2016 Election

Obama On The Devolution Of The Republican Party: I See A Straight Line From Sarah Palin To Donald Trump

New York Magazine today published an interview with President Obama which largely focuses on his legacy. But this is the quote that’s getting notice: “I see a straight line from the announcement of Sarah Palin as the vice-presidential nominee to what we see today in Donald Trump, the emergence of the Freedom Caucus, the tea party, and the shift in ...

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Did Marla Maples Leak Trump’s Tax Return?

Several major sites are connecting the dots. Via Medium: Outside of Mr. Trump, Ms. Maples would be the only other person that could legally provide the tax returns to an outside party. Both the New York Department of Taxation and the Connecticut Department of Revenue allow taxpayers, who have filed a joint return, to authorize the release of the returns ...

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DRAMATIC BUMP: Hillary +6 In New National Poll

Politico reports: Hillary Clinton has opened up a six-point lead over Donald Trump, erasing the New York billionaire’s slim national edge with five weeks until Election Day, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll of likely voters. Clinton leads Trump 42-36 in the four-way race for the White House. Gary Johnson garnered 9 percent, Jill Stein got 2 percent and ...

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Vandals Hit Trump’s Brand New DC Hotel

Politico reports: Donald Trump’s brand-new Washington hotel was vandalized Saturday with messages supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, according to D.C. police. The spray-painted slogans appeared on either side of the entrance to the Trump International Hotel, which opened its doors last month. Photos posted on social media indicated that the hotel attempted to cover up the defaced portions of ...

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REPORT: Wikileaks Cancels Tuesday’s Announcement

Heat Street reports: Wikileaks has abruptly canceled a much-anticipated announcement on Tuesday, according to NBC News. The announcement had been expected to be founder Julian Assange’s long-promised document dump on Hillary Clinton. NBC’s Jesse Rodriguez reported that the Tuesday announcement — which was to come from the balcony of London’s Ecuadorian Embassy, where Assange has sought sanctuary for years – ...

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Chris Christie: Donald Trump Is A Tax Genius [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: Donald Trump’s allies argued Sunday that a New York Times report revealing that Donald Trump might have avoided paying taxes for 18 years shows the Republican candidate is “genius” and the best person to implement tax reform. “What it shows is what an absolute mess the federal tax code is and that’s why Donald Trump is the ...

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Jake Tapper Roasts Giuliani On Trump’s Taxes [VIDEO]

Via Mediaite: Sunday morning’s political chat circuit saw the beginning of fallout from the New York Times‘ bombshell report on a leaked tax document that shows Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump may not have paid any federal income tax over a period of as much as 18 years. On CNN’s State of the Union, Trump campaign surrogate Rudy Giuliani took ...

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Trump Responds To Federal Tax Bombshell

The Hill recaps: Donald Trump early Sunday said he knows tax laws “better than anyone who has ever run for president” following a report that he could have legally avoided paying taxes for years. The Republican presidential nominee tweeted that he is “the only one who can fix” U.S. tax laws. The New York Times reported late Saturday that a ...

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SNL Kills With Debate Cold Open [VIDEO]

Rolling Stone recaps: Season 42 of Saturday Night Live opened with its much-anticipated parody of the first presidential debate, which pitted Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton against Alec Baldwin’s pitch-perfect Donald Trump. In the cold open, Lester Holt, played by Michael Che, asked many of the same questions the two candidates faced Monday night, including how they would create more jobs ...

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NY Times Bombshell: Trump May Not Have Owed Any Federal Tax For 18 Years Due To Business Failures

Whopper of a scoop from the New York Times: Donald J. Trump declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns, a tax deduction so substantial it could have allowed him to legally avoid paying any federal income taxes for up to 18 years, records obtained by The New York Times show. The 1995 tax records, never before ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Gun Group Raffles Off Assault Rifle With Photo Of Hillary Clinton For Target Practice

Courthouse News Service reports: A North Carolina guns right group is raffling off an AR-15 rifle, 1,000 rounds of ammunition and a portrait of Democrat Hillary Clinton to raise money for its federal political action committee. “Of course, we won’t tell you what to do with the photo, but when we ran a picture of Hillary on the front of ...

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Bill Maher Eviscerates Trump’s Surrogates [VIDEO]

You’ll enjoy this. Esquire recaps: “If you think you hate the establishment now,” Bill Maher cautioned viewers Friday night, “Wait until [Donald Trump] wins and the Trump surrogates—that basket of inexplicables he sends out every day to speak for him—become the establishment.” Maher then launched into an epic evisceration of people like Omarosa Manigault, Chris Christie, and Rudy Giuliani. Why ...

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Trump Denies His Own History Of Adultery, Vows That He Can Be “Nastier Than Hillary Ever Can Be”

The New York Times reports: Donald J. Trump unleashed a slashing new attack on Hillary Clinton over Bill Clinton’s sexual indiscretions on Friday as he sought to put the Clintons’ relationship at the center of his political argument against her before their next debate. Mr. Trump, aiming to unnerve Mrs. Clinton, even indicated that he was rethinking his statement at ...

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WaPo: Trump And Breitbart Are Normalizing Bigotry

From the editorial board of the Washington Post: One of the most disturbing aspects of the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump is the legitimization it has provided for extremist discourse. Rhetoric that properly has been taboo in this country for a generation — overt racism, sexism, anti-Semitism — has begun to seep back into politics, with Mr. Trump and his ...

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That Time Trump Was In A Porn Video

Sex tape! Via Buzzfeed: Donald Trump made an appearance in an explicit 2000 Playboy video. Trump’s role in the porn is relatively benign and centers around him breaking a bottle of champagne on a Playboy-branded limo while several of the playmates are visiting New York City. BuzzFeed News obtained the footage from the online-only Buffalo, New York–based video store Cinema ...

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Hillary Tweets At 3:20AM In Dig At Trump

Via Politico: Hillary Clinton slammed Donald Trump’s infamous wee-hours tweet attacking a beauty queen. Then, early Saturday, her campaign had some fun with it. At 3:20 a.m., the Democratic presidential nominee wrote in a post on her personal Twitter account that it was a good time as any to tweet about national service, linking to an article on Medium entitled ...

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Ivanka Stars In New Trump Campaign Ad [VIDEO]

ABC News reports: With 39 days left until voters head to the polls, Donald Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka, is now headlining a television ad on behalf of her father’s campaign. According to the campaign, the ad will begin airing in the coming days nationwide on cable and in key battleground states targeting women voters. “The most important job any women ...

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OREGON: White Supremacist Trump Supporter Arrested For Blasting Hate Messages At Anti-Hate Crime Rally

The Associated Press reports: An Oregon man faces a charge of disorderly conduct after police say he installed a large speaker on his rooftop and played a “pro-hatred” message on loop as a group rallied against hate crime at a nearby park. Springfield police say the amplified message could be heard from blocks away Thursday, and it attracted about 30 ...

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Russians Suspected In DDoS Attack On Newsweek Following Their Exposure Of Trump’s Dealings In Cuba

Their site was unreachable for hours. Talking Points Memo reports: The editor-in-chief of Newsweek confirmed Friday that the magazine’s website was on the receiving end of a denial-of-service attack Thursday night, following the publication of a story accusing one of Donald Trump’s companies of violating the Cuban trade embargo. Editor-In-Chief Jim Impoco noted that the attack came as the story ...

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San Diego Union-Tribune Endorses Hillary, First Dem Presidential Endorsement In Paper’s 148 Year History

From the editorial board of the San Diego Union-Tribune: Sixteen months into his campaign, Donald Trump remains Donald Trump. Despite constant counsel from GOP advisors and insiders to adopt a decorous public persona, Trump continues to lash out at critics, to insist complex problems can be solved with little effort and to depict an America that’s been “ripped off by ...

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