Thursday, July 28, 2016


Nobody's better. Obama headlines a night of devastating smack-downs of Donald Trump
Obama: “Not me, not Bill, nobody” has been more qualified for president than Hillary
“America is already great”: President Obama’s moving DNC speech lifts Hillary, destroys Trump
He's less attacking Trump as making him seem small and petty in comparison to the picture of America he's painting. We heard a lot about how Obama was going to take it to Donald Trump. And he did. But it wasn't in a way that I would have expected . . .
Obama to Democrats booing Donald Trump: “Don’t boo. Vote.”
Clinton joined Obama on stage after his speech [watch]


Why Obama campaigning for Clinton is unusual — and historic

Other highlights from Day Three

Joe Biden
Joe goes on the attack: Biden electrifies DNC with fierce takedown of Trump
Joe Biden’s DNC speech made patriotism liberal again



Tim Kaine
Tim Kaine’s DNC speech was about making Democrats, not the GOP, the party of moral values
"Trump is a guy who promises a lot, but you might have noticed he's got a way of saying the same two words every time he makes his biggest, hugest promises," Kaine mocked. "'Believe me.' It's going to be great, 'believe me.' We're going to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it, 'believe me.' We're going to destroy ISIS so fast, 'believe me.' There's nothing suspicious in my tax returns, 'believe me.'
Tim Kaine Makes Appeal To GOP Voters: ‘We've Got A Home For You Here’ 



Michael Bloomberg trashes Trump, as only a fellow New York billionaire can
Michael Bloomberg’s speech made the Hillary hater’s case for Hillary
"Let's Elect A Sane, Competent Person"
"I'm a New Yorker, and I know a con when I see one."
There are very few endorsements that are going to matter in this presidential election, but Michael Bloomberg’s might be one of them.  



Leon Panetta gets booed
Panetta: We Cannot Afford Trump's 'Unstable' Leadership

Former CIA chief: Trump 'beyond the pale,' not qualified to be president

The gun issue
Democrats are finally playing offense on gun control

Gabby Giffords delivers moving endorsement of Hillary Clinton
Watch the arresting, emotional speech an Orlando shooting victim's mother gave at the DNC

Humanizing Hillary

Hillary's historic nomination: how the front pages handled it


Tim Kaine's wife quits her job as Virginia's Education Secretary
She has even been talked up as a potential replacement for Kaine's Senate seat should he become vice president, a position that McAullife would fill. A special election would then occur in 2017 — and then again in 2018 when Kaine's term runs out. . . 

Another reason why the Dem Convention is beating the GOP Convention -- better signs

Democrats have stolen the GOP's best rhetoric — and Republicans have noticed 

Why people care about Hillary's deceptions more than Trumpy's much worse deceptions

Trumpy has boiled the frog in reducing our sensitivity to his outrages. But isn't this a MAJOR problem?
Trump: 'I Hope' Russia Stole Hillary Clinton's Deleted Emails!
There’s a temptation among some to believe Americans have seen it all before. No matter of ridiculous politics can get, no matter how outlandish an election, no matter how severe the dysfunction, there are those who will tell you there’s nothing politically new under the sun. Those people are wrong. We’ve never seen anything like this. . . .
Later, asked by NBC’s Katy Tur if he had “any qualms about asking a foreign government, Russia, China, anybody, to interfere, to hack into a system of anybody in this country,” Trump said “They probably have them. If they have them, I’d like to have them released” and “it gives me no pause.”

Trump just asked Putin to help him beat Clinton. We have fallen through the looking glass . . . [read on]
"This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent," Jake Sullivan, Clinton's top national security and foreign policy adviser, said in a statement. "That's not hyperbole, those are just the facts. This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue." . . .
Donald Trump’s Appeal to Russia Shocks Foreign Policy Experts

More reactions, including . . .
Within moments of Trump’s press conference, his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), released a statement on Trump’s website distancing himself from the nominee’s words. “If it is Russia and they are interfering in our elections, I can assure you both parties and the United States government will ensure there are serious consequences,” Pence said.
The top spokesperson for House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) had strong words in response to Donald Trump's call for Russian hackers to "find" and release the deleted emails from Hillary Clinton's private server. . . .
When will this be too much for Republicans?

How Fox World and others tried to excuse this outrage

Oh, okay then
Trump: I Was 'Being Sarcastic'

Trumpy is suddenly changing his tune about his BFF Putin

Trump Now Says He Never Met Putin After Bragging About Being 'Stablemates'
Here's the point at a GOP debate (from last November) where he claims he's met Putin. . .
Trump also said during a National Press Club luncheon in 2014 that he was in Moscow and he spoke "directly and indirectly with President Putin who could not have been nicer." . . .

Trumpy sorta kinda denies any ties to Russia. That's not true
The controversy over Donald Trump's ties to Russia, explained

Donald Trump's Top Ten Giveaways to Vladimir Putin
It’s not hard to see why this dependence, and his fawning words about Putin, would endear him to the Kremlin. Putin would be foolish not to lend Trump a quiet hand. And, indeed, his inner circle has made little secret of its rooting interest in the Trump campaign. Russia Today, Putin’s primary propaganda vehicle, routinely trashes Hillary Clinton and praises Trump’s courageous stances.  Perhaps our intelligence community has a better sense of the ultimate goal of Russia’s hack. But it doesn’t take much imagination to describe the relationship between the Kremlin and Trump campaign as symbiotic. Let’s review the events of the past few weeks. . . .
3 reasons Russia’s Vladimir Putin might want to interfere in the US presidential elections 

But that's not all from his crazy press conference

Trump suggests Putin called Obama the n-word. Seconds later: "I hope [Putin] likes me."
Donald Trump’s most chilling comment on the DNC hack had nothing to do with Russia
Would Trump use the NSA for political purposes?
Trump sees Geneva Conventions as ‘out of date’
Have we stopped to appreciate how crazy Donald Trump has gotten recently?
If it wasn't for Obama's speech, the Democrats should cancel tonight's events and run this entire Trump press conference in primetime . . .
After Donald Trump's blockbuster press conference Wednesday, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) predicts that even her Republican colleagues might be plotting to go into the voting booth come November and cast their ballot clandestinely for Hillary Clinton. . . .  

Trumpy's war with the press. My prediction: this is going to get worse

Trumpy holds a Reddit session to "Answer All Questions." Except the ones that got deleted
“Hello The_Donald readers and the entire Reddit community—this is going to be SO huge and I’m looking forward to answering your questions” . . . “I promise you, I’ll answer all the questions I can.” [read on] 

Trumpy says he will not release his taxes. There must be a steep price paid until he does

Here's why he has to:

Trumpy's disastrous budget ideas

It's true
How Obama’s election sparked the white racial panic that’s powering Trump

In other news . . .

Does Wikileaks' Julian Assange really prefer Trump to Clinton? What does that say about him?

Does he have more? 

The state of the two parties
A housecleaning at the DNC?
Bonus item: Trevor!
‘Embarrassing’ That Trump vs. Hillary Is Even a Contest

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016


The convention has been nicely managed, thanks to close cooperation between Bernie and the Clinton folks: a chance for protest, a chance to highlight Bernie's supporters and Bernie's issues, a chance to feature Sanders himself in prime time, a roll call vote where every pro-Bernie vote was cast and counted, and then a gracious gesture from Sanders to call for a voice vote to nominate Hillary Clinton by acclimation (yeah, there were some "No's" shouted). The venting, the crying, the bitterness are (mostly) past, and the overwhelming good will and excitement in the convention hall are palpable. There won't be a Ted Cruz moment, and there won't be a narrative about division and enmity dogging the nominee
How the DNC roll call vote managed to avoid disaster
Watch: the moment Bernie Sanders officially threw the nomination to Hillary Clinton
Whatever your politics, a woman winning a presidential nomination is a big f--king deal

Now we pivot to Clinton, the first female nominee by a major party: her agenda, her goals, her supporters. This is her convention now.
Hillary Clinton Makes Surprise Satellite Appearance at DNC: 'This Is Really Your Victory'

And for the vast majority of Bernie supporters, a chance to move forward, or move on
There comes a time in the life of all revolutions when circumstance erodes solidarity, when cracks, splits, and factions emerge. As anyone who’s been watching the Democratic Convention can attest, that time has come to the Sanders Revolution. The factions this time around aren’t Bolsheviks and Mensheviks. They’re more like the Realos (realists) and Fundis (fundamentalists) who fought each other in Germany’s Green Party once the party began to win some power. That’s not a bad way to describe the two wings of Sandersism, . . . .

Bernie-or-busters were loud last night. But 9 of 10 Sanders supporters are open to voting for Clinton.

More Highlights from Day Two

Mothers of the Movement

Elizabeth Banks

Howard Dean

Meryl Streep

Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton’s Love Song



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One thing that is apparent from the Democratic convention so far. Protests and disappointments in the Sanders camp aside, the overall mood and tone of the speeches has been positive and forward looking: the needs and challenges and opportunities facing the country and how Clinton will help us face them. There is humor and real star power (not hateful losers like Scott Baio) mixed in with the testimonials. Many of the speeches have been deeply moving and inspiring. There is a sense of making history.

Everyone noted the contrast with the dark, angry, apocalyptic tone of the Republican convention: Danger everywhere, inside the nation and out. Enemies who threaten us and would-be friends we can't rely on. Hillary is a monster who will destroy us all. Catastrophe looms, unless you elect ME. Only I can save you!

I have said it before: the ups and downs of the 24 hour news cycle, instant polling, the search for sensation and scandal and crisis, the disproportionate media attention to outliers because they are dramatic and colorful, etc, all distract from the objective conditions of a long campaign and what is really involved with winning and losing. And when you look at those objective conditions, the news for Trumpy is very bad

Now THIS is what I call expanding the electoral map

The discontent of moderates

How weird is it that Trumpy is shedding crocodile tears over the DNC's terrible mistreatment of Bernie Sanders, and hoping that he can peel off a significant portion of Sanders' support? And what does it say about those supporters?

Is this guy the DNC hacker?

This Russia problem is going to metastasize for Trump if he doesn't address it with something more than dismissive snark. There is something there. Definitely
Among most congressional Republicans, Vladimir Putin is not a popular figure. The GOP’s foreign policy has been largely defined by skepticism of Russia – even after the Cold War ended – and the country’s authoritarian president has only heightened the party’s attitudes. And so it must come as something of a shock to Republicans to see their party’s presidential nominee not only speak highly of Putin, and not only cozy up to Putin, but even surround himself with pro-Putin advisers. By most measures, Donald Trump is running as the most pro-Russia U.S. presidential candidate in generations. That leaves some in the GOP in an exceedingly awkward position. . . .
Why Did Trump Dodge the Russia Question?

The DNC Hack Is Watergate, but Worse
The (alleged) Russian hack of the DNC should be one of the biggest stories of the year. Why isn’t it?
I thought I'd take a moment to explain what I see as a sober, one-step-at-a-time explanation of what questions need to be answered and explored. . . . [read on]

Obama weighs in
Obama said Russian President Vladimir Putin might prefer Republican nominee Donald Trump over his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, because the business magnate has “repeatedly expressed admiration” for the Russian leader in the past.  “I am basing this on what Mr. Trump himself has said,” the president said. “And I think that — Trump's gotten pretty favorable coverage — back in Russia.” . . .

Now we REALLY need to see the tax returns


Trumpy finds someone to speak for him on foreign policy: Omarosa, media creation from "The Apprentice" . . . and noted foreign policy expert


One of Trumpy's favorite tag lines is that Obama/Clinton "created" ISIS. He either doesn't know or care that ISIS grew out of Al Qaeda in Iraq (under Bush)


Mr. Trump, meet Mr. Duke

Trump still having trouble knowing how to respond when asked about white supremacist David Duke

Trumpy's 'Mexicans are rapists' comment wasn't a spontaneous glitch or misstatement. It was planned in advance

Trumpy's made-up unemployment numbers

Trumpy suddenly changes on the minimum wage 

[November 2015] Real estate mogul Donald Trump flatly opposed raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour during Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate, arguing that the country's wages are already "too high."

Trump: I'd Raise Minimum Wage To $10 Though 'It's Not Very Republican'

Don't believe it:
Trump’s line on the minimum wage isn’t what it appears to be
Don’t believe what Donald Trump says: He won’t raise minimum wage

Donald Trump Jr. hints at the possibility of running for mayor of NY.  Donald Trump Sr. shuts it down. Thanks Dad!

Hey Trumpy: the DNC ratings were HIGHER than yours

In other news. . . 

Hillary's college plan 

Their unions endorsed Clinton, but these workers are voting for Trump

Well we knew this, but good to have it confirmed
Assange, Avowed Foe of Clinton, Timed Email Release for Democratic Convention 

Fox World's Bill O'Reilly chides Michelle Obama: Slaves had it GOOD

Interesting: Bernie Sanders, Independent, became Bernie Sanders, candidate for the Democratic Party nomination, without ever, you know, actually BECOMING a Democrat. Now that it's over, he's an Independent again
No, Really! Right Wing Websites Claim Flags Forbidden At DNC

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