Friday, June 24, 2016


The Supreme Court upholds affirmative action in higher education

White women benefit most from affirmative action — and are among its fiercest opponents

The Supreme Court rejects Obama's executive order on immigration

President Obama speaks on the Supreme Court’s 4-4 immigration deadlock
Clinton: SCOTUS Ruling On Obama Immigration Actions 'Unacceptable'
SCOTUS' 4-4 split on Obama's immigration actions not the final word

The gun bills the Dems have been pushing never had a chance of passage. But that's not the point


Trumpy news
30 gigantic lies in 40 minutes.
Should the Press Call Donald Trump a Liar?
Hillary Clinton’s ethical baggage may prove of little use to Republicans now that Donald Trump is their standard bearer.
Donald Trump’s campaign announced that he “has forgiven more than $50 million in loans he made to finance his presidential bid, converting them into contributions in an effort to reassure GOP donors that he is personally invested in the effort” . . .
Donald Rumsfeld justifies voting for Trump with same “logic” he used to push for invasion of Iraq 

Trumpy says Clinton's email server was hacked. Where does he get his "facts"? 

Hillary news
Kaine Seen As Favorite for Clinton Veep 

More on Kaine:
Can Hillary Clinton Actually Flip Red States?
Last week, Richard Armitage, Deputy Secretary of State in the Bush/Cheney administration and a longtime member of the Republican Party’s foreign policy establishment, conceded, “If Donald Trump is the nominee, I would vote for Hillary Clinton.” Yesterday, as USA Today noted, brought a related surprise. Brent Scowcroft, who served as national security adviser to two Republican presidents, said Wednesday he’s backing Democrat Hillary Clinton for president. . . .
Clinton Failed to Hand Over Key Email

Brexit wins, pound collapses, markets plunge
Watch: UK Prime Minister David Cameron's emotional resignation over Brexit
Trump Hails Brexit Vote 

In other news . . .
50 million Americans live with disabilities. They could swing this election. You listening, politicians?
Latino voter registration surges ... in Georgia
Must-see moments from the House Democrats' sit-in
Solar panels have gotten thinner than a human hair. Soon they’ll be everywhere.
Trump’s Former Campaign Manager to Become CNN Commentator
The difference between what rich and poor Americans eat is getting bigger

4 fixes for the astonishing lack of vegetables in the American diet
Bonus item: Continuing the discussion from yesterday, Charles Blow pursues the question of how to understand Trumpy's (il)logic (thanks to AG for the link)

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Thursday, June 23, 2016


So we have come to this. Trumpy gives a speech attacking Clinton, which many call "effective." If by that you mean he made it though his prepared comments without calling for people to punch someone in the face, or talking about his penis, well, then I suppose you can call that progress. But the content of the speech was garbage: hyperbolic attack lines and flat-out lies. Some people have trouble saying that -- but not here
Pundits: A lying, 'slanderous' speech from Trump—but good job staying on message!
Trump’s Speech About Hillary Was Terrifyingly Effective
Donald Trump just gave the most normal, most compelling speech he’s ever given
Donald Trump lays out plans for his first 100 days in fact-challenged speech

The lies:
7 Of The Biggest Fibs In Trump’s Speech
Donald Trump’s Clinton attack speech reveals just how little he understands the world
Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton “a world class liar” who thinks she is “entitled” to the presidency during a speech attacking his Democratic rival Wednesday. . . . “Hillary Clinton may be the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency of the United States” . . .

Who's the bigger liar? No contest

The phony sources of some of Trumpy's biggest lies


Clinton responds
"I know Donald hates it when anyone points out how hollow his sales pitch really is," she said. "I guess my speech yesterday must have gotten under his skin, because right away he lashed out on Twitter with outlandish lies and conspiracy theories and he did the same in his speech today. Now, think about it. He's going after me personally because he has no answers on the substance." . . .

Trumpy's way
There are two things Donald Trump is notorious for in the business world - one is simple bullying as a business tactic, another is cheating people out of money they're owed and then making the 'deal' stick by grinding the counter-parties down with the promise of endless litigation. As Times columnist Joe Nocera puts it, in the business world Trump "is notorious for refusing to pay full price to contractors and vendors after they’ve completed work for him. And he basically dares the people he has stiffed to sue him, knowing that his deep pockets and bevy of lawyers give him a big advantage over those who feel wronged by him." Both traits or patterns of behavior are surprisingly good guides to Trump's presidential campaign. . . . [read on]

Dems stage a sit-in on the floor of Congress. Repubs turn off the C-SPAN cameras. Chaos ensues
Democrats Stage Sit-In On House Floor Calling For Gun Control Votes


Paul Ryan unveils yet another GOP Obamacare "alternative" (it's not)


In other news . . .
The Impact of the Hispanic Vote on Battleground States
Why American Politics Really Went Insane
What it’s like to be a Muslim in the CIA
Uncovered: Dark New CIA Torture Claims

Marco Rubio reverses course, runs for Senate again (and still hopes for a chance at the presidency)


Bonus item: Poor Kevin
He's brought a level of gobsmacking idiocy to the news that worms its way into my brain and won't let go. I get obsessed with what he's blathering about. Did he really say that? And people believed it? There has to be something more to it. But what? Has our national bullshit detector suddenly gone pear shaped? Why? How is it that 45 percent of the country apparently doesn't realize that he's basically just a talented used car salesman? It makes no sense. There's no way that anyone with even the slightest experience of real life could fail to see that he lies practically every time he opens his mouth. That he can't be trusted to do even the smallest thing he promises. What's going on? WTF. IS. GOING. ON?  This is my brain on Trump. It wants answers. But there are no answers. Just endless, endless spinning. It is trapped in a world gone haywire.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Trumpy may not be a great businessman, but he knows enough to protect his own interests and to avoid dumping good money into a losing proposition. The latest example is his campaign. He knows he can't win, and despite repeated promises to "self-fund" his campaign, he's not going to sink a penny more into it than he absolutely needs to. Here are several examples where he is treating his campaign like a Trump investment scheme. (Maybe that's what he means by "SELF-funding")
Trump Campaign Cycles $6 Million Into Trump Companies
Where is Donald Trump’s campaign money going? To Donald Trump.
Donald Trump had not forgiven more than $40 million in loans to his presidential campaign after assuring Republicans that he had no plans to use campaign contributions to pay himself back.  The New York businessman, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, financed his winning-primary campaign with $43.5 million in loans . . .

[NB: Key word, "loans." Why should donors give him money, when the first expense off the top will be paying off. . . Donald Trump?]
Donald Trump “emailed supporters a fundraising plea in which he vowed to match up to $2 million in donations in the next 48 hours. . .” 

[NB: Woo-hoo! A $2 million match, when he's $40 million behind Clinton already.]
Trump told the “Fox and Friends” co-hosts that he wanted to keep his campaign “lean” . . . 

Then and now:
“We’re going to try and raise over a billion dollars which is what’s going to be necessary.”  
       — Donald Trump, quoted by Reuters on May 4, 2016.  

“I’m not looking to spend $1 billion.”  
       — Trump, in an interview this morning on Fox News.

Good line
The whole operation is like Trump’s hair— a few gilded threads spun together to give the impression of substance when there is plainly nothing underneath. . . . If this were a business, it would be going bankrupt. [read on] 


Or, as has been repeatedly suggested here, maybe he really doesn't have that much money
Top 10 Reasons To Doubt Trump Is Even A Billionaire 

Trumpy has an explanation for why Hillary is outraising him. It's insane, but he's going with it
"Blood money." 

More Trump money troubles
Trump's charity claims could violate fraud laws

Trumpy shows once again that he couldn't care less about the Republican party. It's all about him

Here's a nice little tidbit. $35K in campaign money went to a company called "Draper Sterling" (shout out to all you "Mad Men" fans). Then the reporters started digging . . .


Another Trumpy denial that he said what he said
Trump: 'I Don't Believe' Obama Sympathizes With Terrorists

More from the treasure trove of videos in which Trumpy says outrageous racist things 


Here is the big list of convention speakers who will be endorsing Donald Trump

Donald Trump, well-known man of deep religious convictions, tries to play the theocrat card against Hillary

The GOP candidate’s clumsiness on matters of faith has been a point of concern for some conservative voters before, and last summer, the New York Republican refused to say which parts of Scripture are important to him, saying it was “private.” (Asked whether he’s drawn more to the New or Old Testaments, Trump said, “Both.”)   . . . [read on]
From the man who says he's never had to ask God for forgiveness . . . [read on]
About halfway through a press conference with seven conservative Christian leaders who had just met with Donald Trump in New York City, a reporter asked the attendees to raise their hands if they were endorsing him.  No one raised their hands. . . .

This is a lie
Speaking Tuesday morning to a private gathering of evangelical leaders in New York City, the presumptive Republican nominee said: “We don’t know anything about Hillary in terms of religion.”  “She’s been in the public eye for years and years, and yet there’s no—there’s nothing out there,” Trump continued. . .  [read on] 

An attempted Trump assassination -- though that might be overstating it
Why isn’t the assassination attempt on Donald Trump bigger news?
Rich guy rivalry
Mark Cuban personally attacked Donald Trump, telling Extra that Trump has been running for president for a year “but you don’t look at him and say, ‘Wow, he’s gotten so much smarter on this topic or that topic.’ In fact, you look at him and say, ‘What the hell are you talking about?'”  He added: “It’s rare that you see someone get stupider before your eyes, but he’s really working at it… You have to give him credit. It’s a difficult thing to do but he’s accomplished it.”

Clinton is in full campaign stride: a top-notch organization in place, money coming in, and a solid, confident speaking style: quoting Trumpy directly about what he has done and what we proposes to do. Last time, his insane foreign policy; now, his con-man business dealings and ignorance about the economy
"This is [Trump’s] one move. He makes over-the-top promises that if people stick with him and put their faith in him, he’ll make them wildly successful," Clinton said. "Then everything falls apart, and everyone gets hurt." . . . "He defaulted and bankrupted his company not once, not twice, but four times," Clinton said. "He’s written a lot of books about business, and they all end at Chapter 11."


"You know when I was working on this speech, I had the same experience I had when I was working on the speech I gave about foreign policy and national security. I’d have my researchers and my speechwriters send me information. And then I would say really? He really said that?"

A great new ad:

Clinton's VP short list? 

Clinton gets Obama email list
In other news . . .

Feeling the heat, the do-nothing Republicans agree to allow a vote on a gun control bill 


Obamacare is working
U.S. will spend $2.6 trillion less on health care than expected 


The trouble with health journalism

News for Donald
Muslims do report extremist threats. In fact, this Muslim man reported Omar Mateen.

Some brilliant staffer at the RNC thinks a good way to promote their convention in Cleveland is to take down the giant LeBron sign  
The RNC wants to make sure that Hillary carries Ohio.

Bonus item: Seth Myers makes Trumpy an offer he shouldn't refuse

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