Posts Tagged ‘ Republican Party ’

Election 2016: My prediction vs. actual results

November 9, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp  

"I see that MSNBC finally called Pennsylvania and Wisconsin (and, therefore, the election) for Trump, with New Hampshire, Michigan, Minnesota, and Arizona still up in the air. Of the states where the winner is known, I predicted 44 of 46 accurately. I'm under the impression I had a better predictive outing than most pollsters, pundits, and analysts this year. That and five bucks will get me an iced white chocolate mocha latte at Starbucks. But you know I'm going to brag about it for the next two to four years, right?" (11/09/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/11/election-2016-my-prediction-vs-actual.html  

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Obama invites Trump to White House for meeting this week

November 9, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"President Obama invited president-elect Donald Trump to meet with him at the White House this week, according to a statement by the White House press secretary. The president extended the invite during a phone call to his Republican successor, where he congratulated Trump on his victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. The meeting, should Trump accept, could take place as early as Thursday, Nov. 10, at the White House." (11/09/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obama-invites-trump-to-white-house-for-thursday-meeting/  

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Election 2016: Trump beats Clinton

November 9, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Donald Trump will become the 45th US president after a stunning victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton. The Republican nominee defied pre-election polling to claim swing states, winning the key battlegrounds of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. He told cheering supporters that Americans must now unite and 'bind the wounds of division,' after a gruelling, acrimonious campaign. Global markets plummeted, with the US dollar diving and gold prices surging." (11/09/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-37920175  

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The Federal Reserve is Hillary Clinton’s secret weapon

October 20, 2016
posted by

Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Tommy Behnke  

"Say what you want about Donald J. Trump, but he is correct about one thing: the Federal Reserve has, with near certainty, been holding interest rates down for political purposes -- namely, to aid Hillary Clinton in getting elected president of the United States. ... The Federal Open Market Committee's (FOMC) September meeting minutes, released on Wednesday, have proven Mr. Trump's assertion to be true. As the 2016 election season draws to a close, the Fed has suddenly become more bullish on the prospect of raising interest rates -- and this precipitous change-of-heart has come despite there being few notable signs of hope in the US's economic data." (10/20/16)

https://mises.org/blog/federal-reserve-hillary-clinton%E2%80%99s-secret-weapon  

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Assange’s fate

October 19, 2016
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The saga of Julian Assange seems to be drawing to a climax -- one that will decide the fate of this historic whistleblower who, for years, has been a giant thorn in the side of governments everywhere. His role in exposing the machinations of the US government over the years earned him the plaudits of liberals -- until the Bush era ended, and he started exposing the crimes of the Obama administration and -- most pointedly -- the hypocrisy and venality of Hillary Clinton and her journalistic camarilla. Now we see right-wing figures like Sean Hannity and -- yes! -- Donald Trump praising and defending him, while the ostensible liberals take up the cry of the Clinton campaign that he's a 'pawn of the Kremlin' and a 'rapist.'" (10/19/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/10/18/assanges-fate/  

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Why isn’t Donald Trump losing like Barry Goldwater?

October 19, 2016
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by David Franke  

"Goldwater's problem was an excess of honesty, not recommended for a political candidate. Trump's problem is his own narcissistic and buffoonish behavior, which plays into the hands of the Democrats and the establishment media (I know, that's a redundancy). He refuses to take coaching advice, apparently believes in his own invincibility, seems to be as fixated on sex as the media are, and overreacts to every taunt by his opponents rather than sticking to attacking Clinton's very clear vulnerabilities. Goldwater was a sophisticated political operative by comparison (not to mention a much better man). Yet by this time in 1964, it was apparent that the election results would be disastrous for the candidate and his conservative supporters. And indeed, Goldwater lost the popular vote by 61.1 percent to 38.5 percent, and the Electoral College by a margin of 486 to 52. In contrast, the polls this year show a relatively tight race, one within the normal historic range for a presidential campaign. What gives?" (10/19/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/why-isnt-donald-trump-losing-like-barry-goldwater/  

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“Rigged election” rhetoric: A dangerous two-way street

October 19, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Trump is preemptively positioning himself to claim that a victorious Clinton and her party rigged the election. That could lead to fireworks. Clinton is preemptively positioning herself to accuse a foreign power of rigging -- or at least unduly influencing -- the outcome to her loss. That could lead to fireworks of a nuclear variety." (10/18/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/8090  

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Trump says he might meet with Putin

October 18, 2016
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Miami Herald    

"Donald Trump says if he wins the White House, he might meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin before his inauguration. Trump says in a Monday interview with talk radio host Michael Savage that if he defeats Democrat Hillary Clinton, he could see himself 'meeting with Putin and meeting with Russia prior to the start of the administration.' Trump has been criticized repeatedly for his seemingly cozy relationship with Russia. But he says the tension between Putin and President Barack Obama is 'a potentially catastrophic situation.'" (10/17/16)

http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/celebrities/article108712447.html  

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Clinton, Trump grump together on TV a second time

October 10, 2016
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"Facing a fierce backlash within his own party, Donald Trump sought to rally Republicans to his side Sunday night with a scorching debate attack on Hillary Clinton, suggesting he would seek to criminally prosecute his political foe if elected president. Clinton, standing just a few feet away, responded by saying that a tawdry videotape of Trump boasting about groping women showed his true nature and proved he was resoundingly unfit to serve as commander in chief. The series of acrimonious exchanges, which began moments into the 90-minute session and rarely let up, resulted in the nastiest and most personally vicious presidential debate of modern times." (10/09/16)

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-second-presidential-debate-20161009-snap-story.html  

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Trump supporters flee his campaign, will Johnson be the beneficiary?

October 9, 2016
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Palm Beach Free Press
by Karl Dickey  

"Coming off the revelations in yesterday's Washington Post article, Republicans are looking for a place to flee as they distance themselves from Donald Trump. According to the article, which was verified as true by Trump, the Republican candidate boasted, 'And when you're a star they let you do it. Grab them by the p--y. You can do anything.' The video, when taken in culmination with his many insults to women, have put his supporters in a tough spot; whereas they don't want to be seen aligning with him and his comments. So where can Republicans go? Will they suck it up and check his name anyway in the voting booth? Will they go over to Gary Johnson? Will they stay home? Or will they ignore the presidential campaign and vote Republican down the ballot in the November 8, 2016, general election. Perhaps they may follow the many war hawks and neocons who are supporting Hillary Clinton." (10/08/16)

https://palmbeachfreepress.com/2016/10/08/trump-supporters-flee-his-campaign-will-johnson-be-the-beneficiary/  

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Immigration authoritarianism

October 6, 2016
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Reason Reason
by Matt Welch  

"The day after one of Donald Trump's campaign speeches about cracking down on illegal immigration, National Review columnist Jay Nordlinger, a lifelong conservative who 'ceased being a Republican' the moment Trump sewed up the GOP nomination, lamented via Twitter that 'people you could never have guessed would be gullible -- are. Falling for cons. Re immigration, for example.' But many of the #NeverTrump conservatives currently agonizing over the future of their party are deluding themselves over its past: Republicans have been falling for immigration cons -- and perpetrating many of their own -- since long before the real estate outsider vaulted to the front of the GOP presidential field by accusing Mexico of 'sending' to the U.S. 'people that have lots of problems,' including the problem of being 'rapists.' Years after Trump exits the political stage, conservatism's leading lights will need to take a long, hard look at how they deliberately embraced a fact-untethered anti-immigration populism, thereby enabling some of the most authoritarian central planning this side of, well, Hillary Clinton." (for publication 11/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/10/06/immigration-authoritarianism  

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Two things that don’t really bother me about Trump, two things that do

October 4, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"The US embargo on Cuba is an evil law which has helped keep the tyrannical Castro regime in power for half a century. Anyone who violates it is doing a heroic deed, striking a blow for freedom and for the Cuban people. Unfortunately, Trump is inconsistent on this point. He recently stated an intention to 'cancel' the progress US president Barack Obama has made toward opening up relations between the US and Cuba." (10/03/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/7857  

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Breakfast with Bill Weld

October 3, 2016
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Molly Ball The Atlantic
by Molly Ball  

"The question that always haunts third-party tickets is whether they will play spoiler to one of the major parties. This year, the Libertarians were initially assumed to be a problem for the Republicans: The ticket consists, after all, of two former Republican governors, Weld and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. For the many GOP voters repulsed by Trump, the Libertarians could be an appealing alternative. But Johnson and Weld also appear to be drawing votes from Clinton, particularly from young people who prefer their live-and-let-live idealism to her baggage-laden wonkery. This is not the way Weld thinks it ought to be. He believes Clinton is wrong on policy, particularly fiscal and military matters -- but Trump is unthinkable." (10/03/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/10/breakfast-with-bill-weld/502592/  

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Supporters defend Trump as “genius” with taxes

October 3, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Donald Trump's campaign, reeling Sunday after a report that the business mogul may not have paid taxes for as many as 18 years after declaring a $916 million loss on his 1995 returns, mounted a vigorous defense by calling the revelation proof of the Republican presidential nominee's 'genius.' A New York Times report late Saturday showed how Trump had used byzantine tax laws to cancel out income taxes after his real estate and casino empire nearly collapsed in the early 1990s, and the Times calculated that the resulting deductions may have allowed him to pay no federal income taxes for 18 years." [editor's note: Since the tax code is written by politicians, it will always benefit members of the political class, including the politically connected wealthy; seems kind of silly to expect Trump in particular to have rejected that benefit - TLK] (10/02/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-supporters-defend-gop-nominee-as-a-genius-with-taxes/2016/10/02/dc28080a-88a5-11e6-b24f-a7f89eb68887_story.html  

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Roll Call: “The deficit debate has disappeared”

September 28, 2016
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Ryan McMaken Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken  

"The DC consensus is strongly in favor of unimpeded federal spending. Nevertheless, the Republicans have long kept up the ruse that they're in favor of balancing the budget, cutting the deficit and engaging in 'limited' government. Some have kept up the spending even while cutting taxes. This has only led to back-door tax increases. But that has changed this election. Don't worry, the Republicans haven't decided to actually start cutting the budget after years of lying about it. No, what's different this year is that the Party's presidential nominee -- and hence, much of the Party -- isn't even pretending to be in favor of any real budget cutting or budget balancing." (09/28/16)

https://mises.org/blog/roll-call-deficit-debate-has-disappeared  

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How did we end up with such unpopular candidates?

September 27, 2016
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Peter Van Buren The American Conservative
by Peter Van Buren  

"You hear the expression 'lesser of two evils' when people talk about how they will vote in November. Poll after poll shows a growing number of voters saying they will vote negatively -- they're against Hillary, so they'll hold their nose and vote Trump, and vice versa. It is also likely a large number of discontented voters will simply stay home on Election Day. Both candidates are among the most unpopular and least trusted in American history. One of them will end up in the White House. How did we get here? Why are the only two mainstream candidates left standing Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump?" (09/27/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/how-did-we-end-up-with-such-unpopular-candidates/  

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The real threat to the Constitution is Trump

September 27, 2016
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Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"Many people in his party have repudiated Trump's comments on race, immigration, Vladimir Putin and more. But among those who support him, there is one decisive, last-resort justification: Trump would appoint conservative Supreme Court justices who would uphold the Constitution, and Hillary Clinton would not. What makes them so sure? If there is anything clear from his tweets and speeches, it's that he has no more regard for the Constitution than he does for the creditors he stiffed in his many bankruptcies." (09/26/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/09/26/the-real-threat-to-the-constitution-is-t  

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Top Ron Paul aides avoid prison in campaign bribery case

September 21, 2016
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Louisville Courier-Journal    

"Former Ron Paul campaign aides Jesse Benton and John Tate were both sentenced to two years probation Tuesday afternoon in a federal courthouse in Des Moines. They are two of the three former campaign workers convicted in a plot to make hidden payments to an Iowa state senator to secure his endorsement for Paul during the 2012 Iowa Caucus. Benton was Paul's campaign chairman in 2012. Tate was the campaign manager. The two men will each pay a $10,000 fine and serve six months home confinement. Prosecutors had sought 27 months in federal prison." (09/20/16)

http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/2016/09/20/ron-paul-aides-facing-prison-time/90734522/  

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Scrutiny of Trump Foundation deepens

September 21, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"Donald Trump's campaign is grappling with new allegations that the GOP nominee used his charitable foundation to pay personal expenses. On Tuesday, The Washington Post published tax and legal documents alleging Trump's foundation spent $258,000 to settle lawsuits that involved Trump's for-profit businesses. The latest allegation comes after Trump's foundation was found to have made an improper $25,000 donation to a group supporting Florida's Attorney General Pam Bondi (R). That donation came at the same time her office was considering whether to investigate a fraud lawsuit against Trump University. The Republican also reportedly used foundation money to buy two portraits of himself. The scrutiny of Trump’s foundation is deepening at a time when Hillary Clinton is facing allegations from Republicans that the Clinton Foundation was running a corrupt 'pay-to-play' operation while she was secretary of State. The issue could come up during Monday's first presidential debate." (09/20/16)

http://origin-nyi.thehill.com/homenews/campaign/296914-scrutiny-of-trump-foundation-deepens  

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Trumpism is the symptom of a gravely ill Constitution

September 21, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Garrett Epps  

"In less than two months, the American experiment in constitutional self-government may hit the wall of history. Even if the disaster of a Trump presidency is averted, this fall's presidential campaign suggests that the United States Constitution is gravely, perhaps terminally, ill. Trumpism is the symptom, not the cause, of the malaise. I think we have for some time been living in the post-Constitution era. America's fundamental law remains and will remain important as a source of litigation. But the nation seems to have turned away from a search of values in the Constitution, regarding it instead as a set of annoying rules." (09/20/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/09/trumpism-is-the-symptom-of-a-gravely-ill-constitution/500831/  

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Kennedy kid claims George HW Bush will vote for Clinton

September 20, 2016
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Politico    

"Former President George H.W. Bush is bucking his party's presidential nominee and plans to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, according to a member of another famous political family, the Kennedys. ... On Monday, [RFK's daughter, Kathleen Hartington Kennedy] Townsend posted a picture on her Facebook page shaking hands next to the former president and this caption: 'The President told me he's voting for Hillary!!' ... Asked about Townsend's post, George H.W. Bush spokesman Jim McGrath in an email replied, 'The vote President Bush will cast as a private citizen in some 50 days will be just that: a private vote cast in some 50 days. He is not commenting on the presidential race in the interim.'" (09/19/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/exclusive-george-hw-bush-to-vote-for-hillary-228395  

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Why movement conservatives are rooting for Hillary

September 19, 2016
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Michael Tracey  

"Obviously there is a deep schism in the Republican Party. It has been developing for years, and could be seen to some extent in earlier presidential cycles, but was opened fully and dramatically by the improbable candidacy of Donald Trump. Only one outcome in November would forestall a complete, likely irreversible fracturing: the election of Hillary Clinton. Thus, many elite Republican operators -- including lobbyists, elected officials, and pundits -- are desperately hoping that Trump loses." (09/19/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/why-movement-conservatives-are-rooting-for-hillary/  

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Letter from former officials urges Trump to detail foreign dealings

September 19, 2016
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New York Times    

"More than 50 former government officials and national security and military figures have signed an open letter to Donald J. Trump, urging him to disclose details of his overseas business investments before Election Day. The letter -- signed by dozens of supporters of the Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton -- was drafted as Mr. Trump, the Republican pick who is reported to have extensive overseas entanglements, has refused to release his tax returns." (09/20/16)

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/20/us/politics/donald-trump-business-reaction.html  

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Trump’s economic fraud

September 19, 2016
posted by

Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"A big part of Donald Trump's appeal is the unsatisfactory performance of the U.S. economy and the promise that he could turn it around. He's a successful businessman, his supporters say. He'd restore manufacturing jobs by getting tough with China and Mexico, they claim. He'd make America great again. ... But Trump is about as likely to create an economic boom as he is to shave his head. The stark truth is that while presidents get a great deal of blame and credit for the productive sector, they don't have much control over it." (09/19/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/09/19/trumps-economic-fraud  

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White supremacist America: Trump and the “return” of right-wing hate culture

September 18, 2016
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Anthony DiMaggio  

"Many of my friends from college and fellow academics in the last year are focusing their anxieties on the Donald Trump campaign. A common frustration voiced among intellectuals is the disbelief that a candidate as bigoted, pig-headed, and willfully ignorant as 'the Donald' could be running neck and neck with a seasoned political veteran like Hillary Clinton. This piece is not about Hillary Clinton, however. Rather, it's about promoting a much needed discussion of what Trump's rise really tells us. I don't believe we have a 'Donald Trump' problem in this country. The problem is much worse than that. More ominously, we have an American public problem that cuts to the very core of the quality of our democracy. Demagogues rise to power on the backs of workers, citizens, and your average 'Joe' or 'Jane.' They do not owe their success to their actions alone." (09/16/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/09/16/white-supremacist-america-trump-and-the-return-of-right-wing-hate-culture/  

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