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Morning Reads: Obama Says Clinton Is His Political Heir; Trump Just Keeps Pushing The Envelope

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Morning Reads: Obama Says Clinton is His Political Heir

Presdient Barack Obama is joined by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton after his address to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 27, 2016. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama passes the baton –> Jonathan Martin and Patrick Healy at The New York Times: “President Obama delivered a stirring valedictory address at the Democratic convention Wednesday night, hailing Hillary Clinton as his rightful political heir and the party’s best hope to protect democracy from ‘homegrown demagogues’ like the Republican Donald J. Trump.

“Taking the stage to rapturous roars of ‘We love you’ and ‘Yes we can,’ Mr. Obama acknowledged that Democrats were still divided after a bruising nomination fight and that Mrs. Clinton had made ‘mistakes.’ But he vouched passionately for Mrs. Clinton as a trusted and reliable ally not just for him but for all Americans who need a fighter to improve their lives and keep them safe.”

These guys spoke, too –> And guess who their designated fall guy was? Virginia’s US Sen. Tim Kaine accepted the vice presidential nomination and unveiled his imitation of Trump: “The guy promises a lot. But you might have noticed, he has a habit of saying the same two words right after he makes his biggest promises. You guys know the words I mean? ‘Believe me.’

“It’s gonna be great — believe me! We’re gonna build a wall and make Mexico pay for it — believe me! We’re gonna destroy ISIS so fast — believe me! There’s nothing suspicious in my tax returns — believe me! By the way, does anyone here believe that Donald Trump’s been paying his fair share of taxes? Do you believe he ought to release those tax returns like every other presidential candidate in modern history? Of course he should. Donald, what are you hiding?”

The man Kaine seeks to replace, incumbent Vice President Joe Biden, told the Philadelphia convention crowd that Trump’s “cynicism is unbounded. His lack of empathy and compassion can be summed up in a phrase I suspect he’s most proud of having made famous: ‘You’re fired.’ I’m not joking; think about that.”

And former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, himself a billionaire many times over, declared, “Trump says he wants to run the nation like he’s run his business. God help us,” adding, “I’m a New Yorker. And I know a con when I see one.”

OutTrumping himself –> David Graham for The Atlantic on Trump’s latest remarkable press conference yesterday in Doral, Florida: “Just when it starts to seem that Donald Trump can’t surprise the jaded American media anymore, the Republican nominee manages to go just a little bit further… But the strangest comments, easily, came when Trump was asked about allegations that Russian hackers had broken into the email of the Democratic National Convention — as well as further suggestions that Vladimir Putin’s regime might be trying to aid Trump, who has praised him at length. Trump cast doubt on Russia’s culpability, then said he hoped they had hacked Hillary Clinton’s messages while she was secretary of state.”

Disrupting the two-party system –> At The Guardian, Tom Frank warns Democrats that Republicans are going after their voters, and doing so in new ways: “Donald Trump’s many overtures to supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders were just the beginning. He also deliberately echoed the language of Franklin Roosevelt, he denounced ‘big business’ (not once but several times), and certain of his less bloodthirsty foreign policy proposals almost remind one of George McGovern’s campaign theme: ‘Come home, America.'”

Talking the talk, but… –> Jessica Garrison, Jeremy Singer-Vine and Ken Bensinger for Buzzfeed: “This month, Trump is bringing jobs to Florida, as he looks to hire 78 servers, housekeepers and cooks at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach and the nearby Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter. But instead of making sure those jobs go to Americans, he is seeking to import foreign workers for the positions, which pay $10.17 an hour for housekeepers, $11.13 an hour for servers, and $12.74 for cooks. He filed applications this month claiming he couldn’t find enough Americans to do that work, and is seeking temporary visas to bring in 65 workers at Mar-a-Lago along with another seven waiters and six cooks at the golf club.”

Stop the press –> Washington Post reporter Jose A. DelReal was unable to get credentials to cover a Mike Pence rally. So, his colleague Paul Farhi writes, “DelReal then tried to enter via the general-admission line, as Post reporters have done without incident since Trump last month banned the newspaper from his events. He was stopped there by a private security official who told him he couldn’t enter the building with his laptop and cellphone. When DelReal asked whether others attending the rally could enter with their cellphones, he said the unidentified official replied, ‘Not if they work for The Washington Post.’

“After placing his computer and phone in his car, DelReal returned to the line and was detained again by security personnel, who summoned two county sheriff’s deputies. The officers patted down DelReal’s legs and torso, seeking his phone, the reporter said. When the officers — whom DelReal identified as Deputy John Lappley and Capt. Michelle Larsuel — verified that he wasn’t carrying a phone, the reporter asked to be admitted. The security person declined. ‘He said, “I don’t want you here. You have to go,” DelReal said.”

No “posthumous glorification” –> Julian Borger for The Guardian: “Several French news organisations have said they will no longer publish photographs of people responsible for terrorist killings, to avoid bestowing ‘posthumous glorification.’ Le Monde published an editorial after the latest attack, the murder of an elderly priest in a church near Rouen by two men claiming allegiance to Islamic State. Under the headline ‘Resisting the strategy of hate,’ Le Monde argued on Wednesday that all elements of society had to be involved in the struggle against terrorism, and that media organisations had a special role to play.”

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