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Trump, Clinton campaign aides launch their own bids

Trump, Clinton campaign aides launch their own bids

Campaign aides and state chairs from the 2016 presidential race are stepping out from behind the scenes for their own runs for office, looking to build on the momentum from their former presidential hopefuls’ bids.

Affiliation with a high-profile politician doesn’t always guarantee electoral success. Two office-seekers affiliated with President Trump’s presidential campaign flamed out earlier this year in congressional primaries in Georgia and Kansas.

But there are still a number of figures who worked on the presidential runs of Trump, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton or Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) who want to use their campaign chops as a springboard into higher office.

Here are five former presidential campaign figures who have either launched bids or are weighing ones. 

Ed Meier (D-Texas), Clinton policy aide

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Watergate's Woodward Warns "Smug" Media Against Trump "Hyperventilation"

Watergate's Woodward Warns "Smug" Media Against Trump "Hyperventilation"

Having previously warned that the press “shouldn’t whine, and if we sound like we are an interest group only concerned with ourselves, it doesn’t work with the public," infamous Watergate reporter Bob Woodward told Axios' Mike Allen that the press is covering Trump with a certain smugness, but it's not the media's job to make his presidency an editorial... "You have to have a presumption of good will."

 
 

"I think there's so many people treating the Trump presidency as if it's a try-out, as if it's provisional... odds are, he's probably going to be president for a full term, four years, maybe even more... there's hyperventilation, too many people writing things. When's the impeachment coming, how long's he gonna last, will he make it through the summer, and so forth…

"I worry, I worry for the business, for the perception of the business, not just Trump supporters, they see that smugness... I think you can ride both horses, intensive inquiry, investigation, not letting up... at the same time, realize that it's not our job to do an editorial on this."

 

As a reminder, Woodward previously warned that it’s not in the interest of either the Trump White House or the media to war with each other.

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Historically Black College Leader: So Far Trump Is Better Than Obama

Historically Black College Leader: So Far Trump Is Better Than Obama

Trump met with leaders from historically black colleges at the White House right after being sworn in to reassure them that he would do what he could to help.

Apparently, his efforts are paying off.

PJ Media reports:

Historically Black College Leader: So Far, Trump a Step UP From Obama

We heard Donald Trump was evil, a racist, sexist homophobe. Little evidence was presented to support this beyond Trump’s desire to end illegal immigration and to block a massive influx of refugees from terror hotbeds from entering the United States.

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Iran Will ‘Never Stop’ Its Illicit Missile Program, Officials Say

Iran Will ‘Never Stop’ Its Illicit Missile Program, Officials Say

A senior Iranian official declared on Tuesday that Iran will "never stop" developing advanced missile technology in violation of international accords barring such action, according to comments that came in reaction to President Donald Trump's strong rhetoric against Iran during a trip through the Middle East.

Mohammad Baqer Nobakht, a spokesman for the Iranian government, said that Iran's missile program—which the U.S. intelligence community suspects could be used to fire a nuclear-armed weapon—is non-negotiable and will not cease.

Iran will continue to invest in its missile program, Nobakht said.

"Stronger defense power will further protect the internal and regional security; therefore, it is natural that the country's defensive missile program is among the Islamic Republic's unchangeable policies and fortunately, strengthening the defense power has been clearly foreseen in the sixth development program and this year's budget," the official was quoted as saying in Iran's state-controlled media.

Iran maintains that its missile program is defensive in nature, despite mounting evidence that Tehran is building intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons. Iran remains about a year away from assembling a functional nuclear weapon, according to the U.S. intelligence community.

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APPLE REVEALS IT RECEIVED A SECRET NATIONAL SECURITY LETTER

APPLE REVEALS IT RECEIVED A SECRET NATIONAL SECURITY LETTER

 ZD Net

Apple revealed late Monday that it has received at least one secret national security letter from the US government, demanding personal information on a customer.

News of the order came from Apple’s latest biannual transparency report, which disclosed it successfully had the secret subpoena “declassified”.

As with all national security letters, the order to turn over customer data includes a gag order, preventing the company or anyone else from disclosing the contents — even to the customer in question.

But the company didn’t say when it received the letter, nor did it publish the order. When reached, a spokesperson did not provide comment.

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