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    Ex-Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders wants a nonpartisan commission to verify the results of the Nov. 3 election. President Trump, as well as Republican and Democratic lawmakers, have expressed concerns about a possible delay in election results this year. The independent Vermont senator said he "couldn't agree more" with a Sept. 17 op-ed former Trump National Director of Intelligence Dan Coates wrote in The New York Times while giving a speech at George Washington University on electoral legitimacy and Trump's claims of ballot fraud. The op-ed calls for a bipartisan and nonpartisan commission to oversee the results of this year's election. SANDERS CHARGES TRUMP IS AIMING TO 'DE-LEGITIMIZE' ELECTION THROUGH 'MASSIVE VOTER SUPPRESSION "I propose that Congress creates a new mechanism to...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and President Trump are locked in a competitive race for the White House a little more than five weeks out from Election Day. While national polling averages give Biden a high single-digit advantage over Trump before the Nov. 3 contest, the next president will be decided by the Electoral College, not the popular vote. And state-based polls paint a tighter picture. According to a slate of new Reuters and Ipsos battleground polls published Friday, Biden and Trump are tied in Florida and Pennsylvania, 47% support apiece among likely voters in both states as of Sept. 16. Meanwhile, in Arizona, they are separated by a single percentage point as Biden leads ahead of Trump, 47% to...
    Robert Cardillo, former deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and director of National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, spoke out against President TrumpDonald John TrumpSteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Trump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance MORE Friday in an op-ed published in the Denver Post. “Since I have been eligible to vote, I have never registered with a political party. I remain an independent with a history of voting for candidates I believe in — I focused on their policy and not their party,” wrote Cardillo, who served as an intelligence official for six different presidents.  “Before...
    Every Democrat in the Senate has refused to say whether they support trying to impeach Attorney General William Barr or President Donald Trump before the election in order to block a Supreme Court nominee confirmation, an idea floated by several House Democrats. The Daily Caller contacted every Senate Democrat’s office asking them if they believe Barr or Trump should be impeached before the election in order to block the Trump administration from pushing through a nominee to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death last week. Each office was given over 24 hours to respond to the inquiry. The idea has been floated by both Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Democratic...
    US President Donald Trump has been defending his record on military spending and his pledge to cut back US involvement in foreign wars. In 2017 he said he would rebuild the country's "depleted military". He has also called for a reduction in US troops serving abroad. We've taken a look at the president's record on the military. President Trump's son, Donald Jr, recently wrote on Twitter: "Trump properly funded our military after Obama-Biden decimated it." The chart shows military spending has steadily increased since President Trump took office in January 2017. However, this spending is still significantly lower than during the first term of the Obama administration, using figures adjusted for inflation. "Defence spending did go up quite...
    President Donald Trump will fly back to Washington, D.C. to visit his hotel for just 85 minutes for a campaign fundraiser on a day that takes him to three swing states.  The president woke up in Florida at his Trump National Doral Miami and hosted a 'Latinos for Trump' roundtable before heading to Georgia, back to D.C., and then onto Virginia for a Friday night rally.   'So I'm thrilled to be back in Doral, I never knew if I was gonna even see it again, this is nice,' he told a crowd at his a.m. campaign event.  President Donald Trump will hit three swing states on Friday: Florida, Georgia and Virginia - and stop back in Washington, D.C. for a...
    President Donald Trump will announce a $500 billion plan for black America and designate both the Klu Klux Klan and antifa as terrorist organizations, Fox News reported Friday. Trump is expected to make the announcements Friday afternoon at his “Black Economic Empowerment” event in Georgia. His plan reportedly would also designate lynching as a national hate crime, according to Fox News. The report says Trump will pledge to “increase access to capital in black communities by nearly $500 billion.” “For decades, Democrat politicians like Joe Biden have taken Black voters for granted. They made you big promises before every election—and then the moment they got to Washington, they abandoned you and sold you out,” Trump’s planned remarks say, according to...
    (CNN)CNN's Donie O'Sullivan went to a Trump rally in Minnesota recently to ask attendees what was on their Facebook feeds, as a way to get a sense for the information -- and, more often, misinformation -- they were being fed by the social media giant. While his whole piece is fascinating, one moment in particular stood out to me. In it, O'Sullivan is interviewing a Trump supporter named Chris who brings up a video he has seen on Facebook of former Vice President Joe Biden falling asleep during a TV interview. O'Sullivan notes that the video, which was widely shared in Trump circles including by White House social media director Dan Scavino, is a fake. The actual video, which you...
    Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) this week came out saying he refuses to vote for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court justice nominee, citing it as an “illegitimate process.” Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Kaine noted that Republicans in 2016 refused to confirm then-President Barack Obama’s SCOTUS nominee, Merrick Garland, because he was in the final year of his presidency. He argued they want to rush in a conservative nominee to “kill the Affordable Care Act.” “When President Obama had a vacancy in the last year of his presidency, the Republicans wouldn’t even meet with the candidate, hold a hearing or hold a vote and they announced this is the new rule if there’s a vacancy in the last year of a...
    President Trump on Friday told a group of Hispanic supporters in Miami that his upcoming debates against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will be like UFC cage matches. Trump — who famously faux-tackled WWE’s Vince McMahon in 2007 — forecast a brutal takedown of Biden after pointing out UFC champion Jorge Masvidal in the audience. “Biden’s a weak guy, I think. We have a debate coming up. It will be interesting. It’s like going into a match. Same kind of thing. A little bit less physical, slightly,” Trump said. Trump said intellect is the most important aspect of both fights and debates. He asked Masvidal to estimate the importance of brainpower. “The head is what? What’s the percent? 80?” Trump...
    One of the most jarring aspects of watching Fox News or One America News Network is the mental gymnastics President Donald Trump’s supporters must perform in his defense. Being a Trump supporter often means defending the indefensible. Journalist Anne Applebaum describes those extremes in an article published in The Atlantic on September 25, stressing that their defenses of the president require a total defiance of logic and reason. Applebaum cites Trump loyalist William B. Crews as one of the wildest examples. Crews, Applebaum notes, was an employee of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is headed by expert immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci. Crews, the Daily Beast’s Lachlan Markey recently reported, was angry because Fauci’s messages on the...
    Legal experts are increasingly alarmed by Attorney General William Barr’s efforts to help President Donald Trump win re-election. The attorney general has joined the president in attacking voting integrity and civil rights demonstrators, and he has described his role in the election in explicitly religious terms that show Barr believes he represents “moral discipline and virtue” against “individual rapacity,” reported The Guardian. “His abuses have only escalated as we have gotten closer and closer to the election, and as the president has felt more and more politically vulnerable,” said Donald Sherman, deputy director of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “I can’t put it more plainly than this: The attorney general is a threat to American citizens having free and...
    President Trump’s plan for Black America designates the KKK and Antifa as terrorist organizations and calls for making lynching a national hate crime, while pledging to increase access to capital in Black communities by nearly $500 billion, Fox News has learned. The president on Friday is expected to roll out details of what the campaign is calling the “Platinum Plan,” which details “opportunity,” “security,” “prosperity,” and “fairness” for the Black Community. TRUMP SAYS HE'S DONE MORE FOR BLACK AMERICA THAN ANY PRESIDENT OTHER THAN LINCOLN “For decades, Democrat politicians like Joe Biden have taken Black voters for granted. They made you big promises before every election—and then the moment they got to Washington, they abandoned you and sold you out,”...
    To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: http://bit.ly/1M1mIfw  To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/1Tt4hqN --> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.* *Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically.   The Hill’s 12:30 Report: RBG lies in state | First woman, Jewish American to do so | Personal trainer does pushups by Ginsburg's casket | Trump nears Supreme Court nomination | Top two picks | Trump weighs appeasing Fla. or social conservatives with nomination | Va. gov., wife test positive for COVID-19 | Coronavirus cases rise | GOP rattled by Trump’s unforced error | National Quesadilla Day   THE LATEST WITH TRUMP’S SUPREME COURT NOMINATION To...
    New York Times columnist Tom Friedman fears America could be at the cusp of a “potential second civil war” if President Donald Trump’s insinuations and suggestions are not taken seriously. On Thursday evening, Friedman appeared on CNN’s “AC360” with Anderson Cooper where he expressed concern about the president’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power and what it could mean for America. “I think what happened in the last few days is a six-alarm fire,” said Friedman. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist offered a chilling translation of Trump’s words as he insisted the president only laid out two choices for the upcoming election — both of which would lead to the same outcome if Trump is not stopped. “The President...
    A NEW York Times columnist believes that US is headed towards a "potential second Civil War" over the upcoming race for president. Tom Friedman said that President Donald Trump's Wednesday remarks, in which he avoided saying whether he'd commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the November election, sounded like a "six-alarm fire." 5A New York Times columnist on Thursday deemed Donald Trump's remarks about delegitimizing the November election as a 'six-alarm fire'Credit: Rex Features 5Trump said on Wednesday that should he lose to Democratic challenger Joe Biden, he'll contest the election resultsCredit: Reuters The president told a reporter at a White House press conference on Wednesday he'd first have to "see what happens" after the election....
    Getty/Drew Angerer Eric Trump at the 2020 Republican National Convention. Eric Trump, President Donald Trump‘s 36-year-old son and campaign surrogate, told local reporters on Thursday, September 24, that the president will concede the election to Joe Biden “if he got blown out of the water.” Eric’s comments, made to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, appear to contradict Trump’s recent public statements in which he has refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, should Biden defeat him in November. Dozens of Democratic lawmakers, as well as journalists, have called the president’s comments dangerous. Senator Elizabeth Warren on Thursday said President Trump was “flirting with treason,” AOL reported Here’s what you need to know:Eric Trump Repeated His Father’s Claims...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is standing by her statement that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden should not debate President Trump. Speaking to CBS’ “This Morning” Friday, Pelosi (D-Calif.) made the comments when asked if she still stood by her assertion in August that the former vice president should not take part in any of the three scheduled presidential debates. “I do, not that I don’t think he’ll be excellent, I just think that the president has no fidelity to fact or truth,” the California Democrat said, adding that she believes the commander-in-chief also lacks “fidelity to the Constitution of the United States.” “Why bother?” Pelosi asked. “He doesn’t tell the truth.” In August, the House Speaker told reporters during a...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that she doesn’t “care what [President Donald Trump] says about” her because his insults help her raise money. “I don’t care what he says about me. Every knock from him is a boost for me. If he wants to help me raise money, he can keep knocking me,” Pelosi told “CBS This Morning.”   She made the remarks just after saying about the Trump “and his henchmen … with their comments, are a danger to our democracy. So I didn’t want to give him — you know, why bother?  He doesn’t tell the truth, he isn’t committed to our Constitution.” (RELATED: Jim Cramer Calls Pelosi ‘Crazy Nancy’ Right To Her Face During Televised...
    President Donald Trump lashed out at Fox News on Friday after the network released a poll showing him trailing his opponent, Democrat Joe Biden, in the key swing states of Nevada, Ohio and Pennsylvania, The Wrap reported. The new poll, released on Thursday by Fox News, has the president trailing Biden by 11 points in Nevada, 52 percent to 41 percent, a lead the network credits to the former vice president’s strong support among Latino voters in the state. In Ohio, Biden leads by only five points, 50-45 percent, while in neighboring Pennsylvania, Trump trails Biden by seven points, 51-44 percent. In a tweet Friday morning, Trump indicated that he believes the polls are inaccurate. “One of the worst polls...
    DONALD Trump has accused election rival Joe Biden of embarking on an "anti-police crusade." The President laid into the Democratic hopeful as he addressed a crowd of his supporters at a rally in Jacksonville, Florida last night. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 7Donakld Trump accused election rival Joe Biden of embarking on an 'anti-police crusade'Credit: Getty Images - Getty He said: "Biden's anti-police crusade must stop. I will always stand with the heroes of law enforcement." Trump went on: "Joe Biden is weak as hell. He surrendered his party to flag burners, rioters and anti-police radicals. The Democrat Party's war on cops is putting police lives in danger. "Law enforcement, let's give them a...
    Russian President Vladimir Putin called Friday for an agreement between the U.S. and Russia to agree to stay out of each other’s elections. “(I propose)…exchanging guarantees of non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, including electoral processes, including using information and communication technologies and high-tech methods,” Putin said, according to Reuters. Putin warned of cyber interference that could potentially sway either election and said the two nations should restore their communication lines to discuss international information on security issues. Russian President Vladimir Putin attends by a video conference a trilateral meeting with the leaders of Iran and Turkey on the topic of Syria, in Moscow on July 1, 2020. (Photo by ALEXEY DRUZHININ/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images) “One of the main strategic...
    Alex Henderson September 25, 2020 3:58PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. President Donald Trump's niece, Mary Trump, has had a lot to say about his mental health this summer, telling CNN, for example, that her uncle is a "psychologically deeply damaged man." But psychologists Alan D. Blotcky and Seth D. Norrholm are even more blunt in an op-ed published by the New York Daily News this week: they describe him as a "psychopath" and "the most psychiatrically disordered president in history." "It is time to stop relying on political pundits to weigh in on Trump's behavior, which they often soften and even normalize," Blotcky and Norrholm write. "We are psychologists, and we are convinced Donald Trump is a psychopath....
    WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Christopher Wray was the target of White House criticism for the second time in a week Friday as Chief of Staff Mark Meadows chided him over remarks made a day earlier to Congress about voter fraud. Meadows suggested in an interview with CBS that Wray was ill-informed when he told the Senate that there has not been any significant coordinated national voter fraud. Wray, who last week drew criticism from President Donald Trump for his description of Russian election interference and the threat posed by the anti-fascist movement known as antifa, said in Senate testimony that the U.S. has only experienced occasional voter fraud and on a local level. It was the latest...
    By ELANA SCHOR and JACK JENKINS Jewish American voters have leaned Democratic for decades, but Republicans are hoping the recent steps toward normalized relations between Gulf states and Israel — which Trump vigorously touted earlier this month — bolster his appeal to Jewish voters. With battleground states like Pennsylvania, Florida and Michigan collectively decided in 2016 by fewer than 200,000 votes, any loss of the Jewish support by Democratic nominee Joe Biden could be pivotal. “Democrats like to say they have a majority of the Jewish vote,” said Republican Jewish Coalition executive director Matt Brooks, whose group is spending $10 million to boost Trump and other GOP candidates in electoral battlegrounds ahead of November. “They do — but that’s not...
    Matthew Chapman September 25, 2020 3:41PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story On Thursday, in a radio interview, President Donald Trump once again promoted unsubstantiated corruption allegations about Hunter Biden's business dealings in Ukraine — and urged Joe Biden to "leave the campaign" because he "was in on it." Trump's remarks come just after his allies in the Senate, led by Homeland Security chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI), released the results of a highly partisan investigation into the Hunter Biden allegations. That report claimed the business dealings were "problematic" but failed to find any evidence that they influenced U.S. foreign policy. : The president and his allies have been fixated on trying to link the Biden family to wrongdoing in...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump this week refused to commit to a peaceful transition should he lose the November election, leading some to speculate that he might seek to use the tools of presidential power including his role as commander in chief of the armed forces to prolong his time in office.The US military is adamant that it will not play a role settling election disputes with its top uniformed officer, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley clearly setting out the Pentagon's position in a letter to Congress last month. "The Constitution and laws of the US and the states establish procedures for carrying out elections, and for resolving disputes over the outcome of elections ... I...
    MEGHAN Markle would "seriously consider running for president" if she and Prince Harry ditched their royal titles, says a source close to the couple. The remarkable claim comes just days after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex controversially spoke out about the importance of the upcoming US election. 5Meghan and Harry would have ditch their titles to enter politicsCredit: AP:Associated Press "One of the reasons she was so keen not to give up her American citizenship was so she had the option to go into politics," the insider told Vanity Fair's Katie Nicholl.  "I think if Meghan and Harry ever gave up their titles she would seriously consider running for president." However those working close to the Duchess say she has no plans...
    Jewish American voters have leaned Democratic for decades, but Republicans are hoping the recent steps toward normalized relations between Gulf states and Israel — which Trump vigorously touted earlier this month — bolster his appeal to Jewish voters. With battleground states like Pennsylvania, Florida and Michigan decided in 2016 by fewer than a combined 200,000 votes, any loss of the Jewish support by Democratic nominee Joe Biden could be pivotal. “Democrats like to say they have a majority of the Jewish vote,” said Republican Jewish Coalition executive director Matt Brooks, whose group is spending $10 million to boost Trump and other GOP candidates in battleground states. “They do — but that’s not what this game is about.” ...
    The Wall Street Journal poured cold water on President Donald Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transition. The newspaper’s right-leaning editorial board published an op-ed Friday dismissing the president’ repeated threats to reject an election loss as just another one of his provocations, and insisted he lacked the necessary support to pull off such a constitutional assault. “President Trump’s insistence on saying the opposite of whatever the press demands is a source of more than a little of his political success as well as many self-defeating blunders,” the Journal’s editorial board wrote. “The media and intelligentsia have worked themselves into a frenzy over imaginary fears that Mr. Trump will somehow remain in office by force if he loses the 2020 election.” The president’s...
    Eric Trump weighed in on his father's comments on a peaceful transfer of power, saying President Trump would relinquish control of the government if he lost to Joe Biden in a blowout. But Eric, who helps run the Trump Organization, said his father would contest the election results if there were indications of 'massive fraud.' 'I think my father's just saying listen, if he got blown out of the water, of course he'd concede,' Trump said on a campaign swing in Las Vegas Thursday. 'If he thought there was massive fraud, then he'd go and try and address that,' he said, the Las Vegas Review Journal reported. Eric Trump says his father would concede the election 'if he got...
    With many criticizing 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden of hiding in his basement for the majority of his campaign, presidential debates seemingly would be a good way for the former vice president to refute claims of a decline in mental cognizance and that he is pushing a socialist agenda. During a Friday interview on CBS’s “This Morning,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) doubled down on saying Biden should not debate President Donald Trump. Pelosi argued that Trump “has no fidelity to fact or truth” and “isn’t committed to our Constitution,” thus she asked “why bother” holding a debate with him. Host Gayle King asked, “You had earlier suggested that you didn’t think Biden should debate. Do you still feel...
    Meghan Markle harbors serious ambitions to run for president of the United States, according to a report. After the Duchess of Sussex and husband Prince Harry dumped royal duties with their historic Megxit this year, the 39-year-old former “Suits” star now has her eye on the White House, a close friend told Vanity Fair. “One of the reasons she was so keen not to give up her American citizenship was so she had the option to go into politics,” the unidentified friend told the mag. “I think if Meghan and Harry ever gave up their titles she would seriously consider running for president,” the friend added of rumors of a 2024 run. Her biographer, Omid Scobie, also previously claimed that...
    In the closing months of his first term in office, President Donald Trump has taken the public approach of a wannabe authoritarian, but with the private perspective of a MAGA internet troll. Over the past week, Trump declined to commit to a peaceful, orderly transition of power, no matter who wins the 2020 presidential election, declaring at one point: “We’re going to have to see what happens.” To horrified voters, onlookers, and the Democratic opposition, it was another clear instance of the sitting president openly telegraphing his plans to seize power, something some administration officials fear will soon take form within the federal government and among major party organs. But to Trump, it was… funny as hell. According to two...
    Sarah Okeson September 25, 2020 10:57AM (UTC) Read more articles from the DCReport here. Donald Trump is the biggest loser. While he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may get a chance to ram through another justice on the Supreme Court before the November election, it may not do them much good. The Trump administration is losing case after case in federal courts. Even judges appointed by Republican presidents are ruling against Trump in most of the cases that have been filed by state attorneys general and other plaintiffs challenging actions taken by Trump agencies. : Administrations usually win 70% of the cases brought against them, but Team Trump has won only about 16% of the 132 decided lawsuits. These...
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first woman to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol when her body was moved there Friday morning.  After her casket arrived on the plaza outside the Capitol’s National Statuary Hall, a private ceremony for her family and invited guests began at the hall, where her casket will rest on the same wooden platform built for the casket of President Abraham Lincoln after his assassination in 1865.  Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, his wife, Jill, and Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, are attending the tribute.   Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, center, and his wife Jill Biden stand as the flag-draped casket of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies...
    According to an analysis of a poll conducted by Vote Common Good, Donald Trump is seeing an exodus of both Catholic and evangelical Christian voters who were previously able to put the president’s sins aside in order to vote for him in 2016, but are turned off by his lack of civility and “basic kindness” now that they have seen him in action. Writing for NBC, Doug Pagitt of Vote Common Good had little in the way of good news for the president who is lagging the polls to his Democratic challenger Joe Biden, saying Trump’s words and actions as president are coming back to haunt his re-election campaign. Writing, “What Trump may not fully realize is that his general tendency to...
    Five former officials for President Donald Trump’s administration announced their intent to endorse Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as they laid out the alarming reasons why they have chosen to do so. According to Newsweek, retired Air Force General Paul Selva, retired Admiral Paul Zukunft, former State Department official Virginia Bennett, Patrick Carrick, and former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Deputy Associate Administrator Mario Caraballo all appeared on the endorsement. As the former officials expressed concern for the direction of America, they noted how the pandemic has shed light on a number of the president’s inadequate leadership. “The next president will inherit a nation—and a world—in turmoil,” the endorsement said. “The current president has demonstrated he is not equal to the enormous responsibilities of...
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first woman to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol when her body was moved there Friday morning.  After her casket arrived on the plaza outside the Capitol’s National Statuary Hall, a private ceremony for her family and invited guests began at the hall, where her casket will rest on the same wooden platform built for the casket of President Abraham Lincoln after his assassination in 1865.  Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, his wife, Jill, and Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, are attending the tribute.   Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, center, and his wife Jill Biden stand as the flag-draped casket of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies...
    Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris is coming under increased scrutiny as the Supreme Court showdown comes to a tipping point ahead of November's election. Following the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last week, Democrats and Republicans have been locked in a constant struggle over the vacant seat on the high court. HARRIS MAKES MISLEADING STATEMENT ON COVID-19 BUSINESS LOANS WHILE CAMPAIGNING IN MICHIGAN While President Trump and the GOP are already pushing to get their potential pick through -- with the president promising a selection by Saturday -- Democrats argue that they should follow the precedent that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., had set ahead of the 2016 election. But, Republican lawmakers like Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.,...
    Sen. Bob Casey dismissed a report from the Justice Department that some military ballots were found "discarded" in his home state of Pennsylvania. The Democrat insisted on Friday that voting by mail is safe in Pennsylvania after being asked about the Justice Department's findings during an interview on MSNBC. "It’s safe to vote by mail. And, look, we know by now that everything the president says about mail-in balloting and voting in general is a lie. He lies all the time. So, nothing he says is the truth about this. That’s point No. 1. Point No. 2 is, there are going to be many opportunities for people to cast their votes in Pennsylvania. Depending on where they live, they’re...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump has lost patience with the head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, as well as with the other public health experts on his coronavirus team because their sober messaging on the future of the pandemic clashes with his rosy assessments.Trump believes that breakthroughs are not coming swiftly enough, according to people familiar with the President's thinking. Trump's frustrations have caused some to question whether Redfield is on the chopping block, but a Trump adviser said they did not expect the President to make major staffing changes before the election.The ever-looming threat, Trump's public undermining of the CDC chief and Redfield's tendency to fold to the White House are taking a toll...
    President Trump must win Florida in 2020. Polls already give a slight edge to Joe Biden, and the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg  could bring out even more voters. As the Los Angeles Times points out, the coronavirus pandemic began to eat away at Trump’s popularity in the state sometime around June. To date, the virus has killed 13,800 people in Florida. The Times tells the story of Priscilla Skalka, who voted for Trump in 2016, but now thinks he lacks what it takes to run the country. “The pandemic has upended Skalka’s life, first with depression as it kept family away, then with a terrifying case of COVID-19 that put her in intensive care at a St. Petersburg...
    The day after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death Sept. 18, Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats wrote Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., urging him not to “consider any nominee to fill Justice Ginsburg’s seat until after the next President is inaugurated.” The Democrats want people to believe that the circumstances surrounding the current Supreme Court vacancy are identical to those surrounding the vacancy in 2016 and that, therefore, the two vacancies should be handled the same way. This position is both factually wrong and seriously misleading. It’s factually wrong because the circumstances have changed. One week after Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died on Feb. 13, 2016, Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans wrote Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., saying “this Committee will...
    President Trump on Thursday accused 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden of pushing an "anti-police crusade." "Biden's anti-police crusade must stop," Trump said. "I will always stand with the heroes of law enforcement." The president, who has been campaigning largely on a pro-law-and-order message as crime spikes in major cities across the country amid civil unrest, was speaking at a rally in Jacksonville, Fla. "Joe Biden is weak as hell," Trump said of the former vice president's stance on law and order earlier in the rally. "He surrendered his party of flag burners, rioters and anti-police radicals. ... The Democrat Party's war on cops is putting police lives in danger." Air Force One stages behind a President Donald Trump campaign...
    The White House is quietly working “by the book” to plan a possible transition to Joe Biden if he wins November’s election, and officials are hoping President Donald Trump doesn’t find out. The president has refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power and suggested that he won’t accept a loss, but his assistant Chris Liddell has met two congressionally mandated deadlines to file transition reports in May and August and working closely with a career government official who’s serving as the federal transition coordinator, reported Politico. “They are very, very focused on implementing the law and doing it by the book, and they are doing a good job,” said David Marchick, director of the nonpartisan Center for Presidential Transition...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, is meeting with supporters in Winona Friday, but made a stop at the city’s Fleet Farm the night before. On Thursday evening, Ivanka Trump posted two pictures at the Fleet Farm, captioned “When in the Midwest!” The picture shows her with a baby Yoda and some red vines. When in the Midwest! ???? pic.twitter.com/CgByMGRRrF — Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) September 25, 2020 On Friday morning, she will be participating in a conversation on “President Donald J. Trump’s America First agenda.” Earlier Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence and Ivanka Trump made a few stops in Minneapolis. They visited with Flora Wesbrooks, who owns Flora’s Hair Designs on the Northside. Her business...
    Jonathan Karl, the chief Washington correspondent for ABC News, said in a new interview that he is "not part of the resistance" to President Donald Trump despite asking him tough questions. Karl was on Mediaites "The Interview" podcast and was asked about his recent question to Trump in which he said: "Why did you lie to the American people? And why should we trust what you have to say now?" The question was in response to audio recordings in which Trump said he downplayed the COVID-19 threat on America and noted that its deadlier than the flu, which clash with public statements hes made over the last several months. "Ive resisted using that word" lie, said Karl, the author of...
    Thursday, during an appearance on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) predicted a sweep for Democrats in November. According to the former Nevada lawmaker, Democrats will take the White House, the Senate and the House — that is, unless Trump “figures some way to cheat,” he said. “Donald Trump knows he is going to lose the election fairly,” Reid said. “He is behind in every poll. This could be a change election. He is going to lose big time. Biden is going to be elected. Pelosi is going to build upon her margin in the House. We’re going to take the Senate. So, he knows that. So he’s flailing. When in doubt, raise your arm...
    President Donald Trump seems confident, despite the polls, that he will be re-elected to a second term. But whether he leaves office in 2021 or 2025, Trump has brought several unique qualities to the presidency that his successors ought to emulate. I explore these qualities — these virtues — in a new e-book, available for Amazon Kindle: The Trumpian Virtues: The Lessons and Legacy of Donald Trump’s Presidency. I begin by reviewing the history of Trump’s presidency — so far! — in a step-by-step account, organized 100 days at a time. Then I turn to the Trumpian virtues themselves, the unique approaches that our 45th president has brought to the nation’s highest office, and which have helped him succeed. Not all...
    President Donald Trump walks to Marine One at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, as he travels to campaign events in Charlotte, N.C., and Jacksonville, Fla. (Oliver Contreras/The New York Times) WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump declined for a second straight day to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he lost the election, repeating baseless assertions that the voting would be a “big scam,” even as leading Republicans scrambled to assure the public that their party would respect the Constitution. “We want to make sure that the election is honest, and I’m not sure that it can be,” Trump told reporters on Thursday before leaving the White House for North Carolina. The president doubled...
    PHOENIX — After months of low polling by Sen. Martha McSally, some in the GOP are starting to believe she may end up keeping her seat after all. An ABC News/Washington Post survey released Wednesday found the Arizona senator just a point behind her Democratic challenger, former astronaut Mark Kelly. Those results come with the caveat that a separate CNBC poll released the same day found Kelly leading by eight points. A RealClearPolitics average of polls has Kelly leading by 5.5 points, although Republicans in the state think the tide may finally be turning against him. The Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Sept. 18 could be the key...
    With Election Day less than 40 days away, the presidential candidates have entered the home stretch of the 2020 campaign. Here's where the candidates will be traveling­­ and how they'll be spending their time on Friday, Sept. 25: THE TOPICS MODERATOR CHRIS WALLACE WILL BRING UP AT NEXT WEEK'S FIRST BIDEN-TRUMP PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE President TrumpThe president will kick off the day with a Latinos for Trump roundtable in Doral, Fla., according to a pool report of his schedule. From there, he will travel to Atlanta and head to the Cobb Galleria Centre, where he will deliver remarks on Black economic empowerment. The event is slated to begin at 2:40 p.m. ET. FACEBOOK TO BLOCK POLITICAL ADS CLAIMING ELECTION VICTORY UNTIL 'RESULTS HAVE BEEN DECLARED' Once the event...
    BOSTON (CBS) – President Donald Trump took a shot a Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker on Twitter Friday morning, a day after Baker ripped the president for not committing to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose November’s election. RINO Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts is unsuccessfully trying to defend Mail In Ballots, when there is fraud being found all over the place. Just look at some of the recent races, or the Trump Ballots in Pennsylvania that were thrown into the garbage. Wrong Charlie! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2020 “RINO Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts is unsuccessfully trying to defend Mail In Ballots, when there is fraud being found all over the place. Just look...
    President Trump will reportedly push toward the creation of a federal holiday for Juneteenth. Ja'Ron Smith, a top administration adviser, told McClatchy DC on Thursday that the president had reversed his stance after previously declining to endorse a legislative effort earlier this year. The June 19 holiday commemorates the cessation of slavery. WHAT IS JUNETEENTH? THE HISTORY BEHIND THE OLDEST COMMEMORATION OF THE ABOLISHMENT OF SLAVERY IN THE US “The president listened to a lot of different stakeholders who have championed it being very important in the community,“ Smith said. The president is set to give a speech in Atlanta, Ga., on Friday that Smith said would provide new details on the president's agenda for Black America. A stylized American Black...
    White House chief of staff Mark Meadows criticized FBI Director Christopher Wray on Friday morning for comments he recently made regarding the security of mail-in election ballots. Wray testified Thursday before the Senate Homeland Security Committee. During the hearing, he specifically stated that the FBI has “not seen, historically, any kind of coordinated national voter fraud effort in a major election, whether it’s by mail or otherwise.” (RELATED: President Trump Doesn’t Rule Out Replacing FBI Director Wray Over Antifa Comments) WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 12: FBI director nominee Christopher Wray testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee July 12, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. If confirmed, Wray will fill the position that has been left...
    In its continuing research into President Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest, a government watchdog group released a new report Thursday that shows the commander-in-chief has engaged in 3,403 conflicts of interest since taking office—an average of more than two conflicts per day since being sworn in in January of 2017. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released the findings Thursday and wrote that Trump “continues to be the most corrupt president in history.” 2/ Since day one of the Trump administration, @CREWcrew has been tracking the constant stream of conflicts of interest stemming from President Trump’s decision not to divest his businesses. We’re at 3,403…and counting. https://t.co/toIW0EJOyK pic.twitter.com/2hxd4eJTXs — Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) September 24, 2020 “As...
    Journalist Bob Woodward on Thursday said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Trump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance MORE declining to engage in a peaceful transition of power if he loses the election would be “putting a dagger in the Constitution," adding that he thinks that the president is "almost wishing for a quadruple trainwreck on Nov. 3" in regards to mail-in voting. “We have a president who has forsaken his basic duty to protect the country, to tell the truth and organize and plan, have some theory of the case what is he going...
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s foreign minister on Friday accused US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of “blatant ignorance” over her comments that questioned U.S. President Donald Trump's commitment to democracy and his alleged “admiration” of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other leaders accused of authoritarian rule. Pelosi criticized Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses elections in November, and called on the U.S. president to honor his oath of office and the U.S. Constitution. “We do know who he admires. He admires (Russian President Vladimir) Putin, he admires Kim Jong Un, he admires Erdogan in Turkey,” Pelosi said. She added: “But I remind him, you are not in North Korea, you are not...
    By The Associated Press Here’s what’s happening Friday in Election 2020, 39 days until Election Day: HOW TO VOTE: AP’s state-by-state interactive has details on how to vote in this election. TODAY’S TOP STORIES: RESPECTING ELECTION: President Donald Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses drew swift blowback from both parties in Congress, and lawmakers turned to unprecedented steps to ensure he can’t ignore the vote of the people. Amid the uproar, Trump said anew he’s not sure the election will be “honest.” BIDEN'S STYLE: Joe Biden has been laying low. Since he chose Kamala Harris as his running mate on Aug. 11, he has had 23 days where he either didn’t make public...
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - With the U.S. presidential election looming, lawyers for Donald Trump will ask a federal appeals court on Friday to block Manhattan's top prosecutor from obtaining the president's tax returns in connection with a criminal probe into Trump and his businesses. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments from lawyers for Trump and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, whose investigation began more than two years ago. The probe has been stalled as Trump fights an Aug. 2019 grand jury subpoena to his accounting firm Mazars USA for eight years of his corporate and personal tax returns. Vance began his probe after Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen paid hush money to silence...
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s foreign minister on Friday accused US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of “blatant ignorance” over her comments that questioned U.S. President Donald Trump’s commitment to democracy and his alleged “admiration” of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other leaders accused of authoritarian rule. Pelosi criticized Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses elections in November, and called on the U.S. president to honor his oath of office and the U.S. Constitution. “We do know who he admires. He admires (Russian President Vladimir) Putin, he admires Kim Jong Un, he admires Erdogan in Turkey,” Pelosi said. She added: “But I remind him, you are not in North Korea, you are...
    Here’s what’s happening Friday in Election 2020, 39 days until Election Day: HOW TO VOTE: AP’s state-by-state interactive has details on how to vote in this election. TODAY’S TOP STORIES: RESPECTING ELECTION: President Donald Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses drew swift blowback from both parties in Congress, and lawmakers turned to unprecedented steps to ensure he can’t ignore the vote of the people. Amid the uproar, Trump said anew he’s not sure the election will be “honest.” BIDEN’S STYLE: Joe Biden has been laying low. Since he chose Kamala Harris as his running mate on Aug. 11, he has had 23 days where he either didn’t make public appearances, held only virtual...
    President Donald Trump on Friday attacked new Fox News polls that have him trailing Joe Biden in battlegrounds Nevada and Pennsylvania – as well as key Republican-tilting  prize Ohio. The president resumed his long-running feud with the network's polling unit on Twitter. It called it 'one of the worst polls in 2016.' 'They were so ridiculously wrong. Fox said they were going to change pollsters, but they didn’t. They totally over sample Democrats to a point that a child could see what is going on.' President Donald Trump attacked Fox News polls Friday after they showed him trailing in Pennsylvania, Nevada and Ohio Then he tipped his hat to his favorite polling unit, Rasmussen. 'Rasmussen, which was accurate, at...
    WASHINGTON — With President Donald Trump continuing Thursday to call into question the integrity of the upcoming election, many Texas Republicans in Congress insisted that there would be a peaceful transition of power if Trump loses this November. But most delivered their statements without mentioning or engaging with the president's comments. Trump shocked many in the nation's capital on Wednesday when he declined to commit to a peaceful transition in the event his Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, defeats him in November. He said he was worried about mail-in voting, repeating his oft-stated concern that it could lead to fraud. Multiple states have used mail-in voting for years without any sign of widespread fraud. "We’re going to have...
    Trump's version of democracy is no joke. The Hill: Senate passes resolution reaffirming commitment to peaceful transition of power The resolution, offered by Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), passed by unanimous consent, meaning no senator objected to it. "It's a shame that we have to come and reaffirm our commitment to our country, our Constitution and who we are as a people. ...Sometimes we hear things that challenge that and we heard that yesterday and we were very concerned about that," Manchin said from the Senate floor. Donald Trump is working very hard to radicalize Joe Manchin.  That’s some messaging success. xTrump at the court as crowd chants “vote him out” — it’s rare for this President to see his opposition...
    It’s well documented that everything Donald Trump does is centred on winning a second election. Or a third, if he were allowed. 3Trump has been eyeing re-election since he stepped foot in the White HouseCredit: Getty Images - Getty Such is his addiction to his job, there’s plenty wondering whether, if he loses, he’ll admit to it and go quietly. Trump has been eyeing re-election pretty much since he first set foot in the White House as President and, naturally, the obsession gets stronger as the election campaign cranks into gear for the November vote. Everything that happens to any American politician right now is all about the ballot box, and nothing else. And, in any election,...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – While confirming she is on his shortlist to fill a Supreme vacancy after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Trump said he has no plans to meet with South Florida born federal Judge Barbara Lagoa. Speaking to reporters during a White House press briefing Wednesday, Trump, who has spoken highly of Lagoa, said, “She is on my list. I don’t have a meeting planned, but she is on my list.” Download The New CBS4 News App Here Trump had previously suggested he might meet with Lagoa later this week when he travels to Florida for campaign events. He is set to announce his nominee for the high court Saturday afternoon. Indiana Judge...
    It’s an age-old tradition in campaign politics: lower the expectations of your candidate and raise the expectations of your opponent heading into a crucial debate. “Having low expectations going into a debate makes it a lot easier to win. If voters assume the candidate is super polished, then the smallest mistake will be magnified. If a candidate acts out of character, it forces voters to reassess what they think about them. That's why a gaffe onstage can be so devastating,” longtime Republican strategist and GOP presidential campaign veteran Alex Conant highlighted. THE TOPICS MODERATOR CHRIS WALLACE WILL BRING UP AT NEXT WEEK'S FIRST BIDEN-TRUMP PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE Ahead of next week’s first general election debate between President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee...
    New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman on Thursday declared that the U.S. could be headed towards a second civil war following President TrumpDonald John TrumpSteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Trump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance MORE's comments around not carrying out a peaceful transition of power should he lose in November. “You know, I began my career as a journalist covering Lebanon’s second civil war in its history, and I’m terrified to find myself ending my career as a journalist covering America’s potential second civil war in its history," Friedman told Anderson Cooper in an appearance...
    Judge says 2020 census must continue for another month Which states have the least coronavirus restrictions? Keep Politics Out of Your Investing Decisions! These days, following an election can feel like watching the same slasher film every day for six months straight. But how should our political leanings impact our investing decisions? Specifically, should you sell before, during or after the election? While some might say that depends on who wins, I would take a different approach. © Provided by Kiplinger Two Clients Who Immediately Come to Mind I remember receiving a call the morning after President Trump won in 2016 from a client who wanted to sell out of the market because he was sure President Trump would...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – President Donald Trump will court the Hispanic vote in Doral on Friday when he hosts a “Latinos for Trump” roundtable at Trump National Doral Miami. “They’re very numerous in a county he needs to do well in,” Charles Zelden, a political science professor at Nova Southeastern University. “The President simply can’t get enough electoral votes without Florida. Biden doesn’t need Florida,” Zelden said. The president held a rally in Jacksonville on Thursday before heading to South Florida. Most polls have Democratic nominee Joe Biden ahead in the state but it’s still a virtual tossup. On Thursday, Trump continued to disagree with widespread mail-in voting. “We have to be careful with the ballots. You know the ballots, that’s...
    The White House sought Thursday to tamp down a firestorm over whether President Trump would commit to a peaceful transfer of power if defeated in November, as the president’s allies argued his comments were misconstrued and it was the Democrats who failed to accept the 2016 election results. Trump told Fox News he would accept a Supreme Court ruling that he had lost to Democratic challenger Joe Biden. “The president will accept the results of a free and fair election,” said White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany in Thursday’s briefing. “But I think that your question is more fitting to be asked of Democrats.” McEnany opened the briefing by listing examples of what she described as Democrats violating American political...
    Kamala Harris was widely thought to be a likely “attack dog” for Joe Biden. The former prosecutor earned a reputation for rising to the moment during high-stakes situations, such as her grilling of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his 2018 confirmation hearing and even, awkwardly, when she confronted her now-running mate in the first round of Democratic primary debates last summer. But the California senator has kept a conspicuously low-profile since Labor Day, declining to make news-shaping statements or upstaging the two-term vice president and 2020 Democratic presidential nominee. Harris did generate headlines after she was unveiled as Biden’s No. 2 last month and has led the campaign’s minority voter outreach efforts. However, it’s her light...
    Republican strategist Brad Todd likes to say that “Ohio is the new Missouri, and Wisconsin is the new Ohio” to explain how central to winning the White House the Badger State has become since President Trump captured the Midwestern battleground four years ago. Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin by a slim 0.7 percentage points, becoming the first Republican to collect the state’s 10 Electoral College votes since Ronald Reagan in 1984. In doing so, the president established Wisconsin as a crucial swing state that demands the constant care of Democratic and Republican contenders alike. And so, Wisconsin is receiving the kind of attention from Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, in the form of campaign visits and...
    (CNN)Joe Biden's campaign at 9:20 a.m. ET on Thursday called a "lid" -- a term used to inform reporters that the Democratic presidential nominee wouldn't be making any public appearances for the rest of the day.It was no surprise: Biden had told reporters the day before that he was devoting Thursday to preparing for his first debate with President Donald Trump next week.But it meant Biden would be on the sidelines as the nation erupted in controversy, with a Supreme Court seat on the line, widespread protests over the police involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, not facing charges related to her death, and Trump refusing to commit to a peaceful transition of power if he...
    Carrie Severino, the president of conservative advocacy group Judicial Crisis Network, thinks that it would be "better for the country" for the Republican-controlled Senate to confirm President Trump's nominee for the vacant seat on the Supreme Court. "It would be better for the country to have that full complement of justices on the court," Severino told CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett in this week's episode of "The Takeout" podcast. Severino suggested it would not be ideal to have an eight-member court when the upcoming election may be contested, adding that "no one really wants to see Bush v. Gore times two." But Elizabeth Wydra, the president of the progressive Constitutional Accountability Center, noted that several states have already...
    The stakes couldn’t be higher at the first presidential candidate debate in Cleveland Tuesday, moderated by Chris Wallace of Fox News. Due to limits on traditional campaigning because of the Chinese coronavirus, the presidential and vice-presidential debates this fall will be the most pivotal in American history. With the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the already tumultuous election campaign now heads into uncharted territory as we approach Election Day on Nov. 3. President Trump has announced he will nominate a Ginsburg successor on Saturday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said the Senate will hold a confirmation vote on the nominee before Election Day. Obstructionist Democrats have rallied in opposition to the president’s constitutional duty...
    David Edwards September 25, 2020 7:03AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on Thursday that President Donald Trump is not planning for a peaceful transfer of power because he expects to win. During a press conference on Wednesday, Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses in November. : "We're going to have to see what happens. You know that I have been complaining very strongly about the ballots. And the ballots are a disaster," he remarked. "Get rid of the ballots and you'll have a very peaceful — there won't be a transfer frankly. There'll be a continuation." Sanders appeared on Fox News and was...
    The rapper Kodak Black has pleaded with President Donald Trump to commute his prison sentence as he continues to serve time at a maximum-security facility in Kentucky on illegal firearms charges, TMZ reported Thursday. Black’s lawyers, Jonathan Schwartz and former Apprentice contest Bradford Cohen, sent a letter, obtained by the entertainment outlet, to the president explaining why their client should have his sentence commuted. Among their reasons included claims that the average sentence for federal gun cases is around 18 months, while Black is serving a sentence of 46 months. His representatives also argued that the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBP) “erroneously” housed Kodak on the basis of having a level-four criminal history, meaning he was placed in a maximum-security prison. They argue that...
            by Robert Romano  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is under enormous pressure from his Democratic colleagues not to confirm whoever President Donald Trump may nominate to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court before the election. But in truth, there is simply no reason, neither constitutional nor political, for Trump and McConnell to wait at all. The Constitution simply states, in Article II, Section 2, “The President… shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint … judges of the Supreme Court…” Meaning, under the law, when there is a vacancy on the nation’s high court, President Trump can make his nomination whenever he wants, and...
            by Martha Boneta  Talk in Washington has turned to the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and what President Trump will do to replace her—and Democrats aren’t happy about it.   First, they know Republicans probably have the votes to approve a qualified nominee if the president appoints one. Second, they don’t like that it takes the focus off what they see as a winning campaign issue—President Trump’s response to covid-19.  But their relentless criticism of his response was about to get called into question anyway as the presidential debates near and the president gets a chance to explain what he did and how.  Because when you look at it, the president’s response has been...
              A new poll shows Joe Biden leading President Donald Trump by only 5 points, nearly at the margin of error of 3.9 percent, but the president’s delegation chairman says that does not factor in Trump’s grassroots effort. The Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University released the poll, which is available here. Biden holds a 5-point lead in Virginia over President Donald Trump, 48% to 43%, according to the survey of likely voters released Thursday. Among Virginians who are enthusiastic about voting in the November 3 election, Biden’s lead jumps to 8 points, 51%-43%, the poll said. “Enthusiasm is a key to Biden’s lead and will be a key...
              Welcome to the Thursday edition of our daily Virginia Trump campaign update! We will provide our readers with daily updates on the Trump Virginia campaign from today to November 3 (and after…if need be!). It’s officially 39 days until the election on November 3 – and four days until President Trump and Joe Biden square off in the first presidential debate. A new poll out Thursday by the Julie Ford Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University showed the race for The White House in Virginia has tightened. The poll shows Biden with a 48-43 lead, with an eight-point advantage among the more enthusiastic voters. The poll also said the five-point...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was booed Thursday as he paid respects to late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He plans to nominate a replacement this weekend for the liberal justice, best known for her advancement of women’s rights. The president and first lady Melania Trump — both wearing masks — stood silently at the top of the steps of the court and looked down at Ginsburg’s flag-draped coffin, which was surrounded by white flowers. Ginsburg’s death has sparked a controversy over the political balance of the court just weeks before the November presidential election. Moments after Trump arrived, booing could be heard from spectators about a block away from the court building. They chanted “vote him out”...
    ACTOR Robert De Niro warned that if President Donald Trump gets reelected in November, the US will fall “into fascism.” De Niro called Trump a “criminal who will stop at nothing” to win, in an interview with Yahoo Entertainment released on Thursday. 3Actor Robert De Niro said the US will get 'into fascism, American-style,' if President Donald Trump is reelectedCredit: Yahoo Entertainment “We have to win it. Everybody has to join. We have to speak out and win this fight, period. We can’t let this go further,” De Niro said. If Trump gets “another four years, we’re into fascism, American-style, period,” the Oscar-winning actor opined.  Fascism is a far-right government system with a dictator holding complete power.  De Niro urged...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump and top aides are responding to the uproar over his failure to guarantee a peaceful transfer of power by intensifying their efforts to create election chaos he can use to cling onto power should he lose in November.In the wake of Trump's stunning warning on Wednesday that "we're going to have to see what happens," questions are also growing about the willingness of Republican lawmakers to stand up to Trump if he refuses to accept the will of voters.And raising new concerns that the administration is leveraging executive power to bolster the President's political goals, the Justice Department said it was probing "potential issues with mail-in ballots" in Pennsylvania following the discovery of nine discarded ballots.As the...
    Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 25, the 269th day of 2020. There are 97 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 25, 1957, nine Black students who’d been forced to withdraw from Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, because of unruly white crowds were escorted to class by members of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division. On this date: In 1789, the first United States Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. (Ten of the amendments became the Bill of Rights.) In 1904, a New York City police officer ordered a female automobile passenger on Fifth Avenue to stop smoking a cigarette. (A male companion...
    Fox News host Laura Ingraham took dead aim at one of her primetime cable rivals, mocking Rachel Maddow for pushing “hyperbole” and a “harebrained theory” about the 2020 election. But the supposedly damning evidence Ingraham presented was, in fact, a clip of the MSNBC host repeating President Donald Trump’s own rhetoric over the previous few days. On her Thursday night show, the Fox host teed up her argument against Maddow, saying “one of the left ‘us biggest media stars is reading the current situation as follows.” Ingraham then rolled a clip of from the opening of the MSNBC host’s Wednesday night show, with a chyron below her that read “Maddow’s Latest Harebrained Theory.” The president now saying that the election...
    Joe Biden stood on the floor of a Wisconsin aluminum plant this week, shed the trappings of his decades in national politics and then took aim at the billionaire New Yorker he wants to evict from the Oval Office. “I’ve dealt with guys like Donald Trump my whole life, who would look down on us because we didn’t have a lot of money or your parents didn’t go to college,” Biden said, recalling his boyhood roots. “Guys who think they’re better than you. Guys who inherit everything they’ve ever gotten in their life and squander it.” Biden has long cultivated his persona as “Middle-Class Joe” with “hardscrabble” roots, but as he turns to the closing stretch of his third presidential...
    President Trump's pick to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is likely to become one of the most partisan battles ever over the direction of the Supreme Court. Ginsburg's death at age 87 last week brought a cascade of demands from Democrats that Trump and the GOP hold off filling the vacant seat until the next president is sworn into office. "There is no precedent for confirming a Supreme Court Justice between July and Election Day," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, said. But Republicans are refusing to pass up the opportunity to shape the court's direction, possibly for decades, and are pledging a vote sometime this year and most likely before Election...
    President Trump has never been known to back away from a political fight, and choosing to nominate a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg immediately was in character. Now he probably ends his term with the most consequential fight yet. The result could be an enduring 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court or an embarrassing political defeat just as voters head to the polls to decide if he merits a second term. It could also trigger a successful Democratic court-packing effort, ushering in a new era of liberal dominance as early as next year. That last possibility is a sign both of the escalating "legitimacy war" between the two major parties and of the stakes of the final battle...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – President Donald Trump arrived in Miami-Dade late Thursday night and headed to his property in Doral. He’s in South Florida ahead of a meeting with Cuban-Americans in a “Latinos for Trump” event Friday morning. “They’re very numerous in a county he needs to do well in,” Charles Zelden said. Zelden is a political science professor at Nova Southeastern University. “The President simply can’t get enough electoral votes without Florida. Biden doesn’t need Florida,” Zelden said. The president held a rally in Jacksonville before heading to South Florida. Most polls have Democratic nominee Joe Biden ahead in the state but it’s still a virtual tossup. “We have to be careful with the ballots. You know the ballots, that’s...