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Oh, so now they're finally fact-checking Obama? Hilarious.

Here are some of the lies the AP caught Obama in:

  • "The actions we took during that crisis returned the economy to healthy growth and initiated the longest streak of job creation on record."
  • "It shouldn't be Democratic or Republican to say that we don't threaten the freedom of the press because they say things or publish stories we don't like. I complained plenty about Fox News, but you never heard me threaten to shut them down or call them enemies of the people."
  • "Their sabotage of the Affordable Care Act has already cost more than 3 million Americans their health insurance. And if they're still in power next fall, you better believe they're coming at it again. They've said so."

I say better late than never, but it sure would have been nice if they had started fact-checking this guy while he was in office — when he actually mattered — instead of now, when he's mostly irrelevant.

Matt Margolis is PJM's resident Obama fact-checker. Here's his latest, but do click on his bio to see all of his pieces on the subject:  The Top Five Ways Obama Attacked the Free Press.

Matt's also got a book out on the subject, The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama.

This leaked Google video is a must watch:

Co-founder Sergey Brin can be heard comparing Trump supporters to fascists and extremists. Brin argues that like other extremists, Trump voters were motivated by “boredom,” which he says in the past led to fascism and communism.

The Google co-founder then asks his company to consider what it can do to ensure a “better quality of governance and decision-making.”

VP for Global Affairs Kent Walker argues that supporters of populist causes like the Trump campaign are motivated by “fear, xenophobia, hatred, and a desire for answers that may or may not be there.”

Later, Walker says that Google should fight to ensure the populist movement – not just in the U.S. but around the world – is merely a “blip” and a “hiccup” in a historical arc that “bends toward progress.”

CEO Sundar Pichai states that the company will develop machine learning and A.I. to combat what an employee described as “misinformation” shared by “low-information voters.”

Nate Silver posted his latest election forecast for the Senate and he gives the GOP a two in three chance of maintaining control.

Election probabilities after all 35 races are decided. (Dems have 23 seats at risk, GOP has 12)

GOP and Dems end up with 50 seats (VP tiebreaker) - 17.1%

GOP ends up with 51 seats - 15.7%

GOP ends up with 52 seats - 12.3%

All other scenarios where GOP maintains control are less than 10% probability.

Dems take control with 51 seats - 15.6%

Dems end up with 52 seats - 11.0%

All other scenarios where Dems take control are 5% or less

There are so many close races it is likely that we will have surprises on both sides election night. The problem for Democrats is that a loss of just one or two of those 23 seats will make their longshot bid for control even longer.

Say what you want about Silver's prognostication skills, but if you're a serious political junkie, he's got some fascinating graphics.

Griffith blocked me forever ago which is just fine, because screencaps like this get shared all 'round.

Can you say "Logan Act" ???

Kerry, in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt to promote his new book, said that he has met with Iranian Former Minister Javad Zarif—the former secretary's onetime negotiating partner—three or four times in recent months behind the Trump administration's back.

"I think I've seen him three or four times," Kerry said, adding that he has been conducting sensitive diplomacy without the current administration's authorization. Kerry said he has criticized the current administration in these discussions, chiding it for not pursuing negotiations from Iran, despite the country's fevered rhetoric about the U.S. president.

Republican nominee for the the U.S. Senate Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) weighed in on Twitter: