Hillary Clinton Remains in the Lead 15 Days from US Elections

Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton continues today leading voting intention amid the United States voters, as the general average of surveys indicates that she has 5.3 percent over her Republican rival Donald Trump.

The Quinnipiac pollster said that Clinton has seven percent over Trump (47-40), while Economist/YouGov said she had 4 percent more than Trump (42-38).

Meanwhile, Fox News indicated that Clinton has six points more than Trump (45-39) and Bloomberg said five percent (47-38).

Reuters/Ipsos also said that Clinton had four percent ahead (42-38) and Monmouth indicated a lead of 12 percent (50-38) in favor of Clinton, who also got the highest voting intention in the surveys carried out by CBS News (47-38) and NBC News/SM (46-40).

Only two surveys, issued by IBD/TIPP Tracking and Rasmussen Report, indicated a lead for Trump, both with two percent more than Hillary Clinton.

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Trump Accused of $32 Million Fraud in Unbuilt Resort in Mexico

Records show the builders never even bothered initiating the necessary procedures to start the project.

Donald Trump, the man who launched his campaign to reach the White House by accusing Mexicans of being criminals, is facing accusations of in a major fraud concerning a luxury resort development in Mexico that bilked investors out of US$32 million, a report from La Jornada revealed Sunday.

Between 2008 and 2009, Trump—together with Irongate and PB Impulsores firms—lured investors into paying 20 percent deposits for an exclusive, oceanfront, luxury resort in the Mexican state of Baja California.

However, according to records, the builders never even bothered initiating the necessary procedures to start the project.

When asked, the relevant authorities in Tijuana said, “After performing an exhaustive search of the physical and digital files, no procedure that corresponds to the name Trump Ocean Resort Baja could be located.”

Furthermore, according to the La Jornada's investigation, as of this month, the issue remained unresolved and investors who initiated legal action in 2009 have not yet been compensated. Builders had previously claimed that there simply wasn't any money left to pay back to those who placed a deposit, despite the fact that the builders collected US$32 million.

In response, Trump—now the Republican candidate for the U.S. presidency—said that he merely licensed his name to the project, as he has in many other real estate projects. When the project was first advertised, promotional materials prominently featured his name and image.

Some investors said they decided to place a deposit precisely because of the association with Trump and his real estate empire.

Investors said the business arrangement, which saw Trump merely license his name, was only revealed when the project began to run into financial trouble and accused the mogul of washing his hands of the issue.

The revelation is unlikely to affect Trump's already low standing among Mexicans or Latinos in the U.S. but it serves to undermine his claims of business acumen.

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US: Hillary Clinton Wins Third Presidential Debate

Washington, Oct 20 (Prensa Latina) A survey by the CNN news network recognized the Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as the winner of the third debate held last night in Las Vegas, with 52 percent of the votes of the electors.
 
According to the CNN survey, conducted yesterday's evening after the end of the third meeting between the main contenders for the White House, the former Secretary of State exceeded by 13 points (52-39) the Republican candidate Donald Trump.

This victory, in the voters' opinion, makes Clinton the overall winner of the three meetings held in New York, where she earned 35 points of advantage, and in Missouri, where she accumulated 23.

The scrutiny carried out at the end of the third presidential debate also confirmed that 59 percent of voters think Hillary Clinton is better prepared for the presidency of the United States, against the 35 percent achieved by Donald Trump.

Unlike the first two, in this debate the candidates avoided personal attacks, but Trump offered the discordant note when he said he did not promise he would respect the results of the elections to be held on November 8th.

 

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Trump Refuses to Say Whether He Would Accept Election Results

Accusations and personal attacks aside, there was no real substance to the last debate.

Three debates later Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump reaffirmed that the two candidates for the U.S. presidency have no real solutions for the problems facing the average person, showing that their policies would change little in unemployment, homelessness, student debt, continuous U.S. war, police brutality, among other things.

The two battled sharply over the influence of Vladimir Putin on the U.S. electoral campaign, with Clinton calling Trump the Russian president's puppet and Trump arguing that Putin had repeatedly outsmarted Clinton and Obama.

Clinton reiterated the administration's accusation that the Russian government was behind the latest WikiLeaks and hacks of her emails.

"He'd rather believe Vladimir Putin than the military and civilian intelligence officials that are sworn to protect us," Clinton said.

Trump rejected the idea that he was close to Putin, but suggested he would have a better relationship with Russia’s leader than Clinton. He said that neither Clinton nor Obama know for sure who is behind the leaks.

"He said nice things about me,” Trump said. “He has no respect for her, he has no respect for our president and I’ll tell you what, we’re in very serious trouble."

Clinton responded, ”Well that's because he'd rather have a puppet as president of the United States.”

Trump was hoping to reverse his fading momentum in a U.S. election that opinion polls show is tilting away from him. The New York businessman has been damaged by several accusations he groped women—which he denies—and concerns about his claims the election will be rigged against him.

Trump accused Clinton's campaign of orchestrating the accusations by women who said the businessman made unwanted sexual advances against them.

Trump said all of the stories were "totally false" and suggested Clinton was behind the charges. "I think they either want fame or her campaign did it, and I think it's her campaign," Trump said.

Clinton said the women came forward after Trump said in the last debate he had never made unwanted advances on women. In a 2005 video, Trump was recorded bragging about groping women against their will.

When questioned about his criticism that Clinton is “rigging” the presidential race, Trump refused to say he would accept the outcome of the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election, leaving open the possibility he would challenge the ultimate outcome. "I will tell you at the time, I will keep you in suspense," Trump said.

Clinton responded, "Let’s be clear about what he is saying and what that means: He is denigrating, he is talking down our democracy and I, for one, am appalled that someone who is the nominee for one of our two major parties would take that position."

Clinton, a former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady, leads in national polls and in most of the battleground states where the election will likely be decided.

Most recently, he has urged supporters to patrol polling places in inner cities to prevent voter fraud, an action that some fear could lead to violence, or at the very least, tension as people head to the polls on Nov. 8.

Clinton has struggled to get past concerns about transparency raised over her use of a private email server for work communication while she was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

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US election 2016: Clinton and Trump face final debate

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will take to the stage in Las Vegas later for the final debate in an increasingly bitter race for the US presidency.

Polls show Mr Trump is losing in key battleground states after facing a slew of sexual assault allegations.

But Mrs Clinton remains unpopular with many US voters and has faced more bad headlines about her use of a private email server.

Most Americans will cast their votes on 8 November.

Millions are expected to tune into the third and final debate at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada, which gets under way at 0900 EDT (0100 GMT) and will be moderated by Fox News journalist Chris Wallace.

The two candidates will discuss six topics: The debt and entitlements, immigration, the economy, the Supreme Court, foreign flashpoints and their fitness to be president.

Mr Trump has faced damaging fallout after a video emerged of him making obscene comments about groping women, with senior Republicans deserting him.

In recent days he has railed against the election process itself, warning the vote is "absolutely rigged" with "large-scale voter fraud" taking place.

His remarks prompted a scathing response from President Barack Obama, who said the Republican challenger should "stop whining".

Mr Trump has invited President Obama's estranged half-brother, Malik Obama - one of his supporters - as a guest.

He also invited Patricia Smith, whose son was killed in an attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012, while Mrs Clinton was US secretary of state.

Donald Trump boards a plane in Colorado Polls suggest Mr Trump has ground to make up in the final presidential debate / Getty Images
  Hillary Clinton boards a plane in New York But Mrs Clinton still has work to do to persuade sceptical voters / Reuters

In contrast to Mr Trump, Mrs Clinton has kept a low profile ahead of the debate to prepare for the showdown.

Her spokesman said the Democratic nominee was ready for whatever "scorched-earth" tactics her rival might try.

Mrs Clinton is likely to face questions about a batch of hacked emails from the account of her campaign boss, released by Wikileaks, that her rival has seized on.

Before the last debate, Mr Trump appeared at a news conference with women who accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct. Since then he has suggested Mrs Clinton took performance-enhancing drugs ahead of that meeting.

But Mrs Clinton's campaign has signalled their candidate will try to focus on policy.

Among her guests, Mrs Clinton is bringing billionaire Trump critic Mark Cuban, as well as Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman, one of her highest-profile Republican backers.

Who is ahead in the polls?
Headshot of Hillary Clinton51%                       42%         Headshot of Donald Trump

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Clinton Ahead of Trump at the Start of Week of Final Debate

The US Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, startes the current week of the last presidential debate with a four-percent lead over her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, according to a recent national survey.

A poll released on Wednesday by Washington Post-ABC News found that the former Secretary of State has the backing of 47 percent of likely voters, compared to 43 percent of the New York billionaire.

Such figures represent an advance in comparison to the inquiry made by the media outlets before the first presidential debate, in late September, when Clinton only led by two points, 46 vs. 44 percent.

The new survey, held from October 10th to 13th, took place following the release of a video dating to 2005, in which the tycoon makes lewd comments on sexual abuse against women, a recording that led many members of the red party to withdraw their support.

According to the Washington Post, nearly 70 percent of respondents said they believe that the Republican candidate probably made unwelcome sexual advances, and most also agreed that his apology was not sincere.

In other surveys, such as the one made by NBC News / Wall Street Journal, the Democratic candidate exceeds her strongest rival by 11 points, while according to the RealClearPolitics, she is leading by 5.5 points.

It seems that this is how they will reach the third and final presidential debate before the elections, to be held on October 19th at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.

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Hillary Clinton Takes Lead in Election Race Polls

Washington, Oct 14 (Prensa Latina) The Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is leading the race against her Republican opponent Donald Trump by nearly seven points, according to the latest survey revealed by the site Realclearpolitic.com.

A Fox News poll, carried out between October 3rd and 12th puts the former Secretary of State 6.7 points ahead of the New York billionaire (48.1 vs. 41.4)

According to the study, carried out among six thousand registered voters, 68 percent of respondents believe that Hillary Clinton is more qualified to be president, while 64 think she has the right temperament to lead the White House.

The survey by Fox News, a news network closely linked to the Republican Party, also found that voters now have more trust in Clinton and in the political issues she has proved herself in, including foreign policy, terrorism, immigration, health and economy.

In turn, the survey did nothing to help Trump's image, proving that the enthusiasm of his supporters has fallen from 70 percent last week to 63 today.

Voters also expressed doubts about whether Trump is qualified to be president: 63 percent of respondents said the real estate mogul lacks the temperament, while 49 percent believe he is not qualified for the position.

Other polls agree, putting Hillary Clinton at the head of the presidential race; the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll established a difference of 10 points (50-40), while the Reuters/Ipsos poll puts the difference at 44-37, in favor of the former first lady.

A survey by Economist / YouGov also puts Clinton ahead (48-43), and Quinnipiac shows a lead of six points (50-44). The highest difference in the latest polls was reported by The Atlantic / PRRI pollster house, giving Clinton 11 points over Trump (49-38).

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Trump, Clinton and the Crisis in US Society

Like many, I can’t stop overdosing on the runaway train, in slow motion, that is this presidential election. That’s because, this time around, the train is on the much larger track of American Hegemony, with an arsonist inside threatening to set all of it aflame. I’m reminded of the essay written by Immanuel Wallerstein shortly after 9/11, “The Eagle Has Crash Landed.”

This moment speaks to the profound social decay that comes with the decline of Empire. The insanity of this election, with its surreal soap-opera quality, is a reflection of this cultural downward spiral as much as it is a sign of a deep internal political crisis within the country’s ruling class, made and paid for by the elites of both parties, whose policies have caused untold suffering on people of all races, domestically and around the world, for decades. Amidst the crisis, an unprecedented number of people here and around the world are tuned-in to find out which combination of social forces will prevail and influence the direction of the country.

The second presidential debate asks if Trump, the Houdini of political scandal, will prevail. Trump is master of both unrepentant fabrication and unrepentant truth-telling, however self-serving. He is especially skilled at exploiting the sense that the system is rigged, a pervasive feeling in the country. To that end, Trump was effective during the second presidential debate on misogyny, taxes, Bernie, and Syria. And herein lies the danger of “The Donald” to the ruling class. He is a wild card feeding the country’s discontent and anti-establishment anger.

Here is a paraphrase summary of positions Trump took during the debate that featured sparks of genuine brilliance.

I engaged in low-down sexist banter, yes. But your husband, Bill, is the Misogynist in Chief. I was caught shooting my mouth, but it was Bill who was caught doing all kinds of crazy misogynist shit, in the oval office no less.

(Fact check: Trump, like many Democrats and Republicans are all guilty of the crime of sexual assault – isn’t this the subject of scandal in the US every six months?)

Yes, correct, I took advantage of tax laws that favor the rich. But so have all your donors and buddies who, by the way, have paid you to implement tax breaks for the rich.

(Fact check # 2. The rich pay something like 6.6% in taxes as opposed to the 25% that the rest of us pay.)

You started the nasty racism against Obama by circulating photos of Obama in Muslim garments. And despite that, Obama beat you fair and square in the election. But in this last go around, you stole the presidential nomination in your party from Bernie. Between Super Delegates and Debbie Wasserman Shultz’ schemes against Sanders, Bernie didn’t stand a chance. And then Bernie decided to cut a deal with the Devil. Sad.

(Correct.)

Who the f*&ck are the Syrian rebels? Hillary doesn’t know who they are. And the fact is that when you arm rebels, the rebels come back and bite you in the ass. ISIS is a product of US intervention in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East.

(The Nixon Doctrine, CIA’s 1979 intervention in Afghanistan and Al-Qaeda, anyone? Isis emerged from an Al-Qaeda group in Iraq, after the US assault and occupation there, and even once received funding as a “rebel group” from the US for its position against Assad’s regime in Syria. Clinton has played a risky and unpredictable game that is the result of US wars and brinkmanship by both Bush and Obama/Clinton foreign policy.)

Your ass should be prosecuted and put in jail. And if I get to the White House, I’ll make sure it happens.

(Correct. She should be. For the emails, for the Crime Bill, for conflicts of interest in the handling of the Haitian relief funds while she was Secretary of State and working with the Clinton Foundation, among others. But so should you, buddy, for tax evasion, sexual assault, and your role in creating the racist frenzy in New York that led to the wrongful conviction of the Central Park 5, among others).

Trump has grown his base by dramatizing, at every turn, his rejection of and contempt for the politics of respectability, a cornerstone of American politics, on which both parties depend to prop up their capitalist charade. And as we have seen, Hillary – the master of respectability herself – is rattled by Trump’s bombasity and is unfit to challenge his dangerous, proto-fascist politics that now offend her, even though they have been fed over the last thirty years by the racist rhetoric and policies of her party.

The presidential debates have illustrated what pundits and polls suggested a number of months ago: that in a race against Trump, a Democratic victory in November would have been nearly guaranteed with Bernie Sanders, not with Hillary Clinton. She is a dry-ass, saltless, saltine cracker who absorbs, as her own, whatever argument is put before her.  I’m thinking of the SNL sketch in which Hillary morphed into Bernie. In this latest presidential debate, even on the Aleppo question she tailed Trump, and was incapable of saying that in terms of soft power, it might not be a good thing for US Empire to take the sidelines in an epic humanitarian crisis that the US itself created.

That said, Hillary will not need the Left to stop the runaway Trump train in November. With a little help from the Washington Post and the ruling class of both parties that is scared of the Frankenstein it has unleashed, Trump himself has laid the path for his defeat. Still, the scale of Trumps’ popularity, in spite of his impending defeat, is cause for great concern. But so is the neoliberal agenda that Hillary Clinton has in store for us. That’s all to say that this moment is one that calls for left analysis and action. But after a Democratic victory, historically the country’s weak Left has faced further weakening and demobilization.

Of concern is Trump’s continued, though tarnished popularity. His success is a reflection of the broadening of right-wing forces, much like the simultaneous Bernie phenomenon was a reflection of a broader leftward shift in consciousness. The latter was unleashed and made visible first with Occupy and then with the protests against police brutality that began with the killing of Trayvon Martin, the execution of Troy Davis before that, and the police killing of Mike Brown in Ferguson.  All happened immediately after uprisings by young people abroad in places like Iran, Tunisia, Egypt and all over Latin America.

For his part, Trump is riding a right wing current that has been gathering steam, and groping for organizational form, for at least two decades — although the historical roots of this process are found earlier in the 1960s and 1970s with the rise of the new right and the rabid repression, defeat and organizational shortcomings of the sixties Left. Most recently, however, the “basket of deplorables” to which Trump is speaking have been organizing openly since the 1990s. I’m thinking of the anti-immigrant border militia — the Minute Men — of that decade. The Minute-Men were invited to speak on college campuses across the country during that decade, among them Columbia University, where student protesters shut-down their event in a fierce, militant show-down. Similar extreme, right-wing forces have also been organizing among prison guards and the police, probably with more confidence since the 9/11 attacks that breathed new life into all of these forces. Most recently, we saw a broader array of these forces reacting to and cohering against the election of Barack Obama, with the emergence of the Tea Party in 2009 just a year after his election in 2008.  The Trump candidacy is clearly the most organized expression of this long-term process.

The consequences of Trump’s proto-fascist campaign for his targets — black people, immigrants from Latin America, and Muslims – is serious. Not to mention, the world. Recall the article in the New Yorker, which featured the ghost writer of Trump’s bestseller, The Art of Deal, who articulated what we’ve known and seen on display over the last year: that Trump is a monstrous narcissist and pathological liar with the attention span of a fly who should be kept away from any sources of real political power.

What is also dangerous, however, is that Hillary is now set to shore-up US hegemony at home and abroad with renewed vigor and the backing of both parties. Unlike Trump, she is a very desirable manager of the state in crisis, much like Obama in the aftermath of the Iraq debacle. It is important to reiterate what has been said before: that the racist ideology that today fuels and animates Trump’s campaign was institutionalized and amplified by the crime, anti-welfare, anti-immigrant, and anti-terrorism legislation advanced by the Clintons in the 1990s, not to mention NAFTA, the domestic corporate class war they advanced, and the reactionary post 9/11 wars and legislation they vigorously supported, which also enlarged the far right.

Trump mentioned, during the second presidential debate that 45% of African Americans in urban centers are living in poverty in an environment that is not producing jobs and where schools are an abomination. Correct. Vast percentages of people of color have been living in depression-like conditions in this country, since its inception. The difference today, however, is that these conditions have ripened in working class white communities. But the racist ideology peddled by the Clintons and the Bushes alike has kept poor, working and middle class white people confused about the real source of their discontent. And now, the advent of Clinton’s presidency with her business as usual policies is set to convince many white Americans that Trump’s propaganda was legitimate and that the darker-hued electorate (that will certainly determine the outcome of these elections) cheated them out of the project of making America great again.

Given this reality, it seems to me that the Left and people of conscience have to seriously consider building a movement that sees white workers as an important target audience. Bernie Sanders, a gruff old white man, with plain speech and a scruffy look, certainly could have been a spoke in this wheel. But Bernie is a keen politician – not an activist or revolutionary. He was, naturally, committed to protecting his political standing within the Democratic Party. This project must simultaneously prioritize, support and strengthen the gathering pace of movements against police violence and racism, with their attention to gender violence and normativity. It’s unclear what this work would look like, but the challenge is an urgent one.

Part of the challenge is that our country is so spatially segregated along racial lines, a product of the conservative reaction to the labor struggles of the 1930s that brought us white suburbanization. Working people of color and white workers live in different worlds, literally; although the participation of many young white people in anti-police violence protests has been quite evident. All of this raises the usual question about the work place as potential site of struggle, a point of departure for discussions on what the workplace looks like these days in American society and the racial breakdown of key industries.

These 2016 elections are ripe with all the predations of capitalism’s runaway train on the disabled, the sick, the environment, the working class, prisoners, women, African Americans, Latinos, other people of color, weaker nations, and our very humanity.

Johanna Fernández is assistant professor of 20th Century US history at Baruch College of the City University of New York. She is a leading member of the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home and the broader movement to free Mumia.

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