Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by hushpuppy, Apr 12, 2011.
Yay Schoolhouse Rock!
Here is another one to Tweet to the Trumpster:
Man staring down press removed from Trump rally | POLITICO
Security guards removed a man staring menacingly at the press from a Donald Trump campaign rally on Saturday.
A television reporter notified a security guard that the rally attendee was holding an object in his hand and described him as a “very dangerous man” after noticing the man facing away from Trump and staring at length directly at members of the press. Minutes later, security guards removed the man from the Phoenix Convention Center.
The incident comes as Trump’s attacks on the press have grown more extreme in recent weeks, with the Republican nominee accusing journalists and bankers of colluding with Hillary Clinton’s campaign to destroy him as part of a vast globalist conspiracy.
Earlier this month, in response to that rhetoric, Jonathan Greenblatt, the head of the Anti-Defamation League, warned, "Whether Intentionally or not, Donald Trump is evoking classic anti-Semitic themes that have historically been used against Jews and still reverberate today."
It was not the only press-related incident at Saturday's rally. Minutes before the man was removed, two other men began shouting at the press pen. One of them, wearing a hat with a mushroom cloud and the words “bombislam.com” as well as a shirt with former President Bill Clinton’s face and the word “rape” began shouting, “Bill Clinton’s a rapist.” His companion, wearing a “Hillary for Prison” shirt, shouted at the press, “You are rapists” and “you need to pay for Bill Clinton’s rape,” adding, “You are responsible.”
That same man, when the crowd broke into a chant of “U-S-A” stood at the metal barrier separating the press from the crowd and shouted at members of the press, “Jew-S-A.”
Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said: "The campaign strongly condemns this kind of rhetoric and behavior. It is not acceptable at our rallies or elsewhere."
According to Trump campaign aide Stephanie Grisham, the man was not staring at the press and instead had turned his back on Trump because he did not like Trump's talking points about voter suppression.
Towards the end of Trump’s speech, as the travelling press filed out of the pen to wait by Trump’s motorcade backstage, the Republican nominee called reporters “terrible people” and said that the media won’t tell the public that the national murder rate is at a 45-year high, a false claim that Trump regularly repeats at his rallies.
Trump Attacks Clinton As Supporter Chants 'Jew S. A.' | Huffington Post
Trump changed his mind
Donald Trump Encourages His Supporters To Vote Twice | Huffington Post
GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump frequently complains about the possibility of “voter fraud” swaying the 2016 presidential election in favor of Democrats, and on Sunday he told supporters in Colorado they should take secondary steps ― ones that could result in fraudulent vote tallies ― in order to guard against this.
Colorado is one of three states in the nation where ballots are mailed to all registered voters and can be filled out and returned by mail. Voters are also welcome to vote in person.
“Who here has sent in their ballot?” Trump asked a crowd of more than 2,000 supporters at a rally in Greeley. The crowd replied with a roaring affirmative cheer.
Trump then asked, “When you send your ballot in, do you think it’s properly counted?” The crowd was quiet for a second before people realized that the correct answer was “No!”
“You can check on your ballot to make sure it’s counted properly,” Trump said. “You can go to [Greeley voting location] University Center and they’ll give you a ballot, a new ballot. They’ll void your old ballot and give you a new ballot. And you can go out and make sure it gets in,” Trump said.
“In some places, they probably do that four or five times, but we don’t do that,” he added.
My fellow Americans need to recognize manipulative obedience training when they see it.
This is the weirdest election ever.
Despite emails, Republicans still think Trump will lose. Here’s why. | The Washington Post
Trump Tower Live Does Not Bode Well for Trump TV | Slate
The Trump campaign’s new Facebook Live show is missing the key ingredient of good cable news.
Read the letter.
If he privately told Bob Goodlatte anything different, then he's even more compromised than he currently is.
After they read the emails, the FBI will have to decide if they're actually relevant.
Several pundits have speculated that the Clinton campaign or surrogates would likely release any major opposition research - a tape, an allegation, a compelling victim or witness - that they might have kept in reserve today (Monday), in response to the Comey/email letter, with the hope being to split attention off from the emails and onto something new and bad about Trump during these last few weekday news cycles.
Any sign of anything like this yet, if it's forthcoming? Just curious.
Since most posters here are well aware of what was in the search results yesterday, I think we can join in on a chorus of "What the fuck is he talking about?"
All Hilary has to do is poke him and he will get off message
It really is insane that Trump got away with not releasing his tax returns. | Slate
At first, Trump claimed he could not release his returns because he was under audit. But that doesn’t prevent him from releasing his returns—as the Internal Revenue Service said in February. Even if it did, Trump has plenty of older tax returns that are not under audit that he could release. Interestingly, he’s never produced an audit letter from the IRS, causing some to question whether he really has been under audit. After a number of people, including many Republicans, urged Trump to disclose his returns, his son Donald Trump Jr. floated another reason why he shouldn’t release his returns, one that was at least refreshingly honest but no less troubling. Donald Jr. argued that releasing the returns would detract from his father’s main message. No doubt!
Trump’s failure to release his returns led to a spate of speculation about what he might be hiding. Theories included evidence that he gave little or nothing to charity, the possibility that he paid little or no tax, his use of aggressive or illegal tax shelters, possible connections to the mafia or Russian oligarchs, and evidence that he was far less wealthy and successful than he claimed. Given the parade of horribles that people imagined, many suggested that Trump should disclose to end the wild speculation. Others assumed that he was hiding something even worse. Some even argued that his true ambition was not to be president, but rather to bolster his brand for his own aggrandizement.
Trump is refusing to pay nearly $767K owed to his campaign pollster | Chicago Tribune
Donald Trump's hiring of pollster Tony Fabrizio in May was viewed as a sign that the real estate mogul was finally bringing seasoned operatives into his insurgent operation.
But the Republican presidential nominee appears to have taken issue with some of the services provided by the veteran GOP strategist, who has advised candidates from 1996 GOP nominee Bob Dole to Florida Gov. Rick Scott. The Trump campaign's latest Federal Election Commission report shows that it is disputing nearly $767,000 that Fabrizio's firm says it is still owed for polling.
Trump campaign officials declined to provide details about the reason the campaign has declined to pay the sum to Fabrizio Lee, the pollster's Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based firm. "This is an administrative issue that we're resolving internally," said senior communications adviser Jason Miller. Fabrizio did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Democrats sue Trump for alleged voter intimidation in four states | Reuters
Democratic Party officials sued Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in four battleground states on Monday, seeking to shut down a poll-watching effort they said was designed to harass minority voters in the Nov. 8 election.
In lawsuits filed in federal courts in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Arizona and Ohio, Democrats argued that Trump and Republican Party officials were mounting a "campaign of vigilante voter intimidation" that violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act and an 1871 law aimed at the Ku Klux Klan.
"Trump has sought to advance his campaign's goal of 'voter suppression' by using the loudest microphone in the nation to implore his supporters to engage in unlawful intimidation," the Ohio Democratic Party wrote in a legal filing. Similar language was used in the other lawsuits.
From Raw Story
I don't think this will dilute the FBI release about Clinton
The Comey letter's chances of flipping the POTUS race might be small, since Clinton already had such a large lead. The chances of it flipping the Senate from Democratic to Republican control, on the other hand, are much much higher. It probably will affect close House and Senate races on an individual basis. Comey is smart enough to know that, so I think the charge of violating the Hatch Act is par for the action. Reid's criticism of the letter being premature given that they do not even know if the emails are entirely duplicative of evidence they've already examined is spot on.
I read it, but thanks for the suggestion.
Paul Ryan is in for a bad year. He'll be a target for Trump and his own TeaParty _Freedom Caucus_ hates him too.
No one wanted to be Speaker but he was called, consolidated his congressional base and went for it.
It's a good analysis.
More stinging analysis from the Atlantic.
Paul Ryan will have a bad year whoever wins.
"A frequent weapon for Democrats in the 2016 election is to publicly malign those they regard as critics and adversaries as Russia sympathizers, Putin stooges, or outright agents of the Kremlin. To put it mildly, this is not a new tactic in U.S. political discourse, and it’s worth placing it in historical context. That’s particularly true given how many people have now been targeted with this attack."
There's much more at link. Article is from August, by Glen Greenwald. As you may or may not know, HRC is now claiming Comey has something to do with the Russians some how. She's also blaming Russia for Wikileaks (which hadn't started leaking her emails when Greenwald wrote this article.)
Article is accompanied by this picture, showing how terrified she is of Putin.
"WASHINGTON — For much of the summer, the F.B.I. pursued a widening investigation into a Russian role in the American presidential campaign. Agents scrutinized advisers close to Donald J. Trump, looked for financial connections with Russian financial figures, searched for those involved in hacking the computers of Democrats, and even chased a lead — which they ultimately came to doubt — about a possible secret channel of email communication from the Trump Organization to a Russian bank.
Law enforcement officials say that none of the investigations so far have found any conclusive or direct link between Mr. Trump and the Russian government. And even the hacking into Democratic emails, F.B.I. and intelligence officials now believe, was aimed at disrupting the presidential election rather than electing Mr. Trump.
Hillary Clinton’s supporters, angry over what they regard as a lack of scrutiny of Mr. Trump by law enforcement officials, pushed for these investigations. In recent days they have also demanded that James B. Comey, the director of the F.B.I., discuss them publicly, as he did last week when he announced that a new batch of emails possibly connected to Mrs. Clinton had been discovered.
Supporters of Mrs. Clinton have argued that Mr. Trump’s evident affinity for Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin — Mr. Trump has called him a great leader and echoed his policies toward NATO, Ukraine and the war in Syria — and the hacks of leading Democrats like John D. Podesta, the chairman of the Clinton campaign, are clear indications that Russia has taken sides in the presidential race and that voters should know what the F.B.I. has found."
<much more at the link>
Hillary Clinton's Emails Are Back: A Closer Look | Late Night with Seth Meyers
Seth takes a closer look at the revelation that the FBI discovered more emails that might be relevant to the investigation of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's private server.
A Veteran Spy Has Given the FBI Information Alleging a Russian Operation to Cultivate Donald Trump
By David Corn, Mother Jones
On Friday, FBI Director James Comey set off a political blast when he informed congressional leaders that the bureau had stumbled across emails that might be pertinent to its completed inquiry into Hillary Clinton's handling of emails when she was secretary of state. The Clinton campaign and others criticized Comey for intervening in a presidential campaign by breaking with Justice Department tradition and revealing information about an investigation—information that was vague and perhaps ultimately irrelevant—so close to Election Day. On Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid upped the ante. He sent Comey a fiery letter saying the FBI chief may have broken the law and pointed to a potentially greater controversy: "In my communications with you and other top officials in the national security community, it has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors, and the Russian government…The public has a right to know this information."
Reid's missive set off a burst of speculation on Twitter and elsewhere. What was he referring to regarding the Republican presidential nominee? At the end of August, Reid had written to Comey and demanded an investigation of the "connections between the Russian government and Donald Trump's presidential campaign," and in that letter he indirectly referred to Carter Page, an American businessman cited by Trump as one of his foreign policy advisers, who had financial ties to Russia and had recently visited Moscow. Last month, Yahoo News reported that US intelligence officials were probing the links between Page and senior Russian officials. (Page has called accusations against him "garbage.") On Monday, NBC News reported that the FBI has mounted a preliminary inquiry into the foreign business ties of Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chief. But Reid's recent note hinted at more than the Page or Manafort affairs. And a former senior intelligence officer for a Western country who specialized in Russian counterintelligence tells Mother Jones that in recent months he provided the bureau with memos, based on his recent interactions with Russian sources, contending the Russian government has for years tried to co-opt and assist Trump—and that the FBI requested more information from him.
Does this mean the FBI is investigating whether Russian intelligence has attempted to develop a secret relationship with Trump or cultivate him as an asset? Was the former intelligence officer and his material deemed credible or not? An FBI spokeswoman says, "Normally, we don't talk about whether we are investigating anything." But a senior US government official not involved in this case but familiar with the former spy tells Mother Jones that he has been a credible source with a proven record of providing reliable, sensitive, and important information to the US government.
In June, the former Western intelligence officer—who spent almost two decades on Russian intelligence matters and who now works with a US firm that gathers information on Russia for corporate clients—was assigned the task of researching Trump's dealings in Russia and elsewhere, according to the former spy and his associates in this American firm. This was for an opposition research project originally financed by a Republican client critical of the celebrity mogul. (Before the former spy was retained, the project's financing switched to a client allied with Democrats.) "It started off as a fairly general inquiry," says the former spook, who asks not to be identified. But when he dug into Trump, he notes, he came across troubling information indicating connections between Trump and the Russian government. According to his sources, he says, "there was an established exchange of information between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin of mutual benefit."
This was, the former spy remarks, "an extraordinary situation." He regularly consults with US government agencies on Russian matters, and near the start of July on his own initiative—without the permission of the US company that hired him—he sent a report he had written for that firm to a contact at the FBI, according to the former intelligence officer and his American associates, who asked not to be identified. (He declines to identify the FBI contact.) The former spy says he concluded that the information he had collected on Trump was "sufficiently serious" to share with the FBI.
Mother Jones has reviewed that report and other memos this former spy wrote. The first memo, based on the former intelligence officer's conversations with Russian sources, noted, "Russian regime has been cultivating, supporting and assisting TRUMP for at least 5 years. Aim, endorsed by PUTIN, has been to encourage splits and divisions in western alliance." It maintained that Trump "and his inner circle have accepted a regular flow of intelligence from the Kremlin, including on his Democratic and other political rivals." It claimed that Russian intelligence had "compromised" Trump during his visits to Moscow and could "blackmail him." It also reported that Russian intelligence had compiled a dossier on Hillary Clinton based on "bugged conversations she had on various visits to Russia and intercepted phone calls."
The former intelligence officer says the response from the FBI was "shock and horror." The FBI, after receiving the first memo, did not immediately request additional material, according to the former intelligence officer and his American associates. Yet in August, they say, the FBI asked him for all information in his possession and for him to explain how the material had been gathered and to identify his sources. The former spy forwarded to the bureau several memos—some of which referred to members of Trump's inner circle. After that point, he continued to share information with the FBI. "It's quite clear there was or is a pretty substantial inquiry going on," he says.
Trump hotline to Moscow bank revealed as FBI probes Kremlin's five-year plan: reports
We Now Have an Even Clearer Picture of How Brazenly Trump Tried to Avoid Paying Taxes | Slate
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his supporters like to claim that his business practices reveal his smarts. After the New York Times published a portion of his 1995 taxes in early October, showing he claimed a $916 million loss, surrogates like Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christie immediately proclaimed him a “genius.” “There are not very many smart businessmen who don’t take advantage of the legal tax laws that are there. And if they are, then they are not very good businessmen,” Giuliani argued.
Now, thanks to the latest investigation of Trump’s taxes by the New York Times, our portrait of Trump as a taxpayer is a little bit clearer: He isn’t just a businessman who’s so brilliant he managed to lose, either outright or on paper, close to $1 billion. He’s also one who tried to push the law to its limits — and perhaps past them — to avoid paying the tax man.
We don’t know how successful Trump was at making good on this scheme, since the candidate has refused to release his tax returns (an unprecedented and dangerous violation of election norms that Adam Chodorow lamented in Slate this week). What we do know: Every time there is a new revelation about Trump’s relationship with the IRS, it looks more and more troublesome. And this one reveals a shocking brazenness.
In the early 1990s, Trump convinced financial organizations that loaned him money to build a casino empire in Atlantic City to forgive debt he almost certainly could not repay. The banks and bondholders went along not because they were enamored with Trump’s supposed business savvy but because of the epic scale of his failures. They had loaned him so much money in the past for his misbegotten enterprises that they needed to keep him afloat in hopes of getting something back.
Gawker-Killer Peter Thiel Gets Softballs From the National Press Club
By Naomi LaChance, The Intercept
Peter Thiel bankrolled the lawsuit that destroyed Gawker Media earlier this year, putting him in the vanguard of the wave of press intimidation that his chosen presidential candidate, Donald Trump, is also riding.
So Thiel’s appearance at the National Press Club on Monday was highly anticipated.
But welcoming Thiel to what he called the “lion’s den,” Press Club President Thomas Burr did not take an adversarial position, instead asking Thiel softball questions and leaving numerous inaccurate statements uncorrected. Reporters had no opportunity to independently ask Thiel questions; instead, Burr chose them from index cards submitted online.
Thiel is, as my colleague Sam Biddle wrote previously, “dangerous and fascinating.” The Paypal co-founder has many eccentric beliefs and projects, including a desire for blood transfusions from young people as a way to stave off death. Mark Zuckerburg recently defended Thiel’s role on the Facebook board as “diversity.”
Among the questions:
• Do you see this election as anything more than a contest to see who will be the next captain of the Titanic?
• Has your company suffered any blowback because of your position?
• In your RNC convention speech you said, “where I work in Silicon Valley, it’s hard to see where America has gone wrong.” Do you think Silicon Valley understands America, and what’s that source of disconnect?
• Was the timing of your donation to the Trump campaign in any way related to the revelation of the Access Hollywood tape about Mr. Trump? (Thiel already said that Trump’s comments about women were “clearly offensive and inappropriate”)
• Do you think that what happened to Gawker could happen to other news organizations?
• What do you think of the problems with the news media, and what do you think that means for society? And what would you do to fix them?
• As a libertarian, what do you think are the greatest threats to your freedom today, and what do you think can help increase people’s individual freedoms?
Thiel called Gawker a “singularly sociopathic bully,” and added, “these were not journalists.” Burr offered no rebuttal. He could have mentioned, for example, that Gawker was the first site to report Hillary Clinton’s use of emails from a nongovernment account, as Gizmodo Media Group Executive Editor John Cook noted Monday.
“One class of people [Gawker] especially hated were other reporters, other writers. And in the sort of prehistory as we were building up this case there were a few people I talked to about it, and some of the people who encouraged me to keep going were some of my friends in the media, because they knew how much Gawker had actually specifically targeted more successful writers and reporters over the years,” Thiel said. Burr didn’t ask for examples.
14 ? 13 ? now 12, how young does Trump go ?
This is so good that I'm copypasta its entirety
" Various outlets reported that Donald Trump would give a "policy speech" about health care Tuesday in Pennsylvania. My boss made me watch it because she dislikes me on a personal level and wants me to be unhappy. The upshot for you, the reader, is that I can now report that the portion of Trump's Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, speech that involved health care policy in the United States lasted 5 minutes and 22 seconds. He started off promising to repeal Obamacare, obviously, and went on about it a few minutes. Here was the entirety of what he said about his own health care plan:
Our replacement plan includes health savings accounts, a nationwide insurance market where you can purchase across state lines, and letting states manage Medicaid dollars.
I'm not exaggerating. That was it. (The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated that Trump's plan would increase the number of uninsured Americans by 21 million. For a good breakdown of why selling insurance across state lines wouldn't be a cure-all solution to the problem of high premium prices, click here.)
"It will be a much better health care at a much less expensive cost," Trump concluded. Those are his exact words.
Truly a majestic policy address of statesmanlike eloquence. I will now light myself on fire."
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