Trump’s 2020 polls prove Democrats need to start planning for a Biden White House

Many years ago, George Mitchell, the Senate Democratic majority leader in the 1990s, told me, “The only people who believe the speeches of Republican senators are Democratic senators.”

I love my party. And I’m proud of what we stand for: equality, economic dignity, health care as a human right, among other things. But when it comes to practicing politics, the Democrats are a party ridden with crushing anxiety and self-doubt, even if the winds of fate are sailing entirely in our direction. Throughout the Trump era, I’ve seen us suffer time and again a terrible case of political amnesia.

The Democrats are a party ridden with crushing anxiety and self-doubt, even if the winds of fate are sailing entirely in our direction.

In 2016, Donald Trump got just over 46 percent of the vote, aided by Russia’s hacking and disinformation campaign, Jim Comey’s oh-so-necessary letter about Hillary Clinton’s email server and a tepid Democratic endorsement from Sen. Bernie Sanders. Yet even amid Clinton’s tornado of negative coverage, Trump lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million, winning the Electoral College by a freakish fraction of votes spread across three states. Since Trump was inaugurated, we’ve won governor’s races in all three of those states — Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. We elected the first Democratic senator from Arizona in decades, suburbs across the country have shifted against the president and in 2018, Democrats stormed to the majority in the House of Representatives by the largest voter margin in U.S. history.

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Now, it feels like the majority of people who believe Trump can win again in 2020 are Democrats, for better or for worse. And yet, Trump’s approval rating has never once peaked above 50 percent, even before Covid-19 — the only president to fail to reach that level since polls have measured presidential favorability. And now, because of his gross mishandling of the worst pandemic we’ve seen in a century, he has reduced his base support even further. As a result, I predict we will see a majority unite against him in a way not seen since Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential election. I have never been more certain of something in my life. So, quell your fears, bed-wetting Democrats: 2016 is not 2020.

And that means this election is not just about defeating Trump. We also need to think about what comes next. Once the votes are tallied, I think we’re going to see a welcome unification of groups once thought to be separate: young liberals, veterans, suburban women, voters of color and seniors who witnessed the darkest flashpoints of our country’s history.

Dating back to April, I have been publicly bullish of a Democratic victory. This is the most consistent race I’ve seen — consistently bad for the Republicans. And this week, a slew of polling from NBC/Wall Street Journal and CNN only confirm my long held belief. While the CNN

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L.A. Angels star Albert Pujols, wife start new cafe concept that helps equip adults from vulnerable situations with vocational training, life skills

COSTA MESA (KABC) — The Los Angeles Angels missed the playoffs this year but Albert Pujols and his wife, Diedre, are keeping busy. The couple launched Open Gate Kitchen, a new cafe concept fueling social good, which equips adults from vulnerable life situations with vocational training and life skills.

Fernando Escobar is now head cook and manager of the restaurant; but a few years ago, he didn’t know where his next meal would come from. Open Gate International helped turn his life around through culinary school.

“My life was in the place of darkness and addicted to meth and alcohol and I ended up in the streets homeless,” said Escobar.

Making food takes Escobar back to days in the kitchen with his mother; Christmas with his family. It now gives him a feeling of empowerment.

“To be a part of something that could possibly help another single parent out there and another single dad to be able to get back on their feet and to provide for their kids is such a humbling experience,” said Escobar.

Diedre Pujols is the founder of the non-profit Open Gate Kitchen. The Costa Mesa restaurant offers life coaching, culinary training and job placement programs to people like Escobar.

“I couldn’t be more proud,” said Diedre.

The mission is a personal one for Pujols. Her own past struggles with addiction and bad choices help her connect with the students here.

“At 19, I didn’t even want to live anymore and so I feel like there’s a way that I can identify with a lot of these individuals who come in,” said Diedre.

Her husband, L.A. Angels first baseman, Albert Pujols, says he worked hard for his own dreams, and he’s helping his wife do the same for their community.

“Their teachers, they get the best of their students, you know, and I think, on the other side, the students put in really hard work, day in and day out, because they know that this is an opportunity or a chance and they don’t want to pass on it,” said Albert.

“Here I am you know, catering for the Los Angeles Angels and all these important people, it’s such a blessing. It is,” said Escobar.

Open Gate Kitchen is now open for dine-in, delivery and take-out options, serving up handcrafted healthy, fresh, cuisine with an international flair.

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Gran, 57, found dead in garden hot tub after moving to Wales to start dream life closer to her family

A GRAN was found dead in her hot tub after moving to Wales to start her dream life closer to her family.

Shopkeeper Mandy Pugh, 57, had enjoyed spending time in the garden tub with her husband Lee.

Mandy Pugh, pictured second from left, shut up her grocery shop to move 200 miles away with husband Lee before she was found dead in the couple's hot tub

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Mandy Pugh, pictured second from left, shut up her grocery shop to move 200 miles away with husband Lee before she was found dead in the couple’s hot tubCredit: MEDIA WALES
Lee described his wife as "the life and soul of the party" as an inquest into her death opened

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Lee described his wife as “the life and soul of the party” as an inquest into her death openedCredit: Wales News Service
The couple had moved to idyllic Porthcawl in Wales to be closer to family

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The couple had moved to idyllic Porthcawl in Wales to be closer to familyCredit: Getty Images – Getty

But on the night of September 11, he went inside to watch TV.

He returned to discover his wife face-down in the water, an inquest heard today.

A coroner heard hardworking Mandy had recently moved to the seaside town of Porthcawl, South Wales, to be closer to family.

The couple had shut up the grocery shop they ran together in Penmaenmawr, North Wales, to make the 200-mile move.

Mandy was pronounced dead at the scene after the tragedy.

Husband Lee said: “At the start of the year we moved. We closed our shop we had kept as we wanted to be closed to family.

“She was the life and soul of the party.

“She knew loads of people and everyone that knew her loved her. She was always happy.

“Her granddaughter was the apple of her eye.”

No provisional cause of death was given in the post-mortem carried out by pathologist Jason Shannon.

Assistant coroner David Regan adjourned the inquest in Pontypridd, South Wales, until October next year.

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Juliet Italian Kitchen To Open 2nd Austin Site, Start Hiring

AUSTIN, TX — Even as other eateries are closing their doors after financially succumbing to the coronavirus pandemic, Juliet Italian Kitchen on Monday announced plans to open a second location with an accompanying hiring spree.

The second restaurant will be opened at The Arboretum along 10000 Research Blvd. by February 2021, officials said in an emailed advisory. The restaurant will be open seven days a week and serve lunch, dinner, happy hour and weekend brunch, officials said, with menus featuring Juliet’s classic dishes such as its 17-layer lasagna, a robust wine list and seasonal cocktails plus new options unique to the location.

In the spirit of its original location, Juliet’s second location will feature spacious outdoor seating and a relaxed atmosphere perfect for family dining, lunches, date nights and business meetings, restaurant officials said. What’s more, officials added, private dining will also be available. Restaurant officials plan to start the hiring process to staff its second location starting in November, according to the advisory.

“We are excited to expand the Juliet experience to a second location in our growing city,” owner Dan Wilkins said in a prepared statement. “The Arboretum area is perfectly located between downtown and north Austin, with easy access to the Domain and Cedar Park. We look forward to joining the neighborhood and creating jobs in our community.”

Added General Manager Emily O’Connor: “The new location will feature what guests know and love about Juliet Italian Kitchen—a locally-owned neighborhood destination for your favorite Italian-American classics, with great wine and cocktails in a uniquely Austin setting.“

ABOUT JULIET

Juliet Italian Kitchen, located in the heart of Austin’s beloved Zilker Park neighborhood, strives to be a destination for anyone seeking a relaxed Italian spot for a date night, business lunch or casual weekend brunch. Juliet embodies community and camaraderie through shared meals between friends and family. For more information, visit the Juliet Italian Kitchen website.

This article originally appeared on the North Austin-Pflugerville Patch

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Start Thinking About Your Spring Garden Now

The common practice of cleaning gardens in fall and planting them spring has more to do with psychology than sound horticultural practice.

Many common fall garden chores do not benefit plants. However, you can do a lot in the fall to prepare your garden for the best start in spring. For a more sustainable garden, try flipping the script on the fall “to-do” list.

Don’t Clean Up Until Spring

You might already know that there is no reason to put the vegetable garden to bed in the fall. But fall clean-up doesn’t really do your ornamental landscape any favors, either.

The tidy look of a cleaned-up garden may have aesthetic appeal, but it breaks nature’s cycles. The hollow stems of perennials that have died back and the leaf litter on the ground are both critical winter habitat for wild bees, butterflies, and other insects. All of these bugs, in turn, provide the food that keeps overwintering birds alive through the coldest part of winter.

Wait until after the last frost when new growth starts to emerge in spring before you clean up the garden and you’ll give natural communities a better chance of survival.

Do Plant Perennials

Everyone knows that peonies must be planted in the fall. But many people don’t realize that peonies aren’t different from other perennials, they are just less tolerant.

Nearly all woody plants and perennials do better when they are planted in the fall after temperatures begin to drop but before the first frost. The tops of plants will go dormant or even die back when frost hits. But the roots can continue to grow under the frostline all winter.

By the time the plant is ready to leaf out in spring, the root system is already established. Fall is also the time to plant garlic and spring-flowering bulbs.

Do Hardscaping Projects

Construction projects are messy, and let’s face it, contractors are not known for carefully avoiding damage to existing plants. If you plan on a new garden next year, whether in the ground or a raised bed, preparing the beds is best accomplished in fall.

By doing the work in the fall, you reduce the risk of damaging emerging plants and you might find it’s easier getting on contractors’ schedules. Also, if you build those raised beds or lay new pavers now, you’ll have more time for starting seeds in the spring.

Mulch and Protect

Mulching with an organic material like wood chips in late fall not only contributes to the habitat already partly established through leaf litter, it helps protect all those newly planted roots. Winter mulch should be applied after plants have gone dormant.

Depending on your local climate, you might still need to bring potted plants and tender perennials inside for the winter. And the old trip of wrapping plants in burlap or covering them in old sheets is still a good way to protect the tops of plants from storms and unusually low temperatures. But in many cases, especially in

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With some signs of cooler weather creeping in, it’s time to start planning your fall garden | Home/Garden

We’re fortunate that predicted high winds and rainfall from Hurricanes Laura and Sally did not materialize. We can’t let our guard down now, however; we still have months left in hurricane season. But we can at least allow the extreme anxiety produced by Sally to subside.

One factor that might help to soothe us is that, in the middle of hurricane season, we are also seeing a gradual transition to milder temperatures. Cool fronts begin to move through the state this month, bringing welcome relief from extreme heat and humidity. A cool front was expected to moved in Saturday to produce nighttime temperatures in the upper 60s and low 70s and daytime highs around 80 over the next few days.

Summer is not ending — we will likely see more days in the 90s, and temperatures in the 80s linger well into October. But we are through the most intense heat of the summer.

For the next six weeks we will experience a gradual shift to milder weather. There will be cool spells followed by decidedly summerlike weather, but as we move into late October, cooler weather will begin to dominate. Generally, not until mid- to late-November do we experience the frosty cold weather and changing leaves that tell us that fall has finally arrived.

Much of what we do in the garden over the next couple of months is influenced by the coming changes.

Watering

Because we have had so much rain this summer, you may not be in the habit of watering your landscape regularly (hasn’t that been nice). We saw record amounts of rain in July, and abundant rain also fell in August. With high temperatures and rain keeping the soil wet, however, root rot was fairly common and led to the loss of fruit trees, young shade trees and shrubs.

Since late August, however, conditions have been relatively dry, and irrigation is needed now. When watering a landscape, you must apply the water slowly and over a long enough period of time to allow it to penetrate at least 4-6 inches into the soil. You can best accomplish this by using sprinklers, soaker hoses or even drip irrigation.

After a thorough irrigation, don’t water again until the soil begins to dry out. You can even wait for the plants to show slight drought stress. Deep watering should be necessary for established plants only once or twice a week, even during very dry periods.

Newly planted bedding plants and vegetable transplants will need more attention and will likely need more frequent watering. Irrigating two or three times a week, possibly more frequently, may be necessary while they get established.

There are a few other things you may need to attend to this time of the year.

Flower beds

Here at the end of the summer growing season, it might be a good idea to impose some order on those overgrown flower beds. In addition to cutting back plants where needed, groom the planting to remove dead flowers

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Arkansas could start Class of 2019 interior trio

There is a strong chance that when Arkansas kicks off the 2020 football season, the Razorbacks will start three interior offensive linemen all from the Class of 2019. The starters haven’t been named yet, but new head coach Sam Pittman and his staff are expected to make those decisions by Wednesday. Watch action footage from Monday’s practice above, and check out several recent photos from practice below.

Sophomore center Ricky Stromberg, 6-4, 311, started 11 of last season’s 12 games at right guard but is expected to be the starting center this season. Redshirt freshman Brady Latham, 6-5, 296, saw action in three games in 2019 but held on to his redshirt, as did redshirt freshman Beaux Limmer, 6-5, 305.

“It’s been real fun. Me, Brady and Ricky, all three of us are all real good friends,” Limmer said following Monday’s practice. “We all came in together, so we kind of bonded especially the first summer we were here, so it’s been real fun alongside them. Real good bond between all of three of us when we’re out there. Communication is always really good. We’re just in sync with each other.”

Stromberg added some good weight for this season after playing at roughly 276 pounds last season, adding 35 pounds. The previous staff really liked Latham’s potential and said he just needed more strength. Pittman appreciate’s Latham’s understanding of leverage and his football intelligence and says the size will come in time. Limmer has also added good weight and is arguably the strongest player on the offensive side of the football, only behind redshirt senior defensive tackle Jonathan Marshall on the whole team. Limmer can bench press 430 pounds, squat 565 and power clean 325.

“Me and Jon Marshall, we’re pretty neck and neck,” Limmer said. “I think he’s probably got me on squats but everything else we’re really close. Back in the summer, we were always having a little friendly competition in the weight room. We stay together pretty well.”

Last Wednesday on the Sam Pittman Live radio show, the head Hog said Latham leads the team in fights. He also said last Tuesday that Latham is one of the team’s five best offensive linemen, and they were working to find his spot. Latham has lined up everywhere but center, so far. Both he and Stromberg are developing a reputation for firing off the ball with purpose.

“He’s got a mean streak, for sure,” Limmer said. “He likes to come off the ball and hit people really hard and also Ricky. I really like double-teaming with Ricky because he’ll come off and put a shoulder on him and we get some pretty good double teams in there.

“Brady’s definitely calmed it down a little bit from last fall camp. Last fall camp, he got in a lot of fights. This year, no, he has gotten in a couple, but it’s not as much. But that’s just a testament to his physicality and to his, I’d say,

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Former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard reports to jail to start prison sentence

Former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard reported this afternoon to the Lee County sheriff’s office in Opelika to begin his prison sentence.

Hubbard turned himself in at 5:05 p.m., the online jail log shows.

Lance Bell, an attorney for Hubbard, said Hubbard was taken to the Russell County jail in Phenix City, where he is being held.

The Alabama Supreme Court denied Hubbard’s request for a rehearing two weeks ago, exhausting his state appeals.

Hubbard, 58, was sentenced to four years in prison in 2016 for violating the state ethics law. He has been out on appeal since.

Bell released a brief statement this evening.

“Mike Hubbard is a strong Christian man and has accepted the current situation but firmly believes in his innocence and looks forward to exploring other options to clear his name,” Bell said.

Joel Dillard, another lawyer for Hubbard, had said two weeks ago that the defense team would recommend that Hubbard file a federal appeal.

When the state Supreme Court turned down Hubbard’s request for a rehearing on August 28, the attorney general’s office said that left him with 15 days to report to jail to be turned over to the Department of Corrections.

A Lee County jury convicted Hubbard of 12 ethics violations. The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals upheld 11 of the 12. The Alabama Supreme Court affirmed six of the 11 and overturned five.

Hubbard was one of Alabama’s most powerful politicians until his conviction, which automatically removed him from office.

Related: 6-year saga: Timeline of Mike Hubbard’s ethics case

Prosecutors said Hubbard used his public office to enrich himself, partly through consulting contracts.

Hubbard has maintained his innocence since his indictment in 2014 and said the transactions that led to the charges were normal business activities not related to his public office. He testified for three days during his 2016 trial.

The six convictions involved consulting contracts with three companies that paid Hubbard a total of $525,000 while he was speaker, from 2012 to 2014.

Lee County voters first elected Hubbard to the House of Representatives in 1998, a time when Democrats controlled the Legislature. They would elect him to four more four-year terms.

Hubbard became state Republican Party chair and in 2010 helped orchestrate a campaign in which the GOP took control of the Legislature for the first time in 136 years. Hubbard’s House colleagues elected him speaker, a position he retained until his conviction in 2016.

Shortly after the 2010 election, the new Republican-controlled Legislature met in a special session to put tighter restrictions in the state ethics law, fulfilling a campaign promise.

Hubbard was convicted under the enhanced law that he helped pass.

The former speaker has maintained his innocence since his indictment by a Lee County special grand jury in 2014, which led to his trial two years later.

This story was updated at 3:03 p.m. on Sept. 12 to say that Hubbard is being held at the Russell County jail in Phenix City.

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He’d ‘start a war’ to stay in office



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie looking at the camera: Michael Cohen knocks Trump amid house arrest: He'd 'start a war' to stay in office


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Michael Cohen knocks Trump amid house arrest: He’d ‘start a war’ to stay in office

President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen said he believes Trump will “do anything and everything” to win reelection and “even go so far as to start a war” to remain in the White House.

Cohen was asked by NBC News’s Lester Holt in an interview excerpt released Friday whether he thought his former boss will win a second term in November.

“Donald Trump will do anything and everything within which to win. And I believe that includes manipulating the ballots,” Cohen responded.

“I believe that he would even go so far as to start a war in order to prevent himself from being removed from office,” Cohen continued. “My biggest fear is that there will not be a peaceful transition of power in 2020.”

Cohen served as Trump’s personal lawyer and self-described fixer for several years.

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His tell-all memoir, titled “Disloyal: The True Story of Michael Cohen, Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump,” is set to be released next week. According to a recently released excerpt, Cohen accuses the president of fraud and corruption in the book.

The White House labeled the book as “fan fiction” in a statement released last month.

“He readily admits to lying routinely but expects people to believe him now so that he can make money from book sales,” White House spokesman Brian Morgenstern said in the statement. “It’s unfortunate that the media is exploiting this sad and desperate man to attack President Trump.”

Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations in 2018 and turned on Trump amid his legal ordeal, testifying before Congress and accusing the president of ordering him to make payments to two women who claimed they had affairs with Trump.

The former Trump lawyer was released to home confinement in May due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic but was suddenly sent back to prison on July 9 due to a dispute with corrections officials over the terms of his release.

With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, Cohen sued for his release from prison last month, arguing that the government was retaliating against him for planning to publish his book.

His lawyer said last month that Cohen has been offered a job at an unspecified political action committee to work as a consultant and to make media appearances.

Cohen is not the only one who has expressed concern about how Trump might handle a potential loss to Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Biden said in June that he was “absolutely convinced” the military will have to escort Trump from the White House if the incumbent loses.

Trump’s

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Michael Cohen knocks Trump amid house arrest: He’d ‘start a war’ to stay in office

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDHS to label white supremacists as the ‘most persistent and lethal threat’ to the US: report Buttigieg slams Trump over comments on fallen soldiers: ‘He must think we’re all suckers’ White House tells federal agencies to cancel ‘divisive’ racial sensitivity training: report MORE’s former lawyer Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenBiden cannot keep letting Trump set the agenda Conspicuous by their absence from the Republican Convention University of Pennsylvania professor wants to investigate claim Trump faked admission exam MORE said he believes Trump will “do anything and everything” to win reelection and “even go so far as to start a war” to remain in the White House.

Cohen was asked by NBC News’s Lester Holt in an interview excerpt released Friday whether he thought his former boss will win a second term in November.

“Donald Trump will do anything and everything within which to win. And I believe that includes manipulating the ballots,” Cohen responded. 

“I believe that he would even go so far as to start a war in order to prevent himself from being removed from office,” Cohen continued. “My biggest fear is that there will not be a peaceful transition of power in 2020.”

Cohen served as Trump’s personal lawyer and self-described fixer for several years.

His tell-all memoir, titled “Disloyal: The True Story of Michael Cohen, Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump,” is set to be released next week. According to a recently released excerpt, Cohen accuses the president of fraud and corruption in the book. 

The White House labeled the book as “fan fiction” in a statement released last month.

“He readily admits to lying routinely but expects people to believe him now so that he can make money from book sales,” White House spokesman Brian Morgenstern said in the statement. “It’s unfortunate that the media is exploiting this sad and desperate man to attack President Trump.”

Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations in 2018 and turned on Trump amid his legal ordeal, testifying before Congress and accusing the president of ordering him to make payments to two women who claimed they had affairs with Trump.

The former Trump lawyer was released to home confinement in May due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic but was suddenly sent back to prison on July 9 due to a dispute with corrections officials over the terms of his release.

With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, Cohen sued for his release from prison last month, arguing that the government was retaliating against him for planning to publish his book. 

His lawyer said last month that Cohen has been offered a job at an unspecified political action committee to

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