Sunday, August 14, 2016

US Presidential Election: It ain't over til the fat lady sings - FURTHER UPDATES

New: RNC considers cutting cash to Trump

GOP officials lay the groundwork to blame their nominee if Clinton wins. Read More
Trump's character traits are not the kind that can be changed overnight if they can be changed at all. Trump must also be motivated to change them. He gives no indication that he is. He is one of those individuals who believes that he is always right. That type of individual is particularly resistant to change. In his mind he sees no need to change. His views may flipflop wildly but that does not mean that he has the capacity for change. His flipflopping is one of his character traits and is as deeply ingrained as his other character traits.
New: Trump Is Wrong, NAFTA Was Not Bill Clinton’s Creation

NAFTA was proposed, pushed, and “ceremoniously signed” by George H.W. Bush - a month before Bill Clinton was sworn in as president. Read More

New: GOP, make Donald Trump take a 'time-out'

Donald Trump really needs a time-out. I'm talking the type where Trump has to sit in silence in the corner for an extended period of time to put the brakes on his horrific behavior. He should do this for all of our sakes, as his words are becoming more erratic and alarming by the day. Read More
If a media blackout was imposed upon Trump, he would become more provocative. He would esculate his behavior. Time-out works only with children who have mild behavior problems. Those with more serious behavior problems need a different kind of intervention. 
New: US election: Changes in four states that could boost Clinton

For the past 16 years, the electoral map for US presidential elections has been variations on a familiar theme....

Now, however, a smattering of polls have shown Democrat Hillary Clinton within striking distance in a number of states that were out of reach of her recent predecessors. Read More

New: CNN host delivers brazen message to Trump campaign manager after allegations of media bias

CNN host Jake Tapper on Sunday morning refuted claims of media bias after Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, accused him of obeying the “Clinton narrative” while covering the election this week.

“These things, just because you say them, they are not true,” Tapper told Manafort. Read More

New: Capitol Insider: Trump backlash turns off Ohio rep

If Donald Trump’s team had only asked, instead demanded.

Then, state Rep. Niraj Antani says, he gladly would have taken down a tweet that offended the Trump campaign. Read More

New: Minnesota party picks McMullin as presidential nominee

The Independence Party of Minnesota has selected Evan McMullin as its 2016 presidential nominee, his campaign said in a statement. Read More

New: Evan McMullin’s presidential run could potentially blow up the Republican Party

The former CIA and Goldman Sachs employee just might manage to destroy the GOP's shrinking electoral coalition. Read More

New: Swarens: How Mike Pence wins by losing

It was still early in a Trump for President town hall here when Mike Pence was asked a question he may hear frequently in coming months: Will he run for president? Read More

Manafort denies reports of chaotic Trump campaign

Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Sunday echoed his candidate’s complaints about a recent story in The New York Times that depicted the Republican presidential nominee’s campaign as in disarray. Read More

Young voters flee Donald Trump in what may be historic trouncing, poll shows

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is consolidating the support of the Millennials who fueled Bernie Sanders' challenge during the primaries, a new USA TODAY/Rock the Vote Poll finds, as Republican Donald Trump heads toward the worst showing among younger voters in modern American history. Read More

What Donald Trump's shocking Utah trouble tells us

How to sum up everything that is going wrong for Donald Trump? In a word: Utah. Read More

The Latest: New Clinton voter drive aimed at Latinos

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is launching a new effort to tap into the political power of young, undocumented immigrants.

She’s hoping to capitalize on Donald Trump’s promises to deport them....

The 730,000 young people known as DREAMERs are prohibited from voting but they’ve helped mobilize many Latinos who can.

The program is part of an effort by Clinton to woo the record 27.3 million Latinos eligible to vote in 2016. Read More

Hillary Clinton’s Edge in a Donald Trump-Centric Race Has Liberals Wary

Liberal Democrats and progressive activists have grown wary of the state of the 2016 presidential race, chafing at Hillary Clinton’s big-tent courtship of Republican leaders they have long opposed and fearing the consequences of shaping the contest as a referendum on Donald J. Trump. Read More

Kaine: Trump's returns would show dodges, 'stingy' giving

Tim Kaine, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, used a speech Saturday in New Hampshire to lambaste Donald Trump for his continued refusal to release his tax returns, suggesting the Republican presidential nominee was trying to hide a "stingy" history of charitable giving and questioning his commitment to the military. Read More

Kaine: 'Even Richard Nixon' released his tax returns

Tim Kaine took aim at Donald Trump Saturday, slamming the Republican nominee for not releasing his tax returns. Read More

Donald Trump Becomes Sunday Show Whipping Boy

After a week in which Donald Trump managed somehow to continue to shock, some top Republicans piled on. Read More

Pence: Donald Trump was being 'serious' about Obama and ISIS

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Donald Trump was being "serious" when he spoke this week about President Barack Obama being the "founder" of ISIS, saying that the GOP nominee "getting people's attention." Read More

What I learned about Donald Trump on vacation

Trump is ubiquitous — in every sense of the word. He is there even when you aren't thinking about him or looking for news about him or politics more generally. What he has done in this campaign is weave himself into the cultural fabric in a way that makes him virtually inescapable.

He is Pokémon Go, the Kardashians or Swiddles.

This is great news for Trump, the brand. Trump is, after all, an unabashed believer in the idea that all press is good press. If you believe that the entirety of Trump's life has been a project in growing his #brand, then this presidential race is his crowning achievement. If he was big before this race, he is huge — excuse me, YUGE — now. There is nowhere — on the globe — where his name is now not known.

Being famous for being famous is a far less successful recipe for being elected president. Trump's ubiquity has come at a mighty cost; his willingness to say anything and everything to get headlines has perhaps fatally damaged his image and the ability of voters to imagine him as the next president of the United States. Read More

Donald Trump Blames ‘Disgusting’ Media For His Tanking Poll Numbers And Gaffes

Trump said he would be beating Hillary by 20 percent if it weren’t for the media. Read More
Crowd size and enthusiasm do not show that a candidate is fit for a particular office. They only show his ability to draw and work a crowd. As for the real message, it boils down to Trump. He has flipflopped on so many issues as this video shows that it is difficult to say where he really stands.

While he has portrayed Clinton as untrustworthy, he himself has made so many false claims and stretched the truth to such an extent that he himself can hardly be viewed as worthy of people's trust. He boasts about his deliberate unpredictability, how he likes to keep people off-balance and how he relishes their confusion. Rather than taking responsibility as a great leader would, he blames others. This has consistently been his pattern even before the primary elections.

Whether or not Trump likes it, he himself through his own words and behavior has turned the election into a referendum on his fitness to serve as President of the United States.

Trump supporters are faced with a choice. They can recognize that in supporting Trump's candidacy, they have made a bad choice and cast their vote for someone else. Or they can refuse to admit to themselves that the choice they made was a bad one, buy into Trump's denial of responsibility, and join him in blaming others.
Independent Candidate Evan McMullin Says He’s Not Responsible If Trump Loses

New independent candidate for president Evan McMullin said his entrance into the race won't affect Donald Trump's chances because "it's so likely that Donald Trump will lose" anyway. Read More

Trump's new problem: His lead on economic issues is gone

Clinton pushing 'Family First' economics. Read More

App maker: Trump will win election

Despite a majority of opinion polls showing the 2016 presidential election going to Democrat Hillary Clinton, a smartphone app developer says his data suggests challenger Donald Trump will be the victor. Read More
"Douglas Rivers, a Stanford University political science professor and chief scientist for YouGov, which conducts online polls with such partners as CBS and the Economist, disagrees. 'What do they know about these people?' Rivers says. 'We worry a lot about who we’re talking to.' So either the traditional polls are right or Militi is onto something, with a different way of polling that lets citizens answer more openly. We'll find out on Nov. 8, when voters go to the real polls." Jefferson Graham, USA Today
100 days of Donald Trump

What would a Trump presidency look like? A 100-day POLITICO investigation. Read More

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