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Donald Trump took $107 million promised to charities … and kept it…

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: President Donald Trump singing along to "My Way" dances with first lady Melania Trump while attending the Freedom Inaugural Ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on January 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Trump will attend three inaugural balls. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch - Pool/Getty Images)

Occupying the White House has proven lucrative for Donald Trump. He’s been able to charge the Secret Service hundreds of thousands for rental space and golf carts. He’s been able to turn his Washington Hotel into a place where the emoluments clause is put to constant test. But the AP reports that no other cash-in matches the one Trump took on day one.

President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee raised an unprecedented $107 million for a ceremony that officials promised would be “workmanlike,” and the committee pledged to give leftover funds to charity.

The $107 million is a massive amount for even the most lavish inauguration. It’s almost twice what Barack Obama took in for a celebration that was much more widely attended and which included many more events. Trump even cut back on the number of inaugural balls to only two, compared to the ten balls that the Obamas attended in 2009. With twice the money and one fourth the events, all but a handful of the $107 million gifted to Trump for the inauguration should be available for charitable giving.

It’s been eight months. How much has been given out? None. None at all.

Nothing has yet gone to charity.

What is left from the massive fundraising is a mystery, clouded by messy and, at times, budget-busting management of a private fund that requires little public disclosure. ….

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WikiLeaks: Officially in the bag for Trump…Daily Kos…

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 Pictured: Two of Donald Trump’s best friends.

In case you had the slightest shadow of a doubt that Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have taken a permanent turn away from the pursuit of spreading truth and are now instead (for some godforsaken reason) serving as a pro-Trump propaganda outlet, they’ve done you the kindness of clarifying the issue by trying to sling dirt on Robert Mueller in the most disgustingly dishonest way possible.

We already knew that Assange coordinated with Roger Stone and hates Hillary, but this is a whole other can of worms: Now WikiLeaks is trying to protect Trump from the man investigating him by attempting to discredit Mueller as some sort of deep-state criminal who sold nuclear weapons to the Russians.

So, without further ado, here’s the lie of the day:

Special Prosecutor Robert Muelller flew to Moscow and gave the FSB 10 grams of Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) in 2009

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Special Prosecutor Robert Muelller flew to Moscow and gave the FSB 10 grams of Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) in 2009

Oh my god, what a startling revelation!

… Oh, wait, what’s that?

Ah, right, it’s total bullshit.

It sure takes cojones to post the entire text of a document on your website, then lie openly about its contents. Or maybe it’s just stupidity and sloppiness. Or maybe it’s just the knowledge that a huge chunk of the American people will accept anything pro-Trump without question…..

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Bannon Admits Trump’s Cabinet Nominees Were Selected To Destroy Their Agencies…

It won’t work that way for most….

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At CPAC this week Stephen Bannon, the Chief Advisor and intellectual heft behind the Twittering infant that sits in the Oval Office, provided a little glimpse of the future he has planned for all of us.

In the clearest explanation for why nearly all of Trump’s cabinet choices are known mostly for despising and attacking the very Federal agencies they’ve been designated to lead, Bannon explained—in very clear language–that they weren’t appointed to lead these agencies, but to destroy them:

Atop Trump’s agenda, Bannon said, was the “deconstruction of the administrative state” — meaning a system of taxes, regulations and trade pacts that the president and his advisers believe stymie economic growth and infringe upon one’s sovereignty.

“If you look at these Cabinet nominees, they were selected for a reason, and that is deconstruction,” Bannon said. He posited that Trump’s announcement withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership was “one of the most pivotal moments in modern American history.”

The crippling or wholesale elimination of Federal agencies that ensure we receive such things as clean air, clean water, fair labor laws, fair housing standards, anti-discrimination laws, financial protections, food and drug safety, national education standards and the like, has been a goal of far-right “thinkers” for decades. Their rationale, propagated by corporate and industry-funded think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation, has always been that that the existence of these “unelected” agencies represents a mortal threat to American “sovereignty and self-government.”  This is exactly the line Bannon was peddling at CPAC today. It is delusional, right-wing garbage.

The reality is that these extensions of the Executive Branch—the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Education, for example– exist to serve the interests of all the American people, performing the painstaking and complex  task of regulating the very things that make all Americans’ lives worth living. They perform this function because history has clearly shown that neither the Congress nor the states are remotely up to the task of doing it. They have neither the time, the expertise, the manpower, or the ability to handle such mammoth responsibilities in a country of 330 million people….

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Someone ‘Incredibly Enthusiastic’ about voting for Hillary Clinton explains why….

 By Ian Reifowitz   @ Daily Kos…
She’s the one that I want. To be president.
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Meh.

Apparently, those three letters sum up how a good number of Americans, in particular younger voters, feel about the prospect of voting for Hillary Clinton. Tina Nguyen at Vanity Fair put it as follows: “the majority of millennials, nearly all of whom disagree with Trump’s positions, are not sufficiently excited by the Democratic alternative to do anything about it.”

Granted, it’s just one survey, but look at the numbers from Quinnipiac’s poll conducted September 8 to 13. Almost half of those under age 35 say they’re voting for Gary Johnson or Jill Stein. Other polling—along with Clinton’s performance among younger voters in 2008 as well as in the primary contest against Bernie Sanders—show similar problems for her.

I don’t want to focus too long on the numbers, but these kinds of figures tell me that younger Americans are probably the group with the highest percentage of persuadable voters. It’s not likely that many people saying they’d vote for Trump at this late date in the campaign are going to end up voting for Clinton. However, voters who think Trump is an unqualified bigot—and about two-thirds of those ages 18 to 39 said they did in a recent poll—should be voting for Hillary. Yet many are not. So, what are we going to do about it?

We who do support Secretary Clinton have a number of options. We can wallow in pessimism; we can get angry at those who, it seems to us, just won’t see reason; or we can try to persuade them. I think you know which is the most productive.

Separate from the fact that it is true, it is strategically important to talk about how dangerous Donald Trump is. Doing so will motivate some of our voters—and of course much of our energy should go to making sure our voters go to the polls. But others have already gotten that message about Trump—yet for them, it hasn’t translated into supporting Hillary. They need a reason to turn their vote for ‘not Trump’ into a vote for Hillary as opposed to a third-party candidate, or no one at all. I’m voting for Hillary, and not just because she’s not Trump. Here’s why….

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Hillary Clinton leads the Race for President…

It’s post email Comey….

The Republican Convention starts….

And Hillary Clinton STILL leads Donald Trump in the race to be President 3 1/2 months out from election day….

Amen!……

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Consider  these margins for Clinton in RCP averages as of 8 AM this morning [Sunday 7/17/16]

2-way national    2.7

4-way national    4.0

which for RCP translates to a 209-164 advantage in the electoral college with following states as toss-ups

Arizona (11)

Florida (29)                         Georgia (16) Iowa (6) Michigan (16)
Nevada (6)
New Hampshire (4)
North Carolina (15)
Ohio (18) Pennsylvania (20) Virginia (13) Wisconsin (10)

Maine CD2 (1)

But then, even from RCP, note her advantages in some of those states:

PA    45.5    42.3    Clinton +3.2 FL     44.0    43.4    Clinton +0.6 OH   43.3    42.0    Clinton +1.3 WI    44.3    38.7    Clinton +5.6 IA     43.0    39.2    Clinton +3.8 VA    44.0    39.4    Clinton +4.6   Trending Down largely bc ofpoll fr Hampton showing  a tie NC    44.0    42.0    Clinton +2.0 GA    40.8    45.0    Trump +4.2 NH    44.5    41.8    Clinton +2.7

And FWIW, current margins on some of those states from Pollster.com followed by Nate’s % of win

PA    42-39       Clinton  +3       66.0-33.9

FL     43-41       Clinton +2        56.1-43.9

OH   41-40       Clinton +1        54.1-45.8

WI    46-37       Clinton +9        77.1-22.8

IA     41-38       Clinton +3        57.1-42.8

NC   45-41       Clinton +4        50.1-49.9

VA    42-37       Clinton +6        67.0-32.9

GA   40-43       Trump +3         27.3-72.6

NH  44-40        Clinton +4       60.7-39.0

Taking that all together, I still think VA, WI, NH and PA are clearly off the table for Trump.

Then consider — if he holds GA and NC (the latter in some doubt), and you were to give him out of the above IA, OH, FL, and NH, you would take 57 from the 332 electoral votes won by Obama in 2012, and Clinton would have 275, and still win the election.

And oh by the way

–  this is pretty much as bad as it is likely to get

– I do not see Trump winning any of those four states, except on an outside chance OH, and that is likely to disappear after the convention, and remember Pence opposed the auto bail-out

– even with the new efforts at voter suppression, I look at numbers for Governor and Senator and feel inclined that Clinton will carry NC.

Yes, I know I have not included NV or CO, but I think the Latino vote puts both out of reach for Trump.

Remember, do not panic on any one poll.  Do not get super-elated on any one poll.  We still have the Republican convention, the Dem VP pick (which apparently will come the day after the Republican convention), the Dem convention, and the debates, plus whatever news from around the world that might impact this race.

UPDATE  given a number of national polls released this morning

Pollster national average, including all (yes even Rasmussen) Clinton 44 — Trump 40

RCP  2-way    43.8 — 40.6  +3.2 for Clinton

4-way     40.8 — 36.3  +4.5 for Clinton    both showing an increase

538:  Polls Plus  63.3% chance for Clinton v 36.7 for Trump

Polls only   65.3-34.6

now cast — if election held today  66.6% for Clinton to win versus 33.3% chance for Trump

And adding what I put in several comments:

2008 Obama + 7.2   won 365 EVS

2012 Obama + 3.9   won 332 EVs

At a 5% margin, you would probably project Clinton to pick up NC and have 347 EVs —  there is some relation between national margin and what happens state by state…

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Cartoon: The inevitable President Trump reality TV show…

 By RubenBolling   @ Daily Kos…..

Follow @RubenBolling on Twitter and Facebook……

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