Former George W. Bush senior advisor Karl Rove appeared on Happening Now to react to a scathing Wall Street Journal editorial that said Donald Trump should focus on confronting Hillary Clinton, rather than attacking the media, or consider turning the nomination over to his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.Rove, the architect of Bush's two election victories, told Jenna Lee that Trump needs to pivot to a “sustained attack on Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and their failings,” and engineer a “sustained effort” to explain that “the kind of change [he] represents is different than the status quo that Hillary Clinton represents.”The Wall Street Journal editorial board wrote Monday that, by focusing on critics in the media, the window for a “Trump pivot” toward delineating policy differences with Clinton is closing.“Rather than reassure voters and try to repair his image, the New Yorker has spent the last three weeks … [Read more...] about Karl Rove: This Is What Trump Must Do Now to Turn His Campaign Around
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Each week, USA TODAY's OnPolitics blog takes a look at how media from the left and the right reacted to a political news story, giving liberals and conservatives a peek into the other's media bubble.This week, Hillary Clinton was back in the spotlight. The failed 2016 Democratic presidential candidate is now the subject of two congressional investigations, rekindling debates about a Russian uranium deal and her private email server. It was also reported that Clinton's campaign hired the firm that dug up dirt on President Trump and penned the infamous "Steele dossier" about him. Unsurprisingly, opinion has fallen sharply along ideological lines. The president called it a "modern Watergate" and several media voices from the right echoed that sentiment. They also said it pulls the rug out from the entire Trump-Russia collusion investigation. The Wall Street Journal editorial board went so far as to call for special counsel Robert Mueller to resign. Commentators from the … [Read more...] about The Bubble: Right is ‘desperately trying to shift blame to Clinton,’ liberals say
In professional wrestling, when the protagonist turns his or her back on the audience after being seduced by the forces of evil, it’s called a “heel turn.” A consummate performer and former WWE foil, President Trump knows the “heel turn” well. He just executed one masterfully.Trump had been telegraphing his frustrations with Republican leaders for weeks. On Aug. 24, he castigated both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan for refusing to link a debt ceiling hike to a popular Veterans Affairs reform bill. “Could have been so easy,” Trump wrote, “now a mess!” He also threatened to veto a government funding bill if it didn’t include many billions of dollars for his wall along the Mexican border.The gathering storm clouds caught the eye of the Wall Street Journal editorial board, which advised Republicans to think about how to prevent Trump from engaging in “a political … [Read more...] about Trump-Pelosi-Schumer: A match made in WWE, and just as real and lasting
I have to admit I was pretty nervous the day before my trip to cover the Women’s March on Washington.I’d just received a safety advisory from the Committee to Protect Journalists on covering the presidential inauguration and the women’s march with tips on dealing with “aggression.”Somehow the list reminded me of advice for dealing with coyotes that my town often sends out, courtesy of the state Department of Environmental Conservation. AT THE MARCH: From Westchester to the Women's March on Washington CPJ: “Keep press credentials out of sight unless it is necessary to show them.”NYSDEC: “Unintentional food sources attract coyotes and other wildlife and increase risks to people and pets.”CPJ: “Keep eye contact with an aggressor, use open hand gestures and keep talking with a calming manner.”NYSDEC: “If you see a coyote, be aggressive in your behavior, stand tall and hold arms out to look … [Read more...] about Will the Women’s March fizzle out like Occupy Wall Street?
In the 34-year history of USA TODAY, the Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race. Instead, we’ve expressed opinions about the major issues and haven’t presumed to tell our readers, who have a variety of priorities and values, which choice is best for them. Because every presidential race is different, we revisit our no-endorsement policy every four years. We’ve never seen reason to alter our approach. Until now.This year, the choice isn’t between two capable major party nominees who happen to have significant ideological differences. This year, one of the candidates — Republican nominee Donald Trump — is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency.From the day he declared his candidacy 15 months ago through this week’s first presidential debate, Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that he lacks the temperament, knowledge, steadiness and honesty that America needs from its presidents.Whether … [Read more...] about USA TODAY’s Editorial Board: Trump is ‘unfit for the presidency’
Unionized Wall Street Journal reporters didn't show up for work Thursday morning to protest Rupert Murdoch's bid for the Journal's parent company, as well as Dow Jones & Co.'s proposals for a new labor contract. The half-day walkout, which lasted until 2 p.m. ET, had very high participation by members of the Independent Association of Publishers' Employees, which represents all Journal reporters around the country, according to E.S. Browning, a stock market reporter who heads the union's bargaining committee. Union president Steve Yount said the employees were concerned both about the pending $5 billion offer from Murdoch's media conglomerate News Corp. as well as the latest contract proposals from Dow Jones, which include higher health care premiums. The union and a former board member at Dow Jones say the Journal's independence and quality would suffer under Murdoch's ownership, something Murdoch denies. Murdoch has said he plans to invest in the paper's online operations, … [Read more...] about Wall Street Journal stages walkout
Dow Jones' board of directors is taking over negotiations from its controlling family regarding News Corp.'s $5 billion offer to buy the company, a person familiar with the situation said yesterday. "The fact the board is taking over means they will move forward and resolve the issue," Ed Atorino, an analyst at Benchmark, told Bloomberg News."It says to me they will sell the company and negotiate the best outcome and not let the family bicker about things like editorial control," he added.Separately, Internet investor Brad Greenspan said he made a proposal to buy a stake in Dow Jones for $60 a share.Greenspan is the founder of MySpace parent Intermix Media, which News Corp. bought from Greenspan in 2005 for $580 million.Dow Jones' said its board will evaluate all proposals, as well as remaining independent.The decision could bring a quicker resolution to negotiations with Murdoch after the Bancroft family developed rifts over whether to accept his offer, the source said.Bancroft … [Read more...] about Dow Jones board takes over talks
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is making a multibillion-dollar move on The Wall Street Journal - a stunning takeover offer that would put his brand of tabloid sensationalism and one of the world's most revered news organizations under one roof. In an aggressive bid to expand his global media stronghold and bolster his plans to launch a financial news cable network to rival CNBC, Murdoch's News Corp. launched a $5 billion takeover bid for Journal owner Dow Jones. Dow Jones' board said it's considering the offer, but a member of the Bancroft family, which controls more than half of the voting stock, said last night it would oppose Murdoch's bid of $60 a share. That leaves room for negotiations or a potential higher offer - perhaps by another bidder. If Murdoch, 76, prevails, he would be adding the fabled Journal as well as the Dow Jones News Wires, the financial weekly Barron's and other media properties to his already expansive stable, which includes the Fox TV Network, the Fox News … [Read more...] about Rupe eyes Wall St.
From Trump Tower in the Philippines to India and Saudi Arabia, foreign leaders would have an obvious lever to attempt to curry favor with the nation’s 45th president by pushing business to his children or other corporate officials, according to bipartisan ethics lawyers and constitutional scholars.“There’s enormous potential for foreign influence over national policy, which is something we’ve always guarded against” over the nation’s 240-year history, said Jay Wexler, a law professor at Boston University who published a book on lesser-known constitutional provisions.Trump plans a Dec. 15 news conference with his children to announce what steps he will take to avoid conflicts of interest. The New York Times reported that the real estate billionaire may transfer operational control of his corporate empire to his two adult sons rather than relinquishing ownership to an independent trustee, as ethics experts are … [Read more...] about Trump’s foreign deals risk Constitution clash
President-elect Donald Trump’s lawyer addressed concerns at his news conference over his business empire and potential violations of the Constitution’s “Emoluments Clause.”The clause is an anti-bribery provision that forbids any U.S. president from receiving gifts from foreign leaders and is derived from the Latin word “emolumentum,” meaning “profit” or “gain.”The Emoluments Clause is Article I, Section 9 of the Constitution. It prohibits any “Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under [the United States]” from accepting “any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”The clause is relevant because Trump is the first U.S. president with a sprawling global business empire. The most immediate concern has been foreign diplomats booking hotels and conference rooms at Trump hotel properties in order to curry favor with him. … [Read more...] about How Trump is navigating the Emoluments Clause