What Now?! – 6/17/2019

A new Fox News poll finds Joe Biden leading the Democratic presidential race with 32% support, followed by Bernie Sanders at 13%, Elizabeth Warren at 9%, and Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris both at 8%. Next is Beto O’Rourke at 4%, Cory Booker at 3%, and Amy Klobuchar and Andrew Yang each garner 2%.

In a general election match up, Biden beats President Trump by 10 points, 49% to 39%, and Trump doesn’t get more than 41% against any of the Democrats tested against him.

CBS News conducted a poll in 18 states that will shape the Democratic presidential race through Super Tuesday. Joe Biden is the first-choice among 31% of Democratic primary voters, compared to Elizabeth Warren at 17%, Bernie Sanders at 16%, Kamala Harris at 10%, Pete Buttigieg at 8% and Beto O’Rourke at 5%.

Biden also leads in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, specifically.

IOWA–Biden 30–Sanders 22–Warren 12–Buttigieg 11–Harris 5–Klobuchar 4–O’Rourke 4–Booker 3–Delaney 2

NEW HAMPSHIRE–Biden 33–Sanders 20–Warren 17–Buttigieg 10–Harris 7–O’Rourke 4–Booker 3

SOUTH CAROLINA–Biden 45–Sanders 18–Warren 8–Harris 7–Buttigieg 6–O’Rourke 4–Booker 4

A new Charleston Post and Courier-Change Research Poll in South Carolina finds Joe Biden leading the Democratic presidential race with 37%, followed by Elizabeth Warren at 17%, Pete Buttigieg at 11%, Kamala Harris at 9%, Bernie Sanders at 9%, Cory Booker at 5%, Beto O’Rourke at 4% and Andrew Yang at 3%. No other candidate gets more than 1% support.

President Trump on Sunday floated the possibility of staying in office longer than two terms, suggesting in a morning tweet that his supporters might “demand that I stay longer,” the Washington Post reports. We will respond to those demands with appropriate violence.

President Trump’s re-election campaign “is cutting ties with some of its own pollsters after leaked internal polling showed the president trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in critical 2020 battleground states, according to a person close to the campaign,” NBC News reports.

“Portions of the campaign’s expansive March polling trickled out in recent days in other news reports.”

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds 27% of Americans say there’s enough evidence to begin impeachment hearings into President Trump now — up 10 points from last month.

Another 24% think Congress should continue investigating to see if there’s enough evidence to hold impeachment hearings in the future, which is down eight points. And 48% believe that Congress should not hold impeachment hearings and that Trump should finish out his term as president — unchanged from a month ago.

Almost all the growth in support for impeachment has come from Democrats, with 48% of them wanting impeachment hearings now, versus 30% who said this a month ago.

President Trump accused The New York Times of a “virtual act of treason” for publishing a story about American digital incursions into Russia’s electrical power grid as a strategy to battle cyber warfare, the HuffPost reports. “Then he tweeted that the story wasn’t true.”

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds 56% of Americans think abortion should be legal or legal most of the time — up seven points since 2008.

“But the consistency of the movement is more remarkable. The percentage of men saying abortion should be legal all or most of the time has climbed two points in that time. Among women it has climbed 11 points. It’s climbed 13 points among Democrats and four points among Republicans.”

“In a country where growing divisions have become the main uniting principle, that kind of unidirectional movement is noteworthy.”

Rep. Chris Stewart, a Utah Republican who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, said that it would be “foolish” not to take information from a foreign government pertaining to an election campaign, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Said Stewart: “It depends on who it is and the circumstances and how credible it is. There might be valuable information that comes from one of our allies. If they look at it, and it’s credible, I think it would be foolish not to take that information.”

Jonathan Greenberg: “How did Donald Trump, a self-serving promoter who lost billions of dollars for his investors, convince the world that he is a financial genius? It wasn’t just by fabricating tales of his success. It was also by bullying and silencing people who could have stopped those deceits — particularly reporters and Wall Street analysts — forcing all but a very few into a conspiracy of silence.”

“These tactics, which form a core element of his politics, were something I saw him hone firsthand in the 1980s and 1990s as Trump’s company was imploding.”

“Boris Johnson’s progress towards Downing Street appeared inexorable last night as his most senior rivals began circling for jobs in his cabinet and a new poll showed that voters believe he is the only leadership candidate who can win the next election,” the Sunday Times reports.

“Two of Boris Johnson’s rivals — Michael Gove and Sajid Javid — used interviews with The Sunday Times to issue coded job applications.”

“The YouGov poll put the Brexit party in first place on 24%, three points ahead of the Conservatives and Labour, reinforcing Johnson’s case that the next prime minister will need to seize votes from Nigel Farage’s party.”

The Hill: “With just two weeks left in the month of June, the justices have yet to issue rulings in 24 cases, including high-profile decisions that will affect the census citizenship question and partisan gerrymandering.”

“The final stretch may also signal how the new conservative majority will rule on other major cases down the line, providing a glimpse of some of the issues the justices could take up when their next term starts in October.”

“A former Southern Baptist pastor who supported legislation in Texas that would have criminalized abortions has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse, accused of repeatedly molesting a teenage relative over the course of two years,” the AP reports.

“Democrats are preparing to kick off a campaign totaling hundreds of millions of dollars to blunt Donald Trump’s head start in the 2020 campaign as their party’s candidates slug it out for the right to take him on,” Politico reports.

“Democratic super PACs are set to soon launch a yearlong $150 million advertising onslaught countering the millions the president’s campaign has already spent targeting voters. On top of that, billionaire Tom Steyer is funding other groups testing a range of strategies to register and turn out people to vote. And the Democratic National Committee this week began training hundreds of college students to work as field staff in battleground states, an effort that will continue throughout the election.”

“California is beefing up Obamacare, restoring an individual mandate, expanding health insurance subsidies well into the middle class and covering some undocumented adults through Medicaid,” Politico reports.

“It’s an incremental step toward universal coverage that can animate the Democrats’ party-defining debate over how best to cover everyone — through a mixed public-private system or through Medicare for All.”

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