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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Philadelphia: What Is There Left for Hillary to Say?

Posted by Keeley on July 28, 2016 at 6:49 PM

What. In the world. Is there possibly left to say? In Philadelphia Thursday night as Hillary Clinton finally takes her turn. They have all been to bat. The Dem Major League Hitters: Hit-it-out-of-park Michelle; Mr. Balk-&-Slide-Around-Anything Bill; I'm-Stlll-Swinging-Back-to-the-Dugout Bernie; I've-endured-more-than-most Joe Biden; and Barack We've-Still-Got-Lots-To-Do Obama.

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Of Demagogues and a Nation's Laws

Posted by Keeley on July 22, 2016 at 5:14 PM

We know of demagogues from the quills of aristocrats: Thucydides - who would work at the Council on Foreign Relations or be elegantly ensconced in Brussels were he alive today; Aristophanes - London playwright? Or Manhattan theatre sensation who occasionally can be seen in Hollywood? From their perches above the seething masses they fingered out Cleon - a tradesman turned orator - as a leader of the common people. As the term demagogue originally meant. And even then, it was already sliding towards a negative connotation.

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Cleveland: What NeverTrump'ers Want

Posted by Keeley on July 19, 2016 at 5:07 PM

If it was up to Ken Cuccinelli, Viriginia delegate and former AG for the state, the Cleveland GOP Convention would be labelled the Republican Party's Altamont. Fortunately, a few dozen NeverTrump'ers shouting for a roll call vote, while being drowned out by Trump supporters, is not quite the same as drug-crazed Hell's Angels bludgeoning an unruly crowd back in 1970.

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What If Cleveland Pulls It Off?

Posted by Keeley on July 15, 2016 at 5:17 PM

The image of Brodie Copeland, a beautiful 11-year old kid from Texas is hard to shake. And we should let that image of him and his dad Sean rest deeply within our souls, and at least know that they left this life likely together, as father and son. Every one of the 84 (or perhaps more) individuals murdered on France's Bastille Day will mean more than we can imagine for their loved ones, their friends, and their family. Like islamic terrorism's other victims around the world. We can also honor the brave person, apparently a policewoman, who stood in the truck's path to force it to veer and perhaps stop. After which the police were able to neutralize the monster behind the wheel.

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Hillary Fishes for Stale NeverTrump'ers Quotes

Posted by Keeley on July 14, 2016 at 3:39 PM

As Kendal Unruh attempts to get 28 delegates on the rules committee to vote for her proposal to let delegates in Cleveland vote their conscience, Hillary is already using some of the best NeverTrump'ers slogans. How many times have GOP politicians and commentators disparaged Trump as not belonging to, or belonging in, the party of Lincoln? How many times has that refrain echoed around the media? As Trump's steady and fairly quick march towards 1,237 became a certainty, how many times have they lamented that the Republican Party - Lincoln's party - would no longer exist under a Trump presidency?

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Is the FBI Investigating the Clinton Foundation?

Posted by Keeley on July 7, 2016 at 7:36 PM

The President says Hillary Clinton is the best-prepared candidate in many generations for the nation's commander-in-chief job. The FBI Director says Hillary has a little trouble with classification of information, seeing she's a touch "unsophisticated" with complex symbols like a (C) at the start of a paragraph in an email. For example.

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Bill's Full Court Press in Phoenix

Posted by Keeley on July 5, 2016 at 2:46 PM

It was Bill Clinton who put Loretta Lynch on the political map, appointing the ambitious and successful attorney to the position of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York in 1999. Just as he was emerging from the clouds of an attempted impeachment, and the Lewisnki scandal.

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