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Over the last year there has been a recurrent refrain about the seeming bromance between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. More seriously, but relatedly, many believe Trump is an admirer and would-be emulator of Putin's increasingly autocratic and illiberal rule. But there's quite a bit more to the story. At a minimum, Trump appears to have a deep financial dependence on Russian money from persons close to Putin. And this is matched to a conspicuous solicitousness to Russian foreign policy interests where they come into conflict with US policies which go back decades through administrations of both parties. There is also something between a non-trivial and a substantial amount of evidence suggesting Putin-backed financial support of Trump or a non-tacit alliance between the two men. Let me start by saying I'm no Russia hawk. I have long been skeptical of US efforts to extend security guarantees to countries within what the Russians consider their 'near abroad' or extend such guarantees or police Russian interactions with new states which for centuries were part of either the Russian Empire or the USSR. This isn't a matter of indifference to these countries. It is based on my belief in seriously thinking through the potential costs of such policies. In the case of the Baltics, those countries are now part of NATO. Security commitments have been made which absolutely must be kept. But there are many other areas where such commitments have not been made. My point in raising this is that I do not come to this question or these policy questions as someone looking for confrontation or cold relations with Russia.Let's start with the basic facts. There is a lot of Russian money flowing into Trump's coffers and he is conspicuously solicitous of Russian foreign policy priorities.I'll list off some facts.1. All the other discussions of Trump's finances aside, his debt load has grown dramatically over the last year, from $350 million to $630 million. This is in just one year while his liquid assets have also decreased. Trump has been blackballed by all major US banks.2. Post-bankruptcy Trump has been highly reliant on money from Russia, most of which has over the years become increasingly concentrated among oligarchs and sub-garchs close to Vladimir Putin. Here's a good overview from The Washington Post with one morsel for illustration ... Since the 1980s, Trump and his family members have made numerous trips to Moscow in search of business opportunities, and they have relied on Russian investors to buy their properties around the world.“Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” Trump’s son, Donald Jr., told a real estate conference in 2008, according to an account posted on the website of eTurboNews, a trade publication. “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”3. One example of this is the Trump Soho development in Manhattan, one of Trump's largest recent endeavors. The project was the hit with a series of lawsuits in response to some typically Trumpian efforts to defraud investors by making fraudulent claims about the financial health of the project. Emerging out of that litigation however was news about secret financing for the project from Russia and Kazakhstan. Most attention about the projects has focused on the presence of a twice imprisoned Russian immigrant with extensive ties to the Russian criminal underworld. But that's not the most salient part of the story. As the Times put it, "Mr. Lauria brokered a $50 million investment in Trump SoHo and three other Bayrock projects by an Icelandic firm preferred by wealthy Russians “in favor with” President Vladimir V. Putin, according to a lawsuit against Bayrock by one of its former executives. The Icelandic company, FL Group, was identified in a Bayrock investor presentation as a “strategic partner,” along with Alexander Mashkevich, a billionaire once charged in a corruption case involving fees paid by a Belgian company seeking business in Kazakhstan; that case was settled with no admission of guilt." Another suit alleged the project "occasionally received unexplained infusions of cash from accounts in Kazakhstan and Russia."Sounds completely legit.Read both articles: After his bankruptcy and business failures roughly a decade ago Trump has had an increasingly difficult time finding sources of capital for new investments. As I noted above, Trump has been blackballed by all major US banks with the exception of Deutschbank, which is of course a foreign bank with a major US presence. He has steadied and rebuilt his financial empire with a heavy reliance on capital from Russia. At a minimum the Trump organization is receiving lots of investment capital from people close to Vladimir Putin.Trump's tax returns would likely clarify the depth of his connections to and dependence on Russian capital aligned with Putin. And in case you're keeping score at home: no, that's not reassuring.4. Then there's Paul Manafort, Trump's nominal 'campaign chair' who now functions as campaign manager and top advisor. Manafort spent most of the last decade as top campaign and communications advisor for Viktor Yanukovych, the Pro-Russian Ukrainian Prime Minister and then President whose ouster in 2014 led to the on-going crisis and proxy war in Ukraine. Yanukovych was and remains a close Putin ally. Manafort is running Trump's campaign.5. Trump's foreign policy advisor on Russia and Europe is Carter Page, a man whose entire professional career has revolved around investments in Russia and who has deep and continuing financial and employment ties to Gazprom. If you're not familiar with Gazprom, imagine if most or all of the US energy industry were rolled up into a single company and it were personally controlled by the President who used it as a source of revenue and patronage. That is Gazprom's role in the Russia political and economic system. It is no exaggeration to say that you cannot be involved with Gazprom at the very high level which Page has been without being wholly in alignment with Putin's policies. Those ties also allow Putin to put Page out of business at any time. 6. Over the course of the last year, Putin has aligned all Russian state controlled media behind Trump. As Frank Foer explains here, this fits a pattern with how Putin has sought to prop up rightist/nationalist politicians across Europe, often with direct or covert infusions of money. In some cases this is because they support Russia-backed policies; in others it is simply because they sow discord in Western aligned states. Of course, Trump has repeatedly praised Putin, not only in the abstract but often for the authoritarian policies and patterns of government which has most soured his reputation around the world. 7. Here's where it gets more interesting. This is one of a handful of developments that tipped me from seeing all this as just a part of Trump's larger shadiness to something more specific and ominous about the relationship between Putin and Trump. As TPM's Tierney Sneed explained in this article, one of the most enduring dynamics of GOP conventions (there's a comparable dynamic on the Dem side) is more mainstream nominees battling activists over the party platform, with activists trying to check all the hardline ideological boxes and the nominees trying to soften most or all of those edges. This is one thing that made the Trump convention very different. The Trump Camp was totally indifferent to the platform. So party activists were able to write one of the most conservative platforms in history. Not with Trump's backing but because he simply didn't care. With one big exception: Trump's team mobilized the nominee's traditional mix of cajoling and strong-arming on one point: changing the party platform on the assistance to Ukraine against Russian military operations in eastern Ukraine. For what it's worth (and it's not worth much) I am quite skeptical of most Republicans call for aggressively arming Ukraine to resist Russian aggression. But the singlemindedness of this focus on this one issue - in the context of total indifference to everything else in the platform - speaks volumes. This does not mean Trump is controlled by or in the pay of Russia or Putin. It can just as easily be explained by having many of his top advisors having spent years working in Putin's orbit and being aligned with his thinking and agenda. But it is certainly no coincidence. Again, in the context of near total indifference to the platform and willingness to let party activists write it in any way they want, his team zeroed in on one fairly obscure plank to exert maximum force and it just happens to be the one most important to Putin in terms of US policy.Add to this that his most conspicuous foreign policy statements track not only with Putin's positions but those in which Putin is most intensely interested. Aside from Ukraine, Trump's suggestion that the US and thus NATO might not come to the defense of NATO member states in the Baltics in the case of a Russian invasion is a case in point.There are many other things people are alleging about hacking and all manner of other mysteries. But those points are highly speculative, some verging on conspiratorial in their thinking. I ignore them here because I've wanted to focus on unimpeachable, undisputed and publicly known facts. These alone paint a stark and highly troubling picture. To put this all into perspective, if Vladimir Putin were simply the CEO of a major American corporation and there was this much money flowing in Trump's direction, combined with this much solicitousness of Putin's policy agenda, it would set off alarm bells galore. That is not hyperbole or exaggeration. And yet Putin is not the CEO of an American corporation. He's the autocrat who rules a foreign state, with an increasingly hostile posture towards the United States and a substantial stockpile of nuclear weapons. The stakes involved in finding out 'what's going on' as Trump might put it are quite a bit higher.There is something between a non-trivial and a substantial amount of circumstantial evidence for a financial relationship between Trump and Putin or a non-tacit alliance between the two men. Even if you draw no adverse conclusions, Trump's financial empire is heavily leveraged and has a heavy reliance on capital infusions from oligarchs and other sources of wealth aligned with Putin. That's simply not something that can be waved off or ignored.
In their first joint appearance as running mates, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) made the case that they represented everything their Republican counterparts do not. “Hillary Clinton is the direct opposite of Donald Trump,” Kaine told a lively audience at a Saturday rally in Miami.Coming days after the close of the Republican National Convention, Kaine and Clinton painted a picture of an entirely different country than the fractured, fearful one that Trump detailed in Cleveland.Kaine described the U.S. as a “rich and beautiful tapestry” of diversity and a “country of inclusion” that accepts people regardless of race, creed, sexual identity or religion.The Virginia Democrat, who worked as a missionary in Honduras and civil rights lawyer, repeatedly lapsed into Spanish while introducing himself to the crowd. “En este país somos Americanos todos,” he said to cheers from the audience. (“In this country, we’re all Americans.”)Repeatedly, Kaine affirmed his and Clinton’s promises to push comprehensive immigration reform and keep undocumented families together, praising the values of the Latino community in the U.S.Both Kaine and Clinton knocked Donald Trump for saying “I alone” can fix the problems the country faces in his speech accepting the GOP nomination, comparing the phrasing to that of a dictator’s.“We Americans, we solve problems together,” Clinton said in her speech introducing Kaine, calling her GOP opponent “dangerously wrong.” “And if Donald Trump doesn’t understand that, he doesn’t understand America. I know that nobody does anything all alone.”Clinton said that Kaine shared her commitment to social justice and core Democratic issues like raising the minimum wage, enforcing gun control, and protecting social security.“Senator Tim Kaine is everything that Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not,” Clinton said, as Kaine beamed and waved at supporters from the stage. “He is qualified to step into this job and lead on day one. He is a progressive that likes to get things done.”“I just can’t think of anyone better to have by my side on the campaign trail, in the White House,” she said.
Donald Trump again tried to attract the support of frustrated fans of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Saturday in an early morning tweetstorm knocking Hillary Clinton’s choice for vice president. Trump wrote that Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), a moderate on trade issues and abortion rights, was “the opposite of what Bernie stands for.”He claimed Sanders supporters were “outraged” with his selection, which proved that the Vermont senator “fought for nothing.”Trump pointed to Kaine’s vote in support of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal and the $160,000 he accepted in gifts as governor and lieutenant governor of the state. Though Kaine’s actions were permissible under Virginia’s lenient gift laws, former Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) faced corruption charges for accepting similar gifts. His conviction was thrown out by the Supreme Court in June.Unlike McDonnell, Kaine did not exchange official favors in response to the gifts and he has never faced corruption allegations.Trump spokesman Jason Miller also trumpeted the gifts in a statement to reporters, branding the Virginia senator “Corrupt Kaine.”See Trump’s tweets below. Is it the same Kaine that took hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts while Governor of Virginia and didn't get indicted while Bob M did?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2016The Bernie Sanders supporters are furious with the choice of Tim Kaine, who represents the opposite of what Bernie stands for. Philly fight?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2016Tim Kaine is, and always has been, owned by the banks. Bernie supporters are outraged, was their last choice. Bernie fought for nothing!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2016Leaked e-mails of DNC show plans to destroy Bernie Sanders. Mock his heritage and much more. On-line from Wikileakes, really vicious. RIGGED— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2016Tim Kaine has been praising the Trans Pacific Partnership and has been pushing hard to get it approved. Job killer!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2016
Hillary Clinton’s newly-minted running mate has received some rare bipartisan support from his fellow senators. In a Tweet on Friday, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said he had no bones to pick with Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), praising him as a “good man and a good friend.”Trying to count the ways I hate @timkaine. Drawing a blank. Congrats to a good man and a good friend.— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) July 23, 2016Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), who is running in a hotly-contested reelection race, released a statement on Friday knocking Clinton but saying he respected her choice for VP. "While Hillary Clinton would be a disaster as president, I have high regard and respect for Tim Kaine," he said. "He is a good choice for the Democratic ticket."Toomey said that the two have worked together in the past on issues like opioid addiction and supporting first responders, according to the Reading Eagle.Kaine, who is considered a moderate, will be formally introduced as Clinton’s running mate at a rally in Miami on Saturday.
A trove of emails released by WikiLeaks on Friday revealed that senior officials at the Democratic National Convention criticized and poked fun at Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during the primary race. In the nearly 20,000 searchable emails sent and received by Communications Director Luis Miranda, Finance Chief of Staff Scott Comer, and other top DNC operatives, Sanders’ campaign was dismissed as amateurish and ill-fated. The emails seem to back up the charge that DNC officials, including chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), favored Hillary Clinton. The Vermont senator and his top aides repeatedly made this claim during the primaries, with campaign manager Jeff Weaver even alleging that Wasserman Schultz was working against Sanders “for personal reasons.” In one email exchange, Miranda asked Wasserman Schultz if they should call CNN to complain about Sanders’ on-air claim that he would replace her if elected. “Do you all think it’s worth highlighting for CNN that her term ends the day after the inauguration, when a new D.N.C. Chair is elected anyway?” he asked. “This is a silly story,” Wasserman Schultz replied. “He isn’t going to be president.”WikiLeaks did not reveal the source of the leak. Last month, however, the DNC announced that Russian hackers gained access to its email system to steal opposition research on Donald Trump.Sanders, who has not yet publicly responded to the email leak, endorsed Clinton’s campaign earlier in July. The leaks come at an awkward time given the start of the Democratic National Convention next week, where Sanders is scheduled to speak.WikLeaks said that this release was part one of the group’s new “Hillary Leaks series.”
Hillary Clinton will formally announce Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) as her running mate during a joint appearance at a Saturday rally in Miami.Watch live below.
Hillary Clinton told supporters on Friday night that she has chosen Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) to be her vice presidential running mate. The news of the selection came in a tweet and a text message to supporters.I'm thrilled to announce my running mate, @TimKaine, a man who's devoted his life to fighting for others. -H pic.twitter.com/lTVyfztE5Z— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 23, 2016.@TimKaine is a relentless optimist who believes no problem is unsolvable if you put in the work to solve it.https://t.co/pui1WFEVpS— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 23, 2016Clinton is expected to formally introduce Kaine at an event in Miami on Saturday afternoon, according to NBC News.Kaine was elected to the Senate in 2012 after serving as governor of Virginia and chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He was raised in Kansas City, Missouri, and is fluent in Spanish. The senator has been viewed as a safe pick, but as his name has been floated, liberals have expressed concern about his positions on trade and abortion.In the final days leading up to the announcement, news outlets reported that Clinton had narrowed down her picks to Kaine, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez. And on Friday morning, the New York Times reported that "Democrats close to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign signaled strongly Thursday that she would choose Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia as her running mate."Also in the running were Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who has campaigned with Clinton, and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), who met with the former secretary of state on Friday morning.
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Clay Shirky drops a truthbomb on white liberals.
Hillary Clinton will hold a rally in Tampa, Florida, on Friday at 4:30 p.m. ET, where she may announce her vice presidential running mate.Watch live via the Clinton campaign:
New media writer Clay Shirky took to Twitter Friday afternoon to dismiss white liberals' response to Donald Trump as ineffective and self-indulgent – and to rally them to defeat Trump. "Believe this: Trump could win," Shirky tweeted. "We can help stop him, but that means giving up on a lot of comfortable illusions."I want to say something to my liberal white friends: Trump talked a lot of shit last night, but not one word of "I am your voice!" was a lie— Clay (((Shirky))) (@cshirky) July 22, 2016Trump IS the voice of angry whites. He wasn't on stage because he has unusual views. He was on stage because he has the usual ones, loudly.— Clay (((Shirky))) (@cshirky) July 22, 2016He is the voice of whites who want their neighbors deported if they speak Spanish. He is the voice of whites terrorized by seeing a hijab.— Clay (((Shirky))) (@cshirky) July 22, 2016He is the voice of people who think legal & cultural privileges for white conservative Protestants are God's plan, not a bias to be overcome— Clay (((Shirky))) (@cshirky) July 22, 2016He is the voice of people who hear 'hard-working' as a synonym for 'white.' He is the voice of people who think black lives matter less.— Clay (((Shirky))) (@cshirky) July 22, 2016He speaks for millions.— Clay (((Shirky))) (@cshirky) July 22, 2016During the speech, a lot of white liberals in my timeline - people like me - were reacting in disbelief. We can't afford disbelief, not now.— Clay (((Shirky))) (@cshirky) July 22, 2016So, believe this: Trump could win. We can help stop him, but that means giving up on a lot of comfortable illusions.— Clay (((Shirky))) (@cshirky) July 22, 2016The hardest illusion to give up is the majority illusion, where we confuse our neighborhood with the world. https://t.co/2Fm1pmB4Uf— Clay (((Shirky))) (@cshirky) July 22, 2016Elections are a harsh corrective to thinking everyone agrees with you. Winning isn't about policy, or passion. It's about headcount.— Clay (((Shirky))) (@cshirky) July 22, 2016Liberals cluster, in cities and in states. My home state, Missouri, has gone from purple to red because enough liberals left.— Clay (((Shirky))) (@cshirky) July 22, 2016Meanwhile, California's high-margin vote for Clinton will be wasted, because the election hinges on Ohio and Pennsylvania and Virginia.— Clay (((Shirky))) (@cshirky) July 22, 2016I'm a white guy, so I'm an imperfect vehicle for this message. Follow @docrocktex26 and @jbouie, who serve hot coffee on this stuff all day— Clay (((Shirky))) (@cshirky) July 22, 2016But I can remind other white people, as an insider, that the amount of white rage available for political use in America remains enormous.— Clay (((Shirky))) (@cshirky) July 22, 2016"When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression."— Clay (((Shirky))) (@cshirky) July 22, 2016White liberals should know headcount is against us. In our communities, we're a comfortable majority. In the US, we're a permanent minority.— Clay (((Shirky))) (@cshirky) July 22, 2016Most whites vote /against/ Democratic presidential candidates, and have done in every election since LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act in 1964— Clay (((Shirky))) (@cshirky) July 22, 2016When Democrats committed to reducing whites' ability to lord it over blacks, it cost the party the white vote for two generations. So far.— Clay (((Shirky))) (@cshirky) July 22, 2016The liberal cause has been saved by African-Americans, who are populous and disciplined and consistent enough voters to overcome white rage.— Clay (((Shirky))) (@cshirky) July 22, 2016Unlike President Obama's campaigns, though, whites can't coast on minority Get Out The Vote work in 2016, not with VoterID laws in 33 states— Clay (((Shirky))) (@cshirky) July 22, 2016Trump can win, if he can whip up white rage unchallenged, if enough women vote for him, and if Red states suppress black and Hispanic votes.— Clay (((Shirky))) (@cshirky) July 22, 2016Trump can win, if he concentrates on white fear. Thats how you get white evangelicals to pick a libertine agnostic over a liberal Christian.— Clay (((Shirky))) (@cshirky) July 22, 2016So what's a white liberal to do? First, realize we are a minority, and we have to campaign like one. Donate to the campaign, for starters.— Clay (((Shirky))) (@cshirky) July 22, 2016Yes, yes, Clinton's not as liberal as we'd like, but minorities never get the luxury of demanding a perfect candidate. Just give.— Clay (((Shirky))) (@cshirky) July 22, 2016Talk with pro-Trump relatives, because they won't listen to people who aren't white. (Statistically, they won't know any they care about.)— Clay (((Shirky))) (@cshirky) July 22, 2016Donate to fight voter suppression. https://t.co/CF8a45ThAY— Clay (((Shirky))) (@cshirky) July 22, 2016In November, call voters, or better, get to a swing state and knock on doors. Get to poorer communities and drive people to the polls.— Clay (((Shirky))) (@cshirky) July 22, 2016Trump has promised 40% of the country what they've always wanted: a racist welfare state. If he persuades 1 additional voter in 10, he wins.— Clay (((Shirky))) (@cshirky) July 22, 2016Seeing my timeline during the convention last night made me despair. We've brought fact-checkers to a culture war. Time to get serious.— Clay (((Shirky))) (@cshirky) July 22, 2016
Clergy in Boca Raton, Florida are speaking out against a local elections official's decision to remove a polling site from a mosque, saying Muslim houses of worship shouldn't be treated any differently than churches or synagogues. “In my estimation, the worst thing that can happen is that we play by different sets of rules,” Rabbi Anthony Fratello told TPM in a phone interview this week. “If you’re going to say that people don’t want to go into someone else’s house of worship to vote, polling centers shouldn’t be in houses of worship.”That comment by Fratello, whose Temple Shaarei Shalom in Boynton Beach has served as a polling site since 2004, was echoed by other faith leaders who have appealed to Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher to reinstate the Islamic Center of Boca Raton as a polling place.Bucher initially invited the center to receive voters in April before rescinding that invitation in July over complaints from “uncomfortable” residents. The Islamic center's president, Bassem Alhalabi, told TPM he feels Bucher's decision to remove the site amounted to “surrendering to bigotry.”Leaders at Boca Raton's Temple Beth El urged Bucher to change her mind in a letter last week, cautioning her against giving into “the most negative stereotypes and presumptions about Islam.” An interfaith coalition plans to send another letter to Bucher on Monday.Local clergy have pointed out that residents who took issue with voting at the Islamic center could vote by absentee ballot, and that dozens of other religious institutions serve as polling sites in Palm Beach County, which is Florida's largest. Five synagogues and around 90 churches will receive voters during this year’s elections.TPM reached out to 16 churches in the area for comment, but pastors either did not respond, were out of town or declined to address the situation. Rabbi Greg Weisman of Temple Beth El told TPM that many of his congregants expressed to him their support for the Islamic center and their desire for the elections supervisor to reverse her decision, although he said others disagreed. A refugee crisis and recent terrorist attacks in Orlando and abroad have fostered an anti-Muslim backlash among some south Floridians. Rabbi Arele Gopin of the Chabad Lubavitch of Boca Raton said he has personally heard members of his congregation say they were “uncomfortable” voting at the Islamic center. Keeping it as a polling site would “not be accommodating people’s right to vote," he said.At least some of that discomfort appears to stem from allegations directed at the center’s president, Alhalabi, who is an engineering professor at Florida Atlantic University. Video of Alhalabi explaining at an FAU panel on Islamophobia how Sharia law calls for thieves' hands to be cut off has been widely circulated on conservative websites. He's also been criticized for his association with a Palestinian-American civil rights activist who was deported following years of legal battles stemming from an indictment for allegedly providing “material support” to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group. All charges against Sami Al-Arian, with whom Alhalabi co-authored technical papers as an engineering student at the University of South Florida, were ultimately dropped.Alhalabi vigorously denied any links to Islamic extremism in an interview with TPM. He said he was explaining how Sharia law operated at the FAU panel and would never advocate for its application, and the university has stood behind him for years.But some claim Alhalabi’s background renders his mosque unfit to receive voters. Upon learning that the Islamic Center would no longer serve as a polling site, the Florida Family Association pushed out an email template for followers to write to Bucher to express their approval for her decision. The Tampa-based, Christian conservative group splintered off from the American Family Association, which was labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.One rabbi TPM spoke with expanded on why he thought some people bought into the accusations about Alhalabi and the center.“The fact of the matter is that there are a lot of stupid people here,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “There are lot of people who have allowed themselves to buy into the notion that all Muslims are bad and Sharia law is coming to take away our rights.”David Steinhardt, a rabbi at Boca Raton’s B’nai Torah and a friend of Alhalabi’s, said that it was the responsibility of elected officials to counter such misconceptions. “We have the capacity here to move things in a different direction,” Steinhardt told TPM. “Sometimes that takes a little bit of courage. Sometimes it’s a matter of simply doing what its right. If we believe in the values of American democracy and religious pluralism, then this decision is wrong.”
The Hillary Clinton campaign is expected to begin rolling out its announcement of Clinton's vice presidential running mate on Friday afternoon, multiple news outlets reported on Friday.The exact timing isn't clear, but Clinton will first announce her choice in a text message or email to supporters on Friday afternoon, according to the New York Times and CNN. NBC News reported that Clinton will announce her pick in a text message on Friday afternoon and later reveal her choice at a Friday afternoon event.Clinton is already in Florida where she will be holding two events Friday, the first at 1:15 p.m. ET and the second at 4:30 p.m. ET.She is not expected to appear with her running mate until a Saturday afternoon event in Miami, according to CNN and NBC News. That event is planned for noon on Saturday at Florida International University.Sources tell me that @HillaryClinton will announce her #VP pick today w/ first joint appearance tomorrow @NBCNews— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) July 22, 2016First word about @HillaryClinton's #VP pick will come today by text from the campaign before her rally this afternoon in Tampa @NBCNews— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) July 22, 2016The New York Times reported on Friday morning that Clinton had narrowed her picks to Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, with Kaine as the favorite. Clinton is also considering Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).
The Louisiana state Republican Party said Friday they won't support former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke's political comeback bid, condemning him as a "hate-filled fraud" and vowing to oppose his campaign for U.S. Senate. "The Republican Party opposes, in the strongest possible terms, David Duke's candidacy for any public office," state party chair Roger Villere said in a statement. "David Duke is a convicted felon and a hate-filled fraud who does not embody the values of the Republican Party."Villere also wrote that Duke's "history of hate marks a dark stain on Louisiana's past and has no place in our current conversation."The executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee also tweeted that the organizing body would not back Duke:We will not support David Duke. Several GOP candidates in LA will have a great impact on our country. He is not one of them. #LASEN— Ward Baker (@WardBaker) July 22, 2016Duke, an avowed white supremacist, announced his plans to run for outgoing Sen. David Vitter's (R-LA) seat on Friday. He previously served as a one-term Louisiana state lawmaker in the early '90s.Announcing his run one day after Trump accepted the GOP presidential nominee, Duke said he was "overjoyed to see Donald Trump...embrace most of the issues I've championed for years" and said he was among the first to push for an "America first" policy approach. Trump invoked that slogan on Republican National Convention stage Thursday night.When Duke said he was supporting Trump's candidacy in February, the real estate mogul denounced the white supremacist after blaming his initial silence on the matter on a faulty earpiece.
Hillary Clinton will hold a roundtable campaign event in Orlando, Florida, on Friday at 1:15 p.m. ET.Watch live via NBC:
In a Friday morning joint press conference with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, President Barack Obama refuted the "vision of violence and chaos" that Donald Trump offered in his speech at the Republican National Convention. During his speech, Trump argued that crime rates in the United States have increased under Obama's tenure, saying that "decades of progress made in bringing down crime are now being reversed by this administration’s rollback of criminal enforcement." In fact, FBI statistics indicate that this is untrue. Violent crime rates in the United States have been on the decline since the 1990s and have generally decreased under Obama.Asked by Fox News' Kevin Corke for a reaction to Trump's comments, Obama said that the GOP nominee's fear-mongering claims "just don't jive (sic) with the facts.""When it comes to crime, the violent crime rate in America has been lowered during my presidency and any time in the last three, four decades," Obama went on. "The fact of the matter is that the murder rate today, the violence rate today, is far lower than it was when Ronald Reagan was president, and lower than when I took office."He referenced recent shootings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Minnesota, as well as the fatal shooting of five law enforcement officers in Dallas. "We've just gone through a tragic period," Obama acknowledged. "But the fact is that the rate of intentional killings of police officers is also significantly lower than it was when Ronald Reagan was president. Now those are facts. That's data."
TL;DR ... Trump is a lying fraud repeating an endless list of fraudulent horror stories and blood libels meant to induce fear and desire for revenge. The rising police death toll claim is another one of these ...Per the Trump lie factory, the Washington Post notes that these are the average number of police fatalities per year from all forms of attack broken down by presidency ... Reagan 101Bush 90Clinton 81Bush 72Obama 62This trend of course has little if anything to do with President Obama. It is a clear trend going back decades and must at least partially map to declining crime rates over all, though it decade begin while crime rates were still rising. Changing population and changing numbers of police over 36 years obviously make the trend a little murkier, though a growing society would likely lead to more deaths in absolute terms. In any case, point being Trump's claims about a hunting season on police under the Obama presidency are another instance of demonstrable lies intended to incite fear and hunger for revenge. We're basically to the TL;DR phase of the storyline. But there you are.
To some in the conservative wing of the Republican Party, Donald Trump officially accepting the party's presidential nomination on Thursday was even more apocalyptic than the tone of his speech, with many mourning the loss of their Grand Old Party.Here are just a few reactions from conservatives preaching doom-and-gloom about Trump's ascendance to party standard-bearer. Conservative talk radio host Meghan McCain declared the party "dead."The party I was part of is dead.— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) July 22, 2016Nicolle Wallace, a conservative commentator who worked in the George W. Bush administration, said during NBC News' convention coverage that the party she had spent two decades working for "died in this room tonight."Jim Treacher, a Daily Caller writer, also rushed to declare the party's demise:"YES YOU WILL, YES YOU WILL, YES YOU WILL!!!" The Republican Party is dead. https://t.co/dvkjcQY6cR— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) July 22, 2016Another veteran GOP insider and friend of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Ana Navarro, locked horns with a resident Trump surrogate on CNN, calling Trump's address "not Republicanism."National Review columnist Kevin D. Williamson also made his distress clear on Twitter.pic.twitter.com/icRkBpoays— Kevin D. Williamson (@KevinNR) July 22, 2016Ben Howe, a conservative strategist who has said he'd vote for Hillary Clinton rather than back Trump, drew a comparison between the real estate mogul and Adolf Hitler and Hugo Chavez:People who get the vapors every time Hitler is brought up. You understand that at first Hitler wasn’t Hitler right?— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) July 22, 2016Someone in a better position than I to know points out that Hugo Chavez is a much better comparison. I agree.— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) July 22, 2016Over at his blog, The Resurgent, RedState.com founder Erick Erickson wrote that "Cheeto Jesus" effectively killed the "spirit of entrepreneurship" and American exceptionalism in his speech accepting the GOP nomination."I’m sure in the original German the speech had some nuances that were commendable," he wrote. "The Republican Party is officially now the party of Trump. Instead of happy warriors, they are angry, bitter bigots...That anger is not going to attract anyone, so they will bully and browbeat."
President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto are expected to hold a joint news conference Friday. The press conference is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. ET. Watch live below via NBC News:
After delivering a well-received, if politically liberal, speech Thursday night at the Republican National Convention, Ivanka Trump seized the opportunity to promote her fashion line. The eldest Trump daughter's Twitter account shared a link Wednesday morning to purchase the light pink sheath dress from her own fashion line that she wore for the speech on Macy's website for $138:Shop Ivanka's look from her #RNC speech: https://t.co/ma42A92DYa #RNCinCLE pic.twitter.com/DwHvSOu8Ue— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) July 22, 2016It wasn't clear whether the dress was rolled out for sale to coincide with Trump's convention appearance or if it was an existing product. Macy's did not immediately return TPM requests for comment on Friday morning.Her father has had a tumultuous relationship with the department store. After Donald Trump made derogatory remarks about Mexican immigrants when he launched his campaign last summer, Macy's said it would sever business ties with the real estate mogul and discontinue retailing his menswear line after more than a decade.
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