IRAQ. Al-Anbar governorate. Fallujah. June 27, 2016. A member of Iraqi government forces celebrates along a street in Fallujah after government forces recaptured the city from Islamic State militants.

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NYT: Christie Team Assessing How Fast a 2012 Campaign Could Be Mounted

(New York Times)

WASHINGTON — Chris Christie’s political advisers are working to determine whether they could move fast enough to set up effective political operations in Iowa and New Hampshire in the wake of a relentless courtship aimed at persuading Mr. Christie, the governor of New Jersey, to plunge into the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to operatives briefed on the preparations.

Mr. Christie has not yet decided whether to run and has not authorized the start of a full-fledged campaign operation. But with the governor now seriously considering getting in, his strategists — many of them veterans of Rudolph W. Giuliani’s 2008 campaign — are internally assessing the financial and logistical challenges of mounting a race with less than 100 days until voting is likely to begin.



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Hack of Democrats’ Accounts Was Wider Than Believed, Officials Say
Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz at the Democratic National Convention last month. She resigned as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee after a trove of hacked internal emails was released.     Credit Jim Wilson/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — A Russian cyberattack that targeted Democratic politicians was bigger than it first appeared and breached the private email accounts of more than 100 party officials and groups, officials with knowledge of the case said Wednesday.

The widening scope of the attack has prompted the F.B.I. to broaden its investigation, and agents have begun notifying a long list of Democratic officials that the Russians may have breached their personal accounts.

The main targets appear to have been the personal email accounts of Hillary Clinton’s campaign officials and party operatives, along with a number of party organizations.

Officials have acknowledged that the Russian hackers gained access to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which is the fund-raising arm for House Democrats, and to the Democratic National Committee, including a D.N.C. voter analytics program used by Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign.

But the hack now appears to have extended well beyond those groups, and organizations like the Democratic Governors’ Association may also have been affected, according to Democrats involved in the investigation. However, in a statement Thursday, the governors association said it “was informed that our analytics data was not compromised as part of the D.N.C. breach that affected the Clinton campaign.”

The group added that “we have no reason to believe that any D.G.A. emails were compromised by the D.N.C. breach.”

Democrats say they are bracing for the possibility that another batch of damaging or embarrassing internal material could become public before the November presidential election.

The attack has already proved politically damaging. On the eve of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last month, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned as D.N.C. chairwoman after WikiLeaks released a trove of hacked internal emails showing party officials eager for Mrs. Clinton to win the nomination over Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.


Romney attacks Obama’s negative campaigning with a negative ad of his own

Mitt Romney is responding to what he calls President Barack Obama’s negative campaigning with a new negative ad of his own.

A new Romney television ad released Sunday features a series of political pundits questioning whether Obama has abandoned his message of “hope and change” to pursue attacks on the presumptive Republican nominee.

“When the president was elected, he talked about hope and change. Whatever happened to hope and change?” CBS News’s Bob Schieffer is shown saying. “Now it seems he’s just coming right out of the box with these old fashioned, negative ads.”

The 30-second ad also features the New York Times’ David Brooks, who mentions Obama’s “inaccurate ads.” It also features a clip from a MSNBC interview in June with Time Magazine’s Mark Halperin, who says Obama and his allies “will run more negative ads against this Republican nominee, in 2012, than have ever been run in the history of the world.”

The ad concludes by repeating footage of Schieffer asking, “Whatever happened to hope and change?”

The Romney campaign has not said where the ad will air or how much media time it has reserved for the spot.

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Workers School lifts up Southern organizing

By Dante Strobino

Raleigh, N.C. - Workers from 12 Southern cities, several workplaces and a number of unions gathered here for the Southern Workers School over the Aug. 5-7 weekend to continue their study of the political economy of the Southern region of the U.S. and develop organizing skills.

The Southern Workers Assembly has been building the Southern Workers School as an important institution to train and develop rank-and-file workers to organize the South. The school has held eight sessions since March, tackling issues such as the role of slavery in shaping the political economy of the U.S. South, lessons from the history of past organizing campaigns such as Operation Dixie and the Civil Rights movement, fighting women’s oppression in the workplace, and building campaigns at work for more protections for LGBTQ people after passage of North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which targets trans people. The school also offered basic organizing skills such as learning how to map your workplace and tips for one-on-one discussions with co-workers.

Obama and Bill Clinton campaign together on economy

Former President Bill Clinton gave a rousing endorsement of fellow Democrat Barack Obama in his first 2012 campaign appearance with the president on Sunday night, and helped him raise more than $2 million.

A white-haired and svelte Clinton, 65, pounded the podium and pointed at the crowd while addressing about 500 Obama supporters outside the Virginia home of his friend and Democratic adviser Terry McAuliffe.

“I think he’s done a good job,” he told the crowd in his signature raspy voice, warmly introducing the man who beat his wife, Hillary Clinton, to win the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination and then made her secretary of state. “We are going the right direction under President Obama’s leadership.”

Clinton’s support could be pivotal for Obama’s efforts to raise money and to sell voters on his economic plans, which Republicans have denounced as fiscally reckless and rooted in populism instead of good business sense.

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Music Industry Job Board (8/21/16)

A lot has been written about the supposed dire state of the music industry, but truth be told there are a number of successful and growing companies, including record labels, that are thriving in 2016. In this column we bring together every job opening we can find from the companies responsible for building the future of the business and present them to you, our reader, in hopes of aiding you on your journey to join the global music industry professional family.

Each week we scour the internet for the latest and greatest job postings throughout the music industry. You can help us better serve our community by sending any job openings you find or have to Be sure to include the name of the company hiring, a detailed description of the position being offered, a desired start date, contact information, and any additional supplemental information you feel may be needed.

New openings:

Campaign Manager (Vevo - Los Angeles) 

Job summary: As Vevo’s Ad Operations Campaign Manager you will play a key role in the functioning of the ad operations group. This role is responsible for management of digital advertising programs, custom advertising implementations and partnering with the Revenue Operations, Sales, Marketing, and Product & Technology teams and vendors to identify and implement new solutions within Vevo’s ad serving technology

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Donald Trump reshuffles campaign, names Breitbart chairman acting CEO

Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon and GOP strategist Kellyanne Conway are now running Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign.

Bannon is the newly installed campaign CEO, while Conway, who first joined Trump’s team in July, has been promoted to campaign manager.

“I have known Steve and Kellyanne both for many years. They are extremely capable, highly qualified people who love to win and know how to win,” Trump said in a statement Wednesday morning.

“I believe we’re adding some of the best talents in politics, with the experience and expertise needed to defeat Hillary Clinton in November and continue to share my message and vision to Make America Great Again.”

Since wrestling control from Corey Lewandowski, the former Trump campaign manager, earlier this year, seasoned campaign veteran Paul Manafort has in essence been overseeing the campaign operations, serving as the campaign chair. But Wednesday’s shakeup most likely leaves Manafort with waning influence as Trump has soured on the chair’s attempts to keep him on message.

Leading up to the shake-up, reports also swirled that Manafort had given up attempting to rein in Trump’s proclivity for off-the-cuff controversial comments.

A former investment banker and adviser to former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, Bannon is widely known for helping to craft Bretibart’s vision as a pro-Trump outlet opposed to the GOP establishment and unafraid to run stories with a conspiratorial bent. Under Bannon, Breitbart has also led the anti-immigration charge that Trump has embraced wholeheartedly in his campaign.

(Kellyanne Conway at the Freedom Summit in 2015 in Greenville, South Carolina.AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

Trump’s poll numbers have significantly trailed Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s in recent weeks, both in national polling and in key battleground states.

In a series of tweets, The Washington Posts’ Robert Costa outlined the impact Bannon could have on Trump’s campaign:

Bannon has convinced Trump that rest of campaign needs to be bare-knuckles brawl, w/ full-bore populism/movement politics

Huge rallies. Gloves off. Brutal fights with Clinton. Heavy emphasis on nationalism and populism. That’s the Bannon strategy.

What I hear: Bannon’s calculation is that Trump can still win but only if he is truly seen as “change,” as “the total outsider”

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