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  • millionairetobe71's Avatar
    Today, 12:20 AM
    The first debate featured an unprepared man repeatedly shouting over a highly prepared woman (2) The coherence gap between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was devastating. Compare that with what Clinton said on the same subject: I think cybersecurity, cyber warfare will be one of the greatest challenges facing the next president, because clearly we're facing, at this point, two different kinds adversaries. There are the independent hacking groups that do it mostly for commercial reasons to try to steal information that they then can use to make money. But increasingly, we are seeing cyberattacks coming from states. The most recent and troubling of these has been Russia. There's no doubt now that Russia has used cyberattacks against all kinds of organizations in our country, and I am deeply concerned about this. I know Donald been very praiseworthy of Vladimir Putin. But Putin is playing a very tough, long game here. And one of the things he's done is to let loose cyberattackers to hack into government files, to personal files, the Democratic National Committee. And we recently learned that this is one of their preferred methods of trying to wreak havoc and collect information. We need to make it very clear, whether it's Russia, China, Iran, or anybody else, the United States has much greater capacity. And we are not going to sit idly by and permit state actors to go after our information, our private sector information or our public sector information, and we're going to have to make it clear that we don't want to use the kinds of tools that we have. We don't want to engage in a different kind of warfare. But we will defend the citizens of this country, and the Russians need to understand that. There’s just an astonishing gap in the coherence of these two answers. Neither, in my view, stands as a particularly great answer in the history of presidential debates. But Clinton’s is a basically logical, informed response to an obvious question; Trump’s answer is simply word salad. Trump’s worst moment on the night came after Holt asked about Trump’s propagation of the conspiracy theory that President Obama was born in Kenya. As you read Trump’s answer, note that he says, in his answer, that he expected this question. This is what you get when Trump prepares. HOLT: Just want to get the answer here. The birth certificate was produced in 2011. You've continued to tell the story and question the president's legitimacy in 2012, '13, '14, '15 as recently as January. So the question is, what changed your mind? TRUMP: Well, nobody was pressing it, nobody was caring much about it. I figured you'd ask the question tonight, of course. But nobody was caring much about it. But I was the one that got him to produce the birth certificate. And I think I did a good job. Secretary Clinton also fought it. I mean, you know — now, everybody in mainstream is going to say, oh, that's not true. Look, it's true. Sidney Blumenthal sent a reporter — you just have to take a look at CNN, the last week, the interview with your former campaign manager. And she was involved. But just like she can't bring back jobs, she can't produce. HOLT: I'm sorry. I'm just going to follow up — and I will let you respond to that, because there's a lot there. But we're talking about racial healing in this segment. What do you say to Americans, people of color who... TRUMP: Well, it was very — I say nothing. I say nothing, because I was able to get him to produce it. He should have produced it a long time before. I say nothing. But let me just tell you. When you talk about healing, I think that I've developed very, very good relationships over the last little while with the African-American community. I think you can see that. And I feel that they really wanted me to come to that conclusion. And I think I did a great job and a great service not only for the country but even for the president, in getting him to produce his birth certificate. Cut back to Clinton: HOLT: Secretary Clinton? CLINTON: Well, just listen to what you heard. And clearly, as Donald just admitted, he knew he was going to stand on this debate stage and Lester Holt was going to be asking us questions, so he tried to put the whole racist birther lie to bed. But it can't be dismissed that easily. He has really started his political activity based on this racist lie that our first black president was not an American citizen. There was absolutely no evidence for it, but he persisted, he persisted year after year, because some of his supporters, people that he was trying to bring into his fold, apparently believed it or wanted to believe it. But, remember, Donald started his career back in 1973 being sued by the Justice Department for racial discrimination because he would not rent apartments in one of his developments to African Americans, and he made sure that the people who worked for him understood that was the policy. He actually was sued twice by the Justice Department. So he has a long record of engaging in racist behavior. Here’s the thing about the coherence gap: It matters, because it speaks to a deeper difference between Trump and Clinton. My colleague Matt Yglesias wrote a piece on the difference between Trump and Clinton’s debate preparations (she was preparing, he wasn’t) that reads as nearly prophetic now: Trump’s aides are probably underplaying his level of preparation to lower expectations, but on some level we all know in our hearts that it’s true — Trump is not sitting around studying briefing books and making sure he has accurate and detailed answers on everything that might conceivably come up. We’ve seen him in debates and high-stakes interviews before, and he almost certainly is going to more or less wing it and figure that it doesn’t really matter if that means he says things that are false or offensive. Clinton is the one doing prep work. She’s prepping because the debate is important, and preparing for important moments is what sensible people do. And something that’s tended to get lost amid the frog memes and whatnot of 2016 is that working with a competent team to read briefing books and release white papers is a crucially important part of being president. It’s a big, difficult job in which mistakes can have catastrophic consequences for the lives of millions of people, and where you don’t get to declare bankruptcy and start over again if you mess up. You don’t have to walk into the Oval Office knowledgeable about every issue under the sun on day one to be successful — nobody’s ever met that standard, and nobody ever will — but you do need a credible team, and you need to be able to get up to speed. This difference will show up at the debate, allowing Clinton to give factually defensible and politically tenable answers to a range of questions on weighty matters. That’s hard to do, and Trump won’t be able to pull it off on the fly, which is why he has recently been working the refs to explain that debate moderators should let him get away with lying. And that’s exactly what happened. Toward the end of the debate, Trump questioned Clinton’s stamina. "I don't believe she does have the stamina," he said. "To be president of this country, you need tremendous stamina." But the irony was it was Clinton’s stamina that won this debate, and behind that stamina was her preparation. Trump grew less and less coherent as the night wore on, and his early spree of interruptions flagged as he was quickly forced onto topics where he hadn’t done the work to feel comfortable. Clinton, by contrast, grew stronger as the debate wore on, because she had prepared for everything the moderators threw at her. There were many differences between the candidates on display in this contest, but the most consequential one was that Clinton displayed the basic personal qualities necessary to be president. Trump didn’t. She had done the work to know what she was talking about and to survive a high-stakes encounter with an unpredictable opponent. He hadn’t done the work, and it showed.
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  • millionairetobe71's Avatar
    Today, 12:19 AM
    The first debate featured an unprepared man repeatedly shouting over a highly prepared woman The coherence gap between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was devastating. The first presidential debate featured a man who didn’t know what he was talking about repeatedly shouting over a woman who was extraordinarily prepared. The debate was a collision between Donald Trump’s politics of dominance and Hillary Clinton’s politics of preparation. Clinton’s politics of preparation won. Trump did his best to be fair. He interrupted Clinton 25 times in the debate’s first 26 minutes. He talked over both her and moderator Lester Holt with ease. But the show of dominance quickly ran into a problem: Trump would shout over his interlocutors only to prove he had nothing to say. Trump’s riffs were dotted by baldfaced lies of the kind the press will easily check, but, more consequentially, he spoke in a barely coherent stream of consciousness. Consider his answer when Holt asked him to defend his proposal to cut taxes on the rich. It’s worth quoting in full: They are going to expand their companies and do a tremendous job. I'm getting rid of the great thing for the wealthy, it's a great thing for the middle class and for companies to expand and when these people are going to put billions and billions of dollars into companies and when they are going to bring $2.5 trillion back from overseas where they can't bring the money back because politicians like Secretary Clinton won't allow them to bring the money back because the taxes are so onerous and the bureaucratic red tape, it's so bad. So what they are doing is leaving our country and, believe it or not, they are leaving because taxes are too high and because some of them have lots of money outside of our country and instead of bringing it back and putting the money to work because they can't work out a deal and everybody agrees it should be brought back, instead of that, they are leaving our country to get their money because they can't bring their money back into our country because of bureaucratic red tape, because they can't get together. Because we have a president that can't sit them around a table and get them to approve something, and here's the thing, Republicans and Democrats agree that this should be done. $2.5 trillion. I happen to think it's double that. It's probably $5 trillion that we can't bring into our country, Lester, and with a little leadership, you'd get it in here very quickly and it could be put to use on the inner cities and lots of other things, and it would be beautiful. But we have no leadership. And honestly, that starts with Secretary Clinton. There is virtually nothing in this answer that makes any sense. First, it doesn’t address the original question. Trump has proposed a massive cut in income taxes for the richest Americans. His answer, as best I can parse it, is related to overseas corporate earnings. He seems to be blaming Hillary Clinton for tax rates on overseas corporate income, which is ... a strange thing to blame Clinton for. But it’s hard to assess what he’s saying, exactly, because his answer is a half-informed ramble from someone who apparently didn’t listen to the original question. And this just kept happening. Take Trump’s answer on cybersecurity: As far as the cyber, I agree to parts of what Secretary Clinton said, we should be better than anybody else, and perhaps we're not. I don't know if we know it was Russia who broke into the DNC. She's saying Russia, Russia, Russia. Maybe it was. It could also be China, it could be someone sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds. You don't know who broke into DNC, but what did we learn? We learn that Bernie Sanders was taken advantage of by your people. By Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Look what happened to her. But Bernie Sanders was taken advantage of. Now, whether that was Russia, whether that was China, whether it was another country, we don't know, because the truth is, under President Obama we've lost control of things that we used to have control over. We came in with an internet, we came up with the internet. And I think Secretary Clinton and myself would agree very much, when you look at what ISIS is doing with the internet, they're beating us at our own game. ISIS. So we have to get very, very tough on cyber and cyber warfare. It is a, it is a huge problem. I have a son. He's 10 years old. He has computers. He is so good with these computers, it's unbelievable. The security aspect of cyber is very, very tough. And maybe it's hardly doable. But I will say, we are not doing the job we should be doing, but that's true throughout our whole governmental society. We have so many things that we have to do better, Lester, and certainly cyber is one of them.
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  • millionairetobe71's Avatar
    Today, 12:06 AM
    How Donald Trump beat himself in the debate If you watched the debate last night, you saw Donald Trump – for the first third – exceed expectations. And then the wheels, engine, roof, trunk door, and more came off in an amazing display of self-immolation. To be very clear, Trump beat himself more than Hillary Clinton beat him. It all began with an answer about President Obama's citizenship that doubled-down on a crazy theory instead of saying these simple words – "I made a mistake, I was wrong, and I apologize." Then, like a child whose ice cream was taken away, he melted down on question after question. He took the bait by interrupting, lobbing personal attacks, and making the case against his own candidacy by proving what people said – he has a serious temperament issue. Even worse, his answers were nonsensical at times – and I'm not even going to highlight his lack of policy specifics. Rather, and here is a piece of advice for future debaters, don't bring up people that no one knows (e.g. Sidney Blumenthal) or reference celebrities (e.g. Rosie O'Donnell) to justify your personal attacks. A smart and disciplined candidate would have risen above these jibes, and pivoted back to what really matters – the American people. It was a stunning display. For Clinton, her tone was better than Trump's (but that's a low bar), but her knowledge, especially on foreign policy issues, made clear her strengths. Her weakness in this debate? Well, she is still not speaking to the frustrations or concerns that people feel. Her policies are there, as are the specifics, but the emotive frame is lacking. At times, especially early on, Trump owned this emotion. For example, when Trump spoke about trade and jobs going overseas, he connected. If he had stayed focused there, he could have won this debate, but he didn't. Instead he played right into Clinton's hands. He lost his cool and his focus. As for the impact this debate will have, don't expect major shifts just yet. But the damage of this debate to Trump was substantial. If Trump loses this election, especially if it's a close loss, people will look back at this debate and remember it as a defining moment. Looking ahead, Trump will get another chance, because this debate didn't necessarily change any minds, but it reminded in vivid color what voters dislike most about Trump. And that's why he lost. For that, Trump has no one to blame but himself. Which begs the question: If he couldn't he control himself for this debate, can you reasonably expect anything different in the second debate? Clinton may not have knocked Trump out, but two more debates like this and she won't have to. Trump will do it all by himself. Commentary by Chris Kofinis, a Democratic strategist and CEO of Park Street Strategies. Follow him on Twitter @chriskofinis.
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    Today, 12:01 AM
    ‘Disastrous’ debate for Trump, but chance for recovery: Political analyst <p>Sabato: A 'disastrous' debate for Trump</p> <p>Larry Sabato, UVA Center for Politics, discusses the impact on the polls and how voters view both candidates after the first debate.</p> Sabato: A 'disastrous' debate for Trump 6 Hours Ago | 03:15 Hillary Clinton won the first presidential debate "hands down," but Donald Trump has a chance to correct what was a "disastrous" performance for him in the next two debates, veteran political analyst Larry Sabato said Tuesday. That's because Clinton will likely only gain a point or two in the polls since there are not many undecided voters left to pick up, and Trump supporters will still back him, the director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics told CNBC's "Power Lunch." "Remember what he said — you go out on Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and they'd all still support him. Well, losing a debate is a lot less serious than shooting somebody. They're not going anywhere," he said. Trump made those comments in January at a rally in Iowa, telling the crowd, "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, OK, and I wouldn't lose any voters." Republican nominee Donald Trump looks on during the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on September 26, 2016. Sabato said the conclusion about Monday night's debate was an easy one to make, noting that he has watched every single presidential debate since they started in 1960. Hillary Clinton won the first presidential debate "hands down," but Donald Trump has a chance to correct what was a "disastrous" performance for him in the next two debates, veteran political analyst Larry Sabato said Tuesday. That's because Clinton will likely only gain a point or two in the polls since there are not many undecided voters left to pick up, and Trump supporters will still back him, the director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics told CNBC's "Power Lunch." "Remember what he said — you go out on Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and they'd all still support him. Well, losing a debate is a lot less serious than shooting somebody. They're not going anywhere," he said. Trump made those comments in January at a rally in Iowa, telling the crowd, "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, OK, and I wouldn't lose any voters." Republican nominee Donald Trump looks on during the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on September 26, 2016. Sabato said the conclusion about Monday night's debate was an easy one to make, noting that he has watched every single presidential debate since they started in 1960. "This was the most one-sided debate ever. It doesn't even come close." He believes Clinton's win doesn't come down to any one particular moment. Instead, Trump's reaction throughout the debate is key. "A large majority of Americans do not believe that Donald Trump has the temperament to be president. All you had to do is watch 10 or 15 minutes — any 10 or 15 minutes — of this debate and Donald Trump answered that question. But not in the way he had hoped to," he pointed out. While Clinton will probably only pick up a point or two in the polls, it will help her break the tie in any of the swing states where she has fallen "dangerously," Sabato said. However, it's still a long way to Election Day, with two more presidential debates on the horizon, he noted. "I wouldn't be shocked if whatever Hillary Clinton gains she loses in time if she can't sustain this in the next two presidential debates."
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    Yesterday, 10:54 PM
    I'm pretty sure he's not a U.S. citizen either. He reffed to U.S. troops as "your soldiers".
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    Yesterday, 08:15 PM
    He harbors unlimited disdain for wealthy people, and since he is a pro-big government liberal, he defines wealthy as anyone whom has a total estate net worth that the federal government estimates to be greater than $50,000., or basically anyone not living off the taxpayer funded government. Hispanic & Latino Bananas for TRUMP !
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    Yesterday, 08:05 PM
    Since he is a "Millionaire to be" it seems like he would not want to only pass on $450,000 to his heirs after estate tax when he dies. With Trump they would get the full million as he is looking to repeal the estate tax. Maybe he should buy supplemental life insurance with his Hillary vote.
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    Yesterday, 07:57 PM
    Welcome ! This message is hidden because millionairetobe71 is on your ignore list.
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  • millionairetobe71's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:47 PM
    And we still have two more debates to go... man'o man....I will be laughing my ass out of Donny's idiotic performance....again....and again after that...
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    Yesterday, 07:38 PM
    ha ha ha !! What a joke !!! If...if you happened to watch the debate...you will realized how poorly you candidate performed.... And he was and is such a poor looser that he.... *** again**** is blaming his very poor performance to having a faulty microphone.... Well...common folks....you watch it last night...so did i.... Tell me...what did he say about when he was asked about bringing the jobs ** back ** to america...what was his plan....and no...saying that we won't let the jobs leave in the first place doesn't count...or blaming china or mexico.... I am talking about his plan.... But...just for heads up.... He never answered that questions affirmatively because he doesn't have a damn clue and he doesn't have one single idea .... Simply put. And by the way.... His comments about ISIS shows how ignorant, stupid and narrow minded he truly is.... Clearly he doesn't have absolutely an iota of an idea how ISIS was formed, by whom, were started and how.... Anyone who was in Iraq in 2005-2006 (like i did when i was in camp taji, north of baghdad, with the 4th infantry division) will tell you the truth.... You want to know it?..... Go ahead and ask me.... You want to remain ignorant like donny?......then don't ask....
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    Yesterday, 07:21 PM
    Thanks SE. I appreciate your efforts to consolidate these polls. I voted all that were still active..TRUMP all the way!!!
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    Yesterday, 05:34 PM
    Who do you think won the debate? Drudge Poll HERE ← Fox5 San Diego Poll Here ← The State Journal Poll HERE New Jersey Dot Com Poll HERE Breitbart Poll HERE The Right Scoop Poll HERE The Truth Division Poll HERE Slate Dot Com Poll HERE ← Politio Opinion Poll HERE Heavy Dot Com Poll HERE Las Vegas Sun Poll HERE Fortune Magazine Online POLL HERE ← Shelby Star Poll HERE Time Magazine Online POLL HERE ← Roanoke Dot Com Poll HERE The Hill Poll HERE ← The Patch (Atlanta) Poll HERE Hollywood Gossip Poll HERE InfoWars Poll HERE CNBC Poll HERE ← Variety Online POLL HERE
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    Yesterday, 12:36 PM
    By John Lee. Oil Minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi (Allibi) has called for local and international companies to invest in the Nasiriya Refinery project in Thi-Qar province. He also called the concerned authorities to solve all the administrative hindrances which might delay the project in order to award it to the companies which are going to present the best offers. (Source: Ministry of Oil) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 12:36 PM
    By Omar Sattarfor Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. What’s the status of IMF loan as Iraq dismisses finance minister?Prior to his dismissal Sept. 21, Iraqi Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari ran successful negotiations with international banks to obtain financial support for Iraq. His last achievement was a $3 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that was secured during negotiations on Sept. 9. These second round of negotiations between the Iraqi government and the IMF took place in the Jordanian capital Amman. The loan addresses the huge deficit in the 2016-17 fiscal budget due to lower oil prices; however, mystery still surrounds the amount of money that Iraq will have to pay in interest and the conditions imposed by the IMF on the Iraqi government. Iraq originally began negotiations with the IMF during a first round of negotiations on May 14. With the objective of receiving $16 billion in installments over a three-year period, Iraq secured $5.4 billion. The World Bank delegation participating in the meetings provided an economic development funding vision for Iraq that consisted of a soft loan of about $3 billion to be paid in installments and settled over a long period of time at a very low interest rate. Mazhar Mohammed Saleh, the economic adviser to the Iraqi government, told Al-Monitor, “The World Bank said that the loan aims to support the federal budget in line with the economic reform paths and the document of reform launched by the prime minister.” However, the government still has reservations in regard to the loan interests and the conditions of the World Bank at a time when the stated details seem inaccurate, economist Abdul-Rahman al-Mashhadani told Al-Monitor. He said, “According to the IMF laws on loans, the initial interests of any loan range between 1.4% to 2.6% and fluctuate between 6% and 10% in the second and third installments. As far as the conditions are concerned, they vary depending on the state of the creditor.” Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 12:36 PM
    A recent poll found that support for popular conspiracy theories is strongest among Donald Trump supporters. But is it also true that Trump supporters are more likely to believe that the Iraqi Dinar will re-value by something of the order of 1,000 times, turning a $1,000 ‘investment’ into $1,000,000 overnight? Please tell us your opinion in the following, entirely unscientific, reader poll: Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 12:36 PM
    Iraq Signs a Joint Convention on Cooperation and Coordination in Issues of Sexual Violence in ConflictsMinister of Foreign Affairs Dr Ibrahim Al-Jaafari signed a joint convention concerning cooperation and coordination in sexual violence in conflicts, with the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Ms Zainab Bangura. The United States Deputy Secretary of State, delegation of Russian Federation to the United Nations, and the Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission to Iraq Mr Ján Kubiš have attended the Signing ceremony. The convention included starting data documentation and collecting evidence of sexual violence and terrorism crimes committed against all Iraqi components in Iraq. In a speech he delivered on this occasion in the United Nation, New York, Dr Al-Jaafari said: “This convention will evolve into a mechanism of work on the ground as it has become an international organisation. And before acquiring this character; there is the genuine Iraqi will. We shall work together to find appropriate environments. We shall remedy the sufferings of women.” “Women must attain their place in all institutions, including: education, health, factors, agriculture, trade and art. As they represent half of the society; they must assume their places in half of the institutions, and this is a normal thing.“ His Excellency called upon the international community and donors to enhance national expertise, built capabilities, and spread awareness and education in fields of enabling and improving the rights of women, adding: “What happened in Iraq is a combined expression that represents the various violations of the terrorist gangs of Da’esh. They have abused women so as to uproot the values from the society; as women are the makers of the future.” “Currently, the situation is better than before. We still have some difficult phases to pass in favour of woman and society. A humanitarian culture was promoted in Iraq, and it has been reflected on the Iraqi parliament which includes 82 female parliamentarians. In the transitional government there were 6 female ministers.” Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 12:36 PM
    U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq on Sunday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported on Monday. Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports. Strikes in Syria Attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 10 strikes in Syria: Near Abu Kamal, a strike destroyed five ISIL oil tanker trucks and two oil well heads. Near Ayn Isa, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle. Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed nine oil well heads and an oil tanker truck. Near Manbij, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed four fighting positions and a tank. Near Mara, three strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions and a mortar system. Strikes in Iraq Attack, fighter, remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery conducted 17 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government: Near Huwayjah, two strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units. Near Haditha, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL-held building. Near Hit, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and a staging area and destroyed three ISIL-held buildings. Near Kisik, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle, a tunnel and a watercraft. Near Mosul, four strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units, destroying two weapon caches, two fighting positions and two tunnels. A mortar system was suppressed. Near Qayyarah, four strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units and destroyed three rocket rails, three vehicles, two mortar systems, a rocket system, a fighting position and a weapons cache. Near Ramadi, a strike destroyed two ISIL machine guns. Near Sultan Abdallah, a strike destroyed two ISIL vehicles and an ISIL-held building. Near Tal Afar, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle. Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL to use. Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike. Part of Operation Inherent Resolve The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat it poses to Iraq, Syria, the region and the wider international community. The destruction of targets in Syria and Iraq further limits ISIL’s ability to project terror and conduct operations, officials said. Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Syria include the United States, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Iraq include the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. (Source: US Dept of Defense) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 10:28 AM
    By John Lee. The*Central Bank of Iraq (CBI)*has reported that 28 banks and 15 remittance companies took part in its currency auction on Sunday. A total of $115,388,428 sold at a price of 1182 Iraqi Dinars (IQD) per dollar. (Source: Central Bank of Iraq) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 05:10 AM
    Polling Data Poll Date Sample MoE Clinton (D) Trump (R) Spread RCP Average 9/15 - 9/25 -- -- 46.6 44.3 Clinton +2.3 Bloomberg 9/21 - 9/24 1002 LV 3.1 46 46 Tie Quinnipiac 9/22 - 9/25 1115 LV 2.9 47 46 Clinton +1 Monmouth 9/22 - 9/25 729 LV 3.6 49 46 Clinton +3 LA Times/USC Tracking 9/19 - 9/25 2726 LV 4.5 42 46 Trump +4 Economist/YouGov 9/22 - 9/24 948 RV 3.8 48 44 Clinton +4 NBC News/SM 9/19 - 9/25 13598 LV 1.1 51 44 Clinton +7 ABC News/Wash Post 9/19 - 9/22 651 LV 4.5 49 47 Clinton +2 Reuters/Ipsos 9/15 - 9/19 1111 LV 3.4 39 39 Tie McClatchy/Marist 9/15 - 9/20 758 LV 3.6 48 41 Clinton +7
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    Yesterday, 05:04 AM
    Pennsylvania: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein Mercyhurst Clinton 42, Trump 41, Johnson 4, Stein 3 Clinton +1 Florida: Trump vs. Clinton FL Chamber* Clinton 45, Trump 42 Clinton +3 Minnesota: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein KSTP/SurveyUSA Clinton 46, Trump 39, Johnson 6, Stein 2 Clinton +7 Minnesota: Trump vs. Clinton KSTP/SurveyUSA Clinton 49, Trump 43 Clinton +6 Iowa: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein Loras Trump 38, Clinton 38, Johnson 9, Stein 1 Tie Iowa: Trump vs. Clinton Loras Trump 42, Clinton 42 Tie Virginia: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein Christopher Newport Univ. Clinton 39, Trump 33, Johnson 15, Stein 3 Clinton +6 Virginia: Trump vs. Clinton Christopher Newport Univ. Clinton 48, Trump 38 Clinton +10 North Carolina: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson High Point Trump 42, Clinton 43, Johnson 10 Clinton +1 North Carolina: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson Gravis Trump 43, Clinton 44, Johnson 7 Clinton +1 Louisiana: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein JMC Analytics Trump 45, Clinton 35, Johnson 6, Stein 2 Trump +10 Massachusetts: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein UMass Amherst/WBZ Clinton 46, Trump 33, Johnson 8, Stein 2 Clinton +13 New York: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein NBC 4 NY/WSJ/Marist Clinton 52, Trump 31, Johnson 7, Stein 5 Clinton +21
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    Yesterday, 05:00 AM
    Monday, September 26 Race/Topic (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread General Election: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein Bloomberg Clinton 41, Trump 43, Johnson 8, Stein 4 Trump +2 General Election: Trump vs. Clinton Bloomberg Clinton 46, Trump 46 Tie General Election: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein Quinnipiac Clinton 44, Trump 43, Johnson 8, Stein 2 Clinton +1 General Election: Trump vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Clinton 47, Trump 46 Clinton +1 General Election: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein Monmouth Clinton 46, Trump 42, Johnson 8, Stein 2 Clinton +4 General Election: Trump vs. Clinton Monmouth Clinton 49, Trump 46 Clinton +3 General Election: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein NBC News/SM Clinton 45, Trump 40, Johnson 10, Stein 3 Clinton +5 General Election: Trump vs. Clinton NBC News/SM Clinton 51, Trump 44 Clinton +7 General Election: Trump vs. Clinton LA Times/USC Tracking Clinton 42, Trump 46 Trump +4 Colorado: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein CNN/ORC Trump 42, Clinton 41, Johnson 13, Stein 3 Trump +1 Colorado: Trump vs. Clinton CNN/ORC Trump 47, Clinton 49 Clinton +2 Pennsylvania: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein CNN/ORC Clinton 45, Trump 44, Johnson 6, Stein 3 Clinton +1 Pennsylvania: Trump vs. Clinton CNN/ORC Clinton 50, Trump 47 Clinton +3 Pennsylvania: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein Harper (R) Clinton 45, Trump 43, Johnson 8, Stein 1 Clinton +2 Pennsylvania: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein Gravis Clinton 46, Trump 43, Johnson 3, Stein 3 Clinton +3
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    Yesterday, 03:58 AM
    A Week of Whoppers From Donald Trump (2) Unfounded Claims About Critics and the News Media It’s not just Mrs. Clinton whom Mr. Trump belittles and tars with inaccurate information. He also distorted the facts about his Republican critics, including President George Bush and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio. And he claimed that Lester Holt, the NBC anchor moderating the first presidential debate, is a Democrat — but Mr. Holt is a registered Republican. 13 In the primaries, Mr. Kasich “won one and, by the way, didn’t win it by much — that was Ohio.” Fox News interview, Sept. 19. Mr. Kasich crushed him in Ohio, winning by 11 percentage points. 14 Lester Holt, the NBC anchor and debate moderator, “is a Democrat.” Fox News interview, Sept. 19. Mr. Holt is a registered Republican, New York City records show. 15 The presidential debate moderators “are all Democrats.” “It’s a very unfair system.” Fox News interview, Sept. 19. Only one, Chris Wallace of Fox News, is a registered Democrat. 16 He said it “hasn’t been reported” that Mrs. Clinton called some Trump supporters “deplorable.” Speech in North Carolina, Sept. 20. It would be difficult to find a news organization that didn’t report her remark. Inaccurate Claims About Clinton Mr. Trump regularly dissembles about his opponent, attributing ideas to Mrs. Clinton that she has not endorsed, or accusing her of complicity in events in which she had no involvement. 17 “Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it.” Remarks in Washington, Sept. 16. Mrs. Clinton and her campaign never publicly questioned President Obama’s birthplace; Mr. Trump made it his signature cause for five years. 18 Mrs. Clinton had “the power and the duty” to stop the release of unauthorized immigrants whose home countries would not accept their deportation after they were released from prison. Numerous speeches, including in Colorado, Sept. 17, and Florida, Sept. 19. The secretary of state does not have the power to detain convicted criminals after they have served their sentences, and has little power to make foreign countries accept deportees. 19 Mrs. Clinton has not criticized jihadists and foreign governments that oppress and kill women, gay people and non-Muslims. “Has Hillary Clinton ever called people who support these practices deplorable and irredeemable? No.” Speech in Florida, Sept. 19. She has denounced jihadists and foreign countries on the same grounds, if not necessarily using the same words. 20 “Do people notice Hillary is copying my airplane rallies — she puts the plane behind her like I have been doing from the beginning.” Twitter, Sept. 20. He did not invent the tarmac rally or the campaign-plane backdrop. 21 Mrs. Clinton destroyed 13 smartphones with a hammer while she was secretary of state. Speeches in Florida, Sept. 15 and Sept. 19. An aide told the F.B.I. of only two occasions in which phones were destroyed with a hammer. 22 He said Mrs. Clinton is calling for “total amnesty in the first 100 days,” including “a virtual end to immigration enforcement” and for unauthorized immigrants to receive Social Security and Medicare. Speech in Colorado, Sept. 17. She has not proposed this. 23 Mrs. Clinton is “effectively proposing to abolish the borders around the country.” Numerous speeches, including in Texas, Sept. 17. She is not even proposing to cut funding for the Border Patrol. 24 “Hillary Clinton’s plan would bring in 620,000 refugees in her first term alone,” and would cost $400 billion. Numerous speeches, including in North Carolina, Sept. 20. She endorsed admitting 65,000 Syrian refugees this year, on top of other admissions. Mr. Trump is falsely claiming that she wants to do this every year and is estimating the cost accordingly. Stump Speech Falsehoods Some warped or inaccurate claims have become regular features of Mr. Trump’s stump speech. He routinely overstates the scale and nature of the country’s economic distress and the threats to its national security, and exaggerates the potential for overnight improvements if he were elected. 25 “Our African-American communities are absolutely in the worst shape that they’ve ever been in before — ever, ever, ever.” Speech in North Carolina, Sept. 20. No measurement supports this characterization of black America. 26 Fifty-eight percent of black youth are not working. Numerous speeches, including in Florida, Sept. 16, and Colorado, Sept. 17. This misleading statistic counts high school students as out of work. Black youth unemployment actually was 20.6 percent in July. 27 Many dangerous refugees are being welcomed by the Obama administration. “Hundreds of thousands of people are being approved to pour into the country. We have no idea who they are.” New Hampshire speech, Sept. 15. The Obama administration has admitted more than 10,000 Syrian refugees, using an extensive screening process. 28 “We have cities that are far more dangerous than Afghanistan.” Numerous speeches, including in Florida, Sept. 16; Colorado, Sept. 17; North Carolina, Sept. 20; Ohio, Sept. 21; and a Fox News interview on Sept. 21. No American city resembles a war zone, though crime has risen lately in some, like Chicago. Urban violence has fallen precipitously over the past 25 years. 29 Ford plans to cut American jobs by relocating small-car production to Mexico, and may move all production outside the United States. Fox News interview and New Hampshire speech, Sept. 15. Mark Fields, Ford’s chief executive, said it was not cutting American jobs. 30 “We have a trade deficit this year with China of approximately $500 billion.” North Carolina speech, Sept. 20. He has made this claim repeatedly, but the trade deficit with China is significantly smaller. Esoteric Embellishments Mr. Trump often dissembles on subjects of passing interest, like the news of the day or the parochial concerns of his local audiences. But his larger pattern of behavior still holds: These misstatements, too, accentuate the grievances of his supporters, and cast his own ideas in a more favorable light. 31 Senator Bernie Sanders fell victim to “a rigged system with the superdelegates.” Speeches in New Hampshire, Sept. 15, and North Carolina, Sept. 20. Mr. Sanders did not lose the Democratic nomination because of superdelegates. Mrs. Clinton beat him in pledged delegates, too.
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    Yesterday, 03:57 AM
    A Week of Whoppers From Donald Trump (1) By MAGGIE HABERMAN and ALEXANDER BURNS SEPT. 24, 2016 All politicians bend the truth to fit their purposes, including Hillary Clinton. But Donald J. Trump has unleashed a blizzard of falsehoods, exaggerations and outright lies in the general election, peppering his speeches, interviews and Twitter posts with untruths so frequent that they can seem flighty or random — even compulsive. However, a closer examination, over the course of a week, revealed an unmistakable pattern: Virtually all of Mr. Trump’s falsehoods directly bolstered a powerful and self-aggrandizing narrative depicting him as a heroic savior for a nation menaced from every direction. Mike Murphy, a Republican strategist, described the practice as creating “an unreality bubble that he surrounds himself with.” The New York Times closely tracked Mr. Trump’s public statements from Sept. 15-21, and assembled a list of his 31 biggest whoppers, many of them uttered repeatedly. This total excludes dozens more: Untruths that appeared to be mere hyperbole or humor, or delivered purely for effect, or what could generously be called rounding errors. Mr. Trump’s campaign, which dismissed this compilation as “silly,” offered responses on every point, but in none of the following instances did the responses support his assertions. Tall Tales About Himself Mr. Trump’s version of reality allows for few, if any, flaws in himself. As he tells it, the polls are always looking up, his policy solutions are painless and simple and his judgment regarding politics and people has been consistent — and flawless. The most consistent falsehood he tells about himself may be that he opposed the war in Iraq from the start, when the evidence shows otherwise. 1 He said a supportive crowd chanted, “Let him speak!” when a black pastor in Flint, Mich., asked Mr. Trump not to give a political speech in the church. Fox News interview, Sept. 15. There were no such chants. 2 “I was against going into the war in Iraq.” Speech in Florida, Sept. 19. This is not getting any truer with repetition. He never publicly expressed opposition to the war before it began, and he made supportive remarks to Howard Stern. 3 He said any supportive comments he made about the Iraq war came “long before” the war began. Fox News interview, Sept. 18. He expressed support for the war in September 2002, when Congress was debating whether to authorize military action. 4 He said he had publicly opposed the Iraq war in an Esquire interview “pretty quickly after the war started.” Fox News interview, Sept. 18. The Esquire interview appeared in the August 2004 edition, 17 months after the war began. 5 Before the Iraq invasion, he said, he had told the Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto something “pretty close” to: “Don’t go in, and don’t make the mistake of going in.” Fox News interview, Sept. 18. Not remotely close. He told Mr. Cavuto that President George W. Bush had to take decisive action. 6 He said that when Howard Stern asked him about Iraq in 2002, it was “the first time the word Iraq was ever mentioned to me.” Fox News interview, Sept. 18. Mr. Trump expressed alarm about Saddam Hussein and the situation in Iraq in 2000 in his own book. 7 “You see what’s happening with my poll numbers with African-Americans. They’re going, like, high.” Speech in North Carolina, Sept. 20; made same claim in Ohio, Sept. 21. Polls show him winning virtually no support from African-Americans. 8 “Almost, it seems, everybody agrees” with his position on immigration. Remarks in Texas, Sept. 17. Most Americans oppose his signature positions on immigration. 9 He has made “a lot of progress” with Hispanic and black voters, and “you see that in the polls.” Fred Dicker radio show, Sept. 15. No major poll has shown him making up significant ground with black or Hispanic voters. 10 He was “never a fan” of Colin Powell. Fox News interview, Sept. 18. In his book “The America We Deserve,” he named Mr. Powell as among the “best and brightest” in American society. 11 Mr. Trump said that after The Times published an article scrutinizing his relationships with women, “All the women came out and said they think Donald Trump is terrific.” Fox News interview, Sept. 18. Only one woman who was quoted in the article came to his defense after its publication. 12 “Unlike other people” who only raise money for themselves during presidential campaigns, he also raises money for the Republican Party. Fox News interview, Sept. 15. Every presidential nominee forms a joint fund-raising agreement to share money with his or her national party.
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    Yesterday, 03:48 AM
    Donald Trump's sniffling distracts debate watchers Hillary Clinton’s health has been an issue in the campaign, at least since her bout of pneumonia two weeks ago. But in the first few minutes of the Monday night debate, Donald Trump was audibly sniffing in the middle of his answers — sometimes several times in a sentence. And the candidate who mocked his primary opponent Marco Rubio for his thirst during debates ducked out of camera range briefly to reach for a glass of water. What does it mean? Probably nothing — but there was no shortage of commentary on Twitter. Trump is sniffling because he's allergic to the Constitution — Colin Jost (@ColinJost) September 27, 2016 Based on information I've read on https://t.co/Bha7mo8FRV, sniffling is a sign of Parkinson's and autism, which Trump definitely has. — Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) September 27, 2016 Sniffling is the new sighing. #debatenight — Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) September 27, 2016 What's with Trump's sniffling?#debatenight — Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) September 27, 2016 Trump keeps sniffling and sounds like he has a cold. Many people are saying he's sick. — (((Yair Rosenberg))) (@Yair_Rosenberg) September 27, 2016 Why does Trump keep sniffling? Some people say it's Zika. I don't know, but some people say, is all I'm saying. — Michael Weiss (@michaeldweiss) September 27, 2016
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    Yesterday, 03:42 AM
    Trumpy just got clobbered.... Typical of what is expected of him, he wasn't prepared, he was highly unprofessional, and worse, he was exactly the type of candidate I said he will would be, an unfit one. I was truly looking forward to be proven wrong because I didn't want to come back and say... "Yeah, Wolverine, you got a point here.....he has some pretty solid plans"..... But damn !! He has nothing !!! Unfortunately, for his supporters, Hillary dismantled him at every single level. For those of you who didn't watch it...well, when you do look at the replay tomorrow, watch and pay attention and try to determine if he has promulgated any economic plan, any security plan, anything significant at all.... The answer you will see for yourself, is zero. He has absolutely no plans whatsoever. This are not my words, but simply put, is what it was utterly and prominently absent from the debate on his part. All he did the most is bashing and trashing and trying to switch and bait. The lack of experience was very prominent. So...in other words....if you want to see how an opponent administers a debate clinic to another to make him/her look nastily bad......go and watch this debate... I am looking forward to see the fact-checkers going crazy on him....that will be fun !!! REMEMBER FOLKS, NEXT MONTH IS ANOTHER ROUND OF FUN !!
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