Monthly Archives: September 2016

USA TODAY says Trump unfit to be president

I’m not suggesting newspaper endorsements for the presidency matter very much or the fact that some papers which always endorse the Republucan candidate are backing Clinton this time will have an impact on the final outcome. Heck, that is fairly … Continue reading

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Trump may go all Lewinsky on Hillary in the next debate

There are few people unaware of the fact that Bill Clinton has a past when it come to stepping out. There is no doubt that Hillary Clinton has told a few lies over the decades in order to minimize the … Continue reading

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When is a poll not a poll?

I suspect many people were confused after Monday’s presidential debate to discover that several “on-line” polls found Donald Trump to be the winner by an overwhelming margin. It turns out that the  polls which support this claim are really just for … Continue reading

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This Day in American History: September 28, 1781 – The Battle of Yorktown Begins

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Time to get serious…

It would be silly for those supporting Hillary Clinton to deny they are mightily relieved today. No, we don’t think it’s over, but we are feeling a great deal more bullish about a positive outcome than we were before last … Continue reading

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On the Hustings

Bloomberg Politics: Clinton excels in debate by laying trap on Trump’s temperament Washington Post: Trump says he’ll “hit her harder” in next debate  Politico: Trump points fingers after shaky debate New York Times: The morning after the debate, Trump goes … Continue reading

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Is it time to start panicking?

This morning Steve Benen at MaddowBlog cited three new polls that have the presidential race within the margin of error. Even Nate Silver’s probability model at fivethirtyeight put the election as essentially even. Still, I remain reasonably confident that Secretary … Continue reading

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This Day in American History: September 26, 1789 – Thomas Jefferson is appointed the first U.S. Sectretary of State

Thomas Jefferson is appointed the first United States Secretary of State, John Jay is appointed the first Chief Justice of the United States, Samuel Osgood is appointed the first United States Postmaster General, and Edmund Randolph is appointed the first … Continue reading

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On the Hustings

New York Times: Hillary Clinton for President Washington Post: Trump’s week reveals bleak view, dubious statements in ‘alternative universe’ Politico: Trump responds to Cuban: I’ll put Gennifer Flowers in front row at debate Los Angeles Times: Clinton is cramming, Trump is riffing: Here’s … Continue reading

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The History of America in Song and Story

Working as I do in the general vicinity of the University of Toronto is a special treat this time year as the various colleges that make up the school hold their annual alumni book sales. There are several of them … Continue reading

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The Pundits

Paul Krugman: “Vote as if it matters” Jon Chait: “How the Republican war on Obamacare explains Trump” Steve Benen: “Team Trump struggles to defend latest foundation revelations” Matthew Yglesias: “Republican senators outraged by Wells Fargo’s fraud want to eliminate the … Continue reading

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This Day in American History: September 21, 1780 – American Revolutionary War, Benedict Arnold Gives the British the plans to West Point

Benedict Arnold met British officer John Andre on the shore near Haverstraw, New York on this day. Arnold, who was the Colonial commander of West Point, provided papers indicating the placement of troops and other compromising information. A few days … Continue reading

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Donald Trump’s America

Somehow I missed this. Back in May someone put together an absolutely chilling video of 1960s civil rights struggle footage edited with a voiceover of Donald Trump talking about what should happen to protesters. It shows African-Americans in North Carolina … Continue reading

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Your parrot and the truth are no more

It’s no longer fun to point out the lies Trump and his surrogates tell on a daily basis, is it? What’s the point? For some reason much of the country, certainly much of the media assume he and his associates … Continue reading

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This Day in American History – September 19, 1778: Continental Congress passes the first budget for the fledgling nation

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