Mexico fights back against ‘The Clown’ – By NAHAL TOOSI 05/13/16 01:07 PM EDT

Officials south of the border are mounting a counteroffensive to Donald Trump and his inflammatory rhetoric.

Mexican officials are pushing back against Donald Trump and his incendiary rhetoric about the country.

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Donald Trump has spent his entire presidential campaign warning against the dangers of Mexican immigrants stealing American jobs, raping women and hauling drugs across the border.

Now, Mexico is fighting back.

Mexican officials are pursuing a counteroffensive to Trump’s incendiary rhetoric, reaching out to U.S. business leaders, looking at ways to better use social media, and even encouraging qualified Mexicans to get U.S. citizenship. But they’re also trying to stay sensitive about taking more high-profile steps, such as running TV ads in an already overheated presidential race that promote Mexico as a friendly, vibrant neighbor and not a cesspool of criminals.

“We think that right now, in this phase where there is an electoral process going on, something that we should really do is stay out of it. An advertising campaign at this particular moment could just add confusion,” José Paulo Carreño King, Mexico’s new undersecretary for North America, said in an interview with POLITICO.

Carreño said the decision that Mexico needs to boost its image came after the country, which was being pummeled by Trump but trying to stay restrained, commissioned a series of polls and focus groups in the U.S. late last year.

“What we found out is, again, that the image in general terms of Mexico was quite undervalued or more specifically out of date,” he said. “The image of the contributions of Mexicans and Mexican Americans was damaged and undervalued. And there was no clear image of the importance of the bilateral relationship. That’s when the Mexican government decided that, again, we need to do something.”

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The best evidence I’ve seen that Bernie Sanders’s political revolution might be possible – Updated by Dylan Matthews on April 6, 2016, 9:10 a.m. ET

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Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign is based on a simple theory: There is a reserve army of liberal voters who’ve sat out past elections but who stand ready to support a more stridently leftist Democratic nominee.

By getting these historic nonvoters to turn out, Sanders claims, he could win the general election, maybe take back the House and Senate, and have an organized public ready to pressure Congress to pass a democratic socialist agenda.

So far, this idea of a leftist political revolution has been widely dismissed as implausible by many liberal commentators — and I share a large part of their skepticism. But new research by Stanford political scientists Simon Jackman and Bradley Spahn has convinced me that at least one big part of it is correct: There really is a reasonably large segment of the American population that most political campaigns aren’t reaching.

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Extended interview with Michelle Alexander – ALL IN WITH CHRIS HAYES 4/1/16

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Michelle Alexander, legal scholar, human rights activist, and author of a recent essay in the Nation titled, “Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote,” joins Chris Hayes to talk about the presidential campaign, criminal justice, race, and the Democratic Party.

The Best and Worst of 2016 in 2015 By David Catanese Dec. 31, 2015, at 1:35 p.m.

U.S. News scores the race for the White House at its halfway point.


No one’s even cast a ballot yet, but the 2016 presidential campaign is reaching its midpoint – and that calls for midterm grades.

`In the past 12 months, 23 major party candidates have launched bids for the White House. Eight have already quit in that same span.

Hundreds of trips have been taken to the first three nominating states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, and almost as many polls have been churned out and chewed on. Tens of millions of dollars have been devoted to advertising, staffing and transportation around the country.

The Democrats have debated three times; the Republicans five.

There are still months to go until an ultimate victor emerges, yet there’s already much to measure.

Here’s U.S. News’ best and worst of the 2016 campaign in 2015.

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‘Never be ashamed’: Pope forcefully defends immigrants in Philadelphia – Rory Carroll and Alan Yuhas, Angela Bruno Saturday 26 September 2015 18.50 EDT

Francis stands firm amid a tide of Donald Trump-fuelled xenophobia in the presidential campaign but pontiff challenges some progressive views

Pope Francis defended immigration in a passionate Philadelphia speech.

Pope Francis has channelled the spirit of America’s founding fathers to make an impassioned embrace of immigrants and cultural diversity, insisting that newcomers to the United States must not be ashamed of their traditions.

Speaking on Saturday from the Philadelphia hall where rebels gathered in 1776 to assert their freedom from Britain, the pontiff told a crowd of thousands that immigrants brought “gifts” which helped to “renew” the US.

“I ask you not to forget that, like those who came here before you, you bring many gifts to your new nation,” the pope said before an estimated 24,000 people gathered at Independence Hall. “You should never be ashamed of your traditions. Do not forget the lessons you learned from your elders, which are something you can bring to enrich the life of this American land.”

It was a strong rebuff to the Donald Trump-fuelled xenophobia roiling conservatives on the presidential campaign trail, and stalling immigration reform efforts in Washington.

While declining to fully indulge conservatives on issues across the spectrum of the modern US culture wars, the pontiff also challenged some progressive views by denouncing discrimination against religion and making a veiled criticism of abortion.

“Religious freedom certainly means the right to worship God, individually and in community, as our consciences dictate,” Francis said. “But religious liberty, by its nature, transcends places of worship and the private sphere of individuals and families.”

After journeying to the centre of US power, in Washington, and commerce, in New York, the pope used his first day in Philadelphia to invoke US history.

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Super-PAC debuts pro-Fiorina documentary – By Jonathan Swan – 09/22/15 08:46 PM EDT

Carly Fiorina’s super-PAC is now in the movie business.

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The outside spending group CARLY for America – which is not legally allowed to coordinate with Fiorina’s presidential campaign but can spend millions on her behalf – hosted Fiorina’s family, roughly 100 supporters and more than a dozen journalists at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse for the debut screening of “Citizen Carly,” a documentary that doubles as an hour-long campaign commercial.

The hagiographic film begins and is salted throughout with testimonials from friends and former colleagues of Fiorina’s. Fiorina, they say, is “indefatigable,” “enormously compassionate,” always “standing up for the little people.” Hers is a “classic American story.” As the testimonies are told, large words circle in the background: “strength,” “leader,” “compassion.”

But the film is also intimate, sometimes surprisingly so. Sitting on a chair beside her husband Frank, Carly’s voice breaks as she recalls the 2009 death of their daughter due to drug addiction. “Her poor little body. She was always a little girl. I think it just gave out,” Fiorina said. She said her “personal relationship with Jesus Christ” saved her.

The section of the film that deals with Fiorina’s cancer diagnosis shows a photograph of her, bald-headed and incapacitated, on a hospital bed. Another scene tells the story of Fiorina sobbing in a restroom on her 40th birthday when she realizes she won’t have a biological child of her own.

Much of the documentary is dedicated to answering questions about Fiorina’s business career, particularly her controversial six years as CEO of Hewlett-Packard. Former board members sympathetic to Fiorina, including vocal media supporter Tom Perkins, said it was the board and not her that was to blame for HP’s troubles during that period.


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ONE YEAR AGO…My how things change….The Politico 50 Survey 09/03/14, 11:48 PM EDT