The Republican president has a job approval rating around 40 percent. The GOP has an unfavorability rating around 56 percent. And Republicans trail Democrats by nine points in an average of "generic ballot" polls. McCain´s opponents bridge the political divide following brain cancer diagnosis All of which makes it notable that the Republican National Committee is trouncing the Democratic National Committee when it comes to raising money, especially from small donors.The numbers are striking. In June, the RNC raised $13.5 million to the DNC´s $5.5 million. For 2017 so far, the RNC has raised $75.4 million to the DNC´s $38.2 million.
LAS VEGAS -- A New Jersey man with a degree in accounting is this year´s World Series of Poker champion. Scott Blumstein won the series´ marquee no-limit Texas Hold ´em main event early Sunday in Las Vegas surrounded by dozens of supporters including relatives and college friends. He is now more than $8.1 million richer after eliminating Pennsylvania´s Daniel Ott on the 246th hand of the final table, more than 60 hands with just the two of them with bricks of bills and a gold bracelet separating them. "I´m really happy about how I played tonight," said Blumstein, who´s 25. "... This
Did you enjoy “Made In America Week”? Did you even know it was “Made In America Week”? Well, it was. But thanks to President Donald Trump’s inability to get out of his own way and maintain any semblance of message discipline, the week-long celebration of American manufacturing went about as successfully as “Infrastructure Week.” Don’t remember that either? That’s the problem. Members of his inner circle say the president is frustrated, both with the media and with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. And who can blame him? Reports indicate Mueller is expanding his investigation to involve anything anyone named Trump ever has done
As New York City’s descent into pre-Giuliani disorder and squalor continues, Mayor Bill de Blasio busies himself with left-wing causes beyond satire. This week he unveiled a “cultural plan,” which consists largely of threatening museums with budgetary cuts unless they bump up their “diversity” hires. The Big Apple’s museums are too “elitist,” said de Blasio. Never mind that most of these museums are indistinguishable from minority studies programs at local colleges. It is impossible to visit a NYC museum without encountering PC exhibits of one kind or another. Indeed, those dominate most of their collections. It is hard to see how
An organization representing top state election officials is complaining it´s being kept in the dark by the federal government after a new report showed the Obama administration was quietly making extensive plans — including the possibility of deploying armed troops — in the case of an election day cyberattack or last-minute propaganda efforts from Russia. Time Magazine reported on a document it obtained showing the administration´s plans, which noted that state and local governments would have the primary jurisdiction, but called for the deployment of armed troops to counter a "significant incident." The plan allowed for the deployment of "armed federal law
Last year, after President-elect Trump picked Jeff Sessions to be attorney general, The New York Times editorial page called the Alabama senator “radical” and “extreme” and tarred him as an unrepentant racist and xenophobe. Last week, after Trump criticized Sessions and others, the same editorial page suddenly discovered a new fondness for Sessions. The Times now insisted that Trump had impugned his “integrity” and that of others “who have spent their careers respecting and protecting” the law. It’s not likely that Sessions is grateful for the embrace. He knows he’s just a pawn — dirt when Trump embraces him, and a saint
The news that President Trump’s legal team is already evaluating the scope of his pardon authority, as well as steps that can be taken to push back on the breadth of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, rippled across social media Thursday night. Of particular interest was that Mueller’s potential inquiry into the president’s financial dealings (and his tax returns) has apparently so incensed President Trump and resulted in a warning that the former FBI director should not cross that proverbial “red line.” President Trump, of course, has a long history of being a more-than-capable litigant in his pre-presidential life, and
It’s Thursday, July 20th. As of today, Donald Trump has been president for 6 months. The media coverage of the president is overwhelmingly negative: the press remains contemptuous, and they´re pushing to get him out before he completes his first term. Investors might think differently. The great success of the Trump presidency thus far, is not what he´s done, but what he promises to do, namely, get the economy going again. Evidently, investors believe he might yet get it done. Look at this: since his election win, the Trump rally has added $4.1 trillion to the nation´s wealth. Anyone with a
As readers of PJ Media´s daily feature, Hot Mic, are aware, I´m not a big fan of Amazon. In the guise of ease, efficiency and allegedly low prices, it´s crushing the life out of the retail section in the United States, demolishing bookstores, big-box stores, department stores, grocery stores, record stores, and even smaller retail outlets, putting small businessmen, struggling authors and garage bands out of business. In so doing, it´s also killing job prospects for entry-level workers who might actually not want to work at McDonald´s. In their place, it offers you Alexa, your very own electronic monitor and spy,
At least 90 people were hospitalized and another 50 were charged with underage drinking during the Hot 93.7 Hot Jam concert at Xfinity Theatre on Friday night, police and fire officials said. The number of people taken to the hospital on Friday night far exceeds what is typical for a concert in the city, Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley said. "A ´typical´ concert is around 20-30 transports. 60 would be very bad. We had 70 once and 90 last night," Foley said. "It depends on the act that is in town and the fan base age." Hartford Fire Capt. Raul
Norfolk, VA - President Trump on Saturday asserted the “complete power to pardon” relatives, aides and possibly even himself in response to investigations into Russia’s meddling in last year’s election, as he came to the defense of Attorney General Jeff Sessions just days after expressing regret about appointing him. (Snip) Presidents have the authority to pardon others for federal crimes, but legal scholars debate whether a president can pardon himself. Mr. Trump’s use of the word “complete” seemed to suggest he did not see a limit to that authority. “While all agree the U.S. President has the complete power to pardon,
On the day the Islamic State overran the Iraqi city of Mosul in 2014, it laid claim to one of the greatest weapons bonanzas ever to fall to a terrorist group: a large metropolis dotted with military bases and garrisons stocked with guns, bombs, rockets and even battle tanks. (Snip) When contained within the heavy shielding of a radiotherapy machine, cobalt-60 is used to kill cancer cells. In terrorists’ hands, it is the core ingredient of a “dirty bomb,” a weapon that could be used to spread radiation and panic. Western intelligence agencies were aware of the cobalt and watched anxiously for three years for signs that the militants might try to use it.
Trenton, NJ - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation Friday requiring the state to give guidance to public schools about policies for transgender students, including blocking the schools from forcing the students from using bathrooms that conflict with their gender identities. The civil rights group Garden State Equality applauded the Republican governor for signing the measure saying that Christie took a stand for LGBT youth. The law was passed by the Democrat-led Legislature after school districts around the state began passing their own rules to allow transgender students to use whichever bathroom they choose.
UK ministers say they are committed to resettling up to 3,000 children and families from the Middle East and North Africa, in addition to the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme. Local authorities across the country are currently supporting more than 4,000 unaccompanied asylum seeking children, they said. Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis said: “We are committed to fulfilling our commitment under the Dubs scheme as soon as possible and ensuring that children arrive in the UK safely. This is just one aspect of a much wider response. We have committed to resettling 23,000 people directly from regions of conflict
Here’s a prediction by yours truly that you can take to the bank: In just a few years Iran will have intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs, that can attack targets all over the Middle East, Europe and the United States. And it might all be thanks to the rogue state the Trump administration has labelled the biggest national security threat of our time: North Korea. Oh, and to twist the knife in a little deeper, those missiles could be armed with nuclear weapons—once the Iran deal expires. That is, unless America puts a stop to this threat once and for all. Now wait a second. You’re shocked? You really shouldn’t be.
Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) on Saturday called out Republicans for not speaking out about the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Speaking at the OZY Fest in New York City on Saturday, the Florida Republican and former opponent to President Trump gave the crowd a series of rules for politics, what he called "Jeb´s rules." (Snip) It wasn´t clear exactly which Russia and former President Obama-related matters Bush was referring to. Bush continued his "rules" segment with a call for civility. "Rule number three: Be civil," Bush said. "The idea that you shout profanities at one
A new study from a couple of media/academic sources in Germany finds that the German media colluded with its government to hide the truth about the migrant crisis that flooded the country as part and parcel of Chancellor Angela Merkel´s ´let ´em all in´ refugee policy. (Snip) That´s not the finding of some right wing blog, but the piece-by-piece analysis of two leftish think tanks who took a good look at the problem and found the press - including papers such as Bild, Die Welt, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, wanting. Essentially, the press covered up the extent of
On June 28th, President Trump convened a roundtable at the White House that included victims of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants. The event was part of the Administration’s push to pass several new immigration bills designed to, in Trump’s words, “close the dangerous loopholes exploited by criminals, gang members, drug dealers, killers, terrorists.” A regular theme of the Trump Administration’s messaging on immigration has been to present undocumented “bad hombres” as an immediate threat to the safety and cohesion of the American family unit. But some of Trump’s immigration policies, in themselves, have endangered families across America. The stories below,
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) says that Democrats, not Russia, are to blame for Hillary Clinton’s loss to President Trump. “When you lose to somebody who has 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things - [James] Comey, Russia - you blame yourself,” Schumer said in an interview Saturday with The Washington Post. “So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that.” Last year, much of the Democrats’ strategy hinged on criticism of Trump in hopes that the many controversies swirling around the GOP presidential
The outcome of O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing, broadcast live Thursday, was clear from the very beginning, when chairperson Connie Bisbee addressed him not as Inmate #1027820 but as a star. “I’m a little nervous, so bear with me,” she said. It was an odd ceding of power: After all, there’s no law requiring televised parole hearings. But Simpson doesn’t just occupy a singular nexus between celebrity and the criminal justice system; there’s never been a figure like him in American life. Bisbee wasn’t alone in being starstruck. Her colleague, parole board member Adam Engel, wore an NFL tie. When Bisbee mistakenly declared
Sen. Orrin Hatch doesn´t think highly of the Dodd-Frank Act, and his office took to Twitter on Saturday to illustrate that sentiment. "Checking in to see how Dodd-Frank is doing after 7 years," Hatch´s staffers posted on the Utah Republicans´ Twitter account, along with a gif of a dumpster fire. (Tweets/Video) Hatch, the chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, has long been an opponent of the 2010 banking law. In February, he said the measure was "worse than ObamaCare," "I think it´s one of the worst bills that´s ever been passed through Congress and I think it´s part
We received a tip a few weeks ago that President Trump might be attending the national Boyscout Jamboree in West Virginia this year. Well, it appears to be confirmed for Monday night July 24th: VERY EXCITING! (Boy Scouts of America) On Monday evening, July 24, the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, will become the eighth president to visit a national jamboree. President Trump’s visit will precede that evening’s stadium show. Experiencing a presidential visit is a once-in-a-lifetime experience — all Scouts, Venturers, leaders, and staff should begin preparing for one of the Jamboree’s signature moments. (read more)
A friend has directed my attention to Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution of the United States. The whole section, which sets forth the president’s powers, is worth pondering. But given the fact that the Democrats in Congress seem to be slow-walking (that’s bureaucratese for “obstructing”) Donald Trump’s nominations, I would like to call the president’s attention to the interesting concluding passage of Section 2: The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session. Recess appointments have been made
CNN´s season premiere of “Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies” will focus on undercover Russian sleeper agents living in the U.S., according to the network. “The Spies Next Door: Operation Ghost Stories,” reveals the story of undercover Russian sleeper agents living in the U.S. and one of the largest counterintelligence investigations in the history of the FBI," reads a news release from the network. The series airs Saturday nights at 9 p.m. EST and is hosted by former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.). "I think people love a good spy story. The first episode is a really good spy story," Rogers
Justin Zimmerman was a 7-year-old black boy in Moreno Valley, California, when O.J. Simpson was on trial for murder. He wasn´t old enough to understand the "trial of the century," but his parents and the older black people in his community made their position clear: They were cheering for Simpson, and were convinced the former NFL star was an innocent dupe in a racial conspiracy. For them, Simpson was a symbol of racial tension and uneven justice. But Zimmerman, now 30 and living in Washington, D.C., grew up amid the hashtags that have come to symbolize the killings of unarmed
WASHINGTON - U.S. immigration agents are planning nationwide raids next week to arrest, among others, teenagers who entered the country without guardians and are suspected gang members, in a widening of President Donald Trump´s crackdown on illegal immigrants. The raids are set to begin on Sunday and continue through Wednesday, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters. The teenagers targeted will be 16- and 17-years-old. The raids represent a sharp departure from practices during the presidency of Barack Obama. Under Obama, minors could be targeted for deportation if they had been convicted of crimes, but were not arrested simply for