Election 2020

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Amid Spread of Misinformation, Whispers on FB's Next Move

Sources tell Bloomberg the social media platform is considering banning political ads before election

(Newser) - Facebook has been struggling lately over a massive advertiser boycott , partly driven by the company's refusal to address political ads spreading misinformation on the platform. Now, people familiar with Facebook's thinking say the company is considering banning political ads in the days leading up to the November election,... More »

Musk's 'Full Support' for Kanye Just Took a Step Back

In deleted tweet, Elon Musk seems to be wary of some of West's views

(Newser) - In a Forbes interview this week, sorta-kinda presidential candidate Kanye West noted that one of his trusted campaign advisers, in addition to wife Kim Kardashian West, was Elon Musk, who'd been in on his political ambitions "for years." And indeed, in response to West's big July... More »

Health Official: Trump Rally 'Likely' a Factor in COVID Surge

Tulsa has seen a dramatic increase in new COVID cases

(Newser) - President Trump's campaign rally in Tulsa in late June that drew thousands of participants and large protests "likely contributed" to a dramatic surge in new coronavirus cases, Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart said Wednesday. Tulsa County reported 261 confirmed new cases on Monday, a one-day... More »

Kanye: 'I Am Taking the Red Hat Off'

But potential candidate tells 'Forbes' Trump is 'special,' Biden isn't

(Newser) - Kanye West still has some work to do if he's serious about making a 2020 run for the White House, but he managed to carve out "four rambling hours" to talk to Forbes on Tuesday on his run under the "Birthday Party" banner—"because when we... More »

GOP at Risk of Losing Female Senators

4 of 9 are in close races

(Newser) - As Election 2020 takes shape, Politico reports that Republicans are in danger of losing a decent portion of their female senators. The GOP currently has nine women in the Senate, but four of them are in close races: Arizona's Martha McSally, Maine's Susan Collins, Georgia's Kelly Loeffler,... More »

Candidate Kanye, You've Got Some Work to Do

West says he's running in 2020, but his deadlines are slipping by

(Newser) - Kanye West declared over the weekend that he was running for president in 2020. But there's a big difference between declaring a run and actually running, and it doesn't appear that West has made much, if any, progress on the staggering logistics involved. Publicity stunt? Devious political maneuver?... More »

These 2 Names Are on the Rise as VP Candidates

Sen. Tammy Duckworth and former US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice

(Newser) - Two new names are increasingly getting buzz as possibilities for Joe Biden's running mate: Sen. Tammy Duckworth and former US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice. As Politico reports, Duckworth, who is of Thai and Chinese descent, ramped up the speculation on Sunday when she declined to say... More »

Trump's Next Rally Will Be Held Outside

Campaign announces July 11 event in New Hampshire

(Newser) - After President Trump's rally in Tulsa, Okla., drew criticism for ignoring coronavirus precautions, his next one will be held outdoors, AFP reports. Trump will hold the "Make America Great Again" event Saturday in Portsmouth, NH, the AP reports. The campaign says "there will be ample access to... More »

There's Apparently a New Kid in the 2020 Race

Kanye West announces a presidential run on Twitter

(Newser) - Kanye West's presidential ambitions appear to have been reborn on the Fourth of July, reports Reuters , with the rapper tweeting thusly : “We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States,... More »

Biden Sees Another Edge in 'Highly Unusual' Fundraising Season

Former VP brings in $10M more than Trump in June, $16M more in 2nd quarter

(Newser) - In May, Joe Biden brought in $7 million more than President Trump in fundraising cash. In June, the former VP continued that streak, and then some. Per the Hill , Biden's team announced Wednesday it had, in conjunction with the DNC and its shared fundraising committees, brought in $10 million... More »

Bush Administration Officials Launch Pro-Biden Super PAC

'The president is a danger,' group says

(Newser) - Hundreds of people who served in the administration of America's 43rd president have created a super PAC to help defeat the 45th. The former members of the George W. Bush administration officially launched the "43 Alumni for Joe Biden" group Wednesday. Organizers say they are choosing "country... More »

Biden Holds His First Press Conference in 89 Days

He answered 15 questions

(Newser) - Joe Biden on Tuesday held his first press conference in 89 days, Fox News reports. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee first gave a stump speech on how he would handle the coronavirus pandemic, the New York Post reports, but the 15 questions he then answered over a 30-minute period also... More »

Hickenlooper Wins, Will Run to Flip Colorado Senate Seat

He will run against the Republican widely seen as most vulnerable in the Senate

(Newser) - Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper won the Democratic nomination Tuesday to face Republican Sen. Cory Gardner in November, overcoming a series of stumbles and beating back a challenge from his left. Hickenlooper's defeat of former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff was the second win by a centrist Democrat in... More »

'For the Love of God Do Not Vote for My Dad'

Woman's father, running for Michigan state rep, says they disagree over issues including BLM

(Newser) - Robert Regan is being campaigned against—by his own daughter. Regan, a Republican candidate for Michigan State representative, has described himself as "so conservative that he makes Rush Limbaugh look like a liberal," and the Daily Dot reports that his stances include calling for English to be Michigan'... More »

Trump Gets 2 More Warnings From the Right

Wall Street Journal editorial says he's on track for 'historic repudiation'

(Newser) - President Trump continues to receive warnings from the right about the November election. The latest come from longtime GOP strategist Karl Rove and from the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal . “Let’s be honest about it: The president is behind today,” Rove told Fox News on... More »

Battleground States Are Tilting Toward Biden

He's up in 6 states Trump carried in 2016, and by double digits in some of them

(Newser) - The latest polls haven't been good news for President Trump, and a new one from the New York Times and Siena College has a particularly rough takeaway for his campaign: Joe Biden is leading in six pivotal battleground states. The survey, taken June 8-18, has Biden up in Michigan... More »

Another Big Republican Won't Vote for Trump

Carly Fiorina is OK voting for Biden instead

(Newser) - Carly Fiorina voted for Donald Trump in 2016 after running against him in the GOP primary, but he won't be getting her vote in 2020. "I've been very clear that I can't support Donald Trump," she tells the Atlantic . She was then asked if that... More »

Voters Rebuff Trump Picks in N. Carolina, Kentucky

And more from Tuesday voting

(Newser) - New York, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, and Mississippi held primaries or runoff elections Tuesday , and in two of those states, voters rebuffed President Trump—or at least his preferred nominees. In North Carolina, Madison Cawthorn, 24, won the runoff for the seat vacated by GOP Rep. Mark Meadows when he... More »

No More Chance of 'Go Blue!' Joke at 2nd Presidential Debate

University of Michigan has given up its hosting duties

(Newser) - Joe Biden will have to scratch the "Go Blue!" joke from his intro of the second 2020 presidential debate. The University of Michigan has backed out of hosting duties, which have been assumed by the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami on Oct. 15, per... More »

Tuesday's Vote Offers Key Progressive Tests

Challenges in New York and Kentucky on the rise after nationwide protests

(Newser) - Primaries in a handful of states were underway Tuesday, most notably in Kentucky and New York. But if previous 2020 primaries are any guide, don't hold your breath waiting for results. An unprecedented deluge of mail-in ballots is expected to cause delays, which could be a harbinger of things... More »

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