Category: News Tracking

‘Obama Bros’ Learn to Love Hillary

Annie Karni, Politico – October 6, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s regular crew of operatives, led by veteran Washington insider and campaign chairman John Podesta, arrived in Farmville, Virginia, on Tuesday to deliver the expected “Tim Kaine did his job” line to the hundreds of reporters on the scene covering the vice presidential debate.

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Clinton Camp on Trump Cameo in Playboy Film: ‘A Strange Turn of Events’

Evelyn Rupert, The Hill – September 30, 2016

Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill later responded to the news. “There’s been a lot of talk about sex tapes today and in a strange turn of events, only one adult film has emerged today and its star is Donald Trump,” he told reporters.

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The Men in Trump’s Boys Club

Gregory Krieg, CNN – September 30, 2016

Trump allies will be quick to point out that, even as the candidate is again beset by sexism charges, two of his most influential aides are women. Kellyanne Conway was brought on to manage the campaign this summer and daughter Ivanka, alongside husband Jared Kushner, is widely reported to be one of the few people that truly has his ear. But the broader campaign firmament is less diverse. Here’s a look at the Trump boys’ club and its unsettling record.

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Why Donald Trump Picked Kellyanne Conway to Manage his Campaign

Alex Altman and Zeke J. Miller, TIME – August 22, 2016

Party insiders and Trump aides alike give some of the credit to Conway. Her job, they say, is as much about managing the candidate as it is overseeing the nuts and bolts of his ground game. In the final stretch of the campaign, Trump has decided to rely on the veteran GOP strategist, 49, to devise a plan to reverse his sliding polls, sing his praises on TV and provide a stabilizing presence in a haphazard operation. And while Conway isn’t the first professional operative to be handed the role, she seems—at least so far—to be breaking through in ways her predecessors could not.

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Trump Goes After ‘Pervert Sleaze’ Anthony Weiner

Jesse Byrnes, The Hill – August 22, 2016

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Monday went after former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner (D), calling the husband of a top Hillary Clinton aide a “pervert sleaze.” “What about the fact that Huma Abedin — who knows every single thing about Hillary Clinton, she knows more about Hillary than Hillary knows — and she’s married to a pervert sleaze named Anthony Weiner, who will send anything that he has out over Twitter,” Trump said on “Fox and Friends.”

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Huma Abedin On Her Job, Family, and the Campaign of a Lifetime

Nathan Heller, Vogue – August 17, 2016

Powerful, glamorous, and ubiquitous, Abedin is in many ways the engine at the center of Clinton’s well-run machine, crucial and yet largely out of sight. She presides over the candidate’s public appearances, helping set message points and optics. She coordinates much of the campaign’s work around the office, bringing a large, sprawling operation in line with Clinton’s vision and voice. And she is a key point person for the most essential parts of the coming Democratic convention: who will speak, what they’ll say, and in what order they’ll appear.

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Conway Becomes First Woman to Run GOP Presidential Campaign

Fox News – August 17, 2016

Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday became the first female to ever run a Republican general election presidential campaign. But the networks did not excitedly tout this as progress, instead they glossed over this point. On ABC’s Good Morning America, reporter Tom Llamas blandly explained, “Overnight, Donald Trump shaking up his campaign promoting pollster Kellyanne Conway to campaign manager.”

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Trump Campaign Chair: Women Will Wote for Trump Because ‘Their Husbands Can’t Afford’ to Pay the Bills

Yahoo! Business – July 21, 2016

Donald Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort on Thursday suggested that women won’t vote for Hillary Clinton because they are concerned that their husbands are having a hard time paying their families’ bills. In an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, Manafort said that he wasn’t concerned about the Republican nominee’s unpopularity among female voters because women will be attracted to Trump’s antiestablishment message. “Many women in this country can’t afford their lives. Their husbands can’t afford paying the family bills,” Manafort said.

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Donald Trump’s Pollster Argues He’d Do More for Women

Jay Newton-Small, TIME – July 19, 2016

Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway has long lamented the Republican Party’s deficiencies with female voters. She has exhorted GOP leaders for years that “it’s not a special interest group when women make up more than half the electorate,” and she co-authored a book with Democratic pollster Celinda Lake in 2005 entitled: What Women Really Want: How American Women Are Quietly Erasing Political, Racial, Class, and Religious Lines to Change the Way We Live. So how is she finding her newest job working for the GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump, who has a notoriously fraught relationship with women and women voters? Just great, thanks.

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Trump Campaign Blames Hillary Clinton for Melania Trump Plagiarism Accusations

Katie Reilly, TIME – July 19, 2016

“There’s a political tint to this whole issue,” Manafort said at a press conference. “We’ve noted that the Clinton camp was the first to get it out there and trying to say that there was something untoward about the speech that Melania Trump gave. It’s just another example, as far as we’re concerned, that when Hillary Clinton is threatened by a female, the first thing she does is try to destroy the person.”

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