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The Republican Party is caught in a theater fire; people are just running to different exits as fast as they can.

— Steven Law, a longtime confidante of top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell (via The New York Times).

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October unsurprise: Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005

“Donald Trump bragged in vulgar terms about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women during a 2005 conversation caught on a hot microphone, saying that ‘when you’re a star, they let you do it,’ according to a video obtained by The Washington Post.” David A. Fahrenthold reports.

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Trump’s organization did business with Iranian bank later linked to terrorism

“Donald Trump’s real estate organization rented New York office space from 1998 to 2003 to an Iranian bank that U.S. authorities have linked to terrorist groups and Iran’s nuclear program,” the Center for Public Integrity reports.

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Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) and Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon) face off in the first presidential debate, moderated by Lester Holt (Michael Che).

SNL also aired this politically-themed sketch:

Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon), Ivanka Trump (Margot Robbie), Gov. Chris Christie (Bobby Moynihan) and Vladimir Putin (Beck Bennett) take on Bill Clinton (Darrell Hammond), Sarah Silverman (Melissa Villaseñor), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Cecily Strong) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (Larry David).

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It figures: Trump tax records obtained by NYT reveal he could have avoided paying taxes for nearly two decades

“Donald J. Trump declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns, a tax deduction so substantial it could have allowed him to legally avoid paying any federal income taxes for up to 18 years, records obtained by The New York Times show.”

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As America sleeps, Donald Trump seethes on Twitter

As Hillary Clinton says: “A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”

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A spoiled brat named Little Donnie Thwimp: The importance of sound symbolism

“As strange as it may sound, the sound symbolism of a name has become an unnamed central issue in the 2016 presidential campaign. As a cognitive linguist, my job is to study the issue and, at the very least, to name it,” George Lakoff writes.

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Who will win the presidential debates: Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?

“Who will win the debates? Trump’s approach was an important part of his strength in the primaries. But will it work when he faces Clinton onstage?” asks James Fallows in an in-depth analysis for The Atlantic.

 

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Unwinding a lie: Donald Trump and ‘birtherism’

The New York Times’ Michael Barbaro: “The essential question — why promote a lie? — may be unanswerable. Was it sport? Was it his lifelong quest to court media attention? Was it racism? Was it the cynical start of his eventual campaign for president?”

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Hillary Clinton’s twenty questions that Donald Trump needs to answer — now

Earlier today, Hillary Clinton’s campaign tweetstormed a host of questions that Donald Trump should be compelled to answer after Newsweek published a piece by Kurt Eichenwald concluding that any international policy decision Trump might make would raise serious conflicts of interest (How the Trump Organization’s Foreign Business Ties Could Upend U.S. National Security).

Clinton’s tweetstorm:

  1. Will you sever ties with your company linked to foreign leaders, questionable organizations, and criminals if you become president? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  2. How will you handle non-cancelable contractual obligations with parties whose interests conflict with those of the United States? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  3. While refusing to release your tax returns, how will you confirm that you do not have dangerous financial ties to bad actors abroad? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  4. If you were willing to work with Qaddafi—a known terrorist and dictator—is there anyone you aren’t willing to make a deal with? Who? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  5. How can you be tough on Iran, given your business partnership with someone connected to Iranian money laundering? pic.twitter.com/1AdDm2kfvy — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  6. Given that you’ve already questioned our commitments to NATO allies, what is your answer to this? pic.twitter.com/qp5vMqtcs1 — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  7. To what extent would your foreign policy be dictated by potential financial benefits for your business partners? pic.twitter.com/4Nd9KSdTfi — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  8. Will you disclose the nature of your personal and business relationships with all of the Russian oligarchs you are “close” to? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  9. Have you or your campaign discussed U.S.-Russian relations with the Russian billionaires with whom you’ve done business? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  10. How did the Russian mob boss who ran a criminal organization out of Trump Tower get a VIP pass to your Miss Universe pageant in Moscow? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  11. With business ties to politically-connected Indian developers, how can you conduct foreign policy that puts the U.S. above your profits? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  12. How can we be sure you’d be willing to be tough on any nation if necessary, if it would put your interests and profits at risk? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  13. How can we know you won’t (again) impulsively damage relationships with crucial allies to preserve your own ego? https://t.co/j1VtaFhA6C — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  14. We know you engaged extensively in pay-to-play here at home. Have you bribed foreign officials or other parties abroad? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  15. To what extent are you and your family currently contractually tied to payments from foreign business partners, or governments? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  16. You’ve mentioned ~120 foreign deals, including in countries with national security implications. Where and with whom are you working? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  17. Will your children disclose all of the foreign trips and business deals they’ve undertaken during the campaign, and with whom they met? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  18. We’ll let @kurteichenwald ask this one: pic.twitter.com/xnIl6JazS3 — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  19. In sum, how will Trump guarantee that if forced to choose between America’s security and his own bank account, he won’t pick the latter? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  20. It’s pretty clear: Trump’s spent his life unscrupulously looking out for his own wallet above all. Why would that change as president? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
Quotation

Hillary Clinton has spent years in the trenches doing the hard work needed to prepare herself to lead our nation. In this race, at this time, she deserves your vote.

— “We recommend Hillary Clinton for president“: The Dallas Morning News backs the Democratic nominee for the first time in seventy-five years.

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Tim Eyman and Donald Trump

“Thanks to super supporter Larry Sundquist and great friend Don Benton, I was able to attend the fundraiser beforehand,” Eyman boasted in an email to his followers. “It was a real thrill to get a picture with ‘The Donald’. I managed to get 4 words out of my mouth (which was tough because I was so star-struck meeting him): ‘I admire your courage.'”

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We don’t want him using these lyrics… If Dad were alive, he would’ve ripped (Trump) with a great poem in rebuttal. Not only a poem and a song, but an essay and everything else.

— Maggie Brown, daughter of poet and author Oscar Brown Jr., condemning Donald Trump’s use of a song written for her father (via The Chicago Tribune: Donald Trump likes to read “The Snake” at his rallies. The author’s family wants him to stop)

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Still, the prospect of voting for Hillary Clinton is uncomfortable to me, as if Dr. Van Helsing were compelled to vote for Dracula. But the only prospect more terrifying than voting for Hillary Clinton is not voting for her. The reality of American politics today is, she is the only choice.

— Richard J. Cross III, a former Capitol Hill and Annapolis press secretary and speechwriter who lives in Baltimore, in an op-ed for the Baltimore Sun.

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I liked that he was politically incorrect. But now I feel, enough already… He’s not going to win a majority of voters by sounding offensive and ridiculous.”

—  Banker Trish Grove, speaking to a reporter from the New York Times in Doylestown, which the paper calls “a bellwether suburb north of Philadelphia.”

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No trying-to-be objective and fair journalist, no citizen who cares about the country and its future can ignore what Donald Trump said today. When he suggested that “The Second Amendment People” can stop Hillary Clinton he crossed a line with dangerous potential. By any objective analysis, this is a new low and unprecedented in the history of American presidential politics. This is no longer about policy, civility, decency or even temperament. This is a direct threat of violence against a political rival. It is not just against the norms of American politics, it raises a serious question of whether it is against the law. If any other citizen had said this about a Presidential candidate, would the Secret Service be investigating?

Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather

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I understand that many of my supporters are disappointed by the final results of the nominating process, but being despondent and inactive is not going to improve anything. Going forward and continuing the struggle is what matters. And, in that struggle, the most immediate task we face is to defeat Donald Trump.

Bernie Sanders: I support Hillary Clinton. So should everyone who voted for me.

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Richard Hanna becomes first Republican member of Congress to endorse Hillary Clinton

“While I disagree with her on many issues, I will vote for Mrs. Clinton. I will be hopeful and resolute in my belief that being a good American who loves his country is far more important than parties or winning and losing. I trust she can lead. All Republicans may not like the direction, but they can live to win or lose another day with a real candidate,” Hanna declared.

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Warren Buffett rips Trump on tax returns, bankruptcies at rally

What will Donald Trump say about Warren Buffett in the wake of today’s rally with Hillary Clinton in Omaha, Nebraska? That he’s a failure? Buffett is only one of the most successful businessmen in American history. Buffett’s fortune is real, unlike Trump’s.

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There used to be some things that were sacred in American politics, that you don’t do, like criticizing the parents of a fallen soldier, even if they criticize you… If you’re going to be leader of the free world, you have to be able to accept criticism, and Mr. Trump can’t.

— South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham (via The Washington Post: Khizr Khan calls Trump a ‘black soul’ and says Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan have ‘moral’ obligation to repudiate him)

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Guide to Day Three of the 2016 Democratic National Convention

As announced by the Democratic National Convention Committee, here is the run of show for the third day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention.


In Philadelphia, Democrats are laying out the clear stakes in this election – a choice between building walls and tearing people down or an optimistic unifying vision where everyone has a role to play in building our future.

On Wednesday night, speakers will discuss how Hillary Clinton has the experience and steadiness to bring Americans together to get real results for our families. Her strong leadership will deliver economic results for all Americans and keep us safe. While Donald Trump is in over his head and reckless, Hillary can provide the leadership we need for the country we want to be.

The program is listed below.
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