Beauty Queen Machado's Past Really Doesn't Matter

Posted by Keeley on September 29, 2016 at 5:08 PM

It doesn't matter that Alicia Machado may very well have been an accessory to murder in Venezuela in the late 90's. Where she also apparently uttered death threats to a judge. Or that she was romantically linked to a Mexican narco. As she said to Anderson Cooper " that was 20 years ago." Get over it people.

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Singularity: Hillary Shall Debate Alone

Posted by Keeley on September 22, 2016 at 5:50 PM

With the first debate a few days away, there have been suggestions from pundits and commentators on how to improve the debate process. First, remove the studio audience with its unseemly distractions of applause and jeers unbalancing the candidates finely tuned responses and turning the event into a circus.

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Despite the Attacks, It's Still About Jobs

Posted by Keeley on September 20, 2016 at 8:20 PM

While Obama preps for a possible future gig as UN Secretary General, Harry Reid prepares legislation to require background checks for any purchase of pressure cookers, and Hillary blames the Islamic State on Trump, there is an interesting shift in polling recently.

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Dehydration, Deplorables, and Tax Returns

Posted by Keeley on September 14, 2016 at 7:34 PM

With just under 2 weeks to go before the first presidential debate between Trump and Clinton, we have a rather unholy trinity dominating the electoral landscape: dehydration, deplorables, and tax returns. Abbreviated as DDT-r. These three seemed to have rudely shoved off the stage other issues like: slow growth, the 7 million ghost army of middle aged men who have given up looking for work for years now, Putin's aggressive interference with this campaign, and Obama's legacy in general, and Supreme Court appointees specifically.

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Is Hillary the Wrong Woman?

Posted by Keeley on September 8, 2016 at 2:29 PM

Summer has indeed come and passed. And those who plead innocence never last. At least their professed innocence tends not to last. So Hillary has indeed had to wake up to the fact that the Clinton Foundation connections to the State Department, and her server scandal, have eroded her standings in the polls. We now have Trump ahead by a couple of points in the latest CNN/ORC poll, mostly as the result of Trump gaining significantly, rather than Hillary losing ground.

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Trump Throws Down the Gauntlet in Phoenix

Posted by Keeley on September 1, 2016 at 4:16 PM

Saying he doubled down in Phoenix just doesn't do it. Does it? How to describe Trump's fiery policy speech on immigration? All in with every chip? And how is Mexican President Peña Nieto feeling after their meeting mere hours before? A little remorseful?

Trump delivered his 10 point plan with all the diplomacy of General Patton. Others will use different comparisons no doubt, but this was a clear return to his slash and burn style, with one important difference. He got down in the policy weeds naming specific laws or policies that he would change on day one.

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Of Course Hillary Used the Racist Label!

Posted by Keeley on August 26, 2016 at 7:04 PM

Well what do you expect, Donald? Yes Hillary would prefer to keep her campaign on cruise control and just do a whole lot of nice fundraisers. No bothersome press conferences. Just 30-grand-a-plate lovefests at someone's gorgeous mansion.

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Who Convinced Trump to Pivot?

Posted by Keeley on August 24, 2016 at 11:33 PM

It was Kellyanne Conway. It couldn't have been Bannon? It was something Newt said a week ago. No, you're wrong. It was Roger Ailes. Come on, let's be serious. It was Ivanka and Jared. And Eric too.

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Why Univision Won't Weaponize Gawker Media

Posted by Keeley on August 18, 2016 at 5:15 PM

What does a muck-racking English philosophy graduate from Oxford have in common with a debt-laden Spanish-language media empire? Gawker Media that's what. Nick Denton's prying and spying blog network has recently been on the losing end of a $140 million lawsuit courtesy of the Hulk Hogan - Peter Thiel tag team. So it must be some relief to Denton that Gawker has found a buyer, once the lawsuit has wound it's way down. For just about the amount of the lawsuit, some $135 million. What a coincidence.

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Russia, Wikileaks and the Campaign

Posted by Keeley on August 16, 2016 at 7:13 PM

You can't invent someone like Julian Assange, Wikileak's founder/member. No editor would believe your twists and turns of his life plot. But behind this nomadic son of divorced Australian hippies, is a more pragmatic question: is Putin's security apparatus now controlling Assange and Wikileaks? The evidence seems to clearly suggest so. The toxic triad of Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, and Julian Assange all revolve around key issues of intelligence and national security. And American intelligence and diplomatic assets have been the frequent targets of Wikileak's disclosures over the past several years.

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ISIS: Beyond Trump's Latest Controversy

Posted by Keeley on August 12, 2016 at 7:07 PM

What can't Trump stop shooting from the hip? For example, now we have this latest outburst where he states that Obama and Hillary are the founders of ISIS. It's not like it's something Trump has been saying since at least this past January ...

Oh. He has? You mean it's his over the top way of saying that Obama and Hillary's overseeing of the (fairly) rapid troop drawdown in Iraq lead to the conditions that lead to ... ISIS?

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Does Putin Want a Divided GOP?

Posted by Keeley on August 10, 2016 at 7:35 PM

Is the mostly-hawkish defense and foreign policy establishment doing Putin's bidding by attacking Trump?

Consider this: what if the goal of Russian cyber attackers is not as granular as giving Trump a boost and trying to ensure Hillary Clinton does poorly in the November election? What if the main goal is to exploit partisan divides by encouraging and inflaming a GOP civil war? And ensure that lots of shouting and accusations - both intra-party and across the aisle - that undermine the very electoral process itself. Especially the confidence Americans should have in their electoral system as a near-sacred institution.

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What's $400 Million When You're Appeasing?

Posted by Keeley on August 4, 2016 at 10:53 PM

You could tell. By the long pauses. And slightly-strangled voice projection. That even Josh Earnest had some difficulty getting out the official denials that a planeload full of pallets of hard currency in the dead of the night to Iran was not what it clearly was: a ransom payment by America to a terrorist-sponsoring, radical, islamic theocracy. Who had American servicemen imprisoned. And who finally released them the day after the planeload of cash arrived in Tehran.

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The Clinton Foundation Is a Treasure Trove - Just Ask Russia

Posted by Keeley on August 3, 2016 at 7:24 PM

It was in the NYTimes last year, and the story has reappeared in print and cable and across various media. The Clinton Foundation was essentially a clearing house for a deal to allow a Russian company to acquire a fifth of America's uranium reserves. And even if the amount of reserves - always an estimate in mining - is not quite that much, it is still an alarming story.

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DNC Hacks: Headlines Trump Doesn't Need

Posted by Keeley on July 31, 2016 at 12:23 PM

What does Putin's Russia want? As news comes of yet more online attacks against Democrats - in this case the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Hillary's own campaign organization - suspicions of Russian involvement are growing. Is this rumor fed by speculations by cybersecurity firms or do they have a point that the appearance of Russian methods are evident in the hacks?

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