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WAPO asks: Is Rudy Guliani okay?

FROM behind the firewall, WAPO:

Is Rudy Guliani okay?

WE ARE a little worried about Rudy Giuliani, the Republican former mayor of New York. Is “America’s mayor” okay?

During his 15-minute speech at the GOP convention last month in Cleveland, it was notable that when he said Donald Trump loves “all people, from the top to the bottom,” Mr. Giuliani animatedly gestured toward his knees as he said “top,” and above his head as he said “bottom.” Also, why did he say that he and his wife, Judith, have been friends with Mr. Trump for 30 years, though he met his wife in 1999, only 17 years ago?

Also — we’re noting this purely out of concern — during his speech he often licked his lips, indicating dry mouth, which, according to the Mayo Clinic, can be a symptom of nerve damage, stroke or Alzheimer’s disease. At the end of his address, beads of sweat were visible on his pate — did that not suggest heart disease?

Mr. Giuliani is just 72, but he seemed slightly stooped as he walked to the lectern, where his wide stance made us wonder if he’s unsteady on his feet. Then there was his slurred diction, as when he referred to “jushtified” police shootings and Syrian “refyoongees.” More evidence of a stroke?



http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/8/24/1563627/-Washington-Post-editorial-board-has-fun-with-America-s-Mayor

The AP’s big exposé on Hillary meeting with Clinton Foundation donors is a mess

Charles P. Pierce:

The topic is The Clinton Foundation, and the new e-mails released by the ratfcking legal operation known as Judicial Watch, which got the AP all a'quiver. Here is the simple answer to that: no quid pro quo, no pay-for-play, no matter how many respected people want to believe it's there.

http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a47960/clinton-foundation-scandal/

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The AP’s big exposé on Hillary meeting with Clinton Foundation donors is a mess
Updated by Matthew Yglesias on August 24, 2016, 11:50 a.m. ET @mattyglesias matt@vox.com


Tuesday afternoon, Stephen Braun and Eileen Sullivan of the Associated Press released the results of a review of State Department appointment data that they used to make some striking claims about Hillary Clinton’s schedule as secretary of state.

According to their reporting, Clinton spent a remarkably large share of her time as America’s chief diplomat talking to people who had donated money to the Clinton Foundation. She went out of her way to help these Clinton Foundation donors, and her decision to do so raises important concerns about the ethics of her conduct as secretary and potentially as president. It’s a striking piece of reporting that made immediate waves in my social media feed, as political journalists of all stripes retweeted the story’s headline conclusions.

Except it turns out not to be true. The nut fact that the AP uses to lead its coverage is wrong, and Braun and Sullivan’s reporting reveals absolutely no unethical conduct. In fact, they found so little unethical conduct that an enormous amount of space is taken up by a detailed recounting of the time Clinton tried to help a former Nobel Peace Prize winner who’s also the recipient of a Congressional Gold Medal and a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Here’s the bottom line: Serving as secretary of state while your husband raises millions of dollars for a charitable foundation that is also a vehicle for your family’s political ambitions really does create a lot of space for potential conflicts of interest. Journalists have, rightly, scrutinized the situation closely. And however many times they take a run at it, they don’t come up with anything more scandalous than the revelation that maybe billionaire philanthropists have an easier time getting the State Department to look into their visa problems than an ordinary person would

MORE:
http://www.vox.com/2016/8/24/12618446/ap-clinton-foundation-meeting




Nancy LeTourneau/Washington Monthly:

The Associated Press has just shown us why it is important to be vigilant in how we consume the news as it is reported. They took some interesting information they gathered and spun it into something it wasn’t…scandalous. …

That is basically what most every drummed up “scandal” against Hillary Clinton comes down to: from the perspective of the people judging her – it looks bad. Welcome to the world of optics as scandal.

http://washingtonmonthly.com/2016/08/24/how-the-ap-spun-the-story-about-the-clinton-foundation/



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Clinton forcefully defends foundation on CNN, 'you know more about it than Trump's tax returns'

“We did provide a lot of life-saving work,” Clinton told CNN's Anderson Cooper in a telephone interview. “I’m proud of the work that my husband started and he did.

“We provided a massive amount of information and Donald Trump doesn’t release his tax and is indebted to foreign banks and foreign lenders,” she added.



"The foundation is a charity. Neither my husband nor I have ever drawn a salary from it," Clinton said. "You know more about the foundation than you know about anything concerning Donald Trump’s wealth, his business, his tax returns.

"I think it’s quite remarkable," Clinton said.



More specifically, Clinton cited the "concerning" news that Trump's businesses "are hundreds of millions of dollars in debt to big banks including the state-owned Bank of China and business groups with ties to the Kremlin."



https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/08/24/hillary-clinton-forcefully-defends-foundation-theres-a-lot-of-smoke-and-theres-no-fire/



http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/24/politics/clinton-foundation-explainer/index.html

McMullin Hears Trump ‘Hides In His Apartment’


August 24, 2016

Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin told Business Insider Donald Trump’s campaign staffers have told him that the GOP nominee has times where he “hides in his apartment” and they’re growing “frustrated.”

McMullin also said that it’s “unclear” whether Trump “will make it through this campaign.”

He continued: “I’m hearing from people inside his campaign that there are times now when he hides in his apartment and doesn’t meet with any people. When he campaigns he goes out to a place he has to fly back home to New York. This is a fragile man and a fragile campaign and I’m not quite sure what’s going to happen in the days and weeks ahead of him. I’m not sure the RNC can continue to support him given his weakness as a man and as a politician and as a candidate for the presidency.”

http://www.businessinsider.com/evan-mcmullin-donald-trump-2016-8

Trump just sounds like a loser to me





https://twitter.com/SopanDeb/status/768545164763750400


Donald Trump is a bigot, there's no other way to get around it," Blow said.



Via Mother Jones:

Donald Trump is a bigot, there's no other way to get around it," Blow said. "Anybody who accepts that, supports it. Anybody supports it is promoting it and that makes you a part of the bigotry itself. You have to decide whether or not you want to be part of the bigotry that is Donald Trump. You have to decide whether you want to be part of the sexism and misogyny that is Donald Trump."

Levell responded by accusing Hillary Clinton's campaign of creating the "false facade" that Trump is a racist.

"I'm not part of the Clinton campaign," Blow interjected. "I'm a black man in America and I know a bigot when I see a bigot."

http://www.motherjones.com/media/2016/08/charles-m-blow-donald-trump-bigot

BOSTON GLOBE: Clinton’s e-mail ‘scandals’ are pure fiction

Clinton’s e-mail ‘scandals’ are pure fiction

I’m fairly sure that when William Shakespeare penned the phrase “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing,” he did not have in mind the constant cycle of scandals that envelop Bill and Hillary Clinton. But the phrase easily applies.

When it comes to the Clintons, the most mundane actions can be raised to the specter of national outrage, because of the appearance, but not actual incident, of impropriety.


Take, for example, the imbroglio over newly released e-mails regarding interactions between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department when Clinton was secretary of state. These exchanges, primarily between Clinton’s assistant Huma Abedin and Clinton Foundation top honcho Doug Band, have become Exhibit A in efforts to brand Clinton as a corrupt figure and the Foundation as a pay-for-play operation. The evidence, however, speaks to a different reality.

In 2009, Band reached out to Abedin and asked if she could help put a Nigerian businessman of Lebanese descent named Gilbert Chagoury – who had donated to the Clinton Foundation — in touch with “the substance person re: Lebanon.” Chagoury apparently wanted to pass along information about upcoming elections in Lebanon. Considering that State Department diplomats glean information and intelligence from civil society leaders, activists, and business people on a regular basis there’s nothing particularly untoward about the ask. But because Chagoury is a Clinton donor, there’s a scent of scandal.

So what happened? Abedin told Band she’d reach out to Jeffrey Feltman, the acting assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs at the time. Yet, according to a Washington Post article, Feltman says he never met or spoke to Chagoury, and “No one ever told me he was seeking me out.

So: Clinton Foundation asks for help with donor, and doesn’t get it.


Way more:
http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2016/08/23/clinton-mail-scandals-are-pure-fiction/ryXZoEeqANOPSiL7O33QuJ/story.html
https://www.charitywatch.org/ratings-and-metrics/bill-hillary-chelsea-clinton-foundation/478

Eric Trump says WE are stupid to understand his father's tax returns

8:25 a.m.

A son of Donald Trump says it would be foolish for his father to release his tax returns.

The Republican presidential nominee has broken with precedent by refusing to release them. He says they are being audited and he can't release them until the audit is complete.

His son, Eric Trump, said Wednesday on CNBC not much can be learned from tax returns. He said his father's returns are massive and "you would have a bunch of people who know nothing about taxes" looking through them and making "assumptions on things they know nothing about."


Democrats say Trump's returns would reveal whether he was paying a fair amount in taxes and whether he would personally benefit from his policy proposals.


http://bigstory.ap.org/57c745f40c8e4edb903c8fe973c0d6f0?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP

Trump claimed a top Chicago cop told him crime there could be stopped in a week. He Lied, AGAIN.


Set aside, for a second, that Trump probably lied about talking to a Chicago cop. End crime there in a week? With what? Stormtroopers?

The Chicago Police Department on Tuesday denied Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's claim that he met with a "top" Chicago officer and argued the city's violence would not be solved with "tough police tactics."

"We've discredited this claim months ago," CPD spokesperson Frank Giancamilli said in a statement. "No one in the senior command at CPD has ever met with Donald Trump or a member of his campaign."



Trump said in an interview Monday that he believed Chicago's violence could be stopped using "tough police tactics," telling Fox News' Bill O'Reilly that he met a "top" Chicago officer who reportedly said he could "stop much of this horror show that’s going on" within a single week.

Trump added that he knows officers in Chicago who would put an end to violent crime "if they were given the authority to do it," a claim that Giancamilli refuted.


Source: Police Respond to Donald Trump's Claim That Chicago's Violence Can Be Stopped In A Week | NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-police-respond-donald-trump-chicago-violence-can-be-stopped-in-a-week-391116511.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_CHBrand#ixzz4IG629bFI
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Louisiana: "Let's remember the victims here"


https://twitter.com/vooda1/status/768309709728133120?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

"We're So Sorry Sir. We Thought You Were Black.

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