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Report: Newsweek Attacked by Hackers After Negative Donald Trump Story

Source: Mediaite

by Alex Griswold | 11:03 am, September 30th, 2016

Newsweek reporter Kurt Eichenwald tweeted Friday that a negative story about Donald Trump was temporarily down Thursday night after the paper’s website was attacked by hackers.

Eichenwald reported Thursday that a company controlled by Trump took steps to invest in Cuba in the 1990’s and took business trips to Havana, a violation of the U.S. embargo. But late Thursday, Newsweek‘s website went down entirely.

At first, Eichenwald announced that that website went down because of high traffic. But half an hour later, he said the site was attacked by “hackers.”

Last night, @Newsweek crashed from flood of ppl trying 2 read story about Trump breaking Cuban embargo. It’s back. https://t.co/BLWD7ga1BZ

— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) September 30, 2016

News: The reason ppl couldnt read #TrumpInCuba piece late yesterday is that hackers launched a major attack on Newsweek after it was posted.

— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) September 30, 2016

Read more: http://www.mediaite.com/online/report-newsweek-attacked-by-hackers-after-negative-donald-trump-story/

Penn. Mayor Under Fire For Posting Lynching, Monkey Memes About Obama

The mayor of a small central Pennsylvania town remains unapologetic after coming under fire for posting racist memes on his Facebook page, one of which calls for the lynching of President Barack Obama.

West York Mayor Charles Wasko told the Associated Press on Thursday that he was the victim of a “witch hunt” after several local council members asked for his resignation over the offensive posts.

One features a still of Clint Eastwood holding a noose, from the film “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,” with a caption reading, “Barry, this rope is for you. You wanna bring that empty chair over here!”

Another shows a wheelbarrow full of orangutans with the caption, “Aww…moving day at the Whitehouse has finally arrived. “Kenya or bust” is inscribed on the side of the wheelbarrow. A third, of a grinning chimpanzee, is labeled “Moochelles baby photo,” in an apparent reference to the first lady.



Before Duterte was the Philippines’ president, he was ‘the Death Squad mayor’

By Emily Rauhala September 28

DAVAO, Philippines — People here love to tell stories about the man they call “our mayor.”

One time, when a tourist ignored no-smoking rules, our mayor stormed a restaurant with a revolver and forced him to eat the cigarette butt. Our mayor patrolled the streets on his motorcycle. Our mayor saved us from thugs.

The mayor they speak of is Rodrigo Duterte, who ran this coastal city on the island of Mindanao, in the southern Philippines, for more than two decades before he was elected president this spring.

Since taking power in Manila, Duterte has made international headlines for all the wrong reasons. His call to “kill all” the country’s criminals has unleashed an extraordinary wave of violence, with police fatally shooting more than a thousand suspects and plainclothes assassins dumping an even greater number of bodies on the streets.



Donald Trump’s foundation of fakery - by the Editorial Board of the Washington Poat

By Editorial Board September 29 at 7:16 PM

HOW DID a portrait of Donald Trump — purchased by Mr. Trump’s charitable foundation — end up being displayed at one of Mr. Trump’s golf resorts, and was that a legitimate use of philanthropic funds? An adviser to the Republican presidential nominee has offered an explanation that, as one tax expert aptly observed, would make even an IRS auditor laugh. Mr. Trump, it turns out, was doing his foundation a favor by “storing” the $10,000 picture on the wall of the Florida resort’s bar.

Laughable, yes. But there is nothing funny about the sleazy ways Mr. Trump has abused and exploited the very notion of charity, and possibly federal tax laws in the process.

Mr. Trump’s namesake foundation has come under increasing scrutiny, due largely to the investigative work of The Post’s David A. Fahrenthold. The Post discovered that Mr. Trump, despite claims of giving away millions of dollars of his own money, has not donated to the foundation since 2008, and that the foundation appears to have violated laws against “self-dealing,” which prohibit nonprofit leaders from using charity money to benefit themselves. In addition to the purchase of the $10,000 portrait (and another painting of Mr. Trump for $20,000 whose current whereabouts are unknown), it appears that $258,000 in foundation funds were used to settle lawsuits involving Mr. Trump’s business ventures. Not to be overlooked is Mr. Trump’s payment to the IRS of a $2,500 penalty after it was revealed the foundation had violated tax laws by giving a political contribution to a campaign group connected to Florida’s attorney general.

The latest revelations center on the foundation receiving money from companies that owed money to Mr. Trump or one of his businesses but that were instructed instead to make donations to the foundation. Mr. Fahrenthold detailed cases involving $2.3 million that raise questions about whether the money should have been taxed as income and whether that income was properly reported.



Donald Trump’s flip-flop on Angela Merkel is mind-boggling

By Aaron Blake September 29 at 10:27 PM

Forty-six days ago, Donald Trump reached beyond America's borders for a bogeywoman to compare Hillary Clinton to: German Chancellor Angela Merkel.


It wasn't his first attack on either. Clinton may be the main target in Trump's stump speeches, but Merkel has been an occasional guest star for months, with the Republican nominee charging that she's caused crime in Germany to rise to unbelievable levels and created a "catastrophe" for her country. But in an interview airing Thursday night, Trump pulled perhaps the biggest about-face of his campaign: Merkel, he said, was a world leader he admired.

Asked by New England Cable News about a world leader he wanted to "emulate", here's what Trump said: “Well, I think Merkel is a really great world leader, but I was very disappointed ... with the whole thing on immigration. I think it’s a big problem. I was always a Merkel person. But I think she made a very tragic mistake a year and a half ago."

It's almost like Trump was asked about a world leader he really liked, and Merkel was the first to come to mind — and then he immediately thought better of it.



Is Ohio No Longer a Battleground?

“After decades as one of America’s most reliable political bellwethers, an inevitable presidential battleground that closely mirrored the mood and makeup of the country, Ohio is suddenly fading in importance this year,” the New York Times reports.

“Hillary Clinton has not been to the state since Labor Day, and her campaign has yet to schedule a return visit, effectively acknowledging that Donald Trump will be hard to beat here. Ohio has failed to keep up with the demographic changes transforming the United States, growing older, whiter and less educated than the nation at large.”



Stein trolls Johnson on world leaders gaffe, also fails to name world leaders

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein tried to capitalize on Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson flubbing a question on world leaders by listing three figures she liked. But none of the ones she listed are leaders of their respective countries.

A day after Johnson was unable to name a world leader he admired when asked at an MSNBC town, Stein tweeted out a list of her own.

Dr. Jill SteinVerified

Here are a few of my favorite leaders: @ElizabethMay, João Stédile of @MST_Oficial and @jeremycorbyn. #AleppoMoment


7:29 AM - 29 Sep 2016

May, Stédile, and Corbyn, however, aren't technically world leaders, as none holds a top position in their country's government. May is a member of the Canadian House of Commons. Stédile is an economist and member of Brazil's Landless Rural Workers Movement, which he helped found. Corbyn is the leader of the Labour Party in Britain.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/jill-stein-gary-johnson-foreign-leaders-228899#ixzz4LkFo7Ki1

Is Gary Johnson About to Sink in the Polls?

The Lid: “Gary Johnson hasn’t had a great few weeks. First, earlier this month, he helplessly asked an interviewer “What is Aleppo?” Then he failed to make the debate stage, missing a crucial chance to make his case in front of 80+ million viewers. And then last night, he again whiffed on a foreign policy question, stumbling through his inability to name a foreign leader he admires. Today, he doubled down, tweeting that he still can’t think of one. The increasing press coverage of Johnson’s impact on the race may have created the impression that he is gaining ground, but national polls actually show that his position (somewhere in the high single digits/low teens) has been very stable all summer.”

“That’s why the next set of credible national polls — coming this weekend or early next week – will be crucially informative for him, as well as for the other two campaigns from whom he’s siphoning voters. In our latest NBC/WSJ poll, Johnson’s support was at nine percent, but that share nearly doubled among millennials. If Johnson has weathered the last few weeks without taking a hit, it’ll be tough news for Clinton as she continues to try to pull young voters back into their traditional solid spot in the Democratic bloc.”



WSJ Editorial Board Member Backs Clinton

Dorothy Rabinowitz, a member of the Wall Street Journal‘s editorial board, has endorsed Hillary Clinton:

The end of the election is now in sight. Some among the anti-Hillary brigades have decided, in deference to their exquisite sensibilities, to stay at home on Election Day, rather than vote for Mrs. Clinton. But most Americans will soon make their choice. It will be either Mr. Trump or Mrs. Clinton—experienced, forward-looking, indomitably determined and eminently sane. Her election alone is what stands between the American nation and the reign of the most unstable, proudly uninformed, psychologically unfit president ever to enter the White House.



The Right Choice for the Left

U.S. News and World Report
By Robert Schlesinger | Managing Editor
Sept. 30, 2016, at 6:00 a.m.

A couple of weeks ago I got an email from a college friend with whom I had gone back and forth on Bernie versus Hillary during the Democratic primaries (he felt the Bern, I was with her); he remains unsatisfied with Clinton and floated the idea of casting his ballot for Jill Stein. What follows is a revised version of my response, making the case for Hillary over a third-party alternative:


First off, Stein is a vaxxer-symp crank (see also this). But your point is presumably that she's not Hillary. When you wrote in early September you asked if "this Hillary thing" could be any worse; even then I wasn't sure which thing you were referring and the news cycle has since meandered back to Trump. I imagine you were talking about the collection of pseudo-scandals the press focused on then, touching on Clinton Foundation emails and donors and her not immediately telling the world when she got pneumonia. For the most part these "scandals" were overblown – "optics"-driven mountain-making out of what were largely molehills. Pretty much each story had a paragraph saying something like: None of these revelations indicate any illegal activity, but they raise questions about Clinton's reputation for &c. &c. For specific, thorough dissections I commend you to this, this and this.

Hillary Clinton is of course not a perfect candidate for a number of reasons. She's the obverse of the famous Mario Cuomo-ism that we campaign in poetry but govern in prose – poetry's not her thing and it hurts her on the campaign trail. The email server decision was (as she's said) dumb. She is instinctively too secrecy-prone and press-averse; why she went months without talking to the reporters covering her is a mystery because when she does she's pretty good at it, as evidenced by the fact that she's been doing it for some weeks now quite capably.

Your case against her seems to be that she is of the system rather than someone who stands against it. And in one sense you're correct. She's not a revolutionary; she's not a radical; rather than focusing on changing wholesale our politics she has focused on working within the system to accomplish progressive goals. Watching her debate Sanders I was reminded of John F. Kennedy's self-description that he was "an idealist without illusions." The arc of her public career has been to work, yes through the political system, for progressive and liberal goals. You can quibble with whether she's sufficiently progressive or too willing to make trade-offs but the idea that this has all been a clever path to payola is silly. So is looking at the totality of her career and concluding that she's some sort of corporate stalking horse or unreconstructed Goldwater Girl. Is she a Sanders progressive? No. But he's one end of the spectrum, not its entirety. For more detailed cases for Clinton's liberal bona fides see here, here and here. (And for what it's worth, Harry Truman, JFK and Bill Clinton were all seen as insufficiently liberal in some quarters and history adjudges them pretty well.)

Think about it: We're both old enough to remember when Hillary was second only to Ted Kennedy in terms of liberal paragons. The fact that she's now viewed with suspicion among some progressives has as much to do with how our politics have shifted leftward and how the right has relentlessly demonized both Clintons for more than 20 years as it does with corruption or a rightward drift on her part. It's some trick to be seen as the devil by both the activist left and most of the right.


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