Honoring Patriot Day on September 11, 2001

In tribute to Patriot Day, here is a blog post I wrote several years ago now about my experiences on September 11, 2001. Remembering September 11, 2001

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Be afraid: The Clinton-Trump general election begins

Be afraid: The Clinton-Trump general election begins

POLITICO – “Love trumps hate,” came the cheers from the crowd, only days after Donald Trump’s Republican convention echoed with chants of “Lock her up!” But as the 102-day general election starts, the reality is that both parties, saddled with two of the most unpopular presidential nominees ever, are bracing for one of the ugliest […]

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Hillary Clinton accepts Democratic presidential nomination

Hillary Clinton accepts Democratic presidential nomination

Hillary Clinton formally accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for president Thursday night, delivering a speech in which she said that the nation is in a “moment of reckoning” and aggressively cast Republican nominee Donald Trump as a divisive figure stoking fear across the country. “He wants to divide us from the rest of the world, […]

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Obama: ‘I’m ready to pass the baton’

Obama: ‘I’m ready to pass the baton’

The president makes a forceful case for Clinton and warns against the threat of ‘homegrown demagogues.’ Twelve years after he first addressed a Democratic National Convention, and eight years after he became the first black presidential nominee of a major party, President Barack Obama cast the election to succeed him as a “fundamental choice.” Speaking […]

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Bernie Sanders Faces Task of Putting Down Revolt He Started – The New York Times

Bernie Sanders Faces Task of Putting Down Revolt He Started – The New York Times

Bernie Sanders likes to boast that he has ignited a fiery movement. At times on Monday, it seemed that even he had lost control of how it burns. On the opening day of the Democratic National Convention, the ragtag coalition of liberals that Mr. Sanders is supposed to deliver to Hillary Clinton heckled from the […]

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Michelle Obama delivers a passionate defense of Hillary Clinton (WaPo)

Michelle Obama delivers a passionate defense of Hillary Clinton (WaPo)

Michelle Obama publicly endorsed Hillary Clinton for the first time during a primetime address in Philadelphia, giving her full support to her husband’s former secretary of state. The first lady, who is one of the most popular political figures in the Democratic Party, said “in this election — I’m with her.” “When she didn’t win […]

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Chicago Tribune: Michelle Obama gave the speech America needed to hear (Opinion)

Monday was Bernie Sanders‘ night at the Democratic National Convention. As usual, he and his supporters brought all the nuance and subtlety of a sledgehammer to the head. The speech that the country needed to hear was not his. It wasMichelle Obama‘s. In an address not much longer than 10 minutes, the first lady brought […]

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Bernie Sanders: ‘I am proud to stand with her’

Bernie Sanders: ‘I am proud to stand with her’

Bernie Sanders on Monday and Tuesday led an orchestrated attempt by Democratic leaders to pull their party together, but simmering anger among his die-hard supporters proved that Democratic unity will be a work in progress. On a dramatic first night of the Democratic convention, Michelle Obama brought the house down with an emphatic endorsement of […]

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Sen. Timothy M. Kaine of Virginia chosen as Hillary Clinton’s VP – The Washington Post

Sen. Timothy M. Kaine of Virginia chosen as Hillary Clinton’s VP – The Washington Post

Hillary Clinton has chosen Sen. Timothy M. Kaine (Va.) as her vice presidential running mate, completing a Democratic ticket that prizes experience and traditional notions of public service in a political year dominated by Republican rival Donald Trump’s unorthodox, highly personal brand of leadership. Kaine, 58, a former Virginia governor, Richmond mayor and Democratic National […]

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Liberals lash out at Tim Kaine over banking letter

Liberals lash out at Tim Kaine over banking letter

Kaine’s willingness to back any regulatory changes that benefit large banks stands in stark contrast to liberals’ preferred VP pick — Sen. Elizabeth Warren. A few days before Hillary Clinton is expected to unveil her running mate, a group of progressives are lashing out at Sen. Tim Kaine, widely seen as the front-runner for the […]

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Cruz burns Trump – POLITICO

Cruz burns Trump – POLITICO

Ted Cruz refused to endorse Donald Trump in daring and dramatic fashion on Wednesday, telling Republicans to “vote your conscience” in a 20-minute snub that played out in slow motion on national television. Cruz’s rejection exposed the raw rifts still festering inside the Republican Party, overshadowed the planned coming-out speech for Trump’s vice-presidential pick, Mike […]

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Pence under pressure to deliver | TheHill

Pence under pressure to deliver | TheHill

The pressure is on Mike Pence as he prepares to step onto the convention stage to address the country for the first time as Donald Trump’s running mate. The Indiana governor is largely unknown outside of his home state, so the address will serve as a national introduction of sorts, creating a prime opportunity for […]

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Trump officially nominated as GOP candidate for President – POLITICO

Trump officially nominated as GOP candidate for President – POLITICO

Some Trump critics said the energy in the arena paled in comparison to past conventions, as more than 700 delegates cast their votes for someone other the Trump — the most objections since the 1976 contested convention between Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford. But for Trump it was a victory that there were no significant […]

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Melania Trump’s speechwriter takes blame for plagiarism of Michelle Obama’s speech

Melania Trump’s speechwriter takes blame for plagiarism of Michelle Obama’s speech

The Trump Organization staffer who wrote Melania Trump’s Republican National Convention speech on Wednesday took responsibility for copying portions of Michelle Obama’s speech. Staff writer Meredith McIver said in a statement that she had offered to resign, but Donald Trump refused to accept her resignation. McIver said that while writing the speech, Melania Trump told […]

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Ryan: Trump ‘not my kind of conservative’ | TheHill

Ryan: Trump ‘not my kind of conservative’ | TheHill

Speaker Paul Ryan, the chairman of the GOP convention here, said Monday he believes that Donald Trump is a conservative, just “not my kind of conservative.” “But I come from a different part and wing of the party,” the Wisconsin Republican said at a Wall Street Journal lunch in downtown Cleveland just as the Republican […]

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Trump to speak on first day of GOP convention | TheHill

Trump to speak on first day of GOP convention | TheHill

Donald Trump will appear on the Republican National Convention stage for the first time Monday to introduce his wife, Melania, days before he is officially due to address delegates gathered here. Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager, told reporters Monday that the pair would be flying into Cleveland for her prime-time address, and Trump will be […]

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Clinton’s new friend — and maybe VP

Clinton’s new friend — and maybe VP

Unlike other Democrats being mentioned as potential running mates, Tom Perez has actually gotten to know Hillary and Bill Clinton, and they’ve both taken a shine to him. She starts the phone calls with, “Tom, this is Hillary.” “Hey, how are you?” he responds, consciously working his way around being so formal at this point […]

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is Donald Trump’s VP Pick

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is Donald Trump’s VP Pick

IndyStar confirmed shortly after noon Thursday that Trump is planning to announce Pence as his selection for vice president. Several national news outlets, including CNN and ABC News, later reported Trump had offered the post to Pence and he had accepted, ending a weekslong casting call during which Trump vetted a handful of high-profile Republicans. Trump had been scheduled to formally announce his pick at a […]

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New York Times, Washington Post side with Donald Trump over Justice Ginsburg’s comments – POLITICO

New York Times, Washington Post side with Donald Trump over Justice Ginsburg’s comments – POLITICO

Liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been surprisingly outspoken about the presidential election in recent days, starting Friday, when she told The Associated Press “everything would be up for grabs” if Donald Trump were to win the White House … Trump tore into the high court justice Tuesday, telling the Times that Ginsburg’s […]

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Ranking Trump’s top 10 VP picks | TheHill

Ranking Trump’s top 10 VP picks | TheHill

Donald Trump is closing in on a vice presidential pick, with the vetting process in full swing. Trump will make the announcement sometime between now and the end of the Republican National Convention on July 21. Here is The Hill’s ranking of the 10 Republicans most likely to join the GOP ticket: 1. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie 2. […]

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Bernie Sanders endorses Hillary Clinton as Dems join forces against Donald Trump

Bernie Sanders endorses Hillary Clinton as Dems join forces against Donald Trump

The Vermont senator gave Clinton his blessing at a Tuesday rally in Portsmouth, N.H. Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton for president on Tuesday, standing side-by-side with the presumptive Democratic nominee at an event intended to unify Democrats. In congratulating Clinton on her victory, the Vermont senator effectively ended his own long primary campaign against Clinton, […]

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F.B.I. Recommends No Charges Against Hillary Clinton for Use of Personal Email

F.B.I. Recommends No Charges Against Hillary Clinton for Use of Personal Email

The F.B.I.’s recommendation will have an enormous impact on the presidential election. WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, on Tuesday said “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring a case against Hillary Clinton for her handling of classified information as secretary of state. The F.B.I.’s recommendation will have an enormous impact on the presidential election. […]

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Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion clinic restrictions

Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion clinic restrictions

THE WASHINGTON POST – The Supreme Court on Monday struck down Texas abortion restrictions that had caused more than half of the state’s abortion clinics to close. The decision was a win for abortion rights advocates, who say that state legislatures around the country have passed more than 200 restrictions on abortion in the last five […]

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Dems stage sit-in on House floor to push for gun vote

Dems stage sit-in on House floor to push for gun vote

Dozens of Democrats sat down on the floor, saying they would occupy it. Dozens of members of the U.S. House of Representatives were participating in the sit-in after it began Wednesday morning, with some lawmakers seated cross-legged on the floor. Democrats have been pressing for action on gun control before the House leaves at the end […]

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Trump team axes campaign manager Lewandowski

Trump team axes campaign manager Lewandowski

“The campaign is grateful to Corey for his hard work and dedication and we wish him the best in the future,” the Trump campaign told the New York Times. Corey Lewandowski has been fired as Donald Trump’s campaign manager, ending the tenure of the firey operative who faced a steady string of controversies while guiding […]

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Sanders collides with black lawmakers over superdelegates

Sanders collides with black lawmakers over superdelegates

The Congressional Black Caucus ‘vehemently’ opposes Sanders’ call to abolish superdelegates. “We passed a resolution in our caucus that we would vehemently oppose any change in the superdelegate system because members of the CBC might want to participate in the Democratic convention as delegates but if we would have to run for the delegate slot […]

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New York Times Can’t Figure Out Orlando Terrorist’s Motive

New York Times Can’t Figure Out Orlando Terrorist’s Motive

The Orlando terrorist declared that he “did it for the Islamic State,” but the New York Times can’t figure out the “precise motivation” for his rampage. Source: New York Times Can’t Figure Out Orlando Terrorist’s Motive

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President Barack Obama endorses Hillary Clinton in video

President Barack Obama endorses Hillary Clinton in video

President Barack Obama endorsed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in a web video Thursday. “I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office,” Obama said in the video. Read more at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/09/politics/president-barack-obama-endorses-hillary-clinton-in-video/index.html

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AP: Clinton secures enough delegates to become first woman to top a major-party ticket

AP: Clinton secures enough delegates to become first woman to top a major-party ticket

Hillary Clinton has secured enough delegates to win the Democratic presidential nomination, according to the Associated Press, emerging from a long and bruising primary season to become the first woman to lead a major party in the race for the White House. A bitter nomination battle that Clinton was once expected to win in a […]

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What message will California send to the Democratic Party on Tuesday?

What message will California send to the Democratic Party on Tuesday?

Barring a miracle, Bernie Sanders still isn’t going to win the Democratic nomination – even if he wins the California primary. But that doesn’t mean Tuesday’s election is meaningless. The result in California will play a big part in determining how long Sanders stays in the race and remains a thorn in Hillary Clinton ’s […]

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Paul Ryan Endorses Donald Trump with Op-Ed

Paul Ryan Endorses Donald Trump with Op-Ed

Donald Trump and I have talked at great length about things such as the proper role of the executive and fundamental principles such as the protection of life. The list of potential Supreme Court nominees he released after our first meeting was very encouraging. But the House policy agenda has been the main focus of […]

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Clinton: Trump is ‘dangerously incoherent,’ ‘temperamentally unfit’ to be president

Clinton: Trump is ‘dangerously incoherent,’ ‘temperamentally unfit’ to be president

Hillary Clinton presented a stark contrast Thursday between what she said are her own extensive qualifications to command American foreign policy and Donald Trump’s reckless ignorance about national security. In an afternoon speech here in which she described Trump’s ideas as “dangerously incoherent,”Clinton offered a sharply worded preview of a general election argument that will […]

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Million-dollar super-PAC donation coming for Libertarian ticket

Million-dollar super-PAC donation coming for Libertarian ticket

A tomato tycoon has promised the largest super-PAC donation in Libertarian Party history. A tomato tycoon has promised the largest super-PAC donation in Libertarian Party history with his pledge to spend more than $1 million backing presidential nominee Gary Johnson. Chris Rufer, the founder of California tomato processing company Morning Star, told The Hill he’s […]

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Is Sanders 2016 Becoming Nader 2000?

How Bernie could cost Hillary the election. Bernie Sanders, for all his talk of revolution, never wanted to be Ralph Nader. He has a long history of keeping the Democratic Party at arm’s length, but he also has a long history of rejecting spoiler bids. Since 1992, he has always endorsed the Democratic presidential nominee, […]

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Gary Johnson wins Libertarian nomination

Gary Johnson wins Libertarian nomination

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson won the Libertarian nomination for president on Sunday, May 29. Johnson was a favorite entering the convention in Orlando, but voting was forced to a second round when he fell five votes short of the majority on the first ballot. Read more at The Hill: Gary Johnson wins Libertarian […]

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How Hillary loses: Four mistakes that could cost her the election

How Hillary loses: Four mistakes that could cost her the election

Donald Trump can actually win if Clinton makes these four mistakes. Spoiler alert: She’s already making all of them. There is now a clear path for her to lose it. If you drill down enough, it’s clear there are at least four paths to a loss, and any one of them poses a real risk […]

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Donald Trump Clinches GOP Nomination

Donald Trump Clinches GOP Nomination

Donald Trump now has the support of 1,238 delegates — just a hair above the 1,237 threshold needed to clinch the Republican presidential nomination, according to The Associated Press. Trump was able to reach that number Thursday after 29 unbound Republican delegates told the AP that they would support him at the party’s July convention. […]

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Will Donald Trump’s convention be safe? – POLITICO

Will Donald Trump’s convention be safe? – POLITICO

Fears of chaos inside the Republican National Convention have subsided as Donald Trump has tightened his grip on the party’s presidential nomination. But outside the arena, a mishmash of planned demonstrations and marches is raising safety concerns about what happens when protesters, police and convention participants converge on the streets of Cleveland. “I am sure […]

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Newly powerful Sanders flexes Senate muscles

Newly powerful Sanders flexes Senate muscles

Suddenly a national figure, he’s injecting himself into legislative fights from the campaign trail. Far away from the halls of Congress, as he continues to rankle Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail, Bernie Sanders is fashioning a new role for himself in the Senate: The next Dr. No. The Vermont senator, remade as one of […]

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State Dept. watchdog: Clinton violated email rules

State Dept. watchdog: Clinton violated email rules

The State Department inspector general concluded that Hillary Clinton did not comply with the agency’s policies on records, according to a report released to lawmakers on Wednesday that also revealed that Clinton and her top aides chose not to cooperate with the review. The agency on Wednesday released the long-awaited report to Capitol Hill, copy […]

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