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Donald Trump reacted to the terrorist attack in Istanbul by offering this strategy to fight ISIS:
Rukmini Callimachi, foreign correspondent for the New York Times, talks with Rachel Maddow about the unusual relationship between ISIS and Turkey and the increased hostility by ISIS toward Turkey since the U.S. began launching operations from a Turkish
Suicide bombers attacked one of Europe's largest airports, killing at least 36 and wounding more than 140 others. No group has claimed credit, but officials say the Istanbul attack fits the profile of ISIS. Lawrence discusses with Ambassador Wendy Sher...
Rachel Maddow sorts through the confusion over Donald Trump's sudden weakening on the subject of his proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S., a former cornerstone of his campaign.
At a rally in Ohio on Tuesday evening, Donald Trump used strong words to criticize the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, calling it "a rape of our country."
Congressman Elijah Cummings, ranking Democratic on the House Select Committee on Benghazi, talks with Rachel Maddow about the Republican exclusion of Democrats from the Benghazi investigation as they used the committee to pursue their own political ends.
Rachel Maddow notes that while the Benghazi investigation did not produce the damning evidence against Hillary Clinton Republicans had hoped for (and assumed), it did have political consequences for both parties.
Programming will continue on Wednesday morning.
Richard Engel, NBC News chief foreign correspondent, talks with Rachel Maddow about Turkey's position as a main transit route for ISIS heading to and from Syria and recent reports of ISIS fighters sent specifically to Turkey.
Today TPM's Caitlin MacNeal brought us the news that Donald Trump and his scion Donald Trump Jr have been bombarding members of the UK House of Commons with fundraising email spam asking for contributions to his political campaign. He even offers to match their illegal foreign contributions dollar for dollar from his own fortune up to two million dollars. Accepting contributions from foreign nationals is illegal of course though in this case it seems more a matter of incompetence than criminal intent, as though Trump has bought his email list not for a party list vendor but maybe from a Nigerian email scammer. In any case, it's not just the UK. It turns out some or perhaps all members of the Icelandic parliament have also receiving fundraising emails from the Trump campaign asking for money. Imagine what a proud moment this is for you as an American (from the IcelandMonitor ...)At least three prominent Icelandic politicians have received an e-mail from US presidential candidate Donald Trump asking for money to fund his campaign.Leader of the Left-Green Alliance Katrín Jakobsdóttir was one of those to receive the e-mail yesterday afternoon, in which Trump pledged personally to match any donation made in the next 48 hours from his own pocket.“I’m fighting back against Crooked Hillary and her pathetic cronies, as well as the dishonest liberal media, and I need your help,” reads the e-mail.Or here, another bewildered Icelandic MP is quote in Iceland Magazine ... “I have no idea why he emailed me the letter,” MP Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, a member of the Independence Party (Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn) and one of the emails recipients, told Morgublaðið newspaper.Katrín Jakobsdóttir, head of the Left Green Party, received an email from Trump. “This whole matter is very perplexing. The letter left me speechless,” she said. Late Update: And bizarrely enough, there's more. Trump has apparently also been hitting up the entire Australian parliament for contributions ...@joshtpm @PatrickRuffini pic.twitter.com/wpV348Hws7— Tim Watts MP (@TimWattsMP) June 29, 2016
This doesn't have to do with politics. But see it as a personal point of privilege. Because it feels like a certain brush with greatness. Legendary New York Times fashion and party photographer Bill Cunningham died over the weekend. He was 87. He is, as they say, irreplaceable. And yet the Times will replace him. And a friend pointed out to me that some are suggesting Victor Jeffreys II as that replacement. (The link is from the Post's 'Page Six') Jeffreys works for Gawker (now this isn't part of that Gawker saga). But for the last few years I've been lucky enough to get him to moonlight taking portraits of guests at the two or three parties we throw each year for friends and colleagues at TPM's New York office. A few years ago I got invited to one of Gawker's parties (they're quite the scene). And there was a photographer there taking quick set-piece portraits. So I had my picture taken as did my wife and a friend of ours. Eventually they got posted on Facebook. When I saw my own it captured my forty-somethingness and various physical imperfections. But it also seemed to capture me at some very intense level even though he'd only snapped maybe three or four shots over 45 seconds, tops. Same with the picture of my wife and then of pretty much all the other photos I saw as I looked through the gallery. That was Victor.Then I ran into him on the street down in Soho several months later. I told him how much I loved his work; I think mentioned that my father spent many years of his life as a photographer and could he maybe come to a party once and shoot pictures for us? We agreed that this would be a great idea and then walk our ways until I emailed him maybe six months later to come take photos at a party of ours. (If you go to this section of the TPM Facebook page you can see numerous portraits of staff and friends of TPM he's taken for us over the last two or three years.)These are portraits. Because that's what I'm interested in. But what Victor mainly does are events, parties, the life of this city, the oddities and outre spectacles of freedom that are such a quintessential part of New York. You can certainly google him and find countless examples of his work. (Here's his site.)I'm no photo critic. But I did grow up in a photography household. So I know a bit about it. And I think Victor is one of the most gifted photographs of people and this city and its unique life I've ever met or known. I really hope the Times is listening to those suggestions that crossed Page Six's transom.
Denver police secured an area Tuesday near 15th and Wynkoop after investigating reports of shots fired.Police cleared the Alliance Center, which houses what The Denver Post described as left-leaning political and environmental groups. Officers also closed streets near the area and urged residents to stay in place. The Denver Post reported that victims were being transported to a local hospital, but it wasn't immediately clear how many victims there were.Marshall Zelinger, a reporter with ABC affiliate KMGH, reported that the shooter killed self after shooting a female. Zelinger reported that the female victim was in critical condition at the hospital.Police were distributing information over Twitter:BREAKING UPDATE: Scene in the 1500 block of Wynkoop is secure. We will be LIVE briefing on the investigation in 10 Minutes! #Denver— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) June 28, 2016BREAKING ALERT: #DPD will hold briefing re. shooting in 1500 block of Wynkoop at 15th & Wazee. We will be LIVE via #Periscope. #Denver— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) June 28, 2016BREAKING UPDATE: #DPD currently clearing building at 1536 Wynkoop. Remains active investigation, roads in area closed. #Denver— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) June 28, 2016SCENE at 15th & Wazee as officers investigate shots fired in 1500 block of Wynkoop. #Denver pic.twitter.com/Zh7RkinKSN— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) June 28, 2016This post has been updated.
A medical examiner in Roseville, Michigan determined that a man who died after accidentally shooting himself Tuesday at a car dealership was former NFL player Zurlon Tipton, local TV station WJBK reported. Police told the news station that a customer drove up to the service bay around 9:30 a.m. local time and went to take a duffel bag out of his trunk. There were two guns in the bag and one of them fired, striking Tipton in the stomach.Police expected Tipton to survive his wounds since he was talking to people as he was transported to the hospital, but he later died.Tipton, 26, played football for Central Michigan University and the Indianapolis Colts.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest tore into House Republicans' Benghazi committee report on Tuesday, sarcastically questioning whether the Republican National Committee counted the investigation as a campaign contribution. "Is the RNC going to disclose the in-kind contribution that they received from House Republicans today?” Earnest said at his daily media briefing.Earnest went on to note that House Republicans spent $7 million taxpayer dollars on their investigation, which he said was intended to "tear down Secretary Clinton's poll numbers."Clinton herself responded to the report earlier in the day, saying it was "time to move on." House Republicans determined in their report that President Obama's administration acted too slowly in response to the attacks."The variety of conspiracy theories that have been flowering on the Republican side of the aisle are politically motivated fantasies," Earnest said.
Update: This post has been updated. A witness at a congressional hearing claimed Tuesday that Congress' two Muslim members spoke at a convention with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.The allegations came during a Senate subcommittee hearing titled "Willful Blindness: Consequences of Agency Efforts to Deemphasize Radical Islam in Combating Terrorism" sponsored by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).The witness, Chris Gaubatz, alleged that Reps. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and André Carson (D-IN) participated in a 2008 convention held by the Islamic Society of North America, which Gaubatz labeled as a "Muslim Brotherhood event." “I attended a convention in Columbus, Ohio, in 2008, organized by Muslim Brotherhood group, ISNA, and both the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons had recruitment and outreach booths,” Gaubatz said. “Both Congressman Keith Ellison and Andre Carson spoke at the Muslim Brotherhood event.”Ellison's office confirmed to the Huffington Post that he indeed attend the 2008 convention and other conventions organized by ISNA, while Carson's office did not return Huffington Post's request for comment. Huffington Post pointed out that President Obama has addressed the group's convention in 2015, via a video message. ISNA, meanwhile, has denied any connection to the Muslim Brotherhood, according to the Huffington Post.Gaubatz was described as a "National Security Consultant" in the hearing's witness list, and has long accused Islamic advocacy groups of being front groups to influence U.S. national security policy. He once posed as an intern at the Muslim civil rights group Council on American Islamic Relations, where he collected documents for a 2009 book co-authored by his father, "Muslim Mafia."He was testifying in front of the the Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts, of which Cruz is the chairman.Later in the hearing, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) praised Ellison for his "great patriotism."Another witness, Zuhdi Jasser -- the founder of American Islamic Forum for Democracy and “A Battle for the Soul of Islam” -- bashed President Obama for speaking at a Baltimore mosque in February.“Here’s a mosque that had gender apartheid as a policy within its mosque. It had a sermon which was a screed against homosexuals a year prior, that our Muslim reform movement publicized and said, ‘Look at it. Why is he going to this mosque?’” Jasser said. “It appeared to be a bigotry of low expectations that somehow we don't hold Muslims accountable to the same values we do everybody else in the West and in this country.”Jasser then referenced a speech Obama gave at the 2015 National Prayer Breakfast, in which the President compared concerns about Islam and terrorism today to Christianity and the Crusades.“We'll give lectures to Christians, Jews and others, but when it comes to muslims, the mosque he chooses as a backdrop is in the 13th century when it comes to women's rights, gay rights and other rights.”
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) called on constituents to sue Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) for not doing his job Tuesday. “I feel that Marco Rubio should be sued to pay back all the money that the federal government paid him while he was off playing around, running for president,” Reid told reporters, according to Politico. “Not only did he take those checks, cash every one of them, every month, he was never here and the state of Florida was missing a senator during that period of time.”It was just the latest Democratic burn against Rubio, who announced last week he will run for re-election to stay in the Senate.When he was running for president, Rubio was often criticized for missing votes and prioritizing his campaign. Those attacks have resurfaced since he announced his re-election."Marco Rubio, in my opinion, owes the American taxpayer money and owes the people of the state of Florida some time," Reid said, according to Politico.
UPDATED: June 28, 2016, 6:24 PM ETA senior Turkish government official has told The Associated Press all initial indications suggest the Islamic State group is behind the attack at Istanbul's Ataturk airport.The official also said nearly 50 people were killed in the attack Tuesday at the airport's international terminal and as many as four attackers may have been involved.The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government protocol. Turkey's NTV television quoted Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin as saying three suicide bombers carried out the attack.Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag earlier said that according to preliminary information, "a terrorist at the international terminal entrance first opened fire with a Kalashnikov and then blew himself up."Another official said attackers detonated explosives at the entrance of the international terminal after police fired at them.The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government protocol, said the attackers blew themselves up before entering the x-ray security check at the airport entrance.Turkish airports have security checks at both at the entrance of terminal buildings and then later before entry to departure gates. Roads around the airport were sealed off for regular traffic after the attack and several ambulances could be seen driving back and forth.Hundreds of passengers were spilling out of the airport with their suitcases in hand or stacked onto trolleys. Others were sitting on the grass, their bodies lit by the flashing lights of ambulances and police cars.Two South African tourists, Paul and Susie Roos from Cape Town, were at the airport and due to fly home at the time of the explosions and were shaken by what they witnessed."We came up from the arrivals to the departures, up the escalator when we heard these shots going off," Paul Roos said. "There was this guy going roaming around, he was dressed in black and he had a hand gun."The private DHA news agency said the wounded, among them police officers, were being transferred to Bakirkoy State Hospital.Turkey has suffered several bombings in recent months linked to Kurdish or Islamic State group militants.The bombings include two in Istanbul targeting tourists — which the authorities have blamed on the Islamic State group.The attacks have increased in scale and frequency, scaring off tourists and hurting the economy, which relies heavily on tourism revenues.Istanbul's Ataturk Airport was the 11th busiest airport in the world last year, with 61.8 million passengers, according to Airports Council International. It is also one of the fastest-growing airports in the world, seeing 9.2 percent more passengers last year than in 2014.The largest carrier at the airport is Turkish Airlines, which operates a major hub there. Low-cost Turkish carrier Onur Air is the second-largest airline there. ___Soguel reported from Sanliurfa, Turkey. Zeynep Bilginsoy in Istanbul, Suzan Fraser in Ankara and Scott Mayerowitz in New York also contributed to this report.Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Donald Trump's idea for a hold on Muslim immigration to the United States has stoked controversy and confusion since he first proposed it in the wake of a deadly terrorist attack at a California holiday party in December 2015. Initially, Trump offered up an ironclad ban that would affect even Muslim-Americans traveling abroad. In the ensuing months he's pitched modified versions of that proposal, and as of this week, Trump says the proposed ban would affect only those coming from “terrorist countries” with a sustained record of attacks.It seems as if every time the press scrambles to make sense of the latest iteration of Trump's Muslim ban, the candidate or one of his staffers shifts the terms again. Even members of his own campaign team seem unclear on where exactly their candidate stands on the ban, which has been condemned by everyone from House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to President Barack Obama. TPM tracked the shifts in Trump’s proposal over the course of the 2016 campaign, from special exemptions for the real estate mogul's friends to a broadening to immigrants from parts of the world with a "history of terrorism." A ‘total and complete shutdown’On December 2, a married couple who had self-radicalized online went on a shooting spree at an office holiday party in San Bernardino, California, killing 14 people and gravely wounding 22 more. Five days later, Trump released a statement calling for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslim immigration."Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life,” Trump said in a campaign press release.Questions quickly arose about how such a ban on the world’s 1.6 billion followers of Islam could be enforced and to whom it would apply, given that the San Bernardino shooting was carried out by Syed Farook, a U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent, and his wife Tashfeen Malik, a Pakistani-born lawful permanent resident.Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s campaign manager until last week, said at the time that the proposal would apply to Muslims visiting the U.S. as tourists as well as those pursuing immigration visas. Even American Muslims traveling abroad would be banned from reentering the U.S.As spokeswoman Hope Hicks said at the time, “Mr. Trump says, ‘everyone.’”Trump's friends, vets, U.S. citizens would be exemptIn an interview with Fox News' Greta van Susteren the night that he proposed the ban, Trump began the long process of moderating the “complete shutdown” stance. He allowed that Muslims already living in the U.S., including friends of his and Muslim-American members of the military, would not be affected by the ban. "They’ll come home. And we have to be vigilant,” Trump said of military members returning from overseas duties. Trump defended the ban and repeated the vague timeline for its enforcement that he laid out in his original statement, insisting, “We have to figure out what’s going on.”Muslim world leaders and athletes would be exemptIn a round of morning show phone-in interviews the next morning, Trump laid out some further exceptions to the proposal and offered a few details about how it might be enforced. On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Trump said there were “certainly going to be exceptions made” for Muslim athletes visiting the U.S. for sporting events and for the leaders of Middle Eastern countries. He told MSNBC’s Willie Geist that one way the ban could be enforced would be to have customs officers ask airline passengers if they’re Muslims either before they depart for the U.S. or after they arrive here. If they answer “yes,” they would be refused entry. "It could happen at the site, it could happen here, it could happen in many different forms," Trump said.Trump was similarly ambiguous on how long the ban would remain in place. He told Geist he would know when to lift it by “a feel or a touch.” Trump renews call for ban after Brussels attacksCoordinated terrorist attacks at a subway station and international airport in Brussels that killed at least 34 people and injured over 300 reignited Trump’s calls for a ban in March. On the day the nail bombings went off, Trump said the U.S. had “no choice” but to bar Muslim immigration.“You’re going to make certain exceptions, and exceptions on heads of state and some of these people and I’m not saying we don’t do that,” Trump told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “But we have a real problem and people don’t have any idea what’s going on. We have a government that’s impotent, a government that doesn’t get it.”Trump stands by ban after becoming presumptive nominee Trump clinched the number of delegates needed to secure the GOP nomination with his victory in the Indiana primary on May 3, and his last opponent standing, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, dropped out of the race on May 4. With his new title as presumptive nominee cemented, Trump went on NBC’s “Nightly News” to defend his immigration proposals. Asked by host Lester Holt if he stood by his plan to bar Muslim immigrants, Trump said, “I do. We have to be vigilant. We have to be strong.”London’s new Muslim mayor would be exemptedAfter Sadiq Khan was elected as London mayor, Trump said that his exemptions for Muslim heads of state would also include lower-tier Muslim officials."There will always be exceptions," Trump told The New York Times, calling Khan’s election a “very good thing.” Trump says the proposed ban was ‘just a suggestion’In perhaps the most dramatic walk-back of his initial plan for a "complete and total shutdown" of Muslim immigration, Trump made the breezy claim in a Fox News interview that the entire proposal was just a “suggestion.” He noted that the ban was only “temporary,” after all. “It’s a temporary ban. It hasn’t been called for yet. Nobody’s done it. This is just a suggestion until we find out what’s going on,” Trump told Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade.Top advisor says Trump will soften his stance on the banSenior adviser Paul Manafort assured voters that Trump’s proposal was not set in stone and would be softened as the campaign moved into the general election phase. "He’s already started moderating on that," Manafort told the Huffington Post. "He operates by starting the conversation at the outer edges and then brings it back towards the middle. Within his comfort zone, he’ll soften it some more."“He’ll still end up outside of the norm, but in line with what the American people are thinking," he added.Trump champions ban again after Orlando attackIn the early morning of June 13, Omar Mateeen went on a shooting spree at the Pulse gay club in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 and injuring 53. Within hours, Trump had applauded his own foresight in anticipating more terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. For Trump, the mass shooting proved why a ban was necessary, even though Mateen was a U.S. citizen and wouldn’t have been affected by Trump’s ban according to his own specifications. “What happened in Orlando is just the beginning,” Trump said in a tweet. “Our leadership is weak and ineffective. I called it and asked for the ban. Must be tough.”Ban applies to parts of world with 'history of terrorism'In a national security speech the day after the Orlando attack, Trump appeared to suggest broadening the ban significantly to outlaw immigrants from any country with a documented history of attacks against the U.S. and its allies. "When I'm elected, I will suspend immigration from areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies until we fully understand how to end these threats," Trump said, making no specific reference to religion.The presumptive GOP nominee also again alleged that Omar Mateen, a second-generation immigrant, was only able to carry out his mass shooting because of the nation’s “immigration system.”"The bottom line is that the only reason the killer was in America in the first place was because we allowed his family to come here."Christie argues the proposal isn't actually a 'Muslim ban'New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) told reporters last week that he has tried to teach Trump to better spin issues like the ban in his role as an adviser to his onetime rival. According to Christie, Trump’s strident tone gives the press false impressions of his policies. “You all continue to call it a Muslim ban. That’s not what it is and never has been,” Christie told reporters, according to the Bergen Record. “So I’ve urged him to continue to speak in detail about this, so that it prevents the media from short-handing something and making him look like something that he’s not.”Trump only wants to ban Muslims from ‘terrorist countries’While touring his new golf course with reporters Saturday in Scotland, Trump attempted to narrow the scope of the ban slightly. “I want terrorists out. I want people that have bad thoughts out. I would limit specific terrorist countries and we know who those terrorist countries are,” he told the Washington Post. Spokeswoman Hope Hicks told the Post in a follow-up email that this position was made clear in Trump’s national security speech. Trump didn’t mention Muslims in that speech, however, and his proposal to ban “certain people” from countries with “tremendous terrorism” was widely interpreted as Trump broadening the ban to cover even more people. Spokeswoman says Trump isn't actually changing his stance Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson insisted in a Monday interview that proposing to ban immigrants from countries with a history of frequent terrorist attacks was not the same thing as proposing to ban immigrants specifically because they are Muslim. Pierson said that shift represented a mere “refining” of the proposed ban. "We’ve said this a number of times throughout the few months," she said on CNN. "Mr. Trump is going to be refining his policy — putting out more specific details, which everyone’s been asking for, but there has been no change. He still does not want to allow individuals to come into this country who cannot be vetted."
Conservative radio host Glenn Beck said Monday that Republicans were making a "mistake" by not giving Merrick Garland, President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, an up-or-down vote, Right Wing Watch reported. While he didn't say that the Senate should approve Garland, Beck said he believed it is likely that Hillary Clinton, if elected president, would nominate someone less "reasonable.""I personally think that it is a mistake for them not to give him an up or down vote," Beck said. "I think it's a mistake. And I also think that they did this for a reason, that they put somebody in who is somewhat acceptable and they did it because they could say, 'See, they're absolutely unreasonable.' And if Hillary gets in and there's a Democratic Congress or Senate? Done! You think that they're going to get more reasonable than this guy?"Even before Obama nominated Garland, Senate Republicans said they would not consider any nominee selected by him and would wait until after there was a new president to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia's seat."I would pull the trigger," Beck said, "because the Constitution says give them an up or down vote. That doesn't mean you accept them; it does mean give them an up or down vote. And just take that issue away from them."
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This may technically be illegal. But surely it's just an example of the Trump campaign's epic incompetence. Members of the House of Commons (that's the UK, yes, at least for now) have been bombarded for the last week by fundraising emails from Trump and Trump Jr asking for money for his campaign.
Donald Trump's first foray into email fundraising is not off to the greatest start.The presumptive Republican presidential nominee was hesitant to fundraise before his paltry May fundraising statistics were publicized this month, but now it seems the Trump campaign is overcompensating by sending fundraising emails overseas. Numerous members of the British parliament have complained that they have received multiple emails from the Trump campaign asking for a donation.Natalie McGaraff, a Scottish MP, complained on Twitter this week that she has received several fundraising emails from Trump.May be Donald Trump bought lists - bizarre for grassroots campaign - but how does he opt out of foreign donations? pic.twitter.com/jVwfdFnI6U— Natalie McGarry MP (@NatalieMcgarry) June 27, 2016She rebuked Trump's son in an email that she also posted to Twitter."Quite why you think it appropriate to write emails to UK parliamentarians with a begging bowl for your father’s repugnant campaign is completely beyond me," she wrote in the email. "Given his rhetoric on migrants, refugees and immigration, it seems quite extraordinary that he would be asking for money; especially people who view his dangerous divisiveness with horror."Forgot to include @realDonaldTrump. why your son is contacting us is beyond bizarre. pic.twitter.com/QGiArA8YWD— Natalie McGarry MP (@NatalieMcgarry) June 23, 2016Scottish MP Stuart McDonald also complained about the emails.Dear @nytimes, could you pass a message to @realDonaldTrump for me? Please stop sending campaign begging letters to MPs. It's pathetic!— Stuart McDonald MP (@Stuart_McDonald) June 27, 2016The Scotsman newspaper reported that one fundraising email that appears to be from Donald Trump himself was "received by many MPs last week."A staff member with the Scottish National Party, Christopher Mullins-Silverstein, told Fusion that members of the party have received several fundraising emails from the Trump campaign.“They’ve been getting these emails for the past week," he said. “Ever since he came to Scotland.”Mullins-Silverstein told Fusion that he has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission.It appears that English MPs also received the fundraising emails from the Trump campaign, as one complained about them to the Speaker of the House Commons, according to Politics Home."Members of Parliament are being bombarded by electronic communications from Team Trump on behalf of somebody called Donald Trump," Sir Roger Gale said on Tuesday, according to Politics Home. "Mr Speaker, I’m all in favour of free speech but I don’t see why colleagues on either side of the House should be subjected to intemperate spam."Sir Roger seemed to have trouble even deleting the Trump emails. "Efforts to try to have these deleted have failed. I wonder if you’d be kind enough to intercede with the Digital Services Department to see if they may be blocked," he lamented. Campaign finance law bars campaigns from accepting donations from foreign nationals and from soliciting campaign contributions from foreign nationals. However, it's "unlikely" that the Trump campaign's emails would lead to any legal action because campaigns are held accountable if they purposefully solicit the donation, Richard Skinner, a policy analyst at the Sunlight Foundation, told TPM. It's not clear whether the Trump campaign included British MPs on the fundraising email lists on purpose.
Hillary Clinton responded Tuesday to the closure of the House Benghazi Committee's investigation by saying it was "time to move on." Speaking in Denver, Colorado, Clinton charged that the investigation had taken on a "partisan tinge." While she didn't pick apart the committee's report, she said that it didn't contradict the conclusions that had already been reached by other congressional investigations into the 2012 attacks at the U.S. diplomatic post in Libya.She noted that the committee spent $7 million on the investigation."So I'll leave it to others to characterize this report, but I think it's pretty clear it's time to move on," Clinton said.Clinton said she wanted the country to remain focused on "diplomacy and development.""We cannot withdraw or retreat from the world," Clinton said. "America needs a presence for a lot of reasons and the best way to honor the commitment and sacrifice of those we lost is to redouble our efforts to provide the resources and support that our development experts deserve."House Republicans on the committee found that Obama administration was at fault for a lack of security and a slow response for the attacks.She went on to say that nobody had spent more time thinking about the four people who were killed in the attack."We owe it to the those brave Americans that we learn the right lessons from this tragedy," Clinton said.This post has been updated.
The U.S. Marine Corps plans to take the word "man" out of 19 of its titles, and some in the military community are not jazzed about the new gender-neutral names for their positions. The change, first reported Monday by the Marine Corps Times, is being touted as a way to make jobs more inclusionary after women began to take on combat roles this year. Most titles that had the term "man" have been changed to include the word "marine," including "Reconnaissance Marine" and "Basic infantry Marine," according the Times. Many of the more iconic titles, including "rifleman" and "mortarman," were left unchanged after careful consideration, an anonymous source told the Marine Corps Times. A service-wide announcement was expected to come in the next few days, according to the report.Still, the Washington Post reported that the shift has ruffled a few feathers in the military community. “On one hand, the name changes from ‘man’ to ‘person’ or whatever they want to call it doesn’t really matter. They could call mortarmen bakers for all I care,” Sgt. Geoff Heath told the Post. “But on the other, it’s a direct reflection on society’s crybaby political correctness.”The reaction rippled across social media, too, as Marine veterans aired their grievances or praised the change. The comments section of an unofficial Marine Corps Facebook page, "Terminal Lance," was particularly active.“Not really seeing why this matters," one comment read, according to the Post. "A marine is a marine. If this triggers you well … not really sure what to say honestly. You’d think someone who has seen combat would have more stones.”“Are they gonna stop calling them Marines next?” another read, according to the Post. Others sounded off on Twitter:We live in unserious times, Part Infinity-Squared.https://t.co/glMJ3FFTFs— Aaron MacLean (@AaronBMacLean) June 28, 2016Looks like @USMC took my advice https://t.co/OV9VFFvYXg via @marinetimes https://t.co/yB1ToSGqNn— Leo Cruz (@LeoCruz1787) June 28, 2016The author of the Post's report, a Marine veteran himself, had a sense of humor about the situation: Now that Basic is in my job title, I wont give my self such a hard time for those pumpkin spice lattes come October. https://t.co/AXzXk4MnTd— Thomas Gibbons-Neff (@Tmgneff) June 28, 2016
House Republican lawmakers sought to reverse previously passed legislation restricting the display of the Confederate flag in federal cemeteries by slipping a provision stripping the legislation into a larger appropriations bill that included Zika funding. The House bill passed last week on largely partisan lines, but was blocked in the Senate Tuesday by a Democratic filibuster.The Confederate flag language was just one of a number controversial provisions included in the bill, which also included an amendment cutting Planned Parenthood funding and other swipes at the Obama administration's public health initiatives. Republican lawmakers are warning that the American public will now blame Democrats if Zika becomes a full-blown health crisis. But Democratic leaders suggested that filibustering Tuesday's bill was an easy call -- pointing to provisions like the Confederate flag reversal.Believe it or not, the GOP Zika bill reverses the ban on flying the confederate flag at military cemeteries. Really! Idiotic.— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) June 28, 2016When a bipartisan House majority approved of the initial legislation restricting the display of Confederate flag on national cemeteries last month, the vote was hailed as a landmark moment for Republicans, who in the past have had to pull appropriation bills from the floor over Confederate flag controversies.
After House Republicans on Monday released their new 800-page report on the administration's response to the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, Hillary Clinton's campaign dismissed the report as a "partisan" attempt to prop up "conspiracy theories.""The Republicans on the House Benghazi Committee are finishing their work in the same, partisan way that we’ve see from them since the beginning. In refusing to issue its report on a bipartisan basis, the Committee is breaking from the precedent set by other Congressional inquiries into the Benghazi attacks," Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement. "And in leaking out select portions from their report in the middle of the night, without even allowing some of the committee’s own members to see it, the Republican members are clearly seeking to avoid any fact-checking of their discredited, conspiracy theories," he added.The campaign also argued that the report didn't find anything new."After more than two years and more than $7 million in taxpayer funds, the Committee report has not found anything to contradict the conclusions of the multiple, earlier investigations," Fallon said.The Clinton campaign also brought up House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-CA) notorious September comments, in which the House Republican argued that the Benghazi committee was successful because it hurt Clinton in the polls."This report just confirms what Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and even one of Trey Gowdy’s own former staffers admitted months ago: this Committee’s chief goal is to politicize the deaths of four brave Americans in order to try to attack the Obama administration and hurt Hillary Clinton’s campaign," Fallon said in the statement.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) was ordered to pay $25,000 for playing "Eye of the Tiger" at campaign rallies before ultimately dropping his presidential bid, CNNMoney reported Monday. Huckabee had tried to set up a legal defense fund that would pay for his attorney fees and some of the settlement for his unauthorized use of the song.Rude Music, run by Survivor member Frank M. Sullivan III, sued Huckabee in November after taking issue with his use of the song, particularly at a rally for Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who denied marriage licenses to same-sex couples.Rude Music and Huckabee settled out of court. Huckabee made a $12,500 payment toward the settlement in May.""NO! We did not grant Kim Davis any rights to use 'My Tune -The Eye Of The Tiger,'" the band wrote on its official Facebook page at the time. "I would not grant her the rights to use Charmin! C'mom Mike, you are not The Donald but you can do better than that."
Bill Donohue, the president of the Catholic League, is refusing to heed Pope Francis' call for Christians to apologize to members of the LGBT community whom they have offended."No,” Donohue said on CNN's "New Day" Tuesday when asked if he would apologize. "As a matter of fact, I want an apology from gays. I’ve been assaulted by gays. I’ve never assaulted a gay person in my entire life." Donohue then insisted that the media twisted Pope Francis' words.The pope over the weekend was asked if he feels the Catholic church owes an apology to gay people. Pope Francis said that gay people can be denounced for behaviors that are "a bit offensive for others."But he added, "I think the church must not only apologize ... to a gay person it offended, but we must apologize to the poor, to women who have been exploited, to children forced into labor, apologize for having blessed so many weapons."Donohue noted that Pope Francis also said, "The church must say it is sorry for not having behaved as it should many times, many times — when I say 'the church,' I mean we Christians, because the church is holy; we are the sinners." Donohue argued that the Pope did not call on the Catholic church to apologize, but individual Christians who have offended gay people."If a Catholic or Protestant or Jew or Muslim has offended a gay person, or anybody, of course they should apologize," Donohue said Monday morning. "But the idea of a blanket apology because you are a member of some demographic group, I mean, I don’t know what church teaching is it that you have a problem with that maybe the church should apologize for?"Later, CNN's Chris Cuomo asked Donohue, "Why did you spend so much energy on this? Why is so important to you to denounce gays?"In response, Donohue lamented that CNN producers only wanted to bring him on to talk about the LGBT community."I don’t care what gay people do," he said. "I don’t want to have a lifestyle thrusted in my face, though. That’s a different kind of thing altogether."“What do you mean thrusted?” Cuomo asked in response.Donohue noted cases of wedding vendors coming under criticism for refusing to serve gay couples.Later in the interview, Cuomo again asked Donohue about his attitude toward LGBT people."Can you show me where Jesus said we should spend time saying we should not let people be who they are and what they’re about?" Cuomo asked.“There are mobster lifestyles,” Donohue replied, noting that he would condemn violent lifestyles.“A mobster is not a gay person,” Cuomo hit back.Watch the interview via Raw Story:
The Free Lance-Star, a local daily newspaper in Fredericksburg, Virginia, said it accidentally identified the governor whose corruption charges were vacated Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court as sitting Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), rather than former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell. The paper splashed the bold-faced headline “McAuliffe’s Bribery Convictions Tossed" on its front page story about the high court unanimously throwing out McDonnell’s corruption convictions.The paper’s editor, Phil Jenkins, attributed the “major mistake” to an editing error in a note posted online Tuesday morning. He said the paper has “been struggling to adapt” to new software and staffers strayed from the normal editing process for the design.“But none of that excuses what was a massive and embarrassing error,” Jenkins wrote. “We failed to live up to the standards our readers expect. And for that, we sincerely apologize.”McDonnell, who served as governor from 2010 to 2014, was convicted along with his wife on federal corruption charges in September 2014 for accepting more than $175,000 in luxury gifts and loans from a Virginia businessman. The Supreme Court ruled 8-0 that McDonnell did not undertake an “official act” on the businessman’s behalf, ceding that while the ex-governor's behavior was “distasteful” and “tawdry,” the court’s original interpretation of the federal bribery statute was overly broad.h/t Matthew Moran
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