First, today we want to take a moment to remember that 75 years ago today was V-J Day as Japan surrendered and WWII came to end. We should all pause for a second to remember those who gave their youth, limbs and lives in the Pacific. I want to remember my Uncle, who I never met, but paid the ultimate price in the closing days on Okinawa. May we live up to the ideals they fought for, and may he and all those who served be graced by God for their sacrifice.
65 days until we select the direction of the nation for the next four years and well beyond that. Your vote counts. You get what you vote for.
27 days to debate number one. The first one is usually the most watched and key.
The betting odds (as tracked by RCP) is 50/50 today. Money is going both ways now.
Others like FiveThirtyEight continue to say that VP Biden has an 81% election probability. We say follow the money.
Two polls out yesterday say Biden. USA Today (7 pts) and Grinnel (8 pts).
Both also asked about congressional voting plans. USA and Grinnel both had Dems ahead by 6 and 7 points respectively.
something you should know
In 28 days (one day after the first debate) the government is set to run out of money. You remember all those shut downs and dramatics that went with past budget deadlines. The timing of this one means a lot. It’s hard to see the administration, Schumer and Pelosi agreeing to spending extensions before the deadline, doesn’t it? Can’t you see the stories now leading to the debate and the blaming charges going around? Can’t you see the debate questions to kick off that night?
This is un-talked about now, but put it in your memory bank and watch what happens.
So that primary election in Massachusetts last night produced the first ever loss for a Kennedy in the senate race. Senator Markey won the primary going away. Remember, he was endorsed by AOC and Kennedy by Pelosi.
Now we’ll see what the other Kennedy does. She is running against Congressman Van Drew in southern NJ. He is the congressman who changed parties because he voted no on impeachment.
The battle for the President’s taxes by NY goes on. Yesterday a federal appeals panel ruled the president does not have to furnish his records while the court considers his appeal.
In either case it will never happen before the election.
VP Biden’s campaign announced it raised a record $300 million dollars in August. So money will not be an issue in this election.
The President’s doctor dispelled speculation that he suffered mini-strokes last November requiring a hastily arranged trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The physician, Dr. Sean Conley, said he “can confirm that President Trump has not experienced nor been evaluated for a cerebrovascular accident (stroke), transient ischemic attack (mini stroke), or any acute cardiovascular emergencies, as have been incorrectly reported in the media.”
Maybe we need to see completed medical records from both candidates this year. I care about that more than their taxes.
Put this story in the box that says one year ago this was unthinkable.
The District of Columbia set up a Facilities and Commemorative Expressions working group. It was tasked with evaluating whether statues and memorials in the city (Wash. DC) should be removed or contextualized if the historical figures they represent participated in “slavery, systemic racism, mistreatment of, or actions that suppressed equality for, persons of color, women and LGBTQ communities and violation of the DC Human Right Act.”
Well they published a plan that recommends potentially removing the Washington Monument, Christopher Columbus Statue, Andrew Jackson Statue, and Jefferson Memorial among many others.
Can you believe that? The Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial in Washington.
The Mayor had promised to go along with the commission’s findings. We’ll see now, but there is a thing called “a bridge too far.”
The President promised it would never happen.