FROM Rick Wilson
Donald Trump: Conspiracy theories and the 'war against women' Republicans have always sneered when Democrats claim they're conducting a "war against women." Now Donald Trump has inspired a war between women Republicans. Some are so offended by reports of his sexual aggressiveness they no longer support him. Others say that's old news, timed by the media to do maximum damage, and they're still backing their Party's nominee for the White House. With women constituting a majority of American voters, it's a dispute with consequences for the future of the GOP. One veteran consultant is already brand-testing names for a new conservative Party.
The presidential campaign goes back to the future America's founding fathers accused each other of crimes, hypocrisy and sexual misbehavior, but times had changed — until last night in St. Louis. As expected, Donald Trump’s comments about groping women, recorded some ten years ago, came up early last night in St. Louis. It was billed as a Town Hall, but some of the toughest questions came from the moderators.
The road to the White House: "Brass knuckles and back-alley brawls" Donald Trump's been sounding mellower lately, reading prepared speeches off a tele-prompter, but traditional GOP leaders are braced for what might come next. The campaign's latest CEO is Steve Bannon, who transformed the conservative website Breitbart by catering to the so-called "alt-right." That's the domain of white nationalism, misogynism, and anti-Semitism — anathema to mainstream Republicans. Breitbart has also published rumors about Hillary Clinton's health, adding false reports to the very real issues about e-mails, the Clinton Foundation — and trust.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.