Sep 3 – DIRECT eZine for Democrats #893

ON THE RECORD ….

“Extreme views about women? We expect that from some of the terrorist groups. We expect that from people who don’t want to live in the modern world. But it’s a little hard to take coming from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States.” —  Hillary Clinton comparing the Republican presidential field to “terrorist groups” where women’s issues are concerned.

The more you look at the Biden bandwagon, it looks more like a ghost ship being pulled through the mist by a combination of hungry political reporters, Hillary haters (including most of the conservative media), and Delaware-based Friends of Joe who, of course, would love to see him run.” — Ed Kilgore 8/26/15

“Look, nobody knows the tax code better than I do. OK. I know it better. I’m the king of the tax code.” — Donald Trump, 8/28/15

“If we were to elect someone who’s been part of the problem creating the socialism, really there is no hope.” — Sarah Palin 8/27/15

“In addition to saying “hateful things” about immigrants, he “also insults and dismisses women. Just yesterday he attacked me once again and said I didn’t have a clue about women’s health issues. Really? I mean you can’t make this stuff up, folks. Trump actually says he would do a much better job for women than I would. Now that’s a general election debate that’s going to be a lot of fun.” — Hillary Clinton 8/28/15

It is “the height of irony that a party which espouses small government would want to unleash a massive law enforcement effort – including perhaps National Guard and others – to go and literally pull people out of their homes and their workplaces, round them up, put them, I don’t know, in buses, boxcars, in order to take them across our border. I just find that not only absurd, but appalling,” — Hillary Clinton 8/28/15

“Yes, I believe we can pray potholes away. Moses prayed and a sea opened up.” — Jackson, Mississippi Mayor Tony Yarber, on his cities’ need for $743 million worth of repairs to its crumbling infrastructure.

“The party of Lincoln has become the party of Trump.”— Hillary Clinton. 8/29/15

“Look, Jeb Bush was a very successful governor, he’s a thoughtful man, he was a good, conservative governor. But every day, Donald Trump is emasculating Jeb Bush, and Republican primary voters are not going to default to the establishment candidate who is being weakened by these attacks that go unresponded to.” — GOP strategist Steve Schmidt. 8/31/15

 

1. The Borowitz Report: Cutting Losses, Kochs to Sell Scott Walker

Saying that “things just didn’t work out,” the billionaire Koch brothers have decided to put Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker up for sale.

The Kochs, who earlier had purchased Gov. Walker with great fanfare, announced their plan to sell the politician in a terse statement from Koch Industries headquarters in Wichita.

“Scott Walker is a fine individual, and we wish him well,” the Kochs’ statement read. “We are confident that he will be a good fit for some other billionaire industrialists.”

In Iowa, an aide to Walker said that the Governor was “still processing” the news that he had been put up for sale. “It takes a while for Scott to understand things,” the aide said.

Elsewhere: As America’s bridges, roads, and other infrastructure dangerously deteriorate from decades of neglect, there is a mounting sense of urgency that it is time to build a giant wall.

Harland Dorrinson, the executive director of a Washington-based think tank called the Center for Responsible Immigration, believes that most Americans favor the building of border walls over extravagant pet projects like structurally sound freeway overpasses.

While some think that America’s declining infrastructure is a national-security threat, Dorrinson strongly disagrees. “If immigrants somehow get over the wall, the condition of our bridges and roads will keep them from getting very far,” he said. Read more at http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/

2. Poll: Trump Supporters Think Obama is A Muslim Born in Another Country

PPP’s newest national poll finds that 66% of Trump’s supporters believe that Obama is a Muslim to just 12% that grant he’s a Christian. 61% think Obama was not born in the United States to only 21% who accept that he was. And 63% want to amend the Constitution to eliminate birthright citizenship, to only 20% who want to keep things the way they are. 9/01/15 http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2015/08/trump-supporters-think-obama-is-a-muslim-born-in-another-country.html

A new Des Moines Register poll in Iowa finds 47% of likely GOP caucus goers say it’s a good idea to gather up an estimated 11 million immigrants who are in the United States illegally and send them to their home country. Among Donald Trump supporters, nearly three-fourths (73 percent) say so. 9/01/15 http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2015/09/01/iowa-poll-nearly-half–want–round-up-immigrants/71532432/

3. New poll showing Clinton beating everyone is reported as bad news for Hillary

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Hillary Clinton coasting to a crushing victory in a three-way race against Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, winning 45 percent of the vote, compared with 22 for Sanders and 18 for Biden.

And the good news for Clinton doesn’t stop there.

— The poll shows Clinton beating Jeb Bush head to head.

— The poll shows Clinton beating Marco Rubio head to head.

— The poll shows Clinton beating Donald Trump head to head.

— The poll shows Clinton winning in a landslide in scenarios where Trump runs as an independent.

So how did the media report this poll showing that if the election were held this week Hillary Clinton would win? Well, as bad news for Hillary Clinton!

Bloomberg: “Biden More Competitive Than Clinton Against Leading Republicans: Poll”

Politico: “Poll: Biden outperforms Hillary in general election; Trump leads GOP field”

Time: “Voters open to Joe Biden presidential bid in new poll”

CT Post: “Q poll: Trump numbers soar, Hillary continues slide”

Two things are happening here. One is that “Clinton is still winning” is a boring headline, so there’s a tendency to grasp at straws to come up with something else. The other is that the press as a whole doesn’t like Clinton very much (and the feeling is mutual), so there’s a bias toward believing that the public feels the same way. So somehow her campaign is struggling even when it’s winning, and polls that show her winning are reported as showing her losing. — Matthew Yglesias 8/27/15 http://www.vox.com/2015/8/27/9214461/clinton-poll-lead

4. From MEDIA MATTERS (They watch Fox News so you don’t have to)

NRA News Tries To Shut Down The Debate: Calls For New Gun Laws Show “A Lack Of Shared Humanity”http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/08/27/nra-news-tries-to-shut-down-the-debate-calls-fo/205226

Fox Guest Recycles Debunked Clinton Email Myths To Call For Criminal Investigation http://mediamatters.org/research/2015/08/27/fox-guest-recycles-debunked-clinton-email-myths/205224

Whether Fox News Acknowledges A Hate Crime Depends On The Race Of The Shooter http://mediamatters.org/research/2015/08/27/when-fox-news-acknowledges-a-hate-crime-depends/205225

Fox Guest Recycles Debunked Clinton Email Myths To Call For Criminal Investigation

CLAIM: The FBI “Grabbed Control Of The Server.” — Jay Sekulow 8/27/15
FACT: Clinton Voluntarily Handed Over Email Server To The FBI,

CLAIM: Clinton’s Server Was Stored “In The Bathroom” Of A Colorado Company. — Jay Sekulow8/27/15
FACT: Clinton’s Server Was Not Kept In A Bathroom Closet

CLAIM: Investigators Have Found “Hundreds Of Classified Emails” — Jay Sekulow 8/27/15
FACT: Emails Were Flagged For Review And May Not Contain Classified Information

CLAIM: Clinton’s Lawyer Lacked Security Clearance To Handle Emails. — Jay Sekulow 8/27/15
FACT: Clinton’s Lawyer Has “Top Secret” Security Clearance
http://mediamatters.org/research/2015/08/27/fox-guest-recycles-debunked-clinton-email-myths/205224

Limbaugh Conspiracy: Hillary Clinton Blackmailing Obama To Avoid Indictment Over Emails http://mediamatters.org/video/2015/08/28/limbaugh-conspiracy-hillary-clinton-blackmailin/205249

Media Debunk Misinformation Surrounding Clinton’s Use Of Private Email http://mediamatters.org/research/2015/08/28/media-debunk-misinformation-surrounding-clinton/205240

Fox & Friends Distinguishes Itself From Jorge Ramos Who Is “Advocating For A Certain Point Of View” And “Not A Reporter” http://mediamatters.org/video/2015/08/28/fox-amp-friends-distinguishes-itself-from-jorge/205235

A Comprehensive Guide To The Deceptively-Edited Videos Used Against Planned Parenthood http://mediamatters.org/research/2015/08/31/a-comprehensive-guide-to-the-deceptively-edited/205264

Fox & Friends Relies On Flawed Timeline In Attempt To Revive Baseless Attack On Clinton’s iPad Use http://mediamatters.org/research/2015/09/01/fox-amp-friends-relies-on-flawed-timeline-in-at/205300

James O’Keefe Targets Clinton Campaign For Legally Selling A T-Shirt http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/09/01/james-okeefe-targets-clinton-campaign-for-legal/205295

5. The Feud: The Donald vs. Jeb

Trumphttps://instagram.com/p/7GXcgxGhbG/?taken-by=realdonaldtrump

Jeb: https://youtu.be/IgKWPcpwFDs

A list. of the mogul’s 33 jabs at the Bushes is at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/08/27/all-33-times-donald-trump-jabbed-the-bushes-in-one-35-minute-interview/

6. Jimmy Kimmel: Donald Trump’s Newest Campaign Ad

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ep53vIAV9c

7. The DAILY GRILL

I found it surprising that somebody as high ranking as secretary of state, who’s dealing with classified and sensitive information all the time, would think that it was OK to have a private server in your phone where you put information and so forth — where you send emails. — Dick Cheney on CNN. 8/31/15

VERSUS

“To complement the official State Department computer in my office, I installed a laptop computer on a private line. My personal email account on the laptop allowed me direct access to anyone online. I started shooting emails to my principal assistants, to individual ambassadors, and increasingly to my foreign-minister colleagues who like me were trying to bring their ministries into the 186,000-miles-per-second world.” — Former Sec. of State Colin Powell, in his book “It Worked For Me: In Life And Leadership.”

 

Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server at the State Department is a criminal problem.” — Donald Trump8/15/15

VERSUS

“Her decision not to segregate her email accounts was regrettable, but unlike the actions and prosecution of Petraeus, there has been no evidence of criminal conduct.” —  Petraeus prosecutor Anne M. Tompkins 8/31/15

 
Fully, 53% have an unfavorable impression of Hillary Clinton, the highest since April 2008 in Post-ABC surveys. That mark is eight percentage points higher than in July, though not as far from a Post-ABC poll in late May (49%).” — The Fix 9/02/15

VERSUS

“But it also shows something else: Clinton continues to be popular among a broad coalition of Democrats, and is still better liked than GOP heavyweights Donald Trump and Jeb Bush with the public at large.” —The Fix 9/02/15

8. Pollsters Dumbfounded by Trump

Polling experts agree on one thing when it comes to Donald Trump’s presidential run: They’ve never seen anything like it.

The billionaire businessman’s dominance of the Republican presidential race is forcing experienced political hands to question whether everything they know about winning the White House is wrong.

The shocks have come in quick succession, with Trump first rocketing to the top of national polls, and then taking double-digit leads in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

In another act of political magic, Trump managed to flip his favorability rating from negative to positive in one poll during the span of a month — a feat that Monmouth University’s Patrick Murray called “astounding.”. 8/27/15http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/252066-pollsters-dumbfounded-by-trump

9. Clinton Camp Says One-Fifth of Delegates Secured for Nomination

The total number of delegates to next summer’s presidential nominating convention will be about 4,491, meaning that a candidate would need 2,246 votes to win. The Clinton camp claims to already have more than 440 delegates committed, or more than 60 percent of the approximately 713 superdelegates who, under party rules, are among those who cast votes for the nomination. 8//28/15 http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-08-28/clinton-camp-saying-it-already-secured-one-fifth-the-delegates-needed-for-nomination

10. The GOP lurches to the far right: Trump, Cruz to attend event hosted by radical anti-Muslim group

Texas GOP senator Ted Cruz’s campaign announced Thursday that he’s invited Trump to join a rally planned at the Capitol soon to pressure lawmakers on opposing the nuclear agreement. The rally is sponsored by Tea Party Patriots, Center for Security Policy, and the Zionist Organization of America.  http://www.politico.com/story/2015/08/ted-cruz-donald-trump-anti-iran-nuclear-deal-rally-2016-121812#ixzz3k4AQa2fW

11. Mark Fiore Cartoon: Smokey the climate scientist

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/28/1415908/-Cartoon-Smokey-the-climate-scientist?detail=hide

12. Late Night Jokes for Dems 

“Today is a special day. Today is women’s equality day. Donald Trump calls it, that time of the year again.” –Conan O’Brien

“At a press conference yesterday, Donald Trump kicked out a Latino reporter but the man returned a few minutes later. Yeah, so already Trump’s deportation plan isn’t working.” –Conan O’Brien

“Donald Trump presided over a rally in Dubuc, Iowa, where he touted his strong skills as a negotiator and showed off his considerable skills as an impressionist. I don’t know if Donald Trump will make America great again but he has certainly made CNN great again.” –Jimmy Kimmel

“Donald Trump got into it with a well-respected Spanish language news anchor, Jorge Ramos from Univision, who made Donald upset when he tried to ask a question. ‘Go back to Univision,’ he said as he kicked him out of the place. He’s not even president yet and he’s already kicking Mexicans out.” –Jimmy Kimmel

“It’s come out that Donald Trump’s grandfather owned a brothel. When reached for comment Trump said, screwing people for money is a long family tradition.” –Conan O’Brien

“South Korea has agreed to stop broadcasting insulting propaganda over the North Korean border. They’ve agreed to stop doing it. They’ve also canceled their Comedy Central roast of Kim Jong Un.” –Conan O’Brien

“There was a time when it seemed unimaginable that Joe Biden could ever be taken seriously enough to win his party’s nomination, but Donald Trump just blew that idea right out the window.” –Jimmy Kimmel

“A lot of people are upset because Jeb Bush used the term ‘anchor babies’ to describe children born of illegal immigrants. Calling a child an anchor baby is almost as derogatory as calling a child Jeb. But he was in McAllen, Texas, defending himself, reminding everyone that his wife is Mexican. You don’t mention that your wife is Mexican as much as Jeb Bush.” –Jimmy Kimmel

“Bill Gates alone, lost $3.2 billion on the stock market yesterday. To put that in perspective, that’s like a regular person losing a dollar in a vending machine.” –Jimmy Kimmel

“The CEO of Starbucks sent the message to Starbucks employees yesterday, instructing them to be sensitive to customers who might be feeling stressed out about the market. I like that the place that charges $5 for a cup of coffee is concerned about our finances.” –Jimmy Kimmel

“Donald Trump had a rally at a football stadium in Mobile, Alabama, after planning to have it in a hotel ballroom. It got too big for the ballroom, so they moved it to the convention center. It got too big for the convention center, so they moved it to a football stadium. Apparently the strategy of saying whatever crazy thing pops into your head is really paying off for him.” –Jimmy Kimmel

“President-elect Trump discusses all of the big issues, China, opponents, Univision, Mexico, Oreos … everything. He even talked about the weather and how the weather might affect his hair. ‘You know if it rains I will take off my hat and I will prove, I will prove once and for all that it’s mine. Okay.’ Sounds good to me. Why not just dip it in a bucket? You don’t have to wait for the rain.” –Jimmy Kimmel

“Jeb Bush has photo shopped a photo for an ad which gives him a black left hand and a much different looking body. Jeb just can’t get it right. I wonder if his black hand handshake is different from the white hand handshake.” –Jimmy Kimmel

“In an interview this week, Jeb Bush said that if he had a magic wand, there are at least ten things that he would like change about the Constitution. Then Jeb Bush was given the prize for ‘lamest use of a magic wand.'” –Jimmy Fallon

“Donald Trump had an interview with CNN in the lobby of the Trump Tower Hotel this week, and apparently someone yelled, ‘You’ll never win the Latino vote.’ And then immediately, Trump had the guy deported over to La Quinta Hotel.” –Jimmy Fallon

13. Hillary Clinton Really Is Coming For Your Guns

“I vow on this day the NRA will stand shoulder to shoulder with you and good, honest decent Americans, and we will stand and fight with everything we’ve got and in 2016, by God, we will elect the next great president of the United States of America and it will not be Hillary Rodham Clinton.” — NRA chief Wayne LaPierre in April at the NRA convention. 8/29/15 http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/08/29/hillary-clinton-really-is-coming-for-your-guns.html

14. How not to win the Latino vote

“Mr. Trump, I have a question,” — Jorge Ramos, news anchor at Univision and one of the country’s most recognizable Mexican-Americans.

“Excuse me. Sit down. You weren’t called. Sit down.” — Trump

“I’m a reporter, an immigrant, a senior citizen. I have the right to ask a question.” — Ramos, calmly trying to ask Trump about his plan to combat illegal immigration.

“Go back to Univision.” — Trump motioning to one of his bodyguards, who walked across the room and physically removed Ramos from the room. 8/25/15 http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/08/25/first-trump-booted-univision-anchor-jorge-ramos-out-of-his-news-conference-then-things-got-interesting/ 

15. Trump’s Insults Shock Even Seasoned Politicians

Donald Trump “is turning the schoolyard taunt into a political art form – these aren’t gaffes or off-script asides. They are part of a strategy, people close to Mr. Trump say, of knocking his Republican presidential rivals off their game. That, at least for now, is getting him the attention and poll ratings he wants among voters looking for an antidote to the artifice of U.S. politics.”

“But the intensely personal nature of Mr. Trump’s insults, sometimes mocking his rivals by mimicking them, is startling even to those who have grown accustomed to the sometimes low levels of civility in politics today.” 8/27/15http://politicalwire.com/2015/08/27/trumps-insults-shock-even-seasoned-politicians/

16. Only 3 of 45 House Democrats who voted “no” on Obamacare are still there

Voting for Obamacare was supposed to be lethal for congressional Democrats from conservative districts. But five years after it passed the House, only three Democrats who voted against its final version still remain. 9/01/15 http://www.vox.com/2015/9/1/9239511/obamacare-no-votes-democrats

17. Hillary Proposes $10B Drug War Overhaul

Hillary Clinton on Tuesday unveiled a $10 billion drug and alcohol treatment plan, in which the federal government would match state dollars by as much as $4 to $1. The plan includes “alternatives to incarceration for low-level and nonviolent drug offenses,” and aid to get people back on their feet. 9/01/15 http://www.wmur.com/politics/clinton-unveils-10-billion-10year-antidrug-abuse-treatment-initiative/35052262

OPINION

1. Evan Osnos: The Fearful and the Frustrated

Trump’s candidacy has already left a durable mark, expanding the discourse of hate such that, in the midst of his feuds and provocations, we barely even registered that Senator Ted Cruz had called the sitting President “the world’s leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism,” or that Senator Marco Rubio had redoubled his opposition to abortion in cases of rape, incest, or a mortal threat to the mother. Trump has bequeathed a concoction of celebrity, wealth, and alienation that is more potent than any we’ve seen before. If, as the Republican establishment hopes, the stargazers eventually defect, Trump will be left with the hardest core—the portion of the electorate that is drifting deeper into unreality, with no reconciliation in sight. 8/31/15 http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/08/31/the-fearful-and-the-frustrated

2. Paul Waldman: Why Nothing Can Quell the Media’s Addiction to Clinton Scandals

The important thing to understand about the politics of what’s happening now is this: There is nothing—nothing—that Hillary Clinton could have said or done differently since this became a public issue that could have made this go away, or that she could do now to “put it to rest.”

That’s not because it’s such a dreadfully serious issue, or because the American people care so deeply about the question of State Department email security that they’d never elect anyone to the White House who exercised anything less than the greatest of care with their communications, adhering to not just the spirit but the letter of every regulation. If you asked most voters what this is all about, they’d probably say “Um … something about emails?” No, it’s because Hillary Clinton is Hillary Clinton, and because she’s running for president.

That means that Republicans will never be satisfied with any answer she gives on this topic, or any other for that matter. She could read Trey Gowdy every email she ever wrote while giving him a foot massage, and it wouldn’t change their conviction that there was still something nefarious hidden somewhere in something they hadn’t seen. She could have personally delivered her server to Roger Ailes’s office on the day the story broke, and it wouldn’t change their determination to figure out what she’s hiding.

Multiple investigations of what occurred in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, have shown that it was a terrible tragedy, but there was no “stand-down order,” there was no criminal negligence, and there was no impeachment-worthy malfeasance, no matter how fervently Republicans might wish it. Yet their investigations go on. In fact, at this point it’s impossible to see how anything other than Clinton losing the 2016 election will ever stop them. If she becomes president, they’ll go on investigating it for the length of her time in the Oval Office. 8 31/15 http://prospect.org/article/why-nothing-can-quell-medias-addiction-clinton-scandals

3. Washington Post Editorial: Will America finally do something to stop our gun-fueled carnage?

The dramatic shootings that make the news remind us that guns are not noble instruments of freedom; they are highly dangerous machines that have some legitimate uses and many illegitimate ones. Any rational government would carefully regulate them. Instead, our leaders have declined to fix obvious loopholes in background-check systems, refused to ban wholly unnecessary high-capacity magazines, thwarted efforts to study the effects of having a society saturated with firearms and generally cowered before the lobbying might of a political fringe.

Congress must act. And if not Congress, then state leaders who want to finally do something about the gun-fueled carnage. 8/26/15 https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/more-shootings-more-death/2015/08/26/adc42dc4-4c2c-11e5-902f-39e9219e574b_story.html

4. Jonathan Allen: Hillary Clinton really did call Republicans terrorists. But here’s the real issue.

The question, posed by both Clinton and her Republican rivals, is whether it’s more extreme for the government to subsidize abortion and Planned Parenthood, which uses its private funding for abortion services, or for the government to ban abortion and deny funding to groups like Planned Parenthood that are otherwise eligible for grants because they are engaged in providing abortion services.

This battle has tremendous implications for the 2016 presidential election, the outcome of which will make a big difference in how the US deals with abortion and funding for women’s health clinics.

If Clinton and her allies win, poor women are sure to have equal or greater access both to abortion and to that set of health care services that Democrats say make the debate about a much larger philosophical divide between the parties over women’s rights. 8/29/15 http://www.vox.com/2015/8/29/9224353/hillary-clinton-terrorists-republicans

5. Dean Obeidallah: Behind Trump, the GOP Really Is Becoming the Racist Party 

We are, seeing a bone chilling attraction to Trump by white nationalist groups. It’s almost like they view Trump’s candidacy as their last stand against the changing demographics of America. He’s become the poster child for their philosophy that “White Lives Matter More.”

The issue is not just that these hate groups see something they like in Trump. These groups have the right to endorse anyone they like. The more alarming issue is Trump’s failure to publicly to condemn them.

Isn’t it time for the GOP leaders to make it clear where they stand on white supremacists supporting their party’s frontrunner for the presidential nomination? I, for one, very much look forward to hearing what they have to say on this issue. 8.31.15 http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/08/31/behind-trump-the-gop-really-is-becoming-the-racist-party.html

6. Madeleine Albright: Iran deal is a win-win

Many people I respect have voiced concerns about this agreement, but I believe the administration has provided solid answers to their questions. It troubles me that many opponents came out against the JCPOA before even reading the text.

The advocates for a vote of disapproval in Congress have also not put forward a viable alternative or any plan to deal with the consequences of rejection. And make no mistake, those consequences would be grave.

Rejection of this accord would leave the United States isolated and Iranian hardliners empowered. It would be practically impossible to reassemble the coalition that united against Iran’s nuclear activities and imposed the robust sanctions regime that brought Iran to the table. Many of our tools of influence in the region would be rendered useless, and it would hurt our ability to lead on a range of pressing global issues.

Rejection of this agreement would be a strategic setback for the United States, one that our rivals and adversaries would not ignore.

In a turbulent Middle East, there is no way to predict what the next decade will bring. But the United States will be in a far better position to shape events in the region with this nuclear agreement in place than without it. This accord is a bold stroke of diplomacy, and an opportunity we must not waste. 8/31/15 http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/31/opinions/albright-iran-deal-diplomacy/index.html

7. Robert Creamer: Out of Touch Punditry Should Get a Grip — Hillary’s Email Is Non-Story

A message to the out-of-touch Washington pundit class: get a grip. What was or was not on Hillary Clinton’s email server when she was Secretary of State is not a game-changing news story.

In fact, no one outside the chattering class — and right-wing true believers — could give a rat’s rear about this story — and there is a good reason: there is no “there” there. If someone really thinks the great “email” story — or the Benghazi investigation — are going to sink her candidacy, I’ve got a bridge to sell them.

At the time Ms. Clinton was Secretary of State there was no prohibition against the Secretary of State having a private email server. In fact, no Secretary of State before Ms. Clinton had a government email account.

None of the emails on the Secretary’s personal account were classified at the time they were sent or received. That is not in dispute. There is an on-going controversy between various agencies of what ought to be classified in retrospect as the material is released to the public by the State Department, but that does not change the fact that none of it was classified at the time. In fact, one of the several emails at issue actually says the word “unclassified” in the upper left hand corner and can still be accessed by the general public on the State Department web site.

Finally, no one has ever pointed to an instance where the fact that something was on her server instead of a government server had any negative consequences whatsoever.

There is no issue here, period.

It’s time for the media to resist continuing to play its role as enabler of baseless right wing attacks like the great email and Benghazi “scandals” of 2015.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-creamer/out-of-touch-punditry-sho_b_8029910.html

8. Matt Latimer: Trump Is Setting the GOP Agenda

Remember way back to two weeks ago when the Donald Trump candidacy was the best thing to ever happen to Jeb Bush?

The billionaire business mogul would distract the other contenders for the nomination, the Bush team assured pundits all over Washington. Trump is “other people’s problem,” declared Mike Murphy, chief strategist of the pro-Bush Super PAC Right to Rise. The Donald would allow Jeb to just keep on chugging along. Bush would become the safe and responsible brand—the Honda Odyssey of 2016—to which panicked Republicans would eventually flock.

That didn’t last long. A week after boasting that it would ignore Trump, with its usual Clouseau-like finesse, JebWorld decided to hit Trump every day. Which means every GOP candidate is now playing Donald Trump’s game instead of their own—and doing about as well as you’d expect.

The decision to engage him has outsized consequences for the GOP “brand,” whatever that is these days. Not since Joan Collins sauntered onto the set of “Dynasty” or Gary Coleman uttered his first “Whatch talkin’ about, Willis,” has anyone so dominated a universe as Donald Trump has the GOP. Trump single-handedly has moved the GOP to the right on immigration, to the left on free trade and in circles on pretty much everything else. He has the other candidates so confused that they are stepping all over their own messages. After all, how else can one explain Bush’s latest effort to show he is not an establishment loser by going flaunting an endorsement from Eric Cantor, the most notorious establishment loser in history? 08/30/15 http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/08/donald-trump-2016-setting-gop-agenda-213088

 

9. Eugene Robinson: Republicans are digging themselves a hole over immigration

The catalyst for the current eruption of anti-foreigner bombast is, of course, Republican front-runner Donald Trump. His rhetoric blaming undocumented Mexicans for a crime wave and insisting — without a shred of evidence — that the Mexican government is deliberately sending miscreants across the border has struck a nerve. What Trump says about immigration is nonsense and his proposed remedies are infeasible. Yet GOP voters are eating it up.

Among Trump’s rivals, only Bush is forcefully pushing back. “He wants everyone deported, which would tear family lives asunder,” Bush said Sunday. “It’s not conservative and it’s not realistic and it does not embrace American values.”

But as long as other candidates are competing to sound tougher-than-thou, as long as the conversation is about how high to build new walls and blame is ascribed to immigrants for not assimilating quickly enough, the GOP is digging itself a hole that will be hard to escape.

In his last election, President Obama won 73 percent of the Asian American vote and 71 percent of the Hispanic vote. If the message Republicans send to these groups sounds like “we don’t want any more of your kind,” the Democratic nominee, whoever it is, will have a hard time losing. 8/31/15 https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/republicans-dig-themselves-into-a-hole-over-immigration/2015/08/31/cbb7eb5e-5014-11e5-9812-92d5948a40f8_story.html

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