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FiveThirtyEight: Biden has a 71 percent chance of winning the White House

The Hill

A new election model released by FiveThirtyEight gives presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden a 71 percent chance of winning the White House, compared to 29 percent for President Trump.

The analysis gives Trump a greater chance at reelection than other current models.

For example, The Economist’s forecast gives Trump only a 10 percent chance of victory at this time.

The FiveThirtyEight model starts off with Biden as a heavy favorite largely because of his lead in the polls.


LINCOLN PROJECT campaign ad: "Regret"

Biden Campaign: Kamala Harris announcement video

The Durkan Digest: Thanking Chief Best for Her 28 Years of Dedicated Service (email)

Today is a sad day for Seattle in a hard, hard year.

We are facing unprecedented challenges – a global pandemic that is getting worse with no end in sight. An economic crisis that has devastated workers and small businesses and put a spotlight on deep inequities. A civil rights reckoning that has made our city confront, acknowledge, and begin to truly address generational harms caused by systemic racism.

But it is in difficult times that we see the true spirit of a person - their courage, grit, compassion, and empathy. Chief Carmen Best has been one of those leaders that has shown up and shown what she is made of. She cared deeply about this City, community, and officers.

This past weekend, the Chief notified me that she made the decision to retire from the department that has been her home and career for almost 30 years. My heart is heavy to lose her, and I will freely admit that I wish she were staying on, and that I asked if she would. Many in the community are rightfully upset and frustrated about City Council’s recent actions. Cutting her salary and the salaries of her diverse leadership team was wrong. Refusing to seek her input at this critical juncture was wrong. And as the Chief said today, the lack of respect to her and our officers was wrong.

We can and must change how the City thinks about policing and community safety. Chief Best wanted to be a part of that transformation. Our City is demanding action, but I regret deeply that she concluded that the best way to serve the city and help the department was a change in leadership, in the hope that would change the dynamics to move forward with the City Council. I have no doubt that she will continue to lead, fight for what is right, be a voice for equity, and challenge policing and other systems that have perpetuated inequity. That is who Carmen is.

When she accepted the role of Interim Chief - then Chief - almost three years ago, Chief Best took on an immensely challenging role. She led our city through episodes of gun violence including mass shootings. She was unwavering in her commitment to significant reducing the use of force under the Consent Decree and better serving BIPOC communities. She believed deeply in making Seattle a leader in the best policies and training under the federal consent decree. She created an incredibly diverse leadership team to lead the Seattle Police Department that includes women, officers of color, and LGBTQ+ people. And for the last two years, she recruited the most diverse class of officers in recent history.

Even before the murder of George Floyd, Chief Best believed in continuous improvement and community policing. Under her leadership, she created the Collaborative Policing Bureau, brought back the Community Service Officer program, added mental health workers to our precincts, and focused on strategies to reduce 911 calls that needed a response from an armed officer. Chief Best understood deeply the new challenges facing officers, and she knew that sometimes, people in crisis need something that Police Officers aren't well equipped to provide - including social services like housing, meal assistance, child care, or counseling. These are exactly the kind of collaborative solutions we need for our City.

The cause to transform policing and invest in communities of color is urgent, the pain is deep and the need for ferocity is real. But the road is long, and the efforts must be sustained. This work will continue. I’m committed to this work. As I have made clear in recent months, I will listen to every part of our community, and I have expressed many times that I am willing to collaborate with City Council.

This work ahead of us demands individuals who care deeply about community policing, which is why I have appointed Deputy Chief Adrian Diaz to serve as Interim Chief beginning in September. Serving nearly two decades in the department, Deputy Chief Adrian Diaz has led the innovative Collaborative Policing Bureau, and he will work with community members and officers to protect community safety and re-imagine policing in Seattle. He has spent his career elevating the voices of young people across the City, and I am grateful for his willingness to meet the challenge. He will be his own person with a valuable perspective, and he will work to close the huge divides we face.

If you have a chance, I hope you’ll read Chief Best’s note to the City or watch our press conference.

Please join me in thanking Chief Best for her service to Seattle. And let’s welcome Deputy Chief Diaz to this critical position.


Mayor Jenny Durkan

Sumner Redstone, billionaire media tycoon, dead at age 97

Source: CNBC

Sumner Redstone, the media mogul who built his family’s drive-in theater chain into a multibillion-dollar empire encompassing CBS and Viacom and later became the center of a jilted lover’s lawsuit that nearly cost his family his financial legacy, has died. He was 97.

Redstone, who often boasted that would live forever, died Tuesday, according to a statement from National Amusements released Wednesday morning.

Sumner Redstone was a media mogul who built his family’s drive-in theater chain into a multibillion-dollar empire encompassing CBS and Viacom. In his 90s, he became the center of a jilted lover’s lawsuit that nearly cost his family his financial legacy.

Redstone controlled about 80 percent of the voting stock of Viacom and CBS through his private holding company, National Amusements. In November 2019, his fortune was estimated at $3.9 billion. By Dec. 5, 2019, the first day of trading for the remarried ViacomCBS, it had dropped to a still formidable $2.6 billion. And in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, it was valued at $3 billion in May 2020.

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/12/sumner-redstone.html

Trump thinks THIS is a compelling message...


Manisha Sinha: Why Kamala Harris Matters to Me

New York Times

When I arrived in the United States in 1984, an Indian graduate student wanting to study African-American history, I was an anomaly. Most of my fellow South Asians were in STEM doctoral programs. During the Reagan years, I supported the Reverend Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition and the Democratic Socialists of America in their attempt to push the Democratic Party and the United States to the left. StilI, I could have ill-imagined that one day an African-American man would become the president or that a woman of Jamaican and Indian descent would be a candidate for the vice presidency.

After graduation, I interviewed across the country for positions in early American history. I was asked over and over again why, as an Indian woman, I chose to study the history of slavery and the Civil War. Usually, I described the connections between Mahatma Gandhi’s notion of satyagraha, the struggle for truth, and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s version of nonviolent resistance. The one interview where no one asked me that question was for a position in African-American Studies. I took that job.

Black Americans do not need to be told about the long relationship between the Black struggle for freedom and decolonization in Asia and Africa. As the Rev. James Lawson, the leading civil rights strategist of nonviolence, now 91, said at the funeral of Representative John Lewis, whom he mentored in Nashville, the civil rights movement was really “the nonviolent movement of America.” Reverend Lawson and his fellow activists set out to demonstrate, as he put it, “the efficacy of satyagraha, of soul force, of love truth, that we would have to do it in Nashville. And so I planned, as the strategist and organizer, a four-point Gandhian strategic program to create the campaign.” Nonviolent protest, personified by Gandhi and Dr. King, has deep roots in the abolition movement, specifically the pacifist ideas of William Lloyd Garrison and Henry David Thoreau’s “On Civil Disobedience.” They influenced Leo Tolstoy, who in turn influenced Gandhi. What goes around comes around.

When Barack Obama became president, I also stopped explaining my name to strangers. When asked which historical figure living or dead he would like to have dinner with, Mr. Obama said, “You know, I think it might be Gandhi, who is a real hero of mine.” I, like millions of Americans, especially African-Americans, immigrants and other people of color, felt, as Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote, that “we were eight years in power.” After the shock of Mr. Trump’s ascendance, the rise to national prominence of Kamala Harris, only the second Black woman to be elected to the Senate, has been therapeutic for me.

Inside Biden's unusual VP pick process: Tough questions, 11 finalists and many lawyers

Source: Washington Post

All the women with a shot at becoming Joe Biden’s running mate first had to face the same, sometimes jarring questions in an initial interview: What would your agenda be? What do you think Donald Trump’s nickname for you would be?

It was the opening gantlet of an arduous voyage — interviews followed by interviews in some cases, a public scrutiny that surfaced old foes or embarrassing quotes in the media, and for the 11 finalists, a deep examination by an individualized panel of 12 to 15 lawyers that culminated in time with Biden himself.

The process was in many ways unlike any other vice-presidential search in memory — taking place under an unusual public glare fostered by Biden’s early declaration that he would consider only women for the job, a decision that brought on fierce lobbying to further narrow the field by race. Hundreds of prominent Black activists, lawmakers and opinion leaders called on Biden to choose a Black woman, effectively putting him in a political bind as he mulled his most consequential decision as a presidential candidate.


Interviews with people briefed on the Biden vice-presidential selection effort described a process Tuesday that was extensive and laborious, with no certainty of outcome, even though Biden eventually landed on the former primary rival many had predicted from the start.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/inside-bidens-unusual-vp-pick-process-tough-questions-11-finalists-and-many-lawyers/2020/08/11/75511cbc-dc24-11ea-809e-b8be57ba616e_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-high_veep-ticktock-1115pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory-ans

Let the next California parlor game begin: Who would replace Harris?


— Secretary of State Alex Padilla: A longtime friend and early endorser of Newsom, widely liked in his party, Padilla, 47, may be a sure bet — and the ultimate history-making choice. California’s Secretary of State has been a high-profile Democratic voice, and a regular on cable TV, on key issues including vote-by-mail and the importance of the U.S. Census.

— Attorney General Xavier Becerra: Becerra, 62, has been the frontline of the “State of Resistance’’ opposition to Trump’s administration, having filed more than five dozen lawsuits to challenge the president on everything from sanctuary cities to water rights. "DC savvy, son of Mexican immigrants ... ready on Day One, husband of a doctor — and one of House leaders on the Affordable Care Act," and Los Angeles-based, Skelton said. But despite being Latino, being the top cop in California in a year when law enforcement abuses are in the spotlight could shave his chances.

— Rep. Karen Bass: High on Biden’s VP list, a longtime supporter and insider with Speaker Nancy Pelosi — who would almost certainly weigh in — Bass, 66, has already made history. The LA-area lawmaker was the first female African American Assembly speaker in California and the country.

— Lt. Governor Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis: Before becoming California’s first female lieutenant governor, Kounalakis, 54, was appointed by President Barack Obama to be ambassador to Hungary, the first Greek-American woman to hold such a diplomatic post. Kounalakis has deep experience in trade and immigration issues — as former chair of the California International Trade and Investment Advisory Council and as a fellow at the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research. The daughter of wealthy Sacramento-based developer Angelo Tsakopoulos, Kounalakis — herself former president of the AKT Development firm — has already expressed interest in moving up the political ladder and running for governor at the end of Newsom’s potential two terms in 2026.

— San Francisco Mayor London Breed: Mentored by Harris, Breed at 45 has already become one of America’s star female African American mayors. She’s got a riveting life story, growing up in San Francisco’s public housing, and she’s gotten kudos for tough handling of Covid-19 in her city, one of the first major cities to shut down. Representing a new generation of Democratic leaders, “she's tough and ... she's definitely a pro-business Democrat right who’s right in line with Gavin thinking," said San Francisco Democratic strategist Jim Stearns, who is currently advising state Senate candidate Jackie Fielder.

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