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Block The Vote: A Journalist Discusses Voting Rights And Restrictions

I'm very concerned about it because the 2016 presidential election's going to be the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. I think, in many ways, we've come to take the VRA and what it did for granted. But the fact that states can pass new voting restrictions - those states with the worst histories of voting discrimination no longer have to clear their election changes with the federal government - means that, number one, those states can pass new restrictions very close to the election that are very hard to challenge.

And it also means, number two, that other states are going to feel emboldened to try to pass these efforts. So we're already facing a situation where, in key swing states like North Carolina, Wisconsin, Ohio, Virginia, new voting restrictions are in effect and could have a very big impact on the outcome of the 2016 election if they're not blocked in court.

Listen to the full Fresh Air (NPR) interview here.


What the Democratic Party Could Learn From Its Overseas Footsoldiers

A great article written by our own Democrats Abroad France members:

Party politics is messy and often inefficient. And in today’s political climate, one filled with distrust and apathy, ensuring representation and active participation is more important than ever. Democrats Abroad serves as a very successful model for how other state parties can reinvigorate faith in the party.

Adopting same-day registration for primary elections, using “remote” ballots to guarantee more participation, and intriguingly, limiting the superdelegates’ votes to just one-half of a pledged delegates’ vote are all concrete reforms that the party could adopt to restore trust with the grass roots.

Read the full Bill Moyers article here.


Trump & Putin. Yes, It's Really a Thing

There is something between a non-trivial and a substantial amount of circumstantial evidence for a financial relationship between Trump and Putin or a non-tacit alliance between the two men. Even if you draw no adverse conclusions, Trump's financial empire is heavily leveraged and has a deep reliance on capital infusions from oligarchs and other sources of wealth aligned with Putin. That's simply not something that can be waved off or ignored.

Read the full Talking Points Memo article here.


Stop Parroting GOP Lies That Hillary Clinton Is Dishonest

In fact, the former executive editor of the New York Times and a renowned investigative journalist who is no friend of Hillary or Bill Clinton, Jill Abramson, penned an op-ed in the Guardian and declared that "Hillary Clinton is fundamentally honest and trustworthy." Ms. Abramson is uniquely qualified to assess Clinton’s candidacy and character after spending the past 25 years as an editor and investigative journalist carefully covering "every phony scandal that has enveloped the Clintons."

Read the full Politicus USA article here.


Status in Nice after Attacks

The DAF - Riviera Executive Committee sends out our thoughts, prayers and support to all our members, their families and their loved ones.

Please note that the full Executive Committee has been accounted for and safely in their respective homes. One member, Doc CURLIN, was interviewed for the local paper:

And it was such a happy time before as we looked at the fireworks and celebrated France’s Independence Day and felt we would go to sleep riding the wave of that happiness. But then the mood reversed 180 degrees in the blink of an eye.

Read the full Connexion article here.

View the full list of ways to offer support from this Time article here.


Live Memorial for Dallas Officers

President Obama will spoke at an interfaith memorial service on 12JULY for the five police officers murdered in Dallas last week. The Vice President and First Lady are also attending the service, as is former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush.

I understand. I understand how Americans are feeling. But Dallas, I’m here to say we must reject such despair. I’m here to insist that we are not as divided as we seem. And I know that because I know America. I know how far we’ve come against impossible odds.

Watch the full video here.


June’s Political Wine: Will American Political Parties Survive?

As a follow-up to June’s Political Wine, here is the distributed handout by our facilitator by Kenneth KINLOCK.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders . . . said a key reason why 63 percent of voters did not go to the polls in the last election and nearly 80 percent of young and low-income people stayed home is that "the Democratic Party, up until now, has not been clear on which side they are on on the major issues facing this country."

Read the full Michael BRIGGS' Sanders to Democratic Party: Whose Side Are We On? article here.

Outsiders and mavericks are often attractive to an American electorate chronically suspicious of political insiders, but the anti-establishment sentiments unleashed this election year of a different magnitude. The Trump and Sanders candidacies are both dramatic repudiations of politics as usual.

Read the full The Endgame Of 2016’s Anti-Establishment Politics article here.

So while it would be unwise to hold your breath waiting for President Hillary Clinton to act progressively, you could probably feel a bit safer doing so yourself than you would be with a Generalissimo Trump at the helm.

I’m looking forward to backing Sanders in Philadelphia and beyond. But I’ll vote for the Democrat either way.

Read the full I Will Vote For The Democratic Nominee article here.


Webinar: Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will host a webinar Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers
on June 29, 2016, 14h00(EDT) / 20h00(CET). The webinar will cover:

  • Requirements for claiming the foreign income exclusion.
  • Identifying which forms to use: 2555 vs EZ.
  • Specifying information to include on forms 2555(EZ).
  • Live Q&A with IRS subject matter experts.

Register here: Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers to attend this webinar.  Attendees should log in 10 minutes prior to the start time.

The session will be recorded and made available at a later time on http://www.irsvideos.gov/.


American Memorial Day 2016

Been here before and always loved it. This year a little different: Thunderstorms rolling through the region. Ceremony moved to high school gym. But still impressive. Congratulations to Mrs. Alison Libersa who manages the cemetery for the American Battle Monuments Commission. It still was a roaring success. 

Read the full blog posting by our attending members here.


Overcoming Our Hillary Bias

It is unfair for us to judge her demeanor and delivery without acknowledging her challenges as a woman. I understand that to some she comes off as calculated and rehearsed, but there are reasons why she’s had to. Speaking authentically while being both respected and likeable as a female leader is like trying to climb Mt. Everest without getting your shoes dirty; possible, maybe, but highly unlikely.

Read the full Emily J. Smith blog posting here.