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Frontline’s The Choice 2016.

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The Vance Phillips Civil Suit Comes to an End With No Justice for the Woman He Assaulted

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The Vance Phillips Civil Suit Comes to an End With No Justice for the Woman He Assaulted

It has been awhile since we heard anything about the lawsuit brought by Katelynn Dunlap against Vance Phillips seeking some accountability for raping her. We talked about this multiple times here at DL, but see here, here, here and here for a good recap.) Updating the story, Ms Dunlap has filed a stipulation of dismissal for the civil action filed against Phillips in Kent County court. This isn’t quite the end of the story though. Ms. Dunlap took to the airwaves Wednesday to talk about this and released a statement about her decision to both the media and her Facebook page. This is what she published to Facebook:

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Open Thread for Friday, September 30, 2016

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Open Thread for Friday, September 30, 2016

Steven Shepard at Politico explains Trump’s terrible week:

For many insiders, Clinton’s good week was driven more by Trump’s demeanor and behavior in the days after the debate — which included re-litigating his 19-year-old comments about the then-Miss Universe’s weight gain —as what happened on the stage at Hofstra University. [...]

“The debate helped to stop the hemorrhaging in the Clinton campaign’s messaging and management when Trump went off-script and went back to the Trump of the primary debates,” said a Wisconsin Republican. “Clinton should send him a thank-you note.” [...]

“Any inroads Trump had made with suburban women is now gone after that debate,” said an Ohio Republican. “Also, I have to imagine the African-American community is getting more energized after his birther answer.”

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Trump was right to violate the US embargo of Cuba

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Trump was right to violate the US embargo of Cuba

Henry David Thoreau wrote “Civil Disobedience” in response to his 1846 one night imprisonment for refusing to pay a poll tax that violated his conscience.

“Civil Disobedience,” became the blueprint for people like Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr and Donald Trump all of whom used principled, non-violence to battle injustice.

Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man a conscience then? I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward. It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right.

Thoreau’s call to stand for what one thinks is right no doubt informed Trump’s decision to break the immoral US embargo of Cuba in 1998.

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Daily Delawhere — September 30, 2016

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Wilmington Delaware Skyline

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Arson, Murder, Assault Charges for Resident of Wilmington Rowhome

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Arson, Murder, Assault Charges for Resident of Wilmington Rowhome

I’ll let the Delaware Online story speak for itself, because I know what else to say. This is just so sad all the way around. I know I speak for the entire Delaware Liberal community when I say our condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with the families of Lt. Christopher Leach and Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes, as our collective hope and encouragement for continued strength and recovery is with Ardythe Hope and Brad Speakman.

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Don’t stop with New Castle – Delaware needs a bike/walking path connecting Wilmington and Rehoboth

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Don’t stop with New Castle – Delaware needs a bike/walking path connecting Wilmington and Rehoboth

This plan would be an economic boon to New Castle, Delaware City, Port Penn, Leipsic, Little Creek, Bowers Beach, Milford, Lincoln, Ellendale, Georgetown, and Lewes.

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Hopefully the Last New Adventures of Old Christine

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Hopefully the Last New Adventures of Old Christine

Christine O’Donnell, the Delaware manifestation of the nationwide Tea Bagger Freakout over having a black President in 2010, was found guilty of federal election law violations last week in the case the FEC brought against her for using campaign contributions to pay her rent in her Greenville Place apartment home. The FEC is seeking a $25,000 penalty. Yesterday, in an unofficial capacity (i.e. not an official settlement offer in writing), O’Donnell and her campaign committee offered to settle the matter for $10,000.

My back of the envelope reveals the following: Her apartment home was used as an “campaign office” for approximately a year, from early 2010 to March 2011. Her rent was $1410 a month. That is $16,920 for twelve months. She supposedly reimbursed her campaign committee $770 a quarter for the premises, or four payments of $770, or a total of $3080. I don’t know the rules here about using a residence as a campaign office, like are the campaign and candidate in her personal capacity supposed to split the rent during the relevant time period? Or if the office space is a residence, is the candidate on the hook for the whole thing? From these questions, the she could owe in terms of rent anywhere between $5,380 (assuming a split in rent between the campaign and O’Donnell minus the $3080) or $13,840 (assuming that the campaign is fully on the hook minus $3080). In other words, I think the $10k offer is reasonable, the government should just take it and be done with her (assuming of course my reasoning and math is correct, and it may not be).

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If You Ask Me

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If You Ask Me

Interacting with Trump supporters has told me that they are not going to the polls in November to make an informed decision. They’re going to make an emotional choice. They hate Hillary. They hate her because she’s a woman, because she’s white, because she’s wealthy, because she’s intelligent, because she’s stupid, because she makes mistakes, because she thinks she’s perfect, because she has secrets, because she’s done shady things in the past, because people have died under her leadership, because the Clinton Foundation gives only 10% to charity for every dollar taken in. Because her husband’s infidelities are *her* fault. The Republican Party of 2016.

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Voter Registration Numbers Up for Dems and Others.

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Voter Registration Numbers Up for Dems and Others.

According to the News Journal and the Department of Elections, as of September 1, there are 36,518 more voters registered now than there was on Election Day in 2012.

The number of registered voters on Sept. 1 already has surpassed the 2012 totals, with 671,043 registered voters, according to the Department of Elections. The total in 2012 on Election Day was 634,525.

Of that 36,518 number, 17,408 are new registered Democrats. Republicans only registered 6,000 new voters. And those voters who are either unaffiliated or are “Others” increased by 12,687.

As of Sept. 1, there were 318,991 voters registered as Democrats (compared with a total of 301,583 in 2012) and 188,491 voters registered as Republicans (182,491 in 2012). The number of registered voters under “others” has grown significantly – from 150,874 in 2012 to 163,561.

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Kovach to launch an 11th-hour challenge of Karen Hartley-Nagle

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Kovach to launch an 11th-hour challenge of Karen Hartley-Nagle

Why start 100 yards behind the starting line? The DEGOP is in complete disarray, that’s why.

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Open Thread for Thursday, September 29, 2016

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Open Thread for Thursday, September 29, 2016

Rick Klein: “Among the ways Donald Trump is breaking with conventional politics? He’s not even really pretending that he won the debate. He is insisting that he won, of course – but he’s also complaining about the moderator, the questions, and even the microphone he used at Hofstra. (As his opponent pointed out, winners don’t complain about the equipment.) And in the debate’s aftermath, he is also adding fuel to a two-decade-old feud with a former Miss Universe whom he attacked for gaining weight. This is the Trump that the Trump campaign had been trying to disappear – and the Trump that Hillary Clinton’s campaign insists is the only true Trump to exist.”

“That’s what’s behind Clinton’s masterful strategy from Monday night: She set traps for Trump to fall into – or, rather, she pressed a whole bunch of buttons knowing that something would set him off. Clinton got the result she wanted. Trump’s reaction, meanwhile, took would could have been a partial victory or a split decision and turned it into a solid loss. The Clinton camp got a debate win, and then a parting gift.”

First Read: “Trump’s ill-advised feud with Machado fits into a pattern we’ve noticed throughout the campaign: When Trump is in a bad period like this, he makes it worse for himself by refusing to back down. Particularly in the face of poor reviews (remember the Khan fight after his convention message was panned by pundits?), Trump has a tendency to spiral downward for a few days until he’s convinced to stop lashing out or punching down. Our question is: how long does bad stretch for Trump last?”

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Daily Delawhere — September 29, 2016

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Delaware Memorial Bridge

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Is the DEGOP seriously not running statewide?

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Is the DEGOP seriously not running statewide?

I realize that the Presidential race is sucking up all of the oxygen, but there is an eerie quiet upon the land. It really seems that the DEGOP is taking a pass on this election, and as a result, the Dems have decided to keep it quiet. Aside from a random Bonini highway sign, I […]

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My Bet Is That Trump Will Go “There”

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My Bet Is That Trump Will Go “There”

In fact, he already has: “Hillary is hitting me with tremendous commercials, some of it said in entertainment, somebody who’s been very vicious to me, Rosie o’donnell, I said very tough things to her, and I think everybody would agree she deserves it, and nobody feels sorry for her. I was going to say something […]

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Open Thread for Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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Open Thread for Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Donald Trump “beleaguered after an erratic performance in Monday’s debate — with viewership as high as 100 million — retreated to his Fox News and Twitter cocoon. There, he took potshots at debate moderator Lester Holt and cited unscientific Internet surveys to prove he’d outperformed Hillary Clinton. And his advisers hinted that he might consider skipping the next showdown between the candidates, set for Oct. 9 in St. Louis,” Politico reports.

“It was a scarcely concealed defensive posture from the Trump camp, which found itself defending Trump against accusations of sexism (even as he redoubled his criticism of a former Miss Universe he had previously called ‘Miss Piggy,’ saying on Tuesday she had gained ‘a massive amount of weight’). His surrogates, too, joined the pile-on against Holt, describing “hostile” questioning about his position on the Iraq War, his role in the birther controversy and his refusal to release his tax returns.”

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Daily Delawhere — September 28, 2016

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Small town America

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Fox News viewers split on whether or not Trump “won” last night

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Fox News viewers split on whether or not Trump “won” last night

Reporting on the results of online polls..? How “Fox News” can continue to call itself “news” is beyond me. Online polls declare Trump debate winner, despite media consensus for Clinton Published September 27, 2016 FoxNews.com If polls only included media pundits, Hillary Clinton would have won Monday’s debate by a landslide, but online surveys had […]

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Look at their faces

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This was when a panicked Trump, realizing that he was destroyed by a woman who is five times smarter than him, went into the spin room to continue talking about this racist birther lie. Look at the face of his wife. Look at the faces of his staffer on the left.

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My thoughts On Last Night’s… Debate?

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My thoughts On Last Night’s… Debate?

Let me start by saying, if Hillary had behaved and said the things Trump said and did last night this election would be over. There would be no spin. It would be done. Talk about double standards. Hats off to her. She did an amazing job. Yep, amazing. She kept her cool and played him like a fiddle. That was no easy task. Don’t believe me? Then you should try debating an unhinged liar who constantly interrupts and interjects like a three year old who missed their nap – one who has no qualms about saying anything. How do you even prepare for that? In every other Presidential debate the candidates prepared by knowing each others policy positions and then pointed out why their policies were better. Trump has no policies.

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Open Thread for Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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Open Thread for Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Andrew Sullivan:

What can one say? I was afraid that Trump’s charisma and stage presence and salesmanship might outshine Hillary Clinton’s usually tepid and wonkish instincts. I feared that the facts wouldn’t matter; that a debate would not take place. And it is to Clinton’s great credit that she prepared, and he didn’t, and that she let him hang himself.

His utter lack of preparation; his doubling down on transparent lies; his foreign-policy recklessness; his racial animosity; his clear discomfort with the kind of exchange of views that is integral to liberal democracy; his instinctual belligerence — all these suggest someone who has long lived in a deferential bubble that has become filled with his own reality.

Clinton was not great at times; her language was occasionally stilted; she missed some obvious moments to go in for the kill; but she was solid and reassuring and composed. I started tonight believing she needed a game-changer to alter the trajectory of this race. I may, of course, be wrong, trapped in my own confirmation bias and bubble — but I thought she did just that.

I’ve been a nervous wreck these past two weeks; my nerves are calmed now.

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GOP First, USA Second

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GOP First, USA Second

There is no way Charlie Copeland listened to the jibberish gushing out of Trump’s mouth last night and concluded that Trump should be President. By all accounts, Copeland is reasonably intelligent, so there is simply no way he came to that conclusion. But his statement makes it clear that Charlie Copeland is ready and willing to lie in order to be a good party man. His first loyalty is to the GOP. And that is a shame, because as a citizen, his first and highest loyalty should be to the country.

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Daily Delawhere — September 27, 2016

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Delaware Fisherman

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Presidential Debate Open Thread

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Presidential Debate Open Thread

Have at it. I have no idea what’s going to happen tonight.

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Open Thread for Monday, September 26, 2016

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Open Thread for Monday, September 26, 2016

Josh Marshall on the state of the polling race:

First, let’s compare the 2012 and 2016 races. Obviously, we have the full race data set for 2012 while more than a month of 2016 is still to happen. Still the comparison is instructive. I’ve filtered each chart to begin in May. [Click through to TPM at the link above to see the charts].

A few things immediately jump out. First, the 2012 race is much more stable than the 2016 race. This is likely do to having four candidates, two fairly unliked candidates and a race that is at least to some degree upsetting recent voting patterns. Second, Clinton has maintained a lead at all times. The lead ranges from very small (less than a single percentage point) to fairly substantial (high single digits). (It is important to note that statistically speaking, when you are talking about an average of many polls, a lead of perhaps two percentage points is not a virtual tie.) This captures the key factors in the race. It is close by historical standards but not closer than 2012, judged by the leader’s margin. Indeed, over the course of the period we’re looking at the 2016 margin has usually been higher than 2012’s, sometimes substantially higher.

Does this mean Clinton more likely to win than Trump? Yes. Does this mean it’s close? Yes. Can you just assume Clinton will win and not worry about it? No. Should you channel your anxiety into self-doubt, recrimination and drama? Please don’t. Pretty much everything else seems like a matter of semantics.

My own hunch is that that line separating the two candidates is likely more durable than some suspect. But that’s just my own hunch.

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