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Dallas Morning News: Trump threatens nat'l security w- comments about Russia hacking Clinton's email

Editorial: Trump threatens national security with comments about Russia hacking Hillary Clinton's email


Debating what Clinton should or shouldn't have done with her emails is fair political game. Wishing that a foreign power compromise the United States, even if in jest, jeopardizes national security.


Words have meaning. The world is listening. And what the world is hearing is a man demonstrating that he is unfit to sit in the Oval Office.

Regardless of how Trump says he meant it, a presidential candidate seeming to bless a foreign power and adversary to spy on the United States and a political rival is plainly outrageous. Ronald Reagan rightly took heat for his "we begin bombing in five minutes" joke caught on an open mike as he was preparing to make his weekly Saturday radio address. It was clearly a joke not intended for public consumption. Presidents and would-be presidents must show restraint.

There is an unwritten rule that presidential candidates don't cheer against the United States even if it could damage their political opponent. Coming off a week in which Trump suggested that he would leave NATO countries to go it alone in the event of an attack, Trump's inflammatory remarks Wednesday have him doubling down on pro-Russian and pro-Putin comments.


............The presidency is a post for an adult, not a guy who can't control his mouth.


18 U.S. Code § 794 - Gathering or delivering defense information to aid foreign government

Whoever, with intent or reason to believe that it is to be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of a foreign nation, communicates, delivers, or transmits, or attempts to communicate, deliver, or transmit, to any foreign government, or to any faction or party or military or naval force within a foreign country, whether recognized or unrecognized by the United States, or to any representative, officer, agent, employee, subject, or citizen thereof, either directly or indirectly, any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, note, instrument, appliance, or information relating to the national defense, shall be punished by death or by imprisonment for any term of years or for life, except that the sentence of death shall not be imposed unless the jury or, if there is no jury, the court, further finds that the offense resulted in the identification by a foreign power (as defined in section 101(a) of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978) of an individual acting as an agent of the United States and consequently in the death of that individual, or directly concerned nuclear weaponry, military spacecraft or satellites, early warning systems, or other means of defense or retaliation against large-scale attack; war plans; communications intelligence or cryptographic information; or any other major weapons system or major element of defense strategy.


Here's Trump telling NBC Reporter to "be quiet."

“You said, ‘I welcome them to find those 30,000 emails,’” Tur said.

“They probably have them. I’d like to have them released,” Trump replied.

“Does that not give you pause?” a visibly surprised Tur pressed.

Trump eventually snapped at the reporter when she interjected during his “crooked Hillary Clinton” response.

Be quiet,” he shot back. “I know you want to, you know, save her.”


Contrast that entire Trump presser to this statement just in from Pence


Don't be upset that the First Lady told you the White House was built by slaves.

Be upset your textbook didn't.


REPORT: Kremlin Paid “Army Of Internet Trolls” To Pose As Pro-Trump Americans On Social Media

REPORT: Kremlin Paid “Army Of Internet Trolls” To Pose As Pro-Trump Americans On Social Media
July 27, 2016 2016 Election, News, Politics

Business Insider reports:

Russia’s troll factories were, at one point, likely being paid by the Kremlin to spread pro-Trump propaganda on social media.

That is what freelance journalist Adrian Chen, now a staff writer at The New Yorker, discovered as he was researching Russia’s “army of well-paid trolls” for an explosive New York Times Magazine exposé published in June 2015.

“A very interesting thing happened,” Chen told Longform’s Max Linsky in a podcast in December.

“I created this list of Russian trolls when I was researching. And I check on it once in a while, still. And a lot of them have turned into conservative accounts, like fake conservatives. I don’t know what’s going on, but they’re all tweeting about Donald Trump and stuff,” he said.

In his research from St. Petersburg, Chen discovered that Russian internet trolls — paid by the Kremlin to spread false information on the internet — have been behind a number of “highly coordinated campaigns” to deceive the American public.

It’s a brand of information warfare, known as “dezinformatsiya,” that has been used by the Russians since at least the Cold War. The disinformation campaigns are only one “active measure” tool used by Russian intelligence to “sow discord among,” and within, allies perceived hostile to Russia.



102 Year Old Arizona Hon. Delegate Jerry Emmett Casts Votes For Hillary Rodham Clinton

"I'm Ruben Gallego from Arizona, the beautiful state, the natural state. We're proud to say that we're the home state of Cesar Chavez, home state of many native tribes, home state of electing some of the first women leaders in this country," Gallego said. "I am proud to be joined here by Jerry Emmett, age 102. Madame Secretary, Arizona casts 34 votes for Senator Sanders."

"And 51 votes for the next president of the United States of America, Hillary Rodham Clinton," an impassioned Emmett said to cheers.

“I cried! I never cry,” she said immediately after participating in the roll call.

Emmett was born in 1914, before women could vote, and recalled her mother gathering her children as she cast her first vote decades ago. “We all walked out in the middle of the street and cheered, like they’re cheering here — because my mother was going to get to have a say! That was something!"


Biden: World Leaders Ask Me For Assurance That Trump Won’t Be Prez

Vice President Joe Biden claimed Wednesday that Donald Trump’s ignorance of foreign policy has prompted world leaders to assure him that he won’t really assume the presidency.

“Every place I go, whether I'm reaching across the table to try to solve a problem with Xi, the president of China, or I'm down in New Zealand with the prime minister, they go, ‘Tell me, Trump—that can't happen, can it?” Biden said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I'm not joking.”


“The thing that bothers me is I don't see any attempt for him to go out and get people who really know on the Republican side,” Biden said, pointing to Trump’s recent remarks that he would consider defying Article 5 of NATO by declining to provide military aid to U.S. allies.

The Vice President said he didn’t “buy” charges that Trump was a friend to Russian President Vladimir Putin, but said that any presidential candidate should be aware of “what Article 5 is.”

“I know he's trying to be tough but he's going to go out and carpet bomb,” Biden said, referring to comments Trump made in primary debates about bombing “the hell” out of ISIS. “You want to make friends and influence people in the Middle East, you're going to go carpet bomb innocent people and bad people at the same time? That's going to help us fight against ISIS? The things he says make absolutely no sense.”


Here’s more on how Trump got $150,000 in 9/11 funds intended for small businesses.

Donald Trump made a pretty penny off a program to help small businesses hurt by 9/11, one of many times where The Donald took advantage of government programs to save or make money off the taxpayer.

The self-proclaimed billionaire, who has so far refused to release his tax returns, was one of many wealthy individuals and businesses who used a loophole in a program intended to help smaller companies in lower Manhattan recover after the Sept. 11 tragedy.

Trump got $150,000 for his swanky property at 40 Wall Street because the Empire State Development Corporation, run by the state, didn't enforce federal guidelines on what defines a small business. Instead, the state used much looser rules that let The Donald and others including Morgan Stanley and Bank of China take money that was earmarked by Congress to help small business owners in the neighborhood recover after the tragic attacks, a 2006 Daily News expose found.

Locals say Trump, who used the bravery of 9/11 responders to counter-punch when Ted Cruz maligned his "New York values" during the Republican primary, didn't live up to the term.

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