Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Doing his best to keep the Khizr Khan story alive, Donald Trump once again turned to Twitter this morning where he said, “Mr. Khan, who does not know me, viciously attacked me from the stage of the DNC and is now all over T.V. doing the same - Nice!” He added soon after, “This story is not about Mr. Khan, who is all over the place doing interviews, but rather RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM and the U.S. Get smart!” (The capitalized letters appeared in the original.)
* Hillary Clinton will make a campaign stop in Omaha, Nebraska, today, likely hoping to pick up its one up-for-grabs electoral vote in the eastern part of the state (then-Sen. Barack Obama won it in 2008, but not 2012). Quoting a local official, the Washington Post reported yesterday that Clinton will be the first Democrat to campaign in in Nebraska during the general election since FDR in 1936.
* On a related note, Warren Buffett will reportedly introduce Clinton at her Omaha event today.
* Speaking of billionaires, Mark Cuban has thrown his support behind Clinton. At an event in Pittsburgh on Friday, the Dallas Mavericks owner and “Shark Tank” investor questioned Trump’s mental state.
* Over the weekend, Trump published this unintentionally amusing tweet, “Hillary Clinton should not be given national security briefings in that she is a lose [sic] cannon with extraordinarily bad judgement [sic] & insticts [sic].”
* The Clinton campaign’s public statements have caused confusion, but as things stand, it appears Hillary Clinton supports repealing the Hyde Amendment but Tim Kaine does not.
* Some Trump donors reportedly tried to set up a meeting with Charles Koch last week, but he rejected the overture. Soon after, Trump claimed the Koch brothers reached out to him, and he turned them down.
* In a bit of a surprise, the editorial board of the Houston Chronicle endorsed Hillary Clinton on Friday afternoon. Not only does the Chronicle usually support Republicans, but these endorsements are generally published in the fall, not the summer.
* And Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), Trump’s running mate, will campaign in Arizona tomorrow. The fact that the campaign is worried about Arizona at all is of great interest – the Grand Canyon State has backed the Republican presidential ticket in 15 of the last 16 elections.
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