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not all about Trump but I will start this off with such an article .  I expect lots of post from the other side though. 

Seems that some of the polish has dulled for the Republicans regarding their Leader.

GOP aghast as Trump's polls sink amid divisive racial rhetoric: 'It's been a bad couple weeks'

 

 

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https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/6/26/1956212/-Voters-are-really-starting-to-hate-Trump-like-everywhere

Voters are really starting to hate Trump, like, everywhere

Donald Trump's disapproval rating is hitting some of its highest marks of his entire tenure—including its absolute highest mark in one poll.

In the NPR/PBS/Marist poll released Friday, 58% of voters disapproved of the job Trump is doing, an all-time high for the poll. Plus, most of those who disapprove of Trump do so with a white-hot rage. Fully 49% of voters said they "strongly disapprove" of Trump, a number that jumped 8 points since mid-March when 41% strongly disapproved of him. The two groups where that forceful disapproval grew most was among independents, whose strong disapproval of Trump spiked by 10 points since March to 43%, and nonwhite voters, whose strong disapproval jumped 16 points to 57%.

But the NPR/PBS poll is no outlier. Trump's disapprovals are also surging in FiveThirtyEight's aggregate, which on Friday recorded the highest disapproval rating for Trump in over two years at 56.1%. That number represents even more disenchantment with Trump now than during his shutdown debacle of early 2019.

 

On top of Trump's epic disapprovals, we continue to see evidence that groups that once voted for Trump, and Republicans more generally, are turning against him. In the NPR/PBS poll, Biden had a dominant 25-point lead on Trump in the suburbs, 60% - 35%, while Trump actually won the suburbs by 4 points in 2016, 49% to 45%.

All of this new information just adds to a week in which Trump got slaughtered in national and battleground state polling alike. Not only is Biden ahead in six battleground states that Trump captured in 2016 (MI, WI, PA, FL, AZ, NC), states that nearly everyone considered to be firmly in Trump's column continue to look shaky for him, including Ohio (tied, per Quinnipiac), Georgia (47% Biden, 45% Trump, per Fox) and Texas (45% Biden, 44% Trump, per Fox).

 

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One can only hope this brings some sanity to what is to come...

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/supreme-court-rules-faithless-electors-can-t-go-rogue-electoral-n1231394

Supreme Court rules 'faithless electors' can't go rogue at Electoral College

The decision is a win for election officials who warned of chaos if presidential electors could go against the will of voters in their states.

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Hopefully things will settle down, but right now I’m expecting a “battle” among concerned citizens if two opposing groups meet during protests....the days leading up to the election will be scary.

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A predominantly Black group of heavily armed protesters marched through Stone Mountain Park near Atlanta on Saturday, calling for removal of the giant Confederate rock carving at the site that civil rights activists consider a monument to racism.

Video footage of the Independence Day rally posted on social media showed scores of demonstrators dressed in black – many in paramilitary-style clothing and all wearing face scarves – quietly parading several abreast down a sidewalk at the park.

Many of the protesters carried rifles, including military-type weapons, and some wore ammunition belts slung over their shoulders. Although African-Americans appeared to account for the vast majority of the marchers, protesters of various races, men and women alike, were among the group.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-black-armed-protesters-march-through-confederate-memorial-park-in/

 

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My Advice Is Build a Fallout Shelter’ if Biden Wins

 

“ Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) warned Fox News host Sean Hannity and his viewers Monday night that they would need to take drastic measures if former Vice President Joe Biden beats President Donald Trump in November.

“Well, the vice president says he will transform America. He will. And the American people will pay a fearsome price. His foreign policy is hugs and hot cocoa for America’s enemies. If he’s elected, my advice to you is to build a fallout shelter,” the Louisiana senator exclaimed, prompting Hannity to do a double take.

“Build a fallout shelter,” Kennedy reiterated. “You’ll need it. Weakness invites the wolves. His domestic policy, he wants you—he wants all of us to surrender our money and our freedom, every bit of it, to Washington “

https://www.thedailybeast.com/gop-senator-john-kennedy-says-my-advice-is-build-a-fallout-shelter-if-biden-wins

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Balancing the hate...another opinion piece.
 

 
Victory is close for Trump, despite the noise

Four months ago, buoyed by a record-setting economy, a long-overdue challenge to China and scenes of American soldiers returning home from wasteful wars, Donald Trump was cruising toward re-election.

Since then, much has changed, including what voters care about.

A pandemic not yet ready to surrender has forced us indoors, away from work and distanced from each other. Gatherings are no longer completely safe. Jobs are no longer completely secure. Major league sports are having major league challenges re-opening to fans. Zoom is no longer an adjective for speed but a product refracting our inertia.

In the wake of this tectonic disturbance, our nation's political landscape has also shifted in ways we’ve yet to fully grasp.

That helps explain why a smartphone-captured act of brutality on a Minnesota street not only shocked our conscience but ignited such anger that protests quickly succumbed to looting and violence amid calls to defund the police, destroy history, and silence any dissent.

Four years ago, when Trump was predicted to lose — and lose badly — in polls taken during the election’s final week, he was written off by the same nattering nabobs who have never understood him or the people who stand with him.

Trump is on the verge of winning again — of defying the establishment and all the prognosticators again — because the chattering class never accepted his ability to command a message that cuts through the normal din of drivel. The difference today is he has a bully pulpit to deliver the message and the popular allure of being the “comeback kid” to drive it.

The path to that comeback is historically validated, clearly marked and easy to follow.

It is a path that requires him to be who he is and what he stands for — the tell-it-like-it-is outsider whose appeal is fueled by taking on issues others fear and barely touch, a leader willing to fight like hell to make things work, and make things right.

Specifically, Trump needs to re-declare all-out war against the pandemic. COVID-19 is THE issue of our times. He should return to near-daily briefings to keep the public informed, regardless of the evidence of the day.

He should establish a “vaccine watch” where the efforts of all those working on a cure can be tracked and followed, day by day. It will provide a therapeutic shot-in-the-arm to everyone who remains hopeful yet fearful.

All such efforts would show how determined he is to tackle COVID-19 head-on. Churchill was right when he said, “success is not final, and failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.” Short of this, every other legitimate achievement — from China and immigration to taxes and regulations — will pale in comparison.

Americans are looking for a modern-day General Patton, who — while acknowledging fear — gave us the mettle to fight, not politicians like Joe Biden who feign courage while cowering at home. Trump should return to the battlefield. This is war.

Second, to give the economy both lift and mission, He should return to his roots as a master builder. He should go beyond his $1-trillion opener and call for the biggest infrastructure project in the history of the planet. In FDR fashion, go big to rebuild America’s roads, schools, ports, airports, and cyber-highway. It would create millions of jobs short-term, millions more downstream, and stop us from constantly looking over our shoulder at China catching up. Put them in our rearview mirror — and keep them there.

Third, instead of fearing a full-bore discussion on race relations, Trump should embrace it. His record of support for historically black colleges and school choice, for economic empowerment in black communities, and for judicial reform, contrasts with Biden’s support for the ’94 Crime Bill calling for massive incarceration and no school choice.

Trump should welcome the discussion George Floyd’s death inspired. Commit to everyone’s constitutional right to protest, then draw the line when lives are endangered, businesses are burned, and police are threatened. Speak out and know that America’s silent majority will grow less silent.

Finally, he should take square aim at what he’s for — jobs, safety, peace, a fair trade, a square deal — versus what he’s against. The nation is hurting, and while the media piles on with doom and gloom to boost their ratings, Trump can inspire the people to boost their spirits.

If he does, everything else goes his way. One debate, much less the three agreed to, will bring the currently ascendant Biden back to earth: 55 percent of Americans — one in three Democrats —already feel Biden is falling into mental disrepair. His concessions to the left mean he must defend programs we can’t afford, protests he’ll be asked to fully embrace, and economic changes that would cripple the pillars of our economy.

So let the natterers natter, and the critics cry, let the pundits pontificate and the liberals lecture. They’re not the audience, America is.

Trump can be that force for change, that General Patton, who sagely surmised while heading into battle that it’s “better to fight for something than live for nothing.”

Do that, and Trump will not only win an election, but a better, safer, more predictable future for all of us.

Adam Goodman_ is a national Republican media strategist and columnist. He is a partner at Ballard Partners in Washington D.C. He is also the first Edward R. Murrow Senior Fellow at Tufts University's Fletcher School. Follow him on Twitter

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Can Canadians help dump Trump, or beat Biden? What U.S. campaign laws say

 

What's legal, what's ethical, and what's morally suspect for foreigners volunteering on a U.S. campaign

Alexander Panetta · CBC News · Posted: Jul 15, 2020 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: 21 minutes ago
 
Whether Canadians can volunteer on U.S. election campaigns with the Republicans or Democrats is a tricky question. Legal experts say it's technically possible, but question whether it's advisable. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
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Canadians are flooding a foreign chapter of the Democratic Party with offers to help it defeat Donald Trump in this fall's U.S. presidential election.

The head of the party branch in Canada, Steve Nardi, chuckles as he scrolls through his email inbox and describes the range of messages he gets, such as one note complaining that Democrats need better attack ads.

 

"Oh, I get advice," said Nardi, a Toronto-based American expat.

He also gets warnings. "I get a lot of Canadians talking to me saying, 'You'd better work [hard this year].'"

Finally, Nardi fields offers to volunteer — many of them. "I get requests. I get emails almost daily … from Canadians saying, 'I want to help. How can I help?'"

It's that last type of message that raises legal and ethical questions about what tasks foreigners are allowed to perform in a U.S. election.

Interviews with U.S. election-law experts and officials in both major U.S. political parties produced a short, clear answer to that question, and a longer, murkier one.

Every single vote will count. Canada could make the difference in an election like that.- Bruce Heyman,  former U.S. ambassador to Canada

The short answer is: U.S. election law allows foreigners to do just about anything, as long as it's routine volunteer work.

And potentially the most impactful, least controversial of those activities is to inform friends holding U.S. citizenship who live in Canada that they're allowed to register to vote, an initiative promoted by both Democrats and Republicans

Canada is home to more of these eligible American voters than any other country. Nardi raises a provocative possibility: that there are enough potential voters in Canada to decide an American election.

A U.S. federal report said there were 622,492 American citizens living in Canada who were eligible to vote in the U.S. election in 2016 — and only 5.3 per cent cast a ballot.

Consider that the election was decided by 77,744 votes combined in three major swing states — Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Two of those states border Canada, and the margin in Michigan was barely 10,000 votes.

"A lot of Americans don't realize they are eligible to vote," Nardi said. "There's a huge, huge opportunity [in Canada] to deliver impacts."

The rules on volunteering

The U.S. Federal Election Commission says that foreigners can volunteer during election campaigns — as long as they're doing it in their personal time, not offering anything of monetary value, and not participating in planning election strategy.

One prominent expert on U.S. election law said he was taken aback when he checked the rules and saw how permissive they were of foreign volunteers.

"I was really surprised," said James Gardner, a law professor at the University of Buffalo.

"That just seems quite inconsistent to me.… It sounds like someone can do phone-banking," he said, referring to the common practice of calling voters and urging them to cast ballots for a particular party. 

"It sounds like someone can do get-out-the-vote, as long as they're not compensated."

 
It's legal for foreigners to make phone calls for a U.S. campaign, but whether they should is a matter of debate. Here, candidate Joe Biden visits a Democratic phone bank in Iowa on Jan. 13. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Being allowed is one thing, but whether a Canadian should is another. Gardner's view is that it's morally wrong for people to volunteer during a foreign election because it erodes basic principles of democratic self-governance. He said the country's constitutional drafters in 1787 were deeply worried about foreign interference.

Gardner said he feels the same way about people from one U.S. state getting involved in another state's election.

"As an ethical matter, I would say, 'Even if you can, you should not,'" he said. 

An ethical quandary

What about the argument that what happens in the U.S. affects the entire world, so foreigners deserve a say? 

Gardner said that logic leads to the absurd conclusion that everyone in the world should be allowed to vote in American elections. Foreigners are entitled to share opinions, perhaps even distribute voter information, but should otherwise steer clear of interfering, he said.

I don't think you'd want a lot of Americans making calls to tell you whether or not to support Trudeau's government.- Rick Hasen, election-law expert at the University of California

Rick Hasen agrees.

The election-law expert at the University of California in Irvine, Calif., said foreign volunteering in phone banks may be allowed, but it's wrong and undermines democracy.

"I don't think you'd want a lot of Americans making calls to tell you whether or not to support Trudeau's government," Hasen said.

Republican official: What if it's China?

The chief executive of the group Republicans Overseas said it's fair to register American expats to vote, though he suspects some of those expats actually have minimal ties to the U.S.

What's less fair, he said, and what could prove controversial, is non-Americans working to defeat a president they dislike

"You might have people outside the U.S. beat up Trump. Then you'll have liberal Democrats cheering for that," said Solomon Yue, who is head of the group and a Republican National Committee member.

"But in my view, that actually hurts the credibility of liberal Democrats. If you've really got solid grounds and you have lots of things you can say yourself about Trump, why bother using foreigners?"

He raised the spectre of foreigners in countries that have tense relationships with the U.S., such as China, calling into the United States during phone-banking.

"How will people react? Yue asked. "It would be argued it's Chinese collusion.… I wouldn't do it."

So, how do Democrats respond when foreigners ask to volunteer? 

It depends who you ask, and under what circumstances. 

Democrat: 'We're now calling on the world to help us'

A former Obama speechwriter turned podcaster responded with unflinching enthusiasm when a Canadian listener living in the U.S. asked if he could volunteer for the Democrats.

"You can't donate, you can't vote, but you can do everything else. You can volunteer, you can contact voters … knock on doors … phone-bank … sign people [up]," said Jon Favreau on a recent episode of his podcast, Pod Save America.

"Help us out here in America. We're now calling on the world to help us. We're in dire straits here."

 
The U.K. hosts the second-most U.S. eligible voters, after Canada. One campaigner, seen here in September 2016, toured London to encourage American expats to vote against Trump during the last presidential election. (Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

The Canadian chapter of Democrats Abroad is far more circumspect. Nardi said he's just asking people to spread non-partisan information on voter registration.

He said party organizers in some states might allow foreigners to phone-bank — but not his group.

Nardi said his group will only share Democrats' phone contact lists with Americans belonging to the party: that's because overseas party chapters call expat voters around the world and follow the stricter European data-protection standards.

Briefings on vote-abroad rules 

A former ambassador to Canada under the Obama administration is equally cautious when asked about foreign volunteers. 

Bruce Heyman said U.S. elections should be run by Americans. 

But he's all in on finding and registering American voters in Canada and is about to launch an initiative on overseas voting.

The U.S. government's Federal Voting Assistance Program will also hold an online seminar July 30 for to Americans overseas.

Most U.S. states allow people with U.S. citizenship to vote in the state where they or their parents last resided. 

Different states have different rules.

Yue said he suspects many U.S. expats simply don't vote because they fear possible tax implications under the U.S.'s complex rules for citizens abroad. Nardi, on the other hand, said he's never heard of a single problem for an expat voting in a federal race.

And if the election is as close as 2016, Heyman said, the deciding ballots could be cast in Canada.

"Every single vote will count," Heyman said. "Canada could make the difference in an election like that."

 
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A campaigner with an American and a German flag painted on her face stands in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin to urge Americans living abroad to register and vote in September 2016. If this year's election is tight as the one in 2016, some of the deciding ballots could be cast in Canada. (Axel Schmidt/Reuters)

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On 7/7/2020 at 10:47 AM, Jaydee said:

 

 

Specifically, Trump needs to re-declare all-out war against the pandemic. COVID-19 is THE issue of our times. He should return to near-daily briefings to keep the public informed, regardless of the evidence of the day.

He should establish a “vaccine watch” where the efforts of all those working on a cure can be tracked and followed, day by day. It will provide a therapeutic shot-in-the-arm to everyone who remains hopeful yet fearful.

All such efforts would show how determined he is to tackle COVID-19 head-on. Churchill was right when he said, “success is not final, and failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.” Short of this, every other legitimate achievement — from China and immigration to taxes and regulations — will pale in comparison.

Americans are looking for a modern-day General Patton, who — while acknowledging fear — gave us the mettle to fight, not politicians like Joe Biden who feign courage while cowering at home. Trump should return to the battlefield. This is war.

Second, to give the economy both lift and mission, He should return to his roots as a master builder. He should go beyond his $1-trillion opener and call for the biggest infrastructure project in the history of the planet. In FDR fashion, go big to rebuild America’s roads, schools, ports, airports, and cyber-highway. It would create millions of jobs short-term, millions more downstream, and stop us from constantly looking over our shoulder at China catching up. Put them in our rearview mirror — and keep them there.

Third, instead of fearing a full-bore discussion on race relations, Trump should embrace it. His record of support for historically black colleges and school choice, for economic empowerment in black communities, and for judicial reform, contrasts with Biden’s support for the ’94 Crime Bill calling for massive incarceration and no school choice.

Trump should welcome the discussion George Floyd’s death inspired. Commit to everyone’s constitutional right to protest, then draw the line when lives are endangered, businesses are burned, and police are threatened. Speak out and know that America’s silent majority will grow less silent.

Finally, he should take square aim at what he’s for — jobs, safety, peace, a fair trade, a square deal — versus what he’s against. The nation is hurting, and while the media piles on with doom and gloom to boost their ratings, Trump can inspire the people to boost their spirits.

If he does, everything else goes his way.

All things he is refusing to do, therefore he will not win.

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National Association of Police Organizations endorses Trump, after backing Biden as VP in '08, '12

'We particularly value your directing the Attorney General to aggressively prosecute those who attack our officers,' the union wrote

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The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) endorsed President Trump’s reelection Wednesday, praising his “steadfast and very public support” for law enforcement.

NAPO did not endorse a candidate in the 2016 election but endorsed former President Barack Obama and then-Vice President Joe Biden in both the 2008 and 2012 elections.

NAPO President Michael McHale said Trump's support is needed “during this time of unfair and inaccurate opprobrium being directed at our members by so many.”

“We particularly value your directing the Attorney General to aggressively prosecute those who attack our officers,” McHale wrote in a letter.

The police association, which represents more than 1,000 police associations and  241,000 officers, met with Trump on Monday.

Officers have faced routine disparaging in wake of nationwide racial injustice protests, and some have called out presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden for not condemning anti-police rhetoric.

While Biden’s campaign has staunchly opposed the idea of abolishing police departments, the candidate said that some funding should “absolutely” be redirected from the police.

In a Now This interview with activist Ady Barkan, the presumptive Democratic nominee said police forces don’t need surplus military equipment, saying this is what leads them to “become the enemy” in a community.

Biden campaign Rapid Response Director Andrew Bates said last month that the former vice president supports “the urgent need for reform,” which he said includes “funding for public schools, summer programs, and mental health and substance abuse treatment separate from funding for policing -- so that officers can focus on the job of policing.”

The Biden campaign has pointed to the former vice president’s criminal justice plan, which proposes an additional $300 million for community policing. Bates said that the funding would “improve relationships between officers and residents” and would “provide the training that is needed to avert tragic, unjustifiable deaths.”

Trump, for his part, has billed himself as the president of “law and order.” During the NAPO meeting Trump on Monday planned to make his pitch to the National Association of Police Organizations as to why the group should endorse him.

“Our officers have been under vicious assault,” Trump said Monday during a roundtable with people whose lives have been positively impacted by law enforcement. “Reckless politicians have defamed our heroes as the enemy…These radical politicians want to defund and abolish the police.”

Trump added: “My administration is pro-safety, pro-police and anti-crime.”

Despite Biden’s efforts to align with both the protestors and the police, it appears that some police unions are rethinking their backing of him amid concerns that he’s embraced “anti-police rhetoric.”

“Joe Biden was a very strong supporter of them years ago, and he's been kidnapped now by the anti-police rhetoric,” Paul Digiacomo, the president of the Detective Endowment Association, told Fox Business. “There's a big question amongst our members if Joe Biden is going to stand up and support the police.”

 

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They want to keep their toys....

 

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1 hour ago, Fido said:

It seems Obama knew how to play to both sides of the street.

Most if not all politicians   do. As a registered lobbyist in Washington and Ottawa, I sadly saw that first hand. The only ones in both camps who were tried and true (at least to the laws of the land) were the bureaucrats who stayed in their jobs from regime to regime.  Their decisions were always, except for a few, based on law and not political party loyalties. Those we had to beware were the politic appointments, who mostly did not remain to long in power especially if they crossed swords with those who appointed them. Recent actions of the PM of Canada and the President of the US underscores that. 

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22 hours ago, Marshall said:

the bureaucrats who stayed in their jobs from regime to regime

My daughter is a political agnostic.  She says that it is the only way to stay sane and still work for the Federal government.  Although a couple of days ago she did let loose a few bad words about our current government.

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Hilary lost, get over it.

Here's more current affairs for you...

And Donnie's number is still climbing.

 

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