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If one side is fanatical or just plain wrong, balance is no virtue. ZFacts takes on both extremes — left here and right here, Code Pink and the Tea Party. You won’t find that anywhere else. We focus on facts that shed light on key issues, not just media factoids.
1. Average of All Polls from Nate Silver’s 538
3. Polls + Econ & History — also from Nate Silver
4. Weights are 3 for Polls, 2 for betting, and 1 for Econ & History
Trump featured the Benghazi stand-down myth on Day 1 of his convention with a Rambo-style talk by two CIA agents, Geist and Tiegan. That was red meat for “Meteor Blades,” a top editor at the largest left-wing blog, Daily Kos. Unfortunately, he trashed what they got right, and let them off scot free where it mattered.
He didn’t even mention the CIA, or that the CIA’s Quick Reaction Force actually blamed the CIA base chief Bob for the State Dept deaths. This fact is straight from 13 Hours, the book he trashes, but didn’t read. And Blades is not alone. No one on the left seems to have noticed that the CIA agents are blaming the CIA in the book, and changing their tune on Trump’s stage.
This really matters, because “She lied. People died. Lock her up” may be the #1 most damaging lie in Trump’s arsenal. That meme was on T-shirts and bumper stickers long before it was chanted daily at Trump’s convention. So let’s set the record straight. [Read more...]
What did Trump really mean? The media plays that guessing game every day. Then Trump changes his tune, and they guess again. Dan Rather is telling you how to see through Trump and avoid this trap. To understand Trump, understand Dan Rather's punch line.
The rhetoric is the candidate. [Read more...]
Trump invented ISIS. Sound ridiculous? Then you haven't mastered Trump-think. Until you understand him, he can con you. So let me walk you through this.
Trump claims getting out of Iraq created ISIS. But while Bush and Obama tried to stay in, Trump demanded we get out immediately. By his own logic, he invented ISIS. But, his flip-flopping claims, have method in their madness. [Read more...]
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It's a little confusing. The Bernie-or-Busters (BoBers) have gone bust. Bernie's with Hillary, and they're basically ghosts—no longer part of the real world. But as in Ghostbusters, they can still wreak havoc, and even threaten the world, thanks to their partners in crime flooding out of Trump's "portal" in Cleveland.
Don't get me wrong. Most Bernie supporters are terrific. But the BoBers have gone over to the darkside with Darth Nader. So who ya gonna call?. [Read more...]
This piece by Karoli Kuns, managing editor of Crooks and Liars, is one of the most shared pieces about Hillary on the web.
I have a confession to make: In 2008, I was one of the most ardent Hillary Clinton haters on the planet. I was ferocious about how much I didn’t want her to win the primaries, and I rejoiced the day she gave her concession speech.
It was not until President Obama nominated Hillary Clinton as his Secretary of State that my attitude began to soften, and it’s here I want to... [Read more...]
Over the negative din of politics, it can be hard to hear what’s positive. Hillary Clinton has given $17.6 million of her speaking fees to charity (see below). That’s 26 times as much as she made on her three Goldman Sachs speeches combined, or 50% more than she made on her 51 speeches in 2014 and 2015. Before presenting the details, let me summarize.
- Her fees were not the least bit unusual given her stature.
- Over 100 lesser known Americans are also in the $200,000+ category.
- The Goldman Sachs fees were below her average fee.
- She gave $17.6 [Read more...]
Oct 20, 2014. Republicans claim Democrats are bad for business, but the stock market disagrees. It rose more than twice as fast under Obama as under Reagan. In fact since Reagan (1981) stocks have gained 13% under Republicans and 450% under Democrats. That’s 35 times more, and they had six years less time. [Email the Fact Card] [Read more...]
Oct 11, 2014. For at least the last 85 years, since 1929, every time the Democrats took over, jobs were created faster. And every time the Republicans took over, jobs were created slower. Ten times in a row is no accident. And the difference is huge. Why is that? [EMail the Fact Card] [Read more...]