Days after protests, Hillary Clinton meets with families of victims of police violence

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses the U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting in San Francisco June 20, 2015. REUTERS/Stephen Lam - RTX1HE3I

Just three days after Black Lives Matter protesters rallied at an October 30 Hillary Clinton event at Clark Atlanta University to protest her support of the death penalty, Clinton met with the mothers and family members of several black men who have been killed by police. Among the group were Lesley McSpadden, Samaria Rice, and Sybrina Fulton, mothers of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Trayvon Martin, respectively. The New York Times reports:

In a private conversation that included the mothers of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin and others, Mrs. Clinton reaffirmed her pledge to overhaul the criminal justice system, a campaign aide said. She also asked how trust could be restored between police officers and predominantly African-American communities in light of a spate of killings.

The movement for black lives has become an increasingly important player in politics ahead of 2016. Protesters affiliated with various groups have rallied

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Daily Kos Democratic Primary Straw Poll 11-03-15

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Time for our biweekly community look into the Democratic presidential primary. Here’s where things have stood the last several months:

         10/20  9/29  9/15  9/1  8/19  8/5  7/21  7/9 6/23  6/9
  Sanders   53    62     62    58    58     58    57    67   63    69
  Clinton   41    29     29    34    34     35    36    29   31    24
  Other      1     3      3     2     2      3     2     2    1     3
  No clue    2     3      3     3     3      2     3     2    1     2

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Trey Gowdy did Hillary Clinton a big favor with partisan Benghazi hearing, poll shows

Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, laughs out loud after Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., asked Clinton if she was home alone during night of the 2012 Benghazi attacks during testimony on Capitol Hill in Washi

Way to go, Trey Gowdy. The Benghazi Committee’s marathon hearing with Hillary Clinton did Clinton a world of good, according to a new poll:

Among Democratic primary voters, 72% said they were now satisfied with Clinton’s responses to questions about how she handled the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012, according to the Wall Street Journal/NBC poll. That’s up from 58% before her testimony. […]
Clinton made progress as well among swing voters, the survey found. Before her testimony, 84% of swing voters had said they were not satisfied with her responses to questions about Benghazi. In the latest survey, only 40% said so.

That’s a big swing, even if it’s incomplete, with just a minority of swing voters saying they are affirmatively satisfied with Clinton’s answers. Still, a much lower number saying they’re not satisfied counts as a major win thanks

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Cartoon: Last-minute Halloween costumes

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It’s the end of October and the pop-up Halloween stores have been picked clean. Here are some costume ideas for the procrastinators among you.

The 1980’s Exxon panel is totally true, although the climate scientists involved probably weren’t dressed like Valley Girls.

Clinton rises in polling, and so does Sanders

Democratic presidential candidates U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (L) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton debate duringthe first official Democratic candidates debate of the 2016 presidential campaign in Las Vegas, Nevada October 13, 2015. REUTERS/

I’ve long argued that Bernie Sanders’ national ceiling is 30 percent, and at 28.7 percent in the polling composite, he’s close to either proving me right or wrong. Unfortunately for him, Hillary Clinton has also seen a big rise in her numbers as well, from 44.3 percent in the composite in late September, to 54.5 percent just a month later.

All told, in the past month, Clinton is up 10 and Sanders is up about 3 1/2. Interestingly, Clinton’s gains don’t seem to have come at the expense of Sanders. Eyeballing the list of polling, it really looks like half of Biden’s crowd went to Clinton, the other half slotted in at “undecided.” But that’s about as rough an observation as anyone can muster. We really don’t know who went from what column to what column. We can only guess.
The Benghazi Inquisition of Hillary

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Third Way panics over Bernie Sanders and the new American mainstream

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders poses for pictures after his speech at Creative Visions Human Development Institute in Des Moines, Iowa, September 27, 2015.  REUTERS/Brian C. Frank - RTX1SR13

Third Way freaks out about Bernie Sanders. What took them so long?

Remember Third Way, the Wall-Street-run front group of supposed “Democrats?” Fresh off panicking over Elizabeth Warren, they’re now panicking over Bernie Sanders.

“You would be back to 1972 [if Bernie were nominated],” warned Bill Daley, President Barack Obama’s former chief of staff and a Third Way board member, referencing the blowout Richard Nixon win that year. “It was not a happy time for Democrats. The guy has been a socialist his whole life and now decides he is a Democrat and therefore the Democratic Party has got to move to that extreme? I think it is a recipe for disaster.”

I love these assholes talking about the “extremes” inhabited by the likes of Sanders and Warren. What exactly is in Sanders’ bucket of issues that is so far out of touch with America? Granted, he’s hostile

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Marco Rubio tries to play Clinton’s Benghazi hearing as good for Republicans

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) at CPAC 2015.

Don’t say Marco Rubio doesn’t have nerve. Rubio “responded” to Donald Trump’s usual argument against Super PACs by saying that “Democrats have the ultimate Super PAC. It’s called the mainstream media.” That was a great applause line for a Republican debate audience, but his evidence for this claim? That the media said Hillary Clinton did well in last week’s Benghazi hearing.
Seriously, a Republican voluntarily brought that embarrassment to his party up on national television and tried to turn it to his advantage.

Because, see, Clinton said different things about the causes of the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi at different times, therefore “she got exposed as a liar” (rather than a person receiving shifting intelligence reports and trying to make sense of them in real time), so the fact that “the mainstream media is going around saying it was the greatest week in Hillary

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