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Friday, September 30, 2016

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday compared his campaign to kill criminals to the Holocaust, saying he would like to "slaughter" millions of addicts just like Adolf Hitler "massacred" millions of Jewish people.

"Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now, there are 3 million drug addicts. ... I'd be happy to slaughter them," he told reporters early Friday.

The comment was a response to critics who have likened him to Hitler. (An estimated 6 million Jewish people were killed in the Holocaust.)

Since Duterte swept to power in July, more than 3,300 Filipinos have been killed, either gunned down by police in late-night drug operations or felled by assassins, often after being named by police....

For Hitler, extermination was the "final solution." Duterte on Friday used the same violently apocalyptic tone, casting his campaign as the only way to "finish the problem" and "save" the nation.

Sure you've wondered: What's with Trump's bizarre hair (assuming it's actually hair)? "He is apparently still fond of the sidewalls and the duck's ass in back and he is proud as can be of his great feat," Garrison Keillor recently observed.

But where on earth - again, admittedly an assumption - does it come from?

I think we finally have the answer.. read more

The Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race. We're doing it now.

This year, one of the candidates -- Republican nominee Donald Trump -- is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency.

From the day he declared his candidacy 15 months ago through this week's first presidential debate, Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that he lacks the temperament, knowledge, steadiness and honesty that America needs from its presidents.

Whether through indifference or ignorance, Trump has betrayed fundamental commitments made by all presidents since the end of World War II. These commitments include unwavering support for NATO allies, steadfast opposition to Russian aggression, and the absolute certainty that the United States will make good on its debts. He has expressed troubling admiration for authoritarian leaders and scant regard for constitutional protections.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

George Will: Looking on the bright side, perhaps this election can teach conservatives to look on the dark side. They need a talent for pessimism, recognizing the signs that whatever remains of American exceptionalism does not immunize this nation from decay, to which all regimes are susceptible. The world's oldest political party is an exhausted volcano, the intellectual staleness of its recycled candidate unchallenged because a generation of younger Democratic leaders barely exists. The Republican Party's candidate evidently disdains his credulous supporters who continue to swallow his mendacities. About 90 percent of presidential votes will be cast for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, refuting the theory that this is a center-right country. At the risk of taking Trump's words more seriously than he does, on some matters he is to Clinton's left regarding big government powered by an unbridled presidency. read more

It's supposed to be a charity.

It looks a lot more like a personal piggy bank.

Trump puts himself forward as a sophisticated businessman who understands how the world really works. As he said in this week's presidential debate, he understands money. I say we take him at his word. If I worked at the Internal Revenue Service, I would refer Trump to the Justice Department for a criminal investigation. Obtaining a criminal conviction for violating the tax laws isn't easy, because you need to show intent -- ignorance is a defense. But given Trump's self-proclaimed sophistication, it is hard to imagine he didn't know exactly what he was doing. read more


"USA Today is not the first to break with endorsement tradition this year. It's not even the first this week," as the WaPo points out this morning:

On Tuesday, the Arizona Republic editorial board endorsed Clinton, marking the first time it had backed a Democrat for president in its 126-year history. The Dallas Morning News, the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Houston Chronicle -- all with traditionally conservative editorial pages -- have also backed Clinton in recent months. The Enquirer has supported Republicans for president for nearly a century. The Morning News hadn't backed a Democrat for the White House since before World War II.

And on Thursday, the Detroit News abandoned Republicans for the first time in 143 years by endorsing the Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson. As it happens, Johnson -- who didn't qualify for the general election debates and has been widely mocked for his unfamiliarity with Aleppo and all world leaders worth admiration -- has collected more newspaper endorsements than Trump.

Since the primary season, the GOP nominee has received no endorsements from major publications.

Collectively, these editorials are not executed with the measured tone typical of most newspapers in most presidential election cycles. This race, they've all made clear, has triggered an emergency response.

It isn't about saving conservatives from liberals or vice versa, the editorials opine. It is, in the words of the USA Today editorial, about saving America from "the siren song of a dangerous demagogue."

From "Report on Trump company's Cuba dealings could affect crucial Florida vote" at www.politico.com

In a development that could cost Donald Trump crucial Cuban-American votes, his casino company once violated the U.S. embargo of Cuba by secretly funding a business foray on the communist island, Newsweek reported this morning....

Hillary Clinton's pounced on the Newsweek report.

"Trump's business with Cuba appears to have broken the law, flouted U.S. foreign policy, and is in complete contradiction to Trump's own repeated, public statements that he had been offered opportunities to invest in Cuba but passed them up," Clinton campaign senior adviser Jake Sullivan said in a statement. "This latest report shows once again that Trump will always put his own business interest ahead of the national interest -- and has no trouble lying about it."

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