9:48 PM I made perhaps the unwise decision to get into a back and forth on Twitter with folks who thought it was a great idea to cause a convention brouahha by booing Leon Panetta. If people think Panetta is a "war-monger", okay. I get it. I don't agree with it. But I respect it. But if you're choosing this venue to boo when we're in the middle of a battle simply to make sure a dangerous - uniquely dangerous - figure like Donald Trump doesn't become president, I can't respect that. And I can't believe that you really get the stakes of what this election have become. This is a zero sum situation, like every election, but I think more so. Everything matters right now. Every little bit and moment counts. For me this election has never been about Hillary Clinton. But now it's gone way beyond Democrats and Republicans. What I see at stake right now is what I talked about in this post. If you can't see that or understand that I don't think you're paying attention and I don't know what to say to you. The damage that this man has done simply through his campaign is far more than I think we understand. What would come after his election is unthinkable.
One of the many troubling things about this campaign is that Trump would seem to be getting crazier, more reckless and more unhinged faster than the DNC speechwriters can keep up with. Sad?
8:49 PM One thing I'm curious about is whether, as Trump becomes more reckless, more out of control, whether any high profile Republican will take the leap and endorse Hillary Clinton. I do not underestimate how difficult a step that is. We really shouldn't. And I give credit to folks like Mitt Romney who have publicly made the case against Trump. Same with both Presidents Bush who've refused to endorse him. It's not nothing. I mean that. But at the end of the day, as we come down to the wire, only two people can be president next January. At the end of the day it's a binary choice. Who will step up?
A good run-down of how Trump repeatedly dodged all the substantive questions about his business ties with Russia, use of Russian capital for various projects, etc.
Norah had no luck getting any information this morning out of Trump (de facto) Campaign Manager Paul Manafort. But Norah knew what the score was. After hearing again that Trump has no business in Russia she replied with the real question. "But does Russia have investments in Trump?"
Okay we just finished listening to the Trump press conference. From our feed it was difficult, almost impossible to hear the questions. But from the answers, Trump did not address any of the substantive questions about his financial and/or policy ties to Russia. Not one.
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It's difficult to know what Trump could credibly say at this point to calm the waters over financial and policy ties to Russia. He does get a lot of investment from Russia. This is a fact. It's also not at all problematic in itself. Denying this is a demonstrable falsehood. So he's basically reduced to saying 'Sure, I have a lot of investment from Russia. But it's all completely legit, I assure you.'
Also I'm never going to release my tax returns.