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    President Donald Trump's Washington D.C. hotel was party central Wednesday night for MAGA supporters, offering them a 'convention celebration' with the first family and a chance to sip bourbon with Senator Rand Paul. With the convention speeches centered around the White House or the Andrew Mellon Auditorium, it was the Trump International Hotel D.C. that became ground zero for the panels, parties and events that typically surround the a presidential coronation. Called a 'convention celebration,' attendees wore badges like a delegate would with their name on the front and the Trump Pence campaign logo on the back. The badge got them a large goodie bag - woven gold material with the presidential seal on it - and access to the first family, prominent Republican lawmakers and some of the top names in the Trump administration - all in the president's hotel lobby and conference rooms. Lara Trump and Eric Trump in the Trump International Hotel on Wednesday evening President Trump's DC hotel was ground zero for parties, panels and events surrounding the Republican National Convention - and there...
    Late-night hosts Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah mocked the Republican Party for becoming a “cult” during their post-convention shows — both pointing to the fact the GOP isn’t updating its platform this year as proof that it’s President Donald Trump’s party now. Colbert began his monologue by showing his second Avengers spinoff, but this time starring the members of the RNC, before he brutally mocked Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle’s speeches. During last week’s post DNC shows, Colbert’s Avengers parody featured the Democratic party as Marvel’s very best heroes. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was cast as Captain America of course, while his running mate Kamala Harris was shown as Captain Marvel and Barack Obama as Iron Man. This week’s episode took a look at Trump’s team, with the president leading the pack as supervillain Thanos. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were featured as Trump’s evil sidekicks while first lady Melania Trump played Thor: Ragnarok’s Hela,  Mitch McConnell was Red Skull, and William Barr was a beast. Colbert must not have thought Vice President Mike Pence needed an evil alter ego, since he played...
              Live from Virginia Monday morning on The John Fredericks Show –  weekdays on WNTW AM 820/ FM 92.7 – Richmond, WJFN FM 100.5 – Central Virginia, WMPH AM 1010 / FM 100.1 / FM 96.9 (7-9 PM) Hampton Roads, WBRG AM 1050 / FM 105.1 – Lynchburg/Roanoke and Weekdays 6-10 am and 24/7 Stream –  host Fredericks welcomed House of Delegates Republican candidate Scott Taylor to the show. During the program, Taylor discussed feedback he’d been receiving during his recent door knocking while on the campaign trail. He added that he was seeing a lot of people that were not for Trump in ’16 looking to vote for him in 2020 after witnessing the progress of the current administration and cognitive decline of Biden. Fredericks: One of the delegates who was not here obviously Scott Taylor who is running for Congress. Scott great to have. Taylor: John good morning. Glad you are down there representing Virginia kicking this thing off. Fredericks: Yes. Thank you. I have to leave here today at seven thirty. We have a meeting....
    Sen. Tim Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate, told his personal story at the GOP convention Monday of how his family went from 'cotton to Congress' – as he made a case for the 'goodness of America' and ripped Joe Biden for recent flubs on race. Scott, a South Carolina senator who says he was raised by a single mother and dropped out of school in ninth grade only to return to complete his education, spoke of his connection to his grandfather, who got to witness his own rise. 'Growing up, he had to cross the street if a white person was coming,' said Scott.  'Our family went from cotton to Congress in one lifetime,' said Sen. Tim Scott at the Republican convention Monday 'He suffered the indignity of being forced out of school as a third grader to pick cotton. And he never learned to read or write. Yet he lived long enough to see his grandson be the first African American be elected to both the United States House and the United States Senate in...
    Florida businessman Maximo Alvarez came close to tears as he talked about how those in his native Cuba were deceived by Fidel Castro and Americans shouldn't make the same mistake.  'I may be Cuban born, but I am 100 per cent American,' he told those watching the first night of the virtual Republican National Convention. 'This is the greatest country in the world. If I gave away everything I have today, it would not equal 1 per cent of what I was given when I came to this great country of ours: The gift of freedom,' he said, his voice breaking.  He added that, 'I still hear my dad: there is no other place to go.'  Florida businessman Maximo Alvarez, a Cuban immigrant, recalled the empty promises made by Cuban leader Fidel Castro, and suggested that progressive Democrats were making many of the same claims  Maximo Alverez spoke from the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C., and came close to tears when he talked about escaping Castro's Communism for freedom in the United States  Alvarez, the founder of Sunshine Gasoline,...
    Donald Trump's Republican Party sought to present a diverse image of the candidate's support by showcasing endorsements from two African American supporters – including a state lawmakers who accused Democrats of running a 'mental plantation.' Former NFL great Herschel Walker lent his famous name and football swagger to his endorsement, while also recalling a time he bonded with Trump at Disney World. 'I watched him as the owner of a professional football team,' said Walker, who started out his pro football career in the New Jersey Generals, a USFL team Trump owned.  NFL great Herschel Walker endorsed Donald Trump at the Republican convention 'Right after he bought the team, he set out to learn,' said the former Heisman trophy winner. 'He learned about the history of the team, the players, the coaches. Every detail. Then he used what he learned to make the team better,' said walker. The pitch came days after Democrat Joe Biden staged a multi-cultural convention that celebrated the late civil rights hero John Lewis, had a cast of emcees including Eva Longoria, and highlighted the...
    Tom Boggioni August 22, 2020 11:53PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story With the virtual Democratic National Convention in the rear-view mirror and the nomination handed to former Vice President Joe Biden, Democratic strategists plan to do everything they can to disrupt the Republican National convention slated to start next week. After a week of Donald Trump taking daily shots at the Democratic ticket of Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), along with speakers who were live-streamed into the convention, the Democratic Party plans to hit the president with a daily barrage of  attacks zeroing in on the lowlights of his failed administration. : According to a report at the Washington Post, "The party is attempting to cast everything about Trump as chaotic and disruptive, from the way he runs the presidency to what appears on his Twitter feed, from his approach to the coronavirus pandemic to the speaking lineup for his nominating convention." With that in mind, Democrats will "release videos each day highlighting what they view as Trump's biggest failures and showcasing the stark contrast between the...
              Live from Music Row Wednesday 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 Tennessee Star National Correspondent Neil W. McCabe to the newsmakers line. During the third hour, McCabe discussed some details about his recent interview with Roger Stone highlighting his court process and pardon by President Trump. He weighed in later of how he thought the Republican Convention would play out next week. Leahy: We are joined now by our National Correspondent for the Star News Network and The Tennessee Star. Washington journalist Neil McCabe. Good morning Neil. McCabe: Phenomenal to be with you, Michael. Leahy: So you keep getting these great interviews. You had an exclusive interview with Roger Stone who was convicted of lying to Congress and his sentence was commuted and he made some news. How do you get all these interviews, Neil? McCabe: Well, I would love to tell you but I’ve got mouths to feed. (Leahy chuckles) My kids need...
    Susan Walsh/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.During the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment hearings, Republican House members led by Rep. Devin Nunes repeatedly declared that the real scandal was not President Donald Trump’s attempt to muscle the Ukrainian president but Ukraine’s supposed intervention in the 2016 election to harm Trump. Other Trumpers, including Rudy Giuliani, Fox News hosts and assorted right-wing partisans and journalists, have passionately decried the Trump-Russia affair as a hoax and insisted that Ukrainian interference was the true wrongdoing. And Trump himself has denied that Vladimir Putin attacked the election, and he has called for an investigation of Ukrainian meddling. In fact, Trump’s phone call to the Ukrainian president that led to his impeachment was partly prompted by his desire to find evidence to back up the Ukrainian conspiracy theory and to absolve Russia of assaulting American democracy. But Trump and the rest of the Ukraine-did-it crowd have been played by a clandestine Russian influence operation, and they have, wittingly or not, amplified this covert Moscow disinformation campaign. They...
    The Lincoln Project is not the only conservative group that has been airing ads attacking President Donald Trump: Republican Voters Against Trump has also been making a case against reelecting him. But they’re tactic is different. Rather than getitng under Trump’s skin, RVAT tries to persuade uneasy GOP voters to abandon the president by offering testimonials from people just like them. In an ad RVAT tweeted on Monday, Miles Taylor — former chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security — revealed that when he was serving in the admnistration, the things he witnessed were “terrifying.” “He was one of the most unfocused and undisciplined senior executives I have ever encountered,” Taylor explains in the ad. “I came away completely convinced, based on first-hand experience, that the president was ill-equipped and wouldn’t become equipped to do his job effectively — and what’s worse, was actively doing damage to our security.” NEW: Testimonial ad from Trump’s Former DHS Chief of Staff @MilesTaylorUSA, declaring his support for Joe Biden and describing Trump’s presidency as “terrifying” and “actively doing damage to...
    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 sends out a tweet taunting Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris, two weeks after his death from coronavirus Cain had been ill with the virus for several weeks. It's not clear when or where he was infected, but he was hospitalized less than two weeks after attending Trump's campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 20. Cain had...
    Georgia Republican Marjorie Greene (far right). Wealthy businesswoman Marjorie Greene, a defender of the notorious pro-Trump conspiracy theory QAnon who has her own litany of racist, Islamophobic, and anti-Semitic rantings, decisively beat neurosurgeon John Cowan 57-43 in Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff for Georgia’s 14th Congressional District. This seat, which is located in the northwestern part of the state, backed Donald Trump 75-22, and Greene will have no trouble winning the general election to succeed retiring GOP Rep. Tom Graves. National and state Republican leaders wasted no time welcoming Greene to the fold following her victory. Donald Trump tweeted that Greene was “strong on everything and never gives up - a real WINNER!” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, whose office said back in June that he found Greene’s words “appalling,” also made it clear that she’d be welcomed to the GOP caucus when she takes her seat in January and given committee assignments. Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Rep. Doug Collins, who are running against each other in the November all-party primary for Senate, each congratulated Greene on her win as well....
    Although The Lincoln Project is a right-wing group, it is not only hoping for former Vice President Joe Biden to defeat President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, but also, is trying to help Democrats achieve a majority in the U.S. Senate. The group’s viewpoint is that Trump has been so toxic for the Republican Party and the conservative movement that a Democratic tsunami is needed in order to rid the GOP of Trumpism. And reporters Jonathan Easley and Max Greenwood, in an article published by The Hill on August 11, stress that the group’s push for a Democratic Senate is really getting under the skin of Trump and his supporters. “In addition to a relentless negative ad campaign against Trump, the group has so far spent more than $1.3 million attacking Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), who is among the most vulnerable GOP senators up for reelection,” Easley and Greenwood note — adding that The Lincoln Project has “targeted” many other incumbent Republican senators as well, including Arizona’s Martha McSally, Iowa’s Joni Ernst, Colorado’s Cory Gardner, North Carolina’s Thom Tillis, South...
    President Donald Trump on Monday teased giving his own Gettysburg address by using the site of the famous Civil War battle field to give his acceptance speech for the Republican National Convention.  Trump also has mulled giving his speech, which is his formal acceptance of the Republican nomination for a second term, at the South Lawn of the White House, which has raised questions about the propriety of using the president's home for a campaign event. Now Trump has added another federal property - the Gettysburg National Military Park is part of the National Park Service - to the list of location possibilities.  'We have narrowed the Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech, to be delivered on the final night of the Convention (Thursday), to two locations - The Great Battlefield of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and the White House, Washington, D.C. We will announce the decision soon!,' the president tweeted. President Trump teased giving his acceptance speech for the Republican National Convention at Gettysburg Gettysburg is the site of site of the bloodiest battle of Civil War and where Abraham...
    Justices John Roberts (left) and Neil Gorsuch (right) have "betrayed" conservatives. So they're kicking more people out of their party. We know that impeached Cheeto Donald Trump is losing. When I first wrote those words a couple of months ago or so, liberals freaked out. I’m sensing that most of us can accept that now (without getting complacent). Things have only gotten worse for him since then, and it’s threatening to rout Senate Republicans and expand Democratic leads in the House. Trump has been the worst thing to happen to the GOP since … forever.  So given the political climate, Trump’s troubles with key core constituencies like seniors and non-college whites, the Republican collapse in the suburbs, and a fiercely energized liberal base, how would you advise Trump and his campaign to turn things around? If you said “demand even more ideological purity,” then you have a bright future in the conservative movement! You see, conservatives are livid at the “betrayals” they see in Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Neil Gorsuch after a term that delivered brutal conservative defeats on topics like LGBTQ rights, immigration, and abortion...
    President Donald Trump announced Thursday he was cancelling the Jacksonville, Florida portion of the Republican National Convention due to the state becoming a COVID-19 hotspot.  'So I told my team it's time to cancel the Jacksonville, Florida component of the GOP convention,' Trump said at the top of his Thursday press briefing.  The convention would start on August 24 in Charlotte, North Carolina - which had always been the plan - before the president got in a fight with the state's Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper who couldn't guarantee he'd be allowed to fill a stadium. Trump didn't commit to fully holding the RNC back in Charlotte, saying he would hold 'tele-rallies' through the week.  'And I'll still do a convention speech in a different form, but we won't do a big, crowded convention per say. It's just not the right time for that,' the president said.    President Trump is photographed accepting the Republican nomination in 2016 in Cleveland. Trump wanted the same fanfare at his 2020 nominating convention and moved the main events to Jacksonville, Florida, but cancelled that portion...
    President Donald Trump, who has been more mask-friendly in recent days, wouldn't say whether the federal properies in Washington, D.C. will follow the city's lead in mandating mask-wearing outside in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.  'We're going to make a decision over the next 24 hours,' Trump replied instead. 'We'll let you know what that decision is.'  Trump made the comments at his Wednesday coronavirus briefing - his second in two days - where he boasted that the Mexican border wall was keeping coronavirus out and claimed GOP 'sun belt' governors were doing a 'good job.'  President Donald Trump wouldn't say whether federal properties would follow the lead of Washington, D.C. during his press briefing Wednesday. He did tout his U.S.-Mexico border wall for keeping Americans safe from the virus  Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, photographed during a briefing Monday, announced new mask guidelines on Wednesday, though she doesn't have power to make people wear masks on federal properties, like the White House, within the city limits  'They're all doing a very good job,...
    For 'actively abusing his power' to hamper voting, Kemp 'must step down immediately as Secretary of State,' said Lewis in 2018. When it comes to less-than-sincere-seeming Republican praise for civil rights hero and congressman John Lewis, it would be hard to top Sen. Marco Rubio tweeting it was "an honor to know" Lewis while posting a picture of himself with … Rep. Elijah Cummings. But Republican Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia might have come close last Saturday. Why are Kemp’s sentiments so odd? Because in public office, Brian Kemp wasn’t shy in making himself a now-notorious opponent of everything John Lewis helped secure. And Rep. John Lewis demanded Kemp leave office because of it. x“Brian Kemp is actively abusing the power of his office to make it more difficult for Georgians to vote. He must step down immediately as Secretary of State.” John Lewis, October 16, 2018. https://t.co/PSCLmCd5J3— brittany packnett cunningham does not do remixes. (@MsPackyetti) July 18, 2020 xYou’re the living embodiment of everything he fought against.— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) July 18, 2020 xFew people have done more to disenfranchise black voters and try...
    If you want to know exactly how well Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is faring as we count down the final three months before Election Day, all you have to do is Google “list of rallies for the 2016 Donald Trump presidential campaign” and compare it with what you’ve seen lately. Now that was a presidential campaign! Not dozens of rallies, hundreds of rallies! Trump held 187 rallies during the Republican primaries, between June 15, 2015, and June 3, 2016. He held rallies in Costa Mesa, California; Warwick, Rhode Island; Vienna, Ohio; Evansville, Indiana; Warren, Michigan; Bethpage, New York; and dozens and dozens of other cities and towns. I remember the rally in Bethpage, because I went to it. It was held at the Grumman Studios on April 6. I was curious to see how the gold-plated flim-flam man I had followed when I lived in New York City in the ’70s and ’80s was doing on the campaign trail, so I logged onto the Donald Trump for President website. Here is what I found: a short list of the upcoming...
    Former senator and disgraced former Attorney General Jeff Sessions has finally come, at age 73, to what is almost certainly the end of the road for his villainous political career. On Tuesday night, the right-wing Republican who served as a U.S. senator from 1997 to 2017 lost in his comeback attempt, defeated in the Republican primary for his old seat by Tommy Tuberville, a man whose cartoonish name better suited his previous career as head football coach at Auburn. The runoff election between the two wasn’t even close, with the Riverboat Gambler (a silly and self-serious nickname for Tuberville, especially when “The Tubz” was right there for the taking) taking more than 60% of the vote. It’s tempting, since we’re talking about Alabama, to believe that the Tubz (I can’t help it) won on a wave of goodwill from the famously football-fanatical voters of that state. That fails to take into account that Tuberville may well be regarded as one of history’s greatest monsters in the parts of the state that Roll Tide. No, the reason that Tuberville won is likely due to something far more sinister than inappropriate...
    Donald Trump issued a last-minute appeal Monday night endorsing Alabama Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville (pictured). 'He's going to have a cold direct line into my office,' the president said Donald Trump made an eleventh hour appeal to Republican Alabama voters Monday night to cast their ballots in the Senate primary runoff election Tuesday against his former attorney general – claiming they had already experienced Jeff Sessions' 'bad' leadership. Trump assured in a 30-second robocall that Tommy Tuberville, the Republican running against Sessions for the primary nomination, would have a direct line to his Oval Office phone. 'He's going to have a cold direct line into my office,' Trump said in his endorsement of the candidate in the recording. 'We had the Jeff Sessions thing, we gave it a shot, I had no idea it could be as bad as it was,' the president said of his first attorney general, who served from February 2017 – November 2018. 'But he had no clue,' Trump continued. 'He just let it get away from him. It's really a shame.' Trump also asserted Alabamians...
    In a Wednesday piece for Salon, writer Amanda Marcotte argues that President Donald Trump views his Republican base of support not as allies but as “marks” to be used for his own benefit. “Trump sees Republicans primarily as marks, to be fleeced for all they’re worth and then abandoned the second he sees no value in them,” Marcotte wrote. “Trump’s burning hatred for any American who didn’t vote for him is well documented, but just as true and just as disturbing is his utter disregard for the lives or well-being of people who did support him, and continue to do so.” Marcotte pointed to the pressure Trump applied on Republican governors to lift coronavirus restrictions and the subsequent levels of infection in such regions. Notably, Florida and Texas have been experiencing surges in infected Americans, with the latter setting record highs for COVID-19 transmission. Although Trump and his allies point to the declining death rate as evidence that the increased cases in these regions aren’t significant, Marcotte noted reports that death rates lag behind positive tests. Despite the spike in...
    Former Trump campaign and administration officials are reportedly speculating that outspoken Fox News host Tucker Carlson could make a successful run for president in 2024. Politico reports that conservative circles have been seriously mulling over the idea that Carlson, 51, could parlay his successful television career into a political victory - much like President Trump. Several conservative strategists, commentators and others reportedly believe Carlson, whose outspoken brand of journalism has amassed a massive media following, would be an obvious frontrunner in the Republican primary. Luke Thompson, a Republican strategist who worked for Jeb Bush’s super PAC in 2016, said: 'He’s a talented communicator with a massive platform. I think if he runs he’d be formidable.' Politico reports that several conservatives believe Fox News Host Tucker Carlson (pictured) would be a formidable candidate in the 2024 presidential election RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Canadian sports TV host reveals his one-month-old daughter Oakland has been... Outbreak of COVID-19 at the University of Washington's Greek Row | Daily Mail... Share this article Share Already, some Republicans have publicly voiced...
    The only black Republican Senator, Tim Scott of South Carolina, has denounced a video that was shared by President Trump on Twitter on Sunday morning where one pro-Trump protester could be heard yelling 'white power.'   Scott admitted to watching the clip in its entirety which he described as 'terrible' and 'inappropriate.' 'The truth of the matter is when you hear things like that racist chant towards white power, we should have the same response with the same type of energy that we have for those folks we know have been disadvantaged for so long,' Scott said on CBS Face The Nation. U.S. Senator Tim Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate, said Donald Trump's retweet of a video containing a white power message was offensive 'We should stand up and say that's not right. And I'm saying the exact same thing now.   The video was posted to Twitter by another user on Saturday and shows two minutes of clashes between citizens of The Villages, a massive age-restricted community in Sumter, Florida, between pro-Trump demonstrators and senior counter protesters...
    Amid Donald Trump’s recent decline in the polls, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley begged White House officials to hold an intervention with the president to save his chances of winning reelection in November, Raw Story reported. “Will somebody with access to the Oval Office read the WSJ editorial ‘The Trump Referendum’ to President Trump,” Grassley wrote. “We won’t have more good SCOTUS justices or the best economy in 50 years like we have had if he doesn’t follow that advice.” The Wall Street Journal op-ed in question — penned by the publication’s editorial board — argued that Trump has failed to create a vision for his second term and convey it to the American public. As reported by Raw Story, the board claims that the president is careening toward a “historic repudiation” in November. According to the board, Trump may be able to retain his 35 percent base of support that will remain with him until the end, but he has shed swing voters over the last two months “This includes suburban women, independents, and seniors who took a risk on...
    Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough speculated on Friday that President Donald Trump may resign before the November election, HuffPost reported. Scarborough pointed to Trump’s recent rallies and his administration’s attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, wondering if “this guy wants to be elected president of the United States.” The anchor opined that Trump acted differently in 2016, when he ran against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. This election cycle, Scarborough posited, Trump is “acting like he doesn’t want to get re-elected, he’s acting like he really wants to lose badly and take the Republican Party down with him.” “This looks like a deliberate attempt to drive his campaign into the ground every day. He knows what he’s doing is going to lower the poll numbers, and they are. They are collapsing every day.” According to recent polling, the Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden is ahead of Trump nationwide and in a number of key swing states. As The Hill reported, a series of polls released earlier this week by Fox News showed that Trump is trailing...
    President Trump traveled to Wisconsin on Thursday to tour a naval shipyard, where he bragged that he had the Navy steer a big contract Wisconsin’s way, which can only be construed as an order to boost his electoral chances in the swing state. I suppose it’s not surprising that he is so open about such things. After all, he was impeached for trying to extort a foreign ally into produce damaging information on his presumptive opponent, and every Republican senator except Mitt Romney backed him to the hilt. Why would he think interfering in a domestic military contract for his own benefit would be a problem? Frankly, it probably isn’t. Trump’s corruption is now the norm and most people just shrug when he openly brags about it. Apparently, they believe everyone does it and it’s just the usual partisan fighting. But the way he’s dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic is something else again. The latest polling is devastating for his re-election prospects and it’s very much tied to the fact that he has so thoroughly mishandled the government response and refuses to change...
    Trump is now clearly an underdog heading into the November election. Multiple national polls, including the most recent ones from CNN, CNBC, Fox News, and the New York Times, give Biden a double digit lead over the president. For those who would say that what really matters is state results, the NYT poll found that Biden has built a nine point advantage across six battleground states. There is also this to consider. As Trump goes, so goes Republican hopes for maintaining a majority in the Senate. President Trump’s erratic performance in office and his deteriorating standing in the polls is posing a grave threat to his party’s Senate majority, imperiling incumbents in crucial swing states and undermining Republican prospects in one of the few states they had hoped to gain a seat, according to a new poll of registered voters by The New York Times and Siena College. Senate Majority Whip John Thune is perhaps the first Republican to admit what’s happening. “Right now, obviously, Trump has a problem with the middle of the electorate, with independents, and they’re...
    Republican senators are urging President Donald Trump to wear a face mask to set an example as coronavirus cases rise in red states and the administration shuts down federal testing sites.  Infections rose across the United States by at least 39,818 on Thursday, marking the worst day since the virus first hit the U.S. Red states in the South - like Texas, Florida and Arizona - have been some of the worst hit. Throughout the pandemic, Trump has resisted wearing a face mask, despite CDC recommendations. He was captured wearing one during a Ford factory tour in Michigan in May but that image was captured back stage. Trump had removed the covering when he went out to face the media.  Senators are suggesting it's time the president set an example. 'I'd prefer he do it. He's not going to. You know he's not going to do it,' said Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio. 'I'm not excusing it obviously. I prefer him wear one because people follow an example.' Rubio said masks should be worn out of 'respect for other people' so...
    Rep. Thomas Massie isn't in a forgive-and-forget kind of mood. The libertarian-leaning House member on Tuesday crushed his Republican primary opponent 88%-12% in the northern Kentucky district he's represented since 2013. That despite several high-profile House Republicans initially backing, and sending campaign contributions to, his primary opponent. House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming in the spring criticized Massie over delaying tactics on passage of a coronavirus economic relief bill. The proposal became law, but not before Massie used parliamentary tactics to force lawmakers to return to Washington as the pandemic worsened. The feud was an extension of tensions between House Republican leaders and Massie, an MIT-trained engineer and multiple patent holder who frequent dissents from the party-line on votes. Particularly when, he says, party leaders disregard Republican principles of small government and limited spending. Massie, headed for another term in Congress after dominating the all-important Republican primary, remembers where Cheney stood when it mattered. Questions linger over “whether the Republican leadership is going to actively and openly back primary opponents to incumbent Republicans. I think...
    Democratic Senator Joe Manchin was one of three senators in his caucus — along with Alabama Senator Doug Jones, also a Democrat, and Senator Angus King, independent from Maine — who voted in favor of debating a Republican police reform bill this week. Most Democrats voted against moving forward, arguing that the measure did not go far enough to address police brutality. But Manchin believed he wouldn't be able to explain a decision not to advance the measure to his constituents back in West Virginia.  "As a Democrat we have to understand we're not in the majority in the Senate," Manchin said in an interview with CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Major Garrett for this week's episode of "The Takeout" podcast. "I thought that would be a good debate and all of us would be educated and learn a lot." However, he also said that he believed the bill should have been debated in the Judiciary Committee first before going to the Senate floor, where it failed to attract enough support to advance. Highlights from this week's episode: Manchin on...
    HOUSE Democrats have passed a sweeping George Floyd policing reform bill - setting up a clash with President Donald Trump and Republican-led Senate. The police reform bill was passed on Thursday after the Democratic-controlled House voted 236-181 - exactly one month after George Floyd's controversial death. 5 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks at a press conference before the vote on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020Credit: Alamy Live News 5 US Senator Tim Scott speaks to reporters on June 23, 2020Credit: Rex Features 5 George Floyd's death has sparked protests against police brutality across the countryCredit: Handout Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died after a Minneapolis cop was seen in video kneeling on his neck. His death has sparked protests against police brutality across the country, many of which have adopted his final words "I can't breath" for their cause. According to the first tally, three GOPers voted for the bill, which approves changes in law and police to slow down police misconduct. However, the Republican-led Senate is unexpected to back the bill - which is called...
    (CNN)"President Trump: 73-0."That was the headline of a press release from the Republican National Committee on June 10, celebrating their contention that all 73 GOP candidates Donald Trump had endorsed in the 2020 campaign had won. THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper into the surreal world of politics. Click to subscribe! "Last night's primaries were an emphatic reminder of the enthusiasm for President Trump's agenda that is sweeping the nation," insisted RNC spokesman Steve Guest. "The enthusiasm for President Trump and Republicans heading into November is undeniable."Of course, all streaks must come to an end. And on Tuesday, the President's run ended. Twice.First came 24-year-old Madison Cawthorn's crushing victory over Lynda Bennett in North Carolina's 11th District, which Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows had previously held.Read MoreTrump had sent two tweets this month endorsing Bennett. "Please let this serve as my Complete and Total Endorsement of a great fighter and ally in North Carolina, @LyndaBennettNC," he wrote on June 4. "She...
    Political campaigns can wreak havoc on a family. Especially when a candidate’s child openly opposes them.  That’s the predicament in which Robert Regan, Republican candidate for Michigan State Representative, finds himself. Regan is a red-blooded Republican who previously described himself as “so conservative that he makes Rush Limbaugh look like a liberal” and boasted about being the first candidate to support President Donald Trump. His issues include making English the official language in Michigan, opposing all forms of immigration reform (which Regan calls “a codeword for amnesty”), opposing abortion, and restoring Michigan’s constitutional militia.  Those issues don’t sit well with Regan’s daughter, Stephanie (@streeganz). On Tuesday, she tweeted a simple message regarding her father’s campaign: “If you’re in Michigan and 18+ pls for the love of god do not vote for my dad for state rep. Tell everyone.”  The tweet exploded, racking up more than 100,000 likes and 21,000 retweets. Stephanie posted a follow-up tweet yesterday: “Since so many people are asking it is Robert Regan! Do a quick fb or google search to find info about his campaign....
    New York Democrat Jamaal Bowman The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● NY-16: On Wednesday morning, educator Jamaal Bowman declared victory over longtime Rep. Eliot Engel in the Democratic primary for New York’s 16th Congressional District, asserting that his advantage “would be nearly impossible” for Engel to overcome when absentee ballots are counted next week. With 44,000 votes tallied by the time we put the Digest to bed on Wednesday evening, Bowman held a wide 62-35 lead, though because of a coronavirus-fueled surge in mail voting, many votes remain to be counted. Engel has not conceded and called Bowman’s declaration "premature." Meanwhile, in two neighboring districts, candidates backed by a wide swath of progressive organizations and leaders were also winning closely watched primaries for seats where incumbents are retiring. In the 15th District, New York City Councilman Ritchie Torres was up 30-19 on Assemblyman Michael Blake, with...
    After a string of successful endorsements in Republican primaries and special elections, President Trump has hit a rough patch. Two candidates Trump opposed in GOP primaries won on Tuesday night, not long after an incumbent the president endorsed was ousted at a Virginia state party convention. The results have some questioning whether Trump’s anemic national poll numbers — he now trails presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden by 10.1 points in the RealClearPolitics average — have finally taken a toll on his stranglehold over the party, or at least his sway with rank-and-file Republican voters. “For a president who has relied on a base-first strategy at all costs, hoping to win reelection without courting new voters, even the slightest slippage among rock-solid Republicans is alarming,” writes National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar, who tweeted after Tuesday’s election results that “Trump's Midas touch with Republicans not looking as strong these days.” Rep. Denver Riggleman of Virginia was booted at the state’s drive-thru GOP convention earlier this month despite Trump’s endorsement. Riggleman took just 42% of the vote to challenger Bob Good’s 58%. Social...
    Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-SD), the second-highest ranking leader among Senate Republicans, acknowledged that President Donald Trump is suffering from “soft” polling numbers among Independent voters and advised the Trump campaign to adopt a “different tone” going forward. According to a Wednesday report by NBC News, Thune said that the president has “a problem with the middle of the electorate, with independents, and they’re the people who are undecided in national elections.” In the RealClearPolitics polling average, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden currently leads Trump by 10 points. Among Independents, which Trump won by six points in the 2016 election, a New York Times/Siena poll out on Wednesday found Biden leading Trump in this key group by a whopping 21 percentage points. “I think he can win those back, but it’ll probably require not only a message that deals with substance and policy but, I think, a message that conveys, perhaps, a different tone,” Thune said, in a subtle admission that the Trump campaign is stumbling, particularly after its embarrassing, much-hyped but poorly-attended rally in Tulsa this past Saturday. “It’s a message...
    REPUBLICAN Louie Gohmert sent a House Judiciary Committee hearing into chaos as he banged on the desk to silence a witness criticizing Attorney General Bill Barr and President Donald Trump. The pandemonium ensued while Deputy Attorney General Donald Ayer gave his opening statement during the meeting on Wednesday. 2 Louie Gohmert began banging on the deskCredit: Reuters During his speech, Ayer condemned Barr, saying that he is "using a criminal investigation to produce fodder for the president's campaign propaganda bill." As he began to list his criticizms, Gohmert starting to bang on his desk. The tapping led Ayer to ask for "just another 30 seconds," as he raised his finger to the room. As Ayer continued, claiming that Barr "does regularly lie in ways that impact official action," the banging could still be heard in the background. 2 Deputy Attorney General Donald Ayer was giving his opening statementCredit: AFP Chairman Jerry Nadler responded to the disruption, saying "regular order, the witness will continue," however Gohmert continued. The Texas representative then began to complain, stating: "[Ayer] is way beyond his time,...
    Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), the lone black Republican member of the U.S. Senate, played a sample of the racist messages he and his staff have received during a closed-door lunch meeting Tuesday with other Republican senators, Politico reported. Scott has been tasked with leading the Republican police reform effort in the wake of recent police killings of black individuals and the resulting racial justice protests across the nation. What did the messages say? One of the messages included a person calling Scott "Uncle Tim," a play on the racist "Uncle Tom" insult, and saying Scott was the "lowest piece of s**t this country ever produced." A second message Scott played was filled with profanity and had been left with Scott's staff assistant after the assistant hung up on the person for their refusal to stop cursing. How did the GOP colleagues react? "Shocked to learn at lunch about hateful messages to Sen. Tim Scott, our leader of police reform, from people who think somehow a black Republican can't lead this effort because only Democrats are qualified to talk about...
    (CNN)On Tuesday, more than 5,000 Texans tested positive for Covid-19, the highest number since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. (It broke the record set Monday, when 4,760 people in the state tested positive.) The state has reported 12 consecutive days of record-high hospitalizations, according to The Texas Tribune. And on Wednesday, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said 97% of the intensive care unit beds in the city were now filled, with more than one-quarter occupied by those suffering from the coronavirus.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, sensing that things, uh, aren't going so well for his state, gave an interview to a local TV outlet Tuesday in which he warned Texans that the coronavirus is actually a thing.Read MoreHere's part of what he said (with thanks to CNN's Allison Gordon for transcribing!):"There remain a lot of people in the state of Texas who believe that the spread of COVID-19 is really not a challenge. ... First, we want to make sure that everyone reinforces the best, safe practices of wearing a mask, hand sanitizeration, maintaining safe distance. And importantly, because the spread...
    President Donald Trump called the paralyzed 24-year-old Republican candidate who won an upset primary victory in the race for his chief of staff's House seat. Madison Cawthorn beat real estate agent Lynda Bennett to win the Republican nomination for Mark Meadow's seat. She had endorsements from Trump - who threw his support to her in a June 4 tweet - in addition to those of Meadows, Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Jim Jordan.  Trump also had recorded a robocall for Bennett and her loss ended his streak of Republican primary endorsements victories, which is something he has bragged about.  Cawthorn told MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' on Wednesday morning that Trump called him from Air Force One Tuesday night as the president was returning from a trip to Arizona. 'He congratulated me. He was talking about how amazing of a victory it was. He defined it as beautiful, you know. Just talking about how impressive it was that we were able to overcome just so many large obstacles that we did,' Cawthorn said.  'I believe, you know, the president recognized that we ran a...
    President Trump had his spirits lifted a little bit on Tuesday when he visited his beloved unfinished border wall and held an event in a megachurch filled with 3,000 cheering fans demonstrating their devotion in Phoenix, one of the most intense COVID-19 hotspots in the country. Virtually none of the crowd wore masks and they sat together, shoulder to shoulder, for hours, screaming and laughing, sharing their aerosols with abandon. Trump was no doubt reassured by the spectacle. They love him so much they are ready to die for him. He droned on for 70 minutes or so, hitting most of his greatest hits and complaining about mail-in voting, saying this election will be the most corrupt in history. But the main thrust of his message was that he had directed the best pandemic response of any leader in the world and that the U.S. is back, baby! This is Trump speaking right now in Arizona, where coronavirus cases are spiking. Hospitals are overrun. The 3,591 new cases reported Tuesday marks the highest one-day total yet. https://t.co/XEFA7PHDCo — Eli...
    Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., who is leading Republican efforts on police reform, has received racist and vile voicemails. Politico, citing sources, reported that Scott played the voicemails he and his staff received to Republican colleagues during a private lunch on Tuesday. One of the voicemails referred to Scott as “Uncle Tim” and used another vile description of him. Another voicemail was left for his assistant and was described “profane.” Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, later tweeted: “Shocked 2learn at lunch abt hateful msgs to Sen Tim Scott our ldr of police reform from ppl who must think somehow a black republican can’t lead this effort bc only democrats r qualified to talk abt race/police reform??? we ALL hv a responsibility to b kind even when we disagree!” The decision by Scott, the only African American Republican senator, to play the voicemails came as the Senate is set to take a procedural vote on his policing bill. Scott’s bill would create incentives for local police departments to reform their policies to stop misconduct. But Democrats want to establish stronger federal standards against...
    Meaghan Ellis June 24, 2020 0 Comments Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) is offering a glimpse of his own battles with racism, both past and present. During a closed-door Senate Republican lunch on Tuesday, Scott shared that he has received hateful and profane voicemails, one calling him “Uncle Tim,” as Politico reported. Shocked 2learn at lunch abt hateful msgs to Sen Tim Scott our ldr of police reform from ppl who must think somehow a black republican can’t lead this effort bc only democrats r qualified to talk abt race/police reform??? we ALL hv a responsibility to b kind even when we disagree!— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) June 23, 2020Following the Senate lunch, Scott verbalized his concerns about the need for substantial change in law enforcement as he urged his colleagues to vote in favor of the JUSTICE Act. Stressing the importance of police reform and eliminating vestiges of systemic racism, Scott noted multiple occasions where he also faced bouts of racism. He also shed light on the backlash he has received for his political affiliations at such a critical point...
    Kansas' 1st Congressional District Rep. Roger Marshall (R) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Kentucky, New York, and Virginia held their downballot primaries on Tuesday, while runoffs took place in Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina. You can find the results at the links for each state, and we’ll have a comprehensive rundown in our next Digest. Note, though, that we will not know the final results for some races for several days or more: Kentucky’s Board of Elections, for instance, has advised all counties to wait until June 30 before releasing any results, while New York will not count its absentee ballots for at least a week after the primary. Leading Off ● KS-Sen: Republican Rep. Roger Marshall earned some ugly headlines this week after the Kansas City Star reported that the prosecutor who erased Marshall's 2008 conviction for reckless driving was the son of the congressman's business partner. The news comes six...
    The rare black Republican, John James, is addressing racial inequality in his bid to oust Democratic Sen. Gary Peters in Michigan but resisting anointment as a national celebrity by a GOP desperate to grow its share of nonwhite voters. Ten days after George Floyd’s death at the hands of a white police officer, James broadcast a television advertisement calling the incident a “cowardly act of evil which demands justice.” James regularly discussing the discrimination his father faced growing up in Jim Crow Mississippi and his swift response to civil unrest sweeping the country fit with a campaign that consistently criticizes political leaders in Lansing and Washington for ignoring the plight of impoverished, urban black people. But on Monday, James was touring a dairy farm in Jackson County, a mostly white, rural enclave in south-central Michigan. James’s top advisers are convinced Peters is vulnerable and can be defeated even if President Trump falls short against presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, claiming Peters has been an absent senator who has spent his first term ignoring vital issues. So, they are determined...
    Rep. Thomas Massie was declared the winner in Kentucky’s fourth district GOP primary Tuesday, despite President Trump's past calls to "throw" Massie out of the Republican Party. “Tonight’s victory sends a strong message that Republican voters in the 4th District of Kentucky want someone to represent them in Washington who will consistently stand up on principle, defend life, and support the Constitution,” Massie wrote in a statement Tuesday night. Massie beat his challenger, Todd McMurtry with an 88 percent lead with 73 percent of the precinct votes in when The Associated Press called the race. LOUISVILLE STRUGGLES TO REIMAGINE THE FUTURE OF POLICINGEarlier this year, Trump called Massie “a disaster for America” and a "third-rate grandstander" after he held up a $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill in March. Massie was against the large bill and demanded a roll-call vote that forced his colleagues to come back to the House floor despite the recommendations from health experts to stay home. “I came here to make sure our republic doesn’t die by unanimous consent in an empty chamber,” Massie said in March, demanding...
    When she first applied, they wrote “n ….” in her garden. Upon arriving at Congress, he had to disconnect his phone because the calls he received made his collaborators cry. Even when he entered the Senate, Washington was another place where the police stopped him. Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina has always been reluctant to talk about race, but now he can no longer help it and tries to make his Republican Party understand what it is to be an African American who sees the lights from the rearview mirror. policeman. In an interview with the Associated Press Scott said that the police stopped him “more than 18 times.” “I tell myself how blessed and fortunate I am to have had 18 encounters and to have been well rid of everyone,” he said. Scott carries a heavy burden on his shoulders: He is the only African American Republican senator. And he leads a task force in his party that will propose police reforms. At the same time, you have a historic opportunity to speak to Republicans about the race...
    The first-term lawmaker's framing of the entire Black Lives Matter movement and Democratic Party as a threat to "western culture" is a dog whistle term for white nationalists. The term is frequently used by racist hate groups as a stand-in for "white." Hagedorn, whose district is south of the city of Minneapolis, has made it clear previously that he does not support the people protesting against police violence and racial injustice in the wake of George Floyd's death. "Democrat policies are on full display, destroying lives, businesses and society in the Twin Cities," he complained in a May 29 Facebook post. "Every political authority figure in the chain, from Governor, U.S. Senators, U.S. Congresswoman, the Mayors on down to dog catcher are [Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party] politicians. Instead of protecting people and property, they spent days wringing their hands and effectively patting rioters on the back." Before being elected to Congress in November 2018, Hagedorn had a long history of sexist, homophobic, racist, ableist, ageist, and classist writings, including a now-deleted "Mr. Conservative" blog. The list includes a 2002 recommendation that California...