Posted by: maboulette | August 23, 2016

Turning Texas Blue Again


I am really very extremely upset today at Donald Trump and it’s not for any of these normal reasons.

It’s not because he is blaming unemployment being so high on all Mexicans.  It’s not because he is blaming all blacks for the high crime rate.  It’s not even that he blames all Muslims for ISIS.

True, Trump still believes that Obama is a Kenyan born secret Muslim and wants to take away everyone’s guns – it’s not even that.

Even though Trump seems to have some deep mental issues and is rude all the time, I am not even upset about that.  Nor the fact that he lies almost every time he opens his mouth.

Let’s face it; Trump is someone who was born with a silver spoon who is really not that smart.  He spent almost his entire life just doing whatever he wanted and has always been surrounded by “yes” men who have never challenged him or told him he was wrong.

Granted these reasons are enough to not want to vote for the Republican presidential candidate; but that’s not why I am upset today.

Last night on the news, the reporter stated that Donald will be in Texas today – visiting my great state.  But he is not going to be in Texas “looking for votes”; instead just looking for money.

Donald – I am offended that you are not looking for votes; that you are just taking Texas for granted as being in your column on election night.  Well, don’t count your chickens before they hatch – because you are only 6 points ahead of Hillary Clinton in my fair state.  That’s not a very big lead – Texas Democrats are known for coming back from worse numbers than this.

By the way, we have had some parts of our state suffer some terrible flooding in the last two weeks – many losing their home and all their belongings.  While you are here – why don’t you write these people checks to help them in their time of need since you are supposedly very wealthy? Only a suggestion since you are going to be here looking for money.

By the way, I hope you have a pleasant time today – Texas is a wonderful state – we just have our politics a little backwards right now but the Democrats are working hard to turn this “pink” state blue again.  


Posted by: maboulette | August 22, 2016

Is It True about Hillary’s Health?


Despite the fact that Hillary Clinton got a clean bill of health from her doctor, fake medical records for Hillary are circulating on some conservative websites, claiming to show that she suffers from dementia and seizures.

Clinton’s longtime physician — whose name appears atop the alleged “leaked” documents — released a statement to calling the documents “false,” and restating her diagnosis that Clinton is “in excellent health and fit to serve as President of the United States.

The fake records are making the rounds just as some in the conservative media have been falsely questioning Clinton’s health. Among them Fox News’ Sean Hannity (surprise), who played a tape of Clinton shaking her head in a manner he judged “seizure-esque” (although neither of the medical experts on his program agreed)?

The doctored documents play off Clinton’s very real concussion in December 2012 — which caused her to suffer double vision for nearly two months. But her longtime physician, Lisa Bardack, director of internal medicine, Mount Sinai Health System at CareMount Medical, says follow-up medical exams in 2013 “revealed complete resolution of the effects of the concussion.”

The fake documents, dated Feb. 5, 2014, which appear to have originated from a since-deleted Twitter account, are said to come from Dr. Bardack. But her title is wrong on the letterhead.

The letter indicates that Clinton suffered complications from a 2012 concussion including “blacking out,” “uncontrollable twitching” and “memory loss.” It says Clinton has earlier been diagnosed as having “Complex Partial Seizures” and “early-onset Subcortical Vascular Dementia.” The images were shared and discussed on numerous websites and in social media. But again, it can’t stress this enough: It’s a fake document.

In a statement provided to by the Clinton campaign, Bardack dismissed the authenticity of these documents, saying they are “false, were not written by me and are not based on any medical facts.”

Bardack, Aug. 16:

“As Secretary Clinton’s long time physician, I released a medical statement during the campaign indicating that she is in excellent health. I have recently been made aware of allegedly “leaked” medical documents regarding Secretary Clinton with my name on them. These documents are false, were not written by me and are not based on any medical facts. To reiterate what I said in my previous statement, Secretary Clinton is in excellent health and fit to serve as President of the United States.”

Bardack, who has served as Clinton’s personal physician since 2001, did publicly release a summary of Clinton’s health history and a medical evaluation in a letter dated July 28, 2015. It paints a much different picture than the fake documents.

According to Bardack’s letter, Clinton “is a healthy 67-year-old female whose current medical conditions include hypothyroidism and seasonal pollen allergies.”

The letter discusses Clinton’s concussion — well-documented in the media at the time — and some of the lingering effects she suffered from it. As the New York Times noted in December 2012, Clinton suffered a concussion after fainting and striking her head. Bardack’s letter said Clinton suffered a stomach virus after traveling, and became dehydrated, which caused her to faint.

Bardack, July 28, 2015:

“During follow up evaluations, Mrs. Clinton was found to have a transverse sinus venous thrombosis and began anticoagulation therapy to dissolve the clot. As a result of the concussion, Mrs. Clinton also experienced double vision for a period of time and benefited from wearing glasses with a Fresnel Prism”

Bardack said Clinton’s symptoms, including the double vision, went away within two months.

Bardack, July 28, 2015:

“She had follow-up testing in 2013, which revealed complete resolution of the effects of the concussion as well as total dissolution of the thrombosis.”

Bardack said Clinton’s most recent physical examination on March 21, 2015, “revealed a healthy-appearing female.” Bardack said Clinton has a healthy diet and exercises regularly, including yoga, swimming, walking and weight training.

Bardack, July 28, 2015:

“In summary, Mrs. Clinton is a healthy female with hypothyroidism and seasonal allergies, on long-term anticoagulation. She participates in a healthy lifestyle and has had a full medical evaluation, which reveals no evidence of additional medical issues or cardiovascular disease. Her cancer screening evaluations are all negative. She is in excellent physical condition and fit to serve as President of the United States.”

Despite the public release of Bardack’s medical evaluation, some conservative pundits have questioned Clinton’s health and ability to serve as president.

On Fox News, Sean Hannity repeatedly speculated about serious health issues for Clinton. Hannity showed clips of Clinton in the midst of a coughing fit in February, stumbling while boarding a plane in 2011, and dramatically shaking her head during a press free-for-all in June (which Hannity said “almost looks seizure-esque to me”). Never mind that two medical experts on the program said the video did not appear to show seizures, though both called for a disclosure of medical records for both presidential candidates.


Posted by: maboulette | August 21, 2016

School Starts Tomorrow


This is how many kids will be in the morning!  I hope that all those starting school for the first time learn to love school!

Posted by: maboulette | August 21, 2016

Clinton’s New Ad – Trump’s “Regrets”


Hillary Clinton is grasping on Donald Trump’s recent comments that he “regrets” some things he’s said during the course of his presidential campaign.

Clinton launched a video mentioning Trump’s most “divisive and insulting” remarks while pointing out that he isn’t stating which ones he regrets.

The online video refers to:

  • Recent spat with a Muslim-American Gold Star family whose son was killed in Iraq;
  • Saying Arizona Sen. John McCain wasn’t really a war hero because he was captured;
  • Calling undocumented Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals; 
  • Saying Fox News host Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever.”

The video is in response to Trump’s comments at a Thursday rally that he sometimes says “the wrong thing,” in a rare admission. “I’ve never been politically correct,” he said.

“Sometimes, in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that. And believe it or not, I regret it. And I do regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain. Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues,” Trump told supporters in North Carolina.

The sound bites are spliced with reels of Trump, in multiple settings, refusing to apologize for the comments at the time.

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Posted by: maboulette | August 19, 2016

Donald Trump – Third Reset


Even as he drops in the polls both nationally and in battleground states, Donald Trump must remain Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee said Tuesday. 

Trump stated that he will need to change his tactics in order to bring back his diminishing standing in the polls against Clinton but he also stated that in doing that would be betraying the millions of supporters who have backed his campaign.

“Well, possibly I do, but, you know, I am who I am. It’s me,” Trump told Wisconsin news station WKBT-TV in a sit-down interview Tuesday. “I don’t wanna change. Everybody talks about, ‘Oh well, you’re gonna pivot, you’re gonna’ — I don’t wanna pivot. I mean, you have to be you. If you start pivoting, you’re not being honest with people.” 

But the days on the calendar seems to not be working for him.  The election is less than three months away, but early voting kicks off in less than six weeks in many states and polling experts say no candidate in Trump’s position at this point following the nominating conventions has gone on to win the popular vote in November in modern times. 

But Trump pointed to history as evidence that he can still win. 

“I’ve gotten here in a landslide and we’ll see what happens. I mean, in the end — don’t forget: When I lost Wisconsin, it was over for Trump,” he said, referring to the state he lost to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz by double figures in April, a month before he ultimately vanquished his opponents and became the presumptive nominee.

“Except for one problem,” Trump continued with a chuckle. “I then went on a very good run.” 

In a separate interview with Fox News, Trump disputed the notion that his campaign is doing poorly, specifically in Wisconsin, invoking a familiar metric as a measure of his success.

“I actually think I’m doing good. I have the biggest crowds,” Trump said. “You’re there, you see them. Nobody’s ever had crowds like this, they say. Somebody actually reported it the other day.” 

And he boasted of his temperament — his “single greatest strength,” by his account — while knocking Clinton’s disposition in an interview with the La Crosse Tribune. 

“I actually think that Hillary Clinton doesn’t have a good temperament. I thinks she’s very unstable in certain ways,” Trump told the newspaper. “I don’t think she has what it takes to make our country into and turn our country into a winner again.” 

As for being the GOP standard-bearer, “I think temperament is one of my greatest assets,” Trump added. “I’ve won all my life. I’ve been winning. I always thought that temperament — I mean I have always felt — and been told — that my single greatest strength is temperament.”



Posted by: maboulette | August 18, 2016

Words and the Threat They Can Cause


Wilmington, North Carolina; this is where Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump showed that he doesn’t know much history of the problems words can cause.

At this campaign stop, Trump advised or made the suggestion that perhaps violence would be the only way to stop Hillary Clinton. He spent the following day watching the shock value of his words, while maintaining that he’d been misunderstood. Trump doesn’t understand the demons that can be unleashed with the right words.

120 years ago, Charles B. Aycock, a leader of the white-supremacy campaign in North Carolina, awakened a crowd of angry white men looking for someone to blame for their problems. Aycock pointed at the black community who had been enslaved in eastern North Carolina, as well as their white neighbors, who had formed a Fusion party to vote together for policies that would lead to economic development for all families. Aycock suggested that the white race would be correct in using violence to overthrow a Fusion government in Wilmington, the state’s largest city.

Two years later, following a Fusion victory in the election of 1898, Aycock’s crowd turned words into deeds. Scores of angry white men burned down the only black-owned daily newspaper in the state, rampaged through the streets with a Gatling gun shooting dozens of un-armed African Americans, and banishing from Wilmington every black and white Fusionist leader. This was the only successful coup d’état in a large American city and was endorsed by every white church in Wilmington. It firmly established Jim Crow laws throughout the South.

Donald Trump doesn’t know the Aycock’s story or does he? If he is as smart as he says he is, then he certainly knows the words to unleash the white rage in our country from those who hated the two terms of President Obama.

Look what Trump does – repeatedly calls Hillary Clinton “crooked,” then smirks and says nothing when his crowds yell, “Lock her up!” Every Southerner, black and white, knows exactly what he was suggesting when he said the “Second Amendment people” know what to do if Clinton is elected.

Two weeks ago, a federal court overturned North Carolina’s voter-suppression law. Trump knows it just got harder to win this swing state. It should surprise no one that Trump taped into the repressed hatred of angry white voters.

Wilmington’s bloody history makes it very clear just how dangerous Donald Trump’s careless words can be.

Today Republican consultant Bruce Haynes, stated “Trump has decided to go full Trump; polish is taking a backseat to populism — he’s not going to be the candidate of discipline, he’s going to be the candidate of disruption.”

In announcing staff changes today, Trump said, “I am committed to doing whatever it takes to win this election, and ultimately become President because our country cannot afford four more years of the failed Obama-Clinton policies which have endangered our financial and physical security”.

Hillary Clinton uses this line to end every stump speech: “I hope you will talk to any of your friends who are flirting with the idea of voting for Donald Trump. Friends don’t let friends vote for Trump”.



Posted by: maboulette | August 17, 2016

Clinton and Trump – About Their Health


Donald Trump is raising questions about low poll numbers and the impacts from several disputes.

In a speech discussing terrorism on Monday, Trump purported that Clinton “lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on” the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Trump also referred to a alleged lack of vigor on Clinton’s part last week, when he said that her speeches “don’t last long. They’re like 10 minutes and let’s get out of here.”

“Go back home and go to sleep,” the GOP presidential nominee continued. “Three days later, she gets back up and does another one and goes back home and goes to sleep.”

Assertions that Clinton, the Democratic nominee, suffers from serious health problems have been heard within the conservative media environment for several years, where they have flourished despite any solid evidence to support them.

The charges from Trump could bolster his supporters. They could also help shift the spotlight away from the GOP nominee’s current troubles, if they succeed in spreading doubt over Clinton.

Yet independent experts say that the insinuations about the former secretary of State’s health also risk backfiring on Trump, in part because they are unlikely to resound beyond people who already dislike Clinton.

“There is a hard core of people who … want to believe every possible negative thing about Hillary Clinton,” said Katherine Jellison, a history professor at Ohio University who has written widely about women and politics. “But I don’t think it will have any traction with the archetypal undecided voter. It is playing to the choir and giving them something to talk about.”

Jellison also suggested that the attacks could be counter-productive for another reason: women, with whom Trump is already struggling, may see them as sexist.

“I think it plays into too many tropes about women being physically weak, and women not being up to the task of holding major positions of leadership,” she said. 

Before Trump’s most recent remarks, major conservative media figures such as Matt Drudge and Sean Hannity had breathed new life into assumptions about Clinton’s health.

Earlier this month, The Drudge Report ran as its main headline, “2016: Hillary Conquers the Stairs,” accompanied by two photos of Clinton apparently being assisted by two men as she climbed a short staircase. The photo had been taken in February, when Clinton slipped while campaigning in South Carolina.

Hannity on his Fox News show used footage of Clinton apparently reacting in mock surprise to a reporter’s question and said to a guest, “It’s a violent, violent, repetitive jerking of the head here. You can see, it’s uncontrollable. Watch the reporter, like, pull back. The reporter got scared and she keeps doing it. What is that?”

Hannity also raised the possibility that Clinton has had a stroke and asserted that her “facial expressions are odd. They seem off.”

Hannity’s efforts to suggest Clinton may be suffering from some neurological condition received considerable pushback, however.

The reporter who Hannity said felt scared, Lisa Lerer of The Associated Press, wrote a follow-up story complaining about “unfounded speculation,” adding, “For the record, I wasn’t scared for a moment.”

Clinton supporters view the suggestions of health problems as a sign that Trump and his allies are willing to try anything to shrink his deficit in the polls.

“They are desperate,” said Ellen Tauscher, a former Democratic congresswoman from California who served under Clinton at the State Department. Tauscher added that Clinton was “in excellent health.”

On Tuesday evening, the Clinton campaign emailed reporters asserting that Trump was “peddling deranged conspiracy theories” about Clinton’s health in an effort to distract from a growing clamor for him to release his tax returns. In a podcast from her campaign last week, Clinton declared herself “lucky” that she has “a lot of stamina and endurance.”

Trump defenders point out that Clinton is not the only one who has had her health questioned this cycle. 

During his speech to the Democratic National Convention, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged people to vote for Clinton because she was “a sane, competent person” — implying that Trump was neither of those things. 

As far back as last fall, there were media stories suggesting the Manhattan businessman may suffer from some kind of disorder. “Is Donald Trump actually a narcissist? Therapists weigh in!” was one Vanity Fair headline.

The evidence to support the idea of Trump having a clinical psychiatric disorder is just as flimsy as that suggesting Clinton is hiding some serious illness.

When Clinton released her 2015 tax documents last week, she also re-released a July 2015 letter from her doctor. Dr. Lisa Bardack wrote that she had been Clinton’s personal physician since 2001 and asserted that she was “in excellent physical condition and fit to serve as President of the United States.”

In December of 2015, Trump released a letter from Dr. Harold Bornstein, who said he had been his doctor since 1980. Bornstein insisted that “if elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”

Some observers suggest that the negative speculation raises another, broader issue: That Clinton and Trump should both release complete medical records, rather than simply doctors’ letters — in part to refute baseless rumors but also because the public has a legitimate right to know.

 Info from The Hill


Posted by: maboulette | August 17, 2016

Trump and Putin – What is going on?


Russian intelligence agencies have allegedly recently digitally broken into four different American organizations that are affiliated either with Hillary Clinton or the Democratic Party since late May. All of the hacks appear designed to benefit Donald Trump’s presidential aspirations in one fashion or another.

When asked about this, and his affection for Russian president Vladimir Putin, Trump said any inference that a connection exists between the two is absurd and the stuff of conspiracy. “I have ZERO investments in Russia,” he tweeted after the Democratic National Committee was apparently hacked by Russia and the emails released by WikiLeaks on the eve of the DNC convention to nominate Clinton as its 2016 presidential candidate.

Most of the coverage of the links between Trump and Putin’s Russia takes the GOP presidential nominee at his word—that he has lusted after a Trump tower in Moscow, and come up short. But Trump’s dodge—that he has no businesses in Russia, so there is no connection to Putin—is a classic magician’s trick. Show one idle hand, while the other is actually doing the work.

The truth, as several columnists and reporters have painstakingly shown since the first hack of a Clinton-affiliated group took place in late May or early June, is that several of Trump’s businesses outside of Russia are entangled with Russian financiers inside Putin’s circle.

So, yes, it’s true that Trump has failed to land a business venture inside Russia. But the real truth is that, as major banks in America stopped lending him money following his many bankruptcies, the Trump organization was forced to seek financing from non-traditional institutions. Several had direct ties to Russian financial interests in ways that have raised eyebrows. What’s more, Trumps campaign manager have business ties to Russia or its satellite politicians.

“The Trump-Russia links beneath the surface are even more extensive,” Max Boot wrote in the Los Angeles Times. “Trump has sought and received funding from Russian investors for his business ventures, especially after most American banks stopped lending to him following his multiple bankruptcies.”

Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort has been demoted when it was made known by the media that Manafort was a longtime consultant to Viktor Yanukovich, the Russian-backed president of Ukraine who was overthrown in 2014. Manafort also has done multimillion-dollar business deals with Russian oligarchs.

Trump’s foreign policy advisor Carter Page has his own business ties to the state-controlled Russian oil giant Gazprom. … Another Trump foreign policy advisor, retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, flew to Moscow last year to attend a gala banquet.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, issued a statement: “Donald Trump has a responsibility to disclose campaign chair Paul Manafort’s and all other campaign employees’ and advisers’ ties to Russian or pro-Kremlin entities, including whether any of Trump’s employees or advisers are currently representing and or being paid by them.”

But it is Trump’s financing from Russian satellite business interests that would seem to explain his pro-Putin sympathies.

Read more: This Is How the Trump Campaign May Have Interfered With Russia Policy

The most obvious example is Trump Soho, a complicated web of financial intrigue that has played out in court. A lawsuit claimed that the business group, Bayrock, underpinning Trump Soho was supported by criminal Russian financial interests. While its initial claim absolved Trump of knowledge of those activities, Trump himself later took on the group’s principal partner as a senior advisor in the Trump organization.

Journalists who’ve looked at the Bayrock lawsuit, and Trump Soho, wonder why Trump was involved at all. And this was going to be Trump International Hotel and Tower Moscow, Kiev, Istanbul, etc., Poland, Warsaw.’”

There are other Russian business ties to the Trump organization as well. Trump’s first real estate venture in Toronto, Canada, was a partnership with two Russian-Canadian entrepreneurs, Toronto Life reported in 2013.

Finally, for all of his denials of Russian ties lately, Trump has boasted in the past of his many meetings with Russian oligarchs. During one trip to Moscow, Trump bragged that they all showed up to meet him to discuss projects around the globe. “Almost all of the oligarchs were in the room” just to meet with him, Trump said at the time.

And when Trump built a tower in Panama, his clients were wealthy Russians, the Washington Post reported. “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia,” Trump’s son, Donald Jr., said at a real estate conference in 2008, according to a trade publication, eTurboNews.

Bloomberg reported in June that the Clinton Foundation was breached by Russian hackers. “The Russians may also have acquired the emails that Hillary Clinton sent as secretary of State. Putin might be holding back explosive material until October, when its release could ensure a Trump victory,” it reported.

In the 1970s, burglars broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate office complex. President Richard Nixon, a Republican, was forced out of office for the White House cover up of its involvement in the DNC break in.

Now, a generation later, a digital break in to the national headquarters of one of our two major parties by a foreign adversary in order to leak information that benefits the other national party’s presidential candidate seems to be just the normal course of doing business. The Trump era, it is safe to assume, is like nothing we’ve ever seen before.

It is certain that a lot is hidden in Trump’s tax returns that he won’t release.

And it should be obvious to anyone trying to pay attention to these moving targets that Trump is saying one thing and doing something else. When it comes to Trump and Russia, the truth may take a while to emerge.



Posted by: maboulette | August 17, 2016

Another Day Another Shake Up In Trump’s Camp




Donald Trump, following weeks of agitation over his advisers’ attempts to temper his style, moved late Tuesday to renovate his struggling campaign by rebuffing those efforts and elevating two longtime associates who have encouraged his aggressive populism.

This is the third shake up in Camp Trump.

Stephen Bannon, a former banker who runs the conservative outlet Breitbart News and is known for his fiercely anti-establishment politics, has been named the Trump campaign’s chief executive.

Kellyanne Conway, a veteran Republican pollster who has been close to Trump for years, will assume the role of campaign manager.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the moves.

Trump’s stunning decision effectively ended the months-long push by campaign chairman Paul Manafort to moderate Trump’s presentation and pitch for the general election. And it sent a signal, perhaps more clear than ever, that the real-estate mogul intends to finish this race on his own terms, with friends who share his instincts at his side.

While Manafort, a seasoned operative who joined the campaign in March, will remain in his role, the advisers described his status internally as diminished due to Trump’s unhappiness and restlessness in recent weeks.

While Trump respects Manafort, the aides said, he has grown to feel “boxed in” and “controlled” by people who barely know him. Moving forward, he plans to focus intensely on rousing his voters at rallies and through media appearances.

Trump’s turn away from Manafort is in part a reversion to how he ran his campaign in the primary with then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Lewandowski’s mantra was “let Trump be Trump” and Trump wants to get back to that type of campaign culture, the aides said.

Problem is that while letting “Trump be Trump” worked well in primaries, it has been shown to not work in the general election.


Posted by: maboulette | August 16, 2016

USA Gymnast Laurie Hernandez


On the way to winning a silver medal, USA gymnast Laurie Hernandez protested the score on her beam routine on Monday. That’s not very unusual in and of itself across all sports, where video challenges are in most cast routine, but here’s what is: This one inquiry alone cost Team USA as much as $300. Yes, no kidding.

Imagine if an NFL coach wanting to challenge a call had to throw a few bills on the field as well as a red flag. Imagine if a tennis player wanting to challenge a line call had to pull out a wad of cash before protest. Strange, yes, but that’s exactly what happens in gymnastics competitions, including the Olympics.

Gymnastics coaches can protest a scoring judgment of a gymnast’s routine, but there are some very tight restrictions, as Sports Illustrated noted back in 2012. Coaches, gymnasts or other country officials must make a verbal challenge, known as an inquiry, between the posting of the score and the end of the next gymnast’s routine. They must supply a written version of the protest within four minutes of making the verbal protest. Oh, and they must pay a fee, which can be anywhere from $100 up to $300 in cash, depending on the event.


 That’s not very unusual in and of itself across all sports, where video challenges are in most cast routine, but here’s what is: This one inquiry alone cost Team USA as much as $300. Yes, no kidding.

Imagine if an NFL coach wanting to challenge a call had to throw a few bills on the field as well as a red flag. Imagine if a tennis player wanting to challenge a line call had to pull out a wad of cash before protest. Strange, yes, but that’s exactly what happens in gymnastics competitions, including the Olympics.

Gymnastics coaches can protest a scoring judgment of a gymnast’s routine, but there are some very tight restrictions, as Sports Illustrated noted back in 2012. Coaches, gymnasts or other country officials must make a verbal challenge, known as an inquiry, between the posting of the score and the end of the next gymnast’s routine. They must supply a written version of the protest within four minutes of making the verbal protest. Oh, and they must pay a fee, which can be anywhere from $100 up to $300 in cash, depending on the event.


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