Archive | October 2016

Quotation of the Day


Trump said at a rally in Albuquerque: “You know, it would be much easier working for Obama or working for Crooked Hillary because, frankly, when you’re working for Hillary, she wants to let people just pour in. You could have 650 million people pour in, and we do nothing about it. Think of it, that’s what could happen. You triple the size of our country in one week. Once you lose control of your borders you have no country.”

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Voter Demographics


The following charts suggest that the demographic challenges that the GOP faces in this presidential election may have been put in stark profile by Trump’s very divisive candidacy, but they reflect, instead, longer-term and deepening problems for the party:


The following charts are taken from a GIF attached to an article for Business Insider written by Sam Raga []:


The following chart cited cited in an article in the Long Island News and taken from an article in the New York Times, which reproduced it from an article in the National Journal, indicates why the concentration of Democratic voters in urban areas facilitates gerrymandering:


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How to Invite Satire That Hurts


This is from Brian Stetler’s Reliable Sources daily newsletter from CNN for Sunday, October 16:

“Trump Turns on SNL

“Sunday’s funniest (?) story is about SNL and specifically about Trump’s reaction to the show. On Sunday morning, after watching the skits, he tweeted, ‘Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me. Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!’

“Lorne Michaels and Co. must have loved this tweet. A year ago, they were getting criticized for letting Trump host SNL. Back then, he was thrilled to be a part of the iconic show, calling it an ‘amazing evening.’ He even said that ‘part of the reason I’m here is that I know how to take a joke.’ And he has heaped praise on Michaels in the past. . . .


“In fairness to Trump, [the] ‘Melanianade’ digital short is the show’s harshest anti-Trump spot yet. The parody…

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Dumbing Down “Genius”



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If you have not been following the news, here are the opening paragraphs of an article written by David A. Graham for The Atlantic and distributed with its Politics and Policy daily newsletter:

The Trump Team’s ‘Genius’ Spin on Unpaid Taxes

The idea that the Republican candidate showed his business acumen by avoiding tax obligations may resonate with many of his supporters.

What’s a presidential candidate to do when he’s caught red-handed—or, as the case might be, nearly $1 billion in the red?

Trump Tower had to reckon with that question this weekend, after The New York Times on Saturday night published a story suggesting that Donald Trump likely paid no taxes for nearly two decades, thanks to a $916 million loss in 1995. By Sunday morning, the campaign line was clear: This…

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Irony of the Day


An alternative title to this post might be “’Redefining The Takers.’”

The New York Times has reported the possibility that Donald Trump may have avoided paying federal income taxes for more than two decades because of a $913,000,000 loss reported in 1995.

In response to the story, Trump has asserted that he has paid hundreds of millions of dollars in state and local and property taxes.

In 2012, when Mitt Romney made his damaging observation on the 47% of Americans who would never vote for him because of their dependence on the government, Trump doubled down on the observation by opining that both the ballooning federal deficit and the crumbling infrastructure could be attributed to the high percentage of Americans who were not paying federal income taxes.

Many progressive think tanks countered such arguments by pointing out that the poorest Americans are paying a much higher percentage of their incomes…

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Irony of the Day


This short item was written by Andrew Kaczynski for BuzzFeed:

“Guests at several of Republican nominee Donald Trump’s hotels woke up to a complimentary copy of USA Today’s blistering editorial that concluded Trump was “unfit” to be president.

“The newspaper’s editorial board weighed in on the presidential race for the first time in its history—declaring Trump ‘unfit for the presidency’ by ‘unanimous consensus.’

“Representatives for four Trump-branded hotels—Trump International Hotel & Tower in New York, Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, and Trump Doral in Miami—told BuzzFeed News that guests are provided a complimentary copy of the paper.

“The front page of Friday’s edition featured a tease of the editorial, with the headline ‘TRUMP UNFIT FOR THE PRESIDENCY.’

“At two properties, Trump Waikiki in Hawaii and Trump International Hotel Las Vegas, the newspaper is sold at the property in the hotel shop. A…

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