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Trumpology: A Master Class. The personality that looms largest over the 2016 campaign did not emerge on the political scene as an unknown.

Trumpology: A Master Class

In fact, Donald Trump might be one of the most deeply studied presidential candidates ever. Beginning in the early 1990s, as the real estate mogul dealt with corporate calamities, and until last year, when he descended the escalator at Trump Tower to announce his candidacy, a half-dozen serious biographies have been written about a man who has imprinted himself on American culture in towering gold letters. But those biographies—which dig into Trump’s family history, his early business successes and later financial disasters, his tabloid sex scandals and the television showmanship that saved him—had largely receded into the depths of Amazon’s bestseller list. Now those books—which have not always been to Trump’s liking; he sued one of the authors unsuccessfully for libel—have become precious source material for those eager to explain Trump’s surge toward the GOP nomination.

Trump’s Boswell Speaks. Last June, as dusk fell outside Tony Schwartz’s sprawling house, on a leafy back road in Riverdale, New York, he pulled out his laptop and caught up with the day’s big news: Donald J.

Trump’s Boswell Speaks

Trump had declared his candidacy for President. As Schwartz watched a video of the speech, he began to feel personally implicated. Bernie Surges +12%, Clinton Falls -11% in Reuters LV Tracking Poll; Sanders Gains +13% With Af-Ams. Last week, slinkerwink posted this diary highlighting the Reuters tracking poll.

Bernie Surges +12%, Clinton Falls -11% in Reuters LV Tracking Poll; Sanders Gains +13% With Af-Ams

Reuters had shown Bernie Sanders pulling even with Clinton nationally following the Iowa caucuses, much like the Quinnipiac poll that showed Clinton only up 44-42. What was the response to this from DKos commenters? It was that Clinton still led handily among likely voters. At that time, she still led 63-34 in Reuters’ "likely democratic primary voter” screen. And to be sure, Reuters is not the best pollster by any measure. For that reason, the “likely democratic primary voter” screen tends to underestimate Sanders’ support — because he does well with Independents. That was then This is now Over the past week, Sanders has gained steadily even among Reuters’ restrictive "likely Democratic Primary Voter screen.” And just for the record, registered voters have remained basically tied over the past week: But what about among Hillary's so-called "firewall” of African American support: Ruh-roh.

Bernie Sanders. President Obama turns anti-tax message on Republicans - Reporting from Washington — President Obama visited New Hampshire to highlight the next big fight in Washington, as he urged Congress to not "be a Grinch" by allowing tax cuts to expire after the holidays, costing the average middle-class family $1,000 in 2012.

President Obama turns anti-tax message on Republicans -

In a less-than-jolly assessment of Republican motives, Obama said Tuesday that the GOP's votes against his jobs plan this fall were essentially votes to raise taxes, because one provision of the plan would have preserved the tax breaks. "The question they'll have to answer when they get back from Thanksgiving is this," Obama said. "Are they really willing to break their oath to never raise taxes, and raise taxes on the middle class, just to play politics? " The critique represented the start of a new campaign, begun a day after a bipartisan congressional "super committee" announced it could not agree on a 10-year plan to reduce federal deficits and called it quits a few days before its Thanksgiving deadline.

"Seriously? " We are the 1%, Bitches. US Health Care. The Chorus For Immigration Reform Grows Louder. Hell Yes, Mayor Bloomberg. I’m With You. New York City Mayor Bloomberg calls for major immigration reform: The Mayor proposed green cards for graduates with advanced degrees in essential fields; a new visa for entrepreneurs with investors ready to invest capital in their job-creating idea; more temporary and permanent visas for highly skilled workers…The Mayor also announced the results of a study conducted by the Partnership for a New American Economy – a bipartisan group of business leaders and mayors from across the country – that found more than 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or the children of immigrants and those companies employ more than 10 million people worldwide and have combined revenues of $4.2 trillion. and In the last presidential election I interviewed most of the candidates on a variety of tech issues, including immigration.

Hell Yes, Mayor Bloomberg. I’m With You.

Most of the candidates punted because the issue is so politically charged. The fact is that those immigrants create companies, create jobs, create wealth. Yes We Can - Barack Obama Music Video.