Sunday, June 26, 2016
Longtime conservative columnist George Will is wiping his hands clean of the Republican Party.
“This is not my party,” Will told PJ Media on Saturday. The Washington Post writer said a Democratic presidency would be better than the alternative offered by Donald Trump — who once called Will a “major loser.”
His voter registration in Maryland has now changed from Republican to “unaffiliated,” PJ Media reported. The final straw was House Speaker Paul Ryan‘s (R-Wis) endorsement of Trump, he said.
In the meantime, Trump continues to fumble over himself. Just this week, he fired his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski before setting off to Scotland to promote his golf resorts.
“He had one good day because he didn’t vomit all over himself and gave a decent speech,” GOP consultant Matt Mackowiak said of Trump.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Donald Trump likes to say the United States is the “highest taxed nation in the world.”
When it comes to its tax rates, the U.S. ranks 17th, 19th or 31st among the world’s 33 developed nations depending on what metric you use, as Politifact has doggedly noted each time Trump has wheeled out this lie.
Politifact also looked at numbers from the World Bank, which “placed the United States near the bottom in tax revenue as a percentage of GDP.” Another report from the World Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers includes things like property and business profits, and it determined the U.S. ranked 64th out of 189 countries in total tax rate.
There’s just no way to slice the numbers to make Trump’s statement anything less than totally untrue. The simple fact is that the U.S. tax rate is near the middle or bottom compared to other countries.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Martin Babinec, the central New York businessman who is launching an independent bid for Congress in the 22nd district, announced Tuesday he had started a petition drive to create a new ballot line, the Upstate Jobs Party.
The party line will bolster Babinec’s spot on the ballot in November.
“If you care about jobs for our families, for our children, for our future we are asking you to come forward, volunteer and join our cause,” Babinec said in a statement.
“The Upstate Jobs Party is about more than just my candidacy, it’s about creating a sustainable political alternative to a two party system dominated by crony capitalism and special interests that has over and over again failed to deliver jobs for our region. If we are successful in bringing volunteers and attention to this line I plan to support its expansion going forward.”
The petitioning process for the line ends Aug. 2. Babinec is required to get at least 3,500 signatures from registered voters of any party or those not registered in the party. Those signing the petition must live in the district and have not signed another petition this election cycle.
The central New York district is being vacated this year by Republican Rep. Richard Hanna.
Twelve days ago, Paul Ryan and the House Republicans introduced a report on national security harshly critical of President Obama. “America,” they warned, “faces the highest terror threat level since 9/11.”
Let’s take them at their word. And so, a question. Of all the threats we face, what fear most haunts our national security community?
It is not massacres like those in Orlando or San Bernardino, as monstrous as they are. It is a threat which, while more remote, would be infinitely more devastating: a nuclear attack — including by terrorists like ISIS and Al Qaeda.
This existential danger drives America’s efforts to curb the spread of nuclear weapons, and to keep our country safe from a nuclear holocaust. And here lies the irony in the Republicans’ warning. For it is yet another compelling reason that a man as ignorant, irresponsible, unstable and unprepared as Donald Trump should never become president.
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WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton took aim at Donald Trump’s business record on Tuesday, making a strong case that the presumptive GOP presidential nominee would manage the U.S. economy as badly as he has done his many failed business ventures.
“He’s written a lot of books about business, but they all seem to end at Chapter 11,” Clinton said in a clear dig at Trump’s four corporate bankruptcies. “Just like he should not have his finger on the button, he should not have his hands on our economy.”
The former secretary of state, who was speaking at a rally in Ohio, argued that Trump’s vague economic plans would drive the nation into a recession.
“Liberals and conservatives say Trump’s ideas would be a disaster,” she said. “[Former Republican presidential nominee] Mitt Romney and [Massachusetts Sen.] Elizabeth Warren, economists on the right and the left and center, all agree: Trump would throw us back into recession.”
Saturday, June 18, 2016
And Maher claimed it had done Trump’s presidential campaign a whole lot of damage, because people were finally seeing the businessman’s true side.
“I see it as, this was the week it ended,” said Maher. “I don’t think I’m the only one, because most of the Republicans who were caught on camera this week basically said, ‘I don’t want to talk about it.’”
“The judge thing looked selfish. There is no constituency for Trump University except for Donald Trump,” Maher told the audience, in reference to the former reality TV personality’s racist slurs against Judge Gonzalo Curiel.
“And then the first thing out of his mouth after Orlando was, ‘I was right.’ He looks like what he is — a narcissist,” Maher added.
Watch Friday night’s full clip above.
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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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Democratic congressional candidate Colleen Deacon leads her two rivals by a comfortable margin heading into the June 28 primary for the Syracuse region's congressional seat, according to a poll of likely voters.
The poll of 485 likely voters in the 24th Congressional District was conducted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Washington, which has endorsed Deacon in the primary.
The primary winner will take on U.S. Rep. John Katko, R-Camillus, in the November election. Katko will appear on the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party lines.
The poll, conducted with a combination of live operators and automated survey, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points, the DCCC said. Respondents were called June 14 and June 15.
Deacon led among all key voting blocs, according to the pollster, with wide margins among voters in Onondaga County, among woman and among those over age 65.
Deacon, 39, of Syracuse, also had the strongest name recognition among the three candidates, with 62 percent saying they are familiar with the former Central New York district director for U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.
Gillibrand, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner have endorsed and campaigned for Deacon, likely adding to her name recognition among voters.
Deacon also was the first of the three candidates to invest heavily in a TV advertising campaign. She began airing ads May 17 in a campaign that will continue through Election Day.
Friday, June 17, 2016
In the wake of tragedies like the one that happened in Orlando, Florida, this past Sunday, Americans usually put politics aside and come together to show strength and unity. Trump did exactly the opposite this week, using the massacre as an opportunity to boast about his powers of foresight, blame President Barack Obama and demonize American Muslims. His actions offer a hint of how he might respond to a similar situation as president.
Amid reports that a gunman had killed 49 people at a gay nightclub early Sunday, Trump could only respond by bragging that he’d predicted such a thing would happen, and arguing that the attack justified his proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S.
Trump followed the tweet with a speech on Monday in which he called for suspending immigration “from areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or allies.” Trump also falsely claimed that Omar Mateen, the shooter in the Orlando attack, was born in Afghanistan. In fact, Mateen was born in New York, not far from Trump himself.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
A top official in the George W. Bush administration has become the most prominent Republican to endorse Hillary Clinton for president.
Richard Armitage, who was Bush’s deputy secretary of state during his first presidential term, told Politico in an article published Thursday that Trump “doesn’t appear to be a Republican, he doesn’t appear to want to learn about issues. So I’m going to vote for Mrs. Clinton.”
Armitage, who also served under President Ronald Reagan, isn’t the first Republican to throw his support behind Clinton.
Arne Carlson, the Republican former governor of Minnesota, told CityPages on Wednesday that “no human being in history has been more vetted” than Clinton while Trump “has taken campaigning to a new low.”
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) distanced himself from real estate mogul Donald Trump on Wednesday, telling reporters he probably won’t be voting for his party’s presumptive nominee in November.
Hogan, who hails from a predominantly blue state, endorsed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) in the GOP primary. He is the third GOP governor to say he won’t be voting for Trump, joining Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. View a list of #NeverTrump Republicans here.
Trump trounced rivals Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the Maryland GOP primary in April. He won 54 percent of the vote, Kasich got 23 percent, and Cruz got 19 percent.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Donald Trump likes to boast he's a great businessman. But one part of his reputation as a wheeler and dealer is not so grand: He can be stingy when it comes to paying his bills. Of course, there are his bankruptcies, and he has bragged about forcing bankers to take haircuts on the money he owes them. USA Today this week reported that it "found hundreds of people—carpenters, dishwashers, painters, even his own lawyers—who say he didn't pay them for their work." And some years ago, an 82-year-old Latvian immigrant named Nicolas Jacobsen learned the hard way about Trump's penchant to squeeze folks when it's time to settle up.
The saga began in 2004, when Trump was sprucing up his private Palm Beach resort, Mar-a-Lago, ahead of his January 22, 2005, wedding to his third wife-to-be, Melania. His upgrades included the purchase of three crystal chandeliers from Jacobsen's West Palm Beach business, Classic Chandeliers, which specialized in expensive replicas of chandeliers that hung in Versailles or Napoleon Bonaparte's palace.
The price tag for the chandeliers was more than $68,000, but Jacobsen offered to sell them to Trump for $34,000. Jacobsen claimed Trump did not want to pay the sales taxes on the sale but eventually relented; Trump ultimately paid nearly $17,000 as a deposit. Jacobsen installed the chandeliers in the entryway and two bathrooms in the resort's new 20,000-square-foot ballroom, which Trump had built in advance of his star-studded wedding, where many of the wedding vendors reportedly provided their services gratis, hoping for a boost from the extra publicity. (The New York Times even reported that Trump got Melania's 13-carat diamond ring for half-price.)