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There is no dearth of kennel imagery at the Republican National Convention.  There are plenty of “dog-whistle” remarks. Last night, in the post mortem of Ted Cruz’s speech, a commentator said, “Its not like he killed a puppy!” Cruz himself, in refusing to endorse Trump,  has said he will not be a ‘servile puppy dog.’

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If you have the general impression that the Grand Old Party is going to the dogs, however, you need look no further than the nominee himself whose running mate told the convention last night that we do not abandon our friends just before the candidate himself told the New York Times, well … not exactly.

In an interview with David E. Sanger and Maggie Haberman, Trump said he might, as president, not honor NATO commitments if nations have not ‘fulfilled their obligations to us.’  Foreign policy experts and even members of his own party are reeling.

Jeffrey Goldberg, in The Atlantic, takes the issue one step beyond, likening Trump to Vladimir Putin.

It’s Official: Hillary Clinton Is Running Against Vladimir Putin

Fulfilling what might be the Russian autocrat’s dearest wish, Trump has openly questioned whether the U.S. should keep its commitments to NATO.

Jeffrey Goldberg

The Republican nominee for president, Donald J. Trump, has chosen this week to unmask himself as a de facto agent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, a KGB-trained dictator who seeks to rebuild the Soviet empire by undermining the free nations of Europe, marginalizing NATO, and ending America’s reign as the world’s sole superpower.

I am not suggesting that Donald Trump is employed by Putin—though his campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was for many years on the payroll of the Putin-backed former president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych. I am arguing that Trump’s understanding of America’s role in the world aligns with Russia’s geostrategic interests; that his critique of American democracy is in accord with the Kremlin’s critique of American democracy; and that he shares numerous ideological and dispositional proclivities with Putin—for one thing, an obsession with the sort of “strength” often associated with dictators. Trump is making it clear that, as president, he would allow Russia to advance its hegemonic interests across Europe and the Middle East. His election would immediately trigger a wave of global instability—much worse than anything we are seeing today—because America’s allies understand that Trump would likely dismantle the post-World War II U.S.-created international order. Many of these countries, feeling abandoned, would likely pursue nuclear weapons programs on their own, leading to a nightmare of proliferation.

Trump’s sympathy for Putin has not been a secret. Trump said he would “get along very well” with Putin, and he has pleased Putin by expressing a comprehensive lack of interest in the future of Ukraine, the domination of which is a core Putinist principle. The Trump movement also agrees with Putin that U.S. democracy is fatally flawed. A Trump adviser, Carter Page, recently denounced—to a Moscow audience—America’s “often-hypocritical focus on democratization, inequality, corruption and regime change.” Earlier this week, Trump’s operatives watered down the Republican Party’s national-security platform position on Ukraine, removing a promise to help the Ukrainians receive lethal aid in their battle to remain free of Russian control.

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When your only character witnesses are your own kids and the rest of the support speeches at the convention must rely on demonizing your opponent rather than advancing your image, you have a problem.  When foreign policy experts align you with our arch adversary, one for whom you have expressed a certain admiration, it should render you radioactive.

It is high time for the media to start holding a magnifying glass over Donald Trump.  There has been a lot of screaming about Hillary: three emails with little embedded (c)s and a server that was more secure that the government servers, persistent lies about what she did and said during and after the attacks in Benghazi.

When Donald Trump entertains the notion of compromising NATO, the golden fleece of the 20th century, an alliance that kept the world safe in the wake of two  world wars, he endangers national security.  When he says something is going on and we need to find out what, he is correct.  Something is going on … with him.  We may not know what, exactly, but it is very clear that he is in no way qualified or predisposed to lead the free world.

It should not be difficult to figure out what to do.

We put Hillary Clinton’s resume side by side with Donald Trump’s. The contrast couldn’t be starker.

1997: Trump ponders Miss Universe swimsuit sizes. Hillary gets health insurance for 8 million kids.

Statement From Jake Sullivan On Trump’s NATO Comments

HFA Senior Policy Adviser Jake Sullivan released the following statement on Donald Trump’s latest comments about NATO and his view of America’s role in the world:

“Tonight, Mike Pence said Donald Trump would stand with our allies. Tonight, Donald Trump flatly contradicted him.

For decades, the United States has given an ironclad guarantee to our NATO allies: we will come to their defense if they are attacked, just as they came to our defense after 9/11. Donald Trump was asked if he would honor that guarantee. He said… maybe, maybe not.

Ronald Reagan would be ashamed. Harry Truman would be ashamed. Republicans, Democrats and Independents who help build NATO into the most successful military alliance in history would all come to the same conclusion: Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit and fundamentally ill-prepared to be our Commander in Chief.

The President is supposed to be the leader of the free world. Donald Trump apparently doesn’t even believe in the free world.

Over the course of this campaign, Trump has displayed a bizarre and occasionally obsequious fascination with Russia’s strongman, Vladimir Putin. And he has the policy positions – and advisors – to match. Just this week, we learned that the Trump campaign went to great lengths to remove a plank from the GOP platform about aid to Ukraine that would have offended Putin, bucking a strongly held position within his own party. Previously, he celebrated the Brexit vote, and in turn, casually predicted the disintegration of Europe. And now, he won’t even commit to protecting our NATO allies against a Russian invasion. It is fair to assume that Vladimir Putin is rooting for a Trump presidency.

More broadly, Trump has apparently decided that America lacks the moral authority to advance our interests and values around the world. He has adopted the logic and positions of China, Russia, and Iran. And there will be plenty of time in the days ahead to address his strategy to strengthen our coalition against ISIS, which apparently can be summed up in one word, ‘meetings.’

The choice in this election is clear. Hillary Clinton will defend our allies. She will protect our people. And she will uphold a bipartisan tradition of American foreign policy that has made us the greatest force for peace, progress, and prosperity the world has ever known.”

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There is zero chance that Bernie Sanders will be the nominee, and he won’t suspend his campaign.  Technically that keeps us all on the hook for big bucks.  All of this is framed by his crusade to “transform” the Democratic Party – a party he did not stand with for the Senate filibuster.

An expensive reminder that Sanders still hasn’t dropped out: His Secret Service detail

The Washington Post
John Wagner 6 hrs ago
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders arrives at the Capital Hilton last week, his Secret Service detail in tow, to meet with rival and presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton.© Matt McClain/The Washington Post Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders arrives at the Capital Hilton last week, his Secret Service detail in tow, to meet with rival and presumptive nominee…

BURLINGTON, Vt. — When Sen. Bernie Sanders, the now-vanquished Democratic presidential candidate, returns to Capitol Hill to vote Monday, he is expected to be accompanied by his constant traveling companions from the campaign trail: the U.S. Secret Service.

Although Hillary Clinton has clinched the party’s nomination, Sanders retains one of the trappings of a top-notch candidate. A team of agents still guards him at his home, where they’ve constructed a small watch station on the property. They travel with him on commercial and charter flights and use a motorcade to whisk him through cities he visits. And they recently marched alongside him during a gay-pride event here in his home town after the Orlando shootings.

Such round-the-clock protection can cost taxpayers more than $38,000 a day. And with the potential for the Secret Service to be watching over Sanders through the Democratic convention in Philadelphia five weeks from now, the taxpayers may get stuck with a big security bill long after his campaign receded from the daily cable-news cycle.

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In a week when we lost Fr. Daniel Berrigan of the Catonsville Nine, more conflagration.

Father Berrigan, right and his brother Philip Berrigan seized hundreds of draft records and set them on fire with homemade napalm in 1968. Credit United Press International

You may remember that in February, former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman, once touted as a possible presidential candidate herself, followed current NJ Gov Chris Christie’s endorsement of Donald Trump with this declaration:

… she says she’s planning to vote for Hillary Clinton if Trump gets the nod. She’s keeping her options open, in case we find out something new and horrible about Hillary. But that’s her plan now:

“You’ll see a lot of Republicans do that,” Whitman told me. “We don’t want to. But I know I won’t vote for Trump.”

The morning after a not-so-Super Tuesday with only one measly primary (I don’t mean Indiana is measly, I mean a single primary does not a Super Tuesday make), everyone woke up at the bottom of the rabbit hole with a big “eat me” note signed by Donald Trump.

#ICYMI Donald Trump won the Indiana primary yesterday after, based on a National Enquirer report casting Ted Cruz’s father, Rafael, as a kind of Zelig/Forrest Gump character allegedly seen close to Lee Harvey Oswald in a photo.  N.B. Lee Harvey Oswald was the purported “single actor” in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  Prior to 11/22/63 Oswald spent some time working for the “Fair Play for Cuba” coalition in New Orleans and hung with some Cuban refugees at the time.

Outrageous as the story appeared, not to mention the absurdity of a presidential candidate citing the National Enquirer as a source, it not only dominated the news all day yesterday but also served its purpose in that Cruz swallowed the bait and addressed it in a news conference rather than brushing it off as farce.  In the wake of his resounding loss in Indiana last night, and, some speculate, the shady attack on his father, Cruz suspended his campaign leaving Trump as the presumptive GOP nominee.

Then came the dawn … and the inferno.

Republicans burn registration cards and rally behind the #nevertrump campaign as lifelong GOP voters prepare to support Hillary Clinton in a bid to block Trump

  • Republicans are burning their voter cards and rallying behind #nevertrump
  • The billionaire business mogul is now the GOP’s presumptive candidate
  • But he remains deeply unpopular with swathes of the party elite and voters
  • Many Republicans are planning to vote for the Democrats to keep him out

A number of disappointed Republicans have torched their voter cards and declared support for the #nevertrump campaign after the billionaire businessman clinched the party nomination following Ted Cruz’s resignation.

Such is the resentment towards Trump, many are now readying themselves to vote for the Democrats despite being lifelong Republican supporters.

Photographs of them burning their voter registration cards have appeared on social media, while others Breaking newssay they are prepared to vote for Hillary Clinton.

Until a short while ago, the Mathematical Impossibles, Bernie Sanders (who won Indiana by a small margin but has a snowball’s chance in a bonfire of being nominated) and John Kasich (who won a single primary – in his own state of Ohio) remained.  Breaking news is that Kasich will hold a presser from Columbus, OH at 5 pm EDT and will also sing his swan song.

In other news, the New York Times reported yesterday on our first U.S. climate refugees in Louisiana having to evacuate their ancestral home for higher ground – or rather – for ground – as their island is slowly being inundated.  Today, the New York Times reports, an entire town in Alberta Canada is also under evacuation due to “apocalyptic” wildfires.  Climate change disaster is already upon us.  It is biblical. Floods and combustion abound and one viable candidate remaining has a plan for climate change and a long history of battling it.

Hillary Clinton steadfastly maintains that she is not the one to tell Bernie Sanders to suspend his bid since she remained into June 2008.  But, clearly, there are issues.  Hillary is the candidate with the concrete, pragmatic plans.  Even Republicans are flocking to her.

John Kasich, saying his heart is not in this, is listening to his party leadership and exiting. Bernie Sanders, while he runs under the Democratic Party banner, should also withdraw at this point.  It was never his party to begin with, and the stakes are too high for grandstanding.

Disaffected Republicans are not feeling the Bern.  They are burning their Republican registration cards and grabbing the one sensible hashtag: #ImWithHer.  Hillary is the revolution. Bernie is too myopic to see it. He should do his part in the #NeverTrump movement and move aside so that Hillary Clinton can adjust her focus to the real threat: A Trump White House.

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Yesterday in Wisconsin, Hillary Clinton participated in a forum on gun violence in Milwaukee, rallied voters in La Crosse, toured a technical college, and visited a brewery, also in La Crosse.  Hillary never forgets the people who labor unseen to make our days safe and comfortable – that includes those keeping “Happy Hour” happy.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pours a beer during a tour of Pearl Street Brewery in La Crosse, Wis., Tuesday, March 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pours a beer during a tour of Pearl Street Brewery in La Crosse, Wis., Tuesday, March 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton raises a glass of beer during a tour of Peale Street Brewery during a campaign event in La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States, March 29, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton raises a glass of beer during a tour of Peale Street Brewery during a campaign event in La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States, March 29, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton hoists a beer during a tour of at Pearl Street Brewery in La Crosse, Wis., Tuesday, March 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton hoists a beer during a tour of at Pearl Street Brewery in La Crosse, Wis., Tuesday, March 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sips a beer during a tour of the Pearl Street Brewery in La Crosse, Wis., Tuesday, March 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sips a beer during a tour of the Pearl Street Brewery in La Crosse, Wis., Tuesday, March 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

From there, Hillary hit the trail again, this time back home to New York for what we are certain will be a rousing homecoming rally this morning at the legendary Apollo Theater on 125th Street in Harlem.

March 30, 2016

Hillary Clinton Campaign Event in Harlem, New York Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in Harlem about a variety of topics, including income inequality and national security. New York’s presidential primary will be held on April 19.

This program has not yet airedAiring LIVE Wednesday, Mar 30 11:30am EDT on C-SPAN.org

Hillary’s event schedules, not to mention her four years of daily schedules as secretary of state, fly in the face of a fairy tale one of the three Republican candidates has repeatedly tried to spin that Hillary lacks the stamina required of a POTUS.  These attempts have met with the same failure as his efforts to spark chants of “USA” at his campaign rallies.  That same chant has erupted spontaneously and enthusiastically recently at Hillary’s speeches after victories in FL, NC, and AZ without Hillary’s prompting. The same Republican front-runner, who boasts of the strength to take out ISIS, whines perpetually about Megyn Kelly bullying him and says his campaign manager was rightfully protecting him from an assault by Michelle Fields, formerly of Breitbart.

Last night, all three remaining Republican candidates rescinded their loyalty pledges to support their party’s nominee. Let’s remember that these three folks expect Americans to put them on a podium on the Capitol steps to take the oath of office!  How good is their word?  Any of them?

Bernie Sanders also has recently waffled on whether he would support a Hillary Clinton candidacy.

We can point to verifiable evidence of Hillary’s trustworthiness on this and many issues. Hillary has always said she would back her party’s nominee, and has a history of having done so.  She has never waffled. Let me share, with those of you who are new to Hillary this cycle, the email we received from her on June 27, 2008 after she suspended her campaign.

Jun 27, 2008

Dear Friend,

On February 8, in Unity, New Hampshire, 107 people voted for me, and 107 people voted for Senator Barack Obama.

Today, Barack and I were in Unity to celebrate a unified Democratic Party focused on electing him the next president. I was proud to stand with him today, and I will do whatever I can to help his campaign between now and November.

Senator McCain and the Republicans may have hoped that we wouldn’t join forces like this. They may have wished that we wouldn’t stand united to fight this battle with everything we’ve got.

But I’ve got news for them: We are one party; we are one America; and we are not going to rest until we take back our country and put it once again on the path to peace, prosperity, and progress in the 21st century.

Click here to watch the video of today’s unity rally in Unity, NH.

Sincerely,

Hillary

Immediately after this rally, Hillary hit the trail for the Obama/Biden ticket and campaigned her heart out.  She lost some supporters along the way.  Not all of the “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsuits” agreed with her wholehearted support of her former opponent, but I pointed out then and do again now, that Hillary Clinton is a woman of her word.  Her plans are carefully crafted, intersectional, and pragmatic.  She will not promise what she cannot deliver, but when she promises, you can count on her to deliver.

On that note, Hillary is the one making the policy speeches on specific issues and policy plans while the other remaining four give boilerplate stump speeches.  There is a difference between a policy speech and a stump speech.  Hillary’s speech on the subject of the Supreme Court this week is but one example.

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The only two people not remaining mindful of the Brussels attacks, the ongoing police activities, and the implications for homeland security here in this country are two of the candidates campaigning to lead us.  This should be cause for pause and reflection on the part of anyone considering voting for them.

After rattling off, in the wake of the attacks, their slash-and-burn plans for defeating ISIS, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz moved on to occupy themselves with attacks that seem, to them, to be much more crucial: personal accusations that have made their way to tabloids.

Cruz accuses Trump of planting National Enquirer story alleging affairs

Trump hits back: ‘I had absolutely nothing to do with it.’

To hear Ted Cruz today, the rhetoric of outrage and  indignity indeed would be appropriate to a terrorist attack – a level we did not hear from Cruz after the actual bombings.  Trump’s responses about not knowing are equally disconcerting.

Someone should do a corpus search of his speeches, interviews, and press conferences for [negatives+know].  It appears Donald Trump knows nothing about anything and represents an unfortunate throwback to the Know Nothings of the 1840s and 50s who sought immigration abatement.  Why would anyone vote for that?

Hillary Clinton, meanwhile has delivered a major address and held a round table on homeland security in the days since the attacks while the two top Republican guys squabble about personal jabs and tabloid scandals of questionable sourcing.

Can you imagine what Hillary’s campaign would look like if she concerned herself with tabloid stories?  Can you fathom what critics would be saying about her?

Hillary soldiers on with a real and doable plan to protect us all and keep us safe from true danger and terror.  Hillary’s story is not among the headers on The Nightly News this evening.  The Trump-Cruz story is.  What a sad testament to the duty of the press to inform voters.

Here is Hillary Clinton’s response to the true outrage of the week.

Hillary Clinton has a real plan to defeat ISIS and prevent another attack like Brussels. Here’s how.

Mar 25, 2016 by Elizabeth Chan

“If Mr. Trump gets his way, it will be like Christmas in the Kremlin.”

Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in Brussels were a horrifying reminder that the fight against ISIS and radical jihadist terrorism is far from over. Keeping us safe at home and defeating ISIS and global terrorism abroad are going to be some of the biggest challenges facing our next Commander-in-Chief. And that’s why we need to elect a president who’s prepared to do all parts of the job from day one.

Hillary Clinton responded to the Brussels attack, explaining her plan to defeat ISIS and the global terrorist movement, and sharing her vision for the role that America and our allies must play in the fight against terrorism around the world. Here’s what you need to know (and you can read her full remarks here).

1. The threat of terrorism knows no borders—and we aren’t going to stop it with a wall.

In the past year alone, terrorists have attacked transportation hubs in Brussels, a nightclub and restaurants in Paris, a office holiday party in San Bernardino, a hotel in West Africa, a beach resort in Tunisia, a market in Lebanon, a Russian passenger jet in the Sinai—and too many other places. The threat of terrorism in the 21st century is real, urgent, and borderless.

As Hillary said, “Walls won’t protect us from this threat. We can’t contain ISIS—we must defeat ISIS.”

2. ISIS and terrorist groups like them are constantly adapting and operating across multiple spaces, so our response needs to be just as nimble and far-reaching.

Today, ISIS controls a sizable (yet shrinking) territory in Iraq and Syria—but it also leads a wider network that reaches across the Middle East and North Africa and into Europe, Asia, and North America and includes other terrorist groups. To win the war against global terrorism, Hillary argued that we have to do battle on each of these fronts.

And she has a plan to do that:

Hillary for America

Hillary’s plan calls for taking out ISIS’s stronghold in Iraq and Syria by intensifying the current air campaign, stepping up support for local forces on the ground, and pursuing a diplomatic strategy to resolve Syria’s civil war and Iraq’s sectarian conflict between Sunnis and Shias—both of which have contributed to the rise of ISIS.

But we also have to dismantle the global terror network that supplies money, arms, propaganda, and fighters. That doesn’t just mean going after enablers who help jihadist terrorists with things like travel and document forgery—it also means denying them virtual territory by discrediting their ideology online and stopping their digital recruitment strategies.

And hardening our defenses and building our resilience at home will help us discover and disrupt plots before they’re carried out. That requires an intelligence surge, including partnering with Silicon Valley to track and analyze ISIS’s social media posts and map jihadist networks online. As Hillary said, “The tech community and the government have to stop seeing each other as adversaries and start working together to protect our safety and our privacy.”

3. Our alliances have been core pillars of American power for decades. They should be reinforced, not abandoned.

America’s alliances make us stronger. Hillary argued that turning our back on our European allies who are on the front lines of the war on terror would be dangerous and foolish, and it would send the wrong signal to our friends and our foes. “Putin already hopes to divide Europe,” Hilary said. “If Mr. Trump gets his way, it will be like Christmas in the Kremlin. It will make America less safe and the world more dangerous.”

What Republicans like Trump don’t understand is that we need Europe. We need European intelligence and diplomacy, European banks fighting terrorist financing, European aircraft flying missions in the Middle East, and European special forces helping train and equip local forces fighting ISIS.

In fact, we need Europe to do more—and that’s why Hillary called on our European partners to take more steps to stop the flow of foreign fighters to and from the Middle East. Knowing the identities of every fighter with a European passport who makes the trip, revoking passports and visas, and sharing information in real time is essential in this fight. So is a commitment by countries like Belgium to identify and invest in the neighborhoods, prisons, and schools where terrorist recruitment happens.

4. Despite what Republican candidates for president say, we need to rely on what actually works—not on what makes a catchy sound bite or riles up the base.

Take it from our nation’s former chief diplomat: Bluster doesn’t work—we can’t just “carpet bomb” populated areas “into oblivion,” as Ted Cruz has suggested. Bigotry is also an unacceptable response: Hillary pointed out that it’s just as dangerous to promote offensive, inflammatory rhetoric that demonizes all Muslims—the very people who are most likely to recognize the warning signs of radicalization before it’s too late and who are in the best position to block it. And torture—a tactic promoted by Donald Trump—puts our troops and civilians at greater risk. That’s why Hillary pledged that if she’s elected president, she will never condone or practice torture anywhere in the world.

So what does work? Smart, strong, steady leadership from the United States. As Hillary said, “No other country can rally allies and partners to defeat ISIS and win the generational struggle against radical jihadist terrorism. Only the United States can mobilize common action on a global scale in defense of our peoples and our values. And that’s exactly what we need to do.”

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Voters need to ask themselves which type of attacks are personal to them: the verbal kind that target individuals related to a campaign or the ballistic kind that killed Americans and others in Brussels this week.

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The impact of the terrorist attacks in Brussels was so powerful that it knocked a primary/caucus Tuesday off the 24/7 axis for all but a few hours relegating the results to something of a page 2 status.  If they were going to remain relevant at all, the candidates were going to have to make statements on the topic, and so they did.

Hillary Clinton issued a statement and quickly went about arranging to deliver a major address on the issue at a university noted for its foreign policy and political science programs.  She was introduced by a past ambassador /faculty member.  Former cabinet members were in the audience along with notables from Silicon Valley.

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Bernie Sanders also made a statement.  Ted Cruz proposed police patrols in Muslim neighborhoods (without knowing how many Muslims there are in the United States) while Donald Trump allowed that Salah Abdelsalam would have been talking a whole lot more quickly if authorities had only water-boarded him,  part and parcel of Trump’s pro-torture platform plank and corollary to the “good guy with a gun” principle.

And that was that.

By this morning, two days after attacks so devastating that survivors cannot be identified due to the extent of their injuries, the Republicans succeeded in pulling their campaign to an all-time nadir.  In much the same way that 5th graders frame insults in terms of  “your mama..,” the Trump-Cruz battle raged on in puerile commentary about their respective spouses.  Cruz, who likes to couch comments in movie references, did his best imitation of Bugs Bunny imitating John Wayne.  The challenge was issued.  It was pretty much the equivalent of a triple-dog-dare.  Typical middle school strategy when you didn’t study for the test.  It’s about what?  Foreign policy?  Food fight in the cafeteria!  So much for ISIS, Belgium, and terrorists.

Hillary Clinton remained on topic.  At the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, she held a homeland security round table with Muslim community leaders.  Apparently she does intend to find out what we can all do to keep each other safe and secure.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a roundtable with Muslim community leaders at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Thursday, March 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a roundtable with Muslim community leaders at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Thursday, March 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, joined by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, left, and President of the Muslim Public Affairs Council Salam Al-Marayati, right, speaks during a roundtable with Muslim community leaders at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Thursday, March 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, joined by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, left, and President of the Muslim Public Affairs Council Salam Al-Marayati, right, speaks during a roundtable with Muslim community leaders at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Thursday, March 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets people in the audience after participating in a roundtable with Muslim community leaders at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Thursday, March 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets people in the audience after participating in a roundtable with Muslim community leaders at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Thursday, March 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton participates in a roundtable with Muslim community leaders at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Thursday, March 24, 2016. From left are, City of Los Angeles General Manager, Emergency Management Department James Featherstone, Senior Policy Analyst City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission & Adjunct Assistant Professor (CSUDH) Joumana Silyan-Saba, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Clinton, and President of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, Salam Al-Marayati (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton participates in a roundtable with Muslim community leaders at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Thursday, March 24, 2016. From left are, City of Los Angeles General Manager, Emergency Management Department James Featherstone, Senior Policy Analyst City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission & Adjunct Assistant Professor (CSUDH) Joumana Silyan-Saba, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Clinton, and President of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, Salam Al-Marayati (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, joined by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, right, pauses as she talks to media after a roundtable with Muslim community leaders at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Thursday, March 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, joined by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, right, pauses as she talks to media after a roundtable with Muslim community leaders at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Thursday, March 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, joined by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, right, greets people in the audience after a roundtable with Muslim community leaders at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Thursday, March 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, joined by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, right, greets people in the audience after a roundtable with Muslim community leaders at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Thursday, March 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, joined by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, right, talks to media after a roundtable with Muslim community leaders at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Thursday, March 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, joined by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, right, talks to media after a roundtable with Muslim community leaders at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Thursday, March 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes photographs and greets people in the crowd after a roundtable with Muslim community leaders at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Thursday, March 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes photographs and greets people in the crowd after a roundtable with Muslim community leaders at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Thursday, March 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton attends a community forum on counter terrorism and homeland security in Los Angeles, California March 24, 2016. REUTERS/David McNew

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton attends a community forum on counter terrorism and homeland security in Los Angeles, California March 24, 2016. REUTERS/David McNew

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti looks on as U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a community forum on counter terrorism and homeland security in Los Angeles, California March 24, 2016. REUTERS/David McNew

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti looks on as U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a community forum on counter terrorism and homeland security in Los Angeles, California March 24, 2016. REUTERS/David McNew

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens as Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during a community forum on counter terrorism and homeland security in Los Angeles, California March 24, 2016. REUTERS/David McNew

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens as Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during a community forum on counter terrorism and homeland security in Los Angeles, California March 24, 2016. REUTERS/David McNew

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti introduces U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a community forum on counter terrorism and homeland security in Los Angeles, California March 24, 2016. REUTERS/David McNew

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti introduces U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a community forum on counter terrorism and homeland security in Los Angeles, California March 24, 2016. REUTERS/David McNew

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a community forum on counter terrorism and homeland security in Los Angeles, California March 24, 2016. REUTERS/David McNew

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a community forum on counter terrorism and homeland security in Los Angeles, California March 24, 2016. REUTERS/David McNew

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December began with an attack from Ted Cruz to which Hillary released a full-throated reply.  On the first, Hillary was in Montgomery celebrating Rosa Parks.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (4th L) sings "We Shall Overcome" with other speakers at the National Bar Association's 60th Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott December 1, 2015 in Montgomery, AL. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry12-01-15-Y-12

12-01-15-Y-13Members of the church wait to see U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speak at the National Bar Association's 60th Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Montgomery, December 1, 2015. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry

In Orlando for a grassroots rally

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (C) walks on stage with John Quiroz, a former local college student before speaking at an election campaign event in Orlando, Florida December 2, 2015. REUTERS/Scott AudetteDemocratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks about Florida at a Grassroots Organizing Event at the Meadow Woods Recreation Center, Wednesday, Dec., 2, 2015, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a Grassroots Organizing Event at the Meadow Woods Recreation Center in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)

In NH visiting WH Bagshaw

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to Arron Bagshaw during a tour and campaign stop at WH Bagshaw, a 5th generation family owned business Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to Aaron and Adria Bagshaw during a tour and campaign stop at WH Bagshaw, a 5th generation family owned business Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

At Southern New Hampshire University in Hooksett for a Women’s Economic Opportunity Summit and a Dover Town Hall

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets audience members at a campaign "Women's Economic Opportunity Summit" at Southern New Hampshire University in Hooksett, New Hampshire December 3, 2015. REUTERS/Brian SnyderDemocratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to several hundred area residents during a town hall style meeting in the gymnasium at the McConnell Center Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in Dover, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)Audience members raise their hands to ask U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton a question at a campaign town hall meeting in Dover, New Hampshire, December 3, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Hillary continued gaining important endorsements, one of them in Sioux City from Labor Secretary Tom Perez.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton laughs as U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez endorses her during a campaign stop in Sioux City, Iowa, Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Town hall in Fort Dodge

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton smiles as she arrives at a town hall meeting Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a town hall meeting Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Supporters watch as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a town hall meeting Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

A little Christmas shopping on the trail.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton shops for Christmas items in a gift shop at Community Orchard in Fort Dodge, Iowa December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Mark KauzlarichU.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (2nd R) shops with U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez in a gift shop at Community Orchard in Fort Dodge, Iowa December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich

On “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” Hillary stood by her very complex plan to combat ISIS.

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STEPHANOPOULOS: Why not declare war?

CLINTON: Well, declare war is a very legal term, as you know so well. I think what we want to do is make sure we have every tool at our disposal to, number one, destroy there would-be caliphate in Syria and in Ra — in Iraq.

STEPHANOPOULOS: What are you concerned about in the declaration of war?

CLINTON: Well, I think that the legal experts say that if we — there are a lot who say that we already have the authority we need to go after ISIS or any international terrorist network, including al Qaeda and anybody else in the AUMF.

I think it is important, though, for the Congress to vote on behalf of the American people and to make sure that we are updating it to take into account the new authorities that that risks.

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Keynoting the at the Brookings Institution Saban Forum in DC where she also met with President Obama.

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In Waterloo IA, Hillary toured Cedar Valley TechWorks  where she examined a 3-D printer and its products and later held a town hall.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looks at a 3D printer as she tours the Cedar Valley TechWorks, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, in Waterloo, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens to Andrew Yersin, a junior at the University of Northern Iowa, as she tours the Cedar Valley TechWorks, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, in Waterloo, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looks at some products as she tours the Cedar Valley TechWorks, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, in Waterloo, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton enters a town hall meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, in Waterloo, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Audience members listen as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a town hall meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, in Waterloo, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters before a town hall meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, in Waterloo, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)12-09-15-Y-35

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In addition to all the trailblazing, Hillary was doing some writing.

In Her Own Words: Hillary Clinton’s Plan to Defeat ISIS 

Hillary Clinton’s Personal Response to Donald Trump’s Appalling Proposals

On Late Night with Seth Meyers

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Then it was on to Oklahoma where everyone dressed in their best Hillary gear to meet her.  They won my “Project Runway” vote!

Supporter Elaine Dodd shows off her custom Hillary pin at a rally for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Tulsa, Oklahoma December 11, 2015. REUTERS/Nick OxfordSupporter David Conley shows off his flag shirt at a campaign rally for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Tulsa, Oklahoma December 11, 2015. REUTERS/Nick OxfordA supporter of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waits outside a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma December 11, 2015. REUTERS/Nick OxfordMerchandise waits to be purchased by supporters at a campaign rally for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Tulsa, Oklahoma December 11, 2015. REUTERS/Nick OxfordVolunteer Diane Helt wears her hand knitted patriotic sweater and custom donkey pin at a campaign rally for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Tulsa, Oklahoma December 11, 2015. REUTERS/Nick OxfordDemocratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reaches in to shake hands with Kausar Zaid of Jenks, Okla.. who is wearing an American flag around her head, during a campaign rally at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in Tulsa, Okla., Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Brandi Simons)People hold up signs of support as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to a crowd during a campaign event held at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in Tulsa, Okla., Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Brandi Simons)

A rally in St. Louis with Michael Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden,  front and center.

Supporters hold up signs as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at a union hall on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to Lesley McSpadden, right, the mother of Michael Brown, while working the rope line during a campaign stop at a union hall on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, in St. Louis. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer in Aug. 2014 setting off the Black Lives Matter movement. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, attends an event by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, in St. Louis. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer in Aug. 2014 setting off the Black Lives Matter movement. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Supporters applaud as the listen to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speak during a campaign stop at a union hall on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)A little girl holds a sign as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters during a campaign stop at a union hall on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

National Immigrant Integration Conference in New York

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, holds hands with Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., after speaking during the 2015 National Immigration Integration Conference in New York, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton meets with members of the Suarez family, a mixed status immigrant family originally from Honduras now living on Long Island, New York, before addressing the 2015 National Immigrant Integration Conference in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, December 14, 2015. At left is Marcy Yonaly Suarez and on the right is Angie Suarez. REUTERS/Mike SegarDemocratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stands beneath a banner as she is introduced before addressing the 2015 National Immigrant Integration Conference in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, December 14, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar12-14-15-Z-02

 

In Minneapolis with Walter Mondale, Hillary addressed homegrown terrorism.

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Warren Buffett and his daughter Susie joined Hillary at a grassroots organizing event in Omaha where Hillary offered a “pre-buttal” to the GOP Debate in Minneapolis.

12-16-15-OZ-1612-16-15-OZ-1812-16-15-OZ-20Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, accompanied by billionaire investor Warren Buffett and his daughter Suzie, speaks at a Grassroots Organizing Event in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Iowa City she held a town hall at the Old Brick Church

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton laughs as she is introduced by University of Iowa student Cassidy Schubatt, 19, at a campaign event Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, at the Old Brick Church in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Scott Morgan)U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton laughs at a supporter's joke during a town hall event at Old Brick Church and Community Center in Iowa City, Iowa, December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Mark KauzlarichDemocratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton calls on a person to ask a question at a campaign event Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, at the Old Brick Church in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Scott Morgan)U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a town hall event at Old Brick Church and Community Center in Iowa City, Iowa, December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Mark KauzlarichSupporters watch as U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a town hall event at Old Brick Church and Community Center in Iowa City, Iowa, December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich

North Iowa Events Center in Mason City

Audience members look on as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a town hall meeting Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, in Mason City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Dem Debate in NH

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Chelsea and Marc had wonderful news!

A town hall meeting at Keota IA

Audience members wait for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to arrive at a town hall meeting at Keota High School, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, in Keota, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens to a question from fifth-grader Hannah Tandy during a town hall meeting at Keota High School, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, in Keota, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Students Kylea Tinnes, from left, Megan Adam and Abby Schulte listen as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a town hall meeting at Keota High School, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, in Keota, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Teacher Schuyler Snakenberg greets Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a town hall meeting at Keota High School, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, in Keota, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts as she is introduced by student Abby Schulte to speak at a town hall meeting at Keota High School, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, in Keota, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Ryan Comstock, of Clive, Iowa, waits for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to arrive at a town hall meeting at Keota High School, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, in Keota, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

And a big pre-Christmas thank you to her team in Iowa.

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Out and about in New York City with the family post-Christmas

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Back on the snowy trail in Portsmouth NH

Supporters wait in line for a campaign rally with U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at South Church in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, December 29, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Julie Pugh, of Amesbury, Mass., left, holds an umbrella to shelter herself from snow Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015 in Portsmouth, N.H. Pugh is visiting Portsmouth to attend a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes a question from young audience member at a campaign town hall meeting at South Church in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, December 29, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, smiles as she arrives at a campaign event Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, at South Church, in Portsmouth, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton smiles as she arrives at a town hall style campaign event, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, at South Church in Portsmouth, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Putting 2015 to Bed #smh: Another WTF Moment

December 28, 2015

Gallup released the results of its Most Admired Woman and Man Poll.   We always celebrate when Hillary Clinton comes out on top in these polls as she has here for an historical 20th time.

Brava, Hillary!

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during campaign at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in Tulsa, Okla., Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Brandi Simons)

 

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