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World Leaders And Mourners Stand With Munich After Deadly Shooting

Huffingon Post Politics - Fri, 2016-07-22 20:14

National leaders and mourners around the globe are extending their support to people in Munich, Germany, after a deadly shooting rampage there left at least 10 people dead, including the gunman, and several more wounded. 

The community was in lockdown during the massive manhunt for the suspect and has entered a state of emergency, joining a growing list of many states around the world in recent months. 

While local police have said they suspect the shooting is a “terror attack,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, said authorities could not yet confirm nor rule out a link to terrorist groups.

U.S. President Barack Obama vowed his country would offer Germany “all the support that they may need,” and praised the work of law enforcement officials.

The White House also issued a statement: “The resolve of Germany, the United States, and the broader international community will remain unshaken in the face of acts of despicable violence such as this.”

The government of Canada is closely monitoring the situation in Munich. We stand with Germany & offer our sympathies to victims & families.

— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) July 22, 2016

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his condolences on social media Friday afternoon, pledging solidarity with Germany.

French President Francois Hollande extended his sympathy and support to Merkel in a personal message just over a week after a horrific terror attack gripped his nation.

Monitoring the horrific situation in Munich. We stand with our friends in Germany as they work to bring those responsible to justice. -H

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 22, 2016

U.S. presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton also vowed to “stand with” those affected in Germany. Her Republican counterpart Donald Trump offered his prayers, and emphasized the threat of terrorism.

Mourners on social media also shared their condolences, using the hashtag #PrayForMunich to remind the community that it is not alone.

so sad. #PrayForMunich #germany pic.twitter.com/RJ52LDg9SE

— Leo (@StrenghtRisesUp) July 22, 2016

#prayforgermany #prayformunich #deutschland #münchen

A photo posted by Iara Guidi (@iaraguidi) on Jul 22, 2016 at 4:14pm PDT

We've had #prayforsyria #PrayForNice now #PrayForMunich I think we need to #PrayForTheWorld we are clearly broken pic.twitter.com/loiKYgquc1

— Ciamhie Mc Digital (@CiamhieMc) July 22, 2016

Ein trauriger Tag für München...Hoffentlich findet dieser Hass und Wut auf der Welt ein baldiges Ende. Sowas noch im 21. Jh. miterleben zu müssen ist einfach nur ein Rückschritt für die Menschheit.. #prayformunich #miasanminga #münchen #sickofthisshit

A photo posted by nhi (@nhisen) on Jul 22, 2016 at 4:14pm PDT

Nowhere is safe #PrayForGermany #PrayForMunich #PrayForTheWorld pic.twitter.com/ipXli97b2j

— Aimee Kitching (@AimeeKitching_) July 22, 2016

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Hillary Clinton Names Tim Kaine As Her Running Mate

Huffingon Post Politics - Fri, 2016-07-22 20:12

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WASHINGTON ― Hillary Clinton has picked Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) to be her vice presidential running mate, tapping the popular former governor of a swing state over several more liberal picks on her short list.

I'm thrilled to announce my running mate, @TimKaine, a man who's devoted his life to fighting for others. -H pic.twitter.com/lTVyfztE5Z

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 23, 2016

Clinton and Kaine are set to appear together at a rally in Florida on Saturday.

The selection of Kaine, a well-liked moderate in the Senate, is likely to be seen as a sign by many on the left that Clinton is less concerned about maintaining intensity among the army of liberals who backed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and more concerned about the electoral map when her opponent is Donald Trump.

President Barack Obama carried Virginia in both his elections after Democrats failed to win the state since 1964, making it a key part of his national victory strategy. Kaine, who was Obama’s first chairman of the Democratic National Committee, could help Clinton do the same.

Donald Trump’s bellicose, fear-mongering nomination convention this week likely added impetus to pick Kaine, who would add another layer of executive experience and heft to the ticket.

A campaign source said Clinton and Kaine met at her home in Washington, D.C., on Thursday after doing a campaign stop in Virginia that had been scheduled as a tryout. Clinton had been impressed with Kaine’s style on the trail, which looked very much like an event with a pair of running mates. She invited him for the meeting a day ahead of sit-downs with other potential VP nominees. Those meetings leaked to the press. Kaine’s did not.

Clinton quickly determined to meet Kaine again on Saturday for lunch with their families, including Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and her husband Marc Mezvinzky, and Kaine’s wife, Anne Holton.

According to the source, Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta, had started the VP search back in April, bringing binders of potential running mates to her Chappaqua, New York, home in a Duane-Reade bag.

His prime advice to her was: “It needs to be someone who, whenever they walk into a room, you are glad to see them and want to have them as part of any conversation.” She felt she had that with Kaine, and kept telling aides she also had complete confidence Kaine was ready for the job.

Kaine was bound to be treated skeptically by some liberals because of his position on abortion rights ― which he personally opposes but politically supports ― and trade. However, in the immediate aftermath of his pick being announced, the abortion rights group NARAL came out with a supportive statement.

In addition, a Clinton aide told The Huffington Post that Kaine had told the former secretary of state that he would oppose President Barack Obama’s signature trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, in its current form. The aide said that at some point in Kaine and Clinton’s two conversations prior to the selection ― which she made Friday night, eight days after the first meeting ― he agreed with her that a trade deal had to meet certain criteria on protecting wages and national security, and that the TPP did not.

Kaine has supported legislation known as Trade Promotion Authority, for fast-track authority, which expedites trade deals like the TPP, but in relaying his opposition to it to Clinton, he formally came out against the TPP on substantive grounds.

Kaine may help Clinton carry Virginia, but her choice could also aggravate the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party, which sees the Virginian as a business-friendly centrist unlikely to champion their top financial reform goals. They had been pulling for Warren, Sanders or Labor Secretary Tom Perez to get the nod.

Indeed, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee zeroed in immediately on Kaine’s support for fast track, which allows a president to pass trade deals through Congress with simple majorities and no amendments.

“As we saw in Donald Trump’s speech last night, Republicans will run hard against Democrats on trade this year,” said PCCC co-founder Stephanie Taylor. “Unfortunately, since Tim Kaine voted to fast track the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Republicans now have a new opening to attack Democrats on this economic populist issue.”

Liberals also complained about Kaine in 2013 when they were trying to end the Bush tax cuts, and Kaine helped broker the eventual compromise that kept the lower rates for people with incomes up to $400,000.

Still, Kaine’s nomination could hearten civil libertarians, war opponents, people concerned about gun violence, and immigration reform advocates. He has complained often about the White House’s unilateral use of war powers, and was the first Virginia governor to oppose the death penalty. He has feuded endlessly with the National Rifle Association, which is headquartered in his state, and recently called the group a “paper tiger,” since its opposition has never been enough to defeat him. He also gave the first Senate floor speech in history to be delivered in Spanish, calling for passage of an immigration reform bill.

People who know both Kaine and Clinton saw him as a choice that would help Clinton across the board.

“He’s a tremendous asset on the ticket,” said Mo Elleithee, who runs the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service, and who previously advised Kaine’s Senate campaign and Clinton’s 2008 White House run.

“If first and foremost, the vice president’s role is to be able to step in, you’re not going to find anyone better,” Elleithee said.

While some in the progressive wing look askance at a former Southern governor, suspecting a Democrat in name only, some hail Kaine as progressive in his bones.

“I can assure you as a native Virginian, this caricature doesn’t at all fit the man I’ve watched over nearly 20 years,” former MSNBC commentator Krystal Ball wrote in early July.

He’s also recently been more vocal on certain issues important for the Democratic base, including reproductive rights.

Elleithee noted that Kaine used to be called the most liberal governor in Virginia history, after doing mission work in Honduras and putting his Harvard law degree to work as a civil rights attorney.

“He’s a true progressive,” said Elleithee, who could see why Clinton was comfortable with Kaine’s campaign style.

Kaine not only knows how to connect with voters, but is able to attack an opponent without turning those voters off, winning over diverse groups in cities, suburbs and the countryside.

Elleithee recalls watching Kaine when he was running for Virginia’s lieutenant governor job in 2001, after the 9/11 attacks, and being astounded at how Kaine could launch a blistering attack on an opponent and still be liked by the audience.

“I remember one speech where he had the people eating out of his hands,” Elleithee said. “It wasn’t until later that I realized, oh, my God, he just ripped his opponent’s face off, but it didn’t feel like it.”

“He can be tough, but he does it in a way that actually draws people in,” Elleithee added.

Ultimately, Clinton seems to have made the assessment that such skills are exactly what she needs for a contest against someone like Trump. 

Sam Stein contributed reporting.

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Police Commander Suspended For Alleged Fabrications About Charles Kinsey Shooting

Huffingon Post Politics - Fri, 2016-07-22 19:20

A North Miami, Florida, police officer who shot an unarmed black mental health therapist was identified Friday as a SWAT team member, and a police commander accused of fabricating information about the shooting was suspended. 

A lawyer for the wounded therapist, Charles Kinsey, meanwhile, told the Miami Herald he does not believe a police union official who claimed the shooting was an accident. 

SWAT team member Jonathan Aledda was identified Friday as the cop who fired three shots during the confrontation Monday in which Kinsey was wounded in the leg.

Bystander video shows Kinsey lying in the street with his hands up shortly before the shooting. Kinsey said he had been trying to calm a patient with autism who had run from a nearby group home. The patient’s toy truck apparently was mistaken for a gun by a 911 caller. 

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The cellphone footage adds another vivid flashpoint to recent controversial police shootings of black men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Police officers, meanwhile, have been gunned down by ambushers in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

Aledda thought Kinsey was at risk from the other man in the street, according to John Rivera, head of the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association. The officer tried to shoot the man he thought was attacking Kinsey, but mistakenly shot Kinsey instead, Rivera said. 

Kinsey’s lawyer, Hilton Napoleon, on Friday cast doubt on the union leader’s explanation. He said he didn’t believe that a SWAT team member with four years’ experience would be a poor shooter. Napoleon also said the officer should have warned Kinsey to move away if the intended target was the other man.

Kinsey, in an interview from his hospital bed, said he asked Aledda why he shot him after he was hit. He said the officer answered, “I don’t know.”  

Aledda is on administrative leave while the authorities review what happened. 

Police officials also suspended Commander Emile Hollant without pay for what North Miami City Manager Larry Spring Jr. said were inconsistencies in his statements about the shooting. Officials wouldn’t elaborate.   


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This Great America

Huffingon Post Politics - Fri, 2016-07-22 19:15
"Make America Great Again" is popular rhetoric in modern American politics. This phrase begs the question, "When was America ever great?"

"In fourteen hundred and ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue." This is my earliest memory of history taught in school--this and what was to follow--the slaughter of men, women and children who had occupied this land from birth.

I have never understood the European sense of entitlement to everything that could be conquered. I have never understood why I was supposed to be proud to be an American. This land was acquired through the terroristic tactics of lies, deceit, betrayal, murder and forced assimilation. Young men and women are sent into foreign lands to ensure "American Values", enforced by the continued white male power, while America leaves its veterans suffering and impoverished at home.

Slavery is incomprehensible to me. After slavery, lynching, and local and national Jim Crow Laws, as well as the absence of said laws, gave renewed life and power to the terror of white male dominance in America.

Every atrocity in this country has been caused by the system of white supremacy which include, but aren't restricted to genocide, slavery, illiteracy, poverty, decimation of the family, introduction of addictive drugs into communities, mass incarceration, international imperialism, consumerism, and the list goes on and on.

It seems as if the majority calling for America to be great again are white men and women. White women who agree that we should "make America great again" ought to recall the time when terror and subjugation were commonplace for them too. Voting, owning property or being professionals of any sort was denied by white men in power. Laws empowered terrorism in the home, against families, property, in politics and religion. In America's not so distant past of the 20th Century, white men could legally beat, rape and sell their wives and children. Women were denied divorce and when they were granted a divorce they were denied any property, including the children they themselves bore.

Theological ideas shaped by the perspectives of white men of European descent, for the benefit of white men have been presented as spiritual truths. Many of the atrocities suffered--from colonialism to Native genocide to slavery to apartheid have been in the name of the imagined white-male god.

While a war on poverty is needed, a war on impoverished people has been declared. To be poor and black or brown in this country is a double burden. The personal sentiment of Talented Tenth member W.E.B. DuBois, was that to be a poor man is hard but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships. A majority of impoverished whites are so enamored with the hope of the salvation of white supremacy that they do not even recognize how American political and social systems contributes to their demise.

So, when has America ever been great?

To be great is to be exceptional, above ordinary, superior in quality or character.

By definition, America has never been great. In many ways, America is better than most. However, better than the worst does not make a country great. Although some would have us believe that we have come a long way, we must be woke to the fact that it is still legal to terrorize black, brown and impoverished people as well as white women today.

From "broken windows policing" to the modern lynching of black men and women at the hands of police, terror in America reigns. From impoverished Native reservations, many without running water or access to quality health care, education or viable career opportunities, to the assault against the brown immigrants and their legalized families, American terror reigns.

From inadequate and inaccessible health care to contaminated drinking water, American terror reigns. From illiteracy to the mass incarceration of its minority populous, American terror reigns. From no convictions for the state-sanctioned murder of black and brown women and men to the six-month sentence of an affluent white-male rapist, American terror reigns.

As black and brown people are more vocally and forcefully rising up to oppose systemic white supremacy, as even white folks are tiring of white folk's bullsh*t, the rhetoric against the value of black and brown lives grows stronger.

"Make America Great Again" is a call of action to return to white-male dominated rule, to normalize the terror which already stretches as far as the system will allow, and to empower women through misogynistic falsehoods. "Make America Great Again" is an appeal to the nostalgic feel of superiority that was secured by conquering everyone and everything in their path in order to legitimize and secure white male terror-dominance.

America has never been a great country. We are living on land stolen from the Natives, built on the backs of black and brown people who were stolen from other lands--whose blood yet calls from the soil.

America has never been a great country--it has always exploited the poor and weak for profit. America has never been a great country--it has always started and contributed to wars in order to reinforce and spread the tyranny of white male supremacy.

America has never been a great country--it has always done injustice, hated mercy and walked arrogantly without our God.

America is filled with great people who desire to do great things. America is not a great country, though, I believe that it can be.

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Beating Trump In November Is Not Enough

Huffingon Post Politics - Fri, 2016-07-22 19:11
I was scared watching Trump's speech last night. Not by his words, but by the reaction of the crowd of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The energy in the room was terrifying. The floor burst in cheers and applause after every euphemism to the actual Trump campaign slogan, "Make America Pure Again." We heard the most authoritarian and racist speech by a nominee to the presidency of the United States last night. But we also heard Republican party elites, one-by-one, endorsing these ideas. Beating Trump in November won't save America from this new fascist type of racist candidate. We need to find a way to beat the ideas.

The most surprising moment for me in yesterday's speech was when Trump implicitly reintroduced the immigration ban on Muslims. After mentioning Syrian refugees, Trump said, "Anyone who endorses violence, hatred or oppression is not welcome in our country and never will be." A policy that will lead to the deportation of Trump who is consistently endorsing violence, hatred, and oppression. But how would the crowd of the RNC react to this policy? A year ago when Trump originally suggested the ban on Muslims, Chris Christie responded, "This is the kind of thing that people say when they have no experience and don't know what they are talking about. We do not need to resort to that type of activity nor should we." The chairman of the RNC, Reince Priebus, said in December when asked about Trump's suggestion to ban Muslims, "We need to aggressively take on radical Islamic terrorism but not at the expense of our American values." But neither Christie nor Priebus stood in protest during Trump's speech (like brave Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK did). They were both on the floor, after praising Trump in their speeches, after applauding as the crowd chanted "send them home."

On Twitter last night, a lot of people mentioned that Trump's speech echoed Adolf Hitler. I was one of them. With chants of "send them home" and signs reading America First (the name of the anti-war and anti-semitic committee during WWII) all the was missing was "Sieg Heil." But we also didn't see a young Hitler, speaking at a Munich beer basement. We saw an adult Hitler with a following that is electrified by his every word. A following that includes former governors, representatives, senators, and the chair of the RNC. The hypothetical question "what would I have done if I was German in 1933?" came to life for me last night.

Beating Trump in November is not enough. Just like beating Hitler's National Socialist party in elections wouldn't have been enough. The seed of fascism (that might have been planted a long time ago) in the GOP has showed his first branches last night. A Hillary victory in November does not solve the problem, but only gives a four-year delay to the next time that America plays Russian Roulette while pointing the gun on its immigrants, Muslim citizens, and non-white communities. Talking about wining an election is business as usual. These times call for shaking everything up and genuinely pondering on the ability of the American experiment to sustain itself under these type of conditions.

Now comes the anti-climactic part: I don't have a plan. I do have an idea. It's small but maybe change can begin. I believe it is time to be divisive. As divisive as possible. I believe that one of the conditions that allowed extremism to grow in the American right was an attempt to avoid confrontations in our day-to-day lives. We don't want to ruin Thanksgiving dinner by mentioning Trump to our conservative family members that we see only once a year. When we meet coworkers, we don't want to be "that person" who ruins a nice outing by mentioning politics. We want to keep our Facebook clean and balanced, and we are afraid of what a future employer might see that we tweeted. But if you genuinely believe that you are seeing the rise of the American Hitler, none of these excuses are valid. In the hypothetical game, "what would you do to stop Hitler?" many times people hope they would have done extreme acts of bravery. Now it's the time for each and every one of us to be brave. Socially brave. To do everything we can to shut down the ideas, the support, the trend, and also the presidential campaign.

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'Daily Show' And Rosie O'Donnell Reveal Donald Trump's 'Very Very Incredible Deal'

Huffingon Post Politics - Fri, 2016-07-22 05:07

Donald Trump likes everything bigger, so on Thursday night, as he accepted the Republican nomination for president, he didn’t have to settle for just one biography film. He got two... and that’s YUGE.

Actor Jon Voight narrated the official film shown at the Republican National Convention. Hours later, “The Daily Show” aired a much less official film, narrated by comedian and Trump opponent Rosie O’Donnell

“The Very Very Incredible Deal” is an overview of Trump’s life, including a possible explanation for his allegedly tiny hands

Check out the full film in the clip above.  

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The Fashion At The RNC Was Almost As Over The Top As The Speeches

Huffingon Post Politics - Fri, 2016-07-22 04:46

It’s wasn’t all about the politics. Amid the whirlwind that was the 2016 Republican National Convention, some delegates showed their true passion for fashion.

Donning outrageously over-the-top costumes and GOP-themed paraphernalia, the delegates’ quirky attire provided a much-needed distraction from the often fear-mongering, and sometimes plagiarized, rhetoric being spouted from the stage.

Check out some of their most weird and wonderful styles below:

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Listen To Bill Maher Spend 30 Glorious Minutes Railing Against Donald Trump

Huffingon Post Politics - Fri, 2016-07-22 04:33

Bill Maher spent the entire stretch of a special Republican National Convention-themed episode of his eponymous HBO show on Thursday thrashing the now-official Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Maher ― alongside California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), author Robert Reich, and Heather McGhee, head of the think tank Demos ― was quick to point out the “fact-free” nature of the speech, noting the Republican party has taken its conservative platform “to a whole new level” this election season.

Trump’s exhaustive, hour and 16 minute-long acceptance speech focused heavily on fear and hate while, once again, straying away from any concrete policy plans that don’t involve building walls and banning the world’s Muslims.

“He’s got this idea that everyone in this country is terrified of one another, is terrified of the world and he’s the only answer,” McGhee said. “It’s terrifying.”

“I honestly have never heard a speech that was as longwinded ... as full of fear,” Reich continued. “This was the most negative acceptance speech I have ever heard. I do think that it’s scary because in many ways it was effective. He is a marketer, he knows how to tap into what people want to hear.”

Maher went on to comment on Trump’s dextrous ability to fiddle with reality, especially when it comes to his promise to keep a balanced budget while providing tax breaks to the richest Americans and simultaneously funding massive upticks in infrastructure and military spending.

“For a guy who is thought by so many people to be a genius because he’s rich, he seems to know nothing about money,” Maher said.

The panelists went on to note how the entire election had become “a referendum on decency,” while McGhee said Trump was trying to up “the idea of racial resentment.”

Take a look at the full episode above.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar,rampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims ― 1.6 billion members of an entire religion ― from entering the U.S.

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Pentagon Revises Law Of War Manual After Criticism Of Press Treatment

Huffingon Post Politics - Fri, 2016-07-22 03:49

WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Friday updated its law of war manual after a previous version came under fire for appearing to allow commanders to treat journalists as belligerents or spies.

The U.S. Department of Defense manual, the first and most comprehensive of its kind, was first released last June. It compared some of the tasks of journalism to spying or other hostile actions by an enemy.

The manual said some journalists may be considered “unprivileged belligerents” ― a legal category with fewer protections than combatants, such as prisoner-of-war status.

“Reporting on military operations can be very similar to collecting intelligence or even spying,” one passage of the manual said.

Press freedom advocates said the manual’s wording blurred the line between journalists and combatants and gave commanders the authority to detain reporters without charge.

They also warned that it would erode U.S. credibility abroad at a time when journalists are being targeted by governments and militant groups.

Sixty-nine journalists were killed for their work in 2015, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, up from 61 in 2014. In 2015, 199 journalists were being detained worldwide, compared to 221 in 2014.

After the manual’s release last year, news organizations including Reuters met with Pentagon officials to protest the language and ask for changes.

The revised manual provides greater detail on the legitimate purposes that journalists serve and makes clear that journalists have all the rights of civilians.

Press freedom groups, including CPJ and Reporters Without Borders, praised the revisions. Advocates said the new manual acknowledged journalists’ right to interview enemy combatants and placed the onus on commanders to discern between the actions of reporters and combatants.

“These are major changes,” said Frank Smyth of the CPJ. “This affirms the rights and the practice of open and independent reporting on the battlefield.”

The Pentagon eliminated the passages comparing reporting to spying or hostile acts, but gives specific examples of how an act of reporting could result in the loss of civilian status.

Journalists could still be considered unprivileged belligerents, the manual states, if they were a member of a non-state armed group and were carrying out propaganda “or other media activities.”

Journalists could also lose their civilian status in certain cases, such as relaying target coordinates for an artillery strike against opposing forces, the manual said.

The new manual also eliminates language that called for journalists to seek permission from “relevant authorities” for their work “to avoid being mistaken for spies.”

That passage drew criticism for setting an unrealistic standard for war reporting, in which frontlines can shift quickly. To cover conflicts in Libya or Syria, for instance, reporters often have to cross borders illegally.

Pentagon officials also said they would be willing to revise the manual again if needed.

“The department’s mission is to defend the very freedoms that journalists exercise,” the Pentagon’s top lawyer, Jennifer O’Connor, said in a statement. “We have learned a lot during this process, and the department and the manual are better off for the experience.”

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HE'S BACK! Jon Stewart Returns With A Message For Fox News And GOP 'Conservatives'

Huffingon Post Politics - Fri, 2016-07-22 03:38

Jon Stewart is back.

The former “Daily Show” host came out of retirement to join his old colleague, Stephen Colbert, on CBS’ “Late Show.”

He didn’t waste any time getting back to work, ripping into Fox News for now praising Donald Trump for some of the very same traits they condemned in Barack Obama. 

And he had a very direct message for the “conservatives” who want to “take the country back.”

He said:

“You feel that you’re this country’s rightful owners. There’s only one problem with that: This country isn’t yours. You don’t own it. It never was. There is no ‘real America.’ 

You don’t own it. You don’t own patriotism, you don’t own Christianity, you sure as hell don’t own respect for the bravery and sacrifice of military, police and firefighters. Trust me.

I saw a lot of people on the convention floor in Cleveland with their ‘Blue Lives Matter’ rhetoric who either remained silent or actively fought against the 9/11 First Responders Bill reauthorization. I see you, and I see your...” 

At that point, the audio cut out ― but you don’t have to be an expert lipreader to make out what Stewart said next. 

See the full segment in the clip above. 

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Trump's Terrifying Pitch: It Was Better Than You Think

Huffingon Post Politics - Fri, 2016-07-22 03:34
The Gettysburg address, it wasn't. Donald Trump's acceptance speech clocked in at one hour and 15 minutes, and that's not counting the time dilation effect demagoguery can produce in some observers.

Lincoln's speech lasted less than two minutes.

A columnist in the New York Post said that Trump gave "the speech of his life." Actually, he gave several of them. Abe Lincoln's grace and humility were nowhere to be found. But then, the self-effacement of Lincoln's words - "the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here" - would hardly suit Trump's oversized persona.

To be fair, this speech needed to be long. Trump needed to present a number of false and contradictory identities to the electorate, and that takes time. He was both a firebrand populist and a rock-ribbed Republican. He was an enemy of big business, and he swore to deregulate industry. He was compassionate toward all people - but he'll build a wall to keep millions of people out.

Trump also needed time to present an America that's a study in contrasts: a war-torn landscape with a bright future, a desolate wasteland filled with untapped potential, a desperate and dangerous dystopia that will become an Eden as soon as he is sworn into office.

That's Demagoguery 101: Terrify, then reassure. Threaten people with destruction, then reassure them with the warm embrace of your fatherly arms. It's what kidnappers do to instill Stockholm syndrome in their prisoners. And Trump's eerily good at it.

The speech may have seemed self-evidently absurd to liberal listeners. But it's likely to resonate very well among the white, largely male demographic his campaign has targeted. They've been decimated by job loss, wage stagnation, and a related rise in deaths from alcoholism, overdose, and suicide. They are desperate and frightened and looking for answers.

Trump spoke to their economic injuries in classic authoritarian style:
"I have visited the laid-off factory workers, and the communities crushed by our horrible and unfair trade deals. These are the forgotten men and women of our country ... but they're not going to be forgotten for long. These are the people who work hard but no longer have a voice."
"I am your voice!"
It's true that Trump's speech was filled with lies - sweeping, stunning, audacious lies. (We list some of them below.) But there was truth in it, too. A good con man mixes truth with lies for the same reason an assassin mixes sugar with strychnine: the poison goes down easier that way.

Trump spoke of African-American poverty, of American jobs lost to bad trade deals, of crumbling roads and bridges and "Third World airports." He mentioned "household incomes ... down more than $4,000 since the year 2000" and 43 million Americans on food stamps. His daughter even got Republicans to cheer for "affordable and accessible child care for all," which had to be a first.

Then, suddenly, he pivoted from these real-world complaints to something much more abstract - and nationalistic:
"Not only have our citizens endured domestic disaster, but they have lived through one international humiliation after another. One after another! We all remember the images of our sailors being forced to their knees by their Iranian captors at gunpoint."
For Trump, the sexualized image of humiliation - "to their knees" - is surely no accident. (Remember this?) Weimar Republic comparisons may come too cheaply, but this marriage of economic anxiety and national humiliation is strikingly reminiscent of someone else's rhetoric - and I think you know who I mean.

The fearful images cascaded out of Trump's mouth, one after the other: a nuclear-armed Iran. "Death, destruction, terrorism, and weakness." Innocent young women whose killers come from far away.

And underlying it all, a jingoistic credo: "... our plan will put America First."

At the mention of this phrase, born of anti-Semitism and unwillingness to fight Hitler's Germany, the crowd erupted in wild cheers: USA! USA!

"Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo," Trump continued. Americanism: a word that can mean whatever the listener wants it to mean.

"As long as we are led by politicians who will not put America First, then we can be assured that other nations will not treat America with respect - the respect that we deserve!"


And the ultimate strongman's line: "There can be no prosperity without law and order."

Convention-goers loved it. At one point they even chanted, "Yes, you will!" to their leader.

(The space between the "Yes, we can" of Obama's 2008 supporters and the "Yes, you will" of Trump's followers is, arguably, the distance between democracy and authoritarianism.)

Trump wisely saved the Republican hackery to the end of the speech, when even his most devoted followers must have been numb with fatigue. It was there just the same. He promised to deregulate industry, unleash the energy industry (was that worked out in backroom negotiations with the Koch brothers?) and cut taxes for the wealthy.

But Trump also made a powerful argument against his opponent, one she'll need to counter directly:
"The problems we face now - poverty and violence at home, war and destruction abroad - will last only as long as we continue relying on the same politicians who created them. A change in leadership is required to change outcomes."
Trump reminded voters that Bill Clinton signed NAFTA, tied Hillary Clinton to "big business" donors who want to keep the system "rigged," and even lampooned her poorly-chosen"#ImWithHer" slogan by saying "I'm with you."

Trump is promising relief - from the fear he and his allies have instilled, but also from an economic order that has failed millions of Americans. Even though there's no chance he intends to make good on his promises, Clinton's Democrats have their work cut out for them. They'll need to convince voters that they don't represent the "centrist" status quo. That means firm and believable commitments on trade, wages, and other issues where they have tacked right in the past.

Trump offers no specifics, but he holds out the possibility of change. Even voters who suspect he's lying may be willing to take a chance on him unless Democrats offer concrete alternatives. Strongmen perform best against disorganized opponents with vague messages.

The evening ended on an odd note - literally. Organizers played "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by the Rolling Stones as Trump left the stage. Was that a statement? To whom? Their use of "Here Comes the Sun" earlier in the evening had drawn an immediate angry response from George Harrison's estate, but at least that choice made sense in a saccharine sort of way.

This selection, on the other hand, left listeners baffled. "You Can't Always Get What You Want"? Of all the songs the Rolling Stones ever recorded, why pick that one?

Maybe "Under My Thumb" wasn't available.


Fact Check

It would take 50,000 words to debunk all of Trump's deceptions, so we'll stick to a few highlights:

The United States is not "one of the highest-taxed nations in the world." The Tax Policy Center concluded that total US tax revenue came to only 24 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), "well below the 34 percent average for developed countries." And the OECD, an organization of developed nations, found in 2015 that the US ranks 31st out of 34 countries in its level of taxation. (Only South Korea, Chile, and Mexico scored lower.)

While Trump claims that we have "no proven vetting system" in place for Syrian refugees, refugees are screened by several different agencies and the process takes 18 to 24 months. (Here's a helpful - and lengthy - infographic.)

There is no evidence to suggest that regulation "costs" the economy $2 trillion a year. What's more, regulation saves an enormous amount of money - through the prevention of environmental damage, improvements in public health, increased competition, fraud prevention, and a number of other ways.

We didn't "give" Iran $150 billion as part of the nuclear deal. In fact, we didn't give Iran any money at all. Frozen Iranian assets - that is, their money, not ours - was released as part of the agreement.

Law enforcement is primarily handled at the local and state level, so there is no way "safety will be restored" by Trump "on January 20, 2017."

More of Trump's words are undoubtedly being debunked by others even as this is being written.


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Photoshop Armageddon Breaks Out Over THAT Photo Of Donald Trump's Family

Huffingon Post Politics - Fri, 2016-07-22 03:34

Let the battle commence.

No, not for the White House, but over this image of Donald Trump and his family shooting daggers at Ted Cruz for not endorsing the reality TV star’s presidential bid.

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The photograph showing the Trump clan looking angrily at the Texan senator during his speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Wednesday night soon went viral. It also became the subject of an intense Photoshop battle

Redditors reimagined the Trumps as being judges on “Republicans Got Talent” and as characters from “Game of Thrones.” Here are some of the best:

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Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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Trump: "I Alone Can Fix It"

Huffingon Post Politics - Fri, 2016-07-22 02:47
"I am your voice," Republican nominee Donald J. Trump told convention delegates in Cleveland as he accepted his party's nomination in a speech filled with anger but lacking soaring rhetoric. His delivery was not presidential, rather it was harsh and indignant. It resonated with resentful Trump supporters who feel they are the victims of an America that has left them behind.

Trump railed against a rigged system. "No one knows the system better than me," he said pausing to smile, "which is why I alone can fix it." Declaring that he is the "law and order candidate," he said, "Our convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation. The attacks on our police, and terrorism is our cities, threaten our way of life." He promised, "the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon, very soon, come to an end. Beginning on January 20 (Inauguration Day) safety will be restored."

Trump said, "The number of police officers killed in the line of duty has risen by almost 50% compared to this point last year." He then played on fear, "Nearly 180,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records, ordered deported from our country, are roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens." He promised to build a wall along the Mexican border, but didn't mention that Mexico would pay for it. By the way, under President Barack Obama immigration is down, killings of police officers is down, and illegal immigration is down compared to previous presidents.

In his one-hour and fourteen minute speech he listed a series of domestic initiatives. He promised to renegotiate trade deals, reduce taxes, invest in infrastructure, reduce government regulations, lift restrictions on American energy, and "repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare!" He said he would address the student debt problem and appoint justices "who will uphold our laws and constitution."

Trump failed to recognize members of the American military, including those serving overseas. But he said he would "rebuild our depleted military." "Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo. As long as we are led by politicians will not put America first, then we can be assured that other nations will not treat America with respect." He spoke of NATO, and said, "Countries we are protecting at a massive cost to us will be asked to pay their fair share."

Trump attacked Hillary Clinton's record as Secretary of State. "Iran is on the path to nuclear weapons. Syria is engulfed in civil war and a refugee crisis that now threatens the West." He continued, "After fifteen years of wars in the Middle East, after trillions of dollars spent and thousands of lives lost, the situation is worse than it has ever been before." He concluded, "This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction and weakness." Trump said, "We are going to defeat the barbarians of ISIS and we are going to defeat them fast."

He took time to thank the evangelicals who supported him, noting, "I am not totally sure I deserve it." And he thanked his wife Melania, and his children for their support. The Trump children were impressive, especially Ivanka, who introduced her father.

Trump concluded, "I'm with you, and I will fight for you, and I will win for you!" He continued, "We will make America strong again. We will make America proud again. We will make America Safe again. We will make America great again!"

Trump's speech was not about optimism, hope, the American spirit, or President Ronald Reagan's "Bright shining light on a hill." Instead, it was filled with the same themes that secured him the Republican Party's nomination. It wasn't a typical Republican speech, especially his attacks against business and free trade, and it was short on specifics. It will not appeal to Democrats who support Hillary Clinton, and it may not play well with independents.

But nothing about Trump's campaign so far has gone according to conventional wisdom.

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George Harrison's Estate Burns GOP Over Unauthorized Usage Of 'Here Comes The Sun'

Huffingon Post Politics - Fri, 2016-07-22 02:45

When the house band at the Republican National Convention played “Here Comes The Sun” as Ivanka Trump walked on stage, the estate of late Beatle George Harrison was not happy about it:

The unauthorized use of #HereComestheSun at the #RNCinCLE is offensive & against the wishes of the George Harrison estate.

— George Harrison (@GeorgeHarrison) July 22, 2016

The estate also sent a followup message saying there was a Harrison song they might approve of the GOP using: 

If it had been Beware of Darkness, then we MAY have approved it! #TrumpYourself

— George Harrison (@GeorgeHarrison) July 22, 2016

As the song title alone suggests, “Beware Of Darkness” has a very different message, and includes this verse: 

Watch out now, take care,
Beware of greedy leaders
They’ll take you where you should not go,
While Weeping Atlas Cedars
They just want to grow
Beware of darkness

“Beware Of Darkness” was on Harrison’s landmark 1970 triple album, “All Things Must Pass.”

The clip above shows the song performed at the 1971 “Concert for Bangladesh,” with Harrison and Leon Russell on vocals. 

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That Was A Very Scary Speech Donald Trump Just Gave

Huffingon Post Politics - Fri, 2016-07-22 01:47

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CLEVELAND ― Be afraid. Be very afraid.

That was the essential message of the Republican National Convention this week and it was the same essential message that Donald Trump conveyed to the American people on Thursday evening, when he formally accepted his party’s nomination for president.

Maybe it isn’t surprising. From the day Trump announced his candidacy, warning about mythical rapists that Mexico was sending across the border, the real estate mogul has been telling people that they and their livelihoods were under siege ― from undocumented immigrants, global corporations, Muslim terrorists, elitist liberals, and criminals shooting cops.

He hit all of those themes in his speech Thursday and he hit them hard ― so hard, in fact, that he barely had time for anything else. The speech was long, even by convention speech standards. According to C-Span, it was the longest since 1972, eclipsing even Bill Clinton’s marathon in 1996.

Despite all that time, Trump gave almost no attention to other issues.

School choice and Obamacare each got just one line, while abortion got none. He spent a few minutes on the economy, but nearly all of it was about trade ― and how he intended to protect American jobs by ripping up old trade agreements and imposing tariffs on countries that don’t compete fairly.

The economy section also included one comically vague line ― “I will outline reforms to add millions of new jobs and trillions in new wealth” ― followed by a warning that his efforts “will be opposed by some of our nation’s most powerful special interests. That is because these interests have rigged our political and economic system for their exclusive benefit.”

The section on immigration, naturally, dwelled on the stories of people murdered by undocumented immigrants ― and some highly questionable statistics on how immigration has affected the economy. Even in those few moments when Trump was trying to appeal to idealism, he did so by portraying stories of people or communities under assault.

Maybe nobody should be surprised. Trump delivered his speech from a teleprompter, sticking mostly to the prepared text that had leaked hours before. But it was not much different from the extemporaneous riffs he’s been delivering at campaign stops for months ― or from what previous convention speakers, particularly former New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, had said on previous nights.

Still, many political professionals had long assumed, and many Republican strategists had desperately hoped, that Trump would use this convention speech to “pivot” to a more positive, more inclusive America. It wouldn’t have been that difficult, if Trump had been even slightly interested in doing so.

Four years ago, Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, gave such a speech when he accepted the Republican presidential nomination. He talked about his biography, his vision for a prosperous and peaceful America, and some of his ideas about how to get there. It was unabashedly nationalistic, but, unlike Trump’s speech, it was optimistic too ― like when Romney paid homage to Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, who had just died.

“I don’t doubt for a second that Neil Armstrong’s spirit is still with us,” Romney said, “that unique blend of optimism, humility and the utter confidence that when the world needs someone to do the really big stuff, you need an American.”

Conventional wisdom says that Trump’s speech won’t help him ― that optimism beats pessimism, that hope beats fear, that light beats dark. And that’s an opportunity for Hillary Clinton.

She may not have the rhetorical tools of either of the two most recent Democratic presidents. But in her best speeches from this campaign season ― the one on Roosevelt Island when she officially launched her campaign, and the one at the Brooklyn Navy Yard when she clinched the number of delegates she needs for the nomination ― Clinton was able to give uplifting messages.

Trump is also fighting demographics. His angry, dark campaign has gotten him this far because it appeals to a constituency within the Republican Party that is overwhelmingly white and, according to polling data, overwhelmingly convinced that it is losing control of the country to the non-white population.

But the non-white population is getting bigger and bigger, which means that Trump can’t win unless he somehow runs up unprecedented margins among whites (which he hasn’t done so far) or makes inroads with African-Americans and Latinos (which seems impossible, particularly after Thursday night).

Still, a Trump victory is far from unthinkable. After The New York Times polling model predicted that Hillary Clinton has a 76 percent chance of winning, writer Josh Katz noted that it meant Trump could still win ― and that his chances were about the equivalent of a pro basketball player missing a free throw.

Sometimes that happens.

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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White Supremacist David Duke Gives Trump's Speech Rave Review

Huffingon Post Politics - Fri, 2016-07-22 01:45

Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday elicited a range of reaction ― with convention delegates in attendance feeling largely thrilled by the oration, even as some Republicans viewed the moment as the death of their party. But one important review, naturally, came from a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke, one of Trump’s most ardent fans.

Great Trump Speech, America First! Stop Wars! Defeat the Corrupt elites! Protect our Borders!, Fair Trade! Couldn't have said it better!

— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) July 22, 2016

Duke has long presented himself as a huge admirer of Trump. Trump has, in return, shown a reluctance to publicly abjure Duke’s devotions and continues to successfully offer dog whistles to the white supremacist community.

Earlier this month, the Daily Beast’s Gideon Resnick reported that Duke was planning to run against Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) in Louisiana’s 1st Congressional District, in what would no doubt be the truest test of Trump’s presidential coattails.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims ― 1.6 billion members of an entire religion ― from entering the U.S.


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The Supreme Irony of Trump's Nomination Speech

Huffingon Post Politics - Fri, 2016-07-22 01:09
We've witnessed tonight the spectacle of a Republican billionaire presidential nominee running against forty years of Republican public policy. Most of the applause lines featured the bizarre spectacle of a convention filled with Republicans cheering a leader who attacked their own fiscal, economic, and foreign policies.

Donald Trump criticized the trade policies that hollowed out America's working middle class. But these deals were a long-term Republican project that progressives and labor unions vehemently opposed. "Centrist" Democrats triangulated against the progressive wing of their party and its labor base to support NAFTA, the WTO, and other trade agreements, but it was the GOP, multinational corporations, and the Chamber of Commerce that pushed these trade policies in the first place. (The heavily Republican U.S. Chamber of Commerce still favors these trade deals).

Similarly, the budget deficits Trump criticizes were the result of the reckless high-end tax cutting that have been a Republican fetish since Ronald Reagan. And Trump's promise of more tax cuts and more de-regulation were some of the speech's biggest applause lines.

Trump talks about the "violence" directed against police without ever mentioning the crisis in law enforcement that has led to the police killings of unarmed black people in cities across the country.

He talked about Latinos and African Americans being special victims of the failed economy and lamented the discrimination against the LGBTQ community. Yet his "birtherism" and delegitimizing the first black president has already shown African Americans he's not their friend. He called Mexicans "rapists" and "drug dealers." And his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, is one of the most extreme anti-LGBTQ politicians in America (the Republican platform even calls for gay "conversion therapy").

Trump promises an authoritarian future where "everyone" will be "protected" without acknowledging the Constitutional safeguards that he will have to do away with to get us there. (You would think his NRA-loving Constitutional literalists and libertarians among Republicans might wonder about this claim.) "Is this guy running for president or dictator?" Bernie Sanders tweeted during the speech.

This billionaire huckster even appropriated Bernie Sanders' rhetoric when he spoke about the "rigged" economic system, but places the blame for this unfairness on an elaborately constructed Straw Person with the words "Hillary Rodham Clinton" stamped on it.

On foreign policy Trump attacked President Barack Obama for not enforcing his "red line" and going to war against Bashar al-Assad in Syria, and then went on to trash Hillary Rodham Clinton for advocating regime change in Syria against Bashar al-Assad.

Trump condemns the decrepit state of the nation's infrastructure knowing that his audience will be largely unaware that it was the Republicans who control the Congress who have deliberately held back large infrastructure spending bills as a political tactic to prevent the Obama Administration from benefiting by taking credit for the jobs it would create.

And what does promising to defy "political correctness" really mean? Is it just a retread of the white resentment that courses through American politics? Or is it nostalgia for going back to the "good old days" when white people could openly vent their racism, sexism, and homophobia? Who, exactly, is genuinely aggrieved by "political correctness?"

We've endured forty years of class warfare where Republicans and their Democratic enablers have enacted policies that victimize tens of millions of working people while enriching the billionaire and millionaire class. Then after those policies create suffering on a massive scale and spread economic insecurity and fear among the broad working class in this country, the Republicans turn on a dime and denounce those same policies as if their political party had nothing to do with them. No wonder Gore Vidal used to call the country "The United States of Amnesia."

Trump peppered in the usual boilerplate of Reaganomics railing against "regulations" and "taxes," which has become a kind of balm for the suffering small business sector that is also struggling because consumers have less money in their pockets. He wants to keep the minimum wage at $7.25 - but he didn't mention that.

Promise the people security, safety, and prosperity, and provide them with ample avenues to vent their resentment of minorities and foreigners, and with the help of a duplicitous corporate media Trump can count on people forgetting all about who brought us the "neoliberal" order of market fundamentalism in the first place.

Trump pretended that the Republicans (even though they've controlled the House for 18 of the past 22 years and currently hold both the House and the Senate) bear no responsibility for the declining wages of millions of working Americans or any of the other problems confronting the country.

A pro-business billionaire Republican presidential nominee has positioned himself to run against failed Republican fiscal, social, economic and trade policies. This is evidence that the long-term Republican project is succeeding: They've broken the government and the economy to the point where they can now exploit the human misery for political gain.

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Van Jones Schools Us All

Huffingon Post Politics - Fri, 2016-07-22 01:01

The ideological divisions afflicting the U.S. right now are so deep that it is difficult to imagine how we will ever have a functioning democracy. We cannot seem to agree on even the most basic values. Some people are trying to raise awareness about police brutality in the black community with the most uncontroversial slogan conceivable, "black lives matter." And yet they are roundly and belligerently misunderstood by otherwise intelligent people who insist on tacking an imaginary "only" onto the beginning of the phrase. (I don't know how else to interpret the retort of "all lives matter"). On the other end of the spectrum, after every high-profile mass shooting, liberals and progressives act like the problem of gun violence can be solved with background checks and bans on certain weapons (not that I'm against such measures). On these and so many other issues, it seems that the two sides are living in parallel universes.

In this atmosphere where partisanship is so extreme that our political representatives can barely keep the government functioning, we should hardly expect any sort of rapprochement between even more divergent perspectives. But we should always be ready to be surprised.

It is arguable that no one exemplifies right-wing hysteria more definitively than Infowars.com. Boasting headlines like "Obama/BLM Plan to Overthrow America Leaked," they represent an unrepentant anti-government paranoia, the appeal of which has been escalating ever since Obama was elected in 2008. Meanwhile, from the perspective of the far right, few people are perceived as more dangerous than Van Jones. He represented such a threat to the right, that when President Obama named him Special Advisor for Green Jobs in 2009, former Fox News personality Glenn Beck and his allies went on the attack, mounting a smear campaign that ultimately led to Jones' resignation. Of course, this is precisely why Carl the Cuck Slayer and his Infowars crew jumped at the chance to ambush Mr. Jones when they spotted him walking on the RNC convention grounds. What happened next, though, was that Van Jones taught us all a crucial lesson in bridging what would seem to be an unbreachable ideological divide.

What he did was really quite simple. He spoke from his heart. He refused to be drawn into a tediously familiar ideological back and forth. And, with genuine respect, intellectual honesty, and fierce compassion, he staked out a chunk of common ground on which they could both stand, and no one had to lose. It was (to borrow the word Mr. Jones used to describe our whole society) a miracle.

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Donald Trump Isn't Toning Down Immigration Rhetoric For The General Election, He's Getting Worse

Huffingon Post Politics - Fri, 2016-07-22 00:57

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CLEVELAND ― Donald Trump’s pronouncement last year that Mexico was sending criminals and rapists to the U.S. had a small positive remark at the end. “Some, I assume, are good people,” he said at a June 2015 speech announcing his candidacy.

More than a year later, in spite of pleas for him to tone down his rhetoric, the idea that even some undocumented immigrants are good people has fallen by the wayside.

Trump’s speech on Thursday to the Republican National Convention was dominated by talk about immigration, none of it positive. It was exclusively based on fear: of mothers and children fleeing violence in Central America, refugees leaving Syria, and undocumented immigrants already here who, in Trump’s world, are only mentioned as killers.

“Nearly 180,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records, ordered deported from our country, are tonight roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens,” he said. “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.”

He talked about multiple people killed by undocumented immigrants: Sarah Root, Dominic Durden and Brandon Mendoza, who were struck by drunk drivers; and Kate Steinle and Jamiel Shaw Jr., who were fatally shot. Trump blamed President Barack Obama for their deaths. 

“One more child to sacrifice on the altar of open borders,” Trump said of Root.

Not everything Trump said was wrong. Those six people did die (PolitiFact has more on their stories here). The number of families apprehended at the border is up from last year ― although most of them are women and children seeking asylum in the U.S. from violence in Central America. Government officials did tell Congress that nearly 180,000 undocumented immigrants with criminal convictions are in the U.S. after deportation orders, although the administration also said that some were not removable and others had minor offenses.

But the overall picture he painted was in contrast to what multiple studies have argued: Immigrants, including undocumented ones, are less likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans.

Trump came closer to a straight-out lie when he discussed refugees and his promise to “immediately suspend immigration from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism until such time as proven vetting mechanisms have been put in place.”

“We don’t want them in our country,” he said, before talking about Clinton’s call to accept more 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.”

There is vetting for refugees, with additional screening for Syrian refugees. The talking point conservatives bring up most often, that FBI director James Comey said the U.S. cannot vet Syrian refugees, is a misrepresentation of his actual words: that “there is no risk-free” system but that they were better at screening than before.

Trump again promised a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, and although he didn’t straight-out say “mass deportation,” his words sounded a lot like a threat.

“Tonight, I want every American whose demands for immigration security have been denied ― and every politician who has denied them ― to listen very closely to the words I am about to say,” he said. “On January 21st of 2017, the day after I take the oath of office, Americans will finally wake up in a country where the laws of the United States are enforced.”

In Trump’s version of America, refugees from one of the most dangerous countries on the planet couldn’t be simply wanting peace here. Central American women and children couldn’t be seeking safety, and undocumented immigrants couldn’t be looking for a better life. Killers are the rule, not the exception. Foreigners are here to take our jobs and do us harm.

Not even some of them are good people.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims ― 1.6 billion members of an entire religion ― from entering the U.S.

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Donald Trump Flunks Actual Sanity Test Given By Keith Olbermann

Huffingon Post Politics - Fri, 2016-07-22 00:41

Time for some armchair psychiatry. 

Sports and political commentator Keith Olbermann used the 20 items on the Hare Psychopathy Checklist ― an actual clinical tool used to help diagnose psychopathy ― to assess Donald Trump. 

The results? 

Well, let’s just say the GOP presidential candidate probably won’t be bragging about his YUGE numbers on this one.  

Read Olbermann’s column in Vanity Fair, or watch his analysis of the test in the clip above, which was posted online by the magazine on Thursday.

(h/t Raw Story)


Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims ― 1.6 billion members of an entire religion ― from entering the U.S.


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