Posts Tagged ‘ Republican Party ’

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
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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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Trump’s scam charity

September 14, 2016
posted by

Rod Dreher The American Conservative
by Rod Dreher  

"The Trump Foundation is a scam, and a scam keeping in character with how Donald Trump runs his moneymaking schemes." (09/14/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/trump-scam-charity/  

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WikiLeaks to dump Assange’s medical records in challenge to Trump, Clinton

September 14, 2016
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Politico    

"WikiLeaks is upping the ante in its transparency test for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. 'In 24h we will release 30 pages of our editor (Julian Assange)'s medical records as part 1 of our transparency challenge to Clinton & Trump,' the organization tweeted Tuesday." (09/13/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/wikileaks-julian-assange-medical-records-228109  

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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
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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
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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
posted by

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
posted by

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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