Poll: Clinton, Trump in virtual dead heat on eve of first debate

Clinton’s August advantage has been erased, but doubts about Trump’s readiness remain.

Open thread: Enthusiasm, the Bill of Rights and drill rap

What’s coming up on Sunday Kos …

  • I am incredibly enthusiastic about voting for Hillary Clinton. Here’s why, by Ian Reifowitz
  • Dear white people, it’s time that we talked seriously about this Trump noise, by Frank Vyan Walton
  • Who will make Big Pharma pay the EpiPenalty, by Jon Perr
  • Trump wants to destroy democracy by dismantling the Bill of Rights, by Denise Oliver Velez
  • Scott Walker sold Wisconsin out to the highest bidders, by Mark E Andersen
  • Why corporate special interests created modern libertarianism, by David Akadjian
  • Five questions for Adanjesús Marín of Make the Road PA, a leading Latino group in the Keystone State, by Kerry Eleveld
  • Becoming Propane Jane, by Propane Jane
  • We must inflict economic pain on those in power in order to usher in a new civil rights movement, by Egberto Willies
  • Chicago adds police to cut gun violence. But can drill rap be policed, by

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Good News! Kim Kardashian Made Up Her Mind And She’s Voting For Hillary Clinton

Kim Kardashian has made up her mind about who she’s voting for in the upcoming presidential election. On Saturday, the 35-year-old took the time to explain the context in which she told Wonderland magazine that she was “on the fence,” about who to vote for ― implying that she was considering voting for Donald Trump. 

In a post on her website and app, Kardashian made it clear that she intend to vote for Hillary Clinton. 

“There was a point when I wasn’t 100% sure I was even going to vote in this election; I didn’t want to vote blindly,” Kardashian wrote. “But I also thought about how not voting would mean that I wasn’t making my voice heard, so I decided to talk to my closest friends and family who I love and trust, to have an open conversation about politics.”

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Trump The Arsonist Plays Firefighter

With this con artist for a leader, who would need enemies?

Michelle Obama said on September 16, “The presidency doesn’t change who you are, it reveals who you are. The same thing is true of a presidential campaign.” Donald Trump demonstrated the truth of this the same day.

Without explanation or apology, Trump dropped his birther lie against President Obama, and told two more lies: that Hillary Clinton started birtherism, and that he had ended it in 2011. He angered the media in the process by playing them to promote his luxury hotel.

Trump’s heavy-handedness may finally end the false equivalence with which the media have portrayed the major party nominees. The thin case against Hillary (her email server, decades of GOP smears, her every cough being treated like an operatic death scene) pales beside Trump’s nonstop lies and provocations, as his dealmaking pales beside her public service.

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Guess where August 2016 ended up, temperature wise?

Did you dare to guess it was the hottest August ever recorded in the global temperature record? Then you win! Your prize is figuring out how to announce this and still convey the significance despite the same thing happening for quite a while now:

According to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, March April May June July August 2016 was the hottest March April May June July August on record, going back 136 years. It was a staggering 1.28°C 1.11°C 0.93°C 0.79°C 0.84° 0.98° C above average across the planet.* The previous March April May June July August record, from 2010 2014 2015 2011 2014, was 0.92° 0.87° 0.86° 0.78° 0.74° 0.82° above average; the new record beats it by well over a tenth of a degree.

Let’s just briefly stroll down misinformation memory

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Poll: Trump closing gap in Pennsylvania

Just two days before the first presidential debate, Donald Trump is narrowing the gap with Hillary Clinton in the key state of Pennsylvania, a new Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll released Saturday shows.

There is now a 3-point difference between the Democratic and GOP nominees, with Clinton leading 44 percent to 41 percent with likely voters in a head-to-head match up, according to the poll. The difference is within the margin of error, which is 5 points. Last week, Clinton held a 9-point lead over Trump, 47 percent to 38 percent.

With Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein added, the gap shrinks to 2 percentage points, with Clinton and Trump polling at 40 percent and 38 percent respectively. Johnson is at 8 percent and Stein at 3 percent.

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This week in science: trillions and trillions

What will happen to Dixie by the water after they foolishly fell for conservative talking points and elected clueless morons or willfully ignorant sociopaths ranting that global warming was a hoax made up by all those alleged evil conspirators at NASA and NOAA? We can get a good idea by what’s already happening in some spots:

This summer, on a driving tour of Norfolk and nearby towns, William A. Stiles Jr. pointed to the telltale signs that the ocean is gradually invading the region. He spotted crusts of dried salt in the streets, and salt-loving marsh grasses that are taking over suburban yards. He pointed out trees killed by seawater. He stood next to one of the road signs that Norfolk has been forced to install in recent years, essentially huge vertical rulers so people know the depth of floodwaters at low-lying intersections.

Who are you going to believe?

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