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21 октября, 15:17

Хакеры из КНР пытались взломать компьютеры американских госслужащих

Китайские хакеры пытались взломать компьютеры американских государственных служащих в связи с маневрами авианосца ВМС США "Рональд Рейган" во время его патрулирования в Южно-Китайском море в июле 2016 года. Сообщается, что целью злоумышленников был сбор информации о военных маневрах, систем командного управления и политической корреспонденции. Специалисты считают, что хакеры распространили зараженный файл через электронную переписку. Прямого доказательства, что за попыткой взлома стоит правительство Китая, нет. Представитель ВМС США заявил, что

21 октября, 12:15

Chinese hackers targeted US aircraft carrier

Cyber security group says attack launched against visitors to vessel in South China Sea

21 октября, 02:19

Michelle Obama Rips Trump For Rigged Election Claims: 'You Do Not Keep American Democracy In Suspense'

First lady Michelle Obama on Thursday pilloried GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump for declaring he may not accept the results of November’s election if he loses. In the process, she delivered yet another powerful argument in favor of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, cementing her status as one of Clinton’s most effective advocates on the campaign trail.  “You do not keep American democracy ‘in suspense,’ because look, too many people have marched and protested, and fought and died for this democracy,” Obama said, referring to Trump’s astonishing statement from Wednesday night’s debate, when he refused to say definitively whether he would accept the election results. function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); The first lady was campaigning in Phoenix, where in recent weeks Clinton has narrowed Trump’s lead and turned the traditionally Republican state into a tossup. Obama said Trump’s statement represented a threat to “the very idea of America itself,” and argued that his repeated claims that the election is “rigged” was an effort by his campaign to stoke voter apathy and keep voters away from the polls. “For the record, our democracy is revered around the world, and free elections are the best way on Earth to choose our leaders. This is how we elected John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, two George Bushes and Barack Obama. It has worked for decades,” she said. “We are fortunate, and I have traveled the world, we are fortunate to live in a country where the voters decide our elections, where the voters decide who wins or loses. Period. End of story. And when a presidential candidate threatens to ignore our voices and reject the outcome of the election, he is threatening the very idea of America itself.” Without even having to mention Trump by name, Obama has repeatedly given some of the most stirring arguments for Clinton and against Trump, often using the businessman’s statements against him. Campaigning in New Hampshire last week, Obama delivered a powerful denouncement of Trump’s history of demeaning women, which quickly went viral. In her remarks on Thursday, Obama said her office was inundated with responses to the speech, in which she spoke in personal terms about how the 2005 video of Trump bragging about sexual assault had “shaken me to my core.” But she urged Clinton supporters to use her words to rally voters. “Don’t just tweet about my speech,” she said. “If you liked my speech last week, go vote!” Obama attacked Trump’s divisiveness, saying that his propensity to insult and denigrate groups, from immigrants to veterans, from women to the disabled, from Muslims to African Americans, stems from his background as a wealthy real estate mogul. “Hillary’s opponent comes from a different place. I don’t know, perhaps living life high up in a tower, in a world of exclusive clubs, measuring success by wins and losses, the number of zeroes in your bank account, perhaps you just develop a different set of values,” she said of Trump. “Maybe with so little exposure to people who are different than you, it becomes easy to take advantage of those who are down on their luck, folks who play by the rules, pay what they owe. Because to you, those folks just aren’t very smart, and seem somehow less deserving. And if you think this way, then it’s easy to see this country as us versus them, and it’s easy to dehumanize ‘them,’ to treat ‘them’ with contempt, because you don’t know ‘them.’ You can’t even see ‘them.’” Obama also praised Clinton’s policy experience and preparedness, which Trump has often used to attack her. “Here’s the thing about Hillary: She is a policy wonk. And let me tell you, just for the record: When you are president, that is a good thing,” she said. “When you are president, knowing what you are doing is a good thing.”  “Hillary has comprehensive policies to help people. Her opponent has tweets,” she continued. “You decide.” HUFFPOST READERS: What’s happening in your state or district? The Huffington Post wants to know about all the campaign ads, mailers, robocalls, candidate appearances and other interesting campaign news happening by you. Email any tips, videos, audio files or photos [email protected] Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

21 октября, 02:04

Remarks by the President at Democratic Party of Florida Grassroots Organizing Event

Florida Memorial University Athletic and Wellness Center Miami Gardens, Florida 4:12 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, Miami Gardens!  (Applause.)  How’s everybody doing today?  (Applause.)  Can everybody please give a big round of applause to Dominique?  (Applause.)  We are so proud of her.  Thank you, Florida Memorial University.  Go, Lions!  It’s good to be here.  (Applause.) AUDIENCE MEMBER:  We love you? THE PRESIDENT:  Love you back.  Well, I love you back, you know that.  (Applause.)  You know who else I love?  We’ve got a bunch of elected officials here today, including some of your outstanding representatives.  Frederica Wilson is in the house.  (Applause.)  And your next United States senator, Patrick Murphy. (Applause.) So if you have a seat, feel free to sit down.  If you don’t have a seat, don’t.  Just make yourself comfortable, because I’ve got some things to say here.  (Applause.) So this will be probably one of my last visits to Miami as President. AUDIENCE:  Nooo -- THE PRESIDENT:  No, no, don’t worry.  Don’t worry.  I’m going to come back, but I won’t be President, so I can have more fun.  (Applause.)  But this is how things work in a democracy.  I’ll talk about that later, too -- how things are supposed to work in a democracy.  Michelle and I only get an eight-year lease on the White House.  We rent, we don’t own.  And right now, we’re making sure we haven’t broken anything, that Bo and Sunny haven’t ruined any carpets.  (Laughter.)  We have been marking off how tall Malia and Sasha were getting on the wall, but now we’ve got to erase it.  (Laughter.)  Because we want our security deposit back.  But obviously it has been one of the great honors of my life -- the great honor of my life -- to serve the American people.   And look, the truth is, I couldn’t have done it without Florida.  Florida has always been good to us.  I remember campaigning here in Miami in the closing days of a tough campaign eight years ago.  And we had been living through two long wars.  We were about to enter into the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes.  On issues like health care, and issues like climate change, we hadn’t really been doing anything.  We had just been kicking the can down the road.  And I told you then, when I was campaigning -- I told you I wasn’t a perfect man, and I wasn’t going to be a perfect President.  But I told you I would work as hard as I could every single day on your behalf; that I would fight for you to make life a little bit easier for working families all across the country.  (Applause.) And I tell you what, eight years later, we can look back and we can say we fought our way back from a recession.   (Applause.) Our businesses have turned job losses into 15 million new jobs.  (Applause.)  We have slashed our dependence on foreign oil.  We've doubled our production of clean energy.  Incomes are rising, poverty is falling.  The uninsured rate is at an all-time low.  We've brought our brave troops home to their families.  We delivered justice to Osama bin Laden.  (Applause.)  Marriage equality is a reality in all 50 states.  We've been busy these last eight years.  (Applause.) By every measure, our country is stronger and more prosperous than when I came into office.  But all that progress is at stake if we don't do the right thing these next 19 days. I know there are some folks who are talking about how terrible America is.  But you know what -- I’ve been to all 50 states as your President, and I see how great America is right now.  (Applause.) I see folks working hard, starting their own businesses.  I see teachers reaching into their own pocket to make sure our kids are getting the education that they need.  (Applause.)  I see doctors serving the poor and coming up with new cures.  I see our men and women in uniform, our cops and first responders running towards danger, working to keep us safe. I see the patriotism of young activists who are troubled when things don't go the way they should, and call on us to live up to our highest ideals.  I see all of you -- Americans of every faith and every race and every region of the country -- who know that we're stronger together.  Young and old, men and women, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, people with disabilities or not -- all pledging allegiance to the Red and White and Blue.  That's what I see about America.  That's the America I know!  (Applause.) That is the America I know.  And there is only one candidate in this race who has devoted her life to that better America -- the next President of the United States, Hillary Clinton!  (Applause.) Now, hold on, hold on, hold on.  See, that's one of the things I love about Florida, this is always a rowdy crowd.  (Applause.)  Here’s the good news.  You don't have to wait until November 8th to send Hillary to the White House.  You don't need to wait until November 8th to send Patrick Murphy to the United States Senate.  (Applause.)  You can vote early starting this Monday.  You can find out where to vote at iwillvote.com.  Starting on Monday, you can go to the polls.  And when you vote early, it’s not crowded.  When you vote early, there are no lines.  When you vote early, you can kind of do it on your lunch break.  You can do it at your own leisure.  You can take your time.  But starting Monday, you can reject somebody who proves himself unfit to be President every single day in every single way.  (Applause.)  You can reject his dark, pessimistic, fear-mongering vision of a country, where we turn against each other and turn away from our role in the world.  And instead, you can choose as qualified a person who has ever run to lead this country.  You can affirm the America we know, a country full of optimism and courage and generosity and hope; a country where we look out for each other and don't turn on each other.  That's the choice that you can make, starting on Monday, right here in South Florida.  (Applause.) I’ve said this before.  There’s nothing that can completely prepare you for the job of being President of the United States. You know, that first day after you get sworn in, and they walk you in the office -- then everybody leaves, and you're in the office, and you're looking around thinking, man, now what?  (Laughter.)  But here’s the thing.  Hillary Clinton, she’s been a First Lady.  She’s been a senator.  She’s been my Secretary of State.  She’s been in the room when tough decisions were made.  She knows how those decisions can affect a veteran or a soldier, or a kid who needs a great education, or a worker who is fighting for a good job or a raise or a decent retirement.  And I will tell you even in the middle of crisis, she is calm and cool and collected. And she’s listening to people, and she’s treating everybody with respect.  And here’s the thing about Hillary -- no matter how tough the odds, no matter how much people try to knock her down, no matter how mean folks can be, she doesn't point fingers.  She doesn't complain.  She doesn't whine.  (Laughter.)  She just workers harder, and she gets the job done.  And she never, ever, ever quits.  And that's why I know she can be a great President of the United States of America.  (Applause.) And the other thing is she actually knows what she’s talking about.  (Laughter.)  She’s actually done her homework.  So she’s got real plans to address what she’s heard from you.  Specific ideas to invest in new jobs; to help workers share in company’s profits; to reduce inequality.  Ideas to help kids have access to preschool and help students go through college without taking on a ton of debt.  (Applause.)  She was just here in Miami last week talking about what she was going to do to fight climate change.  And then she proposed a child tax credit that would help millions of families. I mean she loves this stuff.  She’s all -- she’s just reading her briefing book all time.  She’s not watching TV.  She’s not watching the reality TV.  She’s not participating in reality TV.  She’s doing the work, and that’s what you want from a President of the United States of America.  (Applause.)  Now, she is not going to be able to do it alone.  So we also have to have outstanding members of Congress.  And Patrick Murphy, when he’s your United States senator, he’s going to be doing his work.  In fact, unlike his opponent, he actually shows up to work.  (Applause.)  Unlike his opponent, he didn’t try to defund Planned Parenthood.  He made sure that women could make their own health care decisions.  Unlike his opponent, he didn’t walk away from Florida’s Hispanic community when the politics got tough.  He fought for comprehensive immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship.  Unlike his opponent, Patrick actually believes in science and believes in the effects of climate change.  Just the other night in their debate, Marco Rubio did not accept that sea levels are rising.  And if you’re watching TV, or you are going down some of the blocks right here in Miami in the middle of a sunny day, and you see the ocean coming up through the streets, how can you deny what is right in front of you?  I thought he was from Miami.  (Applause.) Patrick Murphy brought Democrats and Republicans together to fund Everglades restoration.  He knows how to get stuff done, not just think about what you’re going to do next.  And as your next senator, he’ll fight for this planet for future generations.    The point is, you deserve leaders who show up to work, who do their homework, who care more about you than just hanging on to their job, who will have your back.  That is who Hillary Clinton is.  That’s who Patrick Murphy is.  They will always be there for you.  And that’s why you got to be there for them, starting Monday when you go early vote.  (Applause.) And, in contrast, you’ve got Donald Trump.  AUDIENCE:  Booo -- THE PRESIDENT:  Oh!  Don’t boo -- vote!  (Applause.)  Vote! Booing doesn’t do any good.  Vote!  And get your friends to vote. Get Uncle Joe to vote.  Get Pookie to vote, and Javier to vote.  (Applause.)  Vote -- don’t boo.  Trump can’t hear you from here. But he can hear you when you go to the ballot box and vote.  (Applause.) I know Trump hangs around here in Florida, but I don’t think he represents the values of Florida. AUDIENCE:  Nooo -- THE PRESIDENT:  Here’s a guy who repeatedly stiffs small business owners and workers who have done work for him -- and he thinks that’s smart.  Just don’t pay them, and then let them try to sue.  This is a guy who doesn’t release his tax returns.  First presidential candidate in decades who won’t release his tax returns.  And it’s either because he’s not as rich as he says he is, or -– as he admits -– he hadn’t paid federal income taxes in years.  And he says that’s smart.  He thinks you’re suckers for doing what you’re supposed to do.   But it’s not smart not to pay your taxes.  All that means is, unlike the rest of us, despite everything that America has given to him, he doesn’t feel obliged to give back a single dime to help our troops, or our veterans, or to make sure that young people get help going to college.  (Applause.)  He keeps on talking about wanting to make America great.  Well, it’s people who avoid their responsibilities that create problems here in America.  He’s not part of the solution; he’s part of the problem.  (Applause.)  And if you really believe that a guy who’s spent 70 years on this Earth, showing no regard for working people, is suddenly going to be the champion of working people, then I guess that’s your guy.  But if you want leaders who actually value hard work, respect working Americans, who want higher wages and better benefits and a fairer tax code, who want equal pay for equal work for women, then you should vote for Hillary Clinton and you should vote for Patrick Murphy.  (Applause.) And if you want somebody who is going to actually keep your family safe in a dangerous world, then the choice is even clearer.  Hillary will see to it that our troops finish the job of defeating ISIL.  They are going after them right now as we speak.  (Applause.)  And she’ll do it without resorting to torture, or banning religions from our country.  She’s already got the temperament and the knowledge, the steady hand to be the next Commander-in-Chief.  (Applause.) And meanwhile, you’ve got Donald Trump insulting POWs; attacking a Gold Star mom, and talking down our troops and our veterans; praising dictators; telling our allies we might not stand by them if they don’t pay up.  I agree with the U.S. Senator -- a Republican -- who, a while back, said that we can’t afford to give “the nuclear codes of the United States to an erratic individual.”  (Applause.) By the way, you know who said that?  Marco Rubio.  He also called Donald Trump a dangerous con artist who has spent a career sticking it to working people.  AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Say it again! THE PRESIDENT:  You want me to say it again?  He said -- (laughter) -- Marco Rubio said, this was a “dangerous” “con artist” who spent a life time -- “spent a career sticking it to working people.”  Now, that begs the question, since we’re in Florida –- why does Marco Rubio still plan to vote for Donald Trump?  Why is he supporting Donald Trump?  AUDIENCE:  Why!  THE PRESIDENT:  I mean, we know -- look, I know a lot of Republicans, voters, just ordinary folks, your neighbors, your friends -- most of them don’t think the way Trump does.  And there are legitimate differences between the parties.  But there has to be a point where you stand for something more than just party, or more than just your own career. And here’s the thing.  Trump didn’t come out of nowhere now. For years, Republican politicians and far-right media outlets had just been pumping out all kinds of toxic, crazy stuff.  First of all, there was the whole birther thing.  Then they start saying climate change is a Chinese hoax.  And according to them, I’m power enough to cause these hurricanes -- (laughter) -- and I’m about to steal everybody’s guns in the middle of the night and declare martial law, but somehow I still need a teleprompter to finish a sentence.  (Laughter.) So they have been saying crazy stuff.  And there were a lot of politicians, like Marco Rubio, who know better.  But they just look the other way, because they figured, you know what, if they really -- if we could stir folks up, and think that Barack or Hillary or others are doing all these terrible things we’re saying they’re doing, that’s going to help us get votes.  And so we’ll just oppose anything that they’re trying to do, and maybe we’ll end up having more power in Washington.  And so they just stood by and said nothing -- even though they knew better -- while their base actually started believing some of this stuff.  I say all this because Donald Trump didn’t start all this.  Like he usually does, he just slapped his name on it, took credit for it, and promoted the heck out of it.  (Applause.) Now, over the last couple of weeks, after those videos came out on that bus, there were a number of Republican politicians who walked away from Donald Trump.  Apparently, a tape where a presidential candidate brags about actions that, if you hear what he’s saying, qualify as sexual assault -- apparently that was the deal-breaker for them.  Or at least, his poll numbers dropping after the tape came out was the deal-breaker for them.  I mean, last night, did you hear Trump trying to run away comments that are on a recording, and the audience started laughing when he said, “I really respect women.”  (Laughter.)  Did you see that? But here is my question.  My question is, why would it take this long -- AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Right! THE PRESIDENT:  -- for Republican senators and Republican congressmen and Republican governors and state republicans and state senators -- why would it take you this long to figure out that Donald Trump shouldn’t be President?  (Applause.)  If you’ve made a career of idolizing Ronald Reagan, then where were you when your party’s nominee for President was kissing up to Vladimir Putin, the former KGB officer?  (Applause.)  You used to criticize me for even talking to the Russians.  Now, suddenly, you’re okay with your nominee having a bromance with Putin.  (Laughter and applause.) If you come from a family of immigrants -- like almost everybody here does unless you’re Native American -- where were you when your party’s nominee for President called immigrants “criminals” and “rapists”?    If you say you love the Constitution -- in fact, you say Obama is overreaching with his executive actions, he’s violating the Constitution, should be impeached -- but then you stand up and nominate and support a guy who says that he would silence reporters, jail his political opponent in the middle of a debate, deport whoever he wants.  I mean, I assume you’ve got some familiarity with the First Amendment, and the Fifth Amendment, and the 14th Amendment.  (Applause.)  Why weren’t you offering him your pocket Constitution, like Mr. Khan did?  (Applause.) .. career of idolizing Ronald Reagan, then where were you when your party’s nominee for President was kissing up to Vladimir Putin, the former KGB officer?  (Applause.)  You used to criticize me for even talking to the Russians.  Now suddenly you're okay with your nominee having a bromance with Putin.  (Laughter and applause.) If you come from a family of immigrants like almost everybody here does unless you're Native American, where were you when your party’s nominee for President called immigrants criminals and rapists?  If you say you love the Constitution -- in fact, you say Obama is overreaching with his executive actions.  He’s violating the Constitution, should be impeached.  But then you stand up and nominate and support a guy who says that he would silence reporters, jail his political opponent in the middle of a debate, deport whoever he wants.  I mean I assume you've got some familiarity with the First Amendment, and the Fifth Amendment, and the 14th Amendment.  Why weren’t you offering him your pocket Constitution like Mr. Khan did?  (Applause.)  If you're a Republican official or leader out there, and you've run for office on family values -- family values -- why wouldn’t you walk away from him months ago when you heard your nominee for President call women pigs and dogs and slobs, and grade them not for their character or their intellect, but on a scale of one to 10? You don't have to be a husband or father to stand up for women.  You don't have to have a disability to say it’s wrong to mock somebody with a disability.  You don't have to be a Muslim to stand up for our fellow citizens who are just as patriotic as we are.  You just have to be a decent person, and you just have to love this country.  (Applause.)  So I don't give a lot of credit for folks who are just now trying to walk away from trouble.  Although I will say I’m even more confused by Republican politicians who still support Donald Trump.  (Applause.)  Marco Rubio is one of those people.  How does that work?  How can you call him a con artist and dangerous, and object to all the controversial things he says, and then say, but I’m still going to vote for him?  Come on, man.  Come on, man.  (Laughter and applause.) You know what that is, though?  It is the height of cynicism.  That's a sign of somebody who will say anything, do anything, pretend to be anybody, just to get elected.  (Applause.)  And you know what?  If you're willing to be anybody just to be somebody, then you don't have the leadership that Florida needs in the United States Senate.  (Applause.)  That's not the leadership you need. That's why you got to vote for Patrick Murphy.  That's why you got to vote for Hillary Clinton.  (Applause.)  That's why you got to start voting early on Monday, and go to iwillvote.com.  Because, let me tell you, there’s only one way we lose this election -- just one -- if we don't turn out to vote.  Only way.  We got to do it big.  We got to leave no doubt.  Because you notice, the Donald is already whining that the vote is going to be rigged before the game is eve over.  We're just starting to vote now.  He’s already like, oh, the game is rigged.  (Laughter.)  Except today, he said, of course, it’s not rigged if I win.  (Laughter.)  I mean -- and by the way, I will say all the Republicans have -- not all, but most, have acknowledged there’s no way to rig an election in a country this big.  I don't know if Donald Trump has ever been to an actual polling place where you have Democrats and Republicans who are in charge of taking the votes. But he doesn't even worry if what he says is true.  This is just about him worried that he’s losing, which means he really doesn't have what it takes to hold this job. Because, I will tell you, there’s a lot of time in this job where things don't go your way.  And when you suggest -- I made this point before, I want to repeat it here -- this is more than just the usual standard lie.  Because when you suggest rigging or fraud, without a shred of evidence, when last night at the debate, Trump becomes the first major party nominee in American history to suggest that he will not concede, despite losing the vote, and then says today that he will accept the results if he wins, that is not a joking matter. AUDIENCE:  Nooo --   THE PRESIDENT:  No, no, no, I want everybody to pay attention here.  That is dangerous.  Because when you try to sow the seeds of doubt in people’s minds about the legitimacy of our elections, that undermines our democracy.  Then you're doing the work of our adversaries for them.  Because our democracy depends on people knowing that their vote matters; that those who occupy the seats of power were chosen by the people.  Even when your preferred candidate loses, even when you are the one who is running and you lose, you've got to see the bigger picture and say that here in America, we believe in democracy, and we accept the will of the people.  (Applause.)  So I’m telling you, Florida, your vote does matter.  Your votes does count.  And this whole notion of voter fraud, listen, one study shows that out of 1 billion votes cast, there were 31 proven cases of voter fraud -- 31 out of 1 billion.  You are luckier -- you are much likelier to get struck by lightning than to have somebody next to you commit voter fraud.  You’d win the Powerball.  (Laughter.)    And so that's why I am glad to see Republicans coming out and saying that kind of talk is nonsense.  After all, in Florida here, you've got a Republican governor.  AUDIENCE:  Booo -- THE PRESIDENT:  Don't boo -- AUDIENCE:  Vote! THE PRESIDENT:  Booing gets you nowhere.  You got Republican governors in battleground states like Ohio and North Carolina and Georgia and Nevada and Iowa and Texas and Arizona.  Are they all in on this rigging?  They're not going to rig the election for Hillary Clinton.  Even Marco Rubio says there’s no rigging of the vote, which I’d like to give him credit for, except he’s refusing the dangerous and unprecedented claims of a candidate he says he’s still going to vote for, which just gives you one more bit of proof that Marco seems to just care about hanging on to his job. Patrick Murphy cares about you.  Listen, I’ve lost an election before.  It is no fun.  Winning is better.  (Applause.) But when you lose, you congratulate your opponent.  And you look inside yourself and you figure out, what did I do wrong?  And then you work harder and you try to win the next time.  That's how democracy works.  That's what real leaders do.  (Applause.) Democracy is a challenge, and it’s supposed to be.  But you can't just look out for yourself and look out for your own best interests.  You got to look out for America’s best interests -- not just when it’s easy, but when it’s hard.  And that's what Patrick Murphy understands.  That's what Hillary Clinton has done her entire life.  (Applause.)  She knows that in this big, diverse country, democracy can't work if all we're about is trying to destroy somebody in the other party, if we demonize each other.  If we block Supreme Court appointments  -- not because that's how it’s supposed to work, but just because we didn't win.  She knows that issues aren’t black or white, that progress requires compromise.  Even when you are 100 percent right, you still got to compromise in a country like this.  She knows that nobody is perfect.  But at least we should all try to conduct ourselves with the same decency and generosity and big heartedness that we try to teach our own kids.  (Applause.) And you know what, that kind of steadiness, that kind of responsibility, that attitude of just doing the right thing, it doesn't always grab headlines.  Our politics can't always just be boiled down to a tweet.  (Laughter.)  And I know in this election season, sometimes politics seem cheap and trivial and frustrating.  But right now, I am here to tell you, you've got a chance to reject that kind of politics.  (Applause.)  You can reject divisive politics.  You can reject mean-spirited politics. You don't have to let this country go backwards.  You have a chance to move it forward -- and elect a woman the first female President, who has spent her entire life trying to make this country better.  (Applause.) Somebody who has worked hard even when she’s fallen short. Somebody who works hard even when she’s attacked; that's got guts; that's got courage.  So don't fall for the easy cynicism that says your vote doesn't matter.  Don't believe that notion that all politicians are the same.  That's what Hillary’s opponent wants you to think so you lose faith, so you give up, so you stay home.  Don't do that.  Because I promise you your vote does matter. And if you have any doubt, ask the 20 million people who have got health care today that didn't have it before you voted.  (Applause.)  Ask the Marine who can serve this country without hiding the husband that he loves.  Ask him if your vote matters. (Applause.)  Ask the autoworker who saw his factory go dark, but now is working a double shift.  Find out from him if your vote matters.  (Applause.) I just came from Miami Dade College.  And they've got students from about a hundred different countries.  Ask all those young immigrants, those DACA kids who’ve earned an opportunity to stay and study and become doctors and lawyers -- young people just like Dominique, just as talented as Malia and Sasha, who now have a chance to contribute to this country that they love just as much as anybody.  Ask them if your vote matters.  They know it does.  (Applause.) Donald Trump has nothing to offer but anger and grievance and blame.  And so his closing argument asks:  What do you have to lose?  Well, I’m here to tell you:  Everything.  You know how much progress we've made, despite the opposition, despite the forces of discrimination, despite the politics of backlash.  And that progress doesn't stop with my presidency.  We're just getting started.  (Applause.) So progress is on the ballot.  Civility is on the ballot.  Tolerance is on the ballot.  Justice is on the ballot.  Equality is on the ballot.  Our democracy is on the ballot.  (Applause.) Hillary Clinton will advance those things.  Donald Trump wants to reverse progress.  Marco Rubio wants to help him.  You want to give me a good send-off, you want to give Michelle a good send-off?  (Applause.)  Join us.  Work as hard for Hillary and Patrick as you did for us.  You care about our democracy, don't stay home.  You got to get in the arena.  You got to vote.  (Applause.) That's what this democracy is about.  It’s not a spectator sport.  You want to give me a good send-off -- go knock on some doors.  Sign up as a volunteer.  Make some phone calls.  Go talk to your friends.  And if you do that, we’ll win this election.  (Applause.)   We’ll elect Patrick Murphy your next senator.  We’ll elect Hillary Clinton the next President.  We’ll show our kids and the rest of the world why America remains the greatest nation in the world. Thank you, Miami.  God bless you.  God bless the United States of America.  (Applause.) END 4:49 P.M. EDT

21 октября, 01:55

Final Presidential Debate Draws 72 Million Viewers

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); An estimated 71.6 million people watched the final debate between White House contenders Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on TV on Wednesday, below the audience for their first encounter but the third-largest total ever recorded. The data supplied by the Nielsen ratings agency on Thursday covered people who watched Wednesday night’s debate on the four main U.S. broadcast networks plus nine cable and public television channels. The first Clinton-Trump face-off in September attracted a total TV audience of 84 million, the largest in the history of U.S. presidential debates. Last week’s second debate, which was broadcast opposite popular “Sunday Night Football,” was seen by 66.5 million. Wednesday’s audience ranked as the third-highest for a U.S. presidential debate since Nielsen started collecting TV viewership figures for the encounters in 1976. A 1980 debate between Democratic President Jimmy Carter and Republican challenger Ronald Reagan drew 80.6 million viewers. Nielsen data reflects only those who watched the debate on TV at home and did not include millions more who watched online, through social media or in bars and restaurants. The third debate ahead of the Nov. 8 election was marked by Trump’s refusal to commit to accepting the outcome of the election if the Republican candidate loses to his Democratic rival, challenging a cornerstone of American democracy. The presidential election debate, held in Las Vegas, was moderated for the first time by a journalist from Fox News, Chris Wallace. It gave Fox News cable channel the lead in number of viewers for the debate at 11.2 million, followed by broadcasters ABC and NBC with more than 10 million viewers each. Second and third presidential debates have generally attracted smaller TV audiences because many voters have already made up their minds after a presidential campaign lasting more than a year. (Reporting by Jill Serjeant in New York; additional reporting by Lisa Richwine in Los Angeles; editing by Frances Kerry and Jonathan Oatis) -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

21 октября, 01:47

Remarks by the First Lady at HFA Rally in Phoenix, Az

Phoenix Convention Center Phoenix, Arizona 2:15 P.M. MST MRS. OBAMA:  Wow!  Whoa!  Look at those guys!  Hello, everyone!  (Applause.)  Wow.  Look at you all, there are a lot of you all in here.  (Applause.)  Thank you for waiting in line, all the mags, all the -- it’s just such a hassle.  Thank you, though.  (Applause.)   You guys, I am so happy to be here in Phoenix with all of you!  Thank you for coming out.  (Applause.)  But I want to start by thanking a few people, because there are a lot of folks who made this day possible and a lot of folks who are working to get Hillary elected.  So let me start by thanking Carolyn, first of all, for that wonderful introduction.  (Applause.)  I also want to recognize your members of Congress -- Representatives Raul Grijalva, Ann Kirkpatrick, to Ann -- Ruben Gallego, as well.  Ruben.  I want to thank the Navajo Nation Vice President, Jonathan Nez, and, of course, your Mayor, Greg Stanton, who is here.  (Applause.)  But most of all, I want to thank you all for coming together to support the next President and Vice President of the United States -- Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine!  (Applause.)  Woohoo!  Now, you might have heard that last week in New Hampshire, I gave a speech.  (Applause.)  And let me just say that since then, my office has been flooded with thousands of letters and emails from folks all across the country.  Women of all ages finding the courage to stand up and tell their stories, clearing the cloud of shame that existed for far too long.  Parents declaring that our daughters -- and our sons -- deserve better.  (Applause.)  Speaking out for the values of decency and respect that we all hold dear.  Men of all backgrounds and walks of life agreeing that decent men do not demean women -- (applause) -- and we shouldn’t tolerate this behavior from any man, let alone a man who wants to be the President.  (Applause.) And let me just tell you, I have been so moved and so humbled by these responses -- by the powerful affirmation of our shared values.  But what I have not been is surprised.  Let me tell you, because this kind of courage and decency and compassion -- this is who we are.  This is the America that I know.  (Applause.) And as I’ve read these letters and emails, I’ve been reminded of what my husband and I would always talk about when we were out on the campaign trail.   AUDIENCE MEMBER:  I love you! MRS. OBAMA:  I love you, too.  (Applause.)  But I have been reminded of the importance of hope.  Because let me just say this, this is what hope looks like.  (Applause.)  It’s that belief that we can be better, that we can do better for our kids; that even in our darkest hours, there’s always a brighter day ahead -- (applause) -- and if we’re willing to work for it and fight for it, we can make it happen.  (Applause.)  Hope is what keeps our better angels alive.  It’s been the driving force behind everything we’ve achieved these last eight years, and it’s been at the heart of my life and my husband’s life since the day we were born.   And I think one of the reasons this election has been so difficult for so many of us is because that's what’s being lost; in all the hateful, hurtful rhetoric we’ve been hearing, we’re losing hope.   You see, in this race, we have a candidate whose vision for our country is completely and utterly lacking in hope.  A candidate who tells us that our country is desperate and weak, that our communities are in chaos; that our fellow citizens are a threat.  A candidate who calls on us to turn against each other, to build walls -- to be afraid.   Well, Barack and I -- and our friend, Hillary -- (applause)  -- we have a very different perspective on this country, one that has everything to do with where we come from and how we were raised.  You see, we all grew up in working families.  As you know, Barack was raised by a single mother who struggled to pay the bills, and by grandparents who stepped up to help.  My dad was a shift worker at the city water plant, and let me tell you, he and my mom scrimped and saved every penny to send me and my brother to college.  (Applause.)  Hillary’s mother was an orphan, abandoned by her parents.  Hillary’s father -- small business owner -- stayed up nights, poring over his books, working hard to keep their family afloat.  See and when you grow up like us -- doing your best to keep it all together -- you come in contact with all kinds of people.  And yes, you witness a lot of struggles and hardships.  But let me tell you, you also see so many triumph, so much beauty so much joy.  That’s my life.  (Applause.)   So you learn empathy.  You learn compassion.  You learn that folks may not look or think like you, but when it comes to what really matters in life -- our values and our dreams -- we’re not all that different.  (Applause.) You learn that when folks are down on their luck, it’s not because they deserve it.  It’s not because they’re unworthy --because you’ve seen firsthand that sometimes bad things happen to good people and when times are tough, hope is all you have.   So the hope that sustains us isn’t some naïve idea that if you sit around and do nothing, everything will be okay.  No, no, our hope is grounded in hard work and hard-earned faith.  It is grounded in belief that there is something greater than us that reminds us that we are all precious and worthy, no matter where we come from or what we’ve been through.  (Applause.)  That’s what Barack and I believe.  That’s what Hillary believes too.  (Applause.)  Now sadly, for some reason, Hillary’s opponent comes from a different place.  I don’t know, perhaps living life high up in a tower, in a world of exclusive clubs,  measuring success by wins and losses and the number of zeroes in your bank account -- perhaps you just develop a different set of values.  Maybe with so little exposure to people who are different than you are -- becomes easy to take advantage of those who are down on their luck, folks who play by the rules -- pay what they owe -- because to you -- (applause) -- to you those folks just aren’t very smart and seem somehow less deserving.   And if you think this way, then it’s easy to see this country as “us” versus “them.”  And it’s easy to dehumanize “them” -- to treat “them” with contempt -- because you don’t know them.  You can’t even see them. Maybe that’s why this candidate thinks certain immigrants are criminals -- instead of folks who work their fingers to the bone to give their kids a better life -- (applause) -- to help build the greatest nation on Earth -- because he doesn’t really know them. Maybe that’s why he thinks we should be afraid of our Muslim brothers and sisters -- because he has no idea who they are.  (Applause.)  He doesn’t understand that they are “us.”  They are our friends, our family, our neighbors, our colleagues -- people of faith just like so many folks across this country.  (Applause.)   Maybe that’s why he sees veterans enduring the wounds of war as weak.  And why he insults Gold Star families -- folks who have spent months praying not to get that knock at the door.  Heroes who love this country so much they’re willing to die for it.  He just can’t see them.  (Applause.) Maybe it’s easy for him to mock people with disabilities because he is unable to see their strength and contributions.  Maybe that’s why he demeans and humiliates women, as if we’re objects meant solely for pleasure and entertainment, rather than human beings worthy of love and respect.  (Applause.)  He just doesn’t understand us. Maybe that’s why he calls communities like the one where I was raised “hell” -- because he can’t see all of the decent, hardworking folks like my parents, who take those extra shifts, paid their bills on time.  Folks who are raising amazing families, sending kids to college.  (Applause.)  Maybe he doesn’t believe that people like us really exist.  Because he does not see our shared humanity.  And it is becoming increasingly clear that, to him, most of America is “them.” But here’s the thing: look at us.  (Applause.)  Just look at us.  We all know better.  We all know better.  Whether we’re Democrats, Republicans, or independents -- it does not matter.  We all understand that an attack on any one of us is an attack on all of us.  (Applause.)  And we know that that this is not who we are.  No, who are we.  We are a nation founded as a rebuke to tyranny.  A nation of revolutionaries who refused sovereign reign from afar.  Hear me -- we’re a nation that says give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.  A nation built on our differences, guided by the belief that we’re all created equal.  (Applause.)  A nation that fully recognizes that we are always stronger together -- all of us.  (Applause.)  That’s who we are.  That’s the country we want to raise our kids in. And right now, we are at a crossroads, in this election and in this country, where we’re being presented with two very, very different visions for how we move forward as a nation.  One candidate is offering a vision that’s grounded in hopelessness and despair -- a vision of a country riven by division and ruled by fear; a country where some folks get all the breaks, and the rest of us are left behind.  That’s one vision of America. But, fortunately, there’s another candidate in this race -- (applause) -- who’s offering a very different vision for this country -- and that candidate is our friend, Hillary Clinton.  (Applause.)  Hillary knows that our country is powerful, and vibrant, and strong.  Big enough to have a place for all of us, and that each of us is a precious part of the great American story. Hillary believes in equality; inclusion; liberty and justice for all.  That each of us should have the chance to fulfill our potential and build our shared future.  That is Hillary’s vision for America.  And Hillary doesn’t just have a powerful vision for this country -- she has the policies to actually make that vision a reality.  (Applause.)  And isn’t that what we’ve been looking for in this election?  I can't tell you how many people have told me that they are desperate to cut through the negativity and the noise and hear what these candidates actually want to do.  Well let me tell you, since the day Hillary launched her campaign, she has been laying out concrete, detailed policies that will actually make a difference in people’s lives.  Let me tell you, if you’re a young person worried about affording college, Hillary has a plan to make your education tuition-free and to help folks drowning in college debt.  (Applause.) Are you a parent who can’t take a day off from work to care for a sick child or aging parent or give birth?  Hillary has a plan for paid family leave that will help you.  (Applause.)  If you’re working two, three jobs, and still struggling to get by, Hillary has a plan to raise the minimum wage.  (Applause.)    She has a plan to improve our kids’ schools, to cut taxes for working families, to fix our broken immigration system and provide a path of citizenship for millions of hardworking folks. (Applause.)  Look, I could go on and on.  All these plans are on her website -- HillaryClinton.com.  She has written an entire book about what she plans to do as President.  And knowing Hillary like I do, I can pretty much guarantee you that she has been personally involved in every policy that she’s issued.  Because here’s the thing about Hillary, she is a policy wonk -- and let me tell you, just for the record, when you are President that is a good thing.  (Laughter and applause.)  When you are President, being able to clearly articulate detailed plans to help the people of this country is a good thing.  (Applause.)  Knowing what you’re doing is a good thing.  (Applause.)  And let me tell you, Hillary Clinton absolutely knows what she’s doing.  Hillary has been a lawyer, a law professor, First Lady of Arkansas, First Lady of the United States, a U.S. senator, Secretary of State.  Do you hear me?  (Applause.)  Over the course of her career, she has helped pass legislation to get health care for millions of our children, to support our 9/11 first responders and our National Guard and Reserves.  (Applause.)  She has fought for affordable child care, for equal pay for women, so much more.  (Applause.)  And as Secretary of State, she traveled the globe, going toe-to-toe with world leaders, keeping our country safe.  (Applause.)  So Hillary Clinton has more experience, more exposure to the presidency than any candidate in our lifetime.  More than Barack.  More than Bill.  And yes, she happens to be a woman.  (Applause.)  Hillary has prepared her entire career to be President.  Her opponent?  Well, I’ll just say this:  Hillary has comprehensive policies to help people -- her opponent has tweets. You decide.  (Applause.)  The bottom line is that Hillary has done everything she’s supposed to do.  She has done her job.  Now it’s time for us to do ours and get her elected President of the United States.  (Applause.)  Because if Hillary does not win this election, that will be on us.  It will be because we didn’t stand with her.  It will be because we didn’t volunteer for her.  I got you.  You win.  (Applause.)  And it will because we did not vote for her. And let me tell you this, that is exactly what her opponent is hoping will happen.  That's the strategy -- to make this election so dirty and so ugly that we just turn off the TV and say, we just don't want any part of it. So when you hear folks talking about a global conspiracy and saying this election is “rigged” -- understand that they are trying to get you to stay home.  They are trying to convince you that your vote doesn’t matter, that the outcome has already been determined, and you shouldn’t even bother to make your voice heard.  They are trying to take away your hope. And for the record, our democracy is revered around the world.  And free elections are the best way on Earth to choose our leaders.  (Applause.)  This is how we elected John F. Kennedy; Ronald Reagan; two George Bushes; Bill Clinton; and Barack Obama.  (Applause.)  It has worked for decades. We are fortunate -- and I have traveled the world, we are fortunate to live in a country where the voters decide our elections, the voters decide who wins and loses.  Period.  End of story.  And when a presidential candidate threatens to ignore our voices and reject the outcome of this election, he is threatening the very idea of America itself -- and we cannot stand for that.  (Applause.)  You do not keep American democracy “in suspense.”  Because look, too many people have marched and protested and fought and died for this democracy.  (Applause.)  Please.  But here’s the good news, right now folks are coming out in droves to vote early and stand up for our values.  We are making our voices heard all across this country -- because when they go low -- AUDIENCE:  We go high! MRS. OBAMA:  There you go.  There you go.  (Applause.)  And we cannot let anyone take away our hope.  We cannot let anyone silence our voices.  Because we know that every vote matters -- every single vote.   And if you have any doubt about that, I want you to consider back in 2012, Barack lost Arizona, this state, by 208,000 votes.  That's okay.  (Laughter.)  But here’s why I want you to think about that, because when you break that number down, the difference between winning and losing this state was only about 63 votes per precinct.  Yeah.  Just take that in.  Sixty-three.   AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Arizona is going blue! MRS. OBAMA:  Going blue.  (Applause.)  So as you're working and going to the polls, I want you to keep that number in your mind.  If 63 people in each precinct had gone the other way, Barack would have won Arizona.  And this year, we know it’s much closer here in this state.  (Applause.)    That’s why I’m here.  So if you just look around this room, each of you has the power to swing an entire precinct and win this election for Hillary just by getting yourselves, your family, and your friends to vote.  If you just take responsibility for that -- look at this room, look at how many people are here.  (Applause.)  You have the power.  Just remember that number. But you could also help swing an entire precinct for Hillary’s opponent with a protest vote or by not voting at all.   Because here’s the truth:  Either Hillary Clinton or her opponent will be elected President this year.  And if you vote for someone other than Hillary, or if you don’t vote at all, then you are helping to elect her opponent.  So I want you all to think about that for a minute.  Think about how you’ll feel waking up on November the 9th if that happens. AUDIENCE:  Booo! MRS. OBAMA: Imagine how you’ll feel if you stayed home, if you didn’t do everything possible to get this done.  So here’s what I’m asking.  Don’t just tweet about my speech last week.  If you liked that speech, then go vote.  (Applause.)  If you want to stand up for yourself and your fellow Americans, then go vote.  (Applause.)  If you want to get Hillary elected, vote.  Vote early.  Vote right now.  And here’s the thing, I promise one of the volunteers.  We need people to sign up to volunteer.  This is critical.  We need you all to find Hillary campaign folks who are here, sign up to make calls, knock on doors, get people to the polls on Election Day.  Think about 63.  If you get your 63, if you get your five, if everybody in here gets five people to the polls, that's easy.  (Applause.)  We can do this here!  (Applause.)  So let me just say this, do not let yourself get tired, or frustrated, or disgusted by everything we’ve seen in this campaign.  As you’re out there working your hearts out, here’s what I want you to be:  Please be encouraged.  Please be encouraged.  If I leave you with one thing, be encouraged. Because as I said, I have traveled the world.  And I am telling you, we still live in the greatest country on Earth.  (Applause.)  I promise you that.  And we have every reason to be hopeful.  So be encouraged.  And remember that in difficult times, we don’t give up.  We don’t discard our highest ideals.  No, we rise up to meet them.  We rise up to perfect our union.  We rise up to defend our blessings of liberty.  We rise up to embody the unwavering hope that keeps us going -- day after day, generation after generation.   That is the power of hope.  (Applause.) Don't forget that.  Hope is what drives so many people in this country.  Folks like Hillary’s mother who said, I may not have grown up in a loving family, but I will build a loving family of my own.  I will give my children what I never had.  I will pour my heart into raising a strong, smart, loving daughter.  That is hope. Hope is what drives people like my dad, who struggled to get up every day, putting in long hours -- who said, I might not have gone to college myself, but if I keep working, maybe my son, maybe my daughter will go to college.  Because in this country, anything is possible.  (Applause.)  And hope is what drives Hillary Clinton.  It is why she has spent her life fighting for kids who need a champion, families who need someone on their side.  It’s why she has persevered in the face of unthinkable challenges and obstacles.  Because Hillary believes in the promise of our country.  She believes in the talent and determination of the American people. And she shares our strong and unyielding hope -- our hope for our kids.  Our hope for their future.  Our hope for this country that we love so much. Remember that is who we are.  That is who we are.  And don't let anybody tell you any differently.  (Applause.)  So here’s what we need to do.  We need to work our hearts out, and we need to make sure that Hillary Clinton is the next President of the United States.  (Applause.)  We have 19 days, 19 days.  So we need to do everything in our power to help her and Tim Kaine win this election. So my final question, Phoenix:  Are you with me?  (Applause.)  Are we going to get this done?  I’m counting on you.  We can make this happen. Thank you all so much.  God bless. END  2:45 P.M. MST

21 октября, 01:15

Barack Obama Calls Out Marco Rubio For Continuing To Support Donald Trump

President Barack Obama sharply criticized Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) for backing GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, accusing the senator of putting his own career before the good of the country.  Speaking Thursday at a rally for Hillary Clinton in Miami Gardens, Florida, Obama called out the senator for endorsing Trump despite his harsh criticism of the reality star during the Republican primary. “Why does Marco Rubio still plan to vote for Donald Trump? Why is he supporting Donald Trump?” Obama asked. “I know a lot of Republican voters, just ordinary folks, your neighbors, your friends, most of them don’t think the way Trump does. And there are legitimate differences between the parties. But there has to be a point where you stand for something more than just party, or more than just your own career.”   President Obama, campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Florida, slams Marco Rubio for supporting Donald Trump https://t.co/8K7MROn416— CNN (@CNN) October 20, 2016 Obama went on to point out the various conspiracy theories hard-line conservatives pushed for years ― birtherism, calling climate change a hoax ― and how Republicans like Rubio have failed to stand up to such rhetoric. “They’ve been saying crazy stuff, and there are a lot of politicians like Marco Rubio who know better, but they just look the other way because they figured, you know what, if we can just stir folks up and think that Barack or Hillary or others are doing all these terrible things we’re saying they’re doing, that’s gonna help us get votes,” Obama said. “So we’ll just oppose anything that they’re trying to do and maybe we’ll end up having more power in Washington. So they just stood by and said nothing, even though they knew better, while their base actually started believing some of this stuff.” “Donald Trump didn’t start all this,” Obama continued. “Like he usually does, he just slapped his name on it, took credit for it, and then promoted the heck out of it.”  Rubio, who is running for re-election against Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy, was one of Trump’s most vocal critics during the Republican primary. In February, he said he didn’t think Trump could be trusted with the country’s nuclear arsenal, arguing an “erratic individual” like Trump shouldn’t hold such power. He also described Trump as “dangerous” and a “con man.”  Nevertheless, Rubio said in May he would vote for Trump, and stood by that decision even after The Washington Post published a 2005 recording of Trump’s boasts about sexually assaulting women. “I disagree with him on many things, but I disagree with his opponent on virtually everything,” Rubio said in a statement. “I wish we had better choices for President.”   Echoing comments he’s made at previous Clinton rallies, Obama also went after Republicans who revoked support for Trump in the wake of the 2005 tape, questioning why it would “take you this long to figure out that Donald Trump shouldn’t be president.” “If you’ve made a career of idolizing Ronald Reagan, then where were you when your party’s nominee was kissing up to Vladimir Putin, the former KGB officer?” asked Obama. “You used to criticize me for even talking to the Russians. Now suddenly you’re OK with your nominee having a bromance with Putin.”  HUFFPOST READERS: What’s happening in your state or district? The Huffington Post wants to know about all the campaign ads, mailers, robocalls, candidate appearances and other interesting campaign news happening by you. Email any tips, videos, audio files or photos [email protected] Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

20 октября, 23:19

Letter To A Trump Supporter #4: Barack Obama's Christian Faith

This is the fourth in my series of "Letters to a Trump Supporter," from correspondence with a family friend who supports Mr. Trump. Continuing our conversation about Christianity, he sent me a chain email accusing President Obama of silencing Christians and promoting Islam. Below is my response. ~~~~~~~~~~ Dear Mr. ----, Thanks for passing along this email on America's relationship with prayer. Some of it is true, but not all of it. President Obama did not encourage schools to teach the Quran for extra credit, for example, and the so-called "Muslim Prayer Day" was not an official event hosted by either Congress or the President, but rather an unaffiliated group of Muslims exercising their right to peaceful assembly. Actually, I would expect most Americans to be thrilled at the news of Muslims gathering peacefully, since that's exactly what we've been wanting them to do, rather than turning toward violent extremism. "We need to change the face of Islam," said one of the event organizers, "because we love America." That sounds to me like something a Republican politician would say. Similarly, there's only a grain of truth in the claim that President Obama dismissed the National Day of Prayer ceremony. He never said anything about "not wanting to offend anyone." George W. Bush is the only president who consistently held a ceremony at the White House. George H. W. Bush only did it once in four years, and Ronald Reagan only did it once in eight years. So they "dismissed" it too. I have to say, I'm continually shocked at how Christian Americans can accuse President Obama of being anti-Christian, when he has spoken more eloquently about his Christian faith than any president since Lincoln. I don't know if you've ever read either of his memoirs, but he writes about his conversion to Christianity in great depth and vulnerability. "I felt God's spirit beckoning me," he says. "I submitted myself to His will, and dedicated myself to discovering His truth." Contrary to accusations that he's against public prayer, he talks about his desire for it when he first joined a church, "I thought being part of a community and affirming my faith in a public fashion was important." He openly admits that his Christian beliefs shape his political decisions, "It's hard for me to imagine being true to my faith -- and not thinking beyond myself, and not thinking about what's good for other people, and not acting in a moral and ethical way." He quotes Saint Augustine and the great theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, showing a rich understanding of the religion that few politicians can equal. In fact, arguably the most memorable speech of the Obama presidency was his eulogy at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, where he wove together the American experience and the Christian experience, tracing our Christian values from the Declaration of Independence through Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. to today. If you haven't seen it, you really owe it to yourself. Not only is his oratory masterful, but he sings "Amazing Grace," a testament to his Christian beliefs more powerful than anything I've ever seen from an American politician. But the thing that Republicans should love about this speech, especially in this heated time of racial debate and protests, is how he argues that Christianity teaches us to forgive the white murderer who killed the innocent black Americans whom he's eulogizing. "The essence of what is right about Christianity is embedded here," he told his staff before the funeral. "They welcomed the stranger. They forgave the worst violence." Those words came from the heart. His speechwriter drafted different words for much of that speech, but the president scratched them out and wrote his own. He explained to the young speechwriter that he knew what he wanted to say because he'd been "thinking about this stuff for 30 years." This is a man who has dedicated himself to a lifetime of faith with impressive study and contemplation. It's not difficult to understand why so many myths have been promulgated about Barack Obama's faith. He doesn't look like what many Americans think a Christian looks like, and he takes the freedom of religion enshrined in our Constitution seriously. But it is difficult to watch him be persecuted for his heritage and his tolerance. At least we can say that, in these experiences, he is following in the steps of many great Christians who have come before him, paving the way toward a kinder, more peaceful future against all the odds. Best regards, Anthony -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

20 октября, 20:04

Elephant or Dinosaur?

After last night's final debate, it's clear that Hillary Clinton will be elected President by the largest popular vote margin since Ronald Reagan in 1984. The breadth of her victory will almost certainly elect a Democratic Senate and threatens Republican control of the House. But it's not just Donald Trump's idiosyncratic demagoguery that now threatens the Republican Party. It's the party's anachronistic policies, vitriolic rhetoric and abandonment of the political center that are triggering a classic realignment and reconfiguration of American political parties. The coming Republican electoral debacle has been long in the making. Since 1964 the party has moved steadily in the opposite direction of the ideology and demography of what America has become. More than the Presidency, the Senate and House is at stake: the very future of our two party system is at risk. American democracy depends on the viability of a center-left party and a center-right party competing for the American electorate. Systems that can't adapt die. The Republican Party's elephant has morphed into a dinosaur being sucked down into the inevitable quicksand of political atrophy by cowing to the dictates of a dying base. African-Americans, Hispanics and Asians consistently vote 70 to 90 percent Democrat. These groups comprised 12% of the American electorate in 1980. But America has changed. By 2012 that figure had risen to 28%, and it's expected that that these groups will account for 31% of the vote on November 8th. No party can expect to win the presidency when they concede four-fifths of 31% of the vote. The middle-aged white vote alone can no longer be counted on to win a national election. Mitt Romney won a solid 59% of the white vote in 2012 while being beaten decisively by President Obama. Millennial evangelicals are in favor of marriage equality. And young people under 30, the future of American politics, are registering three to one Democratic. Young Cubans in Florida vote like their peers not their parents. On November 8th the Republican Party will have lost the popular vote in six of the last presidential elections. Blaming it all on Trump is too simple and too easy. Clearly the ideology of the Republican Party writ large - not just the unique circumstances of Donald Trump - is out of sync with the beliefs of the new American demographic. So instead of conveniently scapegoating Donald Trump, Republicans should also blame their losses on their refusal to support bipartisan immigration reform, or on their ridiculous rejection of climate change that makes them a global laughing stock, rejecting both science and logic, or on a rejection of increasing the minimum wage and supporting paid family leave. They can blame their losses on being against equal pay for equal work for women, or on being against marriage equality or on policies and a platform that are openly hostile to Hispanics, Asians, immigrants, refugees, women, young people and gays. They should blame their defeat on their passage of voter suppression and intimidation laws that blatantly aim to keep minorities, the young and the old from voting. They have coddled an aging and often bigoted political base that is evaporating even in the reddest of red states. They can't blame all of the losses on Trump. They need to blame themselves, "the party of NO." The Republican Party conducted an "autopsy" following its 2012 presidential defeat that recommended a course of moderation and outreach to appeal to America as it is and as it is moving as opposed to the basest elements of what it once was. But the response of Republican governors and state legislators was to do the opposite, passing voter suppression legislation, shouting that if these groups won't vote Republican, they would ensure they won't vote at all. Republicans in the House and Senate have continued their stated eight-year agenda of attempting to block all and every Obama policy initiative. The direction of the country in myriad domestic and international issues is at stake. President Clinton will almost certainly have a Democratic Senate confirming possibly as many as three Supreme Court nominees who will shape the direction of American justice and American society for two generations. The outcome of the presidential election will likely determine, among so much more, abortion rights, marriage equality, voting rights, and the role of unlimited money in politics. The House of Representatives, that the Republicans believed they gerrymandered into safe control, is suddenly very much in play. Democrats initially targeted 31 House seats for 2016: IA 01, IA 03, FL 07, CA 25, NV 03, NV 04, AZ 01, TX 23, CO 06, MN 06, MN 08, WI 08, MI 01, IL 10, PA 08, CA 10, FL 26, NY 01, NY 22, NH 01, NH 02, NY 24, CA 10, CO 03, MN 03, MI 07, IN 09, UT 04, CA 49, NY 23 and IL 12. As a result of the Trump debacle, (compounded by his extraordinary failure to agree to the legitimacy of the American electoral process) that list of targeted Republican House seats has been expanded to at least 42. A ten point Clinton landslide will likely crest over Arizona, Georgia and Texas, rapidly accelerating these three critical states move from red to purple to blue that was already under way. Between Hillary Clinton's wave and Donald Trump's rip tide, November 8th looms as a repositioning and realigning election for American political parties. Envision the dilemma for Speaker Ryan even if the Republicans manage to retain narrow control of the House. At least two-dozen Republicans, most from blue states with moderate constituencies, will disappear. Tea Party Freedom Caucus extremists will not only dominate his unruly caucus, but also be egged on by an emerging "Alt Right" faction that is openly racist and paranoid. It may very well be that the only way Paul Ryan can remain Speaker is if Democrats give him the additional votes he will need. He will not get those votes from the Alt Right Freedom Fringe. And in any case Ryan and McConnell and other Republican leaders will then have to decide whether they will try to compromise and cooperate with President Hillary Clinton or declare war on her presidency as they did on Obama's. At this point we can't even predict whether they would accept a President Clinton invitation to a weekly congressional leadership White House lunch after her Inauguration. The Republican Party is at a crossroads. On Election Day it will see the results of a half-century of pandering to and even promoting bigotry and fear. On November 9, it can get the message and implement the pragmatic and rational outreach prescriptions in the RNC's 2012 "autopsy." It can help pass bipartisan-partisan immigration reform. It can address the concerns of African-Americans with policies other than voter suppression. It can understand the opportunities of policies geared to America's millennials. It can help to improve Obamacare instead of trying to repeal it. This will require that Republican leaders finally actually lead instead of just genuflecting to the darker, shameful elements of society. The Republican Party will need to decide whether it's an elephant or a dinosaur. If it doesn't adjust its policies to address the concerns and demography of the new America, it will, like the dinosaur that couldn't adapt, become extinct. And the party, not Donald Trump, will have brought it upon itself. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

20 октября, 19:21

As seen on Zero Hedge: The fix is in - wag the dog.

As we explain in Splitting Pennies, the world isn't as it is presented to us in textbooks, and on television.  But as is often with the case of the Elite's black humor- they tell us how they are going to torture us as they are doing it.  In a related example, the CIA tortured Muslims by playing the Barney "I Love You" song for hours and hours.  Now, the joke is on us - the voters.  They are laughing at us, that people still believe in 'democracy' that America has "Democracy" - one point here to end this argument.  America is a Repulic, not a democracy.  In a democracy, such as they have in Europe and in many states like California, voters vote on issues such as the legalization of Marijuana, abortion, and other issues.  We do not use that system, America is a Federal Republic, where we elect representatives who 'represent' us in Washington (or, that's the idea - in reality it doesn't work that way anymore).  Just search for the word 'democracy' on the official page explaining the Federal system of government, and you'll only see references to New England towns. Anyway, we're now all actors (extras, and unpaid) in one of Hollywood's greatest productions, the US Presidential Election.  And it's the biggest of them all.  There's been a strong connection between Hollywood and Washington since World War 2.  Hollywood helped sell the war, showing Propaganda films for free sometimes before a Matinee and other times all day long.  This allowed Hollywood special 'gifts' and 'incentives' - leading to the agreement that one day, they'll make one of their own a US President - Ronald Reagan.  How could a system based on lies, appearances, propoganda, and social control mechanisms have any better leader than an actor?  Everyone loves actors - especially Reagan.  It wouldn't be surprising if Arnold runs next time (of course, changing the rules).   And, like many Hollywood projects, not only are they paid consultants to this real time movie we call 'politics' - they even made a movie about it, although some years ago, the name is Wag the Dog. If you are a Millennial or younger and are not familiar with this film - this is a MUST WATCH before voting November 8: Wag the Dog. Of course, Wag the Dog, like any Hollywood production, glorifies the process as if it's a legitimate business.  The reality of legal, consentual, social mind control is much more unpleasant.   It involves murder, disruptive conduct, rioting, and yes even public defacation.   The difference in this election compared to others - TRUMP is not a hired actor.  So this puts a small 'ding' in the plan of the Elite.  When 2 actors fight, just like in a movie fight (unlike Jackie Chan, most actors use trained stunt doubles for fight scenes) - you know that no one will get hurt.  Well, sometimes the stunt doubles get injured but it's a known risk, and happens rarely.  Imagine a REAL person jumping into a Hollywood choreographed bar fight - yeah, someone will probably get hurt.  That's what we're seeing this year.  They stopped playing by the normal 'rules' - because TRUMP isn't on the take.  Right or wrong, TRUMP actually has his own opinions, and not the opinions of what is told via ear piece or teleprompter.  TRUMP doesn't smile on cue.  That's why people like him, and why the establishment is trying to destroy him.  Of course even with a TRUMP victory, it remains to be seen what the plan to destroy him would be after that.  It could even tip the balance of power in USA, wouldn't that be something.  In the markets there's often discussion about financial inequality, but the Elite enjoy another type of priveledge that the rest of us don't get - they are above the law.   Leading up to Election Day, the other wildcard will be TRUMPs reaction to the voting fix.  During the 2000 election, Al Gore did a very poor job of standing up for himself.  Had the votes been recounted - Gore would have won.  Months after Bush was in the White House, it was discovered that in several swing counties-  Gore had more votes.   The fact that the election is rigged, it's not news to most Americans.  Really, they're just playing with that small margin of people, like the new generation, who still is naive and believes everything they see on TV.  For hardcore Clinton supporters, such as big Wall St. donors, or other political slimeballs, or liberals with their head up their rear, there's no swaying them.  As my high school football coach said "Tarheels bleed blue" - for these real Blue Bloods (or some sort of warped and disfigured genetic anomalies that inherited their American blue blood status), there's no changing them.  They may as well be rounded up and put into FEMA camps and studied by scientists.  But for the rest, there's still this huge margin - it may be as high as 20% - people who are still on the fence, people who aren't aware, the world is a big bad world.  If you're one of those people (or are afraid you may be one) checkout Splitting Pennies - Your pocket guide to understanding how the world works.   For ZH readers who are already 'in the know' - let's start a trend.  Forget this "As Seen on TV" it's "As Seen on Zero Hedge" To learn about our financial system, checkout Fortress Capital Trading Academy

20 октября, 12:09

Republicans despondent that Trump threw away final debate

‘Down-ticket Republicans lost,' one GOP pollster said. 'They needed some help and got absolutely none.'

20 октября, 08:41

Клинтон и ее мания

Кандидат в президенты США от Демократической партии, бывшая госсекретарь США, Хилари Клинтон в интервью популярному журналу «TIME» рассказала, почему американцы считают себя исключительной нацией и только они должны управлять миром. Наслаждайтесь избранными цитатами:

20 октября, 08:14

Nasty At The End

Tonight was (finally!) the last presidential debate of the 2016 election season. I thought it was a better debate (if less entertaining) than the first two, personally. A lot of actual policy positions were discussed, the candidates interacted with each other without so much of the "everyone's screaming at once" interludes, and the moderator kept the subjects moving along at a good clip. So my overall impression of the final debate was that it was a lot more like a normal presidential debate than the previous two. There were some brutal moments, of course, which is to be expected by now. Even though Trump was visibly trying to stay under control during this debate (a lot more than the last two times), he didn't succeed in doing so throughout the whole evening. Hillary Clinton turned in a solid debate performance, with a goodly amount of zingers launched at Trump and without any noticeable stumbles. She got wonky at times (as she is wont to do), but I don't think she said anything tonight that's going to hurt her in the next three weeks. Parts of tonight were just as hard-hitting as the first two debates, but on the whole it seemed a lot more civilized. At least until the next-to-last question, where Trump got nasty. As always, I'm writing my snap debate reactions up before actually going online to see what anyone else thought about it, so perhaps I'll agree with the general consensus and perhaps I won't. It's always the risk that you have to run. One technical point before I begin, all these quotes were hastily jotted down, and might not be 100 percent accurate in the wording, but are pretty close. So don't quote anything you read here, look for the transcript instead.   Overall debate reactions Chris Wallace is the first moderator ever chosen from Fox News, and I have to admit I've always liked his style on Sunday mornings, even if he is on Fox. Wallace grills Democrats, it is true, but he also puts Republicans through the wringer on his show -- refusing to be brushed off, and doggedly repeating his question until he gets an answer. Tonight, Wallace was kind of in the background for a lot of the debate, at times letting things get out of control. But even having said that, I think he did a better job than the moderators at the first two debates. Substantive policy questions were asked -- much more than previously -- and there were spots where the political differences of not only the two candidates but the two major parties were clearly shown. The format of the debate was a lot less formal, which helped a lot. There weren't arguments about who got more time, as after their initial two-minute answers, the candidates were allowed to just engage in a back-and-forth. So say what you will about Fox News in general, but I thought Wallace did a pretty good job tonight. Maybe I like him because his initials are so memorable to me, who knows? All kidding aside, I thought both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton turned in the best performance they're capable of. What I mean by that is that Trump was a lot calmer and quieter than he has been previously, and only flew off the handle a handful of times (instead of "for the entire second half of the debate"). He has obviously practiced his poker face, as he was less prone to grimacing all night long (although I did catch at least one eye-roll from him). Somebody also obviously pointed out his sniffing-into-the-microphone problem to him, and while he did sniff a number of times, there was only one or two really loud ones. Trump tried his best not to interrupt, and had some success at restraining himself, although on this score he didn't do as well -- he interrupted Clinton only about half the time tonight, which is an improvement but not by a whole lot. So, as I said, I think tonight was about as good as Trump could ever have hoped to have done -- the best performance he is capable of giving. Hillary Clinton, of course, is measured on a different yardstick, because her best performance possible is a lot better than Trump could ever manage. But I thought she did a good job tonight of (once again) refusing to be baited by Trump while at the same time very successfully baiting him back (and she called him "Donald" all night, to boot). Trump snapped at this bait several times, mostly to his detriment. When baited, Trump gets louder, and he interrupts a whole lot, so it's not really all that good a look for him. Hillary, meanwhile, was pretty unflappable tonight. She was on solid ground on almost every answer, she was confident and controlled, and she kept the "laughing at what Trump says" faces to a minimum. Body-language-wise, Clinton looked pretty good, except for a tendency to look down while answering (assumably reading her notes). But other than that, she looked good. The most telling thing about body language was that the two candidates refused to shake hands, either before or after the debate itself. Has this ever happened before in a televised debate? I'm sure the historically-inclined pundits will let us know, tomorrow morning. In short, Hillary Clinton looked presidential tonight. She looked like someone you would want negotiating with foreign leaders. Donald Trump did not. He showed how easy it is to get under his skin, he showed his lack of depth on numerous issues, and he showed that he'll say anything when he personally feels put-upon. All things I would not want in a president, in other words.   Debate play-by-play The debate began with a question about the Supreme Court. This was a welcome subject because I suspect a whole lot of people -- on both sides -- are holding their nose and voting for these candidates because the Supreme Court is so important to them. Clinton answered with all the things she wants in Supreme Court nominees, which you could boil down to: "fights for the little guy," for the most part. Trump slammed Ruth Bader Ginsberg (for some reason), and then talked solely about the Second Amendment. In the back-and-forth which followed, Trump claimed Clinton was "very angry" and "extremely angry" about the D.C. v. Heller decision, so I guess he has gained the power to read other people's minds now, or something. Hillary shot back that Heller was disappointing because it was about protecting toddlers from guns lying around. The next question was whether either candidate wanted to see Roe v. Wade overturned, and would they appoint justices who would do so or not. Predictably, Clinton strongly supports Roe and would fight for pro-choice justices. Also predictably, Trump would not. Trump didn't seem to understand how the court works, though, as he bizarrely predicted that Roe v. Wade would be overturned "automatically" and that it would then go back to the states to decide. Um, no. Nothing happens "automatically" at the Supreme Court -- a case has to be brought before them. In the back-and-forth, Trump used some awfully graphic language about late-term abortion ("rip the baby out of the womb"), and Clinton invited Trump to meet with actual women who have gone through the procedure, and listen to their stories. The next segment was on immigration, and Trump had some strange things to say on the issue. He said he wanted to deport "all of the drug lords" but then seemed to qualify the statement with "all of the bad ones," leaving me wondering how many "good" drug lords Trump thinks there are. Trump also admitted that millions of people have been deported under Obama, something that Republicans don't ever admit out loud, for the most part. Clinton tried baiting Trump once or twice, saying that when he met with the Mexican president: "Donald didn't even bring [the border wall] up -- he choked!" But Trump mostly resisted rising to the bait. Clinton had to get defensive a couple of times, on voting for construction of some border fences, and for the WikiLeaked statement about wanting "open borders." Clinton did a pretty good job on the open borders issue ("read the rest of the quote -- I was talking about energy"), but not so good a job on the fact that she did indeed vote for border fencing while senator. Clinton used the WikiLeaks question to pivot to talking about Russia hacking into our political process -- an obviously-rehearsed move. Trump even complimented her (sarcastically) about her "great pivot," when responding. Clinton at one point said Vladimir Putin would rather have Trump as president than her, because: "He'd rather have a puppet." Trump incoherently then responded with: "I'm not a puppet! You're the puppet!" -- displaying his mastery of playground taunts. Chris Wallace jumped in here at some point and told Trump (who refused to admit that Russia had hacked anything) that there was indeed solid intelligence which proved this. Trump still refused to believe it, even though he has secret intelligence briefings with the people saying this. About a half-hour in to the debate, Trump got a lot less calm and a lot louder. This was also, incidentally, when he dropped his first "Wrong!" into the debate (it would by no means be his last). He then just flat-out called Hillary a liar to her face (which is about par for the course for debate season, this year). Hillary brilliantly countered with: "I'm just quoting you," on the subject of nuclear weapons. Wallace moved on to the economy. This exchange started out with Hillary looking knowledgeable and Trump looking lost, as usual. Trump spent almost all his time on the previous question (about nuclear weapons) and accusing Hillary of wanting to double everyone's taxes. Hillary ran down her list of what her economic agenda was, in response. She also (wisely) passed up the chance to repeat her "Trumped-up trickle-down" lead balloon from the previous debate. Hillary's new phrase tonight was "middle-out," which I guess is econospeak for "helping the middle class to get ahead." She almost reminded me of The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror VII" election episode when she said she believed in "middle-out, bottom-up, not top-down" economics, but then watching every minute of all these debates does make me a little loopy, at times. Clinton clearly won this round at the end, however, after Trump used his "you talk, but you don't get anything done" line on her. Clinton responded with a brilliant takedown of what she's been doing for the past 40 years versus what Trump was doing at the same time. This is the one part of the debate I really want to search out in the transcript, because it was pretty devastating. Hillary masterfully compared her record to "what Donald was doing at the time," and the cumulative effect was impressive. Trump responded that he had built a "massive" and "phenomenal" company, and then tried to pivot to the Middle East. About halfway through the debate, Chris Wallace asked the questions everyone knew were coming. For Trump, this meant asking about the nine women who have accused him of groping them (or worse). Trump, without a shred of evidence to back him up, stated that all those stories "had been debunked." He also breathtakingly claimed: "I didn't even apologize to my wife, because I didn't do anything wrong." He kept coming back to calling the accusations "lies" and "fiction," which he repeated over and over again. Clinton then read Trump a few choice quotes he's made over the past week alone, on the subject of why Trump hadn't sexually assaulted these women because, according to him, they weren't hot enough for him to do so. Trump responded with: "Nobody has more respect for women than me," which drew a lot of audible laughter from the crowd. He then tried to blame all the women who have accused him of being Clinton stooges. Clinton hit back even harder, running down all the offensive things Trump has said about all kinds of people and groups, to make her case of: "This is who Donald is," and: "This is a pattern." This was well-rehearsed, and well-delivered. She clearly won this round, and Trump was clearly on the ropes. Wallace then zeroed in on Clinton with the question everyone was expecting, asking her about all the WikiLeaked emails, the Clinton Foundation, and the "pay to play" charge while she was Secretary of State. Clinton tried to pivot to talking about the good works the Clinton Foundation does, and Wallace asked the question again. But while this should have been the point that Clinton was on the ropes, Trump horned in on her answer, and Wallace let him finish. Trump couldn't make the case as well as Wallace had just been doing, and this left Clinton with an out -- talking specifically about Haiti and the work the Clinton Foundation did there. She then brought up Trump's foundation, and the original question she was supposed to be answering was lost. This should have been Trump's best moment of the night, but he was the one who wound up on the defensive. After Trump basically admitted that he had (illegally) paid off a court judgment using Trump Foundation money (a no-no), Clinton hit him with: "We have no way of knowing if that's true because he won't release his tax returns," and pivoted to Trump paying no taxes. Again, Trump should have won this segment but wound up in a defensive crouch. Wallace then asked what will be the most-talked about question of the night, asking Trump if he would stick to the pledge Mike Pence had recently made, to gracefully accept the election results if they lost, and Trump amazingly refused to do so. All he would say is: "I will look at it at the time," and: "I want to keep you in suspense." This will be resoundingly denounced far and wide, by tomorrow morning. It's probably being denounced far and wide even as I write this. Trump then moved on to -- again, impressing elementary-school playground audiences everywhere -- insisting that Clinton "should not even be allowed to run," as if there were anything in the Constitution to prevent her from doing so. Clinton gleefully smacked back that Trump was being a big baby. Well, no, she didn't, but she essentially got this point across, accusing him of whining about all kinds of things "being rigged," from the primary elections he lost all the way back to losing an Emmy. Trump interjected: "I should have gotten it," proving her point beyond a shadow of a doubt. Wallace then brought up the fight to retake Mosul, in Iraq. Hillary gave her stock answer about no U.S. troops in occupation, surging the intelligence (whatever that actually means), and a no-fly zone in Syria. More on that in a moment. Trump hit Hillary on the whole history of Iraq, and called the Iran deal "the stupidest deal of all time." Then he descended straight into conspiracy theory, claiming that the timing of the Mosul initiative was all to help Hillary Clinton get elected. The Iraqi government was actually responsible for the timing of this offensive, and Trump just sounded downright paranoid at this point. A few exchanges later, Trump tried to hit Clinton with an old Bernie Sanders quote, and Hillary finally gave the answer she should have given the first time he tried this at a debate: "You should ask Bernie who he supports for president now." Trump then insisted that "Aleppo has fallen," even in the face of Chris Wallace telling him it just wasn't so. Then Wallace asked a question I've been waiting to hear asked for a very long time now, to Clinton. If we created a no-fly zone in Syria, what would Clinton do if a Russian plane ignored us and flew right through it? Would she shoot it down? Clinton didn't really have an answer for this. She insisted that she'd negotiate with the Russians before creating the no-fly zone, and strike some sort of deal with them first. Wallace tried to ask once again about what specifically she would do about a Russian plane flying through a no-fly zone, but Clinton never directly answered what was, to me, a very obvious question. U.S. versus Russian warplanes is a game that nobody in their right mind should want to play, but that's exactly what any declaration of a no-fly zone would lead to. Is Syria worth fighting World War III over? Why will nobody advocating for a no-fly zone (and Hillary Clinton in particular) answer that very basic question? We headed into the home stretch at this point, and Wallace tried to raise the subject of entitlement reform, but neither candidate really wanted to talk about it. Trump shared his fantasy that he'd usher in four percent growth rates immediately, and Clinton dragged up a very old ad (1987) that Trump had paid $100,000 to run in the New York Times, which actually (gasp!) criticized Ronald Reagan. This might hurt Trump more than any other answer of the night with a certain segment of the population, because he uttered the words: "I disagreed strongly with Ronald Reagan." The penultimate question is going to be the second-most quoted bit of the debate, but not for the question or the answer from Hillary Clinton. Clinton was talking about Obamacare, Social Security, and Medicare, and took a sideswipe at Trump in her answer. Trump shot back with: "Such a nasty woman. Such a nasty woman." This soundbite is (I would bet good money) even now being copied and pasted into a whole bunch of new Hillary Clinton for president ads targeted towards women. It would be political malpractice not to do so, in fact. Wallace tried to pull a surprise move on the candidates at the very end. The debate rules didn't allow closing statements, but Wallace (out of the goodness of his own heart) decided to -- on the fly -- allow them to make their case for being president in their final few minutes. Hillary Clinton made a positive case for herself, saying she wanted to reach out to all Americans (even Republicans) and grow the economy for everyone. She wanted to see more good jobs, rising incomes, and a chicken in every pot. Well, OK, I just threw that last one in there myself, because I couldn't help notice the historical similarities. Trump spent at least half of his final minutes slamming Hillary as hard as he could, predicting total disaster for millions of Americans if she's elected. Oh, and he'd also make American great again, of course. As the final debate of the season (whew!) finished up, the two candidates refused to shake hands. Not too surprising, really. It's really the perfect way to close the most bitter debate season in televised history, that's for sure.   Chris Weigant blogs at: Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisWeigant   -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

20 октября, 07:57

Министр Либерман дал оценку позиции России в ЮНЕСКО

Министр обороны Авигдор Либерман заявил о том, что поддержка Россией антиизраильской резолюции ЮНЕСКО, отрицающей связь евреев с Храмовой горой и Стеной плача, произвела на него неблагоприятное впечатление.

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20 октября, 07:19

FAIL! Hillary Crashes & Burns During Trump Attack

Infowars reporter David Knight breaks down Hillary's failed attempt to attack Trump on his past criticism of Ronald Reagan. Follow David on Twitter - https://twitter.com/libertytarian

20 октября, 02:48

Don't Blame #NeverTrump

Intraparty feuds didn't undermine the campaign of the worst presidential candidate in recent memory.

19 октября, 17:45

Горбачев и Джордж Буш-старший выразили готовность встретиться

Бывший президент СССР Михаил Горбачев и его американский коллега Джоржд Буш-старший готовы встретиться лично, если позволит состояние здоровья. Об этом сообщил «Коммерсантъ FM» глава пресс-службы «Горбачев-Фонда» Павел Палажченко. Ранее сегодня стало известно о телефонном разговоре Буша-старшего и Горбачева. Разговор происходил по инициативе экс-госсекретаря США Джорджа Бейкера. Стороны призвали объединить усилия для того, «чтобы помочь двум странам выйти из того сложного положения, в котором находятся сейчас их отношения». «Возможна ли встреча? Здоровье у бывших президентов не такое, как прежде. Однако упоминалась возможность, что если позволит здоровье, устроить встречу», — сообщил Палажченко. По его словам, главным было выяснить, совпадают ли оценки текущей ситуации у Горбачева и Буша. «Бейкер заявил, что и он, и Буш знакомы с обращением, которое сделал Михаил Сергеевич на конференции по случаю 30-летия саммита в Рейкьявике, и согласны с его оценками. Также они отметили, что есть общая тревога по поводу ситуации, и обдумают, какие шаги можно предпринять», — добавил пресс-секретарь. В Рейкьявике в 1986 году впервые встретились главы СССР и США Михаил Горбачев и Рональд Рейган.

19 октября, 16:21

Trump praises Reagan on trade -- but saw it differently in 1989

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19 октября, 16:21

Trump praises Reagan on trade -- but saw it differently in 1989

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19 октября, 05:00

Donald Trump, Roberto Duran And The 'No Mas' Debate

With the Vegas setting of the third presidential debate, it may be only fitting that Donald Trump has requested a drug test. After all, Trump used to stage boxing matches, notably Mike Tyson bouts, at Trump’s since-bankrupted casinos in Atlantic City. Then there is the fact that Trump, who fashions himself an alpha male, genius and ex-jock, got whipped by Hillary Clinton in the first debate. As he did in the second debate. In debate number two, Trump looked not only psychopathic, as he lurked in the shadows and hovered menacingly behind the Democratic nominee; he also looked exhausted, or on the ropes, in boxing terms, when he frequently clutched the back of his chair and sniffled, like a poorly conditioned boxer with a bloody nose, a palooka in the midst of more than a few standing eight counts. Trump can’t seem to accept that Clinton trounced him twice, even after all his much-denied preparation for the second debate. Were he truly a boxer, I would say that he must suffer from pugilistica dementia, but he is not even a palooka. He can boast as much as he wants about his intellect, stamina and strength, but Donald Trump, the non-boxer, the chickenhawk, is little more than “fat, drunk and stupid,” which, as Dean Wormer said in Animal House, “is no way to go through life, son.” He may not drink, but Trump is drunk on self-love, drunk on fame, infamy, celebritydom and attention. That is what happens when you surround yourself with sycophants. Thus, Trump has called preposterously for the drug test since he still cannot fathom how Hillary Clinton could be in such supreme mental and physical shape as to crush him in those two debates. Even Trump, not known for dispensing compliments, acknowledged at the end of the rematch that Clinton is a fighter, that she doesn’t give up. Boxing metaphors, especially when they are not distinctive or specific, can seem as bankrupt as Donald Trump’s aforementioned casinos. But as we approach debate #3 tomorrow night, I have been thinking about the second Roberto Duran-Sugar Ray Leonard fight, the famed “No Mas” rematch for the welterweight title, as a template for the final debate between Clinton and Trump. I say this not because David Axelrod, the maestro behind President Obama’s 2008 campaign, recently suggested that Hillary Clinton might want to skip the debate given Trump’s pathetic and bizarre demand for a drug test. No, I say this because it is Trump, not Clinton, who might very well quit in the middle of the third debate. I am not a betting man, and I still believe that the governing sports metaphor for this election is the one I made in February. In my February piece, “Trumplestiltskin Is a Shame,” I compared Donald Trump not only to Rumplestiltskin but also to the pre-Theo Epstein Red Sox, cursed by their racist past, a franchise that in 1986 lost to the New York Mets in a thrilling World Series. At the time of my piece in February, I pointed out the irony that Trump was born in Queens, home of the Mets, yet due to his racism, he would follow the Sox by losing on the grandest stage of all, the general election, if not the World Series. But debate number three invites the boxing analogy because, while it is a long shot, I do think there is a chance that Trump will throw up his hands in disgust and utter the equivalent of “No Mas,” as Duran did in November 1980 during his rematch with Sugar Ray Leonard. Fought several months after Duran won his first encounter with Leonard for the welterweight championship, the second bout displayed the brilliance of Sugar Ray, who frustrated Duran with his evasive moves and dazzling fitness. Duran could not connect against the former Olympic gold medalist, who peppered the new welterweight champ with a flurry of blows, then darted away before Duran could land a decent shot. In round eight, Duran, who, according to reports, was trailing on the cards of the judges, waved his hand and trudged away, as he muttered, “No Mas,” or No More. The champ simply was not prepared for Leonard’s game plan. Leonard evidenced his ring mastery throughout the rematch and constantly baffled Duran, who could not catch up to him. Duran, who had gained weight after his victory earlier in 1980 over Leonard, hoped for a brawl. Instead, Duran fell victim to an extraordinarily well-conditioned, well-prepared opponent. Leonard’s victory in the rematch came shortly after Ronald Reagan, supposedly Trump’s political hero, defeated Jimmy Carter to win the presidency. As others have noted, Ronald Reagan presented a much sunnier image of America than the hateful one spewed by Trump. Moreover, Reagan had no love for the Soviet Union, which he famously dubbed the “evil empire.” It goes without saying that the Gipper would not be happy about Trump’s bromance with Vladimir Putin. As President Obama would say, Reagan would “take it as a personal insult” if anyone voted for Trump, a man who might actually have business dealings with Russia. No, Trump is not the second coming of Reagan; nor is he the second coming of Duran, a valiant fighter, who won many world titles over his long boxing career and who earned the right to be called a champion, even if he did lose the rematch with Leonard, as well as a rubber match years later. No boxer at all, not even a palooka, Trump should “stop whining,” as President Obama said at the Rose Garden today, the day before debate #3. Of course, that would run counter to Trump’s code, out of the Roy Cohn playbook, which is to lie, smear, defame and lie some more. So, don’t be surprised if tomorrow night Trump throws up his hands, collapses on the stage or utters the equivalent of “No Mas.” Given how much he mocked Jeb Bush for speaking Spanish, Trump is more likely to mumble, “No more.” It is still a long shot for that to happen. But you can bet that no matter how Trump performs in the third debate, he will whine afterwards about a fix, about how the debate, like the election, was “rigged.” And you can bet that Trump will take more than a few standing eight counts, before he suffers the most humiliating loss of his life in November. Hillary will knock him out in debate #3 in Vegas and in the general election, and it won’t be on technical grounds. It will be a decisive victory, as historic as anything we have seen in sports, except perhaps a World Series win for the Cubs. I’ll be rooting for Hillary tomorrow night. And I’m voting for Theo Epstein for president in 2024. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

20 сентября, 09:01

Гудым. Советская ядерная база у границ США

Самая таинственная и труднодоступная заброшка находится на Чукотке - ядерная военная часть Анадырь-1 или, как называют её местные, Гудым. Появилась она в начале 60-х годов для размещения ядерных ракет поближе к возможному противнику, то есть США. База была супер-секретной, местные знали только что поблизости какая-то воинская часть.Сердце Гудыма - огромная бетонная "нора" со складами для хранения и обслуживания ядерных ракет. Как и каким образом её "грызли" в вечной мерзлоте для меня загадка. Кроме военного объекта, был ещё городок, где проживали служащие и их семьи.Впрочем, в традиционной попытке всех "жестко переиграть", мы переиграли, главным образом, самих себя. 8 декабря 1987 года в Вашингтоне состоялась советско-американская встреча на высшем уровне, в ходе которой Горбачёв и Рейган подписали бессрочный "Договор о ликвидации ракет средней и малой дальности", после чего с базы вывезли всё вооружение. Некоторое время подземные помещения использовать как базу хранения Анадырского военного гарнизона, но в 2002 году Гудым полностью забросили.Сегодня это город-призрак. Что было более-менее ценное разворовали. Тем не менее, несмотря на прогнившие станы домов и облупленную краску подземных тоннелей, можно увидеть грандиозные масштабы Гудыма...Склады по пути к базе. Кругом валяются крылатые ракеты. Судя по всему учебные. На панораме они слева у синей бочки:3. Их тут очень много. Не считал, но навскидку штук 20:4. 5. Закрылки на ракете:6. Внутри какие-то шары:7. 8. Итак, Гудым. Через 3 дня после меня в Анадырь приезжал Шойгу и должен был посещать эту заброшенную базу. Сейчас этот объект никем не охраняется и никому не нужен, но может скоро сюда повесят замок и тогда я стану последним блогером, кто побывал внутри:9. На подъезде к нему незаметный ДОТ:10. Крупнее:11. Вход в главный военный объект, где хранились ракеты:12. Туда прямо на машине заехали. Внутри длинный коридор с ответвлениями. В ответвления не совались, а по туннелю проехали:13. Тоннель закрывается массивной бронированной дверью, весом в 40 тонн (вес среднего танка). Время закрытия примерно 2 минуты:14. Пульт рядом с дверью:15. Объект имеет полную противоатомную защиту, рассчитан на бомбежки с воздуха:16. Интересно, конечно, куда ведут эти ответвления, но изучать не решились:17. Второй выход:18. Признаки бывшей охраны военного объекта:19. Но сейчас Гудым охраняют только евражки:20. 21. Зловещие инсталляции оставлены, по видимому, редкими путешественниками. Местным до этого точно нет дела, они выпиливают последние двери:22. Военный городок сейчас полностью разрушен и разворован. Не представляет интереса в качестве "заброшки", так как тут ничего не осталось:23. Местные приезжают сюда как на склад стройматериалов и тащат всё, что не приколочено. Я видел 3 машины с бригадами, которые отдирали доски и бревна от домов и грузили на прицепы:24. Какой-то интерес может вызвать бывший торговый центр:25. Для военного городка на крайнем севере он немаленький:26. Здания:27. 28. 29. Бывший штаб:30. Внутри полная разруха:31. 32. Надпись: "В карауле, как на войне - будь бдительным вдвойне". Это карцер:33. Помещение охранников:34. 35. Комната отдыха:36. Вход в тюрьму:37. Камеры:38. Мягко скажем, небольшие:39. Напоследок, короткая экспозиция неизвестного военного автора:40. В следующем посте я покажу более оптимистичное место - Анадырский поселок Угольные Копи. Stay Tuned!Подписаться на обновленияЯ в других социальных сетях:

21 августа 2015, 21:48

Интервью: Генри Киссинджер ("The National Interest", США)

К празднованию нашего 30-летнего юбилея редактор TNI Джейкоб Хеилбранн садится за один стол с бывшим госсекретарем. Джейкоб Хеилбранн (Jacob Heilbrunn) Редактор The National Interest Джейкоб Хеилбранн (Jacob Heilbrunn) побеседовал с Генри Киссинджером в начале июля в Нью-Йорке.