Kansas Governor Sam Brownback enacted his grand "tea party experiment" of Republican government, where he and his Republican-led legislature cut taxes and significantly reduced spending. The result has been catastrophic for the state's economy and for jobs, but a report that would detail just how catastrophic is now being censored by the Brownback administration. According to a shocking Kansas City Star report, Brownback set up a group in 2011 that would put out quarterly reports showing the impact of Brownback's economic laws. His problem, of course, is that the reports don't show what he hoped they would. Instead, they reflect the downward spiral of the Kansas economy thanks to Brownback's failed policies. read more
Miami Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez died early Sunday in a boat crash off Miami Beach. He was 24. Fernandez, a former NL rookie of the year having his best season with 16 wins, was one of at least three people killed in the 3 a.m. accident involving a 30-foot boat. "They found a boat that was up against the jetties," Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Todd Garofalo said. "They did do an initial search and they found three victims -- two on top of the water, one underneath the boat and they had unfortunately passed away."
Director and activist Rob Reiner unloaded on GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on Sunday morning, comparing his campaign to the last gasp of the Confederacy fighting for white nationalism.
Appearing on MSNBC's AM Joy with host Joy Reid, the two watched a mash-up of clips from Trump's speeches interspersed with the bigoted ramblings of All in the Family's Archie Bunker, before noting the almost word-for-word similarities between the presidential nominee and television racist.
Pointing out that racial issues that flared up in the '60s and '70s had become "submerged" since that time, Reiner took Trump to task for "giving a bullhorn to this racist idea."
"I believe that what we've done, what we've seen, is the last throes of the Civil War," Reiner explained. "We're fighting the last battles, and Donald Trump is leading the way for white nationalism.
All politicians bend the truth to fit their purposes, including Hillary Clinton. But Donald J. Trump has unleashed a blizzard of falsehoods, exaggerations and outright lies in the general election, peppering his speeches, interviews and Twitter posts with untruths so frequent that they can seem flighty or random -- even compulsive. However, a closer examination, over the course of a week, revealed an unmistakable pattern: Virtually all of Trump's falsehoods directly bolstered a powerful and self-aggrandizing narrative depicting him as a heroic savior for a nation menaced from every direction. Mike Murphy, a Republican strategist, described the practice as creating "an unreality bubble that he surrounds himself with."
The Cincinnati Enquirer has endorsed the Democratic presidential nominee for the first time in nearly a century. The paper writes, "Our reservations about Clinton pale in comparison to our fears about [Donald] Trump. While Clinton has been relentlessly challenged about her honesty, Trump was the primary propagator of arguably the biggest lie of the past eight years: that Obama wasn't born in the United States. Trump has played fast and loose with the support of white supremacist groups. He has praised some of our country's most dangerous enemies -- see Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un and Saddam Hussein -- while insulting a sitting president, our military generals, a Gold Star family and prisoners of war like Sen. John McCain." read more