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    Republicans are rushing to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the high court because they know they’re going to lose this November. If they were on track to victory, or if the politics of a Supreme Court opening favored them, they would wait. But neither is the case, and their actions betray their rank fear. Not that they don’t have reason to fear. In 2018, they thought the contentious confirmation hearings over Brett Kavanaugh would bail them out during the midterm elections. Instead, as Civiqs polling at the time shows, it sealed their defeat. Here’s the generic congressional ballot chart for the 12 months leading into the 2018 midterm elections. (Civiqs) At the time of the Kavanaugh confirmation, Democrats had a 48-43 advantage in the generic congressional ballot. On Election Day, Civiqs had the race at 50-44. When the ballots were counted and the “unsure” made their decision,...
    We fight to secure the America RGB fought for. Republicans are rushing to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the high court because they know they’re going to lose this November. If they were on track to victory, or if the politics of a Supreme Court opening favored them, they would wait. But neither is the case, and their actions betray their rank fear.  Not that they don’t have reason to fear. In 2018, they thought the contentious confirmation hearings over Brett Kavanaugh would bail them out during the midterm elections. Instead, as Civiqs polling at the time shows, it sealed their defeat.  Here’s the generic congressional ballot chart for the 12 months leading into the 2018 midterm elections.  (Civiqs) At the time of the Kavanaugh confirmation, Democrats had a 48-43 advantage in the generic congressional ballot. On Election Day, Civiqs had the race at 50-44....
    GOP Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Conventional wisdom for the past several decades in Washington has decreed that the Supreme Court is a more animating issue for conservative activists and therefore also more electorally potent for Republicans. You can throw that all out the window because whatever merits the argument may have had a decade ago certainly don't apply now—not even close. In fact, let's take a look at several different factors at play in the upcoming battle over filling the seat left by “notorious” Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and how they’re likely to effect the election. First of all, remember that people are already voting. In fact, Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day (goto: iwillvote.com), and Democratic voters, who have been building a sizable lead in early voting, can register their disgust over Senate Republicans' rank hypocrisy in real time.  But in terms of whether the Supreme Court is motivating Democratic voters, where public opinion stands on the...
    Cody Fenwick September 22, 2020 2:44AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is in a tough fight for re-election, and it just got tougher. Known for her relative independence historically, Collins' once soaring popularity has plummeted in her home state as she has been tied ever-closer to President Donald Trump, who is not popular with Maine voters. Her standing in the state seems to have been especially hurt by her support for the extremely controversial Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his 2018 nomination to the Supreme Court. : The last thing she would have wanted to do in the run-up to her re-election is wade into another Supreme Court battle, but that's where she finds herself. While the fight may help some Republican senators at risk in red states like Montana, it creates an impossible choice for Collins. If she supports the president's nominee...
    You’ve been warned, New York — so you’ll only have yourselves to blame if the local branch of the Democratic Socialists of America pulls off its plan to gain working control of the City Council and state Legislature. And then slashes the NYPD’s budget another 50 percent, guaranteeing an even bigger crime wave. While actively working to bankrupt landlords across the city and have the government buy up homes, so that everyone gets to learn what NYCHA tenants have to put up with. Oh, and also “taxes the rich” statewide, accelerating the flight of New York’s tax base. see also Every tool at our disposal: AOC, Schumer urge unprecedented action over Supreme Court Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined forces in... The 13-page draft “tasks and perspectives” strategic plan is a mix of hard-headed tactical planning and hard-left policy goals. It aims to exploit the large...
    Can I vent a little? Thanks. It’s become almost conventional wisdom among liberals these days that the US Senate is flagrantly unfair and undemocratic because of its built-in bias toward Republicans. Why, Republicans control the Senate with seats that represent less than half of all Americans! It’s become something of an all-purpose excuse for Democratic losses of the past few years, and it needs to stop. First off, here’s a chart showing control of the Senate since World War II: Over the past 75 years, Democrats have controlled the Senate 24 times compared to 13 for Republicans. But wait. Most of that is ancient history. How about counting since 1980? Then it’s 11 to 9 in favor of Republicans. But wait again! Really, we should count since the Gingrich Revolution delivered the South fully into the hands of Republicans. If we do that, it’s 8 to 5 in favor...
    The recent chorus of Democratic Party leaders lining up to denounce President Donald Trump’s climate science denial is deafening. As the West Coast of the United States burns relentlessly, taking lives and land, spewing ash and smoke, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden denounced Trump’s refusal to acknowledge climate science, saying in a speech, “If you give a climate arsonist four more years in the White House, why would anyone be surprised if we have more of America ablaze?” He added, referencing hurricanes on the Gulf Coast, “If you give a climate denier four more years in the White House, why would anyone be surprised when more of America is underwater?” California Governor Gavin Newsom during his meeting with Trump was more polite, saying, “climate change is real and that is exacerbating” the fires. Newsom’s predecessor, former Governor Jerry Brown, told the New York Times, “we have a global crisis that has been mounting and the...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said Democrats can't be satisfied and complacent even if Joe Biden wins the presidency, because simply winning the election won't accomplish all they desire, according to the New York Post. Ocasio-Cortez, who endorsed democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the Democratic presidential primary, supports Biden as the nominee, but urged Democrats not to think a Biden presidency would be enough to return things to politics as usual. From the Post:"After we work to command victory in November, I need folks to realize that there's no going back to brunch," Ocasio-Cortez said in an Instagram video marking the death of liberal US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday — and referring to the need for Democratic Party stalwarts not to get complacent over any potential White House win."We have a whole new world to build. We cannot accept going back to the way...
    (CNN)The battle for control of the United States Senate assumed fresh urgency Friday following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, drawing more intense scrutiny to several competitive down-ballot contests whose outcomes could have long-lasting consequences for all three branches of government.For President Donald Trump, the vacancy offers an opportunity to further reshape the court and bolster his legacy by installing a third conservative justice during his first term in office.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is up for reelection this November, has vowed to give the President's eventual nominee a vote, ensuring the showdown on the chamber's floor will extend to the campaign trail this fall.Balance of power Republicans enter the election on November 3 holding a narrow three-seat majority in the Senate. Democrats need a net gain of four seats to win a majority in the Senate, but can take control by picking up three seats...
    Monday morning, September 21 on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” host Joe Scarborough — a former Republican congressman and blistering critic of President Donald Trump — argued that the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, September 18 was a “nightmare” for Republican senators seeking reelection because Democrats will be campaigning on the future of the U.S. Supreme Court and the strong possibility that a Trump nominee would vote to abolish the Affordable Care Act of 2010, a.k.a. Obamacare. Ginsburg’s death and the battle for her seat, as Scarborough sees it, is a huge motivator for Democrats and will only make things worse for struggling incumbent senators like Maine’s Susan Collins, Colorado’s Cory Gardner and Arizona’s Martha McSally. To be sure, Democratic fundraising enjoyed a major surge following RBG’s death, and journalist Lissandra Villa discusses the passion that the Supreme Court battle is bringing out in Democrats in an article published...
            by Peter Hasson  Prominent Democrats are threatening to expand the size of the Supreme Court to cancel out President Donald Trump’s court picks if Republicans vote on late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement this year. Left-wing activists have been pushing Democratic politicians to endorse court-packing since Justice Anthony Kennedy’s 2018 retirement cleared the way for Justice Brett Kavanaugh to join the high court. Some congressional Democrats embraced the idea following Ginsburg’s death Friday night. “If Sen. McConnell and @SenateGOP were to force through a nominee during the lame duck session—before a new Senate and President can take office—then the incoming Senate should immediately move to expand the Supreme Court,” House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler wrote on Twitter Saturday. “Filling the SCOTUS vacancy during a lame duck session, after the American people have voted for new leadership, is undemocratic and a clear violation of the public trust in elected...
    (CNN)Democrat Joe Biden's campaign and aligned Democratic Party committees entered September and the fall sprint to Election Day with $466 million in cash reserves -- giving the former vice president a significant financial advantage over President Donald Trump.Team Biden's cash position, released by his campaign Sunday night, puts the Democratic nominee and his party about $141 million ahead of Trump's political operation. It represents a sharp reversal from the opening months of the general election when Trump enjoyed a formidable financial lead.The New York Times first reported Biden's cash stockpile.Heavy spending by Trump and record-breaking fundraising by Biden and his allies in August as he added California Sen. Kamala Harris to the ticket helped Democrats overtake the President and the Republican National Committee.Trump and his joint operation with Republicans started September with $325 million in its cash stockpile, Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh announced on Twitter late last week.Read MoreThis...
    (CNN)The full political impact of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death on Friday and Donald Trump's rush to fill her Supreme Court seat has yet to emerge. But if you don't think these events have the potential to energize Democrats to possibly record election turnouts in November, you probably haven't seen what's going in the Democratic base. Dean ObeidallahHere are two facts every discussion on this topic must include -- as I've heard firsthand from listeners who call my nightly SiriusXM radio show. One, how much Trump is utterly despised by Democrats. Two, how much that same base loves Ginsburg, a global icon affectionately referred to as RBG.The Democratic response so far should terrify Trump and GOP Senate candidates up for election this year. Democrats have already begun channeling their pain at losing RBG into action, pouring a record-breaking number of donations to Democratic candidates and causes via the online fundraising...
    Way back in April, which is like 237 years ago in COVID time, I wrote about the importance of Omaha, Nebraska, this presidential season. I came up with four plausible 269-269 Electoral College maps, making this rare single-electoral vote district critically important to Democratic efforts this fall. Now, it’s official. FLASH: The Biden campaign is going up on TV in the Omaha, NE DMA. Start date is tomorrow, 9/15 — Medium Buying (@MediumBuying) September 14, 2020 This isn’t the only Democratic spending in the state, given a competitive House race in the district. The House Majority PAC, the official super PAC of House Democrats, has reserved $900,000, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the official party committee of those same House Democrats, has reserved another $520,000. That $1.4 million is a lot of money for Nebraska TV. Cash-poor House Republicans have reserved $650,000 themselves. This year, we’re currently seeing a dramatic national shift toward Democratic...
    CBS4 Political Specialist Shaun Boyd sat down to talk with our political analysts Democrat Mike Dino and Republican Dick Wadhams about a new Sen. Cory Gardner television ad in which he defends his position on protections for people with pre-existing health conditions. The group also discussed the new effort to recall Gov. Jared Polis. Mike Dino is a Democratic government affairs expert with more than 30 years of experience. He was the CEO of the 2008 Democratic National Convention Host Committee where President Obama received his historic nomination. Dino also served as the executive director of Denver’s Task Force for the 1997 Summit of the Eight. Dick Wadhams is Republican political consultant who has worked with former Colorado Senator Wayne Allard and former Colorado Governor Bill Owens. He also worked on John Thune’s upset victor over then United States Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle in South Dakota. Wadhams was elected...
    Loading the player... In just the hour after the news broke of the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, $6.2 million in donations poured into ActBlue, a democratic fund-raising platform.  This was the highest amount raised in an hour in the site’s 16 year existence. via ActBlue social media Donors reached even deeper into their pockets during the next hour. Donations during the 10 p.m. hour garnered $6.3 million – more that $100,000 per minute.  Read More: DNC receives thousands of $19.08 donations in honor of AKA As of noon on Saturday, donations on ActBlue for Democratic Causes and Campaigns surpassed $50 million. According to the New York Times, before that, the largest fundraising hour was on Aug. 20, when presidential candidate Joe Biden spoke on the final night of the Democratic National Convention.  ActBlue says $4.3 million in donations were processed then.  Congratulations to the IT team at...
    The October Surprise came early this year — but so far, at least, Joe Biden's campaign isn't worried. The Democratic presidential campaign is not yet making any bold moves regarding the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, believing it's still too soon to discuss tactics in the wake of her surprise death Friday night and that the focus and pressure should be on Republicans and what they might to next. At 8:30 a.m. Saturday, the campaign declared a "full lid," signaling there would be no public events or statements made by the former Vice President, who is at home in Delaware.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox That may seem odd or misguided at a moment of potential political peril for Democrats, but aides say it's consistent with how they've operated for more than 18 months — a span that has resulted with them in a...
    You’ve probably heard of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but you may not have heard of Derek Kilmer. Kilmer grew up in a timber region in Washington state that had seen many of its logging jobs disappear. First at Princeton, then getting a Ph.D. at Oxford, he studied how towns recover from deindustrialization. He went back home to help his community recover economically and now represents that community in Congress. Kilmer is the chairman of the largest ideological group among House Democrats, the New Democrat Coalition. The New Democrat Coalition is a caucus for moderate and center-left House Democrats. It has 103 House members, of whom 42 are the up-and-coming freshmen who brought the Democrats their majority. Its self-declared priorities are “pro-economic growth,” “pro-innovation” and “fiscal responsibility.” You may not have heard of Kilmer or even the New Democrat Coalition. The media wing of the Republican Party wants to pretend that AOC, the...
    Progressive activists call on the Senate to demand opposition to his Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.Erik McGregor/Sipa via AP Images For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.When news broke Friday evening that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died, hardly an hour had passed before Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced his intentions to confirm her replacement before the end of President Donald Trump’s first—and perhaps last—term. There’s a good chance McConnell will get his way: He controls the Senate’s agenda. There are 53 Republican senators, and in 2017, McConnell changed Senate rules to lower the threshold of votes required to confirm a Supreme Court justice to a simple majority of 51. And if he does succeed in putting a third Trump nominee on the court, the circumstances could be disastrous for would-be President Joe Biden, who...
    BOSTON (CBS) — “Throughout her life, Justice Ginsburg fought for women’s rights, reproductive rights, and a more just and fair society,” tweeted Sara Gideon, the Democrat challenging GOP Sen. Susan Collins in Maine. “Let us continue that fight in her memory.” Gideon didn’t mention the bitter political battle that will now ensue as Republicans try to ram through Ginsburg’s successor before President Trump – should he lose in November – leaves office. She didn’t have to. Collins is already struggling to dilute the political backlash from her 2018 vote to confirm controversial Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. And while Republican leaders believe they’ve been handed a golden opportunity to excite their base, raise money, divert attention from their role in the coronavirus debacle, and thus avert electoral disaster, Justice Ginsburg’s passing might well have the opposite effect. This New York Times review of the political fallout from Kavanaugh’s 2018 odyssey,...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A presidential campaign that was already tugging at the nation’s most searing divides has been jolted by the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, potentially reshaping the election at a moment when some Americans were beginning to cast ballots. For months, the contest has largely centered on President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus, the biggest public health crisis in a century that has badly damaged his prospects for reelection as the U.S. death toll nears 200,000 people. But in a flash, Ginsburg’s death on Friday added new weight to the election, with the potential that Trump or his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, could pick a successor who could decide abortion access, environmental regulations and the power of the presidency for a generation. With early voting underway in five states and Election Day just over six weeks away, Democrats and Republicans were largely unified...
    By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A presidential campaign that was already tugging at the nation’s most searing divides has been jolted by the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, potentially reshaping the election at a moment when some Americans were beginning to cast ballots. For months, the contest has largely centered on President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus, the biggest public health crisis in a century that has badly damaged his prospects for reelection as the U.S. death toll nears 200,000 people. But in a flash, Ginsburg's death on Friday added new weight to the election, with the potential that Trump or his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, could pick a successor who could decide abortion access, environmental regulations and the power of the presidency for a generation. With early voting underway in five states and Election Day just over six weeks away, Democrats...
    NEW YORK – A presidential campaign that was already tugging at the nation’s most searing divides has been jolted by the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, potentially reshaping the election at a moment when some Americans were beginning to cast ballots. For months, the contest has largely centered on President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus, the biggest public health crisis in a century that has badly damaged his prospects for reelection as the U.S. death toll nears 200,000 people. But in a flash, Ginsburg's death on Friday added new weight to the election, with the potential that Trump or his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, could pick a successor who could decide abortion access, environmental regulations and the power of the presidency for a generation. With early voting underway in five states and Election Day just over six weeks away, Democrats and Republicans were largely unified late...
    Keep that bright light shining on him, Democrats. House Democrats are not exactly presenting profiles in courage these days, generally putting the impetus for stopping Donald Trump on voters. Well, gang, we're all exhausted. But you can't just count on voters to bail you out. There's real impetus against Trump right now, yes, but motivating people to vote for something is just as important. It's important because it sets up the momentum for a Joe Biden/Kamala Harris administration to jump in full throttle in January. It's also important because they're letting Team Trump get away with murder, literally and figuratively. Some investigations into the cozy deals Clown Prince Jared has been making using taxpayers’ dollars to fight the coronavirus would be one place to start. Attorney General William Barr's systematic dismantling of the rule of law is a pretty important one, too. So is enforcing the House's own subpoena power over Trump...
    After defeating GOP darling and Trump ally Scott Walker in 2018, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers's victory was viewed as a sign of what's to come for Democrats: taking back the White House in 2020. As the crucial swing state continues dealing with the fallout of rioting and protests after the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, some Democrats see Evers's response and leadership as a potential pathway for another Trump victory. Terry Rose, a county supervisor and former Democratic Party chairman of Kenosha County, told Politico he believes Evers lacks a "forceful personality" and doesn't promote the leadership needed at the moment. Rose said Evers's response to rioting came too late, and that's something that might prompt residents, even in liberal-leaning Kenosha, to reconsider when they go to the polls in November. "He made a grave, strategic error," Rose said. "They were allowed to run rampant and burn and...
    Joe Biden brands himself as a centrist Democrat, but Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a socialist, thinks that the left flank of the Democratic Party can push him in a more progressive direction. "Overall, we can likely push Vice President Biden in a more progressive direction across policy issues," Ocasio-Cortez told a reporter. "I think foreign policy is an enormous area where we can improve. Immigration is another one. Criminal justice is another area where we can pursue a lot of progressive direction, you know? There are some areas where we just fundamentally disagree, but that's OK.” The freshman representative endorsed socialist Bernie Sanders during the Democratic presidential primary and is an ardent supporter of policies such as "Medicare for all" and the "Green New Deal." However, she has vowed to cast her ballot for the former Delaware senator in November. In May, Biden appointed Ocasio-Cortez to his campaign climate...
    Some people simply detest Donald Trump.  A handful of those people, current and former Republicans, have formed a high-profile group dedicated to ousting the President and his congressional allies. They may honestly think they’re doing the “right thing,” but their efforts threaten to hobble the GOP and undermine everything Republicans hold dear. These Never Trumpers believe a Democratic sweep in November will cleanse the Republican Party and lead to its resurgence in the 2022 midterm elections. They’re wrong. Consider the Senate.  If Democrats win a net of four seats in November — certainly a possibility — to capture a modest 51-49 Senate majority, Republicans would need to win two seats in 2022 to reclaim control. But, to do that, Republicans would need to hold all 22 of their Senate seats up in 2022 and win two of the twelve Democratic-held Senate seats on the ballot that year. Few, if any, of the twelve Democratic-held...
    Donald Trump offered Julian Assange a 'win-win' deal to avoid extradition if he disclosed the source behind leaked Democratic party emails, a court heard today. Jennifer Robinson, one the lawyer's representing the WikiLeaks founder, said Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Trump associate Charles Johnson acted as conduits for the President to tout an arrangement. They said Assange, 49, would be left alone to 'get on with his life' if he revealed the DNC hacking source, which was of 'value' to Mr Trump, Ms Robinson claimed. Assange is fighting extradition to the US following the leaks of hundreds of thousands of classified documents in 2010 and 2011. At his extradition hearing at the Old Bailey today, Ms Robinson made a statement in which she recalled a meeting with the pair on August 15, 2017 at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where Assange was holed up until being turfed out last year....
    Oregon state Sen. Shemia Fagan (D) Leading Off ● WA-SoS, OR-SoS: Democrats are looking to flip two secretary of state offices in the Pacific Northwest this fall, and both of Team Blue's candidates have been outraising their Republican rivals in these critical but often overlooked races. We’ll start with Oregon, where we have an open seat contest between two state senators, Democrat Shemia Fagan and Republican Kim Thatcher, for an office that Team Red flipped in 2016. Dennis Richardson, who had been the Republican nominee for governor in 2014, won this post 48-43, but he died in office last year. State law requires appointees to be members of the same party as the deceased office-holder, prompting Democratic Gov. Kate Brown to chose Republican Bev Clarno after she agreed not to seek a full term this year. Campaign Action Unusually, Oregon gives the public access to campaign financial activity in almost...
    https://siteeditor.abcotvs.com/SiteEditor/index.htm#Joe Biden went after President Donald Trump again and again over his handling of COVID-19 at a CNN drive-in town hall crowd Thursday night in Moosic, outside his hometown of Scranton.The Democratic presidential nominee faced a half-dozen questions about the coronavirus and a potential vaccine in the town hall from moderator Anderson Cooper and audience members.ABC News fact-checked what Biden said during the town hall event. Click here for the original ABC News report.EMBED More News Videos Joe Biden fielded questions during CNN town hall in Pennsylvania on September 17, 2020. Biden misstated attorney general's comment on slavery, lockdownsBiden's claim: Former Vice President Joe Biden was asked by CNN's Anderson Cooper to respond to those "who say it's individual liberty to not wear a mask." Biden said, "Well let me tell you something. You know I -- What Bill Barr recently said is outrageous. That it's like slavery. You're taking...
    Reuters September 18, 2020 0 Comments Democrats will defend their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in November elections, in which about one in 10 of the chamber’s 435 seats will be the goal of a competitive race, according to nonpartisan tracking services. Of the 43 races considered competitive, 22 currently have a Republican incumbent, 20 have a Democratic incumbent and one has an independent: ARIZONA’S 6TH DISTRICT Representative David Schweikert, a conservative Republican whom the House recently reprimanded for misuse of campaign funds, faces a challenge from Democrat Hiral Tiperneni, a doctor and cancer researcher. CALIFORNIA’S 21ST DISTRICT Representative T.J. Cox, a Democrat, has a rematch with former Congressman David Valadao, whom Cox ousted two years ago by just 862 votes. CALIFORNIA’S 25TH DISTRICT Republican Representative Mike Garcia, a former fighter pilot, defends the seat he won in a May special election in a rematch with Democrat...
    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden spoke Thursday (REUTERS) Joe Biden Trump’s administration lamented America’s “lost” freedoms on Thursday in response to the corona virus attack, saying it was “completely, utterly, irresponsible” and “criminal”, with the country’s death toll approaching 200,000. In a townhall appearance on CNN, the Democratic presidential candidate called on his election opponent to step down, and said, “Guys want Trump, Who inherited everything, and then “snatched what they got”. The couple goes to war as US President Mr Biden is attacked in a series of wild Twitter posts. Minnesota Friday, 47 days until the election. Take a moment to load our live blog Show the latest update 1600415554Biden calls on Trump to step down in response to the ‘criminal’ corona virus Joe Biden lamented the “lost” freedoms of the United States on Thursday in response to the Trump administration’s corona virus attack, calling it “absolute, completely...
    Go ahead and readjust those specs, Mitch—it won't change the Senate map. GOP leader Mitch McConnell, supposed master of the Senate, has a new campaign message, according to The Hill.  "I think the American people should know what it means if the Senate shifts control,” McConnell warned Tuesday from the Senate floor: “Eliminating the filibuster, D.C. statehood, Puerto Rican statehood and packing the courts. That's what you get if you change the Senate.” But of all those things, what's keeping McConnell up at night is the prospect that Democrats could retake control of the chamber in November—a real possibility—and scrap the 60-vote threshold McConnell used at unprecedented levels during the Obama administration to jam his agenda. Naturally, McConnell thinks his personal sleep deprivation is being replicated across a country with among the highest rates of coronavirus transmission and deaths in the world. Sounds a tad out of touch, no? That's what happens you're...
    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray testifies before the House Homeland Security Committee during a hearing about 'worldwide threats to the homeland' in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 17, 2020.Chip Somodevilla | Pool | Reuters WASHINGTON — FBI Director Christopher Wray warned lawmakers Thursday that Russia is actively interfering in the upcoming U.S. presidential election by spreading misinformation about Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Wray described Russian efforts as a "steady drumbeat of misinformation" that he said could undercut American voters' confidence in the democratic process.  "I think the intelligence community's consensus is that Russia continues to try to influence our elections," Wray told the Democratic-led House of Representatives' Homeland Security Committee, adding that the FBI found similarities in Russian behavior against the backdrop of the 2016 election.  U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow acted to undermine then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in...
    Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris got rave reviews for her boots after stepping out to tour wildfire-ravaged California — the same boots that once drew a firestorm of criticism for First Lady Melania Trump. Harris has spent most of her time on the campaign trail in a pair of iconic Converse Chuck Taylors — a fashion choice that has also sparked praise for the California Senator. (RELATED: Leo Terrell Blasts Kamala Harris For Failing To Visit Ambushed Police Officers) The Democratic vice presidential candidate really loves a good pair of Chuck Taylor All-Stars. https://t.co/QDiDZjE1fL — HuffPost (@HuffPost) September 14, 2020 “It’s not easy to climb the hills of San Francisco in heels. Her Chucks are an appropriate choice that weave her personal style with her environment.” https://t.co/jnfgPb3MBn — ELLE Magazine (US) (@ELLEmagazine) September 17, 2020 But when Harris stepped out to tour wildfire damage with Democratic Governor...
    Pete Buttigieg announced Thursday that Win the Era is endorsing 28 candidates running for office in federal and state governments across the country. This is the PAC’s latest set of endorsements for the 2020 cycle, which aim to ‘build the bench of the Democratic Party’ by endorsing candidates identified by the group as next generation leaders, candidates running historic and trailblazing campaigns, and candidates who are making inroads in traditionally red states or districts. Among those endorsed Thursday is Raphael Warnock, Democratic candidate in the 21-candidate primary race to fill the unexpired term of Senator Johnny Isakson. The seat is currently held by Senator Kelly Loeffler. Also on the list is Democratic Party of Georgia Chair Nikema Williams, who is seeking the 5th District Congressional seat left vacant by the late-Congressman John Lewis. “I’m excited to announce our latest slate...
    President Donald's Trump has come under fire from critics who blasted him for crassly describing the deaths of Americans using the political terminology of red states and blue states.  Trump made the comment while at a White House press conference Wednesday while pointing at a chart showing U.S. coronavirus deaths – about to hit 200,000 – compared to modeling showing they could have hit more than 2 million if the U.S. took no action.  'We're down in this territory, and that's despite the fact that the blue states had tremendous death rates,' Trump said, pointing to a chart. 'If you take the blue states out, we’re at a level that I don’t think anybody in the world would be at, we’re really at a very low level,' President Donald Trump said at the White House Wednesday speaking about the coronavirus 'If you take the blue states out, we’re at...
    Ed Buck's former friends have revealed how the Democratic donor became addicted to drugs and detailed his love of black men ahead of a court appearance over two deaths at his West Hollywood apartment.  The Democratic donor has pleaded not guilty to distributing methamphetamine resulting in the deaths of Timothy Dean in January 2019 and Gemmel Moore in 2017. Federal prosecutors say Buck, 65, preyed on vulnerable gay men and pressured them to let him inject them with drugs as part of a sexual ritual. Buck is also charged with providing meth to three more men, including one who overdosed. Now former acquaintances and friends have detailed how Buck's personality changed after he got addicted to drugs. The activist who obtained Moore's diary has also shared the journal for the first time with a New York Times reporter.  One former friend, known only as M, told the paper Buck had told M.'s then...
    Democratic socialist and "squad" member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) believes the far left of the Democratic Party will be able to push former Vice President Joe Biden to enact some of their preferred polices, should the Democrats win the presidency. Ocasio-Cortez, who supported Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the Democratic primary, told JustTheNews reporter Nick Ballasy she agrees with Sanders' reported concerns that Joe Biden is not progressive enough for the modern left. "Of course I do," Ocasio-Cortez said. "We're different people, and clearly I, in the primary, one of the reasons why I was supportive of Sen. Sanders was because of how progressive his stances are, but, you know, the primaries are over, and right now what is most important is to make sure that we ensure a Democratic victory in November and that we continue to push Vice President Biden on issues from marijuana to...
    Illinois Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzer sounded the "alarm" Tuesday regarding the possibility that Illinois may have to cut 5% from its budget next year, which he described as a "nightmare scenario." He also pleaded with the federal government for a bailout package to help avert such a "nightmare." "Until Republicans in Washington decide otherwise, middle class, working class and poor families across our state and across the nation will likely suffer from cuts to public safety, education, human services and environmental safety — and the potential layoffs will make the economic recession worse," Pritzker said. "I can promise you that, for everyone and anyone who got into public service who actually wants to serve the public, this is a nightmare scenario." Meanwhile, Illinois Republicans had little sympathy for Pritzker's pleas, saying that they warned Pritzker months ago that the state's revenues, which are anticipated to reach only $37...
    Moderate Democrats, especially those in swing districts, have been pressuring House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to pass another coronavirus relief bill, signaling that blaming the Senate Republicans and the White House for the inaction isn't flying back home with their constituents who need help. One of the boldest efforts of revolt came Tuesday when the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus revealed their $1.5 trillion coronavirus relief plan, with 25 Democrats breaking with their leadership and joining 25 Republicans on a compromise plan. Rep. Max Rose, D-N.Y., was among the backers of the plan and said his frustration with leadership's failure to make a deal pales in comparison to the frustration of his constituents needing help. It's been four months since the House passed its $3 trillion HEROES Act -- which died in the GOP-led Senate -- and now Rose and fellow frontline Democrats have been urging House leadership to put another bill on the floor that could actually become...
    Pennsylvania — which Democratic strategist James Carville famously described as Philadelphia in the east, Pittsburgh in the west and Alabama in between — is among the swing states that could decide whether President Donald Trump wins a second term or former Vice President Joe Biden is inaugurated in January 2021. And pundit Nathaniel Rakich, in an article published by pollster Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight website on September 15, explains why Pennsylvania is such a make-or-break state in 2020’s presidential election. “Right now, Pennsylvania looks like the single most important state of the 2020 election,” Rakich explains. “According to FiveThirtyEight’s presidential forecast, Pennsylvania is by far the likeliest state to provide either President Trump or Joe Biden with the decisive vote in the Electoral College: it has a 31% chance of being the tipping-point state. That’s what happens when you take one of the most evenly divided states in the union and...
    CEO and chairman of casino company Las Vegas Sands Sheldon Adelson (L) listens as US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at a Keep America Great rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 21, 2020.Jim Watson | AFP | Getty Images Casino magnate and Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson is plotting a spending blitz to support President Donald Trump with just under 50 days to go until Election Day, CNBC has learned.  Adelson, the CEO of Las Vegas Sands, is looking to spend anything from around $20 million to upwards of $50 million in a last ditch effort to help Trump overcome Joe Biden, according to people familiar with the matter. Most of the sum is expected to go toward the new pro-Trump super PAC Preserve America, these people added. Other organizations, including the campaign, the Republican National Committee and groups helping Republicans in Congress, could also see some of Adelson's money...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday called President Trump "foolish" for his comments on the candidate's mental acuity and unfounded claims suggesting that Biden is taking performance-enhancing drugs, as some pundits are warning that Trump might be lowering expectations for his opponent in the first debate happening later this month. "I'm looking forward to the debate and he's a fool," Biden said in an interview with WFLA 8. "The comments are just foolish. Get ready, Mr. President, here I come." Biden laughed when the WFLA 8 reporter first started asking the question, referencing allegations Trump has made that Biden is "mentally shot" which he re-upped in an interview with "Fox & Friends" earlier on Tuesday. BIDEN SAYS HE'S WORRIED ABOUT TRUMP'S 'INSURRECTION' TALK IN SPANISH-LANGUAGE INTERVIEW In the conversation with "Fox & Friends," Trump was asked what challenges he believes a debate with the political veteran Biden might present, and...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) Democratic opponent just called the senator’s bluff. Last week, Graham demanded that his Democratic opponent Jaime Harrison release his taxes. It was an odd demand, given Graham’s golfing buddy, President Donald Trump, continues to fight attempts to see his taxes. In a passionate press conference, Graham proclaimed his commitment to government transparency. But he has yet to apply the same philosophy to his friend. “I think you should release your tax returns if you’re running for president in 2020,” Graham said in 2019. “I think everybody should. That’s just my view. It’d be good for the country.” He hasn’t echoed the same sentiment as the November election nears, however. See the comments from Harrison below: Done. Now do President Trump. https://t.co/dphjGfMY6R — Jaime Harrison (@harrisonjaime) September 15, 2020
    (CNN)Operating from the sidelines using his near-bottomless war chest and political savvy, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg could become more powerful than he had been as a billionaire, elected official or presidential candidate. Bloomberg's announcement that he is stepping in to help former Vice President Joe Biden win Florida came as welcome news to many Democrats who had been left wondering when -- or even if -- the former mayor would make good on the promises he had made to help beat Trump, no matter the cost. Arick Wierson On Sunday, The Washington Post revealed that Bloomberg, who made a brief run for the Democratic nomination himself earlier this year, will spend at least $100 million of his own fortune to support Biden's campaign in Florida, mainly through television ad buys. By injecting such an enormous amount of financial resources into the Sunshine State so close to...
    A Southwest Pennsylvania sheriff has deflected to the Republican Party from the Democrats, saying he feels out of place in his former party. “It was a really difficult decision and I’ve thought long and hard about it, but I feel I stand for the ideals of the Republican Party platform more than the Democrats today,” Westmoreland County Sheriff James Albert stated, according to The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I’ve been a lifelong Democrat, but a conservative Democrat at that,” he added. “I’m pro-life, a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, a lifetime member of the NRA (National Rifle Association) and, today, I feel my ideals are closer to the Republican Party than Democrats.” Albert, who was elected sheriff last year, switched over to the Republican Party on Monday. Albert told the newspaper that he’s watched the Democrats’ reaction to the ongoing riots and civil unrest with growing concern. “I was saddened and enraged by the murder...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats, advocates seethe over Florida voting rights ruling Russian jets identified in Trump campaign ad calling for support for the troops Democratic Senate candidate 'hesitant' to get COVID-19 vaccine if approved this year MORE is upping the stakes in his bet that the economy can deliver him a second term. On Tuesday morning, the Trump campaign announced it was boosting TV advertising spending by “nearly 50 percent” with commercials focused on the economy. In one national ad, the campaign claims that “American workers paid the price” for trade deals supported by Trump’s Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocrats, advocates seethe over Florida voting rights ruling Trump order on drug prices faces long road to finish line There's no debate: America needs an equitable and resilient government MORE. In a state-level commercial, a woman identified only as “Kim” claims that “Joe Biden could never handle the...
    Democratic nominee Joe Biden called his campaign 'Harris-Biden' while in Florida Tuesday after his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, made the same slip.   'The Harris-Biden administration is going to relaunch that effort and keep pushing further to make it easier for military spouses and veterans to find meaningful careers,' the former vice president said at a campaign stop in Tampa.  On Saturday, Harris made the same mistake, referring to the Democratic ticket as 'a Harris administration, together with Joe Biden.' The slip-of-tongue had Republican operatives licking their lips as President Donald Trump has called Biden a 'Trojan Horse for socialism.'   Biden's trip to Florida came as a new poll showed him 5 points ahead of Trump in the Sunshine State.  The Democratic nominee's two events were focused on Latino voters and veteran communities, as he needs to firm up his support with Hispanic voters and is positioned to make gains from servicemembers...
    “MSNBC Live” anchor Stephanie Ruhle on Tuesday claimed there is a difference between Democratic socialism and the socialism seen in Venezuela and Cuba. Former Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) told Ruhle that if Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wants to win the state of Florida, he should refrain from taking socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) advice. “Bernie Sanders is the reason why the socialist label has stuck for some voters on Joe Biden,” Curbelo argued. “Bernie Sanders is the reason why a lot of south Florida Hispanics, in particular, are afraid that the Democratic Party has moved too far to the left, why they’re susceptible to this messaging from the Trump campaign that they should fear the Democratic Party.” “If I was Joe Biden, I would not be taking Senator Sanders’ advice,” he added. Ruhle pushed back against the notion of Sanders’ Democratic socialism being the same as the socialism seen...
    TAMPA (CBSMiami/AP) – Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will hold a roundtable with veterans in Tampa on Tuesday before marking Hispanic Heritage Month with an event in Kissimmee. The visit comes as some Democrats worry that Biden’s standing among Hispanics is slipping in a state where they make up one-fifth of eligible voters. “I will talk about how I am going to work like the devil to make sure I turn every Latino and Hispanic vote,” Biden said after a Monday speech on climate change in his home state of Delaware. Download The New CBS4 News App Here Biden doesn’t need to win Florida to capture the White House as long as he reclaims the upper Midwestern states that Trump flipped in 2016. But Trump’s path to reelection is virtually nonexistent if he loses Florida, which is why Democrats are focused on it. A recent NBC-Marist poll...
    TAMPA (CBSMiami/AP) – Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will hold a roundtable with veterans in Tampa on Tuesday before marking Hispanic Heritage Month with an event in Kissimmee. The visit comes as some Democrats worry that Biden’s standing among Hispanics is slipping in a state where they make up one-fifth of eligible voters. “I will talk about how I am going to work like the devil to make sure I turn every Latino and Hispanic vote,” Biden said after a Monday speech on climate change in his home state of Delaware. Download The New CBS4 News App Here Biden doesn’t need to win Florida to capture the White House as long as he reclaims the upper Midwestern states that Trump flipped in 2016. But Trump’s path to reelection is virtually nonexistent if he loses Florida, which is why Democrats are focused on it. A recent NBC-Marist poll...
    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden is making his first trip to Florida as the Democratic presidential nominee, while his campaign is acknowledging concerns about his appeal with Latinos, a voting bloc likely to prove pivotal against President Donald Trump in one of the nation’s fiercest battleground states. On Tuesday, the former vice president will hold a roundtable with veterans in Tampa before marking Hispanic Heritage Month with an event in Kissimmee near Orlando. The visit comes as some Democrats worry that Biden’s standing among Hispanics is slipping in a state where they make up one-fifth of eligible voters. “I will talk about how I am going to work like the devil to make sure I turn every Latino and Hispanic vote,” Biden said after a Monday speech on climate change in his home state of Delaware. Biden doesn’t need to win Florida to capture the White House...
    Ivanka Trump visited North Carolina on Monday where she outlined the choices for voters in the upcoming presidential election.  During a visit to Wilmington, the president's daughter said the state's motto, 'To be, rather than to seem' also reflected the choice in candidates voters face. 'On one hand you have a person who is a vessel for whatever the fringe of the party or the mainstream media want him to be, but on the other hand you have someone who is arguably the most authentic president we've ever had,' Ivanka said during a chat with prospective voters at a Wilmington bakery.  The daughter of President Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump attended a 'fireside chat' in North Carolina on Monday  The discussion was moderated by Trump 2020 National Press Secretary Hogan Gidley, left 'Washington has not changed Donald Trump,' Ivanka Trump, the President's advisor, said. 'Donald Trump has changed Washington,...
    WILMINGTON, Del. – Joe Biden is making his first trip to Florida as the Democratic presidential nominee, while his campaign is acknowledging concerns about his appeal with Latinos, a voting bloc likely to prove pivotal against President Donald Trump in one of the nation's fiercest battleground states. On Tuesday, the former vice president will hold a roundtable with veterans in Tampa before marking Hispanic Heritage Month with an event in Kissimmee near Orlando. The visit comes as some Democrats worry that Biden's standing among Hispanics is slipping in a state where they make up one-fifth of eligible voters. “I will talk about how I am going to work like the devil to make sure I turn every Latino and Hispanic vote,” Biden said after a Monday speech on climate change in his home state of Delaware. Biden doesn’t need to win Florida to capture the White House as...
    (CNN)In a presidency of unprecedented disruption and turmoil, Donald Trump's support has remained remarkably stable. That stability, paradoxically, points toward years of rising turbulence in American politics and life.Trump's approval ratings and support in the presidential race against Democratic nominee Joe Biden have oscillated in a strikingly narrow range of around 40%-45% that appears largely immune to both good news -- the long economic boom during his presidency's first years -- and bad -- impeachment, the worst pandemic in more than a century, revelations that he's disparaged military service and blunt warnings that he is unfit for the job from former senior officials in his own government. Perhaps the newest disclosures, in the upcoming book from Bob Woodward, that Trump knew the coronavirus was far more dangerous than the common flu even as he told Americans precisely the opposite, will break this pattern, but most political strategists in both parties...
    Stay safe, MarketWatchers, and don’t miss these top stories:Personal Finance As the real-estate market heats up, here’s how first-time buyers can keep their cool The danger is letting a scarcity mentality lure you into overspending, or settling on a house that you’ll regret laterAmazon sellers are charging up 14 times the usual price on some household products, consumer advocates say ‘We continue to actively monitor our store and remove offers that violate our policies,’ an Amazon spokesman said. People who tested positive for COVID-19 were twice as likely to have recently eaten at a restaurant: CDC Indoor dining is coming back to NYC — here’s why you might want to think twice about it.TikTok saved my business: Candy retailer finds internet fame as COVID-19 forces a pivot TikTok videos helped Candy Me Up keep going after the pandemic hurt its catering business.‘We were frustrated and afraid’: Some COVID-19 patients suffer...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ripped into Democrats for blocking a narrow coronavirus aid package while at the same time promising to rid the Senate of the filibuster they used to prevent the measure from moving to the floor for debate. McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, warned Senate Democrats, if they take the majority in the November election, will move to get rid of the 60-vote threshold required to pass legislation and revert to a simple majority. “This threat to permanently disfigure the Senate has been the latest growing drumbeat in the modern Democratic Party war against our governing institutions,” McConnell said Monday on the Senate floor. McConnell accused Democrats of “shameless hypocrisy” for using the filibuster to block the GOP coronavirus bill last week. “Democrats want completely different sets of rules, depending on whether or not they hold power,” McConnell said. “They want to assert minority rights when they...
    Washington (CNN)The decision to hold a political rally has become one of the sharpest differences between the candidates in an election year defined by a global pandemic.President Donald Trump is willing to flout coronavirus warnings by holding raucous, and sometimes indoor, political events, while Democratic nominee Joe Biden hasn't headlined a sizable gathering in months.The different tactics illustrate how Trump and Biden are approaching the November election and the ongoing coronavirus crisis. It was on full display over the last 24 hours when Trump disregarded Nevada state guidelines by holding an indoor rally with thousands of attendees on Sunday night, just hours before Biden, from Wilmington, Delaware, gave an audience-less speech on the deadly forest fires hitting the West Coast.Republicans believe rallies are central to Trump's victory, both providing the President the energy he needs to compete over the next two months and giving him the same platform that helped...
    The Biden campaign is expanding operations into Omaha, Nebraska. Way back in April, which is like 237 years ago in COVID time, I wrote about the importance of Omaha, Nebraska, this presidential season. I came up with four plausible 269-269 Electoral College maps, making this rare single-electoral vote district critically important to Democratic efforts this fall. Now, it’s official. xFLASH: The Biden campaign is going up on TV in the Omaha, NE DMA. Start date is tomorrow, 9/15— Medium Buying (@MediumBuying) September 14, 2020 This isn’t the only Democratic spending in the state, given a competitive House race in the district. The House Majority PAC, the official super PAC of House Democrats, has reserved $900,000, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the official party committee of those same House Democrats, has reserved another $520,000. That $1.4 million is a lot of money for Nebraska TV. Cash-poor House Republicans have reserved $650,000 themselves.  This year, we’re currently...
    Democratic nominee Joe Biden called President Donald Trump a 'climate arsonist,' saying the president's climate change denial is what's really threatening the suburbs.  'Donald Trump warned integration is threatening our suburbs. That's ridiculous. But you know what is actually threatening our suburbs?' Biden said Monday outside the Delaware Museum of Natural History. 'Wildfires are burning the suburbs in the west, floods are wiping out suburban neighborhoods in the midwest, hurricanes are imperiling suburban life along our coast.'    Biden's comments came as Trump was traveling to California to see damage from the wildfires and as the president has tried to push that his Democratic opponent would 'destroy' the suburbs, pointing to an Obama-era fair housing rule.  Democratic nominee Joe Biden said Monday that it's President Donald Trump who's threatening American suburbs, thanks to his climate change denial  On Monday, Jill (left) and Joe Biden (right) voted early in Delaware's state...
    Fox’s Lara Logan suggested Democratic leaders choose to not put an end to violence in their cities — including the shooting of two LA police officers — because it “benefits them” in an appearance on Fox & Friends Monday. Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were shot at close range in an ambush Saturday night in Compton. Both officers underwent surgery for their gunshot wounds, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade asked Logan about the incident and questioned if she believes the shooting ties into a bigger picture, especially after videos circulating online showed some people protesting outside of the hospital. “Well, you’re right, Brian there’s a much more strategic objective here and those chants, ‘We hope they die,’ those are intended to incite. Right? These are agitators and trained and professional agitators who know how to whip up a crowd and whose messages are designed...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Michael Bloomberg is putting his money where his mouth is and committing one hundred million dollars to Joe Biden’s campaign in Florida. The former Democratic presidential candidate says he made the decision after learning the Trump campaign will spend millions in the state. Some political observers believe Florida is a must-win state for the president to have a chance at winning the election. A recent survey shows that Biden and Trump have split the Latino vote and there’s mounting anxiety among Democrats that the Biden campaign’s standing among Latinos is slipping, potentially giving President Donald Trump an opening in his reelection bid. That’s fueling an urgent effort by Biden, his running mate Senator Kamala Harris. and their allies to shore up older voters, suburbanites, and African Americans to make up for potential shortcomings elsewhere. Biden is scheduled to make his first visit to...
    Both liberals and conservatives seem to believe that each opposing side will refuse to accept the results of the upcoming 2020 election. A general narrative has formed claiming that President Donald Trump will refuse to leave office even if he loses the election. Publications have entertained this idea and many have warned readers of what may come in just a few months. The Washington Post, for example, informed readers on “how to prepare for Trump rejecting the election results.” New York Magazine declared the president is already “laying the groundwork to contest the result of the election.” Politico pondered what could happen if Trump doesn’t “accept 2020 defeat” and The Intercept wrote that “Trump is prepared to do whatever it takes to keep power,” even questioning if he can “be stopped.” An article from The Daily Beast wrote that “the left” is “secretly” preparing “for MAGA violence after Election Day.” (RELATED: How Celebrities,...
            by Andrew Trunsky  Democratic nominee Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump in six of the most competitive battleground states as both candidates amp up their fundraising efforts and place multimillion dollar ad buys just over seven weeks out from the election, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation review. In 2016, Trump pulled off an upset win after flipping Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Now, those three states, in addition to Arizona, Florida and North Carolina, are likely to decide the winner of November’s presidential election. The DCNF reviewed polling, fundraising, ad spending, demographics and more to determine both candidates’ standing in each battleground state. Though the states, which total 101 electoral votes, are unique, several overarching strategies have emerged for both Trump and Biden. In the upper Midwest, experts say Trump must aim to drive up turnout among white voters without a college degree, while...
            by Julie Kelly  All of this could be written off as the grudge fantasies of political activists still mad about 2016 except it is backed by some of the wealthiest people in the world. Consider yourselves warned, America. Cancel the Election Night party and forget the long-awaited moment when George Stephanopoulos announces, in the late hours of November 3, the official winner. And buckle up for an election-year nightmare that will make the 2000 recount look like a walk in a Palm Beach County park. A vengeful and well-funded coalition of Trump-hating insurrectionists are prepping the battlefield for a post-election civil war, threatening not only to extend the 2020 election into 2021 but to weaponize every tool at their disposal to make sure Joe Biden assumes the presidency even if President Trump legitimately wins. The very same sore losers on the Left and NeverTrump Right...
    Joe Biden lastly held what was billed as a information convention. The outcome was a really embarrassing show of hackery from the media. A reporter requested the ex-veep about anonymously sourced claims that President Trump had belittled veterans: “If you hear these remarks . . . what does it let you know about Trump’s soul and the life he leads?” One other question: “We . . . know that Russia has been making an attempt to sow doubt in regards to the system. Are you involved in any respect that this messaging could also be working, that your supporters could hand over on voting by mail as a result of they’re involved that it might be rigged?” Nonetheless one other: “You stated immediately is the angriest you’ve been as a presidential candidate, however you stated you’re making an attempt to restrain your self. Aren’t there lots of people on the market who’re supporting...
    Joe Biden finally held what was billed as a news conference. The result was a truly embarrassing display of hackery from the media. A reporter asked the ex-veep about anonymously sourced claims that President Trump had belittled veterans: “When you hear these remarks . . . what does it tell you about Trump’s soul and the life he leads?” Another query: “We . . . know that Russia has been trying to sow doubt about the system. Are you concerned at all that this messaging may be working, that your supporters may give up on voting by mail because they’re concerned that it may be rigged?” Still another: “You said today is the angriest you’ve been as a presidential candidate, but you said you’re trying to restrain yourself. Aren’t there a lot of people out there who are supporting you or inclined to not vote for the president, who would say, ‘Why isn’t Joe...
    The group “Cubans for Trump” every Sunday goes out in a caravan to support the president for the elections next November. They predict that for Republicans it will be an easy victory in this coveted battlefield that is Florida. However, a new NBC poll indicates that the margin between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is very small – both have the support of 48 percent of voters. The NBC poll indicates that Biden leads among black and independent voters, while President Trump leads among Hispanics. And within that group, he is the favorite among Latinos of Cuban descent. Meanwhile, this weekend, former Democratic presidential candidate and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he will spend $ 100 million right in Florida to help Joe Biden win the state. For her part, Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris assures that they have the best plan...
    Sen. Chuck Schumer has the Senate majority in his sights, and he’s hoping President Trump’s sagging approval ratings will help him win it. Schumer, the Senate minority leader and a New York Democrat, is one of Trump’s staunchest critics in Congress and has used his perch as a party leader to criticize the president’s performance at every opportunity. Democratic leaders reason that the worse Trump looks to voters on the November ballot, the better their own candidates will perform against Senate Republican incumbents, whom they need to defeat in swing states in order to clinch the majority. One of Schumer’s latest attacks on Trump followed the president’s announcement of an updated list of Supreme Court nominees he would consider if a vacancy occurs. The list includes former Solicitor General Paul Clement, Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, and Josh Hawley of Missouri, and a...
    With both parties’ conventions behind us as we head into a quasi-apocalyptic election, there’s more need than ever for a sense of balance. Not the kind of false balance that equates truth with lies, or soothing psychological balance that lulls us with a false sense of security, but rather a balanced sense of history and political possibility that helps us understand where we’re going, and why. Understanding America’s real history is particularly important, as shown in Nathan Kalmoe’s new book, “With Ballots and Bullets: Partisanship and Violence in the American Civil War,” as discussed in our recent interview. But there was another time, long before the Civil War, when America threatened to come apart — and believe it or not, it was New England, not the South, that threatened to secede. That largely forgotten episode was entwined with a longer forgotten history: How religious freedom, once it was established in the U.S....
    Hackers related to Russia, China and Iran are conducting espionage between the Democratic and Republican campaigns, according to Microsoft Hackers with ties to Russia, China and Iran are trying to spy on individuals and groups involved in the November presidential elections in the United States, Microsoft warned Thursday. Both the campaigns of President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden are under attack, based on activity the company has monitored. Most have not been successful. “Foreign operation groups have intensified their efforts towards the 2020 elections as anticipated and is consistent with what the US government and others have reported,” said Tom Burt, one of the chiefs of the security area of Microsoft. The firm said in a statement that the Russian group that hacked the Democratic Party campaign in 2016 is once again involved in cyber attacks. “Similar to what we observed in 2016, Strontium is...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden holds single-digit leads over President Donald Trump in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Florida and North Carolina — the six states that may decide November’s election.  Democrats are trying to capitalize off an enthusiastic base that is determined to defeat Trump, as the president is attempts to gain a lead in the six states, all of which he won in 2016. Both candidates have raised hundreds of millions of dollars, much of which has gone towards ad buys across the six states in a final effort to win swing voters who could decide a close election. Democratic nominee Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump in six of the most competitive battleground states as both candidates amp up their fundraising efforts and place multimillion dollar ad buys just over seven weeks out from the election, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation review. In 2016,...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden’s top competition for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), is privately expressing concerns that Biden is about to blow his chances at winning the 2020 presidential campaign — and unless Biden makes some big changes Sanders is worried progressives, who’ve committed to backing Biden’s bid, will jump ship. The Washington Post reports that Sanders has “told associates that Biden is at serious risk of coming up short in the November election if he continues his vaguer, more centrist approach, according to the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe sensitive talks.” Sanders is chiefly concerned that the younger, more progressive wing of the party isn’t getting the attention “it deserves,” per the Washington Post, and that Biden has sacrificed the future of the party — Democratic socialists and far-left Millennial and Generation Z voters — in order to win...
    In July, Connecticut state government employees received a 5.5 percent combined pay increase on the backs of taxpayers while hundreds of thousands of people across the state remained unemployed. That’s clearly not right. Democrats insisted the governor could not do anything about it, despite the state of emergency, because the raises were part of a collective bargaining agreement. It does not bode well for Connecticut taxpayers that our elected officials refused to even try to delay raises for their own employees at the height of a crisis. The choices for fiscally strapped states like Connecticut, Illinois and New Jersey will only get harder over the next few years. Here is the dilemma: These three states have committed to unsustainable pension, insurance and debt obligations at the behest of the special interests. And while New York state’s pension is currently well-funded because of its high taxes, it could also face trouble...
    Savannah Rychcik September 11, 2020 0 Comments Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a life-long Republican, is explaining why he chose to speak at the Democratic National Convention. Kasich acknowledged the division among Americans is dangerous and believes Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden can unite the nation. “I believe Joe Biden has the kind of temperament to bring people to the table. He’s not a ‘my way or the highway’ kind of guy,” Kasich said during his appearance on “The View.” He continued, “I don’t agree with him on everything, but the matter is, let’s get people together, sit around a table, and figure out some of our big problems.” Watch his comments below: “This division is just not acceptable in our country,” @JohnKasich says of why he spoke at the DNC as a life-long Republican.“I don’t agree with [Joe Biden] on everything, but the matter is...
    SENATE Democrats have been slammed for scuppering a $300 billion coronavirus bill which would have provided economic aid to millions of Americans hit by the pandemic. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accused them of choosing to "play games" with covid relief which would have helped the poorest citizens with an extra $300 per week in unemployment benefits. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 3Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks from the Senate Chamber after losing the voteCredit: Getty Images - Getty Earlier this week McConnell introduced a coronavirus relief proposal, which also included a second round of Paycheck Protection Program funds to small businesses worth $258 billion plus $105 billion for schools and colleges. The bill also contained a liability protection plan to protect businesses from lawsuits from employees or customers who contract Covid-19. But the total fell short of the...
    Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris made her first visit to South Florida after becoming Joe Biden’s running mate. Her tour included a stop at a Doral restaurant home to the largest concentration of Venezuelans. Many did not welcome her to this city, before her arrival, dozens of supporters of President Donald Trump waited for her and demonstrated against her. Julio Martínez, from Latinos for Trump, said that “we are here to let you know that we Hispanics are not in favor of it. This looks like a Trump event … how bad you are Kamala ”. Socialism is an issue that motivates many Hispanic voters in South Florida. “Biden is someone who is considered very centrist, a person who is historically a capitalist and is known by his record,” says Democratic State Sen. Annette Tadeo. Then, at a scheduled event at Florida Memorial University,...
    Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a week At The American Prospect, David Dayen writes—The Winter of Our Discontent: The 78 days from November 3 to January 20, known as the transition, have kept me awake at night since I started reporting out this article. The coming interregnum is likely to be one of the most politically, economically, and socially fraught periods in American history, one that could set the trajectory for the nation’s future. “If you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can,” Michelle Obama counseled in her Democratic Convention speech. Trust me on that as well; they will, immediately after the election. We have had a few catastrophic transitions in the past. [...] In 1932, Franklin Roosevelt romped over Herbert Hoover, and then watched banks fail, European debtors default, and the economy deteriorate. Hoover refused to intervene unless Roosevelt gave up...
    Vice President Mike Pence shared his thoughts on Joe Biden in an exclusive interview with the Daily Caller on Thursday, saying the Biden of today doesn’t match the Biden he worked with in Congress. Pence worked with Biden during both his stint in Congress and during his time as the governor of Indiana, telling the Caller he knew they had great differences in opinion, but that he thought there had been room to work together. Now, he argues Biden has become a “Trojan horse” for the radical left. “When you guys were in Congress together, what did you think of him as a man, not as a politician,” Senior White House Correspondent Christian Datoc asked. “He used to think I was a decent guy,” Pence joked.  “I really do believe that the Joe Biden today is not the Joe Biden that I served with when I was in Congress and...
    ABC’s “The View” co-host Joy Behar said Tuesday the Electoral College should be dropped because she fears Trump could beat Biden. She’s not the only person calling for such a reform, which has arguably been growing in popularity since the Democratic defeat in 2016.
    Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown reaffirmed his support for abolishing the Senate filibuster in an interview with The Atlantic. Brown said in an article titled “America’s Plastic Hour Is Upon Us,” that “we’ve got to eliminate the filibuster” in order to create any type of large-scale change. “I don’t know if it has unanimity, but I’ve not talked to anybody that says ‘I don’t want to do it,'” he told The Atlantic. Brown told Cleveland.com that the Senate “should do away with the filibuster” in November 2019, but other Democrats have recently joined him in pushing for the change, The Atlantic reported. Democrats would need a 60-seat filibuster-proof majority to enact the policy. Currently, Republicans hold a 53-45 majority in the upper chamber, with two Independent senators caucusing alongside Democrats. (RELATED: Why Conservatives Should Defend The Senate Filibuster) Some Democrats have said that they do not support abolishing the filibuster. Democratic West Virginia...
    **Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.**On the roster: Senate Power Rankings: Out with the tide - Trump dogged by corona revelations on trail - GOP super PAC rides to rescue - Whistle-blower: D.H.S. downplayed threats from Russia – Authentic fake alligator SENATE POWER RANKINGS: OUT WITH THE TIDEWith the primaries done and the conventions over, it’s time to update our Senate rankings for the home stretch of the 2020 campaign.There are 35 Senate seats on the ballot this year – 23 Republican and 12 Democratic – but we only expect nine of those races to be really competitive.Republicans currently control the Senate with 53 seats to Democrats’ 47. To take control of the chamber, Democrats need a net gain of four seats (or three seats and the vice presidency).Our new numbers have Democrats strongly or slightly favored, a “lean,” to win in 13...
    DONALD Trump has been labeled "the biggest threat to America" by Democratic darling Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The Michigan Gov criticized the president over recorded comments he made to Bob Woodward about the coronavirus pandemic. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 2Whitmer lashed out at Trump for the commentsCredit: AP:Associated Press 2Trump admitted that he 'downplayed' the virusCredit: Splash News "I think this failure to act has cost so many lives, sent our economy into a tailspin, and I'll say it's just devastating to hear that when we've been working so hard to save lives," Whitmer said in a press briefing Thursday. She added that she believes the president's administration has been "reckless" and "not particularly well-informed." "They knew; they didn't tell us," she said. "I think that the biggest enemy of the state right now is the misinformation that's coming out of the...
    She experienced homelessness at a young age. She worked several odd jobs throughout high school and college to make ends meet. A high school car accident left her with a chronic health condition. Now she’s running for Congress hoping to flip a red seat blue, and Candace Valenzuela thinks her story as a political outsider who overcame hardships will win over voters. “My story does resonate,” Valenzuela said in an interview with The Texas Tribune. “As soon as my constituents hear my story, it’s incredibly easy for them to relate.” Seemingly overnight, Valenzuela has become a new face of Democrats’ optimism for 2020. Six months ago, she was an underdog in the Democratic primary for Congressional District 24, a mostly suburban North Texas district that straddles parts of Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties. Now, she’s being touted as a potential future star — someone who could win a seat long...
    Patrick Svitek September 10, 2020 9:04AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on The Texas Tribune. A national Democratic super PAC is pumping over $6 million in to the fight for the Texas House majority. The group, Forward Majority, plans to spend $6.2 million across 18 races that will likely determine who controls the lower chamber in January, according to an announcement first shared with The Texas Tribune. The money will go toward TV ads, digital ads and mail in each district. : "We have a once in a generation opportunity to establish a Democratic majority ahead of redistricting and cement Texas' status as the biggest battleground state in the country," Forward Majority spokesperson Ben Wexler-Waite said in a statement. Democrats are currently nine seats away from the House majority — and growing confident in their chances of capturing the chamber. They have a released a slew of internal polls...
    Do you want to play a game? It’s politics with a twist. That game of “what if?” you played as a kid: So, what if, rather than liberal Democratic mayors in Democratic towns being overwhelmed by violence, things were reversed? What if these were Republican mayors, in red states, overwhelmed by violent protests from the right wing, confronted by people in MAGA hats or those middle-aged anti-tax tea party activists who always seemed to clean up after themselves when they protested? What if they were the ones rioting, burning and looting during their “mostly peaceful” protests, with bail money for the arrested provided by the staff of a Republican presidential candidate, and media making it clear there was great political value in the violence? And what if those Republican activists confronted fellow citizens in restaurants, shouting at them, demanding they demonstrate fealty to their politics by raising a fist? What...
    If you need more assurance (beyond Markos' "don't panic" posts) that professional-type Democrats are feeling bullish about November, there's this: "A Democratic organization plans to pour $15 million into key state legislative races across the country." That's $15 million in state legislative races in Texas, Florida, North Carolina, and Arizona. Those states will be key in upcoming redistricting, and states with Republican legislatures are flippable. The super PAC behind the push, Forward Majority, was launched in 2017 with an eye ahead at 2021 and redistricting—the redrawing of lines for congressional and legislative district maps—and the Democrats' chance to start undoing Republican gerrymandering that has put them in a majority position in governing with a smaller vote count. "Without having a seat at the table next year, we will likely see an unprecedented level of gerrymandering," Forward Majority co-founder Vicky Hausman told CNN. She argued that these four states "represent the most powerful...
    REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstPresident Donald TrumpThe terms “liberal” and “conservative” have long seemed amorphous. When I was growing up, I was taught that they had something to do with whether you were more cautious about, or more open to change. But if “conservative” means anything in American politics, other than agreeing with whatever Donald Trump says it means at the moment, then Donald Trump is no “conservative.” He’s actually a radical believer in the cult of himself and whatever is financially, politically or egotistically beneficial to him in a given moment. I can’t really suggest that is what conservatism ever was or is now, except to his cult. Andrew Sullivan, the Anglo-American pundit, is an expert on the term and considers himself a conservative (one of his many books is titled “The Conservative Soul,” and he disagrees with American liberals a great many things. For example, he refers to “the snake of...
    The white supremacist neo-Nazi Richard Spencer endorsed Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election after supporting Donald Trump in 2016. Spencer has arguably found his true political home by endorsing Joe Biden and the Democrats, whose history is riddled with racism and collectivism.
    Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s lead over President Donald Trump around this time in 2016 was substantially larger than 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s current lead over Trump.
    A DEMOCRATIC sheriff has revealed why he left the Democrats and now backs Donald Trump, saying "party leaders condone rioting." Sheriff Dave Wedding of Vanderburgh County in Indiana said he couldn't accept the violence stemming from many Black Lives Matter – and he said Democrats allowed it to happen. 9Sheriff Dave Wedding of Vanderburgh County says he's now backing the GOPCredit: Fox and Friends 9As Donald Trump addressed the crowd in North Carolina, he laid into schools for 'rewriting' history Credit: AP:Associated Press Since Wedding switched to the Republican Party, he has accused the Dems of endorsing flag burning and failing to support the police. “What I’ve witnessed across the United States is shocking,” Wedding told “Fox & Friends" after announcing his political 360 outside the business of GOP donor Steve Chancellor in Evansville. “As a law enforcement leader, I can’t imagine 101 days of rioting, and it...
    Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisDemocrats fear 2016 repeat despite Biden's lead in polls Drug companies seek to reassure public amid Trump vaccine push Trump: Harris would be an 'insult' as first female president MORE (D-Calif.) is moving front and center in the presidential campaign, seeking to build on the momentum from her selection as Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump, supporters gather without masks in NC despite request from local GOP official Democrats fear 2016 repeat despite Biden's lead in polls Trump: Harris would be an 'insult' as first female president MORE’s running mate last month. The Democratic vice presidential nominee made her first in-person appearance on the campaign trail in Wisconsin on Monday, and appeared in an online video with former President Obama Tuesday morning. She will campaign in Miami on Thursday amid polling showing a tightening race in Florida, the largest battleground state. Harris, whose own bid for the Democratic presidential nomination...