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    Wall Street readies big Trump assault

    Anti-Trump super PAC source says billionaire Paul Singer will make sure it has all the money it needs.
    By Ben White
    03/02/16 06:50 PM EST
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    A spokeswoman for Donald Trump dismissed the latest effort. | AP Photo

    NEW YORK — Wall Street is getting ready to go nuclear on Donald Trump.
    Terrified that the reality TV star could run away with the Republican nomination and bring his brand of anti-immigrant, protectionist populism to the White House, some top financiers are writing big checks to fund an effort to deny Trump a majority of delegates to the GOP convention.

    The effort is centered on the recently formed Our Principles PAC, the latest big-money group airing anti-Trump ads, which is run by GOP strategist Katie Packer, deputy campaign manager for Mitt Romney in 2012.

    The group, initially funded by $3 million from Marlene Ricketts, wife of billionaire T.D. Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, wants to saturate the expensive Florida airwaves ahead of the state’s March 15 primary with hopes of denying Trump a victory that could crush the hopes of home state Sen. Marco Rubio.

    A conference call on Tuesday to solicit donors for the group included Paul Singer, billionaire founder of hedge fund Elliott Management; Hewlett Packard President and CEO Meg Whitman; and Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts, one of Joe and Marlene Ricketts’ three sons. Wealthy Illinois businessman Richard Uihlein is also expected to help fund the effort. Jim Francis, a big GOP donor and bundler from Texas, was also on the phone call on Tuesday.
    One person close to the Our Principles PAC said money will not be an issue.

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    This person said Singer, who is worth close to $2 billion, is fully dedicated to making sure the group has all the funds it needs to inundate the airwaves in Florida and other states viewed as not entirely friendly to Trump, a group that includes Illinois, Missouri, Arizona, Wisconsin and other states in the Northeast and West. Ohio could join the list if Trump moves ahead of the state’s governor, John Kasich, in the polls.

    “The money is not going to be a problem. We will raise what we need to do what we need to do,” the person close to the new anti-Trump PAC said. “Yes, there are people who are skeptical, but there are just as many ready to write big checks. The question is only whether Trump truly is really Teflon.”

    The theory, this person said, is that voters are still largely unaware of the full case against Trump. “We have not seen how he holds up to real sustained attacks over the KKK and David Duke stuff, over Trump University, over Trump Mortgage. People don’t really know about that stuff. We are about to find out what happens when they find out about it.”

    Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for Trump, dismissed the latest effort. “This is yet another attempt by the establishment elites and dark money that control the weak politicians to maintain control of our broken and corrupt system. Mr. Trump will continue to stand for the people and the issues they care about,” she said.

    Packer said in an interview that the effort is focused on denying Trump the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination outright. “This is a delegate battle; it’s not going to be like other years, and 71 percent of the delegates have not been awarded,” she said. “There is just a huge chasm between Trump and the other candidates, and there is going to be no coalescing around him. It will go all the way to Cleveland,” site of the GOP convention in July.

    Packer said that, of the hundreds of millions spent on GOP ads in 2016 thus far, only $9 million has been spent opposing Trump. “In 2012, we spent $10 million against Newt Gingrich in Florida alone.”
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    Sununu joins anti-Trump effort

    By Nick Gass

    The pitch to Wall Street titans and other CEOs is that a President Trump would be disastrous for markets and the economy. Many economists say that if the U.S. were to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants in a single year, the immediate hit to gross domestic product would lead to a depression. And slapping massive tariffs on goods from Mexico and China could dramatically increase prices for U.S. consumers and create destabilizing trade wars. “The most important thing about Trump is, he is completely unpredictable and volatile, and the one thing business needs is predictability,” Packer said.

    But prosecuting that case will take tens of millions of dollars spread across multiple states.

    And many Wall Street donors are already burned out after pumping over $100 million to Jeb Bush and his Right to Rise super PAC with nothing to show for it. Wall Street’s support is also splintered among candidates at the moment. Singer is backing Rubio. Financiers Stanley Druckenmiller and Ken Langone are backing Kasich. And many senior executives say trying to stop Trump now is a foolish crusade that will wind up burning cash with nothing to show for it.

    “My personal view is that Trump is going to get the nomination anyway and there is nothing that can be done about it now,” the chief executive of a Wall Street bank who once backed Bush said in an interview on Wednesday after turning down a pitch to contribute to a new anti-Trump super PAC. “I never believed Trump could get anywhere near where he is right now. I thought he was ridiculous and people wouldn’t really vote for him. All of that was wrong.”

    Another top Wall Street executive who raised large amounts for Bush and has so far declined to help fund the new PAC dedicated to stopping Trump said that if there were a single alternative in the race things might be different. But as it is, this executive said, there is virtually no way to keep Trump from the nomination.

    “I think Trump is going to win, and my concern is that anything we do now is just going to help Hillary Clinton win the general election,” the executive said. He added that the theory that Rubio or someone else could take the nomination in a brokered convention borders on the absurd.

    “Even if Trump goes in with less than a majority of the delegates, say 900 delegates, he will be way ahead, and if you take it away from him, the 40 percent or more of voters who supported him would go completely ballistic and guarantee that Hillary wins.
    Democrats to Clinton: Don't laugh off Trump threat

    By Daniel Lippman

    The one thing most of Wall Street agrees on at this point is that Trump’s grasp of economic policy is weak at best. And should he manage to defeat likely Democratic nominee Clinton in the fall, already turbulent markets could go completely haywire.

    “[Trump] has a kindergarten view of economics. The man says China is manipulating currency. China is in the biggest currency run in history, they’re losing $100 billion a month,” Druckenmiller said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Wednesday morning. “He doesn’t know what he is talking about. The stuff that comes out his mouth just astonishes me.”

    Other Wall Street analysts say the biggest risk from Trump is that no one really knows what his core beliefs really are. And it is not clear what kind of people he might appoint to critical jobs in his administration. Trump thus far has floated only billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn as a possible economic adviser in his administration.

    “The biggest fear of a Trump presidency is the only person we know would be a part of the administration at this point is Donald Trump,” said Sean West, deputy CEO and head of the United States practice at advisory firm Eurasia Group. “And even three months into the primary season, we don’t have any feel for what Trump actually stands for, only for what he is willing to say to win. I don’t believe Trump is really comfortable cutting back trade with other countries, but the way he delivers his message could certainly trigger retaliation from other countries.”

    While the view that Trump is a fraud who has no idea what he is talking about is widespread on Wall Street, few are convinced there is any real path to deprive him of the nomination at this point.

    That leaves many Wall Street Republicans with the same conundrum as naional party leaders: Figure out a way to make peace with Trump, pray for an independent bid by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg or quietly hope Clinton wins the general election in November.

    Clinton has many supporters on Wall Street — something that has complicated her primary campaign against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — and plenty of Republicans who don’t like her would still prefer her to Trump. “I could never support Hillary,” the Wall Street executive who raised money for Bush said. “But plenty of my friends will just hold their nose and vote for her.”

    Even the person close to the new Wall Street-funded effort to stop Trump says the result of their efforts could wind up being nil. “Trump is winning now, but he is not running away with it,” the person said. “We will see if we are able to slow him down.”
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    why are they SO scare of trump ?
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    What Trumpism means for democracy

    By GPD on March 2, 2016
    If Donald Trump secures the Republican nomination – an increasingly likely prospect – the party will implode and the US will cease to be a constitutional republic in all but name. Not that any of that will matter to Trump


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    ‘Trumpism is not a program or an ideology. It is an attitude that feeds off of widespread anger and alienation.’ Illustration: Vin Ganapathy for the Guardian
    Whether or not Donald Trump ultimately succeeds in winning the White House, historians are likely to rank him as the most consequential presidential candidate of at least the past half-century.
    He has already transformed the tone and temper of American political life. If he becomes the Republican nominee, he will demolish its structural underpinnings as well. Should he prevail in November, his election will alter its very fabric in ways likely to prove irreversible. Whether Trump ever delivers on his promise to “Make America Great Again,” he is already transforming American democratic practice.
    In contrast to the universally reviled Martin Shkreli, however, Trump has cultivated a mass following that appears impervious to his missteps, miscues, and misstatements.
    What Trump actually believes – whether he believes in anything apart from big, splashy self-display – is largely unknown and probably beside the point. Trumpism is not a program or an ideology. It is an attitude or pose that feeds off of, and then reinforces, widespread anger and alienation.
    The pose works because the anger – always present in certain quarters of the American electorate but especially acute today – is genuine. By acting the part of impish bad boy and consciously trampling on the canons of political correctness, Trump validates that anger.
    The more outrageous his behavior, the more secure his position at the very center of the political circus. Wondering what he will do next, we can’t take our eyes off him. And to quote Marco Rubio in a different context, Trump “knows exactly what he is doing”.
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    “Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you’re not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean, mad-dog mean. ‘Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That’s just the way it is.” ~ Outlaw Josey Wales…

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    Oil and gas industry has pumped millions into Republican campaignsBy Gordon Duff, Senior Editor on March 3, 2016
    Fossil fuel barons have invested more than $100m in Republican presidential Super Pacs – raising concerns over special interests if GOP takes White House








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    An oil pumpjack works at dawn in the Permian Basin oil field in January in the oil town of Andrews, Texas. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas was among the biggest beneficiaries of fossil fuel support. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesSuzanne Goldenberg andHelena Bengtsson
    Editor’s note: This should answer any questions about who is what in America.



    Fossil fuel millionaires collectively pumped more than $100m into Republican presidential contenders’ efforts last year – in an unprecedented investment by the oil and gas industry in the party’s future.
    About one in three dollars donated to Republican hopefuls from mega-rich individuals came from people who owe their fortunes to fossil fuels – and who stand to lose the most in the fight against climate change.
    The scale of investment by fossil fuel interests in presidential Super Pacs reached about $107m last year – before any votes were cast in the Republican primary season.
    Campaign groups said the funds raised questions about what kind of leverage the fossil fuel industry might enjoy if the Republicans were to take the White House.
    Ted Cruz, the Texas senator seen as having the best chance of stopping Donald Trump from clinching the Republican nomination, was among the biggest beneficiaries of fossil fuel support to his Super Pac.
    Cruz, who more than any other Republican candidate openly rejects mainstream science on climate change, banked some 57% of the funds to his Super Pac, or about $25m, from fossil fuel interests, according to campaign filings compiled by Greenpeace and reviewed by the Guardian.

    Republican presidential hopefuls are taking in millions from mega-rich fossil fuel interestsRead more at Guardian.UK
    “Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you’re not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean, mad-dog mean. ‘Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That’s just the way it is.” ~ Outlaw Josey Wales…

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    Oil and gas industry has pumped millions into Republican campaignsBy Gordon Duff, Senior Editor on March 3, 2016
    Fossil fuel barons have invested more than $100m in Republican presidential Super Pacs – raising concerns over special interests if GOP takes White House








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    An oil pumpjack works at dawn in the Permian Basin oil field in January in the oil town of Andrews, Texas. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas was among the biggest beneficiaries of fossil fuel support. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesSuzanne Goldenberg andHelena Bengtsson
    Editor’s note: This should answer any questions about who is what in America.



    Fossil fuel millionaires collectively pumped more than $100m into Republican presidential contenders’ efforts last year – in an unprecedented investment by the oil and gas industry in the party’s future.
    About one in three dollars donated to Republican hopefuls from mega-rich individuals came from people who owe their fortunes to fossil fuels – and who stand to lose the most in the fight against climate change.
    The scale of investment by fossil fuel interests in presidential Super Pacs reached about $107m last year – before any votes were cast in the Republican primary season.
    Campaign groups said the funds raised questions about what kind of leverage the fossil fuel industry might enjoy if the Republicans were to take the White House.
    Ted Cruz, the Texas senator seen as having the best chance of stopping Donald Trump from clinching the Republican nomination, was among the biggest beneficiaries of fossil fuel support to his Super Pac.
    Cruz, who more than any other Republican candidate openly rejects mainstream science on climate change, banked some 57% of the funds to his Super Pac, or about $25m, from fossil fuel interests, according to campaign filings compiled by Greenpeace and reviewed by the Guardian.

    Republican presidential hopefuls are taking in millions from mega-rich fossil fuel interestsRead more at Guardian.UK
    “Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you’re not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean, mad-dog mean. ‘Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That’s just the way it is.” ~ Outlaw Josey Wales…

    STOP F*CKING WITH US.

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    Romney Slams Trump: 'His Promises Are as Worthless as a Degree From Trump U.

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    In a speech at University of Utah today, Mitt Romney called Donald Trump a "phony" and a "fraud."

    The 2012 GOP nominee argued that Trump, if nominated, would enable Hillary Clinton to be elected president; and that his policies, if implemented, would sink the country into a prolonged recession.

    The former Massachusetts governor slammed the frontrunner's business acumen, saying that he is not the business genius he purports to be.

    "But wait, you say, isn't he a huge business success that knows what he's talking about? No he isn't, and no he doesn't. His bankruptcies have crushed small businesses and the men and women who worked for them. He inherited his business, he didn't create it. And what ever happened to Trump Airlines?

    How about Trump University? And then there's Trump Magazine and Trump Vodka and Trump Steaks, and Trump Mortgage? A business genius he is not."

    He also criticized Trump's temperament and said that "dishonesty is Trump's hallmark."

    "His is not the temperament of a stable, thoughtful leader. His imagination must not be married to real power."

    Romney concluded: "Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He's playing the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat.

    “His domestic policies would lead to recession. His foreign policies would make America and the world less safe,” Romney is expected to say. “He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president. And his personal qualities would mean that America would cease to be a shining city on a hill.

    "America has greatness ahead. This is a time for choosing. God bless us to choose a nominee who will make that vision a reality."
    Watch the full speech above.

    Meanwhile, Trump has been hitting back against the 2012 GOP nominee on Twitter.

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    Romney full retard mode:



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    who did Romney lose to
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    why are they SO scare of trump ?
    Israel is focussed in the longer term on a much larger IsraHell.

    They need to kick all the locals out, as they have attempted with the Palestinians.

    The refugee situation - I wouldn't call if a crisis because it's 100% man-made - is Israel's foreign policy in action.

    They need space for so they can build a 1000 Kosher McDonald's in the desert.


    Trump would make that part of Israel's foreign policy much more difficult.

    Their plan to kick all their Muslim neighbors out of their homes, comes to a grinding halt if Trump is elected President.
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