MoJo Blogs and Articles | Mother Jones Mother Jones logo en Climate Change Got 82 Seconds in the Presidential Debate <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p><em>This story was originally published by </em><a href="" target="_blank">Grist</a> <em>and is reproduced here as part of the <a href="" target="_blank">Climate Desk</a> collaboration.</em></p> <p>One minute and 22 seconds <a href="">were spent on climate change</a> and other environmental issues in Monday&rsquo;s presidential debate&mdash;and that was pretty much all&nbsp;<a href="">Hillary Clinton talking</a>. (<a href="">Surprise, surprise</a>.) How does that compare to debates in past years? We ran the numbers on the past five election cycles to find out.</p> <p>The high point for attention to green issues came in 2000, when Al Gore and George W. Bush spent just over&nbsp;14 minutes talking about&nbsp;the environment over the course of three debates. The low point came in 2012, when climate change and other environmental issues got no time at all during the presidential debates.&nbsp;Some years, climate change came up during the vice presidential debates as well.</p> <p><b>2016 so far: </b>1 minute, 22 seconds in one presidential debate.</p> <p><b>2012:</b> 0 minutes.</p> <p><strong>2008: </strong>5 minutes, 18 seconds in two presidential debates. An additional 5 minutes, 48 seconds in a&nbsp;vice presidential debate.</p> <p><b>2004: </b>5 minutes, 14 seconds in a single presidential debate.</p> <p><strong>2000:&nbsp;</strong>14 minutes, 3 seconds in three&nbsp;presidential debates. 5 minutes, 21 seconds in a vice presidential debate.</p> <p>In total, over the <a href="">five election seasons</a>&nbsp;we looked at, climate change and the environment got 37 minutes and 6 seconds on the prime-time stage during the presidential and vice presidential debates. That's out of more than 1,500 minutes of debate. Not an impressive showing.</p> <p><em>A note about how we arrived at these times:</em></p> <p>We parsed questions asked of candidates and searched the transcripts for keywords like "climate," "environment," "energy," and "warming." We cross-referenced the transcripts with video of the debates. Only the mentions that pertained to fighting climate change, cleaning up the environment, and reducing emissions counted. President Obama&rsquo;s passing reference to clean energy jobs in 2012 didn't count, nor did discussions of energy security, because they were in the context of the economy and not fighting climate change.</p></body></html> Environment 2016 Elections Climate Change Climate Desk Donald Trump Hillary Clinton Media Top Stories Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:11:02 +0000 Emma Foehringer Merchant 315106 at Comey: No Obstruction of Justice in Clinton Email Case <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p>Speaking of Hillary Clinton's emails, we learned something interesting today. But first, here's an excerpt from the <a href="" target="_blank">FBI report</a> that was released last month. Apologies for the length, but it's important that you see the whole thing so you know I haven't left out any relevant parts:</p> <p><img align="middle" alt="" class="image image-_original" src="/files/blog_fbi_report_email_deletion_prn_0.jpg" style="margin: 15px 0px 15px 10px;"></p> <p>Here's the full timeline in a nutshell:</p> <blockquote> <p>December 2014: After turning over Clinton's work emails to the State Department, Clinton's staff instructed Platte River Networks to delete her old email files, which included all her private emails. The tech assigned to this task forgot to do it.</p> <p>March 9, 2015: Clinton's staff notifies PRN that Congress has issued a preservation order for Clinton's emails.</p> <p>March 25: Clinton's staff has a conference call with PRN.</p> <p>March 25-31: The tech has a "holy shit" moment and remembers he never deleted the old archives. So he does. Both Clinton and Cheryl Mills say they were unaware of these deletions.</p> </blockquote> <p>This timeline is a bit of a Rorschach test. If you already think Hillary Clinton is a liar and a crook, your reaction is: Give me a break. They just <em>happened</em> to have a conference call on March 25 and the tech just <em>happened</em> to delete the archives a few days later? But the Clinton gang says they never told him to do this? Spare me.</p> <p>However, if you're sympathetic to Clinton, this all seems pretty unremarkable. Her staff had ordered the archives deleted in 2014, long before any subpoenas were issued, and it was only because of the tech's forgetfulness that they were still around in March. The tech was telling the truth when he said that no one told him to delete the archives in March. The conference call just jogged his memory. And Clinton and Mills really didn't have any idea what was going on. After all, it would have been wildly dangerous to explicitly tell PRN <em>on a conference call</em> to delete archives that were under a legal preservation order.</p> <p>So which is it? The answer is that we don't know. You can read this timeline however you want. Today, however, <a href="" target="_blank">we got this:</a></p> <blockquote> <p>FBI Director James Comey said Tuesday his investigators looked very intently at whether there was obstruction of justice in the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email account, but concluded they could not prove a criminal case against anyone.</p> <p><strong>"We looked at it very hard to see if there was criminal obstruction of justice,"</strong> Comey said at a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing, under questioning by Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)</p> <p>"We looked at it very hard. <strong>We could not make an obstruction case against any of the subjects we looked at,</strong>" Comey said. He did not identify those whose conduct the FBI investigated for potential obstruction.</p> </blockquote> <p>What Comey is saying is that the FBI put a lot of effort into discovering the truth about what happened in March, including grants of immunity to several people so they could tell the truth without fear of prosecution. But they came up empty. Despite their best efforts, it appears that Clinton's staff did nothing wrong. The PRN tech just made a mistake and then did a dumb thing when he remembered it.</p> <p>Hillary Clinton made a mistake when she decided to use a single email account on a personal server while she was Secretary of State. But it was just a mistake, not a criminal conspiracy. Once again, there's no there there.</p></body></html> Kevin Drum Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:32:20 +0000 Kevin Drum 315046 at Here's Why Hillary Clinton Emails Didn't Get Much Attention Last Night <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p>I read quite a few complaints last night about Lester Holt's choice of debate topics. Liberals wanted to know why climate change didn't come up. Conservatives thought there should have been a question about abortion. This is run-of-the-mill stuff, since not everything can possibly get covered in a 90-minute show. But the biggest conservative complaint was that Holt didn't ask Hillary Clinton about her emails or the Clinton Foundation. <a href="" target="_blank">Except that he did:</a></p> <blockquote> <p>HOLT: He also raised the issue of your e-mails. Do you want to respond to that?</p> <p>CLINTON: I do. You know, I made a mistake using a private e- mail.</p> <p>TRUMP: That's for sure.</p> <p>CLINTON: And if I had to do it over again, I would, obviously, do it differently. But I'm not going to make any excuses. It was a mistake, and I take responsibility for that.</p> <p>HOLT: Mr. Trump?</p> <p>TRUMP: That was more than a mistake. That was done purposely. OK? That was not a mistake. That was done purposely. When you have your staff taking the Fifth Amendment, taking the Fifth so they're not prosecuted, when you have the man that set up the illegal server taking the Fifth, <img align="right" alt="" class="image image-_original" src="/files/blog_hillary_clinton_email.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 20px 0px 15px 30px;">I think it's disgraceful. And believe me, this country thinks it's &mdash; really thinks it's disgraceful, also.</p> </blockquote> <p>And that was it. Trump had the opportunity to go after Clinton's emails at length if he wanted to, but he didn't. Why? Because he was steamed about Clinton's suggestion that he might not be as rich as he says. So he ditched the email stuff and instead spend a couple of minutes defending the greatness of his income, his company, his debts, his bankers, his buildings&mdash;and then sort of forgot what he was talking about and wandered off into a riff about how terrible our infrastructure is.</p> <p>In other words, typical Trump. But there's more to this. I think Clinton owes the press some thanks for going so far overboard on the emails and the Clinton Foundation over the past year. Here's what happened earlier this month.</p> <p>First, the FBI <a href="" target="_blank">released its report</a> on Clinton's emails. It exonerated her almost completely, but a few days later Matt Lauer obliviously <a href="" target="_blank">spent a full third</a> of his interview with Clinton on the emails anyway. Lauer was widely pilloried for this. <a href="" target="_blank">Two days later</a> the <em>Washington Post</em>&mdash;which had reported on the emails as assiduously as anyone&mdash;finally admitted that the email story was "out of control."</p> <p>On the Foundation front, August and September saw a rash of stories about specific people and programs associated with the foundation. They all "raised questions" or "cast a shadow" over Clinton's campaign, but none of them uncovered anything even close to wrongdoing. By mid-September, this had become almost a running joke.</p> <p>In both cases, the mountain of reporting on these topics finally crumbled under its own weight. They had both been investigated endlessly, and in the end, had uncovered nothing aside from a few minor misdemeanors. It finally became clear that reporters were chasing after a chimera, and the bubble burst. It was time to move on.</p> <p>That's probably one reason that Holt didn't spend any time on either the emails or the foundation. I'm sure they'll come up in one of the future debates, but they've been largely defanged. There's just nothing much there anymore.</p></body></html> Kevin Drum Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:19:42 +0000 Kevin Drum 315041 at Where Did Trump's VAT Nonsense Come From Last Night? <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p>If there were a contest for weirdest Trumpism last night&mdash;well, I'm not sure I could pick a winner. But on the nerd front, this one just confused me completely:</p> <blockquote> <p>We have to renegotiate our trade deals. And, Lester, they're taking our jobs, they're giving incentives, they're doing things that, frankly, we don't do.</p> <p>Let me give you the example of Mexico. They have a VAT tax. We're on a different system. <strong>When we sell into Mexico, there's a tax. When they sell in&nbsp;&mdash; automatic, 16 percent, approximately. When they sell into us, there's no tax.</strong> It's a defective agreement. It's been defective for a <img align="right" alt="" class="image image-_original" src="/files/blog_vat_countries.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 20px 0px 15px 30px;">long time, many years, but the politicians haven't done anything about it.</p> </blockquote> <p>In real time I wondered what the hell this was all about, but the debate moved on and I didn't have time to ponder it. Aside from being completely wrong, I wondered where it came from. Trump has never mentioned VATs before, has he?</p> <p>Well, it turns out that yesterday an economist at UC Irvine (yay Anteaters!) co-authored a long <a href="" target="_blank">report</a> claiming that Trump's full economic plan would hypercharge growth and make us all rich etc. etc. Jordan Weissmann dismantles the report <a href="" target="_blank">here,</a> and mentions that it takes aim at VAT taxes around the world:</p> <blockquote> <p>Here's how it works: When a company in Germany makes goods to sell at home, it has to pay the VAT. But if it makes them to sell in the United States, it doesn't&mdash;the tax gets waived at the border....Meanwhile, if an American company makes widgets to sell in Germany, it does have to pay the VAT.</p> <p>In short, everybody has to pay Germany's VAT when they're selling goods in Germany. Nobody has to pay Germany's VAT when they're selling goods outside of Germany....However, Navarro and Ross say border adjustability turns the VAT into an &ldquo;implicit export subsidy&rdquo; for foreign companies and an &ldquo;implicit tariff&rdquo; on U.S. exporters.</p> <p>....This is just ... wrong. Dead wrong. It's true that American car companies, to take just one example, have to pay a German VAT when they sell sedans to Berlin or D&uuml;sseldorf. But you know who also has to pay that tax? BMW and Volkswagen. Border adjustability just puts everybody on equal footing. Waiving the VAT on exports does the same thing. If German companies had to pay the VAT on cars they were sending to the U.S., they'd be at a huge disadvantage compared to their American rivals, who wouldn't face a domestic VAT. Germany would essentially be suppressing its own exports.</p> </blockquote> <p>So that's where it came from. Somebody at Trump HQ read the report, mentioned the VAT part to Trump, and Trump then burbled about it on stage last night. It's all gibberish, but oddly enough, you can't really blame Trump for this one. After all, a guy with a PhD in economics fed this stuff to him. It's such a mind-boggling misstatement of how VATs work that I now want to know why the guy with the PhD was willing to embarrass himself with this stuff. Trump, of course, just lapped it up.</p> <p>Anyway, that's the story of the VAT. Don't you feel smarter now?</p></body></html> Kevin Drum Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:40:17 +0000 Kevin Drum 315036 at Donald Trump Is a Pig <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p>So it turns out that Donald Trump's big attack that he delicately held back on last night was...Bill Clinton's affairs. Devastating! That bit of non-news would have turned things around, I'm sure. So why did he change his mind? "I didn't feel comfortable doing it with Chelsea in the room," he said this morning.&nbsp; What a sensitive guy.</p> <p>In related news, Hillary Clinton really got under Trump's skin last night. "He loves beauty contests," she said, "supporting them and hanging around them. And he called this woman 'Miss Piggy.' Then he<iframe align="right" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="242" src="//" style="margin: 20px 0px 5px 30px;" width="400"></iframe> called her 'Miss Housekeeping,' because she was Latina. Donald, she has a name."</p> <p>"Where did you find this? Where did you find this?" Trump demanded. Today he couldn't stop himself from <a href="" target="_blank">attacking back:</a></p> <blockquote> <p>During an interview on Fox News on Tuesday morning, Trump brought up Machado on his own and launched into an attack on her credibility, saying that she had "attitude" and was a "real problem" for Miss Universe officials. "She was the worst we ever had. The worst. The absolute worst. She was impossible," Trump said. "... She was the winner, and she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem. We had a real problem."</p> </blockquote> <p>What a pig.</p></body></html> Kevin Drum Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:18:38 +0000 Kevin Drum 315021 at Someone Please Explain What the Hell Is Going on With This Mary J. Blige, Hillary Clinton Interview <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p>On Monday, Apple Music announced that the first episode of Mary J. Blige's new show, <em>The 411</em>&mdash;an apparent reference to her 1992 debut album, <em>What's the 411?</em>&mdash;will feature an exclusive sit-down with Hillary Clinton. A quick teaser of the interview was released on social media, where it created far more confusion than the excitement Apple likely intended.<strike> </strike></p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Like you&rsquo;ve never seen them before.<a href="">@MaryJBlige</a> sits down with <a href="">@HillaryClinton</a>.<a href="">#The411</a><br> Coming September 30th.<a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p> &mdash; Apple Music (@AppleMusic) <a href="">September 27, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">An intimate conversation.<a href="">@MaryJBlige</a> and <a href="">@HillaryClinton</a>.<a href="">#The411</a> coming September 30 on Apple Music.<a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p> &mdash; Apple Music (@AppleMusic) <a href="">September 27, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>As she sat with the Democratic presidential nominee in an intimate living room setting, Blige looked regal like the queen she is. She belts out Bruce Springsteen's classic "American Skin (41 Shots)," while Clinton stares back intensely. Awkward, dramatic music plays in the background; cheap slow-mo effects abound.</p> <p>Reactions to the clips were less than kind:</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Anyone who can keep a straight face while Mary J. Blige is singing at them like that deserves to be president</p> &mdash; Nyasha (@NyashaMC) <a href="">September 27, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Since Mary J Blige can't be trusted we'd like to trade her for Adele <a href=""></a></p> &mdash; MyFluffyPuffs (@MyFluffyPuffs) <a href="">September 27, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Mary J Blige:"IS IT A GUN?! IS IT A KNIFE?!"<br> Me: <a href=""></a></p> &mdash; good guy (@stephansquiat) <a href="">September 27, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>Done cringing? Now relive the masterpiece that is "Real Love" below and remember that both Blige and Clinton are too good for whatever just happened.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Media 2016 Elections Hillary Clinton Music Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:16:57 +0000 Inae Oh 315016 at Donald Trump Fires Back at Former Miss Universe Winner He Once Called "Miss Piggy" <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>The morning after Hillary Clinton confronted Donald Trump with his <a href="" target="_blank">own words describing </a>former Miss Universe winner Alicia Machado as "Miss Piggy," the Republican presidential candidate doubled down on his disparaging remarks by calling Machado's past weight gain a "real problem."</p> <p>"She gained a massive amount of weight and it was a real problem," Trump said during an appearance on Fox News on Tuesday morning. "Not only that, her attitude, we had a real problem with her. So, Hillary went back into the years and she found this girl and talked about her like she was Mother Teresa, but it wasn't quite that way."</p> <p>He went on to attribute Clinton's mention of Machado during the first presidential debate as an attempt to stay ahead in national polls.</p> <p>Shortly after the debate wrapped up on Monday, the Clinton campaign released a <a href="" target="_blank">web video featuring Machado</a> where she described Trump as a frightening figure who routinely bullied her about her appearance. In one incident, Machado claims Trump once ambushed her with reporters who filmed her while she exercised&mdash;an experience she said left her scarred with eating disorders.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Donald Trump called her "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping."<br><br> Her name is Alicia Machado. <a href="">#DebateNight</a> <a href=""></a></p> &mdash; Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) <a href="">September 27, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>Machado announced that she recently became a <a href="" target="_blank">US citizen </a>and will be voting for Clinton this November.</p></body></html> Media 2016 Elections Donald Trump Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:02:10 +0000 Inae Oh 315011 at There Is No Such Thing as a "Sustainable" Coffee Pod <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p>Coffee pods have to be one of the more pitiful innovations of modern society. Rather than dumping ground coffee into a filter and topping it with hot water to get your cup of joe, coffee pod machines, made famous by Keurig, allow you to add a layer of plastic or aluminum waste to the process. The pods themselves are cups the size of a shot glass that contain pre-ground coffee or tea; you insert a pod into the machine, which punches a hole in the top and floods it with water, creating a single serving of a beverage.</p> <p>As I discovered when <a href="" target="_blank">writing about them in 2014</a>, most coffee pods are not recyclable. Even when they are made of recyclable materials, they are too small for most recycling facilities.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/KCupsEarth3_0.jpg"></div> <p>Now, Mars Inc.'s beverage division, which has its own pod <a href="" target="_blank">brewing machine</a>, is <a href="" target="_blank">bragging in a press release</a> about the sustainability of its newly designed pods. (Mars calls them "freshpacks," and they're more like pouches than pods.) After realizing that the extraction for the aluminum in the packs accounted for 40 percent of their carbon emissions, the company switched to a different (unnamed) material and beat its "sustainability goal." The result: a "31 percent reduced carbon footprint."</p> <p>Thirty-one percent reduced from what? I don't know, because Mars doesn't disclose its pods' original carbon footprint. And nowhere does the release mention the recyclability of the freshpack. A look at the company's <a href="" target="_blank">sustainability report</a> reveals that the company makes its freshpacks recyclable for its house brands of coffee and tea, but in terms of its 2015 goal to use recyclable freshpacks for all its products? "We did not achieve this." Only 4 percent of freshpacks are recyclable, according to the report.</p> <p>And "recyclable" is a rather ambitious descriptor for the freshpack. Instead of sticking them in home recycling bins (because "most municipalities lack the equipment and technology needed to separate the packaging layers," according to Mars itself), Mars <a href="" target="_blank">encourages people</a> to send in their used freshpacks to a business that collects waste and makes products out of it. Which is cool, but considering how hard it is to get people to just recycle by separating out materials in their own homes or offices, is it really that likely they'll go to the trouble of mailing a bunch of grimy plastic pouches? Mars says it has seen a 312 percent increase in recycling activity since 2011&mdash;but since this is proportional and doesn't show raw numbers, that could mean anything.</p> <p>Not to mention, the single-serving pods don't appear to be saving customers money: One freshpack of Mars' house-brand coffee brewed in a pod <a href="" target="_blank">runs 57 cents</a> (not including the cost of the brewer), whereas a cup of Green Mountain coffee brewed the traditional way costs roughly 44 cents.&nbsp;</p> <p>To be fair, Mars isn't a total environmental disaster. Its factories send no waste to landfills, and the company sources its coffee from Rainforest Alliance-certified farms. Mars proclaims in its presser that "our new Freshpack is just the latest step in our ongoing journey to resolve the waste challenge for our customers." But it's just hard for me to get over those landfill-bound pods. (And I'm not even going to get into the inferior taste of the brew they produce.) Wouldn't the best solution to this waste challenge be to just make coffee with regular old (compostable!) paper filters?</p></body></html> Environment Energy Food Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:00:37 +0000 Maddie Oatman 314621 at The Trump Files: Donald's Creepy Poolside Parties in Florida <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p><em>Until the election, we're bringing you "The Trump Files," a daily dose of telling episodes, strange but true stories, or curious scenes from the life of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.</em></p> <p>There's nothing Donald Trump loves more than surrounding himself with beautiful women. "It doesn't really matter what [the media] write as long as you've got a young and beautiful piece of ass," he once told <em>Esquire</em> magazine. And where better to put himself in that company than poolside at his ritzy private club?</p> <p>Trump's post-Ivana-divorce parties at his Mar-a-Lago club<strong> </strong>were stocked with "models from Miami, who floated around the patio and pool," wrote the <em>Washington Post</em>'s Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher in their new book, <em>Trump Revealed</em>. Ron Rice, who founded the Hawaiian Tropic pageants in which Trump's second wife, Marla, had competed, recalled to the <em>Boston Globe</em> how Trump would turn to him to fill out his guest lists. "He'd call me up and say, 'I'm having a big party. Bring your girls in,'" <a href="" target="_blank">Rice said</a>. "So I'd bring in a bunch of models. Sometimes he gave us rooms at Mar-a-Lago."</p> <p>"Trump insisted on at least a three-to-two ratio of women to men at his bashes," Kranish and Fisher reported. That got the approval of Roger Stone, the <a href="" target="_blank">peddler of conspiracy theories </a>and former Nixon aide who's a longtime Trump adviser. "There's a hundred beautiful women and ten guys," Stone told the <em>Post</em>. "'Look, how cool are we?' I mean, it was great."</p> <p>At least some of the young women came because they thought it would help their careers. In 1993, Trump hosted the finals of the American Dream Calendar Girls pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and a spot in the calendar meant modeling gigs and visibility. "None of the women competing wanted to miss a chance to impress a judge like Trump," <a href="" target="_blank">wrote the <em>Tampa Bay Times </em></a>in a profile of Trump.</p> <p>Trump apparently saw it differently. "What it was was a way to get his friends together and bring a bunch of pretty girls with them," said George Houraney, who owned the pageant with his then-wife, Jill Harth. Harth said Trump groped her during a Mar-a-Lago party in 1993, and then "kissed, fondled, and restrained" her during a visit to his daughter Ivanka's bedroom, <a href="" target="_blank">according to the<em> Globe</em></a>. Harth sued Trump but dropped the lawsuit in 1997. She told the <em>Post</em> that dropping the suit was a condition of settling a separate breach-of-contract suit Houraney and Harth filed against Trump. Trump strenuously denied Harth's story.</p> <p>The suit also mentioned other alleged sexual advances by Trump. The <em>Globe</em> described one encounter with a pageant hopeful:</p> <blockquote> <p>In the predawn hours, a contestant named Lauren Petrella&mdash;who, at age 22, was 24 years younger than the 46-year-old Trump&mdash;allegedly found Trump, unannounced and uninvited, in her bed.</p> <p>"You said you don't sleep with men on the first date," he told her, according to the lawsuit filed by Harth. "Now it's the second date, and here I am."</p> </blockquote> <p>Another Trump guest was Jeffrey Epstein, the <a href="" target="_blank">billionaire accused</a> of raping numerous underage girls. "That was one of his best buddies," Houraney <a href="" target="_blank">told the <em>Times</em></a>. "He threw a party one night just because of Epstein. He said, 'The other guys aren't coming, but I don't care because Jeff's coming.'" The Trump campaign denied that Trump was "best buddies" with Epstein, telling the <em>Times</em> that "Mr. Trump only knew Mr. Epstein socially as someone who would occasionally use the club."</p> <p><em style="line-height: 2em; font-weight: bold;">Read the rest of <a href="" target="_blank">"The Trump Files"</a>:</em></p> <ul><li>Trump Files #1:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">The Time Andrew Dice Clay Thanked Donald for the Hookers</a></li> <li>Trump Files #2:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">When Donald Tried to Stop Charlie Sheen's Marriage to Brooke Mueller</a></li> <li>Trump Files #3:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">The Brief Life of the "Trump Chateau for the Indigent"</a></li> <li>Trump Files #4:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Thinks Asbestos Fears Are a Mob Conspiracy</a></li> <li>Trump Files #5:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald's Nuclear Negotiating Fantasy</a></li> <li>Trump Files #6:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Wants a Powerball for Spies</a></li> <li>Trump Files #7:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Gets An Allowance</a></li> <li>Trump Files #8:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">The Time He Went Bananas on a Water Cooler</a></li> <li>Trump Files #9:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">The Great&nbsp;Geico&nbsp;Boycott</a></li> <li>Trump Files #10:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Trump, Tax-Hike Crusader</a></li> <li>Trump Files #11:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Watch Donald Trump Say He Would Have Done Better as a Black Man</a></li> <li>Trump Files #12:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Can't Multiply 17 and 6</a></li> <li>Trump Files #13:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Watch Donald Sing the "Green Acres" Theme Song in Overalls</a></li> <li>Trump Files #14:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">The Time Donald Trump Pulled Over His Limo to Stop a Beating</a></li> <li>Trump Files #15:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">When Donald Wanted to Help the&nbsp;Clintons&nbsp;Buy Their House</a></li> <li>Trump Files #16:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">He Once Forced a Small Business to Pay Him Royalties for Using the Word "Trump"</a></li> <li>Trump Files #17:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">He Dumped Wine on an "Unattractive Reporter"</a></li> <li>Trump Files #18:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Behold the Hideous Statue He Wanted to Erect In Manhattan</a></li> <li>Trump Files #19:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">When Donald Was "Principal for a Day" and Confronted by a Fifth-Grader</a></li> <li>Trump Files #20:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">In 2012, Trump Begged GOP Presidential Candidates to Be Civil</a></li> <li>Trump Files #21:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">When Donald Couldn't Tell the Difference Between Gorbachev and an Impersonator</a></li> <li>Trump Files #22:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">His Football Team Treated Its Cheerleaders "Like Hookers"</a></li> <li>Trump Files #23: <a href="" target="_blank">Donald Tried to Shut Down a Bike Race Named "Rump"</a></li> <li>Trump Files #24:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">When Donald Called Out Pat Buchanan for Bigotry</a></li> <li>Trump Files #25:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald's Most Ridiculous Appearance on Howard Stern's Show</a></li> <li>Trump Files #26:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">How Donald Tricked New York Into Giving Him His First Huge Deal</a></li> <li>Trump Files #27:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Told Congress the Reagan Tax Cuts Were Terrible</a></li> <li>Trump Files #28:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">When Donald Destroyed Historic Art to Build Trump Tower</a></li> <li>Trump Files #29:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Wanted to Build an Insane Castle on Madison Avenue</a></li> <li>Trump Files #30:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald's Near-Death Experience (That He Invented)</a></li> <li>Trump Files #31:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">When Donald Struck Oil on the Upper West Side</a></li> <li>Trump Files #32:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">When Donald Massacred Trees in the Trump Tower Lobby</a></li> <li>Trump Files #33:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">When Donald Demanded Other People Pay for His Overpriced Quarterback</a></li> <li>Trump Files #34:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">The Time Donald Sued Someone Who Made Fun of Him for $500 Million</a></li> <li>Trump Files #35:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Tried to Make His Ghostwriter Pay for His Book Party</a></li> <li>Trump Files #36:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Watch Donald Shave a Man's Head on Television</a></li> <li>Trump Files #37:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">How Donald Helped Make It Harder to Get Football Tickets</a></li> <li>Trump Files #38:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Was Curious About His Baby Daughter's Breasts</a></li> <li>Trump Files #39:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">When Democrats Courted Donald</a></li> <li>Trump Files #40:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Watch the Trump Vodka Ad Designed for a Russian Audience</a></li> <li>Trump Files #41:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald's Cologne Smelled of&nbsp;Jamba&nbsp;Juice and Strip Clubs</a></li> <li>Trump Files #42:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Sued Other People Named Trump for Using Their Own Name</a></li> <li>Trump Files #43:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Thinks Asbestos Would Have Saved the Twin Towers</a></li> <li>Trump Files #44:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Why Donald Threw a Fit Over His "Trump Tree" in Central Park</a></li> <li>Trump Files #45:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Watch Trump Endorse Slim Shady for President</a></li> <li>Trump Files #46:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">The Easiest 13 Cents He Ever Made</a></li> <li>Trump Files #47:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">The Time Donald Burned a Widow's Mortgage</a></li> <li>Trump Files #48:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald's Recurring Sex Dreams</a></li> <li>Trump Files #49:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Trump's Epic Insult Fight With Ed Koch</a></li> <li>Trump Files #50:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Has Some Advice for Citizen Kane</a></li> <li>Trump Files #51:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Once Turned Down a Million-Dollar Bet on "Trump: The Game"</a></li> <li>Trump Files #52:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">When Donald Tried to Shake Down Mike Tyson for $2 Million</a></li> <li>Trump Files #53:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald and Melania's Creepy, Sex-Filled Interview With Howard Stern</a></li> <li>Trump Files #54:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald's Mega-Yacht Wasn't Big Enough For Him</a></li> <li>Trump Files #55:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">When Donald Got in a Fight With Martha Stewart</a></li> <li>Trump Files #56:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Reenacts an Iconic Scene From&nbsp;<em>Top Gun</em></a></li> <li>Trump Files #57:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">How Donald Tried to Hide His Legal Troubles to Get His Casino Approved</a></li> <li>Trump Files #58:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald's Wall Street Tower Is Filled With Crooks</a></li> <li>Trump Files #59:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">When Donald Took Revenge by Cutting Off Health Coverage for a Sick Infant</a></li> <li>Trump Files #60:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Couldn't Name Any of His "Handpicked" Trump U Professors</a></li> <li>Trump Files #61:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Watch a Clip of the Awful TV Show Trump Wanted to Make About Himself</a></li> <li>Trump Files #62:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Perfectly Explains Why He Doesn't Have a Presidential Temperament</a></li> <li>Trump Files #63:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald's Petty Revenge on Connie Chung</a></li> <li>Trump Files #64:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Why Donald Called His 4-Year-Old Son a "Loser"</a></li> <li>Trump Files #65:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">The Time Donald Called Some of His Golf Club Members "Spoiled Rich Jewish Guys"</a></li> <li>Trump Files #66:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">"Always Be Around Unsuccessful People," Donald Recommends</a></li> <li>Trump Files #67:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Said His Life Was "Shit." Here's Why.</a></li> <li>Trump Files #68:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Filmed a Music Video. It Didn't Go Well.</a></li> <li>Trump Files #69:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Claimed "More Indian Blood" Than the Native Americans Competing With His Casinos</a></li> <li>Trump Files #70:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Has Been Inflating His Net Worth for 40 Years</a></li> <li>Trump Files #71:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Weighs In on "Ghetto Supastar"</a></li> <li>Trump Files #72: <a href="" target="_blank">The Deadly Powerboat Race Donald Hosted in Atlantic City</a></li> <li>Trump Files #73: <a href="" target="_blank">When Donald Fat-Shamed Miss Universe</a></li> <li>Trump Files #74: <a href="" target="_blank">Yet Another Time Donald Sued Over the Word "Trump"</a></li> <li>Trump Files #75: <a href="" target="_blank">Donald Thinks Exercising Might Kill You</a></li> <li>Trump Files #76: <a href="" target="_blank">Donald's Big Book of Hitler Speeches</a></li> <li>Trump Files #77: <a href="" target="_blank">When Donald Ran Afoul of Ancient Scottish Heraldry Law</a></li> <li>Trump Files #78: <a href="" target="_blank">Donald Accuses a Whiskey Company of Election Fraud</a></li> <li>Trump Files #79: <a href="" target="_blank">When Donald's Anti-Japanese Comments Came Back to Haunt Him</a></li> <li>Trump Files #80: <a href="" target="_blank">The Shady Way Fred Trump Tried to Save His Son's Casino</a></li> </ul></body></html> Politics 2016 Elections Donald Trump The Trump Files Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:00:36 +0000 Max J. Rosenthal 314606 at CNN Says Hillary Clinton Won the Debate 62-27 Percent <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p>I'm always careful to turn off the TV as soon as a debate is over so that I can form my opinions before I hear what anyone else is saying. However, I've now had a chance to check in at a few places, and it looks like just about everyone thinks Hillary Clinton won the debate decisively. Public Policy Polling says Clinton won their instant poll by 51-40 percent&mdash;and won young voters by 63-24 percent. CNN says their poll gave it to Clinton 62-27 percent. I was pretty bullish on Clinton's performance, but that's even higher than I would have thought.</p> <p>Naturally, Trump's response is to <a href="" target="_blank">tweet</a> that he did great in all the debate polls "except for @CNN &ndash; which I don't watch." I presume that, as usual, he's talking about the Drudge online poll. You will be unsurprised to learn that the readers of the <em>Drudge Report</em> do indeed think Trump won. Unfortunately for Trump, no one else did.</p> <p>Trump's usual response to any kind of humiliating loss is to go on the offensive and try to blanket the airwaves with something even more outrageous than he's ever said before. So Tuesday should be a fun day. I have a feeling Kellyanne Conway may have a rough time cleaning up after her unruly man-child tomorrow.</p></body></html> Kevin Drum Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:41:19 +0000 Kevin Drum 315006 at