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To everyone feeling surprised, disappointed, or even sorry that Matt Lauer has met his deserved fate, perhaps you missed this event last year. Reposted from last September. #JustDesserts #Karma #PoeticJustice

Rereading this,  I remembered how furious I was that night.

Hillary was the first candidate to appear at the MSNBC/NBC Commander-in-Chief Forum tonight.  Matt Lauer began with a question about what Hillary saw as the most important characteristic for Commander-in-Chief.  Hillary replied: steadiness.

Our next Commander-in-Chief needs to have the steadiness, strength, and judgment to make life and death decisions.

Then Lauer launched into the emails. Hillary re-explained for the nth time the classification markings. Then came the Iraq war vote.  Hillary explained that succinctly and went on to speak about her record on her broader work on legislation for the military. Said she views force as a last resort.

Hillary has spent decades fighting for veterans, members of the military, and their families.

Re: Iran nuclear deal “if Iran cheats.”  Hillary pulled that deal back into context and provided a rationale for putting together the coalition and imposing the sanctions.

“I will not let the VA be privatized.” —Hillary

We need to do everything we can to remove barriers to the health care our veterans need—whether physical or mental.

Unlike her opponent, Hillary’s plan to defeat ISIS is not a secret.

It should be noted that Hillary popped up out of her seat, stood, and walked while addressing questions several times.  Trump remained enthroned throughout.  So much for the question of who has stamina and who does not.

Trump came on and spoke at length about Hillary and President Obama when he was told not to.  He also informed all and sundry that Iraq has oil!  He said people do not know that.  Really?  Most kids entering 5th grade this week know that as they also knew before his “big reveal” in Detroit that Abe Lincoln was a Republican.  What is wrong with him? He seems uneducated even at a basic level. That or he thinks we are.  So supercilious.  So arrogant.  So infuriating!

Trump was allowed to bash Hillary and President Obama throughout and even compared President Obama unfavorably to Vladimir Putin and accepted Putin’s compliment about him.  That was disgusting!

Lauer was exceptionally contentious with Hillary and repeatedly interrupted her especially when she referred to Trump.  He was very lenient with Trump’s attacks on Hillary.  He made no effort to control that and allowed Trump to misquote her.  Hillary never said the plan to privatize the VA was Trump’s plan.  She said there is a plan, not that it was his plan, but is supported by him. We all know Trump doesn’t have any plans!  And why was he allowed to hear everything Hillary said???? What???

In the post-forum analysis, very smart people do not know what Trump means by “take the oil.”  What do you mean “What does he mean?????”  ISIS knows what he means!

And there is this!

Trump cites resignation of Mexican official as proof his Mexico visit was successful

Donald Trump pointed to the resignation earlier Wednesday of a high-ranking Mexican official as proof that his trip to Mexico last week was a success.“If you look at what happened, look at the aftermath today, the people who arranged the trip in Mexico have been forced out of government,” Trump said in a commander-in-chief forum hosted by NBC News in New York. “That’s how well we did, and that’s how well we’re going to do have to do.”

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My final two cents: Matt Lauer was a terrible choice for moderator, and he performed pretty much as we knew he would.  I would have been happier with Lester Holt or Joy Reid.  OK three cents: I blame the Republican Party for Donald Trump. Not that Cruz or Rubio would have been better, but there were sane traditionalists there, Jeb, Kasich, Lindsey. You gave us this guy to contend with and even you all don’t want him!

Here is an annotated transcript from WaPo.

The first Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump showdown of 2016, annotated

By Aaron Blake, Amber Phillips and Callum Borchers September 7

Hillary’s campaign would like you to see this:

Is Donald Trump ready to be our next Commander-in-Chief?

Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un will be rooting for him tonight.

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Hillary was all over cable news this morning- well her sound bite was. On MSNBC,  Morning Joe played it, and then CNN’s New Day picked it up. The Daily Beast also offered a link. What is surprising is that among these reports, no one came up with a still photo of the stalking during that October 10 debate when Trump elected to stand while Hillary spoke and to follow her all over the stage.

In her upcoming memoir, What Happened, Hillary recounts how his behavior creeped her out and the process she went through regarding how to handle it.

“Well, what would you do? Do you stay calm, keep smiling, and carry on as if he weren’t repeatedly invading your space? Or do you turn, look him in the eye and say loudly and clearly: ‘Back up you creep, get away from me. I know you love to intimidate women, but you can’t intimidate me, so back up.’… I kept my cool, aided by a lifetime of dealing with men trying to throw me off.”

Here are a few flashbacks from the archives.

When Trump was talking Hillary remained seated and engaged.

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When Hillary was speaking, Trump remained standing.

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She talks. He stalks.

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Look at his face when she is speaking.

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Then there was the creepy lurking in the background.

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Her decision to ignore him was exactly in character. In early 2009, newly-inaugurated Barack Obama’s administration pivoted directly to Asia. North Korea’s Kim Jong-un decided to welcome Obama to world affairs by conducting a missile test while Hillary  and Obama were in Europe for a series of world summits. The administration recognized the test as a bid for attention and threatened further sanctions. Hillary likened NK to “cranky teenagers” and said experience taught her that the best policy vis-à-vis such behavior is to ignore it.

Well done, Hillary!

Elsewhere, she regrets her loss in these words.

“I couldn’t get the job done. And I’ll have to live with that for the rest of my life.”

She said she let us down. No, you didn’t Hillary! You won! You never let us down.

 

 

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When she takes the stage tonight, Hillary will be fighting for usShow that you're fighting for her, too

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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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Finally the night has arrived and the much debated debate rolls out. Too late for should she or shouldn’t she.  The date was finally settled and here we are. The Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, formerly gray from floor to ceiling, is decorated and lit in red, white, and blue and packed.  Looks like a major award show but for the lineup of pundits.

Here’s the full transcript from the New York Times >>>>>

Below is my blow-by-blow.

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It begins.

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Sanders starts with how well he has done in the primaries and how well-financed he is by small donors. Claims it is because he is telling the truth. Citizens United/campaign reform. Rigged economy.

(Hillary on voting rights here.)

Hillary happy to be back in NY, honored to have served, reviews 9/11 and jobs successes and keeping NY values at the center.  Says that will be the center of what she will do as POTUS.  Big, bold, progressive goals.

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Bernie on why he called her unqualified: Iraq War yada-yada-yada.

Hillary calls Bernie’s attack a phony attack.

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Hillary: Elected in NY twice and Secretary of State, and hit Bernie on his NYDN interview.

When Sanders talks about super PACs and Wall St $: “Not just an attack on me it’s an attack on President Obama”

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The crowd sounds like a boxing match audience.  Hillary, “I love being in Brooklyn.  This is great.”

From here on out I am calling it like a boxing match.

The Sanders sarcasm!  Really nasty.  Hillary DID go to Wall St. in 2007 and told them they had to stop.

Hillary counters the release of speeches question with a release of tax return question.  Same standards should apply to all.

Bernie inaccurately says she was not for the Fight for 15.  She was!  The history is here.

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The gunfight starts and things get so rapid-fire – impossible to keep up.  Hillary shot him down.

Hillary is asked what Bernie’s lies are and responds particularly her being in big oil’s pocket.  Hillary counters with need to talk about environmental issues.

Bernie says 43 fossil fuel execs maxed out in donations to Hillary.  Then he gets all Al Gore Global Crisis.  (He’d do well to remember how Al started that movie: “Hello, I’m Al Gore and i used to be your next president.”)

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Hillary goes back to global crisis and revisits her Copenhagen visit with President Obama and Paris accords which Bernie attacked as not going far enough.  Rejecting the good in search of the perfect.

Hillary says it’s easy to diagnose the problem it’s harder to do something about the problem. Says she has not changed her view.  Natural gas is a way forward from coal. A bridge that needs to be crossed quickly.

Then Bernie makes Hillary’s point.  You can’t do it tomorrow.  Shoots down his whole anti-incremental premise in one sentence.  Shoots self in foot.

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Foreign policy.

Bernie spins Libya back to Iraq. Hillary straightens him out with requests from European and Arab allies that we provide support in Libya.

Bernie dodges question about how his position on NATO differs from Trump’s.  Say’s you have to ask Trump.

Hillary says Europe should be paying more, but that doesn’t mean that if they don’t we leave. Reminds us that NATO was with us in Afghanistan and points to Russian aggression.

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Israel.

Hillary says Israel does not seek attacks from Hamas. Reminds us that she negotiated the cease fire. Stands by the two-state solution. Says if Arafat had agreed, we would have had a Palestinian state for 15 years already.

Hillary again says describing the problems is a lot easier than trying to solve it.  She reminds us that she is the one who focused on what was fair and right for the Palestinians and says as POTUS she will continue and get agreement.

Bernie makes a stupid remark.  Hillary says she never said Netanyahu is right all the timeHardly – but that’s just me since I was watching those two all along. 

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Social reform.

Question to Bernie on how to afford his plans.  Once again Medicare for all, free tuition, paid for by a tax on speculation.

Again Hillary agrees with the diagnosis.  Will make medical coverage 100% and will address. college costs. But Bernie’s numbers don’t add up. A train wreck for the poor.

Hillary supports getting ACA working for everyone rather than obliterating it and starting over.

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Social Security.

Hillary will tax passive income for the wealthy. More benefits for women who have been left behind in social security.  Hillary led the fight against privatization!

Hillary, “There is still something called Congress. I happen to support Democrats… Let’s get a Congress elected that will do something.”

Bernie would ask Obama to withdraw the Merrick Garland nomination.  Hillary will not. He says Garland has not made it clear that he will overturn Citizens United.

Hillary calls out moderator – no question on women’s health.

“We’re never asked about [abortion]—this goes to who we are as women: our rights, autonomy, our ability to make our own decisions.” —Hillary

Dana Bash points out that maybe Bernie is not a Democrat. He says he’s better than Hillary against Trump in the polls. Says there are a lot on Independents in the country. Bash points out that Hilalry has raised 15 million for Dems this year and he hasn’t raised any. He says it isn’t true. Bernie claims he has brought young people in.  He has not taught them to support other Dems – that’s just me.

Hillary points out that she has more votes than anybody. Broad-based inclusive coalition that will defeat any Republican.

Bash asks about Bernie taking the fight to the floor.  He says he’s going to win the nomination.

Hillary says her lead in pledged delegates is larger than what Obama had at this point in 2008 and repeats that she is taking nothing for granted and is going to work all the way to the end.

Bernie returns to the establishment and Wall St. You know the drill.

Closing statements.

Bernie grew up in Brooklyn. Yada yada yada. Wall St., Super PACs, yada yada. Health care, family leave, free tuition, yada yada.  Millions stand up, fight back, and bada-bing bada-boom create a government that works for more than the 1%

Hillary: honored to have been elected by the people of NY.  Challenges of 9/11, care for first responders, jobs created.  Stood before against vested interests.  Asking again  for their support.  Wants to take down the barriers.  Will work her heart out. Won’t make promises she can’t keep. Will deliver results.

“Together, we won’t just make promises we can’t keep—we’ll deliver results that will improve the lives of the people of America.” —Hillary

And it’s over.

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 Hillary stayed on her feet – on her toes!  She delivered.  She will deliver as president, too!

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Debate watch after party with the de Blasios.

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Thanks to the New York Times for this guide to watching tonight’s debate.  I know; I know; I know!  A lot of people are tired of the debating and wish Hillary had said no, but Hillary does not back down in the face of a challenge. She is on home turf (her knowledge of Brooklyn precedes her Senate bid and goes all the way back to references to Brownsville in her Wellesley thesis).

The stakes could not be higher, and her ability in the contest could not be stronger.  It has been more than a month since the candidates have gone head-to-head in a debate.  So GO HILLARY!  We’ll be right behind you!

Here’s how you can watch.

How to Watch the Democratic Debate

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From Women’s Outreach:

We hope you are looking forward to TODAY’s debate! Interested in watching it with fellow Hillary supporters? Check out debate watch parties in your area here. Or host your own! You can find everything you need here. Tweet along tonight with the campaign – join our top tweeters team here.
 
Don’t forget to use the hashtags #ImWithHer and #HillYes when you are following and posting about the debate on social media.

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