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Oprah Changes Thinking About Possible White House Run

Trump's win made her realized government experience not needed

(Newser) - An #Oprah2020 hashtag popped up on Twitter Wednesday, and it wasn't spurred by some random liberal pipe dream, but by the person the Daily Beast describes as our "national darling." In an interview with Carlyle Group CEO David Rubenstein for his Bloomberg Television talk show, Winfrey said... More »

Trump Didn't End Up Spending $100M on His Campaign

He only made it about two-thirds of the way there

(Newser) - Donald Trump initially said he'd spend up to $1 billion to run for president, then cut that down to $100 million , but per campaign filings Thursday, he only made it about two-thirds of the way there. USA Today reports the total Trump ponied up was $66.1 million, according... More »

France's PM Steps Down to Run for President

Manuel Valls makes presidential run, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve steps in as new PM

(Newser) - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls stepped down Tuesday to focus on running for president in next year's election and was replaced by Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, a man who embodies the fight against Islamic extremism, the AP reports. Valls resigned a day after announcing his candidacy in the wake... More »

Biden on 2020 Run: 'What the Hell, Man'

Biden, who will turn 78 in 2020, had a slight smile when he spoke

(Newser) - Fans of Joe Biden memes, rejoice: The vice president has hinted at a 2020 White House run—though he may have been less than 100% serious. After presiding over a Senate session Monday, CNN asked Biden if he plans to run for office again, and he said: "Yeah, I... More »

Indians Scratching Heads Over Trump's Ad in Hindi

Trump uses a Narendra Modi slogan, with his name swapped in, in 30-second spot

(Newser) - Less than a fortnight remains before Election Day, and Donald Trump is attempting an 11th-hour outreach to an entirely new demographic: Indian-Americans, reports the Washington Post . And so he's released a TV ad in which he attempts to speak Hindi (with a New York accent, the Post notes),... More »

Trump Offers 'New Deal' for Black Americans

He praises Newt Gingrich for Megyn Kelly interview

(Newser) - Donald Trump's poll numbers among black Americans are abysmal—he's polling at around half the 6% Mitt Romney received in 2012—but he hasn't given up trying. On Wednesday, he offered a "new deal for black America" in a policy-heavy speech delivered to what the Washington ... More »

National Director Takes 'Step Back' From Trump Campaign

Jim Murphy cites 'personal reasons'

(Newser) - Donald Trump is going to have to get through the final weeks of his campaign without Jim Murphy, his national political director, who has decided to take a "step back" for undisclosed reasons. "I have not resigned but for personal reasons have had to take a step back... More »

Another 'Unprecedented' First for Trump & Co.

Donald's campaign has paid out $8.2M to his family businesses

(Newser) - The word "unprecedented" has been used many times in association with Donald Trump's presidential run, and now Politico has another to add to the list. The site found the GOP nominee's campaign has paid $8.2 million out to his own family's businesses, or about 7%... More »

Meet Trump's 'Dangerous' New Campaign Chief

Breitbart co-founder 'loves the fight'

(Newser) - Donald Trump has doubled down on Trumpism with the appointment of new campaign CEO Stephen Bannon —and many people, including some who worked with him at Breitbart News, sound pretty worried about where he's going to take the campaign. One thing is clear: It's not a move... More »

RNC: Trump Is Staying on the Ballot

He says the campaign is 'going really well'

(Newser) - Donald Trump is the GOP nominee for president and there will be no refunds or exchanges, the Republican National Committee insisted Wednesday amid rumors that Trump's missteps had panicked it so badly it was looking at options for a replacement and planning to pressure him to drop out. "... More »

Poll: Cruz's Plan to Stop Trump Backfires Big Time

Indiana voters aren't pleased with divide-and-conquer scheme

(Newser) - The tables have turned for Sen. Ted Cruz in Indiana ahead of Tuesday's primary vote, though not in the direction he was hoping. On Saturday night, the Indianapolis Star reported that the Texas senator had a healthy 16-point lead over Trump in voter support (44.8% to 29%, per... More »

Sanders Insiders: He Goofed in 2015

Should've gone after Hillary Clinton, and voters, sooner and more aggressively

(Newser) - What Bernie Sanders has touted as his devotion to his home state and his refusal to get negative against Hillary Clinton may be exactly what's hampered his campaign. That's according to more than 15 people in Sanders' camp—either professionally or personally—who tell the New York Times... More »

Ben Carson Backs 'Cerebral' Trump

Ex-presidential candidate calls Trump a 'leader with an outsider's perspective'

(Newser) - Donald Trump may have once called out Ben Carson's "pathological temper" and likened him to a child molester , but in the world of campaign politics, rivals often have short memories—or extremely forgiving ones. Proof positive: Ben Carson's official endorsement of the GOP front-runner, which he announced... More »

Trump's Luxury Brands Have Lost Their Glitter

And he really only has himself to blame, per Politico

(Newser) - For more than 10 years, BAV Consulting has kept an eye on the Donald Trump brand, documenting its peaks and valleys in consumer opinion. But as Politico reports, the Donald's hold on the luxury goods market—which has helped amass him a portfolio that Bloomberg has estimated is worth... More »

Trump Makes 2 Huge Moves

Plans major ad blitz, gains access to RNC voter files

(Newser) - Donald Trump has made a big to-do about spending next to nothing so far in his presidential campaign, but that may be changing. Sources in his camp tell Fox News he plans to kick off a major ad blitz, spending up to $2 million a week or more. This would... More »

Did Biden Leak Son's Dying Wish in Calculated Move?

VP may be just as calculating about run as he is emotional: Politico

(Newser) - Joe Biden "placed an ad in the New York Times" in August to gauge interest in a presidential run, reports Politico , citing "multiple sources." That "ad" came in the form of Maureen Dowd's Aug. 1 column about the dying wish of Beau Biden "that... More »

This Poll Might Be the One Hillary Needs to Worry About

Support among women drops sharply

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton is currently holding several weeks of "Women for Hillary" rallies ... but in a span of just eight weeks, support for Clinton among Democratic-leaning female voters dropped 29 percentage points. A Washington Post - ABC News poll back in July found that 71% of such voters expected to... More »

Trump's Running a Weird Campaign and He Knows It

'I hope they attack me, because everybody who attacks me is doomed'

(Newser) - "Let Trump Be Trump" is the sign that hangs in the presidential candidate's campaign headquarters in his eponymous NYC tower, and there doesn't seem to be any indication that the Donald's staffers are letting him do anything but that. The real-estate tycoon has coasted to the... More »

GOP Presidential Field Just Got Smaller

Rick Perry drops out of the 2016 race

(Newser) - Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is dropping out of the race for president, ending his second bid for the Republican nomination and becoming the first major candidate of the 2016 campaign to give up on the White House. His struggling campaign has been strapped for campaign cash and stuck polling... More »

Latest to Join 2016 Scrum for President: John McAfee

He's founding his own party, the Cyber Party, obviously

(Newser) - A familiar face, but a new one to politics, is running for the nation's nuclear codes. John McAfee, best known for his antivirus software, has filed the necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to run for president, and he tells CNNMoney he'll be founding a new party... More »

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