December 8, 2019

Election 2020 Lead

Election 2020 Features

Roberts seems to hold key to first Supreme Court case over gun rights in 9 years – WJLA
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Roberts seems to hold key to first Supreme Court case over gun rights in 9 years – WJLA

Chief Justice John Roberts appeared Monday to be the key vote in whether the Supreme Court considers expanding gun rights or sidesteps its first case on the issue in nearly 10 years.
The court’s dismissal of the case would be a disappointment to gun-rights advocates and a huge relief to gun-control groups. Both sides thought a conservative Supreme Court majority fortified by two appointees of President Donald Trump, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, might use the case to expand on landmark decisions from a decade ago that established a right to keep a gun at home for self-defense.
The arguments dealt with a dispute over New York City restrictions on taking licensed, locked and unloaded guns outside the city limits. New York has dropped its transport ban, but only after the high court decided in January to hear the case.

Headlines 2020

  • Conservative Group Drops $150K in Ad Buy Targeting Axne on Impeachment – Caffeinated Thoughts

    The American Action Network announced on Monday that they would spend $150,000 on television and digital ad buys for an ad that targets U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, on the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

    The ad, titled “Didn’t,” cites a Caffeinated Thoughts report of a meet and greet Axne held in Mount Ayr, Iowa last month. During that event when she was pressed about impeachment she said, “I didn’t run for this seat to impeach the president.”

  • 2020 Daily Trail Markers: Trump gives Bloomberg reporters the boot – CBS News

    President Trump’s reelection campaign announced Monday it will not credential Bloomberg News reporters after the news outlet said it would not investigate owner and presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg and his fellow Democratic competitors. At the same time, Bloomberg News’ editor-in-chief John Micklethwait said that it does plan to “continue to investigate the Trump administration, as the government of the day.”
    “As President Trump’s campaign, we are accustomed to unfair reporting practices, but most news organizations don’t announce their biases so publicly,”

  • Trade deal presents political conundrum for Democrats – Virginia Mercury

    A massive trade deal represents their best shot at showing they can do so — but passing it would hand Trump a major political victory as he heads into the election year.
    Blocking the deal, on the other hand, would also exact a heavy political toll. If Congress doesn’t ratify the “new NAFTA,” Democrats may not have a major legislative achievement to point to on the campaign trail next year — which could open them up to GOP charges of inaction and an “obsession” with impeachment.

Election Briefs

  • Excerpt: Michigan is headed for a hotly contested Senate race next year as Sen. Gary Peters (D) faces off against Republican John James, a 38-year-old African American military veteran who’s widely seen as a rising star within the GOP. The Senate race
  • New York’s most vulnerable Democrat — freshman Congressman Max Rose — joined the legions of Republicans criticizing the state’s criminal justice reforms Monday, blasting the measures as going “too far, too fast.”
    “We can and we must ensure our justice system is fair and maintains our public safety — but the fact is with the bail and discovery reforms Albany went too far, too fast,” Rose said in a statement.
    Former House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy responded Monday to former FBI attorney Lisa Page after she broke her silence in an interview with The Daily Beast.
    “When she says things need to be put in context, the word ‘loathsome’ really doesn’t need to be put in context,” Gowdy said on “The Story with Martha MacCallum.” “And when you say somebody will be a national security disaster, that doesn’t need to be put in context.”

  • New York’s most vulnerable Democrat — freshman Congressman Max Rose — joined the legions of Republicans criticizing the state’s criminal justice reforms Monday, blasting the measures as going “too far, too fast.”
    “We can and we must ensure our justice system is fair and maintains our public safety — but the fact is with the bail and discovery reforms Albany went too far, too fast,” Rose said in a statement.

  • Anxiety about global warming is skyrocketing in the Western world to the point one psychiatrist says, “I believe that everyone now has some climate anxiety.” It’s no wonder. Western leaders stoke the fires. On November 28, 2019, the European parliament declared a global climate emergency. Its members were responding in part to a children’s crusade to save the planet. In March 2019, millions of children in over 120 countries skipped school to embark on what has become a series of “climate strikes.” Young speakers raised alarming…

  • In two new national polls appearing today, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is experiencing a jump in support attributable to his massive ad spending. In the huge Morning Consult tracking poll, Bloomberg’s up to 5.3 percent. Last week in the same survey he was at 2.4 percent. Similarly, in the HarrisX/Hill poll, he’s doubled his support from three percent two weeks ago to six percent now.

  • Staten Island, parts of Southern Brooklyn), as the Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence & Counterterrorism, along with other Congresspersons, held a press conference at Newark Liberty International Airport to demand that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) ban pressure cookers.
    Pressure cookers have in some cases in the past been used as bombs by terrorists. “To be quite honest, I couldn’t believe that pressure cookers weren’t already prohibited from being a carry-on.

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