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  • Trump flexes new digital muscle

    06/27/2016 7:43:18 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 27 Jun 2016 | David McCabe
    Donald Trump is beefing up his digital strategy as he enters the general election campaign against Hillary Clinton. The presumptive Republican nominee has rolled out a website highlighting what he says are lies told by Clinton and, for the first time, is emailing fundraising pitches to supporters, one of the key elements of a national campaign. “I think the early signs we’ve seen, from them activating a small dollar online plan coupled with the rollout of the microsite, tells me that the Donald Trump campaign is getting its footing,” said Michael Duncan, a partner at Cavalry, LLC, a political consultancy,...
  • Poll: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton in tight races in battleground states

    06/26/2016 4:39:03 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 20 replies
    CBS ^ | 26 Jun 2016 | Anthony Salvanto
    Battleground states are called battlegrounds for a reason: They're often close, and 2016 looks like no exception. Hillary Clinton holds narrow leads over Donald Trump across a number of key states of Florida (up three points, 44 to 41 percent); Colorado (Clinton 40 percent, Trump 39 percent); Wisconsin (Clinton up 41 percent to 36 percent) and North Carolina, which has flipped back and forth between the parties in the last two elections, where it's Clinton 44 percent and Trump 42 percent. In the wake of the Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom this week, many wondered if the same sentiments...
  • British voters unleash a transatlantic tsunami And it's headed for American shores.

    06/24/2016 7:39:13 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 73 replies
    Politico ^ | 24 Jun 2016 | Joseph J. Schatz and Ben White
    LONDON — British voters didn’t just shock the world and the financial markets by voting to leave the European Union hours ago: They also ignored President Barack Obama, handed Hillary Clinton a potential economic burden and injected new energy into the populist currents roiling politics on both sides of the Atlantic. The surprise 52 percent - 48 percent result in favor of leaving the European Union — which British networks projected just before 5 a.m. local time — came after a tense night of vote-counting throughout the United Kingdom. British Prime Minister David Cameron later announced he's resigning, citing a...
  • Triumph for 'Brexiteer' Nigel Farage, British scourge of the EU

    06/24/2016 7:15:58 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 62 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 24 Jun 2016 | Estelle Shirbon
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's vote to leave the European Union is a triumph for Nigel Farage, the abrasive anti-immigration politician who tapped into a deep well of popular anger that rivals failed to understand. On a night that seemed to start badly for the leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), with the last opinion polls predicting defeat for the Leave camp in Thursday's referendum, Farage said at first it looked like Remain would win. But it ended with victory for him and on Friday morning he declared jubilantly that the vote for a British exit from the EU, or...
  • Trump will not ask donors to repay nearly $50 million in campaign loans

    06/23/2016 5:42:03 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 26 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 23 Jun 2016 | Ginger Gibson
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Donald Trump has forgiven nearly $50 million in loans he made to his presidential campaign, he said on Thursday, signaling to donors that future contributions will be used to fight Democrat Hillary Clinton and not to repay himself. The announcement that Trump will not seek repayment of the loans via contributions came amid concerns from his backers that he does not have enough money to fund his campaign for the Nov. 8 election. He had only $1.3 million in cash to start the month. "I have absolutely no intention of paying myself back for the nearly...
  • Latino Radio Host To Hillary: My Family Is Voting For Trump, Not You [VIDEO]

    06/21/2016 5:48:41 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 21 Jun 2016 | Steve Guest
    Latino radio host Enrique Santos shared some tough news for Hillary Clinton: his family will not be voting for her in November. Instead, they will be voting for Donald Trump. During Santos’s show on Tuesday, the radio host told Clinton, “My father’s voting for Trump because he says that he can’t trust you. My mother says you’re a crook. And my brother says you should go to jail. What would you say to them?” notes the American Mirror. Clinton replied, “Well, number one, I would ask them not to be listening to the negative attacks that have been relentless against...
  • Trump's Working Class Base is Keeping the Faith

    06/21/2016 5:20:39 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 14 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 21 Jun 2016 | Carrie Dann
    PITTSBURGH, PA -- Donald Trump's Rust Belt base isn't ready to stop believing. The Republican nominee's campaign is beset by infighting, organizational mayhem, paltry fundraising and daily controversies. But, according to a focus group of working class voters here, his White House bid remains a source of optimism among the blue-collar workers whose support he desperately needs to remain competitive in the fall. "For now, despite all the gaffes and missteps, this group of blue-collar voters find reasons to support him and dismiss the criticisms or feel he may grow into the job," said moderator Peter Hart, who conducted the...
  • Why Is Obama Campaigning So Hard Against Trump?

    06/19/2016 5:11:13 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 71 replies
    NBC ^ | 19 Jun 2016
    President Obama's final year in office — which was expected to be a time when he would give symbolic speeches and try to cut a few deals with Republicans — is turning into an all-out campaign to stop Donald Trump from succeeding him. In recent public remarks, including his endorsement of Hillary Clinton even before the Democratic primaries were finished, Obama has inserted himself more directly into the campaign than previous second-term presidents. He is effectively turning the election into "Obama-Clinton v. Trump," instead of a traditional contest between the two people with their names on the ballot. Related: Obama...
  • Republicans Consider ‘Conscientious Objector’ Rule for Convention Delegates

    06/18/2016 5:03:04 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 91 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 18 Jun 2016
    Members of the GOP Convention Rules committee are planning to consider an amendment to allow delegates a way out of voting for Trump on the first ballot—an effort that in an extreme could be used to deny him the nomination. Under the proposal, delegates could be granted conscientious objector status, thereby freeing them from their pledge to vote as they are bound as the result of primaries and caucuses. The measure, first put forward by Colorado delegate Kendal Unruh, would undo the strict ‘faithless-delegate’ rule enacted at the GOP convention in 2012 and allow a “vote of conscience, whether personal...
  • Obama: I Am 'What a Feminist Looks Like'

    06/15/2016 7:42:56 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 62 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 15 Jun 2016 | Irin Carmon
    Fresh off endorsing a woman to succeed him in the Oval Office, President Barack Obama stood before 5,000 convened as part of a White House summit on women and delivered his most robustly feminist speech yet. "I may be a little grayer than I was eight years ago," Obama told the advocates. "But this is what a feminist looks like." While he said little about the presidential election, Obama's words implicitly drew a contrast between the majority-female, diverse Democratic coalition and the party of Trump. "You hear politicians peddle the fiction that blocking immigrants or cutting off trade or 'big...
  • Obama goes to war with Trump

    06/14/2016 5:28:37 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 110 replies
    Politico ^ | 14 Jun 2016 | Edward-Isaac Dovere
    The short version of what President Barack Obama said Tuesday: Donald Trump is an idiot. The slightly longer version: The presumptive Republican nominee is a dangerous manipulator who’s either willfully or ignorantly out to damage the country and put more Americans in danger, all for the sake of propelling a brand of politics that responsible Republicans know they can’t support. As Obama himself put it — a day after Trump breached whatever was left of nonpartisan respect for the office of the presidency by using his role as the party’s standard-bearer to suggest the president is sympathetic to terrorists —...
  • The Latest: Trump: Obama 'more angry' at him than gunman

    06/14/2016 5:14:02 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 63 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 14 Jun 2016
    Donald Trump says President Barack Obama is "more angry" at him than the gunman in the Orlando massacre. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee is speaking at a rally in Greensboro, North Carolina, hours after Obama denounced his anti-Muslim rhetoric. Trump made similar comments Monday, when he told a conservative radio host the president "doesn't have a lot of anger at what happened to these wonderful people." Trump delivered a fiery speech Monday in which he vowed to impose a broad ban on immigrants from areas of the world with a history of terrorism and suggested some Muslims in the United...
  • Trump demands Clinton Foundation return $25 million from Saudis

    06/13/2016 4:40:21 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 87 replies
    Politico ^ | 13 Jun 2016 | Nolan D. McCaskill
    Donald Trump on Monday demanded that Hillary Clinton return $25 million the Clinton Foundation reportedly received from Saudi Arabia. “Crooked Hillary says we must call on Saudi Arabia and other countries to stop funding hate,” Trump posted to Facebook. “I am calling on her to immediately return the $25 million plus she got from them for the Clinton Foundation!” The Wall Street Journal reported last year that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had donated between $10 million and $25 million to the Clinton foundation since it was created in 1999. Other donors included the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Australia and...
  • ACLU Lawyers Blame Christians For Orlando Terror Attack

    06/13/2016 8:21:33 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 53 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 13 Jun 2016 | Kevin Daley
    Several American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) attorneys took to Twitter to blame the “Christian Right” for Sunday’s deadly terrorist attack at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla., which left 50 dead and 53 injured. Chase Strangio, a staff attorney with the ACLU’s LGBT and AIDS Project, claimed the social and political environment cultivated by Christian conservatives in recent months was to blame for the shooting at Pulse, a nightclub popular with Orlando’s LGBT community. Strangio also called for solidarity between American Muslims and LGBT communities, arguing both are maligned and oppressed by the religious right. Federal law enforcement officials have identified...
  • Orlando shooting suspect’s father hosted a political TV show

    06/12/2016 11:43:19 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 82 replies
    WaPo ^ | 12 Jun 2016 | Max Bearak
    The father of Omar Mateen, identified by police as the man behind the carnage at an Orlando nightclub early Sunday morning, is an Afghan man who holds strong political views, including support for the Afghan Taliban. Seddique Mateen, who has been referred to as Mir Seddique in early news reports, hosted the “Durand Jirga Show” on a channel called Payam-e-Afghan, which broadcasts from California. In it, the elder Mateen speaks in the Dari language on a variety of political subjects. Dozens of videos are posted on a channel under Seddique Mateen's name on YouTube. A phone number and post office...
  • Santa Monica Police Arrest Man With Explosives, Guns Going to L.A. Pride

    06/12/2016 11:31:48 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 46 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 12 Jun 2016 | Ryan Parker
    It is unclear if a connection exists between the Orlando shooter and the man arrested by Santa Monica police. Santa Monica police arrested a man who had explosives, assault rifles and ammunition and was planning to attend L.A. pride, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Sunday morning during a press conference. Police were called about the man who was in the area of Olympic Boulevard and 11th Street by a concerned citizen, Garcetti said. He told police he was waiting in the area for a friend. The suspect was arrested Saturday night, Garcetti said. Photos from the scene posted to...
  • Trump: 'Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism'

    06/12/2016 11:20:42 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | 12 Jun 2016 | Nolan D. McCaskill
    Donald Trump took credit for “being right on radical Islamic terrorism” in the wake of the worst mass shooting in American history Sunday. The suspect in the attack, reportedly a U.S. citizen of Afghan descent named Omar Saddiqui Mateen, killed 50 people and injured another 53 during a rampage through a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. He died in a gunfight with SWAT officers after initially firing shots into the club and later taking hostages. “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don't want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!” the presumptive...
  • Top Democrats Team Up to Pummel 'Disgrace' Donald Trump

    06/10/2016 8:03:31 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 50 replies
    NBC ^ | 10 Jun 2016 | Irin Carmon , Kasie Hunt and Matthew Grimson
    Top figures in the Democratic Party pummeled Donald Trump Thursday as they publicly coalesced around Hillary Clinton for the first time in her push for the White House. The three-pronged attack from President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren came on the same day the former and latter formally endorsed Clinton. The fiercest attack came from Warren, who excoriated Trump as "a loud, nasty, thin-skinned fraud who has never risked anything for anyone and who serves no one but himself" and warned of a "full-scale assault on the integrity of the federal judiciary and its judges."...
  • Ryan under GOP fire for Trump remarks

    06/10/2016 7:37:13 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 74 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10 Jun 2016 | Alexander Bolton and Scott Wong
    Speaker Paul Ryan’s handling of Donald Trump is coming under criticism from Senate Republicans, many of whom prefer the way their leader, Mitch McConnell, deals with the unconventional candidate. McConnell, the Senate majority leader from Kentucky, has steadfastly declined to call Trump's criticism of a federal judge “racist,” a term that Ryan (R-Wis.) pointedly deployed. “It sets up journalists to ask, ‘Do you agree with Paul Ryan that it was racist?” said an aide to a vulnerable GOP senator Trump set off a firestorm last week by claiming that a Mexican-American federal judge handling a lawsuit against Trump University was...
  • Emails in Clinton probe dealt with planned drone strikes: WSJ

    06/09/2016 4:42:23 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 25 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 9 Jun 2016
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Emails between U.S. diplomats in Islamabad and State Department officials in Washington about whether to challenge specific U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan are at the center of a criminal probe involving Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The 2011 and 2012 emails were sent via the "low side" -government slang for a computer system for unclassified matters - as part of a secret arrangement that gave the State Department more of a voice in whether a CIA drone strike went ahead, according to congressional and law enforcement officials briefed on...
  • Hmmm: Axiom Battleground County poll shows glimmer of hope for Trump

    06/08/2016 4:19:10 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 34 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8 Jun 2016 | Ed Morrissey
    Seven swing states? Seven battleground counties as bellwethers for the presidential election? Why does this sound so … familiar? Axiom Strategies and Remington Research have teamed up to provide a look at polling in key counties as an indicator for November, and two of the seven — and five of the seven states — match up with my book Going Red. At the moment, the Axiom Battleground Counties (ABC) survey shows some good news for Donald Trump: The first two counties in the ABC series match up exactly with Going Red. ABC also picks up Ohio, North Carolina, and Virginia...
  • S.C. Governor Nikki Haley Holds Nothing Back as She Compares Trump to Shooter Dylann Roof

    06/02/2016 4:44:51 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 112 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 2 Jun 2016 | Lindsey Ellefson
    Nikki Haley‘s response to Dylann Roof shooting up a church in the state that she governs and killing nine people hasn’t always been perfect. In fact, it’s been cringeworthy at times, but she deserves credit from supporters for eventually removing the Confederate flag from state grounds and denouncing its use altogether. She has a history of coming around on issues and then really hitting them hard. For evidence of that, look no further than her fearless takedown of Donald Trump during her response to President Barack Obama‘s State of the Union address this year. Now, she is joining Hillary Clinton...
  • Ann Coulter – Key to Trump’s Victory: Math

    06/01/2016 4:48:05 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 Jun 2016
    With the California primary fast approaching, the media are rolling out their favorite fairy tale about how Republican Pete Wilson’s support for Proposition 187 in 1994 was a historic, game-changing error for the GOP, driving Hispanics from the party for good! Both CNN and MSNBC retold this completely bogus narrative this week. NPR rolls it out once every two weeks. I — along with other people capable of reading election returns — have written about this forever. I did most recently in “Adios, America,” in a chapter titled, “I Wrote This Chapter After Noticing How Stupid Rich People Are,” inspired...
  • How Hillary Loses Donald Trump can actually win if Clinton makes these four mistakes.

    05/30/2016 8:21:34 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 45 replies
    Politico ^ | 30 May 2016
    How Hillary Loses Donald Trump can actually win if Clinton makes these four mistakes. Spoiler alert: She’s already making all of them. (Full Title) It’s a terrifying moment for Democrats: Hillary Clinton’s double-digit lead in national polls has evaporated and panic is beginning to set in. Polls now show Donald Trump ahead of Clinton, or at worst only a few points behind. During the insanity of the Republican primary, it was easy for them to believe that Trump could never be president—that in a general election, mainstream voters would regard him as an absurdity. But Clinton remains a shaky candidate...
  • Clinton campaign faces a deficit of a vital commodity: enthusiasm

    05/29/2016 8:27:15 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 39 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 29 May 2016 | [AFP] Ivan Couronne
    Los Angeles (AFP) - His rallies are like raucous circuses, interrupted by the clamor of a captivated crowd that is quick to finish his sentences. Hers seem more like sober presidential addresses, exhaustive litanies of proposals presented to well-behaved supporters. Making matters worse, Hillary Clinton tends to arrive late, while the Donald Trump Show always begins on time. With the US presidential election about to enter a new phase, the Democratic candidate suffers from a glaring enthusiasm deficit, threatened by Bernie Sanders in the final primaries in June and unable to contain Republican charges of ethical lapses fueled by her...
  • First on CNN: Trump campaign eyeing big stadium for acceptance speech

    05/29/2016 7:20:42 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 48 replies
    CNN ^ | 29 May 2016 | Jim Acosta
    (CNN)Donald Trump's campaign is considering booking one of Cleveland's big sports venues for his acceptance speech in July, two GOP sources familiar with the planning of the upcoming GOP convention say. The sources said First Energy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns, and Progressive Field, home of the city's Indians baseball team, are the two sites under consideration for Trump's acceptance speech on the final night of the convention. One of the sources said the campaign is closing in on signing a contract for use of one of the two venues, with the football stadium currently the favorite for Trump's...
  • Trump's San Diego rally draws more than 1,000 chanting protesters

    05/28/2016 7:29:51 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 72 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 28 May 2016 | Emily Stephenson and Marty Graham
    SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Donald Trump brought his message of walls and deportations to the doorstep of America’s busiest border crossing on Friday as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee greeted supporters in San Diego, amid one of the largest counter-protests organized against him. The scene inside the San Diego Convention Center during Trump's speech was relatively placid, while outside demonstrators opposed to his controversy-ridden White House bid marched and chanted, carrying signs criticizing his rhetoric against illegal immigration. Waving U.S. and Mexican flags, more than 1,000 people turned out for anti-trump rallies in San Diego, a city on the U.S.-Mexico...
  • Why you should be impressed by Trump's win

    05/27/2016 7:52:22 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 27 May 2016 | W. James Antle III
    Let's give credit where it's due. When Donald Trump took his famous escalator ride nearly a year ago, few people outside Trump Tower thought he could win the Republican presidential nomination. Now he has secured the majority of delegates. Before the Republican National Convention. Before the June 7 primaries, including New Jersey and California. Before receiving House Speaker Paul Ryan's endorsement. Before Hillary Clinton. Trump did this without a pollster. Without a campaign staff of even 100 people. Without moderating his rhetoric. Without acting presidential. Without the support of either the party establishment or the conservative movement. The billionaire was...
  • Congress Must Censure President Obama over Hiroshima Speech

    05/27/2016 7:32:28 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 May 2016 | Joel B. Pollak
    President Barack Obama told the world on Friday in Hiroshima that the American decision to drop nuclear bombs on Japan in 1945 arose from humanity’s worst instincts, including “nationalist fervor or religious zeal.” The war that ended in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, he said, “grew out of the same base instinct for domination or conquest that had caused conflicts among the simplest tribes, an old pattern amplified by new capabilities and without new constraints.” The speech — delivered on the eve of Memorial Day weekend — was billed by the White House as anything but an apology, but Obama’s words betrayed...
  • Obama: The World ‘Rattled’ by Donald Trump

    05/26/2016 7:49:30 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 May 2016 | Charlie Spiering
    President Barack Obama admitted that world leaders were “surprised” and “rattled” by the political rise of Donald Trump. “I think it’s fair to say that they are surprised by the Republican nominee. They are not sure how seriously to take some of his pronouncements, but they’re rattled by him, and for good reason,” he said. “Because a lot of the proposals that he’s made display either ignorance of world affairs or a cavalier attitude or an interest in getting tweets and headlines instead of actually thinking through what it is that is required to keep America safe and secure and...
  • First ‘Clinton Cash’ Domino to Fall: FBI Investigating Hillary Bagman Terry McAuliffe

    05/23/2016 4:47:16 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 May 2016
    Close Clinton operative Terry McAuliffe is under federal investigation for campaign contributions from a Chinese billionaire who has also donated $2 million to the Clinton Foundation. From CNN: Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the FBI and prosecutors from the Justice Department’s public integrity unit, U.S. officials briefed on the probe say. As part of the probe, the officials said, investigators have scrutinized McAuliffe’s time as a board member of the Clinton Global Initiative, a vehicle of the charitable foundation set up by former President Bill Clinton. There’s no allegation that the foundation...
  • Trey Gowdy: Benghazi report will be out before conventions

    05/20/2016 4:54:45 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 70 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 20 May 2016 | Matthew Kitchen
    It’s been nearly four years since a September 11, 2012, raid on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, left four U.S. citizens dead, including an ambassador, and more than two years since the House of Representatives formed a special committee to investigate the attack. The House’s report on the events is coming soon – very soon. It just might not be the whole report. In an interview with Chuck Todd on “MTP Daily” Friday, committee chair Rep. Trey Gowdy, a Republican from South Carolina, said he plans to release the much sought-after draft in June. “We’re going to get...
  • Florida Teacher Suspended for Putting ‘Inappropriate’ Trump Question on Final Exam

    05/20/2016 4:43:36 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 18 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 20 May 2016 | Ken Meyer
    In what may or may not be another bit of political correctness gone wild, an exam question about Donald Trump has been deemed “totally inappropriate” for school. Malik Leigh works as an attorney and teacher at Palm Beach Lakes High School’s law academy, but according to Palm Beach Post, he’s been suspended for asking students a multiple choice question about how they think the mogul’s presidency might affect the nation: If Donald Trump becomes president of the United States, we are: A. Screwed B. Screwed C. Screwed D. Screwed behind a really YUGE wall that Mexico pays for. his was...
  • Trump wins NRA endorsement, blasts Clinton on gun stance at forum

    05/20/2016 4:26:09 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 20 May 2016
    The National Rifle Association threw its weight Friday behind Donald Trump, as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee personally assured the group’s members he would protect Second Amendment rights if elected – and claimed that likely Democratic rival Hillary Clinton would threaten them. The billionaire businessman and leaders of the nation’s powerful gun lobby joined forces as they amplified warnings that the Supreme Court vacancy only raises the stakes for gun owners in this election. Trump, speaking to the NRA-ILA (Institute for Legislative Action) forum in Louisville, Ky., even challenged Clinton on Friday to release a list of her potential Supreme...
  • Donald Trump says he can rewrite the electoral map. Can he?

    05/20/2016 8:16:39 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 49 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 20 May 2016 | Jane C. Timm
    <p>Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump wants to rewrite the electoral map.</p> <p>“I will win states that no Republican would even run in,” he told the Associated Press this month.</p> <p>But is it realistic? Can the bombastic billionaire rewrite decades of political realities?</p>
  • EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo was likely brought down by terror attack, officials say

    05/19/2016 8:08:22 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | 19 May 2016
    A Cairo-bound EgyptAir flight that went down in the Mediterranean Sea with 66 aboard early Thursday hours after departing from Paris zig-zagged sharply before plunging, according to aviation officials, who said terrorism was a more likely cause of the crash than technical failure. Government officials from France, Greece and Egypt spoke at separate news conferences even as boats and ships from several countries were scouring the waters off of the Greek island of Karpathos, near where a witness reported seeing a fireball in the sky. By midday Thursday, an Egyptian plane spotted two orange items believed to be from the...
  • Trump’s appeal stretches to suburbs that had been trending blue

    05/18/2016 8:13:59 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 21 replies
    WaPo ^ | 18 May 2016 | David Weigel
    DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — At the Bucks County Democrats’ first meeting since the April 26 Pennsylvania primary, one worry dominated: Donald Trump had done better than expected in this blue-leaning exurban expanse north and east of Philadelphia. At one polling place, these Democrats’ Republican neighbors — nice people, nothing like the Trump supporters they had seen throw punches at protesters — were proud enough to grab lawn signs. “It was stunning,” said Stan Durey, 67, a former security analyst who works at a car dealership. “I just stood there shaking my head, going, ‘Really?’ It wasn’t two, it wasn’t three —...
  • Poll: Clinton holds slim national lead over Trump

    05/17/2016 7:39:34 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 42 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 17 May 2016 | Hannah Hartig, John Lapinski and Stephanie Psyllos
    Over the past couple of weeks, Donald Trump has become the presumptive Republican nominee and Hillary Clinton continues to inch closer to the magic number of delegates she needs to lock up the Democratic contest. Clinton continues to lead Bernie Sanders in our national tracking poll (she is up by 14 points in this week’s results). Attention is now rapidly moving to the hypothetical match-up between the leading candidates with an emphasis on a Clinton and Trump contest. In this week’s poll, Americans are nearly split between their choice of Trump or Clinton; her margin over Trump narrows from 5...
  • An unlikely duo, Clinton and Romney challenge Trump on taxes

    05/11/2016 4:36:34 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 49 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11 May 2016
    BLACKWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton took aim at Donald Trump on taxes Wednesday and quickly found an unlikely ally: 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Clinton noted at a New Jersey campaign rally that Trump had yet to release his tax returns and said he would slash taxes for the nation's wealthiest people if elected president. Hours later, Romney issued a withering post on Facebook, accusing Trump of hiding a damaging revelation in his tax returns. "There is only one logical explanation for Mr. Trump's refusal to release his returns: there is a bombshell in them," Romney...
  • Democrats gird for fight with Trump in U.S. Rust Belt states

    05/09/2016 7:27:52 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 27 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 9 May 2016 | Amanda Becker and Luciana Lopez
    CLEVELAND/NEW YORK - Bracing for a general election fight with Donald Trump, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton and her allies are putting resources into industrial states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania to try to block Trump from making inroads with working-class voters there. Labor leaders, progressive groups and Democratic operatives told Reuters in interviews that they took seriously Trump's appeal with white working-class voters and were studying how to respond to his promises to create jobs and negotiate better trade deals. The desire to stop the presumptive Republican presidential nominee from wresting away the support of unionized workers has even...
  • John Dickerson’s Face the Nation Interview with Hillary a Disgrace to CBS News; Here’s Why

    05/08/2016 4:55:08 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 16 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 8 May 2016 | Joe Concha
    John Dickerson was one of the better moderators we saw during the campaign season. He asked solid questions and follow-up question, didn’t editorialize and kept the trains running on time with multiple candidates to juggle. This space gave him an ‘A’ for the way he handled a Democratic presidential debate back in December. But an interview with Hillary Clinton that was broadcast this morning on CBS’ Face the Nation was not only profoundly disappointing, but even disgraceful… particularly for someone as seasoned as the 47-year-old CBS political director and host. Never have there been so many questions to a presumptive...
  • Many Republicans are now eating their nasty words about Trump

    05/07/2016 8:09:40 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 29 replies
    WaPo ^ | 7 May 2016 | Karen Tumulty
    Pass the Prilosec. Rarely have so many nasty words had to be eaten by so many politicians in such a short time. Former Texas governor Rick Perry had been early among Republicans in declaring that Donald Trump was unfit to be president, saying last July that his then-rival for the presidential nomination was a “barking carnival act” and a “cancer on conservatism.” That was then. On Thursday, Perry endorsed the GOP’s nominee-apparent — and even suggested he would be willing to be Trump’s running mate. “He is not a perfect man. But what I do believe is that he loves...
  • Obama swipes at Trump: 'This is not a reality show'

    05/06/2016 4:05:57 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 79 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6 May 2016 | Jeff Mason and Ginger Gibson
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama warned on Friday that occupying the Oval Office “is not a reality show,” in a swipe at outspoken Republican candidate Donald Trump who is vying to replace him in the White House. Fighting with Obama is a battle Trump will likely relish as he tries to rally support within his own party. During hard-fought Republican primary campaigns, the billionaire delighted in responding to attacks from rivals and found his support grow when he lashed out at his opponents. Asked about Trump at a media briefing in the White House, Obama called on the...
  • Hillary Clinton is walking into Donald Trump’s trap

    05/05/2016 8:24:46 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 83 replies
    WaPo ^ | 5 May 2016 | Danielle Allen
    Donald Trump has set a big, fat trap for Hillary Clinton, and so far she has stepped right into it. He turned his attacks against women against her. She is, he argued, playing the “woman card.” And Clinton anted up, offering her supporters the chance to buy a “woman card.” From now until Nov. 8, Trump will surely continue to insult women. If Clinton routinely responds to those attacks, Trump will turn her into the “women’s candidate,” and she will lose. She is already perilously close to being that candidate. Let’s be honest. Polling shows that Trump has a problem...
  • How Trump Broke the Rules of Modern Politics, and Won Anyway

    05/05/2016 8:05:18 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 16 replies
    RCP ^ | 5 May 2016 | Nancy Benac
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Polling? Who needs to do that? Fundraising? Can't be bothered. Parse your words? Fuhgetabout it. Donald Trump took the rules of modern politics, trashed them and became the last man standing for the Republican nomination anyway. 12 ways Trump did it his way: SAY ANYTHING It's what Trump's supporters love about him: He blurts out whatever pops into his head. He rejects "political correctness." He insults rivals and critics. He has fun. After one particularly salty salvo, Trump explained, "That's what I mean about being politically correct, every once in a while you can have a little...
  • Trump’s Secret Weapon: Ivanka

    05/05/2016 7:52:15 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5 May 2016 | Meg Meeker
    Call him unpredictable, a brilliant businessman, rude, refreshingly bold, or egregious, but there is one thing we should call Donald Trump: a good father. And this counts for a lot. After hearing Ivanka talk about her father in multiple interviews, there is no question that this young woman respects and feels very close to her father. She credits him with much of her professional success, which is quite impressive. During an interview at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women conference, Ivanka praised her father for being a good listener and leader. She said that she is the highest female executive at his...
  • Justice Department program to no longer use ‘disparaging’ terms ‘felons’ and ‘convicts’

    05/04/2016 4:59:14 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 74 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Andrea Noble
    The Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs is eschewing the terms “felon” and “convict” when officials refer to individuals convicted of crimes, opting instead for less “disparaging labels,” Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason announced Wednesday. The Office of Justice Programs plans to substitute terminology such as “person who committed a crime” and “individual who was incarcerated” in speeches and other communications as part of an effort to remove barriers that officials say hinder progress of those who re-enter society after completing their prison sentences. “I have come to believe that we have a responsibility to reduce not only the physical...
  • Portrait of a bellwether: This Indiana county has a history of picking presidents

    05/03/2016 5:11:24 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 13 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 3 May 2016 | Matthew Kitchen and Amy Pereira
    Statistician and FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver famously used “big data” and his mathematical models to predict all 50 state outcomes in the 2012 general election, somehow besting his mark of 49 during the 2008 cycle. The one he got wrong that year: Indiana, which went to Barack Obama by a 0.1 percent margin. For all the numbers and polls and graphs that likely passed Silver’s desk in the weeks prior to that November, the famed prognosticator needed only to focus on a 403-square mile plot of land along the road between Indianapolis and St. Louis. There, the roughly 108,000 citizens...
  • Glenn Beck: God Prolonged GOP Primary So Every State Could Choose Between ‘Good or Evil’

    05/02/2016 4:57:39 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 May 2016 | Rebecca Mansour
    In a fiery rally speech for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 97% on Sunday night, Glenn Beck expressed his belief that God has sent us Cruz as “a man who was raised for these times,” and that God has deliberately prolonged the GOP primary season so that every state in the union will be forced to choose between “good or evil.” Beck opened his speech by affirming the importance of the Indiana primary, which many political observers regard as a make-or-break moment for Cruz. “This is going to be a place of miracles,” Beck said. “This is the place that’s going...
  • New Hampshire GOP Aims to Block Trump Delegates From Convention Slots

    05/02/2016 8:13:29 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 23 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 2 May 2016 | Joe Crowe
    Donald Trump won the New Hampshire presidential primary in February, but Republican Party officials are planning to block his delegates from places on the rules and platform committees at the July national convention, according to NHPR. The slots would go to delegates that were assigned to Marco Rubio, Jeb Busch, John Kasich, and Ted Cruz, even though Trump won 35 percent of the vote, according to a report in Politico. The committee assignments were released in a blind-carbon-copied email from the New Hampshire Republican Party's executive director, Ross Berry, according to a story in The Guardian. A source in the...