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Wednesday News: Colin Powell Calls Trump a “National Disgrace”; New York AG Opens “Inquiry” Into Slimy/Scam Trump Foundation


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, September 14. Also, check out the video of President Obama demolishing Trump, dinging the “false-equivalency” media and strongly defending Hillary Clinton. Great stuff on all counts.

  • Video: Donald Trump supporter Rob Wittman refuses four times to call David Duke “deplorable,” also refuses to call racists/homophobes/xenophobes/etc. “deplorable” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgGyFyZBdho&feature=youtu.be

  • Dan Rather nails it yet again:

    When did so many political reporters start playing follow the leader? What happened to trying to make your mark through original reporting instead of just echoing the same story line everyone else is blasting out? And why are so many taking their cues from biased interest groups and political operatives?

    I couldn’t help but think of all these questions this morning with so many headlines overwhelming me with the Clinton health story. I remarked before on this page, and still believe, that it was a legitimate news event when she got ill, and the shifting explanations of the campaign didn’t help. But there is a very important difference between a story worthy of coverage and a tsunami of wall-to-wall overkill.

    The New York Times had multiple stories in today’s paper on various angles to Secretary Clinton’s health. But let’s be clear – barring any new developments this remains the story of a candidate working hard on the campaign trail who got a mild case of pneumonia and kept going when she maybe should have rested a bit. Everyone gets sick and until we have more proof of something severe, it remains a storyline to monitor but not belabor.

    Meanwhile, we have some great independent investigations about Donald Trump that aren’t getting nearly enough attention. There are his campaign contributions to a Florida Attorney General who didn’t press the case against the very troubling so-called Trump University, We have serious questions about his charitable giving, an issue that could be settled by the tax returns he refuses to release. And then there are all the questions about his coziness to Putin, not to mention his rhetoric on race and immigration.

    A few outlets have really distinguished themselves this campaign season – the Washington Post in particular comes to mind with what I think is fair reporting on both major party candidates. The Post reporters have done a good job of seeing both the forest and the trees – keeping a sense of balance between the necessary day-to-day coverage of the campaign and the bigger themes that need more high-profile vetting.

    I understand well the instincts of some in the press who fear appearing to be biased. Yes, it is our job to vet the candidates without fear or favor, to play no favorites, pull no punches, but that means actually reporting beyond what the candidates are saying and what their operatives are pressuring us to cover. The stakes here are about who will occupy the most difficult and demanding job in the world. Our system of government relies on a fiercely independent press – and a fair one. We should not be chasing trending topics or Internet memes. We should be asking new questions, chasing down leads, and doing deep-digging investigations. We need more substance and less trivia – more background and context and less going with the trendy headline of the moment. That is the role of a professional journalist and the country needs us to act accordingly.


    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement today on the new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on security assistance with Israel:

    “After regular engagement with the Administration and Israeli government on this issue, I am pleased that an agreement has been reached to provide Israel with an unprecedented level of U.S. military assistance in a consistent manner over the next decade. The United States maintains an unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security, its people and its future, and this deal is a tangible sign of our support to our strongest regional ally. I particularly applaud this deal for providing Israel the first-ever multi-year missile defense assurance made by the United States to protect it and its citizens from attacks by terrorist groups, such as Hezbollah and Hamas, and threats from Iran.”

    Senator Kaine has been a steadfast supporter of the U.S. strategic partnership with Israel and ensuring that Israel has the tools and resources necessary to respond to and defend itself against evolving threats in the Middle East. In numerous meetings with Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Senator Kaine discussed the urgency and importance of concluding a robust MOU to strengthen our bilateral security cooperation and to guarantee Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge.

  • Trump’s “alt-right” (aka, white nationalists, anti-Semites, etc.) sure won’t like this…

    Hillary Clinton Statement on New Memorandum of Understanding between the United States and Israel

    Hillary Clinton released the following statement upon the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the United States and Israel:

    “America’s commitment to Israel’s security must always remain rock-solid and unwavering. That’s why Senator Kaine and I applaud the agreement on a new memorandum of understanding regarding American security assistance to Israel, and congratulate Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama on this important diplomatic achievement.

    “It reaffirms the depth and strength of the U.S.-Israel relationship — which is based on common security interests, shared values, and deep historical ties — and sends a clear message to the region and the world that we will always stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel.

    “The agreement will help solidify and chart a course for the U.S.-Israeli defense relationship in the 21st century as we face a range of common challenges, from Iran’s destabilizing activities to the threats from ISIS and radical jihadism, and efforts to delegitimize Israel on the world stage.

    “As President, I will work with our partners to implement this agreement, ensure that Israel always maintains its qualitative military edge, and take our alliance to the next level.”

  • Quizzical

    Before, it appeared that Hillary Clinton was unwise to seek Colin Powell’s advice about email. Now, Powell has removed all doubts about that.

  • Robert Reich lists 4 reasons he’s getting worried about the Trump vs. Clinton race:

    4 reasons I’m starting to get worried:

    1. The polls are narrowing: Five weeks ago, Hillary Clinton was up by 8 points. Now she’s up by 1.8 points, according to the RealClearPolitics average of the national polls. That same average of national polls shows Trump has now pulled ahead in Florida, Ohio, Iowa, and Arizona—four crucial battleground states.
    2. Clinton’s campaign spending doesn’t seem to be working: During this period, Clinton has been outspending Trump by a margin of 10-to-1 on TV ads.
    3. Trump supporters are more enthusiastic: A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that 93% of Trump supporters say they are absolutely certain to vote. But only about 80% of Hillary Clinton’s supporters are that committed to turning out.
    4. There are lots of them: Trump got the most primary votes of any Republican presidential candidate in history. Meanwhile, despite the engaging and substantive contest between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, turnout for Democrats was down in the primary compared to 2008.
    5. Authoritarian populism is breaking out all over the world: Yesterday, polling guru Nate Silver said the race has become “highly competitive,” and noted the race has “echoes of Brexit,” in which a right-wing populist surge forced Britain out of the European Union.

    Maybe I’m being unduly alarmist, but, frankly, I don’t think the Democratic Party is being alarmist enough. Trump could win.