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Pradheep Shanker
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I figured we might as well have a common thread for the Democrat National Convention.

If you like disunity, protests, and progressive anger at Hillary Clinton...you will LOVE the 2016 Democrat Nation Convention.

So far:

1. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has quit; she is getting protests where ever she goes.
2. This morning, Hillary got boo'ed at...the CALIFORNIA delegate breakfast.
3. My question: will anyone pull a 'Ted Cruz' and refuse to endorse Hillary? That would be awesome.

Consider this an open thread.
 
1. Trump's bounce largely is because REPUBLICANS who were unwilling to vote for him came home; he is now increases his percentage of the Republican vote from the mid-70s to the mid-80s. To win, he needs to be in the high 90s.

2. Reason Hillary is losing right now is, ironically, Democrats are more divided than Republicans.

3. Hillary's Democrat party vote is hovering in the low 80s. I presume that is going to rise after the convention.

4. The best part about all this? Hillary's weakness is the fault of DEMOCRATS. Republicans and Trump are doing almost nothing right now to undermine her.
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+ed pluck I think you're better off voting for the giant meteor than waiting for that to happen.
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Michael Yeager

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Sliding further from relevance every day. There's a rumor that he's speaking at the DNC. Even I realize that's a hoax but he'd probably be welcome there.....
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+Kory Hegwood To be sure trump will keep bringing up Ted Cruz and National Enquirer Kennedy assassination type non relevant rumors.
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Donald Hume

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Isn't this a hoot. Doesn't say much when your own (half) brother switches party vote because you've sucked so bad.

Not that I agree with the voting for Trump thing, but not too many other choices.....
President Barack Obama's half-brother, Malik Obama, says he will vote for Republican nominee Donald Trump in the U.S. election in November because he likes the candidate and he is unhappy with his brother's leadership.
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What every brain dead Liberal should read, OBAMA IS VOTING FOR TRUMP, AMAZING, RIGHT?
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Larry Olson

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The DNC is building a Border Wall around their Convention. It is 8 feet high and 4 miles around. The difference between their wall and Donald Trump's wall is that their wall is pink.
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I thought the Liberals were against walls, RIGHT?
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John Griffith

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Kinda Speaks for Itself

"Johnson, who in 2010 voiced his fears that Guam would tip over and capsize if too many people resided on the island"

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/07/25/congressman-who-once-feared-guam-could-capsize-compares-jewish-settlers-to-termites.html
A Democratic member of the House Armed Services Committee compared Jewish Israeli settlers to termites on Monday while speaking at an event sponsored by an anti-Israel organization that supports boycotts of the Jewish state.
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No, you just have to go house to house like Jehovah's Witnesses with fundraising as your goal not conversion.
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John Griffith

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Just Goes to Show You...

There is always justice in the end. I hope her career is over.

http://www.npr.org/2016/07/25/487332677/floridians-boo-wasserman-schultz-ahead-of-democratic-convention
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who will be stepping down as DNC chair after the convention, had an abysmal weekend. Monday morning started out no better for her.
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She got what she deserves. Although, she met Hitlary's requirements, lie after lie.
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ed pluck
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RNC and DNC Delegates are unified on one thing....

LOCK HER UP!!
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I can't wait to see the disaster starting tonight. 
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ed pluck
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The future of Media?
An influential reporter at Politico made an apparent "agreement" with the Democratic National Committee to let it review a story about Hillary Clinton's fundraising machine before it was submitted to his editors, leaked emails published by WikiLeaks on Friday revealed.
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Politico, in bed with Democrats? Nothing to see here. Move along. Give the lovers some privacy.
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Pradheep Shanker
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In the international trade area, the language is almost always about how we must export, and what’s really good is an industry that produces exports, and if we buy from abroad and import, that’s bad. But surely that’s upside-down. What we send abroad, we can’t eat, we can’t wear, we can’t use for our houses. The goods and services we send abroad, are goods and services not available to us. On the other hand, the goods and services we import, they provide us with TV sets we can watch, with automobiles we can drive, with all sorts of nice things for us to use.

The gain from foreign trade is what we import. What we export is a cost of getting those imports. And the proper objective for a nation as Adam Smith put it, is to arrange things so that we get as large a volume of imports as possible, for as small a volume of exports as possible.
Starting at about 20:42 in the video above of a lecture at Kansas State University in 1978, Dr. Milton Friedman provides some remedial economic education about trade and what constitutes a “favorable balance of trade” for Donald Trump and others who suffer from “upside-down” thinking about international trade and protectionism. Here’s a summary of Friedman’s [...]
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The entire "trade deficit" argument is flawed. There are too many variables that go into it that aren't being accounted for.
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Scott H.

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Fathom the irony...

"The Russian people, like people everywhere, deserve the right to have their voices heard and their votes counted,” Clinton said while in Germany. (Independent election monitors, it’s worth noting, reported widespread ballot stuffing by pro-Putin actors.)
In December 2011, Russian Prime Minister Vladamir Putin criticized then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for interfering in Russian elections after she demanded an investigation of whether Putin's p
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To be fair, she wasn't wrong
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Rodney Graves
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More sweet, sweet schadenfruede!

Jeers for Pelosi, cheers for Sanders [from the California Delegates] in ominous opening for DNC
PHILADELPHIA — Democratic discontent with Hillary Clinton was on full display at the California delegation breakfast Monday morning ahead of the first night of the Democratic National Convention. Members of the delegation repeatedly disrupted the lineup of speakers, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, with protestations against Clinton and cheers for her erstwhile primary rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
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So do I!
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Phil Nelson

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Evidently (I don't read Krugman, since his inexcusable column blaming Palin for the Tuscon shooting) he advises the bitter clingers to eat happy talk from his bubble, and so dispel our malaise.
The New York Times columnist should leave the Upper West Side once in a while.
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ed pluck
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She stuck her finger in the socket one time to many.
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Regan G.

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Just a quick FYI, folks, since this is being said fairly often lately...

It's spelled "Conscience". Not "Conscious".

Not being a Grammar Nazi; they're two separate words. Just sayin'... :)
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+1,000,000
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King Theo

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The German press and police officials have done a great diservice to the people by trying to spin away the reality that at least the first three of the attacks in Germany last week were carried out in the name of Allah and Islam. While the facts remain unclear on the fourth attack where a Muslim asylum seeker hacked a pregnant German woman with a machete in a dispute it is likely to be some argument stemming from the biggotry of the false prophet. Islam is incompatible with the West and its time to start addressing the ideology and the teachings of the false prophet head on. If they cannot tolerate our critism of their religious doctrines, why should we tolerate their presence in our Homelands? I have no problem with Muslim people, or the Arabs, Persians, North Africans or Indonesians that identify as Muslims. I feel bad for you, being pressured by your Imans and Mullahs to have your minds supressed by the archaic dictates of a 7th Century warlord must be horrible. I want to improve your standards of living by using scientific truth and offering you a more tolerant faith.
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ed pluck
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As Booker T. Washington long ago observed, "there is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs."
A guiding principle for physicians is primum non nocere, the Latin expression for
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Larry Olson

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I would write this off as a childish outburst of people who will soon be back on the Democrat plantation. But Trump does appeal to a number of these folk. Dems who aren't in the party for the Identity politics, who like Trump's pro-work attitude more than they like Hillary's mao jacket.
They booed and chanted, 'Bernie, Bernie, Bernie!'
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Pradheep Shanker
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They need to fix the sound system because all you could hear was "LOCK HER UP"!
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Rodney Graves
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Sweet, sweet schadenfreude...
HERE'S VIDEO OF DWS GETTING BOOED OUT OF HER OWN DNC BREAKFAST: .@DWStweets booed off the stage at her own FL delegation breakfast @NBCNews pic.twitter.com/GMe0g9t1JQ. — Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) July 25, 2016. The DNC email leak has legs. Tweet. Posted by Stephen Green at 10:45 am ...
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Lol. It made my day. I love when clowns like her get caught. 
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Timothy Hall

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I think Levin has it right when he calls out this pledge business on Trump...

Here is the transcript from CNN on March 29, 2016: http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2016/03/29/full-rush-transcript-donald-trump-cnn-milwaukee-republican-presidential-town-hall/

Search for pledge. It's about 2/3s of the way down.
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Trump supporter here, but cant deny whats in that transcript. Trump was probably butthurt when it happened and maybe a bit shocked, but according to transcript there he didnt care if he got endorsed by Cruz and wouldnt say that he would endorse either. I dont see it as a big issue based on Trumps own comments. I guess the only area of contention is Cruz taking pledge to support eventual candidate. It would have been best if all the candidates told the moderator that they wont pledge anything. In the future, i hope candidates do that and tell the moderator to move to next question.
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