More than 100 Black male leaders have signed an open letter calling on Joe Biden to pick a Black woman as his running mate.
President Trump tweeted that he has narrowed the choice of locations for his Republican convention speech to two locations: The Great Battlefield of Gettysburg and the White House.
Philip Bump itemizes the time President Trump spends doing things that are obviously not part of his job.
Jack Shafer: “It starts with a reporter, usually a female reporter, asking President Trump hard, tenacious questions at a news conference. Trump’s jaw seizes up, rattled and dumbfounded by the questions that he can’t or won’t answer, he abruptly ends the presser by saying, ‘Thank you, very much’ and stalking out of the room.”
Trump’s “increasingly skittish manner with the press marks a turning point in his presidency, a new moment where his usually reliable mouth almighty seems incapable of articulating a put-down or a blow-off response. Our two-fisted brawler of a president, always ready to smash the interlocutors from the press with a virtual folding chair, has replaced moxie with pouts. In the old days, he would have had a ready answer for the much-expected question… But now he’s like the former alpha leader of the troop. He makes a show of maintaining his dominance by beating his breast, but when challenged by somebody superior, he takes his beating then slinks off to a dark, safe place to lick his wounds.”
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) signed an executive order, officially allowing residents concerned about COVID-19 to vote using absentee ballots in the upcoming election, KTHV reports.
“The order also allows county clerks to prepare, but not open, any ballots that are received before election day. The governor says that will help poll workers tally votes faster on election day.”
Ezra Klein has a good conversation with Stuart Stevens, author of It’s Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump.
“Most dissidents from Trumpism take a familiar line: They didn’t leave the Republican Party, the Republican Party left them. But for Stevens, Trump forced a more fundamental rethinking: The problem, he believes, is not that the GOP became something it wasn’t; it’s that many of those within it — including him — failed to see what it actually was.”
President Trump accused Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) of being a “RINO” who had “gone rogue” by scolding the White House for a recent collection of executive actions meant to provide assistance to Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic, Politico reports.
Said Trump on Twitter: “RINO Ben Sasse, who needed my support and endorsement in order to get the Republican nomination for Senate from the GREAT State of Nebraska, has, now that he’s got it (Thank you President T), gone rogue, again. This foolishness plays right into the hands of the Radical Left Dems!”
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), “who frequently strode the US Capitol without a mask and last month contracted COVID-19, is postponing a major political fundraiser previously scheduled for next week,” Business Insider reports.
“Donors paying $5,600 to attend ‘Louie’s Birthday Bash BBQ’ in Tyler, Texas, were promised a signed copy of Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro’s book, and a VIP meet-and-greet with Gohmert and an unspecified ‘special gift’ from him.”
A new OH Predictive Insights poll in Arizona shows Joe Biden leading Donald Trump in the presidential race, 49% to 45%.
A new RMG Group survey in Maine finds Sarah Gideon (D) leading Sen. Susan Collins (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 48% to 41%.
“The Lord and the Founding Fathers created executive orders because of partisan bickering and divided government.”
— White House economic adviser Peter Navarro, on Meet the Press.
It took only 17 days for the number of coronavirus cases in the United States to rise from 4 million to 5 million, the Washington Post reports.
“The previous million cases were also reported in about a two-week span. The United States leads the world with a quarter of all global infections. Brazil and India follow, with 3 million and 2.1 million reported infections, respectively.”
A new Georgetown University Battleground poll finds Joe Biden leading Donald Trump nationally in the presidential race, 53% to 40%.
Bill Gates slammed the U.S.’s coronavirus “testing insanity” on CNN, which he said had caused the country to fall behind the rest of the world.
Said Gates: “It’s mind-blowing that you can’t get the government to improve the testing because they just want to say how great it is.”
He added: “No other country has the testing insanity because they won’t talk about fixing it, because they think they need to just keep acting like they’ve done a competent job.”
“President Trump is increasingly trying to run against a Joe Biden of his own making,” the Washington Post reports.
“Rather than look for campaign ammunition in the former vice president’s long track record of politically vulnerable votes and policy proposals, Trump has instead chosen to describe Biden as a godless Marxist bent on destroying the country with a radical agenda that would make Che Guevara blanch.”
“The caricature is one that neither Biden’s critics nor supporters recognize — but it’s one Trump continues to promote.”
Rebecca O’Donnell has pleaded guilty to killing her boss, former Arkansas State Senator Linda Collins (R), KATV reports.
O’Donnell admitted she was stealing money from the senator and “snapped” when confronted about it.
“House Republicans’ chief super PAC is booking another $45 million in fall advertising — a massive sum that will further define the congressional battleground as the GOP fights national headwinds to narrow Democrats’ majority,” Politico reports.
“The new buys, which are spread across 40 media markets, bring Congressional Leadership Fund’s total investment for the cycle to nearly $90 million.”