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Ailes Is Awarded $40 million For Sexually Harassing Most Of The Women At FOX

GOP Delegates React To News Of Ailes Departure
Delegates and attendees of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland passed judgment on Ailes, with some defending him and blasting the allegations.



Trump To Pay Thousands For Retaliating Against Workers On Day He Accepts The GOP Nomination

CLEVELAND, OHIO ó Just a few hours before he officially accepts the presidential nomination of the Republican party, Donald Trump agreed to pay a $11,200 federal settlement for retaliating against workers who voted to unionize at his eponymous Las Vegas hotel.

Trump, who claims he ďnever settlesĒ when sued, agreed to pay the workers after the National Labor Relations Board found that Trumpís corporation had unfairly challenged the union vote and illegally retaliated against the workers who led the organization effort. Trump must now pay back wages to two workers, one of whom the hotel fired and another who was denied a promotion for convincing her 500-plus co-workers to join the Culinary Workers Union in Las Vegas. Under the terms of the settlement, Trump did not admit breaking federal labor laws.

Workers at the hotel also told ThinkProgress that the Trump corporation threatened and intimidated them in the lead up to the union vote.


Trump hotel housekeeper Maria Jaramillo told ThinkProgress in February that she is paid much less and has much fewer health benefits than workers at other hotels on the Las Vegas Strip.

Weíve all heard Mr. Trumpís appeals to working people. But itís a ruse, a smokescreen

ďAt Mandalay Bay I had health insurance for free, a retirement , every year I got a raise, I got holiday pay,Ē she said, explaining that she left that job to raise her children and couldnít get it back. ďOver here we donít get an raise, we have to pay for our insurance, and we have no retirement. Itís a big difference. Iím not making enough to give my kids a better future.Ē


Daniel Pipes: Why I just quit the Republican Party

Daniel Pipes:

The Republican Party nominated Donald Trump as its candidate for president of the United States - and I responded by ending my 44-year GOP membership.

Here's why I bailed, quit, and jumped ship:


Fourth, the conservative movement, to which I belong, has developed since the 1950s into a major intellectual force. It did so by building on several key ideas (limited government, a moral order, and a foreign policy reflecting American interests and values). But the cultural abyss and constitutional nightmare of a Trump presidency will likely destroy this delicate creation. Ironically, although a Hillary Clinton presidency threatens bad Supreme Court justices, it would leave the conservative movement intact.

Finally, Trump is "an ignorant, amoral, dishonest and manipulative, misogynistic, philandering, hyper-litigious, isolationist, protectionist blowhard" in the words of Republican donor Michael K. Vlock. That charming list of qualities means supporting Trump translates into never again being able to criticize a Democrat on the basis of character. Or, in personal terms: How can one look at oneself in the mirror?

And so, with Trump's formal nomination, I bailed.

For the Republican Party to recover its soul, Trump needs to be thumped in November. Purged of his influence, the party of Lincoln and Reagan can rebuild.

In the meantime, I shall support other Republican candidates, notably Pennsylvania's excellent Sen. Pat Toomey. As for president? Either the libertarian Gary Johnson, a write-in candidate, or no one at all.

Daniel Pipes has served in five presidential administrations


Trumpís nomination is the first time American politics has left me truly afraid -by Ezra Klein

Donald Trump is not a man who should be president. This is not an ideological judgment. This is not something I would say about Mitt Romney or Marco Rubio. This is not a disagreement over Donald Trumpís tax plan or his climate policies. This is about Trumpís character, his temperament, his impulsiveness, his basic decency.


Trump admires authoritarian dictators for their authoritarianism. When MSNBC's Joe Scarborough asked Trump about his affection for Vladimir Putin, who "kills journalists, political opponents and invades countries," Trump replied, "He's running his country, and at least he's a leader, unlike what we have in this country."

But itís not just Putin. Trump has praised Saddam Hussein because "he killed terrorists. He did that so good. They didn't read them the rights." He said "you've got to give (Kim Jong Un) credit. He goes in, he takes over, and he's the boss. It's incredible." Itís not just that Trump admires these authoritarians; itís that the thing he admires about them is their authoritarianism ó their ability to dispense with niceties like a free press, due process, and political opposition.


The simple fact of it is that Donald Trump should not be president of the United States. That is not because he is too conservative, as some Democrats would have it, or because he is not conservative enough, as many Republicans would have it. Itís because the presidency is a powerful job where mistakes can kill millions, and whoever holds it needs to take that power seriously and wield it responsibly. Trump has had ample opportunity to demonstrate his sense of seriousness and responsibility. He has failed.

It is said that the benefit of Americaís long presidential campaigns is they offer the candidates time to show us who they really are. Trump has shown us who he really is. He is a person who should not be president. That he is being brought this close to the presidency ó that he is one major mistake by Hillary Clinton away from winning it ó should scare us all. It certainly scares me.


Trump speech tonight is the *full* Buchanan. Very very dark, dystopic.

Trump speech tonight is the *full* Buchanan. Very very dark, dystopic. Straight up nationalism no chaser.

Full text: Donald Trump 2016 RNC draft speech transcript
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/full-transcript-donald-trump-nomination-acceptance-speech-at-rnc-225974#ixzz4F5jcSvFe
'Republican source' leaks Trump speech to Dems
'If I were them, I would be a little freaked,' says Clinton ally David Brock.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/rnc-2016-donald-trump-speech-leak-hillary-clinton-pac-225981#ixzz4F5n1jghO
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Gabrielle Giffords: Trump's rhetoric fuels hatred, violence & puts lives at risk


I beseech everyone: Can we please not grade Trump on a curve.

I beseech everyone, particularly my colleagues in the media:Can we please not grade Trump on a curve?

If thereís something he does or says thatís worthy of praise ó a truly compelling new argument for his candidacy, a rhetorical flourish that brings a tear to the eye of every viewer, a newfound eloquence ó then by all means give it the tribute it deserves. But letís not forget that simply reading a speech off a teleprompter is not in and of itself a praiseworthy accomplishment.

Itís a little hard to know what in particular to expect from Trumpís address, because unlike many presidential candidates, he didnít have a standard stump speech that he delivered with only minor variations time and again on the campaign trail. Instead, Trump would get up before crowds and free-associate, rambling on about whatever popped into his mind, though a big chunk of every speech was taken up with reciting his terrific poll numbers and his fantastic results in previous primaries, lest anyone forget how great he was doing and how much everyone loved him. While there were often exciting moments ó telling supporters to beat up a protester, mocking a disabled reporter, tossing out his latest bit of xenophobic fear-mongering ó those covering the events regularly reported how boring the speeches were; at about the 45-minute mark, attendees who had waited on line for hours to get in often started drifting away.

In part because his events generally showcase a bizarre combination of tedium and brownshirt rally, on the few occasions where Trump has delivered a prepared speech, pundits acted as though he were an eight-year-old giving his first clarinet recital. It barely mattered what it actually contained; he was lauded for getting all the way through it without doing anything shocking or offensive. Look at how ďdisciplinedĒ heís become! He stuck to the script! There were no insults thrown at minority groups! This new Trump really looks presidential!

Yeah, well good luck with that:

Breaking: Trump's acceptance speech written in part by GW Bush speechwriters Matthew Scully &John McConnell. Source says it's "presidential"
ó Jonathan Alter (@jonathanalter) July 21, 2016


An RNC Photo That Says It ALL.

Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images


Something smells fishy to me...


RNC Preview For Tonight

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