Review Category : Poltics

Donald Trump Talks Politics at His Golf Course in Scotland

Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images(TURNBERRY, SCOTLAND) — Where Donald Trump goes, America’s political campaign follows.

On an unofficial trip to Turnberry, Scotland, Donald Trump told reporters his sole focus was running for president. “Three months ago I would have said business is more important, but now I’m more a politician, although I hate the word,” Trump said.

Turnberry is the location of one of Trump’s most lucrative golf courses, where the women’s British Open of golf is taking place this week.

Only a week before the first Republican debate in which he is taking part, the outspoken candidate said his only plan was to “show up.”

“I am who I am, I’m not a debater,” Trump said, before adding he was a “big job builder who gets things done.” “Maybe I’ll do terribly, maybe I’ll do great.”

Regarding his earlier comments on Mexicans and illegal immigration, Trump did not show any sign of regret and said he was confident he would win the Hispanic vote.

“I’m not known as a politically correct person, and for a good reason,” Trump said.

Asked about how he would deal with foreign powers, Trump said he believed he was a great diplomat, and would get on well with Russia and China.

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Quinnipiac Poll: Donald Trump Holds Lead Among GOP Candidates

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — His words may be controversial, but Donald Trump is holding strong among the Republican candidates. A new Quinnipiac University poll out Thursday morning shows Donald Trump continuing to hold a commanding lead in the GOP field.

According to Quinnipiac, “Trump’s 20 percent is the largest tally for a Republican contender in any national poll by the independent Quinnipiac University. Behind Trump are Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with 13 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 10 percent.

No other Republican tops 6 percent and 12 percent are undecided.”

Fox News, which is hosting the first presidential debate one week from Thursday, says it will choose the top 10 candidates from the five most recent national polls, and middle-of-the-pack candidates are jockeying for the final spots on the debate stage.

[See the full poll results here.]

According to Thursday’s poll, 30 percent of Republican voters say they would definitely not support Trump — the largest share of any GOP candidate.

“They love him and they hate him. Donald Trump triumphs on the stump so far, but do voters really want him? Maybe not so much,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

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GOP Presidential Debate: Kasich Ousts Perry for 10th Spot, Analysis Shows

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The first Republican presidential debate is just one week away, but the question remains: who will be on stage and who will be watching from home?

Fox News, which is hosting the first debate next Thursday in Cleveland, says that they will include the top 10 candidates from an average of the five most recent national polls. But Fox News isn’t saying which polls they will use to calculate their average, leaving the rest of us to play a guessing game.

With the addition of a new Quinnipiac poll out Thursday morning, an updated ABC News analysis of five recent national polls shows that John Kasich has ousted Rick Perry for the 10th and final podium at the debate — at least for now. Donald Trump, meanwhile, has solidified his lead over the GOP pack.

We expect a few more national polls to come out in the next seven days — and we will watch as GOP candidates jockey for every last percentage point they can earn.

Getting onto the debate stage in Cleveland is a major first hurdle in the GOP race that will create a stark division between candidates who are in the running and candidates who have minimal support.

Who’s In

According to an ABC News analysis of five recent major national polls on July 30, eight candidates can likely already book their tickets to the debate. Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson.

Who’s Out

Another three candidates are almost certainly going to miss the mark. Carly Fiorina, George Pataki, Lindsey Graham and newly-announced Jim Gilmore have less than 1 percent support. The seven candidates who don’t make the debate will instead participate in a one-hour forum during the afternoon before the debate.

Who’s on the Bubble:

But that leaves five candidates who are on the bubble: less than 1 percentage point separates the three candidates between ninth place and 11th place.

Chris Christie and John Kasich, who just announced his candidacy last week, currently hold the last two spots on the debate stage. Rick Perry, who had been in 10th place until Thursday morning, would miss the debate stage by just six-tenths of a percentage point. Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal are close behind, but still watching from home on Aug. 6. These numbers will move slightly with each new poll that comes out in the next week.

FULL STANDINGS (as of July 30 at 6 a.m.):

1. Trump – 19 percent

2. Bush – 13 percent

3. Walker – 12 percent

4. Rubio – 6 percent

5. Paul – 6 percent

6. Huckabee – 5 percent

T7. Carson – 5 percent

T7. Cruz – 5 percent

9. Christie – 3.2 percent

10. Kasich – 2.8 percent

11. Perry – 2.2 percent

T12.Santorum – 1.4 percent

T12.Jindal – 1.4 percent

14. Fiorina – 0.8 percent

15. Pataki – 0.6 percent

16. Graham – 0.4 percent

17. Gilmore – 0.0 percent (only two of five polls)

This analysis includes five recent polls: Quinnipiac on 7/30; CNN/ORC on July 26; ABC/Post on July 20, Fox News on July 17; and USA Today/Suffolk University on July 14.

What We Don’t Know

There’s still a lot we don’t know. Fox News says that it gets to decide which national polls it will recognize, saying only that they “must be conducted by major, nationally recognized organizations that use standard methodological techniques.”

But there’s more. Will it try to get more precise numbers from polling companies or just use the whole number reported? There’s a big difference between 4.4 percent and 3.5 percent, but both round to 4 percent. Will Fox News round averages to the nearest whole number? To the nearest tenth of a percent? What qualifies as a tie?

What About Ties?

Fox News has also said that, if there is an apparent tie, the news agency will look at more detailed data to determine who is ahead, according to Politico. And if there is an exact tie, they will add an 11th podium to the stage.

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Quinnipiac Poll: Donald Trump Holds Lead Among GOP Candidates

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — His words may be controversial, but Donald Trump is holding strong among the Republican candidates. A new Quinnipiac University poll out Thursday morning shows Donald Trump continuing to hold a commanding lead in the GOP field.

According to Quinnipiac, “Trump’s 20 percent is the largest tally for a Republican contender in any national poll by the independent Quinnipiac University. Behind Trump are Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with 13 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 10 percent.

No other Republican tops 6 percent and 12 percent are undecided.”

Fox News, which is hosting the first presidential debate one week from Thursday, says it will choose the top 10 candidates from the five most recent national polls, and middle-of-the-pack candidates are jockeying for the final spots on the debate stage.

[See the full poll results here.]

According to Thursday’s poll, 30 percent of Republican voters say they would definitely not support Trump — the largest share of any GOP candidate.

“They love him and they hate him. Donald Trump triumphs on the stump so far, but do voters really want him? Maybe not so much,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

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GOP Presidential Debate: Kasich Ousts Perry for 10th Spot, Analysis Shows

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The first Republican presidential debate is just one week away, but the question remains: who will be on stage and who will be watching from home?

Fox News, which is hosting the first debate next Thursday in Cleveland, says that they will include the top 10 candidates from an average of the five most recent national polls. But Fox News isn’t saying which polls they will use to calculate their average, leaving the rest of us to play a guessing game.

With the addition of a new Quinnipiac poll out Thursday morning, an updated ABC News analysis of five recent national polls shows that John Kasich has ousted Rick Perry for the 10th and final podium at the debate — at least for now. Donald Trump, meanwhile, has solidified his lead over the GOP pack.

We expect a few more national polls to come out in the next seven days — and we will watch as GOP candidates jockey for every last percentage point they can earn.

Getting onto the debate stage in Cleveland is a major first hurdle in the GOP race that will create a stark division between candidates who are in the running and candidates who have minimal support.

Who’s In

According to an ABC News analysis of five recent major national polls on July 30, eight candidates can likely already book their tickets to the debate. Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson.

Who’s Out

Another three candidates are almost certainly going to miss the mark. Carly Fiorina, George Pataki, Lindsey Graham and newly-announced Jim Gilmore have less than 1 percent support. The seven candidates who don’t make the debate will instead participate in a one-hour forum during the afternoon before the debate.

Who’s on the Bubble:

But that leaves five candidates who are on the bubble: less than 1 percentage point separates the three candidates between ninth place and 11th place.

Chris Christie and John Kasich, who just announced his candidacy last week, currently hold the last two spots on the debate stage. Rick Perry, who had been in 10th place until Thursday morning, would miss the debate stage by just six-tenths of a percentage point. Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal are close behind, but still watching from home on Aug. 6. These numbers will move slightly with each new poll that comes out in the next week.

FULL STANDINGS (as of July 30 at 6 a.m.):

1. Trump – 19 percent

2. Bush – 13 percent

3. Walker – 12 percent

4. Rubio – 6 percent

5. Paul – 6 percent

6. Huckabee – 5 percent

T7. Carson – 5 percent

T7. Cruz – 5 percent

9. Christie – 3.2 percent

10. Kasich – 2.8 percent

11. Perry – 2.2 percent

T12.Santorum – 1.4 percent

T12.Jindal – 1.4 percent

14. Fiorina – 0.8 percent

15. Pataki – 0.6 percent

16. Graham – 0.4 percent

17. Gilmore – 0.0 percent (only two of five polls)

This analysis includes five recent polls: Quinnipiac on 7/30; CNN/ORC on July 26; ABC/Post on July 20, Fox News on July 17; and USA Today/Suffolk University on July 14.

What We Don’t Know

There’s still a lot we don’t know. Fox News says that it gets to decide which national polls it will recognize, saying only that they “must be conducted by major, nationally recognized organizations that use standard methodological techniques.”

But there’s more. Will it try to get more precise numbers from polling companies or just use the whole number reported? There’s a big difference between 4.4 percent and 3.5 percent, but both round to 4 percent. Will Fox News round averages to the nearest whole number? To the nearest tenth of a percent? What qualifies as a tie?

What About Ties?

Fox News has also said that, if there is an apparent tie, the news agency will look at more detailed data to determine who is ahead, according to Politico. And if there is an exact tie, they will add an 11th podium to the stage.

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Bernie Sanders Claims 100,000 Involved in Mega-Grassroots Event

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Bernie Sanders held what he said was the largest grassroots campaign event of the 2016 president race so far Wednesday night, broadcasting a video message over his website to tens of thousands of people at gatherings around the country.

“Tonight really is an historic night,” said Sanders. “To the best of our knowledge, there has never been a political online organizing event this early in the campaign which involved 100,000 people in 3,500 locations in every state in the United States of America. And that’s pretty impressive.”

While those numbers could not be independently verified, there was a good deal of online chatter leading up to the live broadcast.

The number of people who RSVP’d to the events ranged from four to hundreds of people.

Michelle Tiegs in Souix Falls, South Dakota, said she was not sure what to expect, but then received RSVPs every hour after posting her event. She ended up moving her event to a new location after over 200 people signed up to attend. “We are just completely overwhelmed, mystified by how many people have signed up,” she said.

People signed up to host through the Sanders campaign website and volunteers helped answer questions. “What we gave seen across this campaign is RSVPs actually under-sell the Senator’s events, and we’re expecting the same thing tonight,” said the campaign’s digital director Kenneth Pennington.
After the senator delivered his message, one of his campaign organizers spoke to viewers about need to turn their enthusiasm into a “coordinated grassroots movement.”

“To win this election and build a real political revolution we need to be everywhere. We need you to bring this movement to your community by doing un-glamorous but essential work like knocking on doors, calling voters,” digital organizing director for the campaign, Claire Sandberg, told those watching online.

Manisha Sharma, who hosted the house party in southeast Washington, D.C. where Sanders delivered his message, said that was why she volunteered to have a party.

“He doesn’t have name recognition,” Sharma said. “He has conscious recognition. I feel he’s doing God’s work,” she said. She has a tech start up and said she believed in his message about regulating banks and supporting community banking.

Sharma signed up online like thousands of others about a week ago to host an event, and a few days ago was asked by the campaign if they would let the Senator deliver his message from her party.

Besides the network cameras and intensive internet setup, it looked like a regular house party with homemade signs, guacamole and Bernie cocktails.

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Rick Perry Challenges Donald Trump to a Pullup Contest

Stewart F. House/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry challenged Donald Trump to a pullup contest Wednesday in response to the billionaire’s charge that Perry wasn’t smart enough to join the presidential debate — or as a reporter put it to Perry, not tough enough.

“Let’s get a pullup bar out there and see who can do the most pullups,” Perry told a reporter, who told him that Trump “questioned your energy, toughness and quote-unquote, ‘brain power’ that it might require to run a successful campaign.”

In a story in the Daily Mail, Trump said that Perry was “trying so hard.”

“But it’s not about trying,” he said, according to the story. “It’s about energy, it’s about brainpower, it’s about toughness.”

Trump, who is competing for the Republican nomination and is polling well ahead of Perry nationally, tweeted earlier this month that Perry “should be forced to take an IQ test before being allowed to enter the GOP debate.”

Trump’s camp did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Rick Perry Challenges Donald Trump to a Pullup Contest

Stewart F. House/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry challenged Donald Trump to a pullup contest Wednesday in response to the billionaire’s charge that Perry wasn’t smart enough to join the presidential debate — or as a reporter put it to Perry, not tough enough.

“Let’s get a pullup bar out there and see who can do the most pullups,” Perry told a reporter, who told him that Trump “questioned your energy, toughness and quote-unquote, ‘brain power’ that it might require to run a successful campaign.”

In a story in the Daily Mail, Trump said that Perry was “trying so hard.”

“But it’s not about trying,” he said, according to the story. “It’s about energy, it’s about brainpower, it’s about toughness.”

Trump, who is competing for the Republican nomination and is polling well ahead of Perry nationally, tweeted earlier this month that Perry “should be forced to take an IQ test before being allowed to enter the GOP debate.”

Trump’s camp did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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State Department Official Pleads Guilty to Stalking and Voyeurism Charges

Jacob Ammentorp Lund/iStock/ThinkStock(WASHINGTON) — State Department official Daniel Rosen, 45, on Wednesday plead guilty to six counts of voyeurism and five counts of stalking for peering into women’s homes and secretly recording videos.
Rosen struck a plea agreement after police found videos of dozens of women in “various states of undress” on his iPhone.

Over a three year period, he recorded at least 20 victims, mostly women, in northwest Washington D.C., by recording through windows, cracked blinds and metal gates into the bathrooms and bedrooms of basement level apartments.

In one instance he recorded a woman from her private backyard as she posed for her boyfriend on Facetime. On another occasion he recorded a different women as she lay naked in the bathtub reading a book.

All of the video recordings took place in the late evening under the cover of darkness, usually while he walked his dog. He went back and filmed some of the women multiple times. His victims were unaware at the time that he was making videos of them.

Rosen was arrested in February in Fairfax County, Virginia for soliciting a minor for sex. Virginia police notified the Metropolitan Police Department once geolocation revealed that videos found on his phone were taken in Washington, D.C. He is still facing charges in the Fairfax case.

Rosen’s wife sat in the courtroom as all 11 counts were read aloud. Rosen stood and listened as the prosecuting attorney read through the salacious details of his actions. He and his wife walked side-by-side out of D.C. Superior Court.

“He pled guilty and he wants to get a grip on his life,” said his attorney Bernard Grimm after the hearing.
Rosen was put on unpaid administrative leave from the State Department, according to Grimm.
Grimm said that his client’s security clearance had been revoked and he was not expected to be allowed back to his job.

The State Department refused to comment, citing privacy concerns.

Rosen was released until sentencing under strict home confinement and electronic monitoring. He faces up to 11 years in prison and a possible fine of $11,000.

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State Department Official Pleads Guilty to Stalking and Voyeurism Charges

Jacob Ammentorp Lund/iStock/ThinkStock(WASHINGTON) — State Department official Daniel Rosen, 45, on Wednesday plead guilty to six counts of voyeurism and five counts of stalking for peering into women’s homes and secretly recording videos.
Rosen struck a plea agreement after police found videos of dozens of women in “various states of undress” on his iPhone.

Over a three year period, he recorded at least 20 victims, mostly women, in northwest Washington D.C., by recording through windows, cracked blinds and metal gates into the bathrooms and bedrooms of basement level apartments.

In one instance he recorded a woman from her private backyard as she posed for her boyfriend on Facetime. On another occasion he recorded a different women as she lay naked in the bathtub reading a book.

All of the video recordings took place in the late evening under the cover of darkness, usually while he walked his dog. He went back and filmed some of the women multiple times. His victims were unaware at the time that he was making videos of them.

Rosen was arrested in February in Fairfax County, Virginia for soliciting a minor for sex. Virginia police notified the Metropolitan Police Department once geolocation revealed that videos found on his phone were taken in Washington, D.C. He is still facing charges in the Fairfax case.

Rosen’s wife sat in the courtroom as all 11 counts were read aloud. Rosen stood and listened as the prosecuting attorney read through the salacious details of his actions. He and his wife walked side-by-side out of D.C. Superior Court.

“He pled guilty and he wants to get a grip on his life,” said his attorney Bernard Grimm after the hearing.
Rosen was put on unpaid administrative leave from the State Department, according to Grimm.
Grimm said that his client’s security clearance had been revoked and he was not expected to be allowed back to his job.

The State Department refused to comment, citing privacy concerns.

Rosen was released until sentencing under strict home confinement and electronic monitoring. He faces up to 11 years in prison and a possible fine of $11,000.

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