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James Comey in middle of political fray over Donald Trump and Russians

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FBI Director James Comey is again in a familiar spot these days – the middle of political tumult. As a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration, he clashed with the White House over a secret surveillance program. Years later as head of the FBI, he incurred the ire of Hillary Clinton supporters for public statements on an investigation into her emails. Now, Comey is facing new political pressure as White House officials are encouraging him to…

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Blake Dowling: The Russian (hackers) are coming

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We hear about the Russian mob and Russian hackers all the time, especially in politics and technology. The Russian mob is all over the dark web selling ransomware toolkits and fake credit cards. The Russians created ransomware, a threat that continues to wreak havoc all over the world in various forms. We can’t all be comedian Bert Kreischer and be friends with the Russian mob. Nice work, Machine. See the Showtime special about Bert in Russia if you dare. I…

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Marijuana reform went 8 for 9 on the ballot; is it at a tipping point?

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After marijuana amendments passed in eight of the nine states where it was on the ballot Tuesday, now nearly a quarter of all Americans live in states where recreational use of marijuana is legal. Voters in California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada approved recreational marijuana amendments last week, giving nearly 50 million more Americans the right to use marijuana. Additionally, Florida, Arkansas, and North Dakota voted in favor of medical marijuana amendments, while Montana residents voted to roll back restrictions on…

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In Tampa radio interview, Donald Trump says he hopes election results will be fair

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Working until the last hour to drive out turnout on Election Day, Donald Trump appeared on Tampa radio station 970 WFLA Tuesday morning. The GOP presidential nominee must win Florida and its 29 electoral votes to take the White House. That strategy compelled him to do rallies in Tampa on Saturday and again in Sarasota on Monday morning. When asked if he’ll accept the results from tonight’s election after suggesting for months that the results will be “rigged”, Trump said he would,…

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Tom Jackson: At our time of choosing, will we guess wrong?

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And so, at last, it is upon us. Election Day. Time, fence-sitters, to decide. We’ve been counting down so long, all the way back to the spring of last year; it sometimes seemed we’d never get here. Great nation that we (still) are, however, propelled by momentum and time-honored systems that guide truer than any GPS, we’ve navigated the distance: From the GOP’s scrum-debates of last fall through the frigid caucuses and first primaries, through the snooze-fest conventions and the…

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Tom Jackson: Torched church inspires conclusion-leapers

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A century-old historically black church in Greenville, Mississippi, was torched Tuesday night, leaving the insides a sad mass of crumbling ashes. Only a vanishing fraction of us wouldn’t agree this is a terrible thing. Awful as it was, however, what made this apparent act of arson newsworthy outside Washington County is this: The apparent perpetrator paused to scrawl “Vote Trump” in silver paint on the outside. Because of that, the FBI has initiated a civil rights investigation. Accordingly, if by…

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Donald Trump: ‘Here we go again’ with Hillary Clinton scandal cycle

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Donald Trump warned on Thursday that a cloud of investigation would follow Hillary Clinton into the White House, evoking the bitter impeachment battle of the 1990s in a closing campaign argument meant to bring wayward Republicans home. Clinton and her allies, led by President Barack Obama, told voters to get serious about the dangers of Trump. As polls show Trump closing in on Clinton in key battleground states, her campaign is rushing to shore up support in some long-standing Democratic…

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