GOPers Get Comfy With Trump, Ivanka’s Paid Leave Plan Only Benefits Mothers, And Tyrannical Art History

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September 15th, 2016

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Hill Republicans Get Comfy With Their Once Rogue Nominee

The Gist: GOP lawmakers are enjoying watching their candidate finally stick to a script and hold his tongue every once in awhile.

Trump Jr: My Dad’s ‘12,000-Page’ Tax Return Would Prompt Too Many Queries

The Gist: Trump Jr. said that one reason his father has yet to release his taxes is that the documents would provoke questions.

Ivanka Trump: Yup, Our Paid Leave Plan Focuses Only On Mothers

The Gist: Ivanka, the driving force behind Trump’s new maternity leave policy, confirmed the plan was only meant to benefit mothers.

From The Reporter’s Notebook

Revenge of the hackers: former Secretary of State Colin Powell served up his unfiltered views about the Clintons in a batch of his personal emails, which were published online on Wednesday. As TPM’s Katherine Krueger reports, Powell wrote in the messages that he was none too pleased about being dragged into Hillary Clinton’s email server controversy and said he had to throw a “tantrum” to get aides to knock it off.

Agree or Disagree?

Josh Marshall: “The Putin SuperPac’s work on Trump’s behalf has been a critical assist to Trump and a thorn in the side of Hillary Clinton. This was true as recently as last night when suspected Russian intelligence agent (or creation) ‘Guccifer 2.0’ released a new trove of Democratic emails. But this morning there’s new emails from Colin Powell in which Powell says among other things that Trump is a ‘national disgrace’ and ‘international pariah.’ Now it’s possible that Russian political operatives didn’t fully grasp the impact of these emails, thinking they would embarrass Powell as opposed to goad Trump into some new self-destructive act.”

Say What?!

“If you had to guess, based on what you know, your best guess.”

– Fox News talking head Sean Hannity tried to goad his doctor guests into speculating about Hillary Clinton’s health.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: “I cannot envision any scenario in which Trump serves out his first term even if he does actually take the oath of office. At most he might serve long enough to exact revenge on a few enemies and then turn things over to Pence. But my guess is he’d not even take the oath and would surrender the office to Pence content that at a minimum Pence would burn Obama’s legacy down while appointing far right judges to SCOTUS. Trump sees running for POTUS as just another con game.”

Related: It would be a monumental task for Trump to untangle the conflicts of interest created by his international business ties.

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What We’re Reading

The tyranny of art history in contemporary art. (Vulture)

The Internet raises a cool $250K for 89-year-old paletas man. (CNN)

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