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Read What Donald Did To His Wedding Caterer, It Will Make You Sick

An actor friend of mine worked for a caterer in 1993. It was a new caterer, and this caterer was thrilled to land the kind of job that can really boost a career — catering Donald Trump and Marla Maples wedding. At the time she wondered why he didn’t hire other caterers he’d used in the past, but just thanked her lucky stars he hired her.

Everything went beautifully — the food was a hit, the waiters/waitresses all were totally professional. Everything was first rate.

Donald Trump refused to pay the bill. He told the caterer, “I know you are new at this, and when you tell people you catered MY wedding, you will get more business than you could ever dream of. So I am doing you a favor. And when I do favors, I don’t pay. End of discussion.”


Howard Stern confirms Trump supported Iraq War

(Political Wire) Howard Stern confirmed that Donald Trump expressed support for the Iraq War on his radio show in 2002 — a claim Trump has denied despite a show recording of him offering at least measured backing, CNN reports.


Obama (Almost) Splits!

With the US Olympic Women's Gymnastic team


A retrospective on the first Presidential Debate...

A number of people have asked me to jot down some comments on my opportunity to attend Monday's Presidential debate (sorry ofr the delay; I teach at NYU on Tuesday evening and had a standing dinner commitment last night).


Why was I at the debate? Because, for more than a year, my wife and I have been hosting Clinton campaign staff in our house (one of the closest to HQ). We've have an interesting bunch of Administrative, technical and political people come through, and we're apparently well-known at HQ. So, when Hofstra was abruptly added to the schedule, I wasn't going to miss an opportunity to ask.

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USA Today: Don't Vote for Trump: Our View

In the 34-year history of USA TODAY, the Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race. Instead, we’ve expressed opinions about the major issues and haven’t presumed to tell our readers, who have a variety of priorities and values, which choice is best for them. Because every presidential race is different, we revisit our no-endorsement policy every four years. We’ve never seen reason to alter our approach. Until now.

This year, the choice isn’t between two capable major party nominees who happen to have significant ideological differences. This year, one of the candidates — Republican nominee Donald Trump — is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency.


Donald Trump Called a Female Journalist the C Word to Her Editor Over a Story He Never Read

(Politicus USA) Jennifer Lin, a former financial correspondent in New York City for The Philadelphia Inquirer, wrote Thursday morning about the time Donald Trump called her the c word — to her editor — in retaliation for a story of hers that he never actually read. This is such typical Trump it burns.


Employees at Trump's California golf course say he wanted to fire women who weren't pretty enough

(LAT) When Trump did visit, the club’s managers went on alert. They scheduled the young, thin, pretty women on staff to work the clubhouse restaurant — because when Trump saw less-attractive women working at his club, according to court records, he wanted them fired.

"I had witnessed Donald Trump tell managers many times while he was visiting the club that restaurant hostesses were 'not pretty enough' and that they should be fired and replaced with more attractive women,” Hayley Strozier, who was director of catering at the club until 2008, said in a sworn declaration.

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Another Miss Universe Contestant Says She Was Fat-Shamed By Donald Trump

(HuffPo) Jodie Seal, who was Miss Australia in the 1996 event, told Inside Edition that the future Republican presidential nominee called the girls “some pretty horrible names.”

“He said to me, ‘suck your stomach in, or suck your gut in,’” she recalled. “He always wanted us to be sexy.”

She also described him as “controlling.”

“He’d walk by while we were eating,” Seal said. “He put a lot of the girls down.”


Springsteen Was Criticized For Bashing Trump. His Response Is Perfect

Bruce Springsteen doubled down on his remarks against Trump this week, following controversial comments he made in his interview with Rolling Stone. The rock legend and American icon ripped into the Republican nominee, making it absolutely clear that Springsteen doesn’t care what Trump supporters think about his opinion on the candidate:

"Some people seemed upset that I called @realDonaldTrump a moron, so I wanted to clarify my remarks: He’s also an asshole. #I’mWithHer"

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