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Sunday News: Trump Built Business Empire on $885 Million in Taxpayer $$$; Will Trumpism “Sink the Planet?”

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, September 18. Also check out President Obama’s speech to the Congressional Black Caucus gala.

  • Video: Chris Wallace Interviews Tim Kaine On Fox “News” Sunday

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlCKeruGIr4

  • Video: Chris Christie Repeats Trump’s Birther Lies on CNN

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkYtIp_W4Hs

  • Quizzical

    Shared from Sky News:John Kerry expresses hope over ‘life and death issue’ of oceans http://news.sky.com/story/john-kerry-expresses-hope-over-life-and-death-issue-of-oceans-10579466

    Sent from my iPad

  • Quizzical

    “The Fever Inside” article was quite insightful I thought. It’s one of the better pieces I’ve read about Trump this year.

    • Agreed; Josh Marshall has been doing great work the past few months!

  • Dan Rather:

    On this Sunday, as we hurdle towards a monumental decision in November, I know many of you feel a stark despair about the direction of our nation, agonize that this election has exposed deep-seeded hate and intolerance within the American populace, wonder at how well you knew friends and family who see the world from such a profoundly different and troubling point of view, and worry about divisions that you fear may never heal. I do not minimize the challenges we face on these fronts, but I firmly believe that there is an important distinction between the many who are swayed by the rhetoric and false facts of disaffection and alienation, and the few who are in positions of power to exploit disunion and discord for personal economic and political gain. With the right leadership and spirit, I believe this nation can, and will, heal.

    Fear is a very strong motivating force, and fear of “the other” seems an inherent element of the human identity. Perhaps it stretches back to mankind’s early tribal existence. But for whatever reason, fear in general, and this fear of the other specifically, can lead populations into hateful and damaging actions. And thus it is no surprise that fear has been perhaps the most persistent tool for despots and tyrants since the beginning of recorded time.

    At the moment, there are rational and irrational fears sweeping the nation. It is right to worry about our future economic prosperity and how widely it will be felt by the American people. It is true that politicians in Washington of both political parties have been too beholden to special interests and the moneyed class. It is true that the world is a disquieting place and we face a real threat of terrorism. It is also true that America’s cultural identity is changing forever, and I understand how that can be disorienting to some. But amidst all these rational fears, we have those who will toss half-truths and lies on everything from the economic impact of immigration, to gun control laws, to crime. They do so not to seek answers or solutions to our national problems, but to sow the fear that will guide themselves and their cronies to wealth and power.

    We live in an era of misinformation, reinforced by an increasing lack of integration –in our schools, our news sources, our social media feeds, and so many other places. It is easy to stoke fear of “the other” when you do not know the other. Conversely, greater integration often brings greater acceptance. That is where I hope we can redirect our efforts.

    I believe the chief reason why we have seen so much progress on LGBTQ rights is that this is one marginalized population that has become increasingly hard for individuals to ignore in a culture where more have come out of the shadows hiding their sexuality. We are becoming far more integrated as a country by this measure, which makes it very different from race. I once heard someone say, you don’t one day discover that the white son you have loved since birth is black but you can discover he is gay. In other words, it is easier to see “the other” when it comes to race and religion than when it comes to LGBT. In order to combat this, we should strive for a world where more of our classmates and coworkers come from different backgrounds. If we did so, perhaps we would find far more similarities than differences, the unity of humanity.

    I can remember the integration of the army and all the good it did, and still does, in bringing different people together. I can also remember the aftermath of the murderous carnage of World War II and how even then, the peoples of Germany, Japan, and Italy became peaceful and productive members of the world community. Hearts once bent in one direction by hate can be redirected with the right leadership and guidance.

    These are the stakes for the direction of our country. Are we going to condone division, turn a blind eye to misinformation, accept intolerance? Or are we going to reach out and try to knit together the various strands of our national tapestry, patching what is threadbare and re-stitching what is torn? One direction will lead to a brighter future, the other more fear and despair.

    I choose to bet on hope.

  • Hillary Clinton Statement on Apparent Terrorist Attacks

    After yesterday’s attacks in Minnesota, New Jersey and New York, Hillary Clinton released the following statement:

    “I strongly condemn the apparent terrorist attacks in Minnesota, New Jersey, and New York. I pray for all of those who were wounded, and for their families. Once again, we saw the bravery of our first responders who run toward danger to help others. Their quick actions saved lives. Law enforcement officials are working to identify who was behind the attacks in New York and New Jersey and we should give them the support they need to finish the job and bring those responsible to justice – we will not rest until that happens. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack in Minnesota, and this should steel our resolve to protect our country and defeat ISIS and other terrorist groups. I have laid out a comprehensive plan to do that. This includes launching an intelligence surge to help identify and thwart attacks before they can be carried out, and to spot lone wolf attackers. We also need to work with Silicon Valley to counter propaganda and recruitment efforts online. Americans have faced threats before, and our resilience in the face of them only makes us stronger. I am confident we will once again choose resolve over fear.”

  • Quizzical
    • Yeah, but at this rate – and given the media’s utter incompetence – it could be AFTER the election.

      • Quizzical

        I’m coming around to the view that Trump deliberately says stupid and outrageous things, that he can later laugh or shrug off, to keep the press busy so they don’t have time to really look into things like the Trump Foundation. The latest distraction being the one about disarming Clinton’s security detail and let’s see what happens. He’s giving the press easy stories so they don’t go looking for hard stories.

        • Yeah, I’ve been thinking that for a while, just underestimated how moronic the media is (and note that I didn’t have a high opinion of these bozos to begin with!).

          • Quizzical

            It’s like the lion tamer in the circus making sure the lions are well fed.

  • Robert Reichy on a roll!

    Can we have a word? I continue to hear from many of you who say you won’t vote for Hillary Clinton because, you claim, (1) she’s no better than Donald Trump, or (2) even if she’s better, she’s still corrupt, and you refuse to vote for the “lesser of two evils,” or (3) you don’t want to reward the Democratic Party for corrupt primaries that gave the nomination to Hillary instead of Bernie Sanders.

    Please allow me to respond.

    (1) Anyone who equates Donald Trump with Hillary Clinton hasn’t been paying attention. Trump is a dangerous, bigoted, narcissistic megalomaniac with fascist tendencies who could wreak huge damage on America and the world. Hillary isn’t perfect but she’s able and experienced. There is simply no comparison.
    (2) Even if you see Hillary Clinton as the “lesser of two evils,” the greater of two evils in this case (if you see the choice in these terms) is seriously evil. You’ve probably had occasion in the past to vote for someone who doesn’t meet your ideals, when the alternative is someone who falls much further from those ideals. This doesn’t mean you’ve sold out or compromised your principles. You’ve just been realistic and practical. Realism and practicality are critically important now.
    (3) I understand your frustration with the Democratic Party, and your reluctance to “reward” it for its bias against Bernie in the primaries. But anything you do that increases the odds of a Trump presidency isn’t just penalizing the Democratic Party; it’s jeopardizing our future and that of our children and their children. All of us must continue to work hard for a political system responsive to the needs of ordinary Americans. The movement Bernie energized must not and will not end. But Donald Trump, were he to become president, would set back the cause for decades.

    There are just over 7 weeks until Election Day. My request to those of you who still don’t want to vote for Hillary Clinton: Please reconsider. It is no exaggeration to say the fate of the nation and the world are at stake.