Trump to campaign in battleground states as Democrats embrace Joe Biden, Kamala Harris at convention

Christel Deskins

WASHINGTON – As Joe Biden and the Democrats convene virtually this week, President Donald Trump plans to get in some words edgewise.

Trump will campaign in four battleground states – Wisconsin, Minnesota, Arizona and Pennsylvania – as Democratic delegates meet online to nominate Biden and running mate Sen. Kamala Harris during the Democratic National Convention, which starts Monday.

The itinerary includes a stop near the city where Biden was born – Scranton, Pennsylvania – on Thursday, just hours before the former vice president is scheduled to deliver his nomination acceptance speech.

Trump “will deliver remarks on a half century of Joe Biden failing America,” the campaign said in announcing the stop at a building products business in Old Forge, less than 10 miles from Scranton.

President Donald Trump boarding Air Force One.
President Donald Trump boarding Air Force One.

Trump plans to travel on three of the four days of this week’s Democratic convention, which will be

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Discount Campaign Launched To Support Flatiron Restaurants

Christel Deskins

FLATIRON DISTRICT, NY — A new campaign has launched offering special online and in-person discounts for nearly 30 restaurants around the Flatiron and NoMad area of Manhattan.

The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District created a new campaign that allows people to use an “All in Flatiron” digital badge at neighborhood locations offering in-person promotions, or the option to use the promo code “ALLINFLATIRON” for online orders.

The campaign will run from Wednesday through Sept. 30, and you can get the digital badge on the Flatiron’s website.

The All in Flatiron campaign is an extension of NYC & Company’s All in NYC campaign to help support restaurants struggling with the financial hardships brought on by the coronavirus.

“We’re excited to launch our All in Flatiron campaign and support the local restaurants that make Flatiron and NoMad such vibrant neighborhoods,” said James Mettham, Executive Director of the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership, in

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Elk Grove mayor did nothing to stop campaign aide’s sexist, racist remarks, local official says

Christel Deskins

The last time Mayor Steve Ly ran for re-election two years ago, he formed a coalition with five other candidates who shared his progressive views, and together they called themselves “Team Elk Grove.”

While four out of the six candidates won their political races, the bitterness created during the months-long grind still casts a long shadow over their victories.

This week, Jaclyn Moreno, who successfully ran for a position on the Cosumnes Community Services District board, said in an interview that she was subjected to a steady stream of harassment that was often sexist from one of Ly’s campaign employees.

Even after appealing to the mayor more than once asking him to intervene, Moreno said her concerns were acknowledged but the employee continued working on Ly’s 2018 campaign. So, Moreno said, she attended fewer campaign events with “Team Elk Grove,” avoiding those in which the aide was present. She even

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Barbie launches ‘Campaign Team’ doll set featuring a black woman as a presidential candidate

Christel Deskins

Barbie has released a new 2020 “Campaign Team” set, which features a black doll as a presidential candidate.

While the current US presidential nominees are both white men, toy company Mattel is hoping to nurture the dreams of young girls that they could one day become the first female president.

The new launch features four dolls who each have roles within the campaign and election process, including a black presidential candidate dressed in a pink blazer who comes holding a microphone.

The other dolls are also all women, including a campaign manager, a fundraiser, and a voter.

Mattel said the set aims to “expose girls to public leadership roles and pique their interest in shaping the future”.

“Since 1959, Barbie has championed girls and encouraged them to be leaders whether in the classroom, community or someday, of the country,” said Lisa McKnight, senior vice president and global head of Barbie

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Barbie launches new “Campaign Team” dolls for 2020 election

Christel Deskins

Mattel announced a new Barbie 2020 “Campaign Team” set on Tuesday, featuring four dolls who each have roles within the campaign and election process. The set, which aims to “expose girls to public leadership roles and pique their interest in shaping the future,” consists of a candidate, campaign manager, campaign fundraiser and voter doll, according to a Mattel press release. 

The diverse collection of dolls features a Black Barbie as the candidate. 

“With less than a third of elected leaders in the U.S. being women, and Black women being even less represented in these positions, we designed the Barbie Campaign Team with a diverse set of dolls to show all girls they can raise their voices,” Lisa McKnight, the SVP and Global Head of Barbie & Dolls at Mattel, said in the press release. “Our goal is to remove barriers to leadership by giving girls the tools to imagine and

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Meet Robert Mercer, the conservative billionaire who was a megadonor for Trump during the 2016 campaign but is notably absent in 2020

Christel Deskins

Robert Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah.
Robert Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah.

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  • Robert Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah, were amongst the most prominent conservative megadonors in 2016, extending unwavering support to President Trump.

  • So far, Mercer has only made one six-figure donation to Trump’s reelection campaign.

  • An influential figure in the hedge-fund industry and a computer scientist, Mercer made principal investments in both Breitbart News and Cambridge Analytica in the past.

  • The Mercer Family Foundation and Trump Campaign did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.

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A billionaire donor who bankrolled President Trump’s 2016 campaign has been notably absent during his reelection efforts.

Robert Mercer, a hedge fund manager, donated upwards of $25 million dollars in the previous election cycle across multiple conservative efforts. So far, Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah, have made a single $355,200 donation to Trump’s reelection effort. 

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President Trump’s campaign to paint Joe Biden as mentally unfit becomes a gamble

Christel Deskins

WASHINGTON – Less than four months from the November election, President Donald Trump’s attacks on presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s mental fitness are an integral part of the president’s reelection message: the focus of television advertisements, talking points and open challenges from the president.

But analysts have raised questions over whether Trump’s strategy of focusing on the former vice president’s age is backfiring with a key demographic: seniors.

Making it an even riskier play, the attacks have heightened expectations for Trump’s debate performances this fall and invited skepticism about his own fitness. The strategy itself has proven difficult to execute as Biden campaigns from his home in Delaware, limiting the gaffe-prone candidate’s opportunities for flubs.

For months, Biden, 77, has dismissed the name-calling and innuendo, but more recently he’s hitting back more forcefully and trying to turn the argument about mental fitness back on the 74-year-old Trump.

“This president talks

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Trump’s campaign to paint Biden as mentally unfit becomes a gamble

Christel Deskins

WASHINGTON – Less than four months from the November election, President Donald Trump’s attacks on presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s mental fitness are an integral part of the president’s re-election message: the focus of television advertisements, talking points and open challenges from the president.

But analysts have raised questions over whether Trump’s strategy of focusing on the former vice president’s age is backfiring with a key demographic – seniors.

Making it an even riskier play, the attacks have heightened expectations for Trump’s debate performances this fall and invited skepticism about his own fitness. The strategy itself has proven difficult to execute as Biden campaigns from his home in Delaware, limiting the gaffe-prone candidate’s opportunities for flubs.

For months, Biden, 77, has dismissed the name calling and innuendo but more recently he’s hitting back more forcefully and trying to turn the argument about mental fitness back on the 74-year-old Trump.

“This

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Donald Trump’s campaign to paint Joe Biden as mentally unfit becomes a gamble

Christel Deskins

WASHINGTON – Less than four months from the November election, President Donald Trump’s attacks on presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s mental fitness are an integral part of the president’s re-election message: the focus of television advertisements, talking points and open challenges from the president.

But analysts have raised questions over whether Trump’s strategy of focusing on the former vice president’s age is backfiring with a key demographic – seniors.

Making it an even riskier play, the attacks have heightened expectations for Trump’s debate performances this fall and invited skepticism about his own fitness. The strategy itself has proven difficult to execute as Biden campaigns from his home in Delaware, limiting the gaffe-prone candidate’s opportunities for flubs.

For months, Biden, 77, has dismissed the name calling and innuendo but more recently he’s hitting back more forcefully and trying to turn the argument about mental fitness back on the 74-year-old Trump.

“This

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Trump’s campaign to open schools provokes mounting backlash even from GOP

Christel Deskins

President Donald Trump has been on a rampage against public schools and colleges all week, threatening to use the power of the federal government to strong-arm officials into reopening classrooms.

But his effort is now creating a backlash: An overwhelming alignment of state and even Republican-aligned organizations oppose the rush to reopen schools. The nation’s leading pediatricians, Republican state school chiefs, Christian colleges and even the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have all challenged parts of Trump’s pressure campaign.

“Threats are not helpful,” Joy Hofmeister, the Republican state superintendent of public instruction in Oklahoma, told POLITICO on Friday. “We do not need to be schooled on why it’s important to reopen.”

Both Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have issued federal funding threats to schools that don’t fully reopen. On Friday, Trump went a step further in blasting online learning — which many school districts and colleges are planning to use

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