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Battleground ’16: Donald Trump’s Dog Days

Battleground ’16: Donald Trump’s Dog Days

Hillary Clinton used her first speech as the Democratic Party’s nominee in Philadelphia last week to lay out her qualifications to be commander in chief and take down rival Donald Trump as too dangerous to handle the nuclear codes. “Imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis,” Clinton said.

The GOP nominee has since spent the following days reinforcing her argument.

In the latest for the rhetorical blackhole that is Trump, he seemed to equate his real-estate work with two parents’ loss of their son, a Muslim-American Army captain killed in Iraq in 2004. This followed Trump calling four-star ret. Marine Gen. John Allen, formerly President Obama’s envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition, a “failed” general. And that sparring came as Trump denied Russia invaded Ukraine despite its annexation of Crimea, encouraged Moscow to hack Clinton’s email, and pronounced that the former secretary of state was “the devil.”

On Tuesday, Obama declared Trump had proven himself to be “unfit” to be commander in chief. This summer’s dog days may be more about the heat than any 2016 lull.

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We Don’t Need Generals to Become Cheerleaders at Political Conventions

Retired senior military officers should not let political parties trade on their service in uniform by becoming high-profile partisan endorsers of presidential candidates.

PETER FEAVER


“I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier.”

— Donald Trump at a Tuesday Aug. 2 rally in Ashburn, Va., after veteran ret. Lt. Col. Louis Dorfman gave him a copy of his military medal.


The Bureaucrat at the Center of Hillary’s Scandals

Patrick Kennedy has been linked to Benghazi and Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Here’s how he survived years of GOP and FBI investigations.

JOHN HUDSON

He wears an “aw shucks” demeanor, as one former diplomat put it, donning cardigans in the winter and sweater vests in more temperate seasons. And yet Patrick Kennedy’s survival is the stuff of legend. The State Department official is largely unknown to the general public, but for Republicans in Congress, he is the dark force behind two of the biggest controversies of Hillary Clinton’s career.


Obama Skewers Trump As ‘Unfit’ to be Commander in Chief

The president slams the Republican nominee as “woefully unprepared” and lacking “basic knowledge.”

MOLLY O’TOOLE

Following GOP nominee Donald Trump’s criticisms of the parents of a fallen Muslim-American service member and seeming denial that Russia had invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea, President Barack Obama gave his strongest repudiation yet of Donald Trump. On Tuesday, he slammed the Republican presidential nominee as “unfit to serve as president,” “woefully unprepared to do this job,” and “lacking in basic knowledge.”


7 pts

Hillary Clinton’s post-convention bump, according to a CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday Aug. 2. In a head-to-head, general election face-off, Clinton now tops Trump 52 percentage points to 43 percentage points.


Hillary the Hawk: A History

From Haiti to Syria, the Democratic candidate’s long record suggests she’s looking forward to being a war president on day one.

MICAH ZENKO

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