He has been especially resistant to his advisers’ suggestions that he take part in mock debates with a Clinton stand-in. At their first session devoted to the debate, on Aug. 21 at Mr. Trump’s club in Bedminster, N.J., the conservative radio host Laura Ingraham was on hand to offer counsel and, if Mr. Trump was game, to play Mrs. Clinton, said Trump advisers who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the debate preparations were supposed to be kept private. He declined. Instead, Mr. Trump asked a battery of questions about debate topics, Mrs. Clinton’s skills and possible moderators, but people close to him said relatively little had been accomplished. . .
Breaking news: Trump to meet with Mexican President before his immigration speech
In fact, the trip wasn’t Trump’s idea. He only decided to go after Peña Nieto extended invitations to both Clinton and Trump last week — and apparently needed some pushing from his new campaign chief executive Stephen Bannon. . . .
Peña Nieto has not minced his words, saying point-blank that “there is no way that Mexico can pay [for] a wall like that,” and referring to Trump as both Hitler and Mussolini. While the meeting will be private . . .
It’s clear what Trump has to gain from tomorrow’s meeting: attention in the media, a sign that foreign governments take him seriously, and increased credibility for his immigration policy. . . .
This is such an outlandish idea it is not easy to make sense of it or predict its outcome. But a few key points are worth bearing in mind. . . . [read on]
Is Donald Trump Walking Into a Mexican Trap?
We'll have to wait for Trumpy's much-ballyhooed speech to find out how much of his original immigration plan he is totally scrapping. For now, we keep getting mixed signals
Trump Jr. Insists His Dad Still Wants To Deport All Undocumented Immigrants
Kellyanne Conway: Building The Wall Is More Important To The Voters Than Deporting 11 Million Illegals
9 days, 11 positions
I'm with Rush
Limbaugh On Trump's Deportation Flip-Flop: 'I Never Took Him Seriously On This'
So Limbaugh never took Trump seriously on one of his key immigration policies, but never bothered to tell his listeners this. And Fox News played the fool too. . . [read on]
How Trumpy hired (and exploited) illegal immigrants
Donald Trump's modeling agency violates immigration laws, former models say
GOP right wingers already are trying to oust House Speaker Paul Ryan (not conservative enough for you guys?)
GOPers in the Senate say they won't approve Merrick Garland because Obama is a lame duck and the winner of the next election deserves to be able to name their own Supreme Court nominee. . . . unless it's Hillary, of course
I'm sure they do
A new poll shows most Republicans appear to regret nominating Donald Trump
From a new book: Trump doesn't really have any friends
Trumpy un-bans four media outlets
Mika asks the question many of us have been asking
On Morning Joe today, Mika said what a lot of us are thinking: Why is the media treating Donald Trump as if he is a serious candidate with actual policies? . . .
A new Clinton ad: Don't Believe the Hat
Not the last we'll see like this
Hewlett Packard CEO and big-name Republican fundraiser Meg Whitman made headlines earlier this month when she announced that she would support Hillary Clinton for president. Whitman also promised to donate to Clinton’s campaign and fundraise for her. . .
This doesn't look good
The State Department says about 30 emails that may be related to the 2012 attack on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya, are among the thousands of Hillary Clinton emails recovered during the FBI's recently closed investigation into her use of a private server. Government lawyers told U.S. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta on Tuesday that an undetermined number of the emails among the 30 were not included in the 55,000 pages previously provided by Clinton. . . . Clinton previously had said she withheld and deleted only personal emails not related to her duties as secretary of State.
But, but, but: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2016/08/yet-more-hillary-email-news-breathtakingreprehensibleastoundingoutrageous-blah-bl
We already know the FBI recovered about 15,000 emails from Hillary Clinton's email server, so this is hardly a bombshell. So far, though, we know nothing about those emails. Are they duplicates of emails that have already been disclosed? Are they personal emails? Are they just stray bits and bytes on a hard drive that hadn't been defragged recently? We have no idea. The only thing we do know is that FBI director James Comey explicitly said that he didn't think Clinton or her lawyers intentionally deleted any emails in order to conceal them. In fact, the recovery of the emails, he said, was "not surprising." . . .
The NYT editorial board calls for Hillary to sever her ties to the Clinton Foundation. And I think they're right
How identity politics became . . . politics
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz survives a Bernie-backed primary challenger
Nice guy: https://politicalwire.com/2016/08/31/quote-of-the-day-1370/
“I’ll concede that Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a corporate stooge.”
— Tim Canova (D), quoted by the Sun-Sentinel, after losing his primary challenge to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).
In other news. . .
SETI detects a signal some think is coming from a nearby planet. You can guess what happens next
Fed is seriously considering a rate hike
Bonus item: Rachel Maddow presents a survey of things less unpopular than Trump
Extra bonus item: An inside look at the candidates' debate prep