Donald Trump Up To His Neck In President Putin–Urges Espionage Against America

Every time you think the absurdity from Donald Trump can not become even more so–it does.  Today Trump openly encouraged Russia to commit espionage against the U.S.

Stop and think about that for a moment: One of the two people who will become the next president is encouraging foreign espionage against this country.

And America needs to fight back and make sure this dangerous person is never allowed anywhere near the White House.

Today Hillary Clinton’s campaign fought back over Trump’s suggestion that Russia should hack the Democrat’s email system was an unprecedented move that has become a national security issue.   And they are correct to make such a statement.

This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent,” said senior policy aide Jake Sullivan. “That’s not hyperbole, those are just the facts. This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue.”

What started this truly upsetting and un-America story was when Trump, Speaking at a news conference, said  “It would be interesting to see, I will tell you this. Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”

He continued by urging Russia to commit espionage on our country by adding, “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

The Clinton campaign has been increasingly forceful about linking Russia to the leak in recent days as expert analyses have concluded such a link is likely.

“The Russians do have a history of interfering with Democratic elections in Europe,” campaign chairman John Podesta told reporters on Tuesday. “I think it would be unprecedented in the United States.”

Asked about Trump’s relationship with Russia, in light of the leaks, Podesta added, “He certainly has a bromance with Mr. Putin, so I don’t know.”

Finally….And just to underscore how weird and dysfunctional Trump’s campaign is, it released a statement from vice presidential nominee Mike Pence promising “serious consequences” if Russia is behind the hacking. Serious consequences … for something for which his running mate and boss is encouraging!

Time to shut the mouth of Trump before he further damages our nation.


History On The Front Pages Of July 27, 2016 Newspapers!

Once again our nation has made a tremendous step forward.  History was made last night–courtesy of the Democratic Party– when Hillary Clinton was nominated for president of the United States.  There are countless newspaper front pages I could have selected today to underscore the enormity of the moment. I have scattered my picks from around the nation and trust they make the point of what a grand time this truly is for women and our nation.

It also needs noting that newspapers continue to be the first writing of our national story and the importance they still have can not be dismissed.

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Speakers Tonight (July 27) At Democratic National Convention

After a power-house of a speech from Bill Clinton last night the delegates are going to be treated to a stem-winder from President Obama this evening.  Obama is expected to not only express his full confidence in Hillary Clinton but also make clear to the nation that Donald Trump is not prepared– in any way– be elected or serve from the Oval Office.

U.S. President Barack Obama 

Vice President Joe Biden

Tim Kaine

Leon Panetta

NARAL president Ilyse Hogue

Former Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey

Emily’s List president Stephanie Schriock

Pope Francis “An Inconvenient Guest”

Harsh words from conservatives in Poland for Pope Francis.

This seems more than rude and offensive.  Conservative Catholics need modernity in their religion as some other faiths in the word do.  The most pressing issue concerns the role of women in the church.  Francis should buck tradition and expand the role.

Pope Francis is set to arrive Wednesday in Poland, but the homeland of Saint Pope John Paul II – Francis’ most popular modern-day predecessor — is not rolling out the red carpet for the pontiff whose social agenda has alienated many in the conservative nation.

Francis will be in Krakow to celebrate World Youth Day, the event initiated more than 30 years ago by Pope John Paul II in which hundreds of thousands of young people from all over the world gather. But unlike the favorite son the Eastern European nation sent to the Vatican, Francis has received a chilly reception.

“The Pope, an inconvenient guest,” was the headline on an article earlier this month in Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland’s largest circulation newspaper.

The event, held this year in the southern Poland city from July 27 through July 31, takes place every 2 or 3 years in a different city.

Polish bishops circulated a letter publicizing the event that was read in churches throughout the nation on July 3. The letter praised the late Pope John Paul II three times, yet made no mention of Pope Francis.

“Here in Poland – a papal country – we have a very unusual situation,” journalist Katarzyna Wisniewska wrote. “Nobody here is waiting for the pope.”

Bill Clinton Gave Masterful Speech To National Convention

I have long felt the most powerful speechmaker in the Democratic party–following the death of Senator Ted Kennedy–is former President Bill Clinton.  While it is very true that President Obama is a powerful presence behind a podium there is still nothing like the power and finesse that Clinton can give to a speech.  That was very clear–once again–Tuesday night at the Democratic Convention.  It was simply masterful to watch and listen to and the lift that it gave to the delegates was most obvious.  With a strong viewership around the nation–this week being much better than the GOP Convention to the tune of 5 million people Monday night–the message in favor of Hillary Clinton is also making headway.

What struck me the most during the speech was the fact Clinton never once mentioned GOP nominee Donald Trump by name.  Instead he took deftly dismissed Republican attacks on Clinton as ‘made up’ and a ‘cartoon alternative.’   Indeed they are!

With solid chronicling Bill Clinton focused nearly exclusively on his wife’s achievements, how she’d influenced him, and how she would work to resolve problems in the way she has always been known to do over the course of her life.

The Washington Post loved the speech. 

Bill Clinton harked back to the spring of 1971, when he was a love-struck young man from Arkansas smitten by the brainy blonde he spotted across a law-school classroom. ‘We’ve been walking and talking and laughing together ever since,’ the former president said of the woman he would marry. ‘We’ve done it in good times and bad, through joy and heartbreak. … We built up a lifetime of memories.’ The clear takeaway was intended to be that Hillary Clinton makes things better … Bill Clinton appeared to riff extemporaneously in his 42-minute speech, veering off the prepared text loaded onto teleprompters, as he traced the arc of Hillary’s public service career as well as their marriage.

One of my favorites, Maureen Dowd, added her praise in the grand style she is noted for.

With a sky-blue tie and silvery hair and an easy smile, the 69-year-old looked healthier than he has on the trail. And he was sharp. The Big Dog basked in the unique historic moment: a former president and a husband and a wannabe first lad making the case for a former first lady, a wife and a wannabe first woman president. In an act of amazing self-restraint, the man who relishes the word ‘I’ managed to make the talk, as he prefers to call his folksy speeches, all about her. He was positively uxorious.