Drones capture first wintry wonderland weekend in the Midwest

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‘Tis the season for the first wave of snow.

Over the weekend, a good portion of the Midwest saw their first round of significant snowfall for the season, including parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Missouri. 

First snow in Chicago ❄️ pic.twitter.com/XQHa9MQZzF

— Panda (@Amanda_luv_u) December 5, 2016

Chicago’s first snow of the season set a record for Dec. 4 with over six inches, which was plenty enough for some NFL snow angels

Luckily, too, the age of drones gives us a captivating birdseye views of the winter wonderlands, like this one from Madison, Wisconsin, where just under six inches of snow fell on Sunday. Read more…

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Jill Stein is now blasting Hillary Clinton and Twitter is very confused

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Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has dominated the news cycle over the past four days after igniting a country-wide effort challenging the results of the election. And yet she’s making news here again with a bizarre little Twitter rant against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump that has Twitter users… puzzled. 

First, let’s recap. Stein announced a crowdfunding effort on Wednesday to raise money for a vote recount in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, after a New York Magazine article suggested someone may have hacked voting machines in Wisconsin to tip that state’s ballots for Trump. Read more…

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Trump isn’t happy about the Green Party’s ‘ridiculous’ vote recount

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Donald Trump thinks this whole vote recount business is “ridiculous.” That’s not exactly surprising, but he’s also not just spouting a bunch of nonsense, either.

Trump issued a statement on Saturday afternoon calling the Green Party-led effort a “scam.” Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has raised nearly $6 million as of this writing to lead a recount in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan — all states where Trump has a combined lead of around 100,000 votes. 

“This recount is just a way for Jill Stein, who received less than one percent of the vote overall and wasn’t even on the ballots in many states, to fill her coffers with money, most of which she will never even spend on this ridiculous recount,” Trump said in a statement. “This is a scam by the Green Party for an election that has already been conceded, and the results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused, which is exactly what Jill Stein is doing.” Read more…

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign will now help Jill Stein’s vote recount

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Somehow, 2016 presidential election drama is not quite over. 

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign team will now cooperate with a Green Party-led effort to recount ballots in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, where the combined margin of victory for President-elect Donald Trump sits at just over 100,000 votes. The margin is small, but still much too large for the recount effort to provide hope for Clinton supporters. Concerns about voting booth hacking has fueled a grassroots-funded attempt to investigate the results in those states. 

Trump won in an eye-popping upset on Nov. 8, taking a series of states in the upper midwest thought to be Democratic strongholds.  Read more…

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Wisconsin is getting ready for a recount

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It looks like Jill Stein might get her recount. 

On Friday, the state’s Elections Commission announced that Stein, the Green Party presidential candidate, had officially filed for a recount, beating the deadline of 5 p.m. local time. 

“The Commission is preparing to move forward with a statewide recount of votes for President of the United States,” Mike Haas, director of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, said in a statement

Hass said that the commission would hold a teleconference with county clerks next week and that he anticipates “the recount will begin late in the week after the Stein campaign has paid the recount fee, which we are still calculating.”  Read more…

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