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Clinton team calls bull on Trump’s Latino gambit

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The 2016 election cycle offered Republicans a moment to peel Latino voters away from the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee. This is not that moment. While Donald Trump dashes south to meet with Mexico’s unpopular president — a man with even worse favorability numbers than the GOP nominee — and prepares to deliver a more measured position on border security and immigration, Democrats and Republicans alike dismiss as fantasy any notion…

Trump promises wall and massive deportation program

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Donald Trump on Wednesday squashed any speculation that he might soften his immigration position to reach new voters in the final stretch of the 2016 campaign, delivering a hawkish, hardline, and true-to-his-roots border platform and vowing that on Day One of his administration, the United States would launch a mammoth deportation program and begin construction of a wall. Emerging from a hastily organized meeting with Mexico’s president, the Republican nominee…

Trump’s immigration rope-a-dope

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PHOENIX—After playing at diplomacy in Mexico following two weeks of muddled messaging on his signature issue, Donald Trump shed any pretense of a softer message or general election “pivot” with a declaration of his fealty to the hardline positions and inflammatory rhetoric that propelled him to the Republican nomination. Trump’s surprising trip to the presidential residence in Mexico City on Wednesday afternoon, which created a moment for him to stand…

Trump will meet with Mexico’s president

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Donald Trump will travel to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto, the Republican nominee tweeted late Tuesday night. The last-minute trip dramatically heightens the stakes of an already-crucial day for Trump, as the presidential campaign enters its final stretch. Following the meeting, Trump delivers a major address on immigration Wednesday night in Phoenix, Arizona, at a time when his campaign’s mixed messages on the subject are…

Clinton, Trump teams make awkward neighbors

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are crisscrossing the country trading accusations of corruption and bigotry, light years apart on how to handle terrorism, taxes, immigration and gun violence. But the two nominees’ teams are closely aligned in exactly one place — in the office building a block from the White House where, by law, their advisers are cloistered behind closed doors plotting the presidential transition. In this nondescript space at…

How Big Alcohol Is About to Get Rich Off California Weed

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More than 20 years later, Hezekiah Allen remembers the Blackhawk helicopters hovering over his childhood home, the armed soldiers barricading the road to the family’s northern California pot farm, the neighbor who hang-glided to escape from the Feds. More than once, Allen came home from a friend’s house to find his mother and stepfather had been arrested again. Allen eventually entered the family business and was himself arrested in 2009…

7 Reasons Why Trump Would Hate Being President

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The growing conventional wisdom about Donald Trump and his flailing campaign is that the candidate is sabotaging his own bid for the White House. As outlandish as that may seem on its face, there are reasons that it may very well be true. Should he win, Trump will loathe the next 1,460 days of his life. As someone who has never worked in Washington, never obtained a security clearance, never…

FBI alert sparks fears that state voting systems are under digital assault

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The FBI’s decision to issue a nationwide alert about the possible hacking of state election offices after breaches in Illinois and Arizona is raising concerns that a nationwide attack could be afoot, with the potential for creating havoc on Election Day. It’s possible that the motivation behind the two state hacks was less about the political system and more about cash. Voter registration data sets include valuable information — such…

FDR’s Secretary’s Secret Hand in the New Deal

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If Hillary Clinton becomes president in 2016, she will not be the first working woman to exercise power at high levels in the White House day-to-day over the course of a presidential term. Nor was it Madeleine Albright, or Valerie Jarrett, or any of the high-powered, highly-decorated women we so often associate with broken glass ceilings in the highest levels of government. A strong case could be made that the…

Elections security: Federal help or power grab?

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The federal government wants to help states keep hackers from manipulating the November election, amid growing fears that the U.S. political system is vulnerable. But Georgia’s top election official is balking at the offers of assistance — and accusing the Obama administration of using exaggerated warnings of cyberthreats to intrude on states’ authority. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s objections add to a bumpy start for the Department of Homeland…

Trump might already be out of time

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Donald Trump and his new team think they have 71 days to turn this campaign around. They’re wrong. The Republican nominee — three months after clinching the nomination — has begun frantically trying to reposition himself in the past week, installing a new campaign manager and controversial CEO to help him escape the straitjacket that his 14 months of incendiary comments and hard-edged policy positions have him in. His task,…

Is This the Way to Get Rid of the Ridiculous Health Conspiracy Theories?

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In August, this often-silly presidential campaign became a medical theatre of the absurd. After Donald Trump campaign surrogates raised questions about Hillary Clinton’s physical stamina—and circulated photos of her propped up by pillows—she demonstrated her strength … by opening a pickle jar on late-night TV. Meanwhile, wild speculation about Trump’s mental fitness led New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd to imagine up an entire scenario where Trump is institutionalized post-election….

Trump talks to a white crowd about black voters

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DES MOINES— Donald Trump made a direct pitch to Iowa’s farmers in a speech here Saturday—and then pivoted back to his appeal for support from African-Americans, even though there were virtually none in the audience. The GOP nominee referenced the murder of NBA star Dwyane Wade’s cousin in Chicago overnight, hours after mentioning it in a controversial tweet in which he commented, “Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will…

The Greatest Presidential Comebacks

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Heading into election day in 1948, most everyone seemed certain that incumbent Democratic President Harry Truman was headed for electoral demise. “We wish Mr. Dewey well without too much enthusiasm,” Reinhold Niebuhr, the acclaimed Protestant theologian and liberal luminary, said of Truman’s Republican opponent in early November, “and look to Mr. Truman’s defeat without too much regret.” Like much of the country, Niebuhr was in for a surprise. Truman defied…

Obama’s legacy on Syria dealt another blow

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President Barack Obama hasn’t had many victories to point to in Syria, but there was one: the U.S. and Russia-brokered deal in 2013 that compelled the Syrian regime to hand over hundreds of tons of chemical weapons. Now, a U.N. investigation has put even that victory in question, leading critics to hammer a U.S. president they say is too stubborn to admit he was wrong to pull back on military…