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Archives for August 2015
A new Reuters/Ipsos poll finds Donald Trump leads his GOP presidential rivals with 33%, followed by Mike Huckabee at 12%, Jeb Bush at 10%, Scott Walker at 8% and Ben Carson at 7%.
“Three top Jeb Bush fundraisers abruptly parted ways with his presidential campaign on Friday, amid internal personality conflicts and questions about the strength of his candidacy,” Politico reports.
Martin O’Malley “had one clear chance to make waves within the Democratic National Committee, and he seized it, delivering a fiery speech Friday that condemned his party’s leadership for what he called a process ‘rigged’ to help Hillary Clinton — namely, curtailing the number of presidential primary debates,” the New York Times reports.
Said O’Malley: “This is totally unprecedented in our party’s history. This sort of rigged process has never been attempted before. Whose decree is it exactly? Where did it come from? To what end? For what purpose? What national or party interest does this decree serve? How does this help us tell the story of the last eight years of Democratic progress?”
“The party of Lincoln has become the party of Trump.”
— Hillary Clinton, quoted by the New York Times, on the Republican party.
“Taking his outsider message into the heart of the Democratic establishment,” Sen. Bernie Sanders “challenged hundreds of the party’s leaders on Friday to embrace his candidacy, warning that the huge crowds of supporters he has drawn may not vote for Democratic candidates in 2016 unless he is at the top of the ticket,” the New York Times reports.
Said Sanders: “My friends, the Republican Party did not win the midterm election in November: We lost that election. We lost because voter turnout was abysmally, embarrassingly low, and millions of working people, young people and people of color gave up on politics as usual and they stayed home. That’s a fact.”
National Journal: “As Joe Biden edges closer to a presidential run, there’s no shortage of theories as to what he’s up to. Former secretary of State Hillary Clinton has built a commanding lead in the national polls, giving Biden little apparent space to gain traction. Perhaps he’s counting on the early-primary state of South Carolina to provide a critical boost. He might be banking on appearing as a stronger general-election candidate than any of his potential rivals in the primary race. Maybe after spending the past 42 years of his life running for elective office, he just can’t stop.”
“But there’s one intriguing theory that has so far garnered little attention: What if Biden knows something about Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton that the rest of us don’t?”
Fox News reports an FBI “A-team” is leading the “extremely serious” investigation into Clinton’s email server and the focus includes a provision of the law pertaining to “gathering, transmitting or losing defense information.”
“As Hillary Clinton’s campaign seeks to project dominance in a field that could soon include Vice President Joe Biden, her top advisers are touting a decisive edge on a little-discussed metric: superdelegate commitments,” according to Bloomberg.
“At the Democratic National Committee meeting… senior Clinton campaign officials are claiming that she has already secured one-fifth of the pledges needed to win the Democratic presidential nomination. They come from current and former elected officials, committee officeholders, and other party dignitaries.”
“Hillary Clinton’s support among Democrats has dropped to its lowest point since Reuters/Ipsos began polling on her chances of winning the party’s nomination for the 2016 election almost three years ago.”
Boston Globe: “His former classmates said he seemed to them a student who spoke up a lot but rarely shined in class, who barely participated in campus activities, shunned fraternity parties, and spent most of his weekends and spare time pursuing his dream: using his advantages as the son of a prominent New York real estate developer to get an early start on the business career that would make him very, very rich.”
“Unlike many of the privileged students around him, who expected to leverage their pedigrees to enrich themselves the old-fashioned way — that is, quietly — Trump had an in-your-face attitude about his quest for money from his first day on campus, said his former classmates.”
New York Times: “Not long ago, the United States was considered the tortoise of the world economy, at least in comparison to emerging powers like China and Brazil. Lately, however, slow but steady seems to be winning the race. The American economy continues to chug along, while the onetime hares in Asia, South America and elsewhere are flagging.”
“The latest evidence of this shift came on Thursday, as the Commerce Department revised sharply upward its estimate of economic growth in the second quarter to a healthy annual pace of 3.7 percent, from an initial estimate of 2.3 percent. At the same time, the Labor Department, in reporting another drop in weekly unemployment claims, provided further evidence that the job market was on the mend.”
This is pretty great: The 2016 Campaign Television Tracker records how many times each presidential candidate was mentioned on each of the major television networks.
“Look, nobody knows the tax code better than I do. OK. I know it better. I’m the king of the tax code.”
— Donald Trump, in an interview on MSNBC.
Jimmy Kimmel imagines what Trump’s first commercial might look like.
Here’s what’s trending on Wonk Wire today:
- The Difficulty of Passing Gun Control Laws
- Does GOP’s Aggressive Conservatism Risk Alienating a Diverse Republican Base?
- Despite Increase in Incarceration Rates, Drug Use Has Risen
- ‘Overwhelming Majority’ in Favor of EPA Clean Power Plan
- Trump Takes Populist Stance on Taxes
- California’s Investment in Energy Efficiency Yields Large Benefits
- Americans on the Move