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  1. #1621

    Re: The Run to the WH

    Good question Maybe both. But I guess I'm even more worried about what happens after a winner has been declared. GH

  2. #1622

    Re: The Run to the WH

    The Centrist@knowledgevendor
    Replying to @donwinslow and @USPS
    I've known this Philadelphia postman nearly twenty years. Here's his experience

    Chris Hayes had a union leader from the USPS on the other night and she was saying the exact same thing.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  3. #1623

    Re: The Run to the WH

    Meanwhile back in "YouCan'tMakethisISH up" land where Tiny held a "rally" of sorts yesterday:

    Aaron Rupar @atrupar not exactly an overflow crowd at Trump's speech in Florida

    [IMG]Maudi63 @maudi63 @LincolnsBible Pulled back further, to expose his white fan lonely in the vast empty back.[/IMG]

    Then came this:

    Lee Ford @FlameGoddessLee Replying to @atrupar
    Have you seen this?

    When even I can see the official picture is doctored it's realy badly done.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  4. #1624

    Re: The Run to the WH

    Molly Jong-FastHouse with garden
    Ummmmmn, you guys.

    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  5. #1625

    Re: The Run to the WH

    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    Meanwhile back in "YouCan'tMakethisISH up" land where Tiny held a "rally" of sorts yesterday:


    When even I can see the official picture is doctored it's realy badly done.
    Is there a way to find the WH original photo, so one can zoom on it? It is truly pathetic.
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

  6. #1626

    Re: The Run to the WH

    Quote Originally Posted by ponchi101 View Post
    Is there a way to find the WH original photo, so one can zoom on it? It is truly pathetic.
    I wondered about that too. The link I provided was the only one I saw. I believe it could be a joke photo because it's so obvious.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  7. #1627

    Re: The Run to the WH

    Reporters won't see Trump nomination
    Virus to close GOP convention doors
    by Frank E. Lockwood | Today at 5:00 a.m.

    WASHINGTON -- When Republicans renominate Donald Trump for president in Charlotte, N.C., on Aug. 24, journalists won't be on hand to witness it, a convention spokesperson told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette this week.

    Reporters also will be kept from the room when the Republican National Committee meets to conduct official party business.

    The spokesperson couldn't say whether C-SPAN, the nonprofit public service network, would be allowed to air the proceedings.

    "[W]e are planning for all of the Charlotte activities to be closed press: Friday, August 21 – Monday, 24th given the health restrictions and limitations in place in the state," the convention spokesperson said in an email. "We are happy to let you know if this changes, but we are working within the parameters set before us by state and local guidelines regarding the number of people who can attend events."

    [CORONAVIRUS: Click here for our complete coverage »]

    Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the number of delegates at the Republican National Convention had already been lowered from 2,550 to 336. Alternate delegates have been disinvited. Media seating has been eliminated.

    Barring a last-minute change, this will be the first Republican presidential nominating convention in history where reporters are not admitted.

    Trump has had a sometimes-contentious relationship with journalists, branding them "the enemy of the American people" and labeling their stories "fake news."

    The Republican Party's nominating convention was originally set for Aug. 24-27 in Charlotte, but the final three days were temporarily shifted to Jacksonville, Fla., after North Carolina leaders refused to waive covid-19-related crowd limitations.

    But the number of cases and deaths in Florida subsequently spiked, leading to increased public health restrictions. There were also public safety concerns. County Sheriff Mike Williams, a Republican, told Politico that the city of Jacksonville was unprepared from "a law enforcement standpoint, from a security standpoint."

    Last week, Trump abruptly canceled the Jacksonville portion of the agenda, citing health concerns.

    The president is scheduled to give his acceptance speech Aug. 27. Details such as the time and venue have not yet been announced.

    With a global pandemic disrupting society, both parties have had to adapt.

    The Democratic National Convention, originally set for July 13-16 in Milwaukee, will now take place Aug. 17-20. As few as 300 people are expected to attend, including party officials, security personnel and members of the news media, The New York Times reported.

    The nation's media outlets have also scaled back.

    Steve Scully, C-SPAN's political editor and "Washington Journal" host, said the network will have a reduced crew, but still plans to provide "gavel-to-gavel coverage of the proceedings" each night in Milwaukee.

    Rather than an evening-long extravaganza, Democrats will offer two hours of messaging each evening, he said.

    "It's going to be much smaller. You're not going to have all the pomp and ceremony," he said.

    Former President Barack Obama is likely to speak on the second night, with the vice presidential nominee appearing on the third, Scully said. The fourth and final evening belongs to presumptive nominee Joe Biden.

    Trump's programming, for the most part, remains a mystery.

    "We're now three weeks from the Republican convention and we really don't have a clue right now in terms of the schedule," Scully said.

    C-SPAN hasn't yet received press credentials to attend, though Scully expressed confidence that they will ultimately be issued.

    C-SPAN will air the convention's business sessions if allowed.

    "We're asking now if that's going to be open and we don't have answers to that," he said.

    "There are a lot more questions than there are answers right now with regards to Charlotte," Scully said. "I think that the [Republican National Committee] has been scrambling to try to figure out what they're going to be doing."

    Jonathan Salant, a reporter for NJ Advance Media and president of the Regional Reporters Association, has been to the last 18 political conventions.

    Few regional reporters will be making the journey in 2020, he said.

    "There's no credentials, but there's also nothing to cover," he said. "The state delegations will be staying home."
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  8. #1628

    Re: The Run to the WH

    Republican National Committee disputes GOP convention spokesperson’s claim that Trump’s renomination will be closed to media

    Felicia Sonmez
    August 2, 2020 at 12:40 p.m. EDT

    The Republican National Committee says no final decision has been made about whether President Trump’s renomination will be held in private at the GOP convention, contradicting previous reports that restrictions on crowd size during the coronavirus pandemic would prevent members of the press from attending.

    Two RNC officials insisted Sunday that they are still working through the logistics and press coverage options, a break with a statement reportedly made by a GOP convention spokesperson the previous day.

    “We are still working through logistics and press coverage options,” one of the officials said in a statement Sunday. Neither of the officials was authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

    On Saturday, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that, according to a convention spokesperson, all activities related to the quadrennial event — including Trump’s Aug. 24 renomination — would be closed to reporters “given the health restrictions and limitations in place in the state.”

    Other news outlets, including the Associated Press and CNN, followed up with similar reports. If journalists are not allowed to cover the event in person, it would mark the first time in modern history that such a restriction was enacted at a national party convention.

    The apparent walkback is the latest turn in a Republican National Convention planning process marked by tumult and uncertainty.

    This year’s convention originally had been scheduled to take place in Charlotte. But state officials said they could not guarantee a large-scale event in the city amid the pandemic, which has claimed the lives of more than 150,000 Americans. Advisers scoured the country for an alternative venue, settling on Jacksonville, Fla., where the mayor and the state’s governor are allies of the president.

    Then, amid a surge in coronavirus cases in Florida, Trump late last month abruptly announced that he was canceling the celebrations scheduled to take place in Jacksonville.

    At the time, Trump told reporters that he would still give an acceptance speech in some form but that it will not be before a crowd of thousands.

    The formal nominating process, set to take place in Charlotte with about 300 Republican officials, is scheduled to proceed as planned.

    Democrats are planning a four-day convention that will be anchored in Milwaukee, with simulcasts from satellite locations across the country and prerecorded video. Delegates and party officials have been told to stay home, and the in-person crowd for major speeches, including former vice president Joe Biden’s acceptance of the nomination, is expected to be small.

    Michael Scherer contributed to this report.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  9. #1629

    Re: The Run to the WH

    My comment on the article posted by Ti just above:



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