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  • Donald Trump's personal physician said he wrote a letter declaring Trump would be the healthiest president in history in just five minutes while a limo sent by the candidate waited outside his Manhattan office.


  • "If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency," Bornstein wrote.


    Asked how he could justify the hyperbole, Bornstein said, "I like that sentence to be quite honest with you and all the rest of them are either sick or dead."


  • Bornstein said that after he was asked to write the letter, he thought about what he would say all day but did not type it out until the last minute as a black car sent by Trump waited to collect it. He said he didn't even proofread it.


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  • Groups that are more likely to describe both candidates as evil are voters aged 18-34 (12%) and those who support third parties or are undecided (19%). 


  • Also: "I'm a physician. I see the physiological changes that happen in normal aging, in patients again and again and again over the last 20, 25 years. So I do know what happens to the body and the mind at the end of life."

  • Both states also feature high-profile races for the Senate in addition to the presidential battle this year. In Arizona, John McCain, the former Republican nominee for president, holds healthy leads over the Republican challengers he will face in next Tuesday's primary election and over his likely Democratic opponent in November, Ann Kirkpatrick. McCain tops Kelli Ward by a 55% to 29% margin among likely Republican primary voters, while he tops Kirkpatrick by a 52% to 39% margin among registered voters.

  • “I’m a doctor. The life expectancy of the American male is not 86. It’s less,” Ward said in an interview here.

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  • On Wednesday McCain dismissed Ward’s tactics, which she's been pushing this week on Twitter, as a “dive to the bottom.” But he admitted that when he hears attacks on his age “you don’t like it.” He said the episode shows how far political discourse has sunk since he defended his then-rival for president, Barack Obama, from attacks in 2008 that he was a Muslim and endured criticism from conservatives.

  • “There are things that happen physiologically with the body and the mind. One of them is control over your anger and he’s already known as an angry man,” Ward said, munching on a baked potato at Durant’s, an old-school Phoenix steakhouse. “It becomes more and more difficult to control those kinds of outbursts. And we have to have someone with a steady hand, someone with the ability to think on their feet. Someone who can problem-solve.”


  • “I still haven’t heard John McCain come out and say he’ll support Donald Trump,” Ward said during an interview with Morning Consult on Thursday, ahead of an event in Phoenix with veterans and local press. “We need vigorous supporters of Donald Trump.”

  • There's an added benefit for Team Clinton: By highlighting the Republicans who abandon Trump, Clinton's campaign is creating what Obama strategist David Plouffe called "permission structures" to make people who might not agree with Clinton on taxes or the minimum wage feel comfortable supporting her.


  • “We would basically have to throw out our entire frame that the GOP made Trump through years of divisive and ugly politics,” he wrote. “It just doesn't work from the Party side.”

  • Adopting the Clinton campaign’s line, he insisted, would “hold up Paul Ryan as a good example” and "give down ballot Republicans such an easy out.”

  • Now suppose, for example, that 55 percent of Trump supporters vote but 62 percent of Clinton supporters vote — that 7-point effect again. Now Trump’s share of the vote is 47 percent. The math is: (.55*.50)/[(.55*.50)+(.62*.50)]. In other words, Trump’s disadvantage in campaigning turned a tie into a 6-point defeat.

  • This is the party that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who will ceremonially sign a New Jersey version of the DREAM Act this week, must face if he decides to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. And at first glance, his support for the bill, which allows undocumented immigrants who have attended New Jersey high schools for three years to pay in-state college tuition rates, is problematic.

  • Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors stricter immigration controls, blamed Mr. Trump’s new advisers for his changed rhetoric—a move he said was intended to help Mr. Trump appeal to Hispanic audiences.

    “Whatever remaining chance he had to win the White House is gone,” Mr. Krikorian said. “The fact now that he has betrayed his base on the signature issue that he ran on seems to me the death knell of his candidacy as a practical matter.”

  • CONWAY: Looking at the mechanism, but also not touch back, but looking at the mechanism, and making sure that whatever the policy is that he implements as he has said in the past, it is done humanely and fairly, that we know there are people involved here.

  • When Trump was getting his start in business, he was sued by the Justice Department for refusing to rent apartments to black and Latino tenants.


    Their applications would be marked with a “C” – “C” for “colored” – and then rejected.


  • Even the Republican Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, described that as “the textbook definition of a racist comment.”


  • It’s what happens when you listen to the radio host Alex Jones, who claims that 9/11 and the Oklahoma City bombings were inside jobs. He said the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre were child actors and no one was actually killed there.


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  • Trump is viewed favorably by 43 percent of likely voters, and unfavorably by 52 percent. Clinton's favorabile/unfavorable numbers are even worse: 39/56.


  • "We are starting to hear the faint rumblings of a Hillary Clinton landslide as her 10-point lead is further proof that Donald Trump is in a downward spiral as the clock ticks," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. 

  •     In this very negative race, 64 percent of Trump supporters say they are voting mainly anti-Clinton, while 25 percent say they are voting pro-Trump. 

        Among Clinton supporters, 47 percent are mainly anti-Trump while 32 percent are pro- Clinton. 

  •     But voters say 66 - 33 percent that Clinton is qualified to be president. Trump is not qualified, voters say 58 - 40 percent. Clinton leads on other measures, as likely voters say:

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  • According to Europe’s highest court of human rights, Muslim women in head scarves and burqas are simultaneously victims, in need of a government savior, and aggressors, spreading extremism merely by appearing Muslim in public.

  • The Nice administration issued an order on Thursday banning swimwear with religious connotations, citing security concerns.

    Several other cities on France’s Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts have banned burkinis this summer.

  • In court in Nice on Monday judges upheld the ‘burkini ban’ in the resort of Villeneuve-Loubet – ruling that the female swimwear was liable to cause offence and to provoke people to violence.

  • Officials deem the burkini, which covers the body and head, to be a challenge to French values of secularism and gender equality and a threat to public safety after complaints and outbreaks of violence.
  • After a series of videos emerged on social media of women being fined for wearing not just the burkini but dress considered incompatible with France’s secular principles, the Council of State, the nation’s highest administrative body, is expected to rule on the burkini question Thursday after the French Human Rights League said the ban was illegal and an attack on basic freedoms.

  • In another incident, a woman who gave her name only as Siam contacted the news media to say she had been fined and ordered off a beach in Cannes because she was wearing a hijab.

  • And they're not finding anybody mad at him.  They're mad about that. 
  • The Drive-Bys thought for certain that they would.
  • They thought there was gonna be a mass protest against Trump.

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  • "When you balance that together, I think what it says is that if people are anticipating that there would be a deportation corps that would be deployed across this country, that softening means that's less likely," King acknowledged. "And he said, too, we have the police force out there. They know who people are. And let's work with local law enforcement. And they didn't say it in this interview. But in these sanctuary cities and enforcing the law, that will keep us busy for a long time."


  • And part of that is to enforce the laws that we have.
  • King was then pressed on whether allowing people to stay, even if they contribute to society and have been law abiding, would be "tantamount to amnesty."


    "I would say yes. And the reason is they're not law abiding in the first place. By crossing the border illegally, they're by definition criminals. And he has said he wants to remove the criminals in this country," King explained.

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