Sunday, July 31, 2016

2016 Presidential Election: Trump grabs the headlines for the fourth straight day - FURTHER UPDATES

New: The Latest: Ryan: Trump may have to “struggle” for change

The latest on the US presidential campaign. Read More
House Speaker Paul Ryan is warning the Republican Party that Donald Trump may struggle to bring about transformational change.

Donald Trump is boasting about his 'tremendous support' from the nation’s veterans just hours after one of the nation’s most prominent veterans groups condemned him for clashing with the parents of a slain Army veteran.

Donald Trump says he raised $35.8 million from small donors last month.

Donald Trump is suggesting that he’s 'afraid the election is going to be rigged.'

President Barack Obama is headlining his first fundraiser for Hillary Clinton.

More Senate Republicans up for re-election are weighing in to praise Army Capt. Humayun Khan and his family, and criticize Donald Trump’s comments.
New: Trump: 'I'm afraid the election's going to be rigged'

Donald Trump on Monday took his complaints about the "rigged" political system one step further. Read More
"Trump's comments during the primary bolstered the impression that Trump, a political outsider, was leading the charge against a corrupt political system.

But his latest comments could hurt Trump's general election campaign as his supporters might decide not to turn out to vote if the election is already "rigged" against their candidate." Jeremy Diamond, CNN
New: Gold Star Families Attack Trump Over Comments About Ghazala Khan

The families of 17 service members who died fighting for the U.S. demanded an apology from Donald Trump on Monday, accusing him of "cheapening the sacrifice made by those we lost." Read More
Also see: Latino Family of Slain Marine Signs Letter Demanding Apology from Trump
New: The Latest: Trump gripes about OH fire marshal

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"Donald Trump is complaining that a fire marshal in Ohio is capping attendance at his town hall on Monday.

A former top adviser to Jeb Bush says she’s leaving the GOP and will consider voting for Democrat Hillary Clinton if the race with Republican Donald Trump becomes close.

President Barack Obama says no one has given more for American freedom and security than the families of those who have died for their country.

Two U.S. cyber-security firms say that their analysis of computer breaches at the Democratic Party’s funding group for congressional candidates shows detailed evidence that the intrusions were likely linked to Russian hackers.

Islamic State extremists have entered the U.S. political uproar over slain Army Capt. Humayun Khan, whose father denounced Donald Trump at last week’s Democratic convention.

The commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars says Donald Trump’s criticism of the parents of an Army captain killed in Iraq is unacceptable."
New: GOP senators joining criticism of Trump over disparagement of Muslim soldier's parents

Fellow Republicans are joining the rising chorus of criticism of Donald Trump for his disparagement of the bereaved parents of U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, a Muslim who was awarded a Bronze Star after he was killed in 2004 in Iraq. Read More
"On Monday, Blunt advised Trump to 'focus on jobs and national security and stop responding to every criticism whether it's from a grieving family or Hillary Clinton.' Senators running for re-election — and Senate and House leaders — are concerned that the Republican nominee will damage their own campaigns.

The continuing controversy risks setting back whatever progress Trump made during his convention at winning over the independent voters who will probably be key in the fall election.

Yet he's repeatedly made inflammatory statements at little apparent political cost — and sometimes to his benefit — going back to the beginning of the campaign when he challenged the heroism of McCain, a prisoner of war in Vietnam, and branded Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. Many of his supporters have been drawn to his tendency to say the politically unthinkable. The question is whether this, finally, is a step too far." Associated Press
New: Trump feud with parents of slain soldier enters fourth day

Donald Trump’s feud with the parents of a Muslim Army captain killed in Iraq in 2004 entered its fourth day on Monday, as Republicans lined up to rebuke their own nominee while he traded attacks with ‘Gold Star’ father Khizr Khan. Read More
Outside of Trump, Khan was overall complimentary of the Republican Party, which he described as equally patriotic as the Democratic Party. The problem, Khan said, is that while many in the GOP have been quietly critical of their party’s nominee, very few Republican leaders who might be in a position to influence Trump have been publicly critical of his comments. Louis Nelson, Politico
New: John McCain Denounces Donald Trump’s Comments on Family of Muslim Soldier

In a remarkable and lengthy rebuke of his party’s nominee, Senator John McCain sharply criticized Donald J. Trump’s comments about the family of a fallen Muslim Army captain, saying, “While our party has bestowed upon him the nomination, it is not accompanied by unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us.” Read More
"Mr. McCain has also been a vocal proponent of American military aid in Ukraine and was almost certainly rankled by Mr. Trump’s comment over the weekend suggesting that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia was not involved in military moves into the area in spite of the fact that he seized the Crimean Peninsula." Jennifer Steinhauer, The New York Times
Trump Pushed For GOP To Change Ukraine Position, Now Claims He Didn’t

The pro-Russia change was the only party platform tweak the Trump camp cared about, sources say. Read More
"Last week, two RNC officials praised Trump for not pushing the party’s conservative grassroots activists to alter language on gay marriage or abortion. They said that, apart from the Ukraine change, Trump’s campaign seemed generally uninterested in the platform altogether.

The platform does not bind Republican candidates who win office and is often seen by political professionals as creating unnecessary vulnerabilities for the party. Still, the RNC officials said it was unusual but not surprising that the Ukraine plank was the only thing of concern to the Trump camp, given Manafort’s business ties to the country’s former president, Victor Yanukovych." S.V. Date, The Huffington Post
Republicans denounce Trump as confrontation with Muslim parents escalates

Donald Trump faced mounting criticism from leaders of his own party Sunday as a confrontation between the Republican nominee and the Muslim American parents of a soldier killed in Iraq continued to consume the presidential race. Read More
"Whether the fight with the Khans will ultimately hurt Trump among voters remains an open question. Some of Trump’s more controversial remarks, such as his attacks on a disabled reporter and a U.S.-born judge of Mexican descent, seem to have initially registered only to fade somewhat quickly." Katie Zezima, Washington Post
Did Trump go too far?

Donald Trump's criticism about the Muslim parents of a slain American soldier has generated -- once again -- a backlash within his own party.

Just 100 days from the election, Trump has responded in his standard fashion -- dig in, claim he's being treated unfairly and attack back.

But the swift condemnation of Trump's response raises questions about whether this controversy is different from the ones that came before it. Read More

GOP Reacts to Donald Trump's Controversial Remarks on Khan Family

Republicans have responded to a number of controversial comments that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump made about Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of an American soldier killed in Iraq. Their son, Capt. Humayun Khan, was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service. Read More

Backlash Grows Over Trump's Comments on Dead Muslim Soldier's Parents

Democrat Clinton says it's unacceptable to "scapegoat" on the basis of religion, ethnicity. Read More

McConnell, Ryan defend Khans amid Trump remarks

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan on Sunday waded into the controversy surrounding Donald Trump and his dismissive comments toward a Muslim-American couple whose son was killed in combat during the Iraq War. Read More

Will the GOP repudiate Trump’s cruelty to a fallen soldier’s family?

Republican politicians face a choice. They can accept Hillary Clinton’s invitation to abandon Donald Trump and prevent a redefinition of their party as a haven for bigotry. Or they can prop Trump up, try to maximize his vote — and thereby tarnish themselves for a generation. Read More
This article reflects one commentator's view of Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan's response to Donald Trump's criticism of Khizr and Ghazala Khan.
Trump stirs outrage after he lashes out at the Muslim parents of a dead U.S. soldier

Republican Donald Trump lashed out Saturday at two Muslim American parents who lost their son while he served in the U.S. military in Iraq and who appeared at the Democratic National Convention last week, stirring outrage among critics who said the episode proves that Trump lacks the compassion and temperament to be president. Read More

Trump retreats from claim that NFL sent letter regarding debates

Presidential candidate Donald Trump doesn’t like the fact that two of the three scheduled debates conflict with NFL prime-time games. He claimed in an interview with ABC’s This Week that the NFL sent him a letter calling the move “ridiculous.”

The league called him on it, saying no letter was sent. Apparently learning a lesson from the last time he took on the NFL (as owner of the USFL’s New Jersey Generals), Trump has backed down. Read More

What we know about the presidential debates and the NFL schedule

Paul Manafort, the manager of Donald Trump's campaign, said Sunday that Republican nominee's camp plans to meet with the Commission on Presidential Debates over the general-election debate dates, after Trump's accusation that Democrats were rigging the schedule in hopes of a smaller audience. Two of three general-election debates are scheduled on the same night as National Football League games.

The commission and the NFL have rejected Trump's accusation. The nonpartisan, independent commission said Sunday that a debate "has never been rescheduled as a result" of a conflict with NFL games. Here's what we know about the commission's debate scheduling. Read More

Trump campaign wrong about Clinton influence on debates against Sanders, Trump

There is no evidence in leaked DNC emails that the Clinton campaign lobbied for weekend dates or fewer debates in her primary fight against Sanders. There is also no evidence that the Clinton campaign had any hand in the setting the debates between Trump and Clinton.

A bipartisan commission released the chosen dates 11 months before Clinton and Trump secured the party’s nomination. Read More

Trump Says He Turned Down Koch Invite. Koch Aides Dispute He Got One.

'You’ll have to talk with him about what his facts are and what he’s relying on'

It was like a bad version of “Who’s On First?” as top lieutenants of Charles and David Koch, the billionaire political patrons, tried on Saturday to intimate that Donald Trump was lying without ever saying the words. Read More
"Have you noticed this about Trump? Nobody ever turns down a meeting with him. He turns down meetings with other people. Likewise, he never calls anyone. They call him. It doesn't matter who it is. President, pope, CEO, whatever. According to Trump, they're the ones who called first. His ego just can't stand the thought of anyone thinking that he's the guy who ever goes begging." Kevin Drum, Mother Jones
Kochs reject push to meet with Trump

Trump donors have been pushing the billionaire brothers to reconsider their lack of support for the GOP nominee. Read More

Koch network seeks to defuse donor frustration over Trump rebuff

Thirteen years after billionaire industrialist Charles Koch gathered a small group of his fellow libertarian donors in a Chicago hotel to discuss how to promote their economic theories, the network he launched is one of the country’s most potent political forces, with 1,600 staffers spread across 38 states.

But Koch’s refusal to harness his singular operation in support of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has put him at odds with some of his wealthiest peers — and forced the network to defend its relevance at a time of its greatest reach. Read More

John Allen predicts 'civil military crisis' if Trump is elected

The election of Republican Donald Trump as president could mean a breakdown in the relationship between civilian and military leaders, a former top commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan warned Sunday. Read More

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