“Trump turned in the worst ― and I mean worst ― debate performance in modern times.”

As the airing of the first presidential debate approached, many of us were feeling a little queasy. What if Trump managed to check his lunacy just long enough-- 90 minutes-- to convince more voters that he was competent enough to hold the most powerful office there is? What if Hillary Clinton blew it, losing even more ground to a sub-human wrecking ball? Thankfully, that didn't happen. Thankfully, Donald Trump was as repugnantly and recklessly Trumpy as always. Donald failed miserably, and everything I've read, seen, and heard confirmed that. I searched and searched for the video in which Howard Fineman echoed what he [...]

The look on Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway’s face: Priceless

I'm still under the weather, so keeping it short today. Lawrence O'Donnell has been doing one must-watch show after another these days. So, watch, enjoy, and share: For months, Lawrence O'Donnell has been waiting for the Trump campaign to be asked one very simple question about his taxes. It finally happened and the Trump campaign manager was stunned.

“Today is the day the political news media lost its mind”

Twitter lost its mind yesterday, in part because the political news media lost theirs, as you can see if you take a few minutes to watch the segment below from The Last Word. I spent hours batting away Trump trolls and even fellow Democrats who came up with every conspiracy theory you can imagine (and some you can't) about Hillary Clinton's health. I'm not a huge fan of some of Hillary's policies, but I'll be damned if I'll entertain such idiocy. "Idiocy?" you ask. Yes, idiocy. Here's one example of a message I got from someone I ended up unfollowing [...]

“I don’t think [Trump] just flunked, I think he crashed and burned spectacularly”

Last night on MSNBC's The Last Word, Lawrence O'Donnell and his guests discussed the fiasco known as Donald Trump. Take 6 minutes to confirm your worst fears about Trump and how he spectacular flunked the commander in chief test: Donald Trump says if Vladimir Putin says good things about him, he'll say good things about him. Pulitzer prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston & Naval War College professor Tom Nichols react. Tom Nichols, a conservative, had this to say about Disastous Don-Don's continuing descension into sub-ignorant depths: "I don't think he just flunked, I think he crashed and burned spectacularly. We've gotten used to [...]

Tweet o’ the Day, with special thanks to comma-challenged Mike Pence

On my weekly appearance on the Nicole Sandler, we do a segment called My Tweet Spot in which I spotlight tweets that make an impression on me. Today's tweet comes courtesy of the politics editor at TIME's D.C. Bureau. I don't feel the need to add further comment. This was letter perfect: Make Commas Oxford Again https://t.co/8RjarHuvJ0 — Ryan Teague Beckwith (@ryanbeckwith) September 8, 2016 Here is the Mike Pence tweet in question: Our choice has never been more clear. We can either elect my running mate, a bold truth-teller, or the most dishonest candidate in history — Mike Pence (@mike_pence) [...]

Dallas Morning News recs Hillary, Trump wrecks GOP (VIDEO)

The Dallas Morning News hasn't endorsed a Democrat for president in 75 years, since before World War II in fact. That changed today with their surprise endorsement of Hillary Clinton. And that's a big deal, considering what's at stake. As the Los Angeles Times put it: "Texas has long been a stronghold for Republicans, and it is a must-win state for Trump." Yikes. Or as former Texas governor Rick Perry once put it: Or as many of us who have read the endorsement have put it: Here's an excerpt (bolding mine): Trump's values are hostile to conservatism. He plays on fear — [...]

Trump surrogate drops nugget: Trump “legally can” release his tax returns despite audit (VIDEO)

Today on MSNBC, Tamron Hall grilled Donald Trump surrogate A.J. Delgado on Trump's taxes and immigration lies and flip-flops, or as the mainstream media calls them, "pivots." She also questioned her about Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi who decided not to open an investigation into Trump University after receiving a $25,000 Trump Foundation donation. Imagine that. Delgado even let it drop that Trump could legally release those pesky tax returns. Watch: Trump in 2014, while he was under audit at the time: "If I decide to run for office, I'll produce my tax returns, absolutely. And I would love to do [...]

“We’re witnessing the end of the [Republican] party”– Trump Immigration Round-Up

In case you've missed some of the recent news spotlighting the Donald Trump ignorance, dishonesty, narcissism, bigotry, and bluster that passes for his newest version of an immigration policy, here are a few highlights. Please watch the videos all the way through, they're worth the time it takes, which isn't all that much.   Here we go: Via the Los Angeles Times' Cathleen Decker: Nothing in his speech served to expand his reach among minority Americans. For some Republicans who have worked for decades to diversify their party, the result felt apocalyptic. Mike Madrid, a California GOP strategist who has [...]

What I will not write about today

Sometimes I get so frustrated and/or disheartened and/or annoyed by some of the news stories of the day that I can’t bring myself to write about them. Here are a few recent reports that made my blood pressure hit the roof. I am avoiding delving into them at length out of concern for my physical and mental health. Many of us were seething at the press (not just the "mainstream media," but also pundits on the right and the left) for their praise of Donald Trump's trip to Mexico. They actually called him "presidential." No, I'm not kidding. Some approval cranked [...]

Trump: Making America wait again

Trump now not expected to take questions in Mexico, despite his campaign manager insisting this morning he would. — Steve Peoples (@sppeoples) August 31, 2016 Maybe Trump's concerned that they'll ask him: Where Mexico is on a map For his tax returns Where his hats are made For a comprehensive breakdown of the cost of that wall he's promised to make Mexico pay for About those former models he knowingly hired and profited from when they "came to the United States on tourist visas that did not permit them to work here" Whether or not he'll actually show up at the presidential debates [...]

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