Wharton’s Huntsman Hall, by WestCoastivieS via CC0. Donald Trump by Andrew Harnik, AP
Donald Trump often mentions his educational BFF, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He loooooves him some Wharton, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1968 — after having transferred from Fordham University (which gets no shoutouts.)
“I went to the Wharton School of Business,” Trump mentioned in a speech in Arizona last summer — and repeated often. “I’m, like, a really smart person.”
Three of his kids also attended Wharton as undergrads — Donald Jr., Ivanka and Tiffany, who graduated in May.
But does his BFF love him back? At all?
According to individual campaign donations, compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, an independent research group based in Washington D.C., employees at Wharton donated exactly zero dollars to the Trump campaign. Zero. Read more »
Hillary Clinton photograph by Martin Schoeller/AUGUST. Donald Trump photograph by Nigel Parry/CPi Syndication.
This figures. Philadelphia hosts its first Democratic National Convention since Harry Truman was selected in 1948, and the two presumptive presidential nominees are none other than Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the two most reviled major-party candidates in the history of American political polling.
That’s not hyperbole. According to the polls, as many as 59 percent of respondents disapprove of Trump. Very nearly as many say the same of Clinton. Big as those numbers are, they fail to capture the loathing and dread that’s gripped the electorate. And who can blame us?
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A Quinnipiac University poll found the contest between presumptive presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump too close to call in Pennsylvania.
In Pa., 42 percent of participants said they favor Clinton, while 41 percent picked Trump. Pennsylvania is one of three swing states detailed in the poll, along with Florida and Ohio. Since 1960, no candidate has won the election without securing at least two of the three states.
The Swing State Poll found Clinton to have a close lead in Florida. The candidates are in a dead heat in Ohio, according to the poll.
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders beat Trump in all three states in head-to-head matchups. Sanders topped Trump 47 to 40 percent in Pennsylvania.
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A new poll from Monmouth University has Hillary Clinton out in front in the presidential race.
Clinton leads Donald Trump nationally, 47 percent to 40 percent, according to the poll. When Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green candidate Jill Stein are included, Clinton’s lead is 42 percent to 36 percent.
The national preference poll with the other candidates could be a little misleading, as neither party may be on the ballot in all 50 states. The Libertarian Party, however, currently only has ballot access in 33 states, though it says it is working on all 50 states plus DC. The Green Party believes it can get on the ballot in 47 states.
Still, Clinton leads by a wide total in both polls. Read more »
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Prepare yourselves, Philadelphia. You might need to hold your breath during the DNC.
Cheri Honkala of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign is organizing the world’s largest “fart-in” for the Democratic National Convention, TruthDig reports.
On the afternoon of July 28th, Honkala will hold a massive “bean supper” for Bernie Sanders delegates on American Street in Kensignton, where she lives.
“We are setting up a Clintonville there, modeled on the Hoovervilles of the 1930s where the poor and unemployed built shanty towns,” Honkala told TruthDig. “The Sanders delegates, their bellies full of beans, will be able to return to the Wells Fargo Center and greet the rhetorical flatulence of Hillary Clinton with the real thing.”
That means you can expect the air to be rife with flatulence during presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s anticipated acceptance speech.
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, arrives to speak at a get out the vote event at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., Monday, May 16, 2016.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton claimed a historical victory last night, winning the favor of five of the six states that held contests, including New Jersey and California. This essentially ends the Democratic Presidential Primary season.
Clinton, who also won the vote of Montana, New Mexico and South Dakota, is now the presumptive nominee and the first woman to top a U.S. major-party ticket. Candidate Bernie Sanders won in North Dakota.
New Jersey and California held the largest number of delegates of the six states remaining – New Jersey with 126 delegates and California with 475. Clinton was heavily favored to win New Jersey, but polling had gotten closer in more-liberal California.
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The Hillary Clinton campaign will host a watch party tonight in Center City.
Pennsylvania 6 will host the event for supporters as the Democratic presidential primary nears a close and six states cast their votes, including New Jersey, California, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Mayor Jim Kenney, who announced his endorsement of Clinton in February, is expected to attend the event. It will kick off at 8:15 p.m. at 114 S. 12th St.
The Associated Press reported Monday that Clinton has enough delegates – 2,383 – to become the presumptive Democratic nominee. Read more »
Bernie Sanders is expecting Philly to Bern, baby, Bern.
The Vermont senator said Monday that he expects the Democratic National Convention to get “messy” and that “democracy is not always nice and quiet and gentle.”
In an interview with the Associated Press, Sanders said he hopes to see a strong showing of inclusive and progressive platforms at the Democratic National Convention scheduled for July 25th-28th at the Wells Fargo Center (a location that protestors claim is, ew, much too corporate)
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Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign stop in April at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Convention in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A month ago, Republicans looked primed to have a contentious summer political convention.
There were still multiple candidates in the race for president. Donald Trump was the frontrunner, but seemed unlikely to get a majority of delegates before the July convention. There were whispers of a brokered convention. Trump said his supporters would riot if there was a brokered convention. “I think you’d have riots,” Trump said on CNN.” “I’m representing a tremendous many, many millions of people.”
Funny how that worked out. Trump hasn’t lost a primary since Wisconsin, on April 5th. He won New York on April 19th. He won five primaries, including Pennsylvania, on April 26th. His remaining rivals dropped out after he won Indiana on May 3rd. Without competition, he’s swept every primary since. He will get enough delegates to be the nominee well before the convention. He’s already released his presumptive Supreme Court nominees.
Meanwhile, the Democratic primary is dragging on. What if, as Harry Reid proposed (albeit mostly rhetorically back in February), it’s the Democratic National Convention — here in Philadelphia from July 25th to 28th — that’s the chaotic one? Read more »
Left: Mitt Coats and Samantha Gutièrrez. (Photo by JPG Photography) Right: Product shot of Trumpy Taffy.
Ah, good old American ingenuity. It brought us the Macintosh computer, the Roomba, and proton therapy. And now, Candidate Candy. Read more »