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Donald Trump Claims His Fundraising Is Now Only 50 Percent Weaker Than Mitt Romney’s

Donald Trump has become 15 times the campaign fundraiser he was one month ago. Which is to say, after raising a paltry $3.1 million in May, the presumptive GOP nominee took in $51 million in June — or about half of the amount Mitt Romney collected over the same month ... More »

Today in ‘Donald Trump’s Campaign Is a Garbage Fire’

Donald Trump spent yesterday campaigning with Senator Bob Corker, whom the Republican nominee called “a great friend of mine, somebody respected by everybody.” This was the sort of affirmation Trump is counting on to consolidate Republican support and tamp down potential unpleasantness in Cleveland. Unfortunately for him, Corker proceeded to ... More »

Hillary Clinton: Don’t Let Trump Turn All of America Into Atlantic City

Donald Trump's central qualification for the presidency is his success as a businessman (which is to say, his failure to fully squander the money his father left him). On Wednesday in Atlantic City, Hillary Clinton argued that this résumé is less impressive than it might seem."He calls himself the king ... More »

Hillary Clinton Embraces Free Public College (for the Non-Wealthy)

Hillary Clinton has a new plan for making college affordable again, one that bears a striking resemblance to that of her primary opponent. On Wednesday, the presumptive Democratic nominee unveiled a proposal to guarantee free tuition at public universities for students in families earning up to $85,000 a year, with ... More »

New York Could Get Its First Heat Wave of 2016 This Week

It was only a matter of time. New York City is about to get its first big helping of sticky, sweaty summer weather starting Wednesday. The very hot temperatures should hang around long enough to make this the city's first official heat wave of 2016. As New York Metro Weather meteorologist ... More »

Will Trump Go Away If He Loses?

A very interesting argument has broken out over an unusual political question: If Donald Trump loses in November, can he be pushed aside while Republicans find ways to appeal to his core supporters? Party gadfly David Frum seems to assume Trump will go away quietly: [O]nce safely excluded from the presidency, ... More »

Why Bernie Sanders Still Isn't Endorsing Clinton

The FBI just roped off Bernie Sanders’s last path to the Democratic nomination. America’s most-committed Sandernistas had been awaiting James Comey’s Tuesday morning press conference with all the eager anticipation of small children staying up to see Santa Claus.Despite his famous disinterest in Hillary Clinton’s “damn emails,” the Vermont senator ... More »

Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison for Reeva Steenkamp Murder

Oscar Pistorius went straight to jail Wednesday after a South African judge sentenced him to six years in prison for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Prosecutors had requested that Pistorius, the former Olympic sprinter known as "Blade Runner," serve a minimum of 15 years in prison for ... More »

Trump’s California Head Fake

It's the sort of thing you say during a primary that you don't really mean and hope no one remembers later: Just before the June 7 California primary, Donald Trump promised he'd be back in the general election to contest the state for the GOP. Janet Hook offered the obvious ... More »

So, Who Wants to Alienate the Business Community Forever by Teaming Up With Trump?

The small universe of potential Donald Trump running mates may have gotten a lot smaller last week when the mogul delivered his vein-charring over-the-top attack on free trade and globalization, followed up quickly with a sharp rhetorical exchange with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. As Margaret Hartmann noted on Friday, it's ... More »

U.K. Report on Iraq: Friends Don’t Help Friends Launch Wars Built on Lies

A report seven years in the making has just reminded the British people that they're still quite mad about that war we roped them into. On Wednesday, Sir John Chilcot and the Iraq Inquiry Committee delivered a 2.6 million–word indictment of former prime minister Tony Blair's decision to help us ... More »

Donald Trump, the Muse: How 6 Artists Are Capturing the GOP Candidate

Though he reputedly never voted, Andy Warhol was a liberal Democrat who gave his assistants days off from the studio during elections if they promised to cast a ballot for Democrats. But after some nudging from actress Brooke Hayward and writer Jean Stein, Warhol entered into the political fray during ... More »

Fatal Shooting of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge Police Sparks Protest

In an incident drawing comparisons to the killing of Eric Garner by NYPD officers in 2014, a 37-year-old black man was fatally shot by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Tuesday while selling CDs outside a convenience store. According to police, Alton Sterling was killed at 12:35 a.m. when two ... More »

Fresh Intelligence: Today Is a Good Day to Be Hillary Clinton, and Also a Bad Day to Be Hillary Clinton

Good morning and welcome to Fresh Intelligence, our roundup of the stories, ideas, and memes you'll be talking about today. In this edition, the F.B.I. pleases no one, Donald Trump takes his potential running mates for a walk, and another robot tries to kill someone. Here's the rundown for Wednesday, ... More »

Trump Does Clinton a Huge Favor, Praises Saddam Hussein

It's time to reconsider the possibility that Donald Trump is a secret Hillary Clinton supporter, as opposed to merely a man whose campaign is a garbage fire. While we learned on Tuesday that Clinton will not be indicted over her use of a private email server, Republicans managed to salvage ... More »

President Obama ‘Passes the Baton’

President Obama loves campaigning about as much as he hates Donald Trump. On Tuesday, Obama held his first joint campaign event with his preferred successor, championing Hillary Clinton's experience and commitment to progressive values, while lambasting the notion that Trump has anything to offer working-class voters. "I am here to ... More »

Mike Huckabee, We Fixed Your Terrible Hillary Tweet for You

Earlier today, the FBI announced that it will not recommend Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, be indicted for her damn emails. And, as they do, Twitterers took to Twitter to let people know they have thoughts. Like red and blue moths to the flame of political scandal, ... More »

House GOP May Go After Democrats for Staging Gun-Control Sit-in

The House of Representatives is in session after its long July 4 recess, and lawmakers are back and ready to start fighting about gun legislation again. Before the break, House Democrats led a more than 25-hour sit-in, starting on June 22, to demand the GOP leadership bring gun-control bills to ... More »

The Meaning of Trump’s Cult of Political Incorrectness

It's difficult to believe Donald Trump is anti-Semitic. For one thing, his adored daughter Ivanka is a convert to Judaism, out of solidarity with her Jewish husband. For another, as a New York–based business tycoon, Trump has interacted frequently and cordially with Jewish colleagues, employees, investors, politicians, and members of ... More »

These Guys Want to Build a $250 Million Cable-Car System Above Chicago’s Skyline

There are infrastructure ideas in cities geared toward usability and convenience. And then there are ideas like this: a gorgeous cable-car system that soars with the skyscrapers of Chicago, giving you beautiful views of the city. It's the brainchild of entrepreneurs Laurence Geller and Lou Raizin, who say it could ... More »

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