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Trump opens door to immigration shift

  • 9:17 pm Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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Continuing what has been a slow motion rollout of his updated plans on immigration reform, Donald Trump said in an interview that he would not grant amnesty to millions of people in the United States illegally, but that those who have been law-abiding would be allowed to stay in the U.S., evidently with some sort of legal residence status that is short of citizenship.

“No citizenship,” Trump told Sean Hannity in a recorded town hall meeting on immigration, adding, “as such, there’s no amnesty.”

But Trump then goes on to tell of how he’s been asked by many people to allow immigrants [More]

Trump stirs GOP over immigration policy

  • 10:22 pm Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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After months of tough talk about illegal immigration on the campaign trail, Donald Trump on Tuesday floated the idea of a major change on that politically explosive issue, as Trump made clear he was open to the idea of allowing some of those in the U.S. illegally to avoid deportation, remain in the country, and gain a legal status.

In an interview with Sean Hannity that was taped on Tuesday in Texas, Trump moved away from the idea of deporting the millions of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally, instead saying that only the “bad” ones would be sent out [More]

Clinton email story not going away

  • 11:16 am Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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The front pages of the Washington Post and New York Times on Tuesday were a fresh reminder for Hillary Clinton and her supporters, that despite the refusal of the Justice Department to further pursue questions about her email use as Secretary of State, the issue of her email server and her personal foundation aren’t going away in the 2016 race.

“Donors given access to Clinton,” was the lead headline in the Washington Post, in a story about links between donations to the Clinton Foundation and access to Clinton as Secretary of State, while the New York Times focused on a federal [More]

11 weeks to Election Day

  • 8:34 am Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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With eleven weeks to go until the November elections, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are focused today on getting money from supporters in favorable territory, as Clinton will hold a second day of fundraising in California, and Trump goes to the reliably Red state of Texas for a fundraiser and rally.

Monday night, former NBA star Magic Johnson helped host an event for Clinton; today she will mingle with famous Hollywood stars like Jennifer Aniston for a pair of fundraisers.

Clinton has no public campaign events scheduled this week until Thursday, when she will be in Nevada; she did use her trip [More]

14,900 more Clinton emails surface

  • 12:31 pm Monday, August 22nd, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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The State Department has agreed to review almost 15,000 previously undisclosed emails flagged by an FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server from her time as Secretary of State, as a federal judge on Monday ordered a rolling review of the materials over the next four weeks, pushing this issue deeper into the 2016 campaign.

In a federal court on Monday, the State Department agreed to do an “appraisal” of the extra documents by September 22, at which time Judge James Boasberg would set a schedule for their public release.

Justice Department lawyer Lisa Olson told the judge that officials [More]

Clinton presses ad advantage in Florida

  • 6:39 pm Sunday, August 21st, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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From Jacksonville, Florida –

There may be no other state that will test the campaign strategy of Donald Trump more than here in Florida, as the past few weeks have seen a steady drumbeat of television commercials by Hillary Clinton in the Sunshine State, with only a minimal answer on the airwaves by the Republican nominee for President.

During a week with my family in the Sunshine State, we saw repeated Clinton ads running during coverage of the Olympics on NBC, along with a steady diet of ads during local TV newscasts as well – mainly an attack on Trump that features [More]

Another fight over ‘skewed’ polls

  • 4:39 am Monday, August 15th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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Four years ago in the race for President, Republicans were complaining about polls that were “skewed” against Mitt Romney, much as many in the GOP are arguing now that polls are biased against Donald Trump in 2016, as Trump supporters charge pollsters and the media are out to stop their candidate.

Quick question – which party were the polls “skewed” for in 2012?

The answer – Mitt Romney and the Republicans – as most polls actually underestimated the support for President Obama, both nationally and in a number of states.

“The national polls, as it turned out, were not systematically biased against Republican [More]

Who sits behind the candidate?

  • 4:19 am Friday, August 12th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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We’ve had two examples this week of the Russian Roulette nature of politics when it comes to who sits behind a candidate for President at rallies for both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

I’m sure most people who haven’t covered political events think that those seats are only given out to trusted people – but the truth is, it is often a random assignment that is done at the last minute, in a sometimes haphazard fashion by campaign staffers.

As noted in that tweet, Donald Trump was highly critical of answers from the Clinton campaign about how the father of the Orlando [More]

Trump: Obama is “founder” of Islamic State

  • 9:47 pm Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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At a rally in South Florida on Wednesday night, Donald Trump turned up the rhetorical heat on both President Obama and Hillary Clinton, blaming both of them for the rise of the Islamic State terrorist group, and criticizing the Obama Administration writ large for not doing enough against terrorism.

“President Obama, he is the founder of ISIS,” Trump said to cheers from the crowd. “And I would say the co-founder would be Crooked Hillary Clinton.”

Trump also arrived at his Florida rally with poster boards – visual aids – that he used during his speech, detailing donations to the Clinton Foundation and [More]

Trump stirs passions over Second Amendment

  • 7:52 pm Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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When the day began on Tuesday, it was Hillary Clinton’s campaign that was playing a bit of defense in the race for President, after reporters realized that the father of the Orlando nightclub shooter had been put on stage behind the candidate at a rally on Monday in Central Florida.

“This individual wasn’t invited as a guest and the campaign was unaware of his attendance until after the event,” the campaign told reporters.

The story, first unearthed by WPTV-TV in West Palm Beach, looked like it might just keep the Clinton campaign off balance for more than a day.

That should [More]

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