Quick Hits July 25, 2016

More Hacks
Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook charged that leaked DNC e-mails were leaked by Russian intelligence agencies for the purpose of helping Donald Trump. The Clinton campaign also argues, rather implausibly, that the candidate’s home brew server was not hacked.

For his part, Donald Trump has suggested that he might not back NATO countries in the Baltics were they to be attacked by Russia.

Democratic Dismay
Democrats feigned dismay at the chants of “lock her up” at the Republican convention. Bernie Sanders supporters took to the streets of Philadelphia on Sunday chanting, ”lock her up” and carrying “Hillary for Prison” signs. Now they are really dismayed.


Waserman Schulz Tossed Overboard
Debbie Wasserman Schulz will resign as head of the DNC. Her position became untenable after Wikileaks published about 20,000 hacked e-mails showing that the supposedly neutral DNC actively worked to derail the Sanders campaign for the benefit of Hillary Clinton.


Trump Appears to Get a Post Convention Bounce
In a four-way matchup Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton 44% to 39%, with Gary Johnson (Libertarian) getting 9% and Jill Stein (Greens) getting 4%. Clinton also got her worst-ever rating in trustworthiness with 68% saying she is not honest and trustworthy. Meanwhile, in the wake of his defiant speech at the Republican convention Ted Cruz’s favorable ratings have plummeted among Republicans. Only 33% have a positive impression of him versus 60% before the speech.


Bryan Pagliano: The Missing Man in the Clinton e-Mail Scandal
The Daily Beast takes a behind-the-scenes look at the case of Bryan Pagliano, the tech who set-up Hillary’s Clinton’s private server. Pagliano was on the State Department payroll as a political appointee while also being paid by Hillary Clinton’s campaign on the side. Pagliano, who was given use immunity by the FBI, still asserts his Fifth Amendment rights. The Daily Beast investigates.


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