In the Heat of the Election, Monica Lewinsky Would Rather Talk About Online Abuse

She spoke at a conference in London on Thursday. Monica Lewinsky was in the news again today, with CNN reporting that the campaign of Donald Trump is telling supporters to bring up her name as a way to give the candidate an edge in the presidential race against Hillary Clinton. But in a carefully-crafted appearance in London, Lewinsky dodged all talk of the election and instead stuck closely to the script she’s followed in recent years, which weaves her personal narrative into a denouncement of Internet clickbait and online abuse. After staying silent for ten years following the revelation of her sexual relationship with then-President Bill Clinton in January 1998, she’s emerged as an activist on the issues. In a speech at a Financial Times conference, she noted that when news first emerged of her relationship, it broke online, rather than in print—a relatively new occurrence at the time. […]

In battleground Iowa, Clinton aims to bank early votes

The Democratic presidential nominee hits the road after her party’s national convention. DES MOINES — Hillary Clinton returned to the difficult political ground of Iowa Thursday with hopes of banking early presidential votes in a battleground state trending firmly toward Republican nominee Donald Trump. Iowa’s lengthy early-voting window makes it the first battleground state to begin recording ballots this year, and it is among only a few states that allow weeks of in-person voting ahead of Election Day. Democrats hope to use an advantage in organizing power to return the state to their column. “We are starting to vote today in Iowa,” Clinton said. “We have 40 days to win an election that’s going to affect the next 40 years of our country.” She urged supporters to go directly from the outdoor rally where she spoke to an early- voting station nearby. Democrats had organized transportation to several sites. […]

Ohio, Long a Bellwether, Is Fading on the Electoral Map

ATHENS, Ohio — After decades as one of America’s most reliable political bellwethers, an inevitable presidential battleground that closely mirrored the mood and makeup of the country, Ohio is suddenly fading in importance this year. Hillary Clinton has not been to the state since Labor Day , and her aides said Thursday that she would not be back until next week, after a monthlong absence, effectively acknowledging how difficult they think it will be to defeat Donald J. Trump here. Ohio has failed to keep up with the demographic changes transforming the United States, growing older, whiter and less educated than the nation at large. And the two parties have made strikingly different wagers about how to win the White House in this election: Mr. Trump, the Republican nominee, is relying on a demographic coalition that, while well tailored for Ohio even in the state’s Democratic strongholds, leaves him […]

What Ted Cruz could have been

George Washington once said, “Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.” I once believed that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was one of the few. That he was unwavering in his principles and would always stand for what was right. I admired his honest and respectful presidential bid and believed in his ability to pull off the upset over billionaire businessman Donald Trump . When Cruz conceded defeat it was a tough pill to swallow because it was a sign that a candidate who embodied every bad stereotype the Republican party had been fighting to disprove would become their poster child. When Cruz took the stage at the GOP convention it was like he had climbed to the top of a mountain only to stand in front of wolves and boldly declare righteousness and reason when encouraging all Americans to vote their conscience rather than endorsing Trump. Republican […]

Furious Trump still thinks he won the debate — and he berated aides who said otherwise

Donald Trump pointing his finger like a gun (CNN/Screencapture) Donald Trump never likes to be seen as a loser, which is why he was reportedly not happy to see campaign aides and surrogates acknowledge publicly that he lost Monday’s debate and needed to do a better job of preparing next time. CNN is reporting that “in a conference call with surrogates Wednesday afternoon, Trump aides made clear the Republican nominee is upset that his allies publicly acknowledged they pushed him to change his preparation and tactics before his next bout with Hillary Clinton.” Trump also demanded that they stop criticizing his debate performance “immediately.” CNN’s sources say Trump instead wants his supporters to make “energetic” cases that he really won the debate on Monday while refusing to concede that he made any mistakes. This is interesting because Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway had, for the past month or so, […]

Trump’s new brain trust

Donald Trump speaks with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie who is leading his transition team. | AP Photo Hillary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s preparations for taking over the federal government are as wildly different as their campaigns for the White House — and for once, Trump’s operation is the more elaborate one. While the Republican’s campaign is marked by light staffing, a scant policy agenda and the nominee’s gut-instinct style on the stump, the Trump transition team led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has assembled nearly 100 advisers who are weighing details on issues ranging from taxes and national security to decisions on which Obama administration policies should be quickly overturned, according to people familiar with its inner workings. In contrast, Clinton’s transition team is still largely bare bones — one Democrat who has met with it said it has about 20 staffers, including part-timers. Her policy agenda […]

Clinton camp rolls out more GOP endorsements

While noting that they have their disagreements with Hillary Clinton, Republicans on the conference call praised her debate performance and temperament. | AP Photo Hillary Clinton’s campaign announced the endorsement of another batch of Republicans on Thursday. Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta announced the 40 endorsements in a conference call with reporters, and highlighted Monday’s presidential debate, suggesting the former secretary of state’s performance bolstered her support among Republicans while labeling Donald Trump’s showing as representative of his lack of qualifications for the Oval Office. While noting that they have their disagreements with Clinton, Republicans on the call praised Clinton’s debate performance, as well as her temperament, judgment, resume, ability to work in bipartisan fashion and history of public service. They also echoed a theme of the Clinton campaign: that she’s the candidate who could provide a better life their children and grandchildren — and they excoriated Trump, criticizing […]

Inside Clinton’s Quest to Lure Millennials and Shore Up Her Campaign

“Are we where we want to be? Not precisely,” says campaign strategist Joel Benenson. “But we’re confident we’ll get there.” When Hillary Clinton decided to run for president, she faced a critical strategic choice. Should she tailor her message to the predominantly white working-class Americans who twice helped elect her husband—and supported her in the 2008 Democratic primaries over Barack Obama? Or should she try to piggyback on Obama’s coalition of minorities, single women, and millennials? Clinton chose the latter track. It’s worked, up to a point: Polls have consistently shown she’s crushing Donald Trump among black voters, Latinos, and suburban women. But she hasn’t managed to attract the overwhelming support among young people that powered Obama’s victories in 2008 and 2012. It’s not that they won’t vote, because they turned out in large numbers for Clinton’s Democratic primary challenger Bernie Sanders. It’s that, with less than six weeks […]

Non-voters in Bloomberg poll highlight Clinton turnout challenge

Political pollsters usually don’t tell you about these people: the Americans who aren’t planning to vote. Yet in a close election like this year’s presidential race, those who aren’t currently planning to vote could matter a lot, if the campaigns can move them from the sidelines to polling places. The latest Bloomberg Politics national poll shows that Hillary Clinton has more of a stake in trying to motivate them than Donald Trump. The Bloomberg survey for the first time asked unlikely voters who they would back, if they had a change of heart and decided to cast a ballot. What it showed is greater support for Clinton than Trump among those not likely to vote, as well as a non-voter profile that skews Democratic. The findings show that those not planning to vote back Clinton over Trump, 38 percent to 27 percent, if they did indeed cast a ballot. […]

Watch: Hillary Clinton Shimmy at Presidential Debate Goes on a Few Seconds Too Long

Hillary Clinton sought a humanizing moment at Monday’s presidential debate when she wiggled and giggled at an accusation from her rival Donald Trump — but she may have taken the gesture a little too far. After Trump cited a video message of Clinton bizarrely shouting at union laborers , moderator Lester Holt asked her to respond. The transcript of this exchange reads: TRUMP: Wait. The AFL-CIO the other day, behind the blue screen — I don’t know who you were talking to, Secretary Clinton, but you were totally out of control. I said, there’s a person with a temperament that’s got a problem. HOLT: Secretary Clinton? CLINTON: Whoo! Okay. But the delivery is something that needs to be seen. Clinton’s exclamation and wriggle last about five seconds, getting awkward toward the end: USA Today ‘s Josh Hafner writes that he counts Clinton “shaking her shoulders as many as 10 […]