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In Interview, Trump Vows to Counter the Left's 'Culture War'

Philip Wegmann - July 8, 2020


At the foot of Mount Rushmore on the Fourth of July, President Trump redrew the battle lines of the election, describing the contest not just as a referendum on his handling of the economy or his response to the coronavirus, but as a struggle against those who aim “to overthrow the American Revolution.” He reiterated the message three days later, telling RealClearPolitics in an Oval Office interview that “we are in a culture war.” Trump had warned at Rushmore that the country is under assault from “a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes,...

Violence Surges in Many Cities as Dem Officials Push Defunding Police

Colleen Long - July 8, 2020


NEW YORK (AP) — Still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic and street protests over the police killing of George Floyd, exhausted cities around the nation are facing yet another challenge: a surge in shootings that has left dozens dead, including young children. The spike defies easy explanation, experts say, pointing to the toxic mix of issues facing America in 2020: an unemployment rate not seen in a generation, a pandemic that has killed more than 130,000 people, stay-at-home orders, rising anger over police brutality, intense stress, even the...

Presented by Author Steven Shafarman: Trump Interview; TikTok; Harding's Better Half

Carl M. Cannon - July 8, 2020

Good morning. It’s Wednesday, July 8, 2020. I’ve been thinking about first ladies this week. Monday was Nancy Reagan’s 99th birthday and in yesterday’s note I mentioned how Nancy helped Sandra Day O’Connor cope with a cancer diagnosis. In addition, C-SPAN is re-airing its informative 2013-2014 series on the presidents’ wives each evening (and I’m in one of them). First ladies tend to be more popular than their mates. There are several reasons for this -- and there are exceptions to the rule. Also, not all first ladies wear well with time. Which brings...

Mexico President Heads to Washington for Meeting With Trump

Christopher Sherman - July 8, 2020


MEXICO CITY (AP) — For his first foreign trip as president, Mexico’s Andrés Manuel López Obrador travels to Washington Tuesday to meet with President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly taken shots at Mexico and Mexican migrants to rally his base. The visit, coming just four months before U.S. elections, has many Mexicans cringing. Trump has insulted them, threatened crippling tariffs to strongarm Mexico into playing an uncomfortable role in U.S. immigration policy and insisted they will pay for a border wall meant to keep migrants out of the U.S. But López...


Trump Pushes State, Local Leaders to Reopen Schools in Fall

Collin Binkley - July 8, 2020


(AP) -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday launched an all-out effort pressing state and local officials to reopen schools this fall, arguing that some are keeping schools closed not because of the risks from the coronavirus pandemic but for political reasons. “They think it’s going to be good for them politically, so they keep the schools closed,” Trump said at a White House discussion on school plans for the fall. “No way. We’re very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools.” The White House’s round-table...

U.S. Notifies U.N. of Withdrawal From World Health Organization

Matthew Lee - July 8, 2020


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations of its withdrawal from the World Health Organization, although the pullout won’t take effect until next year, meaning it could be rescinded under a new administration or if circumstances change. Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said he would reverse the decision on his first day in office if elected. The withdrawal notification makes good on President Donald Trump’s vow in late May to terminate U.S. participation in the WHO, which he has...

With TikTok Rally Sabotage, Election Interference Morphs Again

Kalev Leetaru - July 8, 2020


In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s campaign rally in a half-empty Tulsa arena, Democrats openly cheered the revelation that activists had used Chinese social media platform TikTok to mislead the campaign into expecting a vastly larger crowd. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gleefully tweeted that the Trump campaign had been “ROCKED by teens on TikTok” who “make me so proud” and that “we see and appreciate your contributions in the fight for justice.” A closer consideration of the Chinese ownership of TikTok, however, raises serious concerns about the future...

Selective Media Reporting Further Fuels Our Racial Divide

John R. Lott Jr. - July 8, 2020


On Saturday, a man drove his car onto a Seattle freeway that had been closed by a Black Lives Matter crowd. The driver killed one person and seriously injured another after going the wrong way up a ramp and then around a barricade. Reports noted that police “don’t believe impairment was a factor.” Over the weekend, news outlets replayed the brutal hit, but there’s one thing you won’t learn from their coverage: The driver was black and his victims were white. NPR linked this attack to other car-ramming incidents by “right-wing extremists targeting...


Not All Black Lives Matter to Black Lives Matter

Ben Shapiro - July 8, 2020


This week, CNN's Don Lemon, who has spent the last few weeks bashing the supposed thoroughgoing systemic racism of the United States, hosted black actor Terry Crews. He then proceeded to browbeat Crews, who had committed the great sin of tweeting, "#ALLBLACKLIVESMATTER 9 black CHILDREN killed by violence in Chicago since June 20, 2020." Lemon specifically objected to Crews' hashtag. After Lemon humbly informed Crews that he has skin "as tough as an armadillo," he then lectured: "The Black Lives Matter movement was started because it was talking about police brutality. ... But that's not what...

Yikes! It's Airborne

Betsy McCaughey - July 8, 2020


If you're working in an office or eating in a restaurant and someone 30 feet away exhales tiny particles of coronavirus, those particles can drift across the room and infect you. Picture cigarette smoke wafting across a room. Same thing. The precautions agencies like the World Health Organization and the federal CDC are telling you to take against this virus aren't good enough. Social distancing -- placing desks and restaurant tables six feet apart -- and washing your hands won't protect you from this airborne virus. That's not fear-mongering. It's science. New research from the National...

The Way to Repair U.S. Politics: More Competition

Morton Kondracke - July 7, 2020


The United States has been invaded by an enemy that’s killed more than 129,000 Americans so far and may take 160,000 before the end of July. You’d think our political leaders would be united on how to combat the COVID-19 crisis. But it’s turned into yet another partisan battle—over mask-wearing, social distancing, whether to trust scientists, how soon to reopen the economy and whether more federal aid is needed to cope with the consequences. The same is true about America’s other big crisis—what to do in the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd....

Will the Coronavirus Economy Hurt Dems' Chances in November?

Savannah Shoemake - July 7, 2020


Given the wide array of problems our country is facing, it is still unclear what issue will be top of mind for voters when they head to the polls in November. While many assume the coronavirus, which shows no signs of slowing, will be front and center, others argue that the economy will be the top priority, with potentially record levels unemployment and dwindling job opportunities stemming from pandemic-related closures.   Many of those in my party claim Republicans' handling of the health crisis should be their downfall in the 2020 election. But my fellow Democrats cannot strictly...


YouGov Polling: Biden Skeptics Are Moderate Democrats

Brett Parker - July 7, 2020


At the end of March, President Trump was on a roll: Having been acquitted by the Senate in February, he was taking credit for a coronavirus lockdown that “saved 2 million lives,” in his estimate, and was an odds-on favorite to win the 2020 election (a plus-seven-point margin in the RealClearPolitics betting average). RCP’s polling average placed his job approval rating at 47.4%, with over 50% approved of his handling of the COVID-19 crisis.  In the battleground states, he was running close to even with Joe Biden. Three months later, Trump’s approval rate is at...

A Culture War Battle Trump Can Win

Patrick Buchanan - July 7, 2020


Speaking at Mount Rushmore on Friday, and from the White House lawn on Saturday, July 4, Donald Trump recast the presidential race.  He seized upon an issue that can turn his fortunes around, and the wounded howls of the media testify to the power of his message. Standing beneath the mammoth carved images of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, Trump declared: "Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our founders, deface our most sacred memorials, and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities." These mobs are made up of Marxists, criminals and...

Virus or Economy Is a Futile Choice

Froma Harrop - July 7, 2020


Florida, Arizona, Texas and California are among the states that thought they could reopen early. They also got sloppy with requirements for wearing masks and social distancing. Now their ICUs are stretched to breaking with coronavirus patients. And guess what. For all that putting the public's health in jeopardy to help their economies, their economies are sick as well. A new Morning Consult poll strongly suggests that consumer confidence will not turn into spending without virus confidence. More than half those surveyed said they didn't feel safe inside a shopping center, according to...

Senior Citizens Will Be the 'Deciding Factor' in 2020 Election

Salena Zito - July 7, 2020


WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pennsylvania -- The ad shows a drive-by of a rural, post-industrial unnamed town in this western Pennsylvania county. The woman in the ad says her name is Janie. She is a fisher who caught two legal Northern pike the day her daughter was born, voted for Donald Trump in 2016 and now believes the choice was wrong because of his attempt to try to cut Medicaid. The most important bit of information in the ad is her age. She is 82 years old, and strategists and experts agree she and her peers may be the most important voting bloc in November's election. Not the suburban soccer...


If America Is So Racist, Why Are There So Many Race Hoaxes?

Dennis Prager - July 7, 2020


As I wrote nearly three years ago: "Perhaps the second greatest libel -- and certainly the most widespread -- is that America is a racist country that oppresses its minorities and women. We can call it the American Libel." (The greatest libel was the infamous blood libel, the fabricated charge spread in Europe for hundreds of years by Christian anti-Semites that Jews kill Christian children to use their blood to bake matzos -- unleavened bread -- for Passover.) But if America is so racist, why are there so many race hoaxes? Virtually every time we read about a swastika painted on a door, or a...

Presented by Author Steven Shafarman: Biden Skeptics; It's the Economy, Dems; Reagan's Choice

Carl M. Cannon - July 7, 2020

Good morning. It’s Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Thirty-nine years ago today, President Reagan chose Sandra Day O’Connor to be the Supreme Court’s first female justice. Although those in the right-to-life movement expressed reservations about her ambiguously stated views about abortion, Reagan’s first high court nominee sailed through the Senate confirmation process. Time would show that social conservatives’ doubts about O’Connor were not misplaced; even so, Reagan never second-guessed himself about his choice. I’ll have more about this...

Justices Rule States Can Bind Presidential Electors' Votes

Mark Sherman - July 7, 2020


WASHINGTON (AP) — In a decision flavored with references to “Hamilton” and “Veep,” the Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that states can require presidential electors to back their states’ popular vote winner in the Electoral College. The ruling, in cases in Washington state and Colorado just under four months before the 2020 election, leaves in place laws in 32 states and the District of Columbia that bind electors to vote for the popular-vote winner, as electors almost always do anyway. So-called faithless electors have not been critical to the...

Kanye West in 2020? Trump Says it Would Be ‘a Great Trial Run’

Philip Wegmann - July 7, 2020


Donald Trump takes Kanye West seriously. In an Oval Office interview Tuesday, the president told RealClearPolitics he has been watching intently as the music mogul mulls a bid for the White House. The two are friendly, and Trump welcomed him to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue before the 2018 midterms. They haven’t talked about presidential ambitions. And West has not registered as a candidate or put together a campaign committee or taken any of the traditional steps involved with a run for office. He has only tweeted. “We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying...