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Since 1995, a year after I was forced into a very early retirement due to Multiple Sclerosis, I have owned and operated a daily newsgathering service out of my home, for a clientele comprised of TV newscasters, Op-Ed columnists, book authors, a national wire-service and some online publications. I post many of the news articles I gather, here on DU. I also post news articles and Op-Eds written/reported/authored by my list of subscribers/clientele.

Journal Archives

New polling tells GOP what it doesn’t want to hear - By Steve Benen

It’s certainly possible that, one day soon, the Donald Trump balloon will burst and the race for the Republican nomination will return to something resembling normalcy.

But today is not that day. Public Policy Polling released new survey results this morning out of New Hampshire, the nation’s first primary state.

1. Donald Trump: 35%
2. John Kasich: 11%
3. Carly Fiorina: 10%
4. Jeb Bush: 7%
4. Scott Walker: 7%
6. Ben Carson: 6%


Also this morning, a new Monmouth poll is out, showing the Republicans’ standing in South Carolina, the nation’s second primary state. Maybe it will offer better news for the GOP establishment waiting for Trump Mania to end? Maybe not.

1. Donald Trump: 30%
2. Ben Carson: 15%
3. Jeb Bush: 9%
4. Marco Rubio: 6%
4. Carly Fiorina: 6%
6. Ted Cruz: 5%


What’s especially striking about Trump’s support is how broad it is: he leads among South Carolina Republicans who describe themselves as “very conservative,” “somewhat conservative,” and “moderate to liberal.” Despite his general secularism, the New York real-estate developer also leads among evangelical Christians, picking up 33% of their support.

As we discussed yesterday, this isn’t supposed to last, and it may not. But at least for now, there are a whole lot of Republican insiders feeling awfully nervous about the state of the GOP race.


Will Trump Rebrand GOP As White Nationalist Party?


Is Donald Trump a 'populist', the candidate of resentment and privilege or simply the final embodiment of the Crazy, the Crazy made flesh and coming amongst us, the Jesus who was foretold by Michele Bachmann's John the Baptist. One of the great injuries Trump has already done to America and our collective dignity is that we are now forced to take him seriously in terms of understanding what he represents in political terms since he's not going anywhere and only appears to be gaining strength.

Much of what has driven the GOP in the Obama era has been anxiety and resentment about losing out to rising forces in the American political-economy and culture - the decreasing white share of the national electorate (embodied by but also partly connected to Barack Obama's election), changing social and cultural mores (support for LGBT rights) driven by Americans under the age of 35, a renascent and assertive women's movement and the increasing defensiveness or even paranoia of organized wealth.

Trump brings all these together with better messaging and fewer apologies - which is the core of his political potency and why his electoral strength seems to cross many common ideological divisions. In Trump world there are winners and losers. And right now you're a loser. And you should be ashamed of being a loser when Mexico and China and the illegal immigrants are winners. But Trump will show you how to be a winner again because he's a winner. He'll help you get back what's yours - which is basically the textbook definition of the politics of resentment.

Most interesting to me is how Trump appears to be making a bid to rebrand the GOP as a white nationalist party, just with better marketing and better hair. Trump's response to that anti-immigrant hate crime in Boston remains very telling and has not received enough attention. Today we see a similar response from his campaign manager to people chanting 'white power' at his big speech in Alabama. Said Corey Lewandowski: "I don't know about the individual you're talking about in Alabama. I know there were 30-plus thousand people in that stadium. They were very receptive to the message of 'making America great again' because they want to be proud to be Americans again."


Lindsey Graham: If Trump Is Nominee, 'That's The End Of The Republican Party'

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC) said during an interview with CNN on Tuesday that if real estate mogul Donald Trump wins the party's nomination, it will be the end of the GOP.

"If Donald Trump is the nominee, that’s the end of the Republican Party," Graham said.

Graham was defending his dismal numbers in his home state of South Carolina, where the latest poll showed him earning 4 percent of likely Republican primary voters to Trump's 30 percent. Graham continued his attack, criticizing Trump's lack of military and foreign policy experience.

"He's shallow. He’s ill-prepared to be commander in chief," the retired Air Force colonel told CNN. "He's a complete idiot when it comes to Mideast policy." Graham said "common sense" will win out, but until then, "Our soldiers deserve better."

Graham said that Trump's views on immigrants and women do not reflect the modern Republican party.



Trump: I 'Totally Disagree' With Fox Boss, Megyn Kelly Is Not 'Quality Journalist'

Donald Trump said Tuesday that he "totally disagrees" with Fox News boss Roger Ailes calling on the billionaire to apologize for his attacks on host Megyn Kelly.

In a statement provided to Politico, Trump declined to apologize, and said he does not think Kelly is a "quality journalist."

"I think her questioning of me, despite all of the polls saying I won the debate, was very unfair," Trump said in the statement. "Hopefully in the future I will be proven wrong and she will be able to elevate her standards to a level of professionalism that a network such as FOX deserves."

Read the full statement over at Politico.



Graham: Trump Appeals To 'Dark Side' Of GOP That Thinks Obama Is Muslim

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC) said in an interview with CNN on Tuesday that fellow candidate Donald Trump has tapped into the "dark side" of the GOP.

Graham was explaining how his rival has managed to dominate the Republican presidential race, polling as high as 35 percent depending on the survey. Graham said the support still represented a minority of the GOP.

“Twenty-five percent of our party that probably thinks Obama was born in Kenya or wants to believe that. There’s 25 percent of our party wants him to be a Muslim because they hate him so much," Graham said. "So, there’s a dark side of politics that Mr. Trump is appealing to."

Graham initially used the interview to defend his dismal poll numbers in his home state, South Carolina, but pivoted into a more specific attack on the GOP frontrunner. He said a Trump nomination would "kill" the GOP.

"The leader of our party has come up with a deportation plan that is Joseph McCarthy-like and he is saying things about Megyn Kelly and other women that are digging a big hole. And the chairman of our party said Trump was a net positive. Let me tell you, I think he's hurting our party."


Trump Soars To New High In New Hampshire Poll, Walker Tanks

Source: TPM

The latest poll from New Hampshire showed real estate mogul Donald Trump leading the Republican presidential field with more than three times the support of his closest competitor. The Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling found Trump in his strongest position thus far with 35 percent support among usual Republican primary voters.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich polled second at 11 percent and former technology executive Carly Fiorina polled at 10 percent. No other candidates reached double digits.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's support dropped dramatically. Walker lead the PPP poll in April at 24 percent. In the latest survey, Walker was tied with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 7 percent.

The poll was conducted among 436 usual Republican primary voters from August 21 through 24 via landline, except for the 20 percent who completed the poll online. The margin of error among Republicans was plus or minus 4.7 percent.


Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/polltracker/ppp-nh-august-trump-walker

State Parties Trying To Make It Harder For Trump To Get On GOP Primary Ballot

As Donald Trump continues to garner attention and traction in the polls, two state Republican parties are trying to place obstacles in the real estate mogul's path to the Republican nomination.

The Republican parties in Virginia and North Carolina are both considering forcing candidates to sign a pledge that they will not run as an independent in order to qualify for the GOP primary ballot, according to Politico. The move could either keep Trump off of the ballot or keep him from launching an independent bid if he loses the Republican nomination.

Virginia GOP Chairman John Whitbeck told Politico that the pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee "isn’t about any single candidate." He said that the party is considering numerous new rules. "It happens to be one of the things that we are discussing for the 2016 primary," he said.

Republican officials in North Carolina have been consulting lawyers as to how to implement the new rule, according to Politico. Both parties will have to submit final rules to the Republican National Committee by Oct. 1.



Obama: Harry Reid And I Are Teaming Up To Take On 'The Crazies'

Source: TPM

President Obama said on Monday night at an event near Las Vegas that he feels refreshed after his vacation and is ready to "deal with the crazies" with the help of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

Obama paid tribute to Reid in the senator's home state following a vacation in Martha's Vineyard. He said he was "a little feisty" after his break.

"It’s hard for me to express how much I love Harry Reid but it’s easier to do it in a room of people who love Harry Reid," Obama said, according to a pool report. "Harry and I drove over here together and we were doing a little reminiscing, and then figuring out how we’re going to deal with the crazies in terms of managing some problems. And then we talked about riding off into the sunset together."

Reid announced his support for Obama's nuclear deal with Iran on Sunday. Reid's support makes it difficult for Congress to pass a veto of the deal.


Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/obama-harry-reid-the-crazies

The empire strikes back: Dick Cheney, Benjamin Netanyahu and the rebirth of neoconservatism

First they marched us into Baghdad. Now they're doing everything in their power to engineer a new war with Iran


“We’re going to push and push until some larger force makes us stop.”

David Addington, the legal adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney, made that declaration to Jack Goldsmith of the Office of Legal Counsel in the months after September 11, 2001. Goldsmith would later recall that Cheney and Addington were the first people he had ever met of a certain kind: “Cheney is not subtle, and he has never hidden the ball. The amazing thing is that he does what he says. Relentlessness is a quality I saw in him and Addington that I never saw before in my life.”

Goldsmith did not consider himself an adversary of Cheney and Addington. He probably shared many of their political views. What shocked him was their confidence in a set of secret laws and violent policies that could destroy innocent lives and warp the Constitution. The neoconservatives — the opinion-makers and legislative pedagogues who since 2001 have justified the Cheney-Bush policies — fit the same description. They are relentless, they push until they are stopped, and thus far they have never been stopped for long.

The campaign for the Iraq war of 2003, the purest example of their handiwork, began with a strategy memorandum in 1996, so it is fair to say that they have been pitching to break up the Middle East for a full two decades. But fortune played them a nasty trick with the signing of the nuclear agreement between the P5+1 powers and Iran. War and the prospect of war have been the source of their undeniable importance. If the Iran nuclear deal attains legitimacy, much of their power will slip through their fingers. The imperialist idealism that drives their ventures from day to day will be cheated of the enemy it cannot live without.

Iran might then become just one more unlucky country — authoritarian and cruelly oppressive but an object of persuasion and not the focus of a never-ending threat of force. The neoconservatives are enraged and their response has been feverish: if they were an individual, you would say that he was a danger to himself and others. They still get plenty of attention and airtime, but the main difference between 2003 and 2015 is the absence of a president who obeys them — something that has only served to sharpen their anger.


Bernie Sanders is wrong about the Koch brothers: They’re even more dangerous than he thinks

Sanders says his campaign is about a "political revolution." If so, he'll have to take his enemies more seriously


Bear with me for a second, because this is going to sound like a #Slatepitch or a hot take at first, I know. But after catching up on the latest from U.S. senator and presidential aspirant Bernie Sanders, who “delighted” a crowd of roughly 3,000 South Carolinians at a campaign rally this weekend, according to the Associated Press, I feel compelled to register a mild criticism. And it’s probably one of the last you’d expect to be leveled against this longtime, unapologetic democratic socialist.

Here it is: I think Sanders is going way too easy on Charles and David Koch.

Granted, that probably sounds ridiculous. After all, it was only a few days ago that Sanders was calling out the 1 percent, telling the folks in South Carolina that “a handful of very, very wealthy people have extraordinary power over our economy and our political life and the media.” He even bothered to single out the Kochs for special opprobrium. “For the life of me,” he confessed, “I will never understand how a family like the Koch brothers, worth $85 billion, apparently think that’s not enough money.”

Like their fellow plutocrats, Sanders said, the Kochs “are very, very powerful.” What makes them different from the rest, though, according to Sanders, is the fact that the Kochs are “extremely greedy,” too. Sanders didn’t come out and say it, of course, but the implication was quite clear: As far as the senator from Vermont was concerned, what motivated the billionaire Koch brothers to spend untold millions on turning America into a Randian paradise was greed, one of humanity’s most mundane and timeless vices.

Oh, if only it were so simple. If only the pseudo third-party the Kochs have constructed were designed for no higher purpose than its owners’ enrichment. Because if that were true, defeating the Kochs — and their mammoth, unwieldy so-called Kochtopus — wouldn’t be so difficult. The venal are easily coopted; and while many a popular movement has been manipulated for the wealthy, few if any have admitted it. (Stripped of any idealistic veneer, the allure of such a cause is rather weak.)