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Friday, August 26, 2016

A new poll conducted completely after Donald Trump's third campaign shakeup shows him losing to rival Hillary Clinton by double digits, with an overwhelming majority of voters calling on the Republican presidential candidate to release his tax returns.

Quinnipiac's new national poll shows Clinton ahead of Trump, 51 to 41, an eight-point jump since June.

Furthermore, 74 percent of all voters tell Quinnipiac that Trump should release his tax returns publicly, including 62 percent of Republicans.

Warren Hinckle, the flamboyant editor who made Ramparts magazine a powerful national voice for the radical left in the 1960s and later by championing the work of Hunter S. Thompson and helping introduce the no-holds-barred reporting style known as gonzo journalism, died on Thursday. He was 77. The cause was complications of pneumonia.

Ramparts was a small-circulation quarterly for liberal Roman Catholics when Mr. Hinckle began writing for and promoting it in the early 1960s. A born provocateur with a keen sense of public relations, he took over as the executive editor in 1964 and immediately set about transforming Ramparts from a sleepy intellectual journal to a slickly produced, crusading political magazine that galvanized the American left.

With cover art and eye-catching headlines reminiscent of mainstream magazines like Esquire, Ramparts aimed to deliver "a bomb in every issue," as Time magazine once put it.

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When Mr. Trump portrays America's cities as hellholes of runaway crime and social collapse, what on earth is he talking about? Urban life is one of the things that has gone right with America. In fact, it has gone so right that those of us who remember the bad old days still find it hard to believe.

Basically, American cities are as safe as they've ever been.

So what is all of this about? The same thing everything in the Trump campaign is about: race.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

"Why aren't we talking about Huma [Abedin] and her ties to the Muslim Brotherhood? Why aren't we talking about the fact that she was an editor for a Sharia newspaper?" -- Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), interview on CNN, Aug. 23, 2016. Duffy asked why the alleged Muslim Brotherhood connections to Huma Abedin are not being talked about. Perhaps it's because they are bogus. Abedin has lived in the United States for nearly a quarter century, working in the White House, the Senate and the State Department. Vague suggestions of suspicious-sounding connections to her parents don't pass the laugh test, even at the flimsiest standard of guilt by association. The journal edited by her mother, meanwhile, is not "sharia newspaper" but a sober academic journal with a range of viewpoints on Muslim life around the world. -- Glenn Kessler, Washington Post Fact Checker read more

Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz on Wednesday called on Donald Trump to "open up your kimono" and release his tax returns.
"If you're going to run and try to become the president of the United States, you're going to have to open up your kimono and show everything, your tax returns, your medical records," the Utah lawmaker said to CNN.

"You're just going to have to do that; it's too important. So both candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, should show both their medical records and tax returns, absolutely."

lease their health records. Earlier Wednesday, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a former GOP presidential candidate, said both candidates need to "disclose their medical history … particularly if they're elderly." (Clinton is 68, Trump is 70.)

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Paul took a legitimate hammering - see

Abedin's, on the other hand, whole cloth b.s.

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