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UPDATE: 16 arrested in anti-Trump protests in Chicago Loop

(CHICAGO) As Donald Trump took his seat in the Oval Office on Friday, protesters filled Daley Plaza to protest the start of the Trump administration.

At least 16 people were arrested in the wake of the Friday’s “Resist Rally,” organized by the “Chicago Movement For The 99%,” and other events, according to Chicago Police. That included 10 males and 6 females, with charges ranging from disorderly conduct to aggravated battery, police said early Saturday.

Organizers are expecting some 50,000 to take to the streets Saturday for the Women’s March on Chicago, set to coincide with similar marches in Washington and other cities.

Tensions grew high as the protests went on throughout the night and spread across downtown. About 8:40 p.m., as a group marched south on Michigan Avenue past Millennium Park, a Chicago Sun-Times reporter observed a masked woman spray-painting the phrase “Die Fascist Scum” on a CTA bus stop.

Immediately after the reporter began to record the woman, a man walked up to the reporter, knocked his phone away and punched him in the chest.

As in Washington D.C., the Chicago sky was gray and the air chilly, but the climate was markedly different in the two cities. While Trump partisans likely outnumbered demonstrators in the capital for Friday’s inauguration, in Chicago — a Democratic stronghold where Hillary Clinton received 84 percent of the ballots cast in November — only a lone Trump supporter was to be found.

The tone of the protesters’ signs and speeches, calling for resistance to the incoming president’s agenda on immigration, civil rights and labor, offended Lincoln Park resident Amber Passey, who left work around 3 p.m. looking for someplace to celebrate Trump’s inauguration and passed the plaza.

So Passey ducked into a Walgreen’s and bought poster board and markers to make her own sign and join the demonstration. The message scrawled on her makeshift sign: “Americans respect their president.”

Passey climbed the Picasso statue and held her sign over her head for a few minutes as some the crowd hooted— until a protester sneaked behind her and snatched it away.

“I had to wake up in America for the past eight years with a president I didn’t like, but I respect the hell out of him,” said Passey, 25, as she trudged purposefully back to Walgreens for more substantial poster materials. “These people are the sorest losers I have ever met in my whole life.”

South Sider Diana Dagaz, 29, felt the mood wasn’t so bleak among the anti-Trump crowd. Sporting a cat mask— a reference to Trump’s use of a feline synonym for women’s anatomy— Dagaz carried a small sign emblazoned with pagan “sigils” and the words “Hex Trump” and “Hex Pence.” Dagaz said she did not wish the incoming president ill with her hex, only to weaken his power to do harm.

“I don’t want to use signs that have (the language) of fear tactics on them,” Dagaz said. “That’s what the other side does.”

Madeleine Cooley, 75, had a darker view of the four years to come. A regular participant in demonstrations dating back to the movements for civil rights and against the Vietnam war, Cooley said she had seldom seen the nation more divided than it had been during and since the election. Cooley trekked to Daley Plaza from her home in Downers Grove, and planned to join suburban demonstrations over the weekend.

“I think this is the worst it’s ever been,” Cooley said. “Nixon was a crook and a liar, but this guy (Trump) is just so unpredictable. We don’t know what he’s going to do. I guess we’ll find out now. I’m worried.”

Harry Truman College student Jed Forman, 21, said that the demonstration was one of several he had attended in his far shorter career as an activist. A New Jersey native, Forman said he’d never taken an active interest in politics until Trump’s ascent inspired him to get involved in voter registration and turnout drives this fall.

“Ever since he got elected, I’ve been coming out to protests and things,” Forman said. “I actually want to get involved. I didn’t really do much before. Now, I want to get ready for the mid-term (elections).

“So, I guess (Trump) had a positive effect on me. I won’t deny it. I want to do something to protect my rights and the rights of others.”

— Chicago Sun-Times

Russia denies having compromising material on Donald Trump

Jill Dougherty, Emma Burrows and James Masters, CNN
The Kremlin denied it has compromising information about US President-elect Donald Trump, describing the allegations as “pulp fiction”.
Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said reports that Trump was the subject of “Kompromat” — a Russian term for compromising information intended to be used against someone — were an “attempt to harm our bilateral relationship.”
CNN reported Tuesday that intelligence officials last week presented Barack Obama and Trump with a two-page synopsis of memos about the President-elect compiled by a former British intelligence official.
Multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings told CNN that the synopsis included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Trump.
It also contained allegations of a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government.
Trump rejected the claims. In a Twitter post Tuesday night, he said: “FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!”
‘Complete fiction’
During a conference call on Wednesday, Peskov said the claims were false. “No, the Kremlin does not have ‘Kompromat’ on Trump,” he said in response to a question from CNN. “The information does not correspond to reality and it is complete fiction.”
Peskov added: “The fabrication of such lies in terms of the previous open part of the report, and this one which is a comparable lie, it’s called pulp fiction in English.”
“Clearly there are those who are creating hysteria, who are trying to support this witch hunt, and President-elect Trump himself described it like this.”
FBI investigation
CNN has reviewed a 35-page compilation of the memos from which the two-page synopsis was drawn. The memos originated as opposition research, first commissioned by anti-Trump Republicans, and later by Democrats. CNN is not reporting the details of the memos, as it has not independently corroborated the allegations. But, in preparing this story, CNN has spoken to multiple high ranking intelligence, administration, congressional and law enforcement officials, as well as foreign officials and others in the private sector with direct knowledge of the memos.
Buzzfeed on Tuesday night published the full set of documents on which the briefing was based.
The allegations came, in part, from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible. The FBI is investigating the credibility and accuracy of the allegations, but has not confirmed many of the essential details in the memos about Trump.
In the conference call, Peskov also denied that the Kremlin had compromising material on Hillary Clinton.
“The Kremlin and the Russian president tries to build relationships with our foreign partners in the interests of the Russian Federation and the Russian people and for the world in the interests of stability and security,” he added.
‘Explosive information’
Sources tell CNN that the allegations about communications between the Trump campaign and the Russians prompted then-Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid to contact FBI Director James Comey.
He wrote in a letter in October: “It has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors, and the Russian government — a foreign interest openly hostile to the United States.”
At a senate hearing on Tuesday, Comey refused to comment on whether the agency was investigating any potential connections between the Trump campaign and Russia.
“I would never comment on investigations,” Comey told Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who repeatedly pushed the FBI director to release any information it had before Inauguration Day.
Sen. Angus King of Maine, an Independent, alluded to Comey’s decision to go public on the FBI’s additional investigations into Hillary Clinton’s emails in the closing stages of the 2016 campaign. “The irony of you making that statement I cannot avoid,” King said.
After the hearing, Wyden tweeted: “Director Comey refused to answer my question about whether the FBI has investigated Trump campaign contacts with Russia.”

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Donald Trump to nominate James Mattis for secretary of defense

President-elect Donald Trump is interested in the idea of retired Marine Gen. James Mattis serving in his administration and he is considered a leading candidate for secretary of defense, sources tell CNN.


By Dana Bash, Phil Mattingly and Jamie Gangel, CNN

President-elect Donald Trump will nominate retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as his secretary of defense, he announced Thursday in Cincinnati at the beginning of his post-election tour.

“We are going to appoint ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis as our secretary of defense. But we’re not announcing it until Monday so don’t tell anybody,” Trump said at his rally, adding later, “They say he’s the closest thing to Gen. George Patton that we have and it’s about time.”

Mattis, 66, would join a Trump national security team that already includes retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser and Rep. Mike Pompeo as CIA director.

The retired four-star general, known as “Mad Dog,” was lauded for his leadership of Marines in the 2004 Battle of Falluja in Iraq — one of the bloodiest of the war.

But he attracted controversy in 2005 when he said “it’s fun to shoot some people” while addressing service members in San Diego.

Mattis’ selection could put him in position to temper both Flynn and Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and an appointee of President Barack Obama — whose generals Trump has said he distrusts.

Mattis has already proven to have the President-elect’s ear. After meeting at Trump’s New Jersey golf club last month, Trump said Mattis gave him a new perspective on waterboarding, a torture tool he has pledged to reinstate.

“General Mattis is a strong, highly dignified man. I met with him at length and I asked him that question. I said, ‘What do you think of waterboarding?'” Trump told The New York Times. “He said — I was surprised — he said, ‘I’ve never found it to be useful.’ He said,
‘I’ve always found, give me a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers and I do better with that than I do with torture.'”

“I’m not saying it changed my mind. Look, we have people that are chopping off heads and drowning people in steel cages and we’re not allowed to waterboard,” Trump said. But I’ll tell you what, I was impressed by that answer.”

Mattis would also need a waiver from Congress in order to be confirmed. A decades-old legal statute bars service members from quickly entering civilian positions, which would otherwise prevent Mattis from being eligible for the job.

The ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee subcommittee on personnel, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York issued a statement Thursday night that she’ll oppose approving such a waiver, saying, “Civilian control of our military is a fundamental principle of American democracy, and I will not vote for an exception to this rule.”

Rep. Adam Schiff, a ranking member of the House Intelligence Commmittee, told CNN’s Jim Sciutto Wednesday, however, that the regulation would pose as more of an inconvenience for Mattis’s confirmation, rather than barring him from the job.

“It will certainly be an issue. I don’t ultimately think it will be a bar because I think he is so well thought of that he can overcome peoples’ reservations of that,” Schiff said. “My guess is because his reputation is so strong and, frankly, because there’s enough concern among Democrats about some of the President-elect’s other choices, they’ll be a desire to amend the statute if that’s what’ necessary and I believe it would be necessary.

In Mattis, Trump has a nominee who was held in high regard throughout the ranks of the Marine Corps during his 44 years of service. A seasoned combat commander, he led a task force into southern Afghanistan in 2001 and a Marine division at the time of the Iraq invasion in 2003. He was later promoted to run US Central Command in 2010 — a post that gave him command responsibility for all US forces in the Middle East. He also was an outspoken critic of the Iran nuclear deal. He also has served as a commander of a major NATO strategic command, Allied Command Transformation, in Norfolk, Virginia.

Mattis butted heads with the Obama administration as head of US Central Command from 2010 to 2013 over the need to prepare for potential conflict with Iran.

He was a critic of the Iran nuclear deal and said at the Aspen Security Forum in 2013, when asked about his top concerns as head of US Central Command, “Iran, Iran, Iran.”

Why is Mattis called “Mad Dog”?

Mattis earned the nickname “Mad Dog” after leading combat troops into the Persian Gulf War in 1991, as well as Afghanistan and Iraq in the early 2000s.

He was called “Mad Dog” after the 2004 battle of Fallujah in Iraq, where he led British and American troops against Iraqi insurgents. He has backed up the nickname with off-color remarks, such as his 2005 declaration in a panel discussion about the Taliban that “it’s fun to shoot people.”

He is also a bachelor and an avid reader and student of military history, earning a second nickname: “The Warrior Monk.”

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Indiana Carrier workers hope Trump helps other factories

President-elect Donald Trump touted his plan to save 1,000 jobs at Carrier in Indiana and talked up his plans to reform business taxes and cut regulations. But critics say what Trump did at Carrier is a slippery slope.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Workers at an Indianapolis factory say they’re hopeful the deal President-elect Donald Trump brokered to reverse some job cuts there can be repeated elsewhere.

Carrier plant forklift driver Robert James says he’s happy about Thursday’s announcement but disappointed that perhaps 400 jobs at the 1,400-worker factory will still be lost to Mexico.

James says he wants to give Trump a chance to stop other factory closings even as he worries the Carrier decision might be one-shot deal.

Jeffery Blackford is a 25-year employee of Carrier and wore a red Trump baseball cap to Trump’s announcement. Blackford says he believes Trump is letting corporations know they can’t leave America.

A Carrier spokesman says the company received $7 million in state tax incentives to keep the factory running.

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Grubhub CEO repudiates Donald Trump in email to workers

CHICAGO (AP) — The co-founder of the Chicago-based food delivery service Grubhub is making clear his disdain for President-elect Donald Trump.

CEO Matt Maloney wrote in an email to his workers that the company will not tolerate Trump’s “hateful politics” and anybody who doesn’t agree should resign. Maloney wrote he rejects what he called the nationalist, anti-immigrant and hateful politics of Trump and “will work to shield our community from this movement.”

In a tweet Thursday that was later deleted, Maloney said: “Grubhub does not tolerate hate and we are proud of all our employees — even those who voted for Trump.”

Maloney later issued a statement saying his company welcomes employees with all political beliefs, no matter who they voted for.

Grubhub’s online and mobile ordering platform connects customers with takeout restaurants in the U.S. and London.

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Latest Polling Numbers as heard on the John and Ray Show

As discussed on the John and Ray Morning Show on Wednesday…

From the Washington Post: There’s been some movement toward Donald Trump in both national and swing-state polling over the past week. Trump’s problem is that, at least as of today, it’s just not enough. There are too many swing states that appear to have already slipped out of his grasp for relatively minor movement to drastically increase his chances of winning the 270 electoral votes he needs to beat Hillary Clinton in eight days.

Still, for Trump, who has weathered a terrible last month of the campaign, any positive news is welcome.

Clinton still has a clear map edge. But Trump now has a chance.

Sources: Donald Trump has a path to victory again thanks to Florida – The Washington Post

Donald Trump: ‘Thank you, Huma. Good job, Huma’

By Jeremy Diamon, CNN
(CHICAGO) Donald Trump thanked Monday the top Hillary Clinton aide whose husband is at the heart of an FBI’s investigation that led to the discovery of new emails potentially related to Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.
“Thank you, Huma. Good job, Huma,” Trump said, referring to Huma Abedin, a top Clinton aide. “Thank you, Anthony Weiner.”
The FBI discovered the emails on a device seized from Abedin’s estranged husband Anthony Weiner, who is being investigated for allegedly exchanging sexually explicit messages with an underage girl.
Trump said emails — the contents of which are unknown — will be “absolutely devastating” to Clinton. The FBI is still working to determine if any of them are pertinent to the investigation into Clinton’s private email server.
Trump also thanked Weiner during a rally Sunday in Las Vegas, saying “we never thought we were going to say thank you to Anthony Weiner,” whom Trump has long derided as a “sleaze” and a “perv.”
“Hillary is the one who broke the law over and over and over again. We can be sure that what is in those emails is absolutely devastating,” Trump said without citing any evidence. “I think we hit the mother lode, as they say.”
Trump also praised FBI Director James Comey for publicly disclosing last Friday that the FBI was reviewing newly discovered emails for links to the Clinton server investigation, a decision some Democrats have slammed as a political decision that could influence the results of the election.
“I have to give the FBI credit, that was so bad what happened and it took guts for Director Comey to make the move he made. It took a lot of guts,” Trump said. “I was not his fan, but I’ll tell you what, what he did, he brought back his reputation.”
“He’s gotta hang tough,” Trump said of the FBI director, whom he had repeatedly and relentlessly assailed since Comey recommended during the summer that no criminal charges be filed against Clinton.
Trump was joined in Grand Rapids, Michigan, by Bobby Knight, the famous former Indiana University basketball coach who took the stage twice Monday — including in the middle of Trump’s speech — to talk up Trump’s candidacy.
After calling Trump a “tough son of a bitch” in his introductory remarks, Knight waltzed back on stage in the middle of Trump’s speech.
“In a Donald Trump administration, there will be no bullshit,” Knight added.

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Trump calls for congressional term limits

By Jeremy Diamond, CNN
Donald Trump called Tuesday for limiting the number of terms members of Congress can serve, a proposal he argued would help Washington run more effectively.
The Republican nominee, looking to refocus his campaign by highlighting his “outsider” candidacy, said he would work to amend the US Constitution to impose congressional term limits, an oft-mentioned proposal that has never succeeded.
“If I am elected President, I will push for a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress,” Trump said at a campaign rally here. “Decades of failure in Washington and decades of special interest dealing must and will come to an end.”
Trump called for limiting House members to six years of service, and senators to 12 years during his second rally later Tuesday, the equivalent of three and two terms, respectively.
The real estate mogul argued the proposal was necessary “so that we can have a government that works again and can function properly.”
“It is time to drain the damn swamp!” Trump said during a rally in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Trump said in August said in North Carolina that he would “take a very serious look” at the idea of imposing term limits on members of Congress. And last month, he said in New Hampshire that while he was “absolutely OK with term limits,” he argued, “to me, it is not the most important thing.”
“Someone does not do the job, you vote them out, but I am absolutely OK with term limits,” he said during a rally in Laconia, New Hampshire.
Trump’s push for congressional term limits on Tuesday came a day after the Republican nominee called for imposing restrictions on members of Congress and executive branch officials transitioning into positions lobbying the federal government.
“Together we are going to deliver real change that puts Americans first,” Trump said here on Tuesday.
Trump’s new focus on governmental reforms comes as he is sliding in a slew of national and battleground state polls following two weeks of damaging disclosures about his treatment of women — first an audio recording of Trump bragging about groping women, and then nearly a dozen allegations from women who said Trump groped or kissed them without their consent.
Trump also continued to hammer Hillary Clinton over hacked emails WikiLeaks has published in the last week and decried “corruption” in Washington after an FBI report on Monday revealed that officials at the two departments allegedly sought to bargain over declassifying an email on Clinton’s server.
But while Trump on Tuesday again pointed to the “package of ethics reforms,” he began calling for a day earlier, the Republican nominee did not avoid straying from that message and spent time lambasting the media and even complaining about polls.
“Even though we’re doing pretty well in the polls, I don’t believe the polls anymore,” Trump said, issuing a surprising statement given the amount of time Trump has spent at rallies reading off poll numbers.
But that was when he was winning.

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Paul Ryan facing threats to speakership over Trump flap

By Manu Raju and Deirdre Walsh, CNN
Speaker Paul Ryan is facing backlash from House Republicans over his flap with Donald Trump — and his own job may be on the line.
Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma — a conservative who voted for Ryan last year for speaker— is threatening to pull his support if the Wisconsin Republican won’t fall in line behind the GOP nominee.
“Given the stakes of this election, if Paul Ryan isn’t for Trump, then I’m not for Paul Ryan,” Bridenstine tweeted Wednesday.
Other conservative Republicans have also flashed their anger toward Ryan over his position that he wouldn’t defend or campaign with Trump, raising the specter that Bridenstine could be the first in a crowd of conservatives rebelling against the speaker.
The GOP has been gripped by infighting since a 2005 video surfaced last week showing Trump describing women in vulgar and sexually aggressive terms. Ryan hasn’t withdrawn his endorsement of Trump but he did tell House Republicans Monday that he will no longer defend the nominee and will devote the remainder of the campaign season to helping Republicans in House and Senate races.
Several angry GOP members on that call pushed back at Ryan, arguing he should continue to stand strongly behind Trump. Trump repeatedly blasted Ryan Tuesday, lamenting his leadership and blaming him for eroding party unity.
Yet on Wednesday, several of Trump’s biggest supporters in the House Republican Conference privately urged the campaign in a private conference call to back away from the Ryan attacks and focus on Democrats instead, according to a source on the call.
Ryan’s spokeswoman AshLee Strong said the speaker is “fighting to ensure we hold a strong majority next Congress, and he is always working to earn the respect and support of his colleagues.”
After backing Ryan in 2015, Bridenstine noted in a statement that his support came with conditions.
“I will work constructively with the new Speaker to advance sound legislation addressing the nation’s urgent needs, and I will also hold him accountable to lead House in responsibly performing its representational duties and advancing our national interests,” he said at the time.
The simmering tension is significant because there will be another vote next month for speaker. Assuming the GOP keeps control of the House, the Republican Conference will select its choice for speaker in mid-November in a closed-door secret ballot election. The election requires a majority support to be nominated for speaker.
But the more politically treacherous vote is in January when the full House will choose its speaker. Since Democrats will vote for their own candidate, Ryan wouldn’t be able to lose more than a handful of votes if the chamber is narrowly divided, as is expected. That means he would have to limit GOP defections in order to win the 218 votes needed to become speaker.
Ryan was already facing some pressure from some of his members on the right of the conference, many of whom have been critical he hasn’t pushed hard enough for their legislative priorities. Some House conservatives have called on GOP leaders to move the date for leadership elections later, saying they don’t want to vote for re-electing Ryan until they evaluate how he handles year-end spending negotiations. Asked about that request last month, Ryan said he expected the conference to vote at the same time it traditionally does after every election.
Last October, 10 House Republicans didn’t vote for Ryan when the entire House took a roll call vote for the speaker.
Meanwhile, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway held a conference call Wednesday with House Republicans who back the GOP nominee. The lawmakers urged Conway to tell Trump to focus his fire exclusively on Hillary Clinton — and not on his own party.
A source on the call said Conway acknowledged what they were saying about Ryan. But she did not commit one way or the other.

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Rep. Peter King: Republicans opposing Trump could cause ‘civil war’ in party

By Chris Massie, CNN
New York Rep. Peter King said Tuesday that he thinks backlash from Donald Trump’s supporters to Republicans withdrawing their support for the GOP nominee could cause a “civil war” within the party.
King was asked on the “Bernie and Sid Show” on 77 WABC New York radio if he thinks that Trump supporters could vote for Democrats in down-ballot races to punish anti-Trump Republicans and House Speaker Paul Ryan, who told House Republicans on Monday that he would not campaign for Trump.
“That is a real risk, absolutely,” King replied. “And that’s why this could be a civil war because they look upon it as, ‘Okay, Republicans are gonna go against Trump, okay, then we’re gonna go against Republicans.’ Both sides are wrong in doing that. It’s like, you know, the old expression your mother said, biting off your nose to spite your face. But that’s really is what this is about.”
In the interview, King said Republicans “have to be concerned” about losing the House, but largely defended Ryan, who did not withdraw his endorsement of Trump after audiotape leaked on Friday of the GOP nominee describing how he forces himself on women. King called Ryan a “good guy” and that he understands “where Paul is coming from.” He reserved his strongest criticism for Republicans who withdrew their support from Trump after they heard the audio, saying there was an element of hypocrisy in their criticism of the party nominee.
“I think a lot of these guys who were complaining to Paul Ryan,” King said. “A lot of these guys who are nervous. I think they just hurt themselves. And again, listen, there’s a certain amount of hypocrisy here, when I hear people on television, including reporters, you know, god, these guys can be real low lives. And they’re on there, ‘I never heard language like this, I never heard anyone talk like this.’ Listen, the language is bad. It’s indefensible. But you hear it. Whether it’s an army barracks. Whether it’s the back room of a TV studio. Whether it’s congressmen sitting around a bar at night.”
King, whose district is on Long Island, said Trump might be “too New York” for some Republicans.
“There are people in the party who they resent the style, they resent the fact that even though he may have conservative positions, he doesn’t act like the buttoned-down Republican businessman,” he said. “They would love to have guys come in who act very starchy and very aloof and very sophisticated. Trump is too much like, with all his money, he’s still too much like the kid on the Queens street corner. He’s too New York for them.”


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Trump disclosing his medical records in 60 seconds

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump appeared on “The Dr. Oz Show” to disclose his medical records.
By Tal Kopan and Jeremy Diamond, CNN
Donald Trump released Thursday a letter from his doctor detailing some of his medical information, showing him to be in good health and including a statement that says he had “stamina.”
Trump’s campaign released the records, timed with the airing of his appearance discussing them on the “Dr. Oz Show.”
“We are pleased to disclose all of the test results which show that Mr. Trump is in excellent health, and has the stamina to endure — uninterrupted — the rigors of a punishing and unprecedented presidential campaign and, more importantly, the singularly demanding job of President of the United States,” the statement said.
Hillary Clinton released similar information Wednesday.
The fact that Trump’s physician’s letter references “stamina” is significant because it’s a word the Republican presidential nominee has regularly used in attacking Clinton. After taking several days off from directly attacking Clinton’s health following her diagnosis of pneumonia over the weekend, Trump appeared to raise questions about her health at a rally Wednesday night in Ohio.
“I don’t know folks — you think Hillary Clinton would be able to stand up here for an hour and do this? I don’t know,” Trump said.
Trump also said during the rally that Clinton is “in all fairness … lying in bed and getting better.”
“And we want her better. We want her back on the trail, right?”
Trump has frequently used discussions of virility as an attack against his opponents. Throughout the primary, he labeled opponent Jeb Bush as “low energy,” and attacked rival Ben Carson as even “lower energy.”
Donald Trump’s son made a similar argument in an interview with TV station WTAE.
“He’s got more energy than any human being alive. Our opponent does one event a day and then has to take two or three days off, it’s a very different scenario,” Donald Trump Jr. said.

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Trump headlining Republican fundraiser in Bolingbrook

By Adam Chapelle, WLS-AM News

(CHICAGO) Donald Trump will be in town next month for a high-dollar fundraiser in suburban Bolingbrook. The cost for the September 12th event will range from $1,000 per person to $250,000 per couple. 

Proceeds will go to Trump Victory, which will share the incoming funds with the Republican National Committee and some state parties. The host list is far from star-studded, with RNC chair Reince Preibus being the main headliner. Local hosts include businessman Ron Gidwitz and Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar.

The Bolingbrook event comes after Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, canceled a scheduled Chicago fundraising dinner for the Republican presidential ticket and the RNC. It’s Trump’s first public event in the Chicago area since his March 11 rally at the UIC Pavilion was canceled amid security concerns. 

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