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Yesterday, day three of an already bizarre convention snubbed by all but one of the living past nominees and other big GOP names, played out in a way most Hollywood producers would reject as too crazy a concept.

The runner-up, Ted Cruz, gave a speech in which everyone expected him to endorse the candidate, but he did not.  Instead he urged his fellow Republicans to vote their consciences.  Hillary Clinton liked that line.

Trump entered the room just as Cruz was wrapping up his remarks, and Cruz was booed off stage in Showtime at the Apollo fashion. Newt Gingrich then came on and tried to twist Cruz’s words or lack of them like a pretzel.

Both Newt and Trump’s running mate Mike Pence engaged in the compulsory Hillary-bashing based on lies.

The backdrop to all of this:

-A day that began with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce endorsing the Democratic candidate on morning TV smack in the middle of the Republican quadrennial presidential nominating event and condemning their candidate in no uncertain terms.  Read the endorsement here >>>>

-The incoherent statement from a Trump advisor calling Hillary “the Jane Fonda of the Viet Nam” and calling for her execution for treason. This the morning after Chris Christie roused chants of “lock her up” from conventioneers.  The advisor is under Secret Service investigation.

-An evening that began with a live band serenading delegates with Sweet Caroline.

Never really thought that the decay in democracy would happen to the music of Neil Diamond.

-The detritus in the aftermath of Melania Trump’s Tuesday night speech.  I haven’t mentioned the purloined paragraphs here.  Until yesterday, there was a mist around how the passages came to appear on Mrs. Trump’s teleprompter. Finally,  Meredith McIver, a Trump organization staff writer, owned up to writing the piece based on ideas Melania read to her from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech during a phone call.  Aside from the obvious: the accusations of plagiarism (it was – no attribution was included), the denial (at first it was not clear that she knew she was reading someone else’s words), the equivocation (she said she wrote it herself with as little help as possible),  there is the small matter of Ms. McIver’s employer. She offered to resign and the resignation was rejected, but resign from where?  Ms. McIver is not employed by the campaign and therein may lie an FEC violation.

Melania Trump Speech Appears To Be An Illegal Campaign Contribution

Ethics watchdogs suggest that’s another oops for the Trump campaign.


CLEVELAND ― The revelation that Donald Trump’s business staff writer Meredith McIver wrote the partly plagiarized speech given by Melania Trump on Monday night raises questions about whether his campaign is illegally commingling corporate and campaign resources.

McIver does not appear to have any official role in the presidential campaign. Her letter acknowledging her role in the speech debacle appeared on corporate letterhead from the Trump Organization. And she is not listed as being paid by the Trump campaign on any available reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Corporations are banned from donating directly or through in-kind services to political Ad Campaigns. McIver could have volunteered her services, but her offer to resign from the Trump Organization suggests that she was acting within her job responsibilities. (Donald Trump rejected that offer.)

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Meanwhile, hardly a speaker takes the stage in Cleveland without bashing Hillary.  One of the memes is that laws do not apply to her the same way that they do to everyone else, the reverse of James Comey’s statement before the House Oversight Committee.  Actually, that meme befits Trump and his campaign more accurately.

Who knows what to expect tonight? We’ve seen some crazy conventionsJohn Avlon, on the ground in Cleveland, files from a gloomy perspective.



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Hillary Clinton wrapped up a marathon week at UNGA in New York City this afternoon with every bit as much grace, grit, good humor, and glamor as when she began.   Her Smart Power Doctrine did double-duty through  most  of the week as the president spent just 24 hours in town, long enough to drop by for an appearance on The View and deliver his address to the General Assembly.  His regular meetings and events for the rest of the week were covered by Her Excellency (along with her own scheduled events) as Acting Chief Executive of the U.S. at her last UNGA as Secretary of State.  She did a spectacular job and has won praise from some unlikely sources.

From Politico.

Newt talks up Hillary Clinton


9/26/12 12:59 PM EDT
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Newt Gingrich offered some praise of the Secretary of State on Fox News last night:

Hillary Clinton is a serious person, Barack Obama is an ambitious person. They’re very different personalities.

Hillary Clinton actually gets up every day, thinking about public policy; Barack Obama gets up every day, thinking about Barack Obama. They’re very different approaches to life.

Mayor Mike chimed in on his radio show  as the New York Post reports.

Clinton a ‘class act’

  • Last Updated: 10:16 AM, September 28, 2012
  • Posted: 10:15 AM, September 28, 2012

Run, Hillary, run?

With speculation brewing about a possible Hillary Clinton run for the presidency in 2016, Mayor Bloomberg today praised her as a shining light in the Obama Administration and called himself a “big fan” of her work as Secretary of State.

“She has worked as hard as anybody can work,” the mayor observed on his weekly WOR radio show.

“I’m not sure I agree with all her policies– some yes, some no. But Hillary Clinton is a class act and has worked over and above what you could ask for somebody to represent the Obama Administration.”

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This  review from  RTT News sparkles almost as much as Mme. Secretary did all week!

Hillary Clinton Shines As Obama Surrogate At UN Meeting


9/28/2012 11:36 AM ET
(RTTNews) – Hillary Clinton may have lost the Democratic primary to Barack Obama back in 2008, but this week in New York, she was Secretary of State and Commander-in-Chief all rolled into one as she acted as the president’s surrogate at the United Nations General Assembly.

Clinton, who arguably has closer ties with many of the world’s top leaders than the president, took over many of the tasks usually left to the president during this week.

President Obama only spent 24-hours in the city, choosing to eschew formal meetings with world leaders to return to his campaign schedule. He was the first president in over 20 years not to meet with a foreign leader at the conference.

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Finally, Jezebel does a great takedown of a snarky article in the Daily Mail when a photographer caught a shot of doodles on the top page of Mme. President’s prepared remarks at a Security Council meeting.

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Hillary Clinton’s UN Doodles Clearly a Window Into Her Innermost Thoughts

Birds do it. Bees do it. Secretaries of State hearing UN pleas do it. Yesterday, a photographer caught Hillary Clinton aimlessly drawing on her speech notes during a UN Security Council meeting on the Middle East peace process. The situation is grim, shooting, suffering etc., but all of that starts to run together after awhile. Let’s get to the more interesting water cooler conversation-y stuff that doesn’t bum everyone out: what do Hillary Clinton’s doodles tell us about her personality?

As breathlessly reported by The Daily Mail (which helpfully included an unflattering picture of Hillary Clinton’s face contorting mid-wink with their coverage, you know, for added clarity), Clinton appeared to space out during remarks given by other diplomats, drawing an organized series of interlocking circles and a star on a copy of her prepared speech.

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**Edited to add  this** Chicago Sun-Times.  Too good to pass up from Lynn Sweet, the scorekeeper!

WASHINGTON–President Barack Obama decided not to do face-to-face meetings with global leaders in New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week, outside of courtesy calls to UN officials. The lack of in-person meetings drew fire from Mitt Romney and other GOP critics. Obama delivered a major speech to the UN on Tuesday. While it may be just too close to the election for Obama one-on-ones, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton held 25 meetings with leaders from around the world, a State Department spokesman said Friday.

Mike Hammer, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, recapping Clinton’s week told reporters Friday, “since arriving last Sunday and starting her meetings then, held 25 bilateral and trilateral meetings.

“And that is in addition to events that covered every region of the world. For example, you saw the U.N. secretary-general’s meeting on the Sahel. We had a trans-Atlantic dinner with EU and NATO foreign ministers. We had a Central American ministerial. We had an ASEAN foreign ministers meeting.

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Madame President, thank you, always, for your tireless and cheerful efforts. We wish you, as my dear friend Robyn always says, a peaceful and restful weekend. Job superlatively done!

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