Trump seeks to starve publish workplace to restrict mail-in voting
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TRUMP SEEKS TO STARVE POST OFFICE TO LIMIT MAIL-IN VOTING
WaPo: “President Trump mentioned Thursday that he doesn’t wish to fund the U.S. Postal Service as a result of Democrats are in search of to develop mail-in voting in the course of the coronavirus pandemic, making express the rationale he has declined to approve $25 billion in emergency funding for the cash-strapped company. ‘Now, they want that cash to be able to make the publish workplace work, so it will probably take all of those thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands of ballots,’ Trump mentioned in an interview with Fox Enterprise Community’s Maria Bartiromo. He added: ‘Now, if we don’t make a deal, which means they don’t get the cash. Meaning they will’t have common mail-in voting, they simply can’t have it.’ Trump has railed towards mail-in balloting for months, and at a White Home briefing Wednesday, he [said] that USPS’s enlarged function within the November election would perpetuate ‘one of many best frauds in historical past.’”
Trump tells Barr and prosecutor to carry Biden down shortly – TPM: “President Trump on Thursday issued an ultimatum to Legal professional Common Invoice Barr over the months-long probe led by U.S. Legal professional John Durham, whom Barr tapped final 12 months to analyze the origins of the Russia probe. When pressed throughout a Fox Enterprise Community interview on Thursday morning on his ideas concerning the Durham probe, Trump replied that he hopes Durham’s crew will do a ‘nice job’ and that his crew ‘is just not going to be politically right.’ … ‘Invoice Barr can go down as the best legal professional normal within the historical past of our nation, or he can go down as a median man,’ Trump mentioned, concerning the Durham probe. ‘We’ll see what occurs.’ The President added that Barr is ‘nice more often than not’ however that ‘he’ll be simply one other man’ if he ‘needs to be politically right.’ ‘(Barr and Durham) have all of the solutions,’ Trump mentioned. ‘It goes all to Obama, and it goes proper to Biden.’”
Johnson admits strain to make use of committee to hurt Biden – Fox Information: “Senate Homeland Safety Committee Chairman Ron Johnson mentioned subpoenas are ‘forthcoming’ in his panel’s investigation into the origins of the Russia probe … ‘The clock is ticking, I perceive of us on our aspect see what Democrats have performed, however I’m not a Democrat. I don’t lie, I don’t create false info, I don’t create a false narrative,’ Johnson mentioned. ‘We’re dealing in details and reality. And I hope our base wouldn’t need us to do the very same factor – once you see what Democrats have performed, with Particular Counsel Robert Mueller and the impeachment.’ … Johnson, throughout an interview with [pro-Trump radio host] Hugh Hewitt this week, referenced some preliminary hesitation from Republican committee members earlier this summer season, previous to giving him authority to challenge subpoenas. Through the interview, Johnson acknowledged that some Republicans had been ‘extremely involved’ about how the investigation and the issuing of subpoenas would look ‘politically.’”
Personnel workplace clears Trump acceptance speech at White Home – CBS Information: “The U.S. Workplace of Particular Counsel confirmed federal regulation doesn’t preclude President Trump from delivering a speech on the White Home to simply accept the GOP’s presidential nomination throughout this month’s Republican Nationwide Conference. The steering from the company got here in an advisory opinion issued in response to a request from Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney of New York, the chairwoman of the Home Oversight and Reform Committee, regarding the Hatch Act, a federal regulation that governs the political exercise of government department workers. The Workplace of Particular Counsel is an unbiased company answerable for imposing the Hatch Act and different legal guidelines regarding federal workers. ‘The president and the vp usually are not coated by any provisions of the Hatch Act,’ Erica Hamrick, deputy chief of the workplace’s Hatch Act Unit, instructed Maloney in a letter Wednesday. ‘Accordingly, the Hatch Act doesn’t prohibit President Trump from delivering his RNC acceptance speech on White Home grounds.’”
THE RULEBOOK: SEE WILSON, WOODROW
“It’s of the character of warfare to extend the manager on the expense of the legislative authority.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 8
TIME OUT: SALUD AL PARRILLERO
Previous to the pandemic, meals author Pati Jinich traveled to Mexico to get the backstory on a brand new American favourite. NYT: “At a taco stand anyplace else, carne asada is grilled meat. However in Sonora, a carne asada is the weekly gathering of family and friends, with the dish at its coronary heart. Each part — from the dishes (the meat, the salsa, the beans, the smashed guacamole by no means with lime, the pillowy-soft flour tortillas) to their preparation (the cooking, the taco meeting) to everybody’s function (the parrillero, or grill grasp, his members of the family, the friends) — is handled with nearly reverence. A shared culinary expertise, it embodies Sonora’s agricultural lifestyle, bringing collectively the pillars of its economic system: its beef, from the cattle that roam the area’s ranches, and its flour tortillas, from the wheat that blankets its fields. I realized that, to grasp a carne asada, you wanted to be invited to at least one. And that doesn’t simply occur. The gatherings are usually tight knit, with simply household and shut mates in attendance.”
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NATIONAL HEAD-TO-HEAD AVERAGE
Trump: 40.6 %
Biden: 51.four %
Dimension of lead: Biden by 10.Eight factors
Change from one week in the past: Biden ↓ 0.four factors, Trump no change in factors
[Common contains: Monmouth College: Trump 41% – Biden 51%; Fox Information: Trump 41% – Biden 49%; ABC/WaPo: Trump 44% – Biden 54%; Quinnipiac College: Trump 37% – Biden 52%; NBC Information/WSJ: Trump 40% – Biden 51%.]
BATTLEGROUND POWER RANKINGS
(270 electoral votes wanted to win)
Toss-up: (109 electoral votes): Wisconsin (10), Ohio (18), Florida (29), Arizona (11), Pennsylvania (20), North Carolina (15), Iowa (6)
Lean R/Probably R: (180 electoral votes)
Lean D/Probably D: (249 electoral votes)
TRUMP JOB PERFORMANCE
Common approval: 40.Eight %
Common disapproval: 56.2 %
Web Rating: -15.four factors
Change from one week in the past: ↑ 0.6 factors
[Common contains: Monmouth College: 42% approve – 53% disapprove; Fox Information: 45% approve – 54% disapprove; ABC Information/WaPo: 40% approve – 58% disapprove; Gallup: 41% approve – 56% disapprove; Quinnipiac College: 36% approve – 60% disapprove.]
[Watch Fox: New nationwide outcomes from the Fox Information polling crew might be launched at 6 pm ET on “Particular Report with Bret Baier.”]
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DEMS CASH IN ON VEEP ANNOUNCEMENT
Fox Information: “Joe Biden‘s naming of Sen. Kamala Harris of California as his working mate is already paying off. The presumptive Democratic nominee and former vp introduced on Wednesday that his marketing campaign’s raised a staggering $26 million since Tuesday’s working mate announcement. At a digital grassroots fundraiser with Harris, Biden mentioned that previously 24 hours ‘we raised $26 million.’ And he famous that 150,000 of the donors had been first time contributors to his presidential marketing campaign. ‘It is actually palpable, the thrill,’ Biden emphasised. The earlier file for a single Biden fundraising occasion seems to be $11 million, which was the quantity introduced in by the previous vp when he teamed up along with his one-time boss, former President Barack Obama, at a mixed grassroots and top-dollar donor fundraiser in late June.”
Harris’ Senate file displays excellent partisanship – Roll Name: “Kamala Harris’s arrival within the Senate coincided with the beginning of the Trump administration in 2017, and the Democratic vice presidential candidate’s legislative file exhibits her to be a dependable soldier of the opposition get together. Due to that actuality, there’s been restricted alternative for crossover voting for Joe Biden’s alternative of working mate, however that doesn’t imply there’s been none. Her get together unity rating, calculated by CQ Roll Name as the proportion of votes solid through which a lawmaker votes the identical means as a majority of the members of their caucus, is north of 99 %. Notable occasions that she has dissented with the get together embody her 2019 vote towards a Center East safety package deal that warned towards ‘precipitous withdrawal’ of U.S. navy forces in Syria and Afghanistan. She was considered one of 22 Democratic caucus members to solid a no vote.”
John Harris: Biden’s model is bland – Politico: “Since JFK inaugurated the tv period of politics in 1960, profitable presidential candidates have been theatrical candidates. The exceptions, like Gerald Ford or George H.W. Bush, had quick tenures that tended to show the rule. Profitable politicians have had narrative electrical energy – they had been performers and storytellers who might command the eye of people that loathed them at least those that revered them. Biden guarantees an finish to that period. The narrative drama in his performances comes largely from the chance that he’ll step on his personal phrases and create a self-damaging storyline. After marinating for 36 years within the U.S. Senate, the very best that may be mentioned about his political persona is that it’s bland. What’s now clear is that his declare on the presidency comes not regardless of blandness however in important methods due to it.”
SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER: LAST HOPES FOR VIRUS DEAL FADE
AP: “Individuals relying on emergency coronavirus support from Washington might have to attend till fall. Negotiations over a brand new virus reduction package deal have all however ended, with the White Home and congressional leaders far aside on the scale, scope and strategy for shoring up households, re-opening faculties and launching a nationwide technique to comprise the virus. President Donald Trump’s prime negotiator, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, tried to revive stalled talks Wednesday, however Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic chief Chuck Schumer dismissed the ‘overture,’ saying the Trump administration remains to be refusing to fulfill them midway. Congressional Republicans are largely sitting out the talks. ‘The White Home is just not budging,’ Pelosi and Schumer mentioned in a joint assertion. With the Home and Senate primarily closed, and lawmakers on name to return with 24-hours discover, hopes for a swift compromise have dwindled. As a substitute, the politics of blame have taken maintain, because the events head into August targeted on the presidential nominating conventions and lawmakers’ personal reelection campaigns.”
Layoffs dip under a million – WSJ: “U.S. unemployment claims fell to lower than a million final week for the primary time because the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. in March, an indication the labor-market restoration is regaining steam. New purposes for unemployment advantages dropped to seasonally adjusted 963,000 within the week ended Aug. 8, the Labor Division mentioned Thursday. … The decline in jobless claims signifies layoffs are easing and hiring is selecting up, mentioned Julia Pollak, economist at job website ZipRecruiter. ‘There might now simply lastly be sufficient exercise to make companies really feel assured sufficient to attempt to open their doorways though they’re working at a low capability normally,’ she mentioned. The drop in claims might additionally replicate waning fiscal assist, Ms. Pollak mentioned. The expiration of the additional $600 every week in advantages places a lot much less cash in unemployed people’ pockets, probably discouraging them from making use of for advantages.”
Voters give U.S., Trump failing marks on virus response – Monmouth College: “President Donald Trump continues to obtain poor marks for his response to the coronavirus outbreak, as a majority of the American public believes the U.S. is dealing with the pandemic worse than different nations. … Most Individuals (52%) assume america’ dealing with of the pandemic is worse than different nations. … Lower than four in 10 (38%) Individuals specific confidence that the nation will be capable to restrict the influence of the outbreak over the following few weeks. … Public opinion of Trump’s dealing with of the pandemic stays adverse. At present, 40% say he’s doing an excellent job and 57% say he’s doing a foul job. This ranking stood at 40% good job and 54% unhealthy job in late June.”
The Choose’s Ruling: Courts ought to cease Trump from spending with out Congress – This week Fox Information Senior Judicial Analyst Choose Andrew Napolitano explains why the Treasury can not legally borrow or spend a nickel except it has been expressly licensed to take action by regulation: “Borrowing and making a gift of cash will simply postpone the day of reckoning. … However don’t maintain your breath for these free-market options to occur. It will imply a lack of management for the federal government. …[The] Treasury can not legally borrow or spend a nickel except it has been expressly licensed to take action by regulation — that means by laws enacted by Congress. That is neither a novel nor a political remark. It’s Constitutional Regulation 101. Thus, when the president — irrespective of his objectives — makes an attempt to train energy that the Structure has given completely to Congress, it’s the obligation of the courts to cease him.” Extra right here.
KEVIN MCCARTHY GETS BLAME FOR GEORGIA DEBACLE
Politico: “Marjorie Taylor Greene vowed to be the left’s ‘worst nightmare’ after she received the GOP nomination for a conservative district in Georgia on Tuesday evening. However Home Republican Chief Kevin McCarthy is the one who’s most probably to be haunted by Greene. The rise of Greene — an unapologetic QAnon conspiracy theorist who has made disparaging remarks about Jews, Blacks, and Muslims — is threatening to harm the complete get together as Republicans search to stanch their bleeding in suburbia and develop their base of assist amid a nationwide reckoning over racial inequality. Greene received a GOP major runoff in a deep crimson northwest Georgia seat, all however guaranteeing her a spot in Congress subsequent 12 months. Now Republicans up and down the poll must reply for Greene’s controversial remarks. And she or he’s displaying no indicators of softening her rhetoric. … By Wednesday, Greene was already in a Twitter warfare with a sitting Home Republican who mentioned there’s ‘no place in Congress for these conspiracies.’ A Trump marketing campaign spokesman then jumped to Greene’s protection.”
Pergram: The rooms the place it occurs (or doesn’t) – Fox Information
Will Trump hearth Esper or will the Pentagon boss give up first? – Bloomberg
AUDIBLE: SOUNDS SUPER SAFE
“Simply because the SEALs surmounted obstacles to carry Osama bin Laden to justice, so too would the Martin County College system discover a means to offer mother and father with a significant alternative of in-person instruction or continued distance studying.” – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at an occasion selling in-person lessons.
FROM THE BLEACHERS
“Chris, I’ve been an enormous fan of yours for a very long time. I really like to listen to you reminisce about meals. One of many feedback that has caught in my thoughts is that you simply didn’t just like the present West Wing. Are you able to clarify why? Is there something in regards to the present that you simply did like? Lastly, has there ever been a present about politics that you simply discovered acceptable in any means. Thanks, sustain the great work!” – Dawson Miller, Jasper, Ind.
[Ed. notice: It’s not simply the “West Wing” I can’t bear. It’s most of Aaron Sorkin’s preachy, contrived, sanctimonious tv writing that performs out in stilted expository dialogue. His present “The Newsroom” have to be probably the most overrated tv product in a long time. I’ve greater than a passing information in regards to the world of cable information and might guarantee you the present bears little relationship to actuality. Sorkin’s Jeremiah in that one is a pompous newscaster who immediately decides to “inform it like it’s.” As if what was missing on this planet of journalism right now had been sufficient gasbags who had been prepared to inform viewers and readers the right way to assume and what to do. A few of Sorkin’s films, together with “The American President,” which was the idea for “The West Wing,” “Moneyball” and “A Few Good Males” have been higher than his TV work. (Although attempt to think about the self-righteous tomb “A Few Good Males” would have been if Jack Nicholson had not stolen the present.) I genuinely love “Charlie Wilson’s Conflict.” And whereas Sorkin is actually preaching in that one, he permits some complexity that makes the film extra satisfying than his efforts at being a liberal model of Frank Capra. Additionally, Alec Baldwin’s over-the-top villain in Sorkin’s “Malice” is considered one of my favorites of Baldwin’s portrayals. So far as good political TV, I did benefit from the first couple of seasons of “Home of Playing cards,” which allowed itself to experience its absurdity. The unique British model of the present is great, as nicely. However “Veep” needs to be my favourite current purely political present. It may be howlingly humorous, but it surely by no means fails to bolster an vital message: We’ve acquired an actual competency drawback in politics and authorities as of late. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is simply the very best. Others value a glance, in no specific order: “Sure, Minister,” “The Individuals” and “Spin Metropolis.” And what I contemplate to be the present that finest captured the intersection of politics, media and authorities: “The Wire.”]
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100 GALLONS OF WISHES
UPI: “An aquarium in North Carolina mentioned it drained a wishing waterfall to money in on 14 years of tossed cash — about 100 gallons’ value. The North Carolina Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores mentioned workers drained the waterfall, which for 14 years served as a wishing fountain for guests in search of to commerce their cash for good luck. The aquarium mentioned workers sifted out about 100 gallons of cash — in addition to objects together with eyeglasses, toys and jewellery. Officers mentioned the cash faraway from the waterfall will go towards look after the animals on the facility, which has been closed to the general public for practically six months amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They mentioned workers don’t but know precisely how a lot cash was faraway from the waterfall.”
AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“There are 13 million Jews on this planet, one-fifth of 1 % of the world’s inhabitants. But 20 % of Nobel Prize winners are Jewish, a staggering hundredfold surplus of renown and genius. That is equally true for a myriad of different ‘everyones’ — the family names in music, literature, arithmetic, physics, finance, trade, design, comedy, movie and, because the doorways opened, even politics.” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) writing within the Washington Submit on Sept. 25, 2006.
Chris Stirewalt is the politics editor for Fox Information. Brianna McClelland contributed to this report. Need FOX Information Halftime Report in your inbox daily? Enroll right here.