At a time when the nation is reeling from a series of mass shootings, there is widespread concern about safety in Cleveland. Increasing the worry is the nature of Trump’s campaign events, which have at times resulted in racially charged violence between his supporters and critics. The convention is expected to draw scores of protesters, ranging from Black Lives Matter to white-supremacist groups.
Thanks to Ohio's robust "concealed carry" law, Cleveland police are being reduced to begging protesters not to bring along their shooting irons.
In a terrible affront to both the Second Amendment and the constitutional doctrine of federalism, the Obama Secret Service has banned firearms inside the convention perimeter itself. But the biggest worry Republicans have about what goes on inside Quicken Loans Arena involves Team Trump's apparent disorganization in planning the convention. Six days out, and more than a week after Trump himself boasted the speaking schedule was full-to-overflowing, there's still no convention schedule available. A relative handful of isolated announcements have been made about this or that elected official agreeing to speak at the convention, in a sharp departure from the usual assumption that all of them would be there and most of them above the rank of dogcatcher would be offered three minutes during a sleepy afternoon session. We're all beginning to wonder if there will be a schedule in place when the convention officially opens on Monday.
Unruh and her team hosted one final conference call Sunday night. Perhaps as a reflection of the grass-roots nature of this latest effort, the call devolved into a cacophony of unmuted lines after about a half hour, as Unruh ended the formal portion of the call but activists and delegates aired out their many questions.
To my mind, this announcement today goes way beyond the Clinton/Sanders horserace or the Clinton/Trump race. If there is anyone to be celebrated here, it’s the millions of people—particularly young people—who pushed so hard during this campaign, and who have been slowly changing American politics outside the electoral realm.
One of the biggest challenges facing democracy—as opposed to liberalism—and democratic ways of thinking and doing things, is the sense, among a lot of citizens, that political action, whether in the electoral realm or the streets, doesn’t matter. That sense is not delusion; there’s a lot of evidence to suggest that on some fundamentals, it doesn’t matter, at least not yet. But you don’t change that common sense by repeating it over and over to people...
If this plan of Clinton’s does come to pass—again, a big if—it could help, ever so slightly (I stress that ever so slightly), change our sense, if we claim this victory as our own (not as a beneficent handout of an elite neoliberal politician but as a response to real pressure from citizens, particularly younger citizens who have been active in so many social movements these last few years), it could help change our sense of where power lies. It could help more people see what the good activist and the smart organizer already sees: that if we could just possibly get our shit together, we might, sometimes, find power elsewhere. Not power in the abstract, but power to change the concrete terms and conditions of our daily lives.
So here’s my new (really, hardly new at all, and actually not mine) political slogan, as we enter a season of (I hope) increasing, if ultimately finite, concessions from the neoliberal state: Take this, demand more, seize all.
Republican Party leaders, donors and important delegates will flock to Cleveland this week for a series of meetings and negotiations...
Any "moderates" still members of the Republican Party in July 2016 have only themselves to blame.
And it says more than a little about HRC that she allowed Sanders to take this extended victory lap in his speech prior to endorsing her formally, and that she and her campaign allowed a vigorous debate to take place over the platform. It was both personally classy and politically shrewd—especially since she had to know that the various phrenologists and seers in the campaign press corps were going to divine every blink of an eye on the podium for some hidden conflict or deeper meaning. She was also very gracious in her remarks toward his supporters, some of whom walked out in protest before she began.
CLEVELAND — Republicans moved closer on Tuesday toward adopting a platform that takes a strict, traditionalist view of the family and child rearing, prohibits military women from serving in combat roles and declares pornography to be a “public health crisis.”
It is a platform that at times seems to channel the bellicosity of the presumptive nominee, Donald J. Trump, with its calls to “destroy ISIS” and its belittling of the Obama administration as weak and inviting attacks from adversaries.
But, in other places, the document veers far to the right of Mr. Trump’s beliefs, especially as it addresses gay men, lesbians and transgender people. As delegates debated in two marathon sessions on Monday and Tuesday, they repeatedly rejected efforts by more moderate members of the Platform Committee to add language that would acknowledge antigay discrimination — something Mr. Trump has done himself.
What Republicans will most likely end up with when they formally vote next week to ratify the platform is a text heavy on moralizing and highly conservative in its views on gender roles, homosexuality and the protection of religious expression in government service.
The pornography provision was not in an initial draft that the Republican National Committee drew up and released on Sunday. But delegates added it in on Monday at the same time they were inserting many of the amendments opposing gay and transgender rights. It calls pornography “a public menace” that is especially harmful to children.
There is really very little to debate about the ethics of Ginsburg’s comments. They were plainly a violation, the kind of partisan partiality that judicial ethics codes strive to prevent. But Ginsburg, who is a quietly canny judicial and political strategist, surely knows that her comments were an ethical error. That leads to a fascinating question: Why would the justice risk her reputation and good standing—and even her power to hear cases involving Trump—for a few quick jabs at the candidate? The answer, I suspect, is that Ginsburg has decided to sacrifice some of her prestige in order to send as clear a warning signal about Trump as she possibly can. The subtext of Ginsburg’s comments, of her willingness to comment, is that Trump poses an unparalleled threat to this country—a threat so great that she will abandon judicial propriety in order to warn against looming disaster.
...Given all of these compelling reasons that Ginsburg should have refrained from speaking her mind about Trump, why did she take the risk? It seems clear that Ginsburg has made a very conscious decision to cash in her political capital after years of holding her fire. The justice is 83, and while she remains healthy and sharp, she probably won’t sit on the court for much longer. She won’t be impeached—Supreme Court justices must do much worse to suffer that sorry fate—and she can’t be voted out. In effect, Ginsburg has nothing to lose but her good name. And that, it seems, is what she has decided she is willing to risk if it might potentially rally her admirers against Trump’s looming peril.
Speaking at a memorial service at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas five days after rogue gunman Micah Johnson killed five police officers and wounded seven other officers patrolling a Black Lives Matter protest, Bush said "those of us who love Dallas and call it home have had five deaths in the family."
But the 43rd president urged the country not to give into fear or xenophobia in the wake of the attack.
"Too often we judge other groups by their worst examples while judging ourselves by our best intentions, and this has strained our bonds of understanding and common purpose," Bush said.
Though he didn't single out Trump by name, the brash billionaire loomed as the proverbial 800-pound gorilla in the room.
Trump suggested that a lack of training for officers might be at least partially to blame for the two police shootings that led to last Thursday’s protest in Dallas, where a lone gunman killed five in an act of vengeance against white officers. At the same time, Trump denounced the name of the Black Lives Matter movement as “a very divisive term.” [snip]
“When President Obama said the other day that he doesn’t think it’s as bad as people think, I think it’s far worse and certainly far worse than he believes it is,” Trump said. “We are in a divided nation. I looked two nights ago and you were having trouble in 11 different cities, big, big trouble. And the press actually plays it down.
“I mean, you were having big, big trouble in many cities. And I think that might be just the beginning for this summer.”
Until mid-week, they will be voting on America’s tax policies and the party’s orientation toward LGBT issues—but there are legitimate questions about their previous words and deeds.
For example, Cynthia Dunbar of Virginia once compared the gay rights movement to efforts “in pre-Holocaust Germany, as far as propaganda and presentation and swaying the whole mindset of a nation.”
Hardy Billington, of Missouri, took out an ad in a local paper saying that homosexuality is killing people at “two to three times the rate of smoking.”
The committee also features members such as Mary Forrester, of North Carolina, who wrote an op-ed in 2008 that alleged that the “homosexual agenda is seeking to change the course of Western Civilization” and that “most societies that condoned homosexual behavior did not survive past one generation.”
And David Barton, a committee member from Texas, believes that God is preventing the medical profession from finding a cure for HIV/AIDS, and claimed that gay people die “decades earlier” than others and have more than 500 partners apiece in their lifetimes.
Avery's Beverages, a 112-year-old soda maker in New Britain, is offering Trump Tonic and Hillary Hooch - named, of course, for Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.
It's the third straight presidential campaign that Avery's has offered candidate-based drinks. The company will also be conducting a highly unscientific straw poll to track the race.
Trump Tonic comes with the slogan, "Make America grape again." It's got a bolder flavor than traditional grape soda and is a bit more acidic, says Rob Metz, Avery's general manager.
Today, my hero, Bernie Sanders, endorsed Hillary Clinton, a woman that I truly believe is sociopathic, for the office of the President of the United States ...
Bernie Sanders is a prophet and a Buddha...
Bernie Sanders is The Truth...
I, like you, wanted Bernie to win the Presidency and there is little doubt that he could have done so through an Independent run...
Bernie Sanders just saved millions of lives...
The resulting divisions in the religious right movement have grown so deep that, 40 years after its creation, the very existence of this previously unified and politically powerful voting bloc is under threat. “The only thing about [Trump] that makes him vote-worthy is that he’s a Republican,” Farris says. “If that’s it, then we’re the church glee club for the Republican Party—and not the Christian right.”
As a lifelong registered Democrat who supported Bernie Sanders, I can't support the party's nominee this cycle. I will now vote Libertarian. Thanks for providing us with a reliable third party Gary Johnson.
the unpronounceable Reince Priebus
They could have picked Marco Rubio, the Cuban-American freshman senator from Florida, who openly declared the Senate a waste of his time and had its highest absentee record. [...] He was mysteriously considered to be a ‘moderate’, despite hardline positions on Creationism, gay rights, military intervention, immigration, environmental regulation etc. On climate change, although he comes from the state most threatened by rising seas, he notably declared that ‘you can’t change the weather’ by passing a law in Washington. Asked how old the earth is, he replied: ‘I’m not a scientist, man.’ He has proposed completely eliminating the taxes paid by the rich: capital gains, dividends, interest, estate and property. He believes that abortion has become an ‘industry’: ‘You’ve created an incentive for people to be pushed into abortions so that those tissues can be harvested and sold for a profit.’
They could have picked Ted Cruz, the freshman senator from Texas. Cruz may be unique among politicians anywhere in that every mention of his name is always accompanied by remarks on his loathsomeness.
He supports Trump’s plan to deport 11 million undocumented migrants immediately – 3 per cent of the US population – but, unlike Trump, he would not allow what Trump calls the ‘good ones’ to reapply. He believes that the 1992 United Nations resolution Agenda 21 – a non-binding call for environmental sustainability signed by 178 heads of state, including George Bush Sr, is an attempt to ‘abolish … golf courses, grazing passages, and paved roads’. According to Cruz, ‘the originator of this grand scheme is George Soros, who candidly supports socialism and believes that global development must progress through eliminating national sovereignty and private property.’ He has said that ‘the scientific evidence doesn’t support global warming,’ and that there ‘has been no significant warming whatsoever for the last 18 years’. He maintains that ‘Sharia law is an enormous problem’ in the United States.
With the Republican convention only days away, many Republicans, worried about their own re-election, have decided to stay away. Even Ohio governor John Kasich is avoiding the most important Republican event in his state since 1936. They are appalled that, given the ‘well-qualified and diverse field of candidates’, the voters have chosen a man of so little knowledge and such extremist views.
In an apparent sign that US Senator Elizabeth Warren will not be named Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Warren was invited by Clinton’s campaign Tuesday to deliver a prime-time address on the first night of the Democratic convention this month — a marquee speaking slot, but one that is earlier than vice-presidential picks typically appear.
So what's the upshot? If you're a Hillary supporter, the Q polls should be a source of concern but not worry. The Q poll has been consistently more friendly to the GOP. They appear to be modeling an electorate that is more white than recent elections suggest. But the move in Florida is substantial. (Also worth noting is that Monmouth yesterday released a poll with Trump ahead by two points in Iowa, another key swing state.) More to the point, the national numbers are just pretty close. They're ranging from a 3 to 6 point margin in the PollTracker average. I would certainly prefer to see Clinton further ahead. But her margin also seems remarkably durable, despite the real and deep-seated doubts about her in the electorate.
This is one of those days on which I'm glad I was raised Catholic and, therefore, was schooled in the difference between venial and mortal sin. Because anyone who thinks that RBG's honest assessment of the vulgar talking yam is on a par with A.) Antonin Scalia's hunting trips with Dick Cheney, or B.) the majority in Bush v. Gore including one justice (Scalia) whose son got a job with the administration that poppa helped install and another (Thomas) whose wife did, too, needs to seriously examine their consciences more than they did.
Blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, foreigners of all stripes: they're all grist for Trump's crusade to convince white voters that they're surrounded by rapists, murderers, terrorists, and assorted other predators who want to take their jobs away and impoverish them. It's his whole campaign.
This is loathsome. For years it's been clear that the Republican Party could only win by turning out an ever greater share of the white vote. But by 2012 they seemed to have done everything they possibly could: Fox News stoked the xenophobia, Republican legislatures passed voter ID laws, and outreach to white evangelicals had reached saturation levels. What more did they have on their plate? Now we know the answer: nominate a guy who doesn't play around with dog whistles anymore. Instead he comes out and flatly runs as the candidate of white America, overtly attacking every minority group he can think of. That shouldn't work. In the year 2016, it should alienate at least as many white voters as it captures. But so far it seems to be doing at least moderately well.
This has posed a real dilemma for those of us covering his campaign. How do you write about a speech filled with so many wild insinuations? How do you report on Trump’s baseless statements without just giving them a wider audience? What’s the responsible way to fact-check Donald Trump?
As it turns out, lots of journalists are grappling with these questions. I called up Lucas Graves, a journalism professor at the University of Wisconsin Madison and author of the forthcoming book Deciding What's True: The Rise of Political Fact-Checking in American Journalism. He argues that Trump is actually pushing journalism into a new era, emboldening newsrooms to be more aggressive in calling him out. Below is our conversation, lightly edited for length and clarity.
An NBC News whip count of convention Rules Committee delegates finds that the Free the Delegates movement -- a grassroots group of delegates pushing a rules change to allow bound delegates to vote their "conscience" -- can count on at least 16 delegates open to the change based on delegates' public statements, backgrounds and social media profiles.
That's more than halfway to the 28 votes Trump detractors would need to produce a minority report on their proposal, which would give it a vote on the convention floor. At least four more delegates are undecided, while the positions of another 22 remain unknown and 68 have either gone on-record as opposed or their history of support for Trump suggests they would be.
The effort could get a boost from Utah Sen. Mike Lee and his wife, two delegates on the Rules Committee that both the Trump campaign and Free the Delegates operatives expect to vote in favor of the conscience clause. Lee was an early endorser and remains a good friend of Sen. Ted Cruz, and remains fiercely critical of the presumptive GOP nominee.
Yes, located within the security perimeter is the first-ever Freedom Marketplace. The Marketplace will be a shopping opportunity showcasing 24 vendors selling merchandise ranging from political memorabilia to GOP themed gifts, souvenirs, jewelry, gift items, and more. Federal Express will be on site to provide shipping services for all Marketplace purchases, including large items and items that aren't permitted inside The Q.
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Yesterday the electoral vote estimator and the Presidential Meta-Margin finally moved – sharply, by 0.8% toward Donald Trump. This was caused by a string of four Florida polls favorable to him: two partisan pollsters plus Gravis and Quinnipiac. If this shift is real, it looks like it happened within a few days of June 25th. What would be the cause of that? Waiting to see whether it’s lasting.
"Our movement cannot follow Bernie into the corporate-controlled Democratic Party or support a presidential candidate backed to the hilt by the same billionaire class we need to fight," Sawant wrote in an email. "Socialist Alternative and I are calling on Sanders supporters to continue the political revolution by backing Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein and joining our efforts to build a new party for the 99%."
Night 1: A Benghazi focus, followed by border patrol agents and Mr. Shaw, whose son was killed by an undocumented immigrant. Senator Cotton, Mr. Giuliani, Melania Trump, Ms. Ernst and others.
Night 2: A focus on the economy: Mr. White, president of the U.F.C.; Asa Hutchinson, the governor of Arkansas; Michael Mukasey, the former United States attorney general; Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a vice-presidential possibility; Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader; Tiffany Trump; Donald Trump Jr. and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin.
Night 3: Ms. Bondi; Ms. Collins; Newt Gingrich, a former House speaker; Senator Ted Cruz of Texas; Eric Trump; Ms. Gulbis; and the nominee for vice president.
Night 4: Mr. Tebow; Representative Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee; Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma; Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman; Gov. Rick Scott of Florida; Peter Thiel; Mr. Barrack; Ivanka Trump; Donald J. Trump.
Sam Nunberg, in a legal answer to a $10 million lawsuit claiming Nunberg violated a confidentiality agreement, said
Trump may have illegally funneled corporate money into the campaign, and created a fictitious company that was listed as a plaintiff in the lawsuit.
The unnamed Mexicans, Muslims, Israelis, farmers, doctors, and truckers who have shaped the candidate’s policies.
Now that he's endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, Bernie Sanders is gearing up to launch a set of liberal organizations aimed at continuing his push for a "political revolution."
One of the groups will be focused on crafting policy while another one will be devoted to recruiting and boosting liberal candidates to run for office, according to a source with knowledge of the plans. Potentially, a third organization would be some kind of political action committee focused on registering new voters.
Mrs. Clinton’s six-percentage-point lead over the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump, in a CBS News poll last month has evaporated. The two candidates are now tied in a general election matchup, the new poll indicates, with each receiving the support of 40 percent of voters.
America's ultimate showman, Donald Trump, has turned his search for a Republican vice presidential pick into a real-life political thriller.
He spent Wednesday beguiling the media and playing on the hopes of his final few candidates to build tension, drama and -- perhaps -- a climactic final plot twist.
Trump is on the cusp of making the most important decision yet in his short but explosive political career. He said late Wednesday that he will announce who will join him on the GOP ticket at 11 a.m. on Friday.
But despite his image as confident boardroom manager who delighted in decisively telling unfortunate saps "You're Fired," Trump has seemingly found the real-life quest for a political partner a little more difficult.
Indeed, he seems to be caught in a classic tug of love, between his heart — apparently yearning for a combative wingman like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — and his head, which may lean toward the more conventional political selection of someone like Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
"The celebrities planning to be in Cleveland next week include Caitlyn Jenner, a former Olympian, reality television star and transgender advocate, and musical acts Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rascal Flatts and Big & Rich."
"The Democrats traditionally draw more A-list celebrities, and this year will be no different. Among the actors and recording artists planning to attend are Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, Fergie, Lenny Kravitz, Idina Menzel and Bryan Cranston."
...a 600-person poll has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4 percentage points. But that number pertains to one candidate’s vote share only. The margin of error for the difference separating the candidates is roughly twice that, or almost 8 percentage points. That means in a state where Clinton is really up by 5 percentage points, about 1 in every 40 polls will show her up by 13 percentage points (!) or more. And about 1 in every 40 polls will show Trump ahead by 3 points or more.
... you should trust a pollster more if it’s willing to publish the occasional “outlier.” Clinton probably isn’t winning Colorado by 13 percentage points right now or losing Pennsylvania by 6 points. But the fact that Monmouth and Quinnipiac are willing to publish such results are a sign that they’re letting their data speak for itself. In the long run, that’s what leads to more accurate polling.
[Michele] Bachmann shared an anecdote she said came from a meeting with the reality-TV-star-turned-GOP-presidential-candidate.
“He even said, ‘I don’t understand, when I was growing up, everybody said Merry Christmas. Even my Jews would say Merry Christmas,’” she explained. “’New York City, there are a lot of Jews, and they would even say Merry Christmas. Why can’t we even say Merry Christmas anymore?’”
"I feel it like a fire inside my belly. If Trump wins, I'll kill him myself."
I whipped my head around and just stared at her and her fists clenched in little balls of fury (not disappointed, just surprised, she is the sweetest, most thoughtful and empathetic, caring kid I think I've ever met) and she very matter of factly said,
Sorry, that's just how I feel. I need to express myself."
As anyone who read our Trevor Noah interview yesterday knows, The Daily Show is sending its entire show to cover both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. The cameramen are going. The writers are going. The interns are going. And, yes, the correspondents are going.
Our report found that the campaign is producing an alarming level of fear and anxiety among children of color and inflaming racial and ethnic tensions in the classroom. Many students worry about being deported. [...]
Many children, however, are not afraid at all. Rather, some are using the word Trump as a taunt or as a chant as they gang up on others. Muslim children are being called terrorist or ISIS or bomber. [...]
“Students are hearing more hate language than I have ever heard at our school before,” says a high school teacher in Helena, Montana. Another teacher reports that a fifth-grader told a Muslim student “that he was supporting Donald Trump because he was going to kill all of the Muslims if he became president!” [...}
The gains made by years of anti-bullying work in schools have been rolled back in a few short months. Teachers report that students have been “emboldened” to use slurs, engage in name-calling and make inflammatory statements toward each other. When confronted, students point to the candidates and claim they are “just saying what everyone is thinking.” Kids use the names of candidates as pejoratives to taunt each other.
“The Senator made the difficult decision not to file minority reports,” Gunnels wrote in the email, which was sent to all of Sanders’s representatives on the Democratic convention Platform Committee and forwarded to this blog. “You should be receiving an e-mail soon from the Senator about the next steps in the political revolution.”
This dry language actually amounts to a very significant declaration: What it means is that the Sanders campaign will not further contest the makeup of the Democratic platform at the convention, even though Sanders did not get all the changes to the platform he had hoped for. Previously, the Sanders campaign had intimated that — even after he endorsed Clinton — it would file minority reports indicating his disagreement with various aspects of the Dem platform, which could have perhaps led to continuing disillusionment among his 13 million voters, whom Clinton very much wants to win over starting now.
This matters for two reasons: First, it shows that Sanders actually did get a great deal of what he had hoped for into the platform. And second, it suggests that, while there may still be some lingering conflicts over various matters involving rules, the convention will go a lot more smoothly than many had expected — and so will the process of Democratic unity.
Damn them all now.
Damn the delegates who will vote for this man. Damn the professional politicians who will fall in line behind him or, worse, will sit back and hope this all blows over so the Republican Party once again will be able to relegate the poison this man has unleashed to the backwaters of the modern conservative intellectual mainstream, which is where it has been useful for over four decades. Damn the four hopeless sycophants who want to share a stage with him for four months. Damn all the people who will come here and speak on his behalf. Damn all the thoughtful folk who plumb his natural appeal for anything deeper than pure hatred.
Damn all the people who will vote for him, and damn any progressives who sit this one out because Hillary Rodham Clinton is wrong on this issue or that one. Damn all the people who are suggesting they do that. And damn all members of the media who treat this dangerous fluke of a campaign as being in any way business as usual. Any support for He, Trump is, at this point, an act of moral cowardice. Anyone who supports him, or runs with him, or enables his victory, or even speaks well of him, is a traitor to the American idea.
Damn, to name one, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny-starver from the state of Wisconsin, now exposed as the feckless political weakling he's always been. On Wednesday, during an inexcusable CNN-sponsored informercial for himself, Ryan was asked the only question that mattered:
But the challenge facing Ryan was clear when he was asked a question by Zachary Marcone, a Republican who said he couldn't support Trump because he is "openly racist." "Can you tell me, how can you morally justify your support for this kind of candidate?" Marcone asked.
Ryan responded like the spineless careerist tool he's always been.
"You're going to help elect Hillary Clinton and I don't think Hillary Clinton is supporting any of the things you stand for if you're a Republican."
In other words, if we don't elect this authoritarian wild man, I won't get to gut Medicare the way I've always wanted to.
If I were Ryan, I'd put that on a bumper sticker.
But the challenge facing Ryan was clear when he was asked a question by Zachary Marcone, a Republican who said he couldn't support Trump because he is "openly racist." "Can you tell me, how can you morally justify your support for this kind of candidate?" Marcone asked.
"You're going to help elect Hillary Clinton and I don't think Hillary Clinton is supporting any of the things you stand for if you're a Republican."
I got rid of the Twitter search. I unfollowed the cadre of poor souls like Katy Tur and Sopan Deb who do a very good job of covering the Trump campaign hour by hour. I deliberately avoided joints like the Times and The Washington Post, lest I see that puckered dog’s ass of a face by accident. I also avoided the major news networks, which is an extremely easy sacrifice to make, but still. I took a vow to not say his name out loud. This was not some bullshit exercise in media self-flagellation for overcovering him, mind you. I think Trump should be covered a lot. This was strictly for my own private well-being.
My goal was to avoid any mention of Trump for a week. I took my family to the beach and sequestered myself from any notion of making America great again. And I kept a Trump Journal, detailing every encounter with the name, like a person on a diet keeping a calorie count.
Do you know something we don't or did you mean 2024?
Tebow wasn't awful football-wise, but erratic on his throws and way rusty
Nationally, Pence is perhaps best known for signing into law a mean-spirited “religious liberty” bill targeting LGBTQ people—then revising the measure after its discriminatory purpose sparked coast-to-coast outcry. The religious liberty flap demonstrated that Pence is casually anti-gay, startlingly craven, and extraordinarily vacuous. All these qualities make him the ideal choice for Trump’s vice president.
@toddzwillich: Just to make sure this is seen: Congress just left for the summer with no funding bill for Zika prevention or vaccine. Good luck, babies.
"Oh, he has a bumper sticker? Eh, maybe it's ironic."
"Oh no. It's not ironic. He told me straight up he's voting for Trump."
"Well, voting's a deeply personal thing and..."
"He's publicly supporting Trump. He's giving interviews and stuff."
"Well, y'know, freedom of speech and all that..."
"And now he's a delegate for Trump."
"I mean, it makes sense that Thiel's voting Republican. Maybe he just wants to be involved in the political process and go to Clevel..."
"And now he's giving a speech at the convention."
"Awww c'mon, man."
Planting Peace arranged for this lovely billboard to go up in Cleveland today, taking a stab at the Republican party's long-running stance against gay rights.
The billboard is located on West 25th Street, visible to southbound traffic passing over the railroad (near Porco).
As you can see in the illustration, Sen. Ted Cruz is cupping the feathery runoff of Donald Trump's "hair," fulfilling the sexual tension that so clearly danced across debate stages earlier this year. Love trumps hate, indeed.
In an interview with the Washington Examiner on Thursday, the Republican nominee said he wishes he could join in the craze over the new smartphone game “Pokemon Go.”
Asked if he’s played the game, Trump said no.
“I don’t, but people are playing it. No question about it,” he said. “I do not. I wish I had time.”
Thiel’s rather extreme views might best be captured in an essay he wrote for Cato Unbound in which he described his dismay at women having been given the vote and his hatred of welfare:
‘The 1920s were the last decade in American history during which one could be genuinely optimistic about politics. Since 1920, the vast increase in welfare beneficiaries and the extension of the franchise to women — two constituencies that are notoriously tough for libertarians — have rendered the notion of “capitalist democracy” into an oxymoron.’
Republican nominee Donald Trump is defending his friend Fox News CEO Roger Ailes from accusations that he sexually harassed female employees.
In an interview Thursday with the Washington Examiner, Trump said he doesn't believe the allegations recently leveled against the 76-year-old Fox News chief executive. "I think they are unfounded, just based on what I've read. Totally unfounded based on what I've read."
Kolkata-based tea company TE-A-ME sent 6,000 bags of Assam green tea to Trump, delivered at the Trump Towers in New York.
TE-A-ME expects that the tea would last Trump four years, if he drinks three cups a day. The five-Kg. (11 pound) package was sent with a friendly message that more is available, if he needs it. Of course, hopefully, Trump would be ‘cleansed’ and purged of all his xenophobia and racism that he’s let loose at voters and the people living in America, after 6.000 bags of Green tea.
An online video message TE-A-ME had this to offer: “Dear Mr. Trump, Namaste from India. We are sending you lots and lots of natural green tea. It fights against harmful free radicals. It helps purify mind and body and regain a healthy balance. It has also proven to make people smarter. Please Mr. Trump drink the tea. For your sake, for America’s sake, for the world’s sake.”
Clinton delivered a timely Pokemon joke at a campaign stop in Annandale, Va. telling the crowd, “I don’t know who created Pokemon Go, but I’m trying to figure out how we get them to have Pokemon Go…to the polls.”
The Trump campaign decided it would one-up Clinton, posting a video to Facebook showing a mock-Pokemon Go game called “Crooked Hillary No,” in which a user attempts to catch clinton.
In the video a trainer captures the Democratic hopeful, who of course has a Combat Power of 1. Her type is listed as “Career Politician” which is apparently a bad thing. Hillary’s next evolution reads “Unemployed,” and there’s an entirely new stat called “Leaked Emails” that clocks in at 30,000. Because she did that thing that time. Remember?
While that’s an exceptionally high number for any monster stat, it remains unclear what effect, if any, it has during actual battle.
Gov. Mike Pence is dropping his re-election bid in Indiana to become Donald Trump’s running mate.
IndyStar has confirmed that Trump plans to announce Pence as his selection for vice president, ending a weeks-long vice presidential casting call during which Trump vetted a handful of high-profile Republicans.
Since Pence became governor of Indiana in 2013, he has signed multiple anti-abortion bills into law, including a measure that prohibits private insurance providers from offering abortion coverage. Under his leadership in 2015, Indiana experienced a devastating HIV outbreak, which was exacerbated by the closure of a Planned Parenthood clinic that was the only HIV testing center in the county. The clinic had closed due to Pence’s cuts to Planned Parenthood’s funding.
in March, Pence signed one of the worst anti-abortion omnibus bills in the country into law. Among other things, it requires doctors to offer women the “remains” of the fetus after an abortion.
Indiana women were so frustrated with Pence’s apparent preoccupation with their reproductive organs this year that they started a “Periods for Pence” campaign, giving him details of their menstrual cycles. One woman even invited Pence to her gynecologist appointment.
I have deep reservations about what Congress has not done in the 15 months this war has been going on...We're in an undeclared war that the president started on August 8, 2014 and that Congress has refused to debate and vote on it as the Constitution requires. But as the ISIL threat and this U.S. involvement continues to expand, I do think Congress is going to have to confront and really engage with the administration on what the strategy is and how much of it we are willing to authorize.
The UN Security Council passed a resolution in February 2014 calling for delivery of humanitarian aid inside Syria to the refugees there, and virtually nothing has been done about that. I have been along with some colleagues of both parties, one who suggested, "Look, with that Security Council resolution giving us a legal authority, I think we ought to be very vigorous in delivering aid into Syria to refugees there creating a safe space for them, even if that means it has to be enforced militarily." I think if we had done that, we wouldn't have seen 4 million people fleeing the country.
But Pence’s possible addition to the Donald Trump ticket doesn't seem to have swayed Charles Koch, who has sharply criticized Trump’s harsh rhetoric and policies. Koch has opted to focus his federal political activity on helping Republicans retain their Senate majority instead of the presidential race. (In an interview with Fortune this week, Koch said choosing between Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton was like picking “cancer or a heart attack.”)
Before Mike Pence was bestowed the responsibility of governor of Indiana, he served six terms in Congress from 2001-2013. [snip]As a Republican member of Congress, Pence strongly opposed the Affordable Care Act and worked to decrease tax hikes. He worked to strongly limit reproductive rights, advocated for conservatism in traditional marriage, voted no on government bailouts and stimulus packages, and voted no for additional federal funding for education, amongst many other things.[snip]
On the issue of immigration, Pence worked in Congress to end birthright citizenship, a proposal that aimed to deny children automatic citizenship if they were born in the U.S. to illegal immigrant parents.
After word of Pence’s supposed selection began circulating, the Trump camp hastened to say nothing had been settled.
“A decision will be made in the near future and the announcement will be tomorrow at 11 a.m. in New York,” campaign Chairman Paul Manafort wrote on Twitter.
Trump’s son, Donald Jr., said on MSNBC that — despite reports to the contrary — his father was still choosing between Pence and two other finalists, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
He could end up picking someone else entirely, the junior Trump added. “You never know,” he said. “He’s still my dad.” [snip]
In a 16-minute video monologue Thursday on his Facebook page, Gingrich said Trump’s chief legal vetter, Washington lawyer A.B. Culvahouse, had asked him and his wife, Callista, 113 questions and required more than a decade of tax returns and a list of everything he’d ever written.
Maybe he's the VP nom.
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NEWT GINGRICH: Western civilization is in a war. We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in Sharia, they should be deported. Sharia is incompatible with Western civilization. Modern Muslims who have given up Sharia, glad to have them as citizens.
New NBC/WSJ/Marist polls:
CO: Clinton 43, Trump 35
FL: Clinton 44, Trump 37
NC: Clinton 44, Trump 38
VA: Clinton 44, Trump 35
A certain number of the disengaged insist that Trump isn’t really as bad as all that. And there may indeed be another universe in which Donald Trump is one more blowhard billionaire with mixed-up politics but a basically benevolent heart, a Ross Perot type, or perhaps more like Arnold Schwarzenegger, preaching some confused combination of populism and self-help and doomed to flounder when he comes to power. This would not be the worst thing imaginable. Unfortunately, that universe is not this one. Trump is unstable, a liar, narcissistic, contemptuous of the basic norms of political life, and deeply embedded among the most paranoid and irrational of conspiracy theorists. There may indeed be a pathos to his followers’ dreams of some populist rescue for their plights. But he did not come to political attention as a “populist”; he came to politics as a racist, a proponent of birtherism...
In honor of next week's RNC, the beloved local ice cream chain has added four new menu items, including a zingy Donald Trump-inspired You're Fired sorbet made with passion fruit and jalapeno.
Also on the menu is the tasty Elephant Tracks, which has "the big-tent appeal of chocolate peanut butter ice cream with Spanish peanuts and fudge brownie pieces."
The Gipper sundae comes with red raspberry topping over vanilla bean ice cream and a side of Ronald Reagan's favorite Jelly Bellies. "Reminds some of old movies, a beloved grandfather, morning in America, and a simpler time" says the menu.
Ryan also encouraged the vice presidential pick to "get a little outside [his] comfort zone" and scripted rallies and "speak with nontraditional voters who aren't used to seeing Republicans and who haven't heard our message."
"[Go] to the minority communities. Go into the inner cities. Go into bastions of Democrats and present your case," Ryan continued. "Give people in this country a flavor of what our ideas look like."
After he announced last month that his convention was going to be a “winners’ night,” in addition to reports that he had an in with renowned sports agent Ari Emanuel, what were we to expect? Without Tebow, there is no winning. Now apparently, even Bobby Knight will be a no show, though the legendary basketball coach will reportedly video-conference in, along with failed presidential candidate Marco Rubio. So which “great sports people,” as suggested by Trump, will actually be in attendance? Hold onto your hats, folks: Natalie Gulbis, the 484th best female golfer in the world, is scheduled to show up for Trump, as is U.F.C. president Dana White.
Beyond these top-notch members of the sports world, the Trump clan will of course be in attendance in what promises to be a Brady Bunch–style showing. And Trump’s former primary rivals Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, and Mike Huckabee are expected to speak, as are the arguably reluctant Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell—the latter of whom is set to introduce the nominee’s 22-year-old daughter, Tiffany Trump. With this golden ticket of a convention lineup, it’s hard to even imagine the winners a President Trump would pick for his cabinet.
That tweet definitely hits the right note of solemnity after the attack.
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Their anti-Pence video was posted just 15 minutes after Trump's announcement.
In an exclusive interview with USA TODAY, the Vermont senator detailed plans to launch educational and political organizations within the next few weeks to keep his progressive movement alive. The Sanders Institute will help raise awareness of "enormous crises” facing Americans. The Our Revolution political organization will help recruit, train and fund progressive candidates' campaigns. And a third political organization may play a more direct role in campaign advertising.
Sanders plans to support at least 100 candidates running for a wide range of public offices — from local school boards to Congress — at least through the 2016 elections. And he’ll continue to raise funds for candidates while campaigning for them all over the country. He said he probably will campaign for Tim Canova, a progressive primary challenger to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, who chairs the Democratic National Committee.
Nearly 24,000 people have signed up on Sanders' website for information about running for office or helping people run for office in response to a June 16 video address in which Sanders urged his supporters to take action. At subsequent events, Sanders met privately with groups of those people, talking with them in “professorial mode” about why he originally ran for office, said Shannon Jackson, who will head Our Revolution.
Standing on his own, would Donald Trump be a good president of the United States?
That's not the question we have in front of us. We have a binary choice. It is either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. So what's the point of entertaining hypotheticals that do not exist. That's not the question we're facing. We're facing ...
Well, it's not a hypothetical. He could be elected. Would he be a good president?
We're facing Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. And I do believe that Donald Trump would be a far better president than Hillary Clinton. I think Donald Trump will pick better Supreme Court justices. I think Donald Trump will sign better legislation into law that gets our country on a better path than Hillary Clinton. That's the choice in front of us and that is why I'm supporting Donald Trump.
What does he need to change to be a good president?
Well, you know he and I have talked about this. I think — I just think improving temperament and inclusive rhetoric, and an agenda that invites people into our party is something that I think anybody going from a primary to a general election needs a transition.
I find what happens is both parties speak to their party bases to win their primary elections, but what I think is necessary to have a national election worthy of being a majority party, we have to sell converts to conservatism. We have to go out and explain why our principles apply equally and universally to everybody and why our ideas are better than the alternatives.
If only there were contraptions capable of carrying people great distances at great speed, then Sarah wouldn’t need many months’ notice to make it to Ohio from Alaska in time:
Fun fact: Palin’s introduction to the country as McCain’s VP choice in 2008 was at a rally held in … Ohio. She traveled overnight by private plane from Alaska to get there. Her last major public appearance on Trump’s behalf, the speech where she called #NeverTrumpers “RATs,” was delivered in Denver, just a few hours’ flight from Cleveland. There’s no such thing as a “long ways away.”
Speaking of Ivanka, I think her speech may be the most important of the convention besides Trump’s and not because of what it’ll do for his polling. If Trump goes down in flames this year, there’ll be a power vacuum at the top of his nationalist movement. There’s no obvious inheritor to lead it: Jeff Sessions will be 70 this fall and doesn’t have Trump’s charisma, and a guy like Chris Christie would have to not only reinvent himself politically but become a lot more likable. Palin would be a good match on policy, at least at this point, but not enough people take her seriously anymore. Given the Le Pen precedent in France, it’s not nuts to think that Ivanka could establish herself as a political player if she impresses next week. I get no sense from her that she’s committed to dad’s agenda, just to dad himself, but since she’s a political cipher it’d be easy for her to reinvent herself as a Marion Marechal Le Pen — if she wanted to. I think Trump’s hardcore fans would dig having her at the head of the movement too, not only because she seems smarter and certainly more charming than the old man but because Trump’s cult of personality logically requires another Trump to take the reins after he leaves the scene. Who else is fit to wear the crown of King Donald except his true heir? We’ll see how she does. Maybe, after the election, she’ll get bored with politics and go back to hobnobbing with power players in Manhattan and donating to Democrats. The apple doesn’t roll far from the tree.
"He felt as if Stillson might have taken the game of the Laughing Tiger a step further: inside the beast-skin, a man, yes. But inside the man-skin, a beast."
...the whole matter turned from rabbinic to political, something which was never intended...
Trump urged banning Muslims from entering the country. Pence called the idea unconstitutional.
Trump has called for blowing up America’s free-trade pacts. Pence has been a full-throated supporter of NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership on the ground that they have helped business in his state. [snip] Trump has ruled out cutting Social Security benefits and opposes changing Medicare. Pence has called for privatizing both programs and reducing benefits for Americans under the age of 40.
Trump has said: “In all truth, I don’t care whether or not a person is gay.”
Pence has called on Congress to “oppose any effort to put gay and lesbian relationships on an equal legal status with heterosexual marriage.”
As often happens, Donald Trump has had conflicting views on the topic. Back in November, he argued that "Janet Yellen should have raised the rates" — a tight-money policy that could cause the economy to slow down. Then in May, Trump took a seemingly contradictory position, saying that Yellen "is a low interest rate person, she’s always been a low-interest-rate person, and let’s be honest, I’m a low-interest-rate person."
But while Trump’s views on monetary policy are vague and seemingly contradictory, his running mate Gov. Mike Pence’s views are clear and — for fans of monetary stimulus — rather ominous.Pence believes in "sound" — that is, tight — money
"During 2008 and 2009, the Fed pushed well over $1 trillion into the financial system in an attempt to rein in unemployment through more government stimulus," Pence argued in a November 2010 speech. "Yet the national jobless rate has been well above 9 percent for a record-tying 18 straight months."
"Printing money is no substitute for sound fiscal policy. The Fed can print more money, but it can’t print jobs."[snip] In his 2010 speech, Pence called on Congress to drop the employment half of the Fed’s mandate. That, presumably, would mean that the Fed would do less to contain the next recession, which could lead to greater job losses.[snip] Pence also flirted with returning to the gold standard.
Trump’s pick came after three days of in-depth calls back-and-forth with evangelical leaders on whether Pence or former House Speaker Newt Gingrich would better appeal to their constituents. “He really is giving weight to the evangelical vote—it was his primary consideration,” Falwell says. “I made it clear to him that myself, and I believe the evangelical world, would strongly embrace either one.”
Needless to say, having rumors out there that you thought about dumping your vice presidential pick 12 hours after his name started leaking is a bad thing. If you're Mike Pence, you just affixed your brand to Trump's for the next four months -- and perhaps the rest of your career -- and the botched handling of the VP rollout has now culminated in this. Not exactly a confidence-booster.
If anything, this leak is just the latest proof of how poorly the whole thing has been handled. And that poor handling, in turn, makes the rumor seem quite plausible.