Even Donald Trump's family thinks that he should be acting a bit more presidential on the campaign trail. In an interview with People magazine, the Republican presidential frontrunner admits that his wife, Melania, and daughter, Ivanka, both "beg" him be more restrained — but he says he has good reason not to be.
"Sometimes when you have to be very tough with somebody who's being tough with you, you can't be so presidential," Trump says. "I think it works to my advantage most of the time."
If he does end up winning the Oval Office, Trump says he would consider adjusting his decorum accordingly. "From the speaking standpoint, I would tone it down somewhat [as president] — don't forget I started out competing against 17 people," he said.
A white-nationalist neo-Nazi group, the Traditionalist Worker Party, has vowed to make an appearance at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next month to "make sure that the Donald Trump supporters are defended from the leftist thugs," according to spokesman Matt Parrott.
The Traditionalist Worker Party made headlines over the weekend when the group organized a pro-Trump rally in Sacramento, California, that ended in multiple stabbings.
Leftist groups have indeed vowed to protest against Trump at the Cleveland convention, but organizers say they will be peaceful. Furthermore, spokespeople for both the Coalition to Stop Trump and March on the RNC and the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression said the two groups are not concerned about the neo-Nazi presence.
Federal contractors aren't allowed to make political donations. This pro-Clinton PAC took $200,000 from one anyway.
Priorities USA, a super PAC that supports presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, accepted two donations totaling $200,000 from Suffolk Construction, a Boston-based firm.
This would be a non-story — except that when it made those contributions, Suffolk was an active federal contractor, with multiple Department of Defense contracts valued at nearly $1 million. It has been illegal for federal contractors to make this sort of political donation for seven decades. "Federal government contractors may not make contributions to influence Federal elections," the Federal Election Commission explains, listing contractor gifts among its prohibited contributions.
The money also violates Priorities USA's own organizational rules, which echo the FEC's regulation.
Before our robot overlords enslave us, they are at least going to save us some cash on parking tickets. Or, at least, one is.
DoNotPay is a chatbot created by a 19-year-old Stanford University student named Joshua Browder, who calls his creation the "world's first robot lawyer." The artificial intelligence program, which is a free service, talks with users who want to contest parking tickets to determine whether their case stands a chance for appeal. If the facts are right, the robot lawyer guides them through the appeals process. So far, it has helped users appeal some 250,000 tickets, winning the case for 160,000, or almost two-thirds of the time.
Currently, DoNotPay is only available in New York City and London, but it will soon expand to Seattle, and perhaps to other legal services that can be delivered via app. "I think the people getting parking tickets are the most vulnerable in society," Browder said. "These people aren't looking to break the law. I think they're being exploited as a revenue source by the local government." Bonnie Kristian
Writing for The New York Times, Bernie Sanders continued to nudge Hillary Clinton while warning Democrats that a Brexit-like situation would not be impossible in the United States. The Vermont senator weaved in his usual lines about the global 1 percent while leveling colloquially with his readers: "Could this rejection of the current form of the global economy happen in the United States? You bet it could."
Just as opponents claimed that the Brexit was fueled by racist xenophobia, Sanders urged, "We do not need change based on the demagogy, bigotry, and anti-immigrant sentiment that punctuated so much of the Leave campaign's rhetoric — and is central to Donald J. Trump's message."
The notion that Donald Trump could benefit from the same forces that gave the Leave proponents a majority in Britain should sound an alarm for the Democratic Party in the United States. Millions of American voters, like the Leave supporters, are understandably angry and frustrated by the economic forces that are destroying the middle class.
In this pivotal moment, the Democratic Party and a new Democratic president need to make clear that we stand with those who are struggling and who have been left behind. [The New York Times]
Without naming names, Sanders laid out his vision for the future president of the United States: "We need a president who will vigorously support international cooperation that brings the people of the world closer together, reduces hypernationalism, and decreases the possibility of war," he wrote. Read the entire op-ed here. Jeva Lange
Hillary Clinton may have a safe lead over Donald Trump across all seven battleground states, but that's certainly not the case with all of her potential Republican competitors. Ballotpedia's battleground poll out Wednesday reveals that Clinton polls a bit behind Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) across all seven states, averaging 40 percent to Kasich's 44 percent. Clinton polls even against House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), with both averaging 42 percent.
However, if the Republican Party does hand Trump the nomination, Ballotpedia indicates that Clinton can likely expect success across the battleground states of Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. On average, Clinton leads Trump 48 percent to 37 percent.
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With Britain roiling in the wake of the Brexit vote last week, Prime Minister David Cameron's frustration boiled over during Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday with Cameron shouting at the Labour Party leader to resign.
"For heaven's sake man, go!" Cameron roared at Jeremy Corbyn as the Tory benches erupted into cheers.
— BuzzFeed UK Politics (@BuzzFeedUKPol) June 29, 2016
Corbyn lost his no-confidence vote Tuesday. Shortly after the vote, the Labour Party released a statement accepting the motion that it "has no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn as Leader," adding to pressure for Corbyn to step down. Corbyn, however, has vowed he would not resign.
"There are people around Jeremy who are prepared to see the Labour Party split rather than for him to go," Dame Margart Beckett, who nominated Corbyn for the Labour leadership last year, told Radio 4. "That is anathema to everybody who thinks that we need to get rid of this Government and the damage that they are doing." Jeva Lange
Following the group's endorsement of Donald Trump in May, the National Rifle Association's Victory Fund is now putting its money where its mouth is by launching a $2 million advertising campaign in six battleground states that hammers Hillary Clinton for the U.S. mission in Benghazi.
In the ad, Marine Corps veteran Mark Geist, who fought in Libya, urges voters to do "their part" by voting against Clinton. "A lot of people say they're not going to vote this November because their candidate didn't win. Well, I know some people who won't be voting this year either," Geist says from an oversaturated cemetery:
In Clinton's response to the Benghazi investigation report released by House Republicans on Tuesday, which found no evidence that she, at that time serving as secretary of state, was culpable for the deaths of four Americans, Clinton said, "I think it's pretty clear it's time to move on." Jeva Lange