Donald Trump is selling out and his supporters don’t care.

What we are seeing in Trump’s new solicitation of big bucks—and his new positioning—is a validation of what he was saying about how politicians are bought and paid for by wealthy interests. In the primary, Trump was able to entertain both the light side of populism (preserving large social insurance programs, raising a tax or two on the wealthy), and the dark side (nativism), because he did not rely on contributions from elite Republican donors. Those heresies will have to be reined in now that he needs some scratch. “By self-funding my campaign,” Trump said in a typical line last September, “I am not controlled by my donors, special interests or lobbyists. I am only working for the people of the U.S.!” That Donald Trump would look at nominee Donald Trump as a proto-Jeb. His own transition is testament to the truth of his original message.

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U.S. Sails Warship Near Island in South China Sea, Challenging Chinese Claims – The New York Times

The William P. Lawrence, a guided missile destroyer, in Coronado, Calif., in January. The ship ventured into the vicinity of Fiery Cross Reef, an artificial island that China constructed in the South China Sea, on Tuesday. Credit Gregory Bull/Associated PressHONG KONG — An American warship sailed on Tuesday within 12 miles of an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea, an operation intended to show that the United States opposes China’s efforts to restrict navigation in the strategic waterway, the Pentagon said.

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More Bad News For The Climate: The Arctic Sea Ice Death Spiral Accelerates

There is a lot of time left in the melt season. The weather can change. Maybe it gets cool and cloudy. 2012 did not look like a disaster at this point of the year, then crashed as July and August got very warm. So perhaps this is alarmist. But it’s not looking good, and a lot of people who spend a lot of time looking at this subject are expressing a lot of concern.

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Campaign rhetoric inspires chaos, anxiety in classrooms around the country

As the primaries have progressed, Tudryn said, those kinds of ideas have only become more ingrained in the students at Frank Porter Graham — 55 percent of whom are Latino. Tudryn said she’s seen kindergarteners shiver with fear upon hearing the word “Trump,” and watched third-grade classrooms devolve into utter chaos at the mere mention of the election.While previous presidential elections have typically been incorporated into the third-, fourth- and fifth-grade civics lessons, now, Tudryn said, “The teachers don’t even want to go there because they know it’s going to turn into a major mess.”

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Marco Rubio, Nearing Reckoning in Florida Primary, Likens Donald Trump to ‘Third-World Strongmen’ – First Draft. Political News, Now. – The New York Times

Mr. Rubio was never my candidate, but I believe the attached catches the words of a serious, well-meaning candidate whose campaign seems to be in death throes.   His warning should be taken seriously.  This Trump is doing nothing for his country. (David Milliken and this is my blog.     Here is the article.)

“Mr. Rubio spread the blame for the anger coursing through American politics – to the protesters, the media and the left, which he said too often tries to stifle dissent. But he reserved his harshest words for Mr. Trump.

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Donald Trump and the Political Benefits of a Narcissistic Personality – The Atlantic

“The key to [effective] narcissism: Can you turn it off when you are listening to your advisers? Then it works. But when you are so narcissistic you can’t take advice from people, you ruin your relationships with your friends, your family. Then people won’t trust you. Then it can be very destructive.This article is from the archive of our partner National Journal.”  — more —

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Why Americans believe Trump’s worst conspiracy theories.

“Instead, we have become accustomed to the idea that political debate must be, at least in theory, related to reality. But other nations have not been so lucky. When conspiracy theorists actually run the government, they can do enormous damage, diverting public funds and institutions to cope with imaginary threats. Srdja Popovic, a Serbian activist who helped overthrow the authoritarian leader Slobodan Milosevic, has reminisced about the day he switched on the television and learned of a “high-level CIA conspiracy to overthrow Milosevic by using well-paid student activists,” among them himself. Much later, he learned that police really were spending time and money searching the world for the international headquarters of his movement. In fact, it was in his parents’ living room in central Belgrade. In the Soviet Union, that kind of thinking led to mass murder.”  For more go here:

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Hillary Clinton shouldn’t apologize for being a moderate.

Haven’t we had enough of over-simplification, hasty intellect, over-promise and the failure simply to solve problems as thinking Americans.  This article from Slate should help us along this path — regardless of political affiliation.  The woman thinks.

“Let’s cut out the purging, groveling, and acting. Hillary Clinton is a moderate. Moderation is an honorable way to live and govern. In fact, it’s the best way, because the world is too complex to fit any ideology perfectly. Clinton may shun the M-word, but if you listened to her carefully in Thursday night’s debate in Milwaukee, you heard how a moderate thinks and why it makes sense. Here are some examples.”  Please visit link below.

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