Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders go after Donald Trump at town hall in Columbus, Ohio

Ohio Democratic Presidential Town Hall

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders participated in a town hall event in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday night. The event was televised on CNN. The town hall followed a joint appearance at a dinner hosted by the Ohio Democrats. Each candidate also campaigned individually in Ohio, which holds its primary election on Tuesday.

Clinton said she’s received private messages from foreign leaders asking to endorse her candidacy in hopes of defeating Republican front-runner Donald Trump, who Clinton said is encouraging violence and chaos to win over voters.

Clinton refused to name the dignitaries, though she says she told them that the election must be decided by Americans. But, she says, her experience as secretary of state will offer a powerful contrast with Trump, should they face off in the general election.

“At our best, Americans have rejected demagogues and fear-mongers,” she said.

“…I believe that I will have an opportunity to really focus in on how dangerous a Donald Trump presidency would be for our standing, for our safety and for the peace of the world,” she added

She also said she supports a “very limited use” of the death penalty in cases where there are “horrific mass killings.” Clinton said the states have “proven themselves incapable of carrying out fair trials that give any defendant all the rights that defendant should have.” She added that she would “breathe a sigh of relief if either the Supreme Court or the states themselves began to eliminate the death penalty.” But Clinton added that she thinks the death penalty should still be kept “in reserve” for limited cases in the federal judicial system, citing the Oklahoma City bombing and the 9/11 attacks as examples.

“But what happened to you was a travesty,” Clinton said. “I know that all of us are so regretful that you or any person has to go through what you did.”


Sanders called on Donald Trump to “tell his supporters that violence in the political process in America is not acceptable.”

The Vermont senator was asked about the Republican front-runner’s statements that the Sanders campaign sent protesters to disrupted Trump’s rally in Chicago. Sanders called Trump a “pathological liar” and said his campaign has never encouraged “anybody to disrupt anything.” He added he hopes “Mr. Trump tones it down big-time and tells his supporters violence is not acceptable in the political process.”

Originally Written and Published by Associated Press


Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump Is ‘ISIS’s Best Recruiter’



Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took a hard stance against rhetoric from GOP front-runner Donald Trump, painting him as a potent and powerful tool for ISIS.

“He is becoming ISIS’s best recruiter. They are going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists,” Clinton said during Saturday’s Democratic debate, hosted by ABC News.

Clinton offered no specific evidence of the claim. ABC News has reached out to the Clinton and Trump campaigns for comment.

When asked about her emphasis on gun control in the wake of the San Bernardino attacks, Secretary Clinton took the opportunity to bash Trump – who she says is pushing the wrong narrative in the fight against ISIS.

“I worry greatly that the rhetoric coming from the Republicans, particularly Donald Trump, is sending a message to Muslims here in the United States and literally around the world that there is a clash of civilizations,” said Clinton, “that there is some kind of western plot or even war against Islam, which then I believe fans the flames of radicalization.”

Clinton also said that she does not believe that calls to arm more Americans in the wake of recent terror attacks will make Americans safer.

“Guns in and of themselves, in my opinion, will not make Americans safer. We lose 33,000 people a year already to gun violence. Arming more people to do what I think is not the appropriate response to terrorism,” she said.




Written by:  JOHN VERHOVEK via ABC News

Did Simple Nuclear-Triad Question Stump Trump?

The WORST Answer in Political Debate History? Luckily, Marco Rubio was there to teach Trump what a Nuclear Triad is…

(Source: The Young Turks / YouTube)

Washington (CNN) – Did a simple question about the nuclear triad stump aspiring commander-in-chief Donald Trump?

During Tuesday night’s CNN-hosted Republican debate, Trump gave a meandering response when conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt of Salem Radio Network asked about the U.S. nuclear capability.

“I think we need somebody, absolutely, that we can trust, who is totally responsible, who really knows what he or she is doing. That is so powerful and so important,” Trump said, before touting his opposition to the war in Iraq.

“But we have to be extremely vigilant and extremely careful when it comes to nuclear. Nuclear changes the whole ball game,” he added.

Hewitt followed up by asking which “of the three legs of the triad” was Trump’s priority.

“For me, nuclear, the power, the devastation, is very important to me,” Trump replied.

But “nuclear,” “the power” and “the devastation” aren’t the three legs of the U.S.’s nuclear triad.

So what are the components of the nuclear triad?

The nuclear triad refers to the three ways the U.S. is capable of firing nuclear weapons.

As Florida Sen. Marco Rubio explained during the debate following Trump’s mishmash of a response: “The triad is the ability of the United States to conduct nuclear attacks using airplanes, using missiles launched from silos from the ground and from our nuclear subs.”

To add a little more specificity, the planes are heavy bombers; the silos house intercontinental ballistic missiles and the submarines also use ballistic missiles to deliver a nuclear payload.

Rubio, who avoided attacking Trump on Tuesday, didn’t directly call out Trump for blanking on the national security question. Instead, he directed his explanation to the “people at home” who likely “have not heard that terminology before.”

The Trump campaign didn’t respond to a request for comment.

So why does the U.S. need three ways of delivering nukes?

Rubio summed it up as: “All three of them are critical. It gives us the ability at deterrence.”

In more expansive terms, they’re all key components because they protect the U.S.’s ability to launch nuclear strikes should one or two of those capabilities be destroyed.

If the underground silos backfire and the planes capable of delivering nuclear weapons get destroyed, the U.S. would still have stealthy nuclear submarines to deliver crippling strike.

The U.S. and Russia are the only two nuclear powers in the world to have triad capabilities, and both countries are eager to maintain that edge going forward.

Makes sense. So what’s so pressing that this had to be included in the debate?

All three components of the nuclear triad are aging and the next president is going to have to address that issue.

America’s nuclear submarines are all more than 30 years old and its most dominant bomber jets remain the 60-year-old B-52s. The Pentagon has also called for upgrading the U.S. arsenal of ICBMs, or intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The Pentagon has estimated that it will need to spend as much as $18 billion per year over the next 15 years — for a grand total of $270 billion — to modernize the nuclear triad.

Amid budget cuts on Capitol Hill, it’s struggled to come up with the funding to get that job done.

Written by: By Jeremy Diamond via CNN

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Wants to Send Donald Trump to Space


Donald Trump hates the media. Trump hates other rich and powerful people who think he’s a moron. But Amazon founder Jeff Bezos occupies a special place in Trump’s ire. Not only is Bezos a bleeding-heart Silicon Valley tech founder, but he owns the Washington Post — which makes him a media mogul of his own. To Trump, Bezos occupies a sweet space between those two loathed groups of people.

Trump lashed out at Bezos on Monday morning, calling him a shoddy business leader who owns two businesses that don’t profit.

Never mind Trump properties’ many bankruptcies. Never mind Trump’s admitted use of financial devices in order to manipulate his assets. He is right about one thing: Amazon has gone years without making a profit, because Bezos is wreaking havoc on the retail and shipping industries in the name of innovation. Investors are just fine with this.

Bezos, always a man who appreciates humor, basked in the recognition of finally receiving one of Trump’s many attempted digital smackdowns, and gave his own response:



That hashtag proposing we #sendDonaldtospace has inspired others to send Trump their own bon voyages, suggesting that the Republican presidential candidate shoot for the moon and land among the stars.




Bezos’ net worth is estimated to be close to $50 billion, which by some measures is anywhere from five to 10times the net worth of Trump.



Originally Written & Published by Jack Smith IV of Mic

Twitter Erupts to Trump’s Remarks with Trending Hashtag #TrumpIsDisqualifiedParty


White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on Tuesday said that Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States “disqualifies” him from serving as president.

“What Donald Trump said yesterday disqualifies him from serving as president,” Earnest said to reporters at the daily briefing.

He cited the presidential oath of office to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

“And for Republican candidates for president, to stand by their pledge to support Mr. Trump, that in and of itself is disqualifying.”

He also said that the Trump campaign was a “whole carnival barker routine.”

Twitter responded with the trending hashtag #TrumpIsDisqualifiedParty – ranging in participants from high-caliber celebrities to your local neighbors.







Florida Mayor Bans Trump
Rick Kriseman, the mayor of St Petersburg – a city of 253,000 in Florida, has suddenly found himself very popular.
His tweet was reposted over 13,000 times, and “liked” 15,000 times.
He seems to have struck a nerve…