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  • Trump's win shredded the election playbook. What will that mean for the midterms?

    10/16/2018 10:53:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | October 17, 2018 | Gary Younge in Racine, Wisconsin
    Roughly 10 days before the 2016 presidential election one of America’s largest unions sent a bus of volunteers from Iowa, where Hillary Clinton looked sure to lose, to Michigan, where union leaders heard she was in trouble. They called Clinton’s team to tell them what they were doing only to receive a stern rebuke. Turn the bus around they were told. Michigan is safe. Trump won Michigan by 10,704 votes – or .23%. The 2016 presidential election shredded the old rule book on how American elections are fought and won. Now three weeks before the midterm elections, when all of...
  • For women, Clinton is a bigger disappointment than Trump

    10/16/2018 2:33:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    CNN Opinion ^ | October 16, 2018 | Holly Thomas
    Since the explosion of #MeToo in October 2017, many of us have become jaded to the stock responses we can often expect from certain figures to stories of sexual harassment and abuse. At a rally in Pennsylvania last week, for example, President Trump once again mocked the movement, claiming he "wasn't allowed" to use certain expressions anymore, and laughing when a member of the crowd urged him to "do it anyway." It is galling in another way, however, to hear #MeToo undermined from an unexpected quarter -- as it was a few days ago by Trump's 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton....
  • Trump's "Pocahontas" power play

    10/16/2018 1:43:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Axios ^ | October 16, 2018 | Jonathan Swan
    President Trump loves nothing more than when his opponents try to litigate his insults, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is trying to do with "Pocahontas," a staple riff at his rallies. The big picture: Trump's never more comfortable than on this terrain, and "Pocahontas" is one of his all-time favorites, according to aides. • But he also is especially proud of "Da Nang Dick" Blumenthal, for the exaggerated military record of the Democratic senator from Connecticut. • Trump also regularly hits "Sleepy Joe" Biden these days. • In Trump’s mind, his 2016 nicknames weren’t a sideshow, but were one of...
  • Trump tops $100 million raised for his 2020 re-election campaign

    10/16/2018 1:03:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 16, 2018 | Ben Kamisar
    President Donald Trump has raised more than $100 million toward his re-election bid, a staggering sum more than two years before the 2020 presidential election. The president's fundraising total, which includes his official campaign and two other joint accounts, raised about $18 million between July and September. That brings his fundraising total since January 2017 above the $100 million mark. And he closed September with almost $47 million in the bank. The latest numbers, filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday's quarterly fundraising deadline, provide a glimpse into how Trump is stockpiling money for his re-election bid at a...
  • Kavanaugh has helped GOP ahead of midterms, says Republican strategist

    10/16/2018 4:20:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 15, 2017 | Julia Manchester
    Republican strategist Patrick Ruffini said Monday that Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings gave the GOP a much-needed boost ahead of November's midterm elections by taking the focus off of President Trump. "I think what was interesting with the few weeks we've gone through with the Brett Kavanaugh nomination is that for a long period of time, it wasn't about [Trump] exclusively," Ruffini, co-founder of Echelon Insights, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." "That has helped Republicans, right? I think the fact that ... we have moved from an issue — Trump has been an issue that has almost,...
  • Warren accuses Trump of ‘creepy’ comments about her DNA test

    10/16/2018 1:00:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    WTOP-TV ^ | October 16, 2018 | Darlene Superville, The Associated Press
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren suggested President Donald Trump’s comment about him personally administering a DNA test to her to prove her Native American heritage is “creepy.” She tweeted Monday that the president makes “creepy physical threats” about women who scare him, including her. “He’s trying to do what he always does to women who scare him: call us names, attack us personally, shrink us down to feel better about himself,” the Massachusetts Democrat responded on Twitter after Trump made the comment during an appearance in Georgia. “It may soothe his ego – but it won’t work.”(continued)
  • Warren takes aim at Dems' dilemma: How to run against Trump

    10/15/2018 11:36:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    WTHI-TV ^ | October 16, 2018 | CNN Wire
    Elizabeth Warren's DNA test identifying her distant Native American ancestry is at its root a first stab at a question all 2020 Democratic hopefuls must answer: How do they run against a foe as menacing as Donald Trump? It is a mark of how the President has dragged campaign politics into a surreal era that what was seen as a de-facto declaration of a coming White House bid by a major rival involved an investigation into her own genetic make-up. The President has long mocked Warren for claiming she has a Native American connection and said he would love to...
  • Doug Schoen: Hillary and Holder hurting Democrats with their amazing and disgusting comments

    10/14/2018 2:30:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 14, 2018 | Douglas E. Schoen
    As Democrats campaign for the Nov. 6 midterm elections, they have plenty of legitimate criticisms to level at President Trump and Republicans who control the House and Senate. But Democrats were hurt in recent days by amazing and disgusting comments made by Hillary Clinton and former Attorney General Eric Holder. As a Democrat, I want my party to win as many seats as possible in the House and Senate and to capture as many governorships and other state offices as it can. But the Clinton and Holder remarks do not advance that effort – they hurt it. Former Secretary of...
  • CNN Poll: More see Trump win likely as Biden leads crowded Democratic field

    10/14/2018 1:07:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    MSN News ^ | October 14, 2018 | Jennifer Agiesta, CNN Polling Director
    Americans are becoming more likely to think President Donald Trump will win a second term in office, while Joe Biden stands atop a crowded field of Democrats perhaps looking to replace him, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS. The public is split over whether they think the President will win a second term -- 46% say he will and 47% say he won't. But that's a steep improvement for him since March, when 54% of adults said they thought he'd lose his bid for a second term. The share seeing a second Trump win in the offing...
  • As Suburban Women Turn to Democrats, Many Suburban Men Stand With Trump

    10/13/2018 2:31:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 13, 2018 | Trip Gabriel
    DUBLIN, Ohio — Robert Peters and George Fidelibus walked off the 18th green at the Golf Club of Dublin, then carried pints of beer to the patio overlooking the course, which was framed by $500,000 homes. Their conversation quickly turned to the president. “I’m feeling better and better about him all the time,” said Mr. Peters, 63, a retired engineer, who had once been cool to Mr. Trump. Mr. Fidelibus, 75, a retired banker in a Calloway hat, had also once been skeptical of the president’s bullying and lack of self-control. “I’m a supporter of Trump now,” he said “He...
  • Now for Rent: Email Addresses and Phone Numbers for Millions of Trump Supporters

    10/13/2018 2:11:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    MSN News ^ | October 13, 2018 | Kenneth P. Vogel and Maggie Haberman, The New York Times
    Early in his presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump dismissed political data as an “overrated” tool. But after he won the Republican nomination, his team began building a database that offers a pipeline into the heart of the party’s base, a comprehensive list including the email addresses and cellphone numbers of as many as 20 million supporters. Now, consultants close to the Trump campaign are ramping up efforts to put that database — by far the most sought-after in Republican politics — to use, offering it for rent to candidates, conservative groups and even businesses. It is an arrangement that has...
  • For civil discourse to return, Democrats must lose big in November

    10/12/2018 5:43:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The NOQ Report ^ | October 12, 2018 | JD Rucker
    It’s a good time to be in the pain relief industry. Many Americans are likely experiencing headaches from all their shouting while others are experiencing neck pains from shaking our heads so much. The state of politics in America induces maximum pain on those of us who are paying attention. As a co-founder of the Federalist Party, I’ve been asked by many recently why I’ve been so heavily focused on helping Republicans win. I’m not a Republican. I believe the majority of GOP politicians are weak, moderate, self-serving, and not fulfilling their promises. We still have Obamacare. Planned Parenthood is...
  • See notable DFW leaders donating to President Trump's 2020 campaign

    10/11/2018 2:33:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    WFAA-TV ^ | October 11, 2018 | Staff
    More than 4,300 donations from North Texans have been made to President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign to date, totaling about $800,000. American City Business Journals, Dallas Business Journal's parent company, compiled the data from the Federal Election Commission on all contributions to Donald J. Trump For President Inc. made between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018. Those donations include gifts from some notable leaders and executives in the Dallas-Fort Worth community. Steve Winn, who is the CEO of Richardson public company RealPage Inc., has given $5,400 between primary and general election campaigns. Kirk Dinkins, who is the owner of...
  • Hillary Clinton calls Trump's Kavanaugh swearing-in ceremony 'a political rally'

    10/11/2018 12:52:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | October 9, 2018 | Dylan Stableford, senior
    Hillary Clinton on Tuesday said that President Trump’s ceremonial swearing in of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh at the White House on Monday night smacked of “a political rally” that “further undermined the image and integrity” of the nation’s highest court. “What was done last night at the White House was a political rally,” Clinton told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview set to be broadcast Tuesday night. “It further undermined the image and integrity of the court. And that troubles me greatly.” During the ceremony, Trump apologized to Kavanaugh and his family “on behalf of our nation” for the...
  • In Minnesota mining country, voters still with Trump

    10/10/2018 11:16:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | October 11, 2018 | Agence France Presse
    For decades, Bob Vlaisavljevich voted for Democrats. But in 2016, Vlaisavljevich, the mayor of the small northern Minnesota mining town of Eveleth -- population, roughly 3,700 -- changed his tune and voted for Donald Trump. His decision was nothing short of a local political earthquake, one reflected in the final vote tally in the historically Democratic congressional district -- Trump bested Hillary Clinton by 15 points. Two years later, Vlaisavljevich does not regret his decision, and plans to vote Republican next month, in what could be a warning sign for Democrats awaiting a blue wave in in midterm elections on...
  • Trump's supporters rain down insults, boos and laughter at reporters kept in media pen at Iowa rally

    10/10/2018 10:54:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 11, 2018 | North America correspondent Conor Duffy
    It started badly and then just got weird. Arriving at the mid-America arena in the city of Council Bluffs, Iowa, we were drenched in cold rain — part of a front that even brought early snow to nearby Nebraska. Our plan to get the views of flag-clad Donald Trump supporters queuing to see the President literally had cold water poured on it and we ran for the press entrance. No worries — we'll just mingle and find some people to talk to inside, I thought. But, no. When we picked up our press pass we were ordered straight to a...
  • Will Kavanaugh Fever Kill the Blue Wave?

    10/10/2018 2:00:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Vanity Fair | October 10, 2018 | Tina Nguyen
    Link only due to copyright issues: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/10/brett-kavanaugh-midterms-republican-democrat-turnout
  • The Latest: McConnell says difficult to unseat Trump in 2020

    10/10/2018 9:21:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    KUSI-TV News ^ | October 10, 2018 | The Associated Press
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is warning Republicans considering challenging President Donald Trump in 2020 that it would be “a waste of time.” The Kentucky Republican told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday that that it would be “very, very difficult to unseat the president in the primary.” Republicans, such as retiring Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, are considering challenging Trump in 2020. McConnell said that “would be a waste of time frankly. But the people who would be likely to challenge the president would not be coming to me for advice.”(continued)
  • The Numbers Are Better for Donald Trump Than You Think. Here's Why

    10/10/2018 8:27:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | October 9, 2018 | Ryan Teague Beckwith
    If history holds true, President Donald Trump is about to enter a rougher period of his presidency. The most current forecasts show Republicans are likely to lose the House of Representatives in the midterm elections, while maintaining their narrow majority in the Senate. That would mean new Democratic-led investigations and gridlock on his legislative agenda. But that doesn’t mean that Trump is in trouble when it comes to his own re-election. In fact, there are a few numbers that might leave him optimistic about the overall state of his presidency as he heads into its next phase. Here’s a closer...
  • Rand Paul warns of 'assassination' peril after Kavanaugh confirmation...

    10/09/2018 9:03:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 9, 2018 | Gregg Re
    Following the bitterly partisan, acrimonious confirmation battle over Associate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., warned in an interview on Tuesday that heated political rhetoric has the potential to turn deadly. "I fear that there's going to be an assassination," Paul told a Kentucky radio show. "I really worry that somebody is going to be killed, and that those who are ratcheting up the conversation ... they have to realize they bear some responsibility if this elevates to violence." Paul's comments came the same day former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton declared that Democrats "cannot be civil" with...