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    The left's call for packing the Supreme Court by expanding its size so that a Democratic president could fill the new seats with liberal jurists gained a lot of steam following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last month. But Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has repeatedly refused to say whether he would support such a move — most recently during the Tuesday night presidential debate with President Donald Trump. Apparently a directive to not give a straight answer on the question went out to his entire campaign, because following the debate, Biden's running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, refused to answer CNN's question about whether a Biden administration would seek to pack the high court.What's...
    Democratic Ohio state Rep. Bernadine Kennedy Kent endorsed President Donald Trump on Tuesday for president and then greeted him aboard Air Force One before the first presidential debate. Kennedy Kent praised Trump for low black unemployment rates and for his support of historically black colleges, in a statement earlier in the day. Then Kennedy Kent and her husband went on Air Force One to meet Trump in Cleveland before the debate against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. “We all recognize that gainful employment and economic development is the best deterrent against violence and social unrest, so I want to thank President Trump for his commitment to ensuring the success of the Black community in every way,”...
    Kathy Castor on January 31, 2019.cityofstpete/Flickr If you’ve ever wondering whether you’re on the right side of history on an issue, just compare your views to those of Kathy Castor, the Democrat who represents Florida’s 14th U.S. Congressional District. The daughter of beloved former Florida Education Commissioner Betty Castor (and no relation to Tampa Mayor Jane), she’s the kind of elected official who stands up for what’s right regardless of whether doing so is in vogue. Take LGBTQ equality. Years before even the likes of Barack Obama were publicly “evolving” on same-sex marriage, Castor was going against the grain. There was that fateful Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners meeting in 2005 that has since become the stuff of local...
    Getty The United States Department of Labor Frances Perkins Building. People who received extra unemployment benefits – in the amount of $400 or $300 weekly, depending on the state – may wonder whether they have ended. The answer is yes. Extra unemployment benefits have already ended. However, some people still haven’t received the money because it’s retroactive to August 1, and the time frame depends on when your state applied for funding and finished processing it. The federal government approved six weeks of extra supplemental unemployment checks at the $300 or $400 amounts. The time frame for the extra money was August 1 through September 5, 2020, CNBC reported. Thus people were set to receive $1,800 or $2,400...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Wednesday called the first presidential debate "embarrassing for the country" and speculated that some parents took their children away from the television as President Trump regularly interrupted the former vice president and moderator Chris Wallace and hammered Biden with personal attacks, including about his son Hunter's drug use. The widely panned affair left the Trump campaign calling its candidate "the dominant force" and led the Commission on Presidential Debates to say it is likely to implement format changes "to ensure a more orderly discussion." Biden made his comments on the debate as he took a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania on Wednesday, speaking with local television stations, including Cleveland's WKYC. "I thought that was embarrassing for...
    Attorneys for Kenosha gunman Kyle Rittenhouse have announced they plan to sue Joe Biden and his campaign for libel after the presidential candidate tweeted a video suggesting the teenager is a white supremacist.  Lin Wood, who is representing the 17-year-old shooter, on Tuesday said he is taking steps to demand a formal 'public retraction' from the Biden/Harris campaign shortly after the former VP shared the clip. The 50-second video showed a mashup of scenes from white supremacist rallies and far-right groups across the country as debate moderator Chris Wallace is heard asking Trump if he is willing to condemn the racist organizations.  Attorneys for Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse (left) have accused Joe Biden of defaming the teenager after...
    **Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.**On the roster: The mistake on the lake - GOP senators frustrated as Comey claims ignorance - ‘Amtrak Joe’ keeps his focus on Pennsylvania - Ernst feels SupCo pressure in Senate race - They must have watched the debateTHE MISTAKE ON THE LAKEThis is a note of studied optimism. We understand that there are big problems facing our grand old republic but, as the saying goes, what’s wrong with America can be fixed by what’s right about America.It’s not “the sun’ll come out tomorrow.” It’s an informed view that relies on the knowledge that humans tend to have a hard time being proportionate in their assessments of their...
    An Ohio state representative announced her endorsement of President Trump, citing low unemployment rates among black Americans under his administration. "Not only am I Black, I am a proud American and delighted to endorse President Trump for re-election," state Rep. Bernadine Kennedy Kent wrote in her endorsement. "Furthermore, I am honored to share with people my intent to vote for him and spread the word on the value of his leadership and his dedication to the American people." "We all recognize that gainful employment and economic development is the best deterrent against violence and social unrest, so I want to thank President Trump for his commitment to ensuring the success of the Black community in every way.” Today, another...
    ORLANDO, Florida — In the biggest Electoral College swing state, the communities surrounding roller coasters and waterslides could decide whether President Trump or Joe Biden wins the presidency. Aubrey Jewett, a professor of political science at the University of Central Florida, said that when taking a regional approach to looking at Florida, “Central Florida is still the most important.” “We are the swing region of the swing state,” Jewett, the co-author of Politics in Florida, told the Washington Examiner. The Trump campaign in a recent press call asserted that the president does not need to win Florida and its 29 Electoral College votes in order to win reach the winning number of 270. But campaign manager...
    (CNN)Joe Biden and Kamala Harris made it clear on Tuesday night that they don't want to talk about changes to the Supreme Court, including expanding the current nine-justice bench.Asked directly at the first presidential debate if he supported "packing the court" in response to President Donald Trump possibly confirming a third Supreme Court justice before the election, Biden openly acknowledged he was dodging the question, saying "Whatever position I take on that, that'll become the issue."Trump seized on the comment, asking Biden repeatedly if he was "going to pack the court," leading Biden to say, "I'm not going to answer the question." Visit CNN's Election Center for full coverage of the 2020 raceBiden's running mate, Harris, also dodged the query...
    By Larry Keane Former Vice President Joe Biden is the captain now. “The party is me,” Biden said during the presidential debate. “Right now, I am the Democratic Party. I am the Democratic Party right now.” The debate didn’t touch on gun control. Amidst the arguing and speaking over one another, the candidates touched on Supreme Court nominees, law enforcement, riots and looting. The topic of gun rights or gun control wasn’t addressed. The former vice president, though, told the American public exactly where he is on gun control when he uttered that phrase. He wants more of it. Lots more. The Democratic Party adopted the Biden-Harris platform at their convention earlier this year that laid out their plans to enact unprecedented gun control....
    President Trump on Wednesday tweeted that 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden "lost" the "radical left" during Tuesday's first presidential debate. "Nobody wants Sleepy Joe as a leader, including the Radical Left (which he lost last night!). He disrespected Bernie, effectively calling him a loser!" the president tweeted. The former vice president said during Tuesday's debate that he does not support the progressive Green New Deal. TRUMP-BIDEN PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE IN CLEVELAND: TOP 5 MOMENTS "No, I don’t support the Green New Deal," Biden said while answering a question from Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, who moderated the debate. "I support the Biden plan I put forward, which is different than what [Trump] calls the Green New Deal." The answer appeared to contradict Biden's...
    With Election Day just 34 days away and the first presidential debate over, President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have entered the final leg of the 2020 campaign. Following Tuesday night's raucous and fiery debate in Cleveland — Biden lambasted Trump as a "clown," while Trump heckled the former vice president over his ties to democratic socialists and lack of support among law enforcement  — the candidates will travel to 2020 battleground states to continue to appeal to voters. The 90-minute debate marked the first meeting between Trump and Biden in months, but within moments of beginning, the showdown descended into chaos as the two sparred over the coronavirus pandemic, health care, the economy, racism, law and order and other issues. DEBATE GETS PERSONAL AS BIDEN CALLS TRUMP A ‘CLOWN,’ TRUMP TELLS BIDEN...
    In the inaugural episode of The Brief, hosts Markos Moulitsas and Kerry Eleveld discussed climate change, rural voters, and what a fully Democratic-controlled Congress might be able to accomplish. This week they were joined by guests Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Matt Hildreth, executive director of Rural Organizing. With the election drawing ever closer, Markos and Kerry opened the show with a discussion of current polling and why the Biden campaign is in a very strong position moving forward, despite Democrats’ worries that 2020 will be a replay of 2016. While these fears are obviously not unfounded, Markos points out that Biden is doing better in the polls than Hillary Clinton was, especially in battleground states. In her interview with Markos and Kerry,...
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    The first general election debate between President Trump and Joe Biden devolved into an argument over healthcare after the candidates were asked about Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Fox News moderator Chris Wallace began by asking about Barrett’s nomination, and, after brief statements about the nominee from both candidates, the conversation turned to healthcare and whether people will be able to keep their private insurance under a Biden administration. Trump said he has “a lot of time” both before and after the November election to confirm Barrett to the Supreme Court and said that if the roles were reversed, the Democrats would be doing the same thing. “The American people have a right to have a...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday defended his plan for health care during the first presidential debate, arguing that he was in charge of the Democrat Party’s plan for health care. President Donald Trump interrupted Joe Biden to note that the Democrat Party is already pursuing a socialized government health care system for all Americans. “Your party wants to go socialist medicine, and socialist health care, and they’re going to dominate you, Joe. You know that,” Trump said. “The party is me. Right now, I am the Democratic Party. I am the Democratic Party right now,” Biden replied forcefully. “Not according to Harris,” Trump replied, citing Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris. Trump argued that he wanted to provide Americans...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden pushed back against President Trump's efforts to link him to Bernie Sanders during the first debate on Tuesday night, declaring that he beat the self-described democratic socialist by a "whole of a hell of a lot." "The matter of the fact is that I beat Bernie Sanders," Biden said during the debate, hosted by Case Western Reserve University and The Cleveland Clinic. "By a whole hell of a lot." NO HANDSHAKES BETWEEN BIDEN AND TRUMP AT DEBATE The two candidates were sparring over health care, and the White House-backed lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act, the landmark health care law passed a decade ago by President Barack Obama. Trump accused Biden of backing Medicare-for-all, the universal health care program...
    President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden started their face-off at the first 2020 presidential debate by locking horns over the future of the Supreme Court. Fox News anchor and debate moderator Chris Wallace began the debate asking both candidates to make their argument for whether the 2020 election should decide who will choose the successor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. After touting the credentials of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Trump argued “we won the election and therefore we have the right to choose her” and said Democrats would do the same thing in the same position. Part of this involved Trump bringing up the stalled nomination of Merrick Garland, but he argued that the difference was...
    The first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden got off to a wild start, with both candidates bickering and interrupting each other from almost the first sentence, and one early dustup focused on an accusation Trump has made before that the most extreme liberal elements of the Democratic Party will control Biden. Trump accused Biden of supporting “socialist medicine,” with Biden replying, “That’s simply not true,” and starting to discuss the elements of his health care plan, saying that he supported allowing Americans to keep private insurance. “That’s not what you’ve said,” Trump interrupted, “and that’s not what your party has said.” “That is simply a lie,” Biden attempted to answer. “Your party wants to go socialist medicine,”...
    The first one-on-one debate of the 2020 presidential election kicked off on Tuesday, and those watching will now get the chance to decide which candidate came out on top. President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden met for the first time on Tuesday evening on the stage at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. As CNN reported, the event looked very different than ones in years past, with socially distant rules in effect which meant there was not the traditional audience. “The audience, at about 70, will be limited compared with previous debates, and everyone attending the event at will undergo testing for Covid-19 and follow other health safety protocols,” the report noted. The meeting of Democratic...
    As Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden square off for their first of three debates in Cleveland Tuesday night, what can viewers expect? Trump, the hard-hitting counter-puncher and Biden, the play-by-the-rules debate veteran each have their own game plan, set to their own styles. Trump has had trouble moving the needle up "until now," Mo Elleithee, founding executive director of Georgetown Universitys Institute of Politics and Public Service, told Fox News. "It’s been a remarkably static race. The clock is ticking louder and louder. So he needs to find a way in these debates to change the narrative, to change the conversation, and to start to alter the fundamentals of this race." Elleithee, who was a senior...
    President Trump faces off with Democratic nominee Joe Biden in Cleveland on Tuesday night in the first of three presidential debates. The showdown promises to be filled with personal grievances as much as stark policy differences, with each candidate trying to gain the upper hand. The revelation that Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017 injects a fresh attack line for Biden, who is also certain to go after the president’s record in handling COVID-19 and America’s place as the country with the highest death toll in the world. Trump and his campaign have spent months portraying Biden as frail and prone to verbal stumbles. But the Democratic nominee held his own in the primary...
    Several sports betting companies offer chances to win cash for making predictions about Tuesday’s 2020 presidential debate, according to reports. FOX Bet Super 6 will give people the chance to win money from making predictions about what happens during the debate on Tuesday night, according to Fox News. DraftKings and FanDuel will also give $50,000 to the highest winners, The Associated Press reported. The bets in FOX Bet’s platform have the chance to win if they correctly guess what happens in the debate, like what nickname President Donald Trump will have for Democratic nominee Joe Biden, if they will shake hands and if they will wear masks. (RELATED: Report: Trump Campaign Pushing For Four Live Debates Against Joe Biden) “All...
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Threatened with the potential loss of European Union funds over their records on democracy, and feeling like “punchbags,” Poland and Hungary are planning to assess how countries across the EU adhere to the rule of law. The foreign ministers of the two nations said this week in Budapest that a new institute of comparative law will supply them with information on the state of democracy in every EU member, to prevent what they called “double standards.” Announcing the plan on Monday, Hungary’s Peter Szijjarto said, in his opinion, the policy that the two governments pursue based on Christian foundations is intolerable to the “international liberal mainstream.” “The goal of the institute of comparative law is...
    Between President Trump setting low expectations for Joe Biden’s debate performance and historical precedent of incumbent presidents not performing well in the first presidential debate, Democrats are optimistic that the first encounter between the major-party candidates will be Biden’s to lose. The challenge, though, is that Trump could ignite the Democratic presidential nominee’s short temper with criticisms of his family or on matters of personal pride. What the Biden campaign doesn’t want is a debate-stage version of when Biden told a Michigan autoworker that challenged him on guns that he is “full of s---,” or when he said that an Iowa voter who questioned his mental fitness and son Hunter Biden’s connections to a Ukrainian gas company was...
              Live from Music Row Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio. At the end of the second hour, Carmichael weighed in on institutional constraints and the Democratic Party’s party disdain for constraints. He added that here in Nashville, ‘Mayor Cooper and his and his ilk are trying to thwart the will of the voters and thwart the institutional constraints that the that our Charter provides.’ (Amy Coney Barrett clip plays) Leahy: And that is Amy Coney Barrett Saturday after the president nominated...
    The putrid heap of orange-tinted lard in the White House will do everything in his power to stay there after Jan. 20, 2021. That includes installing a Supreme Court justice with experience in stealing presidential elections. While the Senate Democrats are still grappling with that particular issue, House Democrats are working on how they're respond to various scenarios, including the scariest: a for-real, legitimate tied electoral vote should that happen. This is about being prepared for the worst, so don't panic or anything because Trump's polling is still very, very bad for him. But with minority rule being the norm in American governance, it's not impossible that we end up with a tied electoral college. That's what led House Speaker Nancy...
    John Cornyn's Democratic challenger, MJ Hegar, received an outpouring of financial support — and a coveted Obama endorsement — in the wake of Ginsburg’s death. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Democratic opponent MJ Hegar's tight Texas Senate race is anyone's game after increased donations for Hegar — as well as an endorsement by former President Barack Obama — arrived following Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death. It all started last week, when Cornyn expressed his support for filling Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat immediately. "I hope our colleagues on the other side of the aisle will try to restrain themselves from repeating the smear campaign that took place during Justice Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing,"...
    Reuters September 28, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden square off on Tuesday in their first presidential debate. With five weeks to go until the Nov. 3 general election, the stakes are high. Here are five things to watch for during the 90-minute debate in Cleveland: FLASHPOINTS The televised match-up comes as Trump faces persistent questions, based on his statements about a rigged election, about whether he will accept the results should he lose. With millions at home watching, how will he respond if Biden pushes him to commit to a peaceful transfer of power? Both candidates will scuffle over Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. Trump is...
    The following article is an opinion piece and reflects the views of only the author and not those of AllOnGeorgia. By: State Representative Vernon Jones.  Jones is a Democratic politician from Georgia. Jones was chief executive officer of Dekalb County, Georgia, from 2001 until 2009, and in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1993 to 2001. Jones was elected to the Georgia House in 2016. What you think of Joe Biden’s debate performance will depend on how closely you’re paying attention. Biden is hoping for a passive audience that won’t notice when he misdirects or substitutes bland platitudes for substantive answers. This isn’t Biden’s first rodeo. He has more experience...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court over the weekend is likely to further nationalize the fight for control of the Senate, with Republicans looking to defend a majority that was very much at stake well before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died.There's no question the court battle has already injected more money and partisanship into many of these races, but a little more than week out from Ginsburg's death, there isn't yet enough data to definitively say whether the vacancy — another major national event in a year full of them — will benefit one party or another.The loss of the liberal justice has been a fundraising bonanza for Democrats, many of whom already had...
    Democratic senators are already claiming they will not meet with Amy Coney Barrett as her nomination moves to the Senate floor next month, claiming her 'extreme' views are not suited for the Supreme Court. 'I will not meet with Judge Amy Coney Barrett,' Senator Kirsten Gillibrand asserted in a tweet Sunday afternoon. 'This nomination process is illegitimate.' The New York Democrat added: 'I refuse to participate in the further degradation of our democracy and our judiciary.' Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii joined in Gillibrand's sentiment earlier in the day Sunday. 'I will oppose the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, as I would any nominee proposed as part of this illegitimate sham process, barely...
    Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said on Sunday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “AM Joy” that Democrats were willing to end the filibuster and add more justices to the Supreme Court if they take the Senate majority in November’s election. Host Tiffany Cross asked, “On November 10, that’s when the ACA will be heard before the court. Seven million will be impacted should they strike it down. Given the dire situation, we are in, the old playbook before 2016 is thrown out. So based on where we are today, where do you stand on if Joe Biden is successful in November and bests Donald Trump, what’s your position on expanding the court?” Blumenthal said, “That’s a really good question. And all the more...
    Civil rights lawyer Leo Terrell said that he “escaped” the Democratic Party “asylum” during a discussion Saturday about Catholic Democrats opposing Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. “I had to get away from the asylum and guess what? I escaped and I am not going back,” he said. “It’s just that [the Democrats] hate: when they don’t have an argument they’ll just make up an argument,” Terrell told Fox News’ “Justice with Jeanine.” (RELATED: Leo Terrell: ‘Embarrassed To Be A Democrat After DNC Plays ‘Race Card’ On Mount Rushmore) Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen.Kamala Harris has suggested that Catholics may be unfit to serve in public office and Democratic lawmakers have attacked Barrett’s faith. Several media...
    Donald Trump again pressured debate organizers on Sunday to administer a drug test before the first face-off with Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee continues to surge in polls just two days ahead of the event. Trump insisted that the Democratic nominee could only perform well at the debate if he takes narcotics. 'I will be strongly demanding a Drug Test of Sleepy Joe Biden prior to, or after, the Debate on Tuesday night,' the president tweeted Sunday morning. 'Naturally, I will agree to take one also,' Trump continued. 'His Debate performances have been record setting UNEVEN, to put it mildly. Only drugs could have caused this discrepancy???' Trump and Biden will participate in three in-person debates ahead of the...
    Loading the player... Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has never publicly endorsed a candidate for public office before. All that has now changed, as he’s announced his support for Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to be elected the next president and vice president on the United States this November. The actor and former wrestler posted his official announcement on his Twitter page on Sunday morning. Not only did he give his endorsement, but he also recorded a video of him speaking with both Biden and Harris, asking them about what they plan to do if they win. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson attends the premiere of Sony Pictures’ “Jumanji: The Next Level” at TCL Chinese Theatre on...
    Alex Henderson September 26, 2020 7:07PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. More polls on the 2020 presidential race have come in for Texas — and once again, former Vice President Joe Biden is within striking distance of President Donald Trump, who is ahead by only 3% in a New York Times/Siena poll and by 5% in a Quinnipiac poll. Texas is still in play for Biden, but even if Trump ultimately wins the Lone Star State, these polls are an ominous sign for the GOP and underscore the inroads Democrats are making in a state that Republicans can no longer take for granted. Texas' U.S. Senate race is another ominous sign for the GOP. Incumbent Sen. John Cornyn is ahead of Democratic...
    A judge denied Democratic donor Ed Buck's request to be released on Friday, claiming he posed a danger to the community.  U.S. Magistrate Judge Rozella A. Oliver said that the conditions presented by Buck's attorney were 'insufficient' to ensure that the embattled donor would show at trial, KCAL reports.  Oliver also said that Buck's legal team failed to show how the medical staff at the Metropolitan Detention Center were incapable of handling their client's medical needs, after the defense expressed concern with Buck getting COVID-19.  She added that he did not appear to have any medical conditions that seemed to put him at risk for catching the virus at 66 years of age.    U.S. Magistrate Judge Rozella A. Oliver...
    Marjorie Taylor Greene QAnon is a grotesque conspiracy theory, bizarre and creepy even by the standards of conspiracy theories. Witness this single line from a Georgia woman, who said QAnon is “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take this global cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles out.” But there’s the thing: That Georgia woman is Marjorie Taylor Greene, who is on track to be a member of the House of Representatives. And she’s not the only Republican nominee for office with a QAnon track record. Greene won her primary in a heavily Republican House district and then her Democratic opponent mysteriously dropped out of the race. Q-curious Republicans have also won primaries to challenge Democratic Senate incumbents in Delaware and Oregon. “While most people who run under the...
    Washington (CNN)Sen. Doug Jones, a vulnerable Democratic senator up for reelection in the red state of Alabama, announced Friday he "will not support" President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee -- who has yet to be named -- ahead of Election Day."I will not support the confirmation of any Supreme Court justice nominee, regardless of who it might be. I will not support that nominee before the outcome of the November 3 election has been determined," said Jones during a Facebook livestream."We should not force the country into a brutal and divisive partisan fight to confirm a Supreme Court justice ... while Americans are already voting to choose their next president," Jones added. Jones criticized Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch...
    “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” Democratic political operative Rahm Emanuel famously said. The former Chicago mayor’s point was that a crisis gives political players the opportunity to bend, and maybe even break, the normal rules. Today, the country is facing a Covid-19 crisis, as well as a crisis of rioting in the streets and a spiking crime rate, and now even a vacancy on the Supreme Court. But as far as Democrats are concerned, the real crisis is Donald Trump, and these other crises provide an opportunity to defeat him. With less than 40 days until Election Day—and with early voting starting even sooner—Democrats and their media allies (or the “Democrat-Media Complex,” as Andrew Breitbart liked to call them) are not wasting...
    Some Democrats in critical battlegrounds worry that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is not campaigning vigorously enough in their states. While Biden has taken a low-key approach to campaign across the country amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Democratic figures in Texas and North Carolina remarked that his method may not be enough to get him 270 electoral votes. Gilberto Hinojosa, the chair of the Texas Democratic Party, called Biden’s limited campaigning due to the pandemic a “pretty lame excuse,” the Associated Press reported, arguing that campaigning in Hispanic-heavy states like Texas and Arizona could increase his chances of victory in November. (RELATED: Poll Shows Tight Races In Texas, Iowa, Georgia) “I thought he had his own plane. He doesn’t have to...
    Ed Buck, the Democratic party donor in whose house two men died of drug overdoses, is planning to ask to be released from jail and await trial from home. On Friday, at a bail reconsideration hearing, Buck's defense attorneys are set to argue that Buck, 66, is high-risk of contracting coronavirus if he remains locked up.      According to court papers obtained by City News Service, Buck says he is willing to pay a $400,000 signature bond as well as be electronically monitored and confined to his hime.  The attorneys also argue that Buck suffers from gum disease and needs specialized cardiac care that the criminal justice system is unable to provide. But federal prosecutors are against his release, saying Buck...
    More polls on the 2020 presidential race have come in for Texas — and once again, former Vice President Joe Biden is within striking distance of President Donald Trump, who is ahead by only 3% in a New York Times/Siena poll and by 5% in a Quinnipiac poll. Texas is still in play for Biden, but even if Trump ultimately wins the Lone Star State, these polls are an ominous sign for the GOP and underscore the inroads Democrats are making in a state that Republicans can no longer take for granted. Texas’ U.S. Senate race is another ominous sign for the GOP. Incumbent Sen. John Cornyn is ahead of Democratic challenger M.J. Hegar, but only by single digits. According...
    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...
    A congressional special election has been called in Minnesota, increasing House Republicans' chances of dominating state delegations in the event of a tied Electoral College after Nov. 3. Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon has scheduled a special election on Feb. 9 for the 2nd Congressional District after the death this week of Legal Marijuana Now Party candidate Adam Weeks. Simon's announcement Thursday follows state law, which stipulates that a special election be called if a major party nominee dies within 79 days of Election Day. The November contest is less than six weeks away. The suburban-to-rural swing district, which covers south of the Twin Cities, is represented by first-term Democratic Rep. Angie Craig. She's ahead of her well-funded Republican...
    Photo credit: Spencer Platt, Getty Images. A major Wall Street analytics firm released its financial forecast for the country over the next decade under four different scenarios — and it assessed the prospect of a Joe Biden win and full Democratic control of Congress as the best for the economic recovery. According to a new 10-year forecast from Moody’s Analytics, the nation would enjoy faster and stronger GDP growth, more employment gains, more labor participation and income growth, and greater corporate profits if a blue wave sweeps the 2020 election. “The economic outlook is strongest under the scenario in which Biden and the Democrats sweep Congress and fully adopt their economic agenda,” Moody’s wrote.”The economy is expected to create 18.6...
    The percentage of incoming Harvard students who identify as conservative dropped by nearly 50% compared to the 2017 graduating class. While 15% of the Ivy League school's class of 2017 identified as either somewhat or very conservative, that number has dropped to 7.4% for the class of 2024. The reduction in the percentage of conservative students is a sharp drop from last year's freshman class, in which 12.4% of students identified as somewhat or very conservative. The data stands in stark contrast to the political identity of Americans. In 2019, 37% of Americans identified as conservative and only 24% identified as liberal, according to a poll conducted by Gallup. Only 5.2% of the students...
    What kind of economic growth can we expect if Joe Biden wins the presidency in November and Democrats sweep Congress? And how does it compare to a hypothetical Trump victory and a Republican sweep? The boffins at Moody’s Analytics took a look at the likely impact of economic policy in both scenarios and came up decidedly bearish on Republicans: The economic outlook is weakest under the scenario in which Trump and the Republicans sweep Congress and fully adopt their economic agenda. In this scenario…it is not until the first half of 2024 that the economy returns to full employment…unemployment remains persistently higher…labor force participation rate that never fully recovers to its pre-pandemic highs…real after-tax income does not change much during...
    Cowboy boot-wearing Montana Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock could end the 2020 election cycle with two unsuccessful campaigns for different offices under his belt. Bullock, 54, is challenging Republican incumbent Steve Daines, 58, to represent Montana in the Senate after suspending his six-month Democratic presidential nomination bid. The popular term-limited governor's senatorial efforts started strong, reflecting his leadership of Montana's coronavirus pandemic response. But polling has tightened between the pair, sometimes with a single percentage point separating them, as Daines wins over previously undecided voters in conservative-leaning Montana and the candidates and outside groups inject more than $50 million into the state. Despite Montana's tradition of localizing politics and standing against big government and corporations, President Trump has become an outsized...
    (CNN)In the wake of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's threat that "everything is on the table" if Democrats retake the majority this fall, there's been considerable focus on both what they might consider and whether they will have the votes to do it.Among the many proposals -- add seats to the Supreme Court, grant statehood to DC and Puerto Rico -- floated as ways to pay back Republicans for their decision to push a Supreme Court confirmation fight this close to the election, the one that seems the most achievable is the elimination of the filibuster.The filibuster -- essentially the ability of one senator to block a floor vote at any time, a la "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" --...
    He’s giving a whole new meaning to “Morning Joe.” With just 40 days until the presidential election, Joe Biden’s campaign called a lid at the early hour of 9 a.m. on Thursday — meaning the Democratic nominee won’t be holding any public events for the rest of the day. Biden’s campaign blasted out the email at 9.20 a.m., announcing the 77-year-old Democratic nominee would spend the day hunkered down in the Wilmington, Del., home where he has been sequestered for much of the coronavirus pandemic. His running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif) also has no public events. Yesterday, the Democratic nominee told reporters that he would spend Thursday preparing for his first debate with Trump in Cleveland, Ohio, which is...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden refused to comment Wednesday on whether he approves of trying to add seats to the U.S. Supreme Court. “What I’m not going to do, and I hope you’ll understand, is play the president’s game,” Biden told Charlotte, North Carolina, NBC affiliate WRAL. “He wants to change the subject: instead of about violating constitutional principles by moving forward in the middle of an election — elections have already started — he wants us talking about whether or not we’re going to expand the court, or going to have the court packed,” said Biden. “I’m not going to get into that.” (RELATED: Democrats Threaten To Pack The Court If Republicans Nominate A Replacement For Ginsburg This...
    Texas state House candidate Brandy Chambers The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● State Legislatures: With the nation's primary elections finally concluding last week, we're pleased to announce that the 2020 edition of the Daily Kos Elections State Legislative Open Seat Tracker is now complete. Overall, Democrats are contesting more seats at the legislative level than Republicans, and fewer of the party's incumbents have opted to retire, suggesting continued optimism about Team Blue's chances across the country. This year, 5,876 seats are on the ballot across 86...
    Sean McElwee - Charlotte Swasey - Jenifer Fernandez Ancona September 24, 2020 10:00AM (UTC) At first blush, the 2020 Democratic primary campaign was a blow to progressives. Two leading candidates on the left — Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders — both ran for president this year, along with a number of others who had worked to establish progressive credibility (including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington, Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Kamala Harris, the eventual vice-presidential nominee), courting various policy positions such as Medicare for All and the Green New Deal.  In the end, of course, the nominee was Joe Biden. But politics, as Max Weber put it, is the long...
    WASHINGTON — Democratic senators are highlighting that COVID-19 is the newest pre-existing medical condition. That means people who had the disease could be denied health insurance if the Obama-era health law is overturned. See:Coronavirus update: U.S. death toll tops 201,000, as daily tally more than doubles The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg means there are no longer five justices on the court who have previously upheld the Affordable Care Act. That law forbids insurers from turning down people with health problems or charging them more. “Any diagnosis of COVID will likely become a pre-existing condition,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. “We will see rates skyrocket for anybody who has had COVID.” The U.S. flag flies beside the Capitol...
    Freedom House, a U.S government-funded but independent non-profit (NGO) founded in 1941 to promote democracy, advance freedom, and fight fascism around the world on Wednesday found itself facing fascism at home. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was Freedom House’s first co-chair. The organization was “founded on the core conviction that freedom flourishes in democratic nations where governments are accountable to their people; the rule of law prevails; and freedoms of expression, association, and belief, as well as respect for the rights of women, minorities and historically marginalized groups, are guaranteed.” On Wednesday President Donald Trump refused to commit to the peaceful transition of power, saying, “get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very trans- — we’ll have a very peaceful — there...
    CNN analyst April Ryan said that she “gets chills” at the thought of referring to Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris as “Madame Vice President.” Ryan started off her Tuesday Instagram live session with the Democratic vice presidential nominee with a conversation about Harris’ shoe choices — Converse Chuck Taylors for most campaign events and Timberland boots when she toured wildfire damage with Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom. (RELATED: Kamala Harris Gets Rave Reviews For Her Boots — Melania Trump Got Blasted For The Same Ones)   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by April D. Ryan (@adr1600) on Sep 21, 2020 at 11:54am PDT Ryan wrapped up the conversation by bringing up a shirt someone had...
    Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar appeared on CNN’s Newsroom on Wednesday and took aim at Donald Trump the recent attacks he directed at her, Breitbart reported. “The president clearly loves to prey on people’s fears,” she said. “He spreads the disease of hate everywhere he goes. And these cult rallies that he’s holding across the country are now being fueled by fear.” According to Omar, Trump is “fearful” of winning her home state, which has pushed him to stoke the flames of hatred to combat the “Democratic power” she claimed drives turnout in her district. “And we are going to make sure not only does he not win Minnesota but that he doesn’t get back to the White House.” As reported...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has held a consistent lead in the polls, but things could still change, veteran D.C. lobbyist Bruce Mehlman said. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic, three upcoming presidential debates and the recent Supreme Court vacancy all add uncertainty to the race, Mehlman outlined in his quarterly report. Biden v. Trump The report noted that while 58% of President Donald Trump supporters surveyed said that they were enthusiastic about him, only 43% of Biden supporters surveyed said the same about the former vice president. However, while only 39% of Trump supporters said that they feared a Biden presidency, 55% of Biden supporters said the same regarding a Trump presidency. It’s clear that “people don’t feel as strongly about...
    An unnamed Democratic senator sharply criticized Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) ahead of eventual Supreme Court hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, going so far as to say that Feinstein is “not sure what she is doing.” The criticism, first reported by Politico, may spark some “isn’t that ageism” retorts. Feinstein, at 87, is the oldest member of the Senate. She is the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is chaired by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). The report said that Democrats “privately fear” Feinstein can’t now do what is necessary to achieve meaningful, effective and ultimately successful opposition to the Republican Party’s rapid effort to fill the Supreme Court seat of late liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. But that’s...
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) said it's "awful" that Judge Amy Coney Barrett's religion is being attacked as rumors circulate that she's the front-runner to be President Donald Trump's nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. "I'm Catholic, OK. And religion should not enter into it. It sure doesn't with me," Manchin said in an interview on Fox News Wednesday. "The freedom of religion is one of the basic rights we all have as American citizens." Judge Barrett, who serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, is widely seen as President Trump's likely pick to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death. She has been the...
    President Donald Trump struck back at Cindy McCain for endorsing his political rival, saying she 'can have Sleepy Joe' Biden, who he described as John McCain's 'lapdog.'  The president's tweet came as McCain, the widow of the late senator, made the rounds of the morning TV shows to tout her endorsement of Biden, which was a blow to the president's re-election bid.   'I hardly know Cindy McCain other than having put her on a Committee at her husband's request,' Trump tweeted. 'Joe Biden was John McCain's lapdog. So many BAD decisions on Endless Wars & the V.A., which I brought from a horror show to HIGH APPROVAL.' 'Never a fan of John,' he added. 'Cindy can have Sleepy Joe!' Cindy...
    The looming battle over President Trump’s third Supreme Court nominee will be colored by lingering bad blood over past confirmation fights, as both Democrats and Republicans have been radicalized by perceived slights to previous nominees. Republicans and conservative activists are incensed by the treatment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who they believe was falsely smeared as a rapist and dealt with unfairly by Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats. Sen. Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who currently chairs the panel, has specifically invoked the Kavanaugh hearings in explaining why he has abandoned his reluctance to confirm a Supreme Court nominee during an election year. “Lastly, after the treatment of Justice Kavanaugh I now have a different view of the judicial-confirmation process,” Graham...
    Mississippi Democrat Mike Espy raised $1.4 million during the first 18 months of his long shot bid to unseat incumbent Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith. In the three days since Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, Espy raised $1 million. Fundraising for Democratic Senate candidates has exploded since Ginsburg, a beloved liberal icon, died on Friday. That evening through Tuesday afternoon, online donation platform ActBlue processed $170 million in contributions overall to Democratic candidates and groups. Some of that cash is flowing to Democratic challengers running in red states whose path to victory is virtually nonexistent regardless of how much money they rake in. Espy is one. Amy McGrath is another. The Kentucky Democrat is raising tens of millions...
    A former democratic member of Congress referred to the supporters of President Donald Trump as "white trash" when describing why Trump's doing better among Hispanic males and not females. Joe Garcia was quoted in the Charlotte Observer in an article published Tuesday. "They're selling success, right?" Garcia said of Republicans. "And they're selling a mutated, macho-istic, celebrity version of success, which is the same thing Donald Trump is selling to white trash across the country." he continued. "Look at me, I'm a billionaire, I married my mistress and I still have a family." Garcia was commenting on a report that showed Trump was performing better among Hispanic males than Hispanic...
    Some Trump supporters in Democratic-leaning districts of Virginia, Wisconsin and other states say they feel maligned because of their conservative views. They are now banding together in convoys for solidarity. Here is what a ride on the "Trump train" looks like - and what it means for the nation. Scott Pio coasts through a neighbourhood in northern Virginia on a recent Sunday in his Jeep, a Wrangler draped in Trump flags. He waves at two women dressed in tank tops who are chatting in a front yard. They give him a hard stare. Pio, a 36-year-old software engineer, is hardly surprised. On weekends the president frequently comes here to play golf at his club, Trump National, and...
    (CNN)Maine's Supreme Court has sided with the state's Democratic secretary of state and rejected a Republican challenge to ranked-choice voting in the upcoming election. Your big questions about voting and the 2020 election, answeredThe ruling means Maine residents will use the voting method in the November election between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden, barring further appeals. Polls show Susan Collins below 50% support in MaineRanked-choice voting allows voters to rank all the candidates by preference and for a voter's next choice to be considered if their first candidate doesn't have enough votes to be viable.The five-judge panel ruled Tuesday that the secretary of state had acted correctly in rejecting a ballot referendum on the future of...
    PHOENIX — No Democratic presidential candidate has won Arizona since 1996, and that was the only time it's happened since Harry Truman nabbed it in 1948. But the party is packing an aggressive pitch to voters there this year, particularly in voter-rich Maricopa County. Democrats have long had their eye on competing fiercely in Arizona, with its rising Latino community and former California residents who moved slightly east for the lower housing costs while continuing to reside in warm weather. And many traditional Arizona Republicans, in the Barry Goldwater and John McCain mold, aren't fans of President Trump's bellicose style and are ready to cross the aisle and back Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Democratic sights on...
    Getty Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden delivers remarks at an aluminum manufacturing facility in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, on September 21, 2020. Did Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden botch the Pledge of Allegiance during a campaign event? An 8-second clip from his speech in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, on September 21, appears to show the former vice president use incorrect language and the video has gone viral. However, the clip is misleading because Biden was not reciting the pledge. He alluded to a portion of it in order to stress that if elected president, he would work to represent all Americans, not just Democrats and those who voted for him. Here’s what you need to know: Joe Biden Stressed He...
    (CNN)The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg weeks before the presidential election has turned Democratic nightmares into a crushing reality.Impervious to cries of hypocrisy and pleas to adhere to a standard they set in 2016, Republicans are bulling forward with plans to fast-track her replacement. Liberal hopes that enough GOP senators might stand in the way have been all but dashed with Utah Sen. Mitt Romney's announcement Tuesday that he supports a vote on President Donald Trump's eventual nominee. The confirmation of a new justice appointed by Trump would establish a hard conservative majority on the high court, shifting its balance of power while immediately endangering the Affordable Care Act. The court could also emerge as a reliable...
    Senate Democrats are telling the American people they are ready to go all in on packing the Supreme Court if former Vice President Joe Biden wins the election in November. Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) is the latest in a growing chorus of Democrats vowing to expand the court, calling the extreme legislation "long overdue court reform." "This is long overdue court reform as far as I'm concerned, and I have been thinking about court reform and what we can do regarding the Supreme Court to make it so much more objective," Hirono said on CNN Tuesday. Sen Hirono Insists Court Packing “Long Overdue," To Be Discussed “If The Dems Take Back The Senate" www.youtube.com ...
    The passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has brought leftists to a full political tantrum. Facts, timing and the Constitution make it an increasingly likely prospect that President Trump will successfully install a third Supreme Court Justice in his first term. That drives liberals over the edge. Granted, it was not a very long drive, but in the last few days the left has let fly with an unprecedented political rave-out, even before Trump has revealed his nominee. Leftists have invoked Ginsburg’s supposed dying wish that she not be replaced until a new president was in office. Former president Obama noted that RGB “left instructions for how she wanted her legacy to be honored,” and that they should be obeyed. Of course...
    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,...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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....
    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....
    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...
    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...
    (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...
    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,...
            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....
    (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...
    (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...
    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,...
    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...
    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,...
    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...
    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,”...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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...