Conservative Bill Kristol Says Trump Choked In First Debate
September 30, 2016 - 8:00am

Partial transcript from the Tuesday night MTP Daily show:

BILL KRISTOL: Yeah, I think Donald Trump choked actually. I say this because Donald Trump said Mitt Romney choked in 2012. Mitt Romney had a fantastic debate performance in the first debate.

CHUCK TODD (HOST): He prepared.

KRISTOL: And pretty strong throughout. I mean he lost the campaign for various reasons, but Mitt Romney on the stage for three times, 90 minutes -- 270 minutes and did pretty well against a very debater, President Obama. And what's interesting is it wasn't inevitable that Trump would do quite as badly as he did.

The evidence was in the first 25 minutes. We basically -- I don't think the arguments are right, about trade, but he stayed on message, he pummeled Hillary Clinton for what he thought was a winning issue on his side of trade, and tied it effectively to the change versus status quo issue.

He could have done that for the next hour. Every question whatever it is he could say "Look, we can get into that later or two sentences to discuss what I said about birthers. But you know what?

This is about the future and here's the question you have to face American voters. Do you want more of the same? That's Secretary Clinton. Do you want change? Do you want to shake up Washington? Change immigration policy?"

An issue that was not mentioned. Not do foolish things like Obamacare. An issue he never mentioned. Maybe Lester Holt wasn't so nice to him, but he could have pivoted off of every question.

Krauthammer Says Trump Screwed Up By Admitting He Never Paid Any Taxes
September 30, 2016 - 7:00am

Here is a partial transcript from Fox News Special Report Tuesday night:

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Donald Trump couldn't resist the temptation to be the smart ass and to show that he's clever. Look, the pride he has is his success. That's how he defines himself, and he wasn't ashamed to admit that he could have done this.

He was actually conceding that he may not have paid any income tax. Now, in a boardroom with a bunch of other CEOs and you're boasting about your success, you say that. You don't say it in a presidential campaign.

Whereas Hillary said today, if it's smart not to pay any taxes and you're a billionaire, well what about the rest of us? And I think this thing could have legs, first concession that he may not have paid taxes.

And btw, Trump said it makes him smart, which is just laughable, because it makes his accountant smart, he does not do it, his accountant does it.

Another Real Debate Poll Has Clinton Crushing Trump 52 To 21
September 29, 2016 - 10:00am

A new NBC News/Survey Monkey poll of debate viewers found that Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump 52%-21%, but the big news is that Clinton improved her standing with Democratic voters.

Clinton boosted her image among her own party as a result of her performance -- 50 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaners said their opinion of her changed for the better as a result of Monday night's debate.

Trump, on the other hand did not have quite the same effect on his own party.

Only about 26 percent of likely Republican and Republican-leaning voters said their opinion of him changed for the better as a result of Monday's debate. A large majority -- 68 percent -- said their opinion of him did not change.

Hillary Clinton did exactly what she needed to do at the debate. She needed to bring Democrats home, and it looks like that is what she has done. Clinton has much more upside than Trump as a candidate. She could potentially get into the lower 50s in the popular vote, while Trump has not had a national poll show him with more than 45% support.

Donald Trump is defined. He is not going to sway Republicans or Republican leaners who have not decided to support him yet. Trump didn't help himself at the debate. Hillary Clinton not only won the debate, but she helped herself with voters within the Democratic Party.

Fox Hosts Sell Trump Lie Even After Memo Slams Rigged Polls
September 29, 2016 - 9:00am

After Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump spent Tuesday crowing about winning the debate via online polls and Fox News tried very hard to look the other way about the dubious source, a Fox News executive put her foot down in a memo obtained by Business Insider.

The memo, issued Tuesday afternoon, reminded producers that unscientific online polls don't meet their editorial standards.

Dana Blanton, Vice President of public opinion research at Fox News, explained what everyone in politics already knows in the memo, and that is that online polls like the one on Drudge, Time, etc. where people can opt-in or self-select are really just for fun.

Blanton then went through the obvious reasons why online polls aren't scientific just on their own. Furthering the issue with citing these polls is the fact that these polls had been gamed by a giant ring of Trump supporters.

Of course, knowing they weren't real didn't stop Fox hosts from citing the rigged polls showing that Donald Trump had won.

Fox News continued to pretend Trump won Tuesday evening, after the memo was sent out, and Wednesday morning Fox and Friends was busy selling the scam even after it was revealed that the already unscientific polls were rigged by his supporters.

Business Insider noted that Fox News host Sean Hannity cited the rigged polls Tuesday evening, after the memo was sent. Hannity used the polls to once again suggest that the sky isn't blue and Trump supporters shouldn't trust people who suggest that it is, "You've got this list of polls, Donald Trump wins. You watch TV, Hillary Clinton wins."

They also noted that Brian Kilmeade touted the online polls during an interview with a Trump official Wednesday morning. "The online polls show you guys won in overwhelming margins," the Fox and Friends co- host said to the official.

Donald Trump then used that garbage to further sell the lie by thanking Kilmeade on Twitter for mentioning his win. This is what Donald Trump and Fox News do – it's a false story propped up with lies and moving the goal posts.

Additionally, Fox News published a story citing the unscientific polls from places like Drudge, which is basically a Trump campaign publicity office.

However, at least in the published version Fox News told readers at the end, "The online surveys are not scientific and, in many cases, supporters of either candidate can cast multiple ballots." So they are basically worthless.

In reality, Hillary Clinton dealt a devastating blow to Donald Trump for the entire duration of Monday night's debate. Not only did everyone, including Republican strategists, admit that it was a win for Clinton with many calling it a blowout, but a real poll done by CNN confirmed the huge Clinton victory.

There is no way that any unbiased human being could have watched that debate and came away thinking Donald Trump won.

He spent the evening on defense, jumped around like a spoiled 10 year old child who had eaten too much sugar, interrupted Clinton during her time, bragged about not paying taxes, and tried to bully her and ended up looking like a fool when she coolly breezed past his insults and lies – at one moment he blamed her for pretty much every even of the last 30 years and she said by the end of the night everything would be her fault, to which Trump responded, "Why not?"

The first presidential debate wasn't a good night for Donald Trump. It was, in fact, a brutal night for Trump and a triumphant masterpiece of commanding the room by Hillary Clinton.

Trump and Fox are busy continuing this lie because that is what they do. They are selling a scam of a man, and so naturally the process of selling him will involve deceit and sleight of hand.

The results of denying reality and insisting upon a total fabrication being real can't be stated strongly enough. This is the work of a master abuser and thug, a con artist with bad intentions. We all knew Fox News wasn't news, and Donald Trump is intent on proving just how much of a publicity arm for the GOP the cable station really is.

Fineman: Trump's Debate Performance Was The Worst Ever
September 29, 2016 - 8:00am

Howard Finaman wrote this about the 1st debate:

I've been traveling to presidential debates since 1988, and the one I just saw here at Hofstra University was historic.

Republican nominee Donald Trump turned in the worst -- and I mean worst -- debate performance in modern times. It was so bad that in a normal year, it would disqualify him from getting anywhere near the White House.

But this is 2016, a year so weird, unsettled and unsettling, that even the spectacle of an unprepared and almost incoherent Trump, reeling from blow after blow from Democrat Hillary Clinton, may not be enough to slow him down.

The electorate is divided and dug in, and the nominees are the most disliked since polling began. Even Monday's televised mismatch may not move the numbers much. One snap poll, from PPP, showed Clinton the winner, 51 percent to 40 percent.

Nor is it clear that the traditional rules and pageants of electoral politics carry as much weight as they used to, especially in an era when voters are enveloped by the self-reinforcing digital news environment of their choice.

Trump landed three good blows -- on the NAFTA trade deals, the mess in the Middle East and Hillary's history of bad, bad experience in public life. But in the main, he could not deal with Clinton's well-prepared plan to attack him on every front.

As Clinton gained confidence, she flatly called Trump a racist and a sexist -- the latter with a vehemence she had clearly stored up for months. Some might have thought she overplayed her hand, but by the end of the debate Trump was hardly a sympathetic character.

With NBC moderator Lester Holt becoming more aggressive at the end after losing control of things early, the debate was for the most part an exercise in exposing Trump's lack of knowledge and casual approach to the biggest moment of the campaign.

Trump had lame if not confusing and contradictory answers on a whole host of issues, including but not limited to: why he hadn't released his income tax returns; the prospects and predicament of African Americans; his early business history as the son of wealth; whether he would benefit from the tax cuts he is proposing; and the role of Russia in hacking Americans.

After Holt bored in on Trump's documented early support for the war in Iraq, the billionaire businessman was reduced to pleading with reporters to ask Sean Hannity of Fox News about supposed private conversations the two had had before the war started.

Sensing that he was losing the moment -- big time -- Trump began to blame the mainstream media for opposing him and siding with Clinton.

In one surpassingly bizarre exchange, he suggested that perhaps the hacker probing U.S. computer systems might be somebody on a bed who weighs 400 pounds. Clinton could only smile.

However, she went after Trump with all the skill of the Yale-trained lawyer she is, and did so for the most part with a wry tone that was more that of a mom talking to a 7-year-old than the public scold she is often criticized for being.

She said that she was proud that she had prepared hard for the debate -- and that to have done so was a sign of how well prepared she would be for the presidency. That preparation including a successful effort to get under Trump's skin, first by calling him Donald and then, in one particularly effective recitation, by listing reasons why Trump might not want to release his income tax returns.

Trump was left to suggest that he might release a list of banks that have extended him loans, in an effort to show that he was extremely underleveraged.

Some of Clinton's prepared lines and attacks were stale and ineffective. Calling Trump's tax plan Trumped Up, Trickle Down didn't work. She prospered more by letting Trump turn on his own spit, which he did repeatedly.

Trump also found himself agreeing with Clinton several times, like a boxer holding himself up by clutching his foe. He said that he agreed with her on the need for more generous family child care; on banning the sale of weapons to those on no fly lists; and on the need to do more to prevent cyberattacks.

As the debate neared its end, Holt asked Trump about his comment that Clinton did not look presidential. The New York businessman said that he had meant her stamina, not her looks.

Clinton defended her staying power by reciting her extensive travels as secretary of state and her 11 hours of testimony before a congressional hearing.

And then Clinton unloaded, saying that Trump called women pigs, slobs and dogs and berated a beauty pageant contestant for gaining weight.

For what it's worth, the consensus in the press room was that Trump had been had.

And the debate reminded me of nothing so much as one of the first I covered, in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1988, when Democratic vice presidential candidate Lloyd Bentsen destroyed GOP candidate Dan Quayle with one line after the latter compared himself to President John F. Kennedy. "I knew Jack Kennedy," Bentsen said, "and you are no Jack Kennedy."

The debate was over that instant.

The effect on Monday was cumulative. If words matter and the rational reigns in American politics, then this would be a heavy blow to Trump's chances. We'll see if it is. In the meantime, let's not forget that Quayle ended up being vice president.

Leaked Fox Memo Says Online Polls Do Not Meet Their Editorial Standards
September 29, 2016 - 11:00am

Notice that Wednesday night O'Reilly never said one word about the leaked Fox News memo telling everyone to stop using the worthless online polls. He also never said a word about Trump using the polls, or the dishonest people at Fox using them. So much for O'Reilly being an honest non-partisan journalist.

O'Reilly and all the other Fox News Hosts are citing the worthless polls anyway. Proving they are all in the tank for Trump, and that they can not be trusted to report the news in an unbiased way.

The Fox News vice president for public-opinion research sent an internal memo out reminding television producers and the politics team that unscientific online polls "do not meet our editorial standards."

After the September 26 presidential debate, Fox News hosts and contributors repeatedly cited online polls, which largely favored Republican nominee Donald Trump, to defend Trump's widely panned performance.

Fox & Friends continued to hype online polls on September 28, the day after the internal Fox memo was sent, with co-host Brian Kilmeade stating that "the online polls show Trump winning an overwhelming margin."

In fact, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton dominated in the actual scientific polls.

The September 27 memo, sent by Dana Blanton, Fox News vice president of public-opinion research, noted that "quick vote items posted on the web are nonsense, not true measures of public opinion."

Blanton wrote that "the sample obviously can't be representative of the electorate because they only reflect the views of those Internet users who have chosen to participate."

From the September 28 Business Insider article:

A Fox News executive sent a memo Tuesday afternoon reminding television producers and the politics team that unscientific online polls "do not meet our editorial standards."

Dana Blanton, the vice president of public-opinion research at Fox News, explained in the memo obtained by Business Insider that "online 'polls' like the one on Drudge, Time, etc. where people can opt-in or self-select, are really just for fun."

"As most of the publications themselves clearly state, the sample obviously can't be representative of the electorate because they only reflect the views of those Internet users who have chosen to participate," Blanton wrote.

As the Fox News executive pointed out, users who participate in such polls must have internet access, be online at the time of the poll, be fans of the website in question, and self-select to participate.

"Another problem -- we know some campaigns/groups of supporters encourage people to vote in online polls and flood the voting page," she wrote.

"These quickie click items do not meet our editorial standards."

At least three Fox News hosts cited unscientific online polls in the hours following Monday's presidential debate to suggest Donald Trump emerged as the winner of the political showdown.

While Trump did, in fact, come out ahead in a slew of online polls, the polls were all unscientific, meaning the sample of participants did not accurately reflect the sample of viewers who watched the debate. Such polls are always discounted by professional pollsters and analysts.

The only scientific survey conducted in the immediate aftermath was the CNN/ORC instant poll, which showed viewers thought Hillary Clinton handily defeated Trump.

And the Republican pollster Frank Luntz had a focus group that voted 17 to 3 for Clinton as the winner, so it was not just the CNN poll that had Clinton easily winning, which was 18 to 2 for Clinton, almost matching the Luntz focus group vote exactly.

Respondents to a Morning Consult poll released Wednesday also said, by a 49% to 26% margin, that Clinton bested Trump in the debate.

"News networks and other organizations go to great effort and rigor to conduct scientific polls -- for good reason," Blanton wrote in the memo. "They know quick vote items posted on the web are nonsense, not true measures of public opinion."

O'Reilly did it too, saying this Tuesday night on his show:

O'REILLY: "Finally, Bret Baier had a wise comment today. He said that if the polls continue to build for Trump after the debate, the Clinton campaign will be in serious trouble. Many online surveys are boosting Trump's debate performance, but both candidates can do much better. And to win the White House they will have to."

There were no polls that continued to build for Trump, they were all rigged and worthless online polls that nobody goes by.

And btw folks, I have known for 20 years that these online polls are a joke, I used to run polls on my website and every one came out 80/20 against O'Reilly, because the site is oreilly-sucks.com, so most of my visitors hate O'Reilly, and all my polls were rigged by my visitors, so I stopped doing them a long time ago.

That means O'Reilly and the people at Fox have also known for many years that those online polls are worthless, and yet they all cited them as valid polls anyway, just to try to make Trump look good somehow, proving they are all biased for Trump, and can not be trusted.

O'Reilly even tried to get Charles Krauthammer to promote the online polls, but it backfired, because Krauthammer slammed them, saying this:

KRAUTHAMMER: "Snap polls are totally meaningless, and they tell you nothing. I guarantee you that if you had a poll on who had the better hair, Trump would get the same 80%.

The Valid & Scientific Polls On The Debate Are In & Clinton Won
September 29, 2016 - 10:00am

Hillary Clinton scored a decisive debate victory over Donald Trump, coming off as more presidential and better prepared, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll.

Donald Trump was viewed as ill-prepared.

By a 27-point margin, 49 percent to 22 percent, Americans who had heard at least something about Monday's presidential debate said that Clinton did a better job than Trump.

Those results are mostly in line with other scientific post-debate polls, which also found a sizable advantage for Clinton.

Seventy-seven percent of those polled, including a majority in both parties, said that Clinton prepared well enough for the debate, compared to just 27 percent who said the same for Trump.

Even 43 percent of Republicans said that Trump should have done more preparation.

A majority, 56 percent, said that Clinton displayed a presidential temperament during the debate. Just 34 percent said the same of Trump, who claimed during the debate that his temperament was his strongest asset.

Clinton led on laying out her positions, with 50 percent of those polled saying she did a better job of explaining her policies, 28 percent naming Trump, and 22 percent unsure.

Two-thirds of Americans polled said they had watched at least part of the debate, while 10 percent had watched only clips or highlights, and 11 percent had only read or watched news stories about it.

The opinions of those in the latter groups matter because, as research has found, coverage of a debate can have just as much impact as the debate itself, and because even those who didn't tune in may still turn out to vote.

And there's generally a perception that coverage was friendlier toward Clinton. Sixty-six percent said that Clinton received more positive news coverage after the debate, while just 6 percent believed that Trump had.

Clinton got more positive news coverage because she did very well, and Trump did terrible, so that is what the reporting is going to report on.

Those who watched at least part of the debate said by a 30-point margin, 53 percent to 23 percent, that Clinton won, while those who watched highlights or read news stories said so by a narrower 17-point margin, 35 percent to 18 percent.

While Democrats who paid attention to the debate saw it as a win for Clinton, Republicans were less enthusiastic about Trump's performance. Eighty-two percent of Democrats polled said that Clinton won, and similar percentages gave her high marks for preparation, temperament, truthfulness and policy chops.

In contrast, just 43 percent of Republicans polled said that Trump did better, with 17 percent believing that Clinton outperformed him, and 35 percent that neither candidate won the debate. A fifth said that the debate worsened their opinion of the Republican nominee.

Independents who were polled also favored Clinton, saying by a 14-point margin, 39 percent to 25 percent, that she won the debate over Trump. Forty-four percent felt she displayed a presidential temperament, while just 35 percent said the same of Trump.

The Biased Trump Supporter O'Reilly Admitted Clinton Won The Debate
September 29, 2016 - 9:00am

O'Reilly: "She Used Three Effective Grenades. Trump's Tax Returns, The Birther Issue, And Support For The Iraq War"

Quote from O'Reilly Tuesday night:

BILL O'REILLY (HOST): Technically, Hillary Clinton won the debate on points because she was able to keep Trump on the defensive. She used three effective grenades. His tax returns, the birther issue, and support for the Iraq War.

Even Krauthammer Admits The Online Polls Showing Trump Won Are Meaningless
September 29, 2016 - 8:00am

Here is a partial transcript from the O'Reilly Factor Tuesday night:

BILL O'REILLY (HOST): Now, before we get to the specifics of the debate with you. Were you surprised that the Time magazine snap poll and WCBSTV snap poll, which is a CBS flag ship here in New York, had Trump winning fairly substantially?

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Of course not. Because they are totally meaningless. These are online polls. These are not random samples. The only thing that means anything and even the randomly sampled polls have their problems.

But the idea that you win because your supporters come out and click on the computer more than others tells you nothing. I guarantee you that if you had a poll on who had the better hair, Trump would get the same 80 percent.

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Take Note: O'Reilly knows the online polls were rigged by right-wingers at online forums and message boards posting links to the polls and telling all their members to flood and rig the vote, and yet he reports their results as if they are valid, and points out that Trump won them, when he knows they are unscientific and worthless.

Trump Lied On O'Reilly That He Won The Google Poll
September 29, 2016 - 7:00am

On the Wednesday night O'Reilly Factor show, Donald Trump said he did well in the debate and that he won a bunch of polls, and even the google poll. Even though most of the polls he was talking about were the worthless online polls even O'Reilly now admits are garbage.

It was the 1st segment on the show and Trump said he won the Google poll by 2 or 3 points, which is just a flat out 100% lie, and O'Reilly said nothing.

Not once did O'Reilly fact check Trump and tell him he was wrong, he just let him lie.

I am looking at the Google debate poll right now and it says this:

Exclusive IJR-Google Poll Shows the Victory in Last Night's Presidential Debate Goes to...Hillary Clinton

In a poll conducted for Independent Journal Review by Google Consumer Surveys, respondents were asked the following questions.

Who won the debate? Hillary, by four points, 52 to 48.

So Trump lied, he lost by four points, in the very same Google poll he claims to have won by 2 or 3 points. And you know he was lying because he could not even cite one number, was it by 2 points, or 3 points? If he really won and he was not lying he would have had an exact number, instead of saying he won by 2 or 3 points.

And one last thing, in the O'Reilly transcript of the segment on his very own website he edited out the part where Trump said he won the Google poll by 2 or 3 points, it is not in the transcript, but when you watch the video you can clearly hear Trump say he won the Google poll by 2 or 3 points. You can bet it was edited out because O'Reilly knows it is a lie.

O'Reilly Lied For Trump That He Opposed The Iraq War
September 28, 2016 - 9:00am

O'Reilly lied that Trump opposed the Iraq war, and then said nobody cares if he opposed it or not. So he lied for Trump, then claimed it is ok to lie about it because he says nobody cares. But when Hillary Clinton lied about something nobody cared about O'Reilly did not have the same opinion, in her case it was important, but when Trump does it he says it is not important.

O'Reilly and almost everyone at Fox News Has Tried Defending Trump's Iraq War Lie, Despite All Evidence To The Contrary. They just ignore the actual audio tape of Trump on the Howard Stern show (from before the Iraq War) where he says he supports the war, O'Reilly and Fox refuse to play it, while spinning for Trump that he opposed the war.

Here is a partial transcript of O'Reilly lying and spinning for Trump:

BILL O'REILLY (HOST): Is it possible that no one cares about whether Donald Trump thought the Iraq War, the run-up -- I don't care. I mean, I don't know why anybody would care at this juncture in history. So what?

FRANK LUNTZ: You're correct. And that's because we want to know what they're going to do in the future. Not what they have done in the past and not what they thought in the past.

O'REILLY: Look, I can then report this. I know Trump. Trump didn't like that war. He didn't like it. So I can tell you, that's firsthand experience.

Do Not Trust Online Polls Because They Can Be Rigged
September 28, 2016 - 8:00am

I have seen this done myself, online groups of Republicans post links to online polls then have everyone on their list and in their group to flood the polls. They do it all the time at the right-wing www.freerepublic.com, and even brag about how good they rigged the polls.

They vote multiple times using tricks and scripts, and sometimes even run programs that do multiple votes.

Those online polls that Trump keeps tweeting as proof of his victory at the presidential debate were rigged by rings of Trump supporters who manipulated the polling.

According to The Daily Dot, the reason why Trump won the online polling but lost every other poll was that a large ring of Trump supporters rigged the vote:

In this latest incarnation, multiple Reddit users enlisted the Trump-supporting masses on r/The_Donald, which has over 200,000 subscribers, by posting dozens of online polls that are vulnerable to vote brigading, bots, and other forms of manipulation that make these non-scientific surveys notoriously unreliable.

The goal, according to comments surrounding the poll-manipulation threads, is to twist the mainstream media narrative that crowned Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton the victor. The effort spread to Twitter, where #TrumpWon became the number one trending topic in the United States Tuesday morning.

Trump supporters were flooding the online polls in a coordinated effort to make the press and voters think that they really didn't see Donald J. Trump fall flat on his face while attempting to debate Hillary Clinton. The fix was in, which is why no credible news outlet reports on, or trusts online polls.

Fox News has been pushing Trump's victory in the rigged online polls, which says more about Fox than it does the organizations who choose to place unscientific polls on their websites.

Any poll that is open to the public can be easily manipulated, and should not be trusted as a valid source of information.

Even the rigging of the online polls can't hide the fact that Donald Trump lost the first presidential debate.

And btw, Trump and all his people know those online polls were rigged, and yet he cited tham anyway, which is a very dishonest thing to do. The online polls are unscientific and basically worthless, because the only people who vote in them choose to visit that website and the results can easily be rigged.

Trump Flies Personal Jet For Campaign And You Are Paying Millions For It
September 28, 2016 - 7:00am

Taxpayers are now picking up most of Donald Trump's air travel costs, unnecessarily spending millions of dollars because he insists on flying aboard his luxury 757 instead of a more practical plane.

And because the GOP presidential nominee owns both the company that owns the jetliner and the one that operates it, some percentage of that taxpayer money is winding up as profit in Trump's personal bank account.

Because it seats so few passengers, Trump's Secret Service agents make up more than half of the plane's flight manifests. And that means taxpayers are now legally required to pick up the majority of its staggering running costs.

Over the first three months of this year, after Trump asked for and received Secret Service protection, the agency's payments to his campaign accounted for 48 percent of the $1.7 million that it paid Tag Air Inc., the candidate's company that operates the private jet.

Over June, July and August, as Trump became the GOP nominee and his security detail grew, the agency's payments to the campaign made up 78 percent of the $1.3 million that it paid to Tag Air, according to The Huffington Post's review of Federal Election Commission filings.

Politico, which first reported these payments, put the total the Secret Service paid to the Trump campaign at $1.6 million. But a closer look at campaign finance filings shows that the U.S. Secret Service covered more than $2.3 million of the $3.8 million Trump’s campaign has paid Tag Air in 2016.

That figure is on pace to top $3 million by Election Day on Nov. 8 -- a total that would be nearly double what taxpayers spent to fly Secret Service agents around with 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

The difference: Romney did what every other non-incumbent presidential candidate has done in recent history and chartered an airliner on which staff, Secret Service and the traveling press corps all flew together, thereby driving down the cost for everyone.

"It's eye-opening," said Bob Biersack, who spent three decades at the FEC before joining the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

Biersack said the payments do not appear to be illegal and that the former reality TV show host was not likely to care about appearances. He pointed to the many tax breaks Trump's businesses have aggressively sought over the years. "This is not the first time he's used government assets to his own advantage, right?" he added.

Both the Secret Service and the FEC said election regulations do not allow any leeway for how the agency is to reimburse campaigns for travel. Trump's campaign did not respond to queries from HuffPost about the matter.

The last Republican candidate did the same thing in the final months of 2012. Romney's chartered McDonnell-Douglas MD-83 was only seven feet shorter than Trump's Boeing 757, but was configured essentially like a standard airliner and could carry some 150 passengers, even with a more spacious first-class section for Romney and his top staff.

In contrast, Trump's 757, which he purchased from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2011, boasts a lounge with a 57-inch television and home theater sound, a master bedroom appointed with silk wall coverings and a guest room with a mohair couch that converts to a bed. It can, however, only seat 43 people and it appears not to carry even that many on the campaign trail, based on the number aboard recent flights.

FEC rules require that Secret Service agents pay a "pro-rata share of the travel" to the campaign. So if agents on any given leg make up three quarters of the passengers, the U.S. Government is required to pay three quarters of the cost to fly Trump's luxury jet.

What that figure is precisely for a given amount of time is known by the Trump campaign, but cannot be determined through the few public documents on file that describe Tag Air.

And as pricey as his plane is to fly, he makes his travel even more expensive by insisting on returning to New York City at the end of each day so he can sleep in his own bed in Trump Tower's penthouse. Flying home, rather than overnighting in the next city on the campaign schedule, typically adds three to four hours of flying time per day, translating to $27,000 to $36,000 per day in higher flight costs.

Trump paid Tag Air $2.1 million to fly his plane around to campaign events in 2015. The money came from the checks he was writing to fund his campaign, as well as from the sale of "Make America Great Again" hats and other campaign souvenirs. Not a dime came from taxpayers.

This year has been a completely different story, first with the availability of Secret Service payments to defray his travel costs, and then with a flood of donor money following his signing of a joint fundraising deal with the Republican National Committee in May.

The Secret Service payments to fly on Trump's glitzy but inefficient plane hit taxpayers, potentially creating problems for him if public anger translates into a drop in support, the Center for Responsive Politics Biersack said.

"The issue is that he's chosen that particular plane," Biersack said, adding that FEC commissioners likely never contemplated that a candidate would choose such an extravagant mode of transportation. Nor did anyone guess that taxpayers could wind up on the hook if it did happen, Biersack added.

"It was never anticipated that the proportion of campaign travelers would be so heavily tilted toward federal officials."

In other words, Trump keeps the passenger list down so that taxpayers are paying most of the bill, which should be illegal, and he should have to pay it himself, or use a different plane.

James Carville Says Trump Debate Performance Was Terrible
September 27, 2016 - 11:00am

Carville: "Trump's Debate Performance Was So Bad, Roger Ailes Will Have To Disavow Involvement"

Carville: "I Just Bet You That The Word Comes Out From Roger, 'I Didn't Have Anything To Do With This, Don't Pin This On Me'"

Partial transcript:

BRIAN WILLIAMS: While we're having a moment, James Carville would like in. James, critique the job you just heard Kellyanne Conway doing, up against withering questioning from Chris Matthews.

JAMES CARVILLE: Well, look, I thought I was back watching Crossfire when I was on that. I mean look, she talked a lot and she has a difficult job. One point I wanted to make is so much of the Trump persona and so much of what he talks about is winning, and how he's a winner, and everybody's a loser.

And I think a lot of his supporters like -- take pride in the fact that he's such a winner, and he was anything but that tonight. And I wonder what the effect of this is going to be on the enthusiasm of his supporters, that he actually -- and he got beat by Hillary Clinton who to a lot of his people is evil incarnate, or is a weak person or something like that.

So, I -- this is kind of a unique thing where somebody whose whole branding is built around being a winner and he can win for the country really did -- lost so bad tonight. It's going to be curious to see how he carries that through.

And Nicole, I bet you tomorrow that Roger Ailes gets out that he didn't have very much to do with preparation. I just bet you that the word comes out from Roger, "I didn't have anything to do with this, don't pin this on me."

But the crazy far-right fool Sean Hannity loved it, and even said Trump had a good night, which is just laughable. Losing all the polls and focus groups 18 to 2 and 17 to 3 is not having a good night, except is Hannityland, where Trump always has a good night, even when he does terrible and shows what a dummy he is.

Partial transcript:

SEAN HANNITY: Hey welcome to this two hour edition of Hannity. We're live from Hofstra University. We're in Hempstead, New York. The first presidential debate is now in the books. A very good night for Donald Trump.

Tonight, we'll speak with the man himself, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Kellyanne Conway, Rudy Giuliani, Reince Priebus, Newt Gingrich, Laura Ingraham, Sherriff David Clarke, and so many more but first, right after the debate after he stepped off the stage I had the very first interview with the Republican nominee.

Trump Lies That Lester Holt Is A Democrat
September 27, 2016 - 10:00am

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump sees Democrats everywhere. Even when they're not.

Take his friendly chat Monday night with Fox's Bill O'Reilly, who asked Trump about the scheduled moderators of his debates with Hillary Clinton. If you missed it, here's a portion of the transcript courtesy of The Washington Post when they talked about the journalists who will be asking the questions, including Lester Holt of NBC:

TRUMP: And by the way, Lester is a Democrat.

O'REILLY: I didn't know that.

TRUMP: Look, it's a phony system. Lester is a Democrat. I mean, they are all Democrats. Okay? It's a very unfair system.

In fact, Holt has been a registered Republican since 2003.

Fox News On Suicide Watch After Clinton Crushed Trump At Debate
September 27, 2016 - 9:00am

Fox News is nearly suicidal after Donald Trump was routed by Hillary Clinton in the first presidential debate.

Brit Hume immediately criticized Trump for his facial expressions saying that Trump looked annoyed. Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly, and Juan Williams moaned and groaned that Trump only briefly talked about Clinton's emails.

Kelly said, "There was a lot of time that he was given to exploit the issue, which was a major issue in the campaign, and it went unused."

The Fox coverage then cut to Sean Hannity backstage with Trump for some post-debate propaganda.

After Trump and Hannity had cuddled for a bit, the coverage went back to Baier and Kelly. Megyn Kelly pointed out that Clinton sliced and diced Trump. Even Fox News noticed that Clinton was on the offensive during the debate while Trump played defense.

The mood of the coverage at Fox News is completely glum and dire, which is the biggest sign yet that Republicans know that Donald Trump did poorly in the first presidential debate.

Debate Moderator Asks Trump To Justify Not Releasing His Tax Returns
September 27, 2016 - 8:00am

Partial transcript:

LESTER HOLT (MODERATOR): Mr. Trump, we're talking about the burden that Americans have to pay, yet you have not released your tax returns. And the reason nominees have released their returns for decades is so that voters will know if their potential president owes money to, who he owes it to, and any business conflicts.

Don't Americans have a right to know if there are any conflicts of interest?

DONALD TRUMP: I don't mind releasing. I'm under a routine audit, and it will be released, and as soon as the audit is finished, it will be released.

HOLT: The IRS says an audit of your taxes -- you're perfectly free to release your taxes during an audit. And so the question, does the public's right to know outweigh your personal --

TRUMP: Well, I told you, I will release them as soon as the audit. Look, I've been under audit almost for 15 years.

CNN's Post-Debate Poll Shows An Overwhelming Victory For Hillary Clinton
September 27, 2016 - 7:00am

CNN Post-Debate Poll Shows 62 Percent Of Audience Thought Clinton Won, Just 27 Percent Thought Trump Won.

Partial transcript:

WOLF BLITZER (CO-HOST): You've got the results of our poll that was taken in the aftermath of this debate.

DAVID CHALIAN: I do, it is a poll of debate watchers, and so in our sample, this is a more Clinton-friendly audience.

We now will reveal to you who won the debate according to this audience. Overwhelmingly Hillary Clinton. Sixty-two percent of Americans, of those that watched the debate tonight in this audience said Hillary Clinton won compared to 27 percent who said Trump won.

Again, this is of debate watchers and our sample definitely is more Democratic than a normal poll. But that is an overwhelming victory among these debate watchers we polled for Hillary Clinton.

Yes CNN had it 18 to 2 for Clinton, but the right-leaning Frank Luntz focus group also has Clinton killing Trump, 17 to 3, so it was not just Clinton leaning watchers who thought she crushed Trump in the debate.

Frank Luntz tweeted this:

So far, 17 people in my group say Hillary is winning; 3 say Trump. Tax question weakened him, birther question destroyed him.

Fact checkers also counted 16 lies from Trump, and 0 for Clinton. Let's see O'Reilly and Fox spin that, you know they will, just how much?

Donald Trump Was Sued Many Times For Disability Law Violations
September 26, 2016 - 8:00am

Here is the real Donald Trump, it shows he does not care about disabled people, even disabled veterans. All he cares about is making money.

At least eight times over the last 19 years, Donald Trump's properties have been subject to lawsuits for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act, court records show. Additionally, a federal inspection found current ADA violations at one of his properties.

Only once did Trump come close to winning, in a suit that was dismissed at the request of both sides. Five of the cases were settled, while two ended in consent decrees requiring building modifications and one met its end in a Trump property bankruptcy.

When a disabled Purple Heart veteran filed a lawsuit in 2004 alleging that the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York lacked proper handicapped-accessible emergency exits, guest rooms and restrooms, Trump dragged the case out for three years.

He tried to get the lawsuit dismissed and counter-sued his own architects to try and shift liability to them, but a judge dismissed that attempt. Trump eventually settled and agreed to make changes to the hotel.

"What was so striking and frankly appalling was the way he tried to fight the violations," said Helena Berger, the president and CEO of the nonprofit American Association of People with Disabilities. "That, I think, is really telling."

After Trump mocked a New York Times reporter with arthrogryposis last November, the reality TV star defended himself by pointing out how much money he had spent on accessibility in his hotels. "I spend millions a year, or millions of dollars on ramps," he said in July, "and get rid of the stairs and different kinds of elevators all over and I'm gonna mock? I would never do that."

He did it, it is on video, Trump mocked a disabled reporter and made fun of his disability, he just refuses to admit it. Just like O'Reilly does when he says something crazy, he refuses to admit it and slams the person who simply reported what he said.

Yeah Trump spends the money, but only when he has to, and after years of legal battles over it, which he never tells you about, or O'Reilly for that matter. O'Reilly never reports any of this stuff, he ignores it all, but if Clinton even stubs her toe O'Reilly is all over that story.

Spending that money is a legal requirement: The Americans with Disabilities Act, which became law in 1990, requires that buildings and spaces used by the public meet specific disability access standards.

The cases show that Trump has been less than enthusiastic about spending money to bring his buildings into compliance with federal law.

For example, in 2001, two wheelchair users said that the wheelchair lift at Trump International was kept locked, and the employee who eventually unlocked it couldn't operate it. In court records, one of the plaintiffs, Robert Levine, said the experience made him feel like a second class citizen. The other plaintiff, Frieda Zames, said it was like being a grade school child asking permission to go to the restroom.

As in the 2004 lawsuit, after a judge denied Trump's motion to dismiss the case, Trump counter-sued his architect to try to shift liability. Trump amicably settled the 2001 case in 2009, when both he and the plaintiffs agreed to dismiss the complaint.

Emily Munson, a disability rights lawyer, told HuffPost that she understands the building owner's perspective in ADA cases. The requirements are exhaustive and violations can be very technical, compared to more substantive problems, Munson said. On the other hand, she added, businesses have had over a quarter century to come into compliance with the ADA.

Trump, she said, "clearly sees people with disabilities as sick or in need of charity and pity, rather than people with rights who deserve to be out and about and accessing the community."

Trump's Atlantic City Plaza Hotel has also come under fire for its basic and serious deficiencies in accessibility. In a 1997 suit, James Conlon, who is paraplegic, said that even though he stayed in a designated handicapped-accessible room at the hotel, the toilets and showers were unusable for someone in a wheelchair, and the public restrooms were so inaccessible that he had to ask strangers to help him use them.

Trump settled the case a year later, agreeing to pay Conlon's legal fees and renovate the hotels rooms and public restrooms to comply with federal law. But a year after that, Conlon told the judge in the case that the renovations Trump had agreed to hadn't been done.

Two additional complaints were brought against the Plaza Hotel in 2007 and 2008. The plaintiffs in the former agreed to dismiss the case, and the latter case was terminated by Trump's company's 2009 bankruptcy.

Conlon also brought a case in 2003 alleging that the bus between New York and the Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino wasn't accessible and that wheelchair access could only be provided with one week's notice. Trump tried counter-suing the bus provider, but eventually settled Conlon's case.

Another Trump hotel in Atlantic City, the Trump Taj Mahal, settled with the Department of Justice in 2011 after an inspection by the U.S. Attorney's Office showed numerous violations, including not posting signs on some disabled parking spots.

But the cases aren't limited to Trump's tri-state area properties. In 2011, a guest at the Trump International Miami -- which the reality star doesn't own but licenses his name to -- alleged that his designated accessible room had accessibility problems. The case was confidentially settled.

And in response to a lawsuit in 2014, the Trump National Doral Miami golf course said making its pool accessible to disabled users would impose an undue burden. Trump and the plaintiff agreed to enter into a consent decree four months after the suit was filed.

Study Finds 20 Million Americans Would Lose Healthcare Under Trump
September 26, 2016 - 7:00am

A non-partisan study revealed devastating news for the Republican Party and Donald Trump. The Trump healthcare plan would make health care more expensive and cost 19.7 million mostly poor, and ill Americans their health insurance.

The non-partisan study from the Rand Corporation funded by The Commonwealth Fund of Trump's health insurance plan found, "Repealing the ACA would result in 19.7 million fewer people with health insurance in 2018. This estimate assumes that individuals who newly enrolled in Medicaid under the ACA, but who were eligible under prior law, would remain enrolled even if the law were repealed."

"Repealing the ACA and adding a tax deduction for health insurance would result in 15.6 million fewer people with health insurance. The Medicaid block-grant program results in 25.1 million fewer people with health insurance, including approximately 5.5 million people who were eligible for Medicaid under pre-ACA rules who lose coverage because states may lack the funds to sustain enrollment among this population. Allowing insurers to sell across states lines reduces coverage by 17.5 million people."

In contrast, the same analysis of Hillary Clinton's plan would provide access to health insurance to additional 9.6 million people, and reduce the cost of health care by 39%.

Donald Trump's health care plan would make health care less accessible, more expensive, and would jeopardize the lives of tens of millions of sick and poor Americans.

The choice for voters regarding policy is simple. A vote for Donald Trump is a vote for going back to the old system of more expensive health insurance and denial of coverage. Trump is a step backward that would literally cost people their lives and at minimum reduce the quality of life of tens of millions of Americans.

If voters can through the media chatter and noise, and look at what Trump is proposing to do as president, the decision in this election will get more obvious.

Trump doesn't want attention focused on his policies, which is why the last thing he needed three days before the first presidential debate was to have his fraudulent health care plan exposed to the world.

Clinton Hits Key 50-Percent Mark Leads By 6 Points In New Poll
September 24, 2016 - 9:00am

Hillary Clinton has a healthy lead over Donald Trump with just days until the first presidential debate, according to a new poll released Thursday by Associated Press/Gfk.

Clinton: 50%
Trump: 44%

In a head-to-head matchup against Trump, the Democratic nominee hits the critical 50-percent mark and beats Trump by six points among likely voters. In a hypothetical contest that includes third-party candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, Clinton maintains her six-point edge over Trump and beats him by a margin of 45 percent to 39 percent.

The survey is the latest sign that public opinion is beginning to shift back in Clinton's favor during a critical moment in the campaign.

With more and more national data, including another poll out Tuesday showing Clinton up five, it's clear that the momentum is in her favor.

State polling data also had good news for Clinton on Thursday, with the Democratic nominee ahead in polls from Wisconsin, Virginia, and Colorado. In states like Florida and North Carolina, must-wins for Trump, the two major candidates are locked in tight battles.

Fortunately for the Democratic nominee, state polling tends to lag behind national surveys, meaning her clear improvement nationally is likely to show up in swing-state polls in the near future. Her slight Electoral College lead could become more comfortable in the coming weeks.

As we inch closer to the first presidential debate and the key month of October, Clinton is likely feeling good about the current trajectory of the race.

Clinton Drops Bomb On Trump Releasing 19 Pages Of Fact Checked Lies
September 24, 2016 - 8:00am

The Clinton campaign held a special press call to call on the debate moderators, media, and voters to fact check Donald Trump. In order to help the press, debate moderators, and voters fact check Trump, the Clinton campaign has released 19 pages of Trump lies.

HFA Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri said, "Donald Trump has shown a clear pattern of repeating provably false lies hoping that nobody will correct him. As we head into this debate, we want voters and viewers to be on alert that they should keep track. Any candidate that tells this many lies, clearly can’t win the debate on the merits."

The release of so many pages of fact checked lies was a brilliantly clever move from the Clinton campaign.

Palmieri repeated the Clinton belief that the moderator should be fact checking Trump at the debate, but since it has been made clear that this isn't going to happen, Clinton is giving voters and the press all of the materials that they need to fact check Trump in real time at the debate.

Throughout his entire campaign, Trump has been allowed to lie without consequence, but that is about to change at the first presidential debate.

The Clinton campaign is ready, and they are mobilizing an army of fact checkers to take down Trump.

Trump Campaign Chair Resigns After Racist Anti-Obama Comment
September 23, 2016 - 10:00am

A Trump campaign coordinator, Kathy Miller, was forced to resign on Thursday after The Guardian published an interview in which she said racism was nonexistent "until Obama got elected."

It's the latest evidence that Donald Trump's phony minority outreach effort is failing miserably. Miller, chair of the Trump campaign in Ohio's Mahoning County, said this:

"I don't think there was any racism until Obama got elected. We never had problems like this. Now, with the people with the guns, and shooting up neighborhoods and not being responsible citizens, that's a big change, and I think that's the philosophy that Obama has perpetuated on America. And if you're black and you haven't been successful in the last 50 years, it's your own fault. When do they take responsibility for how they live?"

Her comments aren't just offensive - though pretty unsurprising given how many Trump supporters subscribe to this bigotry - but they are also firmly rooted in a version of reality that exists only in the minds of those who support the Republican nominee.

It's an alternate reality where the African-American community is, as Trump now says repeatedly, riddled with uneducated, violent, and impoverished people. It's a dystopian fantasy meant to appeal to people's worst instincts.

It's obvious that racism existed not just before Obama's presidency, but before he was even born. And it's certainly true that bigotry has often reared its ugly head during his two terms.

What this disgraced Trump official doesn't seem to understand, at least not publicly, is why bigotry and prejudice have surfaced under Obama. It's not because he has done anything blatantly racist. It's certainly not because he has incited racism or made offensive comments directed at white people.

Obama's attitude or governing style hasn't been motivated by a bias toward one race or another. Instead, it is the reaction by many, including Trump himself, to this president's existence that has made race such a relevant issue.

Questioning Obama's legitimacy, his patriotism, his birthplace, his religion - these racially motivated attacks are things that have, indeed, happened under this president. But is it people like Donald Trump and Kathy Miller who have perpetuated them.

And btw, Obama is not to blame for racism, the racists are to blame. Obama is just a black man who became the President, he has not made racism worse, and the people who say he has are just idiots. How is it the fault of Obama that he is black, and there are racist white people who hate him just because of his skin color.

It's crazy to say because a black man was elected President he has made racism worse, it's insane. The people to blame are the racists, not Obama.

Biased Bill O'Reilly Slams Washington Post For Criticizing Trump
September 23, 2016 - 9:00am

Here is a partial transcript from the Wednesday O'Reilly Factor:

BILL O'REILLY: The left in America dazed and confused by how tight the presidential race is just a few days before the first debate. The liberal media, in particular, in panic mode, so they're breaking out the evil card, Adolf Hitler.

Writing in the The Washington Post this week crazy-left columnist Richard Cohen banter's Trump "Hitlerian disregard for the truth." Basically, Cohen putting forth that Trump is like Hitler in his thinking because, quote, he thinks the truth is what he says it is, unquote. Interesting.

The Washington Post is interesting because hard news wise they do a pretty good job. But this guy, Fred Hiatt, who runs the editorial section and op-eds and all of that, this guy is so crazy because when you write a column, there has to be some kind of -- and you’re a columnist -- you have to have some kind of measure, you know?

You can't just be saying Donald Trump is Hitler when Hitler killed 55 million people because of his actions. You can't be doing that.

Trump Campaign Paid Trump's Companies Over $500,000 In August
September 23, 2016 - 8:00am

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign paid more than $500,000 in August to companies the businessman owns, according to campaign finance reports released late Tuesday.

The chief beneficiaries were Trump's aviation company and his office headquarters in Manhattan: TAG Air was paid nearly $320,000 for operating the campaign jet and Trump Tower collected nearly $170,000 in rent for the month of August.

Another $23,000 went to smaller Trump properties and businesses.

The biggest single recipient of Trump's campaign largesse last month was the digital marketing firm Giles-Parscale, which collected more than $11 million in fees from the Republican nominee. Brad Parscale, the company's president, has no formal political experience, but he's been a key member of Trump's resort marketing team for nearly a decade.

And who wants to bet me Trump is getting a kickback of some of that money for doing it? Anyone?

Trump also increased the amount of money his campaign shells out for private security, by nearly 10 times. The expense went from $20,000 in July to more than $180,000 in August.

As the presidential nominee of a major party, Trump already receives Secret Service protection. The Secret Service typically refunds political campaigns part of the cost of flying around with the candidate.

In June, police in Las Vegas arrested a 20-year-old Englishman who tried to grab an officer's gun, and who later said he intended to shoot Trump. A spokeswoman for the Trump campaign did not immediately respond to questions Wednesday about the former reality TV star's beefed-up security costs.

Luckily for Trump, his record-setting campaign expenditures were offset by a strong wave of small donations which totaled more than $12 million, many of which were made online. The strong fundraising followed a month during which Trump had replaced his core campaign team and worked hard to look more like a disciplined, mainstream presidential candidate.

Still, hundreds of thousands of dollars flow each month from the bank accounts of small dollar Trump donors and into the bank account of the self-proclaimed billionaire and "King of Debt."

The issue of how the presidential candidate spends the money donated to his Donald J. Trump Foundation has come to the fore this week, amid new allegations that he and his charity may have run afoul of basic tax laws.

Which of course O'Reilly has totally ignored.

The Washington Post revealed on Tuesday how Trump used money from his nonprofit foundation to settle a lawsuit against one of his private businesses. Rather than respond to the actual story, Trump and his campaign attacked the reporter, as did O'Reilly. He ignores the facts and slams the reporter who simply reported them.

He's like Trump's paid attack dog, he goes after anyone who reports bad news about Trump.

Crazy O'Reilly Says Voter ID Disenfranchisement Is A Total Myth
September 22, 2016 - 9:00am

Even though courts have shown it is true, with actual evidence, that O'Reilly ignores and never reports on, then acts like there is no evidence.

Here is a partial transcript from the Wednesday O'Reilly Factor, at least he had one guest on to call BS on his nonsense.

BILL O'REILLY (HOST): Okay. Let's go to the voter registration thing which is a total myth. Eboni. You have a situation that a little ID card which will be sent, delivered, handed to you with a bag of M&Ms is now saying that's oppressive, you can't ask for that when voting. How insane is this.

EBONI WILLIAMS: Well Bill, the Fourth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court, many of those members would disagree with you that's a myth. In fact, they think, with surgical precision, they said it targets disproportionately targets black people.

Trump Used $258,000 From His Charity To Settle Legal Problems
September 22, 2016 - 8:00am

Which is illegal, but O'Reilly never reported on it, and does not understand why anyone is investigating the Trump foundation. In O'Reillyworld Trump never does anything wrong or illegal, and he calls it bias if anyone in the media reports on it, while he ignores the truth and covers for Trump.

Donald Trump spent more than a quarter-million dollars from his charitable foundation to settle lawsuits that involved the billionaire's for-profit businesses, according to interviews and a review of legal documents.

Those cases, which together used $258,000 from Trump's charity, were among four newly documented expenditures in which Trump may have violated laws against self-dealing -- which prohibit nonprofit leaders from using charity money to benefit themselves or their businesses.

In one case, from 2007, Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club faced $120,000 in unpaid fines from the town of Palm Beach, Fla., resulting from a dispute over the size of a flagpole.

In a settlement, Palm Beach agreed to waive those fines -- if Trump's club made a $100,000 donation to a specific charity for veterans. Instead, Trump sent a check from the Donald J. Trump Foundation, a charity funded almost entirely by other people's money, according to tax records.

Sean Hannity In Trouble After Fox Finds Out He Did A Trump Campaign Ad
September 22, 2016 - 7:00am

And of course Bill O'Reilly never said a word about it, now imagine what he would say if an anchor at MSNBC or CNN did a campaign ad for Hillary Clinton, all hell would break loose and O'Reilly would lose his mind for a week calling for them to be fired, but when Hannity does it he says nothing.

Fox News Sean Hannity, a vocal supporter of Donald Trump on his radio show and his 10 p.m. program on the top-rated, right-leaning cable network is in hot water Tuesday after his bosses were alerted to his participation in a Trump campaign video.

Hannity, who regularly features Trump on his shows in softball interviews and town halls, and recently sent a private jet for Newt Gingrich to confer with the Republican presidential nominee, appears along with Ted Nugent, Donald Trump Jr., Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr., and other Trump supporters to praise the candidate's devotion to gun rights among other virtues.

"One of the reasons I'm supporting Donald Trump this year is No. 1, he's gonna put originalists on the Supreme Court who believe in fidelity to the Constitution, separation of powers, co-equal branches of government. He's a guy who vet refugees to keep Americans safe."

Apparently, Hannity didn't see fit to obtain permission for starring in the political ad, an act that would be considered a serious breach of ethics at the overwhelming majority of news outlets (but Fox is not a news outlet, so he will be ok) and the sort of behavior that is definitely not condoned at a post-Roger Ailes Fox News.

"We were not aware of Sean Hannity participating in a promotional video," said a Fox News spokesperson, after The Daily Beast informed the network of Hannity's appearance, "and he will not be doing anything along these lines for the remainder of the election season."

It was not clear if Fox News co-presidents Bill Shine or Jack Abernethy gave Hannity a talking-to or whether he will face any disciplinary action.

Please, give me a break. They will not do anything to him, and you can bet on that.

Networks Refuse To Air Trump's Hotel Press Tour After Reporters Barred
September 21, 2016 - 8:00am

The major television networks refused Friday to use or distribute footage of Donald Trump's press tour of his new Washington, D.C., hotel because the Republican nominee didn't allow reporters to attend.

Trump had just finished playing the cable networks, luring them into carrying 20 minutes of praise from veterans before finally admitting that President Barack Obama was born in the United States.

That very brief admission came after he had fueled the lie of birtherism for the past five years. Trump then left the stage without taking questions that journalists surely had about that long-running crusade and his repeated false claim that Hillary Clinton had started the racist birther movement.

The Republican nominee next led a tour of his new hotel without his press pool, the small group of journalists designated to follow the candidate at an event and provide details for the larger press corps.

The campaign allowed visuals of the hotel tour by permitting a photographer and a cameraperson to come along. But they didn't allow the designated print reporter or ABC News Candace Smith, who was physically prevented from fulfilling her role as the TV pool reporter.

The Trump campaign's refusal to allow a reporter to attend what had essentially become a photo-op violated the understanding it has with the networks that are handling such events. As a result, the network bureau chiefs convened Friday and decided not to use or distribute the footage, according to a source familiar with the decision.

Fox News Washington bureau chief Bryan Boughton, who currently serves as chair on behalf of the television pool, explained in a statement why the networks balked at the arrangement.

"The Television pool members chose not to participate in a tour of the Trump Hotel in Washington D.C. today because our editorial team member was barred from going on the tour with a videographer," Boughton said. "The TV Pool traditionally doesn't participate in events that our reporters or producers are not allowed to attend."

The day before, Trump mocked reporters who arrived late to his rally in Laconia, New Hampshire. Trump is the only candidate who doesn't fly with his traveling press corps, which (as is the practice) relies on the campaign to arrange a charter plane to get them to events on time. But he refused to wait a half hour for the press to get there.

On Friday, Trump himself was an hour late to his hotel event, thereby ensuring maximum media hype.

The networks pushback on Friday was a rare display of collective action amid the Trump campaign's bullying and blacklisting of the press throughout the 2016 presidential race.

Several journalists applauded the bureau chiefs decision, with New York Times reporter Ashley Parker tweeting that "NOTHING will change until TV cameras stop covering Trump blindly and take a stand in solidarity."

Some CNN Anchors Have Finally Had It With Trump's Lies
September 21, 2016 - 7:00am

Donald Trump has benefitted from plenty of free and favorable media, particularly from CNN. But he may have finally pushed his luck too far.

Trump had promised that his appearance at the new Trump hotel in Washington, D.C., on Friday would include a major statement about President Barack Obama's birth status.

The real estate mogul teased the appearance that morning, fueling speculation that he might finally admit he had been wrong to question the president's U.S. citizenship. There was even talk that Trump might apologize.

It didn't happen. After speaking for a few minutes about his new hotel and letting a series of veterans praise his candidacy, Trump said, "Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it. I finished it. You know what I mean. President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Period. Now we all want to get back to making America strong and great again."

The statement, which lasted about 30 seconds, contained two separate lies.

Clinton didn't start the birther controversy. Trump, who as recently as this week has refused to say he believed Obama was born in the U.S., didn't end it. And CNN's panelists made sure their viewers knew it.

This was John Berman: "Hillary Clinton and her campaign never pushed it." And this was his co-anchor, Kate Bolduan: "It's false. Donald Trump in 2011, he made this his signature issue. No one has gone as far as Donald Trump on the birther issue."

Jake Tapper , who, to his credit, has been among the most aggressive about calling out Trump's lies was blunt: "Those are two factually false statements. She and her campaign never, never started the birther issue. Second, Donald Trump did not end the birther issue."

Tapper also noted that the birther issue had a racial element, because it was an effort to delegitimize the nation's first African-American president.

John King, who remembered interviewing Trump on the day Obama released his birth certificate, was nearly speechless.

"After four or five years of leading a fraudulent and reckless campaign against the legitimacy of the United States president, you got, what, about six or seven words from Donald Trump?" he said.

"And none of those words," Berman noted, "were 'I'm sorry, I apologize.' Or explaining why he ever questioned the birth status of the United States president."

On social media, other media figures reacted with a similar mix of incredulity and condemnation.

This response may have partly reflected a realization that Trump had manipulated the media once again, by getting the networks to break away from normal coverage in order to show some pretty routine campaign speeches, and promote his new hotel along the way. After promising a big reveal, Trump began his appearance by bragging about his new hotel. He then let a parade of veterans sing his political praises, turning the event into a free advertisement.

"We got played," CNN panelists admitted on air.

Whatever the reason, the reaction to Trump's birther statement recalled the harsh commentary following Trump's attacks on federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel (the Mexican-Ameircan judge presiding over a lawsuit against Trump University) and the Kahn family (the Muslim parents of a Marine killed in Iraq).

Trump's statements in those cases so clearly betrayed racial bias that they fueled lengthy political controversy, and ended up hurting his campaign. Friday's statement on the birther controversy was so egregiously dishonest that it may have a similar effect.

Seth Meyers: Trump Built His Career On A Racist Lie Because He's A Racist
September 20, 2016 - 10:00am

Meyers: "You Don't Get To Peddle Racist Rhetoric For Five Years And Decide When It's Over"



Even A Conservative Tax Foundation Says Trump Plan Is A Lie
September 20, 2016 - 9:00am

Trump Tax Plan Revealed To Be A Fraud That Would Cost Trillions And Benefit The Top 1% The Most.

The conservative-leaning Tax Foundation has evaluated Donald Trump's tax plan and found that the plan would cost the US trillions of dollars and grow the incomes of the top one percent by 10%-16%.

The conservative-leaning Tax Foundation has evaluated Donald Trump's tax plan and found that the plan would cost the US trillions of dollars and grow the incomes of the top one percent by 10%-16%.

Trump claimed last week that his tax plan benefits the middle and working class, "In addition, because we have strongly capped deductions for the wealthy and closed special interest loopholes, the tax relief will be concentrated on the working and middle class taxpayer. They will receive the biggest benefit - it won't even be close. This is a working and middle class tax relief proposal."

According to analysis from the Tax Foundation,, this was a lie, "On a static basis, the plan would lead to at least 0.8 percent higher after-tax income for all taxpayer quintiles. The plan would lead to at least 10.2 percent higher incomes for the top 1 percent of taxpayers or as much as 16.0 percent higher, depending on the nature of a key business policy provision."

Donald Trump's tax plan is designed to boost the incomes of people like Donald Trump. The wealthiest Americans will see their incomes go up by 10%-16%, while all other taxpayers will see a virtually non-existent gain of 0.8%. In other words, the Trump tax plan is designed to give nothing to 99% of Americans who aren't at the top of the economic pyramid.

Trump also promised that his tax plan would be deficit neutral, "It will be deficit neutral. If we reach 4% growth, it will reduce the deficit."

This is going to be next to impossible as the Trump plan will cost $4.4 to $5.9 trillion. To make the plan deficit-neutral, Trump would need to drastically slash domestic spending. Since Trump has already promised to increase military spending, it will be virtually impossible for Trump's tax plan to be deficit neutral.

Donald Trump's tax plan is more of the same failed Republican attempt to redistribute wealth to the top in the hope that it will trickle down to the rest of us.

Trump is making promises that his tax plan can't and won't deliver.

A vote for Donald Trump is a vote for a tax cut for the top one percent.

O'Reilly Caught Lying About Trump Beating Clinton On Terrorism
September 20, 2016 - 8:00am

Here is more proof O'Reilly is biased in favor of Trump and against Clinton. He said this Monday night.
BILL O'REILLY (HOST): On the terror issue, Trump has the advantage as most Americans are pretty much fed up with the jihad and want to see a more aggressive policy to defeat it. Trump also has emotion on his side, as the president and Mrs. Clinton continue to downplay the Muslim angle, even though just about all the terrorism in the world is generated by Islamic fanatics.
Wrong, here are the facts. From politico.com on 9-20-16:

Who has the upper hand on terrorism, Clinton or Trump?

Voters trust Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by a narrow margin on terrorism.

Donald Trump took full advantage of the opportunity Monday to return to blasting Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for failing to keep the country safe in the wake of this weekend's bomb attacks in New York City.

And Clinton jumped on the news to prosecute her own case against Trump: that he is a dangerous demagogue whose inflammatory rhetoric puts the nation at further risk.

The polls offer a more nuanced picture. Voters trust Clinton over Trump by a narrow margin when it comes to terrorism and national security -- a reversal from past elections when Republicans were seen as the party stronger on national defense.

Robert Gates Says Trump Is Not Qualified To Be Commander-In-Chief
September 19, 2016 - 10:00am

Former Defense Secretary Bob Gates is not a big fan of Donald Trump, and he thinks Trump is beyond repair.

In a scathing op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal, Gates (who served under both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama) takes Trump to task for his ideas about dealing with potentially hostile relations in China, Russia, the Middle East, and beyond.

Gates says Trump is in a league of his own when it comes to credibility issues. He brings up Trump's support of autocrats like Vladimir Putin and dictators like Saddam Hussein, Trump's calls for torture and the killing of terrorist's families, and Trump's willingness to allow Japan and South Korea to develop their own nuclear weapons.

"At least on national security, I believe Mr. Trump is beyond repair," Gates concludes. "He is stubbornly uninformed about the world and how to lead our country and government, and temperamentally unsuited to lead our men and women in uniform. He is unqualified and unfit to be commander-in-chief."

Trump, unsurprisingly, was unhappy with Gates op-ed, taking to Twitter to voice his disapproval of the former Secretary of Defense's tenure.

In response to Trump's tweet, NPR Morning Edition reporter Steve Inskeep implored Trump to come on his show and do an interview about foreign policy. According to Inskeep, Trump's staff agreed to such an interview almost 250 days ago.

As of today, the Trump campaign had not responded to the inquiry as to whether Trump has any plans to go on NPR Morning Edition.

P.S. Trump will never do it, because they want him to answer policy questions all by himself, with no help from anyone on his staff, and he does not do that, he only goes on Fox shows where he knows they will let him get away with not answering the questions.

One Man At Fox Slammed Trump's Past And Present Birther Lies
September 19, 2016 - 9:00am

And it was sure not Bill O'Reilly, he ignores it because he is a friend of Trump and totally in the tank for him.

From the September 16 edition of Fox News Shepard Smith Reporting:

SHEPARD SMITH (HOST): Remember the TV show Punk'd? Remember it? Ashton Kutcher would set up elaborate pranks of celebrities as the cameras rolled, it was pretty funny, really.

Today Donald Trump punked the media and we learned it's not as fun when you're the victim. Here's what happened. Donald Trump's campaign announced that he would be holding a news conference, his first news conference on any matter in two months. This one on his past statements about the president not being born in America, statements that were never true.

He made them for years, but instead of the promised news conference, he did an eight minute live commercial on all channels for his new hotel in Washington, then brought out American heroes to extol his greatness, then said the first black President of the United States really is an America citizen, gave no explanation for his previous statements to the contrary, or the reason for the change in position, then said Hillary Clinton started it, which she did not.

Again, he blamed Hillary Clinton for creating the birther conspiracy theory. She did not. The comments came from that new hotel of his, just blocks away from the White House.

Not only did Trump admit that President Obama was born in the U.S. -- thanks for that -- he also took credit for resolving the issue that never was. Apparently forcing President Obama to release his birth certificate back in 2011, stating that he was obviously born in Hawaii.

SMITH: There is no evidence to support the claim that Hillary Clinton or her team started the theory that President Obama wasn't born in America. Zero, it never happened. Yet this is not the first time Donald Trump has accused the Clinton camp of exactly this, even though fact-checkers have debunked the claim, including the Washington Post, Politifact, and Factcheck.org.

SMITH: Obviously Clinton's team came out to set the record straight. She did not start the birther rumor, in fact Hillary Clinton has attempted to point out that Donald Trump's refusal to admit that President Obama was born in United States is a sign that the Republican nominee is not connected with black voters, which he isn't.

Of course, that's because the birther issue, illegitimate by any issue as a definition, questioned the legitimacy of our nation's first black president and gives fuels to the "He's not one of us" lies.

Reporters on hand presume this was Trump's attempt to put the birther issue behind him. So far, that has not happened.

Sunday News Shows Ignore Trump Foundation Investigation
September 19, 2016 - 8:00am

The Sunday morning political news programs ignored two major news stories that raise ethical questions about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's family charity and his business interests, including reports that Trump's charitable foundation is under investigation by the New York Attorney General and the conflicts of interest the Trump Organization would raise in a Trump presidency.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a September 13 CNN interview that his office is investigating Trump's charitable foundation over concerns that it engaged in some impropriety as related to New York charity laws.

The investigation launched amid reports from The Washington Post that Trump spent money from his charity on items meant to benefit himself, such as a $20,000 oil painting of himself and a $12,000 autographed football helmet, and also recycled others contributions to make them appear to have come from him although he hasn't given to the foundation since 2008.

In Newsweek's September 23 cover story, Kurt Eichenwald reported that Trump's business interests will constantly jeopardize the security of the United States if Trump wins the presidency and does not sever all connections to the Trump Organization.

The Trump Organization, Eichenwald reported, has been largely ignored by the media, yet would cause serious conflicts of interest and ethical quagmires in nearly all foreign policy decisions a president Trump would make. Eichenwald's report explains that the Trump Organization's enterprise includes deep ties to global financiers, foreign politicians and even criminals, and reveals a web of contractual entanglements that could not be just canceled which could conflict with major national security decisions and negotiations required by the presidential elect.

Yet none of the Sunday morning political news shows had any coverage of either report on September 18th.

NBC's Meet The Press briefly alluded to reports that the Trump Organization could pose conflicts of interest without mentioning the Newsweek report directly. Host Chuck Todd asked Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway whether Trump would offer an explanation of how he will wall off his business so that there are not even illusions or any sort of cloud that would hang over foreign policy decisions and his international business dealings.

But ABC's This Week, CNN's State of the Union, Fox Broadcasting's Fox News Sunday, and CBS Face the Nation all completely ignored the stories about Trump's foundation and business empire, even though each featured interviews with Trump surrogates who could have been asked about them. Meet the Press did not reference Trump's foundation at all.

Journalists have been criticized for the double standard in the ways they cover Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Earlier this month, cable news programs devoted 13 times more coverage to Clinton's pneumonia diagnosis as The Washington Post's reporting about the Trump Foundation.

This week, both the Trump Foundation and Trump Organization stories were mostly ignored by the broadcast news programs in favor of coverage of Donald Trump's Dr. Oz stunt.

Trump Jr. Reveals The Real Reason His Father Won't Release His Tax Returns
September 17, 2016 - 9:00am

For months, the official talking point of the Trump campaign has been that Donald Trump would be happy to release his tax returns but cannot because they are under audit.

This explanation is a lie for a couple of different reasons. First, being subject to an audit does not prevent Trump from releasing his tax returns. (From a legal perspective, it makes it less risky.) Second, most of Trump's tax returns are not under audit. We know this because the Trump campaign released a letter confirming that all of his tax returns from 2008 and earlier are not under audit.

Still, this is the official explanation. His running mate Mike Pence said it. His campaign manager said it. Trump himself has said it repeatedly. In January, Trump described his tax returns as "all approved and very beautiful" and pledged to release them soon without even mentioning the audit.

But in an interview with the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review published on Wednesday night, Donald Trump Jr. revealed a completely different, and more accurate explanation.

Trump Jr. didn't mention the audit but said that his father would not release his tax returns during the election because it would create a distraction and people would have a lot of questions.

When asked why his father has not released his tax returns as presidential candidates have traditionally done, Trump Jr. said, "Because he's got a 12,000-page tax return that would create financial auditors out of every person in the country asking questions that would detract from his main message."

The fact that Trump's tax returns would be a subject of discussion is precisely why they should be released. Among other things, his tax returns would provide a clearer picture of the many conflicts between a Trump administration and his business interests.

Every major presidential candidate for the last 40 years, except Trump, has released their tax returns.

Arguably, Trump's returns are the most consequential. Most candidates have long careers in government, making their tax returns quite simple since government service largely precludes complex financial entanglements. Trump, however, has a been involved in intricate financial dealings for decades.

His returns would shed light on the true extent of his charitable giving, whether he took aggressive measures to avoid paying taxes and provide a more accurate picture of his real income.

These are questions, according to Donald Trump Jr., that he doesn't want answered during the campaign.

Mark Cuban Offers $10 Million To Charity If Trump Can Explain His Own Policies
September 17, 2016 - 8:00am

Many people are saying Donald Trump's proposed policies are light on specifics and better suited to 140-character tweets. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is one of those people.

On Friday, Cuban challenged Trump to a four-hour interview concerning the candidate's policies and their substance, offering to donate $10 million to a charity of Trump's choosing if he accepted.

The summons comes after the GOP presidential nominee threw a tantrum on Fox Business Friday morning. When host Maria Bartiromo asked Trump about Cuban's prediction that the markets would tank should he win the presidency, Trump fell back on his classic rebuttal: He called Cuban stupid.

"Well, I know Mark and you know, the problem with Mark, he is not smart enough to understand what we are doing," Trump said. "He's really not smart enough, in my opinion, to really understand what's going on."

Earth to Donald Trump, Mark Cuban actually earned his billions with his brain, he is a tech expert and very smart, oh and did I forget one of the sharks on the tv show shark tank. They do not put idiots on the show, they only have smart people on. And unlike Trump, he actually earned his money, he did not have his daddy give it to him.

And btw Trump, if Cuban is an idiot and you are the smart guy, then you will do the interview and take the $10 million, and show him who the real smart guy is, right?

Trump added that Cuban used to send him so many different tweets, but they've since tapered off.

"I'm just, I'll have to send you all of the Mark Cuban tweets and conversations," he added. "But Mark is not (I really believe) not smart enough to understand what's going on."

In response, Cuban hopped on Twitter and invited Trump to a four-hour interview, offering the candidate a chance to substantiate his policies:

@realDonaldTrump $10mm to the charity of YOUR choice if you let ME interview you for 4 hrs on YOUR policies and their substance.

-- Mark Cuban (@mcuban) September 16, 2016

Of course, there are some ground rules: "you cant mention the Clintons or discuss anything other than the details and facts of your plans," said Cuban, "and no one else is in the room to help. Just me, you and a broadcast crew."

Cuban even said that Trump could keep the money.

"If you need it," Cuban tweeted, "I'll write you the check and you can keep the money rather than give it to charity."

And you can bet Trump will never do it, and O'Reilly will never say a word about any of it. Because Trump is a racist clown who has no clue what his policies are, because someone else wrote them and is in charge of telling him what they are.

Fox Business Lies About Economic Data While Saying Obama Is Lying
September 17, 2016 - 7:00am

The Panelists Ignored The Entire Bush Administration And The Great Recession, all caused by Bush, not Obama.

A Fox Business panel put their spin on the latest round of positive economic indicators. The host and guests misleadingly framed median income data to omit the economic calamities of the Bush administration while accusing President Obama of "cherry-picking the time frame and playing with the numbers" related to other examples of economic improvement.

On the September 14 edition of Fox Business Varney & Co., host Stuart Varney and guests Elizabeth MacDonald and Tammy Bruce slammed President Obama for defending his economic legacy during a campaign stop in Pennsylvania.

The segment began with Varney and MacDonald lamenting that new median household income data released yesterday by the Census Bureau is still below the peak back in 1999, with MacDonald mockingly adding, "You're nearly as rich as you were 17 years ago."

Varney complained that Obama was cherry-picking data to claim his administration has created nearly 15 million net new jobs, and MacDonald added, "He's not factoring in 2009, so he's playing with the numbers."

MacDonald further claimed that a majority of net new jobs during the Obama administration have been in low-paying fast-food or health sector industries. Bruce concluded the segment by lamenting the administration's so-called spin and theater while citing evidence from outside sources that she claimed contradicts the significant increase in median household income from 2014 to 2015.

The complaint that Obama is not factoring in 2009 is particularly telling, given that the segment began with Varney and MacDonald ignoring all of the reasons that median incomes remained lower in 2015 than at their 1999 peak.

The reason Obama did not count 2009 is because all those job losses were caused by Bush, the Obama economic policies did not kick in until almost February of 2010, after a long hard fight with the Republicans in Congress to get them passed. Funny how the biased right-wing panel failed to mention any of that.

What happened between 1999 and 2015 to cause this income stagnation? The answer is simple: two recessions, both of which occurred during the Bush administrations and neither of which was Obama's fault.

Contrary to Varney's biased and dishonest claim, President Obama was not cherry-picking data to prop up his economic legacy. He simply counted it from the time his economic policies were put in place, and once they were the economy got much better and jobs started coming back.

Even Fox's complaint about shifting the time frame on net job creation carries little weight. CNNMoney explained last January that the president is basing his calculation on net jobs created since the low point of his presidency. He does not include 2009, because the economy the president inherited that year was rocked by the Bush recession and it took time for the Obama administration's policies to take effect.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the Obama administration has overseen the creation of 15.1 million private sector jobs since that indicator bottomed out in February 2010 and 10.9 million private sector jobs overall since he took office in January 2009.

The Census report showed major improvements in the poverty rate and the health care insurance rate and revealed broadly shared income gains across all racial and ethnic groups and by workers at every level of income.

The gender wage gap narrowed slightly, with women earning roughly 80 percent as much as men in 2015, up from 79 percent the year before. The Census deemed that increase not to be statistically significant, and more work remains to be done to achieve equal pay, but the latest data still reveal the narrowest pay gap in history.

Meanwhile, the year-to-year median income increase of 5.2 percent represented the largest single-year increase since record-keeping began in 1967, according to The New York Times.

Fox News and Fox Business have a long history of cherry-picking data to frame the Obama administration and progressive economic policies in the worst possible light.

They also ignore the fact that the economy and jobs always do better under Democratic Presidents than it does under Republican Presidents.

The economy continues to improve as I type this despite their dishonest and biased protests.

Crowley Claims Trump Is A Young 70 & Clinton Is An Old 68
September 16, 2016 - 10:00am

Now this is classic conservative nonsense, the crazy right-wing nut Monica Crowley claimed Trump is a young 70, but Clinton is old at 68. Yes, she really said that, and they keep putting her on the air, because of course that is what Fox News does.

MONICA CROWLEY: There's a difference between biological age and physiological age. Mrs. Clinton is going to be 69-years-old in a couple of weeks. Donald Trump just turned 70. But the overall perception is that Donald Trump is a young 70, and Mrs. Clinton is a relatively old 68, 69, in terms of physiology.

I think those questions are legitimiate, and the idea that perhaps Mrs. Clinton is not being entirely straightforward with voters on the true nature of her condition is a legitimate issue both for Donald Trump to raise, for the media to raise, and for voters to raise.

Trump Lies About Ford And The Right Wing Media Swears To It
September 16, 2016 - 9:00am

Trump lied about Ford and of course his friend Bill O'Reilly and the rest of the dishonest right-wing media repeated the lie.

Donald Trump told audience members at the Economic Club of New York that "Ford has announced just yesterday that they're moving their small car production facilities to Mexico."

Bill O'Reilly: Trump Plans To Threaten Ford "And The Others Who Are Moving Jobs Out."

O'Reilly also claimed that Trump's economic policy plans were supply side and included threatening "Ford and the others who are moving jobs out" of the United States:
BILL O'REILLY (HOST): It's a supply-side plan like Reagan, right?

MARIA BARTIROMO: Well, it's tax cuts.

O'REILLY: Cut corporate taxes, individual taxes and then threaten Ford and the others who are moving jobs out.
CNN Trump Surrogate Scottie Nell Hughes: Ford Is Moving Jobs "Out Of Detroit To Mexico."

Fox Business Lou Dobbs: Trump "Tore Into Ford's Choice To Move Small Car Manufacturing To Mexico."

And now the facts:

Ford CEO Mark Fields: Zero Jobs Will Leave Michigan During Transition. Ford Motors CEO Mark Fields told CNN's Poppy Harlow that Trump's claim that Ford is sending jobs to Mexico is absolutely not true and that zero jobs will be outsourced from Michigan.

Fields said Ford would replace small car manufacturing in Michigan with two very exciting new products so not one job will be lost:

POPPY HARLOW: So it is not true that Ford will be, quote, "firing all of its employees in the United States?" Will Ford cut any U.S. jobs as a result of this move? One? Any single one?

MARK FIELDS: Absolutely not. Zero. And what we announced is that we'll be moving our focus out of Michigan so that we can compete more financially in that particular segment. But at the same time -- and that is an agreement we have with the UAW. And what we'll be doing is we'll be replacing those products with two very exciting new products so not one job will be lost. And most of our investment is here in the U.S. and that is the way it is going to continue to be.

New York Attorney General Opens Probe Of Trump Foundation
September 16, 2016 - 8:00am

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on Tuesday he had opened an inquiry into the Donald J. Trump Foundation to ensure the Republican presidential nominee's charity was complying with state laws governing nonprofits.

Schneiderman sued the real estate mogul and his now defunct Trump University for fraud in 2013, seeking $40 million in restitution plus penalties and other costs.

In a CNN interview on Tuesday, Schneiderman said his office had now brought Trump's charitable foundation under scrutiny.

"My interest in this issue really is in my capacity as regulator of nonprofits in New York state. And we have been concerned that the Trump Foundation may have engaged in some impropriety from that point of view," he said.

O'Reilly Whitewashes Scandal About The Trump Foundation
September 16, 2016 - 7:00am

O'Reilly says the Trump foundation did nothing wrong, and he does not know why they are being looked at. Even though Trump's history of charity is especially bizarre. As with so much else about the self-proclaimed billionaire, Trump talks big about his generosity but can't or won't go into specifics.

Investigations by journalists into Trump's family charity, the Donald J Trump Foundation, have turned up little in the way of recent donations from the candidate's own pocket, and uncovered one case of an illegal gift to a politician who at the time was weighing whether or not to sue Trump University for fraud.

The Trump Foundation has allegedly engaged in what's called "self-dealing," or using a charity's money for personal gain, which is against IRS rules. For instance, the foundation spent $20,000 on a giant portrait of Trump himself, and $12,000 on Tim Tebow memorabilia.

But of course O'Reilly never mentioned any of that or reported on it.

And then there's the alleged bribe the Trump Foundation paid to Florida attorney general Pam Bondi. This was a $25,000 donation that the foundation made in 2013 to a Bondi-aligned PAC, which was problematic for a couple reasons. First, charities can't give to PACs-Trump's campaign said that the charity had given the money to the PAC by mistake, then screwed up again by telling the IRS the money had gone to a different group (whoops!).

When this came to light this year, Trump paid the IRS a $2,500 penalty and reimbursed the foundation for the $25,000 gift. Second, just days after that gift, Bondi reportedly decided not to join a lawsuit against Trump University filed by New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman.

Speaking of Schneiderman, in 2014, the Trump Foundation gave $100,000 to Citizens United, a conservative group that was then suing the New York AG over his efforts to get them to disclose their donor list.

Citizens United said the gift wasn't related to the lawsuit, but a Schneiderman spokesperson didn't agree, telling Yahoo News, "Funding a meritless lawsuit against this office would be nothing new for someone like Donald Trump, who has filed baseless ethics complaints, planted bogus stories, and tweeted a steady stream of incoherent insults just to make himself feel better for being exposed as the fraud he clearly is."

When BuzzFeed News looked into Trump's charitable giving in June, campaign spokesperson Hope Hicks told them, "He makes contributions personally, and there's no way for you to know or understand what those gifts are or when they are made."

Even though there is a way to know what those gifts are-Trump could just release his tax returns, which he has refused to do. (Trump claims he can't release them because he's under audit, though Richard Nixon showed his returns to the public while being audited. This week, VICE News filed a lawsuit with the IRS seeking to gain access to the audits of Trump's returns.)

And O'Reilly does not report any of this, or any of the details, all he does is use his biased right-wing show to claim Trump is innocent, and nobody should bother to look into what he is doing with his bogus foundation. O'Reilly is just a Trump stooge and he proves it every night, look at how he covered the story, it's laughable, and not even close to actual journalism, where both sides of the story and facts are reported and talked about.

The whole segment was two Republicans lying and spinning for Trump, with no Democratic guest, or anyone to give the counterpoint, or details, or things called facts.

Partial transcript:

BILL OREILLY (HOST): But Trump, he did accept money from other people who donated to him and he put it in his foundation. They knew it was going in the foundation. Same thing with Hillary and Bill Clinton. Same thing. You donated to the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Foundation doled the money out. So what's the difference here?

OREILLY: But I don't understand the controversy. Because if the Clinton Foundation gets money from a guy in Kazakhstan and then gives it to somebody in Haiti, the Haitian people don't know who the guy is in Kazakhstan is. Isn't it the same thing?

ERIC SHAWN: Yeah, I guess it is.

OREILLY: Ok alright? So I don't get the big scandal. This is not a partisan deal.

OREILLY: I have to tell you I have looked at this case and nothing is going to come of this, this Florida case. And the other one, you know, I think it's to be fair, should be very upfront about your foundations. All right? If you are given other people's money, you should tell people this isn't my personal money coming to you. This is a guy in Kazakhstan named Rudy, okay, who once knew Marco Polo and then he gave money to me.

O'Reilly Breaks Own Rule & Cuts To Live Trump Rally
September 15, 2016 - 11:00am

O'Reilly says he is fair and balanced and that he does not show live speeches by political candidates. Then he cut to a live Trump rally, but not when it's a Clinton rally. Proving once again he is biased for Trump, by breaking his own rules.

Bill O'Reilly: "You Should Know That Donald Trump Is Very Cooperative With The Factor So It's Only Fair We Give Him Consideration When He Holds An Event."

Partial transcript:

BILL O'REILLY (HOST): A footnote our policy on rallies and speeches is fluid, depending on the day what's being said. You should know that Donald Trump is very cooperative with the Factor so it's only fair we give him consideration when he holds an event. We are still waiting for Hillary Clinton to consent to an interview. If she does something notable, however, we'll carry it, no matter if she comes in or not. And we do hope to see Secretary Clinton on the Factor soon.

Colin Powell & Condi Rice Agree Benghazi Is A Stupid Witch Hunt
September 15, 2016 - 10:00am

This alone tells you the entire so-called Banghazi scandal is nothing but a partisan/political witch hunt, that O'Reilly and all the Republicans support. And of course O'Reilly has ignored this story and not reported one word about it.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell called the events surrounding and following the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya "a stupid witch hunt," saying that fault partially lies with the US ambassador who was killed in the attack, according to his personal emails seen by BuzzFeed News.

"Benghazi is a stupid witch hunt. Basic fault falls on a courageous ambassador who thoughts Libyans now love me and I am ok in this very vulnerable place," Powell wrote in a December 2015 email exchange with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice about US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, who died in the 2012 incident.

Hillary Clinton was secretary of state during the attack, which was the subject of a special congressional committee and remains an issue in the current presidential campaign.

"But blame also rests on his leaders and supports back here. Pat Kennedy, Intel community, DS and yes HRC" -- which is short for Hillary Clinton, added Powell, who served under former President George W. Bush.

"Completely agree," Rice responds, adding, "Let me know when you're in town and we'll have that glass of wine (or two)."

The website DCLeaks.com obtained Powell's emails.

O'Reilly Lied About Defending Roger Ailes From Sexual Harassment Charges
September 15, 2016 - 9:00am

On the Today show Bill O'Reilly falsely claimed he did not previously comment about the sexual harassment allegations against former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.

Ailes was forced to resign in July following sexual harassment allegations by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson and at least 25 other women. 21st Century Fox has since reached a $20 million settlement with Carlson.

Discussing Ailes departure on NBC's Today, O'Reilly claimed in July he had only made comments "about what kind of a boss Roger Ailes was, not about the case," adding, "I don't know anything about the case, OK?"

In fact, during a previous interview with NBC's Seth Meyers, O'Reilly compared Carlson's allegations to a "frivolous lawsuit," and complained about the fact we live in an "out of control tabloid society" where "every famous, powerful, or wealthy person is a target," and said, "I stand behind Roger 100 percent."

As The Washington Post's Erik Wemple previously noted, Ailes and O'Reilly have a history of defending each other from scandals. When there were allegations that O'Reilly "either embellished or told falsehoods or outright lied about various reporting exploits," Ailes issued a statement saying he "and all senior management are in full support of Bill O'Reilly."

O'Reilly was also not asked about sexual harassment allegations from former Fox host Andrea Tantaros. From the September 13 edition of NBC's Today.

SAVANNAH GUTHRIE (CO-HOST): We have to ask you about what's been going on at Fox News. Obviously Roger Ailes is no longer there in the wake of these sexual harassment allegations and revelations.

You've been on record saying you support him 100 percent, but have you learned anything in these last few months that makes you change your mind about that?

People like Geraldo Rivera or Greta Van Susteren have said, "In light of what I've learned, I feel differently."

BILL O'REILLY: Well, first of all, my comments were made to Seth Meyers about what kind of a boss Roger Ailes was, not about the case. I don't know anything about the case, OK? Nothing. So he was a good boss, best boss I've ever had, and that's what I said to Seth Meyers.

That's all I've said. And I'm not going to say anything else because I work for this company and I don't really have any insight into anything, so for once in my life I'm going to keep my big mouth shut.

WILLIE GEIST (CO-HOST): Has the culture changed or has your job changed at all since Roger Ailes left? Is it a different place?

O'REILLY: No. We do the exact same thing if you watch the Factor every night, there's been no change. We do what we do. I've been doing it for 20 years.

GEIST: He's so synonymous with that place though, Bill. Does it feel different when you walk in the building there?

O'REILLY: I don't walk in the building a lot. I do a lot of my work in a separate place. And it's a sad situation for everyone involved and that's all I'm going to say.

GUTHRIE: And you keep in touch with him?

O'REILLY: That's -- Roger Ailes was very good to me and I feel very bad for his family, that's it.

And now the truth. Here is O'Reilly talking with Seth Meyers in July:

SETH MEYERS (HOST): Gretchen Carlson, your old colleague at Fox News, has issued some allegations, some sexual harassment allegations, over your boss Roger Ailes. What is your position on this, or what did you think when you heard this?

BILL O'REILLY: Well, I think it's a very sad situation, number one. And I'm just going to say this about it. I've worked for Roger Ailes for 20 years, right. Best boss I've ever had. Straight shooter, always honest with me. And I believe that over the years, he's been in the business for 50 years, 95 percent of the people who have worked for Roger Ailes would say exactly the same thing that I just told you.

In this country, every famous, powerful, or wealthy person is a target. You're a target, I'm a target. Anytime, somebody could come out and sue us, attack us, go to the press, or anything like that. And that's a deplorable situation because I have to have bodyguards. I have to hire bodyguards, physical bodyguards, all right?

Until the United States adopts the British system of civil law, whereby if you file a frivolous lawsuit and you lose, the judge has a right to make you pay all court costs. Until we adopt that very fair proposition, we're going to have this out of control tabloid society that is tremendously destructive. I stand behind Roger 100 percent.

Washington Post Exposes The Fraud Of Trump's Charitable Foundation
September 15, 2016 - 8:00am

Notice that O'Reilly never mentions any of this, because he does not want to make his friend Donald Trump look bad. But when a charity does anything like that with money from liberals O'Reilly is all over it telling people they are a bad charity and you should not donate to them.

Here is a partial transcript from CNN:

BROOKE BALDWIN (HOST): A new report is raising all kinds of questions today about exactly how charitable Donald Trump really is. This is The Washington Post. They took an in-depth look into the Trump Foundation and found virtually all of the contributions made by Donald Trump's foundation philanthropy arm now come from other charities.

On top of that, the report indicates Trump stopped donating to the charity after 2008. David Fahrenthold has been working on this for a couple of months, he is the Washington Post reporter who investigated the Trump Foundation, and joins me now. David, nice to see you. Lots and lots of questions, beginning with, how does this work? I mean, how does a charity like the Trump Foundation, give away other charities' monies and then take the credit?

DAVID FAHRENTHOLD: Well, it's a really unusual situation. I've talked to a lot of people who are experts in the world of nonprofits and they say this basically never happens. If there is -- normally, if you start a foundation, you put your name on it, and you're a famously wealthy person, the expectation is the money in the foundation was originally your money that you gave to the foundation.

And that's how Trump's Foundation started. But about 10 years ago he made a change, and now he doesn't put any money into his own foundation, he takes in others donors money, and he gives it away as the Donald Trump Foundation's money, and the expectation and the assumption among the people who get it is that this is Donald Trump's money, because that's how everybody else does it.

But in fact he's sort of engineered a way to look like he's being charitable without actually spending a dollar out of his own pocket.

BALDWIN: But he said a number of times out on the campaign trail that he has donated millions of dollars to charity. Could you corroborate that?

FAHRENTHOLD: No. So, we looked at the Trump Foundation, where we expected to find evidence of that giving and haven't seen it since 2008. And I’ve looked at a lot of other places, too. Between 2008 and this May, when he gave that $1 million donation to the veterans under a lot of media pressure, in that period from 2008 to this May, I can find one gift from Donald Trump's own pocket.

And that was for less than $10,000 in 2009. And earlier this year he also released a list of what he said were his charitable contribution over the last 10 years -- or last five years. None of that was a donation from his own pocket. Most of it was free rounds of golf given away by his golf courses.

BALDWIN: In terms of foundation itself, the way you describe it, threadbare, skeleton staff, mainly Trump family members who spend about a half hour a week working on the foundation. Tell me more about that.

FAHRENTHOLD: So, Trump started this foundation in 1987. And you think of a foundation, you know, just to put it in the context of, say, the Clinton Foundation. The Clinton Foundation, whatever you think of it, is really big. It has a lot of employees, it has over 2,000 employees, hundreds of millions of dollars come through it every year.

You know, there are obviously questions about how that foundation was run. Trump's foundation by contrast has only ever had, its most money it’s ever had in the bank was about $3 million. And that was after Vince McMahon, the wrestling mogul, gave Trump a bunch of money a few years ago. So, now it has about $1.3 million in the bank. And there’s no staff, there's no paid staff.

The board of directors is four Trumps, Donald, Donald junior, Ivanka, Eric, and one Trump Foundation -- Trump Organization staffer. So it's basically -- it exists basically on paper. Its gifts -- you know, other big charitable donors give away for the same causes year after year. They give lots of money to their alma mater, or to a particular research cause they believe in.

Trump's gifts don't seem to have that pattern. He gives sort of sporadically, a little bit here, a little bit there, mostly to people who do business, charities that do business at his club in Florida or to people that he sort of meets socially.

BALDWIN: And then, of course, all of this, as I'm listening to you and you read your piece in The Washington Post, therein lies the question, well then if he just releases his tax returns, we would know what's the true story.

O'Reilly Defends Voter ID Laws: Every African-American I Know Has An ID
September 14, 2016 - 10:00am

The biased Republican Bill O'Reilly has no problem with voter I.D. laws because according to him every African-American he knows has an I.D. So how many would that be, one or two. And he is the guy who says you can not use one or two examples of something to prove anything, he says you have to look at the stats, not personal opinions about how many blacks you know.

Speaking Tuesday night on The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News, O'Reilly lauded the Supreme Court's decision not to act in an Ohio case that removed the state's Golden Week in which citizens could register and participate in early voting on the same day.

Supporting the ridiculous Republican passed law. That denies people the right to register and vote on the same day, making it harder for some people to vote, which is what the Republicans and O'Reilly want, because the more people that vote the less chances the Republicans have to win.

In comments posted online, O'Reilly claimed there "never has been" any evidence of voter disenfranchisement from these restrictions and reiterated his support for stricter voter I.D. laws:

"You have to show an I.D., you know, and then, 'oh, no. You can't do that. Oh, no, no, no. Then African-Americans won't' - I'm saying to myself, 'every African-American I know has an I.D.' And not only that, the states that want that will send you an I.D. They'll come to your house with the I.D. and ice cream. They'll give you ice cream with the I.D."

So in O'Reillyworld all blacks have an I.D. and they come to your house with ice cream to give you one if you do not have one. Which is not only a ridiculous statement, it's crazy.

Supporters of voter I.D. laws, all Republicans btw, claim they are needed to combat voter fraud. But a study of more than 1 billion votes showed just 31 cases of voter fraud.

According to the Washington Post, another study found that voter ID laws decreased turnout among Democrats, especially black and Latino voters.

Five Lies The Media Needs To Stop Letting Trump Get Away With
September 14, 2016 - 9:00am

Here is a fact: Donald Trump is one of the most dishonest people we have ever seen run for president. He is constantly allowed to repeat blatant lies that the media knows are lies, but when they are interviewing him they never call him out on any of them.

Here are five proven lies Trump keeps repeating over and over:

1) Trump says he opposed the Iraq War from the start: No, he didn't. This is not a matter of opinion, there is actual audio evidence of Trump giving an interview with Howard Stern where he said he supported George W. Bush's push to send troops into Iraq.

2) Trump says he opposed removing Gaddafi from power in Libya: No, he didn't. This time we have video evidence from Trump's own blog where he said these exact words:
TRUMP: It's horrible what's going on; it has to be stopped. We should do on a humanitarian basis, immediately go into Libya, knock this guy out very quickly, very surgically, very effectively, and save the lives.
Trump continues to insist that one of the reasons why Hillary Clinton is not qualified to be president is because she supported the regime change in Libya -- even though he is on video supporting the same exact thing, along with almost everyone else in America at the time. Clinton was not the only person who supported it, pretty much everyone did, Republicans and Democrats.

3) This is one of Trump's biggest lies, he says he can not release his tax returns because they're being audited: Even though the IRS has said that his audit has absolutely nothing to do with his ability to release his tax returns.

4) Trump says President Obama founded ISIS, because it was his decision to pull American troops out of Iraq: First, ISIS began in 2004, well before Barack Obama even became president. He took office in January of 2009.

And yes, our troops did leave Iraq during his administration -- that part is true. But what Trump never mentions is that deadline for the U.S. to be out of Iraq was actually set by George W. Bush and the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) he signed with the Iraqi government setting the date that our troops would be out of the Middle Eastern nation. Dick Cheney is even on video calling Bush's SOFA agreement with Iraq proof that the war had been a success.

5) Trump also says "We should target the families of terrorits, do a hell of a lot more than waterboarding, and we should have taken the oil from Iraq." And while those are not actual lies -- they are fricking war crimes.

I am sick and tired of Trump sitting there, flat-out admitting that he would commit war crimes if elected president, and nobody interviewing him when he says these things calls him out on it.

He even spoke about taking the oil from Iraq for several minutes during the Commander-in-Chief forum and never once did Matt Lauer even attempt to point out that what he was suggesting he would have done would be a war crime.

And that is five of the most absurd lies and statements I often see Trump repeat that the media never challenges him on.

Obama Gives O'Reilly And Trump A Reality Check On The Economy
September 14, 2016 - 8:00am

While campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia, President Obama destroyed every Republican economic argument for electing Donald Trump in 90 seconds.

The President said this:

In fact, some of you may have saw there was a new report out just today showing last year across every age, every race in America incomes rose, and the poverty rate fell. In fact, the typical household income of Americans rose by twenty-eight hundred dollars which is the single biggest one-year increase on record.

We lifted 3.5 million people out of poverty. That's the largest one-year drop in poverty since 1968. The uninsured rate is the lowest it's been since they kept records. The pay gap between men and women shrank to the lowest level ever.

Now, let's fact it, Republicans don't like to hear good news right now, but it's important just to understand this is a big deal. More Americans are working. More have health insurance, incomes are rising, poverty is falling, and gas is two dollars a gallon.

I didn't even. Thanks for reminding me. Gas is two dollars a gallon. Thanks, Obama.

President Obama just wiped the floor with Donald Trump's gloom and doom economic argument. If you listen to Trump, the American economy is a disaster, but the Obama stormed Philadelphia and told the American people the real story.

Republicans and their nominee don't have a leg to stand on when it comes to the economy, as President Obama demonstrated why he is one of the greatest living politicians in America today by completely wiping the floor with Donald Trump.

Colin Powell Slams Trump As A Disgrace In Newly Uncovered Emails
September 14, 2016 - 7:00am

It appears that former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a Republican, isn't the biggest fan of Donald Trump, according to emails accessed by Buzzfeed News.

In the emails, which Buzzfeed reports were sent from Powell to journalist and ex-aide Emily Miller, the retired four-star general called the GOP nominee a national disgrace and international pariah.

The report:

The remarks came in a June 17, 2016, email to Emily Miller, a journalist who was once Powell's aide. In that same email Powell also said Trump "is in the process of destroying himself, no need for Dems to attack him. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is calibrating his position again."

The website DCLeaks.com - which has reported, but not confirmed, ties to Russian intelligence services - obtained Powell's emails. It may be the latest example of a Russian entity potentially trying to influence the US presidential election - in July, the FBI said it believed Russia was behind the hack of the Democratic National Committee's internal emails right before they party's convention.

In the emails seen by Buzzfeed News, Powell also slammed Trump for his role in perpetuating the birther myth about Barack Obama's citizenship and legitimacy as president.

"Yup, the whole birther movement was racist," the former Secretary of State wrote in an email last month.

Of his comments, Powell told Buzzfeed News, "I'm not denying it."

According to the internet news platform, Powell also repeated his stance that "there is a certain level of intolerance in parts of the Republican Party," in an email from May of this year.

Powell had previously expressed that sentiment prior to the presidential election of 2012, but it's unbelievable just how far the Republican Party has come in proving him right by nominating Donald Trump, a man who has built an entire candidacy on racial resentment.

Powell has yet to officially endorse a candidate for president, but it's pretty clear that he will not be supporting Donald Trump.

O'Reilly Now Ignoring High Obama Job Approval Rating
September 13, 2016 - 9:00am

Here is more proof Bill O'Reilly is nothing but a biased right-wing joke of a journalist. About a year ago the Obama job approval numbers had a drop, it went down to 45 percent. And Bill O'Reilly was all over it, reporting on it almost every night, and saying it proves that Obama is a bad president who is doing a bad job.

Which ignored the fact that all Presidents have a drop in their approval ratings at some point. In fact, the average job approval rating for elected presidents in their 31st quarter is 47 percent. Funny how O'Reilly never mentions that.

Here is another fact O'Reilly never mentions, the average job approval rating for all the Presidents from 1938 to 2016 is only 53 percent.

With only months remaining in his second term, President Barack Obama's job approval has reached its highest level since July 2009 as the American people are giving him credit for a presidency well done.

The Washington Post reported this on the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll:

The ABC poll found 58 percent of Americans overall approve of President Obama's job performance, the highest since July 2009 and continuing the positive movement since December when he stood at 45 percent.

Obama is set to leave office riding a wave of popularity and appreciation that is both hard earned and well deserved. But not with O'Reilly, he does not even mention it. O'Reilly suddenly stopped reporting on the Obama job approval numbers, as soon as they went back up to over 50 percent.

And since then O'Reilly has not reported on them one time, he just ignores it. But when it was below 50 percent for a short time he reported it almost every night.

O'Reilly and the right call Reagan our greatest President, and Obama the worst, even though he has higher numbers than Reagan.

Obama's Gallup rating April 25-May 1, 2016: 51 percent.
Reagan's Gallup rating May 2-May 8, 1988: 50 percent.

And Bill Clinton was at 60 percent in September of 2000.

O'Reilly ignores all these numbers to cherry pick the one short time Obama had a job approval rating drop, and slam him for it, saying it was proof Obama is a bad President. While ignoring his average, and ignoring his current high numbers.

O'Reilly took a one time drop (in eight years) that did not last very long, and then ignored the other 7.5 years of job ratings.

This is what O'Reilly does, and it proves his bias.

Larry King Laughs At The Idea Trump Didn't Know He Was On Russian TV
September 13, 2016 - 8:00am

Larry King is rebutting Donald Trump's attempts to distance himself from an interview that aired on Russian television after a Trump campaign spokeswoman claimed that Trump mistakenly believed he was being interviewed for King's podcast without knowing King's show would air on Russia Today's network.

In an interview with Erin Burnett, Larry King stated, "If Donald said he thought it was a podcast, that stretches it a little because he just did my podcast." King continued, adding "I did not make the arrangements for him to be on the show, my producers talked to his people, and they made the arrangements."

ERIN BURNETT (HOST): The Trump campaign claims it had no idea that that interview was airing on a Russian network.

So have you had a chance to speak to Donald Trump since this interview, or your producers to speak to his campaign?

LARRY KING: No, I have not, no one's called me. I mean, I'm friends with Donald, I'm friends with Hillary. I know a lot of people for a lot of years. I never say who I'm going to vote for. I'm always fair.

We were doing an interview, it was supposed to be for ten minutes and right at the end of ten minutes it stopped. I never got to say goodbye, I don't know why I stopped so abruptly.

But if Donald said he thought it was a podcast, that stretches it a little because he just did my podcast. I did not make the arrangements for him to be on the show. My producers talked to his people, and they made the arrangements. So I never know what was said to him except he was doing my TV show.

BURNETT: Now, is there any chance that they wouldn't have known that this was airing on R.T.? I mean, given, as you know we're saying it's the main distributor.

KING: I have no idea. You're asking me to go through their heads. I have no idea.

NBC Executive Admits Matt Lauer Forum Performance Was A Disaster
September 12, 2016 - 9:00am

NBC News knows the "Commander-in-Chief Forum" was not Matt Lauer's finest hour.

One executive, speaking anonymously, was blunt about it: "Disaster."

The morning after Lauer's back-to-back interviews of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, several high ranking sources at the network said they hear the criticism and agree with some of it.

Lauer was widely criticized for failing to fact-check or follow up when Trump falsely claimed that he was opposed to the Iraq war when it started. Some viewers thought Lauer held Clinton to a higher standard than Trump. Several people who were sitting in the audience told CNN that they were frustrated too.

The ratings for Wednesday night's forum were strong, according to preliminary data. But the reviews were pitiful. So what went wrong? That's what journalists both inside and outside NBC are asking now. There is no clear answer.

Lack of preparation is one theory.

New York Times TV critic James Poniewozik wrote Thursday that Lauer seemed unprepared on specifics of military and foreign policy: "He performed like a soldier sent on a mission without ammunition, beginning with a disorganized offensive, ending in a humiliating retreat."

And he had a week to prep for the forum.

The blame does not fall on Lauer alone. NBC News and MSNBC chairman Andy Lack, a longtime friend of Lauer's, was intimately involved in the forum planning and execution. "This should be a black eye for Lack," one of the sources said.

The executive producer of the forum was Mark Lukasiewicz, an expert at producing TV special events. He has been with NBC News since 2000 Others within NBC were considered as potential moderators. A source said Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell and Rachel Maddow all came up during the process.

Lack went with Lauer, and both campaigns supported the choice. (The Trump campaign almost certainly would have objected to Maddow as moderator.)

The time constraints -- less than 30 minutes apiece with Trump and Clinton -- were largely the fault of the candidates themselves, who resisted longer interviews.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, which organized the event with NBC, wanted more questions to be asked by the vets in the audience -- "and much tougher questions," one of the attendees said.

"We expected a serious discussion. We left disappointed," said veteran and author Dave Cullen, who was in the room.

Another theory about the forum's flaws involves a heightened sensitivity about Trump. The network's journalists are well aware that its business channel CNBC was pilloried for its performance during a GOP primary debate last fall; the Republican Party said "CNBC should be ashamed" and essentially punished NBC by dropping plans for a later debate on the broadcast network.

At the time Trump publicly called one of the CNBC debate moderators, John Harwood, a "disaster" for asking Trump if he was running a "comic book" version of a campaign.

Perhaps Harwood's tough questioning looks better in a new light, since Lauer is being criticized for going too easy on Trump.

"NBC Nightly News" anchorman Lester Holt is set to moderate the first Trump-Clinton debate of the fall, on September 26, but that event is produced independently of NBC.

The network officially declined to comment on the criticism of the event. Some of Lauer's questions to both candidates were carefully crafted. He succeeded in generated news-making responses, especially from Trump, on subjects like U.S.-Russia relations and military sexual assault.

But even on NBC's own airwaves, there were implicit criticisms of the forum on Thursday morning. NBC correspondent Peter Alexander said on "Today" that Trump spoke "almost exclusively in generalities."

Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haass, a guest on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," repeatedly said the event was "frustrating."

By mid-morning on Thursday, the hashtag "Lauering the Bar," a twist on "lowering the bar," was trending on Twitter.

Dallas Paper Endorses Democrat For President For First Time In 75 Years
September 12, 2016 - 8:00am

And of course Bill O'Reilly never said a word about it, because it makes his friend Donald Trump look bad.

The Dallas Morning News on Tuesday backed Hillary Clinton -- the first Democrat the paper has endorsed for president in over 75 years.

"We've been critical of Clinton's handling of certain issues in the past," the newspaper said. "But unlike Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has experience in actual governance, a record of service and a willingness to delve into real policy."

Though they recommended her for president, the Morning News urged Clinton to take "additional steps to divorce allegations of influence peddling from the Clinton Foundation," which has faced increased scrutiny amid allegations of ethical impropriety during Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, and called on the candidate to hold more press conferences.

"Those are real shortcomings. But they pale in comparison to the litany of evils some opponents accuse her of," the editorial said. "Treason? Murder? Her being cleared of crimes by investigation after investigation has no effect on these political hyenas; they refuse to see anything but conspiracies and cover-ups."

Earlier Tuesday, the paper issued a scathing editorial calling Donald Trump, unfit for the presidency and undeserving of Texans votes. The businessman, the paper's editorial board said, is "no Republican and certainly no conservative."

"We have no interest in a Republican nominee for whom all principles are negotiable, nor in a Republican Party that is willing to trade away principle for pursuit of electoral victory," the paper added.

Bill Clinton Says Make America Great Again Is A Racist Dog Whistle
September 12, 2016 - 7:00am

Former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday said Donald Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again," is a racist dog whistle.

"I'm actually old enough to remember the good old days, and they weren't all that good in many ways," Clinton said at a rally in Orlando. "That message where 'I'll give you America great again' is if you're a white Southerner, you know exactly what it means, don't you?"

"What it means is 'I'll give you an economy you had 50 years ago, and I'll move you back up on the social totem pole and other people down,'" he said. "What Hillary wants to do is take the totem poll down, and let us all go forward together."

Clinton, who is a white Southerner himself, made the comments after Hillary Clinton gave a speech last month accusing Trump of bringing racism and fringe conspiracy theories into the mainstream with his 2016 campaign.

Trump has a history of racism. In 1973, the Justice Department sued Trump's property management company for discrimination against black renters. The GOP nominee has suggested that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States, and built his campaign on the promise to keep all Muslims and illegal immigrants out of the country.

But it's Trump who has called Hillary Clinton a "bigot." The Democratic nominee has come under fire for her husband's decision to sign a 1994 crime bill as president, which critics say led to black Americans being overrepresented in the criminal justice system.

Bill Clinton has even admitted the bill was a mistake.

"I signed a bill that made the problem worse," he said last year.

Matt Lauer Let Trump Lie About Iraq And Libya
September 9, 2016 - 9:00am

This is why journalists have a bad reputation, and why a lot of people have stopped watching the mainstream news, and cable news. Because so-called journalists let these candidates for President sit on national tv and lie to the American people.

Donald Trump is running for President of the United States, the most important job in the world. So he should be called out on known lies, so the American people know the truth on his positions. But the stooge Matt Lauer sat there and let Trump lie his butt off, when he knew he was lying, and it is a proven fact Trump was lying about his positions on Iraq and Libya.

Donald Trump did not oppose the Iraq War from the beginning.

In September 2002, the month before then-Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) voted in favor of the congressional authorization to use force in Iraq, Trump went on Howard Stern's radio show and said he supported sending troops in.

"Are you for invading Iraq?" Stern asked. "Yeah, I guess so," Trump said.

There is no record of Trump saying anything else publicly about the Iraq War before the invasion.

Bu throughout his presidential campaign, Trump has repeatedly lied that he opposed the war from the start. He's repeated the lie so many times that some have seemingly lost sight of the fact that it's not true.

One of these people is NBC's Matt Lauer, host of the NBC Commander-in-Chief forum Wednesday night. After a half-hour of directing nothing but negative questions at Hillary Clinton, Lauer let Trump lie about his Iraq war positions without attempting to correct the record.

Trump also did not oppose U.S. involvement in the military effort to depose Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. In a video blog about Libya from 2011, Trump said, "Gaddafi in Libya is killing thousands of people, nobody knows how bad it is, and we're sitting around, we have soldiers all around the Middle East, and we're not bringing them in to stop this horrible carnage. Now we should go in, we should stop this guy, which would be very easy and very quick."

But during his campaign Trump has repeatedly said he "would have stayed out of Libya" which is  a lie. And Wednesday, Lauer didn't challenge Trump's false suggestion that Clinton, who was Secretary of State at the time, "made a terrible mistake on Libya" by making a decision different from what he would've done.

The forum was broadcast nationally on NBC. By not holding Trump accountable for his past statements, Lauer left millions of potential voters who tuned in with the impression that the Republican nominee had prescient judgment with regard to American involvement in both Iraq and Libya. Trump's comments at the time, however, suggest he would've made the same decisions Clinton did.

It's easy to pick an event in history and say what your position was today, hindsight is 20/20, knowing what you know now. But the people who took their position when the event happened, were going on information they had at the time, in real time. So of course knowing what we know now, Clinton would have also taken a different position back then, if she knew then what she knows now.

O'Reilly Defends Donald Trump From Critics Of Bigotry And Hate Speech
September 9, 2016 - 8:00am

And O'Reilly knows that Trump is a racist who is using a whites vote only tactic to try and win the White House, but he defends him anyway when people call him a racist, because he is biased for Trump, and his friend. In fact, because O'Reilly is a friend of Trump and a Republican, he should give a disclosure statement every time he talks about Trump or Clinton, saying he is biased for Trump, but he never does.

Basically O'Reilly said he is sick and tired of people calling Trump a racist, even though it's true. Here is a partial transcript from the Wednesday night Factor show.

BILL O'REILLY (HOST): So, with two months left in the presidential campaign, it is a very close race. Enter the strategy of hate. On the Democratic side, the beat goes on portraying Donald Trump as a bigot and hate inciter.

O'REILLY: Talking Points believes this demonization by the left of anyone, including me, your humble correspondent, who disagrees with their uber, uber liberal policies will fail.

The fact is, Donald Trump's Arizona speech helped him, as the new polls show.

Americans are tired, sick and tired of far-left media people accusing others of racism, bigotry, and hatred. That's a cheap tactic, and it should be rejected by all fair-minded people.

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And btw folks, the only reason the polls moved a little toward Trump is because some Republicans liked what Trump said recently. Clinton is still way ahead in the electoral college vote and Trump still can not win with the white vote only. None of the Latinos or blacks have moved to Trump at all, if anything they are even more against him now than they ever were.

Reality Check: Trump Using Campaign Money To Make Himself Richer
September 9, 2016 - 7:00am

Open your eyes Republicans, if you have given money to Donald Trump or the Republican party you are being scammed. Trump knows he will never win, so he is using your money to make himself richer in the process, and to set up a future Trump TV network.

After he loses to Clinton he is going to start his own TV network and hire people like O'Reilly, Hannity, and Greta Van Susteren.

Trump's campaign, now set to receive tens of millions of dollars of other people's money, finally sent five- and six-figure checks to Trump's properties for events that had happened months earlier. Meaning that the GOP establishment had not only been defeated, it was now actually paying for that March 15 victory party attended primarily by members of Trump's Palm Beach country club.

Any way you slice it, this level of self-dealing looks bad. It looks like a candidate who is pocketing donors money.

Paul S. Ryan, Campaign Legal Center

In all, just shy of $1 million went out the door on May 18. More than $600,000 of that went to Trump-owned businesses, with $423,000 of it going to Mar-a-Lago alone, which hosted that March 15 party, an earlier one on March 1 and a news conference on March 11.

It's unclear from Federal Election Commission filings what other expenses, if any, that payment covered -- it is listed as facility rental/catering, and the resort does not appear to have hosted any other campaign events. Trump's campaign would not provide an explanation.

Had Trump instead chosen to hold those events at the nearby West Palm Beach Marriott, he likely would have spent no more than $45,000 for all three, based on its estimates for catering the number of people who attended his parties.

What's more, the two-month delay in reporting those expenses may have violated Federal Election Commission rules, which require an expense to be disclosed in the same reporting period -- in Trump's case, in the same month -- as it was incurred, said a campaign finance law expert.

It's such a scam.

Stuart Stevens, former aide to 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney

"It doesn't look right, even if it is legal," said Paul S. Ryan from the Campaign Legal Center watchdog group. He called Trump's heavy spending on his own properties unprecedented and said the timing of the payments is curious.

Increased scrutiny of Trump's spending patterns could not come at a worse time for the developer-turned-reality-TV-star-turned-presidential nominee. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has announced that she and her party raised $143 million in the month of August, a figure that could dwarf the amount pulled in by Trump and the RNC.

Both anti-Trump Republicans and RNC members supporting Trump said most GOP donors probably don't know the details about how Trump's campaign is spending their money.

"I think they're only vaguely aware," said Florida strategist Rick Wilson. "It's Putinesque."

One RNC member and GOP donor, who spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to antagonize the nominee, offered this joking defense of Trump's propensity to spend campaign dollars at his own properties: "Great business guy."

Trump chose his own properties and likely spent substantially more than he would have had he chosen nearby venues.

For the March 5 and March 8 victory parties, for example, Trump instead could have held the events at the West Palm Beach Marriott, only 5 miles from one of his Palm Beach County golf clubs and 15 miles from the other. It would have cost the campaign about $15,000 for an open bar and light hors d'oeuvres for about 200 people, the approximate attendance at those events, according to a catering manager at the hotel.

Instead of spending $48,000 at his club in Westchester County, New York, Trump could have used a ballroom at the Westchester Marriott 9 miles away. The likely cost there: approximately $20,000, said that hotel's director of catering.

Renting hotels or banquet halls is what campaigns typically do for victory parties -- and it is what Trump has done when he owns nothing nearby.

His celebration of his New Hampshire primary win on Feb. 8, for instance, was catered by The Yard restaurant in Manchester and took place at its affiliated banquet facility a few hundred feet away. Trump's FEC filing for that period shows that the restaurant was paid $15,574 the following day.

Trump's fondness for returning to his Manhattan penthouse every night has also added to his expenses. Instead of staying overnight on the campaign trail, Trump has almost always flown back to New York -- spending on average tens of thousands of dollars in jet fuel rather than a couple thousand dollars for a block of hotel rooms.

These large, needless expenses mirror the nearly fivefold rent increase Trump began charging his campaign for office space at his Trump Tower in Manhattan, even as his campaign staff actually shrank from its primary season peak.

For more than a year, Trump's campaign workers had been using spare space on the building's fifth floor -- a few rooms that once had been a back office for the set of The Apprentice. With its unfinished ceilings and makeshift drywall partitions, the space would have been difficult if not impossible for Trump to rent to paying tenants.

But Trump could have used space on the 15th or 17th floors that the building had actually had on the market during that period, but chose not to -- that is, until the RNC deal was signed. At that point, the campaign moved into larger quarters, including the 15th floor, and ramped up its rent payments from $35,500 a month to $170,000 a month.

In other words, Trump is robbing the RNC blind, and using donor money to make himself richer.

After The Huffington Post published a report about the rent increase, the campaign said that it had to up the rent because it planned to hire more staff in the coming weeks. But over the time of the rent increases, Trump's staff actually decreased. At the end of July, it still remained below its high point in March.

In any event, Trump could have chosen much cheaper office space in New York. The going rate in his midtown neighborhood is about $70 per square foot annually, compared to the $90-$120 per square foot that Trump Tower charges.

Trump could have also gone to Queens or Brooklyn for his campaign headquarters, like the Clinton campaign did. It rents two floors in a Brooklyn Heights office building for about $32 per square foot.

FBI Director Slams Bill O'Reilly And Other Critics
September 8, 2016 - 9:00am

Here is what's really funny, a lame and biased right-wing cable tv news host with no credibility is saying the Director of the FBI has no credibility, why, because O'Reilly does not agree with him.

O'Reilly said this:

O'REILLY: Well, Comey has lost all credibility. He's lost all credibility, I mean, when he loses me -- and you lost me, Mr. Comey. I'm gone. Alright?

I don't believe you should be running that agency any longer. Not because of your decision not to indict Hillary Clinton, not because of that, alright? I gave him the benefit of the doubt. But because of that Friday thing. That's pure politics, pure partisan politics, it's not up to FBI standards, and he has besmirched his own agency.

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And Comey spoke to his critics, but of course O'Reilly never reported any of it.

FBI Director Comey Slams Critics, Says Decision Not To Prosecute Clinton Was Easy

"I have no patience for suggestions that we conducted ourselves as anything but what we are - honest, competent, and independent."

Ever since FBI Director James Comey made the decision not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton for her email use, O'Reilly and the Republicans have repeatedly accused Comey, the FBI and the Justice Department of foul play.

Simply because they do not like his ruling, the fix was in, they say, the system is rigged to protect Clinton.

Of course, the partisan anger toward Comey has nothing to do with the evidence in the case - it couldn't be since the facts clearly indicated there was no criminal activity on the part of Clinton.

The right-wing backlash was instead rooted in anger that they didn't get to see their political opponent locked up.

In a new memo sent from Comey to employees of the FBI, Comey calls out these naysayers and says that the decision not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton wasn't a difficult one at all.

The FBI director wrote:

"At the end of the day, the case itself was not a cliff-hanger; despite all the chest-beating by people no longer in government, there really wasn't a prosecutable case. The hard part was whether to offer unprecedented transparency about our thinking."

And this:

"I explain to our alumni that I struggled with that part, but decided the best way to protect the FBI, the Department of Justice, and the American people's sense of justice was to announce it in the way we did - with extraordinary transparency and without any kind of coordination."

As Comey noted in the memo, the easy part was the decision not to bring a criminal case against Hillary Clinton. The difficult part - given the fact that the inquiry involved a presidential nominee and many would want her locked up regardless of the evidence - was how to explain that decision to the public.

The FBI director also responded to right-wing critics who like to claim that his decision was politically motivated or influenced, saying anyone suggesting that is "full of baloney."

Comey said this:

"I explain to our alums that I'm okay if folks have a different view of the investigation (although I struggle to see how they actually could, especially when they didn't do the investigation), or about the wisdom of announcing it as we did (although even with hindsight I think that was the best course), but I have no patience for suggestions that we conducted ourselves as anything but what we are - honest, competent, and independent."

"Those suggesting that we are political or part of some fix either don't know us, or they are full of baloney (and maybe some of both)."

There is no chance that Trump supporters and other Republicans will suddenly stop claiming that Clinton is a criminal, whether it's the email issue or some decades-old conspiracy theory involving the Clintons.

But, as his memo notes, Comey cares more about doing his job the right way than appeasing deranged partisans, especially Bill O'Reilly.

Dickerson Only Sunday Host To Cover Trump Foundation Proven Lawbreaking
September 8, 2016 - 8:00am

A Washington Post report that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump paid the IRS a $2,500 fine after his charitable foundation illegally gave a political contribution went mostly ignored by the cable and network Sunday political talk show hosts, with only CBS John Dickerson questioning a Trump surrogate about the story.

The September 1 Post article reported that the Donald J. Trump Foundation had violated tax laws with a $25,000 political contribution to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who at the time was deciding whether or not to take action against Trump University.

The report also highlighted an error, "which had the effect of obscuring the political gift from the IRS." According to the Post's article, the Trump Foundation is still out of compliance because "under IRS rules, the Trump Foundation must seek to get the money back" from the group which should never have received it.

Donald Trump paid the IRS a $2,500 penalty this year, an official at Trump's company said, after it was revealed that Trump's charitable foundation had violated tax laws by giving a political contribution to a campaign group connected to Florida's attorney general.

The improper donation, a $25,000 gift from the Donald J. Trump Foundation, was made in 2013. At the time, Attorney General Pam Bondi was considering whether to investigate fraud allegations against Trump University. She decided not to pursue the case.

Earlier this year, The Washington Post and a watchdog group raised new questions about the three-year-old gift. The watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, filed a complaint with the IRS -- noting that, as a registered nonprofit, the Trump Foundation was not allowed to make political donations.

In that year's tax filings, The Post reported, the Trump Foundation did not notify the IRS of this political donation. Instead, Trump's foundation listed a donation -- also for $25,000 -- to a Kansas charity with a name similar to that of Bondi's political group. In fact, Trump's foundation had not given the Kansas group any money.

The prohibited gift was, in effect, replaced with an innocent-sounding but nonexistent donation.

With the media hyping every new detail about the Clinton Foundation, despite the lack of anything illegal occurring, one would think that the proof of lawbreaking by a charitable foundation founded and named for one of the two major party presidential nominees would attract significant attention from the media.

But Face the Nation host John Dickerson was the only Sunday political talk show host to bring up the Post's findings.

During his interview with Trump campaign surrogate Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), Dickerson cited the Post story to ask if it was an example of Trump knowing "how to use political donations to get the system to work for him because in this situation Trump gave the money then the investigation didn't happen."

ABC's This Week guest host Martha Raddatz had a similar opportunity to question the Trump campaign about the story when speaking with campaign manager Kellyanne Conway during a 7 minute interview, but failed to bring it up. Fox News MediaBuzz and CNN's Reliable Sources also both failed to even mention the news that Trump paid a fine for his foundation's illegal act.

On the other Sunday shows where this story was mentioned, it was up to the guests to mention it, usually in the context of the media's double standard in reporting on the Clinton Foundation and Clinton's emails.

When Center for American Progress president Neera Tanden said "we just learned this week that Donald Trump was engaged in a pay to play" with Florida's attorney general, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace repeatedly interrupted her, before casting the story aside.

On NBC's Meet the Press, MSNBC contributor Maria Teresa Kumar brought up the report, saying Trump "basically took his foundation money and actually wrote a check to a campaign. That is illegal, and he had to pay a fine."

And on CNN's State of the Union, commentator Bakari Sellers was the only one to even allude to the story, saying, "we know that Donald Trump actually had a foundation that was pay to play, and we're back to Clinton emails."

And btw, note to the media. Most of America is so tired of hearing about the bogus Clinton email story, we just change the channel every time you talk about it, or go to a different website if they write about it. The only people who care about it at all are partisan right-wing Republicans who want to keep the story alive to make Clinton look bad.

New Poll Shows Trump Has Destroyed The GOP Brand With Latinos
September 8, 2016 - 7:00am

Notice that O'Reilly never reports on any polls like this, while saying Trump can still win, when he knows it is not true and that Trump can not win with the white vote only.

Trump is getting crushed 70%-19% with Latino voters, and he is on pace to receive a record low amount of Latino support, but what should give Republicans nightmares is the long-term damage that Trump is doing to the GOP brand with Latino voters.

According to the new poll done by Latino Decisions:

Approximately 3-of-4 Latino voters (73%) say the Republican Party doesn't care too much about Latinos (45%) or that the GOP is sometimes hostile towards Latinos (28%), while just 21% say the Republican Party truly cares about the Latino community.

When asked if Trump has made the Republican Party more welcoming to Latinos, less welcoming, or has had no effect, 70% of Latinos say more hostile vs. only 10% who say more welcoming.

And that 10% must be braindead, because Trump wants to kick them all out of the country, how could that possibly be more welcoming?

Meanwhile, 58% of Latino respondents say that Hillary Clinton has made the Democratic Party more welcoming to Latinos vs. 10% who say more hostile, and 28% who say she hasn't had an effect.

The 10% must be Republican Latinos, who support Trump no matter what he does.

Overall, 68% of respondents said Trump's views on immigration and immigrants made them less likely to vote for Republican candidates this year. Meanwhile, 64% said Clinton's immigration views made them more likely to vote for Democrats vs. 20% who said less likely.

Evidence of the damage that Trump, along with a decade plus of anti-Latino behavior is doing to the Republican Party is found in the fact that by a margin of 67%-19%, Latino voters are going to vote for the Democratic candidate for Congress.

Republicans can also forget about split-ticket voting among Latino voters because 68% of them say that Trump has made them less likely to vote for Republican candidates.

The 2016 presidential election is going to have consequences for the Republican Party that go way beyond Donald Trump. Republicans looked at the RNC's autopsy of their 2012 loss, tossed it in the trash, and then nominated Trump.

The GOP has gone the opposite direction from what it needed to be doing to be successful in the future. By nominating Trump, Republicans may have turned Latino voters into Democrats for a long time.

Greta Van Susteren Abruptly Departs Fox News Network
September 7, 2016 - 9:00am

Greta Van Susteren is the first Fox News host to leave the network after the Ailes scandal, as the On The Record host has departed the network after 14 years due to what is being called a "financial dispute."

Which has to be total BS, because nobody in her job would leave a 14 year show 7 weeks before the election with Trump and Clinton.

Van Susteren was one of the few Fox News employees who defended Roger Ailes publicly as the sexual harassment scandal broke, so it would not be surprising if the Murdochs played hardball with her over money because they want the Ailes loyalists out.

Greta Van Susteren has been a constant long-term presence on Fox News for nearly a decade and a half, so the idea that her departure was only about money doesn't pass the smell test.

As reported at the time of the firing of Roger Ailes, three Fox primetime hosts all have/had clauses in their contracts that would allow them to leave if Ailes was no longer working at the network.

Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly both still have out clauses, as did Greta Van Susteren.

Fox News is heading for major changes. A bloodbath was expected to occur after the 2016 election, but it looks like the fireworks are starting early. The assumption is that Sean Hannity will be the next to go and that Bill O'Reilly may decide to retire.

Megyn Kelly's contract expires next year, and it has been made clear that if she is going to stay, O'Reilly needs to go.

The elephant in the room remains the very real threat to Fox News that may be set into motion if Donald Trump loses the election and starts his own network. Van Susteren was a Trump favorite.

Hannity is Trump's propaganda minister and O'Reilly vocally supports Trump. It is easy to see all three ending up with shows on a Trump network. If Trump wins the presidency, or opts not to launch his own network, it is possible that Van Susteren ends up back at CNN.

Either way, the breakup of the ratings dominant Fox primetime lineup has begun, and Fox News may never be the same again.

Laura Ingraham Lied About CNN Not Showing Trump At Black Church
September 7, 2016 - 8:00am

This is what Republicans do folks, they complain about media bias against them, even though it's a lie and they know it. Then they try to make America think the media has a liberal bias, when it was the Trump campaign who kicked them out.

Conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham tried to push a blatant lie down the throat of CBS News Sopan Deb, who was covering Trump's ridiculous publicity stunt at a black Detroit Church Saturday morning.

The whole thing was scripted and just a lame attempt by Trump to fool some blacks into voting for him, so I am shocked CNN (or any media) even covered it. They should just ignore these kind of bogus meetings, but they sent someone to cover it anyway, and the crazy Ingraham lied about it.

Ingraham wrote this on Twitter:

"How convenient that at one of the most compelling moments of @realDonaldTrump appearance in Detroit, the @CNN satellite feed dropped."

Sopan Deb wasted no time setting Ingraham straight, tweeting back with this:

"Totally inaccurate. I was the pool producer. We were forced to pack up our cameras and leave during this."

He followed this up with another tweet saying this:

"If you want to make this an issue, please take it up with the campaign. We tried to stay and shoot this whole thing."

The Associated Press Jill Colvin had this to add:

"The CNN Pool was ushered out by campaign staff while Trump was still on stage."

But of course Ingraham never mentioned any of that, because she was too busy lying to her listeners making them think CNN was biased against Trump.

Far from being persecuted by the mainstream media, Trump is continuing to bring on his own problems with the press and its constitutional freedoms, content to blame them for his mistakes, or to let dishonest surrogates like Laura Ingraham, who, like Trump, can't be bothered to check the facts, do it for him.

This time it didn't work, because the media stepped up and quickly knocked down her lie.

Fox Ignores Trump Foundation's Illegal Campaign Contribution Story
September 7, 2016 - 7:00am

Fox News failed to cover the Trump Foundation's illegal campaign contribution story. Despite multiple media outlets scrutinizing the illegal contribution from Trump's charitable foundation, Fox focused on Clinton's coughing every hour from 6 a.m. though 1 p.m. instead of the illegal Trump donation.

In March, The Washington Post reported that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's charitable foundation, The Donald J. Trump Foundation, illegally donated $25,000 to the political committee And Justice For All, supporting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's re-election campaign.

The donation came as Bondi was reviewing whether to investigate fraud allegations against Trump University, though she never took any action against Trump U. In response to the charge that this was an illegal donation meant to stop Bondi from investigating Trump U, The Trump Foundation chalked the illegal contribution up to a clerical error.

In its filings with the IRS, the foundation listed its donation to an unrelated group with a similar name, Justice For All. On September 1, the Post reported that Trump paid a $2,500 fine to the IRS for the improper donation which violated tax laws.

On September 5, Trump dismissed questions about the improper contribution, claiming "I never spoke to her." News outlets have started to pick up on the story in the past week, with CNN's Jeff Zeleny suggesting there is more smoke here than in other campaign controversies. The Huffington Post reported the donation as ethically questionable, and The Hill ran an article titled "Donald Trump's $25,000 Pam Bondi problem."

Fox News, on the other hand, has yet to cover the Bondi donation story and instead spent Tuesday obsessing over Hillary Clinton coughing during a rally, bringing it up at least once every hour and raising unsubstantiated questions about the Democratic presidential nominee's health. Fox hosts called it a hacking fit, a really uncomfortable moment, and baselessly linked it to her 2012 concussion and questioned whether it could impact voters.

According to a Media analysis Fox News did not devote a single segment to the Bondi story during its September 6 programming, with the only mention coming from guest David Goodfriend, a Clinton supporter, who briefly brought up the story during a segment about Bill Clinton's role as an honorary chair at a for-profit college.

The Trump Foundation's illegal donation is just the latest in several controversies surrounding the Trump campaign that Fox has failed to report on. In September, 2015, Fox ignored the assault of a Hispanic man in Boston after the attackers cited Donald Trump as their inspiration."

Fox also ignored the report that Roger Ailes is acting as an adviser to Trump after being ousted as the network's CEO amid sexual harassment allegations.

In June, Bill O'Reilly ignored the most embarrassing aspects of Trump's FEC report, and most recently in August, the network failed to mention a Mother Jones report revealing that Trump's modeling agency, Trump Model Management, profited from using foreign models who came to the United States on tourist visas that did not permit them to work here.

Gretchen Carlson Settles Sexual-Harassment Suit For $20 Million
September 6, 2016 - 11:00am

Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson settled her sexual-harassment lawsuit against former Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, 21st Century Fox announced Tuesday morning.

The two parties reached an agreement to settle for $20 million.

As part of the agreement, Carlson agreed not to bring further lawsuits against other network executives, the report said.

21st Century Fox also issued a public apology to Carlson.

Trump Addresses Empty Church As African-American Photo-Op Backfires
September 6, 2016 - 10:00am

Donald Trump's appearance at an African-American church in Detroit went wrong, as the congregation rejected Trump by not showing up to hear him speak.

The place was pretty much empty, photos shows about 30 people seated, with 80% of the seats empty. Donald Trump did give a speech to the few members of the congregation that were there, and it was as condescending and offensive as you could imagine.

Trump told African-Americans that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, which is why they should vote for him. Even though Lincoln being a Republican means nothing today, and if he were alive today he would most likely be a Democrat.

Trump has maybe 2% of the black vote, and that's if he's lucky.

Trump claimed that he was there to remedy injustice. Yeah an old white racist rich guy is going to help blacks if he is elected President. If anyone believes that please check into a mental health center as fast as you can.

Trump even quoted the Bible, which was just laughable.

The whole thing was about the photo-op of Trump appearing in an African-American church. Donald Trump is not sincerely trying to get the votes of African-Americans. The Republican nominee is trying to convince white suburban voters that he is not a racist.

Trump's publicity stunt backfired because the church congregation in large part refused to be used as political props. Donald Trump went to an African-American church, said some words that he didn't write, and then posed for pictures.

What the Trump campaign never planned for was the rejection of their candidate by the congregation.

Detroit Reverend Slams Trump's Pathetic Attempt to Scam Black Voters
September 6, 2016 - 9:00am

Realizing that he's going to need at least some minority voters this November if he wants to become our next president, Donald Trump has made a rather pathetic attempt to pander to African Americans over the last few weeks.

During that time he has faced a lot of criticism for not only things he's said in some of his speeches, but for the fact that they were given in mostly white cities in front of almost entirely white audiences.

Saturday, Trump finally spoke in front of a mostly African American audience at a church in Detroit where he delivered an impassioned speech to black voters -- that was clearly written by someone else.

Needless to say, Rev. Wendell Anthony is not a fan of what he thinks is Trump trying to con African American voters by pretending like he actually cares about their communities.

"This is nothing more than a ruse. This is a scam," Anthony told CNN's Fredricka Whitfield. "Mr. Trump is seventy years old, I believe. That election now is less than seventy days from now. It's gonna take a whole lot of conjecture and whole lot of programming to undo what has been done."

"Before you talk about the can-do, let's talk about the undo," he added. "Let's undo what Mr. Trump has done. Part of what he said is that we need to unite the country. Well his policies, or lack thereof, his commentary, his rhetoric, is doing no more than dividing this nation. When you talk about 'I don't want black people counting my money,' or rather have 'short folk with yarmulkes counting my money'... that's divisive!"

He also called Trump's campaign an extension of the "old Southern strategy wrapped up in a new suit in 2016."

The Southern strategy being a deliberate political decision by the Republican party in the 1960's to pander to white racists who felt abandoned and betrayed as the Democratic party evolved to embrace civil rights and equality, shedding its shameful racist roots.

While Trump continues to try to appeal to African American voters, he's really failing at it -- miserably. Whether it was giving speeches about African Americans in mostly white cities in front of mostly white audiences, or disgustingly trying to exploit the tragic death of an African American woman in Chicago, Trump's desperate attempt to fool black voters into thinking he actually cares about them has been a disaster.

If Anthony's comments are any indication of what most African Americans think of Donald Trump's so-called outreach, they haven't taken kindly to his obvious attempts to treat them like idiots who are gullible enough to believe his lies.

James Carville Calls Out The Media’s False Equivalence
September 6, 2016 - 8:00am

And I would say it's about time someone does it.

Veteran political consultant and commentator James Carville says the media assumes false equivalence when covering major policy disagreements, allowing right-wing misinformation to overshadow clear evidence that Democratic policies on issues like the economy and health care have been successful.

Carville recently released his new book, We're Still Right, They're Still Wrong, a sequel to his 1996 book We're Right, They're Wrong.

In an interview with Media Matters, Carville explained that he wrote the book because "the Democratic Party does a very poor job of tootin our own horn" while right-wing blowhards successfully push misinformation about Democratic policies into mainstream media coverage.

"The economy performs better under Democrats than Republicans -- there's no debate there," Carville explained. "You don't even have to be an expert to go look up unemployment data. Look up growth. The deficit is remarkably lower under Democratic presidents than Republican presidents."

But Carville argues that reporters obsession with presenting both sides of policy disagreements -- rather than focusing on evidence -- ends up lending credibility to right-wing misinformation. Conservatives "don't ever cite any facts for anything that they say. And they just move on."

Carville highlighted conservative fearmongering on issues like Obamacare, the Ebola virus -- which some warned was going to kill us all -- and climate change as notable examples. "It's not a disputable fact. The earth is getting warmer; get over it. There's not another side of the argument."

Carville sees evidence of that same false equivalence in reporting about the presidential election. "I do interviews and they say, 'Well, we have two unpopular candidates.' Yes, that's sort of true, but one is twice as unpopular as the other."

In Carville's view, Republican nominee Donald Trump's candidacy is the natural product of years of fact-free right-wing fearmongering.

"I think Trump is the perfect nominee of a party that hates facts. Because he doesn't know anything. He doesn't know the nuclear triad from the federal triangle. And he is just exactly what they deserve. They've been a fact-denying party from evolution to global warming to economic policy to foreign policy, so why should they be surprised if they have a fact-denying nominee? He fits in perfectly for them."

At the same time, Carville sees a double standard in the way reporters handle each candidate's respective controversies. In a March piece for Media Matters, Carville laid out what he dubbed "The Clinton Rule" based on the Beltway media's obsession with supposed Clinton scandals:

"There shall be one standard for covering everyone else in public life, and another standard for the Clintons."

As a recent example, Carville pointed to the media's recent scrutiny of the Clinton Foundation and the growing calls for the Clintons to shut it down. He urged Democrats to be blunt in their defense of the foundation:

"People are going to die. Yes, people will die when you shut it down." He dismissed potential hand-wringing over his proclamation: "Oh gee, do you think you should you really say that? Well it's a fact."

"My message to Democrats is, you've been right, get over it. You can be nice, you can be polite about it, but you've just been right," Carville said. "I'm sure it's going to come a day where we'll get something wrong and we'll deal with that, too."

Hispanics Advising Trump Disgusted After His Immigration Speech
September 6, 2016 - 7:00am

CBS News reported that several Hispanic advisers to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign felt disgusted by Trump's hardline immigration speech in Arizona, noting that "some of these individuals resigned" and that "they felt all of their work that they've done to this point was all for naught and that the campaign was sincerely not listening."

Faced with dismal polling numbers among Latino voters, Trump and his campaign suggested that there could be a softening on Trump's immigration position. The campaign convened a National Hispanic Advisory Council that met with Trump on August 20, and on the August 24 edition of Fox News Hannity, Trump said, "there certainly could be a softening" of his immigration policy.

After Trump delivered the highly anticipated speech in which he solidified his extreme, hardline stance on immigration, media widely concluded that he had offered a "repackaged version of his standard stump lines" and that the term "pivot" should "be put in a lock box" when talking about Trump.

MSNBC's Ari Melber wrote that former Trump adviser Jacob Monty referred to Trump's campaign as "a media play," and Politico reported that other Trump surrogates -- including Alfonso Aguilar and Pastor Ramiro Pena -- were also reconsidering their support following the speech.

According to Pena, "The 'National Hispanic Advisory Council' seems to be simply for optics and I do not have the time or energy for a scam."

On September 1, CBS News live stream contributor Leslie Sanchez reported that several individuals from Trump's council of Hispanic advisers described the August 31 speech as horrible, dishonest and tone-deaf.

Sanchez reported that the advisers felt "disgusted" about Trump's tone and his indication that Mexico would pay for the wall when hours prior he had been on stage with Enrique Pena Nieto, the Mexican president saying "we didn't get into the dynamics of who would pay for the wall."

Sanchez added that, "As one reported to me, he said it's as if they went with the hardliners who were always in Trump's ear and ignored everything we just said."

Crazy Trump Says His Deportation Task Force Will Deport 11 Million Illegals
September 2, 2016 - 9:00am

Especially when it is impossible and will never happen. There will never be a wall, and he is never going to deport 11 million people. It's impossible, for one you can not find them all, and two it would cost billions and hurt the economy.

We need most of those illegal workers to do the jobs Americans will not do, and it is just never going to happen. If he could somehow just suddenly deport 11 million illegals it would cripple the economy, and most likely cause a recession. But it will never happen, it's just a campaign slogan to get votes, it is never going to happen.

Donald Trump firmly shot down speculation on Wednesday that he may be open to legal status for undocumented immigrants, vowing that "no one will be immune or exempt from enforcement."

"Anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation," Trump said during what he billed as a major policy speech in Phoenix. "That is what it means to have laws and to have a country. Otherwise we don't have a country."

Trump, who has made immigration a centerpiece of his campaign, has been under increasing pressure to explain what he thinks should be done about the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., particularly those who aren't criminals or security threats.

His remarks over the past two weeks have been contradictory -- is he softening on deportations, as he said last Tuesday? Or is he hardening, as he said two days later?

He made clear on Wednesday that he wasn't much concerned with how his policies would affect those undocumented immigrants.

Trump's speech showed again that he prefers talking enforcement over what to do about undocumented immigrants who likely wouldn’t be deported and would remain in the U.S.

It's easy for him to say that all undocumented immigrants will leave the country through a deportation force. But actually removing every undocumented immigrant isn't realistic, to say nothing of whether it would be humane or sound policy.

One Trump campaign aide argued recently that the mass deportation that people may have envisioned after hearing Trump's rhetoric -- agents going door-to-door or conducting raids -- was a media invention never on the table in the first place. That might be true, or it may be that Trump hadn't thought it through, the media filled in the blanks and he let people interpret it as they wished.

Trump said he would create a deportation task force within Immigration and Customs Enforcement focused on finding and removing criminals. He said he would end sanctuary cities by using federal funding to force them to cooperate fully with immigration enforcement.

Any undocumented immigrant who was arrested would go into deportation proceedings, regardless of whether they are convicted, he said. The government would better track people entering and exiting the country legally, and better stop businesses from hiring undocumented workers, Trump said.

Can you imagine the already over-stressed court systems doing court cases with 11 million illegals, it would take 20 years and just not happen.

Trump said he would triple the number of ICE agents and add 5,000 new border patrol officers, joking that maybe they'll be able to deport Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. He said there would be mandatory detention for anyone apprehended at the border, and tougher action on countries that refuse to take back their citizens.

And where is he going to get the money to triple the number of ICE agents, and get more judges to deport them, it's ridiculous, because Congress would never give him the money to do that. And in case you forget, Congress has to give the President the money to do anything.

Also promised on the border: an impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful southern border wall, bolstered by technology and paid for by Mexico.

He talked about the wall hours after meeting with with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico City. Trump said in a joint press conference afterward the meeting that the two men hadn't discussed payment for the wall. Pena Nieto later said he told Trump that Mexico refuses pay.

Trump wasn't convinced.

"Mexico will pay for the wall," he said during his speech. "100 percent. They don't know it yet, but they're going to pay for the wall."

He offered a sarcastic and ridiculous symbol of friendship with Mexico in the form of new hats for his surrogates, in the style of his Make America Great Again headwear. The new slogan: "Make Mexico Great Again Also," showed off by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).

Former Romney Adviser Says Trump Does Not Have A Real Presidential Campaign
September 2, 2016 - 8:00am

"When you have a real presidential campaign, you have surrogates, you roll out policy, you coordinate. There's none of that going on and it's chaos."

Dan Senor, who served as senior adviser to the Romney-Ryan campaign, told CBS This Morning on Monday that Donald Trump does not have a "real presidential campaign."

Asked by co-host Norah O'Donnell about Trump's major immigration speech on Wednesday, Senor was skeptical about its effectiveness, saying "they're trying to reach white educated suburban middle class" and upper middle class voters in the suburbs. Not exactly a demographic that will help Trump with the Hispanic vote.

Here is a partial transcript from MSNBC:
NORAH O'DONNELL (CO-HOST): And Donald Trump saying he is going to finally give this major speech on immigration on Wednesday.

DAN SENOR: Right.

O'DONNELL: Supposedly clarifying this, but isn't this muddling of the issue just bringing more attention what is a divisive issue for someone who's trying to gain Hispanic voters?

DAN SENOR: Absolutely. Look, I don't think they believe they're actually going to reach significant numbers of Latino voters. I think they're trying to reach white educated suburban middle class, upper middle class in the suburbs and exurbs where they're suffering and Republicans can't win without those voters.

So they're trying to calm those voters down to say, "Look, we're not as crazy and xenophobic as the media or our opponents say we are."

But it also -- just this uncertainty about his position. You guys just showed earlier on the show clips of his surrogates on TV all over the weekend. No two of them said the same thing about his immigration plan.

It just speaks to the strains of not having a real presidential campaign. When you have a real presidential campaign, you have surrogates, you roll out policy, you coordinate. There's none of that going on and it's chaos.
It's a mess, as Trump hires white supremacist Steve Bannon as his campaign CEO right before telling black voters he wants to be their champion, leaving even experts uncertain as to what he is actually saying from one minute to the next.

Immigration will obviously be a major topic at any debate with Hillary Clinton. Yet not only does Donald Trump not have a cohesive immigration policy, but he is declining to have mock debates.

Perhaps he intends to rely, as he did in the GOP debates, on bluster and bullying, but that will not work with Hillary Clinton, who does have a real presidential campaign.

Donald Trump has major problems, and he is not doing anything about those problems even as he prepares to go into the toughest fight of his very short political career.

Trump Dumps Plan To Build His Wall As Campaign Crumbles
September 2, 2016 - 7:00am

It turns out that Donald Trump lied about building a wall and making Mexico pay for it, as Trump is instead focusing on reviving a failed Bush policy to construct a "virtual wall" along the US Southern border.

Ari Melber of MSNBC tweeted:

Ari Melber @AriMelber

Trump shifting towards building more of a "virtual wall" on the border, reports @halliejackson

Trump's campaign was based on three promises to his supporters. Trump promised to ban all Muslims, deport 11 million immigrants, and build a wall along the US Southern border.

And Trump is in the process of breaking all three of those promises.

But of course O'Reilly says nothing about it, because he is a friend of Trump and biased for him.

The first Trump television ad promised that he would build a wall along the border that Mexico will pay for. To the surprise of no one outside of those who voted for Trump in the Republican primary, the border wall was a lie.

In fact, Republican members of Congress have been suggesting since Trump announced his plan to build the wall that they didn't support it, and would not pass the appropriations needed to construct a wall.

Donald Trump keeps promising his supporters that he will build the wall, but he continues to leave out the details. And it turns out that Trump isn't going to build a real wall that his supporters can see with their own eyes. Instead, Trump is leaning towards changing his plan back to the failed Secure Border Initiative Network that was attempted under George W. Bush.

Republicans trusted Trump to build them a wall, but instead, they are getting another failed policy from George W. Bush.

Trump Lied About Discussing Border Wall With Mexican President
September 1, 2016 - 11:00am

The president of Mexico says Donald Trump was not telling the truth when he described their Wednesday conversation.

Specifically, President Enrique Pena Nieto said that he and Trump did indeed discuss who would pay for construction of a massive wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. That's the centerpiece of Trump's immigration plan.

Trump and Pena Nieto met privately in Mexico City on Wednesday afternoon.

When they emerged from the meeting, Trump told reporters they discussed the wall, but not paying for it.

Pena Nieto's post conference tweet: "At the beginning of the conversation with Donald Trump, I made clear that Mexico would not pay for the wall."

Supreme Court Blocks North Carolina From Restoring Strict Voting Law
September 1, 2016 - 10:00am

WASHINGTON - A deadlocked Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to revive parts of a restrictive North Carolina voting law that a federal appeals court had struck down as an unconstitutional effort to "target African Americans with almost surgical precision."

The court was divided 4 to 4, with the court's more conservative members voting to revive parts of the law. The court's brief order included no reasoning.

North Carolina's law, which imposed an array of voting restrictions, including new voter identification requirements, was enacted by the state's Republican-controlled legislature in 2013. It was part of a wave of voting restrictions enacted after a 5-to-4 Supreme Court decision that effectively struck down a central part of the federal Voting Rights Act, weakening federal oversight of voting rights.

Challenges to the laws have met with considerable success in recent months, and Wednesday's development suggested that the current eight-member Supreme Court is not likely to undo those victories.

Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican who is seeking re-election this fall, asserted that North Carolina had "been denied basic voting rights already granted to more than 30 states." He noted that four justices had supported the state's position and that "four liberal justices blocked North Carolina protections afforded by our sensible voter laws."

The law's critics welcomed the order.

"This decision opens the door for fair and full access to the democratic process for all voters," said Allison Riggs, a lawyer for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. "Hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians will now be able to vote without barriers. The voting booth is the one place where everyone is equal and where we all have the same say."

Civil rights groups joined with the Obama administration in filing suit against the law, arguing that, several parts of the law violated the Constitution and what remained of the Voting Rights Act. A trial judge rejected those claims in April, but in July a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Richmond, Va., disagreed.

The appeals court ruling struck down five parts of the law: its voter ID requirements, a rollback of early voting to 10 days from 17, an elimination of same-day registration and of preregistration of some teenagers, and its ban on counting votes cast in the wrong precinct.

The court found that all five restrictions "disproportionately affected African Americans." The law's voter identification provision, for instance, "retained only those types of photo ID disproportionately held by whites and excluded those disproportionately held by African Americans."

Something that O'Reilly does not not talk about or report on, ever.

This was so, the court said, even though the state had "failed to identify even a single individual who has ever been charged with committing in-person voter fraud in North Carolina." But it did find that there is evidence of fraud in absentee voting by mail, a method used disproportionately by white voters. But the Legislature exempted absentee voting from the photo ID requirement.

So the Republicans who passed the bill ignored the voting fraud by white voters in the law they passed, while trying to block blacks from voting by passing a law that is not needed.

The court also found that the early voting restrictions had a much larger effect on black voters, who "disproportionately used the first seven days of early voting."

Ivanka Trump's Jewelry Business Applied For Visas To Hire Foreign Workers
September 1, 2016 - 9:00am

And of course O'Reilly has not said a word about it, or his fill-in host stooges, because they are all Trump supporters and biased for him.

Donald Trump has based his campaign on strident anti-immigration antagonism, promising to bring millions of jobs back to America, build a great wall to protect the southern border and save Americans from dangerous criminals here to take their jobs.

His daughter and senior adviser, Ivanka Trump, has offered a gentler, more polished version of his message, in an attempt to make the candidate sound less xenophobic.

But just like her father's clothing line, Ivanka-branded products are made overseas using cheap labor. And like her father's businesses, which use the same guest worker programs he says keep wages down, federal immigration records show that Ivanka Trump's jewelry enterprise has applied for guest worker visas to hire foreigners.

Between 2008 and 2013, Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry applied for five H-1B visas - which allow companies in the U.S. to temporarily employ foreign workers in certain jobs - to hire public relations, marketing and operations staff at salaries from $41,370 to $45,000. In a March Republican Party presidential primary debate, Donald Trump said that he used H-1B visas in his businesses, but that the practice was bad for American workers and "we should end it."

Ivanka Trump's jewelry business also applied for a green card for a public relations analyst in April 2015. Federal records list the salary as $54,642 and the employee's place of birth as Mexico. Enigma, a data intelligence company, flagged the visa applications for HuffPost.

Donald Trump's Mar-A-Lago Club and Jupiter, Florida, golf course applied for 78 temporary visas to hire cooks, waiters and housekeepers under another visa program, H2-B, that allows businesses to hire low-skilled workers, BuzzFeed reported in July.

Trump said he needed to hire foreign workers because "it's very, very hard to get people in Palm Beach during the Palm Beach season." (Even though a state-chartered career services center told BuzzFeed it has hundreds of people qualified for the jobs.)

The H1-B visa program is usually portrayed as helping bring in highly skilled workers in the science and technology fields to work at companies like Google and Facebook. But the law actually allows for the visas to be used for any job that requires a bachelor's degree, immigration lawyer Peter Roberts told The Huffington Post.

Companies are required to pay the workers they hire with H-1B visas the prevailing wage for a specific position or the salary they pay a current employee doing the same job, depending on which is higher. The prevailing wage is calculated using a national database.

While Ivanka Trump's use of the H-1B program appears to meet this requirement, it is at odds with her father's complaints about the decline of good-paying American jobs and his harsh rhetoric against immigrants. Trump's immigration policy says that immigration reform is often code for cheap labor, and notes that H-1B visas undercut American wages.

If elected, Trump would want to raise the prevailing wage companies are allowed to pay H-1B visa workers, and require companies to try to hire Americans before applying for visas for foreign workers.

In 2015, the number of applications for H-1B visas hit a record 233,000. Only 85,000 are granted through a lottery process. Published federal records list businesses visa applications, but not whether the application was given final approval or if the employee was hired.

Republicans Make A Move To Cripple Trump's Campaign
September 1, 2016 - 8:00am

Anti-Trump Republicans are meeting to explore options to throw their resources behind a third party candidate to cripple Donald Trump's campaign in states like Arizona and Utah so that Hillary Clinton wins the White House.

Robert Costa of The Washington Post reported:

For Trump, McMullin does not represent a rival nationally but is a possible threat in states such as Utah, where Trump is unpopular and McMullin could pull away votes that would traditionally go for the Republican, especially if Romney allies got behind his bid.

And even if, as is likely, McMullin does not win a state, a strong showing in Utah, Arizona and other states with sizable Mormon populations could prevent Trump from racking up votes in the Electoral College.

Costa added in a tweet:

The realistic goal, per several ppl, wouldn't be McMullin winning a state but to steal votes from Trump and cripple his bid in AZ, UT, etc.

-- Robert Costa (@costareports) August 29, 2016

A big money vote-getting operation behind Evan McMullin in a few targeted states would take away any chance that Trump has of winning in November.

The Romney Republicans are out to take their party back, and prevent an extremist like Donald Trump from ever seizing power again.

It isn't that the Romney Republicans want Hillary Clinton to be president. These individuals view Donald Trump as a danger to the country who must be stopped at all costs.

The Republicans leading this effort would rather take their chances running against Hillary Clinton in 2020 than turn the country over to Donald Trump.

Anti-Trump Republicans were never going to be able to stop the nominee with a nationwide campaign. A targeted effort in red states where Trump is weak and a third-party Republican is already on the ballot makes perfect sense.

Mitt Romney could be a major factor if he jumps into the campaign down the stretch. If Romney openly campaigns in support of McMullin, it will peel off enough Republicans to guarantee that Hillary Clinton will win the White House.

Ann (The Man) Coulter Destroyed At Rob Lowe Roast
September 1, 2016 - 7:00am

Here is my question, why was she even there, she has ripped Hollywwod for 20 years and they all hate her. Did she think it would go well for her? If she did she is literally insane.

Last Saturday night, Comedy Central taped the "Roast of Rob Lowe," and even though the actor experienced the brunt of the insults, Ann Coulter was targeted with some of the most brutal.

SNL's Pete Davidson went as far as referring to Coulter as a "racist c-word," and comedian Jimmy Carr did not hold back, calling Coulter "one of most repugnant, hateful, hatchet-face bitches alive."

"It's not too late to change, Ann," said Carr. "You could kill yourself!"

Here are a few of the other good ones:

"If you are here, Ann, who is scaring the crows away from our crops?" -- Pete Davidson of SNL.

"Ann, you're awful. The only person you will ever make happy is the Mexican who digs your grave." -- Comedian Nikki Glaser.

"She seems stiff and conservative, but Ann gets wild in the sheets. Just ask the Klan." -- Comedian David Spade.

"I do want to say as a feminist that I can't support everything that's been said tonight. But as someone who hates Ann Coulter, I'm delighted." -- Singer/songwriter Jewel.

"I just realized that I'm not the only athlete up here tonight. As you all know, earlier this year Ann Coulter won the Kentucky Derby." -- Former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning.

"Ann Coulter wants to help Trump make America great again. You can start by wearing a burka." -- Comedian Jeff Ross.

Coulter was booed when trying to promote her new book and stumbled when the teleprompter stopped working.

All in all, this sounds like it's going to make for some great TV viewing come air time, and I will watch every minute of it.





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