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Summary: In the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump’s narcissism is not the main issue; his narcissism score is identical to Hillary Clinton’s. The key difference between Trump and Clinton is their score on extraversion, elevated to near-histrionic levels in the case of Trump (and absent in Clinton), which accounts for Trump’s impulsiveness and lack of discipline in contrast to Clinton’s self-restraint, discipline, and prudence.

Summary: A psychological analysis (conducted summer 2015) of real estate mogul and television celebrity Donald Trump — a contender for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election — by Hannah Hoppe and Aubrey Immelman, Ph.D., at the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics, revealed that Trump’s predominant personality pattern is Ambitious/self-serving (a measure of narcissism) with secondary features of the Dominant/controlling and Outgoing/gregarious patterns — a personality composite best characterized as a “high-dominance charismatic.”

Summary: Despite U.S. reports of progress on the battlefield, American troops were killed at the same pace in the first half of 2011 as in the first six months of 2010 — an indication that the war’s toll on U.S. forces has not eased, even as the Obama administration moves to shift more of the burden of war to the Afghans. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 2, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that Taliban suicide attackers stormed a four-story house used by the U.S. Agency for International Development in Kunduz, north Afghanistan, killing four people before succumbing in a fierce, five-hour gunbattle with Afghan security forces.

Summary: President Barack Obama’s June 22, 2011 speech to the nation made it abundantly clear that the commander-in-chief is determined to end the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan, irrespective of “conditions on the ground” and without “benchmarks of success” or the other classical wartime caveats and equivocations. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on June 25, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that legislators or candidates in nearly 20 states were pushing for tougher anti-illegal immigration measures similar to Arizona’s sweeping new immigration law.