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  • President Donald Trump's poll numbers are bad, but here's why he could win in 2020

    12/15/2018 1:55:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | December 15, 2018 | Harry Enten
    Number of the week: A new Fox News poll finds that only 38% of voters said they would re-elect President Donald Trump if the election were held today. A majority, 55%, said they would vote for someone else. That's in line with previous Fox News polls, which also found that a majority of voters wanted someone else to be president. What's the point: The findings of Fox News are no surprise. The President has consistently had a negative net approval rating (approval rating minus disapproval rating). The re-election question is merely an offshoot of that and indicates that voters are...
  • Potential 2020 hopeful Swalwell declares Trump’s days of ‘presidential immunity’ are over

    12/14/2018 7:45:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 14, 2018 | Paul Steinhauser
    MANCHESTER, New Hampshire -- Congressman and likely presidential candidate Eric Swalwell predicts that when the Democrats take over the majority in the House of Representatives next month, President Donald Trump “will be held accountable.” And in a conversation with Fox News and local New Hampshire news organizations, the California Democrat highlighted that he’s “seriously looking at running for president” and added that his potential White House bid would not be “some vanity project.” Discussing Trump, Swalwell said, “we now have more evidence than ever that he – the president – was associated with a criminal campaign and a criminal transition...
  • What Should Trump’s 2020 Strategy Be In 2019?

    12/13/2018 8:16:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | December 12, 2018 | Staff
    sarahf (Sarah Frostenson, politics editor): After a midterm election, it’s not unusual for a president to reassess strategy and approach and make appeals to the “middle” or to “reach across the aisle.” But we’re talking about President Trump, who currently doesn’t have a good track record of working with Democrats. So, what evidence do we have that he will try a different approach? And is trying a more bipartisan approach even a good idea? geoffrey.skelley (Geoffrey Skelley, elections analyst): We’ve been waiting for the fabled “Trump pivot” for, what, two years now? I’m not counting on it happening next year....
  • Who will succeed Donald Trump?

    12/12/2018 9:15:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Reporter ^ | December 12, 2018 | G. Terry Madonna and Michael L. Young
    No one knows when President Trump will leave office. Possibly January 2021 when his first term ends; possibly not before January 2025 when a second term would end. Ultimately, however, he will leave office sometime to be succeeded by the next president. But who will that be? That intriguing question increasingly occupies the attention of politicians from both parties. Already there is conjecture he may be challenged from within the GOP — an action always fraught with peril for the incumbent party. Even more speculation has centered on a formidable list of Democratic aspirants. At least two dozen potential Democrats...
  • Profile of a Sinking Blue State, or Why Florida Dodged a Bullet in Election 2018

    12/12/2018 10:44:01 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 13 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | December 12th 2018 | Nancy Smith
    On a day when an editorial in the venerable Chicago Tribune newspaper is making national news for pleading with Illinois lawmakers to clean up the state's fiscal mess, it's a good time for Florida to count its blessings. There but for the grace of God and a slew of successful conservative policies ... The Sunshine State barely avoided a great big fiscal rathole of its own on Election Day by rejecting progressive leadership and the prospect of turning a sound red state blue. Maybe not Illinois blue, but a Gillum victory likely would have started the Sunshine State down Insolvency...
  • Democratic leaders urge Trump to drop border wall proposal

    12/10/2018 4:54:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 10, 2018 | Alexander Bolton
    Democratic leaders are urging President Trump to drop his proposal to spend $5 billion on a border wall and avoid a partial government shutdown, saying the proposal does not have enough votes to pass Congress “This holiday season, the president knows full well that his wall proposal does not have the votes to pass the House and Senate, and should not be an obstacle to a bipartisan agreement,” Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) said in a joint statement issued before their meeting with the president scheduled for 11:30 am Tuesday. The leaders...
  • POLITICO Playbook: Ocasio-Cortez for 2028?

    12/08/2018 2:30:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 8, 2018 | Anna Palmer, Jake Sherman, and Daniel Lippman
    2028 WATCH … OVERHEARD Thursday at a POLITICO photoshoot at Harvard: REP.-ELECT ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ (D-N.Y.) joking about running for president. PHOTOG: “What are you, twenty...?” AOC: “29. I just turned 29.” PHOTOG: “Happy birthday.” AOC: “Thank you! Thank you!” PHOTOG: “You can’t even run for president for another six years.” AOC: “No, not for a long time. Thank God. Although we’ve been joking that because the Equal Rights Amendment hasn’t been passed yet, the Constitution technically says he cannot run unless he’s 35. … So what we’ll do is we’ll force the Republican Party to pass the Equal Rights Amendment...
  • Trump advisers fear 2020 nightmare: A recession (Media daydream)

    12/07/2018 2:58:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 7, 2018
    President Donald Trump’s economic officials are reassuring investors about recent white-knuckle stock market volatility, while Trump’s political advisers are increasingly alarmed that the economy could present a stiff 2020 campaign headwind. Many of Trump’s political allies acknowledge that his reelection prospects hinge in large part on how Americans judge their economic prospects at the time of the next election. And many independent analysts say that recent market turbulence is a warning sign that the U.S. economy will likely slow and maybe even tip into recession by 2020. At the moment, that scenario could be the biggest threat to Trump’s chances...
  • Jeb Bush Calls George H.W. Bush the 'Greatest Human' as Obama, Trump & More Mourn His Death

    12/07/2018 10:20:13 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    People Magazine ^ | December 1, 2018 | Maria Pasquini
    Following the death of George H.W. Bush, who passed away on Friday at the age of 94, many politicians and his children shared heartfelt tributes to the late 41st president of the United States. “I already miss the greatest human being that I will ever know,” former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush wrote on Twitter Saturday morning. “Love you Dad!” Mere moments after his father’s death was announced, former President George W. Bush also shared a heartwarming tribute to his father and to his parents’ love on Instagram....
  • Former first lady Laura Bush touched by Melania Trump's invitation to White House for Bush clan

    12/04/2018 11:51:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    USA TODAY | December 4, 2018 | Maria Puente
    Link only due to copyright issues https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2018/12/04/laura-bush-touched-melania-trumps-invitation-white-house/2208982002/
  • Despite bitter family rivalry, Bush wanted Trump at his funeral

    12/02/2018 9:24:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 1, 2018 | DANIEL LIPPMAN
    When President Donald Trump didn’t attend Barbara Bush’s funeral earlier this year, it stoked chatter about a rivalry between the two powerful families who have a history of sniping at each other. The former first lady criticized Trump during the 2016 campaign for saying “terrible things” about women and the military, and was long displeased with Trump’s insults toward her husband and sons. But many of the family’s confidants said Saturday former President George H.W. Bush wished to put that all aside when it came to Trump attending his funeral. “If anybody at anytime knew anything about the 41st president...
  • Ted Cruz says he's dropped 'Lyin Ted' nickname and ended feud with Trump

    12/02/2018 6:17:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 2, 2018 | Andrew O'Reilly
    He says he's Lyin’ Ted no more. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, declared on Saturday night that the ignominious nickname bestowed on him by President Trump during the 2016 campaign season has been relegated to the annals of history -- as has the feud between Cruz and Trump. "This was also a breakthrough year in which my presidential sobriquet went from 'Lyin’ Ted' to 'Beautiful Ted,'" Cruz joked during a speech at the Gridiron Club. Cruz was joking, in the spirit of the roast. He also quipped: “I gotta say, that new pet name felt like it really hit the mark....
  • Chuck Schumer Is Greatly Overestimating Trump’s Popularity

    11/29/2018 2:12:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Slate ^ | November 28, 2018 | Jamelle Bouie
    With most of the votes from the midterm election tallied, we now have a better sense of the scale of the Democratic victory. It is historic. Thus far, Democrats have earned more than 8.8 million more votes than Republicans, flipped 39 seats, and are poised to win a 40th as election officials continue counting ballots in California. In terms of their House margin, this makes 2018 the Democratic Party’s strongest midterm performance since Watergate. The popular vote margin is also a record high for Democrats, representing a decisive repudiation of the president and his party. This should make concrete a...
  • What progressives need to defeat Trump: populism and religion

    11/25/2018 10:02:51 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | November 24, 2018 | Luke Bretherton and Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins
    Together the two have generated some of the most vital moments of democratic change in the modern era Religion and populism have become dirty words in progressive circles, but despite common assumptions, their combination could serve as a resource for the sort of democratic renewal many societies need. There is plenty of evidence to support the view that religion and populism are bad enough in themselves and even worse when combined. The so-called “Christian-Democracy” of Viktor Orbán’s Hungary, widespread support of Donald Trump by white evangelicals in the United States, the Hindu nationalism of Modi, and the Islamo-Kemalism of Erdoğan...
  • Trump's unconventional presidency is hurting his 2020 chances

    11/24/2018 2:05:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | November 24, 2018 | Harry Enten
    Poll of the week: A CBS News poll finds that President Donald Trump's approval rating on his handling of the economy is 52%. His disapproval rating on this metric is 41%. The same poll shows that Trump's overall job approval rating stands at just 39% to a disapproval rating of 55%. Put another way, his net approval rating on the economy is +11 points and his net approval overall is -16 points, which makes for a difference of -27 points. What's the point: The CBS News poll is merely the latest one to show that a majority of Americans approve...
  • Donald Trump’s base is itching for a fight

    11/23/2018 2:24:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | November 23, 2018 | Gene Lyons
    As the Trump Dynasty stumbles into misrule and failure, how long before the first well-known journalist gets murdered? With the president designating the news media as “enemies of the people,” unstable personalities like pipe-bomb mailer Cesar Sayoc and the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter have been shaken loose from their moorings. Imitators surely will follow. Not that there’s anything new about it. Soreheads have been menacing journalists since the invention of newspapers. Recently, a man in Mountain Home, Arkansas, was charged with terroristic threatening after repeated phone calls targeting CNN’s Don Lemon. I wondered if he was the same idiot who used...
  • Trump’s Base Isn’t Enough

    11/21/2018 1:59:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | November 20, 2018 | Nate Silver
    There shouldn’t be much question about whether 2018 was a wave election. Of course it was a wave. You could endlessly debate the wave’s magnitude, depending on how much you focus on the number of votes versus the number of seats, the House versus the Senate versus governorships, and so forth. Personally, I’d rank the 2018 wave a tick behind both 1994, which represented a historic shift after years of Democratic dominance of the House, and 2010, which reflected an especially ferocious shift against then-President Barack Obama after he’d been elected in a landslide two years earlier. But I’d put...
  • Rachel Maddow Uses Non-Existent ‘House Popular Vote’ To Try To Prove There Really Was A Blue Wave

    11/20/2018 8:30:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 16, 2018 | Virginia Kruta
    MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow referenced the “House popular vote” in an effort to explain how the Nov. 6th midterm elections really did represent the “blue wave” many Democrats had been hoping to create. “As of this morning, the Democratic lead in the US House popular vote is up to 7.3%, from 7.2% yesterday. For comparison purposes, note that in 2010 – which was widely seen as a GOP ‘wave’ cycle – Republicans won the US House popular vote by 6.6%,” Maddow tweeted. (TWEET-AT-LINK)What Maddow was saying was that overall, more nationwide votes were cast for Democrats in House seats than for...
  • Trump blasts 'little Adam Schitt' on Twitter

    11/18/2018 1:00:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 18, 2018 | Quint Forgey
    Rep. Adam Schiff — along with “Crooked Hillary Clinton,” “Cryin’ Chuck Schumer” and “Crazy Maxine Waters” — has long been a target of mockery on Donald Trump’s Twitter feed. But in a post Sunday, the president may have coined his crudest nickname yet for a political rival. “So funny to see little Adam Schitt (D-CA) talking about the fact that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was not approved by the Senate,” the president wrote online, “but not mentioning the fact that Bob Mueller (who is highly conflicted) was not approved by the Senate!” Schiff fired back 35 minutes later, quoting...
  • Anti-Trump mayor of Portland, Ore., mutters he 'can't wait' to leave office

    11/18/2018 3:12:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 18, 2018 | Louis Casiano
    Being mayor of Portland, Ore., may have gotten to Ted Wheeler. On Thursday, after finishing a speech at the Oregon Health Forum in which he was heckled, Wheeler mumbled, “I can’t wait for the next 24 months to be over,” indicating he may not seek re-election, the Oregonian reported. (TWEET-AT-LINK) "If you know me, you know I mutter quite a bit,” Wheeler said in a statement issued later in the day. “Not one of my most redeeming qualities. I will make a decision next year with my family if I am running for re-election." In previous media interviews, Wheeler has...