Friday, August 7, 2020

MixedTimes - Politics

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler faces re-election battle against candidate to his left

Portland’s Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler is currently in a bind as he grapples with weeks of unrest in his city involving protests over racial injustice that have at times escalated into violent riots, while also mounting a re-election campaign in a runoff against someone to the left of him on the political spectrum.

Ford, Bush presidential adviser Brent Scowcroft dead at 95

Brent Scowcroft, who played a prominent role in American foreign policy as national security adviser to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush and was a Republican voice against the 2003 invasion of Iraq, has died, a Bush spokesperson said Friday.

Debate commission rejects Trump push for extra showdown with Biden

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) is turning down a formal request by President Trump’s re-election campaign that a fourth debate between the president and Democratic challenger Joe Biden be added and that the showdown be held early next month, before many states start sending out absentee ballots to voters.

New York AG seeks to dissolve NRA in new lawsuit

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Thursday that her office has filed a lawsuit against the National Rifle Association and its leadership, including Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, looking to dissolve the organization.

Trump tops Biden as both tout large July fundraising hauls

President Trump’s re-election campaign says that it and the Republican National Committee (RNC) and their joint fundraising committees combined brought in an eye-popping $165 million in contributions last month.

Biden says border wall construction will stop if he’s elected president

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said that while he won’t tear down President Trump’s much-touted wall along the United States’ southern border with Mexico, he also won’t continue construction of the barrier if he’s elected president in November.

Biden touts large July fundraising haul of $140M

Joe Biden’s presidential campaign says that it and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and their joint fundraising committees combined brought in $140 million in last month.

Trump walks back claim that Beirut explosion was caused by bomb

President Trump on Wednesday hedged his comments from the previous day that the massive explosion in Beirut was caused by a bomb – saying that the blast that left more than 70 dead and thousands injured could have been an accident.

Trump requests fourth presidential debate, earlier date for first showdown

President Trump’s re-election campaign is formally asking that a fourth debate between the president and Democratic challenger Joe Biden be added and that the showdown be held early next month, before many states start sending out absentee ballots to voters.

Appeals court tells parties in Flynn case to be ready for questions on judicial impartiality

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a brief order Wednesday on the dispute over the Justice Department'smove to drop charges against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, told partiesto be ready to answer questions about the effect of federal statutes on judicialimpartiality onthe case -- apparently indicating the court intends to discuss the impartiality of District Judge Emmet Sullivan.