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O'Rourke's campaign is cratering. But he's got a plan to bring back 'Betomania.'

The Texas Democrat spoke to NBC News about why it's too early to count him out.

July 21, 2019, 6:00 AM EDT
By Alex Seitz-Wald

EL PASO, Texas — Beto O'Rourke has gone from phenom to front-runner to flailing in five months, and so he came home to this dusty border town last week to regroup, prepare for the next debate, and try to recast himself as the underdog in a Democratic presidential race in which many have already counted him out.

O'Rourke says that he doesn't plan to change his freewheeling style much, but that a top priority now is to raise the money to keep building his campaign organization so it will be ready to rebound.

"If you remember in Texas, it didn't happen overnight," O'Rourke told NBC News of his Senate race last year against Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. "It was a really long process that was against the odds, very often counted down and out."

He said of the current Democratic primary, "I think it's a really small minority of Americans who have made up their mind and maybe a relatively small minority of Americans who are paying close attention."

Dark horse is a mantel O'Rourke has worn well for most of his political career, from his early campaigns for City Council here and for Congress, both against entrenched incumbents in Democratic primaries, to his long shot bid against Cruz that made him a national star, even though he lost.


GOP Congressman Attacks Kirsten Gillibrand for Wanting to Keep Poison Out of School Lunches

By Tommy Christopher Jul 20th, 2019, 3:42 pm

North Dakota Republican Congressman Kelly Armstrong attacked New York Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand for wanting to keep school lunches free of a pesticide that the Obama administration wanted to ban, but which the Trump administration greenlit this week.

Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency announced, this week, that it will not ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos for agricultural use, despite the fact that it is already banned for household use, and has the potential to damage brain development in children — according to studies produced by the EPA.

The potential harm to children was also not enough to keep one Republican congressman from attacking Senator Gillibrand for introducing a bill aimed at keeping children from being exposed to chlorpyrifos in their school lunches.

At a recent congressional hearing on Kellyanne Conway’s Hatch Act violations, Rep. Armstrong took things to a bizarre place as he was questioning the Office of Special Counsel’s Henry Kerner about whether certain hypothetical situations would constitute such a violation.

In one of many hypotheticals he posed, Armstrong attacked Gillibrand’s bill, and literally said that trying to keep poison out of children’s food constitutes “interfering with school lunch programs.”

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Trump Continues Attack on Congresswomen: 'I Don't Believe' They're 'Capable of Loving Our Country

Source: Mediaite

Trump Continues Attack on Dem Congresswomen: ‘I Don’t Believe’ They’re ‘Capable of Loving Our Country’

By Ken MeyerJul 21st, 2019, 8:45 am

Once again, President Donald Trump is going on the offensive against Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley.

As Trump comes off a week of controversy for his racist tweets and the “send her back” chants at his most recent campaign rally, he is again calling the four representatives “weak & insecure people” who are incapable of loving America.


The president also took aim at Washington Post over a report released on Saturday that described how his remarks caused an firestorm for Trumpworld as his friends and allies tried to do damage control after his initial “go back” tweets. The report says the Trump Campaign was “caught off guard” by his remarks, plus it described a litany of named and unnamed GOP figures trying to find ways to deal with the fallout from the chants.


And finally there’s this:


Read more: https://www.mediaite.com/trump/trump-continues-attack-on-dem-congresswomen-i-dont-believe-theyre-capable-of-loving-our-country/

Trump Predicts 65 Percent Approval Rating, But His Poll Average Has Never Been Above 46

Something tells me he's going to go after Iran BIG time. -- Don

By Tommy ChristopherJul 20th, 2019, 8:19 a.m.

President Donald Trump is claiming that his approval rating either is or will eventually be as high as 65 percent, despite the fact that his average job approval has never exceeded 46 percent.


In that poll, which is a consistent outlier in Trump’s favor, 4 percent disapproved of Trump’s performance.

On Saturday morning, Trump retweeted that same message, and appeared to claim that either Rasmussen’s generous rating was significantly undercounting his support, or that his support will grow significantly by the time the next election rolls around. “You can add 10% or 15% to this number,” Trump tweeted, and extolled the performance of the U.S. economy.




Prosecutions for child sex trafficking plummet under Trump: Maybe it's a coincidence

Despite Epstein case, sex-trafficking prosecutions fall by 26% — likely because of focus on border crossings


JULY 18, 2019 10:00AM (UTC)

Despite the recent arrest of financier Jeffrey Epstein on child sex trafficking charges, federal prosecutions of child sex traffickers have fallen by more than 26 percent under President Trump.

Federal prosecutors are on pace to file 162 child sex trafficking cases this fiscal year, marking a 26.7 percent drop from last year and a 32.2 percent drop from five years ago, according to a report from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC).

“If the present pace of such prosecutions continues, the fiscal 2019 total will be 162, compared to 221 last year,” the report said, adding that 2019 marked the second year that such prosecutions have fallen in a “reversal of the growth trend during the Obama years.”

Despite the drop since Trump took office, the number of federal child sex trafficking prosecutions is more than 90 percent higher than it was a decade earlier. Such prosecutions increased threefold during Obama’s presidency.

The data shows that U.S. attorneys, all of whom are appointed by the president, are prosecuting far fewer cases that were referred to them by federal and state investigators. During Obama’s final year in office, federal prosecutors pursued about 49 percent of child sex trafficking cases referred to them. That number has fallen to just 39 percent this fiscal year.


George Conway nails Trump after his latest Twitter meltdown: 'You deserve no one's respect'

George Conway nails Trump after his latest Twitter meltdown: ‘You deserve no one’s respect’

Published 1 min ago on July 19, 2019
By Travis Gettys

Conservative attorney George Conway mocked his wife’s boss for griping about a critical column about him published by the New York Times.

The president unleashed a Twitter tirade against Times columnist Thomas Friedman over his widely discussed column this week, titled “Trump Will Be Re-elected, Won’t He?” Trump griped that Friedman had called him a racist after speaking respectfully to him by phone.

“Really Nasty to me in his average I.Q. Columns, kissed my a.. on the call,” Trump tweeted. “Phony!”

Conway, the husband of White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, ridiculed the president’s anger and reputation.




Owning The Libs By Selling Trump Campaign...Straws

By Kate Riga
July 19, 2019 8:28 am

Of all the President Donald Trump merchandise available on his reelection campaign website, one product really sucks: straws.

“Liberal paper straws don’t work,” reads the product description. “STAND WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP and buy your pack of recyclable straws today.”

The ten-pack of straws, which can be yours for the low, low price of $15.00 (plus tax and shipping) are — literally just plain red plastic straws with the word “Trump” stamped on the side.

If there was ever any doubt, let it hereby be laid to rest — Trump is a straw man.



July presidential debate could be the finale for up to half the candidates

By Annie Linskey and Michael Scherer July 19 at 6:00 AM

The prime-time Democratic debate in Detroit late this month could be a season finale for as many as half the candidates who have made the stage, as they struggle to meet the higher qualification requirements that will go into effect for later televised gatherings.

Just six candidates have met the combined polling and donor thresholds needed to appear onstage for the debate in mid-September, according to public surveys and self-reported donor counts. Four of the others are close to passing both tests, according to a Washington Post analysis of the field.

But for the remaining 14 candidates, including 10 who will appear on the July debate stage, securing a lectern and therefore a chance to speak directly to millions of voters gets much more complicated.

Top aides to several campaigns said they are either changing their strategy or effectively abandoning hope of being onstage in September and aiming instead for the October debate, which has the same donor and polling thresholds.


Trump and the GOP are sneaking a Trojan horse into the 2020 dialogue

By Aaron Blake
July 19 at 6:00 AM

One of the byproducts of President Trump’s norm-busting presidency is that things that used to be regarded as beyond the pale are suddenly normalized. With the envelope being pushed so far and the larger provocations dominating the news, lesser ones slip by largely unnoticed.

Such is the case with Trump’s “go back” rhetoric and the “send her back” chants it spawned. While our focus has been trained on whether it’s okay to hint that political opponents should leave the country, Trump and his fellow Republicans have sneaked a Trojan horse of a talking point into the 2020 debate.

That talking point: that their Democratic opponents are anti-American.

One of the first members to criticize the “send her back” chants about Somali American Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) Wednesday night in North Carolina was Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.). But even while he tweeted that the chants were “painful to our friends in the minority communities,” he qualified it by saying that Omar’s “history, words & actions reveal her great disdain for both America & Israel.”


Calling for the deportation of lawful American citizens who have committed no crimes? That’s bad. Saying they hate this country? That’s apparently okay — even in the same breath. The Walker tweet, better than anything, shows just how concerted the GOP effort is to insert this once-eschewed attack line into the 2020 debate.

Trump laid the groundwork in his tweets Sunday that launched the current controversy, labeling the four nonwhite Democratic freshman congresswomen “anti-Semitic” and “anti-America.” By Monday morning, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) suggested Trump should “aim higher” and not attack people personally, but he also said these members “hate our own country” and are “anti-America.” (Nothing personal about that, apparently.)


Delaney denies report staff asked him to drop out of 2020 race

BY MARINA PITOFSKY - 07/19/19 09:51 AM EDT

Former Rep. John Delaney is denying a report that his campaign staff ask him to drop out of the Democratic presidential primary.

A report in Axios on Friday morning said Delaney’s senior team sat down with the former Maryland congressman on July 9 and told him to drop out of the race by mid-August.

The outlet also reported that Delaney, who was the first Democratic candidate to announce a campaign 721 days ago, has spent $19 million on the campaign trail.

Delaney denied both the meeting and the report on his campaign spending in a statement Friday morning, saying the report was incorrect.

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