Political Circus: September 19-25

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Between now and election day, November 8, a look back at the political circus during the prior week.

Monday, 9/19/2016:

Die is cast.

It will only be Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton who will be participating one week from today in the first Presidential Debate.

The political news has taken a backseat to the bombings in New York and New Jersey as well as the knife attack in Minnesota.

But that does not mean the race is not intensifying.

Rumor has it that Libertarian vice presidential candidate Bill Weld is considering dropping out over a fear that he and running mate Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson may drawing enough support from Clinton, it could give the White House to Trump.

Clinton was in Philadelphia today trying hard to win over support from Millennials, with whom she has not garnered enthusiasm.

With the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York City this week, both Clinton and Trump will be meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Clinton will also talk with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko. Expect sparks after the meeting about Trump’s alleged ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

On the triple terror threat over the weekend, Trump said profiling may be necessary. Clinton pushed the strength of resolve.

Our local police, they know who a lot of these people are. They are afraid to do anything about it because they don’t want to be accused of, uh, profiling. And they don’t want to be accused of all sorts of things,” Trump said to Fox News.

This threat is real, but so is our resolve. Americans will not cower. We will prevail,” Clinton said. “We will defend our country, and we will defeat the evil, twisted ideology of the terrorists.

Republican wannabes thinking about a run in 2020 may want to rethink not backing Trump, said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

His remarks were aimed at those who ran this time around and pledged to back the Republican nominee no matter who that would be – such as Ohio Governor John Kasich and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

“I’m not going to lose one minute of sleep ruining this two-party monopoly that is going on,” Johnson said on CBS60 Minutes Sunday night.

I think they are dinosaurs, and I think we’re the comet in this whole equation. And I’m glad for it. I’m proud of it,” he said.

I do believe this is going to be the demise of the Republican Party.

But most pundits and pollsters agree that Johnson is pulling more votes from Clinton – not Trump.

Tuesday, 9/20/2016:

Skittles!

That’s what this election has devolved to.

Don Jr., son of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, explained the immigration and refugee issues by comparing a bowl of Skittles with three poison pieces.

This has set off an online uproar – mostly negative.

The candy manufacturer is telling Don Jr. and all politicians to keep their hands off their popular, tasty sweet treats.

skittles

A member of the Kennedy political dynasty tweeted out that former President George H. W. Bush aka 41 will be voting for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The Bush family is not happy.

Not denying, but not happy.

In the most recent NBC/Survey Monkey poll: Clinton 45% Trump 40% Libertarian Gary Johnson 10% Green Party Dr. Jill Stein 4%

Charity money to pay legal fees?

That’s a no-no, Mr. Trump.

Then there is that fundraiser for veterans – seems Trump’s people failed to file necessary paperwork for the charity event in a number of states.

Details matter.

Clinton continues to insist that Trump’s remarks on terrorism give “aid and comfort” to the Islamic State recruiters.

Poor Johnson, his mouth keeps engaging before his brain.

This time around in talking about the bombing over the weekend in New Jersey and New York and the knife attack in Minnesota.

I’m just grateful that nobody got hurt,” Johnson said on CNN.

Clearly he meant no one was killed, but the damage was done.

This is going to be close. We need everyone off the sidelines,” Clinton told students at Temple University in Philadelphia. “Not voting is not an option. That just plays into Trump’s hands.

Politics can be discouraging. This election in particular can be downright depressing sometimes,” Clinton said at her rally. “But it matters, it really does.

Clinton is having a rough time trying to get Millennials to support and be enthused about her candidacy.

In a turn-about, Clinton is now being more available to the general press than Trump, who is sticking to Fox News almost exclusively.

NBC‘s Lester Holt, who will moderate Monday night’s first Presidential Debate, has announced three main topics of discussion:

a. America’s Direction
b. Achieving Prosperity
c. Securing America

By the way, it is exactly seven weeks from today when Americans go to the polling stations and cast their ballots for who will sit in the Oval Office for the next four years.

Wednesday, 9/21/2016:

…our African American communities are absolutely in the worst shape they’ve ever been in before. Ever, ever, ever.

Donald, Donald, Donald – what were you thinking?

What about those 350+ years of slavery?

Was not the black community in a worse situation then than now?

The Military Times has Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump getting support from 37.6% from armed forces personnel and Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson getting 36.5%.

The two were the tops in military support edging out Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein.

This morning, fight promoter Don King dropped the “N” word while introducing Trump at a Cleveland Heights, Ohio church for a meeting with African-American pastors.

Not sure which Trump will show up for the debate Monday night, Clinton is prepping for multiple Trump personalities.

Perhaps a re-read of my Person Versus Persona is in order.

OOPs!

Remember how Trump said all the debate moderators are Democrats?

Turns out the first debate moderator, NBC‘s Lester Holt, has been a registered Republican since at least 2003.

Jockeying keeps up in the battleground states.

Clinton is back ahead in Florida. Trump takes the lead in North Carolina.

By the way, Twitter will live stream Monday’s Presidential Debate.

Thursday, 9/22/2016:

Lamenting the violence and lawlessness in Charlotte, North Carolina last night, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told supporters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this morning that we are living in a “wounded country.

Speaking in measured tones, Trump came across presidential and not the bombastic television personality seen so often on the campaign trail.

We all have to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes to see things through their eyes and get to work fixing our very wounded country,” Trump said.

Trump went on to say about the Charlotte riot, “Our country looks bad to the world when we are supposed to be the world’s leader. How can we lead when we can’t control our cities?

A new poll shows that Trump has edged up to a 7% support with black voters, which CNN‘s Don Lemon says will not happen Election Day.

While in another poll, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton maintains a healthy edge with Hispanic voters – 65% to Trump’s 17%.

In the most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, Clinton bests Trump by 6 points going into Monday night’s first Presidential Debate.

Clinton has 43% to Trump’s 37%. Rounding out the likely voters’ choice is 9% for Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and a mere 3% for the Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein.

However, CNN‘s Poll of Polls today showed Clinton with 43% and Trump with 40%. This is a compilation of the most recent five national polls.

Clinton asked the Laborers’ International Union of North America members gathered in Las Vegas, Nevada via teleconference last night, “‘Why aren’t I 50 points ahead?’ you might ask? Well, the choice for working families has never been clearer. I need your help to get Donald Trump’s record out to everybody. Nobody should be fooled.

This is the same question which has pundits in a total daze of confusion.

If you do know somebody who might be voting for Trump, stage an intervention,” Clinton pleaded with her remote audience. “Try to talk some sense into them. Lay out the facts. The facts are on our side, about what I’ve done versus what he’s done. Remember, friends don’t let friends vote for Trump.

Mexican Economic Minister Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal said on Wednesday that Mexico was prepared to “talk to the devil” should Trump win the election in November.

Trump called on Presidential Debate moderator NBC‘s Lester Holt to not be a fact-checker when he and Clinton square off on Monday night.

I mean, if you’re debating somebody and if she makes a mistake or I make a mistake … we’ll take each other on,” Trump. “But I certainly don’t think you want Candy Crowley again.

Former CNN State of the Union host Crowley was widely panned for interjecting in a debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney during a 2012 Presidential Debate.

Crowley ended up being both right and wrong with her check of the facts.

A return of “stop and frisk” is need in Chicago to combat the murderous violence racking the city, Trump said. This comes even though a federal judge declared the program unconstitutional and ended the practice in New York City.

Black police officers are not falling in line with the Fraternal Order of Police endorsement of Trump.

Our Local FOP is saying that our people have to follow the national lead,” Rochelle Bilal, head of the Philadelphia Guardian Civic League, told NBC News. “We are saying you don’t have to vote for Donald Trump and the national FOP should have stayed out of this election.

Remember President Josiah Bartlet, who sat in the Oval Office during The West Wing administration?

Well, Bartlet and his team will be crisscrossing Ohio stumping for Clinton.

Friday, 9/23/2016:

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in an attempt to win over Millennials, who are cool to her campaign, appeared on the irreverent, but very popular Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis.

Will it win over the needed demographic?

Probably not, but it sure does not hurt.

A new, non-partisan analysis by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s tax cuts would add $5.3 trillion to the national debt over the next decade.

The same analysis found Clinton’s plans would add $200 billion.

But the committee also said they were just guessing since Trump has not laid out the specifics of his proposals for tax reform.

Shockers!

A new poll out Thursday puts Trump out ahead of Clinton nationally.

Right-leaning Rasmussen found Trump with a 5-point lead, 44%-39%, over Clinton.

Dumbest Remarks of the week: There was “no racism” before President Barack Obama.

Yes, a now former volunteer coordinator for Trump in Ohio said this.

She is no longer with the campaign.

Trump added 10 more names to his list of potential Supreme Court Justices if he is elected. One of those on Trump’s new list is Utah Senator Mike Lee, who promptly removed himself for consideration.

Lee is not a Trump fan.

When hauled before a congressional committee, the Director of the Internal Revenue Service John Koskinen avoided the topic of Trump’s taxes and returns when peppered by Democratic lawmakers.

Koskinen is trying to save his own bacon from Republican legislators who want him impeached.

I came here to answer questions truthfully and straightforward,” Koskinen said, “but we don’t talk about individual cases, and if hypotheticals begin to look like individual cases I’m not at liberty to give opinion or judgments about them.

That Clinton aide who set up the private email server for Clinton while she was Secretary of State then refused to appear when subpoenaed by a congressional committee was hit with a contempt of Congress charge.

North Carolina Republican Congressman Robert Pittenger had to apologize after saying the violence in Charlotte is because of protesters who “hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not.

What is taking place in my hometown right now breaks my heart,” Pittenger said in a statement issued by his congressional office. “My anguish led me to respond to a reporter’s question in a way that I regret. The answer doesn’t reflect who I am. I was quoting statements made by angry protesters last night on national TV. My intent was to discuss the lack of economic mobility for African Americans because of failed policies. I apologize to those I offended and hope that we can bring peace and calm to Charlotte.

So much for his re-election bid.

While Trump is calling for stop-and-frisk in Chicago, Illinois, which has seen the number of murders and shootings soar this year, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel outlined his own plan to bring peace and security to the Windy City.

Gun violence in Chicago is unacceptable … It is pulling us apart at the very moment when your city needs to come together,” Emanuel said. “For all the things that make Chicago great, for all the things that make us proud to call ourselves Chicagoans, the violence that is happening corrodes our core. It is not the Chicago we know and love.

Police officers and emergency room surgeons are not the only ones whose job it is to save young lives,” Emanuel said. “To reverse the rising tide of violence, we need to provide hope instead of desperation and caring adults instead of gang affiliation.

Emmanuel’s plan is a stark contrast to Trump’s call for action to quell the violence.

A new study finds that Trump’s healthcare plan would cause about 20 million persons to lose coverage while Clinton would provide coverage for an additional 9 million people.

A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” had a more negative impact on Trump than on her.

Seems when asked which of the candidates is more disconnected and disrespectful, 60% said Trump and 48% said Clinton.

Rumor has it that former rival and presidential candidate Texas Senator Ted Cruz is starting to waffle and may soon fold and endorse the man he despises.

Maverick billionaire Mark Cuban, who came out for Clinton, will be in the front row for Monday night’s debate. Presumably Cuban will be on hand to needle his fellow billionaire.

Why worry about climate change, says Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson.

In billions of years, the sun is going to actually grow and encompass the Earth, right? So global warming is in our future,” the former New Mexico governor said during a 2011 National Press Club luncheon event.

When you look at the amount of money we are looking to spend on global warming — in the trillions — and look at the result, I just argue that the result is completely inconsequential to the money we would end up spending,” Johnson also said. “We can direct those moneys to other ways that would be much more beneficial to mankind.

Now that is an inspiring thought.

Clinton is calling for a $65 billion tax increase on billionaire estates.

Hillary Clinton has made a commitment throughout this campaign to make sure there is a plan to pay for the progressive policies we have laid out,” said Mike Shapiro, an economic adviser to Clinton.

The new Quinnipiac University poll shows Clinton behind in all, but one of four battleground states.

Clinton is holding on in Virginia, but Trump has taken the lead in Colorado, Iowa and Georgia.

Both Trump and Clinton are off the trail this Friday prepping for Monday’s first Presidential Debate, moderated by NBC‘s Lester Holt.

By the way, Monday’s debate could impact the stock market.

Stocks usually rally if the incumbent party wins. If Hillary puts Trump away at this debate, you’ll see a broad rally in the S&P 500, and my thinking on Trump is if Trump wins, you’re going to get a sell-off into the election. It’s temporary. There’s just so much uncertainty with Trump, people are just going to go to a risk-off scenario,” said Daniel Clifton, head of policy research at Strategas.

Media types are already predicting this debate may come close to Super Bowl numbers in people tuning in to watch Clinton and Trump battle it out.

Sunday, 9/25/2016:

Texas Senator and former presidential candidate Ted Cruz did the unthinkable on Friday. He endorsed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

If Clinton wins, we know — with 100 percent certainty — that she would deliver on her left-wing promises, with devastating results for our country. My conscience tells me I must do whatever I can to stop that,” Cruz said in his statement.

We have fought the battle,” Trump said. “I look forward to working with him for many years to come.

In FBI documents released on Friday, an IT specialist working for Clinton referred to working on the “cover-up” referring to her private email server she used while Secretary of State.

Clinton had planned to travel this morning to Charlotte, North Carolina, but the police chief asked her not to come because of all the unrest in the city following the shooting of a black man earlier this week by police.

The two major party candidates have been off the trail most of the weekend prepping for tomorrow night’s first Presidential Debate at Hofstra University. That debate, expected to have Super Bowl number of viewers, will kick-off at 9 p.m. (ET).

In a Cornfield Polls survey which ended Friday night, if the election were held today, Trump would win. Trump garnered 70% of the vote. Clinton got 20% and Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson received 10% of the votes.

A Washington Post/ABC News poll released today has the race neck-and-neck with Clinton at 46% and Trump at 44%.

Both Trump and Clinton had a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with whom President Barack Obama has had a strained relationship.

GOP vice presidential candidate Mike Pence walked back his running mate’s tweet that Gennifer Flowers, who had an affair with then Governor Bill Clinton in the 1980s, would be the guest of Trump at the debate. Flowers, however, says she will be at the debate.

A professor, who has correctly predicted the outcome of every presidential election since 1984, says come November voters will hire Trump for the seat in the Oval Office.

Tune in next week for another Political Circus.

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I am Mark Ivy, a born and bred Hoosier.
I am father to two wonderful sons, Dave and Kev, of whom I am very proud;
two terrific daughters-in-law, Anna and Hailey; three beautiful granddaughters, Dylan, Alaina and Amelia.

On May 9, 2017, my lung specialist hit me with the news I had maybe six months to live if the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the damage caused by the histoplasmosis described below, ran its normal course. I am now on hospice at home. Content and ready to cross over the river to the other side.

On September 2, 2014, I was diagnosed with disseminated histoplasmosis, a fungal infection, discovered by a biopsy of my larynx.
The infection is fatal if left untreated. For 2 1/2 years I lived under a death sentence being misdiagnosed
with a non-specific bacterial infection which left my right lung a “dried up sponge” and non-functioning.
I was aggressively treated for the infection with antifungals.
The treatment ended October of 2015 and fortunately did not take two years.

I suffer from chronic Horton’s Syndrome. The effects vary widely causing various problems.
Statistically, Horton’s affects only 0.1% of the population. Major depression also attacks me regularly.

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