HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home

Enter Discussion Forums

235,954 user registrations and 73,265,167 posts since 2001
Pic of the Moment

The Left Column


We're off to Philadelphia and DNC 2016!!!

Found my old shirt from 2008.

We'll be posting regular updates on DU, and also posting pictures in real-time on Instagram for our massive audience of approximately 0 followers.


Clinton/Kaine 2016! Stronger Together! See you in Philly!


Nicholas Kristof: Is Donald Trump a Racist?

(NYT) HAS the party of Lincoln just nominated a racist to be president? We shouldn’t toss around such accusations lightly, so I’ve looked back over more than 40 years of Donald Trump’s career to see what the record says.

One early red flag arose in 1973, when President Richard Nixon’s Justice Department — not exactly the radicals of the day — sued Trump and his father, Fred Trump, for systematically discriminating against blacks in housing rentals.

I’ve waded through 1,021 pages of documents from that legal battle, and they are devastating. Donald Trump was then president of the family real estate firm, and the government amassed overwhelming evidence that the company had a policy of discriminating against blacks, including those serving in the military.


More Thought GOP Convention Was a ‘Disaster’

(Political Wire) A new RABA Research poll finds that 37% of Americans considered the Republican National Convention “a disaster,” while just 24% called it a “success.”

Women voters called the convention a “disaster” instead of a “success” by a 3 to 1 margin.

Among young voters, a whopping 55% called the convention a “disaster,” as opposed to just 13% calling it a “success.”


Josh Marshall: Trump & Putin. Yes, It's Really a Thing

Over the last year there has been a recurrent refrain about the seeming bromance between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. More seriously, but relatedly, many believe Trump is an admirer and would-be emulator of Putin's increasingly autocratic and illiberal rule. But there's quite a bit more to the story. At a minimum, Trump appears to have a deep financial dependence on Russian money from persons close to Putin. And this is matched to a conspicuous solicitousness to Russian foreign policy interests where they come into conflict with US policies which go back decades through administrations of both parties. There is also something between a non-trivial and a substantial amount of evidence suggesting Putin-backed financial support of Trump or a non-tacit alliance between the two men.


Krugman: "Donald Trump, the Siberian Candidate"

(NYT) If elected, would Donald Trump be Vladimir Putin’s man in the White House? This should be a ludicrous, outrageous question. After all, he must be a patriot — he even wears hats promising to make America great again.

But we’re talking about a ludicrous, outrageous candidate. And the Trump campaign’s recent behavior has quite a few foreign policy experts wondering just what kind of hold Mr. Putin has over the Republican nominee, and whether that influence will continue if he wins.

Doctor Jack

I was wrong about Kaine

Until yesterday, I called him "boring" and "dull" and "uninspiring". I gladly admit that I was 100% wrong. Senator Kaine is fiery and passionate but at the same time calm and folksy. He really is like a slightly more soft spoken Joe Biden. Positive and friendly but looks like he could shiv you with no problem, all with a smile on his face. He is the quintessential opposite of Donald Trump. Excellent choice!


Trump probably can't win Ohio, says state's governor, John Kasich

(Philly.com) A "divider" like GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump will have a hard time winning Ohio, an important battleground that could help decide the election in November, said Buckeye State Gov. John Kasich, a former Republican presidential candidate.

"Ohio's a snapshot of the country. People in Ohio want to see a positive agenda, a positive way to move forward," Kasich said Friday in an interview at the Union League of Philadelphia. He attended a fund-raiser for Brian Fitzpatrick, a Bucks County Republican running for an open congressional seat.


Ok. Tim Kaine is killing it

And love how he keeps interspersing his Spanish ....crowd seems to love it. Just seems like an all-around good guy.

This may be exactly the right branding for the Clinton campaign as a stark contrast to hum-Trump.

Around DU

Good Reads

General Discussion



Latest Breaking News

Four candidates for Missouri governor battle in tight GOP primary

7 sec ago - There aren’t many policy differences between the four Republican candidates running for governor. Each wants tougher regulations on labor unions and fewer regulations on business. They believe Missouri’s taxes should be lower and the state’s public ... (Kansas City Star)

Unions ask San Diegans to boycott Vons, Albertsons and Ralphs

48 min ago - A strike by local grocery workers could be on the horizon, but for now, those workers don't want you stepping foot in their San Diego-area stores. <snip> A UFCW Local 135 spokeswoman said 14,000 union members could go on strike in roughly two ... (KGTV ABC 10)

Treasure hunter who went looking for $2m in gold found dead in New Mexico

1 hr ago - Treasure hunter who went looking for $2m in gold found dead in New Mexico Remains of 54-year-old Randy Bilyeu found almost seven months after he disappeared while looking for writer Forrest Fenn’s hoard of gold and jewels Associated Press in Albu ... (Associated Press)

Obama on DNC hack: 'Experts attribute this to the Russians'

3 hrs ago - President Barack Obama is not ruling out Russia and Vladimir Putin being responsible for the hack of the Democratic National Committee servers that resulted a massive leak of around 20,000 emails. Asked by NBC News' Savannah Guthrie on Tuesday wheth ... (Politico)

CBSN reports: Bernie Delgates walk out and hold Protest at Media center

3 hrs ago - breaking story,,,,,, will update ... (CBSN)

American Indian Chief David Beautiful Bald Eagle Jr. dies

3 hrs ago - American Indian Chief David Beautiful Bald Eagle Jr. dies Updated 5:49 pm, Tuesday, July 26, 2016 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A longtime representative of South Dakota's Lakota people, Chief David Beautiful Bald Eagle Jr., has died on the Cheyenne ... (Associated Press)

‘DNC Hacker’ Unmasked: He Really Works for Russia, Researchers Say

3 hrs ago - The hacker who claimed to compromise the DNC swore he was Romanian. But new research shows he worked directly for the Vladimir Putin government in Moscow. The hacker who claims to have stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee and provide ... (The Daily Beast)

Sanders Moves to Suspend Rules, Nominates Hillary Clinton

4 hrs ago - PHILADELPHIA -- Continuing the theme of unity -- a motif that was very much in doubt on Monday as the convention opened -- Sanders officially ended his quest for the White House by calling to suspend the convention rules and nominate Clinton by acc ... (U.S. News And World Report)

Hillary Clinton is officially the Democratic Party’s nominee

4 hrs ago - PHILADELPHIA — Hillary Clinton is officially the Democratic Party’s nominee for president of the United States. The nomination was made official at around 6:30 pm after Clinton won the requisite 2,383 delegates. Though many anticipated it to be a t ... (Vox)

Man accused of threatening to burn Boston mosque denied bail

4 hrs ago - Man accused of threatening to burn Boston mosque denied bail Updated 4:31 pm, Tuesday, July 26, 2016 BOSTON (AP) — A man accused of threatening to burn down New England's largest mosque and making other threats to the Muslim community is being ... (Associated Press)

Court Strikes Down Missouri Law Cutting Jobless Benefits

4 hrs ago - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri Supreme Court struck down a law Tuesday that had cut the duration of the state's unemployment benefits to one of the shortest periods nationally, meaning thousands of residents could get a longer financial lif ... (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Illinois lawmaker's 'internet scam' police report redacted

4 hrs ago - Illinois lawmaker's 'internet scam' police report redacted Updated 4:45 pm, Tuesday, July 26, 2016 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Police in suburban Chicago have released a report filed by former state Rep. Ron Sandack over an "internet scam," but it ... (Associated Press)

Transgender student asks Supreme Court to keep out of bathroom case

5 hrs ago - (Reuters) - Lawyers for a transgender high school student in Virginia asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to keep out of a legal dispute about bathroom rights and allow a lower court ruling in the student's favor to remain in place. The high co ... (kfgo.com)

New-Home Sales in U.S. Jump to Highest Level Since February 2008

5 hrs ago - Purchases of new U.S. single-family homes rose in June to the highest level in more than eight years, indicating a firm and resilient housing market. Sales increased 3.5 percent to a 592,000 annualized pace, the fastest since February 2008, Commerce ... (Bloomberg via Chicago Tribune)

US Home Prices Rise at Steady Pace as Sales Heat Up

5 hrs ago - By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP ECONOMICS WRITER WASHINGTON — Jul 26, 2016, 9:54 AM ET U.S. home prices extended their steady upward march in May, spurred by rising sales and a dwindling supply of available houses. The Standard & Poor's CoreLogic Ca ... (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Obama Administration To Expand Program To Allow Central Americans To Enter U.S. As Refugees

6 hrs ago - Obama Administration To Expand Program To Allow Central Americans To Enter U.S. As Refugees Officials say current efforts have gained traction.  07/26/2016 01:48 pm ET WASHINGTON ― The Obama administration announced plans Tuesday to ... (Huffington Post)

Conservatives, liberals and celebrities praise Michelle Obama's speech

6 hrs ago - Washington (CNN)Politicians across party lines, celebrities and activists praised Michelle Obama for her Democratic National Convention speech, with some saying the remarks "embodied everything that is great about America." New Jersey Sen. Cory Booke ... (cnnWashington (CNN)Politicians across party lines,)

Labor Department finds Capitol Hill cafeteria workers illegally denied more than $1M in wages

7 hrs ago - News Release US Labor Department investigation finds Capitol Hill cafeteria workers illegally denied more than $1M in wages by federal food service contractors Employers contracted by Architect of the Capitol violated federal prevailing wage law ... (Department of Labor)

Evidence mounts linking DNC email hacker to Russia

7 hrs ago - Emails sent by Guccifer 2.0 to The Hill show evidence that the hacker used Russian-language anonymity software — a language he has claimed he could not read or even recognize. The news comes amid mounting reports linking Guccifer 2.0’s hack of Dem ... (The Hill)

Liberal groups withdraw endorsement of Alan Grayson following domestic violence report

7 hrs ago - Two liberal backers of U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson's Senate campaign withdrew their endorsements Tuesday. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America both cut ties with the Orlando Democrat, citing a Politico report claiming Grays ... (The Miami Herald)

The creator of the viral pro-Trump act ‘USA Freedom Kids’ now plans to sue the campaign

7 hrs ago - That infectious performance kicked off a flurry of media appearances. The Freedom Kids told "Inside Edition" that Trump told them that he planned to listen to their CD all night. The group, which had been around for about 2˝ years by that point, was ... (Washington Post)

Texas attorney general took gift while investigating company

7 hrs ago - Texas attorney general took gift while investigating company PAUL J. WEBER The Associated Press 1:09 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016 | Filed in: State AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is under indictment on felony charges of dup ... (Austin American-Statesman and Associated Press)

Trump Testifies He Planned Infamous Mexican ‘Rapists’ Speech In Advance

8 hrs ago - Donald Trump testified in a deposition last month that he'd planned in advance to focus his infamous campaign announcement speech on criticizing Mexican immigrants, whom he called “criminals” and “rapists.” That comment sparked a year of non-stop med ... (Talking Points Memo)

RNC Brings Omarosa To Philly To Respond To Clinton On Foreign Policy

8 hrs ago - By CAITLIN MACNEAL Published JULY 26, 2016, 2:14 PM EDT For their counter-programming for the Democratic convention, Republicans brought in Omarosa Manigault, a former contestant on the first season of Donald Trump's television show "The Apprentice, ... (Talking Points Memo)

Donald Trump gripes about hotel hot air, says he might not pay bill

8 hrs ago - Donald Trump is complaining about hot air at a Virginia hotel, and the hotel is pushing back. Onstage, Trump, owner of luxury hotels, interrupted his remarks about free trade to berate the hotel about its air conditioning system. "I don't know what ... (CNBC)

Why Experts Are Sure Russia Hacked the DNC Emails

8 hrs ago - Many U.S. officials and cyber security experts in and out of government are convinced that state-sponsored Russian hackers are the ones who stole 20,000 emails from the Democratic National Committee and leaked them to the public just in time to disru ... (NBC News)

Indiana GOP taps lieutenant governor to replace Pence

9 hrs ago - Indiana Republicans on Tuesday chose Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb as their nominee to replace Gov. Mike Pence, who dropped his reelection bid after being named GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s running mate earlier this month. The 22 members of the ... (The Hill)

U.S. fishermen promise to fight bill to end sale of shark fins

9 hrs ago - American fishermen are digging in for a fight over a congressional proposal to send a message to the rest of the world by shutting down the vestiges of the U.S. harvest of shark fins, prized for soup and traditional medicine in Asia. The traditional ... (Portland Press Herald)

Vermont Delegation - but Not Sanders Personally - to Nominate Clinton

9 hrs ago - Sources close to Bernie Sanders say there is no plan for him to personally nominate Hillary Clinton tonight. The expectation, as it stands now, is that the state of Vermont wishes to go last in the Roll Call of States. At that point, after all the ... (NBC News)

Dogs rescued from boiling hot tar roof in Newark

10 hrs ago - As a heatwave continues to lash the tristate area, helpless animals have been some of the hardest hit. A pit bull and Yorkie were found atop a Newark, N.J., residence Friday, where the 96-degree day had caused the tar roof to boil and stick to their ... (NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)