Trump threatens NBC’s right to broadcast over leaked Nuke story….

Today’s leak of a meeting in which Donald Trump asked his national security team for more nuclear weapons and was talked down has not fit into Trump view that HE can do what he wants and ‘win’….

So he is going after the messenger

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NBC….

Trump and others have criticized the media continually….

Most of us accept the First Amendment idea that there is ‘Free Speech’ in this country….But?

Donald Trump is now the President…

And when he makes off the cuff remarks?

They get a different view then when he was an another New York Real Estate guy….

The mention of going after NBC’s broadcast licenses as an ay for Trump to beat down stories he doesn’t like isn’t gonna make the media back down…..

President Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested that NBC’s broadcast license should be pulled as punishment after NBC News published a report stating that the president sought a dramatic increase in the nation’s nuclear arsenal.

“Fake @NBCNews made up a story that I wanted a ‘tenfold’ increase in our U.S. nuclear arsenal. Pure fiction, made up to demean. NBC = CNN!” Trump wrote on Twitter Wednesday morning, equating the two TV news outlets he has most often lashed out against. “With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!”

It is the second time in as many weeks that Trump has felt compelled to attack NBC News, which reported last week that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson came close to resigning last summer and called the president a “moron” following a meeting with members of the national security team and members of the cabinet. It was at that meeting, NBC News reported Wednesday, that Trump said he wanted a nearly tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear stockpile…..

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Donald Trump has no idea how run to the United States Government…

The Forbes piece reveals a New York Real Estate guy who NEVER ran anything as complex as the American Executive Branch (for 300 million people) and who thinks that he is the Master of the Universe…

Image result for trumpTrump’s transactional mindset, however, doesn’t see it that way (nor do many of his core supporters, who expect radical change above all else). If previous policies were bad deals, he sees no reason to honor them, even at the cost of America’s reputation or the perception of stable American policy.

Take Obamacare. “It’s a total mess,” Trump says. Fair point. But doesn’t Trump, as the CEO of America, have an obligation to operate it as well as he can until he has an alternative, rather than threaten to withhold payments to insurance companies, shrink the enrollment period and slash the advertising budget?

“What we’re doing is trying to keep it afloat, because it’s failing,” he says. “I mean the insurance companies are fleeing and have fled. They fled before I got here. But with that being said, no, Obamacare is Obama’s fault. It’s nobody else’s fault.”

But isn’t it now his administration’s responsibility? “Yes. But I’ve always said Obamacare is Obama’s fault. It’s never going to be our fault.”

The same approach comes through in foreign policy, again and again, whether it’s the Iran deal, the Paris climate agreement or, especially, free-trade deals. Doesn’t he feel a responsibility to honor agreements from previous administrations?

President Trump has a quick response: “No.”

It’s a dangerous precedent: an America where each administration, rather than building on the agreements of its predecessors, undoes each other’s deals—effectively undermining the authority of any American head of state. Again, Trump shrugs.

“I happen to think that NAFTA will have to be terminated if we’re going to make it good. Otherwise, I believe you can’t negotiate a good deal… . [The Trans-Pacific Partnership] would have been a large-scale version of NAFTA. It would have been a disaster. It’s a great honor to have—I consider that a great accomplishment, stopping that. And there are many people that agree with me. I like bilateral deals.”

Of course he does. Trump has been doing bilateral deals his whole life. But bilateral deals are just that—one-on-one bargains carrying the implicit prospect of a negotiation that will create a winner and a loser. Doesn’t this fly in the face of our multilateral world?

“You can have it this way and do much more business. And if it doesn’t work out with a country, you give them a 30-day notice, and you either renegotiate or not.”

Trump’s bilateral world, of course, explains why foreign aid gets cut. It comes with a huge downside. Deals score points, but deals don’t create long-term investments. It’s impossible to think of something like the Marshall Plan, which teed up more than six decades of peace and prosperity, coming out of the Trump White House. To that, he shrugs again.

“For me, it’s America first. We’ve been doing that so long that we owe $20 trillion, okay?”

Trump intends to run the country more like the Trump Organization in other ways. Much has been made about how slow he’s been to nominate people to key positions. In the State Department, for example, he has failed to put up names for more than half of the comfirmable positions. That’s apparently not an accident.

“I’m generally not going to make a lot of the appointments that would normally be—because you don’t need them,” he says. “I mean, you look at some of these agencies, how massive they are, and it’s totally unnecessary. They have hundreds of thousands of people.”

And how does this man, who’s never really had a boss, feel about now having 330 million of them, to be exact? He acknowledges the fact, but then answers in a way that is perfect, consistent Trump:

“It doesn’t matter, because I’m going to do the right thing.”….

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Steve Bannon maybe the Democrats best chance for a Senate Majority…

His push to primary established Republicans could weaken Republican Senate in a way that Democrats can’t….

From the inside….

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Republicans on Capitol Hill fear that Stephen Bannon’s plan to wage primary challenges against incumbent senators will put their majority at risk in 2018.

Senate GOP aides warn that Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, is not motivated by a desire to advance President Trump’s agenda, but instead by a quest to remake the GOP in his own, nationalist image.

“If anyone misunderstands what Steve Bannon’s goal is, they have to open their eyes. He doesn’t care if we win or lose the Senate. He doesn’t care about the consequences for the president,” said one Senate Republican aide.

“Mr. Bannon, it seems clear, does not care about Republicans maintaining their majority in either chamber. He’s putting his former boss’s agenda on the line in his quest of take over and destroy the Republican Party,” the source added.

Bannon did not respond to an email summarizing the criticism of Senate GOP aides.

The former White House adviser this week said he is working to field primary challengers against incumbents such as Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.). None are considered at risk of losing their reelection races.

“Nobody is safe. We are coming after all of them, and we’re going to win,” Bannon said Monday on Fox News’s “Hannity.”…..

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GOP Sen. Collins will tell if she’sll run for Maine Governor Friday…..

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Democrats have their fingers crossed that she WILL go for Governor…

Republican Sen. Susan Collins will announce Friday morning whether she will run for governor of Maine in 2018, a source with knowledge of the senator’s plans told CNN.

Collins, among the most moderate GOP senators, has been a thorn in President Donald Trump’s side — particularly on health care, where she consistently voted against the GOP’s efforts to roll back former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
But were she elected, her departure from the Senate would be a sharp blow to Republicans because without Collins, the seat would become much more difficult to keep out of Democratic hands in 2020.
Collins is spending the Columbus Day week-long recess making her decision.
A week ago, she told Portland-based WCSH she was feeling the pull to the state she has represented in the Senate since she was first elected in 1996.
“I really love being in Maine,” she said. “Going back and forth each week is difficult, and my family and friends are in Maine. I believe I could make a difference and job creation and economic opportunity in our state.”…
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More than 5,000 homes evacuated as Orange County Ca. fire grows to 6,000 acres

The crazy thing is wild fires actually help the earth regenerate itself.

And they happen EVERY Year….

It’s the people that shouldn’t be there….

A wind-fed wildfire surged over the Anaheim Hills on Monday, burning several homes and forcing thousands to evacuate as fire crews struggled to battle the rapidly growing blaze.

The fire broke out around 9:20 a.m. near the 91 Freeway and Gypsum Canyon Road, and quickly leaped the California 241 toll road. It raced up a ridge and hit tract homes at the top of a hill. Several caught fire and continued to burn even as firefighters sprayed the structures with water.

By 9 p.m., the blaze had scorched 6,000 acres and destroyed 24 structures. One firefighter had to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Two hours later, an Anaheim police spokesman said the fire was 5% contained. All evacuation orders were to remain in place overnight, he said, and it was “doubtful” residents would be allowed to go home Tuesday.

The Canyon No. 2 fire put an added drain on state firefighting resources as first responders battled more than a dozen blazes that erupted in Northern California on Sunday night, leaving 10 dead and destroying 1,500 structures.

By Tuesday, “we’re gonna be as stretched as we can be,” said Steven Beech, an incident commander with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Orange County fire officials evacuated more than 5,000 homes in three cities as the fast-moving fire grew, spitting smoke into the air that was visible over Disneyland and caused officials to issue air quality warnings in parts of Los Angeles County….

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Harvey Weinstein’s Stories….

The movie mongrel has reportedly been a sexual predator for a long time and lot of people knew that….

His position of power protected him….

But no more…

For more than twenty years, Weinstein has also been trailed by rumors of sexual harassment and assault. This has been an open secret to many in Hollywood and beyond, but previous attempts by many publications, including The New Yorker, to investigate and publish the story over the years fell short of the demands of journalistic evidence. Too few women were willing to speak, much less allow a reporter to use their names, and Weinstein and his associates used nondisclosure agreements, monetary payoffs, and legal threats to suppress these myriad stories. Asia Argento, an Italian film actress and director, told me that she did not speak out until now––Weinstein, she told me, forcibly performed oral sex on her—because she feared that Weinstein would “crush” her. “I know he has crushed a lot of people before,” Argento said. “That’s why this story—in my case, it’s twenty years old, some of them are older—has never come out.”

Last week, the New York Times, in a powerful report by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, revealed multiple allegations of sexual harassment against Weinstein, a story that led to the resignation of four members of his company’s all-male board, and to Weinstein’s firing from the company.

The story, however, is more complex, and there is more to know and to understand. In the course of a ten-month investigation, I was told by thirteen women that, between the nineteen-nineties and 2015, Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them, allegations that corroborate and overlap with the Times’s revelations, and also include far more serious claims….

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Corker for President…New York Daily News….

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Sunday evening, after the senator and President traded insults on Twitter, Corker said he feared Trump’s impulsiveness on the world stage might put the planet “on the path to World War III.”

He could have been referring to any of a few dozen mercurial outbursts, but likely the trigger was a Saturday tweet in which Trump asserted that “only one thing will work” to rein in North Korea — a statement that could only be read as a direct threat to strike Pyongyang militarily.

“Every single day at the White House,” Corker said, “it’s a situation of trying to contain him.”

Corker punctuated this by telling the Times that “except for a few people, the vast majority of our caucus” — meaning, of the Senate’s 52 Republicans — “understands what we’re dealing with here.”

The GOP has long purported to stand for calm and principled leadership on the world stage. If it has any hope of continuing to offer itself as a steady hand on the tiller, more Republicans must follow Corker — rhetorically and, ultimately, electorally…..

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Could Democrats actually have Senate Majority chances?

Politico does a piece on a Democrats quiet hopes thatb they could actually squeak out enough wins next November to get a narrow majority in the US Senate….

In Reality?….The chances are VERY SLIM….

But hope springs eternal and ya never know with Trump and Bannon  running also against Senate Republican lawmakers what could happen…

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……Senate Democrats, once all but resigned to staying in the minority until at least 2020, say the door to retaking the chamber in next year’s midterms has cracked — just barely — if everything breaks their way. And instead of boasting about how many more seats they’re about to pick up, Republicans are now pondering the once-unthinkable possibility of losing the Senate, and with it, the ability to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominees.

While Republicans have been locked in bruising internal battles all year, legislatively and in GOP primaries, Senate Democrats in recent days scored a prized recruit in Arizona and saw a Republican titan in Tennessee, Bob Corker, retire. Public polls in the Alabama Senate race have shown Democrat Doug Jones within single digits of bomb-throwing Republican Roy Moore — forcing national Democrats to wrestle with whether to spend money in one of the most conservative states in the nation.

Democratic senators are loath to boast too publicly about their recent spate of political fortune. But they’re starting to see a path, however narrow, that hadn’t existed before.

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The 2018 map nonetheless heavily favors Republicans, who are defending just eight seats next fall compared to 25 for Senate Democrats. For Democrats to take the majority, they would have to successfully defend all their incumbents in conservative territory while picking up Nevada, Arizona and then a deep-red state such as Alabama, Tennessee or Texas….

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Ivanka Trump: ‘Dreamers’ deserve ‘long-term fix…

Hmmmmm?

Her daddy (in the name of Steve Miller) seems to be working to NOT solve the problem with hardline demands that Democrats can’t accept for a legislative deal …..

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Ivanka Trump on Monday night publicly waded into the immigration debate for the first time, calling the plight of Dreamers a “very complicated issue that needs a long-term congressional fix.”

Addressing the Obama-era executive action that protected from deportation about 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children — a group referred to as “Dreamers” — Ivanka Trump expressed sympathy, calling them “innocent people” who deserve a “long-term fix.”

The comments, delivered at a dinner panel where Ivanka Trump was expected to speak about workforce development, could put the first daughter at odds with White House policy adviser Stephen Miller, the author of a wish list of hardline immigration demands released by the White House just 24 hours earlier.

The White House’s new demands for any deal to protect Dreamers included the construction of a wall along the Mexican border — which alone is a deal breaker for the Democrats who said they struck a deal with Trump on DACA last month — and hiring 10,000 more immigration agents, among other measures aimed to crack down on illegal immigration….

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Yet ANOTHER Poll showing Trump losing steam….

The man’s approval ratings are going in the garbage across the country as a whole…..

But it appears that polling shows he’s STILL got people that WOULD vote for him in traditional Red states….

President Trump’s approval rating has fallen in all 50 states since his inauguration in January, according to a new poll.

A Morning Consult survey found that Trump’s national job performance numbers have has also dropped since January. In September, 43 percent of respondents said they approved of Trump’s performance, and 52 percent disapproved. In January, 49 percent of voters approved of Trump’s performance, compared to 39 percent who disapproved.

According to the new poll, a majority of voters in 25 states said in September they disapproved of Trump’s job performance.

Some of these states included those Trump carried during the 2016 election, such as Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa and Pennsylvania.

Fifty-one percent of voters in Nevada and Arizona also disapproved of Trump’s job performance….

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The new Star Wars trailer for the ‘The Last Jedi’ is here……

The next movie is decades old series is coming to a movie theatre near you in December…

There does appear to be some plot twists…

The new trailer for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” dropped during Monday Night Football as tickets for the film’s Dec. 15 opening weekend went on sale online.

The footage shows more of Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker training Daisy Ridley’s Rey.

“I’ve seen this raw strength only once before,” Skywalker tells Rey, apparently referring to his pupil-turned-villain Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). “It didn’t scare me enough then. It does now.”

The film also has all of the action you’d expect in a “Star Wars” trailer, including a showdown between John Boyega’s Finn and his former commander, Gwendoline Christie’s Capt. Phasma:

Not to mention an epic battle scene on the planet Crait:

Along with a new trailer, a new poster was also released ― which puts Carrie Fisher’s Leia Organa right in the center and Skywalker in shadows above everyone. ….

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Could Democrats do a MeGoven come 2020?…

Politico raises the question we’ve discussed here before….

Could a Left leaning Democrat repeat  the 1972  McGovern vs Richard Nixon elections?

In that one…..George McGovern, the Democrat LOST….BIG….

(Bernie Sanders or even Elizabeth Warren should NOT be the next Presidential nominee….)

I agree with the piece…

Democrats SHOULD NOT elect a hard left leaning nominee for President in 2020….Even with his problem’s?….Donald Trump or even Mike Pence would surely win another term…

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Four decades ago, Richard Nixon lived out the fantasy many liberals harbor about Donald Trump, stepping down in the face of possible impeachment over a slow-moving scandal long before his term was up. Before that happened, however, Nixon was reelected by a resounding margin, in large part because progressives made strategic errors that Democrats today appear hellbent on repeating.

In 1968, as in 2016, Democrats narrowly lost the White House after nominating a relatively moderate, establishment candidate instead of a more liberal alternative who had inspired a raging enthusiasm among younger voters. Democrats spent much of the next four years arguing about what direction the party should take. White working-class voters—traditionally a Democratic bloc—were sluicing away, and progressives, convinced the party needed to change both its policy direction and its coalition of supporters, demanded a new approach: a “loose peace coalition” of minorities, young voters and educated white Democrats, as strategist Fred Dutton wrote in his 1971 book, Changing Sources of Power. One year later, the party’s presidential nominee, the ultra-liberal Senator George McGovern of South Dakota, went on to lose 49 states in one of the most lopsided victories in American history.

We’re a long, long way from 2020, but it’s abundantly evident that Trump will again run a Nixonian campaign, tearing down his opponent and presenting himself as the champion of an aggrieved coalition that Nixon called the “silent majority” and Trump calls “the forgotten men and women” of America.

Consumed by internecine battles and the idea of opposition, Democrats run the risk of again nominating someone like McGovern who pleases progressives but steers a course too far from the country’s center of political gravity to win, even as Trump continues his funhouse mirror impression of Nixon as the avatar of white cultural-grievance politics….

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On the Bernie Sanders = Georeg McGovern thing….

Oh, and Bernie Sanders isn’t even a Democrats and Hillary Clinton beat him…..

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New York Voters will decide on a Constitutional Convention….

The signs around my way are against the action….

The vote is this November….

“Trump’s election emphasizes how valuable it is for states to chart their own course,” said Peter J. Galie, author of “Ordered Liberty: A Constitutional History of New York” and a professor of political science at Canisius College in Buffalo. “We can put a right to clean air and water in our Constitution. If we want to add more labor protections, we can do it. That’s the beauty of federalism.”

But before voters confront the ballot question, they will no doubt be barraged by campaigns for and against a constitutional convention, affectionately called Con-Con.

The last constitutional convention held in the state was called by the Legislature in 1967. That convention’s recommendations, which voters had to approve in a subsequent ballot, were ultimately turned down. The last convention that voters actually requested themselves occurred nearly 80 years ago, in 1938, when a number of protections were added to the Constitution….

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Backers of a constitutional convention are largely liberal, though the Republican minority leader of the state assembly, Brian Kolb, also favors holding one. Samuels has spoken about adding a new bill of rights to the constitution — rights to affordable higher education, clean air and water, healthcare, equitable funding for schools — that would make New York a much more progressive place….

Convention proponents also hope to lessen the remarkable leverage the governor currently holds over the budgetary process. In 2004, Pataki won a case against the Assembly Speaker at the time, Sheldon Silver, that limited the legislature’s ability to change the governor’s wording in budget bills. As esoteric as this sounds, the ruling has since allowed the executive branch to set just about all the terms of state budget battles….

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Opponents are much easier to find. The Republican majority leader of the state senate, John Flanagan, and the Democratic Speaker of the Assembly, Carl Heastie, are against holding a constitutional convention. So are Mayor Bill de Blasio, State Senator Jeff Klein — the leader of the Independent Democratic Conference — and most other politicians in New York State.

Their opposition, in part, is driven by the strenuous and united front against a convention led by the state’s major unions, who fear the loss of state protections for labor rights. They are set to outspend and possibly outmaneuver Con Con. They have formed a group, New Yorkers Against Corruption, to harness this energy and money…..

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Defense Sec Mattis wants his General’s to speak up…

Mattis has told his top uniformed general staff to become more vocal with good reason…

He wants them to tell the Congress what they want and need…

Image result for Mattis and the Joint Chiefs of staffThat’;s the way it has been done in the past…But…Mattis HIMSELF spends little time asking for stuff and most of the time cleaning up behind his boss Donald Trump…

General’s, who are political animals and solders have to be wary about getting on the wrong side of a Commander-in-Chief who campaigned with a slogan that he ‘knew more’ then the general’s….

They don’t have the luxury of Mattis, who it appears is the only staff member that Trump will let counter his tweeter comments….

On Friday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis instructed top commanders to speak to the media more freely, Defense Onehas learned.

The secretary is hoping to end a misperception among some senior leaders that they should keep quiet, in part because he wants them to speak up on the looming budget battle in Congress, according to a senior defense official.

Mattis gave his guidance at Friday’s closed-door Senior Leadership Conference, a Pentagon gathering of generals and admirals that includes the combatant commanders, or COCOMs, who are the senior officers in the U.S. military chain of command.

“Communications is the job of the commander, not just the PAO,” Mattis told a roomful of 4-stars, according to a description of the meeting by Pentagon press secretary Dana White. She offered that description in an email sent Friday to the top public affairs officers of the U.S. military’s combatant commands, including at NATO, in Brussels; Central Command, in Tampa; and Pacific Command, in Hawaii.

“I realize there may be a perception that we have been keeping the media at arm’s length, but that is not the case and we’re doing our best to dispel that rumor and continue to be transparent with our press corps,” White said in the email. “Please communicate to your respective senior leaders that we want them to feel free, even obligated, to speak, in their lane, about their efforts and to use our OSD PA [Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs] team resources to help along the way.”….

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Was the media a bit unfair to Hillary Clinton?…Probably….

She joins Donald Trump is complaing about how the media covered her ….

She has company even in Nate Silver the guy who writes about the media also…

But the media IS a fact of life for politicians …

They must lve with its good and bad…

The media’s numbers ARE better than eithe Clinton or Trump….

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In “What Happened,” her book about the 2016 campaign, Clinton lets the news media have it.

While she stops well short of blaming news coverage for her loss to Donald Trump, she sees it as one of the many ill winds that whipped up a perfectly awful storm.

She makes a convincing case that coverage of her email practices as secretary of state was way over the top.

“None of Donald Trump’s scandals . . . generated the kind of sustained, campaign-defining coverage that my emails did,” Clinton wrote in her instant bestseller.

She dings the press for its failure to focus on substance, and for giving Trump far too much uncritical exposure during the primary season.

It’s all true, though Clinton must share in the blame because she failed to do what successful candidates must: generate news, drive home a clear message and provide at least some measure of excitement.

Clinton herself acknowledges the charisma gap: “You’ve got to give it to Trump — he’s hateful but it’s hard to look away from him.”

Mostly, she complains about the way the press tried to even up the vastly different flaws of the two candidates.

“If Trump ripped the shirt off someone at a rally and a button fell off my jacket on the same day,” the headlines would put it this way: “Trump and Clinton Experience Wardrobe Malfunctions, Campaigns in Turmoil.”

Clinton did get a raw deal from the press, which largely ignored her on serious policy and allowed Trump to frame the coverage.

The campaign exposed the worst characteristics of the media — its addiction to the sensational, its propensity for overkill, and its profit-driven desire for clicks and ratings.

As a Harvard study noted, the major TV networks gave 220 minutes to policy in 2008. In 2012, it was 114 minutes. In 2016, it was 32 minutes.

The email story, by contrast, got 100 minutes of airtime….

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Sinatra told Trump to ‘go fuck himself’ if he didn’t like his performing fees….

He, he, he……

The young Donald Trump complained about Frank Sinatra’s price to perform at Trump’s Atlantic City Casino opening back in 1990….Sinatra wasn’t pleased, eh?

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Frank Sinatra told Donald Trump to “go f*** himself” after the now-President took issue with the singer’s financial demands, a new book has claimed.

Old Blue Eyes was due to perform at the opening of Mr Trump’s Atlantic City casino in 1990 when the magnate was said to have told him his costs were “a little rich”. On hearing the news, Sinatra gave his manager Elliot Weisman – who has written the new book – two options, either to pass his message to Mr Trump or give him his number and he would do it himself.

According to Weisman’s book, Mr Trump also cut the support acts including Sinatra’s dying friend Sammy Davis Jr….

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