The Wall is the perfect metaphor for Trumpy's entire campaign. He won't win, and he won't be able to do it if he does win, but he loves to promise it. Here's why the Wall is a ridiculous idea
Trump wants to build a big, beautiful wall. Here’s all the land (and water) it would have to cover.
First, a 1970 boundary treaty governs structures along the Rio Grande and Colorado River at the Mexican border. It requires that structures cannot disrupt the flow of the rivers, which flow across Texas and 24 miles in Arizona and define the U.S.-Mexican border, according to The International Boundary and Water Commission, a joint U.S.-Mexican agency that administers the treaty. . . . In some places, treaty obligations and river flood zones would require the wall be built well into the United States, which would be awkward if the Mexican government is paying for it . . . In addition to creating a no man's land between the wall and the actual border, one government or the other would have to buy large amounts of private property as well as land owned by at least one Indian tribe whose territory straddles the border in southern Arizona. . . .
Concrete is the obvious choice. Ali F. Rhuzkan, a New York-based structural engineer, estimated in an article for National Memo that a 1,900-mile wall - seemingly Mr Trump's original plan - would require about 339 million cubic feet (12.5 million cubic yards) of concrete - three times more than the Hoover Dam. . . . Mr Rhuzkan's estimate was based on a wall that ran five feet beneath the ground and 20 feet above. Mr Trump's claims for the wall range between 30 feet and, more recently, 55 feet. . . . Mr Trump claims the total cost of the wall will be $10 (£7.5) billion to $12 billion. But estimates from fact checkers and engineers seem to be universally higher.
This man is truly a menace
Trump has a solution to the rigged election—cancel it and declare him the winner
Trump's lies to his own supporters are generating hatred and threats of violence
Trumpy says Clinton is being too mean . . . to his BFF Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin rejects claims of Russia interfering in U.S. election
[NB: I absolutely believe the former head of the KGB. Don't you?]
First Trumpy said he would fully fund his own campaign. Then he said he has put at least $100 million of his own money into it. Both are lies -- in fact, in this crucial closing month, Trumpy has put in . . . $31,000 . . . of his own money
Trump Raised No Money for the RNC This Month
Hillary Clinton entered the final weeks of the 2016 campaign with a $153 million war chest
Donald Trump woos Indian voters with a Hindi campaign ad that will make you cringe
The GOP has a major problem with Republican women
Have the Republicans Lost White Women for Good?
Get out the popcorn
‘We Are in for a Pretty Long Civil War’
Trumpy rejects the polls that show him losing as "rigged" - including, apparently, the polls conducted by his own campaign
Despite Trump’s claim that he doesn’t believe the polls, his San Antonio research team spends $100,000 a week on surveys (apart from polls commissioned out of Trump Tower) and has sophisticated models that run daily simulations of the election. The results mirror those of the more reliable public forecasters—in other words, Trump’s staff knows he’s losing. Badly. . . .
Ted Cruz suggests that the Repubs might NEVER vote on a ninth Supreme Court justice -- if a Democrat is nominating them
Republicans are already treating Clinton’s presidency as illegitimate
“Senate Republicans are choosing sides ahead of a brutal conflict over how to handle the lingering Supreme Court vacancy, with Jeff Flake firing back at a suggestion by Ted Cruz that the party could indefinitely block any nominee from Hillary Clinton” . . .
A lot of GOPers are saying they'll vote for Trump, but they say that doesn't mean they're endorsing him -- what the hell does that mean?
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) “again reversed his position on Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy on Wednesday night, saying he’d vote for the Republican nominee but wouldn’t endorse him,” Politico reports. “Chaffetz is one of six Republican members of Congress who have recommitted to voting for Trump after yanking their support.”
“Apologies to LBJ: difference between endorsing Trump and voting for Trump is difference between chicken shit and chicken shit on salad.”
— GOP strategist John Weaver
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) said on Wednesday that he will vote for Donald Trump despite once comparing the GOP nominee to Benito Mussolini and calling on Trump to drop out of the race following the release of a 2005 tape with vulgar comments from the nominee. . . .
I call B.S. on Joe Walsh
Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) told Yahoo News that he merely was “talking metaphorically” when he tweeted “I’m grabbing my musket” if Donald Trump loses the election and not about actual violence.
Ah, how nice for them
'Lyin' Hillary Doll' With Noose Makes Appearance At Trump Rally In NC
I keep going back and forth on the worst of the Trump surrogates -- it might be this one
CNN Pundit Spins Wheels Trying To Explain White Lady With 'Blacks For Trump' Sign
Howard Stern says, hell yeah Trump said that stuff -- that's who he is
Fox World is running out of things to be mad at Hillary about, apparently
Early voting is helping Clinton
Hillary and Michelle whoop it up in NC
Can we stop pretending that the "leaked" (ie, stolen) emails tell us ANYTHING of real importance (as opposed to just salacious gossip)?
In Leaked Emails, Clinton Aides Plot to Use Shirtless Shot of Bernie Sanders Against Him
In other news . . .
In my own state, Mark Kirk was going to lose to Tammy Duckworth anyway -- but after this debate performance, he should be humiliated
Jury acquits Oregon standoff defendants
Scientists find a dinosaur brain!
Seth Meyers Goes After Trump’s ‘Toxic Masculinity and Male Entitlement’