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    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...
    President Donald Trump on Wednesday emphasized the importance of students returning to school for in-person learning this fall. “One thing we’ve learned during this horror show during the China plague is that virtual is not the same as being there,” Trump said. He argued strongly children returning to in-person learning, despite the risks of spreading and contracting the virus. “The virtual learning is not like being in a classroom, and I think we’ve learned that, I think very strongly, in almost all cases,” Trump said. “People thought for a long time that would be the answer, but that’s not the answer. The answer is an old fashioned one.” The president met with a group of parents at a White House...
    Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states Biden touts Trump saying Harris would be 'fine choice' for VP pick Kamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along MORE on Wednesday marked the third anniversary of the deadly white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., calling it part of a battle “for the soul of our nation.” “Three years ago today, white supremacists descended on Charlottesville with torches in hand and hate in their hearts. Our president said they were ‘very fine people,’” Biden tweeted. “It was clear then, and it's clear now: We are in a battle for the soul of our nation, and we must win.” The former...
    President Donald Trump reached out to two of the biggest stars in college football to help save the upcoming season. Trump revealed during a Wednesday press conference that he spoke with LSU head coach Ed Orgeron and Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Trump: “Go play football. I spoke to some of the great football players. College players. Trevor, and a lot of great players called. Coach called. Coach O. A lot of fantastic people. I got to speak to. Athletes. Leaders. They want to play football. Let ’em play.” — Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 12, 2020 President Donald Trump talks college football at a White House briefing: “I...
    The title of a piece by Ta-Nehisi Coates back in 2017 was eye-catching. He referred to Donald Trump as “The First White President.” But his subtitle told you a bit about where he was going with that claim. It read: “The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Obama’s legacy.” It is often said that Trump has no real ideology, which is not true—his ideology is white supremacy, in all its truculent and sanctimonious power… Replacing Obama is not enough—Trump has made the negation of Obama’s legacy the foundation of his own…Trump truly is something new—the first president whose entire political existence hinges on the fact of a black president. And so it will not suffice to say that...
    Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., does not make the Democratic presidential ticket more moderate, Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said after the announcement of Harris as Joe Biden's vice-presidential pick. KAMALA HARRIS SCORED AS MOST LIBERAL US SENATOR IN 2019 "Vice President Biden has promised to be the most liberal president in history if he's elected. And toward that end, I think he picked the right running mate, considering Sen. Harris is very, very, very liberal," Kennedy said on "Your World with Neil Cavuto." "I think they represent the new Democratic Party, which I think has clearly moved to the left. I don't think that's particularly a newsflash for anyone." BIDEN TAPS KAMALA HARRIS AS RUNNING MATE, SETTING ASIDE TENSIONS FROM PRIMARY...
    WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS/CNN) — The race to the White House is heating up. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris made their first public appearance as running mates Wednesday in Wilmington. Both Biden and Sen. Harris criticized President Donald Trump’s leadership, saying this election is a battle for the soul of America. The duo spoke at A.I. duPont High School near Biden’s home in Wilmington. Several Trump supporters also gathered outside of the school. Harris laid out the Democratic case against President Trump in her first speech as Biden’s running mate Wednesday, arguing that Trump isn’t “up to the job.” Harris and Biden appeared together for the first time in Delaware, the day after Biden chose the California Democrat as his running...
    Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) speaks after former Vice President Joe Biden introduced her as his running mate in Wilmington, Delaware, on August 12, 2020.Carolyn Kaster/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) made her mark in the Democratic presidential primary by leaning on her prosecutorial bona fides. And during her first remarks as Joe Biden’s running mate on Wednesday afternoon, Harris once again flashed those credentials—this time, vowing to unleash them on President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.  Harris, the first-ever African American and Asian American woman on a major party ticket, devoted a sizable portion of her remarks to denigrating Trump’s response to the pandemic. She slammed...
    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.    BREAKING NEWS: Biden and Harris: together at last Joe BidenJoe BidenNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states Biden touts Trump saying Harris would be 'fine choice' for VP pick Kamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along MORE and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states Biden touts Trump saying Harris would be 'fine choice' for VP pick Kamala Harris:...
    Senator Kamala Harris, presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee, speaks as former Vice President Joe Biden, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, right, listens during a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020.Stefani Reynolds | Bloomberg | Getty Images Democratic vice-presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris on Wednesday blamed President Donald Trump for the severity of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, saying he was "delusional" and failed to take the virus "seriously from the start." "This virus has impacted almost every country but there's a reason it has hit America worse than any other advanced nation. It's because of Trump's failure to take it seriously from the start," Harris said during a press conference alongside former Vice President Joe Biden. ...
    MSNBC host Joy Reid says Sen. Kamala Harris is going to give generations of little girls someone to look up to. Harris became the first black woman to be on a major-party ticket on Tuesday after presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced her as his running mate. "Never again will little black girls and brown girls and white girls and Asian girls ever think of the vice president of the United States and not see themselves," Reid said on her prime-time show, the ReidOut, on Tuesday. Reid, who recently became cable's first black female prime-time anchor, said a victory for Biden-Harris would be the recognition that black women have been waiting for. "For a lot of black...
    (CNN)The lead sentence in an article in The New York Times on Tuesday was a bizarre, if fitting, encapsulation of the state of American politics today: "Conspiracy theorists won a major victory on Tuesday...." SE CuppThat's because a Republican supporter of QAnon, a fringe group of quacks who believe President Donald Trump is under constant attack by deep-state, satanic child molesters, won her House primary runoff election in Georgia's 14th Congressional District, one of the country's reddest, where she is likely to triumph in November. Welcome to the United States Congress, Q.Read More Marjorie Taylor Greene is not alone in her quackery. There are currently more than a dozen QAnon supporters running for Congress, the Times reports. Nor is...
    Rudy Giuliani's daughter Caroline posted a picture of herself with newly minted vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris Tuesday night encouraging her Twitter followers to help 'remove Trump.'  'While there's some momentum here, a reminder to please donate to help start turning this s*** around!!' she tweeted once the post started getting traction. 'It's a matter of life or (many) death(s) at this point.' Using the emoji, Giuliani also said she had a 'bleeding blue heart,' in stark contrast to her Republican mayor father's political beliefs, as he remains President Donald Trump's personal lawyer.  Caroline Giuliani (left) posted a photo of herself and Sen. Kamala Harris (right), who was chosen Tuesday to be Democrat Joe Biden's running mate. She encouraged...
    Joe Biden made the right decision by selecting Kamala Harris to be his running mate, according to former Republican presidential contender Carly Fiorina. Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, noted on Wednesday that she has political disagreements with Harris but said she was relieved that Biden made good on his promise to select a female running mate who is not white. "From a political point of view, I think it was a smart choice. I think he really needed to select a woman of color," Fiorina said during an interview on Wharton Business Daily. "And I think regardless of people's political persuasions, I think honestly it just reminds us that diversity and possibility are the core of what...
    Joe Biden’s (D) selection of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running mate is emblematic of the progressive shift steadily embraced by the former vice president, as Harris’s record displays her radical, far-left ideology, despite the more moderate demeanor she attempted to display during her failed presidential bid. Establishment Democrats praised Biden’s choice. The Clintons applauded the selection, with former President Bill Clinton describing her as a “terrific” choice and failed Trump challenger Hillary Clinton deeming her an “incredible public servant and leader.” Former President Barack Obama praised Biden, proclaiming that his former running mate “nailed this decision.” Regardless of the chatter and ongoing analysis from political pundits, commentators, and officials, Harris has a well-documented record of embracing radical progressive...
    Doug Emhoff has the right to think he has led a successful life.  He owns three houses in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington and has built a career representing huge entertainment conglomerates from the ground up - allowing him to bring home an annual salary of more than $1 million. But for now, he is content to put all of his achievements in the background as he basks in the accomplishments of his wife, who could very well become the first ever female vice president of the United States. Next week Emhoff, 55, and Kamala Harris will celebrate their sixth wedding anniversary. But this will be no time for a leisurely romantic candlelit dinner.   Instead, they will be busy...
    Already, I am dreaming of the debate. There’s Mike Pence, white of hair as well as cheek, his demeanor more starched than his dress shirt, his smile so tight it’s the twin of a grimace. He represents more than the Trump administration, God help him. He represents an America that’s half memory, half myth. And there’s Kamala Harris — younger, blacker and more buoyant. She’s only the fourth woman on the presidential ticket of one of the country’s two major political parties and she’s the first woman of color. She represents an America that’s evolving, fitfully, toward equal opportunity and equal justice. Under her gaze, Pence has to defend a racist, sexist president. As he watches helplessly, Harris gets to...
    Former Republican Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz predicted a Biden/Harris loss Wednesday, saying that the two were “fundamentally wrong on all of the issues.” Chaffetz joined University of Maryland professor Jason Nichols and host Julie Banderas on “Outnumbered: Overtime” to discuss Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris, who was selected to be former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate in the 2020 election. (RELATED: Chris Wallace Claims Kamala Harris Is ‘Not Far To The Left’ — Her Senate Record Disagrees) WATCH: Banderas began by asking whether, in the #metoo era, it was acceptable for President Donald Trump to use words like “nasty” in attacks on Harris. “Well, the president was responding to a question, and I think if you do go...
    Was anyone surprised by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s choice of Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. as his running mate? Wasn’t it always going to be Harris -- the polls said it, the leaks suggested it, and even the history of Biden and Harris’ relationship -- which links with his late son Beau -- foretold it. And maybe that's a key point of the choice: “I'm Joe Biden and when I'm president I won't surprise you.” It's a clear contrast to President Trump, who never misses an opportunity to deliver the unexpected: Threatening war on the “Rocket Man” of North Korea at the United Nations…A summit with the same “Rocket Man” a few months later …a willingness to overrule many of...
    (CNN)A Republican candidate who subscribes to the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory prevailed Tuesday night in a House primary runoff in Georgia.Marjorie Taylor Greene defeated fellow Republican John Cowan in the runoff for Georgia's 14th Congressional District, and her victory in the solidly Republican Georgia district means Greene is all but certain to find herself elected to Washington.What started three years ago as conspiracy theory born on the internet's dark fringes has moved into the mainstream with candidates like Greene espousing and promoting QAnon theories and phrases as they seek political office on a major party ticket.QAnon's main theories claim that dozens of politicians and A-list celebrities work in tandem with governments around the globe to engage in child sex abuse....
    To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: http://bit.ly/1M1mIfw  To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/1Tt4hqN --> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.* *Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically.    The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Biden, Harris’s first day as running mates | About to deliver first remarks | How Biden decided on Harris | Sights and sounds from the announcement | Throwback to Harris’s 2012 convention speech | Obama: ‘ Biden nailed this decision | Trump: ‘She was my No. 1 draft pick’   TALK OF THE MORNING Kamalden! Bidis! Joala!:     Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenNAACP seeks to boost Black voter...
    This article was paid for by AlterNet subscribers. Not a subscriber? Try us and go ad-free for $1. Prefer to give a one-time tip? Click here. In 1981, Lee Atwater, the notorious Republican operative, famously explained why his party developed coded dog-whistles to appeal to white America’s racial grievances and cultural anxieties: “You start out in 1954 by saying, ‘N***er, n***er, n***er.’ By 1968 you can’t say ‘n***er’-that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.…...
    Savannah Rychcik August 12, 2020 0 Comments Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice is expressing her approval of presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s decision to select Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as his running mate. “Today’s” Savannah Guthrie noted Rice was a finalist on Biden’s shortlist for vice president spot and asked Rice if she was surprised Biden picked Harris and what Harris has to offer as vice president. “She’s a great choice. She is going to make a tremendous running mate for Joe Biden. I’m very confident that the Biden, Harris ticket will be a winning one, which is what our country so needs right now,” Rice said. She added, “We have so much work to do, to put our country back on...
    President Donald Trump tweeted out of scathing review Wednesday of HBO's Bill Maher, days after the late night talk host performed a mock 'eulogy' of the president, whom he ridiculed as a 'spectacular p****' who wasn't welcome at solemn occasions. The fake 'funeral' service, set up in Maher's yard with organ music, flowers, and an unflattering Trump photo, including slicing jokes that cast Trump as selfish and out of his depth – after Trump did not attend services for civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis.  'Watched @billmaher last week for the first time in a long time. He’s totally SHOT, looks terrible, exhausted, gaunt, and weak,' Trump wrote on Twitter. 'If there was ever a good reason for no shutdown, check...
    Getty California Senator Kamala Harris endorses Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden during a campaign rally in Michigan on March 9, 2020. Biden named Harris as his pick for vice president on August 11. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has picked Sen. Kamala Harris as his vice presidential candidate, but here’s a reality check: Running mates have very little direct effect on voters. When people go to the polls, they are primarily expressing a preference for the presidential candidate, not the second person on the ticket. In our new book, “Do Running Mates Matter?,” my collaborator Kyle Kopko and I analyze half a century of political science survey data to examine what effect a...
    Hulton Archive/Getty African American educator and U.S. Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm in1973. Chisholm was the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress and the first woman to run for president in 1971. U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, the American daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, is Joe Biden’s choice for vice president. If Biden wins in November, Harris would break three centuries-old barriers to become the nation’s first female vice president, first Black vice president and first Black female vice president. Geraldine Ferraro was the first female vice-presidential candidate on a major party ticket, in 1984. In 2008, Alaska’s then-governor Sarah Palin was Republican John McCain’s running mate. Before Harris was picked as Biden’s running mate, she was...
    I noticed something odd the other day driving through my neighborhood in the Virginia hills not far from Washington, D.C. — There wasn’t a Trump sign in sight. Not one. Four years ago, they were all over, everywhere. This time around, zero. For the record, voters in my county went for President Trump over Hillary Clinton 59.1% to 34.7% in 2016. Which brings up an interesting notion: Are there secret Trump supporters out there, people who back the president but just don’t want to put up a yard sign or talk politics at the neighborhood barbecue? We all know most of the polls are really bad for Trump. In the latest average from Real Clear Politics, which keeps a running...
    Stefani Reynolds/ZUMA For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.One day after Joe Biden announced his decision to name Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, a history-making choice that saw the first Black woman and the first South Asian American woman to be nominated on a major party’s presidential ticket, President Trump is sticking to familiar terrain: The “suburban housewife” will be voting for me. They want safety & are thrilled that I ended the long running program where low income housing would invade their neighborhood. Biden would reinstall it, in a bigger form, with Corey Booker in charge! @foxandfriends @MariaBartiromo — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2020 Let’s unpack this...
    President Donald Trump on Wednesday expressed confidence he'd win the key voting bloc of suburban women in the November election, a claim coming after rival Joe Biden named a female running mate.  'The 'suburban housewife' will be voting for me. They want safety & are thrilled that I ended the long running program where low income housing would invade their neighborhood. Biden would reinstall it, in a bigger form, with Corey Booker in charge!,' the president wrote on Twitter. Republicans have focused their efforts on courting suburban women in recent elections, dubbing them everything from 'soccer moms' to 'security moms' to 'Walmart moms.'  Trump has appealed to that voting bloc through fear mongering and racist language, using the housing issue...
    Karrin Anderson August 12, 2020 12:22PM (UTC) This article was originally published on The Conversation. Joe Biden's promise to name a woman running mate has prompted familiar debates about gender and power. Are these potential vice presidents supposed to be presidential lackeys or understudies to the leader of the free world? Should they actively seek the position, or be reluctant nominees bound by duty? : After Sen. Kamala Harris' name emerged as a short-list favorite, CNBC reported that some Biden allies and donors "initiated a campaign against Harris," arguing that she was "too ambitious" and would be "solely focused on eventually becoming president." Claiming that people who want to be president make bad vice presidents might seem ill-conceived if...
    Alex Henderson August 12, 2020 11:55AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. Joe Biden, this year's presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has a long history of taking centrist positions — first during his decades in the U.S. Senate and then as vice president under President Barack Obama. But President Donald Trump has been describing Biden as a puppet of "the radical left." Journalist Ashley Parker, in an article for the Washington Post, emphasizes that Trump is not describing the Joe Biden that countless people know in Washington, D.C. and explains why his anti-Biden smears have so far failed to resonate. "President Trump is increasingly trying to run against a Joe Biden of his own making," Parker explains. "Rather than look...
    Democratic Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones, who endorsed President Trump for reelection in April, said Democrats thought that “by getting Kamala Harris” on the ticket “that that would help them save the Black vote, but that was the wrong person for that job to do that.” Jones made the comments on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday, one day after Harris, the politically shrewd California senator with a law enforcement background that has caused some tensions with the progressive left, was announced Tuesday as Joe Biden’s running mate. “This was a good day for President Trump” Jones said. He then pointed out that “Trump has a better record on helping black men and women than Kamala Harris has, than Joe Biden has and as this story gets told more and more African-Americans are...
    Senator Kamala Harris, a former presidential candidate, bring a history of votes and positions as she campaigns to become the first woman of color vice president.  Harris, a former prosecutor, has established a voting record as one of the most liberal members of the U.S. Senate, according to GovTrack, an independent nonpartisan website that tracks legislative records. Her record, already scrutinized when she ran for president, is sure to be under the microscope once again as she adds her name to the Democratic ticket.  Health careHarris was a co-sponsor of Senator Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All act. In January 2019, Harris said she wanted to eliminate private insurance. Later, she clarified that she wanted to get rid of the "waste"...
    Remember when political reporters crowed about what a masterful play Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had made when he lined up his caucus to acquit Donald Trump without hearing from a single witness? Yeah, that acquittal came on February 6 when U.S. senators were already getting briefed on the seriousness of the coronavirus’ spread abroad. But Senate Republicans, led by McConnell, fell all over themselves to make sure Trump was at the helm when the pandemic hit U.S. shores. Now, what once looked like a promising cycle for Senate Republicans has turned entirely treacherous precisely because the caucus is saddled with Trump as their standard bearer. Politico reports the party is directing nearly its entire $100 million war chest at saving the seats of eight incumbent senators while the few GOP candidates aiming...
    Here are the main reactions in the United States to the announcement, by the Democratic candidate for the White House, Joe Biden, of the choice of black Senator Kamala Harris as running mate. Donald trump Shortly after the announcement, the US president posted a video of the senator steeply descending on his Twitter account. “Kamala Harris campaigned to become president by rushing into the arms of the radical left,” begins this video, which also accuses her of having called for new taxes to the tune of several “trillions”. The video, also posted by the president-candidate’s campaign team, concludes: “Slack Joe and Kamala the sham, made to be together, bad for America.” Barack obama “I...
    Rex Features Susan Rice, the potential Democratic pick for vice president, is considered one of the country’s leading experts on foreign policy. But while her experience will count in her favour, it will also give Republicans a clear plan of attack leading up to the election in November. The foreign policy expert was nominated as the ambassador of the United Nations by President Barack Obama, a nomination the Senate at the time unanimously confirmed. But her time as ambassador of the United Nations – from 2009 to 2013 – and then later national security adviser to Mr Obama, until 2017, has been called into question by Republicans – specifically her role in the Benghazi attacks. US posts in Benghazi,...
    With a collapsing economy, mounting COVID-19 deaths, and sinking poll numbers, President Donald Trump on Tuesday night used a primetime interview to sound the alarm over what will surely go down in history as one of the worst atrocities of the 21st century: “all the birds” that keep getting sucked up and devoured by windmills. While the president spent part of his interview with pro-Trump Fox News host Sean Hannity discussing the apparent bird-killing qualities of windmills, he found no time to say anything about the nearly 165,000 Americans who have died from coronavirus. Calling into close confidant Hannity’s primetime show, ostensibly to discuss presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s choice of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running...
    Actress Jamie Lee Curtis sparked messages of mockery and concern on Tuesday after she posted her own "evidence" of a possible "conspiracy" that could be in the works to help President Donald Trump win reelection in November. What are the details?Curtis posted a picture on social media of a United States Postal Service van on the bed of a tow truck headed down a roadway, apparently taken from her driver's seat. "I swear, in broad daylight, the driver of the red truck has a red cap on with white letters. Conspiracy? Outright attempt at stealing the election by denying the access of the @USPS? Let's not let it happen! @JoeBiden."I swear, in broad daylight, the driver of the red truck...
    President Trump told Fox News' Sean Hannity in an exclusive interview Tuesday that presumptive vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris is "the most liberal person, supposedly, in the Senate," adding "I'm not sure that's what the country wants -- if it is, we've got problems." "[A] lot of people think it's a dangerous choice," said Trump, who claimed that Harris "wants to raise taxes. She wants to get rid of your Second Amendment. No guns for protection, no nothing ..." BERNIE SUPPORTERS, PROGRESSIVES TRASH BIDEN-HARRIS TICKET Harris has previously referred to popular semi-automatic rifles that are often dubbed "assault weapons" as "weapons of war." "She's very bad to the military," the president continued. "She wants to cut spending for the military and the vets....
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin offered Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., some advice about running as a vice presidential nominee -- as the California Democrat becomes only the third woman ever to do so. “Congrats to the democrat VP pick,” Palin said in a post to Harris Tuesday. “Climb upon Geraldine Ferraro’s and my shoulders, and from the most amazing view in your life consider lessons we learned.” Palin, who ran on the ticket with former congressman John McCain during his presidential candidacy in 2008, shared some of the knowledge she gained from her experience – largely telling Harris to be wary. PENCE TELLS HARRIS HE LOOKS FORWARDS TO VP DEBATE: ‘I’LL SEE YOU IN SALT LAKE CITY’ “Out of the chute trust no...
    Former President Barack Obama on Tuesday reacted to the news that former Vice President Joe Biden had selected Kamala Harris to be his running mate. “I’ve known Senator Harris for a long time,” Obama wrote in a 260-word statement shared with reporters. “She is more than prepared for the job.” Obama praised the former California career prosecutor as a candidate “defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake.” Obama praised Biden’s choice of Harris, even citing it as proof that his former vice president was qualified to be president. “Joe Biden nailed this decision,” he wrote. “By choosing Senator Kamala Harris as America’s next vice president, he’s underscored his own judgment and character.” Obama also praised...
    One has to imagine that for Jerry Falwell Jr., things feel very unfair right about now. For more than four years, the world of right-wing American Christianity has not only lined up behind Donald Trump — a thrice-married chronic adulterer who bragged on tape how he likes to “grab ’em by the pussy” — but has embraced him as if he were the second coming. White evangelicals’ devotion to Trump didn’t wane after he became president, even in the face of stories about Trump paying off a porn actress and a centerfold model to stay quiet about his compulsive cheating on his third wife. Nor was there any angst on the Christian right over Trump’s relentless grifting or his efforts to blackmail the Ukrainian president into bolstering lies about former Vice...
    President Donald Trump unloaded Tuesday on Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris, within hours of the news breaking that she was former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate. Trump criticized Harris at a White House briefing, referencing her treatment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings and calling her the “meanest” person in the Senate. (RELATED: ‘Democrats Don’t Love Her’: Jesse Watters Says Kamala Harris Won’t Tip The Scales For Biden) WATCH: President Trump fielded several questions on the announcement, concluding the briefing by saying that he definitely preferred his own Vice President Mike Pence to Harris. “I like vice president Mike Pence much better,” Trump said, saying that everyone respected Pence and that he had been...
    Some progressives expressed their frustration and condemnation of Joe Biden's selection of Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., as his running mate. Ever since Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee, there has been an ongoing debate on the left as to who he could pick as his vice president that can motivate enough of the base, including supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to support the ticket in November. On Tuesday, Biden announced that Harris would be his vice president. Sanders himself extended his support for his Senate colleague and former 2020 rival. CONSERVATIVES REACT TO HARRIS AS BIDEN RUNNING MATE, BLAST NY TIMES FOR 'PRAGMATIC MODERATE' DESCRIPTOR "Congratulations to @KamalaHarris, who will make history as our next Vice President. She understands...
    DONALD Trump slammed Joe Biden's VP pick "phony Kamala" Harris, saying her appointment is proof Biden has "surrendered to radicals." During his White House press briefing on Tuesday, Trump issued a scathing attack on Harris, who was announced as Biden's running mate. 8trump said he was 'surprised' Biden picked Harris Credit: Getty Images - Getty 8His campaign produced a video called 'phony' about her VP spotCredit: YouTube 8Trump said Harris 'told many many stories that weren't true'Credit: Splash News The president told reporters he was "surprised" Biden picked Harris, claiming she's "told many many stories that weren't true [and] she's very big into raising taxes." He insisted she had done "very, very poorly" in the primaries and "ended up...
    "The Five" co-host Jesse Watters said Tuesday that former Vice President Joe Biden had shown "bad judgement" in choosing Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., as his running mate. "She's kind of a phony who never caught on ... This is kind of like when you go out to a restaurant with your grandfather and you have to order for him," Watters said. "You take the menu and you're like 'He'll have the ribeye and you like it medium, right?' ... Joe didn't make this pick. This pick was made for Joe. It just shows you the kind of bad judgment and bad instincts that the Biden campaign has." TRUMP CAMPAIGN BLASTS 'PHONY' KAMALA HARRIS IN AD, SAYS BIDEN PICK REFLECTS 'EXTREME AGENDA' In response to co-host Dana Perino's statement that it was unclear how Harris helps Biden...
    It’s a good sign that with his first important decision as presidential nominee, Joe Biden got it right.  Kamala Harris was the best available choice for a few reasons. Obviously, she’s history-making, the first Black woman to be a major-party veep nominee. She’s smart and tough and will probably be an effective attacker of the incumbent. She has charisma, she’s relatively young, and standing up there next to Biden, she lowers his age about five years. But she’s the right choice mainly for one very simple reason: She was the most expected choice. I realize that my reasoning here is a little tautological, but here’s what I mean.
    (CNN)With Joe Biden selecting Kamala Harris, the senator from California becomes just the third woman to be selected as the vice president on a major party ticket and the first Black woman to be nominatedHarris, a woman of Black and South Asian descent, ran for president in 2020 but ended her bid in December. She has been a senator since 2017, and was previously California's attorney general.Biden's announcement on Tuesday came after months of speculation and after his vetting team looked at more than a dozen women. Biden pledged earlier this year to choose a woman as his vice president, and was under pressure to select a woman of color.Next week at the Democratic National Convention, Harris will become the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden's selection of California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate (all times local): 4:40 p.m. President Donald Trump’s campaign is blasting Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick, calling Sen. Kamala Harris “phony.” In a statement, Trump adviser Katrina Pierson says Harris “will abandon her own morals, as well as try to bury her record as a prosecutor, in order to appease the anti-police extremists controlling the Democrat Party.” Pierson says Harris has “gleefully embraced the left’s radical manifesto, calling for trillions of dollars in new taxes and backing Bernie Sanders’ government takeover of healthcare.” Pierson calls Harris “proof that Joe Biden is an empty shell being filled with the extreme...
    Democrats' insistence that state and local governments receive federal money to close gaps in their budget as part of potential "Phase 4" coronavirus aid legislation is a non-starter, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told "Bill Hemmer Reports" Tuesday. "This hang-up over sending over $1 trillion down to the state and local government -- we've already sent them $150 billion and they've only spent 25% of what we sent them before in the [CARES Act]," McConnell said. "So take that off the table and let's get this assistance directly to the people who need it ... those whose plus-up over UI expired last Friday," he added. MCCONNELL: DEMOCRATS TREATING PANDEMIC AS 'POLITICAL GAME' WITH RELIEF TALKS STILL STALLED "The president is doing everything he can within his authority to get the job...
    (CNN)It's Kamala Harris, thankfully. After months of speculation and a seemingly endless cast of candidates through the revolving door, we now know what should have long ago been settled. SE Cupp The former Vice President and presumptive Democratic nominee for president, Joe Biden, has announced that his running mate will be the US senator from California.Read More This is very good news on multiple levels. For starters -- Electability: If you want Biden elected -- and especially if you want President Donald Trump defeated at all costs -- Harris is the only viable running mate to help take Biden across the finish line. Nearly every other candidate had major baggage or alienating qualities. For example, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden’s selection of California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate (all times local): 4:40 p.m. President Donald Trump’s campaign is blasting Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick, calling Sen. Kamala Harris “phony.” In a statement, Trump adviser Katrina Pierson says Harris “will abandon her own morals, as well as try to bury her record as a prosecutor, in order to appease the anti-police extremists controlling the Democrat Party.” Pierson says Harris has “gleefully embraced the left’s radical manifesto, calling for trillions of dollars in new taxes and backing Bernie Sanders’ government takeover of healthcare.” Pierson calls Harris “proof that Joe Biden is an empty shell being filled with the...
    (CNN)It is a measure of these extraordinary times that Joe Biden's historic choice for vice president was also the most conventional. In choosing Kamala Harris, Biden selected the candidate who had been the frontrunner among political handicappers and betting markets for months. The senator from California fulfills Biden's pledge to name a woman and responds to the expectation that he would pick the first woman of color ever to serve on a national ticket. Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as his running mate Pressure to make such a choice has been building since the killing of George Floyd under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer triggered nationwide protests over racial inequity. And beyond the historic nature of Harris' selection,...
    FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 22: Eric Reid #25 of the Carolina Panthers kneels during the playing of the National Anthem prior to the start of the preseason game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on August 22, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images) President Donald Trump doesn’t want the NFL to return if there will be kneeling. President Donald Trump was talking sports on the radio Tuesday morning and his comments were perfectly on-brand. He spoke with Fox Sports Radio and one key topic was whether he will be watching the NFL this fall. Trump has never been a huge football fan, but his remarks regarding the NFL should come as a surprise to no...
    Brendan Smialowski / AFP via Getty Images Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is set to choose his running mate sometime very soon — and Washington D.C. reporters cannot contain their excitement, or their anxiety. Biden has missed several self-imposed deadlines, but many journalists and pundits predict that the veepstakes will end by the end of the day, and if not, certainly by the end of the week. The presidential nominee has promised a female Vice President, and many have encouraged him to elect a Black woman as his running mate — pointing out their absence and lack of visibility in top government positions. Many have speculated that Biden will choose Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), former Obama White House official, Susan Rice,  Rep....
    Joe Biden, this year’s presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has a long history of taking centrist positions — first during his decades in the U.S. Senate and then as vice president under President Barack Obama. But President Donald Trump has been describing Biden as a puppet of “the radical left.” Journalist Ashley Parker, in an article for the Washington Post, emphasizes that Trump is not describing the Joe Biden that countless people know in Washington, D.C. and explains why his anti-Biden smears have so far failed to resonate. “President Trump is increasingly trying to run against a Joe Biden of his own making,” Parker explains. “Rather than look for campaign ammunition in the former vice president’s long track record of politically...
    Although Noam Chomsky has often been highly critical of former Vice President Joe Biden and other centrist Democrats, the 91-year-old author is encouraging progressives to vote for him in this year’s presidential election — and to keep a close eye on Biden if he wins. But he’s also warning that President Donald Trump is still “quite capable” of an “October surprise.” In an interview with writer C.J. Polychroniou for Truthout, Chomsky stressed that despite all the polls showing Biden ahead, a Biden victory is “anything but a sure thing.” Chomsky told Polychroniou, “Election tampering is a huge industry. Massive campaign funding in the last days can have a major effect, as seems to have happened in 2016. The leading specialist...
    (CNN)Satire is now dead.We joked recently that when US President Donald Trump went to Mount Rushmore last month, he probably saw himself up there on the rocky crags with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. Turns out it was no joke.Trump told South Dakota's Gov Kristi Noem in 2018 that he aspired to have his face immortalized on the monument. Now, the New York Times reports that a White House aide contacted Noem's office last year to ask about the procedure for adding new presidents to the mountain. The governor didn't get out her chisel -- but she did offer Trump a replica of the iconic monument with his face staring out. Trump denies the whole thing,...
    Miami Heat Team Owner Micky Arison and his wife Madeleine join Donald Trump and wife Melania Trump at the Miami Heat versus Los Angeles Lakers game on December 25, 2005. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images) President Trump is not a fan of the NBA and thinks the bubble has been a terrible outcome for the league as they push forward with the season after it was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. President Trump doesn’t like the NBA and has made his opinions very clear on the league and the players in the league. That isn’t news. What is news is the president is criticizing the league for resuming the season that was halted in response to the coronavirus...
    President Donald Trump said in an interview Tuesday he would 'absolutely' nominate a new Supreme Court Justice should a vacancy occur during his final 162 days in office.  'You mean if something happened like now?' Trump asked when radio host Hugh Hewitt asked him if he would nominate a justice, an issue Trump is already seeking to elevate in the 2020 campaign.  'Absolutely, I’d do it. Sure,' Trump says. The topic is more than academic, with multiple aging justices on the court, including 87-year old Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was recently released from the hospital after undergoing cancer treatments.   'I would move quickly. Why not? I mean, they would. The Democrats would if they were in this position,' Trump told Hewett. ...
    **Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.**On the roster: McConnell tries to hold the line on lawsuits - Biden keeps ‘em waiting - Trump shaves deficit from 13 to 10 in Monmouth Poll - Omar faces voters in Minnesota primary - Canadian crime spreeMCCONNELL TRIES TO HOLD THE LINE ON LAWSUITSBloomberg: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s insistence that legal liability protections for businesses, schools and colleges be included in any new coronavirus relief bill is approaching a moment of reckoning. Warning that an avalanche of litigation would undercut any rebound from the pandemic’s economic damage, McConnell has repeatedly said he won’t let a bill to pass the Senate without a temporary shield from most...
    Michael Moore compared President Donald Trump leaving a press conference due to an emergency outside of the White House to what the future may look like when the current commander in chief leaves office. “On Monday, as he stood at the Presidential podium, the Secret Service agent suddenly entered the room and said to him [President Donald Trump] directly, ‘Sir — would you come with me?” the 66-year-old filmmaker captioned his post Tuesday on Instagram. Within the post were several screenshots of the briefing when the Secret Service came in rushed the president out of the room due to gunfire near the White House. (RELATED: Michael Moore: ‘F**k Hope, Seriously, F**k Hope,’ Trump Will Be ‘The Last President’)   View...
    Alex Thomas August 11, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump boasted this week that his poll numbers are surging to a point that former President George Washington would have had a difficult time beating him “before the plague came in.” In an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt, the president declared, “And we’re doing very well. I don’t know if you’ve seen, the polls have been going up like a rocket ship.” He added, “Hey, I was, George Washington would have had a hard time beating me before the plague came in — before the China plague.”Here’s that clip (starting at 12:30): The RealClearPolitics aggregated polling has not shown Trump ahead nationally since they started compiling polls in September...
    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 meeting had originally been scheduled to take place at Camp David in June. President Donald Trump says he’ll look to postpone the G-7 summit until after the election. He says the move would provide a calmer atmosphere. The meeting was already delayed due to coronavirus concerns. It was originally scheduled to be held at Camp David in June. The president has long said he would like to add more nations, calling the current G-7 “outdated.” As host, the president is in charge of this year’s guest list. On Monday, President Trump said he’d invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to the meeting because he’s an “important factor,” even though Russia was kicked out of the group when it annexed Crimea. In June, the...
    CNN’s Erica Hill on Tuesday weighed in on President Donald Trump potentially delivering his Republican National Convention nomination acceptance speech at the historic Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg, PA. Hill said Trump wants to speak at Gettysburg because he wants “to do his best to shore up the Confederacy” and preserve the Confederate flag and memorials. “I have to say, it’s not the same thing, but when we heard this, one of the first things I thought of was an interview that the president had at Normandy, and when we saw him there with all of those crosses in the background,” Hill stated. “And that really struck a chord with a number of people as well because it became so politicized....
    Amanda Marcotte August 11, 2020 5:03PM (UTC) One has to imagine that for Jerry Falwell Jr., things feel very unfair right about now. For more than four years, the world of right-wing American Christianity has not only lined up behind Donald Trump — a thrice-married chronic adulterer who bragged on tape how he likes to "grab 'em by the pussy" — but has embraced him as if he were the second coming. White evangelicals' devotion to Trump didn't wane after he became president, even in the face of stories about Trump paying off a porn actress and a centerfold model to stay quiet about his compulsive cheating on his third wife. Nor was there any angst on the Christian right over Trump's relentless grifting or his...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill FDA head pledges 'we will not cut corners' on coronavirus vaccine Let our values drive COVID-19 liability protection MORE is in trouble. He has lagged his presumptive Democratic opponent Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he is 'seriously' considering a capital gains tax cut Why Joe Biden is in trouble Harris favored as Biden edges closer to VP pick MORE by a significant margin in national opinion polls throughout the year. His standing in the crucial swing states is not much better. The economy, which was to be Trump’s central asset as he sought reelection, has been battered by the coronavirus. The pandemic itself, which has...
    To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: http://bit.ly/1M1mIfw To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/1Tt4hqN  --> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.* *Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically.    The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Biden reportedly announcing VP pick this week | Harris favored | Putin says Russia approves COVID-19 vaccine before trials completed | Raises international concerns | Low census response threatens political power    ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL You wanna know? Do you reaaaally want to know? Should I tell ya?:     Via The New York Times’s Katie Glueck, Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he is 'seriously'...
    Madeleine Westerhout didn't want Donald Trump to be the Republican Party's nominee. She didn't vote for him in the general election. But after getting to meet the president-elect, she began to question whether she had been wrong about him. "Honestly, my very first interaction with him was so positive, that I thought, 'Wow, I definitely misjudged him, and I need to be more careful about what I believe because I think that not everything the press says is absolutely accurate,'" the 29-year-old former White House official told the Washington Examiner in an interview on Monday. That meeting happened after Trump became the nominee in November 2016. Westerhout was working for the Republican National Committee at the time as the...
    President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that Americans would have to learn Chinese if he loses the 2020 election, highlighting a U.S. intelligence report saying the communist country wants former Vice President Joe Biden to win the November election. Trump made the comments during a radio appearance on conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt’s show. Trump has turned his criticism of China into a major pillar of his reelection effort in recent weeks, blaming the regime for allowing coronavirus to build into a pandemic. “If I don’t win the election, China will own the United States,” Trump said. “You’re going to have to learn to speak Chinese.” President @realDonaldTrump tells @hughhewitt that if he loses the election to Joe Biden, “China will own...
    President Donald Trump said that even when his presidency nears its eventual end, he would take any opportunity to appoint a new justice to the Supreme Court. In a wide-ranging Tuesday radio interview with Hugh Hewitt, Trump was asked “in the last five months of this term, for the last five months of your second term if you get one, would you make a nomination to fill a vacancy that occurred on the Supreme Court?” Trump’s answer: “Absolutely, I’d do it. Sure. It depends…” “You know, I don’t know what you’re talking about, time, but if you’re talking about if something were to happen now, no, I would move quickly,” Trump went on. “Why not? I mean, they would....
    Will America soon have its first Shawshank President? Will Donald Trump find himself fending off riots in the Attica mess hall? Tweetless and at the mercy of 2,000 “angry Democrat” inmates? A number of recent developments show that one cannot rule it out. Things took a decidedly serious turn last week when New York prosecutors told a federal judge that there were “public reports of possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization.” They added that they that they may also be investigating possible crimes involving bank and insurance fraud, according to the New York Times, which also reported that Deutsche Bank has been complying with a Manhattan District Attorney’s Office subpoena for months, turning over detailed financial records in connection...
    The president’s decision Donald trump signing executive orders, the implementation of which remains in doubt, has put negotiations on the new comprehensive stimulus package against coronavirus in serious trouble, including the $ 1,200 check. Democrats want to meet with the president to continue negotiations, but he insists they must call him. For now there is no progress and time is short. The direct stimulus check to families, which would include $ 500 per child or dependent, is one of the few issues on which Republicans and Democrats fully agree, although they are not integrated. U.S. spouses of undocumented immigrants. According to different experts from ., The Hill and MSNBC, if the congressmen wanted the check itself, it could be...
    President Donald Trump on Tuesday said it was a disgrace the NBA continued to cater to China despite their known human rights abuses. “The way they cater to China, the way they bow to China, it’s a disgrace, frankly and they make a lot more money here than they do from China,” Trump said about the organization. The president commented on the NBA during an interview with Fox Sports Radio host Clay Travis on Tuesday morning. He also criticized NBA players that frequently protested and voiced opposition to the United States. “Some are very nasty, very, very nasty, and frankly very dumb,” Trump replied. The president recalled the United States had enshrined freedom of speech, but suggested players criticize other...
    President Trump has Republicans rethinking the "pen and phone," a phrase his predecessor Barack Obama used to described executive power, while the media greet his latest orders with skepticism. Over the weekend, Trump issued executive orders designed to break the stalemate in Congress over the latest coronavirus economic rescue package. He seeks to use executive power to lower the payroll tax, extend unemployment benefits, and maintain a moratorium on evictions. Trump said several times last week that he would take such action if lawmakers couldn't cut a deal, adding that the White House was studying to impose these policies legally. Sen. Chuck Grassley, a senior Republican from Iowa, took to Twitter to say he "applauds" the moves. "I support President...
    For The Daily Beast's membership drive, we're asking our reporters and editors to tell the stories behind some of their biggest stories. Barely a year into this administration, when the two of us—Daily Beast investigative reporter Lachlan Markay and White House correspondent Asawin Suebsaeng—were first approached to write a book on the era of President and racist game-show host Donald J. Trump, we were asked if we wanted to co-author something on the “adults in the room.” This meant: the president’s lieutenants who encouraged stability and maintained a respectable moral code against the backdrop and foreground of Trump’s tumult, vulgarity, and omnishambles. (Think: your Rex Tillersons, your John Kellys, your James Mattises… I guess.) We politely turned down the assignment...
    If COVID-19 is a war against the “China Virus,” as Trump insists, America lost miserably.  The nation is quarantined, fearful of a virus raging uncontrollably because the president surrendered. The 160,000 lost souls so far have already surpassed American deaths in every overseas war save World War II.   This is, as Nancy Pelosi has said, the “Trump Virus” because this administration actually facilitated its spread. Authoritarian tweets aren’t the only third-world reality of his presidency; a deliberate anti-science policy begat a festering illiteracy and evisceration of our public health. We are now the shithole country in the toilet—not the shining city on the hill—thanks to the president’s disinterest in protecting Americans. Our passports are a red flag to the world...
    (Bloomberg) – China continues to respond to the Trump Administration’s attacks, but leaders in Beijing are also indicating that they want to ease tensions with the US as the presidential election approaches. Trump’s moves to ban the popular Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat before sending the highest-ranking US representative to Taiwan in 40 years – which included a meeting with President Tsai Ing-Wen on Monday – received relatively a response. Moderator of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China and its top diplomats. Even the response to the US sanctions against Chinese and Hong Kong officials, including the head of government, Carrie Lam, was somewhat mild: It avoided directly attacking representatives of the Trump Administration. The change in tone follows...
    On Monday’s broadcast of Newsmax TV’s “Spicer and Co.,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that Iran, China, and Russia “are engaged in influence operations here in the United States.” And that it is not surprising that the Chinese Communist Party prefers 2020 Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden over President Trump, given the posture President Trump has taken towards China. Pompeo said, “It is the case that the Iranians, the Chinese, the Russians too, are engaged in influence operations here in the United States. We have a responsibility to take down that misinformation, to share with the American people the risks that are connected to that. And it should be unsurprising to anyone that the Chinese Communist...
    Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer described a scenario where the presidential race could reset during a Monday night segment on Fox News’ “Hannity.” While President Donald Trump has narrowed the former double-digit gap between himself and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, he still trails in key battleground states and is currently a betting underdog to win a second term. However, Fleischer told host Sean Hannity that “Democrats have to fear” a continued decline of coronavirus and “public safety” becoming a major issue in the race as lawless riots and looting continue in major U.S. cities. WATCH: “Here’s what the Democrats have to fear,” said Fleischer. “If the cases of corona continue to go down the way...
    After a short interruption due to a shooting near the White House, President Donald Trump gave a supremely deceptive and misleading press conference on Monday afternoon. Daniel Dale, CNN’s leading fact-checker of the president, said it was notable for its dishonesty, even when judged by the incredibly low standard Trump has set. “They’re all at least pretty bad, but that was one of the worst Trump press conferences in a while from a truth standpoint. Fast and furious lying,” Dale said in a tweet. Here are 5 notable moments: 1. Trump was called out on his lie about pre-existing conditions. Over the weekend, the president claimed he would sign an executive order guaranteeing that health insurers would cover pre-existing conditions....
    WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday said this year’s G-7 summit would be postponed until after the election and added that Russian leader Vladimir Putin could still score an invite. During a briefing at the White House — which was dramatically halted by a non-fatal shooting outside — Trump said he was considering inviting the Russian president back after he was kicked out of the Group of Eight for his country’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. “We have invited a number of people to the meeting. I certainly would invite him to the meeting, I think he’s an important factor,” Trump said on Monday. “We will invite certain people that aren’t in the G-7, some people have already accepted,”...
    Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images President Donald Trump released a “We Want To Play” video for a college football season. President Donald Trump wants there to be a 2020 college football season, and he hasn’t been shy about letting the world know it. On Monday, with reports surfacing that the Big Ten and Pac-12 might be cancelling their seasons, Trump took to Twitter and shared a “We Want To Play” hype video to try and sway the public discourse. Momentum has certainly been on the side of cancelling or postponing conferences’ upcoming college football seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic that’s been worse here in America than anywhere else, but Trump is standing firm on the side of the college...
    President Donald Trump on Monday abruptly left a press conference after what appeared to be a Secret Service agent approached the podium and spoke into his ear. “Excuse me?” Trump said as the press conference was interrupted. The president left the podium and the briefing doors were locked after he exited. After speaking quietly with the Secret Service, the president returned to the briefing room after a few minutes to inform them that there was a shooting of an armed suspect outside the White House. “There was an actual shooting, someone has been taken to the hospital … seems like the person was shot by Secret Service,” Trump said. He also confirmed that the suspect was armed. He thanked Secret...
    President Donald Trump walked away from his media briefing as he began a news conference on Monday and reporters indicated that gunshots had been fired outside of the White House. A man spoke to the president as he was speaking to the media and he calmly walked out of the briefing room, ending his news conference. Video of the exchange was circulated on social media. BREAKING: President Trump abruptly ends briefing and leaves briefing room. #MTPDaily https://t.co/16ea8WgxTR — Meet the Press (@Meet the Press)1597096574.0Reporters said that the room went into lockdown mode temporarily. TRUMP EVACUATED from White House press briefing room by US Secret Service. An agent locked the briefing room doors… https://t.co/aofFSmtFYk — Jennifer Jacobs...
    The Lebanese people are outraged. If the official explanation is true, then their divided and do-nothing government bears a lot of the responsibility for the horrifying explosion of an abandoned shipment of ammonium nitrate that destroyed part of their capital, Beirut, last week. Their anger also vindicates President Trump’s fundamental instinct that any further intervention in the Middle East is a fool’s errand. The neglect that led to the deaths of more than 150 people in Beirut’s port is just the tip of the iceberg of Lebanese dysfunction. Nor is the problem limited to the fact that Hezbollah terrorists, who take their orders from Iran, dominate the government. The problem is that Lebanon is not a country in any real...
    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 Trump is holding a news conference Monday after signing executive measures aimed at addressing the economic fallout from coronavirus but that may face challenges in court. On Saturday night, the president signed the measures that he claimed would halt evictions and expand unemployment benefits, among other things, but there are some hiccups. The executive action designed to halt evictions does nothing to specifically stop evictions. And the expanded unemployment benefits, an extra $400 per week, would only go into effect if states kick in $100. The president's effort to defer payroll taxes, which would only put off when those taxes are owed rather than cancel them, has not received a warm reception even from his own party. How to...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended President Trump’s coronavirus-related executive actions Monday, saying they are “entirely within the executive capacity of the president” as Republicans and Democrats alike have cast the actions as unconstitutional. The president, over the weekend, signed four executive actions to provide financial relief for Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic, as negotiations for a fourth stimulus package on Capitol Hill reached a stalemate. "What we are doing is entirely within the executive capacity of the president," McEnany said, citing each order, and federal statutes that support the claim. WHAT'S IN PRESIDENT TRUMP'S FOUR CORONAVIRUS RELIEF EXECUTIVE ORDERS? Trump's executive actions included $400 per week in supplemental unemployment aid — a replacement of the program passed under the CARES Act earlier...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden criticized President Donald Trump’s executive order paving the way for a payroll tax holiday years after former President Barack Obama called it “inexcusable” for lawmakers not to extend a similar cut during the recovery from the 2008 recession. Trump signed an executive order Saturday ordering a payroll tax holiday from Aug. 1 through the end of 2020 in an attempt to boost an economy struggling from the coronavirus pandemic shutdowns. Biden called the order “a reckless war on Social Security” in a statement Saturday, but comments come in contrast to Obama’s decision in 2011 to sign a similar payroll tax cut. Trump’s order specifies that the deferral period would begin Sept. 1, with the president...
    This article was paid for by AlterNet subscribers. Not a subscriber? Try us and go ad-free for $1. Prefer to give a one-time tip? Click here. Joe Biden is not the kind of candidate one would expect to be a transformational president if he’s elected in November. But there’s one area where he would be uniquely positioned to be just that, and it’s a vitally important one. Biden has reportedly told aides that if he wins, he would serve a single term and not seek re-election in 2024, when he would be 81. According to Politico, Biden sees himself as a caretaker president who would help transition the country away from the catastrophic Trump years, and his party to a younger...
    President Donald Trump has finally weighed in as college football burns to the ground. The season is in a state of absolute collapse right now because of coronavirus and Trump doesn’t want to see games canceled. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) He tweeted, “The student-athletes have been working too hard for their season to be cancelled. #WeWantToPlay.” The student-athletes have been working too hard for their season to be cancelled. #WeWantToPlay https://t.co/lI3CCKZ4ID — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2020 It’s about damn time, Mr. President. We’ve been fighting in the trenches since Saturday morning waiting for reinforcements, and he’s now finally getting involved. I guess it’s better to show up late to...
    Major explosion in Baltimore kills at least one, traps others Pandemic relief resources everyone should know about CFDA Taps CaSandra Diggs To Be The First Black President Fashion is continuing to make positive strides towards diversity. This morning the Council of Fashion Designers of America announced the promotion of CaSandra Diggs to President of the organization. Diggs makes history as she is the first Black woman to sit at the helm of the brand. © Provided by Essence Within the last few months, the industry was forced to have tough conversations in regards to race and power dynamics due to the controversy around police brutality. Since then, we have seen many organizations poring into Black curators only hoping...
    (CNN)It's about to happen. We think.The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, spent his weekend edging toward a decision on his running mate, with his party's virtual convention looming next week.Everyone who has spent weeks speculating on who Biden's pick for vice president might be, who is in the running and who is out doesn't really have a clue. If Biden has already settled on a name, he hasn't let on to anyone but that person or his deepest inner circle. And they're not talking either.Choosing a vice presidential nominee is one of the most important choices a would-be President will make, as we wrote last week. And the vice president in a Biden administration might be especially influential. There...
    IN THE WHITE HOUSE Donald Trump pulled out his magic, presidential wand:     Over the weekend, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran MORE signed executive orders to help with coronavirus relief as the negotiations on Capitol Hill are stalled. https://bit.ly/3iw6gvV  The executive orders:  Extends the expired unemployment benefit but lowers the additional payout from $600 a week to $400. “Directs the Treasury Department to allow employers to defer payment of employee-side Social Security payroll taxes through the end of 2020 for Americans earning less than about $100,000 annually.” Defer student loan payments...
    (CNN)Zimbabweans are staging solo protests on social media to challenge human rights abuse in the southern African country. Award-winning author and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga posted an image on her Twitter page calling on protesters to make a placard with the viral #ZimbabweanLivesMatter hashtag on it.The image also added that solo protesters should take pictures with the Zimbabwe flag and placard to post online for awareness. Friends, if youre feeling brave, do a 1 person demo as outlined below. Thank you!If youre not feeling so brave, you can take a pic inside or in the yard. You can cover your face, too. Thank you!So lets do this for the next 4 days to show everyone ALL #ZimbabweanLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/LWvjMNAgJT— Tsitsi Dangarembga (@efie41209591)...