Hillary Clinton’s new ad featuring Khizr Khan shows how Donald Trump creates his own worst enemies

Gold Star dad Khizr Khan’s speech at the Democratic National Convention was one of the most powerful moments of the 2016 election so far. Now Hillary Clinton is trying to capture that in a new ad where Khan retells, simply and straightforwardly, the story of how his son, US Army Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed in action in Iraq.

Humayun Khan saved the lives of his unit by moving forward to stop a suicide bomber, and the bomb exploded.

“I want to ask, Mr. Trump,” Khan says, his voice breaking, “would my son have a place in your America?”

The ad will air on TV in several key swing states: Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Like many of Clinton’s anti-Trump ads, it’s arresting and effective.

But usually, political messaging featuring Real People — framed in ways to emphasize how much they are not politicians — usually feels strained or hackneyed. While involving them is meant to put a human face on the stakes of the election, they often seem like props. It’s easy to decide that the ads are simply gimmicks.

But Trump has changed that. Clinton was able to make this ad because Trump himself has created his own worst enemies. By engaging in asymmetric warfare with Democratic symbols such as Khan or former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, he’s made them much more powerful messengers against him.


After calling Trump a bully, Clinton campaign announces anti-bullying plan


Hillary Clinton is expected to outline a proposal Thursday that’s aimed at combating bullying in schools — just as her campaign releases a new ad calling Donald Trump a bully.

The new policy proposal, according to a source consulted on the plans, is dubbed “Better Than Bullying” and calls for at least $500 million in new federal funding that would go to states that agree to develop anti-bullying plans.

States could use the money to hire more school guidance counselors and social workers, as well as expand suicide prevention and mental health programs in high schools. They could also use the funding to boost social and emotional learning programs, improve teacher training, and help schools address cyberbullying.

A spokesman for the campaign declined to comment Wednesday evening.

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October 27, 1964: Ronald Reagan Gives “The Speech”

On October 27, 1964, actor Ronald Reagan gave a televised speech entitled, “A Time for Choosing.”

In his speech, Reagan made the case for conservatism and for Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, saying,

“I suggest to you there is no left or right, only an up or down. Up to the maximum of individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism; and regardless of their humanitarian purpose those who would sacrifice freedom for security have, whether they know it or not, chosen this downward path…So we have come to a time for choosing. Either we accept the responsibility for our own destiny, or we abandon the American Revolution and confess that an intellectual belief in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.”

“A Time for Choosing,” which is sometimes called just “The Speech,” is considered the start of Reagan’s political career. Goldwater lost the 1964 election; but two years later, Reagan was elected Governor of California.
Manitoba Tory bill called assault on workers
"The bill is nothing short of an attack on labour," said Manitoba Federation of Labour president Kevin Rebeck, who opened the hearing.

Manitoba labour and its allies battled the Progressive Conservative government Thursday over a bill they say is an attack on organized labour.

Dozens of labour supporters from across the province packed a legislative committee room and spoke late into the night against Bill 7, which would reinstate a secret ballot in all instances before a union is certified.

“The bill is nothing short of an attack on labour,” said Manitoba Federation of Labour president Kevin Rebeck, who opened the hearing.

Currently, certification is automatic if 65 per cent of workers sign union cards.

The committee will spend three days hearing from almost 50 presenters on the bill — which would amend the Labour Relations Amendment Act — before it goes to vote in the legislature.

It will be a hard-fought battle for big labour as it takes on the Tories, who show no sign of budging. During the spring election campaign, Brian Pallister promised to institute changes to labour law, saying the act promotes “forced unionization.”

“Union members have been telling me this for years: they want the right to a secret ballot. We’re going to restore their right to a secret ballot,” Pallister said in April before winning the election.

A secret ballot has been touted by Pallister as a way to give workers “confidence, security and privacy” in deciding whether to join a union.

However, it wasn’t celebrated by Thursday night’s crowd. It drew a fury of opposition from union leaders and advocates who repeated the same argument: it will increase intimidation tactics by employers.

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Trump springs news on Melania that she will give two or three ‘big’ speeches


To Melania Trump’s apparent surprise, Donald Trump announced Thursday that his wife would be making two or three “big,” “important” speeches.

Speaking alongside the Republican presidential nominee during a sit-down interview broadcast Thursday morning on “Good Morning America,” Melania Trump said she fully supports her husband.

“And I’m there for him every time he needs me. And I might join him,” she said, referring to the campaign trail as Election Day nears. “We will see.”

“She’s actually going to make two or three speeches,” Donald Trump announced.

“Oh,” a startled Melania Trump interjected, prompting ABC’s George Stephanopoulos to observe he “made some news right there.”

“Well, it is. It’s, it’s — she’s amazing when she speaks,” Donald Trump said. “She’s an amazing public speaker so she’s agreed to do two or three speeches, and I think it’s going to be big speeches, important speeches, and I think it’s gonna be great.”

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Why did I became a super popular meme in US presidential campaign?
1) I live and work in Belgium.
2) I work in my own tattoo shop.
3) I don’t give a flying fuck about US politics.
4) In the case I’d had to express an opinion, I’d say that Donald Trump is a nazi

… so, I have a job, Trump is indeed a racist, and the media that support his campaign all lie.

AND if you’re a US citizen, are poor or middleclass, you need to be a fucking idiot to believe that a billionaire will solve your problems. Billionaires will never solve your problems, they ARE the problem.

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– Rouslan Toumaniantz


Madeleine Albright didn’t mince words while speaking at a Hillary Clinton rally

While stumping for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright seemed to send a message straight toward millennial women voters.

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i don’t like fantasy books where someone is like ‘but i don’t want to be king!’ and their gandalf-figure says ‘ahhh… but that makes you Super Qualified’ listen putting people in positions of leadership simply because their heart is pure is no way to run an empire!!! i would rather stick with someone who was kind of evil but knew how to run the national health service, not Michael the Virtuous who is really aces at slaying dragons but a bit rubbish when it comes to international trading partners, thankyouverymuch.

Abraham Lincoln had a beard because of a little girl’s letter. 

Grace’s letter, which reads:

Hon A B Lincoln…
Dear Sir
My father has just home from the fair and brought home your picture and Mr. Hamlin’s. I am a little girl only 11 years old, but want you should be President of the United States very much so I hope you wont think me very bold to write to such a great man as you are. Have you any little girls about as large as I am if so give them my love and tell her to write to me if you cannot answer this letter. I have yet got four brothers and part of them will vote for you any way and if you let your whiskers grow I will try and get the rest of them to vote for you you would look a great deal better for your face is so thin. All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease… 

…their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President. My father is going to vote for you and if I was a man I would vote for you to [sic] but I will try to get every one to vote for you that I can I think that rail fence around your picture makes it look very pretty I have got a little baby sister she is nine weeks old and is just as cunning as can be. When you direct your letter direct to Grace Bedell Westfield Chautauqua County New York.
I must not write any more answer this letter right off Good bye
Grace Bedell

Lincoln’s reply, which reads:

Springfield, Ill Oct 19, 1860
Miss Grace Bedell
My dear little Miss
Your very agreeable letter of the 15th is received. I regret the necessity of saying I have no daughters. I have three sons – one seventeen, one nine, and one seven, years of age. They, with their mother, constitute my whole family. As to the whiskers, having never worn any, do you not think people would call it a silly affectation if I were to begin it now?
Your very sincere well wisher
A. Lincoln

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Apparently 'Deez Nuts' was accepted on the Iowa and North Carolina ballot because literally anyone can submit a declaration of candidacy, and no one checks to see if it's authentic. It's only after a candidate raises over $5,000 in campaign funds that they ask for a legal name and other verifiable information. Any lower than that and no one even checks to see if the given address even exists. And that's how a 15-year-old won nearly 10% of the North Carolina polls with a prank.

The average donation to Bernie Sanders’ campaign is $24.86. Still, he raised $26 million in the 3rd quarter, and just yesterday raised $1.3 million in the four hours after the #DemDebate. 

“In other words, we are running a people’s campaign. And the millionaires and billionaires may have more money than we do, but we have something they don’t have.” — Bernie Sanders


CNN’s decision to hire and pay full-time Trump apologists has turned its election coverage into a series of ridiculous, uninformative screaming matches that just push nonsense and lies into the mainstream.