Dems Consider Impeachment: US Politics in 60 Seconds

Is the impeachment of President Trump more likely following the Mueller Report?

Well, it’s slightly more likely, but still very unlikely to happen. There’s not widespread public support. It would be very dangerous for Democrats to impeach. They’d rather just keep talking about it. Hold hearings, bring Miller up to the Hill, make it an issue in 2020.

What happened to Beto-mentum?

Well, he’s been underwhelming on the stump and people are wondering where…

Who’s the Jeb of the 2020 Race?

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On paper, I’d hit the candidate jackpot.

It was 2015 — many months before President Trump had won a single vote — and my campaign assignment couldn’t be beat: I would be covering the front-runner. The juggernaut. The one whose name they’d chant at the convention hall.

Ladies and gentlemen, the 45th president of the United States …

So, plans change. But a funny thing has been happening lately in conversations with people close to the 2020 race: Jeb Bush is on the brain again.

Not because he’s running, a prospect with the approximate likelihood of a third term for Grover Cleveland.

But because those who are running may have more in common with Mr. Bush than they’d care to admit.

Across the Democratic primary field, candidates hoping to avoid his fate — high hopes, “low energy,” hard fall — are finding themselves in familiar political minefields, even if they’d rarely agree with Mr. Bush on policy.

The most conspicuous parallel is Joe Biden, who is expected to enter the race this week as a Jeb-style early favorite, carrying high name identification, uncertain base-voter enthusiasm and heaps of baggage into a political moment that may have passed him by.

But there are also less intuitive comparisons.

Like Mr. Bush in his race, Elizabeth Warren is the clear leader on policy in her primary, churning out proposals but struggling to gain traction in early polls. She is also spending heavily on staff, as Mr. Bush did, outpacing any other campaign despite her middling fund-raising numbers. (Mr. Bush ultimately needed to slash salaries and headquarters staff.)

When I noticed a T-shirt available on her website recently — “Warren Has a Plan For That,” it reads — I flashed immediately to one of Mr. Bush’s particularly ill-fated slogans: “Jeb Can Fix It.”

Then again, maybe Beto O’Rourke is the cleaner analogy — another son of a politician who has faced skepticism for his privileged rise and was coaxed into the presidential contest not by any signature ideological cause but because, in Mr. O’Rourke’s words, he was “born to be in it.” (Of course, the silver spoon critique applies more credibly to Mr. Bush, who shares a surname with two presidents, than to the child of a former El Paso County commissioner.)

For more moderate figures in the Democratic field, like John Hickenlooper or Amy Klobuchar, Mr. Bush’s inadvertently prescient warning about the political perils of centrism could also prove relevant. Before entering the 2016 race, Mr. Bush suggested that the eventual Republican nominee would need to avoid being pulled to the partisan extreme to remain palatable…

Jeb Bush laments current state of politics in Sioux Falls speech

Jeb Bush lamented the current state of politics in the United States — and the lack of civility — during a speech Wednesday night at the 37th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner and Children’s Charity.

Jeb Bush joined governor-elect Kristi Noem, Gov. Dennis Daugaard, Sen. John Thune and Attorney General Marty Jackley in making remarks at the dinner, which honors South Dakota law enforcement and has raised millions of dollars for children.

Bush’s speech focused primarily on returning to civility in the country’s political discussions, warning that we’d reached a point where people we disagreed with weren’t just people with different opinions.

“They’re becoming…

Jeb Bush: Stop Campaigning For Now And Help Out | Morning Joe | MSNBC

Jeb Bush: Stop Campaigning For Now And Help Out | Morning Joe | MSNBC

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush joins Morning Joe to discuss the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael, his words of caution for residents in the area and why he’s calling on officials to stop campaigning during the recovery effort.
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Who’s No. 2 and legal battles: The week in Florida politics

Florida’s 2018 midterm election is one of the most important in years. The governor’s office and all three Cabinet seats are on the ballot; Republican Gov. Rick Scott is challenging three-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson; several congressional seats will be competitive; and Floridians will vote on several proposed constitutional amendments. The following are items of political interest from the past week:

WHO’S NO 2?

The surprising outcome of Florida’s gubernatorial primary election on Tuesday has put a lot of attention and focus on the Republican and Democratic winners now heading on to the November election.

But while U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum are making television appearances and picking up money they also have a looming deadline to contend with.

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Florida election law requires Gillum and DeSantis to pick a running mate by Sept. 6.

In recent years, there has been much debate over whether the job of lieutenant governor is really needed especially since the job doesn’t have any defined duties. After Lieutenant Gov. Jennifer Carroll abruptly resigned in March 2013, Gov. Rick Scott didn’t pick a replacement until nearly a year later.

Scott tapped former legislator Carlos Lopez-Cantera for the post just months before he sought a second term in office. But while Lopez-Cantera played a role in helping Scott push through his legislative priorities during his re-election year, he became less and less visible…

Today’s News from Inside Higher Ed

Nicholas Dentamaro / Brown University

When Brown University hosted former Florida governor and presidential candidate Jeb Bush last week, it was without incident. Despite having some controversial views that might rile the liberal student population at the institution, Bush was able to speak, and the questions were respectful. This was far cry from 2013, when the university made headlines after students drowned out Ray Kelly, the controversial former New York City police commissioner, when he tried to address the campus. Since then, particularly in the last 18 months, higher education has received much criticism over a series of such incidents.

To the frustration of some Brown officials, the public impression that the institution has a free speech problem lingers nearly five years after the Kelly incident, even though no speaker has been shouted down since Kelly’s appearance and the university makes special efforts to bring in a diverse range of speakers. A new student group now is trying to ensure that conservatives are more represented — and administrators at Brown are embracing that mission.

Greer Brigham, a Brown sophomore, said he decided to found the student group SPEAK because of the 2016 elections. Brigham, a longtime Democrat and Hillary Clinton campaign volunteer, said neither he nor the rest of the country anticipated Donald Trump’s win. He said he realized during the election he hadn’t explored a variety of information sources, and he wanted to make sure the speakers who came to campus were diverse in their political ideations.

Last fall, he launched SPEAK with a small group of students, with the intent of increasing the number of conservative speakers on campus. Brigham wanted to avoid scenarios such as what happened at the University of California, Berkeley, though, with former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, who inspired riots during his talk, and with Richard Spencer at the University of Florida, where the campus essentially shut down for a day to accommodate the white supremacist.

While those are recognized conservatives, they are much more fringe, known more than their insults than the ideas they bring to campuses.

A SPEAK analysis suggested that the speakers Brown professors and administrators invite to campus are almost exclusively liberal. Administrators in interviews said while they admire the students’ intent, they disagreed with the methodology of the report, saying that giving purely academic lectures partisan labels only further exacerbates the polarization of the country.

“This implies that a scholar, a researcher, an academic, injected their personal views into their scholarship, which contributes to erosion in public confidence,” said spokeswoman Cass Cliatt. “It suggests that facts are just malleable expressions of belief. That’s where our country is going right now, that somehow facts are malleable … we just don’t think that’s true.”

SPEAK’s breakdown of speakers brought to events at Brown in 2017 showed that nearly 95 percent of them leaned left in their political views. The students determined this by studying the speakers’ previous jobs — such as if they ever worked for a particular federal administration — their campaign contributions and their social media posts.

The group met with faculty members, largely in the political science department, which organizes many of the campus lectures, and with Brown president Christina H. Paxson. Brigham said he didn’t want to release the data they had collected before they met with everyone…

Jeb Bush Calls Father ‘Stronger Than an Ox,’ Talks Politics in RI

Jeb Bush Calls Father 'Stronger Than an Ox,' Talks Politics in RI
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is seated in the audience before making remarks, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, on the campus of Brown University, in Providence, R.I. Bush, a former presidential candidate, opened with remarks about his mother, former first lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at age 92 at her home, in Houston.
  • Speaking to a crowd of students who peppered him with questions about Trump, Bush said he did not think the president was a “role model”

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush talked family and politics on Wednesday at Brown University, calling his father, former President George H.W. Bush, “stronger than an ox,” and saying that he does not think President Donald Trump is a good role model.

Bush mentioned the recent death of his mother, Barbara, and the hospitalization of his father in his opening remarks. He said the former president, who he called the “greatest man alive,” is out of intensive care and will be leaving a Houston hospital on Friday. The elder Bush had contracted an infection that had spread to his blood.

Without naming Trump, Bush spoke…