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October 29, 2016

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Signals From Kremlin Suggest Russian Leadership Has Concluded Trump Will Be Defeated; Putin Blocks Further Bombing to De-Escalate Tension Around Aleppo; U.S. Must Reciprocate These Overtures with Good Will; ISIS Death Cult Kidnapping Up To 10,000 Human Shields in Mosul; FBI Director Comey, Under Pressure from Desperate GOP Congressional Reactionaries Facing Loss of Their Majorities, Defies Attorney General’s Orders and Justice Department Guidelines by Again Meddling in Presidential Election Using Pretext of Anthony Weiner’s Laptop; Comey’s Resignation Long Overdue for Good of Country; American Voters Must Repudiate Outrageous Machinations by Voting Up Democratic Ticket

On Friday afternoon, FBI Director James Comey informed Republican Congressional leaders that the FBI was investigating a group of emails which had allegedly been discovered on the laptop computer of disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, who is suspected of having sent lewd pictures to a 15-year old girl. This development came too late to be discussed in today’s edition of World Crisis Radio, but a quick comment is urgent because of the ongoing voting process.

Weiner is the husband of Huma Abedeen, a close adviser to Hillary Clinton. Comey suggested that Huma had also used Weiner’s computer. Comey also suggested, with no proof whatsoever, that email traffic between Weiner and Huma was somehow linked to earlier and now dormant investigations of Hillary Clinton’s private email server, a probe of which was concluded with no results last July.

Despite its intrinsic insignificance, Comey’s letter triggered immediate media hysteria. The Saturday Oct. 29 Washington Post headlined that the FBI was examining “more Clinton emails,” although leaked reports assert that none of the emails was sent or received by Hillary. How these communications can be described as Clinton emails was thus not evident.

The Washington Post and the New Yorker reported that Comey had been instructed by Attorney General Loretta Lynch and her deputy that there was no urgency for Congress and the public to be informed about such raw and unexamined evidence on the eve of the presidential election. Comey knew that Department of Justice guidelines and traditions strongly discourage public announcements about political candidates on the eve of elections, even when the evidence is much clearer and convincing that these raw emails, which may well soon be found to be extraneous and irrelevant.

Comey is a partisan Republican foolishly nominated for his current post by President Obama. His behavior suggests that he is acting under pressure from desperate Congressional Republicans. These Republicans are well aware that they are in grave danger of being defeated in the upcoming elections for the Presidency, the Senate, and quite possibly the House, which will also put the Supreme Court out of their control. Given current demographic and political trends, this result may leave the GOP permanently deprived, not just of power, but also of their prized ability to block budgets, shut down the federal government, push the country to the edge of bankruptcy and default, and prevent the approval of cabinet officers, Supreme Court justices, and other federal officials. This power of the Republican Party to cripple the U.S. government may thus be on the verge of extinction. We can imagine the apocalyptic mentality this state of affairs has generated on Capitol Hill. The desire to counteract this perspective has evidently been transmitted to Comey, and has prodded him towards his reckless and irresponsible actions of yesterday.

Back in July, Comey announced that there would be no indictment of Mrs. Clinton in the grotesquely exaggerated private email server affair. But Comey, already violating guidelines and traditions in order to placate Congressional reactionaries, went on to deliver a long and bombastic tirade full of obiter dicta about how sloppy Hillary had been in the handling of classified information, etc. Here he already demonstrated he was not suited for his current post. Now, Comey has presented the appalling spectacle of a police agency trying to influence the outcome of an election. His departure from office can only begin to remedy the resulting situation.

Comey may also have lost control of his agency. Some reports state that Comey sent his letter to Congress because he feared that inflammatory leaks about these emails would soon be forthcoming from disgruntled right-wing FBI investigators motivated by their hatred of Hillary, or by personal sympathies for the GOP and its current candidate for the White House. Such officials can have no place in so sensitive an agency. Their ouster might help the FBI to upgrade its overall performance.

The appropriate response from the American people to this outrageous challenge to the democratic process can only be to vote the Republican Party and its minions out of office at every level in the Nov. 8 election.

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Oct

October 27, 2016

Republican Senators Could Block All Clinton Supreme Court Nominees, Foreshadowing Chaotic Extinction of High Court and Illegal Abrogation of Article III of U.S. Constitution; Remedies to Defeat Sabotage Range from Electing Democratic Senate Majority to Recess Appointment by Obama during Transition; Democratic Party Goes to Federal Court to Stop Republican “Ballot Security” aka Voter Harassment and Intimidation Operations in New Jersey and Other States; Biden Report on Cancer Moon Shot Points to Need for Removal of Sequester Caps, Massive Increase of Funding for National Institutes of Health; Constant Vigilance vs Fake Polling Needed

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Oct

October 26, 2016

Congressmen Butterfield and Clyburn of Black Caucus Correctly Urge Hillary to Use Part of Her $150 Million War Chest to Elect Minority Down-Ballot Candidates Rather than Seek Electoral Votes of Utah; Defeatist GOP Insists That Coalition Advance on Mosul is “Total Disaster” Despite Devastating Losses by ISIS; Ashton Carter Says ISIS Capital of Raqqa will be Assaulted with Weeks; Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Launches NSTX-U, World’s Most Powerful Spherical Tokamak Fusion Reactor and a Vital Component of U.S. Plasma Physics Science Driver

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Oct

October 25, 2016

In Strategy Similar to that of Tax Wall Street Party, Bernie Sanders Campaigning to Get Hillary Elected and Simultaneously Preparing to Block Wall Street’s Cabinet Choices, While Giving Top Priority to $15 Minimum Wage, Free Public College, and No More Mass Incarceration as Specified in Democratic Party Platform; No to Sheryl Sandberg at Treasury – Need a Veteran of Anti-Wall Street Struggles; #TWSP Wants Infrastructure Paid for by Wall Street and the Federal Reserve; Iraqi Army Now 1 Mile from Mosul City Limits, With 80 Suburban Villages Already Liberated; 33 House Seats Now in Play; Democrats Need 30 to Take Control; Biden Correctly Urges Democrats Not to Give Up on White Blue-Collar Workers, But Offers No Specific Program, Only Vague Cultural Populism

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October 24, 2016

Administration Factions Clash Over Whether to Give Terrorist Rebels of “Free Syrian Army” Modern Battlefield Weapons; CIA Director Brennan and Pentagon Boss Carter Demand Reckless Adventurism Which Would Only Prolong War, not Change Outcome; Obama and Kerry Skeptical; In Real World, Attack on Assad Means Catastrophic War with Russia; Hillary’s Post-Election Flashpoints with Democrats’ Left Wing During Lame Duck Session Could Include Free Trade Sellouts, Supreme Court, and Cabinet Posts; Democrats On Track to Add Four to Eight Seats and Become Senate Majority Nov. 8

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Oct

October 22, 2016

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GOP Candidate’s Refusal to Pledge to Honor Nov. 8 Vote Takes Country Back to John C. Breckinridge Campaign of 1860; Big Problems with Political Freedom Can Be Anticipated if Hillary Clinton is Defeated; Liberation of Mosul Still Proceeding Ahead of Schedule; Christians of West Aleppo Face Decimation at Hands of Islamist Jihadis, While Scorned and Ignored By Western Media; Gen. Michel Aoun, a Maronite Christian on Good Terms with Hezbollah Set to Become New President of Lebanon After Two and a Half Years of Sectarian Gridlock

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Oct

October 20, 2016

GOP Candidate’s Refusal to Pledge to Honor Nov. 8 Vote Takes Country Back to John C. Breckinridge Campaign of 1860; Big Problems with Political Freedom Can Be Anticipated if Hillary Clinton is Defeated; Liberation of Mosul Still Proceeding Ahead of Schedule; Christians of West Aleppo Face Decimation at Hands of Islamist Jihadis, While Scorned and Ignored By Western Media; Gen. Michel Aoun, a Maronite Christian on Good Terms with Hezbollah Set to Become New President of Lebanon After Two and a Half Years of Sectarian Gridlock

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Oct

October 19, 2016

Growing Awareness of Need for Strategic Voting, Not Self-Delusion, at the Polls; Hillary Clinton and Her Triangulation Method Are Known Quantities; Many Activists Already Planning to Vote For Democratic Ticket on Nov. 8, and Start Pushing Hillary Away from Wall Street and Warmongering on Nov. 9; Her Honeymoon to Last Ten Minutes At Most; Michael Moore Attempts to Create an Idealized View of Hillary, with Mixed Results; Keep Wall Street Alumni Out of the New Cabinet!

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Oct

October 18, 2016

Iraqi and Kurdish Forces in Brisk Advance towards Mosul, with 20 Villages Liberated; Erdogan of Turkey Wants to Barge In; Deployment of Russia’s S-300 Anti-Aircraft Missiles in Syria Means Crackpot Schemes for No-Fly Zone/Safe Zone in Syria Are Now Permanently off the Table;

Why the GOP Must Go: Supposedly “Normal” Republicans like House Speaker Ryan and Senator McCain Advocate Extreme Austerity and Would Cripple Key Government Institutions; Changes Needed to End Toxic Residue of 1968 to 2008 Republican “Southern Strategy”: End Continuous Senate Filibuster, Reverse House Gerrymander, and Put a Rational Jurist on the Supreme Court

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Oct

October 17, 2016

With 80,000 Troops Massed Around Mosul, Liberation of Largest City Still Held by ISIS Begins; Calls for Simultaneous Effort to Free Terrorist Capital Raqqa; Liquidation of ISIS, Not Regime Change in Syria, Must Be U.S. Policy; Hillary Clinton Increases Lead Over Trump Nationally and In Many Battleground States; Professor Raises Specter of Democratic One-Party State, Assuming GOP Collapse; Paranoid Legions Let Imaginations Run Wild As Wikileaks Revelations Fall Flat; Sen. Thune Recalls Dante’s Opportunistic Trimmers Consigned to Vestibule of the Inferno
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Oct

October 15, 2016

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Democrats Must Use Last Debate to Showcase Mass Traction Anti-Austerity Economic Reforms to Close Deal with Working People and Millennials; Obama’s Friday NSC Meeting Mandates More Talks on Syria in Multilateral Format; Saturday Talks in Lausanne Seen as Constructive, Joined by Lavrov, Kerry, de Mistura of UN, and Seven Regional Foreign Ministers, Who Issue Pledge to Re-Convene; Absurd Saga of CIA’s Planned Cyber-Retaliation Against Putin Hyped by NBC News; Obama Has Never Approved It; If This is a Pre-Election Stunt, the Potential Damage is Far Too Great; Media Circus Could Also Aim at Forcing President into Reckless Offensive Action; Morally Challenged GOP Nearing Total Chaos with Continuous Scandals and Internal Polemics, Defections From National Ticket By Desperate Down-Ballot Candidates, Discrediting of Evangelical Leaders, Schisms by College Republicans, Shuttle and Pendulum Candidates, plus Warning by Missile Launch Officers
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Oct

October 13, 2016

Obama Meets With Advisers on Friday to Set Syria Policy; President Must Resist Calls for Military Action Against Assad and Focus on Resuming Constructive Negotiations With Russia; Time to Dump Syrian Terrorist Rebels, Who Are An Albatross Around U.S. Neck; Wikileaks Document Dumps a Yawn; Irrational Rage of GOP Voters Energized by Two Thirds Decline of U.S. Standard of Living Since 1971

Is U.S. currently experiencing Plato’s classic transition from hyper-democracy to tyranny as described in Book VIII of The Republic?

Allegations that certain candidates are devils or demons are relics of superstitious barbarism that risks dragging modern civilization back to the pre-Enlightenment European witch craze of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

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October 12, 2016

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev Sees World at “Dangerous Point,” Calls Urgently for Negotiated Solution to Russian-U.S. Disputes; Kerry and Lavrov Schedule Saturday Meeting in Switzerland; Great Britain Exacerbates Tensions in Crisis Points from Syria to Poland; Trump and Clinton Tied in Utah Poll; To Restore Hope to Rural American Millennials and Families, 0% Long-Term Student Loan Re-Financing Through Fed is Required

Russia is moving Iskander-M ballistic missiles close to its western border in the Kaliningrad area, while suspending cooperation with the U.S. on controlling plutonium. Russia has been needlessly antagonized by the Obama White House’s wholly unproven claim that Moscow is responsible for the current rash of election-year hack attacks, and by spokesman Josh Earnest’s threat of a “proportional” retaliatory response by the U.S. side.

In the British House of Commons, a debate on Syria was marred by bellicose anti-Russian rhetoric and posturing, with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson calling for demonstrations at that country’s London embassy. Unconfirmed reports allege that Royal Air Force pilots flying over Syria have been given rules of engagement allowing them to open fire on Russian jets under certain circumstances. President Obama must intervene preemptively to stop this recklessness. The Labour Party’s shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry is correctly giving top priority to getting the armed jihadis out of eastern Aleppo as urged by United Nations special envoy Staffan de Mistura, and has recognized that “jaw-jaw is better than war-war.”

Avid Wikileaks fans are seeking to blame Hillary Clinton for backing given to ISIS by Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the Gulf monarchies, but this conduct was no secret, having been denounced in public by Vice President Biden at Harvard in October 2014. Other alleged Wikileaks revelations appear positively trivial.

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October 11, 2016

GOP BREAKING APART AMIDST INFIGHTING AND RECRIMINATIONS; WALL STREET DOWN ON FEARS OF DEMOCRATIC PARTY LANDSLIDE THAT COULD END THE ENDLESS WASHINGTON GRIDLOCK FINANCIERS HAVE LEARNED TO LOVE; POLLING RESULTS NOW EVEN LESS RELIABLE AS LIKELY VOTERS BECOME HARDER TO IDENTIFY, ESPECIALLY IN SHAMBLES OF GOP; AL GORE NOT LIKELY TO SOLVE CLINTON’S PROBLEMS WITH MILLENNIALS, BUT 0% LONG-TERM FINANCING OF STUDENT LOAN DEBT THROUGH THE FED WILL; WIKILEAKS GUILTY OF MEDDLING IN U.S. INTERNAL AFFAIRS WITH DUBIOUS EMAILS; HOW WILL HILLARY TRIANGULATE IF REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS BEEN SWEPT AWAY?; SIMPSON-BOWLES AUSTERITY POLICIES A NON-STARTER IN CONGRESS OF 2017
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October 10, 2016

MANY REPUBLICAN LEADERS AND ELECTED OFFICIALS ABANDON TRUMP; HIS CALL TO JAIL RIVAL WIDELY SEEN AS THREAT TO CONSTITUTION; HOUSE SPEAKER RYAN SAYS HE CANNOT DEFEND PARTY’S CANDIDATE; ANGRY RIGHT WING OF GOP ACCUSES SPEAKER OF CAPITULATION TO HILLARY PRESIDENCY; WOMEN ESPECIALLY SHOCKED NOT ONLY  BY ACCESS HOLLYWOOD TAPE BUT ALSO BY  TRUMP’S BEHAVIOR DURING ST. LOUIS DEBATE; HILLARY AHEAD BY 11-14 POINTS ACCORDING TO LATEST NBC POLL, SUGGESTING LANDSLIDE OR WAVE ELECTION; DEMOCRATS’ CHANCES TO TAKE SENATE STEADILY IMPROVING; VOTERS WANT DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS BY 47 TO 42 MARGIN, LEAVING GOP HOUSE MAJORITY IN REAL DANGER, DESPITE GERRYMANDERING; STAGE IS SET FOR REPUBLICANS TO FORFEIT CAPACITY TO SHUT DOWN OR BANKRUPT U.S. GOVERNMENT, MARKING THE END OF AN ERA; CONSCIOUS ACTIVISTS HAVE NO ILLUSIONS AND ARE PREPARING TO PUSH HILLARY AWAY FROM WALL STREET STARTING JANUARY 20
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Oct

October 8, 2016

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Party Realignment and End of GOP’s Power to Sabotage U.S. Government Now Within Reach

Chorus of Calls by Top Republicans for Trump to Quit Race Is Unprecedented; Amidst Firestorm of Repudiation, Condemnation, and De-Funding Triggered by Candidate’s Lewd Banter on 2005 Tape, Sunday’s Presidential Town Hall in St. Louis Could Set Off Columbus Day Avalanche of Republican Defections; Democrats Already Favored to Take Senate; Ryan’s House Majority Could Also Be in Danger

Syrian Cease-Fire Talks Must Resume at Once; State Department Clarifies That Kerry Has Not Accused Russia of War Crimes, but Wants Aleppo Investigation

Climactic Battle to Liberate Mosul from ISIS About to Begin as Iraqi Army and Kurds Mass Forces for Assault; Popular Uprising in City Against “Caliphate” Misrule a Real Possibility

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Oct

October 6, 2016

PRIVATE POLLING FOR BOTH PARTIES SHOWS TRUMP FALLING BEHIND IN PENNSYLVANIA, FLORIDA, AND NORTH CAROLINA BY MARGINS THAT EXCEED THOSE SHOWN IN PUBLISHED POLLS, NEW YORK TIMES REPORTS; INDEPENDENT VOTERS, MODERATE REPUBLICANS, AND WOMEN ABANDONING THE GOP STANDARD BEARER; MITCH McCONNELL REPORTEDLY CONCERNED ABOUT EXTENDED LOSSES; INSIDERS FEAR “UNCHARTED TERRITORY”; PENCE PERFORMANCE IN VEEP DEBATE IS NOT HELPING; GOP POLLSTER SEES PARTY’S SENATE MAJORITY IN PERIL; SUNDAY’S ST. LOUIS TOWN HALL CRITICAL – IF GOP CANDIDATE PERFORMS POORLY, MANY IN PARTY COULD “FLEE OPENLY FROM THEIR NOMINEE”; KREMLIN REPORTED SHOCKED BY RUSSOPHOBIA OF MIKE PENCE; WITH HIGHLY CAPABLE S-400 ANTI-AIRCRAFT MISSILES DEPLOYED IN SYRIA, RUSSIA FORMALLY WARNS U.S. NOT TO ATTACK ARMED FORCES OF ASSAD GOVERNMENT – BOTH PARTIES SHOULD TAKE NOTE!
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Oct

October 5, 2016

KAINE EASILY DEFEATS PENCE IN VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE BASED ON SUPERIOR INTEGRITY AND BETTER ECONOMIC POLICIES; DESPITE MEDIA DISTORTIONS, PENCE’S DEXTERITY IN LYING AND GASLIGHTING IS NO CREDENTIAL FOR NATIONAL OFFICE; SATURNINE INDIANA GOVERNOR IS ESTABLISHMENT REPUBLICAN OF KOCH SCHOOL, COMPLETE WITH ANTI-UNION, ANTI-WORKER, AND ANTI-WOMAN POLICIES; PENCE’S FILIBUSTERING MADE INTERRUPTIONS MANDATORY; PENCE THREATENS RUSSIA OVER SYRIA AND INSULTS PRESIDENT PUTIN – WILL KREMLIN DENOUNCE GOP RUSSOPHOBIA?; MEDIA SWOON FOR PENCE IN BLATANT BID TO PROP UP IMPLODING GOP FOR RATINGS AND CASH FLOW; MODERATOR ELAINE QUIJANO CEDES ECONOMICS QUESTIONS TO AUSTERITY FANATICS; PENCE DECLINES TO DEFEND RUNNING MATE; IS HE FOLLOWING PALIN AND BILL MILLER IN GOING OFF THE RESERVATION FOR HIS OWN BENEFIT, SEEKING TO WIN THE FIRST DEBATE OF THE 2020 RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE?; LIBERTARIAN VEEP CANDIDATE WILLIAM WELD SAYS HIS MAIN TASK NOW IS TO ATTACK TRUMP
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Oct

October 4, 2016

TRUMP LIVE TWEET OF VEEP DEBATE UPSTAGES PENCE; ASSANGE DISAPPOINTS MYRMIDONS BY FAILING TO DELIVER PROMISED ANTI-CLINTON SCANDALS; EICHENWALD REVEALS GOP CANDIDATE’S PREFERENCE FOR CHINESE STEEL; STATE DEPARTMENT UNWISELY SUSPENDS SYRIA TALKS WITH RUSSIA, BUT RUSSIAN-AMERICAN DIVISION OF LABOR AGAINST TERRORISM MAY BE EMERGING; BEWARE BRAND X POLLS; SHIFT OF MOMENTUM TO DEMOCRATS REVIVES PERSPECTIVE OF 2016 GOP BREAKUP FOLLOWED BY 2017 FACTIONAL SPLIT AMONG DEMOCRATS; FROM TANEY TO SCALIA, SUPREME COURT IS OFTEN THE SLOWEST-MOVING COMPONENT OF PARTY REALIGNMENT
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Oct

October 3, 2016

POLLING CONDUCTED AFTER SEPTEMBER 26 FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE SHOWS INCREASING LEADS FOR CLINTON OVER TRUMP NATIONALLY AND IN MOST BATTLEGROUND STATES; CONTEST MAY BE BREAKING OPEN IN FAVOR OF DEMOCRATS; GOP STANDARD-BEARER INCREASINGLY ERRATIC, ANTAGONIZING VETERANS, TAXPAYERS, LATINOS, WOMEN; HIS EDGE AMONG WHITE VOTERS STARTING TO ERODE; WILL TUESDAY’S VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE MODERATORS AND FACT CHECKERS LET MIKE PENCE CONCEAL HIS SUBSERVIENCE TO THE KOCH BROTHERS AND HIS REACTIONARY VIEWS ON TRADE UNION RIGHTS AND RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE? ; IN MOSUL CAMPAIGN, IRAQI ARMY DESTROYS KEY ISIS RADIO STATION
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Oct

October 1, 2016

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MASS TRACTION ANTI-AUSTERITY ECONOMIC ISSUES REMAIN THE KEY TO THE 2016 ELECTIONS; DEMOCRATS SHOULD OFFER CONCRETE PLANS FOR VERY LOW INTEREST FEDERAL RESERVE REFINANCING OF MILLENNIALS’ CRUSHING STUDENT LOAN DEBT BURDEN; APPEAL TO ENLIGHTENED SELF INTEREST IS VITAL TO PROMOTE HIGH TURNOUT WHILE GOP TAKES LOW ROAD;

ISIS IS BEING CRUSHED AS U.S. SUPPORTS IRAQI AND KURDISH CAMPAIGN TO LIBERATE MOSUL; RUSSIA’S LAVROV ACCUSES WASHINGTON OF PROTECTING NUSRA, A BRANCH OF AL QAEDA; RUSSIA AND SYRIA SEEKING TO STOP HUMANITARIAN TRAGEDY IN ALEPPO BY DRIVING TERRORIST REBELS OUT OF CITY; RUSSIA CORRECTLY WARNS OF “TERRIBLE, TECTONIC” BENEFITS TO TERRORISTS IF U.S. SHOULD ATTACK SYRIAN GOVERNMENT FORCES;

REPUBLICANS FACE LOSS OF SENATE MAJORITY, PLUS ATTRITION IN HOUSE; AFTER GARY JOHNSON’S REPEATED GAFFES, IS LIBERTARIAN TICKET ABOUT TO BREAK UP? ; TRUMP 2016 COULD REPEAT DAMAGE INFLICTED ON GOP BY GOLDWATER IN 1964