Posts Tagged ‘ Donald Trump ’

Trump plans would worsen immigration problems

September 13, 2016
posted by

Cato Institute
by Tim Lynch  

"Donald Trump recently proposed the creation of a new Deportation Task Force that will target millions of people in the United States. Trump wants voters to think they will reap the benefits of his plan while the citizens of Mexico will shoulder all of the costs, such as paying for a new wall. But his plan will actually have spillover effects on Americans by exacerbating problems that plague our legal system." (09/12/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/trump-plans-would-worsen-immigration-problems  

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How Trump ended the ObamaCare debate

September 12, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by David Frum  

"Trump feels no obligation to ideological consistency or budgetary coherence. So he can deal with the danger with a sequence of gimmicks: denounce Obamacare, promise to replace it with something better and cheaper, offer no specifics at all about what that something is, worry not even a little that the promise to improve Obamacare conflicts with the scant details of the policy he supposedly offers, and then ... avoid the whole subject of health care to the maximum extent possible. That solution will not be available, however, to the Republicans who follow Donald Trump. Assuming he loses the presidency (which seems a safe assumption) Republicans will not regain an opportunity to reform health care their way until 2021. By that time, the Affordable Care Act will have been the law of the land for eight years. Its defects will be more visible than ever. The expectations generated by the act will be more entrenched than ever, too." (09/12/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/09/health-care-debate-2021/499589/  

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Clinton: “I regret” noticing character of Trump’s supporters

September 11, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Hillary Clinton was on cleanup duty Saturday after saying at a fundraiser the previous night that half of Donald Trump's supporters, which numbered 13.3 million in the Republican primaries, fall into the 'basket of deplorables.' 'Last night I was 'grossly generalistic,' and that's never a good idea,' she said in a statement. 'I regret saying 'half' -- that was wrong.'" [editor's note: True, true. 90% sounds a lot more realistic. Her supporters, too - TLK] (09/10/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/09/10/clinton-trump-supporters-deplorable/90182922/  

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Facebook co-founder donates $20 million to defeat Trump

September 10, 2016
posted by

Politico    

"A co-founder of Facebook is shelling out $20 million to help Hillary Clinton and the Democrats in this year's elections. Dustin Moskovitz, who co-founded Facebook with Mark Zuckerberg and went on to found Asana, explained in a post on Medium that his decision to use 'large amounts of money' was 'not easy,' but that 'this cycle is different.' ... He said the Republicans and their nominee, Donald Trump, are running on 'a zero-sum vision, stressing a false contest between their constituency and the rest of the world.' The Democrats, in contrast, are 'running on a vision of optimism, pragmatism, inclusiveness and mutual benefit,' he writes." [hat tip -- Jerry McGovern] [editor's note: Well, he got the half about the Republicans right, anyway; on the Democrats, he's laughably wrong - TLK] (09/09/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/dustin-moskovitz-facebook-2016-donation-227931  

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Clinton, Trump try to BS veterans in forum appearances

September 8, 2016
posted by

New York Times    

"Hillary Clinton defended her support for military intervention in Libya and the nuclear deal with Iran in a television forum on Wednesday, but flatly ruled out sending American troops to Iraq. Mrs. Clinton also denied again that she had been careless with classified information as secretary of state, arguing that it was her 'rock steadiness' that made her the better choice for president. ... After Mrs. Clinton’s appearance, Mr. Trump attacked the foreign policy of the Obama administration, which he called 'the dumbest foreign policy' he had ever seen. The leadership of the military, Mr. Trump said, had been 'reduced to rubble.' He also repeated the false claim that he had been against the war in Iraq from the beginning." (09/07/16)

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/08/us/politics/hillary-clinton-donald-trump-national-security.html  

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Let Gary Johnson debate Clinton and Trump

September 1, 2016
posted by

Michael D. Tanner Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner  

"We are now less than a month from the first presidential debate, but several questions remain to be decided. Will Donald Trump show up? Who will be the moderator? And, perhaps most important, will there be three podiums on the stage or just two? Given that 57 percent of voters say they feel dissatisfied with a choice between Clinton and Trump, one might think that debate organizers would be eager to include a credible third-party candidate in the mix. A former two-term governor who will likely be on the ballot in all 50 states and is running in double digits in many polls would fit that criteria. But unless something changes over the next few weeks, it seems likely that the candidate who fits that description will not be invited." (08/31/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/let-gary-johnson-debate-clinton-trump-read  

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Trump campaign manager: “Rape would not exist” if women were stronger

August 31, 2016
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Time Time    

"Donald Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway has an interesting solution to sexual violence -- it 'would not exist,' she said, if women were 'physiologically as strong as men.' Conway, who took the reins of Trump's campaign earlier this month to become the first woman to ever run a Republican presidential campaign in the general election, made the comments during a PBS panel discussion in 2013. They were dredged up this week by an anti-Trump super PAC, the Democratic Coalition Against Trump, and covered by a number of media outlets, including CNN." (08/31/16)

http://motto.time.com/4473683/kellyanne-conway-trump-rape/  

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Trump’s campaign disavows David Duke robocall

August 30, 2016
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Politico    

"Donald Trump’s campaign disavowed a robocall from Louisiana Senate candidate David Duke in which the former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard urged voters to 'stand up and vote for Donald Trump for president and vote for me, David Duke, for the U.S. Senate.' 'Mr. Trump has continued to denounce David Duke and any group or individual associated with a message of hate,' the Trump campaign said in a statement to POLITICO." (08/29/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/david-duke-trump-robocall-227510  

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Trump vows to begin deportations immediately if sworn in

August 28, 2016
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Yahoo! News Yahoo! News    

"Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump linked illegal immigration [sic] and employment Saturday, pledging to start deporting offenders as soon as he is sworn in should he become the White House's next occupant. Trump all the while courted the black vote, claiming that the shooting of basketball star Dwyane Wade's cousin will make African Americans support him, but the move instead triggered a firestorm of criticism." (08/27/16)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-vows-begin-deportations-immediately-sworn-221742050.html  

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First Thiel, now the Trumps: How billionaires threaten free speech

August 25, 2016
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OpEdNews
by Trevor Timm  

"Less than 24 hours after Gawker.com was killed by billionaire Peter Thiel's legal crusade against it, another billionaire couple -- Donald and Melania Trump -- is already using the same law firm Thiel did to threaten more media organizations into silence. And this time, it could have a direct effect on the presidential election. The Guardian reported late on Monday night that Melania Trump's lawyers have sent threatening letters and are considering filing lawsuits against a variety of media organizations -- including the Daily Mail, Politico and the Week -- for reporting on rumors of Melania Trump's past, including her alleged immigration status when she came to the United States." (08/25/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/First-Thiel-now-the-Trump-by-Trevor-Timm-Billionaires_First-Amendment-Speech_Gawker_Journalism-160824-454.html  

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A mandateless election

August 25, 2016
posted by

Michael D. Tanner National Review
by Michael D Tanner  

"Less than half of both Trump and Clinton voters say that they 'strongly support' their candidate. Overall, 57 percent of voters say that they are dissatisfied with both candidates, including 31 percent who are 'very dissatisfied.' Only 13 percent report that they are 'very satisfied' with their choice. Since, barring a Gary Johnson upset or intervention by the Sweet Meteor of Death, one of them will have to win, millions of Americans will be voting for someone they don’t think should be president. In fact, half of all those voting for Clinton and 55 percent of those voting for Trump say that they are actually voting against the other candidate rather than for their choice. That's not exactly what one would call a mandate." (08/24/16)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/439276/mandate-govern-will-either-candidate-have-it  

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Trump vs. Clinton: It’s all about the debates

August 24, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Ted Rall  

"[I]f the election were held today, Hillary Clinton would beat Trump by a sizable margin. But that's not the case. Two months is a long time. Old scandals percolate; new ones emerge. Another terrorist attack could prompt voters to turn to the right. By far the biggest potential game changer, however, are the presidential debates. Conventional wisdom says Hillary Clinton will use her superior command of the facts and her ability to namedrop world leaders to run circles around Trump. But conventional wisdom is often wrong -- just ask unstoppable 2016 Republican presidential nominee Jeb Bush. I think Donald will trounce Hillary in the debates." (08/23/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/08/23/trump-vs-clinton-its-all-about-the-debates/  

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On behalf of Carrier, a word regarding Trump’s tariff

August 23, 2016
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Daniel R Pearson  

"Carrier, a manufacturer of air conditioners, has received more than its fair share of attention during this political year. Throughout the campaign, Donald Trump has expressed his displeasure that Carrier and a related firm have decided to move 2,100 manufacturing jobs from Indiana to Monterrey, Mexico, where the company has existing production facilities. Back in February, Trump threatened that as president he would offer Carrier the choice of keeping its factories in the United States, or else subject itself to a tariff on air conditioners imported from Mexico. 'I'm going to tell them, 'Now I'm going to get consensus from Congress and we're going to tax you.'' This protectionist reaction ignores the underlying reasons that likely are driving Carrier's decision." (08/22/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/behalf-carrier-word-regarding-trumps-tariff  

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He can’t help himself

August 22, 2016
posted by

Rod Dreher The American Conservative
by Rod Dreher  

"Here is a man who stands a chance of becoming President of the United States, but he cannot stay focused enough on the campaign to do what's necessary. Instead, the media have gotten inside his head. Somebody inside the Trump campaign apparently twisted his arm to get him to quit reading his Twitter feed long enough to get down to Louisiana with some relief supplies. He handled himself well while he was here .... It ought to have been the occasion for a campaign reset, however small. ... But no. Here he is on Monday morning, being Trump at his Trumpiest, bitching and moaning about the hosts of a low-rated morning television show, and doing so in language that does not demean them, but demeans himself." (08/22/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/he-cant-help-himself-trump-media-morning-joe/  

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Hillary’s hubris: Only tell the rich for $5000 a minute!

August 22, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Ralph Nader  

"There is a growing asymmetry between the media's mounting demands for Donald Trump to release his tax returns (Hillary has done so) and their diminishing demands that Hillary Clinton release the secret transcripts of her $5000 per minute speeches before closed-door banking conferences and other business conventions. The Washington Post, an endorser of Clinton, in its August 18 issue devoted another round of surmising as to why Trump doesn't want to release his tax returns -- speculating that he isn't as rich as he brags he is, that he pays little or no taxes, and that he gives little to charity. Other media outlets endorsing Hillary have been less than vociferous in demanding that she release what she told business leaders in these pay-to-play venues." (08/22/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/08/22/hillarys-hubris-only-tell-the-rich-for-5000-a-minute/  

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Donald Trump and the national debt

August 18, 2016
posted by

Michael D. Tanner Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner  

"Imagine that your family was so deep in debt that your credit-card bills exceed your entire paycheck. Every week you spend more than you take in, with no respite in sight. And you still haven't figured out how you are going to fulfill your promise to send your kids to college. But in today's mail comes one of those credit-card offers with a low introductory rate. Sounds like the perfect time to borrow some more and take that Caribbean vacation you've been dreaming of, right? Paul Krugman thinks so -- and, unfortunately, so does Donald Trump." (08/17/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/donald-trump-national-debt  

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A coup against Trump?

August 18, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"What if the electorate has a change of heart after a president is elected? What if the president starts doing things that people don't like? Under the law of the Constitution, that's too bad. The Constitution provides for only two ways to remove a president from office: by voting him out of office in the next election or by congressional impeachment and conviction for having committed high crimes or misdemeanors. That's it. Under the law of the Constitution, there is no other legal way to remove a president from office. Those are the only two ways. The Constitution has never been amended to provide a third way. But as a practical matter, ever since the late 1940s there has been another way to remove a duly elected president from office, albeit illegal. That's through a coup engineered by the national-security branch of the federal government -- specifically through the military establishment and the CIA." (08/17/16)

http://fff.org/2016/08/17/a-coup-against-trump/  

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The benefits and hazards of Trumpism

August 17, 2016
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Donald Trump's most recent foreign policy speech, in which he explained how he would deal with the Islamic State (ISIL) and the Middle East in general, contained multitudes -- everything good and everything questionable about his brand of 'America First' nationalism. Here is Trumpism on full display, the common-sensical and the nonsensical intertwined. While I realize a presidential election campaign is not the time for nuance, it behooves us to pull apart these disparate strands if we want to understand this moment in our history." (08/17/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/08/16/benefits-hazards-trumpism/  

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Trump campaign shakes up leadership in latest sign of tumult

August 17, 2016
posted by

Kokomo Tribune    

"Republican Donald Trump announced a shakeup of his campaign leadership Wednesday, the latest sign of tumult in his bid for the White House as his poll numbers slip and only 82 days remain before the election. The billionaire real estate mogul named Stephen Bannon of the conservative Breitbart News website as chief executive officer and promoted pollster Kellyanne Conway to campaign manager. Paul Manafort, Trump's controversial campaign chairman, will retain his title, but it is unclear if his role will change." (08/17/16)

http://www.kokomotribune.com/news/nation_world_news/trump-campaign-shakes-up-leadership-in-latest-sign-of-tumult/article_9538554a-6473-11e6-a4a2-0b2bedae701b.html  

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Ukraine’s “October Surprise”

August 14, 2016
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"[T]he Ukrainians -- like the rest of the world -- have been watching the US presidential campaign, and they don't like what they see. Donald Trump, while disdaining to get involved in Ukraine's feud with the Kremlin, is asking 'Wouldn't it be good if we could get along with Russia?' This has provoked the Ukrainians into paroxysms of spittle-flecked hysteria. ... In short, the leaders of Ukraine hate Trump, have continually denounced him, and are openly rooting for a Clinton victory in November: by launching a terrorist attack on Crimea, and before that trying to assassinate the President of the rebellious Luhansk Republic in eastern Ukraine -- they put a bomb under his car, seriously injuring him -- they hope to provoke Putin into taking military action. And voila!, we have an 'October surprise' -- with Hillary taking a hard-line anti-Russian stance, and Trump put in the position of seeming to defend Russian 'aggression.'" (08/12/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/08/11/ukraines-october-surprise/  

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Secret Service: We played security theater games over Trump’s 2nd Amendment comment

August 11, 2016
posted by

CNN CNN    

"A US Secret Service official confirms to CNN that the USSS has spoken to the Trump campaign regarding his Second Amendment comments. 'There has been more than one conversation' on the topic, the official told CNN. But it's unclear at what level in the campaign structure the conversations occurred. The campaign told the USSS that Donald Trump did not intend to incite violence, according to the official. 'No such meeting or conversation ever happened,' Trump tweeted in response to CNN's report." [editor's note: So much stuff to go after Trump over, and the Democrats think they win votes by pretending that support for the right to keep and bear arms is evil or treasonous? Clinton's proxies make a sack of hammers look like a Ph.D. candidate - TLK] (08/11/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/10/politics/trump-second-amendment/  

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An American authoritarian

August 11, 2016
posted by

The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Ruth Ben-Ghiat  

"Fascism has been back in the news with Donald Trump's candidacy for the American presidency. His populist claim to speak for the white everyman, along with his menacing leadership style, have brought forth comparisons among this 'homegrown authoritarian,' as President Barack Obama has called Trump, and foreign strongmen. Trump is not a Fascist. He does not aim to establish a one-party state. Yet he has created a one-man-led political movement that does not map onto traditional U.S. party structures or behave in traditional ways. This is how Fascism began as well." (08/10/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/08/american-authoritarianism-under-donald-trump/495263/  

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Trump trounces Clinton in the lie Olympics

August 10, 2016
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"This fall Americans will decide what sort of liar they want as their president. Do they want a tiresome, hairsplitting, lawyerly liar, or a bold, flamboyant, spontaneous liar -- the sort of liar who could keep surprising us even after years in office? Last week Hillary Clinton gave us a preview of what life would be like with the first kind of prevaricator in chief. It was not fun. ... Untangling Clinton's lies is as tedious and unrewarding as untangling that unused mass of twine at the bottom of the tool drawer. When Donald Trump lies, by contrast, you really know you've been misled, and you have to be impressed by the sheer audacity of his mendacity." (08/10/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/08/10/trump-trounces-clinton-in-the-lie-olympi  

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Regardless of the election, Americans can expect less privacy

August 9, 2016
posted by

Anthony Gregory Independent Institute
by Anthony Gregory  

"As far back as we can trace the American surveillance state, its defenders and detractors have transcended any consistent partisan divide. Republican president Theodore Roosevelt created what became the Federal Bureau of Investigation, against warnings from both parties. Democrat Woodrow Wilson oversaw a massive expansion of foreign and domestic intelligence during World War I. For forty-eight years, J. Edgar Hoover's FBI conducted spying on behalf of both parties' presidents, who were often eager for his assistance targeting political enemies. Both Republicans and Democrats targeted foreigners, allies, the far right, and the radical left." (08/08/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8842  

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Pence endorses Ryan, Trump doesn’t but encouraged it

August 3, 2016
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"Donald Trump is not prepared to endorse House Speaker Paul D. Ryan in his primary race next week, but Trump's running mate offered his unyielding support Wednesday. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence told Fox News that Ryan was a longtime friend and Trump encouraged him to back Ryan. ... Trump has also tweeted praise for Paul Nehlen, a businessman who is challenging Ryan in his Wisconsin district's primary next week." (08/03/16)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/trailguide/la-na-trailguide-updates-mike-pence-endorses-paul-ryan-1470246273-htmlstory.html  

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