Monmouth NH Poll Has Biden On Top

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Look. It’s waaaay to early for these things, but with 20+ Democrats in the mix, it’s an early bellweather of who has New Hampshire’s attention and who doesn’t. New Monmouth NH poll: – Joe Biden 36% Bernie Sanders 18% Pete Buttigieg 9% Elizabeth Warren 8% Kamala Harris 6% Cory Booker 2% Amy Klobuchar 2% Beto O’Rourke 2% John Hickenlooper 1% … Read More

To Impeach or Not?

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Okay, we have the Muller Report, which — as everyone says — is a roadmap for Congress to start impeachment proceedings, or at least go forward with investigations leading to impeachment proceedings. Steny Hoyer, the number-two Democrat in the House, even after the long-awaited Mueller report, is not on board. “Based on what we have seen to date, going forward … Read More

Who Has Declared For 2020

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Eighteen notable elected officials and public figures have entered the race: Cory Booker (D)Pete Buttigieg (D)Julian Castro (D)John Delaney (D)Tulsi Gabbard (D)Kirsten Gillibrand (D)Kamala Harris (D)John Hickenlooper (D)Jay Inslee (D)Amy Klobuchar (D)Wayne Messam (D)Beto O’Rourke (D)Bernie Sanders (I)Donald Trump (R)Elizabeth Warren (D)Bill Weld (R)Marianne Williamson (D)Andrew Yang (D)

Trump’s Electoral Problem

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Trump may have gotten a slight bounce from his SOTU speech (although the only post-SOTU poll is the unreliable Rasmussen), but from a 2020 re-election perspective, he should not be popping any champagne bottles. According to Morning Consult: Trump’s base remained fairly solid, with 83 percent of Republicans approving of the president. But that share of support among Republicans was … Read More

A Trump Primary Challenge?

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AP reports: Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld has changed his party registration from Libertarian back to Republican as he mulls a possible primary challenge against President Donald Trump. Weld served as a Republican governor from 1991 until 1997. He later became a Libertarian and ran for vice president on a ticket with former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson in the … Read More

Snopes Quits Facebook

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I have been a big fan. follower, and occasional contributor to Snopes. And this is a pretty big fail on the part of Facebook. Snopes believes it has been ignored, and simply is there as window-dressing so that Facebook can say it attacks fake news. CNBC: Snopes, a fact-checking organization, announced on Friday its decision to end its partnership with Facebook, … Read More

Trump’s NYT Interview

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A very interesting and Trumpian interview that Trump gave with the New York Times last night. Some highlights: Twice, Trump lies to Maggie Halberman of the NY Times, and she corrects him, and then he just admits he was wrong. This happens a lot: when he’s challenged, he just concedes. Trump makes a new claim about Trump Tower Moscow: he … Read More

Spoiler Alert: Will Howard Schultz Mean A Trump Re-Election?

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Man, we really need to reform how elections are done. And stop having billionaires step in and think they can run America because they are billionaires. I am, of course, referring to Howard Schultz, former CEO of Starbucks. Schultz initially contemplated entering the Democratic primary, correctly calculated that he stood no chance of success that way, and then incorrectly decided … Read More

Trump Is The Underdog For 2020

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He seems stuck at 41-42%, no matter who he runs against. Our new national poll finds no matter what Dem you test against Trump, he is stuck at 41-42% Biden 53 Trump 41Sanders 51 Trump 41Harris 48 Trump 41O'Rourke 47 Trump 41Warren 48 Trump 42Booker 47 Trump 42Gillibrand 47 Trump 42:https://t.co/3qotAuZKDj — PublicPolicyPolling (@ppppolls) January 22, 2019

Enter Mitt

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Yesterday, Mitt penned a scorching New Year’s Day attack on Trump in the Washington Post: The Trump presidency made a deep descent in December. The departures of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, the appointment of senior persons of lesser experience, the abandonment of allies who fight beside us, and the president’s thoughtless claim that America … Read More

Trump Is A Welsher Too

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren released the results of a DNA test today that “strongly support” her claims of Native American ancestry, hitting back at President Donald Trump for mocking her and showing her seriousness about a 2020 presidential run. The DNA test, conducted by Stanford University professor Carlos Bustamante, showed Warren’s likely Native American ancestry dates back six to 10 generations. … Read More

Breaking: FINALLY, EPA Scott Pruitt Is Out

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NY Times: WASHINGTON — President Trump accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, he said in a tweet on Thursday. Mr. Pruitt had been hailed as a hero among conservatives for his zealous deregulation, but he could not overcome the stain of numerous ethics questions about his alleged spending abuses, first-class travel and cozy relationships with lobbyists. Mr. Pruitt … Read More

Running For The Hills?

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It’s a stampede for the exits. The Hill reports: Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, announced Wednesday that he will not run for reelection. “There is a time to come and a time to go. This is the right time, for me, to leave politics and return to the justice system,” he said in a statement on Twitter. … Read More

Oprah for President In 2020?

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The Golden Globes last night were the first major awards ceremony to be held since the sexual harassment accusations against Harvey Weinstein were revealed. You could almost draw a direct line from #MeToo and Time’s Up (the anti-harassment initiative sponsored by powerful Hollywood women) to many of the evening’s most memorable moments, Without doubt, the most memorable moment came from … Read More