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Trump Calls Former Defense Secretary Gates a 'Clown'

Source: MSN/NBC News

Donald Trump derided former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, calling the national security official a "clown" and a "mess."

The attacks came after Gates expressed concern about Trump's readiness to be commander-in-chief in a Friday op-ed in The Wall Street Journal. Gates, who served under both Republican and Democratic presidents, wrote that both Trump and Hillary Clinton "have a credibility problem in foreign affairs" before singling out the Republican nominee as "in a league of his own" and "beyond repair" on security issues.

"Mr. Trump has been cavalier about the use of nuclear weapons," Gates opined. "He has a record of insults to servicemen, their families and the military, which he called a 'disaster.' He has declared our senior military leaders 'reduced to rubble' and 'embarrassing our country' and has suggested that, if elected, he will purge them—an unprecedented and unconscionable threat. As of late, he appears to be rethinking some of these positions but he has yet to learn that when a president shoots off his mouth, there are no do-overs."

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"We had a clown today, an absolute clown, Robert Gates," Trump told a crowd. "He's supposed to be an expert. He's been there forever ... he goes out and he says negative things about me. I never met him. I never talked to him. Believe me, I am so much better at what he's doing than he is."

Read more: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-calls-former-defense-secretary-gates-a-clown/ar-BBwjyn7

A man with god complex with the nuclear codes. We might as well start referring to him as Kim Jong Trump.

Trump Campaign Manager Says Robert Gates Doesn’t Understand Terrorism Threat

Source: Huffington Post

Donald Trump’s campaign manager thinks former Defense Secretary Robert Gates was critical of Trump because Gates doesn’t understand terrorism, she suggested Sunday morning.

“Secretary Gates really should have, I think, in his book been a little bit more forceful about the fact that radical Islam has ideological moorings,” Kellyanne Conway said on CBS’ “Face The Nation.” “He acts like terrorism is something like the weather. It just happens. And we as Americans know that’s not true.”

Trump and his campaign are on the attack after Gates published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday calling Trump “unfit” to be president. Trump referred to Gates as a “clown” in a campaign rally and “dopey” on social media.

Given his decades of experience and numerous high-level positions in the period after Sept. 11, 2001, Gates is likely well aware of the threat terrorism poses.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-campaign-bob-gates-terrorism_us_57dead7ae4b08cb14096442c?

Kellyanne Conway asks what does Robert Gates know about national security. He should take lessons from the Cheeto.

Donald Trump revises his economic plan but leaves many questions unanswered

Source: LA Times

Donald Trump scaled back his grandiose plan for tax cuts while proposing more benefits for lower-income households in a speech Thursday, but experts say the numbers in his newly revised economic growth blueprint still don’t add up.

In his most detailed economic plan to date, the Republican presidential nominee essentially halved the amount of tax cuts he will seek to $4.4 trillion over 10 years, in part by capping deductions. At the same time, Trump said his economic strategy — which includes overhauling government regulations, trade and energy policies — would boost U.S. economic growth to 3.5% a year on average, up from 2% in recent years. He promised that his plan would create as many as 25 million jobs over the next decade.

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Trump’s plan would reduce the tax brackets for individual income tax to three from the current seven, with the highest rate dropping to 33% from 39.6%. Deductions would be limited at $100,000 for single filers and $200,000 for married filers, which would restrain high-income filers looking to deduct more for housing and charitable donations.

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“This proposal is less skewed toward the high-income” earners, said Gleckman. Still, he said, the lowering of tax rates, plus Trump’s previously announced idea to repeal the estate tax and alternative minimum tax, would nonetheless still end up disproportionately benefiting higher-earning individuals.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-economic-plan-20160915-snap-story.html

What is really amazing is how the plan is designed to help Donald Trump, because even though he scales back some of the deductions of his previous plan, he still keeps the huge cut to the corporate tax rate and the elimination of the estate tax, which he would personally benefit from. Put another, Donald is not earning a salary like many high income individuals, rather a lot of his wealth is tied up in assets and corporate entities. The plan is specifically designed to help Trump.

One Chart Exposes How The Media Bashes Hillary Clinton While Promoting Donald Trump

I can only imagine how this would look if they were to update this June story with the media's recent efforts to reform Trump by covering his numerous non-existent pivots to the center and so-called outreach to minorities and women.


A single chart from a study at Harvard reveals the depth and degree of the media’s bias against Hillary Clinton and promotion of Donald Trump.

A study by Thomas E. Patterson, Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press, at Harvard University, showed that while Donald Trump received nearly universally positive coverage in the year leading up to the primaries, media coverage of Hillary Clinton was more negative than that of any other candidate.

Here is a chart that every mainstream journalist should answer for:

While Clinton was getting a mountain of negative coverage, here was Trump’s coverage:

Oxford Economics: Trump presidency could cost US economy $1 trillion

Source: Reuters

LONDON, Sept 13 (Reuters) - The U.S. economy could be $1 trillion smaller than otherwise expected in 2021 if Republican candidate Donald Trump wins the presidential election in November, economics research firm Oxford Economics said on Tuesday.

While the firm said Trump's policies - including more protectionist trade measures, tax cuts and mass deportation of illegal immigrants - may be watered down in negotiations with Congress, they could have "adverse" consequences.

​​​​​"Should Mr. Trump prove more successful in achieving adoption of his policies, the consequences could be far-reaching - knocking 5 percent off the level of U.S. GDP relative to baseline and undermining the anticipated recovery in global growth," it said.

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Under its baseline scenario, Oxford Economics expects U.S. gross domestic product - the value of all goods and services produced in the economy - to grow at a fairly constant rate of around 2 percent from 2017, reaching $18.5 trillion in 2021.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-trump-economy-idUSKCN11J25M

The Atlantic - "Fear of a Female President"

In the right wing, it was in vogue to blame President Obama for the continued presence of racism. Will the same hold true with Hillary being blamed for the continued presence of sexism if she is elected.


Except for her gender, Hillary Clinton is a highly conventional presidential candidate. She’s been in public life for decades. Her rhetoric is carefully calibrated. She tailors her views to reflect the mainstream within her party.

The reaction to her candidacy, however, has been unconventional. The percentage of Americans who hold a “strongly unfavorable” view of her substantially exceeds the percentage for any other Democratic nominee since 1980, when pollsters began asking the question. Antipathy to her among white men is even more unprecedented. According to the Public Religion Research Institute, 52 percent of white men hold a “very unfavorable” view of Clinton. That’s a whopping 20 points higher than the percentage who viewed Barack Obama very unfavorably in 2012, 32 points higher than the percentage who viewed Obama very unfavorably in 2008, and 28 points higher than the percentage who viewed John Kerry very unfavorably in 2004.

At the Republican National Convention, this fervent hostility was hard to miss. Inside the hall, delegates repeatedly broke into chants of “Lock her up.” Outside the hall, vendors sold campaign paraphernalia. As I walked around, I recorded the merchandise on display. Here’s a sampling:

Black pin reading don’t be a pussy. vote for trump in 2016. Black-and-red pin reading trump 2016: finally someone with balls. White T-shirt reading trump that bitch. White T‑shirt reading hillary sucks but not like monica. Red pin reading life’s a bitch: don’t vote for one. White pin depicting a boy urinating on the word Hillary. Black T-shirt depicting Trump as a biker and Clinton falling off the motorcycle’s back alongside the words if you can read this, the bitch fell off. Black T-shirt depicting Trump as a boxer having just knocked Clinton to the floor of the ring, where she lies faceup in a clingy tank top. White pin advertising kfc hillary special. 2 fat thighs. 2 small breasts … left wing.

Salon - Desperately slamming Krugman: Columnist unfairly targeted for anti-Trump, pro-Hillary take

Here the MSM is complaining about being called out on their false equivalency and bias toward Donald Trump with the most recent example being how the MSM plays up innuendos about the Clinton Foundation while downplaying clear evidence of bribes by the Trump Foundation. As we get closer and closer to the election, the MSM is doing its best to normalize Trump while playing up the false narrative of Trump pivoting toward mainstream positions.


Not only is the establishment press irritated with Krugman’s latest article, “Hillary Clinton Gets Gored,” in which he highlights the journalistic malpractice evidenced in the news media’s amplification of Hillary Clinton’s non-scandal scandals over Donald Trump’s lengthy menu of real scandals and obscene negatives, but also, strangely, a vocal faction of the left believes Krugman is water-carrying for his “beloved candidate” Hillary.

The latter is perhaps as equally confounding as the former, especially knowing what Krugman and others objectively observe as an historically apocalyptic GOP candidate is slowly closing the polling gap with the far more qualified Democratic rival.

After a full month in which Trump’s campaign bungled and botched its way through the first third of the general election and completely absent any newsworthy reason to shift to a “Trump redemption” narrative, the press is rapidly fabricating one. Even though Trump’s charitable foundation was investigated and fined by the Internal Revenue Service for a pay-to-play deal in Florida, cable news is instead emphasizing the Clinton Foundation’s alleged scandal in which nothing illegal has been uncovered.

Worse, we’ve already witnessed the mainstreaming of white nationalism, as political analyst Soledad O’Brien observed on CNN over the long weekend. We’re also beginning to see news segments about Hillary’s alleged health issues — her coughing jag on Tuesday became national news, thanks to Trump and the screeching commandant of his paranoid flying monkeys, Alex Jones.

WaPo - "Here’s a tale of two scandals. Guess which one will get more play?" Re Media Bias

This article does a great job of showing how the MSM gives Trump a free pass even though he often complains about his press while going out of its way to invent scandals to fit into the narrative that Hillary Clinton is untrustworthy:


Whenever some new piece of information emerges about Hillary Clinton or people close to her, we’re told that it “raises questions” of some kind, which means it’s being shoehorned into a larger narrative that says something fundamental about her: That she’s tainted by scandal, or corrupt, or just sinister in ways people can never quite put their finger on.

Yet somehow, stories about Donald Trump that don’t have to do with the latest appalling thing that came out of his mouth don’t “raise questions” in the same way. They’re here and then they’re gone, obliterated by his own behavior without going deep into question-raising territory.

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To sum up: An executive at the Clinton Foundation made a request of Hillary Clinton’s aide, and didn’t get what he was asking for. Now maybe there is some real evidence somewhere of corruption at the State Department during Clinton’s time there, but that sure as heck isn’t it.

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Here’s the quick summary: In 2013, Bondi’s office received multiple complaints from Floridians who said they had been cheated out of thousands of dollars by a fraudulent operation called Trump University. While Bondi’s office was looking into the claims to determine if they should join New York State’s lawsuit against Trump University, Bondi called Donald Trump and asked him for a contribution to her PAC.

Now let’s pause for a moment to savor the idea that Bondi, the highest-ranking law enforcement official in the state, would solicit a contribution from someone her office was in the process of investigating. She did solicit that contribution, and Donald Trump came through with $25,000.

Is media bias helping Donald Trump? Coverage of the candidates' charities offers clues

The short answer is yes, that Donald Trump is actually a big beneficiary of media bias with the media happily to chase down every unsubstantiated rumor he starts while being intimidated from pressing him on stories that he himself instigates such as his flip flops on deportation.


Vox's Matthew Yglesias argues that press coverage of Trump and Clinton is not fair and balanced -- to borrow Fox News' phrase -- and that Trump is coming out the better for it. The argument here is that Trump, a natural showman, successfully spins bad press to his advantage, while Clinton, both less adept with the media and saddled by 25 years of scandals (real and invented) about her and her husband, knows only to hunker down, which only further excites reporters. Yglesias' example of this dynamic in action: coverage of the two candidates' charities.

Clinton, of course, has the Clinton Foundation, started by her husband, former President Bill Clinton. The Associated Press and other news organizations have taken a hard look at Hillary Clinton's staff emails and her official schedule and speculated that she granted access and favors to foundation donors while she was secretary of state. Washington Post opinion writer Paul Waldman argued that what the emails "actually reveal is that a few foundation donors wanted access, but didn't actually get it," but that's not the narrative that's seeped into the public's subconscious -- in part because Trump and his surrogates have harped on Clinton running a "pay-to-play" scam out of the state department, a charge for which they have absolutely no evidence.

So that's Clinton's charity. Trump, you may not know, also has a charitable foundation. But it's received very little attention compared to Clinton's.

We don't know a lot about Trump's foundation, but one thing we do know for sure is that it made an illegal campaign contribution to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. And that right after she received the contribution, her office dropped its investigation into Trump University.

President Obama Should Thank Trump for Sudden Endorsement of Immigration Status Quo...

...but note that while he appreciates Trump's 11th hour embrace of the President's current policies under existing law, that even President Obama thinks that immigration should be reformed in a comprehensive manner.

Hillary, on the other hand, should have some fun with Donald Trump, the self-described agent of change, now being a warrior for defending the status quo. America under President Obama is pretty great after all?


Trump’s new position appears to be an embrace of the status quo, in which those in the U.S. illegally with criminal histories are prioritized for deportation, but no action is taken to push forward with comprehensive reform.

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The apparent shift comes days after Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said Trump’s position on mass deportation was “to be determined,” indicating a forthcoming campaign shift. Trump also cancelled a planned immigration speech in Colorado on Wednesday on account of the policy uncertainty. It’s the second such “softening” in recent weeks, as Trump appeared to move away from his proposed ban on Muslim immigration, seeking to replace it with an ideological test for immigrants and a temporary ban on immigration from countries with active Islamic extremist elements. But both Trump’s original policy on immigration and the Muslim ban remain on his campaign website.

Several Trump surrogates spent Tuesday on cable television arguing that Trump’s new position—he said this week that he’d prioritize the removal of those with criminal records—is similar to President Barack Obama’s, who has sought to deprioritize the removal of those in the U.S. illegally but have broken no other laws.

But Obama has called for comprehensive immigration reform legislation to provide a path to citizenship for the majority of those in the U.S. illegally—a position held by many Republicans but repeatedly rejected by Trump over the course of the campaign.
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