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Trump suggests ‘2nd Amendment people’ might shoot Clinton

Donald Trump suggested on Aug. 9 that “Second Amendment people” might shoot Hillary Clinton if she becomes president.

The GOP nominee was speaking at a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, and falsely claimed that Clinton, the Democratic nominee, wants to “essentially abolish the Second Amendment.”

Trump said, “By the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”

Clinton’s campaign quickly responded.

“This is simple — what Trump is saying is dangerous,” said Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook. “A person seeking to be the president of the United States should not suggest violence in any way.”

The Trump campaign said the candidate was simply celebrating the “amazing spirit” of Second Amendment supporters and not making any threats.

But the AP reported that Catherine Milhoan, a spokeswoman for the Secret Service, said, “We are aware of his comments.”

A few weeks ago, a Trump campaign adviser on veterans’ issues said, “Clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason.”

That comment also caught the attention of the Secret Service, which is investigating.

Twitter lighted up even as Trump was still speaking at the North Carolina rally.

The NRA tweeted: “.@RealDonaldTrump is right. If @HillaryClinton gets to pick her anti-#2A #SCOTUS judges, there’s nothing we can do. #NeverHillary. But there IS something we will do on #ElectionDay: Show up and vote for the #2A! #DefendtheSecond #NeverHillary.”

Bernie King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., tweeted: “As the daughter of a leader who was assassinated, I find #Trump‘s comments distasteful, disturbing, dangerous. His words don’t #LiveUp. #MLK.”

On the web …

An interesting read at The New York Times about the hostility and threats of violence at Trump rallies.

Romney’s son wanted to take swing at the president

Mitt Romney’s eldest son said on North Carolina radio that he wanted to punch President Barack Obama during the second debate, which took place on Oct. 16.

North Carolina radio host Bill LuMaye asked Tagg Romney what it felt like “to hear the president of the United States call your dad a liar.”

The son, who is 42, said at one point during the debate he wanted to jump out of his seat “to rush down the debate stage and take a swing at him.”

He was referring to the president.

He continued, “But you know you can’t do that because, well, first because there’s a lot of Secret Service between you and him. But also because this is the nature of the process, they’re going to do everything they can do to try to make my dad into someone he’s not. We signed up for it. We’ve gotta kind of sit there and take our punches and then send them right back the other way.”

While the Obama team voiced certainty the president had won in the town hall-style debate at Hofstra University, east of New York City, Romney ceded little ground, repeatedly reminding voters of the economic pain many had endured across the president’s first four years. While unemployment has declined along with voter uncertainty that the country is on the right path, polls show that the struggling economy remains the uppermost issue with just three weeks remaining before the Nov. 6 election. Early voting is under way in many states with more than 1.3 million Americans already having cast ballots.

Obama, seeking to deflect Romney’s arguments about Republican plans to fix the economy, blasted his opponent’s formula as harmful to the middle class. He also accused Romney of flip-flopping on issues like energy and gun control.

In perhaps the most heated give-and-take, the president appeared angry when Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, criticized the administration response to the deadly attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi last month.

Romney described the deadly Libya attack as part of an unraveling of the administration’s foreign policy. He said it took Obama a long time to admit the episode had been a terrorist attack, but Obama said he had said so the day afterward in an appearance at the White House. When moderator Candy Crowley of CNN said the president had in fact done so, Obama, prompted, “Say that a little louder, Candy.”

According to the transcript, Obama said on Sept. 12, “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.”

He pointedly told Romney that any suggestion that his administration “would play politics or mislead when we’ve lost four of our own, governor, is offensive. That’s not what we do.”

The open-stage format Tuesday night, with no physical objects between them, placed incumbent and challenger face to face and, when they chose, directly in each other’s faces. Their physical encounters crackled with energy and tension, and the crowd watched raptly as the two sparred while struggling to appear calm and affable before a national television audience of tens of millions.

While the president’s forcefulness was bound to lift the spirits of Democrats disheartened by his previous performance, Romney also gave his supporters reasons to cheer. He appeared confident and comfortable, as he had been in the first debate , and aggressively returned Obama’s fire. Romney said the middle class “has been crushed over the last four years,” and that 23 million Americans are struggling to find work.

As the 90-minute confrontation moved on, Romney repeated a pledge to declare China a currency manipulator on his first day in office. “We can compete with anyone in the world as long as the playing field is level,” he said. “China’s been cheating over the years” by holding down the value of its currency and stealing intellectual property.

Obama told Romney that “you’re the last person who’s going to get tough on China.” He has charged that Romney made money from companies that outsourced jobs to China while running the private equity firm Bain Capital.

The two men interrupted one another often, speaking over each other to the point that neither could be understood.

“You’ll get your chance in a moment. I’m still speaking,” Romney said as he tried to cut off Obama at one point.

Obama is fighting to hang on to small leads in many of the nine key swing states that likely will decide the election. The so-called battleground states – those that do not reliably vote either Republican or Democratic _ take on outsized importance in the U.S. system, in which presidents are chosen not by the nationwide popular vote but in state-by-state contests.

From the opening moments, Obama was aggressive. He criticized Romney’s opposition to the Democrats’ bailout of the auto industry and rejected Romney’s economic proposals as squeezing the middle class.

“Gov. Romney says he’s got a five-point plan. Gov. Romney doesn’t have a five-point plan. He has a one-point plan. And that plan is to make sure that folks at the top play by a different set of rules,” Obama said.

Tuesday’s debate was before an audience of 82 uncommitted voters Organization who posed questions to the candidates. They were selected by the Gallup Organization. Crowley chose speakers after reviewing their proposed questions to avoid repeats.

Obama needed to strike the right balance in coming on strong against Romney without turning off the audience and millions of television viewers by going too negative. Obama has said his first debate performance was “too polite.”

While most of Tuesday’s debate was focused on policy differences, there was one more-personal moment, when Obama raised the issue of Romney’s investments in China.

“Mr. President, have you looked at your pension?” Romney interrupted.

“You know, I don’t look at my pension. It’s not as big as yours,” the president shot back at his wealthier rival.

The final debate is next Monday. It will focus on foreign policy. The topics include:

  • America’s role in the world
  • Our longest war – Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Red Lines – Israel and Iran
  • The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism – I
  • The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism – II
  • The Rise of China and Tomorrow’s World

Secret Service investigating burned cat left at Obama campaign sign

The Secret Service is investigating an assumed threat to President Barack Obama – a burned cat left staked to a tree stump beside an Obama campaign sign in a Minneapolis park.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that a park employee early Aug. 13 found the cat’s carcass in Longfellow Park, which led local authorities to alert federal agencies.

The cat was staked with a handheld U.S. flag on a small stick, according to a federal law enforcement official. Standing next to the cat was an Obama/Biden 2012 campaign sign.

The newspaper reported that as of 10 a.m. Aug. 14, no arrests had been made.

The president was traveling in the Midwest. At his closest, he was about 230 miles south of Minneapolis in Iowa.

Minnesota voters are headed to the polls on Aug. 14 to cast ballots in the state primary, which includes selecting candidates for two general election congressional races.

In the November election, voters will decide a number of races for elected office, as well as a ballot initiative to amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

Spy agency a good place for gays to work

A British LGBT civil rights group is releasing its list of 100 top employers in 2012, and among the best organizations is M15, the British Secret Service.

Ernst & Young tops the list. In second place is the Home Office and Barclays ranks third.

MI5’s position in the Top 100 is a first, according to Stonewall, which planned to release the complete list at a ceremony later on Jan. 11 in London.

“Competition for a place in the Top 100 was fiercer than ever this year,” said Ben Summerskill, Stonewall chief executive. “With new, more demanding criteria, every employer securing a position in the Top 100 has performed impressively – and the participating employers collectively employ over 1.9 million people. The index remains a powerful tool used by Britain’s 1.7 million gay employees and 150,000 gay university students to decide where to take their talent and skills.”

Liz Bingham, of Ernst & Young, said, “A strong commitment to diversity and inclusiveness is not only important for our people, but is also a business imperative in what is an increasingly competitive and interconnected world.”

Jonathan Evans, director general of MI5, said, “The Security Service has worked hard in recent years to promote equality and diversity across all areas of its work. We are pleased to be recognized by Stonewall, but there is still more we can do. We will continue to support lesbian, gay and bisexual staff to make MI5 a truly inclusive place to work.”

The index is based on a range of key indicators which this year included a confidential survey of employees, according to Stonewall.