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By Robert A. Vella

Here is today’s top political news stories:

Donald Trump gave his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last night, and it has created quite a stir in America and around the world.  True to his narcissistic nature and worrisome megalomania, he evoked painful memories of other self-proclaimed messiahs who played on the palpable fears of an entire population with hyper-nationalist rhetoric and vague but forceful promises to restore the social order.  See:

Donald Trump’s RNC Speech Was a Terrifying Display of Nightmarish Authoritarianism

Trump’s strategy from Demagoguery 101: Terrify, then reassure

In his most important speech ever, Trump echoes Richard Nixon’s “Silent Majority” speech of 1968

Meanwhile, America’s other “illustrious” major party presidential nominee (soon to be, that is) – Hillary Clinton – is about to announce her choice for vice presidential running mate.  The leading candidate is Virginia Senator Tim Kaine who is taking a lot of heat for his support of neoliberal free trade deals, and for signing a letter urging banking regulators to ease-up on their oversight of regional financial institutions.  See:

Tim Kaine Seems Likely for Hillary Clinton’s No. 2, but Liberals Balk

Liberals lash out at Tim Kaine over banking letter

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who was subject to intense criticism for his Justice Department’s decision not to pursue criminal prosecutions against Wall Street executives following the 2008 financial crisis, is… wait for it… rejoining his old Wall Street law firm Covington & Burling!  See:

A Clue to the Scarcity of Financial Crisis Prosecutions

After a wave of sexual harassment allegations, Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes has resigned from the right-wing propaganda  “news” network.  See:

Fox News chief Ailes resigns after sexual harassment claims

Lordy, lordy, lordy, ain’t America grand!

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