Thursday, December 8, 2016

Hillary Clinton Joins Dignitaries in Celebrating Harry Reid's Career in Service

In her remarks today, Hillary remembered the late Senator John Glenn who passed away today.  The occasion was a tribute to Harry Reid who is retiring after 30 years representing Nevada. Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer, who succeeds Reid as Leader, shared the podium in reminiscing on Reid's long career. Both Hillary and Schumer quoted words from Paul Simon's "The Boxer."  Reid was a a boxer at one time.  The event was held at the Russell Senate Office Building.

Read's remarks were typically acerbic. There were moments when he seemed emotional. Harry stuck around so that every single person in the room who wanted a picture with him got one. You could tell he was very touched.

Here is a full video of the proceedings.

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Taking Steps: E. Randol Schoenberg Sues FBI for Email Warrant

If you saw the movie "Woman in Gold," and I strongly recommend that you do, you know that as a young lawyer and new dad, Randy Schoenberg argued before Chief Justice Rhenquist's Supreme Court and prevailed. He did this having given up his job and devoting all of his time, energy, and resources to helping Maria Altmann recover paintings stolen from her family's Vienna residence by the Nazis.

Here is his Facebook entry.
So, I filed a lawsuit today against the US Department of Justice seeking immediate disclosure of the FBI search warrant for the e-mails of Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin on Anthony Weiner's laptop. As I explained in my blog, I think we need to see what "probable cause" was shown for obtaining the search warrant, because whoever thought there was going to be evidence of a crime was obviously mistaken. And that mistake probably changed the outcome of the election. Journalists should contact my attorney Dave Rankin for more details.

E. Randol Schoenberg. Photo courtesy of E. Randol Schoenberg
E. Randol Schoenberg was confused when he read a New York Times article in the waning days of the presidential election reporting the FBI had obtained a warrant to seize new material in the Hillary Clinton email case.
“I thought, ‘What does that mean?’” he told the Journal. “Normally you have to show probable cause. That’s what it says in the Fourth Amendment.”
“It’s more likely something criminal happened in the obtaining of the search warrant than… Hillary Clinton did something wrong,” he said
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We thank him and applaud his effort.  In a Gothamist article, Schoenberg says this.
"I like tilting at windmills, and sometimes it turns out not to be as crazy as everybody thinks," he said. "[Maybe] I’m right that there’s some big story behind this, maybe i’m wrong...Sticking to your convictions, trying to think differently from everyone else is what I like to do."
In the movie, Ronald Lauder tells Maria Altmann that her "schoolboy" lawyer is not equal to an argument before SCOTUS to help her retrieve family treasures looted by the Nazis. Maria tells Lauder that she will stick with her schoolboy.  He succeeded. Perhaps he is right. Maybe this is a battle worth having. Maybe it indeed is not "as crazy as everybody thinks. "
Go for it, Randy!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

TIME Names Hillary Clinton Number Two Top Influencer

She is still number one in my book as she continues to pull ahead in the popular vote.

Winners get to write history. Losers, if they are lucky, get a ballad. Hillary Clinton made history for three decades as an advocate, a First Lady, a Senator, and a Secretary of State, but she will now be remembered as much for what she didn’t do as what she did. A female candidate in an election that didn’t hinge on gender after all, she became a symbol in a fight that was about much more than symbolism. She’s the woman who was almost President, she is what might have been and what will yet be.
In the autopsy of the doomed Clinton campaign, there is no shortage of fatal causes. Expectations certainly missed their target: the race between the first plausible female presidential candidate and a man who bragged about grabbing women “by the pussy” did not boil down to gender. In interviews across the country in the year leading up to the election, many voters suggested that shattering the glass ceiling wasn’t an urgent priority for them. Some took it as a given that a woman will be President one day, and it wasn’t worth electing someone they believed was the wrong woman just to show it could be done.
To some, other issues—economic anxiety, cultural values, a desire for change—mattered more. Of the 70% of voters who said Donald Trump’s treatment of women bothered them, 29% voted for him anyway. The female coalition was a mirage, splintered by party, race and education: Clinton won 54% of all women, but Trump won 88% of Republican women, 52% of white women and 61% of white women without a college degree. She walked away with a lead of more than 2.5 million votes, but not the White House.
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There is plenty to disagree with in this article. Bustle's Cate Carrejo raises an objection with the first paragraph. My personal objection precedes Cate's since I would not label Hillary Clinton a loser.  But the line Carrejo highlights forms the premise of Alter's thesis.

This Quote From Hillary Clinton's 'TIME' Person Of The Year Article Is Infuriating

In its annual postmortem of the year, TIME Magazine released its perennial list of top influencers for 2016, and this year's #2 is a familiar face. Hillary Clinton, who was runner-up in the November presidential election, also came in second to Donald Trump in the Person of the Year contest. But TIME's article on her election and legacy seems to have underestimated why the loss happened. TIME's assertion that the presidential election was not about gender is infuriating, because it ignores the massive setback that Clinton and her campaign had to contend with before the race had even begun.
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Far from seeing Hillary as a wildflower lost in the woods and fading from the public eye, I see her resurging - rising as we all implored her to in 2008.  Ever the Phoenix, she will be back, I expect, and more awesome than ever for the scars she acquired in course of this election cycle.  Hillary has amassed an even larger and stronger coalition in this effort than she did in 2008.  Then she accrued 18 million of us. This time around she has more than 65 million of us. We are battle wise and battle ready.  Whatever Hillary decides to take on, her army will be right at her back.

Oh! And by the way, she also won this poll! The editors make the final decision.

Hillary Clinton won the popular vote – again – for TIME Person of the Year

After beating Donald Trump to the popular vote in the United States election, Hillary Clinton took her popularity a step further as she defeated Trump again in the Time Magazine Person of the Year poll.
Resul of the poll shared by stand up comedian Mike Drucker show that of the total votes of 107,511 Clinton amassed 50 per cent as against Trump’s 30 per cent.

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These Tweets About Hillary Clinton & 'TIME' Person Of The Year Make It Clear What People Wanted

If you're been on social media today, then you've probably already seen the announcement. President-elect Donald Trump has been named Time Person of the Year for 2016, in a move that surprised precisely nobody. But in the run-up to the announcement, there were several different options in Time's online reader poll, and one of them was, well, the other candidate in the 2016 race ― the won who actually won millions more votes than the next American president did. That's right, there are many tweets saying Hillary Clinton should've been Time's Person of the Year for 2016.
Sure, it may not seem logical to give the distinction to the runner-up, especially if you're gauging future impact. Clinton's career as an elected official is likely over, while Trump's hasn't even begun yet (as weird and frightening as that may sound).
But the enormous historical landmark Clinton's candidacy represented in American history can't be overlooked, and whether it's earnest or aspirational, some people out there really would've rather seen her face staring out from the cover of Time than Trump's iconic glower. Here are nine tweets making the case, or simply wishing desperately that things had somehow gone differently.
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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Hillary Clinton Abandons the Wild - For a Time

Hillary Clinton came out of the woods and joined up with her neighbors at Chappaqua Station for a Habitat for Humanity event.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Help Hillary Clinton's Recount Team in Michigan!

Calling Team Hillary Clinton!  Recount oversight assistance is needed in Michigan and Wisconsin.

If you are in Michigan, can travel, and have some time you can free up, please go here to sign up to help.

If you are in Wisconsin, can travel, and have some time you can free up, please go here to sign up to help.

Thank you from all of us!


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Hillary Clinton Campaign: Recount Help Needed

You are all probably feeling a little bushwhacked from the emotional letdown of the election results and are probably still dealing with some sleep deficits from all the work you put in, but Hillary's campaign is in need of volunteers to assist with the recount.  If you have any time or energy left to help out in the following states, here is some contact information.

Sign up here:
Or Contact the following organizers directly
Searcy for Milwaukee area:
Tyler for Kenosha/Racine area:
Schedule of RECOUNT:
The official Recount Manual, published by the Wisconsin Elections Commission, can be found here:
Please print out pages 7-13 (Recount Checklist) to take along.

Sign up here:
The Michigan Recount begins this Friday! All Michigan recount volunteers should attend one of the Recount Observers Training Sessions listed below.
Please RSVP by emailing the Michigan volunteer coordinator:
Keenan Pontoni, at
Jackson County Training
Location: Meijer Branch Library
Address: 2699 Airport Rd Jackson, MI 49202
Date: Wednesday, November 30th
Time: 6-7:30 PM
Kalamazoo County Training
Location: IBEW Local 131 Hall
Address: 3641 E. Cork Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Date: Wednesday, November 30th
Time: 7:30-9 PM
Macomb County Training
Location: Warren Community Center, Conference Room A
Address: 5460 Arden Ave, Warren, MI 48092
Date: Thursday, December 1st
Time: 12-1:30 PM
Washtenaw County Training
Location: IBEW Local 252 Hall
Address: 7920 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Date: Thursday, December 1st
Time: 6-7:30 PM
Wayne County Training
Location: Northwest Activities Center
Address: 18100 Meyers Rd, Detroit, MI 48235
Date: Thursday, December 1st
Time: 7-8:30 PM
Marquette County Training
Location: Barage Conference Room
Address: 129 W. Barage Ave, Marquette MI 49855
Date: Thursday, December 1st
Time: 7-8:30 PM
Oakland County Training
Location: Baldwin Library
Address: 300 W Merrill St, Birmingham, MI 48009
Date: Thursday, December 1st
Time: 7:30-9 PM

(Still awaiting information on Pennsylvania)


Hillary Clinton at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball

Hillary surprised guests last night at the 12th annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball.  The event, honoring philanthropist Moll Anderson and staunch Hillary supporter Katy Perry, was held at Cipriani Wall Street. She is seen with Pamela Fiori, Katy Perry, and Caryl Stern.


Monday, November 28, 2016

Framing Trump

For many years, George Lakoff has been asking the Democrats to beat the GOP at the “frame game.”  Here he provides not only the frame but also the rationale for it. It is a long read, but well worth the time because it’s all about the frame!

A Minority President: Why the Polls Failed, And What the Majority Can Do

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Hillary Clinton won the majority of votes in this year’s presidential election.
The loser, for the majority of voters, will now be a minority president-elect. Don’t let anyone forget it. Keep referring to Trump as the minority president, Mr. Minority and the overall Loser. Constant repetition, with discussion in the media and over social media, questions the legitimacy of the minority president to ignore the values of the majority. The majority, at the very least, needs to keep its values in the public eye and view the minority president’s action through majority American values.
The polls failed and the nation needs to know why. The pollsters and pundits have not given a satisfactory answer.
I will argue that the nature of mind is not a mere technical issue for the cognitive and brain sciences, but that it had everything to do with the outcome of the 2016 election — and the failure of the pollsters, the media, and Democrats to predict it. They were not alone. The public needs to understand better how the human mind works in general — but especially in politics. There is a lot to know. Let us go step by step.
Keep reading! >>>>
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Hillary Clinton in the News

First and foremost, there is the Wisconsin recount scheduled to begin soon.  Despite a clear statement from Marc Elias, many seem to misunderstand the Clinton campaign's position.

Clearly, Hillary and her campaign have not questioned the election result and are observing the recount process as they as well as Trump's camp should - especially since he appears to have a problem with the results.

Donald Trump’s bogus claim that millions of people voted illegally for Hillary Clinton

November 27, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump. (Associated Press)
“In addition to winning the electoral college in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”
— President-elect Donald Trump, in a tweet, Nov. 27
Angered by demands for a recount in the three states that gave him an electoral college victory, President-elect Donald Trump made a bold but unsubstantiated assertion in a tweet — that “millions of people” voted illegally in the presidential election. He suggested they voted for his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, who now leads in the popular vote by 2.2 million votes, and thus he actually also won the popular vote.
Winning the electoral college is all that counts in the presidential race. But losing the popular vote by such a substantial margin apparently gnaws at Trump. Is there any basis for his claim?
Gotta love Victoria Brownworth's great graphic with this tweet!
Finally, in post-election mode, Hillary added her latest Twitter follow.

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Hillary Clinton’s kept an understandably low profile since losing the election to Donald Trump. Her campaign team will join in recount efforts in every state where a petition is successfully filed by Jill Stein. However, Clinton will likely distance herself from these efforts and maintain her current routine of shying away from the limelight unless someone happens to catch her in dog-walking mode. This provides a nice transition for Clinton’s first post-election follow on Twitter, and those honors go to none other than Snoop Dogg. Writer Stefan Becket nabbed some screenshot evidence.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Statement from the Clinton Campaign Re: Calls for an Audit and Recount

Listening and Responding To Calls for an Audit and Recount
Over the last few days, officials in the Clinton campaign have received hundreds of messages, emails, and calls urging us to do something, anything, to investigate claims that the election results were hacked and altered in a way to disadvantage Secretary Clinton. The concerns have arisen, in particular, with respect to Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — three states that together proved decisive in this presidential election and where the combined margin of victory for Donald Trump was merely 107,000 votes.
It should go without saying that we take these concerns extremely seriously. We certainly understand the heartbreak felt by so many who worked so hard to elect Hillary Clinton, and it is a fundamental principle of our democracy to ensure that every vote is properly counted.
Moreover, this election cycle was unique in the degree of foreign interference witnessed throughout the campaign: the U.S. government concluded that Russian state actors were behind the hacks of the Democratic National Committee and the personal email accounts of Hillary for America campaign officials, and just yesterday, the Washington Post reported that the Russian government was behind much of the “fake news” propaganda that circulated online in the closing weeks of the election.
For all these reasons, we have quietly taken a number of steps in the last two weeks to rule in or out any possibility of outside interference in the vote tally in these critical battleground states.
First, since the day after the election we have had lawyers and data scientists and analysts combing over the results to spot anomalies that would suggest a hacked result. These have included analysts both from within the campaign and outside, with backgrounds in politics, technology and academia.
Second, we have had numerous meetings and calls with various outside experts to hear their concerns and to discuss and review their data and findings. As a part of this, we have also shared out data and findings with them. Most of those discussions have remained private, while at least one has unfortunately been the subject of leaks.
Third, we have attempted to systematically catalogue and investigate every theory that has been presented to us within our ability to do so.
Fourth, we have examined the laws and practices as they pertain to recounts, contests and audits.
Fifth, and most importantly, we have monitored and staffed the post-election canvasses — where voting machine tapes are compared to poll-books, provisional ballots are resolved, and all of the math is double checked from election night. During that process, we have seen Secretary Clinton’s vote total grow, so that, today, her national popular vote lead now exceeds more than 2 million votes.
In the coming days, we will continue to perform our due diligence and actively follow all further activities that are to occur prior to the certification of any election results. For instance, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania conduct post-election audits using a sampling of precincts. Michigan and many other states still do not. This is unfortunate; it is our strong belief that, in addition to an election canvass, every state should do this basic audit to ensure accuracy and public confidence in the election.
Beyond the post-election audit, Green Party candidate Jill Stein announced Friday that she will exercise her right as a candidate to pursue a recount in the state of Wisconsin. She has indicated plans to also seek recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves, but now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides. If Jill Stein follows through as she has promised and pursues recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, we will take the same approach in those states as well. We do so fully aware that the number of votes separating Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the closest of these states — Michigan — well exceeds the largest margin ever overcome in a recount. But regardless of the potential to change the outcome in any of the states, we feel it is important, on principle, to ensure our campaign is legally represented in any court proceedings and represented on the ground in order to monitor the recount process itself.
The campaign is grateful to all those who have expended time and effort to investigate various claims of abnormalities and irregularities. While that effort has not, in our view, resulted in evidence of manipulation of results, now that a recount is underway, we believe we have an obligation to the more than 64 million Americans who cast ballots for Hillary Clinton to participate in ongoing proceedings to ensure that an accurate vote count will be reported.
For your information, here is a handy spreadsheet showing the popular vote.

 You can follow the Electoral College on Twitter.  Lots of useful information there.