Wednesday, August 10, 2016

2016 US Presidential Election: What Next?!

Donald Trump's Controversial Speech Often Dances With The Line

Trump has repeatedly made public comments that have seemed to many observers to push or violate the boundaries of acceptable political discourse in the United States. Read More

What Trump Gets Wrong About Clinton and the Second Amendment

I interpreted Donald Trump as suggesting on Tuesday that “the Second Amendment” people might use violence to stop Hillary Clinton from enacting gun-control laws that would be upheld by a U.S. Supreme Court she would shape. But that’s not what I’m going to write about here. I’m going to write about what else Trump got wrong about the Second Amendment and gun politics, apart from his intimation of insurrection. Read More

Top Democrats warn against writing off Trump

As the GOP nominee's poll numbers continue to sag, fear of complacency is suddenly a hot topic of discussion on the left. Read More
"The worry, spelled out in a series of private conversations, conference calls, and campaign communiques over the last two weeks, is that the party’s efforts could end up underfunded and its turnout operations neglected against an opponent whose campaign is one big political death-defying act." Gabriel Debenedetti, Politico
List: Which Republicans oppose Trump and why?

Here's a semi-comprehensive list we'll be updating of the many notable Republicans who have said they won't support GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, why they're opposing him, and who they'll back instead. Read More

Donald Trump Attacks Hillary Clinton After More Emails Released

Donald Trump's campaign is responding to a newly released batch of emails belonging to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, calling it "more evidence that Hillary Clinton lacks the judgment, character, stability and temperament to be within 1,000 miles of public power." Read More

Donald Trump’s Newest Adviser Once Compared Syrian Refugees to Rattlesnakes

Texas ag commissioner Sid Miller, the latest addition to Trump's food and farms team, is a real character. Read More

Donald Trump is watching his support erode in one of the most important battleground states

Donald Trump's poll numbers are plummeting in a state that's crucial to him winning the presidency. Read More

As Clinton builds staff advantage, Trump counts on rise of independent, GOP voters in Florida

Throughout the state, mainstream Republicans are growing increasingly antsy that Trump has no actual campaign. Read More

New national and Pennsylvania polls pretty much what you’d expect

A strange but true fact. Although everyone understands that the election will boil down to Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, with Trump needing a clean sweep to have a real chance at national victory, there’s been exactly one poll of Florida and Ohio since the Democratic convention. (That was a Suffolk poll of Florida a week ago, which showed Clinton up six.) Read More

Trump and the Art of the Squander

Donald Trump's campaign reset was barely 24 hours old when he ventured off script and into the familiar territory of controversy, squandering his chances of changing the political conversation yet again. Read More

'A bloody line has been crossed': Joe Scarborough says GOP 'must dump' Donald Trump from ticket

With less than 100 days until the general election, conservative commentator Joe Scarborough on Tuesday night implored the Republican Party to fully disavow and remove Donald Trump from the party's ticket, pointing to a series of reverberating mistakes the New York businessman has made since accepting the presidential nomination as evidence the GOP "must dump" him. Read More

How Trump's 2nd Amendment remark burned through Twitter before he even left the room

It was a case study in how a single remark can shake up a campaign before a speech is even over. Read More

Trump's Second Amendment remarks are his latest dangerous falsehoods

For years fringe figures on the right have spoken of "Second Amendment solutions" in ways that leave little doubt they are talking about people using their guns to solve political problems. In the uproar that followed Trump's remarks, his staff said he was only referring to the voting power of gun rights supporters. However, Clinton supporters believe Trump implied a threat of violence against her. The Secret Service, which is tasked with protecting both Clinton and Trump, may have to investigate the candidate's statement. The agency recently looked into a Trump surrogate's suggestion that Clinton be executed "for treason."

No one should be mistaken about Trump's intentions. He has consistently used rhetorical sleights of hand to say outrageous things without being held responsible for them. Trump's Second Amendment statements came a day after he said he heard "many people saying" that Clinton was linked to the Iranian government's execution of a scientist who aided the United States. Read More

Trump must go: Hinting at assassination is too much, even for him

Donald Trump must end his campaign for the White House in a reckoning with his own madness, while praying that nothing comes of his musing about an assassination of Hillary Clinton. Read More

The Trump debate: What did he mean?

The furor over Donald Trump's comments about gun owners' power in the presidential campaign continued Wednesday. Read More

Donald Trump hints at assassination of Hillary Clinton by gun rights supporters

Donald Trump has been accused of a making an “assassination threat” against rival Hillary Clinton, plunging his presidential campaign into a fresh crisis. Read More

Donald Trump: 'Second Amendment' gun advocates could deal with Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump set off a fierce new controversy Tuesday with remarks about the right to bear arms that were interpreted by many as a threat of violence against Hillary Clinton. Read More

'History is watching': Dan Rather rips Trump in epic Facebook rant

Dan Rather, formerly of CBS Evening News, took to Facebook in a scathing rant after Donald Trump implied that people with guns could stop Hillary Clinton as president from appointing anti-gun judges. Read More

Trump floats assassination theory but everything is fine

Don't worry, guys, everything's going to be fine.

I know that because people who support GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump say so, usually right after Trump says something that makes me believe everything's not going to be at all fine. Read More

Rep. King: Trump should 'absolutely' take back Second Amendment remark

But King (R-N.Y.) also said in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the media had overplayed Trump’s comments and dismissed the notion that they were somehow disqualifying for the Manhattan billionaire’s White House bid. Instead, the New York congressman compared Trump’s remarks to the Democratic National Convention, which he said was much more disqualifying because it spotlighted “anti-police people” and the mothers of black Americans killed by law enforcement officers. Read More

Donald Trump May Not Get The Debate Moderators He Wants

Because the Commission on Presidential Debates “does whatever the hell it wants.” Read More

Donald Trump Has Staffers Ditching the Republican Party Like Crazy

Several staffers who have left the Republican National Committee in recent months have done so because of their unease about working to elect GOP nominee Donald Trump, according to a new report. Read More

 Donald Trump Is Already Setting Up His Next Con

 Trump’s lies about election rigging will do real damage to a Clinton presidency. Read More

Donald Trump's Tax-Return Dodge

The main risk of disclosure is political rather than legal. Trump’s returns may show that he pays a very low effective tax rate. They may also show that he gives very little to charity, or show foreign financial entanglements. But there is another, less obvious risk of disclosure, according to Michel. “He knows that if he discloses his tax returns, there will be thousands of tax professionals in this country going over them with a fine-tooth comb,” he said. “And, in the public discussion of the returns, there may be issues in his audit that might not yet have arisen, and the I.R.S. hasn’t found them. The auditing agent may get the idea to ask about something he hasn’t thought about. That’s probably one reason why he may be reluctant to turn them over.” Again, though, this possibility is a personal financial risk for the candidate, not a legal barrier to disclosure. Read More

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