Clinton lets GOP throw the blows in first attack ad against Trump

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With Donald Trump emerging as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, Democrat leaders are beginning to launch attacks on the real estate mogul as the 2016 campaign shifts into general election mode.

With Ted Cruz and John Kasich dropping out of the race, Trump is the only GOP candidate left standing and Republican leadership is putting their weight behind him now, like it or not.

So on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, launched an ad aimed directly at Trump, her first major salvo in the general election campaign. But, in a bit of a twist, the ad uses the words of GOP leaders and fellow GOP candidates against Trump, a nice bit of political handiwork in a time when the GOP is trying to pick up the pieces and unify after a brutal primary campaign. Read more…

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With odds stacked against him, DeRay Mckesson looks forward to mayoral election

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Famed activist and Baltimore mayoral candidate DeRay Mckesson is not going to be the city’s 50th mayor — unless he works a political miracle.

This is not a bold statement. Mckesson has yet to register even 1% in the polls, local activists have turned out to be more political enemies than allies, and The New York Times Magazine recently ran an article with a two sentence headline, the first of which read, “DeRay Mckesson Won’t Be Elected Mayor of Baltimore.”

The transition from activism to politics was never going to be easy. But Mckesson has perhaps found it more frustrating than most, despite what he believes is a solid base of experience. Read more…

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Russia Drops Charges Against Greenpeace ‘Arctic 30’ Activists

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A group of 30 Greenpeace activists stuck in Russia awaiting trial received their freedom for Christmas this year.

Greenpeace announced Wednesday that Russia dropped criminal hooliganism charges against each of the so-called “Arctic 30.” The organization also said 14 of the group’s 26 non-Russian members were cleared to leave Russia Thursday, and it expects the rest to receive clearance Friday.

The protestors were taken into custody Sept. 19 when armed Russian military members boarded their ship, the Arctic Sunrise, during a protest of oil drilling in arctic waters. The Russian government eventually reduced the charges against the group from piracy to hooliganism and released the group members on bail in November. Non-Russian members of the group were going to have to remain in the country until their trial. Read more…

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