August, 2016

Lewandowski Is Back In Trump’s Inner Circle

Corey Lewandowski “was fired in late-June after serving as Trump’s first campaign manager… Now, a few weeks and a lucrative cable network contract later, Lewandowski is back in the fold,” ABC News reports.

Campaign sources “describe Lewandowski’s relationship with the candidate as ‘stronger than ever.’ Each day, Trump wakes up, usually in his Fifth Avenue penthouse, and has a routine round of calls, sources say, that includes his campaign leadership (which has changed in recent weeks), his children, some close allies and someone else quite frequently: Lewandowski.”

Obama Still Sees Path for Pacific Trade Deal

“The White House said it could still win congressional approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact before President Obama leaves office, and warned that failing to do so would undermine U.S. leadership in the region,” Reuters reports.

“Obama has made the 12-nation free trade deal the centerpiece of a diplomatic ‘pivot’ to Asia, but the prospects for congressional approval have looked increasingly dim, with both major presidential candidates – Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump – standing opposed.”

Trump Suggests Kaepernick Find Another Country

Donald Trump was not happy about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during a performance of the national anthem, BuzzFeed reports.

Said Trump: “I have followed it and I think it’s personally not a good thing. I think it’s a terrible thing, and you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him, let him try, it’s not gonna happen.”

Robocall Urges Vote for David Duke and Donald Trump

A new robocall from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke:

“We’re losing our country. Look at the Super Bowl salute to the Black Panther cop killers. It’s time to stand up and vote for Donald Trump for president and vote for me, David Duke for the U.S. Senate.”

Meanwhile, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports the Republican Party of Louisiana “deferred voting on new rules Saturday that would make it more difficult for David Duke and other convicted felons to run as Republicans in elections held after November.”

Sanders to Stump for Senate Candidates

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) “is preparing a post-Labor Day blitz of campaign activity… offering what Democratic leaders hope will be a late-in-the-race boost from the liberal icon to the party’s slate of Senate candidates, ” Roll Call reports.

“In addition to attending campaign rallies, Sanders is also expected to raise money for individual candidates — including through the use of his vaunted list of small donors, according to one source close to the senator.”

Trump’s New Goal Is to Poison a Clinton Presidency

Politico: “The Clinton de-legitimization project is now central to Donald Trump’s campaign and such a prime component of right-wing media that it’s already seeped beyond extremist chatrooms into ‘lock her up’ chants on the convention floor, national news stories debating whether polls actually can be rigged, and voters puzzling over that photo they think they saw of her needing to be carried up the stairs.”

Trump Puts $10 Million Behind New Ad

Donald Trump is out with a new 30-second spot that will run in Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, New Hampshire, Iowa, Nevada, Virginia and Colorado.

Playbook: “Mitt Romney lost eight of nine of these states where the $10 million campaign is running, but the Trump campaign says they are aiming to change that — despite the gap with Clinton in most statewide polls.”

It’s Too Soon for Clinton to Run Out the Clock

Nate Silver: “Last week, Politico reported that Hillary Clinton’s campaign was set to employ a ‘run out the clock’ strategy, declining to respond to recurring controversies even at the risk of seeming nonresponsive. In the abstract, such a strategy could make sense. Clinton has a fairly clear lead in the polls. There are only 10 weeks to go until the Nov. 8 election — and less than that until early voting, which begins in late September in some states.”

“But Clinton shouldn’t get too complacent. After mixed evidence before, it’s become clearer, at least according to our forecast models, that Donald Trump has regained some ground on her. Clinton’s national lead in our polls-only forecast has gone from a peak of about 8.5 percentage points two weeks ago to 6.5 percentage points as of Sunday evening — that is, a 2-point gain for Trump over two weeks. Correspondingly, Trump’s chances of winning the election have improved from a low of 11 percent to 19 percent.”

Foreign Hackers Hit State Elections Systems

“The FBI has uncovered evidence that foreign hackers penetrated two state election databases in recent weeks, prompting the bureau to warn election officials across the country to take new steps to enhance the security of their computer systems,” Yahoo News reports.

“The FBI warning, contained in a ‘flash’ alert from the FBI’s Cyber Division, a copy of which was obtained by Yahoo News, comes amid heightened concerns among U.S. intelligence officials about the possibility of cyberintrusions, potentially by Russian state-sponsored hackers, aimed at disrupting the November elections.”

Weiner Caught Sexting Again

“This is baby-sitting — Anthony Weiner-style.”

“While his wife, Huma Abedin, travels the country campaigning for Hillary Clinton, the disgraced ex-congressman has been sexting with a busty brunette out West — and even sent her a lurid crotch shot with his toddler son in the picture,” the New York Post reports.

The Hill reports Weiner has apparently deleted his Twitter account.