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« Reply #975 on: March 18, 2017, 02:22:29 pm »
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« Reply #976 on: March 18, 2017, 02:43:56 pm »
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Hey Mr. Modern, I just wanted to give a public shout-out to how awesome it is that you spend your time finding and posting all these articles. I wouldn't be nearly as up to date on what is going on in the political world if it wasn't for you and the other awesome posters on this and other threads on the Atlas.

No problem.  Thanks for the appreciation.

I am unlikely to have the same amount of time to devote to this for the duration of the 2020 cycle though, but hopefully others will pick up the torch.
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« Reply #977 on: March 18, 2017, 04:20:52 pm »
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WaPo has a new story on Franken:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/al-franken-has-found-a-new-role-in-the-trump-era/2017/03/18/247737bc-0b54-11e7-a15f-a58d4a988474_story.html

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Where it took Franken nearly six years to agree to his first Sunday show appearance as a senator, he now shows up on them frequently. There has even been talk of his potential as a presidential candidate.

“No. No,” he said. “I like this job. I really like this job. I like representing the people of Minnesota. I feel like I’m really beginning to know this job.”
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« Reply #978 on: March 18, 2017, 05:01:53 pm »
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« Reply #979 on: March 18, 2017, 10:50:45 pm »
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Bill Maher brought up a possible presidential run with Sheldon Whitehouse, who shut it down pretty quickly.
He also keeps pushing Gavin whom I like but even against Trump woukd look bad as only being governor for like a year before running
I refuse to believe that looks bad anymore. We have a reality tv star as president for christ sake.
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« Reply #980 on: March 18, 2017, 10:59:27 pm »
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Bill Maher brought up a possible presidential run with Sheldon Whitehouse, who shut it down pretty quickly.
He also keeps pushing Gavin whom I like but even against Trump woukd look bad as only being governor for like a year before running
I refuse to believe that looks bad anymore. We have a reality tv star as president for christ sake.

Reality TV star is one thing. A snollygoster is quite another.
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« Reply #981 on: March 19, 2017, 12:24:14 am »
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« Reply #982 on: March 19, 2017, 01:03:53 am »
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« Reply #983 on: March 19, 2017, 01:18:23 am »
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WaPo has a new story on Franken:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/al-franken-has-found-a-new-role-in-the-trump-era/2017/03/18/247737bc-0b54-11e7-a15f-a58d4a988474_story.html

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Where it took Franken nearly six years to agree to his first Sunday show appearance as a senator, he now shows up on them frequently. There has even been talk of his potential as a presidential candidate.

“No. No,” he said. “I like this job. I really like this job. I like representing the people of Minnesota. I feel like I’m really beginning to know this job.”


Franken and (to an extent) Chris Murphy have both been pretty clear that they don't intend to run for president and I believe them. I think Murphy's dream job is either Senate Majority Leader or Secretary of State, and Franken seems like he's content with being a career Senator.
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« Reply #984 on: March 19, 2017, 09:03:21 am »
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WaPo has a new story on Franken:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/al-franken-has-found-a-new-role-in-the-trump-era/2017/03/18/247737bc-0b54-11e7-a15f-a58d4a988474_story.html

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Where it took Franken nearly six years to agree to his first Sunday show appearance as a senator, he now shows up on them frequently. There has even been talk of his potential as a presidential candidate.

“No. No,” he said. “I like this job. I really like this job. I like representing the people of Minnesota. I feel like I’m really beginning to know this job.”


Franken and (to an extent) Chris Murphy have both been pretty clear that they don't intend to run for president and I believe them. I think Murphy's dream job is either Senate Majority Leader or Secretary of State, and Franken seems like he's content with being a career Senator.

Yeah, Franken seems satisfied with his platform as a Senator, and I think he's more interested in governance than campaigning anyway. But that also means that all of his positioning against Trump has been for its own sake, not to build a national profile, and that makes it all the more admirable
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« Reply #985 on: March 19, 2017, 12:24:15 pm »
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Kasich's posse is having a reunion:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170310/daily-briefing-kasich-and-friends-gathering-to-reminisce-on-presidential-run

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Ohio's governor will gather with the aides and volunteers for his unsuccessful presidential campaign for a "Team Kasich Appreciation Party" on Wednesday.

The day marks the one-year anniversary of Kasich's only win in the Republican primaries, a 47-percent to 36-percent win over now-President Donald Trump in his home state of Ohio.

The evening "thank you" event at Strongwater Food and Spirits in Franklinton is sponsored by the remnants of his presidential campaign committee, Kasich for America.


Here's the only other press I could find on this event:

http://www.cleveland.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/03/for_one_night_only_john_kasich.html

I guess it was closed to the media, so we don't know if there was any talk about Kasich's future there, or whether he might run for president again.

But seriously, the guy runs for president and wins exactly one state primary: his home state.  This is such a great accomplishment that his team decides to have a party on the one year anniversary of said primary win, to pat themselves on the back for the tremendous job they did?  Sheesh.

But just so we can all bask in the glory, here is a shot of the confetti dropping on Kasich back on March 15th, 2016, when he gloriously scored a primary election victory in his home state of Ohio (his only win of the cycle):


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« Reply #986 on: March 20, 2017, 08:07:28 am »
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Did people see the Booker CNN interview? He spoke garbage & big lines all the time & was not making sense. He will probably turn out to be worse than Hillary & is possibly beyond repair at this point !

This is exactly why Donald Trump will win in 2020, and democrats will be destroyed in the Senate in 2018.
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« Reply #987 on: March 20, 2017, 08:43:34 am »
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So apparently Bob Iger was asked last week if he’d run for president, and he didn’t seem to rule it out, deflecting the question with “I have a full time job right now”:

http://us11.campaign-archive2.com/?u=47c9040f6ff957a59bd88396e&id=593ac40feb

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Iger: Well that's very nice of you. I have a full time job right now, it's called CEO of The Walt Disney Company, and I don't think the notion of running for president is something anyone considers either on a part time basis or a frivolous way.
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« Reply #988 on: March 20, 2017, 10:47:18 am »
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So apparently Bob Iger was asked last week if he’d run for president, and he didn’t seem to rule it out, deflecting the question with “I have a full time job right now”:

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Iger: Well that's very nice of you. I have a full time job right now, it's called CEO of The Walt Disney Company, and I don't think the notion of running for president is something anyone considers either on a part time basis or a frivolous way.


The optics of a media company executive running for the nomination of the Democratic Party are comically terrible.
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« Reply #989 on: March 20, 2017, 10:58:22 am »
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Who was the last business executive to run for the Democratic nomination for president?  We've certainly seen people run for the nomination from outside of politics (e.g., Clark and Sharpton in 2004), but they weren't coming from the business world.  It's the Republicans who typically get folks like Forbes, Fiorina, and Trump running for prez.
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Who was the last business executive to run for the Democratic nomination for president?  We've certainly seen people run for the nomination from outside of politics (e.g., Clark and Sharpton in 2004), but they weren't coming from the business world.  It's the Republicans who typically get folks like Forbes, Fiorina, and Trump running for prez.

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« Reply #991 on: March 20, 2017, 12:17:09 pm »
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Wasn't Harriman involved in WW2 diplomatic efforts and served in Truman's admin? There'd be little precedent for an Iger Democratic Party candidacy (or Schultz/Cuban as well).
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« Reply #992 on: March 20, 2017, 12:28:05 pm »
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So compared to other Democratic politicos no longer holding political office who’ve had their names floated as potential 2020 candidates (Castro and O’Malley), Joe Biden hasn’t been nearly so active on the political scene since Inauguration Day, and has only made public comments about Trump administration policy sparingly.  (He did criticize Trump at that Cuomo event last week, but did so without speaking Trump’s name.)

However, Biden will be joining House Dems on Wednesday in a rally to save Obamacare:

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/joe-biden-obamacare-rally-dc-236253

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Former Vice President Joe Biden will join Democrats at the Capitol Wednesday as they rally to save Obamacare one day before House Republicans vote to dismantle the health law.

Biden will join House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other House Democrats on the front steps of the Capitol at 10 a.m. Wednesday, making one of his first major appearances since leaving office in January.

The event, which also will feature Americans who have benefited from the law, is being billed as a celebration marking the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law March 23, 2010, according to a press advisory obtained by POLITICO.
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« Reply #993 on: March 20, 2017, 03:47:01 pm »
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Warren claims to be focused on 2017 and not thinking yet about 2020:

http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/03/us_sen_elizabeth_warren_says_s_1.html

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"He wants to do his tweets, he wants to think about how big his crowd size was, he wants to think about what happens four years from now, what I'm thinking about is what Donald Trump is doing to this country today," she said. "That's what really, really has me up and working hard."
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Video clip of her responding to reporters’ questions about Trump’s boast that he’d beat her handily:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vh-yKlwl_3g
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« Reply #994 on: March 20, 2017, 08:11:28 pm »
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Not that his run was ever all that likely, but Paul Ryan will not try to primary Trump:

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In the context of the article, "this" is referring to his current job - house speaker

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/paul-ryan-obamacare-repeal-trump-236229
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« Reply #995 on: March 21, 2017, 08:04:03 am »
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Booker asked about 2020 again.  He says “my focus is running again in 2020”, which presumably is intended to mean running for reelection for Senate, though I don’t think he’s announced yet whether he’s going to run for another term for Senate.

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/17/03/20/at-nj-spotlight-newsmaker-u-s-sen-booker-meets-with-our-members/

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Booker: I get this question all the time … and I tell people you’re crazy to be thinking 2020 with that specificity now. I am one who believes you are a bad senator if you are thinking about running for president three or four years out. You are shaping what you think to what Iowa might want, what New Hampshire might want.

Q: Wasn’t President Barack Obama as a senator thinking three or four years out?

Booker: I just want to say that I learned in Newark to focus on where you are... I am very happy where I am, and my focus is running again in 2020.

Seattle Times story on Schultz stepping down as Starbucks CEO, which mentions 2020:

http://www.seattletimes.com/business/starbucks/an-era-ends-for-starbucks-and-howard-schultz/

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On April 2, 63-year-old CEO Howard Schultz is stepping down from his second stint at the helm of the company he built into a global empire. The first time he left, an overexpanding Starbucks crashed into a sharp recession, and he returned to put the company back on the rails.

This time, he leaves the CEO position as questions again loom about Starbucks’ growth prospects — and about his own future as an advocate for social causes and, perhaps, a political candidate.
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Starbucks would only say on the matter: “Howard is focused on Starbucks and our aspirations for the company, doing all he can from his position to create social impact and contribute to the greater good as a public company.”
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« Reply #996 on: March 21, 2017, 11:44:10 am »
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Cuomo announced 27 staff appointments on Tuesday and 12 either worked for the Obama White House, the federal government or in a presidential campaign.

“The governor is gearing up for re-election next year. And if he gets re-elected, he’ll be prepared if he wants to take the next step,” said political consultant Hank Sheinkopf, a reference to Cuomo’s possible presidential run in 2020.
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« Reply #998 on: March 21, 2017, 04:22:11 pm »
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The worst thing about a Cuomo run is it will probably dissuade Gillibrand from running.
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« Reply #999 on: March 21, 2017, 04:23:19 pm »
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The worst thing about a Cuomo run is it will probably dissuade Gillibrand from running.

That's what everyone said about Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.  Tongue
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