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The way to hurt Trump is to ridicule him - By Richard Cohen

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press,” Donald Trump said, referring to messages deemed personal by Hillary Clinton and deleted from her private email server. To which Hillary Clinton replied, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find Trumps tax returns and his several divorce settlements and his many non-disclosure agreements with former employees. What, Donald, can’t they disclose this?”

Of course, Clinton said no such thing. Instead, the consistently humorless campaign failed to treat Trump as a buffoon and instead issued a flat-footed rebuttal: “This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent,” Clinton’s senior policy adviser, Jake Sullivan, said in a statement. He added later: “This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue.”

No, no, Jake, the national security issue is the prospect of Trump in the White House. In the meantime, his ludicrous statements ought to be treated as the braying of a jackass. The way to hurt Trump is to ridicule him. He is a man of immense pride, a pompous bloviator and a locker-room towel-snapper. Either ignore him or ridicule him. Formal rejoinder ought to be reserved for adults.

Now to the matter of Trump’s tax returns. He will be the first presidential candidate in a long time who did not release his tax returns. He says that’s because he’s being audited. Maybe. But what about tax returns for all the previous years? All being audited? Not likely.

No, the reason he will not release his tax returns is that they probably contain embarrassing information. The first and most trivial revelation would be that his net worth is not anywhere near what he says it is. The second is that it might show he paid precious little in taxes. This is the virtue of owning real estate. You deduct, and you depreciate. In a sense, the money is not made by the property. It’s made by the tax code. Third, Trump may not have given a dime to charity. His tax returns will show him to have not a charitable bone in his body.



Ex-CIA chief questions Trump’s loyalty to the US after asking Russia to help him win election

Source: RawStory/CNN

Donald Trump sparked outrage on Wednesday when he encouraged the Russian government to find and leak Hillary Clinton’s emails that were deleted from her private server while she served as Secretary of State.

Now former CIA chief Leon Panetta has told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that Trump’s actions call his loyalty to the U.S. into question. What’s more, Amanpour says Panetta claims Trump’s statements raise questions over whether he’s conspiring with a foreign power.

“You have a presidential candidate who is, in fact, asking the Russians to engage in American politics,” Panetta said. “I think that’s beyond the pale… he is truly not qualified to be president of the United States.”

Panetta, it should be noted, is a Democrat who served as both CIA Director and Defense Secretary under President Obama. He is scheduled to talk at tonight’s Democratic National Convention.


Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2016/07/ex-cia-chief-questions-trumps-loyalty-to-the-us-after-asking-russia-to-help-him-win-election/

Paul Ryan Spox: Putin Is 'Thug' Who Should 'Stay Out Of This Election'

Source: Talking Points Memo

The top spokesperson for House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) had strong words in response to Donald Trump's call for Russian hackers to "find" and release the deleted emails from Hillary Clinton's private server.

"Russia is a global menace led by a devious thug," Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck told The Guardian. "Putin should stay out of this election."

In a Wednesday press conference, Trump responded to allegations that the Russian government hacked into the Democratic National Committee's emails to influence the election by saying that he hopes that Clinton's "lost" emails have fallen into Russian hands. "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you can find the 33,000 emails that are missing," he said. He then urged their release.

His running mate Mike Pence had a comparatively measured response to the allegations, promising "serious consequences" in the event of Russian interference in the 2016 race.


Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/paul-ryan-donald-trump-putin-russia-dnc-hack

RNC Member: DNC Hack Controversy Is 'False Flag' To Make Trump Look Bad!

Dr. Ada Fisher, a member of the Republican National Committee representing North Carolina, has an interesting theory about the hack of Democratic National Committee emails.

At Trump's rally in North Carolina on Tuesday, Fisher told The Guardian that the controversy over the DNC hack is "a false flag to cover up Clinton’s transgressions" and "probably the biggest lie I’ve seen." Since emails from DNC staffers were published by Wikileaks last weak, U.S. officials have begun investigating whether Russian hackers were responsible for the leak.

Questions about Russia's involvement and its potential interest in influencing the 2016 election have put the Donald Trump campaign on the defensive. During a Wednesday morning interview on CBS' "This Morning," Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort said that questions about Russia's involvement in the hack are "an absurd attempt by the Clinton campaign to try to get the focus off of" Clinton's private email server.

TPM readers may remember Fisher from her 2006 run for Congress, after which it was revealed that BMW Direct, the political firm in charge of her fundraising, kept most of the money it raised for the firm's own expenses.



Trump Says Russia Will Be ‘Rewarded’ For Hack, But Pence Promises ‘Serious Consequences’

by Sam Reisman | 1:18 pm, July 27th, 2016


At a press conference Wednesday morning Trump encouraged Russia to release State Department emails in order to injure Hillary Clinton‘s campaign. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press,” he said.

Shortly afterward, his Vice Presidential nominee, Indian Gov. Mike Pence issued a statement saying that, rather than rewards, there would be “serious consequences” to Russia if it was behind the hack of the DNC emails released to the public last Friday. (Experts believe that Russia is responsible.)

Pence’s statement reads in full:

The FBI will get to the bottom of who is behind the hacking. If it is Russia and they are interfering in our elections, I can assure you both parties and the United States government will ensure there are serious consequences. That said, the Democrats singularly focusing on who might be behind it and not addressing the basic fact that they’ve been exposed as a party who not only rigs the government, but rigs elections while literally accepting cash for federal appointments is outrageous. The American people now have absolute and further proof of the corruption that exists around Hillary Clinton. It should disqualify her from office, if the media did their job. (emphasis added)



Donald Trump: Geneva Conventions Are ‘Out of Date’

Source: Mediaite

Speaking at a press conference Wednesday, Donald Trump agreed with the statement that the Geneva Conventions outlawing war crimes were “out of date,” and reiterated his support for “enhanced interrogation” of terror suspects.

“Do you think the Geneva Conventions are out of date?” asked NBC’s Katy Tur. “I think everything’s out of date,” responded Trump. “We have a whole new world.”

Trump repeated his much-scrutinized comments that NATO was obsolete. “Three days later, people that study NATO said, ‘You know, Trump is right.’ You know what, we have a lot of things that are out of date because they’re 20 and 30 and 40 years old.”

“What would you renegotiate?” asked NBC’s Katy Tur. “The enhanced interrogation aspect of it…?”


Read more: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/donald-trump-geneva-conventions-are-out-of-date/

Today's schedule for the DNC

The schedule:

Here's the planned schedule, according to the Clinton campaign:

4:00 PM -€” 6:00 PM (EDT)

Call to Order: U.S. Representative Marcia Fudge (Ohio)

Invocation: Rev. William Byron

Pledge of Allegiance: Monroe Handy

National Anthem: Sebastien De La Cruz

Vice Presidential Nomination

Daniel Driffin, HIV/AIDS Activist from Georgia

Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress Action Fund

U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas)

U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (New Mexico)

U.S. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (District of Columbia)

U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (California)

U.S. Representative Maxine Waters (California)

President of NARAL Ilyse Hogue

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum

Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus — Chair, U.S. Representative Judy Chu (California)

Brooks Bell

Brooks is a young female tech entrepreneur from North Carolina

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

In Memoriam — Introduced by Convention Chair U.S. Representative Marcia Fudge (Ohio)

6:00 - 10:00 PM (EDT)

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee — Chair, U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (New Mexico)

Our America Musical Performance

Civil Rights Leader Reverend Jesse Jackson

Actress Star Jones

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver

Congressional Black Caucus — Chair, U.S. Representative GK Butterfield (NC)

President of EMILY's List Stephanie Schriock

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nevada)

California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom

U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego (Arizona)

Jamie Dorff

Jamie's husband was Patrick Dorff, an Army helicopter pilot from Minnesota who died while on a search and rescue mission in northern Iraq. As a senator, Hillary worked with Republicans and Democrats to increase the gratuity paid to family members of fallen veterans from $12,000 to $100,000.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan

Former Governor of Maryland Martin O'Malley

Introduction of Film: Actress Sigourney Weaver

California Governor Jerry Brown

Director Lee Daniels

Christine Leinonen, Brandon Wolf and Jose Arraigada

Christine Leinonen is the mother of Christopher "Drew" Leinonen, who was killed in the Pulse attack in Orlando. Brandon Wolf and Jose Arraigada are survivors of the attack at the nightclub in Orlando.

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (Connecticut)

Erica Smegielski

Erica's mother Dawn was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary and was killed while trying to protect her students. Since then, Erica has become an outspoken advocate for commonsense gun violence prevention measures.

Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey

Actress Angela Bassett

Felicia Sanders & Polly Sheppard

Felicia and Polly are two of the three survivors of the Mother Emanuel Church shooting in Charleston, SC.
Gabby Giffords & Mark Kelly

Musical Performance

Rear Admiral John Hutson (Ret. USN)

Kristen Kavanaugh

Kristen Kavanaugh is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a former Marine Corps Captain who deployed to Iraq. She later co-founded the Military Acceptance Project, a California-based social justice organization dedicated to promoting acceptance of marginalized populations within the military.

Former Congressman and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (Ohio)

Introduction of Speaker: Dr. Jill Biden

Vice President Joe Biden

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

Michael Bloomberg

Musical Performance: Lenny Kravitz

10:00 - 11:00 PM (EDT)

Democratic Nominee for Vice President Tim Kaine

Introduction of Film: Sharon Belkofer

Sharon Belkofer is the mother of fallen Lt. Col. Thomas Belkofer. Her son was killed when a suicide bomber detonated a minibus in a convoy carrying Belkofer and three other high-ranking officers in Kabul, Afghanistan.

President Barack Obama

Benediction: Rev. Gabriel Salguero


Clinton camp: Trump's Russia remarks 'a bridge too far'

Source: The Hill

Hillary Clinton's campaign on Wednesday slammed Donald Trump for saying he hoped the Kremlin had Clinton's deleted emails, calling it “a bridge too far.”

Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon told MSNBC that Trump "is now openly inviting Russia to engage in cyberattacks against the United States." Fallon said he agreed with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), whose office issued a statement calling Russia "a global menace led by a devious thug" and saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin "should stay out of this election."

"We need to stand up Russia," Fallon said. "This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent," Clinton senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan added in a statement.

"That's not hyperbole, those are just the facts. This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue," Sullivan said.


Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/289443-clinton-camp-trumps-russia-remarks-a-bridge-too-far

Michelle Obama is not the first FLOTUS to remark on who built the White House.


In 1800, shortly after arriving in Washington to take up residence in the unfinished President’s House, Abigail Adams wrote to her uncle, Cotton Tufts, about the construction of the capital city and the new executive palace:

The effects of Slavery are visible every where; and I have amused myself from day to day in looking at the labour of 12 negroes from my window, who are employd with four small Horse Carts to remove some dirt in front of the house. the four carts are all loaded at the same time, and whilst four carry this rubish about half a mile, the remaining eight rest upon their Shovels, Two of our hardy N England men would do as much work in a day as the whole 12, but it is true Republicanism that drive the Slaves half fed, and destitute of clothing…whilst the owner waches about Idle, tho his one Slave is all the property he can boast, Such is the case of many of the inhabitants of this place.

—Abigail Smith Adams to Cotton Tufts, 28 November 1800 (Source: National Archives)

Mrs. Adams found slavery morally distasteful and woefully inefficient. Although her husband, John Adams, had never enslaved any people, Abigail Smith Adams had grown up in a slaveholding household. She later became an outspoken opponent of slavery.


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NYT Headline: Trump called on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's email, essentially sanctioning...

Donald J. Trump called on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's email, essentially sanctioning a foreign power's cyberspying

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 11:55 AM EDT

Donald J. Trump said during a news conference on Wednesday that he hoped Russia had hacked Hillary Clinton’s email, essentially sanctioning a foreign power’s cyberspying of a secretary of state’s correspondence.

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Mr. Trump said, staring directly into the cameras. “I think you will probably be mightily rewarded by our press.”

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