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Misc…things not covered by any other Category…and if you don’t put a tag

Donald Trump invites Gennifer Flowers to Monday’s debate…

Trump invites a previous Bill Clinton side piece to sit in the audience after Mark Cuban, the rich sports team owner was invited to show up by Clinton……

This is REALY not a classy move for Trump….

In a tweet earlier Saturday, Trump offered to bring Flowers to the debate, in response to the attendance of billionaire Hillary Clinton supporter Mark Cuban. Cuban said on Thursday that he accepted an invitation from Clinton to sit in the front row at Monday’s presidential debate.

“If dopey Mark Cuban of failed Benefactor fame wants to sit in the front row, perhaps I will put Jennifer Flowers right alongside of him!” Trump initially tweeted before deleting the tweet and reposting it with the correct spelling of Flowers’s first name….


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Polling Update September 24, 2016…Democratic Senate Majority chances Up?…

Hillary Clinton keeps rebounding up in the national polling (LA Times/USC Tracking actually) and forecasting models…..

President Obama’s Job Approval  has been above 50% since July…..

Hillary Clinton isn’t gonna win Georgia…But she’s holding up pretty good there…

Saturday, September 24

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton

LA Times/USC Tracking

Clinton 43, Trump 45       Trump +2

Georgia: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson


Trump 47, Clinton 43, Johnson 6       Trump +4

President Obama Job Approval


Approve 53, Disapprove 42      Approve +11

…for more info on the above polls…Real Clear Politics...

For the last few weeks that Democrats have had to watch their chances of a US Senate majority go South…

Today Five Thirty Eight gives them a chance to hope for a possible majority again….

All told, Democrats have a 59 percent chance of controlling the Senate in 2017, according to FiveThirtyEight’s polls-plus forecast, the default version of our newly relaunched Senate model, which is based on a combination of state-by-state polling and “fundamental” factors, such as the partisanship of each state. Democrats’ odds are the same, 59 percent, based on our polls-only forecast, which is a new feature this year and, as its name implies, is based on polling alone in states with a sufficient number of surveys. These forecasts include about a 15 percent chance that the Senate will be split exactly 50-50. In these cases, our models draw from our presidential election forecasts to estimate the chance that Tim Kaine or Mike Pence will be the new vice president and give his party Senate control…..


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The new African-American Museum….


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Washington’s National Museum of African American History and Culture that opens Sept. 24……

Tanzanian-born architect David Adjaye designed the museum’s tiered exterior to look like a bronze, filigreed crown, a shiny counterpart to the chalky marble behemoths that make up the bulk of the Smithsonian’s 19 museums on the Mall and beyond. Inside, the exhibit areas are bifurcated, with several subterranean levels offering a haunting history of slavery, segregation and African Americans’ fight for civil rights. Sweeping staircases and ramps zigzag throughout these lower levels, a move partly aimed at preventing crowds from clogging around elevator banks or getting lost in what still might feel like a cavernous expanse. Upstairs, cheerier galleries showcase the artistic, pop-culture and military accomplishments of black Americans.

In terms of scale, everything about this 400,000 square-foot museum feels outsize: Director Lonnie Bunch said the museum is bracing for 10,000 visitors a day; by contrast, New York’s Met Breuer museum got 1,600 daily visitors during its first four months earlier this year. Some of the highlights in the Smithsonian museum’s permanent collection can be touted in tonnage—from a segregated, 1920s railway car (80 tons) to a Depression-era Angola Prison watchtower (18 tons). There are two cabins in the history galleries to show how people lived before and after emancipation. And dangling over it all like a mobile is a blue-and-yellow airplane used by the Tuskegee Institute to train black pilots during World War II…

The museum can trace its roots to 1914 when black Civil War veterans first asked Congress to build a museum to chronicle the saga of African Americans. The request languished for decades until historians took up the cause in the late 1980s. In 2003, an act of Congress ordered the Smithsonian to establish the country’s only national museum dedicated to documenting African-American history and culture. It now joins the Smithsonian’s national museums for American history, Native American history, air and space and modern and contemporary art on the Mall.

Mr. Bunch said time will tell if the result measures up to global expectations. “A lot of Americans understand our history first in terms of African-American culture,” he said, “so how can we take their experiences and help everyone better understand what it means to be American?”



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President Obama vetoes 9/11 family suing Saudi Arabia Bill….

The question will be can the Congress override his veto….

A month ago it would be a certainty…



President Obama on Friday vetoed legislation that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia over its alleged ties to the terrorists who carried out the attacks.

Congressional leaders plan to hold override votes in the coming days and supporters of the legislation say they are confident they can succeed in overturning the president’s action. It would be the first time during Obama’s presidency that Congress has overridden a veto.

The legislation would allow U.S. courts to waive claims to foreign sovereign immunity in cases involving terrorism on U.S. soil. The administration contends that this would break a longstanding practice that sovereign nations are protected from these types of legal threats. The result, according to the White House, is that American officials could now be sued in foreign courts over U.S. military or diplomatic actions abroad, which administration officials said poses a threat to national security.

“I recognize that there is nothing that could ever erase the grief the 9/11 families have endured. My Administration therefore remains resolute in its commitment to assist these families in their pursuit of justice and do whatever we can to prevent another attack in the United States,” the president wrote in his veto message to Congress. “Enacting [this legislation] into law, however, would neither protect Americans from terrorist attacks nor improve the effectiveness of our response to such attacks.”…..


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The Secret Service is paying Donald Trump to ride on HIS Airplane…

The guy is making money off the taxpayer in everyday and shape running for President and funneling government checks back to his companies….

But won’t show us his tax info ….

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“The taxpayers are actually reimbursing Trump for the travel of the Secret Service agents,” said Brett Kappel, a campaign finance lawyer at the law firm Akerman LLP. “It’s just another example of how the Trump campaign has taken an unprecedentedly large amount of its money and spent it at Trump-owned facilities.”

Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks responded to questions about the Secret Service payments by saying “everything was done in accordance with FEC guidelines and regulations. Please direct further questions to USSS.”

Secret Service spokeswoman Nicole Mainor said the FEC “specifically requires security personnel such as the Secret Service to reimburse campaigns for seats” on charter aircraft.

A POLITICO analysis of FEC records found that, through the end of August, Trump’s campaign has spent at least $8.2 million at Trump’s own businesses, including to hold events at his hotels, buy food from his restaurants and rent office space for its headquarters in his Manhattan office tower.

But the biggest chunk of the expenses, almost $6 million, were to TAG Air, Inc.

Trump, who once said “I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it,” has attracted criticism for mixing business and politics to an unprecedented degree. He has made a point of highlighting his properties on the campaign trail, leading opponents to accuse him of using his presidential bid to promote his brand and line his pockets…..



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A look under the hood at Team Clinton…..

A look at the 2016 Hillary Clinton Brooklyn policy operation and volunterr ‘Get out the Vote’ effort….

It should be noted that Donald Trump has little if NONE of the below operations going on….

Just his ‘Jaw Boning in the Media’

The Clinton campaign’s Brooklyn headquarters

The Clinton campaign’s Brooklyn headquarters…..(image ..huffington

The Hillary Clinton Policy operation….

Clinton’s policy operation has churned out more than 60 papers outlining plans for everything from housing for people with serious mental illness to adjusting the cap on loans from the Small Business Administration. The agenda includes extremely big items, like a promise to ensure no family pays more than 10 percent of income on child care, and extremely small ones, like investing in smartphone applications that would make it easier for military families living in remote locations to receive services available only on bases.

Some of these ideas are more fleshed-out than others. The childcare plan, for example, is missing crucial details, like a price tag. And because the multitude of initiatives doesn’t cohere under a galvanizing theme, the whole of the agenda can seem like less than the sum of its many, many parts. Even so, Clinton’s plans are as unambiguously progressive as any from a Democratic nominee in modern history—and almost nobody seems to have noticed.

The peculiar political dynamics of this election are largely to blame.

In Sanders, Clinton drew an opponent whose ideas were even more grandiose than hers. Pretty much anything that Clinton wanted to do, Sanders also wanted to do, but on a bigger scale. Then, after Clinton clinched the nomination, policy dropped out of the conversation almost completely.[1] A rare exception was the childcare policy Trump released in September, which was almost comically geared to benefit the rich. He has also issued three completely different versions of his tax plan. “She’s got people that sit in cubicles writing policy all day,” Trump told a reporter. “It’s just a waste of paper.” In early September, the Washington Post reported that Trump’s policy advisers had quit en masse because not only had the campaign failed to pay them, but he had also made it clear he wouldn’t be requiring their services to prepare for the presidential debates.

This summer, I stopped by Clinton’s Brooklyn headquarters, where the policy team occupies prime real estate. The three senior advisors—Jake Sullivan, Maya Harris and Jacob Leibenluft—share an office steps away from those of campaign manager Robby Mook and chairman John Podesta. (O’Leary is now leading the official transition operation in Washington.) About a dozen more policy aides occupy nearby cubicles, below a sign that says “Nerds” and “Wonks for the Win.” This team manages more than 30 outside working groups that include academic heavyweights,[2] Many of her academic advisers were first reported in a series by Jim Tankersley of the Washington Post. They include economists Joseph Stiglitz, Christina Romer, Simon Johnson, Laura Tyson, Betsey Stevenson, Roland Fryer, Alan Krueger, and Aaron Chatterji; and political scientists Jacob Hacker and Robert Putnam. think tank experts and trusted advisers like Sperling and Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress. It’s an impressive crew, but perhaps over-qualified when it comes to some of the matters that have convulsed this particular election, like the size of Trump’s hands or the semiotics of Pepe the Frog. “It’s not exactly clear what to do with all of that horsepower,” says a person familiar with the process. “There is just this mismatch between capabilities they have and what’s actually required in this campaign.”

People on the campaign assured me that the policy staffers work “the same insane hours as everyone else.” It’s just that they’re focusing on November 9, and what Clinton would do if she manages to make it to the White House—where she would face an even less habitable political environment than Obama did…..


A look at the orgainzation operation that the Hillary Clinton campaign is running….

THE FIX: Tell me a little bit about what you guys are doing along the lines of a traditional field effort — but also how you have evolved what a Democratic presidential campaign is doing since 2008, 2012.

KLEPPE: I think there are a couple of things. For one, we obviously have staff and offices across the country where we have been working with organizers. We’ve really focused them on building capacity across the course of the summer: Recruiting volunteers, retaining volunteers, making sure that they have a good experience.
One of the things I think that I would say we have focused on with our organizing program is utilizing the lessons learned and the best practices from both 2008 and 2012 and then building on them using research that allows us to better build out our program to optimize our most precious resources, which are essentially staff and volunteer time.

What I mean by that is we work with them to make sure that the types of conversations that they are having with voters — both the timing of which and the voters that they are targeting — make the most sense for the voting calendar. And so…

We have organizers on the ground who are working with volunteers and developing volunteer leadership. One of the newer aspects that we have introduced into our organizing program for the 2016 cycle is really pushing our organizers to not only recruit and engage with volunteers on the phones and in their offices and offline, but also organizing online. That’s on Twitter. That’s on Facebook.
So an organizer is working with volunteers in their offices and in homes and around kitchen tables, but they are also engaging with volunteers and supporters on Facebook and Twitter. Both in terms of getting them to come offline and actually help build our capacity and talk to additional voters and supporters but also in helping a group of people online engage with their networks. It gives us a broader reach and more opportunities for volunteers to engage in the types of activities that are best suited and that they’re most comfortable with. So organizers in Ohio and across the country and in all 50 states are both running an organizing program online and offline and really working to bridge that gap….


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Average Medicare Advantage Premiums to Fall in 2017…

Good news for Seniors….

Monthly premiums for seniors enrolled in the Medicare Advantage program are expected to be about 4 percent less expensive in 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Thursday.

The agency estimates that the average monthly premium for Medicare Advantage enrollees next year will be $31.40, compared to the average $32.59 consumers pay this year. About two-thirds (67 percent) of enrollees will see no premium increase next year, the agency projects.

“Medicare Advantage and the prescription drug benefit continue to be a great option for seniors and people living with disabilities,” Andy Slavitt, CMS’s acting administrator said in a statement. “Medicare enrollees will continue to have access to predictable premiums and high quality care.”

The agency expects 18.5 million seniors to enroll in the MA program next year, a 60 percent increase in the number of enrollees since 2010….


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500 Million Yahoo accounts hacked….

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Yahoo confirmed on Thursday data “associated with at least 500 million user accounts” have been stolen in what may be one of the largest cybersecurity breaches ever.

The company said it believes a “state-sponsored actor” was behind the data breach, meaning an individual acting on behalf of a government. The breach is said to have occurred in late 2014.

“The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers,” Yahoo said in a statement.

Yahoo urges users to change their password and security questions and to review their accounts for suspicious activity.

The silver lining for users — if there is one — is that sensitive financial data like bank account numbers and credit card data are not believed to be included in the stolen information, according to Yahoo…..



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Senator Ted Cruz Appreciates Trump show of support on internet bill….

The piece in The Hill makes it out that the two could be best buddies?

I wouldn’t count on THAT….

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Trump DID say some VERY unkind things about the Senator’s father…

Two months after snubbing Donald Trump at the Republican convention, Ted Cruz is now praising the GOP presidential nominee for inserting himself in Congress’ eleventh-hour negotiations over a government funding bill.

On Wednesday, Trump urged congressional negotiators to delay a U.S. handoff of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a private-sector, nonprofit organization that manages Internet domain names. And that was enough to prompt Cruz to laud Trump — whom he pointedly declined to back in July when he urged Republicans to “vote your conscience.”

“Appreciate @realDonaldTrump’s support of our efforts to keep the internet free,” Cruz tweeted on Wednesday afternoon.

“And we appreciate @tedcruz appreciating @realDonaldTrump. Over to you, @jeffroe,” responded Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, referring to Cruz’s former campaign manager.



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Donald Trump Brags about OPM…. ‘using other people’s money’…..

If he wasn’t Donakld Trump?

He’d probabaly be knee deep in trouble for doing so….

Donald Trump on Tuesday talked about the utility of using “other people’s money,” an ill-timed comment that came just hours after The Washington Post reported that he used more than a quarter-million dollars from his charitable foundation to settle business lawsuits.

Trump brought up “other people’s money” in the context of getting foreign nations to pay for Syrian safe zones so that the United States doesn’t have to accept Syrian refugees. He was not talking about his foundation or lawsuits. It was not the first time he had used the term “other people’s money.”

But the comments could come back to haunt him, particularly if Democrats decide to use them to fashion a television attack ad. The foundation has been funded in recent years almost entirely by other people’s money, records show.

“We’re going to get the Gulf states to pay for safe zones. We’ll lead the project like — it’s called OPM. I do that all the time in business. It’s called other people’s money. There’s nothing like doing things with other people’s money,” said Trump at a rally in Kenansville, N.C.

He repeated himself: “OPM: other people’s money.”


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President Obama addresses the UN General Assembly and Does NOT leave out Trump…

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The President ‘s speech was long and encompassing….

And a meessage to the world leaders that he does NOT agree at all with some of the things in the world and certainly NOT Donald Trump….

It was President Obama’s last appearance on the marble dais of the United Nations General Assembly hall, and his farewell speech on Tuesday revealed a man whose eye was fixed as much on the next seven weeks of the American political campaign as on his place in history.

Mr. Obama delivered a stinging rebuke of those who would build walls, a message aimed at foreign leaders who he said had fueled rising nationalism, sectarian hatred and economic inequality — but, unmistakably, at Donald J. Trump, as well.

“A nation ringed by walls would only imprison itself,” Mr. Obama said of the protectionist impulse to resist the forces of global integration. At another point, he declared to the packed chamber in New York, “the world is too small for us to simply be able to build a wall” to keep out extremists. Lest anyone miss the point, he said of the spreading Zika virus, “mosquitoes don’t respect walls.”

Mr. Obama has addressed the disruptive forces of globalism before, in speeches at Stanford University and before the Canadian Parliament. But this time, with his days in office ticking down, his legacy up for grabs and the global picture more unsettled than ever, there was a darker tone and a deeper urgency to his plea for international order.

“At this moment, we all face a choice,” Mr. Obama said. “We can choose to press forward with a better model of cooperation and integration, or we can retreat into a world sharply divided and ultimately in conflict along age-old lines of nation and tribe and race and religion.”

That choice, Mr. Obama implied, was as sharply drawn in the race between Mr. Trump and the president’s preferred candidate, Hillary Clinton, as it was in the grinding sectarian war in Syria, the predations of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and the muscle-flexing of China. Mr. Obama spoke of a “crude populism” driving politics in the United States and Europe that fed on “uncertainty and unease and strife” around the world.

Mr. Obama’s words underscored the distance he has traveled from the hopeful leader who first addressed the General Assembly on Sept. 23, 2009. On that day, he pledged to forswear the unilateralism of his predecessor, George W. Bush, heralded a new era for the United States’ relationship with the Muslim world and promised to revive peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians…..




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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are getting a divorce…

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It’s tough being married to movie stars, eh?

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are done, according to TMZ. The website reports that Jolie filed for divorce Monday citing irreconcilable differences, and she’s asking for physical custody of the couple’s six children. The problem isn’t another man — or woman — it’s Pitt’s parenting style, according to sources close to the couple. (Jolie was “extremely upset with his methods,” TMZ reports.)

But The New York Post reports there may indeed be another woman – and her name is Marion Cotillard, the French actress with whom Pitt spent several months shooting “Allied,” a World War II drama due out in November.

According to The Post, Jolie hired a private detective who quickly dicovered that Pitt and Cotillard were getting cozy on the set….



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Sen. Warren and Both parties Senators tear Wells Fargo CEO a new one…

The Bank has announced that they have fired up to 2,500 employee’s for creating false accounts to make money…..

Bank of America  Chief Executive Officer John Stumpf  walked into a verbal Buzz Saw up infront  of the Banking Committee of the US Senate this morning….

Wells Fargo & Co. Chief Executive Officer John Stumpf needs to step down, give back his compensation and face criminal prosecution for a scandal in which the bank opened 2 million unauthorized customer accounts, Senator Elizabeth Warren said.

“You should resign,” the Massachusetts Senator told Stumpf Tuesday as he testified before the Senate Banking Committee in Washington.

“You should give back the money you took while this scam was going on and you should be criminally investigated by both the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission.”

Warren led a chorus of criticism against Stumpf as both Republicans and Democrats blasted Wells Fargo, demanding more accountability from the company’s leadership. The bank agreed to pay $185 million to authorities including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after a review found employees opened accounts and credit cards without customers’ permission. Stumpf, his right arm wrapped in a bandage, told lawmakers he was “deeply sorry” and detailed a five-year timeline of attempts the bank made to deter misconduct.

“The Wells Fargo board is actively engaged in this issue,” said Stumpf, 63. “The board has the tools to hold senior management accountable, including me and Carrie Tolstedt, the former head of our retail banking business….


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Bill Clinton bids a Farewell to His Foundation….

With the annual UN General Assembly get together in New York City this week  and the Clinton Foundation Global Initiative  also running…..

Bill Clinton was up on the stage ….

But this year things are different….

With his wife seemingly about get the job he had for four years and all the media attention?

Things are about change …..

Founded in 2005, the annual gathering of government, philanthropic and corporate leaders has produced hundreds of millions of dollars in charitable contributions for a range of causes through leverage applied deftly by the master networker-in-chief Clinton.

“No one had ever had a meeting where you invited political leaders, business leaders, philanthropists, NGO leaders from developing countries and from developed countries and in some case just concerned citizens and said, ‘Come here talk about the problems, but you actually have to commit to do something,’ ” Clinton said.

The model of linking private and government commitments for development work “has helped change the face of philanthropy,” Clinton said.

From now on, however, things won’t be quite the same. Clinton announced earlier this year that CGI would end in its 12th year, months before the presidential election. And if Hillary Clinton becomes president, the overall Clinton Foundation is expected to change significantly.

The foundation will stop accepting foreign and corporate donations. Its largest project, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, will spin off into a separate entity, and Bill and Chelsea Clinton will leave the organization’s board.

The changes have come amid a firestorm over an appearance of conflicts of interest while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state as major donors to the foundation appeared to have called on staff at the State Department for favors, although there is little evidence that they were granted…..



The shame of this story is the Clinton have worked in a ‘Robin Hood’ fashions to provide assistance to HUNDREDS of Millions of people around the world thru their efforts while Donald Trump and others have labeled the effort suspicious ……

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Clinton keeps at Trump’s Birther Flip-Flop….

While some in the Media have taken Donald Trump’s bait and moved away from his seemingly  effort to change his mind on Barack Obama ‘s birthplace….

Hillary Clinton is saying ‘Not So Fast’….

Trump is  a master to trolling the media  for a news cycle grab…Saying something ….Then getting a second day from it….Then saying something stupid or untrue to lean into ANOTHER day of capturing the Media cycle…

This time?

Trump wants the media pique to go away from the Birther story……

But there are people who feel that he should admit his Five Year Bull Shit hits at Barack Obama deserve a apology ….

Hillary Clinton has joined this  in front of a predominately black crowd of a thousand people at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation…


Hillary Clinton took aim at Donald Trump on Saturday for his involvement in the birther movement, working to keep Trump’s role in the conspiracy theory on voters’ minds the day after the GOP nominee attempted to officially take it off the table.

Speaking to more than a thousand attendees Saturday night at the Congressional Black Caucus’s annual gala in Washington, the Democratic presidential nominee lit into her Republican rival for a Friday event in which the GOP nominee conceded — after years of falsely suggesting otherwise — that Barack Obama is a naturally-born U.S. citizen and eligible to serve as president.

“I know I speak for not just everyone in this room but so many tens of millions of Americans, Mr. President, not only do we know you are an American, you’re a great American. And you make us all proud to be Americans too,” Clinton said in her brief remarks accepting the CBC’s Trailblazer Award, and with Obama looking on from the audience.

Clinton’s dig on Trump came on a day when her campaign played offense on the birther controversy, including a video juxtaposing Trump’s Friday conference with criticism of the New York real estate mogul and fact checks of his claims.

She wasn’t originally planning to touch the birther issue, according to campaign aides. But it appeared to be too much to resist, and Clinton wrapped her slam on Trump into a wider play to African American voters to carry on the Obama administration’s legacy.

“It’s not about golf course promotions or birth certificates,” Clinton said. “It comes down to who will fight for the forgotten. Who will invest in your children and who will really have your back in the White House. We need ideas, not insults, real plans to help struggling Americans, to help communities that have bene left out and left behind. Not prejudice and paranoia. ….



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Donald Trump got $885 Million in tax breaks while making his Real Estate Profits…

That’s what the NY Times figures….

That’s almost a BILLION dollars we the payer had to replace …..

Could this be ONE of MANY reasons that Donald J. Trump is NOT gonna show the world his tax info…

Cause he’s been getting rich off of the Middle Class?

He’s a guy who borrows other people’s money and gets tax breaks , has had several bankrupies and NOT paid suppliers …..

And he wants to be President of the United States?

The way Donald J. Trump tells it, his first solo project as a real estate developer, the conversion of a faded railroad hotel on 42nd Street into the sleek, 30-story Grand Hyatt, was a triumph from the very beginning.

The hotel, Mr. Trump bragged in “Trump: The Art of the Deal,” his 1987 best seller, “was a hit from the first day. Gross operating profits now exceed $30 million a year.”

But that book, and numerous interviews over the years, make little mention of a crucial factor in getting the hotel built: an extraordinary 40-year tax break that has cost New York City $360 million to date in forgiven, or uncollected, taxes, with four years still to run, on a property that cost only $120 million to build in 1980.

The project set the pattern for Mr. Trump’s New York career: He used his father’s, and, later, his own, extensive political connections, and relied on a huge amount of assistance from the government and taxpayers in the form of tax breaks, grants and incentives to benefit the 15 buildings at the core of his Manhattan real estate empire.

Since then, Mr. Trump has reaped at least $885 million in tax breaks, grants and other subsidies for luxury apartments, hotels and office buildings in New York, according to city tax, housing and finance records. The subsidies helped him lower his own costs and sell apartments at higher prices because of their reduced taxes.

Mr. Trump, the Republican nominee for president, has made clear over the course of his campaign how proud he is that “as a businessman I want to pay as little tax as possible.”

While it is impossible to assess how much Mr. Trump pays in personal or corporate income taxes, because he has refused to release his tax returns, an examination of his record as a New York developer shows how aggressively he has fought to lower the taxes on his projects.

Mr. Trump successfully sued the administration of Mayor Edward I. Koch after being denied a tax break for Trump Tower, his signature building on Fifth Avenue. Two decades later, in a lawsuit that spanned the administrations of Mayors Rudolph W. Giuliani and Michael R. Bloomberg, he won a similar tax break for Trump World Tower, a building on First Avenue with some of the city’s highest-priced condominiums in 2001.

The tax breaks for those two projects alone totaled $157 million….

“Donald Trump is probably worse than any other developer in his relentless pursuit of every single dime of taxpayer subsidies he can get his paws on,” said Alicia Glen, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s deputy mayor for housing and economic development, who first battled Mr. Trump when she worked in Mr. Giuliani’s administration.

In seeking those subsidies, Mr. Trump is not that different from many other developers. But the level of subsidies he has received along with his doggedness in claiming them seem at odds with his rhetoric as an outsider candidate who boasts of his single-handed success and who has denounced what he calls the pay-to-play culture of politics and a “rigged” system of government….

“His whole MO is to exploit the government for everything he could get,” said Jerilyn Perine, the city housing commissioner during the Giuliani and Bloomberg administrations. “In the end, the letter of the law gave it to him.”


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