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Trump’s Twitter rant after Obama win: ‘We should march on Washington and stop this’

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Donald Trump, the impossibly coiffed real estate mogul and de facto leader of the “birther” movement, had something of a Twitter meltdown in the wake of President Barack Obama’s projected victory in Tuesday’s election.

“Well, back to the drawing board!” Trump tweeted shortly after several networks, including Fox News, called Ohio in the president’s favor, sealing the win. “We can’t let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty. Our nation is totally divided!”

Trumpwho last month offered $5 million to a charity of Obama’s choice in exchange for the release of the commander in chief’s college records and passport applicationcontinued his post-election rant in 140-character chunks:

Let’s fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice! The world is laughing at us.

This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!

Our nation is a once great nation divided!

Our country is now in serious and unprecedented trouble…like never before.

The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.

“Barack Obama is the least transparent president in the history of this country,” Trump said in a widely mocked October video shot from his New York office and uploaded to YouTube. “I’m very honored to have gotten him to release his long-form birth certificate or whatever it may be.”

Claims increase of machines switching votes in Ohio, other battlegrounds for Obama

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Fox News Channel

By  Published November 02, 2012 FoxNews.com

Imagine going to vote for your presidential candidate and pushing the button  on a touch-screen voting machine — but the “X” marks his opponent instead.

That is what some voters in Nevada, North Carolina, Texas and Ohio have  reported.

Fox News has received several complaints from voters who say they voted on  touch-screen voting machines — only when they tried to select Mitt Romney, the  machine indicated they had chosen President Obama. The voters in question  realized the error and were able to cast ballots for their actual choice.”I don’t know if it happened to anybody else or not, but this is the first  time in all the years that we voted that this has ever happened to me,” said  Marion, Ohio, voter Joan Stevens.

Stevens said that when she voted, it took her three tries before the machine  accepted her choice to vote for Romney.

“I went to vote and I got right in the middle of Romney’s name,” Stevens told  Fox News, saying that she was certain to put her finger directly on her choice  for the White House.

She said that the first time she pushed “Romney,” the machine marked  “Obama.”

So she pushed Romney again. Obama came up again. Then it happened a third  time.

“Maybe you make a mistake once, but not three times,” she told Fox News.

Marion County Board of Elections Director Sophie Rogers, though, said: “My  personal opinion is that she hit it too hard.”

“We’ve noticed people just punch on them. She might not have hit the square  that she wanted,” Rogers said.

Rogers insists there are no problems with the touch-screen machines in Marion  County and that after learning of Stevens’ complaint she took the machine out of  circulation and had it reexamined and recalibrated. She says there was nothing  wrong with the machine to begin with.

But in response to the growing number of complaints, the Republican National  Committee has sent a letter to election officials in six states — Ohio, Nevada,  Kansas, North Carolina, Missouri and Colorado — demanding tighter controls on  touch-screen machines.

The RNC wants the machines to be re-tested, more technicians added to fix any  problems, and verbal reminders given by election workers telling voters to  double check their ballots.

Multiple voters from several states wrote Fox News to report problems similar  to what Stevens reported.

One voter asked: “I wonder how many voters just hit the ‘Cast Ballot’ without  reading the machine?”

“How can we be sure our votes are not being stolen electronically?” asked  another.

One expert warns it can happen.

“Vote jumping complaints have arisen in every election that uses touch-screen  voting machines, with the complaints going both ways,” said Barbara Simons,  author of the new book “Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count?”

Simons, an expert on electronic voting who is on the Board of Advisors of the  U.S. Election Commission, said there is good reason for people not to trust the  older touch-screen machines.

She said, “This phenomenon can occur when a machine goes out of calibration.  The need to re-calibrate frequently is an important reason for discarding these  aging, unreliable, and inaccurate machines and replacing them with paper  ballots.”

Frequently recalibrating the machines is one of the RNC demands.

But election officials insist that the machines are practically foolproof.   They say any problems are due to human error, and that tinkering with  machines is almost impossible.

“It is nearly technically impossible to pre-program the voting machines in  Nevada to vote for a specified candidate,” said Nevada Secretary of State Ross  Miller, in a statement to Fox News.

He said machines are tested by each of the state’s 17 counties  individually.

“While it is possible for a voter to inadvertently select a candidate, it is  not possible for the machine to automatically select a candidate.”

Miller notes that similar allegations were investigated in his state during  the 2010 election, with the assistance of the FBI.  Authorities found that  claims that machines “were pre-programmed, malfunctioning or in any way  preventing any voter from casting a ballot for the candidate of their choice  were without merit.”

Miller, a Democrat, brands the Republican demand to election officials as  “based upon rumor, hearsay, or unconfirmed media reports,” as well as  “irresponsible” and “unfortunate.”

He said his office has “not received any direct, first-hand complaints from  voters.”

In Ohio, touch-screen machines, for example, are being used in Lorain County  with no reported “switched votes” or operational issues.

“We haven’t had any problems with the touch screens this year and everything  is going well,” Lorain County Board of Elections Director Paul Adams told Fox  News.

His county has used touch-screen machines since 2005.

Adams, a veteran election official, said that in his county, machines are not  electronically designed to be able to change choices, and there is no way for  anybody to rig a machine or pre-program its choices for one candidate or a  slate.

“We have heard of these issues in some of the other counties. We had sporadic  issues a few years ago, and since then we have upgraded our software and our  board has replaced most of our touch-screen unit screens if there were any  problems with them. And since we’ve done that about a year and a half ago, we  haven’t had any major issues.”

Lorain County did replace 400 of its 1,200 touch screen machines last  year.

Adams also notes that there is what is called “a paper trial,” like a  receipt, where voters can see their choices printed out. He also says that  anybody who has a problem voting should immediately tell elections  officials.

While Fox News spent the day at the County Board of Elections, where early  voting was taking place, election workers were doing just that.

One woman’s long fingernails blocked her selection, until she moved the angle  of her fingers to get it right.

An elderly man did not realize that he did not cast a vote for president, so  a worker did exactly what Adam advises. She walked the voter through the  process.

“I pushed the button!” the man declared.

“You might have accidently hit it twice. Just lightly tap it, real light,”  advised the worker.

She also showed the voter the paper evidence of his votes to confirm  them.

“Are you satisfied?”

“Yes, thank you very much,” the voter replied.

Nevertheless, Joan, who said she finally was able to cast a correct vote  after three attempts, advises fellow voters to confirm their choices.

“Be very careful when you vote. I don’t care who you vote for, just  double-check.”

If you suspect problems and the polls or voter fraud where you live,  tell us: Voterfraud@Foxnews.com

Fox News’ Meredith Orban contributed to this report.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/11/02/claims-increasing-switched-votes-in-ohio/#ixzz2B6P0zNEy

 

Why Romney is losing must-win Ohio

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Why Romney is losing must-win Ohio

By Peter Hamby, CNN Political Reporter
updated 9:33 AM EDT, Wed September 26, 2012
GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will campaign on Wednesday in Ohio, where he trails President Barack Obama in polls.

(CNN) — Polls show Mitt Romney trailing President Barack Obama in just about every one of the swing states where the 2012 campaign is being waged.

But Romney appears to be in deeper trouble in Ohio than elsewhere, an alarming development for Republicans who know that the candidate’s White House chances begin and end with the kind of middle-class voters who reside in places such as Akron, Cincinnati and Zanesville.

So why exactly is Romney trailing?

Two surveys released in recent days, one from the Ohio Newspaper Association and another from The Washington Post, crystallized the challenge facing Romney as he embarks on his second straight day of campaigning in the Buckeye State.

The topline numbers — Obama led by 5 points among likely voters in the Ohio poll, and a startling 8 points in the Post poll — only tell part of the story.

Fresh polls give Obama advantage in four battleground states

Romney’s favorable rating is underwater. Almost two-thirds of voters approve of Obama’s decision to bail out the auto industry, a staple of Ohio’s manufacturing economy. The president leads Romney by a wide margin on the question of who would do more to help the middle class.

And when voters are asked which candidate would do a better job handling the economy, Obama has a sturdy lead, undercutting the thematic premise of Romney’s candidacy.

Romney aide: Obama ‘spiking football’ early in Ohio

Interviews with some two dozen Republican strategists and elected officials across Ohio revealed an array of explanations — and no easy answers — for Romney’s failure to catch on there.

Some pointed to the Obama campaign’s aggressive effort to hang Romney’s opposition to the federal bailout of Chrysler and General Motors around his neck. Others said a hangover remains from the divisive 2011 battle over collective bargaining rights that hurt the GOP’s standing with working class voters.

A handful of GOP strategists blamed Romney’s standing on campaign staffers who aren’t Ohio natives.

One longtime Republican strategist griped about the “arrogant top-down” approach of the Romney team and said they have done a poor job listening to the advice of savvy Ohio strategists — a charge rebuffed by Romney aides who point out that field staffers from the Ohio offices of Sen. Rob Portman and House Speaker John Boehner have come on board.

Still others cited Romney’s lackluster political skills and said his stiff CEO demeanor as a turnoff for Ohioans, with one Republican officeholder saying that former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour wasn’t far off when he said recently that Romney is being caricatured as “a plutocrat married to a known equestrian.”

A man without a message

The main criticism that emerged, though, is that Romney is man without a message.

“We are still at a point where I think it’s still a winnable race for Romney,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. “Generally when you talk people, there is a feeling that Obama hasn’t done that great a job. But Romney hasn’t made the sale. He still can. But he hasn’t made the sale yet.”

Another statewide Republican officeholder who — like others interviewed for this article — did not want to be identified criticizing the Republican ticket, offered a blunter assessment.

Both Romney and Obama, this official argued, have provided nothing but “narrow arguments” and “fantasy land” policy prescriptions for the country.

Opinion: Can Romney get back on track?

“Why is Mitt Romney running for president and what will his presidency be about?” the official asked. “I don’t think most Republicans in Ohio can answer that question. He has not made a compelling case for his candidacy. Don’t make your campaign about marginal tax rates. Make it about your children and your grandchildren and the future of this country.”

Romney is adjusting. The campaign, prevented from spending general election funds until after the Republican National Convention concluded in late August, launched its first statewide television buy of the campaign last week.

The former Massachusetts governor has also intensified his rhetoric on trade, long a potent issue in Ohio, accusing the president of failing to stand up to China and costing Americans jobs.

But Romney’s argument du jour — he has spent a week attacking the president’s handling of foreign policy and the recent turmoil in the Middle East — isn’t likely to resonate in Ohio as much as a concise and aggressive jobs-themed message, Republicans said.

Several Ohio GOP operatives even credited the Obama campaign for presenting a more consistent economic argument.

Fallout over bailout

Obama forces have persistently reminded voters about the auto bailout — on television and in small-scale earned media events around the state — and Republicans faulted Romney for failing to develop a succinct response to the criticism in a state where one out of every eight jobs is tied to the auto sector.

Romney wrote a New York Times op-ed in 2008 titled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” and argued for a managed bankruptcy for the industry, without the use of government funds. In May, he took credit for proposing the bankruptcy idea. In August, he tapped a running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, who voted in favor of bailout.

Meanwhile, the Obama campaign has aired multiple TV ads on the issue and synced their pro-bailout message with down-ballot Democratic candidates such as Sen. Sherrod Brown.

Poll: Brown ahead of GOP challenger in Ohio Senate race

Labor organizations are leaving thousands of bailout-themed doorknob hangers and making phone calls to union members highlighting Obama’s support for the auto industry.

According to The Washington Post poll, 64% of Ohio registered voters view the federal loans to GM and Chrysler as “mostly good” for the state’s economy. Only 29% said the bailout was “mostly bad.”

Putting a finer point on the matter, one longtime Ohio GOP strategist called Obama’s advantage on the auto bailout “a kick in the balls” for the Romney campaign.

Ground operation a bright spot for Romney

One aspect of the Romney operation that earned praise from Republicans is the campaign’s ground game, which has made more than 3 million volunteer voter contacts so far this year and knocked on 28 times as many doors in Ohio as John McCain’s campaign did in 2008.

“It’s one of the better operations in the country, as it always is,” Romney’s political director Rich Beeson told CNN. “Ohio has always led the way and it is again this cycle.”

The so-called “victory effort” — a joint venture of the Romney campaign, Republican National Committee and Ohio Republican Party — has 40 offices statewide.

The Obama operation, which has been deeply embedded in the state for four years, has more than twice that number. But the Romney campaign has managed to keep pace with the president’s voter contact effort, data from to the Post poll revealed Tuesday.

The humming ground effort, combined with Ohio’s traditional GOP lean and what’s expected to be a more animated conservative base than in 2008, has Republicans confident that the final margin on Election Day will be much closer than the 5, 6 or 7-point Obama lead seen in recent public polls.

“Nobody will win Ohio by 5,” said Mike Weaver, a Republican consultant with more than two decades of campaign experience in the state. “Anybody who tells you that doesn’t know Ohio. This state is too close. It’s too divided. It will not be Obama by 5 or Romney by 5.”

Weaver complimented the Romney campaign effort and predicted a 2-point victory for Republicans in November but advised the GOP nominee to spend more time in the state and rely less on scripted remarks before large crowds.

“I think they need to get Romney here in Ohio more, and talking off the cuff more,” he said. “I think he is a sincere guy, and I think the more he talks off the cuff, the more people will like him.”

Another Ohio Republican strategist said Romney should begin dispatching his wife, Ann, to the suburbs of Cleveland and Columbus, where there is “room for improvement” — a nice way of saying that Obama has a double-digit lead among women voters in Ohio, according to the Post poll.

A lingering complication for Romney’s argument in Ohio is the improving state economy.

Romney: My ads have been ‘spot on’

Mixed message from Kasich irks GOP

Republican Gov. John Kasich’s relentless boosterism for the uptick in Ohio job creation runs counter to the national Republican message that Obama’s policies have kept the economy from bouncing back.

The statewide unemployment rate has fallen to 7.2%, roughly a point below the national average. In bellwether central Ohio, home to the capital city of Columbus and its thriving suburbs, the jobless rate fell to 5.9% in August.

Kasich is not shy about talking up Ohio’s job growth, even if it muddles the Romney campaign’s arguments about the state of the national economy.

At a recent campaign event in conservative Owensville, a fiery Kasich boasted that “Ohio is rocking!” — moments before turning the microphone over to Paul Ryan, who proceeded to issue dire warnings about Obama’s economic policies.

The mixed messaging has rankled Republicans in the Romney and Kasich camps. Both sides have done their best to keep the tensions under wraps, but they occasionally spill over into public view.

Rex Elsass, Kasich’s media consultant and a longtime adviser, told CNN that Romney is “running counter to the reality and the perception of people in Ohio.”

“Romney would do better if he stood on John Kasich’s shoulders and said, ‘Here’s an example of a state that’s doing better with job creation, in spite of what the president is doing,’ ” Elsass said.

“When you run advertising here that’s running in the rest of the country, it’s inconsistent with how people are feeling about Ohio, that things are getting better,” he continued. “If you’re just telling people things are getting worse and you throw in a graphic at the end of the ad that says ‘Ohio,’ that’s not a state-specific message and it’s not working here.”

Romney has, in fact, complimented Kasich’s economic development efforts in a spate of local interviews and at campaign events — and there are no accounts of personal animosity between the two men.

But Republicans close to the campaign have groused privately that Kasich is bringing little to the Romney effort beyond appearing at campaign events, while Boehner, Portman and a handful of other statewide officials have loaned manpower and money to the fight.

Portman, for instance, has turned himself into one of Romney’s most reliable allies on the campaign trail, hosting more than 20 fundraisers and raising more than $2 million for the campaign.

Romney praises debate practice partner Portman

One Washington-based GOP operative involved in the campaign and closely watching Ohio accused Kasich of not doing enough to help Romney win the state.

“No single swing state Republican has been less willing to criticize President Obama at important junctures in this campaign than John Kasich,” the Republican told CNN. “Anyone who doesn’t want an Obama second term should be furious at him.”

A Possible Explanation for Obama’s Connecticut Social Security Number

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Explanation for Obama’s Connecticut Social Security Number

By Jack Cashill

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the...

As  I reported on Tuesday, Barack Obama has yet  to provide an explanation for how he came to have a Social Security number that begins with the Connecticut prefix  “042.”

Filmmaker  Joel Gilbert read the piece.  He has been in Hawaii doing follow-up  research on his insightful new documentary, Dreams from My Real Father, and he sent  me the single best explanation I have yet to see.

What  intrigued me about this story from the moment Ohio private investigator Susan  Daniels first came across Obama’s Connecticut SSN was the ineptness of the  left-wing explanations.

“Numbers  are assigned based on the return address on the request envelope, not  residency,” crowed Jason Linkins in the Huffington  Post, as though he had said something meaningful.  Linkins suggested  two possible explanations, both preposterous.

One  is that Obama applied for his SSN as a little boy in Indonesia for no known  reason, and the application just happened to be processed in Connecticut for no  known reason, too.

For  the second, Linkins cited the argument of Carole Gilbert (no relation to Joel  Gilbert) in the Yahoo-related “Associated Content.”  Said Carole Gilbert,  presumably with a straight face, “In fact, Barack Obama’s dad attended college in Connecticut and in 1977, Obama was college aged;  is it beyond reason to consider that he might have checked out his father’s alma mater?”

Last  time I checked, Harvard was in Massachusetts.  The closest town to Harvard  in Connecticut is about 90 minutes away,  and there is no record at all that Obama Sr. lived there, let alone that Obama  visited his imaginary alma mater and just happened to apply for a Social  Security card while visiting.

On  the respectable right, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly finessed this claim.   “[Obama’s] father lived in Connecticut for several years,” O’Reilly said  inaccurately on air last April.  He added that “babies sometimes get  numbers based on addresses provided by their parents.”  Wrong  again.

The  left-leaning fact-checking service Snopes.com addresses the SSN issue, but  evasively.  It leads with a red herring about a man named Jean Paul Ludwig,  whose SSN Obama is allegedly using.  “False,” says Snopes.  But  Daniels has never mentioned a Ludwig or anyone else.

Snopes  then repeats the irrelevant detail that Obama would only need to have sent his application in from Connecticut, but how or why the 16-year-old Obama  could or would have done so is overlooked.

Snopes  concludes that “the most likely explanation” is a “simple clerical or  typographical error.”  Obama, they contend, lived in the Hawaii zip code of  96814, while the zip code for Danbury, CT is 06814.  As it happens,  “clerical error” is the same excuse used to explain away Obama’s claim to a  Kenyan birth in his literary agent’s 1991 promotional piece.

Joel  Gilbert suggests a more likely explanation.  In doing his research in  Hawaii, Gilbert heard from several sources that pre-statehood, every institution  or branch of government in Hawaii was dominated by the Japanese syndicate known  as the “Yakuza, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), and a  complicit bureaucracy.  “After statehood in 1959 the Federal Government  came in, and the syndicate went underground, but maintained the same control,  and does so to this day,” says Gilbert.

“Hawaii  was and is a corrupt state,” Gilbert continues.  He was told by retired  Honolulu police detectives that in the state bureaucracy, “anything could be  purchased, including Social Security numbers.”  These were real numbers,  likely available because the original card holder was dead.  The sellers  trafficked in SSNs that did not originate in Hawaii.  That way, if the  person using the phony SSN were ever caught, the crime would be traced back to  the issuing state, not the Hawaii office.

Gilbert’s  theory is that the SSN problem is related to the question of Obama’s birth  certificate, which is required to get a SSN.  Lacking a valid birth  certificate, Obama was forced to buy an SSN so he could get his first job at the  Baskin Robbins in 1977.  In this theory, Obama was sold an SSN that was  Connecticut-based so it couldn’t be traced back to the Hawaii office.

The  easiest way to test this theory and establish the truth is to ask the people who  know.  WND’s veteran White House correspondent Les Kinsolving tried to do  just this at a press briefing a few years back.  Predictably, Obama  spokesman Robert Gibbs laughed Kinsolving off and switched the subject to the  birth certificate.

In  a televised address two years ago, Obama famously said, “The only people who  don’t want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide.”  So  could someone in the media please ask him about that “042”?  We can be sure  they would be asking questions if Mitt Romney had a Hawaii-based SSN, and they  would not be satisfying themselves with “clerical error.”

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/09/a_possible_explanation_for_obamas_connecticut_social_security_number.html#ixzz26RHv6gVX

Joe Biden Cozies Up With Female Biker

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ABC OTUS News – Vice President Joe Biden‘s talks to customers during a stop at Cruisers Diner, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in Seaman, Ohio. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

SEAMAN, Ohio – Vice President Joe Biden cozied up with a female biker during a stop today at Cruisers Diner.

The Associated Press snapped this photo of the vice president sitting behind a female biker while he talked with her and two other male bikers looked on.

According to the campaign, the bikers were part of a group called the “Shadowmen,” but there were no other details on who the female biker was or what sparked the conversation between her and the vice president, because the pool had been escorted out of the diner before the encounter.

A second AP photo showed Biden grabbing the female biker’s shoulders.

When Biden entered the diner, he approached three diners seated at a counter and asked if he they’d lend him one of their motorcycles, according to the pool report.

“Can I borrow one of your bikes? They don’t let me ride anymore,” Biden said.

“Probably not,” Jeff Cook, one of the diners, said.

The vice president responded laughing, “Probably not.”

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