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  • The definitive ranking of 2020 Democrats

    08/16/2018 12:57:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    KITV-TV ^ | August 16, 2018 | Chris Cillizza and Harry Enten, CNN
    Because Donald Trump is, well, Donald Trump, a lot of attention has been paid to his hostile takeover of the Republican Party -- and how he continues to consolidate that power. What that focus on how Trump killed the old -- and by that we mean the 2012 -- version of the Republican Party misses is how much the Democratic Party has evolved -- and is evolving -- in its own way. Like Republicans, that change sped up -- rapidly -- in 2016. It was led by an unlikely figure -- Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders. To say Sanders was...
  • Hot dog executive to host fundraiser for Trump in Hamptons

    08/14/2018 11:29:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 14, 2018 | Brett Samuels
    President Trump is expected to attend a fundraiser on Friday in the Hamptons hosted by the chairman of Nathan's Hot Dogs, Bloomberg reports. Howard Lorber, who oversees the hot dog empire and a Manhattan real estate firm, will host a fundraiser to benefit Trump's reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC), sources told the outlet. Bloomberg reported that Trump will attend a roundtable with supporters and a luncheon at Lorber's home in Southampton, which is roughly 90 miles from Manhattan. Trump tapped Lorber in August 2016 to serve as an economic adviser to his presidential campaign. The two men...
  • Trump in 2020?

    08/14/2018 8:13:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Arca Max ^ | August 9, 2018 | Susan Estrich, Dukakis Campaign Manager
    Media outlets this week are all over a new Pew study that finds, the headlines promise, that President Trump's support is not quite as broad and not quite as happy as his stunningly stable approval rating might suggest. But what's striking from the numbers, at least as far as I can see, is not how much support Trump has lost but how, given the daily barrage of tweets and countertweets; ugly chants and ugly corruption trials (his campaign chairman); intense criticism in the media; all-out war in Congress; and foreign policy flubs and domestic failures, much remains firm, and how...
  • Tickets available for President Trump's Aug. 21 rally in Charleston (West Virginia)

    08/14/2018 1:29:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    WTAP-TV ^ | August 14, 2018 | Loyd Price
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - Tickets are available for President Trump's speech at the Charleston Civic Center on Aug. 21. Anyone who wants to tickets to attend the event must register online at www.DonaldJTrump.com. Trump's visit to show support for Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Morrisey is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. The event will mark Trump's sixth visit to West Virginia since taking office.
  • Michael Avenatti is no Donald Trump. Not even close.

    08/13/2018 9:42:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | August 13, 2018 | Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large
    Michael Avenatti was in Iowa this weekend. Because he is thinking, actively, about running for president. Of the United States. Which is something we have to take seriously. Because Donald Trump is president. Or something. The logic goes like this: Trump was a businessman who had never run for office before but was famous for being on TV. Avenatti, who, in case you haven't watched cable TV in the past few months (shame!) is porn star Stormy Daniels' lawyer, has also never run for political office before and is famous for being on TV. Avenatti himself is drawing comparisons between...
  • A historian explains how mainstream conservatives made Trump (David Frum? Hahaha)

    08/13/2018 10:45:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Vox ^ | August 13, 2018 | Zack Beauchamp
    Is President Donald Trump a perversion of the American conservative movement — or simply an honest reflection of what it’s been for decades? Ever since Trump’s victory in the Republican primary, this has been one of the big questions hanging over American politics. If Trump’s anti-intellectual and race-baiting brand of politics is a parasite on the American right, then it’s possible the Republican Party can be cleaned up after him. That’s the premise of the so-called Never Trump movement, a small group of Republican elites and conservative intellectuals who have denounced the president and his allies in no uncertain terms....
  • Trump to visit Fort Drum; protests underway (Upstate New York)

    08/13/2018 10:27:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    WCAX-TV ^ | August 13, 2018
    FORT DRUM, N.Y. (WCAX) President Trump is visiting New York's North Country today as part of a trip to Fort Drum. Congresswoman Elise Stefanik in a tweet invited the president to Fort Drum last week. The past three presidents have all visited the post. As part of the visit, the president will sign a defense spending bill. No other stops are listed in in itinerary. Air Force One is expected to land at 1 p.m. in Morristown. The President will then head to Wheeler-Sack Army Air Field in Fort Drum. Our Kelly O'Brien will have the latest on the president's...
  • Pro union, still for Trump

    08/13/2018 8:14:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 13, 2018 | Ian Kullgren
    PRO-UNION, STILL FOR TRUMP: As as many as half of Republicans who voted in the Missouri primary last week sided with unions and against the state’s right-to-work law in a ballot measure that overturned it, according to Jack Cardetti, a Democratic strategist and spokesman for the state’s anti-right-to-work campaign. Cardetti is no disinterested party, so that estimate may be high (though the returns show it’s certain plausible). But it’s remarkable any pro-union voters still favor Trump, given Trump’s staunchly anti-union policies. (POLITICO’s Timothy Noah reviewed them in November.) “Pro-union, pro-Trump voters say that even if they consider unions crucial, they...
  • Mitt Romney’s statement on the Charlottesville anniversary strikes a chord Trump cannot

    08/12/2018 12:37:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    Vox ^ | August 11, 2018 | Emily Stewart
    Mitt Romney is calling on Americans to “categorically and consistently reject racism and discrimination” on the anniversary of racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017 and on the eve of a repeat of the Unite the Right rally this year in Washington, DC. The former Massachusetts governor and current US Senate candidate in Utah issued a lengthy statement on Friday defending equality, steeped in his religious upbringing and belief that “we are all children of God.” Romney, who ran against President Barack Obama as the 2012 Republican nominee for president, touched on a number of issues in his post. He...
  • OUR VIEW: Trump on the stump a moment in area history (Upstate New York for Rep. Tenney)

    08/12/2018 12:24:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Observer-Dispatch | August 12, 2018
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.uticaod.com/opinion/20180812/our-view-trump-on-stump-moment-in-area-history
  • Where’s the outrage over Clinton-Russia collusion

    08/11/2018 9:56:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Herald-Tribune ^ | August 11, 2018 | Marc A. Thiessen, The Washington Post
    All of Washington is waiting with bated breath to find out whether the Mueller investigation will provide evidence proving that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. So far, “Exhibit A” against President Donald Trump is the meeting Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort had with a group of Russians claiming to have dirt on Hillary Clinton. That meeting should never have happened. When you get an email offering to provide “very high level and sensitive information” from the “Crown prosecutor of Russia” that could “incriminate Hillary” Clinton and is part of “Russia and its government’s support for Mr....
  • Michael Avenatti Urges Democrats to Reject Michelle Obama’s Advice on Trump

    08/10/2018 11:44:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 10, 2018 | Maggie Astor
    CLEAR LAKE, Iowa — Michael Avenatti, fresh off his declaration that he may run for president in 2020, used his first big speech as a prospective candidate to call on the Democratic Party to reject Michelle Obama’s oft-quoted advice about President Trump and his allies: “When they go low, we go high.” Mr. Avenatti, the hard-charging lawyer who represents the pornographic film star Stephanie Clifford, known as Stormy Daniels, did not once mention the former first lady in his keynote speech Friday night at the Democratic Wing Ding, a party fund-raiser in northern Iowa. But there was no mistaking his...
  • HAMILTON: 'When the name Hillary Clinton popped up on my phone ...' (Black voters waking up?)

    08/10/2018 3:58:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Niagra Gazette ^ | August 10, 2018 | Ken Hamilton
    On April 5, 2001, when speaking to the Congressional Record, the then-New York Federal Senator Clinton had requested that, “Ken Hamilton’s eloquent tribute be printed into the record.” The tribute’s subject was a Niagara Gazette column that I wrote about Willie Louis King, the step-father of Niagara Falls’ Potter’s House Bishop Stephan Booze and his twin brother, my friend, the late Sidney “Tabb” Booze. Even though King was dying of cancer, he was still so dedicated to his Democratic Party that friends Tony Mondi, Greg Colangelo and Rick Horn went to his house to carry him to the polls so...
  • Porn Star Lawyer Avenatti Takes His Fighting Message to Iowa

    08/09/2018 10:26:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | August 9, 2018 | Catherine Lucey, The Associated Press
    Michael Avenatti's crusade for the porn actress taking on the president has already catapulted him to cable news stardom and endeared him to many frustrated liberals. Now the self-styled "dragon slayer" is taking his message to Iowa Democrats. And the attorney who has spent months positioning himself as one of President Donald Trump's leading critics insists this foray into Iowa — an early proving ground on the presidential campaign calendar — is not a stunt. "I am not proposing this to get under the president's skin," Avenatti said in an interview. "I am seriously considering it, and I think a...
  • Ohio Finds Nearly 600 Uncounted Votes In Too-Close-To-Call Special Election

    08/09/2018 11:29:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | August 9, 2018 | Liza Hearon, The Huffington Post
    Ohio officials have discovered 588 uncounted votes in this week’s special election for the 12th Congressional District, further tightening the already too-close-to-call race. “The votes from a portion of one voting location had not been processed into the tabulation system,” the Franklin County Board of Elections said in a press release Wednesday. The uncounted votes were from a Columbus suburb. Prior to the discovery, Republican Troy Balderson led Democrat Danny O’Connor by more than 1,700 votes. With the 588 votes included, the margin narrows to 1,564, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. President Donald Trump prematurely declared victory for Balderson on...
  • Jaime Harrison: Donald Trump 'killing' Republican Party

    08/09/2018 9:17:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)US President Donald Trump has been the best recruiter for the Democratic Party, the associate chair of the Democratic National Committee, Jaime Harrison, has said. He told BBC Hardtalk’s Stephen Sackur that President Trump's actions were “killing” the Republican Party in the long term and “splintering” it like no-one else. You can see the Hardtalk interview in full on Thursday 9 August 2018 on BBC World News and the BBC News Channel and after on BBC iPlayer (UK only)....
  • Why Trump Won’t Be the GOP Nominee in 2020

    08/07/2018 7:13:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 135 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | August 7, 2018 | Robert Kuttner, Co-Founder and Co-Editor
    There is a saying attributed to various wise men: “Never make predictions, especially about the future.” Allow me to tempt fate and offer some musings about the 2020 election and America’s democratic future: The Republicans. I will be amazed if Donald Trump is the Republican nominee. The water around him is rising fast, and he is likely to be long gone by 2020, either via impeachment or resignation in a deal that spares him prosecution. Trump’s Sunday morning tweet admitted that a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between campaign aides and a Kremlin-linked lawyer was designed to “get information on...
  • Chicago Columnist After Trump Speech: 'Dems Don't Have Anyone Who Can Touch Him' in 2020

    08/05/2018 3:42:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 31, 2018
    A Chicago-based newspaper columnist predicted re-election for President Trump in 2020 after witnessing first-hand the enthusiastic support for the president among blue-collar workers. Neil Steinberg attended a recent appearance by the president at a U.S. Steel facility in Granite City, Illinois, outside St. Louis. He wrote about speaking to steel workers and seeing how Trump connected with the audience. "We need steel," Trump said. “We need steel plants. And to see an old, big monster plant like this re-opening — that is an honor. I look at the faces of you people; I could be one of you. I like...
  • Opinion | Media don't want to understand Trump voters

    08/04/2018 4:17:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Knoxville Register | August 4, 2018 | John Kass
    Link only due to copyright issues: https://www.knoxnews.com/story/opinion/columnists/2018/08/04/opinion-media-dont-want-understand-trump-voters/880760002/
  • Elizabeth Warren: Democrats can be ‘party of white working class and Black Lives Matter’

    08/03/2018 11:40:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 3, 2018 | Lauren Gambino and Ben Jacobs in New Orleans, Louisiana
    Kamala Harris attacked critics of “identity politics”. Elizabeth Warren insisted that Democrats could be both the “party of the white working class and the party of Black Lives Matter” while calling the American criminal justice system “racist”. And Cory Booker said it was time “to get folk woke”. At the Netroots Nation conference in New Orleans on Friday, leading Democratic presidential hopefuls embraced the concept of intersectionality, viewing any conflict between economic populism and racial and social justice as a false choice. “I have a problem with that phrase, ‘identity politics,’” said Kamala Harris, the junior Democratic senator from California,...