Posts Tagged ‘ Republican Party ’

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
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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
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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
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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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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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Libertarianish, Democratish?

August 3, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"The Johnson-Weld take, economist Mark Thornton noted, is more libertarianish than libertarian: the pair are 'fiscally conservative and socially liberal for Republicans which is great, but they fall short of Libertarian.' This isn't exactly a shock. Anyone who watched the bizarre CNN town hall with Johnson and Weld will remember that odd moment when Johnson called Democrat Hillary Clinton 'a wonderful public servant' and Weld dubbed her a 'lifelong friend.' No need to attack Mrs. Clinton personally, of course, but when a Libertarian cannot find one discouraging word about what a President Hillary would mean, it seems they want to appear Democratish. And not libertarian." (08/03/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/08/03/libertarianish-democratish/  

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First GOP congressman: “I will vote for Mrs. Clinton”

August 2, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Retiring GOP Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY) said he will vote for Hillary Clinton in November, making him the first Republican member of Congress to openly announce his support for the Democratic presidential nominee. In an op-ed for Syracuse.com, Hanna writes that Trump is 'deeply flawed in endless ways' and 'unrepentant in all things' before declaring: 'While I disagree with her on many issues, I will vote for Mrs. Clinton.'" (08/02/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/02/politics/richard-hanna-voting-for-clinton/index.html  

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Trump wants to make churches the new Super PACs

August 2, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Emma Green  

"Why have some religious conservatives decided to support Donald Trump for United States president? Leaders have named their reasons: He's promised to appoint pro-life Supreme Court justices; he's allegedly good at business. But they have also consistently cited something else, perhaps more unexpected: the tax code. Trump has promised to repeal the so-called Johnson Amendment, a 1954 provision that prohibits tax-exempt organizations from participating in political activities. ... Since 2008, a group of predominantly conservative, Protestant churches have participated in Pulpit Freedom Sunday -- a day started by the conservative legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, when hundreds of pastors across the country give explicitly political sermons in protest of the IRS's rule." (08/02/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/08/how-trump-is-trying-to-put-more-money-in-politics/493823/  

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Why Khizr Khan is Paul Ryan’s worst nightmare

August 2, 2016
posted by

Conor Friedersdorf The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf  

"Before, Republicans could always maintain, with at least some veneer of plausibility, that they would of course repudiate a politician who crossed a certain line. With Donald Trump as their standard-bearer, that line has been shown to encompass a candidate who, feeling attacked by the father of a fallen soldier, finds that his first instinct is to lash out at the man's grieving wife, the fallen soldier's mother, impugning both with ignorant, derogatory speculation rooted in prejudice. In this way, Trump brings shame to everyone and everything his campaign touches. For Ryan and other informed Republicans who back him, the inescapable conclusion is that neither naked racism nor prejudice are deal-breakers for them in the head of their party or their country." (08/01/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/08/why-khizr-khan-is-paul-ryans-worst-nightmare/493796/  

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The 2016 election by the numbers

July 31, 2016
posted by

Liberty Unbound Libertarian Unbound
by Jon Harrison  

"In a previous essay I predicted the electoral demise of Donald Trump. Election Day is more than three months away, and a lot can happen in that amount of time. All human activity is fraught with uncertainty; no one can predict with absolute assurance what will happen tomorrow, much less who will be elected president in November. That said, I offer the reader my analysis of the Trump-Clinton race, with a state-by-state breakdown that I strongly believe reflects what will happen in November." (07/29/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1584  

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Trump’s nomination and backward immigration policy

July 28, 2016
posted by

Abigail R. Hall Blanco Independent Institute
by Abigail R Hall Blanco  

"Alas, this is not the first time that Trump has accused immigrants of possessing inherent criminal tendencies. In the past, he's referred to Mexican immigrants in particular as criminals, drug dealers, and 'rapists.' As I noted in my earlier blog, this narrative simply fails to match up with the statistics. Study after study after study has found that both illegal and legal immigrants are less likely to commit crimes or be put in jail than their native counterparts. ... In a similar way, Trump’s concern for the 'resources' taken by immigrants once again doesn't stand up to empirical investigation (or a two minute search of any internet search engine for that matter). Ku and Bruen, for example, found that when it comes to public benefits like Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), low-income immigrants use these services at a lower rate than native-born individuals. Moreover, a practical mountain of studies has found that immigrants, illegal included, pay far more in taxes than they receive in public assistance." (07/28/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/07/28/trumps-nomination-and-backward-immigration-policy/  

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Trump urges Russia to hack Clinton’s email

July 27, 2016
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The Great Cornholio Politico    

"Donald Trump invited Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's emails on Wednesday, asking them to find 'the 30,000 emails that are missing' from the personal server she used during her time as secretary of state. 'It would be interesting to see, I will tell you this, Russia, if you're listening I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,' the Republican nominee said at a news conference in Florida. 'I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.' The discussion of Putin comes amid Democratic accusations that Russia was behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee's emails. Trump said that's a 'sideshow' to distract from the contents of the emails." (07/27/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/trump-putin-no-relationship-226282  

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Two more GOP state reps endorse Johnson for POTUS

July 26, 2016
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Reason Reason    

"This morning the Gary Johnson/William Weld ticket for the White House nabs its first endorsement from a state legislator who is running for re-election in 2016 as a Republican. Daniel Zolnikov (R-Billings), a 29-year-old two-term state representative known for his civil libertarian work on surveillance and free speech, is joining with his fellow State Rep. Nicholas Schwaderer (R-Mineral County), who had previously telegraphed his support, in backing the Libertarian." (07/25/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/07/25/gary-johnson-endorsed-by-two-more-gop-st  

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Donald Trump’s war on Islam, beheld live from the Cleveland floor, part 2

July 25, 2016
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Mattathias Schwartz  

"Few have explained the essence of Make America Great Again with the clarity of Grandpa Simpson. 'I used to be with it,' he said, to his son Homer and his son's friend Barney, having caught them rocking out in front of a mirror. 'But then they changed what it was. Now what I'm with isn't it, and what's it seems weird and scary to me.' Then came the curse: 'It'll happen to you.' Grandpa Simpson's words echoed the two questions that Rudy Giuliani asked on Day 1: America! What happened to it? Where did it go? I looked to the delegates for answers." (07/24/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/07/24/donald-trumps-war-on-islam-beheld-live-from-the-cleveland-floor-part-two/  

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LA: Duke signs up to run for US Senate seat

July 25, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Declaring 'the climate of this country has moved in my direction,' white supremacist David Duke registered Friday for Louisiana's U.S. Senate race, saying he was partially spurred by the recent shooting deaths of three law enforcement officers by a black man. 'I believe my time has come,' the former Ku Klux Klan leader said after submitting his paperwork for the ballot. He added: 'The people of this country, the patriotic, decent, God-fearing people of this country are now right with me.' Duke's candidacy comes one day after Donald Trump accepted the GOP nomination for president, and Duke said he's espoused principles for years that are similar to the themes Republicans are now supporting in Trump's campaign, on issues such as immigration and trade." (07/23/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Ex-KKK-leader-David-Duke-says-he-plans-to-run-for-8403084.php  

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Should we feel the Johnson?

July 25, 2016
posted by

Unqualified Offerings
by Thoreau  

"Trump is certainly scaring a lot of people away from the GOP. However, if all he does is scare people away then all it will mean is an internal GOP conflict where they fight over how conservative they should or shouldn't be. If you want to see them fundamentally change (as opposed to just recalibrating) then some of those voters need to bolt for someone other than Hillary Clinton. Otherwise the only real fact on the ground will be that the Trumpeters were there and ran the show and while they failed they were at least there, unlike the guys who bolted. Plus, it's not like Mitt Romney (surely a moderate in comparison with Trump!) exactly rocked the world in 2012. I don't want to be in a country where one of the two parties is in a negotiation between Ted Cruz and the Trumpeters. I hold out hope that a showing of support for Gary Johnson could shake it up by turning that GOP civil war into a 3-way battle." (07/23/16)

http://highclearing.com/index.php/archives/2016/07/23/19272  

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How Glass-Steagall’s return would shatter America’s hometown banks

July 24, 2016
posted by

John Berlau Competitive Enterprise Institute
by John Berlau  

"Set against the Main Street backdrop of Cleveland, the drafters of the Republican convention platform pledged support for a banking rule signed into law by Democratic icon Franklin D. Roosevelt. The GOP platform commendably calls for repeal of many regulations, including provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, which smothers community banks and credit unions with red tape, at an estimated cost -- according to Meghan Milloy of the American Action Forum -- of $114 per U.S. resident. But then the platform inexplicably urges 'reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 which prohibits commercial banks from engaging in high-risk investment.' Did Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders sneak onto the Republican platform committee?" (07/22/16)

https://cei.org/content/how-glass-steagalls-return-would-shatter-americas-hometown-banks  

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The Trump campaign: A pre-mortem

July 24, 2016
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Jon Harrison  

"The Trump campaign went into the Republican convention virtually tied with Hillary Clinton in most national polls. Whether the show in Cleveland helped or hurt Trump will be known in coming days, but poll numbers in July mean nothing for November. And in November Trump will go down, possibly in a landslide. To this point Trump has shown an almost magical ability to overcome obstacles (many of them self-generated) that would have destroyed any other candidate for the presidency. On the road to Cleveland he vanquished no fewer than 16 rivals, including some of the biggest names in the GOP. Yet it seems clear that he has no more chance of stopping Hillary than Merlin had of stopping King Arthur's marriage to Guinevere." (07/23/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1580  

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The hollow men

July 22, 2016
posted by

The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Jeffrey Goldberg  

"The neediness of politicians has always fascinated me; the pathological desire for relevance; the plasticity of belief in the service of self-aggrandizement; the depths plumbed in order to stave off insignificance, which can be as frightening as non-existence itself. One of my favorite politicians, Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, is almost morbidly needy. His desire for attention made him into a brilliant retailer, mainly of himself, but also of his ideas, and intermittently, of his state. His neediness made him greatly entertaining. But it also caused him to betray his own principles. I recognize that it took millions of Republican primary voters to bring America to this frightening moment, a moment in which a preposterous grifter of authoritarian bent whose mental health is the subject of pervasive and anxious speculation, has become a major-party nominee for president. But it was men like Christie who were indispensable in the creation of this moment. Donald J. Trump could have been stopped." (07/21/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/07/the-hollow-men/492320/  

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