaks airs more of Clinton’s dirty laundry, there’s this January 12 exchange, where some aides seem happy that a black teen’s death would help push Clinton and the Democratic Party’s agenda concerning gun control. Speechwriter Lauren Peterson emailed Amanda Renteria, Clinton’s National Political Director, Corey Ciorciari, who is with the policy wing of the campaign, and De'Ara Balenger, Director of Engagement, Office of the Vice Chair, about the Marie Claire articles that were to be published in conjunction with the publication’s work with Harvard on the study about women and guns in America.

Peterson offered her draft of the essay by Clinton for the magazine, which was co-authored by Megan Rooney, another Clinton speechwriter. It was a typical “are there any edits” communication, with Peterson warning Balenger that there were mentions of Clinton’s meeting with mother who have lost their children to gun violence in Chicago and was double-checking to see if that was fine.

Everyone seemed content with the piece, edits were attached, but Balenger was wondering if there was another shooting that was not racially motivated. She felt it could be a distraction from Clinton’s gun agenda, as a racially motivated shooting takes the focus off firearms.

This concerns the Jordan Davis shooting in Florida in November of 2012. The shooter, Michael Dunn, was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole after it was discovered that he did not call the police after the shooting (he went back to his hotel room and ordered a pizza with his girlfriend) and there were no weapons found in the car Davis was in the car with three other occupants who were also shot; Dunn alleged that after an argument at a gas station in Jacksonville, Davis threatened to kill him and pointed a shotgun forcing Dunn, a concealed carry holder, to shoot and kill Davis. There were also racial undertones in the case.

“This is great. My edits are attached. The only flag here is that Jordan Davis was killed by a white man, so arguably - this crime was racially motivated, which takes this outside the discussion of gun violence. Was there another mother in the Chicago meeting where the shooting was NOT racially motivated? If yes, we should use that story instead of Jordan Davis,” wrote Balenger.

“You know where I stand on this. It can be racially motivated and gun violence should still very much be part of the discussion. Even more so here given that Jordan's mom is one of the leading gun violence prevention proponents in the country,” replied Ciorciari.

“I'm telling y'all - when I [sic] white man kills a young black boy - it is FIRST racial,” wrote Balenger.

In the end, Jordan Davis was not mentioned in the Marie Claire essay, so it looks as if Balenger won this debate. Still, it’s a rather unseemly insight into a campaign that poll tests everything, that must have a formulaic answer for everything, and is just dead set against even trying to rock the boat as to upset any one of the many constituencies they need to avoid triggering. Frankly, all of this could have been thrown out the window as soon as The New York Times reported on Hillary’s private, unauthorized and unsecure email server. It certainly could have ended when the various ethically shady deals within the Clinton Foundation were revealed. Everyone thinks she’s dishonest, untrustworthy, and now might not be too keen, or at least her staff is, about talking about racially-motivated shootings because it might distract the public from helping them in getting their gun agenda pushed forward. And here’s where the liberal agenda to divide us along racial, gender, and religious lines, a toxic tribal cocktail, hurts them: the Davis case is indefensible, Dunn did everything wrong concerning what a responsible gun owner should do to de-escalate what turned out to be a rather mild back and forth argument at a gas station. He also didn’t call the cops when he shot those kids. As soon as you draw your weapon, you call the cops, even if you don’t fire in self-defense. Taking your firearm out of its holster is technically a crime. I think Clinton would have found broad agreement that Dunn deserved to go to jail for murder.

At the same time, if she thinks she can use this incident as a carrot for those of us who support Second Amendment rights to help her accomplish Australian-style gun control in America, she’s on bath salts. No way should anyone who calls himself or herself a gun owner or Second Amendment supporter/enthusiast vote for this woman…ever.

Still, the whole notion that they couldn’t use the death of a black teen to make a point about gun violence in America because it was too racially charged is rather craven, especially since the victim’s mother is a gun control advocate.

Georgetown Right to Life Pro-life Chalk Display Destroyed

Georgetown Right to Life tried to exercise their right to free speech and display moving pro-life messages on campus. Here's what happened.

(photo credit: Amelia Irvine)

The vandals turned messages such as, "End Abortion" into "End Hate," and "End Abortion" into "End Racism." The message, "Choose Both," which encourages us to honor both the mother and unborn baby, vandals crossed out "both" and replaced it with "women."

The president of the club, Sophomore Amelia Irvine, responded to the vandalism.

"We at Georgetown Right to Life will continue to emphasize our message of love," Irvine said in a new statement. "Abortion is a social justice issue, and we hope that we can find common ground with those with whom we disagree."

This is not the only recent incident in which pro-lifers have been silenced. At DePaul University, the president banned a poster that read, "Unborn Lives Matter," argued those three words hid a bigoted message.

‘Tough Guy’: Trump and Conway Respond to Biden’s ‘Behind the Gym’ Comment

Donald Trump responded Tuesday to Vice President Joe Biden’s statement that he wishes he and Trump were in high school so he could take Trump “behind the gym” for his remarks about women. 

“Did you see where Biden wants to take me to the back of the barn? Me,” Trump said at a rally in Tallahassee, Florida. “I'd love that. I'd love that. Mr. tough guy. You know, he's Mr. tough guy. You know when he's Mr. Tough Guy? When he's standing behind a microphone by himself.”

“He wants to bring me to the back of the barn. Ohhh,” Trump said with derision. “Some things in life you can really love doing.”

Last Friday at a Clinton campaign stop in Pennsylvania, Biden was discussing Trump’s lewd comments about women. “[Trump] said because I’m famous, because I’m a star, because I’m a billionaire I can do things other people can’t. What a disgusting assertion for anyone to make,” Biden told the crowd. “The press always ask me don’t I wish I were debating him? No, I wish we were in high school I could take him behind the gym—that’s what I wish.” 

During an interview Tuesday evening, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews jokingly gave Biden a pair of boxing gloves, saying that might help him in his “new endeavor.”

Biden doubled down, saying: “I’m ready. I’m ready.” He explained that he was “trying to make a point.”

“People didn’t act in the locker room like he [Trump] talks about,” Biden said. “That’s not true. And you and I both know, if in the locker room in a school I went to, one of the guys said, ‘this is what I’m going to do because I’m the star halfback or quarterback, I’m the boss,’ and my sister and her girlfriends are out there, I would take the guy behind the gym.”

“The point I was making is…he’s insulting everybody in the neighborhoods I come from, and the people who played ball,” Biden explained. “This is just absolutely unacceptable behavior, period.” 

During Tuesday’s rally, Trump also used Biden’s comments as an opportunity to point out the media’s obvious bias.

“And by the way, if I'd said that they [the media] would say, 'He's violent. How could he have done that?’"

Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway did the same on CBS Wednesday. 

“I think if Donald Trump said anything even remotely close to that we would’ve had our hair on fire for three days,” said Conway. “We would’ve had high school psychologists coming in and talking on air, we would have been talking about bullying and violence.”

Conway also labeled Biden a “bully” during the interview. 

“I thought he acted like a bully,” said Conway. “ [It] was very disappointing to hear the Vice President of the United States suggest violence the old-fashioned way.”

Weird: 97 Percent of Justice Department Political Donations Went to Clinton

Of the nearly $2 million that was donated to presidential campaigns by 14 different federal agencies this past year, $1.9 million, or 95 percent, was donated to Hillary Clinton, according to The Hill

Unbelievably, employees of the Department of Justice, who were responsible for investigating Clinton’s private email scandal, gave Clinton 97 percent of their donations. 

The analysis states:

Employees at all the agencies analyzed, without exception, are sending their campaign contributions overwhelmingly to Clinton over her Republican counterpart. Several agencies, such as the State Department, which Clinton once led, saw more than 99 percent of contributions going to Clinton.

And from IRS employees, Clinton received 94 percent of donations.  From Department of Education employees this cycle, Trump received three donations totaling $220. Clinton received 724 donations for more than $74,000. In all, she received 99.7 percent of donations from employees of the department. Donations from the State Department, which Clinton ran from 2009 to 2013, were even more slanted in her favor. State Department employees gave Trump 39 donations, for $4,652. Over the same time period, they gave their former boss 2,518 donations, for $425,525.

It's plain and simple why federal employees are afraid of a Trump presidency.  It's not an email scandal, it's not trillions wasted on foreign wars, and it's not the fear of running up the national debt past $20 trillion.  

It's two words:

Adele Endorses Hillary: ‘What Happens in America Affects Me Too'

Tuesday night, Adele surprised her fans by endorsing Hillary Clinton during her concert in Miami. 

According to Tamara Gitt, a Clinton aide and political campaign embed at Fox News, Adele told the audience “I am English, but what happens in America affects me too.” 

Adele then told her fans not to vote for Trump; “Don’t vote for him. That’s what I’m saying."

NBC’s Adam Kuperstein caught the moment on camera. 

“I can’t vote, but I am 100 percent for Hillary Clinton,” she concluded. “I love her, she’s amazing.”

Coincidentally, Clinton was at the concert Tuesday night. However, NBC’s Monica Alba said it was “unclear” whether Adele knew that she was in the audience.

Clinton has made it known that she is a fan of singer. In March she told SiriusXM, “I’m currently into Adele. That is my go-to voice."

These Illegal Immigrants Can’t Vote, But They’re Making Sure Others Who Can Vote Democratic

In Northern Virginia, illegal immigrants are door knocking. They can’t vote, but they’re making sure others, especially those in the burgeoning Hispanic population who can vote, cast a ballot for Democrats on November 8. Casa In Action is the group spearheading these operations. Based in nearby Maryland, these illegal immigrants are doing this for one reason only: a secure path to citizenship. They’re betting that those odds fade with Donald Trump in the White House, so it’s almost like a fight for survival for them. With Clinton in the lead in Virginia (she’s most likely going to win the state big), they’re now focusing on vulnerable Rep. Barbara Comstock of the 10th congressional district (via WaPo):

The vote-seekers are some of the 750,000 recipients of temporary legal status under the Obama administration’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. They are acutely aware that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has pledged to deport the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants and that under a GOP-controlled Congress, past attempts at immigration reform have failed.


The Maryland-based group is behind the Virginia campaign and a similar one in central Pennsylvania. Similar efforts are underway in Arizona and other battleground states. The Clinton campaign launched a separate effort earlier this year, “My Dream, Your Vote,” in which young undocumented immigrants, many of them brought to this country as children, urged Latino voters in North Carolina, Nevada, Florida and elsewhere to cast ballots for the Democratic nominee.


In Virginia, where Clinton is leading by double digits, the group has turned its focus to the suddenly close race in the 10th Congressional District, where Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) faces an aggressive challenge from Democrat LuAnn Bennett.

CASA is also targeting voters in Prince William County, where more immigrants live and where Trump also has more support.

In the 10th District, which stretches west from McLean, through Loudoun County, toward the West Virginia border, Comstock backed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in the state’s GOP primary. She has kept her distance from Trump and, after the revelation of a 2005 recording of the nominee’s remarks about women, she declared that he would not get her vote.

But Trump’s history of controversial remarks about women, Mexican immigrants and Muslims have nonetheless weighed Comstock down among voters in the largely wealthy district that includes steadily growing Latino and Asian immigrant populations. Although the incumbent initially was favored, several political analysts have recently said the race is a toss-up.

The Post did mention that it’s not entirely a successful canvassing operation, as some residents have already voted for Donald Trump, though the urgency and the personal ties the run deep with many this election cycle should worry Republicans. These people are on our side this year—and if there is a feeling that a Trump presidency would entail impending doom to their families and communities, these Latino voters will turn out hardcore at the polls, especially in states with large Hispanic populations (Colorado, Arizona, etc.), which could make a possible Trump loss an even bigger hole for the GOP to climb out of for 2020. Hillary may be old, sick, and a liar, but she has powerful allies, even ones who are here illegally and can’t vote, trying to push her party over the top. It’s unbelievable.

Giuliani: We Have Some Big Things Up Our Sleeves to Turn This Thing Around

We're just 13 days away from the 2016 presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Polls are tightening and the stakes feel higher than ever.

Although Trump is still trailing Clinton nationally, a new Bloomberg poll out today shows him leading in Florida and catching up in Pennsylvania. The race isn't over. 

During an interview with Fox News Wednesday morning, Trump surrogate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani condemned the naysayers and said the campaign still has a few moves "up their sleeves" to lock down a win on November 8. 

"I'm sorry, I don't believe in polls. Every election I ever won, I outperformed the polls," Giuliani. "I think he's [Trump] got a surprise or two that you're going to hear about in the next few days. I mean, I'm talking about some pretty big surprises."

"We're not going to go down and certainly won't stop fighting. We've got a couple things up our sleeve that should turn this around," he continued.

Watch below:

Mitt Romney Encourages People To Go And Vote--For Everything But President

Mitt Romney made it pretty clear this past March that he was no fan of Donald Trump. While some people who were opposed to Trump have since changed course, it's looking like Romney won't be one of them. In a rare tweet, Romney sent out a message encouraging people to vote Republican--for the Senate, House of Representatives, and for local elections.

Notably absent, obviously, is a reminder to vote for the Republican nominee for president.

Romney has not revealed who, if anyone, he will be voting for this November.

10 Cartoons That Perfectly Capture How Voters Feel During the 2016 Election

The leaks, the relentless character attacks, the absence of an inspiring alternative; many voters feel this is the most dismal election in U.S. history. Here are ten clever cartoons that expertly wrap up popular voter sentiment around the country.

At least we agree on something.

by Jerry Holbert (10/21/2016)



by Steve Kelley (10/13/2016)

Is it over yet?

by Lisa Benson (10/11/2016)

A real lose-lose situation.

by Nate Beeler (9/30/2016)

We’re begging.

by Jerry Holbert (10/4/2016)

A classic game of would you rather.

by Jerry Holbert (10/6/2016)

Everything’s lost its shock value.

by Lisa Benson (10/18/2016)

There’s been more than one disaster this year.

by Robert Ariail (10/9/2016)

“Should I stay, or should I go?”

by Jerry Holbert (9/27/2016)

This is all a big joke, right?

by Gary Varvel (10/9/2016)

With less than two weeks to go, the light at the end of the tunnel is near.  

Shocker: Leader of Black Lives Matter Endorses Clinton

DeRay Mckesson, an activist and leader in the Black Lives Matter movement, wrote an op-ed Wednesday morning announcing his support for Hillary Clinton. In the piece, Mckesson explains the differences he has with the Democratic nominee, but concludes that she is the best option available.

I am voting for Hillary Clinton.

Make no mistake, I do not agree with Clinton on everything. For that matter, there are few people in the world with whom I agree on everything.

Her platform should call for an end to the death penalty. It should end the federal government’s “Equitable Sharing Program,” which helps police take cash and property from people who are never convicted of wrongdoing. And when I met with her last week, I asked her to address not only how the federal government should treat nonviolent drug offenders but also the many others whose lives have been impacted by the system of mass incarceration.

But I agree with Clinton more than I disagree with her.

Also, Mckesson had some extremely harsh predictions under a possible Trump presidency.

Trump wants to take us back to a time when people like him could abuse others with little to no consequence, when people like him could exploit the labor of others to build vast amounts of wealth, when people like him could create public policy that specifically benefited them, while suppressing the rights and social mobility of others.


Talking about the exploitation of labor, Mckesson has gained notoriety for defending the rioting and looting of retail shops. After obtaining a lecturing position with Yale, the BLM activist went off syllabus to make the case to students that looting stores is justified and claimed such acts are comparable to the Boston Tea Party.

Here’s Mckesson arguing with Wolf Blitzer over his puzzling philosophy.

Will Clinton accept the endorsement from man who openly supports violence against peaceful store owners?

Ouch: Some Of Chicago’s Largest Hospitals Won’t Participate In ACA Market On Obama’s Home Turf

Well, things are just going from bad to worse for Obamacare as we prepare to enter 2017. First, we’re going to experience double-digit increases in premium rates; CNN tried to say that Indiana would see a three percent cut—the state’s department of insurance commissioner laid down the law: double-digit increases for “many Hoosiers.”

Second, the Democratic Governor of Minnesota Mark Dayton finally admitted that the law is unaffordable. Third, there are now only six of the original 23 Obamacare co-ops left, these networks were meant to spur competition and provide Obamacare plans to those in rural areas. Even with the six that are (barely) functioning, the whole system is on the verge of collapse. Now, on Obama’s home turf of Chicago, some of the city’s largest hospitals are saying no more to participating in the Obamacare market next year (via WBEZ 95.1 Chicago):

Some of Chicago’s largest hospitals said they will not be part of any Cook County Affordable Care Act marketplace plans in 2017.

University of Chicago Medical Center and Rush University Medical Center both said they don’t plan to be in network for any Obamacare marketplace plans next year.

The change means patients with doctors at those hospitals will either need to find a plan off the marketplace, and lose Obamacare subsides, or find a new doctor.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital said it will also be out of the marketplace, but will have exceptions for some of its partner hospitals.

It seems as if this law is just failing everyone, everywhere. Certainly sounds like the aftermath of a liberal big government program, huh?

Analysis: Top Political Prognosticator Now Predicts Dem Senate Takeover

The venerable Cook Political Report is now projecting a gain of five to seven US Senate seats for the Democratic Party, which would wrest control of the upper chamber away from Republicans, and promote Chuck Schumer to the position of majority leader. Cook's reasoning is very plausible, but does it stand up to the current polling data? Maybe. Democrats need to net four seats to forge the slimmest of majorities, if Hillary Clinton wins the presidential race. A quick state-by-state update:

Illinois: Polling has been relatively scant, but liberal challenger Tammy Duckworth is expected to defeat incumbent moderate Mark Kirk in this race, despite some bad headlines for Duckworth about her oversight work at the state's VA. Tough, very blue state in a presidential year. Solid Dem pick-up.

Wisconsin: Even though Ron Johnson has battled to within the margin of error in a few Badger State surveys, Democrat Russ Feingold remains a clear favorite to win back his old seat. Johnson supporters remain hopeful that an upset may be brewing, but Feingold is ahead. Likely Dem pick-up.

Indiana: Developments in this race have gotten almost cartoonishly bad for Obamacare-supporter-turned-DC-lobbyist Evan Bayh, whose big lead and war chest have dwindled down into precarious territory. More damaging information seems to leak out about him every day, and Republicans smell blood. Conservative Todd Young's trajectory is said to be positive, but (minimal) public polling still has Bayh out front at the moment, and Trump's coattails in the traditionally red state aren't looking strong; Fox News just downgraded the state from safe GOP to lean GOP.  The "fundamentals" of this race smell inauspicious for Bayh, but for now, his family name is keeping this one a lean Dem pick-up.

New Hampshire: One outlier survey gave liberal Maggie Hassan a whopping nine-point advantage over incumbent Republican Kelly Ayotte last week, but four of the last five state polls show Ayotte +1, a tie, a tie, and Ayotte +4. It is extremely close. In this pure toss-up race, the Ayotte campaign is smartly pouncing all over the awful Obamacare news with a fresh TV ad:

Pennsylvania: Keystone Staters have a history of ticket-splitting, and that's what Republican Sen. Pat Toomey is counting on to carry the day next month. Despite Donald Trump's struggles in the state, Toomey is tied or leading in four of the last five statewide surveys, and holds an average lead of roughly two points in the RCP average. His Democratic opponent has been plagued by ethical baggage, and had an embarrassing moment at their recent debate. Given the dynamics of the presidential race, and how close Toomey's victory was in the 2010 GOP wave election, this contest is a pure toss-up.

Nevada: In Republicans' lone pick-up opportunity, the party's impressive Senate nominee Joe Heck (a medical doctor, soldier and businessman) is locked in a very tight battle with Harry Reid's hand-selected successor, Catherine Cortez Masto. Heck had led in every public poll until the last few weeks, when he's been overtaken by the Democrat -- but just barely. The last three polls average out to an exact tie in this race. But given Trump's deterioration in the state and the vaunted Reid machine poised to spring into action for his candidate, this looks like a slight lean Dem hold -- although it's absolutely winnable for Heck, depending on how things break.

Missouri: Democrats really want this one, fielding a fresh-faced veteran challenger against incumbent Republican Roy Blunt. But the Democratic nominee is too liberal, and the Show Me State is looking too red. Polls are surprisingly tight, but Blunt has led in almost all of them, and Trump is running even stronger there. Lean GOP hold.

North Carolina: Richard Burr is an underwhelming campaigner, and North Carolina is a very swingy state these days, so this competition is giving DC Republicans indigestion. But Tar Heel State Democrats have chosen an ACLU activist to oppose Burr, and recent focus on her extreme record appears to have set her back a bit in the polls. Hillary Clinton is leading in this state, yet Burr is keeping his head above water. He's only trailed in one of the last 11 surveys of the race -- which may ultimately be determined by the margins at the top of the ticket. Lean GOP hold.

Florida: The polling margins are all over the place in this one, with two recent polls showing Marco Rubio up 10 and 14 points, or up two or four points. The consistent factor is that Rubio's ahead across the board. Democrats nominated an amusingly flawed candidate, who is out of his depth against the talented incumbent. National Democrats have pulled out of this race, even though liberals desperately want to end Rubio's career; they see him as a potential future threat at the national level, as we've learned through public quotes and private emails. I've heard that both parties' internal polling give Rubio a consistent, but relatively modest, edge of three to five points. One X factor could be the presidential race, where Mrs. Clinton holds a small lead in the state, although a new Bloomberg poll shows Trump surging ahead by a pair. Likely GOP hold.

Ohio: Rob Portman just keeps winning. Big League. Solid GOP hold.

Add up the columns from our ratings above, and Democrats are favored to gain three seats -- one shy of a probable majority, an two shy of an outright majority.  Can they get there?  Absolutely.  By definition, those toss-ups could go either way, and a few of those "lean GOP" races are worrisomely close for Republicans.  If Clinton ends up winning comfortably, and the Democrats' ground game totally outclasses the GOP's, it's conceivable to see most of the closest contests all cascade in one direction, building a wave that will sweep Senate Democrats into power.  But if Hillary's margins are smaller, or Trump over-performs, it is still entirely possible that the GOP could cling to a very slim upper chamber majority.  The question keeping NRSC officials up at night is whether the ticket-splitting that's showing up in public polling will actually materialize in voters' actions.  Reports of Trump pulling up his joint fundraising stakes yesterday, which have been contradicted by others within his camp, touched off a ripple of panic in Republican circles:

The party just announced one last mega blitz to try to pull some of its candidates over the finish line:

Thirteen days.

Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Destroyed

Since Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president, his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been repeatedly vandalized. While most of the earlier vandalism was easily fixed, early on Wednesday morning a man took a sledgehammer to the star and completely destroyed it.

According to Deadline, a man identified as Jamie Otis dressed as a construction worker and smashed the star with a pickax and a sledgehammer. He originally intended on selling the star, with proceeds going to the women who claim they were assaulted by Trump. The star was not removed and is still embedded in the ground.

This is believed to be the first time a star has been destroyed in an act of vandalism.

New Polls: Trump Gaining in Pennsylvania, Ahead in Florida and Ohio

Why is Republican nominee Donald Trump leading in two battleground states and nearly tied in another with less than two weeks before the election?  Experts, analysts, and Washington, D.C. insiders lectured the American people on how this was not supposed to happen.   

According to a new poll, Trump maintains a healthy lead in Ohio over Hillary Clinton, 46 to 42 percentage points and in a Bloomberg Politics poll of Florida, Trump leads Clinton 45 to 43.  In Pennsylvania, Trump continues to dwindle Clinton's lead where he is now within three points of the Democratic nominee.

Florida and Ohio are must wins for the Trump campaign, and combined with a win in Pennsylvania, Trump would more than likely be the next President of the United States.  

In the most accurate poll of 2012, Trump is basically tied with Clinton nationally.

According to FiveThirtyEight, the Investor’s Business Daily/TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence poll predicted the correct outcome of that election, exposing Obama's dramatically underestimated performance and the falsehood of Romney's estimated clear victory.   

At a rally in Tallahassee on Tuesday night, Trump made clear his intentions in the Sunshine State.  “In 14 days we are going to win the state of Florida and we are going to win back the White House,” he declared.

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Pentagon Will No Longer Seek Bonus Repayments From California Vets

In a quick reversal, the Pentagon has announced it will no longer seek bonus repayments from California Army National Guard soldiers.

Earlier this week, we found out that the Pentagon sent letters to the former soldiers asking they repay the bonuses they received for reenlistment - or face fines.

Lawmakers blasted the Pentagon's demand, calling it "disgraceful" and "insulting."

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the repayment process will be suspended as soon as it is practical.

Update: Not everyone is pleased by the announcement. Florida Rep. Vern Buchanan (R) said a temporary fix is not good enough.

“Not good enough,” said Buchanan in a new statement. “There is no middle ground on this issue. The Pentagon needs to tell veterans it will permanently – not temporarily – end its obscene effort to collect enlistment bonuses from a decade ago. The government also should apologize to all the veterans affected.”

Buchanan sent a letter to Carter asking whether the bonus repayment process would affect Florida veterans as well.

Obamacare Architect Says He Needs a Graph to Explain Obama's Premium Explanation

Ezekiel Emanuel is one the architects of the Affordable Care Act, the health care legislation which, contrary to what President Obama claims, has failed to live up to its name. On Monday, we learned that Americans under an Obamacare plan will see their premiums rise by an average of 25 percent. CNN's Jake Tapper pressed Emanuel for answers on Tuesday. First, he read him a quote from the president back when he was trying to sell ACA to the American people, claiming their premiums would go down.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA (CLIP): “If you like your private health insurance plan, you can keep your plan. Period. You’re going to be able to buy insurance through a pool so that you can get the same good rates as a group that, if you're an employee at a big company you can get right now which means your premiums will go down.”

TAPPER: “Your premiums will go down. There are a lot of Americans that are going to say that didn't come true, that was false.”

Emanuel responded by telling Tapper Obama's remarks could easily be explained, but they needed to be accompanied by a graph.

EMANUEL: “This is a complicated thing. Actually, Jake, I would love to come back and show a graph where that can fully explain the president's comment. In fact, if you look at health insurance premiums from the Bush era and you graph the line as if it continued, the fact is that premiums have gone substantially down compared to where they would have been under President Bush if those lines have continued. And people have saved. That doesn’t mean that premiums have gone down in real dollars but they've gone down compared to what they would have been."

Why do we need a graph to figure out the president's signature legislation? Its complicated nature should have raised red flags for Congress. In fact, it did. The near 3,000-page bill worried Republicans, but convinced former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that we simply needed to pass it to "find out what's in it."

Emanuel continued to "defend" the legislation he helped to draft by "totally" agreeing with Tapper that at least 1 million Americans will be "severely or uncomfortably" impacted by it. 

As for Tapper, he invited Emanuel to come back on the show with graph in hand.

"Zeke, bring your chart next time and I’ll let you show it."

Biden: I've Never Criticized The Tea Party, Just Those Times I Said They Were Crazy And Acted Like Terrorists

Vice President Joe Biden was stricken with amnesia during his interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews last night when he said that he never criticized the Tea Party.

“You never heard me criticize the Tea Party,” said Biden. “And the reason I didn’t is there’s a lot of people who are scared and beat up and what happens—they lost a lot in what happened during the Bush administration,” he added.

Yeah, in 2011, you likened the Tea Party to terrorists, Joe:

Vice President Joe Biden joined House Democrats in lashing tea party Republicans Monday, accusing them of having “acted like terrorists” in the fight over raising the nation’s debt limit, according to several sources in the room.

Biden was agreeing with a line of argument made by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) at a two-hour, closed-door Democratic Caucus meeting.

“We have negotiated with terrorists,” an angry Doyle said, according to sources in the room. “This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.”

Now, Biden denies that he used the word terrorism, telling CBS News’ Scott Pelley at the time that he allowed Democrats to vent their frustration over obstacles during budget talks with Republicans:

Biden told Pelley he let lawmakers "vent" about the deal, which includes spending cuts but may not include revenue increases. (Some liberal House Democrats have vowed not to back the deal.) But he says he did not assert that he agreed with the terrorism comparison.

"What happened was there were some people who said they felt like they were being held hostage by terrorists," he said. "I never said that they were terrorists or weren't terrorists, I just let them vent."

Okay—he says it’s not true. There’s a lot of latitude when closed-door meetings are involved in any situation. Regardless, in 2014, he again criticized the Tea Party, calling them “crazy.”

Whatever the case, it’s clear that Biden has criticized the Tea Party. Whether it’s calling them crazy or likening them to terrorists, he’s lashed out at them; good, hard working people who just want smaller government, less taxes, less regulations, and more jobs. The horror! The horror!

Report: 91 Percent of Media's Trump Coverage Has Been Negative

Since the nominating conventions in July, Donald Trump has enjoyed significantly more airtime on broadcast networks than rival Hillary, but almost all of it—91 percent—has been negative, the Media Research Center found.

Moreover, the networks spent a disproportionate amount of time covering his personal controversies (440 minutes) such as his treatment of women and release of his tax returns, compared to Clinton’s (185 minutes), discussing topics like her health and email scandal.

The results show neither candidate was celebrated by the media (as Obama was in 2008), but network reporters went out of their way to hammer Trump day after day, while Clinton was largely out of their line of fire.

Our analysts found 184 opinionated statements about Hillary Clinton, split between 39 positive statements (21%) vs. 145 negative (79%). Those same broadcasts included more than three times as many opinionated statements about Trump, 91 percent of which (623) were negative vs. just nine percent positive (63).

Even when they were critical of Hillary Clinton — for concealing her pneumonia, for example, or mischaracterizing the FBI investigation of her e-mail server — network reporters always maintained a respectful tone in their coverage.

This was not the case with Trump, who was slammed as embodying “the politics of fear,” or a “dangerous” and “vulgar” “misogynistic bully” who had insulted vast swaths of the American electorate. Reporters also bluntly called out Trump for lying in his public remarks in a way they never did with Clinton, despite her own robust record of false statements.

Here’s a glimpse of what the coverage looked like: 

If one thing really is rigged this election cycle, it’s the media.