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    Reuters August 4, 2020 0 Comments Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Monday that President Donald Trump was telling “bald-faced lies” about voting by mail to distract from his own failures, after Trump last week suggested it could be cause to delay the election. Biden’s remarks were his strongest on the issue since Trump, who trails the presumptive Democratic nominee in opinion polls, tweeted on Thursday that he would not trust the results of an election that included widespread mail voting – a measure many observers see as critical during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Trump then suggested the Nov. 3 vote could be postponed, an idea immediately rejected by Democrats and his fellow Republicans in Congress – the...
    Texas is increasingly looking like a battleground state, and the Joe Biden campaign is sending some attention that way. The campaign announced six hires in Texas, including state director Rebecca Acuña and deputy state director Jennifer Longoria. The campaign is also launching digital ads in English and Spanish, commemorating the anniversary of the mass shooting in El Paso. That comes weeks after Biden’s first television ad in Texas, which had a relatively modest buy but should help keep the Trump campaign wasting money in its bid to shore up a lead in a state that shouldn’t even be a contest. The presidential race isn’t the only sign of trouble for Republicans in Texas, either. Daily Kos Elections recently moved two Texas congressional races in the direction of Democrats, with a poll in one of...
    Joe Biden may have won the Democratic presidential nomination, but the Bernie Sanders wing of the party will prevail in the White House. That’s the message President Trump’s reelection campaign is honing in on in the homestretch. It is the theme of two ads the Trump campaign launched in early-voting states on Monday. The first ad “exposes Joe Biden as a tool of the radical left for his pledges to raise taxes by trillions of dollars, grant amnesty for 11 million illegal aliens, and cut police funding,” according to the Trump campaign. The second “features a woman silently displaying cue cards that describe her fear that Biden is too weak to stand up to the extremists in control of his...
    (CNN)With the election less than three months away, Donald Trump has sought to turn his campaign around by presenting himself as the law and order candidate. He has made this clear in his public statements, his campaign commercials and, in case anybody has not gotten the message, by occasionally simply tweeting the phrase "Law and Order." Trump is hardly the first Republican to use this appeal to win the support from white suburban voters and other key constituencies concerned about crime or civil unrest. For over half a century, conservative candidates in the US, such as Rudy Giuliani when he ran for mayor of New York City and numerous other Republicans, have made calls for law and order a...
    (CNN)The dog days of summer are usually a low-key time for members of Congress to be with their family and constituents back home. But this August 4, some are running for their political lives, challenged by insurgent candidates on the left and right. Kansas, which hasn't sent a Democrat to the Senate in nearly 90 years, has suddenly become the center of the struggle between the two parties for control of the chamber. The Sunflower State also features another Republican primary race, between an indicted congressman and state official, that could affect the Democrats' chances of picking up a House seat in a Trump district.Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a founding member of the "squad," is being challenged by one of...
    Ohio Democrats see opportunity on the horizon for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, given the coronavirus pandemic the Trump administration is still struggling to control and the economic fallout that has ensued. Ad money is flowing into the state's media markets. The Trump campaign has reserved nearly $22 million on the airwaves since June 1 through Election Day, according to Kantar/CMAG, despite a spending freeze last week. And on Thursday the president is planning an in-person visit to raise money in Cleveland and to tour a Whirlpool manufacturing plant in Clyde.   The Biden campaign has two ads running in the state, part of a seven-figure ad buy that will run through the Democratic convention. The ads, playing in the Toledo and...
            by Andrew Trunsky  President Donald Trump’s campaign manager called Monday for more presidential debates, saying that they should begin earlier than planned. During an interview with “Fox & Friends” Monday morning, Bill Stepien (pictured above) said that the current debate schedule, which is set to begin Sept. 29, will prevent voters in early-voting states from seeing the two candidates go head-to-head before casting their ballots. “We want more debates, we want debates starting sooner,” Stepien, who took over as Trump’s campaign manager last month, said. “First debate is scheduled for Sept. 29, by that time 16 states already will have voted. That’s a concern to me. I want to see President Trump on the debate stage...
    (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. You can sign up for free right here.Joe Biden is afraid to debate President Trump. He wants to stay locked away in his basement bunker. He knows he can't match Trump's energy and wit onstage with the country watching and the fate of the election hanging in the balance.Or so you might think if you're hooked on right-wing media for your news. The reality is that Biden is very much willing to debate Trump this fall. In fact, his campaign has already agreed to the three debates with Trump.But speculation on Fox News and other right-wing media outlets has suggested otherwise. If you pay attention to this...
    Trump campaign stickers are turning up on wild black bear tracking collars, leading an animal rights group to offer a $5,000 reward for information on who put the political stickers there.   The most recent sighting on July 31 marks the second time a Trump sticker has been spotted adorning a bear's tracking collar in less than a year in Asheville, North Carolina.  Sheila Chapman, of Asheville, told News 13 that she saw a Trump 2020 sticker on the collar of the bear that stopped on her front porch on July 31.   A North Carolina woman spotted a Trump 2020 on the tracking collar of a wild black bear on her porch, the second time a bear has been spotted in...
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Establishment Republicans sought Tuesday to thwart polarizing conservative Kris Kobach’s bid for Kansas’ open Senate seat, a task complicated by President Donald Trump’s refusal to endorse their favored candidate in the primary. Republicans haven’t lost a Senate contest in Kansas since 1932. But party leaders in Washington and many GOP activists in Kansas fear that the normally safe seat held by retiring four-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts will be in play if the party nominates Kobach, the former Kansas secretary of state who is nationally known for advocating restrictive immigration policies. Trump didn’t intervene to help Rep. Roger Marshall in a crowded field, despite prodding from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others. The two-term congressman...
    President Trump has made another overture urging supporters to don face coverings during the coronavirus pandemic. The Trump campaign sent out an email to supporters on Monday encouraging the use of face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The email, which was signed by the president, came the same day that a national poll found a staggering 82% of U.S. voters either “strongly” or “somewhat” support a national mask mandate, including two-thirds of Republicans. “I know how difficult the past few months have been,” Trump said in the email to supporters. “I am writing to you now, not to ask for a contribution, but to ask for your help. We are all in this together, and while...
    (CNN Business)Fox News host Sean Hannity is helping the Republican National Committee raise money for President Trump's re-election campaign, despite network rules supposedly barring employees from participating in campaign events.In fundraising emails the RNC sent on Sunday and Monday, the committee told supporters that those who donate $75 or more would get "priority access" to signed copies of Hannity's book "Live Free or Die: America (and the World) on the Brink," which is set to be released Tuesday. As of Monday, Amazon listed it as the No. 2 selling book on the platform, followed by Mary Trump's "Too Much and Never Enough" at No. 3.Sunday's email included the language, "Authorized by Trump Headquarters.""We are only offering this exclusive opportunity to...
    After President Donald Trump’s campaign sent out an email promoting mask-wearing, CNN’s Chris Cuomo asked on Monday, “Where was this months ago!?” in regards to the president’s delayed promotion of facial coverings that only began in early July. The email sent on Monday afternoon entitled “Patriots Wear Face Masks” asked his supporters to give masks “a shot.” “I don’t love wearing them either. Masks may be good, they may be just okay, or they may be great,” the email read. His campaign’s change in tone around masks started in the beginning of July, where Trump wore a mask in public for the first time in public  and was photographed with a navy facial covering. That came after months of Trump...
    By Caroline Kelly | CNN President Donald Trump on Monday sent a campaign email, typically used for soliciting donations, to make a different request of his supporters: consider wearing a mask. “We are all in this together, and while I know there has been some confusion surrounding the usage of face masks, I think it’s something we should all try to do when we are not able to be socially distanced from others,” the email, sent by the Trump campaign and signed by the President, read. The rare move comes after Trump avoided wearing a mask in public for months until he tweeted a photo of himself wearing one in a stark messaging pivot in July — though footage...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign is leaving themselves room to keep the former vice president and presumptive Democratic nominee out of this fall's scheduled presidential debates, Trump 2020 media communications director Erin Perrine told "The Story" Monday. Earlier on Fox News, Biden deputy campaign manager and communications director Kate Bedingifeld told “America’s Newsroom” that Biden was the "one candidate in this race who has agreed to three debates". "The Trump campaign has actually not agreed yet to participate in the debates set by the presidential debate commission." VideoPerrine told host Sandra Smith Monday night on "The Story," that Bedingfield's comment was misguided, saying that "President Trump will be debating Joe Biden if Joe Biden decides to show up." "Kate left herself a little...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump on Monday sent a campaign email, typically used for soliciting donations, to make a different request of his supporters: consider wearing a mask."We are all in this together, and while I know there has been some confusion surrounding the usage of face masks, I think it's something we should all try to do when we are not able to be socially distanced from others," the email, sent by the Trump campaign and signed by the President, read.The rare move comes after Trump avoided wearing a mask in public for months until he tweeted a photo of himself wearing one in a stark messaging pivot in July -- though footage later surfaced of Trump not wearing a mask...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled MORE’s campaign emailed supporters on Monday encouraging them to wear masks when social distancing is not possible as the president has shifted his tone on the practice over the past few weeks. The reelection campaign’s email, which is signed by the president, requested Trump’s supporters don face coverings but acknowledged “there has been some confusion surrounding the usage of face masks.” “I think it’s something we should all try to do when we are not able to be socially distanced from...
    ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images The Donald Trump campaign sent out an email Monday night encouraging people to wear masks with the subject line “Patriots Wear Face Masks.” After being criticized for not more forcefully encouraging mask-wearing sooner, the president himself wore a mask in some recent public events, and sent out a tweet encouraging people to wear it, calling it something patriotic people can do. The email from the Trump campaign reads, “We are all in this together, and while I know there has been some confusion surrounding the usage of face masks, I think it’s something we should all try to do when we are not able to be socially distanced from others.” “I don’t love wearing them...
    By Michael Martina | Reuters Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Monday that President Donald Trump was telling “bald-faced lies” about voting by mail to distract from his own failures, after Trump last week suggested it could be cause to delay the election. Biden’s remarks were his strongest on the issue since Trump, who trails the presumptive Democratic nominee in opinion polls, tweeted on Thursday that he would not trust the results of an election that included widespread mail voting – a measure many observers see as critical during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Trump then suggested the Nov. 3 vote could be postponed, an idea immediately rejected by Democrats and his fellow Republicans in Congress – the sole...
    More Americans than ever are likely to cast a ballot by mail for the first time in this year's presidential election, and voters could face a learning curve in completing it properly and ensuring it arrives in time to be counted, CBS News Campaign Reporter Adam Brewster and CBSN Political Reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns report. In the primary elections held during the pandemic this year in five key battleground states, rejection rates of returned absentee and mail-in ballots ranged from a little under 1% to nearly 2%, according to a CBS News analysis of state data and a report from the MIT Election Data and Science Lab. The number seems small and suggests that in the vast majority of cases votes cast by mail...
    Monday on MSNBC, Biden campaign senior adviser Karine Jean-Pierre argued that the Trump campaign was “trying to move the goal post” by calling for more presidential debates. Anchor Ayman Mohyeldin said, “Let me get your final thoughts on something the Trump 2020 campaign has been saying. And if they want more debates, Bill Stepien saying they want more debates starting soon, pointed out the first debate is scheduled for September 29. By that time, 16 states will have already been voting. What is your thought about that? Do you want to see more debates, or does the Biden campaign want to see more debates?” Jean-Pierre said, “Well, the Biden campaign has been very clear, crystal clear on this, is that...
    Reuters August 3, 2020 0 Comments Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Monday that President Donald Trump was telling “bald-faced lies” about voting by mail to distract from his own failures, after Trump last week suggested it could be cause to delay the election. Biden’s remarks were his strongest on the issue since Trump, who trails the presumptive Democratic nominee in opinion polls, tweeted on Thursday that he would not trust the results of an election that included widespread mail voting – a measure many observers see as critical during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Trump then suggested the Nov. 3 vote could be postponed, an idea immediately rejected by Democrats and his fellow Republicans in Congress – the...
    Democratic senators say Joe BidenJoe Biden2020 Democratic Party platform endorses Trump's NASA moon program Don't let Trump distract us from the real threat of his presidency Abrams: Trump 'doing his best to undermine our confidence' in voting system MORE shouldn’t be afraid to debate President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled MORE in the fall, countering other party figures floating the idea that he should skip the debates given his polling advantage, and not risk giving Trump a lifeline. “We’ve had presidential debates for a long time now...
    (CNN)CNN has received another 428 pages of notes from major witness interviews during former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, including newly released records of what major Trump administration figures -- including Jared Kushner and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions -- said about the 2016 campaign. This is the ninth time CNN has gotten documents like these from the Justice Department regarding the Mueller investigation, as part of a 2019 lawsuit in conjunction with BuzzFeed. EXCLUSIVE: Fearing Trump interference, FBI agents hid copies of Russia investigation docs So far, the previous releases have fleshed out details that Mueller summarized in his final report regarding President Donald Trump's and his campaign's actions. But they often give much more detail. These documents are...
    PolitiFact landed itself in hot water on Monday over a tweet declaring President Trump "kept" his campaign promise of vowing to say "Merry Christmas" instead of "Happy Holidays." The fact-checking outlet tweeted, "As a candidate, Trump said, 'We're going to be saying Merry Christmas at every store. You can leave ("Happy Holidays") at the corner.' Retailers continue to use the phrase 'Happy Holidays,' but as president, Trump has stayed away from using the term" with a "Trump-O-Meter graphic showing Trump "kept" his vow against political correctness. A December 2018 article attached to the tweet explained its ruling, citing the White House holiday card that said "Merry Christmas." POLITIFACT FACES BACKLASH FOR EXPLAINING WHY TRUMP 'KEPT' HIS CAMPAIGN PROMISE TO NOT CUT ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS...
    Democrats who are pushing presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden to skip this fall's debates against Donald Trump are revealing a lack of confidence in the candidate, former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer told “Outnumbered Overtime” on Monday. "Have you ever seen the Democrats so fearful that they need to bubble wrap their candidate because they don’t think he can stand on the stage for an hour and a half or two hours?" Fleischer asked. "Of course there have to be debates. The American people will demand them." Fleischer was responding to one of his predecessors as White House press secretary, Joe Lockhart, who penned an op-ed last week urging Biden not to debate Trump prior to the November election. CLINTON EX- SPOX URGES BIDEN TO SKIP PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES “Whatever you do, don’t debate Trump,” Lockhart wrote on CNN's website....
    Welcome to The Hill’s Campaign Report, your daily rundown on all the latest news in the 2020 presidential, Senate and House races. Did someone forward this to you? Click here to subscribe. We’re Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here’s what we’re watching  today on the campaign trail.  LEADING THE DAY:  Five states will hold primaries on Tuesday night, with the biggest showdowns taking place in Michigan and Kansas.  In Michigan, first-term Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTrump holds mini-rally at Florida airport Tlaib opens up about why she hasn't endorsed Biden yet On The Money: Congress set for brawl as unemployment cliff looms | Wave of evictions could be coming for nation's renters | House approves 9.5B spending package MORE...
    Despite excitement from the far-left wing of the Democratic party about Joe Biden putting forth the most "progressive" Democratic agenda ever, his campaign is not keen on flaunting that fact to a conservative audience. During a Fox News appearance on Monday, Biden deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield repeatedly dodged questions about whether a Biden administration would push far-left policy ideas. The segment began with a discussion of new Trump campaign ads that suggest that Biden is catering to and controlled by the "radical left," a message that the Trump team has pushed in the past but is now putting new energy and money toward. "Meet the new strategy, same as the old strategy," Bedingfield said. She...
    The likely audience for Trump campaign ads in such a reliably Democratic area is Donald Trump himself. The campaign first started employing this tactic to mollify its candidate in late May, when it spent $400,000 to run ads on cable news networks in the Washington, D.C., media market as Trump began to worry about his reelection chances. It has spent at least $476,000 on such ads. The fact that neither the District of Columbia nor Maryland or Virginia is likely to vote for Trump in November makes the ad buys an even more confounding use of campaign cash in a critical stretch of the election — unless Trump is indeed their target audience. Since the 23rd Amendment to the Constitution...
    CNN’s Jim Sciutto asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Monday whether Republicans were engaging with foreign powers to influence the 2020 election — but failed to ask whether Democrats had stopped using foreign intelligence agents to collect information for their own campaign. “Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), he is working with a pro-Russian Ukrainian lawmaker on dirt on the former Vice President Joe Biden. I just wonder, in your view, is that accepting foreign help in the election, and is it — would it be taking part in foreign interference to accept such help?” Sciutto asked during a morning interview with Pelosi. Johnson, who chairs the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, is investigating the appointment of Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, to the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian...
    Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe Biden2020 Democratic Party platform endorses Trump's NASA moon program Don't let Trump distract us from the real threat of his presidency Abrams: Trump 'doing his best to undermine our confidence' in voting system MORE’s campaign announced its first Texas hires for the general election on Monday, as polls show the race for president tightening in the Lone Star state.  Biden’s Texas state director will be Rebecca Acuña, who has worked for various Texas state legislators and has most recently served as the director of government affairs at PepsiCo, according to a Biden campaign statement.  Biden’s deputy state director will be Jennifer Longoria, who served as Texas director for Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Warren4 reasons why Trump...
    Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is “very much looking forward to debating Donald Trump,” the former vice president’s campaign deputy manager and communications director Kate Bedingfield told “America’s Newsroom” on Monday. She added that the Biden campaign has already agreed to the upcoming three presidential debates, while the Trump campaign has not. Bedingfield made the comments following the publication of an op-ed penned by former Clinton White House press secretary Joe Lockhart where he urged Biden to skip debating President Trump prior to the November election. “Whatever you do, don’t debate Trump,” Lockhart wrote on CNN's website. “Trump has made more than 20,000 misleading or false statements, according to the Washington Post. It’s a fool’s errand to enter the ring with someone who can’t follow...
    **Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.** On the roster: Trump reboots, races to define Biden as time runs short - Jitters as secretive veepstakes enters home stretch - Trump bashes his top virus doc, blames Pelosi - Dems try to push Kobach into winners’ circle - ‘Stop! Sanitize!’TRUMP REBOOTS, RACES TO DEFINE BIDEN AS TIME RUNS SHORTFox News: “The Trump campaign resumed airing national ads on Monday with what officials called a ‘smarter, more strategic’ approach focused on early voting states, after hitting pause in order to review their tactics. The campaign last week took a brief hiatus from the airwaves, as new campaign manager Bill Stepien conducted a review of where and when their ads were...
    President Donald Trump’s campaign manager called Monday for more presidential debates, saying that they should begin earlier than planned. During an interview with “Fox & Friends” Monday morning, Bill Stepien said that the current debate schedule, which is set to begin Sept. 29, will prevent voters in early-voting states from seeing the two candidates go head-to-head before casting their ballots. “We want more debates, we want debates starting sooner,” Stepien, who took over as Trump’s campaign manager last month, said. “First debate is scheduled for Sept. 29, by that time 16 states already will have voted. That’s a concern to me. I want to see President Trump on the debate stage against Joe Biden.” “We want more debates. We want...
    On July 30th, America lost one of this century’s bravest political figures: Herman Cain. Though he beat stage 4 cancer in 2006 when doctors only gave him a 30% chance of survival, coronavirus proved too much after a month-long hospital stay in the Atlanta-area. Regrettably, media voices have worsened the tragedy by obsessing over his attendance at a late June campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma for President Trump while largely ignoring his remarkable lifetime achievements. Despite the fact nobody knows exactly where he caught COVID-19 considering a recent visit to Arizona and daily life in Georgia, that hasn’t prevented rampant speculation which needlessly tarnishes his image. As his VP of Communications and Chief Foreign Policy Adviser on the 2012 presidential campaign, I got...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign is beefing up its presence in Texas, a longtime ruby red state that recent polls suggest is up for grabs between the Democratic challenger and President Trump in November’s general election. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's campaign on Monday announced six staff hires in the Lone Star State. Topping the list is Rebecca Acuna, a longtime Democratic strategist in Texas who was named the campaign's state director. The unveiling of the hires come as the Biden campaign also launched new digital ads in English and Spanish in Texas, commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Walmart shooting in El Paso that left 23 people dead. It was the worst mass shooting targeting Latinos in recent U.S....
    Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio are the four states that GOP strategists have been describing as President Donald Trump’s “Rust Belt firewall” — states that went to President Barack Obama in both 2008 and 2012 but favored Trump over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016. But that “firewall” has not been holding up for the president. Trump’s reelection campaign has “temporarily” suspended its advertising in Michigan, although it continues to advertise in the other three — all of which are clearly in play for former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee. And Philadelphia-based reporter Holly Otterbein, in an article published in Politico on August 2, stresses that so far, Trump’s attacks on Biden have not been resonating...
    President Trump's campaign manager called for more and earlier debates with Democratic challenger Joe Biden, arguing that early voting will lead voters in some states to cast their ballots before the first debate takes place. "We want more debates," said Bill Stepien, Trump's newly promoted campaign chief, in a Fox & Friends interview on Monday. "We want debates starting sooner." It was Stepien's first interview since taking the job. Sixteen states will have started voting by the time of the first debate on Sept. 29, Stepien said. "That’s a concern to me." "We are already seeing the liberal Left, the liberal media trying to create trapdoors for Joe Biden to escape his commitment and his obligation to debate Donald...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled MORE's reelection campaign in a new Spanish-language ad equates progressive politics in the United States to socialist dictators and politicians in Latin America. The ad opens with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe Biden2020 Democratic Party platform endorses Trump's NASA moon program Don't let Trump distract us from the real threat of his presidency Abrams: Trump 'doing his best to undermine our confidence' in voting system MORE saying, "I'm going to go down as one of the most progressive presidents in American history," a...
    Aides are increasingly worried that the 2020 campaign may already be defined as a referendum on Trump's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and will feature a historic shift to remote and early vote options. The Trump campaign is scrambling for a reset, pausing advertisements while struggling to find both a cohesive message and a way to safely put Trump on the road in front of voters. Trump added to the tumult by publicly wondering if the election should be delayed while making the unfounded claim that the tilt toward mail-in balloting would lead to widespread voter fraud. That suggestion drew a rare rebuke from Republicans, many of whom quietly warned the White House that it could be interpreted as an...
    Fox News host Steve Hilton issued a stark warning Sunday evening about President Trump's reelection chances and what could happen to the Republican Party in Congress in November. Hilton, who has been supportive of the president, argued on his show, The Next Revolution, that Trump's team is not doing enough to secure four more years in the Oval Office and that slack could contribute to Democrats retaining the House and taking control of the Senate. “With Biden and the Democrats, there would be even more bogus bureaucracy and shutdown stupidity," he argued. "And that terrifying prospect gets closer every day because of the baffling complacency of the Trump campaign. Where's the energy? Where are the ideas? Where's the hope for...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled MORE’s campaign manager said Monday that he wants “more debates” between the president and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe Biden2020 Democratic Party platform endorses Trump's NASA moon program Don't let Trump distract us from the real threat of his presidency Abrams: Trump 'doing his best to undermine our confidence' in voting system MORE – and he wants them to begin sooner rather than later. In an interview with Fox News’s “Fox & Friends,”  Bill Stepien voiced concern that the current debate...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is back on television with a new pair of ads attacking presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, following a temporary suspension of ad spending late last week.The new ad blitz comes after new campaign manager Bill Stepien canceled all of the campaign's ad buys last week to assess where the campaign was spending money and which voters in particular were receiving their message. Stepien's review concluded that they need to put a specific emphasis on early voting states where Trump runs the risk of falling behind. The ads are expected to run on local broadcast and cable outlets in the early voting states of North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Arizona. The ads will also run...
    US President Donald Trump boards Air Force One prior to departing from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, July 31, 2020, as he travels to Tampa, Florida.Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images President Donald Trump is returning to one of the wealthiest regions of New York for a fundraising blitz as his opponent, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, creates his own formidable campaign war chest.  Trump and his team will be traveling this week to the affluent Hamptons area of Long Island for high-dollar, in-person fundraisers as the state enforces 50-person limits on gatherings in certain areas amid the coronavirus pandemic. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has continued to call on people across the state to stay socially distant and...
    Fox News host Steve Hilton on Sunday chastised the Trump campaign, saying its "baffling complacency" is making a Biden presidency more and more likely. Hilton, who once served as an adviser to former British Prime Minister David Cameron, said President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled MORE and his campaign have fallen short on laying out a vision for what a possible second term would look like. “With [Joe] Biden and the Democrats, there would be even more bogus bureaucracy and shut down stupidity," he said in his...
    Everything's bigger in Texas — including, as of Monday, Joe Biden's campaign staff.   On Monday the Biden campaign announced a slate of staff hires aimed at flipping the historically conservative Lone Star State, last won by a Democratic presidential candidate in 1976 by Jimmy Carter.  The Biden campaign insists its push for the state's 38 Electoral College votes is real.  Get updates from the campaign trail delivered to your inbox "We are quite serious about putting [Texas] in play," Jenn Ridder, the campaign's national states director, told CBS News. "Increasingly we are seeing polls that show that there is real opportunity there for us."  The CBS News Battleground Tracker in mid-July showed Biden just one point behind President Trump.  Six...
    Bill Stepien, President Donald Trump’s new 2020 campaign manager, told Fox News Monday that Trump is “absolutely not” losing to former Vice President Joe Biden, despite what nearly all national and statewide polls say. Stepien, in his first interview since taking over POTUS’ reelection effort from former campaign manager Brad Parscale, said he would “leave it to you guys and others on TV to pay attention to polls more than 91 days from Election Day.” (RELATED: Trump Floats Delaying The Election ‘Until People Can Properly, Securely And Safely Vote’) “I don’t get caught up in the daily horse race,” he continued. “The pollsters got it wrong in 2016 from July through November of 2016. There were 226 national public polls....
    President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign on Monday released two new ads focusing on former Vice President Joe Biden’s radical plans for the country. The ads focus on Biden’s proposed trillions of dollars in new taxes and amnesty for 11 million illegal immigrants as well as his plan to reduce funding for the police “The radical left has taken over Joe Biden and the Democrat party, don’t let them take over America,” the narrator warns. Another ad features a woman displaying large cards of information about Biden’s radical proposals for the country, saying that as a mother of four, she’s concerned about his America. She also warns Biden’s trade policies have hollowed out American cities. She does not speak but...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled MORE’s reelection campaign announced Monday that it is rolling out TV ads in key early voting states after the pausing advertising for several days last week.  The campaign launched two new ads that will run in North Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Arizona on local broadcast and cable outlets and on Spanish language channels. The launch will be accompanied by a national cable buy, the campaign said.  “The countdown clock may show 91 days left in the race, but in reality the election starts...
    Watch the latest video at foxnews.com Fox News’ Steve Hilton warned on Sunday that President Donald Trump is at risk of being defeated by former Vice President Joe Biden. After Hilton opened his show by railing against Democrats, the “medical establishment,” and the country’s efforts to counteract the coronavirus pandemic, he said the “terrifying prospect” of a Biden presidency “gets closer every day because of the baffling complacency of the Trump campaign.” “Where is the energy?” Hilton asked. “Where are the ideas in the hope for the future? Two weeks ago we were promised exciting policy announcements in the next two weeks. We are still waiting.” Hilton continued by writing off the Trump campaign’s digital strategy as a substitute for...
    Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. Joe Biden's campaign is naming its first hires for the general election in Texas, where polls continue to show a close contest between the presumptive Democratic nominee and President Donald Trump. Biden's state director will be Rebecca Acuña, a veteran of the Texas Capitol and Democratic campaigns in the state. The deputy state director will be Jennifer Longoria, who led Elizabeth Warren's campaign in Texas during the primary. Biden's communications director in the state will be Tariq Thowfeek, a former Texas Democratic Party spokesman who has since worked for Facebook. The team also includes two advisers who were involved...
    From Tampa (pictured here) to Tempe, the situation is the same. WaPo: ‘I’m sorry, but it’s a fantasy’ Jeff Gregorich, superintendent, on trying to reopen his schools safely We got back two of those tests already — both positive. We’re still waiting on eight more. That makes 11 percent of my staff that’s gotten covid, and we haven’t had a single student in our buildings since March. Part of our facility is closed down for decontamination, but we don’t have anyone left to decontaminate it unless I want to put on my hazmat suit and go in there. We’ve seen the impacts of this virus on our maintenance department, on transportation, on food service, on faculty. It’s like this district...
    EXCLUSIVE: The Trump campaign resumed airing national ads on Monday with what officials called a "smarter, more strategic" approach focused on early voting states, after hitting pause in order to review their tactics.The campaign last week took a brief hiatus from the airwaves, as new campaign manager Bill Stepien conducted a review of where and when their ads were airing. The latest ads, which begin airing Monday, recognize the "staggered calendar" in the 2020 election given the prevalence of early voting, a campaign official told Fox News. “The countdown clock may show 91 days left in the race, but in reality, the election starts a lot sooner than that,” Stepien told Fox News. “In many states, more than half of voters will cast their...
    Everything's bigger in Texas — including, as of Monday, Joe Biden's campaign staff.   On Monday the Biden campaign announced a slate of staff hires aimed at flipping the historically conservative Lone Star state, last won by a Democratic presidential candidate in 1976 by Jimmy Carter.  The Biden campaign insists its push for the state's 38 Electoral College votes is real.  Get updates from the campaign trail delivered to your inbox "We are quite serious about putting [Texas] in play," Jenn Ridder, the campaign's national states director, told CBS News. "Increasingly we are seeing polls that show that there is real opportunity there for us."  The CBS News Battleground Tracker in mid-July showed Biden just one point behind President Trump.  Six...
    This week, as the economy revealed that the U.S. GDP cratered, President Donald Trump teased putting a hold on the November election. While it is unclear if the president was attempting to distract from the economy in freefall or his falling poll numbers. Historian and expert on authoritarian regimes, Professor Timothy Snyder, authored of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, describing the key ways to spot authoritarianism. “Do we have any reason to believe that Mr. Trump would accept the outcome of the election?” asked the Yale professor. “The tweet of July 30th was a very clear statement, but he has literally, dozens of times before said he wouldn’t. There is nothing in his career that indicates he actually likes democracy. In...
    President Trump’s image of political invincibility, critical to his influence with congressional Republicans and grassroots conservatives, is under assault amid a sweltering summer of gloomy public opinion polls. Trump has trailed presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden for months — nationally and in an expanding array of battleground states. A sustained struggle like that would test any presidential contender and raise questions about his or her campaign. But for Trump, the spate of discouraging data presents deeper challenges. It makes the president look vulnerable, undermining his brand as a strong leader, which appeals to the GOP base and keeps congressional Republicans in line. “The president measures himself by his numbers — stock market, TV ratings — and he is behind,” said...
    President Donald Trump’s political fortunes took a nosedive when he had federal agents use tear gas to clear out a park across from the White House so he could conduct a photo-op at a nearby church.  But to hear his campaign’s newest senior adviser, Steve Cortes, tell it, Trump’s misstep was not the act of authorizing attacks on peaceful protesters—it was that the president wasn’t even “more of a fascist.” As the Trump campaign’s new senior adviser for strategy, Cortes has been tasked with helping right the ship of President Donald Trump’s re-election efforts after months of strategic and tactical blunders under newly demoted campaign manager Brad Parscale. Cortes is a familiar presence to television viewers for his appearances on...
    Tom Boggioni August 3, 2020 6:00AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story In a report from Jonathan Lemire and Zeke Miller of the Associated Press, aides to Donald Trump admit that time is running out to salvage the president's re-election bid and that they may have to bank on the president's performance in the debates with former Vice President Joe Biden to turn things around. With less than one hundred days to go before November's election, the report notes that early voting starts soon which is is not good for a president with high disapproval numbers due to a crippled economy and an ongoing coronavirus health crisis. : According to conservative campaign consultant Steve Schmidt, notable for his opposition...
    TikTok : Tiktok users plant Trump 0:58 (.) –– President Donald Trump did not fill the stage for his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma –– with a capacity for 19,000 people–– during this Saturday night, despite previously presuming that he had approximately one million attendance confirmations for his return event. to the electoral campaign. Many of those who asked for tickets may have trolled the president, in a ruse organized primarily through the TikTok social media platform. Last week, Trump tweeted that “Nearly a million people applied for tickets to the Saturday night rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma!”, And a local official said they were expecting 100,000 near the venue. But this Saturday, registered attendees did not fill the...
    "The Next Revolution" host Steve Hilton urged the Trump campaign to turn up the tempo on Sunday, expressing concerns over their "baffling complacency" that he fears will result in a Joe Biden victory this November. During his opening segment on Sunday night, Hilton said the prospect of a Biden presidency "gets closer every day because of the baffling complacency of the Trump campaign." "Where is the energy,?" he asked. " Where are the ideas in the hope for the future? Two weeks ago we were promised exciting policy announcements in the next two weeks. We are still waiting." TRUMP CAMPAIGN TO RENEW TV ADS ON MONDAY WITH NEW TARGET AUDIENCE After going dark on TV for a few days this week, President Trump’s reelection campaign is expected to return...
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    The cellphones of many Trump supporters have become inundated with aggressively-worded text messages accusing them of abandoning their president if they don’t fork over cash to Republican groups. “It’s crazy. I don’t know if it’s a scam or what. Nobody’s getting my money now,” Pennsylvanian Trump supporter Bill Supplee told the Daily Caller News Foundation. The National Republican Congressional Committee publicly mocked a prominent pro-Trump political commentator on Twitter who urged the group to stop sending demeaning texts to its conservative base. A growing number of people within President Donald Trump’s conservative support base say they feel insulted over the aggressive, spam-like text messages they receive from the Trump campaign and national Republican groups seeking their money. Studies...
    In an interview with Fox News broadcast on Sunday, Jason Miller, senior adviser to President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, discussed the ongoing presidential race, Newsweek reported. Speaking with anchor Chris Wallace, Miller suggested that Joe Biden, the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, is controlled by the “radical” left. Miller argued that Biden’s running mate pick will be an important factor in the race because the 77-year-old Democrat has still not confirmed that he would seek a second term. “It is consequential, and the fact that for Joe Biden, his VP pick is in many ways his political living will. He’s already said that he’s going to be a transition candidate onto the next generation,” he stated. Miller said that progressive Reps....
    Donald Trump's senior campaign adviser insisted Sunday morning that the president wants to hold the elections on the typical date of November 3, even though he suggested last week that they be postponed. 'The election is going to be on November 3rd and President Trump wants the election to be on November 3rd,' Jason Miller told Fox News Sunday. Miller said instead that it is Democrats who want to move the election date by expanding mail-in voting measures in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.  'The problem here, and what I think President Trump was doing a good job in highlighting, is the fact that these Democratic governors are the ones who want to go and move the election,' Jason...
    You want our campaign money? Sorry, it's all being allocated for Not You. Honestly, you could have told me that we were invaded by aliens this week and I would have believed you based on how crazy the past few months have been. Feel like you missed some stories? No worries. I’ve got your back. Apparently, Trump wants to lose by even more By Kos We know that impeached Cheeto Donald Trump is losing. When I first wrote those words a couple of months ago or so, liberals freaked out. I’m sensing that most of us can accept that now (without getting complacent). Things have only gotten worse for him since then, and it’s threatening to rout Senate Republicans and expand Democratic leads in the...
    Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace interrupted his guest’s attacks on Joe Biden to bring up some important points about the Trump campaign this weekend. “Despite what you say about the Biden campaign, the fact is it is the Trump campaign that just replaced your campaign manager,” Wallace told Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller. “It’s the Trump campaign that just paused all television advertising for six days to recalibrate.”  From there, Wallace put up on the screen a series of polling averages that show Trump trailing Biden by wide margins both nationally and in three of the crucial swing states he won in 2016. “How do you turn this around, because at this point, Jason, you’re losing?” the host asked....
    Russia Today host and former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura may now mount an independent bid for president. During a Friday night appearance on RT, Ventura claimed he is not running, but admitted he has seen the effort to draft him into a campaign. “There’s a movement out there to elect me,” the World According to Jesse host said. Ventura said a group attempting to recruit him took out a full-page ad in the “White Bear paper telling me this is happening and warning me to be ready to go.” Admitting he didn’t know what was going to happen, Ventura conceded, “If I were to get into this race, my message would be simple: We need an independent right now...
    Fox News anchor Chris Wallace asked a senior adviser to the Trump campaign how the president's team plans to turn the campaign around following weeks of dismal polls. During an interview on Fox News Sunday, Wallace told Jason Miller that Trump is "losing." He cited the recent replacement of Trump's campaign adviser Brad Parscale and the decision to halt many television advertisements as signals that Trump's reelection bid is floundering. "Despite what you say about the Biden campaign, the fact is it is the Trump campaign that just replaced your campaign manager. It's the Trump campaign that just paused all television advertising for six days to recalibrate," he said. "And I want to put up these polls....
    A top campaign adviser for President Trump said that Joe Biden's soon-to-be-announced vice presidential pick will be the presumptive Democratic nominee's "political living will." Jason Miller, a senior adviser to Trump's reelection campaign, told Fox News Sunday that he believes Biden's running mate could be a "transition" candidate to realign the party with its socialist wing, which includes people such as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar. "It is consequential, and the fact that for Joe Biden, his VP pick is in many ways his political living will. He's already said that he's going to be a transition candidate onto the next generation. He’s refused to say that he would run...
    Fox News’ Chris Wallace called out Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller for dismissing the polls showing that the president is trailing. Miller started by saying the power center in the Biden campaign is in the radical left. Wallace jumped in to say, “Joe Biden has not come out for Medicare for All, Joe Biden has not come out for the Green New Deal. Joe Biden has not come out or ‘defund the police. I understand that’s your talking point…” At one point, Wallace pointed out to Miller that it’s the Trump campaign that just replaced its campaign manager and temporarily paused its TV advertising. He brought up the latest polling averages that show Biden leading nationally and in...
    Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday challenged Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller after he downplayed polls showing President Donald Trump trailing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Wallace noted that Trump is trailing Biden by over 7 points in an average of nine separate national polls. “How do you turn this around because at this point, Jason, you’re losing?” Wallace asked. “Well, we think we’re in great shape and well positioned to win this,” Miller replied. “And in fact, in all the states President Trump needs to get to 270 [electoral votes], he’s either leading or within the margin of error.” “I knew you were going to attack one poll,” Wallace said. “As I said...
    Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller on Sunday cleared up a major point of controversy regarding November's presidential election, noted the significance of Joe Biden's running mate, and rejected the notion of the campaign accepting foreign assistance. After President Trump suggested in a recent tweet that perhaps the election should be delayed due to coronavirus because mail-in voting could expose the election to fraud, senior adviser Jason Miller assured the American public in a "Fox News Sunday" interview that this will not happen. TRUMP CAMPAIGN TO RESUME TV ADS ON MONDAY WITH NEW TARGETS IN ITS SIGHTS "The election is going to be on November 3. President Trump wants the election on November 3," Miller said. Miller went on to say...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s getting late early. President Donald Trump is privately reassuring Republicans anxious about his deficits to Democrat Joe Biden, noting there are three months until Election Day and reminding them of the late-breaking events that propelled his 2016 comeback. But four years later, the dynamics are very different. Aides are increasingly worried that the 2020 campaign may already be defined as a referendum on Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and will feature a historic shift to remote and early vote options. The president’s campaign is scrambling for a reset, pausing advertisements while struggling to find both a cohesive message and a way to safely put the president on the road in front of voters. Trump added...
    Fox News’s Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceChris Wallace: Barr hearing 'an embarrassment' for Democrats: 'Just wanted to excoriate him' The Memo: Trump's real target is election's legitimacy Trump's too little, too late coronavirus pivot MORE pressed Jason Miller on Sunday about whether President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nomination to be held in private: report Graham defends Trump on TikTok, backs Microsoft purchase Federal appeals court rejects Stormy Daniels libel case against Trump MORE's reelection campaign would accept foreign assistance in 2020, with the senior adviser ultimately declaring presumptive Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenCrump, attorney for George Floyd's family, endorses Harris for Biden VP pick Davis: My recommendation for vice president on Biden ticket Biden calls on Trump, Congress to enact an emergency housing program...
    By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s getting late early. President Donald Trump is privately reassuring Republicans anxious about his deficits to Democrat Joe Biden, noting there are three months until Election Day and reminding them of the late-breaking events that propelled his 2016 comeback. But four years later, the dynamics are very different. Aides are increasingly worried that the 2020 campaign may already be defined as a referendum on Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and will feature a historic shift to remote and early vote options. The president’s campaign is scrambling for a reset, pausing advertisements while struggling to find both a cohesive message and a way to safely put the president on...
    On Saturday, The Guardian profiled The Lincoln Project — the group of disaffected Republican strategists who have turned against their former party and are releasing a string of needling ads attacking President Donald Trump. “In their launch manifesto, published as a column in the New York Times, the founders said their goal was ‘defeating President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box’, including his Republican supporters in Congress,” reported Richard Wolffe. “To that end, they said their efforts were about “persuading enough disaffected conservatives, Republicans and Republican-leaning independents in swing states and districts” to defeat Trump and elect congressional majorities opposed to Trumpism.” According to executive director Sarah Lenti, one of the ways this is accomplished is by sharing testimonials from anti-Trump Republicans up and...
    President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is “in crisis,” The Washington Post reported on Saturday. In virtually all public polls, Trump is trailing Joe Biden, the Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential nominee. The coronavirus pandemic has not only produced an unprecedented public health catastrophe — which Trump, it seems, is struggling to deal with — but also devastated the U.S. economy. Recently, the commander-in-chief demoted his campaign manager Brad Parscale, replacing him with longtime Republican operative Bill Stepien. He also canceled Republican National Convention events and members of his team pulled television advertisements off the air. “Struggling on multiple fronts, Trump’s campaign launched a major shake-up that included a broader review of strategy, spending and messaging while ads came off the air,”...
    Donald Trump’s renomination as the Republican Party’s candidate will take place in private after a spokesperson for the Republican National Convention said that reporters would not be allowed in the event due to health concerns. Trump is set to become the party’s nominee for the November presidential election at the convention, which is being held in Charlotte, North Carolina, later this month. Delegates are scheduled to gather and formally vote to make Trump the nominee. As The Associated Press reported, the event will take place behind closed doors due to fears of the spread of the coronavirus. “Given the health restrictions and limitations in place within the state of North Carolina, we are planning for the Charlotte activities to be...
    President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is courting religious voters in part by seeking to portray Democrats as a threat to religious freedom — a pitch amplified by disputes over the issue during the coronavirus pandemic. During an event last week outside Atlanta hosted by the campaign’s evangelical outreach effort, Christian surrogates touted the president’s record on advancing devout conservatives’ priorities while casting Democrats as captive to an anti-religious agenda. Two speakers singled out restrictions on singing in church imposed by California’s Democratic governor to help stem the spread of the virus, limits that prompted lawsuits from some pastors. White House faith adviser Paula White-Cain appealed to Christians to trust the president over “a very deceptive media.” White-Cain, a fixture in...
    TikTok : The UN proposes temporary basic income for the poorest victims in the midst of the pandemic. The Trump campaign launches ads in favor of Goya Foods. How are sustained erections related to the coronavirus? This is what you should know to start the day. Truth first. The obstacles to distributing a vaccine When a vaccine is finally approved, not everyone can get it right away. That establishes the difficult task of deciding, in the midst of a lethal pandemic, who is most vulnerable to the disease and who is most essential for them to receive the vaccine quickly. Also: Who will get the covid-19 vaccine first? UN proposes temporary basic income It is a “viable...
    On Saturday, longtime Republican operative Roger Stone discussed the 2020 election, The Washington Times reported. Speaking at a virtual event organized by supporters of late conspiracy theorist Lyndon LaRouche, Stone suggested that President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is at a disadvantage. “Everything depends on this November,” Stone began. “We are outgunned and outmanned, but I have great confidence in the president’s skills as a communicator and as a campaigner,” he said. Stone — who worked on Trump’s 2016 campaign — said that the commander-in-chief should use his executive power to change the format of presidential debates. “I hope that he does not agree to the debate schedule as put forward by the presidential commission on debates,” Stone said. “I think...
    Impeachment witness Alexander Vindman is speaking out against what he called “a campaign of bullying, intimidation and retaliation by President Donald Trump and his allies” after he decided to testify before Congress, cutting short a promising career and leading to his retirement from the military last month. Writing in an op-ed published in Saturday’s Washington Post, the lieutenant colonel opened up about what he described as a painful experience after he chose to come forward about his knowledge of Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which he pushed for an investigation of Joe Biden. That call ultimately led to a congressional inquiry that ended with Trump being impeached by the House and ultimately acquitted in a Senate...
    (ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS, Getty Images) President Donald Trump‘s former political advisor Roger Stone is concerned that his longtime friend won’t be able to defeat former vice president Joe Biden come November. “Everything depends on this November,” said Stone, according to the Washington Times. “We are outgunned and outmanned, but I have great confidence in the president’s skills as a communicator and as a campaigner.” On Nov. 15, a federal jury found Stone guilty on five counts of making false statements to Congress, one count of obstruction of a congressional investigation, and one count of witness tampering. Trump last month commuted Stone’s 3-year jail sentence after federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson denied Stone’s request to delay the start of his prison sentence...
    Former National Security Council (NSC) member Lt. Col. Alexander VindmanAlexander VindmanVindman marks 1 year since call that led to Trump's impeachment White House officials alleged Vindman created hostile work environment after impeachment testimony: report Duckworth releases hold on military confirmations, citing proof Vindman earned promotion MORE said that his retirement in July was due to “a campaign of bullying, intimidation and retaliation by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he will ban TikTok from operating in the US Trump's 2019 financial disclosure reveals revenue at Mar-a-Lago, other major clubs Treasury to conduct policy review of tax-exempt status for universities after Trump tweets MORE and his allies” that hampered the progression of his military career.  “This experience has been painful, but I...
    A healthcare investment firm started by former Vice President Joe Biden’s son-in-law received upwards of $350,000 in forgivable loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). StartUp Health, a medical-focused investment and consulting firm, received between $150,000 and $350,000 in April from the coronavirus relief program. The company is run, in part, by Dr. Howard Krein, the husband of Biden’s daughter, Ashley. The Wall Street Journal was first to report the connection on Friday. Funding disbursement data for the PPP program indicates that StartUP Health received the sum in the form of a potentially forgivable loan meant to protect 18 jobs within the company, which has been impacted by the onset of the novel coronavirus. The revelations about StartUp Health’s loan comes as...
    One of the key figures in the impeachment of Donald Trump has described being forced into retirement by 'a campaign of bullying, intimidation and retaliation', and likened the current government of the United States to the dictatorship of the Soviet Union. Lt Colonel Alexander Vindman, 45, wrote a scathing op ed in The Washington Post on Saturday - the first day of his retirement. 'At no point in my career or life have I felt our nation's values under greater threat and in more peril than at this moment,' said the Ukrainian-born lieutenant colonel.  'Our national government during the past few years has been more reminiscent of the authoritarian regime my family fled more than 40 years ago than the...
    After going dark on TV for a few days this week, President Trump’s re-election campaign is expected to return to the airwaves with new ads starting Monday. And sources close to the Trump campaign tell Fox News that when the commercials resume, they’ll be targeting a group of states that are among the first to start early voting and absentee voting in late September. That appears to be a shift from the campaign’s previous strategy of launching ad blitzes across most of the key general election battlegrounds, regardless of when voting begins in those states. TRUMP CAMPAIGN TAKES RARE BRIEF PAUSE IN RUNNING TV ADS The president previewed the upcoming on-air assault, tweeting on Friday afternoon that “We are doing...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he will ban TikTok from operating in the US Trump's 2019 financial disclosure reveals revenue at Mar-a-Lago, other major clubs Treasury to conduct policy review of tax-exempt status for universities after Trump tweets MORE’s reelection campaign ramped up criticism of Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassThe Hill's Campaign Report: Who will Biden pick to be his running mate? Clyburn: Biden needs VP pick who has 'a lot of passion' Fox's Perino says Biden won't pick Susan Rice because of fire from right MORE (D-Calif.) on Saturday amid speculation that she could be tapped to be former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Three arrested in Twitter hack | Trump pushes to break up TikTok | House...
    Michael Reynolds /Pool/Getty Images Florida Senator Marco Rubio contradicted President Donald Trump on the issue of mail-in voting, and he did so in a particularly interesting forum: a Trump campaign conference call with reporters. Trump has conducted an ever-escalating campaign against mail-in voting, suggesting earlier this week that Election Day be postponed over his baseless concerns and predicting “the greatest election disaster in history” on Friday. But on a campaign call Saturday morning, Rubio was asked about mail-in voting in his own state, and according to CBS News’ Nicole Sganga — one of the reporters on the call — replied “No, I’m not concerned about mail in voting in Florida.” And he did so “curtly.” Asked on a Trump campaign...
    President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is courting religious voters in part by seeking to portray Democrats as a threat to religious freedom — a pitch amplified by disputes over the issue during the coronavirus pandemic. During an event last week outside Atlanta hosted by the campaign’s evangelical outreach effort, Christian surrogates touted the president’s record on advancing devout conservatives’ priorities while casting Democrats as captive to an anti-religious agenda. Two speakers singled out restrictions on singing in church imposed by California’s Democratic governor to help stem the spread of the virus, limits that prompted lawsuits from some pastors. White House faith adviser Paula White-Cain appealed to Christians to trust the president over “a very deceptive media.” White-Cain, a fixture in...
    David Talukdar, Zuma For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.The latest target in the Trump administration’s escalating tensions with China is TikTok, the wildly popular music-video app with 2 billion downloads worldwide and a 165 million in the United States. “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” President Donald Trump told reporters on Air Force One on his way back from Tampa on Friday. “Soon, immediately. I mean essentially immediately.” Trump said he would sign an order Saturday. He claimed, “I have that authority,” with the administration pointing to the president’s powers to ban foreign apps from American app stores granted by the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. The United...
    Donald Trump & Co. have thrown the already rapidly collapsing America off an economic cliff. Over the next few weeks, they will pound the wreckage, even set it afire, unless they get a lucrative new favor for Corporate America. The Trumpians are actively ruining our economy because, in a perverse way, they share the belief of the Black Lives Matter protesters that the American justice system can’t be trusted. Both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) cruel recalcitrance on coronavirus relief and the Black Lives Matter demands are about accountability in the courts. I’ll explain that troubling nexus, but first, let’s understand the awful reality that Trump and Radical Republicans in the Senate have created and why it can only...
    Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AP Election day in the US is officially 3 November, but amid the coronavirus pandemic, Americans are being encouraged to take advantage of early voting initiatives that open as soon as September to decrease the risks to themselves and others. From voter suppression to polling and debates, here are some of the key areas and figures the Guardian’s politics team will be watching as the race enters its final stretch. Donald Trump The Trump campaign has less than 100 days to change the dominant narratives of the year: that the president failed the leadership test during the coronavirus pandemic and missed the profound shift in public mood following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in...
    (CNN)Behind President Donald Trump's rhetoric railing against the expansion of vote-by-mail efforts ahead of the fall, his team is fighting to preserve the aspects of mail-in voting that they hope will offer Trump a strategic advantage. That has included a push in various states for policies such as enhanced signature matching, requirements for people to file an application before they receive a ballot and limits to when and where mail-in ballots will be counted -- things election experts have said could lead to fewer votes being counted from groups that skew Democratic.Trumps own intelligence officials contradict his repeated claims of mail-in voting fraudMeanwhile, the President has begun laying the groundwork for the doubt and suspicion he could cast on election...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden concluded a virtual fundraiser with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren by slamming President Donald Trump’s suggestion of an election delay, and warned that “This is going to be a tough road” to unseat Trump in November. At a virtual event Friday night, Biden and Warren spoke for about 45 minutes, and answered questions from supporters. Toward the end of the event, the ex-VP referenced Trump’s much-derided suggestion that Election Day be postponed due to the coronavirus. “Remember, this president went so far to say what I warned he would say four months ago: He thinks maybe we should delay the election,” Biden said, reminding supporters that in April he predicted Trump would try something like...
    As the Nov. 3 presidential vote nears, there are fresh signs that the nation's electoral system is again under attack from foreign adversaries. Intelligence officials confirmed in recent days that foreign actors are actively seeking to compromise the private communications of "U.S. political campaigns, candidates and other political targets" while working to compromise the nation's election infrastructure. Foreign entities are also aggressively spreading disinformation intended to sow voter confusion heading into the fall. There is no evidence that America's enemies have yet succeeded in penetrating campaigns or state election systems, but Democrat Joe Biden's presidential campaign confirmed this week that it has faced multiple related threats. The former vice president's team was reluctant to reveal specifics for fear of giving...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump's campaign made a tacit admission when it went dark with its TV advertising this weekend to assess their strategy: The President's message simply isn't working.The campaign's advertising pause, with ads slated to resume Monday, comes as Americans are recoiling from Trump's lack of leadership on the pandemic and there are fewer than 100 days to go before Election Day. At a time when the country is squarely focused on the threat posed by Covid-19 -- the US surpassed 4.5 million cases on Friday -- Trump put his muddled message on full display during a trip to Florida.While speaking at a campaign event with local sheriffs, Trump -- who again did not wear a mask -- tried to...