Posted by: maboulette | July 25, 2016

THE GOP NAMES BACKING HILLARY CLINTON


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The actor who voiced a 1964 ad raising alarm bells about Barry Goldwater says Trump “scares me” in an ad produced by the Clinton campaign.

“Trump says we need unpredictability when it comes to using nuclear weapons, what is that supposed to mean? When a man says that, he sounds a lot like a threat to humanity.”

A character actor with a long list of credits (Melrose Place, Knots Landing, and M.A.S.H.) William “Bill” Bogert did a remake of the “Confessions of a Republican” ad he made for Lyndon Johnson 52 years ago. Airing during last week’s GOP Convention, it is an open invitation to Republicans queasy about their nominee to come over to the other side and join Hillary Clinton.

There will be a more organized effort after the Democratic Convention, a campaign official told The Daily Beast, but they’re not yet ready to provide details.

It’s not surprising that the list of converts to Clinton leans toward national security types and former Republican Party or Bush officials. Currently elected GOP officials might be willing to say Never Trump, but taking the next step to Clinton is harder.

Robert Kagan, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a co-founder of the Project for the New American Century, spoke at a Hillary for America fundraiser this week. He told The Daily Beast, “I didn’t watch one second of the entire (GOP) Convention. I couldn’t bear it. I’m not that much of a glutton for punishment.”

Kagan broke with his party and changed his registration to Independent because of Trump, and not only over foreign policy. “His foreign policy is terrible, but my chief concern is more what he would do here. I fear what he would do to American democracy.” Kagan’s May 18 column about Trump in The Washington Post was titled, “This is how fascism comes to America.

Unease about Trump has already drawn a number of big names from Republican ranks to support Clinton. As Democrats gather in Philadelphia for their convention, this is the first definitive list of GOP bigwigs and former GOP officials, business leaders, thinkers and foreign policy analysts, some less well known than others, but indicative of what could be a stampede by November.

Brent Scowcroft, foreign policy adviser to four GOP presidents, said in a statement last month that Clinton “has the wisdom and experience to lead our country at this critical time.”

Henry Paulson Jr., former treasury secretary under President George W. Bush, said “Enough is enough. It’s time to put country before party and say it together: Never Trump.”

Richard Armitage, former deputy secretary of state to George W. Bush, told Politico last month, “If Donald Trump is the nominee, I would vote for Hillary Clinton.”

Ken Adelman, U.S. Arms Control director under Ronald Reagan, said “Not only am I not voting for Donald Trump, but also I am not voting for any Republican who endorsed or supported Trump.”

Dr. Patrick Cronin, senior official at USAID during the W. Bush administration, who said, “Only one candidate has thought through America’s challenges… and is ready to be president, and I intend to vote for her—Hillary Clinton.”

Philip Levy, member of President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors, said, “Never Trump and I meant it. If Secretary Clinton is the only viable alternative, I would expect to support her.”

Tony Fratto, W. Bush administration deputy press secretary, said, “I’d prefer to have Hillary Clinton in the White House than Donald Trump.”

Kori Schake, former George W. Bush National Security official, said she is voting for @HillaryClinton.

Jim Cicconi, former White House staffer under Presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush, said in a statement, “Hillary Clinton is experienced, qualified, and will make a fine president. The alternative, I fear, would set our nation on a very dark path.”

Alan Steinberg, Bush administration regional EPA administrator, who worked with Clinton when she was New York senator, is voting for her and said, “She can work with people on the opposite side of the political aisle.”

Doug Elmets, former Reagan White House staffer, who worked with conservative icons Lee Atwater and Ed Rollins, said, “I can live with four years of Hillary Clinton before I could ever live with one day of Donald Trump as president.” This will be his first vote ever for a Democrat.

Max Boot, author and military historian, told Vox last month, “I am literally losing sleep over Donald Trump.” A lifelong Republican, he said he would vote for Hillary Clinton.

Retired Army Col. Peter Mansoor, former aide to David Petraeus, now a professor of military history at Ohio State University, told The Washington Post he thinks Trump is too dangerous to be president, and that Clinton will be “the first Democratic presidential candidate I’ve voted for in my adult life.”

Tom Nichols, Military College Professor and former GOP congressional staffer, @RadioFreeTom calls Clinton “a far more plausible Commander in Chief. And that’s all that matters now.”

Marc Andreesen, Silicon Valley venture capitalist and former Romney donor, said the idea of cutting off the flow of immigrants “makes me sick,” tweeting “#imwithher.”

Dan Akerson former General Motors CEO, says Clinton has “the experience and judgment to serve as an effective Commander in chief. In this election, I will cast my ballot for Secretary Clinton.”

Hamid Moghadam, Prologis CEO and immigrant from post-revolutionary Iran, says America is about tolerance and inclusion “and that’s why, as a lifelong Republican supporter, I endorse Hillary Clinton for president in this election.”

Douglas Brand, professor of political science at the College of the Holy Cross, wrote in Fortune Magazine, “To support Trump, we must sacrifice our principles and reconcile our minds to his. Better we should follow Hamilton’s example and support an opposing party whose principles we reject—and remain a principles party of opposition.”

Michael Vlock, Connecticut investor who has given nearly $5 million to Republicans in last two years, told The New York Times he won’t donate to Trump because “he is too selfish, flawed and unpredictable to hold the power of the presidency.”

William Oberndorf, California-based investor, who gave $3 million to Republicans in the last four years, told The New York Times that Trump is so unacceptable that he would vote for Clinton.

Mike Fernandez, a healthcare magnate and one of Jeb Bush’s billionaires in Florida, told the Miami Herald if the choice is between Trump and Clinton, “I’m choosing Hillary.”

Robert Smith, conservative former New York Supreme Court judge (and father of BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith), says he’s voting for a Democrat for president. He said it’s “the first time I’ve done it in 36 years, and I think the decision is easy. Hillary Clinton is the only responsible choice.”

Dan Webb, former U.S. attorney, told The Chicago Sun-Times that Trump is “not fit to be president” and he thinks “a huge volume of Republicans” are saying the same thing. He urged them to “get off the sidelines, give Hillary some money and support her because we can’t afford to let him become president.”

Larry Pressler, former South Dakota Republican senator, endorsed Clinton after the mass shooting in Orlando, citing her support for gun safety measures. “If someone had told me 10 years ago I would do this, I wouldn’t have believed them,” he told The Hill last month.

Arne Carlson, former Minnesota Republican governor, worked with Clinton when she was first lady and praised her for doing “something first ladies since Eleanor Roosevelt haven’t done. And that was engage in public policy… She really drove the healthcare debate, and that was the first concerted effort to demonize her, orchestrated by the insurance companies.”

Mark Salter, former top adviser to Sen. John McCain, told Real Clear Politics that Trump “possesses the emotional maturity of a 6-year-old,” and that he “views the powers of the presidency as weapons to punish people who’ve been mean to him—reporters, rival candidates, critics.”

Jamie Weinstein, Daily Caller editor, said in early May that if it’s Trump-Hillary with no serious third-party option, “there is just no question: I’d take a Tums and cast my ballot for Hillary.”

Mike Treiser, former Romney staffer, wrote on Facebook in early May, “In the face of bigotry, hatred, violence, and small-mindedness, this time, I’m with her.”

Evan Siegfried, Republican strategist, told the New York Daily News in early May, “I’m voting for GOP candidates in other races. But for the good of the country, I must do the unthinkable and say, I’m with her.”

Mark Lenzi, former spokesman for the New Hampshire GOP, told Manchester television station WMUR that he “wrestled with the decision for a long time” but as a former U.S. Fulbright Scholar on NATO, he finds Trump’s views toward Europe and our NATO allies dangerous. “There is a palpable fear in these countries about him becoming president.”

Craig Snyder, Republican lobbyist with Ikon Public Affairs, wrote in an email to fellow former staffers of the late Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, “I’ve been a Republican since high school and certainly never thought I would take any sort of public role in a Democratic presidential campaign, but I never imagined Donald Trump as the Republican nominee.”

 

 

Posted by: maboulette | July 25, 2016

TRUMP’S VISION


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Trump has said and continues to say that he would use Federal powers to order the private companies that own and control the basic infrastructure to control the internet – in fact in some areas shut it down – in the name of security.  Curb freedom of speech in exchange for national security.  He believes that the power and scope of the presidency is essentially limitless giving him the right to do this.

Shut down the internet which is the greatest invention of the post-war world order.  It increases all the things we as Americans believe in. It is global in scope, opened to all people, is a platform for global trade and is a medium for self-expression of all types, good and bad. 

It has changed the way we live, the way we think – globalization has no more prominent supporter than the Internet.

Naturally, anything this transformational is going to bring with its negative side effects.  And yes there is a vacuum of clear direction and clear thinking about the modern world and where we are headed.  Into that vacuum for human beings does come fear!  This is always where the historically bad leaders such as Hitler or Stalin have come in – when there is uncertainty and fear.  And that is what Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin would love to do – come in and shut everything down.

The answer to this question for our leaders and yes, voters, is what are we going to do about changes in our world and who are we going to choose to deal with them?  Donald Trump has put forth his vision which is really close to blindness – dismantle our post-war institutions.  Discard the idea of globalization and everything that comes with it.  Close the internet down!

This man is crazy – he gave a crazy speech last week about the dark world we live in and now this is part of his vision of how to handle our problems.  This man has to be stopped – he has no idea what he is talking about; he has no real situations to our national problems – instead he just says the first thing that comes into his head.

Close down the internet – I don’t think so!

This is what he said in December of last year:

We’re losing a lot of people because of the Internet and we have to do something. We have to go see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what’s happening. We have to talk to them, maybe in certain areas closing that Internet up in some way.

Somebody will say, ‘oh, freedom of speech, freedom of speech.’ These are foolish people… we’ve got to maybe do something with the Internet because they are recruiting by the thousands, they are leaving our country and then when they come back, we take them back.

 

 

 

 

Posted by: maboulette | July 24, 2016

CRAZY TRUMP IS BACK TO BEING CRAZY AGAIN


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There are some news reports telling how GOP candidate Donald Trump sees the office of the President and Vice President.  It is quite different than most White House’s would see this. 

Manafort Campaign Director gave a very interesting interview to the Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman back in March. A lot was covered but one exchange is important for anyone who is considering voting for Trump needs to know. 

To put it as simple as possible – Trump will be the chairman of the board and his Vice President would handle most of the duties that past presidents have been doing.  There are also reports that he will continue to be President and CEO of his companies – which I didn’t know a president could do. 

For months, it’s been rather clear that Trump has no meaningful understanding of public policy or even how government works at a basic level. By any fair measure, his ignorance and incompetence about affairs of state is unlike anything Americans have ever seen in a major-party presidential candidate. 

In other words, day-to-day governing and overseeing of the executive branch apparently is the part of the job that Trump doesn’t want to do.   He would rather be more of a ‘Big-Picture’ type of President who is not overly concerned about details and ‘roll-up-your-sleeves’ kind for work. 

Other things learn from the interview:

Manafort thinks Trump will win easily and that this race is not hard.  He also states that Trump might ‘moderate’ his proposed Muslim ban a little. 

Another interested tid-bit is that no one should expect to ever see Trump’s tax returns.  (Guess there is stuff hiding there for sure!)   And don’t expect Trump to budge on building a border wall – he is going to build a wall.  That is a core promise for him. 

As for the GOP candidate’s ability to show his preparedness for the Oval Office, Manafort further added that Trump believes he knows enough but he knows he has more to learn. 

What that means is anyone guess – sounds like he is saying that Trump knows enough because he knows he doesn’t know enough.  If Trump believes that, just wait until the debates because Hillary Clinton doesn’t feel that way. 

Trump’s NATO comments made on Friday sent shockwaves across Europe and the diplomatic world, only a taste of what the response would be if Trump had been musing from the Oval Office.

Further information on Crazy Trump is that he haven’t stopped talking about Cruz non-endorsement during the Wednesday night speech. Less than 12 hours after the end of the convention, Trump has gone “off script” again, by resurrecting a conspiracy theory linking the father of his chief rival from the primaries to John F. Kennedy’s assassination. 

Presidential candidates typically come out of their conventions looking ahead to the general election and intent on expanding their appeal beyond the partisans who showed up. Instead Trump has been taking a bizarre look backward.  What is worse is that this is all Trump talked about at what was billed as a post-convention thank you reception Friday for supporters and staff at his Cleveland hotel.

Reviewing one of the ugliest chapters of the nomination contest, Trump mentioned Cruz’s father, saying “All I did was point out the fact that on the cover of the National Enquirer there was a picture of him and crazy Lee Harvey Oswald having breakfast.” There is no evidence linking Rafael Cruz to JFK’s murder.

I guess a week of acting presidential was more than he could handle – so he is back to being Crazy Trump again.

 

 

 

Posted by: maboulette | July 24, 2016

MIKE BLOOMBERG TO ENDORSE CLINTON


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Michael R. Bloomberg, who bypassed his own run for the presidency this election cycle, will endorse Hillary Clinton in a prime-time address at the Democratic convention and make the case for Mrs. Clinton as the best choice for moderate voters in 2016, an adviser to Mr. Bloomberg said.

The news is an unexpected move from Mr. Bloomberg, who has not been a member of the Democratic Party since 2000; was elected the mayor of New York City as a Republican; and later became an independent.

But it reflects Mr. Bloomberg’s increasing dismay about the rise of Donald J. Trump and a determination to see that the Republican nominee is defeated.

Posted by: maboulette | July 24, 2016

THE BOTTLE ILLUSION


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This is my favorite illusion – if you are very young and haven’t been introduced to anything erotic, you will only see the dolphins!  You didn’t see the dolphins did you?  Now we know what you have been doing!!

Posted by: maboulette | July 23, 2016

A KITTEN AND ITS VISION


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Where cat vision really shines is at night; cats have six to eight times more rod cells, which can detect light at low levels, than humans do.   Credit: Nickolay Lamm

Kittens’ keenness for springing on feet and feathery toys may be rooted in their hunting instinct, but it also has a lot to do with their exceptional vision.  And, as it turns out, scientists know a lot about what cats see.

Now, a new set of images, by artist Nickolay Lamm, tries to capture the differences between the vision of a cat and human vision. Whereas humans are able to see more vibrant colors during the day, their feline companions have the edge when it comes to peripheral vision and night vision. [Images: See What a Cat Sees]

Cats have a wider field of view — about 200 degrees, compared with humans’ 180-degree view. Cats also have a greater range of peripheral vision, all the better to spot that mouse (or toy) wriggling in the corner.

Kittens are crepuscular, meaning they are active at dawn and dusk. That may be why they need such good night vision. Their eyes have six to eight times more rod cells, which are more sensitive to low light, than humans do.

In addition, cats’ elliptical eye shape and larger corneas and tapetum, a layer of tissue that may reflect light back to the retina, help gather more light as well. The tapetum may also shift the wavelengths of light that cats see, making prey or other objects silhouetted against a night sky more prominent, Kerry Ketring, a veterinarian with the All Animal Eye Clinic in Whitehall, Mich., wrote in an email. [10 Surprising Facts About Cats]

Their extra rod cells also allow them to sense motion in the dark much better than their human companions can.

But felines don’t have the edge in all areas. The human retina has about 10 times more cones, the light receptors that function best in bright light, than cats’ eyes have.

“Humans have 10 to 12 times better motion detection in bright light than the cat or dog, since bright-light vision is a cone function,” Ketring said.

Humans also have three types of cones, allowing them to see a broad spectrum of colors, with sensitivity peaks at red, green and blue. While cats may have three types of cones, the number and distribution of each type varies. In behavioral tests, they don’t seem to see the full range of colors that most humans do.

Some experts believe cats’ “color vision is limited to blue and grays, while others believe it is similar to dogs’, but with less richness of hues and saturation of the colors,” Ketring said. Dogs see the world in fewer hues than humans do and cannot distinguish between red, yellow, green and orange objects. Fish, in contrast, can see ultraviolet wavelengths that humans can’t see.

Humans also can see with much greater resolution, with a greater range of vibrant colors, thanks to their eyes’ many cones.

Humans can see objects clearly at 100 to 200 feet (30 to 60 meters) away, but cats need to be no more than about 20 feet (6 m) away to see those same things sharply.

Because kittens lack the muscles necessary to change the shape of their eye lenses, they can’t see things clearly quite as close as humans can and need to be further away, Ketring said.  

And though Fluffy may be better at picking up the darting and scurrying of a frightened mouse, there are many slow-moving objects that humans can detect with their eyesight that look stationary to cats.

 

 

 

 

Posted by: maboulette | July 22, 2016

DONALD HURT BY CRUZ – CAN’T STOP TALKING ABOUT IT


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“I knew his speech, I saw exactly what his speech was because when you go up to speak, you have to give your speech, you know? We don’t want surprises, right? So they gave it,” Trump said. “They came to me and said it’s a boring speech, Mr. Trump. He congratulates you on the victory — congratulates you on the victory.” 

But “Ted Cruz took his speech that was done, was on the teleprompter, said hello, then made a statement that wasn’t on the speech and then went back to his speech,” he said.

“To me, that’s dishonorable. To me, not signing a pledge is dishonorable. OK? Not a nice thing to do.”

Trump said Cruz’s change “could have been viewed as a nasty thing in terms of what he said, because he was implying something which is wrong.

“But that’s OK,” he added.

Trump’s claim that Cruz changed his speech appears to contradict a statement he made on Twitter Thursday, the morning after Cruz’s speech, which made no mention of Cruz adding provocative statements to his prepared address.

Trump’s sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, gave interviews on the issue Thursday without accusing Cruz of adding material to his speech.

By refusing to endorse him, Trump said Friday, Cruz “may have ruined his political career.”

“I feel so badly, I feel so badly,” Trump said. “And you know, he’ll come and endorse over the next little while, he’ll come and — because he has no choice — I don’t want his endorsement. What difference does it make? … I don’t want his endorsement. Ted, stay home, relax, enjoy yourself.”

“Again, I don’t want his endorsement,” Trump said later. “If he gives it, I will not accept it, just so you understand. If he gives it, I will not accept it. …

“Honestly, he should have done it because nobody cares. And he would have been in better shape for four years from now if he’s going to [run again]. I don’t see him winning anyway frankly. If he did, it’s fine. Although, maybe I’ll set up a Super PAC if he decides to run.

“Are you allowed to set up a Super PAC if you are the president to fight somebody?”

Trump also assailed Cruz for his comments to a group of Texas delegates, including the assertion that the senator would not roll over “like a servile puppy dog” to endorse a person who insulted his wife and father. 

“I didn’t start anything with the wife,” Trump said. “A PAC, which he’s very friendly with, released a cover story on my wife, who was a tremendously successful and elegant model, and she was on the cover of GQ magazine. I think it was GQ, right? GQ magazine’s not exactly Penthouse.”

It was an “artsy picture” of Melania Trump taken when she was a “really successful” model.

She didn’t need to marry me, she was making a lot of money. I had to work hard to get her to marry me. It wasn’t that easy,” Trump said. 

The picture was released in Utah, not a place where “you want to necessarily send a risque picture,” devoid of any indication it was from GQ, he continued. 

“Then when I saw somebody tweeted a picture of Melania and a picture of Heidi who I think, by way, is a very nice woman and a very beautiful woman,” said Trump. “I have to tell you, I think Heidi Cruz is a great person, I think it’s the best thing he’s got going and his kids, if you want to know the truth…. That takes care of the Heidi thing because Heidi’s a terrific woman.”

Regarding Cruz’s father, “a lovely guy,” Trump said, “all I did is point out the fact that on the cover of the National Enquirer there was a picture of him and crazy Lee Harvey Oswald having breakfast.”

Donald you are lying again – you sent the side by side picture of the wives and how absurd to say that National Enquirer has a picture of his father and Lee Harvey Oswald.

At least you pretended to be sane until your big speech was over – but you are back to being crazy today.  You are talking about this everywhere you go today!  And you are going from one subject to another and then back to Cruz.  Wow – it must have been hard for you to pretend to be sane for a week.

Posted by: maboulette | July 22, 2016

PRINCE GEORGE 3RD BIRTHDAY


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My favorite little boy turns 3 years old today!  The son of Prince William and Kate Middleton turns 3 July 22, and to celebrate this special occasion his parents released brand new photos of him.

Earlier in the week, as an early birthday gift, his parents took him to an air show.  What a cute boy!

Posted by: maboulette | July 22, 2016

LET’S GET SOME THINGS STRAIGHT


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WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite promising “the truth, and nothing else” in his convention speech, Donald Trump presented the nation with a series of previously debunked claims and some new ones Thursday night — about the U.S. tax burden, the perils facing police, Hillary Clinton’s record and more.

A look at some of the Republican presidential candidate’s claims and how they compare with the facts:

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TRUMP: “Decades of progress made in bringing down crime are now being reversed by this administration’s rollback of criminal enforcement. Homicides last year increased by 17 percent in America’s 50 largest cities. That’s the largest increase in 25 years.”

THE FACTS: A rollback? President Barack Obama has actually achieved some big increases in spending for state and local law enforcement, including billions in grants provided through the 2009 stimulus. While FBI crime statistics for 2015 are not yet available, Trump’s claim about rising homicides appears to come from a Washington Post analysis published in January. While Trump accurately quotes part of the analysis, he omits that the statistical jump was so large because homicides are still very low by historical standards. In the 50 cities cited by the Post, for example, half as many people were killed last year as in 1991.

TRUMP: “The number of new illegal immigrant families who have crossed the border so far this year already exceeds the entire total from 2015. They are being released by the tens of thousands into our communities with no regard for the impact on public safety or resources.”

THE FACTS: The pace of releasing immigrants is driven not by the Obama administration, but by a court ruling. A federal judge ruled last year that the government couldn’t hold parents and children in jail for more than 20 days. An appeals court partially rolled that back earlier this month, saying that parents could be detained but children must be released.

By the standard used by the government to estimate illegal border crossings – the number of arrests — Trump is right that the number in this budget year has already exceeded last year’s total. But it’s down from 2014. ___

TRUMP: “When a secretary of state illegally stores her emails on a private server, deletes 33,000 of them so the authorities can’t see her crime, puts our country at risk, lies about it in every different form and faces no consequence – I know that corruption has reached a level like never before.”

THE FACTS: Clinton’s use of a private server to store her emails was not illegal under federal law. Her actions were not established as a crime. The FBI investigated the matter and its role was to advise the Justice Department whether to bring charges against her based on what it found. FBI Director James Comey declined to refer the case for criminal prosecution to the Justice Department, instead accusing Clinton of extreme carelessness.

As for Trump’s claim that Clinton faces no consequence, that may be true in a legal sense. But the matter has been a distraction to her campaign and fed into public perceptions that she can’t be trusted. The election will test whether she has paid a price politically. ___

TRUMP: “The number of police officers killed in the line of duty has risen by almost 50 percent compared to this point last year.”

THE FACTS: Not according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund that tracks police fatalities daily. The group found that the number of police officers who died as of July 20 is up just slightly this year, at 67, compared with 62 through the same period last year. That includes deaths in the line of duty from all causes, including traffic fatalities.

It is true that there has been a spike in police deaths from intentional shootings, 32 this year compared with 18 last year, largely attributable to the recent mass shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge. But that was not his claim.

And overall, police are statistically safer on America’s streets now than at any time in recent decades.

For example, the 109 law enforcement fatalities in 2013 were the lowest since 1956. ___

TRUMP: “My opponent has called for a radical 550 percent increase in Syrian (refugees). … She proposes this despite the fact that there’s no way to screen these refugees in order to find out who they are or where they come from. I only want to admit individuals into our country who will support our values and love our people.”

THE FACTS: Trump persists in making the bogus claim that the U.S. doesn’t screen refugees. The administration both screens them and knows where they are from. The Department of Homeland Security leads the process, which involves rigorous background checks. Processing of a refugee can take 18 months to two years, and usually longer for those coming from Syria. Refugees are also subject to in-person interviews and fingerprint and other biometric screening.

For all that caution, U.S. officials acknowledge that the Islamic State group could try to place operatives among refugees. Last year, FBI Director James Comey said data about people coming from Syria may be limited, adding, “If we don’t know much about somebody, there won’t be anything in our database.” ___

TRUMP: “Two million more Latinos are in poverty today than when President Obama took his oath of office less than eight years ago. Another 14 million people have left the workforce entirely. … President Obama has almost doubled our national debt to more than $19 trillion, and growing.”

THE FACTS: Trump is playing with numbers to make the economy look worse than it actually is. The sluggish recovery over the past seven years has been frustrating. But with unemployment at 4.9 percent, the situation isn’t as bleak as he suggests.

Trump’s figure of 14 million who’ve stopped working since Obama took office comes from the Labor Department’s measure of people not in the workforce. It’s misleading for three reasons: The U.S. population has increased in that time; the country has aged and people have retired; and younger people are staying in school longer for college and advanced degrees, so they’re not in the labor force, either.

A better figure is labor force participation — the share of people with jobs or who are searching for work. That figure has declined from 65.7 percent when Obama took office to 62.7 percent now. Part of that decrease reflects retirements, but the decline is also a long-term trend.

On national debt, economists say a more meaningful measure than dollars is the share of the overall economy taken up by the debt. By that measure, the debt rose 36 percent under Obama (rather than doubling). That’s roughly the same as what occurred under Republican President George W. Bush.

The Hispanic population has risen since Obama while the poverty rate has fallen. The Pew Research Center found that 23.5 percent of the country’s 55.3 million Latinos live in poverty, compared with 24.7 percent in 2010.

TRUMP: “After four years of Hillary Clinton, what do we have? ISIS has spread across the region, and the entire world. Libya is in ruins, and our ambassador and his staff were left helpless to die at the hands of savage killers. Egypt was turned over to the radical Muslim Brotherhood, forcing the military to retake control. Iraq is in chaos. Iran is on the path to nuclear weapons. Syria is engulfed in a civil war and a refugee crisis now threatens the West. … This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction, terrorism and weakness.”

THE FACTS: It’s an exaggeration to suggest Clinton, or any secretary of state, is to blame for the widespread instability and violence across the Middle East.

Clinton worked to impose sanctions that helped coax Tehran to a nuclear deal with the U.S. and other world powers last year, a deal in which Iran rolled back its nuclear program to get relief from sanctions that were choking its economy.

She did not start the war in Libya, but supported a NATO intervention well after violence broke out between rebels and the forces of Dictator Mommar Gadhafi. The country slid into chaos after Gadhafi was ousted and killed in 2011, leaving it split between competing governments.

Clinton had no role in military decisions made during the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Republicans’ claim that high-level officials in Washington issued a “stand-down” order delaying a military rescue in Benghazi has been widely debunked.

On Iraq, Clinton as a senator voted in 2002 to grant President George W. Bush authority to invade Iraq, but has since said it was a “mistake.” Many in the Middle East do not regret Saddam’s ouster and regional allies allowed U.S. bases in their country to support the war. But many also now fear the Islamic State group, which rose in the chaos of Syria’s civil war and Iraq’s security vacuum. ___

Associated Press writers Josh Boak, Stephen Braun, Deb Riechmann, Jim Drinkard and Alicia A. Caldwell in Washington and Elliot Spagat in San Diego contributed to this report.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: maboulette | July 22, 2016

TRUMP CAMPAIGN BROKE FEDERAL ELECTION LAW


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CLEVELAND — A Democratic super PAC has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission charging that the Trump campaign broke federal election law by using his corporation to advance his presidential campaign.

The complaint was filed after Meredith McIver took the blame for cribbing parts of Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech for Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention Monday night.

The complaint, filed by a grassroots-based super PAC formed this spring called the Democratic Coalition Against Trump, says McIver’s involvement in the speech writing is a violation of campaign finance law because she has received no compensation from the campaign but is an employee of the Trump Organization. The campaign is expected to list all in-kind contributions of goods and services in campaign finance reports.

“This incident is reminiscent of the John Edwards campaign finance scandal, which likewise involved work paid for by a corporation for a presidential campaign. As such, it is very troubling,” Jon Cooper, chairman of the Coalition, said.

The complaint assumes that McIver has received compensation from the Trump Organization — in part because in a statement released to the press, McIver said she offered her resignation to Trump but he rejected it.

The letter released to the press was on Trump Organization, and not Trump campaign, letterhead.

“There is reason to believe that Meredith McIver has been performing Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. campaign duties and is being compensated by the Trump Organization for those duties, and not by Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.,” the complaint reads.

“There is reason to believe that the Trump Organization is using its corporate name in other ways, and potentially is using its corporate name to facilitate contributions to Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.,” it continues.

However, the ideologically divided FEC is often deadlocked on issues, rendering the oversight committee toothless.

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