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These CEOs Made John Podesta’s Purported List of Potential Running Mates for Hillary Clinton

Tim Cook, Mary Barra, and Muhtar Kent purportedly were among the business leaders considered, however briefly, as vice presidential running mates for Hillary Clinton.

The disclosure comes courtesy of WikiLeaks, which has been releasing giant batches of communications purported to have come from the email account of Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta. The authenticity of the emails has not been confirmed, but the Clinton campaign has acknowledged the existence of efforts “to steal private campaign documents in order to influence an election,” and has blamed Russian hackers for the leak.

Along with sitting government officials including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Claire McCaskill, Cory Booker (misspelled in the email as “Corey” Booker), and Julian Castro—as well as Clinton’s eventual pick, Virginia senator Tim Kaine—the list contained a grouping of names from the business world.

These are the names from that section, listed alphabetically, which is how they appeared in the leaked email. We’ve added the primary professional affiliations of each.

Mary Barra, chairman and CEO of General Motors

Michael Bloomberg, founder and CEO of Bloomberg LP, former mayor of New York

Ursula Burns, chairman and CEO of Xerox

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple

Bill Gates, former...

Donald Trump is Taking a Page From Reconstruction-era White Supremacists

Donald Trump has a lot in common with former Confederates – white southerners who “redeemed” the South by bringing an end to Reconstruction 140 years ago. Like the “Redeemers,” Trump fears that electoral fraud threatens the republic. And like them, Trump equates electoral fraud with black and brown voters.

Trump has often claimed that only a “rigged system” could deny him victory. How? Not through sabotaged debate microphones or a biased media but through unqualified voters.

At a recent rally in Pennsylvania – a must-win state – Trump digressed from his text to remind his mostly white audience of this danger, urging them to go to “certain areas” on Election Day and “watch” who was voting. The implication, of course, was that they should challenge anyone who appeared to be unqualified. Nor was this a random remark. The Trump campaign features a website where supporters can sign up to become a “Trump Election Observer” and “Stop Crooked Hillary From Rigging This Election!”

How can “Trump Election Observers” distinguish between qualified and unqualified voters? Trump doesn’t say. But his reference to “certain areas” – and the entire tenor of his campaign – suggests that their color will give them away.

‘Intelligence and virtue’

Trump supporters...

Paul Ryan's Alternate Election

This election was never the election that Paul Ryan wanted to run. This cage match between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, or in Ryan’s thinly-veiled dismissal, “a personality contest” that has nothing to do with ideas or policy.

With three-and-a-half weeks to go, Ryan has simply decided not to run that campaign at all. No matter how silly, dissonant, or just plain out of touch with reality it looks, the House speaker is waging the 2016 race as he believes it should be run.

“Are we are going to be positive and inclusive, bring people together, and reclaim our founding principles? Or we are going to be overrun by liberal progressivism, with more drift, more despair, and more decline?” Ryan said Friday in a speech delivered to college Republicans at his home-state University of Wisconsin-Madison. “That is the choice before us.” 

Ryan well knows that this is not actually the choice America faces on November 8. There is nothing “positive and inclusive” about the message that the nominee he’s endorsed, Donald Trump, is offering. And the Republican ticket is barely running against the notion of “liberal progressivism” that Ryan says that the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, represents.


Donald Trump's Denial of His Reported Remarks on the Balkans

Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, is denying remarks attributed to his campaign that he called the bombing of Serbia in the 1990s “a mistake.”

“Mr. Trump never gave an interview to the Serbian weekly magazine Nedeljnikasas falsely reported by the discredited Newsweek, nor was such an interview conducted through our Indiana State Director,” Jason Miller, the Trump campaign’s senior communications adviser, said in a statement. “This was a hoax and we look forward to receiving a formal retraction and apology from all involved.”

Nedeljnikthe independent Serbian news weekly, quoted Trump as saying: “The bombing of the Serbs, who were our allies in both world wars, it was a big mistake. The Serbs are very good people. Unfortunately, the Clinton administration caused them a lot of harm, but also throughout the Balkans, where they made a mess.”

Newsweek, which first reported the comments, cited Nedeljnik’s managing editor, Marko Prelevic, as saying the interview was conducted via email correspondence with Suzanne Ryder Jaworowski, a Trump campaign senior adviser who is also campaign manager for the state of Indiana.

Prelevic also told BuzzFeed News: “We established the contact with the Trump campaign through Mr. Vladimir Rajcic, a Serbian...

What the WikiLeaks Emails Say About Clinton

“There is no other Donald Trump,” Hillary Clinton likes to say about her opponent. “This is it.”

The events of the last two weeks—Trump’s two debate performances, the release of his bawdy comments about women in a 2005 video clip, his lashing out against Republicans who are deserting him—have proven Clinton correct on that count.

But the leak of thousands of hacked email exchanges among Clinton’s top advisers suggest the same can be said about her—at least in her role as a public figure. They capture a candidate, and a campaign, that seems in private exactly as cautious, calculating, and politically flexible as they appeared to be in public. The Clinton campaign underestimated and then fretted about rival candidate Bernie Sanders, worried about Joe Biden entering the primary race and Elizabeth Warren endorsing her opponent, plotted endlessly about managing Clinton’s image in the press, took advantage of its close ties to the Obama administration and the hierarchy of the Democratic Party, and took public positions to the left of comments Clinton herself made during private paid speeches to Wall Street firms. 

In fairness to Clinton, the emails made public by WikiLeaks reveal little about...

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