President Trump in a July phone call repeatedly pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, urging Volodymyr Zelensky about eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani, his personal lawyer, on a...
David AxelrodWhat does it tell you that the @POTUS dispatched his political lawyer to pressure the Ukrainians, NOT government envoys, and instructed the president of Ukraine to work with @RudyGiuliani?
This is a serious deal.
The plan, described by sources familiar with it to POLITICO, is to ease up on big fundraisers and spend a lot more time in the first voting state.
David AxelrodIt may not work, but this is a smart move for the @KamalaHarris campaign. Iowa is the gateway. If she stumbles there, all her downstream potential will never be fulfilled.
Still needs a clear, consistent message, though!
The Trump administration plans to deliver a notice of environmental violation to San Francisco over its homelessness problem.
David AxelrodHe tickets SF for “pollution” caused by homelessness even as he tries to thwart CA plan to limit the tailpipe emissions that actually CAUSE pollution.
He cares about neither homelessness nor pollution. It’s all about EXPLOITING problems, not SOLVING them.
The recently fired national security made little secret of his disagreements with the president.
David AxelrodThere are plenty very legitimate concerns about the @realDonaldTrump approach to the world. Plenty.
But is it really bad politics for @realDonaldTrump to be at odds with John Bolton, an architect of the Iraq war?
I’d guess it’s not.
The Hacks are back after a Democratic debate with no shortage of talking points: Castro put Biden on blast, Betsy from Oklahoma ditched the cap and gown, and Beto brought the passion on guns. Axe and Murphy also touch on the escalating tensions with...
David AxelrodNow that the smoke has cleared, the debate aftermath; the politics of oil and the latest turn in the Kavanaugh saga.
Plus, we chat with Sen. @amyklobuchar.
Coons' letter to the FBI came days before Kavanaugh's confirmation.
David AxelrodWe really need to know why the FBI didn’t investigate this allegation? Were they restrained by the White House? The Judiciary Committee itself?
Max Stier is a very credible and highly respected person.
Julian Castro just effectively ended his bid for President. Usually adept at navigating these debates and using his time to his advantage, tonight he looked petty, puerile and, well, like a jerk.
David AxelrodI wrote this post after opening statements last night, and it applied more as the night wore on.
@Ewarren has a polling challenge w/working class voters. Her personal history may be a key to picking the lock, and she used last night’s debate to share it.
The Hacks are back in the run-up to Thursday’s debate. And the stage in Houston will be packed with TEN candidates—so what does each need to do in order to stand out? In order to keep the cash flowing? In order to maintain top-tier status? In order...
The former UN ambassador recalls the moment President Obama asked her to serve.
David AxelrodMy old friend and colleague @SamanthaJPower, a Pulitizer Prize-winning author and fmr U.N. ambassador, has written a brilliant memoir of her extraordinary life and career. The Education of an Idealist debuted yesterday.
Here is an excerpt
Ms. Warren wooed wealthy donors for years, stockpiling money from fund-raisers, and has used $10.4 million from her 2018 Senate race to underwrite her 2020 bid.
David AxelrodWith her campaign steadily gaining, this story about the large donor fundraising by @ewarren that laid the foundation for her campaign was going to come. It’s a shot at her oft-repeated boast of foreswearing such practices in the Dem race.