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Melania Trump’s Website, Biography Have Disappeared From The Internet

The apparent scrubbing job comes after speculation over whether she earned an undergraduate degree, as previously claimed.



Libertarian candidates say Mitt Romney is considering endorsing them



And therein lies the problem

Sorry Hillary, Friday's headlines will be about Trump

This is the night Hillary Clinton has been waiting for her entire life. This is the night where she has her latest and best chance to make her case to undecided voters, clarify her vision for America, and cut into her massively high unfavorable ratings. Finally, the attention at the Democratic convention and in the news media will be on her, her message, and not just endorsements and speeches from powerful allies like Mike Bloomberg and President Barack Obama. 

Good luck with that. 

We already know who's going to dominate the headlines Friday morning in the end. And he happens to be Clinton's opponent. Let's justify that conclusion by reviewing the extremely recent evidence: 

Donald Trump stole the headlines away from the Democrats and their convention Wednesday by stirring up controversies over Clinton's emails and the Russians. Thursday morning, even after four barn burner speeches by Mike Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Tim Kaine, and finally President Barack Obama, the most-talked about story in the news and social media is still Donald Trump's calls for the Russians to hand over the former Secretary of State's deleted emails. Maintaining the lion's share of media attention even in the wake of a stirring speech by the President of the United States is no easy task. But Trump, and his apparently still clueless and unintentional allies in the media, pulled it off. 

Now, the "challenge" is to do the same to a mere Democratic presidential nominee with high unfavorable ratings, who doesn't possess the same speaking skills as President Obama, Vice President Biden, or even her husband. Even if only the established news media still controlled the main political narrative in this country, beating back Clinton's potential attention-grabbing chances wouldn't be impossible for Trump. But with social media's powerful influence thrown into the mix, he won't have to try very hard at all. 

He proved he's the master of the media cycle many times before, but Wednesday's coup ended all arguments on that score. Even if the talk about the Russian email hacking story dies down by Friday, Trump will have a few rallies and his Twitter account at the ready to stir something else up if he wants. And we know the news media will be eager to cover it. 

But the real question is whether all this media attention is good for Trump's election chances. Many news and political veterans are still expecting his seemingly reckless comments to bring him down. And they are not alone. Clearly, the top strategists in the Clinton campaign are okay with Trump stealing the attention during this campaign because they too are sure it will backfire on him any day now. 

But they're wrong. Not because they don't understand Trump, but because they don't understand his supporters. This specific point is essential. Because the inability to understand Trump supporters will not only cost Clinton and the Democrats the White House, it could cost the established news media whatever influence it still has over public opinion.


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Melania Trump's web site is still available via waybackmachine - https://web.archive.org/web/20120130145923/http://www.melaniatrump.com/ 

Mr. Magoo

Probably not available in Europe, though.  There, they have this weird right "to be forgotten" if you've embarrassed yourself.


Election 2016 is over. Trump won: David Mastio

With no standards and no principles, Clinton and her allies are now just a punchline.



Trump's Bernie gambit

The GOP nominee’s constant overtures to Sanders backers are increasingly caustic and likely to bring him few votes. But his goal is just to keep them mad.




Bloomberg: let's elect a sane person.


NorthReport wrote:

Election 2016 is over. Trump won: David Mastio

With no standards and no principles, Clinton and her allies are now just a punchline.


Former Bush speechwriter



US election: Are the Democrats too confident?





Progressive politics for grown-ups:  Top 5 Alternatives To Hillary Clinton For Progressives Post-Sanders

Which in walking through the alternatives, includes this insightful quote from everyone's favourite progressive intellectual, Noam Chomsky: “If I were in a swing state, a state that matters, and the choice were Clinton or Trump, I would vote against Trump. And by arithmetic that means hold your nose and vote for Clinton.” 




So Hillary is not the first.

‘Mrs. Satan’: The first woman to run for U.S. president


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What follows is a summary of the special radio program hosed by Brian Becker:

The Neocons Rise Again: What A Hillary Clinton Foreign Policy Looks Like.

The show is worth listening to anyway, at least the first 15 min. or so, dealing with HRC.

- exemplified - perhaps most succinctly - by her gloating laughter over the death of the former President of Libya with her remarks, "We came, we saw, he died," etc.. Gadaffi was sodomized with a sword. To this President-in-waiting, it was a subject of merriment. This would be a VERY pro-war President - giddily so.

- [b]a neo-con war hawk, pure and simple.[/b] She has demonstrated this approach, both in office (e.g., as Secretary of State) and out, over many years. See: Foreign Policy Magazine: "Hilary the Hawk"; support of Robert Kagan; hiring his wife Victoria Nuland as one of her first actions as S of State, etc.

- "In order for the US to ensure that the 21st century will be "the US century"", Hilary Clinton understands the importance of US "leadership" in the world. (See CNAS policy papers)

- the Clinton supported policy to "defeat ISIS" revolves around carrying out war against the legitimate government of Syria. This will include a "no bombing zone", replacing the "no fly zone" that HRC so enthusiastically supported. A "no fly zone" is a state of war, pure and simple. This is for a long term plan to establish a region controlled by US-sponsored "moderates", etc., who still, however, behead children... This is an example of risk-taking, characteristic of HRC, putting the risk of thermonuclear war against Syria's key ally, Russia, for example, on the table.

- the recent letter, therefore, of 50-or-so State Department "diplomats" calling for the bombing of Syria was not so much as a call for changes in the Obama policy as much as a job application for a future HR Clinton regime ...

- "If Clinton is elected, it is very likely that there will be an escalation of US action in Syria" ... against the legitimate government there.

- will differentiate her FP from that of Barak Obama; a tougher approach, more willing to extend US power in the world, and willing to take risks to achieve such goals.

- one of the most "power-oriented" candidates in US history [as in military power].

- the same super-aggression towards Syria is also true about Iran. HRC is characterized by a kind of visceral, virulent hatred of all things Iranian.

- the same is true of HRC's approach to Russia. In general, a hyper-aggressive foreign policy is the future under a HRC Presidency ... - we now have the odd situation in which the Democrats' candidate is far to the right of the Republicans' candidate wrt foreign policy. This is a significant development. The Democrats are no longer unified; rather, controlled by Clinton and her group, which will cease to have major significance as a party in the future.


ikosmos wrote: What follows is a summary of the special radio program hosed by Brian Becker

('Hosed' being the operative word, of course.) And no surprise that Becker is super-critical of Clinton.

But given his long standing endorsement of the heroic socialist society of North Korea and its leadership. , - and the recent enthusiastic endorsement by the DPRK of Donald Trump, - any idea when Becker wll throw aside his phoney pundit's objectivity and come out four-square for The Donald??  

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lol. Spelling flames? A non sequitur of denouncing North Korea?  What about a lecture about the sapping of our vital bodily fluids?

Supporters of HRC seem to have nothing good to say about their candidate. All that's left is dropping a big, steaming turd, strutting proudly around and admiring their work, and calling it a day.

ooh rah.

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Meanwhile, back at the Clinton ranch, things are piling up ...

Wikileaks’ Julian Assange is now stating that 1,700 emails contained in the Clinton cache directly connect Hillary to Libya to Syria, and directly to Al Qaeda and ISIS.

Hilary Clinton knowingly sent weapons to ISIS. Arrest her already.

Julian Assange says “1,700 emails in Hillary Clinton’s collection” proves she sold weapons to ISIS in Syria [Video]

eta: I can't help but add my admiration for Assange's cool-headedness in the face of virulent and rabidly foaming antagonism to him.

He says, quite simply, we cannot reform our institutions if we do not know what they're doing.


Unless there is some major change it looks like the presidential election is a wrap for Clinton but what about the Senate and the House

And I suppose Garland will eventually be confirmed to the Supreme Court as well


The Senate could go Democratic, the House not. If Clinton wins, Garland is likely to be confirmed in the lame duck session.


Finally some bilingualism at least on the Democratic ticket



“I think Trump is a national embarrassment”: First sitting GOP congressman endorses Hillary Clinton




What did their emails say again?  Laughing

Heads roll at the DNC

Three top officials were ousted Tuesday, as the organization struggles to right itself.




So Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Hampshire, are moving towards the Democrats, and now Colorado as well.

Trump's shrinking electoral map

There are growing signs that Colorado, a key Western swing state, is no longer in play.




Of course he did!  Laughing

Did Paul Ryan just predict that Clinton will win in a landslide?



Kaine Ties Pence to Controversial North Carolina Bathroom Bill



What Really Holds Republicans Together

“As careful studies of the tea-party movement revealed, what animated Republican voters was a fear of cultural change. Their anti-statism was confined to programs that seemed to benefit people other than themselves. Racial resentment and ethnocentrism, not passion for limited government, drove the conservative base.”

“Almost alone within the party, Trump understood this. That is why his comically long list of ideological deviations never hurt him. Trump’s racism demonstrated to most Republican voters that he stood with them on the essential divide that ordered their political world — one defined by identity more than ideology.”

“In the conservative elite’s imagination, the romanticized history of the tea-party revolt — a story of liberty-loving Americans rising up against Big Government excess — still prevails. It is a story that attributes the party’s extraordinary opposition to the president’s policies, not to the primal fears he aroused. Trump has not only disproven the conservative movement’s theory of its own base. He’s disproven its history of the Obama presidency.”



NorthReport wrote:

“As careful studies of the tea-party movement revealed, what animated Republican voters was a fear of cultural change.

Everyone knows this.

Republicans like American culture.

To be fair, I can't blame them. Nobody here would blame Saudis for liking Sharia. The worst criticism of Saudis who support Sharia would be "they're misguided," yet as the article goes on to suggest, Republicans who like American culture are all xenophobes and racists.

Even as a "person of colour" (I hate that phrase), I'd much rather live in the US than the middle east, even if the middle east wasn't currently getting destroyed and had an equal standard of living for my demographic.

When Republicans look at what is going on in Sweden, Germany, France, and even the U.K., and then do a simple examination of birth rates and immigration rates of different groups, it is no wonder they are afraid for the future of American culture.

And, from what I've seen on a variety of message boards which lean different ways, absolutely nobody is making a case for why their fears are unfounded. They just get told to stop being racist.


Former CIA Chief Smacks Down Donald Trump In Clinton Endorsement

Michael Morell says Trump’s a self-aggrandizing agent of Vladimir Putin who’s guilty of “routine carelessness with the facts.”



I have one fear with the continual media stories and reactions about how bad Trump is. We need to start to hear what Hilary will do that is more than I am not Trump and don't vote for Trump. This election in its early stages reminds me of the 2010 Toronto mayoral election where George Smitherman was supposed to beat Rob Ford. The Smitherman campaign did an amazing job at telling everyone to not vote for Ford. What they forgot to do was tell everyone why to vote Smitherman.


While the system is different due to party registratoins there remains the need for the Clinton Campaign to shift from Trump bad and vote for me because I am not Trump to a campaign based on why people should vote for Clinton. If that doesn's happen then we could have an issue.




It's almost time to start talking about Hillary Clinton winning Texas



For Donald Trump, this was more than a terrible week. It was a turning point

It would be tempting to say this was just another episode in the bizarre life of the Republican presidential nominee. But it was far worse




Clinton: Trump 'appealing to the most ugly impulses in our society'



The perfect storm has arrived for Trump.

Keep him on TV as often as possible because every time he opens his mouth now he loses more votes. 

A psychological trap: making sense of Donald Trump’s life and personality

Despite Republicans urging Trump to be more congenial, his behavior only becomes more erratic 



He's unstoppable. Everywhere he goes, everything he touches, ends up in chaos. 

Once again, Trump's Wisconsin visit marked by clashes




The racist backlash against Brack Obama is what brought us Donald Trump



Bernie Sanders: I support Hillary Clinton. So should everyone who voted for me



If Hillary wins there will be several firsts in the USA

First woman president

First time a former first lady becomes president

First time a former president returns as first gentleman

2016 Electoral College Map



An online app to diagnose partisan gerrymandering



Trump No Longer Kicking Ass With the White Working Class



The USA has a huge debt, but let's make it much worse by giving massive tax breaks to the rich 

Donald Trump Is Proposing The Biggest Tax Cuts Since Ronald Reagan's Presidency


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<something I never thought I'd say>Well colour me impressed with Fox.</something I never thought I'd say>



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