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21 Sep 2016 

Is Lying Trump's Strategy? - New York Times

Photo President Obamas long-form birth certificate. The deception was so brazen, so demonstrably disprovable, that it felt like a milestone in campaign history: After relentlessly promoting the lie that Barack Obama was born outside the United States, Donald J. Trump looked into the cameras and declared that he had instead debunked that insidious myth.

Which raises a question: Is dishonesty this audacious and deliberate official campaign strategy for Mr. Trump? In the latest episode of The Run-Up, we posed that question to two top presidential campaign strategists from both parties: Mike Murphy, who advised Jeb Bush this year and John McCain in 2000, and Paul Begala, a political strategist for Bill Clinton in 1992.

We hear from Pamela Meyer, an expert on lying and the author of Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception.

I think hes a great liar, Ms. Meyer told us of Mr. Trump. A good liar intuitively knows what it is you want to hear, dangles it out in front of you just when you need it, expresses confidence enough so that you allow them a path if you think theyre lying or might trust them a little bit more than you normally would.

In the episode, Im also joined by my colleague Maggie Haberman, who has covered Mr. Trump and Hillary Clinton and who questions whether Mr. Trumps lies or inconsistencies are the result of a careful strategy.

Continue reading the main storyI think Trump will say whatever he has to say to get through a 5- or 10-minute moment in time, she said on the show. Those are the chunks in which he operates and thinks.

How do I listen? Two waysFrom a desktop or laptop, you can listen by pressing play on the button above.

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3. Subscribe. Once on the series page, tap on the subscribe button to have new episodes sent to your phone free. You may want to adjust your notifications to be alerted when a new episode arrives.

4. Or just sample. If you would rather listen to an episode or two before deciding to subscribe, tap on the episode title from the list on the series page. If you have an internet connection, youll be able to stream the episode.

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1. Open your podcast app. Its a pre-loaded app called Play Music with an orange-and-yellow icon. (This link may help.)

2. Search for the series. Click on the magnifying glass icon at the top of the screen, search for the name of the series and select it from the list of results. You may have to scroll down to find the Podcasts search results.

3. Subscribe. Once on the series page, click on the word subscribe to have new episodes sent to your phone free.

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25 Jun 2016 

Only One Thing Stopped Donald Trump's Week From Being A Complete Disaster - Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Following a disastrous month and a half, Donald Trump finally gave Republicans a respite, delivering a scripted speech attacking Hillary Clinton without veering off on dangerous tangents.

That was the good news for his party.

Now the bad news: It was pretty much the sole high point in a week that saw the presumptivenominee fire his campaign manager, file an alarmingly weak campaign finance report and then spend precious days flying across the Atlantic to promote his Scottish golf resorts-- a move that mystified party leaders and donors alike.

Even worse, seven weeks after watching his remaining GOP rivals drop out of the race, Trump is still fighting a rearguard action against Republican delegates working to deny him the nomination at next months convention in Cleveland.

Hes spending campaign money that should be used against Hillary Clinton to smack down dissent, said Colorado delegate Kendal Unruh, leader of the Free the Delegates movement. That doesnt bode well.

Unruh said her group is working with a super PAC that is airing radio ads in Iowa and a secret-money political group running cable TV ads nationally to publicize its cause. She has already circulated a letter to her 111 fellow members of the Convention Rules Committee urging them to support her proposed conscience clause to let delegates out of their obligation to vote for Trump.

Unruh told participants on a conference call Sunday that she believes that if they can persuade a majority of the rules committee to approve her proposal, a majority of the full convention would likely follow suit --and Trump would lose the nomination.

Our strength comes from the delegates themselves, Unruh said. We know were saving the party.

Trump, though, still has the support of Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus and his staff, who downplay the delegate revolt. They highlight Trumps Wednesday speech, which was cheered by many Republicans because Trump largely stuck to his prepared remarks by reading off a Teleprompter. He accused Clinton of a variety of misdeeds but did not, for example, ad lib attacks on the federal judge handling a class action fraud lawsuit against Trump University, his series of real estate seminars.

One source close to the Trump campaign said the departure of volatile campaign manager Corey Lewandowski would prove to be a turning point. Lewandowski had jealously guarded his access to Trump and had worked to undermine top strategist Paul Manafort, who has been trying to fashion Trump into a more conventional candidate since he joined the campaign in March.

The consistently erratic nature of this campaign is over, the source said.

Republicans not in the Trump orbit, though, remained skeptical. He had one good day because he didnt vomit all over himself and gave a decent speech, said GOP consultant Matt Mackowiak, but allowed that it was at least a start. Is he in a better place than he was last weekend? Yes.

Mackowiak and other Republicans said a major problem continues to be Trumps unwillingness or inability to raise the amount of money needed to compete with presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton --notwithstanding Trumps claims that his fundraising has increased dramatically in recent weeks.

The July report, I think, will show you some pretty massive numbers, Trump said Friday at a news conference from Scotland.

Those bullish claims, though, follow similar claims that a May 25 Los Angeles fundraiser had brought in $6 million. But when the May report was released early this week, it showed Trumps Victory fund had only transferred $3.1 million to the Republican National Committee --the entity that receives the vast majority of the funds money.

It's part of his fabulous mentality. If his car is 20 feet long, he's going to say it's 22. He can't help it. He thinks 22 is a better number, said one RNC member and donor.

He said the lack of money is already having consequences.A delay in hiring field staff in key states that was announced at the April RNC meeting in Florida has largely continued, he said, costing both Trump and other Republicans on the ballot valuable time. Staff members who were recruited and ready to go on the payroll remain in limbo, he said. Because many of them are smart, many of them are getting real jobs, and theyre not even available now, he added. The moneys just not there.
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03 Avr 2016 

Azerbaijan declares unilateral ceasefire amid Nagorno-Karabakh violence - CNN

Story highlights Azerbaijan declares a unilateral ceasefire in conflict with ArmeniaAzerbaijani helicopter involved in striking Armenian forces is shot down, Azerbaijani state media reportsAzerbaijani official says that "Armenia bears responsibility" for the latest violence"In the light of persistent calls from international organizations and given the fact that the government of Azerbaijan is pursuing a peaceful policy, the Azerbaijani armed forces took a unilateral decision to stop counter-attacks and retaliatory action against the enemy in the occupied territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan," the country's ministry of defense said in a statement, according to Azerbaijan state news agency Azertac. However, Azerbaijan said it will respond to any continued "provocations" with "offensive operations in order to destroy the enemy."The announcement comes a day after long-simmering tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan flared again, with at least 18 Armenian and 12 Azerbaijani troops killed in fighting, according to state media reports.The violence was centered in Nagorno-Karabakh, a region occupied by Armenian forces but surrounded and claimed by Azerbaijan. Where it belongs has been in dispute for years, though it's been relatively rare of late for this discord to erupt in bloodshed.That's what happened Friday night and Saturday. An Azerbaijani Mi-24 helicopter carrying out airstrikes on Armenian military positions was shot down, and a mine blast damaged a tank, according to Azertac.The same report said that six Armenian tanks and 15 artillery pieces were destroyed, while over "100 enemy soldiers were killed and injured." The Armenpress news agency, citing President Serzh Sargsyan, said 18 troops were killed and 35 wounded "because of the provocative actions made by the Azerbaijani armed forces along the entire length of contact line with the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic."The U.S. State Department condemned "in the strongest terms the large-scale ceasefire violations ... which have resulted in a number of reported casualties, including civilians.""We urge the sides to show restraint, avoid further escalation, and strictly adhere to the ceasefire," said the statement, urging the two sides to enter into negotiations. "We reiterate that there is no military solution to the conflict." Each country blamed the other for the fresh hostilities.Armenia said "the adversary" undertook "offensive actions," trying to "infiltrate deep into the defensive lines of the (Armenian army) and seize tactical positions using tanks, artillery and air force," according to a Defense Ministry statement.The "enemy retreated" after Armenian forces responded, with the Defense Ministry noting that "military operations are ongoing."The Armenian military "strongly condemns the hostilities and the aggressive and irresponsible decisions made by the Azerbaijani authorities," the ministry said. "Azerbaijani authorities are to be held fully accountable for the unprecedented escalation of tensions along the Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan contact line."The Azerbaijani government, by contrast, characterized the Armenian forces as the aggressor. Hikmat Hajiyev, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, accused them of intentionally and "intensively" shelling "settlements near the front line, where civilians closely live." He said the Armenians "killed and injured several civilians," in addition to firing on Azerbaijani troops."As an aggressive country, Armenia bears responsibility (for) the current situation," Hajiyev said, the Azertac news agency reported.More than two decades ago, the two former Soviet republics fought a fierce war over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Azerbaijan gained formal independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991 after initially declaring its national sovereignty in 1988. Since then, it has been locked in a territorial dispute with ethnic Armenian separatists.Ax murderer's pardon stirs fears of warA six-year conflict from 1988 to 1994 saw separatists, backed by troops from Armenia, and Azerbaijani forces fight over the Nagorno-Karabakh and Nakhichevan regions in southwest Azerbaijan.In 1994, a ceasefire was reached, but by then, the separatists, who are seeking full independence from Azerbaijan, had taken control of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding provinces.There's been less violence of late, though the area remains volatile.CNN's Yousuf Basil contributed to this report.

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10 Feb. 2016 

Trendy Bike Helmets, Getting Ready For The Summertime

With the Summer months coming close to quick, motorcycle cyclists are consistently looking for ways to remain awesome while riding. This is additionally true when it comes to your bike headgear.

A half headgear or and open face helmet will certainly enable air circulation directly over your face. A full face safety helmet that covers your face and chin would supply more defense compared to a open face or half headgear. A Modular headgear enables you to Flip up the front area of your safety helmet.

2. The Color can make a huge distinction. Researches have revealed that a white safety helmet, when compared to cool motorcycle helmets a black, can be as long as 15 degrees cooler. It's easy scientific research. Dark colors soak up the sun's warmth. Three is no difference when it involves your motorcycle helmet. A current research revealed that a white safety helmet was 15 degrees cooler compared to a black headgear while resting still in the sun. At a speed of 40 mph, the white headgear was still 10 levels cooler compared to the black helmet. According to the CDC, lighter tinted helmets are also a lot more noticeable and decrease your threat of being hit by one more driver by 25 percent.

3. The helmet air flow system could make a large distinction. Helmet ventilation has actually boosted dramatically over the last 10 years. The days of two tiny holes in the temple for vents has actually reoccured. Today's advanced helmets come offered with innovative vent systems developed to move the air in and out of the safety helmet. Old institution headgears depended on forced air to be routed into the tiny forehead vents. Today's modern technology permit safety helmets to attract the amazing air in while drawing out the hot air. Venturi vents are developed in a means that a rear vent attracts cool air in from the front vent. At the exact same time, as your head is creating warmth, side and rear vents are created to remove the warm air. Not all new safety helmets have these duct functions. Most of the times, you will locate that the higher high quality safety helmets that place more initiative right into manufacturing and examining their helmets will offer better air flow.

Some of today's safety helmet manufactures are making use of dampness wicking products in their helmet liners. Some of these lining systems have anti-bacterial homes and are practical in keeping the safety helmet liner odor cost-free.

5. There are head linings that can be put on under your safety helmet to serve the very same purpose if your helmet does not already have a moisture wicking lining. A Cool Max Headliner is used like a bandanna and not only wicks away dampness to keep you cool, however safeguards your headgear lining from dust and also odor.

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25 En 2016 

HVAC Getting You Down? These Tips Will Help - HVAC Contractors In NJ

HVAC will help you to secure your own home functioning again. The HVAC system in your home is a component to having a nice living space. Or you having no air blowing at all, the only thing that follows is misery, if it's too hot or cold. You know how expensive it is to fix, so it is vital that you prevent these things from occurring. Below there are many good tips to help you keep up with proper HVAC maintenance.

Although most people are thinking of their heating systems during the winter months, air conditioning is also important. When installing a new furnace or heating system, make sure the air ducts are also set up to work with your air condition system. Using the ducts for both cooling and heating is the most economical choice.

Think of what you wish to have done, before choosing an HVAC contractor. This will make the quote process much easier. It will be way more hard if you can't figure out what they need to do. Know this stuff ahead of time.

An HVAC system is a really expensive investment. This is why you should do some browsing before purchasing your system. Try to find a good sale so you can get your system at a discount. Before making a decision, check out a couple of sites. A great site to begin is

Look to your family and neighbors to get recommendations of good HVAC specialists. Likely there's someone you know who's already done a ton of research. Use this knowledge to help get you the best specialist you can. This can save you many hours of research time and money too.

If your evaporator coil, found inside your home, becomes dirty, your unit will lose efficiency. Just pop off the front panel of the furnace and check to see that the coil is dry. Using a brush attachment on a vacuum, gently clean the coil of any dust or other debris.

Have the HVAC system checked twice a year at the least. This should be checked often for malfunctions and debris. Whether you know of problems or not, good maintenance will help you to avoid future issues.

When you mow your lawn, take care that you don't get grass clippings all over your outdoor unit. Try shooting the clippings away from it. This also applies to blowing leaves or moving debris. Just be careful with that exterior HVAC unit.

Sometimes, it can be hard to figure out if your HVAC system needs to be fixed or needs to be replaced. If your system frequently breaks down, is always turning on or off on its own, or if your bills are too high, it may pay to have it replaced. Otherwise, little things can just be fixed.

Consider a mini-split system instead if you don't want to install ductwork in your home. They work form the outside in, allowing your whole home to cool without a central air conditioner. This allows you to enjoy all of your indoor space in a cool, comfortable way all summer long.

Use your HVAC system to heat your water for free! In the summer, residual heat pulled out of your house is used to heat water through a geothermal system. This will cool your home while allowing you to save a ton on hot water costs, plus it's environmentally friendly to boot!

Have your HVAC inspected every year to ensure that it is working properly. The technician will check your filters, drain lines, air Freon and flow levels. This will have your HVAC working at peak performance saving you money all season long. Before they become big problems, it will also alert you to any repairs that need to be address.

Before installing a central air conditioner, consider all of your alternatives. You can only cool certain rooms, use whole-house fans, or even make use of a geothermal system. The more efficient the system you set up, the less you'll spend on utility bills over time as you use it.

There is a lot to think about when you install an air conditioner unit. For example, a big unit won't remove humidity while a small unit won't cool enough. Placing it in the wrong place can make it less efficient, and not insulating your home adequately could render it almost useless.

It's important to have doors and windows that are efficient for the most efficiency for your HVAC unit. Make sure they are tightly sealed so air can't seep in. You can hire a professional to test them all for you and often this testing is free.

For top efficiency, figure out what direction your home faces. If you strategically place trees, it's possible to block some of the morning sunlight so your home won't become overheated. If there's less heat inside your home, your AC will work less.

Try looking at some reviews online for local HVAC companies. There are many websites and directories online that should include these services that are in your area. This can help you comparison shop. You need to look at many aspects. Pay special attention to licensing, how many years they've been around, any issues, and how they were resolved.

Improve the efficiency of your air conditioning by installing ceiling fans. Change the airflow direction of the ceiling fans. During the summer, the blades should move in a counter-clockwise direction. During the winter, the blades should move clockwise to help move the hot air in hvac the ceiling down into the room.

Get your work order in writing. You should always have a written proposal before the HVAC contractor begins work. This will help prevent overspending. Alternatively, any extra fees or expenses that you may be unaware of. Make sure you go over it with your contractor so that you understand every charge.

Never hire anyone to work on your HVAC system unless they are bonded and licensed. This industry is one where mistakes happen often and you want to make sure that you are protected. You do not want to be stuck paying for medical bills that are more expensive than the work you were having done.

Proper maintenance is key to having a good working HVAC system. Don't let your system go bad, use the tips here to inspect it for problems to ensure that you don't have costly repairs down the road. Keep checking it and remember the tips here to use as guide so you know what to look for.

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