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Ttump: I kiss Ivanka as often as I can.

“The Dr. Oz Show” reportedly edited out the portion of an interview Donald Trump where the GOP presidential nominee talked about how often he likes to kiss his 34-year-old daughter Ivanka.

Trump's appearance on the show was filmed Wednesday and aired Thursday. During the interview, Ivanka Trump came onstage and kissed both her dad and host Mehmet Oz.

When Oz commented on Ivanka Trump’s kiss, her father said he kisses her “as often as I can,” according to reports.


September 16, 2016

This begins the final minutes of the Republic.

Bloomberg: Breitbart writer Milo makes money from gay “sugar daddies”

“Alt-Right” leader, and Breitbart News writer, Milo Yiannopoulos, was profiled today by Joel Stein in Bloomberg News.

As background, the Alt-Right are white supremacists, many of whom have a reverence for vulgar Nazi imagery, who also have issues with women, gays, Muslims and Jews. And Breitbart is the Web site of Donald Trump’s campaign manager Stephen Bannon. Brannon bragged earlier this summer that Breitbart was “the platform for the alt-right.” So this story directly reflects on the Trump campaign.

The profile alleges that Yiannopoulos said that the last time he was in Los Angeles, he was picked up at a bar by a man who gave him $10,000 after a night of sex. Yiannopoulos says the man gave him another $10,000 following a second evening of fun. According to new stories, Yiannopoulos was in Los Angeles as recently as this past May 31 (possibly later).

This claim that Yiannopoulos receives money from “sugar daddies” comes immediately after the profile tells us that Breitbart only pays some of the $1 million cost of Yiannopoulos’ nearly 30 staff members. Beyond Breitbart, the staff salaries are also subsidized by donations from conservatives, and from Yiannopoulos own family money, according to the story.


My son just entered politics.

My kid just became campaign manager for the leading candidate for 5th Grade President. A girl is running against a boy and, in an overwhelmingly female class, he went to work for the girl.

Wait a minute...

Dr. Oz said that Trump fave him the same documentation that any new patient would provide. But when I moved to California, my old Dr. Back East sent a thick fucking package to my new physician. Am I wrong in questioning Oz?

Real-time Election Day projections to buck tradition

PALO ALTO, Calif. — For decades, news organizations have refrained from releasing early results in presidential battleground states on Election Day, adhering to a strict, time-honored embargo until a majority of polls there have closed.

Now, a group of data scientists, journalists and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs is seeking to upend that reporting tradition, providing detailed projections of who is winning at any given time on Election Day in key swing states, and updating the information in real time from dawn to dusk.

The plan is likely to cause a stir among those involved in reporting election results and in political circles, who worry about both accuracy and an adverse effect on how people vote.

Previous early calls in presidential races have prompted congressional inquiries.

The company spearheading the effort, VoteCastr, plans real-time projections of presidential and Senate races in Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

It plans to publish a map and tables of its projected results on Slate, an online newsmagazine.


Trump leads by only 6 points in Texas

BOSTON, MA -- A new Emerson College poll in Texas, which has long been a Republican stronghold, shows Donald Trump leading Hillary Clinton by only 6 points (42% to 36%), with 10% of respondents voting for Libertarian Gary Johnson, 6% for the Green Party’s Jill Stein and 6% undecided. Trump’s lead is within the poll’s 3.6% margin of error. The poll was completed before Clinton announced she had been diagnosed with pneumonia.

As a point of comparison, in the 2012 presidential race, Mitt Romney soundly defeated Barack Obama by 16 points in the Lone Star State (57% to 41%). Texas has not voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1976, when Jimmy Carter beat GOP incumbent Gerald Ford.

Trump is having mixed success winning over voters who supported Texas Senator Ted Cruz in the state’s GOP primary last March. In the Emerson poll, 76% of Cruz voters plan to vote for Trump in November, while 10% support Johnson, 6% are unsure, and the remaining 7% are split between Stein and Clinton. Cruz won the Texas GOP primary, beating Trump 44% to 27%. Clinton is struggling to win over voters who supported Bernie Sanders in the Texas Democratic primary. Only 49% of Sanders supporters plan to vote for Clinton in November; 21% say they will vote for Stein.

Trump is winning the Independent vote 36% to 19% over Clinton, with Stein taking 16% and Johnson 15%. However, it appears Johnson is hurting Trump more than Clinton, taking 12% of registered Republican voters and 15% of Independents while only winning 3% of registered Democrats.


Colin Powell Called Benghazi A “Stupid Witch Hunt” — And Condi Rice Agreed

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell called the events surrounding and following the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya “a stupid witch hunt,” saying that fault partially lies with the US ambassador who was killed in the attack, according to his personal emails seen by BuzzFeed News.

“Benghazi is a stupid witch hunt. Basic fault falls on a courageous ambassador who thoughts Libyans now love me and I am ok in this very vulnerable place,” Powell wrote in a December 2015 email exchange with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice about US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, who died in the 2012 incident.

Hillary Clinton was secretary of state during the attack, which was the subject of a special congressional committee and remains an issue in the current presidential campaign.

“But blame also rests on his leaders and supports back here. Pat Kennedy, Intel community, DS and yes HRC” — the last acronym short for Hillary Clinton, added Powell, who served under former President George W. Bush.

“Completely agree,” Rice responds, adding, “Let me know when you’re in town and we’ll have that glass of wine (or two).”

The website DCLeaks.com — which has reported, but not confirmed, ties to Russian intelligence services — obtained Powell’s emails. It may be the latest example of a Russian entity potentially trying to influence the US presidential election — in July, the FBI said it believed Russia was behind the hack of the Democratic National Committee’s internal emails right before they party’s convention.


Kellyanne Conway calls for less ‘medical reporting’ on Trump: ‘We all have a right to privacy’

Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway downplayed the need for “extensive medical reporting” on Donald Trump while accusing Hillary Clinton of a lack of transparency about her health conditions.

Speaking to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday, Conway said that she did not know what information Trump would disclose about his health when he appears on The Dr. Oz Show on Wednesday.

“I don’t know why we need such extensive medical reporting when we all have a right to privacy,” the campaign manager opined.

Mitchell pointed out that there was a tradition of candidates releasing medical records, which Trump had refused to honor.

“The American people have a right to know what the health is of their perspective commander-in-chief,” Mitchell insisted.

“I agree with your premise,” Conway replied. “And so the question remains, why in the world did Hillary Clinton lie to everyone and conceal such an important fact for two days , saying she was overheated and dehydrated and then, of course, hours and hours later after, unfortunately, her health had become the biggest trending story of the day, not the 9/11 fallen.”


Hillary will outperform her poll numbers on election Day and here is why.

I listened to the Upshot podcast today and a reporter recalled her trip to Las Vegas prior to the Nevada Caucus. She first visited a Clinton campaign office and inside were 20 volunteers calling voter and urging them, in Spanish, to turn out and vote for "La Hillary". She then drove across town to one of Bernie's offices where there were a dozen reporters and three volunteers. And the volunteers spent more time chatting with each other than calling.

Now, the reporter was not kicking the Sanders campaign or implying every office looked the same. But what she did see was one candidate generated big crowds and boisterous supporters while the other quietly built the machinery to bring out more casual, less intense Democratic voters in the big primary states. Trump may have the big rooms and big noise, but Hillary has 20 campaign offices in Florida alone. That is how she will turn a narrow win into a sizable win on Election Day.
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