Presidential Election

FEC Dealings With Trump Campaign Shows Dysfunction on Both Sides

Reading Time: 3 minutesEven before he officially kicks off his reelection campaign later this month, President Donald Trump has already found plenty of ways to use campaign donations to line his own pockets. But he may want to invest in a campaign finance expert quickly — or at least somebody who can count — or his campaign could soon be slapped with sanctions by the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Will ‘None of the Above’ Win the Presidential Election (Again)?

Reading Time: 3 minutesWill President Donald Trump be reelected — by people who do not vote?American presidential candidates who get elected do not necessarily represent the will of the people — because they don&;t generally get the support of the majority of eligible voters.

Blue States Are Banding Together to Sidestep the Electoral College

The 2016 presidential campaign was historically unprecedented in a number of ways, not the least of which was that the losing candidate got nearly three million more popular votes than the winner. Ever since November 2016, national Democrats have been scrutinizing ways to take full advantage of Hillary Clinton’s popular vote victory and make it work for them in 2020.

Black Women Are Claiming the Political Stage

This week, a black woman became a credible candidate for President of the United States. Regardless of what you might think of the politics of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), her candidacy is historic. When Shirley Chisholm became the first such black woman, no one took that campaign seriously.Today, in an era of Black Lives Matter, African American feminists have helped define both our cultural politics and Democratic party politics.

Trump Rides His Dad’s Coattails into Manhattan

A young Donald Trump vowed to take over Manhattan — and quickly went to work to turn ambition into reality. An early masterstroke was the rehabilitation of the Commodore Hotel. It involved the kind of government aid the 2016 GOP frontrunner would have trouble defending to his political base.Trump managed to secure massive tax breaks usually not doled out for the renovation of luxury hotels.

Trump’s Escape Across the River

The second part of this controversial documentary on Donald Trump focuses on the mogul’s early years. It reveals where he picked up his business smarts — from his father Fred Trump.The elder Trump amassed the family fortune by building homes in Brooklyn. After World War II, he went bigger. He turned his attention to large housing developments, which he built “with little of his own money.” This would be a strategy his son pursued throughout his career.From his father’s example, Trump also learned that getting sued was simply part of doing business.

The Documentary on Donald Trump he Sued To Suppress

Donald Trump’s entire career has been about creating and projecting an image of himself that suits his needs. That has never been truer than during his current presidential bid. But what lies behind the image? Is Trump the genius and unremitting success he would have us believe? Is he the master of knowing how to pull all things off, how to win big while intimidating the bad guys and be loved by everyone else?Long ago — a quarter century ago — when Trump was already making noises about wanting to be president, some filmmakers set out to discover what the man was made of.

Expert Panel Flunks Republicans on Climate Science

When it comes to the subject of climate, going against science is a badge of honor for many Republicans. They seem to be trying to outdo each other in denying the conclusions of the vast majority of scientists — that climate change is real and manmade.That might work in a presidential primary, but not in a classroom. All but one of the GOP candidates would have to be held back a year — or, in the case of Ted Cruz, be sent back to kindergarten.Only Jeb Bush might have passed a climate science quiz — but just barely.

Clinton Tries to Buy Good News; Is Biden the Intended Target?

Hillary Clinton has a lead in Democratic primary polls that would make most politicians envious. But this hasn&;t stopped the former first lady from fighting, and spending, like her life depends on it.One target of this strategy may be a man who isn’t even running — yet.

Trump’s “Silent Majority” Makes Loud Ugly Noises Online

Early in September, Shaquandra Ratliff was killed in Chicago. The young mother was shot when a fight broke out at a “death remembrance party” for a gang member slain a year ago. But police say Ratliff had no gang affiliation and simply was at the wrong place at the wrong time. In other words, this is a story about yet another innocent black person shot to death.A was posted on Yahoo!

RussRant: Ben Carson Gets Boston Bombing Wrong

Ben Carson, now a leading candidate in the polls, has drawn criticism for some of his more extreme statements about foreigners — and, like so many of his fellow GOP candidates, has had to step back and declare he was misunderstood.But one thing he hasn’t taken flak for explaining why the United States should be wary of taking in Syrians and other Middle Eastern immigrants. His reason?

Trump: The Brand-Name Candidate

To New Yorkers, the name “Trump” is always written with a certain unique flair — and is always outsized.Gold-plated and tall as a man, the name “TRUMP” dominates an entire block on Fifth Avenue. The unavoidable letters, which hover above the entrance to the Trump Tower, signify not just a name, but a brand.&;Donald Trump’s personal brand — his name alone — has always been an integral part of his success.

GOP Debates, Kids’ Edition

I had fun live-tweeting the GOP debates with my trademark deadpan “commentary” (if you missed it, check out my personal twitter feed and scroll back just a wee bit). But it looks like someone else had some fun on the backs of those much-abused GOP contenders.You’ve heard the expression “out of the mouths of babes”?

Could Google Sway Election Outcomes?

Can you Google the future?Google could have a massive impact on elections if it tweaked its search algorithm just enough to favor certain candidates, researchers found.A conducted by the American Institute for Behavioral Research found that the order of Google search results about candidates — ranked according to positive and negative stories — had a significant effect on which ca

22 Witty Quotes About Elections

1. The problem with political jokes is they get elected. —Henry Cate, VII 2. I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them. —Adlai Stevenson 3. Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you. —Author Unknown

Bush v. Clinton — or Bernie v. Ted? How much of a choice do you want?

Imagine a substantive presidential contest: a general election pitting two people with major differences in their views and their visions for the future. Imagine the stimulation, the fireworks.Now consider what the establishment seems to prefer: a rematch of competing “moderate” dynasties. That is what appears to be in store. In an echo of 1992, another Bush versus another Clinton. And, if history is any guide, with Wall Street and the Military-Industrial Complex standing to benefit either way.To be certain, the Bushes and the Clintons differ in myriad substantive ways.

Trump is Not the Carnival — The Whole Election Is

The system loves to laugh at Donald Trump’s buffoonish ways, but what about the system itself? If you look closely, the entire way we elect presidents is pretty ridiculous. The following WhoWhatWhy Classic first appeared in 2011, but has never been more apt.
There’s a reason that many of the people who spend a lot of their time thinking and talking about celebrities’ private lives, and/or memorizing the statistics of scores of sports stars, also derive deep satisfaction from the seasonal political game.

WhoWhatWhy Media Extras: Russ Baker’s Jeb Bush Analysis

Jeb Bush finally declared his candidacy for president after raising millions of dollars through legally questionable measures. Photo credit: Gage Skimore / Wikimedia Foundation

Undemocratic Primary: The Backroom Deal is Back

Jeb Bush isn’t technically a candidate yet, but he’s raised more money than some of his Republican counterparts who have declared their intention to run. Photo credit: Wikimedia Foundation