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Veterans Day 2016 News: “Thoughts for the Horrified”; “Trump fills the swamp with more lobbyists”; Dem Party in Disarray

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, November 11. Thanks to all who served our country honorably in the U.S. military. Also check out Stephen Colbert on how “this is all still happening…”

  • Dan Rather:

    Donald Trump should perhaps step away from his phone and pick up a copy of the United States Constitution. The First Amendment protects “freedom of speech… the press…and the right of the people peaceably to assemble.”

    Trump just Tweeted what can be read as a threat to all three core principals of American democracy:

    “Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!” – Donald Trump

    Such rhetoric is dangerous from a new president and exactly what the country does not need now. This is the latest indication that it is gut check time for our press. Will they be intimidated? This portent is not a good one.

  • Quizzical
  • True Blue

    By not reflecting on the whole of this imperfect storm, and trying to place blame on one group or issue or data or candidate, we dilute our effectiveness in the future. In addition to protection of our Constitution and 1st Amendment rights, campaign finance reform, shortened election cycles, changes to electoral college, and effective use of the filibuster, here are additional considerations:

    “Only Facebook knows how it spreads fake election news”-
    Peter Thiel is Facebook board member, major contributor to Trump.
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/facebook-fake-news-us-election-algorithm-transparency-1.3846073

    “The GOP’s Attack on Voting Rights Was the Most Under-Covered Story of 2016” – This was first presidential election in 50 years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act!
    https://www.thenation.com/article/the-gops-attack-on-voting-rights-was-the-most-under-covered-story-of-2016/