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    NEW YORK (WABC) -- On the road to election day, the first stop is the Democratic National Convention beginning the week of August 17.The DNC was originally planned in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It's an important state on the electoral map. Both parties want to win there.YOU CAN WATCH THIS SHOW ON YOUR CONNECTED TV! CLICK HERE TO LEARN HOWBecause of the COVID-19 pandemic, this convention will be unlike any other: a virtual one.How different will it be?On this week's Countdown, Bill Ritter is joined by ABC News embedded reporters with the Biden and Trump campaigns, ABC News political director Rick Klein and political consultant Hank Sheinkopf.MORE: Everything to know about the DNCThe 2020 Democratic National Convention will take place from Monday,...
    It brings me no pleasure to say this, but there is no good reason for Bill Clinton to be speaking at the 2020 Democratic convention.  Like a lot of millennials whose politics align much more closely with Democrats than Republicans, I used to admire Bill Clinton. One of my earliest political memories was going to an Iowa county fair with my parents, aunt, uncle, and cousins in the summer of 1992 to see then-candidate Bill Clinton speak. He was cool. He said all the right things. He was the merciful end of the Reagan-Bush era.  A lot of time has passed since then. And now Bill Clinton is a relic, and embracing Bill Clinton weakens Democrats’ claims that they’re the...
            by Andrew Trunsky  President Donald Trump said during a Thursday interview with the New York Post that he intends to accept the Republican presidential nomination on the White House lawn. “I’ll probably be giving my speech at the White House because it is a great place. It’s a place that makes me feel good, it makes the country feel good,” Trump told the Post. “We’d probably do it outside on one of the lawns, we have various lawns, so we could have it outside in terms of the China virus. We could have quite a group of people. It’s very big, a very big lawn,” he added. He confirmed his intention to choose the White House...
    The Democratic National Convention will take place virtually from August 17-20. Convention programming will run from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET each night.  Joe Biden will formally accept the nomination for president on Thursday night and Kamala Harris will accept the nomination for vice president on Wednesday. How to watch the Democratic National Convention What: Democratic National Convention Date: Monday, August 17 to Thursday, August 20 Time: 9 p.m. - 11 p.m. ET Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Online stream: Live on CBSN — in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device Follow: Live updates on CBSNews.com. A full list of speakers for each night can be found here.  The Democratic National Convention...
    (UPI) — The 2020 Democratic National Convention will feature performances from John Legend, Billie Eilish and The Chicks. Organizers announced a lineup for the event in a press release Friday. Jennifer Hudson, Common, Billy Porter, Leon Bridges, Maggie Rogers, Prince Royce, Stephen Stills and other stars will also perform. The DNC will take place Aug. 17-20 in Milwaukee, Wisc. Senator Kamala Harris will officially accept the party’s vice presidential nomination Aug. 19, while former vice president Joe Biden will formally accept the party’s presidential nomination Aug. 20. “In just three days, we will kick off a Democratic National Convention that will look and feel very different than past conventions. It will truly be a convention across America, and these incredible...
    The Trump family is plotting to turn the White House into their convention stage with President Donald Trump and members of the family giving their speeches from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The president plans to give his convention address from the South Lawn of the White House, he told The New York Post, defying critics - including some from his own party - about the appropriateness of the plan. Fellow family members are following his lead. President Trump will give his address to the Republican National Convention from the White House; he's seen above on the South Lawn with New York Yankees Hall of Fame pitcher Mariano Rivera last month First lady Melania Trump will speak to convention delegates from...
    The Democrats have added some star power - albeit some socially distant star power - to next week's Democratic National Convention.  A spokesman for the Biden campaign announced Friday that performers would include the newly renamed Chicks - who cut 'Dixie' from their name amid the wave of Black Lives Matter protests - as well as John Legend, Billie Eilish, 'Pose's' Billy Porter, Common and Jennifer Hudson.   Leon Bridges, Maggie Rogers, Stephen Stills - of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young fame - and Prince Royce will also entertain those tuning into the DNC's livestream.  The newly renamed Chicks, which include Emily Robison (left) and Natalie Maines (right), will perform remotely for the Democratic National Committee audience Thursday night  John...
    President Donald Trump said during a Thursday interview with the New York Post that he intends to accept the Republican presidential nomination on the White House lawn. “I’ll probably be giving my speech at the White House because it is a great place. It’s a place that makes me feel good, it makes the country feel good,” Trump told the Post. “We’d probably do it outside on one of the lawns, we have various lawns, so we could have it outside in terms of the China virus. We could have quite a group of people. It’s very big, a very big lawn,” he added. President Donald Trump delivers remarks about the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative in the Rose Garden...
    The 2020 Democratic National Convention will mark the official transition of Joe Biden from the party's presumptive nominee to its official presidential candidate, whose name will show up on ballots next to President Trump, and will provide the party with four nights of programming to rally its base and persuade swing voters to join their cause. The party conventions, held every four years, have had their plans for this year blown up by the coronavirus pandemic and have had to adjust how they'll take care of their business. They will still have a footprint in their host cities but won't bring together the normal crowds of tens of thousands of supporters to inject millions of dollars into the local economy. Here's what you...
    First to reopen, Ga. reports most deaths in a day 6 national restaurant chains in deepest trouble amid COVID-19 include Outback Steakhouse, IHOP and Dennys Billie Eilish, The Chicks, John Legend among Democratic National Convention performers The 2020 Democratic National Convention scored some musical heavyweights for its line-up of performers. © Provided by Entertainment Weekly Frazer Harrison/Getty Images; Kevin Mazur/Getty Images; Lester Cohen/Getty Images Officials announced Friday that Billie Eilish, The Chicks, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, Common, Billy Porter, Leon Bridges, and more have been tapped for performances during next week's four-day convention. The Fast And Easy Way To Put Floodlights Anywhere LEARN MORE Ad Lumiguard The DNC was initially set for earlier in the summer, but in the...
    They are adding to their voices to a series of other singers who will share their talents at the political rally. John Legend and Billie Eilish are just two of a handful of big-name singers and musical groups that are scheduled to perform at the Democratic National Convention where Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will accept their nominations for President and Vice-President of the United States. The four-day event will be based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and include appearances from politicians, activists, and celebrities who will participate from around the country reported People Magazine. Joining Legend and Eilish as performers will be Leon Bridges, The Chicks, Common, Prince Royce, Maggie Rogers, Stephen Stills, and Jennifer Hudson. Also joining the aforementioned...
    Reuters August 14, 2020 0 Comments The U.S. political convention, a presidential campaign ritual dating to the 1830s, is being reinvented on the fly after being short-circuited by the coronavirus pandemic – much like the campaign itself. Here is a look at how the Democratic and Republican conventions will be different this year – and maybe for campaigns to come. SEIZING THE SPOTLIGHT There will be no roaring crowds of delegates in a cavernous hall, no balloon drops or wall-to-wall parties. Both Democrats and Republicans will offer mostly virtual programs featuring speeches and events from around the country. Nevertheless, the Aug. 17-20 Democratic National Convention could give presumptive nominee Joe Biden his first big, attentive audience in months, said...
    By John Whitesides WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. political convention, a presidential campaign ritual dating to the 1830s, is being reinvented on the fly after being short-circuited by the coronavirus pandemic - much like the campaign itself. Here is a look at how the Democratic and Republican conventions will be different this year - and maybe for campaigns to come. SEIZING THE SPOTLIGHT There will be no roaring crowds of delegates in a cavernous hall, no balloon drops or wall-to-wall parties. Both Democrats and Republicans will offer mostly virtual programs featuring speeches and events from around the country. Nevertheless, the Aug. 17-20 Democratic National Convention could give presumptive nominee Joe Biden his first big, attentive audience in months, said Julian...
    The theme for the 2020 Republican National Convention will be “Honoring the Great American Story” and is set to highlight America’s “greatness, opportunity, and President Donald Trump’s bold leadership,” according to Fox News. A source familiar with the matter told Fox News that President Trump’s campaign had several calls with Republican members of Congress on Thursday as they previewed themes. The source also said the GOP convention’s theme for this year is in “stark contrast to the doom and gloom message we expect to hear from career politicians at the DNC convention.” The first day of the convention, which falls on Monday August 24, will detail “the Land of Promise.” Tuesday will focus on the “Land of Opportunity.” Wednesday will highlight the “Land of...
    President Donald Trump said on Thursday he planned to give his acceptance speech for the presidential nomination at this month's Republican Party convention from the White House lawn, the New York Post reported on Thursday night. 'I'll probably be giving my speech at the White House because it is a great place. It's a place that makes me feel good, it makes the country feel good,' the Post quoted Trump as saying in an interview. 'We'd do it possibly outside on one of the lawns, we have various lawns, so we could have it outside in terms of the China virus,' Trump said. President Trump has confirmed he will give his nomination speech to the Republican National Convention from...
    President Trump on Thursday confirmed to the The Post he intends to give his Republican National Convention speech from the White House lawn, defying critics who said the location was inappropriate. During an exclusive Oval Office interview, the president said he would visit the battlefield at Gettysburg at a “later date” and described his vision of a socially-distanced speech in front of supporters at the executive mansion in Washington, DC later this month. “I’ll probably be giving my speech at the White House because it is a great place. It’s a place that makes me feel good, it makes the country feel good,” Trump told the Post, saying it would also be easiest for law enforcement and the Secret Service. “We’d...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Monday is the start of the Democratic National Convention that will officially nominate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Over 200 Pennsylvania delegates will attend virtually from their homes. It turns out, the oldest and one of the youngest delegates come from this region. Many journalists and delegates have been going to political conventions for decades, but that’s nothing compared to Angie Gialloreto of Wilkins Township. She is going to her 11th Democratic Convention as a delegate, while Christian Sesek of Brownsville, almost seven decades younger, will attend his first convention. (Photo Credit: KDKA) “For President Carter, and it was a memorable one,” says Gialloreto. That was her first convention when a Georgia peanut farmer won her party’s...
    EXCLUSIVE: The Trump campaign on Thursday afternoon had back to back phone calls with Republican members of Congress, previewing the themes for the 2020 Republican National Convention, Fox News has learned.A source familiar with the calls told Fox News Thursday that the theme of the 2020 GOP convention will be “Honoring the Great American Story,” and will highlight America’s “greatness, opportunity and President Donald Trump’s bold leadership.” The source told Fox News that the GOP’s convention theme is in “stark contrast to the doom and gloom message we expect to hear from career politicians at the DNC convention.” Fox News has learned that the first day of the convention, Monday Aug. 24 will focus on “the Land of Promise,” Tuesday...
    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire who backed out of a promise to pay his campaign staff after ending his White House run, will speak at the Democratic National Convention. Bloomberg will be a featured speaker at the virtual convention, where he will express his support for former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential bid and criticize President Donald Trump’s handling of the economy, CNBC reported Thursday. He will also speak on what he believes is the president’s poor response to the pandemic, a convention official told CNBC. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was provided the opportunity to deliver a pre-recorded message at the convention, Business Insider reported Wednesday. Bloomberg, a former Republican who has a net-worth of over $54...
    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: You can feel the presidential race heating up now that presumptive Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenRon Johnson signals some GOP senators concerned about his Obama-era probes On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary...
    Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., arrive to speak at a news conference at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) The Democratic party will formerly nominate former Vice President Joe Biden at the Democratic National Convention, but the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way the convention will be held. Here’s what you need to know; we’ll update this as the convention goes on. Q: When is it? The convention was originally supposed to be held July 13-16 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but was delayed because of the ongoing pandemic. It will now be held entirely virtually Aug. 17-20. See the full...
    Michael Bloomberg — who spent nearly $1 billion in a failed bid for the Democratic presidential nomination — said he will be speaking at the Democratic National Convention next week, according to a report. The former three-term New York City Mayor announced his upcoming appearance in an email to supporters Thursday saying he plans to explain “why we have the best candidates to meet today’s challenges and get big things done,” according to a report by the Daily Beast. Bloomberg, 78 — who is the founder of financial media company Bloomberg LP, is one of the richest men in the world with an estimated worth of $65 billion — made a surprise run for the primary spot only appearing...
    Give Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a real speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention. Joe Biden’s favorable ratings in Civiqs polling among Democrats, broken out by age:    Biden favorables, Democrats Margin 18-34 61-26 +35 35-49 81-11 +70 50-64 89-6 +83 65+ 92-5 +87 The numbers are clear: While the presumptive Democratic nominee has sky-high approval ratings among middle- and older Democrats, his youth ratings are middling at best, half as positive as the next least favorable group.  Biden might be coasting to election, but why leave this natural constituency unattended? Why not work to maximize youth appeal and turnout, making Trump’s job harder, sure, but also every Republican’s job harder? If...
    Andrew Yang said he’s been added to the list of speakers at next week’s Democratic National Convention. Yang – the tech entrepreneur and one-time long-shot candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination whose campaign gained traction last year – publicly expressed his disappointment earlier this week at not being invited to speak at the quadrennial confab. YANG DISAPPOINTED HE DIDN'T GET CONVENTION SPEAKING SLOT But on Thursday Yang tweeted that “it’s official - we have been added to the DNC Convention speaker lineup!” And he thanked his supporters – known during the Democratic presidential primaries as the Yang Gang – “and everyone else who made this happen!” Yang added that he’ll be speaking “Thursday night around 9 pm,” which would put him on...
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will only have one minute to speak at the Democratic National Convention next week, in what some say is a surprising snub for the high-profile, rising star. The convention was due to be staged in Milwaukee but is being held virtually this year, owing to the coronavirus pandemic.  AOC, as she is known, will not speak live, but instead will deliver a pre-recorded message on Tuesday night - the same night as Bill Clinton. Others, however, will be permitted to address the convention live - among them Chuck Schumer, the Senate Minority Leader, and Pete Buttigieg, former presidential contender and mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 30, will deliver a 60-second message on Tuesday night at...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- It's a staple of the election process: Every four years, thousands of the country's most politically active gather at the Republican and Democratic national conventions to formally nominate their party's presidential candidate.But the idea of that many people crammed into one convention hall space is clearly not 2020 safe, and so, like so much else this year, the pandemic will give a whole new look to the political tradition.RELATED: Radical or moderate? Trump paints Joe Biden-Kamala Harris ticket as both"This will be an interesting test case to see what a virtual convention looks like," SJSU political science professor Melinda Jackson, PhD, told ABC7 News.So, as we head into two weeks of political frenzy, here is everything...
    Here's a look at things to know about the 2020 Democratic National Convention:When is the 2020 DNC?The 2020 Democratic National Convention will take place from Monday, Aug. 17, to Thursday, Aug. 20. On each night of the convention, two hours of scheduled programming will begin at 9 p.m. ET | 8 p.m. CT | 6 p.m. PT.Originally slated to take place in July in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the convention was postponed and re-imagined as a virtual production amid concerns over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.What's the 2020 DNC speaker lineup?Here's what we know about speaker lineup and other events scheduled for each day as announced by the Democratic National Committee:Monday, Aug. 17 Theme of the evening: "We the People" Senator Bernie...
    The Democratic National Committee snubbed Andrew Yang, the tech entrepreneur who made a splash in the Democrat primary race with his happy-go-lucky style and major pitch for a universal basic income, excluding him from the list of speakers for next week’s party convention. “I’ve got to be honest I kind of expected to speak,” Yang said in a social media post on Tuesday following reports of the convention’s speaker lineup. “Maybe I endorsed against one too many incumbents,” he mused: I’ve got to be honest I kind of expected to speak. — Andrew Yang???????? (@AndrewYang) August 11, 2020 Maybe I endorsed against one too many incumbents. Ƕ — Andrew Yang???????? (@AndrewYang) August 11, 2020 Yang, who suspended his campaign in...
    By Trevor Hunnicutt (Reuters) - Next week's Democratic National Convention will feature a lineup of heavyweight politicians, rising stars and everyday Americans making the case for why Joe Biden should be elected U.S. president on Nov. 3. Here is a look at the speakers who will be featured during the four nights of virtual programming kicking off on Monday. SHOW OF UNITY The first night of programming represents an effort to display the country's full ideological spectrum uniting behind Biden's candidacy. Senator Bernie Sanders, a prominent liberal who fought the centrist Biden for the Democratic nomination, and Republican former Ohio Governor John Kasich, a two-time presidential candidate, will tell voters why they both support Biden as an alternative to Republican...
    The Democratic National Convention announced Tuesday it will feature speeches from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, former first couple Michelle and Barack Obama and former first couple Bill and Hillary Clinton as the four-day event goes fully virtual. Representative Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive New York City congresswoman who helped shape presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden's environmental and energy plan, will give remarks on August 18, the second night of the convention. She will share the virtual stage next Tuesday with Biden's wife, Dr. Jill Biden, Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State John Kerry, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Former U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates and Delaware Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester. While the convention was originally scheduled for July 13–16, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the...
    Democrats announced their primetime lineup of convention speakers with former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama playing a central role as two of the four keynote speakers before former Vice President Joe Biden accepts the nomination next week. The Democratic National Committee released a wide-ranging list on Tuesday that reflects both the progressive and moderate wings of the party as well as Biden's support beyond the Democratic Party. On Monday, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, two progressive stars, will deliver speeches on the same day as former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who sought the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.Cartoons on the Democratic PartyView All 284 Images"These speakers, some of the...
            by Bill Barrow  ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) — Joe Biden’s presidential nominating convention will highlight the U.S. political spectrum from the left flank of New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to the Republican old guard of former Ohio Gov. John Kasich. But that doesn’t mean there’s room for every prominent Democrat who would get a share of the spotlight at what would have been a traditional convention in Milwaukee before the COVID-19 pandemic made that impossible. Instead, Biden’s campaign and other convention planners are continuing negotiations with various power players over how to produce a truncated virtual convention with just eight hours of programming over four nights from Aug. 17-20. Still unsettled, according to convention organizers, is...
    President Donald Trump on Monday said he had narrowed down the location of his Republican party nomination acceptance speech to two different sites. “We have narrowed the Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech, to be delivered on the final night of the Convention (Thursday), to two locations – The Great Battlefield of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and the White House, Washington, D.C.,” the president announced on Twitter. The president has previously expressed his support for delivering his speech at the White House, despite some criticism for politicizing the building that should be only reserved for official government actions. “I’m thinking about the White House because it’s the most convenient place,” Trump said in an interview last week with radio host Geraldo Rivera. “It’s the...
    President Donald Trump said in a tweet Monday that he would accept his party’s presidential nomination at either the White House or in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Trump originally floated the White House as the location for accepting the Republican nomination location on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday. The two locations Trump is considering are “The Great Battlefield of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and the White House, Washington, D.C.,” Trump said. “We will announce the decision soon!” We have narrowed the Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech, to be delivered on the final night of the Convention (Thursday), to two locations – The Great Battlefield of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and the White House, Washington, D.C. We will announce the decision soon! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10,...
    It’s another Sunday, so for those who tune in, welcome to a diary discussing the Nuts & Bolts of a Democratic campaign. If you’ve missed out, you can catch up any time: Just visit our group or follow the Nuts & Bolts Guide. Every week I try to tackle issues I’ve been asked about. With the help of other campaign workers and notes, we address how to improve and build better campaigns, or explain issues that impact our party. We are entering convention week, and now is the time when we are going to see Republican attacks against our nominee, and, more recently, attacks against those who are marketing themselves like they’re on our side ... but may not actually be on our side at all....
    Getty In an email that’s going viral online, The Young Turks (TYT) told subscribers that Democrats had denied them press passes to the Democratic National Convention taking place later this month. The Young Turks is an online news show that focuses on social and progressive issues. Cenk Uygur is the co-creator and host of TYT, which is the longest-running online political talk show in the United States. Milwaukee — where the convention is being held — has a 225-person limit on people meeting in one place. The convention is now being held mostly online. Joe Biden, other speakers, and the DNC delegates are not attending the convention in person. They will all be attending virtually and Biden will...
    Bradley Cortright August 9, 2020 0 Comments White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows says he does not want President Donald Trump to deliver his convention speech on the White House grounds. During an interview on “Full Court Press” with Greta Van Susteren, which aired on Sunday, Meadows addressed Trump’s recent suggestion that he could give his convention speech at the White House. “Those decisions are still in flux, but I can tell you what I’m advocating for is miles and miles away from here,” Meadows said. During an interview on “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday, Trump said, “We’re thinking about doing it from the White House because there’s no movement and it’s easy.” “I’ll probably do mine live from the White House,”...
    Nancy Pelosi railed against President Donald Trump's announcement that he is looking to make his Republican National Convention acceptance speech from the White House later this month.  'You don't have political events at the White House,' Pelosi said in an interview with MSNBC Wednesday. 'You can't do it.' 'Yeah, it's very wrong,' the House Speaker told MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell. 'For the president of the United States to degrade once again the White House as he has done over and over again by saying he's going to completely politicize it, is something that should be rejected right out of hand.' 'Again, it's notion-mongering, not serious thinking,' she said, suggesting the move is another attempt to distract from the coronavirus pandemic....
    President Donald Trump said Wednesday in an interview he was considering delivering his convention speech at the White House. “I’ll probably do mine from the White House,” Trump confirmed in an interview with Fox and Friends, noting it was the “easiest and least expensive” option for security reasons. The idea has angered critics who believe the White House should remain a site for politically neutral speeches and activities. The president was set to deliver his August 27th nomination speech in Jacksonville, Florida, before a flare-up of the coronavirus in the state led the RNC to cancel those plans. Trump said he favored the idea of delivering the speech at the White House. “I think it’s a beautiful setting,” he said....
    This month, both political parties will hold their quadrennial conventions. But with both set to be mostly virtual, will the normally energizing gatherings matter? [ READ: Biden Campaign Commits to Record TV, Online Ad Buy ]As they do every four years, the conventions will last for four days with the Democratic National Convention starting on August 17 and the Republican National Convention following a week later. As usual, they'll feature political addresses, including acceptance speeches by President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. And the coverage will still saturate prime-time television. But in other ways, the pandemic-era conventions will be unprecedented, at least in living memory. At this year's essentially virtual conventions, the speakers won't be addressing cheering delegates...
    Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the third day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Getty Images WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden and the rest of the speakers scheduled to take the stage at the Democratic National Convention later this month will not travel to Milwaukee in person for their speeches, convention organizers announced Wednesday.  Citing the coronavirus pandemic, organizers said the speakers will avoid Milwaukee "in order to prevent risking the health of our host community as well as the convention's production teams, security officials, community partners, media and others." The announcement came as both Democratic and Republican convention committees scramble this week to make final arrangements for...
    PRESIDENT Trump said he will "probably" give his Republican National Convention speech from the White House due to coronavirus. Trump told Fox & Friends on Wednesday that he thinks his speech will likely be given from Washington D.C., after he canceled the GOP convention in Florida. 7President Trump said he will 'probably' give his RNC speech at The White HouseCredit: The Mega Agency 7Trump after giving his acceptance speech at the 2016 RNC in Cleveland, OhioCredit: Reuters "I’ll probably do mine live from the White House," Trump said of his speech for the Republican nomination. "The easiest, least expensive would be from the White House," he added. He said "from the standpoint of security," the White House seems like the...
    Donald Trump said Wednesday that he will likely give his Republican nomination speech from the White House after he was forced to shake up convention plans several times due to coronavirus restrictions. 'We're going to do virtual and we're going to do some live speeches from different locations,' Trump detailed to Fox & Friends during a Wednesday morning call-in interview. 'And I'm going to do mine on Thursday night, and that will be live.' 'I'll probably do mine live from the White House,' Trump said of the speech, confirming reports that he is considering moving the main event of the convention to Washington, D.C. Trump said while he is open to giving his speech from a different location, he feels...
    "The best is yet to come" will be the message of this month's Republican National Convention in Charlotte, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said Tuesday on "The Story." "I think the president is going to lay out for the American people just what he's going to do to continue the prosperity that he started in his first term," McDaniel told host Sandra Smith. "I mean, it it didn't just come that we had record low unemployment and seven million jobs were created. It was because of deregulation. It was because of tax cuts. It was because of sound policy, better trade deals, energy independence. And there's more of that to come. "You know, the president always says, 'The best is...
    As I write this I find myself in the beautiful state of Pennsylvania. English Quaker William Penn founded Pennsylvania in 1681 when King Charles II granted him a charter for over 45,000 square miles of land. This charming landscape has the distinct honor of providing the setting for the gatherings of the Congressional Congress, the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the birthplace of the longest living form of national Government the world has ever known, and may never know again. The Constitution of the United States of America. What we have, according to my friend David Barton, is unique and unmistakably earmarked by the God of Heaven. “The Framers of the Constitution declared that the forming of that...
    /Star Max/IPx For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.It’s the political party whose members openly mock masks, lambast the nation’s top infectious disease expert as a partisan hack for simply doing his job, and protect a president whose chief response to a pandemic has been to deny, deny, deny. But when it comes to re-anointing Donald Trump as the Republican Party standard-bearer, coronavirus safety suddenly matters. When Donald Trump is renominated for president later this month in Charlotte, North Carolina, it will be a private affair, according to a Republican National Convention spokesperson on Saturday. No press allowed. According to the Associated Press: While Trump called off the public components of the convention in...
    Millions of Instagram posts show support for women in the "challenge accepted" trend, but the challenge's true origins are unclear. Khloe Kardashian/Instagram; Zeycan Rochelle Yildirim/Instagram A viral Instagram challenge spread around the world, encouraging women to post black-and-white photos of themselves to show support for women.  As the "challenge accepted" trend continued to spread, so did confusion over the origins or purpose of the challenge, which gained popularity at the same time as a popular Turkish social-media activism trend to support the Istanbul Convention.  The Istanbul Convention is a treaty by the Council of Europe that fights for an end to violence against women. As femicides continue in the country, some activists are concerned that Turkish officials have...
    More than a 100 police agencies have pulled out of a plan to provide security for the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee. According to the Associated Press, the police agencies made the decision in part because of new restrictions on police action by the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission. The commission ordered Police Chief Alfonso Morales to ban the use of tear gas and pepper spray based on the recommendation from their citizen oversight commission. The citizen commission also demanded to know from Morales why the department used tear gas on protesters in May and June. Morales was told he could be fired if he didn't comply with the demands. ...
    The Ronald Reagan Foundation and Institute, which runs the 40th president's library near Los Angeles, demanded his name and likeness not be used by the Republican National Committee and Donald Trump to raise money for his re-election campaign. The RNC agreed to comply after an email began circulating promoting a commemorative coin set that includes Trump's image alongside Reagan's. The coin set was given to anyone who donates $45 or more to the campaign.  Monies raised were to go to the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, which supports the president's campaign and RNC.  The foundation, which controls the rights to Reagan and his wife Nancy's image and name, claimed the right to deny such usage for political and commercial endorsements. ...
    Impeached bunker-hider Donald Trump’s idiocy, plus the incompetence of his Republican Party, conspired to deliver yet another humiliating defeat to the beleaguered president, forcing them to give up their last-minute attempt to move their convention to Jacksonville, Florida, in a fit of pique. So how do you retreat after making such a big show of dissing Charlotte, North Carolina, along with the Democrats who run the city and state for enforcing limits on public gatherings and mask wearing? You make stuff up, of course. Look at Trump’s hilariously bad spin: Trump said on Thursday he informed his team that his focus was on protecting the American people, even though aides advised him they could make an in-person convention safe. Actually, the local sheriff, a Republican,...
    If things had proceeded according to schedule, we’d be checking the polls this week to see if Joe Biden had gotten a bounce from his acceptance speech in Milwaukee. That’s because the Democratic National Convention was originally scheduled for July 13-16. It was postponed, due to COVID-19, to Aug. 17-20 and will evidently be transformed into a mostly virtual event. This makes obvious, good sense. It’s hard to imagine an environment more conducive to spreading this particular virus than a convention floor so crammed with people cheering and chanting that it takes 10 minutes to move five feet. I know what that’s like, since I have attended in one way, shape or form 24 Democratic and Republican national conventions starting...
    As the Democratic National Committee prepares for its 2020 national convention scheduled for Aug. 17-20, they're being warned by the pro-life members in their ranks: Temper the radical abortion language in the party's platform — or it will cost us come November. What's the history?In July 2016, with Hillary Clinton as its nominee, the Democratic Party adopted its most extreme position on abortion to date. For the first time ever, the DNC officially called for federal taxpayer funding of abortions — and it upset a lot of the then 32% of Democrats who considered themselves pro-life. In 1996, the party — under Bill Clinton, who twice vetoed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban — at least called for making abortion "less...
    Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in better times. Donald Trump and his ego desperately needed a Republican National Convention with thousands of his rabid maskless supporters wildly cheering on his reelection bid. So when it became clear that the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, where the convention was set to be held, was going to be a stickler on social distancing rules that would rain on Trump's parade, he chose a city that promised lax restrictions no matter what the health risks to attendees and the community at large.  On June 11, the Trump campaign announced Jacksonville, Florida, would host the raucous rally portion of the convention—the only part Trump really cares about. Meanwhile, all the behind-the-scenes wrangling...
    As the coronavirus pandemic continues to hit the United States, President Donald Trump has canceled the Republican convention, scheduled for Florida. To protect Americans To induct Donald trump as the party’s candidate for the presidential election on November 3, a major republican convention has been scheduled in Florida (United States). But due to the spread of coronavirus, the American president canceled it, Thursday July 23. “We’re not going to have a big public convention as such, now is not the time,” he said. He said it was his duty as president to “protect the Americans.” The “Chinese virus” This event was originally scheduled for Charlotte in North Carolina, from August 24 to 27. Faced with the intense spread...
    Jacksonville’s out – but Charlotte remains. The morning after President Trump abruptly announced that he was canceling the celebratory portions of the Republican National Convention scheduled to be held in Jacksonville, Fla., the week of Aug. 24, GOP officials outlined how some of the remaining aspects of the confab will work. TRUMP'S SHOCKER: PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES JACKSONVILLE CONVENTION CANCELLED The Republican National Committee (RNC) now says that “a few hundred delegates” will be in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, Aug. 24 for convention business, which will include the formal nomination of the president. As Fox News reported last month, the delegates convening in Charlotte will not be voting on a 2020 party platform or even re-adopting the 2016 platform. Since there will be no...
     Presented by Facebook     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. Back by popular demand, it is Friday. We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the daily co-creators, so find us @asimendinger and @alweaver22 on Twitter and recommend the Morning Report to your friends. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 140,534. Tuesday, 140,909. Wednesday, 142,068. Thursday, 143,190. Friday, 144,305. The United States on Thursday reported more than 4 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections (the country hit 3 million cases on July 8, little more than two weeks ago) (The Hill). President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi...
    President Donald Trump announced that he canceled the portion of the Republican Convention to be held in Jacksonville, Florida, which included his acceptance speech for the party’s nomination. According to what the president said, the acts to be carried out in North Carolina are maintained while he justified the decision to cancel the event due to the advance of the coronavirus in Florida and his duty to “protect the people.” In North Carolina, delegates will cast their votes with special measures and there will be several events online. Last week the Republican National Committee had severely restricted the attendance limit for three of the four nights that the event scheduled to take place in Jacksonville next month...
    Yuri Gripas/Abaca/Zuma For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.In a reversal of his previous plans, President Trump announced Thursday that the portions of the 2020 Republican National Convention scheduled to take place in Jacksonville, Florida will be cancelled. The official business of the RNC—delegates’ nomination of a Republican presidential candidate—will still take place in person in Charlotte, North Carolina, the original convention site. When North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared the three subsequent days of speeches and celebrations unsafe amid the coronavirus pandemic, ceremonies were relocated to Jacksonville. Now, they’re cancelled too. I love the Great State of North Carolina, so much so that I insisted on having the Republican National Convention in Charlotte at...
    On Thursday, President Donald Trump was finally forced to admit that the Republican National Convention he has been dreaming of simply can’t happen. “I told my team it’s time to cancel the Jacksonville, Florida, component of the GOP convention,” he said. “We’ll be starting in North Carolina for the Monday, we were never taking that off, that’s remaining as it is. The delegates are going to get together, that’s where they do their nomination.” He continued: “And we’re going to do some other things with tele-rallies and online the week that we’re discussing, which would be really good. I think we’re gonna do it well. And I’ll still do a convention speech in a different form. But we won’t do...
    Trump Scraps In-Person Jacksonville GOP Convention Activities: ‘Not The Right Time’
    President Donald Trump announced Thursday he was cancelling the Jacksonville, Florida portion of the Republican National Convention due to the state becoming a COVID-19 hotspot.  'So I told my team it's time to cancel the Jacksonville, Florida component of the GOP convention,' Trump said at the top of his Thursday press briefing.  The convention would start on August 24 in Charlotte, North Carolina - which had always been the plan - before the president got in a fight with the state's Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper who couldn't guarantee he'd be allowed to fill a stadium. Trump didn't commit to fully holding the RNC back in Charlotte, saying he would hold 'tele-rallies' through the week.  'And I'll still do a convention speech...
    Elon Musk released the first ever renders of the Boring Company's Las Vegas loop station, where passengers will carted away by high-speed autonomous Teslas. The render depicts a hub for future passengers of the Boring Company's underground loop which aims to zip people from one end of the Las Vegas Convention Center to the other. It shows what appears to be a fairly modern, bright, design with a centered escalator leading down to a floor staggered with a Tesla's driverless vehicles. Above is the first render of the station where passengers will board Tesla's driverless cars to travel across the Las Vegas Convention Center at high speeds The image shows Tesla's Model 3 electric vehicles which are one of...
    (CNN)There might be no event less conducive to social distancing than Comic-Con, the annual pop-culture gathering that packs 130,000 people into San Diego's convention center. Granted, there are a lot of masks, but many are of the Captain America or Batman variety that covers the wrong part of the face.Having griped about this largest-of-its-kind event in the past -- the long lines, dizzying logistics, cramped crowds, and strange smells associated with all those costumes -- it's hard not to acutely feel its absence. The reasons to complain about Comic-Con are, suddenly, all the reasons to miss it.The decision to cancel Comic-Con -- which organizers called "heartbreaking" -- came amid a wave of similar decisions during the early stages of the...
    Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich has given up on Trump. Ohio has burrowed itself deep in impeached president Donald Trump, who may or may not be hiding in his bunker at this time. It’s not a state that will decide the presidency. Trump won it by eight points in 2016, and if he loses it this year (and chances are growing by the day), he will already have lost Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and several other states—giving presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden more than enough electoral votes to end our long national nightmare. Yet his campaign has now made Ohio the second-largest recipient of advertising dollars, behind only Florida.  So how do you think Trump will react when he finds out that former...
    City officials in Jacksonville say the GOP moved the Republican National Convention to the Florida city too late and they're likely not to pull it off.  'If I were them, I'd start thinking about going virtual or scaling down even more than they've done,' Jacksonville City Council President Thomas Hazouri told the Miami Herald.  Jacksonville's Sheriff Mike Williams warned that they were 'past the point of no return' of being able to get proper security protocols in place to host a widely attended, in-person convention starring the president of the United States.  President Trump pushed for the Republican National Convention to be moved to a city that would allow a full convention, with planning in works to have it in...
    Airtime cut in half. A Zoom-style backdrop the size of a tennis court. Celebratory car-honking. And most of it won’t even be in the host city. These are the Democratic National Committee’s current plans for the party’s convention in four weeks, according to a ten-page preview outline for the event obtained by The Daily Beast. The plans, marked for internal use only, feature digital renderings of convention attendees seated at distant tables and separated by see-through partitions, a “Convention Across America” speaking lineup that is both dramatically shorter in length and vastly more ambitious in scale, and a program that emphasizes former Vice President Joe Biden, the party’s presumptive nominee, to a degree rarely seen in national political conventions. “The...
    Former Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich is slated to speak at the 2020 Democratic National Convention in support of presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, the Associated Press reported Monday. Kasich was reportedly approached by the campaign and has agreed to speak in support of his former rival party when they gather for the nearly all-virtual event Aug. 17-20 in Milwaukee. Cleveland.com, in its coverage of the news, wrote: "It's a move that would be unthinkable just a few years ago, when, as governor, Kasich clashed with Democrats on a range of issues, from abortion to collective bargaining for public employees." The former governor is said to be one of a number of high-profile Republicans who plan to work against...
            by Steve Peoples  Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican and frequent Trump critic, has been approached and is expected to speak at the Democratic National Convention on Biden’s behalf next month, according to a person with direct knowledge of the plans who insisted on anonymity to discuss strategy. Kasich is among a handful of high-profile Republicans likely to become more active in supporting Biden in the fall. Since Joe Biden effectively won the Democratic presidential nomination, the Biden campaign has focused on consolidating the party’s divergent and often warring factions. As the closing stretch of the campaign nears, that effort will expand to include Republicans disaffected with President Donald Trump. In crucial battleground states such as...
    Former Republican presidential candidate John Kasich is set to endorse Democrat Joe Biden at the Democratic National Convention next month.  The Associated Press reported that Kasich, the former governor of Ohio, is among the high-profile, disaffected Republicans that the Biden campaign is trying to bring in as a way to eat into President Donald Trump's base.  Trump, meanwhile, hasn't done much to expand his appeal, as he's leaned into culture war issues, like support for the Confederate flag, telling 'Fox News Sunday' host Chris Wallace that the symbol isn't racist.  John Kasich, a Republican who ran for president in 2016 and served as Ohio's governor, is set to endorse Democrat Joe Biden at the Democratic National Convention next month,...
    It’s another Sunday, so for those who tune in, welcome to a diary discussing the Nuts & Bolts of a Democratic campaign. If you’ve missed out, you can catch up any time: Just visit our group or follow the Nuts & Bolts Guide. Every week I try to tackle issues I’ve been asked about. With the help of other campaign workers and notes, we address how to improve and build better campaigns, or explain issues that impact our party. In an alternative universe the Democratic convention would be behind us, having been scheduled for July 13 through July 16. The discussion at Daily Kos and all of the media sites would be about the push with our team as Vice President Biden would have named his...
    HOUSTON, Texas – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Saturday that a federal appeals court halted a judge’s ruling on Friday, allowing for the in-person Republican Party of Texas convention to proceed. The mayor posted on Twitter Saturday, saying the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stayed Friday’s ruling allowing for the convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The convention was initially set to take place Thursday through Saturday, prior to the event’s cancellation. The City of Houston and Houston First appealed the ruling of Judge Lynn Hughes allowing the State Republican Party to proceed with an indoor convention. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has stayed Judge Hughes ruling. In the middle of a pandemic, the doors remain...
    Logic Introduces Son Bobby After Retirement Announcement 5 at 5: Your Daily Digest for Real Estate Investing, 07/17/2020 The 2021 Cubs Convention has already been canceled due to COVID-19 © Provided by The Comeback The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the shutdown of sports leagues and events — along with just about everything else — across the United States over the last several months. And sports-related events *next year* are now beginning to be canceled. The Chicago Cubs announced on Friday that the 2021 Cubs Convention has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. The annual event was scheduled to take place Jan. 15-17 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. Here’s what Cubs spokesman Julian Green had to say about the decision,...
    The Democratic National Convention is telling party lawmakers not to go to Milwaukee convention where former Vice President Joe Biden will accept the presidential nomination. The move comes as officials move to scrap some events and move others online, even as President Trump makes plans to accept his party's nomination before a large crowd in Jacksonville.  A senior advisor to the convention, Chasseny Lewis, contacted aides to all Democratic lawmakers with the guidance, the New York Times reported.   The Democratic convention is telling party lawmakers not to come to Milwaukee where Joe Biden will accept the party's nomination 'As the coronavirus cases in Milwaukee, and across the country continue to increase, we have been working closely with state and...
    Mother Jones illustration; Shutterstock For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.This post was originally published as part of “The Trump Files“—a collection of telling episodes, strange but true stories, and curious scenes from the life of our current president—on August 5, 2016. Donald Trump didn’t speak at the Republican National Convention in 2004. He didn’t speak at the Democratic convention either. But a week before election day, Trump made a surprise appearance onstage in New York to deliver the nominating speech for a long-shot presidential candidate—the rapper Eminem. Eminem, who was still known at the time by his alter-ego “Slim Shady,” held a convention for his new party, the Shady Party, to promote...
    Presented by Facebook   To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: http://bit.ly/1M1mIfw  To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/1Tt4hqN --> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.* *Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically.   ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL Think of the GOP convention as more of an … ‘intimate soirée’ this year:   Via The Hill’s Justine Coleman and Jonathan Easley, Republicans are scaling back the planned party convention in Jacksonville, Fla., this year amid the coronavirus pandemic. https://bit.ly/2WpOsdg Who will be allowed to attend: Only the 2,500 regular delegates will be able to attend...
     Late-night hosts Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel guest host Whitney Cummings tackle California and Florida’s rise in coronavirus cases — the former two mocking Republicans for hosting their upcoming convention in Jacksonville. Colbert started his monologue by addressing California’s recent spike in coronavirus cases, which led to a statewide shutdown that closed restaurants, schools, and zoos. “They’re shutting down again. Hollywood loves a sequel,” said the host. “This time it’s ‘Shutdown 2: We Opened Up 2 Fast and People Are Furious.’” Colbert addressed that schools in Los Angeles and San Diego will not open in the fall and have even abandoned plans for a partial return, joking that bullies are going to start asking for lunch money via Venmo. “Also closed...
    WASHINGTON - After months of insisting that the Republican National Convention go off as scheduled despite the pandemic, President Donald Trump is slowly coming to accept that the late August event will not be the four-night infomercial for his reelection that he had anticipated.  After a venue change, spiking coronavirus cases and a sharp recession, Trump aides and allies are increasingly questioning whether it's worth the trouble, and some are advocating that the convention be scrapped altogether. Conventions are meant to lay out a candidate's vision for the coming four years, not spark months of intrigue over the health and safety of attendees, they have argued.  Ultimately, the decision on whether to move forward will be Trump's alone.  Already...
    By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of insisting that the Republican National Convention go off as scheduled despite the pandemic, President Donald Trump is slowly coming to accept that the late August event will not be the four-night infomercial for his reelection that he had anticipated. After a venue change, spiking coronavirus cases and a sharp recession, Trump aides and allies are increasingly questioning whether it’s worth the trouble, and some are advocating that the convention be scrapped all together. Conventions are meant to lay out a candidate’s vision for the coming four years, not spark months of intrigue over the health and safety of attendees, they have argued. Ultimately, the decision on whether to move...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of insisting that the Republican National Convention go off as scheduled despite the pandemic, President Donald Trump is slowly coming to accept that the late August event will not be the four-night infomercial for his reelection that he had anticipated. After a venue change, spiking coronavirus cases and a sharp recession, Trump aides and allies are increasingly questioning whether it’s worth the trouble, and some are advocating that the convention be scrapped all together. Conventions are meant to lay out a candidate’s vision for the coming four years, not spark months of intrigue over the health and safety of attendees, they have argued. Ultimately, the decision on whether to move forward will be Trump’s alone....
    Florida Democratic Party gives back PPP loan after backlash from Florida Democratic lawmakers I spent the night in a New York hotel that made 3 core changes to help guests feel safe during the pandemic — and I think it sets a good model for beachfront hotels everywhere How the Coronavirus Pandemic Cost Comic-Con 2020 Millions of Dollars © TheWrap The coronavirus pandemic did more than force San Diego Comic-Con to go virtual: It wreaked economic havoc on Comic-Con International, the non-profit responsible for staging the yearly fan-favorite event and its sister convention, WonderCon. San Diego Comic-Con typically brings 135,000 comic book fans to Southern California every July. Comic-Con International, a California-based non-profit public benefit corporation, has been putting...
    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: The surging coronavirus cases in Florida are throwing the future of the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville in August up in the air.  Six Republican senators have signaled they will not attend the gathering in the Florida city next month when President TrumpDonald John TrumpKimberly Guilfoyle reports being asymptomatic and 'feeling really pretty good' after COVID-19 diagnosis Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office...
    More grim job losses as U.S. hits record high on new COVID cases Grocers urgently need to fix broken online business model, as pandemic shifts more to web, report says [email protected]: Inside the First-Ever Virtual – and Free – San Diego Comic-Con © TheWrap Comic Con At Home For fifty years, San Diego Comic-Con's greatest superpower has been its ability to avoid any obstacle in its way — from inclement weather to recessions — that could have possibly led to its cancellation. But 2020 has brought Comic-Con a villain that nobody has been able to conquer: COVID-19. However, any comic-book fan would tell you the hero always comes through when all hope seems lost. For Comic-Con International, that meant...
    If 2020 had turned out to be a normal year, Democrats would be preparing to hold their national convention in Milwaukee next week. Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Tammy Duckworth is the epitome of the American Dream Mexico's president uses US visit to tout ties with Trump MORE would have officially accepted his party’s nomination amid pomp and glitz — doing so more than a month before President TrumpDonald John TrumpKimberly Guilfoyle reports being asymptomatic and 'feeling really pretty good' after COVID-19 diagnosis Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad...
    (CNN)Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner thrust himself into the national spotlight Wednesday with his decision to cancel the contract for the Texas Republican Party to hold its state convention in the city.In making the announcement, the Democrat spoke in deeply personal terms about the memory of his late mother to explain his decision."The linchpin for me (was) when one of the people on my staff, combined with my sister, who said to me, 'mayor, brother, your mom was a maid working at these hotels. And if your mom was alive today working at one of these hotels (would) you as the mayor still allow this convention to go forth and run the risk of infecting your mom?' " he said."And the...
    Two senior GOP senators will not attend the Republican National Convention next month in Jacksonville, Florida, they announced this week. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said on Monday he would not attend the August event, citing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic as the state sees a resurgence of cases. “I’m not going to go, and I’m not going to go because of the virus situation,” Grassley told reporters on a conference call Monday. The Iowa Republican, who at 86 is the oldest GOP senator, went on to note that he had not missed a single party convention since being elected to the Senate in 1980. The Senate Finance Committee chairman praised his party’s decision to move the convention from Charlotte, North...
    President Trump needs to hit the "reset" button ahead of the Republican National Convention in August, former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove said Friday. In an interview on "America's Newsroom" with host Leland Vittert, Rove explained that a potential reset doesn't mean a "staff shake-up," but it does mean the necessity for "something that's big and grabs the attention" of the American electorate. KARL ROVE SAYS TRUMP IS CLEARLY TRAILING BIDEN: HERE ARE 3 THINGS HE MUST DO TO TURN IT AROUND "When you are in the barrel. When you’re getting a lot of bad press and the polls are going against you, you need to do something that says, ‘We’re moving in a different direction.’ That’s what I mean by...
    Last year, the Republican National Convention began cutting checks to a former producer of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice who was accused of having, as one contestant put it, “all the dirt” on Donald Trump. From August 2019 through May 2020, the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Convention made a dozen payments totaling more than $66,000 to Labella Worldwide, Inc. for “production consulting services.” The firm is run by Chuck Labella, a former NBC executive and the talent producer who worked on Donald Trump’s famous reality show. Labella is not just a former Apprentice bigwig. According to actor Tom Arnold, who was a contestant on the show and has since become a vociferous Trump critic, Labella was in possession...
    Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel promised to provide convention attendees with masks as the mayor of Jacksonville, Florida, cracks down on residents not wearing face coverings to combat a climb in COVID-19 cases in his city. "We're going to provide PPE," McDaniel told Fox News on Tuesday, referring to personal protective equipment. The top Republican added, "We're going to listen to the local authorities, and we're going to make sure this is a safe and healthy convention. And we're going to abide by what the mayor and the governor are saying." Republicans yanked the majority of their quadrennial gathering, where President Trump will be coronated the party's 2020 nominee, from Charlotte, North Carolina, this month, a mere 11...
    By Meena Venkataramanan, The Texas Tribune June 29, 2020 “The Texas GOP convention will gather thousands of people indoors without a mask requirement. One of its sponsors is the Texas Medical Association.” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. *Correction appended The Texas Medical Association is encouraging Texans to practice social distancing, stay home when possible and wear masks to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. But despite the potential mixed message it may send, the state’s largest medical organization said Monday it is not reconsidering its sponsorship of the Texas Republican convention next month. Some 6,000...
    Hundreds of doctors in Florida sent a letter to Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and the city council, warning that hosting the Republican National Convention would invite further spread of the coronavirus as Florida already is dealing with a spike in cases. The letter says that with 40,000 people expected to attend, the event should be either “very significantly reduced in numbers” or postponed. “The Republican National Convention (RNC) is scheduled in Jacksonville for late August. It is estimated that more than 40,000 people, including the press and protestors, will attend from all over the US,” says the letter, posted by local FOX13 and earlier reported by First Coast News. “Allowing this number of people to descend on Jacksonville is...
    The Republican National Committee (RNC) said Monday it’s planning a convention that complies with all health regulations in place in Jacksonville, Fla., during the August event. “The RNC is committed to holding a safe convention that fully complies with local health regulations in place at the time,” a spokesperson for the RNC said in a statement.  The spokesperson said organizers are planning to take health precautions including conducting temperature checks, making available personal protective equipment, “aggressive” sanitizing protocols and available COVID-19 testing.  “We have a great working relationship with local leadership in Jacksonville and the state of Florida, and we will continue to coordinate with them in the months ahead,” the spokesperson added.  The RNC’s confirmation came the same day...
    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: The Great Mask Debate  Jacksonville, Fla., announced on Monday that residents and visitors will be required to wear masks, or face coverings, indoors and in public spaces. The development comes as coronavirus cases in the Sunshine State skyrocket ahead of the Republican National Convention set to take place in the northern Florida city in August.  More than 8,000 new coronavirus cases were reported in Florida for the third...
    The city of Jacksonville, Florida, where mask-averse President Donald Trump plans to accept the Republican nomination in August, ordered the wearing of face coverings Monday, joining the list of state and local governments reversing course to try to beat back a resurgence of the coronavirus. Less than a week after Mayor Lenny Curry said there would be no mask requirement, city officials announced that coverings must be worn in “situations where individuals cannot socially distance.” White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany responded by saying the president’s advice is to “do whatever your local jurisdiction requests of you.” Trump has refused to wear a mask during visits to states and businesses that require them. RELATED: Florida governor accused of undercounting COVID-19 cases...