Before I give you the numbers, please remind yourself: This is just a poll result. It proves nothing. OK, nothing, except, within the margin of error, something about public opinion, not about evidence. No one can be convicted of anything on a poll result, unless it’s a poll of a jury (and then it has to be unanimous) or impeached, unless it’s a poll of Congress, and then it has to be two-thirds of both houses. Still, for a guy with an approval rating forever lurking around the low 40-somethings, I thought it worth passing along that Quinnipiac polled on how many Americans believe President Donald Trump has committed crimes. In a poll taken after Michael Cohen’s testimony last week: By 64-24, Americans adults said yes, they believe Donald Trump committed a crime before becoming president. And, by 45-43 percent, Americans believe Donald Trump has committed a crime since he became president. By 50 to 35 percent, Americans said they were more willing to believe Cohen … [Read more...] about In Quinnipiac poll, 64% of Americans think Trump has committed a crime
President Donald Trump accused Democratic leaders once again on Tuesday of playing politics when it comes to funding a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, raising alarm about a fresh group of asylum-seeking migrants making its way to the U.S. that he said only a wall will be able to stop. The president urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to end the partial government shutdown, now the longest in history and in its 25th day. Talks to end the shutdown appear to remain at an impasse, with Democrats unwilling to meet the president's demands for border wall funding and Trump signaling an unwillingness to accept anything less than for what his administration has asked.Story Continued Below On Tuesday, the president continued to paint migrants entering the U.S. as a danger to the country, a tack he took leading up to the midterm elections when he referred to another group of migrants as an “invasion.” "A big new Caravan is … [Read more...] about Trump lays into Pelosi, Schumer to demand end to shutdown
Will Weissert, Associated Press Updated 5:18 am PST, Sunday, January 13, 2019 FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2018, file photo. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, the 2018 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas, speaks during a campaign rally in El Paso, Texas. O’Rourke barged into last year’s Texas Senate race almost laughably early in March 2017. Now, as the onetime punk rocker mulls a much-hyped White House bid for 2020, he’s doing anything he can to stay in the spotlight without formally starting a campaign. less FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2018, file photo. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, the 2018 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas, speaks during a campaign rally in El Paso, Texas. O’Rourke barged into last ... more Photo: Eric Gay, AP Photo: Eric Gay, AP Image 1 … [Read more...] about How long can O’Rourke wait as 2020 pace picks up around him?
By STEVE PEOPLES NEW YORK (AP) — There is no easy way out. As the third government shutdown of President Donald Trump’s tenure stretched into its 20th day, political pressures on Trump and the Democrats have left little room for compromise in the standoff over funding for a border wall. Most prominently, Trump’s narrow focus on the desires of his most ardent supporters has him convinced he cannot back off his signature campaign promise without facing backlash. Some powerful Republican allies in Washington and beyond are cheering on his demands for $5.7 billion funding for the wall, even if some remain uneasy. For Democrats, broad public skepticism about Trump’s case for the wall — combined with a driving push from the base to stand up to the Republican president — has assured them they’re on solid ground in refusing to bend. The looming question is whether the impact of the shutdown on government services and the plight of struggling federal … [Read more...] about Political pressure leaves little room for resolving shutdown
Steve Peoples, Associated Press Updated 12:38 pm PST, Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., stand with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., as Trump speaks while departing after a Senate Republican Policy luncheon, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. less Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., stand with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., as Trump ... more Photo: Alex Brandon, AP Photo: Alex Brandon, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., … [Read more...] about No easy way out? Trump boxed in by politics amid shutdown