Clinton Transition Team Steps Up Work

“The secretive team tasked with preparing for a possible Hillary Clinton presidency is ramping up big time,” Politico reports.

“With polls pointing to the likelihood of a Clinton win, her transition team is hiring staff, culling through the resumés of possible Cabinet nominees and reaching out to key Democrats for input, according to people familiar with the process.”

Biden Says He’d Take Trump ‘Behind the Gym’

Vice President Joe Biden took Donald Trump to task over comments he made bragging about his ability to grope women, saying he wished he were in high school so “I could take him behind the gym,” ABC News reports.

Said Biden: “What he said and did and does is the text book definition of sexual assault. He said because I am famous, because I am a star, because I am a billionaire I can do things other people cant. What a disgusting assertion for anyone to make.”

State Poll Roundup: Friday

Here are the latest state polls from the presidential race:

Indiana: Trump 43%, Clinton 37%, Johnson 9% (Ball State)

Utah: Trump 30%, McMullin 29%, Clinton 25%, Johnson 5% (Dan Jones & Assoc)

Virginia: Clinton 45%, Trump 33%, Johnson 8% (Christopher Newport University)

Georgia: Trump 44%, Clinton 42%, Johnson 9% (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Georgia: Trump 47%, Clinton 43%, Johnson 5% (Landmark)

Georgia: Trump 50%, Clinton 46%, Johnson 3% (Opinion Savvy)

Florida: Clinton 49%, Trump 45%, Johnson 3% (Opinion Savvy)

Maine: Clinton 42%, Trump 36%, Johnson 9% (Maine Peoples Resource Center)

Iowa: Clinton 41%, Trump 37%, Johnson 10% (Lucid)

Pennsylvania: Clinton 47%, Trump 38%, Johnson 7% (Lucid)

Ohio: Clinton 44%, Trump 39%, Johnson 7%  (Lucid)

Indiana: Trump 43%, Clinton 37%, Johnson 10% (Lucid)

Why You’re Having Trouble with the Internet Today

For those having problems with the Internet today, Wired reports it’s due to a distributed denial of service attack that has taken down many websites on the Eastern seaboard of the United States.

It’s also impacted the Disqus commenting system used on Political Wire.

Gizmodo: “Some think the attack was a political conspiracy, like an attempt to take down the internet so that people wouldn’t be able to read the leaked Clinton emails on Wikileaks. Others think it’s the usual Russian assault. No matter who did it, we should expect incidents like this to get worse in the future. While DDoS attacks used to be a pretty weak threat, we’re entering a new era.”

Rick Hasen: “Call me paranoid. But I worry this is a dry run (from Russia?) for more Election Day shenanigans.”

Facebook Staff Wanted Some of Trump’s Posts Deleted

“Some of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s posts on Facebook have set off an intense debate inside the social-media company over the past year, with some employees arguing certain posts about banning Muslims from entering the U.S. should be removed for violating the site’s rules on hate speech,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

“The decision to allow Mr. Trump’s posts went all the way to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who ruled in December that it would be inappropriate to censor the candidate… That decision has prompted employees across the company to complain on Facebook’s internal messaging service and in person to Mr. Zuckerberg and other managers that it was bending the site’s rules for Mr. Trump, and some employees who work in a group charged with reviewing content on Facebook threatened to quit.”

Related for members: Why Facebook Is as Bad as Donald Trump

Trump Says He’ll Go After Clinton When He Wins

Donald Trump said he will have “lots of options” to go after Hillary Clinton if he’s elected president, Politico reports.

“Trump has labeled Clinton a criminal for using a private email server when she led the State Department and deleting thousands of emails, arguing that the Democratic presidential nominee shouldn’t even be allowed to run. He has since ramped up his rhetoric, threatening during the second presidential debate to jail the former secretary of state.”

Early Vote Shifts Heavily to Democrats In Key States

“Catalist, a voter data firm that works mostly with Democratic campaigns, provided The Washington Post with early vote numbers from several battleground states that allowed us to compare current returns with the number of ballots returned in years past.”

“In seven states for which returned ballot data was available by party, Democratic ballots made up a larger percentage of what had come back by the 20-day mark (that is, by 20 days before Election Day) than in 2012 (or in 2008 for Florida). In some cases, like Arizona and North Carolina, the shift to the Democrats was substantial.”

Bayh Didn’t Stay In Condo At All In 2010

“Evan Bayh says that his Indianapolis condominium has long been his home, and that he has spent ‘lots and lots’ of time there since deciding to run for his old Senate seat. But a copy of his schedule shows Bayh did not stay overnight there once during his last year in office in 2010.”

“The schedule provided to The Associated Press shows the Democrat spent taxpayer money, campaign funds or let other people pay for him to stay in Indianapolis hotels on the relatively rare occasions he returned from Washington, D.C. During the same period, he spent $3,000 in taxpayer money on what appeared to be job hunting trips to New York, despite the assertion of his campaign that the trips were devoted to official media appearances.”

Trump May Pose Problem for Ryan In Speaker Vote

The Hill: “If Trump is trounced by Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8, many believe he’ll turn his wrath — and his millions of loyal followers — against Ryan as he runs for reelection as Speaker. Trump already appears to be looking for ways to explain his potential loss in the White House race.”

“Fox News host Sean Hannity, an ally of Trump, is dialing up the rhetoric against Ryan, telling the Washington Post this week that the Wisconsin lawmaker is a ‘saboteur’ who ‘needed to be called out and replaced.'”

For members: Paul Ryan Has a Really Big Trump Problem