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    An avalanche of celebratory confetti rained down on revelers at the Grove late Tuesday night, as the mall’s billionaire developer Rick Caruso maintained a small lead over Rep. Karen Bass in the Los Angeles mayoral race. But the path from early primary returns to a November victory is far from a straight shot for either candidate. The next five months of campaigning will likely amplify the partisan schism between Caruso, a Republican turned centrist Democrat best known for his business bona fides, and Bass, who began her career as an outside-the-system activist and became a more pragmatic progressive over two decades in elected office. Ahead of the primary, both candidates spent much of their time introducing themselves to voters — and the direct attacks on one another picked up as election day got closer. The road to the runoff election will now be a head-to-head battle, with both candidates fighting to define themselves in opposition to each other. There will be more television ads, attacks on Caruso’s Republican ties, roasts of Bass’ elected tenure as being more of...
    Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of former President Donald Trump, sent a series of text messages to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows with strategies to overturn the 2020 presidential election, according to a new CNN report. The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection has obtained records of the text message conversations and now the news outlet is highlighting key takeaways from those discussions. Per CNN: "The November 5 text message outlines a strategy that is nearly identical to what allies of the former President attempted to carry out in the months that followed. Trump Jr. makes specific reference to filing lawsuits and advocating recounts to prevent certain swing states from certifying their results, as well as having a handful of Republican statehouses put forward slates of fake 'Trump electors.'" According to Trump Jr., if that strategy failed, he believed Republican lawmakers could simply hold a vote on Jan. 6 to reinstall his father for a second presidential term. "We have operational control Total leverage," the message reads. "Moral High Ground POTUS must...
                        Congressional candidate and current State Representative Steve Carra (R-59) is calling for a legislative investigation into the role of Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson in funnelling outside money into the 2020 election. Carra is a first-term Republican representative for House District 59 in Southwest Michigan and has been a leader of the movement to audit the November 3 election. “We have the ability and authority to subpoena records and witnesses. I would love to use subpoena powers to get to the bottom of what happened in the last election,” Carra told The Michigan Star in an exclusive interview. The Star broke the story on August 5 of how an obscure nonprofit, the Michigan Center for Election Law and Administration (MCELA), received a $12 million grant to support its purported purpose of “nonpartisan voter education” and then turned all but a sliver of the money over to two Democratic political consulting firms for a get-out-the-vote campaign. Benson founded MCELA in 2008 and served as president of the board...
                        Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed creator of the Huey Report and direct mail expert, Craig Huey, in-studio to discuss possible campaign tactics that Odessa Kelly may use in the fight for Davidson County’s congressional seat. Leahy: Our guest in studio, our good friend Craig Huey. So let’s talk about this congressional election in Davidson County. There is a primary challenge. Odessa Kelly, I guess the Justice Democrats are trying to make her the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of Nashville. Jim Cooper, I want to look at Jim Cooper’s electoral history. He’s a Harvard grad. He’s about in his mid-sixties. He’s represented this district in Congress since 2002. He won in 2002. He beat Robert Duvall, who has been the chairman of the Davidson County GOP, 63.33 percent. In 2004 he had 69 percent. In 2006 he had 69 percent, 65 percent in 2008. In 2010,...
    By DAVID PITT, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Democrats are beginning to consider changes to their get-out-the-vote plans under the assumption that Gov. Kim Reynolds will sign into law a Republican-backed bill that makes it harder to vote early, potentially eroding a key aspect of Democratic campaigns. Republicans in the House and Senate quickly approved the voting changes over the opposition of all Democratic legislators. Republicans said the new rules were needed to guard against voting fraud, though they noted Iowa has no history of election irregularities and that November's election saw record turnout with no hint of problems in the state. Reynolds earlier expressed openness to the changes, but the Republican has declined to discuss the measure since its approval in late February. Democrats, however, take little solace from her silence and said they're examining their reliance on early voting, which in the last election resulted in more than 70% of Democrats voting early. “We don’t have to wait to get people registered to vote. We don’t have to wait to have Democrats talking with their...
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Democrats are beginning to consider changes to their get-out-the-vote plans under the assumption that Gov. Kim Reynolds will sign into law a Republican-backed bill that makes it harder to vote early, potentially eroding a key aspect of Democratic campaigns. Republicans in the House and Senate quickly approved the voting changes over the opposition of all Democratic legislators. Republicans said the new rules were needed to guard against voting fraud, though they noted Iowa has no history of election irregularities and that November’s election saw record turnout with no hint of problems in the state. Reynolds earlier expressed openness to the changes, but the Republican has declined to discuss the measure since its approval in late February. Democrats, however, take little solace from her silence and said they’re examining their reliance on early voting, which in the last election resulted in more than 70% of Democrats voting early. “We don’t have to wait to get people registered to vote. We don’t have to wait to have Democrats talking with their neighbors in rural and metropolitan...
    CNN anchor Jake Tapper said Sunday on “State of the Union” that President Donald Trump’s team’s legal fight and administrative stalling tactics are a “clownish” attempt at a “coup.” Tapper said, “The Trump team’s argument to the public that millions of votes were stolen through election software is quite literally insane. It is the upside-down, wild invocations of Hugo Chavez and George Soros. No evidence, no proof.” He continued, “On Friday, the conservative Republican Georgia Secretary of state certified the election results in that state, awarding President-elect Biden those electoral votes, and the conservative Republican Georgia governor signed the certification. State election officials and judges throughout the country are serving as protectors of our democracy at a time when, frankly, Republican leaders in Washington, D.C., are failing miserably at the job, as are administration officials who have proven willing to degrade themselves, to serve the president’s brittle spirit instead of the Constitution and the American people.” He added, “Which brings me to Emily Murphy, the administrator of the General Services Administration who has so far refused to ascertain that President-elect...
    By The Associated Press Here’s what’s happening Wednesday in Election 2020, 13 days until Election Day: HOW TO VOTE: AP’s state-by-state interactive has details on how to vote in this election. ON THE TRAIL: President Donald Trump will be in North Carolina; Democrat Joe Biden preps for debate in Delaware; Vice President Mike Pence will be in New Hampshire and Ohio; and Kamala Harris will be in North Carolina. TODAY’S TOP STORIES: DIFFERING PRIORITIES: President Donald Trump is hopping from one must-win stop on his electoral map to the next in the leadup to a final presidential debate that may be his last, best chance to alter the trajectory of the 2020 campaign. Joe Biden has been taking the opposite approach, holing up for debate prep in advance of Thursday’s faceoff in Nashville, Tennessee. Trump trails in polls in most battleground states. Working to reverse that, he stopped in Pennsylvania on Tuesday and is bound for North Carolina on Wednesday as he delivers his closing message. BIDEN TRANSITION: Biden’s biggest challenge may begin the day after Election Day. If he...
    Here’s what’s happening Wednesday in Election 2020, 13 days until Election Day: HOW TO VOTE: AP’s state-by-state interactive has details on how to vote in this election. ON THE TRAIL: President Donald Trump will be in North Carolina; Democrat Joe Biden preps for debate in Delaware; Vice President Mike Pence will be in New Hampshire and Ohio; and Kamala Harris will be in North Carolina. TODAY’S TOP STORIES: DIFFERING PRIORITIES: President Donald Trump is hopping from one must-win stop on his electoral map to the next in the leadup to a final presidential debate that may be his last, best chance to alter the trajectory of the 2020 campaign. Joe Biden has been taking the opposite approach, holing up for debate prep in advance of Thursday’s faceoff in Nashville, Tennessee. Trump trails in polls in most battleground states. Working to reverse that, he stopped in Pennsylvania on Tuesday and is bound for North Carolina on Wednesday as he delivers his closing message. BIDEN TRANSITION: Biden’s biggest challenge may begin the day after Election Day. If he wins, he’ll have just...
    Concerned wealthy Americans are looking to adjust their estate planning strategies ahead of the November election, amid concerns that a Joe Biden victory could upend current tax law. Jonathan Miller, the CEO of Manhattan-based real estate appraiser Miller Samuel, told Fox News that his office has seen inquiries increase threefold. “Tax time for us tends to be skewed towards the second half of the year and this year we’ve seen about triple the inquiries as we typically do,” Miller said, adding that these tend to be high-end clients. JOE BIDEN'S 2020 TAX PLAN: THE KEY POINTS  The Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts essentially doubled the basic exclusion amount to $11.58 million in 2020 ($23.16 million if married). Assets exceeding that threshold are subject to a rate as high as 40%. Biden’s plan would undo that change, meaning people would be able to transfer fewer assets without triggering the tax. Biden would also do away with step-up in basis, which means unrealized capital gains would be taxed at death. Geoffrey Weinstein, special counsel in the Tax, Trusts & Estates Department of Cole Schotz,...
    By Matt Scuffham NEW YORK (Reuters) - Global banks are preparing for the possibility that there will be no clear victor on the night of the U.S. presidential election, a scenario that could spark days or weeks of chaos in global equities and fixed income markets, several bankers said. Over the past two weeks, major banks have run simulations to ensure they could cope with a spike in market, liquidity and credit risks, and have been advising clients on precautionary hedges and capital raising strategies if a contested election result on Nov. 3 leads funding markets to dry up. Reuters/Ipsos polls show the contest tightening, with Democratic candidate Joe Biden holding a slim lead over President Donald Trump in three highly competitive states, while three other battlegrounds show a dead heat. A surge in postal ballots driven by pandemic fears is expected to delay some results. "We're starting to talk not just to clients, but also to our staff, about the potential that you might see a longer than expected period (with no clear result) because of the large number...
    Washington (CNN)The Pentagon's two most senior figures were so angry about President Donald Trump's unprecedented attack on senior military leadership earlier this month that they got on the phone with the White House chief of staff to express their dismay, according to several defense officials.Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley spoke to Mark Meadows after Trump accused Pentagon leadership of waging wars to boost the profits of weapons manufacturers. Trump launches unprecedented attack on military leadership he appointed"I'm not saying the military's in love with me -- the soldiers are, the top people in the Pentagon probably aren't because they want to do nothing but fight wars so that all of those wonderful companies that make the bombs and make the planes and make everything else stay happy," Trump told reporters at a White House news conference on Labor Day.The officials said Milley, who served for years in combat zones around the globe, was particularly distressed. Another defense official summed up reaction at the Pentagon, stating "the President went too far."Meadows...
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