9 days after roiling campaign, FBI says it won’t seek charges against Clinton

The following article by David A. Fahrenthold, Rosalind S. Helderman and Jenna Johnson was posted on the Washington Post website November 6, 2016:

FBI Director James B. Comey said Sunday that the bureau had completed its examination of newly discovered emails connected to Hillary Clinton — an inquiry that had roiled the presidential race for nine days — and found nothing to alter its months-old decision not to seek charges against the former secretary of state for her use of a private email server.

In a letter to congressional committee chairmen, Comey said investigators had worked “around the clock” to review the emails. The investigators found that the emails were either duplicates of correspondence they had reviewed earlier or were personal emails that did not pertain to State Department business, government officials said. Read More

Just Hours After Trump Campaign Says He Doesn’t Hurl Personal Insults, He Proves Them Very Wrong

The following article by Esther Yu Hsi Lee was posted on the ThinkProgress website August 22, 2016:

Just hours after Donald Trump’s new campaign manager said that he doesn’t “hurl personal insults” at people, the Republican presidential candidate took to Twitter to insult media personalities and his Democratic presidential rival.

In an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway defended the candidate’s harsh words against people like Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), a judge of Mexican descent, and a Gold Star family whose son was killed in Afghanistan.

“He doesn’t hurl personal insults. In other words, he just this week, look what he talked about,” Conway said, adding that “he’s said that he regrets causing personal pain to those who feel it based on things that he has said.”

Just a few hours after Conway’s comments, however, Trump took to Twitter to call television personality Donny Deutsch a “big failure.” And on Monday morning, Trump implied that MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were having a relationship, calling Brzezinski “neurotic” and unintelligent, and referred to former Rep. Anthony Weiner as a “pervert sleaze.

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Donald Trump and the fitness threshold

Day two of the “we can’t believe we’re posting something from a conservative” continues with this column by Charles Krauthammer that appeared on the Washington Post website August 4, 2016:

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Wednesday. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Wednesday. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

Donald Trump, the man who defied every political rule and prevailed to win his party’s nomination, last week took on perhaps the most sacred political rule of all: Never attack a Gold Star family. Not just because it alienates a vital constituency but because it reveals a shocking absence of elementary decency and of natural empathy for the most profound of human sorrows — parental grief.

Why did Trump do it? It wasn’t a mistake. It was a revelation. It’s that he can’t help himself. His governing rule in life is to strike back when attacked, disrespected or even slighted. To understand Trump, you have to grasp the General Theory: He judges every action, every pronouncement, every person by a single criterion — whether or not it/he is “nice” to Trump. Read More

US election 2016: Republican divisions grow over Trump

The following article from the BBC website was posted August 3, 2016:

Donald Trump leaving podium after a speech in Virginia Beach, VA, 7-11-16 (REUTERS-Gary Cameron)
Donald Trump leaving podium after a speech in Virginia Beach, VA, 7-11-16 (REUTERS-Gary Cameron)

Fresh divisions are emerging within the US Republican Party over its presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Republican donor Meg Whitman has endorsed his rival Hillary Clinton, saying Mr Trump’s “demagoguery” had undermined the national fabric.

Senior party activist Jan Halper-Hayes told the BBC she thought Mr Trump was “psychologically unbalanced”.

In the latest controversy, Mr Trump has refused to support two senior figures in his own party. Read More