Giuliani Claims ‘Anything’s Legal’ In War, CIA Director Pushes Back On Trump Briefing, And Eid Under Siege

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September 12th, 2016

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Rudy Giuliani Says ‘Anything’s Legal’ In War

The Gist: While defending Donald Trump’s plan to “take the oil” from Iraq, Rudy Giuliani said on Sunday said that “anything’s legal” in war.

WikiLeaks Deletes Twitter Poll Asking Users To Diagnose Hillary Clinton

The Gist: In a Twitter poll, WikiLeaks asked if Clinton’s “collapse” could best be explained by “allergies & personality,” “head injury complications” or other ailments.

CIA Director Pushes Back On Trump Claims About Intelligence Briefings

The Gist: CIA Director John Brennan responded to Trump’s claims that officials in the briefing appeared unhappy with President Obama.

From The Reporter’s Notebook

Hillary Clinton on Friday said that some of Donald Trump’s supporters are part of a “basket of deplorables,” prompting ire from the Trump campaign, TPM’s Caitlin MacNeal reported. Even after Clinton softened her remarks, Trump blasted the Democratic nominee, saying that she made a “grotesque attack on American voters.”

Agree or Disagree?

Josh Marshall: “If there’s nothing else we’ve learned from this cycle we should have learned the centrality of ‘dominance’ politics. Campaigns are performative displays of strength, resolve. To back down, apologize or cower would not only play into Trump’s dominance politics routine, it would make Clinton look weak. It would deepen suspicions that she has no beliefs or will change them out of convenience. Far more importantly though, backing down would demoralize her supporters since it would amount to apologizing for or backing down from and delegitimizing what is in fact a central truth of the election. Donald Trump has not only brought haters into the mainstream, he has normalized hate for a much broader swathe of the population who were perhaps already disaffected but had their grievances and latent prejudices held in check by social norms.”

Say What?!

“Of course it’s legal. It’s a war.”

– Rudy Giuliani apparently forgot about the Geneva Conventions while defending Trump’s proposal to “take the oil” from Iraq.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: “Win or lose, on November 8, Donald Trump will have garnered some 60 million votes. Sixty million Americans will have gone to the polls and voted for him — clear-eyed or self-deluded people, making that choice enthusiastically or resignedly, very much because of what he represents or in spite of it. 60 million people will have voted to entrust themselves and the people they love not simply to a vulgarian narcissist who desperately needs medical help, but also to someone who is so arrogantly and defiantly ignorant that he thinks Supreme Court justices investigate crimes, that federal judges sign bills, that he would have the power to replace leadership in the armed services with officers who have publicly supported him, that the Constitution has (at least) 12 articles, that the United States could use nuclear weapons tactically without initiating nuclear war, that we could have new libel laws that wouldn’t gut the Bill of Rights, etc. Win or lose, Trump has already exposed something about us that we need to grapple with. All of us.”

Related: Many GOP senators are simply shrugging off Trump’s ongoing courtship of Vladimir Putin.

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What We’re Reading

The shackling of the American city. (Slate)

Eid under siege. (The Guardian)