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#1427 Sep 01 2016 at 6:24 PM Rating: Excellent
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In more amazing Trump minority news, Trump was supposed to have an open Q & A with the (black) ministry at Great Faith Ministries International. Instead, he's doing a Q & A with the pastor. Which turns out is completely scripted with Trump giving answers designed by his campaign staff. Per the NYT:
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And instead of letting Mr. Trump be his freewheeling self, his campaign has prepared lengthy answers for the submitted questions, consulting black Republicans to make sure he says the right things

Sounds like this will do wonders to help his credibility.
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#1428 Sep 02 2016 at 8:35 AM Rating: Good
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At least his campaign staff figured out what kind of nightmare an unscripted Q & A would have been before the Q & A. That's kind of progress. Scripted reality show is about the only chance Trump has with the only people that somehow don't know of his past behavior.

Like ... the Amish?
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#1429 Sep 02 2016 at 9:14 AM Rating: Excellent
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And instead of letting Mr. Trump be his freewheeling self, his campaign has prepared lengthy answers for the submitted questions, consulting black Republicans to make sure he says the right things

Sounds like this will do wonders to help his credibility.
It will, but that has more to do with where it is at the moment. For someone coming from outside of the political establishment he sure is a quick study.
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#1430 Sep 02 2016 at 1:10 PM Rating: Good
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Marco Gutierrez of Latinos for Trump wrote:
My culture is a very dominant culture, and it's imposing — and it's causing problems. If you don't do something about it, you're going to have taco trucks on every corner.
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#1431 Sep 02 2016 at 1:28 PM Rating: Excellent
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Vote for Clinton and tacos will never be more than 40' away!
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#1432 Sep 02 2016 at 2:33 PM Rating: Excellent
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It could work.

I mean, sounds better than any other slogan I've heard from them yet. Who doesn't want a taco truck on every corner? Especially when they're hungry.
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#1433 Sep 02 2016 at 3:37 PM Rating: Good
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On every corner, imagine how cheap all those delicious tacos would be with all that competition. Why, I could eat tacos every day. Of course, now that's all I can think about and I must now make my own tacos. I use perfectly seasoned ground beef with shredded cheese, black beans and yellow rice for mine.
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#1434 Sep 02 2016 at 4:56 PM Rating: Good
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Those aren't tacos, those are poorly constructed burritos!
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#1435 Sep 07 2016 at 10:32 AM Rating: Good
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FoxNews wrote:
Donald Trump is unveiling his plan for boosting defense spending and defeating the Islamic State as part of a renewed focus by his campaign on national security.

At a speech in Philadelphia, Trump is set to outline a number of proposals.

According to the campaign, they include:
  • Asking military generals to present a plan within 30 days to defeat and destroy ISIS, immediately after taking office
  • Asking Congress to eliminate the defense sequester
  • Building an active Army of about 540,000
  • Building a Marine Corps based on 36 battalions
  • Building a Navy nearing 350 surface ships and submarines
  • Building an Air Force of at least 1,200 fighter aircraft
The New York businessman, who has struggled at times to demonstrate a command of foreign policy, is outlining plans to "add substantially" to the nation's arsenal of submarines, ships and combat troops. Trump's address comes hours before his national security acumen is tested at a "commander in chief" forum on NBC.

The appearances mark an intense, two-day focus on national security by Trump, who has offered tough rhetoric on America's challenges abroad but few details.

"I'm going to make our military so big, so powerful, so strong, that nobody -- absolutely nobody -- is gonna to mess with us," Trump says in a 23-second video posted on his campaign website.

The United States already spends more than $600 billion a year on the military.

Trump's rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, has tried to paint the billionaire businessman as erratic, making the case that his disposition would be a major liability on the world stage.

"They know they can count on me to be the kind of commander in chief who will protect our country and our troops, and they know they cannot count on Donald Trump," Clinton said en route to Florida. "They view him as a danger and a risk."

Trump has pushed back on that characterization.

"I think my single greatest asset, of any assets I have, is my temperament," Trump declared in North Carolina on Tuesday.

While Clinton and Trump will be featured at the Wednesday night forum, they will appear at separate times and will not face each other on stage. The forum could serve as a warm-up to their highly anticipated first presidential debate, scheduled for Sept. 26 in New York.

Trump will deliver another speech Wednesday evening, at the convention of New York's Conservative Party, that's also expected to focus on national security.

A late morning address at Philadelphia's Union League will outline his plans to eliminate deep spending cuts, known as the "sequester," enacted when Congress failed to reach a budget compromise in 2011. Republicans and Democrats voted for the automatic, across-the board cuts that affected both military and domestic programs.

Trump has given mixed signals about whether he wants to increase military spending overall.

While Trump has often complained that U.S. forces are not large enough or well-equipped, he's also said that he'd save money by cutting waste and ensuring that contractors aren't getting sweetheart deals because of their connections or lobbying efforts.

His position on the sequester has been even more murky. Trump expressed support for the cuts in interviews in 2013 -- even describing them as too small -- but seemed to suggest at the time that military spending should be exempt, undermining the sequester premise.

A Trump adviser said Trump would ensure the additional spending is fully paid for.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton on Wednesday rolled out a list of endorsements from retired generals and admirals.

Clinton's campaign announced that she now has 95 retired generals and admirals backing her candidacy. That's more than the list of 88 retired military leaders that Trump's campaign announced on Tuesday.

Among Clinton's new supporters is retired General Lloyd Newton who served in the Air Force.
Because throwing money at it has worked so well the last sixteen years. Between that and the fight over who has a bigger list of people with no actual influence has had me chuckling.
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#1436 Sep 07 2016 at 12:54 PM Rating: Excellent
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I mostly wonder why we need to expand our military when the primary focus of our effort is going to be a group of random rednecks wandering around in the desert half a world away.
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#1437 Sep 07 2016 at 2:32 PM Rating: Decent
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I wonder why you need to expand your military when you already spend the same as the next 10 countries combined spend. Who are you defending against?

Edit: 10 X 10 does not equal 10.

Edited, Sep 7th 2016 4:41pm by Yodabunny
#1438 Sep 07 2016 at 2:46 PM Rating: Good
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I wonder why you need to expand your military when you already spend the same as the next 10 countries combined spend. Who are you defending against?



Space Aliens.
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#1439 Sep 07 2016 at 3:17 PM Rating: Excellent
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Yodabunny wrote:
I wonder why you need to expand your military when you already spend the same as the next 10 countries combined spend. Who are you defending against?
Bureaucracy and inefficiency.
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I wonder why you need to expand your military when you already spend the same as the next 10 countries combined spend. Who are you defending against?

Citizen rebellions. Those fuckers have a shitload of guns.
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#1441 Sep 08 2016 at 8:59 AM Rating: Good
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Jophiel wrote:
Those fuckers have a shitload of guns.
You idiot.
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#1442 Sep 08 2016 at 10:04 AM Rating: Excellent
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Those fuckers have a shitload of guns.
You idiot.
But they all have weapons, that means everyone's perfectly safe right?
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#1443 Sep 08 2016 at 1:39 PM Rating: Excellent
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Those fuckers have a shitload of guns.
You idiot.
But they all have weapons, that means everyone's perfectly safe right?

You know what would make them safe? Give them all ANOTHER weapon!

Two weapons for every one!
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#1444 Sep 08 2016 at 5:20 PM Rating: Good
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In case it wasn't already blatantly obvious, Matt Yglesias is an unserious person.
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#1445 Sep 08 2016 at 7:33 PM Rating: Good
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The phone/talk to email comparison is rather apt, but in the wrong direction. It's not some email conversation should be private like direct conversations, but all conversations (government or not) which should be public knowledge.

Those sweet nothings you whisper in your spouse's ear? We should all be able to listen to that.
#1446 Sep 09 2016 at 8:09 AM Rating: Good
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Breaking News: What three pizza toppings Presidential nominees order that could ruin the country.
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#1447 Sep 09 2016 at 10:01 AM Rating: Good
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10 things the Presidential Nominees aren't supposed to do, that they have done...Number 7 blew my mind!
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#1448 Sep 09 2016 at 10:32 AM Rating: Excellent
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Putin hired a hit squad to assassinate this presidential nominee. Their Twitter response was epic.
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#1449 Sep 09 2016 at 11:27 AM Rating: Good
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Fifteenth anniversary is approaching, and Clinton is visiting the ground zero site, and I can't imagine Trump somehow won't so Sunday should be fun.
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#1450 Sep 09 2016 at 6:37 PM Rating: Good
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Shocking Reveal: They're all pineapple. #PizzaGate2PresidentialBoogaloo
#1451 Sep 09 2016 at 7:01 PM Rating: Excellent
GBATE!! Never saw it coming
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"SCIENTISTS REVEAL: Your "picky" friend was right all along!! Bell peppers should never be on a pizza (or with any other food) as there are genetically identical to Satan's nutsack!
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