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Hillary Clinton in Raleigh

At Wake Tech Community College in Raleigh, North Carolina, Hillary was greeted with wild enthusiasm by a young  audience very proud of her performance in last night’s debate.  The reception was so ecstatic it almost felt like today was November 9, but we still have two debates and 42 days to go.  The young woman behind Hillary to her right was overcome with emotion and wept.

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Prior to take-off for Raleigh this morning, Hillary spoke to her traveling press corps on her plane.  You will note she is bright and fresh as a daisy the morning after the first presidential debate which she won!  She had a great time at the debate and is anticipating the next two.

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She is talking to Andrea Mitchell here.  Love the expression on her face.

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I also love how Jennifer and Nick watch the way she interacts.

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So much of the assessment of presidential debates relies on the visual that it matters little if we offer the words.  Transcripts will become available, and they will be added here when they are.  For now, however, let’s look at the faces. In 1960, on this date,  it was the faces that told the story .

Introduction of families.

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And it begins.

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“I Think Donald just criticized me for preparing for his debate. And yes, I did. And you know what else I prepared for? I prepared to be president and I think that’s a good thing.”

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The Trumps greeted a few friends in the front rows and exited stage right.  The Clintons hung around longer.

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Chris Matthews summed up Trump’s performance as Casey at the Bat.  Pretty accurate American reference , I say!  One down – two to go.  The visage looks pretty calm, cool, collected, and confident to me!  Well done, Hillary!

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Hillary, contrary to popular Trumpesque memes, has neither been hiding/sleeping nor spending every waking minute of every day prepping to face her opponent tonight.  Sunday, Hillary dropped in on, “Apple Seeds,”  a kids’ center in the NYC Flatiron district, paid a visit to Chelsea and family, and met with Netanyahu who is in town for UNGA.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves as she arrives for a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves as she arrives for a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Today, some pundits on the Sunday morning circuits were saying that, in the debate tomorrow, Hillary should concentrate on her policies and ignore Trump’s temperament and policies – such as they are.  That’s like trying to pry Lincoln off a penny.

One thing Hillary has to do is make clear the contrast between her proposed policies and Trump’s sketchy plans.  Trump tends to introduce his agenda explosively. His unstable temperament is part and parcel of his proposals. It shapes and conveys all at once. The ideas burst forth in spurts and tweets, long on angry force and short on details.

If Hillary’s campaign is any indication of how she intends to go at Trump, she will not be ignoring his shady side, and why should she? There is a lot of blank space in Trump’s plans. Here is the campaign’s latest volley.

New HFA Ad On Trump’s Failure to Release Tax Returns, Hiding His Russian Business Dealings

Hillary for America is airing a new television ad which links Donald Trump’s unprecedented refusal to release his tax returns to the growing concerns about his financial conflicts of interests especially with Russia. Trump has failed to disclose the most basic information expected from presidential candidates and the latest revelations about his connections to Russia make it all the more pressing that he disclose the extent of his financial network and how he will divest from it.

HFA Russian Dealings Ad

The ad highlights new revelations this week that Trump’s financial ties to Russia are far more extensive than previously understood. Trump has apparently profited from “hundreds of millions of dollars” invested by Russian business interests which could impact his national security decisions as president. ABC News reported this week that Trump profited from hundreds of millions of dollars in Russian business deals, potentially giving motive to his Pro-Kremlin policies. In addition, Yahoo News discovered that one of Trump’s foreign policy advisors is being investigated by U.S. intelligence officials for ties to the Kremlin. Sure enough, a recent op-ed by the Chief White House ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush and the chief White House ethics lawyer for President Obama argued that “A Trump presidency would be ethically compromised” because of conflicts of interests like these.

The details of his conflicts remain a mystery. While every major party nominee in the last 40 years has released their tax returns, Trump has refused. Recently, Donald Trump, Jr., admitted the real reason Trump won’t release his tax returns is because it would “distract” from his message. Recently, GOP Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said Trump should release his tax returns as did GOP Chairman of the Government Oversight Committee Jason Chaffetz. In comparison, Hillary Clinton released her 2015 personal tax return – meaning all returns have been public back to 1977 – and Senator Tim Kaine and his wife Anne Holton released 10 years of their returns.

Here is a somewhat longer and more specific version.

The implications for foreign policy under a Trump administration are beyond disturbing.  In polar opposition to his slogans, Trump’s hidden deals threaten to put America last and diminish the United States as a world power.  Trump’s supporters may be in the mood for a strongman, but history teaches us that strongmen rarely give much of a damn for the populace except to the degree the people serve their purposes, and it is difficult to be a strongman when you are beholden to foreign powers and money.

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