AP Editor Admits Tweet On Clinton Foundation Was ‘Sloppy’ And Wrong, Still Won’t Delete It

by Judd Legum – ‘We abhor inaccuracies, carelessness, bias or distortions.’ After years of investigation, Freedom of Information Act requests and lawsuits, the Associated Press obtained two years of Hillary Clinton’s schedules from her tenure as Secretary of State. It culminated with this tweet on their findings: The Associated Press ✔@AP BREAKING: AP analysis: More than half those who met Clinton as Cabinet secretary gave money to Clinton Foundation. 3:24 PM – 23 Aug 2016 There was one problem: This tweet is completely inaccurate. The AP analysis includes only 154 meetings. It excludes all meetings with domestic and foreign government officials — the people who a Secretary of State spends most of her time meeting. Clinton actually participated in over 1700 meetings as secretary of state during that time period. That means, in truth, fewer than 5% of Clinton’s meetings as Secretary of State were with Clinton Foundation donors. (The AP’s story also...

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Founder Of Bush Institute Endorses Hillary Clinton – Even He’s With Her Now

by April Hamlin – Former President George W. Bush’s Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy joined the ranks of an ever-growing list of Republicans who find themselves backing the Democratic nominee when he announced on Monday that he is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president. Speaking with MSNBC on Monday night, James Glassman, who also happens to be the founding director of the George W. Bush Institute at the former president’s library in Dallas, officially announced he was backing Clinton and hailed her as “by far the superior candidate.” “She has the experience. She’s got the character. She has the values,” Glassman said. “She is the kind of candidate I support and that, as I say, millions of republicans are supporting.” Glassman may be the highest ranking Republican to decide that he would have to be batshit crazy to support Donald Trump, but he is far from alone. He joins a growing number of other...

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AP Defends Their Attack on Clinton Foundation by Compounding the Error

by Mark Sumner – The Associated Press has noticed that some people have taken issue with their Tuesday article which maintained “many donors” of the Clinton Foundation met with her at the State Department, and implied the 84 donors who met with Clinton over the course her four years as Secretary of State were in a privileged position. It’s not that there wasn’t good information in the AP report, which ultimately shows no wrongdoing. It’s that the lede of the story went beyond click-bait, and into the realm of “controversy bait.” The way the story was structured wasn’t just deceptive, the data was filtered, the presentation distorted, and facts that didn’t fit the narrative were selectively omitted in order to create “scandal” out of, if not nothing, then very thin air. Now the AP has issued a statement defending their article, but that statement has its own problems. It focused on Mrs. Clinton’s meetings and calls involving people outside government who...

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Solar Delivers Cheapest Electricity ‘Ever, Anywhere, By Any Technology’

by Joe Romm – Half the price of coal Chile has just contracted for the cheapest unsubsidized power plant in the world, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) reports. In last week’s energy auction, Chile accepted a bid from Spanish developer Solarpack Corp. Tecnologica for 120 megawatts of solar at the stunning price of $29.10 per megawatt-hour (2.91 cents per kilowatt-hour or kwh). This beats the 2.99 cents/kwh bid Dubai received recently for 800 megawatts. For context, the average residential price for electricity in the United States is 12 cents per kilowatt-hour. “Solar power delivers cheapest unsubsidised electricity ever, anywhere, by any technology,” BNEF Chair Michael Liebreich said on Twitter after this contract was announced. Carlos Finat, head of the Chilean Renewable Energies Association (ACERA) told Bloomberg that the auction is “a strong warning sign that the energy business continues on the transition path to renewable power and that companies should adapt quickly...

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Donald Trump’s Tweet About The Murder Of Dwyane Wade’s Cousin Was Bad. The Associated Press’ Tweet Was Worse

by Judd Legum – Nykea Aldridge, the cousin of NBA superstar Dwyane Wade, was shot dead in Chicago on Friday while pushing her baby in a stroller. Donald Trump seized on the tragedy with a self-congratulatory tweet, claiming the murder validated his world view and proved African-Americans should vote for him. Donald J. Trump ✔@realDonaldTrump Dwyane Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP! 12:26 PM – 27 Aug 2016 In one sense, Trump’s tweet is horrible. Using a murder of a young mother as a jumping off point for a self-congratulatory tweet that ends with “VOTE TRUMP!” is not within most people’s definition of basic decency. But in another sense, Trump’s tweet is expected and even banal. Trump doesn’t have much of a traditional campaign apparatus. Instead, he’s relied on making outrageous statements to generate free...

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Trump Uses Fatal Shooting Of Chicago Woman To Boast About His Own Campaign

by Bryce Covert – On Friday afternoon, Nykea Aldridge, who was the cousin of basketball star Dwyane Wade, was shot and killed while pushing her baby in a stroller. By Saturday morning, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was using the incident as proof of his campaign’s future success. Donald J. Trump  ✔@realDonaldTrump Dwyane Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP! 12:26 PM – 27 Aug 2016 Without taking a moment to express sympathy for the family, Trump said in his tweet, “Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!” Trump deleted the original tweet, which misspelled Wade’s name, but Tweeted the same message again later in the day with the correct spelling. DWade  ✔@DwyaneWade My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO...

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Anti-Gay Pastor Who Cheered Killing Of Pulse Victims Just Got Arrested For Child Molestation

by Stephen D Foster Jr – This hypocrite just got his ass handed to him by karma. Ken Adkins is an anti-gay “Christian” pastor in Georgia who cheered when a gunman killed nearly 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando,Florida this past June. The nation was horrified by the mass shooting, but many so called conservative “Christians” were very pleased. Adkins himself wrote on Twitter that the victims deserved to be killed. “I don’t see none of them as victims,” he wrote. “I see them as getting what they deserve!!” His tweet received wide condemnation but that didn’t bother the 56-year-old “man of God.” He simply continued preaching hate to his congregations. But now karma is biting Adkins in the ass for doing something that conservative “Christians” often falsely accuse gay people of doing. On Friday, Adkins turned himself in to police after he was accused of molesting a child...

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Hey Conservatives, You Might Want To STFU About ‘Klansman’ Robert Byrd And Clinton

by John Prager – This might shock you, but in their clumsy and pathetic efforts to smear Hillary Clinton as a Ku Klux Klan supporter because she considered Democratic Senator Robert Byrd a “friend and mentor,” conservatives leave out a lot of relevant information. Clinton’s opponent in the 2016 presidential race, Donald J. Trump, is pretty much the “KKKandidate.” Not only do white supremacists hang on his every word as he promises to build a wall to keep brown people he calls “rapists” and “murderers” out of the country and to force Muslims to wear special little badges to identify them (not to mention the national Muslim registry and concentration camps), but he has been endorsed by numerous KKK members, both past and present. This, of course, includes David Duke, who is no longer a member of the Klan but is involved with white supremacist group, the NAAWP: the National Association for...

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Trump Plays Dumb About His Advisor’s Widely Decried Call For Hillary Clinton’s Execution

by Aaron Rupar – Trump called Al Baldasaro “a very fine person.” During an interview with a New Hampshire television station on Thursday, Donald Trump characterized Al Baldasaro — a campaign adviser who said “Hillary Clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason” last month because of the way she handled the Benghazi attack — as “a very fine person.” Trump also said he wasn’t familiar with Baldasaro’s incendiary remarks, which were extensively covered by many media outlets at the time. Asked whether he condones his veterans adviser’s remarks, which included calling Clinton a “piece of garbage,” Trump said, “Well, I didn’t know that but he’s a very fine person. He is a person that loves the military and loves the veterans.” Pressed again for a reaction to Baldasaro’s call for Clinton to be executed, Trump reiterated, “I don’t know what he said.” Though Baldasaro’s comments were widely denounced and triggered a...

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Chicago Police Dept. Points Out Two Huge Flaws In Trump’s Chicago Violence Lies

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Paul LePage Spews Racism, Calls Khan a “Con Man,” Curses at Legislator in Voice Mail

by maineiac – Maine’s Gov. Paul LePage is such a big Trump supporter that he’s introduced him twice at Maine rallies. His own daughter is running the Trump campaign in Maine. In the last few days, LePage has lost it. He told a conservative shock jock that Mr. Khan is a “con artist.” Then he went back to his racist comments about drug dealers and yelled at reporters. Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday fiercely defended comments he made about race and drug dealers at a town hall meeting Wednesday in North Berwick, where he said he keeps a binder of photographs of drug dealers arrested in Maine and that more than 90 percent of them are black or Hispanic. In a tense exchange with two reporters outside his State House office, LePage said: “Let me tell you something: Black people come up the highway and they kill Mainers. You ought to look into...

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On This Day, Aug. 27, 1990 – Stevie Ray Vaughn Dies in Helicopter Crash

  1990 – Stevie Ray Vaughn and three members of Eric Clapton’s band were killed in a helicopter crash in Wisconsin. The helicopter, owned by Omni Flight Helicopters Inc., crashed into a hill shortly after midnight after taking off in dense fog, said Bill Bruce, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board. Mr. Vaughan is perhaps best known for his album, ”Couldn’t Stand the Weather,” released in 1984. In 1985 Mr. Vaughan shared a Grammy Award with other musicians for the Album, ‘‘Blues Explosion,” in the traditional blues category. He also won a Grammy Award this year in the contemporary category, for his album, ”In Step.” Air crashes have killed several prominent rock performers over the years, including Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, Otis Redding, Jim Croce and Ricky Nelson.   1660 – The books of John Milton were burned in London due to his attacks on King Charles...

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So let me get this straight…

by ElisMad – This is probably not the place to get real answers to my questions, but I really do have questions that only Republicans, especially Trump supporters, can answer. I suspect that just as some of us occasionally scan conservative sites to see what they’re thinking, some of them do the same. So here we go. The NRA, not to mention numerous extremely wealthy people, have literally given billions of dollars directly to Republican politicians, not to mention other goodies of varying kinds. Everybody knows they do it for access, and more importantly votes. And it demonstrably works.  The fact is, even most gun owners approve of the idea of universal background checks to try to keep new guns away from criminals and people on terror watch lists, but it takes extreme measures to even get Republicans to hold a vote in congress. Clearly, they are not representing their voters in...

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Clinton’s Comprehensive Takedown of Trump’s Racism

by Georgia Logothetis – Hillary Clinton took on Donald Trump’s racism with surgical precision yesterday in a powerful speech (you can read the full transcript here). Here is Matt Flegenheimer’s write-up at The New York Times: In a 31-minute address, building to a controlled simmer, Mrs. Clinton did everything but call Mr. Trump a racist outright — saying he had promoted “racist lie” after “racist lie,” pushed conspiracy theories with “racist undertones” and heartened racists across the country by submitting to an “emerging racist ideology known as the alt-right.” With Mr. Trump’s rise, Mrs. Clinton has often struck a have-you-no-sense-of-decency theme in her critiques — warning sternly and repeatedly that the arc of his candidacy transcended standard political attack. But her effort on Thursday was remarkable for its exhaustive accounting of Mr. Trump’s controversial racial history in business and in his presidential campaign.  Hillary Clinton  ✔@HillaryClinton Trump’s bigoted rhetoric and policy...

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Exhibit A – Drumpf Shows Why Business-People Make Lousy Politicians

by Freadom – In the mid ‘90’s “Chancy Inc.” was imploding. Almost daily, the charismatic and mercurial founder announced new and bolder plans to dig us out of the multi-million dollar hole we were in. Senior executives were quietly bailing for more stable climes. Investors were asking if the situation could be righted or if the company should be scuttled. Sloppiness and overconfidence were the root causes of our problems. When things turned sour short-term fixes only made things worse. As an analyst I was asked to review the financial projections for our biggest new product. It took less than a day to tease out the hubris. Making the first year’s revenue projection would require selling to 100% of the target market. It was a mystery who would be left to buy in the second year.(1) We were in turnaround. I see lots of conflicting coverage about the Drumpf campaign shake...

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On This Day, August 26, 1968 – Protesters, Police Clash as Democratic Convention Starts

1968 – As the Democratic National Convention gets underway in Chicago, thousands of antiwar demonstrators take to Chicago’s streets to protest the Vietnam War and its support by the top Democratic presidential candidate, Vice President Hubert Humphrey. During the four-day convention, the most violent in U.S. history, police and National Guardsmen clashed with protesters outside the International Amphitheater, and hundreds of people, including innocent bystanders, were beaten by the Chicago police. The violence even spilled into the convention hall, as guards roughed up delegates and members of the press, including CBS News correspondent Mike Wallace, who was punched in the face. On August 29, Humphrey secured the nomination and the convention ended. In the convention’s aftermath, a federal commission investigating the convention described one of the confrontations as a “police riot” and blamed Chicago Mayor Richard Daley for inciting his police to violence. Nevertheless, eight political radicals – the...

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13-Year-Old Physicist Has A Mindblowing Theory On God [Must Watch]

by Amanda Froelich – This young man’s theories on the universe are sure to inspire deep contemplation… Remember the name Max Loughan, for you’ll likely hear it again and again in the years to come. The 13-year-old physicist is known for his eloquent theories on God, the universe, and the bible, and his lessons  are sure to inspire some deep contemplation on life’s big questions. Not only did Loughan invent a free Tesla-inspired energy device using a coffee tin, spoon and wire (all of which cost him $15), he has developed some intriguing ideas on the universe. In the video below, he shares his latest theory on God, and it’s sure to touch your heart.  Loughan says, “As cheesy as this sounds, from day one on this planet, I knew I was put here for a reason. And that reason is to invent and to bring the future. My true...

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Republicans Just can’t Quit Trump, Unless They’re Willing to Quit Being Republicans

by Mark Sumner – As much as they would like to, Republicans can’t leave Trump behind. Sen. Kelly Ayotte has often found herself in a familiar spot with Donald Trump: Keeping her distance. But in this fiercely independent state, Ayotte is gambling that voters might reward her for rebuking her own party’s nominee. She has criticized Trump and will not endorse him — yet still plans to vote for the billionaire in November. He’s terrible! He’s untrustworthy! And I’ll vote to put him in the world’s most powerful position! Ayotte is not the only one squeezed by paradox. Can’t quit Trump is a problem that’s universal for Republican candidates. Call it the August awakening. Republicans are realizing Trump’s “general election” pivot isn’t coming and the damage he is doing is worse than expected. … But, for as tough it is for Republicans stuck in their support of Trump, the road to November doesn’t look much...

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Donald Trump Isn’t Really Reaching Out To African-Americans

by Terrance Heath – Contrary to recent headlines, Donald Trump isn’t reaching out to African-Americans. He isn’t even talking to us. He’s talking past us, and saying exactly what his alt-right base wants to hear him saying to black folks. Donald Trump is telling African-Americans that our biggest problems are simply the result of listening to the wrong white people. As Isaiah Poole wrote in, “Donald Trump’s Most Racist Speech Ever,” Trump stood in front of an all-white audience in the 95-percent-white suburb of West Bend, Wis., called for “law and order,” and denounced the “war on police,” even as the death of another black man in a police-involved shooting caused unrest in Milwaukee, just 25 miles away. Trump feigned concern for African-Americans, and repeated well-worn Republican rhetoric, that African-Americans have been taken advantage of by Democrats. Speaking in Dimondale, Mich., the predominantly white suburb of Lansing, Trump again stood...

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“Clinton’s e-mail ‘scandals’ are pure fiction”

by VTGenie – I’m fairly sure that when William Shakespeare penned the phrase “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing,” he did not have in mind the constant cycle of scandals that envelop Bill and Hillary Clinton. But the phrase easily applies. These are the opening sentences of a Boston Globe opinion piece that made my morning. In example after example, author Michael Cohen clarifies that the Clinton Foundation emails do not, in fact, suggest any wrongdoing. In fact, just the opposite: The scandal here seems to be that people who gave money to the Clinton Foundation had e-mails sent to the Clinton State Department requesting favors that were repeatedly denied. The now well-known example is illustrative: • In 2009, Clinton Foundation “top honcho” Doug Band reaches out to Clinton’s assistant at the State Department, Huma Abedin. • The goal: to “put a Nigerian businessman of Lebanese descent named Gilbert Chagoury – who had donated to the...

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