The president announced a series of executive orders that will do little to alter health care for most Americans during an event in North Carolina.
The Vermont senator described "an election between Donald Trump and democracy," and added that "democracy must win."
An advertisement for President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign emphasizes that he is the only candidate whose economic plan will be “made in the USA”—but part of the ad itself was made in Russia.Eight seconds into Trump’s latest ad boosting his work on the economy, wordily titled “We built the greatest economy in world history and now we're doing it again!”, the spot cuts from standard images of factory workers in hard hats and children playing in fields to a conveyor belt with cardboard boxes digitally superimposed with the label “MADE IN USA.”That animation, according to a review of Shutterstock, was actually made—along with “MADE IN IRAN” and “MADE IN UAE” versions—by Russia-based photographer and illustrator Novikov Aleksey.The Trump campaign, which did not respond to a request for comment about the source of the footage, has previously run into trouble with the use of B-roll in its digital and on-air advertisements. In the same advertisement as the Russia-sourced animation, Trump uses footage of an Illinois steel plant that laid off hundreds of workers in the spring, according to a report in Vice News.Earlier this month, an online advertisement that ran over the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and asked Americans to “support our troops” included stock footage and images of Russian fighter jets and military weapons. In August, the campaign used altered images of Democratic opponent Joe Biden to show him “isolated” in the “basement” of his home in DelawareRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Dr. Deborah Birx views Scott Atlas as an "unhealthy influence" on President Donald Trump's thinking, sources told CNN.
“He’s got superspreader events all over the country,” one Democrat lamented, while Republicans simply shrugged like they do at most things involving Trump.
Democrats in of the House of Representatives will introduce a bill next week to limit the tenure of U.S. Supreme Court justices to 18 years from current lifetime appointments, in a bid to reduce partisan warring over vacancies and preserve the court's legitimacy. The new bill, seen by Reuters, would allow every president to nominate two justices per four-year term and comes amid heightened political tensions as Republican President Donald Trump prepares to announce his third pick for the Supreme Court after the death on Sept. 18 of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with just 40 days to go until the Nov. 3 election. "It would save the country a lot of agony and help lower the temperature over fights for the court that go to the fault lines of cultural issues and is one of the primary things tearing at our social fabric," said California U.S. Representative Ro Khanna, who plans to introduce the legislation on Tuesday, along with Representatives Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts and Don Beyer of Virginia.
An eight-second clip from a speech purports to illustrate another Joe Biden gaffe. But what is missing is the rest of the speech.
On Capitol Hill, the president’s stunning refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose the election was met with outrage among Democrats — and implicit condemnation from Republicans.
Donald Trump’s niece followed up her best-selling, tell-all book with a lawsuit Thursday alleging that the president and two of his siblings cheated her out of millions of dollars over several decades while squeezing her out of the family business. Mary L. Trump sought unspecified damages in the lawsuit, filed in a state court in New York City. The lawsuit alleged the president, his brother Robert, and a sister, the former federal judge Maryanne Trump Barry, portrayed themselves as Mary Trump's protectors while secretly taking her share of minority interests in the family's extensive real estate holdings.
The hearing is set to address a 1996 law that has protected tech platforms from lawsuits over content their users post.
WASHINGTON -- From the beginning, John Durham's inquiry into the Russia investigation has been politically charged. President Donald Trump promoted it as certain to uncover a "deep state" plot against him, Attorney General William Barr rebuked the investigators under scrutiny, and he and Durham publicly second-guessed an independent inspector general and traveled the globe to chase down conspiracy theories.It turns out that Durham also focused attention on certain political enemies of Trump: the Clintons.Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut assigned by Barr to review the Russia inquiry, has sought documents and interviews about how federal law enforcement officials handled an investigation around the same time into allegations of political corruption at the Clinton Foundation, according to people familiar with the matter.Durham's team members have suggested to others that they are comparing the two investigations as well as examining whether investigators in the Russia inquiry flouted laws or policies. It was not clear whether Durham's investigators were similarly looking for violations in the Clinton Foundation investigation, nor whether the comparison would be included or play a major role in the outcome of Durham's inquiry.The approach is highly unusual, according to people briefed on the investigation. Though the suspected crimes themselves are not comparable -- one involves a possible conspiracy between a presidential campaign and a foreign adversary to interfere in an election, and the other involves potential bribery and corruption -- and largely included different teams of investigators and prosecutors, Durham's efforts suggest the scope of his review is broader than previously known.Durham's focus on the Clinton Foundation inquiry comes as concerns deepen among Democrats and some former Justice Department officials that his investigation is being weaponized politically to help Trump. Congressional Democrats last week called on the department's inspector general to investigate whether Durham's review was free from political influence after his top aide abruptly resigned, reportedly over concerns that the team's findings would be prematurely released before the election in November.The Clinton Foundation investigation began more than five years ago, under the Obama administration, and stalled in part because some former career law enforcement officials viewed the case as too weak to issue subpoenas. Ultimately, prosecutors in Arkansas secured a subpoena for the charity in early 2018. To date, the case has not resulted in criminal charges.Some former law enforcement officials declined to talk to Durham's team about the foundation investigation because they felt the nature of his inquiry was highly unusual, according to people familiar with the investigation. Durham's staff members sought information about the debate over the subpoenas that the FBI tried to obtain in 2016 and have also approached current agents about the matter, but it is not clear what they told investigators.A spokesman for Durham declined to comment."The Clinton Foundation has regularly been subjected to baseless, politically motivated allegations, and time after time these allegations have been proven false," the foundation said in a statement.Right-wing news media and prominent Republicans have long promoted a narrative that the FBI's leadership and the Justice Department under the Obama administration were biased in favor of Hillary Clinton. They have accused agents and prosecutors of aggressively investigating Trump and his associates -- ignoring evidence to the contrary -- while moving more cautiously on allegations of corruption at the Clinton Foundation and Clinton's use of a private email server to conduct government business while she was secretary of state."There was a clear double standard by the Department of Justice and FBI when it came to the Trump and Clinton campaigns in 2016," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a staunch supporter of Trump.In the Russia investigation, FBI officials did take aggressive steps such as obtaining a secret wiretap to eavesdrop on a former Trump adviser. But they also moved quietly, deploying informants and an undercover agent in part to keep the existence of the investigation from becoming public and affecting the 2016 election.Barr has repeatedly attacked the Russia inquiry as Durham has investigated it, calling it "one of the greatest travesties in American history" and ignoring a policy that generally prohibits the department from making public statements about current investigations. Barr's statements have raised hopes among the president's supporters that Durham will unearth evidence of a plot to sabotage Trump's campaign and presidency.So far, only one person has been charged with criminal wrongdoing: Kevin E. Clinesmith, a former FBI lawyer who pleaded guilty to altering an email that investigators relied on to renew an application for a secret wiretap on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.The president and his Republican allies have tried to cast the Clinton Foundation, a philanthropic organization, as corrupt, accusing Clinton of taking steps as secretary of state to support the interests of foundation donors.Critics have suggested that she was part of a quid pro quo in which the foundation received large donations in exchange for supporting the sale of Uranium One, a Canadian company with ties to mining stakes in the United States, to a Russian nuclear agency. The deal was approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States when Clinton was secretary of state under President Barack Obama and had a voting seat on the panel.The allegations against Clinton were advanced in the book "Clinton Cash," by Peter Schweizer, a senior editor at large at Breitbart News, the right-wing outlet once controlled by Trump's former top aide Steve Bannon. The book contained multiple errors, and the foundation has dismissed its allegations.But the book caught the attention of FBI agents, who viewed some of its contents as additional justification to obtain a subpoena for foundation records.Top Justice Department officials denied a request in 2016 from senior FBI managers in Washington to secure a subpoena, determining that the bureau lacked a sufficient basis for it and that the book had a political agenda, former officials said. Some prosecutors at the time felt the book had been discredited.The decision frustrated some agents who believed they had enough evidence beyond the book, including a discussion that touched on the foundation and was captured on a wiretap in an unrelated investigation. Other FBI officials at the time believed the conversation's relevance to the foundation case was tenuous at best.The disagreement erupted anew later in the summer of 2016, when a top Justice Department official suspected that FBI agents in New York were trying to persuade federal prosecutors in Brooklyn to authorize a subpoena after the department's officials in Washington had declined such a request. By the time the FBI officials revisited the issue, the Justice Department officials were also concerned that serving subpoenas would violate the practice of avoiding such investigative activity so close to an election.Ultimately, the Clinton Foundation dispute embroiled Andrew McCabe, then the FBI deputy director, who was accused of leaking information about the case to a reporter and later lying about it to the Justice Department inspector general. The episode helped prompt McCabe's firing in 2018 and a failed effort by the Justice Department to prosecute him.The foundation case -- which had been spread among FBI field offices in New York, Los Angeles, Washington and Little Rock, Arkansas -- sputtered until Trump was elected. In early 2018, Patrick C. Harris, a career prosecutor in Little Rock, issued a grand jury subpoena for foundation records, two former law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation said.A foundation official confirmed that the charity was served with a subpoena and complied with the request for information.Republicans in 2017 had called for a second special counsel to investigate the foundation, but Rod Rosenstein, then the deputy attorney general, did not believe the scant evidence collected in the case justified one, a person familiar with the matter said. Instead, Jeff Sessions, the attorney general at the time, asked John W. Huber, the U.S. attorney in Utah, to review whether federal law enforcement officials had fully investigated the matter.Shortly after Durham began his review, Barr said in an interview with CBS News in May 2019 that Huber was winding down his work related to Clinton. In January, The Washington Post reported that Huber's investigation had ended; its findings were not made public. Trump later attacked Huber, accusing him of doing "absolutely NOTHING."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company
A U.S. House of Representatives committee has postponed the deposition of a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) whistleblower, saying the department had dragged its feet to help the official prepare for his testimony. In a statement released late on Thursday, Democratic intelligence committee chair Adam Schiff said the panel would reschedule the deposition of former DHS intelligence chief Brian Murphy until next week because DHS has delayed security clearances for his lawyers and barred Murphy from reviewing classified materials.
A video of Joe Biden answering live questions during a television interview is being edited to claim, incorrectly, that the Democratic presidential nominee was using a teleprompter.In the full interview with Telemundo, conducted Sept. 15, Biden can clearly be seen looking to his left, where the television studio set up a screen with live incoming questions from voters. An edited version of the video shows just one moment where Biden was unable to view a question and says, "I lost that line."The 26-second clip from the video has been shared by people close to President Donald Trump, including his son Eric Trump, who tweeted Wednesday that Biden had been "caught red-handed using a teleprompter." Trump's campaign also ran an ad amplifying the false claim against Biden.A Telemundo spokesperson said Wednesday that recent social media posts claiming that Biden used a teleprompter during an interview with Noticias Telemundo and anchor Jose Diaz-Balart were false.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company
Democrats say they feel pressure from Joe Biden’s campaign to refrain from door-to-door canvassing, which is hindering their efforts.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, the 2020 Democratic nominee, is a centrist with a long record of working with Republican lawmakers on legislation.
Nearly 500 retired generals, admirals and senior civilian national security officials endorse Joe Biden and blast President Donald Trump.
Joe Biden’s presidential campaign launched a new TV and digital ad Thursday that chastises President Trump for allegedly disparaging members of the U.S. military.
President Donald Trump is on the defensive in three red states he carried in 2016, narrowly trailing Joe Biden in Iowa and battling to stay ahead of him in Georgia and Texas, as Trump continues to face a wall of opposition from women that has also endangered his party's control of the Senate, according to a poll conducted by The New York Times and Siena College.Trump's vulnerability even in conservative-leaning states underscores just how precarious his political position is, less than six weeks before Election Day. While he and Biden are competing aggressively for traditional swing states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Florida, the poll suggests that Biden has assembled a coalition formidable enough to jeopardize Trump even in historically Republican parts of the South and Midwest.A yawning gender gap in all three states is working in Biden's favor, with the former vice president making inroads into conservative territory with strong support from women. In Iowa, where Biden is ahead of Trump, 45% to 42%, he is up among women by 14 percentage points. Men favor Trump by 8 points.In Georgia, where the two candidates are tied at 45%, Biden leads among women by 10 points. Trump is ahead with men by a similar margin of 11 percentage points.Trump's large advantage among men in Texas is enough to give him a small advantage there, 46% to 43%. Men prefer the president to his Democratic challenger by 16 points, while women favor Biden by an 8-point margin.There was a significant gender gap in the 2016 election, too, but at that time it tilted toward Trump because men supported him so heavily, according to exit polls. In the Times poll, Biden sharply narrowed Trump's advantage with men while improving on Hillary Clinton's 2016 lead with women in Texas and Iowa.In Georgia, Biden's lead with women essentially matched Clinton's final advantage in the 2016 race. But where Trump carried Georgia men by 23 points four years ago, he was ahead by about half that margin with men in the state in the Times poll.The overwhelming majority of voters -- about 9 in every 10 in all three states -- say they have definitely made up their minds about whom to vote for, leaving relatively little room for late developments to shift the overarching shape of the race.The poll, conducted by phone among likely voters from Sept. 16-22, had a margin of sampling error of 4 percentage points for Texas and five in Iowa and Georgia.Trump's tenuous hold on some of the largest red states in the country has presented Biden with unexpected political opportunities and stirred debate among Democrats about how aggressively to contest states far outside the traditional presidential battleground. Biden has made efforts so far in a few states that voted emphatically for Trump four years ago, including Georgia and Iowa, but he has resisted pressure to compete for Texas, a huge and complicated state that Democrats believe is unlikely to furnish the decisive 270th Electoral College vote.But the presence of competitive Senate races in many of those states has been a powerful enticement to Democrats, including Biden.The lopsided gender dynamics of the presidential contest extend to Senate races in Iowa, Georgia and Texas, with Republican incumbents facing strong challenges from Democratic candidates favored heavily by women. The gender gap is pronounced even in Iowa, where both Senate candidates are women. The Democratic challenger, Theresa Greenfield, has a 2-point lead over Sen. Joni Ernst and an 11-point advantage with women.The poll partly coincided with Trump's announcement that he would make a new Supreme Court nomination to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but it was not clear from the survey whether voters had a particularly strong reaction to that possibility.Mary McKinney, 48, of St. Charles, Iowa, said she supported Trump because of his plain-spoken manner but felt the Supreme Court process was moving "a little fast," adding that she would not support efforts to outlaw abortion."I don't like abortion, but I don't like a woman being forced to carry a baby due to a traumatic incident, so I guess I'm kind of neutral on that," said McKinney, who works at home as a foster parent.Reflecting the conservative tilt of the states polled, Trump and his party are in better shape than in most of the others recently polled by The Times, and he may ultimately carry all of them. The president's approval rating is in positive territory in Texas, and voters are almost evenly split in Iowa and Georgia. That is markedly stronger than Trump's standing in core swing states like Wisconsin and Arizona.Trump has maintained an enduring advantage over Biden on economic issues, and that extends to all three states in the Times poll. And where voters elsewhere have heavily favored Biden over Trump on the issue of managing the coronavirus pandemic, voters in Texas and Georgia are closely divided on that score. Biden still holds a sizable advantage on the issue in Iowa.In Georgia and Texas, the election is also split along racial lines. Trump is winning about two-thirds of white voters in both Georgia and Texas, while Biden leads by enormous margins with Black voters in both states. Hispanic voters in Texas favor Biden by 25 points, 57% to 32%.Still, many of the same voters, in heavily white Iowa and two traditionally conservative Southern states, are not as dismissive of systemic racism as Trump is. In each state, half or more of those surveyed found racism in the country's criminal justice system to be a bigger problem than rioting.And as with The Times surveys of other competitive states from earlier this month, voters expressed little confidence in Trump's ability to heal the country.Jeff Secora of Mason City, Iowa, is the kind of voter Biden will have to keep in his camp to carry the state. Secora, 63, an independent, said he had voted for Trump in 2016 but had grown fed up. He said he had reservations about Biden but preferred his "honesty and integrity" to the president's character."He is polarizing, and he's proud of it, and it just makes this country look weaker to our enemies," Secora said of Trump, adding: "He lies all the time. He's totally unpresidential. He makes Richard Nixon look like a choir boy."The Senate races in the three states also highlight the same forces that are propelling Biden's candidacy. Democrats currently appear to have a good shot of achieving a 50-50 split in the Senate, but in order to win an outright majority they would have to push deeper into Republican-leaning states.The party may have its best chance of such a pickup in Iowa, where Greenfield, the Democrat, is capturing 42% of the vote to 40% for Ernst, a dangerously low number for an incumbent this late in the race.In addition to leading among women, Greenfield is ahead by 10 points among voters older than 65, a group that Ernst won overwhelmingly when she captured her seat six years ago.In Georgia, where there are two Senate races on the ballot, Republicans appear better positioned but are still facing highly competitive campaigns. David Perdue is currently winning 41%, while his Democratic rival, Jon Ossoff, is taking 38%. Sixteen percent of Georgia voters said they were undecided, including a significant number of African Americans, who historically side overwhelmingly with Democrats.The state's other Senate race, to fill the unexpired term of former Sen. Johnny Isakson, is even more uncertain. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, the Republican appointed to replace Isakson, is in a multicandidate race with a host of other contenders. If nobody gets 50%, the top two vote-getters would advance to a January runoff, which could prove pivotal in a narrowly divided Senate.Loeffler is winning 23% of the vote, while her nearest Republican rival, Rep. Doug Collins, is garnering 19%. The top Democratic vote-getter is the Rev. Raphael Warnock, who's also taking 19% of the vote. The highest vote share in the race, however, is not currently residing with any candidate: 27% of Georgians said they were undecided in the race.Both Loeffler and Collins have tied themselves closely to Trump in the hope of gaining a decisive advantage with conservatives in the first round of voting. But in a runoff, either of them would be confronting a rising population of younger people and Black and Latino voters who reject the president.One of those voters is Casey Andre-Lindsay, 41, of Roswell, who said she planned to vote for Biden. Andre-Lindsay, who lost her job this year, said she saw Trump's agenda as defined by turning back progress. Of Republicans, she said, "It doesn't seem like they want it to be a democracy where people speak up anymore.""It's going to take a decade to fix the things that he is trying to dismantle," Andre-Lindsay said of Trump.The Texas Senate race appears to be the best bet for Republicans among the three states. Sen. John Cornyn, who's seeking a fourth term, is winning 42% of the vote, while M.J. Hegar, the Democrat, is taking 37%.Still, that a long-serving official such as Cornyn is not more firmly in control of the race illustrates the increasingly competitive nature of Texas elections and the GOP's struggles with suburban voters. Cornyn's advantage is powered almost entirely by rural voters: he's trailing significantly among those who live in cities and has just a 2-point advantage with suburbanites, 17% of whom said they were still undecided.A significant danger looming for Texas Republicans is that Trump's hard-line immigration policies are increasingly out of step with where the state is today and where it is heading.Three-quarters of the state's voters support a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally, including 98% of Texans under 30. Just 20% of Texans overall opposed such a process.Texans were closely split on Trump's proposal for a border wall. But opposition to such a wall is overwhelming among younger voters and significant among independents and those living in the state's cities and suburbs.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company
Donald Trump to pay respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg as he gears up for a bruising battle to confirm the liberal justice's successor.
Democrats are launching a digital ad targeting Pennsylvanians voting by mail to explain how to correctly fill out and return the ballots, hoping to avert worried predictions that 100,000 votes or more could be invalidated because the ballots aren't put in the proper envelope. The so-called naked ballots have become a huge concern for Democrats in the state since the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled last week that ballots had to be rejected if not enclosed in the proper secrecy envelope. The ruling was a victory for President Donald Trump's campaign in the battleground state.
The bitter confirmation battle over President Donald Trump's last Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, looms large for the Senate Judiciary Committee as it prepares for fresh hearings on the Republican's third lifetime appointment to the top court. Two personalities could stand out in hearings expected in the coming weeks: Republican Committee Chairman Senator Lindsey Graham, who mounted a booming defense of Kavanaugh, and Democratic Senator Kamala Harris, running mate to Joe Biden, Trump's rival in the Nov. 3 election.
“Enfranchising 16-year-olds would be good for them and good for our democracy.”
“At 16, most kids have little awareness of politics, civics, or American history.”
“Voting is habit forming...which underscores the importance of having as stable an environment as possible for the youngest voters.”
“Keeping the voting age at 18 is not a slap at 16-year-olds. It is recognition that an informed electorate is the best kind.”
“When young people’s participation lags badly, issues important to them receive short shrift in the public discourse.”