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Thursday, September 22, 2016

The young American boy offered to take in Syrian refugee Omran Daqneesh, a 5-year-old boy who has become a reminder of the horror of the Syrian war after an image of his shell-shocked, blood-soaked body was shown on front pages around the world. Sometimes it takes a child's simple sincerity to put things in perspective. In this case, a 6-year-old boy who sent a heart-rending message to President Obama did just that. Obama read Alex's letter aloud at the United Nations at the Leaders Summit on Refugees earlier this week. A video of Alex reading the letter was shared on Facebook by the White House and has since been viewed more than 7 million times.

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Donald Trump's presidential campaign has paid his family's businesses more than $8.2 million, according to a POLITICO analysis of campaign finance filings, which reveals an integrated business and political operation without precedent in national politics. In all, the Trump campaign's payments to Trump-owned businesses account for about 7 percent of its $119 million spending total, the analysis found. read more


Friday, September 16, 2016

He campaigns on an "America First" theme -- yet about the only American-made thing I could find in my hotel room at the new Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C. was the small package of milk-chocolate Trump gold bullion ($25). Wearing a made-in-China "Trump Hotels" bathrobe and Trump slippers, says everything you need to know about Donald Trump. In my room, I found a Trump logo bathmat and towels from India, bone china from Japan, Italian cutlery and tiles, two telephones from Malaysia, a Swiss refrigerator, German coffee cups, Trump soaps and lotions from Canada and, from China, all four lamps, the coffee machine, the bathroom scale, the valet stand and the shower cap. Italian bed linens, French table linens, Chinese duvet, Korean TV and, yes, Mexican tequila. The hotel's managing director is from France. Most hotel workers I met during my stay had Caribbean or African accents. read more


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Garry Trudeau did a strip in 1999 imagining what a Donald Trump candidacy would look like. Spot on. read more


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Just as Donald Trump on Monday was decrying Hillary Clinton for having called called "half" of his supporters "a basket of deplorables," an altercation broke out in the stands above him. Protesters are nothing new at Trump rallies, but before a group could be escorted out of U.S. Cellular Center here Monday evening, a man from the crowd went over to violently confront them. NBC News video of the incident shows the man with his hands on a protester's neck. Moments later, his hands furled into fists, the man lobbed a blow at the protester. After the one protester was escorted out, the man pulled another toward him and shouted back and forth with a third, female protester while a member of Trump's advance team held him back.


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