Trump 2014: Hillary ‘very smart’ and he would ‘absolutely’ release taxes

Considering Trump’s inability to get through a sentence without altering a position, it shouldn’t be surprising that if you set your way back machine two whole years in the past, you get some surprising combinations from the Trump phrase generator.

Donald Trump, who has repeatedly praised Hillary Clinton going back to when she was First Lady, described Clinton as recently as 2014 as “very smart” and “tough to beat.”

Not a single “corrupt” or “crooked” in the mix. Trump also had something to say about his taxes.

In the same interview, Trump said he’d released his tax returns if he ran for president. “If I decide to run for office I’ll produce my tax returns. Absolutely. I would love to do that,” he said.

Of course, there are core Trump values that never change: an inflated view of his own importance, a ready lie, and racism. Asked why he

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Donald Trump is beating the Republican elite at its own game

The Republican Party has long won elections by appealing to the fears of non-rich white voters while letting rich white voters know that they will be the top priority when it comes to governing. But there were signs that that high-wire act was breaking down even before Donald Trump came on the scene:

In early 2014, a group of neighbors from a Florida mobile home community called Carriage Cove, near Daytona, took seats in a town-hall-style meeting with Representative Ron DeSantis, a Republican. It was a mix of Republicans and Democrats, almost all of them seniors living on fixed incomes.

They had come to ask Mr. DeSantis why he had put his name on a letter urging Republican leaders to take up Mr. Obama’s offer of a deal to overhaul Social Security. Mr. DeSantis seemed caught off guard, neighbors who attended the meeting recalled. He did not necessarily agree with

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Republicans have a scapegoat for the failure of their 2012 ‘autopsy.’ Surprise, it’s Trump!

The Republican Party’s post-2012 “autopsy” and the rebranding supposed to emerge from that autopsy, which argued that Republicans needed to broaden their appeal and basically try not to alienate everyone but old white men, has been a joke since sometime about 10 minutes after the autopsy was released. Sure, Paul Ryan and a few other Republicans paid lip service to doing something about poverty, but they used that lip service to promote the same old policies favoring the rich and hurting everyone else. And look at the campaigns Republicans ran in 2014. Hate and fear every which way you looked—but it worked for them with a midterm electorate.

Luckily for Republicans, now that they face a presidential year electorate, they’ve found a scapegoat for the longstanding failure of their autopsy and rebranding: Donald Trump.

The report — the product of 2,600 interviews with voters, experts, party officials and business leaders, as well

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Another barrier to Democratic down-ballot majorities: Are Democratic voters more ‘bipartisan’?

A week ago, we explored the historically precarious position the Democratic Party is currently in as it relates to the balance of power in the 99 state legislative chambers. At present, the Democrats control just 31 of those 99 chambers, and have exclusive control of just eleven state legislatures: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Meanwhile, the GOP not only controls more than two-thirds of the state legislative chambers in America, they have exclusive control of the state’s levers of powers in eight states where Barack Obama twice carried the state: Florida, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

This disparity is both jarring and terribly problematic, given how much policy that impacts our day-to-day lives is not carved out in the District of Columbia, but rather in cities like Carson City, Columbus, Harrisburg, and Madison. While the overwhelming

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We’re (finally) announcing the winner of the Daily Kos Elections 2014 prediction contest!

Chocolate babka

It’s taken us a little while to score the results of our 2014 Daily Kos Elections prediction contest so we won’t beat around the bush: Our winner is Sweden’s own Tayya!
Tayya scored 41, just ahead of gabachi‘s 40. The median score was 22 points, and an enormous 740 Daily Kos community members entered in total, so this is quite impressive indeed! For his victory, Tayya earns a delicious babka from Green’s Bakery, as shown above. (Please message us to collect your reward.)

As you may recall, we asked you to pick the winners of all the contests we regarded as Tossups shortly before Election Day—eight for Senate, 10 for governorships, and 21 for the House. You earned one point for each correct answer.

We also asked you to pick the closest race, in percentage terms, in each of those three categories (Senate, governor, House). Nailing each of

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House Democrats defend DOOOOM emails

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) receive updates during midterm election day at Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee headquarters in Washington November 4, 2014. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POL

Reps. Nancy Pelosi and Steve Israel spending their way to another crushing defeat, because money isn’t everything in politics.

House Democrats are still defending this crap?

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the party’s arm charged with winning House elections, outraised its Republican counterpart in 2014 by a substantial margin, and completely dominated when it came to small-dollar donations.
Some progressive activists are panicking — not because of the party’s fundraising success, but because of how they went about it, with a relentless fusillade of emails that spawned a parody Tumblr blog skewering subject lines like “We’ve got nothing left” and “We. Will. Fail.”

Those “parody” headlines are no parody at all, with actual headlines like these from a single two-week period in early 2014:

humiliating loss, shocking defeat, crushing defeat, massive loss, agonizing defeat, painful loss, humiliating defeat, painful loss, debilitating defeat, it’s too late, devastating loss, defeat, crippling

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Scott Walker not looking for rape or incest exemptions in Wisconsin 20-week abortion ban

Governor Scott Walker, potential Republican presidential candidate, speaks at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma May 21, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking - RTX1E0LB

Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI)

Last fall, as he campaigned for re-election as governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker ran an ad claiming that one of his anti-abortion bills “leaves the final decision to a woman and her doctor.” As dishonest as that was at the time, check out where Republican-presidential-primary Scott Walker lands: He’s happy to sign a 20-week abortion ban without exemptions for rape or incest.

Walker, who had previously expressed support for the bill that’s on a fast track in the Wisconsin Legislature, said it didn’t matter whether there was an exemption. As introduced, there is none in the bill.
“I think for most people who are concerned about that, it’s in the initial months when they are most concerned about it,” Walker said when asked about the exemption. “In this case, it’s an unborn life, it’s an unborn child, that’s why we feel strongly about it. I’m

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