Too bad it’s not for her campaign: “They wanted to get away with it.”
Herself has promised to nominate judges who will legislate from the bench. Ilya Shapiro reckons that Republican senators should therefore promise to confirm none of her nominees.
I would suggest another possibility: Republicans should put together a list they would find acceptable. That’s advice too.
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The other day Donald Trump started his “closing argument” to the American people by talking about his sexual assault accusers and threatening to sue them. Last night his surrogate, Newt Gingrich, said the media was obsessed with the topic and demanded to talk about policy instead. He also said too little attention was being paid to Bill Clinton’s transgressions, prompting this dismissal from Megyn Kelly:
Excuse me, sir. We on “The Kelly File” have covered the Clinton matter as well. We’ve hosted Kathleen Willey, we’ve covered the examples of him being accused as well. But he’s not on the ticket, and the polls also show that the American public is less interested in the deeds of Hillary Clinton’s husband than they are in the deeds of the man who asks us to make him president, Donald Trump.
We’re going to have to leave it at that and you can take your anger issues and spend some time working on them, Mr. Speaker.
How long will the Trump humiliation stick with Gingrich and Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christie? Approximately the rest of their lives.
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Black Lives Matter is a bust:
If Colin Kaepernick’s protest strategy is working, it hasn’t showed up yet in public opinion polling. Respect for local law enforcement soared over the last year to its highest level since 1968, according to a new survey from Gallup ...
Interestingly, changing opinions among Democrats and independents drove most of the increase. Republican respect for police, already overwhelming, ticked up only slightly, from 82 to 86 percent. Meanwhile, Democratic support surged from 54 to 68 percent; among independents, from 60 to 75. The uptick was more pronounced among nonwhites than whites.
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Twitter had to fire a newly hired exec because it failed to check his too-candid Facebook posts:
Twitter’s new virtual reality project manager Gregory Gopman lasted around 48 hours at the company before being shown the door.
It seems Gopman secured his downfall due to an opinionated rant shared on Facebook almost two years ago. The original post, which Gopman has long deleted, saw the then AngelHack CEO describe San Francisco’s Market Street as “overrun by crazy, homeless, drug dealers, dropouts, and trash. He also called the city’s displaced citizens “degenerates” that “gather like hyenas.”
The rant inevitably resurfaced courtesy of TechCrunch. And, sure enough, Twitter gave Gopman the boot. “Anddd I’m fired. Thanks TechCrunch,” he wrote on Facebook. “They wrote a smash piece on me last night and comms didn’t want to deal with it,” he later clarified in a reply to one of the comments on the post.
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The last months of Obama—and his signature program:
Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama’s health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That’s sure to stoke another “Obamacare” controversy days before a presidential election.
Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services. Some states will see much bigger jumps, others less.
Moreover, about 1 in 5 consumers will have plans only from a single insurer to pick from, after major national carriers such as UnitedHealth Group, Humana and Aetna scaled back their roles.
In other words, exactly what opponents of the program (i.e. Republicans) predicted. It’s a shame the Republican presidential candidate is too busy threatening women with lawsuits and too ignorant of health care policy to make hay of this.
And speaking of legacies, John Roberts’s just got a reprieve. He didn’t do his job and find the program unconstitutional, but it will matter a little less now.
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Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s super PAC donated nearly $500,000 to the campaign of Dr. Jill McCabe, the wife of an FBI official who later helped oversee Clinton’s email investigation. From the Wall Street Journal’s Devlin Barrett: “Campaign finance records show Mr. McAuliffe’s political-action committee donated $467,500 to the 2015 state Senate campaign of Dr. Jill McCabe, who is married to Andrew McCabe, now the deputy director of the FBI.” McCabe was the third largest recipient of funds from the governor’s super PAC. The governor’s office strongly denied any potential connection, saying McAuliffe “supported Jill McCabe because he believed she would be a good state senator”: “This is a customary practice for Virginia governors,” a spokesman said in a statement. “Any insinuation that his support was tied to anything other than his desire to elect candidates who would help pass his agenda is ridiculous.”
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WaPo news summary on Herself’s Nevada campaign:
The Clinton team is investing heavily in door-to-door canvassing to run up their early vote numbers. Pilar Grullon, a field organizer for the Nevada Democratic Party, led a training session for 40 volunteers before [Katy] Perry arrived at UNLV. The native of the Dominican Republic said her mom worked two jobs to make ends meet but that her family still relied on public assistance – including food stamps and Medicaid – to get by. She recently became the first in her family to graduate from college. “All of those services that my family depended on are at risk in this election,” she said.
Multiple generations of immigrants are depending on you! Warning: The taxman may leave you with less disposable income than Katy Perry (net worth: $125 million).
Trump traveled to Gettysburg Saturday to deliver what was billed as a “closing argument” for his campaign and outline plans for the first 100 days of a Trump administration – but he spent most of the speech airing a litany of grievances instead. From Jenna Johnson and Jose DelReal: Trump vowed to sue the women who have accused him of sexual assault -- branding them all “liars” -- and blasted the media for attempting to “poison” the minds of American voters. After more than 13 minutes on the subject, Trump read several numbered lists of things that he would do on his first day in office or during his first 100 days.
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A different tune in 2012:
Since he announced his candidacy last June, Trump has promised to build a wall on the US border with Mexico and at various times said he would, as president, deport all or many of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the country. However, in an [sic] June 2012 interview with CNBC’s Squawk Box reviewed by CNN’s KFile, Trump said he didn’t believe in deporting undocumented immigrants who, he said, “had done a great job.”
Asked about his views on immigrant labor, Trump said, “You know my views on it and I’m not necessarily, I think I’m probably down the middle on that also. Because I also understand how, as an example, you have people in this country for 20 years, they’ve done a great job, they’ve done wonderfully, they’ve gone to school, they’ve gotten good marks, they’re productive — now we’re supposed to send them out of the country, I don’t believe in that, Michelle, and you understand that. I don’t believe in a lot [sic] things that are being said.”
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In a truly shocking twist the Supreme Court decided the grown Iraqi man may not have realised the 10-year-old did not want to be sexually abused by him.
Amir A, 20, was visiting the Theresienbad pool in the Austrian capital of Vienna last December as part of a trip to encourage integration.
When the youngster went to the showers, Amir A. allegedly followed him, pushed him into a toilet cubicle, and violently sexually assaulted him.
Following the attack, the accused rapist returned to the pool and was practising on the diving board when police arrived, after the 10-year-old raised the alarm with the lifeguard.
The child suffered severe anal injuries which had to be treated at a local children’s hospital, and is still plagued by serious post-traumatic stress disorder.
In a police interview, Amir A. confessed to the crime; telling officers the incident had been “a sexual emergency”, as his wife had remained in Iraq and he “had not had sex in four months”.
Amir looked chilly. I didn’t realize he didn’t want to be burned alive.
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