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Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 3:02 AM
GLEN JEAN, W.Va. — On Monday, President Donald Trump ventured to West Virginia to speak at the annual Boy Scout Jamboree, which drew tens of thousands of scouts.
During his speech, Trump bashed the media and former President Barack Obama and boasted about his election victory, calling Nov. 8, 2016, “a beautiful date.” At one point, Trump mentioned meeting New York developer William Levitt at a cocktail party.
Strange moment. Trump tells 40,000 Boy Scouts about meeting NY developer William Levitt at a cocktail party. https://t.co/7ajx4GVwy5— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 24, 2017
Trump seemed to win the support of the crowd from the beginning. He arrived to riotous applause and got the scouts to boo Obama when he asked, “Did President Obama ever come to a jamboree?” Obama never spoke at a jamboree while he was president, but he did record a video message for the scouts on one occasion.
The Boy Scouts of America Facebook page was flooded with comments by parents who blasted Trump’s appearance, even on posts unrelated to the rally. One woman wrote, “Done with scouts after you felt the need to have my kid listen to a liar stroke his ego on our time.” Another said, “I can’t believe the Boy Scouts booed a living American president.” There were a number of comments calling the speech “propaganda,” and some even made comparisons to Adolf Hitler’s infamous rallies in Nuremberg.
Trump's Boy Scout speech had the feel of a third world authoritarian's youth rally.— john mclaughlin (@jmclaughlinSAIS) July 25, 2017
Tragically, #boyscouts in 2017 applaud Trump just like the all blonde blue eyed youth did for Hitler in the 30's.— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) July 25, 2017
He's so far beyond the usual bounds of even vulgar politicians' vulgarity... https://t.co/hdHYsqPYwo— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) July 24, 2017
John McLaughlin, who led the CIA under George Bush, tweeted that the jamboree “had the feel of a third world authoritarian’s youth rally.” CNN’s Chris Cillizza published a list of “The 29 most cringe-worthy lines from Donald Trump’s hyper-political speech to the Boy Scouts.” The piece included included statements such as “You know we have a tremendous disadvantage in the Electoral College — popular vote is much easier” and “I went to Maine four times, because it’s one vote, and we won. But we won — one vote. I went there because I kept hearing we’re at 269.” New York Magazine published a similar list, though they only included 14 “inappropriate moments.”
However, Trump’s supporters backed the president’s appearance and branded the backlash as another attack by the mainstream media and “leftists.”
So Leftists who think Boy Scouts should include girls and tried to kill the org over gay scoutmasters are mad at Trump's #BoyScoutSpeech.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 25, 2017
The Boy Scouts released the following statement after the backlash to Trump’s speech:
Published: Thursday, June 07, 2018 @ 11:10 AM
— The Trump Administration is partnering with the Truth Campaign and the Ad Council to launch a series of digital and television ads aimed at educating young people about opioids and preventing new addictions.
Truth was the group behind past tobacco cessation campaigns they say prevented 1 million young people from beginning to smoke cigarettes. The spots were often provocative including one in which young people dumped body bags outside the office of a tobacco company.
“Truth has a long-established track-record,” said Kellyanne Conway, adviser to President Donald Trump and the head of the administration’s response to the opioid epidemic. The group has the trust of youth, she said, and knows how to communicate with them.
The campaign, which the Ad Council said could end up being about a $30 million effort, is being largely funded through donated time by the council and Truth to research and create the ads, as well as donated media space by partners including Google, Facebook, Amazon and YouTube.
The campaign is launching with four ads that depict true stories of young people who went to extreme measures to obtain opioids in order to feed their addictions.
One of those ads, “Amy’s Story,” features a young woman from Columbus, Ohio who purposefully wrecked her car to get more pain pills.
“Misuse starts among young people,” said Robin Koval, CEO of Truth. Even though people of all ages are impacted by opioid addiction, the group chose to focus on prevention where addiction starts, with young people who are experimenting, sharing pills and sometimes being prescribed opioids for the first time due to injuries. “We want to stop filling the funnel from the top,” Koval said.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 11:23 AM
— A yet-to-be released House Republican intelligence committee report does not dispute claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin may have tried to help President Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton, Rep. Mike Turner said Wednesday.
In a strongly worded letter to the Republican chairman of the intelligence committee, Turner, R-Dayton, wrote, “There is no dispute that Putin intended to harm our democracy and hurt Clinton’s campaign and expected presidency through an active measures’ campaign that included the hacking and dumping of e-mails along with the dissemination of propaganda via Russian state-run media and social media.”
Turner, a member of the intelligence committee, was reacting to claims made earlier this month by GOP committee members that the report did not accuse Putin of trying to help Trump win the election. In addition, the same Republicans said they found no evidence of collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russian officials linked to Putin.
The committee will vote Thursday on whether both Democrats and Republicans on the panel agree with its findings. The 150-page report has not yet been released, but Democrats strongly objected to the GOP claims that Putin was not trying to help Trump.
Turner indicated that he agrees with the findings of the intelligence committee but disputes claims some lawmakers made last week that the report did not find Putin tried to help Trump.
Representative K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, who headed up the probe, said last week “the Russians did commit active measures against our election in ’16, and we think they will do that in the future.” But Conaway said GOP members “disagree with the narrative that they were trying to help Trump.”
In his letter, Turner said the committee report did not find any evidence of collusion between Putin and Trump campaign aides. But he also wrote the intelligence committee’s report “should not be interpreted as ending or contradicting the work of” Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
With rumors swirling that Trump may try to fire Mueller, Republicans have begun to criticize the moment. On Tuesday, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said firing Mueller would be a big mistake.
Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 2:33 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 2:33 PM
— Update March 14, 2018 7:35 p.m EDT: Democrat Conor Lamb has won Pennsylvania’s special election in the 18th Congressional district, beating Republican Rick Saccone in a GOP stronghold by a thin margin of just over 600 votes, according to The New York Times, which called the election late Wednesday.
Republicans have not conceded the election and are likely to demand a recount, the Times reported.
told WPXI’s Rick Earle that the Republican party has hired an independent firm to look for voting irregularities in Tuesday’s special election.
Breaking: Sources say Republican Party has hired independent firm to look for voting irregularities after shocking Gop upset in 18th congressional district #wpxi— Rick Earle (@WPXIRickEarle) March 14, 2018
Although unofficial results for the race put Democratic candidate Conor Lamb just a few hundred votes ahead of his Republican rival for the 18th Congressional District seat, Rick Saccone, a recount of the vote is unlikely. If the race was one that was statewide, it would trigger an autmoatic recount, as less than .5 percent separates Lamb and Saccone’s tallies. The same rules don’t apply to congressional races.
A recount can only happen if three or more voters from each precinct petition for a recount due to fraud or errors in the vote counting.
Update March 14, 2018 12:50 a.m. EDT: Democratic candidate Conor Lamb has declared victory over opponent Rick Saccone in the closely watched special election in Pennsylvania for the 18th Congressional District seat.
Saccone has not conceded.
The Pennsylvania Secretary of State's election results website currently has Lamb with a 113,111-112,532 edge in votes. However, there are still an unclear number of absentee, provisional and military ballots to count.
ORIGINAL STORY: Polls have closed in the special election for the 18th Congressional District, a race that has drawn national attention and is seen by some as a referendum on President Donald Trump.
Political newcomer Conor Lamb showed strength in fundraising and the polls for Democrats, who are seeking to control a seat that has been primarily Republican for decades.
The GOP pinned its hopes to Rick Saccone, a four-term state representative who has tied himself very closely to Trump throughout the campaign.
The seat opened in October when longtime representative Tim Murphy resigned amid a scandal.
The district, which stretches through parts of Greene, Allegheny, Washington and Westmoreland counties, could change by May after the state Supreme Court threw out the electoral map in January, saying it was unconstitutional.
The court issued a new map intended to take effect by the May primaries, although Republicans have challenged that map in court.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 7:16 AM
BOISE, Idaho — President Donald Trump took last place in a new survey that aims to measure "presidential greatness."
According to the results posted Monday by Boise State University, 170 political scientists participated in the 2018 Presidents and Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey. More than 57 percent of the respondents – current and recent members of the Presidents and Executive Politics Section of the American Political Science Association – were Democrats, while 13 percent were Republicans and 27 percent were Independents. Respondents gave each president a score of 0-100 for "overall greatness," then each president's scores were averaged.
So who took the No. 1 spot? Abraham Lincoln led the pack with a score of 95.03, followed by George Washington, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower. Those presidents' ranks remained unchanged from 2014.
2018 Presidential Greatness Survey— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) February 19, 2018
4. T. Roosevelt
41. A. Johnson
43. Wm Harrison
Among recent presidents, Barack Obama fared the best, placing eighth with a score of 71.13. Ronald Reagan took the No. 9 spot, while Bill Clinton came in at No. 13, George H.W. Bush at No. 17, Jimmy Carter at No. 26 and George W. Bush at No. 30.
Trump ranked No. 44 – last place – with a score of 12.34. Among Republican respondents, he fared slightly better, coming in at No. 40.