US Politics in Trump era
Hillary Clinton dominated a final series of debate exchanges with Donald J. Trump about national security and gender, telling voters they could not trust her opponent with nuclear weapons and warning that he does not respect women.
Our endorsement is rooted in respect for her intellect, experience and courage. This endorsement runs down Hillary Clinton's experience and past service as first lady senator and secretary of state as her qualifications
Brian Ross digs into the truth behind Donald Trump's Russian ties and discovers Trump has lied about the seriousness of his connections with Russian leaders. The level of business amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars, what he received as a result of interaction with Russian businessmen.’
Donald Trump is gaining support among African-American voters — whose enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton is eroding, a tracking poll released Saturday revealed. Trump saw a 16.5 percentage-point increase in backing from African-American voters in a Los Angeles Times/University of Southern California tracking poll, up from 3.1 percent on Sept. 10 to 19.6 percent through Friday.
Most of the Clinton Foundation’s charitable work is performed in-house. One independent philanthropy watchdog did an analysis of Clinton Foundation funding and concluded that about 89 percent of its funding went to charity.
Just 5.7 percent of the Clinton Foundation's massive 2014 budget actually went to charitable grants, according to the tax-exempt organization's IRS filings. Despite taking in an additional $30 million in 2014, the Clinton Foundation spent 40 percent less on charitable grants in 2014 than in 2013. Even as it slashed charitable spending, the foundation increased the amount spent on salaries, employee benefits and compensation by $5 million in 2014.
Donald Trump put forward his most detailed economic blueprint, promising significantly stronger economic growth to offset the steep price tag of proposed tax-rate cuts and new infrastructure and defense spending. Advocates of balanced budgets have reacted cautiously to proposals, such as Mr. Trump’s that would cut taxes and boost defense and infrastructure spending without specific measures to avoid higher deficits if growth doesn’t materialize.
According to World Bank figures services comprise around 75% of the EU economy, 80% of the US economy and the majority of economies of most countries. The global economy is shifting towards a service-oriented economy. Cross-border trade in services for around 13% of the global GDP in 2015; for the EU twice that figure (around 24% of its total GDP). But it is not just these numbers alone that prove that the TiSA negotiations deserve a much higher attention in the public discussion than they currently have.
Colin Powell, a retired four-star general who served under three Republican presidents, slammed Donald Trump’s closest military adviser, retired Gen. Michael Flynn, as “right-wing nutty” and “a jerk” according to the former secretary of state’s personal emails seen by BuzzFeed News.
Police say they arrested five people at Donald Trump's rally Monday night in Asheville, and as of publishing have warrants out for two more people. Among the assaulted was a 69 year old woman.
Mr. Trump has cultivated the persona of a generous man, repeatedly claiming on television he would donate to charity “out of my wallet” and accepting honors from groups he appeared to support. In fact, an exhaustive investigation by Post reporter David A. Fahrenthold shows that Mr. Trump retooled his foundation about a decade ago to act as an intermediary for other people’s charitable giving, a racket from which Mr. Trump gained in reputation and from which he may even have occasionally profited.
Like many Americans, Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to know why the DOJ hasn't criminally prosecuted anyone responsible for the 2008 financial crisis. On Thursday, Warren released two highly provocative letters demanding some explanations. One is to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, requesting a review of how federal law enforcement managed to whiff on all 11 substantive criminal referrals submitted by the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC), a panel set up to examine the causes of the 2008 meltdown
Colin Powell Urged Hillary Clinton’s Team Not to Scapegoat Him for Her Private Server, Leaked Emails Reveal
“HRC could have killed this two years ago by merely telling everyone honestly what she had done and not tie me to it,” Powell wrote in a leaked email. The emails show Powell regularly corresponding with reporters and friends about the Clinton email server scandal, explaining that his situation was different. When Powell arrived at the State Department, the information technology system was badly dated, he argued.
Hillary Clinton: Boycotting North Carolina Is Noble and Just; Boycotting Israel Is Bigoted and Hateful
Could someone explain why it’s noble, enlightened, justifiable, and progressive to boycott an American state, but hateful, bigoted, retrograde, and evil to support a boycott of a foreign country that has been imposing a brutal, discriminatory, and illegal occupation for many decades, a boycott that is led by people with virtually no political rights? How did that happen? Hillary Clinton is far from the only person espousing this bizarre distinction...
The author suggests that the Republican George Bush strategy of invading countries with boots on the ground like the Afghanistan and Iraq wars would prevent terrorism in the US, while fighting terrorist from the air is not effective.
This article documents multiple violations by the Donald J. Trump Foundation regarding false tax filings, using charity money for personal gain. This is all about a charity formed in 1987 as a foundation to supposedly use personal wealth to charities, which turned into an method for people to give money to Trump without handing him a cashed stuffed briefcase.
Hillary Clinton is being treated for pneumonia and dehydration, her doctor said on Sunday, hours after she abruptly left a ceremony in New York honoring the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and had to be helped into a van by Secret Service agents. The incident, which occurred after months of questions about Mrs. Clinton’s health from Republicans, is likely to increase pressure on her to address the issue.
Donald J. Trump, in escalating attacks against Hillary Clinton, suggested on Friday that his opponent was so immune to prosecution that she could shoot someone in front of thousands of witnesses and not be prosecuted. Mr. Trump’s comments followed an extended, and at times vicious and unscripted, criticism of Mrs. Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate, whom he called “an unstable person.”
Mr. Kristof examines Donald Trumps character in this article all the way from his childhood to current date. Learn how he treated friends, employees, his racism and other characteristics recorded in many books and articles published over the years.
Citizen election monitors in San Diego have captured film of ballots which have been tampered with, with white-out erasing only only Sanders votes, sometimes with part of Bernie Sanders’ first name obscured as well. In the film, a monitor reports that almost half the ballots in the box of ballots she witnessed had been so altered, always against Sanders.
Top-secret documents expose the controversial role of a massive NSA surveillance base in England's countryside. For years, journalists and researchers have speculated about what really goes on inside Menwith Hill, while human rights groups and some politicians have campaigned for more transparency about its activities. Now, however, top-secret documents obtained by The Intercept offer an unprecedented glimpse behind Menwith Hill’s razor wire fence. The files reveal for the first time how the NSA has used the British base to aid “a significant number of capture-kill operations” across the Middle East and North Africa, fueled by powerful eavesdropping technology that can harvest data from more than 300 million emails and phone calls a day.
Trump's extremism does not entitle Clinton to waltz into power without serious scrutiny. Article criticized Paul Krugman in particular for his one sided defense of Hillary Clinton critiquing her critiques.Additionally the article points that millions of dollars received by the Clinton foundation while she was in office needs to be investigated.
The lack of enthusiasm, and in some cases outright resistance, is rooted in a deep discomfort with the establishment that they believe Mrs. Clinton represents. They blame her for the Clinton policies of sending blacks to prison in the 90's and the police shooting of balcks backed by the establishment as examples of their mistrust.
FBI through extensive interviews was satisfied with Hillary Clinton's explanations regarding her emails. It is also revealed that her use of private email server was due to advice from Colin Powell yet the Republicans are not satisfied and plan further investigation.
The fiery tone of Mr. Trump’s speech on immigration tore a painful new wound in his relationship with the Republican National Committee. The RNC was ready to praise Donald Trump after the speech expecting a compassionate approach to immigration, but after the speech decided not to say anything.
The ObamaCare Employer Mandate / Employer Penalty, originally set to begin in 2014, was delayed until 2015 / 2016. ObamaCare’s “employer mandate” is a requirement that all businesses with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees (FTE) provide health insurance to at least 95% of their full-time employees and dependents up to age 26, or pay a fee. Below we clarify how each aspect of the mandate affects employees and employers.
As Mr. Trump assumed an increasing role in his father’s business, the company’s practice of turning away potential black tenants was painstakingly documented by activist and the government. Donald Trump in response denied the allegations and sued the government for a 100 million.
Donald Trump is trying to deliver scripted messages attacking Hillary Clinton and her integrity and shying away from attacking republicans. He has also changed his stance on immigration and is focusing on deporting only those with criminal records and recent immigrants.
FBI collected 15000 new emails in investigation of Hillary Clinton that Ms Clinton didn't voluntarily turn over to the state department last year. A federal judge ordered the release of these emails. Emails could be released weeks before the November elections. FBI director said he didn't think Ms. Clinton intentionally hid these emails.
The Breitbart executive director turned GOP leader boasted at a party about his goal of destroying the conservative establishment. “Lenin,” he answered, “wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.” Bannon was employing Lenin’s strategy for Tea Party populist goals. He included in that group the Republican and Democratic Parties, as well as the traditional conservative press.
A review of the Republican presidential nominee’s shows he has considerably more debt than he reported and if he is selected president and his children take over the business he has a lot of leverage as the President to influence his own holdings.
Hacked documents reviewed by Breitbart Jerusalem report that George Soros saw the protests in Baltimore as an opprotunity to help reform the Baltimore police and creating a culture of accountabiliy. It also claims that Black Lives Matters movement worked to influence political candidates for their cause!
Hillary had a long history of supporting TPP and fracking and during the primaries she came out against TPP and took a more critical position on fracking. But now with the personnel moves she has made she has signaled a lack of sincerity.
Read the timeline for when Hillary's health started becoming an issue. Evidence is a picture that shows her going up stairs with help from security personel and her Dr. claims no problems. She had a blood clot in 2012
New evidence and handwritten ledgers show 12.7 million dollars in undisclosed cash payments designated for Mr. Manafort, Donald Trumps campaign manager according to Ukraine's newly formed National anti-corruption bureau.
Trump’s proposed foreign policy would, intentionally or no, aid Vladimir Putin in ways the Russian dictator could only dream about before Trump. Trump has repeatedly expressed wild admiration for Putin personally; his campaign staff and businesses have extensive ties to Russian interests. (Just yesterday, the New York Times reported the existence of a handwritten ledger documenting $12.7 million in payments to Trump's campaign manager, Paul Manafort, from Ukraine's pro-Russian deposed president, Viktor Yanukovych).
Why Sanders supporters cannot back Gary Johnson: His libertarianism is antithetical to the senator’s Democratic socialism
Yes, there are similarities between Sanders and Johnson — but their political philosophies are miles apart. For example Gar Johnson doesn't think government should enforce income equality, but he is for equal opportunity. But these ideas are diametrically opposed!
This right wing source is blaming Soros for funding opposition research on characters like Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer who have been targeting Muslims in the US with their extreme views. Not sure why they think they are immune to scrutiny!?
The link here is between an attorney Roy Black, who represented Jeffery Epstein, accused of trafficking under aged girls for sex with himself and powerful friends including Bill Clinton. They fail to mention that he is also a friend of Donald Trump.
Email leaks show that Hillary Clinton accepted money from Gilbert Chagoury who is a Nigerian billionaire with a shady background who has contributed money to Clinton global initiative to buy influence.
In this article the author tries to persuade voters not to vote for Jill Stein based on some trivial examples like her stance on vaccines or effects of Wi-Fi on your health and her support for Brexit.
Donald Trump speaking at a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina expressed concern about Hillary picking supreme court justices and then said "If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don't know."
Great information on small business tax burden. The characterize these businesses as pass-through businesses because their profit passes through the business directly. Article suggests that when these businesses grow they are hit hard
The weapons were actually sold to Qatar with the intention to topple Qadafi and fight Assad in Syria. However Hillary denied publicly about the shipment of these weapons. - No WikiLeaks e-mails confirm that Hillary Clinton directly and knowingly "sold weapons to ISIS."
Right wing media criticizing the Hillary Clinton budget claiming that her policies on expanding government role in family leave and student loans would contribute significantly to the deficit. This report is a clear example of how media plants false hoods without any specifics.
WSJ and right wing media are miss-characterizing the payments to Iran insinuating that the money was in exchange for hostages, were in fact the money was owed to Iran based on a military purchase in 1979 that was never delivered.
This latest revelation from Wikileaks reveals that Hillary Clinton was a director of, and received over $100,000 from, French industrial giant Lafarge, which was recently exposed as secretly sponsoring the Islamic State for profit. Documents obtained by several journalistic investigations reveal that Lafarge has paid taxes to the terror group to operate its cement plant in Syria, and even bought Isis oil for years
Julian Assange says “1,700 emails in Hillary Clinton’s collection” proves she sold weapons to ISIS in Syria | Pamela Geller
The headline isn't supported by the content. The video from Julian Assange basically says that the invasion of Libya led to the occupation of ISIS in Libya which then in turn shipped arms to Syria
A lifer republican and publisher of a popular blog, Chris Ladd leaves the party and rights a damning letter. This is a good example of how the Democrats are going after Trump. "From his fairy-tale wall to his schoolyard bullying and his flirtation with violent racists, Donald Trump offers America a singular narrative – a tale of cowards. Fearful people, convinced of our inadequacy, trembling before a world alight with imaginary threats, crave a demagogue."
Lost contracts, bankruptcies, defaults, deceptions and indifference to investors—Trump’s business career is a long, long list of such troubles, according to regulatory, corporate and court records, as well as sworn testimony and government investigative reports. Call it the art of the bad deal, one created by the arrogance and recklessness of a businessman whose main talent is self-promotion.
Trump asked a foreign policy advisor why the U.S. can't use nuclear weapons, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough says, citing an unnamed source and then asked Hayden about the process in such an event and the response is that the system is built for quick execution once decision is made.
Witnesses at the recent Democratic National Convention say that Bernie Sanders had a noticeable gash on the right side of his face that he tried to hide. This rumor doesn't provide any reasons why, but click baits you in thinking the people behind 9/11 and JFK assassination were behind this.
Pat Caddell: Pro-Clinton Media Bias Is a ‘Terrifying Crisis in Democracy’; ‘Clinton Foundation Is Literally a RICO Case Waiting’
In this post the right wing media is warning of a cover up by main stream media that Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta raked in millions from a Russian government technology initiative – and failed to disclose the money on federal forms, as required by law.
A great example of how right wing media starts rumors and allegations against people they want to discredit. They claim that Mr. Khan has deep legal and financial connections to Saudi Arabia, because as an immigration attorney he represented Saudi nationals who wanted to immigrate on EB-5 visas.
This article states that before Hillary ran for President she was one of the most popular and respected women in the world and the negative media coverage has cost her the popularity score we see today.
This is a great example of how the right wing media uses innuendo to smear opponents. The only claim they have is that Mr. Khan worked for a law firm that did Hillary's taxes and does immigration work for the Saudi's who contribute to the Clinton foundation.
For all the chatter about animosity between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, The Washington Post reports that “a senior Israeli official will arrive in Washington next week for a final round of negotiations involving the largest military aid package the United States has ever given any country and that will last more than a decade after President Obama leaves office.” The U.S. already transfers $3.1 billion in taxpayer money every year to Israel – more than any other country by far – but the new agreement Obama is set to sign “significantly raises” that amount, and guarantees it for 10 years.
Blatant attempts to keep minorities from voting have been supplanted by a blizzard of more subtle changes and intimidating tactics, advocates contend. - This article has been shared over 1.1K as of November 1st 2016.
The author argues that only a few of the 20K emails uncovered were about Bernie and the time frame was late April or My when the election was practically over. Worth a read if you believe in the counter argument.
Two scholars at the renowned Brookings Institution, Loren Adler and Paul Ginsburg, have published an analysis finding that “average premiums in the individual market actually dropped significantly upon implementation of the ACA.This contrasts with a plethora of evidence, including a rigorous 2014 Brookings study, showing that the ACA significantly increased premiums.
Some Bernie-or-Busters protested Clinton's speech on Thursday. But thanks to an elaborate organizing effort - from group messages to moles the DNC managed to keep the protesters silenced.
Michael Wilson, a Sanders-pledged delegate from California, told me that floor officials attempted to confiscate his delegation’s anti-TPP signs, and that he returned from a walkout by Sanders supporters on Tuesday evening to find that his seat had been taken by a nondelegate who refused to give it up.
The DNC was trying to hide the details of the fundraising deal they struck with Hillary bill Clinton; Clinton would do joint fundraising gigs with state democratic parties across the country and allow states to keep only a tiny fraction of the money raised. David Pakman discusses this.The David Pakman Show is a...
Is the Republican candidate for President too closely aligned with Russian president Vladimir Putin? There are more than a few signs that reveal Russian influence in the Trump campaign.
Clinton supporters refuse to acknowledge the flaws the majority of Americans see. This is from a republican leaning publication that claims Hillary's email server scandal is the reason she is falling behind in the polls
The author points out that Tim Kane is not a progressive and has time and again stood with Wall Street in favor of big banks. The article also points out that the Tim Kane choice was an affront to the progressives and a signal to the establishment that she will play ball.
Hedges and Reich debate the choice for this election. Reich argues that we need to elect Clinton and work to build a third party in the next 4 years and Hedges thinks we need to support the Green party now since both candidates are equally disasterous. Great debate.
As Hillary Clinton puts together what she hopes will be a winning coalition in November, many progressives remain wary — but she has the war hawks firmly behind her. “I would say all Republican foreign policy professionals are anti-Trump,” leading neoconservative Robert Kagan told a group gathered around him, groupie-style, at a “foreign policy professionals for Hillary” fundraiser I attended last week.
Yesterday, Rick Wilson, a Republican operative who has now moved into dissident status as a vociferous Trump critic, suggested that journalists ask Trump the following question: "Do you, or any of your business units have outstanding loans with Russian banks or individuals? If so, how much?” Newsweek asked and got this answer from Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks: "Mr. Trump does not have any business dealings in/with Russia."
As soon as Congress scrapped the public funding for conventions in 2014, both the Democratic and Republican parties asked the FEC to dramatically increase the contribution limits for people who wanted to help fund conventions. The FEC granted their request, and instead of an annual limit of $33,000, individuals can now give up to $133,600 each year to fund the conventions.
Taxes, fees, tarrifs, tolls, levies, bribes, tithes, tributes. Whatever we called them, taxes have been an unfortunate reality of life ever since the biggest monkey decided he wanted a piece of the smaller monkeys’ lunch. From that earliest protection racket, taxes have only gotten more codified and
Researchers have concluded that the Democratic National Committee was breached by two Russian intelligence agencies, and metadata from the released emails suggests that the documents passed through Russian computers.
It's a new low for major news organizations to sell their brand to lobbyists and let climate truthers go unchallenged. GOP and media just featured climate deniers without offering any dissenting speakers and this should violate the editorial standards of any credible news organization.
How do we build a viable third party to the left of shitty Democrats in the United States? "You run people not just for fucking president every four fucking years," says Dan Savage. (You also lower the bar on getting third party candidates into debates.)
The Green Party runs hundreds of candidates across the country during each election cycle. These candidates are directly challenging the political power structure and bringing important issues to the table that are too often ignored by the candidates of the major parties.
Dan Savage, the other day: Where are the Green Party candidates for city councils? For county councils? For state legislatures? For state assessor? For state insurance commissioner? For governor? For fucking dogcatcher? I would be SO willing to vote for Green Party candidates who are starting at the bottom, grassroots, bottom up, building a third party, a viable third party. Green Party national co-chair Andrea Mérida Cuéllar, pictured above, responds: Ansel Herz’s repost of Dan...
Want to see how giant corporations try to rig the system in their favor? Look at what ExxonMobil is doing to try to intimidate Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office is one of several AGs who are investigating whether ExxonMobil broke state consumer and investor protection laws by knowingly misleading people about climate change since the 1970s.
Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, a leading candidate for the Democratic nominee for vice president, has signaled to the financial industry that he’ll go to bat for them. On Monday, Kaine signed onto two letters, one to federal banking regulators and the other to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, urging them to loosen regulations on certain financial players.
Articles gives examples of democrats who voted for Obama being purged from the voter registration list even though the person hasn't moved or changed his registration. Reason used is infrequent voting. At least 144K of such cases in Ohio