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Trump: No regrets about late-night tweet rant

Saturday October 1st, 2016 05:00:33 AM
Donald Trump defended his early morning tweet-storm attacking Hillary Clinton and former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, saying "now people understand" the situation. Lawrence talks with Rick Wilson, Maria Teresa Kumar, and Josh Barro.

Eve Ensler on Donald Trump & 'rape culture'

Saturday October 1st, 2016 02:50:50 AM
Eve Ensler, Tony-award winning author of the "Vagina Monologues" and founder of StopHateDumpTrump has a stark warning about Donald Trump and his male advisors.

Democrats look beyond Ohio, see Georgia ripen

Saturday October 1st, 2016 01:41:51 AM
Joy-Ann Reid talks with Rachel Maddow about the possibility that Hillary Clinton does not need to win Ohio to win the presidency and what other states, like Georgia, might be worth additional resources to turn blue in 2016.

2016 a referendum on campaign style as well

Saturday October 1st, 2016 01:26:03 AM
Senator Amy Klobuchar talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump's low-road campaign and whether it will have a lasting effect on American politics.

More newspapers endorse against Trump

Saturday October 1st, 2016 01:19:22 AM
Rachel Maddow updates the list of newspapers breaking with long-standing tradition to endorse a Democratic candidate instead of Republican Donald Trump, as well as a continued argument against Donald Trump by the Washington Post editorial board.

Trump attacks Clinton from glass house

Saturday October 1st, 2016 01:10:14 AM
Rachel Maddow notes that the lines of attack against Hillary Clinton that Donald Trump has chosen in the wake of his shaky debate performance are being carried about by questionable messengers, himself included.

Latest polls suggest Clinton extending lead

Saturday October 1st, 2016 01:07:04 AM
Rachel Maddow reports on new polling that has Hillary Clinton pulling ahead against Donald Trump and shows some bad news for Trump, including zero percent support in Detroit.

Trump wanders into awkward local interview

Saturday October 1st, 2016 12:59:50 AM
Rachel Maddow reports on an unexpected campaign stop by Donald Trump in Michigan, where a local news crew happened to be shooting, and how his interview with them took an awkward turn.

The GOP mantra: Blame Obama. Always.

Saturday October 1st, 2016 12:52:30 AM
Why can't the Republican Party look in the mirror when it comes to the rise of Donald Trump -- or anything else?

Congress overrides Obama veto, blames Obama

Saturday October 1st, 2016 12:45:49 AM
Is there anything that Republicans can't pin on the president?


Caught in Trump's Cycle of Rage and Abuse

Saturday October 1st, 2016 07:02:46 AM
“She’s nasty, but I can be nastier than she ever can be."That's the takeaway quote from a disturbing article in the Times out tonight, describing an agitated, febrile Donald Trump, off the high of his overnight Twitter rampage but settled into a steady rage over a week of humiliations and electoral reverses. Trump's biggest liability and weakness through his eighteen months as a politician has been his inability to focus or rule his emotions. He goes off on jags in which he seems to forget what he's at least notionally trying to do: win an election. In the quotation above, his rage against Clinton and Alicia Machado appears to have deluded him into believing that the election is a contest to see who can be the bigger monster. There is little basis to believe that this is how most voters judge the race. I mentioned a few days ago that the problem with Trump's swaggering claim that he had had pity on Chelsea Clinton or let Clinton off easy in debate #1 was that he was setting up a dynamic in which he'd look like a fool if he didn't go full bore crazy on Clinton in the second debate. Partly that's a problem because 'townhall' debates are notoriously unforgiving to whichever candidate chooses to go negative. More to the point, Trump's biggest electoral weakness is the widespread belief that he lacks the temperament and emotional stability to be president. Public tirades may provide psychic satisfaction but they only drive home why people think he's not fit for the job.Trump and his advisors are now convinced that Bill Clinton's numerous infidelities are the Sword of Damocles they have hanging over Hillary Clinton, the ultimate boom to lower on all her electoral aspirations. But this premise is dubious and far-fetched. According to the Times, Trump said "he was bringing up Mr. Clinton’s infidelities because he thought they would repulse female voters and turn them away from the Clintons, and because he was eager to unsettle Mrs. Clinton in their next two debates and on the campaign trail."As I noted over the weekend, what seems blindingly obvious is that for a boorish aggressor like Trump to raise Bill Clinton's infidelities against Hillary Clinton seems wildly more likely to repulse female voters against Trump than against Clinton. Yes, there are these baroque arguments which purport to show why Hillary Clinton is the true villain of her husband's infidelities and which leverage faux feminist arguments to brand her a hypocrite. But these are no more than a patch work mask pasted over something more stark and primal: they are meant to shame Clinton sexually, humiliate her publicly and brand her as weak and contemptible. In any case, what attacks are 'about' is seldom up to the attacker. The audience decides that. It will be surpassingly difficult for Trump - a man known for attacking women as floozies, pigs and worse - to convince anyone that these attacks are anything other than sadism and cruelty. He can't even start a conversation, let alone convince anyone, that he cares in any way about how anyone treats women. He makes that more clear each day with his increasingly sexualized assaults on Machado. Trump told the Times he was "absolutely disgusted" that Clinton has allied herself with Machado. And his 'disgust' is driven by his claim that, far from being pure, she is, to put it baldy, a slut. He made this clear in his overnight tweets and he reiterated it in his comments to the Times. Clinton, said Trump, "made this young lady into a girl scout when she was the exact opposite," before claiming, with no evidence, that she had sex on camera in a sex tape. All of the drama and expectation clustering around the 'will he or won't he bring up Bill's affairs' question fails to grapple with the simple fact that Trump is highly unlikely to credibly pose as a critic of the mistreatment of women while simultaneously calling women whores and pigs. The other dimension of the story is Trump's belief or boast that he will 'unsettle' or unnerve Clinton. Everything we've seen of these two individuals suggests that there is little that can shake Clinton. She has her shortcomings and insufficiencies. But this is not one of them. She is steely and unflappable. On the contrary, it's Trump who is easily rattled, easy to make a plaything of his chaotic and unbounded emotions. All of the talk about raising Bill Clinton's sexual history are just a replay of Trump's instinctive penchant for dominance politics. It's not as though voters can't think about Bill Clinton's history unless Trump raising it. It's not as though there's any new information Trump can bring to the table. At its essence all of this talk is no more than warnings and threats that he will abuse Clinton in public, shame her and try to humiliate her. Like any abuser he is threatening to hit her and make her cower. "Don't make me hurt you!" There's no issue or debate.For now and for the next several weeks at least Trump is pulling the country into the drama of his own dominance and abuse rituals, ones that plainly aren't working because his opponent is steadier on her feet than he is. That fact itself is leading him to lash out in wilder and wilder ways, just as electoral reverses are pressuring him into more intense outbursts. The next debate is only a week away. It's difficult to imagine he can right his ship before then.

Rudy Stumbles Outside the Race War Bubble

Saturday October 1st, 2016 03:21:27 AM
I sense this has gotten little attention given all that's happened in the news today. But it seems both a revealing and embarrassing nugget of news. So I wanted to share it with you. Last week Rudy Giuliani gave a speech at an awards dinner for a financial services trade group in New York City. The event was the 40 under 40 Dinner hosted by the Commercial Finance Association at the Waldorf Astoria hotel. So far nothing too surprising. But on Monday the CFA felt compelled to send out an email to attendees and members apologizing for Giuliani's “unscripted personal opinions.” Less delicately, the apology was required because what CFA CEO Bob Trojan delicately termed 'unscripted personal opinions' would more frankly be called racist digressions, jokes and jabs. First, a bit of credit where it's due. As far as I can tell, the only mention of this incident comes in The New York Observer, which is of course owned by Donald Trump's son-in-law and is now wildly pro-Trump. It also has as its Chief Editor, Ken Kurson, who had a long professional association with Giuliani prior to taking over The Observer. It's not where I would have expected to see this story. Maybe in the old Observer; not this Observer. In any case, back to our story. Part of the apology email read like this: “At CFA’s 40 Under 40 Awards last Thursday night, keynote speaker Rudolph Giuliani veered sharply off course from the leadership message he agreed to deliver and presented unscripted personal opinions which were independent of CFA’s political position or core values. While we, the event organizers, made every attempt to direct Mr. Giuliani’s remarks ahead of time to focus on leadership, for which he is renowned and has authored a book, there is always the possibility of such a surprise at a live event.”Translation: Sorry that got weird and racist. The article doesn't say precisely what Giuliani said. But these three paragraphs give some flavor. The remarks Giuliani made to the Commercial Finance Association Thursday have not been publicly reported. But an attendee told the Observer the crowd was “shocked” by Giuliani’s comments and that some people began complaining about his speech almost immediately after it was over.“Rudy talked about immigration and made a really, really inappropriate comment about the quote-unquote Mexicans in the kitchen at the Waldorf,” the attendee said. “It was bad. You could hear a pin drop. I think he was looking for applause.”A second person in attendance also recalled a remark about Mexicans coming to the country to work illegally in kitchens.Most of the rest of the email was devoted to expressing the organization's abhorrence of racism in all forms. So presumably they got an earful that Rudy was pretty racist. So what happened here? Giuliani's tenure as Mayor was coursed through with racial polarization and division. Some of that was the era in the city's life when he was Mayor. But a huge amount of it came from him. With a few exceptions, Rudy was a polarizer and a divider. So maybe this is just Rudy being Rudy. But I sense it's not quite that or at least not just that. For a couple weeks I've been picking away at a piece on the radicalization of Donald Trump. Yes, Trump's racism and sexism go back decades. He literally launched his campaign with a tirade against Mexicans as rapists and killers. But he's not the guy he started out as eighteen months ago. We've heard many times how - before his teleprompter phase - he seldom went into speeches with any particular idea of what he was going to say. He casted about, got a feel for what the audience liked and then gave them more of it. He fed of the crowd's frenzy and in turn fed it. We can see this pattern in the campaign writ large. In a sense I believe that is the Trump campaign write large. Trump has been in a feedback loop with his most radical backers, intuiting their hunger for transgression and aggression and then reaching to satisfy it. The cycle of radicalization and affirmation has been addictive like a drug. He and his supporters have been in a feedback loop of radicalization. I think Rudy's incident at The Waldorf is an emanation of this. I've seen some of Rudy's speeches on the stump with Trump. And he's not the same guy. He's been swept into the same Trumpian frenzy. Rudy was always a divider. But there are different varieties of racism and grievance politics. Rudy's from the 1980s and 90s is akin to the revolt against busing in Boston chronicled by J. Anthony Lucas in Common Ground. It may be neither better nor worse. But it's different from Trumpism. To put it bluntly, he's been out there on the campaign trail talking to feral Trumpers, riffing on the racist jokes and taunts call and response. Then he brings it back into Manhattan with the Wall Street richies and like the anonymous attendee put it you could here a pin drop. Remember that one line: “It was bad. You could hear a pin drop. I think he was looking for applause.”That last part is the key. He was expecting an ovation but everyone was aghast. Now, this is not to idealize New York's money barons. They are sinners in a million ways. But this is not how they roll. They don't like hearing angry rants about Mexican hordes pouring over the border with devious plans to wash your dishes or nanny your children. Immigrants, documented or not are at home, caring for their children. But that's not where Rudy lives anymore. He's gone full Trumper. Damn the Torpedoes, Stormfront ahead.

Warren Corners Trump: ‘You Never Tweet At 3am With Ways To Create New Jobs'!

Friday September 30th, 2016 09:44:25 PM
Responding to Donald Trump’s relentless targeting of former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) mocked Trump on Friday for focusing more on womens’ bodies than actual policy questions. Warren frequently mocks Trump, and at one point was considered a strong option to be Clinton’s running mate for her ability to play the attack dog and call Trump out as a “thin-skinned bully.”Warren launched into a series of tweets around the question “Is this what keeps you up at night, @realDonaldTrump?”Read the full tweetstorm below: Is this what keeps you up at night, @realDonaldTrump? Thinking of new & interesting ways to call women fat or ugly or sluts?— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) September 30, 2016You never tweet at 3am with ways to help students getting crushed by debt or seniors struggling on Social Security, @realDonaldTrump.— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) September 30, 2016You never tweet at 3am with ways to create new jobs for workers or hold Wall Street accountable, @realDonaldTrump.— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) September 30, 2016Nope, @realDonaldTrump: the only things that keep your mind racing at night are your next racist, sexist tweets & disgusting lies.— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) September 30, 2016A thin-skinned bully who thinks humiliating women at 3am qualifies him to be President does not understand America & is not fit to lead.— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) September 30, 2016

WATCH LIVE: Donald Trump Holds A Rally In Michigan At 5 PM ET

Friday September 30th, 2016 09:05:29 PM
Donald Trump will hold a rally in Novi, Michigan Friday at 5 p.m. ET. Watch the stream below via NBC News:

Heck Holds Three-Point Lead Over Dem Opponent In Nevada Senate Poll

Friday September 30th, 2016 08:36:52 PM
Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) comes out three points ahead of Democratic candidate Catherine Cortez Masto in a new poll from Suffolk University of the race to fill Sen. Harry Reid's (D-NV) seat in the U.S. Senate. Heck leads Cortez Masto, 38-35, with Independent American Tom Jones, non-party candidates Tony Gumino and Thomas Sawyer polling at 1 percent and non-party candidate Jarrod Williams polling with less than one percent. The majority-party candidates were tied at 37 percent last month in a previous poll from Suffolk University, with Jones, Gumina and Sawyer at 1 percent and Williams at less than one percent. The Suffolk University poll was conducted Sept. 27-29 among 500 likely Nevada voters, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percent. TPM's PollTracker Average for the U.S. Senate election in Nevada shows Heck leading Cortez Masto, 37.5 to 34.4.

My Podcast: Episode 4 - How Do Polls Work Edition!

Friday September 30th, 2016 08:34:46 PM
This week's episode of my new podcast is a treat. I talk to Professor Charles Franklin, one of the nation's top polling experts. Charles is also the outside consultant we work with for statistical and methodology questions tied to PollTracker. We're now in the thick of a presidential campaign. Everybody's obsessing about polls, everybody gets worried about polls and everybody - at least real political junkies - knows some of the basics of how polls work. But I thought it would be interesting and helpful to run some basic questions by a true expert. That way you and I could both get a really grounded understanding. Should you try to un-skew polls if the crosstabs look weird? How do pollsters "weight" samples? Are the online polls as good as the traditional phone polls? We get into all of that and more in this week's podcast. I hope you enjoy it.

Clinton Burns Trump: Easier For Him To Insult Women Than Make Mexico Pay Up (VIDEO)

Friday September 30th, 2016 08:52:21 PM
Hillary Clinton on Friday needled Donald Trump for his apparent obsession with Alicia Machado, saying it was easier for Trump to insult the former Miss Universe than to demand payment for his border wall from the Mexican president. Speaking to a crowd in Coral Springs, Florida, Clinton said Trump “finds it a lot easier to insult women than to talk to the president of Mexico about building a wall. I mean, really? Who gets up at 3:00 in the morning to engage in a Twitter attack against a former Miss Universe?”“I mean, he hurdled as many insults as he could," she added, "Really? Why does he do things like that?”Clinton also taunted Trump on his “only infrastructure plan”: demanding that Mexico pay for a wall along its border with the United States. “My opponent's only infrastructure plan is to build a wall! I loved that he went down to Mexico and he choked,” Clinton said. “He didn't even raise it. He's been going around telling people for months we're going to build a wall, make Mexico pay for it, so he's sitting with the president of Mexico and he doesn't even bring it up.”On Friday, Trump began tweeting about Machado -- who he previously criticized Tuesday morning for "gain[ing] a massive amount of weight" after winning the pageant -- early in the morning, saying she had a "terrible" history and encouraging readers to "check out sex tape and past.” Machado does not appear to have been featured in any porn films, despite reports pushed by conservative news sites.Clinton’s campaign tore into Trump's habit on Friday, tweeting that his obsession with Machado was "unhinged, even for Trump."And Machado herself responded to Trump in two posts on Instagram, one each in English and Spanish, calling Trump on his insistence "on discrediting and demoralizing a woman, which is definitely one of his more frightening characteristics."Watch below: This post has been updated.

The Josh Marshall Show Episode 4: On Polls, Polls, Polls

Friday September 30th, 2016 07:55:30 PM
Welcome to the fourth episode of The Josh Marshall Show! This week Josh chats with Charles Franklin, a nationally renowned political pollster. They discuss polling during this unique election cycle, the psychology of polls, online polling, and more. To listen to the full podcast, sign up for Prime for free access or download the episodes for $1 on Podbean.

Bill Clinton Keeps An Impatient Obama Waiting On Air Force One (VIDEO)

Friday September 30th, 2016 07:26:14 PM
Bill Clinton was in no hurry to board Air Force One after attending the funeral of former Israeli president and prime minister Shimon Peres on Friday. A video posted by Sky News shows President Barack Obama growing increasingly impatient as Clinton apparently takes his sweet time offscreen.“Bill!” Obama calls in the video. “Let’s go."Watch below:"Bill!" Who can keep a President waiting? Why, another President of course @BarackObama @billclinton @POTUS https://t.co/rPlvoI87xQ— Sky News (@SkyNews) September 30, 2016

WATCH LIVE: Clinton Holds Campaign Rally In Florida At 3:30 PM ET

Friday September 30th, 2016 07:22:11 PM
Hillary Clinton will speak at a campaign rally in Coral Springs, Florida, at 3:30 p.m. ET on Friday.Watch live:

Debate Commission Now Says Trump Had Audio 'Issues' Monday Night

Friday September 30th, 2016 06:55:43 PM
After Donald Trump complained that his microphone at the first presidential debate was "terrible," the Commission on Presidential Debates issued a short statement Friday saying that the Republican nominee's audio had "issues.""Regarding the first debate, there were issues regarding Donald Trump's audio that affected the sound level in the debate hall," the statement from the debate commission read. Following the debate, Trump complained that the sound on his microphone was "going on and off.""I had a problem with a microphone that didn't work," he said on "Fox and Friends" Tuesday morning. "My microphone was terrible. I wonder, was it set up that way on purpose? My microphone, in the room they couldn't hear me, you know, it was going on and off. Which isn't exactly great. I wonder if it was set up that way, but it was terrible."The one-sentence statement from the debate commission did not suggest that the audio issues Trump experienced affected the television broadcast of the debate.

Trump On 3 AM Tweets: At Least 'I Will Be There, Awake, To Answer The Call!'

Friday September 30th, 2016 06:52:22 PM
Donald Trump tweeted Friday afternoon that he shouldn't be criticized for tweeting about former Miss Universe Alicia Machado's purported "sex tape" in the wee hours of the morning because "at least you know I will be there, awake, to answer the call!" "For those few people knocking me for tweeting at three o'clock in the morning, at least you know I will be there, awake, to answer the call!" he tweeted. For those few people knocking me for tweeting at three o'clock in the morning, at least you know I will be there, awake, to answer the call!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2016The comment is likely a reference to a campaign ad from Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Democratic presidential primary season, in which a narrator asked, "It's 3 a.m. and your children are asleep. Who do you want answering the phone?"Republicans, including Trump, have long claimed Clinton metaphorically missed that 3 a.m. call and was asleep when the attack on the American diplomatic compound began in Benghazi, Libya. But congressional inquiries have found Clinton was immediately engaged in the response to Benghazi.

Dem Senators: Some Voter Registration Deadlines Defy Federal Law

Friday September 30th, 2016 06:47:38 PM
Two Democratic senators say nine states are violating federal law with their mail-in voter registration deadlines for the November election, potentially disenfranchising thousands of people by blocking applications as many as three days earlier than other states. U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer of New York and Patrick Leahy of Vermont asked the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to intervene and work with election officials in nine states to ensure compliance with the National Voting Rights Act. The states cited in their letter Thursday are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Hawaii, Mississippi, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah and Washington."The right to vote is too precious to have something so simple to fix potentially prevent so many Americans from participating in the upcoming Election," the senators wrote.The calendar appears to be the culprit.The deadline for registering by mail under federal law — 30 days before the election — falls on a Sunday this year. The next day happens to be Columbus Day, when there will be no postal service, preventing registrations from being postmarked. All other states have adjusted their deadlines to account for the long holiday weekend, accepting registration applications postmarked by Tuesday, Oct. 11.Utah is among them, despite being cited in the senators' letter, said Mark Thomas, the state's director of elections. State law says nearly all registration deadlines must be moved forward if the deadline falls on a Sunday or holiday, and that's what Utah has done for this fall's general election, he said.Election Assistance Commission spokesman Bryan Whitener said the agency is reviewing the senators' request.This year is the first presidential election in which a key enforcement provision of the Voting Rights Act is no longer in effect, and voting rights groups have been aggressively calling attention to any potential for disenfranchisement.Four of the nine states with the earlier registration deadlines were previously required by a section of the Voting Rights Act to obtain U.S. Justice Department approval before changing voting procedures.A 2013 ruling by U.S. Supreme Court set aside the preclearance requirement, opening the way for a wave of new voting laws. Fourteen states have new restrictions on voting or registration in place this year. Experts say the potential for voter confusion is high as courts block or strike down some provisions while upholding others.The voter registration deadlines cited by the senators apply only to applications that are mailed in. All these states also offer in-person registration, although their rules vary and may require more effort or limit the voter's choices. Rhode Island offers same-day registration on Election Day, but limits these voters to ballots only for president and vice president.Still, the number of people mailing in applications can be significant. During the 2012 presidential election, at least 55,000 people in New York state were registered to vote after applying on the last possible day, according to data collected by the state Board of Elections and provided by Schumer's staff.Rhode Island officials said they were surprised to hear about the senators' letter; they thought they were meeting the 30-day requirement by requiring postmarks no later than Sunday the 9th. In Washington state, Secretary of State Kim Wyman emailed local election officials earlier this week recommending they honor an Oct. 11 postmark for applications, noting the federal holiday.The issue has been contentious in Arizona, a state previously covered under the Voting Rights Act. Democrats asked the secretary of state to change its deadline of Monday, Oct. 10.So far, Secretary of State Michele Reagan, a Republican, has refused.She says people can still register online and that most county registrar's offices will be open on the holiday. Attorney General Mark Brnovich, also a Republican, has said he will not intervene.Arizona had one of the biggest voting debacles of this year's presidential primaries. During the state's March primary, voters in Phoenix had to wait hours to cast ballots after Maricopa County election officials opened just 60 polling stations — fewer than half of what is typical.___Associated Press writers Josh Hoffner in Phoenix; Michelle L. Price in Salt Lake City; Rachel La Corte in Olympia, Washington; and Matt O'Brien in Providence, Rhode Island, contributed to this report.___Follow Christina Almeida Cassidy at http://twitter.com/AP_Christina.Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Inside Trump's Machado Rage Spiral

Friday September 30th, 2016 07:12:30 PM
We've seen a lot of Trump meltdowns. But I'm not sure we've seen one quite like this one with Alicia Machado. We had a recent preview with what I believe was his reaction to being gently rebuked by Pastor Faith Green Timmons of Flint, Michigan. But here we appear to have a special confluence of events. Trump becomes unhinged whenever he is challenged or insulted or injured by someone he perceives as beneath him in the gender or racial hierarchy. The list is almost endless: Hillary Clinton, Alicia Machado, Obama, the Khans, Judge Curiel. Trump is a bully who lives in a zero sum psychic economy of dominance. There are dominators and the dominated. That operates with white men too, as we saw in the Republican primaries. But when the injury comes from someone he believes is beneath him, there is a special intensity and charge. Taking down a Bush or a Cruz, Trump was vicious and dominating but seemingly in control. He wielded his aggressive bullying as a weapon. There's aggression but not rage. In these other cases, he's clearly not in control. It overcomes him. Pastor Timmons tells Trump he was not invited to give a "political speech."Trump hit a brick wall in Monday night's debate. He didn't prepare. It took Hillary Clinton, a woman he'd spent weeks calling frail and weak, only 15 or 20 minutes to knock him off stride and reduce him to a defensive posture for the rest of the debate. In boxing terms, she had him on the ropes in under half an hour and landed punches at will for the next hour. He attacked, interrupted, brought up various attack lines. But he was fundamentally reacting to her throughout. She dominated him in front of more than 80 million people. His inability to contain or damage her kept him angry and unfocused, flailing through the encounter.After this, he denied anything had gone wrong in the debate, insisting that he'd won. This would be at least partly expected for any campaign but this was more wounded pride than spin. Then he got angry at staffers and supporters who said he'd underperformed. Then he spent three days calling a woman fat and saying he'd gotten no thanks for giving her the 'opportunity' to stop being fat. Then he was up just after 5 am this morning ranting at Machado on twitter, calling her "disgusting", talking about a seemingly non-existent "sex tape." Even though there's no evidence there's any 'sex tape' and I assume there's not, I suspect we'll learn that someone told Trump something or showed him something that made him think there was or might be. I don't think the timing is accidental. I suspect he felt he had something new, game-changing and punishing. He could not wait. The words in the flurry of early morning tweets pulses with a rage that goes beyond even what Trump's usually capable of. "Hillary floated her as an 'angel' without checking her past" ... Machado was presented as a "paragon of virtue" but is actually "disgusting." The contrast of purported purity and sexual shame is white hot. But this isn't prudery. The celebrity world of models, sex tapes, parties and casual sex is one Trump loves and boasts about. This is rage channeled through sexual degradation. Today Machado responded on Instagram ...For Trump, Machado must be like a terrifying nightmare: a strong, beautiful Latina, draped in an American flag, who is intent on hurting him but who he is incapable of injuring. As of this morning polls already showed that the debate and its immediate fallout had moved public opinion decisively in Clinton's favor, though of course the tide has turned before. The sum of all these facts - the debate defeat, the fight with Machado, the faltering polls - seem to be propelling Trump into a new rage spiral, rooted in narcissistic injuries, seemingly catalyzing itself, reinforcing itself in spiraling cycles of rage and self-injury. As we stumble and march toward election day, the pressure on everyone grows. But the effects on Trump seem greater and the assaults are more compressed in time. The exposure is greater. I'm curious whether he can right himself before his next encounter with Clinton.

New Poll Shows Nevada Flipping Back In Clinton's Favor

Friday September 30th, 2016 06:45:44 PM
Hillary Clinton leads among Nevada voters by six points following the first presidential debate, according to a new Suffolk University poll. This latest poll shifts Nevada into leaning toward Clinton on TPM's Electoral Scoreboard, reversing a trend of recent leads for Donald Trump in the state. The Suffolk poll shows Clinton ahead, 44-38, with Libertarian Gary Johnson behind at 7 percent, and Independent American candidate Darrell Castle and non-party candidate Roque De La Fuente both polling at 1 percent. In a previous Suffolk poll from mid-August, Clinton led the state by just two points, 44-42, with Johnson at 5 percent and Castle and De La Fuente tied again at 1 percent. The Suffolk University poll was conducted Sept. 27-29 via live telephone interview among 500 likely Nevada voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percent. TPM's PollTracker Average for the general election in Nevada shows Clinton leading Trump, 43.6 to 39.8.

Alicia Machado Fires Back: Misogyny One Of Trump’s ‘More Frightening' Traits

Friday September 30th, 2016 06:16:44 PM
Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado fired back at Donald Trump on Friday after the Republican nominee sent off a fusillade of tweets calling her “disgusting” and falsely claiming that she appeared in a “sex tape.” In an Instagram post, Machado dismissed his attacks as “slanderous and cheap lies” in keeping with his history of derogatory remarks about women. “Through his campaign of hate, the Republican candidate insists on discrediting and demoralizing a woman, which is definitely one of his more frightening characteristics,” Machado wrote in Spanish, alongside a photo of her posing draped in the American flag. “With this, he’s looking to distract attention from his real problems and from his inability to claim to be the leader of this great country.” “When I was barely a young woman, the now-candidate publicly humiliated me, insulted me, disrespected me publicly, as he usually did in private in the cruelest way,” she continued, charging that Trump repeated the behavior “with other women for decades.”The former pageant queen found herself at the center of the news cycle this week after Hillary Clinton highlighted Trump’s past comments calling Machado “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping” during Monday's presidential debate. Clinton’s campaign then released a video touting an endorsement from Machado, who claimed Trump humiliated her for gaining weight after she earned the Miss Universe crown in 1996. Trump has continued to criticize the “massive amount of weight” she gained, and remained fixated on her comments this week even as his surrogates tried to redirect attention towards former President Bill Clinton’s past sex scandals.In the tweets he sent Friday morning, he called Machado his “worst Miss U” and referenced her purported role in a sex tape, which both fact-checking site Snopes and the Daily Beast have reported does not exist. Machado did participate in a Spanish reality TV show in 2005, where she had a romantic relationship with another contestant, and previously posed for Playboy. Trump’s wife Melania also appeared in several risqué photo shoots for magazines like GQ during her modeling career, and his daughter Ivanka previously posed for the German edition of Maxim. The Clinton campaign called Trump's early-morning tweetstorm about Machado "unhinged," asking, "What kind of man stays up all night to smear a woman with lies and conspiracy theories?"View Machado's post below:

New Trump TV Ad Explains Why Clinton Isn't '50 Points Ahead' In The Polls (VIDEO)

Friday September 30th, 2016 05:52:29 PM
Donald Trump's campaign released a new TV ad Friday responding to Hillary Clinton wondering why she isn't further ahead in the polls. The 30-second ad begins with a clip of Clinton asking, “Why aren’t I 50 points ahead, you might ask?” A narrator then recites Trump’s presumed answer: “Maybe it’s because the director of the FBI said you lied about your emails,” “because your policies have allowed ISIS and terrorism to spread,” and “because you call Americans deplorable.” The Trump campaign said the spot will air nationally. The size of the ad buy and how long the campaign planned to air the spot remained unclear.Watch the ad below:

Clinton Takes Down Trump's Dark View Of US In Speech On National Service

Friday September 30th, 2016 05:17:39 PM
In a speech on national service Friday, Hillary Clinton dismissed the dismal picture that Donald Trump has painted of the United States and called for Americans to come together and serve their community. Speaking in Fort Pierce, Florida, Clinton referenced Trump's campaign slogan, telling the crowd that this election is "not just about what makes America great—because I think that America already is great—but about what we should to to make it even greater."Clinton noted that at the Republican National Convention Trump described a "hopeless, broken nation.""I don’t see that," she said. "That in no way resembles the strong and vibrant America I know."She also recalled that Trump told voters, "I alone can fix it," saying that he has a "strongman approach" to leadership. Clinton said that Trump believes in "one person getting supreme power and exercising it ruthlessly," citing his admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin."It is never just one person, not even someone as powerful as the president," she said, adding that positive achievements have "always happened because people have worked together."Clinton then pivoted to her call for a renewed focus on community service, praising members of Americorps and the Peace Corps present in the audience. She offered several proposals regarding service, including expanding Americorps and creating a national service reserve. She said that service has always been a bipartisan issue, but suggested it was not one of Trump's priorities."I don’t think you’ll here anything about this from my opponent," she said. "I think that’s a shame."

Ala. Chief Justice Roy Moore Suspended For Attempts To Block Gay Marriage

Friday September 30th, 2016 04:42:23 PM
The chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy Moore, on Friday was suspended for the remainder of his term for ordering judges not to grant marriage licenses to gay couples, local TV station WBMA reported. Months after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June 2015 that gay couples must be granted marriage licenses nationwide, Moore ordered that judges in Alabama “have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license country to the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment or the Alabama Marriage Protection Act” until instructed to do so by the state’s Supreme Court.Alabama’s Judicial Inquiry Commission found Moore guilty of multiple ethics violations, including for failing to "uphold the integrity and independence of the judiciary." Moore denied doing so.“It would be against the principals I hold dear to tell somebody to defy a federal court or a state court order,” Moore said, as quoted by WBMA. “That is their decision.”Judge John Carroll of the Judicial Inquiry Commission said Moore has "fostered in the minds of the public that the rule of the law doesn't matter, that judges are free to defy the Supreme Court and the orders of the lower federal court if they believe its appropriate," according to the report.Moore had also been suspended from the court in 2003 for refusing to remove a statue of the Ten Commandments from the state’s Supreme Court building. He was re-elected to the Alabama Supreme Court in 2012.

Gingrich Boldly Labels Alicia Machado 'The New Benghazi'

Friday September 30th, 2016 04:31:55 PM
In a Thursday interview, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich slammed Hillary Clinton's resurfacing of Donald Trump's comments about a former Miss Universe as "an ambush that was as false as Benghazi." "This is the new Benghazi lie," he said in an interview on conservative radio host Sean Hannity's show, as flagged by Buzzfeed."It was as false as her claim she was under fire in Bosnia. It was as false as the lies she told about her emails," he added, sparing no political metaphor in his criticism of Clinton. "As happened in Ferguson, as happened in Benghazi, as happened in Bosnia, it’s all starting to fall apart because it’s based on a series of falsehoods."Gingrich presumably was referring to the 2012 attacks on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, and Clinton's account of coming under sniper fire in Bosnia during a 1996 visit as first lady. He didn't elaborate on those events' connection to each other or to Alicia Machado, the winner of the Miss Universe pageant in 1996 who Trump once berated for gaining weight.While it wasn't clear exactly what Gingrich meant by his comparison, conservatives have long seized on Benghazi as a rhetorical tactic.Hillary Clinton attacked Trump for his past treatment of Machado during the first presidential debate, noting that he called her "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping" and invited the press to watch her work out after she was crowned Miss Universe.Trump was "actually being very positive," Gingrich claimed on Thursday.On Friday morning, Trump renewed his attacks on Machado with an early morning tweetstorm calling her "disgusting" and claiming that she has a "sex tape."


Labor Department Finds Evidence Microsoft Discriminated Against Female Employees

Friday August 5th, 2016 05:28:29 PM Lauren C. Williams
A Labor Department investigation found preliminary evidence of gender discrimination at Microsoft. The post Labor Department Finds Evidence Microsoft Discriminated Against Female Employees appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Looking At Brazil’s Economic Fall From The Top

Friday August 5th, 2016 04:07:43 PM Alejandro Davila Fragoso
In less than a decade Brazil went from miraculous growth to a historic collapse. The post Looking At Brazil’s Economic Fall From The Top appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Scott Walker Is ‘Proud’ Of Gutting University Of Wisconsin Budgets

Friday August 5th, 2016 03:13:24 PM Aaron Rupar
Fact is he has nothing to gloat about. The post Scott Walker Is ‘Proud’ Of Gutting University Of Wisconsin Budgets appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Trump Campaign Circulates Misleading Video Claiming Clinton Promised To Raise Taxes On Middle Class

Friday August 5th, 2016 02:54:26 PM Bryce Covert
Context clues. The post Trump Campaign Circulates Misleading Video Claiming Clinton Promised To Raise Taxes On Middle Class appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Donald Trump Announces Economic Policy Team: 13 Men

Friday August 5th, 2016 02:11:17 PM Josh Israel, Evan Popp
While the list does not include any women, it does include five Steves. The post Donald Trump Announces Economic Policy Team: 13 Men appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Economy Shrugs Off Signs Of Trouble With Strong Job Growth In July

Friday August 5th, 2016 12:30:43 PM Bryce Covert
Analysts had expected 180,000 jobs to be added. The post Economy Shrugs Off Signs Of Trouble With Strong Job Growth In July appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Apple Store Employees Are Diverse, But Their Silicon Valley Co-Workers Lag Behind

Thursday August 4th, 2016 09:07:48 PM Lauren C. Williams
Racial and gender diversity in retail has jumped significantly since 2014. The post Apple Store Employees Are Diverse, But Their Silicon Valley Co-Workers Lag Behind appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The States That Do Nothing To Help Working Parents

Thursday August 4th, 2016 02:50:26 PM Bryce Covert
Many states haven't passed a single law or program that would make life easier for parents. The post The States That Do Nothing To Help Working Parents appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Brownbacklash Is Finally Here: Kansas Primary Voters Send Conservatives Packing

Wednesday August 3rd, 2016 08:00:58 PM Alan Pyke
Gov. Brownback might finally be facing a revolt from Kansas Republicans. The post The Brownbacklash Is Finally Here: Kansas Primary Voters Send Conservatives Packing appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Student Suspended For Sexual Assault Complaint Argues The College Practiced ‘Anti-Male Bias’

Wednesday August 3rd, 2016 07:37:28 PM Casey Quinlan
This Columbia University student, who was disciplined for sexual assault, is arguing that he is the victim of "anti-male bias." The post Student Suspended For Sexual Assault Complaint Argues The College Practiced ‘Anti-Male Bias’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Why Trump Can Bully Paul Ryan And Get Away With It, In One Chart

Wednesday August 3rd, 2016 02:32:31 PM Ian Millhiser
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) endorsed his party’s racist presidential nominee. Now that nominee has publicly humiliated Ryan by refusing to endorse the speaker back. Sad! The post Why Trump Can Bully Paul Ryan And Get Away With It, In One Chart appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Trump Family Has Very Predictable And Unhelpful Advice On Sexual Harassment

Tuesday August 2nd, 2016 03:28:49 PM Laurel Raymond
The Trump family's reactions place the blame for the harassment squarely on the victim's shoulders. The post Trump Family Has Very Predictable And Unhelpful Advice On Sexual Harassment appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Massachusetts Becomes First State Ever To Ban Employers From Asking For Salary Histories

Monday August 1st, 2016 06:06:54 PM Bryce Covert
The state will be the first in the country to ban employers from asking prospective hires for their salary histories. The post Massachusetts Becomes First State Ever To Ban Employers From Asking For Salary Histories appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Paid Sick Days Movement Is Already Paying Off. Here’s the Proof.

Monday August 1st, 2016 03:03:53 PM Bryce Covert
New data shows the effort to pass paid sick leave laws is working. The post The Paid Sick Days Movement Is Already Paying Off. Here’s the Proof. appeared first on ThinkProgress.

6 Common Assumptions About ADHD That Aren’t Helping Students

Monday August 1st, 2016 12:15:24 PM Casey Quinlan
Teachers can help students with ADHD if they set aside stereotypes. The post 6 Common Assumptions About ADHD That Aren’t Helping Students appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Analysts Say Clinton Proposals Would Strengthen The Economy

Friday July 29th, 2016 02:52:29 PM Bryce Covert
The economy would benefit in particular from some unique policy platforms Clinton has proposed. The post Analysts Say Clinton Proposals Would Strengthen The Economy appeared first on ThinkProgress.

A Kentucky Politician Called Out Her Daughter’s School For Banning Cornrows And Dreadlocks

Thursday July 28th, 2016 03:18:08 PM Casey Quinlan
A Kentucky politician is unhappy with her daughter's school after she noticed it bans cornrows and dreadlocks. The post A Kentucky Politician Called Out Her Daughter’s School For Banning Cornrows And Dreadlocks appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Debt Collectors’ Harassment Tactics Are Put On Notice For First Time In 40 Years

Thursday July 28th, 2016 02:58:37 PM Bryce Covert
The country's consumer watchdog issued brand new regulations to crack down on debt collectors. The post Debt Collectors’ Harassment Tactics Are Put On Notice For First Time In 40 Years appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Democrats Grapple With The Economic Anxiety Fueling Trump’s Campaign

Thursday July 28th, 2016 12:46:21 AM Alice Ollstein
"There is a widespread alienation and disinterest in politics." The post Democrats Grapple With The Economic Anxiety Fueling Trump’s Campaign appeared first on ThinkProgress.

New York City Is About To Take A Step Toward Ending The School-To-Prison Pipeline

Wednesday July 27th, 2016 08:37:17 PM Evan Popp
The move could help begin to address the school-to-prison pipeline. The post New York City Is About To Take A Step Toward Ending The School-To-Prison Pipeline appeared first on ThinkProgress.


Chicago Officials Release Footage Showing Police Misconduct That Led To Unarmed Black Teen’s Death

Saturday August 6th, 2016 04:17:23 PM Aaron Rupar
A police review chief called the footage "shocking and disturbing.” The post Chicago Officials Release Footage Showing Police Misconduct That Led To Unarmed Black Teen’s Death appeared first on ThinkProgress.

LAPD Officers Claim They’re Being Discriminated Against For Shooting An Unarmed Black Man

Friday August 5th, 2016 03:58:47 PM Carimah Townes
It's been two years says Ezell Ford was shot and killed by LAPD officers. Now they're suing. The post LAPD Officers Claim They’re Being Discriminated Against For Shooting An Unarmed Black Man appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Melania Trump, An All-American Immigrant

Friday August 5th, 2016 03:46:38 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee
Immigrants can sympathize with her plight. The post Melania Trump, An All-American Immigrant appeared first on ThinkProgress.

New York’s Blue Lives Matter Bill Would Make Cops a Protected Class

Thursday August 4th, 2016 05:43:01 PM Celisa Calacal
New York is one of several states that have introduced this kind of legislation. The post New York’s Blue Lives Matter Bill Would Make Cops a Protected Class appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Inexplicable ‘Courtesy’ That Could Elect Donald Trump

Thursday August 4th, 2016 04:02:52 PM Ian Millhiser
Justice Stephen Breyer has a weird definition of the word "courtesy." The post The Inexplicable ‘Courtesy’ That Could Elect Donald Trump appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Melania Trump May Have Worked In The United States Illegally

Thursday August 4th, 2016 02:11:24 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee
“I follow the law.” The post Melania Trump May Have Worked In The United States Illegally appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Missouri’s Top Public Defender Sends Fiery Letter To Governor, Assigns Him A Case

Thursday August 4th, 2016 02:06:35 PM Laurel Raymond
Michael Barrett is sick and tired of providing a constitutional right on a shoe-string budget. The post Missouri’s Top Public Defender Sends Fiery Letter To Governor, Assigns Him A Case appeared first on ThinkProgress.

BREAKING: Supreme Court Permits School To Continue Anti-Trans Bathroom Policy

Wednesday August 3rd, 2016 09:18:54 PM Ian Millhiser
A temporary loss, but still a loss for equality. The post BREAKING: Supreme Court Permits School To Continue Anti-Trans Bathroom Policy appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Obama Has Now Commuted More Sentences Than The Past 9 Presidents Combined

Wednesday August 3rd, 2016 06:43:35 PM Alex Zielinski
Obama has commuted more prisoners than the last nine presidents combined. The post Obama Has Now Commuted More Sentences Than The Past 9 Presidents Combined appeared first on ThinkProgress.

If Trump Drops Out, The Result Will Be A Horrible Legal Quagmire

Wednesday August 3rd, 2016 06:16:22 PM Ian Millhiser
It would be an enormous stimulus package for election lawyers and a confusing morass for actual voters. The post If Trump Drops Out, The Result Will Be A Horrible Legal Quagmire appeared first on ThinkProgress.

World Leaders Just Released A Document To Help Refugees And Migrants. It Falls Short Of Commitments.

Wednesday August 3rd, 2016 03:40:51 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee
The draft agreement will be used next month when world leaders come together to discuss refugees and migrants. The post World Leaders Just Released A Document To Help Refugees And Migrants. It Falls Short Of Commitments. appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Kids Are Collateral Damage When Police Decide To Shoot

Wednesday August 3rd, 2016 01:24:18 PM Carimah Townes
Media attention of police shootings may wane, but kids never forget. The post Kids Are Collateral Damage When Police Decide To Shoot appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Sheriff Who Oversaw ‘Savage Gang’ Of Deputies Hopes Alzheimers Will Save Him From Prison

Tuesday August 2nd, 2016 08:24:52 PM Alan Pyke
Lee Baca ran the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for 16 brutal years. Now retired and slipping into dementia, he's hoping a jury might let him off the hook. The post Sheriff Who Oversaw ‘Savage Gang’ Of Deputies Hopes Alzheimers Will Save Him From Prison appeared first on ThinkProgress.

This Is How The Supreme Court Could Stop Future Voter Suppression Laws

Tuesday August 2nd, 2016 06:31:51 PM Ian Millhiser
Lawmakers like the ones behind the North Carolina law will continue to engage in voter suppression until a higher power steps in to prevent them. Here's how that could happen. The post This Is How The Supreme Court Could Stop Future Voter Suppression Laws appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Immigration Agents Don’t Follow The Law When It Comes To Asylum Seekers

Tuesday August 2nd, 2016 06:18:35 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee
"It's not the job of the Border Patrol agents to be the judge and jury here." The post Immigration Agents Don’t Follow The Law When It Comes To Asylum Seekers appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Under Pressure From Protesters, NYPD Chief Resigns

Tuesday August 2nd, 2016 04:23:30 PM Alan Pyke
As Bill Bratton exits the NYPD's top job for a second time, the oppressive legacy of his first tenure seems likely to outlast him. The post Under Pressure From Protesters, NYPD Chief Resigns appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Police Fatally Shoot Woman Holding 5-Year-Old Boy In Her Lap

Tuesday August 2nd, 2016 12:30:34 PM Carimah Townes
An arrest warrant for traffic violations turned deadly. The post Police Fatally Shoot Woman Holding 5-Year-Old Boy In Her Lap appeared first on ThinkProgress.

New Report On Police Deaths Comes With Grim Revelations

Tuesday August 2nd, 2016 12:00:39 PM Alan Pyke
Less than 40 percent of on-duty law enforcement fatalities are caused by an attack. Most are accidents. The post New Report On Police Deaths Comes With Grim Revelations appeared first on ThinkProgress.

How Dangerous Is It To Be A Cop? Here’s What The Data Says.

Monday August 1st, 2016 02:19:16 PM Celisa Calacal, Dylan Petrohilos
While recent events have fueled the "war on cops" rhetoric, data shows that the number of police deaths has been declining. The post How Dangerous Is It To Be A Cop? Here’s What The Data Says. appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Republican Party’s War On Voting Begins To Crumble Into Sand

Monday August 1st, 2016 12:00:50 PM Ian Millhiser
The last two weeks were an orgy of good news for voting rights advocates. The post The Republican Party’s War On Voting Begins To Crumble Into Sand appeared first on ThinkProgress.



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