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Hillary Clinton’s lead in polls isn’t built on trust

Hillary Clinton joins Vice President Joe Biden at

Hillary Clinton joins Vice President Joe Biden at a campaign event at Riverfront Sports in Scranton, Pa., on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. Biden told his hometown crowd that Donald Trump's ideas are dangerous and un-American. Credit: AP / Carolyn Kaster

Truth and consequences

By 60% to 37%, New York voters do not believe Hillary Clinton is honest and trustworthy. By 57% to 27%, they would vote for Clinton over Donald Trump.

Those numbers from a new Siena Research Institute poll show Trump failing on two counts: labeling his opponent as “Crooked Hillary” doesn’t seem to be moving voters to his side, and his contention that he can win his home state looks as far-fetched as ever.

One reason is that he fares even worse on the honesty/trust question, with a 69%-28% negative rating.

Clinton is judged qualified to be commander-in-chief by 62%; Trump by 25%. She is also rated superior by New Yorkers on a range of issues, including addressing racial tensions related to policing, health care, immigration policy, fighting terrorism, creating jobs and trade issues.

For more on the Siena poll, see the story by Newsday’s Laura Figueroa. For full results, click here.

Trump: Watch their attitude

The Republican candidate’s speech on fighting radical Islam was a mix of the now-familiar — we should have taken Iraq’s oil — and some new wrinkles on his ideas for how to keep would-be terrorists from entering the U.S.

His “extreme vetting” plan now includes ideological screening that will allow only those who “share our values and respect our people” into the United States, and bar those who “don’t believe in our Constitution or who support bigotry and hatred.”

Trump continued to insist he opposed interventions in Iraq and Libya, despite a record of comments to the contrary. Other misstatements of fact are listed here.

No, Giuliani didn’t forget 9/11

A collective “huh?” went viral Monday when, while introducing Trump, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said that “before [President Barack] Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the U.S.”

However, Giuliani did make reference earlier in his remarks to the 9/11 attacks, which occurred in 2001 when George W. Bush was president.

Milwaukee moment 

Trump is due to address a "town hall" in Milwaukee Tuesday guided by a major-media supporter, Sean Hannity of Fox News.

Riots that followed the fatal police shooting of a gun-toting suspect could set a politically useful backdrop for a self-declared law-and-order candidate. Polls show him trailing in Wisconsin -- for the moment.  Clinton has yet to be heard from on the city's crisis. 

Blue under the collar

Vice President Joe Biden made his campaign-trail debut for Clinton Monday, telling voters in his Scranton, Pennsylvania, hometown that Trump is no friend of working-class Americans.

Biden also called Trump unfit to conduct foreign policy or command the U.S. military. “Trump’s ideas are not only profoundly wrong, they’re very dangerous and they’re very un-American,” he said.

Manafort destiny

Clinton’s campaign pounced on a New York Times story examining Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s work for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine, calling it evidence of the GOP candidate’s too-friendly relationship with Moscow.

The Times said handwritten ledgers show $12.7 million in off-the-books payments earmarked for Manafort and his consulting business from 2007 to 2012. Manafort, in a statement, said payments for his work were aboveboard.

Coming soon: More Clinton emails

The State Department has agreed to hand over to Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, all official emails recovered from Clinton’s private email server by FBI investigators, CNN reported.

Still to be announced is a timetable, and whether they will be simultaneously made public.Meanwhile, House Republicans outlined for the FBI their agruments for charging Clinton with perjury over her Congressional testimony on her email practices last year. 

What else is happening

  • The Commission on Presidential Debates says it will use five polls to measure whether any third-party candidate has the required 15% support threshold to be included. The surveys are from ABC/Washington Post, CBS/New York Times, CNN, Fox News and NBC/Wall Street Journal.
  • Trump fans at his rallies, while unwavering in their support, are growing frustrated with their hero’s penchant for missteps that distract from his message, The Washington Post reported. “You can tell he’s an amateur politician,” one said.
  • The Trump campaign has lagged Clinton in setting up field offices in crucial Florida. Now it is opening one in Orlando, across the street from the Pulse nightclub, the scene in June of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, Bloomberg News reports.
  • NBC News’ latest battleground map shows Clinton, based on the most recent polls, taking 288 electoral votes — more than the 270 needed to win — to Trump’s 174, with 76 in the tossup category.
  • A Navy sailor facing a possible prison sentence for taking classified photos inside a nuclear submarine is asking for leniency by citing the decision not to prosecute Clinton over classified information in her private emails, Politico says.
  • A Twitter battle of billionaires has broken out between anti-Trump Mark Cuban and pro-Trump Carl Icahn.
  • Trump shuns events that would bring him before black audiences, and some Republicans are concerned.
  • The daily deununciations include Ron Reagan, son of the late president, calling Trump's campaign "absurd."
  • Clinton's preparation for the Hofstra debate Sept. 26 would include a stand-in throwing Trump-esque Monica Lewinsky jibes at her, Politico reports.


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