Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Full Disclosure on Candidates’ Health - NYT

Full Disclosure on Candidates’ Health

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As President Obama’s graying hair suggests, the American presidency is perhaps the most grueling and stressful political job there is. This year, both major party candidates for that job are past the nation’s customary retirement age. And while submitting health records is not a requirement for the job, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would be doing American voters a great service by furnishing a much clearer picture of their physical health than the abbreviated and sunny reports provided so far.
What brings the health issue to mind, of course, is the video of a stumbling Mrs. Clinton being hustled away from the 9/11 memorial service in New York on Sunday. She reappeared some two hours later to say she felt great. Hours later, her doctor issued a statement saying Mrs. Clinton had been suffering from pneumonia — a diagnosis Mrs. Clinton had received two days earlier and which came as a surprise even to some members of her campaign team.
Mrs. Clinton had coughed her way through multiple appearances last week, insisting it was nothing more than “allergies,” while her campaign pushed back on reporters who noted her coughing, telling one to “get a life.”
Mrs. Clinton has released more information about her health than Mr. Trump has about his. Mr. Trump’s evaluation consists largely of a terse and bizarre report written by Dr. Harold Bornstein, his gastroenterologist, who, after a brief examination, said that if elected Mr. Trump, a self-professed fast-food addict, “will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” Mrs. Clinton’srecord, consisting mainly of a letter written by her personal physician, Dr. Lisa Bardack, on July 28, 2015, is more than a year old and, while acknowledging her problem with blood clots, could use some updating.
In recent years, presidents and presidential candidates have been more forthcoming about their health than their predecessors. Franklin D. Roosevelt, a polio survivor, was seldom photographed in his wheelchair, and in his last re-election campaign concealed the cardiovascular disease that would kill him within a year. John F. Kennedy struggled with a debilitating back injury and denied he had Addison’s disease, a serious adrenal gland disorder.
By contrast, in 1985 Ronald Reagan openly discussed the colon cancer that required doctors to remove two feet of intestine. In 2008, John McCain gave reporters access to hundreds of pages of records that ended questions about health issues, including melanoma, linked to his Vietnam-era captivity. In 2014, President Obama volunteered that he’d had a persistent sore throat checked out, and the diagnosis was acid reflux. The issue was addressed before anyone asked about it.
Now Americans are deciding between Mr. Trump, who is 70, and Mrs. Clinton, who is 68. Whoever prevails will have to deal with round-the-clock demands, so it seems entirely relevant to inquire about their medical histories and current health.
On Monday, a spokesman for Mrs. Clinton said she would release additional health information in coming days. For his part, Mr. Trump said he would make public “very, very specific” records, a remarkable promise coming from someone who has resolutely stonewalled on his tax returns. Should both candidates honor these pledges, and provide plenty of detail, the winners will be the voters.
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As a psychiatrist, I diagnose mental illness. Also, I help spot demonic ... - Washington Post

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As a psychiatrist, I diagnose mental illness. Also, I help spot demonic ...
Washington Post
In the late 1980s, I was introduced to a self-styled Satanic high priestess. She called herself a witch and dressed the part, with flowing dark clothes and black eye ...

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The American Psychiatric Association issues a warning: No psychoanalyzing Donald Trump - Washington Post

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The American Psychiatric Association issues a warning: No psychoanalyzing Donald Trump
Washington Post
Donald Trump had a very bad week — so bad that some were asking whether something was wrong with him. Like, really wrong. "We're asking ourselves — I didn't say this, but this is what everybody is saying: Is Donald Trump a sociopath?" MSNBC host Joe ...
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Terror Case Highlights Mental-Health Issues Among Suspected ISIS Recruits - Wall Street Journal

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Terror Case Highlights Mental-Health Issues Among Suspected ISIS Recruits
Wall Street Journal
A federal judge in Kansas is set to decide whether a man with developmental disabilities should go to prison for lending $100 to somebody he believed was planning to attack U.S. soldiers on behalf of Islamic State, a case that highlights the growing ...

'They can't come in here and do that to my country': Meet the kids most affected by 9/11 - PennLive.com

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'They can't come in here and do that to my country': Meet the kids most affected by 9/11
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While heroes emerged from the rubble in New York and Washington, D.C., and a group of brave passengers turned "Let's roll" into a national mantra after bringing down a hijacked plane in Shanksville, these children watched and were affected in different ...

The Trump phenomenon | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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The Trump phenomenon | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Most Americans do not understand the Donald Trump phenomenon. How could someone who says what he has said win the Republican nomination? How can ...

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Trump phenomenon - Calcutta Telegraph

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Trump phenomenon
Calcutta Telegraph
Left and liberal circles rightly see Donald Trump as a fascist who will stop at nothing, will have no scruples of any sort, will resort to any kind of untruth, to create animosity among the white majority in the United States of America towards ...

Alexei Bayer: New York origins of the Trump phenomenon - Kyiv Post

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Alexei Bayer: New York origins of the Trump phenomenon
Kyiv Post
Much has been written about the complicity of the Republican Party in the creation of Dr. Frankenstein's monster that is Donald Trump. The Republicans' obstructionism in Congress, constant hate-mongering, implicit racism of their across-the-boards ...

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A Resurgence Of 'Redneck' Pride, Marked By Race, Class And ... - NPR

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A Resurgence Of 'Redneck' Pride, Marked By Race, Class And ...
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The media have used a variety of epithets to describe white working-class Trump supporters. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says these terms embody the class ...

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Trump's Middle-Class Army | Jacobin - Jacobin magazine

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Trump's Middle-Class Army | Jacobin
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Certainly a number of contingent factors helped propel him to the top of the Republican ticket: the GOP establishment failed to correctly grasp the mood of the ...

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What do Trump supporters see in their candidate? - CBS News

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What do Trump supporters see in their candidate?
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Part of the Trump phenomenon derives from fame -- reality-TV sizzle (“You're fired!”) ... a kind of low-brow celebrity for which former President Ronald Reagan was once derided. The comparisons crop up frequently, even though Trump supporters can't ...
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Do Ideas Still Matter in the Year of Trump (and Clinton)? - POLITICO Magazine

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Do Ideas Still Matter in the Year of Trump (and Clinton)?
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You could argue the Trump phenomenon is partly about immigration and globalization, which is true in the sense that The Celebrity Apprentice was partly about issues in the workplace. But it's missing the point of the spectacle. The Trump phenomenon is ...

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Pat Buchanan - Politico

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Pat Buchanan
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People often wonder where the Donald Trump phenomenon really came from. Pat Buchanan is a pretty good place to start. Buchanan, a former adviser to Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, became a broadcast celebrity and then a Republican ...

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Hillary Clinton's charisma deficit is a common problem for female leaders - Quartz

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Hillary Clinton's charisma deficit is a common problem for female leaders
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Hillary Clinton may be, in the words of Barack Obama, the “most qualified candidate” to ever to seek the presidency, but it's now commonplace to suggest her leadership leaves something wanting. The Guardian notes that she “lacks authenticity and the ...

Are charismatic people better leaders? - TODAYonline

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Are charismatic people better leaders?
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Charisma doesn't necessarily define success as a leaderLeadership is a mixture of traits: ability to inspire, to delegate, to communicate and most importantly, to persevere when things go wrong. To bring everyone back to everything that we are doing ...

Psychiatrists Reminded To Refrain From Armchair Analysis Of Public Figures - WBEZ

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Psychiatrists Reminded To Refrain From Armchair Analysis Of Public Figures
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But many also feel that even in the absence of a diagnosis, the more general psychological interpretations common to cable news and other media outlets — not under the rubric of theGoldwater Rule, psychologists show up with exceptional frequency as ...

Opinion: Donald Trump is crazy, but (probably) not insane - LA Times - Los Angeles Times

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Opinion: Donald Trump is crazy, but (probably) not insane - LA Times
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Good morning. I'm Paul Thornton, The Times' letters editor, and it is Saturday. Happy Independence Day, Moldova. Here's a look back at the week in Opinion.
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Penn medical ethicists are concerned about conspiracies on Clinton's health - The Daily Pennsylvanian

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Penn medical ethicists are concerned about conspiracies on Clinton's health
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For the majority of physicians, there are no legal consequences for giving such diagnoses of patients. However ... The Goldwater Rule was implemented soon thereafter, which forbids psychiatrists from speculating about the mental health of public figures.

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The Psychiatric Question: Is It Fair to Analyze Donald Trump From ... - New York Times

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The Psychiatric Question: Is It Fair to Analyze Donald Trump From ...
New York Times
The American Psychiatric Association says such an assessment would be unethical. But many in the profession, arguing that this election is too important, are ...
A presidential campaign that is certifiably alarming - The Globe and ...The Globe and Mail

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What We Actually Know About Hillary Clinton's and Donald Trump's Health - Fortune

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What We Actually Know About Hillary Clinton's and Donald Trump's Health
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Back in 1973, the APA adopted the “Goldwater rule,” named after 1964 Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, which prohibits psychiatrists from offering opinions on people they have not personally evaluated, as the New York Times explains.
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A professional opinion: You don't need a psychiatrist to know there's something wrong with Donald Trump - Los Angeles Times

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A professional opinion: You don't need a psychiatrist to know there's something wrong with Donald Trump
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The fact that so many psychiatrists were willing to casually diagnose a person they'd never met embarrassed the profession and led to the codification of the so-called Goldwater Rule — no professional opinions on people we have not personally examined.

[Audio] Dr. Michael Bordieri on Public Diagnoses of Presidential Candidates - WKMS

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[Audio] Dr. Michael Bordieri on Public Diagnoses of Presidential Candidates
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On Sounds Good, MSU psychology professor Dr. Michael Bordieri and Tracy Ross discuss theGoldwater Rule, which largely prohibits mental health professionals from publicly diagnosing presidential candidates.

Deconstructing and Reconstructing the “Goldwater Rule” - Psychiatric Times (blog)

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Deconstructing and Reconstructing the “Goldwater Rule
Psychiatric Times (blog)
On the face of it, the statement by Dr Maria A. Oquendo, President of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), could not have been clearer: “. . . Simply put, breaking the Goldwater Rule is irresponsible, potentially stigmatizing, and definitely ...

The Real Story Behind the Goldwater Rule - Huffington Post

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The Real Story Behind the Goldwater Rule
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This embarrassing incident led to the now-famous Goldwater Rule, which bars psychiatrists from diagnosing public figures long-distance. Yet in this election cycle physicians are commenting on what they regard as one of the candidate's medical problems ...

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If You Can't Beat 'Em, Diagnose 'Em - WNYC

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If You Can't Beat 'Em, Diagnose 'Em
WNYC
The latter is cause for concern for many clinicians, as it flies in the face of the American Psychiatric Association's 40-year-old Goldwater Rule, which forbids psychiatrists from offering opinions on a person they have not personally evaluated ...

STAWAR: Is the Goldwater Rule made to be broken? - Evening News and Tribune

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STAWAR: Is the Goldwater Rule made to be broken?
Evening News and Tribune
The Goldwater Rule, however, is not law, nor is it a requirement for other mental health professionals, such as psychologists. Some professionals believe they can abide by the letter of the Goldwater Rule by simply not making a diagnosis, even if they ...

Trump Blackmailed by Putin, According to Former CIA Agent

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Evan McMullin believes that America should be much more worried about presidential candidate Donald Trump's close ties to Vladimir Putin.
The former CIA agent and former Republican is so concerned about Trump's ties to Putin that he entered the 2016 presidential election as an Independent candidate in July in an eleventh-hour bid to bring some attention to the issue.
In an interview this week with CNN, McMullin asserts that his friends in intelligence have told him that Trump's previous business activities in Russia could have implications that jeopardize his candidacy.
"Donald Trump is dependent on Russian investments from Russian oligarchs associated with Vladimir Putin for his real estate development projects."
The potential for exposure by Putin puts the strong-arm Russian president in a position to coerce Trump into appointing Russia-favoring advisors and, should he win, implementing Russia-favoring policies as president.
"Vladimir Putin is one of the primary sources of instability in this world, and the thought that we would have a Republican nominee so 'in bed' with Putin, I think is so discouraging and really a bad thing for our country," McMullin said.
Since the Commander-In-Chief forum, McMullin has been even more critical about the constant praise Trump offers Putin, pointing out how unfortunate it is that we, as a country, have to debate on whether or not it's a good thing that a major party candidate is so fond of Putin.
"He is opposed to democracy, opposed to freedom, and opposed to our interests," McMullin said of the Russian leader.
McMullin believes that some of the appointments Trump has made to his staff support his claims. Paul Manafort, who was once Trump's campaign manager, was forced to resign from his position after his ties with a former Pro-Russian president of Ukraine became public knowledge.
He says other key members of Trump's staff have financial ties to Russia, including retired General Michael Flynn, who is also employed as an analyst by RT America. RT is a Russian cable network owned by the Russian government.
Trump actually invited Flynn, an employee of a Russian government-owned business, to join him at his intelligence briefing last week.
"An American president should never have these kinds of warm views of a Russian authoritarian like Vladimir Putin," McMullin said.
Evan McMullin: former CIA agent, former Republican, and the fifth U.S. presidential candidate.
McMullin is not the only former intelligence officer to suggest that Trump is being used by Putin.
"In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation," wrote Former CIA deputy director Michael Morell in a New York Times op-ed on August 5.
"He [Trump] may well pose a threat to our national security."
CIA officers are not known for liberal leanings. When men like McMullin and Morell question the reliability and loyalty of a major presidential candidate, it might be time for America to listen.
Evan McMullin is now either on the ballot or approved as a write-in in 20 U.S. States.
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Hillary Clinton leaves 9/11 ceremony after 'feeling overheated'

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  • Democratic nominee leaves Ground Zero site for daughter’s apartment
  • Campaign spokesman says Clinton is ‘feeling much better’
Hillary Clinton left the 9/11 memorial ceremony in downtown Manhattan early on Sunday because she “felt overheated”, a campaign spokesperson said, after the Democratic presidential nominee left the anniversary ceremony in downtown New York.
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Fifteen Years Since 9/11: The Foreign Policy Impact

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Since 9/11, America’s standing in the world has fallen to dangerously low levels, with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan contributing significantly to this decline. On the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Cato looks back at the legacy of 9/11 on U.S. foreign policy, and offers much-needed debate over our country’s global choices.
      

Op-Ed Contributor: Anti-Semitism and the British Left

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Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party has alienated Britain’s Jews.