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Benchmark Politics

Our weekly EV Update - Rolling avg, 60 days, polls only.


Hillary tweeted: Today's #NetNeutrality decision is a big win

Hillary Clinton Verified account

Today's #NetNeutrality decision is a big win for consumers, innovation, and freedom of expression on the internet:

Story at the New York Times


Clinton says she reread @GeorgeHWBush letter to WJC ... and it "moved me to tears."

Jennifer Epstein Verified account

Clinton says she reread @GeorgeHWBush letter to WJC that's gone viral in past few days and it "moved me to tears."


Reid Rips Trump's Response To Orlando: ‘Level Of Hate Is Not Comprehensible’


ByAllegra KirklandPublishedJune 14, 2016, 10:59 AM EDT

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Tuesday called on Republicans to renounce their support for Donald Trump, saying he exploited this weekend's mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando as an excuse to foment hatred towards immigrants and Muslim Americans.

“Donald Trump proved that he is a terrible leader, as he is a terrible businessman,” Reid said in an address from the Senate floor. “Trump proved he is not the person to lead our nation through difficult times, or in fact any time. Trump failed the most important of tests for a presidential candidate: How to respond in a crisis when our citizens are under attack.”

In a speech Monday laying out his response to the Orlando shooting, Trump reiterated his call for a ban on Muslim immigrants and charged that “political correctness” was crippling the US response to potential terrorist attacks. The presumptive GOP nominee also suggested that President Barack Obama may be cooperating with jihadi extremists, telling Fox News, “There’s something going on.” In the same Fox interview, Trump alleged that American Muslims are aware of potential terrorists in their communities but are either afraid or unwilling to come forward.

“How do you look your son or daughter in the eye and explain that a man running for president is telling your classmates to be suspicious of you, to doubt your loyalty to this country based upon your religion?” Reid asked. “Solely on your religion, purely on your religion. You can't explain it. I can't explain it. It's not possible to explain.”

Continued at TPM

Donald Trump’s Exploitation of Orlando | The New Yorker - David Remnick

Much as he has done throughout his primary campaign, Donald Trump responded with ugly, untrue comments to news of the attack at a gay night club in Orlando.

By David Remnick , June 12, 2016

In the rhetoric of Donald Trump, mendacity and cynicism compete for equal time. It is hard to say which prevailed today as the Republican Party standard-bearer, a man who pretends to the most powerful political office in the land, tweeted this at his followers: “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism.”

This came in the wake of the most horrific mass shooting in the history of the United States—a slaughter of fifty men and women in an L.G.B.T. night club called Pulse, in Orlando, early Sunday morning. Trump allowed that he didn’t want “congrats” so much as he wanted “toughness & vigilance.” Just as profoundly, he announced, “We must be smart!”

Trump also told his followers—and hence the world—that President Obama should “immediately resign in disgrace” for failing to “mention the words radical Islam” in his remarks on the shooting. And, he suggested, Hillary Clinton might want to get out of the Presidential race for making the same sin of omission in her statement.

With every month, it has become clearer that Trump is a makeshift politician, whose rancid wit resides in his willingness to say whatever it takes to arouse the fears of a political base. He might have started his campaign with the idea of winning some votes and publicity, increasing his profile as a marketing whiz, and then dropping out. Good for business! But now that he has stunned the political world—and, likely, himself—he has shown little inclination (or, perhaps, capacity) to grow into his role, to modify his language, be it for the sake of the Republican establishment or of simple decency. He’ll have none of that. Whatever inflates his sense of self and prods the anxieties of the country—that’s what works for him.

Continued at The New Yorker

Trump University Informercial

More briefings: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/briefing/

Romney loyalists ponder a future with Trump

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures during a rally in Richmond, Va., Friday, June 10, 2016. (Steve Helber/Associated Press)

By Julie Bykowicz | AP June 11 at 1:07 PM

PARK CITY, Utah — Donald Trump can be an effective president, and he’s going to win with you or without you, Republican Chairman Reince Priebus told several hundred of the party’s top donors and strategists Saturday.

Trump is setting a dangerous example for Americans by promoting “trickle-down racism,” and the party must look beyond this presidential election to find its future, the 2012 nominee Mitt Romney told the same group later that morning.

Delivered within moments of each other at Romney’s annual business and politics summit at a five-star ski resort, those opposite messages were enough to cause whiplash. That’s a hazard of being a Republican this year, as the party struggles to figure out what to do with its controversial presumptive presidential nominee.

Blinking back tears as he spoke, an impassioned Romney said many have asked him to get off his “high horse” and back Trump, seeing presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton as unacceptable. “Either choice is destructive,” Romney said. “I love this country. I love the founders. I love what this country is built upon, and its values. And seeing this is breaking my heart.”

schadenfreude continued at the Wash Post

Priorities USA: Trumpthumping

Six times as many Sanders supporters would shift to Clinton over Trump – poll

Exclusive: SurveyUSA data suggests Sanders voters could help Clinton recapture young people, union members and critical midwest and north-east states

Dan Roberts in Washington and Mona Chalabi in New York

Friday 10 June 2016 11.04 EDT

Nearly six times as many Bernie Sanders supporters are prepared to shift their support to Hillary Clinton than vote for Donald Trump in November, according to an exclusive new poll which suggests Democrats are in a strong position to convert energy from their passionate primary contest into general election success.

However, the research, conducted by SurveyUSA for the Guardian, also shows that if Sanders were to find a way of staying in the presidential race, it could hand the White House to Trump, who would beat Clinton by three percentage points in that scenario.

Carried out the day after the California primary, the polling news comes amid residual pressure from some Sanders supporters for him to continue his struggle – either as an independent or perhaps by replacing Jill Stein, the Green party candidate, on that party’s ticket.

But the survey of 1,408 registered voters reveals limited appetite for this option, which would split the progressive vote. Presented with a four-way choice of Trump, Clinton, Sanders and libertarian Gary Johnson, 35% would vote for the presumptive Republican nominee, versus 32% for Clinton, 18% for Sanders and 4% for Johnson.

Continued at the Guardian

Some Al Franken memories

Anyone else read Lies and the Lying Liars That Tell Them? I never read a book so fast, couldn't put it down. It came out shortly after the stolen election of 2000.

The story of Supply Side Jesus:

Franken's feud with Bill O'Reilly

On Dick Cheney shooting his friend in the face:

Who else thinks he *might* be a good VP pick to help take on the Trumpster?
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