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Media types hit panic button over CIA Russia assessment

It may be time for a deep breath. In the wake of a CIA assessment that Russia interfered in the U.S. election to boost Donald Trump, some media personalities are seizing on the report as proof Moscow just installed its own version of a Manchurian candidate.  The Washington Post first reported on the CIA assessment

Paul Manafort Is Back

Robert Kolker, On the morning of July 18, the first day of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, a group of reporters covering the presidential campaign packed themselves around a long table for an on-the-record breakfast with Paul Manafort—the seasoned political hand who, as chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, had the unenviable task

Draining the Swamp – Trump’s Russian Challenge

Steve Sherman, Donald Trump stunned most of the world with his unexpected upset of long-time crony and career politician, Hillary Clinton. His mandate is undisputed, but his challenge is great. Trump won on a message of change. His promises are wide ranging, but many focus on cleaning house and sweeping out the business as usual

Perfect Pence, Now that was a #Debate

Michael Reagan, The Mike Pence-Tim Kaine bout Tuesday night wasn’t the main event of 2016. It was what they call in boxing an “undercard” match. It was a contest between two natural lightweights – the VP candidates. There was no exciting 12th round knock out. But Pence and Kaine engaged in a good, spirited political

The polls are tightening, and Trump is moving ahead in several swing states

Keith Koffler, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump took to the microphones on Friday to reverse himself and declare that President Barack Obama was, in fact, born in the United States. Trump was making his latest move in a successful effort to mitigate perhaps the greatest impediment to his candidacy: the fear factor. That is, the

Trump is doing everything right—including letting Jimmy Fallon mess up his hair

I suppose people have had better months than Donald Trump has had so far in September… maybe that guy who’s won the Florida lottery seven times, or that baseball star who’s engaged to Kate Upton. But Trump’s surge to the lead in several national polls plus a clear softening of his image in the media

Dishonest media clicking its heels three times to try to make Trump go away

Jamie White | Infowars, Desperate: Mainstream Media Pushes “Trump Dropping Out” Conspiracy Theory. In a stunning show of desperation, the mainstream media is claiming that Donald Trump may drop out of the Presidential race, despite being told otherwise by the Trump campaign. The media is so desperate to derail Trump’s campaign that a flurry of

Hillary quietly reaching out to prominent Republicans to ask for their support

A key detail from the news about Romney pal and GOP mega-donor Meg Whitman declaring “I’m with her.” Whitman didn’t just walk into Hillary’s camp. She was recruited. And if she was recruited, other Republicans are being recruited too. “I will vote for Hillary, I will talk to my Republican friends about helping her, and

Feeling The Heat, Establishment Ramps Up Attacks On Trump

Rachel Marsden, When the anti-aircraft fire intensifies, it’s usually a sign that you’re directly over the target. Various branches of the establishment — Wall Street, the military-industrial complex, the media — are now unleashing their arsenal on the Trump campaign. Two of the most media-friendly Wall Streeters, Michael Bloomberg and Warren Buffett, have been trotted

Trump Denies Putin Ties

Donald Trump backtracked on claims that he’s had a “a relationship” with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid questions about his embrace of a traditional U.S. adversary at a time Russia’s been implicated in hacking Democratic Party computers. “I have no relationship with Putin,” the Republican presidential nominee said several times during an interview on ABC’s

Is Vladimir Putin deliberately destabilizing U.S. politics?

When WikiLeaks dumped tens of thousands of often embarrassing internal Democratic Party emails, it didn’t take long for the finger to be pointed at Moscow. In many ways, that should hardly be surprising. The distinctly idiosyncratic dynamic between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin has long been a topic of fascination for pundits. Some of the

Do You Think Trump is Keeping It a Little Too Real?

Eli Lake, Watching Donald Trump comment on the hack of the Democratic National Committee’s computer servers brings to mind the Dave Chappelle show. In a recurring bit called “when keeping it real goes wrong,” various people would decide to say what they really felt, only to face disastrous consequences. Trump was revealing a little too