Looking the other way
Voters seem to hold Hillary Clinton’s email scandal against her, but it’s still unclear whether it has given enough reason for the large numbers turned off by Donald Trump to give him a second look.
By 56%-35%, a majority in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll disagreed with the FBI’s decision, announced July 5, not to bring charges. A 57%-39% majority say her conduct makes them worry about she’d do as president.
Almost six in 10 said the outcome of the investigation won’t affect their vote. But 28 percent said it leaves them less likely to support her; 10 percent said it makes them more likely.
National polls on the race are still to come, but Democrats don’t seem hugely alarmed. Clinton picked up endorsements Monday from the Communications Workers of America and the Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC.
A swing state poll taken July 7-10 — a Monmouth University survey of Nevada — found Clinton ahead by 4 points.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch's testimony before the House Tuesday should help keep the email issue in the news.
Mr. Law and Order
Trump declared himself the “law and order candidate” in a Virginia speech, his first since the murder of five police officers in Dallas, and said in an Associated Press interview that Black Lives Matter is “a very divisive term.”
Trump also said relations between police and African-Americans are “far worse” than people think and that shortcomings in training may have played a role in the “tragic deaths” of black men shot by police in Louisiana and Minnesota, which sparked protests.
In his speech, he said he would strengthen support for police and called himself “the candidate of compassion.” On WABC's Good Morning America early Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden laughed off the claim, saying in part Trump's party has resisted funding law-enforcement.
The take-away: 2016 vs. 1968
The shock and despair felt in the aftermath of the Dallas attack, as well as the unrest over police killings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota, have spurred comparisons with the turmoil that tore at the nation in another election year, 1968.
Newsday’s Dan Janison finds there are some parallels, but also important differences.
Trump: Veep pick coming soon
In a Washington Post interview Monday, Trump said he is leaning toward a “political” pick as his running mate rather than a “military” one, and will announce a decision by the end of the week.
But Trump did not rule out retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. Also on the presumed short list: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. And maybe someone else.
Platform with built-in wall
The Republican Party is set to formally endorse the wall along the southern border advocated by Donald Trump, but isn’t taking a stand on his call for Mexico to pay for it.
Platform committee meetings Monday featured heated debates on LGBT issues. Social conservatives appeared to have the upper hand in arguments on same-sex marriage and North Carolina’s law restricting how transgender people choose bathrooms.
A Bernie bump?
This much is settled. Bernie Sanders will endorse Clinton in a joint appearance in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Tuesday.
The unknown is whether Sanders can rally his supporters to get behind Clinton with anywhere near the enthusiasm that they brought to his campaign. Some die-hards on a Reddit board vowed that won’t happen.
“If he endorses her, he’s going back on everything he claimed to be standing for,” wrote one.
What else is happening
- A first-of-its-kind female power trio would be in the making if Clinton wins. Theresa May is about to become British PM, and there's Angela Merkel in Germany, as CNBC describes here.
- Clinton would be a "good president" -- and pairing her with Obama would be a "dream ticket," Trump said eight years ago in a newly-surfaced clip from his defunct radio show, the WSJ (pay site) reports.
- Gingrich told a radio interviewer that black Americans still encounter “residual racism” in their interactions with police and others.
- Rudy Giuliani's money-making angle as he gets attention over 'Black Lives Matter' may be that his firm Greenberg, Traurig lobbies for privatized incarceration, the Daily News reports.
- Legal experts say U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s comments voicing horror at the prospect of a Trump presidency could cast doubt on her impartiality in any future case involving Trump, The Washington Post reported.
- Trump’s new rapid response director, Steven Cheung, worked most recently as director of communications and public affairs for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
- Trump waffled on another of his earlier boasts, conceding he'd use a TelePrompter at next week's convention...
- Flynn, the retired general, is new to politics but is a quick study on the art of the flip-flop. After sounding like an abortion rights supporter in a Sunday interview, he said Monday that he is “pro-life.”
- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told MSNBC that Trump’s supporters will “feel betrayed” when his promises go unfulfilled.
- In case you were wondering whether Biden wants to keep his job under Clinton, he says no. But he will “work like the devil for her.”
- Trump was amazed, he said in 2000, that the major parties could "get away with" excluding third-party candidates from debates, as Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson points out.
- The Doonesbury cartoon uncannily anticipated this year's Trump hilarities.