Friday, August 26, 2016


Here's the thing. Minority voters are savvy. And loyal. The idea that they will forget Trump's copious record of racial insults and attacks because NOW (with his poll numbers tanking) he is trying to modulate his language is -- if you think about it -- itself racist and insulting. The ridiculous line, "What do you have to lose?" is the dumbest campaign slogan in a generation. If, on the other hand, suburban white Republicans are supposed to be reassured that Trump's policies won't be as bad as he has said because NOW he abruptly reverses himself and starts embracing the very "GOP establishment policies" (Jeb Bush, etc) he spent months savaging -- then one has to ask, if he is willing to flip flop on these core values, who's to say he won't flip flop back again after the election? All politicians pander and massage their positions. But this is a major, fundamental reversal, and a betrayal of his base. Aside from The Wall (which will never get built), does Trump stand for anything?
Donald Trump Has Already Shown Us Who He Is
Extremists Begin To Howl Over Trump's Erratic Lurching On Immigration
Immigration Hardliner Finds Hope in Donald Trump's Treachery
Immigration was the star property of the Trump campaign. They’ve taken a wrecking ball to it.
Former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says he doesn't believe Trump has had a sincere policy evolution on immigration. . . ."I don't know what to believe about a guy who doesn't believe in things. This is all a game."

WATCH: Colbert on Trump’s “what do they have to lose?” outreach to minorities 

[NB: It looks as if Trumpy has pissed off and alienated his base AND won't pick up any significant new support for doing it. A two-fer!] 

Need some Viagra?
"I don’t think it’s a softening," Trump told CNN's Anderson Cooper when the host noted that Trump actually said there could be a "softening" of his policy on deportation. “I’ve had people say it’s a hardening, actually.”
Trump Denies He’s ‘Softening’ on Immigration, Though That’s Literally What He Said Two Days Ago
Hurricane Katrina is a natural disaster
"He hasn't changed his position on immigration. He's changed the words that he is saying," Katrina Pierson said on CNN. . . . [The panel laughs at her]

Trump spokesperson Katrina Pierson reveals the secret of understanding Trump

How's that book tour going, Annie?
Just today her new book In Trump We Trust was released, a genuflecting, tour de force of leader principle obsequiousness. As many have noted, in the book itself she writes that Trump can do anything, change his position on anything – none of it matters. She and they are that devoted. Everything except shift on immigration. 

So today, the very day her book comes out he shambles his way to embracing the Rubio/Bush ‘Amnesty’ agenda he spent the last year railing against and using as a cudgel to destroy the Republican establishment’s favored ones. . . .
[Ann Coulter] "This could be the shortest book tour ever"

[NB: The book -- perfectly -- is called "In Trump We Trust." I hear Coulter is already working on a revised edition, to be called "In Trump We Trusted"] 

Limbaugh is pissed:

Palin is pissed: 

When Rachel Maddow points out to Kellyanne Conway that Trump's "extreme vetting" is unconstitutional, she replies, well that's just your opinion. Well, no it's NOT

Trump campaign CEO was charged with domestic violence

Hillary Clinton delivers a blistering speech, full of quotes and documented facts, showing the convergence of the Trump campaign and the alt-right movement. It was Trump who chose the head of, ground zero for right fringe conspiracy theories, as the new HEAD OF HIS CAMPAIGN. It was Trump who invited Nigel Farage, anti-immigrant nut-job from Britain, to come campaign for him in Mississippi. Clinton calls for Republicans to reject the politics of hate, racism, and paranoia, and to support her. A remarkable moment in the campaign, and maybe the beginning of the end for Trump once and for all

Watch it!

Full text:
[Excerpts] A man with a long history of racial discrimination, who traffics in dark conspiracy theories drawn from the pages of supermarket tabloids and the far reaches of the internet, should never run our government or command our military. . . .

We all remember when Trump said a distinguished federal judge born in Indiana couldn’t be trusted to do his job because, quote, “He’s a Mexican.”  Think about that.  The man who today is the standard bearer of the Republican Party said a federal judge was incapable of doing his job solely because of his heritage.  Even the Republican Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, described that as “the textbook definition of a racist comment.”  To this day, he’s never apologized to Judge Curiel. . . .

This is someone who retweets white supremacists online, like the user who goes by the name “white-genocide-TM.” Trump took this fringe bigot with a few dozen followers and spread his message to 11 million people.  His campaign famously posted an anti-Semitic image – a Star of David imposed over a sea of dollar bills – that first appeared on a white supremacist website. . . . 

Through it all, he has continued pushing discredited conspiracy theories with racist undertones.  Trump said thousands of American Muslims in New Jersey cheered the 9/11 attacks. They didn’t.  He suggested that Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the Kennedy assassination. Perhaps in Trump’s mind, because he was a Cuban immigrant, he must have had something to do with it. Of course there’s absolutely no evidence of that.  Just recently, Trump claimed President Obama founded ISIS. And then he repeated that nonsense over and over.  His latest paranoid fever dream is about my health. All I can say is, Donald, dream on.  This is what happens when you treat the National Enquirer like Gospel. . . .

It’s what happens when you listen to the radio host Alex Jones, who claims that 9/11 and the Oklahoma City bombings were inside jobs. He said the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre were child actors and no one was actually killed there.  Trump didn’t challenge those lies. He went on Jones’ show and said: “Your reputation is amazing. I will not let you down.”  This man wants to be President of the United States. . . .

Trump likes to say he only hires the “best people.” But he’s had to fire so many campaign managers it’s like an episode of the Apprentice.  The latest shake-up was designed to – quote – “Let Trump be Trump.” To do that, he hired Stephen Bannon, the head of a right-wing website called, as campaign CEO.  To give you a flavor of his work, here are a few headlines they’ve published:  “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy.”  “Would You Rather Your Child Had Feminism or Cancer?”  “Gabby Giffords: The Gun Control Movement’s Human Shield”  “Hoist It High And Proud: The Confederate Flag Proclaims A Glorious Heritage.”  That one came shortly after the Charleston massacre, when Democrats and Republicans alike were doing everything they could to heal racial divides. Breitbart tried to enflame them further.  Just imagine – Donald Trump reading that and thinking: “this is what I need more of in my campaign.” . . .

Alt-Right is short for “Alternative Right.”  The Wall Street Journal describes it as a loosely organized movement, mostly online, that “rejects mainstream conservatism, promotes nationalism and views immigration and multiculturalism as threats to white identity.”  The de facto merger between Breitbart and the Trump Campaign represents a landmark achievement for the “Alt-Right.” A fringe element has effectively taken over the Republican Party.  This is part of a broader story -- the rising tide of hardline, right-wing nationalism around the world.  Just yesterday, one of Britain’s most prominent right-wing leaders, Nigel Farage, who stoked anti-immigrant sentiments to win the referendum on leaving the European Union, campaigned with Donald Trump in Mississippi.  Farage has called for a ban on the children of legal immigrants from public schools and health services, has said women are quote “worth less” than men, and supports scrapping laws that prevent employers from discriminating based on race -- that’s who Trump wants by his side. . . .

Of course there’s always been a paranoid fringe in our politics, steeped in racial resentment. But it’s never had the nominee of a major party stoking it, encouraging it, and giving it a national megaphone. Until now.  On David Duke’s radio show the other day, the mood was jubilant.  “We appear to have taken over the Republican Party,” one white supremacist said.  Duke laughed. There’s still more work to do, he said.  No one should have any illusions about what’s really going on here. The names may have changed… Racists now call themselves “racialists.” White supremacists now call themselves “white nationalists.” The paranoid fringe now calls itself “alt-right.” But the hate burns just as bright. . . .

Parents and teachers are already worried about what they’re calling the “Trump Effect.”  Bullying and harassment are on the rise in our schools, especially targeting students of color, Muslims, and immigrants.  At a recent high school basketball game in Indiana, white students held up Trump signs and taunted Latino players on the opposing team with chants of “Build the wall!” and “Speak English.”  After a similar incident in Iowa, one frustrated school principal said, “They see it in a presidential campaign and now it's OK for everyone to say this.”  We wouldn’t tolerate that kind of behavior in our own homes. How can we stand for it from a candidate for president? . . .

This is a moment of reckoning for every Republican dismayed that the Party of Lincoln has become the Party of Trump. It’s a moment of reckoning for all of us who love our country and believe that America is better than this.  Twenty years ago, when Bob Dole accepted the Republican nomination, he pointed to the exits and told any racists in the Party to get out.  The week after 9/11, George W. Bush went to a mosque and declared for everyone to hear that Muslims “love America just as much as I do.”  In 2008, John McCain told his own supporters they were wrong about the man he was trying to defeat. Senator McCain made sure they knew – Barack Obama is an American citizen and “a decent person.”  We need that kind of leadership again.  Every day, more Americans are standing up and saying “enough is enough” – including a lot of Republicans. I’m honored to have their support. . . .

Her new ad quotes white supremacist leaders praising Trump:

Hillary Clinton’s Alt-Right Speech Isolated and Destroyed Donald Trump
Hillary Clinton unloaded on Donald Trump . . .
Hillary Clinton’s Alt-Right Speech Was Shrewd Strategy
Hillary Clinton's takedown of Donald Trump tried to give Republicans an exit ramp
Clinton Shreds Trump
Hillary Clinton Delivers the Speech of the Campaign
She was giving the press permission to talk about Donald Trump's racism. So far, they've tiptoed around it. But once the candidate herself calls it out, it invites a thousand think pieces about Breitbart, the alt-right, the GOP's history of tolerating bigotry, Trump's troubling background, and dozens of other related topics. Surrogates can blather all they want about this, but it doesn't truly become a mainstream subject until the actual candidate for president makes it one. . . .

Trump responds (don't miss it):

They do now, brother, they do now
Trump When Asked About Alt-Right: 'Nobody Even Knows What It Is'

Trump calls Clinton a "bigot." Apart from the blatant ironies, he clearly has no idea what the word even means


How much will the lack of a ground game hurt Trump?

A lot:


Trump Not on Minnesota Ballot 

Why some folks are seriously concerned about the Clinton Foundation/State Department nexus


Good idea not to pick a fight with Colin Powell
Said Clinton: “I’ve been asked many questions about emails and what I’ve learned is, what I’ve tried to explain there are no excuses. I want people to know that the decision to have a single email account was mine. I take responsibility for it. I apologize for it. I would certainly do differently if I could.”

Julian Assange seems determined to try to help Trump win

False equivalences: the nadir of "both sides do it" journalism

So let's get this straight. Trump's conspiracy theories are (a) Obama was born in Kenya and (b) Hillary Clinton has serious health problems. Both are demonstrably untrue.  

Clinton's conspiracy theories are (a) Trump has a surprising number of Russia-friendly policies and (b) Trump appeals to angry white nationalists and uses extreme language. Both are demonstrably true.  

Ladies and gentlemen, your objective and balanced press corps at work.

As predicted, the media is overeager to see evidence of an "evolution" in Trump
“Please, Mr. Trump, attack us just a little less so we can wipe the slate clean on your months of appeals to racism and bigotry and treat you like a regular candidate.” 

Will Fox World lose Megyn Kelly?

In other news . . .

Obama still intends to close Gitmo

How technology has changed the definition of death

Bonus item: How to get on "The Apprentice"
Appearing on The Apprentice with Donald Trump required agreeing to a series of odd and invasive demands regarding sex, nudity, and food consumption. According to a copy of an NBC contract reviewed by The Daily Beast, contestants had to agree to be filmed, “whether I am clothed, partially clothed or naked, whether I am aware or unaware of such videotaping, filming or recording.” [read on]

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Thursday, August 25, 2016


There isn't any question that the Clinton Foundation can't continue as is while Hillary and Bill are in the White House. But what do the emails actually show about its workings while Hillary was in the State Department?
The Associated Press has just shown us why it is important to be vigilant in how we consume the news as it is reported. They took some interesting information they gathered and spun it into something it wasn’t…scandalous. Here is their lead-in . . .
According to their reporting, Clinton spent a remarkably large share of her time as America’s chief diplomat talking to people who had donated money to the Clinton Foundation. She went out of her way to help these Clinton Foundation donors, and her decision to do so raises important concerns about the ethics of her conduct as secretary and potentially as president. It’s a striking piece of reporting that made immediate waves in my social media feed, as political journalists of all stripes retweeted the story’s headline conclusions. Except it turns out not to be true. . . .

Clinton Foundation story offers smoke, but no fire
So two things can true at the same time: One, what the Clintons are doing can be sloppy, careless and seedy. And two, they’re not the only ones doing it.” [read on]
If the beef with Hillary is that she's an ordinary politician who's more likely to see you if you're (a) important, (b) a party wheelhorse, and (c) an important donor, then I have no argument. I also have no argument that this is unseemly.  But it's also something I can't get too upset about. It's not just that everyone does this. It's not just that everyone in American politics does this. It's the fact that everyone, everywhere, throughout all of human history has done this. It's just the way human societies work. I'm all in favor of trying to reduce the influence of money on politics, but I doubt there's any way to truly make much of a dent in it.  . . .

So here are several possible takes on Hillary:      

(1) Powerful people all run in the same circles. They all know each other. They all ask favors from one another. Hillary is part of this circle.

(2) People who are big party donors and big policy influencers have more access to politicians than, say, you or me. On this score, Hillary is a garden variety politician.     

(3) Donating to the Clinton Foundation was a well-known requirement for getting a meeting with Hillary.  

I've simply seen no evidence of #3, and that includes the AP's strained effort yesterday. Besides, if this were truly well known, by now someone would have come forward to spill the beans. . .
Washington, DC, is suffering a severe shortage of smelling salts this morning as news broke suggesting a correlation between financial contributions and gaining access to a political figure. . . . [read on] 
Hillary Clinton’s campaign is pushing back against reports that the former secretary of state granted State Department access to Clinton Foundation donors, calling allegations of impropriety “outrageous.” . . .
[Paul Begala] The biggest person that they talked about in that story in the AP -- 40 paragraph story, I read it three times – 12 of those 40 paragraphs are about Hillary meeting with Muhammad Yunis. Muhammad Yunis is a Bangladeshi economist who won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom from our country, and Congressional Gold Medal. He has done more to relieve extreme poverty in the world than any person alive. Of course America’s secretary of state should meet with him. That's nuts. . . .
What the Clinton Foundation does—and why Hillary Clinton should point to it with pride
The media has the Clinton Foundation story upside down

The AP tries to defend its story, but only makes it worse

Oh, and by the way:
Donald Trump gave more than $100,000 to the the Clinton Foundation, the organization the Republican nominee now calls "the most corrupt enterprise in political history." And while he said donors gave to get unfair access to the former Secretary of State, his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway denies that that was what Trump was seeking.  "Was your candidate donating that money so that he could have access to Hillary Clinton whenever he wanted," CNN's Anderson Cooper asked Tuesday. "No, it seems like he had access to her anytime he wanted. . . ."No, he was not paying to play." 

This has been said here before, but not as clearly as this
Donald Trump’s black outreach isn’t for black voters. It’s for wavering white Republicans.

Trump is hinting at a big reversal on immigration. His supporters assume he doesn't really mean it. The Cruz campaign says, We told you so!
Trump Floats Massive Immigration Reversal
Trump ‘softening’ on immigration? Many of his supporters don’t seem to mind.
"Everything Trump promises comes with an expiration date,” said Cruz’s former Senate communications director, Amanda Carpenter. “We knew it during the primary, and now it is apparent he has duped his most loyal supporters on the issue they care about most, immigration. Don't say we didn't warn them."

Poor Kellyanne, always getting the crappy jobs
Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told the UK’s Channel 4 that Donald Trump is actually winning the election, but every poll is wrong because Trump voters are undercover. . . .

Alt-title: There are still votes to count in Unicorn County.
But let’s be honest…she has a tough job. Not only does she have to mitigate her candidate’s narcissistic bullying, she has to account for the fact that he’s losing in the polls – big time! That’s her job. So how’s she doing? Here is her latest attempt . . . . I’m not going to cry any tears for Kellyanne Conway. But I’m certainly willing to admit that she might just have the toughest job in politics right now. . . . 

Rachel Maddow can be a little annoying at times, but she knows how to press a very tough interview. Wow
Trump Campaign Manager Fumbles Through Searing Interview With Maddow (VIDEO) 

Here's a new excuse for why Trumpy won't release his taxes
Eric Trump says you wouldn't understand his daddy's taxes 

Trumpy promised "I will always tell you the truth." Well . . .
Remember Donald Trump’s claim that he’d talked to an unnamed but “very top” and “rough, tough” Chicago police official, and said rough, tough man had assured Trump that he could put a stop to violence in a week if were just allowed to use the right “tough police tactics”? . . . "We've discredited this claim months ago," CPD spokesperson Frank Giancamilli said in a statement. "No one in the senior command at CPD has ever met with Donald Trump or a member of his campaign."

30% true, maybe:

Trumpy says his poll numbers with African Americans are "up very, very sharply." No they aren't

“Trump made the same overt appeals to Hispanics and blacks, constituencies that appear to have broadly written him off, as he first did last week. But he again based his sales pitch on a patronizing portrayal of black and Hispanic communities heavy on hyperbole and stereotypes.”

A scammer's gotta scam (Chapter 57)
Donald Trump Used Campaign Donations to Buy $55,000 of His Own Book

He. Just. Can't. Do. It. Trumpy is incapable of running a serious, disciplined campaign
"The only people enthusiastic about her campaign are Hollywood celebrities, in many cases celebrities who aren’t very hot anymore," Trump told the crowd. . . . [read on]


Oh, by the way, speaking of hot . . .
Former Miss Universe who claims Trump called her “Miss Piggy” gains U.S. citizenship to vote against him 

Why is one of the main UK boosters of Brexit speaking for Trump in Jackson, Mississippi? Is this going to win them votes? Who's PLANNING this stuff? 

Ann Coulter comes out with a new book praising Trump. And he's already lost her over his immigration shift
“Ann Coulter revealed her sense of disgust with Donald Trump’s latest comments on immigration. . .” 

She just kicked off an epic rant on twitter. . . .

Maybe we should ALL call him "Little Marco"
Marco Rubio Won't Say If Donald Trump Is Qualified To Be President 

There is no horse race
To anyone not following the ins and outs of the election, the contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton has all the trappings of a close-fought, competitive election. Both candidates dominate the news media; both have held massive rallies and events; both are on the airwaves with ads on television and radio; and both are maneuvering on the ground in an effort to reach broad and diverse constituencies. Turn to CNN or MSNBC, and you’ll see breathless coverage of each development in the race, reinforcing the sense that this a tight contest between two formidable campaigns—one horse hitting the quarter pole half a length ahead of the other. 

But of course it’s nothing like that. Hillary Clinton isn’t just leading—she’s dominant. And her odds of winning get stronger each day she holds that dominant position. . . .

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign slogs on, but he has effectively blown his chances at getting into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. . . . [read on]
New Clinton ad: Trumpy's going to create American jobs? Tell me another

Hillary's press conference problem

Today's must-read
How American Politics Went Insane

In other news . . .

Poverty is down. Here's why

Is this the beginning of the end for partisan gerrymandering?

Breitbart, the birthplace of Trumpism
Breitbart is now the in-house publication of the Republican nominee for president in all but name. What it publishes explains a great deal of Trump’s appeal — and is helping to define what “Trumpism” means. . . .[read on]

When cancer is good news
Cancer is now the leading cause of death in 22 states

Solar power is growing

The outrageous EpiPen price hike, and what it means

Bernie's new political movement is off to a shaky start
It’s not good news when a huge chunk of your staff resigns in protest right before you have the launch of your big new political organization, but that’s what just happened to Bernie Sanders. . . . [read on]

Bonus item: John Oliver on charter schools

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Ooooh. . . . policy HARD . . . make brain hurt
In a series of interview last night Donald Trump appeared to embrace Barack Obama's policy on deportations, just "perhaps with a lot more energy." The mix of lying, bad faith, and actually for the first time figuring out how immigration law works is quite a thing to behold. . . .
Trump: "We’re going to obey the existing laws. Now, the existing laws are very strong ... What people don’t know is that Obama got tremendous numbers of people out of the country, Bush the same thing. Lots of people were brought out of the country with the existing laws. Well, I’m gonna do the same thing." Please take a moment to regroup and stop laughing because this is a serious topic. . . .
Here are the key takeaways from all this:  

1) Trump tacitly conceded that our borders are not “open,” and that our laws are being enforced. . . .

2) Trump tacitly admitted that Obama’s enforcement priorities are correct. . . [read on]

Donald Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said on Monday night that the campaign cancelled an immigration speech planned for Thursday in Colorado because the Republican nominee is still fine-tuning his immigration policy. . . . “Immigration is a very complex issue and to get the solutions right, to come out with your specific plan, should not be rushed. He is taking in the wisdom of many different counselors on this issue." Kelly asked Conway if Trump still plans to deport the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. Conway replied that Trump's position is "basically the same" as it was earlier in the election cycle. . . .
At the evening’s immigration event, Trump didn’t just flip-flop on the immigration position he put forward last summer; he flip-flopped on mass deportations multiple times over the course of his own one-hour town hall  . . . [read on]
It now seems that the next several days of the campaign cycle will be about whether anyone can figure out what Donald Trump's immigration policy is. Mass expulsions, compulsory taco salads, expelling the bad people, letting the models stay, Obama's awesome after all. Trump's new mantra is that "we will follow the law," which - let's not be ungenerous - is a good place to start but of course tells us nothing. This isn't a pivot. It's an effort to sow confusion. Because there's no tenable place for Trump to be on this issue.  His policy of mass expulsion is toxic for a general election audience. Abandoning the centerpiece policy of his campaign is equally unworkable. It doesn't pass a laugh test and it would trigger revolt among his closest supporters. In the end, though, it's Trump and his campaign that sound most confused, brainstorming on the public airwaves some way to square a circle that seems impossible to square. 

Tonight's speech indicates the plan is to double down on the wall, simply ignore mass expulsion, say Hillary wants the country to be overrun by brown hordes.  It's seldom good when a campaign's supporters can't figure out where the campaign stands on a given issue. It's never good when the campaign itself can't figure out where the campaign stands. It's seems ridiculous and adrift. . . .

Megyn Kelly, who knows something about being personally attacked by Donald Trump, absolutely drills Kellyanne Conway on her ridiculous claim that Trumpy "doesn't hurl personal insults"
Conway replied that Trump “doesn’t do it without being attacked first” . . . [read on] 

We're learning more about Kellyanne's style, and how she earned Trumpy's trust
There’s a secret to newly appointed campaign manager Kellyanne Conway’s success with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump: she knows how to play to his ego. . . . “Kelly’s telling Trump what he wants to hear,” the source said.  

“She has a whole vocabulary of diplomatic words. That’s the kind of woman he likes around, who can tell him the soft way ― encourage him, guide him but not criticize him,” said a second source close to Trump. The Republican pollster doesn’t tell Trump not to say something, she says it would be “unpleasant” or “awkward,” the second source said. She doesn’t say something Trump wants to say is a lie, she says it’s “open to so many interpretations, I want to tighten it up so there’s no room for misinterpretations,” the second source said.  

“She’s a genius,” the second source close to Trump told HuffPost. “I get much further telling people what they want to hear. That’s a good way to handle Donald, you reinforce what he wants to do. She is so diplomatic it’s unbelievable.” . . . [read on] 

[NB: I think we can already see that this isn't going to fix things. It may move Trump a few degrees off his extreme angles, but if she isn't prepared to tell him what he doesn't want to hear, she can't really manage his campaign. We have already seen three moments since she joined the team: his non-apology about "regrets," his totally insincere outreach to African Americans, and his seeming to back off his police state approach to dealing with immigrants. She could get him to SAY these things, but she couldn't get him to MEAN them -- and that's been apparent to everyone. 

Her claim that he doesn't "hurl insults at people" -- oops, well, maybe he does, but only when others provoke him first -- is a standing joke already. What it really looks like to me is a typical woman's role in a difficult relationship: Trying to change someone who doesn't want to change, while not jeopardizing the relationship itself.]

Hey Trumpy, how's that minority outreach going?
Donald Trump thinks he can appeal to black voters by parroting misconceptions and fallacies about them
The overwhelming majority of African-Americans do not "live in poverty" - despite that fact that the poverty rate among African-Americans is almost triple that of whites. But all of this misses the point. Trump portrays African-American life as drenched in violence, devoid of any vitality or promise, quite simply, as he puts it, a "disaster." . . . [read on]
The last I saw, Trump was getting about 2% support from African Americans. In other words, if you factor in the margin of error, it could be as low as 0%. I don’t think he can go any lower. But he certainly seems determined to try. . . 

Please: Donald Trump Is Not "Courting the Black Vote"
Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, is out and about talking to white voters about black voters in an effort to court educated, white Republicans. . . . 

Trump mouthpiece Corey Lewandowski explains why Trumpy doesn't speak to black audiences: IT'S TOO DANGEROUS!
“You know what’s amazing to me is that no one remembers Donald Trump went to go have a rally in Chicago at the university. And remember what happened?” Lewandowski began. “It was so chaotic and it was so out-of-control that the Secret Service and the Chicago Police Department told him you cannot get in and out of the facility safely. And that rally was cancelled.”  

Several panelists jumped in with the same question: “What does that have to do with communicating with the black community?”  

“Look!” Lewandowski shot back. “That is a black community. He went to the heart of Chicago to give a speech to the University of Chicago in a campus that is predominately African-American to make that argument. And you know what happened? The campus was overrun and it was not a safe environment.” 

[NB: Well, it's the University of Illinois AT Chicago, and it is nowhere near predominantly African-American.]
The inherent paradox of Trump's attempted "pivot" on race
“Guided by his new campaign leadership, the Republican nominee has ordered a full-fledged strategy to court black and Latino voters and is mobilizing scores of minority figures to advocate publicly for his candidacy.” [read on]
Trump’s path to victory likely relies on unprecedented turnout among white people. Particularly non-college educated white dudes. And a pair of new studies, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, suggest that ain’t happening. . . .
There’s Just One Flaw in Donald Trump’s New Plan to Show He’s Not Racist . . . The main difficulty Trump faces in dispelling the impression that he is a racist is that Trump is, in fact, a gigantic racist. [read on]
"I'm not part of the Clinton campaign," Blow interjected. "I'm a black man in America and I know a bigot when I see a bigot."
His outreach to black voters is a dog whistle for racists. . . 

Why Trumpy has LOST supporters

Bush's IRS Commissioner
“Trump has no excuse to not release his tax returns” 

Criminalizing the electoral process
Donald Trump has revealed a “plan” for how he intends to jail his political rival when he takes power. . . . 

Has everyone forgotten Clinton's amazing eleven-hour grilling in front of the Benghazi Committee?
Hillary Clinton Has Incredible Stamina—That’s Why the GOP Hates Her


Hillary's debate prep
“I watched a lot of his debates during the primaries. And he insulted all of his opponents, he insulted all of the moderators, he insulted, I guess, about 80 percent of the American people and the rest of the world.” 

“I am drawing on my experience in elementary school. You know, the guy who pulled your ponytail.”

What the emails do and don't show about the Clinton Foundation and the State Department
We might yet find a smoking gun in all these emails. But so far, the trend is clear: lots of people talked to Huma Abedin to try to set up meetings with Hillary Clinton. Generally speaking, Abedin treated them politely but told them to get lost. That's about it.  If some of these efforts had succeeded, that would hardly be noteworthy. It's the kind of thing that happens all the time. What's really noteworthy about the most recent email releases is that they demonstrate a surprisingly high level of integrity from Hillary Clinton's shop at Foggy Bottom. Huma Abedin was tasked with running interference on favor seekers, and she seems to have done exactly that. There's no evidence at all that being a donor to the Clinton Foundation helped anyone out. . .
The emails do not show that Clinton Foundation donors received any policy favors from Hillary Clinton or other elected officials. What they show is that people who donated to the foundation believed they were owed favors by Clinton’s staffers, and at least one of those staffers — the odious Doug Band — shared this belief. Band, for instance, called the crown prince of Bahrain, who donated millions to the foundation, a “good friend of ours.” . . [read on]


This problem isn't going away
"There's a lot of potential conflicts and a lot of potential problems," said Douglas White, an expert on nonprofits who previously directed Columbia University's graduate fundraising management program. "The point is, she can't just walk away from these 6,000 donors."  Former senior White House ethics officials said a Clinton administration would have to take careful steps to ensure that past foundation donors would not have the same access as she allowed at the State Department. . .  [read on]

Still early, but some stunning numbers
According to the TPM Electoral Scoreboard, the race now stands at Clinton 326, Trump 154 as Missouri moves from Trump to Toss Up. Also notable, Clinton currently has a lead of at least 10 points in states that account for 298 electoral votes. Those states include Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida. . . .

Donald Trump’s new electoral map: Missouri is now a swing state and Virginia isn’t
Clinton campaign opens office in Utah

Things are looking good for a Democratic Senate -- not so much the House



How Trump is hurting the GOP:

In other news . . . 

Obama visits Louisiana, offering real assistance, and decries "photo ops"


Oh, by the way, stop me if this sounds familiar
Last week, Donald Trump toured areas of Louisiana that had been devastated by flooding. During his visit, news outlets reported that he had made at least two donations to flood-relief efforts there. Since then, The Washington Post — which has been covering Trump's past promises to donate to charity — has tried to confirm these reports. 

Here's what we've learned so far.  1.) Trump promised a $100,000 donation to Greenwell Springs Baptist Church . . .That church's interim pastor is Anthony Perkins. . .Perkins said Tuesday that Trump's gift had not yet been paid. . . . [read on]

Is Obamacare failing?

The national map:
On "natural" foods (not!)

Roger Ailes' departure isn't the end of Fox World's sexual harassment problems. Not by a long shot

Bonus item: Obama's devious plan to infiltrate rural America . . . with lesbians!

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