Author: By Greg Sargent

GOP strategist: Trump’s attacks on Clinton over Whitewater are lunacy

(Reuters/Jonathan Ernst) Politico brings us a funny scoop that sheds new light on the fearsome political operation that Donald Trump is in the process of building: Donald Trump, who in recent days has accused Bill Clinton of rape and suggested he and Hillary Clinton may have had a role in the death of one of their close friends, plans to focus next on the Whitewater real estate scandal, POLITICO has learned. Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo on Wednesday morning emailed a researcher at the Republican National Committee asking him to “work up information on HRC/Whitewater as soon as possible. This is for immediate use and for the afternoon talking points process.” The email was obtained by POLITICO when Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks, who Caputo copied on his request to the RNC, accidentally responded instead to Marc Caputo, a POLITICO reporter who is not related to the Republican consultant. RNC chief strategist Sean Spicer issued a statement praising his committee’s research team as “the best in the business,” but neither he nor Hicks responded to questions about how or when the Trump campaign intended to invoke Whitewater, or whether they thought that spotlighting the matter might open Trump to more scrutiny of his own mixed record in real estate. World class, Donald, world class. It’s hard to know what’s more cringeworthy here — how this accidentally leaked out, or...

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Here’s an easy way for Donald Trump and Paul Ryan to make peace

Yo, Donald, can you make this a bit easier for all of us? (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) THE MORNING PLUM: Today Donald Trump is in Washington, sitting down with Paul Ryan in an effort to unify the GOP. Their meeting is being widely portrayed as a momentous showdown between two titans of ideological opposition who are unlikely to budge from their deeply held philosophical principles and governing goals. As today’s New York Times intones, Trump and leading Republicans are staring each other down across a “vast political and ideological gulf.” Hmmm, maybe. In reality, it shouldn’t be all that hard for Trump and Ryan to come together. All Trump has to do is learn to talk about policy the way many mainstream Republicans do. There are already signs that Trump is softening on his proposed temporary ban on non-citizen Muslims from entering the United States, which Ryan, to his credit, has forcefully criticized. Here’s what Trump said on Fox: “We have a serious problem, and it’s a temporary ban — it hasn’t been called for yet, nobody’s done it, this is just a suggestion until we find out what’s going on.” Note the clever sleight of hand there — his “until we find out what’s going on” formulation, which previously applied to the period of the Muslim ban itself, has suddenly morphed into a qualifer as to whether to implement his...

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