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Trump and the failure of the GOP

July 20, 2016
posted by

Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"Had the Bush administration not presided over multiple disasters, most of them of their own making, there would have been no opening or occasion for the repudiation of the party’s leaders that we have seen this year. ... Party leaders spent decades conning Republican voters with promises they knew they wouldn't or couldn't fulfill, and then were shocked when most of those voters turned against them." (07/20/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/trump-and-the-failure-of-the-gop/  

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RNC: Protesters douse each other in urine

July 20, 2016
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New York Post New York Post    

"Police broke up skirmishes between groups of demonstrators a few blocks from the Republican National Convention as large crowds formed Tuesday afternoon. There was no immediate word on any arrests or injuries. Members of the KKK, Black Lives Matter, and Westboro Baptist Church reportedly threw urine at each other and police had to step in in an attempt to keep the peace, a police spokesperson told KPLC. A scuffle also broke out when conspiracy theorist and radio show host Alex Jones started speaking in downtown's Public Square." (07/19/16)

http://nypost.com/2016/07/19/protesters-throwing-urine-at-each-other-outside-rnc/  

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IL: Judge blocks anti-gerrymander plan from November ballot

July 20, 2016
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Pekin Daily Times    

"A voter referendum aimed at changing the way Illinois draws its political boundaries is unconstitutional for the November ballot, a judge determined Wednesday. ... The plan by a group called the Independent Map Amendment proposed an 11-member commission to take over how legislative boundaries are drawn in the state, instead of leaving it to the party in power. ... An attorney who has represented the state's top Democrats filed a lawsuit claiming the measure didn't meet the narrow scope that changes to the state Legislature be both 'structural and procedural.' He filed the lawsuit on behalf of minority business and community groups who call themselves the People's Map and say the current mapping process protects minority representation." (07/20/16)

http://www.pekintimes.com/news/20160720/judge-blocks-illinois-redistricting-plan-from-november-ballot  

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Republicans officially nominate Trump/Pence

July 20, 2016
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The Great Cornholio USA Today    

"Delegates to the Republican National Convention officially selected Donald Trump and Mike Pence as their candidates for president and vice president Tuesday, one day after a contentious opening session that saw an insurgent rebellion quashed and a featured speech questioned. ... The open-carry state of Ohio and city of Cleveland had braced for major protests, but the streets stayed mostly quiet." (07/19/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/2016/07/19/gop-coronation-day-arrives-trump/87283502/  

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OH: University pulls out of hosting presidential debate over safety concerns

July 20, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"A university in Ohio is withdrawing as the host of the first presidential debate of the general election season over safety concerns, according to Dayton Daily News. Wright State University President David Hopkins said that fears in the wake of recent terrorist attacks and the rising cost of security prompted the school to drop out from hosting the Sept. 26 debate. 'I can't assure the safety of our students and the community,' Hopkins said. Hopkins noted that the local community and state weren't able to raise the funds to cover the $8 million needed to put on the debate." (07/19/16)

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/288356-university-pulls-out-of-hosting-presidential-debate-over  

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Freedom at the Republican National Convention

July 20, 2016
posted by

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"The Republican Party likes to market itself as the party of freedom. Here is a sign listing items prohibited from the Republican National Convention (RNC) this year .... The first thing that probably pops out to most of you is the prohibition against weapons. While the Republican Party likes to pay lip service to gun rights its actual support is far less enthusiastic than advertised. When I point out this common restriction at Republican Party events many people are quick to tell me that the Secret Service, which many Republican Party politicians use for protection, dictates that rule. However, nobody is required to utilize Secret Service protection." (07/19/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/07/19/freedom-at-the-republican-national-convention/  

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Watchdog: HUD’s Castro violated federal law by touting Clinton in interview

July 19, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"Housing Secretary and potential Democratic vice-presidential prospect Julian Castro violated federal law when he touted Hillary Clinton's candidacy in a media interview earlier this year, according to a federal watchdog report released Monday. The seven-page report by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel concluded Castro violated the Hatch Act, which bars most Executive Branch officials from expressing their political views while on official business. According to the report, he crossed the line during an April 4 interview that mostly was about HUD’s plans to increase Internet access to children and other agency-related issues. Castro, though, responded to a question during the Yahoo News interview about Clinton’s presidential bid." (07/19/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/07/19/watchdog-huds-castro-violated-federal-law-by-touting-clinton-in-interview.html  

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Whose coup?

July 19, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Everyone knew the convention's rules package would be a point of conflict. A wee bit of open democracy might have unified delegates. Instead, the rules were rushed through on a voice vote, immediately after which the chair ignored delegates loudly calling for points of order as well as demanding a roll-call vote .... that convention chair, Arkansas Congressman Steve Womack, inexplicably left the stage unmanned. ... After what seemed an eternity, Womack appeared back on stage, again calling a voice vote, quickly ruling that the 'Ayes' had it over the 'Nays,' and then ignoring yet more delegates trying to be recognized. He finally explained that not enough states had called for the roll call -- three states had withdrawn their petition. No mention that the long delay had allowed Trump and RNC operatives to pressure enough delegates into withdrawing their petition. This served as 'a glimpse into the future of a Trump presidency,' suggested former New Hampshire Sen. Gordon Humphrey ..." (07/19/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/07/19/whose-coup/  

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What Donald Trump taught me about incivility

July 19, 2016
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Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Bayard Miller  

"Do the words 'Donald Trump' and 'civility' belong in the same sentence? Regardless of your feelings about the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, it seems safe to say that Trump has not made the topic of civility a cornerstone of his campaign. Quite to the contrary, I've seen firsthand the incivility a Trump appearance can provoke -- from both his supporters and his detractors. But when Trump made a campaign stop near my school, the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), in April, an odd dichotomy presented itself: Donald Trump may not have been bound by any civility codes at his rallies, but as a Pitt student, I was." (07/19/16)

https://www.thefire.org/what-donald-trump-taught-me-about-incivility/  

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Trumpism after Trump

July 19, 2016
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Leon Hadar  

"One does not have to be a science-fiction writer to imagine what will happen if Donald Trump is defeated in November, especially if he loses more states than Mitt Romney did in 2012. Members of the #NeverTrump wing of the Republican establishment will change their hashtag to #ToldYouSo, contemplating how Jeb Bush, with his reassuring high-school-principal persona and traditional conservative-Republican positions, could have easily defeated the untrustworthy and lefty Hillary Clinton. The neoconservative knives will be out, with all the usual suspects explaining that what the American people wanted was a president willing to use the full force of American military power to achieve regime change in Damascus and Tehran, among other foreign interventions." (07/19/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/trumpism-after-trump/  

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Trump campaign denies Melania’s speech plagiarizes parts of Michelle Obama’s

July 19, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"The Donald Trump campaign on Tuesday denied allegations that Melania Trump plagiarized a Michelle Obama speech on the first night of the Republican National Convention, calling the accusation 'just really absurd.' 'To think that she would do something like that knowing how scrutinized her speech was going to be last night is just really absurd,' Trump's campaign chairman Paul Manafort told CNN's Chris Cuomo on 'New Day.' At least one passage in Trump's speech Monday night plagiarized from Obama's address to the Democratic National Convention in 2008. Side-by-side comparisons of the transcripts show the text in Trump's address following, nearly to the word, the would-be future first lady's own from the first night of the Democratic convention in Denver nearly eight years ago." (07/19/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/19/politics/melania-trump-michelle-obama-speech/  

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Hillary says Trump is most dangerous presidential candidate ever — but she is

July 19, 2016
posted by

The Daily Bell
by staff  

"Clinton, in an interview with CBS News'[s] Charlie Rose, believes Donald Trump has 'no self-discipline, no self-control, no sense of history, no understanding of the limits of the kind of power that any president should impose upon himself.' All of this could be applied to Clinton. She is by far the more dangerous of the two candidates. If Clinton gets into office, she will start or expand wars and through large economic programs will ensure the US's quasi-depression deepens and that the economy never truly recovers at all (even though it may seem to.) If things aren't getting worse, Hillary's power is not advancing. She is good at making things worse." (07/19/16)

http://www.thedailybell.com/news-analysis/hillary-says-trump-is-most-dangerous-presidential-candidate-ever-but-she-is/  

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VA: High court to hear Republican anti-voter lawsuit

July 19, 2016
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WHTC 1450 AM    

"In a case that could have an impact on the November presidential election, the Virginia Supreme Court will hear a Republican lawsuit on Tuesday challenging the restoration of voting rights of 206,000 felons by Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe. If upheld, McAuliffe's order could help tip Virginia, a swing state where the vote is traditionally close in presidential elections, in favor of Democratic White House candidate Hillary Clinton. ... The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, led by leaders of the Republican-controlled state legislature, contend that McAuliffe's April 22 order is unconstitutional since it is a blanket restoration of voting rights to felons."

http://whtc.com/news/articles/2016/jul/19/virginia-high-court-to-hear-republican-lawsuit-over-voting-rights/  

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Donald and Hillary in Plunderland

July 18, 2016
posted by

Richard M. Ebeling Foundation for Economic Education
by Richard M Ebeling  

"Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump represent variations on the same political theme: the interventionist-welfare state, with each pandering to different coalitions of special interests and ideological groups. Both are promising their constituents different varieties of something-for-nothing: for instance, free or heavily subsidized college tuition in Clinton's case and a 'beautiful,' 'huge' wall on the Mexican border in Trump's case. Both promise jobs that are well-paying and secure from the realities of an ever-changing global economy. In their own ways, both promise to make America safe and 'great' again. Even where they seem to differ, their basic tools are the same." (07/18/16)

https://fee.org/articles/donald-and-hillary-in-plunderland/  

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Degree of certainty: Why Hillary wins

July 18, 2016
posted by

Independent Country
by James Leroy Wilson  

"Donald Trump has picked Mike Pence as his running mate. While I most likely disagree with Pence on most things, he might be a relatively capable Oval Office sitter if Trump wins but resigns in a year to become a judge on America's Got Talent. But that won't happen. Whatever Pence's qualifications may be, the ticket as a whole has a glaring omission: nobody with a Harvard or Yale degree. That means it will lose." (07/15/16)

http://independentcountry.blogspot.com/2016/07/degree-of-certainlty-why-hillary-wins.html  

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Clinton vs. Trump: Who’s worse?

July 17, 2016
posted by

Reason Reason
by Jesse Walker et. al  

"It's not unusual for libertarians to have a hard time backing either major party's presidential candidate, but the dispiriting choice between Clinton and Trump has even the most Republican-friendly members of the movement holding their noses. So reason decided to ask some prominent libertarian and libertarian-leaning figures which candidate offends them more. Unlike [PJ] O'Rourke and [Rand] Paul, the people surveyed below are not making endorsements here -- many will be voting for a third-party candidate or staying home. They're answering a simpler question: not Who will you vote for? but Which one of these two is worse?" for publication 08/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/07/17/clinton-vs-trump-whos-worse  

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Impasse on Republican rules committee raises prospect of convention “floor fight”

July 15, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Grassroots conservatives alleged that the Republican National Committee pulled out from a deal to reform RNC rules at the last minute as a potential 'floor fight' -- a contested vote on the floor -- looms over next week's Republican national convention. Former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, the leader of a bloc of social conservative activists, told reporters on Thursday night that he expected multiple minority reports to proposed rules of the Republican party. Any minority report, which requires the signatures of one quarter of the rules committee, would automatically be debated and voted upon on the floor of the convention. ... The prominent conservative activist said that negotiations fell apart on the issue of 'bonus delegates' for states that held closed presidential primaries, open only to registered Republicans." (07/14/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/14/republican-convention-rules-committee-deal-floor-fight  

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The predictable and pathetic end of Sanders’s “political revolution”

July 14, 2016
posted by

OpEdNews
by Patrick Martin  

"Bernie Sanders ended his presidential campaign Tuesday, not with a bang but a whimper. The Vermont senator formally endorsed his rival in an undignified prostration before the Democratic Party establishment and Wall Street's favored presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The unity rally featuring Sanders and Clinton in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, had all the spontaneity and enthusiasm of a going-out-of-business sale. The funereal atmosphere was perhaps fitting, because with the demise of the Sanders campaign, the Democratic Party has demonstrated, for the thousandth time, its historical role as the graveyard of progressive movements and efforts to achieve reform through the capitalist two-party system." (07/13/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-predictable-and-pathet-by-Patrick-Martin-Bernie-Sanders_Hillary-Clinton_Political-Values_Revolution-160713-788.html  

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Trump seeks $10 million from former campaign aide

July 13, 2016
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Politico    

"With the revelation on Wednesday of a legal dispute between Donald Trump and a former political aide, the unconventional campaign's dirty laundry is once again spilling into public view, providing a new glimpse into an operation riven by conflicts unrelated to the task of beating Hillary Clinton. This time, Trump's decision to privately seek $10 million in damages from former campaign aide Sam Nunberg in May for an alleged breach of a nondisclosure agreement has triggered a public allegation that his former campaign manager and current press secretary engaged in a 'sordid and illicit affair.' ... Trump's May complaint against Nunberg -- which was first reported Wednesday -- claims that the former aide made disparaging comments about his old boss and disclosed confidential information, in violation of the confidentiality agreement." (07/13/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/sam-nunberg-donald-trump-lawsuit-225496  

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Federal judicial pig grows wings and flies in Richmond

July 13, 2016
posted by

Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Last month I posted my humble legal opinion that a Dump Trump advocate from Virginia was hallucinating when he filed a federal lawsuit seeking to strike down a state law binding him to vote on the first ballot at the GOP convention for the winner of the Virginia primary -- Donald Trump. ... U.S. District Judge Robert Payne in Richmond said the Virginia state law creates 'a severe burden' on First Amendment rights. That's right. A judicial pig grew wings and took to the sky in Richmond. Virginia cannot require GOP convention delegates to do what they were delegated to do; honor their pledge to primary voters who elected Donald Trump, said Payne." (07/13/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/07/federal-judicial-pig-grows-wings-and.html  

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Trump seeks to block release of Trump University testimony

July 13, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"A federal judge who has been a target of Donald Trump's unending scorn must decide whether to release videos of the presumed Republican presidential nominee testifying in a lawsuit about the now-defunct Trump University -- images that Trump's attorneys worry will be used to tarnish the campaign. U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel faces Trump's attorneys Wednesday for the first time since he permitted the release of unrelated documents in a class-action lawsuit alleging fraud .... Nearly all transcripts have been released and Trump's attorneys said last month that they won't oppose unsealing the remaining pieces. The big battle is over video, which Trump's attorneys don't want to see sliced and diced in campaign attack ads." (07/13/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/whitehouse/trump-seeks-to-block-release-of-trump-university-testimony/2016/07/13/5989e9ae-48cc-11e6-8dac-0c6e4accc5b1_story.html  

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Response to Sanders’s endorsement of Clinton

July 12, 2016
posted by

OpEdNews
by Dr. Jill Stein  

"Sadly, [Bernie] Sanders is one of a long line of true reformers that have been undermined by the Democratic Party. The eventual suppression of the Sanders campaign was virtually guaranteed from the beginning with super-delegates and super Tuesdays, that were created after George McGovern's nomination to prevent grassroots campaigns from winning the nomination again. Sanders, a life-long independent who has advocated for building an independent democratic socialist party similar to Canada's New Democratic Party, has said that his decision to run as a Democrat was based on pragmatism, but there is nothing pragmatic about supporting a party that for decades has consistently sold out the progressive majority to the billionaire class. This false pragmatism is not the path to revolutionary change but rather an incrementalism that keeps us trapped, voting for lesser evil again and again." (07/12/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Jill-Stein-Response-to-San-by-Jill-Stein-Jill-Stein-160712-385.html  

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Fox suspends Gingrich’s contract amid Trump VP rumors

July 12, 2016
posted by

New York Daily News    

"Fox News has suspended its contract with Newt Gingrich amidst growing buzz that he may be Donald Trump's pick for a running mate. 'Fox News Channel has mutually agreed to suspend its contributor agreement with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich effective immediately. Due to the intense media speculation about Gingrich's potential selection as Donald Trump's vice presidential candidate, we felt it best to half his contributor role on the network to avoid all conflicts of interest that may arise,' Fox Executive Vice President Jay Wallace said in a statement Tuesday afternoon." (07/12/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/fox-suspends-newt-gingrich-contract-vice-president-buzz-article-1.2708699  

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A private party

July 12, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Virginia delegate Beau Correll won't cast his first ballot vote at the Republican National Convention for Donald Trump, and won't go to jail, either. As discussed last Thursday, at issue is a state statute requiring delegates to vote for the plurality winner of the party's primary. On the Republican side, that's Mr. Trump. Yesterday, Federal Judge Robert Payne ruled the law unconstitutional, no law at all, because it violates Correll's First Amendment rights to speak and associate politically." (07/12/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/07/12/a-private-party/  

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Sanders endorses Clinton

July 12, 2016
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Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune    

"A contentious Democratic primary fight ended Tuesday with hugs, handshakes and thank yous, as Bernie Sanders told supporters that their 'political revolution' was dependent upon getting Hillary Clinton elected as the country's next president. ... Sanders delivered the endorsement just two weeks shy of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia but Clinton offered a huge smile, embracing Sanders as they raised their arms in unity. The former secretary of state said the final four months of the campaign would be 'much more enjoyable' working alongside Sanders and echoed her campaign slogan, 'We are stronger together.'" (07/12/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-hillary-clinton-bernie-sanders-new-hampshire-20160712-story.html  

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