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Sunday, September 25, 2016

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."


Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Florida early Sunday morning.

The U.S. Coast Guard said Fernandez was one of three people killed in a boat crash off Miami Beach early Sunday. Fernandez was 24 years old.

The Marlins announced that Sunday's game against the Atlanta Braves has been canceled.

"The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernández. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time," the team said in a statement.


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


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Frustration is growing within Donald Trump's campaign over the Republican nominee's yawning money gap with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton -- just as the presidential race heads into its final fall stretch. Trump's top advisers have held a series of tense conversations in recent days about how to close a fundraising hole that's grown to over $200 million -- a deficit that's led Trump to essentially cede the TV airwaves to his Democratic rival. The discussions, which were relayed by more than a half-dozen sources, have veered into finger pointing, with some participants pinning the blame on the Republican National Committee or on Steven Mnuchin, Trump's national finance chairman and a newcomer to the political scene.


To win in November, obviously, Donald Trump will have to rack up stronger margins over his opponent than Mitt Romney did in 2012. And for Hillary Clinton to win, she can't do significantly worse than Barack Obama did. So what's keeping this race tight? Both candidates, in different ways, are trailing their 2012 equivalents in key measures. The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found Clinton leading her Republican rival by six percentage points, 43% to 37%, with two lesser candidates nabbing 12% combined. But in a stark illustration of Trump's challenge, the poll showed him underperforming Romney's marks among every portion of the population, including among the groups where he will have to rack up truly historic numbers to offset declines elsewhere, particularly among non-white voters.


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