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    (CNN)The Trump campaign is working to dispatch tens of thousands of election monitors to battleground states in what is shaping up as the Republican Party's largest-ever poll-watching operation.The party's aggressive plans for poll-monitoring have sparked charges from Democrats and voting-rights groups that Republicans are gearing up to suppress voting in key states as President Donald Trump repeatedly claims, without evidence, that voter fraud will imperil November's election.Republicans say their new push will allow them to protect election integrity and better coordinate their get-out-vote operations. Both sides are headed for a legal showdown on the issue in Pennsylvania -- a state Trump won in 2016 by about 44,000 votes out of 6 million cast.The Trump campaign is fighting a Pennsylvania law...
    There’s been a lot of handwringing over Kanye West’s run for president of the United States: his controversial — some would say unethical — attempts to get on the ballot; his bipolar disorder and what seems like the midst of a prolonged manic episode; his publicly faltering marriage to Kim Kardashian; his erratic tweets; running under the banner of the Birthday Party; his claim that top advisers include Jared Kushner and Elon Musk; plans to model his administration on the fictional Wakanda nation of “Black Panther.” To which I say: YES. What makes more sense in 2020 than such a bonkers, balls-out presidential campaign? The hypocrisy of the media here, conservative and liberal, is laughable. It’s not like Donald Trump...
    President Trump claimed it was 'very strange' that 'sleepy' Joe Biden reportedly did not take questions from a group of a reporters during an event with Kamala Harris and contended 'there is something going on.'  Over the last week, the Trump campaign and his administration have leveled a number of attacks at the presumptive presidential nominee since the Biden-Harris ticket was announced.  On Sunday, Trump continued to rail against Biden in a Twitter post that suggested his opponents have gotten preferential treatment from reporters. A short video shared by the Republican National Convention Research shows Biden and Harris at a ballot access signing event on Friday in Delaware. The pair signed paperwork that get them onto the November election ballots...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump once again drove the dignity of the American presidency into the ditch this week by raising a false and racist conspiracy theory about Kamala Harris, elevating the efforts of the alt-right to portray her as "other" because of her mixed-race heritage.It was not surprising that Trump would try to exploit Harris' background for personal gain given that he is running the most racially-charged presidential campaign that America has seen since the 1968 run of former Alabama Gov. George Wallace.After all, he elevated his own stature from the realm of a New York gadfly to the mainstream of American politics by trafficking lies about the eligibility of President Barack Obama, who was the nation's first Black president. Trump...
    BEDMINSTER, New Jersey -- Seeking to amplify his law-and-order message, President Donald Trump on Friday told hundreds of New York Police Department officers that "no one will be safe in Biden's America" if the former Democratic vice president defeats him in November."This guy has been taking your dignity away and your respect," Trump said of former Vice President Joe Biden. "And I'm telling you on Nov. 3 you're going to be getting it back."Trump spoke to members of the City of New York Police Benevolent Association, the union representing some 24,000 rank-and-file officers as he steps up his attacks on Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris. The president's campaign is looking to raise doubts about the Biden-Harris ticket's...
    Senator Ron Johnson is basically using his position as chair of the Homeland Security Committee to do what Trump was impeached for asking Ukraine to do—smear Joe Biden based on his efforts to end corruption in that country during his tenure as Obama’s vice president. Even Republican Senators Richard Burr and Marco Rubio are warning Johnson that his efforts could aid the disinformation campaign that Moscow is spearheading against Biden. As Ryan Goodman and Asha Rangappa document, Johnson seems to be getting his information from three sources. There are three channels of Russian disinformation that have apparently affected Sen. Johnson’s Ukraine-related investigations. Channel 1. Russian-linked Ukrainian operatives communicating directly with Sen. Johnson and his staff. Channel 2. Russian-linked...
    Kamala Harris looks like the Bay Area. She is Black and Asian-American, born in Oakland to a mother from India and a father from Jamaica who met in graduate school at UC Berkeley. She is Baptist, with a Sanskrit name that means “lotus” from her Hindu heritage, but is known to her Jewish stepchildren as “Momala,” a play on her first name and an endearing Yiddish term for “little mama.” She also looks like the future of America, where demographers say, by 2043 white people are expected to be a minority group. The number of multiracial Americans is expected to triple by 2060 to about 26.7 million. Yet, it took less than 48 hours from Joe Biden’s naming Harris his...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY KAREN FREIFELD Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, on Thursday promised to show how Trump cheated in the 2016 election with Russian help in an upcoming book titled “Disloyal, A Memoir.” “Trump had cheated in the election, with Russian connivance, as you will discover in these pages, because doing anything — and I mean anything — to ‘win’ has always been his business model and way of life,” Cohen writes in the book’s foreword, which was published online on Thursday. The 3,700-word foreword does not reveal anything new about Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential...
    I used to follow the news so I could laugh at the corruption of politicians. Now I follow the news so I can laugh at the corruption of the news. The best laugh this week came from CNN, when “New Day” anchorman John Berman opined that Joe Biden’s VP selection of Kamala Harris presented some sort of problem for the Trump campaign. “You could see it play out overnight in the Trump campaign and on Fox TV, which is I guess not the Trump campaign, but sometimes it’s a distinction without a difference,” Berman quipped. This must be a CNN talking point because it was echoed in the hilariously named Reliable Sources Newsletter (in which only the half-word -letter contains...
    (CNN)These are serious times.Joe Biden's official rollout on Wednesday of his vice presidential pick, Kamala Harris, could hardly have gone more smoothly: The presumptive Democratic nominee showed unusual energy as the pair debuted their ticket in his hometown in Delaware. The US senator from California delivered a moving speech that also hammered Trump's botched handling of the pandemic -- and her accomplished performance instantly made clear that Trump will struggle to make stick his racially suggestive claims she is "mad" and mean.But the Harris-Biden appearance also exemplified the haunting emptiness of the most joyless election campaign in generations. When pro sports play before empty stadiums these days, TV channels pipe in crowd noise to viewers at home. But fake fans...
    The media is downplaying the news that a former FBI lawyer will plead guilty as part of the Durham probe because they don't want to be held accountable for their role in the Russia investigation, The Federalist senior editor Mollie Hemingway told "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Friday. "The media are kind of downplaying it and acting like it's not a big deal. And that's understandable because they were implicated in this as well," said Hemingway, a Fox News contributor. "In fact, they were some of the worst offenders in perpetuating this collusion hoax on the American people. The last thing they want is for anyone to be held accountable. They're trying to make sure this story goes away as quickly as possible." TRUMP SUGGESTS CLINESMITH GUILTY...
    The media is downplaying the news that a former FBI lawyer will plead guilty as part of the Durham probe because they don't want to held accountable for their role in Russia investigation, the Federalist's Mollie Hemingway said on "Tucker Carlson Tonight." "The media are kind of downplaying it and acting like it's not a big deal. And that's understandable because they were implicated in this as well," Hemingway said. "In fact, they were some of the worst offenders in perpetuating this collusion hoax on the American people. The last thing they want is for anyone to be held accountable. They're trying to make sure this story goes away as quickly as possible." Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith will plead guilty to...
    Controversial GOP House candidate Marjorie Greene (Ga.) is attempting to distance herself from the QAnon conspiracy theory, asserting during an interview with Fox News on Friday that videos of her praising “Q” don’t represent her current stance on the matter. Greene  — who also came under fire after videos emerged of her making bigoted remarks and publicly questioning whether a plane crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11, which she later walked back — won the Republican primary runoff in Georgia’s 14th District this week. “No, I don't [consider myself a QAnon candidate]. I think that's been the media's characterization of me. Never once during my campaign did I ever speak about QAnon or Q,” she told Fox News. “My campaign...
    President Donald Trump on Friday got the endorsement of the union representing 24,000 rank-and-file New York Police Department officers. In a meeting at his private club in Bedminister, N.J., Trump was joined by dozens of Police Benevolent Association members as he delivered a dystopian view of America if Joe Biden is elected in November. "This guy has been taking your dignity away and your respect," Trump said of Biden. "And Im telling you on Nov. 3 youre going to be getting it back." "My agenda is anti-crime and pro-cop all the way, and thats what its got to be," Trump declared, The Hill reported. He also slapped Bidens vice presidential pick, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., a former California attorney general, suggesting...
    BEDMINSTER, New Jersey -- Seeking to amplify his law-and-order message, President Donald Trump on Friday told hundreds of New York Police Department officers that "no one will be safe in Biden's America" if the former Democratic vice president defeats him in November."This guy has been taking your dignity away and your respect," Trump said of former Vice President Joe Biden. "And I'm telling you on Nov. 3 you're going to be getting it back."Trump spoke to members of the City of New York Police Benevolent Association, the union representing some 24,000 rank-and-file officers as he steps up his attacks on Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris. The president's campaign is looking to raise doubts about the Biden-Harris ticket's...
    By Aamer Madhani | Associated Press BEDMINSTER, N.J. — Seeking to amplify his law-and-order message, President Donald Trump on Friday told hundreds of New York Police Department officers that “no one will be safe in Biden’s America” if the former Democratic vice president defeats him in November. “This guy has been taking your dignity away and your respect,”” Trump said of former Vice President Joe Biden. “And I’m telling you on Nov. 3 you’re going to be getting it back.” Trump spoke to members of the City of New York Police Benevolent Association, the union representing some 24,000 rank-and-file officers as he steps up his attacks on Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris. The president’s campaign is looking...
    Andrew Weissman, an Obama-era Justice Department official who transferred to become a manager on Robert Muellers investigation of the 2016 Trump campaign, criticized the indictment of an FBI lawyer in the probe, claiming he did not commit a crime. In a series of Twitter posts, Weissman said Kevin Clinesmiths alteration of an email that misrepresented the status of Carter Page, an adviser to then-candidate Donald Trumps presidential campaign, from being known as a CIA source to "not a source" was not "materially" false. "Clinesmith is charged with adding the words not a source to an email about Carter Page, but no where does the charge say that is false, i.e. that Page was a source for the CIA," Weissman wrote....
    By AAMER MADHANI, Associated Press BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — Seeking to amplify his law-and-order message, President Donald Trump on Friday told hundreds of New York Police Department officers that “no one will be safe in Biden’s America" if the former Democratic vice president defeats him in November . “This guy has been taking your dignity away and your respect,"" Trump said of former Vice President Joe Biden. “And I'm telling you on Nov. 3 you're going to be getting it back." Trump spoke to members of the City of New York Police Benevolent Association, the union representing some 24,000 rank-and-file officers as he steps up his attacks on Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris. The president's campaign is...
    Former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith's plea agreement could motivate other figures in the Russia investigation to come forward, Wall Street Journal editorial board member William McGurn said Friday. "I think the big thing that no one’s talking about, if you have a deal ... there’s usually a quid pro quo," McGurn said on "Special Report." TRUMP SUGGESTS CLINESMITH GUILTY PLEA 'JUST THE BEGINNING OF' DURHAM PROBE FALLOUT "It probably means that Clinesmith blabbed and all the other parties in this have to be wondering, 'What did Clinesmith tell them about me?' And it may be a signal also for others [that] they might want to cut their own deals." On Friday, sources told Fox News that Clinesmith would plead guilty to altering a document to claim former Trump campaign...
    Mississippis next state flag could have featured a giant mosquito. It’s their state, designer says. Kroger and Fred Meyer are recalling cheese dips out of fears that salmonella-tainted onions were used to make them Sisters In Law Adaptation Rights Dispute Sparks Lawsuit © Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images A book about the first two women to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court has sparked a legal battle between an author and an entertainment attorney who she says is interfering with her right to option her work. Linda Hirshman on Tuesday sued Don Franzen for allegedly interfering in her efforts to sell TV and film adaptation rights to Sisters In Law, her 2015 book about the careers of justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg...
    BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — Seeking to amplify his law-and-order message, President Donald Trump on Friday told hundreds of New York Police Department officers that “no one will be safe in Biden’s America” if the former Democratic vice president defeats him in November . “This guy has been taking your dignity away and your respect,”″ Trump said of former Vice President Joe Biden. “And I’m telling you on Nov. 3 you’re going to be getting it back.” Trump spoke to members of the City of New York Police Benevolent Association, the union representing some 24,000 rank-and-file officers as he steps up his attacks on Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris. The president’s campaign is looking to raise doubts about...
    BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — Seeking to amplify his law-and-order message, President Donald Trump on Friday told hundreds of New York Police Department officers that “no one will be safe in Biden’s America” if the former Democratic vice president defeats him in November . “This guy has been taking your dignity away and your respect,”” Trump said of former Vice President Joe Biden. “And I’m telling you on Nov. 3 you’re going to be getting it back.” Trump spoke to members of the City of New York Police Benevolent Association, the union representing some 24,000 rank-and-file officers as he steps up his attacks on Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris. The president’s campaign is looking to raise doubts about...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE on Friday touted the support of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) union, arguing his intense focus on law enforcement will help him win in November. Trump was joined by dozens of members of the city's Police Benevolent Association (PBA) at his private club in Bedminster, N.J. The union, which represents roughly 24,000 members, gave Trump its endorsement, and the president delivered what amounted to something of a campaign speech. "My agenda is anti-crime and pro-cop all the way, and that's what it's got to be," Trump said....
    Representatives for Kanye WestKanye Omari WestKushner says he met with Kanye West for 'general discussion' about policy The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden, Harris make first public appearance as running mates Kanye West meets with Jared Kushner amid White House bid: report MORE’s presidential campaign delivered petitions to the Iowa secretary of state Friday for him to appear on the ballot in November.  Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate tweeted that he will “review the petitions to ensure they meet the minimum requirements.” I can confirm that representatives from the Kanye West presidential campaign just delivered nominating petitions to our office. We will review the petitions to ensure they meet the minimum requirements. @kanyewest #Election2020— Iowa Secretary of State Paul...
    A former FBI lawyer charged with altering a key document used in connection with the FBI's surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page has agreed to plead guilty on Friday to making a false statement.    The charge against Kevin Clinesmith marks the first criminal case brought by U.S. Attorney John Durham’s yearlong probe into the origins of the 2016 Russian election meddling investigation, an inquiry President Donald Trump and his allies derided as a "hoax."   FILE - This 2018 portrait released by the U.S. Department of Justice shows Connecticut's U.S. Attorney John Durham, the prosecutor leading the investigation into the origins of the Russia probe.Durham was picked by U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr to probe...
    President Donald Trump is making a campaign swing through the Midwestern states of Minnesota and Wisconsin on Monday, just as the Democratic National Convention kicks off. Trump’s campaign said Friday that the Republican will highlight “Joe Biden’s failures on jobs and the economy” during his two airport events. Trump will stop at North Star Aviation in Mankato, Minn., at 2 p.m. Monday, followed by Basler Flight Service in Oshkosh, Wis., at 4:30 p.m. Trump came within 1.5 percentage points of carrying Minnesota in 2016 and has made winning the state a priority this year. He won Wisconsin by less than a percentage point in 2016. Following Trump’s visit to Oshkosh on Monday, Vice President Mike Pence was slated to appear...
    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.  Will the Post Office deliver your ballot?  The dominant story all day has been the U.S. Postal Service, and whether it will be able to handle what is expected to be a huge wave of mail-in ballots given the coronavirus crisis.   President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida...
    The Hill (Screenshot) The Hill is known for its high-metabolism national political coverage, wonky Washington D.C. reporting, but also for a sprawling opinion section that often serves as a landing pad for campaign staffers passing off what are effectively ads as op-eds. Ahead of the 2020 presidential election, the presence of such posts seems to be increasing. One striking opinion piece that exemplifies the phenomenon was published on August 10 and written by Trump campaign advisory board member Madison Gesiotto. It reads like a literal Trump campaign press release. “Biden also decided last week not to attend the Democratic convention, his political coronation ceremony that would have really pushed him from the basement and out in front of a...
    Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden pairing up with California Sen. Kamala Harris to take on President Trump won't be good for him, former Republican Party insiders say. Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former aide to Trump, said that Harris's presence on the ballot will annoy the president in ways he won't be able to control. "He's not well,” Manigault Newman told the Independent. “He’s his worst enemy, so the Biden-Harris ticket is formidable because it's going to trigger him in ways where he'll be all over the place." Manigault Newman, who had a public fallout with Trump after leaving her post, added that the president "can't help himself when it comes to self-destructing." The former Apprentice contestant was fired from...
    EXCLUSIVE: Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel argued the GOP will “outshine” the Democrats during the DNC convention next week with its rapid response strategy and on-the-ground campaigning in battleground states.During an exclusive interview with Fox News Friday, McDaniel previewed the RNC’s plans during the Democratic Convention, saying Republicans have a “multi-pronged response.” TRUMP TO CAMPAIGN IN SWING STATES DURING DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION Trump Victory, the joint field effort between the RNC and the Trump Campaign, are planning more than 2,500 events in battleground states across the country next week, including the Trump Victory Leadership Initiative, trainings on voter contact and voter registration, MAGA meet-ups, watch parties and other volunteer events. “We’re going to have rapid response every day,” McDaniel said....
    During a Friday press briefing, Donald Trump responded to the news that former FBI agent Kevin Clinesmith would plead guilty to falsifying an email used in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act application process to conduct surveillance on the real estate mogul’s 2016 campaign, Breitbart reported. “That’s just the beginning I would imagine,” he said. Trump called Clinesmith, a “corrupt attorney” who worked for former FBI Director James Comey’s “very corrupt FBI.” “Terrible thing. The fact is they spied on my campaign and they got caught.” Per NBC News, Clinesmith is set to plead guilty to one count of making a false statement. The charge stems from his alteration of an email used to secure a renewal of warrant approving surveillance...
    By STEPHEN GROVES, Associated Press STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — It's a Friday night at a crowded biker bar in South Dakota when Chris Cox, founder of Bikers for Trump, takes the stage. While many have come to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for some combination of riding and partying, Cox's focus is on something else: voting. The coronavirus pandemic may have squashed most in-person get-out-the-vote efforts across the country, but Cox's group remains unbothered by public health recommendations. As the Trump campaign struggles to gain momentum less than 90 days from the election, Bikers for Trump has taken advantage of recent motorcycle rallies to make direct appeals to register to vote. While the group has gained a significant online following for...
    An ex-FBI lawyer is expected to admit falsifying a document that was used as part of the inquiry into alleged Russian interference with the 2016 US presidential election. Kevin Clinesmith's plea deal comes as prosecutors investigate the origins of the investigation by Robert Mueller. His inquiry found no criminal conspiracy between Moscow and the Trump campaign, though it did not clear the president of obstructing justice. Mr Trump says it was a "witch hunt". Eight new things in the Mueller report Mueller: Trump was not exonerated by my report What does the special counsel do? The president has repeatedly said there was no collusion with Russia resulting in his victory over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. What did...
    **Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.** On the roster: Trump starting to sound desperate - As with Obama and Cruz, Trump embraces birtherism - Biden backs multi-month national mask mandate - Virus deal may slide into government shutdown - The real eagle, the real hunter kingTRUMP STARING TO SOUND DESPERATEOne of the motorcyclists in South Dakota for the super spreader jamboree in Sturgis got thrashed by a mother bison. The woman’s injuries were deemed not serious by local authorities, but, as the video shows, she took a beating so bad that it shook her right out of her Levi’s. The bruised biker’s offense was simple: Getting too close to the bison’s nursing calf. And the woman was just one of many bikers who...
    At the tail end of a relatively mistake-free press briefing Thursday, President Donald Trump shot himself in the foot — figuratively.
    A former FBI lawyer charged with altering a key document used in connection with the FBI's surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page is expected to plead guilty on Friday to making a false statement, a person familiar with the matter said. The expected plea by Kevin Clinesmith is the first criminal case arising from top federal prosecutor John Durham’s year-long probe into the origins of the 2016 Russian election meddling investigation, which President Donald Trump and his allies have derided as a "hoax." FILE - This 2018 portrait released by the U.S. Department of Justice shows Connecticut's U.S. Attorney John Durham, the prosecutor leading the investigation into the origins of the Russia probe.Durham was picked by U.S....
    STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — It’s a Friday night at a crowded biker bar in South Dakota when Chris Cox, founder of Bikers for Trump, takes the stage. While many have come to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for some combination of riding and partying, Cox’s focus is on something else: voting. The coronavirus pandemic may have squashed most in-person get-out-the-vote efforts across the country, but Cox’s group remains unbothered by public health recommendations. As the Trump campaign struggles to gain momentum less than 90 days from the election, Bikers for Trump has taken advantage of recent motorcycle rallies to make direct appeals to register to vote. While the group has gained a significant online following for its bravado in providing...
    President Donald Trump is ramping up his campaign schedule next week with events in Arizona, Wisconsin and Minnesota that will coincide with the first two days of Democrats' virtual convention to nominate Joe Biden.[ READ: Poll: Biden Leads Trump in Battlegrounds ]Trump's campaign on Friday announced three events scheduled for Monday and Tuesday where the president plans to address Biden's "failures" on the economy and immigration. On Monday, he'll travel to North Star Aviation in Minnesota and later to Basler Flight Service in Wisconsin. Trump also has a Tuesday event at Joe Foss Hangar in Arizona. The president is also reportedly planning to make a trip to Biden's hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, which is the same day that the former...
    WASHINGTON -- A former FBI lawyer plans to plead guilty to making a false statement in the first criminal case arising from U.S. Attorney John Durham's investigation into the probe of ties between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign, his lawyer said Friday.Kevin Clinesmith is accused of altering a government email about a former Trump campaign adviser who was a target of FBI surveillance, according to documents filed in Washington's federal court. His lawyer, Justin Shur, told The Associated Press that Clinesmith intends to plead guilty to the single false statement count and that he regrets his actions.The case against Clinesmith was cheered by President Donald Trump and his supporters as they look to the Durham investigation to lift Trump's...
    (CNN)For months and months, Republicans -- led by President Donald Trump -- have pointed to an ongoing probe into the origins of the FBI's counterintelligence Russia meddling investigation as the smoking gun of the 2020 (and 2016) election.Of John Durham, the Connecticut US Attorney tasked by Attorney General William Barr with overseeing the probe, Trump said Thursday: "I hope he's doing a great job. And I hope they're not going to be politically correct and I hope they do what -- because the fact this was President Obama knew everything, Vice President Biden, as dumb as he may be, he knew everything and everybody else knew everything."Trump went on to call the alleged mishandling of the FBI investigation the "greatest...
    President Donald Trump on Friday reacted to the news that former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith would plead guilty for doctoring an email in an application for surveillance of the Trump campaign. “That’s just the beginning I would imagine,” Trump said, describing Clinesmith as “a corrupt attorney” working for “James Comey’s very corrupt FBI.” This is the first indictment in the investigation into the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign. Attorney General Bill Barr appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham to examine the case. “Terrible thing,” Trump said. “The fact is they spied on my campaign and they got caught.” The news broke Friday that Clinesmith would plead guilty for altering an email from the CIA to the FBI to falsely say...
    President Donald Trump touted an FBI lawyer’s impending guilty plea Friday in U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the FBI’s information gathering on his 2016 presidential campaign. Ex-FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith will plead guilty to one charge of making false statements in documents used to obtain a surveillance warrant against former Trump aide Carter Page. Durham’s probe is tasked with investigating the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation within the FBI. The probe and other sources have uncovered a steady drip of revelations showing the investigation into Trump’s campaign likely crossed legal lines. “It’s a terrible thing,” Trump said. “The fact is they spied on my campaign and they got caught.” US President Donald Trump speaks to the press as he...
    Kevin Clinesmith, a former Federal Bureau of Investigations lawyer, will plead guilty to a felony count for falsifying an email that was used to obtain a wiretap on Trump campaign aide Carter Page, according to court documents. Clinesmith, 38, was an Assistant General Counsel in the National Security and Cyber Law Branch of the FBI’s General Counsel, and was assigned to provide legal support for the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign for alleged collusion. Part of his job was to help FBI agents working on the investigation prepare Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications to present to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to obtain surveillance warrants. He helped them obtain four warrants to surveil Page, a Trump campaign aide,...
    Tuesday night on MSNBC’s “The Last Word,” Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri said President Donald Trump calling presumptive Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) “phony” was a “gendered term.” Palmieri said, “You saw two things happen today, on the Trump side. They did the ad where they called phony Kamala and sleepy Joe. Phony is a very gender term that we use to present women in power in an unfavorable light. Right? There’s something fake about them. There’s something they’re hiding. There’s something suspicious about them. It’s a very old trope. You saw Trump go down the nasty, nasty woman sort of rabbit hole, as he did with Hillary.” “And there are some times where Trump...
    President Trump will campaign in key general election battleground states next week at the same time as the Democratic National Convention formally names former Vice President Joe Biden as the party’s standard-bearer. Trump’s reelection campaign announced Friday that the president will hold events in Minnesota and Wisconsin on Monday and Arizona on Tuesday. WHO'S SPEAKING AND WHEN AT THE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION While the Trump campaign has not announced the president’s travel for next Thursday, campaign officials confirmed to Fox News that Trump is expected to visit Scranton, Pa. – the city where Biden was born and spent his early years. The trip should come hours before Biden is scheduled to give his presidential nomination acceptance address, which will be the biggest speech of his half-century career in...
    Marge Simpson says she's "pissed off" after Trump campaign adviser Jenna Ellis tweeted this week that Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris to host virtual Hollywood campaign event co-chaired by Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling Democrats hammer Trump for entertaining false birther theory about Harris Hillicon Valley: 'Fortnite' owner sues Apple after game is removed from App Store | Federal agencies seize, dismantle cryptocurrency campaigns of major terrorist organizations MORE (Calif.), the new Democratic vice presidential pick, "sounds like" her. Kamala sounds like Marge Simpson.— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) August 12, 2020 The fictional character responded Friday in a video on "The Simpsons'" official Twitter account. "I usually don't get into politics, but the president's senior adviser Jenna Ellis just said Kamala Harris sounds...
    DES MOINES, Iowa — President Trump’s mass rallies are out, and Vice President Mike Pence is forgoing the meatloaf lunches in homely diners. But this week brought a taste of how the Trump campaign is adjusting to the realities of COVID-19, with a split-screen presentation showing a president at work in the Oval Office on Middle East peace and a vice president trying to shore up support among anxious farmers in a key swing state. So while Trump made global headlines announcing the normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Pence was dressed down in a checkered shirt, khakis, and a navy blazer to woo an audience in Des Moines, Iowa, by revealing record sales of American...
    Joe Biden is seeing a massive surge in fundraising after announcing Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. On Thursday, the Democratic presidential ticket hauled in $48 million in just 48 hours.  On Tuesday afternoon, Biden unveiled his pick for vice president after months of speculation and a grueling vetting and interview process. By choosing Harris, the campaign is making history with the first Black woman and Asian-American on a major party presidential ticket.  After the news broke, a Biden-Harris campaign aide tweeted that the hour of the announcement had been the best single hour of fundraising for the entire campaign. It quickly became the best fundraising day for the campaign so far, too, with the team raking in $26...
    A former lawyer with the FBI plans to plead guilty today for falsifying a key document related to the surveillance against a onetime Trump campaign associate as part of a deal with U.S. Attorney John Durham. Kevin Clinesmith, who worked on both the Hillary Clinton emails investigation and the Trump-Russia inquiry, will admit that he falsified a document during the bureau’s targeting of Carter Page, according to multiple reports. Clinesmith, 38, claimed in early 2017 that Page was not a source for the CIA when he actually was — a falsehood used to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act renewal against Page. Attorney General William Barr had hinted at a “development” in Durham’s investigation during a Fox News...
    A former FBI lawyer will reportedly plead guilty to falsifying a document that FBI officials used to renew FISA warrants that were used to surveil the Trump campaign in 2016. The New York Times reported that the lawyer, Kevin Clinesmith, “who was assigned to the Russia investigation, plans to admit that he altered an email from the C.I.A. that investigators relied on to seek renewed court permission in 2017 for a secret wiretap on the former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, who had at times provided information to the spy agency.” This is a breaking news story, refresh the page for updates. The Daily Wire is one of America’s fastest-growing conservative media companies and counter-cultural outlets for news, opinion, and...
    Former President Obama said Friday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE could benefit electorally from positive progress in the pandemic because he “takes responsibility for nothing but takes credit for everything.” In an interview with former campaign manager David Plouffe, Obama noted that there is “no possibility of a vaccine for COVID being developed and distributed between now and the election, but it is possible that some of the trials that are being done result in us knowing before the election that a vaccine is on the way.” Dozens of vaccines...
    WASHINGTON - Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer, on Thursday promised to show how Trump cheated in the 2016 election with Russian help in an upcoming book titled "Disloyal, A Memoir."   "Trump had cheated in the election, with Russian connivance, as you will discover in these pages, because doing anything — and I mean anything — to 'win' has always been his business model and way of life," Cohen writes in the book's foreword, which was published online on Thursday.   The 3,700-word foreword does not reveal anything new about Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, and it was not clear if the book would.   Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller last...
    The claim was made across multiple shows on the network, throughout the day. The network aired claims from both its own hosts, anchors, reporters, and pundits, as well as from guests appearing on Fox News' various programs. "Fox & Friends," the network’s morning news show, made the false claim 47 times in that period. "America's Newsroom," Fox News' midday program that it has claimed is a source of straight news reporting and not opinion, nonetheless pushed the false storyline 33 times. The story was also frequently mentioned in Fox's prime time lineup. "Hannity," "The Ingraham Angle," and "Tucker Carlson Carlson Tonight" promoted the claim a total of 63 times. Fox News hosts who've repeated the talking point include Sean Hannity,...
    Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s campaign raised $48 million in the 48 hours after he selected California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, campaign officials told Reuters Thursday. The haul is a sign of Biden’s growing fundraising strength ahead of his party’s convention which begins Monday, Reuters reported. Biden is set to formally accept his party’s nomination Aug. 20. Biden and Harris made their first joint appearance Wednesday in Delaware, and announced that their campaign had raised $26 million the 24 hours since her selection, The Hill reported. (RELATED: Trump Launches Immediate Attacks On Harris After Biden Picks Her As VP) Trump and Biden basically TIED with cash on hand entering August: $300 million Trump $295 million Biden W/ parties...
    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. As he did in 2016, Donald Trump is constantly claiming that if he loses in November it will be proof that the vote was rigged against him. He tweets regularly, contrary to the available evidence, that mail-in voting will lead to massive amounts of voter fraud when such fraud hasn’t been a significant problem in any presidential election in modern history. Because Trump seems unlikely to accept the results of the vote if he loses, there is widespread speculation that Trump’s will litigate every ballot it can. But Jessica Levinson, a law professor...
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images Joe Biden’s campaign has raised $48 million in the 48 hours after the Democratic presidential nominee named Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running mate, according to Reuters.  The report comes a day after a poll showed nearly six in 10 Black voters said that they were “more likely” to vote for Biden after picking Harris, a historic choice that made her the first Black woman and Asian American on a major party presidential ticket. Despite President Donald Trump’s attempts to disparage the team with name calling and the promotion of conspiracy theories, the campaign’s fundraising efforts are clearly flourishing. The team has already returned the favor and slammed the president during multiple occasions — Biden faulting Trump for his...
    MICHAEL Cohen went to prison in December of 2018 for arranging payments in the 2016 election to silence women who claimed to have affairs with President Trump. The ex-lawyer pleaded guilty to tax evasion and campaign finance violations and was sentenced to three years in jail. 9Michael Cohen served as President Donald Trump's legal counsel before being disbarredCredit: AFP or licensors Here is more on the Cohen case. Who is Michael Cohen? Michael Cohen, 53, was President Donald Trump’s attorney from 2006-2018. Cohen was vice president of the Trump Organization and a board member of the Eric Trump Foundation. From 2017 to 2018 he was deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee. 9He served as deputy finance chairman of...
    Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith will plead guilty to making a false statement in the first criminal case arising from U.S. Attorney John Durham's review of the investigation into links between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign, Clinesmith's attorney told The Associated Press on Friday. Clinesmith was referred for potential prosecution by the Justice Department's inspector general's office, which conducted its own review of the Russia investigation. Specifically, the inspector general accused Clinesmith, though not by name, of altering an email about former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page to say that he was "not a source" for another government agency. Page has said he was a source for the CIA. The DOJ relied on that assertion as it submitted a...
    Donald Trump’s campaign sent an email to supporters this week claiming that the “radical left” was trying to cancel the college football season, a claim that comes amid an increasingly politicized debate over the prospect of holding collegiate athletics during a pandemic. As New York Times reporter Nick Corasaniti shared on Twitter, the campaign email quoted a tweet from Trump calling for the college football season to be played and went on to claim in the body of the message that it was the fault of the political left that some conferences had scrapped plans for games in the fall. Trump had been vocal over the course of the last week in saying that the upcoming NCAA season should be...
    On Thursday afternoon, The Simpsons producer James L. Brooks tweeted, “I wouldn't be surprised if Marge Simpson shared her reaction to Jenna’s shot.” He was referring to a tweet from the Trump campaign’s senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis that blew up the day before during Joe Biden’s first official campaign event with running mate Kamala Harris.  Ellis, who has also pushed the latest birther conspiracy theory about the vice presidential candidate, tweeted during Harris’ speech, “Kamala sounds like Marge Simpson.” Twitter piled on, but the iconic cartoon mom is likely to get the last word. “I usually don’t get into politics,” Marge begins in a new video released Friday morning. “But the president’s senior adviser Jenna Ellis just said Kamala...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY TED HESSON AND CHRIS KAHN U.S President Donald Trump is powering ahead with his anti-immigration agenda, even as voters say they are more concerned with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic destruction it has wrought. The Republican president won the White House in large part due to his hard-line stance on immigration, a bedrock issue that animates his base. His administration has maintained that focus despite intense pressure to respond to the world’s worst coronavirus outbreak and nationwide protests against police brutality and racism that have fueled a summer of discontent. Trump has amplified new issues this election cycle, including...
    Mandel Ngan/Getty Images, Olivier Douliery/Getty Images The Biden campaign has released a report detailing President Donald Trump’s 152 lies throughout the coronavirus virus pandemic, claiming there are “undoubtedly more.” Joe Biden’s list is divided into 14 sections, each featuring a different topic the president has lied about since the virus broke out in the nation at the beginning of the year, and comes as the United States hits a milestone of five million cases. The report notes that the president has been consistently lying to Americans from the outset, focusing on Trump’s tendency to downplay the virus, his dismissal of mask-wearing and social distancing, his touting of unproven treatments, and his attacks on medical experts such as Dr. Anthony Fauci.  “We...
    The campaign team for Democratic White House candidate Joe Biden has issued a scathing response after US President Donald Trump amplified a conspiracy theory about his running mate. Mr Trump said he had "heard" that Kamala Harris - a US-born citizen whose parents were immigrants - "doesn't qualify" to serve as US vice-president. This is not true. Ms Harris is eligible to run for president or vice-president. The Biden campaign called the comments "abhorrent" and "pathetic". They noted that Mr Trump spent years promoting a false "birther" theory that ex-President Barack Obama was not born in the US. Ms Harris, a senator from California, on Tuesday became the first black woman and the first Asian-American to be named as...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is looking to counter next week’s Democratic National Convention with travel to several swing states — including Wisconsin, which was to have hosted the Democratic gathering. Trump campaign announced Friday that Trump will host events aimed at attacking his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, on Monday in Wisconsin and Minnesota and on Tuesday in Arizona. Democrats moved their campaign completely virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic. Republicans also cancelled nearly all of their convention, scheduled for the following week, because of the outbreak. Trump’s events in Mankato, Minnesota, and Oshkosh, Wisconsin, are being billed as remarks on Biden’s “failures on Jobs and the Economy.” Tuesday’s speech in Yuma, Arizona, is advertised to be on Biden’s...
    Attorney General Bill Barr says there will soon be developments in the probe by John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, into the origins of the Russia investigation, including one on Friday. Barr said it wouldn't be "earth-shattering," he told Fox News host Sean Hannity in an interview Thursday, but he also added that the timeline of the investigation wouldn't be "dictated" by the upcoming election in November. "I have said there are going to be developments, significant developments, before the election. But we're not doing this on the election schedule. We're aware of the election. We're not going to do anything inappropriate before the election," Barr said. "But we're not being dictated to by this schedule. What's dictating the timing...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE next week will seek to counter the Democratic National Convention (DNC) by traveling to three potential swing states to go on the attack against Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris to host virtual Hollywood campaign event co-chaired by Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling Trump plans to accept Republican nomination from White House lawn US seizes four vessels loaded with Iranian fuel MORE, his likely November opponent. Trump will visit Minnesota and Wisconsin on Monday and fly to Arizona on Tuesday, the Trump campaign announced. The campaign offered few details on...
    President Trump said Thursday in an Oval Office interview that he stayed out of a federal review of the FBI’s Russia investigation, but expects a potentially damning report “soon.” Shortly after Trump’s interview with The Post, Attorney General William Barr said in a TV interview there would be a “development” Friday in the review of the “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation led by Connecticut US Attorney John Durham. “As you know it’s being looked at now by Durham… So we’ll find out how that comes out at some point, and I’ve let Bill Barr handle it,” Trump told The Post. “I didn’t have to, as you know. They consider the president to be the chief law enforcement officer. I didn’t have to,...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign officially announced Friday that the president will visit Minnesota and Wisconsin next week. According to a release, the president is slated to host an event Monday at the Mankato airport. The event is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. and concern the “failures” of his rival, Joe Biden. Later in the afternoon, Trump will speak at the Wittman Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The last time Trump was in Minnesota was for an October rally at Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. Earlier this year, the president kicked off his re-election campaign with a rally in Milwaukee. In 2016, Wisconsin was a key state for Trump’s victory over then-candidate Hillary...
    Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet YellenJanet Louise YellenOn The Money: Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief agreement | Weekly jobless claims fall below 1 million for first time since March | Trump says no Post Office funding means Democrats 'can't have universal mail-in voting' Pandemic reveals flaws of unemployment insurance programs On The Money: McConnell previews GOP coronavirus bill | Senate panel advances Trump Fed nominee who recently supported gold standard | Economists warn about scaled-back unemployment benefits MORE was among those economic experts who briefed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris to host virtual Hollywood campaign event co-chaired by Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling Trump plans to accept Republican nomination from White House lawn US seizes four vessels loaded...
    "We always look for surrogates and validators that help close the deal and can speak to voters who needed another reason to say, 'Yes, I'm gonna support Joe Biden,'" said Donna Brazile, a former Democratic National Committee chair who also ran Al Gore's 2000 campaign. "She fills in the gap." Harris was known during the Democratic presidential primary for wearing Converse sneakers and dancing with staff and supporters in unscripted moments. Biden allies expect her to deliver enthusiasm among some Democrats who oppose Trump but aren't yet energized to vote by a candidate they feel may be out of touch with their concerns. Harris' "ability to connect" is part of what California Rep. Barbara Lee, who served as one of...
    The Newsweek opinion piece that set off the baseless speculation about Harris' citizenship has been panned by legal scholars — so much so that Newsweek had to write an editor's note defending its decision to publish such a baseless and racist piece that set off another false conspiracy theory for Trump to glom onto. The author, John Eastman, claimed that because Harris' parents were immigrants and not natural-born citizens, she then was not eligible to run for vice president. But that has no bearing on Harris, who was born in California, and thus, thanks to the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, is unquestionably an American citizen who is qualified to be on a presidential ticket. This is not the first...
    Kamala Harris Parents (Family Picture, Twitter), Kamala Harris (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images) The President of the United States said on Thursday that he has “no idea” if Kamala Harris is eligible to be vice president because her parents were immigrants.  The Democratic senator was born in the U.S. which is the qualification to be vice-president or potentially, president. However, an op-ed piece in Newsweek questioned Harris’ eligibility because her parents were not born in the country.  READ MORE: Trump donated $6K to Harris’ AG campaign, floats birther conspiracy The right-wing law professor who wrote the essay, John C. Eastman, once ran against Harris to be California’s attorney general and lost to her. That fact was not mentioned in...
    Herman Cain has taunted Joe Biden and Kamala Harris from beyond the grave after he tweeted about their 'completely nuts' campaign - two weeks after he died from coronavirus.   The one-time Republican presidential candidate and ardent Trump supporter, posthumously tweeted on Wednesday, a day after Biden selected Harris as his running mate.  'Just in case you thought Biden's candidacy was going to be anything other than completely nuts, team Trump has released a new video,' the tweet reads.  Cain died in late July from complications associated to the coronavirus. He was 74 years old.    In this 9 February, 2012 file photo, former presidential candidate Herman Cain addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington Herman Cain's Twitter account...
    Longtime Democratic political consultant Paul Begala believes that Joe Biden's choice of Kamala Harris as his running mate will be "reassuring" to moderates but added that she also excites the base of the party. Begala has worked on several campaigns, and served as a top adviser to President Bill Clinton. "She excites the base of my party, and she reassures those suburban, college-educated Republicans that are coming over," Begala said. "We're going to see an election, I think, with a lot of Biden Republicans, and Kamala is reassuring to them." Although Harris has championed progressive causes as a senator, she was also a longtime prosecutor and the former attorney general of California. Get updates from the campaign trail delivered to...
    Donald Trump’s campaign has been tweeting mugshots of Black people out on bail in an effort to instill fear in voters about a future Joe Biden presidency. The tweets featured the mugshots and full names of four Black defendants in Minnesota who had been released on bail money raised by the Minnesota Freedom Fund in the wake of the death of George Floyd in police custody. “Donovan Boone is a violent fugitive who was in jail for attempting to strangle his ex-girlfriend,” reads one tweet. “Now he’s free thanks in part to Biden campaign officials who donated to pay bail fees. Does Joe Biden regret his campaign putting women in danger?” The tweet then links to an official Trump campaign page, which...
    Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief deal Gloria Steinem: Selection of Kamala Harris recognizes that 'black women ... are the heart and soul of the Democratic Party' MORE on Thursday said that if President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE loses the November election against former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris to host virtual Hollywood campaign event co-chaired by Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling Trump plans to accept Republican nomination from White...
    Reuters August 14, 2020 0 Comments U.S President Donald Trump is powering ahead with his anti-immigration agenda, even as voters say they are more concerned with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic destruction it has wrought. The Republican president won the White House in large part due to his hard-line stance on immigration, a bedrock issue that animates his base. His administration has maintained that focus despite intense pressure to respond to the world’s worst coronavirus outbreak and nationwide protests against police brutality and racism that have fueled a summer of discontent. Trump has amplified new issues this election cycle, including law and order in the wake of the protests, and unsubstantiated claims that a surge of mail voting...
    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...
    Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris to host virtual Hollywood campaign event co-chaired by Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling Trump plans to accept Republican nomination from White House lawn US seizes four vessels loaded with Iranian fuel MORE’s presidential campaign pulled in $48 million in the 48 hours after he named Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris to host virtual Hollywood campaign event co-chaired by Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling Democrats hammer Trump for entertaining false birther theory about Harris Hillicon Valley: 'Fortnite' owner sues Apple after game is removed from App Store | Federal agencies seize, dismantle cryptocurrency campaigns of major terrorist organizations MORE (D-Calif.) as his running mate.  The massive two-day fundraising total is the latest sign of the campaign’s growing fundraising strength ahead of...
    Former Vice President and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris to host virtual Hollywood campaign event co-chaired by Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling Trump plans to accept Republican nomination from White House lawn US seizes four vessels loaded with Iranian fuel MORE has expanded his national lead over President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE to double digits, according to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll released Friday.  Biden received 53 percent of the vote in the poll, ahead of Trump's 42 percent. In June, Biden held an 8-point lead over Trump. The poll was mostly...
    Washington — A legal adviser to President Trump's reelection campaign is amplifying a false theory from a conservative law professor that Kamala Harris may not be eligible for the vice presidency due to questions surrounding the immigration status of her parents at the time she was born. Harris was born in Oakland, California, on October, 20, 1964. Constitutional scholars and Supreme Court precedent have long held that anyone born in the U.S. is an American citizen, which makes them eligible for the presidency. Jenna Ellis, the Trump campaign adviser, reposted a tweet Thursday from Tom Fitton, the president of the conservative group Judicial Watch, in which he asked whether Harris is "ineligible to be Vice President under the U.S. Constitution's 'Citizenship Clause'"...
    Voters are about to take their first long look of the 2020 presidential campaign at presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden — and that may not be a bad thing for President Trump. Biden announced Kamala Harris, Democratic senator from California, as his running mate on Tuesday and will accept the presidential nomination during the Democratic National Convention next week. Conventions frequently produce a polling bounce for the party's ticket. Even though they will be largely virtual events this year due to the pandemic, that's a bigger change for delegates than voters, who experience the conventions as televised speeches normally. But this election cycle has been so focused on Trump, often to his detriment, that the incumbent may benefit from some...
    President Trump’s campaign has redeployed to the field to woo voters in person despite a summer coronavirus surge as presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s team wagers that people scarred by the pandemic prefer virtual engagement. On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Iowa, a swing state where Trump and Biden are running even. On Sunday, senior Trump campaign official Mercedes Schlapp is to headline a Women for Trump bus tour event in Wisconsin, another battleground where the president trails. Those stops account for just two of the more than half-dozen, in-person visits to key states organized by the Trump campaign this past week. This direct contact with voters, an approach that has included a return to in-person door-knocking and...
    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...
    By Mimi Dwyer LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump took a hard line on immigration in the 2016 election, making it his signature campaign issue. Now, as he runs for re-election, he is highlighting the promises he says he kept and warning that his Democratic challenger Joe Biden will roll them back. Trump pledged to drastically restrict both the number of immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and ramp up arrests of those living and working illegally in the country. His policies have faced legal challenges and a backlash from immigration advocates. Here are the major immigration promises he campaigned on in 2016. "EXTREME VETTING" AND "PREVENTING MUSLIM IMMIGRATION" During his 2016 campaign, Trump vowed to subject people from...
    Why is President Trump trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in every major national opinion poll in the race for the White House? Trump wants you to believe that a vast left-wing conspiracy of the Deep State, the “fake news media,” anarchists, socialists, communists, China, Iran, people who are against God, opponents of the Second Amendment, and other traitorous evildoers who hate America are all arrayed against him, even though he is “a very stable genius” who has accomplished more than any first-term president in American history. But the truth is that if Trump wants to know who is really sabotaging his reelection hopes, all he has to do is look in the mirror. Millions of Americans are tired of...
    Roger Sollenberger August 14, 2020 9:00AM (UTC) Donald Trump's campaign has been tweeting mugshots of Black people out on bail in an effort to instill fear in voters about a future Joe Biden presidency. The tweets featured the mugshots and full names of four Black defendants in Minnesota who had been released on bail money raised by the Minnesota Freedom Fund in the wake of the death of George Floyd in police custody. : "Donovan Boone is a violent fugitive who was in jail for attempting to strangle his ex-girlfriend," reads one tweet. "Now he's free thanks in part to Biden campaign officials who donated to pay bail fees. Does Joe Biden regret his campaign putting women in danger?" The tweet...
    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — In her first two days as Joe Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris has fired off the campaign’s sharpest criticism of President Donald Trump’s shortcomings. She has vouched for Biden’s character on race and more. And the enthusiasm surrounding her historic candidacy has brought in a record $36 million, including contributions from 150,000 new donors. The campaign hopes it is just the beginning. With less than three months before the election, Harris is rapidly embracing her new role. Democratic operatives and Harris allies believe she’ll energize what has been a relatively quiet campaign that has often preferred to keep the attention on the turbulence of Trump’s White House. She’s already making a vigorous case for Trump’s defeat,...
    BY ALEXANDRA JAFFE and WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — In her first two days as Joe Biden's running mate, Kamala Harris has fired off the campaign's sharpest criticism of President Donald Trump's shortcomings. She has vouched for Biden's character on race and more. And the enthusiasm surrounding her historic candidacy has brought in a record $36 million, including contributions from 150,000 new donors. The campaign hopes it is just the beginning. With less than three months before the election, Harris is rapidly embracing her new role. Democratic operatives and Harris allies believe she'll energize what has been a relatively quiet campaign that has often preferred to keep the attention on the turbulence of Trump's White House. She's...
    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — In her first two days as Joe Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris has fired off the campaign’s sharpest criticism of President Donald Trump’s shortcomings. She has vouched for Biden’s character on race and more. And the enthusiasm surrounding her historic candidacy has brought in a record $36 million, including contributions from 150,000 new donors. The campaign hopes it is just the beginning. With less than three months before the election, Harris is rapidly embracing her new role. Democratic operatives and Harris allies believe she’ll energize what has been a relatively quiet campaign that has often preferred to keep the attention on the turbulence of Trump’s White House. She’s already making a vigorous case for Trump’s defeat,...
    Getty Days after President Donald Trump criticized Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s VP choice to join the Democratic presidential ticket, he’s now floating a new birther conspiracy about the California Senator.  During a news conference at the White House on Thursday, Trump noted that Harris might not meet the requirements to become the first Asian/Black American vice president, MSN reports. His comments come a day after it was revealed that before he entered the political arena, Trump contributed financially to Harris’ past campaigns, per PEOPLE.  According to the California Secretary of State website, Trump gave $5,000 to Harris during her bid for attorney general in 2011, prior to her becoming a senator. In 2013, he donated $1,000 during her reelection. His...
    There will be "significant developments" coming from John Durhams investigation of the investigators of the Trump campaign, and they will come before election day, according to Attorney General William Barr. "John Durham is an independent man, highly experienced, and his investigation is pursuing a pace," Barr told Fox News "Hannity" on Thursday night. "There was some delay because of COVID, but Im satisfied with the progress, and Ive said there are going to be developments, significant developments before the election, but were not doing this on the election schedule." Fired FBI Director James Comey had been criticized for his investigations of Hillary Clinton and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election cycle, despite his claim of awareness that announcements can...
    Officials with President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign have contacted Mankato police about an upcoming visit, though no details were available about a stop that USA Today reported will be Monday. “Security people (for the Trump campaign) are meeting with Public Safety people in trying to plan the event,” Mankato City Manager Pat Hentges said Thursday. “We don’t have any details we can share with the public.” USA Today reported that Trump next week plans to visit four states that could go a long way toward deciding the fall race between him and Democrat Joe Biden: Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Arizona. The campaign swings coincide with the beginning of the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee. The convention will be mostly virtual...