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Trump challenges Hillary to release detailed medical records
          Donald Trump

Donald Trump continued to raise questions about Hillary Clinton's health on Sunday, challenging the Democratic presidential nominee in a tweet to release "detailed medical records."

Clinton has withstood two weeks' worth of health-related attacks from her Republican rival and conservative pundits and websites. Earlier this month, Trump claimed  in multiple speeches that Clinton lacked the "mental and physical stamina" required of the presidency.

Clinton  laughed off the assertion in an appearance on " Jimmy Kimmel Live" last week, and she later  dismissed Trump's comments as a "paranoid fever dream."
Plans Labor Day Weekend in Detroit, appearance before black voters...
MSNBC airs fried chicken ad instead of racism speech clip...
Latinos Rally for Trump in 'Operation Taco Bowl'...

Trump warns of 'rigged' election

Fearing a “rigged” election, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is recruiting volunteers to monitor polls on Election Day — prompting voting rights advocates to prepare for fallout and say the real estate mogul’s language already is bordering on voter intimidation.

In recent weeks, Mr. Trump has called on his supporters in the battleground states of Pennsylvania and Ohio to go beyond simply voting on Nov. 8. He is urging them also to be on the lookout for any funny business on Election Day.

A section added to his campaign website explains where people can get more information on how to be a “volunteer Trump Election Observer.”

Obama will bypass Senate, ratify Paris climate accord himself during trip to China
          In this file photo taken Nov. 30, 2015, President Barack Obama meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Le Bourget, France.  A trade deal that is a centerpiece of Obama's efforts to counter Chinese influence in Asia hangs in the balance as he makes his last visit to Asia as president.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ** FILE **

President Obama is prepared to enter into the Paris climate accord as early as this week even though Republicans have insisted that the pact must be ratified by the Senate, according to a report out of China.

The South China Morning Post reported that Mr. Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping are “set to jointly announce their ratification” of the ambitious international climate-change pact on Friday, two days before the start of the 11th G-20 Summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang.

“There are still some uncertainties from the U.S. side due to the complicated U.S. system in ratifying such a treaty, but the announcement is still quite likely to be ready by Sept. 2,” an unnamed source told the English-language newspaper.

Donna Brazile defends Clinton Foundation
Says favor seeking ‘normal’

Donna Brazile, interim chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said Sunday that she doesn’t see impropriety in overlaps between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department under Hillary Clinton.

“I don’t see what the smoke is,” Ms. Brazile said on ABC’s “This Week.”

The cozy relationship between the Clinton Foundation and the agency when Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state came under increased scrutiny last week, with emails showing foundation donors seeking meetings and special treatment and an Associated Press report that more than half of Mrs. Clinton scheduled, non-government meetings were with foundation donors.

Ms. Brazile said that the behavior isn’t unusual for Washington.

Trump halves Hillary's lead, poll finds

Republican nominee Donald Trump gained on Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in a new national poll released Sunday, cutting in half her lead in the presidential race in the course of a week.

Mrs. Clinton led Mr. Trump by 3 points, 43 percent to 40 percent, in the Morning Consult poll. She enjoyed a 6-percentage point lead in the same poll’s head-to-head match-up the previous week.

The race had not been as close since late July, when the poll showed a 3-point lead from Mrs. Clinton over Mr. Trump, 43 percent to 40 percent.”

In a four-way race, Mrs. Trump’s gains on Mrs. Clinton put him within the poll’s 2-point margin of error, 39 percent to 37 percent. Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson took 8 percent and Green Party nominee Jill Stein garnered 3 percent in the four-way race.

Anthony Weinder Involved in New Sexting Scandal

Former congressman Anthony Weiner, the husband of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's closest aide Huma Abedin, has been once again sending underwear-clad photographs of himself to another woman, including one selfie purportedly showing himself in his underwear as his son slept beside him.

The New York Post, which published the photograph of Weiner in a pair of white boxer briefs, included several screenshots of the pair's exchanges, beginning in January 2015 after Weiner sent her a direct message on Twitter.

The photo shown in the Post was much like another one that circulated in 2011 of Weiner in his boxer briefs, and was taken as Abedin travels the country campaigning with Clinton.
Huma Abedin Announces She's Splitting From Anthony Weiner

Huma Abedin announced today that she is separating from her husband Anthony Weiner.

The announcement comes in the wake of the latest allegations of the former congressman sending lewd messages to a woman online.

"After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband. Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life. During this difficult time, I ask for respect for our privacy," Abedin said in a statement released today.

UN Could Take Control of ICANN
The United Nations is likely to take control of the internet if the United States gives up its stewardship, according to The Wall Street Journal columnist L. Gordon Crovitz.

Crovitz, who is a media adviser and former publisher of The Wall Street Journal, says the U.N. would take control because of the Obama administration's "naivete or arrogance."

He based his theory that the U.S. would hand over control to the U.N. based on an inquiry by Americans for Limited Government, an advocacy group that sent a Freedom of Information Act request about the future of the internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), but the request came back saying "there were no records in relation to the request."

Widow of Slain Federal Wildlife Refuge Occupier Plans to Sue
Oregon police and two FBI agents could face a lawsuit from the widow of an Arizona rancher who took part in the Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupation and was killed in a confrontation with authorities.

California-based attorney Brian Claypool told the Oregonian/OregonLive that the lawsuit on behalf of Jeanette Finicum and the family has not been filed but that they are pursuing it "with 100 percent certainty."

Kapernick will sit through anthem until there's change?

Defiant, and determined to be a conduit for change, Colin Kaepernick plans to sit through the national anthem for as long as he feels is appropriate and until he sees significant progress - specifically when it comes to race relations in the United States.

He knows he could be cut by San Francisco for this stand. Criticized and ostracized, he'll go it alone if need be.

The quarterback realizes he might be treated poorly in some road cities, and he's ready for that, too, saying he's not overly concerned about his safety, but "if something happens that's only proving my point."

The push proceeds toward oligarchy
Backed by large sums of money, the candidates secure their power

Forget for a moment the pressing question of who is going to win this year’s presidential election. Think instead about a broader question emanating from this campaign year: Is American political power flowing inexorably to an entrenched oligarchy that is becoming increasingly impervious to popular sentiment?

Begin with billionaire Donald Trump, who bought the Republican nomination with his own money. Of course, this allowed him to say he wasn’t beholden to any special interests, a powerful boast in a time of dysfunctional government beset by special interests. But it also means that, should he become president, he would be free of the constraints once imposed on chief executives.

Of course, America has had since its founding extremely rich people, who lived in multiple mansions, carried on like kings on two or three continents, and could buy anything they wanted. But nobody ever thought they could buy the presidency. It wasn’t for sale.

Following the Reagan road
Trump’s outreach to minorities has historic precedent

Donald Trump’s first quest for the presidency in a number of ways can be compared to the first foray into national politics of another revered Republican who similarly first was seeking the presidency: Ronald Reagan.

Besides his huge victories in 1980 and 1984, and his almost-successful run in 1976, Mr. Reagan first sought the presidency during a 21-month long campaign, which had begun shortly after his election as governor of California in November, 1966, and ended in Miami Beach when Mr. Reagan addressed the Republican convention and asked the delegates to vote unanimously for Richard Nixon.

Mr. Reagan had sought the votes of minorities from the very beginning of his political career. When running for governor, his calls to lessen the interference of governmental bureaucracies in the lives of Americans of Mexican descent, coupled with a strong local team of pro-Reagan Mexican-American Democrats for Reagan, led Mr. Reagan to achieving a major plurality of Hispanic voters in 1966.

Medal of Honor
 Army Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States.
GeneTrerally presented to its recipient by the President of the United States of America in the name of Congress.
The first award of the Medal of Honor was made March 25, 1863 to Private JACOB PARROTT.The last award of the Medal of Honor was made September 15, 2011 to Sergeant DAKOTA MEYER.

Since then there have been:  • 3458 recipients of the Medal of Honor.
    • Today there are 85 Living Recipients of the Medal of Honor.

Rank: Captain
Organization: U.S. Army
Date of Issue: 07/08/2002

Captain Humbert R. Versace distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism during the period of 29 October 1963 to 26 September 1965, while serving as S-2 Advisor, Military Assistance Advisory Group, Detachment 52, Ca Mau, Republic of Vietnam. While accompanying a Civilian Irregular Defense Group patrol engaged in combat operations in Thoi Binh District, An Xuyen Province, Captain Versace and the patrol came under sudden and intense mortar, automatic weapons, and small arms fire from elements of a heavily armed enemy battalion. As the battle raged, Captain Versace, although severely wounded in the knee and back by hostile fire, fought valiantly and continued to engage enemy targets. Weakened by his wounds and fatigued by the fierce firefight, Captain Versace stubbornly resisted capture by the over-powering Viet Cong force with the last full measure of his strength and ammunition. Taken prisoner by the Viet Cong, he exemplified the tenets of the Code of Conduct from the time he entered into Prisoner of War status. Captain Versace assumed command of his fellow American soldiers, scorned the enemy's exhaustive interrogation and indoctrination efforts, and made three unsuccessful attempts to escape, despite his weakened condition which was brought about by his wounds and the extreme privation and hardships he was forced to endure. During his captivity, Captain Versace was segregated in an isolated prisoner of war cage, manacled in irons for prolonged periods of time, and placed on extremely reduced ration. The enemy was unable to break his indomitable will, his faith in God, and his trust in the United States of America. Captain Versace, an American fighting man who epitomized the principles of his country and the Code of Conduct, was executed by the Viet Cong on 26 September 1965. Captain Versace's gallant actions in close contact with an enemy force and unyielding courage and bravery while a prisoner of war are in the highest traditions of the military service and reflect the utmost credit upon himself and the United States Army.

Archives: Geoff Metcalf/NewsMax January 14, 2010

Plunging Approval Shouldn't Surprise Democratic Bullies  
 By Geoff Metcalf  
Reasonable people can disagree (or should be able to) reasonably when they honestly consider facts that may contradict their preconceived opinions and prejudices.

 However, unfortunately, especially in the partisan environment of politics, reason, honest analysis, and fairness too quickly become victims of the “us-vs.-them” thing. Politics has become a blood sport in which the only golden rule is “the team with the gold makes the rules.”

 Politicians who were elected to represent the best interests, wants, and desires of their constituents morph into petty, agenda-driven competitors quick to eschew reason for partisanship. Sadly, this axiomatic reality is universal and not exclusive to any one party.

 Politics is supposed to be the art of compromise. However, it increasingly has become a blood sport personifying the absolute worse elements of abuse of power under the color of authority.

President Barack Obama, a year after promising "change" and a kumbaya tsunami of bipartisan cooperation, now reluctantly admits that he has not succeeded in bringing the country together. In a recent People magazine interview, the president begrudgingly acknowledged an atmosphere of divisiveness that has washed away the lofty national feeling surrounding his inauguration a year ago.http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jul/28/philadelphia-denies-sanctuary-city-status-but-just/

 "That's what's been lost this year. . . that whole sense of changing how Washington works," Obama said.

 "What I haven't been able to do in the midst of this crisis is bring the country together in a way that we had done in the inauguration," he said, referring to last Jan. 20, when hundreds of thousands flooded into Washington to see him sworn in as America's first black president. . . before reality and buyer's remorse.

 The simple reality is that Obama has failed because he and his party's leadership (or, critics will argue, LACK of leadership) have failed — failed to do what they said they would do, and failed to do anything the "way" they promised.

 Notwithstanding lofty eloquence, consensus, and "unity" cannot be mandated by imperial decree. Partisan acrimony is not and cannot be bridled by harangue, bullying, or bludgeon. Politics is the art of compromise, and the facts in evidence demonstrate that this administration and this Democrat-led Congress have not been disposed to engage in compromise.

 Rather, the Democrats have embraced a ham-fisted, "our-way-or-the-highway" forced imposition of their will.

Now, in the wake of spelunking poll numbers, rampant buyer's remorse, and a previously unimagined nostalgia for the Carter administration, Democrats seem shocked, amazed, and confused that more than half the country not only does not approve of what they are trying to do but also dislikes how they are doing it.

 Blaming the dark sky and coming ice age on Bush (or Reagan or Nixon or Eisenhower or Lincoln) is a worn-out dog that flat-out ain't gonna hunt.

 When Mr. Cool was promising "change," little did anyone assume that change might result in a Republican's winning Teddy Kennedy's Senate seat. (But that could happen, and soon.)

 It is a sad reality that, at the same time our military significantly has improved the quality of the U.S. troops who serve, the civilian leadership and politicians have regressed to a level reminiscent of uneducated feudal bullies.

 The military is smarter, more fit, better equipped, and as committed as any generation from Valley Forge to Iwo Jima or Pleiku to Bosnia. We have an all-volunteer military that is dedicated to protecting you. Conversely, the political arena is littered with disingenuous, duplicitous partisans who long since have abandoned their constituents for the next political victory (and/or pork-laden earmark).

 I recently re-read Robert Humphrey's "Living Values for a New Millennium" in preparation for a seminar entitled "Clarifying American Core Values" in February.

 In a 1997 speech before professor Humphrey passed away, he said that top leadership, in both our civilian or military government, is afraid even to discuss this apparent decisive need for new thinking both at home and overseas. Thirteen years ago, he observed that the news media and public opinion polls advise, "The people sense a moral bankruptcy in Washington" with a bickering inability in government to face these deeper problems.

Wherever you go, you are little bit safer because of the military and yet more at risk because of the coat-room shenanigans of Congress. Wherever the military sets a boot, everyone has a friend, a defender, and a champion. However, politicians seem more concerned about the next PAC contribution than the wants, needs, or well-being of the very people they were elected to represent.

 Ambrose Evans-Pritchard once wrote, “Moral relativism has set in so deeply that the gilded classes have become incapable of discerning right from wrong. Everything can be explained away, especially by journalists. Life is one great moral mush — sophistry washed down with Chardonnay.”

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