I am no longer looking at national polls because it is the individual state polls which really matter and in recent weeks we have seen Donald Trump making headway in several swing states, so much in fact that he now has a clear path to 270 Electoral College votes.
A new CNN poll is out which shows Donald Trump now in the lead in Colorado and surging in Pennsylvania, here is more:
In a four way match up, Trump leads Clinton 42 percent to 41 percent in Colorado, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.
Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson raked in 13 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein received three percent.
In a head-to-head match up between Trump and Clinton in Colorado, the poll shows she leads by two points, 49 percent to 47 percent.
The margin of error for the survey is plus or minus three points.
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Here is Frank Zappa performing “Cosmik Debris” live from I believe 1973. Where can I get a pair of pants like that?
Yesterday the FBI released more documents related to its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal and the big new was that the FBI granted Cheryl Mills, a woman who is at the heart of the scandal, immunity in return for her testimony and today we have learned something which is potentially bigger news.
According to this story Barack Obama–who only learned about Hillary Clinton’s email server by watching the news–used an alias in an email communication to the former Secretary of State. Here is more:
President Barack Obama used a pseudonym in email communications with Hillary Clinton and others, according to FBI records made public Friday.
The disclosure came as the FBI released its second batch of documents from its investigation into Clinton’s private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.
The 189 pages the bureau released includes interviews with some of Clinton’s closest aides, such as Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills; senior State Department officials; and even Marcel Lazar, better known as the Romanian hacker “Guccifer.”
In an April 5, 2016 interview with the FBI, Abedin was shown an email exchange between Clinton and Obama, but the longtime Clinton aide did not recognize the name of the sender.
“Once informed that the sender’s name is believed to be pseudonym used by the president, Abedin exclaimed: ‘How is this not classified?'” the report says. “Abedin then expressed her amazement at the president’s use of a pseudonym and asked if she could have a copy of the email.”
I find it odd Huma Abedin wanted a copy of the email after she found out it was from the President but let that go, it is not germane to the topic but something interesting to ponder.
Hillary Clinton has proposed raising the estate tax from 40% to 65% on the wealthiest Americans, here is more on the former Secretary of State’s proposal:
Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Thursday proposed raising taxes on inherited property to 65% for the largest estates as she bolstered plans for tax hikes on the wealthiest Americans.
Known by conservative opponents as the “death tax,” the estate tax, levied on property such as cash, real estate, stock or other assets transferred from deceased persons to heirs, currently is imposed only on inherited assets worth $5.45 million or more for an individual.
Clinton’s plan, posted on her campaign’s website, would raise the estate tax from the current 40% to 45%, the rate that existed in 2009. But the biggest estates would face rates of up to 65% for property valued at more than $500 million for a single person or $1 billion per couple, under her proposal, an update of an earlier plan.
“Hillary Clinton has made a commitment throughout this campaign to make sure there is a plan to pay for the progressive policies we have laid out,” said Mike Shapiro, an economic adviser to Clinton.
So, Hillary Clinton has made a commitment to ensure there is a plan to pay for her policies, but according to this article that plan does not include her family sacrificing for the greater good because the Clinton’s have taken measures to shield themselves from her own proposed tax increases. Here is more:
Donald Trump has said several things during this campaign which makes me question his constitutional knowledge as well as his intent to abide by the founding document. The one comment he made, up until this point, that had me the most upset was when he threatened to use libel laws to sue the media if they wrote “horrible and negative and false articles” about him.
We all know the media has a bias, in fact I have written several posts in the last two weeks showing examples of media bias, and while if the media does knowingly print blatant and purposefully incorrect articles they should be open to libel laws I cannot support a person who threatens to sue the media if it writes something he simply feels is “horrible and negative.” This would be a clear violation of the freedom of the press and this type of threat is something I would expect from the left.
But today Donald Trump has touted a policy I find equally at odds with the Constitution when he called for a national “stop and frisk” policy. Here is more:
CNN did not get the moniker (does that sound too close to Monica?) of being the Clinton News Network back in the day for no reason and in recent weeks the network is reminding how they got it in the first place. In the aftermath of last weekend’s terrorist attacks in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota Donald Trump called for “profiling” as a means to prevent these ever-increasing attacks. This is what Donald Trump said:
“In Israel they profile, they’ve done an unbelievable job, as good as you can do,” Trump said. “They profile. They see somebody that is suspicious, they will profile, they will take that person in, they’ll check out. Do we have choice? Look what’s going on? Do we really have a choice? … This is only going to get worse.”
Bill Whittle is out with his latest Firewall video entitled “The Clinton Lie Ratchet.” In this video Bill Whittle explains how when confronted with a scandal (in this case the email scandal) the Clinton’s choose the least damaging lie out of all the lies and then when it is shown to be a lie progress though all the other lies one a time until the truth has been revealed to the American people. In the end the least damaging lie turns out to be to most damning lie.
This is now happening with Hillary Clinton’s health and Bill Whittle promises to address this in his next Firewall video. This is brilliant and here it is:
malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium