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  • Why Donald Trump's return to Ohio is a big deal

    08/16/2018 1:00:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Plain Dealer ^ | August 16, 2018 | Andrew J. Tobias
    CLEVELAND, Ohio — There’s an argument to be made that President Donald Trump would be best served by spending his precious time between now and the November election focusing on states other than Ohio. Ohio ranks pretty low on the list of battleground races that will determine which party controls the U.S. House of Representatives next year, even though a handful of races for Republican-held seats here could be unusually close. Similarly, battleground Senate races in other states also seem more competitive. This is best illustrated by the telling lack of Senate-related political spending in Ohio so far by the...
  • Commentary: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez becomes the Sarah Palin of the Left (Not meant as a compliment)

    08/16/2018 2:12:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 13, 2018 | Michael Graham
    If you're one of the many American progressives cheering on the performance of your new political rock star, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, look around: Many of the people cheering with you are Republicans. Ocasio-Cortez's 14-point victory over 10-term incumbent Democrat Joe Crowley was certainly impressive. Her performance since then? Not so much. The GOP have branded her a gaffe machine, Democrats on Capitol Hill her urging her "to do things differently," and her stumbling media appearances have sparked references to the "P" word: "Palin." Yes, it's that bad. There's a lot to like about the bold, outspoken battler from the Bronx who,...
  • 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 · 37 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.
  • 2020 Democrats take a page from Trump’s playbook on race

    08/14/2018 8:17:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 14, 2018 | David Siders
    Once an undercurrent of presidential politics, race is already front-and-center in the run-up to 2020. President Donald Trump made race an overt issue in American politics. Now Democrats are ready to meet him head on. Some of the party’s top potential 2020 candidates are testing a barrage of early — and unusually explicit — race-related appeals in the run-up to the next presidential campaign. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) pledged not to be “shut up” by critics of “identity politics.” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), has drawn attention to the disproportionate number of nonwhite people incarcerated in a system he said has...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Tom Steyer: Pelosi is wrong about Trump impeachment push

    08/12/2018 8:57:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 12, 2018 | Jacqueline Thomsen
    Democratic billionaire donor Tom Steyer said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is wrong for saying his push to impeach President Trump is helping Republicans. Steyer pushed back against Pelosi’s claim during an interview with BuzzFeed News that aired Sunday night, calling Trump “reckless and dangerous and lawless.” “This is a historic time,” Steyer said. “If you step back for one second and think about this president, the most corrupt president in American history, somebody who is breaking the law on a daily basis.” Pelosi warned Democrats earlier this year against pursuing impeachment efforts against Trump, saying it could hurt...
  • 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
  • Trump’s not the reason the GOP sputtered in Ohio

    08/12/2018 12:07:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The New York Post ^ | August 11, 2018 | Salena Zito
    Last week, Republican Troy Balderson struggled to beat Democrat Danny O’Connor in a House special election in suburban Columbus — an Ohio district the GOP has held for decades and President Trump won by 11 percentage points two years ago. (The race — still too close to call with a margin of 1,564 votes — won’t be declared until Aug. 24, when all the absentee ballots have been counted.) In May, Republican Rick Saccone lost a special election to Democrat Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania, another district that voted solidly Trump. Both Ohio and Pennsylvania represent the new coalition of Trump...
  • 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....
  • Hawaii's false missile alert looms large in close Democratic primary

    08/11/2018 1:32:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 11, 2018 | Adam Shaw and The Associated Press
    Hawaii Gov. David Ige is facing a tough Democratic primary Saturday night -- and January’s false missile alert could be a deciding factor in voters’ minds. Ige faces a primary challenge from Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, and she is using the January false alarm as a key campaign issue -- particularly the fact that it took 38 minutes to correct the alert. Officials mistakenly sent an a warning of an imminent missile attack, promising “THIS IS NOT A DRILL,” to cellphones, radios and televisions on January 13. The move sparked panic across the state before officials corrected it, especially because it...
  • Trump to Democrats: Give Pelosi Another Chance

    08/11/2018 3:53:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Roll Call ^ | August 10, 2018 | Lindsey McPherson
    As more Democratic candidates say they will not support keeping Nancy Pelosi as Democratic leader next year, President Donald Trump is urging them to reconsider. “Democrats, please do not distance yourselves from Nancy Pelosi,” Trump tweeted Friday evening. “She is a wonderful person whose ideas & policies may be bad, but who should definitely be given a 4th chance. She is trying very hard & has every right to take down the Democrat Party if she has veered too far left!” The sarcasm-dripping tweet aside, Trump’s interest in Democrats backing the House minority leader is likely genuine. One of House...
  • 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...
  • Nunes secretly recorded at fundraiser: We have to protect Trump from Mueller

    08/09/2018 5:53:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The New York Post ^ | August 9, 2018 | Mark Moore
    GOP Rep. Devin Nunes was secretly recorded telling supporters that the Republicans have to keep control of the House to protect President Trump in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, according to a report. “If [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions won’t unrecuse and Mueller won’t clear the president, we’re the only ones,” Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said at a private fundraiser July 30, NBC News reported Wednesday. “Which is really the danger. … I mean we have to keep all these seats,” he continued. “We have to keep the majority. If we do not keep the majority, all...
  • 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...