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Donald Trump is America’s Silvio Berlusconi

Like Berlusconi in Italy, Trump has built a political campaign employing unvarnished language and jaundiced humor, which has succeeded in the United States, a country that — embarrassingly — ranks second among wealthy industrialized nations, only behind Italy, in terms of being uninformed on key issues of the world.

Read the full Washington Post article here.


This celebrity-packed political ad eviscerates Donald Trump

The three-minute ad, released Wednesday by director Joss Whedon's super PAC, Save the Day PAC, starts out with a familiar plea from celebrities: Register to vote, and cast a ballot on Election Day. It was the cornerstone of the "Rock the Vote" campaign that was most visible in the 1990s. P. Diddy made the same appeal in his "Vote or Die" campaign in 2004, and was subsequently mocked on Comedy Central's "South Park" for it.

View the full Save The Day political ad here.

Read the full Washington Post article here.


For Every 10 U.S. Adults, Six Vote and Four Don’t. What Separates Them?

But what distinguishes voters from nonvoters can be only partly explained by demographics. Experts say individuals tend to be motivated by a combination of their priorities, their group culture, how competitive their state is, and how easy or hard it is to vote. At the individual level, education and income are still two of the strongest predictors of whether someone will turn out at the polls.

Read the full New York Times article here.


Lynch v. Morales-Santana - A SCOTUS Case That Expats Should Follow

Issue: (1) Whether Congress’s decision to impose a different physical-presence requirement on unwed citizen mothers of foreign-born children than on other citizen parents of foreign-born children through 8 U.S.C. 1401 and 1409 (1958) violates the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection; and (2) whether the court of appeals erred in conferring U.S. citizenship on respondent, in the absence of any express statutory authority to do so.

Follow the case through the SCOTUS blog here.


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.