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August 21, 2016

Another high school friend speaks out, portraying Hillary as a "force of nature."

There have been a number of interviews with students who knew Hillary in high school. This is another very positive interview to add to the list.


Thursday afternoon, Masoncup, now 70 and living in Geneva, recalled that summer decades ago and his memories of attending junior high and high school with Clinton, who was born in Chicago and grew up in Park Ridge. He described her as a "force of nature," someone who seemed to be more mature and more focused than an average high school student.


Masoncup and Clinton first met in junior high, though they went to different schools. They then spent three years at Maine East High School before Maine South opened in 1964, in time for their senior year. Masoncup and Clinton weren't in the same inner circle, but their social groups overlapped.


"She easily expressed herself as far as issues having to do with the school and the student body, and she was very friendly," Masoncup remembered. "She was a great kid to be around. She was funny, enjoyed herself. But also, she was serious."


Now, he said, he is shocked that one of his classmates could be subjected to such a level of vitriol as Clinton, he said. He admires the way she sticks it out.
"I think it's amazing in that she takes such a verbal beating," he said. "And I watch it and go, 'that's not who I know.' The way they've portrayed her is nothing like what I know."

August 21, 2016

In earlier press releases, did Trump overstate his July receipts by about $12 million?

Both Hillary and Trump announced their July fundraising a couple weeks ago, but the official FEC report wasn’t due till August 20.

And the official report shows that Trump, the RNC and super pacs took in about $68.3 million in July – not the $80 million his campaign previously reported to the media.



The Democratic National Committee, Clinton and the super PAC backing Clinton, Priorities USA, raised a total of $94.5 million last month.

In comparison, the Republican National Committee, Trump and two super PACs backing Trump, brought in just two-thirds of the Democrats' total: $68.3 million in July.



Both campaigns announced initial fundraising numbers earlier this month. Clinton's campaign said it raised nearly $90 million in joint efforts with the Democratic National Committee, with about $63 million going to the campaign. It said it had $58 million on hand at the start of August.

The Trump campaign said it and the Republican Party took in about $80 million, but it was unclear how much of that went to the Trump campaign itself. It said it had about $37 million on hand at the end of July.
August 21, 2016

Hillary Clinton and Allies Outpace Team Trump in Fundraising

Source: NBC News

The Republican presidential candidate raised $36.6 million in July, according to newly released filings to the Federal Election Committee. But that is $16 million less than his Democratic challenger for the month.

When fundraising by national parties and the super PACs backing the respective candidates are added to the total, team Clinton far outpaces team Trump.

The Democratic National Committee, Clinton and the super PAC backing Clinton, Priorities USA, raised a total of $94.5 million last month.

In comparison, the Republican National Committee, Trump and two super PACs backing Trump, brought in just two-thirds of the Democrats' total: $68.3 million in July.

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/hillary-clinton-allies-outpace-team-trump-fundraising-n635346

Isn't this $68.3 Trump total quite a bit less than he was claiming earlier in the month?
August 21, 2016

Trump's CEO Bannon called Republican leadership "c**ts."

Showing how much he despises GOP leadership AND women.

I wonder who gave the Daily Beast access to these emails?


Stephen Bannon, the Trump campaign’s new chief executive as of Wednesday, used the phrase two years ago in emails with Breitbart reporter Matt Boyle. Bannon ran Breitbart at the time, and the two schemed about how to get activists to “turn on the hate” as part of a plan to “burn this bitch down.” The emails, obtained by The Daily Beast, are just another reminder that the Trump campaign’s new management is unlikely to play nice with party leaders.

The exchange took place on Dec. 16, 2014. In it, Bannon flagged a Roll Call story about a private meeting Rep. Jason Chaffetz held for about a dozen Capitol Hill reporters. Chaffetz was about to become chairman of the powerful Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and the meeting previewed his plans for the committee.


Bannon pushed for a more scorched-earth approach.

“Leadership are all cunts,” he wrote. “We should just go buck wild.”

Then he wrote, “Let the grassroots turn on the hate because that’s the ONLY thing that will make them do their duty.”

August 21, 2016

Clinton’s allied super PAC laps pro-Trump groups in the money race

Source: Washington Post

Democratic billionaires are helping Hillary Clinton’s outside allies sustain a massive cash advantage over an array of super PACs backing Donald Trump, which are still struggling to match the financial arsenal on the left. . . .

The scenario is a dramatic flip from 2012, when Priorities initially struggled to persuade rich Democrats to support its efforts to reelect President Obama, while a super PAC supporting GOP nominee Mitt Romney vacuumed up cash.

Other Democratic super PACs are also benefiting from the largesse from liberal donors and labor unions this year. Sussman gave another $1 million in July to House Majority PAC, which works to elect Democratic congressional candidates, bringing his total contributions to that group to $3 million.

“In every election, politicians say, ‘This is the most important election of your lifetime.’ But this time, I actually believe that’s true,” he said, adding: “I am a Hillary Clinton fan, and I have been for quite some time. But this is much bigger than that. The House and Senate could be back in the control of Democrats, who will take the steps to do what is needed to put our government back on track.”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/08/20/clintons-allied-super-pac-laps-pro-trump-groups-in-the-money-race/

Priorities USA, the main super pac supporting Hillary, began August with almost $39 million in the bank.
August 21, 2016

Clinton campaign had $58 million war chest at the start of August

Source: CNBC

Hillary Clinton's campaign boosted its fundraising in July, building up its war chest even as it spent more money than the previous month, according to Federal Election Commission data released Saturday.

The committee for the Democratic presidential nominee ended the month with $58.5 million on hand, up from $44.4 million at the end of June. A report with the FEC showed "total receipts" of $52.3 million in July, up from $36.4 million in June.

In a separate statement, the Clinton campaign said it saw $62.3 million in total contributions for the month.

Clinton's campaign reported $38.2 million in disbursements for July, up from $34.5 million in June. For perspective, in July 2012, Mitt Romney's campaign reported $32.7 million in disbursements. President Barack Obama's committee said it spent $58.9 million.

Read more: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/20/clinton-campaign-had-58-million-war-chest-at-the-start-of-august.html

The $58 million doesn't include money raised by super pacs.

Can anyone find information about the FEC report that Trump would have filed today? I looked but couldn't find it.It would be interesting to see how much he actually raised and where it's going (not much to field offices or to TV ads, compared to Hillary).
August 20, 2016

Mayor Levine of Miami Beach says FL Governor is "playing politics" with Zika.

He says the Governor has been deliberately withholding information from Miami officials about Zika, information that didn't come out till the press conference today.

(Just seen on MSNBC interview with Joy Reid.)

August 20, 2016

Poll: Clinton Maintains Big Lead as Voters Doubt Trump's Temperament

Source: NBC News

Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 9 points — 50 percent to 41 percent — in the latest NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll.

The numbers were virtually unchanged since last week's poll. Generally low favorability and negative attitudes among voters plague both candidates, however, as they make appeals to voters in key swing states in the weeks ahead.
A majority of voters continue to hold unfavorable impressions of both current nominees; Clinton's negative feelings were held by slightly less voters (59 percent) than Trump (64 percent). These results are according to the latest from the NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll conducted online from August 8 through August 14, 2016 among registered voters.

Clinton continues her lead over the field in a four-way general election match-up with 43 percent against Trump (37 percent), Libertarian Gary Johnson (11 percent) and Green party candidate Jill Stein (4 percent).

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/poll-clinton-maintains-big-lead-voters-doubt-trump-s-temperament-n631351

August 20, 2016

My TV news station just had an ad for SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU, the new movie

imagining Michelle Robinson's and Barack Obama's first date.

It's starting here on August 26th. Bet the theaters will be full!

And the first reviews are already out:

August 20, 2016

LATimes: New poll analysis shows wasted summer for Trump, boost for Clinton


The last six weeks have been a time of tumult in the presidential campaign — two conventions and a fistful of controversies, many of them created by Republican nominee Donald Trump himself.

With the campaign moving toward a final general election sprint, Trump finds himself in a dangerous place. He has narrowed his support to a segment of the electorate, and curbed his own momentum, according to an analysis of six weeks of findings in the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Daybreak presidential tracking poll.

Over the same period, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has built support — even among groups previously arrayed against her — into demonstrable advantages.

The poll was first published July 10 and is in its seventh week. The analysis covered the six full weeks, and thus did not chart any impact from Trump’s high-profile speeches this week, or his midweek decision to shake up his campaign’s leadership.


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