Saturday, August 27, 2016

Paul Wolfowitz: 'I might have to vote for Hillary Clinton'

The former George W. Bush administration official who is often referred to as the “architect” of the Iraq War says he will likely end up voting for Hillary Clinton for president this fall.

Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy secretary of defense under President Bush from 2001-2005, told the English-language version of the German newspaper Der Spiegel that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump represents a security risk for the U.S. and that his praise for strongmen like Russian President Vladimir Putin and former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is “pretty disturbing.”

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Rep. Elise Stefanik refuses to answer

She has refused. Here’s why we hope she’ll reconsider.

If elected, Mr. Trump would hold awesome power over the health, the safety, the legal standing, and the honor of thousands of North Country service-members living here in New York’s 21st House district.

These include soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division stationed at Fort Drum near Watertown or serving overseas, as well as National Guard reservists in many of our small towns. For those men and women, and their families, this is as local and personal as any issue can be.

If he’s elected, Mr. Trump’s policies and ideas will shape every aspect of their lives.

Rep. Stefanik is widely recognized as an expert on military and foreign policy issues within the Republican Party. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee. In that role, and in her capacity as Fort Drum’s most important voice in Washington, here are the questions we feel she needs to answer.

  1.  When asked in March about his approach to foreign policy, Mr. Trump said his “primary consultant is myself and I have a good instinct for this stuff.” Given statements of this kind and his behavior and rhetoric on the campaign trail, do you view Mr. Trump a safe and sober leader, a man to whom we can trust the welfare of our troops? There is a very real possibility of military conflict in the years ahead. Would you be comfortable saying to the spouses and children of soldiers from the North Country that Mr. Trump is the right man to make life-and-death decisions on their behalf?
  1.  Mr. Trump has said repeatedly that he will order service-members (including those from the North Country) to commit acts that include deliberately carpet-bombing civilian communities, targeting and killing women and children in reprisals related to suspected terrorist activity, as well as torturing detainees and military prisoners. These are widely considered to be illegal acts under international and US military law. Are you comfortable with these positions and the possible impact on soldiers from your district?
  1.  Dozens of your Republican colleagues, including many of the most senior military, intelligence and diplomatic experts from within the conservative movement, have concluded that Mr. Trump is “dangerous” to our men and women in uniform, and would erode our nation’s safety as well as the integrity of our military. On what grounds do you disagree with them?
  1.  You have suggested that the defense and foreign policy ideas of former New York Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Mr. Trump’s Democratic opponent) would be worse than Mr. Trump’s. Please name some things Secretary Clinton has proposed (or done in the past) that would be riskier to our troops and to national security than disbanding NATOaccepting Russian expansionism, or ignoring the advice of our intelligence community when making military decisions, all of which Mr. Trump has said he may do?
  1.  You have suggested that you support Mr. Trump in significant part because of party loyalty. (When asked about your support for his candidacy, you responded, in part, that you are a Republican.) Yet this is an election to choose the president who will hold authority over all our neighbors who serve in the military. In that context, why does Mr. Trump’s party affiliation matter, particularly if you disagree with him on key policy matters?
  1.  There have been credible reports – some from within the conservative movement – that Mr. Trump maintains significant undisclosed financial ties to countries that the U.S. counts among our chief security concerns, including China and possibly Russia. Mr. Trump has declined to release his taxes or provide detailed information about debts owed to overseas lenders. Are you comfortable supporting Mr. Trump as commander in chief without that information being made public?

Trump Doctor Wrote Health Letter in Just 5 Minutes as Limo Waited

Donald Trump's personal physician said he wrote a letter declaring Trump would be the healthiest president in history in just five minutes while a limo sent by the candidate waited outside his Manhattan office. 

Dr. Harold Bornstein, who has been the GOP nominee's doctor for 35 years, told NBC News on Friday that he stands by his glowing assessment of the 70-year-old's physical state.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Trump’s mob-linked ex-associate gives $5,400 to campaign

Russian-born, mafia-linked businessman whose ties to both Donald Trump and loyalists of Russian President Vladimir Putin have sparked scrutiny, visited Trump Tower last month for undisclosed business, he told POLITICO.

The businessman, Felix Sater, also donated the maximum allowable contribution to Trump’s presidential campaign, according to the campaign’s most recent FEC filing.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Top GOP Congressman Tells Trump To Release His Taxes

Donald Trump should release his tax returns and full medical records, Republican Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Jason Chaffetz (Utah) said Wednesday.

“You’re just going to have to do that, it’s too important,” Chaffetz said on CNN. “If you’re going to run and try to become the president of the United States, you’re going to have to open up your kimono and show everything, your tax returns, your medical records.”

Chaffetz said that the standard applies to both candidates. Clinton has released her 2015 tax return and medical history. Trump has only released a cursory, bombastic letter from his doctor.

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Clinton leads Trump by 10 in national poll

Hillary Clinton has opened up a 10-point national lead over Donald Trump in the Quinnipiac University poll of likely voters out Thursday, the latest sign of the Democratic nominee's sturdy momentum as Trump wades through self-inflicted controversies.

Among those likely to vote in November, Clinton grabbed 51 percent in a head-to-head matchup, while Trump earned 41 percent.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Donald Trump Jacked Up His Campaign’s Trump Tower Rent Once Somebody Else Was Paying It

WASHINGTON ― After bragging for a year about how cheaply he was running his campaign, Donald Trump is spending more freely now that other people are contributing ― particularly when the beneficiary is himself.

Trump nearly quintupled the monthly rent his presidential campaign pays for its headquarters at Trump Tower to $169,758 in July, when he was raising funds from donors, compared with March, when he was self-funding his campaign, according to a Huffington Post review of Federal Election Commission filings. The rent jumped even though he was paying fewer staff in July than he did in March. 

The Trump campaign paid Trump Tower Commercial LLC $35,458 in March ― the same amount it had been paying since last summer ― and had 197 paid employees and consultants. In July, it paid 172 employees and consultants.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Ohio poll: Clinton leads Trump by 4 points

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton holds a 4-point lead over Republican Donald Trump in the key swing state of Ohio, according to a Monmouth University poll released Monday that finds the two tied among independent voters.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Republicans Set To Lose Senate Control

The biggest electoral question of the year is undoubtedly who becomes the next president. But just after that follows the issue of whether the Senate majority will flip again. Republicans took the chamber with a 54-46 seat majority in the 2014 midterm elections. Keeping that lead in 2016, however, will prove a more difficult task.

According to The Huffington Post’s Senate model, which relies on the polls aggregated in HuffPost Pollster charts, there’s a 55 percent chance that the Senate will swing completely over ― and a 23 percent chance that it’s tied at 50 seats for each party. That means there’s a 78 percent chance that the Democratic Party could get 50 or more seats.

Part of the Democrats’ advantage comes from holding more safe seats in the Senate than the Republicans; they have 36 seats that aren’t up for election, compared to the GOP’s 30 safe seats. But some Republican candidates are underperforming, possibly thanks to Donald Trump at the top of the ticket.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Trump campaign chair laid the groundwork for Putin’s Crimea annexation

Paul Manafort may not be running Donald Trump’s presidential campaign anymore, but he’s still finding ways to make headlines.

The Times is reporting that a senior Ukrainian prosecutor is alleging that Manafort in 2006 orchestrated a series of anti-NATO protests headed up by the pro-Russian Party of Regions, which has since been designated as a criminal organization.

Paul Manafort may not be running Donald Trump’s presidential campaign anymore, but he’s still finding ways to make headlines.

The Times is reporting that a senior Ukrainian prosecutor is alleging that Manafort in 2006 orchestrated a series of anti-NATO protests headed up by the pro-Russian Party of Regions, which has since been designated as a criminal organization.

These protests forced NATO to cancel military exercises in Ukraine and helped raised the profile of Party of Regions chief Viktor Yanukovych, who served as president of Ukraine from 2010 until 2014.

“It was [Manafort’s] political effort to raise the prestige of Yanukovych and his party — the confrontation and division of society on ethnic and linguistic grounds is his trick from the time of the elections in Angola and the Philippines,” reads a memo obtained by The Times. “While I was in Crimea, I constantly saw evidence suggesting that Paul Manafort considered autonomy [from Ukraine] as a tool to enhance the reputation of Yanukovych and win over the local electorate.”

Trump has suggested that, as president, he would formally recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea as legitimate.

Democratic congressional candidate John Plumb on Wednesday released his first TV ad of the campaign highlighting his roots in the district.

Plumb is running to unseat Republican Rep. Tom Reed in the district that has a GOP enrollment edge, running from the Southern Tier through western New York. 

Paul Manafort Helped Pro-Russians In Ukraine Move Money To U.S. Forms

WASHINGTON, Aug 17 (Reuters) - U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, helped a Ukrainian political party with close ties to Russia secretly move at least $2.2 million to two major Washington lobbying firms, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

The AP, citing sources with direct knowledge of the effort, said the transfers were set up in ways to obscure the Ukrainian party’s attempts to sway U.S. policies, using a non-profit organization to distance funds from Ukrainian politicians.

U.S. law requires American lobbyists to register and report in detail any ties to foreign political parties or leaders to the U.S. Justice Department.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Biden torches Trump in first campaign appearance for Clinton

Vice President Biden on Monday championed Hillary Clinton as the best leader for the American middle class as he made his first stop for the Democratic nominee in his birthplace of Scranton, Pa.

Biden drew a series of rousing ovations from the crowd in a folksy speech that played up his and Clinton’s family connections to Scranton, a former mining town that will play a major role in deciding the contest between Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump

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NY poll: Hillary Clinton surges to 30-point lead over Donald Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Hillary Clinton has widened her lead to 30 points over Donald Trump among New York voters, dominating a state Trump has vowed to make competitive in the 2016 presidential race, according to a new poll published Monday.

It was the first Siena College poll in New York since the Republican and Democratic national conventions last month, and mirrors a trend showing gains by Clinton in national polls over the past two weeks.

Clinton has surged in the Empire State since a Siena College poll in June showed she had a 23-point lead over Trump, 54-31 percent.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Former Bush commerce secretary backs Clinton, slams Trump

Carlos Gutierrez, former United States Secretary of Commerce under George W. Bush, has endorsed Hillary Clinton, adding to a number of Republicans who are siding with the other side of the aisle in this election.

"I actually think Hillary Clinton has the experience, she's been around, she knows how the system works. I think she'd make a darn good president," he said on CNN's State of the Union. "I would have preferred Jeb Bush, but I think Hillary is a great choice. I am afraid of what Donald Trump would do to this country."

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Dan Rather Warns Donald Trump Supporters: ‘History Is Watching’

Dan Rather fired off a warning for those who say they disagree with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s rhetoric but still support him: “History is watching.”

Rather, who was anchor of the “CBS Evening News” from 1981 to 2005, took to Facebook on Tuesday after Trump said “Second Amendment people” could deal with Hillary Clinton and the judges she appoints if elected ― comments many interpreted as a call to have her shot and killed.

“By any objective analysis, this is a new low and unprecedented in the history of American presidential politics,” Rather wrote. “This is no longer about policy, civility, decency or even temperament. This is a direct threat of violence against a political rival.”

Trump not only went against the norms of politics, he may have even broken the law.

“If any other citizen had said this about a presidential candidate, would the Secret Service be investigating?” wrote Rather. 

“To anyone who still pretends this is a normal election of Republican against Democrat, history is watching,” he wrote. “And I suspect its verdict will be harsh. Many have tried to do a side-shuffle and issue statements saying they strongly disagree with his rhetoric but still support the candidate. That is becoming woefully insufficient. The rhetoric is the candidate.”

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

NY teachers union endorses Colleen Deacon over Rep. John Katko in race for Congress

The state's leading teachers union is siding with the Democratic challenger in the 24th Congressional District race. 

New York State United Teachers has endorsed Colleen Deacon over U.S. Rep. John Katko, a Republican, in what is expected to be one of the most competitive congressional races in the country. 

Deacon, D-Syracuse, is U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's former central New York regional director and serves as the vice president of parent-teacher organization at her son's Syracuse school. 

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A Reminder That Donald Trump Did Not Oppose The Iraq War From The Very Beginning

As part of his campaign’s foreign policy agenda, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump regularly says he spoke out against the Iraq War from its inception, a claim he again made on Thursday while attempting to defend his outrageous accusation that President Barack Obama founded the so-called Islamic State.

“I was totally against the war in Iraq,” Trump told WTVJ, a television station in Miami. “Now, I was a civilian, so nobody cared. But I was against the war in Iraq.”

He made the same claim in an morning interview with CNBC Thursday morning, adding that he is “a truth teller.”

This claim is false, but Trump pulls it out with such frequency in campaign speeches, debates and interviews that it often goes unchallenged.

The real estate mogul did not publicly oppose the war until at least 2004, a year after it began. No fact-checkers have found evidence of Trump publicly stating his opposition to the war before that year.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

He said the party’s chances of keeping control of the Senate are “very dicey.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is not optimistic that he will be in charge of the Senate come November ― and Donald Trump, he implied, is not helping matters.

McConnell told a civic group in Kentucky on Thursday that the chances of the GOP retaining control of the Senate were “very dicey,” the Associated Press reported.

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Khizr Khan Asks ‘Hero’ John McCain To Reject Donald Trump

WASHINGTON ― Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father and Muslim American who’s emerged as one of Donald Trump’s most compelling critics, has for weeks been calling on Republicans to pull their support for the presidential nominee over his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States.

But on Tuesday he appealed directly to one GOP lawmaker in particular: his hero, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

“I implore Senator McCain ... I continue to implore all of the good Republicans who either support or are going to vote for their party’s candidate, this will be a historic moment in the Republican Party,” Khan said in an interview with Cronkite News, the news division of Arizona PBS.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

50 Republican National Security Officials Eviscerate Trump In Open Letter

Dozens of the Republican Party’s most experienced national security officials will not vote for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, they wrote in an open letter released Monday.

“We are convinced that [Trump] would be a dangerous President and would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being,” said the former officials, many of whom held top positions in the George W. Bush administration.

“Most fundamentally, Mr. Trump lacks the character, values, and experience to be President,” they added. “He weakens U.S. moral authority as the leader of the free world. He appears to lack basic knowledge about and belief in the U.S. Constitution, U.S. laws, and U.S. institutions, including religious tolerance, freedom of the press, and an independent judiciary.”

Signers include some of the best known intelligence, defense and security experts of the past two decades: Michael V. Hayden, the former director of both the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency; Michael Chertoff and Tom Ridge, both of whom served as secretaries of Homeland Security during the Bush administration; Dov Zakheim, a former under secretary of defense; John D. Negroponte, a deputy secretary of state and a former director of national intelligence; Eric Edelman, a top national security adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney; and Robert Zoellick, a former deputy secretary of state, United States trade rep and president of the World Bank.

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Deacon attacks Katko for staying silent over latest Trump controversy

Democratic congressional candidate Colleen Deacon is calling out her Republican opponent, Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus), for not criticizing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump over comments he made about Gold Star parents of a U.S. Army captain killed in Iraq in 2004.

During the Democratic National Convention, Khizr Khan, father of Capt. Humayun Khan, talked about the loss of his son in Iraq. Trump tweeted several apparent criticisms of Khan and his wife, and the public feud has continued for nearly a week. 

On Tuesday, Deacon, who is running for New York's 24th Congressional District seat against Katko, was critical of the incumbent for not issuing a rebuke of Trump's comments. 

“There is no defense for insulting a family who gave the ultimate sacrifice," according to a statement from the Deacon campaign." "For Congressman John Katko to stay silent on Trump’s recent attacks sends a clear message to central New York voters about whose interests he is really looking out for: his own party. Congressman John Katko cannot have it both ways. Since announcing his run for president, Donald Trump has launched attacks on military families, veterans, Americans with disabilities – and yet Congressman Katko has tried to play both sides and work the politics in his favor.”

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National poll: Clinton, surging among women, leads Trump by 8

Hillary Clinton has opened an 8-point lead over Donald Trump after both parties' conventions, according to a new national poll.

Powered by boosts in support from women, Catholics and the college-educated, Clinton leads the presidential race by 50 percent to 42 percent in the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll of registered voters -- up from 4 percentage points in mid-July.

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Donald Trump Hired Me As An Attorney. Please Don’t Support Him For President.

I like authenticity, especially as compared to survey-tested or heavily spun. I am prepared to let a candidate say something that I don’t completely agree with and still support him or her. I think the need to be politically correct has gone too far. I also think the media often hypes and slants stories to the point of being untruthful.

I think a prosperous middle class is the key to the American success story, both economically and politically, and that lobbyists have way too much sway. I am very much a pragmatist, so much so that I like compromise more than I like ideology. I like deals, especially those that are win-win. 

So Donald Trump is my candidate, right? He is NOT!

In 1987, when I was 35 years old and he was 41, Donald Trump hired me to be his attorney on a major northern New Jersey project, a shopping center, which like everything else, was to bear his name, Trump Centre. It was a big deal that he picked me and a high honor for me just a couple of years after I started my law firm, which is now over 30 years old. This was at a time when Trump still built things, having recently finished Trump Tower. 

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

WikiLeaks founder: 'Working on' hacking into Trump's taxes

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he is looking into hacking Donald Trump's tax returns.

Questions raised about Melania's marriage history

In an interview with Larry King Live in 2005 Melania Trump said that she had never been married before meeting Donald Trump.

But, Michael Wildes, an immigration attorney who worked for the Trump Organization, told Univision's investigative unit that she obtained a green card four years earlier in 2001, “based on marriage.”

Melania and Donald Trump were not married until Jan. 22, 2005 at Bethesda-by-the Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Florida.

When asked to explain the marriage discrepancy, Wildes said he would seek clarification, presumably from the Trump Organization. He later sent an email saying “I didn’t hear back, sorry.”

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Ex-CIA chief Mike Morell: Trump "is already damaging our national security"

Mike Morell, who has been both acting director of the CIA and deputy director, denounced Donald Trump in a blistering op-ed and endorsed Hillary Clinton

"Donald J. Trump is not only unqualified for the job, but he may well pose a threat to our national security," Morell wrote in the New York Times, noting that Trump has "no experience on national security."

"Even more important, the character traits he has exhibited during the primary season suggest he would be a poor, even dangerous, commander in chief," he said, ticking off the billionaire's "obvious need for self-aggrandizement, his overreaction to perceived slights, and his tendency to make decisions based on intuition," among other complaints.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Federal Judge Allows Suit Against Trump University to Proceed

A federal lawsuit by former Trump University students against the school’s founder, Donald J. Trump, will proceed toward trial, the judge in the case ruled on Tuesday.

In a written decision, Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel rejected a motion by Mr. Trump’s lawyers to dismiss the case, concluding that the aggrieved former students had raised a genuine question about whether Mr. Trump had “knowingly participated in a scheme to defraud.”

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“I’m amazed that veterans groups are so charmed by him.”

New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who announced Tuesday he will resign in September, said he’s frightened by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

“Mr. Trump scares me. Scares the hell out of me, to be quite frank with you,” Bratton said Wednesday on CBS’s “This Morning.” 

“I just don’t get it, in terms of the support for him,” Bratton added. “As a veteran, a Vietnam veteran, I’m amazed that veterans groups are so charmed by him.”

Bratton said it was “appalling” that Trump accepted a Purple Heart from a veteran at a rally on Tuesday.

Bratton also discussed Trump during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Wednesday, wondering whether the presidential hopeful “has ever taken a punch in his life.”

“[Trump] talks tough, but I think a little bit about law and order and policing, I would not trust that he would be able to do much about that, being quite frank with you,” Bratton said on MSNBC.


Donald Trump repeatedly asked an unnamed foreign policy expert why the U.S. couldn’t use its nuclear weapons

Donald Trump repeatedly asked an unnamed foreign policy expert why the U.S. couldn’t use its nuclear weapons stockpile during a national security briefing earlier this year, MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough said Wednesday.

Scarborough told the anecdote amid an interview with former CIA director Michael Hayden, who said he could not see himself voting for the “inconsistent” and “dangerous” GOP nominee. Asked if he was aware of anyone among his peers who was advising Trump, Hayden said “no one.”

“I’ll have to be very careful here,” Scarborough said. “Several months ago, a foreign policy expert on international level went to advise Donald Trump, and three times he asked about the use of nuclear weapons. Three times he asked, at one point, if we have them, why can’t we use them? That’s one of the reasons he just doesn’t have foreign policy experts around him. Three times, in an hour briefing, why can’t we use nuclear weapons.”

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Donald Trump’s Draft Deferments: Four for College, One for Bad Feet

Back in 1968, at the age of 22, Donald J. Trumpseemed the picture of health.

He stood 6 feet 2 inches with an athletic build; had played football, tennis and squash; and was taking up golf. His medical history was unblemished, aside from a routine appendectomy when he was 10.

But after he graduated from college in the spring of 1968, making him eligible to be drafted and sent to Vietnam, he received a diagnosis that would change his path: bone spurs in his heels.

The diagnosis resulted in a coveted 1-Y medical deferment that fall, exempting him from military service as the United States was undertaking huge troop deployments to Southeast Asia, inducting about 300,000 men into the military that year.

The deferment was one of five Mr. Trump received during Vietnam. The others were for education.

His experience during the era is drawing new scrutiny after the Muslim American parents of a soldier who was killed in Iraq publicly questioned whether Mr. Trump had ever sacrificed for his country. In an emotional speech at the Democratic National Convention last week, the soldier’s father, Khizr Khan, directly addressed Mr. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, saying, “You have sacrificed nothing and no one.”

Mr. Trump’s public statements about his draft experience sometimes conflict with his Selective Service records, and he is often hazy in recalling details.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

NY approves ratepayer subsidy to save Upstate nukes

ALBANY, N.Y. – The state Public Service Commission today decided to guarantee three Upstate nuclear power plants hundreds of millions in additional revenue, over 12 years, to keep the plants from shutting down. All four commissioners voted yes.

Did Clinton get a post-convention bump?

Hillary Clinton has received a bump in support after the Democratic convention and has now pulled ahead of Donald Trump.

Forty-six percent of voters nationwide say they'll vote for Clinton in November, while 39 percent say they'll back Trump. The race was tied last week after the Republican convention. Clinton led by a similar margin in June.


Clinton got a four-point bounce after her party's convention, compared to a two-point bump for Trump after his convention.

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Clinton hammers Trump for criticizing retired general

Hillary Clinton on Saturday responded to Donald Trumpblasting a retired Marine general who criticized him during the Democratic convention earlier this week.

Hillary Clinton on Saturday responded to Donald Trumpblasting a retired Marine general who criticized him during the Democratic convention earlier this week.

During a rally in Johnstown, Pa., Clinton hammered Trump for disrespecting anyone who criticizes him.

“He loses his cool at the slightest provocation,” she said. “Just yesterday he went after retired Gen. John Allen who commanded our troops in Afghanistan.”

“Gen. Allen is a distinguished Marine,” Clinton continued. “A hero and a patriot. Donald Trump called him a failed general. Why? Because he does not believe Donald Trump should be commander-in-chief.”

On Thursday, Allen, who headed coalition forces in Afghanistan, made the case for electing Clinton at the Democratic convention, blasting Trump for seeking to undermine NATO and for his call to waterboard terror suspects and kill their families.

"Our armed forces will not become an instrument of torture, and they will not be ordered to engage in murder or carry out other illegal activities," he said.

Trump lashed out at Allen in response on Friday, calling him a “failed general.”

“He was the general fighting ISIS. I would say he hasn't done so well, right? Not so well,” Trump said.

On Saturday, Clinton pointed to Trump’s response as evidence that he isn’t fit to lead the country.

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Billionaire's aide says no plans to help Trump

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Billionaire industrialist and conservative benefactor Charles Koch's expansive political network will not help Donald Trump win the presidency.

Donald Trump Goes After Grieving Mother Of Killed American Soldier

Donald Trump responded to the moving speeches of the father of an American hero at the Democratic National Convention by questioning why his wife stood at his side but did not speak. 

The remarks were clearly intended to question whether the couple’s Islamic faith precluded her from speaking so publicly.

Khizr Khan, whose son, Army Capt. Humayun S.M. Khan was killed in Iraq in 2004, gave one of the most stirring speeches of the convention when he questioned what sacrifices Trump had made for his country. Khan’s wife, Ghazala, appeared beside him at the lectern but did not speak.

Trump suggested in two separate interviews that Ghazala Khan had been blocked from speaking.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Democrats have always believed in family, faith, and country. Now everyone sees it.

For almost a century, Republicans have engaged in a sustained campaign of lies about the Democratic Party. The Democrats, claimed the GOP, hate the military. They’re hostile to religion. They support the dissolution of the family. They cravenly crave a weak nation without respect in the world and a nannying state at home that interferes in citizens’ lives daily.

Malarkey, as someone we love would say—all of it. But so long and so effectively have Republicans peddled this nonsense that the traditional media and many Americans grew to accept it. It became an ugly and painful burden for us: We knew it wasn’t true, but no matter our protestations, no one seemed to believe us.

Well, they believe us now. Donald Trump, in pursuing the nightmare vision that Hillary Clinton brilliantly excoriated as “Midnight in America,” has exposed the Republican Party as the true embodiment of the caricature conservatives drew of the Democrats. And that stark difference was showcased in extraordinary fashion throughout the two conventions that just concluded, particularly on the final night of the Democrats’ gathering.

Do you want to talk about family? It was the Democrats who featured incredible families like the Mothers of the Movement and the parents of slain police officers—families that, despite being riven by terrible violence, still believe in themselves, and in a better America to come. They did not curse their fortune, as they might well have. They stood up to try to improve the world for others so that they might not experience the same fate.

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FULL SPEECH: Hillary Clinton closes out Democratic convention

Thank you! Thank you for that amazing welcome.

And Chelsea, thank you. I'm so proud to be your mother and so proud of the woman you've become. Thanks for bringing Marc into our family, and Charlotte and Aidan into the world.

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Father of Fallen Muslim American War Hero to Trump: “You Have Sacrificed Nothing!”

One of the finest and most damning addresses of the Democratic National Convention was delivered on Thursday night by one of the event’s lowest profile speakers. Khizr Khan addressed the Philadelphia crowd to recount the story of his son Humayun Khan, a Muslim American soldier who was killed while serving in Iraq in 2004.

Khizr Khan painted a portrait of heroism, patriotism, bravery, and sacrifice—one that stood in stark contrast to the invidious message Donald Trump has issued to describe American Muslims and the unconstitutional religious test he has offered to bar Muslim immigrants from entering this country. Quite simply, Khan put Donald Trump to shame.

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Father Of Muslim American War Hero: We Cannot Defeat Terror By Dividing America

PHILADELPHIA ― The father of a Muslim American war hero who brought the Democratic National Convention to its feet on Thursday night with his impassioned rebuke of Donald Trump and his anti-Muslim rhetoric has a message for supporters of the GOP nominee concerned by the recent uptick of terror attacks around the world: the way to defeat terrorism is by uniting America, not dividing it.

“Today the global menace is terrorism. What is the solution? If military is the solution, military would have already done it. Military is not the only solution,” Khizr Khan told The Huffington Post in an interview on Friday. “To really eradicate terrorism is to join hands, not build walls and exclude each other. That is not a solution. That is adding fuel to the fire.”

Pakistan-born Khan, 65, appeared on stage at Wells Fargo Arena, the site of the Democratic convention, with his wife, Ghazala, at his side. He spoke of the heroism of his son, Army Capt. Humayun S.M. Khan, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2004 by an advancing vehicle loaded with hundreds of pounds of explosives. The 27-year-old soldier, who was born in the UAE, ordered his unit to halt while he walked toward the vehicle, saving the lives of his fellow soldiers from the ensuing explosion.

“If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America,” he said.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

? Critics savage Trump over Russia hack comments

Donald Trump's call on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's emails has shocked, flabbergasted and appalled lawmakers and national security experts across the political spectrum, with one saying it was "tantamount to treason."

Few would argue Wednesday that what the Republican presidential nominee said will directly cause Russia to conduct more cyber-espionage against the U.S. than it already is doing. But several described Trump's statements as dangerous for America's global standing. Some echoed the Clinton campaign in calling the comments a threat to national security.

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