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  • Watchdog requests media detail plans for election night coverage

    09/17/2020 8:24:54 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09 17 2020 | Tal Axelrod
    A watchdog group is requesting that media outlets release their plans for election night coverage amid heightened scrutiny over vote counting and the prospect that a winner in the presidential race may not be named until days after Election Day. The (*SELF DESCRIBED*) National Task Force on Election Crises, a group of election experts and academics, released a letter Thursday that it sent to The Associated Press, Fox News and the National Election Pool, which includes the three broadcast networks and CNN, urging them to explain to the public how they intend to incorporate the expected avalanche of mail ballots...
  • Lincoln Project reports raising $16.8 million for anti-Trump efforts

    07/15/2020 7:28:46 PM PDT · by bitt · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/15/2020 | Tal Axelrod
    GOP group the Lincoln Project says it raised $16.8 million in the second quarter of 2020 as it ramps up its anti-Trump efforts ahead of the general election. In a filing with the Federal Election Commission posted Wednesday, the group said it spent $7.2 million and has $10.8 million cash on hand. It also owes more than $263,500 in debt. Among the organization's most prominent donors are billionaire hedge fund manager Stephen Mandel, who gave $1 million, business magnate David Geffen, who gave $100,000, and Bain Capital chairman Joshua Bekenstein, who also gave $100,000. The Lincoln Project was founded late...
  • Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution'

    07/03/2020 8:56:03 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07 03 2020 | Tal Axelrod
    President Trump on Friday during a Fourth of July event at Mount Rushmore lambasted protesters calling for the removal of Confederate statues, accusing them of wanting to “overthrow the American Revolution” and fundamentally change the country. “There is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance. If you do not speak its language, perform its rituals, recite its mantras and follow its commandments, then you will be censored, banished, blacklisted, persecuted and punished. Not going to happen to us,” he told a packed crowd. “Make no mistake, this left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution. In so...
  • Senior Trump campaign official reassigned in staff shakeup

    06/30/2020 9:16:50 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06 30 2020 | Tal Axelrod
    President Trump’s reelection campaign has announced a staff shakeup just over four months before the general election as polls show him trailing former Vice President Joe Biden. Michael Glassner, who organizes Trump’s rallies, is being reassigned to a legal role within the campaign, and Jeff DeWit, a former Arizona state treasurer and Trump's 2016 Arizona chair, will come on as chief operating officer. The shakeup, which was first reported by Axios and confirmed by a campaign official to The Hill, comes after a rally two weekends ago in Tulsa, Okla., where the president garnered embarrassing headlines after being unable to...
  • Stacey Abrams says she hasn't heard from Biden campaign about VP search

    06/11/2020 7:43:33 AM PDT · by kevcol · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 11, 2020 | Tal Axelrod
    Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams says she has not heard from Joe Biden’s presidential campaign as it starts its vetting process to pick a nominee for vice president. “I have said many times that if called I will answer, but I have not received any calls,” Abrams, who rose to prominence when she narrowly lost Georgia’s gubernatorial race in 2018, said Wednesday night on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Abrams, also a former leader in the Georgia state House, has been frequently floated as a possible running mate for Biden, particularly as pressure ramps up for the former vice president...
  • Epstein had his own office, phone line at Harvard even after his 2008 conviction of soliciting sex from minors

    05/02/2020 7:42:33 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05 01 2020 | Tal Axelrod
    Harvard University admitted Friday that Jeffrey Epstein had his own office and phone line at the university and also made several visits there even after he was convicted in 2008 of soliciting sex from minors. According to a new report from the university, Epstein, the disgraced financier who killed himself in jail last year while awaiting sex crimes charges, visited Harvard more than 40 times after his 2008 conviction and unveiled deep ties between him and the university, with which he had no official affiliation. University President Lawrence Bacow said in a letter to the Harvard community that Harvard accepted...
  • Obama to endorse Biden for president on Tuesday: sources

    04/14/2020 7:37:29 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04 15 2020 | Amie Parnes and Tal Axelrod
    Former President Obama is set to endorse Joe Biden’s White House bid later on Tuesday, according to two sources familiar with the plans. The endorsement comes as Biden all but locked up the Democratic presidential nomination after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), his lone remaining rival, withdrew from the race last week. Sanders endorsed Biden on Monday. While Obama has long spoken of his affinity for Biden, he maintained that he would not endorse in the presidential race until a clear nominee had emerged.
  • Progressive youth groups issue demands for Biden ahead of general election

    04/08/2020 12:55:44 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04 08 2020 | Tal Axelrod
    A slate of progressive youth groups have issued a list of demands they want to see presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden adopt ahead of the general election. Eight progressive groups said in a joint letter released Wednesday that they feared Biden’s centrist policies would alienate younger voters, who trend more liberal, and hinder Democrats’s efforts to unseat President Trump in November. The groups noted that while Biden racked up delegates with a March winning spree, he consistently ceded voters under 45 years old to Sanders in the primaries. SNIP While Sanders, who had garnered the endorsements of all eight...
  • Trump admin to begin turning back all undocumented immigrants, asylum seekers at borders

    03/17/2020 9:58:35 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 93 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03 18 2020 | Tal Axelrod
    The Trump administration is reportedly planning to turn back all asylum seekers at both the northern and southern borders over concerns regarding the coronavirus outbreak. Four administration officials told The New York Times on Tuesday that the policy would apply to asylum seekers and any other migrant seeking to cross the border illegally. Ports of entry would remain open to American citizens, green card holders and some foreigners with proper documentation as well as commercial traffic, according to the report. Under the new policy, which the officials said would be announced within 48 hours, migrants crossing the border between the...
  • Gabbard blasts Iran strike: 'Trump's actions are an act of war'

    01/04/2020 5:41:57 PM PST · by McGruff · 98 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/03/20 | Tal Axelrod
    Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) ripped President Trump for approving an airstrike against Iran’s top general, calling the attack "an act of war." “Make no mistake: Trump’s actions are an act of war,” Gabbard, a presidential candidate, said in an email to supporters. “Taken without any authorization or declaration of war from Congress, seriously escalating this tit for tat conflict, pushing us deeper into an endless quagmire and dangerously undermining our national security.” Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran, has hinged much of her White House bid on ending America’s military involvements abroad and withdrawing troops from the Middle East. “We need...
  • Prosecutors: Political fundraiser offered witnesses millions to stay quiet

    11/23/2019 6:24:06 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11 23 2019 | Tal Axelrod
    Federal prosecutors on Friday alleged that a political fundraiser offered six witnesses in a case against him $6 million for their silence. The prosecutors also accused Imaad Zuberi, who is already accused of funneling foreign money into U.S. elections, of acting as an unregistered agent for the Turkish government and for Libyan government officials, as well as other foreign countries. Zuberi later Friday pleaded guilty to counts on tax evasion, campaign finance violations and failing to register as a foreign agent. SNIP Zuberi is known to have ties to a high-profile Democratic Party donor linked to Turkish President Recep Tayyip...
  • Alan Dershowitz: Congress is trying to 'create crimes out of nothing'

    11/10/2019 12:30:52 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 51 replies
    the hill ^ | 11/10/19 | BY TAL AXELROD
    Attorney Alan Dershowitz warned that Americans should be “frightened” of the House’s impeachment investigation, accusing Democrats of trying to “create crimes out of nothing.” “Whether you’re from New York or the middle of the country, you should be frightened by efforts to try to create crimes out of nothing,” Dershowitz said Sunday on John Catsimatidis’ radio show. “Well, I spent the afternoon yesterday searching the federal criminal statutes from beginning to end. I couldn’t find the crime.” The House’s impeachment inquiry was launched in September amid Democratic concerns that Trump leveraged $400 million in military aid to pressure Zelensky to...
  • Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS

    10/18/2019 5:45:55 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/18/19 | Tal Axelrod
    The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is designated as a terrorist group by both the U.S. and Turkey, penned an open letter in English rebuking President Trump's comparison of the group to ISIS amid a fight between Kurds and Turkish forces in northern Syria. The PKK said in Friday's letter that it “refused comparisons” to ISIS after Trump said at a press conference on Wednesday that the Kurds were “no angels” and that the PKK is likely “more of a terrorist threat” than ISIS. “We refuse comparisons being made between our movement and the inhumane thugs of ISIS,” the PKK’s...
  • Trump told Russian officials in 2017 he was unconcerned about Moscow's election interference

    09/27/2019 8:06:37 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/27/19 | Tal Axelrod
    President Trump told two senior Russian officials in an Oval Office meeting 2017 that he was unconcerned about Moscow’s election interference in 2016, saying the U.S. did the same thing to other countries. Three former officials with knowledge of the matter told The Washington Post that Trump’s comments sparked alarm among White House staffers, prompting them to restrict access to the remarks to an unusually small number of people with the highest security clearances to prevent the conversation from being leaked. The conversation took place at a now-infamous meeting between Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador...
  • Biden: 'There's an awful lot of really good Republicans out there'

    08/18/2019 3:21:12 AM PDT · by Libloather · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/17/19 | TAL AXELROD
    White House hopeful Joe Biden doubled down on his vow to cooperate with Republicans should he be elected president, saying he successfully worked across the aisle as vice president. “There’s an awful lot of really good Republicans out there,” he said Saturday at a Massachusetts fundraiser. “I get in trouble for saying that with Democrats, but the truth of the matter is, every time we ever got in trouble with our administration, remember who got sent up to Capitol Hill to fix it? Me. Because they know I respect the other team.” Biden acknowledged that while Republicans and Democrats appear...
  • Trump: Iran 'very wise' not to shoot down manned plane

    06/22/2019 8:45:20 AM PDT · by bitt · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/22/2019 | Tal Axelrod
    President Trump said Saturday Iran was “very wise” not to shoot down a manned plane when it decided to down an unmanned U.S. surveillance drone. “There was a plane with 38 people yesterday, did you see that? I think that's a big story. They had it in their sights and they didn't shoot it down. I think they were very wise not to do that. And we appreciate that they didn't do that. I think that was a very wise decision,” Trump told reporters Saturday. The Associated Press reported Friday that an Iranian Revolutionary Guard general said a manned U.S....
  • Democrat to announce Senate bid Wednesday against Lindsey Graham

    05/28/2019 8:24:49 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/28/19 | Tal Axelrod
    Democrat Jaime Harrison, the former chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party, is set to announce Wednesday his Senate bid against Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). “The formal announcement will take place tomorrow morning. I’ll be back in South Carolina tonight, and it’s going to be tomorrow morning where I will formally announce that I am running for the United States Senate for South Carolina against Lindsey Graham,” Harrison said on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” on Tuesday night. Harrison announced in February he would form an exploratory committee as he weighed potentially launching a Senate bid in 2020. Harrison currently...
  • Vermont GOP governor says open to supporting Trump's 2020 challenger

    05/17/2019 9:36:43 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 17, 2019 | Tal Axelrod
    Vermont’s Republican governor Phil Scott suggested he could support former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld in the Republican presidential primary, but stopped short of an official endorsement. “Oh sure, yeah,” Scott said during his weekly press conference Thursday when asked if he would prefer Weld over Trump.
  • Romney votes against Trump pick over comments attacking Obama

    05/14/2019 3:12:40 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 145 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 14, 2019 | Tal Axelrod
    Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) voted against one of President Trump’s judicial picks Tuesday over past controversial comments the judge made about former President Barack Obama. Romney, who faced off against Obama in the 2012 presidential race, cast the lone GOP “no” vote against Judge Michael Truncale, who was ultimately confirmed to the Eastern District of Texas by a 49-46 margin. Truncale raised eyebrows in 2011 when he called Obama an “un-American imposter.” He later told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he was “merely expressing frustration by what I perceived as a lack of overt patriotism on behalf of President Obama,”...
  • Pence calls for Omar to be removed from House Foreign Affairs committee

    05/10/2019 11:18:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 103 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 10, 2019 | Tal Axelrod
    Vice President Pence renewed his calls on Friday for Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) to be removed from her post on the House Foreign Affairs Committee over her comments about Israel and Venezuela. “Ilhan Omar has made statements, anti-Semitic comments against our most cherished ally, Israel, that ought to be rejected by every American," Pence said in an interview on Fox News. "And frankly the fact that very recently, she’s been trying to blame the United States of America for the deprivation and the poverty brought on by the dictatorship in Venezuela tells me … Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has no place...