Open Thread for Republican Convention 2016 in Cleveland

The 2016 Republican National Convention starts this Monday, July 18, 2016 Through July 21, 2016.

From their site: 2016 Republican National Convention announces Freedom Plaza

Cleveland, OH – Centered between Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field is Freedom Plaza, an open air gathering space unique to the 2016 Republican National Convention. Freedom Plaza will be home to a “Salute to America”; the cuisine and music of the South, East, West, and Midwest will be featured each day of the Convention. All Convention attendees are welcome to grab a drink, indulge in local fare, listen to some great music, and mix and mingle in the hours before and after each Convention session.

It will be a very interesting convention this year because no one knows what to expect. But the Cleveland Police are gearing up for the worst….

Cleveland Police Are Gearing Up for Mayhem at the GOP Convention

With the Republican National Convention imminent, the Cleveland Police Department is finalizing its security plan for what is expected to be a volatile few days. The city announced last Friday that it was updating its plan following last week’s mass shooting of police officers in Dallas, and though it shared scant detail, the Cleveland PD is set to be outfitted with plenty of heavy gear.

The RNC is designated as a National Special Security Event by the US Department of Homeland Security, which entitled Cleveland to a $50 million federal grant toward its security plan. According to bids the city has posted to its website and reports from local news outlets, so far Cleveland has spent the money on:

2,000 sets of riot gear
2,000 steel batons
325 sets of tactical armor
300 patrol bicycles, with accompanying riot gear
25 rifle scopes
10,000 flexible handcuffs

Other supplies include bulletproof helmets, pepper spray, two-point slings (used to carry rifles) and inmate mattresses. The Cleveland PD also asked the Chicago Police Department to loan it three bearcats, and Taser International is loaning the department 300 body cameras that can be attached to riot suits. The city also put out a bid for tear gas, according to the Washington Post, and it recently upped its protest insurance coverage from $9.5 million to $50 million. [more]

Here’s a fresh page for you to fill with comments about what is happening at the convention.


Charlie Pierce says: Welcome to the 2016 Republican convention: a four-day celebration of the ritual suicide of American democracy.

With balloons.

383 thoughts on “Open Thread for Republican Convention 2016 in Cleveland”

  1. Mitchell F. Kaufman shared Bill Maher’s video to the group: Rachel Maddow Fans.
    4 hrs ·

    The real theme of the Republican Party is Make America White Again!

  2. Rauner, the worst Governor of Illinois ever!

    Chicago Tribune
    1 hr ·

    Gov. Bruce Rauner called half of CPS teachers “virtually illiterate” in an email exchange about education reform. Half of CPS principals, he wrote, are “managerially incompetent.”

    Rauner’s spokesman issued an apology on the governor’s behalf. That’s not good enough, writes Heidi Stevens.

  3. Charlie Pierce:

    Newly Presidential Donald Trump Addresses JFK Conspiracy Theories


    CLEVELAND, OHIO—In the interest of good government, I have a suggestion for Republican vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence. Mike, here’s the thing. When you are on television standing behind your running mate and he starts babbling and fuming and going publicly bananas, as hard as it may be, it’s probably best if you try to avoid looking at your running mate as though he were a two-headed talking ape. This is going to happen quite a few times between now and November.

    I suppose it’s cold comfort to know that he still can’t control himself, that even while his abbatoir of an acceptance speech was being treated as something more than unusually grammatical gibberish. I suppose it’s cold comfort to know that the Republican presidential nominee remains desperately in need of adult supervision.

    He, Trump stepped up to a microphone on Friday morning and launched into another episode. He danced on the body of Ted Cruz, again, saying he didn’t want the Tailgunner’s endorsement. He once again bragged about his poll numbers and his wonderful brilliant children. (Do any of them other than Barron have mothers?) He once again explained about how his presidency will function overseas largely as a protection racket. (“We’ll take care of them if they pay us.”) This, dear friends, was the speech he desperately wanted to give Thursday night. [more]

  4. Robert Reich
    49 mins ·

    Even if he’s defeated in November, Trump will have legitimized the politics of hate in America — making it acceptable to seek power by stoking racial, ethnic, or religious resentment. Trump has already lifted up several of our society’s rocks, letting loose all manner of vicious vermin hiding beneath them (such as David Duke, former KKK Wizard).

    What do you think?

    Media Matters for America
    Page Liked · 1 hr ·

    Carl Bernstein Slams Trump’s Fearmongering RNC SpeechCarl Bernstein explains how Donald Trump’s cynical fearmongering isn’t based in any fact whatsoever:

    Christopher Hayes Verified account @chrislhayes

    I also think that speech sounded legitimately terrifying and upsetting for large swaths of non-white America.

    Christopher Hayes ‏@chrislhayes 4h4 hours ago

    Serious q: is there a reason we’ve all decided it’s Kaine?

    [Hillary’s choice for VP?]

    Alexander Marquardt ‏@MarquardtA 1h1 hour ago

    Munich pollice tweeting 6 dead and unknown number of wounded.

  5. One Wisconsin Now
    1 hr ·

    SHARE/LIKE: Scott Walker will replace David Prosser on the Supreme Court with a guy who’s the counsel to a ginormous right wing funding machine that’s gotten him $770,000 for this three runs for governor. Not kidding. Wisconsin, meet Dan Kelly of the school privatization slush fund, the Kern Family Foundation.

  6. This is going to hurt Hillary….
    Not heard word one about this on MSM yet. Maybe tonight on RT TV.

    WikiLeaks releases thousands of documents about Clinton and internal deliberations

    As Hillary Clinton prepared to announce her 2016 running mate, a trove of nearly 20,000 emails were released by WikiLeaks on Friday, providing an embarrassing inside look at Democratic Party operations on the eve of the Democrats’ national convention.

    The emails from the Democratic National Committee include discussions of Clinton’s chief rival for the presidential nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.); details of perks provided to party donors attending the convention; and email exchanges between party officials, journalists and others.

    The emails were released with an announcement by WikiLeaks on Twitter that linked readers to a WikiLeaks page inviting visitors to “Search the DNC email database.” A search box sits underneath a one-paragraph introduction:

    “Today, Friday 22 July 2016 at 10:30am EDT, WikiLeaks releases 19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments from the top of the US Democratic National Committee — part one of our new Hillary Leaks series,” the introduction says. “The leaks come from the accounts of seven key figures in the DNC,” including Communications Director Luis Miranda (10770 emails), National Finance Director Jordon Kaplan (3797 emails), Finance Chief of Staff Scott Comer and others. The newly released emails cover the period from January 2015 through May 25, 2016.

    Friday’s digital document dump follows a report last month by The Washington Post that Russian government hackers penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee, gaining access to an entire database of opposition research. DNC and Clinton campaign did not respond to a request for comment Friday as reporters and campaign staff began to assess the situation.

    One email written May 5 to DNC communications director Luis Miranda from another party official suggests looking at Bernie Sanders’ faith.

  7. How Hillary Turned Into a Neocon
    by Diana Johnstone
    July 22, 2016

    Your first two books, Fool’s Crusade and the Politics of Euromissiles focus on the projection of unilateral American power abroad. Queen of Chaos continues along these lines. How would you see Hillary Clinton differs from Donald Trump in her views of American military prowess?

    Hillary Clinton adheres to the notion that American military power is capable of achieving just about whatever U.S. leaders want it to do. All that is needed to get our way is “resolve”. Thus she and her foreign policy clique (represented by the 51 “dissident” State Department employees who recently criticized Obama’s caution, neocon Victoria Nuland and Clinton’s probable choice as Secretary of “Defense”, Michele Flournoy) seem confident that U.S. air strikes could counter Russian influence in Syria. Such overconfidence leads to taking grave risks without weighing the possible outcomes.

    So far, Trump’s foreign policy statements are somewhat ambiguous. In competition with Hillary for support from the influential pro-Israel lobby, Trump’s aggressive condemnation of the Iran nuclear deal competes with Clinton’s bellicose threats to “obliterate” Iran. However, by promising to “make America great again”, Trump implies that the U.S. is not so all-powerful. Considering that he set out to win the nomination from the Republican Party, which is not exactly a peace movement, Trump may have been using aggressive rhetoric precisely in order to sell a policy of withdrawal from worldwide battlefields. Blaming free rider allies sets a nationalist tone to such withdrawal. His focus on wiping out Islamic terrorism is consistent with normalizing relations with Russia and reversal of Hillary Clinton’s “regime change” policy. Sounding “crazy” could be a symptom of realism.

  8. The Hill
    3 hrs ·

    Moody’s election prediction model, which has accurately predicted every election since it was created in 1980, is forecasting a landslide victory for Hillary Clinton in November.

    Speechwriter Comes Clean: Melania Trump Plagiarized Speech Because She Admires Michelle Obama

    The controversy over Melania Trump’s plagiarized speech at the Republican National Convention stubbornly refuses to go away. Following the initial revelation that several passages were blatantly lifted from a 2008 speech by Michelle Obama, Donald Trump’s defenders mobilized to deny reality and try to convince America that they could not believe their own eyes and ears.

    The Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort, dismissed it as being a coincidental collection of commonly used words. That was after he baselessly blamed it all on Hillary Clinton. Chris Christie excused it because only part of it was plagiarized. Trump spokesperson Katrina Pierson complained that Michelle Obama thinks she “invented the English language.” RNC Spokesman Sean Spicer turned it back on Michelle Obama saying that she plagiarized My Little Pony. Trump Communications Director Jason Miller reduced it to “included fragments that reflected her own thinking.” The Trump people simultaneously said that Melania wrote the speech herself (which she told NBC’s Matt Laurer), but that any problems were the fault of her team of writers.

    Today the speechwriter came forward with a totally new account of what happened. She released a letter on Trump Organization stationary (image below) taking the fall for the whole affair:

    “My name is Meredith McIver and I’m an in-house staff writer at the Trump Organization. I am also a longtime friend and admirer of the Trump family.”

    “In working with Melania Trump on her recent First Lady speech, we discussed many people who inspired her and messages she wanted to share with the American people. A person she has always liked is Michelle Obama. Over the phone, she read me some passages from Mrs. Obama’s speech as examples. I wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech. I did not check Mrs. Obama’s speeches. This was my mistake, and I feel terrible for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama. No harm was meant.”


  9. MSM is waiting to see who Clinton will pick for VP. Seems they all think it will be Tim Kaine.
    He likes the TPP and wants to give breaks to big banks. I don’t want him.
    Vilsack has a touch of neoliberal.
    Cory Booker is okay but not ready for Prime Time

    My choice would be Sherrod Brown. More progressive than the other but would give Kasich an in to his Senate seat.

  10. WikiLeaks Verified account @wikileaks

    #DNCLeaks: Comms Director goes running to Chuck Todd, telling him @Morning_Joe aren’t allowed to criticize DWS

    Zaibatsu News Ⓜ ‏@ZaibatsuNews 4h4 hours ago

    .@renomarky The Iran Deal is working, a significant step toward a safer world. #ImWithHer #p2

    Al Giordano ‏@AlGiordano 1d1 day ago

    Tim Kaine’s schedule includes a Saturday 5:30 p.m. fundraising event… on Nantucket Island. Any questions?

    Shelly @trekkerteach12

    I would love to see #Bernie use his #DemConvention speech to rescind endorsement & announce Indie run. #DNCLeaks

    Shelly @trekkerteach12

    Shelly Retweeted jena jordan:

    I second the motion…


    Michael Oman-Reagan ‏@OmanReagan 5h5 hours ago

    Some of the #DNCLeaks vetting fails are unreal.

  11. Connie Schultz
    47 mins ·
    The Washington Post

    Quite the editorial from the Washington Post, which starts with this:

    “Donald J. Trump, until now a Republican problem, this week became a challenge the nation must confront and overcome. The real estate tycoon is uniquely unqualified to serve as president, in experience and temperament. He is mounting a campaign of snarl and sneer, not substance. To the extent he has views, they are wrong in their diagnosis of America’s problems and dangerous in their proposed solutions. Mr. Trump’s politics of denigration and division could strain the bonds that have held a diverse nation together. His contempt for constitutional norms might reveal the nation’s two-century-old experiment in checks and balances to be more fragile than we knew.

    “Any one of these characteristics would be disqualifying; together, they make Mr. Trump a peril. We recognize that this is not the usual moment to make such a statement. In an ordinary election year, we would acknowledge the Republican nominee, move on to the Democratic convention and spend the following months, like other voters, evaluating the candidates’ performance in debates, on the stump and in position papers. This year we will follow the campaign as always, offering honest views on all the candidates. But we cannot salute the Republican nominee or pretend that we might endorse him this fall. A Trump presidency would be dangerous for the nation and the world.”

  12. Snarky Pundit
    Page Liked · 4 hrs · Edited ·

    “I am going to work very hard to repeal [the law keeping churches from interfering in politics] and to protect free speech for all Americans.” – Donald J Trump, 7/21/2016

  13. Storm is Coming
    1 hr ·


    HE(Tim Kaine) IS ANTI-ABORTION(wants to keep Govt. out of it)



    Hillary Clinton: I Could Compromise on Abortion If It Included Exceptions For Mother’s Health

    Personally opposes abortion, but keep government out of it

    Tim Kaine Calls To Deregulate Banks As He Campaigns To Be Clinton’s VP…/tim-kaine-clinton-vp_us_578…

  14. Love Me, I’m A Liberal

    I cried when they shot Medgar Evers
    Tears ran down my spine
    I cried when they shot Mr. Kennedy
    As though I’d lost a father of mine

    But Malcolm X got what was coming
    He got what he asked for this time
    So love me, love me
    Love me, I’m a liberal

    I go to civil rights rallies
    And I put down the old D.A.R.
    I love Harry and Sidney and Sammy
    I hope every colored boy becomes a star

    But don’t talk about revolution
    That’s going a little bit too far
    So love me, love me
    Love me, I’m a liberal

    I cheered when Humphrey was chosen
    My faith in the system restored
    And I’m glad the commies were thrown out
    Of the A.F.L. C.I.O. board

    I love Puerto Ricans and Negros
    As long as they don’t move next door
    So love me, love me
    Love me, I’m a liberal

    The people of old Mississippi
    Should all hang their heads in shame
    I can’t understand how their minds work
    What’s the matter don’t they watch Les Crain?

    But if you ask me to bus my children
    I hope the cops take down your name
    So love me, love me
    Love me, I’m a liberal

    Yes, I read New republic and Nation
    I’ve learned to take every view
    You know, I’ve memorized Lerner and Golden
    I feel like I’m almost a Jew

    But when it comes to times like Korea
    There’s no one more red, white and blue
    So love me, love me
    Love me, I’m a liberal

    I vote for the democratic party
    They want the U.N. to be strong
    I attend all the Pete Seeger concerts
    He sure gets me singing those songs

    And I’ll send all the money you ask for
    But don’t ask me to come on along
    So love me, love me
    Love me, I’m a liberal

    Sure once I was young and impulsive
    I wore every conceivable pin
    Even went to the socialist meetings
    Learned all the old union hymns

    Ah, but I’ve grown older and wiser
    And that’s why I’m turning you in
    So love me, love me
    Love me, I’m a liberal

  15. @toniD:

    The pulpit is a political soapbox and it has been for a very long time. Political sermonizing has increased and has become more brazen in recent years. I don’t doubt that it would worsen if legislation against it were repealed.

    However, when was the last time you read about a church or a minister who had been charged for violating federal tax law by politicking from the pulpit? The IRS is toothless without support from the judiciary. In 2013, the IRS was attacked for targeting Conservative groups that were seeking tax-exempt status. The FBI and Eric Holder were reviled in that debacle, too.

    Never mind that the IRS is woefully understaffed and is unable to investigate more than a few suspects—from Wall Street to Main Street—and will always be accused of “targeting” the schmuck under the spotlight.

    The tax-exempt violations, from churches to other organizations required to exist for “social welfare,” are seldom pursued. The law is flaccid.

  16. @Crank Bait:

    Pew Research Center

    Preaching Politics From the Pulpit

    …The guide sets out in plain English the rules governing political activity that apply to nonprofit organizations (including churches and other religious groups) that are exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The 2012 edition of the guide updates versions published by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life in 2002, 2004 and 2008. The original report was written by Deirdre Dessingue, associate general counsel of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and a leading expert on the taxation of religious organizations. The latest edition of the guide has been vetted by a number of other prominent legal experts in this field…

  17. Democracy Now!
    Sponsored ·

    “That the Republican Party is nominating Donald Trump, and Roger Ailes is out of Fox News on the same day, is a tectonic shift in our world. Both of them were almost unimaginable a year ago.” – John Heilemann

    Anton Benidado‎
    Bill Maher Rules!!!!
    13 hrs ·

    Do you think that Trump bribed Pam Bondi, Florida Attorney General so she would not prosecute the Trump University case, which she did, leaving three students with no recurse?
    Trump donated $25,000 to her campaign. She then stopped prosecution on the Trump University case.

  18. @Crank Bait: Speaking of IRS….I got another call today from a scammer saying she was IRS, not from the IRS, just IRS and the IRS was suing me for several thousand dollars and if I wanted to clear my name I should call a number they gave me. Repeated the number and said Thank you and hung up.

    It’s a scam of course and a bad one. So I reported it to the IRS.

    Sam’s on with Chris Hayes right now.

  19. @toniD: typical of hillary to campaign with warren winking and throwing sand in the eyes of progressives with her pretend populism for berners’ consumption and shoring up her left flank with symbolic gestures while choosing a hard corporate whore as running mate

  20. Sometimes the conspiracy theorists get it right…

    Hillary didn’t “win” anything…

  21. 4 winners and 3 losers in Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential pick

    Updated by Matthew Yglesias on July 22, 2016

    Hillary Clinton’s running mate will be Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, who is exactly the person it seemed she would choose a month ago (or a year ago or, really, four years ago). It’s all part of the thrilling trend of the Democratic race unfolding in a very predictable way, even amidst all the insanity of 2016.

    Unlike Donald Trump, who had major work to do in terms of unifying the Republican Party and has dozens of obvious political weaknesses to shore up, the political stakes for Clinton’s pick were relatively low. She has the Democratic establishment all locked up and has for years. And while she certainly has her weaknesses as a candidate, they’re not really amenable to being fixed through a vice presidential selection.

    But the substantive stakes in the veepstakes are always high, for two simple reasons: modern vice presidents generally play a substantive role in presidential administrations, and it’s not all that rare for the vice president to end up becoming the president some day.

    So while some find both Kaine and the Kaine pick boring, I see a consequential moment in American history that deserves to be treated seriously.

    And so, without further ado, here’s who won and who lost in Hillary’s VP pick: [more]

  22. @cent: Here we go again! One step forward, the Donald out, Five steps back Clinton/Kaine for 4 years.

    Can’t we get them , Trump and Clinton, both indicted and start over?

  23. @cent: Do I have to?

    We truly need to work hard to change Congress and State and Local Governments. We need to build up a nationwide base with true progressives in office. The only way to change is to start from the bottom up. The problem is that after the election the people are either too demoralized or too lazy to do the work and build the movement from the ground up finding the right people to run for office and backing them.

  24. Bernie Sanders’ Supporters shared Devo Norton’s post.
    1 hr ·

    ‪#‎DemExit‬ …. “One #Demexit meme circulating through social media today sums up how many of Bernie Sanders’ supporters are feeling right now. The DNC is holding Donald Trump like a gun, pressed against the temples of progressives, while they declare “Vote for Hillary Clinton… or else.”
    What are they failing to comprehend? That’s right: Progressives don’t negotiate with terrorists.”

  25. HAHAHAHAHA… one of the DNC emails released by wikileaks…
    Date: 2016-05-05 19:30
    Subject: The dumbest thing I’ve ever read: Buzzfeed: These Experts Think The DNC And RNC Are Both Horrible At Cybersecurity

    The subject line says it all… clueless arrogant hubris…

    any IT guy worth their salt will tell you it is never a question of if your cyber security will fail, it is a question of when and how badly…

  26. zerohedge ‏@zerohedge 19m19 minutes ago

    Leaked DNC Emails Confirm Democrats Rigged Primary, Reveal Extensive Media Collusion

    There are three key findings to emerge from yesterday’s dump of leaked DNC emails released by Wikileaks:

    There had been a plot designed to smear Bernie Sanders and to hand the Democratic nomination to Hillary on a silver platter
    There has been repeated collusion between the DNC and the media
    There has been questionable fundraising for both Hillary Clinton and the DNC

    First, a quick recap for those who missed the original report, yesterday Wikileaks released over 19,000 emails and more than 8,000 attachments from the Democratic National Committee. This is what the whistleblower organization reported:

    WikiLeaks releases 19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments from the top of the US Democratic National Committee — part one of our new Hillary Leaks series. The leaks come from the accounts of seven key figures in the DNC: Communications Director Luis Miranda (10770 emails), National Finance Director Jordon Kaplan (3797 emails), Finance Chief of Staff Scott Comer (3095 emails), Finanace Director of Data & Strategic Initiatives Daniel Parrish (1472 emails), Finance Director Allen Zachary (1611 emails), Senior Advisor Andrew Wright (938 emails) and Northern California Finance Director Robert (Erik) Stowe (751 emails). The emails cover the period from January last year until 25 May this year.d

    Subsequently, the Romanian hacker known as Guccifer 2.0 (who has denied he works with the Russian government), who has already released hundreds of hacked DNC emails previously, told The Hill he leaked the documents to Wikileaks. [more]

  27. The Hill ‏@thehill 1h1 hour ago

    JUST IN: Dems pledge floor fight at Dem convention over push to eliminate superdelegates

    Daniel Strauss ‏@DanielStrauss4 1h1 hour ago

    Daniel Strauss Retweeted Daniel Strauss:

    PHILADELPHIA — The fights before the convention fight in Philadelphia

    PHILADELPHIA — Today is the big day for proponents of eliminating the superdelegate system

    HuffPost Politics ‏@HuffPostPol 1h1 hour ago

    Elizabeth Warren rips Donald Trump after he suggests she was desperate for VP slot

    WikiLeaks ‏@wikileaks 16h16 hours ago

    Broadcasters so far implicanted (implicated) in #DNCLeaks: MSNBC, CBS
    Broadcasters so far not covering #DNCLeaks: MSNBC, CBS

  28. Judge orders Trump to pay nearly $300,000 in attorney’s fees for stiffing painting contractor

    Instead of Donald Trump honoring the painting contract he signed and paying this local Miami business the remaining $34,863 balance he owed them, his company just took it upon itself to say that they had been “paid enough”.

    The company slapped a lien on his Doral resort and that woke the old Trumpster up. Judge awards attorney’s fees totaling nearly $300,000. Trump still hasn’t paid the local painting business the remaining balance.

    This is Trump’s track record in business and Hillary’s ad about Trump stiffing small businesses proves this guy loves stiffing the little guy. [more]

    Separation of Corporation and State
    12 hrs ·

    While Bernie Sanders’ supporters and independent media outlets have exhaustively pointed out that corporate media’s fatuous prattling over Hillary Clinton likely tipped the elections in her favor, we now have solid proof — leaked emails show the DNC colluded with mainstream outlets to heavily favor Clinton.

    7 hrs ·

    “Kaine, like Clinton herself, is a quintessential ‘New Democrat’—meaning they are allies of Wall Street,” says economist William Black. They embrace a neoliberal, pro-corporate outlook that has done incredible damage to the vast majority of Americans.”

  29. Jeff Trapp shared Nomiki Konst’s live video.
    1 hr ·


  30. What’s the Matter with Kansas?
    Sponsored ·

    As the Republicans meet in Cleveland this week, the Christian Right will be vying for influence. If you still haven’t seen “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” yet, check out on Vimeo – for free, no interruptions:

    Robert Reich
    3 hrs ·

    Hillary should fire Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Now. Don’t wait until next week to replace her. Yesterday WikiLeaks published roughly 20,000 leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee that confirm what most of us already knew: Wasserman Schultz and other top officials of the DNC tried to sandbag Bernie’s campaign.

    When the director of communications wanted to complain to CNN about a segment the network aired in which Bernie said he would oust the chairwoman if he were elected, Wasserman Schultz emails back, “he isn’t going to be president.” In reference to a Washington Post piece that said Bernie was seeking a more balanced approach to Israel and Palestine, she emails “the Israel stuff is disturbing,” prompting another official to email back that Hillary’s campaign had pushed the story. In other emails Wasserman Schultz refers to Bernie’s campaign manager as a “damn liar,” and “an ASS.”

    Another email shows one DNC official trying to get reporters to write that Bernie’s campaign is “a mess.” In another, the DNC’s chief financial officer seeks ways to bring attention to Bernie’s religious beliefs, “for KY and WVA can we get someone to ask his belief. Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps.” Other emails show officials of the DNC using “us” language when referring to Hillary supporters and “them” language in reference to Bernie’s.

    Fire her now.

  31. Josh Marshall Verified account

    1: If you want a more progressive Democratic party, start electing progressives at the local level, take over state parties and key …

    2: stakeholder interest groups. This is what really works. It’s how Republicans moved their party to the right. It’s hard and it takes …

    3: a long time. If u want to be a preening douchebag, support a 3rd party bid at the presidential level. Its not principle, just acting out.

    John Aravosis ‏@aravosis 18h18 hours ago

    @kechallis @joshtpm Voting isn’t always about being excited. Sometimes it’s simply about stopping evil. And that’s more than enough.

    Josh Marshall Verified account @joshtpm

    my look at the growing evidence of a collusive alliance between Trump & Putin, focused policy, cemented by cash

  32. Josh Marshall ‏@joshtpm 2h2 hours ago

    It’s not just a bromace, Trumps financial empire is strapped for cash & most of the new investment comes from Russia

    Josh Marshall ‏@joshtpm 2h2 hours ago

    Trump & Putin. Yep, Its Really a Thing. … cc: @davidfrum @stuartpstevens @MaxBoot @chrislhayes @dandrezner @EWErickson

    Presumptive Brauer ‏@allanbrauer 2m2 minutes ago

    Team Putin is pushing back hard on scrutiny of his ties to Donald Trump. You’re onto something big here.

    Jesse Lehrich ‏@JesseLehrich 10m10 minutes ago

    Garry Kasparov: Donald Trump reminds me of Vladimir Putin — and that is terrifying–and-that-is-terrifying/2016/07/23/36397692-50e5-11e6-a7d8-13d06b37f256_story.html

  33. @toniD:

    Josh Marshal and others like him are full of shit… They let themselves off the hook way to often and far too easily… A vote for Hillary is not a heroic selfless “vote against Trump”… It’s a vote for Hillary and everything she stands for… People spewing that tired bullshit need to at least accept that reality… Especially the one’s that have been Bernie Bashing since he pissed all over her cakewalk coronation… like Josh Marshall…. “douchebag” indeed….

  34. Andy Borowitz
    Yesterday at 3:45pm ·

    Dear Donald Trump,
    If the US is the dangerous, violent, jobless hellhole you describe, why are you so worried about Mexicans wanting to come here?
    Any Rational Person

    A Third Woman Alleges She Was Sexually Assaulted By Donald Trump
    Read her claims before you dismiss her.

    On Wednesday, in the midst of the Republican National Convention, new allegations emerged of sexual assault committed by Donald Trump. This is the third woman who has accused the GOP presidential nominee of sexual assault.

    The latest allegations of unwanted sexual contact by Trump come from Jill Harth, a makeup artist and business associate of the billionaire in the early 1990s. According to Harth, Trump sexually harassed her on numerous occasions, including cornering her in his daughter Ivanka’s bedroom and attempting to have sex with her. In 1997, Harth filed a lawsuit detailing Trump’s alleged repeated efforts to force her to have sex with him, as well as a number of other outrageous and inappropriate behaviors. [more]

  35. @cent: Someone on twitter was getting on his case re the wikileaks DNC and he said he was looking into them.

    I posted what he said here to let you know what the so called progressives are saying.

    He is, however, looking into the Trump/Putin stuff.

  36. Sorry it took so long to answer. My computer was throwing out script errors and then froze on me. Tired of the script errors and not being able to hear some videos while others blast.

    What’s going on with the internet and browsers lately??


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