Trump: Punish women who get illegal abortions
Start the timer: http://www.vox.com/2016/3/30/11334558/donald-trump-abortion-punishment-twitter-pro-life
Everyone — even pro-lifers — hated Donald Trump's abortion comments
The Trump campaign issued a slightly longer clarification this afternoon, which read as follows: “If Congress were to pass legislation making abortion illegal and the federal courts upheld this legislation, or any state were permitted to ban abortion under state and federal law, the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman. The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb. My position has not changed – like Ronald Reagan, I am pro-life with exceptions.”
[NB: So, he says directly that they should be punished, then issues a "clarification" -- love that word -- reversing his position. That's not a clarification. And the original footage isn't going away any time soon. The current Trump Company line is that the evil media, in the person of Chris Matthews, somehow tricked him into a misstatement. Good luck with that one!]
Will the damage linger? http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/03/will-trumps-abortion-gaffe-actually-hurt-him.html
And by the way
Women can already be prosecuted for abortion in America
It gets worse
And, while Trump's comments on abortion are the news of the day (and problem of the day for Republicans) what they expose is an even more troublesome reality if you are hoping to run and win as a Republican with Trump as the nominee: He is wildly and deeply unpredictable. Today these comments on abortion. On Tuesday, a refusal to condemn a campaign manager charged with battery. On some other day a retweet of a white supremacist. Or a slam on Hillary Clinton's looks. Or a fight with Pope Francis. Or a less-than-full throated dismissal of a violent incident at a rally. . . .
And worse: http://www.vox.com/2016/3/30/11332074/donald-trump-nuclear-weapons-japan-south-korea-saudi-arabia
Donald Trump: make America great again by letting more countries have nukes
Donald Trump has an interesting concept of what, exactly, Supreme Court justices do. Asked about what kind of nominees he would appoint to the Supreme Court, Trump said he'd choose "people that would look very seriously" at Hillary Clinton's "email disaster." . . .
The depth of Donald Trump's ignorance is inexplicable. Seriously. How is it that after nine months of campaigning he still knows less about most subjects than your average guy in a bar working on his fourth beer? At the CNN town hall last night, an audience member asked Trump, "In your opinion, what are the top three functions of the United States government?" . . . But watching last night, it was obvious that Trump had no idea what to say. . . [read on]
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Here's why Donald Trump's comments about a female reporter are so disturbing
How bad is it, really, when Ann Coulter thinks you're too crazy to be president?Think just for a second about the narrative around the abuse of a woman:— kelsey mckinney (@mckinneykelsey) March 29, 2016
-she didn't yell
-she made up the story
-she had bruises already
Starting from a YUGE deficit
Trump would be least-popular major-party nominee in modern times
Grab the popcorn!
The presidential primary has been a wrenching experience for the GOP so far — and it’s about to get even worse. . . . [read on]
Ah, finally. There's a resignation in that scandal over an alleged affair between the Alabama governor and a female staffer. She quit
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) “pressured law enforcement officers to use federal and state resources to target those critical of his relationship with senior advisor Rebekah Caldwell Mason,” according to the Alabama Political Reporter.
Bentley Says He Won’t Quit
Bernie's path to victory, by the numbers
Reich defends Sanders: http://www.salon.com/2016/03/31/robert_reich_theyve_marginalized_bernie_at_every_turn_partner/
The crazy logic behind an alliance of Trump-Sanders supporters
Media alert: the Washington Post issues a slight correction
The Washington Post has retracted its anonymously sourced claim that 147 FBI agents are detailed to the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, and is now reporting that the real number is fewer than 50. . . . [read on]