Trump Campaign Caught Lying About Roger Ailes

by Judd Legum – Sweating the small stuff. Trump and his campaign engage in a lot of big lies. They claim, falsely, repeatedly, that he can’t release his tax returns, opposed the Iraq war and “ended birtherism.” But even more revealing of Trump’s relationship with the truth are the small lies. The obvious lies about things that are much less consequential. They demonstrate not an elaborate plan to mislead the public but a simple contempt for the truth. Take for example Roger Ailes, the former CEO of Fox News who was ousted from his job in July after numerous women accused him of sexual harassment. In August, the New York Times reported that Ailes, who has a storied career as a right-wing political operative, would be assisting Trump in preparations for the presidential debates. This was a bit unseemly in light of the allegations that freed up Ailes’ time, but hardly surprising....

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Trump Digs in on Why Refusing to Pay Taxes Makes Him ‘Smart’ (VIDEOS)

by Bryce Covert – The difference a few words can make. At the first presidential debate earlier this week, Republican nominee Donald Trump seemed to admit that he doesn’t pay anything in federal income taxes. But he’s spent the days since lying about what he said. Speculating about why Trump has refused to release his tax returns during the debate, Democratic rival Hillary Clinton said, “Maybe he doesn’t want the american people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he’s paid nothing in federal taxes.” She noted that when Trump was made to hand over tax returns over the years, “they showed he didn’t pay any income tax.” Trump broke in to say, “That makes me smart.” But since then, he’s tried to pretend that that’s not what he said. When CNN’s Dana Bash quoted his own statement back to him hours after the debate, he told her, “No, I didn’t...

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Nevada Voters are Taking on the NRA Because Republican Lawmakers Won’t

by Kira Lerner – A ballot initiative to expand background checks has become a bitter battle. Wearing “Buck the NRA” pins and “Moms Demand Action” t-shirts, roughly a dozen volunteers on Tuesday called their neighbors to encourage them to stand up to the gun lobby. The National Rifle Association, one of the country’s most powerful special interest groups, has notoriously held firm control of Congress and state legislatures for decades, shutting down frequent proposals for gun safety legislation. But across Nevada, there are signs this tight grip may be loosening — both literal yard signs and more subtle ones, too. The Silver State has one of the highest rates of gun violence in the country. Nevada’s gun suicide rate is the fifth highest across the country, and it has the eighth-highest rate of gun murders of women. Yet when the state legislature recently tried to pass a bill to expand background checks, the effort...

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Should Prison Really Be the American Way?

by REBECCA GORDON – Our society seems less concerned about those who are in prison and perhaps shouldn’t be, than about those who are not in prison and ought to be. You’ve heard of distracted driving? It causes quite a few auto accidents and it’s illegal in a majority of states. Well, this year, a brave New Jersey state senator, a Democrat, took on the pernicious problem of distracted walking. Faced with the fact that some people can’t tear themselves away from their smartphones long enough to get across a street in safety, Pamela Lampitt of Camden, New Jersey, proposed a law making it a crime to cross a street while texting. Violators would face a fine, and repeat violators up to 15 days in jail. Similar measures, says The Washington Post, have been proposed (though not passed) in Arkansas, Nevada and New York. This May, a bill on the subject made...

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Nation Ready to Finally End ‘Detrimental and Deeply Unjust’ Hyde Amendment

by Deirdre Fulton – ‘In the nearly 40 years since Hyde was first passed, how many woman have been pushed into back alleys because of it? How many women were pushed further into poverty?’ Reproductive rights advocates nationwide are taking part in a week of action against the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funding for abortion services and particularly hurts low-income women and women of color. Friday marks the 40th anniversary of the anti-choice amendment, and in an op-ed on Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) recalled its legacy: You can imagine my frustration with the Hyde Amendment, which made the legal right to abortion essentially meaningless for poor women and women of color by stripping it out of their insurance coverage. I am proud to say that we fought tooth-and-nail against the Hyde Amendment, but unfortunately we could not stop it. In the nearly 40 years since Hyde was first...

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That ‘Basket of Deplorables’ Clinton Mentioned? This is What She was Talking About

by Aaron Rupar – 21 percent of Trump supporters think white people don’t have enough influence. Weeks after Hillary Clinton notoriously said that half of opponent Donald Trump’s supporters could be placed into a “basket of deplorables,” a new poll reinforces the point she was making. According to a Langer Research Associates survey, 38 percent of Trump supporters think minorities have too much influence in American society. Despite the fact that white men constitute 80 percent of Congress while only comprising 31 percent of the country’s population, the survey found that 21 percent of Trump supporters actually think white people don’t have enough influence. On the other hand, 67 percent of Clinton supporters think minorities have too little influence, and just seven percent think whites don’t have enough. Trump and Clinton supporters also diverge in their views on how much power women currently have in America. Twenty-one percent of Trump supporters...

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Donald Trump and the Return of Seditious Libel

by Richard Tofel – In 1733, New York printer John Peter Zenger began publishing the eighth newspaper in the American colonies, and the first willing to venture criticism of the government. The New-York Weekly Journal was the second paper in a city of 10,000 or so people, 1700 of them slaves. As we are reminded in Richard Kluger’s comprehensive new book, “Indelible Ink,” the first full-length account of Zenger’s travails, by 1735, Zenger (and the likely editor of his paper, James Alexander) had so offended Britain’s royal governor of New York and New Jersey, William Cosby, that Cosby brought suit against Zenger for seditious libel—the crime of criticizing the government. Under the law then in effect in Britain and its colonies, truth was not a defense to this charge. The leading legal treatise of the day explained that “since the greater appearance there is of truth in any malicious invective, so...

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On This Day, Sept 30, 1955 – James Dean Dies

On this day in 1955, movie star James Dean dies at age 24 in a car crash on a California highway. Dean was driving his Porsche 550 Spyder, nicknamed “Little Bastard,” headed to a car race in Salinas, California, with his mechanic Rolf Wuetherich, when they were involved in a head-on collision with a car driven by a 23-year-old college student named Donald Turnaspeed. Dean was taken to Paso Robles War Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:59 p.m. Wuetherich, who was thrown from the car, survived the accident and Turnaspeed escaped with minor injuries. No charges were ever filed against him. James Byron Dean was born February 8, 1931, in Marion, Indiana. He studied drama at the University of California, Los Angeles, before moving to New York City, where he appeared in plays and TV shows and took classes at the Actors Studio with legendary acting...

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The NRA Has Some Advice For Victims Of Domestic Abuse: Get A Gun

by mikethegunguy – In their endless and uncompromising quest to make sure that all Americans understand the risks of gun ownership (read: there are no risks,) the NRA has just announced a partnership with the gun blog Bearing Arms, to help celebrate Domestic Violence Awareness Month which takes place every October and even rates a Presidential Proclamation issued by the guy who has finally been granted American citizenship by Donald Trump. THE NRA has been tirelessly promoting gun sales to women ever since they discovered that most of the guns that were scooped up since the Kenyan entered the White House were bought by the same old, white men.  And the problem with the white-man market is that as a percentage of people living in the United States, it’s not getting any larger, which means that at a certain point gun sales will begin to lag. In fact, the most recent...

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United States Close to Suspending Talks with Russia Over Syria

by Esther Yu Hsi Lee – “We are on the verge of suspending the discussion.” The United States is “on the verge” of suspending talks with Russia following a series of deadly attacks in Aleppo that most recently struck two hospitals and killed hundreds of people, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday. The United States has “no notion or indication of seriousness of purpose,” Kerry said in a discussion with The Atlantic’s Editor-in-Chief Steve Clemons in a Washington Ideas Forum event. The Secretary of State said that the bombing of Aleppo was an “inexcusable” situation that is “beyond the pale” and requires a political solution. “We are on the verge of suspending the discussion because it’s irrational in the context in the kind of bombing taking place to be sitting there and trying to take things seriously,” Kerry said. “There’s no notion or indication of the...

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Trump Illegally Violated Embargo Against Cuba, Putting Money In ‘Killer’ Fidel Castro’s Hands

by Stephen D Foster Jr – The “law and order candidate” broke the law again. Donald Trump recently declared that he would reverse President Obama’s deal with Cuba to reopen diplomatic relations between our two nations after 50 years. “All of the concessions that Barack Obama has granted the Castro regime were done with executive order, which means the next president can reverse them,” Trump said earlier this month. “And that is what I will do unless the Castro regime meets our demands.” Those demands include freeing political prisoners and expanding religious liberty. That’s funny, because the Republican nominee certainly didn’t give a shit about either of those things when he violated the United States embargo against Cuba back in 1998. A Newsweek investigation revealed: A company controlled by Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, secretly conducted business in Communist Cuba during Fidel Castro’s presidency despite strict American trade bans...

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President Obama Rips Sexist, Fat Shaming Trump A New One (AUDIO)

by Wendy Gittleson – Monday night’s presidential debate showed a stark contrast between two personalities. One was calm and cool, even under stress and the other was a bloviating braggart who couldn’t maintain his temper. On top of those “qualities,” Donald Trump is sexist and he proved it Monday night when Hillary Clinton brought up Trump’s record of fat shaming a former Miss Universe. President Obama, as the father of two girls and the husband of a strong woman, was having none of that. “One of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest — he loves beauty contests, supporting them and hanging around them — and he called this woman ‘Miss Piggy,’ then he called her ‘Miss Housekeeping’ because she was Latina,” Clinton said Monday toward the end of the debate, as she ran through a list of things Trump has said about women. “Donald,...

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Robert Reich On This Election Is A Must Hear

by Dave Johnson – I listened to this on a walk, and it is a must, must, must listen podcast. You will be informed and entertained. Robert Reich, speaking Tuesday at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco: “The Oddest Presidential Election in Living Memory” From the website: Tue, Sep 27 2016 – 6:30pm Robert Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley; Former Secretary of Labor; Author, Saving Capitalism Holly Kernan, Executive Editor for News, KQED—Moderator In the midst of an unpredictable presidential election, get insight from a veteran political figure who knows Washington inside and out. Time magazine named Reich one of the 10 most effective cabinet secretaries of the 20th century. He is a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine and chairman of Common Cause. Come hear his provocative thoughts on the presidential election and the future of America.   This work is licensed under a...

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Jewish Elders Warn Their Grandchildren: Vote For Hillary, ‘We’ve Seen This Before’ (VIDEO)

by Ryan Denson – This election will ask us to choose one of the following: an overqualified, dignified woman, or a fascist, xenophobic billionaire. The woman, Hillary Clinton, has dedicated her life to fighting for the rights and dignities of all, while the man, Donald Trump, has fought only for himself and his pockets. One group that tends to vote Democrat – but has been leaning a little more towards the right recently – are Jewish people. In 2008, 78 percent of Jewish Americans voted for President Obama, as did 74 percent in 2012. This year is different. Instead of facing off against John McCain or Mitt Romney, the Democrats are facing off against the definition of fascism and xenophobia. And they have a message to their grandchildren: vote for Hillary Clinton. Why? Because they’ve seen this before. In a video titled “A Message From Grandma & Grandpa: We’ve Seen This Before,”...

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Support for Death Penalty Lowest in More Than Four Decades

by BAXTER OLIPHANT – As the Supreme Court prepares to hear the first of two death penalty cases in this year’s term, the share of Americans who support the death penalty for people convicted of murder is now at its lowest point in more than four decades. Only about half of Americans (49%) now favor the death penalty for people convicted of murder, while 42% oppose it. Support has dropped 7 percentage points since March 2015, from 56%. Public support for capital punishment peaked in the mid-1990s, when eight-in-ten Americans (80% in 1994) favored the death penalty and fewer than two-in-ten were opposed (16%). Opposition to the death penalty is now the highest it has been since 1972. Though support for the death penalty has declined across most groups, a Pew Research Center survey conducted Aug. 23-Sept. 2 among 1,201 adults finds that most Republicans continue to largely favor its use in...

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On This Day, Sept 29, 1982 – The Tylenol Murders

On this day in 1982, a sick 12-year-old girl in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, unwittingly takes an Extra-Strength Tylenol capsule laced with cyanide poison and dies later that day. She would be one of seven people to die suddenly after taking the popular over-the-counter medication, as the so-called Tylenol murders spread fear across America. The victims, all from the Chicago area, ranged in age from 12 to 35 and included three members of the same family. Johnson & Johnson, the maker of Tylenol, launched a massive recall of its product and offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or people responsible. Investigators soon determined that the tainted Tylenol capsules hadn’t been tampered with at the factories where they were produced. This meant that someone had taken the bottles from store shelves, laced them with poison and then returned them to grocery stores and...

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Biographer Says Trump Might Not Actually Be A Billionaire: ‘He Just Makes It Up’ (VIDEO)

by Vera – Donald Trump’s lies are catching up to him one by one, and the latest person to call him out is Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and biographer David Cay Johnston. Some of you may not know who Johnston is, but he is the author behind The Making of Donald Trump – so he knows quite a bit about who the erratic business mogul is and isn’t. In a newly released video, Johnston claims that there is absolutely no proof that Trump is the billionaire he says he is – adding another layer of deceit and fraud to Trump’s already horrendous track record. The clip was published by Business Insider, where Johnston goes through Trump’s bragging claims and compares them to the actual data on the business mogul’s court records and bank filings. For example, Johnston says that last year, Trump said his net worth was $8.7 billion, $10 billion, $11 billion and higher, “even though...

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Two Very Different Economic Realities on Display

by REBECCA VALLAS – The candidates painted clashing visions for the economy. As NBC’s Lester Holt noted in his opening question: “There are two economic realities in America today.” And boy were they on display in last night’s debate. Donald Trump, the candidate who has said in the past that wages in this country are “too high,” didn’t mince words, bragging openly about paying nothing in taxes, about rooting for the housing crisis as an opportunity to profit from foreclosure, and about doubling down on the failed theory of trickle-down economics through a tax plan promising massive giveaways to the wealthy and corporations. The Republican presidential nominee’s plan cuts taxes for his own family by as much as $4 billion, while essentially ignoring low- and middle-income families(and reducing revenue by some $6 trillion, which experts note would likely cost the economy millions of jobs and plunge the nation back into recession)....

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Time for Congress to Stop Hollering at CEOs and Take Action

by Robert Reich – Last week, Congress engaged in a bipartisan barrage of CEO bashing. The Senate Banking Committee assailed Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf for pushing employees to create as many as two million bogus bank and credit card accounts without customer’s consent – making customers pay overdraft and late fees on accounts they never knew they had. Louisiana Republican David Vitter pressed Stumpf on when he knew about the wrongdoing. “In 2011, about 1,000 employees were fired over this,” said Vitter, incredulously, “and you were never told about that?” Meanwhile, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform criticized Mylan Pharmaceutical’s CEO Heather Bresch for raising the price of its Epipen, an emergency allergy treatment, by 500 percent – forcing customers to pay $608 for a two-pack that had cost $100 in 2009. Noting that Mylan had sought legislation to increase the number of patients who receive prescriptions for EpiPens, Representative...

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What The Mainstream Media Isn’t Telling You About The Election, And Why It’s Bad For Trump

by Ryan Denson – The mainstream media is having a field day. They are predicting doom and gloom for the Democrats while simultaneously praising Donald Trump for acting “presidential” (apparently, not being racist is now the lowest bar on the list of requirements). In fact, mainstream media is so drunk on its ratings due to Trump that they are effectively calling the election a tie. While multiple polls have Hillary Clinton ahead by five, six or even seven points, cable news networks and print publications are hyping up several polls that have her leading by a dismal 2 points, which are within the margin of error. In their view, the country is “split” and it could be anyone’s race. This notion has certainly frightened Democrats, as it would any person whose preferred candidate looks vulnerable. Nobody likes to lose. But here’s why that’s wrong. It’s no secret that non-white voters prefer...

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