Kellyanne Conway is best known as a spin artist, a mascot, and a folk hero to Donald Trump voters—in other words, a high-profile spokeswoman. But there’s a deeper role she hasn’t gotten much credit for: a principal architect of the theory behind Trump’s winning campaign.Years before Conway went to work on Trump’s campaign—when she was still a midlist conservative pollster and Steve Bannon was still running Breitbart—the two were charter members, Bannon recently told me, of the “cabal” he was forming behind the scenes to upend the Republican establishment. And Conway’s ideas were the key to a major shift in the way Trump addressed immigration, which became his signature issue.One Conway poll in particular—a little-noticed 2014 messaging memo commissioned by a controversial anti-immigration group—Bannon cited as a sort of Rosetta stone of the message that powered Trump’s victory. It was, Bannon told me, a … [Read more...] about The Unsung Architect of Trumpism
“I would like to ask you, woman to woman, is it difficult for you to support Trump as a leader when he treats women so poorly?” With this question on Friday’s episode of “The View,” Joy Behar, who considers Barack Obama the greatest president of all time, essentially asked Tomi Lahren how she, as a woman, could support a president many have called a misogynist.Lahren’s response? “If we go back to the campaign… I looked at the things [Trump] said and I looked at the things that Hillary Clinton did.” The 24-year-old conservative commentator reminded proud Hillary voter Behar that the 2016 election’s most prominent loser had stayed married to Bill Clinton, a man accused of rape and guilty of multiple affairs. Lahren then brought up Trump’s hiring of Kellyanne Conway as his campaign manager. “This whole ‘Trump is anti-woman’ thing, I just don’t buy it, because if he was so anti-woman, why did he … [Read more...] about Tomi Lahren Took Joy Behar And ‘The View’ To School On Trump [VIDEO]
CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — A Canadian-based mass timber manufacturer that Walmart has invested in announced Monday it’s spending $90 million to open a plant in Arkansas, the company’s first in the United States. Structurlam Mass Timber Corporation announced it will purchase, retrofit and equip a former steel plant in Conway and create 130 new jobs at the facility. The plant is set to open in mid-2021 and will source softwood lumber from Arkansas-grown southern pine trees. Walmart will be the first customer of the facility, and plans to use more than 1.1 million cubic feet of Arkansas-grown and Arkansas-produced mass timber in its new home office campus in Bentonville. The company said the new location will meet the demand in the U.S. for mass timber, which is a category of building construction featuring structural laminated wood components for walls, roofs, beams and columns. The Arkansas Economic Development Commission says the project is receiving $1.5 million from an … [Read more...] about Canadian firm announces mass timber plant in Arkansas
To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: http://bit.ly/1M1mIfw To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/1Tt4hqN--> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.**Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically.The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — GOP, Dems square off at final impeachment hearing | Sights and sounds | Trump supporter disrupts proceeding | Senate braces for fight over impeachment rules | Bombshell report details how leaders misled public on Afghan War | Trumka says White House, Dems close to trade deal | Former Fed chief Volcker dies | 71 new species discovered in 2019 | National Pastry DayHAPPENING THIS MORNINGThis is the moment. Tonight is the night, we'll fight 'til it's over. So we put our hands up like the ceiling can't hold … [Read more...] about The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — GOP, Democrats square off at final impeachment hearing
A judge has urged the Australian newspaper’s environment editor and a former business partner to settle a case involving an Amazonian eco-retreat in Peru that was to be run by shamans with expertise in hallucinogenic medicines. Graham Lloyd and his partner, Vanessa Hunter, are being sued by their former friend and business partner Cheryl Conway for $600,000 she invested between 2013 and 2015 to establish the Lupunaluz Foundation and build the Lupunaluz Retreat in Peru. The dispute is over whether Lloyd and Hunter agreed to provide ownership or lease of the land they owned in Peru where the retreat was built. On Tuesday, federal court justice Paul Anastassiou said the parties should consider trying to settle the case before they enter the witness box later this week. “This is a very complex case,” he said. “It is a very expensive way to deal with [it].” The case involves a number of businesses established for the foundation and the retreat both in Australia … [Read more...] about The Australian’s environment editor urged to settle case involving shaman and hallucinogens
This article first appeared on the Just Security site. As it says on the tin, most of what I have to say about the dismissal of FBI Director James Comey is obvious, and indeed, most of it has already been said well by others. But sometimes it's worth rehearsing the obvious. First: The position of FBI director has—since 1976, and following J. Edgar Hoover's umbral half century tenure—been set for 10 years, in substantial part to keep it both symbolically and practically removed from the vicissitudes of electoral cycles. Formally, any president can, of course, remove a director short of that term, but it's happened exactly once, 24 years ago, when Bill Clinton sacked early-90s arcade screen mainstay William S. Sessions, for ethics violations. It is not, traditionally, one of those posts that just routinely swaps occupants when a new administration pitches its tent: Firing a director is an extraordinary event, for which one expects strong, clear reasons. Related: What … [Read more...] about What Was the Real Reason Trump Fired Comey?