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Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., attends a Joint Economic Committee hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC, April 18, 2013. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/AP)

GOP congressman endorses Clinton over Trump

08/02/16 12:39PM

When it comes to Donald Trump's presidential candidacy, congressional Republicans fall into some distinct groups. The first, which is modest in size, includes GOP lawmakers who actually like the GOP nominee. The second is the party's "Never Trump" contingent, which isn't exactly a large group, either.
The third and largest faction is the "Let's Make the Best of a Bad Situation" group, which seems to include practically every member of the GOP leadership.
As of today, there's a brand new, fourth group -- the pro-Clinton congressional Republican -- a contingent with one member.
Rep. Richard Hanna becomes first congressional Republican to say he will vote for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday.
"For me, it is not enough to simply denounce his comments: He is unfit to serve our party and cannot lead this country," Hanna wrote in an oped for "While I disagree with her on many issues, I will vote for Mrs. Clinton."
Hanna is retiring at the end of his term this year.
The op-ed is online here.

Latest polls show Hillary Clinton in the 2016 driver's seat

08/02/16 09:37AM

Donald Trump and his Republican supporters were feeling pretty good about the presidential race about a week ago at this time. The party's national convention was highly controversial for all sorts of reasons, but there was some polling that showed the GOP nominee nevertheless benefiting from a modest bounce.
A lot can happen in a week.
Following the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton now leads Donald Trump by 8 points -- 50 percent to 42 percent -- up from a single-point difference last week, according to the latest NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll.
Clinton's gain also comes after a series of controversial comments made by the Republican nominee this past week regarding the family of a fallen American soldier and Trump's suggestion that Russian hackers should seek out deleted Clinton emails.
A new national poll from CNN also shows Clinton receiving a big boost on the heels of the Democratic National Convention. Whereas CNN's poll last week found Trump with a three-point lead, 48% to 45%, the former Secretary of State has turned things around in a big way, and now leads 52% to 43% in a head-to-head match-up.
Add third-party candidates to the mix, and the CNN poll shows Clinton's advantage shrinking from nine points to eight.
These results follow on the heels of national polls from CBS News and Public Policy Polling, which put Clinton's lead at seven and five points, respectively. Looking at the overall averages, the Democrat's lead is now roughly six points, which is the largest advantage she's enjoyed since late June.
President Barack Obama speaks at the White House Summit on Global Development at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, July 20, 2016. (Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Obama defends troops, families against Trump criticisms

08/02/16 08:00AM

President Obama was in Atlanta yesterday, speaking to the Disabled American Veterans' national conference, and though he didn't mention the upcoming election or the names of his would-be successors, it wasn't difficult to read between these lines.
"No one -- no one -- has given more for our freedom and our security than our Gold Star families. Michelle and I have spent countless hours with them. We have grieved with them. There's a reason why, last week in Philadelphia, I was humbled to be introduced by Sharon Belkofer from Ohio, a Gold Star mom whose son, Tom, a lieutenant colonel in the Army, gave his life in Afghanistan. I requested Sharon to introduce me, because I understood that our Gold Star families have made a sacrifice that most of us cannot even begin to imagine.
"They represent the very best of our country. They continue to inspire us every day, every moment. They serve as a powerful reminder of the true strength of America. We have to do everything we can for those families, and honor them, and be humbled by them.
"DAV, I know that your service has also been defined by another battle. This is a group that understands sacrifice."
The context was hard to miss. It was just a few days ago that Donald Trump not only took cheap shots at Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq, he also insisted he understands sacrifice -- because he's worked "very hard" and had "tremendous success."
The president went on to add, "Let me say something else about this generation. As Commander-in-Chief, I'm pretty tired of some folks trash-talking America's military and troops.... Let's get some facts straight: America's Army is the best-trained, best-equipped land force on the planet. Our Navy is the largest and most lethal in the world. The precision of, and reach of, our Air Force is unmatched. Our Marines are the world's only truly expeditionary force. We have the world's finest Coast Guard. We have the most capable fighting force in history -- and we're going to keep it that way."
Again, Obama didn't name names, but he didn't have to: the only prominent American who runs around talking about how the United States can't win wars, and who claims to know more about military might than American military leaders themselves, is Donald J. Trump.


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