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    Quote Originally Posted by random new yorker View Post
    ...starting to admire the way Melania sends her messages through her passerelle art - without uttering a word...
    I assume you are referring to the triby & tie? Didn't work for me. Call me an old bull if you must, but she looks so much better in a dress, and in anything at all, or nothing at all, compared with her supposed fashionista step daughter. No mid life crisis here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Count Bobulescu View Post
    I assume you are referring to the triby & tie? Didn't work for me. Call me an old bull if you must, but she looks so much better in a dress, and in anything at all, or nothing at all, compared with her supposed fashionista step daughter. No mid life crisis here.
    no.. i was thinking of the in-your-face colonial era outfit complete with hat and everything (the only thing she was missing was the gun) ..

    adding to the first case of "cluelessness", the green "I don't care, do u" outfit she wore when she visited the children in cages in Texas I can't accept this as just another idiotic idea ... this woman I can assure you is not stupid at all...

    In a way she is similar to T, she knows what buttons to press to get the media fired up..

    With the first instance of the green-jacket people got so outraged talking about it that T ended up stoping separating little ones from the moms (it is still quite bad for the children as many were not reunited with the parents)

    Now she drops this fashionista bomb.. let's see the talk of the town in the next couple of days...T is not interested in Africa at all as far as we know, so this one is a bit more difficult to understand ....

    goes without saying i am speculating here ... i find her behavior weird but not random at all.

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    Trump has accepted haley's resignation as un ambassador
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    Not to worry, the Donie's got some chicks lined up for the job already, daughter iwanka ("best qualified") or the goldman babe dina habib... tis gonna be alrite.
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    Everything around Trump swaps and changes.
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    U.S. tariffs on around $200 billion in Chinese imports are set to jump to 25% on Jan. 1, up from the 10% implemented last month.

    • That works out to around $30 billion in new taxes to be paid by U.S. importers, many of whom will pass at least some of the costs on to U.S. consumers.

    Be smart: Economics differ on the degree to which increased tariffs will affect things like GDP, corporate earnings, and inflation, but few of the predictions are broadly cataclysmic.
    The bigger wildcard is how China will respond. Trump, buoyed by his self-described trade successes with Canada and Mexico, is unlikely to back down before January.

    • If Republicans continue to run Congress, Trump will maintain free reign on trade, even if it violates traditional GOP orthodoxy.
    • If Democrats gain power, trade may be one area where they largely agree with the White House.

    China cannot simply apply 25% tariffs to an equal amount of U.S. imports, because they don't total $200 billion. Other possible options (and, no, this is not an exhaustive list):

    • Devalue the yuan, thus turning them into the currency manipulator Trump already says they are.
    • Severely restrict Chinese tourism to the U.S., which generated $33 billion in 2016.
    • Sell down its trillion dollar-plus stockpile of U.S. Treasury bills, or stop buying new ones. Either one could possibly increase U.S. government borrowing costs.
    • Make it much more difficult for U.S. businesses to operate in China, well beyond current concerns about IP theft and requirements that U.S. tech companies form joint ventures with local partners.

    The bottom line: Trump has made America’s policy known. China’s response will determine if this becomes a full-blown trade war. — Dan Primack

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    THE MIDTERMS ...


    -- SIREN: "'We're getting our asses kicked': Republicans massively out-raised in election homestretch," by Elena Schneider: "Democratic challengers outraised Republican House incumbents in 92 House districts in the last three months — a staggering mismatch that boosts the odds of a GOP washout in November.


    "There is no historical precedent for financing this broad and deep for congressional challengers. About half of the 92 GOP incumbents are protecting battleground districts, and some of them posted personal-record fundraising totals in the third quarter of 2018 — but they still found themselves swamped by a combination of incandescent online fundraising for Democrats and bigger donors spreading money to challengers around the country, as 61 Democrats raised over $1 million.


    "Fifty-one House Republicans were outraised at least 2-to-1,according to POLITICO's analysis of the latest [FEC] filings, while 71 were outspent by their challenger. Only five Democratic House incumbents were outraised. Meanwhile, 33 GOP representatives have less cash on hand than their Democratic challengers, while no Democratic members lag their Republican opponents in cash.


    "That cash on hand gap has been a particularly dire historical indicator: In the last four elections, two-thirds of the House incumbents who ended September with less cash to spend than their opponents lost their seats weeks later." POLITICO



    THE INVESTIGATIONS -- "Mueller ready to deliver key findings in his Trump probe, sources say," by Bloomberg's Chris Strohm, Greg Farrell and Shannon Pettypiece: "Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to issue findings on core aspects of his Russia probe soon after the November midterm elections as he faces intensifying pressure to produce more indictments or shut down his investigation, according to two U.S. officials.


    "Specifically, Mueller is close to rendering judgement on two of the most explosive aspects of his inquiry: whether there were clear incidents of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, and whether the president took any actions that constitute obstruction of justice, according to one of the officials, who asked not to be identified speaking about the investigation.


    "That doesn't necessarily mean Mueller's findings would be made public if he doesn't secure unsealed indictments. The regulations governing Mueller's probe stipulate that he can present his findings only to his boss, who is currently Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The regulations give a special counsel's supervisor some discretion in deciding what is relayed to Congress and what is publicly released." Bloomberg


    The great white fight
    Source: "Hidden Tribes: A Study of America’s Polarized Landscape." Chart: Axios Visuals
    America is an increasingly diverse nation but a loud, hyper-active group of well-to-do whites on the left and right are tearing it apart from the edges, according to an astonishing new study of our electorate.

    • You have about 8% of Americans in the hard-left camp — almost all white (80%), all well-educated, all voting, all giving money and time to campaigns, all active on social media. Their combined voices dominate Democratic politics.
    • You have about 6% in the hard-right camp — almost all white (88%), all well-educated, all voting, all giving money and time to campaigns, all active on social media. Their combined voices dominate Republican politics.

    Oh, and these two groups basically hate everything about each other.

    • ⚡️ 1-sentence version: 14% of America, roughly half left and half right, consistently shouts, posts and votes, while 67% of us are exhausted.

    This eye-opening breakdown comes from "Hidden Tribes: A Study of America’s Polarized Landscape," by the international nonprofit group More in Common.

    • The report, one of the largest-ever studies of U.S. polarization, is based on an 8,000-person poll by YouGov, with about a 1% margin of error.
    • I learned about the study from a column by the N.Y. Times' David Brooks, ("The Rich White Civil War: A smarter look at America’s divide"), who said these two extreme wings of U.S. politics have become "cultish."

    The study finds that America's two extreme wings comprise just 14% of the population, "yet it often feels as if our national conversation has become a shouting match between these two groups."

    • The left wing's "Progressive Activists" are "deeply concerned with ... equity, fairness ... They tend to be more secular, cosmopolitan, and highly engaged with social media." In raising children, they value independence, creativity and curiosity.
    • The right wing's "Devoted Conservatives" feel that "America is embattled, and they perceive themselves as the last defenders of traditional values." In raising children, they emphasize respect, obedience and manners. (A larger, less activist cohort, "Traditional Conservatives" is — like both extremes — racially homogenous: 79% white.)

    I interviewed one of the study's co-authors, Stephen Hawkins, research director of More in Common USA, who told me the two wings are "talking to each other too little, with too much suspicion and too little giving credit."

    • "They have inverse world views, but what they have in common is that they're very consistent," Hawkins said. "You could even maybe use the word 'dogmatic,' or 'ideologically rigid.'"

    Be smart ... Good news for third-party dreamers: Tw0-thirds of Americans (the study's "Exhausted Majority") have had it with this white fight — and yearn for something new.
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