WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump will preside over July Fourth Independence Day celebrations on Thursday with a speech about patriotism and a show of military might that critics say is politicizing an important holiday and wasting taxpayer money. Trump, a Republican who admired flashy displays of national pride and military strength put on by France, has dismissed concerns about the expense and militaristic overtones of the Washington event, which will take place in front of the Lincoln Memorial and feature fireworks, a flyover by Air Force One and a display of tanks. Democrats charge the president with staging a campaign rally. Though the White House has said his remarks would not be political in nature, the president has a history of veering off script with sharp partisan attacks even at events that are not meant to be overtly political. "People are coming from far and wide to join us today and tonight for what is turning out to be one of the biggest celebrations in the history … [Read more...] about Trump to preside over July 4th holiday in US with military show
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Former vice president Joe Biden has so far dominated, outpolling Trump and topping the Democratic field WASHINGTON - A record 23 Democrats of diverse genders, races and political backgrounds are lining up to try to stop Republican US President Donald Trump from winning a second term in the 2020 elections.Though much will change in the more than 500 days to go before polls open, a nationwide Fox News poll released this week showed former vice president Joe Biden leading the pack.Here are five questions and answers as the campaign season in the United States begins:- How will it play out? - While the field will certainly shrink once the first votes of primary season are cast in Iowa in February, some candidates may call it quits after debates begin later this month.An unprecedented prime-time broadcast from Miami awaits: over two nights, June 26 and 27, millions of Americans will tune in to the highly-anticipated debut debate of the cycle.The Democratic National Committee … [Read more...] about The race to win the US Democratic primary: where does it stand?
WASHINGTON (NYTIMES) - Late at night, using his old personal mobile phone number, President Donald Trump has been calling former advisers who have not heard from him in years, eager to discuss his standing in the polls against the top Democrats in the field - specifically Mr Joe Biden, whom he describes in those conversations as "too old" and "not as popular as people think". After being briefed on a devastating 17-state poll conducted by his campaign pollster Tony Fabrizio, President Trump told aides to deny that his internal polling showed him trailing Mr Biden in many of the states he needs to win, even though he is also trailing in public polls from key states like Texas, Michigan and Pennsylvania. And when top-line details of the polling leaked, including numbers showing the President lagging in a cluster of critical Rust Belt states, Mr Trump instructed aides to say publicly that other data showed him doing well. Mr Biden seems to have gotten into the President's head - at least … [Read more...] about Trump needs a target to stay interested in reelection campaign
Haitian-American rapper Prakazrel "Pras" Michel, 46, and Low Taek Jho, 37, were accused of conspiracy and other charges in the four-count indictment unsealed on Friday. Low, also known as Jho Low, is a key figure in what is known as the 1MDB scandal, which has rocked Malaysian political and financial circles. The presidential candidate receiving the contributions was not identified in the indictment and was referred to only as "Candidate A." But it has been widely reported and it was clear from the indictment that it was Obama. The indictment alleges that between June and November 2012, Low transferred $21.6 million to Michel "for the purpose of funneling significant sums of money into the United States presidential election." Michel allegedly paid about $865,000 to about 20 "straw donors" so they could make donations in their names to a presidential joint fundraising committee. More than $1 million was allegedly funneled to an independent committee also involved in the … [Read more...] about Fugees founder, Malaysian financier indicted for Obama donations
WASHINGTON: Fugitive financier Low Taek Jho – also known as Jho Low – and a founding member of hip-hop group Fugees have been indicted for making illegal contributions to US president Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. Jho Low, 37, and Haitian-American rapper Prakazrel “Pras” Michel, 46, were accused of conspiracy and other charges in the four-count indictment unsealed on Friday. The presidential candidate receiving the contributions was not identified in the indictment and was referred to only as “Candidate A”. But it has been widely reported and it was clear from the indictment that it was Obama. The indictment alleges that between June and November 2012, Low transferred US$21.6 million (RM89 million) to Michel “for the purpose of funneling significant sums of money into the United States presidential election”. Michel allegedly paid about US$865,000 (RM3.6 billion) to about 20 “straw donors” so they could make … [Read more...] about Jho Low and rapper indicted for Obama donations