nearvideo trump rallies support for gun control, background checks
President says he has to report the support in Congress; rich Edson.
On the roster: trump for negotiations with Senate Democrats on weapons – candidates despair games before the debate cutoff Biden is trying damage limitation – Small donors flock to Trump – she had no chill
THE TRUMP CARD FOR NEGOTIATIONS WITH SENATE DEMOCRATS ON GUNS
NYT: “[President Trump] has repeatedly told [Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell] has favored expansion of background checks, the leader is not required, the inclusion of the bill… Mr Trump on Sunday telephoned Senator Christopher S. Murphy, a Democrat, was one of the leading voices in Congress for gun control, an indication that the President is interested in pursuing legislation. Earlier in the week, Mr. Murphy, the White house had contacted, to indicate that he was willing to work with Mr. Trump to the question, you will be prompted to enter the call. The conversation was positive, with Mr trump, indicating that he was serious Republicans convince to act, according to officials familiar with their discussion. And the two agreed on the establishment of a staff-level dialogue this week between their offices and those of senators Patrick J. Toomey, Republican from Pennsylvania, USA, and Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia…”
Murphy optimistic – The [Torrington, Conn.] Register citizen: “Connecticut-the Democratic senators are expressing cautious optimism on the new gun legislation in the aftermath of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, with sen. Chris Murphy to talk about President Donald Trump on Tuesday in a phone call that Trump described as” a very good conversation.’ Murphy, who along with Sen. , Richard Blumenthal has carved out a leading position on guns among Senate Democrats, spoken by Trump on a path to the revival of the 2013 background checks bill stalled in the Senate, only four months after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to the New York Times. … The house, now under Democratic control, passed two gun bills in February. All of Connecticut’s five Democratic members of the house voted in favor of them. In the Senate, however, McConnell remains in the store.”
Don-Jr. said to dissent – WSJ: “in the Midst of increased debate over gun control, some of Trump’s advisers urged the President to throw his support behind any of the gun control measures being discussed in Congress, including the so-called red-flag legislation introduced in the top-Trump ally Sen. Lindsay Graham (R., S. C.), which aims to temporarily to block dangerous people from accessing firearms. Some advisers have expressed concern that such legislation could be against the Second Amendment and alienate conservative voters. Donald Trump Jr, the son of the President who often speaks with his father about his views on the gun laws, has concerns about both the red-flag legislation and to tighten background checks, according to people familiar with the matter.”
The house of justice return early, but no plan for action – WaPo: “A house panel with jurisdiction over firearms is expected to be back early from the six weeks of the congressional recess to consider additional gun-control measures in the hope of increasing pressure on Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to act. But there is one problem: the Democrats are privately sparring over the to approve what exactly. House Democrats universally agree on the expansion of background checks, the legislation, which passed easily in February. Also, have you joined together with suggestions on limiting high-capacity magazines, the establishment of a ‘red flag’ laws of the guns from people who show signs of violence, and possibly even the legislation on hate-motivated crimes – ideas, the the House Judiciary Committee is expected to consider the week for labor day, according to two people familiar with the plan, a week before the full house is officially scheduled to return.”
THE RULE BOOK: FATAL CHARMS < GOOD LUCK CHARM
“Here, my countrymen, compelled by every motive which should influence an enlightened people, let us take a firm stand for our safety, our tranquillity, our dignity, our reputation. Let us, finally, to the deadly charm break that has seduced for a long us, from the paths of happiness and prosperity.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 15
TIME-OUT: CARL WHITE, JR., R. I. P.
NYT: “Carl A. Weiss Jr. was 3 months old when his father Rouge, La and died in Baton. The cause, his mother would later tell him, cryptically, was a fatal firearms accident. He was not to know the truth. … The boy would not remain clueless for long, though. When he was 10, Carl Jr, stumbled across a full-page paintings of John McCrady in Life magazine, in a series of dramatic scenes of 20th-century American history. In graphic detail, the painting showed a wounded Huey P. Long, Louisiana’s United States senator and former Governor, clutching his stomach with his bloody left hand, moments after his bodyguards had machine-put his alleged assassin, a small, bespectacled, white-coated 28-year-old man whose bullet-riddled body was slumped on the marble floor. Study of the painting and read the accompanying texts, the young Carl was stunned to discover that the man described how the killer was identified as his father, Dr. Carl A. Weiss.”
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Trump job performance
Average Approval: 42.4 Percent
The average of the rejection: 53.6 percent
Net Score: -11.2 Points
Change from a week ago: no change
[Average, includes: IBD: 40% approve – 56% lean; Gallup: 42% approve, reject – 54%; Quinnipiac University: 40% approve, reject – 54%; Fox News: 46% approve, reject – 51%; NPR/PBS/Marist: 44% approve – 53% disapprove.]
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CANDIDATES DESPAIR GAMES BEFORE THE DEBATE CUTOFF
NYT: “With the deadline to qualify for the next Democratic presidential debates way threatening, only two weeks, the candidates on the bladder Assembly are some of their last offensive, is urgently looking for supporters who can help you to make the cut. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand from New York has poured more than $1 million in advertising in Iowa and New Hampshire. Julián Castro, the former housing Secretary, bought a local ad in Bedminster, N. J., where President Trump vacation this week. And representative Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii urged their followers to try to improve your chances of being selected for surveys online. They and other lower-tier candidates are desperately looking for voters, you can drive to 2 percent support in the qualifying surveys…”
Sanders’ newly launched in the Wake of the weak debate performance – Politically: “A little over a month ago, despite putting on a brave face publicly, Bernie Sanders‘ aides privately concluded that a shakeup was necessary for his presidential campaign. The Vermont senator had failed to Biden to practice in mock sessions before the first year of 2020, the debate, and not aggressive take on former Vice-President of Joe on the stage. On the trail, he’s sticking to the old hits was: His stump speech sounded strikingly similar to the one that he, in his first presidential candidacy, and he gave an important address, touting of democratic socialism, which is mirrored in his lecture on the same topic in the year 2015. … Now, Sanders and his team have developed a new strategy to him in the massive box: you are betting that a renewed focus on his signature proposal of “Medicare for All” is the key to jump-start Biden, his candidacy, and overtake as the race ramps up this fall.”
Beto slogs on – Dallas Morning News: “Beto O’rourke back on the election campaign, on Thursday, the end of a 12-day break that began when 22 people were shot in a busy Walmart in his home town of El Paso. He begins with a speech in El Paso. His campaign announced the plan on Wednesday morning. On Saturday evening, he appears at a Democratic dinner in Little Rock, put him in front of at least 1,000 party activists in one of the States with a Super Tuesday primary. … In contrast to almost two dozen 2020 rivals, the former three-term Congressman skipped the Iowa State died Fair last weekend, along with a gun control forum in Des Moines, hastily organized according to the El Paso murders, and shopping in Dayton, Ohio, which left nine people hours later.”
Abrams appoints himself to the position of Vice-President – NYT: “Stacey Abrams made it official this week that she would not attempt the presidency after months of speculation among Democrats, one of the most prominent party leader to pass on the 2020 race. But in an interview Tuesday night, she said she was open is considered to be for the No. 2 spot by any candidate.’ Mrs. Abrams, of the said national attention during her unsuccessful run for Governor of Georgia last year, that you would focus your next year on the identification and mitigation of the voter suppression efforts across the country, a big priority for you for years, instead, run for President or the Senate. But they remained in the proximity of the presidential election, meeting privately with several candidates, and topping lists of potential Vice-presidents.”
Harris and others on the election campaign miss a lot of votes – San Francisco Chronicle: “Virtually every democratic candidate, with a job or not, was in Iowa last week, the visit must be in the stop state, fair and Democratic dinner, the about each of them with five-minute speeches. … While in California, Sen. Kamala Harris said Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell to the chamber back into session to vote on the house-passed possession of weapons-legislation that would make background checks virtually universal. … But Harris has more than 40% of the votes missed this year, as some of their competitors. You promised not to call miss roll, if your vote would be a difference-maker.”
BIDEN IS TRYING DAMAGE LIMITATION
Politico: “Joe Biden‘s presidential campaign is quietly playing cleanup with dozens of immigration activists and Latino leaders — weeks after upsetting you with what you as a charged language to describe his views on immigration policy. Biden said on July 31, democratic debate that undocumented immigrants need to ‘in-line’, and the country has the right to “cherry-pick” high-skilled immigrants, especially those with advanced degrees. This language, more often used by the conservatives, which triggered widespread criticism from immigrant rights activists, some of whom said the former Vice-President was to echo Republican talking points”, as the immigrants are allowed into the United States. The campaign went quickly on damage control. Helper appeased aggrieved activists and Biden had a closed-door meeting with Latino leaders in San Diego prior to his speech to the UnidosUS conference last week. … Activists view the “get in line”, the language as a dodge called immigration hard-liners.”
The Trump strategy is using Biden’s words against him – WaPo: “Joe Biden’s verbal miscues have always been a part of his charm, solid in his reputation as a plain-text-politician spoke who-delivers-not to diagram sentences and their rhetorical flourishes, quickly of course. But now, this habit is a collision with a much more harmful narrative pushed aggressively by President Trump and some of the Biden teases fellow Democrats: that he is the prime a man of his past. ‘He walked into a trap, you could see 100 meters away,” said Grant Woodard, a lawyer and longtime Iowa Democratic consultant, not a candidate. “It does directly in question, the concerns of the citizens: you Should really be the frontrunner? Are you really electable?’ In the last few days, Biden has made a series of small to fail in the promotional activity during a crucial stretch in Iowa. He said the recent mass shootings occurred in Houston and in Michigan, although they have actually taken place in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio.”
TO TRUMP SMALL DONOR HERD
Fox News: “The Republican party has long been panned by his critics as the party of big money and the big donors, but the donation patterns have changed measurably under President Trump, a Fox News analysis of campaign finance data shows. Sixty-one percent of the money came directly from the trump campaign in this election cycle, from the small donors (donations under 200 dollars), according to Federal Election Commission figures. Similarly, the proportion Trump was during the 2016 election cycle, in the case of 65 percent of donations were under $200. And this is dramatically higher than previous Republican candidates. Mitt Romney raised 26 percent of its direct contributions from small donations in the year 2012, and John McCain picked up 25 per cent of small donations in 2008. Campaign analyst-Finance to say that the data, down-to-earth enthusiasm for Trump is a populist message.”
HICKENLOOPER TO LEAD READY TO JUMP IN THE SENATE
NYT: “Former Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado is in discussions about the end of his presidential candidacy in the race for his state, the Republican-held Senate seat, potentially giving the Democrats a strong candidate in a race, you have to win to have hopes of retaking the chamber in the year 2021, after four Democrats familiar with his thinking. Mr. Hickenlooper, who is mired in the bottom of the public polling of the presidential race, hopped in Senator Michael Bennet‘s car on Friday evening in the Northern Iowa town, about his upcoming decision, said Democrats familiar with the discussion, like others, spoke on condition of anonymity to describe confidential talks. The two drove around Clear lake dinner for about 20 minutes before the wing-Ding, a democratic fund-raiser that drew 21 presidential candidates. Aides and advisers to the two men who rejected both allies and rivals over the course of your career in Colorado politics, to reveal what was discussed.”
Donors told to wait, as Pompeo’s view, run – Bloomberg: Republican political donors, it was said, to hold off a contribution to the 2020 US Senate race in Kansas, in the expectation that the Secretary of state Michael Pompeo may decide to run, according to two persons familiar with the issue. A Pompeo ally to interested parties advises to wait until after the secretary of state makes his decision, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing a private message sent to the donor. The top U.S. diplomat and former Director of the CIA, who served as a Congressman in Kansas is 4. District of 2011-2017, has entered until June the race. Pompeo has given mixed signals about his intentions.”
New Jersey freshman-of-The-attracts a well-heeled challenger – Burlington County Times: “David Richter, the wealthy former CEO of Hill International, announced Monday that he submitted had the paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to challenge for Van Drews 2. The District Seat. The former managing Director of one of the largest construction companies and officially the candidate of the Republican field looking to challenge for the Democrat Jeff Van Drew‘s congressional seat next year.”
Duncan Hunter is legal and you win a political Woe – Fox 5: “A Federal judge in San Diego on Tuesday pushed back to Rep. Duncan Hunter‘s study on the alleged abuse of $ 250,000 in campaign funds until the beginning of next year. U.S. district judge Thomas Whelan adjourned the hearing to Jan. 14, with Duncan ‘s lawyers on the case in search of Whelan’s pre-judgment against the dismissal by an appeals court. Whelan ruled earlier this summer against Hunter movement with a 60 – count indictment, the thrown against him. The Congressman’s lawyers have an appeal to the judgments, but the 9. U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has not yet decided whether it will take jurisdiction in the case. Hunter, R-Alpine, was accused, along with his wife of five dozen criminal counts, including wire fraud, conspiracy and falsification of records. Margaret Hunter, 44, pleaded guilty last month to a conspiracy charge. She faces up to five years in Federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when sentenced in December.”
Insurgent gets key endorsement in the Mississippi drain – WMC5: “DeSoto County state Rep. Robert Foster, the third place in the Republican primary for Governor last week, but fared better than the polls predicted. Now, he hopes, the influence of his party in the run-off election. Foster found himself back in the limelight Tuesday as he announced his endorsement of former rival Bill Waller. Waller face Lieutenant Gov. Tate Reeves in a runoff Aug. 27. “That was a decision that said, I have prayed quite a bit of,’ Foster. He says it was important, what he thinks, needs of the state Change. ‘A lot of people, wanted me to sit and not be involved in a runoff election, because of the entry in a runoff election may sometime political consequences, and people on one side or the other may get upset,” said Foster. He says the choice is now up to his supporters.”
Lawmakers react to Hong Kong protests, while Trump controls the clear – to Politically
AUDIBLE: POETRY SLAM
“As long as we accept updates to the Statue of Liberty poem, I have: Give me your tired, your poor. And in return, we give you Ken Cuccinelli” – Late-night host Stephen Colbert tweet Tuesday in response to the citizenship and Immigration services Director in an interview to update the poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty say: “Give me your tired, your poor, can stand on their own two feet and who is not a public cost,” instead of the original “masses yearning to breathe free.”
FROM THE STANDS
“THREE!!! Three Service-Animals!!! Are you kidding me?!?!? I’m all for the emotional support, but with 3 miniature horses, I was able to roll up to the check-in Desk, driving in a small car with my Luggage. Whoa, Nelly!” – Dave Kovatch, Rhodelia, KY
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SHE HAD NO CHILL
The Guardian: “A resourceful teenager has taken to adorns the rise of the increasingly powerful smart home devices to its logical conclusion-tweeting from your family, a smart refrigerator, after her mother confiscated the phone. The 15-year-old Ariana Grande fan known only as “Dorothy” was denied, with your phone, but it managed a number of innovative ways to reach thousands of fans – the handheld Nintendo device, a Wii U gaming console, and, finally, your family, the LG Smart fridge. Dorothy, declined to share her last name, says her mother disciplined her two weeks after she got distracted while cooking and caused a fire. ‘They took all my tech so I would pay more attention to my surroundings,” said the teenager, the notification the education, adjusted as guardian of her cousin’s iPad, because they are still in front of a tech ban. “I felt humiliated! I was worried, because I have already bored all summer and Twitter is the time for me.'”
AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“I was once asked by an Intern at The New Republic magazine, where I worked,” How do I get a nationally syndicated columnist?’ And I said, ‘Well, first of all, she has to go to medical school.'” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) said in an interview with C-SPAN in 2005.
Chris Stirewalt , the politics editor for Fox News. Liz Friden contributed to this report. FOX News mid-term report in your Inbox every day wants? You can register here.