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Opinion: The threat midterms pose to Biden

The first midterms for US presidents usually don't go well. Other than a handful of exceptions, the party of the person in the White House does poorly. In years such as 1994, Republicans took control of Congress during the Bill Clinton administration. In other cases, such as in 2002 or 2018, losing one chamber has been sufficient to change the political dynamic in Washington. As former President Barack Obama commented in 2010, when Republicans took control of the House following the fallout from...
Tags: News, Congress, Washington, White House, US, Barack Obama, House, Bill Clinton, Stories, Biden


Opinion: The threat November 2022 poses to Biden

The first midterms for US presidents usually don't go well. Other than a handful of exceptions, the party of the person in the White House does poorly. In years such as 1994, Republicans took control of Congress during the Bill Clinton administration. In other cases, such as in 2002 or 2018, losing one chamber has been sufficient to change the political dynamic in Washington. As former President Barack Obama commented in 2010, when Republicans took control of the House following the fallout from...
Tags: News, Congress, Washington, White House, US, Barack Obama, House, Bill Clinton, Stories, Biden


Trump blasted GOP Gov. Doug Ducey during Arizona rally: 'He doesn't do a damn thing'

Former President Donald Trump. AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin Former President Trump on Saturday criticized Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey at a Phoenix rally. Trump praised Arizona conservatives who backed an audit of the Maricopa County election results. In 2020, President Biden became the first Democrat to win Arizona's electoral votes in 24 years. Sign up for the 10 Things in Politics daily newsletter. Former President Donald Trump on Saturday praised the Republican-controlled state Senate for ...
Tags: Politics, Senate, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, Bill Clinton, Arizona, US Senate, Republican Party, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Phoenix, State, Ward, Kelli


Biden job approval rating drops to 50% in Gallup poll, his lowest to date, though he remains in positive territory

President Joe Biden boards Air Force One before departing from Tulsa International Airport in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 1, 2021. Mandel Ngan/Getty Images President Joe Biden's job approval rating has dropped to 50%, a new low. However, some erosion was expected and Biden still has a positive favorability rating. Biden's first-quarter job approval rating averaged 56%, while his second-quarter average was 53.3%. Sign up for the 10 Things in Politics daily newsletter. President Joe Bid...
Tags: Politics, Washington, Senate, Barack Obama, Trends, Joe Biden, Bill Clinton, Delta, John F Kennedy, Biden, Donald Trump, George W Bush, Trump, Gallup, Tulsa Oklahoma, Dwight D Eisenhower


'Nuclear Football' Safety Procedures To Be Reassessed

quonset writes: Wherever the president goes, so goes the nuclear football, a 45 pound case which allows the president to to confirm his identity and authorize a nuclear strike. The Football also provides the commander in chief with a simplified menu of nuclear strike options -- allowing him to decide, for example, whether to destroy all of America's enemies in one fell swoop or to limit himself to obliterating only Moscow or Pyongyang or Beijing. During the attempted insurrection on January 6t...
Tags: Congress, America, Tech, Reagan, Beijing, United States, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Moscow, Pentagon, Pyongyang, Mike Pence, Carter, Denny, Satchel, Bill Clinton Col Buzz Patterson


Highlighting the drug war's continuing extraordinary toll on people of color

The AP has this lengthy new piece headlined "50-year war on drugs imprisoned millions of Black Americans."  I am a bit troubled by the use of the past tense in the headline because the casualties of the drug war continue to grow every minute of every day we rely on the criminal justice system to deal with drug issues. But, headline quibble aside, this extended AP piece is worth a full read, and here are excerpts: Fifty years ago this summer, President Richard Nixon declared a war on drugs.  Tod...
Tags: New York, Law, America, Ap, Bill Clinton, Associated Press, Black, Nixon, Drug Policy Alliance, Congressional Black Caucus, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan George H W Bush, Douglas A Berman, Frederique, Harper 's Magazine, John Ehrlichman


We talked to 22 insiders with front row seats to Trump's hostile takeover of the GOP

Insider published the definitive oral history of Donald Trump's rise to political power. Marianne Ayala/Insider Insider interviewed 22 people with front-row seats to the 2016 GOP presidential primaries. We collected colorful anecdotes and never-before-reported details about the historic campaign. Combined, they tell the story of how Trump became the king of the GOP - a crown he still wears to this day. See more stories on Insider's business page. Five years after the 2016 Republica...
Tags: Politics, Chris Christie, News, Trends, Gop, Ted Cruz, New Jersey, Bill Clinton, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Jesus, Mcdonalds, Hitler, Cleveland, Donald Trump, Teaser


Bill Clinton turned down tea with the Queen to 'be a tourist' and eat Indian food

Former US President Bill Clinton declined offers of tea with Queen Elizabeth and dinner at the British Prime Minister's official country house because he wanted to "be a tourist," go shopping and eat Indian food during his first official visit to the UK with Tony Blair as leader in 1997, according to formerly classified documents.
Tags: UK, US, Cnn, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Elizabeth


Bill Clinton turned down tea with the Queen to 'be a tourist'

Former US President Bill Clinton declined offers of tea with Queen Elizabeth and dinner at the British Prime Minister's official country house because he wanted to "be a tourist," go shopping and eat Indian food during his first official visit to the UK with Tony Blair as leader in 1997, according to formerly classified documents.
Tags: UK, News, US, Bill Clinton, Stories, Tony Blair, Elizabeth


President Biden is Headed to Disney World’s Hall of Presidents – Check Out the New Audio-Animatronic Figure

Every four or eight years, at least in the last handful of decades, there has been an important passing of the guard in American culture. Yes, of course, there’s the whole “peaceful transfer of power” bit of the American presidential elections (or…y’know…there used to be). But of almost certain equal importance is the transition displayed within Walt Disney World’s theme-park attraction The Hall of Presidents. Disney has just announced the arrival of the attraction’s new star: President Joe Bid...
Tags: Movies, Disney, Joe Biden, Theme Park, United States, Bill Clinton, Biden, Walt Disney World, Cool Stuff, Disney World, Donald J Trump, Disney Parks Blog, Hall of Presidents, Hall of Presidents Disney, Robot Biden


Club des Chefs des Chefs Press Conference

I receive many invitations for events and press conferences and a few weeks ago I received one that intrigued me. The invitation was for a press conference for the Club des Chefs des Chefs, an organization of the top chefs in the world. The press conference was for a selected group of international chefs who were making a week-long visit to France, and after the conference there was going to be a cocktail buffet after. Bingo! This invite had my name written all over it.  Club des Chefs des...
Tags: Travel, France, White House, Barack Obama, Events, Normandy, Paris, Bill Clinton, Kennedy, Bordeaux, Reims, Elizabeth, Emmanuel Macron, Charles de Gaulle, Phillip, Jackie Kennedy


10 Things in Politics: How Trump became king of GOP

I hope you had a nice weekend. Welcome back to 10 Things in Politics. Sign up here to receive this newsletter. Send tips to [email protected], or tweet me at @BrentGriffiths.Here's what we're talking about:The definitive oral history of how Trump took over the GOP, as told by Cruz, Rubio, and 20 more insidersNearly 2 in 3 Americans in new poll express concerns about the Delta variantTennis star Coco Gauff dropped out of the Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19With Phil Rosen...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Texas, Congress, California, Washington Post, Cbs News, Oregon, Senate, White House, US, America, Trends, Tesla, Joe Biden, Indiana


Bill Clinton fancied an Indian rather than tea with the Queen

Then US leader also turned down Chequers dinner because he wanted to ‘be a tourist’, archives showBill Clinton turned down tea with the Queen and dinner at Chequers because he wanted to “be a tourist” and try out an Indian restaurant during his first official visit to the UK with Tony Blair as prime minister, formerly classified documents reveal.Downing Street wanted to pull out all the stops for a visit seen as crucial to “establishing a good working relationship” between the new prime minister...
Tags: Politics, UK, US, UK News, World news, US news, US politics, Paris, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Buckingham Palace, Politics past, Downing Street, National Archives, Clinton, Clintons


A staffer had to tell Bill Clinton about the infamous Trump-Rubio fight in 2016 over penis size

Donald Trump and Marco Rubio debated below the belt during the 2016 GOP presidential primaries. Spencer Platt / Staff Former President Bill Clinton missed the debate when then-candidate Trump bragged about his manhood. A staffer for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign had to tell him about it. It was "one of the more awkward moments in my life," Josh Schwerin told Insider. See more stories on Insider's business page. The moment when then-candidate Donald Trump boasted abou...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Trends, Cnn, Gop, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Marco Rubio, Louisiana, Donald Trump, Trump, 2016 Elections, Rubio, Sen Marco Rubio, Trump Rubio, Rubio Trump


Activist Judge Sets Course to ‘Terminate’ Semiautomatic Firearms

How to “easily” modify your rifle into a “weapon of war”… (The Lawyer’s Second Amendment Society/GunTruths.com) U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “A judge says victims of the 2019 synagogue shooting in San Diego County that killed one worshiper and wounded three can sue the manufacturer of the semiautomatic rifle and the gun shop that sold it to a teenager,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday. “[V]ictims and families in the Poway synagogue shooting have adequately alleged that Smith & Wess...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Guns, California, Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Resistance, Andrew Cuomo, Whoopi Goldberg, San Diego County, Smith & Wesson, San Francisco Chronicle, Protection of Lawful Commerce, Superior Court, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Poway


Trump was desperate to beat Joe Biden and said on Election Day that 'I can't lose to this f------ guy," new book says

Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington, Ohio on June 26, 2021. AP Photo/Tony Dejak Trump told aides on Election Day, "I can't lose to this f------ guy," a new book said. He later added that "winning is easy. Losing is never easy. Not for me it's not." Biden ended up defeating Trump in a landslide, securing 306 electoral votes compared to Trump's 232. See more stories on Insider's business page. Former President Donald ...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, White House, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, Bill Clinton, Secret Service, Nevada, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Donald J Trump, Electoral College, Philip Rucker


Is Harris a good vice-president? Politics Weekly Extra

After a rocky few weeks for Kamala Harris, Joan E Greve speaks to Lawrence Haas, former communications director for Al Gore, about the ins and outs of being a successful second in command to the presidentSince taking the oath of office in January, Kamala Harris has rarely been in the spotlight, save for drawing the ire of some Democrats and all Republicans, who are not particularly happy with her response to two of the issues she has been tasked with dealing with: voting rights and the migrant c...
Tags: US news, United States, US politics, Bill Clinton, Kamala Harris, HARRIS, Al Gore, Biden Administration, Kamala Harris Joan E Greve, Lawrence Haas


"When Will Joe Biden Start Using His Clemency Powers?"

The question in the title of this post is the headline of this lengthy New York magazine article by Zak Cheney-Rice.  The obvious answer, of course, is "not soon enough," given that Prez Biden has gone his first six month, amid a global pandemic after campaigning as a reformer, without a single act of clemency.  But the piece strikes a slightly more hopeful tone, and here excerpts:  According to the New York Times, the Biden administration has signaled, as recently as this summer and in multipl...
Tags: New York, Law, White House, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, Aclu, New York Times, Bill Clinton, Biden, Times, Donald Trump, Harry Truman, Justice Department, New York University, Trump, Nixon


NSSF to Challenge New York Public Nuisance Lawsuit Law

New York is an anti-gun dystopia. IMG iStock-884181314 U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) will challenge to overturn the law signed by New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo that would allow civil lawsuits by municipalities against the firearm industry for the criminal actions by non-associated third parties. The law is in contravention to federal law, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), and the legal foundations of tort law. “This law is u...
Tags: New York, Guns, Washington Post, Hillary Clinton, Ford, Bill Clinton, Andrew Cuomo, Cuomo, IMG, Housing and Urban Development, The Hill, Victor Schwartz, NSSF, Jonathan Turley, Gun Rights News, National Shooting Sports Foundation NSSF


The 30 bestselling audiobooks on Audible right now, from Matthew McConaughey's memoir to Oprah's new self-help book

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Amazon; Alyssa Powell/Insider Audible has thousands of books and podcasts. You can start a free 30-day Audible trial here. Below, we compiled its 30 best-selling audiobooks among Audible users right now. The list ranges from former President Barack Obama's memoir to Quentin Tarantino's first book. If you're spending more time outside these days and have already cycled through your weekly po...
Tags: Amazon, Hollywood, Texas, Matthew Mcconaughey, Washington Post, White House, New York City, US, America, Barack Obama, Trends, Rome, Fbi, Bill Clinton, Harry Potter, Hud


First Friends

My friend Gary Ginsberg’s book, First Friends, is out today. Gary gave me an advance copy a few weeks ago and I have been reading it. First Friends is a book about US Presidents and their best friends who influenced them in the office. The book starts with Thomas Jefferson and James Madison and ends with Bill Clinton and Vernon Jordan. In between, there are chapters about Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, and six other Presidents and their best friends. My favorite chapter was Richard...
Tags: Books, US, Trends, Bill Clinton, Gary, Thomas Jefferson, Richard Nixon, James Madison, Andy Weissman, Vernon Jordan, Gary Ginsberg, Abraham Lincoln Woodrow Wilson, Bebe Rebozo


Reviewing a few Fourth of July postings (while awaiting Prez Biden clemency action to enhance liberty)

I have not always done special posts to celebrate Independence Day over the last 18 years of blogging.  But, looking back at my archives this morning, I realized I have done enough notable July 4 posts to justify a bit of a celebratory review: From 2005: Celebrating liberty, Blakely-style From 2008: Celebrating liberty in the country leading the world in incarceration rates From 2009: What to the American imprisoned is the Fourth of July? From 2010: Celebrating our declaration of rights to "Life...
Tags: Law, Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon, Douglas A Berman, Prez Trump, Prez Biden, Prez Joe Biden


Biden administration officials privately describe VP Kamala Harris' office as a 's---show,' report says

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks to the Generation Equality Forum in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House campus, Wednesday, June 30, 2021, in Washington. Alex Brandon/AP Biden administration officials are privately calling VP Harris' office "a s---show," Axios reports. Top Biden officials are circling the wagons around Harris' operartion as internal discord boils over. Recent reports in Politico and CNBC detail unhappiness ...
Tags: Politics, Washington, White House, Politico, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Bill Clinton, Biden, Cnbc, Kamala Harris, Richmond, Clinton, HARRIS, Flournoy, South Court Auditorium


New Federal Sentencing Reporter issue considers "After Trump: The Future of the President’s Pardon Power"

It strikes me as a great bit of great timing, as we head into a weekend celebrating our great nation's declaration of independence from a monarchy, that the new issue of the Federal Sentencing Reporter focused on the pardon power in the US Constitution is just now available online.  It is often said that the presidential pardon authority in Article II section 2 of the Constitution is the most "kingly" power given to our chief executive, and former Prez Donald Trump certainly seemed at times to b...
Tags: Law, Bill Clinton, Trump, George, Jack Goldsmith, Douglas A Berman, Margaret Love, Pardon Power, Prez Donald Trump, Frank O Bowman, Gabriel J Chin, JaneAnne Murray, David Schlussel, Matthew Gluck, Bernadette Meyler Donald Trump, Daniel T Kobil


VP Kamala Harris' spokesperson Symone Sanders pushes back against claims of secrecy and strife in office: 'We are not making rainbows and bunnies all day'

Symone Sanders, spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris. Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Politicon Symone Sanders, advisor and spokesperson for Kamala Harris, rejected reports about the VP's office. Reports this week suggested communication with Harris is rarely granted to allies. Sanders defended Harris' chief of staff Tina Fournoy and said Fournoy has an "open door policy." See more stories on Insider's business page. Symone Sanders, the chief spokesperson for Vice Pr...
Tags: Politics, Washington, Politico, Trends, Bill Clinton, Cnbc, Kamala Harris, Sanders, HARRIS, Democratic National Committee, Flournoy, Symone Sanders, Azmi Haroun, Tina Flournoy Harris, Kamala Harris Joshua Blanchard Getty, Politicon Symone Sanders


10 Things in Politics: Biden's playbook for Hunter attacks

Welcome back to 10 Things in Politics. Sign up here to receive this newsletter. Send tips to [email protected] or tweet me at @BrentGriffiths.Here's what we're talking about:7 ways Democratic strategists say Biden should prepare for GOP Hunter Biden investigationsThe New York City mayoral race is a messState economies are booming, but most are still deep in a holeOne thing to watch for: Former President Donald Trump and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will tour a section of the unfinished bo...
Tags: Utah, Florida, Texas, Supreme Court, Montana, Nsa, White House, New York City, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Ap, Cnn, Getty Images, Fox


Several longtime allies of Kamala Harris are being shut out by her chief of staff, with some having difficulty getting their phone calls returned: report

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during a news conference on Tuesday in Mexico City, Mexico. Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images The chief of staff to Kamala Harris has shut out several key allies, according to a CNBC report. Tina Flournoy is a veteran of Washington politics. She often steers policy-related questions away from Harris, per CNBC. Sign up for the 10 Things in Politics daily newsletter. The chief of staff to Vice President Kamala Harris has shut out a group ...
Tags: Politics, California, Washington, Senate, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Bill Clinton, Biden, Cnbc, Kamala Harris, HARRIS, Democratic National Committee, Flournoy, Chief Of Staff


McConnell gives 'kudos' to Bill Clinton's Treasury Secretary for warning about hyperinflation

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaks after a GOP policy luncheon on Capitol Hill. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File McConnell gave former Treasury Sec. Larry Summers "kudos" on Monday for his comments about inflation. Summers, who served in the Clinton and Obama administrations, has repeatedly slammed Biden's spending. Summers continues to forecast dangerously high inflation, but signs point to price growth cooling in June. See more stories on Insider's busine...
Tags: Obama, Kentucky, Senate, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, Bill Clinton, Treasury, Mitch McConnell, Capitol Hill, Federal Reserve, Biden, Clinton, Yellen


Twitter Rallies Behind HBO Max Intern Blamed for Test Email Accidentally Sent to Subscribers

HBO Max has confirmed that one of its interns was behind the strange email mistakenly sent out to subscribers on Thursday evening, prompting an outpouring of support on Twitter as users came out to share their own horror stories of workplace screw-ups in solidarity.Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Spotify, Hbo, Science, Email, Microsoft, Bill Clinton, Computing, Webmail, Monica Lewinsky, Television In The United States, Outlookcom, Home Box Office Inc, HBO Max, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Entertainment Culture


Progressives call on Justice Stephen Breyer to retire amid McConnell's threats to block future Supreme Court nominees

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell; Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images; J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo Progressives are calling on Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire. "For the good of the country, now is the time to step aside," an ad that ran in Politico read. The call comes after Sen. Mitch McConnell said he would block future nominees to the court. See more stories on Insider's business page. Progressives have mounted a p...
Tags: Politics, News, Supreme Court, Scotus, Republicans, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, Court, Barack Obama, Trends, Conservative, Joe Biden, Cnn, Getty Images