<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Political News, Bay Area Politics]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/politicshttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.pngNBC Bay Areahttp://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usSun, 24 Jul 2016 12:11:09 -0700Sun, 24 Jul 2016 12:11:09 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Bloomberg to Endorse Clinton at DNC]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 11:57:39 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-468907398.jpg

Michael Bloomberg is expected to endorse Hillary Clinton during his speech at the Democratic National Convention, an adviser for the former New York City mayor told NBC News.

Bloomberg is making the endorsement because of concerns about Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump. He also sees himself as a person with authority who can debunk Trump's claims about business and the economy, the former aide said.

Bloomberg has not been a member of the Democratic Party since 2000, according to The New York Times. He was elected the mayor of New York City as a Republican and later became an independent.

Bloomberg announced in March he wouldn't be running for president, saying: "When I look at the data, it's clear to me that if I entered the race, I could not win. I believe I could win a number of diverse states -- but not enough to win the 270 Electoral College votes necessary to win the presidency.”

He also said at the time Trump "has run the most divisive and demagogic presidential campaign I can remember, preying on people's prejudices and fears," citing Trump's proposal to ban most Muslims from entering the United States and deporting those here illegally.

In May, Bloomberg told CNBC, "Trump marches to his own drummer it would seem, and so far, that drummer has been playing the right tune to get him this far."

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<![CDATA[Fact Checking Clinton’s Greatest Hits]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 10:00:23 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/HillaryClinton-AP_16140607364144.jpg

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Clinton’s Greatest Hits

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<![CDATA[Trump on Convention Speech: 'It Was Very Optimistic' ]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 08:07:12 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Trump+on+RNC+Speech.png

Donald Trump pushed back against critics who called his speech at the Republican National Convention Thursday night too pessimistic, telling NBC's Chuck Todd he offered an optimistic message because "we're going to solve the problems."

In an interview on "Meet The Press," the GOP nominee said he intended to portray only a choice between himself and Hillary Clinton.

Asked about his statement that "I alone can fix it" — a sentiment blasted by critics as a flirtation with totalitarianism — Trump said his ability to solve America's problems is a binary contrast with the Democratic nominee.

"I am running against Hillary. It's not like I'm running against the rest of the world. I know people that are very, very capable that could do a very good job, but they could never get elected," he said.

Trump called critics of his address "haters," saying that the latest round of violence in the Middle East justifies the grim view of world affairs he presented in his speech.

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<![CDATA[South Bay's Youngest Delegate Fundraises His Way to DNC ]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 22:47:04 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N6P+DNC+PREVIEW+VO+-+00000221.jpg

The South Bay’s youngest delegate attending the Democratic National Convention next week didn’t just campaign for Clinton; he also campaigned for himself.

Sergio Lopez of San Jose knew he wanted to be involved in the political process. The Yale student even finished his finals early so he could come back to the Bay and help hit the campaign trail.

Yet when he was finally picked to be a delegate, he had to do a little fundraising of his own.

In order to pay for the fees associated with attending the convention – hotel, food and airfare fees rack up quickly – Lopez created a GoFundMe, raising a total of $3600 in two months.

“A lot of why I ran is because I would like to see young people involved, and have a more diverse party,” he said.

He says the Democratic Party has been doing a “good job” of bringing in people from different backgrounds, cultures and socioeconomic statuses into the fold.

“We need to keep moving in that direction,” he said.

<![CDATA[Clinton Picks Kaine for VP]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 07:00:02 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_16196751572126.jpg

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is Hillary Clinton's pick to become the next vice president of the United States, Clinton told supporters Friday evening.

Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said in a text message Friday evening she was "thrilled" to share that she has selected Kaine as her running mate. 

His guiding principle is "the belief that you can make a difference through public service," Clinton's Twitter account said.  

A steady Clinton surrogate in recent campaign appearances, Kaine was at a fundraiser in Newport, Rhode Island, Friday night when the announcement was made. He is honored to be Clinton's running mate, he tweeted soon after the news broke.

"Can’t wait to hit the trail tomorrow in Miami!" he said.

Republican nominee Donald Trump sought to incite rage among Bernie Sanders supporters over Clinton's pick, tweeting that Kaine represents the opposite of what the Vermont senator stood for, "Philly fight?"

In a series of tweets Saturday morning, Trump said Clinton didn't chose Sen. Elizabeth Warren because "she hates her," alleged Kaine is "owned by banks" and, citing the newly leaked DNC emails, said the party planned to "destroy Bernie Sanders. Mock his heritage and much more. On-line from Wikileakes, really vicious. RIGGED." 

The swing state's former governor, a current member of the Senate's Armed Services Committee, has the national security experience Clinton is said to have been seeking, observers said.

Pundits and Kaine supporters have said the senator's experience and moderate positions make him an ideal choice.

"Senator Kaine's judgment, experience and values make him an excellent complement to the Democratic ticket, and he will be a strong partner to President Hillary Clinton in the White House," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement Friday evening. 

The former Virginia governor complements Clinton, Democratic donor Glen Fukushima told CNN.

"He has a business sense and international experience [and] speaks Spanish, which are both pluses," he said. "He also has experience as a governor, which could complement Hillary's background."

Kaine, 58, "has a lot going for him," Rep. Gerry Connolly told CNN.

"He's Catholic, from a swing state, successful governor, speaks fluent Spanish, has political chops, was the head of the [Democratic National Committee]," he told the television network. "He provides a lot of talent to the ticket and could step in and could certainly be an heir apparent." 

"I can say there is no one of higher integrity and trustworthiness," said Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.

"His experience, intellect and dedication to making life better for people from all walks of life will make him an enormous asset to Secretary Clinton throughout the remainder of this campaign and as a leader in her administration over the next four years," Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said. "This is a proud day for every Virginian."

Republican Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates William J. Howell expressed for Kaine while taking the opportunity to attack Clinton. 

"His character makes it all the more surprising that he would sign up to defend Hillary Clinton for the next three-and-a-half months," he said in a statement. "However, Sen. Kaine's selection as the vice presidential nominee does not change that this election is ultimately a referendum on Secretary Clinton." 

Kaine touts his work to reduce unemployment among veterans, to block any Iran nuclear weapons program, to recognize American Indian tribes in Virginia, to preserve Civil War battlegrounds and to improve access to job-training programs.

Kaine, who attended University of Missouri and Harvard Law School, speaks Spanish fluently after taking a year off from attending Harvard to work at a technical school founded by Jesuit missionaries in Honduras, his Senate website says.

But critics have called Kaine a safe, even boring, running mate.

When asked by Charlie Rose of PBS on Monday whether Kaine was a boring choice, Clinton said, “I love that about him.” 

Kaine was even asked about being boring on NBC's "Meet the Press" in June, one of his highest-profile appearances in what was evidently his vetting process. Kaine brushed it off with a joke: "I am boring … but boring is the fastest-growing demographic in this country."

What Does Kaine Bring to the Table?
Kaine, who was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, was first elected to office in 1994. He served as a city councilman and then was elected mayor of Richmond. He became lieutenant governor of Virginia in 2002, was inaugurated as governor in 2006 and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012. He serves on the aging, armed services, budget and Senate foreign relations committees. 

Newsweek previously called Kaine "the conventional wisdom pick" for Clinton's running mate and tied his chances of being selected with those of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.

Kaine will not energize the party's progressive wing, however, Newsweek argued.

"Kaine ... voted to fast-track President Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership, a move that angered most of the left. And his views on abortion are to the right of many Democrats: he’s a practicing Catholic who supported parental consent and informed consent laws in his state. And, Sanders aside, old white guys just don't excite voters like they used to," the publication wrote.

Kaine is personally opposed to abortion but has said he is against overturning Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing the procedure. Beyond supporting requiring parental consent, he also was in favor of banning late-term abortions unless a woman’s life is at risk, and he has promoted abstinence-focused education to try to decrease the number of pregnancies that end in abortion. In the past, the state NARAL chapter refused to endorse him. 

Kaine was on President Barack Obama’s short-list for vice president, according to Politico.

He teamed up with Republican U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona to introduce legislation to authorize military force against the Islamic State. 

What Has Kaine Said About Wanting to Be VP?
On Thursday in Virginia, Kaine had downplayed speculation he would be Clinton's pick. 

"I'm in a little, momentary bubble of attention. It will be normal again," he told NBC Washington's David Culver

In March, Kaine also demurred about whether he wanted to be vice president.

"Well, I'm a happy senator and I like my job, and I'm not looking for another one, but, look, my best use is helping Secretary Clinton -- especially win Virginia," he said March 10 to a group of Hispanic and African-American publishers at the National Press Club.

The senator echoed those comments on April 29, saying he would accompany Clinton at her inauguration as a senator, not as her vice president, Politico reported.

"You know, I really love my job. I really do," Kaine reportedly said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe. "And I have a great feeling that I'm going to be on that podium with Hillary Clinton when she's taking the oath of office, but I'm going to be sitting with the other senators."

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<![CDATA[Fact-Checking Donald Trump's RNC Speech]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:52:38 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-578546964.jpg

Donald Trump touched on a range of hot-button issues, from public safety to the economy, during his speech at the Republican National Convention Thursday night.

The Republican nominee for president began by telling the crowd he would present them with facts.

“We cannot afford to be so politically correct anymore,” Trump said. “At our convention, there will be no lies. We will honor the American people with the truth and nothing else.”

So did he live up to that promise?

Trump’s math was on point during an attack on President Obama, who Trump says, “almost doubled our national debt to more than $19 trillion, and growing.”

When the president entered the White House, the national debt stood at about $10.6 trillion. Nearly eight years later, that number has grown to $19.4 trillion — or almost double.

But Trump missed the mark on some other claims, including those centered around sensitive topics, like the recent wave of police officers gunned down in cities like Dallas and Baton Rouge.

“The number of police officers killed in the line of duty has risen by almost 50 percent compared with this point last year,” he said.

Trump doesn’t cite a source, but the FBI’s count of officer deaths hasn't been updated for 2016. In fact, even the FBI’s 2015 numbers are still preliminary.

However, the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund provides statistics. The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit was formed to “honor and remember” law enforcement. Its website shows 67 police officers were killed through July 2016 compared to 63 deaths for the same time period the year before. That's an increase of 6 percent, not 50.

Trump also spoke about poverty in America.

“Two million more Latinos are in poverty today than when the president took his oath of office less than eight years ago,” he said.

According to the U.S. Census, that claim is mostly false.

Hispanics living at or below the poverty line rose from 12.4 million in 2009 to 13.1 million in 2014. The raw total rose by 700,000, but the rate of poverty for the group actually dipped from 25.3 percent to 23.6 percent.

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<![CDATA[Fact Check: Trump Defends Oswald Claim]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:34:55 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/578550086-Donald-Trump-RNC.jpg

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Donald Trump doubled down on his baseless insinuation that a photograph published by the National Enquirer shows Ted Cruz’s father with “crazy Lee Harvey Oswald having breakfast.”

A day after accepting the Republican presidential nomination, Trump touted the national tabloid as a credible source worthy of a Pulitzer Prize, and said the newspaper would not have run the photo if it was “wrong.” Moreover, Trump said, the Cruz camp “never denied” that it was Rafael Cruz in the photo with the man who assassinated President John F. Kennedy.

That’s all nonsense.

As we wrote on May 3, the thinly sourced story hangs largely on comments from an expert who told the paper that a photo of an unidentified man handing out pro-Fidel Castro leaflets with Oswald has “more similarity than dissimilarity” with a passport photo of Cruz’s father, Rafael.

The photo expert, Mitch Goldstone, president and CEO of ScanMyPhotos, a California-based digitizing photo service, was quoted in the Enquirer story — “Ted Cruz Father Linked to JFK Assassination!” — as saying, “[I]t looks to be the same person and I can say as much with a high degree of confidence.”

Note the parsing of words. He wasn’t saying with a high degree of certainty that it is Rafael Cruz. He’s saying with a high degree of certainty that it “looks to be the same person.”

Goldstone told us in a phone interview that he never claimed the man in the picture with Oswald was definitely Rafael Cruz, and he called Trump’s unqualified assertion that it is Cruz “stupid.” Goldstone said he compared, by eye, the photo of the unidentified man in the picture with Oswald with a passport photo of a young Rafael Cruz, and concluded “They look pretty close.”

That’s the thin reed upon which this story hangs.

Nonetheless, Trump proclaimed in a May 3 interview on “Fox and Friends” that Cruz’s “father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald’s being, you know, shot! I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous … And nobody even brings it up. I mean, they don’t even talk about that, that was reported and nobody talks about it. But I think it’s horrible, I think it’s absolutely horrible, that a man can go and do that, what he’s saying there.”

Trump later added, “I mean what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald, shortly before the death – before the shooting? It’s horrible.”

The day after his controversial convention speech, Cruz said those comments by Trump played a role in his decision not to endorse Trump.

“I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and who attack my father,” Cruz said.

The day after his convention speech, in remarks to supporters in Cleveland, Trump fired back at Cruz, saying, “I don’t want his endorsement. If he gives it, I will not accept it.” Trump then launched into a defense of an unflattering image of Cruz’s wife that Trump retweeted, as well as his comments about Cruz’s father.

“All I did is point out the fact that on the cover of the National Enquirer, there’s a picture of him [Rafael Cruz] and crazy Lee Harvey Oswald having breakfast,” Trump said. “I had nothing to do with it. This was a magazine that frankly in many respects, should be very respected. They got O.J. They got Edwards. They got this. I mean, if that was the New York Times, they would have gotten Pulitzer prizes for their reporting.”

Although Trump said the photo showed the two “having breakfast,” the picture in question actually shows Oswald distributing pro-Castro literature in New Orleans in August 1963, a few months prior to Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas. According to the Miami Herald, another man in the picture was never identified by the Warren Commission, whose investigation concluded Kennedy was assassinated by Oswald and that Oswald acted alone.

In his post-convention remarks, Trump said the whole issue “had nothing to do with me, except I might have pointed it out.” No “might” about it. Trump did “point it out” on national TV, and he definitively proclaimed the man in the picture to be Rafael Cruz, even though the text of the National Enquirer story doesn’t go quite that far.

Trump went on to say that neither Cruz nor anyone in his camp ever denied that it was Rafael Cruz in the photo.

“Now, Ted never denied that it was his father,” Trump said in his post-convention remarks, adding later, “But they never denied. Did anybody ever deny that it was the father? They’re not saying, ‘Oh, that’s not really my father.’ It’s little hard to do. It looks like him.”

In fact, they have.

“This is another garbage story in a tabloid full of garbage,” Communications Director Alice Stewart told McClatchy. “The story is false; that is not Rafael in the picture.”

“It’s ludicrous, it’s ludicrous,” Rafael Cruz told ABC News on May 3. “I was never in New Orleans at that time.”

Ted Cruz dismissed the Enquirer story as “idiotic” and called Trump a “pathological liar” who is “utterly amoral” and a “bully.”

“Donald Trump alleges that my dad was involved in the assassinating JFK,” Cruz said. “Now, let’s be clear, this is nuts. This is not a responsible position. This is just kooky.”

As for Trump’s claim that the unidentified man in the photo with Oswald “looks like” Rafael Cruz, experts told us not to put much stock in that kind of assessment.

Anil Jain, a computer scientist and expert on facial recognition and biometric identification at Michigan State University, told us the images are of a poor quality, black and white, and grainy, and that “It would be very difficult, even for a photo expert, to extract facial attributes.” Any conclusion about similarities is subjective, he said.

So to sum up: despite Trump’s claim to the contrary, the Cruz campaign categorically denied that it is Rafael Cruz in the photo. And Ted Cruz called the Enquirer story “nuts.” And there is still no evidence — at all — that the man in the photo with Oswald is Rafael Cruz. 

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<![CDATA[Trump Takes America on a Journey to the Dark Side]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 04:03:04 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-578666050.jpg

Donald Trump painted a dark picture of America during his nomination speech at the GOP Convention, NBC News reported.

Discarding his usual improvisational humor, Trump described an America awash in blood and corruption that only he can prevent from sliding into the abyss. The speech also put an end to all speculation that Trump would somehow change his tone, making a general election pivot.

There was little new material to entice groups Trump has struggled to court like women, Latinos, African Americans, and young people. Instead, Trump focused on revving up his blue-collar base with his core message of strong borders, resentment towards elites and protestors, and an "America first" plan to protect manufacturing jobs from the forces of globalization. In doing so, he placed a bet that the voters who took him to this point can carry him all the way.

"These are the people who work hard, but no longer have a voice," Trump said. "I am your voice."

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<![CDATA[GOP Unifies Around Trump Amidst Circus-Like Atmosphere]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 06:14:26 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-578543906-rnc.jpg

More than 2,000 delegates packed the Quicken Loans Arena to rally behind Donald Trump and his campaign for president. Suspense built inside and outside the arena for Trump to accept the party's nomination Thursday night. 

The crowd chanted "USA, USA" as Trump stood before the Republican party, formally accepted the nomination and went on to say safety will be restored in America. 

Ivanka Trump introduced her father and said he will bring "real change, the kind of change we have not seen in decades."

"When my father says he will make America great again, he will deliver," Ivanka Trump said.

Kathi Creed sat in the rafters and called the speeches “electric” as she cheered while sitting next to strangers. Her husband is an alternate delegate and sitting elsewhere in the arena.

“I didn’t know what to expect when we got here,” said Creed of Northeast Ohio. "So many things we are frustrated with and (Trump’s) just speaking to those frustrations."

Creed said she will help campaign for Trump post-convention. The party unity is apparent, she said.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona spoke to the crowd and said he's supporting Trump because he’s a “leader.” Applause erupted when Pastor Mark Barnes of South Carolina declared that all lives matter under a Trump administration. PayPal founder Peter Thiel stood at the podium, shared he was gay and encouraged America to vote for Trump.

As the lineup of speakers rotated on stage, and the delegates danced in the aisles, Clevelander Cassandra Franklin sat outside at an entranceway in a small blue lawn chair. Dozens of police officers were on guard as protesters argued for and against the police, and preachers expressed opposing views about Jesus.

“I love it. I can’t get enough of it and I don’t want it to end,” said Franklin. “This is the best show on Earth. It’s like 10 circuses going on at once... I thank them for coming.”

Franklin chatted with Alysia Tambourides and her mother Leslie Sawyer as they waved a Trump flag and took pictures with others on the street. Tambourides said the duo drove 20 hours from Houston just to stand outside and show their support for Trump.

“(He’s) no nonsense, not holding anything back and tough,” Tambourides said of Trump.

Democrat Bob Kunst traveled from Miami Beach to show his support for Trump and says he will also travel to the Democratic National Convention next week too. Kunst sat along 4th Street for hours wearing a Hillary Clinton mask and holding a sign suggesting Clinton go to prison. 

“I know I'm not going to get anything out of Hillary, maybe I will out of Trump,” Kunst said.

Ann Marie Villicana stopped to take photos of the Trump buttons on display outside the convention. The Los Angeles native said she admired Trump’s children and hoped her own three children grow up to be like them one day. 

While the GOP came together to celebrate Trump's nomination in Cleveland, not all Republicans were behind the nominee. Ohio Governor John Kasich did not attend the convention. After Trump's speech, Meghan McCain tweeted, "The party I was a part of is dead."

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<![CDATA[Youngest Calif. Delegate is 22-Year-Old Berkeley Student]]>Thu, 21 Jul 2016 21:36:23 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/167*120/UCBerkeley2.jpg

Out of thousands of delegates participating in the Republican National Convention this week, UC Berkeley student Claire Chiara stands apart. 

At only 22-years-old, Chiara is the youngest out of 341 delegates and alternates from California -- but her resume looks like it could match up with the best of them. 

In addition to doing some reporting for the student newspaper The Daily Californian, Chiara also ran her own campaign for District 15 representative in the California State Assembly. She's also the former president and chairman of UC Berkeley College Republicans and interned for the Republican National Committee last summer. 

She told her former paper that she didn't mind losing in her Assembly race, so long as she inspired and prompted discussion about pressing political issues. 

"Even if I don’t win the election, I truly hope to start a conversation and remind each and every constituent of Assembly District 15 that they can ask questions, and they can decide whether they are being truly represented," Chiara said.

She is lending her vote to Donald Trump at the convention. Unlike many of her peers at UC Berkeley, she has looked past some of his blunders, including comments about women that have since been criticized for being sexist.

“He’s a businessman who cares about performance and results,” Chiara told UC Berkeley's news service. “He has a track record of hiring women. There’s an old quote of his about ... hiring anyone who can get the job done.”

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<![CDATA[Read Donald Trump's GOP Convention Speech]]>Thu, 21 Jul 2016 19:46:26 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/578547162-donald-trump-address-RNC.jpg

Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president Thursday evening at the party's national convention. Here are his remarks as prepared:

Friends, delegates and fellow Americans: I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States.

Who would have believed that when we started this journey on June 16th of last year we – and I say “we” because we are a team – would have received almost 14 million votes, the most in the history of the Republican Party, and that the Republican Party would get 60 percent more votes than it received four years ago.

The Democrats, on the other hand, received almost 20 percent fewer votes than they got four years ago.

Together, we will lead our party back to the White House, and we will lead our country back to safety, prosperity, and peace.

We will be a country of generosity and warmth. But we will also be a country of law and order.

Our Convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation.

The attacks on our police, and the terrorism in our cities, threaten our very way of life.

Any politician who does not grasp this danger is not fit to lead our country.

Americans watching this address tonight have seen the recent images of violence in our streets and the chaos in our communities.

Many have witnessed this violence personally, some have even been its victims.

I have a message for all of you: the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end.

Beginning on January 20th 2017, safety will be restored.

The most basic duty of government is to defend the lives of its own citizens. Any government that fails to do so is a government unworthy to lead.

It is finally time for a straightforward assessment of the state of our nation.

I will present the facts plainly and honestly.

We cannot afford to be so politically correct anymore.

So if you want to hear the corporate spin, the carefully crafted lies, and the media myths — the Democrats are holding their convention next week.

But here, at our convention, there will be no lies. We will honor the American people with the truth, and nothing else.

These are the facts:

Decades of progress made in bringing down crime are now being reversed by this Administration’s rollback of criminal enforcement.

Homicides last year increased by 17 percent in America’s fifty largest cities. That’s the largest increase in 25 years.

In our nation’s capital, killings have risen by 50 percent. They are up nearly 60 percent in nearby Baltimore.

In the President’s hometown of Chicago, more than 2,000 have been the victims of shootings this year alone.

And almost 4,000 have been killed in the Chicago area since he took office.

The number of police officers killed in the line of duty has risen by almost 50 percent compared to this point last year.

Nearly 180,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records, ordered deported from our country, are tonight roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens.

The number of new illegal immigrant families who have crossed the border so far this year already exceeds the entire total from 2015.

They are being released by the tens of thousands into our communities with no regard for the impact on public safety or resources.

One such border-crosser was released and made his way to Nebraska.

There, he ended the life of an innocent young girl named Sarah Root. She was 21 years old, and was killed the day after graduating from college with a 4.0 grade point average. Her killer was then released a second time, and he is now a fugitive from the law.

I’ve met Sarah’s beautiful family.

But to this Administration, their amazing daughter was just one more American life that wasn’t worth protecting. One more child to sacrifice on the altar of open borders.

What about our economy?

Again, I will tell you the plain facts that have been edited out of your nightly news and your morning newspaper:

Nearly four in 10 African-American children are living in poverty, while 58 percent of African-American youth are not employed.

Two million more Latinos are in poverty today than when the President took his oath of office less than eight years ago.

Another 14 million people have left the workforce entirely.

Household incomes are down more than $4,000 since the year 2000 -- 16 years ago.

Our trade deficit in goods reached nearly $800 billion last year alone.

The budget is no better.

President Obama has doubled our national debt to more than $19 trillion, and growing.

Yet, what do we have to show for it? Our roads and bridges are falling apart, our airports are in Third World condition, and 43 million Americans are on food stamps.

Now let us consider the state of affairs abroad.

Not only have our citizens endured domestic disaster, but they have lived through one international humiliation after another.

We all remember the images of our sailors being forced to their knees by their Iranian captors at gunpoint.

This was just prior to the signing of the Iran deal, which gave back to Iran $150 billion and gave us nothing – it will go down in history as one of the worst deals ever negotiated.

Another humiliation came when president Obama drew a red line in Syria – and the whole world knew it meant nothing.

In Libya, our consulate – the symbol of American prestige around the globe – was brought down in flames.

America is far less safe – and the world is far less stable – than when Obama made the decision to put Hillary Clinton in charge of America’s foreign policy.

I am certain it is a decision he truly regrets.

Her bad instincts and her bad judgment – something pointed out by Bernie Sanders – are what caused the disasters unfolding today.

Let’s review the record.

In 2009, pre-Hillary, ISIS was not even on the map. Libya was stable. Egypt was peaceful. Iraq was seeing a reduction in violence. Iran was being choked by sanctions. Syria was under control.

After four years of Hillary Clinton, what do we have?

ISIS has spread across the region, and the world. Libya is in ruins, and our Ambassador and his staff were left helpless to die at the hands of savage killers.

Egypt was turned over to the radical Muslim brotherhood, forcing the military to retake control.

Iraq is in chaos. Iran is on the path to nuclear weapons. Syria is engulfed in a civil war and a refugee crisis that now threatens the West.

After 15 years of wars in the Middle East, after trillions of dollars spent and
thousands of lives lost, the situation is worse than it has ever been before.

This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction and weakness.

But Hillary Clinton’s legacy does not have to be America's legacy.

The problems we face now – poverty and violence at home, war and destruction abroad – will last only as long as we continue relying on
the same politicians who created them.

A change in leadership is required to change these outcomes.

Tonight, I will share with you my plan of action for America.

The most important difference between our plan and that of our opponents, is that our plan will put America First.

Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo.

As long as we are led by politicians who will not put America First, then we can be assured that other nations will not treat America with respect.

This will all change when I take office.

The American People will come first once again.

My plan will begin with safety at home – which means safe neighborhoods, secure borders, and protection from terrorism.

There can be no prosperity without law and order.

On the economy, I will outline reforms to add millions of new jobs and trillions in new wealth that can be used to rebuild America.

A number of these reforms that I will outline tonight will be opposed by some of our nation's most powerful special interests.

That is because these interests have rigged our political and economic system for their exclusive benefit.

Big business, elite media and major donors are lining up behind the campaign of my opponent because they know she will keep our rigged system in place.

They are throwing money at her because they have total control over everything she does.

She is their puppet, and they pull the strings.

That is why Hillary Clinton’s message is that things will never change.

My message is that things have to change – and they have to change right now.

Every day I wake up determined to deliver for the people I have met all across this nation that have been ignored, neglected and abandoned.

I have visited the laid-off factory workers, and the communities crushed by our horrible and unfair trade deals.

These are the forgotten men and women of our country. People who work hard but no longer have a voice.


I have embraced crying mothers who have lost their children because our politicians put their personal agendas before the national good.

I have no patience for injustice, no tolerance for government incompetence, no sympathy for leaders who fail their citizens.

When innocent people suffer, because our political system lacks the will, or the courage, or the basic decency to enforce our laws – or worse still, has sold out to some corporate lobbyist for cash – I am not able to look the other way.

And when a Secretary of State illegally stores her emails on a private server, deletes 33,000 of them so the authorities can’t see her crime, puts our country at risk, lies about it in every different form and faces no consequence – I know that corruption has reached a level like never before.

When the FBI Director says that the Secretary of State was “extremely careless” and “negligent,” in handling our classified secrets, I also know that these terms are minor compared to what she actually did.

They were just used to save her from facing justice for her terrible crimes.

In fact, her single greatest accomplishment may be committing such an egregious crime and getting away with it – especially when others, who have done far less, have paid so dearly.

When that same Secretary of State rakes in millions of dollars trading access and favors to special interests and foreign powers I know the time for action has come.

I have joined the political arena so that the powerful can no longer beat up on people that cannot defend themselves.

Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it.

I have seen firsthand how the system is rigged against our citizens, just like it was rigged against Bernie Sanders – he never had a chance.

But his supporters will join our movement, because we will fix his biggest issue: trade deals that strip our country of its jobs and wealth.

Millions of Democrats will join our movement, because we are going to fix the system so it works fairly, and justly, for each and every American.

In this cause, I am proud to have at my side the next Vice President of the United States: Governor Mike Pence of Indiana.

We will bring the same economic success to America that Mike brought to Indiana.

He is a man of character and accomplishment. He is the right man for the job.

The first task for our new Administration will be to liberate our citizens from the crime and terrorism and lawlessness that threatens their communities.

America was shocked to its core when our police officers in Dallas were so brutally executed.

Immediately after Dallas, we have seen continued threats and violence against our law enforcement officials.

Law officers have been shot or killed in recent days in Georgia, Missouri, Wisconsin, Kansas, Michigan and Tennessee.

On Sunday, more police were gunned down in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Three were killed, and four were badly injured.

An attack on law enforcement is an attack on all Americans.

I have a message to every last person threatening the peace on our streets and the safety of our police: when I take the oath of office next year, I will restore law and order to our country.

I will work with, and appoint, the best and brightest prosecutors and law enforcement officials to get the job done.

In this race for the White House, I am the Law And Order candidate.

The irresponsible rhetoric of our President, who has used the pulpit of the presidency to divide us by race and color, has made America a more dangerous environment for everyone.

This Administration has failed America’s inner cities. It’s failed them on education. It’s failed them on jobs. It’s failed them on crime.

It’s failed them in every way and on every level.

When I am President, I will work to ensure that all of our kids are treated equally, and protected equally.

Every action I take, I will ask myself: does this make life better for young Americans in Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Ferguson who have as much of a right to live out their dreams as any other child in America?

To make life safe in America, we must also address the growing threats we face from outside America: we are going to defeat the barbarians of ISIS.

Once again, France is the victim of brutal Islamic terrorism. Men, women and children viciously mowed down.

Lives ruined.

Families ripped apart.

A nation in mourning.

The damage and devastation that can be inflicted by Islamic radicals has been proven over and over – at the World Trade Center, at an office party in San Bernardino, at the Boston Marathon and a military recruiting center in Chattanooga, and many more.

Only weeks ago, in Orlando, Florida, 49 wonderful Americans were savagely murdered by an Islamic terrorist. This time, the terrorist targeted our LGBTQ community.

As your President, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology.

To protect us from terrorism, we need to focus on three things.

We must have the best intelligence-gathering operation in the world.

We must abandon the failed policy of nation-building and regime change that Hillary Clinton pushed in Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria.

Instead, we must work with all of our allies who share our goal of destroying ISIS and stamping out Islamic terror. This includes working with our greatest ally in the region, the State of Israel.

Recently I have said that NATO was obsolete, because it did not properly cover terror, and also that many of the member countries were not paying their fair share.

As usual, the United States has been picking up the cost.

Shortly thereafter, it was announced that NATO will be setting up a new program in order to combat terrorism -- a true step in the right direction.

Lastly, we must immediately suspend immigration from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism until such time as proven vetting mechanisms have been put in place.

My opponent has called for a radical 550 percent increase in Syrian refugees on top of existing massive refugee flows coming into our country under President Obama.

She proposes this despite the fact that there’s no way to screen these refugees in order to find out who they are or where they come from.

I only want to admit individuals into our country who will support our values and love our people. Anyone who endorses violence, hatred or oppression is not welcome in our country and never will be.

Decades of record immigration have produced lower wages and higher unemployment for our citizens, especially for African-American and Latino workers.

We are going to have an immigration system that works, but one that works for the American people.

On Monday, we heard from three parents whose children were killed by illegal
immigrants: Mary Ann Mendoza, Sabine Durden, and Jamiel Shaw.

They are just three brave representatives of many thousands who have suffered so gravely.

Of all my travels in this country, nothing has affected me more deeply than the time I have spent with the mothers and fathers who have lost their children to violence spilling across our border.

These families have no special interests to represent them.

There are no demonstrators to protest on their behalf.

My opponent will never meet with them, or share in their pain.
Instead, my opponent wants Sanctuary Cities.

But where was sanctuary for Kate Steinle?

Where was sanctuary for the children of Mary Ann, Sabine and Jamiel?

Where was sanctuary for all the other Americans who have been so brutally murdered, and who have suffered so horribly?

These wounded American families have been alone. But they are alone no longer.

Tonight, this candidate and this whole nation stand in their corner to support them, to send them our love, and to pledge in their honor that we will save countless more families from suffering the same awful fate.

We are going to build a great border wall to stop illegal immigration, to stop the drugs from pouring into our communities, and to stop the gangs and the violence that have stolen too many innocent lives.

I have been honored to receive the endorsement of America’s border patrol
agents, and will work directly with them to protect the integrity of our lawful immigration system.

By ending catch-and-release on the border, we will stop the cycle of human smuggling and violence. Illegal border crossings will go down.

Peace will be restored.

By enforcing the rules for the millions who overstay their visas, our laws will finally receive the respect they deserve.

Tonight, I want every American whose demands for immigration security have been denied – and every politician who has denied them – to listen very closely to the words I am about to say.

On January 21st of 2017, the day after I take the oath of office, Americans will finally wake up in a country where the laws of the United States are enforced.

We are going to be considerate and compassionate to everyone.

But my greatest compassion will be for our own struggling citizens.

My plan is the exact opposite of the radical and dangerous immigration policy of Hillary Clinton.

Americans want relief from uncontrolled immigration. Communities want relief.

Yet Hillary Clinton is proposing mass amnesty, mass immigration and mass lawlessness.

Her plan will overwhelm your schools and hospitals, further reduce your jobs and wages and make it harder for recent immigrants to escape from poverty.

I have a different vision for our workers.

It begins with a new, fair trade policy that protects our jobs and stands up to countries that cheat.

It’s been a signature message of my campaign from day one, and it will be a signature feature of my presidency from the moment I take the oath of office.

I have made billions of dollars in business making deals – now I’m going to make our country rich again.

I am going to turn our bad trade agreements into great ones.

America has lost nearly-one third of its manufacturing jobs since 1997, following the enactment of disastrous trade deals supported by Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Remember, it was Bill Clinton who signed NAFTA, one of the worst economic deals ever made by our country.

Never again.

I am going to bring our jobs back to Ohio and to America – and I am not going to let companies move to other countries, firing their employees along the way, without consequences.

My opponent, on the other hand, has supported virtually every trade agreement that has been destroying our middle class.

She supported NAFTA, and she supported China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization – another one of her husband’s colossal mistakes. She supported the job-killing trade deal with South Korea.

She has supported the Trans-Pacific Partnership -- which will not only destroy our manufacturing, but it will make America subject to the rulings of foreign governments.

I pledge to never sign any trade agreement that hurts our workers, or that diminishes our freedom and independence.

Instead, I will make individual deals with individual countries. No longer will we enter into these massive deals, with many countries, that are thousands of pages long – and which no one from our country even reads or understands.

We are going to enforce all trade violations, including through the use of taxes and tariffs, against any country that cheats. This includes stopping China’s outrageous theft of intellectual property, along with their illegal product dumping, and their devastating currency manipulation.

Our horrible trade agreements with China and many others, will be totally renegotiated.

That includes renegotiating NAFTA to get a much better deal for America – and we’ll walk away if we don’t get the deal that we want.

We are going to start building and making things again.

Next comes the reform of our tax laws, regulations and energy rules.

While Hillary Clinton plans a massive tax increase, I have proposed the largest tax reduction of any candidate who has declared for the presidential race this year – Democrat or Republican.

Middle-income Americans will experience profound relief, and taxes will be simplified for everyone.

America is one of the highest-taxed nations in the world. Reducing taxes will cause new companies and new jobs to come roaring back into our country.

Then we are going to deal with the issue of regulation, one of the greatest job-killers of them all. Excessive regulation is costing our country as much as $2 trillion a year, and we will end it.

We are going to lift the restrictions on the production of American energy.

This will produce more than $20 trillion in job-creating economic activity over the next four decades.

My opponent, on the other hand, wants to put the great miners and steel workers of our country out of work – that will never happen when I am President.

With these new economic policies, trillions of dollars will start flowing into our country.

This new wealth will improve the quality of life for all Americans.

We will build the roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, and the railways of tomorrow.

This, in turn, will create millions more jobs.

We will rescue kids from failing schools by helping their parents send them to a safe school of their choice. My opponent would rather protect education bureaucrats than serve American children.

We will repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare. You will be able to choose your own doctor again.

And we will fix TSA at the airports!

We're going to work with all of our students who are drowning in debt to take the pressure off these young people just starting out their adult lives.

We will completely rebuild our depleted military, and the countries that we protect, at a massive cost to us, will be asked to pay their fair share.

We will take care of our great Veterans like they have never been taken care of before.

My just-released Ten Point Plan has received tremendous veteran support.

We will guarantee those who serve this country will be able to visit the doctor or hospital of their choice.

My opponent dismissed the VA scandal – one more sign of how out of touch she really is.

We are going to ask every Department Head in government to provide a list of wasteful spending projects that we can eliminate in my first 100 days. The politicians have talked about it, I’m going to do it.

We are also going to appoint justices to the United States Supreme Court who will uphold our laws and our Constitution. The replacement for Justice Scalia will be a person of similar views and principles. This will be one of the most important issues decided by this election.

My opponent wants to essentially abolish the 2nd amendment. I, on the other hand, received the early and strong endorsement of the National Rifle Association and will protect the right of all Americans to keep their families safe.

At this moment, I would like to thank the evangelical community who have been so good to me and so supportive. You have so much to contribute to our politics, yet our laws prevent you from speaking your minds from your own

An amendment, pushed by Lyndon Johnson, many years ago, threatens religious institutions with a loss of their tax-exempt status if they openly advocate their political views.

I am going to work very hard to repeal that language and protect free speech for all Americans.

We can accomplish these great things, and so much else – all we need to do is start believing in ourselves and in our country again.

It is time to show the whole world that America Is Back – bigger, and better and stronger than ever before.

In this journey, I'm so lucky to have at my side my wife Melania and my wonderful children, Don, Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany, and Barron: you will always be my greatest source of pride and joy.

My Dad, Fred Trump, was the smartest and hardest working man I ever knew.
I wonder sometimes what he’d say if he were here to see this tonight.

It’s because of him that I learned, from my youngest age, to respect the dignity of work and the dignity of working people. He was a guy most comfortable in the company of bricklayers, carpenters, and electricians and I
have a lot of that in me also.

Then there’s my mother, Mary. She was strong, but also warm and fair-minded. She was a truly great mother. She was also one of the most honest and charitable people I have ever known, and a great judge of character.

To my sisters Mary Anne and Elizabeth, my brother Robert and my late brother Fred, I will always give you my love you are most special to me.

I have loved my life in business.

But now, my sole and exclusive mission is to go to work for our country – to go to work for all of you.

It’s time to deliver a victory for the American people.

But to do that, we must break free from the petty politics of the past.

America is a nation of believers, dreamers, and strivers that is being led by a group of censors, critics, and cynics.

Remember: all of the people telling you that you can’t have the country you want, are the same people telling you that I wouldn’t be standing here tonight.

No longer can we rely on those elites in media, and politics, who will say anything to keep a rigged system in place.

Instead, we must choose to Believe In America.

History is watching us now. It’s waiting to see if we will rise to the occasion, and if we will show the whole world that America is still free and independent and strong.

My opponent asks her supporters to recite a three-word loyalty pledge. It reads: “I’m With Her”.

I choose to recite a different pledge.

My pledge reads: “I’M WITH YOU – THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.”

I am your voice.

So to every parent who dreams for their child, and every child who dreams for their future, I say these words to you tonight: I’m With You, and I will fight for you, and I will win for you.

To all Americans tonight, in all our cities and towns, I make this promise:

We Will Make America Strong Again.

We Will Make America Proud Again.

We Will Make America Safe Again.

And We Will Make America Great Again.


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<![CDATA[RNC Delegate Booted for Racial Slur]]>Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:19:31 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/207*120/gayne+delegate.png

A member of the Illinois delegation at this week’s Republican National Convention had her credentials pulled Wednesday after allegedly posting racially charged comments to Facebook earlier this week.

Lori Gayne admitted to party officials that she made the incendiary post during the convention using a different name, the Chicago Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet reported. The post has since been deleted.

“Our brave snipers just waiting for some n—- to try something,” Gayne posted to Facebook, using an abbreviation for the racial slur. "Love them."

Gayne, who has been posting questionable comments for months under the Twitter handle "whitepride," was elected a Trump delegate in the March Illinois Republican primary.

Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider condemned Gayne’s comments after revoking her credentials Wednesday afternoon.

“She had the credentials to be a Trump delegate,” Schneider told NBC Chicago. “She came to the convention, then we saw that Facebook post. It’s repugnant.”

“There’s no place for that rhetoric or threat of violence in the Illinois Republican Party,” Schneider added.

According to the Sun-Times, Gayne issued an apology Wednesday, conceding that her statements were “ignorant and intolerant, and they cannot be justified.”

The Illinois Republican Party is now facing questions about their vetting process, particularly why they didn’t know about Gayne’s Twitter account.

“Our staff didn’t know who she was until she showed up here in Cleveland,” Schneider said.

Gayne did not respond to NBC Chicago’s request for comment on this story.

Attention now shifts to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s keynote convention speech Thursday, where the billionaire is expected to accept his party’s nomination.

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<![CDATA[Fact Check: Mike Pence's Employment Record]]>Thu, 21 Jul 2016 18:27:41 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-578135184-rnc.jpg

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Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana claimed his “common-sense Republican leadership” is responsible for record employment in his state.

But, in fact, Indiana’s job growth has lagged slightly behind the national trend in Pence’s three-and-a-half years as governor.

Furthermore, several states with Democratic governors have grown jobs faster during that time.

In his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, the GOP’s vice presidential nominee said:

Pence, July 20: We have fewer state employees than when I took office, and businesses large and small have created nearly 150,000 new jobs, and there’s more Hoosiers going to work than ever before. That is what you can do with common-sense Republican leadership.

Sounds great — but let’s look at the evidence.

We dealt with other Pence claims about Indiana in our Day 3 convention story. Here we will focus on his claim that there are “more Hoosiers going to work than ever before,” and that “Republican leadership” is the reason.

It’s true that there were more people employed in Indiana in May than at any earlier period on record. Total nonfarm employment in the state has jumped 150,900 — or 5.2 percent — since Pence first took office on Jan. 14, 2013.

But that’s actually not unusual; total U.S. employment grew even faster — by 6.4 percent — during the same period.

And U.S. employment is also at record levels, but so is the total U.S. population. Given that population rises steadily, setting a new record every month, it would be unusual if employment were not at a record level also.

In fact, a check of employment figures for all 50 states and the District of Columbia reveals that only 18 states have failed to set a record for the number of jobs this year.

‘Republican Leadership’

We also looked at the experience of all 50 states and the District of Columbia to see if Indiana stood out, or if there was some connection between Republican governors and job gains. It didn’t, and there wasn’t.

In fact, several states with Democratic governors have had faster job growth than Indiana.

Since January 2013, California’s employment has grown by 9.6 percent; Colorado has gained 10.4 percent; Oregon also has grown 10.6 percent; Delaware’s jobs are up by 8.4 percent, and Hawaii employment has gained 6.5 percent.

Also, some states with conservative Republican governors have lagged even further behind the national trend than Indiana. Alabama’s job growth during this time was 4.0 percent; Mississippi’s was 3.3 percent; Oklahoma’s was 2.4 percent; and North Dakota eked out only a 0.5 percent gain.

Looking at the 18 states that have not set records for employment, 13 had Republican governors for the entire period since Pence took office, and three changed party control during that time, based on National Governors Association party affiliation data for 2013 to 2016.

One, Connecticut, had a Democratic governor for the entire time. And one, Rhode Island, began the time with ex-Republican Lincoln Chafee in office. He was elected as an independent and declared himself a Democrat in May 2013, soon after Pence took office.

In short, we find no correlation between the party holding a state’s governor’s mansion, and the growth of jobs.

In North Dakota’s case, employment has actually gone down by 6.1 percent since peaking at the end of 2014. The reason is that the oil-drilling boom there turned into a bust after a glut of oil forced prices down. But that just shows how easily economic factors can overwhelm any influence a governor may or may not have on job creation, regardless of party.

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<![CDATA[PAC: Melania Trump Speech Broke Election Law]]>Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:03:01 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/melania+speech.jpg

A Democratic super PAC has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, charging that the Trump campaign broke federal election law by using his corporation to advance his presidential campaign, NBC News reports.

The complaint was filed after Meredith McIver took the blame for cribbing parts of Michelle Obama's 2008 convention speech for Melania Trump's speech at the Republican National Convention Monday night.

The complaint, filed by the Democratic Coalition Against Trump super PAC, says McIver's involvement in the speechwriting is a violation of campaign finance law because she has received no compensation from the campaign but is an employee of the Trump Organization. The campaign is expected to list all in-kind contributions of goods and services in campaign finance reports.

It was not immediately clear if the Trump Organization or campaign responded.

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<![CDATA[Stanford Band Pens 'Cease and Desist' Letter to Trump]]>Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:08:46 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/stanford-generic.jpg

The marching band at Stanford University sent a comical infringement rights letter to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his use of a popular rock song at a July event.

The Leland Stanford Junior Marching Band (LSJMB) jokingly demanded Trump “cease and desist” any and all use of the song “All Right Now” by Free at any campaign-related events, functions, or shindigs. 

“Your use of the song ‘All Right Now’ as background music during the official introduction of your Vice Presidential pick is probably a violation of Free’s common law trademark rights, common law service mark rights and trade name rights,” writes band members in a letter tweeted to Trump.

The LSJMB admits in the letter it has no legal claim to the song, but expresses its desire to stake a “philosophical claim” over the song it plays regularly.

“The reason we play ARN is to bring people together, to put aside differences, and to unite everyone (yes even Kal fans) in mirth and laughter,” writes the LSJMB. “We’re not into building walls here so much as we’re into hitting walls with sledgehammers and baseball bats and then using the bricks as instruments.”

The letter addressed July 21 has been retweeted over 220 times.

Trump hasn’t made a peep on Twitter in response to the letter.

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<![CDATA[Trump Remarks on NATO Trigger Alarm Bells in Europe]]>Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:02:35 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_16195061979904.jpg

Republican nominee Donald Trump triggered alarm bells in Europe when he hinted Thursday he might not come to the defense of some NATO members if Russia were to attack.

Trump told The New York Times in a interview published on Thursday he would decide whether the Baltic republics had "fulfilled their obligations to us" in terms of their financial contributions to the alliance.

In a statement to NBC News, NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he will not interfere in the election, but called for unity. 

"Solidarity among Allies is a key value for NATO," Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said. "Two world wars have shown that peace in Europe is also important for the security of the United States."

NATO's treaty states that an attack on one member state constitutes an attack on all. Some analysts saw the remarks as carte blanche for Russia to intimidate NATO allies and a potential harbinger of the alliance's collapse were Trump to be elected.

Estonia's president was among the first to hit back, saying on Twitter that his nation has met its commitments and fought — "with no caveats."

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<![CDATA[Fact Check: GOP Convention Day 3]]>Thu, 21 Jul 2016 05:27:50 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-578131812-rnc.jpg

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On the third night of the Republican convention, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence accepted his party’s nomination for vice president, and Sen. Ted Cruz rejected calls to endorse the GOP ticket. But Pence and Cruz had one thing in common: They and other speakers distorted the facts.

  • Vice presidential nominee Mike Pence said that Hillary Clinton’s “only answer” to the debt “is to keep borrowing and spending.” But the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget found that Trump’s tax and spending plan would cause a “massive increase” in the debt, while Clinton’s plan would result in a “relatively small” increase.
  • Pence said “we cannot have four more years of apologizing to our enemies,” an old claim from 2012 that Obama apologized to other countries. But we read through all the speeches in question and found none rose to the level of an apology.
  • Pence said that “nearly 150,000 new jobs” were created in Indiana during his governorship. True, but 20 states and the District of Columbia had higher rates of job growth during the same time period.
  • Eric Trump claimed that the U.S. is “one of the highest-taxed nations in the world,” but U.S. personal taxes aren’t even in the top ten among industrialized nations. The U.S. has one of the highest business tax rates.
  • Florida Gov. Rick Scott claimed the U.S. has “world-record high debt” — it actually ranks 39th out of 178 nations in terms of debt as a percentage of GDP. And he said the U.S. economy is “not growing,” when it is.
  • Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm wrongly said that “America now has more oil than Saudi Arabia or Russia.” The U.S. is now producing more petroleum, but the other two countries have much larger proved crude oil reserves.
  • Texas Sen. Ted Cruz claimed Iran had “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” holidays. It doesn’t have such named holidays, but demonstrators are known to chant those messages on certain occasions.
  • Both Cruz and Pence took a Hillary Clinton quote on the Benghazi terrorist attacks out of context, leaving the false impression that she didn’t care about the deaths of four Americans.
  • Pastor Darrell Scott falsely claimed that there was “higher minority unemployment” under President Obama, when, in fact, the unemployment rates for African Americans, Hispanics and Asians were all down.

Note to Readers

Our managing editor, Lori Robertson, is on the scene in Cleveland. This story was written with the help of the entire staff, based in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Next week, we will dispatch our staffers in Philadelphia for the Democratic convention. We intend to vet the major speeches at both conventions for factual accuracy, applying the same standards to both.


Pence on Clinton ‘Borrowing and Spending’

In accepting the nomination, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said that as the “national debt has nearly doubled in these eight years” under Obama, Hillary Clinton’s “only answer is to keep borrowing and spending.” An analysis by the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget concluded that Clinton’s tax and spending plans would result in a “relatively small” increase to the nation’s debt, while Trump’s plan would result in a “massive increase” to the debt.

Pence is correct about the debt nearly doubling under Obama; in fact the debt held by the public has more than doubled. And Clinton has proposed $1.45 trillion in new spending — mostly on infrastructure, paid leave and education proposals — according to a June 27 report by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget called “Promises and Price Tags.” But that new spending is largely offset by $1.2 trillion in new revenue from proposed tax increases for the wealthiest Americans. So, the report concludes, Clinton would increase the debt by $250 million by 2026.

However, the report concluded that Trump’s plan would have far more dire consequences for the debt. The group found that Trump’s tax plan would result in $10.5 trillion less in tax revenues, which would be partially offset by $650 billion less in primary spending. Together with $1.7 trillion in higher interest costs, the report concludes that the sum of Trump’s policies would increase the debt by $11.5 trillion over 10 years.

“Our national debt is at post-war record-high levels and projected to grow unsustainably,” wrote Marc Goldwein, senior policy director of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. “And neither former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton nor businessman Donald Trump would reverse course — Trump, in fact, would make our debt dramatically worse.”

“The result is that under Clinton’s plans, debt would grow from 75 percent of GDP today — it was half that before the great recession! — to 87 percent of GDP by 2026,” Goldwein wrote. “Under Trump’s plans, debt would grow to a whopping 127 percent of GDP by 2026.”

Goldwein noted that the estimates are “subject to uncertainty.” But, he said, “there does not seem to be a plausible path for either candidate to put the debt on a sustainable path without modifying or adding to their plans.” And, he said, neither can get there “simply by growing the economy.”

No Apologies

Pence revived an old chestnut from the 2012 presidential campaign, saying that “we cannot have four more years of apologizing to our enemies.” The claim hearkens back to Mitt Romney’s frequent jab that Obama began his presidency on an “apology tour” in foreign countries. But as we wrote then, and again when Trump made a similar claim in June, we read through all of the speeches in question and concluded that “we didn’t see that any of them rise to the level of an actual apology.”

In a speech in Cairo, in June 2009, for example, Obama spoke about tensions between the U.S. and the Muslim world, and placed blame on both sides. And then he called for a “new beginning.” That’s not the same as “apologizing to our enemies.” Our fact-checking colleagues at PolitiFact and the Washington PostFact Checker reached the same conclusion: Obama never apologized.

Pence’s Economic Boasts

Pence boasted that Indiana has “the highest credit rating in the nation,” and that “businesses large and small have created nearly 150,000 new jobs” on his watch. He’s right, but both statements could use some context.

Indiana added 147,800 jobs from January 2013, when he became governor, to May. But as we wrote before, the state’s private job growth rate during that time was 5.9 percent. There were 20 states and the District of Columbia that experienced faster job growth, including nine that had percentage increases in the double digits. Florida (12.7 percent increase) and Utah (12.4 percent) were the top two states with the fastest-growing rates.

As for the state’s bond rating, Indiana has held a AAA rating with all three ratings agencies since 2010 — nearly three years before Pence took office, as the governor’s office said in a press release last month.

Not Among Highest Personal Taxes

Eric Trump wrongly claimed that the U.S. is “one of the highest-taxed nations in the world.” Though the U.S. has one of the highest business tax rates, U.S. personal taxes don’t even break the top ten among industrialized nations.

Eric Trump: Who better to implement commonsense tax reductions for one of the highest-taxed nations in the world, allowing our citizens a chance to keep more of what they earn, as opposed to having it squandered away by our inefficient government.

Eric Trump may have borrowed the claim from his father, whom we have twice flagged for this incorrect assertion.

The younger Trump may have been on firm ground had he been talking about business taxes. The U.S. has the highest business statutory tax rate among industrialized nations, but it was second to France when considering the marginal effective tax rate, according to an analysis by the Tax Foundation.

But Trump did not specify that he was talking about business taxes, and he said if his father is elected president, he would “[allow] our citizens a chance to keep more of what they earn,” suggesting he was talking about personal taxes. On that count, he is wrong. The U.S. ranked 27th out of 30 countries among industrialized nations when it comes to tax revenues as a percentage of GDP in 2014, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. And it ranked 17th out of 29 industrialized countries when it comes to tax revenue per capita.

Debt Not a ‘World Record’

Florida Gov. Rick Scott claimed the U.S. has “world-record high debt,” when, in fact, it doesn’t, at least by the measure economists prefer. And he said the U.S. economy is “not growing,” when it is.

Scott: Today America is in terrible, world-record high debt. Our economy is not growing.

Debt: According to the CIA World Factbook, the U.S. ranks 39th in public debt, measured as a percentage of each country’s economic output, out of 178 nations listed.

The CIA estimated that U.S. debt stood at 73.6 percent of its gross domestic product in 2015, while the most indebted country was Japan, with public debt equal to 227.9 percent of its GDP.

Greece stood at third, with debt equal to 171.3 percent of its GDP.

It may well be true that the simple dollar value of U.S. debt is larger than that of any other country, but it’s also true that the U.S. has by far the world’s largest economy. So economists use debt as a percentage of GDP to make comparisons of how large a nation’s debt is in relation to its ability to repay it.

Growth: The most recent figures from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis show the U.S. economy was growing at a yearly rate of 1.1 percent in the first three months of 2016, after growing at a rate of 1.4 percent in the final three months of 2015. These are “real” growth figures, adjusted for inflation.

Furthermore, the U.S. economy has shown positive growth each year since the end of the 2007-2009 recession. GDP rose by 2.5 percent in 2010, 1.6 percent in 2011, 2.2 percent in 2012, 1.5 percent in 2013, 2.4 percent in 2014 and 2.4 percent for all of 2015.

U.S. Oil

Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm said that “America now has more oil than Saudi Arabia or Russia.” Not so.

The U.S. has passed Saudi Arabia and Russia in production of petroleum, but estimates put Saudi Arabia’s and Russia’s proved reserves of crude oil way ahead of the U.S.

In 2014, the U.S. had 37 billion barrels of proved crude oil reserves, according to the most recent figures from the Energy Information Administration.

Proved energy reserves, as defined by the EIA, are “estimated quantities of energy sources that analysis of geologic and engineering data demonstrates with reasonable certainty are recoverable under existing economic and operating conditions.”

In that sense, the U.S. is far behind Saudi Arabia and Russia, which, in 2014, had proved reserves totaling 238 billion barrels of crude oil and 80 billion barrels of crude oil, respectively. Those estimates were the same in 2015, according to the EIA, which does not yet have a 2015 estimate for U.S. crude oil reserves.

On the other hand, the U.S. is currently the largest producer of petroleum. But that’s different from having more oil than Saudi Arabia and Russia, as Hamm said.

The U.S. produced 15.04 million barrels of petroleum per day in 2015, according to EIA figures. Saudi Arabia, with 11.95 million barrels per day, and Russia, with 11.03 million barrels per day, were second and third.

However, figures for petroleum production include crude oil, natural gas plant liquids, condensates and other refined liquids. So based on just production of crude oil, including lease condensate, the U.S., with 8.65 million barrels per day, still trailed Russia, with 10.1 million barrels per day, and Saudi Arabia, with 9.7 million barrels per day, in 2014, which is the most recent year for EIA data.

Iranian Holidays

Sen. Ted Cruz claimed that Iran “celebrates as holidays” a “Death to America Day and Death to Israel Day.” These aren’t official names of Iranian holidays, but rather chants used by demonstrators, often on certain days.

Our fact-checking colleagues at PolitiFact.com looked into part of that claim and found there wasn’t an official “Death to America Day.” Cruz was referring to anti-American demonstrations on Nov. 4, the anniversary of Iranian students’ takeover of the U.S. embassy in 1979 and the Iran hostage crisis.

Cruz’s office had referred PolitiFact to a 1987 Associated Press story that said Tehran Radio had called the occasion “Death to America Day.” Other news reports indicated that commemoration of the day sparked anti-American demonstrations, but those reports didn’t use the name “Death to America Day.”

One scholar, Gary Sick, who was also on President Carter’s National Security Council at the time of the hostage crisis, told Politifact that the phrase is shouted “at most events related to the revolution.”

In short, the anti-American sentiment is expressed on the anniversary of the hostage-taking, but Politifact found there wasn’t a designated “Death to America Day.”

As for a “Death to Israel Day,” we found a similar situation. Newsstories reported that demonstrators in Iran chanted “death to Israel” on “Al-Quds Day,” which is held the last Friday of Ramadan. Al Jazeera and CNN described the day as one to show solidarity with Palestinians, but CNN said in a 2015 story that the day often becomes a “bashing” of Israel and the United States.

Al Jazeera reported on July 1 of this year: “Hundreds of thousands of Iranians have staged anti-Israel rallies across the Islamic Republic to mark al-Quds day, the country’s annual Palestinian solidarity day, which falls on the last Friday of Ramadan. Footage from Iranian state television showed massive crowds demonstrating in the capital Tehran, chanting ‘Death to Israel.’”

While demonstrators have chanted the phrase on that day, the actual holiday is Al-Quds Day.

Context Makes a Difference, Again

Both Cruz and Pence took a Hillary Clinton quote on the Benghazi terrorist attacks out of context, leaving the false impression that she didn’t care about the deaths of four Americans.

Cruz: Theirs is the party … that responds to the death of Americans in Benghazi by asking, “What difference does it make?”

Pence: And it was Hillary Clinton who left Americans in harm’s way in Benghazi and after four Americans fell said, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

We wrote about this claim on Day 2 of the convention, when Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and former U.S. Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey made similar claims.

At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Jan. 23, 2013, Clinton did say, “What difference at this point does it make?” But she did so when Johnson asked if the attack on the diplomatic facilities in Benghazi was a “spontaneous” response to an anti-Muslim internet video, as initially claimed by the Obama administration, or, as the administration later admitted, a terrorist attack. (See our latest Benghazi timeline.)

Johnson asked, “But, Madame Secretary, do you disagree with me that a simple phone call to those evacuees to determine what happened wouldn’t have ascertained immediately that there was no protest?”

Clinton said she didn’t want to “interfere” with the FBI or State Department investigations. After some back-and-forth, she made the “what difference does it make” comment, which was a reference to his line of questioning — not the deaths of Americans.

Clinton, Jan. 23, 2013: With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator.

Cruz and Pence have every right to take issue with her answer, but they twist her words by claiming she said something that she did not.

Minority Unemployment

Pastor Darrell Scott was incorrect when he said that minority unemployment had increased under President Obama. In fact, unemployment for African Americans, Hispanics and Asians, the nation’s three largest minority groups, has declined significantly since Obama took office in January 2009.

Darrell Scott: … our government, which over the last eight years, has brought the rhetoric of hope, but the reality of higher minority unemployment.


Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis chart, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

As the chart above shows, African American unemployment has fallen from 12.7 percent in January 2009 to 8.6 percent in June 2016, the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over that same time period, the unemployment rate for Hispanic Americans has dropped from 10.1 percent to 5.8 percent, and the rate for Asian Americans has declined from 6.2 percent to 3.7 percent.

Minority unemployment has fallen in absolute terms as well. The total number of unemployed African Americans was 1.68 million in June, down from 2.26 million in January 2009. And unemployment among Hispanics is also down from 2.22 million in January 2009 to 1.54 million in June.

Asian unemployment is down too, from 435,000 in January 2009 to 358,000 in June, based on non-seasonally adjusted figures.

It is true that Hispanics and African Americans continue to be unemployed at higher rates than all Americans. As of June, the unemployment rates for African Americans and Hispanics, 8.6 percent and 5.8 percent, respectively, were above the national unemployment rate of 4.9 percent.

— Lori Robertson, with Eugene Kiely, Brooks Jackson, Robert Farley, D’Angelo Gore, Zachary Gross and Ilana Nathans


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Categories: Articles and Featured Posts

Tags: Presidential Election 2016

Locations: National

People: Mike Pence, Rick Scott, and Ted Cruz

Issues: debt, jobs, oil, spending, Taxes, and Unemployment

author: Lori Robertson

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<![CDATA[Here's What Mike Pence Said at the GOP Convention]]>Wed, 20 Jul 2016 21:00:29 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/578135180-mike-pence-gop-convention-speech.jpg

Indiana Governor Mike Pence accepted the Republican nomination for vice president Wednesday evening. Here are his remarks as prepared:

Mr. Chairman, delegates, friends, and my fellow Americans:

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am deeply humbled by your confidence, and on behalf of my family here and gone, I accept your nomination to run and serve as Vice President of the United States of America.

I thank Speaker Paul Ryan for that gracious welcome. You’re a true friend and a great American leader. But Paul knows the introduction I prefer is a little shorter.

I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order.

I’m new to this campaign, and honestly I never thought I’d be standing here. I thought I’d be spending this evening with my friends in the Indiana delegation.

Yet, there I was a few days ago in New York City with the man who won 37 states ... faced 16 talented opponents and outlasted every one of them ... and along the way brought millions of new voters into the Republican Party.

He’s a man known for his large personality, his colorful style, and his charisma – and, well, I guess he was looking for someone to balance the ticket.

For those of you who don’t know me, which is most of you, I grew up on the front row of the American dream. My grandfather immigrated to this country, and I was raised in a small town in Southern Indiana in a big family with a cornfield in the backyard.

Although we weren't really a political family, the heroes of my youth were President John F. Kennedy and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

When I was young, I watched my Mom and Dad build everything that matters – a family, a business, and a good name. I was raised to believe in hard work, faith and family. My Dad, Ed Pence, was a combat veteran in Korea who ran gas stations in our small town, and was a great father.

If Dad were still with us, I have a feeling he would have enjoyed this moment ... and probably been pretty surprised by it.

But it’s my joy to tell you that my mother is here, still in shock over the news I called her with last week. Would you welcome my Mom, Nancy?

Growing up I actually started in politics in the other party, until I heard the voice and the ideals of the 40th President, and I signed on for the Reagan Revolution.

The best thing that ever happened to me – even counting tonight – is that 31 years ago, I married the girl of my dreams ... a school teacher and artist. She’s everything to me. Let me introduce you to my wonderful wife, Karen Pence.

And regardless of any title I ever hold, the highest role I will ever play is Dad. Karen and I are blessed to be the parents of the three greatest kids in the world ... a writer named Charlotte, a college student named Audrey, and a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps, Michael J. Pence. Proud of you guys.

If you know anything about Hoosiers, you know we love to suit up and compete. We play to win. That's why I joined this campaign in a heartbeat.

You have nominated a man for president who never quits ... never backs down ... a fighter ... a winner. Until now he's done it all by himself, against all odds.

But this week with this united party, he's got back-up! And on November 8th, I know we will elect Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States.

We will win because we are running on the issues facing this country, and because we are leveling with the American people about the stakes and the choice.

The American people are tired of being told. They are tired of being told this is as good as it gets. They are tired of hearing politicians in both parties tell us we’ll get to it tomorrow” while our country piles up a mountain range of debt on our children and grandchildren.

And as Ronald Reagan used to say, they are tired of being told that a "little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives better for us than we can plan them for ourselves."

In the end, this election comes down to just two names on a ballot. So, let’s resolve here and now that Hillary Clinton will never become President of the United States of America.

Hillary Clinton essentially offers a third Obama term. And the role is perfect for her. She championed Obamacare, because years earlier she had all but invented it.

The national debt has nearly doubled in these eight years, and her only answer is to keep borrowing and spending.

And like the President, she thinks the path to a growing economy is more taxes, more regulation, and more government.

They tell us this economy is the best that we can do. It’s nowhere near the best we can do it is just the best they can do.

And I know firsthand it doesn’t have to be like this. In my home state of Indiana we prove every day that you can build a growing economy on balanced budgets, low taxes, even while making record investments in education, roads and healthcare.

Indiana is a state that works because conservative principles work every time you put them into practice!

Today, while the nation suffers under the weight of $19 trillion in national debt, we in Indiana have a $2 billion surplus and the highest credit rating in the nation even though we’ve cut taxes every year since I became Governor.

Today we have fewer state employees than when I took office and businesses, large and small, have created nearly 150,000 net new jobs, and we have more Hoosiers going to work than ever before.

And that’s what you can do with common- sense Republican leadership, and that’s exactly what the no-nonsense leadership of Donald Trump will bring to the White House!

Donald Trump gets it. He’s the genuine article. He’s a doer in a game usually reserved for talkers. And when Donald Trump does his talking, he doesn’t tiptoe around the thousand new rules of political correctness.

He’s his own man, distinctly American. Where else would an independent spirit like his find a following than in the land of the free and the home of the brave?

The funny thing is, the party in power seems helpless to figure out our nominee. The media has the same problem. They all keep telling each other that the usual methods will work against him.

They keep thinking they’ve done him in, only to wake up the next morning and find that Donald Trump is still standing and running stronger than ever before.

The man just doesn’t quit.

He is tough. He perseveres. He’s gone about as far as you can go in business, yet he has never turned his back on the working men and women who make this country go.

And Donald Trump will never turn his back on those who serve and protect us at home and abroad. It’s been a heartbreaking time for the women and men in our law enforcement community.

In this time of great testing for them, let’s let them know - here and now - we will always stand with those who stand on the thin blue line.

While Donald Trump was taking my measure as a possible running mate, I did some observing myself.

I’ve seen the way he deals with people who work for him at every level and I’ve seen the way they feel about working for him.

Now, I’ll grant you, he can be a little rough with politicians on a stage, and I’ll bet we see that again. But I’ve seen this good man up close ... his utter lack of pretense ... his respect for the people who work for him ... and his devotion to his family.

And if you doubt what I’m saying, remember – as we say back home – you can’t fake good kids. How about his amazing children, aren’t they something?

These are the true measures of our nominee, chosen by the voters as the right man for these times. This is the outsider, my running mate, who turned a long-shot campaign into a movement.

And over in the other party, if the idea was to present the exact opposite of a political outsider ... the exact opposite of an uncalculating truth-teller ... then on that score you’ve really got to hand it to the Democrat establishment.

They outdid themselves this time.

At the very moment when America is crying out for something new and different, the other party has answered with a stale agenda and the most predictable of names.

People in both parties are restless for change, ready to break free of old patterns in Washington. And the Democrats are about to anoint someone who represents everything this country is tired of.

Hillary Clinton wants a better title, and I would too if I were already America's Secretary of Status Quo.

The choice could not be more clear.

Americans can elect someone who literally personifies the failed establishment in Washington, DC, or we can choose a leader who will fight to Make America Great Again.

It’s change versus status quo, and my fellow Republicans when Donald Trump becomes President of the United States of America the change will be ... HUGE!

For years we have had fundamental problems in America that get talked to death in Washington, DC, but never get solved and even get worse.

We’ve seen entire stretches of our country written off by bad economic policies, in ways deeply unfair to our workers.

We’ve seen relentless mandates from the executive branch. No aspect of our lives is too small for the present administration to supervise, no provision of the Constitution too large for them to ignore.

Meanwhile, we have seen borders that go unrespected ... a military that’s been diminished ... and promise after ringing promise to our veterans, promptly forgotten.

Then Donald Trump came along and started saying what practically everyone was thinking anyway – that our leaders need to be stronger.

Under Donald Trump, our deals will be smarter ... our soldiers will have what they need and our veterans will have what they earned ... we will secure our borders and protect our nation.

In all of this, and more, we will get serious.

And when we do, this nation will start winning again.

It’s the message that men and women in both parties have been longing to hear. But none of us should think for one second that this will be easy. The outcome of this election depends on us, and how we contend with an incredible onslaught coming our way.

This won’t be America’s first glimpse of the Clinton machine in action, as Bernie Sanders can tell you.

And this time around, she’ll have the press doing half her work for her. The good news is, it won’t be nearly enough ... not against a candidate who has captured the attention of this country the way Donald Trump has.

Issue by issue, he and I will take our case to the voters – pointing out the failures of the Obama-Clinton agenda, and showing a better way.

We will win the hearts and minds of the American people with an agenda for a stronger and more prosperous America.

Now, the establishment in Washington, DC, thinks it’s only a narrow range of voters who are giving Donald Trump a serious look.

But I can tell you firsthand, there’s a lot of Americans out there who feel like Democrat politicians have taken them for granted.

It’s union members, who don’t want a president who promises “to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” They want American energy and they know Donald Trump digs coal.

It’s African-Americans, who remember generations of hollow promises about safe streets and better schools. And they know Donald Trump will fight for equal opportunity and loves school choice.

And it’s Hispanic-Americans, who respect the law, want jobs and opportunities for their families, who know Donald Trump will uphold the law and get this economy moving again.

The Party of Lincoln was founded on equality of opportunity, and during these difficult days it will be our party and our agenda that will open doors for every American.

In so many ways, the Democratic Party has abandoned those it used to protect. Maybe they’ve become too entrenched in power, so comfortable at times that they lose patience with the normal legislative process.

It’s so much simpler to impose their values by executive order or court action, and make no mistake about it, Hillary Clinton has some big ideas along those lines.

As this election approaches, every American should know that while we’re filling the presidency for the next four years, this election will define the Supreme Court for the next forty.

We all better think very carefully about what this means for our Constitution and limited government.

Elect Hillary Clinton, and you better get used to being subject to unelected judges using unaccountable power to take unconstitutional actions.

For the sake of the rule of law ... for the sake of the sanctity of life ... for the sake of the Second Amendment ... and for the sake of all of our other God-given liberties, we must ensure that the next president appointing Justices to the Supreme Court of the United States is Donald Trump.

And Hillary Clinton's record on foreign affairs gets even worse.

It was Hillary Clinton who helped to undo all the gains of the troop surge, a staggering failure of judgment that set ISIS on the loose.

It was Hillary Clinton who instigated the President’s disastrous agreement with the radical mullahs in Iran.

And it was Hillary Clinton who left Americans in harm’s way in Benghazi and after four Americans fell, said “What difference at this point does it make?”

As the proud father of a United States Marine, let me say from my heart anyone who said that, anyone who did that, should be disqualified from ever serving as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States.

Seven and a half years of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s policies have weakened America’s place in the world. Terrorist attacks at home and abroad, grim and heartbreaking scenes from France just a few short days ago, the attempted coup in Turkey, all attest to a world spinning apart.

History teaches us that weakness arouses evil.

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama’s foreign policy of leading from behind, moving red lines, feigning resets with Russia, and the rise, rule and reign of ISIS are a testament to this truth of history.

We cannot have four more years of apologizing to our enemies and abandoning our friends. America needs to be strong for the world to be safe. On the world stage, Donald Trump will lead from strength.

Donald Trump will rebuild our military and stand with our allies. Donald Trump will confront radical Islamic terrorism at its source and destroy the enemies of our freedom.

If the world knows nothing else, it will know this: America stands with Israel.

If you looked at a calendar this morning, you might have noticed that the presidency of Barack Obama ends exactly six months from today.

And this much is certain of the Obama years: they are not ending well.

There seem to be so many things that divide us ... so few great purposes that unite us as they once did. And it’s at moments like this, moments when politics fail, that we do well to remember that what unites us far exceeds anything that sets us apart.

That we are, as we have always been, one nation, under God.

Should I have the awesome privilege to serve as your vice president, I promise to keep faith with that conviction. To pray daily for a wise and ‘discerning heart ... for who is able to govern this great people?’

My fellow Americans, I believe we have come to another rendezvous with destiny, and I have faith ... faith in the boundless capacity of the American people and faith that God can still heal our land.

But we have a choice to make. This is another time for choosing.

If you want a president who will protect this nation, confront radical Islamic terrorism and rid the world of ISIS ...

If you want a president who will restore law and order to this country and give law enforcement the support and resources they deserve ...

If you want a president who will cut taxes, grow our economy and squeeze every nickel out of the federal bureaucracy ...

If you want a president who will upend the status quo in Washington, DC, and appoint Justices to the Supreme Court who will uphold the constitution ...

If you want a president who will build strong borders and enforce our laws and end the flood of illegal immigration ...

We have but one choice and that man is ready, this team is ready, our party is ready, and when we elect Donald Trump the 45th President of the United States, together we will Make America Great Again.

Now let’s go get this done!

Thank you and God bless you and God bless the United States of America.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Thanks Wrong Scott Walker for RNC Speech]]>Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:02:47 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TrumpWalker.jpg

That's not the real Scott Walker, @realdonaldtrump.

After Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker hammered Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president and Donald Trump's opponent, at the RNC convention on Wednesday, Trump sent a tweet thanking Walker:

One problem: @ScottWalker6 isn't Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin, who spoke at the Republican National Convention. @ScottWalker6 is Scott Walker, television journalist for WDSU in New Orleans.

One minute later, Donald Trump followed with a tweet thanking the correct Scott Walker, @scottwalker. 

TV Scott Walker was a good sport.

Clearly, this has happened before.

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<![CDATA[Trump to 'Art of the Deal' Ghostwriter: Cease and Desist]]>Wed, 20 Jul 2016 20:04:21 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Schwartz+Trump+Split.jpg

The ghostwriter of Donald Trump's bestselling book "The Art of the Deal" said Wednesday he has received a cease and desist letter from Trump's campaign in response to comments he made about Trump, NBC News reported.

In an interview with MSNBC, Tony Schwartz said the letter demands, among other things, that the former journalist stop collecting and return all the royalty payments he received from the book.

It comes after Schwartz, who was employed by Trump to co-write his memoir in 1987, slammed the Republican candidate in an interview with the New Yorker. He told the magazine that he genuinely believes "if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization."

Schwartz described Trump to Rachel Maddow and Brian Williams as "having no heart and no soul."

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<![CDATA[Transcript: Newt Gingrich Addresses the RNC]]>Wed, 20 Jul 2016 20:59:43 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Newt+Gingrich_16203086677795.jpg

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich spoke at the Republican National Convention Wednesday evening, introduced by his wife, Callista Gingrich. Here are his remarks as prepared:

And thank you, Callista. You know, she makes documentary films, and writes a best-selling children’s series on American history.

In addition, she sings in the Basilica Choir, and plays the French horn in the Fairfax Band. I am amazed at her achievements.

Tonight I want to speak about a subject that has dominated my thinking for decades: How do we keep America safe?

Keeping America safe is the first responsibility of the American president.

There have been many fascinating things to watch about the extraordinary, historic rise of Donald Trump.

But the most significant has been Donald Trump’s courage to tell some important truths about our national security.

For example:

* We are at War.
* We are at War with Radical Islamists.
* They are determined to kill us.
* They are stronger than we admit.
* And there is NO substitute for victory.

In contrast to Donald Trump, our national security and foreign policy elites, led by Hillary Clinton, are incapable of speaking with such honesty.

While they lie about the threat, we need to tell the truth about the danger.

If our enemies had their way, not a single woman in this room could define her future.

If our enemies had their way, gays, lesbians and transgender citizens would be put to death as they are today in the Islamic State and Iran.

If our enemies had their way, every person on earth would be subject to conversion by the sword and to a cruel and violent system of law.

There would be no individual liberty.

There would be no equality.

There would be no freedom.

If you doubt we are at war...

If you doubt that this threat is as real as I say...

Let me refresh your memory:

On Monday, an Afghan refugee in Germany used an axe and knives to slash and wound train passengers while shouting “Allahu Akbar.”

Last week, ISIS claimed responsibility after a Tunisian man drove a cargo truck into a crowd in Nice, France. He murdered 84 people, including at least 10 children and three Americans, and injured over 300 others.

Two weeks ago, almost 300 people were killed and more than 200 were wounded in bombing attacks in Baghdad.

Two days before that, radical Islamists in Bangladesh killed 20 hostages, including 3 American college students.

A few days before that, at the Istanbul airport in Turkey, ISIS attackers armed with guns and bombs killed 44 people and injured hundreds more.

Last month, a radical Islamist in Paris stalked a French police officer to his home, where he murdered the officer and tortured his wife to death in front of their three-year-old son, while streaming it all on social media.

He was pondering whether to kill the three-year-old when he was killed by police.

Two days before that, an attacker pledging allegiance to ISIS killed 49 people in an Orlando nightclub and wounded dozens more.

All this in just the past 37 days.

We cannot let ourselves grow numb to these accumulating atrocities.

One analysis estimated that since January of 2015, some 30,000 people have been killed at the hands of terrorists.

Donald Trump is right.

We are at war with radical Islamists, we are losing the war, and we must change course to win the war.


Let me be very clear, because I know the news media will do their best to distort this.

We have nothing to fear from the vast majority of Muslimsin the United States, or around the world.

The vast majority are peaceful. They are often the victims of the violence themselves.

They are people we would be happy to have as our friends and neighbors.

The challenge is, when even a small percentage of a billion, six hundred million people support violence against those who disagree with them, that is still a giant recruiting base.

For example, Pew Research finds that just 9 percent of Muslims in Pakistan view ISIS favorably.

Unfortunately, 9 percent is 16 million people.

And that’s just one country.


So the truth is, although we are losing the war with radical Islamists, we have been very lucky.

The danger we face is much worse than the horrors that happened in Germany on New Year’s Eve, when twelve-hundred women were assaulted.

It’s worse than what’s happening in France, where there are stabbings of Jews in the streets and the nation’s security chief warned recently that France is “on the brink of civil war.”

It’s worse than what’s happening in Israel, where average citizens fear for their lives whenever they leave their homes.

The danger is even worse than September 11th, when 19 hijackers murdered almost 3,000 Americans.

The worst case scenario is losing an American city to terrorists armed with weapons of mass destruction.

Instead of losing 3,000 people in one morning, we could lose more than 300,000.

Instead of losing 2 great buildings, we could lose block after block after block to a nuclear event.

That’s not just my view. Back in January of 2001, the Hart Rudman Commission warned that terrorists, “will acquire weapons of mass destruction... and some will use them.

Americans will likely die on American soil, possibly in large numbers.”

15 years later, the dangers are even greater.

In a world where Pakistan has nuclear weapons... where North Korea has nuclear weapons... and where Iran--the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism--is close to having nuclear weapons... this, a catastrophic attack on innocent Americans, is a very real threat.

Which brings us to the heart of the matter.

We are sleepwalking through history as though this is All About Politics.

It is not.

It is about our safety and our survival as a country.

We cannot keep in place the people and the systems that have brought us to this point and that LIE to us every single day about the threat.

That is why every American should be terrified at the prospect of a Hillary Clinton presidency.

Hillary Clinton has been right at the center of this dishonesty.

We know this administration and its allies lied to us about the Iran nuclear deal. We know it because they openly bragged about it to the New York Times.

We know that Hillary Clinton lied to us knowingly about the terror attack on our Benghazi consulate.

We know that Hillary Clinton and President Obama lie to the American people when they say they can safely screen the Syrian refugees. They cannot. And yet Hillary wants to increase the number by 500 percent.

So when you hear about Hillary’s dishonesty, or the emails, or taking millions from the Saudis and other Middle Eastern dictatorships--remember: this is not about politics.

The cost of Hillary’s dishonesty could be the loss of America as we know it.

The first step forward to safety is electing a leader who will be truthful with the American people about the realities we face.

Only then will we understand, support, and demand the strategies required to confront this threat.

And because safety and security are the preconditions for our freedom and prosperity, it is also the first step toward rebuilding the America we love.

Donald Trump understands this.

And that’s why he will rebuild our military-- because he knows that a strong military is the best way to ensure peace.

Donald Trump will secure our borders-- because there is no such thing as a nation without a border.

Donald Trump will enforce our immigration laws. He will end the policy of deliberate non-enforcement and will end the abuse of our visa programs--to protect

Americans workers, and their wages.

Donald Trump will take care of our veterans by holding bureaucrats at the Veterans Administration accountable. He will fire those responsible for the waiting lists, and will give veterans more choices about their care.

With Donald Trump’s leadership, no bureaucrat will get between a veteran and their doctor.

Donald Trump will get America building again.

He will blow apart the ridiculous regulations and requirements that drive up infrastructure costs and drag out the timeline to get anything built.

The Trump Infrastructure program will make us once again the most competitive economy in the world.

Donald Trump will rebuild our education system, and give every parent of every income and every ethnic background a choice about where their children go to school.

And Donald Trump will help us rebuild and strengthen our communities.

Here again, the first step is safety-- the basis for strong families, and good jobs, and vibrant neighborhoods.

That means restoring law and order.

Donald Trump will show zero tolerance for people calling for the death of police officers.

Think about this. If anyone publicly threatens the life of the President of the United States, the Secret Service is on them in an instant.

Our law enforcement officers deserve the same respect.

And of course, if individual officers are found to have violated someone’s rights, they must be held accountable under the law. America is based on the rule of law.

We are one nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.

That is what has allowed us to absorb more people from more backgrounds than any nation in history.

Nobody is above the law. And nobody is too small to deserve its protection.

Donald Trump won our party’s nomination because he is willing to tell the truth about the things that matter most.

He has a great running mate in Mike Pence.

They will put our safety first, and they will defend America first.

We can be proud to stand with them.

So tonight, the challenge for everyone in this hall, and everyone--Republican, Democrat, or Independent--who is watching at home and knows we cannot continue on our current course...

...Is to rise above our factions, and rise above the politics we’ve inherited;

to ignore the lies of the news media and the old order;

to reject the suicidal dishonesty of Hillary Clinton and her establishment allies;

and to stand with Donald Trump and Mike Pence for what we know is true:

We can make America safe again;

We can make America work again;

We can make America first again;

And together, we can make America great again -- for all Americans.

Thank you and God Bless the United States of America.

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<![CDATA[Fact Checking Day Two of the Republican National Convention]]>Wed, 20 Jul 2016 18:58:33 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-577709840.jpg

Donald Trump, Jr. took to the Republican National Convention stage Tuesday night and honed in on Hillary Clinton, calling out the Democratic contender for overreaching on gun rights and the Second Amendment.

“She says she’d issue executive orders to take away Americans’ guns,” he told the crowd in Cleveland.

That claim is partly true. Clinton’s gun control platform says she wouldn’t hesitate to use ‘administrative action,’ but only if Congress fails to pass a law requiring background checks on all gun sales, private and registered.

“Just look at how effective those laws have been in inner city Chicago, a city with the toughest gun laws in our nation where 70 people were murdered last month alone,” Donald Trump, Jr. continued.

This statement is largely true. Gun violence is ravaging the streets of Chicago, and there were 70 homicides in June alone, according to the Chicago Tribune. It should be mentioned, however, that four of those deaths did not involve guns.

Another focus of Tuesday night was the Constitution.

House Speaker Paul Ryan accused President Obama of overstepping the law of the land.

“The result is a record of discarded promises, empty gestures, phony strawman arguments, reforms put off forever, shady power plays like the one that gave us Obamacare, and constitutional limits brushed off as nothing,” he said in reference to the Obama administration.

It turns out those concerns are the same ones Ryan expressed about his own party’s nominee. In May, Ryan spoke to CNN’s Jake Tapper about these concerns.

“Does he share our values and our principles on limited government, the proper role of the executive, adherence to the Constitution?” he said of Trump. “There are a lot of questions that conservatives, I think, are going to want answers to, myself included.”

In his speech last night, Ryan also blamed the president for “dividing America” by pitting groups against each other.

“Americans need to see beyond class and ethnicity,” Ryan said.

Perhaps the greatest criticisms against Donald Trump in his campaign for president are his inflammatory statements about Muslims and Mexicans.

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<![CDATA[Melania Trump’s RNC Speechwriter Hails from San Jose]]>Wed, 20 Jul 2016 23:58:04 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/178*120/TLMD-melania-trump-discurso-donald-trump-convencion-EFE-636045017612429313w.jpg

The writer for the Trump Organization, who took the blame for Melania Trump’s 2016 Republican National Convention speech plagiarism controversy, is a former ballerina, a registered Democrat and originally hails from San Jose, the same city that erupted in violence when Donald Trump campaigned here before the California primary.

Not much is known about her early Silicon Valley roots, but on Wednesday, Meredith McIver’s name was fast becoming a household word. McIver offered to resign from the Trump campaign for lifting 63 words from Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech and putting them into the mouth of the woman who hopes to replace the first lady.

“This was my mistake, and I feel terrible for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama,” McIver, 65, said, apologizing for a speech that turned Melania Trump into an instant internet meme. “No harm was meant.”

But McIver also made it very clear that Melania Trump knew the passages belonged to Michelle Obama.

"A person she has always liked is Michelle Obama," McIver said. "Over the phone, she read me some passages from Mrs. Obama's speech as examples. I wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech."

Others from San Jose say it puts a stain on the city.

"I think it's just embarrassing not only for the writer herself but also for San Jose," said Rawan Ammouri, who calls the South Bay city home. "I mean you're representing us, and you're making us look bad."

In her letter, McIver calls herself a “longtime friend and admirer of the Trump rally.”

McIver’s biography on the AllAmericanSpeakers.com describes her as a “close associate to the world famous real estate titan and recent TV Impresario Donald Trump.”

She co-authored the bestseller, "Trump: How to Get Rich," with Donald Trump as well as other Trump self-help books such as, "Think Like a Champion," "Trump Never Give Up," "Trump: Think Like a Billionaire" and "Trump 101, The Way to Success."

According to her biography, Trump wrote “How to Get Rich” after NBC asked him to star in “The Apprentice.” The book delves into the lessons Trump imparted on the show, his real estate empire and his role as a father.

“With his luxury buildings, award-winning golf courses, high-stakes casinos, and glamorous beauty pageants, Donald J. Trump is one of a kind in American business. Every day, he lives the American dream. Now Ms. McIver will show you how he's done it!” her bio says.

An English major from the University of Utah, McIver’s bio says she has been a member of the Trump Organization since September 2001. Before that she worked on Wall Street and has also had stints as an editor and writer, it says. The site says that she started her career when she was 14 as a Ford Foundation Scholar, training at George Balachine's School of American Ballet.

Media reports indicate she currently lives in the Upper West Side in New York City.

McIver seems to have no social media presence whatsoever – a presumably fake Facebook page with her name was created Wednesday, and the only post so far is the apology letter she penned on stationery with the "Trump" letterhead in gold.

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<![CDATA[Trump Advisor: Clinton Treasonous]]>Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:34:08 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-536054874.jpg

A Donald Trump adviser and New Hampshire state lawmaker says he's standing by his controversial comments calling for Hillary Clinton to be shot by a firing squad for treason.

State Rep. Al Baldasaro, who served as a Marine and advises the Republican presidential nominee on veterans' issues, said in an interview with NBC News Wednesday that he's standing by the comments he made earlier on the Jeff Kuhner Show on WRKO.

He said the presumptive Democratic nominee's use of a private email server, for which Clinton won't face charges following an FBI investigation, should be considered treason.

"As far as I'm concerned, the laws of the land on treason could be a firing squad if she's found guilty," Bladasaro said.

"I stand by it because treason is treason. When you take information on a service, that's a non-classified server, classified info, and you've got names of American CIA, Secret Service, ambassadors or whatever and you're sharing that out there, you're giving the enemy information," he told NBC News.

Asked to respond to Baldasaro's comments, Trump aide Hope Hicks told NBC News, "No, of course Mr. Trump does not feel this way."

The U.S. Secret Service is aware of Baldasaro's comments, a representative said.

Baldasaro also on Wednesday dismissed suggestions that his comments were too controversial, arguing that Republicans needed to be tougher critics of Clinton.

"We have to stop being nice. We gotta start putting America first. We have to protect our country first — no one is above the law," he said.

Veterans groups are already calling for Trump to cut ties with Baldasaro.

"There is no room in this debate for those calling for the murder of Hillary Clinton. If Trump cannot get a hold of his out-of-control mob that is growing increasingly unhinged, he should drop out," Jon Soltz, an Iraq War veteran and chairman of VoteVets.org, said in a statement.

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<![CDATA[Trump 'Never Asked' Kasich to Be His VP]]>Wed, 20 Jul 2016 14:18:55 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/JohnKasichCleveland-AP_382914376.jpg

Donald Trump said he never asked John Kasich to be his running mate after the Trump team reportedly reached out to the Ohio governor’s staff with the job offer. 

According to a New York Times report, a Kasich senior adviser said it was Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., who made the offer in May, a few weeks after Kasich suspended his campaign for the Republican nomination. 

But after arriving in Cleveland Wednesday afternoon, the elder Trump distanced himself from the report, tweeting: “John Kasich was never asked by me to be V.P. Just arrived in Cleveland - will be a great two days!"

The New York Times said Donald Jr. told the staffer that as “the most powerful vice president in history,” Kasich would be responsible for domestic and foreign policy, leaving Trump with the task of “making America great again.” 

Trump said he would consider the Ohio governor for the vice presidency on May 4, the same day Kasich dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination. 

Last week, Trump said it was Indiana Gov. Mike Pence that was his “first choice,” among a short-list that included former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. 

With 18 electoral votes, Ohio has been carried by every winning presidential candidate since 1964, which makes Ohio a key battleground. That makes Kasich’s support for the party’s nominee even more important. 

Kasich is still refusing to endorse Trump. In an interview with NBC News Monday, he said Trump would "have to change everything that he says" for him to agree to speak at the convention. 

"We can't be attacking Muslims and Hispanics, and trying to shut down trade, and not caring about the debt," Kasich told NBC News' Lester Holt. "Those are all problems for me." 

Kasich said he didn't see eye-to-eye with the Republican Party's nominee. 

"I don't hold any personal animus towards Donald Trump," Kasich said. "We just are two companies that have different values, different directions, and different philosophies."

Kasich arrived in Cleveland Tuesday and avoided the convention altogether. Instead, he headlined a state party reception at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, about a mile from the Quicken Loans Arena. 

"The message for me was never about rhetoric," Kasich told a crowd of about 2,000. "There's no way I would enter a race for president just to win an election." 

During a delegation breakfast Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan urged Ohio delegates loyal to Kasich to put their support behind Trump. 

Kasich’s refusal to back Trump and attend has angered top Trump staff and Republican faithful. 

"He is making a big mistake. He is looking at something that is not going to happen. He is hurting his state,” Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Monday. “He is embarrassing his state, frankly." 

Manafort continued to dig into Kasich Monday, telling Bloomberg News: “Will John Kasich finally grow up? Maybe. If he does, we'll welcome him." 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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<![CDATA[RNC Fact Check: Misleading Claims on Guns, Benghazi, More]]>Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:52:04 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-577716238.jpg

FactCheck.org is a non-partisan non-profit organization that will hold candidates and key figures accountable during the 2016 presidential campaign. FactCheck.org will check facts of of speeches, advertisements and more for NBC.

CLEVELAND — The theme of the second night of the Republican convention was “Make America Work Again,” but the false and misleading claims we flagged touched on topics beyond the economy and jobs:

  • Donald Trump Jr. distorted Clinton’s gun control proposal, claiming, as his father did, that she wants to “take away Americans’ guns.” Clinton’s gun control proposal doesn’t call for taking away guns.
  • Two speakers claimed that Clinton paid women less than men in her Senate office. That’s true if one includes only workers who worked for Clinton full-time for a full year, but it’s not accurate if including workers who worked part of the year or took unpaid leaves of absences.
  • Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson and former U.S. Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey both mentioned Clinton’s “what difference does it make” quote on Benghazi, but left out the context of that remark. Clinton didn’t say that the loss of life in Benghazi didn’t make a difference.
  • Sens. Dan Sullivan of Alaska and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia took Clinton’s words on coal-mining jobs out of context. Capito said Clinton “promised to devastate communities and families across coal country.” But Clinton said she wants to bring renewable energy jobs to coal country to replace lost coal jobs.
  • Capito used a one-sided report and back-of-the-envelope calculation to claim that “the burden of government regulations in this country amounts to $15,000 a household.” And she exaggerated the number of coal mining jobs that have been lost since 2011, putting the figure at 60,000, when it’s 36,700.
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wrongly said that Clinton was for the Keystone XL pipeline before she was against it. She did not take a position until she opposed the pipeline in 2015.
  • Capito also said the Obama “economic agenda” has led to “the lowest workforce participation in decades,” but the rate began its decline in the late 1990s and is due mainly to baby boomers retiring and other demographic factors. The unemployment rate, meanwhile, is below the historical norm.
  • Sen. Jeff Sessions claimed that “respect for America has fallen,” but the U.S. is viewed more favorably in many countries now than it was before President Obama took office.
  • Donald Trump Jr. also wrongly said that his father “funded his entire primary run out of his own pocket.” Trump provided about 73 percent of the funding, but not all of it.

Note to Readers

Our managing editor, Lori Robertson, is on the scene in Cleveland. This story was written with the help of the entire staff, based in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Next week, we will dispatch our staffers in Philadelphia for the Democratic convention. We intend to vet the major speeches at both conventions for factual accuracy, applying the same standards to both.


Distorting Clinton’s Gun Stance

Donald Trump Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps in distorting the facts on Clinton’s gun control proposals. He claimed that Clinton would “take away Americans’ guns,” but she doesn’t propose a ban on all guns or taking away guns.

Trump Jr.: She says she’ll issue executive orders to take away Americans’ guns. She wants to appoint judges that will abolish the Second Amendment.

Trump’s language was similar to that of his father, who has claimed that “Clinton wants to take your guns away and she wants to abolish the Second Amendment.” As we’ve written before, her gun control proposal calls for restrictions, such as a ban on semi-automatic “assault weapons” and expanded background checks, but she doesn’t propose taking away guns.

Her gun violence prevention proposal, which is on her campaign website, calls for expanding background checks to some private sales online and at gun shows, changing the federal law that allows gun buyers to purchase a gun if a background check remains incomplete after three days, and reinstating a ban on certain semi-automatic “assault weapons” that expired in 2004. That law didn’t ban any guns in circulation before it took effect.

As for “abolish[ing] the Second Amendment,” that claim is likely based on Clinton’s comment in a 2015 speech that “the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment, and I am going to make that case every chance I get.” But that comment was about a specific case, the 2008 Supreme Court ruling that found the handgun ban in Washington, D.C., unconstitutional. The conservative Washington Free Beaconwrote that Clinton “appeared to be criticizing” that ruling, and her campaign confirmed to us that she was referring to that case.

Campaign spokesman Josh Schwerin said Clinton “believes Heller was wrongly decided in that cities and states should have the power to craft common sense laws to keep their residents safe.”

In her own words, in April, Clinton talked about protecting the gun rights of lawful gun owners: “There is a Second Amendment, there are constitutional rights. We aren’t interested in taking away guns of lawful, responsible gun owners.”

Gender Pay in Clinton’s Senate Office

Two featured speakers at the convention claimed that Clinton paid women less than men in her Senate office. That’s true if one includes only workers who worked for Clinton full-time for a full year, but it’s not accurate if one also includes workers who only worked part of the year, or who took brief unpaid leaves of absences.

Annual salary data provided to us by the Clinton campaign show median salaries for men and women in Clinton’s office were virtually identical if one included employees who only worked part of the year.

The issue of pay disparity in Clinton’s Senate office was first raised at the convention by Sharon Day, co-chair of the Republican National Committee.

Day: She [Clinton] repeatedly plays the gender card. In fact, she boasts, “Deal me in.” Well Mrs. Clinton, consider yourself dealt in. Because as a senator you paid women less than the men in your office.

Later in the night, Kimberlin Brown, an actress best known for her roles on two soap operas, said that in “then Senator Clinton’s office … men have been paid better than women.”

We took an in-depth look at this issue back in April 2015 when RNC Chairman Reince Priebus made a similar claim. Those attacking Clinton base their claims of gender pay disparity on a report by the Washington Free Beacon of publicly available expense reports submitted biannually to the secretary of the Senate. Looking at median salaries among full-time, year-round employees, the Free Beacon concluded that women working in Clinton’s Senate office were paid 72 cents for each dollar paid to men.

The Clinton campaign provided FactCheck.org a list of the names, titles and annual salaries of every full-time person employed in Clinton’s Senate office between 2002 and 2008. Those data show the median salary for men and women to be the same at $40,000. The data also show Clinton hired roughly twice as many women as men.

The Clinton list of salaries included full-time workers who may have worked only part of the year, or who took brief unpaid leaves of absence. Experts told us that Clinton’s methodology was reasonable, because Senate staffers often toggle between Senate and campaign work. But experts also told us the Free Beacon methodology was legitimate, too.

“There are many different ways to measure these things and you will get slightly different answers,” Eileen Patten, a research analyst at the Pew Research Center, told us last year. “It’s not that either data set is flawed. They just show different things.”

Context Makes a Difference

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson led his speech with an oft-used quote from Hillary Clinton on the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attacks, but he left out the full context.

Johnson: “What difference, at this point, does it make?” I am the guy that got under her skin and provoked that infamous response from Hillary Clinton by asking a pretty simple question: “Why didn’t you just pick up the phone and call the survivors?”

Former U.S. Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey was more egregious in misrepresenting Clinton’s quote, saying: “So I guess about her emails we’re soon gonna hear the same infamous question that we heard about the death of four Americans in Benghazi, what difference at this point does it make?” Clinton didn’t say that the deaths didn’t make a difference.

Johnson’s initial question in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Jan. 23, 2013, was about ascertaining whether the attack on the diplomatic facilities in Benghazi started “spontaneously” in response to an anti-Muslim video on the internet, as the Obama administration initially said, or whether it was a terrorist attack, which the administration later acknowledged. (See our latest “Benghazi Timeline” story for more on that.)

Johnson asked: “But, Madame Secretary, do you disagree with me that a simple phone call to those evacuees to determine what happened wouldn’t have ascertained immediately that there was no protest? That was a piece of information that could have been easily, easily obtained?”

Clinton said she didn’t want to “interfere” with the FBI or State Department investigations. After some back-and-forth, she made the “what difference does it make” comment, saying, “With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator.”

Republicans, like Mukasey, have portrayed the remarks as being uncaring toward the lives lost that night. Johnson himself went on to describe in his speech several victims of terrorists attacks, saying “it made a difference” to them. But Clinton’s full remarks indicate she was concerned about the lives lost.

Here’s the fuller exchange between Johnson and Clinton:

Johnson: But, Madame Secretary, do you disagree with me that a simple phone call to those evacuees to determine what happened wouldn’t have ascertained immediately that there was no protest? I mean, that was a piece of information that could have been easily, easily obtained?

Clinton: But, Senator, again—

Johnson: Within hours, if not days?

Clinton: Senator, you know, when you’re in these positions, the last thing you want to do is interfere with any other process going on, number one—

Johnson: I realize that’s a good excuse.

Clinton: Well, no, it’s the fact. Number two, I would recommend highly you read both what the ARB said about it and the classified ARB because, even today, there are questions being raised. Now, we have no doubt they were terrorists, they were militants, they attacked us, they killed our people. But what was going on and why they were doing what they were doing is still unknown —

Johnson: No, again, we were misled that there were supposedly protests and that something sprang out of that — an assault sprang out of that — and that was easily ascertained that that was not the fact, and the American people could have known that within days and they didn’t know that.

Clinton: With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator. Now, honestly, I will do my best to answer your questions about this, but the fact is that people were trying in real time to get to the best information. The IC has a process, I understand, going with the other committees to explain how these talking points came out. But you know, to be clear, it is, from my perspective, less important today looking backwards as to why these militants decided they did it than to find them and bring them to justice, and then maybe we’ll figure out what was going on in the meantime.

Targeting Coal Miners?

Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia took Clinton’s words on coal-mining jobs out of context. Sullivan claimed that Clinton “promised” to “target” coal miners and oil drillers for “extinction.” Capito said Clinton “promised to devastate communities and families across coal country.”

Clinton has said she wants to “move away from coal,” but added, “we don’t want to forget those people.” She promised to bring renewable energy jobs to coal country to replace lost coal jobs.

Sullivan: We will put coal miners and oil drillers back to work, not target them for extinction as Hillary has promised.

Capito: Hillary Clinton has already promised to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business. She wants to put thousands more Americans out of work. She has promised to devastate communities and families across coal country.

Sullivan and Capito were referring to Clinton’s much-criticized comments at a CNN town hall forum in March. Journalist Roland Martin asked Clinton to make her case for why “poor whites who live in Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama” should vote for her and support her economic policies.

Her critics focused on a part of her response in which she said, “we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” But she said more than that. Sullivan and Capito ignore her promise to create new jobs for communities hurt by the shift away from coal.

Clinton, March 13: Look, we have serious economic problems in many parts of our country. And Roland is absolutely right. Instead of dividing people the way Donald Trump does, let’s reunite around policies that will bring jobs and opportunities to all these underserved poor communities.

So for example, I’m the only candidate which has a policy about how to bring economic opportunity using clean renewable energy as the key into coal country. Because we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business, right, Tim?

And we’re going to make it clear that we don’t want to forget those people. Those people labored in those mines for generations, losing their health, often losing their lives to turn on our lights and power our factories.

Now we’ve got to move away from coal and all the other fossil fuels, but I don’t want to move away from the people who did the best they could to produce the energy that we relied on.

Clinton later apologized for her remark about putting coal miners out of work, explaining “what I said was totally out of context from what I meant.” As we wrote, former President Bill Clinton campaigned for his wife in Kentucky and elaborated on her point that renewable energy can create jobs in fossil fuel states (although he exaggerated the amount of electricity that Texas gets from wind energy).

Regulation Exaggeration

Capito used a one-sided report to claim that “the burden of government regulations in this country amounts to $15,000 a household.” The figure, oft-cited in conservative circles, is based on a conservative group’s admitted “back-of-the-envelope” calculation of estimated regulatory costs that does not include any potential savings.

Capito: Right now, the burden of government regulations in this country amounts to $15,000 a household. So let me ask you … a couple of questions — are you ready? Alright. Is burdening every household in America with a cost of $15,000 — worth more applause lines at campaign rallies? Is burdening every household in America with a cost of $15,000 — worth more campaign cash? Is burdening every household in America with a cost of $15,000 — worth a few more one-liners?

As we wrote in February 2015, the figure cited by Capito comes from an admitted “back-of-the-envelope” calculation from a report by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a staunch opponent of government over-regulation. In the report, “Ten Thousand Commandments: An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State,” author Clyde Wayne Crews Jr. calculates the 2013 cost of federal regulatory compliance at nearly $1.9 trillion. To arrive at the cost-per-family figure, that $1.9 trillion was simply divided by the number of American households. By that math, Crews argues, “each U.S. household ‘pays’ $14,974 annually in a hidden regulatory tax.”

The $1.9 trillion figure is based on the Office of Management and Budget’s annual reports to Congress on the benefits and costs of federal regulation. The problem is that the Competitive Enterprise report focused on the “costs” and ignored the “benefits” listed in those reports. The OMB typically makes the case that benefits exceed costs. For example, the White House argued in 2012 that regulations that have short-term costs often result in long-term savings. “In areas that include food and workplace safety, clean air, fuel economy, energy efficiency, and investor protection, well-designed regulations are preventing tens of thousands of premature deaths and hundreds of thousands of illnesses and accidents — and saving billions of dollars,” the report states.

While one can take issue with the OMB’s cost-benefit analyses, to highlight the costs while ignoring benefits tells only half the story.

Capito also exaggerated when she claimed that Obama’s “recklessness” had deprived more than 60,000 coal workers of their jobs since 2011.

Capito: His recklessness has cost more than 60,000 — 60,000 — coal workers their jobs since 2011.

To be sure, there has been a 41 percent decline in coal mining jobs since the end of 2011, and the administration’s policies favoring cleaner sources of energy and discouraging the burning of coal have played a role. But so have competing energy sources, such as natural gas, and technology, and according to figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the total number of coal mining jobs lost during that period is under 36,700 — well below the figure Capito cited.

Clinton’s Position on Keystone

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that Hillary Clinton backed the Keystone XL pipeline before she came out against it. She said in 2010 that the administration was “inclined” to support the project, but that it was still under review. Clinton never took an official position until 2015, when she opposed it.

McConnell: Hillary has changed her position on so many times, it’s impossible to tell where the conviction ends and the ambition begins. … Once a backer of the Keystone pipeline, last year she opposed it.

The claim that Clinton backed the Keystone XL pipeline is based on an answer she gave during a community forum at the Commonwealth Club in 2010.

Clinton was asked about the Alberta Clipper, a different pipeline project. But the answer she gave was about the Keystone XL pipeline, which would be built by TransCanada Corp. and would run 1,179 miles from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City, Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines to refineries on the Gulf Coast.

At the time, Clinton said that the administration was “inclined” to approve the Keystone proposal, but she stopped short of fully embracing it, saying that “a final decision” had not been made because the administration had not completed its analysis.

Question, Oct. 15, 2010: Another international issue that you signed in on last year was the Alberta Clipper, a pipeline from Alberta that brings tar sands, oil sands directly into Wisconsin to the U.S. Midwest. This is some of the dirtiest fuel in the world. And how can the U.S. be saying climate change is a priority when we’re mainlining some of the dirtiest fuel that exists. (Applause.)

Clinton: Well, there hasn’t been a final decision made. It is —

Question: Are you willing to reconsider it?

Clinton: Probably not. (Laughter.) And we — but we haven’t finish all of the analysis. So as I say, we’ve not yet signed off on it. But we are inclined to do so and we are for several reasons — going back to one of your original questions — we’re either going to be dependent on dirty oil from the Gulf or dirty oil from Canada. And until we can get our act together as a country and figure out that clean, renewable energy is in both our economic interests and the interests of our planet — (applause) — I mean, I don’t think it will come as a surprise to anyone how deeply disappointed the president and I are about our inability to get the kind of legislation through the Senate that the United States was seeking.

For years after those comments, Clinton declined to publicly take a position on the Keystone pipeline until September 2015, during a campaign event in Iowa, when she opposed it.

Clinton, Sept. 22, 2015: As I said, you know, I was in a unique position having been secretary of state, having started this process and not wanting to, you know, interfere with the ongoing decision making that both the president and Secretary [John] Kerry have to do in order to make whatever the final decision might be. So, I thought this would be decided by now and therefore I could tell you whether I agreed or I disagreed. But it hasn’t been decided, and I feel now I’ve got a responsibility to you and other voters who ask me about this. And I think it is imperative that we look at the Keystone pipeline as what I believe it is — a distraction from the important work we have to do to combat climate change. And, unfortunately, from my perspective, one that interferes with our ability to move forward to deal with all the other issues. Therefore, I oppose it. And I oppose it because I don’t think, I don’t think it’s in the best interest of what we need to do to combat climate change.

As Clinton said during the first Democratic presidential debate in October 2015: “I never took a position on Keystone until I took a position on Keystone.”

Labor Participation

Capito also said Clinton would “double down on an [Obama] economic agenda — that’s led to the lowest workforce participation in decades.”

But Obama’s “economic agenda” hasn’t caused the decline in the labor force participation rate, which actually started going down in the late 1990s, a full decade before he took office. Furthermore, the decline is due mainly to millions of baby boomers reaching retirement age and other demographic factors.

Capito didn’t mention that the rate of joblessness among those who want work and are looking for it is now 4.9 percent — well below the historical norm. Meanwhile the number of job openings has more than doubled under Obama, to the highest number in the more than 15 years the Bureau of Labor Statistics has been tracking it.

No Respect?

Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama said that “respect for America has fallen. Crime is rising.” Neither statement is true.

As we’ve written before, the U.S. is viewed more favorably now than it was before Obama took office in 2009. According to the Pew Global Attitudes Project’s June 2016 update, the percentage of those with favorable views of the U.S. increased in countries such as Japan, Italy, France, Britain, Germany and China. Among the few countries in which the U.S. favorable rating has slipped is Russia, where U.S. favorability plunged to 15 percent in 2015, down 31 percentage points from 2008.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made a similar claim about crime rates in a July 11 speech in Virginia Beach. As we wrote then, the violent crime rate is lower now than it has been since 1970. The rate has been on a steady decline since it peaked at 758.2 in 1991. It was less than half that, 365.5 in 2014. (The FBI describes its data as “estimated,” and as we mentioned it comes from voluntary reports from local law enforcement agencies. The “rate” is the number of offenses per 100,000 people.)

The murder and nonnegligent manslaughter rate nationwide was 4.5 in 2014, the lowest point since at least the early 1960s, when the rate dipped as low as 4.6. (Note the numbers do not include lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.)

Trump’s Self-funding

Donald Trump Jr. said that his father “funded his entire primary run out of his own pocket.” Trump provided most of the funding for his primary campaign, but not all of it.

Trump Jr.: A president not beholden to special interests, foreign and domestic, and one who funded his entire primary run out of his own pocket just to prove it.

On May 26, CNN reported that Trump had reached the required number of delegates to clinch the Republican presidential nomination. And as of May 31, Trump’s campaign had raised nearly $65 million, according to funding records from the Federal Election Commission.

Trump contributed $395,508 directly to his campaign and loaned it another $45.7 million. But the Trump campaign spent more than $63.2 million through the end of May, according to FEC records.

The rest of the money the campaign spent came from individual donations from campaign contributors. And as of the end of May, the campaign had received a total of nearly $17.1 million from donors other than Trump.

So, Trump funded roughly 73 percent of his primary campaign through contributions and loans.

— Lori Robertson, with Eugene Kiely, Brooks Jackson, Robert Farley and D’Angelo Gore


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<![CDATA[Christie to RNC: Clinton Earns 'Guilty' Verdict]]>Wed, 20 Jul 2016 08:43:53 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/christie-poster.gifNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie energized the crowd at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, delivering a full-throated takedown of Democrat Hillary Clinton.]]><![CDATA[Republicans Use Clinton in Attempt to Unite GOP]]>Wed, 20 Jul 2016 04:07:08 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-577289896-rnc.jpg

On the second night of the Republican National Convention, GOP leaders used their disdain for Hillary Clinton as their case for a Donald Trump presidency, NBC News reported. 

The presumptive Democratic nominee on Tuesday night, perhaps even more than Trump, was again the star of the convention even as the night was tentatively themed "Make America Work Again" and was meant to focus on the economy.

Few speakers addressed the topic of jobs, using their time on the podium to litigate a host of other issues against Clinton. The former secretary of state provided a desperately needed change of subject for a party bitterly divided over its own nominee's competence, ethics, and policy acumen.

In the best-received speech of the evening, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie didn't discuss the economy at all. He devoted his remarks to "prosecuting" Clinton's foreign policy record point by point for the audience, who shouted "guilty!" at the individual charges.

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<![CDATA[Trump Jr.'s Speechwriter Defends Recycling Lines]]>Wed, 20 Jul 2016 05:18:18 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TRUMP_JR_AP_16202086600494.jpg

A part of Donald Trump Jr.'s speech during the Republican National Convention was a near-exact repetition of a small part of an American Conservative article written by F.H. Buckley, titled "Trump vs. the New Class," NBC News reported.

"Our schools used to be an elevator to the middle class. Now they're stalled on the ground floor. They're like Soviet-Era Department stores that are run for the benefit of the clerks and not the customers," Trump's son said in his speech Tuesday night.

The line in Buckley's article reads, "Our schools and universities are like the old Soviet department stores whose mission was to serve the interests of the sales clerks and not the customers."

Buckley, who helped write Trump Jr.'s speech, quickly sought to stop any claims of plagiarism, tweeting, "Except it wasn't stealing..."

This latest distraction comes after Melania Trump delivered a speech on Monday, which appeared to be plagiarized from Michelle Obama's 2008 Democratic convention speech.

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<![CDATA[RNC Day 2 Top Moments: Nominating Trump, Indicting Clinton]]>Wed, 20 Jul 2016 05:21:20 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TRUMP_FAM_AP_16201846369971-.jpg

Donald J. Trump officially became the presidential nominee of the Republican Party on the second day of its convention in Cleveland on Tuesday -- as his children and the Republican leadership took the stage. Here are some of the night's top moments that you might have missed.

Trump Clinches the Nomination
Donald Trump locked up the Republican Party's presidential nomination on Tuesday just after 7 p.m. when his son, Donald Trump Jr., announced from the floor that the majority of New York's delegates were casting their vote for him.

"It is my honor to be able to throw Donald Trump over the top in the delegate count tonight with 89 delegates and another six for John Kasich," he said. "Congratulations Dad, we love you."

The younger Trump pledged that the campaign would put the solidly Democratic New York into play in the November election with support from areas that are not particularly conservative.

"It's not a campaign anymore," the younger Trump said. "It’s a movement. Speaking to real Americans, giving them a voice again."

The Stop Trump movement was stopped but not without embarrassment. Kasich has not endorsed Trump and the Ohio governor has refused to attend the convention in his home state.

Washington, D.C.'s delegation tried to award 10 votes to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and nine to Kasich in accordance with its primary results, but was turned back by convention officials. All of its votes went to Trump. On MSNBC, one of the Kasich delegates called the rule interpretation an outrage.

Alaska's delegation objected to the same rule by demanding a roll call vote. The request was denied -- and all of its delegates also went to Trump -- but the convention's speakers were delayed.

A Hello from New York
Donald Trump left Cleveland for New York City but returned to the convention remotely. He was proud to be the Republican nominee, he said.

"By the way, we are going to win the state of Ohio and also of course we are going to win the presidency," he said.

He promised to restore law and order and a strong border, to eliminate the Islamic State and to put the American people first.

Trump will be in Cleveland again on Wednesday with his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

Auditioning for Attorney General?
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a former federal prosecutor, told the audience that because the U.S. Justice Department had refused to prosecute Hillary Clinton, he would present the facts and let them sit as a jury of her peers.

"She fights for the wrong people," he said. "She never fights for us."

He called her the architect of the disastrous overthrow of the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, an apologist for Nigeria's Boko Haram, which later abducted still-missing school girls, an awful judge of Syria President Bashar al-Assad and the inept negotiator of a nuclear arms deal with Iran, the worst in U.S. history.

Guilty or not guilty, he asked in what became a refrain. 

"Lock her up," the crowd chanted.

Clinton fired back on Twitter with a reference to the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal

"If you think Chris Christie can lecture anyone on ethics, we have a bridge to sell you," she wrote.

Family Trump

In addition to Donald Trump Jr.'s role in his father's nomination, he gave what some commentators called the best speech of the convention. He described his father as his mentor and his best friend, a man who never gives up, who changed the skyline of New York City.

"For my father, impossible is just the starting point," he said. "That's how he approaches business projects. That's how he approaches life."

He said his father had spent his career with regular Americans, pouring concrete and hanging sheetrock on construction sites, valuing their opinions as much or more than the graduates of Harvard University or Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

"We didn't learn from MBAs," the son said. "We learned from people who had doctorates in common sense."

Donald Trump's daughter, Tiffany Trump, called her father "a natural born encourager" whose "desire for excellence is contagious."

"He always helped me be the best version of myself by encouragement and by example," she said.

They spoke as fallout continued over Melania Trump's speech Monday night — a portion of which was nearly identical to one Michelle Obama gave in 2008. NBC News reported that the original draft of the speech did not include the disputed section.

The campaign denied there had been any plagiarism in the speech by Donald Trump's wife, and deflected questions about whether anyone should be fired. Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign chairman, accused Hillary Clinton of bringing attention to the accusations. But Donald Trump Jr. seemed to blame unidentified speechwriters and the former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who was pushed out in favor of Manafort, said Manafort should take responsibility.


Emilie Plesset contributed information to this article.

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