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Obama, Biden, Trump: 3 Stories You Should Read Today – 7/19/2018

Obama, Biden, Trump: 3 Stories You Should Read Today – 7/19/2018
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In the category of:  The Illegitimate President Files

From the Start, Trump Has Muddied a Clear Message: Putin Interfered

Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyber attacks to sway the 2016 American election.

The evidence included texts and emails from Russian military officers and information gleaned from a top-secret source close to Mr. Putin, who had described to the C.I.A. how the Kremlin decided to execute its campaign of hacking and disinformation.

Mr. Trump sounded grudgingly convinced, according to several people who attended the intelligence briefing. But ever since, Mr. Trump has tried to cloud the very clear findings that he received on Jan. 6, 2017, which his own intelligence leaders have unanimously endorsed.

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In the category of:  He’s still my President

‘Men Have Been Getting On My Nerves Lately’: Barack Obama, Forever a Mood, Speaks Out For the Empowerment of Women in South Africa 

#StillMyPresident Barack Obama has always had a way with words, even if he is only paraphrasing or repeating thoughts that others have long expressed. And while giving a speech at the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa, the former president became a whole ass mood after succinctly summing up many of our feelings about men and the empowerment of women.

“Men have been getting on my nerves lately,” Obama said to laughter and delight of the crowd of young African leaders.

“Everyday I read the newspaper and just think like ‘Brothers, what’s wrong with you guys? What’s wrong with us? We’re violent, we’re bullying. Just not handling our business,’” Obama sighed in exasperation. “I think empowering more women on the continent, that… is going to lead to some better policies.”

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In the category of:  There will most likely be another election.

The definitive ranking of 2020 Democrats

There are exactly 838 days between today and November 3, 2020 aka Election Day. That’s 2 years, 3 months and 15 days.

Which, in our expert opinions, is a long way from now. Too long, some might say, to make predictions of any sort about how the 2020 race for the Democratic presidential nomination to challenge President Donald Trump might play out.
“Some” is not us. And here’s (a few of the reasons) why:
  1. If the Iowa caucus — the kickoff of the presidential voting season — is held on the same date it was in 2016 (Feb. 1), we are only 18 months from the first vote.
  2. One candidate — Maryland Rep. John Delaney — has already officially announced his 2020 candidacy.
  3. Top-tier potential candidates — from Joe Biden to Elizabeth Warren to Bernie Sanders — have been traveling the country, stopping in key states like Iowa and New Hampshire to support down-ballot candidates in the 2018 midterms
  4. Polling is already being done — both nationally and in early voting states like New Hampshire — to gauge the early state of the race.
The process of running for president — given the money a candidate has to raise and the organizations that must be built in early voting states — is like an iceberg. The bit that pokes its head out of the water is only a very small part of a much larger mass below the surface.

 

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