Having recently tied her in a Rasmussen poll, Donald Trump is leading Hillary Clinton (by 3pts) for the first time in a national poll, according to FOX News. With a net honesty rating of negative 35, Hillary is losing by 9 points to Trump among white women but holds a stunning 83-point lead over Trump among blacks.
While all Hillary wants to do (aside from staying out of jail) is rid herself of Bernie Sanders so the campaign can turn its attention to Trump, Sanders doesn't appear to be ready for any of that just yet. According to The Hill, Sanders released a statement Tuesday in response to criticism of his supporters' behavior in Nevada calling the charges "nonsense", adding that the party either needs to embrace "people who are prepared to fight for real economic and social change, or choose to maintain its status quo structure and remain dependent on big-money campaign contributions."
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- Clinton less than 100 delegates from nomination (The Hill)
- Trump needs 66 delegates to officially clinch nomination (The Hill)
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The artifice of corporate totalitarianism has been exposed. The citizens, disgusted by the lies and manipulation, have turned on the political establishment. But the game is not over. Corporate power has within its arsenal potent forms of control. It will use them. As the pretense of democracy is unmasked, the naked fist of state repression takes its place. America is about—unless we act quickly—to get ugly. “Our political system is decaying,” said Ralph Nader. “It’s on the way to gangrene. It’s reaching a critical mass of citizen revolt.”
“It’s a suicide mission,” said the Republican Party Chairman. The Romney-Kristol cabal is Hillary Clinton’s fifth column inside the Republican Party.
In what may or may not be a harbinger of things to come should Bernie Sanders become president, earlier today Burlington College, a small Vermont private school once led by the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, said Monday it will close later this month, citing "the crushing weight" of debt incurred during the presidency of Jane Sanders who was in charge of the college until 2011.
Michael O’Leary was forthright and humorous as ever at a conference when he warned that Brexit could lead to contagion in the EU. With regard to diversifying into gold, the CEO of Ryanair, one of Europe’s largest airlines, said that the airline would be unlikely to as it is a “risky asset.”
"To those who abandon the Republican Party in this hour of crisis, I say: Good riddance! Go now, and never come back. Your bad advice and dogmatic arrogance brought America from a lone pinnacle of greatness in 2001 to second-rate status in 2016, the fastest decline of a dominant power since Napoleon invaded Russia. Go pester the Democrats, and do as much damage to them as you did to us Republicans... There's a war on... three different wars, in fact. To remain neutral is moral cowardice; to choose the wrong side would be downright wicked."
With Trump now practically assured of the republican candidacy and the only remaining race being that between Hillary and Bernie, Ralph Nader, a former presidential candidate himself, had some disturbing if accurate words about the democratic primary process. In a story published in US News, Nader said that Hillary Clinton is "going to win by dictatorship" in the Democratic race against Bernie Sanders adding that "Twenty-five percent of superdelegates are cronies, mostly. They weren't elected."
Following their much anticipated meeting first thing this morning, Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan touted that they are "totally committed to working together" in a joint statement after their high-profile Thursday morning meeting, calling for "shared principles" and a "conservative agenda."
"Those who got Donald Trump totally wrong in the nomination process, still have not figured out why. Thus, it’s no surprise they are still wrong now. I propose, that instead of being the demise of the Republican party, Donald Trump will be its savior."
He is pandering to the Trump-hating Beltway media and claiming the leadership of a Republican establishment routed and repudiated in the primaries, not only by that half of the party that voted for Trump, but also by that huge slice of the party that voted for Ted Cruz. If Ryan holds to his refusal to accept the decision of the Republican majority in the primaries, he should be removed from that role. And if Ryan does not come out of today’s meeting with the Donald, endorsing him, the presumptive nominee should turn to Paul Ryan, and, in two words, tell him, “You’re fired!”
It's not just "angry blue collar white men," that are supporting Donald Trump. Having received a record number of votes in a Republican nomination campaign and winning in some of the richest and best-educated counties in the country adding to victories in his more traditional strongholds of white working-class neighborhoods, statistician Nate Silver found - after reviewing exit poll data in 23 states - that Trump voters' median household income was higher than the median in every state, sometimes by a wide margin; and that 44% of Trump voters have college undergraduate degrees, compared to 29% of US adults.