Never has there been a presidential race as sprawling and wide-open as the 2020 Democratic primary. It would be a landscape entirely without a map, except that a small handful of battle-hardened veterans have navigated similar terrain before. At the kickoff of the primary debate season four years ago, no fewer than 16 candidates were jockeying for position in the largest Republican presidential field in history—only to end up being mowed down by Donald J. Trump in what became a slaughterhouse of a campaign.Story Continued Below What’s in store for this year’s Democrats? To get an insider’s view, POLITICO Magazine invited four of the Republican strategists who managed those 2016 campaigns to a literal smoke-filled room in Washington to talk shop: Danny Diaz (Jeb Bush), Beth Hansen (John Kasich), Jeff Roe (Ted Cruz) and Terry Sullivan (Marco Rubio). Over drinks and cigars at the Civil Cigar Lounge, they unloaded about the difficulties of breaking through in a … [Read more...] about ‘Complete This Sentence: Donald Trump Wins Reelection If … ’
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U.S. President Donald Trump greets U.S. servicemen at U.S. Navy multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Wasp at the U.S. Navy's Yokosuka base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Tokyo. 2019. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)In this May 18, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign rally at Eakins Oval in Philadelphia. Rising disagreement among congressional Democrats over whether to pursue impeachment of President Donald Trump has had little effect on the party’s presidential candidates, who mostly are avoiding calls to start such an inquiry. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump argued on Twitter that former Vice President Joe Biden can’t get elected president, or woo enough African American voters, because of Biden’s sponsorship of a 1994 crime bill. “Anyone associated with the 1994 Crime Bill will not have a chance of being elected,” Trump tweeted … [Read more...] about Donald Trump hits Joe Biden over 1994 crime bill
Todd Spangler Detroit Free Press Published 12:20 PM EDT May 23, 2019 WASHINGTON – Heading into the 2020 election season, Michigan’s voters are in a state of flux. Nothing seems certain any more: At the top of the ticket, some traditionally Republican counties, especially the fastest-growing ones, have been trending more toward Democratic candidates. Some Democratic counties, especially those shrinking the fastest, have been tending more toward the GOP. In 2016, Donald Trump won the state by the slimmest of margins — less than 1% of the vote — as more than 75,000 Michiganders who otherwise voted refused to cast a ballot for any presidential candidate. But two years later, that level of apathy was turned on its head, as Michigan saw record turnout for a non-presidential year in 2018’s midterm elections. Taken together, it makes it difficult to predict what will happen next year, when Michigan and the rest of the Rust … [Read more...] about How Michigan politics is changing in the time of Donald Trump
Special counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report contains plenty of new detailsabout President Donald Trump's actions before and after the 2016 election — but it also puts a spotlight on the family members he's leaned heavily on during the campaign and his presidency. Notably, the report contains revelations about a 2016 meeting between President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, incoming national security advisor Michael Flynn and a Russian envoy. It also provides details about how Ivanka Trump and other members of the president's inner circle reacted after learning about eldest son Donald Trump Jr.'s emails setting up the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians; and it confirms correspondence between Donald Jr. and WikiLeaks about hacked Clinton campaign emails. Jared Kushner Among Kushner's many appearances in the report is his and Flynn's meeting with Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak at Trump Tower in New York after the 2016 … [Read more...] about What the Mueller report says about Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr.
Eliza Relman, provided by Published 6:05 am CST, Friday, January 25, 2019 Hollis Johnson Editors note: This article was first published in March 2017. It has been updated in light of Roger Stone being indicted by the Mueller probe. It took nearly 20 years for Roger Stone to realize his dream. Since the 1980s, the self-described "dirty trickster" who's been in and around Republican politics for half a century, had made it something of a mission to make Donald Trump president. Despite parting ways with the Trump campaign in August 2015 — Trump says he fired Stone for hogging the media spotlight; Stone says he quit because Trump attacked Megyn Kelly — Stone has remained one of Trump's most loyal true believers. And now Special Counsel Robert Mueller has indicted him with one count of obstruction, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering, according to a Justice Department filing on Thursday. Stone was put in the crosshairs of … [Read more...] about Meet Roger Stone: One of Donald Trump’s most loyal supporters, who was just indicted by the Mueller probe