Trump Talks Faith, Religious Liberty, and Abortion In EWTN Interview

Appearing on the Catholic television channel Eternal World Television Network program World Over, Republican nominee Donald Trump spoke on a variety of topics from abortion, to religious liberty, to Obamacare, to his prayer life. Trump gave measured answers and stressed the importance of preserving religious freedom in the United States.

After first asking Trump about his mother, host Raymond Arroyo cut right to the chase and asked Trump about his temperament on the campaign trail and how that would translate to a presidency. Trump said that as president, he would have a more measured attitude and would drop the "nastiness" that some have accused him of during the campaign. Trump assured Arroyo that he would be more measured as president than he was during the campaign.

The interview then shifted to social issues, and Arroyo questioned Trump about how he has shifted on the issue of abortion. Trump cited a couple that he knew that got pregnant and had differing views on abortion; one wanted to abort, and one didn't. They had the baby, the baby is a "magnificent person" and the person who was pro-choice is now pro-life. Trump said that this couple was one of the reasons as to how he also evolved on the issue. He also compared his change of heart to that of Ronald Reagan, who also was pro-choice early in his political career. "I made the personal change, and I'm very happy with it."

On the topic of religious liberty, Trump said that it was in "tremendous trouble" in this country, and that "faith-based" people are not accepted in this country. Trump also pledged to get rid of the Johnson Amendment, so that pastors and ministers can speak on the issue of politics without losing their tax exempt status.

Trump said that Clinton should do "more than apologize" for the various emails that made comments critical of Catholics and Evangelicals. He said that "anybody of faith" should not be voting for Clinton.

"Why would an Evangelical or a Catholic, or almost, you could say, anybody of faith, [...] why would they vote for Hillary Clinton? And how could they vote for Hillary Clinton?"

When asked about his prayer life, Trump effectively dodged the question and said that was very personal, but that he prays for his family and for the country. For his favorite saint, Trump said he liked Mother Teresa (St. Teresa of Calcutta) and Pope St. John Paul II.

As Election Day draws nearer, Trump said that he believes the polls are "skewed" and that he is not as behind as it would seem.

And in closing, Trump confirmed that he is saying "big league," not "bigly."

Nikki Haley: Okay Fine, I'm Voting For Trump

After being a heavy critic of Donald Trump and supporting Florida Senator Marco Rubio in the Republican primary, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley told reporters this week although this election has "turned her stomach" and she doesn't like either of her choices, she'll ultimately be casting a vote for the GOP nominee. 

Haley's announcement comes shortly after Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who pulled his endorsement of Trump earlier this month, admitted he will also be voting for Trump because Democrat Hillary Clinton "really is that bad."

Analysis: Democrats' New Obamacare Spin is Ridiculous and Self-Defeating

Fresh from conservative oppo group America Rising, please enjoy this montage of top Democratic candidates defending the so-called "Affordable" Care Act prior to this week's disastrous data dump from the Obama administration -- which only confirmed what independent analysts and news reports had been anticipating for months. This law is failing on its own merits and harming millions of Americans. Democrats own the mess they've made, and shouldn't be given the opportunity to double down on it. Watch all the way to the end, for two reasons. First, each candidate and public official featured in the video should be held to account at the ballot box in November (along with virtually every Democratic House candidate in the country), and second, the clip's final star is the person who is arguably one of the very few people just as responsible for this imploding fiasco as President Obama:

Yes, as we've been noting for quite some time, Obamacare was originally Hillarycare -- a fact that makes her empty promises to "fix" the law ring especially hollow. The RNC is out with a new video tracing Obamacare's provenance to Mrs. Clinton, showcasing a killer soundbyte of the woman herself claiming credit for the law:

Among the many personal profiles we've seen and read about individuals and families decimated by the law's crushing costs is this new offering by my friend and conservative commentator Mary Katharine Ham. Obamacare has impacted her family in a very major way, hitting a trifecta of catastrophically broken promises. I'll let her explain:

When President Obama sold Obamacare to the American people, he promised three things. 1) That we could keep our plans if we liked them. 2) That the new system would offer competition between great options through an Obamacare marketplace, and 3) That our premiums would go down. Not “go up slower” or “go up but eventually go down,” but go down— $2,500 was the figure. The letter I got last week is a betrayal of every one of those promises. I did not get to keep the plan I liked. The new system does not offer competition between great options through an Obamacare marketplace. And my premiums have gone up more than 150 percent in two years...I have many blessings, two of which are the means to pay for health insurance and the good fortune not to need much of it. As a result, in the post-Obamacare world, I am a prime gouging target. I’m seeing a 96 percent increase because I am healthy, unsubsidized, and getting fewer and fewer choices. My health care company abandoned the lowest-tier Bronze option entirely in its attempt to stay solvent, funneling me into a Silver plan with higher levels of care I don’t need at a higher price I don’t want. My individual deductible is more than two times the high deductible on my old “junk” plan. My family’s deductible is ten times what the IRS defines as a high deductible. I now pay a high premium for a high-deductible plan, while also paying co-pays and out-of-pocket costs, meaning my plan is both junkier and more expensive.

Liberals respond to such stories by insisting that they can "fix" the law with even more spending and government control -- via insurer bailouts, imposing harsher tax penalties to punish people who can't afford the law, and implementing a government "option" that they'll privately admit will destroy America's private insurance system. Another hot talking point is that while unfortunate, these Obamacare cost spikes only affect a relatively small number of American consumers, so everyone should just chill out. This is a far cry from the "win/win!" panacea Democrats peddled to Americans throughout 2009 and 2010. It's also pitiful spin, for reasons I explained in a mini-tweetstorm:

Part of the reason the number of people directly impacted is "relatively small" or whatever is that millions of would-be Obamacare consumers have eschewed the law, due to lack of affordability. Rather than downplaying Obamacare failures, this spin actually accentuates its failures.  This new lefty line reminds me of how Democrats -- unable to tout lower costs or other major honored promises -- beat their chests about the millions of people signing up for coverage as "evidence" that the law was working. First of all, more than half of the marketplace enrollees were previously insured (and kicked out of their existing arrangements, thanks to Obama's shattered pledge). Secondly, enrollment projections have been revised way, way down. And most importantly, you don't get to brag about people signing up for a product that they are literally required by law to sign up for.  Legions of eligible consumers still haven't because they just can't afford to comply with the "Affordable" Care Act. I'll leave you with the Free Beacon's video round-up of Democrats' violated vows, which kicks of with a short clip of CBS News anchors expressing shock and astonishment at how Obamacare's rates could possibly have risen like this. Spoiler alert, guys: It's because the law's core functionality and model is fatally and predictably flawed -- as many of us have known since it was first proposed. The Pelosi bit its amazing:

Ouch: 84 Percent of Dems Prefer Paul Ryan to Lead GOP Over Trump

Democrats around the country really do not want Republican nominee Donald Trump to take control of the GOP and change the future outlook of the party. As a matter of fact, 84 percent of those polled in a NBC News/SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking said they chose Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, while only four percent picked Trump.

In the same poll, 63 percent of Republicans picked Trump and 34 percent picked Ryan. The online survey polled 32,225 likely voters from Oct. 17 to Oct 23.

In a favorability rating contests between Trump and Ryan, Trump leads the 20-year politician by more than 23 points in a recent poll.  

And in Ryan's home state of Wisconsin, in Green Bay, thousands chanted "Paul Ryan Sucks!" at a Republican presidential nominee rally.  

'Ten Seconds of Uncertainty': Pence Shares Details From Scary Plane Ordeal

Gov. Mike Pence, Donald Trump's vice presidential running mate, did not panic as his campaign plane skidded off the runway at New York's LaGuardia airport on Thursday night. Although he and his fellow travelers faced "ten seconds of uncertainty," Pence explained on "Fox & Friends" the morning after the incident how they were able to remain so calm.

The sense of peace Pence experienced was shared with the other passengers in the aircraft, including Pence's wife (who is a trained pilot), his eldest daughter, and several aides and reporters.

"We just immediately felt heavy braking on the runway and the plane fishtailed a little bit and just for a few seconds you could feel us bouncing off and with mud splattered up on the windows," Pence said Friday on Good Morning America. "We figured we were off the runway but thank god everybody was fine."

Pence said he was grateful for the first responders who swarmed him and his family after the plane came to a stop. Trump called him twice while he was on the runway to ensure he was alright, while several politicians, including Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, tweeted words of support noting they were thankful Pence and his team were unharmed. 

If this ordeal has proven anything, it's that the vice presidential nominee would have nerves of steel during a national emergency.

Are You Ready For...Secretary of State Joe Biden?

So, a bit of palace intrigue here. Hillary Clinton might be considering picking soon-to-be ex-Vice President Joe Biden for Secretary of State. Based solely on resume, Biden would be a top pick for any Democrat running this year to assume the post. At the same time, the two clashed over key areas of foreign policy. Politico reported that while Clinton and Biden had a good relationship, it entered choppy territory when there was speculation about him mounting another run for the presidency (via Politico):

Joe Biden is at the top of the internal short list Hillary Clinton’s transition team is preparing for her pick to be secretary of state, a source familiar with the planning tells POLITICO.

This would be the first major Cabinet candidate to go public for a campaign that’s insisted its focus remains on winning the election, and perhaps the most central choice for a potential president who was a secretary of state herself.


The vice president, who chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee before joining the administration, is one of the most experienced and respected Democrats on the world stage. He’s also coming to what would be the close of a 44-year career in Washington, first with six terms in the Senate and then two terms as President Barack Obama’s closest adviser — and the keeper of the portfolio on some of the most difficult international issues, including Iraq and Ukraine.


In Biden, Clinton would be tapping a seasoned hand on foreign policy, a glad-handing pol with a long memory and a well of deep relationships around the globe.

But she’d also be choosing someone with whom she repeatedly clashed as secretary of state, with the vice president often playing the skeptic while she supported more aggressive action. They differed over leaving troops in Iraq, the surge in Afghanistan, and whether to arm Syria’s rebels and bomb Libya — and Clinton took the more hawkish line in every case. During the Obama administration’s lengthy review of Afghanistan policy early in his tenure, for instance, a skeptical Biden urged the president not to escalate the war, while Clinton backed Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s request for 40,000 more troops.

At the same time, there’s a high chance that Clinton will nix Biden and pick a woman to be our top diplomat. She’s already said that 50 percent of her cabinet would be female should she win in November, a shameless play on identity politics that really didn’t fare well with Democrats in the primary, especially with young voters; they wanted Bernie Sanders. There are two top women right now who some say could take the job of helming the State Department. Samantha Power is our current Ambassador to the U.N., who landed in some hot water when he described Hillary as a “monster” during the 2008 primaries. National Security Adviser Susan Rice is another option, though she’s badly tainted over misleading remarks she made about the 2012 Benghazi attacks when she did the full Ginsburg on the Sunday morning talk show circuit; she pretty much blamed the video. That’s a massive fight with the Senate. With Power, besides the Clinton remark, she’s a humanitarian interventionist, a disastrous freeing policy view that will have us bombing every country in the world that violates human rights. It’s a dangerous theory. It’s a destabilizing one—and it’s one rife with danger concerning mission creep.

Also, with Rice, there might be beef. Aaron Blake noted in The Washington Post that Rice served in Bill Clinton’s administration and defected to the Obama camp in 2008, where she slammed Clinton for her Iran and Iraq positions. Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Michele Flourney, could be a candidate, though she might be our first female secretary of defense. Yet, back to Biden, it seems like a cut and dry pick that avoids old scores and mean girls drama. That is if the former vice president decides he wants to stay in public life. He has indicated, as many before him entering retirement, of wanting to write a book.

Krauthammer: The Candidate Who's In the News Is Losing--And That's Hillary

Speaking to Fox News’ Bret Baier, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said the recent ‘Bill Clinton Inc’ revelations showing the extent to which the Clinton Foundation was tied to the Clintons’ personal enrichment has been damaging to Hillary’s campaign.

“We now know how did they get obscenely rich without visible work. The answer is right in here as well. I think if the Clintons imagine [this]…  won’t hurt them, they’re wrong. The reason it’s tightening is because this is getting flesh and I think impetus to the corruption, when you see it black and white like this,” he said.

New revelations every day account for the tightening of the race, he added.

“The two most unpopular candidates ever—the one who’s in the news is losing. She’s in the news.”

Classy: Van Jones Tweets Joke About Pence's Plane Skidding Off Runway

After the campaign plane Gov. Mike Pence's was traveling on Thursday skidded off the runway at LaGuardia Airport, the vice presidential candidate immediately went to the back to check to make sure the press was OK. 

Van Jones on the other hand immediately made a nasty joke about the incident. 

Stay classy.

WikiLeaks: Erica Garner Slams Clinton Campaign Over Emails Discussing How to Use Her Father's Death

The daughter of Eric Garner, the man who died in a police chokehold in 2014, blasted the Clinton campaign on Thursday after new WikiLeaks emails showed staffers discussing using her father’s death in an op-ed published by Clinton.

Garner tweeted, "I'm troubled by the revelation that you and this campaign actually discussed 'using' Eric Garner … Why would you want to 'use' my dad?"

It’s a good question because the op-ed, which was published in the New York Daily News in March, was about gun control.

“Finally, I know we have Erica Garner issues but we don’t want to mention Eric at all? I can see her coming after us for leaving him out of the piece,” Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill wrote in the emails.

Senior policy adviser Maya Harris was quick to point out that “Eric Garner not included because not killed by gun violence.”

"Why was the Clinton campaign searching for dead people to capitalize on? Why wouldn't you call it police violence?" Garner wrote in a series of tweets.

Garner endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders during the primary. 

WikiLeaks: Even Clinton's Advisers Wondered Who Was Going to Be Held Accountable for Her Unsecure Emails

It turns out even Hillary Clinton's closest advisers were taken aback by her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. Thanks to WikiLeaks, we find out just what the Center for American Progress's Neera Tanden, Clinton adviser, thought about Clinton's email use and whether anyone has faced accountability for it. (Warning: Graphic language.)

In the thousands of emails WikiLeaks has released, we've found out just how panicked Team Clinton was over her inappropriate and dangerous decision to send and receive potentially classified information via an unsecure server. We've also learned that despite what President Obama told the media last year, he knew of Clinton's private server way before it became public.

After a lengthy FBI investigation, FBI Director James Comey announced that Clinton and her staff had indeed acted recklessly, yet the agency would not be pursuing criminal charges.

Like Tanden, many are probably wondering who is going to be held accountable.

Whoa: Pence's Plane Skids Off Runway in NY

Donald Trump's running mate Mike Pence had an unnerving experience Thursday night after his campaign plane reportedly skidded off the runway at New York's LaGuardia airport. Everyone who was on board is reported to be safe and unharmed. 

A Twitter user captured the moments after the incident took place.

LaGuardia has been closed until further notice.

Update: Pence's spokesperson has just released the following statement to assure the public that all passengers are accounted for and Pence will be back on the campaign trail soon.

"Governor Pence and everyone on board the plane is fine. Thankfully some great work by the Port Authority and all the airport authorities, the dedicated flight attendants. There were no injuries. The Governor is obviously heading to end the evening and he'll be back out on the campaign trail tomorrow."

Then Pence confirmed himself. All good!

Watch Live: Trump Holds Rally in Geneva

Refugees From War Zones Are Afraid of North St. Louis

Apparently, some places in America are worse than a Middle Eastern war zone. 

After being relocated from a refugee camp, Syrian refugees living in North St. Louis are afraid of even going outside. Several refugees told a local St. Louis news station the horrors of the neighborhood--which include gunfire, bugs, and rodent infestations. They spoke of the constant shooting late at night reminding them of the violence in their home country.

“8 p.m. we cannot leave our apartment,” the translator said, “And if we want to leave, we need to be in a group. No one can leave the apartment as a single, or with one other — no– we need to be in a group.”

A video taken by St. Louis station KMOX shows the disgusting conditions of one of the apartments.

The situation in the city is so bad that one woman told a translator she phoned a relative living in a refugee camp in Jordan and warned her not to come to St. Louis. Other refugees report that their apartments do not have electricity, and that they have been effectively abandoned by the International Institute, a non-profit that was supposed to help them adjust to living in the United States. 

It's completely unacceptable for a non-profit, especially one centered on refugee resettlement, to permit families to live in conditions like this. It's also a heartbreaking reality that some places in the United States are equally as bad as a war-torn nation. Nobody should be living like this.  

Animal Planet Wants to Make Adoption Great Again

In what has to be one of the more adorable campaigns this election cycle, television network Animal Planet is piggybacking off of the 2016 presidential candidates' slogans to encourage people to adopt animals.

In a new series of videos, Animal Planet asks people if "I'm With Purr" and supporting the "DemoCATs," or if they want to "Make Adoption Great Again" with the "RePUPlicans."

There's even "attack" ads from both sides.

So cute, and very fun for a great cause.

Sadly, it doesn't look as though the LiBIRDtarians will be getting much airtime during this campaign.

Donald Trump's Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame is Now Being Guarded By A Homeless Trump Supporter

After Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was destroyed by a vandal with a sledgehammer, an unidentified homeless woman took up a vigil "guarding" the star to prevent any further attempts at vandalism. The woman had a sign identifying herself as homeless and as a Trump supporter.

The woman also had other signs with messages critical of illegal immigration and President Obama.

(Language warning)

Trump's star has been repeatedly vandalized throughout the campaign, although this latest incident caused the most damage. Despite the vandalism, it has been made clear that the star will not be removed. Trump received the star for his work hosting the reality show The Apprentice.

Wikileaks Provides Memo That Shines Light On 'Bill Clinton, Inc.'

A memo written by a top aide to Bill Clinton illustrates a rather lucrative business that has been built around the power couple, which has Republicans crying foul that it’s a blueprint that “allowed corporations and other wealthy supporters to pay for entree to a popular former president and a onetime secretary of state who is now the Democratic presidential nominee,” according to The Washington Post. Doug Band and Declan Kelly founded the corporate consulting firm Teneo, where most of these interactions between the former president and high-level corporate executives were forged, which then turned into massive donations to the Clinton Foundation and nice paychecks for paid speaking engagements for the former president. The economic rewards soared into the millions of dollars. The memo was drafted by Band when Chelsea Clinton began taking a more hands on role at the Clinton Foundation and was worried about ties Teneo had to her father, especially when it was alleged that Bill got $50,000 (WaPo says $125,000) a month from MF Global through Band’s firm.

MF Global, an investment firm, was rendered defunct in 2011 and drew the attention of Congress when it misappropriated $1.2 billion. Its former CEO, Jon Corzine, said he didn’t know what happened to the money. Given the stigma concerning financial institution from the 2008 crisis, Chelsea seemed worried about these ties, which drew her into conflict with Band. In fact, Wikileaks provided the emails that showed both Bill and Chelsea’s “office crap” drove one of the Foundation executives, former chief operating officer Laura Graham, was almost driven to suicide; Band called her a “spoiled brat.”

Regardless, this memo is an insight into the culture of money and access that surrounds the power couple (via WaPo):

The memo, made public Wednesday by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, lays out the aggressive strategy behind lining up the consulting contracts and paid speaking engagements for Bill Clinton that added tens of millions of dollars to the family’s fortune, including during the years that Hillary Clinton led the State Department. It describes how Band helped run what he called “Bill Clinton Inc.,” obtaining “in-kind services for the President and his family — for personal travel, hospitality, vacation and the like.”


Band wrote that Teneo partners had raised in excess of $8 million for the foundation and $3 million in paid speaking fees for Bill Clinton. He said he had secured contracts for the former president that would pay out $66 million over the subsequent nine years if the deals remained in place.

For instance, Band wrote that Kelly arranged for the former president to meet the chief executive of Coca-Cola in January 2009 at the Clintons’ home in Washington. In all, according to Band’s memo, Coke had contributed $4.33 million to the foundation between 2004 and 2010.


Band also described how Kelly helped expand a fruitful relationship with UBS Global Wealth Management, introducing Bill Clinton to a top executive at a 2009 charity dinner. In the ensuing years, UBS upped its giving to the foundation, signed on as a Teneo client and agreed to pay Bill Clinton for speeches, Band wrote.

Records show UBS paid Clinton about $2 million in speaking fees between 2011 and 2015 for a series of appearances, generally alongside former president George W. Bush. The company also paid Hillary Clinton $225,000 for a 2013 speech.


Clinton has credited Band with conceiving of the Clinton Global Initiative, the glitzy annual meeting where corporate, government and nonprofit leaders gathered annually to talk about the world’s problems. Started in 2005, CGI became the best-known arm of the Clinton Foundation, which also operated education, environmental and health programs around the world. The final CGI meeting took place last month.

By 2011, the longtime Clinton aide was ready to strike out on his own.

That’s when Band and Kelly joined forces to form Teneo. At first, the firm remained closely linked to the Clinton network.

Band described in the memo how he combined his work for CGI and Teneo. He wrote that he had used a hotel room upstairs from the 2011 CGI gathering to meet with Teneo clients. He also acknowledged giving free CGI memberships to “target Teneo clients” being cultivated as potential foundation donors. Memberships generally cost $20,000 a year.

The Post added that Clinton cut ties with Teneo and a more solid wall of separation was built between Bill and the Foundation concerning nonprofit and private endeavors. Yet, the fact remains that the wealthy and well-connected may be paying Teneo for access to the Clintons, especially the head of Dow Chemical, one of Band’s first clients.

NBC’s Chuck Todd on why Hillary Clinton’s campaign will have to comment on this development:

What the memo makes clear is how inseparable the Clinton Foundation was to business interests. And while the Clinton campaign has refused to acknowledge the authenticity of the previous WikiLeaks emails, the company that Band co-founded -- Teneo -- did confirm the memo. And that puts extra pressure on Clinton and her campaign to speak out.

We’ll see what happens. If anything, it just shows how if these folks get into the White House, it could become a hotbed of corruption.

Polls Narrow In Missouri Senate Race As Election Day Nears

Election Day is 12 days away, and it's looking as though the Missouri Senate race is going to go down to the wire. Incumbent Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) has a single point lead in polls over Democrat challenger Jason Kander, putting both candidates in a last-ditch scramble for votes as the election draws near.

Kander's success in Missouri is a bit of a head-scratcher. Republican nominee Donald Trump has a comfortable six-point lead in polls in the state, and Missouri has gone Republican in the presidential elections since 2000. In theory, Blunt's reelection shouldn't be too difficult of a challenge, but polls are indicating that this won't be the case. Kander has been critical of Blunt's extensive career in Washington, D.C. (Blunt served in the House of Representatives from 1997 until he was elected to the Senate in 2010) and has adopted a more moderate Democratic position on issues that are important to Missourians--and even assembled a rifle blindfolded in a campaign ad.

Unless something drastic changes, it's entirely possible that Kander could pull one of the bigger upsets of the election.

Watch Live: Trump Holds Rally in Toledo

Criminal Prosecutors Slap Joe Arpaio with Contempt of Court

After so much speculation and build up, it’s now official. Federal prosecutors are charging Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio with contempt of court. They are claiming he has disobeyed a judge’s order to cease racial profiling. He has allegedly continued to conduct immigration arrests after being told to stop.

Despite the order for a December trial, the sheriff’s legal team has requested for a two-month deadline extension for review of his more than 4,000 employee staff in Maricopa County, Arizona.

The charge was formally made this week and Arpaio could potentially face up to six months in prison. However, the present danger is certainly his re-election bid. That happens next month on Election Day. The negative headlines have not been helping the long-term sheriff seeking another term in office.

The latest poll showed Arpaio down by fifteen points against his Democratic challenger.

WikiLeaks: DNC Colluding With Hillary Since December 2014?

Bernie Sanders supporters have more reason to gripe about the Democratic primary process after new WikiLeaks emails show what appears to be collusion between the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign. WikiLeaks already told us Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her staff were not exactly fans of the Sanders campaign, messages which eventually got her fired. But, now we find that the committee may have been in cahoots with Clinton way back in December 2014.

In a revealing exchange between Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook and Cheryl Mills, with the subject line reading, "DNC Update," the two discussed how best to utilize the DNC in the upcoming campaign, particularly leaders such as Schultz and CEO Amy Dacey.

In other, newly surfaced emails, we have evidence that interim DNC chair Donna Brazile was sending questions to the Clinton camp ahead of debates.  

Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders was apparently left out in the cold.

In addition to the DNC, the Clinton campaign also had the media in their corner. In a separate WikiLeaks email, we see CNBC's John Harwood offering Clinton's staff encouragement and advice.

With all of these entities working to get Clinton elected, we may be asking why she isn't 50 points ahead?!

New National Polls: The Race is Tightening, or Stable, or a Blowout

With less than two weeks to go until the general election, it's once again time to play Pick Your Poll!  Step right up, contestants. Would you like to see the presidential race tightening to within the margin or error? Or basically unchanged from the recent polling averages? Or spinning out of control into an historic blowout? We've got fresh options for all three preferences, via Fox News (HRC +3), ABC News (HRC +6 -- down sharply from their previous outlier), and USA Today/Suffolk (HRC +9) or the Associated Press (HRC +14), respectively:

Or if you'd prefer a "dead heat" narrative, you can always turn to Rasmussen or IBD/TIPP, which have Clinton up by a hair.   If you love either Rasmussen or the AP's findings, the bad news is that both outfits fell near the very bottom of the list on 2012 pollster accuracy (IBD/TIPP fared significantly better).  Last cycle, the two most accurate  nonpartisan polling came from YouGov and Reuters/Ipsos.  Where do those surveys stand today?  In the exact same place, as it happens: Clinton up by four points. The RCP average pegs Hillary's nationwide lead at 5.4 percentage points. At the state level, there was a lot of buzz early in the week about Texas inching dangerously close to a pure toss-up race.  Since then, two polls have been released.  One shows Trump up seven (fairly comfortable, although vastly underperforming other GOP nominees in the state), while the other has the race within three points -- which, strikingly, is not an outlier:

I'd still wager that the final result in Texas will more closely resemble the Trump +7 finding than a margin-of-error squeaker, but four of the last statewide surveys have the margin within four points. Meanwhile, a NYT/Sienna poll gives Clinton a seven-point lead in Pennsylvania, and fresh New Hampshire polling suggests she is ahead in the state by either four points or nine points.  NBC/WSJ/Marist finds Trump and Clinton exactly tied in Nevada. All three of those states are critical pieces to cobbling together a 270 electoral vote puzzle for Donald Trump.  And if you're in the "all of the media polls are rigged" camp, I'll leave you with this assessment from Donald Trump's own pollster, whom he's paying 100 grand a week to track his chances:

The article's conclusion: "He needs a miracle." The way that miracle might materialize is that low propensity white voters turnout in unexpectedly large waves, while key segments of Hillary's would-be base -- blacks and Millennials, especially -- sit at home.

Watch Live: Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama Hold Rally in Winston-Salem

Chaffetz: Okay Fine, I'm Voting For Trump

After jumping off the Trump train earlier this month, Utah Republican and House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz is back on board as a voter, but not as an endorser. 

Chaffetz pulled his support for Trump after tape surfaced showing the GOP nominee advocating for "grabbing of women by the p*ssy" during a 2005 conversation with Access Hollywood's Billy Bush.

"I'm out," Chaffetz said to CNN at the time. "My wife Julie and I have a 15-year-old daughter. Do you think I can look her in the eye and tell her I endorsed Donald Trump for President when he acts like this?"

"I'm not going to put my good name and reputation and my family behind Donald Trump for President when he acts like this. I just can't do it," he continued.

A number of Republicans who pulled their support for Trump after the tape surfaced have since come back into the fold.

Poll: Americans Don’t Want Clinton’s Australian-Style Gun Control, Overwhelming Majority Oppose Bans

Let’s go back in time to when Hillary Clinton said this in October of 2015 at a town hall event in Keene, New Hampshire. The voter’s question was about gun control:

VOTER: Back to handguns. Recently, Australia managed to get away, or take away tens of thousands, millions of handguns. In one year, they were all gone. Can we do that? If we can’t, why can’t we?

HILLARY CLINTON: Australia is a good example, Canada is a good example, the U.K. is a good example. Why? Each of them have had mass killings. Australia had a huge mass killing about 20-25 years ago, Canada did as well, so did the U.K. In reaction, they passed much stricter gun laws.

In the Australian example, as I recall, that was a buyback program. The Australian government, as part of trying to clamp down on the availability of automatic weapons, offered a good price for buying hundreds of thousands of guns. Then, they basically clamped down, going forward, in terms of having more of a background check approach, more of a permitting approach, but they believe, and I think the evidence supports them, that by offering to buyback those guns, they were able to curtail the supply and set a different standard for gun purchases in the future.

Communities have done that in our country, several communities have done gun buyback programs. I think it would be worth considering doing it on the national level, if that could be arranged. After the terrible 2008 financial crisis, one of the programs that President Obama was able to get in place was Cash for Clunkers. You remember that? It was partially a way to get people to buy new cars because we wanted more economic activity, and to get old models that were polluting too much, off the roads. So I think that’s worth considering. I do not know enough detail to tell you how we would do it, or how would it work, but certainly your example is worth looking at. [Applause]

Let’s not kid around here and dispense the pleasantries—Australian-style gun control, which Clinton said “is worth looking at,” means gun bans and confiscation. Period. Now, Stephen Gutowski of The Washington Free Beacon reported that new polls show overwhelming majorities oppose such policies, especially when it comes to handguns and rifles:

A poll published on Wednesday shows record opposition to gun bans from the American public.

The survey, conducted by Gallup, found 76 percent of respondents thought there should not be a law banning civilian ownership of handguns, a four-point increase from last year and an all-time high in the 57 years the question has been asked.

The poll also found that 61 percent of respondents are “against” a ban on certain semi-automatic rifles—often referred to as “assault weapons”—, a ten-point increase since the last time the poll was taken and an all-time high since Gallup began asking the question in 1996.

Support for the gun bans are at all-time lows. The poll shows only 27 percent support for a ban on handgun ownership, a three-point drop from last year. It also shows support for an assault weapons ban at 36 percent, an eight-point decline from the last time the question was asked.


The survey was taken between October 5-9 and collected responses from 1,017 adults.

So, if Clinton (should she win the election) wants to waste the very little political capital she’s going to gain after November on this issue, which will likely end in defeat—we of course shouldn’t stop her. At the same time, all of this could be rendered moot if the GOP unites and elects Donald Trump, but we seem to be incapable of maximizing on that end.

Twitter Kills Vine

Twitter announced on Thursday that they will be discontinuing the mobile app Vine, where users could create and share six-second looping videos. Vine was officially launched in January of 2013 after being acquired by Twitter in October 2012.

In a statement published to blogging site Medium, Twitter said that Vine will be shutting down "in the coming months" and assured users that they will be able to download and save their Vines, and that the app's website will remain online so that Vines will be viewable.

Since 2013, millions of people have turned to Vine to laugh at loops and see creativity unfold. Today, we are sharing the news that in the coming months we’ll be discontinuing the mobile app.

Nothing is happening to the apps, website or your Vines today. We value you, your Vines, and are going to do this the right way. You’ll be able to access and download your Vines. We’ll be keeping the website online because we think it’s important to still be able to watch all the incredible Vines that have been made. You will be notified before we make any changes to the app or website.

Thank you. Thank you. To all the creators out there — thank you for taking a chance on this app back in the day. To the many team members over the years who made this what it was — thank you for your contributions. And of course, thank you to all of those who came to watch and laugh every day.

What’s next? We’ll be working closely with creators to make sure your questions are answered and will work hard to do this the right way. We’ll be sharing more details on this blog and our Twitter account, and will notify you through the app when we start to change things.

- Team Vine & Twitter

Vine was notable for the sheer amount of "stars" who rose from obscurity via their posts on the app to carve out careers. Many journalists also used Vine to create short, sharable clips of various news stories.

In what turned into sort of a group funeral for the app, many people took to Twitter to share their favorite vines and mourn the loss of one of the funnier parts of the internet:

Goodbye, Vine. You were fun while it lasted.