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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Donald Trump vowed Saturday to sue the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct in recent weeks. "Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign," Trump said during remarks in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. "Total fabrication. The events never happened. Never. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over." In the last two weeks, at least 10 women have come forward accusing Trump of inappropriately touching them. Their allegations came after a 2005 videotape surfaced of Trump bragging about being able to grope women and get away with it. Trump often threatens to file lawsuits without actually doing so.

Amidst reports that occupancy rates at Trump Hotels have slipped this election season, the company has announced that new brand hotels will no longer bear the Trump name. The newest line of luxury hotels, geared towards millennials, will be called Scion, the company said. Although Trump Hotels has said the new name has nothing to do with the eponymous businessman's presidential campaign, empty rooms at the hotels have caused officials "to reduce rates during the peak season," according to New York Magazine.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was released from an Austin, Texas, hospital Thursday afternoon after a two-day stay for treatment of pneumonia, her campaign said Friday. "Emerging from two days of fabulous hospital care, I feel profoundly fortunate, and am more determined than ever to fight for health care as a human right for all Americans through an improved Medicare for All health insurance program," Stein said.

Patrick Altier: Amendment 1, as it is known, purports to insert into the Florida Constitution the right of homeowners to install solar panels on their roof to help reduce the amount of their monthly utility bill. Floridians, like all Americans, have that private property right already. Homeowners also have the right to install simple rain collectors to water their own plants to help reduce their monthly water bill, and they also have the right to install their own vegetable or herb garden to reduce the amount of their monthly grocery bill. So why are Florida's big electric utility companies spending almost $25 million dollars of our monthly utility fees to establish a homeowner "right" in Florida's Constitution that already exists? Simply put, to finally have the authority to assess homeowners with solar panels on their roof a surcharge for exercising their homeowner "right" to have solar panels! read more

Friday, October 21, 2016

With Gov. Chris Christie on his way out, comedian and actor Joe Piscopo may be eyeing up the big seat in Trenton. The former Saturday Night Live star met with Christie at the Statehouse this week to discuss running for governor of New Jersey in 2017. Piscopo appeared at the Republican National Convention in July, and was spotted with New Jersey's delegation. He is a former Democrat, and an unnamed source tells Politicker that the New Jersey native would run as a Republican. Piscopo, 65, hosts a morning radio show in New York City.


Funny coming from someone that continuously tells us the Trump brand never had any prestige.

Before this election I thought Trump's brand of luxury was corny, like a 22-year-old rapper who becomes a millionaire and fills his house with goofy trinkets and wears ginormous gold jewelry because he needs people to know 24/7 that he made it.

Look at this photo of Trump's residence:


Does that look prestigious to you, or is it laughably over-the-top? He acts like a caricature of a rich person.

Maybe some of Trump's hotels and resorts are classy and prestigious, but that message never reached me in all the years he's been famous. If I described his brand in a single word, I'd call it "gaudy."

John Harwood writes for the New York Times, and appears on CNBC. He was a debate moderator. He reported back to Hillary's campaign on how nasty he had been to trump. They love him!

I don't see your accusation about that post-debate email in a Breitbart piece slamming Harwood.

If you hacked the email of any big-name political reporter on TV, you'd find them buttering up top sources in every campaign. That's common in journalism. Harwood may have crossed a line, but it's not as obvious as you think it is. Many reporters working a big source try to sound like your best buddy. His boss could order him never to send emails like that again and he'd be doing it in six months. To do otherwise is to get beat by your competition.

The New York Times itself allowed Hillary to veto certain quotes: if she didn't like 'em, they were out. This is the New York Times giving its coverage to a candidate, handing over the writing, while claiming fairness.

I don't know this charge. In general, newspapers forbid giving anyone quote approval. The New York Times has a policy against it. But sometimes a reporter will double-check some quotes with a source to make sure it was accurate. My guess is that it happens sometimes with big-name sources, but it shouldn't.

I wrote for Wizard comics magazine once and sent the whole thing to the interview subject in advance. I figured it was just a comic book magazine so why not? The guy called my editor right before the issue went to press to change quotes. I caught hell from the editor and never did that again.

Donna Brazille told Hillary, in advance, about a question that would be asked by CNN at a town hall debate. Can you say collusion?

If this is true, there's nothing wrong or unethical with what she did. Brazile's a political operative. If she finds information she's going to use it to help her side.

The problem is with the journalist at CNN or TV One who gave an outside party a debate question in advance. That should be a firing offense.

The Boston Globe got together with Hillary's campaign to "maximize her presence" in the paper. Where would you like to be? How can we make you more prominent?

This offer was made by the Globe's opinion page editor and was entirely about when an op-ed from Hillary's campaign would run in the paper.

For this reason, I don't have a problem with it. The same thing happens all the time with prominent people who write commentaries. The timing of the piece is negotiated.

Speaking as a former newspaper reporter for 10 years, the news is like sausage. The public wouldn't like seeing what we do to make it.

The more famous or important the reporter, the more likely that person has crossed some lines to get the best sources and information. But even some no-name reporters for local papers like I was sometimes have to test the ethical boundaries.

These days, I assume the big names I see on MSNBC, CNN and Fox News are excessively buddy-buddy with sources on one side or even both sides. Today Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were throwing such a big pity party for Trump voters I told my wife "they must have landed a Trump interview that's happening soon." I'm cynical about the big names in political media.

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