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  • Dana Milbank: Democrats are conspiring to re-elect Trump

    03/23/2019 8:56:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Spokesman Review ^ | March 23, 2019 | Dana Milbank, The Washington Post
    Watch in slow motion as Democrats, goaded by the media, conspire to re-elect President Trump: Voters care about the economy and making education and health care affordable. And so Democrats are talking about … abolishing the Electoral College? Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren started the latest distraction at a CNN town hall on Monday. “Get rid of the Electoral College,” she said, neglecting to mention that this has zero chance of occurring in the foreseeable future. The media took it from there. On Tuesday, MSNBC’s Garrett Haake pressed former representative Beto O’Rourke: “Getting rid of the Electoral College: Is that an...
  • Taking on Trump: The 2020 democratic candidates

    03/23/2019 3:11:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Irish Examiner ^ | March 23, 2019 | Bette Browne
    Gone are the days in American presidential races when a candidate would rise or fall on policy differences. Today, Democrats choosing their candidate for the 2020 race are asking just one question — does the person have what it takes to stay the course and defeat Republican Donald Trump? First, the candidates will have to fight it out among themselves in debates this year, and in party primary voting contests next year, during which they could inflict serious damage on each other and dangerously weaken their candidacy in the general election. So far, 13 have formally declared their candidacy, and...
  • Brzezinski: Republicans Reaching Out To Me To Say They Are Going To Support Pete Buttigieg

    03/22/2019 5:17:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 22, 2019 | Ian Schwartz
    'Morning Joe' co-host Mika Brzezinski told husband Joe Scarborough a number of Republicans have "reached out" to her to say they are going to support Democratic Mayor Pete Buttigieg for president. Jon Meacham said a general election between Trump and Buttigieg would be like Archie Bunker facing off against Aaron Sorkin. From Thursday's broadcast of 'Morning Joe,' via Newsbusters: JOE SCARBOROUGH: Mika, yesterday something happened here that was pretty, pretty interesting. We had Mayor Pete on. MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Oh, my gosh! That was quite an event.
  • Trump already amassing huge war chest for 2020 – challengers beware

    03/21/2019 8:00:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 21, 2019 | Sally Persons
    While President Trump is facing murmurs of a primary challenge – as well as a massive field of Democratic candidates jockeying to take him on – the incumbent president enters the 2020 melee with an undeniable advantage: a war chest that would be the envy of any modern president. Unlike most incumbents, Trump started his re-election bid on day one of his presidency. He filed papers with the Federal Election Commission within hours of being inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2017. Many saw it as a comical – albeit in character – step for the audacious Trump. Yet, by doing so...
  • Ocasio-Cortez Praises New Zealand's Weapons Ban

    03/21/2019 11:05:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Newsweek ^ | March 21, 2019 | Shane Croucher
    Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez praised the leadership shown by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on the issue of gun control in the wake of the deadly Christchurch mosque shootings by a white supremacist. Ardern announced that, as a result of the far-right terror attack which left 50 people dead and dozens more injured, some critically, New Zealand will ban a swathe of what she called “military-style” weapons and parts that allow other guns to be converted. Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat and rising star in the party, drew a comparison with the lack of action on gun control in America...
  • Money, power and data: Inside Trump's re-election machine

    03/19/2019 9:00:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | March 19, 2019 | Jeremy Diamond, Dana Bash and Fredreka Schouten
    Arlington, Virginia (CNN) — There are no moldy pipes or electrical wires hanging from the ceiling in the new headquarters for President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign. The walls aren't lined with an eclectic assortment of Trump swag and fan mail. There is no "wall of shame" exhibiting pictures of vanquished rivals. Staffers work at desks and in sleek, glass-doored offices rather than huddled behind plastic folding tables surrounded by unpainted dry wall. In almost every way, the effort to re-elect Trump is a stark contrast to the insurgent, chaotic bid that propelled him to the White House in 2016. Moving...
  • President Trump to hold campaign rally in Grand Rapids [March 28th in Michigan]

    03/15/2019 4:06:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    WMMT-TV ^ | March 15, 2019 | Mikenzie Frost
    With more than a year and a half before the actual election in November 2020, candidates are starting the campaign season early. Michigan is expected to play a critical role in the presidential election and Trump is starting his visits early. The rally would be held Thursday March 28, 2019, at Van Andel Arena, according to Trump’s website. Doors open at 4 p.m. with the event slated to start at 7 p.m. The event would be free to the public, but participants must register for tickets. The event would be Trump’s sixth event in Grand Rapids since running for president...
  • Biden will be a bust, Trump aides assure their boss

    03/15/2019 2:32:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 15, 2019 | Gabby Orr
    Trump has peppered aides for updates on Biden’ polling numbers, but his confidants are telling him the Democratic base won’t accept the former vice president’s centrism. President Donald Trump has publicly expressed confidence that he could easily best Joe Biden in a 2020 battle. But behind closed doors, the president has fixated on Biden, while top aides have tried to assure their boss that the former vice president is doomed. In recent weeks, Trump has peppered aides on more than one occasion for updates on how Biden is faring in early Democratic primary polls — a sign of just how...
  • Jeb Bush calls on Republicans to challenge Trump in 2020 – live

    03/15/2019 11:28:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 99 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | March 15, 2019 | Erin Durkin in New York
    Jeb Bush calls on Republicans to challenge Trump Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush says Donald Trump should face a Republican primary challenge in 2020. Bush, who ran for president in 2016, told CNN the party “ought to be a given a choice.” “I think someone should run. Just because Republicans ought to be given a choice,” he said. “To have a conversation about what it is to be a conservative I think is important...And our country needs to have competing ideologies that people -- that are dynamic, that focus on the world we’re in and the world we’re moving towards...
  • The Senate's emergency vote showed Trump's enduring strength

    03/15/2019 10:18:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Brookings Institution ^ | March 15, 2019 | John Hudak
    Yesterday, the U.S. Senate joined the House in passing a resolution disapproving President Trump’s Emergency Declaration to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The resolution—H.J. Res. 46—faces certain veto from the president, which will not be overridden; the House fell 45 votes short and the Senate fell eight votes short of a veto-proof majority. Although many, including my colleague Elaine Kamarck, see this as a striking rebuke for President Trump from several of his own partisans in Congress, there are multiple silver linings for the president. First, Mr. Trump won in his battle with Congress over his emergency declaration....
  • Paul Ryan backtracks on whether Trump will be re-elected

    03/13/2019 7:32:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | March 13, 2019 | Elizabeth Landers
    Former House Speaker Paul Ryan tweeted Wednesday that President Donald Trump's "record of accomplishment is why he'll win re-election," a significant difference from comments the Wisconsin Republican made earlier this week where he described how he thought some Democrats could beat Trump in the 2020 election. "To be clear, GOP wins elections when they're about ideas not when they're personality contests like Dems & media want. We're clearly better off because of @RealDonaldTrump," stated Ryan's tweet Wednesday from his @SpeakerRyan official account. "His record of accomplishment is why he'll win re-election especially when compared to Dems' leftward lurch." Ryan, who...
  • Trump campaign preparing early focus on Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan

    03/13/2019 3:58:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 13, 2019 | Steve Holland
    President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is preparing an early focus on Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, states that were instrumental to his improbable 2016 victory but where his support has softened, two campaign advisers said. The decision to accelerate campaign organising and eventually get the Republican president to make trips to the three states is a recognition that Trump’s path to re-election in 2020 will need to repeat some of the successes he had in 2016. Advisers also see a need to bolster Trump’s support in Florida, a battleground state he considers his second home but where opinion polls show him...
  • 2020 Democrats see Jimmy Carter as the antidote to Trump

    03/13/2019 3:02:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 13, 2019 | David Siders
    The post-presidential rehabilitation of Jimmy Carter’s image is reaching a new peak. After a decades-long climb from the gutter of public opinion, the truth-telling one-term ex-president is suddenly a sought-after commodity in the 2020 Democratic presidential campaign — a symbol candidates can wrap themselves around as everything Donald Trump is not. Since January, at least two Democratic presidential contenders have reached out to him, Sens. Cory Booker and Amy Klobuchar, who met with him separately in his hometown of Plains, Georgia. For Democrats who once shunned Carter, his reputation’s revival is not only the product of time and his own...
  • The Tireless Ron DeSantis.....making Florida even greater

    03/11/2019 7:02:00 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | March 8, 2019 | DEROY MURDOCK
    After contested recounts in Broward and Palm Beach Counties, DeSantis, 40, prevailed over Gillum, 39, by a margin more svelte than Palm Beach — 49.6 percent to 49.2 percent. Among 8.1 million ballots cast, just 32,463 votes divided victor from vanquished. Most significantly, DeSantis replaced three Florida supreme court justices who were required to retire at age 75. His appointees — Barbara Lagoa, Robert J. Luck, and Carlos Muñiz — have shifted the court’s composition from four liberals and three conservatives to one liberal and six conservatives. This jump to the right should keep the Sunshine State’s top tribunal safe...
  • 'Beat Trump fervour' has swamped the Democrats, but will it hold until the 2020 election?

    03/11/2019 6:15:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 12, 2019 | Micheline Maynard
    Residents of New Orleans barely catch their breath after Mardi Gras before festival season begins, celebrating everything from music to po'boy sandwiches. But Democrats are putting on their own version of festival season across the United States. Enthusiastic crowds are turning out for a number of the candidates who've declared their intention to run for president. California Senator Kamala Harris, the most prominent female candidate in the group, attracted full houses at her appearances this weekend in the key state of South Carolina. It was the third time she had visited there in her nascent campaign. Ms Harris' fans include...
  • How Not to Lose to Donald Trump

    03/11/2019 8:11:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 10, 2019 | Rahm Emanuel, 44th mayor of Chicago
    A winning 2020 candidate needs three things: authenticity, credibility, and viability. Few could have predicted that President Donald Trump would be this good at surrendering the political advantage of a strong economy. Not only is he now underwater in the three states that pushed him to victory in 2016—he’s now unexpectedly vulnerable in places such as Texas, Florida, and Ohio as well. His popularity rises to 50 percent or higher in states that total a mere 102 electoral votes. Probably of more concern to his campaign: He’s fallen below 40 percent approval in states encompassing a 201-electoral-vote bloc. But Democrats...
  • Bill Maher’s red-state hate will help get Trump re-elected

    03/07/2019 5:37:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The New York Post ^ | March 2, 2019 | Salena Zito
    Americans are as proud of the cities and towns we live in as we are of being American itself. We expect degrading attitudes toward our native lands to come from hostile countries, not from people within our own nation. Yet that was exactly what happened last week when Bill Maher, host of the HBO show “Real Time,” went on a disparaging rant that picked at the scab that is the cultural and political divide of red state and blue state America. Maher began by blaming Jeff Bezos for courting wealthy cities like New York for his next Amazon headquarters while...
  • Here's the best poll # for Donald Trump this year

    03/06/2019 9:53:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | March 6, 2019 | Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large
    The first two years of Donald Trump's presidency haven't exactly been filled with stellar ratings from the public. Trump's approval rating in Gallup has never -- not one time -- been above 50% since he was sworn into office. His overall job approval number in the Real Clear Politics' average is below 44%. Almost six in 10 people disapproved of how Trump has handled the Russia investigation in a CNN-SSRS poll last month. On and on it goes -- bad numbers following bad numbers, leaving the poll-obsessed Trump to cherry-pick a piece of data here and there that suggests he...
  • Why Donald Trump could win again, by Dave Eggers

    03/02/2019 12:34:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | March 2, 2019 | Dave Eggers
    The president’s El Paso rally should have been a tricky affair, with the wall, the shutdown, a counter-rally by local Democrat star Beto O’Rourke. But it was a night of wild surprises At the end of Trump rallies, order breaks down and people are tired. To those seeking to shock, injure, annoy or make a point, it’s go time. In El Paso, on the US’s southern border, at Trump’s first campaign-style rally of 2019, two people unfurled the flag of the Soviet Union. This happened inside the El Paso County Coliseum. I was outside in the parking lot, with about...
  • Beto, Biden and Bernie running neck-and-neck with Trump in 2020 Texas trial heats

    02/28/2019 4:29:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | February 28, 2019 | Jonathan Tilove
    In the latest sign that Texas can no longer be counted a reliably red state, former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of El Paso, former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont are running neck-and-neck with President Donald Trump in trial 2020 presidential matchups in the state, according to results of a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. Former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and two other Democrats who have announced their candidacies for president — U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts — lag a little behind Trump in the very early test...