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Protesters Challenge Hillary Clinton During Parade in New Hampshire
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ July 4, 2015, 05:28 PM)

Hillary Rodham Clinton made her first visit of the campaign to northern New Hampshire on Saturday, and, for the first time since she became a candidate, was met by a handful of persistent protesters.

Indignant Jeb Bush Says He Takes Donald Trump?s Remarks Personally
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ July 4, 2015, 03:52 PM)

Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, whose wife is Mexican, showed a flash of anger on Saturday as he said that he ?absolutely? took personal offense when Donald Trump recently described Mexican immigrants coming to the United States as ?rapists? and criminals.

Mitt Romney Criticizes Donald Trump for Comments on Mexican Immigrants
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ July 4, 2015, 02:08 PM)

Mitt Romney criticized the real-estate mogul and presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday, saying he's damaging the Republican Party with his comments linking Mexican immigrants to crime.

Women?s Equality Party of New York Files List of Officers and Bylaws
(from: Ballot Access News @ July 4, 2015, 12:53 PM)

On July 2, the Women’s Equality Party of New York filed its bylaws and a list of its interim officers. See them here. The party became ballot-qualified on November 4, 2014 by polling over 50,000 votes for Governor. Thanks to Mike Drucker for the link. Here is a news story about the filing.

There is also a Women’s Equality Party in Great Britain, but it is a bona fide party, whereas it seems likely the New York Women’s Equality Party will be completely controlled by Democrats.

Fox News Still Hasn?t Said Which Polls it will Use for August 6 Republican Presidential Debate
(from: Ballot Access News @ July 4, 2015, 12:28 PM)

According to this story, Fox News has refused to say (so far, anyway) which polls it will use to determine invitations for its August 6 Republican presidential debate. The story shows that the Fox description of which polls it will use is vague. Fox implies that there are only five nationally recognized polling companies, but the story says there are more than that. The story also shows the various polls don’t agree with each other as to which are the top ten candidates.

Supreme Court clears way for National Popular Vote initiatives on state ballots
(from: Independent Political Report @ July 4, 2015, 11:38 AM)


States where the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact has been adopted (green) or is currently pending (yellow)

via Richard Winger’s Ballot Access News:

As already noted, today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the state initiative process can be used to change laws affecting congressional elections. Rick Hasen notes today that Article II, which describes the presidency and presidential elections, also says, ?the legislature? shall pass election laws concerning presidential elections.

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How an Iran Nuclear Deal Would Upend U.S. Non-Proliferation Policy
(from: Washington Wire @ July 4, 2015, 10:59 AM)

Ray Takeyh: In negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program, the U.S. appears poised to concede to an adversarial regime not only an enrichment capacity but also one that may be industrialized after a sunset clause expires.

This remarkable map shows Europe's population growth in amazing detail
(from: Swing State Project @ July 3, 2015, 09:59 PM)

Map of population trends in Europe, 2001-2011

(click to enlarge)

The terrific map above comes from a German government agency known in suitably lengthy Teutonic fashion as the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (but mercifully shortened as the BBSR in its native language). For the first time, explains the BBSR, researchers have analyzed population trends throughout Europe?43 countries in all?down to a very granular geographic segment known bureacratically as the "local administrative unit, level 2," or LAU-2 for short.

The size and nature of the LAU-2 varies from country to country. Most are known as municipalities?basically a town or a city. In France, though, they rely on "communes," of which there are almost 37,000, hence the pointillist appearance of that country's data. Ireland, meanwhile, is divided into a tenth as many electoral districts (exactly what they sound like), while Lithuania is split into just 518 "elderships" (uh, click the link), explaining its chunkier look.

Whatever unit you use, though, the trends are clear. With red showing growth and blue showing a decline, you can see that there's a mass exodus from most of Eastern Europe over the covered decade, with only capital cities showing any kind of population increase. Most of Western Europe, meanwhile, has seen a boom, though there are notable exceptions, like northwestern Spain.

One very interesting feature is the pattern in the former East Germany. There, almost the entire country has shrunk except for Berlin, which has exploded, suburbs included. You'll notice the same phenomenon across most of Europe's major cities: Madrid, Vienna, Budapest, Warsaw, and many more.

This pattern is also one that's very familiar in the United States and around the globe: As the post-modern era marches on, more and more people are congregating in urban areas. It's a development the world will have to contend with for some time, and this map throws one important slice of that transformation into stark relief.

(Via CityLab/

Romneys Said to Meet With Jeb Bush in Maine Next Week
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ July 3, 2015, 08:20 PM)

The Romneys will have a private lunch meeting with Jeb Bush next week at the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Me., according to a person who was not authorized to discuss the meeting.

Hillary Clinton Warns That a Republican President Would Repeal the Health Law
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ July 3, 2015, 05:35 PM)

Hillary Rodham Clinton warned that a Republican president would repeal the Affordable Care Act, and she denounced the administration of George W. Bush for ?poor management? of the economy that led to the recession.

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