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What if Trump won't accept 2020 defeat?

The situations all seem far-fetched, but the president's comments have people chattering in the halls of Congress and throughout the Beltway.

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/21/trump-election-2020-1374589

In 2016, Donald Trump waffled over whether he would accept the election results if he lost.

Since then, Trump has repeatedly joked about staying in office beyond the two terms the Constitution allows. Jerry Falwell Jr., Trump’s most prominent evangelical supporter, has suggested Trump should get two years tacked on to his first term as “pay back” for the Mueller investigation. The president’s own former lawyer, Michael Cohen, has warned that “there will never be a peaceful transition of power” should Trump fail in his reelection bid.

The scenarios all seem far-fetched — “It’s almost a question for science fiction movies,” cracked a former top Secret Service official — but the constant drumbeat nonetheless has people chattering in the halls of Congress and throughout the Beltway: What if Trump won’t accept defeat in 2020?

And one scenario in particular has Democrats nervous: the lawsuit-happy Trump contests the election results in court.

“It’s been a worry in the back of my mind for the last couple years now,” said Rep. Brendan Boyle, a Pennsylvania Democrat. California Rep. Ted Lieu, a frequent Trump critic and early impeachment inquiry supporter, acknowledged the same concern but said he trusted law enforcement “would do the right thing” and “install the winner” of the election. Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has told her party to prepare for the possibility that Trump contests the 2020 results.

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Gov. Steve Bullock, after missing out on June Democratic debate, qualifies for July face-off

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/gov-steve-bullock-missing-june-democratic-debate-qualifies/story?id=63785068

Despite missing the cutoff for the first Democratic debate scheduled for later this month, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock might get a shot at the second round of debates in July, the Democratic National Committee confirmed Tuesday.

An Iowa poll conducted by CBS News and YouGov qualified the governor for the debate under the DNC's rules, a DNC spokesperson told ABC News.

POLITICO first reported the governor's qualification, which was immediately celebrated by Bullock's team.

"As the only candidate who has won a Trump state, we are excited that Gov. Steve Bullock’s important voice will be on the stage for the second debate," Bullock's campaign manager Jenn Ridder said in a statement.

The Montana governor's qualification for the debate does not, however, guarantee Bullock's place on the stage -- a nuance triggered by the DNC's participant cap for the debates, which stands at only 20 candidates. Bullock is the 21st Democratic candidate to qualify for the July debate in Detroit, which means tie-breaker rules outlined by the DNC are expected to come into play to decide which of the candidates actually take the stage.

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Steve Bullock makes other plans for debate night

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/18/bullock-makes-debate-night-plans-1366752

Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana, after failing to qualify for the first Democratic presidential debates, announced on Tuesday morning that he would be participating in locally televised town halls in Iowa and New Hampshire on the days of the dueling events next week.

Bullock will appear June 26 on Iowa’s WHO-TV with Dave Price, and June 27 on New Hampshire’s WMUR with Adam Sexton. The appearances will be televised ahead of the debates in Miami rather than concurrently.

Bullock and his campaign have been hustling to turn his debate-outcast status into an advantage, with a round of free media coverage prompted by his willingness to attack the Democratic National Committee for its rules on polling and donor thresholds.

“DNC is saying Governor Bullock doesn’t qualify for the debates. That’s horses**t,” one Montana voter said in a campaign web ad (see below) released last Friday.

Bullock did not enter the race until mid-May and was virtually unknown nationally, making it difficult to reach 1 percent in three qualifying polls or collect 65,000 donors. Twenty other Democrats met the threshold and will appear in the debates.

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One thing I am puzzled on is why he is (other than the almost 90 year old fringe candidate Gravel) the only one of the twenty-four 2020 Democratic candidates to NOT be attending Rep. Jim Clyburn's SC Fish Fry. Seems like a mistake to miss that. I just hope, if he doesn't see a path to the nomination (or being picked as a VP) that he re-considers and runs for the Senate against Daines in Montana. (Yes, I say that every time I post about him, because he and Stacey Abrams are the two biggest refusals to run for the Senate so far, as both are probably the only candidates who can flip MT and GA to Blue. I might add Susan Rice in Maine to that list, as the repugnant Susan Collins was still polling pretty high (62% approval several months back) and I just do not know if anyone other than Rice has the statute and buzz needed to take her arse out. Hopefully that drastically all changes.

The Most LGBTQ-Friendly City in Every Red State in America

https://www.thrillist.com/travel/nation/most-gay-friendly-city-in-every-red-state-in-america



The Queer Eye guys came, they saw, they tszuj’d. After blowing through rural Georgia and suburban Kansas City in the three, tear-filled seasons of their Netflix hit, the Fab Five finally achieved what countless community and activist groups couldn’t before: Full-blown equality and acceptance of “the gays.”

We’re done now, right?

Ah, wishful thinking is such a privilege. Even in the year of our lord, 2019, the US is still a sea of red (trigger warning: the 2016 presidential electoral map is bleak). But don’t be discouraged: The arc of American history is long, and it's rainbow-colored.

Back in those naive, hopeful days of 2016, the Republican candidate for president won 30 states, making them, for the next four years, "red states." Thirty is a lot of states, all with varying levels of protections for their LGBTQIA+ citizens, but we can safely generalize on this: As a group, these states are lagging. Nationwide, the Human Rights Campaign counts 31 states that don't have comprehensive laws to protect LGBTQIA+ people from discrimination in housing, in employment, and in receiving services. Of those 31 states, Trump won 29.

That's the discouraging news, if you're living in any of those states, or if you care about equal rights. The better news is, states are hardly monoliths. In every one, cities are ahead of the curve in making life more welcoming -- and more safe -- for diverse peoples. "Cities are the most immediate iteration of democracy that we have," says Xavier Persad, legislative counsel for the HRC in Washington, DC.

City councils are simply faster and more nimble than state legislatures. They've got to be. Cities in the likes of Wyoming and Kentucky and Arkansas are the best chance for leading their deep-red states toward overdue changes. It's easy to sniff at the slow progress in Mississippi -- but who in America is fighting the good fight like Jesse Pandolfo, who runs the gay bar in Jackson? Likewise you might fault Iowa for flipping back to red in 2016 -- but almost no one is pushing harder for broad civil equality than the people of Iowa City.

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Tory leadership: Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are final two

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-48711077

Jeremy Hunt has promised Boris Johnson "the fight of his life" as the two compete to become the next Conservative leader and PM.

Mr Johnson said he was "honoured" to get the backing of 160 MPs in the final ballot of the party's MPs - more than half of the total.

Mr Hunt got 77 votes - two more votes than the next candidate Michael Gove.

Mr Johnson and Mr Hunt now face a vote involving up to 160,000 Tory members, with a result due by late July.

All 313 Conservative MPs took part in the final ballot in the House of Commons, with one paper spoilt.

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NYT: Democrats Can Win Florida in 2020 But they have to work a lot harder and they have to do it now

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/20/opinion/democrats-florida-2020.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

MIAMI — Thousands of supporters of President Trump packed the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday evening, as he officially began his campaign for re-election. Florida was a shrewd choice: Republicans know that the largest swing state is key to securing the White House for another four years.

“We’re out in the lead right now with money, organization, in every way,” Mr. Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, told reporters in Miami last month. Republicans see Latinos as their path to victory. That’s why the president named a Cuban-American to lead his state operation. And his administration’s sanctions against Venezuela and restrictions on Cuba are more about winning Florida than anything else.

Democrats, on the other hand, are habitually late. They assume demography is destiny and think their policies speak for themselves. Neither Joe Biden nor Pete Buttigieg mentioned Cuba or Venezuela when they attended fund-raisers in Miami last month, crucial issues to South Florida Latinos.

I run a voter mobilization organization called the New Florida Majority and I have long known that independent progressive groups do a better job of the nuts-and-bolts of politicking here — canvassing, voter registration, organizing — than the Democratic Party.

If the Democrats are serious about winning in 2020, they need to more meaningfully invest in organizing. And they should target people who have long been ignored by both parties, so-called low-propensity voters. In fact, these voters determined the outcome of the Democratic primary for governor in 2018 and brought the general election for that office down to the wire.

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Senate Blocks Trump Administration's Arms Sales to Gulf Nations in Bipartisan Rebuke

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/20/us/politics/saudi-arms-sales.html

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted to block the sale of billions of dollars of munitions to Saudi Arabia on Thursday, in a sharp and bipartisan rebuke of the Trump administration’s attempt to circumvent Congress to allow the exports by declaring an emergency over Iran.

In the first of a series of three back-to-back votes, Republicans joined Democrats to register their growing anger with the administration’s use of emergency power to cut lawmakers out of national security decisions, as well as the White House’s unflagging support for the Saudis despite congressional pressure to punish Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after the killing last October of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

No other foreign policy issue has created as large a rift between Mr. Trump and Congress, and the vote to block the arms sales deepens the divide. It is the second time in months that members of President Trump’s own party have publicly opposed his foreign policy, with both the House and Senate approving bipartisan legislation this spring to cut off military assistance to Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen using the 1973 War Powers Act, only to see it vetoed in April.

While the Democratic-controlled House is also expected to block the sales, Mr. Trump has pledged to veto the legislation, and it is unlikely that either chamber could muster enough support to override the president’s veto.

“This vote is a vote for the powers of this institution to be able to continue to have a say on one of the most critical elements of U.S. foreign policy and national security,” said Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee and lead sponsor of the resolutions of disapproval. “To not let that be undermined by some false emergency and to preserve that institutional right, regardless of who sits in the White House.”

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NYT: 18 Questions With Steve Bullock

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/us/politics/steve-bullock-2020-campaign.html

Mr. Bullock has vowed to elevate the issue of campaign finance and make Democrats competitive in the country’s interior. He railed against “dark money” in politics and said he supported the death penalty “in limited circumstances.”

THE QUESTIONS

1. In an ideal world, would anyone own handguns?
2. Would your focus be improving the Affordable Care Act or replacing it with single payer?
3. Do you think it’s possible for the next president to stop climate change?
4. Do you think Israel meets international standards of human rights?
5. Who is your hero, and why?
6. Would there be American troops in Afghanistan at the end of your first term?
7. How many hours of sleep do you get a night?
8. Do you think illegal immigration is a major problem in the United States?
9. Where would you go on your first international trip as president?
10. Describe the last time you were embarrassed. Why?
11. Do you think President Trump has committed crimes in office?
12. Do you support or oppose the death penalty?
13. Should tech giants like Facebook, Amazon and Google be broken up?
14. Are you open to expanding the size of the Supreme Court?
15. When did your family first arrive in the United States, and how?
16. What is your comfort food on the campaign trail?
17. What do you do to relax?
18. Does anyone deserve to have a billion dollars?

Joe Biden's Full Speech/Questions at Poor People's Campaign Presidential Forum Today



Watch live coverage of the Poor People’s Campaign Presidential Forum where 2020 candidates will be questioned directly from the nation’s poor. Hosted at Trinity University in Washington, candidates including former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and others, will discuss solutions for systematic racism and poverty in the U.S. MSNBC’s Joy Reid moderates. 10 Democratic presidential candidates spoke at the Poor People’s Campaign Presidential Forum in Washington, DC.

Pro-Gun Parkland Student Loses Admission To Harvard Over 'Offensive' Racial Slurs

https://theguardiansofdemocracy.com/pro-gun-parkland-student-loses-admission-to-harvard-over-offensive-racial-slurs/

Harvard University has revoked the admission of conservative pundit and Parkland shooting survivor Kyle Kashuv after recently surfaced screenshots showed him using racial slurs a few months before the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Kashuv, who became a vocal anti-gun control activist after the shooting, announced on Monday in a lengthy Twitter thread that the university had pulled his admission in a letter citing concerns about “maturity and moral character,” an apparent reference to the racial slurs.

https://twitter.com/KyleKashuv/status/1140605133346283521

Kyle Kashuv
‏Verified account
@KyleKashuv

1/ THREAD: Harvard rescinded my acceptance.

Three months after being admitted to Harvard Class of 2023, Harvard has decided to rescind my admission over texts and comments made nearly two years ago, months prior to the shooting.

I have some thoughts. Here’s what happened.

3:00 PM - 17 Jun 2019

“A few weeks ago, I was made aware of egregious and callous comments classmates and I made privately years ago – when I was 16 years old, months before the shooting – in an attempt to be as extreme and shocking as possible,” Kashuv explained. “I immediately apologized.”

Texts and Skype messages show Kashuv repeatedly using racial slurs and making derogatory remarks, and classmates said they believed he was racist, according to The Washington Times and HuffPost.

According to the Daily Beast: “In a shared Google Doc with classmates, Kashuv repeatedly wrote the word ‘n—er,’ adding ‘im really good at typing n—er ok.’ In another message, Kashuv called black student athletes ‘n—erjocks.’ ”

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Elizabeth Warren wrote AOC's entry in the Time 100

https://boingboing.net/2019/06/16/elizabeth-warren-wrote-aocs.html

Fast rising Democratic Presidential candidate and US Senator from the state of Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren wrote Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez entry in Time Magazine's list of 2019's most influential leaders.

Time:

The year 2008 was a reckoning. While millions of Americans lost their livelihoods to Wall Street’s greed, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lost her dad to lung cancer, and her family fell off a financial cliff. She watched as our government bailed out Wall Street while it ignored families like hers. She learned the hard way that in America today, Washington protects the powerful while leaving hardworking people behind.

Her commitment to putting power in the hands of the people is forged in fire. Coming from a family in crisis and graduating from school with a mountain of debt, she fought back against a rigged system and emerged as a fearless leader in a movement committed to demonstrating what an economy, a planet and a government that works for everyone should look like.

A year ago, she was taking orders across a bar. Today, millions are taking cues from her. She reminds all of us that even while greed and corruption slow our progress, even while armies of lobbyists swarm Washington, in our democracy, true power still rests with the people. And she’s just getting started.


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