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Trump’s 2020 Campaign: A Traditional Operation With a Wild-Card Candidate

“We won 306 to 223.” (Mrs. Clinton’s total was actually 232.) Advisers say privately that he has been distracted by the Mueller report, which he regards as a clear political victory, and has not focused on message for the coming months. As the campaign tries to build a traditional re-election operation, which officials often compare to President George W. Bush’s 2004 race, the tension may build between campaign officials and Mr. Trump, who trusts his gut above all else. “One of the differences is time. “It’s easy to build a beautiful operation,” said Robby Mook, the campaign manager for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 race. To staff the campaign, advisers have brought in a mix of new hires and veterans of the 2016 effort. The president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, meanwhile, is planning to play a large managerial role overseeing the campaign from the West Wing and speaks to Mr. Parscale multiple times a day. Mr. Stepien, meanwhile, has been focused on the delegate selection process and state chairman races in places like Massachusetts, Florida and Maine, to ensure that the Republican National Convention next year will be an uninterrupted celebration of the president. Mr. Parscale has discussed with Mr. Trump the potential advantages of targeting the Green New Deal, the ambitious Democratic proposal to combat climate change. The rally may still happen, people familiar with the plans said, but only because campaign officials insisted on it.

Traditional Palestinian Dress Becomes Means of Political Protest

The brightly colored, embroidered woman’s dress is known as a “thobe,” notes the Associated Press. Thobe designs also expressed women’s different social positions: red was the color for women about to be married, while blue was for women whose husbands had died. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians either fled or were expelled from their homes during the war that led to Israel’s creation. Over years of fighting, Palestinian nationalism has taken on many forms. In the early days of Israel’s establishment, nationalism was linked with calls for Israel’s destruction and deadly attacks. Armed struggle later gave way to calls for the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. Now, Palestinian women of all social classes wear thobes to show support for an independent nation at special events. Younger Palestinians, especially those spread far from their homeland, are changing the traditional dresses to modern tastes. Rashida Tlaib said her Palestinian thobe brought back memories of her mother’s West Bank village. having or seeming to have length, width, and depth pocket(s) – n. a usually small cloth bag that is connected to a piece of clothing that is open at the top or side so that you can put things into it catastrophe – n. a terrible disaster nationalism – n. a desire by a large group of people, such as people who share the same culture, history or language, to form a separate and independent nation of their own autonomy – n. the power or right of a country or group to govern itself

Ben Jealous skips traditional stop on Maryland’s political circuit, leaving some Democrats ‘nervous and...

Jealous voluntarily ceded the stage to Hogan last week as hundreds of Maryland’s state, federal and local officials gathered in Ocean City for an annual conference that has been a fixture in the state’s political calendar for nearly 90 years. Jealous’s decision to skip the Maryland Association of Counties summer gathering — instead meeting with voters in Baltimore City and Frederick — set off another wave of anxiety among his supporters in the Democratic establishment. “Personally, I would be here.” Jealous’s absence from the resort town, where the state’s political press corps also gathered, has raised questions about whether eschewing traditional Maryland campaign techniques is a misstep or a savvy move in a tough race. “This conference is far more than just a speaking opportunity,’” Hogan told a crowd of local leaders. I mean, look at that,” the lawmaker said, gesturing to Hogan, who was posing for photos with the children of other elected officials. “What we’re trying to do is meet with actual voters and small business people,” Turnbull said from Ocean City. “Concern/Attack: Why isn’t Ben at the MACo summer convention? “You just get to meet people from all over the state,” Young said. He recalled that former governor William Donald Schaefer had “an entourage of 50 people” during election years slapping stickers on elected officials from across the state. Jealous is “not running a traditional campaign,” Busch said.

Denver Juneteenth celebration in Five Points mixes history, tradition, politics

A caravan of food trucks lined Welton Street in Five Points on Saturday morning, mingling with a long line of easy-up canopies and traditional food stands. However, the annual Juneteenth festival began long before grills were prepped for customers. Attendees, however, also witnessed a heightened political presence. “It’s great to be here celebrating the African-American community,” Kennedy said. “I graduated from Manual High School, so I’m coming home today.” Campaign signs were plentiful, and volunteers asked onlookers to sign petitions and register to vote. This is the first year it’s really been swamped.” Others praised the presence, calling it an important expression of the freedom that Juneteenth celebrates. “Everybody needs to register to vote, and everybody needs to vote!” Welton Street presented a slightly different scene, with more focus on food and merchandise, but campaign volunteers continued to roam the streets in search of signatures. “This is a historic celebration, and I love seeing communities coming together,” said state Rep. Dave Young, a candidate for Colorado treasurer. “For me, Juneteenth is about the community coming together. I love seeing the support for the black community.

Time for Washington to end the tradition of ‘pay to play’ politics

Congratulations, Mick Mulvaney. You put in stark relief what most Americans know in their gut: There’s a broken, “pay to play’ system in Washington. But it would be wrong to say you are the problem and leave it at that. That’s not really the case. The right for a redress of grievances is enshrined in our Constitution, and it’s an important right to exercise. There’s no constitutional imperative that requires lobbyists to be at the center of the current system that is up to its eyeballs in transactional giving. Even the National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics, a trade group for lobbyists, bristled at Mulvaney’s candid admission, saying, “This should not be be the norm or how ‘business’ is done in Washington.” Mulvaney’s words, “If you’re a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn’t talk to you. Members of Congress, especially those who aspire to leadership positions, spend too much time soliciting campaign contributions, and they hate it. Sure, we can lay much of this at the feet of a Supreme Court that almost blesses this “pay to play” system, where ingratiation and buying access are not considered corruption. One of its five solutions is reducing “pay to play” politics, because in a democracy, making laws should be based on the power of ideas, not simply the size of the checkbook or moneyed interests behind them.