Sunday, May 1, 2016

Anarchist in Burlingame put Trump supporter in near stranglehold to prevent him from attending Trump speech. In Costa Mesa, police horse was injured by rock hurled by an anarchist-AP, KGO, LA Times

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Above, 4/29/16, Image caption: "Protesters hold back a Republican supporter from getting in the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame, Calif., where Trump is set to speak on Friday, April 29, 2016 (KGO-TV)."

Physical violence including near stranglehold of a peaceful citizen by by an individual who appears to be a wrestling champ and who is backed by menacing mobs is anarchy, not protest. It's a complete collapse of government. The government's first duty is to protect its citizens. It doesn't even try.  A "Fight white supremacy" sign in the image might be found at any public event anywhere in the world. Meaning it didn't just "erupt" for an "anti-Trump" protest.

Added, the Costa Mesa riots were organized by the Democrat Party: "The protest was organized by the Democratic Party of Orange County and Orange County Young Democrats. 
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Re: Burlingame:

4/29/16, Anti-Donald Trump protests erupt near Republican convention in Burlingame," AP and KGO TV, Burlingame, Calif.

"Hundreds of anti-Donald Trump protesters crowded the streets near the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame as the presidential candidate arrived for the Republican convention.

A man wearing a Trump campaign "Make America Great Again" red hat was struck while being jostled by a group of shouting protesters.

"It went gangbusters. They attacked me," said Chris Conway, who identified himself as mortgage broker from San Mateo.
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After Trump took the podium, he described having to take a complicated detour to get into the venue due to the rowdy protesters outside."...

[Ed. note: It wasn't a "complicated detour," there was no "detour." Trump was entirely prevented from proceeding by car. He got out of his car and walked to the venue.














Above, 4/28/16, Trump on foot as he crosses ditch to reach GOP event in Burlingame, Calif. after anarchists blocked his travel there by car. The so-called "rowdy protesters" were anarchists.]

(continuing): ""That was not the easiest entrance I've ever made...it felt like I was crossing the border actually," he said.

Barricades were set up Thursday night around the Hyatt Regency, where organizers were excited that Trump was kicking off the convention. But if it's anything like Southern California's events, it could be a wild weekend."...

[Ed. note: A "wild weekend?" A "wild weekend" is a beach party, not the violent collapse of government.]

(continuing): "About 20 people were arrested by Costa Mesa police Thursday night as Trump protesters and supporters took to the streets outside Orange County Fairgrounds, where the Republican presidential candidate was speaking."...

[Ed. note: Again, not correct. Riots didn't happen "as" protesters and supporters "took to the streets." NBC/AP sold the same thing: "Raucous protesters and supporters of Donald Trump took to the streets...." Only one "side" "took to the streets." If supporters were on the "street" at all, they were trying to get to their car, or were sitting in their car, with anarchists surrounding them, pounding on their car, preventing it from moving: 

"Protesters surround a car at the corner of Fairview Road and Fair Drive on Thursday following a Donald Trump rally at the Orange County fairgrounds. (Scott Smeltzer / Daily Pilot)," LA Times

"Dozens of cars-including those of Trump supporters trying to leave--were stuck in the street as several hundred demonstrators blocked the road, waved Mexican flags and posed for selfies....One Trump supporter had his face bloodied in a scuffle as he tried to drive out of the arena."]

(continuing): "In Burlingame, police have spent a month planning and asked for help from every agency in the county and also state and federal officials."...

[Ed. note: The month of "planning" was obviously worthless.] 

(continuing): "Donald Trump was set to speak around 12:45 p.m....People are coming from all across the state to be at the convention.

"A lot of times in the past the nominees had already been decided by the time we got here so this is a great opportunity to really engage. We've got three candidates to choose from
....Our Republicans in the state are excited to make that decision in June," said Kaitlyn MacGregor, Communications Director California GOP."...

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Added: Police horse in Costa Mesa injured by rock-throwing anarchist:

"A police horse...named Drifter, was injured by a thrown rock, police said."

4/29/16, "17 arrested, man injured as vandalism mars protest outside Trump rally in Costa Mesa," LA Times,



Some of the protesters smashed a police car window and jumped on officers’ vehicles.

“It was a big melee,” according to Costa Mesa police Sgt. Bang Le, who said at least five police vehicles were vandalized. Police said one man was hurt during an altercation on the fairgrounds property. Paramedics took him to a hospital for treatment of a head injury that didn’t appear to be life-threatening,
according to authorities.
At one point, a Costa Mesa officer was hit on the head by a rock thrown by a protester, but police said he was unhurt, thanks to the riot gear and helmet he was wearing.

A police horse ridden by a Huntington Beach officer wasn’t as fortunate, authorities said. The horse, named Drifter, was injured by a thrown rock, police said.

At one point, a group of young men and women started rocking and jumping onto a car near Fairview Road and Fair Drive, an intersection that was eventually shut down. The driver got out and screamed at the group that a child was onboard.

"As police dressed in riot gear tried to control the masses congregating along Fair Drive, near Costa Mesa City Hall and the Police Department headquarters, many people were heard chanting, “Whose streets? Our streets.

The Costa Mesa Police Department said officers arrested 17 people, all on suspicion of failing to disperse. By Friday morning, each arrestee had been released with a written promise to appear in court, Le said.

The crowd dispersed by 11 p.m., about four hours after Trump's rally began, the Sheriff's Department said.

The protest was organized by the Democratic Party of Orange County and Orange County Young Democrats, who consider some comments Trump has made about immigrants and others to be bigoted.

Erik Taylor, executive director of the Democratic Party of Orange County, said Friday that the party “does not condone the violence that took place at the O.C. fairgrounds last night, but we do thank the Democratic Party activists who did come out and protest in a peaceful way.” “Obviously things got out of hand,” he added...

Some demonstrators were draped in Mexican flags....

Some protesters with “Dump Trump” signs put them in horse manure that had been dropped on the ground. 

In the afternoon at the fairgrounds’ Gate 1 off Fair Drive, a line of cars waited to get in, but officials had closed that entrance. Protesters were walking among the cars, waving signs." ...



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4/29/16, "17 Arrested After Demonstrations at Donald Trump Rally Turn Violent," AP and staff via NBC Los Angeles

"The Pacific Amphitheatre was filled to its capacity of about 18,000 and many hundreds more were turned away."...

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Comment: "Demonstrations" didn't "turn violent." The government decided to collapse and allow anarchists to rule the streets for 3 hours.

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Ed. note: Please excuse some text so tiny it's almost illegible. Google dislikes free speech. The links should still work.


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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Tennessee Rep. Jimmy Duncan enthusiastically endorses Donald Trump citing his views on US trade deals: 'We have tremendous leverage on trade we have not used. Donald Trump will do that'-Politico

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4/30/16, "Rep. Jimmy Duncan endorses Donald Trump," Politico, Kristen East

"Donald Trump has notched the endorsement of one the House’s longest serving Republicans.

Rep. Jimmy Duncan (R-Tenn), who has served in Congress since 1988, “enthusiastically” endorsed Trump on Saturday, citing the presidential candidate’s trade rhetoric.

“Every country wants into our markets. We have tremendous leverage on trade we have not used. Donald Trump will do that,” he said in a statement.
 
Duncan is the only Republican currently serving in Congress to have voted against the Iraq War.

Trump, in a statement, said he was glad to have the support of “one of the most fiscally conservative” representatives.

“If more members voted like Rep. Duncan, we wouldn’t be wasting trillions of taxpayer dollars in foreign countries,” he said."

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Added: Rep. Duncan was right to oppose the Iraq War. George Bush joked about not finding WMDs in Iraq.

At media dinner in March 2004, Bush in a slide show for the media did a comedy bit about not finding WMDs in Iraq, looks under furniture, media laughs. Thousands dead and maimed, trillions of dollars wasted, radical Islam and Iran empowered, Christians forced to flee.

3/25/2004, "Bush pokes fun at himself, staff," AP via MSNBC, "Mock slide show featured at dinner."

"President Bush poked fun at his staff, his Democratic challenger and himself Wednesday night at a black-tie dinner where he hobnobbed with the news media

Bush put on a slide show, calling it the “White House Election-Year Album” at the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association 60th annual dinner, showing himself and his staff in some decidedly unflattering poses.

There was Bush looking under furniture in a fruitless, frustrating search. “Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be somewhere, he said."...

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3/25/2004, "MIA WMDs–For Bush, It’s a Joke," The Nation, David Corn

"At one point, Bush showed a photo of himself looking for something out a window in the Oval Office, and he said, Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be somewhere.

The audience laughed. I grimaced. But that wasn’t the end of it. After a few more slides, there was a shot of Bush looking under furniture in the Oval Office. “Nope,” he said. “No weapons over there.” More laughter. Then another picture of Bush searching in his office: Maybe under here.” Laughter again....

I wondered what the spouse, child or parent of a soldier killed in Iraq would have felt if they had been watching C-SPAN and saw the commander-in-chief mocking the supposed justification for the war that claimed their loved ones....

Yet there was Bush–apparently having a laugh at his own expense, but actually doing so on the graves of thousands. This was a callous and arrogant display....As the audience laughed along, he smiled. The false statements (or lies) that had launched a war had become merely another punchline in the nation’s capital."  






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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said he "particularly" commends "Donald Trump, who I think has given voice to the frustration of millions of working Americans"-Business Insider, 4/29/16

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4/29/16, "Indiana's governor started off his endorsement of Ted Cruz with lengthy praise of Donald Trump," Business Insider, Allan Smith

"Indiana Gov. Mike Pence opened up his big endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz by praising Donald Trump at length in a radio interview.

He told WIBC in Indianapolis that he "particularly" wanted "to commend Donald Trump, who I think has given voice to the frustration of millions of working Americans."........

Pence also voiced his pleasure with Trump's focus on Carrier, which has announced controversial plans to move many jobs in its Indiana plant to Mexico.
The Indiana governor then announced his endorsement of Cruz. "I really admire the way Ted Cruz has been willing to stand up for taxpayers," he said.

The endorsement of Indiana's chief executive was a significant get for Cruz, who is trailing Trump by an average of more than 6 points in the must-win state.

Pence did say, though, that he'd work "his heart out" to help any of the three GOP candidates — including his neighboring governor, John Kasich of Ohio — should they become the GOP nominee this summer."

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Added: "Pence praises Trump more than he does Cruz" in his endorsement of Cruz:













Jessica Taylor twitter, NPR reporter

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Added: 4/28/16, 12,000 rally for Trump in Evansville, Indiana:














Above, 4/28/16, "A sea of cellphones go up as Donald Trump and Bobby Knight make a quick stop in the overflow room after his speech at the Old National Events Plaza Thursday, April 28, 2016, Mike Lawrence/Courier and Press." "An estimated 12,000 people jammed areas inside and outside Old National Events Plaza." 





















Above, 4/28/16, Trump rally in Evansville, Indiana: "Donald Trump and Bobby Knight" Evansville, Indiana! LETS WIN INDIANA! Dan Scavino twitter
 









  




Above, 4/28/16, Trump rally in Indiana, "Donald J. Trump's Presidential Rally in Indiana today w/ thousands in overflow. Dan Scavino twitter, Trump campaign

4/29/16, "Trump draws huge, faithful crowd during Evansville rally," Evansville Courier and Press, by Thomas B. Langhorne

"Call it frustration with the status quo or perhaps a bedrock belief that America’s position in the world is diminished, but Donald Trump tapped into something during his visit to Evansville Thursday.

An estimated 12,000 people jammed areas inside and outside Old National Events Plaza during Trump’s 58-minute speech in the run-up to Tuesday’s Indiana Republican presidential primary. In the auditorium they murmured excitedly in anticipation of his appearance, exploded when he walked onstage, laughed uproariously at his jokes and cheered lustily-several times -when he called for a crackdown on illegal immigration.

The real estate mogul and reality TV star promised to “knock the hell out of ISIS,” do away with Obamacare, stop unfair trade deals and make Mexico pay for a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. He said he will make America rich again because, “unless we’re rich, we can’t be strong.”


With no other states holding presidential primaries Tuesday and the world’s eyes on Indiana, Trump aims to effectively knock out main GOP presidential rival Ted Cruz with a smashing victory in the state. Coming on the heels of decisive victories in five Northeastern primaries this week, he hopes to establish an unshakable vice grip on the Republican presidential nomination by virtue of the sheer size of his lead in national GOP convention delegates. He campaigned extensively in Indianapolis Wednesday.

We’re going to win on the border,” he said to a crescendo of cheers. “We’re going to win, and we’re going to build a wall and, believe me — believe me — Mexico’s going to pay for the wall.”

By using provisions of the Patriot Act, Trump has said, the U.S. can bring considerable pressure to bear on Mexico to compel that country to pay for the wall. The leverage point is about $24 billion that Trump says is annually transferred from Mexican nationals working in the U.S. back to Mexico. He argues that a majority of that money comes from illegal immigrants, serving as “de facto welfare for poor families in Mexico....

Trump has said allies in Europe, Asia and the Middle East would benefit from more vigorous U.S. leadership on the world stage. But on Thursday in Evansville, he said there should be no doubt that America’s economic and foreign policy interests would come first in his administration.

“We’re going to win with great, great trade deals,” Trump said. We’re not going to let the entire world rip us off anymore. And speaking of our military, we’re defending the whole world and they think we’re all a bunch of jerks. From now on, we want to help everybody — but they have to help us ...”
 
The words were drowned out by the cheers.


Trump got critical bench support Thursday from former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight, who hailed him as a great leader on the world stage.


“This man (Trump) has created more jobs and hired more people than any American ever has during his lifetime to date,” Knight said. “He’s done this not just in America, but across the world. And he has a great reputation, a great feeling people get for him.”

Knight called Trump “a man who not only gets things done, but he gets things done in the right way and when something needs to be corrected, he can correct it.”

Trump’s America-first message resonates with Ashlee Mercer, an Evansville resident who joined hundreds of people at Tri-State Aero to see him off as he departed Evansville in his black and gold Boeing 757.

Some of the crowd used cellphones to record Trump and his party’s entrance to the facility in SUVs, staying until his jet ascended in the air at 2:44 p.m. They lined the fences, sat in flatbed trucks, waved American flags or stood in clusters straining for a glimpse of Trump.

Mercer brought her 8-year-old son to the airport. She likes Trump’s candor and willingness to say things that more conventional politicians don’t dare. But there’s more to it than that.

“Drugs coming over from Mexico, our jobs going to Mexico,” Mercer started out.

My husband lost his job to Mexico from Whirlpool,she said. “I have a child that has chronic health conditions and, even now, with the laws with health care, having a child that’s having to go to Cincinnati Riley and have multiple procedures done, our health care is in dire need — and the fact that illegal Mexican aliens get Medicaid, that’s an issue to me. I pay a lot of money for my health care.”

Outsourcing of American jobs to other countries is a symptom of American weakness, Mercer said. She wants a strong leader — a leader who will put America first and won’t be conflicted about it.

I think in the United States of America we worry too much about other countries and less about our own,she said.We worry about the homeless, the people who don’t have food in other countries — when, you know what? There’s plenty of homeless here in Evansville.”

Mercer had one more opinion: Republican Party leaders who are trying to derail Trump’s candidacy are out of touch not only with the GOP rank-and-file, but “with reality.”

Trump’s trip up U.S. 41 from Old National Events Plaza to Tri-State Aero created a little economic activity at Subway sandwich shop next to the facility. Managers Tim Stallings and Marla Groves said Tri-State Aero asked them to create a foot-long tuna-on-wheat sub for someone — maybe Trump himself — on the billionaire businessman’s jet.

“They said it could be for Trump, that’s what they said — you never know. It could be anybody,” Stallings said, glancing at Groves. “She started it, I finished it.”"




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Friday, April 29, 2016

Glenn Beck's Blaze empire to lay off 40 staff. A drop in Blaze ad revenue comes as Beck has reduced his radio and tv appearances while traveling in support of pres. candidacy of Sen. Ted Cruz-Daily Beast

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4/28/16, "40 Layoffs as Glenn Beck’s Blaze Empire Continues Its Decline and Fall," The Daily Beast, Lloyd Grove

"Sources estimate that 20 Blaze employees will lose their jobs in New York, a dozen in Washington, five in Ohio, and two or three in L.A. to satisfy the requirements of a multimillion-dollar bank loan."

"According to sources, Beck’s frequent travel in support of the presidential candidacy of Sen. Ted Cruz among other distractions, has prevented him from appearing daily on his syndicated radio program and live-streaming television show, resulting in declining advertising revenue for Mercury Radio Arts, Beck’s privately held parent company.

Similarly, said these sources, declining traffic for Glennbeck.com and TheBlaze.com have also resulted in dropping ad revenue—and Padveen was under increasing pressure to meet the requirements of the bank loan, details of which were not available as of this writing....
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This latest round of mass firings comes as no surprise to insiders at The Blaze and Mercury Radio Arts, which laid off dozens of employees last May on a day referred to internally as “Black Monday,” around the same time that Beck was purchasing a private jetliner and a $200,000 Maybach sedan."



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12,000 rally for Trump rally in Evansville, Indiana, April 28, 2016

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Above, 4/28/16, "A sea of cellphones go up as Donald Trump and Bobby Knight make a quick stop in the overflow room after his speech at the Old National Events Plaza Thursday, April 28, 2016, Mike Lawrence/Courier and Press." "An estimated 12,000 people jammed areas inside and outside Old National Events Plaza."





















Above, 4/28/16, Trump rally in Evansville, Indiana: "Donald Trump and Bobby Knight" Evansville, Indiana! LETS WIN INDIANA! Dan Scavino twitter









  
Above, 4/28/16, Trump rally in Indiana, "Donald J. Trump's Presidential Rally in Indiana today w/ thousands in overflow. Dan Scavino twitter, Trump campaign

4/29/16, "Trump draws huge, faithful crowd during Evansville rally," Evansville Courier and Press, by Thomas B. Langhorne

"Call it frustration with the status quo or perhaps a bedrock belief that America’s position in the world is diminished, but Donald Trump tapped into something during his visit to Evansville Thursday.

An estimated 12,000 people jammed areas inside and outside Old National Events Plaza during Trump’s 58-minute speech in the run-up to Tuesday’s Indiana Republican presidential primary. In the auditorium they murmured excitedly in anticipation of his appearance, exploded when he walked onstage, laughed uproariously at his jokes and cheered lustily-several times -when he called for a crackdown on illegal immigration.

The real estate mogul and reality TV star promised to “knock the hell out of ISIS,” do away with Obamacare, stop unfair trade deals and make Mexico pay for a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. He said he will make America rich again because, “unless we’re rich, we can’t be strong.”

With no other states holding presidential primaries Tuesday and the world’s eyes on Indiana, Trump aims to effectively knock out main GOP presidential rival Ted Cruz with a smashing victory in the state. Coming on the heels of decisive victories in five Northeastern primaries this week, he hopes to establish an unshakable vice grip on the Republican presidential nomination by virtue of the sheer size of his lead in national GOP convention delegates. He campaigned extensively in Indianapolis Wednesday.

We’re going to win on the border,” he said to a crescendo of cheers. “We’re going to win, and we’re going to build a wall and, believe me — believe me — Mexico’s going to pay for the wall.”
By using provisions of the Patriot Act, Trump has said, the U.S. can bring considerable pressure to bear on Mexico to compel that country to pay for the wall. The leverage point is about $24 billion that Trump says is annually transferred from Mexican nationals working in the U.S. back to Mexico. He argues that a majority of that money comes from illegal immigrants, serving as “de facto welfare for poor families in Mexico....

Trump has said allies in Europe, Asia and the Middle East would benefit from more vigorous U.S. leadership on the world stage. But on Thursday in Evansville, he said there should be no doubt that America’s economic and foreign policy interests would come first in his administration.

“We’re going to win with great, great trade deals,” Trump said. We’re not going to let the entire world rip us off anymore. And speaking of our military, we’re defending the whole world and they think we’re all a bunch of jerks.
From now on, we want to help everybody — but they have to help us ...”
 
The words were drowned out by the cheers.

Trump got critical bench support Thursday from former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight, who hailed him as a great leader on the world stage.

“This man (Trump) has created more jobs and hired more people than any American ever has during his lifetime to date,” Knight said. “He’s done this not just in America, but across the world. And he has a great reputation, a great feeling people get for him.”

Knight called Trump “a man who not only gets things done, but he gets things done in the right way and when something needs to be corrected, he can correct it.”

Trump’s America-first message resonates with Ashlee Mercer, an Evansville resident who joined hundreds of people at Tri-State Aero to see him off as he departed Evansville in his black and gold Boeing 757.

Some of the crowd used cellphones to record Trump and his party’s entrance to the facility in SUVs, staying until his jet ascended in the air at 2:44 p.m. They lined the fences, sat in flatbed trucks, waved American flags or stood in clusters straining for a glimpse of Trump.

Mercer brought her 8-year-old son to the airport. She likes Trump’s candor and willingness to say things that more conventional politicians don’t dare. But there’s more to it than that.

“Drugs coming over from Mexico, our jobs going to Mexico,” Mercer started out.

My husband lost his job to Mexico from Whirlpool,she said. “I have a child that has chronic health conditions and, even now, with the laws with health care, having a child that’s having to go to Cincinnati Riley and have multiple procedures done, our health care is in dire need — and the fact that illegal Mexican aliens get Medicaid, that’s an issue to me. I pay a lot of money for my health care.”

Outsourcing of American jobs to other countries is a symptom of American weakness, Mercer said. She wants a strong leader — a leader who will put America first and won’t be conflicted about it.

I think in the United States of America we worry too much about other countries and less about our own,” she said. “We worry about the homeless, the people who don’t have food in other countries — when, you know what? There’s plenty of homeless here in Evansville.”

Mercer had one more opinion: Republican Party leaders who are trying to derail Trump’s candidacy are out of touch not only with the GOP rank-and-file, but “with reality.”

Trump’s trip up U.S. 41 from Old National Events Plaza to Tri-State Aero created a little economic activity at Subway sandwich shop next to the facility. Managers Tim Stallings and Marla Groves said Tri-State Aero asked them to create a foot-long tuna-on-wheat sub for someone — maybe Trump himself — on the billionaire businessman’s jet.

“They said it could be for Trump, that’s what they said — you never know. It could be anybody,” Stallings said, glancing at Groves. “She started it, I finished it.”"





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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Fundamental transformation continues: 1Q 2016 US home ownership near lowest in history. For 25-34 group is 10% lower than 2006-CNBC

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"Homeownership among those aged 25-34 today is nearly 10 percentage points lower than it was a decade ago. First-time homebuyers are still barely 30 percent of today's buyers; traditionally, they comprise 40 percent of homebuyers."...

4/28/16, "Homeownership near its lowest in history," CNBC, Diana Olick

"Home sales may be rising, but home ownership in the United States is heading down once again

After gains in the second half of 2015, the homeownership rate fell to just 63.6 percent, seasonally adjusted, in the first quarter of this year (2016), according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Homeownership hit a high of 69.4 percent in 2004, during one of the biggest housing booms in history. That was also when mortgage lending was arguably at its loosest level in history. The homeownership rate is now just one-tenth of 1 basis point higher than its all-time low in the second quarter of 2015.

Watch how homeownership has changed by percentage in the states since 1950. [In 2015, NY, Calif., and Nevada lowest]












Source: First Exclusive
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Economists continue to point to a recovering job market as fuel for growth in the housing market, but for young Americans, just having a job does not translate to homeownership. High levels of student loan debt, tight mortgage underwriting standards and overheating home prices are all contributing to very low homeownership rates among the nation's youngest workers. Homeownership among those aged 25-34 today is nearly 10 percentage points lower than it was a decade ago. First-time homebuyers are still barely 30 percent of today's buyers; traditionally, they comprise 40 percent of homebuyers.
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"Rental affordability remains a big problem in many places, and that makes it harder to save for a down payment," said Jed Kolko, an independent economist and senior fellow at the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at University of California, Berkeley. "We're still seeing relatively few first-time homebuyers because young people are buying homes later than they used to. Some of this is a long-term shift toward marrying and having children later in life. Some of this is that the recovery has been slow among young adults.""...image from CNBC



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Beatings continue: 1Q 2016 US growth drops unexpectedly to .5%, slowest in 2 yrs., business investment biggest drop in 7 years, US exports skid-BBC

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4/28/16, "US economic growth slows to 0.5% in first quarter of 2016," BBC

"US economic growth slowed to an annual pace of 0.5% during the first three months of the year.

That was a sharp fall from the 1.4% rate of growth in the last quarter of 2015 and the slowest pace in two years.

The slowdown, which was bigger than most economists forecast, has been blamed on a fall in domestic demand and a strong dollar that has put a brake on exports.

With shoppers buying less, businesses have been reluctant to order new stock.

Consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of the US economy, increased at a rate of 1.9%, down from 2.4% in the previous quarter.

Business investment fell by 5.9% - the biggest quarterly decline [in 7 yrs.] since the depths of the financial crisis in 2009
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Oil and gas exploration fell by a record 86% as energy companies cut back on spending following the dramatic slide in oil prices.

Although cheaper oil has given consumers more spare cash, it has also cut the profits of businesses dependent on the oil industry.

Most forecasters predict the US economy will bounce back in the next quarter, but Chris Williamson of Markit said his company's own surveys showed only a weak recovery. 

"Worryingly, the surveys indicate that the malaise affecting the US economy has extended into the second quarter, albeit with the pace of expansion picking up slightly to 0.8%. The surveys also show weakness spreading from manufacturing to services in recent months."

Despite the economy slowing, unemployment fell below 5% in January, and Friday's jobs report is expected to show steady growth in employment numbers. 

On Thursday, the Federal Reserve said that "labour market conditions have improved further even as growth in economic activity appears to have slowed"."




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Verdict for Fiorina from California Republicans was most humbling. Just 4 years after she spent 10s of millions to impress them, fewer than half Calif. GOP polled would consider voting for her-LA Times poll, 8/29-9/8/2015

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Trump 24
Carson 18
Bush 6
Cruz 6
Rubio 5
Fiorina 5
Walker 2
Kasich 2
Paul 2
Huckabee 2
Christie 1

USC/LA Times Poll of Registered California Republicans, Aug. 29-Sept. 8, 2015 (Sa-Tu). Only 5 points for Fiorina who "spent tens of millions to impress" Californians just 4 years. ago-LA Times:
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Sept. 2015 article: 
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9/13/2015, "California Republicans echo U.S. trends, favoring outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson," LA Times, Cathleen Decker 



  

Added: How I got to above crosstabs chart:

1. "New University of Southern California Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences/Los Angeles Times poll," linked in above LA Times article in parag. 11.
2. Scroll to "Key Findings"
3. Click on USC Dornsife/LA Times Crosstabs
4. An Adobe Acrobat window appears


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9/12/15, "California Presidential Poll," LA Times

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"The USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll was conducted Aug. 29-Sept. 8 among a random sample of 1,500 registered California voters, including 422 eligible to participate in the Republican primary, which is open only to registered Republicans, and 819 eligible to participate in the Democratic primary, which is open to registered Democrats and voters who decline to state a party. The margin of error for the Democratic subsample is +/- 3.6 percentage points. The margin of error for the Republican subsample is +/- 5.3 percentage points."


   

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